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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Drainage problem faces supervisors

Nansemond County’s Board of Supervisors has a problem on its hands what to do about residents who &uot;solve&uot; ditch problems by pouring trash, lumber and other items in the hole.

The matter was brought up at Thursday’s session by a three-man Negro delegation, headed by Edward Chapman of Saratoga.

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He said that drainage conditions in the area were &uot;dangerous&uot; but that despite pleas from residents to other property owners to refrain from filling ditches improperly, they were powerless to do anything about the situation without &uot;help from the law.&uot;

Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul L. Everett said that both he and W. Sully Griffin, resident engineer for the State Highway Department, had given the matter considerable thought.

Thompson named delegate

Charles Thompson has been chosen to represent Suffolk High School at the ninth annual convention of the 41 Distributive Education clubs of Virginia, to be held tomorrow and Tuesday in Richmond, it was announced today by Richard Almarode, coordinator of Distributive Education.

Young Charles, the 17-year-old song of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Thompson Jr., of 116 Linden Avenue, is currently engaged in supervised store work at Hassen’s Poultry Market as part of his DE training.

One delegate from each of the DE clubs throughout Virginia will arrive in Richmond tomorrow to attend the Delegates’ Assembly.

During the evening banquet for the delegates, Thompson will present a report for the Tidewater area. The speaker will be Congressman Porter Hardy Jr. of Churchland.

Fund drive now at $5,000 mark

Off to a slow start, the Red Cross Fund Drive is now over the $5,000 mark at the end of the first week if its current campaign to raise $14,000 in contributions from city and county residents. The drive ends here March 12.

Mrs. A. Taylor Darden, Residential Division chairman, has reported in $975 of the division’s $1,800 quota. And recently, George A. Thorton, Business Division chairman, announced that his 70 campaign workers had raised $1,000 in funds, half of the businessmen’s $2,000 quota.

A report will be sent into chapter headquarters at tomorrow noon from the Business Division and, later that same day, the Colored Division, headed by Rev. A. L. James, chairman, will make its first report.

Woodland Tour set for Tuesday

The value of proper farm woods management will be explained to county farmers Tuesday by means of a woodland tour of Romie Holland and Parke Brinkley’s Holly Hill farm, on Route 32, seven miles south of Suffolk, near Liberty Springs Church.

Under the auspices of the State Extension Service, the farmers will get an opportunity to hear firsthand the results of good forestry practices carried out over the past several years by Edward Gill, extension forester at V. P. I.

The tour is scheduled to begin at 2 o’clock.

In connection with Tuesday’s session, John W. Freeman, Nansemond County farm agent, said &uot;Pine trees are one of our most important cash crops and at the same time, the most neglected of our natural resources.&uot;

Vann succeeds wells in bond sales campaign

J. R. Vann, cashier at the American Bank and Trust Company, has been named co-chairman of the Suffolk Defense Bond committee, succeeding George I. Wells, who recently relinquished the post.

Roy A. Richardson, manager of the Pitts Roth theaters here, continues as co-chairman with Vann, according to a release from the Committee, headed by Colgate W. Darden Jr.

February savings bond sales in the City of Suffolk totaled $19,798.75, the report stated as compared with $26,931.25 in Nansemond County. Isle of Wight County sold $29,750.25 in bonds and Southampton sold $20,750.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose