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Planning Not Evil
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We will be in Nags Head a
couple of days this week,
representing Chowan County on
the Advisory Committee of the
Coastal Resources Commission. It
will be an interesting meeting
because of legislation introduced
to mandate land-use planning
throughout North Carolina.
Also, Tuesday night the first
public hearing'on Areas of En
vironment Concern was scheduled
in Manteo with regards to the
Dare County plan under the
Coastal Area Management Act of
1974. (The Chowan County-
Edenton plan will be up for
discussion on May 10.)
While opposition has developed
from some quarters with regards
to CAMA, and it is being tested in
the courts as well as the General
Assembly, the fact that a western
legislator introduced the latest bill
P in the House of Representatives
r should go a long way to prove that
more consideration should be
given with regards to natural
resources and what one does with
It was heartening to read that
some sl-milliob in federal money
is available for land-use planning
in areas beyond the coast. Some
$3-million has already been spent
in the 20 coastal counties under the
CAMA umbrella with little state
monies needed and NO local
funds. This is a service available
to the people at no cost.
The protection of “big brother”
is not a popular subject, yet it is
necessary. There are those who
not only will use his neighbor, but
abuse him, if there appears to be
an avenue to enhance his own
position. Proper land-use planning
<r enforcement can prohibit this.
We are probably the most over
planned people in the world.
However, those plans are only as
effective as their implementation
and enforcement. Everyone has
something at stake in the process
and as long as we live among
others it must be compatable.
We subscribe to the theory that
- every mute tome ie
but wheai it affects others then
they have a right to meander, to
thd same degree thereabouts.
' While we may feel that we
reside in a world that is over
regulated, we have a respon
sibility not only to ourselves but to
our neighbors. And, in simple
terms, this is what land-use
planning is all about.
So long as the ultimate authority
rests at the grassroots then our
» gripes should be minimized. But if
mat authority is not held in check,
nor exercised, then big toother is
as certain as death and taxes.
In The Classroom
Well, we went over to Swain
Elementary School last Thursday
afternoon to “dialogue” with the
Fifth Grade students of Mrs. Betty
Bissette. It had been some nine
years since we had been afforded
such a privilege so there were
three Am burns in between.
The initial statements from the
students indicated that they spent
more time in front of the boob tube
than in reading our favorite
newspaper published along the
However, as we got into the
■thing, we realized that either
students are smarter or editors
dumber than a decade ago. They
asked intelligent questions, which
indicated they possessed a
genuine interest in the media,
which shapes public opinion.
In fact, they are interested in
publishftg their own newspaper.
Fifth graders, yet! The Chowan
Herald wifi assist in any way
passible, since their sincerity was
The classroom is the proper
Piece to start motivation of this
nature and we are not only
pleased, but impressed, with their
willingness to tackle such a
project. We were afraid at 32.
N«v Com mandlar i
Gw. Jim Hunt is to be com-
JStoxted on his selection of Capt.
r? <JVhe T. Jenkins of Greenville as
tfee new commander of the N.C.
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XLQL—No. 17 Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, April 28, 1977 Single Copies 15 Cents.
Area Traces Development
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“This study can be the beg The goals of the project, which
ningof a reawakening of regioi “ g was begun last year, is to follow
awareness and the beginning oj '-| -g the “pattern of development
renewed pride of who we are a 'J* £ vhich occurred in this area during
where we’re going,” said historii -g to he earliest years of development
Dr. Thomas C. Parramore in h Sis the region, explained
description of the current study % 6 'arramore.
the Albemarle region. w “We want to know everything
Parramore, chief historian for we can about the region,”
the project, detailed what the Parramore added,
project was in an infprmation Until recently, Parramore said,
meeting at the Municipal Building there has been little attempt to
here Friday. construct a social or demographic
The meeting followed the history of North Carolina,
awarding of a National En- The Albemarle region is the
dowment for the Humanties grant northeastern section of North
to the conductors of the study, Carolina, bordering on the
Alliance For Progress, Inc., The Albemarle Sound and its tributary
Consolidated University System of streams. The area was first set-
North Carolina, and Meredith tied by Europeans who intruded
College. Past and proposed ac- upon the various tribes native to
tivities of the project were the region,
disclosed during the gathering of “Historians know about Virginia
area teachers, students and and South Carolina but very little
government officials. about North Carolina. This state is
PROGRAM EXPLAINED Or. Julian F. Keith of Winston-
Salem, center, explained . the Bowman Gray Medical Center
Challenge Program at a regional Alumni Association meeting
last Thursday night at Mrs. BoswpHto Restaurant. Pictured with
him are Dr. William A. Hoggard of Elizabeth City, left, and Dr.
Leßoy C. Hand, Jr., of Pecan Grove, hosts for the meeting.
Expansion Plan Outlined
A program which includes an
$lB-million expansion at Bowman
Gray Medical Center in Winston-
Salem was outlined at a regional
meeting of the Alumni Association
last Thursday night here.
Dr. Julian F. Keith outlined the
Medical Center Challenge
Program at the meeting held at
Mrs. Boswell’s Restaurant.
The Challenge Program is a
plan designed to enable the
Medical Center to meet two
primary l objectives to irrt 4
(dement programs that will assure
improved access to proper health
care in medically underserved
areas of North Carolina and to
meet increasing demands for
patient services at the Medical
It includes an $lB-million ex
pansion program, the major
elements of which are a four
story, 112,000-square-foot Family
Three men were given active
prison sentences last week in
Chowan County Superior Court
after a jury found them guilty of
breaking and entering and larceny
■ of pelts.
John Pierce, 25, of South Mills,
was convicted of the theft of six
opposum pelts and 30 raccoon
pelts from E.F. Parks of Hobb
sville. Judge Herbert Small of
Elizabeth. City sentenced him to
tour years in prison. He gave
notice of anneal.
Martin W. Stokley, 19, and Ricky
David Byrum, 17,'-, both of
ttticc, ftt larceny. They uve
Practice Building and a six-story,
96,000-square-foot Focus Building.
Alterations to existing Medical
Center buildings also are planned.
During the meeting Pat Kelly,
Medical Alumni Association
director, gave a brief report.
Co-hosts for the meeting were
Drs. William A. Hoggard of
Elizabeth City and Leßoy C.
Hand, Jr., of Pecan Grove.
Businessmen stogmtadthe sale
of prize 4-H and FFA animals at
the highest [vices in the 23 year
history of Chowan Junior
Livestock Show last week. The 10
steers in the show averaged 94
cents per pound
‘ ‘.We are very grateful for the fine
support our businessmen gave our
show, which resulted in the
highest prices ever in the sale,”
said Murray L. Goodwin, 4-H
coordinator. Total amount paid for
ten steers was $10,361. The 38 hogs
sold for $5,808. This makes the
total of the sale $16,169.
“These prices should encourage
more boys and girls to take part in
livestock projects in 1978",
The champion steer, exhibited
by. Jill Copeland, sold for a record
high of $2.25 per pound and was
purchased by C.A. Perry it Son
and Central Fertilizer oi
Shaw boro. The steer was a
Charolaia cross, heavily muscled,
had a beautiful gold color and
weighed 1215 pounds.
Tbe hogs sold separately in the
stow sold at an average price of 9«
cento per pound The champion
again sold at a record high of S2,OS
per pound and was purchased by
Weyerhauser Corporation ol
Plymouth. The champion pig was
a trim, muscled Hampshire and
was proudly afcpwn by Debbie
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the missing link in studying
colonial society,” assistant
project historian Barbara
Lathroum explained the value of
Currently, the study is focusing
on tracing the earliest period of
development in this region from
1663, when the colony of North
Carolina was founded, to 173 Q
when the colony came under
The study is expected to take
As a result of the project it is
hoped work can begin on several
historic reconstructions in the
state, such as constructing an
early fur trading post, a ship
landing site and an Indian village,
“Another possibility as a result
of our study may be that both
blacks and whites will be able to
trace their roots well into colonial
The Community Life Program is
continuing registration for its
Telephone Reassurance Service.
The Community Life Program,
which serves the Senior Citizens of
Camden and Chowan counties, is
providing a Telephone
Reassurance service to interested
Senior and disabled persons.
The service, which is free of
charge, allows participants to be
reassured by daily telephone
contact with the staff at the
Community Life Center in
Elizabeth City. All the participant
agrees to do is cafithe Community.
Life Center at 335-0711 between
8:15 A.M. and3P.M., Monday thru
Friday. If a call is not received,
the Community Life Center staff
investigates to see that all is well.
Community leaders, law en
forcement officials, and other
concerned citizens agree that the
Telephone Reassurance Service is
one that is needed in the area.
Senior Citizens and others who
would like to learn more about the
Telephone Reassurance Service,
and about the Community Life
Program, are asked to call the
center at 335-0711.
McKnight Visits Edenton On Campaign Tour
Dave McKnight of Fayetteville,
a Democratic candidate for U.S.
Senate in 1978, arrived in Edenton
last Thursday morning on the 13th
day of a walking campaign that
began on the steps of the Dare
County Courthouse and will end on
October 1 in the mountain town of
McKnight declared his can
didacy in January and after a
great deal of consideration and
planning, decided that the most
effective way of meeting people
was on foot.
Since his April 2 starting date,
he has visited such towns as
Manteo, Elizabeth City, Hertford
and Edenton, but the bulk of his
campaigning has taken (dace in
small businesses, country stores
and along the roadside in com
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times,” Parramore added.
Involving area students in the
project was a prime theme of the
Suggested ways to do this were
for students to do research in local
courthouses in the area; to
photograph old buildings; collect
and tape record oral histories by
interviewing elderly citizens in the
area; and help to archelogists in
The area currently under study
by the research team includes the
Mount Pleasent-Swain’s Mill are
in eastern Hertford County,
Wyanoke Ferry in the extreme
northeastern comer of Hertford
County; lower Salmon Creek in
Bertie; Durant’s Neck in
Perquimans County; Newbegun
Creek in Pasquotank County ; and
Wingfield in Chowan College.
Albemarle Radio Corporation
has purchased WCDJ here from
Colonial Broadcasting of Edenton,
Inc., with the effective date of
change being May 3.
Terry H. Jones is president of
the new corporation and Pat
Flanagan is president of the
selling group. They jointly an
nounced this week that the
Federal Communications Com
mission had approved the sale and
transfer of the license.
WCDJ, an AM station with 1,000
watts, was established in Edenton
in 1955. Flanagan assumed control
in 1963. Jones said Flanagan, a
popular radio personality, will
continue to be associated with the
Jones, 36, is a native of Edenton
and while pastor of First Baptist
Church in Plymouth opened
Terry’s Shoe Box on South Broad
Street here. When he became
involved in the radio endeavor he
resigned as minister in Plymouth.
Mrs. Jones, the former Carolyn
Godwin of Hertford County, will
manage the shoe store.
The new radio executive resides
with his family in Morgan Park.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Haywood Jones of Edenton.
Jones told The Chowan Herald
he has plans for many im
provements in programming at
the station with heavy emphasis
on community service. The station
will have the United Press In
ternational news service.
munities such as Hancock.
Belvidere, Center Hill, Tyner,
Rocky Hock, Valhalla and Small’s
“I wanted to take a route to
smaller cities and towns even if it
meant detouring larger cities,”
McKnight commented. “I’ve
talked to about 3,000 individuals in
less than three weeks of walking.
It’s a wonderful way to meet
people at work, in stores and
With one of his main campaign
points being the re-vitalization of
small businesses, his choice of the
Albemarle area as a starting point
was a logical one that turned out to
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CAMPAIGNS IN EDENTON—Dave McKnight, ritfit, can
didate for U. S. Senate chats with Mrs. Bessie Poxy and Guy
Toppin during his campaign stop in Edenton. McKnight’s cam
paign walk began inDare County and will cover ever I,l99 milas
Id Murphy in the N. C. mountains.
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Miss Robin Harrell
GREENSBORO Miss RoDin
Lynn Harrell of Edenton has been
awarded a Katharine Smith
Reynolds Scholarship to attend the
University of North Carolina at
Greenshoro this fall.
The Reynolds Scholarship
winners were announced by the
UNC-G Competitive Scholarships
Committee, which selected 42
recipients from the 94 finalists in
the competition. Overall, there
were approximately 325 ap
plicants from throughout North
Carolina for the awards.
Miss Harrell is a senior at John
A. Holmes High School and the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
S. Harrell, Route 1, Edenton.
She is a member of the National
Honor Society, senior class
president, is president of the high
school band and is secretary of the
Modern Music Masters.
Miss Harrell was a Governor’s
School nominee in 1976, was junior
head marshal, was voted
Homecoming Queen in 1976 and
has served as a tri-captain of the
basketball team. She has won
various sports awards and has
also won honors serving as a
member of the band.
She was been very active in
church work, is a member of the
church Handbell Choir and has
been on a mission trip tp serve the
The amount of a Reynolds
Scholarship ranges between SSOO
and the total amount of money
needed by an individual student.
In some instances, this can go as
high as $2,200 per year. The
scholarships are renewable for
three additional years of un
dergraduate study beyond the
freshman year. Thus, over four
years the range of a Reynolds
Scholarship would be between
$2,000 and SB,BOO.
have several unanticipated ad
One advantage was the free-flow
communication from community
to community. People know who
he is and what he is doing before
he arrives, a situation of “you
must be the fellow a friend of mine
was just talking about.”
Another advantage is being able
to hear about the problems of the
small businessmen first hand.
McKnight sees a lingering high
unemployment rate in the private
sector. He believes that most
people would like to see federal
dollars create jobs there as well as
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