Citizens show interest in proposed project
By VAL SHORT
Approximately twenty Hertford
resident* attended the public
meeting on the proposed phase II of
the Street RevltaUzatlon Project.
The hearing was held prior to the
regular Hertford Town Council
meeting Monday night.
The public hearing was the second
held to obtain public response to the
community block grant proposal.
The grant requests over 1500,000 to
I rehabilitate and revitalise the
residential areas around King Street,
from Hyde and Gum Streets to
The proposal must be submitted by
May 1, according to Cox, to the N.C.
Department of Natural Resource*
Although the groups expressed no
opposition to the proposed project,
residents were concerned about
having their homes destroyed and
Cox told the group that if the
project is ftinded, two appraisals of
each property will have to be made to
determine its actual condition and
whether it can be rehabilitated. Cox
said the grant will include funds for
"There is no way you can lose," he
assured the group. He also asked (or
letters of support to be sent In with
the project application. He said the
Town should be notified about the
grant In September.
During the regular session, the
Town Council spproved an amend
ment change to the ABC ordinance,
which will be submitted to the
The resolution would make
distribution of the revenue from the
ABC store to the county Board of
Education as optional rather than
The amendment also states, "after
due notice in writing to the
Perquimans County Board of
Education and the Perquimana
County Board of Commiaaionera, the
Board of Commiaaionera of the Town
of Hertford, may, by majority vote at
ita annual budget meeting, decreaae
or eliminate the SO percent portion of
the Perquimana County Board of
Education, and diatribute aaid
portion so decreased or eliminated to
the General Fund of the Town of
The Perquimana County Board of
Education and Perquimans County
Board of Commissioners shall be
given at least 6 months prior to the
beginning of the next fiscal year of
any action by the Board of Com
missioners of the Town of Hertford to
decrease or eliminate any A. B.C.
funds received by the Perquimans
County Board of Education.
Hertford Chief of Police, Marshall
Merritt, presented the March police
report which included 17 arrests, 31
reported violations and in
vestigations, and 12 citations.
In response to a question about
complaints of unleashed dogs,
Merritt said quite a few people had
been given written and verbal
warnings concerning the local leash
law. He said citations will be issued
in the next seven days. "I think we
will see a difference," he said.
In other business, the Hertford
Town Council :
?approved an ordinance prohibiting
parking on both sides of U.S. 17 from
400 feet south of State road 1336 and
350 feet north of State road 1336.
?approved the $100 donation to the
Jaycees for the July 4th fireworks
?heard Mayor Cox announce that the
Town electrical system will be
scanned for possible problems at a
cost of $300.
Elizabeth Towe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clif
ford Town of Winfall, and senior at Perquimans
County High School, was a recent winner in the
Junior Tar Heel Historian Association's
photography contest. Towe placed first with her
photograph of Land's End and second, with her
unusual view of the Mathew H. White House in
Hertford. She was also a winner in the contest
Telephone rate hike affects Perquimans
Carolina Telephone has announced
that a $13.9 million local aervice rate
increase authorised last week by the
Utilities Commission was put into
effect beginning April 7.
All Carolina Telephone customers
will be affected by the rate change,
which will be reflected in their bills
dated after April 9. In addition to the
new basic monthly rate on the
customer's bill, which is billed 10
days in advance, some customers
will receive a one-time adjustment
under the heading "Other Charges
and Credits" to reflect the new rate
from April 7 to the date of their bilL
The Commission's order also In
| eluded an increase in Extended Area
Services (EAS) rates, an increase in
certain miscellaneous equipment
and service rates, and an adjustment
in service cooncctton charges.
The existing and new rates for
local one-party residential and
business telephone aervice, including
EAS where applicable, for customers
in Perquimans are as follows:
?Hertford ? 11.95, Existing Rate ?
14.05, New Rate.
?Piney Woods ? 11.95, Existing Rate
? 14.05, New Rate.
