The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia on August 12, 1965 · Page 15
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The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia · Page 15

Petersburg, Virginia
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Thursday, August 12, 1965
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Tri-City News Serving The Growing Sonthside Virginia Area PETERSBURG Thursday, August 12, 1965 COLONIAL HEIGHTS HOPEWELL County Studying Highway, Bridge By AL WHELESS CHESTERFIELD - A meeting with Howard A. Mayo, County planner, has convinced the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors "to get sdme right of way while it's still free" for a proposed outer circumferential highway. T h e y will also investigate the possibility of a bridge to cross the James River. The beltway would run from the intersection of U.S. Rt. 1 and state Rt. 10 across the county and. north to the James River, Mayo said,'and would play an important part in the development of the county.- The County -.planner told the supervisors that the proposed highway would extend farther out into a less populated area .of the county than an outer corridor road planned in a 1962 State Highway Department study. The two other corridors, a sailed middle circumferential roadway and the Chippenham parkway ere expected to be located in well-developed areas. The ' supervisors' executive secretary, M. W. Burnett, told board members that "90 pei- cent of he right-of-way would b e given" for the project by affected landowners. After discussion of the proposed beltway, the Board of Supervisors agreed to ask the highway department to consider roadway plans and to look into the possibility of a bridge to cross the James river so the road could connect the projected Deep Run 1 parkway on the northern side of he river. In. other action taken by the ward yesterday, the supervisors voted to abandon the original 50 foot sewer easement along the old Barnell Airport in favor of a 20 foot right-of-way which would allow road access to a pumping station. Herbert 0. Browning, one of the supervisors, and Claiborne Hawkins, asked for rezoning of a piece of property on Woodpecker Road from agriculture and residential to general business. The supervisor said a shopping center was planned for construction on the land. The property fronts 90 feet on Hickory Road, 840 feet on River Road, 550 feet on New Road, and. 70 feet on the Southwest line of Woodpecker Road. At a request for deferrment by a spokesman for Mary L. Campbell, a local resident, the Board of Supervisors agreed to postpone any action on the proposed rezoning for two weeks. The spokesman said the residents in the area "are afraid their taxes will go up. They don't know what kind of business would be in the shopping center either. The land is designated residential and we want to keep it that way." A bid of $6,709.3 for a fire truck requested by the Fores' View Fire Department was approved by the board during yesterday's meeting. McKenney's Mysfery Plonf Still Secref McKENNEY-"We don't know If we've been accepted or rejected." Hope Tunstall, chairman of McKenney's Industrial Committee, said today the town is still awaiting a reply from an unnnamed aluminum corporation which has expressed interest in locating at McKenney. "The only thing we've been told," Tunstall said, "is to sit tight." The chairman said/he received the information from Freak Accident Claims Life Of Lynchburg Man By The Associated Press A Lynchburg man died early today in Campbell a freak County. accident in The · death and two others reported earlier sent Virginia's toll for the year to 596. A year ago the count Was 603. LYNCHBURG - Ronald Edward Radford, 19, of Lynchburg Was killed at 3 a.m. today in a single vehicle wreck just east of Lynchburg on U.S. 460 in Campbell County. State police said Radford's truck left a private driveway after the brakes apparently failed, and rolled 50 feet down an embankment onto U.S. 460.' Radford was thrown out and crushed beneath the truck. NEWPORT NEWS - Faitiey William Wilson, 57, of Newport News, was fatally injured yesterday when the car he was driving ran off Chestnut Ave. in Newport News and crashed into the side of Booker T. Washington school. WASHINGTON - Harriett Lawrence Harrison, 88, of Front Royal, died yesterday of injuries received in a two car collision on U. S. 211 a mile esst of Washington in Rappahannock County Sunday. McKenney's Mayor Paul Myers who met recently in Richmonc with William Hartwell, a member of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce's Division of De velopment and Planning. Obviously still confident, how ever, the Town Council has au thorized the Industrial Commit tee to proceed with plans to form an industrial corporation whicl would issue stock amounting t more than $32,000. The monej will come from subscription made by McKenney residents in an effort to attract the propose industry to the community. Hartwell said the money can be used to attract any proposet industry, as well as the aluminum corporation. The name of th company is, still being kep secret. A 20-acre tract of land akmj_ the Seaboard Railroad, and nea the McKenney post office is the planned site for the plant's loca tion. The property is owned by Earner Batte, clerk of the Din widdie Circuit Court. The projected agreement between the town and the Indus try stipulates teat the develop ment corporation would have a maximum authorized capita stock of $200,000 with power tc buy and sell real estate, erec buildings and lease property. Ayers Named City Registrar Robert W. Ayers has been named general registrar for Petersburg by the City Electoral Board to fill the unex- pired term of Dr. James H. Bailey, who resigned as of August 1. The term runs through May 1, 1967. Announcement was made by E. A. Wyatt, secretary of the board. Ayers was appointed assistant registrar July 29 by Dr. Bailey with the consent of the electoral board. Since that date he has performed all duties of a · general registrar, Wyatt said. The County's Soil Scientist, H. i. Matthews submitted a re- uest for a $249 overhead projec- or which was passed by the su- jervisors. The appointment of John T. 'erreli as hew dispatcher for the Siesterfield Police Department ilso met approval. Unknown Disease ... No Trace Here Petersburg's health and hospital authorities have reported no trace of an unknown respiratory disease held responsible for the deaths of 8 mental patients at St. 'Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D. C. The director of the Virginia State Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology, Dr. James B. Kennley, said today he · has received no reports of any such unusual cases. Both Petersburg General and John Randolph H o s p i t a l in Hopewell have indicated negative findings. Allied Chemical Spending $10-12 Mil/ion New ant A Necessity By PAT MATTHEWS HOPEWELL - A new ammonia plant, which will cost ue- tween ten and 12 million dollars. will be constructed by Allied Chemical Corporation's nitrogen division here to replace the existing facility. The new plant will not create any additional jobs, but is a project we have to do to stay in business, according to Robert Riggs, general manager. The present plant is "too inefficient and too cumbersome to continue operating," Riggs said. The pressure of competition has forced us to build in order to stay in business, he added. The new plant capacity will be l.OOU Ions ix: day, the same as the present plant. Riggs explained that the present facility is actually made up of five separate identical plants; each of which produces 200 tons of ammonia a day. When the new plant is placed'in operation late next year, there will be only one set of equipment but all of the individual pieces will be on a much larger scale. What we are doing is switching rom a five train plant to a one train facility, Riggs said. The plant will be built by Kellogg Co., a division of Pullman, Inc. It will be located at the west end of the present plant NEW TECHNICAL CENTER--Scheduled for completion by late " ~-r this year, Allied Chemical Corporation's new multimillion dollar technical center is expected to increase the number of people employed in the company's fibers research and development work by more than 100. Three months after the ground breaking ceremony, Allied announced an 80 per cent enlargement of the center's dyeing and finishing laboratory over the original plans. The center is being built on a 75-acre site located midway betwen Richmond and Petersburg, on Interstate Rt. 95. Laboratories for research, dyeing and finishing, as well as facilities for administrative and service functions, will be included in the building, (Staff Photo by Flo Williams) 'Qu/ef' Prevails Over Sussex Once Again. site. When completed the old facility will be demolished. The facility is not a plant in the sense of one large building but is made up of towers, pumps, piping, and tanks intersperced with some small buildings. Some preliminary work, such as electrical work, is already underway. A new construction part ing lot is being built in advance of the actual start of work by the crews from Kellogg Co. in September. This is the fourth major capital program which Allied divisions in this area have underway. Projects started last year include: 1. A six million-dollar research center being built on a 75- acre site adjacent to Interstate Rt. 95 between Richmond and Petersburg. 