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Monday, February 20, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com February 17, 2017 A sign a consultant showed the Garner Town Council during its annual retreat adequately summed up the status of the former ConAgra Foods site. The sign from 2012 listed town goals for the Jones Sausage Road property, where a 2009 explosion killed four at the Slim Jim plant. ConAgra closed the plant in 2011 and moved Slim Jim production out ...read more
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Monday, February 20, 2017
February 17, 2017 Garner police took time on Feb. 11 to return some of the love a local student has shown for the Police Athletic/Activities League. Khamari Campbell, a fourth-grader at Creech Road Elementary School and a PAAL participant, left the Garner Police Department that Saturday afternoon with a new title after being sworn in as an honorary police officer. Khamari started PAAL as a ...read more
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Monday, February 20, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com February 17, 2017 Twenty years ago, Jill Cottengim was undergoing cancer treatment at the same time local American Cancer Society representatives were looking to launch a Relay for Life in Garner. Many people know that Cottengim and close friend Stephanie Smith, both diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, decided to take on establishing a local fundraiser ...read more
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Faith Gibbs kept her heroes in mind when it came time to work on a community-service project. The East Garner Middle School eighth-grader opted to focus her project on “American Heroes,” which to her are police, fire and military personnel. Gibbs wanted to reach out to the community, feeling people need to know more about ways they can support those who serve. So she held a yard sale, ...read more
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com Years of working alongside Town Manager Rodney Dickerson helped Forrest Jones win his bid for the position of Garner public works director. What others had to say about Jones solidified Dickerson’s Feb. 3 decision to promote him. Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/garner-cleveland-record/article132421484.html#storylink=cpy ...read more
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Garner coach George Gary calls the Greater Neuse River Conference one of the best track and field conference in the state. It’s easy to point to the several titles Southeast Raleigh and Knightdale have won to understand why. But now, his Trojans are a big reason why he can make that claim. Garner finished higher than it ever had in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A indoor track ...read more
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Town Manager Rodney Dickerson announced on Feb. 3 the appointment of Forrest Jones as the Town of Garner’s next public works director. Jones joined the Town’s Public Works staff in 2001 as streets supervisor and has held a series of progressively responsible roles within the department including assistant public works director for the past six years. He also had been Public ...read more
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Monday, February 06, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com February 2, 2017 Town leaders are looking a new and permanent home for the historic train depot that currently serves as a museum on East Garner Road, but have yet to determine where it would go. The Town Council on Tuesday asked representatives of the Garner Revitalization Association to form a committee to make a recommendation on the future of the ...read more
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Monday, February 06, 2017
Black History Month events Johnston Community College plans several events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. ▪ On Feb. 4 the school will host a comedy show that is free to students and staff. The general public can also attend. Tickets cost $5. ▪ There will be a Business Expo held Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium. ▪ On Feb. 12 ...read more
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Thursday, February 02, 2017
By Henry Gargan hgargan@newsobserver.com February 2, 2017 Winter is ending in two weeks, at least if you believe what a Raleigh groundhog reportedly said. Sir Walter Wally, North Carolina’s premier groundhog prognosticator , made his prediction Thursday from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in front of a crowd eager to hear the critter’s news. As clouds rolled over the ...read more
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com January 30, 2017 Strong, optimistic, progressive, engaging, proactive and poised to handle more growth with open arms. That’s how Mayor Ronnie Williams described Garner in his annual State of the Town Address, which he has presented each of his 11 years in the position. He had only good things to say about the town in his prerecorded speech that was ...read more
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Black History Month events Johnston Community College plans several events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. On Feb. 1 a kickoff event will be held in the school’s student lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ▪ On Feb. 4 the school will host a comedy show that is free to students and staff. The general public can also attend. Tickets cost $5. ▪ There will be a ...read more
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
By Johnny Whitfield jwhitfield@newsobserver.com January 30, 2017 Jenna Watkins doesn’t like talking about the cancer doctors diagnosed in her when she was just 13 months old. But the Rand Road Elementary School first-grader had no trouble performing her official duties at Friday night’s St. Baldrick’s event at Garner High School. Now cancer-free for five years, Watkins used a ...read more
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
By Bill Woodward Correspondent February 1, 2017 Coach Eddie Gray’s Garner basketball team went out Tuesday and did as it has on other nights, wearing down the opposition with pressure defense, relentless rebounding and by pushing the ball up the floor for 32 minutes. In the end Garner had dispatched Clayton 80-59. But this one was special. The basketball under Gray’s arm told the ...read more
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Monday, January 30, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com January 26, 2017 After two years of restaurants and retail spaces filing in on the other side of Jones Sausage Road, the northwest corner of White Oak is nearing capacity and the handful of open spots appear to be going fast. Chipotle is nearing completion, expected to open in the far right side of the four-tenant building at the corner of Jones Sausage and ...read more
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Monday, January 30, 2017
By Tom Shanahan Correspondent January 28, 2017 Garner is largely known for football and basketball, but the Trojans are good in the water, too. Garner’s girls and boys swim teams swept the Greater Neuse River Conference finals in dominating fashion Saturday at the Triangle Aquatic Center. It was the second straight year for a girls-boys sweep and the boys’ fourth straight title. ...read more
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Monday, January 30, 2017
By Patrick O'Neill January 26, 2017 This past Thursday, I was a blood donor at the Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, Catholic parish on Vandora Springs Road. Blood is a precious commodity, and giving it is not for the faint of heart. Whenever I give a pint of my life blood I tease the Red Cross staff, calling them “Blood Suckers” and “Count (or ...read more
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Monday, January 30, 2017
Black History Month events Johnston Community College plans several events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. ▪ On Feb. 1 a kickoff event will be held in the school’s student lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ▪ On Feb. 4 the school will host a comedy show that is free to students and staff. The general public can also attend. Tickets cost $5. ▪ There will be ...read more
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
WIB Luncheon Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, President of Shaw University, will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual Women in Business Luncheon, hosted by the Garner Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 23 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom, 225 Fidelity Court, Garner. Tickets are $39 for chamber members, $49 for all others. Cooks for Books The Garner Educational Foundation hosts its ...read more
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Children can get ready for kindergarten in the new year at select Wake County Public Library locations. Southeast Regional Library is offering a weekly school readiness program for pre-school aged children called ABC Craft and Learn . Children and their caregivers will work on a craft that helps them practice the alphabet and learn other skills for the classroom. Caregivers will learn ways to ...read more
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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Lights Unlimited Apex location is have a moving sale. All hanging displays are 40% off. We will have some mirrors and table lamps as well. We are making some changes and growing in some different directions. Address is 813 Perry Road, Apex NC Great chance for you to save some on lighting changes you have been wanting.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By Tim Stevens There is no way that I know of to adequately convey the contributions that Faye Gardner made to our community. Her handiwork is on display every time a visitor pauses to read an inscription at the Garner Veterans Memorial and every time anyone notices Garner’s All-American City signs. Her efforts are apparent at the thriving Garner Chamber of Commerce and when Broadway stars ...read more
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