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Construction Os New Hospital Now Assured
Approximately SBO,OOO has been as
sured toward the goal of $85,000 origi
nally established by Chowan Hospital
trustees for the building fund project to
insure construction of a new 61-bed
Thomas M. Surratt, hospital admini
strator, said through Tuesday about
$35,000 in cash and secured pledges
had been received.
An appeal to Chowan County com
missioners resulted in the following ac
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Dr. Benjamin Swalin Directing Little Symphony
Little Symphony Plans Concerts Here
Ever since the North Carolina Sym
phony began its 24th annual tour of the
state last November, its 60 musicians
have been performing together. Last
month, however, they divided to form
two smaller orchestral units.
Known as the Little Symphonies East
and West, these units are now touring
simultaneously throughout the state.
They will continue doing so until the
season closes in May. Both will appear
The Little Symphony West will per
form tomorrow under the direction of
Symphony Director Benjamin Swalin at
1:30 o’clock in the elementary school
auditorium for area students. The Little
Symphony East will perform Tuesday
night at 8 o’clock, also in the auditorium
under the baton of guest conductor
Tomorrow’s concert is being sponsored
by the Edenton-Chowan schools, and
Tuesday’s concert is being sponsored by
the Chowan Arts Council.
The student concert is part of a state
wide experiment in music education—an
experiment which was begun in 1943
by Dr. Swalin and which has grown un
der his supervision to unparalleled pro
portions today. Several other symphon
ies do offer equally sophisticated educa
tional programs; however none, accord
ing to records readily available, offers a
program with as great a geographic range
as that of the North Carolina. Last
year, in 67 communities where these spe
cial live concerts were given, the Sym-
The Albemarle Choral Society will
present a concert in Edenton Baptist
Church on April 27. Dr. Clifford Bair
will conduct the 4 P. M., program.
This concert will be presented in First
Baptist Church in Elizabeth City at 4
P. M., April 20.
Johannes Brahms “Requiem” will be
presented in this, one of several pro
grams by the society.
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COMING ALI VE—E dent on Little Theater is now giving Neil Simon’s **The Odd
Couple” the complete treatment in preparation for presentation at Holmes Audi
torium next Thursday and Saturday nights. Dr. Richard Hardin, left, and Joe
Conger, play the principal roles in the three-act comedy. They are joined
“Upon motion of David T. Bateman,
seconded by J. Clarence Leary, and
unanimously carried that commis
sioners will guarantee $' * g ) to in
sure construction of hospit g.h future
contributions being deduct! Q >m above
An official with The 1 H Endow*-
ment, when contacted late r . j? £ ay, said:
“This information about yc S ,J ° nd drive
seems to put you in the 1 Jj« ark and
with the assistance we ha | i inned it
would seem your project i w « ared.”
phony engaged the attention of over
160,000 children at admission-free mati
Serving as commentator at the concert
will be Mrs. Benjamin Swalin, wife of
the director and coordinator of the Sym
phony’s statewide educational program.
Designed to attract and hold the at
tention of students from the first grade
on up, the concerts are carefully planned
by Dr. and Mrs. Swalin and Mrs. Fred
McCall, director of the statewide pro-
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Road Fund Sparse
Chowan County commissioners Mon
day were told the county was allocated
$12,176 in secondary road funds for fis
A State Highway Commission em
ployee said 40.3 per cent of the coun
ty’s funds were withheld because of the
state’s inability to sell bonds due to the
high interest rate.
All the local money for the current
fiscal year will go toward the Brayhall
Road, now under construction. It is the
only active project in the county.
The Community Action Committee re
quested the county to continue to furn
ish a place for the Multi Service Center,
now located on North Oakum Street.
Robert W. Moore, chairman, described
the good this group is doing with low
income families in 11 different communi
Moore hailed the work of Earl Jones,
director, and others who are showing
The commissioners agreed to attempt
to secure a lease on the building.
Murray Ashley, reporting for the
Edenton-Chowan Rescue Squad, said
S2OB was received from convalescent
calls last month. This was applied to
wards an operating expense of $311.30.
The squad answered 23 calls.
Sheriff Earl Goodwin was instructed
to advertise uncollected taxes in May.
Chairman W. E. Bond presided.
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Surratt said this statement is very en
It is planned now that the awards to
the contractors may be made Wednes
Surratt said interest in the local funds
drive has been very gratifying and it is
hoped additional contributions in the
form of cash or pledges will be received
from interested citizens in the communi
ty. “Though the project seems to be
assured, we cannot yet stop our efforts,”
the administrator said. The drive has
been extended for one week.
Several industries which have been
contacted and indicated an interest in
subscribing an undetermined amount to
the fund drive have not yet reported.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has
been contacted and it is hoped some fav
orable action will be taken by its board
of trustees at their May meeting.
Surratt pointed out that in negotiation
with the contractors, several very im
portant items to make the new hospital
a first-class, functional institution had
to be left out. It is hoped additional
contributions may be received to make it
possible to put these items back into
the building. The cost of these items
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXVI.—No. 15. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 10, 1969.
