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Volume No. 1. Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, January 3, 1974. I's, Single Copies 10 Cents
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< Architect’s Sketch of Proposed New Albemarle Chowan Convalescent Facility
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.Ranking High
The Local Government
Commission last month ranked
counties and municipalities of
similar population groupings
according to percentages of
collected taxes on June 30, 1973.
Edenton and Chowan County both
were in the No. l group.
Chowan and five other
Albemarle Area counties were
above 93 per cent in tax
collections. Chowan’s figure was
97.01 per cent, while Gates led the
pack with 99.30 per cent.
In the area of percentage of
available cash invested, only Hyde
and Dare ranked higher than
Chowan’s 84.52 per cent.
Camden’s 28.24 per cent of
investments ranked among the
lowest in the state.
The rankings showed the Town
of Edenton collected 95.28 per cent
4jf the 1972 levy and had 87.33 per
cent of available funds invested.
Those on the county and
municipal level responsible for
such performance are to be
The New Lieutenant
It’s a far distance from Manteo
to Murphy. From Elizabeth City to
Asheville is darned near as bad.
_Hut we predict that J. G. Thomas
will make the nip almost'
On January 1, First Sgt. Thomas
became F 'ord Lt. Thomas. The
dreadful thing is that his duty
station was moved from along the
Public Parade to the mountains of
Tar Heelia. Asheviil ’s j ? s a
loss for the Albemarle.
Lt. Thomas, a State Highway
Patrol veteran of sterling
I* character, devotion and armed
with an almost uncanny ability to
predict what’s ahead, is the
“victim” of the establishment of a
new troop in this state. He is
among 33 troopers promoted or
moved to other jobs with the
setting up of Troop H. Which
will be headquarters in Monroe.
inose who were associated with
Lt. Thomas along the Public
! Parade will not be surprised with
the patrol administration’s
recognition of his talents which
resulted in this promotion. He was
more of a general here last
summer than Hrst sergeant
When times were the roughest, he
was in the thickets. When tempers
flared, ne was the coolest. When
there appeared to be some
disrespect for authority or total
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Health Care Facility Slated
Plans for development of a 64-
bed intermediate care facility in
Chowan 1 County were disclosed
today. The application is currently
being reviewed by the
Comprehensive Health Planning
Council in Region “R”.
The Albemarle - Chowan
Changes Seen
New federal manpower
legislation signed into law last
week by President Nixon is
designed to give more local
control over programs in various
areas, stated Floyd Spellman of
Albemarle Regional Planning &
Development Commission.
Spellman said he talked with state
officials in Raleigh on Wednesday
and they were busy developing
guidelines for regional use.
Under the new law, funds will
come through the state and down
to the region. The Ancillary
Manpower Planning Board, which
is now required, would no longer
be necessary.
The law also includes $250-
million for continuation of the
emergency employment program.
One change allows for
participants to be in training.
Currently there are 30 slots in the
*~fsg!ofrWTtfTh payroll in excess of
$200,000. These people work in
public employment and were
either unemployed or
underemployed at the time they
were put to work.
Reports are that Community
Action Program agencies would
be hardest hit by the new law.
Continuation of the Neighborhood
Youth Corps and Mainstream
would have to be funded locally
and if so desired could continue
under contract to Economic
Improvement Council, Inc.
This would be done in an effort
to do away with categorized
programs as they are now known.
Funding is expected to be at
about the same level as this fiscal
y4ar. There would be a 12V 2 per
cent poverty factor, 37' ; per cent
unemployment factor and 50 per
cent\ factor on current
Tax Collections
Net collections from the local 1
per cent sales tax in Chowan
County in November amounted to
$16,903.20, according to J. Howard
Coble, secretary, Department of
convalescent facility would be
located on a 10-acre tract on Base
Road, about five miles east of
Edenton. Jack Habit, local
insurance and real estate
executive, is the developer.
