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, children in Knightdale were upset enough over passag of an ordinance that they attended Town Council meetings. In 1989, folks were worried about brown water coming out of their spigots. And in 1964, the local Guardsmen were displaying their firepower.
Sometimes towns have to make tough calls. Often those tough calls come when trying to strike a fair balance between two opposing forces. This time, the opposing forces were safety and recreation. Basketball hoops on cul-de-sacs are good fun, but they can also be dangerous for children and drivers alike.
If town staff receives a complaint about on-street game playing, the goals could be confiscated. McConkey said while that has not happened yet, the town is serious about the ordinance.
While it hardly resembled the viral videos in which people who lived near heavy fracking zones light their water on fire, brown water was a concern in 1989 as Zebulon residents worried for their health.
1964 was smack in the middle of the Cold War. When you’re uncertain whether the next day will bring all-out war, it’s often reassuring when your military can put on a show of force – even if it’s just a demonstration.