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Volume XXXV—No. 11
.Sen. 7. y. Harrington
Sew. George M . H^ood
Plans Are Told
By Two Senators
In simultaneous announcements Wed
nesday. State Sens. George M. Wood
of Camden -and J. J. (Monk) Harring
ton of Lewiston revealed plans to seek
reelection in the First Senatorial Dis
Sen. Wood, 41-year-old farmer and
grain dealer, will run for seat No. One
in the 10-county district. Sen. Harring
ton, who is 49, is seeking reelection for
Seat No. Two. He is president of Har
rington Manufacturing Company, Inc.,
Both senators served in the 1967 Gen
eral Assembly, representing the counties
of Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck,
Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquo
tank, Perquimans and Washington.
Sen. Wood, a veteran of two sessions
in the House of Representatives, will
seek hi? second term in the Senate. Sen.
Harrington, first elected to the Senate
in 1962, will be going after his fourth
Both men cited their prior experience
in the General Assembly as qualifying
them for reelection.
Sen. Harrington was chairman of the
Senate Roads committee in 1967 and
the labor and commerce committee in
1965. He served during both of the last
two sessions on the powerful Senate-
House subcommittee on appropriations.
He currently is serving on the Local
Government Commission which is study
ing possible need for reforms in local
government structure in the state.
In announcing his candidacy. Sen.
Harrington said: “I feel I can now serve
the people of the First District better
than I ever could. I have served all of
them before and I think I know the neo-
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The first completely new voter regi
stration in Chowan County in many
years begins March 30. Persons who
desire to vote in the May 4 Democratic
Primary must register prior to April 20.
The new registration will see the coun
ty go to the loose-leaf system as well as
allow for consolidation of the Town of
Edenton and county voter books.
Mrs. George C. Hoskins, chairman,
county board of elections, said registrars
will be at the polling places in the six
precincts from 9 A. M., to 6:30 P. M.,
on Saturday, March 30, April 6, 13
In order to make it as convenient as
possible in East and West Edenton Pre
cincts, where registratip is much greater
than in the other four boxes, the board
has established four additional days for
the registrars to work. On Mondays
and Wednesdays, April 1 and 8, and
April 3 and 10, respectively, the regi
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
<£hc Public |laH
Town Council’s regular monthly meet
ing Tuesday night was one of the best
attended general meeting this writer has
experienced in several years.
Citizens interested in at least two pro
jects—off-street parking and Historic
Edenton, Inc.—displayed their unity by
going out in foul weather to voice their
Mayor John A. Mitchener told those
present: “Your interest in town busi
ness is greatly appreciated.” He said
their interests centered around but two
items in the progress of “our” town.
If meffe people would attend more of
these public meetings and become better
informed about more of the town’s busi
ness there would be more community
wide cooperation and understanding and
a lot less drug store gripe sessions.
Usually the audience is limited to de
partment heads, the press corps and
two or three citizens.
So, we join Mayor Mitchener in say
ing: “Welcome, taxpayers!” And re
member, those council chamber seats
were made to be sat in.
We’re For Frederick
Frederick College in Portsmouth has
been gobbled up by the State of Virginia
and will take a backward move in higher
education this fall.
When the state accepted the college,
lock, stock and barrel, from the Beazley
Foundation, they said the four-year in
stitution would be integrated into the
state’s two-year community college pro
Editorial writers in our favorite morn
ing newspapers continue their campaign
to convince the students at Frederick
that they got a fair shake in the recent
They are making about as much head
way as the marching students and facul
ty in getting Gov. Mills Godwin to
change his plans. As a “lame duck” gov
ernor he won’t budge.
The State of Virginia took the initia
tive in this deal and in our opinion this
is a reflection on the Commonwealth.
For Beazley not to be able to make a
go of his pet and close it down is one
thing. For the State of Virginia to be a
party to a deal that has more than a
faint odor is quite something different.
We’re for Frederick.
