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City Council won’t allow open carry on greenways

State legislators voted earlier this year to allow guns on North Carolina greenways, but a Raleigh man wants the city to go a step further, allowing walkers and cyclists to carry weapons in full view.

Perry Whitlock asked the Raleigh City Council on Tuesday to consider the rule change, which he says would allow gun owners to bring weapons even if they don’t have a concealed carry permit.

“I’d like to open carry because I like to ride a bicycle, and I could mount it on the frame,” he said.

Whitlock said greenway users need extra protection from wildlife, pointing to a series of fatal beaver attacks reported recently in Belarus. Also, he noted a series of robberies that occurred on Durham’s American Tobacco Trail.

“I think it would prevent anything that’s happening on the (American) Tobacco Trail from coming down here and happening,” he said. “I’ve chased more snakes off the greenway than I’ve seen officers on the greenway.”

After hearing from Whitlock, council members did not take action on the request. Staff writer Colin Campbell

Wake school board announces 6 principal appointments

The Wake County school board announced principals for six schools on Tuesday.

Jacob N. Bryant was named the new principal of Cary High School, with a salary of $102,988. Bryant has been principal of Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh since 2009. He also worked as a teacher at Athens Drive High in the 1990s.

Seydric Williams was hired to be the principal of Creech Road Elementary School in Garner, with a salary of $77,747. Williams is executive director of elementary education for the Roanoke City Schools.

Holly Shaw was named principal of Wildwood Forest Elementary School in North Raleigh, with a salary of $79,727. Shaw has been an assistant principal at Forest Pines Elementary since 2010.

Three retired educators were also named as interim principals through the end of September. Thomas Dixon will be at Fuquay-Varina High School. L. Roy Teel will be at Holly Ridge Middle School in Holly Springs. Craig T. Matthews will be at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina. From staff reports

Land purchase approved for new elementary school

The Wake County school board agreed Tuesday to purchase land for a new elementary school in east Raleigh.

The board will pay $1.5 million, or $75,836 per acre, for 20 acres on North Rogers Lane near the Anderson Pointe community. Funding to build the school would come from an $810 million school construction bond referendum on the Oct. 8 ballot.

The board also agreed to pay $180,000 for 3.64 acres on Leesville Church Road. The parcel will help expand the site for a new North Raleigh middle school that will be built, allowing a running track to be added and giving the district additional right-of-way.

Both purchases need to be reviewed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. From staff reports

Zaxby’s hosts ‘Cause Card’ week for Make-A-Wish

Beginning Monday, 17 area Zaxby’s stores will host “Cause Card Week” to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. Up to 30% of sales generated during the 10-day campaign will help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Customers who dine at local participating Zaxby’s during the promotional period will have 10 percent of their bill donated. Each time a customer returns to Zaxby’s and makes a subsequent purchase between Aug. 12 and Aug. 21, the donation will increase by 10 percent, with a maximum of 30 percent.

“Our chapter is extremely grateful for the numerous contributions from Zaxby’s over the years,” said Kristen Johnson, the Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina president & CEO. “Without their support, we would not be able to grant almost 200 wishes during the past year.” From staff reports

Downtown Farmers Market celebrates Cheese Please!

On Wednesday cheese aficionados will find themselves in a dairy lovers’ nirvana at Cheese Please! — a festival hosted by the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Plaza, the annual celebration will provide a unique opportunity for market goers to experience North Carolina’s culinary cheese scene. The event will showcase the area’s finest cheeses and cheese makers, a grilled cheese cook-off featuring noteworthy downtown Raleigh chefs, and a local cheese tasting.

In addition to cheese contests, tastings and demonstrations, the event will feature live music from The Morning Brigade programmed by the Hopscotch Music Festival, kids’ activities, recipes, prizes, local produce and lunch options, and the American Meltdown food truck.

For more information, contact DRA Special Events Manager Frank Bloom at 919-821-6977 or at frankbloom@downtownraleigh.org. From staff reports