North Carolina Newspapers

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Volume XLVIII-No. 5
Bit Os Enlightment
Every now and then a good Bap
tist comes to meander along the
Public Parade. We inherited one of
the best of them 18 years ago wljen
we purchased The Chowan Herald.
Pete Manning has held positions
of leadership in the local church as
well as throughout the area. Great
honor came to him along with full
recognition of his leadership abili
ty recently when he was chosen to
serve on the board of the Biblical
Recorder. It is a coincidence that
the journal was actually founded
along the Public Parade.
Dr. Puckett, the new editor,
traced the history of publication in
one of his early “Perspective”
pieces. Entitled, “Purpose of This
Paper”, we pass it along for even
the good non-Baptists to become
more enlightened.
Here it is:
When Thomas Mereditl)
launched his first Baptist paper in
the Tar Heel State nearly 150 years
ago, he was motivated by a desire
to have a publication “Devoted to
Sacred Criticism, Moral and
Religious Essays, Micellaneous
Selections and General
Intended to be monthly papers,
they actually were printed annual
ly. The first paper appeared
January 17, 1883, and was called
North Carolina Baptist Interpreter
while Meredith was pastor of the
Edenton Baptist Church.
The next paper appeared
January 4,1834, in Edenton under
the title Biblical Recorder and Jour
, nal of Passing Events. No other issue
appeared until January 7,1835, and
by this time Meredith was pastor of
the First Baptist Church, New
• Timeawcre ■hard. Subscribers -
did not pay up and Meredith
threatened to move “to Tennessee,
or some other rich country, where
a common spike nail, if stuck in the
ground, will soon become a
Despite the descriptive language
and the threat, Meredith did not
move to Tennessee or some other
rich country but rather took the
Recorder to Raleigh in January,
1838, and it has been here ever
The Encyclopedia of Southern Bap
tists (Volume 1) sums it up well in
one paragraph:
“Since Meredith’s principal aim
was the promotion of objects of the
Baptist state convention, the
Biblical Recorder contained articles
on missions, education, and Sunday
schools as well as theological
discussions and church news...”
Meredith was following in the
tradition of Luther Rice who found
ed two institutions when he
launched his world-wide mission
effort-a college, first known as Col
umbia College and now George
Washington University,
Washington, D.C., and a Baptist
paper, first called the Columbian
Star and now known as the Christian
Index, state Baptist paper in
Georgia, the oldest of the 34 papers
The purpose has not changed.
The current charter of the Recorder
(December 15,1939) states clearly
that the intent of the publication is
to have “...the-greatest efficiency
and influence in behalf of the
causes fostered by said (N.C.) Bap
tist Convention, the Baptist cause in
general, and the promotion of the
Kingdom of God on earth;...”
Such an awesome, comprehen
sive assignment seems impossible.
The density of Baptists and the
complexity of our world adds to the
difficulty of attaining such lofty
goals but the paper can make every
effort to be balanced, objective and
On the eve of the besqukenten
nial celebration of the birth of
North Carolina’s Baptist paper
(fourth oldest in the SBC), it is
altogether fitting and proper that
ve should reaffirm the purpose of
the paper and recommit ourselves
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Edenton, North (.orolino, Thursday, February 3, 1983
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RESOLUTION SIGNED—Tommy White acting Cubmaster for
a local Cub Pack, is shown explaining a resolution declaring Boy
Scout Week, to Mayor Roy Harrell and Thelma Evans, Den
Mother. The Mayor later signed the resolution.
Scouts Honored With Resolution
The Boy Scouts of America has
touched the lives of many of Eden
ton’s residents throughout their en
tire lives. This fact is not surpris
ing though since the Boy Scouts are
celebrating their 73 anniversary in
the nation and more than 53 years
in Edenton. Mayor Roy Harrell in
recognition of this anniversary
signed a resolution declaring
February 6 through February 12 as
“Boy Scout Week" in Edenton.
Mayor Harrell, though he was
never a Boy Scout himself, believes
that the Boy Scouts of America pro
vide a positive influence on the boys
and young men in the community.
He supported this position when he
stated, “Its not surprising Uiat so
many of our community leaders to
day were Boy Scouts; many receiv
ing its highest honor (Eagle
The resolution the Mayor signed
Whereas, The Boy Scouts of
America provide for the physical,
moral and mental development of
youth, And
Whereas, The Boy Scouts of
America provide a service to the
community, And
Whereas, The Boy Scouts in
Edenton have been providing said
service to the Town for over fifty
(50) years, And
Whereas, The dates of February
6 through February 12 are recogniz
ed Nationally as Boy Scout Week to
celebrate the Boy Scout’s “73
N.C. Symphony To Returr
The North Carolina Symphony
will return to Edenton on February
24, and Mary Rhea Gardner, local
chapter president, is urging anyone
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North Carolina Symphony when it returns to Edenton this'year.
