ZIP codes took effect in 1967; five wrecks cause major pileup in 1997
•Wake Forest postmaster Ben T. Aycock said the use of ZIP codes will make mailing packages easier. This comes as result of a national legislation signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in September. The ZIP codes follow a five-digit code based on region to help the sender deliver a package to the appropriate post office to be sent more readily to the receiver. There are 72 post offices in Raleigh, and having the proper ZIP code will send the package to the nearest one to the intended recipient.
•Dr. John Edward Steely received a $750 award from the Christian Research Foundation for his “distinguished” work in translation. Dr. Steely was recognized for his research and translation of Das Kirchilche Apostelamt: Eine Historische Untersuchung (The Office of the Apostle in the Early Church) from German to English. Dr. Steely’s translation was submitted for a competition for worthy translations by the Christian Research Foundation in 1965-66. The competition was for translating important early Christian documents or significant modern works in foreign languages into English. Dr. Steely is a professor of Historical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
•Three teenagers managed to escape injury after overturning their car on icy roads. Randy Mose Baker, 16, was driving the 1965 Ford, owned by Robert Watson Baker, traveling west on Oak Grove Road at 11:05 a.m. with two others. Baker ran off the right side of the road and overturned the vehicle. There were no injuries and no charges. Traffic was blocked for about half an hour before the car was towed away. Damage to the car was estimated to be $300.
•Renovations are underway to the old cafeteria building at the Wake Forest-Rolesville Junior High campus. The building is the oldest on campus and has been used for storage for seven years. The school is looking to use the building for the band and choral classes, a multipurpose art room and also an audio-visual room. The floors need to be tiled, walls paneled and ceilings dropped for new light fixtures. Assistant Principal Jim Peebles expects to have the band and choral room complete within a month if there is no difficulty. Others expect that it will take six to eight weeks to complete.
•The Hardee’s restaurant of Wake Forest rang in the New Year with a new manager, a remodeled restaurant and some family-fun events. The restaurant will celebrate Kid’s Day with clowns, magicians, balloons and prizes on Saturday and will continue the next two Saturdays as well. Customers can register for their Win-You-Over Giveaway for a chance to win a grand prize of Cherry Coke and a Go Cart. The first runner up will win a 10-speed bicycle, and the second will win a 10-inch black and white TV.
•Seven young men from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School placed fifth out of 72 schools nationwide in their first competition with the American Computer Science League. The students demonstrated their ability to solve computer and math problems through computer programing. The competition was divided into four contests, each progressively harder than the first, which ended with 20 teams’ standings, the top five of which were ranked. The teams are invited to the All-Star contest which will be held in Washington D.C. Team members for WF-R High School are Lee Eason, Stephen Furr, Bayne Schulstad, Robert Basset, John Norris, Chuan Westrich and William Fuller.
•Traffic was backed up on Capital Boulevard for two-and-a-half hours due to five rear-end wrecks all taking place within an hour near the Burlington Mills Road intersection south of Wake Forest. The first wreck took place in the southbound lane, and the drivers resolved it on their own without the assistance of the highway patrol or fire department. The second involved a 1996 International wrecker hitting the back of a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier in the northbound lane when they slowed down to glance at the first wreck. The driver of the wrecker was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid collision. While attempting to move around the second wreck, a 1994 Toyota Camry ran into the back of a 1992 Ford van with no reported injuries. The driver of the Camry was also charged with failure to reduce speed.
Then another wreck occurred involving a 1992 Honda running into the back of a 1996 Ford van, with the driver of the Honda charged the same as the other two. When a fifth wreck occurred, the drivers exchanged contact information with one another and asked State Trooper J.B. Gardner if they could handle the issue themselves. Gardner permitted them and they went on their way.
•David Leone returns to The Wake Weekly as a general news reporter for Wake Forest and Youngsville. Leone previously worked with the paper in 2000 as a news editor for the former Franklin County community paper The Franklin Reporter. When the Reporter closed in 2001, he said of his time with The Wake Weekly staff that it was “the best job of my life.” Leone also has experience in journalism as a general news reporter for The Apex Herald. He has won several North Carolina Press Association awards for news and feature writing as well as photography. He is a native of Buffalo, N.Y. and moved to North Carolina in 1995.
•Franklinton residents observed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with their first march and memorial service. The march began at the Franklinton High School gym. Members travelled east on Vine Street to Main Street then turned south to First Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the N.C. NAACP, spoke at the service following the march, reminding people that there is still work that needs to be done to continue the legacy that King lived for.
The source for the above entries is printed archives of The Wake Weekly.