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It’* ijow time to shell out for state
and tovjfo license plates. It’s also time
to question having to stand in two lines
to get the chore accomplished.
Mrs. Goldie Niblett at Edenton Of
fice Supply* is contract agent for N. C.
Department of Motor Vehicles. She
handles the renewal cards which are
complete with addresses.
A vehicle owner goes to Mrs. Niblett
and purchases the state tag. Then he
rHmust cross Confederate Plaza and into
the Municipal Building to buy the town
tag. Often times this means standing
in two |ines.
Also, if Mrs. Niblett was allowed to
sell the town tag more would be sold
because she would note from the
address whether or not the vehicle owner
lived in\town and needed the tag.
This | not only a question of con
venience! for the citizens but a matter
of beingxiractical. It just doesn’t stand
to reason(that a vehicle owner living in
side ths Corporate limits must meander
all over the waterfront to be relieved of
12 bucks. There’s a less painful ap
One foolish, thoughtless act can pro
vide the spark which ignites an explos
ion that is felt for years to come.
This could have been the result last
week in Chowan County had we not had
cool, efficient, impartial law officers such
as Sheriff Earl Goodwin.
His telephone rang late, as it often
does, Friday night. When he picked it
up he had not the faintest idea what to
He was told that someone had shot
into a home on Paxton Lane, a Negro
community off Old Hertford Road.
Sheriff Goodwin and his deputies went
’ into action. In a short period of three
r, V* )Urs they had made an arrest. By
deliberate, but swift, action, Sheriff
t 'wYodwin reassured every citizen that
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, Ralph F. Nixon, 20, 105 South Oakum
v Street, was sentenced to a total of six
' years in prison Tuesday after pleading
guilty to five counts of assault with a
deadly weapon and one of malicious
damage to real property.
The charges grew out of a shooting
incident Friday night on Paxton Lane
where a shotgun blast ripped into the
home of a Negro family.
Nixon, on probation for breaking, en
tering and also had his proba
tion revoked and a two year sentence in
voked by Judge Fentress Horner of Eliz
abeth City in Chowan County District
Court. The sentences imposed in the
_ pew cases were to run consecutively.
The defendant gave notice of appeal
and his bond was set at $5,000. He had
not posted bond Tuesday afternoon.
Judge Horner told Nixon he is lucky
he was not up for murder since Vie home
of Oliver Bonner was occupied by five
people at the time the incident <jccurred.
“All across this state such Shootings
are taking place as people try (o create
discord between the white and Negro
races,” the jurist lectured. “The situa
tion over here (in Chowan Qounty), has
been good and you come along and try
to stir up something. You are going to
have to pay for it.”
During the testimony of Bonner, the
defendant interrupted to say: “I’m sorry
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Farm Inco Te Drop Noted
Chowan County farmers e: .ced
a sharp drop in gross income d A 1967
primarily due to something > which
they have no control—the T f, says
C. W. Overman, county e? 5? a chair
man. 1 45 $
Overman, busy gathering information
to make his estimate of gross farm in
come for the year, said the 1967 figure
would probably be $500,000 less than
1966’s $7,128,049. Most of the loss was
in peanuts he added.
With 68 per cent of the marketing
cards in on peanuts, Overman said aver
age yield is off some 20 per cent. “This
could mean more than half a million
dollars to our farmers,” he said. “That
comes right off the top and it hurts!”
Most of the loss was caused by ex
tremely wet conditions in July and Au
gust, the chairman explained. “Growers
in genera! applied their knowhow pretty
well,” he continued. “They went out to
do a good job but the weather condi
tions kept the yields down and our goal
will not be realized.”
The same is pretty much the case for
soybeans, he continued. However, the
overall soybean income will be increased
because farmers who lost their cotton
came back to harvest a crop of soybeans.
Speaking of cotton, Overman sees 1968
as a crucial year for this important crop.
“What we do in 1968 will depend upon
rejuvenated interest generated among our
growers,” he stated. “Cotton can be
one of our best crops if weather con
ditions are favorable and growers follow
Sale Os Tags Brisk
Lines formed Tuesday at Edenton Of
fice Supply and the Municipal Building
as owners of vehicles began purchasing
1968 state and town license plates.
Mrs. Goldie Niblett, contract agent
for N. C. Department of Motor Vehicles,
aid business has been brisk since she
handed out the first tag at 9 A. M.,
State tags are being purchased this
year with » redesigned renewal card.
The two-part form was mailed last week
to vehicle owners across the state. Mrs.
Niblett said if owners of vehicles have
rot received their renewal card by the
end of the week they should make a re
quest for another to the Department of
Motor Vehicles in Raleigh.
Surrounding area residents can pro
cure their 1968 plates at the office sup
ply store. 501 South Broad Street, be
tween the hours of 9 A- M., and 5 P. M.,
Monday through Friday and 9 A. M.,
to 12 noon on Saturday.
Town tags can be purchased at the
Municipal Building between the hours
of 8:30 A. M., and 5 P. M., Monday
through Friday. This office is closed on
Plans for a cooperative evangelistic
crusade in the area are forging ahead
with the report that 50 per cent of the
churches in Chowan, Gates, and Perqui
mans counties have already indicated a
desire for a crusade to materialize under
the auspices-of The Billy Graham Evan
John Dillon, Director of Associate
Crusades at the new Atlanta-based head
quarters of The Billy Graham Evange
listic Association, has indicated a favor
able reaction to the response of churches
in the area, and has expressed satisfac
tion that the crusade can now materia-
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, January 4, 1968.
sound, well tested practices.”
He expressed concern about farmers
dropping cotton. “We have no substi
tute for it in our farm rotation plan,” he
Livestock is an area in which Chowan
farmers enjoyed a good year. This will
continue to help the overall picture of a
balanced farm economy, the chairmaq,
The 1967 report on agriculture and
home economics during 1967 has been
presented by Overman to Chowan Coun
t ycommissioners. A series of articles
concerning this report will be published
in The Chowan Herald, beginning next
William A. Perry, Jr., 9 Hawthorne
Road, has been nominated for appoint
ment to the U. S. Naval Academy.
Rep. Walter B. Jones of the First
Congressional District has selected the
John A. Holmes High School for the
nomination and Perry will now take
Perry, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A.
Perry, Sr., is an active member of the
Senior Class at Holmes High. He has
been active in sports, playing both foot
ball and baseball. He is a member of
the Monogram Club.
The nominee attended Boys’ State.
He is also a member of Edenton Bap
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William A. Perry, Jr.
Gov. Moore Reports On State’s Progress During 1967
By GOV. DAN MOORE
My fellow North Carolinians:
Another year of record advancement
and development is ending in our State.
In reviewing these last 12 months, 1
have been most impressed with the man
ner in which your State Government has
encouraged, assisted and paved the way
toward providing even greater oppor
tunities for all who live in North Caro
lina. I ?.m aware and appreciative of the
fact that the State’s total effort is but a
reflection of the activity and the interest
of the people.
The year 1967 has been one of build
ing upon the solid foundations of the
past. But, more, it has been a year of
emergence for North Carolina. Long
sought goals have been realized, and otir
sights have been shifted to greater goals.
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TAX LISTERS BUSY—Tax Supervisor Sherlon Layton here goes over tax listing
procedures with two of the three listers in First Township as listers throughout the
county got ready to begin completing abstracts Tuesday. Mrs. Pattie S. Byrum, right,
and Mrs. Mary D. Nixon are shown wtih ILayton. The third lister, not pictured, is Mrs.
Sadie H. Hoskins. All property must be listed for taxes between now and February 2
or be subject to a penalty for failure to Usl.
Tax Listing Underway In Chowan
More than 9,000 tax abstracts will be
filled out this month by property own
ers of Chowan County.
With the coming of a new year comes
the responsibility to citizens to list their
DSA Event Set
The 14th annual Distinguished Service
\ward, Bosses’ and Ladies’ Night ban
quet of Edenton Jaycees is scheduled
for January 11 at the Jaycee Building
on Base Road.
J. C. (Pete) Dail, banquet chairman,
said the event will begin at 7 o’clock.
H. Patrick Taylor, Jr., of Wadesboro,
lOijmer speaker of the State House of
Representatives and a candidate for
lieutenant governor, will be the principal
Highlight of the banquet will be pre
sentation of the Distinguished Service
Award to a young man in the communi
ty. Nominations have been received and
a committee is currently making the se
This annual function is a high point
in the Jaycee year throughout the coun
We have faced the complex problems of
social and economic change, not in a
haphazard manner, but with deliberation
and determination. And, in 1967, we
have looked ahead to the North Carolina
of the next decade to plan for greater
tuilization of our resources.
Our population passed the five million
mark in the early fall. Our economy
continued to expand, causing more North
Carolinians to be gainfully employed
than ever before. Nonfarm employment
reached a record high of nearly 1.6 mil
lion in November. Another 800,000
were employed in agriculture. Wages
continued to climb. During the first
half of 1967, wages and salaries for
workers covered by unemployment insur
ance increased more than 9 per cent.t
While figures are not available, I believe
our per capitta income increased sub
stantially during the year.
This economic growth has brought
new advantages within the reach of more
of our people. New homes are in evi
dence throughout the state and automo
biles are in abundance everywhere. In
our 36 cities of over 10,000 population,
construction permits through November
Four Peoples Bank Officials Retire
Four veteran officials of Peoples Bank
& Trust Company’s Edenton operation
retired last week and were praised for
their great contribution and loyalty to
the financial institution.
Those who retired under a recently
instituted personnel policy and their
years of service were:
J. W. Davis, vice president and di
rector, 11 years; George C. Hoskins,
cashier, 37 years; J. H. Conger, Sr., di
rector, 30 years; and A. C. Boyce, direc
tor, 10 years. Their combined years
of service to the bank totals 88 years.
J. Gilliam Wood, chairman of the lo
cal board, said the services of these
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property for the purposes of taxes.
Tax Supervisor Sherlon Layton said
listing began this week in the county's
four townships. Those who do not list
by February 2 will pay a 10 per cent
penalty, Layton stated.
Most property owners list with list
takers during January as it is estimated
that less than one-half of one per cent
pay the late listing penalty.
Layton said the hours for listing have
been arranged to make it as convenient
on the citizens as possible. He said
night listing in the Second Township has
been quite popular and will be continued
Approximately 3,000 abstracts have
sl-eady been mailed property nwn»rs
living outside Chowan County. The bulk
of these people own lots at developments
such as Arrowhead and Chowan Beaches
and Cape Colony.
Because of development of property
on the water in Chowan County, the to
tal number of taxpayers has increased
sharply. Just three years ago it was
estimated that 6,000 abstracts were com
pleted. Layton said this year’s total
could exceed 9,500.
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exceeded $409 million, up nearly 4 per
cent. Another 33,000 rural consumers
joined REA programs. Some 121,000 of
our people installed telephones from in
vestor-owned utilities. Another 18,000
became gas customers, and there were
47,000 new electric customers.
The strength and vitality of our pri
vate economy is reflected in the operat
ing programs of the 160 state agencies,
departments and institutions. Recogniz
ing the tremendous potentials of these
times, my administration proposed a
most ambitious and forward-looking pro-,
gram to the General Assembly when it
convened in February. The Legislators
were equal to the challenges presented
them and enacted into law a program of
service to the people unsurpassed in the
history of North Carolina.
The budget provided for the biennium,
which began July 1, totaled more than
$2.7 billion. This money provided
largely through your income, sales and
gasoline taxes is being utilized for
services which benefit in numerous ways
every North Carolina family. In addi
tion, it is providing greater individual
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four men will be sorely missed. “Each
man has rendered distinguished service
not only to the bank but to the com
munity as well,” Wood said. “They
have been loyal, dedicated fellow workers
and we will miss them.”
A function was held in the bank
Thursday afternoon in honor of the men
who retired. They were each presented
handsome watches by Wood.
Bill Bunch, representing fellow em
ployees, presented a gift to Davis and
Peoples Bank & Trust Company last
year instituted a retirement policy call
ing for/ regular employees to step down
at 65 and directors to retire at 70.
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