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The importance of “type”
legislation to aid peanut growers
is most graphic when one takes a
look at where the bulk of farmers
stock peanuts taken under loan by
the federal government are
coming from. The Southeast area
is the culprit.
Area farmers are much
concerned about the future of a
federal peanut program. So are
shelters and processors because
' theabsenceof a workable program
can mean disaster to the economy
along the Public Parade and
throughout this section of the
Several from here recently
attended a hearing in Washington
on this very question. Many, many
others have written legislators
seeking their support for
continuation of the program for
• 1973 and the enactment of “type”
, legislation for the future.
Virginia type peanuts are grown
in the Virginia-Carolina area.
11l ere is no surplus of this type,
while in the Southeast, the runner
type, peanuts are going under
federal loan and the dollars
involved have caused the recent
re-evaluation by the U. S.
Department of Agriculture.
Recently we quoted from some
figures supplied by James Keel of
Pitt County, who is on the federal
advisory committee, which
showed some 502,804 tons of
peanuts taken under loan in 1972.
Commodity Credit Corporation
purchased 41.36 per cent of the
Georgia peanuts, 28.38 per cent of
those in the Southwest; and a
mere 8.58 per cent of the Virginia
New figures have been supplied
by the Peanut Growers
Association, headquarters in
Franklin, Va., which make an
even stronger case for “type”
legislation. Farmers stock
peanuts taken under loan in the U.
S. during 1972, according to recent
reports, were 516,035 tons.
There were only 5.4 per cent
from the Virginia-Carolina area;
21.2 per cent from the Southwest
and a fantastic 73.4 per cent from
Therefore, if the peanut industry
is to be saved, and the economy
stabilized, there must be some
distinction between types of
peanuts when they go to market.
The “runners” in the Southeast
must not be allowed to ruin the
, entire peanut support program.
*• ‘Beautiful People *
There are scores of people along
the Public Parade who, out of
sheer instinct, use their various
talents for the good of mankind.
Many, many times their sterling
qualities go unrecognized, or are
taken for granted.
Die unfortunate plane crash in
Rocky Hock on the morning of
February 10 has brought several
of these people to the forefront.
First, the Federal Aviation
Administration was impressed
with the security coordinated by
Sheriff Troy Toppin until the
inspectors arrived. One inspector
praised the men who stood by the
crashed craft, saying the lack of
pilfering and handling of the
i damaged .equipment would
1 greatly assist in their efforts to
. pinpoint the cause of the crash.
Two of the five people in the
plane died instantly. A third died
later in a Norfolk (Va.) hospital.
Among the survivors were Esther
Y. Wong and William F. Clough.
Mr. Clough’s daughter,
Marguerite, has sent a “Card of
Thanks” along with a personal
note in which she stated: “There
are so many people in Edenton
that we would like to write to
personally. Time has been very
scarce since we had my Dad
moved back here to
Massachusetts General Hospital.
“He is still pretty sick, and will
be in the hospital for several
months, but thank God and so
many wonderful people he is alive.
We are hopeful that he will
recover to good health. Upon his
[recovery, my Dad is anxiously
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PROGRAM LAUNCHED-Melvin Evans, who went to work
Monday with Chowan’s new animal control program, maps his
strategy to catch stray animals with Sheriff Troy Toppin.
Ward Given Active Term
A former insurance firm
representative last week was
given an active prison sentence
after pleading guilty to forgery.
John Robert Ward, 801 Johnston
Street, was sentenced to from five
to seven years by Judge George
Fountain of Tarboro, in Chowan
County Superior Court. Ward
formerly was employed by
Southern Life Insurance Company.
Testimony from a State
investigator showed that Ward
forged names of policyholders on
checks from the firm. He said
restitution had been made in each
Solicitor Thomas Watts of
Elizabeth City noted that Ward
had previously served time in
another state on a federal count of
Veterans of World War I who
reside in Chowan County will be
special guests at a special banquet
.Friday night at the .American
The auxiliary of Edward G.
Bond Post will fete the veterans
and American Legion members on
the occasion of the legion’s 54th
anniversary. The event begins at 7
For the past 10 years the Lions
Club has helped the Easter Seal
Society wth its services and
campaign. This year, Dan Reaves
has volunteered to serve as
chairman in Chowan County.
Lewis Leary, another member
of Edenton Lions Club, will again
fill the position of treasurer.
Reaves and a composed of
interested Lions are planning
campaign activities that will
hopefully raise the needed funds
but, more importantly, bring
Easter Seal services before the
Last year over 3,700
handicapped North Carolinians of
all ages benefitted from Easter
Seal services which are possible
only through contributions to the
Easter Seal Society. “When you
receive your Easter Seal letter
from Aunt Bea,” Reaves said,
“remember, people we help need
our assistance right now, so please
The Chowan Chapter, American
Red Cross, is being revived,
according to Thomas M. Surratt,
chairman. An organizational
board meeting was held at 10 A.M.
