Volume XXXVI—No. 39.
Wes, A Go-Go
For his all-around outstanding play in
Duke’s 27-20 opening loss to South Ca
rolina, junior Wes Chesson of Edenton
has been awarded the first 1969 Hatchet
Award at Duke. This award, given each
week by the Blue Devil coaching staff,
is for the most outstanding offensive
performance of the week.
The citation reads: “The Hatchet Man
blocked well at the point of a hack and
had seven catches for 69 yards and one
touchdown. He punted five times for
33.6 yard average and rushed the ball
five times for 28 yards, one on a key
fake field goal for a first down.”
Wes thrilled the fans a few years ago
along the Public Parade. He is now
doing the same thing in the Atlantic
Coast Conference. We wish him well in
eight of the nine remaining games of
When the Tar Heels invade West
Durham on November 22, though, we
hope the hatchet is dull.
Letter To Santa
It is our belief that the jolly old
gentleman who controls the airspace of
the world each 25th of December should
be allowed the utmost discretion as to
what gifts are most appropriate for each
person along his delivery route.
However, we should like just this once
to add our opinion and ask the little
man in the red suit to grant a request.
The Zanesville (Ohio) Times Recorder
received the following letter for Santa
from a GI in Vietnam:
“I’m sending my letter early just in
case I’m not around at Christmastime.
“This year I ask only one present.
Since there is no snow here in South
Vietnam, you can’t land, so just wrap it.
I’m sure the postal service will take
care of delivery.
“Santa, can you imagine the joy on
my face when I open your gift and find
the one thing I want most in the world
—an anti-Vietnam war demonstrator!
“At least I’ll have something all mine,
to share my excitement and experiences
with, and Santa I promise I’ll take spe
cial care of him.
“I’ll give him a haircut, but I can’t
promise to keep him clean, because baths
are pretty scarce over here. Besides,
di't seems to be a prerequisite for pro
testors, so he should feel at home.
“I’ll share my bunk with him, and my
incredible food. I’ll share the diseases
and the impossible jungle heat with him.
I’ll even share the heartbreak of seeing
my buddies blown apart.
“I’ll share the misery of trying to
identify the mutilated and tortured bod
ies that the Cong leave behind. I’ll let
him sit beside me for hours, waist deep
in mud-and-water-filled foxholes; ... I
promise to give him his own way as
long as he lives.. Os course that won’t be
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Ray Will Speak To Cancer Society
L. L. Ray of Charlotte, noted busi
ness and civic leader, will be the princi
pal speaker at the dutch dinner meet
ing planned to kick off the 1969 Cancer
Crusade in Chowan County. The meet
ing will be held at the Edenton Restau
rant at 7 P. M., on Tuesday.
Ray served as 1968 State Crusade
Chairman and is assistant to the execu
tive vice president of Duke Power Com
pany in Charlotte. His activities have
included serving as the executive vice
president of the N. C, Dairy Products
Association, teaching agriculture, exten
sion work, and serving as director of de
velopment at N. C. State University.
Products Association, teaching agricul
ture, extension work, and serving as di
rector of development at N. C. State
The meeting is open to all campaign
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Campaign Backed To Tell Tax Story
Chowan Cot c Board of Commis
sioners and Ed e \ Town Council met
informally Wet £ ly morning to dis
cuss a comprel IE i information cam
paign to secure •§ S /orable vote on the
Local Option St % g ax on November 4.
The hurriedb w ed meeting follow
ed a meeting in Williamston Tuesday of
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SUPPORT LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX—County commissioners and town officials
from the 14-county District 1. N. C. Association of County Commissioners met Tuesday
morning in Williamston to discuss the November 4 referendum on Local Option Sales
Tax. John Morissey is shown in center of picture at left talking with J. Clarence Leary
and C. A. Phillips of the Chowan County board. Mayor George Alma Byrum, at right
in other picture, .is pictured as he and Mayor N. C. Green of Williamston discuss the
benefit of the one cent extra levy for local government.
Arts Group Meets
Albemarle Area Arts Council is work
ing toward a program in eight North
eastern North Carolina counties which
can be presented as a package to secure
Mrs. Thomas Chears of Edenton,
AAAC executive director, said at the
first annual meeting last Wednesday
night that prospects for funding of a
comprehensive arts program for the Al
bemarle are good.
Keith R. Hundley of Plymouth was
named president of the AAAC. He is
manager of public relations for Weyer
Mrs. W. W. Harvey, Jr., Miss Bertha
Louise McKann, and Mrs. Julian Wins
low were named vice presidents; Mrs.
L. Polk Williams, Jr., secretary; and
Mrs. T. B. H. Wood, treasurer.
A concerted effort is being made by
local arts councils, working with the
school to bring live music, dance and
drama to the schools. This has already
been accomplished by Chowan Arts
Mrs. Chears said such cooperation be
tween local councils and school admini
strations is needed if a comprehensive
arts program is realized.
Counties with active councils reported
on activities during the year. In Cho
wan it was reported that ballet classes,
under direction of Mavis Ray of East
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workers as well as the county’s board
of directors. All participating organiza
tions are encouraged to have represen
tatives in attendance.
Reservations will be made in advance
through Mrs. R. Elton Forehand, Jr.,
county Cancer Society president.
Two Vehicles Demolished In Separate Chowan Wrecks
Three people escaped serious injury
in two separate weekend one-car acci
dents during the past weekend. State
Trooper C. T. Thomas said both vehicles
were damaged beyond repair.
The trooper estimated property dam
age at $3,300.
A 1967 Ford operated by Marion
McCoy Frost, Jr., 20, 416 West Queen
Street, went out of control on Yeopim
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, September 25, 1969
District I, N. C. Association of County
Commissioners. Town Council was rep
resented at this meeting.
After hearing the issue discussed by
John Morissey, association general coun
sel, and Jerry Elliott, director of pub
lic information, those in attendance vot
ed unanimously to support a favorable
Edenton Goes After Fourth Victory
The Edenton Aces keep the show on
the road tomorrow (Friday) night when
they travel to Scotland Neck for a 2-A
Albemarle Conference tilt. The Aces are
undefeated in three outings, having beat
en Bertie, Camden and Williamston.
In the toughest game of the young
A woman charged with driving under
the influence of narcotic drugs entered
a plea of guilty to a lesser offense
in Chowan County District Court Tues
Mrs. Hattie Riddick Perry of Wind
sor entered a plea of guilty to reckless
driving, a plea accepted by Solicitor Wil
ton Walker. She was also charged with
having an expired inspection sticker.
Judge W. S. Privott suspended judg
ment upon payment of $35 fine and
Other action taken during the regular
session of court included:
Jesse Melvin Jones, no liability insur
ance, 90 days, suspended upon payment
of $25 fine and costs; traffic violation,
costs and pay $105.57 in damages to
John Thomas Spivey, driving after
his license had been suspended, six
months, suspended upon payment of
S2OO fine and costs.
Linda Kay Hollowed, traffic violation,
$lO fine and costs.
Lewis Elbert Jernigan, traffic viola
tion, 30 days, suspended upon payment
of $25 fine and costs.
Ethel Winslow Riddick, traffic vio
lation, not guilty.
Leslie Ray Nixon, non-support, nol
Connie Holley Bonner, traffic viola
tion, 10 days, suspended upon payment
of $lO fine and costs.
Arthur Privott, assault on female, not
Road, near Highway 37 at 11:25 P. M.,
Frost and a passenger, David Mahaf
fey, Jr., 21, of Durham, were admitted
to Chowan Hospital with minor injuries.
Frost was released Saturday and Ma
haffey transferred to the Naval Hospital
in Norfolk, Va. Both men are in the
U. S. Navy.
Trooper Thomas said the car Frost
was operating went out of control on a
curve and traveled some 452 feet, over
turning twice. He charged the driver
with reckless driving.
The trooper said John Isaac Jordan,
27-year-old Negro, 123 West Freemason
Street, received no injuries in a wreck
at 9:30 P. M., Saturday on Highway
32, seven miles north of Edenton.
A 1966 Ford being operated by Jor
dan was a total loss.
The vehicle, according to investiga
tion, ran off the left side of the road,
climbed an eight foot high bank and
struck a power pole while overturning.
The car traveled IS2 feet out of control.
Jordan did not report the accident un
til Sunday morning. He was charged
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vote in the referendum.
Chairman W. E. Bond and Mayor
George Alma Byrum will each name two
members to a special committee to direct
the five-week campaign. Mayor Byrum
said the committee would solicit the ac
tive support of as many interested in
dividuals as possible.
“Active public support is needed,” the
Commissioner J. Clarence Leary sug
gested an organizational effort in every
community in the county.
It is estimated that $144,000 annually
would be realized by the town and coun
ty from a one cent addition to the sales
tax. This would be split with the town
getting $34,000, and the county getting
Discussion indicated both boards
would stress in the campaign that the
money realized from the additional sales
tax would be used to relieve the burden
now placed on the property tax.
“People are looking for economy by
the commissioners,” said Commissioner
A1 Phillips. “We must assure them we
will work to the greatest extent to re
lieve the property tax burden.”
The town is now faced with a bond
issue of at least $500,000 for water sys
tem improvements, etc. Town Admini-
season, the Aces opened the conference
race at Williamston with a 10-0 win.
The Green Wave is defending conference
Although the Aces posted 10 points
on the board, the rugged defensive play
was the talk of the town.
Edenton scored in the second period
on a 13-yard pass from Fred Keeter
to Earl Chesson. Joe Bunch added a
30-yard field goal in the fourth period
to wrap up the game.
While the Aces were repeatedly threat
ening to score, being stopped once on the
one, the Green Wave was in enemy terri
tory only four times during the entire
evening. They never put together a sus
tained drive which went past the 30.
Elliott Harrell, a peppy center, had
the best game of his career. He recover
ed a fumble, intercepted a pass and made
several key tackles that threw runners
for huge losses.
Others singled out for praise in the
strong Edenton defense were Sidward
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Powell Fund Up
The Town of Edenton’s share of 1968-
69 Powell Bill funds increased nearly 20
per cent over the previous fiscal year.
The local municipality’s share this
year is $24,600.39. Town Administrator
W. B. Gardner said the town received
$20,860 last year.
State street allocations totaling more
than sll-million will go to North Caro
lina cities and towns that qualify under
provisions of the Powell Bill, according
to D. McLauchlin Faircloth, chairman,
State Highway Commission.
Faircloth said that 427 cities and
towns will receive proportional cash al
lotments amounting to $11,224,494.
Checks will be mailed from Raleigh this
month so they can reach the municipali
ties by October 1.
The Town of Hertford gets $10,560.77.
with failure to report an accident and
exceeding the safe speed.
There have been four fatalities in
Chowan County this year as compared to
a single fatal accident in 1968. Troop
er Thomas said the drivers and passenger
in the two cars which wrecked over the
weekend are lucky they were not more
seriously injured, considering the extent
of damage to the vehicles.
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strator W. B. Gardner said it is not un
realistic to believe such an issue could
be re-paid with the money derived from
the sales tax.
Mayor Byrum warned those in attend
ance a hard sell will be needed if success
is to be realized. “No need to sit back
and think it will pass, because it won’t,”
he stated. “The public must be sold.”
Morissey said at the Williamston
meeting this is a do-or-die thing for lo
cal government. “You so desperately
need an expanded tax base and if this
thing fails you will never have an op
portunity to get any sales tax money,”
Elliott said it is remarkable the Gen
eral Assembly allowed the voters to
pass on the issue. “It is the thinking
of state government not to give up what
they have,” he said of the sales tax.
(Gov. Bob Scott has said he does not
favor the issue but will not work against
it. He said he feels it is taking a source
of future revenue away from the state.)
“If state government is to put more
demands on local government then they
must give some extra means of getting
funds to meet these demands,” Elliott
Elliott, former press secretary for ex-
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The annual membership banquet of
Edenton Chamber of Commerce will be
held at 7:30 P. M., today (Thursday)
at Chowan Golf & Country Club.
Twelve hours later —at 7:30 A. M.,
Friday —a dutch breakfast will launch
the annual membership drive for 1969-
70. The breakfast will be held at Eden
Edward F. Puryear is the new presi
dent of the chamber of commerce. He
succeeds William H. Bunch.
Roy G. Sowers, Jr., director of the
Department of Conservation and Devel
opment in North Carolina, will be the
Puryear has named E. N. (Pete) Man
ning chairman of the membership com
mittee this year. He will be assisted by
Carlton Jackson, vice chairman, and 13
teams of workers.
Workers are being asked to contact
prospective members by Tuesday in or
der that the new goal can be realized
without a lengthy campaign, Puryear
Team captains are:
W. E. Bond, James Darnell, Claude
Griffin, Wallace Evans, James C. Dail,
C. A. Benson, Wayne Ashley, J. H Con
ger, Jr.. Alton G. Elmore, Marvin Bar
ham, Dr. A. F. Downum, Jr., A. B. Har
less, Jr., and Mrs. Anne Burroughs.
Team members are being notified to
attend the breakfast and pick up their
solicitation cards. If they cannot attend
they are asked to contact their respec
tive team captain prior to the breakfast.
Robert W. Moore, executive vice
president, said some tickets remain to
the banquet. They can be secured from
the banks, drug stores or the chamber