This week in history: May 8

May 7, 2013 

From the left, Leon Cobb, a blacksmith by hobby, creates a leaf as siblings Dillon and Isabella Alvarez stir air into the fire during an arts event in Wendell 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 May 8, 2003 Eastern Wake News was “Tractor business to choose location.”

Daedong Industrial, a South Korean tractor manufacturer, is expected to announce soon if Wendell will be the new home of the company’s U.S. headquarters.

If the company, which manufactures Kioti tractors and other equipment, chooses a property on Rolesville Road close to U.S. 64 and the new bypass, eastern Wake could see the almost $8 million project up and running as early as next year.

Daedong is interested in the tract between Knightdale and Wendell not only for geographic reasons, but also because of the area’s workforce, Director of Business Operations Marion Wilkins said. The company employs about 50 people at its current headquarters in Wilson, but that number would increase at the new site.

“Eastern Wake is one of the locations we are interested in due to its roadways, an available piece of property would could buy and its workforce,” Wilkins said. “We also want to retain as many of our current employees as we can, and Wendell is not too far from Wilson.”

Tracts near major highways in Fuquay-Varina and Benson have also attracted the company’s attention.

If the company decides to relocate to Wendell, the construction of its new location would begin “in a few months,” Wilkins said, and the operation is planned to be running in 2004.


From the May 12, 1988 Golf Leaf Farmer: “Bonds refinanced.”

With the help of a federal discount purchase program, Wendell officials expect to save approximately $1.1 million through the refinancing of the town’s water and sewer bonds.

At a special meeting last Thursday night (May 5) in the conference room at Town Hall, the Wendell Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to refinance the town’s $810,000 water and sewer bond, and buy out a $90,000 water bond to the Farmers Home Administration at a discounted rate.

“The town should save about $1.1 million in principal and interest on the bonds,” Wendell Town Manager Ira Fuller said.

During its regular meeting on Monday, the town board scheduled a public hearing on the bond refinancing.

The FHA issued the bonds last year to finance the town’s water and sewer system capital improvements project. Wendell voters passed the bond issuance in 1986.

The special meeting was hastily called in response to a discount purchase program the FHA was offering to municipalities with a commitment deadline of May 6.


The May 9, 1963 Zebulon Record listed the following “News of Zebulon.”

•  Miss Ann Dora Whitley accompanied the Bunn High School senior class to New York and Washington last week. While in New York, she attended a matinee of “Mary, Mary.”

•  Mr. and Mrs. Leary Davis of Winston-Salem were weekend guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferd Davis.

•  Mr. and Mrs. John Bullock and children of Kinston were Sunday guests of Rev. and Mrs. Theo B. Davis.

•  Mr. and Mrs. Ferd Davis attended the Trade Fair in Charlotte.

•  Col. and Mrs. Ferd Davis, Maj. and Mrs. Barrie Davis and Master Sgt. Johnsey P. Arnold attended the N.C. National Guard Association meeting held in Morehead City last weekend. Sgt. Arnold was a soloist at the meeting. He sang the National Anthem.

•  Misses Jo Ann Bunn and Pat Walters were weekend guests for the May Day activities on the Meredith College campus. These included May Fete, the spring concert of the college chorus, and the annual horse show.

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