Uoy L. Harwell
Political Pot Boils Over; Contests For Five Positions
Fifteen candidates including two
confessed “lame ducks” are seeking
seven offices in the May 6 Municipal
Election here. The two candidates for
the Board of Public Works are the only
ones running unopposed.
The deadline for filing was noon Fri
day. Needless to say, Friday morning
was a busy time for Mrs. George Hos
’ kins, chairman of the Chowan County
Board of Elections.
Councilman Henry G. Quinn and Roy
L. Harrell both filed to oppose George
Alma Byrum for the mayor’s post.
Quinn, councilman-at-large for the past
four years, had said earlier he would
not be a candidate. Harrell, a two-time
loser for the town’s top elective post,
had maintained for two years he would
Luther C. Parks, incumbent council
man from the Fourth Ward, made a pub
lic announcement several weeks ago
that he would not seek re-election.
However, he said he reconsidered after
many people approached him and re
quested that he run again. Parks has
been on the council 14 years. He is
being opposed by Oscar F. Blair, Negro
James M. Bond, incumbent town
treasurer, is being opposed by Mrs. John
The councilman-at-large race received
two more entries as the deadline neared.
William Collins and Richard L. Satter
field, both Negroes, filed for the seat.
Alton G. Elmore and James C. Dail had
W. J. P. Earnhardt, Sr., and J. P.
Services Are Held
For Mrs. Long, 83
Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon for Mrs. Corinne Gatling
Long, 109 West Church Street. She
was S 3.
The services were held at Edenton
Baptist Church with Rev. R. N. Carroll
and Rev. George B. Holmes officiating.
Burial was in Beaver Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Long, widow of Joseph J. Long.
Sr., died Saturday morning in Chowan
Hospital after an extended illness. She
was a housewife.
A native of Perquimans County, Mrs.
Long was the daughter of James and
Molly C. Edwards Gatling.
Surviving is one son, J. J. Long, Jr.,
of Raleigh; one daughter, Mrs. Walter
B. Jones of Farmville and Washington,
D. C.; one half brother, Johnnie Gat
ling of Bethel; three grandchildren; and
She was a member of Edenton Bap
Williford Funeral Home was in charge
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Sears . . . First to Open in Northside Shopping Center
Grand Opening Underway At Sears
The first store to be built in the new
Northside Shopping Center on North
Broad Street is now occupied by Sears
Catalog Sales Office. The Sears store
is observing a grand opening through
W. D. Townson, Jr., developer, said
construction of a second store is expect
ed to get underway within the next few
days. He said the center is to have five
firms. The identity of those to occupy
space in die center will be made known
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Henry G. Quinn
Ricks, Jr., incumbent members of the
utilities board, are unopposed for re-elec
tion to four-year terms.
Incumbent David G. White is seeking
re-election and is opposed by Edward
Quinn, 50, is president of P&Q Food
Center and has varied other business
interests. The candidate said he would
like to continue to “push” projects along
which have been started during his ten
ure on the council. He also advocates
more citizen participation in town af
Vclume XXXVI—No. 14.
Two Big Hurdles
< It is seldom that we call attention to
things appearing in a particular issue
of this newspaper. This week, however,
two items are of such interest and im
portance that they deserve mentioning.
On page 4-A is an editorial concern
ing current efforts to secure additional
local money to insure construction of a
new hospital. Usually things of out
side—more often worldwide—interest are
discussed in this spot. The fact that
the editorial on the hospital question
replaces the usual item should be evi
dence sufficient to attract your eye 1 .
On page 4-B is a map of the proposed
new corporate limits of the Town of
Edenton. If you live in the fringe area
now you can see for yourself whether
or not you or your neighbor is included.
The widespread acceptance of this am
bitious annexation program has been
surprising. The majority of the people
involved know it is something necessary,
something which should have been done
long ago, and something in the best in
terests of all the citizens.
One of our finest corporate citizens
has raised objections. They claim im
munity from annexation for 20 years—
when only six have passed. If such im
munity was promised in 1963 the ques
tion of legality far overshadowed the
good intentions of local negotiators.
Councilmen must be in a position to
defend their actions. To continue to
have patchwork town limits is among
the hardest things to explain away.
The complaining member of our proud
industrial family was flirting with the
town limits years ago. Not to embrace
them now would be extremely unfair and
not in the best interests of the com-
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will occupy the second building in North
The Sears building contains 7,000
square feet. New features include com
plete home appliance sales and service
center, drive-in tire and battery auto
motive service center, and unlimited free
Terry St. Clair, local Sears manager,
said the appliance display area has been
more than doubled and more than
$50,000 in additional inventory has been
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R. L. Satterfield
Harrell, 39, was manager of Sears here
until recently. He is now connected
with the federal government in an anti
poverty department. In 1967 he came
within 39 votes of unseating Mayor John
A. Mitchener, Jr.
In a statement to an out-of-town
newsman, Harrell said: “This is the third
time I have run for mayor. My one
desire is very simple, to me, unique, to
help as many people in as many ways
Mrs. Ricks, who is seeking her first
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Edenton, Coo wan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 3, 1969.
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•FUNDS FOR HOSPITAL—Mtmbttj of the medical staff at Chowan. Bc?pital .have in
dividually given "generous" pledges toward a fund to raise $85,000 in additional local
money for the new hospital. In the picture at left. Dr. Edward G. Bond, left, gives
them to Thomas Surratt, administrator. Alton G. Elmore, left in p'Uure at right, hands
a check for SI,OOO from Belk Tyler Company to Jesse L. Harrell, hospital board chair
man. Elmore is manager of the local film. A drive is now underway to secure other
Good Showing Made In Funds Drive
A campaign to secure additional local
money to insure construction of a new
Chowan Hospital has been boosted by
contributions from the medical staff and
a local business.
Individual members of the hospital’s
medical staff have given their personal
A defendant who was called for trial
on a speeding charge Tuesday is now
serving a 10-day jail sentence for con
tempt of court.
Delvin Eugene Lamb was charged
with speeding 60 miles per hour in a 35
His attorney, John F. White, entered
a plea of guilty. State Trooper Charles
Then Lamb changed his mind. He
had meant to plea not guilty and have
a jury trial. This brought on a confer
ence between Judge Joseph Parker of
Windsor, Solicitor Herbert Small of
Elizabeth City, and White.
Judge Parker then asked Lamb to
approach the bar where he questioned
the defendant about what he had had to
drink that day. Lamb denied consum-
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Holiday In Area
Most area citizens will have a long
weekend over Easter with Monday being
established as a general holiday.
This will be the second such holiday
for federal employees who were off last
Monday due to the death of former
In addition to federal offices, state,
county and municipal offices will be
closed. Financial institutions scheduled
to close Monday will be Peoples Bank
& Trust Company, First National Bank
of Eastern North Carolina, Edenton
Savings & Loan Association, and the
Bank of Hobbsville.
Chowan County commissioners will
meet at 9 A. M., Tuesday and Edenton-
Chcwan Board of Education will meet at
8 P. M., Tuesday. Both have been de
layed one day due to the holiday.
Edenton-Chowan Schools will be clos
ed Friday and Monday for the Easter
On Extension Plan
Edenton Town Council has reaffirmed
earlier action on an annexation plan de
signed to meet the needs of this com
munity for the next 15 to 20 years. Thf
vote was unanimous Tuesday night at*
a called meeting.
Two property owners protested the
RALEIGH A bill has been
prepared for introduction in the
General Assembly to change the
charter of the Town of Edenton
concerning town limits. Rep. Phil
Godwin of Gates and W. T. Cul
pepper, Jr., of Pasquotank, will co
sponsor the measure.
The measure is expected to be
put into the hopper today (Thurs
plan. Asking not to be included are
George C. Moore Company and Byrum
Implement Company. John W. Graham,
attorney for the Moore firm, also asked
that the Ragland and Parrish property,
south of the Moore property to the rail
road, also be excluded.
