This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County.
In 2005, some Zebulon Elementary students were looking for a new way to raise money. In 1990, a class of high school students were listening to a stern, first-hand lecture about the dangers of drug use, while in 1965, Wendell folks were celebrating the harvest.
Zebulon Elementary students put in some physical effort for a good cause 10 years ago this week. The students ran in a “Fund Run” to help raise money for the school’s PTA.
“Bryan Killette collapsed in a heap near his mother Sept. 23 after running around Zebulon Elementary School’s track. The pint-sized mini-marathon man may have been exhausted, but the pain was for a good cause.
“Children and teachers held a “Fund Run” to raise money for the school’s PTA. Instead of the usual fund-raising technique of sending the kids out with catalogues filled with candy, PTA leaders wanted to try a different route.
“‘I thought it was nicer to come out and just donate right to the school,’ said Maggie Killette, Bryan’s mom. ‘It’s a good chance for us to see our kids in action, too.’
“Every class participated in the run, lining up to take their turn jogging around the track. ...
“Earlier in the week, students were asked to fill out the mailers to send to as many people as they knew. If the students brought back five or more mailers, they will receive a ‘High-Five’ prize.
“‘I hope it’s a video game,’ said Will Clement, 8, who hit the number on the mark.”
East Wake High School students heard a stark lecture from a former college basketball star 25 years ago this week when former N.C. State star Hawkeye Whitney visited with students in the first-period class of another Wolfpack star Phil Spence, who taught at the school and coached the Warrior basketball team.
“Former college basketball star Charles ‘Hawkeye’ Whitney once did a lot of asking – like ‘How did I get in this shape?’ ‘What good have drugs done me?’
“Then came the really painful ones, such as ‘Why not, me?’ when friend Len Bias, a University of Maryland legend and No. 1 draft choice for the Boston Celtics, died from an overdose of cocaine.
“‘Why not me? I used the stuff too,’ Whitney said he stayed awake wondering.
“Nowadays, a clean Whitney does a lot more telling. Last Friday morning was an example, as he spoke candidly to a group of East Wake High School students.
“In front of friend and coaching partner Phil Spence’s first-period class, Whitney sold the honest “dope” about narcotics.
“‘Drugs do not discriminate. They don’t care who you are, what color you are. They don’t even care if you are the president,’ he said ‘That should tell you something.’”
Harvest Festival parades in Wendell are nothing new, though they have changed over the years. Fifty years ago, the parade featured 18 professionally made floats to mark the opening of a week-long festival. Here’s a look at some of the businesses who sponsored floats. Can you figure out how many of those businesses still exist?
“To promote business in Wendell, the Wendell Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Harvest Festival Saturday, October 2 through Saturday, October 9.
“A parade on October 2 will mark the beginning of the festival.
“Included in the parade will be 18 professionally decorated floats which will be sponsored by: Wendell Tobacco Board of Trade, Perry’s Inc., Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Carolina Power & Light Company, Monk-Henderson Tobacco Company, Wendell Department Stores (Hudson-Belk Company, Kannon’s and McPhail Department Store) Wendell Grocery Stores (Arnold’s, Britt’s, Brewer’s, Marshbourn’s and Pleasants’), the Bank of Wendell and the Wendell Savings & Loan Association, Wendell Hardware Stores (Narron’s Auto Supply, Stephen’s Hardware and Western Auto), Todd Electric Company, E.R. Sykes Tobacco Company, Lewis Furniture Company, Wendell Restaurants (Danny Boy’s, Dolphin’s, Richardson’s and Teen’s Dairy Bar) C. Proc Dean, Inc., Wendell Furniture Company, Wendell Tractor & Implement Company and Champion-Batten Motors, Inc.”