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THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 39, No. 44 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, November 3, 1983 25 ceni
The Winfall Vol. Fire
Department and Hertford
Fire Department responded
to an alarm at the Ward and
Nixon Cotton Gin in Winfall
on Monday night. The fire
was contained to a pile of
refuse cotton located behind
the main building. Details
concerning the fire were not
available at press time.
Candidates discuss priorities
as election day draws near
By JANE WILLIAMS
Voters in the towns of Hertford and
Winfall will go to the polls for the
* November 8 Municipal Election with
most of the seats up for election
unopposed.
The only incumbent who faces
opposition is Hertford Mayor W.D.
"Bill" Cox who is being opposed by
W.A. "Billy" White, a rural mail
carrier and President of Pitt Hard
ware in Hertford.
Cox, who has served as Hertford's
Mayor for the past 12 years, states
s that he is running on that record and
cites his interest in the people and
the town and city government as his
major reason for seeking re-election
in that capacity.
"The 12 years that T have been
Mayor have been a time of change
and improvements in Hertford," said
Cox.
V
. In commenting on the financial
situation of the town Cox pointed out
that as recently as this week, the
town has reviewed their 1982-83 audit
and finished out the fiscal year with a
general fund balance of $44,724. Cox
also stated that the Utility fund
shows a retained earning of $275,930.
When questioned as to his ability to
hold the office of Mayor and the job
as Hertford Town Manager Cox said,
"I feel that the leadership that I have
been able to give the town has come
about because I have served as
Mayor and Town Manager and the
combination of both has worked well
and saved a considerable amount of
money. The office of Mayor is an
elected office elected by the voters of
Hertford. As Town Manager I am an
employee of the Town, hired and
governed by the Hertford Town
Council. The two jobs are seperate
but in the past have worked well
together for Hertford.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Cox
served for four years on the Hertford
Town Council.
Currently he serves as Chairman
of the Highway 17 Transportation
Association, Chairman of the
Albemarle Association of Counties
and Towns, member of the
Albemarle Area Development
Association, member of the
Governing Board of the Economic
Improvement Council, Chairman of
the Board of the Albemarle Com
mission (ARPDC), member of the
Region R Aging Advisory Council,
Director and Past President of the
Hertford/Perquimans Chamber of
Commerce, member of the
Perquimans County Industrial
Development Commission and an
appointed member of the state wide
League of Municipalities Economic
and Industrial Development Ad
visory Committee.
Billy White, who opposes Cox in the
race for Mayor, stated that his main
reason for seeking election is that he
feels the positions of Mayor and
Town Manager should be seperate.
White states that he feels that the
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WHITE
Town of Hertford would have a
stronger form of government with
one person serving the elected office
of mayor seperate from the job as
town manager.
White stated that other reasons
that encouraged him to seek this
office are his interests in promotion
of the town and its attractions, the
development and revitalization of the
downtown area and river and growth
in the businesses, industries and
housing of the town.
White has served two terms on the
Hertford Town Council from 1960 to
1966. He has been Chairman of the
Board of Elections, a volunteer
member of the Hertford Fire
Department, .Chairman of Heritage
Day during the recent Indian Sum
mer Festival, Sgt. Major of the
Hertford Fifes and Drums, President
of the Perquimans County Band
Boosters, Master of Perquimans
Lodge and President of the Hertford
Jaycees.
Up for reelection to the Hertford
Town Council are Jesse Harris and
Billy Winslow.
Harris states his reasons for
running for reelection are his in
terests in the town and his desire to
see taxes and utilities kept at lower
rates. He also sees economic
development as a major project for
the town.
"I am seeking re-election for the
Hertford Town Council because I
don't know of anyone who considers
the taxpayers views, suggestions and
feelings any more than I do," Win
alow said of his reason for seeking
another term to the Council.
"I have been a councilman for 12
years and hope that I have done a
good job, that is in the best interest of
our town. I am a very conservative
person when it comes to spending
taxpayers money; having foresight
to know when to be progressive. I am
always willing to listen to question
and viewpoints," Winslow said.
Winslow's plans for the next term
are to continue toseek ways to im
prove growht of the town in the areas
of industrial re-development,
recreation and to have a better
working relationship with the dif
ferent organisations and governing
bodies of the county.
In Winfall there are two seats on
the Town Council up for re-election,
along with the seat of Mayor.
(Continued oa page 3)
Youth arrested in
fire investigation
By KEN CASTELLOE
An investigati u by the SBI and
Wlnlall Police Department resulted
in the arrest of a Snug Harbor youth
for starting four fires which
destroyed a locker room and
damaged the east wing of the
Perquimans Union School on October
17.
