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DISCUSSES CHANGE IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY—State Sen. George Wood of Camden
County, center, was guest speaker last Thursday at Edenton Rotary Club. He is shown
with VV. B. Gardner, left, club president, and W. J. P. Earnhardt, Jr., program chair
man. Sen. Wood, who is unopposed for another two-year term, said while urbanization
had taken the people and gotten the majority of representatives, there is still a lot
good about the General Assembly. He said the 1969 assembly was the most liberal in
history—a drastic change from 1963 when he first went to Raleigh as a state repre
Party Without Guests
The current controversy over consoli
dation of the top three grades at Chowan
High School with John A. Holmes High
School is like preparing for a party, then
having difficulty in obtaining guests.
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education
has spent practically all available capi
tal outlay money on a spacious addition
to Holmes School. When costs prohibit
ed building the addition and a cafeteria
at Walker School, the board added two
more classrooms at Holmes in order to
eat up more of the funds.
Now they propose to consolidate the
top three grades from throughout the
county. Holmes, now with facilities for
500, can handle 750 when, and if ,the
new structure is completed.
The folks up in Third Township, and
parts of Second, don’t want to lose their
school. They have allowed emotions to
overshadow good reasoning, economy and
Over the years we have supported
what we considered best for every child,
regardless of where he happened to live.
We argued for equal treatment and still*
believe merger of the two administrative
units was a step in this direci&i*-
The school board, over the objection
of at least two members, has now made
its bed in the form of additions to
Holmes High. They must now sleep in
it, if even until .December.
Squire of Clement Hall
How do you write a memorial to a
man who lived such a full life, and whose
good deeds rear their pretty heads at
your every turn?
“Winks” Bond was such a man. He
has now been called to do greater things,
and preside over greater things.
Although Mr. Bond was a sick man
for years, he had an uncanny ability to
hide his pain in his work and look on
the sunny side of things. He handled
the county’s business in the same way.
This is by no means to say he was a
push-over. He was a tough, but fair,
administrator. He kept in mind that he
was working for everyone who meander
ed along the Public Parade. His actions,
decisions, and votes, were always for
what he considered to be the best inter
ests of his constituents.
He was stubborn when it was required,
meek when the best could be realized
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Extended Illness Fatal To Mr. Bond
W. E. (Winks) Bond, retired farmer
and chairman of Chowan County com
missioners since 1958, died Friday night
at Chowan Hospital after an illness of
several months. He was 63.
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Wk E. Bond
Voted Top Honor
The Chowanian, student newspaper
at Chowan High School, has again been
awarded All American rating by the
National Scholastic Press Association at
the University of Minnesota.
Os the 1,600 school newspapers enter
ed in the contest, the Chowanian was
one of a few which received the highest
This is the third time that the Cho
wanian has been named All American,
but this year’s staff has acquired the
highest total score of any other staff.
Newspapers published from Septem
ber through December of this school
year were judged on coverage and con
tent, writing and editing, editorial lead
ership, physical appearance, and pho
Marks of Distinction for superior
achievement may be awarded in each of
the five categories and a paper must
receive at least four such credits to be
rated All American.
The Chowanian was awarded Marks
cf Distinction in the first four categories.
H. S. Stensaas, NSPA judge, remark
ed, “The Chowanian has exceptionally
thorough, well-balanced coverage of all
aspects of school.”
He continued, “It contains exception
ally well-written editorials of local im-
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Easter Holiday Set
Be a good egg this Easter and don’t
crack up in one of the 1,400 traffic acci
dents which, the N. C. State Motor Club
cautions, could snuff out 24 lives and
injure 850 others on the state’s streets
and highways during the extended week
The extended weekend is not only for
accident count purposes, but will be a
sort of spring vacation for many work
Chowan County offices, with the ex
ception of the courts, will be closed
Monday. A term of Superior Court is
planned for Monday so that arm of gov
ernment will continue to function.
Edenton Municipal Building will be
closed Monday, giving additional em
ployees an extended weekend. There
will be no trash or garbage collection
Monday but the Street Department will
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Mr. Bond filed only last week for an
other term as commissioner from First
Township. At the time he was confined
to the hospital but was said to be re
covering. He had been on the county
board since 1952.
He also was a former member of the
Chowan County Board of Education.
William Edmund Bond was born in
Chowan County on June 25, 1906, son
of the late Linwood D. and Lilly W.
Bond, and was married to Mrs. Emma
P. Bond, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons: W. E.
Bond, Jr., of Eden; and Linwood D.
Bond of Greensboro; one daughter, Mrs.
Harriet B. Small of Edenton; one broth
er, Dr. Fredric T. Bond of Tavenier,
Fla.; and six grandchildren.
He was a member of Edenton Baptist
Graveside services for Mr. Bond were
held at 3 P. M., Sunday at Beaver Hill
Cemetery with Rev. R. N. Carroll of
ficiating. Pallbearers were: A. B. Har
less, Jr., Albert G. Byrum, Jr., Robert
W. Moore, J. Clarence Leary, Jack Pru
den, Dr. Edward G. Bond, Thomas Ward
and Buck Flythe.
Colonial Funeral Home had charge of
Patrons and students of Chowan High
School publicly and officially voiced
strong opposition of the proposal to
consolidate grades 10-12 into a single
high school in the county and close White
Oak Elementary School. This was evi
dent from the outset of a public hearing
held in the school auditorium.
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education
has proposed that all grades 10-12 in
the county be housed at John A. Holmes
High School in Edenton. The proposal
also calls for moving grades one through
four from White Oak to Chowan, there
by closing the school.
Supt. Bill Britt moderated the hearing
and Dr. J. L. Pierce, head of the Depart
ment of School Planning, State Depart
ment of Public Instruction, reviewed the
study made by his group. Dr. Pierce
called the board’s proposal both feasible
Steve Burch, a Chowan graduate who
now has a law practice in Windsor, rep
resented a group of Chowan patrons.
He presented a petition signed by 562
people in the community and added that
students voted last Tuesday on the issue
with more than 90 per cent voting
against the proposal.
“These should weigh heavily on your
decision,” he told board members seated
on the stage.
Burch said the Chowan facilities are
adequate and the staff is competent. He
compared the student-teacher ratio at
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXVII—No. 13. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina. Thursday, March 26. 1970. Single Copy 10 Cents
Stage Is Set For Battle By Democrats
Some Democrats are home free. Oth
ers face primary battles. Only one has
Republican opposition in November.
This is the word from Chowan County
Board of Elections following Friday’s
noon deadline for candidates to file.
Just two minutes before the deadline,
Robert P. Dail, local civic leader and
radio personality, filed as a Republican
for county commissioner at large from
First Township. He became the first
member of his party to file for county
office here in more than 50 years.
Dail will face incumbent J. Clarence
Leary, who is automatically the Demo
cratic nominee since he has no primary
Robert P. Dail
Court To Convene
On Easter Monday
The March Term of Chowan County
Superior Court will convene here Mon
day morning although all other county
offices will be closed for the Easter holi
Judge Howard H. Hubbard of Clinton
will preside. Solicitor Herbert Small of
Elizabeth City will prosecute the docket.
Mrs. Lena M. Leary, clerk of court,
has released the calendar which is some
seven pages in length. It is one of the
longest dockets to face a judge here in
Twenty-one drunk driving cases are
calendared for trial. Also on the docket
are perjury counts against Jerry Wallace
Wells, Jack Williams, and Judson Curtis
Wells growing out of a drunk driving
trial in District Court.
Jurors have been instruted to report
o-?o A M.. Monday.
Leary Is Chairman
Os County Board
Chowan County commissioners have
reorganized, and decided not to fill a
vacancy on the board until after the
May 2 Democratic Primary.
J. Clarence Leary, 219 West Queen
Street, has been named chairman to fill
the unexpired term of W. E. Bond. Mr.
Bond, chairman since 1958, died Friday
Leary was serving as vice chairman.
