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Bail To The Legion
The American Legion throughout the
country is preparing to celebrate its
Golden Anniversary. Edward G. Bond
Post No. 40 is joining in the festivities.
Helping locally is the auxiliary. The
ladies will entertain local Legionnaires
Tuesday night at a Golden Anniversary
banquet. It begins at 7 P. M., and will
be highlighted by special recognition of
charter members of both groups.
The value of this citizen-veteran or
ganization conceived in duty to its fel
low man, should not be minimized along
the Public Parade or elsewhere. Many
of the good deeds go unnoticed —such as
a constant campaign to keep patriotism
away of life in America.
The first SO years of American Legion
existence have been years of ever-in
creasing waves of change for both the
nation and the world. Change is still
the order of the day. Today’s greatest
challenge is whether man shall manage
change or change manage man. It is
to this challenge that the American Le
gion addresses itself during its Golden
f Year as it charts its course of service to
a changing community, state and na
The Pendulum Swings
Bids for construction of a new Cho
wan Hospital were opened last Thurs
day. Most of those along the Public
Parade probably know by now the re
sults. Bad news usually travels faster
Optimism turned to disappointment
when it was revealed that the total bids
were $321,074.16 above available monies.
Since then there have been many nego
tiations. By cutting more than SIOO,OOO
from the project the deficit is more in
line with reality when it comes to go
ing ahead with the project.
Duke Endowment has expressed an
interest in the hospital. What their gen
erosity will do to further the cause is
only a matter of conjecture. It cannot
be expected, by any stretch of the imag
ination, that all the needed money can
come from this source.
While the voters in Chowan County
approved a sl-million bond issue for
hospital construction, it will take a sec
ond effort if the project is to move from
the drawing board. It is a fact that it
MtJST make such a move. There is too
much at stake for a few thousSM dol
lars to stand between a struggling, 35-
bed hospital and a modern, new 61-bed
facility. Everyone will benefit when
Edenton becomes one of the finest small
medical centers in the state.
For this reason, it will be necessary
for everyone to participate.
The tenor was established Tuesday
night by the medical and dental staff
of the hospital. Dr. Edward G. Bond,
chief of staff, put it into words:
“In view of the impending probable
deficit in funds with which to complete
the proposed new hospital in our area,
the combined medical and dental staff of
Chowan Hospital last night resolved to
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Thomas B. Wood
Dies In Hospital
Thomas Badham Wood, 104 East
* Water Street, died Sunday night at Cho
wan Hospital following an extended ill
ness. He was 72.
Mr. Wood was a retired farmer, hav
ing owned and operated Mulberry Hill
and Athol farms.
A native of Cho
wan County, he was
born December 1,
m jdi 1897, son of the
late Julien and Eliza-
Jjgjjll I beth Badham Wood.
\J|gfß He was the widower
of Mrs. Grace Lee
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BHQT vestrymen of Saint
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Church, a director
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kie and past director of Edenton Cotton
Mills. He served in the U. S. Marines
during World War I.
Surviving is one son, Thomas Benbury
Wood of Raleigh; one daughter, Mrs.
Heilig H. Pittard of Oxford; one step
son, John Matthews Harney of Belmont;
one brother: James E. Wood of Eden
ton; two sisters: Miss Sarah Wood of
Virignia Beach, Va.; and Mrs. G. Grice
McMullan of Richmond, Va.; and three
Funeral services were held at 11 A. M.
with Rev. George B. Holmes in charge.
Burial was in Beaver Hill Cemetery.
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Filing Breadline March 28 .
Political Tempo Increases In Edenton
Three candidate ° % luding one in
cumbent —have ann <5 '? \ their intention
to rup in the May t - ticipal Election
in Edenton. .
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David G. White, v t £ is represented
the Third Ward for t -st four years,
said he will file for t £n to another
term. \ %
George Alma Byrur. 3 ormer coun
cilman, will seek the post of mayor, be
ing vacated by John A. Mitchener, Jr.
Alton G. Elmore, a newcomer to the
political scene, will run for the council
man-at-large seat now held by Henry
G. Quinn. Quinn indicated Tuesday
night he will not seek re-election.
Luther C. Parks, Fourth Ward coun
cilman, announced several weeks ago
that he would not seek a new term. He
has been on the council for 14 years.
No one has announced for this post.
The terms of two members of the
Board of Public Works also expire this
year—W. J. P. Earnhardt and J. P.
Ricks, Jr. —but neither have disclosed
plans for the future.