The Fact Sheet
For current operation of Edenton-
Chowan Schools, exclusive of capital in
vestment and debt retirement, Chowan
County spent $82.73 per pupil in aver
age daily attendance during 1966-67,
which is just 17.5 per cent of the total
cost of running the schools.
Federal participation in schools is
about the same as is local with the re
maining 65 per cent being paid by the
Chowan County’s contribution toward
current expenditures, as well as the
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Alertness Os Police Results In Apprehension Os Men
A rookie policeman’s suspicion early
Thursday morning resulted in the arrest
of four Suffolk, Va., Negroes and re
covery of merchandise valued at $2,000
taken earlier in the night in Bertie
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mad ohm through Eden ten early Thurtday morning and four Suffolk. Negroes,
thraa fat Em ear shown in the background, hit# boon arretted in connection with a
break-in and larceny in Aula odor. Bertie County Sheriff Ed Daniels it shown inspecting
MOM at the clothing and other item taken from Taylor*! Store tometime Wednes
day night. Alert Edenton policemen cha»~* * v - -uic&a and arretted two of the au
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WHEE! REAL SPRING-LIKE WEATHER—Although officially Spring is still a week
in the future, the recent change in the weather has caused many to shout with ioy.
Too, a change in seasons, especially to Spring, brings out the shutterbugs and for many
the favorite subject is children. So, the subject for this bit of photojournalism is Emily
Greer Ambum, 18-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Amburn, Jr., 104 West
Gale Street. You'll have to agree with her parents that she makes a much more pleas
ing picture than all the snow and ice experienced hereabouts during the past months.
Council Receives Project Requests
Requests for additional off-street park
ing in the central business district here
and the town’s financial support of His
toric Edenton, Inc., were tied together
in separate presentations to Town Coun
cil Tuesday night.
W. B. Gardner, town administrator
Chowan County cotton farmers have
only until Friday to sign up to partici
pate in the federal cotton program this
year, according to H. O. West, ASCS
West said everyone who does not sign
up prior to the deadline will not get a
There are presently 460 farms in Cho
wan County with a total allotment of
2,700 acres of cotton. West estimated
that about 100 farms have not yet enter
ed the 1968 program.
“There is absolutely no advantage to
a farmer growing cotton and not signing
up in the program,” West stated. “Those
who do not either plant or release their
cotton will lose part of their allotment,”
he explained. “This affects not only
the farmer but the local and state allot
ments in future years.”
Chowan County farmers were paiu ap
proximately $125,000 through the ASCS
cotton program in 1967.
At the same time West reminded
farmers that they have until March 22
to release their cotton allotment and
until April 12 to request additional acre
Too, Police Chief John D. Parrish
said Patrolman McCoy Parker’s action
probably prevented break-ins at local es
and president of Historic Edenton, told
councilmen financial assistance from the
town is needed to make the organization
Councilmen were asked to initiate ac
tion to purchase the Hobowskv property
at 103 West King Street for conversion
into an off-street parking lot. The re
quest came from Alton Elmore, chairman
of the Downtown Committee of Edenton
Chamber of Commerce.
In his presentation, Gardner said lo
cal support must be forthcoming in order
to continue to get state funds. He point
ed out that the 1967 General Assembly
alone appropriated $36,000 for historic
He said it is estimated that the operat
ing budget of Historic Edenton will be
$25,000. He asked the town to con
tribute $5,000 toward this budget.
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5 Are Held For Break-In, Larceny
Five Elizabeth City teenagers waived
preliminary hearing in Chowan County
District Court Tuesday and now face
trial in Superior Court on charges of
breaking, entering, larceny and receiving
Judge W. S. Privott set bond at $1,500
for each defendant.
Those involved are:
Lathan Forbes, Jr., 18; Dennis R.
Lane, 19; Calvin S. Winslow, 18; Mi
chael Hayman, 19; and Bobby Joe Wom
All defendants are charged with break-
Taylor’s Store in Aulander was enter
ed sometime Wednesday night and ar
ticles of clothing, watches, clocks and
other items taken.
