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45 Years Ago

The Suffolk News-Herald from 1961

Bill Rawlings tosses in hat

William V. Rawlings of Capron, executive secretary of the Association of Virginia Peanut and Hog Growers, today became the first of several rumored candidates to announce his intention to run for the state senate.

The post is the one which is expected to become vacant Nov. 7 when Sen. Mills E. Godwin seeks to cement his July 11 Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the general election. Godwin has Republican opposition which Democrats do not regard as serious.

Eleven other men have been mentioned from time to time as likely candidates for Godwin’s Senate post. Most prominent are Richard L. Woodward of Suffolk, president of the Tidewater Virginia Development Council, and Joshua Pretlow of Chuckatuck, former Commonwealth attorney for Nansemond County.

Championship matches

give Suffolk chance

at four titles

Semi-final matches managed to be sandwiched around an early afternoon downpour that sent players and spectators to cover, as the Suffolk Invitational Tennis Tournament entered its fourth day yesterday.

In a match originally scheduled for Wednesday, Vickie Sinclair of Franklin, seeded third, defeated second-seed Ginger West of Suffolk in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Suffolk’s Mary Louise Pickard will meet top-seed Isabel Rawlings of Richmond in the girls’ 18-aand-under division finals.

Airport subleased, then farmed out

A resolution allowing Mrs. Goldie Riddick, widow of the lease holder of Suffolk Airport, to sublease the airport to George Albert Cales was passed by a City Council last night.

Cales, a Navy man stationed aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, signed the sublease and left yesterday for a four to six month cruise.

Before leaving, Cales arranged to have Kenneth Wise, who lives on Carolina Highway near the airport, provide 24-hour, on-call service at the airport.

Arrangements were also made for go-cart racing, which has been discontinued since Charles Riddick’s death, to be continued under the management of Charles O. Babb.

According to City Manager James C. Causey, the airport had been a white elephant to the city from the time it was taken over from the federal government after World War II until Riddick took it over in 1959.

The facility was built in 1943 by the federal government on land owned by the city and Nansemond. It was installed with other airports in the area to provide a system of defense in depth.

It was turned back to the city and county 1949, but was recalled during 1951 and 1952 for use by the Air Force.

11 summer grads

finish high school

Eleven Suffolk High School seniors completed their summer scholastic work today and officially joined the ranks of the 1961 class.

They are James A. Johnson, Steve Ward, Virginia Curnes, Dan Dailey, David O’Brien, Robert Holt, Bob Forbes, Brenda Adkins, Stewart Tyler, Bob Holland and Emmettebie Reeves.