Small farms conference Saturday

LOUISBURG — Small farmers are invited to attend a regional conference, Successful Small Farms Opportunities, this Saturday at 9 a.m., at the Vance-Granville Community College multipurpose building in Louisburg. A variety of workshops are scheduled to highlight the latest farming...

Coat drive begins Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Youth Advisory Board is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets during the month of March as part of a community service project. All donated coats will be given to the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club for distribution to local people in...

Plant a tree on Arbor Day

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Arbor Day in North Carolina is March 21 this year. Take time to celebrate by planting a tree. Saturday, March 15, the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office sponsors its annual tree giveaway at 9 a.m. at the Farmers Market in the Shannon Village Shopping...
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Vermiculture defined at gardening event

HENDERSON — Vance County Cooperative Extension presents Backyard Gardening: Getting Down to Basics, a symposium scheduled Saturday, March 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 305 Young St., in Henderson. The power of worms in the garden and beyond...

Vacation home insurance fraud suspect arrested

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin last week announced the arrest of Robin Michelle Crabel, 46, of 28 Walnut Hill Drive, Ebony, Va. She was charged with one felony count each of embezzlement by an insurance agent and obtaining property by false pretense. Department of...

AARP offers tax prep help

FRANKLINTON — The AARP Foundation will assist with free individual federal and N.C. state income tax preparation and e-filing for anyone who needs help.  The assistance is available at the Franklinton Senior Center, 206 East Mason St., Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through...

Vote on horse referendum March 11

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Horse and other equine animal owners and lessors will vote across the state March 11 to determine whether to continue to voluntarily assess themselves $2 per ton of commercial horse feed in order to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry....

Town parks’ restrooms to open March 10

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation department is scheduled to open the outdoor restrooms and water fountains at the following town parks Monday, March 10: •Ailey Young Park, 800 Juniper Ave. •E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road •Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Av...
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Donating on tax form will help to conserve state’s wildllife

WAKE FOREST — With the click of a mouse or the stroke of a pen, people can help keep North Carolina wild by donating on line 31 of their N.C. state income tax form. Donations support the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, which helps the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission...

Wake Forest police reports – Feb. 27, 2014

Arrests •Fredrick Lamonte Gill, 21, was arrested at 602 E. Pine Ave., on an order for arrest. He was taken to the Wake County jail and held on a $1,000 bond. Officer N.S. Dillard, Feb. 23, 8:45 p.m. •Daniel John Rosenberg, 23, 10039 Seawell Dr., was arrested at Capital Boulevard...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports – Feb. 27, 2014

Arrests •Michael Nieves, 24, 964 Hicks Road, Franklinton, was arrested at home and charged with aggravated assault. He was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on a $5,000 bond. Deputy I. Jones, Feb. 24, 2:03 a.m. •Christopher Alan Klein, 32, 243 Tillamook Drive, Wake...

Wake crime – Feb. 27, 2014

Reported Feb. 8-11. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Larceny was reported at a nursing home on the 1100 block of Falls River Avenue, Raleigh, in Falls. Feb. 11, midnight. Franklinton •Delois Faye Ellis, 48, 142 Pocomoke Road, Franklinton, was...

Rolesville police reports – FEB. 27, 2014

Arrests •Brittiny Simone Thomas, 20, 3721 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest, was arrested at 603 S. Main St. and charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana. Officer S. McKimmey, Feb. 22, 5:20 p.m. •Dagoberto Alejo Gonzalez, 38, 145 Kings...
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The redcoats are coming

Zack Tyler shows off handmade British officer’s garb from a War of 1812 re-enactment in Raleigh Saturday. The re-enactors come to the Wake Forest History Museum March 29. More details in an upcoming issue.
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Mayor: Town better off

Vivian Jones credits doers of past, present in her State of the Town speech. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — If Mayor Vivian Jones’ remarks about the State of the Town, delivered Monday night at the town-run Renaissance Centre, could be summed up in one word, it would be: Busy. The...
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Valentine’s heat

Firefighters from Stony Hill and Wake Forest departments responded to a shed fire Friday, when an explosion was reported on Keith Road in Wakefield.

Police investigate online nude Wake student photos

WAKE FOREST — It didn’t take long for word to spread Tuesday that Wake Forest police are investigating the crime of disseminating obscenity after nude photos of potential Wake County high school students started showing up online. The news raced through some of the same social...
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Police: Have you seen these people?

By Clellie Allen Local law enforcement agencies are asking for the public’s help in locating certain individuals. Stolen car parts LOUISBURG — Franklin County deputies are looking for this man and asking if anyone can identify him to contact Captain Smith at 919-729-4600. He is...

Schools facilities manager lands in hot seat

By Juliet McDonald RALEIGH — Joe Desormeaux, facilities manager for Wake County Public School System, was in the hot seat more than once during the Wake County Commissioners meeting Monday afternoon. Commissioners tackled multiple agenda items concerning Wake Schools, all...

Friday deadline to enter Incredible Pageant

Student-organized event designed to embolden youths with disabilities. WAKE FOREST — Maha Rehman, a senior at Franklin Academy High School, has organized a pageant for youths and young adults, with a twist. “The Incredible Pageant is specifically organized to focus on children...

Cemetery plan plotted

Apartments also approved. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A plan for the long-awaited columbarium at the town-run cemetery was presented to town commissioners Tuesday night, but they had grave concerns with the design. Though the board approved the plan, which will add a structure...
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Get up close and personal with JMC

Country music singer in town for special show to benefit domestic violence victims. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Want to see country music phenom Jason Michael Carroll up close while helping victims of domestic violence? Come see him perform this Friday at the Mill Room in The...
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Neighbor helping neighbor

Michael Nunn, center, in the ballcap, was spinning his tires on North College Street trying to get to the plowed part of the road Feb. 13. First, a seminary worker helped shovel him out, then, Don Stroud drove up in a Jeep and pulled him out with a chain.
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Drug bust successful

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — As part of an ongoing investigation in the sale and distribution of controlled substances, particularly crack cocaine and marijuana, officers of the Franklin County Tactical team executed a search warrant just after 9 a.m. Feb. 7 at 30 Curtis Road,...