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THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 3?, No. 25 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, June 23, 1983 ???
Three accidents reported
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>: Beach Springs collision injures local youth
Thomas Phillip Winslow, 16, of
Route 1, Hertford, was injured in a
single-vehicle accident Monday
According to N.C. State Trooper
Joel Siles, Winslow was traveling
west on Beach Springs Road at an
v excessive speed. As he was about to
transvene a curve, the 1976 Ford
LTD he was driving went into a skid,
crossing the center line.
When Winslow attempted to gain
control of the vehicle, it ran off the
right shoulder of the road, colliding
with a ditch.
The forward momentum of the car,
coupled with the force of the impact,
turned the car around and caused it
to slide backwards 59 feet on its left
side, according to the trooper.
The vehicle ran across a
residential driveway and came to
rest in a ditch.
Winslow was transported to
Chowan Hospital with injuries to his
left arm. From there he was tran
ferred to Albemarle Hospital where
he underwent surgery for treatment
of a broken left arm. He was also
treated for severe cuts to his left
arm, according to relatives.
Siles said Winslow was charged
with excessive speed.
Mitchell Zachary, age 69, was
traveling south on Church Street
Sunday when the vehicle he was
driving ran into the sidewalk on the
right hand side of the street, and
went on to strike a tree.
Hertford Police Officer Robert
Harvey, accident investigator, said
Zachary had just come across the
"S" bridge at about 3:50 p.m. when
the accident occurred.
Harvey said Zachary did not know
what had happened, adding that a
witness said Zachary did not appear
to be exceeding a safe speed.
Zachary's wife was taken to
Chowan Hospital, but was released.
No charges were filed.
A one-vehicle accident in Winfall
Saturday resulted in $2,500 damage
to a van owned by David Benjamin
1st Choice Homes to open
sales office in Hertford
1st Choice Homes, a Dallas, N.C.
t based firm which builds uniquely
economical steel-framed houses on
site, has targeted Hertford, N. C., for
its next sales center.
1st Choice, a division of Jewell
Building Systems, Inc., was recently
ranked 175th in INC. Magazine's list
of the "500 Fastest Growing Private
Companies in the U. S."
The five-year-old company already
has builders in 11 North Carolina
cities. In South Carolina, 1st Choice
contractors are in Columbia, Rock
Hill, Florence, Hartsville and the
Myrtle Beach area.
"We think Hertford is an ideal
market for our houses," said Everett
Jewell, president of 1st Choice, "and
it is a logical next move for us."
"Our goal is to make our sales
centers easily accessible to all
Carolinians by the end of this year. A
Hertford location is strategic to this
"I believe our houses, costing
under $30,000 will revolutionize the
housing industry, as soon as enough
people discover the concept."
"In addition to being affordable,"
said Jewell, "these homes are cost
efficient. Heavy insulation keeps
heating and cooling bills in a stan
dard 1,025 sq. ft. model at an average
of $30 or less a month."
"Also, steel doesn't deteriorate like
wood and costs much less to main
tain, and fire insurance rates may be
sharply reduced for residents of steel
Jewell estimates that some 80
TlWtfeflf "&f tfl^pfctlvf" fiomdTniyers
nationwide have been priced out of
When a iked, "Are you a BeLo
customer from now on?", the
answer was a quick, "Yes,
shucks yes!", from John
Jones of 317 Dobb Street in
Hertford. Jones was a recent
winner of one of two 1983
Chevettes being given away
by BeLo Supermarkets. Steve
Manning, manager of the
Hertford BeLo, congratulates
Jones and hands him the
keys. Jones says he would
like to personally thank the
person who drew his name
from thousands of entries.
(Photo by Pat Mansfield)
"Anytime you have an 80 percent
market and an effective product, you
might as well hitch up the locomotive
and go, "he said.
Besides national sales, 1st Choice
is now negotiating to build 20,000
steel homes in Colombia, South
Terry Chamberlin, national sales
manager for 1st Choice, said, "At
this point, we do not know who our
building contractor in Hertford will
be. We are still accepting ap
"When the contractor is selected,
he will then find a good location to
build a model in Hertford, and this
will be our sales center."
"If everything works out as
planned, we could be showing a
model house to prospective Hertford
home owners in two or three mon
Town tax rate to remain stable
By SUSAN HARRIS
The Hertford Town Council, with
Mayor Bill Cox and Councilmen
Jessie Harris and John Beers
* present, held a public hearing
Monday night on the proposed
$506,225 fiscal year 1983-84 town
There were no town residents
present at the (tearing. All board
members present approved the
budget and the tax valuation for
Although the total budget is 137.786
higher than last year's 1470,439, the
75 cents per $100 tax valuation will
remain the same.
The town expects to collect $60,000
in ad valorem taxes, compared to the
anticipated $67,666 in 1662-63.
Other income will include $33,000
from the Powell Bill Street
Allocation, $39,000 from utility
franchise tax, $22,000 from local
option sales tax, $18,000 from ABC
store profits, and other lesser
I revenue sources.
Revenues from the electric fund
are expected to be $1,130,710, up
$123,713 tram last year. From these
funds, $200,900 will go to the general
tend and $1900 will be spent to
balance the water and sewer
The remaining $926,719 will be used
The street, which overran last
year's budgeted $94,300, accounts for
$109,340 of this year's budget ex
penditures, an increase of $15,040.
Second in total fluids budgeted is
$93,775 for the police department, up
$6,025 from the $87,750 allocated last
The sanitation department, which
last year received $83,790, will get
$4,710 more, or $88,500 in fiscal 1983
Administration will cost $69,200
during the coming year, compared to
$64,200 last year.
