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Self walks free

RALEIGH — The Wake Forest man accused of taking indecent liberties with little girls while working as a substitute teacher at Jones Dairy Elementary School in August, 2013 was found not guilty in court this week on two of the three charges, according to a media report broadcast...
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Home raided for marijuana

Cops crack down on alleged Wake Forest dealers. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A combined force made up of Wake Forest police officers and Wake County Sheriff’s deputies raided an Olde Mill Stream home midday Dec. 17, arresting two occupants for allegedly dealing marijuana,...
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Tech board appointee is only 17

Haleigh Tucker wants school technology offerings expanded. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — This modern world is catching up to local government, which is why nine gurus have been selected by town commissioners to serve on their first ever technology advisory board. One of them,...
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Staying strong in the community

From the Sports Desk by Marty Simpkins If you’re looking for a new, intense and challenging way of getting in shape, then Red Dog CrossFit of Wake Forest could be for you. Red Dog opened its doors Aug. 1 and has already racked up 70 members. An average of about 25 to 30 people...
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Angel Tree makes Christmas cheer possible

WAKE FOREST — Ricky Burnett, right, hands a woman a bag full of presents for her young children as part of Friendship Chapel Baptist Church’s Angel Tree giveaway. Volunteers collected age- and gender-appropriate presents from church donations, BJ’s and BJ’s shoppers, as well as...
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Help bring 2014 to safe end

Drivers encouraged to report possibly impaired drivers. RALEIGH — With the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holiday, the Highway Patrol is asking drivers to help bring a safe end to 2014 by not driving impaired, buckling-up and keeping their focus on the road. Last year in the...
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Gas tax goes up Jan. 1

RALEIGH — The state motor fuels tax rate for gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuels will increase from 36.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents per gallon for the period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, Department of Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray announced last week. The state...

Kudos

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...