. THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Voiumt 3f. No. > USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County. N.C., Thursday, January 13, 1983 20 CENTS
Annual police report indicates drop in crime
^ Hertford Police Chief Marahall ? ? ?? * ? -
V Merritt presented a slowing annual
report to the Hertford Town Council
Monday night, which indicated a M'
percent decrease in overall reported
"v Arrests for 1M2 totalled Ml, down
from them total for Ml.
In the breakdown of major crimes
reported in Hertford during 1982 ?
0 robberies and burglaries decreased
100 percent from the previous year.
Reports of breaking and entering and
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and larceny arrests decreased 41
Arrests lor shoplifting were down
from the IM total of nine to five for
The only marked increases in
arrests were for assault and battery,
from 59 in Ml to 49 last year;
trespassing, up one from the total of
six in IM; and obtaining property by
false pretense, which increased from
none to five.
me council member* praised the
police force and Mayor and Town
Manager Bill Cox commented. "I
hope you to continue to do your usual
The six patrolman and officers on
the Hertford police force reported
they had worked a total of 11.943 hours
in 1M2, with 1,733 hours in overtime.
Total value of property stolen in 1982
totaled $25,146 and $19,442 was
Bill Dunn of the North Carolina
Department of Natural Resources
presented a map to council members
outlining areas surrounding Hertford
which are being considered for an
The Town Council is considering
annexing approximately 1,500 acres
involving about 46 property owners.
No official action has been taken on
the annexation and council members
report they are just in the
Dunn told the Council a legal
description of the total boundary
would be required as well as a
boundary survey. He said
Representative Charles Evans office
would contact him to let him know
what he would need in order to in
troduce an annexation bill.
In other business, the council
members decided to attend the
Carolina Telephone rate increase
hearing January 26 at Knobbs Creek
Recreation Center in Elizabeth City.
Cox reported the Council had already
written a letter in opposition to the
Town tax collector Marvin Hunter
reported he had collected "probably
over 60 percent" of the town taxes
and that taxes were coming in well.
Cox told the Council members that
500 copies remained of "The
Historical Architecture of
Perquimans County," by Ray
Winslow and Dru Haley, and that
approximately 400 copies had been
sold. Copies are available for $15
from the town office.
Winfall has received $30,000
for the Winfall Intersection
Frojecf. wKich includes
purchase of right of ways.
taking the existing building
down, and installing islands
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and turning lanes.
DOT awards $30,000 for Winfall intersection
The state Department of Tran
sportation has allocated $30,000 for
the Winfall Intersection Project,
scheduled to begin sometime this
The project will include the in
- tersection of N.C. 37 and Business 17 ,
f in Winfall. "This just came about
because of the school buses," said
Lloyd Ray Morgan, mayor of Win
He said school buses had never
been involved in an accicent at the
intersection, but the buses had a
difficult time making turns, creating
Morgan said the project was a joint
effort of the County Commissioners,
the county Board of Education and
the Town of WinfalL "We kind of aU
worked together on this," to secure
the funds, said Morgan.
Morgan said that at first the state i
wanted the Town of Winfall to pur- \
chase the right of way, land owned by t
Julian Winslow. That's when the
county became involved, said
Morgan, and the state finally agreed 1
to purchased the right of ways. 1
With the proposed plans, the state
will take down the existing aban
doned brick building at the in
tersection and install two islands, so
that turning traffic is separated from
the main flow of traffic.
"It's going to have a whole dif
ferent look," said Morgan and will be i
i safer intersection. ,
plans eventful year
By VAL SHORT
The year 1983 promises to be an
eventful one for the Perquimans
County Chamber of Commerce.
Plans for a three-county map, a
promotional brochure for
Perquimans County and the 1983
Indian Summer Festival were
highlights of the first Perquimans
Chamber Executive Board for the
Chamber president Mary Harrell
announced that the Perquimans
Chamber, in cooperation with
chambers in Pasquotank and
Chowan counties, will be developing
an area map showing medical
facilities, overnight ac
facilities, and other information.
