Keith Shackleford, here ‘because it’s home’

Local Profiles by Carol Taber Having earned his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1996 and passing the North Carolina Bar exam, Keith Shackleford could have practiced law anywhere in the state. When asked why he chose Wake Forest, the dapper, bow-tied lawyer smiles and...

Futures Fund helped build center

Nonprofit is slowly gaining ground, repaying town’s generous loan. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Somewhat glossed over last week during all the hoopla about the town borrowing from its own Futures Fund to build a road was the report on the Wireless Research Center of North...

Vigil and services set for Tracy Williams

FRANKLINTON — A time for the community to come together to remember Tracy Williams with a candlelight vigil has been set for tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m. at Franklinton Middle School, 3 N. Main St. Williams was killed Sunday, the alleged victim of a well-documented violent,...

Rainbow Girl awarded scholarship

WAKE FOREST — Raleigh Assembly No. 4, a local chapter of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (Rainbow), is pleased to announce that one of its members, Tori Shue of Wake Forest, has been awarded the Etrulia H. Taylor Outstanding Rainbow scholarship from the Grand...

Playing bingo for scholarships Aug. 8

FRANKLINTON —The 10th annual bingo extravaganza to benefit the Mertha Lee Crudup Scholarship Fund is 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Usher’s Association Building, 4441 U.S. U.S. 1, Franklinton. Bingo games are played, for $1, for the chance to win prizes donated by friends and...

Rolesville police make character education fun

By Marty Simpkins ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Police Department held its second annual Camp C.A.R.E. (Choices Accountability Respect Excellence) at Rolesville High School this week. And, for the second year in a row, the camp filled up to the maximum with 50 kids ages 9-12 years...

Riding bikes to raise foster care awareness

By Marty Simpkins ROLESVILLE — In just two weeks, 170 riders will jump on stationary bikes at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club and madly peddle to nowhere, all to help foster-care children find loving homes. The event is the third annual Cycle-A-Thon held by Mercy f...

Wake Forest scout earns gold

WAKE FOREST — Emily Vickery of Wake Forest has been awarded the Girl Scout gold award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. For her gold award project, Vickery sought to help young single mothers in her community by connecting them with local resources and offering...

The Dance Attic competes in national finals

WAKE FOREST — The Dance Attic Company competed at Star Talent Production’s National Finals July 15-19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The dancers scored well with many routines placing in the top 10 overall. Three routines were invited to participate in the extravaganza, and the top five...

Registration opens for adult rec teams

By Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Three parks and recreational adult sports leagues are opening registration this Saturday: basketball, kickball and flag football. Registration will end Aug. 31. For men’s 4-on-4 basketball, the Under-35 years old league will play its games on...

Get a night out with police

WAKE FOREST — National Night Out (NNO) is Aug. 4 and two local police departments want to take residents out for the night. Always the first Tuesday in August, NNO is the one day a year in which local communities and their law enforcement agencies come together to promote and...

Purple Heart heroes sought

WAKE FOREST — Purple Heart Medal recipients and military veterans are invited to the seventh annual Purple Heart Dinner Saturday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m., at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the dinner invites the public to honor...

Wake Forest teacher wins Broadway fellowship

RALEIGH — Debbie Rollins, center in photo, of Wake Forest was one of eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country selected to work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the sixth annual Freddie G Fellowship, which just wrapped in New York...

Walk through town’s history Aug. 8

LOUISBURG — The Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College will host its regular Second Saturday walking tour of the Louisburg Historic District, Aug. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. This free event will begin at the historic Franklin Male Academy building on Cedar...

Franklin Co. brings runner’s camp to Franklinton

By Marty Simpkins FRANKLINTON — Twenty-seven kids got out of the house and onto the race track at Franklinton High School to take part in the first Franklin County Runner’s Camp last week. While Wake Forest and the surrounding area have had a runner’s camp for several years now,...

Confederate faithful rally to the flag

Small caravan meets in the name of Southern pride. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Upset with recent calls to remove Confederate flags and monuments from the public sphere, a small but proud group of area residents gathered Saturday at area stores to rally around the historic fla...

Youngsville’s little league All-Stars are section champs

WW PHOTO Marty Simpkins YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville’s 12U All-Star team won the South Region Piedmont Section Bronco Tournament in High Point July 15. They defeated Garner, 6-5 in the semifinals and West Raleigh, 9-3 in the championship game. The team hit a total of 24 home runs in...

Franklin County Sheriff’s reports – week of July 30, 2015

Reported July 20-July 26. Arrests •Steven Andrew Watson, 37, 1146 Kimball Drive, Durham, was arrested at 811 Moores Pond Road, Youngsville, and charged with conspiring to sell a controlled substance. He was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on $10,000 bond. July 25, 7:56...

Wake Forest police reports — week of July 30, 2015

Arrests Reported July 16-26. •Carl Wesley Jones, 34, 520 E. Juniper Ave., was arrested at 499 Seventh St. and charged with felony breaking or entering and misdemeanor damage to personal property. He was taken to the Wake County jail and held on $5,000 bond. July 26, 9:35 p....

Free concert in park, Sunday

WAKE FOREST — Spend an evening in Wake Forest with family and friends and enjoy some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times during two upcoming concerts at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends will perform Sunday, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., and...

Fund tapped over objections

Town bypasses loan criteria that others follow, commissioner complains. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Should the town be allowed to bypass its own criteria for granting Futures Fund loans? This was the objection raised by Commissioners Zachary Donahue and Margaret Stinnett during...

Bypass opens, hiccups remain

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — More than a year overdue, and the butt of more than a few social media jokes, the U.S. 401 bypass around Rolesville finally opened up July 16. But with work still remaining on the 6-mile long super street, it’s not been smooth sailing for drivers, or...

Wake Forest family fighting for baby girl’s life

by Christie Kornegay with Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Meet James and Christie Kornegay, a Wake Forest family who just welcomed into the world their second daughter, Eveyln “Evie” Ruth, Tuesday. James is an assistant principal at Franklin Academy high school and Christie is a...

A warm welcome

WW PHOTO David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town staffers joined members of the community in welcoming new Town Manager Kip Padgett to Wake Forest Tuesday at town hall. With Kip, center, is his wife and son, Tracy and Cole, left, and Ryan Hutchinson, executive vice president for...