Chowan Highway Projects Sparse Under Moore
HAMlLTON—Activities of the State
Highway Commission in Division One
over th« past three and a half years have
produced new construction and improve
ments on all systems totaling 823.902
miles at k cost of $25,725,197.12. These
figures were released today by Com
missioner Donald G. Matthews, Jr., of
Matthews, who was appointed to the
Highway Commission by Gov. Dan
Moore/effective July 1, 1965, was re
sponsible for developing the multi-mil
lion dollar highway program for Bertie,
Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare,
Gates, Hyde, Hertford, Martin, North
ampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyr
rell' and Washington counties.
There have been three contract pro
jects 'in Chowan County, all of them
dealing with Highway 32.
Contract was let July 26, 1966, for
$98,412 to resurface two sections of this
highway, a total distance of 12.20 miles.
Then in October, 1966, a contract for
$237,801.20 for work on Highway 32
and U. S. 158 in Chowan, Gates and
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXVI—No. 1 Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, January 2, 1969. Single Copy 10 Cents
(Chi' public |lararte
At the beginning of each year property
owners must do two things. They must
list their property for taxes and those
who own automobiles must purchase new
license plates. And if you live within
the corporate limits of the Town of
Edenton you must fork out an extra
buck for another tag.
Tax Supervisor Sherlon Layton has
gone to great pains to make the tax list
ing chore as painless on the citizens as
possible. Special hours have been ar
ranged to make it convenient for every
one to list.
Such is not the case with the Town of
Edenton. Those who own vehicles have
to make two stops in order to be reliev
ed of sll or more (or their new license
plates. The state lags are sold at Eden
ton Os fee Supply and the town tags are
sold at. the Municipal \ Building across
For a matter of a few cents both tags
could be\ sold at the same location.
Enough extra town tags would be sold
when the i motorist purchases his state
plate to offset the cost of getting them
The citijpns didn’t get the Christmas
present of backyard garbage collection
requested by Mayor John A. Mitchener,
Jr. It was said to be too costly and
cause uselejs steps by the employees.
The license plate deal is something else.
The useless steps are made by the citi
zens, who are often times not taken into
Know The Signals
Most of die “days,” “weeks” and
“months” declared by various groups are
merely promotional platforms for their
special viewpoint or product. Attaching
a§me order of priority to a multitude of
“causes” Is no easy task.
One such cause has now claimed Jan
uary as a different kind of “month”. It
has been designated Alcoholism Infor
mation Month and we believe it merits
everybody’s attention—and participation.
Alcoholism is now one of the “big
Four” health problems in America—ap
proaching cancer, heart disease and men
tal illness in national impact. There are
6.5 million alcoholics. The cost in dol-
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COHTUI wnmms— Th« first place whiners to lto IW Chrts&na* nwirtw Con
test m» (km atom At Mb tto outrenee to the Thomas Brrum hom. Watt Eton
Hi I rtf which took first place la tto doorway division while old Sato Clans and his
part tad doorway decoration* at the Hobart Brooke home, Johnston Street, won the first
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ONE OF THREE—OnIy thr«* contract highway projacta in Chowan County nay* own
completed during the past three and one-half years and this is one of them. It is the
"improrement" to an intersection of Highway 32 and U. S. 17 in North Edenton. A report
- issued by Highway Commissioner Don Matthews, Jr., of Hamilton shows all three con
tract jobs in this county inrolred Highway 32.
Pasquotank counties. The other was a
contract on September 26, 1967, for
placing curb and guttering and widening
the intersection of Highway 32 and U. S.
17 in the Town of Edenton. All of the
Property Listing Started
Chowan County property owners,
more than 9,500 strong, begin their an
nual trek to the tax lister today (Thurs
Tax Supervisor Sherlon Layton said
all is in readiness at the various places
of listing. Also, more than 2,500 tax
abstracts have been mailed to property
owners who live outside Chowan County.
Property owners have until February
3 to list their real estate or personal
property for the purpose of taxing.
Those who do not list by the deadline
Four homeowners in Edenton have
been given cash prizes and many oth
ers commended for their decorations dur
ing the holidays.
The Christmas Decorations Contest,
sponsored by the Fine Arts Department
of the Edenton Woman’s Club, was
judged December 23. There were two
categories—originality and doorway—for
which cash prizes of $lO and $5 to each
first and - second place winner was offer
ed. Winners were announced by Mrs.
J. D. Elliott, chairman.
For originality, first place went to
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks, 816 John
ston Street, and second place to Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Holmes, 111 Blount Street.
In the doorway category, Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Byrum, 218 West Eden
Street, won first place and Mr. and Mrs.
Rodney T. Harrell, Jr., 300 North Broad
Street, placed second.
Honorable mention for originality went
to: Mr. and Mrs. T. John F. Becker,
108 North Granville Street, Mr. and
Mrs. Madison Phillips, Jr., Moseley
Street, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Harmon, 45
Hawthorne Road, Mr. and Mrs. Thur
man Lane, South Oakum Street, and Mr.
and Mrs. John Graham, 103 Blount
In the entrance and doorway division,
honorable mention went to Mr. and Mrs.
W. H. Hollowell, Queen Anne Place,
Miss Mary Elliott, 209 East Water
Street, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones, 201
Blount Street, and Col. and Mrs. W. B.
Rosevear, 121 West King Street.
projects have been completed.
Chowan County had 12 projects allo
cated under the force account which
totaled $261,151.97. Five of the pro
jects are now under construction with
will pay a 10 per cent penalty. It is
estimated that fewer than one-half of 1
per cent of property owners fail to list
during the authorized period.
Layton said the hours for listing have
been arranged to make it as convenient
on the citizens as possible. Night list
ing has again been arranged in the Sec
ond Township since it has proven help
ful to citizens in the past.
Most of the non-resident property
owners, and this list is growing each
year, according to Layton, own lots at
developments such as Arrowhead and
Chowan Beaches and Cape Colony.
Because of these developments as well
as increased industrial activity it is esti
mated that the number of taxpayers has
increased by more than one third in
the past four years.
Layton also pointed out that all male
persons between the ages of 21 and 50
years, regardless of their lack of owner
ship of personal or real property, must
list for poll tax.
Listing in the First Township will be
at the tax office in the county office
building from 9 A. M., to 5 P. M., Mon
day through Friday and from 9 A. M.,
to 12 noon on Saturday. Listers here
will be Mrs. Pattie S. Byrum, Mrs.
Myrtle W. Hare, Mrs. Gray L. Good
win, and Mrs. Sadie H. Hoskins.
Wayne Bunch will be lister in the
Second Township. He will be at W. E.
Smith’s Store Monday and Thursday
nights from 6 to 9 o’clock and have the
following schedule the remainder of the
month: January 7, W. L. Miller’s Store;
January 9, Sloan’s Grocery; January 14
and 28, M&R Service Center; and Jan
uary 21, Archie Nixon’s Store. He will
be available from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M.,
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Drug Count Aired
Alfred P. Bateman, Jr., 16, 119 West
Hicks Street, was given an active jail
sentence Tuesday when he entered a
plea of guilty to possession of barbitu
It was one of the few such charges
ever aired in Chowan County District
Judge Fentress Horner of Elizabeth
City sentenced Bateman to 60 days in
The defendant was arrested by Eden
ton Police Department last week. Con
fiscated were nine one and one-half cap
sules of seconal sodium 10 mg.
The youth also faces a charge of pub
Judge Homer Serves Notice On Drivers Who Drink
Judge Fentress Horner, presiding in
Chowan County District Court Tues
day, served warning that he is institut
ing a get tough policy for dealing with
people who drink and drive.
The jurist gave one defendant an ac
tive road sentence for driving drunk.
Earlier he placed a SIOO fine on a de
fendant charged with a minor traffic vio
lation after the officer testified the driv
er had been drinking.
Judge Horner said judges should get
away from giving the minimum fine in
drunk driving cases. He said he had
read recently where alcohol was involved
in a majority of fatal accidents.
“They (defendants) can appeal to
Superior Court and get off with a fine,”
the other seven having been completed.
The projects include:
Green Road, SR 1330, grade, drain,
stabilize, 0.9 miles; $9,247.23.
Tyner Church Road, SR 1322, grade,
drain, base and pave, 0.41 miles; $19,-
Greenfield Road, SR 1100, pave, 3.3
Nixon Road, SR 1225, base, 2.4
Perry Road, SR 1211, complete base,
erosion control and pave, 1.6 miles;
Rider Lane, SR 1107, grade, drain and
stabilize, 0.3 miles; $9,862.42.
Wingfield Road, SR 1228, grade,
drain, base and pave, 2.8 miles; $67,-
Small Lane, SR 1209, grade, drain and
stabilize, 0.4 miles, $3,600.
Paxton Road, SR 1106, grade, drain
and stabilize 1.0 miles, $7,200.
Blanchard’s Road, SR 1324, grade,
drain and stabilize, 0.5 miles, $4,500.
Jeep Lane and Dolly White Road, SR
1116 and SR 1229, grade, drain and
TIME TO BUY TAGS—The auto license application card, shewn at bottom, and sll will
get most motorists their 1969 state license plate and the Town of Edenton tag. Both tags
go on sale today (Thursday)—the state at Edenton Office Supply. and the town at the
Municipal Building. T v ey must be displayed by February 15.
Sale Os 1969 License Plates Begins
North Carolina and Town of Edenton
auto license plates go on sale here today
(Thursday) and vehicle owners have
■mtil February 15 to obtain new tags.
W. B. Gardner, town administrator,
said Town Council agreed to absorb the
increase in price in the metal tags rather
Hurt In Mishaps
Elvin Britton, 12, and Mark Drew,
seven, both of Route 3, Edenton, were
injured over the holidays in separate
mishaps involving a motor vehicle.
Young Britton was struck by a 1968
Pontiac driven by Ronald Vegarzewski,
33, of Emporia, Va., as he was riding his
bicycle in the Rocky Hock community.
State Trooper D. T. Thomas said
Britton was treated at Chowan Hospital
It was reported that Vegarzewski,
headed south, pulled to his left to pass
the bicycle when the youngster also turn
ed to the left, striking the car. Damage
was set at $45.
Trooper Robert Allen investigated the
accident Sunday afternoon in which
young Drew sustained a broken leg when
struck by a 1963 Buick being operated
by Willie Augustus Carter, 41, Route 3,
Carter said he was unable to stop in
time to avoid hitting the Drew child as
he darted from the side of the road into
the path of the car.
No charges have been preferred.
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he continued. ‘“But I am going to do
what I think is right.”
He admitted, however, that he “can’t
change the world”.
Louis Milton Williams, charged with
second offense of driving drunk and driv
ing after his license had been revoked,
was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
He also was charged with improper regi
stration and no liability insurance and
was given six months to run /concurrent
ly with the other sentence. Notice of
appeal was entered and he was released
under SSOO bond.
In other cases called by Solicitor Wil
ton Walker, Judge Horner took the fol
lowing action: *
Embry William Perry, drunk driving,
stabilize, 1.4 miles; $11,500.
Brayhall Road, grade, drain and spot
stabilize, 1.4 miles; $13,200.
During the period since July 1, 1965,
when the current Highway Commission
took office, 1,037 contracts have been
awarded for the construction of 10,198.98
miles of road on the primary, interstate,
secondary and urban highway systems.
The total expenditure of the Highway
Commission during the three and a half
year period, including Appalachian High
way Funds, which come from a special
source, and maintenance funds, amounts
During the same period, secondary
road improvements, including paving,
have been programmed across the state
totaling 7,312.51 miles, with a total
value of $119,590,202. It should be
noted that some of the total mileage and
total dollar value recorded in the sec
ondary road program are also reflected
in the total contract award figures since
July 1, 1965, with a good deal more sec
ondary road work awarded to contract
during this period than in previous years.
than go to windshield decals The town
tags will still be SI and are similar to
those used in 1968.
Town tags are sold at the Municipal
Building between the hours of 8:30
A. M., and 5 P. M.. Monday through
Surrounding area residents may obtain
North Carolina plates at Edenton Office
Supply, 501 South Broad Street. The
license office is open from 9 A. M., to
4 P. M .Monday through Friday and 9
A. M.. to 12 noon on Saturday.
The local license agent, Mrs. Goldie
L. Niblett, points out that "to renew a
license plate you must have a renewal
card” and cautions against the misplac
ing of i when it is received. She also
asks you to open the envelope, read the
instructions and complete the applica
tion according to instructions before pre-
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There will be no winter tobacco meet
ing in Chowan County.
Harry Venters, agricultural extension
agent, urges tobacco growers to tune in
Channel 9, Greenville, this Saturday,
from 7 to 9 A. M. A tobacco workshop
will be conducted at this time by ex
tension tobacco specialists from N. C.
This program will cover varieties, fer
tilization, disease and insect control, etc.,
similar to what is covered in winter
second offense, 12 months, suspended
upon payment of S2OO fine and costs
and not drive for four years. Notice of
appeal entered and bond set at $250.
Forrest A. Anderson, speeding. $7 fine
Ernest Clarence Freeman, drunk driv
ing, 90 days, suspended upon payment
of SIOO fine and costs and not drive for
Alexander Martin, two charges of ac
cessory to issuance of worthless checks,
Clarence Elliott, assault with a deadly
weapon, not guilty.
Oscar William Fleming, traffic vio
lation, not guilty.
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