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The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, August 21, 1982, Page 9, Image 9

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Blinding Rains And Wind Hit Durham By Elson Armstrong, Jr.' Blinding ' rains, gusty winds, and even marble- sized hail swept through : Durham and much of Central North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon; was flooded. '' ,-.'' -;.' ' '. High winds and heavy rai ns were ' reported at the ; Eno River State Park. ; :. One resident reported seeing what he thought, The storm was part of f , may have been, a funnel a . ; line of . severe cloud (the beginning thunderstorms - which stage of a tornado) over were caused : by - what ; f the southern section of weather people call an Durham just before the ' upper . ' , level .v ipw -. pressure system' V which . was moving across the , state. ' . :: An upper level low is a pocket of cold air which forms at high latitudes (over 18,000 ft.). While! temperatures at ground level in Durham on Tues- day were approaching 90) ' degrees, Ihe reading in this pocket of air was below 12 degrees! Thus, instability was created because of the clash bet--" ween the warm air on the ground and the cold air aloft. When such an ' event occurs, it is the perfect breeding condi- tion for thunderstorms. : The storm line ap proached the Triangle i area about 2 p.m., when it passed over Roxboro , half-inch size hail was reported. i A short time later, the storm swept southeastward into Durham. Some sections . reported marble-size hail: The northern areas of town seemed to be the hardest hit. ' The parking lot at Eno Valley Shopping Center1 on North Roxboro Road main storm hit that area. The ' storm's " major fury, which lasted for about 30 minutes, ripped tree limbs and blew them into streets all ; over Durham. In some cases, entire small trees were blown over. The. heavy rains, which at times resembled a hurricane, caused branches and creeks to rise rapidly and flood , low lying areas such as Forest Hills Park. Sharp, vivid lightning, was also visible during the height of the squall. The Sheriffs Depart- . ment in Warren County ; reported a small tornado . which caused some, damage there. The storm disrupted a picnic for Northern , High's football team at Eno River State Park. Several large tree limbs were downed in Burton Park near McDougald Terrace. Winds during the storm in Durham were estimated to be as high as 50 mph during the height of the storm. . . " 7 ' ; hi' '. ' .. mmm-?-"- ' 1 L"1 1 - t i 1 t iv I ' -.... .. i ...; i f. . ' I J-.- V: v-- ' --' ' .. . Jvy" Si r .., . 7 ' ' ' , . V- - . .'II SATURDAY, AUGUST 2r CAHCUSATlXES-t More Citizens Complaining About Missed Garbage ; By Donald Alderman A southeast Durham homeowner, ; Nathaniel Williams, 65, of Ridgeway Avenue, notic ed his garbage got picked Working four 10-hour days each week, they col lect nearly six tons . of garbage per day about 80,000 tons annually. identified, said more workers are needed to curb the frequency of missed neighborhoods. Mitchell, not ruling FARMER SELLS Dt RINC SUMMKR Curnel (Jlenn. a school teacher, who farms during his lime off spends the summer selling his produce, closes a closes a sale at.his location in the 2500 block of Fayetteville Street. Phoio b Silas May field " Young Farmer Thinks Blacks Should Stick To Land By Joseph E. Green One young Durham farmer thinks that young blacks who are leaving family farms are making a tremendous mistake. "Farming '.is the very backbone of this nation," said Curnel Glenn, 25, a farmer who teaches during the winter months and sells his crop during the summer. v They (young black Wednesdays,; Glenn is on his family's 500 acre farm in Rougemont, where he and his brother and his father pick the crops "that they planted in March. From Thursday through Saturday even ling, "the young farmer is on the corner of Fayet teville and Burlington with bushel baskets full : of tomatoes, squash, (Continued on Page 15) Valentine Wants Black Support In Congressional Race By Joseph E. Green Tim Valentine cannot win the fall election for the 2nd district congres sional seat without the solid support of the ' district's blacks and he is working hard to get'iu; w-Valentine's first hur dle is to win the support of Durham attorney and businessman H.M. "Mickey" Michaux! whom he defeated in a ; July 29 run-off by 8,000 1 votes. . i That contest between ' the two Democrats was ' laced with charges of : race baiting, with' Michaux supporters and campaign workers saying that Valentine, a Rocky Mount lawyer, made the color of Michaux's skin ' the major issue in the election. Michaux is black. Valentine is white. Valentine insisted dur ing an interview that he; did not make race an issue. He said that he had black support in his home district and that, if elected, he intended to , hire blacks for his con gressional staff in Washington and bis district offices. : ; When asked if he had - said that the support of Michaux's following was viissential-"4o his effort, Valentine said "yes". :He added that he thought that it was crucial if the . Democrats were to main tain the 2nd district seat. "I have offered to meet with "Mickey" several times and I have ' not heard anything ffom him," Valentine said. "I have no idea why he is avoiding a meeting. If he had won the run-off I. would have met with him and offered him my sup port." Sources close to . Michaux have said that they do not expect him to conduct a write-in. It youths) do nor unders- cabbage; peaches, tand the value of staying ; watermelons and apples. on the land, said Glenn, a North Carolina A&Ttgraduate who has been working on his family's farm since he was a young boy. Glenn said that each year black farmers are losing acreage. "We. do not get the same type of opportunities that the white farmers do. We do '. not get the same type p the grocery store. I think treatment from the federal agencies that deal with farmers that they tdo." Monday . 