Schools superintendent resigns abruptly

Acting superintendent named. LOUISBURG — Franklin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Martin resigned abruptly Monday night, with board members making the announcement following a closed session. Martin has only been on the job 18 months after replacing Dr. Eddie Ingram. The...

Henderson couple arrested on meth charges

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Sheriff deputies arrested two Henderson residents for a slew of drug charges July 17, after serving a search warrant for illegal drugs at 999 Eaves Road. Clifton L. O’Neal and Amanda N. Kinard, both of 999 Eaves Road, Henderson, were arrested and taken...

Five vying for town board

Newcomer, longtime residents running against incumbents. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Chad Casale lived most of his life in a congested, overdeveloped area on Long Island, N.Y. The relative newcomer to Wake Forest has thrown his hat in the ring for town commissioner to see those...

Creativity abounds with Arca Muse Society Writers

Local Profiles by Carol Taber Great writers ofttimes seem to find each other. While their work is individual, writing groups have allowed writers a safe place to test material, try out ideas or just talk. Think of the Inklings or the Algonquin Round Table. Mindy Kaling of The...

Seniors celebrate summer with cookout

by Salina Gary WAKE FOREST — More than 100 area seniors, including Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones, celebrated summer in beach party style during the Northern Wake Senior Center’s annual Willie Ray’s Cookout July 16. New Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett was also in attendance....

Reservoir improvements on tap

By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The town reservoir, a popular spot for boating, fishing and trail walking, is getting an upgrade. The town is putting its recently approved recreation bond monies to use and has plans to spiff up the place. Phase 1 of the upgrade will include a paved...

House not burned

Planned demolition by fire department suspended for historic reasons. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Perhaps someone should have looked at the sign. A house that Wake Forest Fire Department planned to burn as a training exercise July 16 is still standing, for now, because it’s on...

Coyotes seen near Joyner park

It’s natural to see coyotes around here and not a cause for alarm, say officials. By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s town spokesman, Bill Crabtree, alerted residents this week that several reports have been made to the town about coyotes being seen in the E. Carroll...

Heroes, supporters invited to dinner

WAKE FOREST — Purple Heart Medal recipients and military veterans are invited to the seventh annual Purple Heart Dinner Saturday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m., at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the dinner invites the public to honor...

Cycle-a-thon supports foster care system

ROLESVILLE — Local nonprofit organization Mercy for America’s Children will hold its third annual cycle-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, 800 Granite Falls Blvd., Rolesville, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mercy for America’s Children...

Police showcase facility improvements

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Police Department is celebrating completion of renovations to its facilities by hosting an open house Aug. 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m  at the police department, 204 Southtown Circle. Tours will be given and light refreshments provided.

Free concert in the park

WAKE FOREST — Spend an evening in Wake Forest with family and friends and enjoy some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times during two upcoming concerts at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends will perform Sunday, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., and...

Tai Miles at FCAC art stroll

FRANKLINTON — Tai Miles will perform at the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Gallery during the upcoming art stroll in downtown Franklinton, Aug 6. “Silent Night,” Miles one-woman short play, sheds light on the epidemic of bullying. It entails spoken word and singing. The...

Keith family reunion

More than 100 descendants of Hanna Keith, a slave born in 1813 in Wake County, gathered July 10-12 to celebrate their joint heritage at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham. This was the 13th year the family has staged a reunion.

Mountain biking in Wake Forest

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) is looking for more mountain biking trails in the Wake Forest area. The only mountain biking trail in Wake Forest is by the Wake Forest Reservoir. It’s 9.1 miles long, but some locals are looking for more. David...

Kudos — Week of July 23, 2015

Academics honored •Lucas Stefanic of Raleigh and Katelyn Wilkerson of Wake Forest made the dean’s list at the Rochester Institute of Technology. •Jordan Dunne and Alexander Kumbar, both of Raleigh, made the dean’s list at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. •Joshua Colvin of...

Annual horse farm tour set for Aug. 7

Business Briefs - Week of July 23, 2015 Rolesville chamber news •The Rolesville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is tonight (Thursday), 5:30-7:30 p.m., and is hosted by Lennar Homes, 1116 Virginia Water Drive. •Outstanding Women in Networking (OWN) meets Tuesday,...

Third annual Dirty Dogs Extravaganza set for Sept. 26-27

WAKE FOREST — Dirty Dogs Spa & Boutique will host its annual extravaganza Sept. 26 and 27 at The Factory, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The main focus of the Extravaganza is to raise money, awareness and food donations for all the participating rescues. The event includes sponsor and...

VGCC food truck program back for seconds

LOUISBURG — Vance-Granville Community College will offer its Mobile Food Truck Entrepreneurship workshop series for the second time. This series of courses for entrepreneurs who want to compete in the growing food truck industry is unique in the North Carolina Community College...

Backpacks full of hope

WAKE FOREST — Koinonia Foundation President Bob Hill, right, presents a $13,000 check to Northeast Wake Backpack Buddies representatives, from left, Meghann Smits, Al Mitchell and Lena Gott during a recent board meeting at the Wake Forest Museum. Koinonia, a Wake Forest community...

Brooke’s Buddies bowling fundraiser

RALEIGH — Brooke’s Buddies, working with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), are hosting a bowling fundraiser in honor of local teen Brooke Parrish at Buffaloe Lanes North, 5900 Oak Forest Drive, Friday, Aug. 7, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, Aug 8, 12-10 p.m. Brooke...

Franklin County Sheriff’s reports – week of July 23, 2015

Reported July 13-July 19. Arrests •Keleigh Savannah Louise Hoats, 20, 7844 Spungold St., Raleigh, was arrested at her home and charged with possession of heroin and drug equipment/paraphernalia. She was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on $6,000 bond. July 18, 12:59...

Golf for Safe Space

LOUISBURG — The 14th annual Safe Space Inc. golf tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 21, at Green Hill Country Club, Louisburg. Registration and lunch will be at noon with tee-off at 12:30. For fees and other information or to register, call Darrell Perry at 919-496-2153 or the...