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dhowan County reached only
80.5 per ifeent of its Savings Bond
goal in 19T7. This represents one of
the poorest years in recent history
for the program along die Public
While investors here were
fuxhng other [daces for their
money, Tar Heels generally were
purchasing the federal bonds at a
record-breaking peacetime clip.
Savings Bonds are one of the
many good things about America,
and one of the best ways for
Americans to save money.
1977 was not a good year for the
program along the Public Parade
but this could again become
Savings Bond country in the
Closing The Gap
All things being equal there
would have been more speakers on
the program than spectators in the
audience at festivities Monday
morning formally “turning the
earth” to begin construction of a
new courthouse and detention
facility along the Public Parade.
The project has not been without
controversy. It was evident that
those who might disagree with
Chowan County commissioners
over their priorities didn’t let the
sub-freezing weather keep them
We are speaking of the strong
supporters of education. Two
members of Edenton-Chowan
Board of Education, along with
Dr. John Dunn, superintendent,
were among those in attendance.
The commissioners waited six
years for their day with regards to
their top priority item. The school
board may have to wait just as
long, but if they get their act
together, like the commissioners,
they will be ready to fry the fat
while the skillet is hot.
The best prospect for improved
educfttiohal facilities along the
PuKfc Parade was nearly i? ...
months ago. It was at the
February meeting of com
missioners that announcement
was made of a $l.B-million federal
grant for the courthouse-detention
The sanitary land-fill is highly
successful, primarily due to a two
county arrangement. The county
wide water system is equally as
successful and has, or will have,
inner connections with neighboring
Gates and Perquimans counties as
well as the Town of Edenton.
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Short Course Delegate Picked
Bankers in North Carolina are
continuing their award-winning
service to agriculture through the
sponsorship for the 26th year the
annual two-week short course in
modern farming at N.C. State
University, set for January 30 -
Scholarships for 2,729 young
North Carolinians involved in
agriculture have been provided by
the hometown banks of this state
sipce the Short Course began in
This week, the County Key
Banker for Chowan County, W.L.
Roberston, announced that banks
in this area will send young far
mers to Raleigh for the Short
Course. All expenses will be paid
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displays the award to, from left, Fred Morrison of Raleigh;
Morris Small, Jr., local Jaycee president; and Mayor Roy L.
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Volume XLIV.—No. 5.
Two local Negroes were given
active prison sentences and a 1970
Plymouth confiscated Tuesday
afternoon in Chowan County
Judge George M. Fountain of
Tarboro gave William Bond and
Joseph Columbo Privott eight
month terms after they entered
pleas of guilty to pre-arranged
racing. Bond’s car was con
ftaggted b PtisoSLxwJxlifag.
his sister’s car and no order was
issued in that case.
Bond and Privott were among
five people arrested by Sheriff
Troy Toppin on November 13 after
he observed racing on a rural
paved road in the Cisco area of the
The other three defendants also
entered pleas. Two—Arthur
William Privott and Raleigh
Percy Warren-were given eight
months, suspended and placed on
probation for three years upon
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by the banks.
Attending the short course from
this county will be Lee Sundstrom.
An enrollment of around 115 is
expected for the 1978 Short Course.
While in Raleigh these young
farmers from all sections of North
Carolina will learn to recognize
and evaluate technology in a
changing agri-business en
vironment. The program covers
broad areas of interest to
agricultural leaders and specific
Robertson was appointed
County Key Banker by John A.
Forlines of Granite Falls,
president of the North Carolina
Bankers Association. Robertson is
City Executive Officer of Bank of
North Carolina, N.A. in Edenton.
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, February 2, 1978
Courthouse Nearer Reality
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SIGNAL START OF CONSTRUCTION Chowan County
commissioners put on hard hats Monday morning at the con
clusion of a ceremony which officially launched the beginning of
the courthouse-detention facility project on North Broad Street.
Left to right are: Alton G. Elmore, C.A. Phillips, Chairman N.J.
George; Lester Copeland and J.D. Peele.
Jury: No Work
Eighteen members of the
Chowan County Grand Jury had
their shortest day in court Mon
day. They had no work to do.
Judge George M. Fountain of
Tarboro selected W.T. Elliott, Jr.,
Route 2, Edenton, as foreman
after he and eight other new
members joined the panel.
They were then sworn in by Mrs.
Lena M. Leary, clerk.
When Asst. Dist. Atty. Richard
Parker said he had no bills of
indictment to send to the panel,
Judge Fountain dismissed them
for the term.
Mrs. Leary said it was the first
time to her knowledge that such
had occurred in Chowan County.
While the grand jury has broad
investigative power, in recent
years the panel’s work has only
included passing on bills of in
dictment sent up by the District
In addition to Elliott, those new
members drawn to serve are:
Stanley E. Roman, Nettie Hardy,
Willie Mae Stallings, John
Haywood Smith, Robert Lee
Ricks, Priscilla W. Lewis, Grover
Cleveland Williams and Sarah
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Booster Club Meeting
The Booster Club at John A.
Holmes High School will meet at 8
P.M. Tuesday. The meeting will
be held in the library at the school.
As many members as possible
are urged to attend as plans will be
discussed for the spring sports
HAPPY COUPLE Mrs. Peggy Ann Vaughan clutches the
DSA plaque presented to her last Thursday night by Edenton
Jaycees in recognition of her volunteer service in the community.
Pictured with her is her husband, Roland.
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BRAVE COLD Chairman N.J. George of Chowan County commissioners, standing center
right, and other speakers at Monday’s ceremony face some 100 local and area citizens who turned
out in sub-freezing weather for the event. The commissioners had waited some six years for the
CHAPEL HILL Elizabeth
Stevens of Edenton has been
named second alternate in District
I in competition for 1978 Morehead
Awards to study at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Selection of the finalists six
nominees and two alternates
was based on academic
achievement, and potential
evidence of leadership and ser
vice, character and physical
Miss Stevens, a student at John
A. Holmes High School, is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester
C. Stevens, Biorgan Park.
Single Copies 15 Cents.
The need for a new courthouse
and detention facility for Chowan
County had been the topic of
conversation for more than two
decades. Six years ago the com
missioners bit the bullet and
began diligently to pull it off.
They got their due Monday
morning as speaker after speaker
stood before some 100 shivering
souls at the official ground
breaking for the project on North
The audience huddled under
funeral tents as “A Dream Takes
Shape” was traced, under the
direction of N.J. George, chair
Resident Superior Court Judge
Herbert Small of Elizabeth City
took pride in being the only
“outsider” asked to appear on the
program and lauded local leaders
for moving ahead with the project
at a time when everyone seems to
have their own list of priorities.
He noted that the present
courthouse was built in 1767 and
nine years later Joseph Hewes
was among those who signed the
Declaration of Independence.
“And the courthouse preserves the
equality of mankind in this
nation,” he declared.
Commissioner Alton G. Elmore,
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Jones Enters Race For Post
A race developed for the
Chowan County commissioners’
First Township seat with Mon
day’s announcement by George E.
Jones, Morgan Park, of his filing
as a candidate in the May 2
primary. He will be seeking to
unseat Chairman N.J. George,
resulting in the second contest to
develop for seats on the board.
The deadline to file with Chowan
County Board of Election to run in
the election is 12-noon Monday.
Former Chairman C.A. Phillips
of the Fourth Township is being
challenged by another political
newcomer, Mrs. Lueta Sellers,
while J.D. Peele runs unopposed
for his second term as
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A young Edenton housewife and
community leader last Thursday
joined the ladies who held a tea
party here more than two cen
turies ago in making history. Mrs.
Peggy Ann Vaughan became the
first woman in North Carolina,
and probably in the nation, to
received the coveted
Distinguished Service Award
presented by the Jaycees.
Edenton Jaycees started the
DSA program in 1954 and since
that time the honor has been
presented to men in recognition of
their unselfish service to the
Therefore, the audience was as
suprised as the recipient when the
announcement was made by
Mayor Roy L. Harrell at the
banquet held at Edenton Jaycee
Community Building on Base
“This is wonderful,” was Mrs.
Vaughan’s expression as she
accepted the prized award.
Mayor Harrell cited her many
accomplishments in community,
education, social and church
activities. She was co-chairman of
the second annual Edenton-
Chowan Peanut Festival in 1977, is
president of the D.F. Walker
School PTA, and the instigator of
the Parent Volunteer Reading
Program in the public schools.
The wife of Roland H. Vaughan,
Jr., Queen Anne’s Place, she is the
mother of two young children. The
Vaughans are active in St. Paul’s
Fred Morrison of Raleigh,
former N.C. Jaycee president and
counsel to Gov. Robert Scott, was
the keynote speaker. He called the
DSA one of the most outstanding
awards given by any organization
in recognition of service above
“It is a citation for those who
have served humanity,” he
He lauded Jaycees in general
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Fuel Factor Rises
Electric customers of she Town
of Edenton this week received bills
which reflect a 1,350 per cent in
crease in the fossil fuel factor. The
charge went from 64 cents per
1,000 kwh to $8.67.
W. B. Gardner, town admini
strator, said this was the exact
charge to the town from Vepco.
“It is a bad time for it to come
with the high demand to heat
homes,” the administrator said.
“But there is nothing we can do
The past policy of the town has
been to pass along to its customers
any change in the fuel adjustment
charge. This, however, is the most
radical change noted to date.
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George E. Jones