The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia on July 2, 1968 · Page 14
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The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia · Page 14

Petersburg, Virginia
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Tuesday, July 2, 1968
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Tri-City News The Grousing Southside Virginia Area PETERSBURG 796 Sussex Applications GainApprova Tuesday, July 2, 1968 COLONIAL HEIGHTS HOPEWELL By CLAUDE CLIBORNE Progress-Index Staff Writer WAVERLY - The federally financed surplus commodity food program instigated by the United Kates Department of AgricuJ lure (USDA) has granted 796 applications, a spokesman said- to- cay. Figures on the number of applications turned down were not available today, but Mrs. Mae Johnson, a certification clerk, said the great majority of the applications are being accept- Co. Mrs. Johnson said most of (he applications were refused because of total family income over the standard set by the vJ O L/.A. "Most of the applications be- mg considered have been filed by people from (lie Waveriy- Wakefield area," she added. "In an effort to reach the people in the Stony Creek and Jarratt areas \ve have set up a branch office," she said. This office which is open the fourth Monday and Tuesday of each month is located near "Sussex Court House in the Soil Con- servation Office behind the Reidville Baptist Church on State Route 634. According to Mrs. Johnson the flow of applications has not tapered off. She noted that Monday was "a very busy day." The administration of the commodity program, which was turned down by the county board of supervisors began under the direction of federal officiate on June 19. Sussex is the first county in Virginia which has had the program started by an outside agency although several other counties also refused (o initiate the program. Pood items, of which the federal government has a surplus, are given to those people who earn below a minimum standard income. The food consists of beans, flour, rice, peanut butter, raisins, butler, chopped meat and other goods. These items are distributed from a combination office warehouse located in the old Davis Chevrolet building in Waverly. Applications are accepted from 3 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through- Friday. And S.^-T.-Be tto. (/. HEW Demands Total School Integration CHESTERFIELD-An informed source said today that the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare expects nothing less than "full and immediate desegregation even if it means bussing pupils from one end of the county to the other," in Chesterfield County. The Chesterfield School Board has received a letter from HEW giving a deadline, reportedly July 10, to comply with federal guidelines on school desegregation. School board chairman G. Levis Crump has not said yet what is in the letter, but indicated that the July 10 'deadline reported was "about right." Two months ago an HEW team came to the county to inspect its school system after indicating HEW was dissatisfied with the progress in the desegregation of schools. The present rate of progress would eliminate the county's several entirely-Negro schools by September, 1970, said a study prepared by the school administration in April. HEW had indicated that it would expect total elimination of the dual school system by September 1969. The current letter apparently threatens a cutoff of federal funds if more steps are not taken to meet that date than are now being taken. The county has nine Negro schools, counting one which is to be closed in September. They are Bermuda Elementary, with 94 students in 1968-69; Carver High, with 391; Dupuy Elementary, with 144; Hickory Hill, with 89; Kingsland, with 94: Midlothian, with 85; Union Branch, with 117; and Winterpock, with 84. Union Grove, which had 122 Students, will not open in September. Carver's enrollment is a third less than it was in 1963-64. Hickory Hill's, Kingsland's, Midlothian's, Union Branch's, and Winterpock's enrollments are down to the level, near the level, or below the level at which the school board decided to close Union Grove. With enrollments dropping significantly, the school board has indicated it will phase out these schools as space becomes available in more centrally located schools. The county may not have time, the source indicated today. The .federal cutoff of funds would affect 'at least'some of the $900,000 worth of federal dollars slated to go into the county's school system this year. While assistant superintendent W. W. Gordon conceded that all the members of the board know about the letter, he would not reveal its contents until it is formally accepted by the board and becomes a matter of public record. Crump said he has no plans to call a special meeting of the board at this time. However, the