The week in history from the pages of The High Point Enterprise.
• May 2: Col. Robert W. Johnson, chairman of the Smaller War Plants Corp., was set to meet with High Point leaders to discuss awarding war contracts to plants in High Point.
• May 2: The High Point Salvation Army Band was invited to play a concert tour of the East Coast in July with all expenses paid.
• May 3: An advertisement for McLarty Drug Co. promised to deliver any amount in drugs or household orders. Drinks, magazines and cigarettes must amount to 50 cents.
• May 4: A speed limit of 35 mph statewide became law. North Carolina was complying with federal requests to bring state speed laws into conformity with a wartime federal limit on speed. The low speed limit was an attempt to conserve gasoline and save on tires during World War II.
• The top country song in the U.S. was “Pistol Packin’ Mama” by Al Dexter.
• May 3: A North Carolina House committee approved a bill to lower the voting age to 18. Another proposal failed which would allow anyone currently in the military the right to vote, even those under 18.
• May 3: Republican Robert Davis won the High Point mayoral seat, defeating Roy Culler by 173 votes. Councilmembers elected included Harold Craven and Carson Stout. Glenn Penning was the upset winner in the race for Thomasville mayor.
• May 3: Anheuser Busch announced it would build a new brewery near Jamestown for $40 million.
• May 2: The Enterprise ran a wire story on new words added to dictionaries that year, including “safe sex,” “politically correct” and “karaoke.”
• May 2: A consultant told city officials that CBL and Associates’ proposal for a large shopping mall near Oak Hollow Lake would improve the lake’s water quality. The environmental engineering firm said the developers planned to build stormwater retention ponds in conjunction with building the mall, in addition to building manmade wetlands areas. City officials asked for the study due to concerns on the impact on Oak Hollow.
• May 4: The N.C. House unanimously approved lowering the blood-alcohol content threshold for drunken driving to .08 from .10. It failed to approve, however, a bill that would allow earlier sales of alcohol on Sundays at bars and food establishments from 1 p.m. to 11:45 a.m. for the brunch crowd. State Rep. Michael Decker, R-Forsyth, said, “We don’t need to let them bars open up while they’re still singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Just as I Am’ at the church and 50 feet away they’re playing ‘Honky Tonk Angel.’ ”