Wednesday at Chowan Hospital.
Civic organizations in the area
are being asked to have a
representative on the board and
board members will serve a
yearly rotating basis “so that we
can once again plan and offer all
Red Cross programs to the
residents of the county. >
Surratt said he hoped the Red
Cross could again become a viable
force in the community.
The blood program is the best
known Red Ooss function now,
but other services include: service
to the Armed Forces, disaster
preparedness and relief,
community health and safety and
other community service
activities. Volunteers provide the
James Norman Hughes,
charged with breaking, entering
and larceny, was given two years.
However, the sentence was
suspended and the defendant
placed on probation for three
years. He was ordered to pay
court costs and pay SIOO to Murray
L. Nixon, the prosecuting witness.
A jury found Herman Harrell
Bond and Boyce Waterfield not
guilty of speed competition.
In other cases heard by Judge
Fountain, the following action was
Charles Otto Tysor, Sr.,
Donald Merle Price, drunk
driving, SIOO fine and costs.
George Murphy Daniels, drunk
driving, six months, suspended
upon payment of SIOO fine and
Charles Biggs and Willie James
Biggs, hit and run, costs.
John Hinton Sessoms, speeding,
SSO fine and costs.
Billy Ray Wiggins, speeding, $lO
fine and costs.
Charles Edward Belangia,
drunk driving, six months,
suspended upon payment of SIOO
fine and costs.
Leroy Alexander, drunk driving,
90 days, suspended upon payment
of $125 fine and costs.
Clyde Leary, Jr., public
drunkenness, prayer for judgment
Calvin Leßoy Dillard, forgery,
18-24 months in prison.
Timothy E. Baldwin, temporary
larceny, two years in prison on
each of two counts, the sentences
to run concurrently.
Rufus Gaston White, drunk
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Academy Report Is Issued
Chowan Academy will soon
conclude its fifth year of
operation, according to a progress
report released this week by Mrs.
Frances T. Hollowell.
She states, “The foremost
purpose of the academy is to
provide quality education within a
Christian atmosphere. Chowan
joins with other independent
schools in stressing prayer,
patriotism, discipline and quality
The academy is located
approximately 10 miles from
Edenton. The building formerly a
school, has been completely
renovated, providing an
auditorium, library, office and a
new wing, housing modern
Die location on two acres of
wooded land and a large play area
and ball field provides an athletic
program. Die rural location of the
school and accessibility of streams
and woods provide opportunity for
intensive nature study, Mrs.
Hollowell points out.
This year the school added a
10th grade and a science lab. The
school organized a student
government last year. Grades five,
seven and eight produced winners
in the DAR Essay Contest this
The Chief Rockahock History
Club continues to win honors on
the state level.
All grades have a planned
phyricai education program. This
year scheduled games were
played with other schools in
football and basketball, boys and
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXIX.—No. n. Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina. Thursday. March 15. 1973.
Town Joins In Program
Chowan County’s animal control
program was launched Monday
with Melvin Evans as warden.
And Tuesday night, Edenton Town
Council agreed to participate in a
joint program with the county on
Recreation To Be Viewed
Edenton Town Council will hold
a special meeting next Thursday
to discuss a proposed recreation
program. The meeting was set
Tuesday night at a meeting where
highlights of the proposal was
James Kinion, principal at
Walker Junior High School,
presented the proposal which
included use of existing school
facilities for the time being. He
said the top priority at this time is
employment of a full time
James Blount told council the
proposed budget is $21,000, and
does not include any capital outlay
Wesley Chesson gave
councilmen an outline of a long
range plan which would include an
unspecified amount of capital
Councilmen approved law bids
for a new packer unit, to cost
about $15,000. George Chevrolet
and Gar Wood were awarded bids,
State and regional officials will
be in Edenton on Wednesday night
for the annual meeting of
Albemarle Regional Planning &
Development Commission. The
meeting begins at 7 P.M. at the
Jaycee Community Building on
Sec. James E. Harrington of the
N. C. Department of Natural and
Economic Resources, will be
keynote speaker. He will be
introduced by George Peake
president of Pamlico, Inc.
Wesley B. Cullipher, ARPDC
executive director, said the
officers will be installed by Boyd
Rose of Atlanta, Ga., director of
planning, Southeastern Regional
Office, Economic Development
Officers are: W. B. Gardner of
Edenton, chairman; Fred
Markham of Elizabeth City, vice
chairman; and N. J. George of
Ron Ingle of Raleigh, assistant
secretary, State Department of
Administration, will also be in
attendance. Ingle is former state
coordinator for EDA.
girls. The scheduled baseball and
softball games will start this
Die Board of Directors recently
adopted a long-range plan which
will extend the program offered at
Chowan Academy to include
grades kindergarten through 12.
For next year, the addition will be
the 11th grade.
March is enrollment month at
the academy and a few vacancies
still exist in each of the grades,
kindergarten through 11th, Mrs.
