Welcome back to This Week in History, where we look at the past through the lens of the present. We will examine articles from 10, 25, and 50 years ago to help get our perspective set.
In 2004, construction was ongoing for the Interstate 540 loop near Knightdale. In 1989, Eastern Wake Hospital added a rather helpful addition to their service: after-hours care. And in 1964, Zebulon was preparing for what is now a time-honored tradition.
In 2004, construction of the I-540 loop was well underway, and it was crawling toward Knightdale. Crews were working to connect it to U.S. 64, and residents were taking deep breaths and telling themselves that as long as it relieved pressure on U.S. 64, the short-term hassle was worth it.
Although living close to a highway construction site can be tough, some Knightdale property owners say they are willing to tolerate the nuisances for a better future.
“I can put up with a lot as long as I know these new highways are likely to decrease the congestion on U.S. 64,” said Irene May, whose residence faces the highway.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and its Vecellio & Grogan contractor began building a new section of Interstate 540 near Knightdale about two months ago. The almost $67 million project was awarded to the West Virginia firm last August.
It will bring I-540 from Capital Boulevard to the existing U.S. 64 west of Knightdale, near Planter’s Walk subdivision. The DOT expects the new section to improve mobility and ease traffic congestion for commuters. It is scheduled for spring 2006 completion.
After-hours service is almost a given for many institutions. But perhaps the most crucial service is medical assistance, because illness and injury never sleep.
It is Saturday afternoon, and little Johnny is complaining of a headache, a sore throat and a low fever.
Until the beginning of this month, Johnny’s parents would have had to run to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh to have a doctor look at Johnny. Now, Eastern Wake Hospital in Zebulon has a qualified doctor on staff during weekends.
The After-Hours Doctor program, which started Jan. 1, is not a substitute for an emergency room or an urgent-care facility, but is considered an extension of doctor’s office for routine visits.
The after-hours program is staffed by two general practitioners who are currently on staff at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. The program’s hours are from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Minor illnesses such as sore throats, minor cuts, strains or bruises, insect bites, rashes, headaches, colds, flu, and low-grade fevers can all be seen and treated by the staff at Eastern Wake Hospital.
The March of Dimes has been going on for a very long time, compared with many similar charity events. In 1964, the town of Zebulon was preparing to host one such event.
Mothers will be marching Tuesday night, January 28, soliciting for the March of Dimes. January is March of Dimes month.
Contributions not only go to polio eradication, but to conquering birth defects and arthritis, Mrs. Armstrong Cannady, co-chairman of the drive, said.
About 250,000 children are born each year with a serious birth defect, Mrs. Cannady added. Arthritis and the rheumatic diseases afflict upward to 11,000,000 Americans.
The National Foundation-March of Dimes is fighting these diseases with the same three-pronged attack which helped conquer polio as a public health problem.
Volunteers are being sought by Mrs. Cannady and Mrs. Thomas. Women who would participate in the Mothers’ March are asked to contact the co-chairmen immediately.