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THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 40, No. 7 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, February l?, 1984 25 CENTS
Warmer days have brought
on a bout of spring fever for
many local people. This
photographer sought the
serenity of the Perquimans
River for an afternoon of
daydreaming and warmth.
Reports indicate that the
should remain in our area
throughout the week-end.
School bond referendum slated for May
Primary ballot in Perquimans County
The Perquimans County Board of
Education presented a resolution to
the Perquimans County Commis
sioners last week requesting the pro
vision of funds through school bonds
for renovations and additions to the
Perquimans County High School.
A school bond referendum is slated
ballot in the May
The request came after several
months of study by the Board of
Education following a report from
the Division of School Planning.
The Division of School Planning
toured all of the county's schools in
September to provide assistance in
determining long range facility
Their report stated that the top
priority need in the school system
was the high school facility. On a
scale of 0-5, with S indicating im
mediate vacating of the facility, the
two-story structure at Perquimans
County High School was classified as
The Board of Education began stu
dying the need for school facilities
and voted to employ an architect to
devise plans to give some ideas on op
r> tions available to the county.
After reviewing the options
available the Board approached the
Perquimans County Commissioners
in December and asked for their sup
port in the Board's decision to pro
vide new facilities.
The request to the Commissioners
gained unanimous approval
After gaining the support of the
Commissioners the Board of Educa
tion directed architect Sam Ashford,
of Ashford and Associates in Raleigh,
to develop models and specific plans
for the facilities.
The Board of Education has deter
mined that it will take two-million
dollars to provide the type of
facilities needed, and passed the
following resolution to present to the
WHEREAS, The Perquimans
County Board of Education is of the
opinion that existing school facilities
in Perquimans County are not adqe
quate for the maintenance of public
schools in the County for the tefm
prescribed by law; THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Per
quimans County Board of Education
Section I. The Perquimans County
Board of Education has ascertained
and hereby determines that it is
necessary to provide additional
school facilities in Perquimans Coun
ty, including the construction and
reconstruction of school buildings,
plants and other facilities, the ac
quisition of necessary land or rights
in-land and the acquisition and in
stallation of furnishings and equip
ment necessary for such school
facilities, and that it will be
necessary to expend for such pur
pose, from proceeds of general
obligation bonds and apart from
other moneys which may be
available therefore, not less than
two-million dollars ($2,000,000).
Section 2. The Board of Commis
sioners of Perquimans County is
hereby requested to provide the
funds required for the improvements
hereinbefore set forth and to issue
bonds of said County to raise the re
quired funds and to submit the ques
tion of issuing bonds to accomplish
such financing to the voters of Per
Section 3. The Secretary of the Per
quimans County Board of Education
is hereby directed to transmit a copy
of this resolution to the Perquimans
County Board of Commissioners.
According to Perquimans County
School Superintendent, Pat Harrell,
the Board of Education has two op
tions from which to choose before
final plans can be made for the high
The first, and most conservative
option would be to demolish the
wings on either end of the two-story
structure of the high school, leaving
the section of the building that houses
the auditorium in tact.
The other option available to the
Board would be to demolish the en
tire two-story building and replace it
Harrell named in top three
' state soybean producers
Tommy Harrell of Per
quimans County is awarded
the third place plaque by Don
Lee, President of the Soybean
Growers Association, and
)| Jim Dunphy, N.C State Ex
tension Service Soybean
Specialist. Harrel) had the
third highest yield in the state
of North Carolina in 1983,
$1.88 bushels per acre.
Tommy Harrell of Per
quimans County was
recognized recently at the
meeting of the North Carolina
Soybean Growers Association
for producing the third
highest yield in the state of
The yield was 61.88 bushels
Harrell attributed his suc
cess to high fertility condi
tions, precision seeding rates,
proper pH and some good
luck which brought him ade
quate rainfall and good
weather conditions in 1983.
Harrell indicated that he
has a long-term project with
the Perquimans County Ex
tension Service to consistent
ly raise 60 bushels of soy
beans per acre.
with a new building, adding a
minimum one-half million dollar in
crease in the amount of monies need
ed to renovate the properties.
The Board of Education is ex
pected to decide on the option that
will be taken at their next monthly
meeting on Monday night.
utility rate increase
Beginning in March Hertford utili
ty consumers will realize a ten per
cent increase in their utility bills.
The rate increase comes to the
town's residential utility customers
as a result of a 9.7 per cent rate in
crease from the Northeastern North
Carolina Power Agency, the agency
that services Hertford, in January.
The Hertford Town Council voted
Monday night to pass the increase on
to residential utility consumers. The
cost to the town for the extra fifteen
days of usage at the old rate by con
sumers has been approximately
In comparison to other area rates
for 1,000 kilowatts Hertford's new
rate will be near the median rate.
The rate for 1,000 kilowatts in
Elizabeth City is $84.08, Edenton's
rate is $79.76, and Vepco's rate is
The Council met with Don Harvey
and Steve Player of L.E. Wooten and
Company of Greenville, the con
sulting engineers for the Community
Development Block Grant Program,
to discuss acquisition and rehabilita
tion guidelines, complaint pro
cedures, selection of a project at
torney, and the grant application for
The Council passed a resolution
concerning the acquisition and
rehabilitation of property in the ap
proved project area. This will include
only the acquisition of property that
is necessary to meet the plans and
achieve the aims of the Hertford
Community Development Program.
The Council will determine just
compensation for the real property
after an appraisal has been perform
ed by a competent professional ap
praiser and the appraisal has been
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Union s Lady ligers win
Division B conference
The girls basketball team at Per
quimans Union School, The Lady
Tigers, claimed the championship in
Dvision B of the Coastal Junior High
Conference this year.
This is the first time that the team
has ever won this championship.
The conference is made up of
seventh and eighth grade teams from
Chowan Junior High, Ahoskie Middle
School, Gates, Knapp Junior High
and Perquimans Union.
The Lady Tigers, who last year had
a 2 and 12 record, ended the season
with a 7 and 2 record.
This year's team was led by four
experienced players from the 1982-83
team. Tanya Howell, captain, led the
defense while also scoring 87 points
for the season.
Doris Walker, noted for her
quickness, led the team scoring with
102 points. Yuvarka Reid's 57 points
and strong rebounding on both the
defensive and offensive boards
played a key part in the success of
Lisa Carter, the fourth returning
player, had a steady showing in each
Other eighth grade players were
Lee Hodge, Arlena Honeyblue and
Candy King. Although they did not
play on last year's team, their con
tributions helped lead the team to
their impressive record.
Seventh grade grils on the team in
clude Linda Pettaway, Darbie Ward,
Deborah Coston, Vickie Parker and
These girls learned the basic fun
damentals this year and they are the
ones that will be called on next year
to help the team win the champion
ship once again.
reviewed by an independent ap
praiser. The amount of compensation
will not be less than this appraisal of
the fair market value of the property.
Upon acquisition of real properties
the Council will either :
1. Demolish the structure or s
tures thereon and dispose of the land
for redevelopment ; or
2. Sell the property at its fair value
subject to rehabilitation in confor
mance with the Property Rehabilita
tion Standards and objectives of the
Redevelopment Plan; or
3. Rehabilitate the property in
comformance with the above listed
The Council also adopted a resolu
tion concerning complaint pro
cedures for the King Street
The complaint procedure outlines
the order an individual should follow
if they have a complaint about some
phase of the project.
In other action taken the Council:
Approved Walter Edwards as the
attorney for the Community Develop
ment Block Grants Project (King
Approved an ordinace allowing 10
minute parking in front of the Little
S&R located on the corners of Eden
ton Road Street and Market Street.
Accepted the low bid from Hurd
and Lang for $3,400 to conduct the
town audit for fiscal year 1983-84.
Agreed to hold a public hearing for
re-zoning requests at 6:30 p.m. on
March 6, 1984.
Heard the January ABC Store sales
report from Cecil E. Winslow, Chair
man of the ABC Board.
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Chief Marshall Merritt of the Hert
ford Police Department gave a
report for the month of January.
Many County merchants
have joined together this
week to promote shopping
at home with a George
See the advertisements
in this week's edition of
WEEKLY for par
ticipating stores, dates
We encourage you to
support your local mer
chants and shop at home.
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1963-84 Perquimans Union Lady Tigers