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pledges in what was described as a “most
generous manner”. Belk Tyler Com
pany has contributed SI,OOO.
While Chowan County commissioners
have reaffirmed their support of the
hospital program, R. Graham White,
chairman of the building and fund rais
ing committee, said additional contribu
tions from individuals, businesses and
industry will be necessary.
The board of trustees have until April
8 to secure additional local funds prior
to reporting to Duke Endowment. The
Endowment has promised to participate
in the project, the extent of which is
It has been estimated that $85,000
in new local funds would be necessary
to have sufficient money available to let
the contract by April 21. If this is not
realized and new bids have to be taken,
a substantial increase in cost is antici
Contributions, which are tax deducti
ble, are now solicited. Individuals, busi
nesses or industry can mail such con
tributions directly to the hospital or to
White or Jesse L. Harrell, head of the
board of trustees.
The Chowan Herald will acknowledge
any or all contributions which the donor
desires to be made public.
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EXPLAIN ANNEXATION— Rep*. W. T. Culpepper, Jr, left, and Phil Godwin mn
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nontten plan is explained. W. B. Gardner, administrator, center, aid Councilman J.
D. Elliott were accompanied hr R. Graham White, chairman of the P tannine Bna.il —J
Zoning Commission, in making the presentation of First House District legWetorsT^ Lad.
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Councilman J. D. Elliott said the
council should forget the entire project
if the Moore property is left out. He
then made a motion that earlier action
be reaffirmed. This was seconded by
Henry G. Quinn.
Graham, in his lengthy presentation,
cited the contribution his client is al
ready making to the community. He
said the Moore firm is the county’s larg
est taxpayer and the town’s best custom
er of electricity. He also pointed out
that the payroll at the plant is nearing
The attorney produced copies of a
letter from Mayor John A. Mitchener,
Jr., to the firm, dated June 26, 1963, in
which the town agreed not to annex the
property for four years.
“We also will strongly recommend
that future councils follow similar ac
tion for a period of at least 20 years,”
it was added.
Graham said this was an inducement.
“The firm feels it was given a commit
ment, they acted on this commitment
and have already expanded,” he said.
He also hinted future expansion is being
He also expressed the belief that an
nexation of the Ragland and Parrish
property would hinder future industrial
development of the area.
Hank Durham, Moore executive vice
president, recalled the 1963 negotiations
leading to the local plant. “We have
lived up to our part of the bargain,” he
He denied rumors his firm has not
been interested in future growth of the
community. He said opposition has
been expressed when some plants look
ed seriously at the Edenton area, only
because they would not have been
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Cox Is Sentenced
On Three Counts
Thomas Spencer Cox, 36, of Ports
mouth, Va., received both an active and
suspended prison sentence Tuesday af
ternoon after pleading guilty to three
charges involving a burglary at M. G.
Cox was found in the building the
morning of January 11, 1969. Two
safes had been “cut” and one was open
ed where a small quantity of money
Judge Joseph Parker of Windsor, pre
siding in Chowan County Superior
Court, sentenced Cox to from five to
eight years in prison for possessing
burglary tools. Another five to eight
year term was given for breaking and
entering but is to run concurrently with
the other, on condition Cox pay S3OO
allotted his court-appointed attorney, W.
J. P. Earnhardt, Jr.
Cox was given a 10-15 year sentence
for safecracking. It, however, was sus
pended for five years and was to begin
at the expiration of the first term.
Edenton Patrolman W. S. Clements
was the only person to testify in the
case. He described how he had seen a
broken window at the mill at 1:20 A. M.
Upon investigating further he found a
canvas case filled with tools just outside
When officers entered the building
Cox surrendered, saying, “You’ve got
Cox was described by his attorney as
being an expert meatcutter who had not
been in serious trouble previously.
Norman Leroy Prince, charged in a
companion case with Cox, petitioned
Judge Parker Monday afternoon for a
new attorney. He said he was dissatis
fied with the way his court-appointed
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