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A year dedicated to the letter ‘R’

2013 was a year of change for The Wake Weekly coverage area. Some of the biggest news items involved changing institutions. That leads to our top 10 stories of the year. School’s in, in Rolesville 1. Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle and High schools lost their “R” with the opening...
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Mourners dress up for Melaney

Child’s family, friends celebrate her indomitable spirit. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — More than two hundred balloons were released into the air Friday, celebrating the short but very full life of Melaney Jayne Holden, a precocious 8-year-old who died from cancer Dec. 28. “We are...
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A cure for what ales ya?

Food rodeo, festivals allowing alcohol wanted. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Last year’s beer drinking area during the Meet in the Street festival was such a success, chamber officials approached town commissioners during their first work session of the year Tuesday to do it...
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Slain mother, daughter remembered

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — Hundreds gathered at Louisburg High School Sunday, to say farewell to a mother and daughter, gunned down in what many said was a senseless and brutal act. But attendees chose to focus not on the very real horror of what happened New Years Eve, but...
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Hearing for surgery center Jan. 16

YOUNGSVILLE — Novant Health has filed an application with the Certificate of Need Section of the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation to relocate one operating room from Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg to the approved but not yet built same day surgery center...
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Car queue questioned

Law says town has to use figures. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Heritage North residents who attended Tuesday night’s Planning Board meeting expressed concerns that a planned charter school would affect property values, create too much noise and otherwise impugn the character of...
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Art gallery, studio open in Rolesville Friday

ROLESVILLE — After six months of planning and preparation, the National Art Society at Rolesville High has opened a gallery and art studio right in the heart of town, in the former chamber of commerce building at 101 N. Main St. They are calling it the Red Gallery & Studio...
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Embrace Ugandan art

Two Dog Gallery, 123 S. White St., features the vibrant artwork of Embrace Uganda, including original paintings, baskets, wood pieces and musical instruments made by Ugandan residents (see pictured) during Friday’s Art After Hours in downtown Wake Forest. Live drum playing ...
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King celebration Jan. 23

WAKE FOREST — The 20th annual Wake Forest Dr. Martin Luther King celebration will be held Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 2237 Friendship Chapel Road. The featured speaker, the Rev. Dr. Tom Jackson, pastor emeritus at Wake Forest Baptist Church, helped...
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Brrrrrrr!

Wake Weekly Publisher Emeritus Bob Allen couldn’t resist dashing out on his side porch at 7:30 in the morning Tuesday to snap a photo of a wall-mounted thermometer’s reading of the air temperature. It read 10ºF. That’s cold.

AgCarolina group provides meals, gifts

RALEIGH — AgCarolina Farm Credit customers and employees helped provide 1,190 holiday meals for The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. A total of 1,414 pounds of food was collected at the 12 branch locations across AgCarolina’s 34-county servicing area. The...
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Bicycle survey now online

WAKE FOREST — The town is conducting an online survey to gather input from area bicyclists concerning their perceptions of riding in Wake Forest. The survey is available at wakeforestnc.gov/bicycles.aspx through Jan. 31 and takes approximately five minutes to complete. Intended...

No-fee voter I.D. cards available

RALEIGH — In accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session, North Carolina has begun issuing no-fee voter identification cards. Beginning in 2016, the state will require voters to have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot when voting in person. A list of...
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Veterans play Santa to shut-ins

WAKE FOREST — American Legion Post 187 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8466 provided 13 family meals and seven fruit baskets to shut-in veterans in the Wake Forest area. The meals were prepared by the staff of The Border restaurant and delivered by post members and their...

Gas prices steady

RALEIGH — Retail gasoline prices have not moved in the past week, averaging $3.31 per gallon Jan. 5, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has not moved  in the last week to $3.30 per gallon, according to...
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Insurance rates to increase

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) received a homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in the late afternoon Jan. 3. The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the Department of Insurance and represents all companies writing homeowners...

Rolesville Rec gets rolling

Rolesville — The town of Rolesville announces the following upcoming programs and events: •Youth baseball and softball registration for town residents is taking place now through Jan. 19. Open registration is Jan. 20-Feb. 6. All registrations are completed online only at...

Holding Requests Federal Audit of RHA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reports by a local newspaper regarding executive salaries and compensation practices at the Raleigh Housing Authority (RHA), U.S. Rep. George Holding released the following statement: “At a time when our nation is over 17 trillion dollars in debt — the...

Beware of patent trolls

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers and businesses should beware of patent trolls trying to charge high fees for using everyday office equipment. Patent trolls are businesses that don’t invent or manufacture anything. Instead, they acquire patents and then try to make consumers,...
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Charity brewing

WAKE FOREST — From left, White Street Brewing Company (WSBC) owner Dino Radosta gives Laura Terry, director of the Franklin County Boys & Girls Club, a check for $1,500. The money is profit he made from selling a beer that was the winner of a homebrewers challenge in April....

Smart Start to host county application session

WAKE FOREST — Smart Start at the Northern Regional Center will host a Wake County Pre-K application session for the 2014-15 school year Jan. 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 350 E. Holding Ave., Room 163. Eligible children will be four years old by Aug. 31. Applicants must bring a copy...

EPA looks to tighten woodstove regulations

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters, beginning in 2015. The agency’s proposal would make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80...
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Business Briefs – Jan. 9, 2014

Estate planning workshop •Jim Staples, financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Keith Shackleford of Warren Shackleford Attorneys, in conjunction with The Prudential Insurance Company of America, will host a free comprehensive estate planning workshop Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at...
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Libraries to help new businesses in the new year

RALEIGH — Wake Libraries is collaborating with SCORE (score.org), a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses, to offer a business series during the winter. The programs are free but registration is required. To register, call the library of interest. All...