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Medical assistant Chaundra Braxton takes the temperature of a man  during drive-thru COVID-19 testing  in Wake Forest in July.

Free COVID-19 tests offered this week in Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST — County health officials are offering free COVID-19 testing this week in Wake Forest.  Wake County has contracted with clinical laboratory Radeas to conduct the tests, …
Dirty Dogs Spa pregame the Best of the Best ceremony with their own little party and balloons.

Best of the Best winners revealed at drive-in show

YOUNGSVILLE — The Wake Weekly’s annual Best of the Best contest winners were announced Thursday in a drive-in reveal show.  The event, socially distanced with attendees tuning in …
Xavier Vishal Billups

Man accused of strangling father released from hospital

LOUISBURG — A man accused of strangling his father Sept. 18 was released from the hospital Thursday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said. Xavier Vishal Billups was taken into …
Rolesville Town Hall

Rolesville votes not to let golf carts on town streets

ROLESVILLE — Rolesville will not allow non-street-legal golf carts in its neighborhoods. The Rolesville Board of Commissioners met Tuesday in a special work session to discuss the …
Jay Jay, Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones and others pose for a photo during the proclamation ceremony Sept. 15. Contributed photo by Melissa Wilson

Mayor proclaims PANDAS Awareness Month in October

WAKE FOREST — Mayor Vivian Jones is again proclaiming the month of October as PANDAS Awareness Month in the town, a move done in partnership with the Wilson family and their son, Jay Jay. Jay …
A U.S. Census Bureau worker shows her official identification to a resident during a door-to-door visit. Workers are visiting households that haven't responded to the 2020 questionnaire.

Wake Census response at 72%; survey deadline Sept. 30

RALEIGH — With less than a week to go before the deadline to complete the once-a-decade national headcount, more than 1 in 5 Wake County residents have yet to fill out the form. Wake County had …
Leelee Renu Pender

Wake County Arrests: Sept. 16-22

The following is a list of arrests made Sept. 16-22 by the Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon police departments. All information is from public law enforcement …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Local virus numbers trending down; Louisburg nursing home reports new outbreak

RALEIGH — New reported cases of COVID-19 in Wake and Franklin counties are trending downward, state statistics show.  However, a Franklin County nursing home has reported a new …
ELECTION 2020 CENTRAL

LETTER: Christians cannot overlook Trump’s immoral words

This is only for Christian Trump supporters. First, I know you will point to his Supreme Court nominees, defense of religious freedom, stance on abortion, and trying to make the economy better as …

LETTER: Trump knows freedom isn’t free

Political ads a monumental waste of money

A 'Supreme' September surprise

Who wins the debate about debates?

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Crime
Franklin County Arrests: Sept. 16-22 The following is a list of arrests made Sept. 16-22 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. All information is from public law enforcement records.Sept. 16• Robert Edward Berne III, 32, …
Sheriff: Louisburg man to be charged with murder after father’s strangling LOUISBURG — Authorities have accused a Louisburg man of strangling his father Friday, a press release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.  The suspect, Xavier Vishal …
2 charged with drugs in separate traffic stops; $50K of cocaine seized FRANKLINTON — Two men were arrested this week after deputies found drugs during two traffic stops, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said. One man had more than $50,000 worth of …
Sheriff: Man arrested after crash originally reported as shooting WAKE FOREST — A man was arrested following a crash that was first reported as a shooting Tuesday, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said. Around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to …
Franklin County Arrests: Sept. 9-15 The following is a list of arrests made Sept. 9-15 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. All information is from public law enforcement records.Sept. 9• Johnathan Luis Cardenas, 19, of …
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Brenda Bryant Joyner Aug. 10, 1948 — July 3, 2020 YOUNGSVILLE — Brenda Bryant Joyner passed away at home Friday, July 3, 2020. Born Aug. 10, 1948, she was the daughter of James Thomas Owens and Marjorie Land …
Merrill R. Williams Feb. 13, 1933 — Dec. 30, 2019 Merrill R. “Bill” Williams, 86, a resident of Burlington, Iowa, for 24 years, died Dec 30, 2019, at Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, Iowa, as a result of …
James Louis Freeman Sr. Oct. 17, 1933 — Sept. 4, 2020 RALEIGH — James Louis Freeman Sr., 86, passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. A graveside service was held 4 p.m. Sunday in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake …
Robert Whitney Allen Sr. WAKE FOREST — Robert “Bob” Whitney Allen Sr., publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly of Wake Forest, died peacefully at home in the care of his family on Sept. 3, 2020, just weeks after his 91st …
Pat Scharville RALEIGH — Pat Scharville, 77, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Arrangements are by Renaissance Funeral Home, Raleigh.
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EDITORIALS

OUR OPINION: Bob Allen roved around and gave us a newspaper

A staple of this newspaper for nearly seven decades, Bob Allen’s column “Roving Around,” is missing from the pages this week. Its absence is glaring; Bob’s insight into life in Wake Forest …

BUTNER-CREEDMOOR NEWS
UPDATE: Gray SUV sought in Butner hit-and-run that killed pedestrian BUTNER — A person was killed Tuesday in a hit-and-run crash, authorities said. Butner Public Safety responded to the 1600 of West B Street around 6:30 p.m., the department said on …
Falls Lake Academy moving ahead with Plan A CREEDMOOR — Falls Lake Academy will test the waters next month with a staggered reopening for kindergarten through fifth grade. The charter school’s board of directors Monday voted 5-1 …
COLUMNS

Today, jury nullification exists in a delicate dance between judges, prosecutors and jurors. Federal courts acknowledge that juries can judge the law as well as the evidence, but they’ve also decided judges must withhold this information and instruct jurors to apply the law as it’s explained from the bench.

Courts can't censor jury rights flyers

Activists can’t be jailed for telling jurors they’re free to acquit defendants who break unjust laws, a federal court recently confirmed. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote struck down a …

John Hood

Lieutenant governor rivals differ sharply

RALEIGH — The post of lieutenant governor is a constitutional office in North Carolina, and the only one empowered to exercise both legislative and executive powers. Those powers are rather …

Gary Pearce

Bugs Bunny always wins campaign debates

Forty years in politics made me an expert on debates, whether I wanted to be or not. I did endless hours of debate prep. I negotiated debate rules with broadcasters and opponents’ …