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 20, 2003 Eastern Wake News was “Old Carver slated for preschool campus?”
Renovating the old Carver Elementary campus to house a program to help 4-year-olds prepare for school is just the kick in the pants eastern Wake’s education needs, local leaders say.
A meeting was held earlier this month at the East Wake Education Foundation headquarters to discuss utilizing the old Carver buildings on Morphus Bridge Road, which have remained vacant since the campus moved to Liles-Dean Road five years ago.
Present at the meeting were eastern Wake principals, along with Wake County School Board Chairman Kathryn Quigg, who said bond money could possibly be used to renovate one of the buildings on the campus. The facility would then offer eastern Wake’s own version of “More At Four,” a pet project of Gov. Mike Easley to help prepare children who are entering kindergarten.
Linda Johnson, former school board member and project coordinator for the foundation, said all of the elementary school principals in attendance “thought the idea was excellent,” adding “all were in agreement” when it was stated 50 percent of eastern Wake’s children are not prepared for kindergarten when they show up for the first day of school.
From the March 17, 1988 Gold Leaf Farmer: “Wendell OK’s $10,000 for reservoir.”
The proposed Little River Reservoir received another shot in the arm Monday night when the Wendell Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to allocate $10,000 to the project.
The Town Board also unanimously approved the preliminary plat for a multifamily apartment complex before a sparse crowd at the board’s regular meeting in the Wendell Courtroom at Town Hall.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Connolly presided over the meeting in the absence of Wendell Mayor Candace Tongue.
The allocation for the Little River Reservoir stemmed from a meeting of eastern Wake County mayors and town managers last month in Knightdale in which officials of Knightdale, Zebulon, Wendell and Wake Forest agreed to seek resolutions from their towns supporting the project. The Zebulon Town Board and Knightdale Town Council have approved similar $10,000 allocations for the project.
Wake County has agreed to be the lead agency in providing staff to seek funding for the project, which could add 19 million gallons of water to Wake County.
The allocation by each town will be applied toward an environmental impact study that will cost an estimated $200,000.
“Hopefully with the money raised by the towns directly involved with the project and money raised by the other towns in Wake County, we can get matching county funds,” Commissioner Bill Womack said.
From the March 21, 1963 Zebulon Record: “Drop-outs lower at Wakelon than county average.”
The drop-out record of Wakelon School is superior to that of Wake County generally, and Wake County ranks above all but three North Carolina counties in holding its students in school until their graduation, assistant Wake County School Superintendent Tom Grimes said Monday night.
Mr. Grimes made his remarks praising the local school in the course of a panel discussion dealing with the drop-out problem held by the Wakelon PTA as its 1963 study course.
Mrs. John H. Ihrie III was PTA study course chairman, and panelists were Mr. Grimes, Mrs. Elizabeth Ellett, Mrs. Doris H. Privette and Miss Blanche Gay. Rev. William Quick served as moderator.
A large crowd attended the study course which followed the business session at which Wilbur Hales was elected president to succeed Mrs. Ferd Davis. Mrs. James Robert Fowler was elected vice president, Mrs. Leroy Pittman was elected secretary to succeed Mrs. Frank Wall, and Mrs. Wilbur Debnam was elected treasurer. The nominating committee was headed by James Alford.