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Deputy Sheriff Glenn Perry Inspects Cockpit of Downed Plane
Low Fuel Ruled Out
In Plane Crash Here
Federal authorities, assisted by
Beecher aft safety investigators,
have all but ruled out shortage of
fuel as the cause of a plane crash
in Rocky Hock during a snow
storm Saturday morning. Two
men were killed and three persons
Aid For Squad
Chowan County commissioners
have decided to seek a permanent
headquarters for Edenton-Chowan
Rescue Squad, as well as purchase
a third new ambulance for use by
Also, the board has agreed it is
the county’s responsibility to
maintain the squad’s equipment in
order that contributions can be
used for miscellaneous items
desired to keep the squad
operating at top efficiency.
Officers of the three units in the
county told commissioners during
a meeting Monday night that they
felt it would be in the best interest
of the squad to remain totally
volunteer. It was believed by those
present that it also would be in the
best interest of the citizens of the
county to retain the volunteer
organization so people would not
be charged for services.
Representatives said the squad
members want to continue to
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Named To Post
Mrs. Allen L. Hornthal has been
named general chairman for the
biennial Pilgrimage of Colonial
Edenton and Countryside,
sponsored by Edenton Woman’s
Club. Her appointment is
announced by Mrs. J. Cameron
Boyce, Jr., club president.
The pilgrimage, one of this
area’s most popular benefits, will
be held April 13-15.
Mrs. Hornthal this week
completed her list of committee
chairmen, which includes:
Treasurer and Insurance: Mrs.
Publicity: Mrs. J. A. Wright,
Jr., and Mrs. Byron P. Kehayes.
Hostesses: Mrs. Jack Leary.
Brochures: Mrs. Jack Harris
and Mrs. Charles Creighton.
Souvenirs: Mrs. H. B. Williford.
Tickets: Mrs. Thomas Leary
and Mrs. 0. C. Long, Jr.
Guides: Mrs. Boyce, Mrs. Dan
Connelly and Mrs. Calvin
Displays: Mrs. Robert Moore
and Mrs. James Martin.
Registration: Mrs. Wesley
k Chesson, Jr.
Flowers: Mrs. Doris Moreland,
Mrs. W. J. P. Earnhardt, Sr., and
Mrs. David 0. Wright.
Signs: Mrs. Gene Dawson, Mrs.
George C. Moore and Mrs. L. A.
It was first believed that the
absence of traces of gasoline or
fumes meant the Florida-bound
Beechcraft 50 had run out of fuel.
However, investigators Sunday
found one tank with a considerable
amount of gas and the other badly
They said it is fortunate for the
survivors that the craft did not
catch on fire after crashing in a
field of corn stubble bettind the
home of R. W. Stokley, near Earl
The dead were identified as:
Alfred Russo, 53, of Braintree,
Mass., the pilot, and Donald F.
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Court Is Held
Judge Fentress Horner of
Elizabeth City, presided over a
brief session of Chowan County
District Court here Tuesday.
Among cases herd were:
Bobby Fields, drunk driving, 90
days, suspended upon payment of
$125 fine and costs.
Louis Gilliam, malicious
damage to real property, costs
and $lO for damaged lock.
Curtis Etheridge, disposing of
mortgaged property, six months,
suspended upon payment of SSO
fine and $115.40 due Byrum
Hardware Company. Notice of
appeal entered and bond set at
William Alfred Marchant, motor
vehicle violation, SSO fine and
Judge Horner ordered a capias
for Bobby Jerald Stanley and
Wilburt Dunn, both of whom failed
to appear in court.
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MRS. ALLEN HORNTHAL
May Be Ton Late
Last Friday a draft
environmental impact statement
on the federal research facility at
Duck was released. The following
day a storm, pushed by gale-force
winds, moved through the Outer
Banks, leaving millions of dollars
But probably more important
than the financial loss was the
damage done to the beaches of
coastal Carolina. The cottages,
etc., can be re-built but there is
growing concern about the
condition of the shoreline.
Not since the Ash Wednesday
storm has so much damage been
Col. Albert C. Costanzo, district
engineer of the Wilmington
District Corps of Engineers, says
the research facility will be a
move from the laboratory to the
field. The study of coastal
engineering problems in the field
will be expanded by the project.
Scientists will study the efforts of
wind and waves on movement of
material along the beach,
characteristics of the nearshore
environment and the basic
problems of wind-wave
The research facility will consist
of an 1,800-foot long pier with a
laboratory building. The facility
will be built on a 175-acre site
presently owned by the federal
government in Dare County. The
site was previously used by the
Navy as an aerial target range.
The facility would have some
adverse environment effects.