'through Last year Jie taught agriculture in the Henderson public school system. "The young people seemed to be afflaid and ashamed of farming," he said, " they wanted to stay away from it. They did not understand that if it were not for the farmers, they would not be able to eat." At the beginning of the summer, Glenn haul-. ed his crop in a small blue car. Now he has a, large green truck that acts as his stall. " I have four sisters and five brothers," Glenn said, "we all ' worked on the farm, k gives me an extra income and its a very important part of my life. I doh't go to the banks x for money, I take somexof mv own money and in- lt is better for them vest it into what I am do also." ; imj, it is just that impor- Glenn graduated from tant to me." college in 1979 with a degree in agriculture. 'I sell my produce cheaper than the super markets do," said Glenn as he stood in the blister ing , afternoon sun. "Most of my business comes during the late afternoon when people are getting off from work. The food they get. here is fresher than what they can get if they go to up only once one week instead of the usual twice. He later found out that the Durham Sanita tion Department 1 was running a little short of help that week. V Another north central Durham V homeowner along Oak wood Street wondered why the gar bage collection crew was skipping her house. She later crew tainers up to 32 gallons in size. These are but two of the things that can clog the sanitation collection system causing your garbage and trash to stay around three or four days longer. The large system with more than 3 1 ,000 residential and 1,500 commercial pick-up points breaks down oc casionally, especially during the summer vaca tion months, according to sanitation .officials, who have noticed a re cent rise in citizens' com plaints. About 45 com plaints are filed daily but sanitation officials say that's about right for this time of the year. "I wouldn't say it (the system) works entirely right every time," says, sanitation director Bob Mitchell who has , directed the department since 1976, "but they try." The "they" is the col lection division's nearly 90 employees that break ' down into 22 crews of! two to three persons, three supervisors and ' other administrative per sonnel, operating on an annual budget of about $2 million. On Monday and " out the necessity of more Thursday, they collect garbage from the city's southern half, roughly : south of Main Street, while on Tuesday and Friday, they pick up trash north of Main Street. Each zone has 22 residential collection routes worked by seven different crews. Thus there are three crew learned that the 'groups with three super- only empties con- : visors. This format allows errors to be traced i back to the responsible supervisor and crew. But, as efficient as it may sound, the system does break down. According to Mitchell, who has been with the ci ty 32 years, garbage col lection here doesn't get off track until eleven employees are absent at the same time. That's enough to cause one or more of the 22 residen tial routes to be missed. When an area is miss ed, say on a Tuesday, then the crew responsible js supposed to work that area first the next day before moving to another side of town, Mitchell said. But an in-1 formal survey shows that in most cases, the crew collects the garbage on the next scheduled trip, rather than on the next day. Absenteeism hasn't reached alarming pro portions, according to Mitchell, who says he still wants to see atten dance improved. Absenteeism, averaging about five daily, can be attributed to injuries, vacation, sickness or other leave benefits. " A sanitation worker . who asked not to be employees, pointed more to the personnel who relieve the collection crews when they are run ning short of help. They are about eleven workers who usually wash trucks and cut grass at sanita tion's headquarters on. Camden Road. M itchell says the crews attempt to rotate areas to skip so "we won't be picking on one neighborhood." That calls for good communication between the crews. Since the( crews, except drivers, work different routes from time to time, drivers must tell new crew members what areas have been skipped. In the case of making up a missed area, the driver must tell the supervisor about the missed area and the supervisor must tell the crew to work that area first the next day. Simply forgetting could mess up the whole pro cess. Residents who don't know the sanitation department's rules ap plying to collection can also cause the system to break dowti; For example, if you 'leave more than three containers of garbage in your backyard, workers will pick up only two unless you put the third one besiJe the curb. Or, if you have containers that hold more than 32 gallons of garbage, workers will skip your house, leaving your trash behind. Vicious dogs and gar bage scattered on the ground will also cause (Continued onPage ld the campaign is already more than $100,000 in debt. 