The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia on July 2, 1963 · Page 13
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The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia · Page 13

Petersburg, Virginia
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Tuesday, July 2, 1963
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Tri-City News Serving The Growing Southxide Virginia Area PETERSBURG COLONIAL HEIGHTS Tuesday, July 2, 1963 HOPEWELL 19«3 Storm Strikes City-Thousands Affected A sultry afternoon with the temperature in tiie 90s gave U'liy to w h a t has been described as mm of llic most severe electrical storms on record here yesterday. Torrents of rain fell on (he downtown area. Rushing water umler- m mud asphalt at the corner of Tabb and N. Sycamore Sis., leaving four-inch ruts and holes in (he pavement. City workmen erected a warning device and (raffle WHS not halted but chunks of asphalt were carried as much as a block by the rushing water. But the holes were repaired by early morning and traffic was "as usual". Heavy Thunder Sform Wreaks Minor Havoc In Tr/'-C/fy Area One of the most severe electrical storms of recent years hit this area last night following an extremely humid day during which the thermometer soared into the 90's. The low pressure storm center which stalled here in the late alt- ernoon dumped 2.47 inches of rain dissrupted light, power and telephone service in some areas and did considerable other damage. Brilliant flashes of lightning, followed by terrific crashes of thunder preceded the rain which began about 5:55 o'clock and continued until about 7:30 o'clock. Boat Fueling Requires Care Observation of a few simple safety rules is essential to safe fueling of pleasure craft, says the committee for National Safe Boating Week, June 30-July 6. First -- and most important of Bll -- put out that cigarct while fueling, along with all other flames, and shut off spark-producing machinery, have a filled f i r e extinguisher handy. Keep the nozzle or fill can in contact with ttie tank to prevent a static spark. Avoid spilling fuel, and don't try to fill the tank to the brim. Aboard oulboards wilh removable tanks, t n k c these containers from the craft ai-d fill them on the clock. On craft of closed construction with permanent tanks, close all hatches and ports while fueling. Then open the hatches and ports for ventilation, and run the bilge blower for at least five minutes. Sniff in the lower part of the tank nnd engine compartments--if you smell gasoline, don't start! Chesterfield Playground Begins Season CHESTERFIELD - Chesterfield County's first supervised playground opened Monday with instruction offered in baseball, basketball, badminton, volleyball end horseshoe pitching. The instruction is being given daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p m at the E. S. H. Greene Elementary School by two Hu- cucnot High School teachers who arc associated with Iho county's summer recreation program. The summer program was approved last Thursday by the Board of Supervisors who appropriated $300 from the county's $5,000 summer recreation budget. Trailer Park Requests Up CHESTERFIELD - Sixteen re- niicsls for use permils to park trailers will be considered Wednesday by Uic Chesterfield County Board of Zoning Appeals. Also on Uic board's agenda arc rcciiicsls for a variance to pvnrut the construction of a hoviss in M i d l o t h i a n nnd a usa permit request to operate a dog kennel in Manchester. Lightning and thunder accom- sure which tlet water in.) panicd the rainfall and there were intermittent flashes and rumbles of thunder for some time after the rain ceased. There were two fires as a result of the lightning; one 'house was struck in Colonial Heights and one off Harrowgate Road in Chesterfield County. weird trick of the storm was the sounding of the fire siren at Lee Ave. and the Boulevard in Colonial Heights, which was set off by lightning. About 2,000 telephones in the area were affected. Conrad H. Akcrs, district manager of the Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Co., said the trouble was due not only to the heavy rain and lightning but to the sudden drop in temperature. The drop in temperature caused cable damage (little leaks opened by air prcs- Bond Top Prize In Derby A $500 bond will be awarded to the winner of the Soap Box Derby