. THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 39, No. 12 USPS 428-080
Perquimans to receive more cheese , butter
By VAL SHORT
Approximately 70 percent of
Perquimans people may be eligible
for free USDA cheese and butter,
given away through the Department
of Social Services, according to
director Paul Gregory.
Gregory told the Perquimans
County Board of Commissioners
Monday night that "it looks like
we're still going to stay in the cheese
and butter business."
Gregory said that due to changes in
the cheese and butter program, more
people in Perquimans will become
eligible to receive the products.
Formerly available to only Food
Stamp recipients, the cheese and
butter will now be available to senior
citizens age 60 and over and also ?
familites with one member with $585
per month income; two members,
$778 per month income; three
members, $970 per month income;
and (our. $1,163 income per month.
Gregory said applications will be
placed at locations around the county
and may be presented at the time of
distribution. Gregory said he hopes
his request (or a SO percent increase
in cheese and butter allotments will
be accepted in time (or the next
distribution in May.
Telling the commissioners that his
staff could handle the reporting, he
said assistance will be necessary (or
distribution o( the cheese and butter.
Gregory said the Perquimans
Extension sta(( had already provided
help with distribution and he hopes
the Catholic Social Services, the
Perquimans Health Department and
other agencies and organizations will
also get involved.
The Commissioners designated the
Department o( Social Services as
lead organization (or the cheese and
butter distribution. They also passed
a resolution requesting county
agencies and organizations to help
with the cheese and butter
Gregory told the Board he plans to
order about 5,000 pounds of cheese
and about 1,000 pounds of butter for
the May distribution. He said the
Hertford Ice Plant has been used for
storage, as well as for distribution.
Also at the Monday night meeting
Board of Education members Clif
ford Winslow and Preston Stevenson
appeared before the commissioners
with county Superintendent Pat
Harrell to discuss sale of the Board of
Education peanut allotment to the
Stevenson told the Commissioners
the peanut allotment included 4,548
pounds. He said two Perquimans
farmers ? William Ray Miller and
George Roach, who rent county
owned farm land, would be in
te rested in renting the allotment.
The Commissioners took no action.
Keith Haskett, county tax super
visor and county water department
bill collector, told the County Com
missioners that complaints about the
county water system were con
tinually coming in.
Haskett said, "It's time we take a
look at this and see if we can get it
straightened out." He said he thought
it was possible to get good water, but
corrections need to be made.
Commissioner Charles Ward
commented that probably "ten
percent or more of what we make, we
have to flush out."
In other business, the Com
missioners approved a six lot sub
division on State Road 1317 in the
Camp Perry area, submitted by
Hanna Enterprises and recom
mended for approval by the
Perquimans County Planning Board.
The approval was made subject to
review of the county attorney.
Appearing with other members of
the Planning Board, member Silas
Whedbee suggested the com
missioners appoint one person to
instruct people in the proper
procedures and subdivision
The Board designated County
Attorney John Matthews as the
contact person for subdivision in
Archie Miller of Belvidere ap
peared before the Board on behalf of
the Perquimans County Jaycees
requesting financial assistance with
the annual Fourth of July fireworks
Miller said this event, which at
tracted people from within and
outside the county, had become a
financial burden on the organization.
Miller said cost of the program last
year was $2,000. No action was taken
on the request.
Larry Wimberly, assistant forest
ranger in Roper, and candidate for
the Perquimans forest ranger
position, vacated by John Hurdle,
met with the Board to present his
Wimberly told the Board he will
complete his forestry technician
training in two months.
In other Board business :
?The Commissioners approved a
petition from residents requesting
state road maintenance, which will
be sent to the Department of Tran
?County attorney John Matthews
announced the hunting bill requested
by the county will be introduced to
the legislature this year.
?The Board agreed to advertize for
bids for upkeep of the grounds
around seven county buildings.
