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No Thanks, Terry
Former Gov. Terry Sanford breezed
into Northeastern North Carolina last
* weejt and established himself as a
spokesman for Gov. Bob Scott. It has
all the characteristics of a self-appoint
ment —the easiest type available to a
In an Elizabeth City interview, San
ford talked about his political future,
toll roads, and other topics of interest.
But when he started meddling in ap
pointment of a First District State High
way Commissioner, he went one sen
tence too far.
The following is lifted from Frank
Roberts’ story in our favorite morning
“Sanford said he would be in favor
of the job of Ist District highway com
missioner going to a man from a county
that has never had such representation.
‘Pasquotank hasn’t in the history of
man’, Sanford said.”
“He added that he thinks that Gov.
Bob Scott shares that view.”
It has not been officially established
that Sanford speaks for Gov. Scott. It
extremely doubtful this is the case.
Let’s look at the highway commission
We share Gov. Sanford’s opinion that
the positions should be spread around.
But there is other criteria. Residency
ought to be on the bottom of the list; to
be considered after all other things have
been weighed. If two men have equal
credentials, then where he lives could
tip the balance.
Over in Sanford’s favorite—Pasquo
tank—he has apparently got through.
They once had two favorite sons. Then
Robert E. Foreman emerged as the most
favored among elected officials. We
now understand there will be a minority
report from the dumped faction.
Mr. Foreman has impressive cre
dentials in Pasquotank. However, they
haven’t seemed to boil over into many
of the other 14 counties in the First
If the appointment becomes a contest
between Pasquotank and Chowan, then
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' Give DSA Tonight
The Distinguished Service Award will
be presented tonight to an outstanding
young man here during a banquet at
Edenton Jaycee Community Building.
The event begins at 7:30 o’clock.
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., will
present the award during the 15th an
nual DSA, Bosses’ and Ladies’ Night
Banquet. Bill Bunch is in charge of
Wallace Evans, Jaycee president and
1967 DSA winner, will be master of
The invocation will be given by Chap
lain Junius Britton and John Becker will
entertain. Wayne Ashley will introduce
special guests and Albert Ward will rec
ognize the past DSA winners in attend
Irvin Aldridge, past president of North
Carolina Jaycees, will be principal speak
er. He will be introduced by Pete Dail.
Aldridge is assistant to the director,
Department of Administration. He ac
tively participated in the Scott for Gov
ernor campaign as Young Voter Coordi
He was general manager of Graphic
Systems in Yanceyville from November,
1959 to January 1966 when he became a
special representative for Occidental
Life Insurance Company in Raleigh. He
held this position until he became active
in the Scott campaign.
Aldridge, a native of Caswell County,
graduated from Elon College and receiv
ed his law degree from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Coast Guard Commander To Speak
Edenton Rotarians today (Thursday)
will Iftar Capt. Fred T. Merritt, head of
the U. S. Coast Guard Air Station at
McDonald Dixon, Rotary president,
encourages all members to attend the
1 P. M., luncheon at the Parish House of
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Capt. Merritt is a native Tar Heel,
born in Swansboro. He graduated from
Elizabeth City High School and attended
N. C. State University. In May, 1940,
he entered the Coast Guard and he flew
for awhile as an enlisted pilot. He was
commissioned in 1944 and promoted to
his present rank in June, 1967.
He has seen worldwide service and
holds the Air Medal, Coast Guard Good
Conduct Medal, American Area Cam
paign, and numerous other medals.
This is Capt. Merritt’s third tour of
duty in Elizabeth City. He is married
to the former Mary K. Hofler of Sun
bury and they have three children. The
Merritts attend the Episcopal Church.
Elliott Suggests Property Tax Increase
Council Balks On New Boundary Issue
Edenton Town Council will seek
whatever legislation necessary to es
tablish two precincts here, yet requ *
candidates to reside in certain estab ° g
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THE dIIOWAN HERALD
Volume XXX\ I No. 4 Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, January 23, 1969 Single Copy 10 Cents
Edenton-Chovvan Board of Education,
unable to secure additional funds for
school construction, will ask Federal
Judge John D. Larkins of Trenton for
a one-year delay in total integration of
three local high schools.
Supt. Bill Britt said today bids on
expansion at John A. Holmes High
School will be opened February 13.
At a meeting last Thursday night,
board members voted to delete the cafe
teria at D. F. Walker High School from
present plans and add two more class
rooms to the Holmes plan. It is on this
plan that contractors will be bidding.
The board still hopes to build a new
cafeteria at the Walker school just as
soon as sufficient funds are available. It
is estimated that it will cost $85,000.
Last week’s board action following a
joint meeting with county commissioners
who said the county is in no financial
conditions to advance the school board
additional funds. The county had been
asked to make available $54,741.01 so
the Holmes and Walker projects could
be completed as planned.
Chairman W. E. Bond told school of
ficials the county didn’t have the money.
“We can’t borrow that much without a
referendum.” he added and those present
agreed that such a referendum would be
rejected by the voters.
Bond said the county is rapidly ap
proaching its limit of indebtedness. “We
don't have any surplus,” he stated.
“We’ re behind the eight-ball now.”
N. J. George, a school board member,
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A 23-year-old Chowan County native
was killed in Waynesville Monday after
noon while working on a construction
Ralph Ervin Garrett died of injuries
received when he fell from scaffolding
while working with Dilßoy Construc
tion Company. It was learned that the
victim and a fellow employee were on
the scaffolding when workmen started
to move it.
The mishap occurred at 3:30 P. M.
The victim is a son of Otha and Betty
Pierce Garrett. He was not married.
In addition to his parents, surviving
are four brothers: Gilbert Garrett of
Hertford; William H. Garrett of Eden
ton; James C. Garrett of Portsmouth,
Va.; and Robert L. Garrett of Cali
fornia; and two sisters: Mrs. Hazel Anne
Byrum of Edenton, and Mrs. Shirley
Faye Byrum of Elizabeth City.
A graveside service will be held today
(Thursday) at 2 P. M., in Beaver Hill
Williford Funeral Home was in charge
Capt. Fred T. Merritt
recommended during the joint meeting
Tuesday night that the town be divided
into East Edenton and West Edenton
precincts with three councilmen being
elected from each. These precincts
would coincide with the Chowan County
The council voted 4-1 in favor of a
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SHRINE CLUB CHARTERED—NeIson Banks of New Bern, recorder for Sudan
Temple, was in Edenton last Thursday night to present the charter to Chowan Shrine
Club. Accepting the charter for the newly organized Shrine organization is charter
president Kermit Lavton. The meeting was held at Edenton Restaurant and was well
attended by Shriners from throughout the county.
Chowan Shrine Club Given Charter
I'nanimity Lodge is among the oldest
Masonic organizations in existence, hav
ing been chartered 194 years ago.
Chowan Shrine Club is one of the
newest in North Carolina, having receiv
ed its charter last Thursday night.
The organization of a Shrine Club
here was the outgrowth of 17 Chowan
County Shriners who got together two
years ago to raise money for the Crip
pled Children’s Hospitals. Because of
the interest in the Shrine and its activi
ties there were 32 charter members.
Although not formally organized,
Shriners, have conducted two successful
fish frys and contributed $1,400 to the'
hospitals. Plans are already being, made
to conduct a third fish fry September 6
with a goal of SI,OOO in profits being
The Chowan Shrine Club already has
two members from neighboring Perquim
ans County and it is believed that the
membership will be aided by additional
members from Gates, Tyrrell and Wash-
Court Session Set
A civil term of Chowan County Dis
trict Court will convene here February
10 with Judge Fentress Horner of Eliza
beth City scheduled to preside.
Eleven cases appear on the docket,
eight of which are divorce actions.
Divorces scheduled for trial include:
Mary Hurdle Burke from William
Henry Burke; Joseph Hardy Stroud
from Florence Stroud; Bessie S. Tread
well from John C. Treadwell; Lee Thom
as Swain from Florence R. Swain; James
E. Ward from Froney R. Ward; Rich
ard Anderson, Jr., from Janie Daughtry
Anderson; Lois C. Hollowed from Henry
Hollowed; and Sherwood R. Coltrain
from Mae Dean R. Coltrain.
The other three cases are:
Julian D. Blanchard et als, against Ed
ward Ward, et als; Aden L. Hornthal
against Ralph E. Parrish, Inc., and Par
rish individually; and Frances Small
Bond against Dickerson, Inc.
Among the 35 chosen for jury duty
at this term were George E. Tillett, as
sistant U. S. District Attorney; State
Trooper Robert H. Allen; and Edenton
Policeman Franklin McCoy Parker.
Others scheduled to appear include:
George E. Nixon, Charles Cleve Cling
erman, Mrs. Marie R. Wheeler, John
Henry Bond, James A. Elliott, Jr., James
Richard Morgan, Sr., J. Carroll Byrum,
Jr., Lena Holley, O. J. Forehand, Ray
Hollowed, and William C. Crummey.
Also, Dr. L. A. Dees, Walter S. Jerni
gan, Mrs. R. N. Carroll, Mrs. Nora W.
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statewide 1 per cent increase in sales
tax with the revenue being sent back
to municipalities. Councilman J. I).
Elliott voted against the measure.