2. A multi - million - dollar expansion of the fibers division plant. 3. Construction of a multimillion - dollar sulphunic acid plant. .; The new research center will include laboratories for research, dyeing and finishing; pilot plants for use in the development of fibers and polymers and space for administrative and service functions. The center will tripple the capacity of the fibers division research and development facilities and speed up the firm's production of new polymers and fibers. : The 33 per cent expansion of the nylon fiber - producing plant in Chesterfield is expected to be completed in late 1965. It 'presently employs approximately 2,400 persons and has an annual payroll for this operation of about 15 million dollars. The new sulphuric acid plant in Hopewll is described as a project of several million dollars. The acid is used in the processes leading to the production SUSSEX-The calm after the storm appears to have settled in Sussex County after what has been something of a long hot summer. Today this rural, quiet and peaceful section of the Southside is almost itself again. But, it hasn't been itself for the whole summer. It has had demonstrations and civil rights workers hit it as hard as any area in the Southside. Still hanging over the head of .the county government is a ·threat of federal registrars being brought in. Also, awaited in the county is approval of the freedom of choice school plan by the federal government. Details of this plan are closely guarded by the county's school officials, who are hopeful it gets through without a hitch, the opening of schools now so imminent. Until this September there has. been no integration in the county's schools, and it is not know whether there will be any change now. In a nutshell, what's happened in the county this summer? One of the first indications Sussex would bear a s h a r e of racial crusading was the announcement by Summer Community Organization and Political Education, (SCOPE), that the county had been picked as one of 10 localities for a-voter registration program. The out-of-state rights workers group is sponsored by Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference On June 16 the county's Board of Supervisors was forced to cancel an Operation Head "-tart program the county had hoped to begin June 21. The supervisors blamed the federal Office of Economic Opportunity for f ailure to approve the $40,000 grant in time for the county to sponsor the program. Sussex Operation Head Start would have been geared for 175 children, presumably all Negro. The fact the county couldn't as$3 Million For What Big Question At Fort Fort Lee may be getting more than $3 million for construction, but what it is for no one at the fort claims to know, and higher brass will not say. The exact nature of the con- sturction to take place at Ft. Lee pending Congressional and Presidential approval of a military construction appropriation will not be released until final approval, an Army spokesman stated. The Department of the Army has handed down orders that no breakdowns are to be made public on construction or funds un- til the bill is signed by the President, according to Col. Robert T. Blauvelt of the 2nd Army Information Office at Ft. Meade, Maryland. Tuesday the House passed a $1.7 billion appropriation for military construction around the world. According to previous newspaper reports, ,Ft. Lee's slice of the pie is $3,060,000. Col. Blauvelt said this figure for Ft. Lee is incorrect but said he has been ordered by the "Department of the Army not to divulge the correct one. The original sum reported earmarked for Ft. Lee was $700,000, According to reporU this figure was upped past the $3 million mark while Ft. Belvoir's share was apparently cut by about $4.5 million. The House bill passed Tuesday contains $293.5 million less than the Pentagon requested. It now goes to the Senate. The Senate has already been asked by Defense Department officials to restore some of the funds. As far as past House performance on military appropriations is concerned, the cut is not a drastic one. Past bills have been cut far more, but the U.S. involvement in Viet Nam is attributed to the Congressional altitude. sure the federal fovernment the program would be integrated because all candidates for the pro- gram'were Negro is believed to have been behind the delay in fund approval. The delay killed the program. The county's officials weren't very happy to find themselves on the White House's poor list. Sussex was one of five counties in the state ruled eligible for 100 per cent federal aid "'-ecause it is too poor to help itself." The federal government will pay the entire cost of a poverty fight in the county since its per capita income is