source said today that a joint meeting between supervisors and school board can be expected before the school board's next regular meeting on July 10. The superintendent, Dr. Roy A. Alcorn, is out of town and is not expected back for several days. The letter was not brought "up Monday at the ^organizational meeting of the board. The board elected Crump to succeed himself as chairman, and John -Russell succeeded C. C. Wells as vice chairman. Wells and Russell each nominated the other for that position. The school board also voted a $24,000 salary for Dr. Alcorn, on the condition thai the figure be subject to change after ihe school census is complete. Teachers Will Visit Poor Children Today WAVERLY — Teachers will Visit Waverly today in an effort to organize classes to help citizens of the Wye area better themselves, according to Herbert V. Coulotn, field director for the Virginia unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Coulton said five or six volunteer teachers wffi visit Uie area to familiarize themselves with the children in the Waverly slum section. He eventually hopes to have more teachers, but said many are still committed to summer schools. Also scheduled for today is the second meeting of Wye Community Council in an effort to elect Elks To Meet PETERSBURG — The Petersburg Lodge No. 237, B.P.O. Elks, will hold its only July meeting Wednesday night in the Elks Home on West Tabb Street. Morion B. Spero, exalted ruSer, will preside. Following the business session • fellowship hour will be held in tfee flub rooms. officers who will serve under Council President James Ricks. Plans for a field trip for the Wye's young people should be finalized at the 7:30 meeting. Coulton said the council is in need of a bus to help carry the children on the trip to a yet undetermined destination. Religious services are also in the process of being set up for the Wye area. "The Rev. Clyde Johnson of First Baptist Church in Petersburg and SCLC State President Rev. Curtis Harris have become very concerned about the fact that there is so little religious activity in tire area," Coulton explained. According to Coulton many of the children said they have never been to church and there is also little or no attendance among the older people. Present plans are for the tent which was set up last weekend to be used for these services. A call for funds and additional supplies was also issued by Coulton. He said there have been very few contributions to the project and money is still needed to heip pay for the tent. He noted that blackboards to be used by teachsrs during the summer program are also needed. No Problems Encountered Added Tax Prompts Complaints PETERSBURG - An early morning poll of Petersburg merchants indicated that while the state sales tax transition from three to four per cent wen smoothly Monday, there w ere many complaints and comments. Airs. Claude Whitmore, co-owner of Whitmore's Restaurant noted that this was the third tax her employes had to memorize and most comments were "another penney to the government, where will it stop." Comments and complaints at the counter were focused on the surtax- which will take an addi- Uonal 10 per cent from salaries. The general consensus of opinion in the restaurant was that personal property tax should be reduced in order to balance the added tax. John Steadman, assistant manager of downtown Penney's commented that the weather over———— : — ' Hercules Facility Dedicated Today HOPEWELL - A new manufacturing facility for the production of Klucel was dedicated today at the Hercules Incorporated plant in Hopewell. Hercules vice president E. G. C-rum and plant manager Temple Lee were present to help open the unit which will employ about 35 people when in full operation. Klucel, a unique cellulose polymer, will be used in a variety of commercial products. It is soluble not only in water but also in a variety of polar solvents. Kiucel has already been cleared for use in foods as an in- .entional food additive by the ?ood and Drug Administration. ^ o . • •u-t&uaijaau oiAUH. Its primary function will be to came the taxes. He noted that both stores had an excellent day and while there was some comment there were few complaints. William J. Greene, manager of Barr Brothers Jewelers said he had heard no complaints and eveything went very smoothly in sales for the first day of the added ta^. Glen E. White, manager of But- lor's Shoe Store said there had been many complaints and comments. He felt, as others do, that the siutation can get out of hand. "Most people," he said, "would not mind if they felt it would accomplish anything constructive. It does encourage businesses to take advantage of the situation just to stay on an even keel. Prices have to go up just to remain status quo. . .and customers are realizing this." At. Thrift-D Discount Store, there were many complaints