African American Read-In

KNIGHTDALE — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated’s Chi Rho Omega Chapter will host the 8th annual African American Read-In Feb. 1 at the East Regional Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., marking the 25th year of the national event. The community is invited to share history, books...

MBA program ranks highest in N.C.

RALEIGH — The Professional Online MBA program at N.C. State’s Jenkins Graduate School of Management placed 36th nationally in the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings released today. It is the highest ranked North Carolina-based online MBA...

Buy tickets now for State of the Town dinner

WAKE FOREST — Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2014 State of the Town Address Monday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m., during the Sixth Annual State of the Town Address and Dinner. Presented by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, the event will be held at the new Wake Forest Renaissance Centre,...
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Blueberry pruning demonstration

BUNN — The Franklin County Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Vollmer Farm, will host a blueberry pruning demonstration Thursday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Vollmer Farm in Bunn. Dr. Bill Cline, North Carolina State University small fruit specialist, will be on hand to...
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Business Briefs

Heritage sale prices up The master-planned community of Heritage in Wake Forest and Rolesville closed 2013 with average new home sale prices up 16 percent over 2012. As a whole, 2013 recorded new home closings 10 percent above projections as well as list-to-sales price ratios at...

Hosts sought for exchange students

NORTH CAROLINA — World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, nonprofit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet...

Local streams not meeting standards

RALEIGH — The state Division of Water Resources has released for public comment the 2014 list of 103 streams, rivers and lakes that are not meeting state water quality requirements. Included on that list is 5.8 miles of Smith Creek from the dam at Wake Forest Reservoir to the...

Wake Forest looks to honor enviromentalists

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is requesting nominations for the 2014 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The Green Medal awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service, while...

N.C. charitable giving stressed last year

RALEIGH — North Carolinians dialed back their charitable giving in 2013, while still giving more than during the worst of the recession several years ago, according to new statistics from the N.C. Secretary of State’s office. The just released 2012-13 North Carolina Secretary of...
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Can this stream be saved?

RALEIGH — If you have a stream on your property in or near an urban area, the odds are the stream is under stress. Urban areas have a lot of paved, built-upon, or impervious areas that prevent rainwater from infiltrating the soil. When rainwater fails to infiltrate it runs off...

Wake Forest Police Reports — Jan. 23, 2014

Reported Jan. 10-16, 2014   •Carlos Andres Mata, 30, 367 Winding Acre Way, Knightdale, operating vehicle with no insurance, other unspecified violation. Jan. 15, 12:05 a.m. •Scott Franklin Reel, 33, 534 E. Elm Street, passing stopped school bus. Jan. 15, 7 a.m. •Brandon...

Rolesville police reports — Jan. 23, 2014

Incidents •Janice Heard, DDS, reported an attempted breaking or entering and criminal damage to property at 310 S. Main St., Jan. 20, 8:03 a.m. •Rainbow Garden reported an attempted breaking and entering at 407 S. Main St., Jan. 18, 2:35 p.m. •Food Lion reported an attempted...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports — Jan. 23, 2014

Arrests •Demario Terelle Melton, 27, 11734 Equine Lane, Spring Hope, was arrested at home by Officer B. Lester and charged on warrants for fleeing to elude arrest with motor vehicle (Nash County), breaking and entering and felony larceny (Union County). He was taken to Franklin...

Franklinton police reports — Jan. 23, 2014

Arrests •Rufino Ensiso Gonzalez, 35, 20 Wade Moore Drive, Louisburg, was arrested at Winston Street at Chicken Farm Road by Officer B. Manson and charged with driving while impaired. Manson performed a traffic stop after Gonzalez drove on the wrong side of the road on Winston...

Wake crime — Jan. 23, 2014

Reported Jan. 5-17. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Fraud was reported at a restaurant on the 1100 block of Falls River Avenue, Raleigh, in Falls. Jan. 15, 3:49 p.m. •Akin Anane Sotunde Young, 22, 12708 Lindley Drive, Raleigh, was arrested by...

Franklin County Schools ready for kindergarten registration

Franklin County Schools is gearing up for kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year. Here is a list of registration dates and times for each elementary school: Bunn Elementary, March 26, 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Edward Best Elementary, April 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Franklinton...
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Franklinton High student competes in oratory

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton High School sophomore Karla Rebollar, pictured above with Oratorical Chairman Neil Weintraub, will represent American Legion Post 52 in the District 5 Oratorical Contest Saturday. The contest is sponsored annually by the American Legion in which high...

Open Auditions for Godspell Jan. 25-26

LOUISBURG — Louisburg College has scheduled open auditions for the musical sensation Godspell this Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Norris Theatre. Auditions will begin at 2 p.m. both days. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and...

Wake schools superintendent to hear from public

Cary — Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Superintendent James Merrill is inviting WCPSS employees, parents, and the public to share their thoughts, concerns, and priorities for WCPSS in a series of community input events entitled Superintendent’s Direct Line. The first...
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Heritage fourth grader wins spelling bee

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Elementary School held their annual spelling bee Jan. 13, with fourth grader Brandon Major out-spelling all the others and winning with the word, ventriloquy. Prior to the great spell-off, each classroom held a spelling bee to be able to advance one speller...

Wake Forest High student killed in hit-run

RALEIGH — A Wake Forest High School student died after a hit and run accident in Raleigh last night (Thursday). Eleventh grader Justice Yasmeen Smith, 16, of Courtney Lane, Raleigh, was crossing North New Hope Road at Water Oak Drive at 9:40 p.m. when she was struck by a 2005...

Police arrest Wake Forest man on heroin trafficking

WAKE FOREST — Following an extensive multi-agency investigation, Wake Forest Police have arrested a 32-year-old East Oak Avenue resident on numerous heroin trafficking charges. Late Thursday evening, the Wake Forest Police Department’s Tactical Service Unit arrested Henry Edward...