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The landscape along the Public
Parade is changing, especially in
a couple of blocks near downtown
Edenton. The new Chowan County
now has definite form. Soon the
historic Edenton United Methodist
Church will be mere memories as
it is razed to expand parking
facilities at the U. S. Post Officee.
There is some similarity to the
two. While both have grown out of
change, it was not merely for the
sake of change. Regardless of
what some have held to, the
steples had to change.
As far as the church is con
cerned, at any given date in recent
years the insurance carrier or the
fire department could have
labeled the facility at 104 North
Bread Street unsafe for continued
occupancy. In a town with lesser
understanding this would have
happened long ago.
Last Sunday the Methodists
moved into Phase I of a relocation
program which includes offices,
fellowship hall and classrooms. It
represents an investment of
nearly $400,000 on a spacious site
donated by Mrs. E. L. Ward. More
than $400,000 will be needed to
construct a new sanctuary.
Money from the sale of the
downtown property will provide 10
per cent of what is needed to
complete Phase 11.
This is the fourth move, and
probably the last one, for
Methodists here since 1808. The
sequence was traced by Mrs. Julia
Bond at the closing service on
Broad Street and it is reprinted
elsewhere in today’s newspaper.
As chairman of the Building
Committee we have a special
wide in the new facility. We hope
the people of the community will
avail themselves of the op
portunity to see what is on the
inside at 301 Virginia Road at an
open house Sunday from 3 P.M. to
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A hail storm moved through portions of Chowan and Perquimans
counties Tuesday night, causing considerable damage.
R. M. (Pete) Thompson, county extension chairman, said cabbage and
corn were hard hit. He reported that most of the cabbage was ready to
market but was beat up real bad.
Thompson said the storm moved through the area along the county line
in Northeastern Chowan and Northwestern Perquimans.
An earlier weather-crop story follows:
If there is an abundance of anything in Chowan County at this time it is
water-rain water which has brought about a critical farming situation
while not chasing the early algae bloom.
While a majority of the farmers can be expected to experience reduced
yields in peanuts, corn and soybeans, the real blow is to the marginal
farmer, according to R. M. (Pete) Thompson, county extension chair
The excessive amount of water has caused drowning, root rot, etc., the
lack of weed control will take its toll, Thompson pointed out.
J. H. Conger, Sr., veteran weather observer, told The Chowan Herald
at noon Tuesday that 6.99 inches of rain had been recorded in Edenton
the first 28 days of May. Conger measures the rain at 6 P.M. daily and the
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Volume XLV.-No. 22
Chowan County commissioners
have in hand a budget which has
been described as “so lean in cer
tain. areas that it is actually
frightening.” But it calls for a 12-
cent per SIOO valuation increase
which keeps the rate at $1 overall.
A public hearing on the budget
will be held at 8 P.M. on June 18.
In order to maintain a 97-cent
tax rate, outside the fire district,
the Finance Committee had to
face “hard and difficult”
The budget calls for a total
expenditure of $3,295,555. County
Manager Eddie Dick said in a
budget message revealed Monday
night that this appears to be down
from last year because certain
federal and state programs are no'
The Finance Committee
recommendation is based on a
valuation of $136-million, up a
mere $500,000 from the current
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County Manager Eddie Dick
explained the 1979-80 fiscal budget
for the Finance Committee
Monday night and then bowed out,
moving on to take a similar
position in Craven County.
Dick, who has been here but one
year as Chowan’s first manager,
was praised by county com
missioners for the work he has
He recommended that Dallas
Jethro, Jr., tax supervisor
collector. be named interim
manager. This was unanimously
approved by the board.
Commissioners have advertised
for the past month for a
replacement for Dick. It was noted
that some 72 applications have
been received. The deadline for
applications is Friday.
The board went into executive
session immediately following the
budget meeting. It was believed
that they had narrowed the
selection of a new manager to six
people and would arrange in
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, May 31, 1979
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The familiar strains of “Pomp
and Circumstance” will soon
herald the successful completion
of a twelve year education
(urogram for 205 Chowan County
public school students.
Culminating the graduation
exercises, the classes of 1979 at
Chowan High School and John A.
Holmes High School will receive
their diplomas in separate events
on June 6 and June 7, respectively.
Baccalaureate Service on
Sunday will begin the formal
ceremonies for both bodies of
Dr. Bruce McGraw, John A.
Holmes High School principal, and
Rev. James Fenner, pastor of
Providence Baptist Church, will
be principal speakers for the 152
Holmes graduates at 7:30 P.M. in
the Edenton Baptist Church.
Prior to baccalaureate, the
Holmes Class of ’79 will don their
mortarboards and gown as special
honored guests during morning
worship services at Macedonia
Gary Mickey, youth education
director at Berea Baptist Church,
will be principal speaker at
Chowan High School’s Bac-
NEW BRANCH —Shown above is an artist rendering of the new Tarheel Bank & Trust Company
branch which is now under construction at the intersection of North Broad Street and Coke Avenue.
It will be the bank’s first branch in Edenton.
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Conservation of gasoline,
discussion of after hours use of
school grounds and the 1979-80
school budget are agenda items to
be considered by the Edenton-
Chowan Board of Education at
their next meeting. The board will
hold its regular monthly meeting
at 8 P.M., Monday in the Third
Floor conference room of the
County Office Building.
Resllting from the state’s efforts
to conserve gas and in view of
possible fuel shortages, Edenton-
Chowan Schools have been in
structed to operate on 80 per cent
of the amount of fuel budgeted this
“Operating on 20 per cent less
fuel will present severe problems
for us next year,” Dr. Dunn
stated, “but there are several
avenues which the Board will be
asked to consider as away of
complying. Some of the
possibilities are by shortening and
revising routes, limiting the use of
activity buses for field trips or
employing student drivers who
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The EFNEP District Activity
Day will be Saturday at John A.
Holmes High School. Boys and
girls will be participating in
several events during the day.
Many will be giving demon
strations on foods - in one of the
four food groups - meats, fruits
and vegetables, milk and breads
Some will enter their favorite
food in the “Favorite Food Show”.
Many others will enter the dairy
Over 200 boys and girls with
volunteers, program aides, and
Extension agents will be attending
Several officials from the area
will be present for the awards
program at 11:30 o’clock. Alton
Elmore, a Chowan County com
missioner, will welcome the group
on behalf of the commissioners.
The general membership meet
ing of Edenton Little Theater will
be held Tuesday at 8 P.M. at the
Municipal Building, according to.
Dr. Bruce McGraw, president.
Year-end business will be
discussed, a slate of officers
presented and nominations taken
for the election of new officers.
The public is invited and en
couraged to attend.
Virginia Anne Evans
Construction is proceeding as
scheduled on the new 3,000-square
foot office for Tarheel Bank and
Trust Company located at the
corner of North Broad Street and
Coke Avenue. According to
Rocky Mount, architects for the
project, a completion date in early
September is anticipated.
The building will provide office
space for two officers and a large
lobby with space for six tellers. In
addition there will be a reinforced
concrete vault with vault lobby as
well as bookkeeping, storage
areas, and safe deposit boxes.
The interior space will feature a
brick floor in the lobby and
traditional type wood molding
throughout. Carpet will be used in
other areas with matching wall
covering and draperies.
The building will face the in
tersection of North Broad Street
and Coke Avenue, on the site
formerly occupied by Dr. L. A.
Dees, veterinarian. There will be a
drive-up window located on the
left side of the building and a night
depository located at the rear.
There will be one access to the
site from Coke Avenue and three
from the Harris Supermarket
parking lot. The site will contain
parking for 23 cars. Brick walks
lead from the parking area to both
front and rear entrances. Easy
access for entrance into the bank
has been provided for the handi
General Contractor for the
project is R. C. M. Inc., of Cary.
The heating and air conditioning is
being provided by Total Comfort
of Edenton; electrical by Milan
Stilley of Edenton; and plumbing
by Lamar Inc., of Greenville.
According to Robert E. Lee,
chief executive officer of Tarheel
Bank & Trust Co., the Edenton
office will provide full service
Dr. J. Parker Chesson, Jr., of
Elizabeth City, will deliver the
commencement address tonight at
Chowan Academy. The graduation
exercises begin at 8 o’clock.
Dr. Chesson, president of the
College of The Albemarle, is also
chairman of the Coastal
Resources Commission. During
his tenure as COA president he has
expanded the extension program
as well as guided a capital im
provements program which in
cludes moving the campus from
Riverside to a new site on U. S. 17.
The speaker will be introduced
by H. Cullen Dunstan, head
master. Diplomas will be awarded
by Murray Joe Tynch, Jr.,
chairman of the board of direc
Virginia Anne Evans will
deliver the valedictory address
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