This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County.
In 2005, Joseph Lucas sped around town with his flashy, and famous, Dodge Charger. In 1990, local soldiers listed their achievements and training in the newspaper. And in 1965, a local family celebrated Jane Morris as the best public speaker in the state.
Ten years ago, the TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard” featured local “bro” Joseph Lucas.
In his flashy “Corvette flame red” Dodge Charger, with its windows down and stereo pumping out an Allman Brothers tune, Joseph Lucas careened down a country road a happy man.
Driving the 1969 muscle car is the 29-year-old’s way to escape. It’s his way of showing off his inherent and shameless country boy attitude – Confederate flag and all.
Revving the 318 V8 engine, towering trees and quaint homes whizzed by faster and faster until they became a blur. After a few minutes of zooming along Bunn’s rural roads – oblivious to what the law deems a safe traveling speed – he spotted a few townsfolk outside, and they knew from experience what was coming next: the Dixie horn.
Lucas is, if you can’t already tell, the proud owner of a General Lee – the sports coupe made famous thanks to the hit television show “The Dukes of Hazzard” and most recently, the critically bashed motion picture which has reaped nearly $70 million since its Aug. 5 release.
Nowadays, Lucas is capitalizing on the prize that took him countless hours and $30,000 to revamp. He recently started Luke’s General Lee, a part-time business that has him and his “baby” traveling to various theaters to promote the Dukes movie, or to birthday parties, or even weddings.
When the newly pronounced husband and wife emerge from the church and are showered with rice, he’ll blare the first 12 notes of “Dixie” and whisk them away with the tires squalling and the dust flying. “Some of the happiest people I’ve ever seen are when they see that car coming from around that corner,” he said.
Twenty-five years ago, the weekly news listed updates on local military achievement.
Marine Pvt. Quentin O. Miles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oroyster Miles Sr. of Zebulon, has completed the Marine Corps basic combat engineer course.
During the course at Marine Corps Engineer School at Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, Pvt. Miles studied the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units. He received instruction on the tools and procedures for building bridges, roads and field fortifications. He als studied the use of demolitions, landmine warfare and camoflauge technigques.
A 1989 graduate of Zebulon High School, Pvt. Miles joined the Marine Corps in January.
Gladys M. Hostettler, daughter of Rosetta McGinnis and Dyke Hostettler, both of Zebulon, has enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years.
Pvt. Hostettler, a 1989 Bunn High School graduate, will report for duty at Fort Jackson, S.C., in August where she will train as a unit supply specialist.
The new recruit is slated to receive $17,000 for college after her two-year commitment is fulfilled.
Fifty years ago, a relative of some Wendell folk was named a statewide speaking champ.
The daughter of a late Wendell man and the niece of a Wendell couple was recently named the state public speaking champion.
Jane Morris, who this fall will begin training to become a nurse, defeated five district finalists at Raleigh to win the speaking championship.
The 1965 Garinger High School (Charlotte) graduate was the 1964 North Carolina egg cookery demonstration champion and winner of the state 4-H key award.
Active in many youth affairs, Miss Morris was elected “School Best Citizen” in 1965, and received the Civitan Award this year, becoming the first girl in the history of the school to get it.
She is the daughter of the late Alvin Morris of Wendell and the niece of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Tart of Wendell.