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Sudden squall claims life

Trees downed, one woman killed, after heavy winds sweep area. By David Leone A Falls woman was killed and thousands in Wake and Franklin counties lost power after a swiftly moving storm knocked trees and limbs down onto electric lines, homes and roads Saturday. With winds...
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Disturbance leads to statutory rape charges

ROLESVILLE — Officers dispatched to a disturbance call just before midnight Jan. 6, were tipped off by the alleged trespassers to a more serious crime. It turned out the group causing the trouble at 227 Lightbreeze St. were relatives of a 13-year-old girl and wanted to confront...
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Gymnastics: a growing sport in high schools

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris WAKEFIELD — The gymnastics scene in local high schools has evolved over the last few years. More gymnasts are seeing that the competition in high school can be fun despite the long practices and performances the sport entails. The gymnastic programs at...
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Parks and Rec open house Jan. 24

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department hosts an open house Friday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. Area residents are invited to attend and meet parks and recreation staff and class instructors who will...
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Essay writer wins violin

YOUNGSVILLE — Aubrey Pratt, 12, wrote an essay to win a handcrafted violin made by fellow Youngsville resident and musician Mike Anderson. Anderson wanted to give away one of his handcrafted violins to a deserving youth for Christmas, and held the writing contest to find a...
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New charter schools will offer more choice in fall

By Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Taking the General Assembly up on 2011 legislation that removed the 100-school cap on charter schools, 26 applicants planning to open in the fall gained approval from the State Board of Education Jan. 9. Included in that number are four Wake County...
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Sun glare blamed for crash at busy intersection

WAKE FOREST — Afternoon traffic was rougher than usual Tuesday afternoon when a section of South Main Street was shut down for about an hour following a four-car collision at the intersection with Ligon Mill Road shortly after 4:30. Wendy Yulen Perez, 35, 123 Selsey Drive, told...
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Late artist remembered for generous spirit

Cheryl Harrison died following Saturday’s storm. By David Leone ALLS — Only one dead. That’s how the news, and the public, tend to view storms like Saturday’s. A temporary inconvenience for drivers as they are rerouted around downed trees. People unable to check their web status...

Heavy storms cause wastewater bypass

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Franklin County Public Utilities experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater from a pump station located on Chavis Street in Franklinton Dec. 29. The spill occurred after the area received more than two inches of rain during the morning hours. The main cause of...
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Business Briefs

Horse farm open house Sunday Serenity Grace Farm in Franklinton will host an open house Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The farm, founded by A.J. and Courtney Schneller, offers therapeutic horseback riding, as well as cart and wagon driving for all ages. Visitors will learn...
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Hall-Wynne makes generous donation

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton Baptist Church was the grateful recipient of a $20,000 Ahlborn-Galanti Angelus organ, donated over the holidays by Hall-Wynne Funeral Services. When Mark Higgins, president of Hall-Wynne, learned the the church’s previous organ had become obsolete, he...
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High tech comes to the rescue – On Patrol – Jan. 16, 2014

By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — The ‘big brother’ actions of Internet giant Amazon worked in a Raleigh woman’s favor, Jan. 4, allowing Wake Forest Police to recover a stolen Kindle Fire and make an arrest in the theft. Kashena Cloyd Alexander, 36, 603 E. Pine Ave., was arrested by...
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Old bank repurposed

YOUNGSVILLE — The Hair Vault, aptly named as they are occupying a historic building that once housed the Youngsville bank, celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 4. “We are so thrilled to be here,” said owner and cosmetologist Jessica Stapleton. “We’ve lived here 13...
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This Week in History – Jan. 16, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1924 •Approximately $17,000 in U.S. Treasury certificates were sold at the Wake Forest post office in 1923, according to Postmaster C.Y. Holden. The certificates are short-term...
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“… but for me, he died today.”

Former resident learns nine months late that his old friend passed on. WAKE FOREST — Just before the holidays, a man came into The Wake Weekly office to request an obituary for his barber, G.H. Harding. Harding died in February 2013, but Stephen Harper of Durham didn’t know it....

Learn about Black History Month, Watergate at history museum

RALEIGH — During February, Black History Month, the N.C. Museum of History will present a variety of programs about the experiences of African Americans. The programs include an African American history tour and the documentary The Loving Story, Feb. 16, about an interracial...
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Rhythm of Life

WAKE FOREST — Djembe drummer Eugene Taylor welcomed visitors to Two Dog Gallery, formerly Gilded Palette, during Art After Hours in downtown Wake Forest Friday. More of his music can be found at djembetalk.com.
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Get to know Rotary at lunch Jan. 23

WAKE FOREST — The Wakefield Rotary club of Wake Forest invites those interested in joining a service organization to a free Get to Know Rotary lunch Thursday, Jan. 23, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the TPC Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive, Raleigh. Wakefield Rotary...

Learn how to raise business capital the right way, Jan. 29

LOUISBURG — Vance Granville Community College will host a free seminar on raising business capital Jan. 29 at the Franklin campus, 8100 N.C. 56. Entitled ‘Raising Business Capital: FAQ’s for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesspersons,’ the session will be conducted by John Maron of...

Wake Forest police reports — Jan. 16, 2014

Reported Dec. 28-Jan. 10 Arrests •Ricky Reginal Burnett, 53, 144 N. Allen Road, was arrested by Officer A.L. Albert at home and charged with obtaining property through false pretenses and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was taken to Wake County jail and held on $3,000 bond....

Franklin County sheriff’s reports — Jan. 16, 2014

Arrests •Christopher Eugene Bullock, 29, 911 Bridgers St., Henderson, was arrested by Officer O. Moore at 210 Wilson Fuller Road and served with 18 warrants out of Wake, Chatham, Vance and Person counties, including eight counts of felony larceny, 8 counts of conspiracy to commit...

Homeowners’ insurance rate increase requested

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) received a homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau. The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the Department of Insurance and represents all companies writing homeowners insurance in the state, has...

Wake crime — Jan. 16, 2014

Reported Jan. 1-4. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Franklin County •Michael Ray Markham, 45, 219 N. Raleigh Farms Road, Youngsville, was arrested on a warrant by Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy A.L. Pierce at the Wake County jail annex and charged with...