Clint Black tickets on sale

LOUISBURG — Country music performer Clint Black is appearing in a benefit concert Sept. 23 at 7:30 at the Louisburg College Jones Performing Arts Center, sponsored by Friends of the Cancer Center. Net proceeds from the concert will help pay for mammograms for women at risk who...
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Golf course to be park

Questions raised about conflicts of interest, but attorney asserts all is in order. By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — More than four years after being gifted nearly $900,000 to purchase land and construct a new county park, commissioners voted 6-1 Monday to purchase the former Bull...
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Junior deputies

Jashawn Jeffreys shows officers he’s strictly hands-off during a personal inspection of a police cruiser at the Wake Forest Police Department’s National Night Out event at Taylor Street Park Tuesday. The Night Out is designed to familiarize residents with their local officers....
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On Patrol: Cocaine trafficking charges net man $5.5 million bond

By David Leone RALEIGH — A repeat offender again charged with trafficking cocaine is in jail on a $5.53 million dollar bond following his arrest east of Rolesville at Quarry and Mitchell Mill roads. Robert Lee Alston, 32, 3301 Trail Drive, Wendell, was arrested July 25 by Wake...
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Employee — Airport unsafe

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — The anticipated vote on the new Franklin County park was nearly overshadowed during the time for public comments when former Triangle North Executive Airport service manager Bruce Allen aired what he believes are serious problems with how the airport...
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Learn to lie from the best: professional storytellers

Festival, workshops debut Saturday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Get E. Gale Buck talking … about the weather, fishing, the North Pole, or even himself, and be prepared to hear him describe whatever it is in a whimsical, winding fashion. That’s because what Buck does best is what...
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Former Wakefield coach pleads guilty

By Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Jamie Lloyd Ayers, the Wakefield High School teacher and head softball coach arrested in 2013 for sex crimes against a student, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of felony sex of-fense against a child Monday morning. He was sentenced to a minimum of five...
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Grocery store robbed

RALEIGH — The Lowes Foods store at Forestville Crossing, 8440 Louisburg Road, just south of Rolesville, was robbed early Saturday morning, with employees held for several hours during the commission of the crime. According to an information release from the Raleigh Police...
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Purple Heart dinner Saturday

WAKE FOREST — A limited number of tickets remain for the sixth annual Purple Heart dinner honoring more than 40 Purple Heart recipients. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the dinner takes place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605...
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See Black in color at Art After Hours

By Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — Artist Nicki Morin Black paints with a mission in mind. Although she also works with acrylics, watercolor, glass and mixed medium, her inspirational and nature-themed encaustic pieces are on display at the Artists’ Loft & Gallery upstairs at...

Parks and Rec Briefs

Wake Forest Team registration takes place through Aug. 29 for several adult sports leagues in Wake Forest. •Co-rec kickball is scheduled to begin weeknights in mid-September through late October. The entry fee is $150 per team and participants must be 18 or older.  •Flag football...

Church hosts screening of God’s Not Dead

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Church of the Nazarene is sponsoring a free family movie night Saturday at 6 p.m., featuring God’s Not Dead. The thought-provoking movie is about a college freshman who finds himself and his religious freedom challenged by a professor. The church is...

Business Briefs

Driver reaches safety milestone Hamlin T. Raney III of Wake Forest has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for four years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer. The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by...

Parks program registration made easier

WAKE FOREST — A new onsite registration process is underway for the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) department’s fall programming. For years, participants were required to register at the PRCR facility offering the particular class or program. The new onsite...
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Duck e-stamp now available

RALEIGH — Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina now have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically. The new duck e-stamp allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online and by phone, for $16...

Alzheimer’s support group meets Tuesday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Alzheimer’s support group meets Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at Wake Forest Baptist Church. The group is led by Mark Foreman, with discussion on how caretakers can take care of themselves, along with community resources and special programs for help...
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Heroux attends Boys State

WAKE FOREST — Franklin Academy senior Alec Heroux, 17, was selected to attend the American Legion-sponsored Boys State at Catawba College in Salisbury. Boys State participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The objective training centers...
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Strings in the Summer

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Youth Orchestra held its first summer camp at Flaherty Park Community Center. The camps teach both beginner and intermediate strings with ages ranging from 8 to 16 years old. Register for upcoming events at wfcyo.org, or call LaSaundra Booth at...
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A rude awakening

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — Faye Nelson was jolted out of bed July 23 when a drunk driver ran off the road and hit her house at 5801 Barham Siding Road on the house’s corner facing the intersection of Oscar Barham Road and Barham Siding Road. “At about 12:30 in the morning I was...

GOP club meeting Monday

WAKE FOREST — Wake County’s four Republican commissioners, Sen. Chad Barefoot and John Alexander, Republican candidate for N.C. Senate 15, will be on hand to discuss issues before the legislature and county at the Wake Forest Area Republican Club meeting at Real McCoy’s Monday....

We the People meet tonight

LOUISBURG — We the People of Franklin County Patriots will hold a dinner meeting tonight at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse, 32 Golden Leaf Drive. A social and the dinner start at 6 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be District 1 congressional candidate Arthur...

Reagan to keynote GOP dinner

RALEIGH — Political commentator and columnist Michael Reagan is the scheduled keynote speaker at the Wake County Republican Women’s fundraiser dinner and silent auction Sunday, Sept. 28. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the North Ridge Country Club, 6612 Falls of Neuse Road,...

Baptist association to meet Aug. 16

WAKE FOREST — The annual session of the Wake Missionary Baptist Association convenes Aug. 16 at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road. Dr. Enoch E. Holloway is host pastor, and Dr. Haywood T. Gray, executive secretary of the General Baptist State Convention...