Volume XXXVI—No. 35.
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PREMIUM BOOK DISTRIBUTED Judy
Earnhardt, 100 West Gale Street, makes a
pretty picture as she reads the premium
book for the forthcoming Chowan County
Fair. The fair, sponsored by Edward G.
Bond Post, American Legion, runs Septem
ber 15-20 at the fairgrounds on U. S. 17
South. This is the 20th anniversary of the
county fair here and W. A. Perry, presi
dent. predicts a record number of exhibit
ors and entries for nearly $2,500 in prem
iums. The premium boob were distributed
throughout the area this week.
EIC Will Sponsor
Visit By Agency
A representative of the Small Business
Administration will be in the area Sep
tember 11 to discuss services available
with interested people. The meeting will
begin at 9 A. M.,' at Economic Improve
ment Council offices at Edenton Mu
> nicipal Airport.
Roy L. Lowe, EIC executive director,
said this will be the first time in nearly
18 months that an SBA representative
has been available locally.
_ Lowe said about 20 inquiries have
been made to his office about the avail
ability of assistance in establishing or
expanding businesses. “The represen
tative will be here to give people more
knowledge about what is actually avail
able and answer any questions,” Lowe
“This service is definitely needed and
EIC is pleased that the request to SBA’s
Charlotte office was favorably accepted,”
While the SBA in every case recom
mends bank participation under the
Cuaranty Participation Program there
are other programs available, Lowe
Anyone desiring information about the
September 11 meeting should contact
Lowe at his EIC office.
Four Cars Stolen
Auto thefts have been in abundance
in Edenton during the past week. Four
autos have been stolen here since noon
Police Chief J. D. Parrish reports that
three of the vehicles have been recovered
and one arrest made. He hinted that
another arrest would be made soon.
Clyde William Boyce, 24, of rural
Chowan County, was arrested Saturday
night in Myrtle Beach, S.. C., following
a high speed chase in a 1966 Buick own
ed by Dr. Richard Hardin.
Dr. Hardin reported at 7:30 A. M.,
Saturday that his car was missing from
his residence on Granvile Street.
Boyce allegedly wrecked the vehicle
in Myrtle Beach. He was charged with
drunk driving, damage to personal prop
erty and leaving the scene of an acci
At 5:40 P. M., Friday police were
notified by J. H. Conger, Jr., that his
1965 Buick was stolen from Colonial
Square, across from the sheriff’s office.
It has not been recovered.
Chief Parrish said a stolen 1969 Lin
coln Continental was found Friday af
ternoon in the public parking lot back
of the county office building. It was
valued at more than $7,000 and was
» stolen from a dealership in Washington,
Police also are holding a 1969 Mus
tang believed to have been stolen in
Austin, Tex., and are looking for an
Austin resident who fled the scene of
THE CHOWAN HERALD
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Class Sizes \%Biff
Schools along the P Parade open
Tuesday. Supt. Bill 2|: last week
reported to the Edenti iwan Board
of Education that everything would be
ready for smooth operation, except voca
tional shops at Holmes High School.
Then he sends down more than 3,100
names of student assignments to various
classes in the system. And it doesn’t
take long, not even with moden math,
to determine the vocational shops aren’t
all that’s missing.
The thing we speak of amounts to
about two teachers. Why? Well, you
don’t have to be an educator to realize
one human teacher, aided by all the
mechanical gadgets at her disposal, can’t
teach 34 fourth graders much. Neither
can the same situation exist in the fifth
grade—even if there are but 32 students
to a class.
These situations exist at Ernest A.
Swain Elementary School, even before
the bells ring.
Out in the county, at White Oak,
things are different. They have two
fourth grade classes there with 19 stu
dents in each.
At Chowan the fifth grades have 24
students instead of 32 at Swain.
Isn’t a situation like this bordering on
discrimination (ugh) against the stu
dents who attend Swain School?
This is the year of the high schools
in Edenton-Chowan system. The ele
mentary grades were given preference
last year because of the sudden court
order of total integration. This order
affects grades seven through 12 this year.
Establishing a junior-senior high
school is a difficult matter at the best.
Long hours of planning have already
gone into it for the coming years. But
when school opens there will be numer
ous loose ends to bring together.
The situation in grades one through
six should have been pretty solid so at
tention could be focused in the other di
rection. And maybe that is the problemr
Maybe so much attention has been fo
cused in the junior-senior direction they
lost sight of what was developing in
grades one through six specially in
grades four and five.
There is ample money in the budget
to hire two additional teachers and re
duce the size of those classes. It is the
responsibility of members of the board
of education to do this in the interest
of good education.
It’s Dr. Bond’s turn to use the phone.
On With Examination
When the tail starts to wag the dog,
it’s time to examine the dog. In this
case the District Health Department is
the tail; the counties which participate
From the recent printed statements it
is apparent the examination has begun.
The businesslike way to do things
would be for the counties to get togeth
er, say how much they can spend for
public health service and then let the
organizational genius tell them how
much it will buy.
It doesn’t work that way, though.
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, August 28, 1969.
Renewal Study Authorized;
Use Os DDT Powder Stops
Edenton Town Council Tuesday took
1 action which could lead to an Urban
Renewal program here.
Mayor George Alma Byrum’s commit
tee which is studying Urban Renewal
was authorized to investigate several en
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tion center in Edenton to serve Chowan and surrounding counties. Edenton Construction
Company Is general contractor for the structure built in Industrial Park. Bob Hutch
inson has moved here from Wilson to manaje the local operation.
Local Academy Opens September 3
Chowan Academy, a private school
with grades one through eight, opens
for its second term at 8:30 A. M... We
dnesday. Miss Minnie Hollowell is head
With a new building and an expanded
faculty the Rocky Hock academy still
has openings in the top four grades.
This is the first year for grades five
Labor Day Slated
Thousands of Chowan County resi
dents will join the observance of Labor
Day Monday. Then it will be back to
work or to school.
Most Edenton business establishments
will be closed Monday. Labor Day is
one of the general holidays recommend
ed by the Merchants Committee of Eden
ton Chamber of Commerce.
Postmaster James M. Bond said the
Post Office will be closed and there will
be no town or rural delivery.
All town, county, state and federal of
fices will be closed. Town Administra
tor W. B. Gardner said there will be no
garbage collection Monday. The regu
lar schedule will resume Tuesday.
The financial institutions will join oth
er businesses in closing. They include
the three offices of Peoples Bank &
Trust Company, First National Bank of
Eastern North Carolina, Edenton Sav
ings & Loan Association and the Bank
Edenton-Chowan Rescue Squad will
be on alert. However, law enforcement
officers encouraged those making trips
during the long weekend to get an early
start and drive safely.
gineering firms and make a recommen
dation on retaining one for an in-depth
Town Administrator W. B. Gardner
said it has been estimated that such a
study would cost between S7OO and
The classroom size is held at 25 stu
dents and parents of children in the top
four grades who desire to enroll their
boy or girl is asked to do so immediately.
In addition to being headmistress,
Miss Hollowell teaches the fourth grade.
Other staff members include:
First Grade—Miss Mary Elliott.
Second Grade Mrs. Lucy Meade
Third Grade—Mrs. Ann Hines.
Fifth Grade—Mrs. Betty Dixon.
Sixth Grade —Mrs. Virginia Wood.
Seventh Grade—Miss Mildred Byrum.
Eighth Grade—Mrs. Frances Hollo
A new seven-classroom addition is
nearing completion and will be ready for
the opening day of school next week.
The academy also occupies three class
rooms in the old Rocky Hock school
Classrooms in both buildings now have
Carroll Evans, president of the acade
my, has called for parents of students
to again attend a work day program Sat
urday to finish getting the property
ready for next week’s opening.
Thirty-seven firms have already join
ed the Honor Roll of Chowan Shrine
Club as ticket sales remain brisk for the
third annual benefit fish fry.
Kermit Layton, club president and
ticket chairman, said other firms are
joining the list daily of purchasing tickets
for all employees. If a businesman has
not been contacted in a reasonable time,
Layton asks he call Edenton Office Sup
ply and his tickets will be delivered.
The fish fry, with proceeds going to
the Crippled Children’s Hospital, is
growing each year. Layton said it is
hoped that 2,500 pounds of fish will
Warren Twiddy is general chairman.
Firms with 100 per cent participation
Hobbs Implement Co., Byrum Service
Center, The Bank of Hobbsville, C. A.
Perry & Son, M. D. Baker Hog Market,
Edenton Office Supply, R. Elton Fore
hand Agency, Twiddy Insurance & Real
Estate, W. W. Byrum Insurance Agency
and Belk Tyler.
Mitchener’s Pharmacy, Western Gas,
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Cancer Clinic Set
The Northeastern Cancer Clinic will
be held on Friday afternoon, Septem
ber 5, with registration beginning at
A chest X-ray will be given to anyone
wishing it along with the examination of
the five areas of the body where cancer
is most easily found and cured.
Only 30 people can be seen at the
center each month, due to limited facili
ties, so it is suggested that anyone who
wishes to be assured of an appointment
should write or call the Cancer Center,
Health Department, Elizabeth City, for
Single Copy 10 Cents
SI,OOO. “Then we’ll know where we are
going,” he told councilmen.
Councilman Leo Katkaveck said the
board would be doing the people a dis
service if “we didn’t look into it.”
Councilman J. D. Elliott said his earl
ier questions about the program were
not intended to leave the impression he
was opposed to Urban Renewal. “I am
not opposed to it,” he said, “but want
to learn more about the benefits to the
“I am thrilled to know we can get as
sistance in improving the town,” he
Mayor Byrum said the council must
put faith in what the engineering firm
recommends. Then he added: “Our
people should have better areas in which
The mayor said public housing, now
in the development stage, will be an
asset but it will not remove blighted
areas. “We must hire an engineering
firm to assist us,” he concluded.
Councilman James C. Dail said indi
vidual property owners could very easily
benefit from such a program. “If the
individual owner desires he can get
loans to improve his property,” he said.
Gardner reported that state health of
ficials had been contacted concerning
chemicals used for mosquito control. He
said DDT is not on the approved list.
At the suggestion of Mayor Byrum,
council agreed not to use DDT again
except in extreme areas.
Councilman Dail reported the sum
mer recreation program was “very good”.
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Fall Play Chosen
By Little Theater
Edenton Little Theater has chosen
William Goodhart’s “Generation” for its
John Becker, president, announces
that Mrs. Jane Holmes has been selected
to direct the three-act comedy which
deals with the generation gap. Nathan
Owens will be producer.
Also, J. H. Conger, 111, a student at
the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, will again design the sets.
Mrs. Holmes said the play has six
characters—one female and five males.
The female part is for a person around
25. Ages of the males are from 25
Readings for parts in “Generation”
will be held Tuesday and Wednesday
nights at 8 o’clock at St. Paul’s Episco
pal Church Parish House.
The production dates will be announc
ed at a later date.
“Generation” opened on Broadway in
1965 with Henry Fonda as the star. It
was considered one of the 10 best Broad
way shows of that year.
Os the play the New York World
Telegram said: “Charmingly written.”
The New York Daily News credit found
“a rash of jokes and humorous situa
tions all in a divilized vein—many a
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with John Becker, president of the