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Dirt Day debuts

Saturday’s event promises education, fun for adults, kids. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Spring has sprung (finally!) and the merchants of downtown Wake Forest are celebrating it Saturday with an inaugural Dirt Day festival. Dirt Day is a free streetfest running from 10 a.m. to 3...
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DARE Carnival starts Tuesday

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Carnival for the Kids begins Tuesday and runs through Sunday, April 13. It will be held in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Home Depot, 11915 Retail Drive. The seventh annual carnival promises fun and...

Police embrace social media

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department has joined Facebook and Twitter. The department’s Facebook page may be found at facebook.com/WakeForestPoliceDepartment, and the Twitter name is @WakeForestPD. Residents are encouraged to like the Facebook page and follow the police...

Towns ready for Easter Egg hunts

It’s an annual spring tradition kids love — participating in area Easter Egg hunts. Wake Forest Parks and Recreation will start the season off April 5 with the town’s Easter Egg Hunt at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Children ages 3 and younger will hunt for eggs...

Museum to host Bluegrass

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Museum of History will once again host The Red River Connection Bluegrass Band April 13 at 3 p.m. The is the last time the band will play in North Carolina as several band members will be moving back home to Oklahoma. Admission is free. Donations to...

Field Day on the Farm

FRANKLINTON — Tar River Land Conservancy is holding Field Day on the Farm, an afternoon of food, live music, kids activities, raffles and a guided nature hike April 12, 11:30-3 p.m. Perfect for a family outing, registration is due April 7 for the catered lunch at the farm of...

Bluegrass, barbecue to benefit S.T.A.R.

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest American Legion hosts a Blue Grass & Barbecue fundraiser April 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at 225 E. Holding Ave. The Wildwood Valley Ramblers will entertain, and home-cooked barbecue is on the menu. Proceeds from the event will benefit S.T.A.R....

Rolesville waste service changing

ROLESVILLE – In-town residents can expect a change to their waste service beginning Wednesday, April 16. The town’s contractor, Waste Industries, which serves all Rolesville residents, will begin picking up both garbage and recycling waste on Wednesdays. Waste service is...

Reproduction Wright glider soars at history museum

RALEIGH —  A full-scale reproduction of the glider that Orville Wright and British aviator Alexander Ogilvie flew at Kill Devil Hills in 1911 now soars inside the entrance at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The object is based on the glider the men used from Oct. 16 to 26...
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Business Briefs – Apr. 3, 2014

PDQ holds book drive this week In honor of National Children’s Book Day, PDQ restaurant, 11690 Northpark Drive, is collecting children’s books for the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club. Anyone who donates a new or gently used book from now through Sunday will receive a free combo...

Farm Bureau holds free health screenings April 8

LOUISBURG — The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative will provide free health screenings in the Louisburg Walmart parking lot April 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine, Franklin Community Health Services, Franklin...

Franklin County Rabies shot clinics offered

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Now is the time to get your pets vaccinated against rabies and save a bundle while you’re at it. Over the next few Saturdays, Franklin County Animal Services will offer $5 rabies vaccines at several locations. By law, all cats and dogs four months and older must...

Registration deadline near for voting in May 6 primary

RALEIGH — Although photo voter IDs are not required until the 2016 election under voting law changes passed by the N.C. General Assembly last year, there are important changes that will affect this year’s election: •Voters may no longer register and vote at an early voting site....
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Youngsville welcomes new dentist office

Surrounded by members of her staff and the community, Janice Clark, DDS , PA, second from left, cuts the ribbon to celebrate Clark Family Dentistry’s new location, 680 U.S. 1 North in Youngsville.

Heavy rainfall causes sewer overflow

YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin County Public Utilities reported Monday they experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater from a gravity sewer line and pump station in Youngsville. The spill was caused by heavy rainfall in association with a quick moving storm system. Rainfall amounts...
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This Week In History – Apr. 3, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1934 •Wake Forest Doctors C.T. and R.W. Wilkinson have installed a new $1,500 Westinghouse X-ray machine at their local practice. The machine takes pictures with a half-second...

Celebrate quilts

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Art Council, along with Person Place, is hosting a Quilt Trail Spring Celebration April 12-13 at Person Place, 605 N. Main St., Louisburg. The event runs from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, and it teaches the history and cultural...

Youngsville High reunion plans come together

YOUNGSVILLE — Plans are being finalized for Youngsville’s High School Reunion picnic May 3. The Museum Committee is predicting 200 by the second week of April. Alumni are asked to please respond by the first week of April if possible as the memory book has to be compiled and...

Brannon wins county GOP straw poll

RALEIGH — The Wake County Republican Party held its county convention Monday at the Kerr Scott Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. An estimated 600 people attended. A straw poll was held for six elections to be held in the May 6 primary with Greg Brannon winning the poll for...
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Finch talks the blues at DAR

WAKE FOREST — Dan Finch, owner and potter from Finch Pottery and Homes for Bluebirds in Bailey, spoke to the Wake Forest Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at its March gathering. He talked about the eastern bluebird’s eradication and resurgence over the last 40...

Chamber to host education summit April 8

WAKE FOREST — Dr. June Atkinson, the state superintendent of public schools, will be the keynote speaker for the April 8 Education Summit being hosted by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce from 8 a.m. until 10 at CenturyLink, 14111 Capital Blvd. The purpose of the Education...
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A cut of love

WAKE FOREST — Meagan Montgomery of Wake Forest cut off more than 12 inches of her hair for Locks of Love recently. The cut and subsequent styling of the new ‘do were handled by Hair Designs by Gail, 2700 East Wait Ave. Locks of Love (LOL) is a public nonprofit organization that...

Have fun at Youngsville Fire Family Day April 12

YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville Fire Department Family Fun Day is April 12 starting at 11 a.m. at Hill Ridge Farm Convention Center on Tarboro Road. Families are invited to enjoy hot dogs, $8 chicken plates to eat in or take out and have lots of fun with the kids.

Farmers market begins summer hours

WAKE FOREST — Starting Saturday, The Wake Forest Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for its regular season. Customers may purchase local beef, chicken, lamb, goat and duck meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, herbs and soon — hot house tomatoes...