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Parrish Named Police Chief
John I). Parrish Wednesday became
police chief for the Town of Edenton.
Parrish, a six-year veteran with the
local department, took his oath of office
as administered by Mayor John A.
Mitchener, Jr. He has been captain in
the department for more than two years
and acting department head for the past
Mayor Mitchener and Town Council
men met in special session at 8 A. M.,
Wednesday to name a replacement for
Chief James H. Griffin, who resigned in
October to assume the top law enforce
ment post in Sanford.
Parrish was the unanimous choice of
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXIV.—No. 47. Edenton, Chowan County, N. C. 27932 Thursday, November 23, 1967. Single Copy 10 Cents
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Parrish New Chief -
Capable law enforcement administrators
are hard to come by. However, when
the word was circulated that Edenton’s
police chief had moved to a bigger de
partment, many inquiries were received.
This speaks well of the reputation
Action Wednesday morning by Eden
ton Town Council that moved J. D. Par
rish into the chief’s office at the local
police department speaks well of the
board. It also speaks well of the caliber
of men in the department.
At 29, Chief Parrish will be one ui
the youngest department heads in his
chosen profession. In six years, though,
he has demonstrated a desire to receive
training and experience that qualifies
him for the position he now assumes.
Too, by promoting from within the
ranks, the council has made way for
the selection of a captain. This in all
probability will lead to further promo
tions on down the line.
It is good business, whenever possible,
to promote from within rather than
search the highways and byways for re
placements for top jobs. It-boosts the
morale of members in the department
while giving those coming in a chance
to move up.
Chief Parrish is a native of Chowan
County. He understands our people and
knows how to administer the law sternly,
fairly and impartially. Those who run
afoul of the law will soon discover this.
So, congratulations Chief Parrish on
your promotion. And by the same token,
congratulations Town Councilmen for
More of the Same
Edenton is a typical community.
There is a lot that is desirable and there
is also a lot that isn’t. Some will say
that is just the way the cookie crumbles,
or the ball bounces.
But when there is an undesirable in
the community about which something
can and should be done, then private
citizens have a responsibility to act.
One of the biggest undesirables along
The Public Parade- is not the town drunk
The Place: Downtown Edenton
The Time: Mid-Morning Monday
Chamber of Commerce committees
promoted anti-litter ordinances which
were passed by Edenton Town Council.*
They are now law. Nevertheless, not a
single case has been prosecuted in Dis
trict Court and the littering continues.
At the same time, the town is not
shouldering its responsibility in this re
spect. Town vehicles used to pick up
the Edento § cil members.
His prom J_ > chief makes room for
other advai t s within the local de
partment. s B
Chief Pa £ xpressed his apprecia
tion forth j idence the council has
placed in h S pledges his best efforts
to make th « ion Police Department
one of the uesiTjn the state.
Town Administrator W. B. Gardner
and Chief Parrish immediately held
briefings with other policemen.
The new chief joined Sdenton Police
Department on December 3, 1961, after
serving two years in the U. S. Navy.
The 29-year-old officer has received a
considerable amount of outside training
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CIOMPI QUARTET Guest artists with
the Albemarle* Choral Society in concert
here December 3 will be the Cicmpi Quar
tet of Duke University. Pictured at left to
right are: Arlene DiCecco, Giorgio Ciompi,
Luca DiCecco and Julia Mueller. The group
will also present a program for Edenton-
Chowan School students.
Edenton Baptist Church will again be
the scene of the annual Christmas Con
cert of the Albemarle Choral Society.
The program will begin at 4 P. M„ on
Dr. Clifford Bair of the College of
the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, is di
Appearing with the local choral group
will be the Ciompi Quartet of Duke Uni
versity. This group of professional mu
sicians has gained rave reviews after
concerts throughout the world.
The choral society’s program will in
clude Part One of Bach’s Christmas Ora
torio, an interlude by the Ciompi Quar
tet, and selections from Respighi’s Laud
to the Nativity. It is thought that this
will be the first time this Respighi piece
has been given in North Carolina.
Soloists for the Christmas Concert in
clude Mrs. C. A. Phillips, Mrs. Bruce
Jones and Mrs. Thomas Chears, Jr., so
pranos; John Becker, tenor; and W. J.
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Plans For Yule Parade In Final Stages; Set Thursday
The Christmas shopping season will be
ushered in here next week with the first
official visit of Santa Claus.
Plans are nearihg completion for the
gala Christmas parade to be field in
downtown Edenton Thursday, beginning
at 4 P. M.
Edenton Jaycettes, sponsors of this
year’s parade along with the Merchants’.
Committee of Edenton Chamber of Com
merce, are hopeful that this parade will
be one of the best ever witnessed in the
Mrs. Beth Jethro and Mrs. Carolyn
Bunch, co-chairmen of the parade com
mittee, report that 50 units have already
been engaged to participate in the pa
Bands, floats and other units are
scheduled for appearance as the parade
moves from Hicks Field down Broad
Street to the Confederate Plaza.
Santa Claus will appear only in the
parade. Since the demand for his time
is so great it will be impossible for him
to visit with children in the customary
talkfest on the Court House Green.
Parade sponsors have been guaranteed
by Santa that his representatives will
be making periodic appearances in Eden
partment and the colorful lights will be
in his profession.
Chief Parrish is a graduate of East
Carolina University Law Enforcement
Academy and Coastal Plains Police
Academy. He has taken FBI and SBI
courses in enforcement and administra
tion and has studied fingerprint tech
nology through the Institute of Applied
Science in Chicago.
Under his direction the department
has accummulated a sizeable file of
known criminal prints.
He attended Chowan High School and
is married to the former Lois June Allen
of Ja, Fla. They have two small daugh
ters. The Parrishs are Baptists.
The wonder kids of Coach Marion
Kirby return to Ficklen Stadium in
Greenville Friday night to face another
tough foe enroute to Easern 2-A foot
The Aces play Clayton at 8 P. M.
Edenton won a hard-fought contest
last week as Camp Lejeune fell victim
of a team that has been the surprise of
2-A schools this season. The score was
Quarterback Frankie Katkaveck en
joyed his best game of the year as he
connected on 11 of 16 passes for 144
yards. Another superior performance
was turned in by Halfback Darrell Park
er who rushed for 101 yards.
Fullback Bill Wallace scored two
touchdowns for Edenton in the third
period to put the Aces out in front to
The Aces scored with the first period
only 60 seconds old but Camp Lejeune,
a big, strong team, came back to knot
the score prior to intermission.
~ The tone of the hard-hitting game was
established earty as Mike Ervin’poirhced
on a Bevilpup fumble on the Edenton
24. On the next play, Katkaveck hit
Ronnie Harrell with a screen pass at
the sidelines. Harrell did some fancy
stepping and went in for the score. Matt
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Dr. A. F. Downum, Sr., has been ap
pointed to an advisory committee to the
Governor’s Study Commission on Public
School System of North Carolina.
Dr. Downum is on the committee con
cerned with organization and admini
strative structures of the schools.
He is a member of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education which last year be
came a single administrative body em
bracing Edenton City Schools and Cho
wan County Schools.
Dr. Downum was in Raleigh Tuesday
attending an organizational meeting of
the committee, called by Dr. James Hil
ton, commission chairman. Committee
meetings will be held monthly during the
turned on next week.
The parade usually draws thousands
of people from the surrounding area and
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PARADE PLAWS-Four nwmbm o< Edenton jaycettec are shown above as
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■eta Jethro and_ Mx»._Carolrn Bunch. Fifty units, including Santa Claus, are scheduled
h I*?.* 11 ! “*•* *° Confederate Plasa. The Yule parade
■ ae symbol for opening of the holiday shopping season.
NEW POLICE CHIEF—Mayor John A. M ilchener, Jr., right, congratulates John D.
Parrish shortly after the veteran local law enforcement officer was sworn in as police
chief for the Town of Edenton. Chief Parrish. 29, replaces Chief James H. Griffin, who
moved to Sanford last month. The new chief was appointed Wednesday morning at a
special meeting of Edenton Town Council.
Graham Vies For Morehead Grant
John W. Graham, Jr., of Edenton has
been nominated as the candidate from
Chowan County for a coveted Morehead
Graham’s selection was announced by
W. H. Hollowell, chairman of the Cho
wan Morehead Committee.
It was also announced that Frankie
Katkaveck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo
Katkaveck, was nominated as an alter
Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
W. Graham, Sr., 103 Blount Street, is an
active member of the Senior Class at
John A. Holmes High School.
A member of the National Honor So
ciety, young Graham was chief marshal
last year and serves as president of the
Student Council. He is on the Spotlight
and annual staffs and was president of
the Junior Class. He was vice president
cf nis class in the ninth and 10th grades.
Graham has lettered in football and
basketball for the Aces.
An Eagle Scout, he is active in St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church. He plans to
major in architecture.
The Morehead Award is currently a
John W. Graham, Jr.
sponsors are working hard to see that
they are not disappointed with the per
grant of money to finance the recipient’s
undergraduate study at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fi
nancial need is not considered in the
nominations and Morehead Scholars are
selected on the basis of all around quali
ties and awards are made solely for out
Norfleet Pruden, a graduate of John
A. Holmes High School, is currently
studying at UNC as a Morehead Scholai
Support Os Seal
A total of 1,285 Christmas Seal letters
were mailed to citizens of Chowan Coun
ty on November ti-14 at which time
others all over the country were mailed.
In Chowan County, Ralph Parrish,
treasurer, said, “Christmas Seals over
ed the funds
on a broau
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diseases. Despite remarkable advances,
TB remains a major health problem.
Last year four new TB cases were re
ported in this county and five suspected
cases were found. In North Carolina
last year 1,266 new active cases existed,
Those who received the Christmas
Seals are requested to send in their con
tribution before it is misplaced or for-
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A 2 3-year-old Chowan Negro, uiarged
with forcible trespass and assault with
a deadly weapon, was convicted in Dis
trict Court here Tuesday and given an
active term and a suspended sentence
James E. Copeland, -Route 1, Edenton,
was charged also with secret assault on
Mrs. Sylvia Daniels Tynch. That count
was nol pressed.
Copeland was convicted of entering
the Tynch home in rural Chowan County
on October 30 and assaulting Mrs.
Tynch by pointing a .22 caliber rifle at
Judge W. S. Privott sentenced Cope
land to eight months in prison on the
assault count. In the first charge, Cope
land was given two years to begin at
the expiration of the first sentence.
The second sentence was suspended
and the defendant placed on probation
for five years upon payment of SIOO fine
and costs. He was ordered not to enter
upon the premusesjjf Mr. and Mrs. Ellis