Design Associates, Inc,, of
Statesville, has been chosen as
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REA Position
Edward E. Brown, Jr., has been
named general manager of
Albemarle Electric Membership
Corporation headquartered in
Hertford effective January 1. The
announcement was made by
James A. Whitehurst of South
Mills, president of the electric
Brown will assume the position
held by John D. Coston for the past
23 years. Coston retired as
manager effective the end of
December, 1973.
Brown comes to Albemarle
EMC from N. C. Electric
Membership Corporation in
Raleigh, the statewide, trade
service association of North
Carolina’s 28 electric membership
corporations. He joined N. C. EMC
in February, 1968, and has served
as Director of Advertising and
Associate Editor of “Carolina
Country,” the publication of
electric cooperatives, since that
A native of Martin County and
graduate of Jamesville High
School, Brown holds a B.A. Degree
from N. C. State University and a
M.A. degree from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He is married to the former
Jean Andrews of Plymouth and is
the father of two children: Denise,
six, and Tripp, three. The family
will live in Hertford on Whedbee
Drive. Brown’s parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Edward E. Brown, live in
Albemarle EMC serves over
5,000 consumer-members in
Chowan, Perquimans,
Pasquotank, Camden and
Currituck counties.
Chowan Social Security Roll Increases; So Do Checks
(Special to the Herald)
NEW YORK The number of
Chowan County residents who are
getting Social Security checks
each month from Washington
continues to rise. N
And the amounts that are going
to them are increasing as well.
The latest upward revision, just
acted upon by Congress, will boost
their payments by 11 per cent
during 1974.
A' total of 1,199 persons in the
local area, more than ever before,
architect for the health care
facility which will have core area
facilities suitable to ultimately
handle more than 100 people.
These include administrative,
staff, dinning, therapy, crafts,
laundry and mechanical facilities.
Preliminary plans call for 16
two-bed rooms on each wing with a
solarium at the end of each
hallway. There will be two wings
off the core area with a third
easily adaptable to the original
plan for future expansion.
Habit said every effort is being
made to avoid an institutional
atmosphere which is found in
many similar facilities.
He said a corporation will soon
be formed and stockholders would
be local people.
Habit noted that there has been
a great need demonstrated for an
intermediate care facility in this
area. There are reports that local
citizens needing this type medical
care are now being sent out of the
area, as much as 150 miles away,
because of the absence of
sufficient space in existing
The facility would be licensed by
the N. C. Department of Social
Services and meet all
requirements to accept people on
Cullipher Is Back
Wesley B. Cullipher of Elizabeth
City, executive director of
Albemarle Regional Planning &
Development Commission,
Wednesday returned to work in
the Edenton headquarters
following confinement to a
hospital in Richmond, Va.
James Lewis, executive director
of Albemarle Human Resources
Development System, had been
named acting director of ARPDC
in Cullipher’s absence.
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LICENSE TAGS ON SALE-The new 1974 license tags went on
sale Tuesday. Mrs. David Nixon, notary, stated that the deadline
for displaying the green on white plates is February 15. The price
for automobile tags is sl4.
contributions they made to the
Social Security Trust Fund over
the years via money deducted
from their pay envelopes.
The majority of the recipients
are retired workers. The other
include disabled workers, widows,
children and other dependents.
The facts and figures are
contained in the latest annual
report of Social Security
They show that the increase in
the number of beneficiaries has
been due, chiefly, to periodic
revisions of the law. The changes
have had the effect of bringing
’74: Farming
Outlook Good
The new farm year probably
will be a good one for the farmer
compared to any year except 1973.
The record shattering net income
of the season just completed isn’t
likely to be repeated in 1974.
This seems to be the consensus
of the experts at a time when the
difficult task of predicting
agriculture is even more difficult
than usual.
In many ways it’s a new ball
game. There is a new government
program with its “target” prices
and strong appeal for expanded
production; there is a delicate
balance of commodities
worldwide; there is a serious
shortage of such basics as fuel and
fertilizer, and there are increased
costs almost at every turn.
These are just some of the
factors that promise to make 1974
an “interesting” year for
agriculture and the farmer.
