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Volume XXXV—No. 21.
Chowan High Finals Begin Friday
Chowan High School will begirt its
, commencement exercises with Class Night
Friday at 8 P. M., in the school audi
torium, Principal Kenneth L. Stalls an
nounced today. Graduation for 33 sen
iors will be May 31.
At the same time, Principal Stalls an
Che public ararlc
On The Move
Giant strides are being made in the
community in which we work, live and
p.lay. Signs of progress on many fronts
demonstrate a renewed faith in the area’s
future and further proof that Edenton
and Chowan County constitute the hub
of the Albemarle Area.
Those who meander along The Public
Parade can take justifiable pride in this
progress. It illustrates what a people,
working hand-in-hand toward a common
goal can accomplish.
Last Sunday’s formal opening of
Edenton Municipal Airport is a glowing
example of what we can expect in the
future. The program, highlighted by a
'free air show sponsored by Edenton Jay
cees, brought upwards to 15,000 people
10 our area. All indications are they
liked what they saw and will tell their
friends and neighbors. That’s the best
publicity we can expect.
Soon, Historic Edenton, Inc., will open
its Visitor Cepter-Museum in the Barker
House and begin tours of historic sites
on a daily basis, Tuesday through Sun
day. This will bring additional tourists
into our community and we are confi
dent they will be impressed with what
we have come to take for granted.
In both instances, the Town of Eden
ton and Chowan County have worked
jointly for a better community.
1 On the industrial front, Chris Craft
Corporation is forging ahead with plans
to float its first fiberglass yacht from a
spacious new plant on Albemarle Sound.
'Too, George C. Moore Company is add
ing 21,000-square-feet to the plant on
U. S. 17 which has already made a
healthy contribution to the economy of
New structures are also being erected
for another dentist, scheduled to locate
.here in June, new quarters for a doctor,
’and other renovations tq make our town
The town has just completed a 40-car
off-street parking lot and another is un
der construction. Planters are being
erected in a test block in the downtown
area as a beautification project and the
town is considering containerized trash
collection in the downtown district to
make our town cleaner.
There are many other projects either
underway or on the drawing board which
' will make Edenton and Chowan County
more attractive to outsiders who come
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'Chowan Hospital Plans Provide Much For Money
Plans for the new 60-bed Chowan Hos
pital are advancing and will be present
ed to Medical Care Commission in Sep
tember. Construction could then start
in early 1969. Estimated cost is
Atwood Skinner, architect, told those
attending a peak preview of the sche
matic drawings last Wednesday afternoon
that the facility could be built in about
18 months. He said the present plans
include many desired items not now
available in many 100 bed hospitals.
fU Skinner, in answer to a question, said
he believes the project is within the
budget. Chowan County taxpayers have
approved sl-million in hospital bonds
and the remainder is to come from
"she architect said a hospital is the
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nounced that Emily Peele is valedictorian
for the Class of 1968 with a scholastic
average of 97.43. She is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Ray Peele of
Tyner and plans to attend the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro and
major in medical technology.
The salutatorian is Brenda Hollowell,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Hollo
well, Jr., Route 1, Edenton. She has a
scholastic average of 94.76 and plans to
enter Louise Obici School of Nursing in
Class Night will feature a short play
entitled “Plantation Song” presented by
the Senior Class. The play is a legend
of the high school bridge and its span
over the past four years. The story re
volves around two young people who
visit a haunted old bridge in the South,
and it tells of the seniors’ past experi-
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Ship Is Launched
At British Dock
The USS Edenton, a Navy salvage tug
named for the Town of Edenton, was
launched May IS by Brooke Marine
Limited in Lowestoft, England.
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., who
was represented by Mrs, David O
Wright, was notified last Wednesday
afternoon by cablegram of the success
The craft has an overall length of 282
feet, eight inches, a beam of SO feet, a
full load displacement of 3,125 tons on
a draft of IS feet and a designed speed
of 16 knots.
Harry L. Dowsett, executive chair
man, Brooke Marine Limited, welcomed
Mrs. Wright as Mayor Mitchener’s per
sonal representative. In his remarks at
a luncheon, Dowsett said although his
firm has built ships for 30 countries, the
USS Edenton is the first vessel built for
the U. S. Navy.
