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 story in the April 17, 2003, Eastern Wake News was “ZPD keeps ‘vigilant’ watch.”
The chances of a terrorist attack in Zebulon might seem slim, but an increase in nationwide “orange” at-risk levels keep even local authorities on red alert.
Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth, Fire Chief Sidney Perry, EMS Director Garland Tant and Public Works Director Kenny Waldroup have attended a series of meetings regarding homeland security and the impending issues stemming from the likelihood of disaster striking.
Hayworth said the best defense is “collective awareness.”
“Everyone pays attention to detail, things that appear suspicious, out of place or not normal,” he said.
Large business sites like GlaxoSmithKline and Five County Stadium could be targets.
Hayworth said it is also imperative to guard against poisoning.
“If we saw someone near the water supply, we (would) take an extra step to see who that person is,” he said.
If someone is parked somewhere looking suspicious, precautions would be taken, according to Hayworth.
From the April 14, 1988, Gold Leaf Farmer: “K’dale Council supports downtown revitalization.”
The Knightdale Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to support a revitalization effort in downtown Knightdale after 170 residents signed petitions supporting the proposed project.
Councilwoman Reba Pendleton is organizing the revitalization effort under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development’s Main Street program.
Support from the local governing body is the first step toward gaining acceptance in the program, Pendleton said. The program also requires a historical focal point, so Pendleton said she has contacted Southern Railway about donating a boxcar in which the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce could place a permanent office.
“Knightdale grew from the railroad, and nothing is more historic than a train,” Pendleton said.
Chamber President Wanda Ramm said the idea sounded exciting.
“It will be real helpful for people who come to town looking for us,” Ramm said. “Now, they don’t know where to go.”
If the office becomes a reality, the chamber will have to concentrate on growing enough to be able to staff it on a full-time basis.
From the April 18, 1963, Zebulon Record: “Boy ends 50-mile walk stranded.”
He looked tired, homesick, hungry and stranded.
Night police Officer Windel Perry and Sheriff’s Deputy Graham Bunn decided the teenager found recently at Zebulon Bus Station Grill needed help.
The officers heard this story from Jack Harris of Rocky Mount:
He had decided to walk from his hometown to Knightdale. This is about a 50-mile hike. He said he was doing it to get his exercise.
At Knightdale, the youth hitch-hiked a ride as far as Zebulon. He checked with transportation officials at the bus station and found he did not have the fare home. He had only a few cents.
Bunn and Perry found the Harris youth a clean-cut fellow who talked nice and possessing a pleasant disposition. Feeling sorry for him, Bunn reached into his wallet and gave the youth a dollar.
Harris, his face lighting up with gratefulness, purchased a ticket to Rocky Mount.
A few days later the local officers received a thank you letter from the boy’s father. The letter had enclosed $2, and Harris wrote, “The extra dollar is in the hope that you will be able to help someone else at some time.”