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George Alma Byrum : 364
Roy £. Harrell 140 397 537
Henry G. Quinn 78 76 154
J. C. (Pete) Dail 267 388 655
. Alton G. Elmore 173 213 386
Richard L. Satterfield 105 120 225
William H. Collins 32 53 85
Councilman, Third Ward
David G. White, Jr. 359 412 771
Edward W. Taylor, Jr 192 320 512
Councilman, Fourth Ward
Luther C. Parks ..419 563 982
Oscar F. Blair 144 169 313
James M. Bond 329 420 749
Mrs. Carolyn S. Ricks 245 332 577
Edenton has survived another munici
pal election with qualified candidates
being either elected or returned to of
fice. For those who are followers of
politics along the Public Parade, Tues
day’s election produced no big surprises.
The winners are to be congratulated.
Also, congratulations are due the losers.
They participated in a spirited election
which was not marked by mud-slinging.
They ran hard but everyone could not
win. Those who participated as candi
dates demonstrated an interest in the
affairs of the town which is needed.
There are challenging days ahead for
Edenton. The town limits have just
been extended, doubling the land area
and bringing in an estimated 1,000 peo
ple. The fact that no taxes will be de
rived from these people for another year,
while they enjoy municipal services, will
make the coming year more difficult
for those who sit in the Municipal
Mayor-elect George Alma Byrum is
well aware of the problems of serving
the people. He moves into the top town
position with no strings attached, no
political promises to fulfill, no obliga
tion except to give his best in leadershin
to keep Edenton on the move.
The transition in municipal govern
ment, therefore, will be smooth. Mayor
John A. Mitchener’s philosophy along
these lines, in the main, are shared by
The Good Ship Edenton will con
tinue to enjoy a strong captain at the
helm. With a team like George Byrum,
Leo Katkaveck, J. D. Elliott, Luther
Parks, David White, W. H. Hollowed
and James C. Dail you can look for
good government here to continue to be
Change From Pablum
There are two groups of people who
will be interested in tonight’s (Thurs
day) meeting of the Parent-Teacher As
sociation at Holmes Auditorium. They
1— Those who have children who will
be in grades seven through 12 for the
1969-70 school year.
2 M embers of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education.
A note in our unattended typewriter
said the program will be a discussion
of the “organization and curriculum” of
the junior and senior high school tor
the coming year.
Parents should be interested in get
ting their children into proper course
School bpard members should be in
terested in what Supt. Bill Britt has
come up with in the way of “organiza
tion and curriculum” for the system’s
first junior-senior high structure.
One would think the school board
would have had a sneak preview of what
is taking place. This could have been
accomplished Monday night at their reg
ularly scheduled meeting which was post
poned for one week without public no
tice. After all, they are by law given
the responsibility in such matters.
There are other portions of the school
laws of North Carolina being ignored
by local authorities. Among them .is a
statute which says: “By October i after
the close of the school year a condensed
statement of the ' report on the audit
shall be published in some newspaper
published in the county . . .* ” This
had never been done in the history of
loca| schools although for the past two
years this act has been called to their
Edicts from federal court judges are
not thft most important things in the
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Geor u Ima Byrum, 119 West
Church “S t, moves into the mayor’s
office ’■§ H Tuesday following victory
over tw £ £ onents in this week’s Mu
nicipal ra “ in.
Roy rrell, who was making his
third c ive bid for the top mu
nicipal w c "‘ n, placed second and was
trailed by Henry G. Quinn. The com
plete but unofficial vote was: Byrum,
682; Harrell, 537; and Quinn, 154.
Two incumbent councilmen won re
election to four-year terms and Treasurer
James M. Bond was re-elected for two
years,. James C. (Pete) Dail was elect
ed to a four-year term as councilman
at-large in a four-man race.
Two members of the Board of Public
Works, W. J. P. Earnhardt, Sr., and
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CONTINUE SUPREMACY—Coach Marion Kirby is pictured here with three pace set
ters on the track team at John A. Holmes High School. Team members who were in
dividual leaders in the 2-A Albemarle Conference meet last week at Northampton are.
left to right, Mike Ervin, Earl Chesson and Gigi Leary.