'vr-r , Michaux workers in ' counties such as Warren and Wilson have kept their headquarters open and are seriously think ing of mounting their own write-n effort on behalf of Vur can didate" as he is known there. But it is unlikely, according to astute political observers, that Michaux will endorse such an effort. It is also unlikely that Michaux will endorse Valentine. At least not in the near future. Valentine said that Mrliribli Is tliArp am nmmlnpnt would be too costly and' biacks involved in his PLEASE Lett os K At LEAST 3 weeks in ADVANCE! Then we can keep your copy coming without Interrup tion.' When you don't let us know and we have to wait for the Post Office to notify us, you miss your copies and we have to pay 25 C for every copy the Post Office returns to us.;.' v , ," Quite often the Post Office , will not notify us im mediately that you have even filed an address change j with them. Sometimes It Is four months before they will l notify us'and then they will send a big stack of returned i papers for the same person costing us 25$ each. This ' drives up operating costs. We're asking you to help us' idld costs down and serve you better at the same time. , .: - , ; ... k . . . ., . '. i. . . .. ' . . t. '.." . , Ueineed your old address AND your new address. We leed the name that appears on your label. If you want hat changed too, give us the old name AND the new, lame. Don't forget Zip Cpdes. . Lett Us m wi In Advance and well keep up with youl , By Donald Alderman On the first Monday in December, Roland Leary becomes Durham Coun ty's new 'Sheriff, and already the scramble for his ABC Chief's job is heating up behind the scenes. '. Though none of the principals are willing to comment publicly about their designs on the posi tion, sources say there are two interesting possibilities . being discussed. Both would give Durham a "first" in law enforcementi ' One possibility is that Ronald Allen, the city's only black ABC enforce ment officer, will follow Leary to the Sheriff's of fice as chief deputy. Allen has said private ly that he would be in terested in either the chief deputy's slot or the ABC Chief's post, though he would not say if he is actively cam paigning for either job. Allen as ABC Chief is the second possibility campaign efforts, but said that he could not release their names because he did not want t.3 cause any friction in the black political com munity. ' He said that he has not contacted the Durham Committee on the Af- ' fairs of Black People, but that he intended to contact the Durhami based organization and to solicit it's support. The Durham Committee is one of the most powerv ful political organiza-5 tions in the state. Valentine said that he has been a supporter of voting rights legislation and that his opponent, Republican Jack Marin, was - opposed to such :.-; measures. I knew blacks in my district who supported Michaux and they were my - friends. "I . understood that," he said," "but now I hope that they will suppqrt me, 1 and I think that they . 'will. I think that people will be pleased with me i as a congressman," he' added, "all people." under discussion, accor ding to sources. Though the positipn has not be advertised yet, !according to ABC Board General Manager, William Leathers, filling the chiefs post is a relatively simple matter. It will be done by the three-member ABC board. Leathers said the board will soon an nounce an application period, and will accept applications from anyone with the required law enforcement ex perience andor educa tional background outlined for the job. Leary, who has been, with the ABC office for 21 years, the last eight of them as chief, will take part in the selection pro cess and will make a recommendation to the board. The board, whose members ace appointed by the Durham County Commissioners, the County Board of Health, and the County Board of Education, will then make a decision and set the new chief's salary. It is not yet clear which qualification education or experience will have the most weight in selecting the new ABC Chief. 'This decision could largely determine if the new chief will be hired among the three current officers, or from outside of the office. Allen, for example, has been with the ABC office since February 1977, and had worked with the sheriffs depart ment before them Leathers says he believes that ABC Assis tant Chief James A. Rivers would have "an inside chance for the job." If Rivers, who has been with the office since March 1973, gets the chiefs job, then the scramble will shift to the assistant chiefs position. History is on his side. Leary was assistant chief before being named Chief in1974. But sources also say that the ABC office could undergo a com plete personnel change, particularly if Allen and the other ABC officer, S.P. O'Brien, follow Leary to the sheriffs of fice as some sources sug gest. 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