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Volume XXXV—No. 28.
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YOUNG FARMER HONORED—Fred Whit*, in. Mcond from left, was among 4-H ers
from throughout tha Albomarlo area honored Tuesday night at the area beef cattle as
sociation meeting at Edenton Restaurant. Dr. Joe Pou. left, vice president of Wachovia
Bank It Trust Company in Greenville, was speaker. Mr. and Mrs. White, Route 1.
Edenton. are shown at right while in the center is Jack Parker, area livestock spe
cialist. Young White showed the grand champion animal at the Junior Livestock
Show and Sale in Chowan County this spring.
James Being Held
On Morals Count
A 17-year-old Sneads Ferry Negro
Tuesday was ordered held for trial in
Chowan County Superior Court on a
charge of assault with intent to commit
rape. The alleged victim is six years
Judge William S. Privott, presiding in
Chowan District Court, found probable
cause and ordered William Thomas
James held under $5,000 bond.
James had been granted a one-week
continuance in the probable cause hear
ing when he told Judge Privott his uncle
was going to employ an attorney to rep
resent him. He appeared at the hearing
Testimony in the base came from the
young Negro fid’s.mother who described
the incident"which occurred on' North
Granville Street the evening of June 26.
Solicitor Wilton Walker prosecuted the
lengthy docket and the following cases
George Edward Rasco. larceny, no
Melvin Joseph Boyce, no operator’s li
cense, 60 days, suspended upon payment
of $lB fine and costs; traffic violation,
30 days, suspended upon payment of $5
fine and costs.
George A1 Walton, reckless driving, 60
days, suspended upon payment of $35
fine and costs.
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Items On Exhibit
The third in a series of art exhibits
is now up at Shepard-Pruden Memorial
Library on Water Street.
The exhibit, featurirtg water colors,
woodcut and oils, was arranged by Mrs.
Vivian Clark, art chairman of Chowan
Arts Council. Mrs. Thomas Chears is
Works of Mrs. Lillie J. White, Cho
wan County housewife; Miss Betsy
Ross, an Edenton artist now teaching
drawing and painting at East Carolina
University, and George Clark of the
Peoples Bank & Trust Company staff.
The current exhibit will be on display
Mrs. Chears said [dans are now being
made to have a children’s exhibit dur
New Cans Pushed
Merchants in Edenton are beginning
L to respond to information from Town
Administrator W. B. Gardner concern
ing the purchase of containers for stor
age of trash and garbage.
Gardner said although letters to mer
-1 chants went out only Saturday, several
businessmen had placed orders for con
The Town of Edenton recently placed
an order for a new packer truck for use
in collecting trash. The truck is being
nggrfu with equipment to
purchase we containers on tneir own.
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
She public |iaradc
Haste Proven Unnecessary
Action on June 18 by Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education was designed solely
to satisfy federal officials. It could not,
by any stretch of the imagination, have
been sound educationally.
The plan was to transfer 120 Negro
students to white schools against their
will. The student, and/or parent, had
earlier expressed tHfc desire to attend a
Negro school during the coming school
term. Therefore, it would be the Negro
student, who the federal government says
needs help, that would be hurt.
Also, the plan would in 1970-71, upon
completion of a $280,000 building pro
gram, abolish the dual school system in
Chowan County. Students would be sent
to specific schools according to grades,
regardless Qf their race or place of resi
This, according to a telephone conver
sation between Supt. Bill Britt and a
HEW field worker, appeared to be suf
ficient to keep the federal funds flowing.
At the meeting no less than two board
members cautioned against acting in
haste on the strength of a telephone con
versation. Moments later one of the same
members made the motion to adopt the
It has now been proven that the Britt
Plan was “inadequate” and the telephone
opinion had no strength. In the mean
while, much discussion of the plan has
been held in many areas of the county.
This could have been avoided.
The board’s action abandoned the free
dom of choice. This was done on the
basis of the New Kent County, Va., case
although it was not declared by the Su
preme Court that a bona fied freedom of
choice plan is unconstitutional. Justice
Brennan did not cite any specific consti
tutional basis for holding that the New
Kent system wouldn’t do.
The court has never held that compul
sory segregation must be replaced by
John J. Parker, then chief judge of the
Fourth Circuit, construed the 1954
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Edentonian Gets Virginia Bank Job
J. Burton Harrison, Jr., of Lynchburg,
Va., has been named president of the
newly organized People’s Bank of Vir
ginia Beach, according to an announce
ment made today by Rhae W. Adams,
chairman of the People’s Bank board of
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' § lenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, July 11, 1968.
Local Plan Held Inadequate
In Desegreation Os Schools
A federal agency has rejected as inade
quate the plan of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education to assign 120 Negro
students contrary to their choice and
abolition of the dual school system two
The local file has been sent from the
Public Meeting About Schools Off
The public meeting, scheduled for 8
P. M., today (Thursday) to discuss
school matters, has been temporarily
Dr. R. N. Hines, Jr., chairman, Com
mittee of Concerned Citizens, said a de
cision was made Tuesday morning to
postpone the meeting after Edenton-
Chowan Board of Education received a
negative reply from the Department of
Health, Education and Welfare on plans
for compliance with the Civil Rights Act
of 1964. Also it was felt that legislation
to be acted upon in the next three weeks
would make for more rational discussion,
and would have a definite bearing on the
course of education in Chowan County.
Indications were that a good represen
tation of school patrons would attend the
Dr. Hines had invjted members of the
school board and it was understood that
several planned to attend, including Dr.
Edward G. Bond, chairman, along with
Supt. Bill Britt.
