I Virginia Consultants Employed By Council
'Urban Renewal Study Is Authorized
A Roanoke, Va., firm has been em
ployed to conduct a study to determine
if an Urban Renewal project is feasible
for the Town of Edenton. The initial
study is expected to be completed in
Balzer and Associates was chosen by
Town Council Tuesday night to do the
Donald J. Balzer, president, earlier
met with a committee from the council,
headed by J. D. Elliott. After the pro
posal was made by the firm, Elliott
made a motion that the community de
velopment consultants be employed.
The firm will review Edenton’s Corn
Volume XXXVI.—No. 42.
Intent Is Showing
Policemen through the years have been
characterized as a town’s “finest”. Those
who wear the blue of Edenton Police
Department qualify for this label, not by
divine right but because of their devo
tion to duty and untiring service to the
At Tuesday night’s meeting of Town
Council, Mayor George Alma Byrum
made mention of the good work of the
department, in spite of being under
strength and recent illness.
The mayor, who by statute serves as
police commissioner, didn’t shed any
light on when the department could be
expected to be at full strength. The de
partment is now authorized nine men.
There have been only eight on the force
since Willie Satterfield quit to accept a
job in business.
Since Satterfield left the force, a de
termined effort has been made by Police
Chief J. D. Parrish and Town Admini
strator W. B. Gardner to employ a Ne
gro to fill the vacancy. They have not
been successful. They have, however,
received applications ’ from qtJaUfied
While it is probably advantageous to
have a Negro on the force, the town
should not refuse to hire a white per
son and require policemen to work ex
tra hours while they are trying to hire a
Negro. The morale of the department
stands to suffer and in the long run the
quality of service rendered to the com
No particular race has a deed to any
position in municipal government. If
the town refused to hire a qualified
white applicant for the “Negro’s posi
tion . on the police force then discrimina
tion is being practiced.
Edenton has enjoyed good race rela
tions in the past. It has been because
the majority of the citizens, both in and
out of government, have acted in good
Discrimination against either race
should not be practiced. And the police
department should not be allowed to go
under strength intentionally.
No Rotten Plumb
A seat on the State Highway Com
mission is among the ripest political
plumbs a governor can pass out. Af
ter being a commissioner for only a short
while the individually usually wants to
do some passing out himself.
This is a tireless, often times, thank
less job. A man gets cussed more than
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DISTRICT VFW EVERT SET—Th# Wil
liam H. Coffirid. Jr. Port *2BO, Vrtmnt at
Foreign Wan, in Edonton will again boat
4h • District VFW moating. The ovenl to
dated for Sunday at 1 P. M. W. C. Con.
above, state department headquarters ad
jutant will be the principal spate. Coat
to from High Point Commander Psacy W.
Dai! invites all VFW members and their
wives to attend.
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, October 16, 1969
prehensive Plan for the town itself, iden
tify possible credits that Edenton could
use in undertaking Urban Renewal, lo
cate and review various areas that would
be eligible for Urban Renewal, and rec
ommend the area believed best for Eden
ton to undertake.
Cost of the initial phase is S7OO.
Elliott reported that Balzer had indi
cated that Edenton is in a good position
to take advantage of what Urban Re
W. H. Hollowell, a committee member,
said Balzer seemed interested in his
torical buildings here. “I was very
much impressed,” the councilman said.
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OCTOBER HARVESTS—WhiIe farmers in Chowan County are harvesting their corn
and peanuts, students in Edenton-Chowan Schools are preparing to bring in their grades
for the first six weeks of the 1969-70 term. A reminder was posted this week at Cho
wan High School in the form of a bulletin board outside the office of Principal Ken
Stalls. Mrs. Ethelene Rascoe, left, sponsor, assists Shela Byrum and Rebecca Hobbs in
preparing the bulletin board.
Registration Slow For Special Vote
If the number of new registrations is
any barometer, there is little interest in
the November 4 election on the local op
tion sales tax.
Mrs. George Hoskins, chairman, Cho
wan County Board of Elections, said
very few new names were put on the
books here Saturday when registrars
opened at the various polling places.
