THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
^ Volume 39, No. 11 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, March 17, 1983 20 CENTS
The windows have arrived for
the window replacement
project at Perquimans Union
School and Principal Gary
Stubbins is inspecting the
work of installing the window
panels. The window
replacement is expected to be
completed within several
weeks. (Photo by Val Short)
By Hertford Town Council
' Town annexation postponed
No annexation bill for the Town of
Hertford will be submitted to the
General Assembly this year, ac
cording to Hertford Mayor and Town
I The Hertford Town Council voted
during a special meeting last week to
postpone making a decision on an
nexation until "1985 or sooner," said
Cox, in order to allow more time to
study the issue.
The Council was considering an
nexing area south and west of the
Town of Hertford.
During the regular Monday night
meeting, the Town Council discussed
the recent action of the local Board of
Adjustments, in which the Board
approved a conditional use permit
for a tack and western wear business
for Councilman Joseph T. White, Jr.,
to be located adjacent to Ms
Town Council attorney William
Bentley told the councilmen that the
Board of Adjustments had no
authority to act on the motion, and
the Council could be held liable for
Bentley said the matter could be
settled legally in executive session,
with council members and White's
attorney, Jimmy Singletary, present.
Neither Bentley nor Cox could be
reached for comments on the matter
In other business the Council
discussed the 10.6 percent increase in
electrical cost, which the town will
receive after April 1.
Based on the February bill, this
increase will represent ap
proximately $7,200, according to Cox.
The Councilmen agreed to set a date
for a special meeting regarding
electrical rate increases.
The Council authorized Cox to seek
proposals for curbing and guttering
certain areas of King Street.
Cox said the Town was obligated
under the terms of the sale of lots on
King Street ta complete th? work- on
The Council made no decision on a
request by Jimmy Winslow to extend
water and sewer services to his
property. Members agreed that
guidelines for extending service need
* to be set up before action could be
Hertford Chief of Police Marshall
Merritt presented the monthly police
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Local vandalism reported
Vandalism was reported at the
Hertford Bus Station Monday, but
law enforcement officers are puzzled
about how the building was entered.
According to Hertford Police Chief
| Marshall Merritt, all of the bus
station doors and windows were
secure at 4:45 a.m. when they were
checked by Officer Robert Harvey.
Sheriff Julian Broughton, owner of
the local bus station and grill,
reported the building was locked
when he opened the business Monday
morning, but he said he left hurriedly
the night before and could have left
the door unlocked.
Broughton said a six-pack of beer
)was stolen and a $375 cash register
was damaged, but no money was
Broughton said fingerprints were
lifted from the premises and sent to
the lab in Raleigh, but no arrests
have been made.
A break-in was also reported at the
Perquimans County High School, but
no arrests have been made, ac
cording to Merritt.
Nothing was reported missing, but
glass was broken out of several doors
and an attempt had been made to
break into a drink machine in the
teachers lounge, said Merritt.
Suspects apparently entered the
reception area of the high school
sometime between the closing of
school March 7 and the opening the
next morning, according to Merritt.
He said fingerprints had been lifted
from the areas and have been sent to
Raleigh for examination.
An investigation is continuing in
the March 10 shooting of a gas pump
at the Harris Shopping Center in
Merritt said the pump was shot
four times with a 22 caliber weapon,
causing about $500 in damages to the
Three spent 22 cartridge shells
were found at the scene.
Jewel Spellman, who listed his
address as 406 Cox Avenue, Hertford,
was arrested and charged with
trespassing, according to the Police
Pirates proceed to regionals
: By ERIC SKINNER
George Long, a senior for the
|Pir*tei was rated right up there with
'Superman, the Lone Ranger and
many other heroes, after his last
second shot that gave the Pirates not
only another win. but ft chance to
play in the regional playoffs.
