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This seems to be the year at
elections for James C. (Pete) Dail,
the amiable executive vice
president of Edenton Savings &
Loan Association. He has won two
in as many weeks but must wait
until November 6 for the outcome
of the third.
First, Pete was elected
president of Edenton Chamber oft
Thai a few days later, he was
elected president of Historic
And the day he was inducted as
chamber president, he filed for
reelection as councilman-at-large.
He is completing a four-year term
and is mayor pro tern.
If the political wags along the
Public Parade are reading the
signs corrently, Pete will have to
wait until November 6 to claim the
triple crown, but there is little
doubt of the outcome.
Long Distance Leak
Judge J. William Copeland of
Murfreesboro has leaked the word
to friends up in Iredell County and
elsewhere that he plans to run for
a seat on the State Supreme Court
This fact has been somewhat of
an open secret along the Public
Parade this month as the popular
jurist has been presiding over a
term of Chowan County
A veteran of 12 years on the
Superior Court bench, Judge
Copeland has frequently presided
over sessions of court in Edenton.
However, none have been as
lengthy nor drawn as much
(attention as the September term
where those arrested in racial
disorders during the summer have
v been tried.
Judge Copeland has been firm
but fair. And since many of the
current cases will go to the Court
of Appeals it won’t be long before
it will be known whether or not he
made any errors in the trials.
Prior to going on the bench,
Judge Copeland served four terms
* in the N. C. Senate. ; .
There will be two vacancies on
the State Supreme Court to be
filled in the next general election.
Although the leak of Judge
Copeland’s candidacy was
somewhat long distance, it is
welcomed news. It won’t do any of
us harm for a Northeastern North
Carolina to step up to the high
State Our Case
A group of consultants have
studied the medical situation in
North Carolina and have spoken
out against establishing a four
year medical school at East
Carolina University. Now it is the
duty and responsibility of private
citizens and groups who take issue
with these utterances to speak out.
The Joint Legislative
Commission on Medical
Manpower is currently holding ,
hearings throughout the state, j
This commission comes to |
Eastern North Carolina early next j
month and it is an ideal time for ,
the pressing needs for the area to
be put into the record. i
The Commission will meet
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ANNUAL CHAMBER BANQUET SCENES- Lt Gov James
Hunt is shown in the picture at left with Mr. and Mrs. James C.
(Pete) Dail following Tuesday night’s annual membership
banquet of Edenton Chamber of Commerce. Dail is the new
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Volume XXXIX—No. 38. Edenton. North Carolina, Thursday. September 27. 1973. Copies 10 Cents.
Dry weather has hurt the
soybean corp in Chowan County
but farmers are encouraged by
their peanut and com as they
begin seriously harvesting the two
crops. That is the word being
spread this week by Pete
Thompson, county extension
There are some 13,000 acres of
soybeans in this county.
Farmers began digging some
peanuts last week, but for the next
two weeks most of the 6,500 acres
will be out of the ground, weather
permitting. Thompson reported
that he has not seen as much
disease in the current crop as he
Last year the average yield was
2,830 per acre and that is expected
to be surpassed with the current
Chowan County farmers plant
some 9,000 acres of com and a lot
of it has already been harvested.
Thompson said the price is up
about 40 per cent over last year
and the yield is above average.
Generally speaking, the usually
cautious extension chairman, said
things on the farm front look very
Another farm expert has
predicted that with favorable
harvesting conditions this could be
the best year ever for local
Powell Bill Funds Increasing
The Town of Edenton will
receive $62,195.05 from Powell Bill
funds being distributed this month
by the State of North Carolina.
Last year the town received
The total amount to be
distributed this year will be $29.2-
million, which is some $2-million
more than was distributed last
REP. D. T. LILLEY
State Rep. Daniel T. Lilley, an
insurance executive, will be guest
Sunday of several churches in our
Rep. Lilley, of Kinston, will be
speaking against the “liquor-by
the-drink” bill representing the
Christian Action League.
He will on Sunday morning visit
Ballard’s Bridge Baptist Church
during the Sunday School
assembly and Edenton Baptist
Church for the 11 o’clock service.
At 6:30 P.M., he will be at
Macedonia Baptist Church, and
speak at the 7:30 o’clock service of
Rocky Hock Baptist Church.
At present Rep. Lilley is in his
third term as member of the
General Assembly and serves
Cove City and Silver Hill Christian
churches as minister.
State law provides that one cent
of the state’s nine cents per gallon
gasoline tax to be distributed to
state municipalities on a basis of
population and street mileage
within their boundaries which is
not a part of the state system, and
which they must build and
Edenton has more than 20 miles
of non-system streets.
Other area counties sharing in
the funds include:
Columbia, $11,597.07; Elizabeth
City, $172,959.29; Gatesville,
$4,677; Hertford, $25,658; Kill
Devil Hills, $27,097.77; Manteo,
$7,540.23; Nags Head, $11,818.60;
Plymouth, $61,207.97; Roper,
$9,946.84; and Winfall, $8,976.06.
Dail Heads Group
Historic Edenton, Inc., will
begin a new year Monday with
James C. (Pete) Dail as
chairman. Dail will succeed Alton
G. Elmore in the post.
James Blount and Mrs. T. B. H.
Wood were recently named to the
board of directors and Blount was
chosen as vice chairman.