While a new registration of voters is
not required, registration books are open
for newcomers and persons who have
reached 21 since the last election. Also,
those who have moved from one precinct
to another are required to get transfers.
Registration period for the special
election allows two more Saturdays, Oc
tober 18 and 25, for people to register.
November 1 will be challenge day and
November 4 will be election day.
Registrars will be at their stations
from 9 A. M., to 6:30 P. M., for the
The 1969 Cancer Crusade is well un
der way with many citizens cooperating.
The following persons are assisting
Chairman Wallace Evans toward the
$2,800 goal: Sidewalk solicitations—Boy
Scouts, Robert Ray, Scoutmaster; Spe
cial gifts—Lions Club, Rudolph Dail;
City house solicitations Extension
Homemaker Clubs, Mrs. Fran Ward
and Mrs. Daisy Bembry; Business and
Industry solicitations—Wayne Ashley,
president Edenton Jaycees; Memorial
Gifts—Mrs. Carrie Earnhardt.
Evans stated that he is “receiving the
very best of cooperation from the volun
teer workers in his campaign. These
people who are willing to devote their
time and efforts because they are con
cerned about your health.” He encour
aged every citizen of Chowan County
to be equally concerned with their own
health by giving generously when a vol
unteer worker calls on you for a con
He reminded that 40 per cent of your
contribution stays in Chowan County
to directly help local cancer patients
while 60 per cent goes to cancer research
to help develop better ways to combat
the dreaded disease.
He also said: “It is very important
that we have regular checkups and that
we learn to recognize the seven danger
warning signals so that cancer can be
detected at an early stage. It is estimat
ed that two hundred thousand lives will
be saved if detected in time.
o sie third member, James C. Dail, said
! too, was impressed with Balzer’s
■5 f cerity, straight-forward approach and
S diwledge of Urban Renewal.
£ his letter to council, Balzer rec
" 2 o mended that Edenton Housing Au
’g ”»rity be designated to administer the
-2 S tan Renewal program if one is pur-
WM d here.
Mayor George Alma Byrum said he
would not recommend a separate Urban
Renewal Commission. He said either
the housing authority or the council it
self should direct the program. He
then asked the special committee to
investigate and recommend who should
next two Saturdays.
The precincts and polling places are:
East Edenton, Chowan County Court
West Edenton, Edenton Municipal
Rocky Hock, Rocky Hock Community
Center Hill, Rosser Bunch Store.
Wardville, H&H Grocery.
Yeopim, Edenton Airport Building.
Mrs. Hoskins said absentee ballots
will not be used in this special election,
designed to determine if voters want a
one cent additional sales tax for use by
Perquimans Next On Agenda For Aces In 2-A Bid
Edenton Aces hope to add the scalp
of the Perquimans Indians to their win
streak Friday night in a homecoming
contest at Hicks Field.
The Aces, undefeated in 2-A Albe
marle Conference play, were unimpress
ive last week although they defeated
Perquimans, seeking their first win
cf the season, hopes to bounce back af
ter a 44-0 defeat to the hands of Wil
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handle the program here.
Town Administrator W. B. Gardner
reported that a representative of Hous
ing and Urban Development’s Atlanta
regional office was impressed with what
Edenton is doing in the field of code
enforcement and community improve
The representative paid a routine visit
here last week to see what steps were
being taken to maintain a Workable
Program. Such a program is necessary
to qualify for federal funds.
Gardner also reported that an official
of the Air and Water Resources De
partment was here this week working
with Albemarle Peanut Company on a
solution to smoke and trash problem
on Badham Road. Standards on pol
lution are to be set early in 1970.
The administrator said the town has
been assured by Fisher Nut Company,
owner of the Albemarle plant, that every
effort would be made to solve the prob
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Bank Deposits Increase
The amount of money in circulation in
Chowan County, a prime indicator of
local business activity, is at a high level.
At the close of fiscal year 1968, ac
cording to figures just released, the sup
ply of money on hand in the area was
considerably greater than it was two
Just how much it amounted to was
evidenced, very closely, by the total on
deposit in local banks and by the flow
of that money in the form of loans to
Two Join Hands
For Boost In Tax
Two prestige organizations have join
ed town and county government officials
in endorsing the local option sales tax.
