There’s never any shortage of news. Find out what made headlines in eastern Wake County newspapers 10, 25 and 50 years ago in stories culled from our archives.
A top story in the March 13, 2003 Eastern Wake News was “Consumers not fuming over gas.”
Due to many variables – the threat of war, effects of a strike in Venezuela and the bitter cold winter – gas prices have soared in the last month.
Drivers pay more now than any other time in 20 years, but a common misconception is suppliers profit from the crisis.
According to Red Star Oil manager Herb Ramsey in Zebulon, he is also suffering the pinch to his pocket.
“We are just like everyone else,” he said. “I’d rather be selling it for 99 cents a gallon than $1.60. We are just a small company and don’t benefit at all for selling a high-dollar product.”
Red Star Oil is a convenience store, tanker/business transportation supplier and wholesale distributor for gasoline, diesel and kerosene as well as motor oils.
Ramsey said the price increase on crude oil has caused his store to decrease its profit margin just to make consumers happy. For example, he said it cost around $9,000 for a tanker load of gas 60 days ago. Now, it costs over $14,000.
From the March 10, 1988 Gold Leaf Farmer: “County OK’s special permit for 2nd Wendell fire station.”
Wake County officials have given the Wendell-Holmes Volunteer Fire Department approval to build a new substation on Bethany Church Road that will serve residents of an area known as “no man’s land.”
Wendell Fire Chief Tom Vaughan said the county’s board of adjustment granted a special use permit to build the substation on a tract of land located approximately one-half mile east of S.R. 1003 and Bethany Baptist Church.
“We are approved with the county and we have a sign up at the site,” Vaughan said. “Construction could begin in 60 to 90 days.”
Vaughan said his department’s building committee held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss plans for proceeding with construction. He said the general contractor for the project would be the Steel Dynamic Co., of Bunn.
“The cost of the building will run close to $100,000” Vaughan said. “We plan to use an existing truck we have here in Wendell to run the station immediately. In the future, we’re going to have to buy some equipment.
Last October, the Wake County Board of Commissioners voted to allow the Wendell and New Hope volunteer fire departments to expand and serve the area between Knightdale and Rolesville that is presently outside the service areas of any fire departments.
From the March 14, 1963 Zebulon Record: “Wakelon advances in cage tournament at Rocky Mount.”
The Wakelon Bulldogs, sporting a 14-7 season’s record, advanced to the quarterfinals of the District II tourney at Rocky Mount Thursday night.
The Bulldogs will clash with Epsom at 7 p.m.
Crowned the Wake County Class A champs for the third consecutive year, the Bulldogs meet the Franklin County representative by virtue of their defeat of Oxford Orphanage last Friday night, 57-41.
The Orphanage, Granville County champs, had a 17-4 record and were odds-on favorites to take the Bulldogs. Three of the Oxford Orphanage losses were to 3-A schools: Henderson and Chapel Hill. Their fourth defeat was at the hands of Stovall.
Wakelon took the early lead against the Red Devils and coasted on to victory. Led by the 25-point effort of Jimmy Hawkins, the Bulldogs played one of their best games of the season.
Coach Maurice Chapman is not selling the Epsom club short. “There is a good ball club,” Chapman stated on Tuesday and “from now on in we’ll be hitting the best.”
The winner of the Wakelon-Epsom game on Thursday will advance to the semifinals on Friday night meeting the winner of the North Edgecombe-Youngsville game.