The chairman recalled the common
wartime experience of the United States
and United Kingdom. He said his firm
has the U. S. contracts for two sister
ships to* the “Edenton”.
“The very fact that we have these con
tracts, which are part of the life blood
of this company and of the United King
dom in its urgent need for exports, per
haps shows that the sentiments in the
relationship of our two countries of those
days still apply, though circumstances
are much different, this because, original
ly, these contracts came about as offset
arrangements, at a time when the United
Kingdom had arranged to buy Fill air
craft for many millions of dollars; and
then, when our economic situation be
came so difficult that a cancellation of
these proposed purchases was unavoid
able, your country still allowed these
offset contracts to stand,” he concluded.
most complex building to design since
the design must be oriented toward a
functional building. “Circulation is very
important,” he pointed out and showed
many areas in which proper circulation
can bring about economy in operation.
He called the site on Highway 32 “ex
cellent” and said it is the best he has
seen for a hospital.
The hospital is being designed with
two 30-bed nursing units on the second
floor—something ho other hospital now
has. The distance from the nurses sta
tion to the furtherest room is 80 feet.
The delivery suite is also on the second
There will be eight semi-private rooms
and the remainder wilk be private. All
rooms have a lavatory and toilet and
there are six n-tvate rooms with a show
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, May 23, 1968
Big Crowd Views Air Show
At Opening Os New Facility
The biggest crowd ever to gather in
Chowan County for any event made
their way to Edenton Municipal Airport
Sunday afternoon for formal opening of
the facility and a free air show. Esti
mates of the crowd ranged as high as
Perfect weather aided a well-balanced
program of activities in attracting the
throng. One source said state trooper*
counted 5,000 vehicles at the airport.
The air show was sponsored by Eden
ton Jaycees in cooperation with Edenton
Aviation, Inc., the firm now operating the
airport. The crowd far exceeded all ex
pectations and some SO private aircraft
landed during the afternoon.
Murray Ashley and N. J. George
manned the unicorn radio in the tower
to direct landing and take-off operations.
At one point during the afternoon, due
to aircraft taking passengers on short
hops around the area, there were 100
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Ant SHOW MOST POPULAR EVENT —Crowds estimated at up to 15,000 turned out
Sunday afternoon for the formal opening of Edenton Municipal Airport and a free Jay
eee-sponsored air show. Shown here is a portion with the giant hangar in the background.
—(Robert Daii Photo).
Active Terms Given Two Fathers
District Judge Fentress Horner of
Elizabeth City Tuesday gave active jail
sentences to two fathers who were con
victed of failing to keep their children in
At the same time he gave suspended
jail sentences to two mothers and a third
couple who were tried on warrants signed
by Mrs. W. B. Gardner, attendance
counselor for Edenton-Chowan schools.
Judge Horner told all defendants that
he would impose additional sentences if
the children involved are not in daily
attendance in school for the remainder
of the current term and next term, un
less they had a doctor’s certificate.
“The law requires you to send chil-
Chowan County Democrats will gath
er in the court house in Edenton at 10:30
A. M., Saturday for the regular party
Tom Shepard, chairman of the Demo
cratic Executive Committee, said dele
gates to the convention have been chosen
during the precinct meetings held
throughout the county on May 11.
Shepard urged all delegates to make
a special effort to attend the convention.
Among service facilities on the first
floor will be an intensive care unit.
“Usually 100-bed hospitals don’t have an
intensive care unit,” he said. However,
by combining the recovery area with
an intensive care area both can be op
erated with the same staff.
“With elements working together we
coqld have something we normally could
not have in a small hospital,” he added.
The architect praised the cooperation
of Tom Surratt, administrator, and others
connected with the hospital.
Jesse L. Harrell, board chairman, wel
comed the group and in remarks during
the discussion said he was very pleased
with the plans. He pointed out, however,
that the building of a new hospital here
very definitely depends jon federal funds.
take-offs and landings within an hour.
Dr. Richard Hardin, chairman, Eden
ton-Chowan Airport Commission, pointed
out the increase in private flying and its
contribution to the total economy of a
community. He said the Edenton air
port has already become quite popular
and the added facilities will enhance this.
