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Rep. Walter B. Jones
THE CHOWAN IjERALD
Volume XXXV—No. 41. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, October 10, 1968. Single Copy 10 Cents
Membership in the Edenton-Chowan
Schools this year is 63 per cent non
white, according to a report sent to Fed
eral Judge John Larkins, Jr.
Supt. Bill Britt released the figures
Monday night at a board of education
meeting. They showed 3,036 students
in the five schools with 1,716 Negroes
and 1,320 whites.
There are 542 students in grades one
through three at Walker School —335
Negroes and 207 whites. In grades four
through six at Swain School there are
571 students —337 Negroes and 234
In the rural area, White Oak has 199
students in grades one through four—l 32
Negroes and 67 whites. Chowan has
313 in grades five through eight—l 42
Negroes and 171 whites.
The figures show the greatest imbal
ance is in the 'first grade at White Oak
where there are 45 Negroes and 12
Supt. Britt said achievement tests
have been given in grades one through
eight and are now being scored.
He explained that these tests are de
signed to strengthen the instructional
Eugene Jordan, a board member, said
he knows there needs to be a lot done.
“I hope you get on them (the changes)
as soon as possible,” he said.
Board members, by a 10-1 vote, ap
proved preliminary plans for additions
to Holmes and Walker schools.
Chowan Peanut Harvest Surprising
Farm officials in Chowan County are
optimistic about the current peanut crop,
now being harvested.
C. W. Overman, county extension
agent, says the crop is much better than
many anticipated. The dry weather is
expected to knock as much as 300
pounds per acre off the average.
Local Plant Sold
Coastal Concrete Company, Inc., of
Windsor, has purchased the J. D. Mc-
Cotter operation in Edenton and plans
to expand in the Chowan area.
W. C. Heckstall of Windsor, in an
nouncing the purchase of the plant, said
new equipment has been ordered and
Coastal plans to re-open the facility as
soon as possible.
Heckstall said local customers for
rock, sand, ready-mix concrete and cus
tom paving will be serviced out of the
Windsor plant until the new equipment
“We are looking forward to serving
the residents of Edenton and surround
ing area,” the official said.
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In tka photo at right, rpuntilaian David G. Whit*. street commissioner, is shown with Joel Pric*, Baker
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Lt. Gov. Bob Scott 3^
By VFW Official
Commander Ralph Ross, Department
of North Carolina, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, will address (hose attending a
district meeting here October 13.
H. E. Bass, command m of the local
post, said this marks tb-> second year
that William H. Coffield l ost, No. 9280,
has hosted the district meeting and had
been addressed by the department com
Col. Bass has issued an invitation to
all VFW members and their wives to at
tend the function.
Lunch will be seved at 1 P. M.
The agent said maturity is about nor
mal and there will be some 3,000-pounds
per acre fields. He is anticipatiing a
2,400 pound average.
Howard M. McKenzie, Charlotte reg
ional director, Small Business Adminis
tration, says Chowan and Perquimans
counties have been designated as dis
aster areas by the Department of Ag
riculture. This is because of substan
tial damage to 1968 crops due to periods
of extreme drought and high tempera
Any small business firm located in
Chowan and Perquimans counties is
eligible for consideration for an SB A
Economic Injury Disaster Loan provid
ed it can show it has suffered substan
tial economic injury as a result of injury
sustained by farmers affected by the un
favorable weather conditions.
Farmers and stockmen are not eligible
for financial assistance from SBA under
this program; but, instead, should apply
to the Farmers Home Administration.
The authority to accept applications un
der this program will expire on Septem
ber 30, 1969.
We Like Them Both
The Chowan Herald considers it a
rare privilege to have an opportunity to
make a double-barrel endorsement of
candidates in the general election. It
comes in the form of support for Lt.
Gov. Bob Scott for governor and Rep.
Walter B. Jones for re-election to Con
Without reservation, we believe that
only with men like Bob Scott in Raleigh
and Walter Jones in Washington can
we continue to enjoy the good life along
The Public Parade.
Both candidates are independent think
ers with wide experience and background
in government. It takes more than a
“Huskie” or a building contractor to
keep the wheels of progress turning.
Those who think otherwise have at
tempted unsuccessfully to tie every un-
Edenton Town Council is seeking a
conference with division highway of
ficials, including Commissioner Don
Matthews, to discuss the four-laning of
Prompted by a letter from Edenton
Methodist Church and a petition pre
sented by Leroy Haskett, councilmen
generally agreed an extra effort should
be made to secure a by-pass.
Town Administrator W. B. Gardner
read an ordinance to be passed by the
state highway commission and said it
would be enforced whether or not a lo
cal act was passed. “The four-laning
of Broad Street is a stop-gap measure,”
Gardner said in explaining that the street
has a traffic count of 8,000 vehicles per
Council approved new rules and reg
ulations for Beaver Hill and Vine Oak
Cemeteries. Grave spaces at Beaver Hill
will be SSO each and $25 at Vine Oak.
The price will be doubled for people
from outside town.
Gardner was authorized to advertise
for two new police cars.
Also, council instructed Gardner to
take necessary action to collect Schedule
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PROUD TROPHY WINNERS— WiIIiam H.
Bunch and Mr*. Peggy Benson Saturday
night were presented handsome trophies for
winning the golf championship at Chowan
Golf & Country Club. The proud trophy
winners are shown here prior to the pre
sentation at the annual golf banquet.
Scott Rally Slated
Lt. Gov. Bob Scott, Democratic candi
date for governor, will deliver a major
address in Elizabeth City October 16
during a six-county rally.
James C. Dail, Chowan County mana
ger, said the event will begin at 6 P. M.,
with a free barbecue dinner. The rally
will be held at National Guard Armory.
In addition to Chowan and Pasquo
tank, participating counties include: Per
quimans, Gates, Currituck and Camden.
contain*!*. At last th* haak is opan ready for unloading. Town Administrator W. ». Gardner said tka con
tainers hay* b**n shipped tod will b* put into us* as soon as possible. Th* town toon hop** to discontinue
garbage collection in opon trucks.
popular cause around the neck of these
two candidates. While they appear to
be talking a language sweet to the ear,
their verbal blasts are being received as
more of an insult than an indictment.
The people of Northeastern North Ca
rolina won’t buy this. They are intelli
gent, hard-working citizens of Tar Heelia
who want a self-made man and not one
who will endorse this or that in a last
ditch attempt to ride someone else’s coat
The editor of a national newsweekly
magazine just this week warns against
the danger of obstructing progress of
government with a Congress of one party
and a President of another. This holds
true in Raleigh where the legislature is
certain to be predominantly Democratic.
A Republican on Blount Street would
be ineffective, to say the least.
Bob Scott and Walter Jones are men
who say what they think and think be
fore they speak.
Bob Scott said he was going to make
the office of lieutenant governor mean
"SWEET SIXTEEN"—First National Bank of Eastern North Carolina Friday celebrated
its 16th birthday with special events in branches from Boone to the coast. In Edenton,
Mayor John A. Mitchener. Jr., a bank director, cut the birthday cake and served up the
first piece to Friday's first customer, James Reel, center. At left is Chuck Benson, local
County Tax Levy Exceeds $500,000
For the first time in history, the tax
levy in Chowan County has exceeded
Chairman W. E. Bond reported this
Monday at the monthly board of com
missioners meeting as the lists were turn
ed over to Sreriff Earl Goodwin to col
The levy for this year is $503,852.20.
The budget for 1968-69 was set at $458,-
500 based on a tax rate of $1.55 per
SIOO valuation and an assessed valuation
At the same time, the board gave
Sheriff Goodwin, who doubles as tax col
lector, the authority to attach personal
property to satisfy taxes against it.
In other tax matters, the board pass
ed a motion that any building removed
prior to July 1 could be considered for
relief from taxes.
Also, Tax Supervisor Sherlon Layton
was given permission to employ an ad
ditional person during January to assist
in listing taxes in Edenton.
Aces Meet Bertie
Bertie, fresh from a victory over
Williamston, comes to Edenton Friday
night to meet the Aces in a game which
has a real bearing on the 2-A Confer
ence title race. The tilt begins at 8
P. M., on Hicks Field.
Two weeks ago Williamston upset
Pasquotank Central and appeared to be
heading for the crown. And while Ber
tie was upsetting the upsetters, Central
was carving out a win over the Aces.
At Pasquotank the Aces held a 12-6
halftime lead thanks to the running of
Alfred Coston and the quarterbacking of
A1 Partin. Then in the second half the
local offense fell apart with Pasquotank’s
defense giving them only one first down
and 40 yards on the ground in the final
Partin scored on a 14-yard run and
Coston thrilled the crowd with a spec
tacular 68-yard jaunt.
something. This he has done. He has
said he won’t make any campaign prom
ises he can’t reasonably keep. This he
has done. He has said he recognizes the
needs of Northeastern North Carolina.
This he does.
Walter Jones has said he will vote the
way the people in the First District want
him to. This he has done. He has said
he will fight from the court house to
the White House the good causes of his
constituents. The record proves he has
done it. He has said he would make
himself and his office available to the
people regardless how petty their prob
lem. This he has done.
We could continue to wax as eloquent
as the dissenters. But what’s the use?
The people along The Public Parade
know both candidates and how they
stand head and shoulders above their
North Carolina and the First Con
gressional District can ill afford any
thing short of the best. It is found in
Bob Scott and Walter Jones. In other
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Mrs. Bertha B. Bunch, register of
deeds, who prepared the tax notices, said
there are 7,100 this year.
Chairman Bond read the recent grand
jury report which was critical of the
condition of the county office building,
formerly Hotel Joseph Hewes.
During the discussion, Commissioner
Dallas Jethro, Jr., said the second floor
needs work. He inquired about the cost
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Poll Is Taken
Lt. Gov. Bob Scott and George Wal
lace are leading in Chowan County in
their bid for governor and president,
However, a big percentage of those
contacted in Monday’s telephone poll are
The poll, conducted by the Govern
mental Affairs Committee of Edenton
Jaycees, included 2 per cent of the reg
istered voters in the county.
Lt. Gov. Scott had 33 per cent; Jim
Gardner, 26 per cent, and 41 per cent
Wallace, the third party candidate,
had a clear majority over Vice President
Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon.
He polled 53 per cent to 12 per cent for
Nixon and 6 per cent for the veep. The
remaining 29 per cent were undecided.
This is Employ the Handicapped Week
throughout the nation and Edward G.
Bond Post, American Legion, is joining
in the observance with a special pro
gram Tuesday night.
Charles A. Burgess, Jr., supervisor,
program of services to the handicapped
with Employment Security Commission
of North Carolina, will speak. A spe
cial invitation has been issued to mem
bers of the Hertford post to attend the
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