This Week in History: Jan. 1

December 30, 2013 

Wendell residents, from left, Ed Todd, Phil Hocutt and Jimmy Broughton churn out more than 50 pounds of hush puppies for the Wendell Lions Club reunion on Jan. 1, 2004.


Welcome back to This Week in History, where we look back 10, 25, and 50 years in the history of the Eastern Wake area to see what was happening and what we can learn from the past.

In newly-minted 2004, deer hunters were pushing to increase the number of deer they were allowed to take home. In 1989, The Zebulon Record was making residents aware of a lesser-known service the Wendell Fire Department offered. And, in 1964, some miscreants decided to take advantage of the holidays by robbing the local pharmacy.


Deer hunters were pushing to up the limit of kills per season, citing increasing instances of deer-related car crashes and crop damage.

To many deer hunters, pulling the trigger ending the life of the wild animal responsible for thousands of traffic accidents and destructive farm drops each year isn’t all that tough.

But as those hunters are only allowed to harvest six deer – two of which have to be does – each season spanning just under four months and ending today, Jan. 1, many feel the permitted kill number should be increased along with the hunting season to offset the growing population of the fleet-footed animal.

Though injuries to drivers or passengers are uncommon, it is estimated some $31 million in property damages were suffered across the state in 2002.


Fire departments, it turns out, do more today than just handle fires. That was the case 25 years ago, as well, and The Zebulon Record wanted folks to know that if there was a chemical spill in their area, the Wendell Haz-Mat team would be on it.

From a public perception standpoint, it’s generally assumed that fire departments deal strictly with, you guessed it, firefighting.

But the Wendell-Holmes Volunteer Fire Department has a special branch that responds to emergency situations that are far more complex and potentially much more dangerous to the health of the community than your typical structural blaze or house fire.

The Wendell department has one of only three hazardous materials (Haz-Mat) teams in Wake County. The county’s other two Haz-Mat teams are stationed in Raleigh and Cary, and both are manned by paid, full-time employees.

Haz-Mat teams respond to any call that involves a leak or spillage of substances that could pose a risk to the safety of the population or the environment. Chemical spills, gas leaks, tanker explosions and the like fall under the boundaries of Haz-Mat.


It seems inescapable at times: that element which lacks respect for others and their property. Mere days before Christmas, someone decided it’d be a good idea to rob the local pharmacy of merchandise totaling a hefty sum.

Narcotics and narcotic compounds valued at between $300 and $400 were taken in a break-in at Vinson’s Pharmacy Saturday night, December 21.

Haywood Starling of the FBI said that 23 bottles of drugs with great addictive powers were among the items netted in the break-in.

The break-in was discovered Sunday about 12:20 a.m., when the owner, Joe Vinson, opened for business. Wake County Deputy S.J. Blackley called Starling when the discovery of missing narcotics was made.

Police said the thieves broke a rear window to gain entry. There was no insurance on the stolen merchandise.

Also listed as missing were 16 Timex watches, valued at $7.95 to $39.95 each, and some cigarettes.

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