Jaycees announce plans
for July 4th celebration
The Perquimans County Jaycees
and Jaycettes are inviting everyone
to spend an evening filled with fun
and entertainment on Monday, July
4th, for their annual July 4th
This years celebration will be held
at Missing Mill Park and promises to
be the most in entertainment and
activities. The non-stop en
tertainment will include a variety of
music; patriotic, jaxx, gospel,
sacred, country and etc. Square
dancing, performed by local groups,
will also be included in the festivities.
"The highlight of the evening will
be the most spectacular fireworks
display ever in Perquimans County/'
said Lee Tuasell, Internal Vice
President and Jaycee Chairman for
the July 4th Celebration
Activities will begin at 4 p.m. with
pony rides, pac-man games,
watermelon seed spitting contests,
an ugly face contest (with no age
limit), and bingo (with prizes). The
Perquimans County Band Boosters
will be providing other games and
Concessions will be offered by the
Jaycettes and other clubs consisting
of hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, cold
watermelon, homemade icecream,
cake and other goodies.
The Lions club will be selling light
bulbs, brooms and baseballs signed
by our local baseball celebrity, Jim
Perquimans County Singers will
perform at 8:15 for the church ser
Everyone Is urged to join the
Jajrceea and Jaycettes to make Uiis
the moat successful July 4th
Harrell of Chowan County.
Harrell, 29, was traveling south on
Highway 17 business near Vosses
Creek Bridge at around 2: IS
Saturday morning when, he told
Winfall Police Chief Joe Lothian, he
According to Lothian, Harreil's
vehicle ran off the road on the left
hand shoulder, slid along a guard rail
approximately 54 feet, jumped the
guard rail and slide an additional 60
feet before impacting against a tree.
No injuries were reported and no
charges were filed.
N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper
Joel Siles examines this
accident involving a 1976
Ford LTD driven by Tommy
Winslow of Hertford. Winslow
lost control of the car in a
curve on Beach Springs
Road, sr 1111, on Monday
morning. (Photo by Pat
W ater problem plagues county
By SUSAN HARRIS
Problerris with 'fhe county's water
system were the topic of discussion
once again at the county com
missioners meeting Monday night.
Commissioners Lester Simpson
and Charles Ward said they had
continued to receive reports of dirty
water. The recent complaints were
from the Bethel and Belvidere
Water department manager
Russell Chappell was unable to at
tend the meeting to review the
complaint records he has been
The board voted to request
Chappell to be present after the
budget hearing scheduled for
Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. to inspect
the record books for clues to the
Commissioner Charles Ward told
the board that he had been in con
tract with Ron Sessoms, engineer for
Phase II of the water system,
Sessoms said the well has been dug
and tests are underway on the pumps
at the Winfall water plant.
W ard.s9ji<ij\? csilcdSessoras .wket),.
Ward saw six inch pipe on the Phase
II site for a drainage line and did not
think pipe that small could handle the
demand to be placed on it.
Sessoms recalculated the pipe size
and discovered that he had
miscalculated the pipe size, which
should have been 12 inches in
The discovery came, however,
after part of the pipe had already
Commissioner Simpson said with
this new development, and seeing the
problems with the Phase I water
plant, perhaps new water system
employees or a different engineering
firm, or both, should be procured.
Perquimans County resident
Preston Stevenson received approval
for a subdivision for single-family
dwellings at the meeting.
Located west of Don Juan
Manufacturing, the development
consists of 25 lots, all bordering a
state road. The subdivision will be
County Finance Officer Durwood
Reed told the board that the county
. was denied federal funds for wbich it
had applied to replace the furnace at
the county library. The funds are
available in the county budget, Reed
The board adopted a resolution to
apply for a federal grant to finance
one-fourth of the cost of an am
bulance to be used by the
Perquimans County Rescue Squad.
Reed informed the board that his
correspondence indicated that as of
January 1, 1984, the Social Security
contribution paid by the employer
will rise from 6.7 percent to 7.0
percent. The employee share will
remain at 6.7 percent.
The board was read a letter by
Reed stating that by July 1, 1985 the
county will be required by state law
to have a building inspection
department. The department em
ployees will be required to have
specialized training in the areas they
The board adjourned into
executive session to discuss per
Commission approves requests
By SUSAN HARRIS
The Albemarle Commission ap
proved 11 of 13 projects which had
passed its clearinghouse committee
at its meeting Thursday night.
Among those approvals was a 15
month Community Revitalization
Project consisting of approximately
5.5 acres centered on King Street
located six blocks south of downtown
Hertford at an estimated cost of
Also approved was a local option
acquisition at a project cost of $36,400
to demolish four additional units in
the same area.
The board approved an application
for a subdivision feasibility analysis
for Country Village Subdivision
submitted by Harbor Point Cor
poration in care of the Bradford
Corporation in Elizabeth City.
A request by the N.C. Division of
Parks and Recreation, Pettigrew
State Park, for <20,000 from the
National Park Service for im
provements was granted.
The Town of Nags Head received
approval to request $24,000 from the
National Park Service for ocean
beach access improvements.
A Town of Manteo request for
935,000 from the National Park
Service to establish Cartwright
Memorial Park at the site of an early
AME-Zion Church was approved.
Jockey's Ridge State Park. NCD
NR&CD, requested $(0,000 from the
National Park Service for acquisition
of approximately 27 small parcels of
land in Dare County.
Merchants Mill Pond State Park,
NCDCR&CD, asked for $55,000 from
the National Park Service for the
acquisition of some 118 acres of land
in Gates County.
You arc cordially in riled
Perquimans Conn ty\s
First Annual Volunteer
A pprecia t ion Day
Sunday , June ttventy-six
. Nineteen hundred eighty-three
At two o'clock in the afternoon
Missing Mill Park
Hertford , North Carolina
Reception to immediately
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