25 Years Ago
– Jan. 14, 1981
Suffolk Land Eyed for Coal Terminal
Two pieces of property in Northern Suffolk are being considered for a coal export terminal by the firm who engineered the design of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the two Portsmouth tunnels.
The 1,932 acres site on the Suffolk-Portsmouth border are valued at $7.6 million and are two options being considered by the New York firm of Parson, Brickerhoff, Quade, and Douglas. The sites are on either side of College Drive, just before Tidewater community College Campus.
The site has port access but does not have adequate rail access.
The property is also located near where highway officials project I-664 will locate when it is finally constructed.
to Honor Martin
In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Pleasant Union Church bell will toll at 7:30 p.m. January 15, for a candlelight program honoring his birthday. The candlelight program will feature a musical selection, poetry, a biographical film and the Rev. V.T. Chamber will play a special tribute on the organ, “Precious Lord.”
The keynote speakers are the Rev. Robert Hobbs from the Metropolitan Baptist Church and the Rev. Henry Diggs from Diamond Grove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Doris E. Hayes will narrate the program and Mrs. N. P. Chamber will officiate the candle lighting.
The committee for the occasion is Mrs. Irene Brown, Mrs. Janice Howell, Mrs. Gwendolyn Young and Miss Josette Bond.
“Everyone is invited to light their candle with us,” says Rev. Chamber.
– Compled by Gene Denison
Franklin Passes Yates Despite Coach’s Judgment Error
Franklin Head Coach Mike Head caught his third quarter error in time to preserve the Broncos’ lead over the struggling Yeates Chargers Tuesday night and lock a firm hold on the Peanut District’s second place honors.
After building a 10 point lead over the Chargers, Head went to his bench in the third period and Yeates immediately pulled to within 2 points. Realizing his error, Head put the second string back on the bench and surged back to a 10 point lead.
Housing Market Growing More Competitive
In 1981 there will be 650 housing units in Suffolk for low-moderate income families, providing a healthy, competitive market, L. Judson Barrett told the Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board Tuesday.
Barrett said, new units will offer many more choices for persons currently living in substandard housing. It will also inspire landlords to fix up the homes they own since families will have alternatives to substandard homes.
A spring groundbreaking is planned for Nansemond Square Apartments on Dill Road. The project will offer 188 federally subsidized rental apartments. Also currently under construction are Wilson Pines, across from Suburban Drive, offering 104 apartments, and Parker Riddick Vilage
offering 93 units. Heritage Acres, in the Magnolia section is scheduled for ground breaking in January or February, offering an additional 76 units.