only $733 compared to a national figure of $1.850. The county hasn't invited the federal bout. July was the hot month, however. A restaurant, rather than serve Negro and white civil rights workers, closed its doors. Later there were reports the operator's lease was expiring anyway. A 50-minute demonstration July 26 by about 100 persons, including 10 white civil rights workers, signalled the beginning of a protest of voter registration procedures in the county. The complaint was that the office hours of Registrar L. S. Hardaway were not made for working people, and for that reason only a small percentage of the county's vast Negro population had registered. Hardaway sits the first Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to register new voters. A second demonstration, this one on Saturday, July 31, drew a few more people and some speakers who blasted the one day registration. President Johnson was asked to pick Sussex as the site to sign the new voting rights bill and in the same day a threat to call in federal registrars was sounded. Monday, August 2 was the payoff day. It was Hardaway's day for registration and 180 Negroes turned out to register for the first time. Rights leaders seemed happy with the results, but still repeated their demands for more hours for registration, five days a week or four Saturdays a month. That request is apparently under study by county officials, but mum has been the word since the big registration day. Mum was the word today too, although one county official said things are about normal around the courthouse. The rights workers are still here, reminded the office holder, noting, however, that the summer is about gone. Television Nefworlc Swop Scheduled For Sunday The peacock has flown the coop. . .the "Fugitive" has found a new home. . .and with a minimum of excitement the Tri- Cities' leading television stations will affect a swap in programs this week that will leave viewers with only the slight problem of dial-switching to find their favorite programs. After months of rumors, speculation, denials and announcements, Stations WRVA-TV and WXEX-TV wiD shift their network affiliations on Sunday. ABC television programs now seen on Channel 12 will be seen on Channel 8. NBC shows now televised on Channel 8 will move to Channel 12, confirming a story carried first in The Progress- Index in March. Station WRVA-TV will join the National Broadcasting Company as a primary affiliate and WXEX-TV will change from NBC to the American Broadcasting Company, both changes taking effect on August 15. First indications that a swap was in the offing were brought to light when The Progress-Index revealed an article printed in Broadcasting magazine, a trade journal of the broadcast industry. Area telecasters were quick to deny such a change was about to take-place. A visit to the Richmond area by ABC president Thomas Moore resulted in a "no comment" session for the press in March, however barely a month later the affiliation switch was confirmed. Throughout the discussions, Channel 6, station WTVR, t h e Columbia Broadcasting System outlet, remained discreetily aloof Channel 6, a pioneer station in the Richmond market, will be uneffected by the change. William Preston, president of WRVA-TV and Tom Knode, vice president of station relations for NBC, had said at the time the affiliation switch was announced "NBC's lead in the medium of color broadcasting played a significant role in WRVA-^V's decision to seek affiliation with NBC TV. We plan to expand our facilities for greater color broadcasting locally and when linked with the "full color network's" SET FOR FALL-Work is progressing on this kitchen addition to Flora Hill Elementary School, Colonial Heights, which is expected to be finished sometime this fall. The present school kitchen will be converted for use as cafeteria and auditorium space. The outside walls of the new addition are now completed and workmen are doing the interior work. Superintendent of School C. G. Smith Jr. said that kitchen equipment for the new Colonial Heights High School will be installed before the opening of the fall term so that high school students will bo able 10 have hot lunches at the cafeteria for the first time. (Staff Photo by Flo Williams) schedule, we will be the color station in Richmond. Irving Abeloff, vice president and managing director of WXEX- TV has stressed the "blanket coverage of interest and service" that Channel 8 will be able ,to provide. "The combination of Channel 8 from Richmond with Channel 13 from the Norfolk market will provide a blanket coverage of interest and service--that area that includes Richmond and Norfolk and the centers of population between these two areas and the northwest of Richmond," Abeloff