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YACHTING—A FUN SPORT—A big yacht passing another craft makes a pretty pic
ture and more and more of it is being seen on area waters. This particular photograph
was taken on Intercoastal Waterway between the Alligator and Pungo Rivers. The
top inset shows Mayor and Mrs. George Alma Byrum as they enjoy the sun on a recent
outing. Below, Capt. Bruce Jones keeps the "Nancy Lee" on course as Mr. and Mrs.
Scott Harrell keep him company. (See Public Parade comment on boating).
Make Access Easier
After years of crawling, Edenton has
begun to walk toward its fair share of
the tourist dollar. This smokeless buck
has eluded us for far too long.
Reports from Historic Edenton, Inc.,
show the cooperative efforts of associa
tions, town, county and state govern
ments, and influential individuals are
beginning to pay dividends. People are
driving in from throughout the country
to enjoy the heritage we take for granted.
Highway travel is not the only way to
go. Yachting is becoming more and
more a favorite pastime and we should
cash in on it.
Edenton is a natural stopping place
for boaters looking for a weekend of
fun. We are a nice day’s run from the
Tidewater Area to the north and New
Bern, etc., from the south.
However, with all the water we have,
our channel has filled up to the extent
people with big pleasure craft are afraid
to chance a mishap just to take a look
see. Belhaven gets a lot of traffic be
cause the government constructed a nice
break-water 'just outside the docking
area. The channel is deep and stays
Such a break-water in Edenton Bay
would make our area more attractive,
not to mention safer, for big boats. The
channel of Pembroke Creek near Eden
ton Marina could be deepened and we’d
have a haven not found close around.
A little prodding by Rep. Walter B.
Jones might break loose some of the
federal aid needed for such a program.
Tie this in with Historic Edenton and
stand back for the cash registers will
begin to sing.
Not Popular, But Justified
Reality is not also easy to face. The
easy way is to hide behind false notions
and hope what you know to be the facts
never make an appearance.
This is what has been happening in
the Town of Edenton for nearly two
decades. Only once, six years ago when
property was revalued, did municipal
government get a needed windfall. The
$1 tax rate per SIOO assessed valuation
became an institution here. It did so
when those in a position to know were
well aware that some year they must
Although valuation here has increased
at about $250,000 per year, the efficient
operation of the Electric & Water De
partment allowed the council to trans
fer more and more electric* revenue to
the general fund. The coating has now
gotten so thin on this “Sugardaddy” it
has endangered continued efficiency and
service of the utilities department.
So, last Thursday night town council
men took a bold step. They approved a
proposed budget which requires a 20-
cent tax increase. If it didn’t hurt so
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
For Air Festival
The Jaycee-sponsored Air Festival,
scheduled June 21-22 at Edenton Muni
cipal Airport, has attracted national as
well as local and statewide interest.
Visitors to the event are expected from
Wisconsin, Florida. Georgia, Alabama,
Pennsylvania, and many other states.
Some enthusiastic flying buffs with their
own planes will be flying to Edenton
for the races, and many others will be
driving in from far and near.
Tom Foga, a Philadelphia accountant
who numbers Seabrook Blanching Corp.,
here among his clients, is making spe
cial arrangements to drive down with his
family to attend the festival.
Jaycee-sponsored projects of this type
are of considerable benefit to our com
munity, because of the many visitors
that might not otherwise come to Eden
ton, said Wallace Evans and Marvin
Shaw, co-chairmen of the event.
At any rate, they pointed out, the
spotlight turned upon our fair city can
do no harm, and who knows, may even
stimulate the interest of some new indus
try looking for a place to locate, as well
as some of the older folks who are near
ing retirement age.
Continued on Page Four
A chapel is planned for the Arrow
head Beach Community and the county’s
strongest rural organization is helping
Chowan Ruritan Club will sponsor a
benefit barbecue chicken dinner June
21 at Oak Grove Community Building.
Proceeds will go to Bandon Chapel at
Plates will be served from 5 P. M.,
to 8 P. M. Take-out orders will be fill
ed during this time also. Tickets can
be purchased from any member of the
Delegates Are Named To Girls State
Two rising seniors from Edenton-
Chowan Schools have been chosen to at*
tend Girls State. They are: Misses Pat
Reaves of Edenton and Wanda Ward of
Mrs. Roy Leary, chairman of the com
mittee for the sponsoring auxiliary of
Edward G. Bond Post No. 40. American
MISS REAVES MBS WARD
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, June 12, 1969.
Council Approves sl-Million Budget
20-Cent Tax Boost Voted
For the first time in more than two
decades Edenton Town Council has ap
proved a budget which includes a tax
rate in excess of $1 per SIOO valuation.
The tax rate for fiscal 1969-70 has been
set at $1.20.
The proposed budget, for the first
time in history, exceeds sl-million. It
Three Charged By Police
Three young Negroes—including a ju
venile—have been placed under arrest
in connection with recent break-ins and
purse snatching incidents here.
Police Chief J. D. Parrish identified
two of the suspects as Lewis Honer
Holley, 19, 107 West Peterson Street,
and Roy Campella Woodard, 16, of
Chief Parrish said when arrested Hol
ley had property in his possession be
longing to Mrs. Edward Taylor while
Woodard had driver’s license of Ruby
Tynch. Both women had their pocket-
Few boat owners are content with a
standard boat. Most buyers order fac
tory-installed optional equipment at the
time of purchase or add accessories
Aristotle Onassis is no exception. Over
a period of years he also has added ac
cessories to his 325-foot yacht, “Chris
Latest “accessory” is a 27-foot Chris-
Craft Commander which the Greek ship
ping magnate will use for short, get
away-from-it-all jaunts and his own per
sonal pleasure. The Commander is nam
ed “Christina IV”.
The Commander is an all fiberglass
four-sleeper cruiser with single 230 HP
or twin 200 HP engines, which is the
version Onassis chose. Top speed with
the latter is 38 MPH.
This Commander was built at Chris-
Craft’s plant on Albemarle Sound near
Edenton "Municipal Airport.
Other accessories reportedly aboard
the “Christina”, which would be stand
ard equipment for almost everyone else,
are a small sailboat, two outboard boats,
and an older Chris-Craft mahogany run
about. In addition, the “Christina” car
ries a seaplane and a small automobile.
Roper Farmer Killed In Accident
Roy Harrell Ambrose, 36, Route 1,
Roper, was killed instantly Thursday
afternoon when his pickup truck was in
volved in a head-on collision with a
heavily loaded log truck on U. S. 64
east of Roper.
The impact of the wreck ripped the
pickup cab from the chassis. Ambrose
was pinned in the wreckage for more
than two hours before rescuers could
State Trooper Jim Whitehurst, investi
gating officer, identified the driver of the
log truck as Samuel Booth, Route 1,
Pantego. A passenger in the truck was
Alton Joseph Waters of Pinetown.
Booth was uninjured and Waters was
treated at Plymouth Clinic and released.
Booth told the officer the Ambrose
truck swerved into the left lane and
struck his truck head-on.
The truck’s load of 35,000 board feet
of logs was dumped into the center of
the highway, busy with summer week-
Legion, said the students will attend
Girls State June 22-28 at University of
North Carolina at Greensboro.
Miss Reaves, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Dan P. Reaves, is a student at
John A. Holmes High School.
Miss Ward’s parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph B. Ward and she is a student
| at Chowan High School. *
i Girls State is a practical application
! of Americanism and good citizenship.
The entire program is a non-partisan,
non political attempt to teach and inocu
, late in the youth of America a love of
God and country, Mrs. Leary stated.
, Chowan County has been represented
at every session of the program over the
last 30 years.
The purpose of Girls State is to pro
vide citizenship training for girls of high
As in the past years, revenue from the
Electric & Water Department is a major
Mayor George Alma Byrum said for
the first time in many years the council
is not increasing the amount transferred
from E&W revenue to the general fund.
books taken at A&P during May.
Holley is charged specifically with
breaking and entering Elliott Cleaners,
George Chevrolet, Colonial Motor Com
pany, and Albemarle Motor Company.
He is also charged with larceny of a car
and adding machine from George Chev
rolet, clothes from Elliott’s Cleaners, and
cash from Colonial Motor Company.
Woodard is charged with possession of
Chief Parrish said Holley and the
juvenile were arrested at George Chev
rolet Company early Saturday morning
by Sgt. H. J. Lupton while they were
in the process of stealing a 1969 model
vehicle. Earlier in the night they al
legedly entered Colonial Motor Com
Chief Parrish said investigation is
continuing into other incidents which
might involve the suspects.
Local Bonds Sold
News of the sale of sl-million in Cho
wan County hospital bonds was received
here Wednesday with mixed feelings.
While there were those who were con
cerned over the high interest rate, others
were delighted that the bonds were sold
so the project could continue.
North Carolina National Bank was
the sole bidder on the Chowan bonds,
according to the Local Government Com
mission. Other issues during the day
brought as many as six bids.
NCNB, in a managed account with
Interstate Securities Corp., as a mem
ber, purchased the hospital bonds at a
net interest cost of 5.984 per cent.
Yields on these bonds range from 5 per
cent in 1970 to 5.95 per cent in 1990.
The low bid was just a fraction of a
per cent below the 6 per cent ceiling.
Construction of the nearly $2-million
medical facility is already underway.
end traffic. The rig was owned by F.
C. Howell & Son of Pinetown. Booth
was going from Columbia to Pinetown.
Mr. Ambrose was the son of Herbert
and Nat Norman Ambrose and the hus
band of Mary Bagley Ambrose. He was
a lifelong resident of' Washington Coun
ty, a farmer, and a commercial fisher
He was a member of Scuppernong
Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents and widow,
surviving are three daughters: Mrs
Fay Phelps of Aurora, and Debra Nell
and Brenda Lynn Ambrose of the home;
three sons: Roy, Jr., Bill, and Gary Am
brose of the home; two sisters: Mrs.
Judy A. Goodman and Mrs. Charlie
Phelps of Roper; and a brother, Wil
liam H. Ambrose of Roper.
Funeral services were held at Scup
pernong church at 4 P. M., Friday with
Mark Woolard in charge. Burial was
in the church cemetery.
WHKNE OWE DIED—A pickup track and a loaded log truck coUded Thursday after
noon near Roper leering Roy Harrell Ambrose, 38, Route 1. Roper, dead and causing
STS' ft S i* >w P J*®*? Plctura ot the wreckage. The cab of the
pickup was torn from the chassis and is shown at left
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He said a reserve is needed in that de
partment for projected improvements to
The mayor said the new budget re
flects increased town expenses—including
a 10 per cent cost of living salary in
crease for employees. He pointed out
that Edenton is fortunate to have dedi
cated, qualified employees and there is
not much turnover. “The salary in
crease is very well deserved,” he stated.
Also, Mayor Byrum said everything
purchased by the town has increased
right along with everything else. In the
past, he noted, more and more had been
taken from the E&W profits to meet
He added that the cost-price squeeze,
experienced by individuals and business
es, had caught up with the municipality.
Os the total budget, the $1.20 property
tax will bring in $129,546.36, little more
than 10 per cent of the total amount.
This is based on an assessed valuation
The town will transfer $116,723.35
from E&W revenue to the general fund
in order to balance the budget.
The complete proposed budget appears
elsewhere in today’s newspaper.
Town of Edenton
Department 1968 69 1969-70
Administrative $ 30.696.00 $ 36.626.00
Fire - 33.715.60 37,106.27
Police 77,995.00 86,393.18
Street 127.937.75 149,313.26
Electric & Water 618,616.35 702.000.00
Miscellaneous 69.801.00 75,876.00
TOTAL $959,034.70 $1,087,314.71
Spruill At State
Fred Spruill, Route 1, Edenton is
representing Chowan County at the Re
source Conservation Workshop in Ra
leigh this week, according to Lloyd
Bunch, chairman of the Chowan County
Soil and Water Conservation District
Supervisors who are sponsoring the
youth at the event.
State F.F.A. Forestry Camp.
According to Bunch, those students
attending will receive instructions in
many phases of conservation and natural
resources development including soil and
water conservation, wildlife conserva
tion, forestry and many others. In ad
dition, a well-rounded recreational pro
gram has been planned including com
petitive sports activities and swimming.
At the conclusion of the workshop,
tests will be given and prizes awarded
to those making the highest relative
The workshop is being sponsored
jointly by the N. C. Chapter of the Soil
Conservation Society of America, the
N. C. Association of Soil and Water
Conservation Districts, and the State Soil
and Water Conservation Committee with
cooperation of many state and federal
natural resource development agencies.
He is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. W. E.
Spruill and will be
a junior at Chowan
High School next
fall. He is active
in the Future Farm
ers of America, now
serving as reporter
for the chapter and
has attended the