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Louisburg College announces fall honors, dean’s lists The following students were named to the fall honors list at Louisburg College. From Louisburg, Nadia Wrenn, Kaleb Calamaco, Richard Patton and Clay Hackney; from Wake Forest, Shaylah Hopson; and from Raleigh, Christopher...
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School Briefs – week of Dec. 25, 2014

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Franklinton High School •The Franklinton High School Business Alliance will hold its next meeting Jan. 15, 3:15 p.m. in the main office of the high school. Wake Forest High School Looking for somewhere...

Insurance commish blocks rate increase

Wake County to see 4 percent decrease, Franklin to rise 2.6 percent. By Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Nearly a full year after being asked to raise average homeowners insurance rates more than 25 percent, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has ordered a zero percent statewide overall...

And the winners are …

Local Gamers Video Game Awards by David Allen and Gordon Coleman Our contest to see what games were the best of 2014 has come to a close. We asked readers to go online and vote for their top video games this year. Some categories have had shocking results, while others were no...

Record number of motorists to hit road for holiday

RALEIGH — Nearly three million North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday, according to AAA Carolinas. The record number — 2,939,500 — represents an increase of 113,000 compared to last year. An estimated 2,675,000, or 91 percent of total...

Police suspend fingerprinting service

WAKE FOREST — Due to Shop with a Cop Dec. 18, followed by the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Wake Forest Police Department has suspended fingerprinting service until Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. Fingerprinting service is offered at the police department main station, 225 E. Taylor...
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Students cook up thanks for college staff

LOUISBURG — As the faculty and staff at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus rushed to finalize grades and wrap up their work before the holiday break, they received a welcome gift. Two students in the VGCC Entrepreneurship degree program, Laura Hurley and...
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Ditto that!

Neighbor gets clever with light display. This time of year brings out the kid in all of us, especially when it comes to Christmas lights. And every neighborhood has it’s Clark Griswold who loves to see his or her house lit up to the delight of neighbors and other passersby. And...
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Book notes: For the reader on your gift list

by David Leone Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for the locally, literary-minded? Local authors and publishing houses have recently released several books on subjects ranging from wall art to hot dogs to North Carolina history. •Memoir of Nathaniel Macon of North...
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Redheads vs. Ringers

This Week in History In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •Youngsville Brownie Scouts, Junior Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts enjoyed Christmas parties on separate days at the Scout hut, exchanging gifts, playing...

Town holiday schedules

Wake Forest The Wake Forest town hall and other administrative offices will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holiday. Police service will not be interrupted, but the town’s bus service and sanitation schedules will be affected. Town offices will re-open Dec. 29 at 8 a.m....

Annual Optimists essay contest underway

Note: This is updated information from the previous week. WAKE FOREST — The Optimist Club in Wake Forest is holding an essay contest and the topic is Optimism should be a priority. The contest is open to students under age 19 who have not graduated from high school as of Dec. 31....
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Master plan in works for Mountains-to-Sea state trail

RALEIGH — A major component of the ongoing master plan for the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail will be ideas gathered from partners, stakeholders and the public, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. “As we move toward completion of the Mountains-to-Sea State...

First Day hikes at all state parks Jan. 1

RALEIGH — A North Carolina tradition continues New Year’s Day with opportunities to exercise and reconnect with nature on First Day hikes at every state park and recreation area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. In the past three years, hikers in North...

Business Briefs

Heritage residents donate hundreds of toys Ammons Development and Heritage residents donated 237 toys to the Raleigh Rescue Mission Dec. 18. Members of the master planned community in Wake Forest and Rolesville have been collecting toys since Nov. 25. This is the seventh year the...
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Financial MVPs invest in community

WAKE FOREST — The SunTrust Bank located in downtown Wake Forest won a Most Valuable Team award in August that came with some cash for a team party. According to Vice President and Branch Manager Mark Marley, for several months, the members of the group tried to come up with an...

What will 2015’s economy look like?

By Dr. Mike Walden N.C. Cooperative Extension Economists receive much attention at the beginning of a new year. People want some insight into how the economy will perform. No economist can predict every individual’s economic outlook. Instead, we try to forecast the general trends...

Nominate someone for Innovative Young Farmer Award

RALEIGH — The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is accepting applications for the Innovative Young Farmer of the Year award. The award, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina, rewards the hard work and innovative thinking of young farmers in North Carolina....

Hazard mitigation plan meeting Dec. 30

RALEIGH — An open public meeting will be held to review the final multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan that includes Wake County, Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. The meeting...

New scams to bilk residents of money, just in time for the new year

RALEIGH — The N.C. Attorney General recently warned of scammers calling consumers, pretending to be representatives of Duke Energy and threatening to cut off the power if note paid right away. This scam, which can heat up as the weather turns colder, is taking a new tact. Some...

How to go green at the grocery store

One of the easiest ways to go green is to make more eco-friendly choices at the grocery store: •Begin in the produce aisle. When shopping for produce, stock up on plenty of organic fruits and vegetablesg. Stick to organic for the “dirty dozen” foods, those which are the most...

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...