Volume XXXVI—No. 17.
Color It ‘Bravo*
Neil Simon would have been proud
of “The Odd Couple” last week. As a
matter of fact, the playwright would
have been as thrilled with the treatment
Edenton Little Theater gave his comedy
as those who witnessed one of the three -
John Becker and his playmakers
strengthened the local group’s reputa
tion for excellence. In so doing they
made the challenge great for those who
have a hand in future productions.
We had every intention of writing a
flashy, well worded review of the play.
However, we became so entertained by
what was happening on stage, as well as
audience reaction, we never got around
to making notes. '
From the time the curtain rose on an
extremely well designed set, until Becker
proudly pranced onto the stage to re
ceive applause from cast and audience, it
was an experience we had never enjoyed
from the theater. It was obvious that
those around us were also having a
darned good time.
To be sure, Simon doesn’t know Joe
Conger, Jr. Yet he wrote the part of
Oscar just for him. For years to come
amateur groups will be staging “The
Odd Couple” but without Joe Conger,
Jr., it just won’t measure up.
Joining in an equally spectacular per
formance was Dr. Richard Hardin in
the role of Felix. The Conger-Hardin
casting was a stroke of genius.
And by the same token, too much
cannot be said for the supporting cast
of James Bond, Nelson Crandall, Tom
Suratt, Nathan Owens, Emily Amburn,
and Sharon Twiddy.
Everyone contributed admirably to
the success of the production. Comedies
which have the audience so enjoying
what they are witnessing that they laugh
as hard in the final scene as in the first
can be described only as tremendous.
The word got out from rehearsals of
the excellence of “The Odd Couple”.
This brought to Holmes Auditorium the
biggest audiences in the little theater’s
history. This in itself speaks well of
what Becker and his troupe were all
Our taste for the theater has never
gotten off the golf course. Nevertheless,
Thursday’s performance of this play
brought'it back for more on Saturday.
If you missed it, we’re sorry. You
missed a “bloody good” masterpiece.
Just Plain Nonsense
This is a time of plenty for most of
those who meander along the Public
There is, generally speaking, food
in sufficient quantity—if not in quality
—that there is no widespread reports
of hunger. ' Too, most everyone, with
out really trying, can usually find some
constructive way of entertaining him
Two items we handled this week, how
ever, can be described best as being just
Four young boys now have an arrest
record with Edenton Police Department.
They range in ages from 11 to 14. The
fact they are Negroes is immaterial.
But the fact they took something not
belonging to them is. What? Candy
from a local store.
For a 19-cent package of candy one
of the boys has a record as being a thief.
The one who took 39-cents worth is in
the same boat, and so on. They will
carry this stigma for the remainder of
They may not realize it, but society
hates a thief worse than anything. Ac
quiring such a record, for a few pennies
worth of candy, is nothing but nonsense.
Secondly, an investigation is being
pushed into an incident where vandals
entered a family graveyard in upper
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Weather Hurts, But Tour Successful
The biennial Pilgrimage of Colonial
Edenton and Countryside was “real suc
cessful” considering all elements. This
was the report this week from Mrs. War
ren Twiddy, general chairman.
Mrs. Twiddy said pilgrimage officials
of Edenton Woman’s Club were pleased
with the results of the tour. While par
ticipation was Moot as much as in prior
years, Mrs. TWiddy said considering the
Ipeatfcer the tour was successful.
Friday was considered a “fair” day
with most of the touring being cut short
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MORE INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT—The re
cent funds campaign for Chowan Hospital,
Inc., received an additional boost this week
when another industrial contribution was
received. It came from George C. Moore
Company. Here Edward Puryear, plant
manager, hands the $3,500 check to Tom
Surratt, hospital administrator. This is the
largest industrial gift to date.
The board of commissioners of the
Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Hospitals has approved the recommen
dation that Chowan Hospital be ac
credited for a period of three years.
This is the result of an evaluation of
the hospital survey recently conducted.
Thomas Surratt, hospital administra
tor, said a survey of the local facility
was made March 21. “We naturally are
delighted that our efforts to improve
patient care at the hospital has resulted
in this accreditation for another three
year- period,” he stated.
The board of trustees, the medical
staff and the administrator were com
mended for the new bylaws, rules and
regulations prepared and adopted “so
promptly” to comply with the standards
of the Joint Commission on Accredita
tion of Hospitals.
Accreditation means that Chowan
Hospital . . .
Voluntarily meets high standards of
Is progress-minded constantly striv
ing to improve its services;
It always has your welfare at heart.
Also, accreditation is described as a
special yardstick, which sets up care
fully-designed standards for every area
of activity in an average hospital.
With an “All American” rating last
year, the CHOWANIAN has again re
ceived an “All American” rating from
National Scholastic Press Association at
Minneapolis, Minn., in National com
petition, 1968 fall semester.
A few days later, the CHOWANIAN
was rated Medalist by the Columbia
Scholastic Press Association from Co
lumbia University, New York, N. Y., for
the 1968 issues.
The CHOWANIAN has vacillated be
tween first place and All American in
NSPA and CSPA competition since 1966.
This is the first Medalist award the pa
per has received.
Both press associations praised the
front page layout, news coverage, mast
head and leadership aspects of the pa
per. The judge from CSPA said, “A
generally excellent paper . . . you and
your staff have done a good job.”
Editors for 1968 included Emily Peele
and Brenda Hollowell, Spring Semester,
and Jo Ella Copeland and Diane Peedin,
Fall semester editors. Both semester
issues were judged and won the CSPA
1968 Medalist award.
and was the best day of the event.
Overcast skies, cool wind and an oc
casional drizzle of rain held down the
crowds Sunday afternoon. 1
Mrs. Twiddy said overall those con
nected with the tour are real pleased with
the results. She added that no one
could remember such bad weather over
an extended tour schedule before.
She said everyone cooperated and
worked together beautifully on the 1969
pilgrimage. She expressed her appre
ciation to the home owners and host of
volunteer guides, etc., who made the
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, April 24, 1969.
Tom Watts, Elizabeth City attorney
and Jaycee leader, will be principal
speaker here tonight (Thursday) at the
annual installation and ladies’ night ban
quet of Edenton Jaycees.
Watts is national director-elect for the
Northeast Region of Jaycees and last
year was state legal counsel. Also last
year he was chosen one of the top five
outstanding young men in North Caro
In addition to private legal practice,
Watts is assistant to the district court
He will be introduced by Wayne Ash
ley, president-elect of the local club.
The banquet will be held at the Jaycee
Community Building, beginning at 7
• In addition to installation of officers
by Sid Snyder, N. C. Jaycee vice presi
dent, presentation of awards will be
made. They include Spoke and Spark
Plug awards, Exhausted Rooster Cer
tificates and the Key Man Award.
Wallace Evans, Jaycee president, will
be master of ceremonies.
In addition to Ashley, officers to be
Bobby Bunch, first vice president; E.
C. Toppin, second vice president; Woody
Copeland, secretary; Graham Farless,
corresponding secretary; George Clark,
treasurer, and Jack Evans, chaplain.
Evans becomes chairman of the board
and Pete Dail is state director. Direc
tors include: Louis Craddock, Knapp
Brabble, Marvin Shaw, Mack Privott,
Thomas Peele and Bill Boyce.
Expansion Os Task Force Discussed
WILLIAMSTON Twenty-four peo
ple from nine school administrative units
in this district Monday night held an
organizational meeting here for the Task
Force for Education.
Jack Golstein of Windsor, district
Task Force chairman, said as a result
of the meeting it is hoped that citizens’
groups can be formed within each unit
to tell the story of public education.
