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volume XXXIX—No. 37.
Chowan Fair Opens Next Week
Next week, as in years past, the
American Legion Post 40 will
welcome young and old alike to the
ahnual Chowan County
Agricultural Fair. The week’s
festivities are scheduled to begin
Monday and run through next
For those who revel in the bright
lights and cotton candy, the fair
will be the largest ever in the
C. W. Slades, coordinating the
various activities, stated that
Louden Amusement Company
will feature 15 thrill rides on the
midway and special
entertainment for the week will be
The Aces of John A. Holmes
High School posted their second
consecutive victory of the season
against the Perquimans Pirates in
Hertford, Friday night. They
tallied 25 points against the
Pirates 12, but it was a contest
plagued with fumbles and
The Aces return home Friday
night to meet Gates County. The
contest will begin at 8 o’clock at
The Pirates rallied for an early
lead in the first quarter. Pirate
Hurley Perry grabbed a fumble by
Jimmy Fleetwood on a pitch-out to
race amost 70 yards for the score.
They did not get the extra point,
A couple of plays later, Edenton
gave up the ball on another fumble
deep in their own territory
Perquimans’ drive for -another
score was stopped by the Edenton
defense after only five yards
gained on the series.
Edenton then traversed the field
only to lose possession on the
Perquimans nine yard line. Later,
as the Pirates were unable to
sustain a drive and yielded the
ball, Fleetwood picked up 12 yards
in addition to another 15 yards due
to a penalty against Perquimans.
From the 20, Arnold Brothers
footed it to pay dirt to post the first
score of the game for the Aces.
Ralph Garrett split the uprights to
give Edenton a 7-6 lead.
On the following kick-off, Percy
Twine scooped up the ball to put
Edenton in scoring position again.
The Aces lost ground, though; and
a field goal attempt by Garrett
Moving on to the second half,
Perquimans ripped off a quick TD
set up by a 40 yard return on the
opening kick-off. Four plays and
one Aces’ penalty later, fullback
Oliver Felton moved the ball the
one yard needed for the score, and
again Perquimans lead the Aces.
It didn’t take Edenton long to
come back. A 57-yard drive,
featurjngoPavid Norris and
BrrfSfiws as leading ground
gainers, was topped by a four yard
carry by Norris for the score.
In the latter part of the third
quarter, Garrett made off with the
Pirates’ pigskin booty. Garrett’s
fumble recovery set up the Aces’
ensuing score which was marked
by a 32-yard aerial display from
quarterback Gerald Hall to
Thomas Slade. Norris made the
score from four yards out.
The final touchdown of the
evening occurred in the fourth
period when Norris made a 38-
yard punt return and Willie Holley
carried it in from the two yard
Sales Tax Report
. Net collections from the local
option 1 per cent sales tax
exceeded 18-million in Tar &nl
counties in August According to a
report issued by J. Howard Coble,
secretory, Department of
Revenue, net collections in
Chowan County amounted to
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provided by the Fowler Family.
In addition to the innumerable
booths and exhibits that will be
featured, there will be 4-H talent
competition each night from
youths in Chowan County and the
surrounding area. The fun will be
highlighted by a 1 fireworks
Two “kids’ days” will be
observed, falling on Tuesday and
“We are making every effort to
present good clean entertainment
for the public,” remarked Slades.
GEORGE ALMA BYRUM
To Seek Re-election
The first contest in the
November Municipal Election in
the Town of Edenton develops this
week when incumbent Mayor
George Alma Byrum announced
that he had filed for re-election.
Last week Councilman Roy L.
Harrell, a three-time loser for the
office, announced that he would
again seek the post.
Indications are that James C.
Dail, mayor pro tern, will seek
another four-year term as
councilman-at-large, and that
Councilman David G. White will
also serfs re-rfection. Word has
circulated recently that
Councilman Clyde Hollowed wilt
not be a candidate for re-elecson.
No word has been heard from
Treasurer James M. Bond.
The deadline for filing is boon
In a brief statement, Mayor
Byrum stated that it had been a
privilege to serve in this capacity
for the past four and one-half
years and that he was pleased with
the progress that had been made
in many areas of town
Mayor Byrum further stated he
would run an active caihpaign on
his record as mayor and as a Town
Councilman for 12 years.
