The Chowan herald. online resource (Edenton, Chowan County N.C.) 1934-current, May 19, 1977, Image 1
; ?t? fjfgß^^HK|9 fv ttPim.. ~-;f’■ lM ’ ~||;v||i : *. v J'&y^'h* fo,- 4U| ji -: •' JMEfefeHflßHflfeHßMflriflflflfllii^^vi PRESENTS PROPERTY—TiIman Keel, left, vice president of Jnnbo’s Jumbos here, is shown presenting the deed to a former manufacturing site to Mayor Roy L. Harrell for use by the Town of Edenton. The donation was in memory of the late Harry Lit chfield of Peoples Bank. Town Presented Property At a special meeting of the Edenton Town Council last Thursday night, *4 Jim bo’s Jumbos presented two parcels of land at Badham Road and 'l* Second Street to the town. A letter to the council, presented by Tilman Keel, company vice president explained that the property was being given in memory of the late Harry Litchfield of Peoples Bank. A large number of spectators were on hand and applauded the gift which will, accoring to W. B. Gardner, town administrator, be leased to a “small, clean industry” or used as a recreation facility, or for some other town use. Non-Voters - Off Books, The Chowan County Election Board is in the process of purging the election books of persons who have not voted for a period of four years. The law requires that this be done. The board has mailed out 377 notices to persons who may or 'I _ may not still be living in Chowan * County. Seventy-two of these /liters were not delivered due to Jhe fact that the person registered rib longer lives at that address. The post office has helped us in everyway to deliver these let ters,” it was stated. “But, there are 300 people who did receive a notice that their names would be purged from the Election Books if they did not answer the notice. The board had only 50 people return their letter so that a correction could be made in the election office.” This notice is given for the last time. If you received one of these letters and have not answered it please do so at once. The original notice gave 30 days to respond and they were mailed on April 5. The board is extending the time until ' , May 23. A .\ After that date your name will 'be removed from the election books and you will have to re register if you wish to vote in any upcoming elections. '■'Mr,• Hr |w- \T ]*£ *'■ •M A ' ' -a Randy Copeland Gets Scholarship Randy Copeland, Route 1, Tyner, has been named winner of a SSOO educational scholarship front the N.C. 4-H Development Fund. A senior at Chowan High School, Copeland is one of 12 4-H members from across North Carolina selected to share in $6,000 of scholarship money being distributed this year by the Fund. During eight years in 4-H work, Copeland has held offices in hit load 4-H club and die County 4-H Council. He was a member of'a team that was first rumerup in ■■ Missing Out Edenton and Chowan County have again missed out on some of the 50-cent dollars being cast about Tar Heelia. This time it was the N.C. Arts Council that awarded $101,070 to non-profit organizations in Eastern North Carolina to support community arts programming. These awards were among 156 grants totalling $303,162 awarded to organizations in 61 counties throughout the state. In Eastern North Carolina the grants ranged from S2OO to $5,000 and were awarded for projects ranging from arts festivals to puffing a steel sculpture in a waterfront park (Elizabeth City). The recent successful production of “Oliver”, through the joint efforts of Edenton Little Theater and the Cultural Arts Department at John A. Holmes High School, hopefully will rekindle interest among the citizenry along the Public Parade which will result in matching money the next time the semi annual grants are distributed. This community’s lack of aggressiveness in this direction is not in keeping with bold, in novative projects of the past. Many of the things we enjoy have come in spite of the lack of com munity interest and concern. In the past our community has lost out on state grants which require a match of local funds for travel and tourism. While the chamber of commerce does have increasing difficulty in reaching its annual budget, some of the burden could be aleviated through participation in programs which provide 50 cents for every 50 cents earmarked for a particular project. Someone, somewhere is asleep at the switch. If they are not given a jolt then we will continue to be missing out on the goodies, and lockl citizens and businesses will continue to pay 100 per cent of the freight for what we do have the opportunity to enjoy. She's Back I Well, we went up to Capital City last Saturday to bring back our prise possession to meander along the Public Parade for the sum mer. We had the aid of her sister rather than her Mother, yet the experience was no less havoc. Maru is back in town! It .was graduation day and a lot of familiar names, faces, etc. Our car loading episode was in terrupted by former U.S. Rep. Horace Kornegay of Greensboro who still remains a very visible part of the Washington, D.C., scene while viewing it from a toe Mayor Postpones Vote The Edenton Town Council split 3-3 on the issue of rezoning 10 7 acres of land on the southside of U.S. 17 by-pass at Highway 32, last Thursday night at a public hearing and Mayor Roy Harrell, left with casting the tie-breaker, stated that he would withhold his vote until the N.C.*Supreme Court ruled on a similar tract on the northside. “After the Supreme Court has rendered a decision on the north tract and after the legal time has passed, I will vote”, stated Mayor Harrell in concluding the hearing that was attended by some 75 citizens, and lasted almost two hours. The issue is over whether or not to rezone the parcel of land from R2O (residential) to shopping center. The matter has been before either the council or the courts since the original petition was submitted in 1974 by W.J.P. Earnhardt, Jr., and Bernard P. Burroughs, developers of the w&f *I*LJ L 1 i* TJ II 'll/ A If TT* n A T 1"\ iiSUr *Sf Volume XLIII.—No. 20 Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, May 19, 1977 Single Copies 15 Cents. Atlantic Forest Products Starts Expansion Work .Ground clearing and site preparation for the expansion of Atlantic Forest Products’ operation on the Base Road ad jacent to Edenton Municipal Airport is now underway, reported Neil Dirom, operations manager. Added to the local industry will be a 120 by 200-foot building to house facilities for converting rough green lumber to lumber specialities. The addition will handle resawing, molding, trimming and sorting in producing various types of interior and ex terior paneling. At a meeting of the Edenton Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee Tuesday morning, chairman George Alma Bynun termed the expansion “good news for Edenton” in commending the plan and pledging the continuing support of the chamber. The facility which represents a capital investment of $500,000, is expected to be completed by November. Continued On Page 4 , t, 1 OPERATION EXPANDS—Shown above is the site of an ex pansion of Atlantic Forest Products’ operation at the Edenton Municipal Airport. The local industry will be adding facilities for converting rough, green wood to wood specialities including types of interior and exterior cedar paneling. The new facility is ex pected to be in operation by November. Aces’ Football Coach Resigns Edenton Aces head football coach Dave Holton has resigned his position at John A. Holmes High School to take a head coaching ’ job at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, it was learned Tuesday. Holton, who is a native of Edenton and a Holmes High graduate, coached the Aces to a 9- 1 overall record and a 5-1 con ference record in his first year of coaching here. “While this is a great challenge for me, it is one I must admit I accept reluctantly. I will truly miss the people of Edenton and in particular the Edenton Aces,” he said. Pinecrest is currently rebuilding an ailing football program, having produced a 2-8 record last year and a 3-7 record - nosed shopping center. * S October, 1974, a petition to \e both tracts of land to i ing center was denied by the % Council. Resubmitted in < %% 1975, the petition was ap l) in but several property o\ lear the site, along with oti teemed citizens, filed a suii <n riowan County Superior Court which enjoined the developers from obtaining any building permits. More than a year later, the suit was heard and the court ruled in favor of the council’s action. After a series of appeals, plaintiffs in the suit managed to get the issue before # the N.C. Supreme Court. The Town Council’s decision on the southside tract was overturned on a technicality related to the ad vertising of the public hearing, but the suit on the northside tract went before the high court last Wednes day morning. 1 ~ V . ;v - . v «,.***•• ' '’k. * - - ■ - .. *■ p- " - DEMOLITION—The first visible signs of the Chowan County Courthouse-Jail complex having begun came Monday when a demolition crew began clearing the property at the corner of Proad and Queen streets. Demolition started with the BP station parking lot and by Tuesday the structure was nothing more than a heep of rubble being trucked away. Some portions of the block will not be subject ot the bulldozers blade until archaeological studies of some historically significant areas have been com pleted. CO A Seeks Building Grant GREENVILLE - College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City is being asked to make application for a $1.3-million federal grant a new technical and vocational building. the year before. “Their program is down and they have made a very attractive offer”, Holton commented. He will be departing from a homeroom and six classes situation to one in which more of his time will be available for the job of building a solid football program. Holton commented, “I have found the administration there to be very cooperative, un derstanding and enthusiastic about waking to build a good football program.” Coach Holton will be leaving Edenton in mid-June. Prior to coming to Holmes High School, Holton coached at Duke University, Rose High School in Greenville and Noth Hampton County High School. Earnhardt, spokesman for the developers, reviewed the history of the issue, stating the decision on the southside was overturned solely on the technicality, em phasizing that the technicality was a fact not known until just before “two of three days before the trial”. He cited the town planning board’s approval of the petitions and said “the by-pass is going to change the entire character of the land its best use will be com mercial not residential.” The local attorney also said, “It is not a dense residential area. This is the opportunity for you (the Town Council) to do what the planning board and other people have said would be the best use of the land. If you don’t do this now, after the proper planning has been done, you may aid up with the type of helter-skelter development that is to be avoided.” Earnhardt cited various por- Continued On Page 4 At a pre-application conference here Thursday, Dr. Parker Chesson of COA and a delegation from the Albemarle Area were told by representatives of the Economic Development Ad ministration that the project is the first priority in this state for EDA funding in the next federal fiscal year, which begins October 1. Thomas Willis told Dale Jones, state EDA coordinator, and Butch Blanchard of the Atlanta office, that this is the fifth year of work on this proposal. He emphasized the fact that all seven counties in the COA service area have adopted resolutions to provide financial support for the project. The pledge of funds from the counties is contingent on the EDA grant. “It looks like it (the project) can be done,” Jones stated. “Word has gotten to us that it needs to be done.” “This is not something nice to be done but something that has to be done,” he said. The project has been assured $300,000 in Coastal Plains Regional Commission funds by Gov. Jim Hunt; $144,856 in a separate EDA grant approved by the governor; $182,340 from the State Board of Education and $493,050 in local funds. Continued On Page 4 Meeting Set A meeting of the Highway Committee of Albemarle Area Development Association has been called for Tuesday night at 7 o'clock by Mayor Bill Cox of Hertford, temporary chairman. The meeting will be held at Angler’s Cove Restaurant. Mayor Cox said the purpose of the meeting is to elect officers and establish priorities for the 10 Northeastern North Carolina counties. J. Gilliam Wood is Chowan County’s representative on the committee. He is a former State Highway Commissioner. i fl ifiP TfriflUßßaMiWr-iriiii lintlTWlßMrir Est William A. Burns Resignation Announced William A. Bums, president of Chowan Hospital, Inc., has resigned his position here to ac cept the post of administrator of a new hospital in Omaha, Neb., reported J. Gilliam Wood, chairman of the Board of Trustees here. Burns announced his resignation May 10 at a called meeting of the board’s Executive Committee. He emphasized that his resignation was for “personal reasons” only. Prior to coming to Edenton recently he resided in Newport News, Va., where he was ad ministrator of Riverside Hospital and Patrick Henry Hospital, geriatric facilities. He began full time duties at Chowan Hospital on April 18, but had been working with the hospital on an interim basis since February, succeeding Thomas M. Surratt as president. Until a replacement is found, Mrs. Barbara Cale, vice president of professional services, will handle administrative duties. Biggs Jailed For Shooting Robert Lee Biggs, 29-year-old Negro, Route 1, Edenton, is being held in Tri-County Jail in lieu of SIO,OOO in connection with* a shooting incident here Thursday morning. Biggs is charged with wounding Thurman Harris in the right arm and side following words in front of Blue Bird Case on North Oakum Street. Police Sgt. W.E. Spruill set the time of the incident at 11:11 A.M. Sgt. Spruill said Harris is being treated at Chowan Hospital. Biggs made a first appearance Monday morning before Judge Grafton Beaman in Camden County District Court. The judge said he saw no justification for a reduction in bond and set a probable cause hearing in the case for Tuesday in Chowan County District Court. Sgt. Spruill said the men argued over a debt prior to the shooting. Aces’ Banquet The Aces Athletic Association will sponsor the Spring Sports Award Banquet on Monday at 7 P.M. at the Edenton Jaycee Building. Athletes will be recognized and honored who participated in boys and girls basketball, wrestling, track, baseball, softball and tennis at John A. Holmes High School. Tickets are now on sale at $4 each for a steak dinner from John A. Holmes High School, both drug stores and from members of the Booster Club. A special feature of the banquet will be guest speaker, Albert Long of Happenings, Inc., in Durham, a dynamic speaker among youth and adults. Not Too Late It is stilf not too late to register a child in the 1977-78 Edenton- Chowan kindergarten program. However, the child must be five years old on or before October 16. Interested parents may register their children at the offices of D.F. Walker School or White Oak School at any time. Parents should bring a copy of toe child’s birth certificate and immunisation record. Information or assistance can be obtained from Mrs. Gerri Pry, before Jane IS.