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Volume XXXV—No. 21.
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DISCUSS PLANTERS—Mayor John A. MUchouor, Jr., right, and Alton Ehnora. chairman. Downtown Committee of Edenton Cham
ber of Commerce, are shown discussing planters placed along Broad Street in a test block of the central business district Town
r m , ITt the committee p*“ ,, " iMt/ »" to try the beautification project and will now consider expanding it to other sections of down
town Edenton. The cost is estimated to be Sll per planter.
In Block For Test
Planters in a test block of downtown
Edenton have been completed and plans
are being considered for placing them in
Wallace Evans of the Downtown Com
mittee of Edenton Chamber of Com
merce, reported Thursday that the esti
, mated cost of installing the sidewalk dec
orations is sll per planter. The six in
the block from West Eden to West Queen
Street cost relatively little since much
of the material and labor was donated.
The comments received thus far have
been favorable, Evans said.
Alton G. Elmore is chairman of the
Downtown Committee which requested
permission from Edenton Town Council
to install the planters in a test block.
Council will now consider extending them
to other blocks in downtown Edenton.
C. A. Benson, reporting for the Mer
chants Committee, said a sales promo
tion later this summer is being antici
pated. It is called Auction Dollar Days
’ promotions with special events planned
by participating merchants.
Evans, reporting on the Jaycee-spon
sored air show in connection with formal
opening of Edenton Municipal Airport,
said plans are well underway toward an
other similar event next year.
W. J. P. Earnhardt, Sr., president, ap
pointed a committee to handle details
of the annual chamber banquet as well
as a new budget.
Jack Douglas is chairman of the an
nual banquet committee, assisted by Mrs.
R. Elton Forehand, Evans and L. F.
The finance committee is composed of
Jesse L. Harrell, chairman, James C.
Dail, J. H. Conger, Jr., and Bill Bunch.
The board of directors commended
those connected with Historic Edenton,
Inc., for the manner in which the open
ing of the new Visitor Center-Museum
was carried out.
In addition to Earnhardt, Benson, and
Evans, members of the board present
included: Ross Inglis, Mrs. Forehand,
Conger, Dail, Amburn, Bunch and W. E.
Registration for the typing class to be
held at Chowan High School will be
held open until tonight (Thursday).
Classes will begin, and will be held on
Monday and Thursday nights from 7 to
The class will last for 10 weeks.
There must be at least 15 people regi
stered in order for the course to be of
fered. There is a possibility that a book
keeping course will be offered if there
is sufficient interest.
A registration fee of $2 will be charged
high school Students. However, high
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Slices Os The Pie
Three members of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education have in the past
two years enjoyed a share of more than
SIO,OOO received through the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act.
As federal programs increase and ex
pand they stand to benefit even more.
This is solid ground for a sound discuss
ion on conflict of interest.
Proudly It Waves
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., has re
ceived word from PFC Robert W. Bass
that the North Carolina State Flag has
arrived in Vietnam and is being flown
Young Bass, a Chowan County troop
er now serving his country, recently re
quested Mayor Mitchener to obtain a
flag for him when efforts to secure one
through the office of Gov. Dan K. Moore
failed. It wasn’t long after the request
was published along The Public Parade
that Haughton Ehringhaus, the son of a
man who sat in the governor’s chair,
came forth. Skinner White cleaned it
up and it was sent to Bass.
‘I have it flying over my office and I
fly it with pride,” he writes the mayor.
“I am so proud to be from the State of
North Carolina and I can’t hardly wait
for my return.
The trooper said he will be returning
home in late summer to attend Pitt Tech
If he uses the same determination in
his books that he used in obtaining the
North Carolina State Flag he will do al
right in his agricultural business career.
Crops Look Good
Prospects for a good crop yield in Cho
wan County this year are “very good”
at this time, according to Charlie Over
man, county extension chairman.
“We are looking for another 1965 or
1966,” he said in recalling two of the
best farming years in this county’s his
tory. “In spite of the cold weather we
have experienced, crops are very good,”
The 440 farms in Chowan County
have a total of more than 36,000 acres
under cultivation, including pastures.
This is more than 31 per cent of the
total acreage in the county.
Overman said prospects are excellent
that farmers will experience a much bet
ter year than in 1967 when farm income
in Chowan was down more than $600,000
from the 1966 figure. Cotton will play
an important role in the prediction, he
“Last year at this time at least 1,400
acres of cotton had been plowed up,”
Overman said. Farmers ended up har
vesting only about 400 acres of cotton.
The extension chairman estimates that
1,500 acres of cotton is being grown this
Stands of cotton are fairly good, he
reports. * ■ ■
Also, there fa generally a good stand
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■■3- ton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, 1968
Earns Navy Cross
The nation’s second highest award for
bravery has been presented Marine Lt.
Col. Richard E. Romine. husband of the
former Edna Boswell of Edenton.
Presentation of the coveted Navy
Cross was made June 9 at South Wey
mouth Naval Air Stattion in Quncy,
Mass., where he is executive officer of
the Marine Detachment »
The officer was cited for heroism last
June in Vietnam. He is a veteran of
World War II and Korea and was pre
sented the award, authorized by Presi
dent Lyndon Johnson, by Brig. Gen.
Robert P. Keller, commanding general,
4th Marine Aircraft Wing—Air Reserve
Lt. Col. Romine’s citation told how his
transport helicopter was shot down by
enemy fire while trying to evacuate sur
rounded Marines. He then fought
through enemy lines to the trapped Ma
rines and for 22 hours directed air strikes
against the enemy.
