•Playing at the Castle Theatre, Life in the Raw, featuring George O’Brien and Claire Trevor.
•Nine Wake Forest College students have been placed on probation by the Student Council for violations of the student code of conduct. Three others were acquitted. One student was charged with possession of a key to an office in order to obtain exam material and eight admitted violating the prohibition on gambling.
•The Rev. Samuel H.W. Johnston, pastor of the 1,800-member North Rocky Mount Baptist Church, has issued statements that Wake Forest College was immoral, both for sponsoring liberal speakers on campus and hauling in whiskey to the dormitories “by the truckloads.”
The latter charge was levied by Floyd Holmes, a 1951 graduate of Wake Forest College, who stated that drinking at social fraternity dances at the college was deplorable. College President Harold Tribble responded that the charges were completely false, calling the statements, “unfair and irresponsible.”
The speaker, Dr. Robert J. McCracken, pastor of Riverside Church in New York City, had been sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Church, not the college, Tribble continued. Editor’s note: Though McCracken’s remarks were not reported, according to the Riverside Church website, he was known as a critic of military escalation and an advocate of racial justice, later supporting strongly the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The source for the above entries is online archives of the Wake Forest University newspaper, Old Gold & Black.
•Playing at the Forest Theatre, Advise and Consent, with Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton.
•Youngsville’s second annual Firemen’s Day netted $4,800 after expenses, after firefighters sold 2,000 to 2,200 plates of barbecue. Funds will be used to buy firefighting equipment.
•Green & Staples Mobile Homes announces its grand opening on U.S. 1 just north of Wall’s Service Center. Free food and drink and music by Pete Wright and His Southland Boys. Salesmen include Mackie Green, Barry Green and Glen “Pete” Staples. On special, a 1974 2-bedroom, 12×50 foot mobile home for $3,700.
•The town of Wake Forest’s statement of financial condition notes $625,000 in total assets and liabilities, and a tax rate of $1.35 per $100 valuation, up 20 cents from $1.15 in 1971-72.
•The town of Wake Forest is sponsoring a $25 award for the design of a town seal and motto. Wake Forest does not have a motto or pictorial representation that is both distinctive and representative. Such seals are used on police cars and other town related items. Suggested slogans so far include: Home of the Cougars, Our Hospitality is Home grown and The Friendly Town.”
•Franklin County is one of 55 in the state declared a disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from lost crops due to severe summer heat and drought conditions. Farmers are eligible for emergency loans.
•The N.C. Safe Roads act goes into effect this week. In addition to raising the drinking age to 19, drivers will no longer be able to drink alcohol while driving. And those who register a blood alcohol impairment level of 0.10 will automatically have their driving privileges suspended, with stiff fines and other penalties added when the person goes to court. Those convicted of DWI will see a 395 percent hike in vehicle insurance rates.
•Playing at the Louisburg Theatre, Michael Keaton and Teri Garr in Mr. Mom.
•Youngsville’s 12th annual Fire-Rescue Day brought in more than $10,000 from the sale of barbecue plates and homemade desserts. Profits will be divided between the fire department and rescue services. Both departments hoped for a better showing but expected some drop-off from the current economic conditions.
•A prisoner has attempted to hang himself in the 24-hour lockup at the Wake Forest police station, using shoe strings he had doubled over. “I heard some kicking (from the cells) Officer C.E. Enlow said. “About the time I got there, the shoe strings broke.” The prisoner, who was sent to the hospital for treatment, had been arrested on a drunk and disorderly.
•Wake Forest’s red fire hydrant with a silver cap may be on the way out. Fire Chief Jimmy Keith reports they are beginning a six to eight month process of testing the 400 hydrants in the districts to determine their water flow. Hydrants may be painted various colors to designate that amount of flow. National standards recommend using four colors to designate flow. Usually, blue is highest, followed by green, orange and red.
•The Factory has opened in the former Athey manufacturing site, bringing a unique combination of food, retail and sports entertainment to Wake Forest’s South Main Street. Outside, it’s flanked by the Village Deli and Armadillo Grill. Inside, there is an ice rink, Goodberry’s ice cream and pizza place. A fitness center for adults is planned as well. The complex’s developer, Jeff Ammons, purchased the property for $4.4 million.
•Golf legend Arnold Palmer swung into Wake Forest over the weekend, visiting the birthplace of his alma mater, Wake Forest College, from whence he graduated before it moved to Winston-Salem and became a university.
Palmer signed autographs and swapped stories with the town’s other big sports legend, Tommy Byrne, also a Wake Forest College grad, who pitched professionally with the New York Yankees and other pro teams before retiring in Wake Forest.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone