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    The Public Parade
Step Right Up
,- Elsewhere in today’s paper is a story
about the forthcoming municipal elec
tioh in Edenton. And while ,there has
" been some behind the scenes maneuver
ing, no clear-cut lines are drawn by
prospective candidates. v
Voters will have two really big shoes
to fill on May 6th. When veteran pub
lic servants like Mayor John A. Mitch
ener, Jr., and Councilman Luther C.
Parks bow out, voters have an awesome
responsibility to fill the vacuum.
Elections should never be taken light
ly. However, when the ship is being
steered on a steady course there isn’t
reason for too much concern.
Edenton’s municipal vessel has en
joyed pretty smooth sailing during the
past several years. Predictions for the
next decade indicate rougher seas. This
makes the job of seeing that the best
talents in the community are to work for
the common good.
There are citizens in the wings who
can make a real contribution. They
must, however, be willing to take the
j ballot box test.
So, step right up folks. It’s about
time to roll out the soap box and talk
sense. There promises to be more head
aches than orchids but nothing really
worthwhile comes easy. i
The sun is shining!
We’ve already acquired Spring fever.
Well, got that little hole filled.
Soothing The Hurt
We’re indebted to Bill Hensley for a
bit of disappointing, while not surprising,
information. It relates how we are fair
ing along The Public Parade with re
gards to tourism.
Lt has been our opinion for many
years that for a community with as
much to offer the traveling public as
Edenton and Chowan County, not near
ly enough of the “smokeless dollars’’ are
being corraled. Hensley, state travel
director, has circulated a survey for 1968
which bears this out.
The annual income of Xorth Caro
lina’s travel industry nearly doubled
during the past decade. During the
I same period the local take increased only
20 per cent.
In 1968, according to the sucvev, the
local economy received sl,o36.odß—the
f first time the figure went over sl-mil
lion. This isn’t anything to sneeze at:
neither, is it much to crow about when
the figure was $862,000 back 10 years
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J. D. Elliott
Elliott Chairman
J. D. Elliott, 112 West Gale Street, has
been named chairman of the annual
Easter Seal fund appeal for Chowan
County, which began March 1. The
appeal runs through April 6.
Working with the Edenton Lions Club,
sponsors for the drive, Elliott will be
coordinating Easter Seal efforts to pro
vide help for crippled children and adults
through direct services in the county.
Active in the Lions Club for many
years, Elliott is an insurance executive
and serves on Edenton Town Council.
The appeal for funds is being con
ducted by state and local affiliates of*
the National Easter Seal Society for
Crippled Children and Adults through
out the U. S., and last year provided
rehabilitation and direct services to
more than 250,000 people,
i In North Carolina, Easter Seals have
given assistance to over 3,000 handi
capped persons, with the concentration
of Us efforts being in equipment loan
pools, offering wheelchairs, braces,
1 crutches, and walkers to the physically
Some 200 children and adults also
attend Camp Eastmin-the Pines, the
N- C. Camp, where activi-
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Volume XXXVI—No. 10.
Election f t
For Offices
Here Majlß
Citizens of'-the Town of Edenton will
go to the polls May 6 and elect a new
mayor—something that hasn’t been done
here in more than a decade.
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., vet
eran political figure, has announced that
he will not be a candidate. He has been
connected with municipal government
here since 1951.
In addition to the mayor, who is elect
ed every two years, voters will elect
three councilmen for four-year terms.
Also, a treasurer will be elected for two
Two seats on the Board of Public.
Works also come up in the forthcoming
In addition to the mayor, there is cer
tain to be at least one other new face
behind the big council table. Mayor
Pro Tern Luther C. Parks of Fourth
Ward said recently that he would not
be a candidate tor re-election.
The other council seats up in the elec
tion are for councilman-at-large, and
Third Ward. Henry G. Quinn serves in
the at-large post now and David G.
White represents the Third Ward.
James P. Ricks. Jr., and W. J. P.
Earnhardt are the two members of the
Board of Public Works who are round
ing out four-year terms.
Mrs. George Hoskins, chairman, Cho
wan County Board of Elections, has an
nounced that filing for the municipal
election will begin March 28. The
board, which also conducts municipal
elections, has already set into motion
machinery for the balloting.
A special act of the General Assem
bly is being secured to allow voters to
cast their ballots in two locations—the
Municipal Building and Chowan County
Court House.
Road Bids Asked
Resurfacing of a portion of C. S. 17
in Chowan County is among projects
being advertised for bids by the State
Highway Commission.
The project includes 48.72 miles of
sand asphalt base and surface, bitumin
ous concrete surface and guardrail on
l\ S. 17-13. Highway 45. 350 and 30S
Answer To Hospital Question Today
Will Chowan County be able to build
a new. 61-bed hospital?
The answer to this question will be
Jaycees In Book
Three members of Edenton Jaycees
and a former member have been selected
for inclusion in the 1969 edition of Out
standing Young Men of America. These
men were nominated earlier this year
by the Jaycee chapter and have been
selected for the publication.
Heading the list is Jaycee President
Wallace B. Evans. Other local Jaycees
included are Sanford Byrum and Louis
Jim Jenkins, executive director of
Xorth Carolina Jaycees, will also be in
cluded in the publication. Jenkins was
nominated while a member of the Eden
ton chapter.
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ROY SCOUTS KEEP ACTIVE—Than was a gnat daal of activity Monday night at tha Boy Scout Cabin on North Broad Street,
whan a court of honor was bald. Pictured hare an many of the boys who participated. In the picture at left, Murray Byrum. as
sistant scoutmaster, la shown with a group of Tenderfoot Scouts. Left to right, they an: Rod Cross, Mika Fry, Mark Burroughs,
David Shacklatcid, Dat 'd Twiddy. Tony Habit, Jamas Briley, Tun Overman, Douglas Shackleford, Russell Wheeler and John Woal
ard. Scoutmaster Robert Ray, second iron right m p.ctuie at hi. goaa ova* the program with Robert Neal Bas night Haywood
Phthisic and Joa Bunch. Sixteen merit badge awards were given.
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina - Thursday, March 5, 1969
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LESS THAN PICTURESQUE — What is commonly referred to as the "county dock"
could more recently be christened the "city dump." Here is what visitors see when
they head down South Broad Street to leak out over beautiful Edenton Bay. This is
har:'ly the place for such a sight, furthermore, since Historic Edenton's visitor center
museum is iust to the left. Neither is it the impression the chamber of commerce
would like to leave with visitors. Someone call the harbormaster!
Attendance Zone Plan Is Approved
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education
has approved a desegregation plan for
1969-70 which establishes two attend
ance zones within the unit. It also sets
up a senior and junior high school in
The plan proposed by Supt. Bill Britt
last week was approved without altera
tions. The vote was 7-1.
Following a called board meeting Fri
day night, the plan was mailed to Fed
eral Judge John I). Larkins. Jr., of Tren
ton, who had ordered that a plan be sub
mitted which abolished the dual school
system. The Britt Plan is expected to
meet the requirements of his order.
(The full text of Judge Larkins’ order
is found on Page 2-B).
The plan calls for the following make
up of Edenton-Chowan Schools tor the
known shortly after 2 P. M„ today
Bids for this medical facility will be
opened in the Municipal Building. There
is $1,708,000 available to construct and
equip the hospital. This includes $l
- on county bond funds, $600,000
in federal money and a SIOB,OOO state
Atwood Skinner & Associates of Wil
son designed the hospital and it was re
ported that the architects have been en
couraged by the firms who have ex
pressed an interest in bidding on the
The hospital would be built on a 25-
acre tract on Highway 32, just west of
Chowan Medical Center. The existing
hospital would be turned into an extend
ed care unit.
It has been said when the project is
completed Chowan County will have
one of the finest medical complexes for
a community of this size anywhere.
next school term:
White Oak Consolidated: Grades one
through four.
Chowan High School: Grades five
through 12.
D. F. Walker: Grades one through
three: grades seven through 9.