They are Edenton Chamber of Com
merce and Edenton Junior Chamber of
Recent activities have prompted Town
Councilman W. H. Hollowed, an Eden
ton businessman, to comment that the
proposal to increase the sales tax by one
cent has a “greater chance of passing
now than two weeks ago.”
Hollowed is a member of the joint
committee from council and county com
missioners directing the information cam
paign aimed toward a favorable vote in
Chowan County on November 4. Com
missioner C. A. Phillips is chairman of
the committee. Commissioner David
Bateman and Councilman James C. Dail
are the other members.
In a fact sheet being distributed
through the county this week it is point
ed out that a “Yes” vote for the local
option sales tax is not an additional tax
“since ad money will be used to reduce
ad valorem taxes.”
Town Council and community com-
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Halfback Michael Lamb was the big
gun for the Aces last week against the
squad of Coach David Holton, a former
Edenton star. He scored two touch
downs and rushed for a total of 257
yards in 28 carries.
Coach Marion Kirby called on the
junior halfback in his first starting as
signment and he scored the first two
Edenton tallies on runs of five and 80
Joe Bunch, a sophomore who excels
ACADEMY HOMECOMING QUEEN—
Miss Julie Habit, a sophomore at Albemarle
Academy in Elisabeth City, was recently
iTrowned homecoming queen. She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Habit. 109
West Queen Street. Julie is a former home
coming princess at John A. Holmes High
businesses and individuals.
It provided people with funds for the
purchase and improvement of homes,
aided farmers and business firms with
the cash for their seasonal and expansion
needs and extended credit to automobile
buyers and others.
The data on the money supply and
its distribution comes from the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation. It is
the first such survey in two years.
The total on deposit in Chowan Coun
ty banks at the end of the fiscal year,
it shows, was $8,657,000, as against the
amount on hand in fiscal 1966, $6,-
The increase, 29.7 per cent, compares
favorably with the figures in many oth
er communities, some of which had a
In the United States as a whole, there
was a 16.4 per cent increase and, in thl|
State of North Carolina, 20.9 per cent.
Included in the fund on deposit lo
cally were the checking accounts of in
dividuals, partnerships and corporations,
which came to $3,497,000, and $4,441,-
000 in savings accounts and other time
deposits. The rest was in interbank
and government accounts.
On a population basis, for every man,
woman and child in Chowan County, it
was equivalent to $787. Two years ago
it was $607.
In addition to the money on deposit
in local banks, were the funds—small
by comparison—reposing in the cash
registers of retail stores and other busi
nesses and in people’s pockets and
Although the amount of money on tap
is above average in most parts of the
country, its use, for purposes of credit,
is being strictly controlled by the Fed
eral Reserve in its efforts to control in
flation. Because of this and other meas
ures, interest rates are at a record high.
in place kicking, scored the other two
Edenton TD’s on runs of two and three
yards. He kicked all four PAT’s.
Quarterback Earl Chesson kept his
team on the ground most of the evening,
passing only seven times. The smashing
line plunges of the Aces kept Northamp
ton smothered as they amassed 361 net
One of the prettiest plays of the game
was called back due to a penalty. Chess
on got off a nice pass to Gigi Leary
who completely out-ran the defenders on
a 75-yarder, only to have it erased by a
Like Edenton against Northeastern,
the Rams Coach Holton brought onto
Hicks Field did not generate sufficient
horsepower to stay in a contest with the
Aces. However, they held the flat Aces
scoreless in the first period.
In the line the Aces had good per
formances from Elliott Harrell, Johnny
Barrow, Jay Swicegood, Steve Katka
veck and Nathan Powell.
Police Chief J. D. Parrish warned
today his department will enforce an or
dinance providing for the removal, stor
age and disposition of abandoned motor
Chief Parrish said it a vehicle is left
unaccompanied on any street or highway
or on private property for a period of not
less than seven days it is considered
He said such a vehicle will be consid
ered a health, fire and safety hazard and
will be removed at the owner's expanse.. ~