The Spotlight Series
Lake Myra Lights featured on North Carolina Weekend
The Lake Myra Christmas Light Show in Downtown Wendell was featured on UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend. The segment can be viewed here.
Rotary Recognition for Sergeant Jody Wall
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Sergeant Jody C. Wall was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by the Wendell Rotary Club at the Wendell Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held at the Wendell Community Center. The presentation was made by Wendell Rotary Club President Larry Vaughan.
Rotary International, as it is known today, was founded in 1905 when Chicago businessman Paul Harris gathered other businessmen for lunch and with the intent to find opportunities to perform service for the public good. Service continues to be the cornerstone of Rotary International and the Wendell Rotary Club. In 1957, Rotary International established the Paul Harris Fellows program and thru that program recognizes outstanding commitment to the community by either its members or members of the community.
Jody Wall has been a member of the Wendell Police Department since July 14, 1995. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996 and has served in patrol, investigative and administrative supervisory capacities. Sergeant Wall currently serves as a patrol supervisor which allows him wonderful opportunities to interact with members of our community including our youth.
Sergeant Wall constantly finds ways to serve his community both in his professional service but more importantly in his personal life. He personifies “Team Wendell” regardless of his roll or the task he is engaged in. He is a native of eastern Wake County and a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church where he works as a church youth leader. Sergeant Wall recognizes the importance of working with community youth and this shows as he is most commonly heard being called “Coach Jody” whenever he is at work and often times regardless of the age of the persons he is talking too.
Sergeant Wall has coached Wendell Rams Football for over a decade. He also serves as both baseball and basketball coaches with the Wendell Parks and Recreation Department. In the past two years, the baseball teams he has coached have won back to back state championships. He spends more than 400 hours a year of his own time volunteering in these roles and often takes personal leave to travel with “his” teams.
Sergeant Wall utilizes his role in the Police Department to foster opportunities for our youth and to instill the importance of that commitment for young and upcoming officers. He serves as on-site coordinator for Camp Choices. Camp Choices is a weeklong camp for youth ages 9-12 that utilizes classroom learning and athletic events to teach the importance of sound decision-making. The camp also allows older youth to serve as camp counselors and model good decision-making for younger children.
The Wendell Rotary Club noted the above mentioned activities combined with a friendly personality and commitment to the community are but a few of the traits that that have turned Sergeant Wall into one of the most recognizable, most appreciated people in Wendell.
In presenting Jody Wall the Paul Harris Fellow, The Wendell Rotary Club awarded him a framed certificate, a lapel pin and a gold medallion. As part of this recognition, the Wendell Rotary Club has donated $1000 to the Rotary International Foundation in honor of our very own Jody Wall.
Wendell swept the plumbing competition at the State Fair!
9 Plumbing apprentices competing and 2 were from Wendell’s Mechanical Trades Carolina located at 350 E. 4th Street in Wendell.
Wendell swept! 9 Plumbing apprentices competing and only 2 from MTC…. Congratulations to our Mechanical Trades Carolina Team!
1st photo - MTC Instructor David Johnson; MTC Instructor Charles Putz; 2nd PLACE Contestant and 5th year apprentice, MTC Wendell student, Gary Cross (Employer - Kinetics Systems Inc); Department of Agriculture Chief Deputy Commissioner David Smith; 1st Place contestant, 3rd year apprentice and MTC Wendell student, Noah Monroe (Employer - Total Facility Solutions); John Sciadini, MTC Director of Training; and DR Pam Howze, Director of Work Based Learning for NDDOC.
2nd photo - Gary Cross during Competition.
NC Building Inspector of the Year
On July 28, 2015, Mike Stratton was awarded as the 2015 Building Inspector of the Year by the North Carolina Building Inspectors Association. The Town of Wendell contracts with Wake County inspections for building permit review and inspections. Mike is assigned as the primary inspector for the Wendell area. Congratulations Mike!
Christopher Prieto, Owner of Prime Barbecue recently did a filming in Downtown Wendell on creating ribs. Featured in this filming is our own Mayor Pro Tempore James Parham. It aired on Memorial Day on WNCN TV, but if you missed it, click on the link below and watch it.
Wendell bringing Fiber to the Town!
The Town of Wendell is preparing for the installation of an internal fiber optic network that will operate as the backbone to meet the Town’s internal telecommunications needs.The network’s base is planned within the calendar year and extended phases are to follow. This network could lead to future high-speed Internet access for local residents and businesses. The ability to use the network beyond the Town’s initial internal usage is being explored. Innovative plans are being considered for expanded usage to propel business growth. Other municipalities in Wake County are currently in talks with providers to deliver faster, better and cheaper internet access upon the implementation of the internal fiber network. Wendell is working with CTC Technology and Energy to explore every avenue that will sustain Wendell in the fiber race while encouraging economic development.
The Town Board is driving the fiber installation initiative to establish Wendell as a great place to live, work, and play. The fiber network will start as a communications network for the Town while laying the groundwork for internet service providers to strengthen the connections for commercial and residential customers.
Wendell - Wake County Municipality Highlight
Wendell is highlighted in an article by the Wake County Economic Development Group. To read the article, please click here.
Wendell Falls Project
- Residential Development - At Full Build Out: 4,000 units est.
- Commercial Development - At Full Build Out: 2,000,000 square feet est.
- Open Space
- Mix of Land Uses
- Public Amenities