Block grant hearing
' draws no opposition
No opposition was expressed
Monday night at the public hearing
concerning the grant application (or
the Small Cities Community
Development Block Grant Program
held last night at the Municipal
According to Hertford Mayor Bill
| Cox, approximately ten people at
tended the hearing, who indicated
.they would like for the town to re
submit the community block grant
for the phase two of the King Street
Cox said a final public hearing has
been scheduled on the project April 11
at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.
Cox said the grant application had
been submitted before but rejected
and the new application will be filed
around the end of April.
The purpose of the Community
Block Grant program is to prevent or
eliminate slums by providing funds
for public service facilities, housing
rehabilitation, economic develop
ment activities, facilities for the
elderly or handicapped and others.
The public hearings are being held
to get information, feedback and
suggestions from the public and Cox
said anyone interested is invited to
attend the public hearing.
Area storm brings
heavy rainfall, flooding
Perquimans County residents
woke to claps of thunder and flashes
of lightening Monday morning,
| marking the beginning of Spring with
' still more rainfall.
The storm, which brought heavy
rainfall and high winds throughout
the Albemarle area, dropped around
2V* inches of rain by 9 a.m. Monday
at the Elizabeth City Flight Service
According to Glenn Collins, air
traffic controller and weather ob
| server for the Federal Aviation
Administration, 3.44 inches had been
recorded at the station since last
Forecasters with the North
Carolina Weather Service in Raleigh
are predicting a chance of more
rainfall in the area Friday with low
temperatures in the 40' s and highs in
the low 60's.
Bryan Eder, assistant state
climatologist at North Carolina State
University, reports that a the
Elizabeth City weather station, the
closest reporting station to
Perquimans, the 7.21 inches of
rainfall recorded in February set a
new record for the area.
Eder said normal rainfall for the
Elizabeth City area for February is
3.58 inches and the old record, set in
1964, was 5.95 inches.
Rainfall recorded in Elizabeth City
through March 19 totalled 4.02 inches
? already over the normal 3.35 in
ches for the area for March, reported
He said the Elizabeth City
statistics should be representative of
the area for this time of year.
r Perquimans students
win science fair honors
Perquimans County High School
students took U of 20 possible awards
at the area science (air held last
week at Northeastern High School.
. In the second annual Perquimsns
*' Pasquotank Science Fair,
Perquimans claimed four first place
prises and two second place slots.
The (air feature four scientific
categories ? technological, earth,
physical and biological.
Eric Skinner placed first in the
earth science division for grades M
12. Chris Mansfield claimed first in
the technological science category
for grades 10-12.
F) In the seventh through ninth grade
categories, Amanda Kornegay won
first place in the biological science
division and Tammy Lane placed
first to the technological division.
Winning second place in the
Physical science category for grades
10-12 were Tim Morgan and Sheila
ftaady Lsssiter at Perquimans
I ' *"? 'i|
an ? *? -.J..
winders included: Scott Dizon and
James Winslow, third place, phyiical
science; Paul Chappell, honorable
mention, technological science; Ann
Forbes, Michelle Cox and Paul
Whedbee, honorable mention,
physical science; Kathy Smith,
Mario Howell, Richard Skinner and
Carol Madre, honorable mention,
In grade 7-9 Lee Cooper won
honorable mention in the biological
NNCT banquet hosts Secretary Faircloth
D.M. (Lauch) Faircloth, N.C. Sec.
of Commerce, will pro Tide the
keynote address at the banquet held
during the Northeastern N.C.
Tomorrow Annual Meeting on April
21 at Elisabeth City State University.
Faircloth was appointed Secretary in
lfT7 by Gov. Jim Hunt and was
reappointed in 1W.
A a Sec. of Commerce. Faircloth
o?er as es a variety of program*,
including industrial development,
tourism, state ports, energy,
banking, international trade, savings
and loans, the industrial commission
and the employment security
commission. He has been a strong
supporter for regional economic
development and has advocated
groups such as Northeastern N.C.
Tomorrow and Western N.C.
