Car wash to help 11-year-old with dance dream

by David Leone ROLESVILLE — Rebekah Hayles, an 11-year-old with a big dream of being a professional dancer, needs some help getting her big break. The Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts student has training in tap, jazz, ballet and acrobatic dancing and has racked up multiple...

Mom: ‘Vultures’ won’t fix dead son’s debt

Kimberly Akers garners nearly 200,000 signatures on Change.org petition by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Kimberly Akers has suffered  some of the worst things a parent can face. A year ago, her son, Cameron, who suffered a brain injury while serving in the military overseas,...
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Training under fire

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Fire Department hosted a training day  burn Friday at an abandoned and dilapidated house on Chalk Road for the Wake County Fire Academy. Both seasoned firefighters and first-timers from various departments participated in the exercise, which consisted...
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Kings meet on court

Diabetic student shaped by leukemia sufferer with same name by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Rashawn King is a seventh-grader trying to deal with issues surrounding diabetes. And Rashawn King is a college freshman who has struggled to live with leukemia, currently in remissio...

Budget with tax cuts presented

by Carrie C. Causey FRANKLINTON — Town Manager Tammy Ray officially presented the budget to commissioners Tuesday night during a specially called board meeting. Franklinton staff have been working on the 2013-14 fiscal year plan for months and met with the town board for further...
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Unsound structure

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — The former church at 320 E. Spring St., Wake Forest, recently collapsed. Built in 1948, the structure once housed the  United Presbyterian congregation and for a few years, the Apostolic Church of Deliverance met there. In 2007, W.E.B. DuBois...
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Boys & Girls Club camp to continue

by Carrie C. Causey LOUISBURG — Summer may have been saved after all for youth at the Boys & Girls Club’s Franklin County Unit thanks to some last-minute help by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. The N.C. Division of Juvenile Justice allocates funding to county Juvenile...
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Car show benefits Wake County Hospice, June 15

Family-friendly event showcases Model T assembly demo and plenty of antique cars WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation (DRC) hosts a classic and antique car show to benefit Hospice of Wake County and local Wake Forest charities Saturday, June 15, 9...
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Hope pours down

by David Leone WAKE FOREST — A tumultuous cloudburst emptied the heavens onto Wake Forest May 18, but it didn’t dampen the spirits at the Habitat for Humanity picnic at the Hope House in the East End. In fact, it brought people together, black and white, children and...
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Volunteer has passion for Relay

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Danette Cheatham of Wake Forest had already been volunteering with Franklin County Relay For Life when she lost her grandmother to bone cancer. And it made her work all the harder. She’s a self-proclaimed workaholic who loves to volunteer and help people. “It’s...

Running for the fallen

FRANKLINTON — Sgt. Jeffery Brewer with the 1454th Heavy Equipment Company out of Concord spent his Memorial Day running for the members of the North Carolina National Guard who have died in combat from 2004 to the present. Brewer ran from his home in Franklinton to the Kerr...
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Cyclists on tour to build up America

Wake Forester chronicling journey on blog by David Leone WAKE FOREST — “Woke up at 5 a.m. … ate a hearty breakfast, and made our way out on an 82-mile ride. My expectations for the ride were low, as I had no idea how beautiful the country farm lands between Chapel Hill and...
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Musical brings N.C. talent home from N.Y.

Wake Forest-Rolesville grad living actor’s dream in Big Apple by David Leone NEW YORK, N.Y. — What do three women with ukuleles and a broad sense of humor have to do with Wake Forest? A lot, actually. Caitlin Davis, a 2006 Wake Forest-Rolesville and 2011 UNC-Greensboro graduate...

Griffin named volunteer of the year

WAKE FOREST — Carolyn Cort Griffin is the recipient of the town of Wake Forest’s 2013 Michealle Bozman-Barton Guest Services Volunteer of the Year award. Office Assistant Jannie Chaffin made the announcement April 25 during the town’s third annual guest services volunteer...
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Hispanics targeted by fraudsters — On Patrol, May 30, 2013

by Carrie C. Causey SPRING HOPE — Residents in Franklin County are warned to be careful of fake police officers attempting to get money fraudulently targeting Hispanic families. May 23, at 11:10 a.m., a Banes Road resident reported multiple people came to her home — one was...
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World Boxing recognizes Franklinton

Boxing trainer Snowell, community honored before June 11 camp start by Carrie C. Causey FRANKLINTON — The community has received international attention thanks to a group of concerned residents who had a dream and an initiative to help youths have a constructive place to go...
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Local dog has loyal fans

(Editor’s note — writer preferred to stay anonymous, but wanted to share how special Radar is.) WAKE FOREST — The Bynum family has been operating a plant stand on the corner of Capital Boulevard and Burlington Mills Road in Wake Forest at the same location for the past 19 years....
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The sun will come out

by Carrie C. Causey WAKE FOREST — Thanks to another sunny day, Joyner Park was the place to be Sunday afternoon for the outdoor concert series Six Sundays in Spring, presented by Wake Forest ARTS. Deneil Williams dances with his dog, Friday, his wife, Carmen, and their daughter...
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Seal shows up on shore

by David Allen WAKE FOREST — When Brigs Restaurant of Wake Forest food and beverage Manager Jason Kelly went fishing at Freeman Park in Carolina Beach May 22, he hooked a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Kelly and a fishing buddy spotted a gray seal that had made its way down to...

Wake County Conservation Reserve Program signups in progress

RALEIGH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a four-week Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up through June 14. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a...

Arts, humanities programs come to Wake libraries

WAKE COUNTY — The Wake County Public Libraries host the following arts and humanities activities during June: Groovin’ in the 60s Wake County Public Libraries will host local musicians Bruce Emory and Roland Hill for a musical flashback to the 1960s. Illustrative hits from the...

Police and Sheriff reports — week of May 30, 2013

Wake Forest Police Arrests •Iesha Evette McKnight, 22, 324 S. Franklin St., was charged with damage to personal property. She was arrested by Officer T. Gurley on Shanonford Court and taken to the Wake County jail. May 22, 8:15 p.m. •Ivan Scott Loveland, 53, 725 Red Horse Way,...
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Native son welcomed home

ROLESVILLE — Residents turned bout in droves to welcome home Army Specialist Brad Scarboro from and 11-month tour in Afghanistan Saturday, May 18. Brad was escorted into town by local Patriot Guard Riders while folks waved flags and held up signs of their appreciation.
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Popular softball, football coach arrested

by Clellie Allen WAKEFIELD — Wakefield High School teacher and coach Jamie Lloyd Ayers was taken into custody Monday night after a female student at the same school brought allegations of a sex crime to Raleigh police officers. Ayers, 42, of 321 Yellow Poplar Ave., Wake Forest,...