to be held July 16 on S. Jefferson St. "Race cars" are being built., specifications checked and drivers oriented on the long-awaited race which will last only a few minutes--but will send the driver of the top racer to Akron, Ohio, to participate in national competition sometime in August. The race is being .sponsored by Master Chevrolet, the Optimist Club and The Progress-Index. Supertindents arc R. D. Spain, Chanlcs W. Newby Jr., Asst. Chief J. W. Chappel and R. W. Cook. Director of the race js L.L. Meredith, a member of tlhe Optimist Club. Extra crews of linemen were brought in from Richmond and worked through the night, Akers reported, and that by morning all but about 500 telephones were back in operation. He said all trouble should be cleared by late afternoon. As far as light and power were concerned, the damage was due entirely to lightning which cut wires in two and blew fuses on main lines and transformers, according to A. J. Young, district manager of the Virginia Electric and Power Co. Young said some 4,000 customers were affected at one time or another during I he storm. Efforts were made to repair damage as fast as reports came in, he said. He said that lightning cut wires in one of the main circuits in Colonial Heights and that reports of power failure came from cus tomers in that community, Petersburg, Hopewell, Chesterfield County as far as Chester and along Rt. 301 to about Stony Creek. Repairmen worked all night and all service has been restored except "some scattered trouble which was not reported." High winds, which lasted only a few minutes, tore small limbs from trees and the heavy rain caused minor flooding of streets. Lightning from yesterday afternoon's electrical storm apparently struck the Fourth St. fire station but Chief W. H. Siegle reported damage was slight. Siegle said the lightning burned up a small radio in the station's shop and set a cabinet containing some tools afire. Damage was set at $35, the chief said. A unit was sent to the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. where lightning apparently struck ^a 15,000 volt transformer. They remained on sitand-by for nearly two hours but there was no fire. County Dems Seek Method Of Filling Post CHESTERFIELD -- dies- .'erfiold County's Democratic Committee w i l l meet tonight to :lclcrminc what method will he .iscd to select a candidate for the Board of Supervisors from Ma- oaca District. Lewis H. Vadcn said the meeting will l)e held at the Meadow brook Country Club on Cogbill Road and will begin at 7 p.m. The committee must decide whether or not to hold a special meeting in Matoaca District or to select a candidate among themselves who will seek office in the Nov. 5 general election. The board vacancy was caused by the death last Tuesday of Harrison K. I-fagerman, the supervisor since 1956. Vaden said the committee could select its candidate by convention, a procedure often used in western Virginia. Vaden, the committee's chairman, said a resolution of appreciation for Mr. Hagerman's services to the county will be offered. Following the death of Mr. Hagerman, Circuit Judge William Old, by law, must appoint a successor to complete the remainder of the unexpircd term which ends Dec. 31. Judge Old said yesterday it is possible that his appointee will be the same person the Democratic Committee picks as its candidate in the November election. The person appointed by Judge Old will be eligible to seek a full four-year term in the general Past President Receives Cup For Club Lawrence Barker, past president of the Petersburg Civitan Club, is shown receiving, on behalf of Che club, a trophy presented by the new Civilan president, Albert E. McCnnts. The trophy is the Civitiin International Aid-The-Mentnlly- Rctardcd Award. Seated at far right is Perry Gallalier, first vice-president fo the club and treasurer of the mentally retarded fund. Search Pushed For Holdup Man Police continued their searcl today for a man who posed a. a woman to rob a S. Sycamore , .