Volume XXXVI—No. 6
CLlu' public arad. I
SW/Z In Vogue
Those who have begun to believe that
old fashioned whippings are out of step
with modern punishment practices would
have been shocked here Tuesday.
Judge Fentress Horner is one who
believes a good whipping can be the
best punishment, still.
A juvenile appeared in Chowan Coun
ty District Court, charged with the theft
of some $1.60 from the pocketbook of
a spectator during a basketball game
at Holmes Gymnasium.
Judge Horner told the embarrassed
parents he was willing to dismiss the
charge if the father would agree to
the juvenile. “That’s really
what he needs,” the jurist stated. “Don’t
let up on him but give him 10 or 12
good licks,” he added.
A belt was substituted for a paddle
at police headquarters where Chief J.
D. Parrish witnessed compliance with
the judge’s order.
As a parent we must plead guilty to
being somewhat reluctant to apply the
hand low enough and hard enough. Our
parents weren’t; how well we remember
We can’t recall whether or not our
mother parts her hair on the left or
right side, but we can remember that
she was an authority on keeping 11 chil
dren in line with punishment such as
Judge Horner believes in.
The able jurist from Pasquotank has
spoken loudly: Whippings are still in
“We ain’t getting our share!”
This has been the favorite battle cry
of Eastern North Carolinians for dec
ades. Those who meander along The
Public Parade have often times been in
the forefront, putting out the biggest
The call was also heard in Western
North Carolina. It was heard first.
They named their baby Appalachia near
ly three years ago. The East remained
the red-headed stepchild.
All signs point to the fact that our
voices have finally been heard. The
governor of North Carolina said to the
governor of South Carolina and the gov
ernor of Georgia overheard. Then all
three talked straight to the powers that
be in Washington and Coastal Plains
Regional Commission was born.
Chowan County commissioners were
told Monday this commission will ask
Congress for $ 169-million to develop
this region economically. The com
missioners were also told a new high
way development plan would be pleas
ing to local eyes ultimately pocket
Chowan is being asked to join seven
other Northeastern North Carolina coun
ties in forming a multi-county district.
With a qualified staff planning could be
advanced to action.
This may be another calculated step
toward abolition of some counties. Nev
' ertheless, if our commissioners pass up
this opportunity to join in something as
big and as promising as the Coastal
Plains Regional Commission, they will
be doing the citizens here a great dis
To cry about not getting our share is
one thing. To be unwilling to do our
part is another. By expressing a wil
lingness to cooperate with neighbors
Chowan can again demonstrate an~ un
selfish interest in total development of
Northeastern North Carolina.
We have already gone too far turn
Two Promoted By Peoples Bank
Peoples Bank & Trust Company has
promoted one teller to assistant cashier
and elevated a local director to member
ship on the executive loan committee.
Mrs. Marjorie Britton, a teller at the
Consumer Loan Branch, was promoted
THE CHOWAN HERALD
to assistant'cashier at the bank’s annual
stockholder’s meeting in Rocky Mount
Friday. The announcement of this pro
motion was made by W. H. Stanley,
At the same time, J. Gilliam Wood,
chairman of Peoples local board of di
rectors, announced the promotion of W.
B. Gardner to the executive loan com
mittee. This committee is composed of
six directors of the local board.
Mrs. Britton has been employed by
Peoples Bank & Trust Company either
part-time or fulltime since 1954. For
the past three years she has been assign
ed to the Consumer Credit Branch. W.
H. Easterling is vice president in charge
of this branch.
The new bank officer is married to
Earl Britton and they reside with their
i three children at 922 North Broad
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"HAMS" IN SPOTLIGHT—The annual membership campaign of Edenton Little Thea
ter is now underway with a goal of 200 set by J. H. Conger, Jr, right, membership
ch&iiman. Getting a kick out of d’scusiion of a forthcoming production with the
chairman is John Becker, Little Theater president. Becker will direct "The Odd
Couple" which will be presented in April during the tour.
Little Theater Seeks 200 Members
“The Edenton Little Theater has
made great strides during the past sev
eral years, growing stronger in number
by increased membership and therefore
being able to plan, encourage, promote
and practice the various dramatic arts
to the end that the enjoyment, educa
tion and enlightenment of its members
and the interested public may be
This is the opening statement of J. H.
Conger, Jr., membership chairman, as
the local amateur group launches a drive
to corral a record 200 local citizens in
The present membership is 186 but
Conger has expressed confidence in
boosting it to the two century mark.
Big Gains Noted
Edenton Savings & Loan Association
continued to exceed past records during
1968 and its president has told stock
holders he expects another banner year
J. Clarence Leary, president, reported
to stockholders Monday night that total
assets at the end of 1968 stood at
$5.56.3,636, which is an increase of
$532,897 over 1967.
“Cur total savings stands at $4,974,194
which is an increase of $467,797 over
our savings of a year ago,” he said.
The association paid the largest divi
dend on record during the year—s2o3,-
536, some $10,456 over last year.
“In our efforts to assist the families
of our community to own their own
homes, we made 162 loans which
amounted to $913,438 and brought the
total mortgage loans to $4,691,149,” he
Leary said the thrift and home fi
nancing services are vital to the wel
fare of all communities and it is a
source of considerable pride that this
institution makes an important contri
bution in this area.
“We look forward to 1969 as another
successful year and we invite your con
tinued support as we move to serve the
needs of our rapidly growing area,” he
told the stockholders.
James C. ( x Pete) Dail is executive vice
president of the association.
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932 February 6, 1969
At the same time as the membership
campaign is underway, John Becker,
president, has announced that the di
rectors have chosen “The Odd Couple”
as the little theater’s spring production.
It will be presented April 17 and 19,
during Edenton Woman’s Club biennial
tour of homes.
Reading for parts in Neil Simon’s hit
play will be held February 12 and 13
in Conger's office on Dock Street.
There are parts for six men and two
women and Becker, who will direct the
production, said he hopes many people
interested in dramatics will read at 7:30
P. M., on the designated dates. Conger
will produce the play.
The little theater’s recent production
of “Blithe Spirit” was a great success.
Conger states. The attendance was
about 1,100, a new record.
“We urge you to give serious consid
eration to joining our little theater
group,” Conger writes, “whose every
effort is directed toward promotion,
practice, and encouragement of the vari
ous dramatic arts in our area.”
The $5 membership not only allows
citizens to participate in the various
productions, but gives him a vote at the
annual meeting and a season ticket to
Land Study Slated
A committee from Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education has been appointed
to study property requirements at John
A. Holmes High School.
At Monday's meeting, Supt. Bill Britt
reported that some privately owned
property east of Hicks Field possibly
could be purchased. Dr. Edward G.
Bond, chairman, appointed O. C. Long,
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HEART FUND LEADERS—Nr*. Cltrtoc* Britton Is flanked by leaders of lha 1969
Heart Fund in Chowan County. At loft U Bob Wallor, campaign chairman, with Clar
ence Z. Shackleford, benefits chairman, at right. Mrs. Britton is county chapter presi
dent. The Brat benefit will be at 7:30 P. M. Saturday in Swain Auditorium.
Chowan is one of eight Northeastern
North Carolina counties being asked to
join in a multi-county district of Coas
tal Plains Regional Commission.
County commissioners were briefly
introduced to the program Monday and
told the purpose of the program is to
assist areas of sparse population to de
Three states—North and South Ca
rolina and Georgia—have joined together
to establish the commission and three
multi-county districts in this state have
already been funded. There are five
proposed districts in North Carolina.
R. E. Timberlake of the State Plan
ning Task Force, said commissioners are
being asked to study the proposed dis
trict and make a decision as to whether
or not to join.
