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MR. CHAIRMAN George Alma By rum is chairman of the active Tourist Commit
tee of Edenton Chamber of Commerce. He is pictured here on the steps of the historic
James Iredell House. The committee is engaged in publishing a history of Chowan
County as well as numerous projects designed to increase tourism in Edenton and Cho
wan County. During the next 12 weeVs chairmen of other chamber committees will
be presented in The Herald.
A team of educators, headed by Dr.
Lewis H. Swindell, Jr., of Wilson, last
week evaluated elementary schools in
the Edenton City Administrative Unit
for accreditation by the Southern As
sociation of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Swindell, dean at Atlantic Chris
tian College, met with the visiting team
in the D. F. Walker Elementary Library
for a briefing prior to visitations at Er
nest A. Swain Elementary School and
the Walker Elementary School.
Supt. Hiram J. Mayo welcomed the
group and booklets describing the two
schools were distributed by D. F. Walk
er and Ernest A. Swain, principals in
Supt. Mayo said it would be several
months before final determination of
the schools’ accreditation is received.
The two high schools in the city unit—
D. F. Walker and John A. Holmes—are
already accredited by the Southern As
The central committee was chaired
by Dr. Charles Weaver, superintendent
of Elizabeth City Schools. Marvin R.
Johnson of Raleigh, design consultant,
Division of School Planning, State De
partment of Public Instruction, was also
a member of Dr. Weaver’s committee.
The visiting team to tour the Swain
school included: Dr. Ruth Nixon of East
Carolina College; Homer Lassiter of
Raleigh; Mrs. Sue Todd of Windsor;
and Miss Ella Cherry Moore of Rocky
Team members who evaluated the
Walker school were: Milton M. Daniels
of Wilson, Mrs. Ila K. Bellamy of Rocky
Mount, Andrew Williams of Elizabeth
City, Dr. Louise Sutton of Elizabeth
City, Lonnie J. Lockamy, Jr., of Raleigh,
Dr. Frank B. Weaver of Raleigh, and
Mrs. Geneva Bowe of Winton.
Supt. Mayo said the appearance here
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Edenton Little Theater has made a
happy bow to the popular demand of
Chowan theater goers by choosing to
present “Never Too Late” as their
spring play. Glenn Mabe, Little Thea
ter president and director of the April
production, has succeeded in his priority
project of scouting out new talent for
his domestic comedy.
“Never Too Late" will be presented
at John A. Holmes High School Audi
torium on April 13-14 to coincide with
the Pilgrimage of Colonial Edenton and
Marsha Crandall, Jo Ann Collins and
Gee Gee Bumgarner, a feminine trio of
talent as well as charm, grace the Eden
ton stage for the first time. A. B. Har
less, Chuck Benson, Logan Elliott and
J. D. Elliott are also welcome newcomers
whose rare talents for comedy have kept
rehearsals more than lively.
With the added talents of Joe Conger,
Jr., and West Byrum, veterans of the
local scene, “Never Too Late” ha.<
shown early promise of providing an
evening of rollicking entertainment.
(Ilie |3ublic parade
Edenton Town Council has taken a
bold step toward further streamlining
local municipal government. Some time
ago a giant step was taken in this di
rection through establishment of the
Council-Administrator form of govern
Now, the council proposes to abolish
the Board of Public Works and take
over the duties and responsibilities of
this board. This proposal has consider
A study by the N. C. League of Mu
nicialities points out that when utility
services were first furnished by munici
palities during the first years of this
century, these utility services were at
that time not considered as a “normal”
local government function. “In addition,
their operation was considered as being
very specialized, requiring special talents
not normally found in locally-elected
officials,” the study states.
However, this has been proven not
to be the case in modern times and only
a few cities today have separate utility
boards. A great deal has been done by
qualified people being named to admini
strative posts as well as equally quali
fied people being available for supervis
At a time when there is a constant
cry for qualified citizens to become in
terested in local government it appears
silly to have 11 elected officials in a
town of 4,500. Towns in North Carolina
20 times our size manages to operate
with half as many elected officials.
