Oct. 6, 1972

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 6, 2002

The lead story on this date 30 years ago:

Atlanta ordered to desegregate

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta school system, with three-fourths of its enrollment black, must prepare and implement a plan for full desegregation by next month under a federal court order.

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A number of the Atlanta Board of Education called the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans &uot;about as severe an order as they could give us.&uot;

It overrules two earlier decisions by lower federal courts that found the system of 73,129 black students and 21,850 white students to be unitary and declared that bussing would only drive more whites into the suburbs.

Local man sues Standard Brands

The parent company of Planters Peanuts has been sued for $1,000,000 by a Suffolk man who claimed injuries received at the plant on Oct. 3, 1970 resulted in a second amputation of his left leg.

William Chaney Jr., 33, of 320 Holladay St., who named Standard Brands of 200 Johnson Ave. in the suit, fell during a delivery of bags, allegedly leading to a second amputation – this time above the knee. Chaney was contracted by Butler Paper Box Co. to clean bags for Planters but he wasn’t employed by Planters.

Chaney charges that negligence and carelessness on the part of the defendant was directly responsible for disabling him and causing mental pain and anguish.

Action expected on swamp study

A bill funding the feasibility study of the Dismal Swamp is expected to be signed by President Nixon within the next 10 days.

The bill authorizes the Secretary of Interior to conduct an investigation and study to determine the desirability of swamp and the Great Dismal Swamp canal in North Carolina and Virginia.

The $50,000 study will attempt to determine the type of federal, state or local program desirable in the public interests.

Congress will hear the results within a two-year period after the bill is signed.

IW girls repulse N-SA in basketball, 46-34

Isle of Wight girls jumped to an early lead last night against Nansemond Suffolk and was never seriously threatened in a 46-34 basketball victory at Isle of Wight Academy.

It was the second conference win for Isle of Wight.

For N-SA, it was the first defeat in two starts. They had beaten York in their first games.

Lisa King bagged 15 points for N-SA but nobody else was in double figures. Patricia Lassiter netted seven, Leslie Davis, six; Debra White, four; and Cindy Norfleet, two.