-. l t t si- TM-, r cTM i « c i j [election to serve the new term St. man of $20 late Saturday ^ginning J a n . lt 19M . Jud ge Old evening. Harry Campbell of 524 S. Sycamore St., told Capl. M. B. Biggs and Ptlm. D. VV. Kirkland he had | the post. said ilast week he wanted to study the situation in Matoaca District and it would be "some time" before he selects a person to fill stopped his car at the Harrison- Liberty St. intersection when a person opened the door of his car, shoved what appeared to be a pistol at him and demanded his wallet. The victim yielded his wallet from which the thief took $20 and threw it back on the seat of the car and ran. Campbell said the thiel appeared to be a man posing as a woman. Bloodmobile To Visit CSH DINWID'DIE -- The American Red Cross bloodmobile will visit Central State Hospital Tuesday, July fl, to receive blood from hospital donors. The unit will be at the Medical Center Auditorium from p.m. At least four names have been frequently mentioned as possible successors to Mr. Hagerman. They are: William G. Ritchie William B. Gill, Herbert Browning and Lt. Col. Horace Mann (ret.) Pohce Probing Shooting Case Petersburg police are investigating the shotgun wounding ol Mrs. Mary Coleman Poole, 4fi, ol J09 Liberty St. about 8 p.m. Monday. Mrs. Poole was reported in "satisfactory" condition in Pe tersburg General Hospital this morning suffering from a shotgun wound in the abdomen. Po- 1 to 5 lice say the wound apparentlj !\vas self-inflicted. Kitchen Named Head Of G Of C Members of t h e Colonial Civ/fans Give Fund For Menial Aid Here A $200 check was presented yesterday by Albert McCants,' Heights Chamber of Commerce P resi ^nt of the Petersburg Civi- 1 tan Club, to Dr. Louis Blazek, last night elected William Kitchen president for the coming year. He succeeds George Martin. Other officers who will serve one-year terms are: William L. Short, vice president, W. Page Cheeley, secretary and William E. Smith, treasurer. Members of the board of directors were also elected at the meeting ilast night. They are: Gilbert Martin, Aubrey Gotten, Walter Johnson, Fred Shepherd, John Snead, George Martin, John Brockwell, Jack Armstrong, Sam Barber, Kitchen, Short a n d Smith. New Probation Officer Named CHESTERFIELD -- Miss Marie Kelleher of Lakeside has been appointed new probation officer for the Chesterfield County probation department. Miss Kelleher, named yesterday by County Court Judge D. W. Murphey, succeeds Mrs. Car- menette Jervis who resigned. A June graduate of Mary Washington College, Miss Kelleher will work with the county's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She lives at 6111 Clover Lane in Lakeside, Henrico County. Chesterfield Teacher Pay Scale Is Raised For New Term I Injured In Truck Blast VIRGINIA BEACH (AP)-Two men were hospitalized today following an asphalt tank truck explosion which did an estimated $100,000 damage. A spokesman for the Virginia Beach Fire Department said he believed yesterday's explosion at the Asphalt Roads and Materh's Co. here was caused by a spr"! from a welding torch which is nited asphalt fumes. Eugene M. Gallup, 40, of Virginia Beach, who was doing the welding, received first, second and third degree burns over 5C per cent of his upper body and an assistant, Vance Williams, 23, of Norfolk, suffered lacerations and first degree burns. ND Technical Development Manager Named George E. Brandon Jr., plant manager of Allied Chemical Corporation's Nitrogen Divisior plant in South Point, Ohio, has been named technical director of the division's Development Center in Hopewell, it was announced yesterday. Brandon will direct the re- president of the Petersburg Council for Mentally Retarded, to be used by the Council for "camp- erships" to Camp Baker. McCants, who attended the -ivitan International Convention n Indianapolis, presented a trophy (Civitan International Aid To Mentally Retarded A w a r d ) to past president Lawrence Barker, who received it in behalf of the club. Keith Scott and Jimmie Belshan of DLsputanta spoke to the Civitans about their recent trip as 4-H members to VP1 at Blacksburg for a state-wide 4-H Short Course. Belshan's group took first place in "Land Appreciation" competition. A 4-H All Star, Bels- shan will go to Oklahoma next year for national competition. Awards were also given during (he Civifan Luncheon at Whitmore's Restaurant, to members who had sold more than 300 pounds of fruit cake as a result of one of the club's projects in 1962-63. Members who received awards were: Glen T. Hastings, Col. Howard F. Kenning, Albert E. McCants, Leonard S. McCants, Richard E. Norbcrg, and Ashton Scharr. Bob Moody received an award for selling more cake; than any other new member. 