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    Public Parade
Business As Usual
The proliferation of' false
rumors about activities along the
Public Parade continues to
aggravate efforts to return the
community to peace and
harmony. Spiteful efforts to
completely disrupt the normal
scheme of things, however,
appear to have failed.
Except for the law enforcement
agencies, the atmosphere of
“business as usual” prevails in
downtown Edenton. Pickets have
been bothersome, but orderly.
Therefore, there is no sign of
hostility in the commercial
And there are those who would
lead you to think everything has
ground to a halt in Edenton. It just
isn’t a fact.
Leaders of the entire
community have not passed up a
single opportunity to discuss
recent problemscaused by outside
agitators. Nevertheless, they
stand four-square against being
pressured into hasty actions and
or decisions.
There is, however, a genuine
expression of concern and an
awareness of the seriousness of an
otherwise insignificant problem
which could be touched off by a
single thoughtless act. It is
because of this that it is incumbent
on everyone to return to good
reasoning and get on with the task
of making meandering along the
Public Parade a completely
wholesome experience.
Too, the majority of the students
in local schools have responded
positively to an appeal by
Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education to curb absenteeism.
All of this speaks well of the
citizenry hereabouts. There is not
a single disagreement, regardless
of how big or how small, that we
have been unable to resolve in a
spirit of fairness. Local people
have a responsibility to settle local
matters, but to be allowed to do it
in an atmosphere of calm, not
under threats of violence.
People of all stations in life
along the Public Parade are to be
commended for their demeanor in
the past weeks. Meanwhile, people
from outside the community who
have absolutely nothing to lose,
other than saving face, continue to
beat their gums.
Thankfully sterling characters
are most often difficult to
Recreation Potential Good
A new era in organized
recreation began this week when
Roy Winslow became director of
the Edenton Parks and Recreation
Department. In this position he
will also organize and coordinate a
program for the entire county.
It was quite an expression of
mutual cooperation recently when
the Town Council and Chowan
County commissioners pgreed to
fund a joint program. There has
been a summer recreation
program in Edenton for many
years; quite a successful
program, as a matter of fact.
From Mr. Winslow’s
“Recreation Update” column
appearing elsewhere in today’s
paper, it appears that he has been
quick to utilize the nucleus which
existed here.
Chowan County has excellent
facilities and potential for a
countywide recreation program
which could become a model for
the area. But Mr. Winslow, on a
limited budget of $21,000, cannot
be expected to perform miracles.
The director possesses
credentials which are highly
diserable. Given adequate time,
money and citizen support, the
new era in organized recreation
along the Public Parade can be
beneficial and a source of pride for
everyone--especially the
taxpayers who are picking up the
Those who would be -quick to
criticize can do the program a
great service by being patient
while the director establishes a
foothold in Edenton before
expanding to other areas along the
Public Parade.
Fatten The Treasury
Although it cost North Carolina
taxpayers ova: $2.5-million last
year to clean trash and litter left
by careless travelers along our
roadsides, only 26 persons in the
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Volume XXIX.—No. 21.1 Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, May 31, 1973. Single Copy 10 Cents?
Graduation Is Set June Bth8 th
Holmes High
Commencement exercises for
the 149 graduates of John A.
Holmes High School are scheduled
for June 8 at 8 P.M. at Hicks Field.
The theme for the program is
“The Threshold of Our Goals.”
Speakers for the occasion are
Charles Everett, valedictorian;
Lois Satterfield, salutatorian; and
Ralph Nixon. Other graudates to
appear on the platform are Jerry
Castelloe, William Chesson, and
Patricia Rankins.
Charles Arnold Everett is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Everett of Elizabeth City. During
the summer of 1972, he attended
the N. C. Governor’s School for
exceptional students. At school he
is a member of the National Honor
Society and the Deca Club. As a
junior, he served as an honor
marshal for the 1972 graduating
class. Charles plans to attend the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill.
Louis Paulette Satterfield is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie
Satterfield of Edenton. She was
chosen as the 1972 delegate to the
N. C. Scholastic Press Institute at
the University of North Carolina
School of Journalism in Chapel
Hill. Other honors include
membership in the National Honor
Society, winner of the 1972 DAR
Good Citizenship Award, and
honor marshal for graduation. She
is editor-in-chief of the school
paper “The Spotlight,” secretary
of the senior class and a member
of the Future Homemakers of
America. Lois plans to attend UNC
at Chapel Hill.
Ralph Wade Nixon is the son of
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troops to train
At Ft. Stewart
RALEIGH--Some 3,500 North
Carolina National Guardsmen
who are members of the 30th
Infantry Division will go to Fort
Stewart, Ga. for their annual
training this year.
