Irish Fest on the way

Downtown drinking options grow with Hibernians’ event approval. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Friday Night on White drew 4,500 people to downtown April 8, in part because beer was served in the street. During their Tuesday meeting, Wake Forest commissioners agreed to waive the...

Rolesville looks at sidewalks

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — An oft-stated goal of the Rolesville mayor and commissioners is to have a town that is walkable and bikeable.  It’s healthy but it also contributes to Rolesville’s small-town charm. However, during the annual planning sessions in February,...

Scheme fails for spendthrift

by Clellie Allen A Wake Forest man reportedly facing his rent due date empty handed, concocted an elaborate story to blame his lack of funds on an armed robbery. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, Christopher Joseph Walker, 27, called Wake Forest police and claimed...

HerbFest – still (grow)ing strong

Annual plant sale returns April 22 by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Earth Day is Friday, celebrating all things environmentally friendly. Locally, however, many people will be focusing on a different kind of green — the annual HerbFest plant sale begins that same day. Located at...

Spring concerts return to park Sunday

WAKE FOREST — From jazz and Motown to Celtic and reggae, there’s something for all music lovers during this year’s Six Sundays in Spring concert series. Sponsored by the town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest ARTS, the performances get underway Sunday, April 24, at 5 p.m. with...

Pet vaccinations and microchips Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake County Animal Center will vaccinate a pet for rabies ($5) and insert a microchip ($10) at the Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your pet in a carrier or on a leash. The animal must be at least 4...

Friday party brings sales

Evening concert event a booster shot for downtown, merchants. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — At one point Friday night, White Street was wall-to-wall people. Hosted by the town, with major sponsors, the Friday Night on White concert was supposed to be a booster shot in the arm for...

Campbell Divinity honors retiring senior professor

by Vickie Smith WAKE FOREST — A giant among giants. A bridge builder. A maverick. That’s what some of the people who know Dr. George Braswell said about him during a surprise luncheon March 10, at Wake Forest Baptist Church to honor him and celebrate his career. The senior...

East End neighbors want sidewalks, lights

New subdivision plan prompts discussion of what’s not there now. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — When Town Attorney Toby Hampson asked April 5 if anyone present wanted to speak out against a plan to put 12 new houses on the 600 block of East Perry Street, no one stood up. The...

Festivities mark spring ball season opening

Grab your mitts, bats and sunscreen — it’s spring recreation baseball and softball season and that means it’s time for annual Recreation Day celebrations in Rolesville and Youngsville. Both communities kick off family friendly festivities Saturday, all designed to help promote...

Book sale Saturday

YOUNGSVILLE — The Friends of the Youngsville Library will have their spring book sale Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Youngsville Library, 218 Youngsville Blvd. There will be followup sale days April 18-20 during normal library hours, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., or until all...

Honoring victims of violence

LOUISBURG — Franklin County community leaders and families have planned a community-wide vigil Saturday evening to remember the victims of recent violence in Franklin County as well as to "take a stand ... in an act of mobilization and collaboration, to raise our voices for a...

Civil War movie starts April 22

Union Bound, a Civil War movie made by Wake Forest’s Uptone Pictures and filmed almost entirely in North Carolina debuts next Friday, April 22. The film is based on the compelling, true story of Joseph Hoover, a Union soldier who was captured and then aided by slaves in his...

Bunn High School classes reunite May 21

BUNN — There will be a reunion for Bunn High School classes 1973 through 1978 on May 21 at 6 p.m. at the home of Blake and Terry Lewis, 120 Pilot Riley Road, Zebulon. Food, fun, fellowship, music and drinks are provided. Dress in 70’s attire to participate in a contest. Please...

Resource fair for special needs April 23

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department together with Richland Creek Community Church is hosting a free special needs resource fair Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at 3229 Burlington Mills Road. The event will include an...

Math teachers react to board

‘Some of this is a standards problem, but more of it is a curriculum problem.’ Sonia Dupree, senior administrator for high school mathematics, Wake County Schools by Rachel Lyon WAKE FOREST — When the Academic Standards Review Commission didn’t revoke what some deemed the...

Celebrate Earth Day at St. John’s Episcopal Church

WAKE FOREST — On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day observations were held in America, providing a way for 20 million people — scientists, people of faith, students, innovators, community leaders, and more — to celebrate planet earth while sending a strong conservation message...

Teacher of the year finalists announced

WAKE FOREST — The Wake County Public School System is one step closer to naming the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Jim Merrill and members of the WCPSS human resources team surprised each of the 13 finalists for the title at their respective schools April 7 and 8....

Local writer launches book on donkeys

FRANKLINTON — Local writer Donna Campbell Smith will be launching her latest book published by Lyons Press, The Book of Donkeys, during donkey day Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by Shannon Hoffman and located on her farm at 813 Moss Road, Zebulon....

Trek old Wake Forest College campus April 23

WAKE FOREST — The annual Old Campus Trek is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, once again bringing together students and alumni from the old and new campuses of Wake Forest University. Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a coffee and social. The morning program features Old Campus...

Veteran and family honored during flag raising

WAKE FOREST — Lt. Col. Richard Maxey, who served the nation in the U.S. Marines, was memorialized in a special flag-raising ceremony in Centennial Plaza in front of the Wake Forest town hall April 4. Maxey’s widow, Wake Forest resident Kathryn Speigel, was present for the tribute...

Simon joins Franklin County Cooperative Extension

LOUISBURG — Dominque Simon has been named the new Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Franklin and Warren counties. Dominque is a native of South Carolina, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and food management from South Carolina State University and a Master...