Notable events from 2014

As a calendar year winds down, many people like to reflect on the preceding 12 months. The end of the year can be a great time for personal reflection, but also an interesting time to look back on the more notable events that took place across the globe since the most recent turn...

Protect yourself when buying refurbished products

When shopping at their neighborhood electronics store or perusing online retailers, consumers will eventually come across refurbished products. Such products typically cost substantially less than similar brand new products, and such savings often ignite suspicion among consumers...

Wake Forest citations reported Dec. 11-17

•Cheryl Arnold Vann, 50, 317 Stone Monument Drive, unsafe lane change. Dec. 17. •Alec Stafford Winterton, 19, 139 Rocking Horse Lane, Youngsville, unsafe movement. Dec. 17. •Mary Ellen Archer, 44, 8524 Battery Crest Lane, speeding. Dec. 17. •Howard Lee Edwards, Jr., 31, 699 Joe...
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Santa’s come to town

WW photo by David Leone
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Williams retiring

Wake Forest town manager has held job since 1993. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — In a surprise statement, Mark Williams announced Wednesday he’s retiring as town manager April 30. He informed town commissioners during the board’s closed session Tuesday night, breaking the news to...

‘Dream home’ property 25 feet short

Town turns down resident’s offer to buy a bigger lawn. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Caveat Emptor: Let the buyer beware. This was the overall gist of Wake Forest commissioners’ refusal to allow town resident Brian Ramey to purchase land beyond his back lot from the town. The...
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Man arrested for sex offense

WAKE FOREST — A local man is in jail on a $400,000 bond for an alleged child porn charge. Carlos Lazaro Rivero, 52, of 428 Longbourn Drive, in the Pemberly subdivision, was arrested by Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy J.W. Carter at his residence Dec. 8 at 8:50 p.m. Rivero is charged...

Avoid holiday package thefts

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is warning homeowners to be vigilant when they have parcels delivered to their homes after a local resident reported having two packages stolen from her front porch. Police say thieves often follow courier trucks and immediately...
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A love story: Foster care to adoption

Local Profiles by Carol Taber WAKE FOREST — There is a pressing need for foster families in Wake County. From March 2013 to March 2014, the latest available statistics, there were 614 children being cared for through the foster care system. In 2011, Brent and Amanda Aucoin...
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Brewery expands

Youngsville facility will allow White Street to more than triple production, and bottle the beer. By David Leone YOUNGSVILLE — White Street Brewing Company is upsizing and has moved its major brewing operations to Park Avenue. Dino Radosta, company founder and owner, held a sneak...
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Family man cleans up in bathroom contest

Dream entry earns $15,000 grand prize in Dove shampoo contest. By Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — What’s a guy gotta do to get a little time and space in his own bathroom? Ask Brian McEwen. The Wake Forest husband and dad of two daughters — with another on the way — relayed his woes...
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Navigating the holidays with diabetes

Amid a season of sweets and special foods, it can be challenging for diabetics to maintain their dietary discipline. But eating certain foods in moderation can help people with diabetes enjoy the flavors of the holidays without compromising their health. The Centers for Disease...
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Students blanket children in need

FRANKLINTON — Inspired by the idea of connecting students with projects that impact the local community, Blake Taylor and students at Franklinton Elementary School are making blankets for those in need — one knot at a time. Taylor teaches fourth grade at Franklinton Elementary...

Teacher grants available

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Community Foundation announces the availability of small grants from its education fun to teachers in Franklin County. The mini-grants program was established to encourage creativity in effective teaching throughout the Franklin County School...

Library happenings

Most programs are free. Call for information and to register, if indicated. Libraries will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. At the Wake Forest Community Library" •See Spot Read. Readers of all levels are invited to practice their reading skills...
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Gift-wrapped with love

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High School girls lacrosse team has adopted a family through the Holiday Cheer program at Wake County Social Services. Shown with their wrapped gifts above are, standing from left, Ariel Gold, Haley Cissel, Hannah Anderson, Savannah Boyd and Camryn...

Join the CIP discussion

WAKE FOREST — What community priorities do you want town staff to consider as they develop the 2015-20 Capital Improvement Plan update? Your input is requested on this topic at engage.wakeforestnc.gov. The CIP update is the revised CIP and covers the five fiscal years 2015-16...
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And a good time was had by all

WAKE FOREST — A dulcimer string ensemble, above, plays holiday tunes at the Northern Wake Senior Center’s annual Christmas covered-dish social Dec. 10. From left are Conny Evans, Pat Lantz, Kricket Wright, Joyce Bibby, Vicki Smith and Evelyn Terry. Behind them are Ron Williams...
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Troops have merrier Christmas with live trees

WAKE FOREST — For the ninth year, Wake Forest Baptist Church has delivered Christmas trees to military service members at Ft. Bragg. What began as a way to do more than just throw away left-over trees in a 2006 tree sale has grown into a ministry that saw 90 military families...
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What’s better than pancakes for breakfast?

Pancakes with Santa! At right, Santa (a friend of Mike Reeve) helps a youngster choose his gift, as some 240 children and parents attended the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club’s annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 6. Along with breakfast, the children enjoyed face painting,...
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What a nice surprise

Local Gamers by Gordon Coleman I am excited for gaming in 2015 because of the many surprise announcements developers showcased throughout this year. Video game creators offered new games, unique gadgets and bold innovations. Nintendo typically leads in the wow factor. They refuse...
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Don’t judge a game by its trailer

Local Gamers by David Allen As I mentioned in last week’s article, 2014 has been a glorious year for PC gaming. Not only have we gotten a ton of games, but Steam has once again revamped itself to better reach its market. Game-streaming, music, and broadcasting have all been...

Wake Forest holiday hours

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest town hall and other administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday. Police service will not be interrupted, but the town’s bus service and sanitation schedules will be affected. Bus service,...

Did you know?

Skimming, sometimes referred to as “card skimming,” is a type of financial fraud in which information is illegally copied from the magnetic strip of a debit or credit card. Once a card has been skimmed, the criminals perpetrating the fraud can then clone the card and use it to...