President Jimmy Carter's grain embargo against the Soviet
Union has cast a dark shadow over the immediate future of
We are a farming community, and what hurts the farmers
hurts all of us.
It appears that President Carter was depending on the
traditional patriotism of the farmer to override any negative
impact the embargo might have on his popularity.
To some degree, Carter can depend on that patriotic streak,
and there is some indication that other grain producing nations
may cooperate in not replacing grain lost to the Soviets.
We can only hope that the government's program for buying
up excess grain will indeed make up for the losses to American
farmers, a proposition which appears doubtful at best.
If not, American farmers may exercise their patriotic option
and vote Republican in 1980.
by VIRGINIA WHITE TRANSEAU
TOWN BOARD PASSES PARKING ORDINANCE: A short
session of the Board of Commissioners for the Town of Hert
ford was held on last Monday evening during which the
Commissioners passed an ordinance to enforce the regulations
to prohibit parking in certain zones on streets in Hertford.
^Particular emphasis will be placed on illegal parking in spaces
to be marked "No Parking on Saturday." The Town Board
voted to contribute $50 to the Emergency Fund of the
American Red Cross, which Commissioner W. H. Hardcastle
reported is still short two hundred dollars of the quota of $1,500.
WILLIAMS-COP ELAND : Miss Beulah Copeland, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Benford W. Copeland, of Upper Chowan
County, and A. H. Williams, son of Mrs. E.D. Matthews, of
near Hertford, were married Saturday evening, January 10,
194 2, at twilight, at the Methodist parsonage at Winfall. The
Rev. J.D. Cranford performend the ceremony.
WHITE-MILLER: Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Umphlett of
Hertford, Route 3, announce the marriage of their sister,
Annie Maude Miller, to Ernest Wilson White, of Hertford and
Norfolk, Va. Mrs. White is the daughter of Mrs. Raymond
Eure, of Hertford, Route 3. Mr. White is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. William White, also of Hertford.
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Mr. and Mrs. Emmett
Stallings, of Chapanoke, are receiving congratulations on the
birth of a son, Friday morning, January 16, 1942.
IN VS. NAVAL RESERVES: Henry Stokes, son of Mr. and
Mrs. H.C. Stokes, enlisted in the Naval Reserve on Wed
nesday. Stokes enlisted through the Recruiting Officers
stationed each week at the Courthouse. He will probably be
called to duty within a short time.
reported in '79
The number of accidents
occurring in Perquimans
'.County during 1979 differed
only slightly from the number
'occurring during 1978, ac
cording to a report recently
jrelesD by the N. C. Highway
, The highway patrol in
vestigated a total of 178 ac
cidents this past year, only
one ackident less than the
total number investigated
Of those accidents occurring
in 1979, 58 caused injuries of
varying degrees of
seriousness to 106 persons.
The remainder of the ac
cidents involved property
In 1978, 46 injury causing
accidents occurred, with 70
Three fatalities occurred on
the Perquimans County High
ways during 1979, while four
occurred during 1978
set to increase
Checks reflecting a 9.9
percent increase in Veterans
payments were mailed at the
?end of December to more than
?51,000 North Carolina
veterans, VA regional director
Kenneth E. McDonald said
' The increased payments
?were authorised by Congress
?artter this month and were
signed into law by President
Carter oa Nor. 28.
! ' They are retroactive to Oct
1 A separate adjustment
rheek covering the increased
-amoant due in November and
.December will be mailed
during the latter part of
December, McDonald said.
The new rate* mean that a
veteran with a service con
nected disability rated at 10
percent will receive a
month, up from $44. The rate
for a 50 percent disability goes
from 1232 monthly to $2S, and
a veteran with 100 percent
disability will receive fan
monthly , an increase of ISO.
providing up to a maximum
payment of *2,5* a month (up
from RMS) are paid for
specific severe disablittes.
Jim Hikt is a political superstar. You could tell by the way
he stood In that rickety folding chair at Angler*! Cove ls4
week and delivered a flrey speech, touching all the right baae*,
without a single note card.
He was so busy shaking hands that evening that he hardly
had time to eat Still, Hunt was smart enough to tell the crowd
that Perquimans County pig is better than the famed Wflsoo
barbecue ha wu reared en,
Hunt *ii also smart enough to say good things about Jimmy
"Catfish" Hunter. He said that politics, like baseball, is a team
sport and we all have to work together to win.
He promised new growth for the Northeast, presenting I
picture of a region Just quivering to blossom into new Jobs,
heavy traffic, and bustle. y
And like any good politician, Hunt couldn't help but get a jab
in at his opponent for the democratic nomination, Bob Scott.
"If that fellow running against me had known all y'all were
coming down here to this meeting I don't think he would have
filed for office," Hunt said.
It wu fun hsving the governor in Perquimans County,
listening to his speech and cheering his praise for the nor
In fact, I got so excited about it that I asked him to sign the
petition being circulated which seeks the ouster of VEPCO
from our part of the state.
I figured it would be a sound gesture by the governor, par*
ticularly in light of his outspoken objections to the utility's
presence in North Carolina.
That same evening, in fact, he had railed about the utility,
saying its rates are 40 to 60 percent higher than those of the -
other utilities in the state, and that the rates discouraged
prospective industry. H
To my surprise, he said no. Not flat out no, but a no by any.
other name is spelled the same.
First he said be didn't want to sign because be doesn't live in
the area. I found this excuse s little feeble. I said that despite .
the fact that he doesn't live here, he ought to sign as a symbolic
gesture against VEPCO.
