Volume 33, No. 34
, Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, August 25, 1977
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REPRESENTING ESC Mrs. Alice Bond was spokes-
person for the Employment Security Commission (ESC)
and presented information at the ARPDC meeting concern-
ing having that agency handle the commission's Manpower
In Manpower Area :
. - By KATHY M. NEWBERN
The full Board of Direc
tors of the Albemarle
Regional and Planning
Commission (ARPDC) was
given three options for
awarding the Manpower
Program to an agency when
they met last Wednesday
night to make that decision.
The Manpower Program
' bao) been awarded, by the
Board at their July Weting,
By KATHY M. NEWBERN '
Three members of the Maryland State Police and the
Assistant State Attorney for Howard County, Md. were in
Hertford last Wednesday gathering background informa
tion on Joseph R. Rogerson.
Rogerson, 39-year old resident of Rt. 1, Hertford was the
murder victim in an armed robbery incident Aug. 13 at
Laurel Racetrack in Jessup, Md.
W.P. Luecken, corporal with the Maryland State Police,
recounted what investigators believe occurred during the
incident. He said the horse races were over by 12:15 or 12:30
a.m. Saturday and Rogerson and two companions, Ernest
Stallings and Percy Winslow, were in a parked camper in
the racetrack parking lot when a man wearing a mask
"came in, shot Rogerson, asked everyone for their wallets,
and left." Luecken added that Stallings and Winslow then
went into shock. Some time later they notified the track
guard who in turn notified the police.
Concerning details of the incident Luecken said that in
vestigators feel the weapon used was a .20 gauge shotgun.
He added, "We'll have to say the door (to the camper) was
unlocked because none of the witnesses said they heard the
The Perquimans County
Planning Board has submit
ted the following
and explanation of subdivi
The Planning Board
meets on the third Monday
of each month at 8 p.m. in
the County Office Building
located on U.S. 17. The Plan
ning Board Chairman is
Voters Are Informed
Of Nonexistent Parties
Forty-eight Perquimans County citizens
who were registered to vote as Independent
or No Party have been notified that these
' two classifications no longer exist in North
William L. Tilley, Chairman of the Per
quimans County Board of Elections, said
that these voters automatically are
presumed to be "unaffiliated."
The only was this will effect the present
status, Tilley explained, is that ' In
dependents, in the past, have always, had to
declare a party if they wished to vote in a
primary election and this declaration had
to te made before the books closed for the
t :;:t election. This will remain the case.
Tl'!y said those registered asTto Party
. , i U'te past, been allowed to declare a
to the Economic Improve
ment Council (EIC). The
called meeting was
necessary due to a protest
filed by the Employment
Security Commission (ESC)
based on bids submitted by
those two agencies. ESC
filed the protest on the basis
that its 88 point rating
should warrant the program
being awarded to them com
pared to the 82 point rating
that EIC received. ESC
Board Explains Procedure
John Coston; members in
clude Richard Bryant,
Floyd Mathews Sr., Gene
Phillips, Ed Nixon, Silas
Whedbee, Clinton Winslow
and Dewey Perry Jr. Ex
officlo members are Bill
Phillips with the Area Coun
ty Resource . Development
Commission and Jud Little,
The Perquimans County
party on election day. In the case of those
registered now as Unaffiliated, they will
have to declare a party before the books
close for the next election if they wish to
vote in a party primary.
"In a general election, municipal election
or special election, these voters will be
allowed to vote as an 'unaffiliated
registered voter," Tilley said.
The only political parties in North
. Carolina now are the Democratic and ,
Republican. All others have expired
because they did not meei State statutes.
These include the Labor Party, American
Party and Libertarian Party each failing
to poll at least 10 per cent of the entire vote
cast in the state for governor or for
presidential electors at the general election
conducted in November, 1976.
REPRESENTING EIC Fentress Morris presented
arguments on behalf of the Economic Improvement Council
(EIC) before the ARPDC Board meeting. The Manpower
Program had previously been awarded to that agency but a
protest from ESC made a review necessary.
estimated program costs at
$78,779 compared to EIC's
estimate of $106,266.
The third option came
about when Jimmy Allred,
Coordinator of Planning and
Program Management for
Balance of State with the
Division of Community
Employment in Raleigh,
presented a proposal
Whereby ESC would be the
prime contractor , utilizing
activities that they are
Luecken said the trip was made to Hertford to "check
anything we could find out about the victim." He added,
"We don't have any strong leads up there (Maryland) other
than local people who've been arrested before for armed
robbery or homicide." There were no suspects in custody
when the investigation team was in Hertford.
The investigating officer said that the armed robbery
motive "seems acceptable." He did add that several ques
tions remained unanswered and said, "There are dozens of
possibilities one being that maybe the gun went off ac
cidentally. Most thieves that I've met are as nervous as
Accompanying Luecken to Hertford were Maryland State
Trooper Roger Cassell, Assistant State Attorney Gary S.
Peklo, and polygraph operator Dennis Hynen. Luecken said
Hynen was a "last minute idea to run the polygraph on the
two witnesses who were there at the time." He said this was
being done only for elimination purposes and stressed that
the two witnesses were not suspects.
At press time Tuesday morning, there were no new
developments in the case.
Planning Board was
established in the late 1960's
to assure that all future sub-'
divisions in Perquimans
County are well planned and
follow the guidelines and
regulations set up by the
The - Board reviews all
subdivision plats that are to
be developed in the county.
In doing so, the Board works
usually associated with.
This proposal, which was
adopted by ARPDC, called
for EIC to be the sub
contractor handling the
work experience segment of
the Manpower Program.
This segment includes in
school, out of school and
adult work experience. ESC,
as prime contractor, would
handle the class size train
ing and on the job training
aspects of the Manpower
closely with , the Pasquotank-Perquimans-Camden-Chowan
, District Health
Department and the Depart
ment of Transportation to
assure all guidelines and
regulations are met.
Bryant, Planning Board
Secretary, pointed out that
the Board does not approve
or disapprove a plan, but
makes their recommenda
tions to the Perquimans
County Board of Commis
sioners. The County Com
missioners have the final
approval or disapproval, he
A person planning a sub
division must submit six.
copies of plats to the Plan
ning Board Chairman or
Secretary 15 days prior to
their meeting. Bryant stated
that the plans can be
presented orally or in
writing to the Board at their;
monthly meeting. , ,
A subdivision is the divi
sion of any land into two or
more lots. After the second
lot has been recorded, a
third lot cannot be recorded
until a subdivision plat has
been filed and approved by
the Perquimans County
, Board of Commissioners.
PRESENTS PILOT PROGRAM Jimmy Allred of
Raleigh, Coordinator of Planning and Program Manage
ment, presented a pilot program which was adopted by
ARPDC whereby both ESC and EIC would handle different
aspects of the Manpower Program. (Staff photos by Kathy
Program. Allred said
program could be
plemented by Oct. 1.
After hearing spokes
persons frdm both EIC and
ESC, ARPDC' then heard
Allred's proposal. The
Board went on record adop
ting the pilot program as ex
plained by Allred. That ac
tion resceuded the action of
the July meeting which had
awarded the program ,to
EIC. ; . V"
ARPDC Executive Direc
tor Bob Whitley, who en
dorsed the accepted pilot
program, said it would "of
fer the opportunity to have
more money come into this
The pilot program which
was adopted would be con
sistent with what pending
welfare reform will call for,
mately $1 million is being
made available by the N.C.
Department of Human
Resources to counties for
the development and expan
sion of community based
programs for status
According to Dennis
Grady, director of the Com
munity Based Alternatives
Section in the Office of the
Assistant Secretary for
Children, each participating
county is guaranteed a
minimum of $2,500. "The
sum will be more," stated
Grady, "since it will also be
based on each county's total
population of children be
tween the ages of 10 and 17
"Money will be used to ex
pand and develop such ser
vices as alternative educa
tional opportunities, youth
foster care, group homes,
etc. for status offenders and
potential status offenders,"
remarked Grady. A status
offender is a juvenile who
has committed a non
criminal offense such as
truancy or is a runaway.
Grady indicated that each
county would be sent a letter
of intent stating the amount
of funding that the county
would be eligible to receive.
ROCKY MOUNT The
Board ; of Directors of
Peoples Bank . and ' Trust
Company has declared a ;
dividend of 24 cents per
share on the bank's common
stock for the third quarter.
. The dividend is payable
Sept. 30 to shareholders of ,
record on Sept. 21. The Ex
Dividend date is Sept. 15. : .
Peoples .Bank currently
serves 23 North Carolina
cities with 40 offices.
according to Allred. He said,
"The program would be
developed whereas it
utilizes the best of both
agencies." Allred con
tinued, "The planning
aspect of the program would
be the responsibility of the
lead regional organization,
in this case ARPDC."
in a general comment,
ARPDC Chairman R.S.
Mends emphatically stated,
"What this ARPDC hasn't
been doing is taking the
responsibility of running
these programs. We've left
it up to our staff to do. We've
got to take responsibility for
running these programs or
they won't be worth a damn.