He promised to continue to give
the time, energy, and leadership
necessary to complete many
projects already planned, and to
honestly and earnestly work with
the Town Councd for a better
Edenton of tomorrow.
James C Dail Is Named Chamber President
James C. Dail will be installed
as president of Edenton Chamber
of Commerce at the annual
membership banquet Tuesday
night. Lt. Gov. Jim Hunt will be
the keynote speaker.
.. The banquet will be held at
Chowan Golf & Country Club. It
will begin at 7:30 o’clock.
Dail, Edenton mayor pro tan
and executive vice president of
Edenton Savings A Loan
Association, heads 'a new slate of
officers who will direct the
activities of the chamber for the
Fire Chief Luther C. Parks was
named vice president; Mrs.
Edward G. Bond, secretary; and
Alton Clark, treasurer. Jack
ffoarris, immediate past president,
will be an ex-officio member of the
Copies 10 Cents.
From The Bench
Judge J. William Copeland of
Murfreesboro is following the
practice of other Superior Court
jurists in conducting a brief class
in court procedures of jurors and
spectators. In his remarks prior to
dismissing the jurors Thursday of
last week, the popular judge stated:
It is rather difficult to hold court
because of so much bookkeeping
involved. This is required by Court
Court is costly. In Chowan
County it runs about $5OO per day.
He would support necessary
changes in North Carolina law to
allow defendants to waive jury
trial and let the judge hear the
A lot of things about court
procedure rub people the wrong
way. But like baseball, we must
play it by the rules. Therefore,
there is no use to become upset
And later, when giving the oath
to Keith Teague of Burlington,
new assistant solicitor in the
district, Judge Copeland noted
that the law says the assistant
solicitor must be a lawyer while
there is no such requirement for
the solicitor or judge.
Regardless of these bits of
wisdom, there still remains much
unanswered about the judicial
process along the Public Parade
and througout the country.
Youth Center Hailed
Those who have long felt an
adequate recreation program is a
prime ingredient of a balanced
community can applaud the
announcement of plans for the
Edenton-Chowan Youth Center at
National Guard Armory.
Roy Winslow, the first full-time
recreation director to meander
-along the Public Parade,
displayed unusual organizational
ability and dedication to duty
when he arrived on the scene in
June and put together the best
summer :program ever seen in
As an encore he has made
elaborate plans for the youth
center for boys and girls eight to 17
years of age. Games and activities
that will be conducted are pool,
ping-pong, cards, chess, checkers,
etc., juke box, TV, and basketball,
He has designated different
sections of the spacious building
for various age groups and has
designed the program to best
utilize the facility.
Too, the center will operate at
hours when previously the youth of
this community complained of
having nothing to do.
There are community buildings
scattered throughout Chowan
County that can also be turned into
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vice president and Mrs. Brenda
Hurdle is office secretary.
Lt. Gov. Hunt, a Wilson native
and popular public official, will be
introduced by Jack Evans.
Rev. Bob Gray, Parks, Harris,
Moore and Dail will also have
roles at the banquet. Mr. and Mrs.
Gray will provide the
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Scene of Edenton’s First Bank Fobbery-BNC’s Northside Branch
Bank Robbed; Suspect At Large
A lone bandit, armed with a
revolver, Tuesday morning
robbed the Bank of North
Carolina’s branch at Northside
Shopping Center. He eluded scores
of officers in a chase through
Chowan and Gates counties and
over into Nansamond, Va.
