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Wake Forest church on a local mission

Collecting food and serving free pizza by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Richland Creek Community Church has as one of its mottos, “Live, Love, Serve” and this week, they are putting their money, time and efforts where their mouths are. After serving hundreds at a two-day, free...
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Neighborhood rocked by fireworks explosion — On Patrol, week of July 25, 2013

Company owner injured while disposing of old materials. by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Reports of a significant explosion drew fire, rescue and sheriff units to 1337 Wait Ave. Saturday evening. At approximately 7:30 p.m., residents near the home, which is also the site of S&W...
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Gas prices continue to rise

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have risen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.57 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents...
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Future of schools rests in key decisions

Board mulling choices for superintendent and board vacancies. by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — Franklin County Board of Education members are being put to the test over the next few weeks. They have to make leadership decisions that will affect the direction of the county’s school system...
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What’s in your 21st-century survival kit?

Of the 1,272 federal disaster declarations issued in the last decade, more than half were classified as major disasters. These include calamities such as floods, hurricanes and tropical storms, winter storms, and others. In the last 10 years, every state has had a least two...

Joyner Park concert Aug. 4

WAKE FOREST — Craicdown will perform a free concert  Sunday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the E. Carroll Joyner Park amphitheater, 701 Harris Road. According to its website, “Craicdown describes its music as ‘world acousticana‘ — acoustic roots music with a high-energy, rock...
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Habitat cleans up church debris

Site to be used for housing By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Habitat For Humanity has cleaned up the debris at the former Spring Street Church site. The church partially collapsed in May, leaving an unsound structure in need of demolition. “It is true we have purchased the property....

Prevent hot car tragedies

RALEIGH — During this summer heat, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and Safe Kids North Carolina remind people of the dangers of leaving children in cars. According to Safe Kids USA, 21 children have died of heatstroke in vehicles so far in 2013, with one of those deaths...
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Museum hires Smart

Archival efforts increase with part-time director By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Jennifer Smart isn’t coming in flat-footed. The new assistant director hire for the Wake Forest Historical Museum has been volunteering there for years, served as secretary on the Wake Forest College...
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Cast chosen for Harvey

Tickets go on sale in August by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Eleven actors have been chosen for the cast of Harvey, Forest Moon Theater’s fall comedy about a man and his imaginary friend. They are Meredith Feldman as Myrtle Mae Simmons; Heather Dahlberg as Veta Louise Simmons; Mark...
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This Week in History — week of July 25, 2013

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1943 •A midsummer fraternity dance will be held in the Bolus building downtown. Town commissioners voted to make the dance informal, after stating last week it would be...
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Learn to attract beneficial insects

byline: Susan Brown, Horticulture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension NORTH CAROLINA — Each year I plan my garden and get started as soon as the temperatures warm up. In the spring, my plants flourish with little care. As the season progresses, I begin to spend more time in the...

Police and Sheriff Reports — week of July 25, 2013

Franklinton Arrests •John Lawrence Morgan, 38, 119 North Main Street, was arrested by Officer R. Norflett for misdemeanor indecent exposure. July 17, 6:50 p.m. Incidents •A Hawkins Street, Franklinton, resident reported trespassing after a person who had been trespassed from the...
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Armed robbery an ‘inside job’

by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — Two people have been arrested in an armed robbery that is believed to be an inside job. July 7, police responded to the McDonald’s on Forestville Road just before 1:30 a.m. The manager, Regina Ebony Ellis, 29, 310 S. Swain St., Raleigh, reported...
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School bond proposal would hike Wake taxes

Referendum for $810 million bond to appear on October ballot. by Burwell Stark, correspondent RALEIGH — Wake County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a referendum that would raise Wake County property taxes beginning in 2015 during it’s regularly scheduled meeting...
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Rolesville High opens doors Tuesday

Ribbon cutting and chamber expo will showcase county’s newest school. by Becky Kimbrell-Norris ROLESVILLE — Months of construction are nearing an end in Rolesville. The results of an ambitious plan to build a new high school in the town are visible and the community will soon...
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Creativity erupts

YOUNGSVILLE — Young scientists Jehlani Wilkins, Haley Williams and Savannah Leonard are impressed watching “volcanoes” erupt during Camp Invention, held at Long Mill Elementary School last week. For more, see full story.

Alleged victim: Rape case mishandled

Police investigation continues. Editor’s note — The names of the alleged victim and her family have been changed to protect their identities. For more information about the change and this story, see editorial. by Carrie C. Causey FRANKLINTON — An alleged victim of a December...

Wake Forest in Top 10

Town receives high marks in education, cost of living and economic growth in ranking. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — “We’re No. 9!” Though you won’t hear anyone shouting it from the rooftops, a recent ranking of state towns has put Wake Forest in the top 10 best places for young...
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Progressing with Duke

After this paper goes to print, I will be driving home, but not to the one I’ve been living in the past few years in Raleigh. This time, accompanied by my adventurous cat Houston, I will be headed toward Charlotte to join my husband where he has a new role with Duke Energy...

Police seek donations, Tasers

by Carrie C. Causey YOUNGSVILLE — Police were given the OK to ask business owners to help fund new tools for safety that is considered an immediate need. At the end of the Youngsville town board’s meeting June 11, Police Chief Daren Kirts and First Sgt. R. Adkins presented to the...

Buffer change wrangled

Town officially approves UDO, with one last change. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Commissioner Frank Drake is well-known to be a fan of horse racing. But as he proved Tuesday night, he’s also got a bit of a talent for horse-trading. Commissioners were all set to vote on the second...

Home invaders nabbed

By Jonathan McNamara FRANKLINTON — A robbery investigation has led to the arrest of Nakisha Nicole Stewart, 27, of 155 Mark Street, Franklinton, and Shakema Teairra Strickland, 22, of 539 TK Allen Road, Louisburg. Stewart was arrested on warrants by Deputy N. Rinker for attempted...
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Car seized after chase — On Patrol, week of July 18, 2013

WAKE FOREST — A suspect claimed she thought there were warrants for her arrest when she led police on a chase July 12. According to Wake Forest police spokesperson Bill Crabtree, an officer saw Shaquita Quantia Jeffreys, 23, 7026 Little Creek Road, Zebulon, speeding down Jones...