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Kinion Given Walker Post;
Action Delayed On Students
James A. Kinion. 37, has been promot
ed to the position of principal at D. F.
Walker High School for the 1968-69
school term. His election came Monday
night on an 8-1 vote of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education.
N. J. George opposed Kinion’s elec
tion to the post. The board member
questioned Kinion’s qualifications for this
particular position and said there was
one Negro applicant highly qualified.
Selection of a principal for the Negro
union school to replace D. F. Walker,
who is retiring, has followed six weeks
* of tense discussions in the community.
Kinion at first withdrew his name from
Cs» THE CHOWAN HERALD .'.P
Volume XXXV —No. 23
Latch String Out
" To those who come to meander with
us along The Public Parade during open
ing of Historic Edenton’s Visitor Center-
Museum. we bid you welcome,
i A special welcome is extended to Wal
ter and Doris Jones. The congressman
has been adopted by Edenton and com
ing from Washington we are confident
he will find a new type air to fill his
The state officials, including Dr. Chris
topher Crittenden, are extremely welcome
since the State of North Carolina, until
recently, actually took local projects
more seriously than our own governing
bodies. More than $150,000 in tax funds
have gone into historic sites here. While
the community is grateful for this ex
t, pression of confidence, more will be
It is often said that once a community
proves itself worthy, the future road is
less bumpy. Edenton and Chowan Coun
' ;/*have done this. The claim that we
take pride in preservation rather than
restoration, isn’t quite true. While things
of -great historic value have been pre
served, there has been restoration also.
Restoration has been more in attitude
and confidence by the citizenry than
Because of restoration of a feeling
that this small area can make a definite
impact on North Carolina’s future, many
things have been done. The recent tax
research report that per capita income
has increased to the point that Chowan
ranks 59th in the state, while 79th in
1962, proves all the time hasn’t been
spient guarding our heritage. This is
1 further proven by an increase in tax
able property valuation from sll-million
in 1952 to more than S3O-million in
4 There are many other horns which
could be tooted here, but if you mingle
among our citizens it won’t be long be
fore their pride in the community pours
out. And if exposure here makes you
disenchanted with your existing environ
ment we bid you join us along The Pub
Open Another Door
Another educational advantage to the
merger of the two administrative units
in Edenton and Chowan County would
be implementation of an open-door policy
where curriculum is concerned.
Such a plan was suggested Monday
night by N. J. George, a member of
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education.
“All courses in all schools should be
made available to all students in the sys
tem,” he claimed..
While his plan would be an attempt
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HOLMES SENIORS RECEIVE AWARDS—Seniors at John A. Hobnae High School taoatosd twtrfi daring
Claat Day ExMtiHi in the school auditorium Friday altornoon. In tha piciura at Mhna Ml are. front row.
last to right, Donald Jordan, Jill Crandall, Rebecca Lana and Carol Ann Bryant. Sacond row, *ame ordar.
ara: Ronnia Harrell. Quinton Goodwin. Phillip Turnar -■• Paul Williams. Halan Jernigam who wai pro-
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consideration, only to rest ® o tis ap
plication upon urging from sf> »ers of
the Negro community.
Spokesmen for 12 Negr -S “ ending
Monday’s meeting in suppo -S 2 Negro
principal at the school warn urther
unrest in the community % o white
person was employed. “It e” 4 e sys
tem we are against,” Rev. I § [organ
of Providence Baptist Ch_. stated.
He said the system is to replace Negro
leaders with white men; a system gen
erally followed in many states.
J. B. Small, retired Negro farm agent
who has led the fight to retain a Negro
in the top administrative post at Walker
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, June 6, 1968 Single Copy 10 Cents
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OFFICIAL VISIT Jim Church, right,
president. North Caroline Jeycees. was in
Edenton Monday afternoon paying an offi
cial visit prior to meeting with district club
leaders. The Clemmons banker is shown
with Wallace Evans, president of the Eden
ton club. Church was elected recently at
the Jaycee State Convention in Raleigh
Record Low Here
Twenty-eight Republicans in Chowan
County—approximately 10 per cent of
the registered voters —cast their ballots
in the GOP second primary Saturday.
Mrs. George C. Hoskins, chairman,
Chowan County Board of Elections, said
Robert Vance Somers defeated J. L.
Zimmerman in the bid of the GOP nomi
nation for the U. S. Senate, 15-13.
It was believed to be one of the small
est voter turnouts in the county’s history.
No votes were cast in Yeopim Precinct
and Zimmerman received the lone vote
cast in Wardville. Somers got both
votes cast in Center Hill while Zimmer
man took all five votes in Rocky Hock.
In Edenton, Somers carried both box
es. The vote in East Edenton was six
to four and in West Edenton, seven to
Somers won the nomination in the
state-wide runoff called by Zimmerman,
second high man in the three-man first
primary election on May 4.
Fire Damage Nil
Edenton Fire Department reports no
loss due to fire in the area they serve
Fire Chief W. J. Yates said four
alarms—one in Edenton and three out
side the corporate limits—were answered
but no damage resulted.
Firemen spent a total of four hours on
alarms and traveled 14 miles.
School, told the board he hoped they
would be fair with “us”. He also asked
the board not to be influenced by peti
tions from members of the faculty and
Another speaker, Norman Brinkley,
claimed the Negroes are just ‘ trying to
get some power structure” in the com
munity. He later admonished the board
for stalling tactics used to continue seg
Letters in support of Kinion came
from the Interested Citizens Committee,
Dr. James N. Slade, chairman; Citizens
of St. John’s Community, Claude Rogers,
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Line On Tax
Chowan County commissioners will
hold the tax rate at no more than $1.55
per SIOO valuation for another year,
Chairman W. E. Bond announced Mon
Later in the meeting, Mrs. J. D. El
liott, county accountant, went over the
line items in the estimated budget and
commissioners tentatively gave it their
The budget was made up of all de
partmental requests as the figures [ire
sented. It was evident from conversa
tion among commissioners as Mrs. Elliott
led them through the various items that
some might be trimmed, thus allowing a
slight reduction in the rate.
