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Storms taper overnight; slim chance for rain Wednesday
05/03/2016 08:23 PM
Storms in Wake CountySevere storms that caused minor damage around the region and led to chaos at Beyonce's concert at Carter-Finley Stadium finally began to taper off late Tuesday night.

Wake County schools approve $1.5 billion budget
05/03/2016 05:47 PM
School bus The Wake County school board has approved a $1.5 billion budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

Data, interviews, surveillance raise questions about Cumberland court clerk's attendance
05/03/2016 05:25 PM
Cumberland County Clerk of Superior Court Kim TuckerThe county clerk's office is the heartbeat of the court system. In Cumberland County, more than 80 employees take care of the public's business, but an 18-month investigation that includes data, interviews and surveillance raises questions about how much time Clerk of Superior Court Kim Tucker spends at the office.

Orange County man bit by cobra had more than 20 snakes in home
05/03/2016 04:15 PM
Ali IyoobAn Orange County man called 911 Monday night and calmly told dispatchers that he was going to the hospital for the treatment of a snake bite.

Wake public defender loses three-fourths of investigative staff
05/03/2016 03:58 PM
Courtroom genericThree of the four investigators working for the Wake County Public Defender's Office left the office last week, which some observers say puts a strain on an already backlogged justice system to represent poor defendants.

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Charter Square North Changes Looks Yet Again
05/03/2016 04:00 AM
More matching the already built south tower, the Raleigh appearance commission will be reviewing the latest renderings of the Charter Square north tower with this rendering above. The 23-story, mixed-use tower has been in the planning stages for quite a few years so could this finally be the final design? I personally was a fan […]

Weekend Exposure: The Boiling Wye
04/30/2016 04:00 AM
The Boylan Wye, April 2016. Click for larger I call it the “Boiling” Wye as the activity has really heated up! The photo above was taken from the Boylan Avenue bridge and ahead of the Raleigh skyline, you can see the construction site of the upcoming Raleigh Union Station. More than the building itself, work […]

Anecdote: Those Tiny Details
04/28/2016 04:00 AM
Looking west down Martin Street I was walking down Fayetteville Street recently on a gorgeous Spring afternoon. On this particular day, a Saturday with no major events taking place, people were wandering the sidewalks enjoying the same comfortable weather. I’ve done the walk thousands of times but it was when I noticed a small, new […]

Pic of the Week
04/26/2016 04:00 AM
This may not be new news but it is new for the site and for readers to start following. It was reported back in January of this year that the site of Killo Pest Control, at the corner of Martin and Person Streets, was sold to the same developer behind The Lincoln for $1.1 million. […]

Pic of the Week
04/21/2016 04:00 AM
The renovation of the Albemarle Building is well underway. The project on Salisbury Street is part of the governor’s Project Phoenix, a plan to upgrade the state government complex in downtown Raleigh. This renovation may or may not have a big impact on the surrounding area. A modern office upgrade isn’t going to create new […]

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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.