He had not been apprehended at
Jack Harris, BNC vice
president, would not verify for
publication the amount of money
taken in the 10:26 A.M robbery. He
said it was the policy of the bank
not to disclose the amount. He
added that this is done for
Harris said the white man
walked up to the teller’s station
operated by Morris Small, Jr., and
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AID IN CANCER DETECTION -Mrs. Marian Thrower,
president of the Chowan Cancer Society is pictured above with
Thomas M. Surratt, executive vice president Chowan Hospital,
and Mrs. Ruth Vaughn, presenting a check to the hospital for the
purchase of spirometer to be used in the detection of lung cancer
and other respiratory diseases. It will become part of the Vaughn
Cancer Society Donates Funds
The Chowan Cancer Society has
contributed $450 for the purchase
of a spirometer. This will be added
to the equipment in the Vaughan
Respiratory Center at Chowan
The spirometer is a relatively
new type of diagnostic equipment
Banquet tickets will be available
at Peoples Bank & Trust
Company, Bank of North Carolina,
Edenton Savings & Loan
Pharmacy Hollowell Drug Store
and the chamber office.
Dail and Edward N. Manning, a
past chamber president, are co
chairmen of the annual event.
said: “This is a holdup”. He
related that Small later faced the
gun given a paper bag into which
he put the money.
There were two customers in the
branch at the time and George
Cowand and his son of Merry Hill
were entering as the bandit fled.
The robber sped north on Paradise
Road in a 1973 maroon Chevrolet.
No shots were fired and no one
was injured in Edenton’s first
“He was really getting off,”
Cowand said at the scene.
B. G. Riddle, manager of
Macks, and George Dowdy,
Winn-Dixie manager, got into
Riddle’s car and gave chase.
Small sounded the alarm while
the man was still in the bank and
utilized in testing the functions of
the lungs. The results of these
tests will help to detect lung
impairment, to determine the type
of impairment and to estimate its
These tests can also be used to
follow the course of diseases such
as lung cancer, tuberculosis is,
asthma, and many others and to
evaluate their response to
Another improvement area of
use for this equipment is in
preventative medicine. Its use in
health screening may lend to the
early detection of lung disease.
Edenton’s Board of Public'
Works has rolled back one-third of
the retail rate increase approved
several months ago and dropped
the fosel fuel charge, according to
Jesse L. Harrell, board chairman.
The action was taken September
13 in a meeting with the board’s
The board will absorb some
$25,000 in fosel fuel charges in the
next year and the new, lower, rate
win cut income by an additional
$50,000, it has been estimated.
The new rate is that as
recommended by the State
Utilities Commission for retail
electric rates in this area.
James Martin, director of
utilities, said the next billing
(October) will be figured on the
lower rate but will reflect the high
usage of the hot months of August
and early September.
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police responded immediately.
They were joined by Sheriff Troy
Toppin and his deputies, members
of the State Highway Patrol, SBI
The car was chased in the Drum
Hill section of Gates County by a
detective with Nansamond Police
Department. The detective said he
saw the car on three different
occasions and got a good look at
the motorist who was always
driving at a high rate of speed on
the rural paved roads.
Local enforcement officers were
quickly joined by others in
neighboring counties to form a
dragnet from which the robber
ultimately escaped. One officer
said at least one of the suspects is
quite familiar with the area where
the hunt centered.
The airplane of N. C. Wildlife
Commission was called into
service to join in the search of the
heavily wooded area, as well as
a helicopter from Virginia State
The robber has not positively
been identified, although there are
Warner Perry is branch
manager and Mrs. Gail Bunch is
Harris said he is real proud of
the -npioyees ard the way they
handled themse! -es. Vise, he said
he is thankful that no ono was
The branch bank, located at he
intersection of North Broad Street
and Paradise Road in the shopping
center, officially opened on August
27. It is the first branch BNC has
opened outside the downtown area
J. Robert Hendrix, Route 1,
Tyner is the first juvenile
probation officer employed to
work in the First District. He was
named to the post recently by
Chief District Court Judge
Fentress Horner of Elizabeth City.
Hendrix resigned as director of
the Department Social Services in
Chowan County to accept the new
position. He will work in Chowan,
Gates, Perquimans, Pasquotank,
Camden and Currituck counties.
Judge Horner excluded Dare
County from the new system,
leaving the work in that county to
be done by the Department of
No decision has yet been made
on the location of an office.
Hendrix will be assisted by a
female probation officer and a
Educated at East Carolina
University, Hendrix taught in the
schools of Gates County and
Suffolk, Va., for seven years prior
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J. ROBERT HENDRIX