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One person died in this ear-iruck wreck near Creswell Tuesday morning . It was the first pte-July 4th holiday fatality recorded in the Albemarle area .
Motorist Dies In Wreck
William Jennings Davenport, Jr.,
Route 1, Creswell, was killed instantly
Tuesday morning in a car-truck colli
sion two miles west of Creswell on U. S.
64. Time of the accident was placed at
9:15 A. M
The 1967 Plymouth being driven by
the wreck victim collided head-on with
a 1965 Ford truck, operated by John
Gosser. Route 1. Edenton. Gosser is an
employee of Edenton Tractor & Imple
Investigating officers said the mishap
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Edenton Town Councilmen and Cho
wan County Commissioners have been
able once again to meet the most essen
tial needs of government and at the
same time maintain a realistic tax rate.
Both administrative units have recent
ly adopted record budgets, However,
growth in valuation in the county—pri
marily due to commissioners cooperat
ing with Edenton Chamber of Com
merce —and greater profits from the sale
„ of electricity in Edenton, has given local
taxpayers a brier reprieve'from increased
The string is quickly running out for
both boards as the demands for new and
improved services outstrip the supply of
available funds. And when this hap
pens, taxpayers had better be prepared
for what is already happening in sur
rounding counties and towns big in
creases in taxes.
If during the next couple of years this
county can add $4-million more to the
taxable valuation, and this is not unreal
istic, then the new hospital could be con
structed without increasing taxes. Nev
ertheless, during this period of time oth
er departments will have expanded and
inceased expenditures to where it will
take more to satisfy them.
Schools, an area of great concern here,
constantly need attention. As a more
concentrated effort is made to curb drop
outs, additional classrooms will be need
ed and other services expahded to meet
There is a limit to what the Town
Council can expect from profits of the
Electric and Water Departments. Right
now an expansion program estimated to
cost $650,000 is on the drawing board.
This is not a pipe-dream. It is a must
for our growing community. The money
to finance such a program must be
The E & W fund is really the only
salvation for the community. If legis
lation is not passed to allow utilities to
be expanded as the need arises, then
the ceiling will be nailed tigh tl on this
sugar can. '
The community can look with pride
to accomplishments on man(y fronts.
They actually didn’t cost much. Now,
however, we are to the point in our
modern history when growth is going to
be more expensive. We must face this
The blow can be softened somewhat
through consolidation. There are now
many overlapping municipal and county
services. If the entire county.had but
one government many things could be
accomplished. Our population would
still be less than a comfortable town.
Urban and rural thinking is being
drawn closer together and it is not too
early to begin to study toward drawing
occurred on a straight stretch of high
way when the Davenport car, traveling
east, attempted to pass a truck which
was turning into a farm lane. The car
pulled to the left and into the direct path
of the oncoming truck.
Mr. Davenport was pinned in the ve
hicle. He died instantly. Volunteers
worked in the boiling sun for some two
hours before successfully removing the
body from the wreckage.
His body was removed to Walker
Funeral Home in Columbia and no de
tails were available at press time.
Gosser was rushed to Chowan Hos
pital in Edenton, where he was admitted
for observation. He was reported to
have no broken bones but received ex
Both vehicles involved in the accident
Patrolman Wilbur Sessoms of Ply
mouth is investigating officer and was
being assisted by Trooper J. H. With
ers, Jr., of Columbia, and Trooper R.
H. Allen of Edenton.
July 4th Holiday
Planned In Area
There is no planned activity in Uden
ton and Chowan County Thursday in
observance of Independence Day, but
it will be a general holiday with most
The Chowan Herald is being publish
ed a day early this week because of the
holiday, therefore, many news items ar
rived too late for publication and will be
inserted next week.
W. B. Gardner, town administrator,
said all municipal employees, except po
licemen and firemen, will be off Thurs
day. There will be no trash picked up
on July 4 but the schedule will resume
Friday. Town offices will be closed for
Postmaster James M. Bond said the
Edenton Post Office will be closed and
there will be no delivery in town or on
All financial institutions, including
Edenton Savings & Loan, First National
Bank of Eastern North Carolina, the
three offices of Peoples Bank & Trust
Company, and the Bank of Hobbsville,
will observe the holiday.
Chowan County Court House and oth
er county offices, along with state and
federal offices, will be closed Thursday.
People taking trips over the holiday,
many of them off until Monday, are en
couraged by police and state highway
officers to leave early and allow plenty
of time for the return trip so they can
have a safe journey.
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V THE CHOWAN HERALD ■
Volume XXXV No. 27
Beef cattle producers from the 10-
county Albemarle Area are planning a
tour for July 25 and 26. The group
will leave from the parking lot behind
the Joseph Hewes Hotel at 8 A. M..
on July 25.
Three stops will be made on the first
day at leading beef cattle farms in Vir
ginia. The group will spend the night
at Blacksburg, Va.
The second day will be spent at the
Beef Cattle Field Day at VPI. This
event will start at 8:30 A. M.. with a
tour of research projects, facilities and
other informative stops.
Dr. Joseph Edwards, a noted animal
scientist from England, will talk on
“Beef Production Systems in England.”
Dr. Graham Claytom Jr., president,
Southern Railway System,” wTTT speak in
the afternoon on “Livestock Competition
from the Southeast.”
