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NEW TEE-LOK PLANT—Pictured here is the ')-square-foot building on Base Road which
will be the new production facility for Tee-Lok Cotjk°,A n. When the move from adjacent buildings
is completed early next year production truss plates Vt ydrolic equipment is expected to double.
Tee-Lok Corp. Planing Expansion
By January 1, 1978, Tee-Lok
Corporation hopes to be in a new
' facility on Base Road. And Bill
Black, president, said the com
pany already has plans to expand.
Tee-Lok located in Edenton in
1963 and is the oldest inllustry on
This is National Newspaper
Week. It is a time when the print
media across the nation is
laboring under a heavy theme:
“Freedom In Our Hands”.
We look forward to this op
portunity to split a few sides, not
so much about what management
has done but what a group of
( dedicated co-workers can do.
£ We are now nearing our 13th
anniversary along the Public
Parade Only two of the em
ployees we asked to remain on our
team have exited —one through
death, the other through a chance
to improve his station in life.
And we can count on less than
both hands those who have come
and gone during this- time.
&atuEß)ly a _we «r* proud. oL.this
record of tenure. If The Chowan
Herald didn’t provide a healthy
atmosphere for employment we
know it could not have been
achieved. By the same token, if we
were not blessed with dedicated
employees, who can adapt to
technological change, it could not
have been achieved, either.
Each year we are so wrapped up
in others that we would forget
“our week” if Lloyd C. Bunch and
| the boys at Chowan Soil and Water
Conservation District didn’t
present a fancy worded resolution
in our honor. We appreciate it.
But, mind you, if they didn’t do a
good job the public might have a
different understanding about
During the past year this
newspaper has received four
extraordinary awards. They have
come in the form of Certificates of
Appreciation from the American
Red Cross, Edenton-Chowan
Schools, Farmers Home Ad
ministration and the N.C. National
Guard. We do not want to
minimize those from other
quarters. They all are ap
preciated, even if not deserved.
We enjoy'our role in the com-
Jmunity. It is not a game we play
• but a trust we cherish. When this
changes the freedom will be
removed from our hands,
dedicated co-workers will take a
powder, and the certificates will
be rendered worthless. God forbid!
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Burglary Charge Is Lodged
DesieE. Pierce, alias Poor Dog,
Xl-year-old Negro, Route 3,
Edenton, is bade in custody on a
was arrested Monday evening by
had a first appearance
declared indigent and W.T
represent him by Judge John
Judge Chaffin continued the
the old base property in terms of
continuous operation. The firm
manufactures metal truss plates
and hydrolic equipment which
push the plates into lumber.
„ Tee-Lok now has 14,500 square
feet of production space in con
verted military structures. When
the move is made to the new metal
building which is 400 feet long,
production will more than double.
Black said the move has been
brought about by high speed
equipment. Presses now turn
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Volume XLIII.—No. 41
PROPOSED QUEEN ANNE PARK —This preliminary design
of the proposed Queen Anne Park on Edenton Bay has drawn
criticism from the Edenton-Chowan Recreation Commission and 1 *
area residents. It was developed by Howard T. Capps & .=pfTlk f
Associates of Elizabeth City to go with two grant applications. p ij>
Those who object to the design want it “toned down” and the area , »
If hard work and sheer deter
mination are attributes of a
successful program, then the
second annual Peanut Festival is
destined to be successful Oct.
Tuesday night, the band room
filled to capacity, band parents
were present to receive working
assignments from their president,
Mrs. Doris Litchfield. She
reported that many activities of
last year will be repeated, with
some new ones added to the
Within a few days the souvenir
program compiled by Mrs.
Snookie Bond and Mrs. Mary Rhea
Gardner will be mailed to all
residents in Chowan County.
Pierce allegedly broke into the
home of Mrs. Dora Gibbs, 209
Park Avenue, at 3:20 A.M.
Monday. Two boys were in her
bedroom when be allegedly at
tempted to assault her. She claims
be was armed with a knife.
The arrest came less than two
weeks after Pierce had been tried
in Chowan County Superior Court
on the same charge. A jury faded
to reach a verdict and Diet. Atty.
Tom Watts of Elizabeth City ac
of time he had spent in jail
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plates at the rate of 90 strokes per
minute, but new machinery on
line, or ordered, have a capacity of
400 strokes per minute.
Tee-Lok now uses 80,000 pounds
of steel per day with a 160,000-per
day schedule expected early next
year. At peak the firm employs 50
The firm has a patented
technology which is highly
automated. For this reason Black
is reluctant to go into details about
his firm’s operation.
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, October 13, 1977
Park Plans Draw Criticism
The preliminary plan for Queen
Anne Park has drawn fire from
residents in the Edenton'Bay area
as well as the joint Edenton-
Chowan Recreation Commission.
The plan was developed to be used
in applying for grant funds to
develop the area purchased by the
Town of Edenton from George
Alma and Thomas Byrum.
Dr. Allen Hornthal, a coun- '
cilman who represents the town on
the commission, said the plan
needed to be toned down and
largely left as “open space.” This
brought a retort from Councilman
Errol Flynn who said it was his
understanding that it would be
J. Scott Harrell, Jr., and Tilman
Keel this week were named 00-
chairman of the annual Ducks
Unlimited banquet. An
nouncement was made by J.
Gilliam Wood, an organizer of the
club in die area.
The banquet here is sponsored
by the Chowan County Chapter of
DU and plans are being made for
the banquet to be held November
30 at Chowan Golf* Country Club.
Vann Johnson, city executive
with Peoples Rank 4'Trust Com
pany, recently was named
chairman of the Chowan Ducks
Johnson said tickets to the
Bids Exceed Project Budget
BY L. F. AMBURN, JR.
