Owens Park planning meeting tonight

LOUISBURG — Planners are asking for Franklin County residents’ thoughts and ideas concerning the planning and design of Owens Park at Bull Creek. One meeting was held late in 2015, and a second meeting is scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Old Bull Creek...

Rolesville Elementary renovations get go ahead

Vote was not without controversy over permanent mobile units. By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — The town’s eponymous elementary school is one step closer to beginning major renovations which will see the current campus of scattered buildings brought under one roof. Rolesville town...

Mardi Gras street festival Feb. 6

Front page photos Visit the office of The Wake Weekly between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with your masks and beads and receive a photo with you on the “front page” of The Wake Forest Weekly. Parents, get a yearlong subscription for just $29 and $10 will be donated to your child’s school....

Town angling for creek land

Fourteen acres on Hedrick property to be used for some form of open space. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town commissioners took a step Tuesday toward purchasing 14 acres of land on property owned by the Hedrick family for a future recreational use. Commissioners voted to approve...

Koinonia makes a difference

WAKE FOREST — Though she has been a lifelong resident of the area, Pat had never heard of the Wake Forest organization with the unique name. In need of double cataract surgery in late 2015, Pat found herself hit with a copay bill she simply couldn’t afford. Fearful she would lose...

Fire destroys garage

WAKEFIELD — A garage burned at 2659 Garden Knoll Lane early Tuesday morning. Raleigh firefighters were called to the scene of the single story, 400-square-foot detached garage at 4:42 a.m. The fire was extinguished inside of 20 minutes of the firefighters’ arrival. The building...

Reports show tax reform’s benefits in N.C.

North Carolina’s tax reforms have improved the state’s business climate, but more needs to be done, an expert from a well-respected research organization told legislators Jan. 12. The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation ranks state tax policies, and because of reforms in recent...

Critics worry: bond to impact debt load

By Dan Way Carolina Journal/State News Today RALEIGH — While publicly lobbying for the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum that will be on the March 15 ballot, Gov. Pat McCrory and members of his administration say the measure will be fiscally prudent, reducing state General...

MLK Jr. celebration tonight

WAKE FOREST — Several local churches and community organizations are coming together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a free, public celebration tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road. Area...

Fun park coming to Wakefield

Repurposed Kroger site to house Go-Karts, trampolines, a ropes course, Laser Tag and more. By David Leone WAKEFIELD — You know how kids complain there’s nothing to do around here? After July, that won’t happen again. Ever. Two Wake Forest residents are putting a Galaxy Fun Park...

American Legion Post 187 receives recognition

WAKE FOREST — The Fort Bragg Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion Commander, LTC J.W. Whitehead, presented the Army Certificate of Appreciation to the Walter E. Cole American Legion Post 187 for their financial and professional reinforcement to the soldiers wounded in the current...

Franklinton Elementary student wins safety poster contest

Franklinton— Daisia Banks of Franklinton Elementary School, won the N.C. 2015 school bus safety week poster contest. The theme was bully free zone. She received a plaque featuring her artwork and a school bus safety puzzle.

Make valentines for veterans

WAKE FOREST — Wake County Public Libraries want to show U.S. veterans love and gratitude for their service this Valentine’s Day, so the library system is encouraging patrons of all ages to make cards for the brave men and women in our community who served in our country’s Armed...

Relay for life celebration Jan. 26

WAKE FOREST — Residents are invited to step into the spotlight Tuesday, Jan. 26, for Lights, Camera, Relay as the American Cancer Society kicks off Northern Wake Relay For Life 2016. The celebration is 6:30 p.m. in The Mill Room at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest. The...

Elementary kids bring Jungle Book to life Friday

WAKE FOREST — Cody Keech, a senior at Wakefield High School, in conjunction with the high school theater director, Paul Orset, has been busy directing a production of the Jungle Book, Kids with students from Wakefield Elementary School (WES). Every Monday and Thursday, Keech has...

School Briefs

Send school news and photos to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines DriveElementary Jan. 28 is open house for new and prospective students, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Heritage Middle School •High School on the Horizon, Jan. 26, 5:30-6:30 in the auditorium. •PTA Spirit Night at PDQ, Feb. ...

Community Happenings

For more information about the following events, and a few more not listed here, see the Community Calendar at wakeweekly.com/events. Send calendar events to social@wakeweekly.com. Thursday, Jan. 21 •American Legion Post 187 Auxiliary, 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding...

Heritage High presents Disney’s High School Musical

WAKE FOREST — The same people who brought us last year's hit musical Shrek are bringing the Disney Channel’s wildly popular movie musical, High School Musical, to life on the Heritage High School stage. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first...

Business briefs

Wake Forest Chamber happenings • Business After Hours is tonight (Thursday) in The Meadows, 1325 Barnford Mill Road, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. • The next Schmoozapalooza networking event is Jan. 22. Fee is $10. Register at wakeforestchamber.org. • A special Rogers Road bridge closure...

Drone operators take note of new regulations

RALEIGH — As drones become more common in American households and businesses, the N.C. Department of Transportation is working to help promote safety on the air and on the ground by educating drone operators in North Carolina. Drones, also called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS),...

Franklin County Arts Council fundraiser Feb. 4

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Arts Council announces their fourth annual Heart for Art Gala which will take place Thursday, Feb. 4 at the historic home of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Whitaker on 210 Winston Street, Franklinton. The free event begins at 6 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m....

Update your registration before primary

RALEIGH — Ask yourself, “Have I moved since the last time I voted?” If the answer is yes, then you may need to register to vote in Wake County or simply change your address. As the upcoming election cycle approaches, the Wake County Board of Elections wants to emphasize the...

Officer Carlson completes drug training

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Police Officer Adam Carlson recently completed advanced training as a certified drug recognition expert (DRE). As a DRE officer, Carlson can determine which drug or Combination of drugs cause an individual’s impairment. The DRE is trained to make these...