Area High Schools Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness


By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

One in eight women will develop cancer during her lifetime. Almost 232,670 new breast cancer cases are expected in 2014. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American women.

Those are scary statistics found on the American Cancer Society’s website. They are also the reasons why everyone should “Pink Out.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, to raise awareness and show support, two local high schools are thinking pink.

When Heritage High School plans a major event, the organizing goes across the board, according to Parent-Teacher-Student Association President Kassandra Watson. You can bet the PTSA, Student Government Association and the various boosters and clubs have a flurry of activities lined up for Pink Out Week, October 13-17……..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

‘Reindeer Day’ at RHS Initiates Scholarship Fund, Aids Backpack Buddies

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Rolesville High School’s PTSA anticipates great success when they sponsor their first Reindeer Day holiday fair. Scheduled to be held at the school on Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., it promises to be a memorable community event in time to kick off the holiday season.

“Being a brand new school, Reindeer Day is an incredible way for the whole school to come together,” said PTSA President Sheri Williams. “The PTSA is putting it on, the Boosters will be there with concessions, and the Student Government and other student-led clubs will have booths. Then the community gets to come in, see the school, and be a part of it all.”

A committee of 10 is working to set up the event, and there were close to 50 vendors that had already signed up as of this writing. Williams came up with the idea of Reindeer Day based on other high schools such as Wakefield, which presets Mistletoe Market, and Sanderson, which puts on Holly Days……….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Business Briefs

Farmers Market Celebrates Fall Oct. 17-18

The air is getting crisp and the leaves are falling – autumn is in full swing. To celebrate the season, the Rolesville Farmers Market is hosting a Mid-Autumn Market on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

The market will offer seasonal produce, including sweet potatoes, cabbage and apples, as well as other plants and food, crafts and homemade baked goods………...READ MORE ARTICLES

Fall FunFest Organizers Look Forward to Bigger Year

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Just because summer has turned to autumn, there’s no reason to think that outdoor fun has run its course for the year. It’s time to turn our thoughts to Rolesville Parks and Recreation’s annual Fall Funfest as a prelude to the holiday season.

Fall Funfest 2014 will offer a variety of arts and crafts vendors and informational booths at the Rolesville Community Center (514 Southtown Circle) on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Recreation Program Coordinator Ryan Vinson, items sold by arts and crafts vendors will include clothing and accessories, decorative items, and jewelry. Informational booths will include a pet rescue organization and a tae kwon do school………..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

O’s Commentary

To Strip or Not to Strip … That is The Question

Dear O,

I am a 22-year-old single mother who has recently become a full-time student. I am having a hard time finding a job that will both work with my schedule and give me time to be with my children, keep my grades up and pay the bills. The only advice I have been given by my friends is to become a stripper to pay my tuition and bills. I’ve given it some thought. What do you think?

I’m No Amber Rose

Dear No Amber Rose,

First let me applaud you for furthering your education. You have chosen the best route, in my opinion, to secure a bright future for you and your children. But I must ask you to pump your brakes before your kids go from being the product of a strong women who didn’t let her circumstances stop her from going to college to the kids of “that stripper.”………READ MORE

Art stroll draws crowd to Downtown Franklinton

South Main in downtown Franklinton was bustling with activity Thursday, October 2. The parking places will all filled up and people were everywhere.

It was Art Stroll night, an event started in June by the Franklin County Arts Council. The Art Stroll occurs every other month on the first Thursday, and they just keep getting better and better.

In front of Johnny’s on Main, the Franklin Area Community Theater group performed songs from “The Sound of Music,” which they will present on November 14 and 15 at Franklinton High School…….READ MORE

Expo To Highlight Nearly 100 Wake Forest Area Businesses

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce will present its 2014 Community & Business Expo on Thursday, October 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Wake Forest Charter Academy, 1851 Friendship Chapel Road.

The Expo is free and open to the public and business community. This annual event features nearly 100 booth displays by local businesses and non-profits……..READ MORE

Police Department Turkey Drive is Underway


The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting donations through Saturday, November 22, as part of its eighth annual Turkey Drive.

Anyone wishing to contribute should contact Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270.

Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to buy turkeys. Checks should be written to the Wake Forest Police Department.

Frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor Street, from 9 a.m. until noon on November 22……..READ MORE

Hannah Stutts Wins Three-Year Fight

Over High School Grades, Class Rankings

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Most adults would be reluctant to take on the government, but former Franklinton High School student Hannah Stutts did just that and, after three years, her fight has paid off.

North Carolina, like all states, determines a student’s grade point average based on “quality points.” Courses are assigned points according to their degree of difficulty.

While enrolled in high school, Hannah discovered that the college classes she was taking were not earning her the same points as her classmates earned in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, also called AP and IB classes.

States have intricate equations that figure GPAs that are both “weighted” and “unweighted.” Classes that require a more extreme pace, more academic rigor, and overall higher expectations of students are given more points. As a result, a student’s “weighted GPA” may be higher than a student’s whose classes did not provide the same rigorous work……..READ MORE

Charles Wood, Honorary Mayor of Lizard Lick, Keeps Things Light

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Charles Wood, as Honorary Mayor, welcomes everyone to Lizard Lick.
photo by lisa brown

There are small towns everywhere with best-kept secrets and older folks with many stories that many of us have forgotten to listen to. Charles “Woody” Wood may be one of the best story keepers and tellers the area has. He is a day’s worth (or two or three) of tales of his interesting life, and shows evidence of a life well lived.

Woody has been the honorary Mayor of Lizard Lick since 1974. He was given the prestigious honor when the I440 beltline was developed and regular traffic dropped off. There was hope that his appointment would bring attention to the area…….READ MORE

Historical Program Features Tales of Local Hauntings


Ryan Keith, local photographer and collector of tales of haunted houses and places, will be giving a lecture on the topic at the Wake Forest Historical Museum from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 21, just in time for Halloween.

Keith, a native of Wake Forest now residing in Raleigh, has heard many tales passed along over the years. Some seem to be based in fact, while others are purely fabricated. However they come, they make for interesting discussion and are especially exciting this time of year.

His own experience gave him a peek into how a tale can grow larger and larger, and how imagination can often take over. But as he says, “Some are definitely rooted in truth.”….…READ MORE


Local teams, barbecue fans fare well at Rolesville competition

BBQ Whole Hog Winner LarryLarry Snead of Granny’s Pit Crew won the whole hog category.

A perfect mid-September day was the back drop to the 5th annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ and Bands Fest sponsored by the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce. More than 50 vendors and barbecue contestants prepared and served barbecue from across the state (and beyond) for all to sample and enjoy. Judges had an especially difficult time picking winners with so much good barbecue to pick from.

Father/Daughter team Woodpile BBQ, picked up second place in Ribs and third place in Chicken. Their sauce made from a secret family recipe was well-received. Joey Wood said he and daughter Chelsea were both very tired but plan to compete again next year. “We’ll forget about how tired we are by then!” he said……….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Salon to Begin Cancer Patient/Survivor Classes

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By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Renewing Your Hair Salon & Wigs Salon will sponsor a Cancer Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7. Desserts and door prizes will be available at the meet-and-greet.

The salon will also introduce “A Time for Renewal” classes for cancer patients and survivors in October. These classes are designed to teach women about hair loss as well as about hair products to use once their hair comes back. The salon’s team of specialists will also introduce wigs and demonstrate how to apply makeup…….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE


Fall is Colorful in Raleigh

While Greater Raleigh is not typically known as an autumn “leaf peepers” destination, the Raleigh area is colorful with cultural fall events, exhibits and performances. Use all your senses this fall to discover North Carolina’s capital and everything that is has to offer.

Dubbed the “Smithsonian of the South,” Raleigh offers more than 40 free attractions, making it an affordable escape for parents and children. Raleigh is also the perfect place to discover cultural history, have a romantic weekend at a local bed and breakfast or explore the outdoors at numerous parks and lakes.

Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh is flanked on both sides by three of North Carolina’s most popular and free museums……..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

Your canine does deserve a good massage


In simple terms, massage is the rubbing and kneading of muscles and soft tissues to relieve tension and pain. It is a well-known treatment for people, and it’s no surprise to learn that your dog benefits from it too.

