N.C. distilleries need beverage equality

Guest opinion By Barry Smith, Carolina Journal Distilleries across North Carolina are hoping to follow in the footsteps of the state’s growing winery and craft beer industries, but the law places distilleries at a competitive disadvantage — and they’re asking the General Assembly...

FCC ruling could overturn state broadband law

Guest Opinion by Same A. Hieb, Carolina Journal North Carolina is bracing for a decision by Federal Communications Commission officials that could overturn the state law placing limits on municipal broadband, potentially saddling local taxpayers with new debt they would not be...

Weather impacts all — be alert and prepared

Regular readers of this paper have probably picked up on its decidedly different nature this week. We are, after all, not immune to the vagaries of weather and ice storms have an impact on us just as they do everyone else. In what is a first for all the current staff, the winter...
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Martha Mobley, a Franklin Co. treasure

If we had to pick one person other than our spouses to be stranded with on an island somewhere, that person would have to be Martha Mobley. Almost everyone of us at the paper have had a reason to interact with her for one reason or another over the last decade and more. And we’re...
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Rolesville’s Fourth of July celebration will return

Last year, for all kinds of reasons, the annual beloved Fourth of July celebration in Rolesville didn’t happen. There weren’t enough volunteers, not enough sponsors, not enough of anything, it seemed. And by the time the town and public became aware of the impending loss, there...
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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...

Schooling choices sign of times, independence

Last fall, the State Department of Nonpublic Education (NCDNPE) released their latest homeschooling figures showing the number of home-school enrollments rose above that of private schools for the first time. A total of 60,950 home schools with 98,172 students were counted. Wake...

Why we do what we do: A statement of principle

The Wake Weekly newspaper has rolled off the presses and into readers’ hands since 1947. While this process has changed quite a bit in the past half-century — along with the look of our paper — our guiding principles haven’t. As we launch into our 67th year, we again want to...

The story of Christmas

Whether one believes the Biblical account of the person of Jesus Christ or not, what is not arguable is the world-wide impact he and his followers made and continue to make to this day. This retelling of the Christmas story is brought to you by many advertisers as well as The...

Red tape is a “flaring”-ly huge problem

Guest Opinion Chris Faulkner American energy companies are burning off millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas every day — on purpose. In North Dakota alone, rigs destroy almost $50 million worth of gas per month. This waste is unfortunate. And it’s the consequence of bad...

Shop local Saturday

by Gregg Thompson Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions. According to the survey, only 7 percent of Americans said they trusted Congress a great deal or quite a lot, compared with 29 percent who trusted the...

Veterans deserving of honor and thanks

I am a combat veteran who fought in South Vietnam. I know in my heart that we can’t let Veterans Day go by without honoring our veterans. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the veterans of WWI and WWII. Theirs has been called the Greatest Generation, and for good reason....