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Patriots send five to regional swim meet

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris Correspondent WAKE FOREST — Five Franklin Academy swimmers will be competing this Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A/2A East Regional Meet. The event will be held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary at 3 p.m. Freshmen...
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Red Flag Warning issued for much of central state Saturday

RALEIGH — The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Red Flag Warning for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. as well as a Special Weather Statement regarding gusty winds today. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire conditions are occurring now or will shortly. The combination of...
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Police make arrest in East Pine Avenue shooting

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Police arrested Calvin Antonio Mitchell Jr., yesterday, on warrants for a Thursday evening shooting, according to a press release by Lt. Brian Mote. Friday, the police department asked for the public’s help in locating and arresting Mitchell, 22,...
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On the prowl for a panther

Is a big cat stalking southern Wake Forest? By David Leone Monday was a fine afternoon for being outside in a woodsy area. That’s exactly what I was doing in the hopes of finding and photographing the large black cat Shearon Farms neighborhood resident Jerry Dangler spotted...
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Charter school draws crowd

Town approves plan; construction on fast-track. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — As the first snowflakes began to fall Tuesday evening, few people showed up for the town board meeting, including all but one representative of a new charter school seeking approval. But they weren’t put...
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Public weighs in on Novant’s surgical room relocation

By Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville library was packed out Thursday with folks looking to weigh in on Novant Health’s application to relocate an operating room from Novant Health Franklin Regional Medical Center (FRMC) in Louisburg to an already approved but as-yet...
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WFHS student killed in hit-run

RALEIGH — A Wake Forest High School junior died after a hit and run accident in Raleigh Jan. 16. 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 Dodge minivan traveling south,...
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Alleged heroin dealer arrested with a bang

Police deploy noisemaker to nab felony suspect. WAKE FOREST — At about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16, the residents along East Oak Avenue in the Mill Village heard a loud bang, strong enough to shake their windows and rattle their drains. It was a noisemaker police were using to startle the...

Rolesville to change sign, zoning ordinances

By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — After literal years of going back and forth on revamping the sign ordinance, Rolesville’s town board will hold a public hearing Feb. 3 to amend the sign ordinance, bringing it up up-to-date with advances in technology like digital signs and...
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Long-time Ben Franklin Society supporters receive emeritus status

By Clellie Allen FRANKLIN COUNTY — Contributions by two Franklin County residents, who helped establish the Ben Franklin Society, Joseph E. Elmore and William M. Hill Jr., were recognized with emeritus membership at their regular meeting. With their emeritus status, they have...
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Cold snap

WAKE FOREST — Temperatures dropped to the low teens Wednesday morning, but the Tuesday night snow that had people most concerned turned out to be mild. Most objects and cars were covered with white, as was Joyner Park above, but there wasn’t enough precipitation for sledding or...
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Capital One most complained-about credit card company

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers file more complaints about Capital One than any other credit card company, according to a report released recently by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) Education Fund. The report, which looked at data from the Consumer...

Comment period on insurance rate hike coming to close

RALEIGH — The deadline for the public to submit comments on the insurance companies’ request to raise homeowners insurance rates is Jan. 31. The insurance industry, represented by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, has requested a statewide average increase of approximately 25...

No-fee voter I.D. cards available now

RALEIGH — North Carolina has begun issuing no-fee voter identification cards in accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session. Beginning in 2016, the state will require voters to have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot when voting in person. A list of...
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Louisburg College president citizen of year

LOUISBURG — Louisburg College president Dr. Mark La Branche was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce during its annual banquet and meeting Jan. 16. He was nominated by Kathy Harrelson, executive director of the United Way of Franklin...

Avila to serve on ACA committee

RALEIGH — NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, announced Friday the House co-chairs and members of the Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act. Reps. Jim Fulghum, R-Wake, and Jeff Collins, R-Nash, will co-chair the committee. Wake County Rep. Marilyn...

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...

Parenting classes begin Jan. 24

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Cooperative Extension has set the schedule for its Parenting Matters classes to begin Jan. 24. The free class series will help parents, grandparents, foster parents and legal guardians with the challenges and rewards of parenting, including the...

Learn how to raise business capital the right way

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

Pool project funded

Town receives favorable finance rate for Holding Park pool fix-up. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Remember last August when a suggestion that was floated to close the Holding Park pool rather than pay for repairs was met with widespread condemnation? Checks are almost in the bank...
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Princess volunteers at food bank

WAKE FOREST — The newly crowned 2013-14 National All-American Miss Princess, seven-year-old Skyla Woodard of Wake Forest, volunteers twice a month at the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, sorting and repackaging bulk food into family-sized portions.  She says it...
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This Week inHistory – Jan. 23, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1924 •Wake Forest commissioners  T. Holding Sr., A.J. Davis, S.W. Brewer and R.M. Squires met last week with Sprunt Hill, highway division agent in Durham about a plan to route the...
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Koinonia auction fundraiser Feb. 8

WAKE FOREST — For town residents who like to bag a bargain and help a neighbor at the same time, Feb. 8 is the date to mark, as the annual Koinonia Cares Charity Auction takes place at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 South Brooks St. With $30 paid admission at the door, attendees will...

Capitol offers behind-the-scenes tours Feb. 1

RALEIGH — Twice a year, the State Capitol allows visitors beyond the velvet ropes to see areas of the building that are rarely open to the public. Signature Discovery Tour stops include the governor’s suite, the former treasurer’s vault, the outdoor porticos and some of the attic...