Wake Forest project one of 11 to receive state grant

RALEIGH — The town of Wake Forest has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $4,000 to assist with the development of a walking tour to showcase its historic resources. The grant will specifically assist in preparation of the narrative component of the tour,...

4-H’ers compete in state congress

WAKE FOREST — Katelyn Simkins, 12, daughter of Timothy and Anita Simkins of Wake Forest, and Joey Moore, 18, son of Albert and Alesia Moore of Youngsville, recently took part in the 2015 North Carolina 4-H Congress, held July 18-21. The event brought 518 young people and their...

ABLE Act becomes law

People with disabilities can now set up special savings accounts. RALEIGH — Governor Pat McCrory has signed into law the ABLE Act, or Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, allowing North Carolina to create tax-deferred savings accounts for people with disabilities and their...

Take 4th of July survey, enter drawing

WAKE FOREST — The 42nd annual Wake Forest Fourth of July was a successful celebration attended by approximately 5,000 for the fireworks on July 3 and 3,000 for the children’s parade and games on July 4. The celebration is truly a community event for all generations, spanning more...

Nominations for good neighbor awards still open

WAKE FOREST — There’s still time to nominate a deserving resident for this year’s Wake Forest Good Neighbor of the Year award. The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is soliciting youth and adult nominations for the sixth annual Good Neighbor of the Year award through...

Disabled American Veterans group provides services Aug. 28

KNIGHTDALE — The DAV Mobile Service office will be at the Woodrow Wilson Chapter 1, 1700 Hodge Road, Knightdale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. So many veterans feel confused about benefits...

Ask Dr. Universe — Mollusks

Dear Dr. Universe, If mollusks have such heavy shells to drag around with them, how have they spread all over the ocean? -Michel W. Dear Michel, Mollusks, from land snails and slugs to oysters and mussels in the sea, have a few things in common. They have a head. They have a soft...

Kudos – week of Aug. 13, 2015

Scholarship awarded Emily Coats of Wake Forest, is the recipient of an local government federal credit union scholarship award. Coats, will use the scholarship to study at East Carolina University. Academics honored Kiah Ruffin of Wake Forest made the dean’s list at Winston Salem...

Cancer patients kayak for free

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Some cancer patients and their families got a much needed escape from the everyday toil the disease can take with free kayak rides down the Neuse River, Saturday, Aug. 8. The respite was provided by  Wake Forest’s Paddle Creek, a kayak and paddle...

Baton twirling classes return to Wake Forest

by Marty Simpkins Bonnie Mallory is bringing baton twirling back to the Wake Forest Parks and Rec department after a 25-year hiatus. Girls from kindergarten through eighth grade will have an opportunity to learn the art and sport of baton twirling and Mallory said she is hoping...

Franklinton welcomes new band director

by Marty Simpkins FRANKLINTON — Brandon Martel has started his first year as Franklinton High School band director and will lead the Marching Red Rams in their first public performance at the Back to School Celebration Wednesday, Aug. 19. Franklinton’s previous director, Derek...

Prepared to perfection

Young chefs program focuses on local food. By Dee Shore Special to The Franklin Weekly LOUISBURG — For 12 Franklin County preteens and teens, a new Young Chefs program proved to be an experience prepared to perfection. Offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Martha...

Bulldogs looking for another championship

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Bulldogs has been the longest running youth football program in Wake Forest with 40 years in play. The Bulldogs got their start under an Optimist Club program but are now a part of the Wake Forest Athletic Association. The teams...

Wake Forest July Building Permits

The Wake Forest Planning and Inspections Department issued the following permits during July. Addition/renovation •McKinley Building Corporation, 12524 Capital Blvd., $10,434. •Woods Construction Inc., 12620 Capital Blvd., $1,470. •Patio Enclosures Inc. of Raleigh, 1107 Golden...

Gouge named Ren. Center manager

WAKE FOREST — Cathy Gouge has been named the new manager for the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. Gouge has been serving as the interim manager since May. Prior to that, she served as the Renaissance Centre Specialist. As manager, Gouge will be responsible for...

Business Briefs – week of Aug. 13, 2015

Eat, drink and raise money for SAFEchild Go out to dinner and raise funds for SAFEchild at Real McCoy’s in Wake Forest tomorrow (Friday). Drink specials, raffle prizes and live music benefitting SAFEchild’s child abuse prevention programs. PDQ hosting canned goods drive PDQ...

Poultry meeting on avian influenza Aug. 25

By Martha L. Mobley Agricultural Extension Agent, Franklin County LOUISBURG — To better inform the many backyard poultry owners, 4-H poultry participants and the commercial poultry producers in the region, an educational meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m....

Career networking fair Aug.19

WAKEFIELD — The annual  Career Networking Fair is Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m. at the Living Arts College, 3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive, Raleigh. The RSVP date has been extended to Aug. 15. This event brings employers together for networking opportunities with each other and...

Wake Forest Academy wins Eagle awards

WAKE FOREST — National Heritage Academies (NHA), one of the nation’s largest charter school management companies, awarded Wake Forest Charter Academy with two Eagle Awards, one for parent satisfaction, which means the school had a net promoter score of 75 percent or higher on the...

Wake Forest police reports — week of Aug. 13, 2015

Arrests, reported Aug. 2-7 •Xavier Rashon Lewis, 16, 299 Steven Taylor Road, was arrested at 1226 N. White St., and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to jail and held on $3,000 bond....

Franklin County Sheriff reports — week of Aug. 13, 2015

Reported Aug. 4-9 Arrests •Jearline C. Alston, 62, 195 Baily Creek Road, Kittrell, was arrested at her home and charged with felony aggravated assault. She was released on written promise to appear in court. Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m. •Levon Cherry, 50, 5557 Derring Drive, Battleboro, was...

British soccer invades Rolesville

by Marty Simpkins ROLESVILLE — Young soccer players in Rolesville were treated to “football” lessons taught by a British instructor last week. Instructor Ahmad Salih hails from Hull City, which is three hours north of London. He came to America five months ago and has traveled...

Tree limb knocks down power lines, smashes car

Outage affects 3,000. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A single, but large, tree limb fell on electric lines, knocking out power to some 3,000 customers Friday at 9 a.m. The limb brought down electric lines and poles at South Main and Sycamore streets, and also smashed a 2007 Ford...