Police and Sheriff reports — week of Aug. 29, 2013

-Franklinton- Arrests •Frank James Perry, 57, no address given, was arrested by Officer A. Bishop for trespassing. Aug. 27, 12:27 a.m. Incidents •Franklinton Police reported trespassing at 1 Junction Plaza after James Frank Perry, 57, homeless, was found inside the Wash House...

Water quality maps released

RALEIGH — State officials today announced the release of nine interactive maps that allow users to find facilities and activities permitted through state water quality programs that could affect water use and planning. The N.C. Division of Water Resources created the interactive...
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Seminary pledges land to church

$3 million expansion boosted by gift to 178-year-old Wake Forest Baptist. By David Leone WAKE FOREST – There was a time when the seminary and the Baptist church on the corner of its campus were at odds with each other. No longer. In a move that one observer described as “very...
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Proposal floated to close pool

Residents object during commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A proposal to consider filling in the town pool doesn’t wash with some residents, who are taking to the web and to town commissioners in protest. Commissioner Margaret Stinnett first made the...

Growth in Franklin County adds vitality to area

Study looks at traffic congestion; college updates community on new programs. By Jonathan McNamara LOUISBURG — Successful growth can only come by proper planning. Dr. Stelfanie Williams, president of Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) joined Shelby Powell, a representative...
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Wake Weekly hires experienced sales rep

Rusty Williamson has 25 years in newspapers. by David Leone What would you call a decades-long career in newspapers and a love for community? A recipe for success. The Wake Weekly family of community newspapers is pleased to announce the addition of Rusty Williamson to its sales...
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Substitute teacher arrested for sex offense

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A former substitute teacher was arrested Friday for allegedly taking indecent liberties with students at Jones Dairy Elementary School. Warrants were served on Brian Holt Self, 49, 301 Black Swan Way, for the three counts of taking indecent liberties,...

Wake County buys the farm

Commissioners vote to purchase Walnut Hill farm 340 acres for $1.6 million. by Burwell Stark RALEIGH — Among the various proposals and motions, Monday, Wake County Commissioners voted to purchase in conjunction with the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), the 340-acre Walnut Hill...

Economic Commission: Franklin County business in good shape, growing

by Jonathan McNamara YOUNGSVILLE — Roughly 64 percent of working Franklin County residents commute outside of the county. “That is a number we would like to see go down,” Ronnie Goswick, director of Franklin County’s Economic Development Commission, said recently. After the...

Problems solved in greenway design

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — It may be hard to believe, but traffic compromises a significant portion of concerns people have in the dead end neighborhoods of Cardinal Park and Deacons Ridge about a proposed greenway connector. Specifically, they don’t want cars clogging up their...

Man loaded with cash and drugs flees cops

A high-speed pursuit adds to local felon’s list. by Jonathan McNamara LOUISBURG — A high-speed pursuit landed a 25-year-old man with a history of felonious drug and robbery convictions dating back to 2003, in jail, again. Jamal Lamont Sims, 25, 2741 Rosinburg Road, Zebulon,...
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Legislators embrace change

State leaders invited to chamber to tour town’s tech businesses. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — State legislators toured town businesses and hosted a Q&A with local leaders during the chamber of commerce’s elected officials reception Aug. 8. After a meeting with chamber...
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Teens arrested in burglary investigation — On Patrol, week of Aug. 22, 2013

LOUISBURG — Three teenagers were arrested after a Franklin County Sheriff’s investigation led them to the same road. As previously reported by The Franklin Weekly, Capt. E. Smith Jr. was called to a breaking and entering that occurred at a residence on Sledge Road, on Aug. 11....
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Forum focuses on alternative medicine, Sept. 9

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Had a bad experience with a doctor, hospital or insurer that made you question the validity of traditional American medicine? You might find that you’re not alone. Frustrated with waiting to get sick, visiting a doctor, returning laden with...

Ronald Lee Jeffries, 71

Ronald Lee Jeffries, 71, of Raleigh, loving husband, father, brother and friend died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 at Rex Hospital. He was born in Montgomery County, the son of the late Margaret Freeman Jeffries and Joseph Palmer Jeffries. A memorial service honoring his life was held...
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Peoples, Vick to wed

Mr. Eddie Peoples and Ms. Janice Peoples, both of Franklinton, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter Courtney Blair Peoples to Landon Joseph Vick of Youngsville. The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Vick of Youngsville. The couple is planning a March 8...

Wake County gets mixed results at General Assembly

by Burwell Stark RALEIGH — At their meeting, Monday, Wake County commissioners heard a recap of the 2013 legislative session from a county perspective, which included a summary of the county’s legislative goals. In the words of presenter Denise Foreman, assistant to the Wake...
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This Week in History — Aug. 22, 2013

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1943 •A $2 million drive has begun at Wake Forest College to raise the funds needed to enlarge the campus. On the list of potential buildings are a larger library, housing for male...

Diamond girls shine

Louisburg honors state championship softball team. by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — On the softball field, and in the town’s council chambers, it’s true — girls rule. This year’s 11-12-year-old Girls Tar Heel State Champion Softball Team was recognized Monday night by the town council and...

Police and Sheriff reports — week of Aug. 22, 2013

-Franklinton Police Reports- Reported Aug. 12-19 Arrests •No arrests were reported. Incidents •Franklinton Police Department responded to a call at Food Lion for an unresponsive man located in a stall in the bathroom. After police arrived they searched the man and found a...

Woman’s Club to host charity Bowl-a-Thon

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Woman’s Club hosts a charity Bowl-A-Thon Sunday, Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Brooks Street Bowl, 413 S. Brooks St. The two teams with the highest pin-total scores will win a team trophy. A grand prize for the top-scoring team will be $200 cash....
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Wake traditional calendar bus routes ready

Wake County Schools’ bus routes for the 2013-14 traditional school year are ready — go to wcpss.net/school-directory/bus-routes. Bus stop information will not be sent home through the mail. A few key notes from WCPSS: •All parents should call new centralized phone number:...
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Wounded warriors honored at annual dinner

Wars change, but the challenge to care for veterans remains the same. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Command Sgt. Major Francis DeBois Jr. tells a story of seeing good friends blown apart, of going back to find and recover them and suffering a mortar wound himself, lacerating his...