At the called meeting Wednesday morn
ing, commissioners also named C. A.
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J. Clarence Leary
Mrs. Sadie Hoskins, chairman of the
elections board, said names of candi
dates without opposition will not appear
on the May 2 ballot.
A three-man race for the other First
Township commissioner’s post developed
Friday morning when J. Wallace Good
win, Jr., Route 3, Edenton, filed. He
was in a race with incumbent Chairman
W. E. Bond and N. J. George. How
ever, Chairman Bond died at 8:10 P. M.
Mrs. Hoskins said since the chairman
died prior to the time the ballots were
printed his name will not appear, al
though he had filed for re-election.
The most interest, however, as far
J. Wallace Goodwin, Jr.
VEPCO Computer To Aid Service
The Virginia Electric and Power Com
pany office at Williamston, has become
computerized with the installation of the
IBM 2265 Teleprocessing display unit.
Resembling a television screen resting
atop a typewriter, the display unit is
connected to the computer system’s
“memory”. After typing in a customer’s
name or account number, the display unit
flashes a picture on the screen with the
complete history of the customer’s ac
It shows metet readings, credit his
tory, kilowatt-hour consumption, rate
schedule, forwarding address and any
special conditions pertaining to a given
“This will enable the Williamston of
fice to answer customer inquiries con
cerning service and billing information
within seconds after typing in the name
or account number,” J. R. Haden. Albe
marle district manager said. “This is
another way we are trying to improve
our service for our customers in 'his
Phi!lips to the post of vice chairman.
The salary of the. chairman had been
$3,000 per year with Mr. Bond devot
ing the majority of his time to the post.
The board set the new chairman’s salary
at SSO per month plus S2O per meeting.
He will also be reimbursed for travel
At the same time the commissioners
found it to be in the best interest of the
county to wait until after the primary
election to appoint someone to the
board. Mr. Bond’s term expires in De
cember, 1970, and a nominee will be
chosen in the forthcoming primary.
There is no Republican opposition for
Commissioners authorized resolutions
of respect for both Mr. Bond and Judge
W. S. Privott, who died since their last
Glenn Perry was appointed custodian
of the courthouse, a post Mr. Bond al
so held. Perry is deputy sheriff and
jailer. Mrs. Bertha Bunch, register of
deeds, will continue as assistant cus
Leary, president of Leary Bros. Stor
age Company, is commissioner-at-large
from First Township, one of two seats
allotted this area. He has been on the
board for 10 years and is completing a
four-year term. Earlier hr. served 18
years on Edenton Town Council.
C. M. Evans, commissioner front Sec
ond Township, is unopposed for re-elec
tion and Commissioner David Bateman
of the Third Township has two more
years to run on his four-year term. ; ; ;
as the number of candidates for a single
office goes, is in the First Township
race for seats on Edenton-Chowan Board
This is the first time the combined
boards have been up for election and
eight candidates are running for the four
seats in First Township. There also de
veloped Friday a contest in the Second
Thomas Paul Griffin filed for the race
in the First Township Thursday and
Charlie Morgan and Mrs. Emily G. Am
burn filed Friday morning. Four will
be elected from this township and one
each from the other three.
Nominated without opposition were
incumbent Eugene Jordan, Third Town
ship; and Morris Small, Fourth Town
ship. This is Small’s first time to seek
an elective post in Chowan County.
The line-up. as reported by the elec-
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Edenton Town Council’s April meet
ing has been moved up one week in order
to allow the council to host an area
meeting of the N. C. League of Munici
The council will meet Tuesday, April
7 instead of April 14. The meeting
time is 8 P. M.
W. B. Gardner, town administrator
and vice president for the league, said
the meeting on April 14 will be from
2 P. M., to 6 P. M., at Chowan Golf &
Country Club with representatives of
37 towns being invited.
There are 29,000 meters in the Albe
marle District served by Vepco. The
firm has more than 1-million accounts
on the computer system at the present
Mrs. Judy Phelps at Keyboard
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