'Open House To Be Held By C. H. Manager Residents of Colonial Heights art invited by city officials to an oper house tomorrow to meet the ne\i city manager, Hcrschel Francii Snuggs. Snuggs will receive visitors frorr. f) a. m. to 5 p. m. and from 7 to S p. m. The new administrator, whc assumed the duties of city man^ ager on Monday, is the second man to hold the post since Colonial Heights became a city in 1961. The 44-year-old native of North Carolina came here from Thomasville, Ga., where he held the posl of city manager for six years. He is spending the first few days in the city's Municipal Building getting acquainted with the personnel and the duties of his office. Serving as coach is Paul Bock, city engineer, who was interim acting city manager following his appointment to the post on April 1. Snuggs was officially appointed to the city manager's post by the City Council rt L special meeting held on June 4. fie was chosen by unanimous agreement of the council which had interviewed him extensively when he visited the city late in May and offered him the $11,500 a year position. The other three members of the Snuggs family will arrive in Colonial Heights from Thomasville later in the month. They are Mrs. Snuggs, Frances, IS, and Charles 10. Speaking in the soft southern drawl characteristic of his native state, the new city manager says he has always thought a great deal of Virginia and immediately looked into the opening in Colonial Heights when he learned of it. Flashing the smile which he believes is worth more than many words, Snuggs said in an interview soon after his arrival, "I'm glad I did." A "University of Norm Carolina graduate, the 205 pound six-footer is a member of the International City Managers Association. He plays tennis and golf, and considers fishing and camping with his son his favorite pastime. CHESTERFIELD -- The Chesterfield County School Board yesterday officially approved a 1963- G4 teacher's salary scale, renamed its chairman and vice chairman and selected a new date for its regular meetings. The board, at its rporganiza- lional meeting, also established salaries for administrative personnel and school principals and voted to meet dn special session on Wednesday, July 10. The salary scale calls for degree teachers to receive from Colonial Heights Rotary Elects Officers The new president of the Colonial Heights Rotnry Club, R. Roverly Harrison (left) slops for n word with Ihc outgoing Rolary president, Hichard M. Wray, afler Ihe ciub'i June meeting (hat saw a new xlate of officers for 1MH-64 elected. Harrison, « Rotary member for Iwo years, was elected president, C. G. Smith, vice president; George Willis, secretary, and Raymond Payne, treasurer. The new slalo of officers assumed duties yesterday. $4,200 to $5,850 based on an 11- year scale. The new salary schedule calls for an increase of $150 yearly. Teachers who hold normal professional certificates will be paid on a $3,700 to ?5,450 scale. Teachers who hold master's degrees will receive an additional $200 over their regular salary scale. At yesterday's meeting, held at noon at Chesterfield Courthouse, the board (renamed G. L. Crump of Clover Hill District as 1963-64 chairman and re-picked C. C. Wells of Matoaca District as vice chairman. W. C. Dance was named School Board clerk with Fred D. Thompson, the county's school superintendent, as deputy clerk. Board members voted themselves an annual salary of $1,200 with the chairman to receive an extra $100. The board's new meeting date is the fourth Wednesday in each month at 8 p. m. and the six- man board will meet in the county courtroom. The change was made to provide space for delegations which frequently attend School Board meetings an:l to move the meeting date closer to the date school system em- ployes are paid. The board earlier this year voted to pay employes on the last working day of each month. The new meeting day is effective in August. A salary scale for substitute teachers was also approved and Ihcy will receive $12 per day up to 21 days. Over 21 days, substitute teachers will receive $15 per clay. Here is the full salary scale for Chesterfield School Board admin-' istralive personnel: Km! I). Thompson, siij'oi'ln- I'ondonl . ............ 5 D.llflO W. C. Dr.p'.o, cinrk ....... (1,00(1 W. W. (lonlcm, assl. s u p r r l u - loiMiom 10,100 Holwrl A. l.vix, Imslnrss m M. H. School?, rilrnctor of in- sfrurtlon ................ Tlielma C r o n s h a w , f i p c c i n l services supl .............. Gary W. Ilosrcrans, hish sc'liool siipet'visur ........ Ida ICIn.sicin, o i e m e n l n r v supervisor ....... .' ..... M n r y K, Dnllon, elementary 7,700 supervisor iirsuorltc .supervisor ....... Christian,' 'clem'. ............ W i l l i a m S. Troxcll, music supervisor .................. Carrie L. Clark, v i s i t i n g toaclicr ................... 700 fi,noc (5.200 fi.fiOO search and development activities P-l To Join In General Holiday In City Thursday The Progress-Index will not be published Thursday and all departments of this newspaper will be closed. The Fourth of July is one of the two days in the year when this newspaper does not appear. The other is Christmas at Hopewell for Nitrogen Di- · Day. v s o n . A graduate of MIT with a BS degree in chemical engineering a n d business administration, B ., j Brandon joined Allied Chemical's " |Semet-SoIvay Division at its Ironton, Ohio plant in 1940. In 1042, he was transferred to the Nitrogen Division's South Plant location, where he became general n.2oo manager in 195f). City, state and federal offices and agencies, banks, stores and business generally will be closed in observance of Ihe great American holiday. City Hall will be closed not only Thursday, but Friday as well, due to painting and repairs being made to the building. All other city departments will resume work Friday. 32 ND Workers Finish Course HOPEWELL - ThiHv . i wo Nitrogen Division employees were awarded Mopewcll City School Board certificates after completing a shop mathematics and blue- p r i n t reading course. The 15-week course was a joint project with the School Bo'ard, Nitrogen Division and the employees cooperating to obtain training in an area of snccial need. Fred Woehr, a member of the Hopewell High School faculty, was the instructor. Charles W. Smith, superintendent fnr the schools of Hopcweil City School Board, congratulated rcceivi-", c -ific.-.tes and spoke about the advantages that accrue to individual who continue their education as adults. W. W. Murphy, master mechanic at the Hopewell Plant, presented the certificates. Those recc'ving them arc: L. A. Moore, R. L. Woodlief, B. B. Saunclers Jr., C. E. Caison, G. B. Bobb, L'-uis D a m r r ' . H. C. Wray, L. S. Peters Jr., W. W, Young, D. W. Spiccly, G. R Mumford, E V. Mabe Jr., Alexander Brcrks, D. S. Hewlett, Victor Virostek, T. H. Galderise, C. E. Burge, H. W, Brown, J. W. Mailc, F. J. Kohotit, V. M. Dance, R L. Lyons Jr., C E. Kendrick, G. F. Bowers, R. A. Daniels, R. P. Ru: ; :r;k, J. A. P;irme:i-.- f K. W. Lawrence, D. E. Cawthorn, E L. Grimmctt, H. W. Jacobs and J, E. Johnson. . . - Mnhcrt I.. Wflllinnsnn, N l i - i i c t l o n siit'l. 'I'. 11. llrm Mi[H S., ')()() 5,700 New Building Will Rest On Sand, Not Pilings Fnr the first time in this area, hnles nre being punched Instead of dug and packed wilh sum! by the use of a drilling process ciiilr.d "soil convinc- lion". The Vibroflota'tlnn Kmimtallon Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., is making 292 compactions or snnd pilings on which will rest the new Holldny Inn Motel. First mnrfc in Germany, Ihc machines are now used all over Ihe United States. Depending upon the degree nf density required, a single Vlhrnflnt can compact 10,000 to 20,000 cubic fcrt of sand In nn right hour shift. (Staff I'holo.) Contract Is Let For New Apts. In Hopewell HOPEWELL - D o n a l d A . Stokes, local altornc ', has let a contract to J. W. Enochs Construction Company for a 12-aparL menl b u i l d i n g to lc erected on the corner of Broadway nnd Marks St. The cost of the building is estimated at about J3C,000. Stokes said that the construction, consisting of c.ficicncy-typo apartments, is expected to be ready {·:·· occupancy by the first of next year. The. building will house ten one-bedroom nnd two 2-bcdroom apartments, all completely electrically '-.catcd n n d air conditioned. Work on Iho building, located on n corner lot measuring 75 feet by 110 (act, got underway last M o m l f y . Body Is Found RICHMOND M} - Kir*irwn recovered Iho body of Kutfcno Peterson, 10, of Rlc'iroood from the waters of tho .lumen Klfvor here yesterday about 4S mini*** after he vanl.sfjcd boricMU} ttw «ur- face while

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