New Service For Northeast
Coble Dairy P ins Branch
4 C. M. Reynolds, Goldsboro Division
Manager, has announced construction
plans for a new branch of Coble Dairy
Products, Inc., in Edenton. The branch
will be located in the Industrial Park.
The new Coble Dairy branch will
serve Chowan, Tyrrell, Washington,
Hertford, Bertie, Perquimans, Pasquo
tank and Camden counties with a com
plete line of milk, ice cream and dairy
Coble Dairy is one of the nation’s
largest independent dairies and operates
throughout North and South Carolina
and portions of Virginia, Georgia and
Volume XXXVI—No. 23.
That was a nice tribute Edenton
'Chamber of Commerce paid W. P.
(Spec) Jones at its biennial Industrial
Appreciation banquet. And it couldn’t
have happened to a more deserving guy.
Spec Jones has been an integral part
of this community for more years than
he likes to fess up to. He has over the
years quietly meandered along the Pub
lic Parade and without fanfare made a
contribution of great proportions.
It was at an American Legion meet
ing in November, 1964, that we first met
Spec. Lloyd Griffin, another Edentonian
of note, was speaking about the price
of freedom. It was fitting for the two
to get together at a Veterans Day meet
ing and for such a speech to be given
by such a distinguished person. For
Spec was a soldier back when soldiers
Too, Spec is the type individual who
can disagree without being disagreeable.
We know. We have disagreed with him
publicly and privately on’ several oc
( casions still we are privileged to num
ber him among our friends.
Spec has ben dubbed Father of In
< dustry in Chowan County. Your fellow
citizens don’t go around carelessly pass
ing out such titles of honor. One of the
greatest tributes one can receive is to
be recognized by his co-workers.
The good Spec has done for the com
munity and his fellow citizens had in a
large sense been hidden under the bushel
until the Industrial Appreciation affair.
He was surprised and somewhat em
barrassed by all the fuss made over him.
He’s just that type guy.
We all benefit from the unselfish, ded
icated service of people like Spec Jones.
And the fortunate thing is that he hasn’t
even gotten his second wind yet.
Why does it take joint action of Cho
wan County commissioners and Edenton-
Chowan Board of Education to name
» members to the Chowan ABC Board
when the profits from liquor sales go
into the county’s general fund?
Applying The Eraser
If there were any doubts about John
Mitchener’s credentials for appointment
to the State Highway Commission they
have been erased by Coastal Plains Reg
John Mitchener can take a lion’s share
of credit for the 10-county Albemarle
Area Development Association’s planning
study. And in the report of this plan
ning committee, one of the most sig
nificant things was .a proposed new
superhighway through Northeastern
This ties in with the CPRC’s action
giving top priority to construction of a
four-lane interstate-type highway from
Savannah, Ga., to Norfolk, Va. (The
commission functions in North and'
South Carolina and Georgia).
What the commission experts have
done is no secret. They took the Mitch
ener report, liked what they saw and
went from there. They ended up in
Savannah. Then they went over to At
lanta and made their priority list of
Gov, Bob Scott and Highway Com
mission Chairman Lauch Fairdoth have
both publicly stated the highway sys
t tern in Eastern North Carolina must be
In Greenville recently, Gov. Scott
said: “I believe one way to provide rural
revitalization is an all-out attempt to in
troduce industries seeking new homes in
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, June S, 1969.
. General offices for Cobl -t £iry Pro
ducts, Inc., are in Lexingtor % m division
offices are in Goldsboro, L «gton and
Fayetteville and Florence a; g Person,
S.' C., and Danville, Va. * S 3 Edenton
operation will be the 32 nd Dairy
The Coble Dairy Edenton branch will
be managed by Robert D. Hutchison
who is currently manager of the Coble
branch in Wilson. Hutchison has previ
ously lived in Edenton and is married
to the former Laura Satterfield, a native
of Edenton. The Hutchisons have two
children, Laurie nine, and Bobby seven.
A reported game of Russian roulette
Sunday night resulted in the death of
Michael Eugene Hughes, 21, Route 1,
Edenton. The victim died at 2:30 A. M.