Chowan County is currently operating
under an $823,598.03 budget. The
budget this year is expected to be high
er than this but the levy will be based
of a $29-million valuation, up sl-million
from the current fiscal year.
Commissioners will meet June 17 in a
budget session when individual items will
be discussed in more detail.
It was noted, though, that the budget
contains $5,000 for Historic Edenton.
Inc., and $2,500 for Edenton-Chowan
Airport Commission, in addition to a
$17,000 payment to the Town of Eden
ton for water and sewy lines to The
Carter’s Ink Company and $1,875 in
interest to the airport commission for
money to be borrowed to put a sewer
and water line to Chris-Craft Corpora
tion’s new plant.
“Industry is what has done it,” one
commissioner was overheard to say when
Chairman Bond noted the current rate
would be maintained.
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Holmes Students Presented Awards
Ronnie Harrell, president of the Class
of 1968 at John A. Holmes High School
and salutatorian, won the coveted Rotary
Cup, it was announced Friday during
Class Day Exercises.
Jack Habit, president, Edenton Rotary
Club, made the presentation.
Harrell, in addition to being an ex
cellent student and campus leader, was
a star athlete at Holmes High.
Helen Jernigan, class treasurer, won
three awards during the exercises in the
school auditorium. They were: Out
standing Senior in Activities, presented
by Principal Cecil W. Fry; Outstanding
Senior Girl in Athletics, presented by
Coach Carolyn Pond; and Edenton Jay
cette Scholarship Award, presented by
President Carolyn Ricks.
Mrs. Mary Browning, representing the
■antad throa awards, b shown in cantor piciura with Principal Cadi W, Fry. At axtrama right ara winnars
of tha WCDJ athlatic trophies -hewn with Jamas (Pal) Flanagan, station manager, left and Head Coach
Marion Kirby. Left to right t Hcrrell, sportsmanship; Frank Kaikeyer hail »tb:’’- Filly Wallace, often
siy» and defetv-.ire football; Rav -«nc Mitchell. T>-ho w<m the Var- Club' rack tre;.hr, and John Raines.
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TOUR GUIDES—Mr*. Marchia Crandall, left, executive hostess lor Historic Edenton.
Inc., and two other tour guides are shown in front of the Barker House, which houses
the new Visitor Center-Museum, Mrs. Sarah H. Smith, right, and Mrs. Gigi Bumgar
ner, will be on duly With Mrs. Crandall for daily tours, except Mondays. The public i>
invited to attend dedication ceremonies at 3 P. M. Sunday at the Barker House.
Dedication Os Center Is Set Sunday
Historic Edenton will open to the pub
lic Sunday, with the dedication of the
Visitor Center-Museum at 3 P. M. This
will be the start of daily tours (excent
Monday) of five of Edenton’s oldest
The Visitor Center-Museum is located
in the home of Penelope Barker, who
according to tradition presided at the
famed Edenton Tea Party of 1774. The
Visitor Center will house exhibits of ar
tifacts of the community and an audio
visual program will be presented prior
to the guided tours.
First District Rep. Walter B. Jones
tit’ Farmville will be keynote speaker and
Mrs, Jones, the former Doris Long of
Edenton, will cut the ribbon opening the
The tour will include the Cupola
House, the oldest house in Edenton built*
about 1725; the James Iredell House,
the home of James Iredell. Associate
Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court; St.
Tea Party DAR Chapter, presented the
DAR Citizenship Award to Donald Wil
liam Jordan. Edenton Lions Club was
represented by President George Lewis
who presented the Arion Award to Paul
Collins Williams, and the Bus Driver
Award to Philip Julius Turner.
The BPW Scholarship Award went to
Rebecca Allen Lane and was presented
by Mrs. W. L. Boswell. Mrs. Alton El
more, president, gave the Edenton Wo
man’s Club scholarship to Carol Ann
Alton Elmore, president, Edenton
Little Theater, presented that group’s
award to Jennifer Cady Crandall.
Commencement exercises for the 71
seniors were held at 4 P. M., Sunday
in the Ernest A. Swain Elementary
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Paid’s Church, the second oldest church
in the state, and the Chowan Courthouse,
which has been in continuous use since
it was built in 1767.
Visitors to this scenic Colonial com
munity will enjoy driving the tree shaded
streets viewing many of the fine old
homes that are privately owned.
Preservation rather than restoration
make Edenton’s old buildings unique with
many of them having been in the same
family for generations.
If was the responsibility of Historic
Edenton. Inc., created over a year ago
to execute and develop the local historic
sites as educational and tourist attrac
The Historic Edenton committee is in
debted to the home owners and individ
uals, who have contributed to the sav
ing of these buildings for posterity.
The steering committee of Historic
Edenton. Inc., was appointed bv the
commission. W. B. Gardner is chair
The State of North Carolina has sup
ported the project with the General As
sembly over the years appropriating
$150,000. The North Carolina Depart
ment of Archives and History has direct
ed the restoration and furnishing of sev
eral buildings and the Visitor Center.
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Sheriff Earl Goodwin reported Mon
day that about 90 per cent of the 1967
tax levy of $484,178.63 has been col
In his report to county commissioners.
Sheriff Goodwin showed $20,121.12 in
taxes and penalties collected during May.
Delinquent taxes and penalties in the
amount of $3,426.87 were also collected
along with $39.23 in pick-ups for the