This week in history: June 5

June 4, 2013 

Neuse River Veterinary Hospital Dr. Liz Watson, center, gives Emma Martin a high-five on the day Quincy, a paint horse, returned home after spending about a month in the hospital recovering from burns 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 June 5, 2003 Eastern Wake News was “In stable condition.”

When Lisa Martin of Bethel saw her 3-year-old show horse, Quincy, in flames, she thought she would have to say goodbye to him for good.

But after spending almost five weeks at the Neuse River Veterinary Hospital in Wendell, Martin’s four-legged companion was released back to its owner listed in fair condition last week.

Martin will never forger Easter 2003, when she nearly lost her pinto-colored equine.

“Our neighbor came to bang on our bedroom window at 5:45 a.m., yelling at the top of his lungs that the barn was on fire,” she said, remembering the April 18 blaze.

Martin and her husband bolted to the stables containing their two horses. She started helping the other animal escape while her husband tried to remove Quincy from his stall.

“He was on fire but, strangely, didn’t seem to panic,” Martin said. “He seemed to be more mad than afraid, trying to bite the flames dancing on his back.”


From the June 9, 1988 Gold Leaf Farmer: “Commissioners deny rezoning petition.”

The Zebulon Board of Commissioners acted against the recommendation of its planning board Monday by denying three petitions that would have rezoned several residential tracts in a previously approved industrial park.

The commissioners who voted against the rezoning cited potential sewer and traffic problems as the major factors in their decision, while developers of the park accused the Town Board of “misleading” them and “halting the economic growth of Zebulon.”

Commissioner Rom Moser led those opposed to the rezoning, saying the “lack of sewer capacity and the priority of other needs, like traffic control, is greater than that of additional industry.”

He was joined by Commissioners Leonard Seawell and Windel Perry in voting against the rezoning. Commissioner Eva Liles supported the ordinance to change the zoning.

The land in the industrial park, located across N.C. 97 from Devil Dog, Naomi Knitting Mills and Hi-Cone, was annexed into the city limits in March. Almost immediately after annexation, it was announced that NMC, a plastic foam manufacturing company that will eventually employ 100 people, was going to build a plant in the area.


From the June 6, 1963 Zebulon Record: “35 Corinth seniors receive diplomas.”

Thirty-five Corinth-Holders seniors were presented diplomas in graduation ceremonies Monday night. The diplomas were presented by principal H. C. Bowers.

A. R. Burkot, dean of Campbell College, was the featured speaker for the evening.

Receiving diplomas were: Donnie Ray Bailey, Richard Wilfred Beliveau, Linda Pearce Bishop, Billy Wallace Boyette, Larry Winston Brown, Paulette Lynch Brown, Janice Fay Capps, Edith Clara Carroll, Avery Vernon Congleton;

Carolyn Sue Corbett, Beverly Rose Creech, Carol Gray Doan, Yvonne Glover, Edith Gail Godwin, Jesse Lee Hamilton, Virginia Louise Harris, Judy Narron Hawley, Linda Joyce Hinton, Cary Allen Hocutt, Martha Jean Hocutt, Martha Jeannette Hocutt;

Sally Ruth Hocutt, Blanche Carol Horton, Nellie Rose Johnson, Carolyn Annette Martin, Daniel Yates Murphrey, Linda Anne Narron, Peggy Louise Narron, Katherine Delories Smith, Vonnell Taylor, Peggy Ruth Turner, Bobby Wilton Wall, Delma Ellen Whitley, Daphne Eva Wilson and Betty Jean Wood.

The salutatory address was given by Carol Doan and the valedictory speech was given by Edith Carroll.

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