This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County.
There’s never a dull moment in eastern Wake – 10 years ago, sports writers played on the sibling rivalries of two area coaches. Twenty-five years ago, tobacco markets opened and sold hundreds of pounds in two hours, while 50 years ago, Zebulon bargained for an atom plant.
Ten years ago, the sports page continued its series on athletic sibling rivalries – but this time at the coaching level.
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Kin words might not always equal kind words when Chalk talk turns to the budding East Wake-Knightdale High football feud.
Because the subject Q&A shares some DNA, any close quarters conversation about opposing personnel digs downright personal. Siblings. Rivalry. Strategically speaking, it's X's and Oh, Brother!
“That week on the schedule, we won't see each other. We won't eat together,” new Knight junior varsity boss/quarterbacks instructor Kyle Chalk said of pregame encounters with Warrior jayvee/line supervisor Jay Chalk. “We'll meet for a handshake at midfield. That's it.”
For the pair particularly connected to both spots (since Jay Chalk works with the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department and spends much week work time on campus at the diamond complex, while Kyle Chalk suited up for and graduated from East Wake just like his elder), this relationship wrinkle promises some interesting as well as entertaining discussions.
“Sure, we'll kid each other,” Jay Chalk assured. “We do that all the time anyway.”
Yet each stays serious business patrolling the opposite gridiron sidelines.
“We'll go into every battle as the underdog,” Kyle Chalk fired off. “But with the athletes we have here, that doesn't scare me one bit.”
Twenty-five years ago, tobacco sales were hopping.
The hustle and bustle of the tobacco market returned to Wendell Monday as the sales opened for the 1990 season.
More than 50 buyers, growers, warehouse workers and spectators watched as Jerry Pace, manager of Banner Warehouse, opened the market at about 8:30 a.m. with an aisle of carryover leaf from the 1989 growing season.
When the sale at Banner ended about two hours later, more than 167,000 pounds had been sold for an average price of $160.81 per hundredweight. From there, the caravan moved to Liberty Warehouse, managed by Horace Baker. More than 157,000 pounds of leaf were moved through Liberty at an average price of $163.75 per hundredweight.
For the market, growers sold a total of 364,264 pounds for gross receipts of $425,803 – giving the Wendell tobacco market an average of more than $1.62 per pound.
Fifty years ago, Zebulon’s mayor spoke about the town’s desire to land a huge atom plant in the area.
Zebulon is one of the two areas in North Carolina which is vying for the largest, costliest atom smashing plant ever built, Mayor Worth Hinton said this week. “We feel we stand a pretty good chance of getting the atomic plant,” Mayor Hinton said.
The atom smashing machine proposed by the Atomic Energy Commission would be a 200 billion electron volt device costing $280 million, with a $50 million annual operating budget. It would be nearly a mile in diameter.
“We have the available land,” Mayor Hinton said. “Site requirements are 3,000 acres and we have 3,100 acres.”
Hinton named five land owners who have consented to sell land for the proposed site. Two of these are Avon Privette, Sr., and Rayo Bailey.
...Mayor Hinton said it would be necessary to re-route certain portions of Highways 39, 264 and 97 if the Atomic Commission selects this site. Such necessary re-routing has already been approved by governmental agencies.