The deadline for filing for posts to
be voted on May 6 is March 28, accord
ing to Mrs. George Hoskins, chairman,
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Volume XXXVI—No. 11. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, March, 13, 1969. Single Copy 10 Cents
Hospital Bids Too High
When final low bids were tabulated
last week for construction of a new 61-
bed Chowan Hospital it was revealed
that more than $321,000 would be need
ed to begin the project.
Jesse L. Harrell, hospital board chair
man, reported at a meeting Friday night
that negotiations with low bidders would
reduce the deficit to approximately
Harrell said an appointment was being
arranged with officials of The Duke
Endowment to discuss a possible grant.
There is now $1,708,000 available for
construction of the new facility. Cho
-6 Local Students
In Poster Contest
Six elementary grade students from
Edenton-Chowan Schools today (Thurs
day) are competing with others from
five Northeastern North Carolina coun
ties in the district conservation poster
Chowan winners, both first and second
Fourth Grade: Sue Ann Mosley and
Bradley Ward, students at White Oak
Fifth Grade: Jackie Parker and Maru
Amburn, Ernest A. Swain Elementary
Sixth Grade: Karen Small and Connie
Copeland, also from Ernest A. Swain
The district contest is being held at
the Holiday Inn. The judging will begin
at 10:30 A. M., and the winners will be
announced at a luncheon honoring all of
The county contests are sponsored by
the individual counties in the Albemarle
Soil and Water Conservation District
and are judged within each county.
Joining the district in sponsoring the
contest is the Elizabeth City Chamber of ''
Commerce. In addition to Chowan,
counties participating include: Camden,
Currituck, Pasquotank and Perquimans.
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lected las! weak and tho students hen display the winning posters. Front row, left
to right: Susan Ana Mcsley. Bradley Ward and Jackie Parker. Second row. loft to right:
Connie Copeland, Karen Small and Mara Ajnburn. Lloyd C. Bunch, chairman of county
David G. White
Chowan County Board of Election. A
report last week that filing began on
this date was in error.
Anyone wishing to run in the Munici
pal Election must file with Mrs. Hoskins
prior to March 28.
Byrum, who served as councilman at
large from 1952 until 1964, issued the
wan County voters approved a sl-million
hospital bond issue and an additional
$600,000 was secured from the federal
government; and SIOB,OOO from the
Harrell cited the rising construction
costs over the past two years as a pri
mary reason for the bids exceeding the
budget. It was estimated that these
costs have risen by as much as 20 per
cent since the first bond election was
He said every effort would be made
to negotiate for a lower cost as well as
contact every available source in order
to obtain sufficient funds to go ahead
with the project.
T. A. Loving & Company was low
bidder on the general contract with a
bid of $1,173,800. Next was D. R.
Allen & Son, Inc., at $1,175,000.
The low plumbing contractor was W.
M. Wiggins & Company with a bid of
Durham Plumbing & Heating was low
mechanical bidder at $280,800.
The low electric bid was Electricon,
Inc., at $146,480.
Architect fees, equipment, land, and
contingencies ran the low bids to $2,029,-
Cast Is Rehearsing
Two popular stage personalities have
been cast in lead roles of “The Odd
Couple” now in rehearsals by Edenton
John Becker, who is directing the play,
has chosen Joe Conger, Jr., and Dr.
Richard Hardin for the male lead roles.
Nelson Crandall, James Bond, Tom
Surratt and Nathan Owens play the oth
er male roles. Mrs. Douglas Twiddy
and Mrs. L. F. Amburn, Jr., are the
female characters in the play.
“The Odd Couple” is a popular three
The little theater production will be
presented at John A. Holmes Auditorium
at 8 P. M., on April 17 and April 19.
A special dress rehearsal for high school
students is also expected to be arranged.
Alton G. Elmore
l following statement:
1 “I am proud of the progress Edenton
has made in many respects over the past
few years. Edenton has been fortunate
> to have had the leadership of its mayor,
members of the Town Council and the
t town administrator.
: “The future looks bright for Edenton
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Mrs. Riley S. Monde
State PTA Leader
Will Speak Here
One of the state’s leaders in the Par
ent-Teacher organization will speak at
the John A. Holmes Parent-Teacher As
sociation meeting Tuesday night. The
meeting begins at 8 o’clock.
Mrs. Riley S. Monds of Hertford is
scheduled to address parents, teachers
and other interested citizens at this time.
George Alma Byrum, PTA president,
has asked that all parents of students
at the school make a special effort to
attend this important meeting.
Mrs. Monds is currently serving as
chairman of the United Forces for Edu
cation and was president of the state
PTA organization in 1966-68. She
has also served as goals chairman, mem
bership chairman and second vice presi
dent of the state organization as well as
head of the Hertford unit.
A native of Hertford, she was educat
ed in Perquimans County schools and
at the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro. She has taught in Marion,
Williamston and Hertford. She directed
the first Headstart project in Perquim
ans County in 1965.
There will be a county-wide soybean
meeting at the Center Hill Community
Building March 19 at 7:30 P. M.
John Clapp, Extension soybean spe
cialist and A. B. Rogerson, Extension
weed control specialist, will present the
program. They will discuss fertility, va
rieties and weed control.
Area Unemployment Is On Decline
Unemployment continued to decrease
in the Edenton area during February,
according to Neil E. Thagard, manager
of the Edenton office of Employment
Security Commission of North Carolina.
In the four-county area served by this
office, there was an average of only 112
persons filing weekly claims for unem
ployment insurance. Os this number,
approximately 40 were temporarily un
employed due to outside work being cur
tailed by weather conditions.
In February the Edenton office regis
George Alma Byrum
but there will also be many problems.
The 12 years I served on the Town
Council have given me the experience
-needed to serve in the office of mayor.
I have the interest, will give the neces
sary time, and would consider it a privi
lege and honor to serve the Town of
Edenton as mayor.”
Byrum, 43, is president of Byrum
Hardware Company, Inc., in Edenton
and Suffolk, Va.
He is past president of Edenton Jay
cees, a member and past president of
Edenton Rotary Club, past president
Edenton Chamber of Commerce, a di
rector of the Edenton Board, First Na
tional Bank of Eastern North Carolina,
and a member of Edenton Baptist
Church. He received the Distinguished
Service Award here several years ago.
Byrum is married to the former Imo
gene Moses and they have two daugh
ters. The Byrums reside at 119 West
White, who is also 43, said it has been
a real privilege for him to serve as coun
cilman from the Third Ward during the
past four years. He said he would con-
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Advocates of off-street parking and
dog owners won rounds Tuesday night
during a regular meeting of Edenton
Town Council. Council voted, in a rare
3-2 decision, to purchase a site for ad
ditional downtown parking and modified
a proposed dog ordinance.
W. B. Gardner, town administrator,
was instructed to negotiate for the pur
chase of the Hobowsky property on
West King Street. This included mak
ing arrangements for payment over the
next several years.
It was reported that 43 cars could be
parked in this lot . The cost, including
improvements, was placed at $30,000.
Councilman Henry G. Quinn led the
fight for the purchase of the property,
rather than invest in property on the
waterfront for beautification and recre
ation. He was aided by Mayor John
A. Mitchener, Jr.
Mayor Mitchener said it is vital that
efforts be made to maintain and up
grade the downtown business district.
“Ten years from now you are going to
wish you had 30 of these lots,” he said.
He also stated that he hoped the shop
ping center here would be maintained on
“main street and not scattered all over
Councilmen J. D. Elliott and Leo
Katkaveck opposed the purchase “at this
time.” Katkaveck said he felt it should
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Mrs. J. H. Holmes
Funeral services will be held at 11
A. M., today (Thursday) in Edenton
Baptist Church for Mrs. J. H. Holmes,
205 East Water Street.
Rev. R. N. Carroll will officiate and
burial will be in Beaver Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Holmes, 90, died at her home
Tuesday following an extended illness.
A native of Chowan County, Mrs.
Holmes was a daughter of the late
Thomas and Willie Bell Rea. She was
the widow of James H. Holmes.
Surviving are four daughters: Mrs.
George S. Elliott of Huntsville, Ala.;
Mrs. R. F. Elliott, Mrs. Earl Goodwin
and Mrs. R. H. Goodwin, all of Eden
ton; nine grandchildren and 18 great
She was a member of Edenton Baptist
Pallbearers are George Wood, Joe
Conger, Jr., Allen B. Harless, Jr., Rich
ard Hines, Jr., Bill Wells and Charlie
Williford Funeral Home is in charge
tered 118 persons and referred 153 to
jobs which resulted in 92 persons being
placed in gainful employment. Also, 3J?
persons were tested for assistance in ihL
placement and 32 were provided p rih
fessional counseling to improve jjtt efcr
chances of getting and holding a job. < ■
The Edenton office has opeiaHHraMr
seasonal workers in several types of in
dustry as well as work in rgMHMQ
time employment. The
and agricultural worker safg