Aces Dominate Conference Track
The Edenton Aces continued their
supremacy on the cinders in the 2-A
Albemarle Conference last week as they
won their 14th consecutive track crown.
Coach Marion Kirby’s thin clads roll
ed up 81 points to dominate the meet
held Thursday night at Northampton.
Two Aces set new individual records,
and two relay teams established two
Suit For Damage
An involuntary non suit was ordered
last week in a civil case being heard
by a jury in Chowan County Superior
Judge Joseph Parker of Windsor al
lowed a motion by the defense in the
case where Mamie B. Quinn was seeking
damages from P&Q Super Market.
Judge Parker ruled there was not suf
ficient evidence by the plaintiff to go
to the jury. Mrs. Quinn was seeking
$164,000 in damages for injuries re
sulting from a fall in the downtown store
the night of August 21, 1962.
A jury was selected Monday and the
trial was in its second day when the
non suit was allowed. Notice of appeal
was given by Mrs. Quinn’s attorneys.
In the case of Beaverite Products, Inc.,
against National Bindery, Inc., Judge
Parker ordered that it be remanded to
Road Work Set
Dickerson, Inc., of Monroe, has sub
mitted the low bid for resurfacing a
portion of U. S. 64 between Columbia
and the Alligator River. Their bid was
Low bids on this and other projects
are to be reviewed Friday by the State
Highway Commission. TTie bids for re
view and letting total $19,236,564.06.
There are 22 projects in 21 counties
involving 293 miles of road construction
in the letting. The U. S. 64 project is
10 miles in length.
Dickerson’s regional headquarters is
Chowan County Courthouse will be
closed Monday in observance of Con
federate Memorial Day.
THE CHOWAN HERALD
The Aces now hold eight of the 12
While the Aces were gaining easy
victory, the real contest developed for
second place. Bertie won out, compiling
27 points while Ahoskie finished with
Earl Chesson set a record in the 100-
yard dash and Gigi Leary posted a new
mark in the 220. Mike Ervin was the
only double winner in the meet, winning
the shot put and the discus.
Leary was second in the 100-yard
John Sutton, Alfred Coston, Chesson
and Leary made up the 800 relay which
set a new conference mark.
Sutton, Coston, Chesson and A1 Partin
won the mile relay, also.
Coming in behind Leary in the 220
was Chesson, second, and Sutton, third.
Dale White won the 880, Paul Waff
was second, Danny Waff, third, and
Tommy Jackson, fifth.
John Raines was second in the broad
jump. In the pole vault, Joey Coving
ington was second, Emmett Wood, third,
and Leary, fourth.
Edenton did not place in the mile
In addition to Chesson and Leary,
records held by Edenton include: Brian
Twiddy, 880; Steve Davenport, mile;
880-relay; mile-relay; Bill Griffin, shot
put; and Joe Harrell, discus.
Carolina Coach Varsity Club Speaker
James P. Ricks, Jr., were unopposed.
Byrum, 43-year-old businessman and
community leader, returns to municipal
government after an absence of four
years. He served on the council for
12 years but did not seek re-election
The winner rolled up a substantial
majority in his home precinct—West
Edenton—and this was too much for
Harrell to overcome in his home ward—
East Edenton. Byrum came out of
West Edenton leading his nearest chal
lenger by 224 votes. He trailed Har
rell in the other box by 79 votes.
Dail carried both precincts in his bid
for the council seat being vacated by
Quinn. He polled 655 votes to 386
for Alton G. Elmore; 225 for Richard
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, May 8, 1969
NEW FIRST FAMlLY—Edenton's Mayor-elect George Alma Byrum
and his family are oictured here in Iheir home, 119 West Church Street.
Shown wilh Mr. and Mrs. Byrum are their daughters, June, left, and
Jean, right. Byrum was elected Tuesday in a three man race for the
top municipal position. He will take office Tuesday night.
