Live long and prosper – by dancing!

YOUNGSVILLE — Did you know that square dancers live an average of 10 years longer than their peers? Dancing is the best activity to pursue, it combines both physical and mental exercise. Magic Squares in Youngsville is having an open house Monday, Jan. 26 at Youngsville Baptist...
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Crenshaw closes down

Closedown WAKE FOREST — Crenshaw Hall had a going-out-of-business, every-thing-must-go sale Saturday, and will no longer host weddings or other events. Everything from the dining room table to glassware was tagged. John Bennett and Christie Fernandez are trying to sell the...
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One tuff teach

WAKE FOREST — Bill Wilkinson, left, hands Maureen Findley the Wake Forest Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year certificate Tuesday at Heritage High. Findley, who is a former U.S. Marine and teaches history at Heritage, is also the district winner for the VFW.  
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When imagination runs wild

Local Gamers by Gordon Coleman When it comes to video games that are overlooked or underrated, a majority of them stem from independent download-only products. A great example is the Costume Quest series available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. This unique title is a...
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Teeth in the dark

Local Gamers by David Allen If you’re a die hard Shark Week fan or simply a lover of fresh gameplay ideas then look no further than Depth. Developed and released by indie company Digital Confectioners it pits divers against maneating sharks in a fight for survival. This...
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Help bees get a plate

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Beekeepers Association (FCBA) has designed a North Carolina specialty license plate and hopes to get at least 300 people on board with it by Feb. 15, the application deadline. In a statement, FCBA Treasurer Sandy Carlson said the association is...
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Notary class available at Wake Forest Chamber

Business Briefs - week of Jan. 22, 2015 Rolesville Chamber of Commerce news Business After Hours, hosted by Scottie Hundley and Affordable Creative Framer, is tonight (Thursday) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location is 13200 New Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 133. Guests are always welcome. Wake...
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Cutchins named citizen of year

by Clellie Allen, with Todd Allen YOUNGSVILLE — Joe Cutchins Jr., of Franklinton, was named the Citizen of the Year at the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet held Jan. 15 at The Boondocks in Youngsville. Last year’s recipient of the award, Dr. Mark La...
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Temps hit 9 below in 1985

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1965 •The Wake Forest Rescue Squad has received its nonprofit charter from the state. The free service will operate 24 hours a day. The squad will provide emergency first aid, but...
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Shrek — the Musical

WAKE FOREST — Heritage High School Theater presents Shrek the Musical, which opens next week. Shows are Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 5 through Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. There is one matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m....

Free FAFSA day is set for Feb. 28

RALEIGH — College financial aid officers and specialists will be available across North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 28 to help high school seniors and families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms online. Free FAFSA Day programs will be...
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Bee-ing smart

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Charter Academy recently hosted the Scripps School Spelling Bee and is happy to announce the top three finishers. Chelada Livingston placed first, Anisah Sison placed second and Hadley Ayers placed third. Livingston will advance to the state spelling bee...
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Wake Sheriff reports — Jan. 22, 2015

    Reported Jan. 10-16. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Franklin County •Brian Christopher Hawkins, 27, 15 Mill St., Raleigh, was arrested on a Franklin County warrant by Raleigh Police Officer W.R. Sanders at the Wake County jail and...

Wake Forest police reports – Week of Jan. 22, 2015

Incidents Reported Jan. 12-16, 2015 •Damage to a concrete water fountain was reported at 1088 Marshall Farm St. Jan. 16, 9:02 a.m. •Fraud was reported at Farm to Table restaurant at 3325 Rogers Road. Jan. 15, 10:03 p.m. •Fraud was reported at 1132 Chilmark Ave. Jan. 15, 9:18 p.m....
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Tri-county Gymnastics comes out on top

WAKE FOREST — Tri-County Gymnastics from Youngsville came out on top at the Crystal Coast Ice Breaker competition, which took place in Newport Jan. 15. The gymnasts came away victorious with XCEL Bronze and Gold teams placing second All-Around and XCEL Silver, level 6 and level 7...
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Warning: Headaches ahead

  Purnell, Oak and Forestville roads to close for bridgework in 2015; Rogers in 2016. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The N.C. Department of Transportation begins long-awaited, bridge replacement projects next month on Purnell Road, with closures on Forestville and Oak streets...
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Town raises baseball fees, approves rezonings

by Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners unanimously voted in December to raise participation fees from $90 to $110 for the current spring baseball season. Parks and Recreation Director Pete Gibson made the recommendation for a fee increase after outlining to commissioners...
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Guessers go ape over contest

Hoy Auction wants a name for its parking lot primate. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — What is 8 feet tall and grey-black all over? That’s what Jay Hoy wants you to tell him. Hoy, owner of Hoy Auction Company, plunked a larger-than-life gorilla statue in front of his business at 1303...
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Youngsville art festival this weekend

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Woman’s Club hosts their 60th Arts Festival at the Youngsville Museum of History this weekend. Showings are Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. The museum is located at 120 W. Franklin Street and the festival is open to all. This year’s...

Body Shop leaving Wake Forest

Move to NYC to affect 145 local jobs. WAKE FOREST — The Body Shop is moving its U.S. headquarters to New York City. Now located in Wake Forest off Burlington Mills Road, the move will affect up to 145 local jobs, Body Shop spokesperson Kathleen Linder stated in a press release...
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Solar shades deemed ‘functional art’

Defining Wake Electric additions left planners scratching their heads. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Construction on the new Wake Electric Membership Corp. building on Franklin Street is nearly complete. All that remains now is to build solar shades on ether side of the entrance....
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International film festival coming Jan. 24

LOUISBURG — The red carpet, glittering awards and a full line-up of indy films are coming to Louisburg College Jan. 24-25 in the international film festival, First in Aviation. Both feature length and short films from nine countries, including Bangladesh, Denmark, Germany, Greece...
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Blasting work begins on Smith Creek project

WAKE FOREST — The city of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., are slated to begin blasting and excavation operations in the area of the Smith Creek Greenway as part of the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP). Residents who live near the Smith Creek Greenway...
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Hope Lutheran holds Night to Shine Feb. 13

WAKE FOREST — Hope Lutheran Church has been selected as one of 50 host sites for the upcoming nationwide Night to Shine prom for people with special needs. The event will happen in 50 different cities across the country simultaneously Friday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. The...