When you have two separate elective
boards in a small town you often find
them doing dual duty or working at cross
purposes. In the name of efficiency, if
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Wood, Phillips Added To Mill Board
C. A. Phillips and T. B. H. Wood
have been named to the board of direc
tors of Edenton Cotton Mills. An
nouncement of action by the board at
its annual meeting was made by P. S.
McMullan, president and treasurer.
Phillips is a vice president of the local
textile manufacturing firm and Wood is
vice president in charge of 'sales at Darf
Corporation, a manufacturer of farm
implements at Greenfield.
In his annual report to the directors,
McMullan pointed out that the firm
C. A. Phillips
Change In Charter Is Sought
Edenton Town Council is seeking a
change in the Town Charter that would
dissolve the Board of Public Works and
transfer its duties and authorities to the
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., made
public Tuesday night the action taken
at a called council meeting at 7:30 A. M.
Mayor Mitchener, with all councilmen
except Luther C. Parks present, discuss
ed the merits of dissolving the Board of
Public Works and voted unanimously
to do so.
At the meeting it was pointed out that
only a very few of the electric towns in
the state have separate boards. Minutes
from the meeting stated that (it) “was
felt by the members of the council that
many problems have been created by
ifrTHECHOWAN HERALD Hi
Volume XXXIV—No. 11. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, March 16, 1967. Single Copy 10 Cents
For School Term
Chowan County Board of Education
Monday night adopted a 1967-68 budget
of $79,187.66. Salary increases for
teachers, other pay increases to comply
with the federal minimum wage, and
improvement to school grounds account
for most of the $8,928.15 increase over
the current fiscal year’s budget.
County schools this year receive $70,-
259.51 from county tax funds. In 1965-
66 they received $60,428.51, or $9,831
less. Therefore, the budget being sent
to Chowan County commissioners doesn’t
reflect as great an increase as last year.
A summary of the new budget shows
a total for current expense of $63,887.66.
This shows an increase of $5,550 over
the current budget as the boad moved
to implement a policy of paying teach
ers a supplement of $270 per year.
Teachers in the county unit now get a
$l5O annual supplement.,
The capital outlay figure is $10,300,
or $999.49-mote than 1966-67. This
includes paving at Chowan High School.
The debt service fund is $5,000, to
repay the county for a loan made several
In the budget, school board members
included SI,OOO as a supplement for a
superintendent. N. J. George said this
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Peele To Preside
The March Term of Chowan County
Superior Court will begin on Tuesday,
March 28, due to Easter Monday being
a legal holiday.
Mrs. Lena M. Leary, clerk of court,
said the court house will be closed on
Monday, therefore, the court session will
begin the following day. All grand and
petit jurors will report on Tuesday along
with defendants and witnesses.
Judge Elbert S. Peele, Jr., of Wil
liamston, will preside.
poured more than $ 1-million into the
local economy last year. He pointed
out that the company did business with
48 firms and contributed to 15 worthy
causes and organizations.
McMullan also reported that the
mill’s operation was enlarged by 22 per
cent during the year and within a matter
of weeks will have a totally air condition
ed manufacturing plant.
“Production last year topped all pre
vious highs in the history of our mill,”
T. B. B. Wood
the existence of two elective boards in
Edenton. It has been proven through
out the state that having one board to
handle the town’s affairs had been most
Mayor Mitchener said it is the firm
belief of the members of the council that
’dissolving the Board of Public Works is
'A forward step for the town and one that
will result in better services for the citi
zens and will further result in financial
savings for the community.
The six-point motion below was made
by Thomas H. Shepard and seconded
by Leo Katkaveck:
(1) That our representatives in the
N. C. General Assembly be requested to
enact changes in the Charter of the Town
of Edenton that would dissolve the
Board of Public Works and the trans-
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Garden Club Meeting
Boyd Will Speak
Ways of producing a successful beau
tification program for a municipality will
be discussed here Monday night by Ced
ric M. Boyd, director of Public Works
in New Bern.
