This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in the eastern Wake County area.
In 2004, Zebulon was looking into sprucing up the place. In 1989, that pesky outer loop was once again experiencing delays. And in 1964, the chief of police in Zebulon struggled with apprehending a culprit that was far from the usual suspect.
The struggle against time is a story known to all. Entropy will have its way with everything, and it is only through concerted effort that we can restore what has faded back to its former glory. In the case of a town, that can take quite a bit of money. In 2004, Zebulon was looking at just over half a million dollars to revitalize its downtown.
Some may take the Interstate 540 exchange at U.S. 64 for granted, but if our archives are any indication, it was a real pain in the neck to get going. Fortunately for us, the year isn’t 1989, when the roadway construction had hit another delay.
Catching criminals is hard business. Catching criminals that have six legs, wings, a stinger and a bad attitude can be pretty hard, too, as Zebulon Police Chief Willie Hopkins found out 50 years ago. And you’d think the worst a bee can do is sting you.
Well... apparently you’d be wrong.