The Danville Register from Danville, Virginia on September 13, 1967 · Page 9
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The Danville Register from Danville, Virginia · Page 9

Danville, Virginia
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Wednesday, September 13, 1967
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Second I City and County Section News FOUNDED FEBRUARY, 1847. Opening Date On Old Belt Is Unpopular WALNUT COVE, N.C. (AP)- Williain Marshall, who heads the Tobacco Committee of the Old Belt Tobacco Farmers Association, doesn't like "a dog- gonned bit" the decision to delay to Sept. 25 the opening of Old Belt flue-cured tobacco mar- THE DANVILLE REGISTER DANVILLE, VA., WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 13,1967 Danville Voters Narrowly Reject Power Bond Issue Of $9 Million kets. Marshall said Tuesday his lawyer is preparing what he referred to as a "three-barreled" action which will seek relief in federal court and from the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. Marshall, who marketed about 20,000 pounds of tobacco annually in recent years, said the action was being taken on behalf of 10 or 12 plaintiffs among North Carolina Old Belt tobacco farmers and "a few in Virginia." He said his association represents about 15,000 Old Belt growers in North Carolina. He declined to elaborate on the action planned, but said preliminary legal work should be completed "within five to 10 days." The North Carolina • Virginia Old Belt markets originally were set to open next Tuesday. However, late Monday spokesmen for several tobacco companies told the industrywide Tobacco Marketing Committee they could not provide buyers on the Old Belt next week. The committee voted to rec ommend postponement and the Old Belt Warehouse Association then met and accepted the recommendation. The president of the association, Otis Joyce, said his board of governors accepted the Sept. 25 opening date with great reluctance, only because full buying power would be unavailable earlier. The industry committee also voted to cut auctions in South Carolina and border North Carolina markets to 2Vi hours a day per set of buyers. The cut becomes effective Wednesday on South Carolina markets and Sept. 20 on the border North Carolina belt Marshall said there was not enough time "to do anything about" the postponement this tobacco year. He termed the to bacco "situation for Old Belt farmers "just disgusting", adding, "It works a hardship on farmers." He asserted, "The warehouse association is making money because of the congested markets. We have some friends there, but not enough to do us much good." Ladder Is Clue In Cafeteria Safe Robbery Danvillo Detectives were tracking down the source o£ a ladder used in the Monday night burglary of a safe at Bailey's Cafeteria in Ballou Park hi which $900 was taken. Del. Capt. J. E. Towler said yesterday morning that the ladder found on the roof of the building, was apparently used in ascending the top of the building. He said detectives had evidence that the ladder came from the Lanier Ave. section behind the shopping center and is believed to have been stolen. Towler asked that residents of the area check to determine if such a ladder is missing from their premises and notify detectives. Entry to the building was gained by way of the roof and thieves removed the safe's door to get the money. Danville voters narrowly re jected a $9 million power bone issue yesterday, the seconc time in a decade that powe bonds have been refused. This time, however, the mar gin was considerably close with .4,846 voting against anc 4,489 voting for. In terms o percentages, this was 53 pe cent against and 47 per cen for, according to unofficial re turns from all 14 precincts. In 1958 when a $4 million issue was defeated, the vote was almost three-to-one against Yesterday's referendum i< expected to result in a continu ation of the city's contractual, relations with Appalachian Power Company, whereby the city buys its supplemental power needs from the private power company. This was by no means certain, however. A disappointed City Council, holding its regular monthly meeting as the final votes were being tabulated, indicated it may look for other sources of supplemental power. The narrowness of the bonds' defeat causd some to speculate on the possibility of another referendum next year. However, both sides sounded conciliatory notes in the wake of the final results. Said Mayor W. C. McCubbins: "The citizens have spoken. As the mayor of Danville, I am going to do all