This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County. This week, headlines were mixed with positive and challenging news.
Ten years ago, Knightdale’s town council began discussing problems with loitering teens. In 1990, Wendell Elementary brought home a lot of winning ribbons. Fifty years ago, Southern Bell advertised the Armed Forces Day parade in Raleigh.
Problems with gangs led to a discussion about curfews, which led to weeks of heated discussion in Knightdale.
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Fed up with graffiti markings and juveniles gathering in local neighborhoods at night, town leaders have a plan to tag teens with a tougher curfew and parents with stiff fines.
After hearing from angry residents at the Town Council meeting Monday night, town officials are proposing a new curfew for kids under 18 -- they would have to be in their homes by 10 p.m. If teens are found on the streets without supervision after the curfew, the town would fine parents $100 for the first offense and $500 for each subsequent offense.
...”We need to give police the tools they need to do their jobs,” said Council member Jeff Eddins.
About 50 residents from Knightdale subdivisions came out to complain about large groups of teens standing outside of their homes. They say the kids are intimidating residents and using foul language.
“Every night when I get home from work, large groups are all piled up around my house,” said Darrell Marshmon. “I’m going to protect my home.”
...”We do have a curfew,” Town Manager Gary McConkey said. “But it doesn’t do all the things we need it to do. We’re going to beef up the ordinance. We’re going to identify these kids and punish the parents with fines. It will be very expensive to let your kid run around unsupervised at night.”
...Town Attorney Clyde Holt said there are steps the town can take. “This is not Knightdale’s unique problem. It’s faced in all growing communities. We fought to get that high school. And, yes, the high school has attracted youth. The purpose (of the curfew plan) is not to punish. The purpose is to encourage positive behavior.
Wendell Elementary snagged first place at an Enloe track meet, coached by P.E. teacher Georgia Wall and reported this week 25 years ago.
The Wendell GT Magnet Elementary School track team brought home the championship in the Wake County GT Manet track meet at Enloe High School April 20 for the fourth time in as many years – giving the school a perfect record in the four years it has competed in the meet.
Relay highlights included:
▪ The fifth-grade boys 400-meter relay team captured first place with strong runs by Reginald Eady, Dewayne Dunston, Reginald Holden and Kevin Fitts.
▪ The team of Danita Lowrance, Tammie Amerson, Adrian Vick and Anitra Jones placed first in the girls 400-meter relay.
▪ The team of Russell Brown, Anthony Privette, Lewis Richardson and Robert Lucas captured first place in the boys (fourth-grade) 400-meter for Wendell.
▪ For the girls, Janica Wilkerson, Syretta Sutton, Sheree Street and Lanequa Hodge combined efforts for first in the 400-meter relay.
▪ Pierre Lowrance, Michael Brown, Alexander Perry and Jared Roseboro teamed up to take first place in the (third-grade) boys 400-meter relay.
▪ For the girls, Rhonda Vick, Heather Thorne, Jenny Johnson and Heather Hobson captured second place in the 400-meter relay.
Smack in the middle of the Vietnam War, life carried on in eastern Wake 50 years ago. But an advertisement from the recently established North Carolina Armed Forces Day sought residents to come out to Raleigh for festivities.
Governor Dan K. Moore has proclaimed the week of May 8-15 as Armed Forces Week in North Carolina, and communities throughout the State are planning exciting acivities to salute our Armed Forces.
Come to Raleigh Saturday, May 8, for a full day of festivities. A parade composed of military units of all armed services begins at 10 a.m.
Armed Forces will hold open house at the State Fairgrounds from noon until 4 p.m. Open house activities will include a sky-diving team and judo demonstrations, and the kids will thrill at the parachute jump tower for children.
Small arms captured from Viet Cong soldiers will be on display, as will American arms, including Hawk missiles being used against enemy aircraft in Vietnam.
Concerts by Army and high school bands, jeep rides and displays of field equipment also will be features of the open house.
Southern Bell salutes our Armed Forces.