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School board proposes committee for cooperation

by Burwell Stark CARY — Tuesday evening, the Wake County Board of Education held its last public meeting for the calendar year with Christine Kushner presiding. Kushner was elected school board chairman over the previous chair, Keith Sutton, at the Dec. 3 meeting by a vote of 7...
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Unspecified emergency closes bypass Monday

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — East bound traffic on the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway from Siena Drive to South Main Street was tied up for a several hours  Monday morning after a motorist experienced a medical emergency shortly before 9:30 a.m. All eastbound lanes were closed from...
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Christmas film premieres

Another Chance filmed, produced by Living Word church. WAKE FOREST — An endearing Christmas movie premieres Saturday at the church whose members produced, filmed and performed for it. Another Chance, a film about the power of forgiveness, plays Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Living...
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Window winner especially creative

WAKE FOREST — The winner of the Downtown Wake Forest Christmas window decorating contest is Creative Shears at 125 S. White St. Lumpy’s Ice Cream at 306 E. Wait Ave. came in second, with For Old Times Sake, the vintage and antiques store at 223 S. White and B&W Hardware, 232...
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Town employee honored posthumously

WAKE FOREST — Mark Williams, Wake Forest town manager, named former street supervisor Jon Ray as the town’s 2013 employee of the year. Williams made the announcement Friday during the town’s annual employee Christmas luncheon. Ray began working for the town in 1999. He passed...
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Honored for combined service of 35 years

The United Way of Franklin County board of directors honored the services and volunteerism of three out-going members Tuesday. From left are Cedric Jones, Maribeth Allen and Debra Brodie. Each has served six years with UWFC, with Jones serving a total of 12 years since the...
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Calling all vendors for Meet in the Street

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for vendors, performers and downtown merchants for this highly-anticipated community event. Applications are now available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/meet-in-the-street.aspx and at the...
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FokusLabs joins WRC

The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC) announced that FokusLabs has entered the non-profit’s new Commercialization Center.  FokusLabs, which was  announced this week as a winner of the NC IDEA Grant, is building a patent-pending wearable device designed to help...
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Scammers target child support dollars

RALEIGH — Scammers often try to trick people into providing account numbers and confidential information by pretending to represent a bank or other institution, and claiming there is a problem with the person’s account. In the latest version of this scam, people are getting text...
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Wake Commissioners elect new chairman

by Burwell Stark The Wake County Board of Commissioners held their final meeting of the year Dec. 2. First on the agenda was electing a new chairman and vice-chair. Commissioner Phil Matthews was elected as board chairman, and Commissioner Tony Gurley was re-elected as...
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Government offices to close over holidays

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest town hall and other administrative offices will be closed Dec. 24-26, for the Christmas holiday. Police service will not be interrupted, but the town’s bus service and sanitation schedules will be affected. Wake Forest bus service, including the Wake...
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The perfect cup for coffee

Uncommon sense by David Leone A friend of mine has created the perfect cup of coffee. Make that the perfect cup for coffee. You might have heard about it by now; he’s been garnering some attention in the past weeks, online and in area press. Wake Forest resident Dean Verhoeven...
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Are emotional decisions affecting your finances?

In a culture often characterized by immediate gratification, easy access to credit and soaring consumer debt, it’s easy to see how emotions can have a negative impact on personal financial decisions. “Many intelligent, capable people have found themselves buried in debt as a...

Former N.C. State coach pleads guilty to state tax charges

RALEIGH — Former N.C. State basketball coach Sidney Rochell Lowe pleaded guilty Dec. 11 in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Lowe, 53, of Wake Forest, pleaded guilty to three counts of failure to file a N.C. Individual...
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State: Bryan embezzled taxes

Event rentals businessman well known in Wake Forest. WAKE FOREST — A bounce house salesman and former chamber ambassador has been arrested for felony embezzlement by the N.C. Department of Revenue. Antonio Lamar Bryan, 41, 570 Timberknoll Lane, in rural Wake Forest, was charged...
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Gas prices fall slightly

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in...
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Farmer’s Tax Guide now available

The Internal Revenue Service Farmer’s Tax Guide is now available on the IRS.gov website for use in preparing upcoming 2013 tax returns. The publication contains information on the farming business either as an owner or tenant. The guide includes information on finding out how...
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Wounded Warriors’ families receive gifts

Post 187 American Legion Riders and Rolling Thunder 7 members delivered gifts to the Transition Battalion family Christmas party Wednesday. Legionnaires packed stockings with candy, and the veterans took donated funds and purchased coloring books and crayons for all of the...
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Chris Leith helps raise $1,680 for Wakefield Wolverines football

RALEIGH — Driving rain did not stop Wakefiled High families and fans from participating in the Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser Nov. 1 for the school’s football program.  Ram Truck brand contributed $20 for each test drive of the 2014 truck of the year – Ram Truck. Chris Leith...
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Plan now to recycle Christmas trees

WAKE FOREST — The town encourages residents to make recycling a holiday tradition by recycling their Christmas trees. Beginning Friday, Dec. 27, the town will collect and recycle Christmas trees from residential homes according to its normal yard waste collection schedule. The...
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Ozone levels reached record low this year

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2013 ozone levels were the lowest on record since air monitoring began in the early 1970s, due to lower air emissions and favorable weather conditions. Ozone levels statewide exceeded the federal standard on only one day in 2013, well below the previous...
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Cooperative Extension celebrates volunteers success

Franklin County Cooperative Extension recently hosted their 2013 Volunteer Reception.  Cooperative Extension considers itself fortunate to have a group of outstanding and loyal volunteers, according to Charles Mitchell, Franklin County Extension Director. “Volunteering is the...
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Gutted

No one was inside at the time. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Fire consumed a one-story house at 163 N. White St. Tuesday morning. Fire and police officials closed off North White Street for about an hour while battling the blaze. Wake Forest firefighters received the call at 8:22...
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Local family hurt at fair needs help

WAKE FOREST — Perhaps you read about the people who were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the N.C. State Fair in October. What you may be unaware of is that three immediate members of a Wake Forest family were severely injured — their father, Anthony Gorham, mother, Kisha...