"Sec. Faircloth has been involved
with us from the start." Joe M.
Parker, NNCT Chairman said. "Our
future is bright because he and
others in Raleigh support our ef
Faircloth's business Interests
include farming, construction, farm
equipment, automobiles, milling and
commerical real estate.
Re is a native of CUaton.
Perquimans County residents have seen heavy rainfall dur
ing the last few weeks, causing some flooding in areas such
as the canal pictured above next to Larry's Drive In in Win
fall. Forecasters are predicting a chance of more rain for the
area sometime Friday. (Photo by Val Short)
State cuts local school funds $35,000
By VAL SHORT
The Perquimans County Schools
have been notified that state
allocations of funds for the county
will be reduced $35,000 to $40,000'
through the end of the fiscal year,
Superintendent Pat Harrell told
members of the Board of Education
at the Monday night regular meeting.
As a result, Harrell said all ex
penditures have been frozen, with
priorities being given to school bus
transportation and fuel for facilities.
Harrell said salaries would be
exempt from the reduction, but no
other purchases would be made.
Harrell said he expects a majority of
the funds will be used for school
The Board went on record in op
position to legislation that has been
introduced in the General Assembly
which states that the first day of
school would be no earlier than the
first Wednesday after Labor Day.
Harrell said the Board feels this
decision should be left up to the local
Board members also went on
record opposing legislation making
school librarians registrars for the
Board of Elections.
The Board officially took action to
request the Division of School
Planning of the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction to
carry out a letter review and follow
up to the school facility survey
developed for the county high school
ten years ago.
Harrell said the follow-up will
include the changes that have
already been made at the high school
as well as recommendations for
Harrell reported that Raleigh
architect Sam Ashford will attend a
board meeting in April to discuss the
Perquimans High School facilities.
In other Board business :
?the Board denied a request for
school buses to enter Holiday Island
and turn around at the clubhouse.
Harrell said the bus currently, the
bus stops at the Holiday Island gate,
which is the end of the state main
?No asbestos was found in any of
the school classrooms, according to
lab results received this week,
Harrell told the Board. State
engineers will be working with the
county in the removal of asbestos
from boilers and pipes in the schools,
?The Board discussed changes in
the law regarding education of
children with special needs.
?Harrell reported to the Board that
in the examination and report of
immunization records for county
kindergarten and first grade
students, only two students had in
?The Board accepted the ESEA
Chapter I audit. Harrell said no
problems or recommendations were
given with the report.
?The Board adopted a resolution
supporting the 400th Anniversary
celebration beginning in 1984.
?Harrell announced that the
window replacement project at
Perquimans Union School had been
completed. He also announced im
provements made by the Athletic
Boosters Club to the baseball field.
Commission accepts ADA contract
Five Clearinghouse Committee
projects were approved by the
Albemarle Commission at its
quarterly dinner meeting held last
Thursday night at Soundview
Among the approved projects were
? the loan request of the Southern
Shores Fire Department for im
provements to the fire station, and an
environment questionnaire for the
Oakum Street Community
Revitalization Project in Edenton.
The Commission also approved the
contract with the Albemarle
Development Authority, in which the
Commission will provide staff ser
vices for the Authority.
The ADA was recently established
through the Commission to provide
small business loans for people in the
10 counties of Region R.
The Authority, upon approval of
the Small Business Administration,
should begin accepting loan ap
plications by August 1, according to
Ray McClees, assistant Albemarle
In other business, the Commission
voted to change the fiscal year for the
Albemarle Commission to coincide
with the state's fiscal year.
According to Don Flowers,
executive director of the Albemarle
Commission, the beginning of the
fiscal year will change from October
1 to July 1, effective in 1984. Flowers
Said this action would shorten the
fiscal year I9M to nine months ?or the
The Commission approved the
Emergency Medical Service bylaws.
Guest speaker for the meeting was
Hobart Truesdale, president of First
Colony Farms, who presented a
program about peat, one of Region
R's natural resources.