March 25, 1965: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald 40 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 25, 2005

Raider Netters young

Let’s face it. After almost 10 years as the dominant force in Tidewater scholastic tennis, Suffolk High School has hit a barren period.

There’s no talk of a seventh straight State Championship–not even so much as a district title. The reason is simple enough: too many good players graduated at the same time.

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Of last year’s fist six players, only Kent James, the No. 5 man, is back. The Raiders lost six of their first seven players by graduation.

Gone are Bobby Morgan, James Blair, Conan Daniels, David Sweat, Baker Parker, and Tommy Bell.

And yet coach Bill Peachy thinks his present crop of boys will develop into one of the strongest group of tennis players he’s ever had.

Local interests urge detailed ’cause’ study

Suffolk and Nansemond County representatives urged the State Water Control Board Tuesday to make a detailed study of the Nansemond River to find out what’s causing the pollution of that stream between Suffolk and the river’s mouth.

At a public hearing in Richmond Tuesday, the state board heard from city and county officials, oysterman who make their living from the Nansemond, and from homeowners along the river. Each presented resolutions and recommendations pertaining to the future use of the river.

At stake may be the joint city-county urban renewal program just getting under way which would take in substandard areas around the city of Suffolk. One of the primary aims of the program would be construction of a second sewage treatment plant. The majority of the homes in these areas do not have sewage connections.

‘No School for Any,’ Lawrence Warns

The Nansemond County School Board presented its promised reply to a Negro citizen’s committee on alleged construction inferiority at the John F. Kennedy High School last night and tentatively set next Tuesday night for another meeting with the group to further discuss the situation.

School Board Chairman Dr. M. T. Plyler Jr. of Whaleyville read the prepared reply to an overflow crowd of nearly 200 persons who packed the county criminal courtroom.

Although the crowd consisted primarily of Negroes, there were some 25 whites spectators in the audience.

In general the board’s reply indicated that some minor deficiencies had been found in the construction of the Kennedy school and that initial steps had been taken to correct them.

Tuesday’s bloodmobile visit nets 126 pints

Tuesday’s bloodmobile visit to Main Street Methodist Church netted 126 pints, according to figures reported today by Mrs. Herbert Darden, executive secretary of the local Red Cross chapter. The March visit was sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi and the National Guard.

Wellons Staylor received a 5-gallon pin Tuesday, topped only by Charles W. Darden, a 6-gallon donor. Other pins were awarded to Baldwin Renner, four gallons; Julian B. Taylor, Randolph Duke, Mrs. Fletcher B. Kelley, three gallons; Mrs. Judith B. Matteson and Rocy C. Allison, two gallons.

Volunteer staff aides Tuesday were Mrs. Alvin Grant, Mrs. S. B. Carter, Mrs. Angus Hines, Mrs. John Felgentreu, Mrs. Robert Winborne, Mrs. Bradford Kilby, Mrs. William Whitley, Mrs. W. T. Pond, Mrs. W. H. Higginbotham, Mrs. H. K. Steele and Mrs. A. J. Taylor.

New Advisory Board installed here Tuesday

New Salvation Army advisory board members, installed during an annual dinner Tuesday night, were charged with the responsibility of finding a new home for Corps.

Dr. Murray Cantor, Suffolk rabbi who made the installation, spoke of the generosity of the Birdsong family in making, the present quarters available for the past 20 years, but stressed the need for new, permanent quarters in the future.

Installed as chairman Tuesday night was M. A. Cross Jr. Other officers are F. O. Clarke, vice chairman; Hugh West, secretary, and Jack Shryer, treasurer.

Three new members of the advisory board also were installed: H. S. Abernathy, James B. Boone Jr. and Forrest Cathey. Each received a wooden SA wall plaque. Remaining members of the board include William Davis, Dr. B. L. Holladay, William S. Holland, Mrs. Earl Hundley, Mrs. Hiliary January, the Rev. C. Bailey Jones, Thomas Rawls Jones, Dr. Kantor, Howard D. Mast, James L. McLemore Jr., Al Ruben, and Stuart Levy, retiring chairman.

CB Clubs to sponsor jamboree

The Peanut City Citizens Band Radio Club of Suffolk and the Old Dominion CB Radio Club of Norfolk will sponsor a trade and auction jamboree and dance Saturday and Sunday at the Suffolk Shrine Club.

Tickets for the affair may be purchased from any member of the two clubs.

An auction will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by the dance at 9. the jamboree will held Sunday from noon till 6 p.m. and will consists of displays of radio equipment.

Two prizes will be given away during the affair, a Simpson &uot;Guardian 23&uot; two-way citizens band radio and a 16-inch portable television set, courtesy of Distributors, Inc. of Portsmouth. Jim Boyette of Rt. 2 Suffolk may be contacted regarding tickets or information on the jamboree.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose