| THE CHOWAN HERALD ■Volume XXXV—No. 37. James Gets Term In Assault O Girl Tl 00 rt o William Thomas James of Sneads Fer ry was sentenced to from five to seven years in prison Tuesday after entering a plea of guilty to assault with intent to commit rape. The victim was a six year-old Negro girl. James, 16-year-old Negro, was sen tenced by Judge George M. Fountain of Tarboro, presiding in Chowan County Superior Court. The incident occurred on June 26. Sheriff Earl Goodwin said James was CL In' ulilie 'JJunirie More Progress The majority of merchants in Eden ton have rallied behind efforts of Eden ton Town Council to streamline trash collection as well as make the town cleaner. Elsewhere in The Chowan Herald is a list of those who have agreed to par ticipate in the town’s new containerized trash collection plan. Some of the busi nesses who have not yet agreed to pur chase the necessary container, we feel sure, will fall in line when they see the real benefits of the system. This is a joint undertaking between businesses and the town. It is another progressive step in the community. Traffic Problems Town councilmen Tuesday night quickly passed over a proposal by a traffic engineer to conduct an extensive survey in downtown Edenton. Why? They considered the fee of $1,300 too high. It prompted one councilman, who is a downtown businessman, to remark: ‘“He can’t tell us anything we don’t al ready know.” We agree. 'He would, as a disinterest ed outsider say, for example, that the “U” turn at Broad and Water streets is as outdated as the horse and buggy. But he wouldn’t stop there. He would recommend a cure for our downtown traffic ills. If councilmen know the required treat ment then they should not wait until people quit coming to town to do busi ness to take action. The absence of cars on our streets will automatically solve the problem. It Could. Be Worse This note from Virginia H. Wood of Wood Hall Farm deserves more than the usual Letter to the Editor treatment. It shows in fact that things could be worse along The Public Parade and else where. Here it is: Last week I received a letter from a friend in West Germany. It reminded me of the saying, “I cursed because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”. Our problems with schools and the federal government seem very minor to the one mentioned in this part of her letter: “Our paprs are kind of holding back, Continued on Poe* 4 fcJULm WP'<* * 3 1/ ,|i' vl A 1 ItadHH C Em r» '_H^ps Jr ■*-? '■ I s m, \ ' l^fe'’ jSv i \ free on bond P « Pender County in a case charging t»c same crime at the time he was arrested here. Kelly Springfield White, charged in six counts of forgery, also entered a plea of guilty and was given five to seven years in prison. A companion case against Fred Allen Bunch was continued for the term. Judge Fountain sentenced James Man ley White to three years in prison for hit and run driving where personal injuries were involved. This sentence is to begin at the expiration of a term given in Cho wan District Court last month for driv ing drunk. Early Wednesday a jury had not re turned a verdict in the case where Dewey Williams was charged with a perverted crime. Other cases called by Solicitor Her bert Small included: Edward Wilton Cox, drunk driving, SIOO fine and costs. William Bond, speeding, bond mads absolute. Clarence Walker, two counts of worth less check, bond made absolute. Gene Murray Williams, violation of probation, called and failed as was Her man Lassiter and Casper Overton charg ed with drunk driving. Juries convicted William Frederick Farmer and Curtis Devon Mercer of driving drunk and they received identi- Continued on Pago 4 Play Is Selected By Little Theater Alton Elmore, president, announces that the Edenton Little Theater has chosen for its fall production the play entitled, “The Crucible”, by Arthur Miller. This is an American play set in the Salem of 1692. The new play brings to powerful life the problem of guilt by association. In this instance, the association is, according to the accusers, with the devil. Based on the actual witch trials that became hysterically epidemic in Salem of that time, the drama revolves around Eliza beth Proctor and her husband, John, who rather than support the vicious fiction of some exhibitionistic girls and thus save their necks, stand fast with the truth and send John Proctor to the gallows. Here, from the first improvised fabri cations of adolescents, through the in creasing violence of their accusations, to the climatic scene of the trial itself and its grim aftermath, is drama that recalls the great Aristotelian formula for tra gedy—catharsis through pity and terror. The play will be directed by Ross Inglis and produced by Joe Conger, Jr. There are parts for 10 men of all ages, six women from ages 20 to 65, and three young women from ages 16 to 20. Readings for parts will be held this coming week at the Parish House on Gale Street on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 P. M. The interested public is cordially invited to try-out for these parts. The play will be performed two nights in mid-November. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 Thursday, September 12, 1968. L. ft i. ft PROMOTE ADULT EDUCATION lndustries in Chownn County are cooperating with Edenton Chamber of Commerce and the Continuing Education Division of the College of the Albemarle in promotion of adult education classes in the county. At a planning session are, left to right, Ed Puryear, Ted Rollins, A1 Phillips and Robert Moore. Rollins is dean of the COA division. An office is being opened this week in downtown Edenton to aid those interested in the many courses offered through the COA. Adult Classes Being Pushed Here An accelerated effort to enroll Chowan County citizens in adult education pro grams and courses is now underway here. Chowan Manufacturers Association and the Continuing Division of College of the Albemarle are cooperating in this effort. They will have an office open in downtown Edenton during the week of September 16-21 for people to regis ter. The office will be located in the space formerly occupied by R. Elton Forehand Agency, South Broad Street. Office hours will be Monday through Thurs day from 10 A. M., to 9 P. M., Friday and Saturday from 10 A. M., to 6 P. M. Ted Rollins, dean of the COA division, said this office will be staffed by people who can inform the public about avail able programs and courses. The general public will have the opportunity to regi ster for classes during these office hours. A minimum of 15 people is required for a class to be presented. Classes will be held beginning the week of Septem ber 23, Monday and Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30 o’clock. The classes will be held at John A. Holmes High School and Chowan High School. Programs will be offered at various levels, including academic, vocational av ocational programs and classes. “There will be a program available to each and every citizen in Chowan County,” Rollins said. Among other things, the programs are designed to provide more trainable and employable people to the industries of the area, both presnt and future. “It is important at this time to provide all the trainable people possible for exist Morgan Park Expanding; Council Adopts Trash Policy The second phase of development of Morgan Park, a residential sub-division, was presented to Edenton Town Council Monday night. Merrill Evans, Jr., attorney for Hay wood Jones, developer, presented the plat and explained the location of the property and other details. He said the lots average 100 by 200 feet and some are in the wooded area south of the existing sub-division. Jones was at the meeting and explain ed that the new development contains 48 lots. They are located south of those sold along U. S. 17 north. The plat was accepted for study. It will be viewed by the Board of Public Works and Planning Board. Both groups wil make recommendations to the council prior to final approval. After a lengthy discussion of the rights-of-way situation on Virginia Road, council voted to have W. J. P. Earn hardt, Jr., town attorney, and Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr. negotiate a settle Workable Program Gets Approval Edenton’s Workable Program for Community Improvement has been ap proved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The certifica tion is for a two-year period. Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., has been notified by Edward H. Baxter of Atlanta, regional administrator, that cer tification was approved by Don M. Hum mel, HUD assistant secretary. The certification points out that Eden tan has presented an acceptable Work able Program for the prevention and elimination of slums and blight under terms of the Housing Act. It enables ing job openings. The manufacturers association is in terested in developing manpower poten tial to increase the value of the people to their organizations and to them selves. Last year, COA registered 260 adults in courses in Chowan County. This number is expected to be exceeded dur ing the coming year. ft ft W M IpyH a i NEW TEACHERS Some of the new teachers in Edenton-Chowan Schools are shown above prior to a meeting with Supt. Bill Britt last Thursday. They are, first row, left to right, Mrs. Martha Ruth Sawyer, Miss Mary 1. White, Mrs. Julia Small, Mrs. Lou Jernigan, Mrs. Eugenia Tomlinson and Mrs. Sharon Twiddy. Second row: Jerry Long, Edward Burroughs, Mrs. Harriett Small, Mrs. Delores Stone and Mrs. Evelyn Collins. Third row: Mrs. Debra Cameron, Mrs. Ethelene Rascoe, Mrs. Virginia O’Bryant, and Mrs. Margret Griffin. ment with Evans and Milton Flynn. The council expressed the opinion that West Leary and Mrs. Bertha B. Bunch didn’t have a claim. Earnhardt told the council the existing records were unclear. He said he sees no legal basis to claims of property own ers, other than Flynn. There has been some dispute over the amount of right of-way owned by the town in this area. By unanimous vote, council approved a motion to discontinue collection of garbage outside the town limits. It was noted that for many years the town has served Chowan Medical Center although the center is not within the town limits. Also, council voted to purchase a con tainer to be placed by the gate at the sanitary land fill for use by people tak ing garbage to the fill. The problem of county residents bringing garbage into town when coming to work was also discussed. No action was taken on a proposal by Paul E. Moore, traffic engineer, to Edenton to apply for special federal as sistance and support in achieving its community improvement objective. Baxter said Edenton is to be com mended for initiating a positive program to eliminate and prevent blight and to assure the orderly growth and develop ment of the community. Approval of the Workable Program was necessary before Edenton Housing Authority could obtain an allocation for low-rent public housing. Other federal assistance Programs are also being con sider*? ’ \ hi town. mum, mrnmmm i I Single Copy 10 Cents Britt Report Notes Gain In Students Edenton-Chowan Schools opened Mon day in what Supt. Bill Britt called a “§mooth” operation with 3,117 students enrolled. This is four more than regis tered on opening day last year. Supt. Britt said school officials were somewhat surprised at the number of students since a private school has been organized and 28 students are attending a private school outside the county. There is still one staff vacancy in the system. Supt. Britt is still looking for a math and science teacher on the junior high level for D. F. Walker School. The schools opened one week late this year to enable administrators to pre pare so compliance with a federal court order which paired the elementary grades in four schools. Enrollment by school on opening day was: D. F. Walker: Grades One through Three and Seven through 12: 1,310. Chowan High School: Grades Five through 12: 503. John A. Holmes High School: Grades Seven through 12: 519. White Oak School: Grades One through Four: 194. Ernest A. Swain School: Grades Four through Six: 591. make a survey of traffic in Edenton. His proposal called for a detailed survey at a cost of $1,300. The council set for September 17 a joint meeting with the Board of Public Works to discuss water shortage and other matters of joint interest. County Building Again Under Fire A Chowan County Grand Jury has again labeled the general condition of the county office building as “poor” and recommended that the recently renovated third floor be used as an example for future work on the building. (Work is nearing completion on the third floor, occupied by Edenton-Cho wan School superintendent and his staff. The county has spent $4,395 on this floor and several thousands of dollars more was spent from school funds). In a report handed by Judge George M. Fountain, the 18-member panel cited specific items which need attention on the first and second floors of the build ing, ranging from washing the windows to plastering and painting. It was also recommended that per manent janitorial service be employed. The jail was found to be in a good state of repair, clean and well kept. It was recommended that the dumb-waiter in the clerk of court’s office be motor ized and an additional air conditioner unit be installed in the second floor of fice. Again the grand jury cited the need for additional room for the register of "ds.