Hunt said he would think about it and might have me mail
him a copy.
On his way out the door a moment later he repeated the
same basic excuse to Henry Carney, president of the
Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce and proprietor of
Of course, the governor wu in a hurry to get to Elizabeth
City and do his speech again.
Maybe he Just didn't have time to read the fine print.
But if the governor really wants VEPCO out of North
Carolina, u he has said many times, why wouldn't he back up
liis resolve with a signature?
Reader and former
Editors, THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY,
Like so many subscribers to THE PERQUIMANS
WEEKLY, I look forward each week to receiving my
newspaper which keeps me up-to-date on the happenings and
events in my hometown.
When I began reading the January 3 edition, I was par
ticularly pleased with your 1979 wrap-up and accompanying
artwork. I compliment you on a job well done with this "Year
in Review" story and applaud your creative talents in coming
up with an interesting collage to illustrate it 1 found this page
of "Perquimans People" to be one of the best yet and urge you
to keep up the good work. A community as special u
Perquimans County and its people do, after all, deserve the
I also salute the efforts of the THE PERQUIMANS
WEEKLY'S new co-editors. Establishing oneself in a new town
is never easy. And to take on such an important position in a
new location Is even harder. Therefore I commend Hertford's
new "news team" and their supporters in the background for
qukkly establishing themselves and taking a risible role of
responsibility ia reporting the news in Perquimans County.
Having walked in the editor's shoes, I know the job requires
dedication, occasional frustration, ft consistently
hoars. However, it also offers a pinnacle In satisfaction ?
something I'm confident the co-editors have discovered it
abundance through their work with the good people of
Kathy M. Newbern
Cedar Village Apts.,
Chapel Hffl, N.C. 27514
Editors, THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY:
In a small mountain community in North Georgia, a battle is
being fought It is a constitutional issue that could seta far
For more than 20 years a lighted Cross has stood on Black
Rock Hountain...a memorial landmark that is very special to
the people who live there. The Americal Civil liberties Union
has sued to have it removed, charging a first amendment
violation. They cite "prayer in schools" as their precedent
The first amendment to the Constitution contains only 16
words relating to religion; "Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free
There is abundant evidence that the writers of the Con
stitution had deep religious convictions. We have "In God We
Trust' on our currency. We open Congress with prayer. We
swear in persons for judicial proceedings using the Bible,
including swearing in the President We have military
chaplains with crosses and Stars of David ensignia displayed.
Our pledge to the flag contains the phrase "ooe nation. Under
GOD. indivisible...". Government offices observe religions
days. (i.e. Sundays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.) Our
forefathers certainly did not intend America to be a religiously
sterile nation. We are not a nation of atMeets. They DID intend
to prevent the establishment of estate church Hfce the pflgrims
Urft hH rtrmg pnHtfa'fl tnfhuww
We believe that our lighted beacon it do mm a violation of
those 16 words than the pretence of a Bible in every courtroom
in the United States of America.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that "In God We Truat"
on currency it "Constitutionally acceptable." We people of
Rabun County strongly believe that our landmark it likewise
Constitutionally acceptable. Craatet, religious tymbolt and
buildings do exist on public lands such as Flander's Field with
"crosses row on row", Arlington, ShQofa, Gettysburg, Pearl
Harbor, sacred American Indian shrines and memorial ob
jects by the tent of thoutands, rellgiouf to tome? not to others.
The sponsor and owner of the cross it the Rabun Gouty
Chamber of Commerce, hardly an establialier of religion. The
money for the construction of the cross and for the on-going
power bill comes from donations from the people of the
The cross waa erected with the permission of the state of
Georgia on the edge of Black Rock State Park. The cross it one
mile doe North of the dty of Clayton and at 3,300 feet deration.
At night it appears at a eross in the sky. From the high school
four miles away, the lights apppear as a bright star. On a
clear, crisp winter night its light can be seen for W miles as a
faintstar. It is the "light in the window' when coming hoaM to
our county. It is a memorial to their deceased loved ones by
many of those who made contributions to its erection. TP take
tbe position that it is an effort to "establish" a state religion is
patently absurd. In the past the A.C.L.U. may have cham
pioned aome worthy causes, but we think they are dead wrong
oo this one.
If enough food peopfe stand idly by and let A.CX.U. force
this non-religion view to extreme, *e shall all lose one more
measure of our heritage. We people of Rabun County intend te
stand and fight for what we believe is right We wouM ap
predate your suport and prayers.
Randan J. Carver, President
Rabun County Chamber of Commerce
Clayton, Georgia 30SSS
agent seeks to boost county 4-H
s . r
Ib hopes of fnnndtaf and
more firmly efUbUahing the
4-H organization in
Perquimans County, the
county extension office
recently hired a new agent
VEPCO defends rates
delivery, the chamber voted to
write the NBC la an effort to
help get the VIPCO nuclear
?elver said that the com
pany only advertise to
who, in addition to other
duties, will Mm u i <4
last weak aid is pttaartlj
inrolrad is reeraitlag
Active in 4-H as a child, Mrs.
10 years stoee the
last had a strong 4-H
"We vast to sake 4-H a
program for the entire
tain off. Mrs. Bailey win bo
? ? h
to do with family rtmmee
A Perqainans County
native. Mm. Balky, formerly
i Tuner, itlcndtd North
Carolina Oantral when tkt