I have a dream!

by David Leone Each year, the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Wake Forest’s Friendship Chapel Baptist Church showcases student talent and an update of the the civil rights icon’s dream. For the 20th anniversary celebration Jan. 22, the 200 attendees also witnessed more....

Highway Patrol identify man killed in collision

Update: The  State Highway Patrol has now identified the Hispanic male pedestrian involved in the fatal collision that occurred on Dec. 26, 2014 in Wake County.  The man has been identified as Mateo Martinez Rodriguez, 55, of 153 Happy Trails Lane Newton Grove.  Family of...

You Decide: The impacts of tax changes

by Dr. Mike Walden Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate may be one piece of common ground between President Obama and the Congress. Here in North Carolina, Round 2 of tax changes – focusing on...

Loveless CIT Officer of Year

Business Briefs - Week of Jan. 29, 2015 Loveless CIT Officer of Year The Wake Forest Police Department has named Det. Brian Loveless as the 2014 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year. A specialized law enforcement program, the CIT is a partnership between 17 Wake...

Fat and the year you were born

The Rock Doctor by Dr. E. Kirsten Peters New Year’s resolutions are being put to the harshest of tests. Gone are the days of early January when all things seemed so easily possible. Now we are in the tougher phase of the year when the will to establish new patterns is being...

Make bookmarks at Youngsville Library Feb. 3

YOUNGSVILLE — A free bookmark making/reading tips discussion will be held Feb. 3 at the Youngsville Library from 6-7 p.m. The presenter is Jane Falkner, MA, a veteran teacher, certified reading specialist and one of the only certified literacy coaches in the state of North...

Snow paralyzed area in ’05

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1965 •A group of Rolesville men bagged 36 rabbits during a hunt. The coneys were barbecued afterward with all the trimmings. •Wake Forest dentist Dr. Nash Underwood wrote a letter...

Learn Ag entrepreneur skills

OXFORD — The Small Business Center and Project Skill-UP Departments of Vance-Granville Community College are offering the N.C. REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program Tuesdays, Feb. 3-March 17, 6-9 p.m. The N.C. REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship program is designed for those...

Royalty comes to town

WAKE FOREST — Children ages 3-7 enjoyed a visit from the Frozen royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, Saturday. Participants in the Wonderland program, held at the Wake Forest Community House, made crafts, read books and received a crown and special certificate. (photos by Jonathan...

Raleigh to hold flood map hearing

RALEIGH — The Raleigh City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Feb. 3, on a flood map revision required by the Mitchell Mill Road widening project which was approved in December. The project will require a flood map revision FP-1-2015 due to an existing culvert that will...

Rolesville parks and rec adds programs

ROLESVILLE — The town of Rolesville Parks and Recreation Department has added new programs and classes for the new year, including for preschoolers, youth and teens, and adults and seniors. Most programs require pre-registration and some are for a fee. Register and find more...

Wake Forest police reports – Jan. 29, 2015

Incidents Reported Jan. 19-25. •A brown 2013 Honda Civic was broken into at 1839 S. Main St. A purse, wallet, credit cards and a cellphone were reported stolen. Jan. 22, 8:45 p.m. •A white 2012 Honda CRV was broken into at 1150 N. White St. A purse, wallet and credit cards were...

Students take honors at theater competition

RALEIGH — A group of 26 students from the Durant Road Musical Theatre (DRMT), ages 10-17, brought home national awards after  competing in the Atlanta, Ga., Junior Theater Festival Jan. 16-18. The troupe presented selections from Pirates of Penzance JR. The judges said of their...

Go bald for childhood cancer research

WAKE FOREST — The St. Baldricks Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at The Factory on March 7. There more than 300 people will shave their heads in solidarity with...

Inspirational stories on stage Feb. 7

WAKE FOREST - Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, will offer a free performance of George Washington Carver & Friends on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Showtime is 1 p.m...

Wake County crime reports – Week of Jan. 29, 2015

Reported Jan. 17-23. Arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Jaime Adam Meritt, 38, 10429 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, in Falls, was arrested by State Highway Patrol Trooper J.L. Plattenberger at Falls of Neuse and October roads, Raleigh, in Falls, and...

Police investigate incident in Bowling Green subdivision

Episode unrelated to previous attempts to lure children, officials say.  WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest police are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred earlier this evening in the Bowling Green subdivision. Investigators do not believe the episode is related to previous...

Help for historic mill approved

by Todd Allen LOUISBURG — A plan to redevelop the historic Sterling Cotton Mill in Franklinton received a boost from Franklin County commissioners Tuesday night. Commissioners approved waving $58,800 in capacity fees for the $3.65 million affordable housing project. Plans include...

Wrecks on the rise

Infrastructure improvements on horizon for Wake Forest. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Like a car that’s passed a stop sign, the area’s growth is picking up speed again. If the Wake Forest town board’s retreat could have a central theme, it would be that. Commissioners met at the...

Join us for a special dinner

At the start of each year, here at the newspaper, we take some time to plan out not just what we want to do business-wise, but how we want to plug-in and give back to the community in which we live. After all, our motto is Your Community Matters, and every one of us believes in...

Student gives gift of music for Boy Scout Eagle project

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Music students at Franklin Academy Elementary School have a whole new way to make joyful noise thanks to enterprising Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Wertz. Jonathan, 14, planned and helped build an outdoor musical garden for students, complete with...

Aggressive dogs shot by police

After two unprovoked attacks, Wake Forest police kill marauding canines. By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — A pair of loose dogs menaced residents near Gateway Commons Tues-day morning, biting two and threatening others, before officers ultimately shot and killed them, according to...

Loiterers raise shop owner’s ire

Commissioners get an earful about downtown smoker scene. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Jones Street Plaza is the place to be. That’s the rebranded name of the T-intersection where Jones and South White streets meet. There’s public art on one corner and in the natural gathering...