Mayor Pro Tern Luther C. Parks hail
ed the formal opening of a fixed base
operation here as just the beginning of
great things to come to this well-balanced
And, Robert Moore, chamber execu
tive, said Edenton and Chowan County
has become an industrial and business
center and the existence of an active air
port facility will aid in future develop
ment of the entire area.
Jets and aircraft from the U. S. Navy
and Coast Guard opened the day’s events
and for the next three hours those in at
tendance were thrilled by skydiving by
dren to school until they are 16 years
old and this you must do,” he stated.
The two men who received active terms
had been cited to court previously for
the same offense. All are Negroes.
Jessie Tann was given 10 days. He
gave notice of appeal and bond was set
at SSO. The case against Mrs. Tann
was continued for one week.
O. Curtis White was given 10 days
for contributing to the delinquency of
minors. Maxine Privott White was giv
en 30 days, suspended upon payment cf
Fred Stanly and Myrtle Stanly were
each given 30 days, suspended upon
payment of costs.
Other cases called by Solicitor Wilton
George Edward Rascoe, no operator’s
license, 30 days, suspended upon pay
ment of $25 fine and costs; improper
Glenna Anne Farmer, traffic viola
tion, prayer for judgment continued upon
payment of costs.
Warren Carl Cramm, speeding. S2O
Michael Eugene Hughes, reckless driv
ing, 60 days, suspended upon payment
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HOSPITAL PLANS DISCUSSED—Atwood Skinner, right, architect far the new |IM
Nt Chowan Hospital here goes over plans for the ground floor of the facility with
Jesse L. Harrell, left, board chairman, and Tom Sarratt, administrator. Preliminary
plans were dseussrd by Skinner at a peak preview last Wednesday at Municipal Building
daring obser- .nee of National Hospital Week.
the Norfolk Skydiver’s Club, demonstra
tions by Benson Aviation of the gyro
copter, crop dusting demonstrations and
many other activities.
There were numerous ground displays
and the lines were long for those who
desired a plane ride.
Jack Douglas, president of Edenton
Aviation, Inc., was extremely pleased
with the way the opening went. He had
special praise for his vice president. Mar
vin Shaw, who also coordinated the air
show for Edenton Jaycees.
“We had the complete cooperation of
everyone in the community and every
thing clicked beautifully,” Douglas said.
“This opening put Edenton Municipal
Airuort on the map,” he added.
Douglas pointed out the cooperation
of Dr. Hardin, Jerry Stewart and other
pilots in staying at the airport until 7
P. M., to take passengers up is a fine
example of the spirit of cooperation
which existed at the entire event.
Evidence that the Negro community
is sharply divided—especially among
professional people—over the selection
of a new principal at D. F. Walker High
School was presented Thursday night
at a special meeting of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education.
Petitions supporting Assistant Princi
pal James A. Kinion and hearing the
signatures of 37 of the 50 faculty mem
bers and nine teacher aides, were turned
over to the board. Mrs. Novella Wilson,
a seventh grade teacher, was spokesman
for the 12-member delegation appearing,
including Mrs. Golden Frinks, wife of
the active Civil Rights leader.
Mrs. Wilson said regardless of race,
religion or creed the faculty wants the
best possible educational system obtain
able for the children. She said they have
asked Kinion to reconsider.
Kinion. who went to the Negro school
at the beginning of the current school
term with the understanding that he
would be elevated to the principalship
upon D. F. Walker’s retirement, bowed
to pressure last week and said he was
no longer interested in the job. Students
left classes and a boycott arranged by
adult school patrons was about 50 per
cent effective. Kinion’s decision was
reached after he and his family had re
ceived threats of violence.
N. J. George, a board member, told
the delegation he personally was disap
pointed of the faculty’s lack of influence
over the students when the demonstra
Mrs. Frinks, whose husband is now
serving a jail sentence for leading a stu
dent boycott of a Bertie County school,
said the teachers lost every chance of
halting the demonstration when Princi
pal Walker announced over the public
address system thtere would be no pun
ishment for those who left classes to join
the demonstration. She added that
teachers were instructed not to mark the
students absent or lower their grades be
cause of their not being in school.
Mrs. Wilson, again speaking in sup
port of Kinion, said Walker school needs
a man young people can take their prob
lems to. “Our students like Mr. Kinion
because they can talk with him about
their everyday problems,” Mrs. Wilson
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