He explained the importance of lay
citizens becoming more actively involved
in the operation of the schools and said
the movement is expected to gain sup
Robert Pierce of Farmville, a Task
Force committeeman, presented a cap
sule report on the recommendations of
the Governor’s Study Commission on Ed
ucation. One of the recommendations
was organization of the Task Force for
The importance of better public re
lations was stressed by L. F. Arnburn,
Jr., Edenton editor who is on the district
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JUNIOR EVENT WINNERS—Th* 15th Annual Junior Livestock Show and Sal* ia
now history. But it will long remain in the memory of at least two of the participants—
Cindy Ward and Jimmy Evans. Evans showed the Grand Champion steer and it was
purchased by Byrum Implement & Truck Company. Cindy, for the second straight year,
entered the Grand Champion individual pig. It was purchased by M. D. Baker. Chowan
and Ryland Ruritan clubs sponsor the event.
Champion Animals Sold
Cloudy skies and rain failed to damp
en the spirits of 4-H and FFA members
at the 15th Annual Junior Livestock
Show and Sale last Wednesday. The
event was sponsored by the Chowan and
Ryland Ruritan clubs.
Youthful exhibitors showed 29 pigs
and 10 steers. Quality of both was ex
cellent perhaps the best in the 15-
year history of the event, said Harry
Jimmy Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Marvin Evans showed the Grand Cham
pion steer and also won first place in
Fitting and Showmanship. His choice
“Blanket indictments are sometimes
hazardous, but superintendents and
boards of education generally have not
been completely fair with the public,”
he stated. Because of this the public
has not been adequately informed of
happenings in the schools.
He called for all meetings to be open
to the general public. “Everyone can
not come to your meetings,” he said,
“and you wouldn’t have room for them
anyway.” For this reason, he added, it
is important that representatives of the
news media be welcomed.
“Educators are not public relations
oriented,” he continued. “Maybe they
have too much to do in running the
schools. This should be admitted and
they should rely on the news media,
which in most cases will be willing to
Amburn said educators must cultivate
the confidence of representatives of the
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Angus sold to Byrum Implement and
Truck Company for 38 cents per pound.
Cindy Ward, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. R. C. Ward of Ryland showed
both the Grand Champion Individual pig
and the Reserve Grand Champion Pen
of Three. The individual pig was pur
chased by M. D. Baker Hog Market
for 40 1 ,4 cents per pound and the pen
of three was sold to Peoples Bank &
Trust Co., for 23,14 cents per pound.
Allen Copeland had the Reserve Grand
Champion Individual pig which M. D.
Baker Hog Market bought for 28 y 2
cents per pound. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. L. T. Copeland of Tyner.
Harry Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs.
R. C. Ward, showed the Grand Cham
pion pen of three, purchased by M. D.
Baker Hog Market for 33 cents per
pound. - ~
All other pigs were sold together to
Kittrell and Smithfield Packing Co.
In swine Fitting and Showmanship,
Terry Lamb won first place for the sec
ond year. Emmett Winborne and Bill
Bunch placed second and third.
Nine choice and one good grade steers
were also shown by 4-H and FFA mem
Jane Parrish, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Yates Parrish showed a 1,000
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V andals moved through a family ceme
tery in the northern section of Chowan
County recently, causing considerable
Deputy Sheriff Troy Toppin said a
liberal reward had been posted for in
formation leading to the arrest and con
viction of those who damaged grave
markers in the Byrum Cemetery, near
Happy Home Church.
The investigation showed that several
stones had been damaged and others
had been moved from one grave to an
other. “It was a sickening sight,” the
He said the vandalism was discovered
more than a week ago at the cemetery
between Ryland and Center Hill.
Dr. Hart Retiring
Dr. W. I. Hart has announced his
retirement from the practice of dentistry.
Dr. Hart wrote from his winter home
in Coral Gables, Fla., of his decision
to retire after 42 years of practice. He
was scheduled to return to Edenton
about May 1.
For the past several years Dr. Hart
has maintained a practice here during
the summer, going to Florida during the
winter months. He will be in the area
early in July, he reports.
Civil Court Slated
Eight cases appear on the calendar
for a civil term of Chowan County Su
perior Court, scheduled to convene here
Monday morning. Judge Joseph Parker
of Windsor will preside.
Several of the cases have appeared
on the civil calendar in this court sev
eral times during the past. The entire
civil calendar was continued at the
March Term when it appeared that the
entire week would be required to try