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Volume *9. No. 29 USPS 42>-Q80 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, July 14, 1983 20 CENTS
Hertford Council approves insurance change
The Hertford Town Council voted
Monday night not new its employee
health insurance coverage with
Travelers Insurance Company,
which had proposed a 60 percent rate
hike for this fiscal year.
The town will purchase the
coverage through the self-insurance
plan offered through the League of
I Municipalities. The town already
carries workmen's compensation
with the League.
Although the cost will be 37 percent
higher than the premium paid last
year, it represents substantial
savings over like coverage offered by
private companies, according to
Mayor Cox, who contacted numerous
insurance companies seeking in
The town will pay $55.55 per em
ployee each month (or the em
ployees' personal coverage. Em
ployees can purchase dependent
coverage for an additional $96.65 per
Hertford resident Mary Dance
asked the Council for suggestions for
financial assistance. Dance told
councilmen she had been without
income since 1974.
"I have been struggling very hard
to try to live," Dance said, adding
that she has been in contact with
Hertford Mayor Bill Cox on several
occasions seeking extensions on
utility bills because there has been no
money with which to pay them.
According to Dance, she has sought
help from Social Security, EIC,
Catholic Social Services, the
Department of Social Services, the
Salvation Army and other agencies,
which Dance said did what they
could. She has been trying to get
Social Security Disability for six
years, and is at present waiting for a
The council could give her no
alternatives. Cox said he had given
Dance names of all the sources of
assistance of which he was aware.
ABC Director Cecil Winslow
reported that sales for the month of
June totaled $33,912.65, down $590.15
from June 1982. Winslow said that the
ABC checking account is now an
interest-earning account, which
yielded some $564 during the last
As of August 1, the town will
receive five cents more on each
bottle of alcohol sold as a result of
new state legislation, Winslow said.
Chief Marshall Merritt presented
council with a June police report.
Arrests for the month totaled 21, with
24 violations and investigations
reported. Eight citations were
issued, along with two warning
Overtime hours remaining on the
books are down to 702.5 from a high of
888.8, which got nods of approval
from councilmen.
"That's going in the right direc
tion," Councilman Jesse Harris said,
adding, "It's just a good report."
Albemarle Cable TV president
Vince Ridikas requested that the
council allow a $1 per month in
crease, from $6.95 to $7.95, in the base
rate of cable TV service. Although
the council has control over the price
of the base rate only, Ridikas
outlined all proposed increased.
The two-star rate will rise $2.10 to
$11.95; three-star service will rise to
$20.95 from $18.85; and four-star
customers will pay $27.95, up from
$24.85, if Albemarle Cable is allowed
its new rates.
"We're here to seek your blessing
for all the rate increases we have in
mind," Ridikas said. He attributed
the need for rate increases to poor
subscription rates, the rising cost of
programming, and other business
cost increases.
Council tabled action on the
request until its next meeting.
The council approved four ap
pointments for the 1983-84 fiscal
year: Marvin Hunter, city clerk; Bill
Cox, city manager; Lloyd (Pete)
Riddick, fire chief; and Marshall
Merritt, police chief.
In other business, the council:
?granted an easement to the power
agency to install * metering system
in the town substation.
?accepted the resignation of town
attorney, William Bentley.
Faircloth will
speak July 20
Lauch Faircloth, former North
Carolina Secretary of Commerce,
will be the speaker at a meeting of
Perquimans County's civic and
I business leaders and elected officials
" July 20, 1983 at 6:30 p.m. at Angler's
Faircloth was appointed as
Secretary of Commerce by Governor
Jim Hunt in 1977. He resigned in June
of this year.
While Faircloth was Secretary,
industry announced over $11.5 billion
of new and expanded investment in
North Carolina and over 180,000 jobs.
In addition, during that period,
P travel expenditures in North
Carolina have nearly tripled over $3
billion annually and exports have
doubled to over |4 billion.
North Carolina state ports, also
administered by the Commerce
Department, have become among
the fastest growing ports on the East
Coa"S^.Wfth revenues growing from
17.2 million to $15 millilon.
Faircloth is a native of Sampson
He served on the state Highway
Commission during the ad
ministration of Terry Sanford and
was appointed Chairman of the High
way Commission by Bob Scott.
? Babe Ruth
team wins
The Perquimans 13-year-old Babe
Ruth All Star team will compete in
the state championship following a
tour game sweep in the District 7
finals. Perquimans defeated Edenton
12-2 in the final game.
1 In the six years of participation in
Babe Ruth baseball, this is the first
Perquimans team to win a district
championship. The state tournament
will be held in Wilmington beginning
In the first game last , Friday,
Perquimans eased past Currituck, 7
5. Brad Hurdle was the winning
pitcher, giving up five runs on four
a At the plate, Andy White and
^ Rodney Lyons each had two hits.
The next day against Bi-County
(Tyrrell and Hyde) the local boys
had a field day, romping 21-4. Eddie
Lassiter was the winning pitcher,
allowing only one hit and walking
Brad Hurdle and Andy White
collected two hits apiece.
Sunday against Elisabeth City, the
? all-stars Jumped out to a 9-0 lead,
only to hold on for an exciting 9-7
victory. Brad Hurdle, who had a no
hitter through five innings, took the
" win, allowing five hits while walking
Leading hitters for Perquimans
wr? Andy White, Rodney Lyons and
Mark Hurdle.
The championship game Monday,
played at the Boys' Club in Elisabeth
A City, pitted Perquimans against pre
*? 111 favorite, Edenton, which
upset early in the pairings by
Elisabeth City.
The local team scored in each of
the last four innings to pot Edenton
away, 12-2. Eddie Lassiter was the
winning pitcher, giving up tour Uts,
walking six. Leading hitters
These children are among 700
children in Perquimans and
Pasquotank counties who
enjoy a free lunch daily
during the summer feeding
program. All children under
age 19 in the county are
eligible to receive the lun
ches. Twelve sites in
Perquimans, including the
one above at Missing Mill
Park, are used for serving the
lunches in the county. (Photo
by Val Short)
Perquimans Chamber sets
Indian Summer F estival
The datea are let and plans are
now underway for the second annual
Indian Summer Festival, according
to Mary Harrell, coordinator.
i Summer
Sponsored by the Perquimans
County Chamber of Commerce, the
Feathral is scheduled September 15,
11 and 17. Beginning with Heritage
Day, the three day event will also
include Old Fashioned Merchants'
Day and Fun Day.
Heritage Day will be held Thur
sday, September U at the Newbold
White House and will focus primarily
on Indian cultures and history of the
area. North Carolina Indians will be
invited to participate and a Brun
swick Stew lunch will be served.
Old Fashioned Merchants' Day,
Friday, September 17, will feature
sidewalk sales, antique exhibits,
colonial costumes, and a quilt show
by the Perquimans County Quitters
Entertainment and a fish fry will
be held Friday evening.
Fun Day will be held Saturday,
September 17. Entertainment will be
scheduled throughout the day. Arts
and crafts, displays, a pig pickin' and
a street dance will be highlights of
the day.
Confirmed entertainers for the
Festival inclyde the Flatland
Cloggers, the Navy Band and the
EdentM Optimist Club's train.
Arts, crafts, food and commercial
display booths will be set up down
town during Fob Day. Thoee in
terested in participating should
contact the chairmen: Crafts ? Judy
and John Christensen, 428-5464; Art
? Rebecca Spivey, 297-2402; Food ?
Clyde Merritt, 420-5860; and Display -
Hal Fleming, 426-5213.
Contact person for entertainment
is Shirley Perry ? 297-2680.
Other Indian Summer Festival
committee chairmen include: Pat
Harrell, assistant coordinator; Gene
Boyce, treasurer; Jean kumphlett
and Kim Humphlett, publicity;
Becky and Allen Winslow, merchant
activities; Leonard Love, sound;
Emmett Landing, construction; and
Bobbl Veon, 5-K run.
Other chairmen are: Chris
Christensen, T-shirts; Mary Ruth
Smith, street dance; Larry Chappell,
coke wagons; Paul Smith Sr., pig
pickin'; Pete Riddick, fish fry;
Barbara Nixon, balloon* and
novelties; Boy Scout Troop 155, clean
up; and Ila Grey and Billy White,
Heritage Day.
Grand jury indicts
local attorney
on drug charges
A Hertford attorney was indicted
Monday by a Perquimans County
grand jury on charges of conspiracy
to felonious possession of marijuana
and accessory before the fact to
feloniously possess marijuana.
James David Singletary, 33, of
Kenyon Drive, Hertford, was
arrested and charged Monday at the
courthouse by State Bureau of In
vestigation special agent Walter L.
According to Assistant District
Attorney Frank R. Parrish,
Singletary was taken before the
magistrate and was released on a
written promise to appear in court on
the scheduled date, October 10.
Singletary, a Columbus County
native, who practices law in Hert
ford, is scheduled for arraignment
July 18 in Chowan Superior Court on
charges of conspiring to burn a
building and burning a building.
In a plea bargain agreement David
Cletis Aaron pleaded guilty to the
felony of aiding and abetting in the
sale and delivery of cocaine during
his arraignment in Superior Court
Aaron had been charged with
conspiracy to trafficking in cocaine
and trafficking in cocaine.
With Superior Court Judge Herbert
O. Phillips III presiding, Aaron's
sentencing is scheduled Tuesday.
Also arraigned was Billy Nixon
who had been charged with violating
a town ordinance. He was ordered to
pay court costs and received a
prayer for judgment on the condition
that he safely confine his dogs on his
premisis or on a leash off the
Bernice White pleaded guilty to
driving under the influence and
received a six months suspended
The case of Luckie Douglas Cart
wright was continued until the next
session of Perquimans Superior
Court October 10.
Also on the calendar for
Perquimans Superior Court this
week includes:
?Larry Wayne Sanders, charged
with conspiracy to burn a building
and burning a building.
?Clayton Llewellyn Godwin,
charged with obtaining property by
false pretense.
?James Robert Boyce, charged
with driving under the influence.
?Clifford Pritchard Towe Jr.,
charged with driving under the in
?Michael Gordon Billos Jr.,
charged with driving under the in
?Victor Parker, alias Tony Parker,
charged with simple assault and two
counts of assault on a fem ale.
?Henry Wilson Ormond, charged
with driving under the influence.
?Charlie Welch, charged with
assault inflicting serious injury.
?Charlie Welch, charged with
assault inflicting serious injury.
?Nellie Mallory, charged with
simple assault.
?Annette Whedbee, charged with
simple assault.
?Odell Parker, charged with
communicating threats.
?George Willie Parker Sr., charged
with trespassing.
New policeman on duty
A Winfall native has joined the
Hertford Police Department,
announced Chief of Police
Marshall Merritt today.
Timothy Ken Spence, 22, a 1978
graduate of Perquimans County
High School has joined the
department, replacing Dean
Cartwright, who resigned
recently to accept a position with
the Edenton Police Department.
Spence will remain on
probation during his first year of
employment and he will also be
required to attend a police
academy, explained Merritt.
Spence, who now lives in
Hertford, was formerly an em
ployee of the Perquimans County
Recreation Departmeut and also
Auto World in Elizabeth City.
Merritt said, "I'm very happy
and pleased to have Spence join
the police department. He is a
very personable and a very nice
young man and I think he will
make a good police officer."
Spence is among five
policemen at the Hertford
Directing traffic will be
among Timothy S pence's
duties as a policeman with
the Hertford Police Depart
meat. Spence, a native of
Winfall, began work last

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