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.
The top story in the April 3, 2003 Eastern Wake News was one for the books.
Hundreds of new books are displayed atop bookshelves in the Zebulon Elementary School media center thanks to generous donations totaling $3,700 from local businesses, organizations and individuals.
And it all started because of a little small talk, which sometimes goes a long way.
According to Principal Marion Evans, “just a simple conversation” with Zebulon’s Dr. Ann Matheny regarding how students could work above grade level by enriching the Accelerated Reader program encouraged the generosity. Matheny “picked it up and ran with it,” Evans said.
By reaching out to the students who are below grade level and those who want to further their cognition, the program motivates students to read by offering incentives.
More than 50 Zebulon residents attended a ceremony when Evans presented a plaque honoring the contributors – including Matheny and family, the Zebulon Woman’s Club, Olde Heritage Builders, Commissioner Don Bumgarner, Wilbur and Dot Debnam, Ken and Dana Griswold, Elton and Patricia Roberson, Nancy Estes, Peggy Wilder and many others.
From the April 7, 1988 Gold Lead Farmer one story told of the battle to decide where to locate the 540 loop.
As chances for the eastern-most route around Knightdale for the Northern Wake Expressway appeared to dim last week, local officials had sharp words for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The comments came after members of the Knightdale Town Council received a memo from Rick Blackwood, a DOT highway planner, stating that a survey indicated the desire to keep the expressway, commonly known now as I-540, near its originally proposed location west of Knightdale.
Knightdale, along with Wendell and Zebulon, have endorsed moving the highway east toward the Raleigh East airport. Officials from these towns argue that such a location would keep the loop from intersecting Knightdale, while also helping eastern Wake County.
At a meeting March 28 at Knightdale Elementary School, DOT officials and the project’s engineering consultant told the audience that the eastern-most route was being considered a viable alternative and was being weighed equally with the western alternative.
After receiving Blackwood’s memo the day before, however, local officials were not as convinced.
“Number one, they make more serious studies for street lights,” said Knightdale Town Councilman Carl Moore. “The people they needed to hear from didn’t respond.”
A Parrish Super Market advertisement in the April 4, 1963 Zebulon Record had deals we can only dream of today.
A 3-pound Corn King ham cost $2.19. Frosty More tenderized ham cost 45 cents per pound, while ground beef was priced at 39 cents per pound, or three pounds for a single dollar.
Virtually all meats were being sold for less than $1 per pound – Columbia bacon was 35 cents, cube steak was 69 cents and chuck roast was 43 cents per pound. Chicken legs were 35 cents per pound, chicken breasts were 45 cents per pound, wings cost 39 cents per pound and backs were sold for 15 cents per pound.
If you wanted a beverage to compliment your main dish, you needed to spare little expense. You could buy 48 bags of Lipton tea for 55 cents. Forty-six-ounce cans of Hi-C were sold in pairs for 59 cents.
A 25-pound bag of flour cost $1.89, a 3-pound can of Armix shortening was 59 cents and a 10-pound bag of sugar was $1.05.
If you had too much to eat and had concerns about your weight, you didn’t need to worry. Eighty-nine cents would buy you four 10-ounce cans of SEGO liquid diet food.