Second bids opened Tuesday
afternoon on mechanical and
plumbing work on the proposed
Chowan County courthouse and
detention facilities put the total
project at $1,486,925, up $35,175
from two weeks ago when other
low bids were tabulated.
The new total pushes the project
$7,105 over the budgeted figure.
The budget for construction was
developed for inclusionn in an
Economic Development Ad
ministration grant application
dated November 2, 1976. Cost of
the project is said to have in
creased because of a delay in
clearance for accepting bids to
allow for archeological work on
the downtown site.
EDA approved in February a
$l.B-million grant for the project.
The Roberson house on Court
Street has been demolished and
when the Bufflap house is moved
within the next few days the entire
block will be cleared of structures.
The National Park Service has
notified county commissioners
that soil work will continue,
beginning October 17. This,
however, is not expected to
hamper the awarding of contracts
J. Everette Fauber, Jr., of
Single Copies 15 Cents.
treated as any other park.
W.B. Gardner, town ad
ministrator, and Councilman
Jesse L. Harrell moved to temper
the discussion by saying it was a
“first approach” in order to
comply with deadlines for fund
“The first downtown sketches
were entirely different from what
we ended up with,” Councilman
Harrell stated. Gardner added
that the final plan is very much in
“It all depends on the
availability of outside funds as
well as the town’s ability to come
up with matching money,”
The town purchased the
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MANAGERS—Among those present at the Saturday mem*
bership meeting were all the managers who have served
Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation since its inception.
Pictured above are >ArchieT. Lane, Sr., 1945-48; Gilbert Whitely
1948-50; John Coston, 1950-1073; and Ed Brown, 1973-present.
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Lynchburg, Va., architect, said it
would take a few days to review
the entire group of bids. He will
then make recommendations to
the commissioners. They will
obtain clearance from EDA in
Atlanta, Ga., to move ahead—this
being required within the next 15
SITE CLEARING CONTINUES—The two remaining buildings
on the site of the new Chowan County courthouse and detention
facility were being removed this week. In the background is the
Roberson house which was razed. In the foreground is the Bufflap
house on East Church Street which is being moved by Worth
Hare. The casket-like item in the front covers a “find” by ar
cheologists who return to the scene next week.
Third Race Develops
In Municipal Election
A contest developed last Wed
nesday afternoon for a third post
to be voted on in the municipal
election he;e on November 8. Gil
Burroughs, a teacher-coach at
John A. Holmes High School, filed
Burroughs will run against
incumbent James C. (Pete) Dail,
mayor pro tern. Two years ago
Burroughs sought unsuccessfully
By Kathy \l. \ewbern
Special To The Herald
HERTFORD-Over $41,000 will
be returned to the member
consumers of Albemarle Electric
Membership Corporation in
capital credit checks. That news
came Saturday when over 275
members attended the annual
meeting of the cooperative held in
the auditorium of Perquimans
County High School
In his report to the membership,
Ed Brown, general manager,
announced the Board of Directors’
approval of capital credits for 1962
and half of 1963. Brown added that
an additional $20,000 will be
returned to the estates of deceased
members in 1976.
In addition to the annual report,
other highlights of the meeting
included the election of directors
and comments from Alton P.
Wall, manager of the state
association, the N. C. Electric
Elected to the cooperative’s
board following Saturday voting,
were the three incumbents: W.E.
Meiggs of Camden representing
District 1 (Camden County);
Joseph A. By rum of Tyner for
District 2 (Chowan County); and
Floyd Mathews, Sr., of Rt. 4,
Hertford, for District 4
Comments from guest speaker
Alton P. Wall centered on points
that contribute to the increase in
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C.A. Phillips, chairman of the
board, said although the two new
bids put the total costs over the
budgeted amount the project will
The county opened bids on
September 27 and had only two
proposals for plumbing and
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to unseat W. Herbert Hollowell ir.
the First Ward.
The filing deadline passed at 12-
noon Friday with no other can
didates entering the race.
As it now stands, Mayor Roy L.
Harrell is opposed by Dr. Allen
Hornthal, now councilman from
the second Ward: incumbent
Errol Flynn is being challenged by
James P Ricks, Jr., and Harry
Spruill, councilman from the
Fourth Ward and Allen B. Harless,
treasurer, are running unopposed.
The deadline to register to vote
in the election was 5 P.M. Mon
day. Mrs. Joseph M. Thorud,
superervisor of elections, said
Tuesday afternoon it would be
next week before a tabulation of
registered voters would be
In addition to state bond issues
and constitutional matters, local
voters will decide on returning to
ward voting. As it now stands
there is a residency requirement
for four councilmen but they are
voted on town-wide
Mayor Harrell advocates
returning to ward voting which
allows registered voters only in
the wards in which they reside to
vote for the councilman from that
ward. There would continue to be
Mrs. Thorud said registered
voters can now' make application
for absentee ballots if they know
they will be out-of-town on election
Ambulance users have been
notified by Edenton-Chowan
Rescue Squad that by directive of
Chowan County commissioners a
S2O basic ambulance fee has been
If the patient is transported to a
hospital or other medical facility
that requires the ambulance and
rescue personnel to wait more
than one hour for the return trip
there will be an additional charge
of 50 cents per mile or S2O,
whichever is greater. Die basic
mileage fee is 75 cents per mile.
Chief Murray D. Ashley pointed
out that emergency resuce service
from the home, scene of an ac
cident, etc., will continue to be
provided as in the past.
discussed the ambulance situation
at a meeting last week and
Commissioner Lester T. Copeland
said it was developing into a rani
problem. He pointed oat (fcpt
many forms of health insurance
will pay for the use of *• am
bulance but the local sqtmd is hbt