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Drug ring smoked out

Mother, son, seven other teens arrested on charges of selling, distributing illegal drugs. by Jonathan McNamara YOUNGSVILLE — A local teen’s car accident was the first of many dominoes to fall in a Franklin County drug investigation. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested...
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Youngsville rec faces possible fee increase

by Jonathan McNamara YOUNGSVILLE — The baseball program at Luddy Park is a success for the town, but who will foot the bill was the $40,000 question at the Aug. 8 Town Board meeting. The budget adopted for next  year provides for an annual payment of $20,000 from the Luddy Park...

Rolesville board does job with smile

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — The mayor of Rolesville, Frank Eagles, frequently talks about how the smallest municipality in Wake County is also the friendliest. In the Aug. 5 town board meeting, commissioners put to proof those words. The potentially contentious item the board...
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Have you seen this person? Wake Forest Police ask for help

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for help identifying the subject shown in the above surveillance camera images. The individual is wanted for questioning in connection with an Aug. 4 breaking and entering of a motor vehicle in the parking lot of the Wake...

Bunn Centennial celebration continues

BUNN — As a part of the town of Bunn’s yearlong centennial celebration, organizers have planned a History Day for Friday, Aug. 30, 5-7 p.m. at the Bunn Branch Library, 610 Main St. Historical maps of Bunn will be on display along with Bunn High student essays, old photographs and...
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Keith, Reddish wed

CHARLOTTE — Katherine Elizabeth Keith and Michael Allen Reddish,  of Charlotte, were married in a double ring ceremony Saturday June 15, 2013 at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte with the Rev. Jack Hollowell officiating. The bride is the daughter of Benny and Sandra Keith...
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Edwards, Thompson to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Edwards of Wake Forest wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Edwards, to Doug Thompson. Doug is the son of Ms. Janice Thompson of Wake Forest and Mr. Chuck Thompson of Pensacola, Fla. A June 21, 2014 wedding is planned.
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Knock ’em down for the Woman’s Club

Bowl for hunger, Aug. 25 By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Want to knock down hunger while having fun at the same time? You can do just that Sunday, Aug. 25 for the Wake Forest Woman’s Club’s first-ever charity Bowl-A-Thon. “We would like to make this event the place to be and be seen...

Town holds second meeting on greenway

WAKE FOREST — The Town of Wake Forest will host a second citizen information workshop on the design of the Dunn Creek Greenway — Downtown Connector Tuesday, Aug. 20. The session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the ground floor meeting room at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S....
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Youngsville man busted in prostitution sting

RALEIGH — A Youngsville man is in the Wake County jail on a $202,000 bond for allegedly pimping out a 15-year-old girl for sex. Jeffrey Michael Botellio, 49, 101 Beechwood Drive, was arrested by Raleigh Police Officer W.E. Faircloth Aug. 10 at 3:15 a.m. at the Raleigh Police...
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Alcohol and mints land man in jail — On Patrol, week of Aug. 15

by Jonathan McNamara FRANKLINTON — A man arrested for driving while impaired and having his license revoked topped it off by managing to steal breath mints while in the middle of a traffic stop. Manuel Cortes Rodriguez, 27, 166 Rustic Ridge Road, was driving 10 miles per hour...
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Openings add chicken, sweets to area menu

Richland Creek Plaza brings Zaxby’s, Dunkin’ Donuts to town By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The opening of Richland Creek Plaza this week puts chicken and waffles together, though not in the same building. Zaxby’s chicken and its next-door-neighbor, a Rose Mart gas station and...

Lighting strikes start fires

No injuries, but damage in Tuesday incidents. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Lightning appears to have struck twice in 15 minutes early Tuesday morning on opposite sides of town, starting two fires. No one was injured in either case, though the closeness of the strikes and other...
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Wake Forest High School starts a new PTSA Charter

WAKE FOREST — The addition of Rolesville High School this school year has set the stage for Wake Forest High School to make a few exciting changes as well, according to Angie Levy, the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) president. Wake Forest High School has...
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Youngsville Woman’s Club sponsors author signing at library

by Jonathan McNamara YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Woman’s Club will sponsor a book signing at the Youngsville Public Library. Local award winning author and member of the Youngsville Woman’s Club Nancy LaPonzina will sign copies of her new book A Path Through the Garden....
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Hunting safety encouraged

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt safety campaign is reminding hunters to be as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting. Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator, recommends using a lineman-style...

Police and Sheriff Reports — week of Aug. 15, 2013

Franklinton Police reports Reported Aug. 1-12 Arrests •Craig Lamont Dozier, 38, 454 S. Main St., was arrested by Officer A. Bishop for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and trespassing. Aug 12, 8:03 p.m. •Anthony Gupton, 40, 172 Gupton Lane, Henderson, was arrested by Sgt. K....

Searching for Salmonella

RALEIGH — North Carolina State University scientists are looking for Salmonella on tomatoes and around tomato production areas. What they find could help farmers grow tomatoes that have a decreased likelihood of carrying Salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that can contaminate...

Wake Forest building permits — July 2013

The Wake Forest Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during July. Mechanical •Southern Piping Company, 114 N. Wingate St., $370,060. •Arctic Refrigeration & Air, 12318 Wake Union Church Road, $7,000. •Bolton Construction & Service, 326...

Rolesville Building Permits — April and July 2013

The Rolesville Planning and Inspections Department issued the following building permits during April and July. Mechanical •Deborah L. Martin, Pearce Backhoe and Septic Tanks, 325 Teresa Drive, $46. •Gilbert C. Hartis Jr., Mitchell Heating and Cooling, 102 Wall Creek Drive, $9...

Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference Scholarships Available for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

RALEIGH — Due to donations to the William W. Dow Memorial Scholarship fund, the N.C. Cooperative Extension has announced that scholarships are available for beginning farmers and ranchers to attend the 28th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference Nov. 15-17, 2013 in Durham, NC....
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Newspaper launches online photo store

WAKE FOREST — For decades, The Wake Weekly has been known for the oodles of photographs from community events, displayed on picture pages. Those photos have always been available for purchase in print form by calling the newspaper office. The  newspaper  has taken that a step...

Wake County Commissioners focus on agriculture

by Burwell Stark RALEIGH — Four years after work on it began, the Wake County Commissioners unanimously approved the Wake County Agricultural Economic Development Plan (AEDP) Monday. The plan was then presented to and certified by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and...
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Franklin County Commissioners approve incentives

White Street Brewing and Xerium look to expand to Youngsville. by Jonathan McNamara LOUISBURG — Two incentive requests were approved by a unanimous vote of the county commissioners Monday, contingent on them adding jobs to the county. A public hearing was held to discuss a...