Mrs. David' O. Wright is
secretary and Mrs. Grace Sawyer
Historic Edenton, Inc., operates
the Visitor Center-Museum at the
Barker House and has guided
tours of the Cupola and Iredell
houses, Chowan County
Courthouse and St. Paul’s
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president. Mr. and Mrs. Marion Swindell of Hertford congratulate
Mrs. E. N. Elliott after she was presented the Senior Citizen
Award. In the background is Mrs. Robert W. Moore, wife of the
chamber’s executive vice president.
An attempt was made Tuesday
to stop the trial of five students
arrested in racial demonstrations
at Holmes High School last term,
when Golden Frinks filed a
petition on behalf of himself and 47
other defendants to remove the
cases to U. S. District Court.
Superior Court Judge J. William
Copeland ruled that the trial in
progress must proceed although
the petition immediately removed
state court jurisdiction in the
cases of the 48 defendants who
A jury convicted the five who
were on trial and Judge Copeland
continued prayer for judgment
until today (Thursday). He or
dered Sue Butts, Simon Copeland,
James Edward Holley, Richard
Earl Morring and Patricia
Annette Rascoe jailed until he
Frinks and three other
defendants were convicted last
Thursday by a jury and Frinks
was given a six month sentence.
He gave notice of appeal and was
released under SI,OOO bond.
However, Judge Copeland
continued prayer for judgment
against Edward Askew,
Kathaleen Harris and Prentice
Valentine. They have been in
custody awaiting sentencing
which will be done today.
Willie Ray Bond and Carl
Bembry did not sign the Frinks
petition and entered pleas of
guilty. Like others who had
entered guilty pleas, they were
given six months, suspended upon
payment of $25 fine and costs and
$25 for partial reimbursement of
The petition claims violation of
civil and other constitutional
rights which prohibits the
defendants from getting a fair
trial in state courts.
Myers Being Sought
Johnnie Alton Myers has been
charged with the robbery of the
Bank of North Carolina’s
Northside Shopping Center
Branch. According to Edward J.
Krupinkley, special agent in
charge of the FBI, the branch was
robbed at gun point at
approximately 10:25 A.M. by a
lone white male.
After taking the money, the
bandit fled in a late model car.
Following the robbery, several
reports were received that a car of
this type had been seen near the
Virginia-North Carolina border
and US. 13. Efforts by various law
enforcement officers from
Virginia and North Carolina did
not locate either the get-away car
Myers is described as a white
mals 41 years of age, six feet tall,
weighing approximately 200
pounds, brown hair, receeding
hairline, and brown eyes. He is an
escapee from the N. C.
Department of Correction Prison
Camp and CresweU. He escaped
Mrs. E. N. Elliott of Tyner was
recipient of the Senior Citizen
Award presented by Edenton
Chamber of Commerce Tuesday
night; James C. (Pete) Dail
assumed the presidency; and Lt.
Gov. James Hunt warned that
Eastern North Carolina needs
adequate facilities for attracting
The annual membership
meeting was held at Chowan Golf
& Country Club.
Dail announced that Wallace
Evans had been named
membership chairman. Evans
said the goal is $20,000 and the
kickoff breakfast will be held at
Edenton Restaurant Tuesday at
Dail presented the award to
Mrs. Elliott who became the first
woman so honored in Chowan
County. He said she exemplified
the “quality of life and the spirit of
the people” in this community.
Mrs. Elliott has been a driving
force in the community for many
years, he noted in briefly
reviewing her contributions.
In his keynote speech, Lt. Gov.
Hunt briefly touched on the
recently released consultants
report on medical needs in this
state. He said the establishment of
better hospitals is one of the things
to be concerned about aside from
our need for more doctors.
“We must make sure facilities
are going into rural areas of North
Carolina,” he said.
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VOYAGE PREPARATIONS-Sam Wilcox, left, and Allen
Carlisle, sales representative for Grampian Marine Ltd., talk
sailboating for a few minutes as final preparations are made for
Sam’s trip down the eastern seaboard to the Grand Bahamas.
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NAGS HEAD - The Albemarle
Association of Counties & Towns
officially organized here recently
with T. R. Spruill of Washington
County being named chairman..
The first official order of
business was the adoption of
resolutions calling for a state
revenue sharing plan rather than
cutting taxes. The resolution was
later presented to the Albemarle
Area Development Association,
and was adopted by that group
All 10 counties in the area, along
with eight municipalities, are
expected to adopt the resolution
which cites the burden which has
been placed on ad valorem taxes
and the fact that “the demands
upon local government for
additional services has increased
many times in the past year and
the cost of additional services has
accelerated at the same pace and
at the same increase that the cost
of living has increased; that the
income received from local
government has not increased
proportionately to the
The 1974 General Assembly will
be requested to look into the
possibility of a program whereby
a part of the state surplus could be
divided among local governments
and that a means of equitable
distribution among the various
levels of local government be
Mayor Bill Cox of Hertford was
named vice chairman and W. F.
Thompson of Elizabeth City was
named secretary. C. A. Phillips of
Edenton had served as temporary
By FLYNN SURRATT
It was a pleasant autumn day on
Monday when Allen Carlisle, sales
representative for Grampian
Marine Ltd., strolled onto the dock
at Riverside Marina in Elizabeth
City. There was a bag of sails
clutched in his hand as he
approached the Grampian 23
footer and the blonde-haired man
lazily engaged in making it ready
for the voyage.
Raising up from the deck of his
half-organized craft and stepping
over the stacked aluminum cans
of food, Sam Wilcox thrust out a
sun-tanned hand in greeting and
made his thanks for delivering the
Without the precious sails, it
would be slow going motoring at
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