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Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2005

W. A. Bowers files candidacy for Sleepy Hole Borough

The councilmanic race in the Sleepy Hole Borough livened up Tuesday as W. A. Bowers, a salesman for his own septic tank and home supply companies, filed the necessary papers in the Circuit Court clerk’s office a few hours before the deadline for the May 4th election.

Bowers will face incumbent J. W. Nelms, a farmer, who beat him in a three-way race for the same council seat two years ago.

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Getting the youth of his area out of trouble could best be accomplished by adequate recreation facilities, he said.

Finally, Bowers said he would like to see the establishment of a municipal annex to serve the residents in the northern end of the city.

Area peanut people are leaders

When the National Peanut Council met for its 36th annual convention at Marco Island Florida last weekend, the chairman of the board who gaveled the meeting to order was Suffolkian Ruth James Moore, a peanut broker here.

When the meeting ended another Virginian from Southside, Russell C. Schools of Capron, executive secretary of the Virginia Peanut Growers Association, had been elected the new chairman of the board of directors.

Thus for two consecutive years, Southside Virginians have been elected to the National Peanut Council’s highest office.

And at the annual meeting of the National Peanut Brokers Association, also held at Marco Island in conjunction with the council’s meeting, another Suffolkian, Thomas J. O’Connor, was elected president of that organization.

Scott Hager wins speaking contest

Scott Hager was first place winner in the VFWC Public Speaking Contest sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club held at Windsor High School in February. Five students had previously been selected by the Advanced Senior English class to speak on the topic &uot;Preserving Our American Heritage.&uot; All of the students had excellent speeches and very obviously had put a great deal of time and thought into their work.

Second place went to Cindy Futrell. Robie Butler placed third. These students will present their winning speeches at the next Junior Woman’s Club meeting March 15 and receive their monetary awards. Scott will then go to Petersburg March 16 to participate in the contest on the district level. Good luck, Scott!

The judges for the contest were: Mrs. Eula Lanier, N. M. Edwards Jr. and Rev. Garland Bennett. Our thanks to these people for a very hard job well done and for giving of their time so willingly. A special word of thanks to Mrs. Jean Wood, senior English teacher, who gave her class time and a great deal of effort to this contest.

Again, best of luck in Petersburg, Scott.

Hillcrest, East End win

East End and Hillcrest have joined First Baptist and Southside in the second round of the Men’s Church Basketball League tournament.

East End, with good scoring performances from Jerome Watford and Robert Smith, whipped Whaleyville, 82-68, in one game at Forest Glen last night and Hillcrest defeated Christian in the other, 64-50.

East End and First Baptist play the first game Thursday at 7 p.m. and Hillcrest and Southside play the 8:30 nightcap.

Saints beaten in tournament

It’s all over for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s Saints.

The Saints harbored high hopes for a trip to Randolph-Macon College and the State Virginia Academy Athletic Conference semifinals this weekend, but those hopes were dashed here last night in the wake of a first round 64-49 loss to Huguenot.

Nansemond-Suffolk had won seven of its last nine games to finish second behind Isle of Wight in the Eastern Division, but one of the two losses was by two points to Huguenot, the No. 3 team in the West.

The Saints felt they had a good chance to revenge that loss on their home court and at the same time advance to Friday’s tournament semifinals at Randolph-Macon.

Unfortunately for the home forces, they picked a most unpropitious time to come up with one of their worst shooting performances of the season.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose