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' For Schools
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education’s
motion for a one-year stay in execu
tion of an order to establish a “complete
unitary nonracial school system” will be
heard in Wilson Wednesday.,
Federal Judge John D. Larkins, Jr.,
will hear the motion at 4 P. M., accord
nig to W. J. P. Earnhardt, Jr., attorney
for the board.
In a legal document filed February 3,
Earnhardt asked for an extension of
time to comply with Judge Larkins’ or
der of July 30, 1968, until the school
“The grounds for said motion are
that the defendant, due to reasons and
circumstances beyond its control, will
be unable to complete the construction
of the necessary classrooms and facili
ties at John A. Holmes High School to
house and educate all grades in a uni
tary system by the opening of the school
year 1969-70; and that should it be
ordered to do so earlier than the year
V 1970-71, then the education of all junior
and senior high school students in the
defendant’s administrative unit will be
seriously and irreparably impaired,” ac
cording to the motion.
Supt. Bill Britt said bids on the ad
ditions to Holpies school will be opened
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Is Aired In Court
Judge W. S. Privott lectured to two
Negro teenagers Tuesday about the dan
gers of their conduct on Halloween night
which resulted in damage to a car bear
ing a “Wallace” for president sticker.
Presiding in Chowan County District
Court, Judge Privott told Roy Cope
land and Erie Lee Jordan, both 16, that
their conduct went past the Halloween
He was told by Police Capt. Harvey
Williams that investigation indicated the
’ , car at Holmes High School was damaged
because it bore a Wallace bumper
“There is a right way and a wrong
\ way to carry out political convictions,”
Judge Privott told the youths. He said
everyone is entitled to his or her own
political beliefs but the matters should
be settled through rules rather than de
He gave Copeland and Jordan identi
cal sentences of four months, suspended
upon payment of $25 fine and costs and
placed on probation for two years.
The defendants entered pleas of guil
ty. Four co-defendants arrested by
police after investigation of the incident
went free when Solicitor Wilton Walker
said he could net make out a case against
Judge Privott took the following action
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Saving Bonds Sales Short Os Quota
Chowan County failed to meet its
U. S. Savings Bond quota last year for
the first time in many years; according
to R. Graham White, county volunteer
White said sales for December
amounted to $6,206, bringing the coun
ty’s bond sales total for the year to
$85,103. This is 82.5 per cent of its
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°* weet chafannan of the agriculture committee, and Astor Perry of Raleigh, N. C. State University peanut specialist The
Mp M peanut farmers ta a* county wore honored Monday n ! ghl at the annual peanut banquet held at Oak Grove Community Center.
Special Legislation Sought
Edenton Town Council Tuesday nigh
passed a resolution calling for specia
legislation in the General Assembly tc
annex huge areas surrounding the town.
Following the suggestion of Town Ad
ministrator W. B. Gardner to give “quick
and favorable consideration” to his pro
posal, the council instructed him to em
ploy a surveyor to determine the new
town limits and to contact district legis
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CL he public parade
Bold, But Justified
Let us be among the first to congratu
late Edenton Town Council for its am
bitious approach to annexation. In the
years to come those who meander along
The Public Parade will benefit from
their action—including property owners
who at the outset might think other
It is not easy to annex. For this
reason past councils have not done so
on any widespread plan.
The proposal made Tuesday night by
Town Administrator W. B. Gardner met
with favor from the councilmen. The
fact that they voted unanimous in favor
of a resolution to proceed gives strength
to the proposal.
Before the ink on this gets dry Rep.
Phil Godwin and Bill Culpepper will
be pressured to move with caution. We
hope they will be as progressive as the
town council and move with dispatch to
get special legislation passed to imple
ment the Gardner proposal.
To do otherwise would favor special
interest groups over the citizens as a
Lesson In Values
During a recent meeting of Edenton-
Chowan Board of Education there was
considerable discussion about future
property requirements in the vicinity of
John A. Holmes. High School. A specific
target was town property now leased to
Chowan Veneer Company, Inc.
If this board has engaged in more
idle conversation, this writer has not 1
witnessed it. The mere suggestion of J
ever obtaining this property for use by
the schools is too silly for intelligent
people to consider.
