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State crime rates at historic low

Decade sees more than 20 percent drop in violent, property offenses. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The death of Trayvon Martin. Sexual assaults at UNC. Women held hostage for years in Cleveland. Access to the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle has made Americans hyper-aware of...
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Three local businesses receive preservation awards

Winners cited for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of existing architecture. WAKE FOREST — The Gulley-Mackie House, the White Street Brewery, and the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society are among nine county winners that will receive awards at Capital Area Preservations 20th...
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Wrestling comes to Youngsville Saturday

GOUGE wrestling in town to support recreation programs. YOUNGSVILLE — If you’ve never been to a WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) match and have always wanted to, Saturday is your chance to see a Saturday Night Live-esque version. GOUGE (Gimmicks Only Underground Grappling...
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A slow start to NC FAST program

Electronic program meant to speed up applications for state benefits is riddled with problems and delays. by Burwell Stark RALEIGH — Although the name was intended to play off the ability of families to access state services quickly and remotely, Wake County commissioners learned...
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Art After Hours returns Friday

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Debra Ludas likes turning something old into something new. She has a necklace with a charm labeled “Forever,” which also is adorned with several old rings, including wedding rings, proving the inscription false. Ludas, a retired nurse who lives in...
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Sold by the plate

The Franklin County United Way and Cooperative Extension team up for the Fourth Local Food Plate Sale. By Jonathan McNamara LOUISBURG — The Fourth Annual Local Food Plate Sale was held kicked off the 2013-2014 United Way of Franklin County campaign. Held at the Farmers Market...

Moose Riders hold ride in honor of Tony Young

RALEIGH — The Raleigh Moose Riders will hold a memorial ride Sept. 21 for Tony Wade Young, of Rolesville, who died last year at  age 22 when he was killed in a motorcycle accident after a driver turned in front of him. The Riders will start the event at the Raleigh Moose Family...
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Deputies arrest green thumb trespasser — On Patrol Sept. 29, 2013

By Jonathan McNamara BUNN — A local man was arrested by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies after a trespassing call led deputies to a vegetable garden with a marijuana plant Sept. 4. According to Bunn Police First Sgt. H. Upchurch, Michael Terrell Foster, 39, Lot 20 Scarboro...
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Cooke, Cowart Wed

WAKE FOREST — Sydney Stafford Cooke and Scott Cowart, of Chapel Hill, were married Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Fearrington Village Gardens with Carol Pimentel officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James David Cooke, Jr., of Wake Forest. She is the granddaughter of...

This Week in History — Sept. 12, 2013

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1973 •A group of Franklinton residents has asked the town board to prohibit the sale of alcohol within town limits on Sundays. The request came from people who live near the...
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Avoid pollution — don’t spray that ditch!

by William Lord, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County LOUISBURG — Ditches are some of the worst places to mow. They are not flat and may be deep. It takes a long time to weed-eat them as they line the entire road front. What to do? Spray the ditch with weed killer? Don’t...

Help choose Wake County manager

RALEIGH — Wake County Commissioners want the public to help in the process of hiring a new county manager by completing a short survey. The survey is available s through midnight on Sunday, Sept. 22, and includes three open ended questions: 1. What qualifications, competencies,...
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Wake Forest graduate tours spain

WAKE FOREST — Recent graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Kiersten Nipper, daughter of Amy and Wes Nipper, traveled to Salamanca, Spain for an immersion program at Colgeio Delibes this summer. While there she continued her study of Spanish language and culture,...

Police and Sheriff Reports — week of Sept. 12, 2013

Franklinton Police Reported Aug. 28-Sept. 8 Arrests •Daniel James Groves, 36, 184 Pine Ridge Drive, was arrested by Officer A. Bishop for driving while impaired and speeding 75 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. Sept. 5, 3:44 a.m. •Michael Anthony Jones, 57, 19 Kings Way, was...
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Tobacco futures

What’s in store for tobacco as it faces a new era, through the eyes of Franklin County farmers. by Jonathan McNamara First in a three-part series LOUISBURG — Tobacco has helped shape the face of North Carolina since the Colonial period. However, with government restrictions and...
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Town: Pool repairs worth cost

Maintenance expensive, building anew far more so. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Concerned with the continuing cost of making repairs to the Holding Park pool, including $394,000 slated for an upcoming renovation of the bathrooms, Commissioner Margaret Stinnett has asked for a...
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Futures Fund questioned

Options expanded for business recruitment by David Leone WAKE FOREST — What started as a conversation to redefine how board members are selected for the Futures Fund (economic development incentives), grew into questions about how the funds are distributed and to whom they should...

Rolesville seeks input on sign ordinance

ROLESVILLE — The town continues to seek input from residents and business owners alike as it updates its sign ordinance. An open house was held Aug. 27 in lieu of a planning board meeting. Nearly two dozen folks came by to express their thoughts about the upcoming changes to the...

Youngsville family fun day Sept. 15

YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department is  kicking off fall ball with a Family Fun Day at Luddy Park, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. In addition to activities like Pie-in-the-Face and games between teams of coaches and parents, the All Stars will be specially...

Learn to square dance

YOUNGSVILLE — The Magic Squares square dancing   group is holding an open house complete with square dance lessons 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. The event is designed to both have a good time and also to raise awareness of their club and the opportunities to participate. The group...
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America on display

Cyclist crosses country, builds houses along the way. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — How did you spend your summer? Did you witness sunrise on a mountaintop or see the fire-scorched hills of Arizona? Did you breathe fresh, unfiltered air for 10 hours a day from the back of a...
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Scam attempted on Wake Forest Power customers

WAKE FOREST — A customer in Wake Forest Power’s service territory recently reported a scam after being targeted by an individual claiming to represent Duke Energy. In the incident, the caller attempted to obtain personal information and threatened immediate service disconnection...

Find out more about the Affordable Care Act

LOUISBURG — Need to know more about the Affordable Care Act and what it means to you and your family? N.C. Rep. Bobbie Richardson (District 7) and staff from the Rural Health Group are holding an informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Cooperative...

Get unplugged and enjoy Gospel music Sunday

WAKE FOREST — The Gospel Jubilators will cap off the fourth annual installment of “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” Sunday afternoon, with a free concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The concert will take place in the amphitheater from 5 to 7 p.m. Using “only...