This Week in History

May 13, 2014 

From left, Sara Hocutt (at age 10) splits a chocolate shake with Lara Beth Baker (9) and Cara Pace (9) at Wendell Baptist Church’s 1950s-themed drive-in event in 2004.


This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake County area.

In 2004, Wendell was mulling ways to keep its town looking clean. In 1989, Corinth Holders School parents were dealing with the age-old problem of student reassignments. And in 1964, Zebulon residents were raising money for cancer research.


Sign ordinances are often a thorn in the side of advertisers. In 2004, Wendell was looking to cut the clutter without imposing an undue burden on local realtors and residents.

Wendell is trying to find a way to keep the town clean without making it impossible to advertise yard sales or open house events.

The town is currently thinking about allowing residents to place yard sale and open house signs on town maintained streets. Officials are suggesting a new policy because they want to combine two things they consider important: cleanliness and residents’ rights, Town Manager Tim Burgess said before the May 10 town board meeting.

The town does not currently allow people to put up yard sale or open house signs outside their own properties, but both types can be found all over Wendell, Burgess said. “We want Wendell to stay clean and nice-looking. But at the moment, we do have signs that are where they are not supposed to be, and our police officers end up taking a lot of them down.”


School assignments and bus routes are often so hotly debated that officials who have no power over them sometimes make their platforms on them just to harness the outrage behind them. In 1989, Corinth-Holders residents were facing similar problems as the Johnston County School Board was preparing to reassign Corinth-Holders students.

The Johnston County School Board’s recent proposals for student reassignment are meeting with resistance in Corinth Holders.

Community representatives and Corinth-Holder School leaders met with the board May 9 and requested that the county’s plan for reorganizing the school system be postponed. The group is hoping in particular to delay that part of the plan which calls for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Corinth Holder to advance to North Johnston Middle School in Micro instead of Smithfield-Selma.

If approved, work on the first phase of the board’s construction and renovation plan would begin in 1991 with the expansion of North Johnston middle and high schools to allow for the Corinth-Holder students. The second phase includes construction of another middle school n the northern part of the county.


Even as far back in 1964, cancer was a known concern and fundraisers were held to raise money to help fight it. Today, it is a much better known foe and many forms of cancer that were once a death sentence are curable if caught early enough.

A total of $212.83 was contributed to the cancer fund drive by the people of residential Zebulon, Mrs. George Massey, Jr., co-chairman of the drive, reported this week.

“We are pleased with this contribution,” Mrs. Massey said. “We feel – Bruce Creekmore, the other co-chairman and I – that the drive was very successful.”

The drive co-chairman extended thanks to Nancy Estes,, Rebecca Hinton, Ann Davis, Martha Medlin, Mrs. Oliver Hopkins, Marian Alford, Sarah Barnes, Ruby Joyner, Mr. Obie Hinton, Helen Horton, Carol Ballard, Dare Arnold, Melba Andrews, Lillie Debnam, Lib Murray, Margaret Sawyer, Lucy Olive, Myra Turlington, Sue Gill, Ruby Massey, Marie Horton, Rachel Massey, Evelyn Daniels, Mrs. Bill Strickland, Rigy Massey, and Bill Barnes for their work in soliciting for the drive.

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