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Wedding showers continue to break from tradition

Rain showers on a wedding day may bring good luck, but they are seldom coveted. However, a different type of shower altogether is often highly anticipated and can help couples feel like they’re one in a million. Wedding showers are gift-giving parties held for couples about to...

New courses offered at VGCC

WAKE FOREST — Starting this fall, Vance-Granville Community College offers a new gerontology degree as a concentration within the Human Services Technology program. This new concentration will prepare students to specialize in direct service delivery to older adults and their...
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Business Briefs

Cancer prevention workshop Friday Vitality Chiropractic and Family Wellness hosts a free cancer prevention workshop tomorrow (Friday), at 5:30 p.m., as part of its Family Wellness Series 2014. The event takes place at 610 Dr. Calvin Jones Highway, Suite 104, in Wake Forest and is...
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Local mothers encourage gun safety

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — Moms Demand Action, in unison with Moms Uprising, met Wednesday afternoon in front of Wake Forest’s Staples to protest the company’s allowance of personal defense firearms on its property. This is a part of an ongoing national campaign pressuring...
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It’s party time, No-La style

Mardi Gras returns to Wake Forest this Saturday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Love the idea of Mardi Gras, but not so much the drunken revelry often associated with it? Wake Forest has the answer this Saturday, with its second annual family-friendly Mardi Gras street festival...

Come 4th, volunteers

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest 4th of July committee is looking for volunteers. Whether you’ve served before or are new in town and would like to get involved planning the 2014 festivities, you’re invited to attend a meeting Monday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in one of the side rooms...

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 Blvd. Wake Forest. For an application or the schedule of speakers, see tiny.cc/fcsheriffacad. For questions contact Sgt. Tharrington at...

Franklin County artists reach out

The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild is looking for submissions from writers of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction to be considered in their 2015 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal. They also need black and white art and photography for the book interior...

Ash spill prompts water sampling

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started sampling water quality at the upper end of the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Virginia as part of the state agency’s ongoing response to the coal ash spill in Eden. Including the Kerr reservoir, DENR...

Ammonia omitted from water treatment

RALEIGH — The city of Raleigh will temporarily stop adding ammonia to its water treatment disinfecting process Feb. 26. The change in treatment is required by federal and state regulations governing the operation of the city’s water system. The city will resume adding ammonia to...
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Pet food giveaway a huge success

YOUNGSVILLE — Despite a dreary start Saturday, the sun finally came out and pet owners arrived at the Franklin County SPCA office in Youngsville to pick up their share of more than 1,500 pounds of free dog and cat food for their pets. To qualify for services, clients must be...
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Spring showers may bring more than flowers

Wake County Extension Master Gardeners can help after record wet year. RALEIGH — While 2013 ranked as the eighth wettest year on record, it was the wettest year without a tropical storm event. And rainfall to date in 2014 in the Triangle area also is keeping ahead of average. The...
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Volunteers beautify Franklin Street

More than 50 volunteers joined forces Feb. 9, and with the help of sponsors Sheetz and Fonville Morisey Realty, collected in excess of 30 bags of trash along the road leading up to the intersection of Franklin Street and Rogers Road in the Heritage neighborhood.

Parenting seminar Saturday

RALEIGH — Have you ever wondered how to be a better parent, or how to teach your child to be responsible, committed, confident, reliable and conscientious? How can you help your child withstand peer pressure? A free seminar for women — Parenting Part II, Matters of the Heart — is...

Help with hazard mitigation planning

WAKE FOREST — Wake County is working with Wake Forest and its other municipalities to develop a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan to identify and assess the community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize and manage those risks. An established plan...

Time to revive, rename that resolution

Statistics show that only 8 percent of resolution makers actually meet their goals. Wow, that’s astounding! If only the excitement of the goal planning and the hope of change that the new year brings would last more than a few weeks, maybe we would get somewhere. I am here to...

Small farms conference Saturday

LOUISBURG — Small farmers are invited to attend a regional conference, Successful Small Farms Opportunities, this Saturday at 9 a.m., at the Vance-Granville Community College multipurpose building in Louisburg. A variety of workshops are scheduled to highlight the latest farming...

Coat drive begins Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Youth Advisory Board is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets during the month of March as part of a community service project. All donated coats will be given to the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club for distribution to local people in...

Plant a tree on Arbor Day

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Arbor Day in North Carolina is March 21 this year. Take time to celebrate by planting a tree. Saturday, March 15, the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office sponsors its annual tree giveaway at 9 a.m. at the Farmers Market in the Shannon Village Shopping...
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Vermiculture defined at gardening event

HENDERSON — Vance County Cooperative Extension presents Backyard Gardening: Getting Down to Basics, a symposium scheduled Saturday, March 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 305 Young St., in Henderson. The power of worms in the garden and beyond...

Vacation home insurance fraud suspect arrested

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin last week announced the arrest of Robin Michelle Crabel, 46, of 28 Walnut Hill Drive, Ebony, Va. She was charged with one felony count each of embezzlement by an insurance agent and obtaining property by false pretense. Department of...

AARP offers tax prep help

FRANKLINTON — The AARP Foundation will assist with free individual federal and N.C. state income tax preparation and e-filing for anyone who needs help.  The assistance is available at the Franklinton Senior Center, 206 East Mason St., Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through...

Vote on horse referendum March 11

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Horse and other equine animal owners and lessors will vote across the state March 11 to determine whether to continue to voluntarily assess themselves $2 per ton of commercial horse feed in order to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry....

Town parks’ restrooms to open March 10

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation department is scheduled to open the outdoor restrooms and water fountains at the following town parks Monday, March 10: •Ailey Young Park, 800 Juniper Ave. •E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road •Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Av...