?Woodville ? 11.95, Existing Rate ?
14.05, New Rate.
?Hertford ? 30.00, Existing Rate ?
33.75, New Rate.
?Piney Woods ? 30.00, Existing Rate
? 33.75, New Rate.
?Woodville ? 30.00, Existing Rate ?
33.75, New Rate.
Rates tor two-party and four-party
service increased proportionately to
the one-party rates.
If the customer rents his telephone
set from the company, rather than
owns it, a telephone rental charge is
included in the bill In addition to the
monthly rate for basic service. This
charge did not change.
TJ>. Williamson, vice president
administration, said, "I believe by
now, through the extensive news
media publicity of recent months and
years, recognizes that FCC and court
decisions have made 'deregulation' a
household word in the telephone
industry. Deregulation is bringing
higher rates to local services as
competition increases in long
distance service and equipment
sales, which traditionally have
subsidized local service.
"In this rate case, I think the
Utilities Commission has tried to
consider the fast pace of change as
well as current economic conditions
and the interests of all concerned.
These new rates will increase the
cost of an average residential
customer who does not have EAS by 3
cents per day, and will increase the
cost of an average residential
customer with EAS by S cents per
"We believe telephone service
remains an excellent buy considering
Harrell elected Chamber VP.
? " *
Pat Barren, of Hertford, has been
elected vice-president of the
Perquimans Comity Chamber of
Barren, Superintendent of
Perquimans County Schools, was
elected at a recent Chamber Meeting
i to the seat vacated by Alan AsbeO,
who recently moved to Kinstoo
BarreU win also serve of the Board of
Directors as the representative of
Clyde Merritt will represent
Holiday Island as an ex-ofdcto board
member and Bin Bates was named
^ Dates have been eet tar the second
September 15, If, and 17.
"We are in the planning stage,"
?aid Chamber president, Mary
HarreiL She said all committee
chairmen have net been selected and
she has not yet named an overall
Plans are also underway lor a
three county map which will incMc
recreational areas, medical
historic alias and other
PiMjuottok ytpi Chowan Comrttes.
The Perquimans Chamber to joining
the Klisabeth City Area Chamber at
Commerce and the Id?ton Chowan
Chamber in the project
Barren said she hopes the mape
will be available by the sod of Jane .
The Chamber has changed Its
regular Board of Directors meeting
dat to the fourth Monday of each
month at 7:30 p.m.
Harrefl said the directors meetings
will now he open to Chamber
members. HarreU dad if anyone has
an Horn of business to be brought up
at the meeting, they must notify her
ea the Friday before the Monday
The Chamber will bagin
preparations tor a Community
Calendar. HarreU saM a calsndar of
community acthrttlsa wlllbekaptat
the Chamber office and win be
published in THE PERQUIMANS
residents of scam
Winfall Chief of Police Joe Lothian
has issued a warning to area
residents to look out for anyone who
is posing as a representative of a
federal agency or an insurance
company, and is soliciting em
Lothian urges anyone who has been
approached by such a person or
anyone who knows someone who has
been contacted, to report it to the
Winfall Police Department.
Lothian said he had received
reports involving Winfall residents in
which several people had been
contacted and offered federal jobs by
a man using federal identification.
He said there may be one or more
people involved in the apparent
Two breaking and entering cases
were reported in Winfall last week,
according to Lothian. Towe Motor
Company was reportedly broken into
last week end ? late Friday night or
early Saturday morning, said
No arrests have been made, ac
cording to Lothian, but the in
vestigation is continuing.
Although nothing was reported
missing, a glass window at the back
of the building was broken, through
which the suspect gained entry.
Several items at the county water
system site on N.C. 37 were reported
missing, following a breaking and
entering and larceny on two oc
casions, between March 31 and April
4, Lothian said.
According to the police chief,
storage units at the site were broken
in to and an emergency saw, a
marine battery and gas were
Lothian said the investigation is
The Winfall Police Department has
added a new part-time employee.
Robert Morris will assume part time
duties at the Winfall PD. He is
captain of the Hertford Police
Department and will continue his full
time position there.
Lothian expressed his appreciation
for the cooperation of Winfall
residents with enforcement of the
dog and parking ordinances.
"I appreciate the cooperation of
the people. The serious problems
have been taken care of," said
"If this is any indication of the
cooperation of the people and the
police department, we'll get along
fine," he added.
Tommy Bouch pulls
Snug Harbor man
from burning trailer
the benefits it provides homes and
businesses. We will continue to
provide good service, and make
every effort to achieve reasonable
earnings for reinvestment and for
shareholders under the rates ap
proved in this case. "
The company plans to spend ap
proximately $88 million during 1983
for construction due to growth,
changes in technology, and the need
to replace depleted equipment and
Carolina Telephone, the state's
second largest telephone company,
services about 583,000 customers in
The Tarboro-based company is a
subsidiary of United Telecom
munications Inc. (UTI) of Kansas
City, Mo. UTI's United Telephone
System, of which Carolina Telephone
is a member, is the third largest
telephone System of which Carolina
Telephone is a member, is the third
largest telephone system in the
United States and comprises 22
operating companies serving 3,000
communities in 20 states.
By VAL SHORT
When Tommy Bouch pulled Lee
Pridgen from his burning trailer in
Snug Harbor Saturday afternoon, he
didn't stop to think ? he didn't stop at
"I didn't have time to think ? I
didn't even know what I was doing,"
said the 18 year old graduate of
Perquimans County High School. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene
Bouch of Snug Harbor.
Bouch said he heard an explosion
around 4 p.m. Saturday as he was
getting out of the shower. He said
after discovering the trailer across
the street was burning, he ran to the
The entire back wall of Pridgen's
small trailer was blown off, ac
cording to Bouch, who went around to
the front screen porch and called for
Pridgen, but there was no answer.
Bouch then spotted Pridgen about
five feet away and he proceeded to
burst open the locked screen door.
"I called him but he was moving
too slow for me, so I went in and
pulled him out by the arm," said
Bouch described the S3 year old
man as being "in a daze." He said
although his hair was singed and his
face and hands were red, he was all
right. Pridgen is now in Chowan
Hospital where he is listed in stable
condition. A hospital spokesman said
he received first and second degree
"I didn't even get scared until after
the fire was out," said Bouch, ad
ding, "If I had thought about it, I
would have gotten scared."
Bouch said he has known Pridgen
since he was three years old. When
he visited him in the hospital, he
thanked everyone for helping him.
Both the Bethel and Hertford Fire
Departments responded to the call
The fire was thought to have
originated in the kitchen around a
gas oven which was thought to be
leaking, according to reports of
neighbors. Neighter fire department
could be reached at press time.
Pridgen's trailer was totally
destroyed. Gene Bouch said the
trailer was not insured and the Snug
Harbor Property Owners Association
is handling collections for Pridgen.
School board looks at plan
By VAL SHORT
Raleigh architect Sam Ashford
appeared before the Perquinans
County Board of Education
Monday night to diacuaa long -
range plaas for the Petqulmans
HI* School facilities. "
Aahford reviewed the matter
ptaa which he helped develop in
XtTS and dlacuaaod treoda la
construction aad design for
Board again In May to discuss in
depth the needs of the county, the
trends in population and
programs as well as an overall
review of the master plan.
The Board approved April 23 as
make-up day lor the day school
cloeed as a result of the recent
snowstorm. The last day of school
for students will remain June 1.
HarraB announced the annual
Public education Day. to he held
In R?'eigh on May IS. Sponsored
by the Alliance for Public
Education, the day gives local
educator*, board members and
interested citisens a chance to
visit legislators and state of
H^rrell made an an
nouncement that the General
Assembly my provide increased
funding for math and science
programs, providing the op
portunity for competitive grants.