Aug. 26, 1984: The lead stories in the Suffolk News-Herald 20 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 26, 2004

Policeman attacked by chain-saw wielding man

A Suffolk policeman was unhurt after being attacked by a man with a chain saw early Saturday morning. Sgt. Richard H. Hurd was investigating a stabbing at Blueberry Hill Grocery and Restaurant at 200 East Washington Street when he was attacked by a 22-year-old Freeney Avenue man, wielding the saw. The man eventually submitted to police, and was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and assault and battery.

Suffolk gymnast asks for city’s help

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Suffolk’s Hope Spivey, who has shown her gymnastics skills everywhere from Birdsong Recreation Center to the Franklin YMCA, now hopes to got to the Parkette National Gymnastic Training Center in Allentown, Penn. to train and live full-time. &uot;The philosophy of the Olympics is community spirit to encourage youngsters,&uot; said Sue Draper of Alison’s School of Dance, where Hope took ballet training. &uot;At Parkette, she will be trained with an ultimate goal of the ’88 Olympics.&uot; Funds can be raised through the Parkette General Scholarship Fund, which can be reached by mail at United Virginia Bank, Attention: J.G. Miller, P.O. Box 2642, Norfolk, Va., 23501.

News-Herald poetry winners announced

G.S. &uot;Trip&uot; Hobbs, who teaches English and creative writing at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, won first prize in the Suffolk News-Herald’s 10-29 age group prize for his work, &uot;Epiphanies.&uot; Nelle Burton Weigle, a former Pentagon technical writer, took the 50-and-over title for &uot;Plane over Ploughed Land,&uot; and Margaret Towberman, a nurse in the intensive care unit of Obici Memorial Hospital, grabbed the 30-49 title with her work, &uot;Stupa.&uot;

Barnett promoted to Central Fidelity Bank vice president

The board of directors of Central Fidelity Bank have announced that G. Harden Barnett of the Suffolk office has been promoted to assistant vice president. He joined the bank in 1982 as a commercial loan officer for the area, and was previously a regional manager for the Atlantic Permanent Savings and Loan if Suffolk. In other bank news, Charles H. Henderson Jr. was named senior vice president and area executive officer for the agricultural area of the Hampton Roads Sovran Bank.

Tractor pull to be held Sept. 1-2

The Virginia Tractor Pullers Association will sponsor a truck and tractor pull Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2 at 6 p.m., at the Wakefield Ballpark. The admission price will be $5 for children 13 and over, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for children under six. Bring cooler, blankets, lawn chair, etc. Bleachers are available. The event is sanctioned by the Old Dominion Tractor Pullers Association, and a rain date has been set for Sept. 3.