THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 3?, No. 32 USPS 42?-0?0 -- Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, August 11, 1983 20 CENT
Soybeans, peanuts in danger
Perquimans corn crop
damaged by weather
By VAL SHORT
The sixth consecutive week without
any significant rainfall means bad
news for Perquimans corn growers.
II raiafall doesn't soon relieve the
parched fields, soybeans and peanuts
may also be in danger.
As one farmer expressed it, "Corn
has had it," and County Extension
Chairman Bill Jester predicts this
year's corn crop will be as bad as the
1980 crop, which averaged 70 to 75
bushels per acre.
Corn growers Jimmy Lane of
Belvidere and Ronnie Baker of
Hertford estimate they will average
SO bushels of corn per acre. In sharp
contrast. Lane averaged ISO bushels
per acre while Baker harvested an
average of 160 bushels per acre last
Jester said Perquimans growers
set a record last year, averaging 125
to 130 bushels per acre countywide.
No records are expected this year.
"Under normal planting con
ditions, we would have had a good
chance," said Jester, but planting
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Late planting and dry
Vjrektker conditions can be
attributed (or the pour corn
crop in Perquimans County
this year. County Extension
Chairman Bill Jester reports
that in some fields dobs can
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be found partially filled or
with no graia at all. He ex
pects an average county wide
yield this year of 70 to 75
bushels of corn per acre.
(Photo by Val Short)
Town Council discusses vandalism
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By SUSAN HARRIS
The town council could not agree
unanimously on a solution to the
vandalism and parking problem in
the cemetery at their meeting
^ Monday night.
Councilman John Beers has for
several years tried to get the Council
to barricade the individual
driveways off the main throughway
.in the cemetery, since policing the
area has not alleviated the problem.
An even more drastic step was
suggested by Councilman Joe White,
who proposed closing the entire
Ml, cemetery, including the main road,
at specified times. White said he felt
it was disrespectful to use the
cemetery as a shortcut.
Councilmen Billy Winslow and
Jesse Harris were opposed to such
severe measures. Harris said he
hesitated to impede the rights of so
many citizens in order to halt the
actions of a few.
The council did agree that a
barrier be erected between the
cemetery and the high school
practice field as soon as possible .to
prohibit traffic from leaving the
school property through the
The council authorized Mayor Bill
Cox to have a temporary fence of
guideline wire put up until a per
manent structure can be erected.
Council further authorized Cox to
order no parking signs to be posted in
the cemetery, and to order stricter
police surveillance. Tickets will be
? written to those people who continue
to park in the cemetery during
Attorney Chris Bean came before
the council on behalf of Albemarle
Cable TV, who last month requested
Council to approve a $1 per month
increase on the basic service rate,
and to endorse other rate increases.
The increase was approved, with
Councilman Beers being the sole
ABC sales continued to decline,
according to ABC chairman Cecil
Winslow. Sales totaled $35,942.80 for
the month of July, down $3,027.hs
from July 1982, which represented a
sales drop of 379 bottles.
Winslow said that information he
has received indicates that this is the
first year that no increase in $ales
has occured since North Carolina
became an alcohol control state.
There have been three price in
creases in the past 60 days in the
store, Winslow said, adding that
another price increase is on the way
in the fall.
The ABC board earned $129.84
interest on its checking account in
Blair Pollock of Integrated Energy
Systems, which recently completed
an energy audit of the town under the
state's Energy County Management
System funding, reported his fin
dings to the Council.
Costs of overall energy con
servation measures, with labor
supplied by the town's maintenance
department, totaled $2,350, with a
projected annual savings of $1 ,610.
Pollock suggested that the town
apply for a grant from the Alter
native Energy Corporation to fund
energy conservation measures in
residents' homes. Water heater
timers and low-flow shower heads
are two of the recommended energy
Council listed as maintenance
priorities leveling the dirt piled
behind the municipal building and
repairing the streets.
, Quilt show scheduled
A number of firsts will be a part of
the Perquimans County Chamber of
Commerce's second Indian Summer
The Perquimans County Quilters
Club, which is the first organized
quilters club in the county, will hold
its first area quilt show on Friday,
September 16, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and Saturday, September 17, from 10
a.m. to < p.m. at the Albemarle
Commission Building on Church
. Street in Hertford.
. The QuiKers Club was organized in
?October, 1M1 with 12 members and
meets the last Monday in the month.
I The club is not associated with any
other organization, but a group of
highly talented ladies of all ages
jm Joy quflting, sharing ideas, and
^ 'learning new ways to improve their
; Some ef the members have Joined
-the Four County Quilters Guild and
'the Tidewater Guild.
Tickets are on sale now by the
members and can be obtained at the
Card Cottage Shop and Woodland
Everyone is invited to attend the
Festival sponsored by the
Perquimans County Chamber of
Commerce, September 15, 16 and 17
to relive the past and enjoy the
present, but mcst of all to have a
good time with friends.
Other events scheduled for the
festival Include Heritage Day, Old
Fashioned Bargain Day, street
dance, entertainment, and arts and
Booths are still available for food,
crafts, art and displays. For in
formation, contact tl)e chamber at
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conditions were anything but normal
this year. According to Jester, those
conditions plus other factors have
contributed to the corn problems.
"Corn was planted two to three
weeks later than usual," said Jester,
because of the heavy rainfall during
the regular planting season. "This
put pollination back a week, "said
Jester, also a critical factor.
Pollination, or fertilization of the
female corn plants, would have oc
curred during the first weeks in July,
during which some of the hottest
temperatures on record were
recorded, ranging from 100 degrees
According to Jester, any tem
perature above 90 degrees will ac
tually kill pollen.
Perquimans corn growers are now
seeing the result of the pollination
problems ? partially filled corn cobs
and in some cases, empty cobs with
no grain at all.
Dry weather has also been a factor
in the poor corn crop this year, ac
cording to Jester. "We went from
ample moisture to none at all.. The
critical period for corn is usually the
first weeks in July," sais Jester.
From one-half to one inch of rain
fell on Perquimans last month, five
inches short of the average for July.
Jester said scattered showers have
hit small areas, specifically, Bethel,
New Hope and Four-mile Desert
areas of the county. "We just need a
good rain all over," said Jester.
"Soybeans are reaching a critical
period and really need rain. Peanuts
have not yet been hurt," Jester
Jester warns that proper handling
of corn during harvest will be critical
because of possible aflatoxin
"Under stress conditions, the
chances are greater of having
aflatoxin," said Jester. He said dring
corn to 13 percent before storage and
aerating corn often will help guard
Ronnie Baker, whose farm is
located north of Hertford near the
Perquimans River, said his soybeans
are "looking bad," while peanuts are
"holding their own." Baker said
cotton looks good, but it is also a dry
Belvidere farmer Jimmy Lane
enrolled in the Payment-in-Kind
(PIK) program, setting aside 400 of
his 525 acres of corn. But he is con
cerned about his 500 acres of
soybeans as he joins Perquimans
growers in a collective hope for rain
and "better luck next year."
It s time again tor
Howard B. Campbell, Health
Director of the Pasquotank
District Health Department today
urged all parents to make sure their
children have had the minimum
immunization shots required by state
law before school starts this month.
Parents who have moved to North
Carolina from other state should
request immunization records from
their former physicians or local
North Carolina's immunization
law, revised by the 1979 General
Assembly, requires a complete basic
series of shots for all children in
kindergarten through the twelfth
These immunizations include three
combination diptheria, tetanus, and
pertussis (whooping cough) shots;
three oral polio vaccine doses;
measles vaccine on or after the
child's first birthday; and rubella
(german measles) vaccine.
The majority of the children af
fected are those entering licensed
day care centers, kindergarten, and
the first grade. The law allows
exemptions only for medical or
Campbell stressed that parents
should be diligent about having their
children properly immunized and
keeping their records up-to-date.
"Now is the time for kindergarten
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lwo injured in wreck
Two men remain hospitalized after
a one-vehicle accident Friday night.
Paul Jerome Trueblood and William
Hollowell were hospitalized after
Trueblood lost control of his truck,
striking a ditch.
The men were traveling north on
rural paved road 1145 in Pasquotank
County when Trueblood ran off the
right side of the road, came back onto
the road, veered into the left lane,
again ran off the right side of the
road, and struck a ditchbank.
William Hollowell was transported
to Norfolk General Hospital by
Nightingale helicopter late Friday
night, where he is being treated for a
broken neck. He is listed in stable
Trueblood is listed in satisfactory
condition at Albemarle Hospital.
According to a family member, his
injuries include numerous cuts in his
head, bruises and a cut under his
Sanborne charged Trueblood with
driving under the influence and
exceeding a safe speed. Damages to
the truck are estimated at $2500.
A dretden plate pattern quilt
In earth colors will be given
?way during the quilt show at
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the Indian Summer Festival
September 1? and IT at the
Building In Hertford. The
quilt it now on display at the
Card Cottage at Harria
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