Monday in Norfolk General Hospital
with a single wound in his temple.
Police Chief J. D. Parrish said in
vestigation indicated there was no foul
Here is the story the chief put to
The victim and his wife of less than
a year, the former Virginia Lane, met
another couple in front of the Visitor
Center-Museum at the foot of Broad
Street. The couple was identified as
Alfonza R. Barcliff, 21, Route 1, Eliza
beth City and Miss Brenda Privott,
Route 1, Edenton. - All four got into
During a discussion, Mr. Hughes said
he would like to have a gun. Barcliff
produced a .22 caliber pistol. There
was some mention of Russian roulette.
Mr. Hughes put the revolver to his tem
ple and pulled the trigger. The gun
fired a single bullet into his head.
The victim was rushed to Chowan
Hospital about 10 P. M., where he was
given emergency treatment. He was la
ter carried to the Norfolk hospital by
Edenton-Chowan Rescue Squad.
He was a native of Bertie County, son
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Applications are now being taken for
official Red Cross swimming instruction
later in the month, according to Murray
D. Ashley, Civil Defense director.
Ashley said the classes will be taught
June 16 through June 27. They will
be held at Sandy Point Beach. Swim
ming classes will be from 10 A. M., to
11 A. M., and classes in junior and sen
ior life-saving will be from 11 A. M.,
to 12 noon.
There is no charge for the classes.
The Town of Edenton is assisting in
financing the swimming classes as part
of the local summer recreation program,
said Councilman James C. Dail, recre
Ashley said applications for the class
es will be accepted until 5 P. M., on
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through right for the INI N school year. The permanent addition is bsing attached to
ths old Rocky Hock school which ths academy is using rids ysar. Coastal Concrete is
They are members of the Methodist
Hutchison is an active member of the
Kiwanis Club and has been associated
with Coble Dairy for nine years.
Reynolds and Hutchison have indi
cated a desire on the part of Coble
Dairy to secure Grade A Milk producers
within this area.
Construction of the new Coble Dairy
Edenton branch is scheduled for mid-
August completion and Coble expects to
begin operations between the middle of
August and September 1.
Edenton Construction Company is
Single Copy 10 Cents
Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
Mrs. Fletcher, 90,
Taken In Death
Funeral services were held at Willi
fofdTiT6mo7!ai ChapffT Monday morning
for Mrs. Inglis Fletcher, one of North
Carolina’s best known writers. She
Dr. Edwin Williams of Hertford con
ducted the services. Graveside services
were held at 3 P. M., in National Ceme
tery in Wilmington where her husband
Mrs. Fletcher set most of her books
in the Albemarle Area of North Caro
lina. She was a native of Illinois and
traveled throughout the world with her
mining engineer husband, John G.
Fletcher, before coming to North Caro
lina. She wrote some 16 books including
best-selling historical novels set in the
framework of Tar Heel history.
Immediate survivors are a son, Cmdr.
John Stuart Fletcher, U. S. Navy, ret.,
and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Fletcher was living in California
when casual interest led her to a study
of North Carolina colonial records for
accounts of her Albemarle ancestors.
That research lecf to a novel entitled
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Summer Recreation Program Slated
Edenton’s summer recreation program
gets underway Monday with Lin Jordan
as director. The program will again be
offered through the schools.
Edenton Town Council and Edenton-
Chowan Board of Education are coop
erating in sponsoring the program. Jor
dan will be in his first year as director
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DAIRY BRANCH PLANNED—Shown at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new
Edenton Branch of Coble Dairy Products, Inc., are left to right: Edenton Mayor George
A. Byrum; C. M. Reynolds, Coble Goldsboro division manager; W. B. Gardner, chair
man.’ Industrial Committee, Edenton Chamber of Commerce; Ross Inglis, vice president,
Edenton Construction Company, and William H. Bunch, president, Edenton Chamber of
Commerce. Coble Dairy, which will offeT a complete line of milk, ice cream and dairy
foods, expects to begin operations between mid-August and September 1.
Being Sought By Phillips
A seed leading to county-wide plan
ning and zoning was planted with Cho
wan County commissioners here Monday.
