Man survives voltage shock in 1987
•The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will offer a Master’s degree in Religious Education for the next two years starting in September. This degree will be allowed as an alternative to the Masters of Divinity that is offered at the school, according to Religious Education professor Dr. John T. Wayland. Those wishing to pursue the M.R.E. must first have a B.A. or B.S. degree. The M.R.E. will require 62 credit hours, with 22 hours for the degree itself and 40 in biblical, theological and historical courses.
•A Wake Forest Cub Scout and his dad put in a very detailed effort in constructing a Pinewood Derby car. Each year, 9-year-old Wally Benfield and his dad Bob take a year to decide, design and craft the car they enter for the annual Wake Forest Cub Scout model car race. This year, they constructed a tiny replica of the Batmobile from the TV series Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The idea of replicating the Caped Crusader’s iconic vehicle followed shortly after last year’s race. It took up to two months and went through ten different carving blades to carve out the design, averaging about an hour each day.
•A Wake Forest resident demonstrated his creativity that won him second place in a Eggs-ibit 77 competition in Phillsburg, N.J. John Wall, Route 4 in Wake Forest, crafted a unique artistic design using a goose egg inside of a cassowary egg. Wall said that this is not an inexpensive hobby as the cassowary egg has to be shipped directly from Australia, which alone cost $100.
•Youngsville Woman’s Club member Thelma Hall was impressed with the overall progress of the new library 15 days after it opened. Since the open house on March 13, the library received 164 visitors and loaned 227 books. The library features a number of reading material genres including home and gardening, crafts, sports and a variety of fiction. The library is receiving a good amount of help from adult volunteers, including four high school girls from New York.
•The bridge on Jenkins Road is out due to age and deterioration. The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) said that the 35-year-old bridge was in need of replacement for some time as it was unsafe for trucks and busses to cross over. DOT bridge superintendent Ned Perry said that logging trucks quickened the deterioration of the bridge. He said trucks are not allowed to cross, but even a $16-17 citation for doing so costs less than what it would to take a longer route. The DOT plans to build a new bridge that will be 80 feet long and 24 feet wide, bigger than the original 17-foot-wide bridge. The cost is estimated at $97,200 and will probably take eight weeks to construct.
•A Youngsville resident is alive even after being shocked with 7500 volts. Wayne Robbins was helping his friend Harold Britton install a CB antenna at the top of Britton’s mobile home in Wellington Trailer Park about 2:30 p.m. While Robbins was on the roof, a gust of wind blew over the nine-foot, aluminum-steel whip from the antenna to a low hanging power line. Robbins received burns to his hands and knees and fell backward but remained conscious. Northern Wake Rescue and the Wake Forest Fire Department responded to Britton’s emergency call. Robbins had to be carefully removed from the roof via stretcher. He was admitted at the Wake Medical Center and was considered in fair condition the next day. Northern Wake Rescue Chief Bennie Moody said that Robbins was lucky as the power line contained enough voltage to kill someone.
•Franklinton High School coach James Foster said that watching Mike Bibby lead the Arizona Wildcats to take the NCAA basketball title was like watching his father, Henry Bibby, play all over again. Foster coached Henry Bibby before he played for UCLA in 1971-72 and nine seasons with the NBA for the Knicks, Clippers and 76ers. Even though the two have a shared passion for basketball, Henry and Mike Bibby do not have a close relationship, as Mike Bibby was raised by his mother. Foster says that he hoped the two will one day amend their estranged relationship.
•Wake Forest Commissioner Dan Heimbach was invited to deliver an address at the Bush conference. The address will discuss the drafting and conclusions of President George H.W. Bush’s just war clause for the Gulf War and Operation Desert Shield. The address discusses the principles of the just war clause, including enemy treatment, use of force and avoidance of evil. Heimbach served as associate director of domestic policy and deputy executive secretary of the Domestic Policy Council for the former president. He currently works as a Christian ethics professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
•High schoolers got involved in encouraging elementary school students to read. High school students participated in Read Across America Day at Franklinton Elementary School for the second consecutive year. The students introduced the works of Dr. Seuss as part of the program as they celebrated the author’s birthday this month. Some students even came dressed as characters, like the Cat in the Hat.
•Former Wake Forest Assistant Police Chief SamuelDavis died at Hillside Nursing Center at age 84. Davis, known by his peers as “Smiling Sam,” served with the Wake Forest Police Department from 1961 to 1984. He was a WWII veteran serving in Germany from 1943-45. He was honorably discharged from the Army and received a Purple Heart award after being shot in action. He was a member of Rolesville Baptist Church and Lodge No. 683 A.F & A.M. He is survived by his wife, Frances Privette Davis; sister, Bertha Lee Powell; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Fraizer; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The source for above entries is print archives of The Wake Weekly.
— Compiled by Brandon Anderson