Last hurrah for an award-winning program

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Middle School’s Orchestra program held its spring recital June 10, which showcased beginning, intermediate and advanced orchestra levels. The concert, however, was clouded with the news that director LaSaundra Booth’s contract had not been...

Don’t miss Wake Forest’s 41st annual fireworks display July 3

Roving It’s just one week until the big show! Don’t miss the 41st annual Wake Forest fireworks show July 3 at Wake Forest High School. This year’s program is one of the largest fireworks shows since 1973, and is the first time Zambelli Fireworks will present the “the most...

Young angler lands big fish

WAKE FOREST — Check out this 8-pound monster caught by Jacob Joyner yesterday (Wednesday), while using rubber worms. A sixth-grader at Zebulon Middle School, Jacob, age 12, spends a good portion of each summer fishing with his Uncle Ray, who first took him fishing when he was 5...

Explore, expand, exploit and exterminate

Lately I have been pretty distracted by first-person shooters and ogling the release of games later this fall. Thankfully, Steam Summer sales have been pretty great and among the deals I picked up was Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. The game is a 4X real-time strategy...

Assisted living facility focuses on dementia care

Carillon opens in Heritage next month. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A new assisted living facility opens July 22 in Heritage, one that has a special wing for the care of Alzheimer’s patients. The Wake Forest Carillon (pronounced care-lawn) is the assisted living facility chain’s...

Over-the-top dispute and youthful flasher in this week’s On Patrol

By Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — When Franklin County Sheriff Deputy A. Andrews was dispatched to 1580 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, mid-afternoon June 15 in reference to neighbor problems, he found more than the typical squabble over a property line. According to Andrew’s report,...

Business Briefs – June 26, 2014

Ace Hardware ranks high for service J.D. Power’s 2014 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction Study results ranked Ace Hardware highest in customer satisfaction with home improvement retail stores. Ace has captured this ranking every year since J.D. Power began study...

Stormwater hearing Tuesday

RALEIGH — State officials will host a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed rule that would put in place stormwater management requirements for oil and gas exploration and production sites, and proposed revisions to four land-application and wastewater-reuse rules. The public...

Deadline Monday for art tour

WAKE FOREST — The date has been set for the 19th annual Tour of Artists.  Galleries in downtown Wake Forest and studios around town will be open Sept. 6 and 7, with artists in attendance to give demonstrations and talk about their work. Artists may apply to be included on the...

Franklinton police reports – June 26, 2014

Reported June 13-21 Arrests No arrests reported. Incidents •A driver traveling on South Main Street reportedly had his vehicle shot at with a BB gun. Damage was visible on left rear passenger door and rear hatch back door. June 20, 6:30 p.m. •An employee of Cruizers on South Main...

Good neighbor nominees sought

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is seeking youth and adult nominations for the 5th Annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award recognizes residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking or receiving...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports – June 26, 2014

Reported June 10-20 Arrests •Barry Lee Wilson, 61, 115 Orchard Hills Road, Louisburg, was arrested at home and charged with maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, manufacture of methamphetamine and two counts possession and distribution of a...

Rolesville police reports – June 26, 2014

Reported June 13-21 Arrests •Siddhanth Sharma, 17, 100 Poetic Walk Drive, was arrested at home and charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer. Sharma was also charged with felony possession of marijuana. He was taken to jail. Bond amount was not...

Wake Forest police reports – June 26, 2014

Reported June 16-22 Arrests •Gene Thomas Longmire, 41, 3648 Mack Brummitt Road, Kittrell, was arrested at 911 Durham Road and charged with driving while impaired (DWI) and driving without an operator license. He was taken to the Wake County jail. June 22, 4:47 p.m. •Antonio...

The shine is on at Knightdale Festival

KNIGHTDALE — The Shine 4 Veterans Glitz Day Festival is scheduled July 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Midtown Commons Shopping Center in Knightdale. The fundraiser supporting active duty military and veterans and their families is sponsored by Qdoba Mexican Grill and features live...

Library offers summer fun

The focus is on kids at the Wake Forest Community Library, 400 E. Holding Ave. Most programs are free. Call for information and to register, if indicated. For more information, see wakegov.com/libraries. •Family storytime. Young children and their families participate in an...

Democratic candidates at picnic Sunday

RALEIGH — North Raleigh and Wake Forest Democrats are invited to a picnic Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Honeycutt Park, 1032 Clear Creek Farm Drive, Raleigh, to meet candidates who are on November’s ballot. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be served. RSVP by e-mailing...

Camp C.A.R.E. offered by police department

ROLESVILLE — A free summer camp for kids ages 9-12 is scheduled July 28-August 1 at Rolesville High School. Camp C.A.R.E. (Choices Accountability Respect Excellence), sponsored by the Rolesville Police Department in partnership with the town’s parks and recreation department,...

Electric sales tax goes up Tuesday

WAKE FOREST — Everyone can expect to see their electric bills go up beginning July 1 courtesy of the Tax Simplification and Reduction Act passed by the Legislature last year which raised the sales tax on electricity from 3 to 7 percent. The new sales tax on electricity will...

Sign up for Livestrong session

WAKE FOREST — Livestrong at the YMCA is gearing up for another session starting Sept. 2. The free program offers cancer survivors a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities as YMCA instructors help patients build muscle strength, increase...

Fourth Friday Flix features Frozen

WAKE FOREST — Frozen will be shown during Fourth Friday Flix tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Fourth Friday Flix is made possible through a partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Church, which provides the refreshments for the...

Heat relief available from Cool for Wake

RALEIGH — Vulnerable residents who are unable to cool their homes during extreme heat conditions may qualify for Wake County’s Cool for Wake program. Cool for Wake provides one free fan per household where there are seniors or children under 12 living without air conditioning. A...

Franklin Sheriff’s Office busts meth lab

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Sheriff’s made three arrests yesterday in connection with the discovery of a meth lab at 115 Orchard Hills Road, Louisburg,  near Youngsville, after serving a search warrant. The home owner, Barry Wilson, was charged with manufacture of...

Police nab burglary suspects

WAKE FOREST — Police have arrested three local men believed to be responsible for a rash of residential break-ins in northern Wake Forest. Marvin Wyche, 17, 1634-B Burgundy Dr., Raleigh, has been charged with five counts of residential breaking and entering, five counts of...