Bloodmobile Visit Set Friday, 11-5, At Edenton Baptist Church
"Volume XXXIX— No. 26.
Hard Work • Good Budget 8
Tentative approval has been
given operating budgets for the
Town of Edenton and Chowan
County for fiscal 1973-74. At a
glance it appears that this is going
to be a good period for the
taxpayers and the students along
the Public Parade.
For the taxpayer, there will be
no tax increase by either
For the students in Edenton-
Chowan Schools, it will mean an
i enriched program and improved
The two governmental units
here have budgeted $661,105 in
revenue sharing funds. This, in
addition to surpluses created by
exceptionally fine tax collections,
frugality and increased valuation,
will allow the units to operate with
expanded programs and services
without the necessity of a tax
boost. Too, the town will realize
nearly sloo,ooo--or about half the
amount anticipated from taxes
from profits of the Electric &
The town’s $273,671 take from
revenue sharing is some $63,000
more than is anticipted from the
$1.25 tax levy.
One cannot say enough about the
f new atmosphere which exists
* between the county com
missioners and the board of
1 education. The hatchet has been
buried and both elected bodies are
pulling in the same direction.
Much credit for this must go to Dr.
Eddie West, school
superintendent, who is the creator
of a new era in public education in
The expressed fears about
commissioners in Chowan being
anti-public education must be
dispelled by the confidence they
have placed in the school board
via approval of all but about
$12,000 of the requested budget.
This places tremendous
responsibility on the school board,
administrators and faculty to
measure up and continue to justify
this type of confidence for a better
i program for all the students.
> This is not, however, to say the
ij schools turned out to be the
darling of the commissioners.
County employees received a pay
increase and group hos
pitalization. There are many
other areas in which
improvements in programs and
services are being made.
These budgets are the result of
many, many hours of hard work
by the commissioners,
councilmen and those who work
in positions of authority within the
two units. The drafting of a budget
is not a happy time. Along the
Public Parade, though, property
owners and others who stand to
benefit from the labors of elected
officials and their administrators
can whistle a happy tune over the
results for 1973-74.
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PREPARE TO TASTE LOCAL PRODUCT-Jack Armstrong of
D. C., an official of USDA’s Fanners Coderstive
jL Service, applies the knife to a barbecued pig after witnessing the
V semi-monthly feeder pig auction at Albemarle Cooperative
Market. Others are: Dr. David Spruill of Raleigh, Roy Harrell of
Edenton, Ray Williams of Washington, D. C.» and Jack Parker of
Edenton. (See Public ParadeK . .• .
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NEW GARBAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM-Melvin Howell, David
Bateman, Lester Simpson, Ellis Winslow and C. M. Evans,
representing FHA and Chowan and Perquimans counties, discuss
opening of the new landfill at Cisco. The picture below shows the
“mother truck” being demonstrated.
New Disposal Plan Launched
The first multi-county solid
waste disposal system in North
Carolina became operational this
week. The final piece of equipment
and trash containers were
delivered Monday to the Chowan-
Perquimans landfill site at Cisco.
Forty containers will be
scattered throughout each county
and services on a regular schedule
by a 30-cubic-yard “mother
truck”. Items not designed to be
placed in the containers can be
Perquimans County Horse and
Pony Club has announced its
annual July 4th show. The show
will include entries in the classes
of speed, halter, English and
western pleasure, and roadster
The event will be held two miles
west of Hertford on Preston
Nixon’s farm beginning at 1:30
Carolyn Fowler, publicity agent
for the club stated that they would
like to have 200 entries in the show.
There are no age limitations on
participation and the entry fee
ranges from $1.50 to $5.00
depending on the class.
The annual show is sponsored by
various businesses throughout the
New Office Hours
RALEIGH The Driver
License Divisions, in accordance
with the Department of
Transporation, began their
summer work schedule Monday.
They are open from 8 A.M. til 5
P.M. Monday through Friday.
hauled to the landfill by citizens of
Opening of the landfill ends a 14-
month planning and construction
project by a committee composed
of two commissioners from each
county, the county extension
chairmen, representatives of the
District Health Department, and a
Farmers Home Administration
representative. Some SIIO,OOO has
been spent for development of the
The two counties received a
$40,000 grant from FHA. Equal
portions of the remaining $70,000
was supplied by each county. The
annual operation budget of the
landfill is about $40,000 again with
each county paying one-half. The
program will be administered by
the District Health Department.
Elton Jordan of Tyner is in
charge of the operation. Johnny
Gosser is equipment operator and
the third employee is Richard
The success of the operation will
probably depend on an
educational program in each
community conducted by the
county extension, stated Alton G.