Whatever happens in ’74,
Grace Given
Edward G. McCoy,
commissioner of Commercial and
Sports Fisheries, Morehead City,
announced there would be a 31-day
grace period in the enforcement of
commercial fishing licensing
requirements next year. The
commissioner said, “We feel this
is necessary that commercial
fishermen who have made
application for license might not
be inconvenienced, since many
have made application and we
have been unable to complete the
paper work and get the licenses
back to the applicants.”
McCoy pointed out that this year
all license sales are being made at
the Morehead City office to
comply with recommendations of
the Governor’s Efficiency Study
team and recommendations of
their auditors. McCoy stated,
“Since our office closed for the
Christmas holidays December'2l,
many people have applied for
licenses and there will be no possi
ble way to return their licenses to
them prior to January 1. So. in an
effort to be fair, we are extending
the time for 1974 licensing
requirements to January 31.”
Those commercial fishermen
who do not have the application
forms may obtain them by writing
to the Division of Commercial and
Sports Fisheries, Post Office Box
769, Morehead City, N. C.
more and more people under
Nationally, as a result; more
than nine out of every 10 working
people now have Social Security
Along with the increase in the
number of persons enrolled has
been the lug increase in the size of
pension checks.
In Chowan County, the average
annual payment per recipient was
$1,290 in the past year,
considerably more than the $796
paid three years ago.
The combination of more
beneficiaries and bigger checks
farmers will be hard pressed to
match the income they received
last year. Realized net farm
income probably reached $25-
billion, up over $5-billion from the
previous record set only the year
N. C. State University
economists point out that this
“phenomenal” increase in farm
income was a result of the
continuing strong domestic
demand for livestock production
and an exceptionally strong
foreign demand for crops
Higher prices for all
commodities and increased
production of most major crops
contributed to the strong
agricultural picture in North
Carolina. Production of flue-cured
tobacco was up 18 per cent, corn 5
per cent, soybeans 27 per cent,
cotton 30 per cent and peanuts 22
per cent.
Looking into the new year, the
NCSU economists point out that
markets for important
commodities are in a delicate
balance. Prices are likely to move
up and down during the first half
of the year, but they should
remain strong for commodities
produced in 73 and carried over
for sale.
Farmers' response to the new
farm program will be a critical
factor influencing prices in the
second half of the year. If they
respond as anticipated and
weather conditions are favorable,
grain and soybean prices next fall
will be lower than last fall but well
above the average of thelate 1960’5.
Increased feed supplies at lower
prices will encourage expansion of
livestock in the second half of ’74,
the NCSU economists suggest.
The story on costs is the same as
it has been for years they’ll be
higher Taxes and farm wages
rates will continue to rise, also.
New Scheduie
Due to the fact that
reinstatement of Daylight Savings
Time would result in many
students having to wait on school
busses in the dark, the following
daily schedule will be followed for
January and February by pupils
enrolled in the Edenton-Chowan
Revised school hours will be
from 9 A M. to 3 P.M. daily. This
schedule goes into effect on
January 7. School ousses will
operate approximately one hour
later than norma 1 during this
This schedule will be in effect
only for the months of January
and February. Further
announcements will be made
relative to the exact date of return
to the normal schedule.
Aid Is Available
Albemarle Regional Speech and
Hearing Center is making plans to
provide hearing conservation for
industry to aid in compliance with
the Occupational Safety and
Hazards Act (OSHA).
“The new OSHA guidelines are
being released and are much more
strict than ever before,” stated
David D. McGraw, director of the
center. “Every industry must now
provide hearing protection for its
“We at the Albemarle
Regional Speech and Hearing
Center would like to discuss a
hearing conservation program for
ConlmoW o?f*age 4
has boosted considerably the
inflow of cash to the local area
The government's figures show
that overall payments to local
residents, as of the beginning of
this year, were at the annual rate
of $2,580,000. Three years before,
byway of contrast, the total was
only $1,416,000.
The rise, 82.2 per cent, tops the
United States rise of 81.3 per cent.
To help pay for the 11 per cert
hike in benefits that will be going
into effect, the amount of a
worker’s income that wBI become
subject to Social Security tax will
be $13,200 in 1974.

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