THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 39, No. 43 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, October 27, 1M3 25 CEN"
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Emergency loan applications being accepted
By JANE WILLIAMS
On September 23 Perquimans
County was declared a crop disaster
area because of drought conditions
and extremely high temperatures
that persisted throughout the sum
mer months. Farmers in the county
then became eligible for Farmers
Home Administration (FmHA)
In general this will provide for
farmers that have lost at least 30
percent of their production due to the
drought. Proceeds from crop in
surance and the PIK program will be
taken into account when determining
Applications for emergency farm
loans for losses are being accepted at
the local FmHA office in Hertford.
FmHA County Supervisor. Melvtr.
E. Howell urges farmers who are
interested in receiving an emergency
loan to get their applications into his
The pictures above present
the changes that have oc
cured in the farming industry
during the past 40 years. The
Then and now ...
top photo shows the peanut
harvesting procedure in 1M1.
The bottom picture depicts
the harvest today. (The 1941
picture was loaned by Leigh
Winslow. Staff photo by Ken
Island residents look for
county water hookup soon
By JACK GROVE
Holiday Island property owners
have been told to expect to have
county water service to the com
munity in December.
p Property Owners received this
information at their annual meeting
on October 16.
"I have talked to the county
engineers (Rivers and Associates,
Inc. a Qreenvilie consulting firm on
the county water system) twice in the
pait week about the county waer and
how it will effect Holiday Island and
when we could expect to have service
-from the county, " General Manager
forest Myers reported. "December
1, 1963 is th? target date," he said.
Holiday island has its own water
bring! to a close
Savings Time for
. Don't forget to
docks back one hour
retiring on Saturday
system including wells, processing
plant and water lines throughout the
On September 14, 1980, a special
meeting of property owners was held
to consider looking into the new
county water system and
disestablishment of the community
water plant. The reported benefits
would include deletion of plant
maintenance costs, future capital
expenditures for replacement of
plant equipment and new well sites
and improved water quality.
At this meeting a resolution was
approved for the county water
hookup and to raise $100,000 for the
Myers said, "From this date,
September 14, 1980, we have -been
obligated to raise the money for this
project." He reported that the latest
estimated cost is $42,211.
According to a letter from Ronald
H. Sessoms of Rivers and Associates,
the coat factors include Insulation at
8,700 linear feet of six inch pvc pipe;
80 linear feet of 12 inch steel casing; a
six inch valve; a six inch hydrant and
valve; and a six inch compound
meter. The pipe will bring water to a
bulk meter at Holiday Island from
Harvey Point Road.
The property owners association
pay a bulk water rate to the
Ultiate water users will be
I by the asaodattoo. The corn
water plant will
disposition of proceeds -yet
A motion was made at the meeting
for a $25 per lot one-time special
assesment to cover the $42,261 cost.
This motion was passed unanimously
by the approximately 300 property
Myers also gave an accounting of
the associations's financial status.
"In the past twelve months we
collected (82,280 in back assessments
that have been put into the Reserve
Fund. We have received 20 lots in lieu
of back assessments. Thirteen of
these have been sold for a total of
131,200. All of this money goes into
the building fund. All of your 1983-84
assessments have gone into the
General Operating Fund and as of
Septembe 30 we still have $88,878 to
lait until May 1, 1984," he reported.
In other business:
?Twenty-four past and present
member* of the Board of Governors
were honored with certificates of
appreciation in commemoration of
the association's tenth anniversary.
?The membership elected Clyde
Merritt and Helen Moore (an In
cumbent) to three-year terms on the
Board of Governors Both are per
manent Island residents.
?At a board meeting efter the
membership meeting, the following
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Claude J Rogers; vice-president.
Hasel Mile*; treasurer, Rufus
C?U?d and ..creUry, Clyde
office as soon as possible after they
have completed harvesting.
Howell said, "We hope farmers
will get their applications in early
rather than waiting until near the
deadline which is March 23, 1964. The
longer they wait, the more chance
there is for long delays in getting
their checks. If the applications come
in early we can avoid backlogs and
speed up the process.
Howell said farmers may be
eligible for loans of up to 80 percent of
their actual losses, or the operating
loan needed to continue in business,
or $500,000, whichever is less.
For farmers unable to obtain credit
from private commercial lenders,
the interest rate on the first $100,000
borrowed is five percent; the interest
rate is eight percent on the balance
borrowed over that amount. For
farmers who can obtain commercial
credit but who choose to borrow from
FmHA, the interest rate is 13.75
percent Howell said.
As a general rule, a farmer must
have suffered at least a 30 percent
loss of production to be eligible for an
FmHA emergency loan, Howell said.
Farmers participating in the PIK or
federal crop insurance programs will
have to figure in proceeds from those
programs in determining their
FmHA is a credit agency of the
United States Department of
Agriculture. It is authorized to
provide disaster emergency loans to
recognized farmers who work at and
rely on farming for a substantial part
of their living.
