THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 3?, No. 46 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, November 17, 1983
Council applauds local law enforcement officer
Captain Robert Morrii of the Hert
ford Police Department, ii shown
receiving a certificate for General
Advanced Law Enforcement
Training from Hertford Mayor W.D.
(BUI) Cox a? Hertford PoUce Chief
Marshall Merrltt (left) looks on.
(Staff Photo by Jane WUllami)
Newly re-elected town officials Billy 1
Window and Jeue Harris take the (
) oath of office of town councilmen as
4 ay or W.D. (Bill) Cox signs his oath.
Staff Photo by Jane Williams)
in drug store robbery
By JANE WILLIAMS
| An early morning break-in at
Woodards Pharmacy last Thursday
resulted in the loss of more than
$2,000 worth of controlled substances
and $100 in cash.
According to Hertford Police Chief
Marshall Merritt demerol, percodan,
cocaine, qualudes and Valium were
among the list of controlled drugs
taken during the break-in. Police
Department personnel estimated the
* street value of the drugs at $12,000 to
Merritt said that the thieves en
tered the drug store through a door
on the south side of the building.
Upon entering the building they
apparently went upstairs using the
same MO (motice operandi) as used
during a break-in approximately
eight years ago, going down an
unused elevator shaft that had been
) boarded up.
After going into the section where
drugs are kept, they broke into a
locked cabinent and removed the
highly controlled narcotic sub
stances, then went to the general
controlled drug area and selectively
removed the brand name narcotics.
"It was almost like they had a
shopping list," Merritt said.
The Hertford Police Department
received a call at approximately
eight o'clock on Thursday morning
when employees returned to work
and found that the store had been
In commenting on the burglary
Merritt said, "These people
seemingly knew exactly what they
were after when they went into the
"Property damage was minor with
some damage done to the door that
was used to gain entrance to the
store," Merritt added.
"I would like to thank Dwight
Eansome with the SBI and Dennis
Honeycutt with the SBI Mobile Lab
out of Raleigh for their efforts in
solving this case," Merritt said.
An investigation by the Hertford
Police Department and the State
Bureau of Investigation continues.
Parade date set
Preparation is now underway (or
| the 1983 Christmas Parade in
Perquimans County scheduled for
Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 p.m.
The parade is being organized by
the Perquimans County Jaycees with
assistance from the Perquimans
County Chamber of Commerce.
The theme for this years parade
will be "The Joys of Christmas".
Participation in the parade will in
clude floats, bands and other mar
| ching units which will be Judged and
* for which prises will be awarded.
- ; Floats will be awarded cash prises
in two categories. The first being
school groups and the second will be
lor churches and civic groups. In
each category there will be a $25
yward for first place, a $15 award for
??coed place and an honorable
mention for third place.
1 Bands and marching units will be
| judged according to the number of
members participating. There will
Its ? first and second place trophy for
the best band unit of 60 or more
members and a first and second
place trophy for the best band or unit
of less than 60 members.
The parade will begin its route at
the Perquimans County High School
and proceed north on Edenton Road
Street to Grubb Street. At Harris
Shopping Center the procession will
turn right and proceed down to
Church Street. The route will then
turn right onto Church, and progress
to Dobb Street, turning right to
Edenton Road Street and back to the
AU participants are requested to
assemble at the Perqclmans County
High School no later than 1:45 p.m.
on December 4.
Groups and organisations in
terested in participating in the
parade are asked to contact Edgar
Roberaon at 431-5224 or 426-771* or
call the Perquimans County
Chamber of Commerce office at 426
5657 by Novembti 26.
By JANE WILLIAMS
During their regular session on
Monday night the Hertford Town
Council witnessed the presentation of
an award from the State of North
Carolina Department of Justice
Criminal Justice Education and
Training Standards Commission to
Captain Robert Morris of the Hert
ford Police Department.
The General Advanced Law En
forcement Certificate was presented
by Mayor W.D. (Bill) Cox to Morris
in recognition of his advanced studies
in law enforcement in North
In recognizing Morris, Cox stated
that the award was one of the most
prestigious awards given by the state
to law enforcement personnel and
that he was most honored to have the
opportunity to congratulate Morris
on this accomplishment.
"There are very few people in the
state who have this award", said
Hertford Police Chief Marshall
Merritt, "and I am very proud to
have personally received this award
and to have this award given to
The General Advanced Law En
forcement Certificate Awards
Program is based on a point com
putation formula that combines
formal education, law enforcement
training, as well as actual experience
as a law enforcement officer.
Morris has accumulated 1,500
hours of training and has five years
of service with the Hertford Police
During the regular business
session Perquimans County Clerk of
Court Jarvis Ward swore in Cox as
Mayor of Hertford for a fourth term,
along with Councilmen Billy L.
Winslow and Jesse Harris, all of
whom were re-elected to their
respective positions during last
week's municipal election.
In other business the Council :
?Heard a report from Cecil Win
slow on the County ABC sales report.
According to Winslow the total sales
for October were $32,592, a decrease
of $5,832 from October 1982.
?Discussed the Community
Development Project and adopted a
grant project ordinanace for the King
Street revitalization project.
?Passed a resolution authorizing
Cox, Councilman John Beers, town
clerk Marvin Hunter, and assistant
town clerk Julia Obley to act as
signatories on all requisition forms
for the Community Development
Block Grant, and named Councilman
Billy Winslow as certyfing officer to
validate the signatories.
