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Judge Fred Hedrick
Oysters and Judges
Gov. Bob Scott is currently cutting a
wide swatch through the political
“plumb” tree. Appointments which will
ultimately result in the success or fail
ure of the Scott Administration are be
ginning to flow in wholesale manner.
As is customary, there are more than
a few disappointed souls throughout the
state. It is uncustomary for one group
of distinguished Tar Heels Superior
Court judges—to be so obvious of their
It has come about by appointment of
three practicing attorneys to the Court
of Appeals. Now isn’t it a shame Gov.
Scott bypassed the robes in this respect?
He chose the three Rep. Earl
Vaughan of Eden, Fred Hedrick of
Statesville, and W. E. (Dub) Graham of
Charlotte —purely for “political” reasons,
we are told. We also assume he took
other things into consideration.
In the selection of Fred Hedrick, vet
eran judge of Iredell Recorder’s Court,
the governor has a whale of a man. We
know first hand.
When Fred Hedrick set up practice
in Statesville 19 years ago some ques
tioned whether or not he could make the
grade. He was young, and he was blind.
A few years later when Fred Hedrick
ran for solicitor of the court the same
questions were asked. He was a little
older, but he was still blind. However,
he proved all the doubting Thomases
wrong in short fashion. He was a fear
When he became judge of the court
the same old questions arose. Again he
had to prove himself. This he did and
for 10 years he stayed on the bench. As
Judge Hedrick he was just as fearless
as he was as Solicitor Hedrick. He was
also just as fair and compassionate.
He will have to prove himself as a
member of the Court of Appeals. There
will be more doubting Thomases than
he has ever seen. But Fred Hedrick is
man enough to do the job.
He convinced us we liked steamed oys
ters. So, the Court of Appeals job
shouldn’t be too much of a chore.
Facing The Critics
“If television would only stop show
ing all that bad news, maybe we wouldn’t
have so much of it.”
That’s the way the National Associa
tion of Broadcasters starts an advertise
ment in a trade journal.
“Then it goes on to ask, “does that
“Think of all the questions it raises:
“If television is to black out riots,
should it also black out United Nations
debates? School demonstrations? Battle
scenes? Political speeches? Who will
be the censor to tell us what news tele
vision should cover up? And would cov
ering up a bat situation remove it? Or
make it worse?”
The answers to these questions, the
broadcasters assure us, are found in our
tradition of a free press—guaranteed by
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TARGET—DELAPIDATED BUILDINGS. CODE VIOLATIONS—W. Sub Lofag, building inspector for tbo
Tiiii of k working to rid ih* nw of delapidatod buildings, hmwm etbor structures brought to stand
ard to enforce the building end sowing codes. Long Is shown In front of an abandoned house, which he
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H 3 THE OHO WAN HERALD ESI2
Volume XXXVI—No. 30.
Gov. Bob Scott named the 23 mem
bers of the Highway Commission Wed
nesday but withheld assignment of coun
ties pending consultation with the com
mission chairman and members:
“I will assign counties at the swear
ing in,” Gov. Scott said.
The new commissioners will be sworn
in at 11 A. M., July 30 in the old House
Chambers in the Capitol.
Members of the Scott Highway Com
Joseph W. Nowell, Jr., of Winfall,
Perquimans County farmer; Carroll Gil
liam of Windsor, Bertie County farmer;
Arthur Tripp of Greenville, Pitt County
tobacco warehouseman and farmer;
Hugh Ragsdale, Jacksonville business
man; James M. Smith of Chinquatin in
Duplin County, merchant-farmer; Bill
Williams of Middlesex, Nash County
farmer; William G. Clark, 111, of Tar
boro; president of W. G. Clark, Inc.,
farm supply firm; Clifton L. Benson,
Sr., Raleigh businessman; Charles Daw
kins, Fayetteville businesman; David
Parnell, merchant-farmer and mayor of
Parkton in Robeson County; T. Lyn
wood Smith of High Point, executive
vice president and general counselor of
Adams-Millis Corp., of High Point; John
S. Allen, businessman of Biscoe in Mont
gomery County; Bill Joyce of Sanford,
president of Sanford Tobacco Company;
Tom Ellis, auto dealer of Henderson in
Vance County; Charles Maxwell. Char
lotte real estate broker; Frank McCray
of Kannapolis, merchant-farmer; Robert
G. Barr of West Jefferson in Ashe Coun-
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DELICATE FEEDING—Mrs. L. A, Decs ts shown as she feeds the two newest pets
in her household—hummingbirds. The birds were discovered in a neat nest on a limb
of a tree cut last Thursday by G. H. Gocdwin. Mrs. Dees began feeding them honey
and water and they began to grow. The birds are quite fascinating as are their habits.
Looking on are her two children. Lorri Dees and Robert Greene.
Building Inspection Aimed At Compliance With Edenton Ordinances
A war on unsafe, unsanitary housing
and delapidated buildings is being waged
by the Town of Edenton. In the same
battle is stricter compliance with build
ing and zoning ordinances and codes.
W. Sam Long has now been in the of
fice of building inspector for three
months and progress is being made
W. B. Gardner, town administrator,
said it didn’t take Long much time to
begin enforcement of existing codes and
ordinances. “He is making good pro
gress and with the cooperation of the
citizenry Edenton can be a better look
ing town and the community can be rid
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PROPERTY DAMAGED—Shown here is some of the damage done on West Queen Street Monday night when a car knocked over
two power poles and two trees. The trees were left in a neat pile at the west edge of the J. A. Curran property. Police are looking
for the car which did the damage.
Hunger In Area Studied
Economic Improvement Council, Inc.,
is currently conducting a study to deter
mine the extent of hunger and/or mal
nutrition in the 10-county Albemarle
The council is working in conjunction
Fishing Rodeo Set
Edenton Jaycees are planning a fish
ing rodeo early in August for residents
of Chowan County.
Norman Stump, chairman of the rodeo
committee, said the event will be held
August 9-16 and boys and girls 14 years
of age and younger will be able to par
First and second place prizes will be
awarded for the largest rock, catfish,
and white perch. Weighing stations will
be Edenton Marina, during business
hours, and Bridge-Turn Esso.
of substandard housing,” he stated.
The work was not new to Long. He
did inspection work in Hertford for five
years before moving to Edenton.
He found a great need for improve
ments in housing here, he says. And
in his work he is going strictly by the
Southern Standard Housing Code.
All of his work isn’t confined to riding
the area of slum housing. . He works
with contractors and home builders in
seeing that new dwellings are within the
codes. He works on the lot, site deter
mination, and blueprints prior to issuing
a building permit. Once construction be
gins he makes periodic inspections to
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S* nton, Chowan County, North Carolina, July 24, 1969.
says Is a hasard. The other pictures show a substandard dwelling which is how bafcg occupied and a odt
posrt which «m being built too dose to the property line. The inspector said he has inspected 45 substandard
dwellings atone since he began work April 14. ) ’
with Elizabeth City State College and
the N. C. Resource Development Intern
Six students have embarked on a 10-
week work assignment with EIC to inter
view 1,000 low income families. They
will look for eating habits of the family
and availability of adequate foods;
awareness of hunger and/or malnutri
tion; methods of food storag?; availa
bility of refrigeration and amount of
money spent for food per week.
Students participating in the work
study assignments are: Gail Jones, Cho
wan County; Richard Newby, Perquim
ans County; Renna Harvey, Camden
County; Ella Bowe, Pasquotank Coun
ty; Harold Frierson, Perquimans Coun
ty; and Carolyn Wiggins, Gates County.
The primary of Plan Assuring College
F.ducaticn, through which the interview
ers were chosen, is to provide summer
employment opportunities for students
who lack the financial means to begin
or continue their college education.
Four hundred and twelve low income
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Britt At Meeting
School superintendents are spending
four days this week seeking practical so
lutions to problems confronting public
education in North Carolina and inves
tigating ways to bring about desirable
change in the school systems they head.
Supt. Bill Britt of Edenton-Chowan
Schools is among those at the annual
conference for superintendents, sponsor
ed by the State Department of Public
Instruction at Mars Hill College.
State Supt. Craig Phillips made the
only formal remarks Tuesday and out
lined the conference format.
Each superintendent is participating
in four different group discussions un
der the general conference theme, “Edu
cational Leadership—lnvolvement is Vi
see that codes are being followed.
Now, however, the bulk of his time is
spent on substandard houses. He is
concentrating now on the area surround
ing the central business district. At
the present time he is in the process of
condemning five houses. There are
some 40 on the book. Ten to 12 of
these he considers to be in such a de
lapidated state they cannot be brought
up to standard.
Long says these structures are fire
hazards and havens for snakes, rodents,
insects, etc. The lots are unkept and
unsafe. “They are actually a public
nuisance as far as appearance is con-
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Police Chief J. D. Parrish said today
there are no new leads on two hit and
run accidents Monday night on West
Sometime during an electrical storm
about 1 A. M., Tuesday, a car clipped
off a power pole in the 200 block of
West Queen, knocked over two trees and
broke another pole. The car also dam
aged shrubs in the yard of J. A. Curran.
It was a freak accident and authorities
marveled at the car being driven away
from the mishap.
Damage to the personal property was
expected to run into the hundreds of
Chief Parrish said debris at the scene
indicated the car to be a 1965 or 1966
black Ford. Anyone seeing such a car
in a damaged condition should contact
the police department, he said.
Also Monday night, a power pole
at the corner of Queen and Mosley was
struck. A spokesman in the Electric
and Water Department said the pole neid
a transformer bank which served a wide
area of West Edenton.
Had the pole been completely clipped,
power failure would have resulted for a
period of time.
A truck is believed to have hit the
Mr. Nash Buried
ELIZABETH CITY William D.
Nash, 46, died Friday night at 9:30
o’clock in Albemarle Hospital after a
short illness. Mr. Nash was director
of the District Health Department com
prised of Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquo
tank and Camden counties.
Death was attributed to a heart at
Mr. Nash had been in the news re-
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cerned,” he adds.
He claims that inspection protects the
neighborhood as well as the ' tenant.
“Some rental units cost $8 per week and
are without toilet facilities,” Long says.
“Some a rat wouldn’t live in.”
In a quarterly report to Town Coun
cil on June 30, Long reported 45 inspec
tions of substandard houses. Thirteen
of these were abandoned and 27 which
were occupied were considered unfit for
“People in these units are not living,
they just stay there,” he related.
Long claims that his two biggest prob-
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