Eligibility is extended to individual
farmers who are United States
Citizens, and to farming part
nerships, corporations or
cooperatives in which U.S. citizens
hold a majority interest.
The local Farmers Home Ad
ministration office is located in the
ARPDC Building in Hertford. Their
office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., Monday through Friday. The
telephone number is 426-5733.
Applications for emergency loans
can be picked up at the county office.
program given award
By SUSAN HARRIS
The Perquimans County School
system was honored last month with
a Governor's Program of Excellence
Award given (or an outstanding
program for the county's Trainable
Mentally Handicapped students
enrolled this year.
Of the 30 Programs of Excellence
Awards presented, Perquimans
County received two; for both the
Level I and Level II program
Jeanie Umphlett, co-ordinator of
the county programs for exceptional
children, gave an audio-visual
presentation at the awards banquet
fn Raleigh depicting m3ny aspects of
Umphlett was accompanied to
Raleigh by student Gayline Walker,
who will be the. program's first
graduate in May.
Alma Banks teaches the students
at Perquimans Central School, while
Kathy Ansink instructs students at
The main objective of the program
in Perquimans County is to integrate
the Trainable Mentally Handicapped
student into society, according to a
program outline compiled by Um
phlett. This objective pursued
through the use of the Elsmere
Project, a vocationally oriented
prgram for the mentally retarded.
County children from ages five to
21 are served in a Level I or Level II
setting, determined not by the
student's age, but rather by his/her
In times past the trainable men
tally retarded were provided with
little or no education. These in
dividuals often grew into adults
without a feeling of self -worth, and
unfortunately, most never reached
their full potential.
A new social awareness has
developed over the past decade, and
there has been increased emphasis
placed on educating the handicapped
Perquimans County Schools
initiated its Trainable Mentally
Handicapped Program in the 1981-82
The program curriculum prepares
students to function in the com
Vocational skills and attitudes
necessary to perform in a work at
mosphere are emphasized.
The trainable mentally han
dicapped students- are offered basic
skills in six subject areas :
?Functional Academics - This area
focuses on the development of skills
which enable the individual to
reocgnize and respond to as many
signs and symbols in the en
vironment as his/her abilities allow.
Such concepts as size, amount, time
and money are developed; concepts
which will later assist the student in
living in the community.
?Socialization - This curriculum
helps students learn to get along with
others, develop a positive self-image
and show appropriate expressions of
feelings and emotions.
?Independent Living - Con
centration is on development of skills
and attitudes which enable the
student to do as many things as
possible for himself/herself.
?Pre-Vocation - Often utilizing a
work table to afford maximum
student interacton in comopleting
assembly-type assignments, this
area stresses the development of
proper work behavior and attitudes.
?Vocation - the objective of this
curriculum is to help students attain
and reinforce skills appropriate to
?Personal Family Life - The goal of
this aspect of the program is to have
the student accept and understand
their physical and emotional
The trainable mentally han
dicapped program is individualized
to conform to the needs of each
student. The teacher makes
available to the student those ac
tivities which will produce the
desired learning when the pupil
appears ready to learn on that level.
The students participate in the
Special Olympics, a highlight of their
Some of the students are given jobs
around the school.
Umphlett expressed her
satisfaction that the students
enrolled in the regular curriculum
responded so positively to the
trainable mentally handicapped
Their support and acceptance
provides a vital link in the chain of
the Trainable Mentally Handicapped
Hertford receives award for
Community of Excellence
By JANE WILLIAMS
Hertford, Perquimans County was
presented with the Governor's
Community of Excellence Award at a
banquet held in Raleigh on October
This is the fifth consecutive year
that Hertford has been the recipient
of this prestigious award that is given
to communities that have made
themselves attractive to possible
The award program is sponsored
by the North Carolina Department of
Commerce and Governor James B.
The purpose of the program is to
encourage communities to upgrade
their area so that it will become
attractive to industrial prospects.
In preparation for the awards
program Hertford Mayor Bill Cox
Mid that the committee comprised of
Tim Brinn, Roy Reed, Joel HoiloweU,
Chris Christensen, Joe Nowell and
himself emphasized the need for a
Other criteria 'nvolved in
preparation for the program in
cluded gathering site daU and
identification for industrial
development potential, a slide
presentation depleting the area,
originating an industrial develop
ment team to talk and work with
uM^gbn^Derau^nd tod tries**
while trying to assist them in present
situations and future development.
Communities are required to
document labor statistics, identify
the work force, and identify
resources such as railways, high
ways, availability to airports, etc.
All of the information that is
gathered in preparation for the
awards program is on record in
Raleigh at the Commerce Depart
ment. A complete file on Perquimans
County is available to industries that
might be interested in locating in
Northeastern North Carolina.
Cox stated that the local committee
was aided by the Perquimans County
Industrial Development Commission
as well as by the Perquimans County
Committee of 100.
Hertford rteilvii thi
'? Community of
Cox on October 11 at tbc
Annual Community of Ex
cellence Award* Banquet
held tn Raleigh.