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Volume XXXIV.—No. 14.
Supt. Mayo C uts;
Going To Craven
Edentcm City and Chowan County
schools have lost their superintendent and
will have to wait until May 16 to find
out whether or not they are looking for
one or two men as replacements for Supt.
Hiram J. Mayo.
It was announced from New Bern
Supt. Hiram J. Mayo
(Ehe public Parade
Spruce Up a Bit
Edenton’s history and progress is be
ing told across North Carolina and
neighboring Virginia as a dedicated group
of women promote the Pilgrimage of
Colonial Edenton and Countryside.
Every two years these lovely citizens
pull-out all the stops in promoting this
tour which brings thousands of people
to meander with us along The Public
Parade. While they are boosting their
tour they are at the same time gaining
publicity for the area which could not
be bought at any price.
We mention it here to remind every
one of the forthcoming tour (April 14-
16) and to solicit their cooperation in
dressing up Edenton in proper regalia
for the occasion.
Dr. Richard Hines and the Beauti
fication Committee of Edenton Chamber
of Commerce are conducting a campaign
to get the town spruced up for the Pil
grimage. They are contacting individ
uals asking their help in cleaning up ugly
spots so the town will be an asset to this
Look around you, you might find
something you can paint-up, pick-up or
knock down and haul away which will
add some luster to the community. Those
who have toiled long and hard ask noth
ing more and deserve nothing less.
The Dangling Bait
An. exhaustive study of jails in North
Carolina shows a need for attention in
maily areas and one remedy proposed
is the formation of regional centers.
“District jails could be more efficient
, and economical (in cost per inmate)
than jails operated by units of local
government which have varying jail
needs (and sometimes very small jail
populations),” it is stated in a report just
The report, prepared by the Legisla
tive Research Commission, goes on to
state that the formation of regional jails
could be encouraged by the state through
technical consultation, co-ordinative
planning, and financial participation in
both construction of facilities and ad
This is fancy talk designed to get
this state into the jail business. Pro
posals of a district jail in this area would
include attractive figures as to per in
mate cost. Such would tend to tempt
our county commissioners. They should
not even nibble on the bait.
Last week the Chowan County Grand
Jury reported the local jail in a good
state of repair, considering the age of
rt|e structure. And it was suggested that
sfety commissioners appoint a commit
tee^to * investigate and plan for a new
It is inevitable that in the not too dis
tant future a county office building must
be erected here. This will be the time
, to seriously discuss the inclusion of a
V jail in such a building.
Cbowan County Jail is the oldest in
North Carolina, by all estimates, and
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Monday morning that Craven County
Board of Education had employed Supt.
Mayo to succeed Supt. Robert Pugh,
who retires June 30 after serving that
system for 30 years.
Supt. Mayo appeared at the Chowan
County Board of Education meeting at
8 P. M., Monday and handed his letter
of resignation to Chairman O. C. Long.
No mention was made of it nor action
taken until near the close of the regular
The Edenton City School trustees met
Tuesday to follow the county group in
accepting Supt. Mayo’s resignation with
There had been some talk in recent
months that larger units were interested
in the local educator. However, the an
nouncement from New Bern caught the
entire community by surprise.
Supt. Mayo has been associated with
local schools for eight years and has
been head of the city schools for the
past six years. Fifteen months ago,
when the city and county administrative
units agreed to terms for a merger of the
two, Supt. Mayo agreed to take on the
added responsibilities of the county
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By Iredell Group
Special invitations have been issued to
125 descendants of James Iredell to at
tend the 1967 Pilgrimage of Colonial
The invitations were issued by the
James Iredell Association.
Iredell, a noted North Carolingm, was
Associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme
Court from 1790 to 1799. His home is
an historic shrine here.
During the Pilgrimage, April 14-16,
Edenton Tea Party Chapter, Daughters
of the American Revolution, will honor
the Iredell clan at a breakfast in the
Iredell House at 9 A. M., April 16.
Lloyd E. Griffin will keynote the
breakfast with a brief talk depicting the
life of Iredell.
Mrs. Elizabeth Wilborn and A. L.
Honeycutt, Jr., will represent the State
Department of Archives and History at
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James Iredell House
Referendum May 2 On Abolishing Board; Three File
The question of abolishing Edenton s
Board of Public Works will be settled
by the voters in the May 2 Municipal
A bill now working its way through
the North Carolina General Assembly
would also provide for reorganization of
the Town Council. The bill is essentially
the same as the one proposed last month
by the council but an amendment was
approved to call a referendum.
Under the reorganization plan, the
council would have three standing com
mittees. They would be: Finance and
Revenue, Utilities, and Public Works.
There would be two councilmen assignee
to each of the three committees. Mem
bers of these committees would oversee
town operations in these areas and ap
prove all accounts and claims against
departments and functions within its
First District Rep. Philip P. Godwin
and William Culpepper introduced the
bill in the House Friday. It was sent
to a committee which gave a favorable
vote Tuesday morning. Passage in the
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 April 6, 1967.