I The Pirates trailed the entire game
with Murfreesboro leading by IS
?points during some parts of the
The first quarter was a game of
catching -up for the Pirates, as the
^Raiders took an early lead ?f 27-16
and continued to lead the entire
Daring the second quarter the
crowd watched for one of those
awesome come-backs the Pirates
had been delivering, but the Raiders
the show and scored IS uoialft.
leaving the court w*fc a .core of 4M3
Wad at the half .
| Murfreesboro's own Williams
??*ed SI points by the third period,
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destroying all of the Pirates' hopes of
Pirate Dennis Hunter commented
after the game, "After looking at the
clock and feeling that tear roll down
my face I knew we had to beat
The fans having a major impact on
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Plant trees for Arbor Day
North Carolina will . celebrate
Arbor Day this Saturday and thia
year the celebration will focua upon
the value of "urban" and "raral"
Hertford Mayor and Town
Manager BUI Cox aaya the town will
gladly accept donations of tree* and
beautiflcation projects from citizens
and community organisations
"We reserve the right to place tt
(the tree) to be in keeping with the
design of the pait." said Cox. He
suggests that trees be snitable to the
area soil and weather and that they
Mining Mill Park has already
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received a donation of a tree of sorts.
Edward McGinnis of Winfall recently
constructed a wood Martin house
which was erected in the park.
Cox suggested the sidewalk area
between Grubb Street and the tennis
courts as another possible site tor a
beautiflcation project. He said this
improvement of this area could be
enjoyed from both aides of the road.
The National Arbor Day Foun
dation has announced a program for
March, in which 10 tree* will be given
to each new foundation member.
The N.C. Forest Service has
similar programs to promote tree'
planting throughout the year.
Authority to offer
small business loans
By VAL SHORT
If the Albemarle Development
Authority receives certification from
the Small Business Administration,
loans could be available for small
business in the area as soon as
According to Ray McClees,
Assistant Director for the Albemarle
Commission, the Authority was
organized in February, under the
sponsorship of the Albemarle
Commission, and an application for
certification has been submitted to
McClees said the Authority would
make loans in cooperation with local
banks of up to $500,000 for as long as
25 years on fixed assets.
The Certified Development
Company program was created in
1980 by Congress, said McClees, "to
close the credit gap for businesses
needing capital in amounts of less
than $1 million but for periods longer
than banks normally lend ? ten or
McClees said the program was
part of an effort to get the SBA out of
the direct loan business and put it in
the hands of the local development
The Albemarle Commission
followed the lead of the Neuse River
Council of Governments in forming
the non-profit organization, which
was incorporated last December.
Membership on the Authority
consists of 32 people appointed from
the ten county area of Region R,
including one representative from
each town and county in the region
plus eight other appointees by the
Albemarle Commission. Members on
the ADA represent local govern
ments, community organizations,
local institutions as well as
professionals and businessmen in the
v' Perquimans members if the ADA
include William Ray Miller of
Winfall, and Joseph T. White Jr. and
Charles Ward, both of Hertford.
McClees said the Authority met in
Hertford March 9 to elect a nine
member Bodrd of Directors and
Financing through the ADA will
not be available to non-profit
organizations, the print media,
lending institutions, gambling
facilities, recreation facilities that
are not open to the public and real
Although agriculture is not
specifically limited, according to
McClees, loans for the construction
of hog houses and chicken houses
would not be allowed.
McClees explained the structures
must be multipurpose, and one
permanent job must be created for
every $15,000 the SBA puts into the
He added that equipment pur
chased through the loans must have a
15 year life. The loans are not
available for re-financing or for
buying out another partner, he said.
The program is designed to create
jobs in the community and to in
crease the tax base, said McClees.
At the recent meeting, McClees
said the ADA directors approved a
two-year contract, presented by Don
C. Flowers, executive director of the
Albemarle Commission, under which
the Commission will provide
management and fiscal services to
the Authority. The Albemarle
Commission is expected to approve
the agreement at its upcoming
meeting Thursday night
McClees said the Authority will be
paid an annual IV2 percent of the
federal share, or debenture, of the
loans, as a processing fee and will
receive a monthly service fee of vt
percent on an annual rate.
Although McClees expects it will be
at least four months before the
Authority will be in the position to
accept loan applications, he said he
was already receiving some
"I think it's conceivable that the
Authority will get on sound footing in
at least two years," said McClees.
Dwight H. Wheless, a Manteo at
torney, has been elected president of
the ADA. Other officers include
William C. Harrell, Columbia town
manager, vice president; John W.
Halstead, Jr., a Camden attorney,
secretary; and Walter E. Oakes of
Columbia, vice president of East
Carolina Bank, treasurer.
A martin house, designed and
constructed by Edward
McGinnis, was recently
donated to the Town of
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Hertford and erected in
Missing Mill Park. Hertford
Mayor Bill Cox says the town
appreciates the interest in
Hertford's public areas,
shown through donations and
(Photo by Val Short)