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an experimental basis.
Council’s action followed a
request by Commissioner Alton G.
Elmore and Dallas Jethro, Jr.,
county coordinator, and lengthy
discussion. The county had
if the specifications are met.
Town Administrator W. B.
Gardner noted that the current
budget includes $6,700 for the unit.
The remainder of the money will
come from revenue sharing funds.
A petition from residents of
Eden Heights was presented.
Council assured the residents their
drainage problem was of concern
to the town and everything
possible would be done to control
it, pending a study by the Soil
Council passed a resolution
supporting upgrading of the
Chowan River and calling for the
same action on the Roanoke
River. The resolution also called
on state and federal officials to
take steps to correct the existing
Gardner again cited the need for
a refuse ordinace. No action was
taken, but the Public Works
Committee was instructed to draft
an ordinance for council’s
consideration at the April
Council also adopted a
resolution allowing property
owners to purchase flood
insurance; received a request
from the Board of Public Works
for funds to pay for a rate study
not in progress; and approved the
extension of pavement on Paxton
Mayor George Alma Byrum
presided at the three-hour session.
Union Camp Corp., has taken
extensive and expensive measures
to treat waste water from its
Franklin, Va., plant prior to
dumping into the Chowan River,
according to Joe Stutts, public
relations executive with the firm.
Stutts, speaking at the regular
meeting of Edenton Lions Club
Monday night, said explained
highlights of the firm’s effluent
handling system, which is
approved by air and water control
authorities in both North Carolina
The system includes a 230-foot
diameter clarifier to remove
settleable solids from the effluent,
nine 100 horse power aerators to
chum in oxygen, and a 1,600-acre
storage pond to hold the effluent
until the December-March release
period. The effluent is not released
during any other period of the
year, Stutts noted.
The speaker said the effluent,
when released, is not toxic to man
or to wildlife and the system
solves the problem-low disolved
He invited questions from the
community, saying Blair
Stutzman is the contact man in
Edenton. “We want to be
responsive to you and to continue
to be a useful part of your
community,” he said.
requested that the town contribute
$2,000 the first year towards the
program which will give the area
its fir£t full time employee
charged with animal control
Mayor George Alma Byrum and
Couincilman Roy L. Harrell
opposed the proposal on the
grounds that the town would be
contributing more than its fair
share to the program.
At an earlier meeting,
Councilmen James C. Dail and
David White, who were appointed
by Mayor Byrum to discuss the
program with a committee from
the county, had recommended
participation. And it was Dail and
White who spearheaded the action
It was understood that the town
will pay a pro rata share of the
$2,000 during the months of
experimentation, or until July 1.
Evans, who resides at Route 1,
Tyner, sai d he would concentrate
on stray dogs at the outset. In the
very near future he will establish
Animals apprehended will be
confined at a pound on Base Road
and kept for five days before being
Evans wilil have radio contact
with Edenton Police Department
and Chowa.n County Sheriff’s
Anyone witih complaints about
stray animals should contact
Evans by calling 221-4525 ; 482-
8484; or 482-444’4.
RALEIGH-- The General
Assembly is being asked to
appropriate SIB,OOO during the
next biennium for Historic
Edenton, Inc., to be spent on the
Cupola House and Barker House
The appropriations bill was
introduced Tuesday by Sens. Phil
Godwin and J. J. (Monk)
Harrington of the First District.
The bill notes the need for a
small state appropriation for the
continuing restoration project at
the two sites.
Also, it is noted that the Cupola
House is universally recognized as
one of North Carolina’s most
important historic buildings.
The seventh quality feeder pig
sale facility in the state opened in
Chowan County March 1, with 373
animals being sold at prices which
were called “exceptionally good”.
Association, in conjunction with
Albemarle Cooperative, will have
semi-monthly sales at the modern
facility on Paradise Road, near
The next sale will t>e held
Thursday. Gene Nixon is
Gross sales at the opening
amounted to about $20,000. The
price range was from a high of
70V4 cents for 40-50 pound pigs to a
low of 42V4 cents for pigs 100
pounds and up.
The prices wre in line with other
sales in Wallace-Chadbourn,
Statesville, Hillsborough, Rocky
Mount, Dunn and Silver City.
The sale was termed “quite
successful as far as the number of
pigs sold is concerned...extremely
successful from a standpoint of
price” by Jack Parker, area
livestock specialist who has
worked with the cooperative and
N. C. Rural Fund For
Development in getting the sale
Parker was aided in grading the
pigs by Glenn Lilley of Raleigh,
representing the marketing
division of the State Department
of Agriculture. They noted that the
pigs graded exceptionally high.
An estimated 200 people were on
hand for the opening sale and Roy
L. Harrell, organizational
specialist with NCRFD and a
guiding force in the sale, said:
“Everybody who had anything to
do with the market opening
seemed pleased...sellers were
pleased as were the buyers.”
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