These include Edenton
Guardsmen who are members of
Co. “C” (Det 1) l-119th INF
stationed here.
As the result of a special
experiment being conducted by
the Department of Defense, the
annual training period for troops
in the Old Hickory Division will
span a month-long period.
However, individual units will be
phased into and out of training
during the period so that most
individual Guardsmen will not be
required to spend more than two
weeks at camp.
Board Reaffirms Earlier Decision; Attendance
Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education, after reconsidering an
earlier decision, Thursday
afternoon notified Richard
Satterfield that his contract would
not be renewed.- Satterfield is
band director at John A. Holmes
High School.
The board’s latest decision was
made public at noon Friday by.
Chairman Eugene Jordan.
Chairman Jordan merely released
the text of the letter to Satterfield.
The board of education was
called back into session at 10 P.M.
Friday after the request was made
for a joint meeting with a group of
local citizens and leaders who
Chowan High
Commencement exercises for
the 1973 graduating class at
Chowan High School will be held
June 8 at 8 P.M. in the school
auditorium. Dr. Edwin West,
superintendent of Edenton-
Chowan Schools, will be keynote
Glenn Rogerson is valedictorian
of the class and Debra Harrell is
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Rogerson of Center Hill, Glenn has
maintained at a 93.84 scholastic
average. He plans to continue
farming with his father.
Debra maintained a 93.67
scholastic average and will enter
Louise Obici School of Nursing this
fall. She is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Melvin Harrell of Rocky
Baccalaureate services will be
held at 8 P.M. Sunday. Bruce
Copeland, a Roanoke Bible
College student, will be the
At next week’s graduation
exercises Eugene Jordan, school
board chairman, and Carlton
Goodwin, a member, will
participate in the activities.
Pam Bunch is chief marshal,
having a scholastic average of
94.5. She is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Carlton Bunch. Other
marshals chosen from the Junior
Class include: Melvin Leary,
Randy Chappell, Vincent Roberts
and Beth Boswell.
There are 61 students in the
Class of 1973. Jeff Copeland is
class president, Richard Elliott,
vice president, Debra Harrell,
secretary, Don Bass, treasurer;
and Donna Peele, reporter.
Support Is Offered Officials
Noting that the N. C. General
Assembly has enacted a law
to protect water from
pollution caused by sediment, the
Soil Conservation Service today
pledged its full support to the
Sediment Control Board and local
Meeting Tonight
The annual membership
meeting of Chowan Golf & Country
Club will be held at 8 P.M.,
Thursday (May 31), according to
Caswell Edmundson, president.
The meeting was originally
scheduled for May 16 but no
business was conducted because
of the lack of a quorum.
Edmundson urges members
who will be unable to attend the
meeting to sign a proxy and mail it
to Mrs. Ruth Whichard, secretary,
or give it to a director or any
member planning to attend.
have been directing
demonstrations, reportedly over
the Satterfield matter.
Dr. Ralph Albernathy of
Atlanta, Ga., requested that the
board agree to the formation of a
biracial committee to investigate
the matter. The school board met
for approximately an hour before
Chairman Jordan reported it was
their decision that such a
committee would not be beneficial
at this time.
The meeting adjourned at 12:45
A.M. Saturday.
The board has steadfastly
maintained that the personnel file
of Satterfield and others in their
Trailer is overturned in Westover. Mobile home smashed against Harrell residence.
Bond Vote
Is Important
“North Carolina voters will
make a momentous decision on
the future of their public schools
this fall when they decide the fate
of a S3OO-million state-wide bond
issue,” according to State School
Superintendent Craig Phillips.
“The decision will have a direct
influence on Tar Heel children for
generations to come,” Dr. Phillips
The S3OO-million school
construction bond issue, to be
voted on November 6, was
authorized by the 1973 General
Assembly. The money would be
used to build new schools and to
enlarge and renovate existing
Edenton-Chowan Board of
Education would receive
approximately $725,000 from the
school bond issue. Dr. Edwin
West, superintendent, said this
would be very beneficial now that
the local board is discussing
consolidation and calling for a
local bond referendum.
If the bond issue is approved,
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Installation Set
Officers of the Edward G. Bond
Post No. 40, American Legion and
auxiliary will be installed at a
joint meeting Tuesday. The
meeting will be held at the Legion
The installation session begins
at 7:30 o’clock. All members are
urged to attend. Refreshments
will be served.
governmental officials in carrying
out the sedimentation program.
State Conservationist Jesse L.
