Biscuits and the world’s problems on menu at local breakfast clubs

Breakfast Club-McDonalds

By Lisa Brown

Walk into McDonald’s or Hardee’s in Rolesville on any given day and you will find table after table filled with senior citizens enjoying not just the food, but each other’s company as well. They trade stories, jokes and friendly jabs, and solve all the problems of the world……….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Betty Langley: Wake Forest’s Newest Centenarian

Betty Langley

By Lisa Brown

For most of us, living to 100 is hard to imagine. Betty Langley of Wake Forest will hit that impressive milestone on January 25, and isn’t showing many signs of slowing down.

Born in 1915 in rural Wake County, Miss Betty was raised on a farm and worked hard for her sharecropper family. Her life was never an easy one. She and her brother and three sisters walked to school and church many times barefoot. It was a five mile walk from their remote farm to their one-room school house and to church. It was a difficult one in the cold and heat of summer………..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Business Briefs

Rolesville to Get First Tavern

After months of planning and work to obtain town permits, Rolesville’s first tavern is set to open in early February at 411D S. Main Street, in the Food Lion Shopping Center.

Main Street Tavern will feature local and domestic beers on draft, wine and mixed drinks. Rolesville resident Jim Demchak is the owner..………..READ MORE ARTICLES

O’s Commentary Happy New Year

Dear O,

I’ve read that you love the start of each New Year, but I am wondering: What are some of the things you remember most about 2014?


 Dear Curious,

I have to say looking back at 2014 for me is a tad bittersweet. I took note of a lot of lives no longer with us.

I listened to the great broadcaster and disc jockey Casey Kasem and his radio music countdown show for years. It was called the “American Top 40” and it ran on hundreds of stations all through the 1970s and ’80s. Casey’s voice was iconic and, along with his radio countdown shows he provided the voice for many television commercials. He was even the voice of Shaggy on the cartoon show “Scooby Doo.” His radio voice was literally the backdrop of my life and his passing made me reflect on a lot of great years……….READ MORE

Area towns have resolutions for the New Year

By Lisa Brown

Now that the holidays have drawn to a close, people are readying themselves for the New Year. With that comes the dreaded word – Resolutions! What will it be this year? Work out more? Eat less cheese? Reduce stress? Then there’s the treadmill that by the end of the year is buried under the pile of clothes.

Regardless of whether we worry about success or failure, having resolutions and goals is always good for individuals, but also for local towns as a way to make 2015 a great year. Town officials here say 2015 will bring interesting and exciting happenings……...READ MORE

Letters to a Friend


By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Frances O’Roark Dowell is an award-winning children’s book author whose latest novel, “Anybody Shining” brings her readers to the mountains of North Carolina and into a world she loves.

Twelve-year-old Arie Mae Sparks lives in Stone Gap, N.C., in the early 1920s and knows little about the outside world beyond the National Barn Dance she hears on WLS-AM radio from Chicago. What she does know is that everyone else has something she desperately wants: one true, shining friend. When she learns that she has a cousin about her age living in Raleigh, she writes letter after letter to Cousin Caroline, even though she never once receives a letter in return………READ MORE


Community cookbook will support 4th of July celebration

 The Rolesville Fireworks 500 Club is seeking local recipes to be included in a community cookbook to be called “Taste of Rolesville.”

All proceeds from sale of the cookbook, to begin April 15, will benefit this year’s Rolesville 4th of July celebration.

This one-of-a kind collection of recipes will contain recipe categories from appetizers to desserts and everything in between, a news release from the club says. Each recipe will be labeled with the contributor’s name so it will be easy to find recipes submitted by friends and neighbors………READ MORE

Rolesville Student Appointed to Naval Academy Prep School

Marsalis Laushaw of Rolesville has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Marsalis is continuing a family tradition of service to country. His father and grandfather each served in the U.S. Navy and U. S. Marine Corps. His parents, Dwight and Tanya Laushaw of Rolesville, inspired and influenced him to always give his best and walk in integrity and courage……...READ MORE

Deer harvest may be down

By Mike Zlotnicki

It’s been a very slow deer season, for me anyway. A combination of family obligations and other duties have kept my trips to the Halifax County lease to a minimum.

On the last four trips, I haven’t seen a deer, and I’m not the only one not seeing as many animals this season.

The outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease that occurred this summer and into the fall might be a factor.

According to a Wildlife Resources Commission news release, hemorrhagic disease is a common disease of deer caused by two types of viruses – one producing blue tongue and the other producing epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Tests of infected animals indicate that epizootic hemorrhagic disease appears to be the responsible virus for this year’s outbreak………READ MORE

Radio Station Involves Communities, Assists Area Music Education Programs

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

There’s a radio station in your backyard that pumps out 100,000 watts of power 24/7. It’s nearly impossible to miss the tower for WCPE-FM 89.7 because, at 1,250 feet high, it’s the tallest structure in the area.

Tucked neatly in the woods off Chalk Road, the listener-supported classical music radio station comfortably and quietly straddles Wake Forest and Rolesville……...READ MORE

Breads and Cheese Come Naturally

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Rob Nurrito of New York Bagel & Deli in Raleigh provides rolls to the Gatehouse Tavern and breads to its partner eatery, Farm Table Kitchen & Bar. The goods are baked every day and delivered around 11 a.m. Nurrito provides the restaurants with 440 brioche rolls per week as well as sub rolls plus rye and sourdough artisan breads…………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

The West Side of Oxford Street or Market Square: Lot No. 11

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Traveling up West Young Street to where it meets Main, there once was an empty, unassuming building on the right-hand side that over the years evolved into railroad-style construction: long and thin; four times as long as it was wide. That building at 101 West Young Street (101W) factored into many Rolesville citizens’ lives for decades because the ownership represented Rolesville family history, and the structure housed a variety of goods and services.

Situated on the West side of Oxford Street or Market Square … Lot No. 11” in the Plot of the Town of Rolesville, state the early land deeds, which can be traced back to April 16, 1904, when W.J. and Fannie Rogers sold to Dr. L.B. Young……..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE


Wake Forest High Cougars Play for State Championship

Football players

By Lisa Brown

Not very long ago, Wake Forest High School (Wake Forest-Rolesville High back then) did not have much luck on the football field. But, both the 2013 and 2014 seasons ended with a trip to N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-AA state championship, playing Mallard Creek High School both times.

The Cougars have yet to bring the champions’ title home, but their accomplishment is recognized by coaches and the community.

Reggie Lucas, head coach of the team, is proud, not just of the natural talent many of these players have, but also of the attitudes they bring with them every day……….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration January 22

Several local churches and community organizations are coming together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a free, public celebration on Thursday, January 22, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road.

Area residents are invited to attend the observance, beginning with supper at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m………READ MORE

Pet Winter Safety: Know the Signs of Hypothermia and Frostbite


When cats and dogs are exposed to the cold for too long, their body temperature – which is usually between 101°F and 102.5°F – can drop fatally. Here’s what you need to know as you keep a close eye on your pets in winter.

Signs of hypothermia symptoms in dogs and cats include violent shivering, followed by listlessness, weak pulse, lethargy, muscle stiffness, problems breathing, lack of appetite, rectal temperature below 98°F, coma and cardiac arrest…………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Thales Academy-Rolesville Sets Open House

Thales Academy will hold an open house for prospective students and families of its junior high/ high school program on Wednesday, January 21.

The open house will run from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school, which is at 1201 Granite Falls Road in Rolesville.

Thales Academy is a private chain of K-12 college preparatory schools that assists parents in cultivating virtuous, critical-thinking, compassionate student citizens. Through a Classic curriculum, high behavior expectations and standard dress code the school fosters high standards of accountability, academic achievement, and civic responsibility.

On average, Thales students perform above their grade level and outrank nationwide peers on objective, standardized tests.

For more information about Thales Academy and its Triangle campuses in Apex (K-10), Raleigh (K-5), Wake Forest (PreK-5), and Rolesville (6-11), go to

Faith and worship

One familiar Christmas carol begins with these words, “’Tis the season to be jolly.” None of us would deny that December is a special time of year. We spend much of it preparing for the “big day.” Please allow me to borrow from that tune and use the first four words as the springboard for further Christmas meditation……...READ MORE

Wake Forest Police Install Drug Drop-Off Box

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The Wake Forest Police Department recently installed a drug collection unit or “drop-off box,” at the 221 S. Brooks Street Substation.

The police department received the free drop-off unit through a grant from CVS/pharmacy’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program.

CVS/pharmacy teamed up with The Partnership at to donate up to 1,000 drug collection units to law enforcement agencies nationwide. The Wake Forest Police Department completed the grant application in June, was approved a short time later and received the unit in late November……...READ MORE