Charles B. Schuman, president. Amer
ican Farm Bureau will also address the
group on “Action Programs for Agri
culture”. The group will return Friday
night after the Field Day.
Continued on Page 4
New Dentist Here
Dr. Allen L. Hornthal of Tarboro will
open an office in Mitchener Village July
10 for the general practice of dentistry.
Dr. and Mrs. Hornthal and two-year
old daughter have arrived in Edenton
and will reside at 107 Twiddy Avenue.
The dentist is a graduate of the Uni
versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and the UNC Dental School. He has
been in the U. S. Navy for the past two
years, stationed at Lakehurst, N. J.
Dr. Hornthal is married to the for
mer Lindsay Britt of Raleigh.
The Hornthals are Episcopalians.
Public Meeting On Schools Slated
A public meeting to discuss the school
situation in Chowan County has been
set for 8 P. M., July 11 in the county
The 11 members of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education and Supt. Bill Britt
have been issued a special invitation to
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Edenton. Chowan County, North Carolina 27*>>2 Thursday, July 4, 1968.
James Robert Hendrix
Hendrix At Work
In New Position
James Robert Hendrix, Route 1, Ty
ner, Monday assumed his duties as di
rector of Chowan County Welfare De
partment. Hendrix, a former public
school teacher, replaces Mrs. J. H. Mc-
Mullan. who retired January 1
Mrs. Hazel S. Elliott, a caseworker in
the department, has been in charge of
the office while a new director was be
Hendrix is a native of this county and
attended Chowan High School. He at
tended Louisburg College for one year
prior to entering the U. S. Navy where
he served for four years.
He returned to East Carolina Univer
sity and received his degree in social
studies and physical education in 1961.
He earned his Master’s in.guidance from
ECU this year.
The director is married to Mrs. Marvis
Hobbs Hendrix, a teacher at Chowan
High School and they have two daugh
ters. Robin and Jill.
Dr. R. N. Hines, Jr., is chairman of a
committee of Concerned Citizens who
have made arrangements for the public
discussion of the school situation.
Committee members said the public
meeting will allow school board members
to reveal information they have concern
ing action to abandon the freedom of
choice system of student assignment as
well as abolishing the dual school sys
tem by 1970.
The meeting will also provide a forum
for people concerned with recent action
to express themselves, it was stated.
Holiday Traffic Warning Sounded
If your temper pops like a firecracker
this Fourth of July, take care that it
doesn’t steer you into one of the 1,300
traffic accidents which the N. C. State
Motor Club warns may take at least 30
lives and injure 900 others on North
Carolina’s streets and highways during
the long holiday.
The state will take a long count on its
Independence Day toll from 6 P. M.,
Wednesday, July 3, through midnight
Sunday, July 7, a period of 102 hours.
Last year a similar July Fourth period
resulted in 28 killed and 813 injured
in 1,274 accidents. The most recent
Single Copy 10 Cents
Chowan County commissioners Mon
day reappointed Sherlon Layton tax su
pervisor and agreed for the County Ex
tension office to participate in the New
Layton, who has served as tax super
visor for 'he past year, was reappointed
for another one-year term. The super
visor is usually appointed in odd years
to a two-vear term. This appointment
will restore this system
C. \V. Overman, extension chairman,
discussed the New Careers program with
commissioners. He said there is a defi
nite place for this program in the ex
tension office and he is considering such
a worker in the field of 4-H development.
1 his program, administered by the
Economic Improvement Council in the
Albemarle Area, is also being supported
by the state extension agency.
Murray Ashley, reporting for Edenton
Chowan Rescue Squad, said 36 calls
were received during June —five of them
Sunday. “We’re getting plenty of busi
ness,” he told the board members.
Ashley said the squad had $544.54 in
expenses during the month and received
$274 in donations as a result of calls
Continued on Page 4
The first ground school to be held at
Edenton Municipal Airport will begin
Wednesday at 7 P. M., according to
Marvin Shaw, an official of Edenton
Shaw reports that Jerry Stewart has
been named chief flight instructor at the
airport and now has some 25 people tak
ing lessons. Three have already soloed
since the facility was reactivated with a
fixed base operator. They are: Robert
Dail, Albert Ward and Lloyd Adams.
The 20-hour ground school will be
conducted for 10 weeks in two-hour
weekly sessions. The cost is $25 plus
supplies. Shaw said since this is the
initial such school it is being offered stu
dents at a reduced rate.
Stewart will teach navigation, weather,
aircraft and engine and fundamentals
It was also reported that two new air
planes have been purchased for perma
nent basing at the Edenton airport.
They will be operated by Edenton Avia
tion, Inc., and will be available for use
by local pilots and also for charter
The airport was recently reopened and
a considerable amount of interest in fly
ing has been experienced.
holiday—Memorial Day this year—cost
32 lives in a 102-hour period.
Leading driver violations reported last
July Fourth were: Speeding, 295; driving
left of center, 191; failure to yield right
of way, 161; and following too closely.
127. Thirteen of the 28 fatalities oc
curred on Tuesday, July 4.
Thomas B. Watkins, motor club presi
dent, reminded motorists that traffic con
gestion is heavier on July Fourth week
ends than on any other holiday period.
He urged motorists to keep their cool
and not let impatience make them take
chances which they would normally