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•Playing at the Castle Theatre, The Avenger, starring Ralph Forbes and Adrienne Ames.
•A new scrap drive has begun in Wake Forest, under the direction of G.S. Patterson. Townspeople are called to bring paper, tin cans, waste metals, rubber, fats and discarded silk and nylon hose to the Wake Forest mayor’s office. Local merchants have agreed to supply cardboard boxes for the collection. The salvage committee includes R.H. Branson, Dan W. Smith, Mrs. J.N. Freeman, O.M. McKaughan and Leland Jones.
Said Patterson, “All of us are acquainted with the need for these critical materials. If [we] dismiss our obligations lightly because of time and trouble involved, there would be no salvage accumulated to maintain the war effort.”
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Ravaged Earth, a documentary about Japanese atrocities in China. No children admitted.
•One of Wake Forest’s most beloved residents, C.E. Gill, has died after a brief illness. “Bud” Gill was born in 1868 northeast of town to Civil War veteran E.E. Gill and Mrs. Annio Gill, and later moved to “Colonial Hall,” the Gill home across from the church.
He attended Wake Forest College in his teens, but didn’t graduate and later went into business as a merchant with Cary Brewer. He retired at age 47 and kept a large farm thereafter as a hobby. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Eugene Olive, pastor at Wake Forest Baptist Church.
•An Old Gold & Black editorial denounces “reactionaries” such as Joe McCarthy and Rocky Mount Rev. Samuel H.W. Johnston who are making claims of communistic activity on college campuses. At Wake Forest College, the accusations were of student drinking and liberalism.
Underlying the charges, “seems to be a desire to force personal convictions upon others,” the editorial states. “Liberalism is not something to be feared. Every major progressive step man has taken in modern times has at one occasion or another been labeled as liberalism or something worse.”
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black
•Residents of the Wakette Fire District have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a special fire protection tax. Out of 177 voters, 166 voted in favor of the tax, not to exceed 10 cents per $100 of property value. The money will provide the Wake Forest Rural Fire Department with equipment needed to meet the standards of the N.C. Fire Rating Bureau, which keeps fire insurance rates down.
•Mrs. M.E. Joyner made a presentation at the Wake Forest Garden Club about Christmas decorations made from items thought to be worthless. She showed a Christmas tree made from newspapers, wishbone stars, a pinecone noel scene and egg carton roses.
•Rolesville is putting Christmas lights on top of the town water tank. James Cade, town clerk and policeman, will hang the lights, assisted by Mrs. H.E. Perry, wife of the mayor, who came up with the idea.
•The Wake Weekly has been designated a National Blue Ribbon Newspaper by the National Editorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. Twenty-five criteria had to be met including service to the community and overall excellence.
•Someone fired a shotgun through the front plate glass window of M.N. Perry’s store, injuring John Edward Keith, who was cut by flying glass. Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Branch said a red car was seen heading west at a high rate of speed, but it was unclear if the vehicle was involved.
•Descendants of Dr. Solomon Holding and Mrs. G.P. Davis were present for the dedication of Holding Park on land the families had owned. Having a grassy park in the center of town is fortunate, Wake Forest Recreation Program Director Gene Adams said, adding, “We are all grateful that you gave this park to our children.”
•The Wake Forest Rescue Squad saved Duke, a bird dog, from an abandoned well, about a half-mile off Will Wall Road, just over the county line. Duke’s master, Jack Ragen, had been hunting with Jim Byrd. Muted barking led them to where Duke had fallen through two old logs covering a well three to four feet across and 45 to 50 feet deep. Squad members Pervis Perry, James Lentz and Willie Ferguson lowered a rope with a slipknot, hooking it around Duke’s neck and quickly hauling him to safety.
•Work is underway to convert the historic mill at Falls into luxury condos. There will be 35 units in the old mill and machine shop and 15-16 of new construction. The renovations are already revealing the beauty of the buildings, project developer Adam Abrams said, which were built in 1854 from a granite quarry on the site.
•Franklin County commissioners have approved a noise ordinance to regulate loud music and other disturbances, especially those that occur late at night. Exceptions include emergency warnings or signals, lawn care, agricultural equipment and construction during the daytime, parades, fairs and circuses, and daytime chimes that last no longer than five minutes.
•Playing at the Louisburg Theatre, Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel in Elf.
•Wake Forest commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning that will pave the way to adding a 10,000-square-foot museum to the Calvin Jones House. Several neighbors oppose the project on the grounds the museum will dwarf the house and increased traffic will ruin the quiet character of North Main Street.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone