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ONE OF MANY AREA BEAUTY SPOTS—Historic Edenlon, Inc., is attempting to
form ally open a Visitor Center-Museum in the Barker House here on June 2. Guide
service is to be available tor tours of five historic sites in the community. Visitors to the
Panel Room of Chowan's historic courthouse will have this view of the Green, looking
south out over Edenlon Bay. This is one of the area's most beautiful sites during the
summer tourist season.
CL lie "Public |Jararle
Chowan County ranks 82nd in North
Carolina in per capita income. This
means that in only 18 other counties of
this state do persons take home an aver
age annua! wage less than farr®..>*
While ranking 82 nd in per capita in
come, our citizens receive the same basic
services enjoyed in the other 81 counties.
The business of county and municipal
government is big business, even in Cho
wan. It is also a costly undertaking.
If we can merge our boafds of edu
cation, having one superintendent where
we once had two, and if one health di
rector can work in several counties, it
is not far-fetched to think the same
could provoke economy in other areas.
Right now, for example, Chowan
County Board of Public Welfare is tak
ing applications for a director. One of
the problems is finding a qualified per
son who will come to a small county for
the small salary in the budget.
In the realm of county-municipal ser
vices, an experienced manager could
function efficiently and save more than
enough to pay his salary.
It would also be less expensive to have
town and county tax bills computed on
the town’s new data processing equip
ment. It would, at the same time, be
more convenient for the citizens of Eden
ton to pay both town and county taxes
at one place, to one tax collector.
If we, as citizens, are to continue to
enjoy the services we desire from our
town and county at a reasonable tax
rate, somewhere along the line more ef
ficiency must prevail.
In order to walk we must first crawl.
However, in many areas we started off
running. While we do not advocate re
turning to the prone, we do believe there
are many areas in which we can crawl
into a more sensible manner of doing
More On Polities
Politicians are criss-crossing North
Carolina in an effort to get there “fust
est with the mostest”. Everywhere at
tempting to say just the right thing at
the right time and the right place.
This candidate and that candidate is
seeking the support of well respected and
influential public figures. And some
times campaign headquarters get car
ried away in drafting statements of sup
One which caught this writer’s eye
last week came over the name of one
of Eastern North Carolina’s most beloved
public servants, the Honorable Lindsay
In announcing his support for Mel
Broughton in the Democratic guberna
torial race, Mr. Warren gave the candi
date credit for discovering four-lane
roads. He also gave him credit for
THE CHOWAN HERALD
An adjustment of room rates at Cho
way Hospital became effective today
(Thursday), according to Thomas .M.
■'"The new rooin rates Are: $lB per day
for four-bed wards; S2O and s2l for the
two-bed semi-private rooms; $24, $25,
and $26 for private rooms. The nursery
charges will be $lO per day.
Surratt said these rates are comparable
to the surrounding hospitals and in some
instances are less.
The administrator said the local hos
pital, as all across the state, are faced
with the necessity of wage increases ef
fective today. “To be able to meet the
required minimum wage and to make all
other necessary wage adjustments, the
executive committee of the board of trus
tees approved a recommendation by man
agement to increase room rates at the
same time as wage rates are adjusted,”
Surratt further stated: “To provide
improved patient care and be able to
hold down the cost of operations with
the ever present escalating wage require
ments is not possible. Every effort is
being made on a continuing basis to re
duce costs and, in turn, pass whatever
savings are possible on to the patients.”
For Tags, Listing
Two annual winter deadlines are rap
idly approaching for area citizens, and
those in counties across North Carolina.
The first, a deadline for listing proper
ty for the purpose of taxes, arrives Fry
day in Chowan County. Property own-;
ers who do not list in their respective
township face a late listing penalty.
Sherlon Layton, tax supervisor, said in
the Edenton Township, listing will con
tinue at the tax office. The office is
open from 9 A. M., to 5 P. M., week
days and 9 A. M., to 12 noon on Satur
The second, a deadline' for purchase
of state and local license tags, arrives
at midnight February 15.
Mrs. Goldie L. Niblett, contract agent
for the Department of Motor Vehicles,
said the sale of tags is running behind
here because of the recent bad weather.
This is the case throughout North Caro
Mrs. Niblett said the 1968 tags must
be displayed by midnight February and
her office closes in the afternoon. She
encouraged vehicle- owners to purchase
their tst ps prior to the last week in order
to avoid the rush for tags as the deadline
Town of Edenton tags are purchased
at the Municipal Building, across from
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Edenton, Chowan County, N. C. 27932 Thursday, February 1, 1968.
Historic Edenton Is Pushing
Plans For Boosting Tourism
Cost of restoration work at five his
toric sites in Edenton will reach nearly
$300,000 before planned projects are
completed, according to W. B. Gardner,
president, Historic Edenton, Inc.
Gardner said work is progressing at
the Cupola, Barker and Iredell Houses
with $37,000 to be spent prior to opening
them to the public on planned, guided
tours this summer. The other two his
toric buildings to be on the tour are
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Cho
wan County Court House.
Already $151,000 has been spent on
restoration. Cost of additional work will
At the same time, Gardner said His
toric Edenton, Inc., has been offered a
challenge grant of $5,000 from the Rich-
Judge W. S. Privott has held two ses
sions of Chowan County District Court
here this week—hearing civil cases on
Monday and the criminal docket Tues
Two civil matters were heard Monday.
Judge Privott granted a divorce to Rich
ard Nunn Pailin from Nellie Shannon
In a judgment dictated Tuesday,
Judge Privott awarded Charles O. Ty
sor $3,347.08 in his case against Tee-
The jurist took in consideration prior
commissions paid Tysor by the defendant
A non-suit was granted in a case where
Norfolk General Hospital was seeking
to collect a debt from Peter Natuik.
During the criminal session Tuesday,
Judge Privott took the following action
in cases called by Solicitor Wilton Walk
McArthur Davis, failing to stop for a
stop sign, 30 days, suspended upon pay
ment of sls fine and costs.
Marvarine Schofield, worthless check,
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Board To Meet
Chowan County commissioners will
meet Monday at 9:30 A. M., in the court
house. Chairman W. E. Bond will pre
At the regular February meeting,
members of Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education will submit plans for an ad
ministrative building. Preliminary plans
for the structure to house the superin
tendent and other office personnel was
approved recently by the board.
Cost of the 2,700-square-foot struc
ture was estimated at more than $50,000.
Routine reports from county agencies
and other business will be transacted at
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LAUNCH FUNDS CAMPAIGN -Rudolph Date, president of lht Chowan County Haart
Association, it shown with Mrs. Clarauca Britton. Haart Fund Chairman, as thay launch
tha fund's annual campaign hara. Sararal actWitias ara plannad in ‘ l dv
Fwmary, which b v *' —mtry.
ardson Foundation in Greensboro. The
corporation must raise $15,000 locally to
qualify for this grant. The money would
be spent on resoration work.
Plans are moving ahead to ready the
five sites for formal opening on June 2.
The Barker House will house the
Visitor Center-Museum that will feature
artifacts portraying the history of the
area from the earliest time to present.
There will also be a short audio-visual
program at the center.
A director of Historic Edenton will be
employed as well as guides and other
personnel. The operating budget will
be $25,000 per year.
Gardner said a proper advertising cam
paign will be launched to attract tourists
to Edenton. “We believe what we will
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PROMOTED AT BANK—Two veteran employees at Peoples Bank & Trust Company
here have recently been promoted. William H. Bunch has been named cashier, replacing
George Hoskins, who has retired. Mrs. Evelyn B. Keeler fills Bun/h's spot as assistant
Peoples Bank Promotes Employees
William H. Bunch and Mrs. Evelyn
Bunch Keeter have been given promo
tions at Peoples Bank & Trust Company
R. Graham White, executive vice presi
dent and trust officer, said Bunch has
been promoted to cashier and Mrs. Keet
er has been named assistant cashier.
Bunch moves into the position recently
left vacant by the retirement of George
Hoskins. Mrs. Keeter replaces Bunch
as assistant cashier.
Bunch, an employee at the bank for
more than four years, is a native of
Edenton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Bunch, and graduated from John A.
Holmes High School. He attended Cho
wan College and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel ' -ill. He has com
pleted four American Institute of Bank-
have to offer will cause a great influx of
tourists visiting Edenton,” Gardner said.
“The year-round benefits of tourism
will be enjoyed by the entire business
community,” he added.
He pointed out that Edenton Planting
Board has recently completed a study
of Edenton that indicates that the single
largest source of untapped resources is
in the realm of tourism.
The long range plans of Historic
Edenton, Inc., is to provide an attrac
tion that rivals other tourist sites on the
Gardner said the local efforts were
given a tremendous boost last year when
Edenton Woman’s Club turned over
$4,400 of the profits from the Pilgrimage
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ing courses and two years at the Carolina
School of Banking.
The new cashier is active in church,
social, civic and community activities.
He is a Sunday School teacher at Eden
ton Baptist Church and an active mem
ber of the Varsity Club, Jaycees and is
a director of Edenton Chamber of Com
He is an official of Chowan County
Unit, American Cancer Society.
Bunch is married and the father of
Mrs. Keeter is in her 12 th year with
the bank. She is a native of Chowan
County, being the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert L. Bunch, Sr. She is mar
ried to Fred E. Keeter and they have six
The Keeters are members of Edenton
The Chowan County Heart Fund cam
paign begins today and will continue
through the month of February, accord
ing to Rudolph Dale, president.
Mrs. Clarence Britton, Heart Fund
chairman, reports a number of activities
scheduled during the month.
The two major events will be a variety
show and the observance of Heart Sun
day February 25th.
Mrs. Britton and Mrs. L. F. Amburn,
Jr., are co-chairmen for the variety show.
Co-chairmen for Heart Sunday are Mrs.
Scott Harrell and Mrs. George A. Byrum.
Other activity chairmen announced by
Mrs. Britton, are: business day solicita
tion, C. A. Benson; special gifts, Mrs.
Earl Goodwin; poster chairman, Dale;
and balloon and tag day, Mrs. Herbert
Hollowell, chairman, assisted by her
daughter, Fran and Martha Jo.
Rural directors are Mrs. Albert Ward
and Mrs. C. B. White and for Negro
communities, Mrs. Robert Bembry.
Mrs. Britton reminded that “heart di
seases kill more than one million Ameri
cans yearly, being responsible for 54 per
cent of all deaths. They afflict about
'*■’ million living ' m icans. No indi
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