•Dr. George R. Beasley-Murray, principal of Spurgeon’s College in London, England, delivered the convocation lecture as Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary opened its 13th year under new president Dr. Olin T. Binkley.
Binkley replaces the seminary’s first president, Dr. Sydnor L. Stealey, who retired this year. “We Baptists need to put aside our bickering and strife and show our love for one another,” Beasley-Murray said, adding, “The church cannot forget those who are hungry, suffering, underprivileged and in despair.”
•Wake Forest police are now using new UHF Motorola communications radio equipment as part of membership in a countywide system. The gear includes a base station and three mobile units, allowing officers to communicate with each other or any station except the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, which is not on the system. The system costs the town $2,800 annually, and includes equipment and services.
•Reports of wild dogs that reside in the Wake Forest landfill are killing pigs and cattle in Franklin County is “a bunch of bull,” according to Town Administrator Julian Prosser, saying it was too far to Louisburg for dogs to roam. But Youngsville Police Chief Jessie Stroud said he saw 17 large hogs that had been attacked by a pack of dogs less than a mile from Youngsville town limits on N.C. 96, killing six of them outright.
Farmer Foster White had shot two of the feral dogs, and noted they had two-inch fangs, fur pushed toward the head, and were quite large.
•Thieves who made off with all but one penny of the till at R.L. Moore’s Franklinton store were unfortunate enough to have taken something rare — 538 dollar bills he’d been collecting that bore the signature of Joseph W. Barr, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, for only a short time. When the crooks were apprehended later the same night, those dollar bills helped positively identify them.
•Franklin County native Armenta Eaton has been awarded the Southern Christian Leadership-Women award for outstanding activism in civil rights during the national convention in Washington D.C. Eaton received the award on the 20th anniversary of the historic march on Washington. “My commitment to struggle for my people is sometimes hard, but never ending,” she said.
•Rolesville police have a new station in the former CCB site. Formerly, the police department was in a back room at town hall, which, considering Rolesville Police Chief Jimmy Green wore more hats than one, could be difficult at times. On two occasions, when the chief was interrogating a suspect, he had to stop to assist a customer in paying their water bill.
•Following closed session, Wake Forest commissioners have voted to purchase about 20 acres of land near the former landfill on North White Street for new ballfields. Town Manager Mark Williams refused to release the cost until the landowner, J. Rupert Flaherty, signed the contract.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Associate Editor David Leone