In Cary and southwestern Wake County, growth continued to be the dominating theme of the year, whether it influenced the building of new homes or who was elected into office.
As we head into the new year, we look back at the stories that dominated 2015.
Elections bring new faces
In Cary, the Town Council remained largely unchanged as Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and incumbents Don Frantz and Lori Bush won re-election. Ken George, founder and president of NetSmart Inc., also joined the council this year as the District D representative after earning the most votes during an October election and November runoff. The seat was formerly occupied by Gale Adcock, who was elected to the state House in 2014. The Cary Town Council appointed a new mayor pro tem – Councilman Ed Yerha.
In Apex, the Town Council race often turned heated among some of the candidates as the issue of how to manage growth was at the forefront. In the end, the council’s makeup shifted to members who emphasize slow growth, instead of pro growth, as voters made it clear they’re uncomfortable with the pace of residential development in Apex. New Mayor Lance Olive ...