W. E. Bond, chairman of the board,
asked about the county's cost in the
project. Timberlake said in the three
functioning districts it had averaged
seven cents per capita.
Dr. James Stone, associate coordinator
of the state agency, said the districts
were based on economic growth areas.
“We hope the state will not dictate to
you which counties you want to work
with,” Dr. Stone said.
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Bank Buys Notes
Peoples Bank & Trust Company has
purchased the SIOO,OOO hospital bond
anticipation notes from Chowan County.
The sale was confirmed Tuesday by
the Local Government Commission.
Peoples was among five bidders on
the notes and was low with a net interest
of 3.480 per cent. The high was 4.993
The notes mature in three months and
will be paid from the sale of sl-million
in hospital bonds. Chowan County is
currently advertising for bids on a 61-
bed new hospital to be located on a 25-
acre traci west of Chowan Medical Cen
ter on Highway 32.
County, state and federal money avail
able for the project is $1,708,000.
Waller Directs Chowan Heart Fund
Bob Waller will head the 1969 Heart
Fund Campaign in Chowan County, it
was announced by Mrs. Clarence Brit
ton, president of the Chowan County
Waller reminds the public that “Heart
disease is still the leading killer in North
Carolina, the nation and the world.”
“Last year,” he said, “in North Caro
lina alone 23,000 persons died from
He said, “the best way we can stop
this killer is by contributing to the
Working with Waller for a successful
James C. Dail
Mayor Names Dail
To Housing Post
James C. (Pete) Dail, 206 South
Oakum Street, this week was appointed
to Edenton Housing Authority. His
term expires October 1.
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., ap
pointed Dail to replace Merrill Evans,
Jr., who recently resigned. Evans re
signed when he was chosen tc do the
authority’s legal work.
Jack Habit is chairman of the local
authority which is working to bring low
rent public housing to Edenton. The
local authority has been allocated 100
units and preliminary work is now being
In addition to Habit and Dail, au
thority members are C, A. Benson,
George W. Lewis and A. C. Hudson.
The authority will meet at 9 A. M.,
February 18 to discuss entering into a
leased housing project which could put
at least 50 additional units in the area.
Dail, executive vice president of
Edenton Savings & Loan Association, is
among the area’s most active young
business executives. He is a past di
rector and treasurer of Edenton Cham
ber of Commerce and is active in Eden
In 1964 he was named recipient of
the Distinguished Service Award and
has headed many area fund raising cam
campaign will be Clarence Shackelford
as benefits chairman.
Rural Heart Fund directors are Mrs.
Cotter White and Mrs. Albert Ward,
and for Negro communities, Mrs. Robert
Treasurer and memorial gifts chair
man is Mrs. Fred Keeter and special
gifts, Mrs. Earl Goodwin. Mrs. J. P.
Ricks, Jr., is chairman of public edu
Special activities planned for the
month include Heart Sunday, Balloon
and Tag Day, Teenage Dance, as well
as business solicitations.
The first benefit will be a Country
and Western Show at 7:30 P. M., Sat
urday. Shackelford said the two-hour
program will be staged in Swain Audi
Jesse Harmon, local banjo player, will
be a featured attraction with Roby
Huffman and his Blue Grass Cut-Ups.
The Billy Olds Band, Rocky Hock
Cavaliers and the Lonely Boys round
out the program. Admission is $1 for
adults and 50 cents for children.
Dickerson Is Low
Dickerson, Inc., was low bidder for
improvements on U. S. 17, near Edenton
The Monroe firm’s low bid was
The work includes 0.227 miles of grad
ing, bituminous concrete base and sur
face on improvements on U. S. 17 in
Edenton from about 900 feet east of
Pembroke Creek Bridge, southeast, for
This project was among bids totaling
$12,976,540.20 received Thursday by
the State Highway Commission. The
low bids will be reviewed by the com
mission when it meets in Raleigh on
There were 32 projects in 31 counties
involving more than 79 miles of road
construction in this letting.
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