?Cox told the council that they
would receive a refund from the
Department of Transportation
meeting, recently held at Elizabeth
City State University, totaling
?Cox noted that the council had
negotiated with the Baptist Church to
put a pipe acrros the ditch and under
the driveway in the parking lot ad
joining the church and the Hertford
Medical Center. This project is
scheduled to begin next week. The
Council asked Cox to obtain a written
request from church officials before
the project begins.
?Council members completed a
questionnaire from the Chamber of
Commerce Merchants Committee.
?Cox announced the AADA annual
meeting scheduled for December 1,
and encouraged council members to
make plans to attend.
Jesse Harris of Harris Enterprises
has been elected as the Outstanding
Business in Perquimans County to be
honored at this banquet.
EMC undertakes energy saving plan
Albemarle Electric Membership
Corporation is asking its members to
join the Volunteer to Shave Program.
No, the EMC is not asking their
members to shave their beards, etc.,
but to help shave the peak load of the
The new program began on Oc
tober 1. The goal is to have 1700 water
heaters and 580 central air con
ditioners to be radio controlled by the
Larry Johnson, Manager of
Energy Planning and Member
Services, said that "the EMC needs
its members to go ahead and sign up
and not wait for others to sign up. The
switches will be on a first come first
served basis and those who sign up
first and who meet the requirements
will be assured of receiving a switch
and the monthly credit."
Johnson stated so far the EMC has
roughly ISO members who have
The Volunteer to Shave Program
will help members by giving them a
monthly credit on their electric bill.
For instance, a member who signs up
for a load management switch which
will control their water heater will
receive a monthly credit of $1.25 per
A switch that will control two
devices such as the central air
conditioning and the water heater
will receive a monthly credit of $2.50
Members who would like to sign up
can do so by stopping by the EMC
office and day Monday-Friday from
8-4:30 or they can use the coupons at
the collection stations or the coupon
in the EMC newsletter.
The EMC has a slide program on
Load Management which it is willing
to show to any civic or community
Albemarle Electric Membership
Corporation, along with 26 other
electric membership corporations in
the stae, is implementing the
statewide load management
The engineering and operation of
the statewide program will be done
by the North Carolina Electric
Membership Corporation which is
the power supply arm of the 27
electric cooperatives in North
Carolina and it is headquartered in
The new load management system
will be monitoring the electrical
usage of VEPCO, CP & L and Duke so
that the EMCs can help hold down the
total peak load.
As for Albemarle EMC, it too will
be monitoring its own electrical load
and will shed loads as needed. Peak
electrical usage occurs during ex
tremely cold or hot weather.
In most cases the load
management system is needed only a
few times during a given month. As
for the members, most would be
unaware that the load management
system is in operation.
Johnson used some figures which
pointed out what load management is
all about. In 1982, Albemarle EMC
paid its power supplier over 1.7
million dollars in demand charges.
The demand charges accounted for
over 58 percent of the EMC's total
wholesale power bill.
With load management, the Co-op
will be able to shave some of its peak
demand costs. For every KW of 1,000
watts of energy of demand, the local
EMC will be able to save $12.82 in
demand charges for each KW
Multiply that figure many times
and you can see some big dollar
Johnson concluded his comments
by saying that the EMC needs its
members to take part and do their
part by signing up for load
Elizabeth II to be launched Tuesday
A special contingent of British
guests will be on hand to help North
Carolina's First Lady Carolyn Hunt
launch the Elizabeth II in Manteo on
Tuesday, Nov. 22, it was announced
today by Lindsay Warren Jr.,
chairman of the America's Four
Hundredth Anniversary Committee.
They will include British govern
ment officials, Royal Navy officers
and a modern-day English explorer.
Accompanied by her husband,
Gov. Jim Hunt, Mrs. Hunt will
christen the Elizabeth II, a
reproduction of the kind of 16th
century sailing ship which brought
the first English colonists to the New
World ? and what is now North
Carolina's Roanoke Island ? some
400 years ago.
On hand to pariticpate will be
British Consul General Trevor T.
Gatty, O.B.E., Captains Christopher
C.J.T. Chamberlen and T.J. P.
O'Riorden of the Royal Navy and
Colonel J. N. Blashford-Snell,
M.B.E., world explorer and director,
Operation Raleigh, an international
expedition of young people scheduled
The Nov. 22 ceremonies, which are
free and open to the public, will begin
on the Manteo waterfront at 11 a.m.
after performances by a Marine
band and the Manteo High School
There will be short remarks by
Warren; Sara Hodgkins, secretary of
the N. C. Department of Cultural
Resources; Charles Wade of Win
ston-Salem, chairman of the 400th
Anniversary's Elizabeth II sub
committee; and Gov. and Mrs. Hunt.
Then Mrs. Hunt will christen the
ship with the traditional bottle of
champagne, and the Elizabeth will
slide on a track into Manteo's
Shallowbag Bay, where she will
await completion. The ship itself will
be closed to the public until next July,
but she may be viewed from the
A large crowd is expected for the
launch, according to Warren, so
visitors should plan to arrive early in
order to find parking spaces and a
good place to stand.
The Elizabeth II has been hand
made over the last year to old-world
specifications. Some historians
consider her to be the most authentic
16th-century ship reproduction ever
attempted. She has been constructed
with private funds from the
America's Quadricentennial Cor
After completion, the Elizabeth
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