The Committee of Concerned Citizens
has gained much support from many
quarters of Chowan County, Dr. Hines
Elected By Clerks
Mrsr Lena hi Leary of-Edenton has
been elected second vice president of As
sociation of Clerks of Superior Court of
Mrs. Leary, veteran court clerk in
Chowan County, and other new officers
were elected at a conference last week in
Fayetteville. She has served as assistant
secretary for the past two years.
J. B. Siler of Haywood County is
president of the association. Alton J.
Knight of Durham County, first vice
president; James D. Nance of Scotland
County, treasurer, and Ralph S. Knott
of Franklin County, assistant secretary.
Sixty-eight of the 100 clerks from
throughout North Carolina attended the
15th annual conference held July 3-6.
Edenton Town Council’s Tuesday
meeting was postponed earlier in the
week due to conflicts.
Town Administrator W. B. Gardner
said the July meeting of the council
will be held Tuesday, July 16, at 8 P. M.
Routine business is expected to be
conducted at this time with Mayor John
A. Mitchener, Jr., presiding.
Harrison said today, “I am very ex
cited about coming to Virginia Beach
and developing the only locally owned
bank in Virginia’s fastest growing com
munity. This represents a real chal
A native of Edenton, Harrison attend
ed Wake Forest University in Winston-
Salem, and is a graduate of the School
of Banking of the South at Louisiana
State University, Baton Rouge, La., and
the Bank Management School at the
University of Virginia.
He has been associated with Fidelity
National Bank of Lynchburg since 1955,
and was a vice president at the time he
assumed his new position as president
of People’s Bank.
Beginning his career at Fidelity as
8 bank runner and messenger, Harrison
served as an adjuster in the instalment
loan department from 1955 to 1959, at
which time he became administrative as
sistant to the vice president in charge
of operations. During this same period,
he also managed the Customer Relations
and Advertising programs.
In 1960, he opened Fidelity’s new
Peakland Office, managing the branch
until 1963, when he moved to the newly
established Langhorne Road Office as
regional Office of Civil Rights in Char
lottesville, Va., to Washington for ap
propriate action. This is the first step
toward termination of federal funds to
Supt. Bill Britt, in releasing the letter
from Dr. Eloise Severinson, regional civil
said, and announcement of a future
meeting will be forthcoming.
“As school patrons and taxpayers we
want to keep the lines of communica
tion open between our school officials
and the citizenry,” he said. “We are
extremely interested, as well as concern
ed, about the future of education in Cho
wan County. Only through a democratic
discussion of the problems before us can
this community go forward in unity.”
Four local area craftsmen will be fea
tured on a TV program today (Thurs
day) on WUNC-TV, Channel 2, as the
spotlight is placed on skills of the Albe
Miss Edna Bishop, area crafts expert,
and Mrs. Fran Ward, home agent, an
nounced that Miss Harriet Leary, Mrs.
Richard Dixon, Sr., Mrs. C. J. Hollowell
and Rev. Fred Drane will be featured on
“Aspect” at 12 noon and again at 5:30
Miss Leary, of 104 Pembroke Circle,
has always enjoyed working with her
hands. She has done work in metal, hat
making, tailoring, refinishing furniture
as well as chair caning.
She became interested in chair caning
because she had in her possession four
chairs and one rocker that were in need
of caning. In August, 1962, she par
ticipated in a workshop held by Mrs.
Edith McGlammery, Extension House
Furnishings Specialist. After caning her
own chairs, Miss Leary helped others.
She and Mrs. T. J. Wood, and Mrs.
Graham Byrum demonstrated at the
Craftsman’s Fair for five years, and have
held two workshops training 26 persons
in our county.
Miss Leary has taught at Craft Camp
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CRAFTSMEN ON PROGRAM—Four Chowan County mliwii today (Thursday) will
appsar on "Aspect" sw aagad L They are, Mit Richard Dixon, lop left, an. artist;
Mrs. C. J. Hollc well, lop rtftfct, knm—iVer; Mm Harriett Laary, bottom left, chair caaer
and Rev. Fr. isr.ck Drane, nrittsan right boat «tii lurni.jre bu!ld:r. They are aaama
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rights director, said the local system
could be denied as much as $343,000.
This amounts to 22 per cent of the
school’s overall budget for 1967-68.
However, Supt. Britt said all the pro
jects are voluntary and the bulk of the
money in question 5217,000 is for
Elementary and Secondary Education
Act projects. The ESEA projects be
gan three years ago.
In addition to ESEA funds, projects
which could be terminated include Na
tional Defense Education Act funds for
equipment, guidance and testing; lunch
room cash reimbursement; USDA com
modities; and vocational education.
The total school budget for last fis
cal year was $1,536,000, according to
Supt. Britt. The state contributed $911,-
000, or 60 per cent; and local funds
amounted to $281,000, or 18 per cent.
The superintendent, who reported to
the board of education June 18 that he
had discussed the proposal with an HEW
representative over the telephone, was
disappointed in the latest communication.
Supt. Britt had been told the proposal
would probably be accepted and the
board placed in compliance with the Civil
Rights Act of 1964.
“The board revealed plans for 1968-
69 and 1970-71, therefore, I expected
HEW to require some plans for 1969-
70,” the superintendent said. “But I
thought it (the proposal) would other
wise be approved.”
At the present time there are approxi
mately 100 Negro students in integrated
schools in the Edenton-Chowan system.
In a letter dated May 13, Dr. Sever
inson requested the board to make a
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Quiet Period Here
Edenton and Chowan County experi
enced an extremely quiet Fourth of July
holiday, according to local officials.
Police Chief J. D. Parrish said Eden
ton Police Department had very little
Sheriff Earl Goodwin described the
holiday as a “nice and quiet” weekend.
A representative of Edenton-Chowan
Rescue Squad said only one minor
emergency call was answered during the
period. There were no serious auto
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