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This illustration, included in the town of Rolesville's Main Street Vision Plan, shows proposed pedestrian and street improvements in downtown Rolesville. Contributed by town of Rolesville

Rolesville gets $4.8M for streetscape work

ROLESVILLE — Two grants, totaling $4.8 million, will help fund street revitalization and road improvements in downtown Rolesville. The state money will fund 80% of the projects. The town will …
Simpers

In split vote, Simpers wins mayor pro-tem role

WAKE FOREST — In a 45 minute meeting Tuesday, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners swiftly approved several items after no citizens came forward to speak during a series of public …
Cheryl Benson was named 2019 Citizen of the Year for her nonprofit efforts with the Franklin County Education Foundation and volunteer endeavors. Chris L. Harris | Special to The Wake Weekly

Benson named Franklin Citizen of the Year

LOUISBURG — The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce held its 43rd annual Banquet and Membership Meeting Jan. 16 at Green Hill Club to celebrate another year of business growth and recognize …
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.

Wake County makes free well water tests available

Through Feb. 29, Wake County is offering free water testing for lower-income homeowners and renters who get their water from a private well. To qualify, families may have incomes up to 2.5-times …
Youngsville officials will soon close South Nassau Street to through traffic.

Youngsville to close shortcut popular during congestion

YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials announced Tuesday they will proceed with a plan to place semipermanent barriers at the intersection of South Nassau and South Cross streets, closing South Nassau to …
Wyant

Wake County arrests: Jan. 16-22

The following is a list of arrests made Jan. 16-22 by the Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon police departments. All information is from public law enforcement records. Jan. …
OBITUARIES
Sarah Jane Skinner Sarah Jane Skinner, 57, of Durham, passed away Jan. 7, 2020. Sarah was born in Miami, Florida on July 2, 1962 to John L. and Jean M. Skinner. Her parents and siblings (Lynn, Jean, Mary and …
Michelle Leigh Fladung June 27, 1962 - Dec. 30, 2019  Michelle Leigh Fladung passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 30, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones and beloved animals. Michelle was born June 27, 1962 …
Dorothy Margaret (McQuaid) Gonnella Dorothy M. Gonnella passed away Friday, Jan. 3 with family by her side in Greensboro. Dorothy was born Dec. 6, 1937 to Helen (Hamm) and John McQuaid in Everett, Massachusetts. She was raised in …
Edna Earl Williams Powell September 10, 1928 - December 8, 2019 Wake Forest - Edna Earl (Williams) Powell was born on September 10, 1928 and died on December 8, 2019 with her family by her side at the age of 91. Edna …
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Crime
1 charged after wreck ends chase KNIGHTDALE — A man led deputies on a “brief chase” Tuesday afternoon that ended when he crashed into another vehicle, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said. According to a press release, …
Wake County arrests: Jan. 2-8 The following is a list of arrests made Jan. 2-8 by the Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon police departments. All information is from public law enforcement records. Jan. …
Sheriff seeks eastern Wake smash-and-grab suspects RALEIGH ­— The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said it is looking for two men who drove an SUV into three eastern Wake County convenience stores and stole goods early Christmas morning. The …
Wake County Police Reports 1-3-20 The following is a list of arrests made Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 by the Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon police departments. All information is from public law enforcement …
Franklin County Police Reports 1-3-20 The following is a list of arrests made Dec. 23-30 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. All information is from public law enforcement records. Dec. 23 • Dysean Orlando Seward, 23, of …
SPORTS
EDITORIALS

Banning hemp to fight pot is reefer madness

Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, cops and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous …

BUTNER-CREEDMOOR NEWS
3 new Creedmoor commissioners sworn in CREEDMOOR — The makeup of the Creedmoor Board of Commissioners was radically altered with the swearing-in of its three new members at a special meeting Wednesday. The new members, Kechia …
Life lessons in Virtual Enterprises RALEIGH — South Granville and Granville Central Virtual Enterprise students were given an opportunity last Friday to present their business plans to a panel of judges at a workshop at Wake …
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
We appreciate those who help feed

Wake Forest is growing by leaps and bounds with new people moving in daily. But Wake Forest residents continue to keep its small town community values of giving back and helping our neighbors. I …

When the impact of a protest harms others, where is the line drawn?

A salute to our veterans

Zebulon: Where are we?

Wasted tax dollars

COLUMNS

Bob Allen

Interesting times await when aging at its best

Roving Around I’m beginning to think we older folks are good for something after all. Oh, sure there are many things we older folks have into our 80s and 90s, but not that many people reach …

Jean McCamy

What do all the girls see in Diego?

Views and Reviews Sex appeal is in the eye of the beholder. I grew up all mooney-eyed over James Dean, Marlon Brando and — although I hate to admit it now — Tab Hunter. I didn’t understand …

WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL: Putting our sins to rest

Romans 6:1-4 (ESV) “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have …