Commissioner C. A. Phillips called for
an active committee to consider this
Commissioner Phillips told his col
leagues it is time to start thinking in
terms of planning for the entire county.
He said it could begin with a develop
ment plan fdl certain areas.
He said Chowan County is a very de
sirable area. And if planning is not
accomplished “we are going to find our
selves in trouble.” He said adequate
planning would protect the property
owner’s investment and also aid indi
.. The commissioner , juade it plain he
doesn’t see the need for “strict, hard
and fast” zoning, brt some planning is
Problems at Chowan Beach and Ar
rowhead were cited as examples of what
can happen without planning.
The commissioners were also asked
by the trustees of Chowan Hospital to
increase their appropriation of $45,000
to the new hospital to $50,000 and ap
prove certain priority items which were
deleted from the original plans.
Jesse L. Harrell, chairman of the hos
pital board, said a priority list was es
tablished since some items must be in
cluded now and others can be put in as-
Deadline Is Near
Final registration for the Adult Driv
ing Education and a Typing Class will
be held at John A. Holmes High School
tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 to 8:30
Classes that make up will begin Mon
day at 7 P. M.
and has already many planned activities.
Assistant directors will be Tom Bass,
Robert Shields and Carroll Haste.
Councilman James C. Dail, recreation
commissioner, said a varied program is
being pushed and every effort will be
made to make this one of the best sum
mer programs ever offered.
Activities now include:
Men’s Softball League . . . will meet
Thursday night at 8 o’clock in Holmes
High Gymnasium. At this meeting rules
and regulations, entry fees, and schedul
ing will be discussed with representatives
of each team.
Little League Baseball . . . registration
for this program will be done Monday.
There will be members of the recrea
tion department at Holmes High Gym
nasium to handle registration from 10
A. M., to 12 noon and 1 P. M., to 3
P. M. This program is for ages eight
through 12. Practice and tryouts will
begin Tuesday at 10 A. M.
Colt or Pony League Baseball . . .
registration will be done at same time
as Little League. Attempts will be
made to organize a program for any
group with enough players to play a
schedule. This is for ages 13 through
15. Practice and tryouts will be sched
uled following registration.
Tennis Instruction . . . registration
will be done during same hours as base
ball program. This is open to both boys
and girls. Each participant will furnish
own shoes and racket
ter the hospital is completed. He said
the board has a guaranteed price on an
elevator which expires July 15.
Commission Chairman W. E. Bond
said only after the budget is studied for
fiscal 1969-70 can the board know where
it stands and if the request can be
The commissioners met jointly with
Edenton-Chowan Board of Education
and unanimously re-appointed J. W.
Davis to the Chowan ABC Board.
School Supt. Bill Britt formally sub
mitted the school budget which totals
$506,017. Os this amount the county
must levy for $345,206. Although there
is a $70,000 increase in the budget,
growth in county values will make it
possible to maintain a 87 cent levy for
The superintendent said the biggest
increase is in teacher salaries. Also,
there is a $26,000 item for plant main
The board received a request to have
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R. N. Hines, Sr., director of utilities
for the Town of Edenton, has been nam
ed national membership chairman by the
American Public Power Association. The
board of directors chose Hines for this
important position last month.
“This is one of the most important
responsibilities that the board can give
to an APPA member, and I am pleased
that you were selected for this position,”
writes Alex Radin, general manager
Radin also pointed out that Russell
Du of Alexandria, Minn., who won first
prize in 1969 membership competition
among state chairmen. Hines has been
North Carolina chairman for 10 years.
APPA is headquartered in Washing
ton, D. C., and has approximately 5,000
members. It is the largest and oldest
organization for municipalities in the
Hines has been director of local utili
ties since 1940 and has been active in a
state organization of 72 electric cities.
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OFFICERS INSTALLED District Jude*
W. S. Prirott right, Tuesday night installed
new officers of Edward Gw Bond Poet No. 40,
Amariceo Legion and fit* auxiliary. Tsoy
Toppin. left is the new post commander,
and Mrs. J. L. Chestnut! is president of the
loxilUrr. Tht mMtiim wvi fcsM
at the Legiea Hut en V. 4. 17 teeth.,