Free ride to Crabtree Mall Dec. 8

ROLESVILLE — The town of Rolesville is providing a shopping spree for people ages 50 and up, sponsored by Howard Fleming Allstate Insurance Agency. The spree takes place Monday, Dec. 8, when a bus leaves town hall at 9:30 a.m. and drops shoppers off at the Crabtree Valley Mall....

Cedar Creek Bridge work scheduled to start Dec. 1

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace the bridge over Cedar Creek on Cedar Creek Road in Franklin County. The project can begin as early as Dec. 1 and is scheduled for completion by Oct.1, 2015, weather permitting. A detour route will...

Get tickets now for breakfast with Santa

WAKE FOREST — Breakfast with Santa is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 6, 8-10 a.m. at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, 325 S. Wingate St. The event will include pancakes, story time, entertainment and photos with Santa. Holiday attire is encouraged. Tickets are $5 each, or $20...

December art happenings in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Arts Council announces upcoming events in December. •Student Arts Council ceramic workshop — Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m. This free workshop has limited space available. To register, e-mail donnacampbellsmith@gmail.com. •Annual Historic Christmas Cheer...

Wake Weekly welcomes new sportswriter

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Responding to the burgeoning number of prep sports in the area, The Wake Weekly has brought on board Marty Simpkins as a full-time sports writer and photographer. Simpkins is a 2013 graduate of UNC-Wilmington and a native of Willow Spring. He is a...

Wake Forest Police K-9 Kyra retires

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Police Department K-9 Kyra retired Nov. 13 after seven years of dedicated service. Kyra, a Dutch Shepherd, was not quite 2 years old when she joined the police force in 2007. Her human partner throughout her career was Officer M. Pender. Certified...

Harrington honored by DAR

WAKE FOREST — The General James Moore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their monthly meeting Nov. 18 at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. The guest speaker, town of Wake Forest Engineer Scott Miles, talked about his role protecting the Upper Neuse River...

Scammers use caller ID to pose as cops

RALEIGH — Caller ID is helpful, but it isn’t foolproof. In fact, tech-savvy scammers can use it to pose as legitimate businesses or even the police to try to fool you. In a scam reported in Rockingham County recently, a business owner got a call from someone claiming to be with...

Winter Gala dance show Dec. 7

WAKE FOREST — Destiny Dance Institute presents A Winter Gala, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Heritage High School Theater. The first hour of the child-friendly show is an abbreviated version of The Nutcracker: Kingdom of the Sweets, including Tchaikovsky’s time-honored...

Franklin County quilter lauded

FRANKLINTON — Debbie Lou Powell was named the 2014 Artist of the Year at the Franklin County Arts Council annual meeting Nov. 20. Powell and her husband Charles co-lead the Quilt Trails of the Tar River team, and she teaches quilting at her Miss Lou’s Quilt Studio in Henderson....

Business Briefs

Farmer’s Market announces special hours The Wake Forest Farmer’s Market, located in front of the Renaissance Centre on South Brooks Street, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. A holiday market will take place Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and the...

Farm transition workshop planned

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center is partnering with the University of Mount Olive’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center to conduct a farm transition conference for area farmers and landowners. The workshop will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4...

Hops & Holly benefit Dec. 11

FRANKLINTON — The second annual Hops & Holly beer and food pairing is slated for Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m., at the A.H. Vann House, 115 N. Main St., Franklinton. The event features beer made by local homebrewers paired with food donated by local farms and prepared by professional...

Cougars shined in ’84, ’04

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1924 •The Harris Motor Company building has been remodeled and a new repair shop installed for $5,000. The Ford dealership has two 10-gallon Bowser gasoline pumps, a broad entrance...

Christmas home tour Dec. 6

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present their biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 7 p.m. Offered only in even-numbered years, the self-guided tour features a number of Wake Forest...

Optimists lend a helping hand

WAKE FOREST — Optimist Club members recently took a trip to the Ronald McDonald House near Duke Hospital in Durham to cook brunch for family members of sick children at the hospital. The group prepared and served scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage, fruit and more, all of...

Holiday films to lift your spirits

One of the more popular traditions during this festive time of year is to watch a favorite holiday film with family and friends. The following are some of the most beloved holiday movies to make it onto the big screen. •It’s a Wonderful Life — In this 1946 Frank Capra-directed...

Lower gas prices a factor in more car travel

CHARLOTTE — Almost 90 percent of North Carolinians traveling this Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrating with a road trip, while enjoying the lowest gas prices in five years. More than 1.3 million North Carolinians are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. About 1.2...

Twinning in cattle explained

By Martha L. Mobley Late fall and early winter is the predominate calving season for many Franklin County beef producers. Producers who have been in the cattle business for a long time have probably experienced a set of twin calves sooner or later. Many who have had twins born...

Moravian Candle Tea Dec. 6

RALEIGH — As a gift to the community, Raleigh Moravian Church will host its traditional Candle Tea Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 1816 Ridge Road. Visitors are invited to the demonstration and display area, where they are encouraged to ask questions about the Moravian...