Earlier, Elliott said Edenton has one
of the lowest tax rates in the state. He
said if more money is needed for operat
ing the town then property taxes should
Kermit Layton is charter president
and accepted the official charter from
Nelson Banks of New Bern, Sudan Tem
ple recorder. The meeting was held at
Edenton Restaurant and regular meet
ings will be held the third Thursday in
each month at 6 P. M. *
In addition to Layton, officers are:
W. H. Bunch, vice president; Warren
Twiddy, secretary; and Elijah White,
Members of the board of directors
are: George Twiddy, J. E. Bufflap, Dan
Reaves, C. A. Perrv and W. H. Rhoades.
Hospital Auxiliary Tickets Being Sold
Tickets this week went on sale for
the annual Chowan Hospital Auxiliary
Bad, to be held February 8 at Chowan
Golf & Country Club.
Mrs. Edward G. Bond, ticket chair
man, said only 150 tickets will be sold
and encouraged those who plan to attend
to purchase their tickets in the next few
days. Tickets for the dinner-dance are
Former patrons of the ball will be
contacted first before tickets will be
available to the general public.
Profits from this benefit will go to
Chowan Hospital. In the past it has
proven to be one of the more popular
benefits staged in the area with several
hundred dollars each year being used
to good advantage at the hospital.
The event will be formal.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Surratt are
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FIRST TICKET SOLD—Jesse L. Htrrall, chairman of the beard of trustees at Chowan
HoapttaL purchased the first ticket to the i nnual Hospital Auxiliary Ball from Mrs. Ed
ward G. Bond, center, ticket committee chairman. Looking on at right is Mrs. Thomas
Surratt, co-chairman of the event to be held February 8 at Chowan Golf k Country
be raised. He added that the citizens
of Edenton cannot expect the town to
continue to make progress on a $1 per
SIOO valuation tax rate.
Luther C. Parks, mayor pro tern and
the senior member of the council, was
most vocal in his objections to any
change in representation.
Parks said the council would be “run
ning a hot wire” if the representation
was changed. He said it would clear
the way for all members of the council
to be from a two block area of Edenton.
“We have been interested in spread
ing representation,” Parks said. “This
would be doing away with it.”
There are now 1,800 registered voters
in Edenton. Os this number 769 reside
in West Edenton and 1,089 reside in
East Edenton, with Broad Street and
Virginia Road being the dividing line.
If the two precincts were established
and the wards abandoned, Councilman
David White would be placed in East
Edenton with Councilmen Parks and Leo
Katkaveck. Henry Quinn, an at-large
councilman, also resides in this precinct.
In West Edenton are Councilmen Her
bert Hollowed and J. D. Elliott. Elliott
being an at-large representative.
During the sometimes heated discuss
ion, when councilmen expressed the opin
ion that voters would not favor change
in the system of representation. Claude
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R. T. Pickier, 60,
Taken In Death
Reece T. Pickier, president of Eden
ton Construction Company, Inc., died
unexpectedly at his home Sunday morn
ing. He was 60.
Mr. Pickier was a native of Albemarle,
the son of Mrs. Lillie Brinkley of Pine
Bluff and the late John W. Pickier.
He was married to the former Julia
Sutton, who survives.
In addition to his wife, surviving are
two sons: Patrick B. Pickier of Raleigh;
and Paul T. Pickier of the home: one
daughter, Miss Carol E. Pickier of Eden
ton; one brother. M. C. Pickier of Wil
mington; three sisters: Mrs. William
Dieterle of California; and Mrs. Eloise
Adcox and Mrs. J. Douglas David, both
of Pine Bluff; and three grandchildren
Mr. Pickier was past master of Una
nimity Lodge No. 7, A.F.&A.M., was
active in the Red Men and a member of
the Associated General Contractors of
Funeral services were held at 11 A. M.
Tuesday in Williford Memorial Chapel
with Rev. E. L. Earnhardt officiating.
Pallbearers were J. Kermit Layton.
Clarence Bass, Bill Sawyer. Linwood
Lane, Don Faircloth. Jr., and Bill Potts
Burial was in Beaver Hill Cemetery
with Masonic rites.
co-chairmen of the event. Surratt is hos
They have completed their assign
ments of committee chairmen, which are
Decorations: Mrs. C. A. Phillips and
Mrs. J. Gilliam Wood; buffet. Mrs. W.
P. Jones; welcome, Mrs. John Lavezzo
and Mrs. Warren Twiddy; publicity, 1..
F. Amburn, Jr.: reservations, Mrs. T. C.
Byrum, Jr., and Mrs. Joseph M.
Thorud; program, Mrs. Marsha Cran
dall; and entertainment, Mrs. Richard
Music for dancing will be furnished by
the popular group of Dr. Woodrow Pitt
man of Ahoskie.
Serving on the ticket committee with
Mrs. Bond are: Mrs. C. T. Dixon, Jr.,
Mrs. Thomas C. Cross, Mrs. Alton El
more, and Mrs. Clarence E. Britton.