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Chappell, Farner to wed

Mike and Linda Chappell of Wake Forest announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Claire Chappell of Atlanta, Ga., to John Andrew Farner of Fayetteville, Ga. The groom-elect is the son of Bill and Patricia Farner of Cosby, Tenn. Miss Chappell is a graduate of Wake Forest...

Gas prices drop slightly

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.5 cents...
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Two official state amphibians named

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s collection of state symbols got a little wilder June 28 after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation making the Pine Barrens treefrog and the marbled salamander the official state frog and salamander, and the Virginia opossum the official state marsupial....

Extra income available for farm hunting leases

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Deer continue to damage many farm crops each year, especially soybeans. Farmers who suffer from deer damaged and who are interested in earning extra income can qualify to allow still hunting on their properties. There is strong demand for locations that allow...

Police and Sheriff reports — week of July 11, 2013

Franklinton Police Reports Arrests •Christopher Joseph Lillis, 22, 1449 Huntdell Main Drive, Wendell, was arrested by Officer A. Bishop at the police station on warrants for larceny shoplifting and four outstanding orders for arrest. Erica Marie Bosford, 18, 402 Beaver St.,...
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Clerk eyes foreclosure process

Franklin County cases to be examined more deeply, paper trail followed. by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — Accusations that area foreclosures have been unlawfully rubber-stamped have led officials to reconsider their procedures. Recently appointed Clerk of Court Patricia Burnette...
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Wake schools name new superintendent, consider separate police force

CARY — The Wake County School Board tackled several sticky issues June 18. In its work session prior to the regular meeting, board members reviewed current policy on Level 1, or short term suspensions up to two days, and addressed potential changes. While overall the number of...

Rolesville subdivision moves playground, gets nod for swimming pool

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Monday’s regular business meeting of the Rolesville town board saw yet another developer approach commissioners with a request to relocate a tot lot. Unlike the previous case of Terrell Plantation where the developer plainly stated her request was...

Residents ‘envision’ Youngsville

Workshop invites input to town’s future plan by Carrie C. Causey YOUNGSVILLE — Residents crowded the town’s community house June 27 to share ideas about how they envision the future of Youngsville. For some, it’s a bypass cutting traffic downtown to keep the small-town...
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Shop owner carves out new niche

Buck Buchanan branches out with chainsaw art for his ice cream business By David Leone WAKE FOREST — That buzzing you heard downtown Monday was’t a new cream mixer at Lumpy’s Ice Cream. It was owner Neil “Buck” Buchanan chainsaw sculpting a hunk of tree out back of the East Wait...
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13 years for murder

Sonny Lee Howard pleads guilty to killing wife By David Leone RALEIGH — A Wake Forest man who killed his wife pleaded guilty to second degree murder Friday. Judge Howard Manning sentenced Sonny Lee Howard, 43, to serve 13 years to 16 years, seven months in prison, a Wake County...

Lightning sets house ablaze

WAKE FOREST — A freak lightning strike is believed to have started a fire that damaged a Granville County house with a Wake Forest address Friday evening. No one was home at the time, Brassfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief Greg Hockaday said. Media reports state that the...
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Developer gives back

   Jandy Ammons Foundation to benefit community, state by David Leone RALEIGH — Andy and Jan Ammons are household names in Wake Forest. He, for following in his father’s footsteps and developing Heritage, she for her tireless leadership with the town’s greenways board and...

Rolesville police car involved in crash

ROLESVILLE — A Rolesville police car moving through an intersection, failed to yield the right of way and collided with another vehicle, causing an estimated $23,000 damage to both vehicles combined, according to a crash report from the N.C. State Highway Patrol. Officer Shawn...
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A tall ship’s tale

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Last month, during a Neck of the Woods performance series presentation at Wake Forest Coffee Company, author Stephan Platzer showed up with a slide projector. Then, in place of reading from his 2008 book Bringing E Home: Transatlantic Voyage of...
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Rain brings share of headaches

In photo: This massive oak in Larry Van Luven’s yard in Wake Forest split at a natural fork in the trunk, Sunday. The break revealed rot made worse by the persistent rain and wet conditions this year. (Photo by Clellie Allen) WAKE FOREST — Two summers ago, the state was...
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Kittens, puppies need a home

Franklin County Animal Control filling to the gills by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — The cacophony of cat meows, barking dogs and crowing roosters is prominent the moment one steps out of a car in the Franklin County Animal Control parking lot. With more than 40 dogs and 40-50...
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School supply donations needed

by Carrie C. Causey FRANKLINTON — While most youth are still enjoying their summer break, volunteers of All-N’Together Services are already gearing up for their annual school supply distribution. All-N’Together is comprised of one Wake Forest and four Franklin County residents...
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120 roosters confiscated in search — On Patrol, week of July 4, 2013

In photo: Living in rough conditions and used for cockfighting, more than 120 roosters were confiscated from a home and are now staying at the Franklin County Animal Control facility in Louisburg. (Photo by Carrie C. Causey) by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — In April, the Franklin...

Storms cause water bypass in Franklinton

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Public Utilities experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater from a pump station located on Chavis Street in Franklinton July 1. The spill occurred after the area received some 3-plus inches of rain in short duration during the morning hours. The...
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Piper chosen FCS’ acting superintendent

Criteria set for superintendent search by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — Alaska? New Jersey? Or maybe England? The new superintendent of Franklin County Schools could come from anywhere in the country or the world, according to Allison Schafer, the head of the recently-approved search team...

Mowing of sewer easements under way

WAKE FOREST — The city of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) began the annual mowing and clearing of public sewer easements in the Wake Forest area. The work is expected to be completed by early November. CORPUD crews will initially concentrate on easements located in...
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Garden party for divas

by Carrie C. Causey YOUNGSVILLE — The Royal Red Divas of the International Red Hat Society in Youngsville held a tropical tea and garden party recently. Attendees ate tropical fruits, kabobs and other delicacies, plus had Hula dancing and hula hoop contests.      ...
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Holt family places conservation easements

WAKE FOREST — Lee and Perri Holt of Wake Forest recently placed conservation easements on 133 acres of timberland just outside Warrenton with the assistance of Tar River Land Conservancy. The conservation easements ensure that the land will remain permanently undeveloped while...