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Planning board agrees there’s no place like home

Photo: Clair Stampp regularly stops by his shed on East Young Street. Stampp lost his home and narrowly missed being killed in the April 2011 tornado that came through Rolesville. He lost his home, but is hopeful the town will change ordinances to help him and his wife, Jeannie,...
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Meyer resigns from Wake Forest Middle

Club funding behind dispute by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Mike Meyer resigned his position as grade 8 guidance counselor at Wake Forest Middle School June 13. Meyer was placed on paid leave May 13, following a dispute with school officials over the way he handled the Social...
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Officer moves up to chief – Former K-9 cop David Hess now in Wilson’s Mills

by David Leone WILSON’S MILLS — Former Wake Forest Officer David Hess has a new job: police chief. Hess made the leap from a medium-sized department to a four-man force in Wilson’s Mills last week, starting June 17. “He was the best applicant we had,” said Richard Hicks, Wilson’s...

Mom cited for letting son stay out too late

by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — A mother allegedly warned to keep her son inside during certain hours of the night was cited by area police. Margaret Dunn Scott, 38, 114 Windsor Drive, Wake Forest, was cited for misdemeanor public order for a curfew violation. According to town...
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$1 mil to replace Seminary boilers

Project will tear down landmark chimney by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Sometime this year, a local landmark is coming down. The 129-foot smokestack that sits atop the boiler house at North Street and North Wingate streets will be torn down as the Southeastern Baptist Theological...
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Greenway connection discussed

WAKE FOREST — Tom LeBarge and Matt Reck, right, both residents in Deacon’s Ridge neighborhood,  look over a greenway plan Tuesday at town hall. The plan to put a connector path that would tie the sidewalks in their neighborhood and another in Cardinal Hills to the pedestrian...
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Ladies of Valor help veterans settle in

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Hearing that a new homeless veteran’s shelter was going to open in Raleigh this month, the Wake Forest-based Ladies of Valor group decided that in addition to making quilts for veterans, they could gather supplies to help outfit some of the rooms....

It’s politickin’ time again — Candidate filing begins July 5

by Carrie C. Causey For those wanting to make a change in their town and government or those wishing for new faces on commissioner boards, the filing date for municipal elections is just around the corner. Beginning July 5 at noon through July 19 at noon, residents can file for...

Franklin County superintendent resigns

by Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — Franklin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Ingram is heading to a new job in Darlington, S.C. The Darlington County Board of Education voted 5-3 in a specially called board meeting Monday night to make Ingram the new superintendent there. Ingram will...
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Combo dinner is ‘a Babette’s Feast’

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — I had the fortune to attend the Farm-to-Table Dinner fundraiser for the Wake Forest Farmers Market Monday night at The Fire Pit in Gateway Commons shopping center. Before I get into any description of the food, or its preparation by the restaurant’s...
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Not trying to take shortcut

WAKE FOREST — In the middle of torrential rain accompanying the storms that produced a tornado over Wake and Franklin Counties, June 18, a Honda (top right), driven by Derrick Demetriss Holden, ended up in the roundabout at the corner of Elm Ave and South Franklin Street. At...
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Yard sale, Moral Monday arrest support free clinic

“I can’t stress enough that the people who come here are not deadbeats,” Beverly Kegley said. by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — Tamales and handcuffs are two items volunteers are using to protect the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine free clinic, its prescription program and...
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June Art After Hours

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town officials, Public Arts Commission members and art enthusiasts attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Leaf Shade Bench (at left) at Jones Plaza in downtown Wake Forest June 14 during Art After Hours. Artist Robert Tulley designed the...
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Family robbed at gunpoint — On Patrol, week of June 27, 2013

by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — Police have arrested a 24-year-old Louisburg man in connection with a robbery with a deadly weapon last week. According to a report filed by Deputy J. Maloney, a home invasion was reported on Furney Pearce Road, Zebulon, June 17, at 11 p.m. Two...

Cut down on junk mail and spam

RALEIGH — Junk mail, spam and unsolicited calls and text messages may be annoying to some, but can potentially lead to identity theft if left in the wrong hands. While it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate junk mail, spam text messages and unwanted phone calls, BBB...

Police and Sheriff reports — week of June 27, 2013

Franklinton Police Reports Arrests •A burglary and vandalism were reported on Hawkins Street. The apartment was reportedly ransacked, ketchup put on the walls and broken glass on the floor. Brian Christopher Hawkins, 26, 15 Mill Street, is suspected to have been involved and was...

Therapist offers teen support program

Free girls group to meet this summer by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Therapist Lauren Bridges has the willingness and knowhow to help teens, girls particularly, to work through their troubles. Bridges, who lives in Wake Forest, is hosting a small teen support group Saturdays from...

Local author makes Bestseller List

by Carrie C. Causey YOUNGSVILLE — Making The New York Times Bestseller List feels sinfully sweet for author Marquita Valentine. The Youngsville resident recently had her book, Drive Me Crazy, included in a boxed set of six romance novels coined Sinfully Sweet, which reached No....
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Women groped on greenway — Police arrest local teen for assaults

RALEIGH — A Wake Forest teen was arrested by police this week for allegedly grabbing women and exposing himself to them in multiple incidents along the Upper Neuse Greenway. Brett Edward Gunter Hill, 17, 2525 Trifle Lane, was arrested on a warrant by Raleigh Police Officer J....
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Kids have fun at Rex Open, free admission for military, police, fire and EMS on Sunday

WAKEFIELD — Sunday brings the tournament final and Service Appreciation Day, with free tournament admission to active and former military, police, fire and EMS. For updates on the player’s rankings, visit the PGA Tour website at...
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Wake Forest greenway meeting Tuesday

Connecting piece planned for Deacon’s Ridge, Cardinal Hills by David Leone WAKE FOREST — All it takes is three-tenths of a mile. Wake Forest planners are seeking input on a short greenway connector that would tie the Dunn Creek Greenway to the Cardinal Hills and Deacon’s...
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Murder charge a shock

Friends struggle to believe Wakefield woman killed husband by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A body found near Falls Lake off Old Bayleaf Road Sunday was quickly identified as a Wakefield man. The victim’s wife is now in jail awaiting trial for his murder. Wake County Sheriff’s...

Youngsville board discusses risk in revitalization

by Carrie C. Causey YOUNGSVILLE — It’s the difference of being Rolesville or staying as Youngsville, resident and business owner Twig Wiggins told the Youngsville board of the need for downtown revitalization and new business. June 13, the board agreed to help a proposed business...