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DEATH SCENE A fatal accident occurred at the Intersection of West Queen and
Granville streets early Friday morning, thus breaking a two-year record of deathlessness
on Edenton streets. The body of William David Mills, 24, Route 2, Tarboro, is shown be
tween the truck he was driving and the Thunderbird being operated by Anthony L
Brunner, 25, 208 West Queen Street. Brunner has been charged with manslaughter in
Brunner Faces Manslaughter Count
Anthony L. Brunner, 25, 208 West
Queen Street, has been charged with
manslaughter and failing to yield the
right of way following a fatal accident
early Friday morning at the intersection
of West Queen and Granville Streets.
Police identified the victim as William
David Mills, 24, Route 2, Tarboro, who
was driving a truck. The truck was
headed west on Queen Street when it
was in collision with the 1963 Ford
Thunderbird being operated on Gran
ville Street by Brunner.
Patrolman G. W. Mizelle said the
Thunderbird was traveling north on
Granville and failed to stop at the in
tersection. There is a flashing red light
for traffic on Granville Street.
Patrolman Mizelle said he was on
West Queen Street, between Mosley and
Edenton Woman’s Club members, di
vided into a dozen hard-working com
mittees, are in the final exciting stages
of their year-long planning and are con
fidently approaching the climax of the
biennially-sponsored event, the Pilgrim
age of Colonial Edenton & Countryside,
April 14-16, according to Mrs. R. J.
Boyce, general chairman.
“We have received and are receiving
wonderful cooperation from nearly
everyone,” she declared, “and in our
promotion efforts the past 10 days, par
ticularly, The Pilgrimage was publicized
on WTAR, Norfolk, and WRAL, Ra
leigh, where we made personal appear
ances in Colonial costumes, on women’s
programs; later we met with the respec
tive Mayors, inviting them and the resi
dents of the areas to visit Edenton dur
ing the Pilgrimage.
“Additionally, in Raleigh we had the
privilege of addressing the members of
the General Assembly in the Legislative
Building, extending an invitation to
them and their families. There are three
more personal appearances on TV pro
grams scheduled for April 6, 8 and 10,”
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House was expected sometime Wednes
The Board of Public Works opposed
action by the council to abolish the
board that has operated the utilities here
for more than 58 years. They requested
that the matter be held in abeyance for
two years and allow the voters to ex
press themselves at the 1969 Municipal
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Granville Streets, and saw the Thunder
bird was not going to stop for the signal.
He stopped his patrol car and witnessed
The investigating officer said the
truck swerved to the right in an attempt
to avoid the collision. However, it
struck the car in the right side and the
car struck a giant old tree.
Mr. Mills was thrown from tne truck
and the vehicle turned over on him.
Dr. Richard Hardin, who lives near
by, was called to the scene and pro
nounced Mills dead on arrival.
Brunner was treated and released
from Chowan Hospital.
A preliminary hearing for Brunner has
been set in Chowan County District
Court on April 18.
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MR. CHAIRMAN N. J. George, local businessman and former teacher in the public
schools here, is chairman of the Education Committee of Edenton Chamber of Com
merce. George and members of his committee are working closely with officials of
the College of the Albemarle in an effort to locate a permanent local branch of the
community college. Other avenues are being explored by the committee to improve
the educational standards in the community.
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., said
members of the council agree to the
amendment calling for a referendum.
He said they requested the vote at the
next election rather than a delay of two
In the meaiiume, Chairman Jesse u
Harrell of the Board of Public Works,
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Set May 16
Chowan County voters will go to the
polls May 16 to approve or disapprove
a merger of the school administrative
units in Edenton and the county.
County commissioners Monday set the
date for the election and authorized the
Chowan County Board of Elections to
proceed with plans for the May 16 ref
This referendum, approved jointly by
the Edenton City and Chowan County
boards of education, was authorized by
the N. C. General Assembly last month.
At the same time the voters express
themselves on the merger, they will be
asked to authorize a supplemental school
tax of not more than 15 cents per SIOO
valuation. Such a tax has been on the
books for the city unit but has never
been levied. It would be up to the coun
ty commissioners to levy the tax upon
request from the school board.
The ballot, as approved b> commis
sions, would provide for a vote of “Yes”
or “No” on but one question—merger
and the school tax authorization.
If the voters approve this merger, the
two existing boards would immediately
become the Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education and would be composed of
current members of the two boards. In
1971 all school boards members would be
elected and there would be seven seats
on the board.
There will be no special registration
for the school merger referendum and
all qualified voters in the county will
be allowed to vote on the issue.
and members T. C. Byrum, Jr., and
J. H. Conger, have filed with the Chowan
County Board of Elections for re-elec
tion on May 2.
The filing deadline is 12 noon Satur
iay and the candidates are not expected
to be opposed. If the voters approve
abolishing the board, however, it is to
be done immediately. Only the two
board members whose terms expire in
1969 will become “advisors to the town
governing board on uility matters . . . ,”
as stated in the bill.
Harrell, who became a member of the
utilities board in 1959, was named
chairman in December, 1963.
By rum, who was appointed to the
board in 1955 was chairman of the board
for two years.
Conger was appointed to the board
in March, 1960, and has served since
E. L. Hollowell, elections board chair
man, said the only other person to file
within the past week, who had not pre
viously announced as a candidate was
James M. Bond, incumbent town treas