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The Hobbit debuts tonight

WAKE FOREST — Tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7 p.m., the Wake Forest High School Theatre Department presents The Hobbit, dramatized by award-winning playwright Patricia Gray and approved by author J.R.R. Tolkien himself. The play features the adventures of hobbit Bilbo...
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This Week In History – Feb. 6, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1834 •Sixteen young men have enrolled to attend the Wake Forest Institute, located on a small farm in the Forest of Wake purchased from Calvin Jones. The Institute is funded by the...

Bunn Centennial celebration heads toward finale

BUNN — The Franklin County community of Bunn has been celebrating its centennial for the past year, and is gearing up for its final two community events. The Sweetheart Centennial Steak Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m. at Bunn Middle School and the Centennial  Spring Fling...
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Opportunity for school vouchers is here

RALEIGH — The Opportunity Scholarship Pro-gram (OSP) was created last year by the North Carolina General Assembly for certain students attending nonpublic schools whose household income qualifies for free or reduced lunch in North Carolina public schools. Online applications are...

Sewer overflows in Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST — The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department responded to a sanitary sewer overflow located behind 330 Tillamook Drive Saturday. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resource’s Division of Water Quality was notified of the overflow. City staff...
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Spelling bee winners keep it in the family

ROLESVILLE — Camryn Hennings, a fourth-grader in Sheila Lundy’s class, correctly spelled bloviate to take top honors at the Rolesville Elementary School spelling bee Jan. 16. Camryn is now qualified to represent her school at the Regional Bee March 15 at N.C. State’s McKimmon...
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Wake Forest High receives construction grant

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High receives construction grant The Terracon Foundation recently awarded a $3,000 community grant to the Wake Forest High School, Construction Technology Career Academy (CTCA) that will be used to help fund organization projects, field trips, and...
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Folklorist Washington performs Saturday

WAKE FOREST — Award-winning storyteller and multicultural folklorist Donna L. Washington delivers an unforgettable storytelling performance Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Washington has been sharing stories with audiences for more than 24...

Blood urgently needed

WAKE FOREST — Recent winter storms have led to a severe blood shortage, according to an American Red Cross advisory. Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 600 blood drive cancelations, and nearly 20,000 uncollected...

Could electric rates drop?

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town commissioners have scheduled a closed session for their Feb. 18 meeting to discuss the potential sale to Duke Energy Progress of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency’s (NCEMPA) ownership in four power plants that Duke Energy Progress...
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There is a video game for everyone

This week Local Gamers would like to spread the love of video games to those who may not know about video games or do not know where to begin. We have put together a brief list of video games for anyone to be able to jump right in. It is an understatement in 2014 to say that...

Heart for Art fundraiser kicks off busy arts season

FRANKLINTON — Join the Franklin County Arts Council Thursday for a complimentary evening of casual fare catered by Mary Rose Joyner, music by the local Mister Felix and both silent and pick-a-prize auctions to benefit the arts in Franklin County. The benefit is being held at the...
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Business Briefs – Feb. 6, 2014

Jackson graduates with highest honors Eric Jackson, founder of Redeeming the Tune Piano Service in Rolesville, recently graduated with highest honors from the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology in Bozeman, Mont.  The school, which is the largest in the world, has graduates...

Roundabout saves — and costs

Engineer: Town needs to limit repairs on traffic circle. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Roundabouts are nationally recognized for slowing traffic, while improving safety. But locally, one roundabout has another legend — as a major cash drain. The roundabout joining South Main...
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Snow days payback

School systems announce makeup days for recent snow. While missing school for snow is fun while the sledding lasts, there’s always the school makeup to pay for on the other side when the days are sunny and warm. Here are the makeup days (in calendar order) that have been posted...

Monday is deadline for teacher grants

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Community Foundation (FCCF) announces the availability of small grants to teachers in the county from its education fund. All public school teachers and support personnel in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply for grants up to $350...

Miller Park reopens Saturday

WAKE FOREST — H.L. Miller Park, 401 Elm Ave., is expected to reopen Saturday after crews worked to stabilize the banks of the unnamed stream that runs through the park. The town initiated the project after an inspection revealed minor stream stabilization was needed to reduce...

School Briefs – Feb. 6, 2014

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Richland Creek Elementary gets assistant principal Richland Creek Elementary, Wake Forest’s newest elementary school in the Wake system,  will get an assistant principal Friday. Lucille Glass was...

Franklin soil meeting

The next Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Board meeting is Thursday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Soil & Water District office in the Franklin County Agricultural Services center, 101 S. Bickett Blvd., Suite B. The public is invited to attend.

YMCA offers Livestrong

WAKE FOREST — Kerr Family YMCA hosts Livestrong, a program providing cancer survivors the opportunity to fight the disease through health and fitness outside of a medical setting. Certified YMCA instructors help patients build muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance...

Optimists offer essay scholarship

WAKE FOREST — The Optimist Club of Wake Forest invites students under 19 who haven’t yet graduated to submit an essay on the topic — How Dreams Lead to Success. Essays should be 700 to 800 words and are due at the local Optimist club by Feb. 19. In addition to developing skills...

Leadership Franklin set to begin

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Leadership Franklin, a three-month program beginning March 12 with a series of six full-day sessions, provides a diverse group of existing and emerging leaders the chance to experience many of the challenges and opportunities facing the county. Participants...

Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees

NORTH CAROLINA — Anyone from North Carolina who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in February will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees. The trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds will help beautify North Carolina for many years to come,”...