This Week in History

This Week in History: June 25

From staff reportsJune 24, 2014 

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, Eastern Regional Library had a zoo on their hands. In 1989, the tobacco crops were suffering. And in 1964, Corinth-Holders School got a new principal.


Usually, having a wildcat in a library is a considerable problem. But in 2004, East Regional Library was glad to host an African servile cat, among many other strange and interesting creatures.

From fast to slow, furry to scaly, short to long, children got a good taste of it all from some special animal guests June 17 when East Regional Library played host to their annual program.

As part of the library’s summer reading program, officials invited Triangle Metro Zoo to bring in some animals from their home near Youngsville for the children to see and enjoy. More than 60 kids and parents packed the tiny performance room of East Regional Library to see the animals.

Triangle Metro Zoo staffer Kathy Jones had her hands full with their first guest, Congo, a feisty African servile cat. “African servile cats are very fast and can run up to 40 mph,” Jones said.

[...]Jones added African servile cats like Congo can grow as large as 40 pounds and live up to 19 years.


People get reasonable upset when tobacco, the cash crop of our state, takes a hit. In 1989, wet conditions were just one on a pile of issues that was gnawing away at tobacco farmers’ profits.

Murphy’s Law has had a banner year so far, because what could go wrong did go wrong with the tobacco crop in east Wake County.

According to Wake County extension agent Wayne Batten, the weather has been the biggest culprit in turning this year’s tobacco crop into a nightmare for growers. It all started in January, Batten said.

“If you’ll remember, the weather got warm during January and growers began putting their plantbeds in early,” Batten said, “then winter set in.”

Fred Yelverton, crop science extension specialist in tobacco at N.C. State University, said the weather wreaked havoc in the plantbeds.

“We went from extreme to extreme this year,” Yelverton said. “It was extremely hot in March and extremely cold in March. But the biggest nemesis was the wet weather. A lot of plantbeds had serious problems.”


Raiford H. Fulghum, teacher-coach, has been named principal of Corinth-Holders School for the 1964-65 session.

Fulghum will succeed H.C. Bowers, who resigned after four years as principal of the school. Mrs. Bowers, a fifth grade teacher in the school, also resigned. Bowers served as principal of the Knightdale School for 12 years before coming to Corinth-Holders.

The Corinth-Holders School District Committee unanimously voted in favor of Fulghum as the new principal. Fulghum has taught and coached athletics at Corinth-Holders five out of the last six years.

A 27-year-old Wilson County native (Rock Ridge), Fulghum is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raiford C. Fulghum. He joined the Corinth-Holders faculty in 1958 and has been there ever since except for the 1962-63 school year when he was a teacher-coach at Princeton.

He is married to the former Dorothy Baughman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Baughman of Route 1, Selma. Mrs. Fulghum is employed with a Raleigh firm.

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