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 15, 2003 Eastern Wake News was “No area immune to drugs in Knightdale.”
Drug dealing here is not as obvious as in some other places.
There isn’t one section of Knightdale where drugs are bought and sold. And the drug trafficking is not out in the open, on the streets.
But that doesn’t mean there are no problems.
“It’s a big problem,” Skip Blaylock, public safety director, said. “One of the bigger problems we have.”
Blaylock said drug trafficking in Knightdale is mostly conducted in homes from one end of the town to the other, from Planter’s Walk to Emerald Pointe, located off Old Knight Road. Drugs are being sold in “different pockets around town,” he said.
“I hate to say it, but no neighborhood is immune to it,” Blaylock said, recalling one of the bigger drug arrests in the 1990s of a Planter’s Walk resident who was caught with $11,000 in drug money on him.
“We don’t have open-air markets with people hanging out in the front yard. But people come and go, come and go into residences.”
From the May 19, 1988 Gold Leaf Farmer: “K’dale plans annexation study.”
The annexation of land along U.S. 64 has been a hot topic lately, especially with the dispute between Raleigh and Knightdale over control of the land north of the highway and west of the Neuse River.
Now, the Knightdale Town Council has authorized a study to be done on future annexation areas for the town, but, according to Town Manager Dennis Gabriel, it does not mean the town is seeking to expand its boundaries anytime soon.
“It is not the council’s intent to annex without the desire of the citizens,” Gabriel said. “It would surprise me if the council annexed against the will of the people
“The study is to prepare the town to act in the best interest of the community without having to wait six-to-10 months (the length of time it takes for an annexation study) in order to act.”
The study, authorized at this month’s council meeting, calls for an investigation of statutory requirements for annexation within Knightdale’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. It will also examine the initial costs of providing municipal services to the area.
From the May 16, 1963 Zebulon Record: “Miss Zebulon of 1963: Who will she be?”
The second annual Miss Zebulon Pageant will feature 11 lovely girls competing for an opportunity to represent the town in the Miss North Carolina Pageant at Guilford College in July.
The pageant is set for 8 p.m. Friday in the Wakelon High School auditorium.
The 11 contestants will be narrowed down to five finalist following competition in evening dress, swimsuit and talent categories. Judges will select from the five finalists a first and second runner-up and a successor to Miss Jackie Mitchell, the current title holder.
Misses Judith Creech, Freddie Clark, Janie Green, Jean Clark, Priscilla Berick, Pat Walters, Joanne Denton, Marie Scarborough, Sue Gainey, Ann Dora Whitley and Gene Perry will vie for the opportunity to represent Zebulon at the state pageant.
The winner will not only be the 1963 title holder, but will also win a number of valuable awards, including a $100 scholarship given by the sponsoring organization, the Zebulon Jaycees.