This week in history: July 3

July 2, 2013 

Dr. Fred Burroughs introduces himself to 16-month-old Joshua Bond at The Growing Child pediatrics in Knightdale in 2003.


We dig into our eastern Wake County newspaper archives on a weekly basis to take a look at the news that made headlines 10, 25 and 50 years ago.

This week in 2003, some Wendell residents were concerned about the efficiency of their local DMV driver’s license office. In 1988, a federal agency approved a plan to improve sewage issues in a Riley Hill subdivision. And in 1963, the Zebulon Rotary Club was appointing its new leaders for the year.


Several Wendell residents, who requested that they not be identified in the newspaper, were speaking out around this time 10 years ago.

They were concerned about crowding at the Wendell Division of Motor Vehicles office. They also said they were worried about the state’s ability to verify documents DMV examiners have to accept as proof of identity and residency.

“You can’t even get in through the door, that’s how mobbed the place is every day,” said Jerry, a Wendell man who wished to remain anonymous.

Jerry went on to say he was tired of “the zoo-like atmosphere” at the only driver’s license location in eastern Wake County.

He is not the only customer upset by the cramped office. A quick survey at the DMV’s Wendell site reveals several others are also unhappy about the time it takes to get an original, duplicate or renewed license.

“I’ve been here since 9:30 a.m.,” a Wendell woman also choosing not to reveal her identity said June 27, checking her wrist watch. “It’s almost four o’clock in the afternoon now.”

Jerry later suggested maybe word had gotten out "that it might be easier to get a license from Wendell than from a bigger, less busy place."


On the last day of June in this year, an article shared some good news for folks living in the Ponderosa subdivision in the Riley Hill community. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had recently approved a Wake County plan to ease sewage problems in the neighborhood.

“We have received formal approval from the EPA that they have accepted our plan,” said Douglas Longhini, Wake County director of community services.

The plan called for the installation of a land application treatment system of wastewater collection and disposal. Why was it so necessary? The Ponderosa subdivision had been plagued with faulty septic tanks for years.

“We have to have our design plans submitted to the (N.C.) Division of Environmental Management by Friday (July 1) for their approval,” Longhini said.

The EPA and DEM must both approve the plan because state and federal funding will be needed to help finance the project. Longhini said about three-fourths of the plan would be covered by the state and federal funding, with Ponderosa residents footing the remainder of the cost.


Zebulon oil dealer Sidney Eddins was installed as the new president of the Zebulon Rotary Club 50 years ago, and there were a lot of familiar names appointed to Rotary committees that year. Eddins succeeded Dr. L. M. Massey as the club’s president.

Ferd Davis, past governor of Rotary International District 778, installed the new president and other officers for the coming year.

Other new officers installed include Robert D. Massey, vice president; Wilson Braswell, secretary; R. Vance Brown, treasurer; and Amos Estes, Willie B. Hopkins and Dr. Lee Sedwitz, directors.

Following the installation ceremony, the new president announced committee assignments as follows:

Attendance, Haywood Jones; Classifications, Barrie Davis; Fellowship, Billie Hopkins; Magazine, Early Moser; Membership, Luther Massey; Program, Ferd Davis; Public relations, Barrie Davis; Rotary Information, Early Moser; Sergeant-at-Arms, Ed Ellington;

Buyer-Seller Relations, Vaiden Whitley; Competitor Relations, Pat Farmer; Employer-Employee Relations, Raymond Pippin; Four-Way Test, Melvin Massey; Occupational Information, Melvin Massey; Trade Associations, Irby Gill;

Boys and Girls Week, Ed Ellington; Community Safety, Irby Gill; Cripple Children, Lee Sedwitz; Rural-Urban, Billy Hopkins and Ed Hales; Scholarships, Awards and Student Loans, Ferd Davis; Student Guests and Youth Projects, Ed Ellington; Special Projects, Luther Massey;

International Contacts, lee Sedwitz; International Information, Ferd Davis; International Student Projects, Barrie Davis; and Rotary Foundation, Vance Brown.

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