I can for my city, as I have in the past." Former Mayor Julian R. Stinson, who headed the anti-bond Greater Danville Committee, said, "There is no animosity on our committee that I am aware of." Both he and Chamber of Commerce President William V. Rickman said they hoped the wounds of the bitterly 1 fought campaign would be healed quickly with both sides working together for the betterment of the city. The bonds, had they passed, would have been used to purchase and install a 55,000 kilowatt steam turbine generator to enable the City to continue manufacturing a majority of its power requirements through the mid-Seventies. The issue was closest among the freeholders, a mere 29 votes separating the 3,478 votes cast against and 3,449 for. Non- freeholders voted 1,368 against and 1,040 for. The voter turnout was moderately heavy with 9,335 votes being recorded. There were, as usual, a handful of void .votes resulting when voters failed to operate the voting machines properly. This was more than double the 4,493 who voted in 1958. The voting followed no dis- ceraable pattern. Freeholders favored the bonds in five wards and non-freehold- irs favored in five. But only in three did both freeholders and ion-freeholders alike favor the jonds, so that only in these hree—2 (Municipal Building), 7B (Third Ave.) and 8 (Grove Park School)—was the majority of those voting for the bonds. The Negro vote, although not nearly so unanimous as it was or Attorney Rutb, Harvey in earlier Democratic primaries, also apeared to lean heavily against the bonds. The bonds uffered their worst defeat in tie predominantly Negro 3d iVard .(Berkeley School), 341 o 131. On the other hand, the tote was fairly close in both Yards 1 and 9 (the two Green t. Park wards), both of which rtiss Harvey carried by wide margins in the primaries. The referendum vote was heavier than the 9,234 cast in the July primary but smalle than the 11,657 recorded in th August run-off between Mis Harvey and Vice Mayor Georg B. Anderson. Yesterday's voter turnout wa light during the first half o the day but picked up steadily in the afternoon. When the poll closed at 7 o'clock, voters were still waiting in line at severa precincts. City Councilmen, who hac unanimously endorsed the bonds and plunged individually intc the campaign for them, obvious ly were disappointed at the out come. But the closeness of the vote particularly when comparec with the 1958 results, encour aged some to reason that the bonds might yet be passed put up in another referendum one year from now. The councilmen, however were by no means agreed 01 what course to follow. In an informal discussion following their meeting, they debated a number of avenues open to them. They were in agreement that, before they sign another long-term contract with Appalachian, they will explore other possible sources of supplemental power, such as Duke Power Company and Carolina Light and Power in North Carolina and Virginia Electric Power Co. to the east. There also was some discussion of renewing the Appalachian contract on a yearly basis until the Yankee-Dixie Federation comes into being. The Yankee-Dixie Federation How Danville Voted Ward 1 2 3 4-A 4-B 5 6 7-A 7-B 8 9 10 11 12 Totals Freeholders For Against 102 58 73 262 228 153 202 516 763 342 219 209 126 196 3449 103 33 168 284 263 175 173 549 608 297 210 221 188 206 3478 Non-Freeholders For Against 57 67 58 69 109 89 82 88 108 71 137 49 17 39 1040 107 41 173 67 SS 134 113 107 94 70 195 58 66 55 1368 Chaplain Program Is Voted For State Prison Inmates RICHMOND Ml — The State Board of Welfare and Institutions voted Tuesday to maintain a chaplain program in the state's correctional institutions. The decision came after discussion of a meeting of church leaders and state officials, called last week by Gov. Godwin to discuss the support the Chaplain Service of the Churches of Virginia, Inc. is receiving from churches in the state. At last week's meeting, 20 church leaders decided to ask the governor to appoint a committee to study whether the state should supply chaplains to the correctional institutions. The board action did not specifically say who should pay the chaplains, but church and department officials agreed a chaplain program not financed by the state would be more effective. The board said the chaplain program was a "very essential part of the rehabilitation, care and treatment of inmates in the correctional system." W.K. Cunningham Jr. director of the division of corrections, told the board members the "reaction of the church leaders was very