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Storms bring some relief from heat for Triangle; more rain on the way Thursday
06/20/2018 07:49 PM
Wednesday comes with heat advisory, severe storm riskTemperatures were a bit cooler Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the Triangle, and more rain is on tap for Thursday.

Dogs killed when lightning strike sparks Zebulon house fire
06/20/2018 07:41 PM
Dogs killed when lightning strike sparks Zebulon house fire Two dogs were killed in a Zebulon house fire sparked by a lightning strike Wednesday night.

SC man on moped with weapons, drugs, kitten arrested after chase
06/20/2018 07:16 PM
Millard Jerome Strickland Jr.A man was arrested Wednesday after he led deputies on a chase on a moped that had a kitten, drugs and weapons in it, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

Man found dead in street following Durham shooting
06/20/2018 06:12 PM
Shooting Night crime scene tapeDurham police are investigating after one person was killed in a Wednesday night shooting.

UNC researchers make break-through in lung cancer research
06/20/2018 03:42 PM
UNC researchers make break-through in lung cancer researchWith lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, one UNC cancer researcher may have found a key reason why the disease is so prevalent.

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Trophy Brewing Expansion on Morgan Street
06/19/2018 03:00 AM
Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street. June 2018. Trophy Brewing is expanding. The brewery that started in a small retail building along Morgan Street has taken over the entire building now and site plans were submitted for a small expansion. The plans suggest that more of the angled parking in front will be used for outdoor […]

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Options on the Table For New City Hall Tower
06/14/2018 03:00 AM
Raleigh Municipal Building. June 2018. During a March 27, 2018 meeting of the Economic Development and Innovation (EDI) Committee, there were some good details discussed over the future Civic Campus Master Plan. I wanted to bring out some details from the meeting minutes here today. You can watch the video of the meeting on YouTube […]

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Pic of the Week
06/11/2018 03:00 AM
One Glenwood is really coming along with the lower floors having their facade being put in place now. The parking deck, seen on the right from this angle, flew up and is giving Morgan Street an urban feel. At the pace I’m seeing, it seems the building will be ready by this Winter for sure. […]

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Pic of the Week
06/07/2018 03:00 AM
The Rogers House has landed at its new home at the corner of Bloodworth and Cabarrus. It’s one of the two homes that were saved from West Street where The Fairweather, a 45-unit condo building, is planned to go. The second house, larger home, the neighbor to The Rogers House, could not be saved. I’ll […]

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South Street Townhome Plan Flips to Condos, Adds More Units
06/05/2018 03:00 AM
The site of 611 West South. April 2018. A plan for townhomes at 611 West South, which has seemed to stall throughout 2017 has changed and now includes more units. Site plans (SR-48-18) show 87 units across two, 3-story condo buildings. Renamed to South Street Condos, in short, the plan has changed from this: Plan […]

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History of Raleigh

Oak Tree Raleigh is also known as the "City of Oaks," mainly because of the numerous oak trees that adorn the entire city. Yet aside from these functions, the city is also North Carolina's capital and Wake County's seat. According to a count for July 2006, Raleigh's population is estimated to be around 353,604, thus making the capital one of America's rapidly expanding cities. In fact, Raleigh ranks fourth in the "List of Best Big Cities in 2006" by Money Magazine. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the city's history is not at all surprised by such a remarkable development. Since Raleigh is among the selected US cities intentionally developed to be a state capital, it can easily be said that the city is destined for expansion and progress.

Long before becoming a state capital, the city was called as the "Wake Crossroads," a name that gives a clear idea regarding the city's geographical function. At that time, Raleigh served as a place where travelers from either north or south could rest and maybe have a drink in one of its taverns. The place was eventually chosen to be North Carolina's capital in 1788. According to some accounts, "Wake Crossroads" was selected since it was within a 10-mile radius of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, a place popular among legislators at that time. But it was in 1792 when Raleigh was formally established as North Carolina's capital.

Sir Walter Raleigh That same year, the North Carolina General Assembly bought a lot from a local businessman and started making plans for Raleigh, which was by the way, modeled after Philadelphia, the US capital state at that time. The city got its name from Sir Walter Raleigh, who sponsored the Colony of Roanoke. The aforementioned assembly held its first meeting in the capital in December 1794. A month after that, the legislative body officially granted Raleigh a charter along with an "Intendant Police" (Mayor) and seven commissioners. John Haywood was Raleigh's first "Intendant Police."

Although Raleigh was lucky to be spared from destruction during the Civil War, the city remained little in size until streetcar lines were introduced in the 1920s. Since then, Raleigh began to grow, eventually transforming into one of the state's commercial hubs. A railroad was also constructed to link the city to neighboring communities. By the end of the Second World War, Raleigh had undergone many significant developments, particularly in its infrastructure. What used to be a rural community evolved into a bustling urban center. The development of the city's infrastructure is largely attributed to the founding of the North Carolina State University School of Design in 1948. But the construction and existence of the Research Triangle Park in the 1959 also brought big changes to the city. With a 7,000 acre land area, the RTP is the world's biggest research park, comprising Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. With its high-tech facilities, the RTP is also among the global leaders in scientific research and development.

As education is essential to any improvement of a city, Raleigh also has many universities and colleges. Aside from the North Carolina State University, other schools in the capital include Shaw University, St. Augustine's College, Meredith College, Wake Tech Community College, and Peace College. Both St. Augustine's and Shaw were founded towards the end of the 1860s, as schools for the freed slaves after the Civil War. Shaw was the premier university founded for that particular purpose in the country. In 1874, the Estey Hall was added to provide higher learning to women of African-American ethnicity.