Approximately $1,200 in grant
funds from the North Carolina
Department of Tourism will be used
to fund the tourist map. The project
is expected to begin soon.
The chamber board voted to "look
into" a request from Suzanne Haste
of thiT Perquimans County
Restoration Association to assist in
developing a brochure for
The board members agreed that a
brochure of the county should include
all aspects of the county ? not just
Belvidere director Shirley Perry
said, "We can't promote without
Dates for the 1983 Indian Summer
Festival were announced by
president Harrell ? September 15, 16, 1
and 17. Harrell reported she was in 1
the process of naming committee <
chairmen for the Festival. i
The 1983 budget was unanimously
approved by the Chamber board.
With a total of $17,160, the budget
showed a nine percent increase over
the previous year.
Chamber of Commerce income for
1982 totalled $16,381.69 which includes
revenues from licence plates, dues,
novelties and other items.
Harrell announced that the
Chamber included a total of 105
members with $6,065 in pledges.
Harrell urged the board members to
encourage new businesses to join the
Chamber. She said the Chamber will
have a ribbon cutting for any new
business that requests one.
Shirley Perry suggested the
Chamber publicize the fact that
memberships are not limited to
businesses, but are also open to in
dividuals interested in promoting the
The Chamber board voted to join
the Committee of 100, a group of
citizens trying to attract industry to
The Board' also discussed joining
the Chambers in Chowan and
Pasquotank counties to organize
opposition to the proposed Telephone
rate increase. The group discussed
having an attorney speak for the
Chambers at the public hearing
scheduled January 26 in Elizabeth
Bill Cox commented the chamber
should be working hand in hand with
the Industrial Development Com
mission. He also said Winfall Town
Council, Snug Harbor, and Holiday
Island should be represented by ex
jfficio members at the Board
"Stay in Touch" program offers reassurance to seniors
By VAL SHORT
' For many senior citizens living
alone getting a phone call every day
can really make a difference.
"SUy la Touch," the telephone
reauurance program, sponsored by
the Perquimans County Interagency
Council, is designed to reassure
senior citizens in the county with a
phone call and conversation every
morning, Monday through Friday.
"The program is set up to give the
(older person a sense of
security ."explained Lee Riddick.
area aging administrator. Par
ticipants in the program will be
called each morning during the week
just to assure he or she is all right It
appointment on a particular day, the
doctor's office will be contacted to
make sure the person arrived.
employee, nas neen employed to
Perquimans Senior Center. Even
tually, the Interagency Council hopes
volunteers in each community will
carry out the program.
With the help of this telephone
reassurance program people who
live alone have no need to fear that
they will become ill and unable to get
help for several days.
The program also lets them know
that someone cares, according to
Patti Lorick, who helped organise the
program in Perquimans County.
"It's also a way to reach out to
senior citisens in the community,"
said Riddick. "This may even en
courage them to get out and come to
Center or the Nutrition
V<come involved in senior
?gtucfct which hiv*
?or the personnel la contact
need every day.
program applicants ?re requested to
till out a form, which asks for the
person's name, address, birth date,
health conditions and disabilities.
The form also requests the name of
the applicant's physician, the name
of someone to be contacted in case of
emergency as well as the names of
two neighbors and their phone
numbers. The applicant may also
indicate "how many rings" the caller
The "Stay in Touch" telephone
assurance program is the first
program sponsored by the
Perquimans Interagency Council on
Aging. Dare County is the only other
county in the northeastern area
which has a telephone reassurance
program, and it is very successfull,
according to Riddick.
Other Interagency Council events
coming up include a Health Fair."
For more information about the
"Stay in Touch" program or if you
would like to enroll, contact the
Perquimans Senior Center at 426
Mrs. Eunice Cale speaks with
a participant in the telephone
reassurance program ?
"SU, WTouch." now beta,
implemented by the
Council on Aging. Mrs. Cale is
a Green Thumb employee in
the county and will be calling
senior citizens daily.