From here on out, we're
gong to operate the Man
power Program. This is our
County commissioners are
responsible for deciding
whether their county will
participate in the program
and are being asked to res
pond no later than Oct. 15.
Grady hopes all of the coun
ties will participate.
RETIRES AFTER 43 YEARS - Hertford
Post Office employes look on as
Postmaster Henry Stokes Jr. presents a
retirement certificate to James E. Newby
who has retired after 43 years of service.
After 43 years of service to
the United States Postal Ser
vice, James E. Newby
retired Aug. 23 from the
Hertford Post Office.
Newby started his postal
duties as a postal clerk, then
was acting postmaster
briefly. For the last 26 years
of his career, he has been a
rural mail carrier on Hert
ford's Route 2.
Newby cited the increase
in business as the biggest
change he h.as witnessed in
his 43 years of association
with the ' post office. He
described business in 1934,
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RALEIGH The final estimates of the 1976-77 winter
damage to North Carolina highways show that it will cost
more than $31 million to repair last winter's damage.
The season's severity, measured in terms of inches of
snowfall in the mountain regions, and long durations of
below freezing temperatures all across the State, produced
the final winter damage estimates of $31,596,489.
County by county breakdown of winter damage estimate
shows Forsyth County receiving most of the damage with a
winter damage estimate of $1.5 million, while Dare and
Hyde Counties only tallied its winter damage at $1,500 each.
Other high winter damage counties were: Surry County
$942,000; Mecklenburg County - $922,932; and Henderson
County with a $679,959 winter damage estimates. The
estimate of winter damage done to Perquimans County
roads was set at $44,056. The total of funds allocated to Per
quimans County for winter damage repairs to secondary
roads was $26,016.
NCDOT officials attribute the large variance from county
to county to varying subsoil and water table conditions and
the relative condition of the roads prior to the winter
The North Carolina Board of Transportation has already
allocated nearly $20 million to repair the damage caused by
the most severe North Carolina winter ever recorded by the
Naional Weather Service. These funds were derived from a
number of sources, including $6.1 million from the
"Reserve for Emergencies" and previously allocated
primary and secondary maintenance contingency funds, as
well as some projects on the State's Urban and Primary
These funds have already been allocated to the various
highway divisions proportionally on the basis of winter
Efforts to obtain federal emergency relief funds and a
supplemental budget request to the State of North Carolina
General Assembly for 30.1 million to repair the extra
ordinary winter damages were not successful. The State
Legislature, however, did provide "that in the event of an
unreserved Highway Fund credit balance accruing within
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1977, the entire amount shall
be allocated to Secondary Roads maintenance."
Funds from thjs source applied to winter damage repair
monies amounted to $2.8 million.
The Perquimans County schools have received a grant of
$206,787 under a part A of Title I, Elementary and Secon
dary Education Act, according to State School Superinten
dent Craig Phillips. This grant will support special educa
tional programs during the school year 1977-78.
According to Robert Marley, Director of Division of Com
pensatory Education for the state education agency, "Title
I provides funds to local educational agencies for use in
helping to break the cycle of proverty through equalization
for of educational opportunity. These funds must be used to
expand and improve educational programs contributing to
the special needs of educationally deprived children."
Almost all the school administrative units have used Title
I funds to support special reading programs. A few have
special programs in mathematics.
For fiscal 1978 North Carolina has been granted a total of
$59,094,099 in Title I Part A funds. This is up, statewide,
from the total of $51,885,667 received during the 1976-77
Newby R etires
when he begin, as "very
During his career, Newby
has worked with three dif
ferent local postmasters.
Since being a rural carrier,
he has seen his 42-mile route
grow to include about 65
miles. Another change has,
been the addition of more
paved roads on rural postal
1 Newby said the most
satisfying part of his job has 1
been his contact with the
people. He said, "I like deal-'
ing with the public. I like the
people and dealing on a one-to-one
basis. That has been
K f r
r i l '"
Employes (1. to r.) are Dan Berry, Calvin
Johnson, Nathan Matthews, W.A. (Billy)
White, Newby, Ray Haskett, and
Postmaster Stokes. (Staff photo by Kathy
most satisfying to me. I
never did get bored because
of the people."
Concerning his retire- ,
ment, Newby said,
"Anything you've done for ;
43 years, you're naturally '
going - to miss." . Hertford";
Postmaster Henry Stokes
Jr. described Newby as "a
very dedicated postal
employe" and said. "We'll
miss him in more ways than
One." . ;'V-y.
While Newby announced,
no definite plans now that he
has retired, he did admit
that he is looking forward to
doing some traveling."
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