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Weather batters Franklin homes June 13

Above: Workers from Quality Tree Service and MidAtlantic Infrastructure work to remove a fallen tree from Jodie Pearce’s house on Edward Best Road. (Photos by Jay Lamm) Toppled trees, power outages caused by gusting winds from thunderstorms by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — Last week’s...
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Walmart drops Rolesville Express

Retail giant ends contract without comment by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — After nine months of speculation and wrangling over special-use permit restrictions, Walmart decided not to purchase the 3.36 acres of land it had under contract at the corner of Rogers Road and Grand Rock...

7-on-7 football championship comes to Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST — A statewide event, the North Carolina 7-on-7 State Championship takes place July 20 at Wake Forest High, Wake Forest Middle and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with the final championship game held at Trentini Stadium at Wake Forest High. Teams from...
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Builder fined $15K for felled tree

Above: Orange fencing around this tree didn’t stop it from being cut down, resulting in a major fine. Cedar, protection fencing bulldozed in Meadows subdivision by David Leone WAKE FOREST — An old-growth cedar tree flagged for protection was instead felled to make way for...
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Wakefield bank robber quickly nabbed

PNC branch robbed by man threatening he had a bomb by David Leone WAKEFIELD — A Raleigh man is in jail after he allegedly robbed a PNC bank and stole a minivan out of the parking lot Monday while threatening he had a bomb. Law enforcement officers quickly caught up to the...
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Louisburg working to improve downtown

Committee to revise recommendations for ‘friendlier’ town by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — Looking to improve the town’s image, the town council is working to refine ideas on how to improve downtown. Last month, Mayor Karl Pernell established a committee of three, including...
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Tornado surprises Wake Forest, Franklin County

Above: Wake Forest resident Mike Reget captured this photo of the rotating wall cloud as it moved over Wake Forest. Reget was near the intersection of Rogers and Heritage Lake roads, Tuesday, when the system passed. by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — While rain and even thunderstorms...
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Proposed adventure facility in Youngsville gets zip

Ropes course, zip-line business denied by county by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — The Franklin County commissioners meeting Monday became the scene of a courtroom, complete with objections and requests to “approach the bench.” On trial: A proposed “adventure park” with a zip...

Troop needs new sponsor

Seminary not to renew Scout charter by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — An area Boy Scout troop will have to look for a new home by Jan. 1 after it was told its sponsoring organization will not be able to renew its charter. Last week, members of the national Southern Baptist...
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Budget cuts lessen Safe Space services

by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — Safe Space, the county’s domestic violence and sexual assault organization, earned a last-minute budget change in its favor Monday night, but it still won’t make up for the loss of federal grant funding. Safe Space was previously designated to...
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Army birthday party helps veterans

by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Memorial Post 8466, Veteran of Foreign Wars, sponsored the eighth annual spaghetti and meatball dinner to celebrate the 238th birthday of the American Flag and the establishment of the “Continental Army,” which later became the U.S....
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Miss N.C.-U.S.A., and Wakefield High alumna, makes top 10 in Miss U.S.A. pageant

By Carrie C. Causey WAKEFIELD — Wakefield High alumna Ashley Love-Mills made it into the top 10 Sunday night, representing North Carolina in the Miss U.S.A. pageant. Though she didn’t respond when contacted for a comment about the experience, Love-Mills took to Twitter saying she...

Rezonings to require hearings

Wake Forest town budget, UDO approved, with edits by David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town board approved both its budget and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Tuesday night, which will please some people while upsetting others. The most contentious parts of the UDO were left out...
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Community theater to hold auditions

WAKE FOREST — Forest Moon Theater, Wake Forest’s community theater, will be holding open auditions for its fall production of Harvey. Auditions will be Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 29 at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Wake Forest Coffee Company in...

Thousands charged for not buckling up

by Carrie C. Causey RALEIGH — More than 100 drivers and passengers going through Franklin County were cited for seat belt violations during the recent North Carolina Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket. Statewide, almost 11,000...
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Grad partiers caught — On Patrol, week of June 20, 2013

by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — At least 11 teens were cited and released in conjuction with a graduation party in the Olde Mill Stream subdivision early June 12. Last week, The Wake Forest Weekly reported five people had been charged, with additional names not being released....
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Heritage ladies turn out in pink

WAKEFIELD — The Rex Hospital Open Pink on the Links Pro-Am took place Monday. The event, which pairs four women amateurs with a professions, supports breast cancer programs at Rex Healthcare through the Rex Healthcare Foundation. Members of the Heritage Ladies Club participated...
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Library looking for new Friends

Wake Forest Library support organization needs board officers by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — Budgets for Wake County libraries have been increasing, but the local branch still needs the extra support every now and again for programs and materials. That’s where the Friends come...

SPCA receives grant, seeks volunteers

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The SPCA recently received a $10,000 grant from the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets grant program. The organization will use the grant to spay/neuter pets owned by Franklin County residents who live in mobile home parks. To schedule an appointment, call...
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First swallow-tailed kite nest found in N.C.

RIEGELWOOD — Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission discovered the first swallow-tailed kite nest in North Carolina May 7 while conducting aerial surveys in Bladen County. They located the nest in the top of a bald cypress along the Cape Fear River, north of Lock...

Gas prices on the rise

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have risen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.46 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com....

Police and Sheriff reports — week of June 20, 2013

Franklinton Police reports •Franklinton Police had no incidents or arrests to report between June 10-18.   Rolesville Police reports Rolesville Arrests •Amy Martin Briggs, 35, 1280 Old Bunn Road, Zebulon, was charged with driving while impaired and driving 55 miles per hour...
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Center renamed for local hero

Spc. Daniel Lucas Elliott’s legacy remembered by Carrie C. Causey CARY — Every time soldiers come into the Spc. Daniel Lucas Elliott U.S. Army Reserve Center they will have a model and “an image of what it means to be committed to the Army, committed to the nation and what it...
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Veteran surprises Heritage grad

Above: There to welcome Lt. Darius Hinton from deployment in Kosovo was father James Carter, his brother Caelb, fiance Briana Walker, sister Elejah and mother Mavis Carter. by Carrie C. Causey RALEIGH — Caleb Andrew Carter thought Monday would be just a normal graduation day, and...