Scott Roger Herald, 16, of Lot 70,
Willow St in Snug Harbor, was
charged with burning a building
being used as a school, a violation of
GS 14-60.
Winfall Police Chief Joe Lothian
and SBI agent Dwight Ransome
served the warrant for Herald's
arrest on Tuesday, October 25.
Herald is scheduled to make a
court appearance on November 2,
but a motion has been made to waive
the first court appearance so that it
can be determined by health officials
whether or not he is mentally com
petent to stand trial, officials said.
The fire, which was started in a
trash can in the boy's locker room,
destroyed much of the athletic
equipment belonging to the school.
Fiberglass shower stalls in the
locker room were also destroyed, and
the east wing of the building, where
the locker room was located, suf
fered smoke damage, which resulted
in an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in
damages.
A student reported the fire to
Perquimans Union principal Gary
Stubbins at 11:45 a.m., after Stubbins
had previously extingusished a fire in
a trash can in the boys' bathroom.
Two other fire attempts were
discovered, in another boys'
bathroom and in the school
auditorium. The fire in the
auditorium failed to fully ignite
Lothian expressed, "my thanks to
Dwight Ransome, Lennie Wise, and
Bill Godley from the SBI for their
assistance in the investigation. Their
help was instrumental in making this
a successful investigation."
Knox to be guest
at F arm-City W eek
Plans for the Perquimans County
Farm-City Week Banquet are vir
tually complete, according to
Charles H. Ward, Chairman of the
Perquimans County Farm-City Week
Committee.
Farm-City Week extends from
November 18 through November 24,
which is Thanksgiving Day. It is an
annual event which spotlights a
concentrated exchange of ideas and
information between farm and city
people.
By learning about each others jobs
and their problems, we can create an
atmosphere of cooperation between
the farming and urban sectors of the
county. The local observance is
under the sponsorship of the
Perquimans County Ruritan Clubs.
The guest speaker for the banquet
is Eddie Knox, Mayor of Charlotte,
N. C. Mayor Eddie Knox grew up on a
small farm near Davidson, N. C. with
his eight brothers and sister.
In 1955, he received the National
Future Farmers of America Award.
In 1958, he was elected President of
the Student Body at N. C. State
University. In 1959, Mayor Knox
graduated from N.C. State
University with a degree in
Agricultural Education.
He was selected Outstanding
Graduate of the School of Education
that same year.
Mayor Knox recieved his law
degree from Wake Forest Universtiy
in 1963, graduating in the top 10
EDDIE KNOX
percent of his class.
Mayor Knox is a candidate for the
North Carolina governorship in 1984.
"Mayor Knox has a farm and city
background. He recognizes the
importance of each; understand the
other's problems and perspectives,"
said Charles H. Ward, Chairman of
Perquimans County Farm and City
Week.
Ward further indicated that Farm
City Week provides a means to
promote understanding between
farmers and urban people, thus
creating an atmosphere where each
will be willing to help the other.
Child safety seats
available through
Health Department
Many children in the Perquimans
County area will be much safer
because of a new project soon to be
launced by the Perquimans County
Health Department.
Called Baby Seater, the project is
intended to increase the number of
area children who are buckled up in
child restraint devices while riding in
motor vehicles. The Health Depart
ment will be telling parents how
important restraints are and will be
re ting infant restraint seats to area
residents.
"Car crashes are the leading cause
of death to our children," said Jodi
Brantham of the Health Department.
"But safely constructed child
restraint devices can reduce or
prevent most of these tragedies. The
problem is to convince parents of the
need to use these restraints and help
them get good ones. That what we're
going to do."
Brantham pointed out that in 1971,
27 children four years of age or
younger died while riding as
passengers in automobiles on
Michigan highways. Another 4,140
youngsters in this age group were
reported as injured.
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"But the total number of injuries is
actually much higher," Brantham
said, "since many young children are
hurt in sudden stops or swerves.
These injuries are not reported to the
police."
"If more people knew how ef
fective child restraint devices are in
protecting their children, we are
certain more children woiild be
buckled up," Brantham continued.
"A safely constructed restraint
device can reduce the probability of
death in a crash by as much as 90
percent. The probability of serious
injury can be reduced by 70 percent."
"When you consider that your
child's life could depend on it,"
Brantham said, "restraints are not
that expensive." Prices for good,
safe models range $50.00 down to
$12.00. We will have 25 infant
restraint devices which can be rented
by anyone in our area. The cost will
be a $4.00 reimbursible deposit and
$1.00 per month charge for up to one
year."
On November 14 from 1:00 to 2:00
p.m. the Health Department will be
renting Infant seats. Call for an
Appointment at 42S-54M or 420-5517.
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