Boyd will speak about New Bern’s
successful campaign at an open meeting
of the Garden of Eden Club to be held
at 7:30 P. M., in the Municipal Build
Mrs. F. A. Jordan, garden club presi
dent, said interested citizens are invit
ed to attend this meeting along with the
Beautification Committee of Edenton
Chamber of Commerce, headed by Dr.
Richard N. Hines.
Boyd is well known throughout the
area for his efforts in the field of beau
tification. Because of his success in
New Bern, that city has been nominated
for the Holiday Magazine Beautifica
New Bern, under Boyd’s direction,
started seven years ago with a budget
of S3OO for beautification. This year
the budget contains $22,000 for this
Boyd has been with New Bern’s de
partment of Public Works for 13 years.
Phillips and Wood join R. Graham
White, J. Gilliam Wood, John Graham,
Frank Elliott, Thomas Wood, J. H. Con
ger, Sr., and McMullan on the firm’s
board. In addition to McMullan and
Phillips, officers are: John Graham, vice
president, and R. F. Elliott, secretary
and assistant treasurer.
A1 Phillips came to Edenton in 1950
as superintendent at the mill. He was
elevated to vice president in February,
A native of Cary, Phillips is a gradu
ate of N. C. State University. He is
a former Town Councilman in Edenton
and past president of Edenton Lions
Club. He is married and the father of
three children. The Philips’ are Baptists.
They reside at Montpelier Acres on
the Albemarle Sound.
Benbury Wood is owner of Wood Hall
Farm on Highway 32, east of Edenton.
He is a grandson of Frank Wood, one
of the two organizers of the cotton mill.
Wood, married and the father of two
children, is president of the Cupola
House Association and is a member of
the Industrial Committee of Edenton
Chamber of Commerce as well as a
director of Historic Edenton, Inc.
The Woods are members of St. Paul’s
ferring of its duties and authorities to
the Town Council of the Town of Eden
(2) That the remaining two members
of the Board of Public Works should
•serve in advisory capacity to the Town
Council for the remainder of their term
which expires in May of 1969.
(3) That the duties and responsibili
ties of the Board of Public Works be
undertaken by the Board of Councilmen
of the Town of Edenton and that the
Electric & Water Department affairs be
handled in the same manner as any oth
er Town department.
(4) That the Superintendent of the
Electric & Water Department be respon
sible to and report directly to the Ad
ministrator of the Town of Edenton who
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In May Election
Edenton’s First Ward got a candi
date in the May Municipal Election to
day with announcement by incumbent
Councilman Thomas H. Shepard that
he will run for a four-year term.
Shepard, who resides at 98 Pembroke
Circle, has been a member of the Town
Council since December, 1966. At that
time he was appointed to fill the unex
pired term of J. D. Elliott, who moved
from the ward.
In making announcement of his plans
to seek election, Shepard said he has en
joyed the past few months on the coun
cil and pledges his best efforts to keep
Edenton moving in a progressive, sound
Shepard’s announcement rounded out
a full slate of candidates in the forth
coming election. Incumbent Leo Kat
kaveck is running in Second Ward and
Elliott is seeking the Councilman-at-
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., is seek
ing his fourth term and is being opposed
by Roy L. Harrell. This is the only race
which has developed thus far.
Shepard is a. native of Chowan Coun
ty, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William B.
Shepard. He attended local schools and
graduated from East Carolina College.
He was Clerk of Superior Court prior
to becoming vice president of Home Feed
& Fertilizer Company.
Shepard is active in all phases of com
munity activity. He is chairman of the
Chowan County Democratic Executive
Committee; heads the trustees of Shep
ard-Pruden Memorial Library; is a
member of Chowan County Welfare
Board; and Senior Warden at St. Paul’s
He is married to the former Rebecca
Walker of Burlington and they have
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Group Will Meet
Civic club representatives from or
ganizations from throughout Chowan
County will gather at Edenton Chamber
of Commerce tonight (Thursday) to set
the stage for a civic club council.
Robert W. Moore, executive director
of the chamber, said the meeting will
start at 7:30 o’clock.
Chamber directors recently instructed
Moore to call together representatives
of the various organizations in the coun
ty to function as a group to coordinate
activities of various clubs.