disappointing." "There seemed to be a feeling among them that the program should be financed by the state" Cunningham said. Otis L. Brown, director of the department, said "taking over the program is the last thing we need to do. I don't want us to have to take it over as a state program as a default." is an organization of municipally operated electric systems combining to build giant power plants that would produce electricity cheaply for distribution to_ members. However, Yankee- Dixie is not expected to have any plans in operation before 1975. Both McCubbins and John W. Carter, who headed the Citizens Power Committee, thanked the other councilmen for their efforts. McCubbins added, "I have done what I thought was right and I owe apologies to'no one." Stinson said, his committee was complimented that a majority of the citizens shared the committee's view that "purchased power"' was the proper approach for the City to follow. Our position is unchanged that our course established 10 years ago is the best for Danville and that we shall dedicate our efforts in the future to the pursuit of that course, which is to afford us a greater measure of industrial expansion and prosperity than we have known before." Stinson said his only dissap- pointment with the vote was that "we didn't prevail by a larger majority." Rickman said he saw the referendum as "a very healthy situation." "How many other nations in :he world can you disagree and settle your disagreement at the polls and then move on toward betterment of your community?", he asked. He said le hoped both sides now would 'close ranks. There is no reason why the Chamber and the City :an't continue the healthy re- ationship that has existed be- i'ore.' r Both Stinson and Rickman said the "wounds" from the heated campaign could be kept open and exacerbated for the lext year but expressed the lope that all would seek to heal hem quickly. Stinson said the Greater Danville Committee will be dis- >anded now that the referen- [um is over. Asked if the committee ilanned to make a public dis- closeure of its expenditures during the campaign, Stinsow inswered that this would be ;p to the committee. But, he aid some persons who con- ributed did so with the under- tanding that their names would ot be disclosed and he would ot permit such disclosure with- ut their consent. Appalachian Power Co. was not among the contributors, e said. A HAPPY GROUP was part of the victory party last night at the Midtowner after voters returned a narrow verdict against the bond issue. Left, Julian Stinson, leader in the fight and Mrs. Stinson; Fletcher Harris, Hosea Wilson and Mrs. Jeff Warner. They won a close one and are celebrating results of a successful campaign. Senior Police, Fireman Grade Is Authorized By City Council A new pay grade, that of senior patrolman and senior ireman, was authorized lasi night by City Council as a constructive step to stop job turnover in the Police and Fire Departments. The new grade will enable patrolmen and .firemen, who have seniority and experience to step up a grade in pay and rank. Heretofore, City Manager Frank A. Faison explained, these men stay in their respective jobs until a sergean- cy or its equivalent is vacant. Since there are only a handful of sergeants or equivalent rank in the fire department, officers and firemen with experience sometimes seek other employ- Five Persons Are Injured In A Rash Of Accidents Five persons were injured in a rash of traffic accidents involving six vehicles yesterday. Two-year-old Riley Lawson of 32 Sanford St., suffered abrasions of the head when the motorcycle on which he was a passenger was overturned as the result of striking a dog. The accident occurred shortly after 4:30 yesterday afternoon according to Officer J. N. Wooten. The motorcycle, oper ated by John Harrison Hyatt, 16, of 2 Sanford St., was pro ceeding west on Stanley Court, when a dog ran into the path of the motorcycle and was hit causing the vehicle to overturn. Damage was listed at $75 to the motorcycle. Brenda Walker, 24, a passenger in a car operated by Junious Rush Walker, 24, of 815 Lee St., suffered contusions of the face and back in an accident, which occurred early yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Bishop Road. Investigating Officer P. M. Stanley said the Walker vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Jerry Moschler, 18, of Danville Rt. 1. Moschler was proceeding east on Memorial Drive and struck the Walker vehicle as it attempted to make a left turn into Bishop Road from Memorial Drive. Damage was estimated at $300 to the Walker vehicle and $600 to the Moschler vehicle. Two persons were hurt in a collision accident on River St. at Bryant Ave., yesterday morning. Clevion Walters of Ringgold Rt. 2, suffered a cut lip and loosened front teeth when his car ran into the rear of another auto, which had stopped to make a turn, according to Officer Donald L. Goss. Lala V. Ingle, a passenger in the stopped auto operated by John Henry Ingle of 1015 Halifax Road, suffered a neck injury. Damages were estimated at $500 to the Walters auto and $200 to the Ingle auto. Henry Keith Rimmer, 20, of 2127 N. Main St., suffered injuries to his chest and jaw in a pre-dawn accident at the intersection of Walker and N. Main Sts. According to Officer R. M. Anderson, Rimmer was proceeding north when his auto veered right into a utility pole. Damage was set at $1,000 to the auto. ment. Under the new pay grade, these men can advance from Pay and Classification category 18 to 19 with a raise in pay and rank. On this and 14 other items on the agenda, Council was in a "yes" mood. Mrs. Pearl Scott was granted a special permit to operate a boarding and lodging house at 810 Grove Street. Mrs. Etta Williams Crews was given a similar permit to operate a beauty shop in her home at 617 North Ridge Street. It was explained that her previous location had been in the way of the Broad Street bridge cloverleaf and she had to move her home and operation. The Rev. L. G. Campbell was given a permit to operate a day care center at 151 Grant Street, with the understanding that it comply with all health and fire regulations. A petition submitted by N. Lee Isenhour, seeking to rezone a lot of 1.43 acres bounded by Locust Lane, Arnett Road and Henry Road to R-3 residential was denied. The Planning Commission reported the change was opposed by 33.3 per cent of the nearby residents. An application, by Mrs. Mar garet Stanley, 534 Ricketts Street to operate a beauty shop there was referred back to the Planning Commission. Mrs. Stanley reported that there had been a change in the 23 per cent opposition because some of the neighbors did not understand what they were signing. •Council amended the retirement ordinance to provide that all members of the City Retirement Fund who have reach 50 years. of age with 15 years or more creditable service have vested rights in the fund. Heretofore, this applied only to the City Attorney and City Manager, who are appointed by Council. Now it applies to all city employes. Council confirmed employment of Bascom Jordan to assist City Attorney James A. H. Ferguson with city legal work. The purchase and exchange of properties to provide street rights - of - way on Lindhurst Drive was approved by Council. An. ordinance appropriating $29,000 to re-surface the Muni- cipal Airport runways was introduced. It will lie over for 10 days and be returned for Council's consideration. City Engineer Victor White recomr mended the runway cracks ba treated before winter weather can cause deterioration which could require a complete re-building. Viewers reported that tha closing of a part of Lithia Springs Road will not inconvenience anyone and Council ordered it closed. A subdivision plat on Acorn Lane in the Pine Tag Estates was approved. Although it was election night and Council knew it had lost its fight for a $9,000,000 bond issue, no wreaths were in sight^ Mayor W. C. McCubbins conn plimented all Councilmen for their courageous, clean present tation of the facts as they saw them and paid special tributa to City Manager Frank A. Fai« son with the remark: "Wa could search a long time and we would not find a finer City Manager." John W. Carter, as chairman of the Citizens Power Committee said: "as chairman of tha committee, which was defeated slightly on this issue, I am proud of the job we have done. I am proud of the way we all conducted ourselves and of tha citizens who worked diligently to present the facts to the people." TINKERTOYS WINNER Aubrey Walker Young, of Danville Rt. 3, has been awarded a Junior Engineer Certificate for his original Tinkertoys model, which will compete against entries from the nation in a scholarship contest sponsored by the Tinkertoys division of A. G. Spalding Bros., Inc. Tri-Cities Vote Consolidation; New Municipality Is Named Eden Sentences Given In Liquor Cases Action was light in the U.S. Court in Danville yesterday as sentences were handed out in cases involving possession and manufacture of illegal whisky. Judge Ted Dalton placed Far- rcll D. Motes of 452 Church Ave., on probation for three years on a charge of possession of illegal whisky. Calvin Leach Foley and Grady James Larson, both of the Stuart area, were given two years suspended sentences on charges of manufacturing illegal whisky. RADFORD DEAN'S LIST Marilyn Brooks and Kay Marie Yancey, both of Danville, were named to the Hadford College Dean's list for their academic records during the summer quarter. Six other area students were named to the list including, Biliie Ann Evans of Chatham, F a y e Quarles of Sandy Level, Peggy Brooks of Hurt, Kathryn Brooks of Altavista, Julia Bask- crv. : U of South Boston and Mary Lou Lane of Martinsville. EDEN, N. C.