Swain Elementary: Grades four
through six.
John A. Holmes: Grades 10 through
12. .
It also allows students that were en
rolled in the first half of a two-year
vocational program to have an option
to attend either Holmes or Chowan
There is no mention in the plan of
abolishing the top three grades at Cho
wan school after next year.
Although the desegregation plan was
discussed by the board earlier in the
week, no action was taken pending a
hearing last Thursday night at Holmes
school. It was estimated that about
90 people, including some student lead
ers, were on hand.
Invited to participate were leaders of
the Parent-Teacher groups, Student
Council, principals and teacher repre
sentatives. The general feeling, accord
ing to one report was “What else can
be done?” in the face of the federal
court order.
Supt. Britt was quoted as saying it
was “possible” that some teachers would
be lost in the new plan and “probable”
that more interest would be shown in
private schools.
Chowan Academy Plans Eight Grades
Chowan Academy at Rocky Hock will
have eight grades for the 1969-70 school
term. And a funds campaign to secure
at least $35,000 for capital improve
ments is being well received.
The added popularity of the private
institution has been brought about by
recent federal court orders concerning
Bypass Gets
Board Vote
At Meeting
Chowan County commissioners Mon
day reaffirmed their support of a U. S.
17 bypass of Edenton.
Similar action is expected soon from
the Edenton Town Council and Edenton
Chamber of Commerce.
All three groups have previously en
dorsed such a highway. The current
resolutions are being obtained for the
Scott Administration.
Also, the bypass has been given a
high priority by the Albemarle Highway
Commissioner C. A. Phillips said he
feels such a highway could be more
suitably located if the community is of
one accord.
Commissioner J. Clarence Leary made
the motion for a resolution favoring the
bypass and it was unanimously adopted.
In another highway matter. Chairman
W. E. Bond read a letter from the State
Highway Commission stating that an
access could be provided the new Cho
wan Hospital from Highway 32. How
ever, any extension of West Hicks Street
into the site would be the county’s re
A commission spokesman said at the
time access was made to the Carter’s
Ink Company it was understood that the
hospital would be located in that area.
The board adopted a resolution rela
tive to investing hospital bond money,
naming County Treasurer George Hos
kins as agent. Chairman Bond and
Phillips will serve as a finance com
mittee from the board to assist the treas
Phillips said the committee should al
so look into the matter of all county fi
Chairman Bond said all available
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Russell To Speak
‘Marketing the key to farmer’s net" ’
income—through the Farm Bureau”.
This subject will be discussed at an
open meeting of Chowan County Farm
Bureau Tuesday night at the Advance
Community Building. The meeting be
gins at 7:30 o’clock.
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ed directly with several of the bureau’s
marketing programs on the state and
national level.
The N. C. Farm Bureau Marketing
Association is presently engaged in four
programs—apples, broilers, dairying, and
hogs. Several other commodity market
ing programs are currently under study.
All farm bureau members and other
interested citizens are invited to attend
Tuesday’s meeting.
integration of Edenton-Chowan Schools,
a spokesman said.
Just prior to an open house Friday
night, academy directors held a special
meeting and decided to add an eighth
grade. Plans had already been an
nounced to include seven grades. The
school, operating in its first year, now
has grades one through four.
Several hundred interested citizens
visited the academy during open house.
They viewed the classrooms and talked
with faculty members and members of
the board of directors. Applications
were handed out and registration begins
March 15.
It is estimated that the school will
have a minimum of 250 students in the
eight grades. Classes are limited to 25
E. L. Hollowed, chairman of the fi
nance committee, said several cash con
tributions have been received along with
commitments. “We are gratified by the
early reception of our campaign,” he
Plans call for construction of a
5,000-square-foot permanent building
which has six classrooms, bathroom fa
cilities and central heat. The heating
plant is. designed to accommodate the
four - existing classrooms.
Single Copy 10 Cents
Charles Russell of
the N. C. Farm Bu
reau. will be guest
speaker. He is ad
ministrative assist
ant of the organiza
tion and has been
with them since
Russell has work-

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