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Cooperative Extension celebrates volunteers success

Franklin County Cooperative Extension recently hosted their 2013 Volunteer Reception.  Cooperative Extension considers itself fortunate to have a group of outstanding and loyal volunteers, according to Charles Mitchell, Franklin County Extension Director. “Volunteering is the...
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Gutted

No one was inside at the time. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Fire consumed a one-story house at 163 N. White St. Tuesday morning. Fire and police officials closed off North White Street for about an hour while battling the blaze. Wake Forest firefighters received the call at 8:22...
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Local family hurt at fair needs help

WAKE FOREST — Perhaps you read about the people who were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the N.C. State Fair in October. What you may be unaware of is that three immediate members of a Wake Forest family were severely injured — their father, Anthony Gorham, mother, Kisha...
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Drive-by shooting at mobile home park

No injuries reported; targeted resident was allegedly involved in street fight earlier. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The normally quiet Wellington Mobile Home Park was the site of a drive-by shooting the night of Dec. 5, witnesses say. No one was injured in the shooting, which...
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Foul Language leads to street fight – On Patrol, Dec. 12, 2013

by Clellie Allen  Parade ends, melee begins Shortly after the Franklinton Christmas parade ended, Thursday, two groups of parade-watchers got into a brawl that ended up with five people being charged in conjucntion with the incident. According to a press release from the...
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Dine at Chili’s Dec. 18 and support Purr Partners

Chili’s is supporting Purr Partners by donating 10 percent of sales Dec. 18 to the organization. Purr Partners is a cat rescue agency located in Youngsville. Its mission is to help homeless felines find loving, permanent homes through adoption and placement. They believe...
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Veterans to lead Christmas parade

More than 100 floats, bands, entries this year. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Bundle up kiddos! The annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade is Saturday and, if their prediction holds,  meteorologists are calling for cool weather with scattered showers all day. That doesn’t mean people...
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Tacos with panache

New restaurant highlights Latino culture, food. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Wait times to get into Gonza Tacos Y Tequila at The Factory Friday were 20 to 25 minutes. That’s significant, considering the Mexican and Colombian restaurant just opened last week. One of those who went...
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Police request public’s assistance

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the driver of the vehicle shown in the surveillance camera image. The vehicle was utilized in a theft Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Wake Forest Lowe’s Home Improvement, 11800 Galaxy Dr. The...
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Citizens step up for children

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Judge John Davis of Franklin County Court administered the oath to four citizens who completed training to serve as Guardian ad Litem advocates.  James Williamson, Wandra Polk, Annette Goodman-Allen and Rachelle Deats, were appointed  to represent, along with an...

Officials mum about student injury

ROLESVILLE — A Rolesville High School student reportedly made an attempt on her own life in a third floor bathroom shortly before noon Thursday, Dec. 5. Although both Wake County Schools officials and Rolesville police are currently refusing to release much information about the...
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Animal shelter benefits from child’s kindness

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — It’s not often you find a 7-year-old spearheading a party to benefit an animal shelter. Even less so when she foregoes birthday presents to make it happen. But that is exactly what Maggie Mcilroy did last weekend. Maggie, who turns 8 today...
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Randall assails mudslinging

Proposes legislation to speed up libel charges. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Bill Randall is done running for political office. But he’s not ready to give up the bully pulpit. Randall called a press conference Dec. 5 to criticize the political process which allows accusations to...
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Choir and dancers debut at Hillside

WAKE FOREST — The residents of Hillside nursing home are in for a wonderful evening as the Woodland Chapel Baptist Church youth choir and praise dancers perform there for the first time Dec. 21. Approximately two dozen  singers and dancers, all of whom take part in the church’s...
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Conservation district board meeting Dec. 19

LOUISBURG — The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Board meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m..  The meeting will be held in the Soil & Water Conservation District office, located in the Franklin County agricultural services center, 101 South Bickett...
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A few of her favorite things

 Art After Hours returns to downtown Wake Forest. WAKE FOREST — If the weather holds, it’ll be cool, but clear for Friday night’s Art After Hours, which this month offers up more than the usual art on display and local music scene. It’s also a great time to do a little shopping —...
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Apply now for internships

NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Dec. 16 to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2014. All internships will begin on May 27 and conclude on...
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VFW honors contest winners

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8466 honored winners of the annual patriotic contests at its Christmas party Dec. 5 at My Place restaurant. Cash scholarships were given to the best entry winners at each level. Jackson Cook of Wake Forest High School...
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Former Mayor Dies

YOUNGSVILLE — Former Youngsville mayor, Lynwood “Lyn” Buffaloe, 72, died Dec. 4 at Duke University Medical Center. Buffaloe served as a lieutenant in the town fire department until he resigned and ran for mayor, serving from 1981-96, when he moved outside town limits. He was a...
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Christmas bird count kicks off Saturday

CHAPEL HILL — Thousands of volunteer birders will participate in the 114th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. This early-winter bird census is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, compiling invaluable bird population data used...
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Light up your home safely for the holidays

The holiday countdown is on and it’s time to get your house razzle-dazzle ready. But before you do, make sure to check that your lights and decorations are still in good working order after a year in storage. Not only can old decor look worn out, but it also can put you and...
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Richland Creek stream restoration underway

WAKE FOREST — Town crews have begun the stream restoration of the Richland Creek Greenway. The greenway was closed in September after an inspection revealed a rapid increase in creek erosion along the trail caused by heavy rains during the spring and early summer. Due to safety...
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SPCA collecting donations

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Franklin County is collecting donations to raise $10,000 by Dec. 31. The money raised helps with the low-cost spay and neuter program, the Pet Pantry, and low-cost vaccination clinics. Checks may be...
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Prepare animal for winter months

by Martha L. Mobley, N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent, Agriculture It is that time of year again when cold, rainy, freezing weather is upon us. Farm animals are calving, kidding and lambing now and I thought I would share some animal tips to keep them healthy during this time...