Ogle is a favored Conductor because he has away of getting his
audiences involved with the Symphony’s music.
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Now therefore, let it be resolved
that the dates of February 6
through February 12 be recognized
in the Town of Edenton as “Boy
Scout Week”.
To this end I, Mayor Roy Harrell,
do affix my hand and seal.
Swine Conference
Will Be In Edenton
The 1983 Regional Swine Con
ference will be held on February 10
at the American Legion Building in
Edenton. This event is for all pork
producers in Northeastern North ' *
Carolina and will bring to pro
ducers the latest technology on
pork production. The program
starts at 10:00 A.M.
Topics to be discussed this year
are: “Control of External
Parasites”, James Arends;
“Micronutrients are Important for
Maximum Production,” Ken
Bryant; “Management of Hogs
from Feeder Pigs to Market”, Bob
Swain; “A New Look at
Crossbreeding Systems”, Charles
Stanislaw: “Factors Influencing
Sow Productivity”, Ken Esben
shade; and “Salmonella in Pigs”,
Dr. Tim Jones.
All producers from Northeastern
North Carolina and Southeastern
Virginia are invited to attend.
who intends to attend the evening
concert to purchase their tickets
now. Last years’ concert was a
sellout, with the final tickets sold at
Messer Refused j
Lesser Sentence
Joseph Allen Messer, 28, charg
ed with the first degree murder of
a Hyde County jailer, refused a plea j
bargain life sentence Thursday at
Chowan County Superior Court.
Earlier, he had pleaded guilty to |
second degree murder but said “I
can’t do it.” as he was being ques
tioned by Superior Judge J. Herbert
Small of Elizabeth City. Messer
would later be tried on the original
charge of first degree murder.
Doreen Messer, 18, Messer’s
wife, was sentenced to 10 years in
prison after being convicted of
voluntary manslaughter.
Joseph Messer had been a
prisoner at the Hyde County jail
and had threatened his wife with
possible abuse to their child if she
didn’t bring him a knife. This act
resulted in the beating and stabb
ing death of George Farrow, the
jailer at Hyde County jail, age 71.
It was these circumstances that
lowered Mrs. Messer’s charge to
voluntary manslaughter. Her other
charges were dismissed.
Am. Heart Fund
Business Drive Is
Held This Week
Over the next several days,
businesses in the Edenton-Chowan
area will be contacted by a
representative of the Heart Fund
for donations. Howard Collins, the
business chairman for this year’s
Heart Fund drive, will be making
these contacts along with the other
members of the business commit
tee. He will remind the business
people that nearly one million
Americans died last year from
heart and blood vessel diseases, *
and that 200,000 of them were bet
ween the ages of 35 and 65. This age
group represents business’ most
productive work force.
Those lost from the work force
must be replaced at a high cost to
the businessman, both through the
hiring and training process and
higher insurance costs.
The American Heart Association,
by working to lower the rate of
heart attacks and strokes, is
presenting businesses with a more
stable, less costly work force. But
in order to accomplish this there
must be increased research in the
fields of diagnosis and treatment,
which is why the Association is ask
ing for your help. Your investment
can assist in making blood vessel
diseases obsolete. The progress
made by the Heart Association is
reflected by the decrease in death
rates from heart attacks and
strokes. In the decade between 1968
and 1978 the death rate fell 25 per
cent for heart disease and 36 per
cent for stroke. But there is re
mains much more to be
Mr. Collins urges area businesses
to generously support the Heart
Association during its business
campaign which is to be held this
week in Chowan County.
i To Edenton
the door, prompting enthusiastic
appreciation from symphony
members unaccustomed to playing
to a full house outside of Raleigh.
After the very favorable response
to their 1982 performance, the sym
phony board hopes to sell all of this
years tickets in advance.
Last week ticket sales were ex
panded to include Elizabeth City,
Plymouth, and surrounding areas.
Already inquiries are coming in
from joining counties, raising the
possibility that those who postpone
the purchase of symphony tickets,
expecting to find them available at
the door, may be disappointed.
Chowan County is most fortunate to
have conductor James Ogle retur
ning for both the students daytime
concerts and the evening perfor
mance. The J.A. Holmes Concert
Choir and the Edenton Choral
Society will perform with the sym
phony, providing a rare opportuni
ty for locals to hear their friends
and neighbors perform with a tru
ly outstanding symphony or
chestra. Contact Mary Rhea Gard
ner (482-3458), Jake Boyce
(221-4188), Terry Wackelin
(482-2792) or any symphony board
member now for tickets to assure
that you won’t be left out on
February 24 when Edenton
celebrates the North Carolina
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EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR—The North Carolina Social Ser
vices Association has named Dolores Aylesworth as County
Employee of the Year. She is shown, center, receiving a plaque
from Marina Crummey, Chairman of the local chapter of NCSSA,
right, while Hazel Elliott, Director of Social Services in Chowan
County, looks on.
Aylesworth Is Named The
‘B3 Employee Os The Year
The Chowan County Chapter of
the North Carolina Social Services
Association (NCSSA) has named
Dolores Aylesworth its 1982/83
Employee of the year.
Mrs. Aylesworth, who is current
ly employed by the Chowan Coun
ty Department of Social Services as
an Eligibility Specialist, had to
meet four criteria to obtain this
honor. The first criteria for being
named employee of the year was in
volvement in the NCSSA. Mrs.
Aylesworth’s involvement in the
NCSSA has been described as “ac
tive”. She is at present, the
membership chairman for both the
County Chapter and District
NCSSA and she is currently involv
ed with a state NCSSA membership
The second criteria was how well
she preforms her job, which accor
ding to her application, she does at
a “top level”.
Her application continued to
read, “She is always willing to
assist co-workers in any way.”
The third criteria for the award
was involvement in community and
state affairs. Mrs. Aylesworth
meets this criteria through her in
volvement with the American
N.C. Firm Opens
Overseas Market
Taking advantage of South
Americans’ desire to heat with
wood, a North Carolina firm has
begun selling wood furnaces to
countries on that continent.
Next winter, outdoor ther
mostatically controlled wood fur
naces from Harrington Manufac
turing Company of Lewiston in Ber
tie County will be heating a school
in Paraguay and a medical clinic in
"Harrington Manufacturing’s en
try into the South American
marketplace with the furnace is a
good example of how North
Carolina companies of all sizes can
and are meeting the Recession
head-on by expanding their
overseas sales,” said Secretary of
Commerce D.M. (Lauch)
Faircloth added that North
Carolina exports had more than
doubled since 1976 to over
$4.2-billion annually.
The furnaces are designed to heat
homes, offices and clinics through
existing ductwork. They sell for
J.J. (Monk) Harrington, presi
dent of Harrington Manufacturing
said many South Americans want
to know why more people in the
United States don’t heat their
homes and water with wood. We
have taken advantage of that
positive attitude toward wood
energy to sell our product.”
Blake C. Lewis, sales manager of
Harrington’s Dare Energy Divi
sion, said that the Argentine
Ministry of Education is consider
ing purchase of the furnace for
heating small rural schools.
Lewis said, “Our furnaces are
much more efficient than the tradi
tional barrel type wood furnaces
used in South America.
Carroll Minch, export sales con
sultant, represents Harrington in
South America.
Recently, Mince attended the
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Legion Auxiliary and La Societe de
The last criteria was her ability
to lead, which she meets because of
her involvement in forming the.
local chapter of the NCSSA and hpr
willingness to perform duties
necessary to promote NCSSA on all
Mrs. Aylesworth came to
Chowan County from New York
where she worked for two years as
a social services secretary. She
started working with the local
Social Services office seven years
ago, also as a secretary, but was
later advanced to the position of
Eligibility secretary.
As the local Social Services
employee of the year, she will be
presented at the district NCSSA as
a candidate for District Employee
of the Year in March and, if suc
cessful, she will be presented as a
candidate on the state level.
Terry Williams
Receives Award
By Clay Roberts
Terry Williams was the recipient
of the 29th Distinguished Service
Award at the Jaycee DSA Banquet
Thursday night.
A 90 minute social hour began at
6:30 with a steak dinner served
The Master of Ceremonies, Allen
Mills, who is also the local Jaycee
president, was the first to speak
Bruce Wackelin recognized the
past presidents of the Edenton
Jaycees that were present at the
banquet. Gary Smith recognized
the past DSA winners that were
W.T. Culpepper. 11l introduced
the speaker. Mr. Jim Cole, Presi
dent of the North Carolina Jaycees.
Cole is from Sanford, N.C., and
was the first from that area.
Cole encouraged people to “get
involved” in the Jaycees.
He talked about special moments
such as the U.S.A. Hockey team
winning over the Russians in the
“Not only believe in the creed,
but live it”, said the 10 year veteran
of the Jaycees.
“And to the winner tonight, Con
gratulations.” said Cole.
The winner of the DSA was Terry
Williams, who graduated from
John A. Holmes High School in 1973.
He is married to Jane Williams.
They have two children, Micheal, 7
and Jennifer, 4.
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Terry Williams

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