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Water sale in sight

By Todd Allen FRANKLINTON — In a dramatic turn around Tuesday, the Franklinton town board approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to purchase and take over Franklinton’s water and sewer system after taking verbal heat from...
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Wakefield library funded

Construction on regional library to begin soon. By David Leone WAKEFIELD — Bonds have been sold that will pay for $11 million in county libraries, including the Northeast Regional Library planned for Wakefield. Additional bonds will pay for $334 million in school needs. County...
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BBQ & Bands returns Sept. 13

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Chamber of Commerce hosts its Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Fest Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Redford Place Drive in downtown Rolesville. The fifth annual event features a three-category barbecue cook-off. The grills will heat up...
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The pet portraitist

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Anyone over 30 has probably seen the TV ad that artist and advertising executive Dick Larsen created for that candy sucker. But Larsen, who these days operates out of a studio at the...
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Mayor: New school creates traffic hazard

Commissioners ban parking on access road. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — It didn’t take long for a new school to run into traffic issues. Even before opening day at Endeavor Charter School yesterday (Wednesday), a new law had been enacted to address a potentially hazardous parking...
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Rich Netherby: For the love of flying

LOCAL PROFILES By Carol Taber From the time he was a young man, Wake Forest resident Richard Netherby loved to fly. He soloed in his Dad’s 1952 Cessna 170B at age 16, earning his pilot’s license before getting his driver’s license. Charlotte, Rich’s wife of 50 years, said that...

Bond issue promoted

Town leaders gearing up for public referendum on $25.1 million in roads, parks, greenways improvements. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town leaders convened a special briefing Monday, with the mayor, town manager, finance director, parks director, senior planner and spokesman...

Deadline for public input extended

RALEIGH — Officials with the state Mining and Energy Commission have extended to Sept. 30 the deadline for public input on proposed oil and gas development rules. The deadline extension was approved to avoid confusion after Rule 15A NCAC 05H .2103, “Timing and Notice of...

Parks and Rec – August 21, 2014

Wake Forest Team registration takes place through Aug. 29 for several adult sports leagues in Wake Forest. •Co-rec kickball is scheduled to begin weeknights in mid-September through late October. The entry fee is $150 per team and participants must be 18 or older. •Flag football...

College students guard against ID theft

RALEIGH — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Eastern North Carolina offers six simple steps to protect college students from identity theft. According to a recent study by Javelin Strategy and Research, identity theft committed against people aged 18 to 24 took longest to...

NCWRC offers hunts to youths

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer facilitated permit hunts for youths 12 to 15 years old during the upcoming hunting season. Youth hunters will be selected by a random, computer-generated draw. A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for each...

State settles with electronics retail scammers

FORT BRAGG — More than 1,300 North Carolina military service members who got caught by a scheme to finance purchases of overpriced electronics will have their debts forgiven and their credit cleared, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced last month. Following a multiyear...

Taming the tongue is not a hot topic

By Burwell Stark On a recent Sunday afternoon I violated every known law of fatherhood — I went girl clothes shopping with my wife and teenage daughter. Not only that, but I suggested the idea. I’m no legal expert, but I don’t believe I was responsible for my actions prior to...

Blood donations urgently needed

DURHAM — The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month. While overall donations increased last month, donations in the local Carolinas Blood Services Region fell...

Local food roast Friday

LOUISBURG — Before there were food truck rodeos, there was the local food roast. The Farmer’s Market at Shannon Village Shopping Center hosts one Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or until sold out. The menu, prepared by 215 Smokehouse Catering, includes Hawaiian chicken with special...

Wakefield Elementary could turn traditional

CARY — In an move that Wake County Public Schools staff say would make more efficient use of classroom space, the school board is considering a calendar change at Wakefield Elementary and three other elementary schools, plus middle school, for 2015-16 academic year. Wakefield...

Adopt a kitty at PetSmart

WAKE FOREST — Purr Partners Feline Rescue of Youngsville is holding adoption events at PetSmart in Wake Forest each weekend. Hours are Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. PetSmart is located at 11835 Retail Drive. For more information, call 919-906-8243 or see...

Grace Haven to hold flapjack fundraiser

WAKE FOREST — Grace haven Baptist Fellowship Church will host a flapjack fundraiser Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Applebee’s, 11805 Retail Drive. Tickets are $7 at the door or may be purchased by calling 919-671-2340. All proceeds raised will go to develop missionary programs...
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Gann completes training

WAKE FOREST — Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jacob M. Gann graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force...
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Troop 305 Eagle Scouts honored

From left, Patrick Watts, Ryan McLain, Sam McLain, Troy Despain and Casey Epps, of Troop No. 305 in Wake Forest, were named to the prestigious Eagle Scout Court of Honor in a ceremony Aug. 10 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Teen to compete in state pageant

WAKE FOREST — Miss Wake Forest Teen USA 2015 Victoria Miller, 16, will compete for the North Carolina title Oct. 10 and 11 in High Point. A junior at Heritage High, she is the daughter of Charlie and Teresa Hamaty. Miller is a longtime member of the Wake Forest Boys & Girls...
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This Week in History — Aug. 21, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •Wake Forest police constable Louis Pearce was struck by his own vehicle as he jumped toward a ditch to escape a wreck. An 18-year-old lost control of another vehicle, which...
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Newhouses celebrate 50th

WAKE FOREST — Neal and Elizabeth Newhouse of Wake Forest celebrated their 50th anniversary recently with a family party given by their children, Joy, Neal Joseph and Jeffrey and his wife, Rhonda. They also have eight grandchildren: Ashley, Austin, Zack, Zoey, Katie, Nicholas,...
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See Toy Story Saturday

ROLESVILLE — Rolesville Parks and Recreation presents the summer’s final free movie Saturday night, with a screening of Toy Story. Bring chairs and blankets to the Rolesville Middle School football field, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, where the movie starts at 8 p.m. Concessions...