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A firefighter carries a cat inside a crate back to its owner following a house fire on Oriole Drive near Wake Forest on Tuesday. Shawn Taylor | The Wake Weekly

5 pets escape blaze at Wake Forest home

WAKE FOREST — Three dogs and two cats made it out of a burning Wake Forest home unharmed Tuesday afternoon, although the house was heavily damaged in the blaze. Firefighters responded to the …

DA considering charges after fatal Franklin County shooting

YOUNGSVILLE — A 34-year-old man was shot and killed by another man during an altercation earlier this month, Franklin County authorities said. No charges have been filed as of Tuesday, …
Greg Whitley

Youngsville names Knightdale cop as next police chief

YOUNGSVILLE — Town officials selected a Knightdale police lieutenant to be the new head of the Youngsville Police Department. Greg Whitley will be sworn in Dec. 2, the town announced Monday. …
Justin Verderber

Neighbor reports man looking into parked cars, leads to break-in arrest

WAKE FOREST — Police are thanking a resident who reported seeing a suspicious man peeking into parked cars for helping nab a break-in suspect. The neighbor reported seeing the man around …
Wake Forest Planning Director Chip Russell sits at his desk at Town Hall Nov. 8. Russell will retire after 32 years with the town next month. Shawn Taylor | The Wake Weekly

Town’s top planner looks back on 32-year government career

WAKE FOREST — When Chip Russell joined the town's payrolls in 1987 - well, there was some planning to do. As the new planning director, Russell, 28 then, was in charge of scrutinizing new …

Wake Forest needs more downtown parking. But where?

WAKE FOREST — An assessment of the town’s downtown parking availability found more than 200 new parking spaces may be needed as more businesses and apartments come to the area. Wake Forest …
OBITUARIES
Bennie Ray Gupton LOUISBURG — Bennie Ray Gupton, 92, of Louisburg transitioned peacefully into eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Wake Medical Center. He was born on July 30, 1927 to the late Bennie Massenburg …
Joyce Nuckles Cash YOUNGSVILLE — Joyce Nuckles Cash, 85, of Youngsville, passed away Monday, Oct. 14. She was born in Wake County, the daughter of the late Otis and Mary Jackson Nuckles and was married to Bryant …
Baxter Reid Harrison WAKE FOREST — Baxter Reid Harrison, 75, passed away on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8 at Hillside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Harrison was born in Wake County the son of the late Mary Agnes …
Nyle Carl Hart Nyle Carl Hart, 87, passed away peacefully at his mountain home Sept. 11. He was surrounded by his wife, children and friends after suffering a massive stroke. He was born April 19, 1932 in Green …
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EDITORIALS
Ending unreasonable political gerrymanders

After a number of false starts and lawsuits, legislators have handed over their latest iterations of voting districts to a panel of judges for their approval. Even those maps have been the subject …

BUTNER-CREEDMOOR NEWS
Stem readies for Christmas festivities this week STEM — The town of Stem has announced its Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting even will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. “This is a huge day for …
Thank-A-Vet program launches in Granville County The “Thank-A-Vet” program has launched in Granville County. The Granville County Register of Deeds on Tuesday began providing veterans a free service as a photo identification card is offered …
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
A salute to our veterans

To the Editor, The members of American Legion Auxiliary Franklinton Unit 52 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed …

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

Zebulon: Where are we?

Wasted tax dollars

Wegmans and Ligon Mill Road

COLUMNS

Jean McCamy

Surprised by a 4,000-year-old recipe

A recipe for lamb stew reads, “Meat is used. You prepare water. You add fine-grained salt, dried barley cakes, onion, Persian shallot, and milk. You crush and add leek and garlic.” And …

Bob Allen

Cat and dog, a handful, still lovable and enjoyable

Just in case I haven’t told you earlier, I have gained a share of the care-taking of two animals to keep me company for the last four months. There are pluses and minuses when it all comes down …

Ken Ripley

Don’t take vets’ service, sacrifice for granted

Monday was a fairly nice day, sunny and with a mild temperature. If you didn’t have government business, it was easy to miss that Monday was also Veterans Day. The celebration was, let’s just …