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Volume XXXV—No. 30.
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Sticking To Guns
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education,
yielding to pressure from federal civil
rights officials, soon will transfer 120
Negro students contrary to their choice
Even this, which more than doubles
the number of Nt ,ro students crossing
the color line in local schools, is not ac
ceptable in Charlottesville, Va., and has
been kicked on up to Washington for
The forced transfers riddle the local
freedom of choice plan but it is appar
ent that the board of education will stand
by the June action. They have not seen
fit to meet in July and the next session
is August 5, just a matter of days before
the 1968-69 term opens.
Up in Rocky Mount, however, the
board of education plans to continue its
freedom of choice system. They had re
ceived the same letters from HEW but
passed a resolution stating that any
changes made now would cause con
fusion within the school system. . “The
board said students had been assigned to
the schools of their choice and parents
had been notified,” according to a news
account of Monday’s action. ' v '".
A similar resolution by the local board
would have been wiser than the course
of action taken.
Call To Reason
This week the first “industry hunter”
in Northeastern North Carolina, and one
of the few so designated in Tar Heelia,
went to work in neighboring Perquimans
County. It is a bold, expensive venture
for the Economic Development Commis
Next week the Perquimans County
Chamber of Commerce manager leaves
his post, allegedly the result of a dis
agreement over employment of a separate
While we wish Tom Brown well in
his new SB,OOO per year job, it is regret
able that his employers have probably
dealt a fatal blow to the chamber. Per
quimans County, like the others in
Northeastern North Carolina and else
where, can ill afford two executives
whose duties are so similar.
forking for the Economic Develop
ment Commission, Brown’s published du
ties include: encouraging new business,
industrial development, agricultural, edu
cational and cultural progress. Are these
not the responsibilities of a chamber of
Brown’s salary is considerably more
than that of most chamber executives in
the surrounding area. The Perquimans
County Chamber of Commerce will have
difficulty obtaining a replacement for
Leon Edwards at a price less than that.
The county can’t afford two such execu
Here at home we are working our way
into the same corner.
The success of Chowan County in ob-
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‘Head Start’ In Edenton Nearing Successful Finish
Fifty-five spirited youngsters boarded
a bus Tuesday morning for a day of
“firsts” in their lives.
The bus pulled away from in front of
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Two Bank Executives Are Promoted
R. Graham White, executive vice pres
ident and trust officer of Peoples Bank
& Trust Company in Edenton, has been
elected senior vice president and trust
George W. Lewis, formerly vice presi-
Merchants Plain ‘
C. A. Benson, chairman for Edenton’s
Retail Merchant’s Committee, announces
that plans are well underway for a big
retail celebration and sale.
The mechants have gone to consider
able effort to bring a refreshingly differ
ent program to the people of our trade
area. The event is called “Auction Dol
lar Days” and will run from July 31
through August 10.
Many valuable free prizes will be of
fered for auction, along with free enter
tainment and bargains galore.
It all adds up to an exciting event,
the chairman said, “p 7 costs nothing to
participate, so ask fr. your ‘auction dol
lars’ with every purchase and make plans
to attend. Any merchant with an “Auc
tion Dollar” sticker on his door will give
you all the details.”
Ask for your ‘auction dollars’, save
them and join everyone for a big ‘fun’
day, he concluded.
Edenton Post Office will begin clos
ing on Saturdays this week, according to
James M. Bond, postmaster.
Postmaster Bond said delivery service
will continue as usual.
In order to comply with limitations
imposed on the Post Office Department
by Congress, Postmaster Bond said, it is
necessary to curtail services and this is
being done locally by discontinuing win
dow service on Saturday.
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R. Graham White
Swain Elementary School and headed
west. In Rocky Mount, after enjoying
cookies made by their project director
the night before, the children toured the
Maola dairy plant—showing their appre
ciation by leaving nay drop of a sample
portion of ice cream.
Later they boarded the train and en
joyed a ride to Winton where they were
met and returned to Edenton.
This was but one of many field trips
taken in the past six weeks by partici
pants in the summer Head Start program
of Edenton-Chowan Schools.
There are 120 pre-schoolers in the
THIS IS HEAD START Activity was brisk Tuesday morning
at Swain Elementary School where the summer Head Start pro
gram was in its sixth week. The pictures here show some of the
projects. At left is a decoration in Mrs. George Tillett’s room,
erected after the students visited a Norfolk, Va., zoo. A portion
of Miss Mary Elliott’s well arranged room is at left At left in
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George W. Lewis
dent, has been elected executive vice
Announcement of the promotions was
made today by John G. Wood, Jr., chair
man of the local board of managers of
Peoples Bank & Trust Company.
,- Ini his., njew.. pqsjtiop, White,
’full .responsibility ‘trust'business in
the Edenton area while Lewis will have
responsibility of the commercial opera
tion of the bank.
With the continued growth and ex
pansion of trust business in the Edenton
area whereby the bank acts as admini
strator, executor, guardian, trustee and
in other fiduciary capacities it has be
come necessary to designate White as
full time trust officer. Wood stated.
White, a native of Edenton, joined
the bank staff in 1953 after serving as
assistant general manager of Major and
Loomis Lumber Company in Hertford.
He is a graduate of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lewis graduated from N. C. State
University in Raleigh in 1950 and joined
the bank’s farm management staff at the
home office in Rocky Mount immedi
ately upon graduation. He transferred
to the Edenton branch in 1959.
Judge Privott Reopens Larceny Case In District Court
Judge \V. S. Privott Tuesday reopen
ed a larceny case in Chowan County Dis
trict Court, vacated a probable cause
judgment and allowed the defendant to
plead guilty to a lesser offense.
Robert Cooper had a hearing July 9
on the larceny count. Probable cause
was found and the case sent to Superior
Court. However, Cooper, through At
torney John F. White, requested that the
case be reopened and he be allowed a
enter a guilty plea to petty larceny. The
plea was accepted by Solicitor Wilton
Judge Privott sentenced Cooper to 60
days, suspended and placed on proba
tion for 12 months upon payment of $25
fine and costs. He was also ordered to
program, operated on federal funds by
Economic Improvement Council the
anti-poverty organization in the 10-coun
ty Albemarle Area.
Earlier this week federal inspectors
visited the local project and were high
ly complimentary of the program and
progress being made. Mrs. John F.
White, local project director, said she
was quite pleased with the good report
given by the visitors.
Mrs. White said staff members have
tried hard to make the program meaning
ful and more than a baby-sitting service.
She believes they have succeeded.
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the picture at bottom left is Mrs. John F. White, project director,
as she supervises the loading of a bus which took students on a
field trip. Mrs. Barbara Twine is shown in the center picture as
she instructs four of her students. Art is one of the most popular
activities and at bottom right Mrs. Vivian Clark assists a young
ster in the art of making a paper mask.
Citizens In County
Get Big Payments
A record $103,019 was paid out in
social security cash benefits to 1,641
residents of Chowan County as of the
end of February, 1968, and $83,845 was
paid out in social security cash benefits
to 1,576 residents in Chowan County as
of the end of December, 1966, according
to Jack Tatem, Greenville Social Security
This is an increase of 19,174 over the
amount paid out for December, 1966.
“February, 1968, was the first month
in which increased benefit rates provided
by the 1967 amendments to the Social
Security Act were payable,” Tatem
Nationally, the amount of monthly
benefits exceeds $2-billion, an increase
of more than $360-million above the De
cember 1966 figure. More than 24-
million men, women, and children, or
nearly one out of every eight Americans
Change In Area.
Chowan County will be served by the
Elizabeth City Social Security Branch
office beginning August 1.
This was announced today by Jack
Tatem, district manager, Greenville Dis
In the past this county has been serv
ed directly out of Greenville. However,
Tatem said by providing service through
the Elizabeth City office local residents
having business with the Social Security
Administration will be nearer the service
office and would experience a greater
Robert Alford is officer in charge of
the Elizabeth City Branch office.
The Social Security representative will
continue to be at Chowan County Court
House each Thursday at 10:30 A. M.
Any change in this schedule will be an
nounced at a later date* Tate, stated.
pay $lB into court for benefit of Thelma
Howard Alexander, also charged with
petty larceny, was given an identical
In ether cases called by Solicitor Walk
er the judge took the following action:
Mcses Mabane, breaking and entering,
four months, suspended and placed on
probation for 12 months upon payment
of $lO fine and costs.
Joseph Holley, larceny, 30 days, sus
pended and placed on probation for six
months upon payment of costs.
Delvin Eugene Lamb, reckless driving,
60 days, suspended upon payment of SSO
fine and costs. Notice of appeal given
and bond placed at $250.
Attendance seems to support her claim.
During the six weeks of operation, at
tendance has averaged more than 110
per day—a good percentage by any
Also, Mrs. White proudly reports that
on two different Parents’ Days, more
than 50 parents have shown sufficient
interest in the program to attend. And
from six to eight volunteers each day
show up at Swain School to assist the
teachers and aides in reading stories to
the children and doing other tasks.
Mrs. White said Head Start is a pre-
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are now receiving some type of monthly
“Most of the changes in the 1967 so
cial security amendments provided more
protection for younger people,” Tatem
noted. For instance, some 175,000 chil
dren are now eligible for benefits based
upon the earnings of a mother who has
died or is entitled to disability or retire
ment benefits. Previously, women need
ed to have worked for at least one and
a half of the last three years. How
ever, that requirement has been removed.
Payments can now be made to the chil
dren of a woman worker who has died,
become disabled, or retired if she has
enough work credits—earned at any
time—to be “fully insured”.
Another change made 100,000 young
er persons—disabled workers and their
dependents—eligible for benefits. The
amount of social security work credits re
quired for the payment of benefits to
. wqrkers who become totally disabled
* before they reach 31 years of age has
been reduced substantially—for those be
low 24 years of age, to as little as a
year and a half of coverage.
Some 65,000 widows, unable to work
because of severe disability, were able
to get monthly benefits as early as age
50. Dependent disabled widowers also
became eligible for payments, and in
some cases so did divorced wives of de
Bin Sale Tuesday
The public sale of 10 steel circular
bins by Chowan County ASCS officials
will be held at 10 A. M., Tuesday on
West Queen Street Extended, next to
Weslover Service Station.
H. O. West. ASCS office manager,
said the minimum acceptable price is
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William D. Rea, Jr., assault, prosecut
ting witness refused to testify and was
ordered to pay court costs.
Carlton Copeland Rountree, speeding,
10 days, suspended upon payment of $lO
fine and costs.
George Johnson, Jr„ assault with a
deadly weapon, 90 days, suspended upon
payment of $25 fine and costs: carrying
a concealed weapon, 60 days, suspended
upon payment of $lO fine and costs.
Grady Liverman, assault on a female,
60 days, suspended upon payment of $25
fine and costs.
Alfonza Moore, assault on a female,
six months, suspended upon payment of
$25 fine and costs.
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