This week in history: June 19

June 17, 2013 

Caleb Jackson finds himself surrounded by, from left, Tessa Perry, Emily Askew and Meredith Price during the Massey School of Dance's annual recital 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 19, 2003 Eastern Wake News was “Planned 217 lots panned.”

The idea of 217 homes crowded atop 69.62 acres of land seems a bit extreme to some Wakefield community residents who would find the packed site as a new neighbor.

But preserving the environment while boosting the economy – the underlying means behind a conservation subdivision like the one being proposed along Proctor Street and N.C. 96 – may be all the Zebulon town board needs to OK the controversial rezoning request made.

Knightdale builder and developer Johnny Watson wants to bring “Taryn Meadows” to the community, despite adamant opposition from many local residents at a June 9 joint public hearing.

“This will not be a change for the better,” said Wanda Boyette, reading from a prepared statement. The contingent subdivision would come within 20 feet of her Eddins Street property. “I’d like the town to consider the dense growth,” which she suggested would increase traffic accidents.

Chamber Director Clara Murphrey countered by saying such growth has many benefits. She noted an increase to the town’s tax base and the increase in future development.


From the June 23, 1988 Gold Leaf Farmer: “Majority of tender tobacco crop survived hail and wind storms.”

The hail and heavy rain storms that ripped through the area last week fortunately skipped over most of the local tobacco fields, allowing optimistic farmers to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

On a few isolated farms, however, the news was not as good. Hail, at times the size of golf balls, beat down young tobacco stalks in some fields near Middlesex while a farm just outside Zebulon was another among those hit the hardest.

The thunderstorms which swept across the entire state Friday afternoon brought traffic to a halt in parts of Johnston County, while winds sometimes reaching 50 mph toppled about 30 trees in the Wendell area.

On the whole, Knightdale crops suffered slightly more damage as a result of the hail and hard rain that others in the area. Though the storms were scattered, one apparent spot of concentration was Russell Moss’ farm off Morphus Bridge Road outside Zebulon.

“The hail hit roughly 18-to-20 acres of my tobacco crop,” Moss said. “The wind beat it up pretty bad too coming out of a little twister that sat down off Moss Road.

“The rest of the acreage scattered close by here was hit much lighter.”


From the June 20, 1963 Zebulon Record: “Post office gets ZIP Code.”

Our five-digit ZIP Code is 27597, Postmaster Ruby M. Dawson announced today.

“Everyone in Zebulon will use this ZIP Code on all their correspondence to speed mail deliveries and reduce the chance of mis-sent mail,” Dawson said.

ZIP Code, the Post Office Department’s revolutionary new system of improved mail dispatch and delivery, goes into effect nationally on July 1.

Dawson stressed the importance of all citizens of Zebulon learning this city’s ZIP Code and using it in their return address on all correspondence. In answering mail, she said, ZIP Codes taken from return addresses on incoming mail should be used.

The new ZIP Code plan, Dawson said, for the first time will permit the Post Office Department to shortcut repeated address reading.

“With ZIP Code, a clerk needs only to glance at the code to know immediately to what national area, state and post office the letter is destined – and to speed it on its way, cutting up to 24 hours off the time between deposit and delivery,” she said.

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