Teacher grants available

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Community Foundation announces the availability of small grants from its education fun to teachers in Franklin County. The mini-grants program was established to encourage creativity in effective teaching throughout the Franklin County School...

Library happenings

Most programs are free. Call for information and to register, if indicated. Libraries will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. At the Wake Forest Community Library" •See Spot Read. Readers of all levels are invited to practice their reading skills...

Gift-wrapped with love

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High School girls lacrosse team has adopted a family through the Holiday Cheer program at Wake County Social Services. Shown with their wrapped gifts above are, standing from left, Ariel Gold, Haley Cissel, Hannah Anderson, Savannah Boyd and Camryn...

Join the CIP discussion

WAKE FOREST — What community priorities do you want town staff to consider as they develop the 2015-20 Capital Improvement Plan update? Your input is requested on this topic at engage.wakeforestnc.gov. The CIP update is the revised CIP and covers the five fiscal years 2015-16...

And a good time was had by all

WAKE FOREST — A dulcimer string ensemble, above, plays holiday tunes at the Northern Wake Senior Center’s annual Christmas covered-dish social Dec. 10. From left are Conny Evans, Pat Lantz, Kricket Wright, Joyce Bibby, Vicki Smith and Evelyn Terry. Behind them are Ron Williams...

Troops have merrier Christmas with live trees

WAKE FOREST — For the ninth year, Wake Forest Baptist Church has delivered Christmas trees to military service members at Ft. Bragg. What began as a way to do more than just throw away left-over trees in a 2006 tree sale has grown into a ministry that saw 90 military families...

What’s better than pancakes for breakfast?

Pancakes with Santa! At right, Santa (a friend of Mike Reeve) helps a youngster choose his gift, as some 240 children and parents attended the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club’s annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 6. Along with breakfast, the children enjoyed face painting,...

Wake Forest holiday hours

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest town hall and other administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday. Police service will not be interrupted, but the town’s bus service and sanitation schedules will be affected. Bus service,...

Did you know?

Skimming, sometimes referred to as “card skimming,” is a type of financial fraud in which information is illegally copied from the magnetic strip of a debit or credit card. Once a card has been skimmed, the criminals perpetrating the fraud can then clone the card and use it to...

Cabbage Patch Koosas hot item in ’84

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •Minnie Jones has been named Homecoming Queen at at ceremony held at the Rolesville School gym during halftime of the Rolesville-Baily basketball game. She was crowned by last...

History essay winners lauded

WAKE FOREST — The General James Moore Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual Christmas social Dec. 14 at the Villas of Wake Forest clubhouse. Members enjoyed fellowship and a variety of snacks provided by attendees. The chapter regent also gave away door...

Chief meets counterpart

Command Master Chief Takeshi Osako, of JDS Chokai, and Mass Communications Chief Petty Officer Allen L. Onstott from Wake Forest, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, discuss the similarities of each other’s shipboard life. The visit...

FHS raises money for Miracle League

FRANKLINTON — During the past five weeks, it’s been war at Franklinton High School. Penny war, that is. More than $1,200 in pennies was collected by students in the annual event, and the cash will be donated to the Miracle League of Franklin County. A pizza party Tuesday,...

McMahel completes training

WAKE FOREST — Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jonathan S. McMahel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air...

Optimist essay contest under way

WAKE FOREST — The Optimist Club in Wake Forest is holding an essay contest. The contest is open to students under age 19 who have not graduated from high school as of Dec. 31. Cash awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. Due Feb. 20, the essay topic ...

School Briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Jones Dairy Elementary •Open houses will be held for prospective students and their parents Jan. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Jan. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. E-mail krbrown@wcpss.net to reserve a spot. •Kindergarten...

New year busy at the Museum of History

RALEIGH — Kick off Black History Month one day early at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh when the 14th annual African American Cultural Celebration takes place Saturday, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. More than 75 presenters, including musicians, storytellers, dancers,...

Bank raises $5,000 for Safe Space

LOUISBURG — Employees at Union Bank & Trust teamed up with Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse for a Dining for a Safe Space event Oct. 27. A total of $5,240 was raised to support Safe Space, a Louisburg-based nonprofit organization that assists domestic violence victims and their...

Business Briefs

Drop children’s books at The Fire Pit The Fire Pit encourages customers to bring in unused children’s books and leave them in a drop-box at their Heritage location, 950 Gateway Commons Circle. The donated books will be distributed by Durham-based Book Harvest, a nonprofit...

VGCC offers small business seminars

WAKE FOREST — The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has scheduled two free seminars Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the college’s Franklin County Campus, located on N.C. 56, just outside Louisburg. Tax Requirements for Small Businesses will be held from 1-4 p.m., while...

Business mileage rates to rise

WAKE FOREST — The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a...

First Day hikes at all state parks Jan. 1

RALEIGH — A North Carolina tradition continues New Year’s Day with opportunities to exercise and reconnect with nature on First Day hikes at every state park and recreation area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. In the past three years, hikers in North...

Don’t fall for calls demanding tax payments

CHARLOTTE — Anyone who calls you and demands immediate payment for taxes is trying to rip you off, Attorney General Roy Cooper, federal officials and the Better Business Bureau said Friday. “Scammers posing as tax collectors are using fear and deception to swindle thousands of...

AgCarolina announces election results

RALEIGH — Three incumbents have been re-elected to the AgCarolina Farm Credit Board of Directors by the cooperative’s voting stockholders. Ellis W. Taylor of Roanoke Rapids was elected to Region 2 (serving Franklin, Warren, and Halifax counties); Paul A. Drake of Pinetops was...