Beach traffic would be prohibited
although a bypass will be
available and pedestrians will be
able to pass along the beach.
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Volume XXXIX.—No. 7.
Farm Income Sets Mark
The cash farm income in
Chowan County for 1972 has been
set at nearly sllV4-million. R. M.
(Pete) Thompson, county
extension chairman, says this is a
record income for farmers in this
In 1971, the estimate was
$9,694,670 and has been placed at
$11,242,226 for last year. The. 1971
figure reflects about $250,000 in
government payments, while
NEW VIEW OF CUPOLA-Edenton’s historic Cupola House is
the favorite of most photographers visiting here. This is an
unusual view, icicles and all, caught by The Herald shutterbug
Ho, Hum, Another Snow
The season’s second, and by far
the worse, storm left between
eight and 10 inches of snow in
Edenton and Chowan County over
the weekend. And as in the past, it
played havoc with about
everything-except ihe fun
Snow, driven by gusts of wind up
to 60 miles per hour, started about
1:30 A.M. Saturday and continued
until late into the night. The wind
caused unusually deep drifts in
There was little activity in
downtown Edenton on Saturday.
Many stores either did not open
Gardner, George Re-elected
W. B. Gardner, Edenton’s town
administrator, has been re-elected
to a third term as chairman of the
Albemarle Regional Planning &
ARPDC serves the 10 counties in
state planning Region R.
Fred Markham, 111, of
Pasquotank County was elected
vice chairman and N. J. George of
Edenton was re-elected secretary
treasurer. George, like Gardner,
will be serving his third term.
The officers will assume their
duties in March.
Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina,
these payments exceeded $400,000
While peanuts, soybeans and
corn showed healthy gains, the
biggest increase was in hogs. The
increase amounted to some
SBOO,OOO and reached a peak of
He said the number of hogs in
the county has increased and
farmers are also doing a better job
quality-wise. Generally, he
at all or closed much earlier than
The storm caused a two-day
interruption in mail service.
Postmaster James M. Bond said
no mail was received from outside
points between Saturday morning
and Tuesday morning. Mail since
Tuesday has flowed on schedule,
“This is the first time in many,
many years we have been without
mail deliveries for such an
extended period of time because of
the weather,” a post office
Edenton-Chowan Schools were
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During the business meeting,
held at the Seafare Restaurant at
Nags Head, Wesley Cullipher,
director of the commission,
reported that refunding for the
regional organization has been
assured for the next 12 months by
the Atlanta EDA office.
It was reported that ARPDC had
entered into contract for an
extensive regional water and
sewer study for the 10 counties. It
was pointed out that the study
would in no way affect the current
studies being currently conducted
Thursday, February 15, 1973
commented, farmers are doing a
fine job. “Our farmers are eager
to put modern practices to work.”
Thompson said the tremendous
increase in income from hogs is
reflected in a nine-cent per pound
rise in prices. “Hogs were 18 cents
in 1971 while the average in 1972
was about 25 cents.”
The extension chairman,
however, was quick to point out
that the cost of feed supplement
has increased 300 per cent since
Looking at the overall farm
income picture, Thompson said
the gross increase is heavy but the
cost of production is increasng. He
did foresee prices being good in
Soybean yields were high,
continued, and those who carried
over soybeans did real well in the
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Reclassification of certain
waters in the Chowan,
Pasquotank, Roanoke and other
river basins will be considered at a
public hearing to be held at Lenoir
Community College in Kinston at 1
P.M., on March 1.
The hearing will be conducted
by the Water and Air Quality
Control Committee of the N. C.
Board of Water and Air
Resources. Consideration has
been given to requests for
reclassification by agricultural
agencies, public health
departments, U. S. Forest Service,
Division of State Parks, Wildlife
municipalities, industries and
The committee says an
evaluation of all surface waters in
the river basins have been
carefully made in accordance with
the quality of the waters and the
best usage of the waters in the best
interest of the public.
It is proposed that a higher class
be placed on most of the Chowan
River. The segment from the
railroad bridge at Tunis to the
mouth would be changed from
Class C to Class B. Definition of
the two classes is:
“B”-Suitable for outdoor
bathing and other usage requiring
waters of lower quality.
“C”--Suitable for fish and
wildlife propagation. Also suitable
for bathing, wading and other uses
requiring waters of lower quality.
by the towns and counties but
would be a long range plan
directed toward future
concentration of people and the
environmental aspect of critical
Special planning is currently
underway by the commission in
the fields of matching manpower
training to needs, emergency
medical services, a study on
Regional Sheltered Workshops, a
survey on the
and a regional drufimSe and
alcohol program. **.V;y: ~