Police Chief Matthew Anderson Retires March 1

Chief Matt Anderson

‘Honesty’ and ‘Integrity’ Watchwords for Rolesville Leader

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


“I didn’t choose law enforcement,” said Rolesville Police Chief Matthew Anderson with a laugh and without skipping a beat. “It chose me.”

After nine years in the Navy, he was supposed to begin work as a civilian firefighter at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, but a government hiring freeze had been put into place. He decided to take Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, and following that, he was hired with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office………..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

As Growth in Wake Forest Continues, So Do Traffic Woes

By Lisa Brown


Wake Forest has seen tremendous growth in just a few years. New housing construction and a commercial boom have brought more vehicles to roads they were not intended for. Complicating things, roads and construction that had been planned before the recession took back seats and some fell by the wayside completely, leaving the town with needs and not enough budgeted money.

The biggest stumbling block for the town and making improvements to roads is that 70 to 80 percent of the roads are controlled and maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Knowing there are certain issues that need to be dealt with is a frustration for town officials and residents alike. Changes, big and small, start with the state………...READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Business Briefs

Taxi Service Starts

Eric Nguyen, owner with his wife of LCN Spa Nails in Rolesville, has started the town’s first taxi service.

Rolesville Taxi runs throughout Wake Forest and Rolesville, and to RDU Airport.

Nguyen owned a taxi service in New Jersey and “saw a need for a taxi service in the Rolesville area.”……READ MORE ARTICLES


O’s Commentary

Does What I Wear Really Matter?

Dear O,

I was disrespected by a man in a neighborhood grocery store because I was wearing short shorts. When I protested, he had the nerve to tell me to shut up. Yes, my shorts were very revealing, but so what? To me, his reaction was totally uncalled for. Don’t you think a woman should be allowed to wear whatever she wants?


Dear Daisy……….READ MORE

Financial Tips Coming to Rolesville Buzz Blog

Dear Buzzites,

Hello! My name is Glenn June, and I am a partner at June-Neri Financial. I have 41 years of financial experience, and I will be writing a financial blog for the Rolesville Buzz in 2015.

My financial articles will run on a monthly basis. These articles are intended to educate and empower every reader on key financial issues.

As a financial advisor, it is my goal and passion to help people with their everyday financial concerns and ultimately help them form a self-completing, comprehensive financial plan. The articles I write will allow you to gain a better understanding of your financials, as well as some of the important topics that are widely misunderstood in our society……….READ MORE

An Unrelenting North Carolina Past

BuzzBeeBookBy Jeanne E. Fredriksen

“The World Made Straight” by Ron Rash. Available in hardcover, paperback, digital book, and on DVD.

Old conflicts die slow and hard, and Ron Rash’s 2006 novel, “The World Made Straight,” tells a raw, mountain home tale stretching from 1974 to the Shelton Laurel Massacre of 1863. The historic marker for the event stands at the intersection of North Carolina state highways 208 and 212. The graves of the 13 kin who were slain rest in a cemetery just off N.C. 212……….READ MORE

Koinonia Foundation Shows Its Heart

By Lisa Brown


The Koinonia Foundation of Wake Forest will hold its annual auction to benefit local residents who are in need at the Forks Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. February 7.

Koinonia, Greek for “communion,” “joint participation,” or “a gift jointly contributed,” is the essence of the foundation’s motivation to help community members. Founded in 1990 by the Koinonia Sunday School Class of the Wake Forest Baptist Church, it has become a non-denominational Christian organization, providing financial support for other organizations that may not be adequately funded. The Koinonia Foundation also provides support to individuals they find by referral……….READ MORE

Adult Men’s Spring Softball Registration Underway

Registration for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Men’s Spring Softball League continues through the end of February.

League play is scheduled to begin the week of March 16, with games primarily played on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Registration forms are available at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks Street, and online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/adult-athletics.aspx.

The entry fee is $550 per team, and the league is limited to Class E teams and lower.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or mhawkins@wakeforestnc.gov.

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Wake Forest Registers Dream League Baseball Players

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is accepting Dream League Baseball applications from special needs children ages 5 and older through Saturday, February 28.

Designed for both boys and girls, the adaptive baseball league will operate on Saturday mornings from late-April through early-June.

A player’s eligibility is determined by his or her being 5 or older by April 30. A birth certificate is required for new participants.

Registration costs $40 for Wake Forest residents and $80 for non-residents.

Online registration is available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/dream-league-baseball.aspx. Registration information and league rules are also available online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks Street.

For more information, contact Athletic Program Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov


Passion with a Purpose

Foodsourcing pic2 By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Patrick Robinette, CEO and President of Harris-Robinette Beef, was once told, “You’ve got to find a passion in life, and then you’ve got to find a purpose for that passion.”