At approximately 2:05 A. M., Thurs
day a car occupied by three Negroes
was seen in downtown Edenton. Pa
trolman Parker, with dispatcher Ralph
Williams in his patrol car. stopped the
car for a routine check. The driver,
Clifton Silver, 26, did not have an op
The motorist was instructed to drive
to the police station. Instead of stop
ping at the headquarters, he sped up
Granville Street and the chase ended
near Wildcat. Silver and Marion Lee
Stokes, 19, were arrested. The third per
Investigation of the car disclosed the
merchandise. It was recovered before
the break-in had been discovered by
Sheriff Daniels said Pernell Ricks
and Robert Thompson have also been
arrested in connection with the case.
Other arrests may be made. Ricks al
legedly was the person who escaped from
Items have been found in Suffolk
that allegedly were taken earlier in the
week from Alton’s Clothing Store in
Chief Parrish commended Patrolmen
Parker, W. A. Satterfield and Williams
for thqjr alertness and manner of hand
ling the incident. “They prevented one
or more Ideal merchants from experienc
ing a loss,” the chief said.
The 30-day period for students in
Edenton-Chowan Schools to state their
preference of schools for the 1968-69
term began Tuesday.
Copies of the board of education’s de
segregation plan and Freedom of Choice
forms were distributed by the 3.154 stu
dents in the system. The “choice” pe
riod ends April 12.
This is the first time the information
has been allowed to be distributed by
the students. In past years the forms
have been mailed to parents.
Supt. Bill Britt said today parents are
encouraged to make an early choice and
return the forms. “This information is
greatly needed in planning for next
year’s program,” he stated. However, no
preference will be given for choosing
early during the choice oeriod.
In a cover letter to parents. Supt. Britt
said the purpose of the desegregation
plan is to “eliminate the dual structure
of separate schools for children of differ
It was pointed out that a student can
not be enrolled at any school next year
unless a choice of schools is made. “It
does not matter which school the student
might have attended before, and it does
not matter whether that school was for
merly a white or a Negro school.” the
Once a choice is made; it cannot be
changed except in cases of serious hard
The desegregation plans shows that
bricklaying and construction industry
courses are offered only at D. F. Walk
er High School while metals industry and
technical drafting are limited to John
A. Holmes High School. Both schools
offer introduction to vocations and Walk
er and Chowan High School offer agri
Swain Elementary. Walker and White
Oak Elementary offer special education
in the elementary grades.
Students in the elementary grades can
Continued on Page 4
ing into M&R Service Station at Tyner
on the morning of February 28. Miss
ing from the store was numerous cartons
of cigarettes, cash and other items.
Chowan Sheriff Earl Goodwin said the
cigarettes were taken to Maryland and
sold at a discount price.
Assisting in the sheriff’s department
in the investigation, were SB I Agents
O. L. Wise and Charles Ray.
All five defendants were arrested in
Elizabeth City Monday, following the
extensive investigation. None of the
stolen merchandise or money was re
Two of the teenagers earlier in Feb
ruary were given a hearing before Judge
Privott in Hertford for breaking into an
establishment in Perquimans County.
Other cases called by Solicitor Wilton
Walker during the lengthy session of
Walter Lewis, Sr., larceny, six months,
suspended upon payment of $25 fine
and costs and payment of $9 for Clar
Percy Leary, assault with a deadly
weapon, 30 days, suspended upon pay
ment of costs.
Less Perry and James Anthony, tres
pass and injury to timber, 60 days, sus
pended upon payment of $25 fine and
costs. Notice of appeal was given to
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Bishop To Visit
Rt. Rev. Thomas H. Wright, Bishop
of the Episcopal Diocese of East Caro
lina, residing in Wilmington, will be in
The bishop will make his annual visita
tion to St. Paul’s Church and several
candidates for confirmation will be pre
sented by Rev. George Holmes.
Young Churchmen of the parish will
be a special choir for the occasion and
all members of the Acolytes’ Guild will
Following services an informal recep
tion will be held in the Parish House in
honor of the bishop and the confirma
All members of the congregation are
requested to be present and visitors are
cordially invited f
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