In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•Wheeler’s Garage, just opened in the old fire house on Youngsville’s Main Street, is running an opening special. Owner R.B. “Red” Wheeler offers a front alignment and wheel balancing for $9.
•A severe summer storm flooded areas and brought down trees, also destroying tobacco crops from Wake Forest to Spring Hope. Approximately 2.5 inches of rain fell within several hours. “My crop is a total loss,” said Pulley Town Road farmer Walter Young.
•The late tobacco harvest was cited by school boards in Wake and Franklin counties for the reason to delay the start of the school year by a week. Some tobacco farmers have primed only once and rely on school-aged children to help. The excess rain has kept the product from maturing.
•Big T Family Restaurant has opened on the U.S. 1 bypass in Franklinton. Owner Mike “Big T” Pyle advertises crisp chicken sandwiches, Tastee-Freez drinks and fries and a self-service salad bar. Pyle was an all-pro center for the Chicago Bears for nine years.
•The North Main Arcade in Wake Forest is now under new management. The arcade offers free foosball and nightly tournaments of air hockey and foosball. The arcade touts the area’s largest selection of electronic games.
•New homes are going up all over town, after a series of developments were approved by town commissioners, including Cimarron, Weatherstone, Tyler Run, Cardinal Hills, Remington Woods and Staffordshire, among smaller subdivisions.
Mayor Tommy Byrne said that, aside from a demand for services and a boost to the tax base, “I doubt very seriously if the developments will drastically change the character of the town. … I just want us to be prepared for the growth and not make mistakes that were made in other areas of the county.”
•N.C. Rep. Jim Martin, a Republican candidate for governor, spoke to a small group at The Cafeteria in Wake Forest, stating his focus will be on schools, jobs and drug traffic. “We have slid too far in permissiveness,” he said about students advancing grade levels. “We must teach our young people to read, to write, to spell, and to understand the world of math and science.”
•A Bunn woman won a three-minute spending spree at the Wake Forest Winn-Dixie. Tina Hartsfield stocked up on nearly $800 in pork chops, sirloin tips, pots and pans, telephones, vacuum cleaners, canned goods, etc. When she got back to the family car, the hatch wouldn’t close. With the remainder going in the backseat, and the four-person family all in the front seat, they made it work.
•The start of school has slowed down traffic on South Main Street, leading to long delays. One woman said what once took her three minutes to drive the length of South Main, now takes her 28 minutes. Northbound traffic was halted so parents dropping off children at Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle could exit the parking lot. The only solution, she says, is to widen the road to four lanes.
•Firefighters and a co-worker rescued John Gibson, a Wake Forest wastewater plant supervisor, from a wet well, a 6- to 8-foot circular tank that holds water, after he fell in a manhole and was knocked unconscious. His co-worker, John Dyer, climbed in after him and lifted his head out of the water. Dyer tied him to a ladder and climbed out to get help. Gibson suffered a concussion and two fractured bones in his back.
•David Williams has been named Wake Forest’s interim fire chief, following former chief Jimmy Keith’s death from cancer. Williams is a longtime member of the department.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
—Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone