David and Goliath bond campaign fight begins

by Matt Caulder State News Today Organized opposition has risen against the $2 billion bond referendum being touted by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders. A group, NC Against the Bond, registered with the State Board of Elections (NCSBE) earlier in January to campaign...

Former deputy charged

WAKE FOREST — A former Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy and part-time Youngsville Police Officer was charged  by Wake Forest police Monday with cyberstalking, filing a false police report, harassing communications and communicating threats. The charges came after Dwane Lee...

Letters tell Vietnam story

Author experiences infused in fictional novel To Any Soldier. By David Leone WAKE FOREST – How do you write about two distinct personalities who communicate by letters while maintaining their voice? Ask local authors G.C. “Pete” Hendricks and Kathryn Watson Quigg. Their...

Icepocalypse dodged

Winter storm stresses municipal resources. By David Leone To plow, or not to plow, is a real question. A wintry mix of weather that struck over the weekend didn’t quite turn out to be snowmageddon, or the icepocolypse, predicted for this region, though other areas of the state...

Water main breaks

Cold snaps Durham Road line twice in two nights. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Water in pipes freezing and thawing is believed to have been the cause of a 12-inch water main breaking early Tuesday morning. That same line, restored late in the day, broke again early Wednesday,...

Share a cup of joe with police Feb. 3

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Police Department will host a Coffee-with-a-Cop gathering at the Rolesville McDonald’s, 415 S. Main St., from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for police officers and community members to come together...

Four advisory boards have openings

WAKE FOREST — The town of Wake Forest is looking for volunteers to make a difference in the community by applying to fill one of the vacancies on the Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB), Cultural Resources Advisory Board (CRAB), Recreation Advisory Board (RAB) and Urban Forestry Board...

Cop captures community servant award

Recognition first of its kind given by the Wake Forest Optimist Club. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Looking to highlight someone for perennially lifting the spirits of children? Do like the Optimist Club and turn to a woman who can easily be called Kim Possible. Wake Forest Police...

Film debut delayed

WAKE FOREST — Uptone Pictures’ release date for its new Civil War film, Union Bound, has been pushed back two months. “Medallion/Universal … had to move the release date to April 22 due to not having the MPAA rating yet and many theaters will not commit. They want to insure a...

Water cleanup agreement reached for Stony Hill community

RALEIGH — State officials have reached an agreement with a company to clean up groundwater contamination in a Wake Forest community where residential drinking wells were impacted by chlorinated solvents. Federal officials in 2014 paid to supply people in the Stony Hill Road...

Body found in woods

WAKE FOREST — The body of a 24-year-old man was found in the woods behind the GameStop shopping center near 11216 Capital Blvd., Sunday evening. Wake Forest police found Garrett Woody of Wake Forest after a K9 search with Tyrus following an alert from a family member. Officers...

Kudos – week of Jan. 28, 2016

Academics honored •Whitney Cochran of Raleigh made the dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania. To qualify, students must be registered for 12 or more academic credit hours with a grade point average of 3.50 or better. •Cameron R. Lee of Wake Forest and William J. Parsons of...

Franklin County Arts Council fundraiser Feb. 4

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Arts Council announces their fourth annual Heart for Art Gala which will take place Thursday, Feb. 4 at the historic home of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Whitaker on 210 Winston Street, Franklinton. The free event begins at 6 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m....

School Briefs – week of Jan. 28, 2016

Send school news and photos to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary Jan. 28 is open house for new and prospective students, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Heritage Middle School •High School on the Horizon, Jan. 26, 5:30-6:30 in the auditorium. •PTA Spirit Night at PDQ, Feb. ...

Weathering winters over the years

This week in History — Jan. 28, 2016 In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. Wake Forest was spared the worst of last week’s winter storm, while Raleigh and other parts of the state ­— and country — were slammed. But...

Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

WAKE FOREST — Seven Girl Scouts from Wake Forest have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. The Bronze Award requires fourth and fifth-graders to work as a team to complete a project requiring at least 20 hours of individual...

Wake Forest Charter Academy hosts enrollment meeting tonight

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Charter Academy, 1851 Friendship Chapel Road, invites interested families to attend an enrollment information meeting tonight (Thursday), 6:30-7:30 p.m., during National School Choice week. Families will have the opportunity to tour the school, ask...

February programs at the N.C. Museum of History

RALEIGH — February is Black History Month, and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer six related programs, beginning with a film screening and discussion of Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten. Another program brings a one-hour jam session with Kinston native...

Owens Park planning meeting tonight

LOUISBURG — Planners are asking for Franklin County residents’ thoughts and ideas concerning the planning and design of Owens Park at Bull Creek. One meeting was held late in 2015, and a second meeting is scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Old Bull Creek...

Rolesville Elementary renovations get go ahead

Vote was not without controversy over permanent mobile units. By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — The town’s eponymous elementary school is one step closer to beginning major renovations which will see the current campus of scattered buildings brought under one roof. Rolesville town...

Mardi Gras street festival Feb. 6

Front page photos Visit the office of The Wake Weekly between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with your masks and beads and receive a photo with you on the “front page” of The Wake Forest Weekly. Parents, get a yearlong subscription for just $29 and $10 will be donated to your child’s school....

Town angling for creek land

Fourteen acres on Hedrick property to be used for some form of open space. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town commissioners took a step Tuesday toward purchasing 14 acres of land on property owned by the Hedrick family for a future recreational use. Commissioners voted to approve...

Koinonia makes a difference

WAKE FOREST — Though she has been a lifelong resident of the area, Pat had never heard of the Wake Forest organization with the unique name. In need of double cataract surgery in late 2015, Pat found herself hit with a copay bill she simply couldn’t afford. Fearful she would lose...

Fire destroys garage

WAKEFIELD — A garage burned at 2659 Garden Knoll Lane early Tuesday morning. Raleigh firefighters were called to the scene of the single story, 400-square-foot detached garage at 4:42 a.m. The fire was extinguished inside of 20 minutes of the firefighters’ arrival. The building...