Judge Walter W. Cohoon of
Elizabeth City is meandering
along the Public Parade during
the* daylight hours this week. He is
presiding over a criminal term in
Chowan County Superior Court.
Judge Cohoon has tried to hang
up his judicial robe in recent years
but the Chief Justice of the N.CL
Supreme Court keeps him pretft,
bitty with special assignments.™
Now Judge Cohoon knows about
as much about the historic
Chowan County Courthouse as
anyone living. He has shouted
from both sides of the bar as
prosecutor and as judge. ~
His familiarity with the
situation was displayed Monday
morning when he delivered in
structions prior to a brief recess.
“The toilet facilities here are
limited, at best,” he began. “Court
officials, including jurors, must be
With those ground rules laid, he
walked into Mrs. Lena M. Leary’s
office and asked for the key to the
private facility. It hadn’t been so
lpng since he was here that he had
forgotten the important things.
The publicity received by the
Town of Edenton can be classified
as none other than fantastic! The
latest piece we have seen is the
cover of the current issue of “Tar
The full color cover is the
familiar cannon-Barker House
scene. The artist behind the
shutter was Allan B. Asbell of
Allan, who moved from the
advertising department of The
Chowan Herald across to Peoples
Bank & Trust Company, has
become an accomplished
photographer in recent years. We
would like to think he received at
least a tab of encouragement from
this side of Broad Street.
Harry Gatton, the power behind
the throne at N.C. Bankers
Association, is ,an accomplished
student of history and preser
vation. Edenton, quite naturally,
is a favorite laboratory. We
usually admire his selection of
cover material for the magazine
but especially when it deals with
things along the Public Parade.
Harry and Allen have teamed up
to give us a real plug. And you
can’t beat the price.
There are two extra-curricular
things along the Public Parade
with members of Edenton United
Methodist Church. One is the
men’s pickled herring-breakfast,
jwhich resumes at..7 A.M. Safur
tPjl. The other is the chicken salad
thelta&es serve from time to time.,
» A Tot of effort is going into the
church’s Building Fund these days
and as a prelude to the Every
Sunday the Methodist families in
Queen Anne’s will conduct a
Garage Sale Saturday. The
proceeds go to the Building Fund.
There is already some conflict
since some of the men must choose
Saturday morning between
hustling herring or goodies un
covered in a massive clean-up of
Nevertheless, the people along
the Public Parade will have a
choice of Methodist goodies
Saturday. But not really. Long
after the herring have been
digested there will be items to
select from the Garage Sale, next
to S&R on West Queen Street.
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The of Historic Edenton,
Inc. met’ September 22 and
nominated hew officers.
* The new chairman will be Allen
B. Harless, Jr. Vice Chairman and
hew member of the board is Larry
Robertson. Annette Lucas will
stipe as secretary.
. ■jwjajplfr members were ap
■prisM to three-year terms. They
-'tit Robertson, John Morehead
Nancy Campbell. All are
•übjefct to the approval of the
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Cancer. " Mety
Terry H. Jones *. -j, new
president of the ChoU %■ v*nty
Cancer Society. He'
Larry Robertson who will
first vice president. %%
Elected at a meeting of the x&l
society Tuesday night, Jones said,
“I look forward to working with
the new officers and the people of
Chowan County in making this one
of the best years ever for the
Jones is owner of Radio Station
WCDJ and Terry’s Shoe Box. A
native of Chowan County, he is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Haywood
Jones. He resides with his wife,
Carolyn, and two daughters in
Other officers are W.P. Jones,
second vice president; Mrs.
Robert Bunch, Jr., secretary;
Mrs. Jack Jordan, treasurer, and
Dr. Richard Hardin, medical
Chairmen are Mrs. W.J.P.
Earnhardt Sr., memorials; Pete
Dail, service; Mrs. Frances
Wilkins and Mrs. Fran Ward,
education; Mrs. Yates Parrish,
crusade; Vann Johnson, golf;
Mrs. Lola Bass, Uterine Task
Force; Marvin Barham, loan
closet; Mrs. Jack Jordan, Reach
To Recovery, and Mrs. Jacqueline
"The month of October has been
designated Cancer Crusade Month
in Chowan County. Last year
$5,577 was collected during the
crusade under the chairmanship
of Mrs. Lewis Leary.
A jury Tuesday was hearing the
case in Chowan County Superior
Court where Desie Pierce, alias
Poor Dog, is being tried for first
degree burglary. Judge Walter W.
Cohoon of Elizabeth City is
After jury selection Monday
afternoon, Dist. Atty. Thomas S.
Watts, also of Elizabeth City,
began his case with the testimony
of Mrs. Martha Dunbar.
Mrs. Dunbar testified that on the
night of August l she was
awakened to see “Poor Dog”
crawling into her upstairs
bedroom at 308 North Granville
Street. Her young grandson was
asleep with her.
The witness testified that she
screamed: “What are you doing
here, Poor Dog,” There was no
response. She further told the jury
he put his arm around her neck
and a hand across her mouth and
“I’m going to kill you,” she
quoted him as saying three times.
He bit her on the finger, she added,
She was taken to Edenton Police
Department where she reported
the incident and later was ad
mitted to Chowan Hospital where
she stayed for three days.
Louis Holley was given a three
to five year sentence after en
tering a plea of guilty to forgery.
He was charged with passing a
check taken from a break-in at the
U.S. Post Office here on July 2.
Carl Lewis was given a nine
month term for larceny.
In other cases called Monday
the following action was taken:
Carl Purnell Hall, speeding and
failure to secure load, 30 days,
suspended upon payment of |SO
■; Lloyd Clifton Littlejohn, aid and
Courthouse-Jail Bids Received
By L.F. Am burn, Jr.
Chowan County apparently is only a week away from the final step
toward new courthouse and detention facilities. Low bids, which could
total, $1,442,150. were received here Tuesday afternoon.
The county has received a $l.B-million Economic Development Ad
ministration grant for the project. Os this amount $1,479,820 was ticketed
for construction costs.
By taking all low bids, which would mean two general contractors and
two electrical contractors on the job, the county would have a kitty of
$37,570. However, the bid documents contain three alternates, one of
which is site work, which would push the total package upwards by
more than $75,000.
While there was a general atmosphere of glee among county com
missioners when the final bid was read, there was disappointment ex
pressed over the fact that only two bids were received for plumbing and
mechanical work. After consulting authorities, Chairman C.A. Phillips
reported that these two sections would have to be re-advertised.
Bids can be taken again within a week and at that time the “for sure”
figure would be available.
Bidding was close in some quarters and with the courthouse and
detention facility being quoted separately the county could save some
$86,000 by awarding two contracts. The same is true in the electrical
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Volume XLin.—No. 39.
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SUPER SLIDE—A worker with Fun Fair Shows of Myrtle
Beach, S.C. is shown above pondering his handiwork following
completion of the Super Slide, a new attraction at the Chowan
County Fair this year.
James Augustus Leary was
given a 12-month prison sentence
Tuesday morning for driving
while his license was per
manently revoked. The sentence
was given by Judge Grafton G.
Beaman in Chowan County
In other cases called the
following action was taken:
Leamon E. Simmons, drunk
driving, 60 days, suspended upon
payment of SIOO fine and costs.
Notice of appeal entered.
Wade Thomas Nixon, reckless
driving, SIOO fine and costs.
Charges of drunk driving and
failure to report an accident were
dismissed because of lack of
Jimmie Calvin Keeter, drunk
driving, 90 days, suspended upon
payment of S2OO fine and costs.
Sam Tripp, drunk driving, 60
days, suspended upon payment of
slls fine and costs.
Thomas Benjamin Harrell,
drunk driving, 60 days, suspended
upon payment of SIOO fine and
costs; no operator’s license and
inspection violation. $35 fine and
costs. Notice of appeal entered.
James W. Spivey, resisting*
arrest and trespass, nine months,
suspended upon payment of $l5O
costs. Notics of appeal
Edenton, North Carolina, Thursday, September 29, 1977
Net collections from the local
option 1 per cent sales tax in
Chowan County in August
amounted to $21,159.23, according
to a report released by Mark G.
Lynch, Secretary, State Depart
ment of Revenue.
Collections throughout the state
amounted to $12.4-million for the
In eight other Albemarle Area
counties were the tax is levied the
following collections were
Camden, $5,170.64; Currituck,
$15,182.44; Dare, $124,446.12;
Gates, $6,422.89; Pasquotank,
$12,831.50; Tyrrell, $4,789.30; and
Last weekend was a busy one of
Edenton Police Department,
reports Chief J.D. Parrish.
During the period four charges
of drunk driving were lodged and
several speeding and other traffic
Also, a call from a concern
citizen at 1:57 A.M. Sunday
resulted in the arrest of two
suspects on charges of breaking
and entering and larceny.
J. Everette FaubeV, Jr., of Lynchburg, Va., architect, said while it
would be somewhat unusual to have two general contractors on the job
“it is worth looking at” from the standpoint of saving money.
Chairman Phillips and his colleagues appeared relieved over the
amount of the bids. They had expressed fear that the bids would far
exceed monies available and that would have put the commissioners in a
“It is close to the money, though,” Phillips said. “But I wouldn’t want
to plan a long trip on the difference.”
Barnhill Contracting of Tarboro submitted the low lump sum base bid
of $1,189,000 for the entire project. However, D.J. Rose & Son of Rocky
Mount was low on the detention facility ($390,000) by $85,600 to Barnhill
bid of $475,600.
Gardner Construction of Elizabeth City and L.P. Cox Company of
Sanford also submitted bids for the general contract.
Electricon, Inc., of Kinston, submitted the low bid for electrical work.
It was $151,000 for both facilities but Stewart Shinn Electric of Green
ville was low on the courthouse alone by some $4,000. Watson
Electric of Wilson was the third electrical contractor to bid.
Bullock Plumbing & Heating of Raleigh submitted a low bid of $86,750
on the plumbing work, compared to Mimsco, Inc., of Raleigh, whose bid
Bullock was also low on the mechanical with a bid of $125,000. White’s
Heating of Williamston bid $153,000.
Fair Notes Record Crowds
Attendance at the Chowan
County Fair this year has ex
ceeded all previous goals,
reported Bill Perry, president of
the Chowan County Fair
Association. Tuesday night at
tendance figures noted 2,000 paid
adult admissions with free student
admissions totalling ap
proximately 4,000. Tonight (Thurs
day) will be Senior Citizens Night
with all persons 65 and over being
admitted at no charge.
Other Thursday events will
include a poultry sale at 5:30 P.M.,
a mini-tractor pull at 6 P.M. for
500 lb. to 800 lb. classes, the 4-H
READY EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE—TiIe roller coaster, ferris
wheel and other rides were in readiness Monday afternoon
needing only the people to make the 1977 edition of the Chowan
County Fair complete. Figures show attendance this year has hit
an all time record with many thousands turning out to enjoy the
annual event underway at the American Legion Fairgrounds on
U.S. 17 South.
Mr. Hollowell, 76 Dies
Carey Jordan Hollowell of Tyner
died Saturday afternoon in
Chowan Hospital after an ex
tended illness. He was 76.
A native of Chowan County, he
was the son of the late William
Jordan and Annie Boyce Hollowell
and the husband of Mrs. Annie
Belle Leary Hollowell.
He was a retired farmer and
fisherman and a member of the
Ballards Bridge Baptist Church
where he was a former deacon and
past chairman of deacons.
He served several terms as a
Chowan County commissioner.
Surviving besides his wife are
one son, Edgar Earl Hollowell,
Route 3, Edenton; one sister, Mrs.
Emma Hobbs of Hobbsville; four
Single Copies 15 Cents
Regional Talent Show at 7 P.M.
followed by the Musical Flowers
with variety entertainment at 8:15
P.M. They appear each night.
A special display of nine prize
show cattle owned by Michael K.
Elliott of Mockville is featured
through Thursday night. There is
also a display of antique farm
Friday night will feature a
square dancing exhibition by the
Colonial Squares of Edenton
beginning at 7 P.M.
Saturday night will see the
conclusion of the mini-tractor pull,
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brothers, Ralph Hollowell of
Tyner; Wilbur Hollowell of
Corapeake; Carlisle Hollowell. of
Ahoskie; and Ray Hollowell of
Portsmouth, Va.; and three
Funeral services were held
Monday at 3 P.M. in the Ballards
Bridge Baptist Church with Rev.
George Cooke and Dr. Robert
Gray officiating. Burial followed
in the church cemetery with
Swindell-Bass Funeral Home in
charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Ralph
Hollowell, Jr., Ronald Hobbs,
Billy Hobbs, Bobby Hollowell,
Keith Hollowell and Douglas
Electric customers of the Town
of Edenton can prepare for higher
utility bills in October as the town
passes on a fossil fuel charge from
W.B. Gardner, town ad
ministrator, said the charge on the
bills being mailed this week is
$6.80 per 1,000 kWh.
“We arw sorry that it has
become necessary (to make th*
charge) but we must follow our
past policy of passing on what pd|
are charged for fossil tael,” jfß
The September billing reQaBH
a small fossil fuel credit.