Blood urgently needed

WAKE FOREST — Recent winter storms have led to a severe blood shortage, according to an American Red Cross advisory. Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 600 blood drive cancelations, and nearly 20,000 uncollected...

Could electric rates drop?

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town commissioners have scheduled a closed session for their Feb. 18 meeting to discuss the potential sale to Duke Energy Progress of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency’s (NCEMPA) ownership in four power plants that Duke Energy Progress...

Heart for Art fundraiser kicks off busy arts season

FRANKLINTON — Join the Franklin County Arts Council Thursday for a complimentary evening of casual fare catered by Mary Rose Joyner, music by the local Mister Felix and both silent and pick-a-prize auctions to benefit the arts in Franklin County. The benefit is being held at the...
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Business Briefs

Jackson graduates with highest honors Eric Jackson, founder of Redeeming the Tune Piano Service in Rolesville, recently graduated with highest honors from the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology in Bozeman, Mont.  The school, which is the largest in the world, has graduates...

Roundabout saves — and costs

Engineer: Town needs to limit repairs on traffic circle. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Roundabouts are nationally recognized for slowing traffic, while improving safety. But locally, one roundabout has another legend — as a major cash drain. The roundabout joining South Main...
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Snow days payback

School systems announce makeup days for recent snow. While missing school for snow is fun while the sledding lasts, there’s always the school makeup to pay for on the other side when the days are sunny and warm. Here are the makeup days (in calendar order) that have been posted...

Monday is deadline for teacher grants

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Community Foundation (FCCF) announces the availability of small grants to teachers in the county from its education fund. All public school teachers and support personnel in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply for grants up to $350...

Miller Park reopens Saturday

WAKE FOREST — H.L. Miller Park, 401 Elm Ave., is expected to reopen Saturday after crews worked to stabilize the banks of the unnamed stream that runs through the park. The town initiated the project after an inspection revealed minor stream stabilization was needed to reduce...

School Briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Richland Creek Elementary gets assistant principal Richland Creek Elementary, Wake Forest’s newest elementary school in the Wake system,  will get an assistant principal Friday. Lucille Glass was...

YMCA offers Livestrong

WAKE FOREST — Kerr Family YMCA hosts Livestrong, a program providing cancer survivors the opportunity to fight the disease through health and fitness outside of a medical setting. Certified YMCA instructors help patients build muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance...

Franklin soil meeting

The next Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Board meeting is Thursday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Soil & Water District office in the Franklin County Agricultural Services center, 101 S. Bickett Blvd., Suite B. The public is invited to attend.

Optimists offer essay scholarship

WAKE FOREST — The Optimist Club of Wake Forest invites students under 19 who haven’t yet graduated to submit an essay on the topic — How Dreams Lead to Success. Essays should be 700 to 800 words and are due at the local Optimist club by Feb. 19. In addition to developing skills...

Youngsville High reunion planned in May

YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville High School plans a reunion for all alumni through 1978 when the school closed. The event is set for the Youngsville Museum of History the first weekend in May. The weekend kicks off with a basketball game at the old Youngsville High School gym Friday,...

Leadership Franklin set to begin

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Leadership Franklin, a three-month program beginning March 12 with a series of six full-day sessions, provides a diverse group of existing and emerging leaders the chance to experience many of the challenges and opportunities facing the county. Participants...

Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees

NORTH CAROLINA — Anyone from North Carolina who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in February will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees. The trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds will help beautify North Carolina for many years to come,”...

Dress up and help some kids

WAKE FOREST — The Cotton Company in downtown Wake Forest hosts the 2nd annual Puttin’ on the Ritz masquerade ball to benefit Mercy for America’s Children, Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The event will be emceed by Hollywood actor and comedian, Brady Matthews, and feature live music...

At the library

There’s lots going on at area libraries. In addition to events at the Wake Forest Library (400 E. Holding Ave., 919-554-8498), other events are planned at East Regional Library (946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, 919-217-5300) and North Regional Library (7009 Harps Mill Road,...

Gas prices down slightly

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices fell 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.30/gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average, which has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past...

Get tickets now for State of the Town

WAKE FOREST — A limited number of tickets are still available for this year’s State of the Town address and dinner, Feb. 17 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre in downtown. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 on the day of the event and include a catered meal. Dress...

Wake Forest police reports – Feb. 6, 2014

Arrests •Shane Nicholas Buck, 32, 1109 Heritage Hills Way, was arrested at 960 Gateway Commons Circle and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited and released. Officer J.M. Hale, Feb. 2, 3:56 a.m. •Veronica Jimenez Plummer-Jimenez, 33, 3708 Amberwine Lane, was...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports – Feb. 6, 2014

Arrests •Crystal Dawn Boyd, 29, 251 Weldon Road, Louisburg, was arrested at home and charged with possessing or concealing non-tax paid liquor and resist, delay and obstruction. She was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on a $1,000 bond. Deputy C. Saunders, Jan. 30, 2:50...