said in his official announcement. Counfy Unif Granfs Zoning Law Variance DINWIDDIE - The Dinwiddie Board of Zoning Appeals, acting on what was termed a "hardship case," has granted a variance from the county's zoning ordinance to permit the operation of a beauty parlor in a strictly residential area. Board members voted unanimously Wednesday to grant Mrs. Thomas E. Tatum Jr. of Petersburg a variance to operate the business in a home she plans to construct in the county's Parkview subdivision. Mrs. Tatum, who lives at 108 Summit St., told the five-man group she is unable to work a full eight-hour day at outside employment and the beauty par- Unauthorized Use Of Car Charged Petersburg p o l i c e have charged a Hopewell woman with renting a car--and not bringing it back. Capt. G. H. Slate, a detective with the police department, said Diana J. Taylor was arrested about 5:30 p. m. yesterday while driving a $2,000 automobile which she had allegedly rented on Aug. 1 from Art's Esso service station at 534 E. Washington St. She is being held on a charge of unauthorized use. Slate said she denied stealing the car, and described the woman as "about 30 years old." Other arresting officers were Det, Sgt. A. V. Bowcn and Patrolman F. W. Easier. lor operation will be a main source of her income. No opposition to the request developed from residents of the area. Mrs. Tatum plans to construct her new home on Parkview Drive, an area zoned Residential-!--the highest and most restrictive zoning category in the county's ordinance. Without the variance, business operations are not permitted in R-l areas. The Tatum cas-3 is the first request for variance from the county zoning ordinance since the regulatory package of laws became effective in September 1364. Only one request for rezoning-that in Rohoic District along Vaughan and Squirrel Level Roads--has also been requester! by county residents. Favoring the variance were appeal board chairman John Will Rives, vice chairman Linwood R. Lane, secretary William F. Creath and members W. Arthur Prosise and T. T. Lee Jr. Rives. Lane and Creath were elected appeal board officers at the group's organizational meeting in July after members sworn to office. of Caprolan which is produced not only in Chesterfield but also at Columbia, S.C. The nitrogen, fibers and' Aniline divisions of Allied employ approximately 5,000 persons in the Tri-City area. The corporation is one of the nation's leading chemical manufacturers and produces more than 3,000 different products at over 100 sites. It employs some 35,000 persons in its nine operating divisions, and international marketing division and an affiliated Canadian company. The ammonia, to be produced at the new plant, is a fertilizer but also has industrial uses such as the making of nylon. Nine Persons Are Injured In Three Vehicle Accident RICHMOND - (AP) - Nine persons were injured today in a three-vehicle collision on U.S. 250, 13 miles west of Richmond. Henrico County police said the injured were passengers in a westbound compact car and an eastbound pickup truck which collided headon. An eastbound car also was involved in the accident. The injured were taken to Richmond memorial Hospital by the Tuckahoe and Lakeside rescue squads. Police said their investigation was incomplete but that the five passengers in the compact car were members of a Richmond area " club swimming team. It was understood they were enroute to Waynesboro to represent the James River Aquatic Club in a junior Olympics meet. were Training Schools Meet New Rules RICHMOND (AP)-The State Board of Welfare and Institutions was told Tuesday that Virginia's four juvenile training schools have been integrated to comply with federal requirements. R. Carroll Minor, director of the department' division of youth services, said the boys, and girls were not assigned to a different school against their wishes. School, Hospital Combine Courses HARRISONBURG (AP) Eastern Mennonite College here and King's Daughters Hospital in Staunton are working on plans to b e g i n a four-year school of nursing leading to a collegiate bachelor's degree. The Rev. Daniel B. Suter, professor of biology at the college and c h a i r m a n of n u r s i n g education committee which is making plans for the new curriculum, said the college is hiring faculty members for the new program. A target date of September 1966 has been set for enrollment of the first class. Draft Board Office Closes Petersburg Local Board 35, Selective Service, will be closed next week according to Mrs. Dorothy B. Lewis, clerk of the board. The office, which is located in the courthouse, will rc-opcn Monday, August 23. Hours will be 8 a. m. to 4:30 p. m.

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