Rolesville High Freshmen Prepare With ‘Ram Camp’ Orientation

RAM camp pic 5Rolesville High incoming freshmen tour the school and have lunch as they prepare for their first year of high school.
photo by Isabella Vigilante

By Isabella F. Vigilante

The huge banner over the front entrance to Rolesville High School read “WELCOME CLASS OF 2018” to greet rising freshmen passing through its doors for the very first time.

Students in red Rolesville High T-shirts held up signs reading “Welcome to Ram Camp!” and lined up in formation to cheer on the incoming freshman class. The red-clad “Rambassadors” acted as liaisons for the incoming freshmen over the course of the two-day orientation period, July 30 and 31…….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Housing, Bypass Fuel Rolesville’s Growth

Triple-Digit Growth, Building Permits Up

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“For the last five or six years, Rolesville has been one of the top two or three fastest growing towns in North Carolina,” Town Manager Bryan Hicks said.

Caveat: That means percentage-wise rather than in total number of people. The number of people moving into Rolesville in a year may be the same as the number of people moving into Raleigh in a day, but when looking at growth on a percentage basis, Hicks said, “Rolesville is growing by leaps and bounds.”

In the first decade of this century, Rolesville experienced an increase in growth that topped 300 percent. The majority of that growth has been residential, which in turn fosters commercial growth. The Town of Rolesville issued 321 building permits in the last fiscal year, which is huge when compared to the pre-recession high of 227.

“Most of the recent growth can be attributed to Heritage East, Drayton Reserve, and the new apartments,” Hicks explained, “so there’s a lot of interest in Rolesville.”……..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Camp CARE Reaches Out to Area Kids

Camp Care Group ShotMembers of the Rolesville Police Department with kids participating in the first Camp CARE summer program.

The Rolesville Police Department held its first ever summer camp program this year from July 28 through August 1 for children ages 9-12 yrs. old. Camp CARE (Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Excellence) focuses on helping kids understand the need to make good choices and the consequences of their choices.

Officer Bobby Langston of the Rolesville Police Department understands the need to reach children of this age and offer a positive environment in which to teach them team work and getting along with others. Instruction also emphasizes bullying prevention, Internet safety, and drug and alcohol education………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Business Briefs

One Whirled Café open in Heritage

A new addition to the Heritage Station shopping center is One Whirled Café, a new eclectic, upscale restaurant that boasts “global comfort food” in a relaxed and upbeat environment. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, and the menu has something for everyone.

The owners and chefs, Mary Melie and Chris Ortlepp, are both Culinary Institute of America graduates who share a passion for scratch-made dishes and locally sourced ingredients. With this in mind, they have worked together in five states before settling in the Durham area. Because of the growth and diversity in the Wake Forest area, they decided this would be the best place to start a new restaurant………..READ MORE ARTICLES

19th Annual Tour of Artists Bigger, Better, More Fun

Significant increase in participating studios, galleries, artists

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

What better way to spend a late summer weekend than to celebrate the talents of local artists during the 19th Annual Tour of Artists on September 6 and 7. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Guild of Artists, the Tour has seen a revitalization and upward growth, making it a must-attend event.

This year will be no exception as the two-day event boasts a 158 percent increase in the number of participating artists and a 60 percent increase in the number of sites. Last year, the tour went back to its roots and embraced remote studios, and this year there will be nine remote studios, an impressive 200 percent increase……….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

O’s Commentary; Dad Is Dating

Written by

O Morris

 Dear O,

My mother and father were married for 52 years before my mother passed away four years ago. My father is in his 80s and he’s dating again. I am having a hard time with that. It really bothers me, but I want him to be happy. What should I do to get over him dating these women?


Dear Uncomfortable,

First, let me express my condolences for your mother’s passing, and let me assure you that your feelings toward your father in the aftermath of your mother’s death are very understandable………READ MORE

The versatile dog

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By Mike Zlotnicki

 The family and I had our annual Hatteras vacation last month, and the “family” includes our 2-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Annie. We love having her around, and the $90 pet fee is cheaper than boarding her locally.

Having a wide-open hunting dog on vacation means finding a way to exercise her, so for us that meant finding a remote stretch of sound-side land to play fetch for half an hour and risk a ticket for having her off the leash……READ MORE

Celebrating 65 years of marriage

Willard and Leola HaneyLeola and Willard Haley were married in 1949.

Eighteen months after their July 2, 1949, wedding Leola was diagnosed with polio. The ensuing months were scary for her and for them and, at just 19, she found herself in a polio hospital in Greensboro.

The beginning years of their new marriage were years of uncertainty and fear, but together and with the help of family the couple persevered and thrived………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Rolesville Public Safety Needs Met by Grants, Programs, Services

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

The term “public safety” means so much more than traffic lights, keeping an eye on a large crowd, or breaking up fights. Public safety has its core in things that citizens often take for granted.

In the short time that Police Chief Matt Anderson and Captain Bobby Langston have been with the Rolesville Police Department, RPD has grown and expanded, not just with equipment and people but with the programs and services they offer.

RPD participates in a continuous funding program through the federal government’s Bulletproof Vest Grant Partnership and the North Carolina League of Municipalities. The grants cover 75 to 85 percent of the cost of the vests and, as with any grant, reduce the cost to the taxpayer.

“We’re on a replacement cycle every five years with the bulletproof vests,” Chief Matthew Anderson said. “We bought a batch two years ago, and they’ll be replaced in three years. The most important thing is to make sure each officer has a vest that’s not expired, one that is a current, valid vest.”……READ ENTIRE ARTICLE


When the Choice is Pet or Partner


Last month I realized just how many people read my column when I was asked about my new “relationship.” I would stop and stare at them with amazement at how the word got out and then remember. Ah, yes; you read about it. Ha, Ha.

Did you know that 14 percent of pet owners who answered a poll said they would split from their spouse or significant other before they would give up their pet? Among uncoupled pet owners, 25 percent said they would choose the furry four-legged over the two-legged lover.

So, just where do I stand on this survey? And just what would compel 75 to 86 percent of those surveyed to give up their pet for a partner?…….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Nominate A Deserving Good Neighbor

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council is soliciting nominations for the 5th Annual Good Neighbor of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize Wake Forest residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking or receiving recognition for their service.

Nominees are sought in two divisions: adult and youth between the ages of 13 and 18.

A nominee must be a Town of Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014. Employees of the Town of Wake Forest are not eligible.

Nominations forms are available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks Street, and may be downloaded from the town’s website at……..READ MORE

Memories and Discoveries


By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“Life After Life,” Jill McCorkle’s most recent novel, has nothing to do with religion or the afterlife. Instead, it has everything to do with the living of life and, in particular, those later years in which living can be the most difficult and the most precious. With life, however, comes death and the importance of remembrance.

McCorkle utilizes her short story writing skills in chapters given over to individual residents of the Pine Haven Retirement Center in fictional Fulton, North Carolina, employees, visitors, and neighbors. A graveyard next to Pine Haven holds surprising significance for more than one character………READ MORE

Franklin County Arts Council Announces Upcoming Events

The Franklin County Arts Council has a series of scheduled events beginning this month and continuing throughout the remainder of the year.

FCAC Art Stroll – Thursday August 7.  Downtown Franklinton. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FCAC photographers’ photo show at FCAC Gallery 22 S. Main Street. Free refreshments and door prizes. Free music by Greg and Sean on the patio at Johnny’s on Main. Also on the patio, Tar River Quilt River Team and FCAC Student Arts Council will answer questions about their programs and events. Other downtown businesses will be offering specials for the evening. Spend a summer evening with the arts.

FCAC Photographers Guild Annual Photo Show – August 7 through 29. Entry fee is $15/members, $25/non-members, and includes entrance of up to 3 photographs.Cash and ribbons will be awarded in each of two categories: color, and black and white, plus a people’s choice award to be given at the end of the show……..READ MORE


 Your beautiful sharing garden, planters, basket ideas.

Here we are; the month of August is upon us! Not much going on in the world of gardening as far as things to do other than weeding maintenance, light pruning and enjoying the fruits of our labor…....READ MORE

Faith and worship

Over the past few days, millions have been drawn to their television screens to watch the riveting news coverage of a commercial airliner having been shot down in the Ukraine and the politics of the follow-up story – who bears responsibility? At the same time we’re watching the escalation of war between Jews in Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, with all the finger-pointing that accompanies such conflicts.

 Hours after the crash, Scott Pelley of CBS Evening News said, “There are 41 wars being fought around the world right now……..READ MORE