You 9 re The Greatest
Lt. Gov. Pat Taylor of Wadesboro
joined the mutual admiration society of
Northeastern North Carolina last week.
And he appeared to like the company.
At a Pasquotank Democratic func
tion he said he was obligated to say
something nice about the two senators
serving with him—George Wood of Cam
den and Monk Harrington of Bertie.
And he even went across the hall with
pats for Reps. Phil Godwin and Bill
Earlier U. S. Rep. Walter Jones free
ly planted orchids all around.
But it was Phil Sawyer, party chair
man, who tied up the ball of twine. He
called the sextet, the “six greatest repre
sentatives in the nation”.
We’ll have to agree that our Walter
Jones has national prominence. Mean
while, let’s be satisfied with leaving the
others within the confines of Tar Heelia.
We find that when you’re the greatest
at home everything is lovely enough.
Little Symphony Coming
Four years ago Chowan Arts Council
was successful in getting Edenton back
on the N. C. Little Symphony map with
a children’s concert. A year later this
was expanded to include a program for
A visit by Dr. Benjamin Swalin and
the first state symphony in the nation
is a cultural highlight by any standards.
The exposure of our youngsters along
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The faculty for grades one through
eight at Chowan Academy was announc
ed this week for the 1969-70 school term.
Miss Minnie Hollowed will continue as
headmistress of the year-old private
school located at Rocky Hock.
Two Edenton teachers now on the
faculty at Roanoke-Chowan Academy in
Windsor will join the staff at Chowan.
They are Mrs. Lucy Meade Harless and
Mrs. Ann Hines.
Two faculty members in the Edenton-
Chowan School will also move to the
fr|f four jmfcer players shown, left to right at their trade, Tom Surratt, Nelson Crandall,
James Bond, and Nathan Owens. Adding their feminine touch are Emily Amburn and
Sharon Twiddy. John Becker is directing the production which begins at 8 P.M. Tick
ets are available from Little Theater members, Mitchener’s or HollowelVs drug store.
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MORE SUPPORT FOR HOSPITAL—Edenton Cotton Mill was the first local industry
to contribute to a funds campaign to secure an additional SBS.OOO in local money for
construction of a new Chowan Hospital. Philip S. McMullan, seated, president, hands
a check to R. Graham White, funds chairman. The donation, in excess of $3,000, was
in the name of the mill's employees.
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Richard F. Gibbs
Iredell Plans Made
Descendants of James Iredell will
meet here during the Pilgrimage of-. C
olonial Edenton and Countryside. A
luncheon meeting will be held at the
Edenton Restaurant at 12:30 P. M..
Richard F. Gibbs of Chapel Hill, who
has been elected executive vice presi
dent of the N. C. American Revolution
Bicentennial Commission, will be the
He has done extensive research about
James Iredell, while working in his ma
jor field of historical interest the
Colonial, Revolutionary, Early National
period of American History.
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academy. They are Miss Mary Elliott
and Mrs. Frances Hollowed.
Miss Hollowed, who will also teach
the fourth grade, will be the only re
turning faculty member at the academy.
The academy presently has the first
four elementary grades.
Teachers and the grades they will
Miss Elliott, first; Mrs. Harless, sec
ond; Mrs. Hines, third: Miss Hollowed,
fourth; Mrs. Betty Dixon, fifth; Mrs.
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Supt. Bid Britt has been re-elected
to a two-year term as administrative
head of Edenton-Chowan Schools. This
action came Tuesday night at the board’s
The board had the option of electing
the superintendent for either two or four
years. It was brought out that a new
seven-member board will be elected in
1970 and at that time the board should
elect its own superintendent.
Supt. Britt, 38. came to Edenton-
Chowan Schools from Flizabeth City
where he was assistant superintendent
of the combined Elizabeth City and
Pasquotank County schools. Prior to
that he headed the Pasquotank unit.
Although former Supt. Hiram Mayo
served both the Edenton City and Cho
wan County boards, Supt. Britt is the
first administrative head here since the
two administrative units were merged.
The interm board, composed of mem
bers of both prior boards, serves until
1970 when a new board is elected.
Alternates on the school construction
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The Chowan and Ryland Ruritan
Clubs will sponsor the 15th annual Jun
ior Livestock Show and Sale Wednes
day. These clubs extend an invitation
to Chowan County farmers and all oth
er interested persons to attend and help
support this event.
Champions will be selected in two
classes of hogs. Class I consists of hogs
weighing between ISO and 220 pounds.
Cla>s II is made up of hogs weighing
221 to 240 pounds. An individual and
pen of three may be entered in each
class or a total of eight hogs by any
Steers will be entered in one group
and prizes awarded by grade. All steers
must be shown at halter.
Dr. Bob McGuire, extension animal
husbandry specialist, will judge both
swine and steers. Trophies will be
awarded Grand and Reserve Champion
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