In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•Eugene Thomas Satterfield Jr. of Littleton has been hired as the new Wake Forest High School coach. He replaces Tony Trentini, who resigned to accept a position as line coach for the Wake Forest College football squad. Satterfield will teach physical education and coach football and baseball.
•Construction of East Wake High School is set to begin. East Wake is the new consolidated high school serving Rolesville, Wendell and Knightdale. The school was approved in a special election last week.
•E.R. Tharrington has been named principal of the Rolesville grade school. Principal in Youngsville for 17 years, Tharrington was selected by the Rolesville School Committee at a meeting last week. He replaces Coyte Lanier, who has been named principal at Garner Elementary.
•The recently elected Youngsville Mayor Melvin J. Young has resigned. Young said he found out after the fact that he cannot legally serve as mayor and justice of the peace at the same time.
•A record rainfall, 5.8 inches, deluged Wake Forest in one day. Rain washed out roads and again flooded Paschal Golf Course, putting the first, fifth and sixth greens under water and covering the sixth fairway. A creek came close to washing out a bridge on Rolesville Road near Chalk’s Store. Parts of N.C. 98, North Main, North White and Wait streets were temporarily flooded. Also, the Richland Creek wastewater treatment plant was under water and had to be pumped out.
•Playing at The Fish coffeehouse, Circus Slicker and Hurry Hurry, with W.C. Fields.
•John Bridges’ Wholesale Carpets has opened in Franklinton at 8 N. Main St. And Hi-way Automotive and Speed Shop, owned by Jim Gillispie and Herman Holder, has moved to a new location in the town at 18 N. Main St. Said Bridges, “All kinds of carpet will be available, including shag.”
•A new post office has opened in Franklinton on South Main Street. The main purpose for the new office was extended parking, not available in the former site on Mason Street.
•A 22-year-old Durham man drowned in Falls Lake after he waded into too-deep water and panicked. He and several others had been swimming and wading at the northern end of Beaverdam near Old Weaver Trail.
•The N.C. Department of Natural Resources is considering Rolesville as a site for high-level nuclear waste, Mayor Tommy Pearce has learned. The state is looking at all areas where the Rolesville batholith — a concentration of granite from an ancient volcano in a large part of Wake and Franklin counties — is prominent. The U.S. government has been searching for a permanent disposal site for high-level waste for 25 years. Editor’s note: The site was never built in North Carolina.
•A Louisburg woman thwarted a burglary by holding the perpetrator at gunpoint until police arrived. The Ramseur Road resident was asleep when she heard noises. She stopped the suspect cold as he tried to enter through a window.
•Charlie Wilson, 17, a rising junior at Franklinton High, has died of complications due to cystic fibrosis. The popular teen was a sports fan, but couldn’t play so he ran the shot clock during basketball games, was manager of the football team and scorekeeper for middle school baseball. “He was a kid that everyone liked,” said girls basketball coach Lester Wilder. “We’ll miss him very much.”
•The Youngsville National Guard field artillery detachment is training at Fort Irwin, Calif., in the use of the Multiple Launch Rocket System. Each launcher can blanket an enemy 20 miles away with 8,000 munitions in under 60 seconds.
•Franklinton Area County Park, the county’s newest park at the corner of Second Street and Park Avenue, has officially opened. Included are baseball and softball diamonds, soccer and football fields and a track.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone