Roy L. Harrell
Record Vote i&edicted On Tuesday
Tuesday is election day across
North Carolina. In Chowan County
voters will cast their vote for or
against five constitutional
amendments and two bond issues.
Voters in the Town of Eenton will
elect a mayor, three councilmen, a
treasurer and vote on a charter
change which affects the election
Between the state issues and the
“local” ticket, the town could set a
new record for the number of
There are 5,039 registered
voters in Chowan County of which
2,419 are eligible to vote in the
municipal election, according to
Mrs. Corine F. Thorud.
The deadline for applying for
absentee ballots was Wednesday
and those out must be returned by
5 P.M. Monday. However, if a
person becomes ill after Wed
nesday there are provisions
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SHERIFF TOPPIN IIONORED-Sheriff Troy E. Toppin
received statewide recognition last Saturday night when he was
presented the award of Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of
North Carolina for 1977 by the N.C. Department of the American
Legion during a conference in Asheville. In the photo above,
Sheriff Toppin displays the plaque which will join another similar
award presented to him in 1976 for Chowan County by American
Legion Post 40.
Sheriff Toppin Awarded
The N.C. Department of the
American Legion, during its Fall
Conference held in Asheville
October 28-30, honored Chowan
County Sheriff Troy E. Toppin
with its award of Outstanding Law
Enforcement Officer of North
Banking On Faith
Banking on faith the Edward G.
Bond Post No. 40, American
Legion, voted Tuesday rtight to
launch a baseball program for the
E.C. Toppin, district com
mander and a prime mover in
efforts to gain financial support
for an American Legion team
from the area, said the post en
dorsed the program. Marvin
Barham was named to the new
position of athletic officer for the
“We don’t have all the money we
need but we are going ahead,”
Toppin said Wednesday morning.
He said die local members have
faith in the area and fed that
adequate financial support will be
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plying or having a near utive
apply for them and having a
The polls open at 6:30 A.M.
Tuesday and close at 6:30 P.M.
Voting in Chowan County is by
The largest number of voters to
cast ballots in a municipal election
was in May, 1969 when 72.19 per
cent of those registered went to the
polls in East Edenton and 76.46 per
cent cast ballots in West Edenton.
Mayor Roy L. Harrell and
Councilmen Allen L. Hornthal
have engaged in a spirited cam
paign for Mayor of Edenton. Two
other contests are on the ballot:
Incumbent James C. (Pete) Dail
is being challenged for his at-large
seat by Gil Burroughs; and In
cumbent W. Errol Flynn is op
posed in the Third Ward by James
P. Ricks, Jr., who is a former
Carolina for 1977. The presen
tation was made Saturday night.
Sheriff Toppin’s nomination for
the award was placed by Post 40
on May 13 in a letter from then
Commander E.C. Toppin and
Adjutant George Stokes. It read in
“As a law enforcement officer
for 22 years, sheriff for the past
nine, he has demonstrated by
example and cause what law
enforcement should and can do for
the citizenry. Post 40 and the
citizens of Chowan County are
extremely proud to be in the
position to nominate Sheriff
Toppin, not because he has been
physically wounded or worse in
the line of duty but because of his
deification to his profession and
the citizens of Chowan County.”
In 1976 Sheriff Toppin received a
similar honor in being named
Chowan County Outstanding Law
Enforcement Officer. In addition
the Chowan County 4-H Club
presented him a Service and
Suppqrt Appreciation Award.
Chowan County commissioners
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member of the defunct Board of
Councilman Harry A. Spruill,
Jr., is running unopposed in the
Fourth Ward. Treasurer Allen B.
Harless also has no opposition.
The charter question regards
the method of electing four
councilmen. If approved, only
those residents residing in a
particular ward would vote on
councilmen from that ward. There
would continue to be two at-large
The state ballot has bond issues
for highways as well as clean
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The fact that Sheriff Troy
Toppin is a “top drawer” law
enforcement officer and
humanitarian along the Public
Parade_Li.naL news. The -ffra*
his fame has spread throughout
Tar Heelia also not news to us,
but will be to some of our readers.
Sheriff Toppin was named Law
Enforcement Officer of The Year
by the N.C. Department,
American Legion, at a conference
in Asheville last weekend.
Therefore, his fame has spread
from the 10-county Albemarle
Area clean across the remaining
90 counties of the state.
It couldn’t happen to a better
man! In our opinion, all rookie law
enforcement officers should be
required to serve an internship
with the likes of Troy Toppin. They
would, in our opinion, become
Sheriff Toppin is understanding,
compassionate, and dedicated to
the proposition that law en
forcement carries a responsibility
greater than the power of arrest.
He would rather have one convert
than a million in jail.
Too often we take the likes of
Sheriff Toppin for granted. We do
not have the capacity to recognize
the sterling qualities he possesses.
Sheriff Toppin is a graduate of
the school of hard knocks. If he
had better credentials we, nor
apparently the N.C. Department
of American Legion, couldn’t
stand him. He’s something!
Tuesday is election day along
the Public Parade and throughout
North Carolina. There are good
people running for office and good
questions facing the voters. There
are some in each category better
In some areas we feel there is
adequate cause for a change. In
others we subscribe to the saying
“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
But before we get into that, let
us urge you to go to the polls
Tuesday and exercise one of your
basic rights, that of voting your
convictions. We may not agree
with your conclusions but we won’t
argue with yoir right to express
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James C. (Pete) Dail
water. The highway bonds are for
$300,000,000 while the clean water
issue is for $230,000,000.
The constitutional amendments
range from allowing a married
man to claim a homestead
exemption, etc., to allowing the
governor and lieutenant governor
to succeed themselves in office. Os
particular importance in this area
is the amendment which would
allow municipal electric cities to
own a portion of an electric
Sample ballots for the election
can be found on Page 6-B.
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, November 3,1977
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GRANT PRESENTED—A federal grant to fund an alternative
school program in Edenton-Chowan Schools was officially
presented.here Tuesday. Pictured here are, from left, Chief W.C.
Owens of Elizabeth City, senior member of the Governor’s Crime
Commission and chairman of Albemarle Law & Order
Association; C.A. Phillips, chairman, Chowan County com
missioners; Gordon Smith, director, Division of Crime Control,
Department of Crime Control and Public Safety; and Supt. John
Dunn. Chowan County contributed $5,000 toward the SIOO,OOO
White Takes Authority Post
Bruce N. White, 109 Morris
Circle, has been named executive
director of Edenton Housing
Authority. He will succeed L.F.
Amburn, Jr., on November 15.
White’s selection from among
six applicants came Monday night
during a special meeting of the
five-member board, headed by
Amburn, who has held the post
for 10 years, resigned September
Amburn was named to the local
agency in October, 1967, by former
The N.C. Duroc Breeders fall
show and sale will be held on
November 10 at the livestock barn
in Plymouth. The show starts at 10
A.M. and the sale at 1 P.M.
Bred gilts, open gilts and boars
will be offered for sale by Duroc
Breeders from throughout North
According to Jack Parker, area
swine specialist, this will be an
opportunity for pork producers
from throughout eastern North
Carolina to buy top quality
breeding animals to go into their
W. Errol Flynn
Allen B. Harless
Mayor John A. Mitchener, Jr. He
first served as temporary
secretary and later was named the
first executive director.
The housing authority operates
100 units of low-rent public housing
which is located on four sites in
Water Withdrawal Opposed
PINE KNOLL SHORES The Coastal Resources Commission lined
up behind friends of the Chowan River here Thursday morning is sup
porting a resolution to oppose any proposal which would allow with
drawal of water from the river for the benefit of Virginia cities.
Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., is expected to send a strong letter of op
position to four alternatives being considered by the U.S. Corps of
Engineers at a Roanoke Rapids hearing late this month. This is in line
with prior positions taken by water quality people at the state level..
W.B. Gardner, Edenton town administrator, and L.F. Ambum, Jr., the
Chowan County representative on the CR Advisory Council, brought the
matter to the commission here.
Gardner said the algae blooms in the Chowan have been partially
blamed on the slow flow of the river, which fails to create a flushing
effect. “To take any quantity of water out would certainly lessen this
flow and could create further problems,” he said.
Am burn told a CRC committee earlier that the Chowan alternatives,
which number three, are popular because they are the least expensive.
“While they may appear to be less expensive for our Virginia neighbors
they could prove disasterous for those who either earn their living or
enjoy recreation in the Chowan River,” he said.
The Roanoke River is also involved in one of the alternatives. This has
drawn fire from Roanoke Rapids Mayor William Massey. Instead of
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James P. Ricks, Jr.
Harry A. Spruill, Jr.
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By Flynn Surratt
Five proposed amendments to
the state constitution and two bond
referendums together totalling
$530-million received their fair
share of publicity in Edenton last
Phil Carlton, secretary of the
newly formed Department of
Crime Control and Public Safety,
and Rep. Vernon James of
Pasquotank County were guests of
the Edenton Rotary Club. One
hour later, Secretary of Tran
sportation Thomas W. Bradshaw
stumped for bonds in front of the
Municipal Building in a
While Carlton touched on all five
proposed amendments including
two termed “housekeeping”
measures relating to the
homestead exemption and in
surance laws, the thrust of his
presentation touched on those
relating to gubernatorial suc
cession and one that would allow
municipalities to enter into joint
ownership with electric power
producers and cooperatives.
“Opponents of succession claim
that the current law limits the
governor to do something wrong.
Actually it limits his power to do
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