with the general tone being that there was nothing left to live on after the many kinds of taxes people are required to pay. A number of customers were not aware of the tax increase and were not at all pleased with the addition. Young-Harrison and Sandler's Dress Shop said there were no problems and no comments. The rise was a delayed escalator clause in the 1966 tax act, which provided that the state sales tax go up from two to three per cent. With the one per cent local tax, the four per cent rate is expected to add $50 million or more to the state's annual revenues. The increased revenue is expected to keep in balance the $3,127 bfflion budget for 1968-70 biennium which began Monday. Holiday Varies PETERSBURG — With the Fourth of July coming up, the public is reminded that some county and city offices in the Tri-City area \vfll be dosed on both Thursday and Friday. The Petersburg city council granted the city employes an additional day of vacation, Friday July 5. Also the public library vrili be dosed Friday. There will be no garbage col- ections on either Thursday or Friday. Collection will be made Saturday in the neighborhoods where there is regular garbage pickup on Saturday. Chesterfield County employes have also been given an extra holiday on Friday. The county court will be open on Friday, but the Circuit Court will be A31 city offices will be closed on Friday in Colonial Heights. It was reported from the city manager's office that garbage will be picked up 'on Friday. A. T. Baskerville, Dinwiddie county executive secretary, reported that the county will not know if they will fajv« Friday off until the board of supervisors meeting Wednesday. The Prince George County offices will be open for business Friday. 300 Register Early Today At John Tyler CHESTERFIELD — A total of about 300 persons had registered as of 11 a.m. today for the summer quarter at John Tyler Community College. About 140 of these had already enrolled in advance registration. Dean of Students Lloyd E. Hirschhorn said the figure is not particularly larger than expected. A total of about SCO is expected to register by the time the doors close tonight. Both night and regular courses are being offered in the summer session. Enrollments have been on the increase at Tyler since its initial class of 1,200 started last fall. This fall's applications are running far enough above the anticipated number of students the college will be able to accep that school officials have warned out-of-region students that they cannot expect to be accepted in the school. Exceptions have been made for the nursing program, because of tiie quality of studen the school wants for this program, and for veterans. Presented Bronze Star Medals FORT LEE - Two Ft. Lee sergeants recently received Bronze Star medals for outstanding meritorious service in Vietnam. The medals were present. •will also be open on Friday. Clerk of Sussex County, Mrs Marion Ridley, said ttiat all county offices would be open on School. Recipients First Class were Manuel Sergeants Vega-Vega and James R. Wiggins Sr., both of the subsistence and food service department. Second Arrest Made In County Firm Break-In PRTXCE GEORGE — Police here have made a second arrest in connection with a break-in at Maitland Bros. Transfer on Pud- dledock Road last week. Alton James Harris, 25, has been charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny. Police had already arrested Steven E. Mayfield, 19, in connection \vith the entry. Both men live at 409 Porter- wile St. Chief Deputy Claibome Havens said the second arrest was made after fingerprints taken inside the building by Deputy R. L. .Mitchell were identified as those of Harris. The identification was confirmed by (he Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Havens. , Wine, Mn. Kenwlly, Mrs. Martin, $ Polly Untcrzubcr Heights Library Board Names WineChairman Station Asks FCC To Hold Request On New Studios By IMAUY CHERRY ALLEN Progress-Index Staff Writer PETERSBURG — Irvin G. Abeloff, resident vice pr .lent of Nationwide Communications Inc., said today Nationwide has asked the Federal Communications Commission to hold up an application for permission to es- iablish a main studio for WXEX- TV in Richmond. The reason for asking that the application be held in abeyance, tie said, is that "we are filing a 'Motion for Declaratory Ruling'." Abeloff said Nationwide is 'asking simply that the FCC clarify the ambiguity surrounding the question of how much programming may originate from a 'main' or auxiliary studio." In an effort to dispel what he leaned "the confusion surrounding our current application about studios," Abeloff said: "Our application did -not ask only for a 'main' studio in Richmond. Because of 1'ack of clarity regarding how much programming must originate from a 'main' studio as compared to an auxiliary studio, we asked the