Purple Heart veterans honored

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — For their annual dinner every year, the Purple Heart Foundation brings in a guest speaker with an impeccable record, worthy of praise. But ask any attendee, from the speaker themselves down to the Boy Scouts serving sweet tea, the heroes of the day...

Heritage grocery coming?

New development slated for Rogers-Forestville crossing. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A second grocery is slated for Rogers Road. A plan for the Shoppes at Heritage is currently under review at the Wake Forest Planning Department. The name of the store isn’t listed on the plans,...

Rollover wreck

The Wake Forest Fire and Police departments responded along with EMS to a driver who had flipped his vehicle off the road Tuesday night. Upon investigation officers said the driver had momentarily lost control and clipped a tree coming over the hill on Main Street right before...

Art after dark

Painter Dan Nelson’s vibrant downtown Wake Forest street scene really comes to life when the rest of the picture is made black and white. We caught Nelson putting the finishing touches on his piece during Friday’s Art After Hours.

Party like a firefighter

By Carol Taber RALEIGH — It would be completely understandable if you had to stop your car and do a double-take while driving through the Riverside subdivision off Perry Creek Road in northern Raleigh. After all, it’s not every day that you see a home with its own shiny red fire...

Drug suspect seldom goes to court, literally

By David Leone ROLESVILLE — A man police believe to be a repeat drug offender has also been charged with skipping court dates 14 times over the past three years. Derrick Anton Hicks, 22, 205 Stoke Hammond Court, Rolesville, was arrested by Raleigh Police Officer M.S. Cruthoff at...

This Week In History – August 14, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •Quick action by the Rolesville Fire Department saved two tobacco barns from destruction. Overheated oil curers on the John E. Keith and O.R. Freeman farms were the cause in...

Business After Hours – August 14, 2014

Fresenius wins award Fresenius Medical Care Eastern Wake facility, 670 Granite Vista Drive, Rolesville, was awarded the Center of Excellence designation for achieving the highest standards in patient care in 2013. The annual award recognizes the best-performing Fresenius dialysis...

WFD appoints new members

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Downtown Inc. (WFD) has announced the appointment of four new board members and a new executive committee. The four join 12 others who oversee the organization’s program of work, policies and practices, along with strategic planning and adherence to the...

Starving is the least of your worries (Local Gamers)

I don’t typically play horror games for a reason ­— I am a huge chicken and only really like zombies, which is weird but true. The game I am about to talk about, The Forest, is in its Alpha state and is being developed by Endnight Games utilizing the Unity engine. I ended up...

Your Destiny awaits

Earlier in the year I wrote about a game called Destiny coming out in September and it is now time to provide more details on what it is. The developers at Bungie have been crafting this game for over four years and we will soon have the pleasure of playing it to the fullest on...

FCAC photo winners

FRANKLINTON — The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Photo Guild’s annual photography show opened Thursday night during the bi-monthly FCAC Art Stroll in downtown Franklinton. The show was judged by professional photographer and creative director Courtney Navy, with the...

Burma-Shave signs fascinating attraction of 1950s

Roving I appreciated the two e-mails received from last week’s listing of popular slogans through the years. One mentioned the Burma-Shave series of small highway signs with catchy messages, introduced in 1925. Here’s a typical series of signs: “Every shaver / Now can snore / Six...

Stormwater rules comment sought

RALEIGH — State officials will host a public hearing Aug. 20 on proposed changes to state stormwater management rules. The hearing starts at 2 p.m. in the ground floor hearing room of the Archdale Building, 512 North Salisbury St., Raleigh. Registration for speakers begins at...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A family’s forever home

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — If you’ve driven North Main Street, odds are you’ve seen the old house on the corner of West Juniper Avenue. 427 North Main St. is a home in need of renovation, and Shelley McPhatter and her fiancé, David White, are the two to do it. “Shelley fell in...

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...