Elmore, Chowan County
commissioner. “We will depend on
extension personnel to encourage
community organizations to police
their own areas to curb abuses,”
Melvin Howell, FHA
representataive, said to his
knowledge this is the first multi
county sanitary landfill operation
in the state. “This is just one of a
lot of areas Chowan and
Perquimans need to be doing
together,” Howell said.
The Town of Edenton will also
use the landfill at Cisco. W. B.
Gardner, town administrator, said
the town landfill off Highway 32 is
now scheduled to be closed July 15.
SBA To Open Coastal Office
The Small Business
Administration has informed Rep.
Walter B. Jones of the First
Congressional District of the
decision to establish a “Post-of-
Duty Station” in Greenville.
me office will function under
the jurisdiction of the Charlotte
District office. It will be staffed on
a fulltime basis and will provide
service to the 33-county Coastal
Plains area of North Carolina.
Rep. Jones said plans for the
area station were announced by
Louis F. Laun, associate SBA
administrator for operations.
me congressman said he is
confident the new office will be of
great benefit to people in the 33-
Os Tax Funds
Chowan County’s budget for
fiscal year 1973-74 has met
tentative approval by the
$1,224,702.58 based on a continuing
tax rate of $1.65 per SIOO valuation.
The tax rate is based on an
estimated total property appraisal
of $79,331,408 with an assessment
ratio of 50 per cent.
It is estimated that the tax
collection rate will be 93 per cent.
Compared to the total budget
figure of the last fiscal year, the
budget for this year is less by
slightly over $317,288. In general,
revenue sharing has taken up the
However, budget appropriation
for the school system in particular
is up by about $191,726. Including
the expense fund and capital
outlay fund, the school systems’
share amounts to $606,726.71. In
addition, schools will receive
$16,000 in revenue sharing money
for acquiring two new activity
In appearance, the new budget
has effected several changes over
those from past years. One notable
change is the listing of General
Fund. This category is
consolidated from the various
departments such as Health,
Social Services, Capital
Improvements, etc., in
accordance with changes
authorized by the General
Money collected from
delinquent taxes from three years
back to 10 years will be placed in
the General Fund. As well, the
time schedule for preparation of
the budget has been moved back
almost one month.
A public hearing concerning the
new budget was held Wednesday
afternoon in the Chowan County
Rate Is Held
The Town of Edenton will
operate on a $2-million budget
during fiscal 1973-74 with only
about 10 per cent of the revenue
being derived from property tax.
There will be no tax increase.
Town Council recently adopted
the tentative budget and set the
date for a public hearing.
Included in the budget is $273,671
in revenue sharing funds. Among
the principal items budgeted is
$50,000 for recreation which
includes the purchase of the
National Guard Armory on North
Broad Street. Earlier the town had
offered the state land on Base
Road for construction of a new
armory and had requested
participation from Chowan
County. However, the decision
was made for the town to purchase
W. B. Gardner, town
administrator, said the town plans
to build an addition to the garage
at the Street Department with
SIO,OOO from revenue sharing
The town anticipates more than
sl-million from electric revenue
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county area to be served, since
prior contact with SBA had to be
made through the Charlotte office.
SBA’s action . followed
resolutions from Albemarle Area
Development Association and
Albemarle Regional Planning &
requesting the location of an office
in the 10-county Northeastern
North Carolina area.
On May 1. Laun informed L. F.
Ambum, Jr., and W. B. Gardner,
heads of the respective
organizations, that “present
budgetary and personnel
constraints do not give us a great
deal of maneuverability in terms
of establishing and staffing new
Gov. Holshouser is briefed by Ed Bass
Governor Visits Rocky Hock
By L. F. AMBURN, JR.
Gov. Jim Holshouser in Rocky
Hock? Well, it actually happened
The atmosphere was cordial. If
no one told him, the Tar Heel chief
executive wasn’t aware of the fact
that he was in the last stronghold
of the opposition party in the state.
It was the first of several
planned “drop in” trips
throughout the state to reassure
people in less populated areas that
state government is a service for
them to enjoy and state officials
“really care about all the people in
There was nothing formal about
the visit to six Northeastern
counties--two of the stops being in
Chowan. Except for the spit-polish
shine on his shoes and the fact that
Luke Amburn presents copies of ‘‘The New East”
An exchange of smiles, but no handshake
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Governor serious about autograph for Clarence Barnes
he wore a coat, there was no trace
of formality. Gov. Holshouser
mingled with the people, shook
every hand available, even those
of small children who turned out to
If he was looking for a lot of
complaining, he was disappointed.
A few people handed him slips of
paper on which they had written
down a question or request.
However, most of those putting
forth paper were after his
autograph, not complaining about
this or that.
The governor was delighted with
the response everywhere he went.
He called it “quite enthusiastic”
and said a majority of the people
just wanted to say hello.
“It is also good for me to get out
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