This week in history: April 24

April 23, 2013 

Triangle East Amateur Radio Association President Holt Thornton uses a high-frequency radio to search the airwaves for a new friend in 2003.


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 April 24, 2003 Eastern Wake News was “Leaders campaign for campus.”

Realizing the exact “how to pay for it” worries are out of their hands, Wendell commissioners have decided to press for a preschool campus in their town.

Last month, representatives of the East Wake Education Foundation and Great Expectations addressed the Wendell Town Board on the possibility of renovating the old Carver campus on Morphus Bridge Road to house a preschool.

The preschool will serve the needs for all of eastern Wake, so representatives from Zebulon and Knightdale were also on hand to hear the proposal. Cynthia Chamblee with Great Expectations said Wake County school board chairwoman Kathryn Quigg is campaigning to fund the renovations with the next school bond referendum.

However, not everyone was warm to the idea of placing the new preschool at Carver. Knightdale Town Manager Gary McConkey said it may be smarter to use the funds to “build” a new facility.

Faced with approving a resolution in support of a preschool campus at the April 14 meeting, Commissioner Bennie Collins said the old Carver site “will continue to sit there and continue to be vandalized,” adding maybe the town should investigate other options since some of Wendell’s “neighbors” are not thrilled with the proposal.


From the April 21, 1988 Gold Leaf Farmer: “Count expands fire district.”

The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved the expansion of the Wendell-Holmes Volunteer Fire Department’s tax district to include a portion of an area known as “no man’s land.”

A public hearing was held on the tax district expansion at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh before the commissioners took action.

“There was no public dissent at all,” Wake County attorney Mike Ferrell said.

Last October, the county commissioners voted to allow the Wendell and Wake-New Hope volunteer fire departments to expand and serve the area between Knightdale and Rolesville that had been outside the designated service area of all fire departments.

The issue had strained relations between the Wendell, New Hope, Knightdale and Rolesville fire departments, each of which have served the area for over 30 years without receiving tax revenues. Volunteer fire departments rely on fire protection taxes as their main source of revenue.

The Wendell department plans to build a new substation on Bethany Church Road, located approximately one-half mile east of Bethany Baptist Church.


From the April 25, 1963 Zebulon Record: “Middlesex ag teacher plans retirement after 43 years.”

Middlesex School is losing one of its most beloved teachers, and the community is losing one of its most respected citizens at the close of the 1963 school year.

Fred Wolfe, who has spent 28 of his 43-year career teaching vocational agriculture in the Middlesex School system, is retiring.

“There hasn’t been a year here I’ve regretted,” a soft-spoken Wolfe said. “In fact, I’ve enjoyed all my years in the classroom.”

However, the genial agriculture teacher indicated he will certainly miss his students.

“I have a farm – the old homestead in South Carolina – my wife and I are going back to,” Wolfe said. “There, I plan to do a lot of gardening, raise some livestock and spend a leisurely time of it.”

Under the leadership and guidance of Wolfe, 64 years old, the Middlesex agriculture department is one of the best in Nash County. The department has all it needs to meet the students’ demands.

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