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Wake Commissioners elect new chairman

by Burwell Stark The Wake County Board of Commissioners held their final meeting of the year Dec. 2. First on the agenda was electing a new chairman and vice-chair. Commissioner Phil Matthews was elected as board chairman, and Commissioner Tony Gurley was re-elected as...
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Government offices to close over holidays

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. Wake Forest bus service, including the Wake...
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The perfect cup for coffee

Uncommon sense by David Leone A friend of mine has created the perfect cup of coffee. Make that the perfect cup for coffee. You might have heard about it by now; he’s been garnering some attention in the past weeks, online and in area press. Wake Forest resident Dean Verhoeven...
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Are emotional decisions affecting your finances?

In a culture often characterized by immediate gratification, easy access to credit and soaring consumer debt, it’s easy to see how emotions can have a negative impact on personal financial decisions. “Many intelligent, capable people have found themselves buried in debt as a...

Former N.C. State coach pleads guilty to state tax charges

RALEIGH — Former N.C. State basketball coach Sidney Rochell Lowe pleaded guilty Dec. 11 in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Lowe, 53, of Wake Forest, pleaded guilty to three counts of failure to file a N.C. Individual...
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State: Bryan embezzled taxes

Event rentals businessman well known in Wake Forest. WAKE FOREST — A bounce house salesman and former chamber ambassador has been arrested for felony embezzlement by the N.C. Department of Revenue. Antonio Lamar Bryan, 41, 570 Timberknoll Lane, in rural Wake Forest, was charged...
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Gas prices fall slightly

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in...
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Farmer’s Tax Guide now available

The Internal Revenue Service Farmer’s Tax Guide is now available on the IRS.gov website for use in preparing upcoming 2013 tax returns. The publication contains information on the farming business either as an owner or tenant. The guide includes information on finding out how...
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Wounded Warriors’ families receive gifts

Post 187 American Legion Riders and Rolling Thunder 7 members delivered gifts to the Transition Battalion family Christmas party Wednesday. Legionnaires packed stockings with candy, and the veterans took donated funds and purchased coloring books and crayons for all of the...
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Chris Leith helps raise $1,680 for Wakefield Wolverines football

RALEIGH — Driving rain did not stop Wakefiled High families and fans from participating in the Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser Nov. 1 for the school’s football program.  Ram Truck brand contributed $20 for each test drive of the 2014 truck of the year – Ram Truck. Chris Leith...
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Plan now to recycle Christmas trees

WAKE FOREST — The town encourages residents to make recycling a holiday tradition by recycling their Christmas trees. Beginning Friday, Dec. 27, the town will collect and recycle Christmas trees from residential homes according to its normal yard waste collection schedule. The...
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Ozone levels reached record low this year

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2013 ozone levels were the lowest on record since air monitoring began in the early 1970s, due to lower air emissions and favorable weather conditions. Ozone levels statewide exceeded the federal standard on only one day in 2013, well below the previous...
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Cooperative Extension celebrates volunteers success

Franklin County Cooperative Extension recently hosted their 2013 Volunteer Reception.  Cooperative Extension considers itself fortunate to have a group of outstanding and loyal volunteers, according to Charles Mitchell, Franklin County Extension Director. “Volunteering is the...
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Gutted

No one was inside at the time. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Fire consumed a one-story house at 163 N. White St. Tuesday morning. Fire and police officials closed off North White Street for about an hour while battling the blaze. Wake Forest firefighters received the call at 8:22...
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Local family hurt at fair needs help

WAKE FOREST — Perhaps you read about the people who were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the N.C. State Fair in October. What you may be unaware of is that three immediate members of a Wake Forest family were severely injured — their father, Anthony Gorham, mother, Kisha...
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Drive-by shooting at mobile home park

No injuries reported; targeted resident was allegedly involved in street fight earlier. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The normally quiet Wellington Mobile Home Park was the site of a drive-by shooting the night of Dec. 5, witnesses say. No one was injured in the shooting, which...
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Foul Language leads to street fight – On Patrol, Dec. 12, 2013

by Clellie Allen  Parade ends, melee begins Shortly after the Franklinton Christmas parade ended, Thursday, two groups of parade-watchers got into a brawl that ended up with five people being charged in conjucntion with the incident. According to a press release from the...
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Dine at Chili’s Dec. 18 and support Purr Partners

Chili’s is supporting Purr Partners by donating 10 percent of sales Dec. 18 to the organization. Purr Partners is a cat rescue agency located in Youngsville. Its mission is to help homeless felines find loving, permanent homes through adoption and placement. They believe...
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Veterans to lead Christmas parade

More than 100 floats, bands, entries this year. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Bundle up kiddos! The annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade is Saturday and, if their prediction holds,  meteorologists are calling for cool weather with scattered showers all day. That doesn’t mean people...
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Police request public’s assistance

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the driver of the vehicle shown in the surveillance camera image. The vehicle was utilized in a theft Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Wake Forest Lowe’s Home Improvement, 11800 Galaxy Dr. The...
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Citizens step up for children

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Judge John Davis of Franklin County Court administered the oath to four citizens who completed training to serve as Guardian ad Litem advocates.  James Williamson, Wandra Polk, Annette Goodman-Allen and Rachelle Deats, were appointed  to represent, along with an...

Officials mum about student injury

ROLESVILLE — A Rolesville High School student reportedly made an attempt on her own life in a third floor bathroom shortly before noon Thursday, Dec. 5. Although both Wake County Schools officials and Rolesville police are currently refusing to release much information about the...
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Animal shelter benefits from child’s kindness

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — It’s not often you find a 7-year-old spearheading a party to benefit an animal shelter. Even less so when she foregoes birthday presents to make it happen. But that is exactly what Maggie Mcilroy did last weekend. Maggie, who turns 8 today...
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Randall assails mudslinging

Proposes legislation to speed up libel charges. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Bill Randall is done running for political office. But he’s not ready to give up the bully pulpit. Randall called a press conference Dec. 5 to criticize the political process which allows accusations to...