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    J Welcome Students
We want to be among the first to.
A welcome students who will be
* attending the Eastern District of
N.C. Association of Student
Councils to meander along the
Public Parade.
“Edenton ready for student
convention” was the heading die
local PR agent put on the story
elsewhere in today’s paper. But
we hardly think Edenton can be
totally ready for 300 of you if you
have the energy of the five who put
their feet under our table.
We do think you will find that
every detail has been addressed,
except the weather. And even the
school teachers haven’t tackled
It appears that you have a full,
interesting agenda and we assure
you that you are among the finest
people anywhere as you meander
. along the Public Parade. We ain’t
perfect but we have acquired the
* ability to keep it covered up pretty
John f. White
It had been seven years since he
moved from Paradise, that
beautiful 18th ’century home in the
country along the Public Parade.
Yet, John F. White and Paradise
were synonymous.
His journey into true Paradise
early last Thursday morning could
not, therefore, be called lateral.
His departure did remove from
the local scene an institution
which may never be duplicated.
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In more than 50 years of prac
tice of law and 10 regular and two
special sessions of the N.C.
General Assembly, he earned an
enviable reputation as being the
advocate for the underdogs. He
was a little man in stature but the
bigness of his heart may never be
Although he had been in
declining health for several years
he maintained vigor in the.
courtroom and is the last of the
“old school” defense attorneys in
our area. At times his shouts could
be heard at Hayes. When court
room procedures became more
“dignified” a part of his per
sonality went with it.
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Vandals Hit
Two Schools
Schools in Edenton have been
the target of vandalism during the
past week, according to Police
Chief J.D. Parrish.
Principal James A. Kinion of
D.F. Walker Junior High School
has reported that some 100 win
dows have been damaged at an
estimated cost of some SSOO. Three
youths are involved and their
parents have agreed to pay for the
damage to avoid criminal
At 7:01 A.M. Monday, Principal
Ralph Cole reported that two
> entries had been made at Ernest
A. Swain Elementary School over
" the weekend. One was through the
boiler room and a second through
an unlocked window in the -
cafeteria, j
Flour, sugar, peanut butter,
etc., was Spread on the floor and
walls of the cafeteria. •> _
Volume XLIII.—No. 11. Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, March 17,1977. 1 Single Copies 1 1 Cents.'
Death Claims
Mr. White
John F. White, 501 North Broad
Street, died in Albemarle Hospital
last Thursday. He was 74.
Mr. White was a former
legislator and prominent Edenton
He was a native of Chowan
County, born April 16, 1902, son of
the late Sidney J. and Mary
Goodwin White. He was married
to Mrs. Carolyn Bunch White, who
Also surviving is a daughter,
Mrs. Carolyn W. Raines of
Edenton; two brothers: Fred
White of Edenton; and Lloyd
White of Bamberg, S.C.; a sister,
Mrs. George Bunch of Edenton
and three grandchildren.
John Fernando White was an
attorney for more than 50 years.'
He graduated from Wake Forest
University and received his law
degree from the University of
North Carolina in 1926. He was
judge of Chowan County Recor
der’s Court as well as solicitor. He
served 10 regular and two special
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Filed Again
A second application for
amendment to the Town of
Edenton Zoning Ordinance to
allow a shopping center to be built
on Virginia Road at U.S. 17 by
pass was filed Tuesday.
W. B. Gardner, town ad
ministrator, said the application is
from W.J.P. Earnhardt, Jr., and
Bernard P. Burroughs. It deals
with the same 10-acre tract which
was the subject of a suit brought
by N.J George and other local
1716 N.C. Court of Appeals
•eversed the opinion of Judge
Slbert -Peel in Chowan County
Superior Court on a technical
error by the town regarding an
advertisement for a public
The N.C. Supreme Court last
week honored a petition to hear
the question of re-zoning a 10-acre
tract on the other side of Virginia
Road from R-20 to Highway
“This amendment is being
applied for based upon the com
prehensive land development plan
of the Town of Edenton prepared
by the Division of Community
Planning...dated May, 1968, upon
the grounds that construction of
the has sub
stantially changed or will change
the character and use of land in
the immediate vicinity of the
intersection...,” the application
It is further stated that the
requested amendment “is in fact
not only compatible but com
plimentary to the present use
classification of the adjoining
property where the Edenton
United Methodist Church proposes
to build a house of Christian
In other actions taken by the
Town Council, a six-member
landscape Committee was ap
pointed ,to work in cooperation
with the students from the N. C.