FCC to grant permission for a 'main' studio in Richmond or to give us a declaratory ruling that would enable us to originate unlimited programming from either studio, making sure of course, that we continued to provide service to our city of license, Petersburg. "Because we were required to use the word, 'main,' in the application, some people thought we wanted to move completely from Petersburg to Richmond. That was not our intention at all. We were really after a clarification of the rules." Abeloff said George W. Campbell, corporate vice president of Nationwide, came from Columbus, Ohio, to Petersburg last Thursday for the "express purpose" of having a meeting with interested citizens and civic officials. He said it was as result of that meeting that FCC was asked to hold up action of the application and was informed that "we would be filing a different request while the application was being held in abeyance." Abeloff, who is manager for Nationwide of WXEX-TV said the "Motion for Declaratory Ruling" being filed by Nationwide's attorney "clearly indicates our wish to enlarge upon and enrich the service being rendered by our station to its ."audience." Furthermore, he said, "we have an option to purchase the property we now rent at 324 W Tabb St. (WXEX-TV Studios)." In addition, he continued, "from a leading contracting firm of Petersburg, we have a substantial estimate on the cost of modernizing "and renovating this building so that we can make it an attractive and useful facility of which the people of Petersburg can be justly proud." City councils, boards of supervisors, chambers of commerce, and other organizations throughout the Tri-City area went on record in opposition to Nationwide's application for establishing a main studio of WXEX-TV in Richmond. They want the studio in Petersburg, city of license for Channel 8. COLONIAL HEIGHTS - J. Albert Wine was named chairman of the newly - appointed Violet Bank Library Board at its recent organizational meeting, it was learned today. Serving as vice - chairman of the five-man board will be Mrs. Lillian Martin. The ordinance creating a library board for Colonial Heights was passed on its second reading earlier in June, with Mrs. Martin, Wine and Airs. .Louise Harrup appointed to the board for four year terms, and Wilbur CardVel! and Alex Westmoreland appointed for two-year terms." Meeting with the board was Mrs. Donald Kenneally, the city's new librarian effective July 1. The board, now in the pro- .ccss of writing by-laws and considering future projects, will hold its next meeting August 21. Mrs. Kenneally said today that a new sign for Violet Bank Library is planned at the Royal Oak Avenue entrance to make the facility better known. H also will state the hours the library is open. Both the board and 'Mrs. Kenneally are interested in developing the library with their aim being to have the fa- lonial Heights citizens of all Word About Weather Still Same-'Hot' PETERSBURG-'TeopIe were waiting in line to get in at 9:30, and we don't open until 10 a.m.," was the comment of one lifeguard. "I usually keep 10 or more in stock, but today I only have two," said an air conditioner salesman. The thermometer again hit 100 Monday afternoon and the lowest it could reach as 78 at 7 a.m. this morning. The weatherman says there i a chance of scattered thundershowers tonight, but the heat-will make itself known before the rain comes to cool things off. A large high pressure area will bring more hot weather today, as can be evidenced by a 98- degree reading at 10 a.m. Skies should be partly cloudy today with a low tonight again in the 70's and a high Wednesday in the 90's. Thursday should bring relief from the heat with fair skies and comfortable temperatures. Traffic Board Requests City Road Project HOPEWELL - The Hopewell Traffic Board has advised Public Works Director Fred V. Watkins and City Manager Authur L/. Lane Jr. to look into the traf- iic and road problems at the intersection of Hopewell Road and Winston Churchill Drive. Board member Leon L. Ber:ram said the road near the entrance of the Hercules plant serves 1,200 Hercules employes as well as construction workers md VEPCO employes. It is in bad need of repair," he said. He pointed out that the City Engineer's Department ur.der- ook a study on the situation sev- ral years ago and the matter '•"as left "hanging." Watkins said he had looked over the area several weeks ago vnen the problem was brought *sore city council He argued hat somthing should be done The city engineering department will also look into the possi- Klity of using a de-acceleration ane on Arlington Road where rucks turn left into the citv andfill fdump). Lane said he had received complaints saying the tracks vere blocking traffic in that area. It was also decided that stop signs would be placed at all in- ersectons on Miles Avenue be- ween Oakiawn Boulevard and City Point Road. These signs will give the right-of-way to the traffic on Miles Avenue. Cooperative Education Program Is Explained PETERSBURG - Details of the new cooperative education program to be offered at Virginia State College have been explained to area educators and businessmen. Edward J. Palkot, vice president of personnel, Marine Mid- Social Security Hours Changed PETERSBURG - The Social security office in Petersburg will not be open on pendence Day holiday. books in all 'genera! library, Airs. Kenneally advised. — „.. ^, vt . invy».