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Volume XLm.~No. 46. Edenton, North Carolina, November 17, 1977 Single Copies 15 Cents.
More Free Stuff
One thing Edenton is fortunate
to get is an abundance of free
Town & Country magazine, a
A classy Hearst publication, this
month features, five southern
plantations, one of which is Hayes.
Then, North Carolina Education,
the journal of the N.C. Association
of Educators, has an article on
“The County Courthouse In North
Carolina,” which is illustrated
with a picture of the Chowan
Countv edifice of justice.
Taking thenpotUght in-Townfe
Country is a full page, full color
picture of J. Gilliam Wood in the
valuable and beautiful library at
Hayes. There are several smaller
color prints along with a generous
amount of text.
Again, this is publicity which
money can’t buy, even if those who
promote Edenton and Chowan
County could afford it. And,
someday, the exposure may lead
y to our area getting a fair share of
' the “smokeless dollars” left
behind by tourists.
Rufus Bows Out
Atty. Gen. Rufus L. Edminsten
has finally withdrawn his name
from a host of Democrats, one of
who will attempt to unseat Sen.
Jesse Helms. He showed excellent
judgment in this decision.
He is the second Council of State
member to display just plain
“good horse sense” when tempted
to seek a more lofty post. Hie
other was Secretary of
Agriculture James A. Graham
who flirted with a race in the
contest won by Gov. Jim Hunt.
In both cases, we believe at the
present time, each man Ed
misten and Graham can per
form a more valuable public
service in present positions.
“In the past, three years I have
had to call on friends such as you
for two elections,” he wrote in a
letter to “Dear Democratic
Supporter” on November 14. “To
run for the Senate would mean
calling Qn you for three elections
in only four yeart. This is a great
deal to dsk.”
The attorney general Is sincere
in this assessment. While, in our
opinion, the real question was
whether or not he could win the
nomination and go on to gutter a
Democratic victory against the
incumbent. This was a bullet he
bad to bite, putting aside the
“advice” of all the people telling
him what they thought he wanted
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year grant is for study at the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. •
The announcement of the
popular senior’s selection as a
candidate was made by W.H.
Hollowed, chairman of the county
Stevens, defter of Mr.
and Mrs. Chestt? &, vens, will
committee in Williai early in
1978. Six nominees w \\ resent
District 1. The district "v* V* V will
be further npel
Hill as approximately 36 % <& “el
high school seniors vie to e
Financial need is not con
sidered. The value of the award is
$2,750 per year. The Morehead
program has developed into one of
the most outstanding in the entire
Miss Stevens ranks first in her
class of 126 students. She is a
member of the Student Council,
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NEW DIRECTOR Bruce N. White, right, Tuesday assumed
his duties as executive director of Edenton Housing Authority, He
is pictured here with A.C. Hudson, a veteran authority member
who was re-elected chairman at Monday evening’s
reorganization meeting. H.O. West was re-elected vice chairman.
White succeeds L.F. Amburn, Jr., who resigned recently after 10
years as executive director.
Economic Growth Discussed
By Flynn Surratt
City and county officials
discussed Edenton and Chowan
County’s needs for balanced
economic growth and develop
ment in an open forum with state
advisors last Thursday night at
Billy Rose, administrator of the
Department of Transportation,
Two young Negroes, both,
juveniles, have been charged with
setting fire to the press box at
Hicks Field the morning of
Police Chief J.D. Parrish said
the arrests followed an intense
investigation by Edenton Police
The press box was damaged
beyond repair by the blaze.
To Print Early
The Chowan Herald will be
printed and distributed one day
early next week because of the
Hie holiday calls fpr the
newspaper to be printed Tuesday
evening aag distributed Wed
nesday. Therefore, all advertising
copy must be in the office by noon
Monday and all news copy by no
later than 10 A.M. Tuesday.
L. F. Amburn, Jr., president and
general manager, said the holiday
schedule also calls for the office to
dose at 12-aoon on Wednesday.
“In this way onjr employees can
spend an extended holiday period
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Council and served last year as
She is treasurer of the National
Honor Society, secretary
treasurer of the Drama Club,
president of the Biology Club,
secretary of the Concert Choir and
is a member of the Sea Scouts.
The nominee attended the
Governor’s School. She is a riding
instructor, and is active in all
areas of her church, including
conducting a young children’s
She is a member of Edenton
Choral Society and Edenton Little
Theater. A talented musician she
sings and plays the guitar at
various community banquets. She
was chosen for the N.C. Honors
Serving with Hollowell on the
local Morehead Committee are:
Dr. Edward G. Bond, Mrs. Peggy
Anne Vaughan, John Graham and
Mrs. Anne Hines.
and Ed Regan, policy advisor with
the Department of Ad
ministration, were on hand to
receive and comment on local
input as well as to compare state
wide trends with those regional.
In a run-down on emerging
trends relating to industry, em
ployment, population growth,
travel and tourism, and
development, Rose commented
that North Carolina is close to an
economic boom if the state takes
advantage of its assets and im
proves on its deficiencies.
He pointed out that the per
capita income of North Carolina
has improved from 41st to 38th,
but at the sametime the growth
rate was stunted by recession and
Other figures showed that the
functional illiteracy rate is 28 per
cent of the population, and that the
infant mortality rate remains
Rose commented that state
wide emphasis must be placed on
recruiting and expanding industry
Continued on Page 4
Homthal Is Mayor Pro Tem
Dr. Allen L. Homthal, un
successful candidate mayor,
Monday night was elected mayor
pro tem. His selection by Town
Council, without opposition, came
during the biennial reorganization
of the town’s official body.
Mrs. Lena M. Leary, clerk of
court, administered the oath of
office to those elected in the
November 8 election. Mayor Roy
L. Harrell took the oath for a third
two-year term; Gil Biarougis to a
four-year term as councilman-at
large; and James P. Ricks, Jr.,
Third Ward councilman and.
Harry Spruill, Jr., Fourth Ward
They Join Homthal, Jesse L.
ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED Mayor Roy L Harrell Ighl
and C.A. Phillips, center, chairman, Chowan County com
missioners, have proclaimed November 18-24 as Farm-City Week
in Edenton and Chowan County. They are pictured here with
Robert Moore, executive vice president, Edenton Chamber of
Commerce, who is standing in for C.B. Smith, chairman of the
chamber’s Agriculture Committee.
Farm-City Banquet Set
A complete meal utilizing
peanuts will be served to several
hundred people who attend the
annual Farm-City Week banquet
Monday at Edenton Jaycee
Community Building on Base
The banquet begins at 7 P.M.
and there will be no charge. It is
sponsored by Edenton Chamber of
Commerce in cooperation with
Edenton Lions Club, Ryland
Ruritan Club, Edenton Rotary
Club, Chowan Ruritan Club,
Edenton Business and
Professional Woman’s Club, Cape
Colony Ruritan Club and Edenton
Net Big Fines
Five men, charged in connection
with hunting violations, paid a
total df S9OO in fines, plus court
Court Tuesday. The five, all from
Perquimans County, were in
dicted by A.D. Dowdy, Jr., of the
Wildlife Protection Agency.
Michael Anderson Knight was
charged with firelighting deer,
transporting a dead deer and
possessing a dead game animal.
He was given 60 days, suspended
upon payment of $250 fine and
costs and ordered not to hunt for 12
months. His gun was confiscated.
Dennis Ritch, charged with
firelighting deer and possessing a
doe deer, was sentenced to 60
days, suspended upon payment of
S2OO fine and costs and ordered not
to hunt for 12 months.
Larry Sidney Sheldon, Walter G.
Townsend and Danny Ray
Townsend, were all charged with
firelighting deer. They were given
identical terms of 60 days,
suspended upon payment of $l5O
fine and costs.
Danny Ray Townsend had his
gun Confiscated and he and
Sheldon were ordered not to hunt
for 12 months. Walter G. Town
send was ordered not to hunt for
Asst. Dist. Atty. Larry Overton
argued that the car Knight was
driving should be confiscated.
However, Judge John T. Chaffin
ruled,'that since the vehicle was
registered in Knight’s mother’s
name it could not legally be taken.
The attorney for Sheldon and
Ritch commented that it was a
case where “too many people got
together over a bad idea.”
Harrell and W.H. Hollowell on the
James C. (Pete) Dail was
mayor pro tem but was defeated
by Burroughs in the election.
Mayor Harrell appointed “his”
standing committees as follows:
Finance: Hollowell. Harrell and
Utility: Ricks and Harrell.
Pdblic Works: Homthal and
Tree: Homthal and Spruill.
Recreation: Burroughs and
Hoßftweil from the council; Bill
Underhoftar, Percy Nixon, Jim
Darnell and Mrs. Gail Stevens. t
C.B. Smith is chairman of the
chamber’s Agriculture Committee
and has made arrangements for
the meal through Seabrook
Blanching Corporation and Pert
R. M. (Pete) Thompson, county
extension chairman, said there
will be no banquet speaker. En
tertainment will be furnished by
the Chowan County 4-H Clubs and
annual awards will be presented.
The Lions Club will present 4-H
Corn Awards; the Jaycees will
recognize the Outstanding Young
Farmer; and the chamber will
give the 1976 Peanut Award. A
number of door prizes will be
In addition to Smith, those
appearing on the program will be
James Bond, C.A. Phillips,
chairman, Chowan County
commissioners; Mayor Roy L.
Harrell; and Bill Nor veil,
president of the chamber.
Farm-City Week, of which
■Phillips was state chairman last
year, is being observed through
the United States and Canada
Continued on Page 4
Christmas Play Scheduled
By Jane Holmes
The public can look forward to a
special Christmas treat. The
Edenton Little Theater is
presenting two one-act Christmas
plays, under the direction of that
very talented John Becker.
Performances will be at 8 P.M.
December 8 and December 9 at
Peoples Bank & Trust Company
recently put $128,330.50 into cir
culation in the area in the form of
Christmas Club checks, according
to Vann H. Johnson, city
Johnson said a total of 905 club
checks were distributed.
The new Christmas Club began
November 7 and sign-ups will
continue through January, 1978.
PLA£A CEREMONY Veterans Day was nhoct ed here
Friday with the placing of a wreath at the Confederate Plaza
Pictured here are some of the participants. Music was provided
by the John A. Holmes High School Band.
The council chamber at the
Municipal Building was filled to
capacity Monday night as Town
Council was to hold two public
hearings in a three-year battle to
have property on the Edenton side
of U.S. 17 by-pass rezoned. Neither
Town Administrator W.B.
Gardner announced that the
developers, W.J.P. Earnhardt,
Jr., and Bernard Burroughs, had
withdrawn their petition for a
change on 10 acres on the south
side of Virginia Road from R-20 to
He further stated that the
requirements of the Zoning Or
dinance has not been met with
regards to a like amount of land on
the north side, which is being
considered for a change from R-20
to Highway Commercial. Gardner
said there is a question as to the
proper notification of adjacent
At Gardner’s suggestion,
council agreed to hear the request
at the December meeting. This
was agreeable with the property
A public hearing was held to
consider changes in the text of the
Zoning Ordinance as recom
mended by the Planning Board.
Judd Little, planner and Com
munity Development director,
explained the proposed changes.
No action was taken.
Councilman Gil Burroughs
recommended that council not
take actions on matters at the
same meeting where a public
hearing is held.
Council officially accepted the
petition for a paving project on
North Granville Street and ac
cepted a $9,155 state supplemental
grant for airport improvements.
In other matters, council
adopted a resolution in opposition
to taking water from the Chowan
River by Southeastern Virginia
towns; approved liability in
surSnce coverage for public of
ficials; and discussed newspaper
route tubes which are appearing in
the John A. Holmes High School
Auditorium. Tickets cost $2.50 for
adults and $1 for students.
The first play to be shown is
“The Enchanted Christmas Tree”
by Percival Wilde. This delightful
Yuletide comedy tells the story of
a Scrooge-like couple who detest
children. Through magic they are
transported to a realm where they
find themselves on trial in a
courtroom run by children.
Members of the cast are:
Marcie Ashton and Frank Roberts
as Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Benton.
The children who put them on
trial are: Bill Gardner, Jr., Lynn
Perry, Marc Pressley, Ben
Reinhardt, Greer Amburn, and
Scott Venters, Patrick Becker,
Paul Amburn, June Jordan, Chris
Spruill, Beth Reinhardt, and Liza
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