State University School of Design.
Those appointed include Mrs. Mary
Alice Jordan, Mrs. Marsha
Crandall, Mrs. Peggy Vaughan. R.
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Record Set
The Red Cross Bloodmobile
broke all records in Chowan
County daring a visit here Mon
day. There were 215 dosKirs with
1M units es Mood collected.
Allan AabeU, Jaycee volunteer
chairman, had announced n quota
of 175 units, some 50 more than
previous quotas which had been
exeeeded on three consecutive
' Asbeil reported 42 uew donors.
WBXB-FM operated remote
from the Fellowship Hall of
Edeatou Baptist Church
throughout the visit.
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GROUPS DISCUSS HIGHWAYS The major topic of con
versation at a joint meeting of Albemarle Area Development
Association and the Albemarle Association of Counties and
Towns last Thursday at Angler’s Cove was highways. In the
picture at left, J. Gilliam Wood, right, a former highway com
missioner, talks with E.V. Wilkins of Roper, center, newly named
6 Go For Broke ? Stand Taken On Roads
The Albemarle Area is again
“going for broke” with regards to
gaining better highways. This was
the decision made last Thursday
night at a joint meeting of
Albemarle Area Development
Association and Albemarle
Association of Counties and
The two groups met with State
Sens. Melvin Daniels of Elizabeth
City and J.J. (Monk) Harrington
of Lewiston, both of whom hold
important transportation posts in
the General Assembly; and Rep.
W. Stanford White of Manns
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of Edenton, chairman of the Chowan College Board of Trustees,
and Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker, president, examine copy prepared
for the 1977-78 “Student Handbook” with Student Government
Association President, A. Craig Gaither of Enfield. The
publication was recently rewritten under the supervision of the
Division of Student Development with input from students,
faculty and staff members. It will be printed by students and
faculty members in Chowan’s distinctive Department of Graphic
Arts and Photography. The “Student Handbook” is the primary
source of information used in orientation programs scheduled for
this summer for freshmen and transfer students and their
Tunis Plant May Close
(From The Herald, Ahoskie)
TUNIS The increasing cost of
emergency natural gas may force
the closing of CF Industries, it has
been learned.
The possibility also exists,
according to CF executive, that
the facility will be moved outside
North Carolina, where natural gas
rated are cheaper.
According to Donald V. Borst,
executive vice president of CF at
the Chicago main office, rulings
by the State Utilities Commission
are forcing the firm to pay the
highest natural-gas cost in North
CFJndustries, the state’s major
consumer of natural gas, and
other Tar Heel industrial firms
are being forced to bear the lion’s
share of excess costs of
emergency natural gas while
After a review of past activities
by Postmaster Levin Culpepper of
Elizabeth City, who has been a
prime mover toward better roads,
it was decided to reactivate the
Highway Committee.
Also, it was agreed that a new
list of priorities would be drafted
and work to begin as soon as
possible on the top priority
At the same time the group
endorsed a bond referendum being
discussed in the legislature.
Raleigh Carver of Pasquotank
County, vice-chaii'man of the
AACT, urged the group to unite
residential and light industrial
customers pay lower regular
prices, according to Borst.
He contended that other states
have more equally distributed the
increased costs of natural gas in
the wake of shortages during this
winter of record cold weather.
Let everyone share in the higher
cost of energy,” said Borst.
He said the cost of emergency
natural gas for the Tunic
operation has risen to $2.58 per
1,000 cubic feet. The fertilizer
complex on the Chowan River uses
about 20,000 cubic feet per day.