A personable, down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is guy who views every day as an adventure, he is happy to talk about his passion: raising the best beef he possibly can. After all, his company’s slogan is “A life worth living deserves beef worth eating.”…………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Community News – February 2015

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


Town of Rolesville

Updated Guide to Services and Programs Now Available

The Town of Rolesville has updated “The Rolesville Cornerstone,” the guide to Town services and programs. Until this edition (2015, Volume 1), the guide has been available in print form only. This current edition is available as a printed booklet and as a PDF. The guide, which is updated semi-annually, is a comprehensive resource for the citizens who call Rolesville home…..….READ ENTIRE ARTICLE


The Youngs of Young Street

LB Young House pic1

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen


In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Dr. Lawrence Branch Young was a second-generation physician in the town of Rolesville, and his impact is felt even today, nearly 85 years after his death. The son of Dr. Allen R. Young and Josephine Anne Terrell Young, “L.B.” replaced his father in the 1896 North Carolina Business Directory as a Rolesville physician. He was 37 years old.

L.B. Young – or “Branch” as he was listed as a 20-year-old in the 1880 Census – was born on July 30, 1859. He married Alice B. Smith in 1892 and, in October the following year, had a daughter named Lillian………..READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

McDonald’s Fundraiser Provides Assistance to Russell Family

By Lisa Brown


On December 24, Ashanie Russell, 19, of Wake Forest was tragically killed in a car accident. Younger brother Michael Gregory was seriously injured, as was their sister, Aaleyah, who was driving at the time. Ashanie graduated from Wake Forest High School, where he was on the football team and proud to be a Cougar. He was attending East Carolina University as an engineering student and home for the holiday break.

During difficult times, small towns often come together and assist those in need……….READ MORE


Doggie Dental Care Requires a Practiced Procedure


By Vanessa Davis

Dirty Dogs Self Spa and Boutique

Brushing a dog’s teeth is about as much fun as having a root canal, but, if you can get Fido to cooperate, it has many benefits. The biggest benefit of brushing your dog’s teeth is just like ours. It keeps plaque from building up.

If left unchecked, plaque will eventually mineralize and become tartar. Once tartar starts to build up, it can destroy the gum line, which can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out. In other words, frequent brushing of your dog’s teeth will keep your dog’s mouth healthy, and prevent tooth loss and bad doggie breath…………READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Faith and worship

Praise and Worship Page Submission

Within a few days, millions upon millions of Christians will be turning their attention to a religious observance that is not as popular as Christmas or Easter, but important nonetheless. This observance begins February 18, which is Ash Wednesday, and continues 40 days (not counting Sundays), leading up to Easter. This season is called Lent……...READ MORE

Choose Plants for a Creative Valentine’s Day

By Michelle Roberson

Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer

This year instead of giving the traditional candy for Valentine’s Day, let’s make a lasting gift. Let’s give plants!

Live plants are such an amazing gift that keeps on giving. Long ago, plants were a big part of gift giving. The meanings behind the gifted plant has long since been forgotten, but how blessed we are to live in an age where information is at our fingertips.

Houseplants are a very nice, casual idea for sending a valentine wish to those you would like to acknowledge on Valentine’s Day. Small flowering plants represent loyalty, and non-flowering plants, such as bamboo and ferns, represent good fortune. The peace lily is a hearty flowering plant anyone can enjoy………READ MORE

Pet Sitters Join with Pet-Friendly Fence Builders

Pet ’n Nanny, a local pet sitting company serving Wake Forest, Rolesville and Wakefield communities, is partnering with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, a non-profit organization that helps improve the welfare of dogs and their living conditions in under-served areas of the Triangle.

The Coalition helps dogs that are continuously chained outdoors by building fenced in areas for needy dog owners. It also provides free services, including wellness care, spay/neuter clinics, leashes and collars, flea and tick medication, and vaccinations. The Coalition uses a non-judgmental approach to share information and much needed resources with pet owners……...READ MORE

Mobile Food Market to Make Sunday Stops in Wake Forest

JPM South Development is excited to announce LoMo Market will set up in The Club at Traditions parking lot every Sunday morning to provide high quality, fresh local foods to the Wake Forest area……….READ MORE

State’s First Trophy Trout Lake in the Works

 By Mike Zlotnicki

Trophy trout fishing in the Southeast has been around a while. Lake Jocassee in South Carolina, Lake Moomaw in Virginia, Lake Lanier in Georgia and Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas are all examples of reservoirs managed as trophy trout fisheries.

Lakes are better suited to the task than streams because stocked fish have a much higher survival rate and they grow more quickly and to larger sizes in lakes.

When blueback herring, an invasive species, was found in Apalachia Reservoir a few years ago, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission decided to make lemonade out of this piscatorial lemon and try growing giant trout to take advantage of the forage base in this lake west of Murphy………..READ MORE