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We are experiencing our 12th
Thanksgiving along the Public
Parade. We are sure there are
those who, like us, consider it a
blessing; .others may possess
mixed feelings about ou. staying
touring the course of events we
have been told, among other
things, that we were not asked to
come, but we might be asked to
leave. Instead of having hurt
feelings we took up the challenge
in an effort to change opinion, if
In a real sense, we wrote our
Thanksgiving piece a couple of
weeks ago in an article about
Friends of Historic Edenton. In
another sense, Elder Rheay an
ticipated our feelings in his con
tribution which appears elsewhere
in today’s newspaper.
The temptation is one of
jubilation rather than one of
melancholy. At the Thanksgiving
season the proper blending of the
two is something to be
In 1965 we made a Thanksgiving
list. It included family, friends,
employees, and the joy of living.
This , list has not changed. It has
just been expanded to bring about
more awesome heights.
Values and priorities conflict
throughout the year. The in
terpretation and importance
placed on the words may vary
from mood to mood, from day to
day and year to year. One thing is
certain ... if we fail to give our
best effort to a given situation then
we not only fail our family, friends
and employees, but ourself.
Even turkey won’t fill the
vaccuum experienced. So, on
Thanksgiving, 1976, it won’t be
necessary to sing the Battle Hymn
of the Republic to show our
allegiance to our country, nor How
Great Thou Art to satisfy a per
sonal longing. It will be in vogue to
utter a prayer in rememberance
of those less fortunate, but who
may possess something greater
than material things—a love for
If this ain’t Thanksgiving don’t
wake us up. We love wallowing in
The Albemarle is on the brink of
experiencing regionalism in
reverse. Instead of unification of
effort, there appears to be a
growing cancer which may pit one
local government against another.
This is not the regionalism we
have attempted to foster along the
Public Parade and throughout
Northeastern North Carolina.
The 10-county Albemarle Area
has been hailed as a prime
example of what regionalism is all
about. The citizens have ignored
man-made county lines and
prejudices and jeolousness of the
past in the name of a better life for
There appeared on the horizon a
feeling of what is good for Dare is
equally as good for Chowan. The
same was true for Gates, Hyde,
Camden, Currituck, Washington
Outside influence, however, is
again attempting to erode what
over the past few years has
brought us together at the envy of
those who continued to give
regionalism only lip service.
The Albemarle Area
D ■ pment Association, a
vehi j which brought us
Economic Improvement Council,
Inc., Albemarle Regional Plan
ning & Development Commission
and Albemarle Association of
Counties & Towns continues to
chug along without a great deal of
support from any of the three. And
it’s a shame!
A couple of weeks ago we
cautioned against Economic
Development Administration, a
-prime funder of ARPDC, lending
influence toward a $450,000
regional cento: in the Albemarle.
Now, however,- it appears the
engine has been sp well stoked
with coal that even the slickest rail
can’t keep it from succeeding. Ask
a regional official bow it came
about and to^tell
Good food and fellowship was in
abimdance Monday night at the
Farm-City Week banquet held at
Edenton Jaycee Community
Building. Rapidly growing into
one of Chowan County’s most
popular functions, the banquet this
year drew a crowd of some 275
Naming of the Outstanding
Young Farmer by the Jaycees, the
presentation of 4-H Corn Awards
by Edenton Lions Club, and
awarding the 1975 Peanut trophy
by Edenton Chamber of Com
merce highlighted the event.
There was no banquet speaker
but the group was entertained by a
popular trio from Rocky Hock.
Making up the group was Jack
Evans, Sammy Morris and
Wesley Chesson, chairman of
the Agriculture Committee of the
chamber and Farm-City chair
man in the county, was master of
J. M. Parrish, Jr., was
recognized as Outstanding Young
Top corn awards went to Anna
Goodwin with a yield of 233
bushels per acre; Randy Lowe
whose yield was 183.4 bushels per
acre; and Joseph Goodwin with a
yield of 229.7 bushels per acre.
Anna and Joseph are the children
of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Goodwin,
Jr. Randy’s parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Dick Lowe.
Byrum Farms, Inc., was again
named recipient of the 1975 Peanut
Award for the top yield.
C. A. Phillips, chairman of
Chowan County commissioners
and state chairman of the Farm-
City Week observance, addressed
the group briefly. Mayor Roy L.
Harrell also welcomed the group.
Dr. R. N. Hines, Jr., president,
Edenton Lions Club, gave the
invocation; Dr. A. F. Downum,
Jr., president of the chamber,
recognized guests, sponsors and
contributors; and Wallace Evans
conducted the drawing for door
The Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education will hold an informal
meeting on Monday, at 7:30 P. M.
in the D. F. Walker School Cafe
teria. The purpose of the meeting
is to review, in detail, facts and
recommendations presented in a
recent School Survey conducted
by the State Department of Public
Instruction, Division of School
Parents and interested citizens
are urged to attend the meeting,
the outcome of which will in
fluence the school board’s further
plan for reorganization and
construction within the system.
Those attending this meeting will
have an opportunity to hear the
facts and recommendations, and
are encouraged to express their
opinions and offer suggestions.
A similar meeting will be
scheduled in the northern end of
the county in January.
A gala parade at 3 P.M.
December 2 down Broad Street
will officially open the holiday
shopping season in Edenton.
Sponsors said this week they had
the nucleus of a good parade, one
which could rival any of the past.
The Christmas parade will form
at Northside Shopping Center and
terminate at Water Street. The
marching bands of John A.
Holmes High and Elizabeth City
State University have already
entered the parade and other
bands are expected before
And of course, Santa Claus will
make his official visit riding on the
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After deliberating into the early
evening Thursday a Chowan
County Superior Court jury found
that Ali Besik was not liable for
damages as a result of an accident
involving Herbert Gibbons Young.
The civil action was brought by
Young. His motorcycle was in
volved in a mishap with a car
driven by Besik at the intersection
of 1-85 and U. S. 70 near
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Volume XLII. —No. 48.
Grant Application Draws Fire
Perquimans County, not
Albemarle Regional Planning &
Development Commission, has
emerged as applicant for a
$450,000 federal grant to build a
regional center to house ARPDC.
The central office of ARPDC is
now located in Edenton with
Branch offices in Elizabeth City.
A criminal term of Chowan
Superior Court will be held here
beginning December 6. Judge
Ralph Walker of Greensboro will
Dist. Atty. Thomas S. Watts of
Elizabeth City has released the
trial calendar through the office of
Mrs. Lena M. Leary, court clerk.
There are 81 cases on the
calendar. They range from a town
ordinance violation of spinning
tires to assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill.
Mrs. Bell Dies
Mrs. Margaret Miller Bell,
Route 2, Edenton, died Monday
morning in Chowan Hospital
following an illness of six months.
She was 75.
Mrs. Bell and her husband
operated Bell’s Tackle Shop on
East King Street. She was a past
matron of Edenton Chapter 302 of
A native of Chowan County, she
was born August 31,1901, daughter
of the late Thomas W. and Lola
She was married to Frank W.
(Sunk) Bell, who survives.
Also surviving is a sister, Mrs.
Montez M. Noll of Brentwood, Md.
Mrs. Bell was a member of
Edenton Baptist Qiurch.
Funeralservices were held at 3
P. M. Tuesday in Williford-
Barfaam Funeral Chapel with Rev.
Robert E. Gray officiating. Burial
was in Beaver rail Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: E. L. Wells,
J. A. Wright, Bert Willis, Bill
Wells, Logan Elliott and R. A.
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, November 25. 1976
R. S. Monds, ARPDC chairman,
and Lester Simpson, secretary
treasurer, are both members of
the Perquimans County Board of
Commissioners. Simpson is
chairman. They said at Angler’s
Cove Thursday night the county
got involved in the grant ap
plication at the suggestion of a
state Economic Development
“They came to us,” Monds told
a small group of ARPDC board
members at “informal” meeting.
“It is believed that such an
application would have a good
chance (for funding) since it is for
all 10 counties in the region,”
W. B. Gardner, Edenton town
administrator and former ARPDC
chairman, was critical of the ap
plication which was first dis
tributed as coming from ARPDC.
When he managed to draw out
the fact that it was actually
coming from a member govern
ment his only warning was that no
shortcuts be allowed and
“everyone be painted with the
Bob Whitley, the new ARPDC
executive director, assured those
in attendance that the same
ground rules would apply to all
A Prayer Os Thanksgiving
By Elder Lee Rheay
Church Os Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints
There is so much for us to be thankful for it sometimes seems we forget
how much we enjoy and use, that we did not earn.
We are heirs of much from our fathers, forefathers and our Heavenly
Father. Jeremy Taylor expressed it well when he said, “Hie private and
personal blessings we enjoy, the blessings of immunity, safeguard,
liberty and intergrity, deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.”
How blessed are they who have cultivated the virtue of expressing
appreciation. A simple “thank you” for a kindness shown or a courtesy
extended is always welcome. A short “thank you” note or a personal
telephone call just to say, “we want you to know how much we enjoyed
being with you,” is treasured even more. It is an evidence of the sin
cerity of our appreciation, and we will be welcomed to touch their life
Appreciation is a virtue anyone can acquire. The greatest experts of
all in showing appreciation are tail wagging puppies and purring kittens.
They are saying, “I love you... notice me,” in the only way they know
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night’s Farm-City Week Banquet at Edenton Jaycee Building
produced a variety of activities. At top left, Dr. Richard N. Hines,
Jr., Wesley Chesson, Mayor Roy L. Harrell and C. A. Phillips
pose before some of the 275 people in attendance. Top right shows
Dr. A. F. Downum, Jr., left, presenting the 1975 Peanut Award to
Fahey Byrum of Byrum Farms, Inc. Above, Hiram Weeks is
shown with 4-H Peanut Contest winners, Anna Goodwin, Randy
Lowe and Joseph Goodwin. Alton Clark is shown with J. M.
Parrish, Jr., Outstanding Young Farmer, in center photo. At
center left John A. Mitchener, Jr., and John A. Mitchener, 111,
appear in deep thought. However, they were anticipating one of
the door prizes shown below. (Staff Photos by Amburn.)
Bill Hartman and Ray Mc-
Cleese, county managers of
Washington and Tyrrell,
respectively, questioned the fact
that an application for a regional
project would compete with those
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An arrest was made Monday in
connection with a breaking and
entering and larceny September 10
at the construction site of Cape
Colony Haven, Inc., off Paradise
Road where nearly $2,000 in tools
Tommy Alexander Whitehurst,
20-year-old Negro, 313 Stokes
Drive, Hertford, was identified by
Capt. C. H. Williams of Edenton
Police Department as the man in
custody. Other arrests are ex
pected as the investigation con
Construction trailers of
Davidson & Jones, general con
tractor, along with Raper
Plumbing and Stuart Shinn
Electric were entered.
Sgt. G. W. Mizelle is assisting in
the investigation as is Sheriff
Julian Broughton of Perquimans
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Plans are now being made for
the annual meeting of the 10-
county Albemarle Area
Development Association which
will be held in Edenton on
Raleigh Carver of Pasquotank
County, AADA president, has
announced that the banquet will
begin at 6:30 P.M. in the D. F.
Walker School Cafeteria.
At the same time, Carver an
nounced that James C. Green,
lieutenant governor-elect of North
Carolina, will be the keynote
speaker. Green, a veteran state
lawmaker, is from Bladen County.
New officers for the coming
year will be installed at the
meeting. L. F. Am burn, Jr., of
Edenton, a past AADA president,
is chairman of the nominating
Green is a farmer and
businessman. He is owner and
operator of tobacco warehouses in
Chadboum and Clarkton, South
Boston, Va. and Greenville and
He is a trustee of Southeastern
Community College in Columbus
County, and former member of the
Board of Trustees of the Con
solidated University of North
A Democrat, he has most
recently served is Speaker of the
House in the General Assembly.