Vanilla Ice opens State Fair lineup

RALEIGH — The 2014 N.C. State Fair Dorton Arena lineup will feature performances by country, gospel, rock and contemporary Christian artists, along with a stand-up comedian. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at ncstatefair.or...

Republican Party second primary July 15

RALEIGH — The second primary election for the Wake County District Attorney nominee for the Republican Party is Tuesday. The vote will decide the race between John Bryant and Jeff Cruden. All Wake County polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early voting for the...

Gen. Patton’s grandson to visit Wake Forest museum

WAKE FOREST — Novelist and historian Robert H. Patton will appear at a program and book-signing Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. The grandson of WWII General George S. Patton and relative to Wake Forest native Jody Totten, his fifth...
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Second retired K-9 dies

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is mourning the death of its second retired K-9 in as many weeks following the passing of K-9 Lagos, who died July 2 at the age of 11. Lagos, a German shepherd, joined the Wake Forest Police Department in 2006 and officially retired...

Franklin SPCA news

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Shelter cleanup day takes place from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg. Volunteers should wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes. Donations of bleach, white vinegar, rubber gloves, scrub brushes, spray...

Portion of greenway closed July 16

WAKE FOREST — A section of the Smith Creek Greenway, from Burlington Mills Road to the Neuse River Connector, will be closed for routine maintenance Wednesday, July 16, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The temporary closure will allow crews to mow two-foot wide shoulders along both sides...

Fire Pit to host feline fundraiser

WAKE FOREST — A fundraiser benefiting Purr Partners Feline Rescue is scheduled July 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Fire Pit BBQ & Smokehouse, 950 Gateway Commons Circle. The Fire Pit will donate 10 percent of food sales that day to the nonprofit organization. Purr Partners...

Learn about storms, senses and scams at senior workshops

FRANKLINTON — The N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering free classes at the Franklinton Senior Center, 602 E. Mason St. To sign up for the classes listed, call 919-496-3344. •Emergency preparedness for the family — Learn how to prepare for weather emergencies, including knowing...

FHS announces class reunion

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton High School class of 1984 is hosting a reunion for FHS 1980-89 graduates Sept. 26 and 27 at the North Raleigh Hilton. For more information, call Snowdean Jones Cannady at 919-818-0075 or e-mail snow@warrenshacklaw.com; or call Tony Harris at 919-291-4204...

Landscaping contract scrapped

By David Allen LOUISBURG — county commissioners decided to reject the only two bids for the landscaping services contract agreement for the county as they weren’t satisfied the lowest bidder could actually meet all the requirements for the job. The bid opening for the contract...
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Storm shifts family’s plans

WAKE FOREST — Henderson couple John and Vicki Faucette had planned to take their 6-year-old granddaughter to the beach for the July 4 holiday. But then, Arthur changed those plans for them. As the hurricane spun its way toward the Carolina coast, John Faucette changed their...

Keep cool at the museum in July

RALEIGH — There’s fun to be had for all ages at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. To register where indicated, call 919-807-7992. Admission is free unless otherwise noted and parking...

Aqua’s automatic rate hikes appealed

RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed an appeal in an attempt to stop Cary-based utility company Aqua from raising rates without public hearings. Aqua lists diverse local communities such as Wakefield Estates and Wakefield Plantation as well as Hasentree and Willow...
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Wakefield grad drowns in accident

WAKE FOREST — Timothy Michael Adams, who graduated last month from Wakefield High School, drowned Saturday in the Tuckaseigee river near East LaPorte Park River Access Area about 3.5 miles outside of Cullowhee, according to news reports. “Tim was taken from us too soon in a...
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Fireworks to go on

12:30 p.m. update: Wake Fourth of July Committee Chair Rhonda Alderman confirms gates will open at 5:30 as expected. Hurricane Arthur may play havoc with coastal areas, but will not affect local plans to celebrate Independence Day. by David Leone A veritable monsoon dampened the...
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Big box store advances

Resident’s objections to Sam’s Club overruled for ‘lack of evidence.’ By David Leone WAKE FOREST — David Bissette wrote out on paper his objections to a Sam’s Club planned for Caveness Farms Avenue to present at Tuesday night’s Planning Board public hearing. He left several...
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Tower up in smoke?

Wake Forest High junior Ashley Bisby captured this array of workmen working to remove the 130-year-old smokestack at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary this week. Now the seminary’s old coal-fed (and later, gas powered) boilers have been replaced, the smokestack over the...
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Deputy rams car to stop dangerous fugitives

By Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — A Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to use his vehicle to stop a pair of fugitives and prevent potential serious injury or death to innocent drivers at about noon June 20. Deontre Dwayne Bradshaw, 27, and his reported girlfriend, Brittney...

People want more from Joyner Park

Picnic tables, disc golf desired; baseball fields, not so much. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — What is it with disc golf? More than 550 people responded to a town survey asking what they’d like to see done with the last 43 acres of the 117-acre Joyner Park. And, while a sizable...
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No rain date for fireworks

Tropical storm Arthur looming off Carolina coast. By David Leone A veritable monsoon dampened the Wake Forest Independence Day festivities last year, but the show still went on. Event officials say that this year, they’ll most likely do the same. “There is no rain date. Right now...
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A hometown role model

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — First impressions are important, and Joel Schmidt strikes you immediately as a man with a sound head on his shoulders. Joel, 18, graduated from Wake Forest High last year, and has attended his first semester at East Carolina University. But what is...

Dead newborn unearthed; born healthy

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — An 8.5-pound baby girl was reportedly born at home alive and healthy sometime Sunday morning, but was found dead and buried in the back yard of a Fox Ridge Farms home that night. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to...
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Public workshop on gas pipelines July 8

YOUNGSVILLE — PSNC will hold an informal community workshop July 8, 4-8 p.m. at Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Road, to discuss a new natural gas transmission pipeline. In a letter to Rolesville Town Manager Bryan Hicks, PSNC Energy’s Craig Bodie wrote that the company has...