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Chowan Capital has received a
$35,000 appropriation from The
Duke Endowment to assist in the
construction and equipping of the
new Area Health Education
Center (AHEC) building now
being built on the hospital campus,
and to assist in the purchase and
installation of other equipment.
Billy G. > McCall, executive
director of the Hospital and Child
Care Sections of The Duke Ed
nowment, lias officially notified
the hospital of the appropriation
which will assist in paying for
complementary construction now
going on and the purchase of some
needed capital equipment.
The appropriation was an
nouncedtodaybyj. Gilliam Wood,
chairman of the hospital board of
directors, and S.W. Weatherford,
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume SMIL—No. 43.
From time to time we read ed
torial in other newspapers which
express opinions on subjects bet
ter than we could. This is the case
with the guest editorials ap
pearing in the Public Parade this
The two timely subjects,
Edenton zoning and succession,
first appeared in two of our
favorite afternoon dailies—The
Daily Advance in Elizabeth City
and the Statesville Record &
Landmark. We’ll stop with that
before we mess them up.
Edenton And Rezoning
“We’re right back to ground
That is about as succinctly as
anyone could put the situation
regarding a®pqing application
in Edenton- proposed to allow
construction of a shopping center
off the new -U.S. 17 Bypass.
Town Administrator Bill Gard
ner made the comment after the
Town Council voted to hold a new
public hearing on the rezoning
request, a ‘normal procedure
before council can act on such an
However, the comments
presented at the hearing do not ne
* cessarily determine how the vote
will go with .the councilmen. Even
if everyone who turned out for the
hearing spoke for it, the council
could still \ vote to deny the
rezoning, arid vice versa.
The issue has been complicated,
long fought, over-emotional, and
rarely rationally approached.
At present, the issue, raised by
W.J.P. Earnhardt Jr. and Bernard
Burroughs, is being considered by
the state supreme court. Just
about as far as an issue can go.
It would seem however, that the
council may be closer to some
agreement on the application than
before. The vote to hold a public
hearing was unanimous, despite
the fact that previous votes on the
application request itself had split
* So the question, which will still be
intact at the end of the public
hearing, is whether or not the
rezaning can be legally justified
and whether or not it would be
good for Edenton and, to that
matter, Chowan County as a
It seetni that the sentiment
against t|e rezoning and sub
sequent construction of a shopping
center cdknes from downtown
businessmen who fear the easy
access motorist might have to a
, shopping center a* compared to
having to drive inte town.
And that is understandable,
although we have listed our
editorial opinion before that the
effect priftbably won’t be as
Jr., hospital director.
“We are of course very pleased
to have received this money from
the • Duke Endowment,”
Weatherford said. “It will assist
Chowan Hospital in its efforts to
upgrade care and provide con
tinuing education facilities for
health professionals in this area.”
Cooperating with the hospital in
its application for the grant was
the staff of Carolinas Hospital and
Health Services, Inc--,'CHHS), a
not-for-prqfit organ? u which
was engaged by Sard of
trustees in July -ovide
his duties on October \ a
member of the CHHS hn
T. Carlisle of CHHS, who d
as administrator while re .*at
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, October 27, 1977.
Virginia Electric and Power
Company and its electric
cooperative and municipal
wholsale customers in North
Carolina have reached agreement
on a new rate which grants Vepco
a $12.3-million increase.
There are separate agreements
with the cooperatives and Elec
tricities, Elizabeth City, Edenton
and Albemarle Electric Mem
bership Corporation are affected.
Theagr eements are subject to the
approval of the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission. The
increased rates are expected to be
passed on to the retail customer.
Both agreements are effective
The agreement of $5.586-million
with Electri-Cities lowers Vepco’s
increase by approximately $3.7-
million from the figure of $9.22-
million it had filed with the
regulatory agency in June.
At the same time Vepco had
filed for a sll.B-million increase
from electric cooperatives.
Both agreements resulted from
months of negotiations between
the parties. The settlement in
cludes an agreement by Vepco not
to seek further rate increases
from either party before June 1,
Also part of the agreement is a
revision of the fuel adjustment
charge so that it will be based on a
three-month average of fuel costs
rather than a one-month fuel cost.
This change will reduce the
fluctuations in fuel adjustment
The agreements are between
Vepco and its wholesale
cooperative and municipal
customers only. It does not affect
Vepco’s retail rates for residen
tial, commercial or industrial
customers in Virginia and North
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CELEBRATING SUCCESS—Mrs. Doris Litchfield, president
of the Edenton-Chowan Band Parents Association, chats with Bob
Harrell, advisor to the 4-H Horse and Pray Club and Peanut
Festival Chairman of last year. They seem to be celebrating the
success aript year’s festival which was chaired by A1 Everson
and Peggy Anne Vaughan. Events including a parade, horse
show, dances, games, and dinners were among highlights of the
ment efforts for a director went
on, will continue to work with the
hospital as CHHS area director.
The AHEC building will be used
for educatinal programs for
hospital personnel in Chowan and
the surrounding region, including
the counties of Perquimans,
Tyrrell, Gates, and Bertie. The
board, medic'al staff, and em
ployees of the hospital will also use
the building for education
programs and for conferences,
and the building will also house the
The overall cost of the project
assisted by the grant is $460,000.
Some $200,000 is being provided
through state AHEC funding, and
the remainder will be hospital
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TRAIL DEDICATED—BiII Bellinger, second from left,
represented the U.S. Department of Interior at Saturday’s
dedication of Historic Edenton Trail, one of three recognized
walking tours in North Carolina. Left to right are: W.B. Gardner,
town administrator; Bellinger; Rep. Walter B. Jones of the First
Congressional District; and Mayor Roy L. Harrell.
House Speaker Carl J. Stewart,
Jr., of Gastonia has announced his
appointments to the Legislative
Research Commission’s study
commission a proposed school
health education project.
Representative John W. Varner of
Lexington was appointed House
Rep. Ed Nye of Elizabethtown,
Eugene M. White of Hudson and
Dr. C. Clement Lucas, Jr., of
Edenton, will serve as members.
The commission will study the
school health education project,
commonly referred to as the
“HEED” project. This project,
fostered by Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of North Carolina, has as its
goal to present health information
to children throughout their school
years (kindergarden through high
school) in a manner enabling each
child to assume subsequently the
major responsibility for
maintaining health and preven
ting disease. The project puts
emphasis on the subjects of safety
nutrition, drug abuse, emergency
care and other health subjects.
Related hospital construction
connected to the New AHEC
building includes a new
emergency entrance, a room for
physician dictation and study, a
heliport for helicopters to use in
medical emergencies requiring
air transport, and a new patient
arrival-departure areal. The
medical, records department will
be relocated to new quarters in the
The grant appropriation will
help pay for this hospital con
struction, as well as needed
capital equipment in the hospital's
1977-78 budget, such as in
struments for orthopedic surgery,
heliport items, and medical
records dictation equipment.
Single Copies 15 Cents.
The project utilizes special
‘‘teaching kits” containing
prepared narrative tapes and
slides which are presented each
week to the students by selected
educators, laymen, nurses and
physicians. These specially
prepared kits provide methods for
maximum health education and do
not require the hiring of large
numbers of educators.
The study commission shall
report their recommendation to
the 1979 General Assembly.
Dr. Lucas an Edenton physician
maintains a family practice, is a
member of the N.C. Academy of
Family Physicians, and is also the
Editor of the “Tar Heel Prac
titioner” published by the
Registration for the November 8
election closed October 10 with
5,039 eligible voters in Chowan
County. Os this number, 2,419
reside in the Town of Edenton.
The report from Chowan County
Board of Elections shows that
almost one-half of the residents of
the county are registered to vote.
Absentee voting will be allowed
in the municipal election as well as
on state matters. The deadline to
apply for absentee ballots is 5
P.M. (Mi November 2. The ballots
must be returned by 5 P.M. on
A voter must apply or have a
near relative apply for him. The
ballots will be mailed to the voter
and not given to the near relative.
The return envelope must be
Those who may apply for an
absentee ballot include one who
expects to be absent the entire
period that the polls are open on
election day ; one who is ill or
physically disabled; and those
incarcerated fora misdemeanor.
Voters can apply Monday,
Wednesday and Friday from 9
A.M. until 1 P.M. in the office of
Centtiaed on Page 4
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HONORED GUESTS—Peanut Festival royalty were the
honored guests at halftime activities during the Edenton Aces-
Williamston football game Friday night. Above, Bill Jordan
stands in for David Dail, festival King and is shown with Annette
Partin, a Holmes High School junior elected festival Queen.
Patricia Ashley and Dwayne Parks of D.F. Walker and Swain
Elementary schools were elected Princess and Prince in the
weekend event. They were included in the Peanut Festival
parade held Saturday morning.
Festival Royalty Named
The moment of glory for 12 area
students came Friday night
during halftime of the Aces-
Williamston football game when
the crowning of Edenton’s Peanut
Festival King, Queen, Prince, and
The big moment as king and
Forty-eight low-income families
who are tenants of Edenton
Housing authority have benefited
from “crisis intervention” grants.
The authority has received
$3,591.02 to help the families,
according to L.F. Amburn, Jr.,
Chowan County had an
allocation of $11,599 to be
distributed amng low-income
The grants were to cover unpaid
electric and fuel bills stemming
from last winter’s severe cold
weather. In addition, low-income
persons aged 60 and over could
receive advance payments to
cover utility bills so the coming
Twenty-six elderly families
living within the Edenton public
housing project received these
Council, Inc., headquartered in
Edenton, administered the
program locally. The county’s
allocation was from some $4-
million set aside for North
Walter White, Jr., spearheaded
the program for EIC.
PAST WINNERS AND PRINCIPALS—Three winners of an
American Legion Law Enforcement honor and principals at the
recent banquet join Robert Hendrix Who displays his prize. Left
to right are; County Coronjiasioper Lester Copeland, R.E Evans
Sheriff Troy Toppin. Heaanpt, Max Robinson of Jacksonville,
George Stokes and G W. Mizelle.
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queen belonged to David Dail, a
senior football player from John
A. Holmes School, and Annette
Partin, a junior rifle corps
member also from the Holmes
Bill Jordan was a stand in at the
ceremony for David.
The runners-up were Eric
Evans and Debbie Davenport
from Chowan High School.
Dwayne Parks of D.F. Walker
was crowned prince and Patricia
Ashley of Ernest A. Swain
received the honor of princess.
Runners-up from their
respective schools follow:
White Oak Nicole White,
princess; Chad Copeland, prince.
Chowan Junior High Robert
Kirk, prince; Sherlynn Jordan,
Ernest A. Swain Tyrell
D.F. Walker Carol Baker,
Tryouts for Edenton Little
Theater’s Christmas production
will be held Tuesday and Wed
nesday at John A. Holmes High
School Auditorium beginning at 7
P.M. each evening.
All age groups are needed, plus
people to work back stage.
The plays under consideration
include: “A Cowboy’s Christ
mas”, “The Mouse Who Was
Stirring”, and “The Enchanted
The membership of the little
theater will meet tonight
(Thursday) in the Municipal
building at 8 o’clock to continue
plans for the future.