There are several techniques you can use to massage your dog.

  • Effleurage is a long light gliding stroke along the length of a muscle. It encourages blood flow in the area, and helps your dog to relax. It also gives you the opportunity to feel for any areas of muscle tightness that will need more attention………READ MORE

Drive a Truck, Earn $20 for Rolesville Football Team

The Rolesville Rams football team will host a “Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser” on October 10 between 3 and 7 p.m. at the carpool entrance in the teacher’s parking lot.

Ram Trucks will contribute $20 to the football program for each person who takes a short test drive at the event, up to $5,000. Chris Leith Dodge Ram will have the new, award-winning Ram 1500 and other trucks available for participants to drive. Volunteers from the dealership will be on hand to assist with the test drives………READ MORE

Neri Wins 2nd Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant
Donations for Cure AHC Nearly Doubled

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

            Financial guru Ansell Neri (“Iwanna Mann”) donned a ceremonial belt and a sparkly tiara on September 13 as he was crowned winner of the second annual Womanless Beauty Pageant at Rolesville’s 5th annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Fest. Last year, Neri was awarded the “First Loser” title.

 The fun-filled pageant doubles as a fashion-forward fundraiser for

 Coiffed in long ginger tresses and dressed in a stylish, black long-sleeved top, a flouncy white-with-red-trim skirt, and flip-flop sandals, Neri stole the hearts of not only the audience but also the judges……..READ MORE

Council Names Wake Forest ‘Good Neighbors’

By Isabella F. Vigilante

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council has named Becky Rogers and Hilda Warren the 2014 Good Neighbor of the Year Award co-winners. Katie Newhouse was named the youth winner of the award.

Rogers and Warren were nominated by their neighbor, Kenille Baumgardner, who cited an annual neighborhood block party the two have jointly hosted for 22 years as the primary reason for the women’s nomination.

“About three weeks before this yearly event, all the residents in a one-block radius will find a colorful invitation taped to their door,” Baumgardner said……..READ MORE

“Play It Forward Wake Forest”

Public Input Sought to Shape Parks & Recreation Plans

 The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has announced a new initiative designed to encourage public participation in its long-range planning efforts.

“Play It Forward Wake Forest” is the name given to the town’s approach to developing a comprehensive Master Plan. Coordinated by the PRCR, the Recreation Advisory Board, and GreenPlay, the master plan consultant, the initiative will offer residents a variety of innovative ways to get involved and offer input……..READ MORE

‘Reindeer Day’ at RHS Initiates Scholarship Fund, Aids Backpack Buddies

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Rolesville High School’s PTSA anticipates great success when they sponsor their first Reindeer Day holiday fair. Scheduled to be held at the school on Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., it promises to be a memorable community event in time to kick off the holiday season.

“Being a brand new school, Reindeer Day is an incredible way for the whole school to come together,” said PTSA President Sheri Williams. “The PTSA is putting it on, the Boosters will be there with concessions, and the Student Government and other student-led clubs will have booths. Then the community gets to come in, see the school, and be a part of it all.”…....READ MORE

Faith and worship

Throughout the years, many hundreds of songs have blessed the hearts of Christians as voices were blended in worship at churches throughout the world. More recently we have experienced “contemporary” Christian music, and sometimes forget that all songs were once contemporary. Think about it – even Amazing Grace was a contemporary Christian song in the 1830s!……..READ MORE

Military to be Honored at WF vs. Wakefield Game

Wake Forest High School’s DECA chapter will hold its first ever Military Appreciation Night at the Wake Forest vs Wakefield High School rivalry football game on Friday, October 10…..…READ MORE


Rolesville girl crowned 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Raleigh

Breanna Chavez

Breanna Chavez of Rolesville has been named 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Raleigh, a divisional title in the 2014 Miss Teen Raleigh pageant produc- tion. She will be moving on to the 2015 National Competition to be held at the Orlando Conven- tion Center in Orlando, Florida.Miss Jr. Pre-Teen is one of four divisions that allows girls age 7 through 19 to compete in in- terviews and casual and formal wear modeling routines.…READ MORE