JAMES A. GRAHAM
Members of the Chowan
Chapter join with over 432,000
% other FFA members in the United
States in celebrating National
FFA Week which started
Throughout the week the state’s
340 chapters are planning
activities to support the theme,
“FFA Unites Youth With
According to president Percy D.
Bass, the Chowan Chapter will
participate in observing National
FFA Week and will hold its annual
banquet on Monday. James A.
Graham, Commissioner of
Agriculture, will be guest speaker.
National FFA Week always
includes George Washington’s
Birthday in observance of his
leadership in promoting scientific
farming practices. Washington is
considered the patron saint of the
and has come to symbolize
> the FFA Treasurer.
Organized in 1928, the FFA
promotes leadership, cooperation
and citizenship among high school
vocational agriculture students.
Chowan County and the Town of
Edenton have received a total of
$43,768.70 from fourth quarter
collections of the 1 per cent local
option sales and use tax,
according to a report issued this
week by G. A. Jones, Jr.,
commissioner. State Department
In the distribution, Chowan
County received $33,025.13 while
the town’s share was $10,743.57.
At the same time, Jones
reported collections for January.
Net collections in Chowan County
amounted to $18,744.78.
In other Albemarle Area
counties where the tax is
collected, Jones reported the
Camden, $2,406.23; Currituck,
$5,359.58; Dare, $14,831.83;
Perquimans, $8,270.82; Tyrrell,
$3,857.45; and Washington,
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SPOTLIGHT ON ALBEMARLE—The Albemarle Area
Development Association will be spotlighted at the annual staff
4 conference of Agricultural Extension Service in Wilmington next
¥ month. Ralph Mills, visual aides specialist at N. C. State
is shown as he photographs, from left: Dr. Tom
Hobgood, NCSU community development specialist; C. A.
Phillips, chairman, Chowan County commissioners; and Petev
Thompson, county extension chairman. Thompson will narrate
Farmers Move To Rescue Peanut Plan
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THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXIX.—No. 8.
To Make Believers
The federal government
continues to liberalize the Food
Stamp Act and recipients along
the Public Parade are now
getting, in many cases, $3 in bonus
stamps for every $1 invested. This
is a real bargain by any standards.
There are more than 200
certified for food stamps here and
last month they received more
than $25,000 in stamps, while
investing around $6,000.
Any program of such wide scope
is bound to have loopholes and
attract the dishonest. The U. S.
Department of Agriculture is
constantly prosecuting grocers
who violate the terms of the act.
Recently a Memphis, Tenn.,
grocer was sentenced to federal
prison for six months and fined
$4,000 after pleading guilty to
charges of violating the act.
He was charged with buying food
stamps at a discount for cash. In
one count, the grocer was charged
with buying $l2O in food stamps for
S9O, while in the second count he
was accused of buying S4OO in food
coupons for S3OO in cash.
The only cash transactions
regarding food coupons are
limited to the purchase by the
recipient from a federally
designated agency. Grocers in
some areas are feeling the sting
for believing otherwise.
Saturday will mark the climax
of a lengthy struggle to form a U.
S. Coast Guard Auxiliary along the
Public Parade to provide valuable
service by volunteers to the
boating public. The Edenton
Flotilla will become of age at a
.banquet at Edenton Restaurant.
With Max Busby as commodore
the unit can be expected to enjoy a
healthy and worth-while existance.
In the February issue of
“Soundings” an editorial titled,
“Last Chance”, adequately
explains the importance of units
like the Edenton Flotilla;
Voluntary education is
something you’ll be hearing a lot
about this year. The Coast Guard
has made it clear that unless
something is done to reduce the
number of deaths, injuries and
accidents that occur every year in
boating, it will look to more direct
methods of policing boat
operators. And that means
operator licensing, mandatory
education or call it what you will.
In effect, the Coast Guard is
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V. lton, Chowan County, North Carolina, Thursday, February 22, 1973.
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READY FOR FIRST SALE-The modern stand ready for the first sale, which is scheduled
feeder pig market facilities on Paradise Road for March 1.
ill Edenton By-Pass Moves Ahead
RALEIGH-Contract on the long planned Edenton by
ij: pass is now scheduled to be let in November, according to
; State Sen. J. J. (Monk) Harrington of the First District.
Sen. Harrington told The Chowan Herald yesterday
afternoon he and Sen. Phil Godwin obtained a status report
:i from the State Highway Commission earlier in the day after
| ; some concern had been expressed by Edenton officials. The
senators were told that the status of this project had not
changed and it is going ahead as planned.
They were told acquisition of the right-of-way in
:j: proceeding at the projected rate and should be completed
; by October. Some sl-million has been earmarked for this
phase of the project, and should it be concluded as
scheduled then the contract could be awarded in
Sen. Harrington, chairman of the powerful Senate Roads
Committee, said the Edenton by-pass project had not been
j mentioned in previous projections of priorities since it was
not among the projects frozen by the Holshouser
He said he and Sen. Godwin are aware of the tremendous
: need for this project and will continue to request progress
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Town Faces Rate Increase
Edenton Town Council has been
made aware of a proposed 16.11
per cent rate increase in wholesale
electric rates by Virginia Electric
& Power Company. The increase,
if granted by the State Utilities
Commission, would be retroactive
to January 11.
The increase, the second in
recent months, was discussed last
week at a meeting of the council.
W. B. Gardner, town
administrator, said the increase
would be passed on to the town’s
Those who now purchase
electricity from the town are
paying a 10 per cent surcharge
imposed when VEPCO increased
rates 19 per cent.
Gardner said the town is
considering a general rate
to include the proposed
increase as well as the surcharge.
Mrs. Moore Dies
Mrs. Shelton W. Moore, Sr., 900
North Broad Street, died suddenly
in Chowan Hospital Sunday. She
Mrs. Moore was owner of Eden
Mrs. Blanche Sitterson Moore
was bom in Perquimans County
on September 15,1900, daughter of
the late J. C. apd Corinne
Broughton Sitterson. She was the
widow of Shelton W. Moore, Sr.
Surviving is a son, Shelton W.
Moore, Jr., of Edenton; a
daughter, Mrs. Pauline Sutton of
Walbridge, Ohio; two
grandchildren and two great
She was a member of the
Eastern Star, American Legion
Auxiliary and Edenton Baptist
Funeral services were held at 2
P.M. Tuesday in Williford
Memorial Chapel with Rev.
Robert Gray and Rev. R. N.
Carroll officiating. Burial was in
Beaver Hill Cemetery.
Some questions were raised by
council about the proposed joint
Animal Control Program with
Chowan County. Mayor George
Alma Byrum is to appoint a
committee to discuss the program
with a committee from the county.
In other action, council:
Renewed existing taxi
Included national banks in
Schedule B license taxation.
Appointed Mrs. Alice Bond to
the Zoning Board of Adjustments,
replacing Mrs. Snooky Bond, who
Approved advertising for bids
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Mrs. Hawkins Is Honored By Edenton BPW
Thirteen of the 14 living
recipients of the Edenton Business
& Professional Women’s Club
were in attendance at Edenton
Restaurant last Thursday night
when Mrs. Mollie G. Hawkins was
named winner for 1972. She is the
23rd local woman to be signally
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MRS. CLARA BOSWELL and MRS. MOLLIE HAWKINS
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Sale March 1
Association, Inc., will sponsor the
first state graded feeder pig sale
in Chowan County on March 1,
according to Gene Nixon,
manager. The sale begins at 3
The association has recently
completed one of the most modern
sale facilities in North Carolina on
Paradise Road, three miles north
Sales will be held the first and
third Thursday of each month.
Pigs will be received from 8
A.M. until 12 noon. Animals must
weigh between 40 pounds and 130
Any farmer or buyer interested
in participating in the new sale
should contact Nixon at 482-3734.
Association, Inc., serves more
than 125 farmers in 11
Northeastern North Carolina
counties. It was formed by N. C.
Rural Fund For Development.
Roy L. Harrell is NCRFD
educational specialist working
with the cooperative.
Endowment in the past week has
distributed $1,957,615 to 190
hospitals and 43 child care
institutions in North and South
Chowan Hospital in Edenton
was among those who received
checks. The Chowan share was
recognized by the BPW.
Mrs. Clara Boswell went to
elaborate details in a suspenseful
setting to hit tfie highlights of Mrs.
Hawkins’ life and present her to
the anxious audience. Mrs.
Boswell said Mrs. Hawkins’ name
would be added to the “scroll of
Although the federal
government purchases a smaller
percentage of Virginia type
peanuts, new peanut legislation
may severely penalize growers of
this type in North Carolina and
This is the prediction of James
Keel of Pitt County, a member of
the National Peanut Advisory
Farmers and trade
representatives have until March
9 to express themselves on a
program which will drastically cut
funds expended by the Commodity
Keel, speaking to area peanut
farmers here Friday, said the
Virginia type peanut is the only
one being grown which is not
producing a surplus.
Farmers are contacting
congressional leaders asking for
the peanut program to remain the
same for 1973 and for “type
legislation” to be adopted for
future years. This would establish
special legislation and allotments
for the various types of peanuts
In return, farmers have said
they will keep the supply and
demand of Virginia type peanuts
Without type legislation, it is
feared that farmers face a
considerable reduction in
The recent delima is the result
of a directive by Secretary of
Agriculture Earl Butz that the cost
of the existing peanut program
must be cut by at least S2O-million
this year. CCC spent $125-million
in purchases last year and it is
estimated that without some
change the S2OO-million figure will
be reached in the next few years.
CCC purchased 8.58 per cent of
the 1972 peanut crop in the
Virginia-Carolina area, while in
the Southeast Area, the purchase
amounted to 41.36 per cent of the
Chowan County farmers last
year averaged 2,838 pounds per
acre on 6,135.9 acres harvested.
Peanuts were grown on 572 farms
with a total allotment of 6,262.8
The Chowan County Heart
Association has planned a busy
weekend this week to wind up the
1973 Heart Fund drive.
There is a Heart Fund Talent
Show at the Swain Auditorium on
Friday night at 8 o’clock featuring
a fine famly-style show. Tickets
will be available at the door for a
Saturday the Cub Scouts will
have another Ballon Sale in the
Edenton shopping areas. Their
first sales on February 3 neeted a
total of $97. The snow on February
10 didn’t dampen their spirits,
because the Cubs called the Heart
Fund President begging to go out.
They will have one more Saturday
Next on the schedule is a
barbecue dinner at the National
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greatness” which was established
Mrs. Hawkins is a veteran nurse
at Chowan Hospital. Earlier she
was named Nurse of the Year by
the Medical Society here and
entered district competition.
Now serving as evening
supervisor of' nurses, Mrs.
Hawkins has been associated with
the hospital for 21 years. In
addition to her professional work,
she was recognized for her family
and community activities.
In a humorus, but thought
provoking address. Dr. Edwin L.
West, Jr., superintendent of
Edenton-Chowan Schools, told the
Bosses’ Night audience that
employers and employees should
work as a team to turn problems
into opportunities. He challenged
them to not attack personalities
but to attack problems.
The speaker said ‘‘attempts at
positive constructive solutions to
problems will do much to enhance
Dr. West said one of the major
things which has helped to build
America has been the use of a
personal touch for keying job
success and satisfaction.
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