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A portion of eastern Wake County, in blue, has naturally occuring uranium, radon and radium in the underground rock, which may be contaminating private water wells, officials warn. Contributed photo by Wake County

Officials urge tests for contaminated well water in eastern Wake

RALEIGH – Some 19,000 eastern Wake County residents will be getting official notices in the mail this week asking them to consider testing their well water for potential …

Beef cow tested positive for rabies in Franklin County

LOUISBURG — A beef cow in Franklin County recently tested positive for rabies.  Officials provided few details about the incident, but in a press release the N.C. Cooperative …
Wake Forest Police are asking the public help identify a suspect caught on camera stealing smartphones and other electronics from Walmart early Thursday. Contributed photo

Suspect stealing phones caught on camera

WAKE FOREST — Police are looking to the public to help identify a person caught on camera stealing smartphones and other electronics from Walmart early Thursday. One suspect has been charged in …

Downtown project could be ‘catalytic’ to new development

WAKE FOREST — By strategically developing a key downtown property, the town of Wake Forest could jumpstart a range of new development interests in the business district, according to a team of …

Bill would loosen regulations at North Carolina distilleries

RALEIGH — Some local liquor producers are hopeful that state lawmakers will adopt a bill that would largely deregulate distilleries and treat those businesses similar to how breweries are governed. …
The Fireworks Spectacular will be held Wednesday, July 3, inside Husky Stadium on the campus of Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m..Contributed photo by town of Wake Forest

Wake Forest to host Independence Day celebration

WAKE FOREST — Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more will be featured at Wake Forest’s 2019 Independence Day Celebration. The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on …
OBITUARIES
Douglas Allen Darch Douglas Allen Darch, 92, passed away June 17. He was born in a snowstorm April 19, 1927, to Elfreida Elizabeth Kolbe and Fredrich Darch in Lakewood, Ohio. His father passed away when he was four. …
Phyllis Jane ‘PJ’ Chalk WAKE FOREST — Phyllis Jane “PJ” Vaughan Chalk, 80, of Wake Forest, entered heaven’s gates on June 16. She leaves a legacy of love, laughter and commitment to family and friends. In …
Elaine Rich Brown WAKE FOREST — Elaine Rich Brown, 71, of Wake Forest, passed away Friday, May 24 with her family by her side.  She was born to the late John Oscar and Loreen McLamb Rich on April 6, 1948, and …
Bernadine Zanoni WAKE FOREST — Bernadine Zanoni, 82, “Bernie” as she was affectionately known, was born in New York City on July 9, 1936 to the late Joseph and Josephine Morton. On Aug. 28, 1966 she married …
Reginald L. White Reginald passed from this life into eternity on Saturday, May 25. He was born Nov. 12, 1930 in Jacksonville, Florida to John E. White and Ena Roberts White. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 …
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EDITORIALS
Lemonade stands deserve protection from bureaucrats

It’s time to follow the Lone Star State’s lead — North Carolina needs a lemonade freedom law. On June 10, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 234 to prevent overzealous police …

BUTNER-CREEDMOOR NEWS
Man shot in Creedmoor, two arrested after manhunt CREEDMOOR — Police have arrested two men in connection to a shooting that left one man with serious injuries Tuesday morning. According to a post on the City of Creedmoor's Facebook page, …
Stem passes budget with stipulations STEM — The Stem Board of Commissioners Monday approved a budget for 2019-20 that does not raise property taxes, but board members added stipulations to the budget’s adoption. The biggest …
Granville commissioners approve Open Broadband agreement OXFORD — The Granville County Board of Commissioners took one step closer to supplying broadband internet to the more rural parts of the county when it unanimously approved a partnership with Open …
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
A more efficient bus system in Wake Forest

To the Editor, Wake Forest needs a comprehensive transit system that benefits all our residents and draws new people to our community. We all recognize that automobile traffic is becoming more and …

We can no longer bear illegal immigration burden

Socialism is the sharing of miseries

COLUMNS

John Hood

Partisan control shapes state policies

To the ears of politically engaged North Carolinians, it may sound strange to hear claims that changes in partisan control don’t yield significant changes in state policy. But among scholars, this …

Among greatest need of our time

In a day and age when everyday’s news is loaded with accounts of wrongs that have us marching down the wrong road, what we need most are stalwarts of the truth who stand and proclaim the …

Iron sharpens iron

Proverbs 27:17 (ESV) “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Friendship and family unity is a very important factor in our relationship with God. From the …

Sora Batts, 10, mixes up a batch of brownies. Personalize the recipe to reflect your families' preferences. Lisa Boykin Batts | Times

Mix up your own brownies

Granddaughter Sora and I are back in the kitchen this summer. We’ve already made two recipes and plan more, so keep reading this summer and make some good food with the special kids in your …