This Week in History: July 23

07/22/2014 3:03 PM

07/22/2014 3:04 PM

This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake County area.

In 2004, Wendell was about to have another growth spurt. In 1989, Corinth-Holder Elementary parents were concerned about the busing policy. And in 1964, Zebulon was receiving a service that many people take for granted these days.

2004

As towns grow, the necessity for more housing increases. In 2004, Wendell was on the cusp of adding 100 new homes.

People looking for midrange homes in Wendell will soon have more choices. Knightdale developer Johnny Watson is planning to develop a total of 100 lots next to the existing Timberlake subdivision between Old Zebulon Road and Wendell Boulevard.

Wendell Town Board approved the final plan for the first phase of Woodlands at Timberlake with a 4-1 vote July 12.

The subdivision’s initial addition includes 54 lots, while the second and third phases would include 31 and 15 lots, according to documents filed with the town. The homes would be at least as large as the existing houses in the Timberlake subdivision, Wendell Planning Director Teresa Piner said, adding the home sizes there range from 1,600 to 1,800 square feet.

1989

Busing is a hot-button issue in the world of education. Bus systems are often decried as too slow, not safe enough, too far away, too inefficient. They are, for certain, a favorite target of concerned parents. In 1989, Corinth-Holder Elementary parents were concerned that their children’s ride to school might be too long.

Representatives from Corinth-Holder Elementary School went before the Johnston County School Board Monday night in search of some answers, but feel they came away empty-handed.

A group of about eight concerned parents, teachers and citizens attended the board’s meeting in Smithfield to voice opposition to the relocation of Corinth-Holder sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to North Johnston Middle School in Micro. The move would call for students to be bused approximately 25 miles, a ride residents feel is too long.

“We’re concerned about the distance they expect our children to travel,” said Connie Jeffreys, one of two parents who addressed the board. “They (the board) say it’s not five hours a day (on the bus) but we have bus drivers here in the community who are going two hours just (one way) to Smithfield-Selma (Senior High School) and it’s farther to go to North Johnston.”

1964

Hey, isn’t it great that we can make calls across the nation for no additional cost, as long as we’re using cellular or IP phones? That wasn’t always the case. Back in 1964, even a call from Zebulon to Raleigh was far enough to incur long-distance fees. Fortunately, an end was in sight for Wendell, Zebulon and Raleigh.

February 7, 1965, will mark another milestone in telephone progress for Zebulon and Wendell.

Toll-free service to Raleigh and Knightdale will go into effect on that date.

Zebulon and Wendell subscribers will then be able to call any telephone in Raleigh and Knightdale without paying a long distance charge, and subscribers in Raleigh and Knightdale will be able to call any telephone in Zebulon and Wendell without paying a long distance charge.

B.G. Skidmore, local telephone manager, said that inauguration of the new and improved service will mean that subscribers in Zebulon and Wendell will be able to dial approximately 71,000 additional telephones without paying long distance charges. He said that Zebulon and Wendell subscribers voted for this new service in the summer of 1963.

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