This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County.
Wendell was looking to expand its shopping 10 years ago with a development in the works. Twenty-five years ago, some regional Babe Ruth league players headed to state championships. And 50 years ago, small town gossip was alive and well.
Ten years ago, plans for a shopping center off Rolesville Road were in the works. Although development has occurred in the Martin Center area which is now home to a car dealership, a convenience store and a financial institution, no shopping center ever materialized.
Plans for the develpment of the interchange of U.S. 64 and the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass are taking shape. Faison & Associates of Charlotte could develop a regional shopping center in the area that is exected to host a multitude of businesses.
Faison, which also owns land on U.S. 64 Business west of Rolesville Road, is under contract to buy land from a group of partners that include Paul White, owner of Universal Chevrolet, and Steve Stroud, a Raleigh real estate executive. The land is north of U.S. 64 Business off Rolesville Road near U.S. 64. The shopping center project could cost between $45 million and $60 million, Faison said.
The center could have between 300,000 and 500,000 square foot of retailing space, including a large anchor store. If everything goes as planned, construction could start in two years, Jensie Teague, senior managing director for Faison said, adding that his company is now recruiting tenants.
East Wake headed to Kinston 25 years ago for their Babe Ruth state finals.
East Wake’s 16-year-old all-star team advanced into the final round of the state Babe Ruth baseball tournament over the weekend in Kinston.
Consisting of Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon players, the East Wake all-stars took on the Crystal Coast vs. Hamlet winner on Monday night. The survivor of that semifinal match-up faced Coastal Plains East for the championship on Tuesday.
East Wake opened the tournament on Friday by bashing Wilmington 13-1. In Saturday’s second round, East Wake rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 5-4 win over Central Carolina of Durham. East Wake suffered its first loss on Sunday when Coastal Plains East rolled to an 11-1 decision.
Talk about small town gossip. In the Zebulon Record 50 years ago, a weekly section listed “Society Happenings” around town.
Mrs. Eva Moore Fagan of Oxford, aunt of Armstrong Cannady, is a patient at Watts Hospital in Durham.
Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Sexton attended the birthday party of their grandson, Blake Davenport of Wilson, last Saturday. Blake, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davenport, was five years old. Mr. and Mrs. Sexton were accompanied by Mrs. Sexton’s sister, Miss Pattie Doub.
Kim and Kelly Tucker, daughters of Dr. and Mrs. George Tucker, are spending this week with their maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Anderson of Richmond.
Ricky Chamblee, grandson of Mrs. M. B. Chamblee, is making a cross-country tour with a friend of his. While in California they visited Disneyland.
Johnny Bond, grandson of Mrs. L.A. Hagwood and the late Mr. Hagwood, is undergoing training at the I.B.M. plant in Endicott, N.Y. He is a June graduate of Middlesex High School.