Plan goof corrected

Engineer’s error could have cost developer millions. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — An engineer’s mistake almost cost a Wake Forest developer the value of nine home site lots, it was revealed during the town’s planning board meeting Tuesday. Lakestone, a new 31-acre subdivision on...

Sign ordinance heads back to drawing room

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — After literally spending years to get the town’s sign ordinance just right before passing it last year, commissioners learned Monday it’s headed back to the drawing board. Town Attorney David York confirmed to commissioners that the June 18 U.S....

Traffic signals on the way

Commissioners also get estimate for town reservoir project. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Franklin Academy parents have long awaited a traffic signal for the Jones Dairy Road and Chalk Road intersection. They’ll be pleased to know that project is nearing completion. Two other...

Heart of the veteran

WAKE FOREST — Grandchildren of the late U.S. Army Capt. Wayne Welborn, Victoria and Emily Shively and Easton Smith, place a wreath at the base of the flagpole at Wake Forest town hall Monday. Later, veterans saluted during singing of the national anthem. The town has been...

Town steps out with police

Photos by David Leone and Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest police and firefighters took time to show off shiny vehicles, tactical equipment and in general just hang out with folks during the annual National Night Out Tuesday evening. NNO teams law enforcement agencies, as...

New charter school opens

By Clellie Allen, with Camryn Jamison YOUNGSVILLE — Just the second charter school to operate in Franklin County, Youngsville Academy welcomed kindergarten through second grade students to a new school year July 27. The school is leasing classroom, gymnasium and auditorium space...

Historic house gets $10K grant

Prominent African American family home to be restored. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Six years ago a historian stumbled upon an old ramshackle house hidden among tall grasses and trees between Spring Street and the town cemetery. After determining it was a historic site, likely...

Wakefield Elementary welcomes new teacher

by Marty Simpkins RALEIGH — Kelly LaPiana will join Wakefield Elementary School as a new first grade teacher for the upcoming new school year. She will be part of a group of teachers to start at Wakefield as they transition to a traditional school calendar for the first time in...

Residents donate sports gear

ROLESVILLE — For the first time, Rolesville’s Parks and Recreation department hosted an athletic equipment swap for youth athletes. Throughout the month of July, Rolesville residents donated used, but usable, sports equipment at the Parks and Rec department. Everything from...

Ashley Danielle Stover – Samuel Jackson Craig IV wed

WAKE FOREST — Ashley Danielle Stover, daughter of Drs. Judy and Phillip Stover of Louisburg, and Samuel Jackson Craig IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pridgen of Denton, were married in Louisburg Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Louisburg United Methodist Church. Ashley is the...

Commissioner opposes grant for hill ridge farms

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners approved three tourism development grants totaling $13,000 as part of their consent agenda, Monday. Placing items on the consent agenda allows commissioners to pass multiple items without having hearings about each item....

Build-a-backpack program underway

LOUISBURG — The United Way of Franklin County Build-a-Backpack is again taking place at Walmart in Louisburg, and United Way needs help. Volunteers are needed to collect donations and school supplies at the United Way table inside of the Walmart Supercenter, 705 Retail Way,...

Police request public’s assistance

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the subjects shown in the surveillance camera images below.  Also included is a photo of a vehicle associated with the incident. The individuals are wanted for questioning in connection...

Pet sitting company helps three dogs get off their chains

WAKE FOREST — Pet ’n Nanny owners Shannon and Gerry Arner joined forces with Coalition to Unchain Dogs Sunday, July 26, to help build a fence for three dogs that were continuously   chained out-doors at their home in Durham. The pet-sitting company donated funds to the Coalition...

‘Thrift store with a mission’ opens

ReStore sells furniture, appliances to benefit Habitat Wake. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Habitat for Humanity is mostly known for building houses for the disadvantaged. But it’s not all done with cash donations: A percentage of their local funds come from deconstructing homes...

Power sale is a go

WAKE FOREST — The deal has gone through. That was Mayor Vivian Jones’ declaration Tuesday to town commissioners, referencing the sale of power agency shares in state power plants to Duke Energy Progress. Wake Forest, Louisburg and a host of other municipalities are members of the...

Beach music to fill downtown Aug. 22

WAKE FOREST — Beach music will fill downtown on when Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. (WFD) presents Beach Night on White, featuring the Jim Quick and Coastline band, Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4-9 p.m. The free event will take place along South White Street, a portion of which will be...

Hunter shot albino deer illegally in 1995

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1965 •A 45-space parking lot and shaded area with benches is planned for the area on White Street in Wake Forest that used to house the old railroad freight depot. Robert A. Snow,...

Are you getting ready to market timber?

By Martha L. Mobley Extension Agent, Agriculture, Franklin County LOUISBURG — The timber business in Franklin County and surrounding area is big business, accounting for more than $8.8 million in timber harvested and delivered to mills during 2014. You, as the landowner with...

Kudos – week of Aug. 6, 2015

Scholarships awarded Torrell Williams of Wake Forest received a 2015 Horatio Alger Honeywell scholarship in the amount of $10,000. Williams attends North Carolina A&T State University. This annual scholarship recognizes outstanding students, who, in the face of great...

Wakeboarders make big splash at Falls Lake

WAKE FOREST — Avid wakeboard fans performed their best tricks at Falls Lake July 25 as they partook in CoveFest 2015. Competitors brought their boats and wakeboards out to a cove near Barton’s Creek Boat Ramp on Six Forks Road. Twenty-five boats filled up the cove and there were...

Learn falconry with the Wildlife Commission

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host an Introduction to Falconry workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of...

Growing Pains community discussion Aug. 13

WAKE FOREST — WakeUP Wake County will host the fourth in a series of community discussions entitled “Growing Pains” Thursday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest town hall boardroom, 301 S. Brooks St. Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones, Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles and...