Cary Spotlight | Issue #221

Cary Middle Schooler Wins, Backpack Incident, Summer Concert Series Begin

In this Cary Spotlight Issue…

💭Spotlight Hook Trivia

☀️ Cary NC Weather

📅 Lots Of Events This Week

📰 Cary Middle Schooler Secures Third Place in National Spelling Bee

📰 1.6 Pounds of Marijuana Discovered in Student’s Backpack; Father Charged

📰 Bruteus to Open Abbey Road's 4th Annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Corrections: What We Got Wrong and How We Fixed It.

💡 GoCary Enhances Bus Routes for Easier Access to Library and Downtown Park

🏡 "Open House" – Your Window to the Triangle's Prime Real Estate

😀 Quote of the Day

🏛️ Support Cary Local Businesses

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(On the right) Ananya Rao Prassanna. Credit: Wake County Public Schools

Cary Middle Schooler Secures Third Place in National Spelling Bee

Ananya Rao Prassanna, a seventh-grader at Davis Drive Middle School in Cary, has achieved third place in the fiercely contested Scripps National Spelling Bee finals, held Thursday night. This marks a significant milestone for Ananya, as it was her third attempt at the national title, showing remarkable progress from her previous finishes of 49th in 2022 and 74th in 2023.

The finals this year were notably competitive, featuring 245 spellers, but only two managed to secure the third-place spot, including Ananya. Participants in the Elite 8 finals also hailed from nearby locations such as Durham, Fayetteville, and Smithfield, highlighting the strong representation from North Carolina.

Ananya's impressive run concluded in the 14th round when she misspelled "murrina," confusing it with "marina." Despite this, her achievement places her among the top young spellers in the nation, celebrated by her school and community. Read more

1.6 Pounds of Marijuana Discovered in Student’s Backpack; Father Charged

In an unsettling incident at Cleveland Elementary School in Clayton, school administrators encountered a troubling scene when they discovered multiple bags of marijuana, weighing a total of 1.6 pounds, inside a student's backpack on Wednesday.

The discovery prompted a swift response from a school resource officer who, upon examining the contents, summoned a narcotics detective to investigate further.

Reviewing the school's security footage, investigators observed Calvin Bernard Carter, a 33-year-old man from Garner, handing a backpack to his child upon entering the school.

This seemingly routine gesture has led to significant legal repercussions for Carter, who is now facing charges related to the incident. Read more

Bruteus to Open Abbey Road's 4th Annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series

The 4th Annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series at Abbey Road is set to begin with a performance by Bruteus, an instrumental prog-rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina.

This free event will go ahead rain or shine, with the performance scheduled from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Bruteus, composed of Yontz Sucre on guitar, Sean Geist on bass, and Lars Hartmann on drums, is known for its powerful and dynamic sound that melds elements of 70s rock, 90s alternative, and contemporary prog and experimental music. Learn More

Corrections: What We Got Wrong
and How We Fixed It.

Most publications (newspapers, we’re looking at you) will hide their corrections in small print on the back page. We’re not a newspaper, when we get something wrong, we promptly make an edit to the online edition. Thanks for your feedback.

  1. Issue #220: Article on the DMV: The link to read more did not link to the DMV article. We have updated the link. Learn More

  2. Issue #220: Train service to the US open in Pinehurst: The link to read more did not link to the train service article. We have updated the link. Learn More

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GoCary Enhances Bus Routes for Easier Access to Library and Downtown Park

One of our Cary Spotlight readers asked on the best way to get to the library and Downtown park via the bus service. We reached out to the Town of Cary via 311 and got you the answer.

For residents of Cary seeking convenient transportation to the library and Downtown Park, GoCary provides efficient bus services. Routes 5 and 6 directly serve these key locations with frequent departures—every 30 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays.

An upcoming service enhancement includes the introduction of the Downtown Loop route, aimed at improving access to downtown Cary, including the park and library.

This new route will integrate smoothly with other bus services at the Downtown Bus Depot. Residents can find all necessary service details, including maps and real-time bus tracking, on the GoCary website or through its dedicated mobile apps. (

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"Open House" – Your Window to the Triangle's Prime Real Estate


Welcome to "Open House," where we showcase exceptional properties both in Cary and across the broader Triangle area. This section is designed for everyone—from potential homebuyers scouting their next residence, to real estate enthusiasts tracking market trends, and investors looking for lucrative opportunities without planning to move.

Whether you’re interested in buying, selling, or investing, we bring the best of the Triangle’s real estate market right to your inbox. Open the door to new possibilities with each edition of "Open House."

Luxurious Custom Home in Apex Hits the Market, Showings Begin Today

In Apex, North Carolina, a custom-built luxury home located in the prestigious Park at West Lake is set to be listed for sale at $769,000. The residence will be open for initial showings starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31st.

Interested parties can also attend an open house on June 1st and 2nd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., or schedule private showings. The property is being presented by real estate agents Denise Neuheimer, Brandis Abrams, and Jennifer Coleman from Coldwell Banker Advantage, who highlight the home’s unique architectural features and prime location.

  • Where: 7316 Capulin Crest Drive, Apex Get Directions

  • When: Saturday & Sunday, June 1 and 2 from 2:00 to 4:00

  • Host: Denise Neuheimer REALTOR® Coldwell Banker Advantage

  • Host: Brandis Abrams REALTOR® Coldwell Banker Advantage

  • Listed by: Jennifer Coleman REALTOR® Coldwell Banker Advantage

  • Listed for: $769,000

If you're a realtor with standout listings in Cary or any surrounding communities, this is a perfect chance to highlight your properties to a captivated audience of local subscribers. Contact us today ([email protected]) to feature your listings and take advantage of this unique platform.

Upcoming Local Events

Looking ahead to events happening in Cary, NC for the rest of the week.
Outdoor events may be changed due to weather, so click the links to see latest event information.

May 31st (Friday)

June 1st (Saturday)

June 2nd (Sunday)

June 3rd (Monday)

The Answer to the Cary Spotlight Hook Trivia Question 👇👇👇

The world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It houses more than 100,000 aquatic creatures, including whale sharks, beluga whales, and manta rays.

The aquarium's expansive facilities offer a deep dive into marine life, providing visitors with a unique and educational experience that highlights the importance of conservation and marine biodiversity. Link to More Info