THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 39, No. 50
USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, December 15, 1983
White found guilty in Superior Court trial
| By JANE WILLIAMS
Bonnie Dail White, was convicted
Thursday in Perquimans County
Superior Court on charges of con
spiracy to burn and burning an
The jury, comprised of nine men
and three women, deliberated for one
hour and twenty, minutes before
returning to the court room Thursday
evening with their verdict.
White, 42, of 200 Crescent Drive,
Hertford, was charged in connection
with an August 12, 1982 fire that
destoryed a house that she owned on
Center Hill Road, deeded to White
and her husband, Clyde, by her
In an August hearing Larry Wayne
Sanders, 35, of Route 5, Box 210,
Morgans Corner, testified that White
had hired him to burn the house
Sanders pleaded guilty to a charge
This weeks' drawings from the Perquimans
County School Arts Program depict a
drawing of Santa Claus by Carlton White,
Grade 12 of Perquimans County High
School, and the traditional manger scene
by Angelique White, a tenth grade student
at Perquimans County High School.
Council adopts resolution to support
Committee petition for County Manager
| ' Br JANE WILLIAMS
? ' The Hertford Town Council voted
unanimously on Monday night to
I support a resolution presented to
them by the Perquimans County
Committee of 100 to petition the
Perquimans County Commissioners
to hire a County Manager-Economic
Developer for the county.
In an effort to attract more
businesses and industries to
^ Perquimans County the Committee
" of 100 has solicited the support of the
Hertford Town Council, W Infill Town
Council, the Perquimans County
Chamber of Commerce and other
groups to sign resolutions to be
presented to the County Com
missioners at their next meeting,
Monday, December II.
T)m Chamber of Commerce had
V previously endorsed this proposal at
W a Joint membership meeting. Winfall
Town Council voted to sign the
resolution at their meeting on
Hertford Mayor-Manager W.D.
?'Bill" Cox pointed out that he felt the
Commissioners were already highly
interested in the possibility of hiring
a County Manager, and the ad
ditional one-half cent sales tax in the
county would be beneficial in funding
this type of position.
Cox pointed out that adopting the
resolution would not be telling the
Commissioners what to do, or how to
do their Jobs, but would show the
Commissioners that the town was
supportive of their endeavors.
Town Councilman Jesse Harris
Mid, "We should go on record as
being 100 per cent for the acquisition
of new industry in the county."
Other council memebers expressed
mutual feelings, agreeing that a
Developer could only be an asset to
The Council also heard an up-dated
report from Steve Player, a
representative of L.E. Woo ten Co. in
Raleigh, concerning the
revitalization of the King Street
Project through the Community
Development Block Grant Program.
The L.E. Wooten Company has
been contracted by the town to
handle the administration the
Player told the council that an
Environmental Impact Assessment
would have to be completed and
approved by the state before funding
would be released for the project
"We are pretty well along with the
assessment project," Player said, "
and hope to have it completed by
Player said that funding could be
expected to arrive around mid
In other actios the Council :
?Appointed Jim Baal to another
five year term with the Hertford
?Passed an ordinance prohibiting
parking on the Hertford Causeway.
?Voted to set up a meeting with the
Winfall Town Council as a public
relations move to discuss mutual
problems and concerns.
?Heard a report from Cox con
cerning inadequate production of one
of the towns' two wells.
Cox reported that one of the pumps
is 350 gallons of water per minute,
and the other is producing at a rate of
75 gallons pr minute. Cox told the
council that recent testing has shown
that there is water there but the
pump is not bringing that water to
The Council asked Cox to in
vestigate the possibilities of
repairing the faulty pump as
economically at possible.
of burning an uninhabited dwelling in
Chowan County during a July session
of Chowan County Superior Court.
Sanders agreed, as part of a plea
bargain, to offer testimony on
defendents in arson cases pending in
Chowan and Perquimans Counties.
Also pleading guilty to arson
charges, in connection with the
Chowan County fire which destroyed
the Elliot House, owned by
Haymakin International, on N.C.
Highway 32 near Tyner is Mitchell
Duke Ivey, 35, of Route 3, Box 776,
Others charged in connection with
the Elliot House fire are James D.
Singletary, 32, a Hertford attorney,
of 102 Kenyon St., Hertford, Douglas
"Luckie" Cartwright, 36, of Route 3,
Box 823, Herford, and Peter
Rosenthal, 45, of Virginia Beach, Va.
White, who operates Bonnie
White's Bookkeeping and Income
Tax Service, appeared for sentencing
on Friday morning.
Prior to sentencing the court heard
from an extensive list of witnesses
for the defense of White's character. .
White was sentenced to five years
imprisonment on the charge of
burning an uninhabited dwelling, a
charge that carries a maximum
sentence of 30 years, and six months
imprisonment on the charge of
conspiracy to run concurrently with
the first sentence.
Judge Herbert 0. Phillips, III
added a recommendation that White
be eligible for immediate work
release, based on testimony given
which proved her to have no prior
criminal record and being an up
standing citizen in the community.
The sentence has been appealed to
the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
White was released on $10,000
White also faces charges made
during a Perquimans County Grand
Jury hearing on Monday December 5
when she was indicted and charged
with eight counts of embezzlement of
funds from the Open Door, a non
profit charitable organization in
White served as treasurer for the
She was arrested on Monday, after
the indictment was handed down and
released on $4,000 unsecured bond.
The indictment was the result of an
investigation conducted by the
Hertford Police Department.
White is scheduled to appear in
Perquimans County Superior Court
during the January 30 session on
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named to All
By KEN CASTELLOE
The Perquimans Pirates were
represented by three of it's star
players on the 1983 ALL
ALBEMARLE AREA football team
picked by the DAILY ADVANCE.
Teton Reid and Kenny Perry were
selected to the first team defensive
squad while Rodney Gordon was
selected to the first string offensive
Reid, a 6-2, 155-pound junior was
selected on his performance in the
Pirates secondary. According to
Head Coach Pat Morgan, he was a
very consistant player in his position
and very valuable to the team. Reid
led the team in interceptions with a
total of six on the year.
Reid was also selected to the 2A
All-Conference team which was
picked by the coaches on an earlier
Perry, a 5-10, 165-pound junior
lineman was the leading tackier for
the Pirates. A very quick athlete that
led the Pirates on and off the field
was also selected to the All
Gordon, a 6-0, 210-pound senior was
the center for the Pirates this year
and was very effective in opening up
the holes for the backfield to gain
yardage. Coach Morgan said,
"Rodney was a three-year starter
that will be greatly missed next
season." Gordon was the "big" man
for the Pirates in size.
Gordon was also a member of the
All-Conference team, but was
selected for his defensive ability on
Morgan noted that all three All
Conference selections were made for
their defensive play and leadership.
Members of the second team All
Albemarle offensive unit were Percy
Davis, a 6-0, 165-pound senior tackle;
Alton James, a 5-9, 165-pound senior
tailback; and Richard Thach, a 5-11,
190-pound junior fullback.