While the veneer firm’s lease was to
expire July 1. the town is obligated to
honor options until 1999. Had our town
officials not been willing to do so. there
is little question but that the $500,000
in capital improvements made by this
company during the past 10 years would
have gone elsewhere—more than likely
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annual quota of $103,200.
Meanwhile, the program experienced
its most successful peacetime year in
North Carolina during 1968.
Cumulative sales of $64,506,618 were
up 6.9 per cent over 1967 and were the
highest since 1945, ranking North Ca
rolina ninth in the nation in per cent
of annual quota achieved.
° Tors concerning the local bill.
-j Gardner’s proposal, while not dealing
T specifics, was described as being “ex
-5 l.sive” annexation to the east, west and
5 !-th. He called on the council to “an-
’.j enough area to allow the town to
g o inue to grow in every direction.”
% denton Planning Board and Zoning
~p, mission has recommended the an
tion of certain parcels adjacent to
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WHERE TWO DlED—Shown above are the remains of a 1958 Pontiac which wrecked
early Saturday morning on U. S. 17, just north of Edenton, in which two Chowan
County Negroes were instantly killed. The car skidded out of control and struck
the huge tree at right. One of the victims was pinned in the wreckage for more than
45 m.nutes. The driver was thrown some 45 feet from the vehicle.
Two Die In
The first highway fatalities in Cho
wan County this year occurred early
Saturday morning when two Negroes
were killed on l’. S. 17, just north of
State Trooper R. H. Allen identified
the victims as James Edward Jackson,
Jr.. 26. Route 2, Edenton; and Grady
I.ee Liverman. 25, also of Route 2,
Six divorces were granted Monday
morning during a civil session of Cho
wan County District Court. Judge
Fentress Horner of Elizabeth City pre
Divorces granted included;
Joseph Hardy Stroud from Florence
Stroud; Bessie S. Treadwell from John
C. Treadwell; Lee Thomas Swain from
Florence R. Swain; Janies E. Ward from
Froney R. Ward; Lois C. Hollowed from
Henry Hollowed; and Sherwood R. Col
train from Mae Dean R. Coltrain.
In another matter heard, Judge Horn
er awarded Dr. Aden L. Hornthal a
judgment against Ralph E. Parrish, Inc.,
of $57.50, plus interest from July 1.
The plaintiff and defendant were to
share the costs.
The suit developed out of a trans
action involving lease of a residence on
Twiddy Avenue. Dr. Hornthal had
sought to recover slls in advance rent.
the town. However, Gardner’s proposal
is much more widespread.
He said until a surveyor can run the
lines it cannot be determined accurately
how many acres are included in the an
nexation plan nor how many people are
involved. He did say it would be
Councilmen were in unanimous agree
ment to seek the special legislation.
Mrs. Mildred Liverman, 20. Route 2.
Edenton, is a patient at Chowan Hos
pital where she was taken following the
Trooper Allen placed the time of the
fatal accident at 2 A. M.
He said the 1958 Pontiac being driven
by Jackson was apparently traveling at
a high rate of speed when it left the
highway, glanced off a tree, struck a
pole and slammed into a larger tree.
Jackson was thrown from the wreck
age and his body was found some 45
feet from the demolished vehicle. Liver
man was pinned in the car and it was
nearly an hour after the mishap before
his body was freed.
Trooper C. T. Thomas assisted in in
vestigating the wreck. Edenton Police
were called to the scene immediately
after the wreck was discovered as was
Edenton-Chowan Rescue Squad.
Then at 3:15 A. M„ Trooper Allen
investigated a wreck 18 miles north of
Edenton on Highway 32 when a 1965
GMC truck had gone out of control
Thomas Edward Francis, 50, Route 3,
Edenton, was driver of the vehicle which
was loaded with apples. He allegedly
went to sleep and the truck went off the
road and overturned on its top. Dam
age was estimated at $3,000.
Francis was taken to Chowan Hos
Noah Sugg, Greene County Farmer
and District Field Representative for the
National Farmers Organization, will hold
a meeting Monday, February 7 at the
Rocky Hock Community Building.
