Youngsville considers housing standards tonight

YOUNGSVILLE — The town board of commissioners will hold six public hearings in addition to other work, when they meet tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m.. Three of the hearings will revolve around the town’s ordinances concerning abandoned, nuisance and junked vehicles. Comments will be...
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Rolesville board to hold public hearings

Five hearings planned for Tuesday. By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Town commissioners are set to hold five public hearings at their next meeting Tues., March 18, including three text amendments to the unified development ordinance (UDO), an amendment to the Open Space and Greenway...

Arbor Day celebrations begin Saturday

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The county Cooperative Extension office sponsors its annual tree giveaway Saturday, March 15 at 9 a.m. at the Farmers Market in the Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg. Bare root trees including crape myrtle, persimmon, flowering dogwood, white oak,...

DES gives help to unemployed

RALEIGH — A new program kicks off this month at the Division of Employment Security (DES). Unemployed individuals receiving their first benefit payment on or after March 1 are required by law to attend an Employability Assessment Interview (EAI) as a condition of continuing...

Give blood at NHFMC

LOUISBURG — February’s winter storms have led to a severe blood shortage resulting from the cancellations of hundreds of blood drives nationally, according to an American Red Cross advisory. The Red Cross Mobile Blood Bus will be parked outside the main entrance of the Novant...

Heavy rains cause sewer spill

YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin County Public Utilities experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater from a gravity sewer line and pump station in Youngsville March 7. The spill was caused by heavy rainfall in association with a winter storm. Rainfall amounts recorded at the site of the...
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What would you do with 80 acres?

Town seeks input for future recreational site. By David Leone Town officials are asking a variant of that question to residents about a large parcel of town-owned land just west of Heritage High they plan to develop for future recreation use. “The question was generated out of...
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Millionth customer wins big

LOUISBURG — Pete Smith Automotive group celebrated getting their millionth customer by giving away $5,000. “It couldn’t have worked out any better,” said Pete Smith Automotive President Keith Smith, as the customer was Franklin County Social Services (FCSS), which will put the...

Farm estate planning conference

LOUISBURG — Many North Carolina counties have seen a tremendous increase in the value of farmland in recent years, resulting in farms having to be sold to pay inheritance taxes. Area livestock producers and farmers are invited to participate in a free estate planning conference...
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McBride going downtown

WAKE FOREST — The Will McBride Group, a local jazz-influenced rock/pop trio, has been added to the Tournament Town Goes Downtown show featuring Eddie Money this Saturday. The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot for Ham’s Restaurant in downtown Greensboro in...
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Driver licenses can carry VETERAN notation

RALEIGH — Qualified North Carolina military veterans are now able to carry the designation “VETERAN” on their driver licenses and identification cards. Thanks to a law passed by the General Assembly, veterans who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces who...

Recycle in Rolesville

ROLESVILLE — The town of Rolesville is sponsoring its annual recycling event Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at town hall, 502 Southtown Circle. The Rolesville Recycling Round Up will have staff and vendors on hand to collect paper for shredding, electronics for recycling...
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Book it downtown this Friday evening for art and music

WAKE FOREST — The weather at presstime feels like spring, but we know winter is likely to make a return visit. Looking at the bright side, there’s still time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book. Tomorrow (Friday) night at downtown’s Art After Hours, former Wake...
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Business Briefs – Mar. 13, 2014

VCGG’s Brady honored Vance-Granville Community College biology instructor Phyllis “Button” Brady was recently honored with the President’s Leadership Award as part of Glen Raven’s Excellence in Teaching and Leadership awards presented this academic year. Brady, a Granville County...

Begin bagging leaves soon

WAKE FOREST — The Town of Wake Forest’s loose leaf collection season ends tomorrow. Beginning this Monday, all leaves and grass clippings must be bagged for collection or placed inside a garbage receptacle marked YW (yard waste). Wake Forest residents are urged to adhere to the...
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Songsters hit the right note

Students in Barina Bailey’s music class at Heritage Elementary School participated in the Wake All-County Elementary Chorus Feb. 22 at Millbrook High School in Raleigh. They were required to audition and learn pieces in Hebrew, German, Latin and English. Dr. Fran Page, head of...
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DAR salutes good citizens

WAKE FOREST — Seven students from area high schools were recognized as good citizens by the General James Moore Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, at their February meeting at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. Selected were Rachel Kate Cockrell, daughter of Bobbie...

School Briefs – Mar. 13, 2014

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Wake, Franklin makeup days Wake County schools made up for the Feb. 12-14 snow days by canceling the early release March 7 and using banked instructional time. Remaining makeup days are: •Traditional...

Medicine Drop on Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department along with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Safe Kids North Carolina, and Riverkeepers of N.C. are hosting Operation Medicine Drop Saturday, March 15. The police department will hold the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside...

Sheriff’s Citizen Academy returns March 18

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is starting its 11th Citizens Academy March 18, 6 p.m. at the CenturyLink office at 14111 Capital Boulevard, Wake Forest. For an application or the schedule of speakers, see...

Scholarship deadlines approaching

Who doesn’t need help paying for college? Check out these scholarship opportunities available to qualified applicants. Kohl’s cares Kohl’s Department Stores is accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers for the 2014 Kohl’s Cares scholarship program. Nominations for...

Gas prices rise slightly

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have risen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average which increased 3.4 cents per...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports – March 13, 2014

Arrests •Amy Sarah Kidd, 21, 481 Winston Street, Franklinton, was arrested at home and charged with four counts of identity theft, unlawful obtaining credit card and financial card fraud, all felony charges. She was taken to jail and held on $5,000 bond. Officer C. Vaughan. March...

Wake Forest police reports – March 13, 2014

For week of March 3-9 Arrests •Michael Aaron Glasscock, 22, 906 Bear Branch Way, Apt. 202, and Danielle Elizabeth Surabian, 21, 3316 Falconhurst Dr., were arrested at Kohls, 12620 Capital Blvd. and charged with larceny of three pairs of earrings, a sweatshirt and some women’s...