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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Opposition to northern bypass route slight

This morning’s public hearing on the proposed Suffolk bypass drew a good-size crowd but little opposition to the general route. Some Magnolia businessmen feared if they were bypassed, they would lose life investments.

One, Shelby Parks, said, &uot;Magnolia business people don’t want to be b-passed. It will hurt business, tax dollars will be lost, and trucks will miss the weighing scales.&uot;

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Parks proposed the bypass to start at Wilroy Road.

&uot;This would save money for the state and taxpayers. It’s easilier to move homes than business establishments.&uot;

Several others talked of Magnolia losing money if the new road bypassed their business.

Major James F. Hope, Nansemond Executive Secretary G. M. Cornel, and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. O’Conner each spoke in favor of the bypass, but expressed no concern as to its exact location.

Cypress Elementary School graduation exercises set

The Cypress Elementary School seventh grade graduation will be held in the school auditorium at 9 a.m. June 10.

Honor graduates are Charlotte Wilkins, valedictorian, who has a 95 average. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Wilkins, 673 Carolina Road.

Salutatorian will be Melinda Brinkley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Brinkley Jr., 827 Carolina Road. Her average is 94.7.

The theme of the graduation is &uot;Steps to the Future.&uot; Invocation will be given by Nancy Ferrell, the last will by Libby Pruitt, and prophecy by Kaye Knight and giftorian Carol Brinkley.

Remarks and presentation of diplomas will be given by Mrs. Dora P. Horton, principal.

Steve Hughes, Davis in Finals

Seeded players have taken a beating in the 16-and-under boys division of the Suffolk Jaycee tennis tournament.

As a result, only second-seeded Steve Hughes survives among the four ranked entries and he’s in the finals against Randolph Davis, an unseeded player who yesterday knocked out Steve’s brother, Glenn, in semifinals action.

Stephen Hughes defeated Ken Porter in his semifinal test, 6-3, 7-5, while Davis was beating Glenn Hughes in a three-setter, 5-7, 6-0, and 6-3.

In 16 and under girls matches yesterday, top-seeded Trudy Horton and second seeded Jane Eddy gained the final round. Horton defeated Kit Webb in one semifinal, 6-1, 6-3, and Eddy defeated Hayden Gwaltney in the other, 6-1, and 6-2.

Two veterans are quitting School Board

Nansemond County school officials will say farewell to two veteran members of the school board at their June meeting Tuesday, June 14.

The meeting will be the last for W. W. Jones and Richard M. Williams, who represent the Sleepy Hole and Chuckatuck districts respectively.

Jones announced several months ago his intention to retire after more than 28 years on the board.

Williams has since resigned and the School Trustees Electoral Board will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the Board of Supervisors’ room at the courthouse to appoint replacements for both.

Jones was appointed to the board in January 1938 to fill an unexpired term and served until the present.

He served as chairman of the board for an extended period until a long illness about a year ago.

Suffolk’s budget sure to show an increase

Suffolk City Council will take up the matter of the official budget Thursday night, a budget that is bound to reflect an increase due to a request by city schools for about $75,000 in additional local funds for the coming year.

City Manager James C. Causey Jr. said this morning he was reluctant to announce the total budget figure prior to the Thursday night session since council will hold a final work session on the budget tonight.

Appropriation ordinances are expected to be presented for Council action, and tax ordinances dealing with real estate, licenses, personal property, machinery and tools and utility consumer taxes.

– Compiled by Jennifer Rose