Hicks of Raleigh, who heads SCS
in North Carolina, said today:
“We feel very fortunate that we
have well qualified people in every
part of North Carolina to assist
this excellent effort with out
technical expertise. SCS has been
working to control sedimentation
and related pollution for many
years, and we think this forward
looking legislation will help make
North Carolina an even better
place in which to live.”
The legislation is aimed at
controlling sediment from urban
construction, removal or shifting
of soil, and similar projects.
Hicks noted that the 11-member
Sedimentation Control Board will
have a member of the N. C. Soil
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employ cannot be made public or
inspected by any committee or
Adam Stein of Chapel Hill,-the
band director’s attorney employed
by the NAACP, said following
Thursday’s hearing before the
board of education that if the
earlier action was not reversed
then the case would be taken to
An appeal by the school board
for students who had been absent
from school during the past two
weeks resulted. in a drastic
reduction in absenteeism.
Attendance was reported to be at
about normal on Tuesday.
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A giant ash tree caused power failure in wide area.
Tornado Hits In Edenton
A tornado struck portions of
Edenton last Thursday night at
about 10:30 o’clock. The twister
moved in a northeasterly direction
from an area of King and
Granville streets out to Westover
Talk Planned
By Mashburn
Mashburn of the Governor’s
Committee on Law and Order, will
be keynote speaker at the annual
summer dinner meeting of
Albemarle Law & Order
Association. The meeting will be
held June 14 at Mattamuskeet
Lodge in Hyde County.
Mashburn is chief, police
programs division law and order.
R. L. Spivey, president, and
Mashburn’s talk will deal with
crime prevention. Chief J. D.
Parrish of Edenton, is second vice
president of the association.
The business meeting begins at 5
P.M. and all executive committee
and policy board members are
urged to attend. The social hour
begins at 6 P.M. and the banquet
an hour later.
The annual meeting has been
arranged by Melvin E. Bunch,
planning director.
Harry Land Gets
Tidewater Title
Harry Land of Chowan High
School has been named 1973
Basketball Coach of the Year in
the East Tidewater Conference.
Land coached the Bulldogettes
to a 23-4 season. The team was
East Tidewater champions and
tournament runner-up. The
Bulldogs were also successful,
having a 17-10 season and being
named tournament champs.
‘About Normal’
Another target of the
demonstrations has been the
Confederate Plaza at the foot of
Broad Street. Four militants were
arrested at 2:20 P.M. Monday
(Memorial Day) when they
removed the Confederate and
Union Jack flags from the plaza.
Three of those arrested were
involved in earlier unlawful acts
and are free on bond.
Two young Negro males were
arrested by Police Chief J. D.
Parrish at noon Tuesday as they
walked up Broad Street with the
Confederate flag they had
allegedly just moments earlier
removed from the plaza.
Murray Ashley, Chowan County
C ivil Defense director, said that no
injuries were reported, although
two mobile homes were
completely destroyed.
They were owned by the
Immanuel Baptist Church and
Arnold Driver. As well, the
Immanuel Baptist Church activity
bus, a sailboat, a private seaplane
wen; overturned. Several trees
wene uprooted, limbs broken
chimneys toppled, along with TY r
Electrical power was disrupted
mainly on Broad and King Streets.
Edenton-Chowan Rescue Squad
pr ovidedemergency power for the
Electric and Water Department
while repairs were being made on
a t alien pole at the intersection of
King and Granville streets.
Total damages were estimated
at about $25,000 by the civil
defense and State Highway Patrol.
At Westover, the Immanuel
Church mobile home did extensive
damage to the residence of Mr.
and Mrs. Maywood Harrell. The
Han - ells we re at home at the time
of the storm, but were not injured.
The storm hit not long after a
tornado watch for South Carolina
to ("ape Hatberas was lifted.
Ashley said that the twister was
a relatively light one and only
touched down sporadically as it
moved over the town !h> damage ;
were reported i,n the county, so he
assumed that it dissipated soon
after passing through Eden ton.
Tornados occun seasonally and
he reported that during the past
week approximately 200 occurred
throughout, the country Unusual
weather patterns seem to be the
cause of these distvarbances. For
now, the si tuation'’appears to be
clear, but some thunderstorm
activity may be expected.
While clean-up operations are
underway in the western portion of
the state. Ea stern No rth Carolina
has continued to carry the brunt of
foul weather present since the
Memorial Day wee kend. In
Greenville a small tornado was
sighted, Tuesday. Damages were
light and no injuries were
reported. High \ vinds in Columbus
and New Hanover counti es were
reported. Again, there were no
As of Tuesday, the death count
had risen to eight, including a
nine-month-old ch ild, her f ather
and brother. They were on the
missing list.
The office of Governor Jim
Holshouser has stalled that e*x>p
damages presently amount to over
$2-million. \

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