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The latest news and information around Wake Forest, NC. Basically, just stuff it doesn’t hurt to know.

18-year-old's video of gun-firing drone spurs investigation

CLINTON, Conn. — An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun. The FAA said Tuesday it is investigating whether Austin Haghwout of Clinton violated its regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model ... Read More »

Growth of North Carolina Solar Industry in Jeopardy

By Rhone Resch Earlier this year, North Carolina became just the fourth state in the nation to top 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity, trailing only California, Arizona and New Jersey as America’s solar leaders. But despite the state’s rapid progress, the looming expiration of the federal investment tax credit (ITC) for solar energy is creating angst in the ... Read More »

Help a Franklin County Dog With Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres

Franklin County Humane Society will present a night with best-selling author David Rosenfelt at the Sutherland in Wake Forest on July 27th. This night on the town will include book signing, live speech by the author, and amazing heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are available for $50 including food on www.eventbrite.com David Rosenfelt has written many national best selling ... Read More »

California woman offers home as prize in dessert contest

More on this ANTIOCH, Calif. — A Northern California woman is offering a sweet deal on her 1906 Craftsman home in Jackson. She’s trading it for a great dessert. The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bayareane.ws/1Kilwqm ) that Erin Allard is hosting a dessert contest with the 2,267-square-foot century-old home as the grand prize. The four bedroom, two bathroom home has ... Read More »

UK lawmaker defends making 14 cent expenses claim

LONDON — A British lawmaker is defending claiming 9 pence ($ 0.14) on expenses for a short car journey, saying such claims may look “odd” but the mileage adds up. Conservative lawmaker Rob Wilson said the 322-meter (352-yard) journey in March 2014 was a “constituency engagement.” He also made several other small claims for short journeys, including 13 pence for ... Read More »

Swiss army moo-ves out to keep cows cool during heat wave

BERLIN — Cows sizzling under Switzerland’s summer sun are getting help from an unexpected ally: the Swiss army. Soldiers have been ordered to help keep cows in the far west of the country cool amid a weeklong heat wave. Army spokesman Urs Mueller says troops are erecting eight artificial reservoirs in the Jura mountains to supply cows with drinking water. ... Read More »

Thieves steal ATM machine, but it falls out of getaway van

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Snohomish County authorities say two thieves suspected of stealing an ATM machine from a business made it as far as the parking lot, but the machine fell out of the getaway van. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Monday that deputies have recovered the ATM machine. They believe two men backed up a white van to a business ... Read More »

Coyote Sightings Reported Near Joyner Park

In recent days the Town of Wake Forest has received reports of coyote sightings in the vicinity of E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Experts say early summer offers more coyote sightings due to increased daytime activity, but coyotes usually pose no threat to people or pets. To prevent conflicts with coyotes the N.C. Wildlife Commission offers the following ... Read More »

Toll operator says he was fired for not charging driver

More on this By The Associated Press ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — A 77-year-old Florida man has been fired from his job as a toll booth operator after reportedly using his own money to pay a toll for a tractor trailer whom he had undercharged. Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov had worked at the Gasparilla Island bridge toll booth in southwest Florida for almost ... Read More »