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Blessed Gracie

The Rev. Dr. Vicki L. Smith, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest blessed animals at Paws at Play and  the Wake Forest Veterinary Hospital recently. Getting her dog Gracie blessed is Vivian Shillingsburg.

Halloween Spooktacular to be held Oct. 24

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department holds its annual Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. The Halloween Spooktacular is a free festival for children ages 12 and younger. This year’s...

N.C. State extension specialist asks ‘send photos of food safety’

RALEIGH — What can we learn about food safety, through the eyes of people fixing dinner at home, shopping at the farmers market or dining in a restaurant? That’s what Dr. Ben Chapman, assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at N.C. State University, set out to...
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Dunn Creek ‘Ranger’ Tom Stoddard honored

Greenway advocate helps spur more of the same. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town honored one of its stalwart greenways supporters, the late Tom Stoddard, Tuesday during the board of commissioners meeting. Stoddard, along with his wife, Marge, daughter, Virginia, and grandsons...
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Wright named director of fire services

RALEIGH — Michael Wright has been selected as the Director of Wake County Fires Services. Wright will be responsible for the county’s Fire Services Department and Fire Training Center including fire code enforcement, fire investigations, Emergency Response and Hazardous...
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Veterans decompress with paintball

Wake Forest resident holds military simulation games to help with PTSD. By David Allen WAKE FOREST — When soldiers come back from active duty, there aren’t many activities that are both fun and stress-relieving. Enter Ben “Jammin” Thomas. The Youngsville resident is Alpha company...
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Novozymes meet and greet

FRANKLINTON — Novozymes invites residents to an evening with elected officials from Franklin County and North Carolina Nov. 12. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the biotech company will host the reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. This is your chance to hear from and...
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Wakefield High heads to polls — to compete for $100,000

WAKEFIELD — Members of Wakefield High’s Just Think First club gather to ready for the kick off of State Farm’s Celebrate my Drive online voting campaign. Wakefield High will compete for votes next week, Oct. 18-26, with high schools across the country. They will use their...
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BREAKING: Wake Forest Police help nab armed robbery suspect

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department has charged a Raleigh man in connection with the Oct. 8 armed robbery of a Wake Forest woman along the 6200 block of Ridgemount Street. Friday, Wake Forest Police charged Walter Kevin Johnson, 28, with one count of robbery with a...
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TRAFFIC ALERT: East Perry and North Main traffic detours next week

WAKE FOREST — Drivers who normally use East Perry Avenue and North Main Street will need to rethink their routes Monday and Tuesday. The section of East Perry Ave from North White Street to North Taylor Street will be closed from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday and North Main from West...
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Wake Forest woman struck, killed on I-540

She arrived to help a friend who needed gas, police say. By David Leone RALEIGH — A woman who took a taxi to I-540 to help a friend was killed after being struck by another driver who ran off the road Friday, authorities say. Lauren Ann Gervig, 25, of Wake Forest, died at the...
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Benton, bonds win election

By David Leone WAKE COUNTY — Incumbent Tom Benton of Zebulon beat out Wake Forest resident Don McIntyre for the Wake County Board of Education District 1 race Tuesday. Benton obtained 4,211 votes to McIntyre 3,889, garnering 52 percent of the district’s vote. Additionally, voters...
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String of successes for local bluegrass band

By Jonathan McNamara FRANKLINTON — A local bluegrass band recently played at the popular Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass week in downtown Raleigh Sept. 24-28. The event featured the best in bluegrass...
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Roll film

Magic of Christmas to be captured on film by Wake Forest church. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Every year, Living Word Family Church holds a Christmas production. This year, they’re going above and beyond. They’re filming a Christmas movie. “Typically we do a very large stage...
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Volunteer tree nursery opens Oct. 23

WAKE FOREST – The Wake Forest volunteer tree nursery will hold its grand opening Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Located on 701 Harris Road, E. Carroll Joyner Park, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony which will include brief remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones and members of the Urban Forestry...
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Mayoral forum tonight

Former congressional candidate sets his sights on town hall. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The two candidates for mayor appear side-by-side at a public forum at town hall tonight (Thursday), hosted by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. The candidates, incumbent mayor Vivian...

Application for 2013 Wake Forest Parade Oct. 15

Application for 2013 Wake Forest Parade Oct. 15 WAKE FOREST – Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15 for participation in the 2013 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Applications are available online at wakeforestnc.gov and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St....
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Bright Star Touring Theater presents “Bella Under the Bullying Bigtop” Oct. 15

WAKE FOREST — Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national touring theatre company, will show two free performances of Bella Under the Bullying Bigtop Oct. 15 at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Show times are 2:20 p.m. and 4 p.m. Suitable for children ages...
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Warranted

— David Leone WAKE FOREST — A routine traffic stop right in front of The Wake Weekly office on East Owen Avenue Sept. 30 resulted in the arrest of Nickolas Dale Jones (right), 32, 169 Cottrell Way, Kittrell. Wake Forest Police Officer E.F. Genao charged Jones with simple...

United Way hosts sixth annual Cow Chip contest

By Jonathan McNamara LOUISBURG — United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) hosts its sixth annual Cow-Chip contest Saturday at the Walmart parking lot. The cow-chip bingo will be at noon and will be part of the Siren3 Cook-Off event. There will be live music from the East Coast Rhythm...
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Owner has car impounded under Run and You’re Done — On Patrol, Oct. 10, 2013

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — A 1990 Chevy passenger vehicle owned by Bennie Pastor Chance IV, 1134 Clear Circle, Wendell, was seized under the “Run and You’re Done” law pending further investigation and court proceedings after the driver attempted to flee from police Sept. 29,...

Hire the nation’s heroes, Oct. 17

WAKE COUNTY — The U.S. Department of the Navy will conduct for the fourth consecutive year a “Hiring The Heroes Career Fair” Oct. 16 at Hilton-Midtown and Oct. 17 in the North Raleigh Hilton from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair is intended to target veterans within the greater Wake...
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They all deserve to know love

Rolesville resident takes care of cats galore. by Clellie Allen with David Allen ROLESVILLE — For more than four years, Janet Wall has had a specific daily routine. She loads up her SUV with various bags and cans of cat food and drives around to the back of the Rolesville Food...