In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years.
•A group of Franklinton residents has asked the town board to prohibit the sale of alcohol within town limits on Sundays. The request came from people who live near the Tarheel Lounge at Wilson and Bullock streets.
The residents were previously unsuccessful at getting the zoning changed for the club. Ken’s Quickie Mart owner James Caudle protested the ban, saying it would hurt his business as well. “Sunday is our biggest day,” he said. “In this type of place, your biggest sale is beer and wine.”
•Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary students and their spouses were asked about what they liked or didn’t like about Wake Forest. One was put off when he realized Wake Forest University wasn’t close by, another wished there was a theater or other recreational activities and another was surprised at how many unpaved roads were in town.
Said Pat Annas, “What I don’t like is the way people drive around here. A 25 mile-per-hour speed limit is posted, but nobody observes it.”
•People living outside of town on Franklinton water are upset with the water pressure, which sometimes “goes dry” two to three times a day, according to one resident. Town Utilities Supervisor Rick Carter said the 103 houses in the Mitchell Avenue neighborhood are served by a 2-inch line that is constantly problematic and that nothing can be done to increase pressure.
The problem began when the original developer was allowed to run the smaller line to the homes and was exacerbated when additional homes were added later. So far, town commissioners have denied Carter’s requests to replace the main line.
•Wake Forest commissioners have approved a request to rezone 83 acres south of Forestville Baptist Church and west of U.S. 1-A, which will allow houses and duplexes to be built there.
•Franklin County Sheriff William T. Dement interrupted a noisy jailbreak, stopping four prisoners who had knocked a hole in the wall of their cinderblock jail cell. Dement was at the Louisburg firehouse across the street when he heard a racket. When he got back to the jail, he found a one-foot hole in the wall.
The men used a metal shower curtain rod which they had ripped from the wall to make the hole. They had been flushing the debris down the toilet, causing severe plumbing problems in the jail and county offices below.
•Rolesville commissioners have revised the zoning ordinance to allow denser housing in town limits. The change reduces the minimum lot width in the town’s Residential-2 zoning from 100 feet to 85 feet. Jim Adams, a representative of the proposed Old Towne subdivision spoke in favor of the change, which he said will allow lower-cost housing into the community.
•Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones ruffled some feathers when she requested that commissioners endorse Wake County Schools’ proposed $450 million bond issue, on the ballot this fall.
“There is going to be a big fight and I think we should stay out of it,” protested Wake Forest Commissioner Chris Malone. Malone said money could be freed up by analyzing the current budget rather than passing a bond. If approved, the bond is slated to fund new construction and renovation of existing schools.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone