Delivering The Message
It Was extremely hot during the Sep
tember Term of Chowan County Super
ior Court. Adding to the discomfort
was an overly crowded courtroom.
Devices designed for the purpose of
moving air were at a premium. Some
thoughtful public servant furnished ju
“Warning! Moonshine is Poison” was
the message on the fan.
There were no cases on the docket in
which illicit liquor was involved. Other
wise a defense attorney would have ask
ed for a mistrial on grounds someone was
trying to prejudice the jury.
Deserves A Bye
Political balloons are beginning to ap
pear. It is October, going on May for
those who like to test the wind for sup
We read in our least favorite morning
newspaper where a man who couldn’t
make it as a Democrat has been select
ed to carry the GOP banner against Rep.
Walter B. Jones.
And before the ink is dry on this
story, a virtually unknown is trying to
drum up support for a primary battle.
It will serve the Republicans right to
have Frank Everett of Robersonville
pitted against Rep. Jones. A learned
college professor couldn’t confuse the
electorate and one with a greater dis
ability than the lower extremities can
hardly be expected to offer much of a
So much for the opposition party.
They are known for their strange ac
The distressing thing is the opposition
within the Democratic Party, if there
really is any. The Hertford County ex-
Capitol Hillite worked for a conserva
tive. or middle-of-the-road, governor—
Dan K. Moore. Now, he doesn’t chal
lenge Rep. Jones’ voting record, does he?
TFte governor he represented never
found it comfortable to face East in
four years as chief executive of Tar
Heelia. Now, he doesn’t challenge Rep.
Jones’ record of service to the people in
the gigantic First District, does he?
Because of unusual circumstances.
Rep. Jones has been required to run in
more elections than many of his col
leagues. He should draw a bye in the
primary. The Democrats, while not
faced with serious Republican opposition
in the November, 1970, election, should
not scrap among themselves in May.
Rep. Jones enjoys a “good press” in
his district. This would not be the case
if the press did not enjoy a good con
Got your name on the Community
Time is running out but it is not yet
too late to be included in the community
Call Jim Darnell right now and he’ll
put you on the program before it is too
Good Speech , Wrong Place
The speech Roy G. Sowers, Jr., made
here Thursday night wouldn’t be popu
lar anywhere. It would, however, have
been more appropriate elsewhere.
It was a rehash of an earlier talk in
Sanford. It was a definite indictment
of many who make up North Carolina’s
industrial family. Those who meander
along The Public Parade will realize ful
ly that while Mr. Sowers was talking to
a local audience he was talking about
people outside this area.
Mr. Sowers is Gov. Bob Scott’s pick
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Sowers Speaks; Puryear Assumes Post; Davis Honored
Well situated industries who discour
age new firms from locating in their area
were ridiculed again Thursday night by
the director of the Department of Con
servation and Development.
Edward Puryear, new president of
Edenton Chamber of Commerce and his
administration would work toward ex
DAVIS PRESENTED AWARD—J. W. Dvr's, second fans right shares a story with
Mr. and’ Mrs. Edward Puryear. left, and Roy G. Sewers, Jr.. sight following the an
nual Edenton Chamber of Commerce masnhariifp banquet Thursday night. Davis was
preaenfed the Senior CUimeo Award.
Brisk H re
Last Me ? th
Activities increased in t J. Sldenton
Employment Security Office during the
month of September, according to Neil
E. Thagard, Edenton office manager.
There were 136 applications taken for
new job seekers. There were 165 per
sons referred to 139 job openings and
109 persons were placed on jobs as the
result of these activities.
Unemployment Insurance claims drop
ped below August as most food process
ing plants returned to full time work.
Claims for 374 weeks of unemploy
ment insurance were processed during
September by the Edenton Office. Os
these some 200 were for persons who
were working but worked less than full
time. Also, 120 of the claims taken were
outside Chowan County.
In the very near future the Edenton
Employment Office will have training
courses, under the Manpower Develop
ment Training Act, for automotive me
chanic and farm equipment mechanic.
These classes will be eight hours per day,
are for unemployed only and enrollees
are possibly eligible for training allow
ances. There is no part time evening
training involved in these classes, and
Employment Security is the only agency
that can select, approve or enroll a
trainee in these courses.
If you are interested in these pro
grams, please contact the employment
office, in person, at 709 North Broad
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PROMOTE SPECIAL WEEK—Mayor George Alma Byrum, seated right, is shown with
representatives of the Mayor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped as they
launch a week's observance, October 5-11. Mrs. J. P. Ricks. Jr., and E. L. Hollowell,
chairman, are in front. Standing, left to right, are Roy Blackley and Neil Thagard of
the Employment Security Commission's Edenicn staff, and John Lee Spruill, veterans'
service officer for Chowan County.
Handicapped Worker Week Slated
Sunday marks the beginning of Na
tional Employ the Physically Handicap
ped Week and the Mayor’s Committee on
Employment of the Handicapped is open
ing its annual observance of education
The purpose of the week is stimulate
interest and create awareness of the ap
proximately 175,000 physically and men
tally handicapped men and women in
panding the chamber’s function.
And J. W. Davis, retired pharmacist
and bank executive, was given the Sen
ior Citizen Award.
The activity was brisk at the annual
membership meeting of the chamber,
held at Chowan Golf & Country Club.
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXVI—No. 40.
Leary Held After
James Leary, 65. 203 East Water
Street, was ordered held in jail without
bond Tuesday after probable cause was
found in cases where he is charged with
first degree burglary and assault with
intent to commit rape.
Judge W. S. Privott, after finding
probable cause, denied a defense attor
ney’s request for bond.