—A new city o 20,000 was born Tuesday. Its name is Eden, just a William Byrd had said it wa over 200 years ago. Eden will be the mergee towns of Leaksville, Spray ant Draper and the unincorporated Meadows Green Santitary Dis trict that lies between them. Voters from Leaksville, Spray and the central area approved the consolidation 2,252 to 1,753 Sixty per cent of those eligible voted. Some 784 of the voters chose Eden as the name of the new city. This derived from William Byrd, in return for surveying the North Carolina-Virginia line, was given 20,000 acres of wilderness in Rockingham County in 1733. In his writings, Byrd described the area as one where every- things grows plentifully to supply the wants of man and he Annual Inspection Meet Set Tonight The annual inspection meeting for mechanics working in the state's motor vehicle inspection program will be held tonight at 8 o'clock at Forest Hills Elementary School. State Police Sgt. C, L. Wilson of Bedford will conduct the session. He will review the inspection program, listing changes in it and pointing out the various things found wrong by State Police during the past year. Attendance at the meeting is mandatory for all mechanics in the program. ZINN OFF TO SCHOOL Richard Zane Kinn, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Zane Kinn, of 812 Paxton Avenue, left Saturday for the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where he is enrolled as a freshman. He AS POLLS CLOSED in Ward 7-A at G. L. H. Johnson school I in line at 7 p.m., were called inside and the doors closed plans to major in aero-space this was the scene. Shortly after this picture was taken those I since that was the deadjise for closing the polls. engineering. 1 called it the "land of Eden." Other names that received a substantial number of votes were: Leaksville-Spray-Draper Twin Rivers and Leaksville. The consolidation goes into effect immediately. Mayors and governing bodies of the three municipalities anc the sanitary district will sit to gether as one body until nexl May when a seven-man city council will be elected. The councilmen will then name a mayor. The vote by each of the areas: Meadows Greens Sanitary District, 304 for, 249 against Leaksville, 838 for, 835 against. Spray, 465 for, 332 against. Draper, 654 for, 340 against. The three towns now have mayors and city councils (20 Work Continues In Criminal Docket Case One person was bound over o the grand jury in Municipal "ourt action yesterday and both sessions of Corporation Court continued work on the Septein- >er criminal term. Mack Williams, 30, of 118 Ayers St., was certified to the grand jury in Municipal Court esterday on a charge of disposing of a television set valued at $200 purchased on a charge account at Virginia lardware. Guilty plea cases involving elonies were being heard by Judge Aiken in the main Corporation Court. Judge Craig was disposing of misdemeanor ap- >cal cases in the council cham- >ers. HOU3AY INN RESTAURANT is pleased to tr rite Mrs. L. A. Goodson, Jr. to lunch any da? Monday thru Saturday LILUAN W. YATES, Innkeeper members in all) while the sanitary district has a five-man governing body. Eden will be the largest city in Rockingham County, a distinction previously held by Reidsville, a town of 14,300. The consolidation will add about $10 million in taxable property, which will bring in more than enough revenue to offset the cost of extending services to the unincorporated areas. Voters in the three towns on previous occasions had opposed the merger. Get More Car For Your Money 1. A 90 HP, ISOOcc Hi-Torque Engine 2. 90 MPH Maximum Speed 3. Zero-To-60 in 16 sec. Pick-Up 4. Owners Report Up to 30 Miles per Gallon Economy 5. Optional Equipment Includes Automatic Transmission 6.47 Safety and Comfort Features At No Extra Cost TOYOTA CORONA CHEVY CITY 1063 Riverside Drive Danville, Vo. Phone 797-1411 T«VOT«. JtM»'i IW. 1 AgmwMi UimtKM

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