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Not your average homecoming

By Jonathan McNamara The fall season brings much to be enjoyed. From cooler weather to the holidays, where families can come together, taking time from their busy schedules to relish in the good food and fellowship with loved ones. Another event that makes this time of year so...

Feeding Franklin food drive

By Jonathan McNamara FRANKLIN COUNTY — The United Way of Franklin County is hosting its annual fall food drive, Feeding Franklin, Oct. 28-Nov. 15. Locations to donate food for the drive are at each Franklin County library branch, each town hall, the Louisburg Senior Center and...
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You can help an angel

CHERUBS Ball fundraiser Saturday to help children with birth defects. WAKE FOREST — When can you dress up in masks and help children with birth defects at the same time? This weekend, at the CHERUBS Masquerading Angels Ball. Saturday at TPC Wakefield Plantation, Wake Forest based...

Prison symposium Oct. 26

WENDELL — The Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host the Unshackling Our Heritage symposium Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Trinity Faith Full Gospel Church, 6600 Hallelujah Blvd, Wendell. The symposium addresses black incarceration in the U.S....
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50-family yard sale Saturday

WAKE FOREST — A large community yard sale is set for this Saturday at Festival Park, 525 S. White St., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Fifty-some families will bring traditional yard sale items. And  crafters, Wake Forest Cotton Company boutique owners, Internet-based...
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Daycare party leads to nighttime jail — On Patrol, Oct. 17, 2013

YOUNGSVILLE — Three teens out for late night fun chose to party in a daycare  parking lot and ended up being arrested by Youngsville Police Officers J. Garrett and J. Payne, Oct. 12. One of the teens, David Sydney Smith, 19, address not given, reportedly said he and the two other...
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Power out for hours

WAKE FOREST — An electrical malfunction knocked out power for 75 minutes Tuesday afternoon, affecting 723 homes and businesses. A stretch of South Main Street south to the Country Place subdivision and north to Walmart in Wake Forest, and a small part of Falls of Neuse Road in...
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Wake School board grateful for new money

by Burwell Stark WAKE COUNTY — Following last week’s vote by Wake County citizens to raise taxes in order to fund a $810 million school bond, the Wake County Board of Education opened their Tuesday public meeting with an air of gratitude and relief. Chairman Keith Sutton began...
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Randall: Charges unfounded

Suit alleges unpaid bills for candidate By David Leone NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed last month by an advertising agency in New York State Superior Court alleges that Bill Randall has unpaid bills from a previous run for U.S. Congress. Randall, who is running for mayor of Wake...

Chair exercise, foliage tours, health clinic and more

Small businesses can get an education at 2nd annual summit HENDERSON — This year’s Small Business Summit is being held at the Vance-Granville Community College, main campus civic center Oct. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The focus this year is learning valuable insights on leadership,...
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McDonald, O’Neill to wed

Megan Kathryn McDonald  and Ryan Michael O’Neill, both of Raleigh, are pleased to announce their engagement to be married. Megan is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Norman McDonald of Hickory.  Ryan is the son of Mike and Kay O’Neill of Youngsville.  The wedding will be held at the...
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Blessed Gracie

The Rev. Dr. Vicki L. Smith, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest blessed animals at Paws at Play and  the Wake Forest Veterinary Hospital recently. Getting her dog Gracie blessed is Vivian Shillingsburg.

Halloween Spooktacular to be held Oct. 24

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department holds its annual Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. The Halloween Spooktacular is a free festival for children ages 12 and younger. This year’s...

N.C. State extension specialist asks ‘send photos of food safety’

RALEIGH — What can we learn about food safety, through the eyes of people fixing dinner at home, shopping at the farmers market or dining in a restaurant? That’s what Dr. Ben Chapman, assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at N.C. State University, set out to...
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Dunn Creek ‘Ranger’ Tom Stoddard honored

Greenway advocate helps spur more of the same. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town honored one of its stalwart greenways supporters, the late Tom Stoddard, Tuesday during the board of commissioners meeting. Stoddard, along with his wife, Marge, daughter, Virginia, and grandsons...
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Wright named director of fire services

RALEIGH — Michael Wright has been selected as the Director of Wake County Fires Services. Wright will be responsible for the county’s Fire Services Department and Fire Training Center including fire code enforcement, fire investigations, Emergency Response and Hazardous...
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Veterans decompress with paintball

Wake Forest resident holds military simulation games to help with PTSD. By David Allen WAKE FOREST — When soldiers come back from active duty, there aren’t many activities that are both fun and stress-relieving. Enter Ben “Jammin” Thomas. The Youngsville resident is Alpha company...
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BREAKING: Wake Forest Police help nab armed robbery suspect

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department has charged a Raleigh man in connection with the Oct. 8 armed robbery of a Wake Forest woman along the 6200 block of Ridgemount Street. Friday, Wake Forest Police charged Walter Kevin Johnson, 28, with one count of robbery with a...
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TRAFFIC ALERT: East Perry and North Main traffic detours next week

WAKE FOREST — Drivers who normally use East Perry Avenue and North Main Street will need to rethink their routes Monday and Tuesday. The section of East Perry Ave from North White Street to North Taylor Street will be closed from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday and North Main from West...
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Wake Forest woman struck, killed on I-540

She arrived to help a friend who needed gas, police say. By David Leone RALEIGH — A woman who took a taxi to I-540 to help a friend was killed after being struck by another driver who ran off the road Friday, authorities say. Lauren Ann Gervig, 25, of Wake Forest, died at the...
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Benton, bonds win election

By David Leone WAKE COUNTY — Incumbent Tom Benton of Zebulon beat out Wake Forest resident Don McIntyre for the Wake County Board of Education District 1 race Tuesday. Benton obtained 4,211 votes to McIntyre 3,889, garnering 52 percent of the district’s vote. Additionally, voters...
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String of successes for local bluegrass band

By Jonathan McNamara FRANKLINTON — A local bluegrass band recently played at the popular Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass week in downtown Raleigh Sept. 24-28. The event featured the best in bluegrass...
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Roll film

Magic of Christmas to be captured on film by Wake Forest church. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Every year, Living Word Family Church holds a Christmas production. This year, they’re going above and beyond. They’re filming a Christmas movie. “Typically we do a very large stage...
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Volunteer tree nursery opens Oct. 23

WAKE FOREST – The Wake Forest volunteer tree nursery will hold its grand opening Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Located on 701 Harris Road, E. Carroll Joyner Park, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony which will include brief remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones and members of the Urban Forestry...