Leary is charged with breaking into
the home of Miss Mary D. Elliott, 209
Roy Blackley, veterans employment
representative at the Edenton office,
Employment Security Commission of
North Carolina, told the Mayor’s com
mittee Tuesday there are some 25 ap
plications from handicapped persons cur
rently on file here.
Neil Thagard, office manager, called
this “one of the most worthwhile pro
grams we have.” He said it is a great
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the importance of local people in furth
er industrialization of North Carolina
cannot be over emphasized. “It is lo
cal people, through their local govern
ments, who must provide the services
needed by a new plant,” he said.
“Local attitudes, not salesmanship at
the state level, determine whether or not
industries decide to locate in particular
towns and counties.”
Sowers, like in an earlier speech in
his hometown, said industrial growth has
kept North Carolina moving ahead; has
provided jobs for people being driven
from their farms due to a decline in
“Unfortunately, we have discovered
that there are some people in our state
who oppose efforts to build better local
economies,” Sowers said.
And he added: “They have become so
jealous of their labor force—or perhaps
more accurately, of their wage scale—
that they do not want competition from
other industry.” -c
A committee from the C&D board is
conducting a study of these situations
and will recommend action to be taken,
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, October 2, 1969
Fast Water Street sometime after 10:30
P. M.. Saturday and assaulting her in
an upstairs bedroom.
Miss Elliott testified during the
lengthy hearing that she was awakened
and was hit repeatedly on the head while
attempting to get to a light switch. She
said she recognized Leary once the light
was on and managed to keep him from
continuing the assault.
She said he wore a mask, a black
cape, baggy black pants and black boots.
The witness testified that the defend
ant threatened to kill her if she scream
ed or called police.
She also said after some time she man
aged to get him to leave the house. She
then called James Wood ,a friend of the
family, who notified police.
Police Capt. C. H. Williams said
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By UPDW Board
Joseph P. Gaino, plant manager of
United Piece Dye Works’ Edenton plant,
has been advanced to the rank of vice
president in the organization.
At the same time, Albert V. Morrell,
chief executive officer, said Harold Sum
merford of Saddle Brook, N. J., and
Charleston, S. C., was made financial
vice president. Summerford was former
ly associated with the Edenton plant.
Morrell said Gaino would continue to
manage the local plant and Summerford
would continue to function as chief fi
nancial officer of the company.
Emil Cochet, manager of the com
pany’s plant in Charleston, S. C., was
also elevated to the rank of vice presi
Morrell said the promotions resulted
in further development of the company’s
management structure and was approved
by the board of directors.
Gaino has been manager of the Eden
ton plant for three years. He came here
from United’s Bluefield, W. Va., plant,
and has been associated with the com
pany for eight years.
Summerford, who joined the company
in 1957, has been managing the com
pany’s finances with the title of assistant
secretary during the past year. He was
transferred from Edenton to the com
pany headquarters about two years ago.
In announcing the promotions of Gai
no and Cochet, Morrell said “Both men
will continue to manage these plants
which have turned out such good per
formance records under their direction.”
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MAKING WAY FOR PROGRESS—Two downtown •tructures «ro being *•*•*
this week, one by the town, the other by a historic association. The Hobowaky
home on West King SlTeel was the first to go. A 41-car offstreet parking lot will
replace the home behind Peoples Bank fc Trust Company. The Cupola House
Association, which purchased the old Municipal Building and Fire Station are
making way for expansion by having the building torn down. Waff Brothers,
Inc., is clearing both sites.
Single Copy 10 Cents
Taxpayers in Edenton and Chowan
County can expect some form of tax
relief if voters approve a one cent in
crease in the sales tax on November 4.
Edenton Town Council and Chowan
County Board of Commissioners have
said as much as they endorsed the Lo
cal Option Sales Tax referendum and
launched a campaign to get approval of
Chairman YV. E. Bond of the com
missioners has named David M. Bate
man and C. A. Phillips to a committee.
Mayor George Alma Byrum named W.
11. Hollowed and James C. Dail to the
This committee met Wednesday morn
ing to discuss plans for the information
and education campaign.
It has been estimated that $144,000
annually would be realized by the town
and county from a one cent addition to
the sales tax. Edenton would get $34,000
and the county, SIIO,OOO.
Commissioners have said their share
would more than offset the hospital
bonds, which resulted in a tax increase
Aces At Home
Two strong teams in their respective
conferences tangle Friday night at Hicks
Field. The Edenton Aces, a 2-A Albe
marle Conference power, plays host to
Northeastern of Elizabeth City, a giant
in the 4-A Northeastern circuit.
Specisl Ticket Sales
Advance tickets to Friday night’s
football game between Northeastern
(Elizabeth City) and Edenton are
on sale at Hollowell’s Drug Store
and Mitchener’s Pharmacy.
Principal Cecil Fry of John A.
Holmes High School said student
tickets will be sold at the school
until 3:20 Friday. There will be no
student tickets sold at the gate.
All tickets at the gate will be
Principal Fry said new bleachers
are being erected at Hicks Field
where seating capacity for F'riday
night will be in excess of 2,300.
Beth teams are undefeated in four
contests this season.
The Aces continued their winning
ways Friday night at Scotland Neck,
winning 21-7. Northeastern trounced
Edenton and Elizabeth City have had
a rivalry of note over the years. The
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Funds Are Sought
A campaign to raise funds to support
a record budget of Edenton Chamber
of Commerce is showing good results,
according to E. N. Manning, funds chair
The goal this year is $16,500.
Workers began calling on members
Friday morning following a breakfast
at Edenton Restaurant. Thirteen teams
are currently conducting the campaign.
Manning said while no dollar figure is
yet available there are good signs that
the goal can be realized shortly. “Re
tvjs thus far are very good,” be stated.