-vj. [Tti " having business to do with the Social Security Administration. EDWARD J. PALKOT land Grace Trust Company of New York, speaking to the group at an American House luncheon, urged employers to take advantage of the program. Among those attending th« luncheon were the superintendents of schools for Richmond, Petersburg, and Prince George County, irepresenfcataives from many of the businesses of the area and members of the faculty at Virginia State College. Palkot encouraged employers to hire these students as "they are a potential source of full- time employes, and you will get to share in the training of yojsig people." He urged the businessmen to not use these students only for filiup jobs, to pay the going rate as they would a person of the same experience, and to counsel with the people regularly. The cooperative program to be offered in the fall is optional to the students at VSC. Those who choose it will have to attend school for five years during which time they •will go to school regularly for two years. When the second semester of his junior year arrives the student goes to work at some job. He has to remain at this business for two semesters. He returns to college between those two semesters. The college is offering 20 areas of study in the cooperative program. The director of the cooper- live education at Virginia State is Alphonso McCain, Sr. Heights Summer School Draws 250 Participants COLOXL\L HEIGHTS — The regular summer school program being conducted at "colonial Heights High School for students in grades three through 12 has about 250 participants, according to the program director William Stone, principal of CHHS. July 4 and 3 will be holidays for the student particioants as well as for all personnel of the Colonial Heights School System. Summer school classes which got underway on June 13 will be concluded on July 26 for the six- week elementary subject offer- in? and on Aug. ~9 for high schooi students. Stone said approximately 15 students are completing requirements for hi:;h school graduation in summer study clashes and special summer commencement program and awarding of diplomas on Aug. 9. High school subjects being offered in the classes held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. include Algebra I and II. geometry, English 7 through 12, genera', math 7, 8 and 9, chemistry, world history. United States history, government, typing and band. A number of students are also participating in "Under the Wheel Driving" in a drivers" education offering. Stone says two teachers serve this program and classes are taught throughout the day. with one teacher serving the morning class and one the after- members are instructing in the eight-week high school classes. Stone says the basic charge for one unit of high school subject study is $35. "We have endeavored to keep costs as reasonable as possible for the participating students." he said. He notes that as in past years about 50 per cent of the studente are undertaking new subject matter rather than making repeat study of a subject. In addition to the regular summer school program facing held at the high school, six-week remedial readin? classes are being held at Flora Hill and \orth Elementary Schools and at Colonial Heights Junior H i a h School pians are being formulated for a The ' six-week remedial read- special summer commencement ing program, which will also be Elementary students attending summer classes at the high school have subject offerings of language arts and math in grades three through six. Two teachers serve the elementary subject study and 10 faculty _ , concluded in July, has about 60 students participating. Youth-Led Revival CHESTERFIELD — A youth- led revival is being held at Grace Baptist Church, 225 S. Adsms St., July 1-7. A spokesman for the church said that while the revival is aimed at adults as uell as youn» people, the entire revival effort has been placed in the hands of the youth of the church Tne re\iva] speaker wffl be 20-year-old Chuck Greenslreet a junior at Piedmont Bible College wbo preaches revivals in the summer and has been responsible for the founding of at least two churches. The meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The church's regular pastor is the Rev. A J Samoa

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