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•Unlike the rest of the student body, Frank H. Rust, a law student at Wake Forest College, is not staying at a house or dorm. Instead, the Hopewell, Va., native intends to camp his way through the year. His large Army tent can be seen on the hill behind Gore Field, complete with a wooden floor and camp stove venting smoke through a flue in the roof.
“Not only will I just about cut a year’s college expenses in half, but I will have a better opportunity to study,” he said. “There will be no noise to bother.”
•Playing at the Castle Theatre, Morning Glory, starring Katharine Hepburn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
• To relieve the pressure of a manpower shortage at area farms, the Wake Forest public school has been on a half-day schedule since the beginning of the school year. The school’s students and teachers picked 75,543 pounds or 58 bales of cotton in September, about 4.5 percent of the 1.68 million pounds collected by students and teachers in Wake County.
Marie Mitchell, chairwoman of the committee at Wake Forest, said the school system work is not complete. The children will continue to help as long as needed, picking cotton, stripping cane or digging potatoes.
•Zula Wilson advertises single-day service at the Wake Forest Automatic Laundry. Nine pounds of laundry can be washed and dried for 90 cents.
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•A pack barn full of tobacco burned northeast of Rolesville, resulting in a loss of both the structure and all of the product. The tobacco belonged to Leonard Perry, who was renting the farm for the summer from Sidney Young.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Sean Connery and Ursula Andress in Dr. No.
•Franklinton commissioners defeated 3-2 a vote that would have prevented beer and wine sales on Sundays. The call for the change came from residents of a neighborhood which had a bar that was too noisy on Sundays. In related news, the Christian Action League is advocating a ‘No’ vote this November for a law that would allow North Carolinians to order liquor by the drink in bars.
•A Franklin County farmer who went to check the tobacco in his bulk barns never returned, leading to a an all-weekend search by friends and family. Sheriff’s officials found blood and other evidence of foul play near the door to one of the barns and discovered one of the farmer’s cars missing. “You just never think something like this could happen in your own community,” one woman said.
•A new Bay Leaf fire station has been dedicated. After the ceremony, children clambered on fire trucks and met with Smokey Bear. Volunteer firefighters’ wives served refreshments.
•Jerry Wayne Jones, a Farm Boys Agricultural Service employee, has filed for the Bunn mayor’s race, making him the only candidate. Mayor Wayne Winstead did not re-file.
•A Durham 6-year-old was rescued from a 40-foot well at New Liberty Baptist Church near Youngsville. The boy had fallen through the well’s cover, plummeting into the six-foot-deep water at the bottom. But he held onto a foot-long iron pipe that had previously fallen in and was horizontally lodged between two rocks just above the water’s surface.
After more than an hour partially submerged in the 38-degree water, he was pulled to safety by Youngsville Rescue Squad’s Kenneth Pearce. When the child appeared at the 36-inch opening, the 50 or so people who had gathered applauded. The boy, Carmon Gaddie, was bruised, but otherwise all right after the ordeal.
•Wake County voters approved $450 million in school bonds by a 64 to 36 percent margin. School board members point out, however, that $867 million in school construction and repair needs have been identified.
Kathryn Quigg, Wake Forest’s school board representative called the outcome “a vote for the children.” She blamed a failed 1999 bond for putting the system behind on new construction. “Keep supporting bonds,” she said, “It’s a matter of catching up.”
•The nonprofit Wake Forest Fire Department has hired eight new firefighters, made possible by a one-cent tax increase approved by town commissioners. The additional manpower means the department’s second station on Ligon Mill Road will be manned 24 hours a day.
Growth in the northwest area has Fire Chief Jimmy Keith looking to purchase property for a new station in the area of Capital Boulevard and Jenkins Road. He hopes to have a plot purchased by next July.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone