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Hospital Bonds Are Approved By Big Majority
Chowan County commissioners Thurs
day were given voter authority to sell
sl-million bonds for construction of a
new 60-bed hospital. At the same time,
voters approved a maintenance tax of
fftrfto 10 cents per SIOO valuation.
' The vote for the bonds was 888 to
172. The maintenance tax passed, 839
The question of the county providing
funds for new medical facilities was
first put to the citizens in November,
1966. At that time it was soundly de
feated. However, then the question was
It is estimated that the new facility
will cost $1.6-million. The remaining
funds are expected to come in the form
of a federal grant as well as contribu
tions from foundations and individuals.
Jesse L. Harrell, chairman of Chowan
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NEW TAGS—Town of Edenlon tag* have a new look this year. The newly designed
license plate has a lea pot in the corner and is red cn white like the state tag. Police
Chief J. D. Parrish holds the new plates as Mrs. Goldie L. Niblett. license agent,
points to the emblem. State tags go on sale Tuesday at Edenlon Office Supply, South
Broad Street, while the town tags are sold at the Municipal Building. All vehicles must
have the 1968 tags by February 15.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holmes, Blount
Street, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Wil
liams, 20 Stratford Road, took top prizes
in a Christmas decoration contest in
The Holmes residence won first place
in the beauty class. The prize for origi-
Slated In Area
Another long weekend is in store for
most area citizens as New Year’s Day
will be observed.
State, county, municipal and federal
offices will be closed Monday as will
financial institutions, including Peoples
Bank & Trust Company, First National
Bank of Eastern North Carolina and
Edenton Savings & Loan Association.
December 30 will be the last day fi
nancial institutions will be open on Sat
urdays. They have revamped their op
erating schedules to have a five-day
W. B. Gardner, town administrator,
said the street department employees
will be off Monday and there will be
no garbage collection. The regular
schedule will resume Tuesday.
Chowan County commissioners will
not meet Monday due to the holiday.
Their regular meeting will be on Wed
nesday, January 3.
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Hospital trustees, said Tuesday the
board has voted to exercise option for
the 25-acre site on the Ward Farm; just
west of the existing facility. Cost of the
property is $50,000.
Also, Harrell said the site has been
approved by Medical Care Commission
and Atwood Skinner of Wilson, architect,
has been instructed to proceed with
plans and specifications.
Chowan Hospital authorities will meet
again with Medical Care Commission
to discuss what part the federal govern
ment will play in financing a portion of
the construction costs.
Edenton Jaycees undertook to pro
mote the hospital bond referendum.
Wallace Evans and Jerry Holmes headed
a special committee to inform voters of
naiity went to the Williams’.
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Byrum, Jr., West
Eden Street, won second place in the
beauty division. Honorable mentions
went to Mr. and Mrs. Roland H.
Vaughan, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Gardner,
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Copeland and
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Belch, Jr.
In the originality class, Dr. and Mrs.
Edward G. Bond, Pembroke Circle, won
Honorable mention went to Edenton
Presbyterian Church, D. F. Walker High
School, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks,
816 Johnson Street; and Mr. and Mrs.
Jesse Harmon, 45 Hawthorne Road.
Directors of Peoples Bank and Trust
Company have declared a five per cent
stock dividend to stockholders of record
December 20 and payable on or about
January 12, 1968.
An extra cash dividend of 15 cents per
share, in addition to the regular quarter
ly dividend of 25 cents was also de
clared payable December 30.
President W. W. Shaw reported that
earnings through November 30 amount
ed to $3.02 per share as compared to
$2.19 one year ago.
The directors also authorized a trans
fer of $500,000 from undivided profits
to the capital and surplus accounts, in
creasing the legal loan limit to $500,000.
Auto Accidents During Holidays Numerous In Area
State Trooper R. H. Allen, weary
from a rash of highway mishaps which
have kept him on the run, asks motor
ists to drive with caution during the
forthcoming long New Year’s holiday.
The trooper said speed, carelessness
and liquor played a role in mishaps in
vestigated by him in Chowan and Per
quimans counties between Friday after
noon and Tuesday morning.
“I would say 95 per cent of the driv
ers I stopped to check had been drink
ing,” Trooper Allen said. “I’ve never
before witnessed the like,” he added.
Property damage was extremely heavy
in the accidents and a passenger in one
of the cars involved is in Norfolk Gen
eral Hospital with a broken back.
Edward Rankins, 32-year-old Negro,
Route 1, Edenton, has been charged
with reckless driving following the acci
dent in which George Edward Johnson,
42-year-old Negro, Route 3, Edenton,
was critically injured.
One of the strong selling points, in
addition to a definite site selection, was
the fact that the existing hospital will
be turned into an extended care facility.
When the work is completed, Chowan
Hospital will have a combined total of
150 beds. This is anticipated to be ade
quate for many years.
E. L. Hollowed, chairman, Chowan
County Board of Elections, said the
1,060 total vote represents less than one
fourth the total registered voters in the'
Final figures released by the elections
board showed that the big majority of
voters in all six precincts favored sell
ing bonds for hospital construction.
Wardville, the most northern precinct,
favored the issue 69-32. This was the
closest. The widest margin came from
West Edenton with a spread of 352
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Thing Os Beauty
Garden of Eden Club members did
themselves and the community proud
with their 18th Century decorations at
the Cupola House.
The ladies put in many hours in get
ting all the unique decorations made and
in place. Those who were on hand dur
ing the public showing and heard the
favorable comments were well rewarded
for their labors.
People, not only from Edenton and
Chowan County but throughout the area,
came in large numbers to see the house
and decorations. It was further proof
that we have a lot here to share with
others and outsiders are willing to come
visit us if we offer something not so
The garden club can and will play an
important role in making Historic Eden
ton something more than a fancy bro
chure or a sign at the town limits. The
talents of all in the community are need
ed and they have shown a willingness to
give generously of theirs.
Let’s Be Reasonable
The passage Thursday of a sl-million
hospital bond issue has placed addition
al responsibilities on Chowan County
commissioners. The county is now in
the hospital business.
Not only must they see that the new
medical facility is built and equipped
at the best possible price, they must find
the money to retire the bonds once they
This, without question, will affect the
tax rate on property owners.
The commissioners must keep this in
mind when discussing capital expendi
tures with other agencies.
Specifically, commissioners must be
firm with Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education cn the matter of office space
for the school superintendent. Now cer
tainly is not the time to start erecting
a separate structure for these offices.
Action by the school board indicated
recently that they have disregarded
earlier advice from, the commissioners.
Several months ago when the board was
considering the purchase of an old house
to convert into offices, commissioners
warned them not to do anything without
Some time afterwards the commission
ers were advised that suitable space
could not be found in Hotel Joseph
Hewes for the superintendent’s office.
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The accident occurred at 4:55 P. M.,
Friday on Highway 32, near Robin’s
Motel. The 1962 Ford driven by Ran
kins skidded out of control 456 feet be
fore striking a utility pole. Rankins,
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SPEED—A puMßser of this vehicle tuff orod a broken back Friday in one of many
ana Trooper R. H. Allan said txetnm epaad caused the mishap.
Evans, spokesman for the Jaycee com
mittee, said this was a great victory for
all the citizens of Chowan County. “It
is a tribute to the progressive thinking
of our people,” he said. “A new, mod*
ern medical facilities and an expansion
of the extended care unit will make this
Vote In Bond Election
Hospital Bonds Maintenance Tax
Precinct For Against For Against
East Edenton 236 41 220 49
West Edenton 353 52 331 66
Yeopim 50 10 50 13
Center Hill 73 21 73 21
Wardville 69 32 70 34
Rocky Hock 107 16 95 20
Totals 888 172 839 203
.Edenton, Chowan County, X. C. 27932
Creek Project Approved
The Filbert’s Creek flood control pro
ject has been approved by the U. S.
Corps of Engineers.
Says, ‘Thank You’
Heartfelt thanks from Postmaster
James Bond and his employees were
expressed to the public today.
“We couldn’t have done the job
alone,” the postmaster said.
Everyone cooperated beautifully and
we were able to deliver all the holiday
mail reaching the Edenton post office
in time for the last delivery and postal
employees were able to spend Christmas
with their families, the postal official
“If people had waited for the last
minute to mail their gifts and greetings
we would have been working throughout
the holidays,” he said.
No backlogs were noted in post offices
throughout the area.
Another significant factor was the
use of ZIP Code on a great volume of
the mail passing through the Edenton
post office. This meant more efficient
mail handling operation than in previous
ALL GONE—Rev. E. C. Shoaf, center, George Lewis, left, and Tony Miley are all
smiles alter the mortgage to Edenton Methodist Church was burned during services De
cember 24. Lewis and Miley, chairmen of the official church board and trustees, par
ticipated in the service and here hold the bowl that contains the ashes. The mortgage
burning climaxed years of work on the part of many people throughout the commun
ity. A recent drive to pay the church debt exceeded the amount by S3OO.
Johnson and Booker Thomas Leary, 28-
year-old Negro, Route 1, Edenton, were
The other weekend report follows:
Friday, 7:30 P. M. New Hope section
a better balanced community.”
Evans and Holmes thanked all the
people who assisted in the campaign and
paid special tribute to the news media.
“Everyone cooperated to give the peo
ple the facts in this referendum so they
could cast an intelligent vote,” they
Thursday, December 28, 1967
Rep. Walter B. Jones of the First
Congressional District, announced last
week that the project is expected to
cost $30,000. Os this amount, $19,000
will come from federal funds with the
remaining being in the form of no cost
The project provides for channel im
provements from the mouth, upstream
1.1 miles to Highway 32. The bottom
depth will run from 30 feet at the mouth
to 10 feet at the upper end, near Cho
way Medical Center.
Funds for planning and survey work
were made available for the U. S. Corps
of Engineers from funds provided an
nually by Congress for such work.
Several previous attempts to get flood
control work done cn Filbert’s Creek
The big yellow school buses begin
rolling again Tuesday morning after be
ing silenced for more than two weeks
due to the holiday season.
Supt. Bill Britt of Edenton-Chowan
Schools, said classes will resume Tues
day at the regular time. All schools in
the unit closed December 15 for the
Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
of Perquimans County, Sarah R. Baker,
Route 3, Hertford, and driving a 1967
Mercury was involved in a collision with
James Edward Turner, 18-year-old Ne
gro, driving a 1964 Chevrolet. The wo
man pulled from a driveway and Turn
er tried to pass on the left side and the
cars hit. Damage: S2OO to Turner’s
Friday, 11 P. M., Highway 32, Wil
liam Edward Taylor, 37-year-old Negro,
Route 1, Tyner, driving 1963 Ford, spun
on the slick highway and wrecked.
Damage: SSOO. Charge: Driving too
fast for conditions.
Saturday, 2 P. M., near Joppa, a 1961
Ford was damaged beyond repair. The
vehicle was owned by Alphonzo H. Dail,
Route 2, Tyner, who was in the car
along with A. J. Chappell, also from
Route 2, Tyner. Both are hospitalized.
The car was out of control for 582 feet
before stopping. Dail and Chappell both
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