Bloodmobile Visit Set Monday, 11-5,At Edenton Baptist Church
THE CHOWAN HERALD
Volume XXXIX—No. 13.
Involve The People
If there is any instrument in
America today which speaks
louder and with greater thrust
than the ballot, it is difficult to
On the national scene, like it or
not, President Nixon is taking
seriously the fact that he carried
49 states in the November, 1972,
election. He is cutting a wide
although somewhat stormy-swath
in disregarding the Congress and
establishing his own domestic
He calls it a “mandate” from
the people. And this mandate
came via the ballot box.
Here along the Public Parade,
the Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education has conducted an
exhaustive study of the future of
education. The members
unanimously endorse a long range
plan that includes a consolidated
high school. This necessarily
requires a bond issue.
The education board has
requested Chowan County
commissioners to call such a
school bond referendum for
November, 1974-a regular
election. The commissioners have
a responsibility to reply
immediately and affirmatively to
Any long range school plan will
require two things: consolidation
and an extensive capital outlay
budget. The citizenry of this
county should be afforded an
opportunity to participate in
deciding the educational future of
their children and grandchildren
and subsequently our county.
Also, the citizens should apprqve
issuance of bonds necessary to
carry out the program.
To deny the citizens of this
county their constitutional right is
to take away one of the
fundamental premises upon which
their country was founded. We
don’t think Chowan’s
commissioners will shun their
The school issue, like so many
others, cannot be settled at the
aonference table. But the ballot
box can do the trick.
The next move belongs to the
View From The Bottom
The State Department of
Revenue has released sales and
use tax data pertaining to business
activity in the counties and the
state as a whole during 1972, as
compared with 1971. While gross
collections along the Public
Parade showed some gain, the
percentage of increase was nearly
11 per cent behind the state
As a matter of fact, the 2.97 per
cent increase in Chowan County
was the lowest among North
Carolina’s 100 counties. This is
- something less than a distinction
to be faced with.
Lboking at the state figures,
according to business and tax
categories, they show a
considerable amount of misplaced
values. Here is a case in point.
While motor vehicles showed a
moaest 4.53 per cent increase, the
tax collected on motorcycles and
bicycles enjoyed at 48.35 per cent
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GRAND OPENING-A 10-day Grand Opening business recently moved from South Broad Street
event begins today (Thursday) at Goodyear into the spacious, modern building and the
Srvice Store, 1099 North Broad Street The service offered has been greatly expanded.
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PRINCIPALS AT COMMISSION BANQUET-
W. B. Gardner, right, and N. J. George, left,
chairman and secretary-treasurer respectively,
were installed for a third term with the
Albemarle Regional Planning & Development
Commission at a banquet here last Wednesday
On Tax Scale
RALEIGH-All counties in North
Carolina experienced an increase
in gross sales and use tax
collections during 1972. The
greatest increase, 50.01 per cent,
occurred in Brunswick County and
the lowest, 2.97 per cent, occurred
in Chowan County.
Five Northeastern counties
exceeded the state-wide
percentage of increase. They
were: Currituck, 23.15; Dare,
16.66; Hyde, 13.95; Pasquotank,
16.28; and Perquimans, 16.51. The
state average increase was 13.43.
The percentage of increase in
other area counties was: Camden,
11.01; Gates, 7.06; Tyrrell, 12.72;
and Washington, 9.27.
A comparative statement of
gross sales and use tax collections
in Albemarle Area counties
Camden 75,643 68,139
Chowan 526,253 511,068
Currituck 191,897 155,827
Dare 932,369 799,187
Gates 173,808 162,354
Hyde 134,876 118,360
Pasquotank 1,798,363 1,546,520
Perquimans 297,134 255,031
Tyrrell 119,618 106,121
Washington 571,535 523,049
Total 4,821,496 4,245,656
Board Studies School Plans
Chowan County commissioners
are studying the school
consolidation plan of Edenton-
Chowan Board of Education and a
request for a referendum next
year on a bond issue. Chairman C.
A. Phillips said at a recent joint
meeting that the commissioners
would be asked to consider the
proposal “at an early time”.
The plan, which is said to have
the unanimous approval of the
school board, calls for establishing
a 4-4-4 grade grouping and the
consolidation of Holmes and
Chowan high schools.
(In his regular column
elsewhere in The Herald, Dr.
Eddie West; superintendent,
discusses the grouping plan.)
night. They are both from Edenton. They were
shown with Leon Ballance of Hyde County,
second from left, who installed the new officers;
and Sec. James Harrington of Raleigh.
Harrington heads the State Department of
Natural and Economic Resources.
Area Concept Pushed
The regional concept was
described here last Wednesday
night as being the only way to go
and was called the way of the
future. W. B. Gardner, Edenton
town administrator who began his
third term as chairman of the 10-
county Albemarle Regional
Planning & Development
Commission, challenged those in
the area to do more than play lip
service to the program.
“We must all put our shoulder to
The selection of an architectural
firm to conduct a study prior to
proceeding with plans for a new
Chowan County Courthouse-Jail
complex is expected to be made
within the near future.
West W. Byrum, chairman of
the Site Committee, said the
committee has completed
interviews with six firms that had
expressed an interest in
conducting the study. The final
interview was held Friday
Byrum said an architectural
firm will be commissioned in “the
near future” to make the study.
Chowan County has obtained
$15,000 from Albemarle Law &
Order Association to pay for this
phase of the capital outlay
Eugene Jordan, school board
chairman, told commissioners as
the taxpayer he feels the cheapest
route would be the “going ahead
as quickly as possible”, due to the
increasing cost of construction.
Dr. West said the program
would require a bond issue in the
$1.5-million to $2.4-million range.
He said the tax rate increase could
range from 16% cents to 42%
cents, depending on the method of
When Chairman Phillips asked
the board members if the new
building was a “need” or a
“want”, Dr. West replied that it
was the belief that existing
facilities were not adequate to
consolidate the schools.
the wheel,” Gardner told some 175
people at the second annual
ARPDC banquet held at Edenton
Jaycee Building on Base Road. He
said time has proven “we need
Although the regional concept is
new, Gardner pointed out, it is
here to stay and will be beneficial
to everyone involved if it is
entered in the spirit of
“In Region R we are a lot
further along than any of the 17
multi-county planning regions in
North Carolina,” Gardner said.
“We are being held up as an
example on many fronts and it
behoves us to have the fullest
cooperation of everyone-not just
In addition to Gardner,
commission officers are N. J.
George, Chowan County
treasurer; and Fred Markham of
Elizabeth City, vice chairman.
Markham was unable to attend the
meeting due to illness.
The officers were installed by
Leon Ballance of Hyde County,
who is recognized as one of the
Albemarle’s greatest boosters.
Balance said he is “proud to be a
part of the Albemarle. “There has
never, however, been a time when
the challenge has been greater,”
Ballance, chairman of the Hyde
County commissioners and past
president of Albemarle Area
sponsors of ARPDC challenged
the officers to lead “in such away
so the Albemarle will be the
greatest region in the state.”
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The first in a series of important
public hearings by the N. C.
Wildlife Resources Commission
will be held at Chowan County
Courthouse here at 7:10 P.M.,
April 9. Sportsmen from
throughout the area are
encouraged to attend.
Commissioner O. L. Woodhouse
of Grandy and Clyde P. Patton of
Raleigh, executive director, will
be among those in attendance.
At 6 P.M., the group will have
dinner at Edenton Restaurant and
hear reports from several area
specialists in District One.
Lindsay E. Everett of Edenton,
supervisor of the 13-county district
in the Northeast, has arranged the
Lawrence L. K ears on of Ahoskie
and Dan M. Connelly of Edenton,
fish and game biologists
respectively, will report on
activities in their fields. Also
activity reports will be given on
protection by L. Carlton Spain of
Edenton, assistant supervisor;
and waterfowl, populations and
banding by W. B. Chason of
Manteo, a wildlife patrolman.
Single Copy 10 Cents.
Construction and re
construction of sidewalks has been
given the top priority for General
Revenue Sharing funds coming to
the Town of Edenton. This
includes replacing the sidewalks
in the downtown area.
At a meeting Thursday night,
Town Council listed recreation
and drainage as the other two
Town Administrator W. B.
Gardner said council specifically
allocated $62,000 in revenue
sharing funds which have already
been received. They will go for
1- new water well on
2- new 20-yard garbage
packer and truck.
3- to the Municipal
Building heating system.
4- new vacuum type street
The town is scheduled to get
$124,000 annually in General
Revenue Sharing funds. This is
some $50,000 more than was at
first anticipated and will allow the
town to accelerate some projects.
Downtown sidewalks have been
a topic of considerable discussion
here for several years. A Charlotte
architectural and engineering
firm has been consulting with the
town for some time and a
representative is expected back
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Judge Albert W. Cowper at
Kinston will preside over a term of
Chowan County Superior Court
which opens here at 10 A M., April
9. Solicitor Herbert Small of
Elizabeth City will prosecute the
Mrs. Lena M. Leary, clerk of
court, has released the calendar
which includes cases against 34
defendants. More than half of the
cases-18-are for drunk driving.
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DEMOLITION UNDER WAY-Removal of the Goodyear
building on South Broad Street is well under way. The building is
being razed and Historic Edenton, Inc., plans to restore the
formal gardens of the Cupola House. Emmett Wiggins, who has
the contract to remove the building, is shown on a loader as he
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RICHARD N. HINES
Hines To Get
Richard N. Hines, 400 South
Court Street, is scheduled to
receive a national achievement
award from the American Public
Power Association. Hines recently
retired as director of public
utilities for the Town of Edenton.
Hines continues as a consultant
for the E&W Department.
APPA has voted Hines the Seven
Hats Award, reserved for
manager of public power systems
in the U. S. with gross annual
revenues of less than $1.5-million.
He is the first North Carolinian
ever to receive a national award
from the APPA in any category.
The award will presented at a
meeting of APPA in New Orleans,
La., in May.
In considering Hines for the
award, the APPA appraised his 30-
year career contributions in seven
areas: planning and design;
administration; public relations;
field supervision; accounting;
employee relations; and
The APPA also considered
Hines’ efforts on behalf of public
power at large. He was one of the
founders and early officers of
Electricities; helped develop the
EPIC generating and
transmission project; and served
as national membership chairman
for the APPA itself.