He urges farmers to be present to
discuss organization of a National Farm
ers Organization chapter in Chowan
Alvin Evans Wins Peanut Award
The top SO peanut farmers in Cho
wan County were honored Monday night
at a banquet held at Oak Grove Com
munity Center. Hosting the event was
the Agriculture Committee of Edenton
Chamber of Commerce.
Alvin J. Evans, Route 3, Edenton,
was awarded a plaque for being the top
producer in the county. Evans had a
yield of 3,870 pounds per acre on his
Placing second was David Ober, Route
I, Edenton, with a yield of 3,754 pounds.
The Peele brothers, Wallace, Lloyd and
J. D., were third, having a yield of 3,632
H. O. West, ASCS office manager
and chamber committee chairman, was
The proposal is considered to be the
most ambitious annexation plan ever
undertaken in Edenton. It would al
low the town to grow in three directions
—being limited to the south by water.
Gardner said much of the area in the
proposal would be served by utilities if
the present proposed expansion is ap
Earlier, Jesse L. Harrell, chairman of
the Board of Public Works, was at the
meeting when Gardner reported a pro
ject cost estimated at $840,000. Town
officials are in Atlanta this week talking
with federal officials and hope to se
cure a grant of at least $370,000 to help
with the expense of some of the work.
Gardner pointed out that the expan
sion phase including the elevated water
tank was not eligible for federal grants.
This phase alone is considered to be
$350,000 of the total project.
The council also approved an E&W
request to replace the street lights on
North Broad Street between Church
Street and Triangle Motel. The estimat
ed cost is $20,000. The present equip
ment has been in use for 41 years.
Chowan Veneer Company exercised its
option to renew its lease on property
owned by the town for five additional
years. The company has five-year op
tions until 1999.
The council set March 20 as date for
a public hearing on a new zoning ordin
Alterations to the dog ordinance were
proposed and will be voted on at the
March meeting. The new ordinance re
quires all dogs to be confined to the
owner’s or keeper’s premises. If dogs
are off these premises they must be in
actual physical possession of the owner
or on a leash.
Another local bill being sought would
authorize the Chowan County Board of
Elections to designate polling places
within the town without any change in
A $l5O donation was given Chowan
Arts Council to assist in bringing the
N. C. Little Symphony to Edenton.
Town Attorney W. J. P. Earnhardt,
Jr., was instructed to study steps the
town must take to get nuisance abate
ment areas cleaned on East King Street,
North Granville Street and West Queen
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., presid
ed at the meeting attended by Council
men W. H. Hollowed. J. D. Elliott, Lu
ther C. Parks. Henry G. Quinn and Leo
Parks Bowing Out
Luther C. Parks, 817 Cabarrus Street,
announced Tuesday night that he will
not be a candidate in the Edenton Mu
nicipal election in May. Parks has ser
ved as councilman from the Fourth
Ward for 15 years.
For the past two
_ years Parks has ser
ved as mayor pro
The veteran coun
* cilman had hinted
* for some time that
\ Ml he would not seek
jmM reelection. However,
it has been rumored
> that since Mayor J.
A. Mitchener, Jr.,
was not running
PARKS again that Parks
would run for the top elective post in
The announcement at the close of
Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting put
to rest these rumors.
“I will not be a candidate for any
elective office in the forthcoming elec
tion,” Parks reported. He said he has
enjoyed his association with the council
but felt it was time for someone else
from the Fourth Ward to serve.
The councilman is service manager
at Albemarle Motor Company and is
active in Edenton Baptist Church.
master of ceremonies at the banquet and
presented the award to Evans. He also
cited an increase in yields over the past
William H. Bunch, chamber presi
dent, presented certificates to the top 50
Charlie Overman, extension agricul
tural agent, introduced Astor Perry, ex
tension peanut specialist at N. C. State
University, who gave a humorous talk.
In addition to those already mention
ed, certificates were presented to the
F. Dan Ward of Hobbsville; E. S.
White, D. P. Lane and Joseph Byrum
of Tyner;; Arthur Moring, Route 1,
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