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Public weighs in on Novant’s surgical room relocation

By Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville library was packed out Thursday with folks looking to weigh in on Novant Health’s application to relocate an operating room from Novant Health Franklin Regional Medical Center (FRMC) in Louisburg to an already approved but as-yet...
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WFHS student killed in hit-run

RALEIGH — A Wake Forest High School junior died after a hit and run accident in Raleigh Jan. 16. Justice Yasmeen Smith, 16, of Courtney Lane, Raleigh, was crossing North New Hope Road at Water Oak Drive at 9:40 p.m. when she was struck by a 2005 Dodge minivan traveling south,...
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Alleged heroin dealer arrested with a bang

Police deploy noisemaker to nab felony suspect. WAKE FOREST — At about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16, the residents along East Oak Avenue in the Mill Village heard a loud bang, strong enough to shake their windows and rattle their drains. It was a noisemaker police were using to startle the...

Rolesville to change sign, zoning ordinances

By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — After literal years of going back and forth on revamping the sign ordinance, Rolesville’s town board will hold a public hearing Feb. 3 to amend the sign ordinance, bringing it up up-to-date with advances in technology like digital signs and...
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Long-time Ben Franklin Society supporters receive emeritus status

By Clellie Allen FRANKLIN COUNTY — Contributions by two Franklin County residents, who helped establish the Ben Franklin Society, Joseph E. Elmore and William M. Hill Jr., were recognized with emeritus membership at their regular meeting. With their emeritus status, they have...
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Cold snap

WAKE FOREST — Temperatures dropped to the low teens Wednesday morning, but the Tuesday night snow that had people most concerned turned out to be mild. Most objects and cars were covered with white, as was Joyner Park above, but there wasn’t enough precipitation for sledding or...
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Capital One most complained-about credit card company

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers file more complaints about Capital One than any other credit card company, according to a report released recently by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) Education Fund. The report, which looked at data from the Consumer...

Comment period on insurance rate hike coming to close

RALEIGH — The deadline for the public to submit comments on the insurance companies’ request to raise homeowners insurance rates is Jan. 31. The insurance industry, represented by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, has requested a statewide average increase of approximately 25...

No-fee voter I.D. cards available now

RALEIGH — North Carolina has begun issuing no-fee voter identification cards in accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session. 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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Louisburg College president citizen of year

LOUISBURG — Louisburg College president Dr. Mark La Branche was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce during its annual banquet and meeting Jan. 16. He was nominated by Kathy Harrelson, executive director of the United Way of Franklin...

Avila to serve on ACA committee

RALEIGH — NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, announced Friday the House co-chairs and members of the Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act. Reps. Jim Fulghum, R-Wake, and Jeff Collins, R-Nash, will co-chair the committee. Wake County Rep. Marilyn...

Black History Month, Watergate at history museum

RALEIGH — During February, Black History Month, the N.C. Museum of History will present a variety of programs about the experiences of African Americans. The programs include an African American history tour and the documentary The Loving Story, Feb. 16, about an interracial...

Parenting classes begin Jan. 24

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Cooperative Extension has set the schedule for its Parenting Matters classes to begin Jan. 24. The free class series will help parents, grandparents, foster parents and legal guardians with the challenges and rewards of parenting, including the...

Learn how to raise business capital the right way

LOUISBURG — Vance Granville Community College will host a free seminar on raising business capital Jan. 29 at the Franklin campus, 8100 N.C. 56 in Louisburg. Entitled ‘Raising Business Capital: FAQ’s for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesspersons,’ the session will be conducted by...

Pool project funded

Town receives favorable finance rate for Holding Park pool fix-up. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Remember last August when a suggestion that was floated to close the Holding Park pool rather than pay for repairs was met with widespread condemnation? Checks are almost in the bank...
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Princess volunteers at food bank

WAKE FOREST — The newly crowned 2013-14 National All-American Miss Princess, seven-year-old Skyla Woodard of Wake Forest, volunteers twice a month at the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, sorting and repackaging bulk food into family-sized portions.  She says it...
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This Week inHistory – Jan. 23, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1924 •Wake Forest commissioners  T. Holding Sr., A.J. Davis, S.W. Brewer and R.M. Squires met last week with Sprunt Hill, highway division agent in Durham about a plan to route the...
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Koinonia auction fundraiser Feb. 8

WAKE FOREST — For town residents who like to bag a bargain and help a neighbor at the same time, Feb. 8 is the date to mark, as the annual Koinonia Cares Charity Auction takes place at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 South Brooks St. With $30 paid admission at the door, attendees will...

Capitol offers behind-the-scenes tours Feb. 1

RALEIGH — Twice a year, the State Capitol allows visitors beyond the velvet ropes to see areas of the building that are rarely open to the public. Signature Discovery Tour stops include the governor’s suite, the former treasurer’s vault, the outdoor porticos and some of the attic...

Reverse raffle tickets available

WAKE FOREST — Businesses, organizations or individuals who purchase a $125 ticket buy a chance to win up to $10,000 at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Reverse Raffle & Auction, March 21 at the Renaissance Centre. The purchases provide an opportunity to make an...

Bored? Join a board!

WAKE FOREST — Several advisory board vacancies offer an opportunity for town residents to get involved in politics on the local level. Residents of Wake Forest and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are encouraged to apply for one of the five openings on the Cemetery...
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Show veterans love Feb. 4

WAKE COUNTY — Between now and Feb. 4, library visitors in all 20 Wake County locations are invited to create a Valentine for a veteran that will be sent out the day before Valentine’s Day. “Valentines for Veterans is a national event that gives the community a chance to show...
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Cheerful sight for little patients

WAKE FOREST — Franklin Academy Elementary School and Thales Academy Junior High recently donated hand-painted ceiling tiles to the WakeMed Children’s Hospital. The students’ decorated tiles will be placed on the ceiling of the minor procedure room at the hospital. This ceiling...

Come find the tiger at the WF Museum

Do you know about the Wake Forest Tiger? In 1895, or thereabouts, when the students and some of the faculty at Wake Forest College were first becoming seriously involved in sports such as football, they adopted a tiger as the mascot but shortly afterward dropped it for some...