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, Knightdale High was dealing with a higher-than-usual poverty rating. In 1989, support for the Mudcats coming to Zebulon was building. And in 1964, the Zebulon Rotary Club was focusing on what it means to live in a small town.
School assignments are never good enough for most people. A combination of logistical nightmares and political maneuvering seems to keep them in a constant state of inadequacy. In 2004, Knightdale parents were upset as they discovered that the high school was giving out far more free and reduced-price lunches than any other in the county.
The Mudcats, now a staple of Zebulon sports and entertainment, was looking to come to town to stay in 1989, and Zebulon residents were eagerly awaiting the day when the minor league baseball team would come to rest in Five County Stadium.
There are some key differences about small towns and large ones. They’ve been the subject of verse and vocals for as long as there was such a thing as a “big” town. In 1964, Russel Brantley, Jr. of the Zebulon Rotary Club waxed poetic himself about what it means to live in a small town.