An extra special movie night set for Jan. 23

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a movie night for children with special needs Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event will offer exceptional children and their...

Man leads cops on 100-mph chase

On Patrol by Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — A Franklin County Sheriff‘s deputy was reviewing paperwork shortly after noon Dec. 23, when he noticed the driver of a gold Ford Taurus acting suspiciously and decided to check it out. A recalcitrant Larry Donnell Williamson ended up leading...

Regional equine mini-series scheduled for 2015

LOUISBURG — Educational informational meetings continue throughout the winter months for equine owners in the region. Mark your calendar and plan to attend an educational mini-series for area horse owners in January and February. All meetings will be held in the Franklin County...

Franklin County’s EIA clinic set for Feb. 21

Louisburg — Plan to bring your equine to the annual Franklin County EIA Coggins Clinic scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 (snow/ice date: March 7) to the Farmers Market Shelter in Louisburg near the Shannon Village Shopping Center. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Horse owners must...

DWI-related deaths fall in 2014

RALEIGH — In 2014, the Highway Patrol investigated 5,460 alcohol related collisions contributing to 3,697 reported injuries. Also as a result, there were 181 people killed, reflecting a 20 percent decrease from the 228 people killed in 2013. Throughout the state, troopers made...

Public to be tapped in manager search

Wake Forest commissioners looking at aggressive process to find Mark Williams’ replacement. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — “What you want is someone who can hit the ground running and has the competency to handle those challenges,” Stephen Straus said Tuesday to town commissioners....

Successful Small Farms Conference: Feb. 28

LOUISBURG — There are many opportunities in North Carolina for the small farmer. To explore several options, a regional conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 28 entitled Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference. The conference will be held at the Vance-Granville Community...

Brent Sherrod’s sense of place

Artist Loft guest gallery features coastal scenes. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Brent Sherrod has spent a lot of time on the Carolina coast. And it shows in his drawings and paintings, more than a few which feature sand dunes and the structures that inhabit them. About a dozen of...

Kononia celebrates 25th anniversary

Home-grown charity marks quarter century of caring with Feb. 7 auction. WAKE FOREST — The Koinonia Foundation will celebrate 25 years of meeting needs in the Wake Forest area with its Koinonia Cares charity auction Feb. 7. The festivities begin at 5:30 pm at The Forks Cafeteria...

Toll-free calls to Raleigh debuted in ’65

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1925 •Two Wake Forest stores have merged into one. C.S. Barnes, formerly of the Clothing and Shoe Store, is now located just south of the post office in what was formerly Holding’s...

Band in running for competition

WAKE FOREST — The Will McBride Group needs help. The Wake Forest-based jazz-rock trio is currently holding eighth place in a nationwide contest to win the Bands4Good Challenge. The group needs community votes to push past the competition and take over the leaderboard, while also...

St. Paul staff completes afterschool training

LOUISBURG — Vance-Granville Community College recently partnered with Saint Paul Presbyterian Church Day Care Center in Louisburg to provide continuing education to all employees of the center’s afterschool program. The staff members included Brenda Lynch, Mary Spencer, Barbara...

Health screenings at Business After Hours

Business Briefs — week of Jan. 8, 2015 Health screenings at Business After Hours Novant Health hosts Business After Hours, today (Thursday) 5:30-7 p.m. at Franklin Medical Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Louisburg. As part of Novant Health’s system-wide wellness initiative, Novant...

Keeping records for livestock and horse owners

Free day-long workshop Jan. 20 By Martha L. Mobley Agriculture Extension Agent LOUISBURG — You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Record keeping is a key component to managing an efficient farm business. With proper record keeping, evaluations can be made on the reproductive,...

Meet a globetrotting legend

Former Harlem Globetrotter to speak at two VGCC campuses. LOUISBURG — The Male Mentoring Program at Vance-Granville Community College is bringing former Harlem Globetrotter James “Twiggy” Sanders to speak to students, faculty, staff and the community Jan. 20. Sanders is scheduled...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is Jan. 22

WAKE FOREST — Mark your calendars now for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration set for Jan. 22 at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road. The free, public event starts with a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. program. Samuel Gunter, Faith...

Rolesville building permits for October 2014

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during October 2014. Convenient one-family house •Heritage East Developers Homestead Building Co., 5800 Vasseur Court, $954. •Cityscape Builders Inc., 2709 Eastern Star Circle, $989. •Cedar...

Wake Forest police reports – week of Jan. 8, 2015

Reported Dec. 29, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015. Note: Only bond amounts of $1,500 or greater are listed. Arrests •Jacob John Wootsick, 29, 138 Wagon Wheel Lane, Louisburg, was arrested at 1000 Agora Drive and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a controlled...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports – week of Jan. 8, 2015

Reported Dec. 23-Dec. 30. Arrests •Fransisco Rojelio Autrey, 28, 147 Cone Drive, Franklinton, was arrested on Apple Cross Street, Franklinton and charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. He was released with a citation. Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m. •Nicholas Jermaine Miles, 23, 7125...

Rolesville police reports – week of Jan. 8, 2015

Note: Public record law provides that the current known address of persons arrested or issued citations be made available, as well as if arrested persons are taken to jail and if they are given bond. This information is not listed here as it was omitted by Rolesville Police...

2014: Year of calamity, community

by David Leone Another year is past, within its arbitrarily set limits of Jan. 1-Dec. 31. Some people have seen new beginnings, new business ventures, new school openings, while others have faced tragedy, including young lives were cut short too soon. In 2014, we also saw the...

Help Ashanie Russell’s family

While there’s nothing that can be done to take away Ashanie’s family’s loss, friends have created two ways to help with the overwhelming funeral and medical expenses. The first is a “Go Fund Me” page where direct donations can be made: www.gofundme.com/jc4x3k. The second is the...

One killed, four injured Christmas Eve

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Raleigh police are blaming weather-related road conditions for the Christmas Eve wreck that took the life of a Wake Forest High School alumnus and left four other Wake Forest residents hospitalized with serious injuries. Shortly before 1 p.m. Dec....