Town Limits Expanded
By Annexation Measure
Legislation passed in the General As
sembly last week doubled the hnd area
of the Town of Edenton and brought
an estimated 1,000 people within the
An “ambitious” annexation program,
written by Town Administrator W. B.
Gardner, was enacted May 1 when the
State Senate passed the measure on third
reading. Although the property was an
nexed immediately no taxes will be col
lected until 1970.
Edenton and Chowan County record
ed three traffic deaths last year as North
Carolina's highway toll soared to a rec
ord 1,867 killed and 55,133 injured in
This was reported this week by the
N. C. State Motor Club. The report
showed 72 persons injured in the
Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
led the state in traffic deaths. Char
lotte’s 41 fatalities were tops while
Mecklenburg’s 78 (including Charlotte)
was 11 more than its previous high of
67 in 1964.
Community To Honor Mitcheners
Mayor John A. Mitchener. Jr., and
his wife, Nancy, will be honored May 15
at an appreciation banquet to be held
at Chowan Golf & Country Club.
Mayor Mitchener is rounding out 18
years of service on Edenton Town Coun
cil the last 10 in his present position.
He did not seek re-election in Tuesday’s
Tickets to the banquet are currently
being sold. Only 150 tickets are avail
It was announced Tuesday that Lee
Wilson of Raleigh, assistant executive
director of the N. C. League of Mu
nicipalities, will be principal speaker at
the banquet. Wilson moves up to the
director’s post November 1 upon the re
tirement of Mrs. Davetta L. Steed.
Mayor Mitchener is a past president
of the League. Mrs. Steed is also ex-
Athletes at John A. Holmes High
School will be honored May 19 by Eden
ton Varsity Club at a banquet to be
held at the Jaycee Community Building.
The banquet will start at 7 P. M.
C. Z. Shackelford, club president, an
nounced today that John Lotz, assistant
basketball coach at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be
the keynote speaker.
The dapper Lotz, one of the most
popular members of the Carolina ath
letic family, has been on the Dean
Smith staff for four years.
“I rate John one of the brightest
young coaches in the game,” says Smith.
“He’s certainly a very valuable man in
Lotz is considered an expert teacher
of shooting technique. He was a shoot
ing whiz himself at East Texas State.
The speaker is active in the fellowship
of Christian Athletes. He is in demand
as a speaker, not only at banquets but
ia churches around the state.
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Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr., hailed
the measure as another progressive step
in Edenton’s history. He said he num
bered among those who have felt for
some years the town needed more grow
Gardner has estimated this program
will be sufficient to provide orderly
growth over the next 15 to 20 years.
The annexation was accomplished
through re-writing the portion of the
town’s charter which sets out the bound
ary lines. The new line goes west to
National Fish Hatchery, northeast to
beyond Byrum Implement Company, and
southeast to a point east of The Carter’s
Ink Company. It involves some 1,100
Immediately upon notification of pass
age of the measure, Gardner informed
citizens residing in the affected area. He
said although taxes would not be collect
ed for another year, most town services
would begin within three weeks.
Police and fire protection has already
been launched. Garbage and trash col
lection begins May 19 with three-day
collection on each side of Broad Street
The following schedule will be ob
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pected to join in paying tribute to Mayor
Wilson has been Mrs. Steed's assistant
for 22 years. When it was learned that
Wilson would step up to executive di
rector, Mrs. Steed said it was her
Other details of the banquet were not
known at press time.
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MORE SUPPORT FOR HOSPITAL—
Sears Foundation last week contributed
SI,OOO to the building fund at Chowan Hos
pital. Terry St. Clair, local foundation
representative, presents the check to R.
Graham White, right, fund chairman.
A discussion of the organization and
curriculum of the junior and senior high
school for 1969-70 will be discussed to
night (Thursday) at a Parent-Teacher
Association meeting at Holmes Audi
George Alma Byrum, PTA president,,
said the important program will begin
at 8 o’clock.
All parents of students in grades seven.
through 12 are urged to attend. “In
formation will be presented that codl
be most helpful in'getting children infl§
proper course selections for next yearjßt
a school spokesman said. «
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