Canine flu confirmed in county

RALEIGH — Wake County Animal Services is educating pet owners about canine influenza, a virus that can cause low-grade fever, coughing, sluggish behavior and decreased appetite in dogs. There has been one confirmed case of canine influenza in Wake County, but the flu has infected...

Public hearing scheduled Aug. 13 for Neuse game land

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a second public meeting Thursday, Aug. 13, to gather comments on a proposal to designate approximately 145 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land from an all-weapons game land to a safety zone and a...

Ask Dr. Universe — How to magnets work?

Dear Dr. Universe, How do magnets work? Andrea, 8, Berkeley, Calif. Dear Andrea, When I saw your question, I headed straight for the Magnetics Lab and met up with my friend John McCloy. I found out the word “magnet” comes from a Greek word for the region of modern-day Turkey we...

Student completes Governor’s School program

WAKE FOREST — Jada Vyrene Hester, a rising senior at Wake Forest High School, completed N.C. Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston Salem. N.C. Governor’s School is a 5 1/2 week residential program for academically gifted high school students. Although Jada was...

Commissioner receives leadership award

RALEIGH — The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Americans for the Arts recognized commissioner Betty Lou Ward as the first recipient of the Lifetime County Arts Leadership Award during NACo’s 80th annual conference and exposition in Charlotte. “In 1999, Betty Lou Ward...

School Briefs – week of Aug. 6, 2015

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary •Meet the teachers, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4-6 p.m. •The PTA will host a back-to-school bash, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m. •First day of school is Monday, Aug. 24. •Kindergarten staggered entry will be...

Youngsville’s youth soccer program nationally ranked

by Marty Simpkins YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville Area Kids Soccer (YAKS) has been producing top quality youth soccer teams in Franklin County since 1988, with one team garnering national attention. Their U10 All-Star team, the Phoenix, have accumulated 78 wins, 11 losses and 14 ties...

Swamp Donkeys pull off a blowout win at home

Swamp Donkeys 16, Orioles 5 by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Swamp Donkeys clipped the Holly Springs Orioles in a 16-5 home victory at Flaherty Park Sunday. Wake Forest’s men’s senior baseball team pounded out 18 hits in a win that puts them in the middle of the pack in the...

Rolesville runner breaks national record

by Marty Simpkins ROLESVILLE — When 8-year-old Brandon Leacock was asked what it’s like to break the national record in the Junior Olympics, he could only come up with one word: “Good.” Brandon ran a 2:29.55 in the 800-meter national championship at the University of North...

Franklin County Sheriff’s reports — Aug. 6, 2015

Reported July 27-Aug. 2. Arrests •Paul Wiggins, 30, 3213 N.C. Highway 561, Louisburg, was arrested at his home, as a result of a domestic incident with weapons call, and charged with communicating threats and resisting a public officer. He was taken to the Franklin County jail...

Wake Forest police reports — Aug. 6, 2015

Arrests, reported July 26-Aug. 2. •Dashon Nykeem Hunter, 19, 700 Rockville Road, was arrested at home and charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor charges. He was taken to Wake County jail. Aug. 2, 9:15 p.m. •Nsonji White, 42, 418 Beaver Dam Road, Murfreesboro, was arrested...

Rolesville police reports – week of Aug. 6, 2015

Arrests, reported July 18-Aug. 2. •Katherine Xiomara Arroyo-Lugo, 30, 2016 Chalk Road, Wake Forest, was arrested at West Young Street and Weathers Street and charged with driving while impaired (DWI). She was taken to jail. July 21, 3 a.m. •Michael Arthur Alber, 49, 327 Silent...

Murder victim fought for life

by Clellie Allen FRANKLINTON — Everyone who knew her, loved and admired her, say Tracy Williams’ closest family members and friends. Tracy, 45, was gunned down, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend, in the parking lot of the Food Lion grocery store in Franklinton late Sunday afternoo...

Golf for Safe Space

LOUISBURG — The 14th annual Safe Space Inc. golf tournament will be held  Friday, Aug. 21, at Green Hill Country Club, Louisburg. Registration and lunch will be at noon with tee-off at 12:30. For fees and other information or to register, call Darrell Perry at 919-496-2153 or the...

Rolesville online survey to help with planning

By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — With the continued growth and change in the town, Rolesville town staff have launched a dedicated website to get feedback on what residents would like to see in town so that they can build a comprehensive plan. “You’re now the experts on your town,...

Senator: Government fiscal data website no problem

Proposal would make funding of Internet portal a priority. By Dan Way for Zenger News RALEIGH — Concerns about the costs of a fiscal transparency measure in the Senate budget raised by local governments and some officials in the McCrory administration are misplaced, says Sen....

Police showcase facility improvements

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Police Department is celebrating completing renovations to its facilities by hosting an open house Monday from 5:30-6:30 at the police department, 204 Southtown Circle. Tours will be given and light refreshments provided.

Jake’s graduation day

Posthumous degree awarded to late ASU senior. By Anna Oakes, special to The Wake Weekly Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from the May 10 issue of the Watauga Democrat, located in Boone, about the late Jake Whitaker, a Wake Forest native whose family lives...

Boys Club desired in 1985

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1965 •Lexington native H.L. Brinkley has been named principal of Wake Forest High School, replacing R.H. Forrest. Due to a school board ruling, Forrest can no longer serve as...

CenturyLink ‘on fire for fiber’

WAKE FOREST — CenturyLink was recognized by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council during its 2015 FTTH Connect Conference, which celebrated the growth of fiber and those who have championed the advancement of the fiber-to-the-home industry this year. CenturyLink was given the 2015...

Poultry owners required to register flocks

by Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Although North Carolina is still free from the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), all poultry owners in the state, regardless of number of birds, are now required to register for a NCFarmID number in advance of a likely outbreak....

Career networking fair Aug. 19

RALEIGH — Living Arts College is looking for participants for its career networking fair to be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m., at the college, 3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive, Raleigh. This event brings employers together for networking opportunities with each other and provides...

Free technology skills training for 50+ adults

HENDERSON — Through the “Plus 50” initiative, Vance-Granville Community College is hosting a free technology skills workshop/luncheon for local community members, age 50 and over, including current students and those who are considering going back to school. Update Your...