“Lt. Col. Romine’s dynamic leadership,
indomitable fighting spirit, and relentless
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TOG BEAUS NAME "EDENTOH"—Mn. David O. Wright, insert, nomuM tha
Town of Edenton taut month at tha launching of the USS Edenton at Lowestoft, Eng
land. A portion of the big tug, the first of a now class adopted by the U. S. Navy, is
also shown. Tbs ship, which has an overall length of 287 feat, is designed for major
salvage and towing operations la sot part of the wi .d. It has a range of 10.000
miles and is powered bi four 1400 b.h.p. engines. M r. ' Ellis, wife of the Der.i ty
Supreme Allied Commander. At'anti-:, was s- n*or for * e launching ceremony
Freedom Os Choice Out;
New Construction Slated
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education has abandoned the freedom
of choice student assignment plan and taken definite steps to abol
ish the dual school system by 1070. The vote at Tuesday night’s
meeting was 6-1 with one member abstaining.
Involved in the first move to assign students against their will
are approximately 120 Negroes. They will be assigned to Chowan
A Itudget of $995,494.23 for fiscal
1968-69 was adopted by Chowan Coun
ty Board of Commissioners Monday and
the tax rate was set held at $1.55 per
SIOO property valuation. Those living
outside the Town of Edenton will pay
an additional five cents for fire pro
The budget includes all requests from
departments, except in the area of salar
ies. Commissioners approved salaries
recommended by department heads where
they did not exceed an increase of 10
per cent. All eligible county employees
received at least a 5 per cent cost of liv
The tax rate is based on a valuation
of $29 million, some $2 million less than
the actual amount reported by Tax Su
pervisor Sherlon Layton.
A $1.55 rate will bring in $449,500
with the remaining $545,994.23 coining
from other sources. This includes un
expended balances and a general fund
surplus amounting to $68,808.70.
The 1967-68 budget totaled $823,-
598.03 and the levy was $434,000 based
on S2B million
• Edenton-Chowan Schools account for
nearly 50 per cent of the budget, a big
jump from this year, while the levy re
mains at 87 cents. This is because
$129,590.98 in federal and state funds
are included for the first time. The
school budget is $435,467.06.
The welfare budget totals $276,840
for the second highest spot. However,
the levy is only 10 cents since $247,840
is anticipated from federal and state
funds and an unexpended balance.
Commissioners again levied the maxi
mum, 20 cents, for the general county
fund which totals $148,287. The $90,287
in anticipated funds other than taxes
ronies from: $40,000 ABC profits; $15,-
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High School, John A. Holmes High
School and Ernest A. Swain Elementary
In an additional step to regain compli
ance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
the board promised the Department of
Health, Education and Welfare the com
plete elimination of the dual school struc
ture would be completed by the school
year 1970-71. This is because construc
tion is involved to house students af
The Regional Office of Civil Rights
in Charlottesville, Va., notified local
schools on May 13 that in order to gain
compliance “a terminal desegregation
plan which will provide for the desegre
gation of all students and staff in grades
nine-12 for the 1968-69 school session
and the complete elimination of the dual
school structure not later than the be
ginning cf the 1969-79 school session,
would be adequate to accomplish the
puposes of Title VI.”
Last month the board held firm to
freedom of choice but said if it was ruled
unconstitutional by the U. S. Supreme
Court, a new plan would be presented.
N. J. George said the board’s freedom
of choice plan is still a good one and
that it has not been ruled unconstitution
al. However, Dr. Edward G. Bond,
chairman, ruled that since it apparently
had not worked to the satisfaction of
HEW and therefore is considered uncon
Supt. Bill Britt recommended, and his
recommendation was accepted, that 32
ninth graders from White Oak be assign
ed to Chowan High School; 30 10th
graders from Walker be assigned to
Holmes; and 60 students, approximately
two classes from Walker in the primary
grades, he assigned to Swain.
The possible school year assignment
for students for 1970-71, under the pro
Holmes High, Grades 10-12, 650 stu
Walker School, Grades one-three, 680
students; Grades seven-nine, 725 stu
Chowan School, Grades one-six, 420
Swain School, Grades four-six, 700
In order to make room available for
this, plans are now being drawn for a
new cafeteria at Walker School, a li
brary, three vocational shops and four
classrooms at Holmes School. Two ad
ditional classrooms will be picked up
when the library at Holmes is relocated.
When the compliance discussion be
gan, George asked that it not be consid
ered since nothing has been received in
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On June 25, several churches in Eden
ton are sponsoring the presentation of an
Art Festival put on by the United Camp
us Ministry at East Carolina University.
The host church is the First Presbyter
The proceeding will begin at 4 P. M.,
with an art show. This will be followed
at 5 P. M., by the presentation of a chil
dren’s drama. At 8 P. M., the main
drama presentation will begin. This year
the chancel play chosen is a special
adaptation of Mark Twain’s Diary of
Adam and Eve.
Following the main presentation, re
freshments will be served in the fellow
ship hall of the church. The festival is
open to the public, and everyone is in
vited to come and join in the fellowship,
discussion and worship.
Chowan Cooperative Produce Ex
change, Inc., opens July 1 with the first
sale starting at I P. M., according to
Lloyd C. Bunch, chairman.
A work day Is set for June 28 at
2 P. M.
Sales will be held daily with Evan
Griffin as iiociiont-T
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