He said he has heard reports
that Transco, the Texas-based
firm that supplies North
Carolina’s gas, is talking of
purchasing natural gas, at $3.25
per 1,000 cubic feet.
At this {rice, Borst said, there is
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to the Secondary Roads Council, and Lester Copeland, a Chowan
County commissioner. Dr. Vance Hamilton of Raleigh, center,
community development specialist, is shown in the picture at
right with State Sen. Melvin Daniels, right, and R.L. Stevenson of
Hertford AADA president. (Other Pictures on Page 10-B).
and make a concerted effort
toward getting action.
Sen. Daniels said the area “back
and picked the right governor”
and should experience some good
results. He declared that the
current seven-year plan doesn’t
treat “us very kindly.”
He predicted that the plan would
either be wiped out or drastically
Sen. Harrington said he felt the
area “would get all the attention
money will allow.” He said he
would give priority to U.S. 264 and
The senator said there has been
Non-Graduates Are Sought
If you live in Chowan County,
are over 18 years of age, and never
graduated from high school,
Douglas Renegar is looking for
you. He can offer adults who fit
this category something which
may prove to be the turning point
of their lives - an opportunity to
study for their high school
Renegar is the new coordinator
of College of The Albemarle’s
Individualized Instruction Center
(IIC) in Edenton. The IIC, which is
essentially a fancy name for a
specialized study hall, is located in
the basement of Swain Elemen
tary School.
Its special function is to provide
the materials, space and help for
people who are interested in
improving themselves by getting
their high school diploma through
the High School Diploma (HSD)
and General Educational
Development (GED) programs.
There are other courses, too, like a
nursing series, pipe-fitting,
foreign languages and auto
mechanics for persons who have
these special interests. And there
is the Adult Basic Education
(ABE) program for the 11.9 per
cent of the county’s population
who neither read nor write.
no way that the Tunis operation
could continue to produce nitrogen
fertilizer at a price farmers could
afford to pay.
The Tunis operation, according
to Borst, producers 360,000 tons of
nitrogen products annually, about
16 per cent of the requirements of
farmers in eight Southeastern
states, including North Carolina
and Virginia.
Nitrogen fertilizer, particularly
vital for corn and cotton crops, is
expected to be scarce this spring
due to a cutoff of natural gas to CF
Industries and other nitrogen
plants during the worst of the
winter weather.
Natural gas supplies for CF
Industries were discontinued
shortly after the first of the year
and only resumed the first of this
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highway dollars left in
Washington, D.C., primarily
because North Carolina was not
aggressive enough.
Rep. White addressed the
Coastal Area Management Act
briefly, saying it had many good
points but the act needs some
cleaning up. Sen Harrington said
in his opinion the General
Assembly will get down to brass
tack regarding CAMA.
Postmaster Culpepper said the
1971 priority list was not developed
on emotions or personal needs. “It
may be that we messed each other
up along the way,” he added.
Currently 60 students are taking
advantage of the facility. There
are 24 in the HSD program, 26 in
the GED study and 10 who are
broadening their knowledge in the
general interest areas. Renegar
says he would like to at least
double this number.
The IIC is open five days a
week: Monday through Thursday
from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.;
Friday from 8:30 A.M. until 1
P.M.; and each evening, Monday
through Thursday, from 6:30 until
9:30 o’clock. Students study at
their own rate of speed, and there
is always someone there to offer
individual help whenever it is
Renegar said he will be pleased
to talk with anyone who is in
terested in expanding their
education. It’s as easy as picking
up the telephone and calling 482-
4745, or visiting him at the IIC so
he can explain how easy it is to get
The former Hatteras School
principal received his Bachelor of
Arts degree in history from Wake
Forest University in 1970. He
taught in the Kinston public
schools until 1973, and received his
masters degree in Education from
East Carolina University in 1974.
He is married to the former
Julia Gaither of Elizabeth City,
and the couple are the parents of
one daughter, two-and-one-half
year old Julia Wood.
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Douglas M. Renegar

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