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Protest alters ordinance vote

Unified development ordinance goes to commissioners, minus a few pieces by David Leone WAKE FOREST — They wanted to have a voice in the process. They showed up en masse Tuesday and got the changes they wanted. About 130 people attended Tuesday night’s Wake Forest Planning Board...
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Town buys dance venue for $1.2 million

Mayor sees future performing arts and convention center by David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town is now the owner of a beach music nightclub. The $1.2 million purchase of the Tuxedo Junction dance venue and the adjacent Rejoice Community School came after a closed session of town...
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County budget grows by $3 million — No tax increase, declining water rates

by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — A stagnant tax rate, decreased utility cost and the unfreezing of positions in several county departments could be a sign things are improving for Franklin County. But in order to fund the $73 million proposed budget for 2013-14, the county will...
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Tunnel to Towers moves to Raleigh

Above: It’s the moment everyone waits for — firefighters from multiple firehouses join together for the last few blocks of the run down to Wake Forest Firehouse 1. (Photos by David Leone) Wake Forest Fire Department to host their own community event by Carrie C. Causey WAKE...
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No new superintendent, yet

Wake School Board recognizes student leaders, tackles resource officer issues by Clellie Allen CARY — The Wake County School Board failed to name a superintendent during its board meeting Tuesday night, instead appointing Deputy Superintendent for School Performance Cathy Moore...
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Running red light causes estimated $27,000 damage to three cars

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — The 2000 Jeep belonging to Willie Edward Rogers, 891 Long Mill Road, is loaded onto a tow truck following an accident which snarled traffic for about an hour Monday, at about 11:30 a.m. Rogers, 64, was traveling north in the left hand lane on U.S. 1...

Greenway challenged

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Over the river and through the woods… The town of Wake Forest’s newest 2.5-mile greenway trail  project is right out of a nursery tale. It winds through wooded areas, goes under roads and crosses a number of creeks and wetlands. But for seven Heritage...
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N.C. Rep Chris Malone: Give Legislature a chance

First town hall meeting raises emotions by David Leone WAKE FOREST — The N.C. General Assembly has been hard at work with tax reform, alternative education proposals and fixing other problems left by previous legislatures, state district 35 Rep. Chris Malone said Monday. Malone,...

Youngsville utilities to get an upgrade

by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — Franklin County Public Utilities will use money it has saved over the past few years to foot a more than $175,000 bill for proposed renovations to the Youngsville utility system. Since the county officially bought out the water service from...
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Suspended sentence in hunting death

Franklinton man pleads to the manslaughter of his nephew by David Leone RALEIGH — A Franklinton resident pleaded guilty in Wake County Superior Court Friday to manslaughter in the unintentional shooting death of his nephew. Information published online by the N.C. Department of...
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Wake Forest has pride planted

America in Bloom to judge town for national awards by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — From the daffodils planted by the Wake Forest Garden Club to the landscaped Heritage neighborhood and the town’s Arbor Day celebrations, judges will be considering it all. Monday and Tuesday, two...

Prepare for hurricane season

RALEIGH — The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, and Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin reminds all North Carolinians to prepare for severe weather by visiting NCHurriClaims.com. The website includes tips for before and after a storm, descriptions of insurance coverages,...
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Eight arrested in teen shooting — On Patrol, June 6, 2013

by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — A 16-year-old was shot in the neck during a drive-by shooting off Claymont Road Saturday morning. Eight people have been arrested in the incident. According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. E.H. Smith, the bullet hit the teen’s neck and came...
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Taking a plunge for charity

LOUISBURG — County Commissioner Don Lancaster was dunked for charity during a Union Bank customer appreciation day in Louisburg Friday. The event raised $451.79 for Miracle League of Franklin County. Customers also were able to eat hot dogs and play games. (photo by Carrie C. Causey)
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Signups continue for Rex Open volunteers

Tournament organizers put out all-call for more than 500 volunteers WAKEFIELD — Area residents who want to get a whole lot closer to PGA golf have that opportunity June 16-23 when the Rex Hospital Open comes to TPC Wakefield Plantation. Rex Healthcare is looking for more than 500...
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History on display in mural

High schooler spends months on public art project by David Leone WAKE FOREST — You may have noticed the new public art project on South White Street. Not the brick and ironwork bench at Jones Avenue paid for with public funds, but the mural on the north side of the Wake Forest...

Take life saving measures into own hands

WAKE FOREST — When it comes to cases of sudden cardiac arrest, bystander CPR can double or even triple survival rates. However, in the majority of such incidents there is no immediate help. CPR educator Kim Harkins hopes to bring awareness to changes in how CPR is done as a part...
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Feeding Franklin grows produce pantry

by Carrie C. Causey YOUNGSVILLE — During Monday’s United Way Feeding Franklin food distribution, pantry representatives were thrilled at an addition to their bags. Next to their jars of peanut butter and jelly and canned vegetables was fresh produce and vouchers for more in the...

Top comic appears Saturday

Free performance features adventure stories, acting and jokes, of course by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A veritable all-star lineup of artists awaits the public this weekend during the Neck of the Woods performance series. Actors, an adventurer and a professional comedian appear on...

Police and Sheriff reports — week of June 6, 2013

Wake Forest Police Arrests •John Caleb Saleeby, 23, 1616 White Level Road, Louisburg, was charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun and Alvein Antwon Alston, 25, 101 Gowans Brodie Road, Louisburg, was charged with simple possession of marijuana. Both were were cited for...
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A dose of Big Medicine

Above: Joe Newberry on banjo and LaNelle Davis, upright bass, get into the music. (Photos by David Leone) by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — Big Medicine brought bluegrass enthusiasts out of the woodwork and into E. Carroll Joyner Park on a beautiful Sunday. The concert was...
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Wildlife Resources Commission looking for safe harbors

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched two webpages dedicated to the Safe Harbor Program and red-cockaded woodpeckers, also known as RCWs. The Safe Harbor Program web page, ncwildlife.org/rcwsafeharbor, provides an overview and outlines the benefits of...
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Teen threatens firefighters with sledge hammer

by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — Firefighters were awakened around 1 a.m. Saturday by a teen trying to break into the fire department with a sledgehammer. According to Wake Forest Police spokesman Bill Crabtree, Brian Craig Keller, 19, 1201 Buttercup Lane, entered the the Fire...

Stick cause of power outage

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A 2-to 3-foot-long stick was to blame for Friday’s mid-afternoon power outage in the town’s central business district. At about 2:40 p.m., a small branch fell off a tree on West Cedar Avenue and caught on a main power line, while also touching a lower...