In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•Four Wake Forest men have been arrested in a series of grocery break-ins. Also, two Franklin County merchants have been charged with receiving stolen goods. Some $2,700 in items were taken from stores in Raleigh, Wake Forest, Wake Crossroads and Wendell. The arrests capped months of investigation by Raleigh detectives, Wake and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and Wake Forest and ABC commission officers.
•Wake Forest High senior Becky Green is The Wake Weekly’s new teen columnist. She is in Drama Club, Beta Club and the Junior Civitans, and is a cheerleader and editor of the school newspaper, The Forrester. The column, This and That, was started in 1952 by Barbara Hollowell, who is now Mrs. John D. Lyon.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Days of Wine and Roses, with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.
•Two barns full of tobacco burned near Rolesville, resulting in thousands of dollars in losses. About 1,300 sticks of tobacco were destroyed. Firefighters saved one barn.
•About 60 people en route from Norlina to Raleigh for an outing escaped serious injury when their passenger bus burned on U.S. 1 west of Youngsville. The fire began when the bus blew a tire and the driver continued to drive. Friction, combined with the hot road, sparked the fire.
•Wake Forest police and town leaders are frustrated with absentee property owners for not boarding up abandoned houses or cleaning up the yards. Abandoned houses, such as a partially burned structure on Pine Street, attract rats and bands of hippies, according to Police chief Harvey Newsom.
•On the first day of school, when The Wake Weekly asked first-graders in Gayle McNeill’s class what they were looking forward to, learning to read and write topped the list. Robbie Tilley and Bruce Johnson both wanted to improve their ability to count. But the boys also had other ideas. Said Robbie, “I want to play on the swings and the sliding board.” Added Bruce, “I want to play outside and swing and slide and play on the monkey bars.”
•Brassfield Baptist Church, located on N.C. 96 west of Franklinton, has celebrated its 150th anniversary. The church is named for Caleb Brassfield, who in 1823 donated one acre of land where the Brassfield Meeting House was built. The present sanctuary was built in 1846 on three acres of land purchased by Anthony Clements, the church’s first clerk.
Pleasant Grove Baptist grew out of Brassfield membership in 1858. Before the Civil War, the church had both white and black members. After the war, its black members formed their own church, Rock Spring Baptist, about five miles to the southwest. Women were not allowed to vote on church matters, until 1875.
•Fire has burned the Big Franklin Warehouse on Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg, costing an estimated $1 million in damages, including $500,000 in tobacco stored there. Louisburg firefighters battled the blaze for close to seven hours, concentrating on stopping the spread to other buildings. The cause has not been determined.
•Burlington Industries’ Franklinton Plant has donated a 6.6-acre tract of land to the town for recreational use. Located at the corner of Young and Dover streets, the property is appraised at between $19,000 and $25,000. If a state grant can be obtained, the town will put two ballfields on the property.
•Playing at the Louisburg Theatre, Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy in Trading Places.
•Michael K. Perry is the new associate in the law firm of Rich and Warren in Wake Forest. The UNC-Chapel Hill grad has a law degree from Campbell University and clerked last summer for a law firm in Dunn. Perry grew up on a farm in Chatham County and said he had been looking for a small town to practice in after graduating.
•Weldon Police Chief M. Greg Harrington has taken the same position for Wake Forest. The Elizabeth City native has been in law enforcement since 1971 when he served as an Air Force security police sergeant at Da Nang Air Force Base in Vietnam.
•The recreation fee charged to new home developers has gone up from $715 for each new home built to $1,086 and from $622 for multifamily units to $945. The fees are expected to cover about 40 percent of the cost of new facilities built through 2020.
•N.C. Department of Transportation officials are denying a request for a traffic light at the entrance to Heritage Elementary and Middle schools. There is little wrong with the traffic there, officials said, excepting the long queue of cars created by the schools themselves.
•Mark Skinner has opened a new business at 105 S. White St. The Violin Shop features guitar and violin lessons and beginner violin outfitting.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone