North Carolina Newspapers

Correct date: Jqa ll, 1^87
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Volume 57, No. 3 USPS 42S-0M Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, Januarys 1987 25 CENTS
'Catfish' Hunter elected into baseball Hall of Fame
Wednesday, January 14th became
one of the biggest days in the history
of Hertford.
On that night it was announced that
Jim "Catfish" Hunter wa$ elected
into Baseballs' Hall of Fame. The of
ficial announcement came shortly af
ter 11 p.m.
In an interview at his home on Fri
day, Hunter stated Jack Lang, head
of the Sportswriter's Association,
called him from New York with the
news. Lang greeted Hunter with "Hi,
I'm Jack Lang, You just got elected
into the Hall of Fame. I'll see you to
morrow when you come up here for
the press conference. Good night."
Hunter recalls hanging up the
phone, looking at his wife, Helen, and
stating "Do you think that's the real
Jack Lang?"
The phone call was a complete sur
prise to Hunter who stated he never
even thought he would be in the Hall
of Fame."I never dreamed of it,"
said Hunter. "It's the greatest honor
you can get in baseball, to be in the
Hall of Fame.
"I'm just happy that the sports
writers who voted on me felt that I
should be there."
Hunters whose lifetime record was
224-166 during 15 seasons played with
the Kansas City and Oakland A's and
the New York Yankees. He was on
five world series winners, and played
in eight world series games.
Hunter said Friday that nothing
would change, except maybe him an
swering the phone since his election
to the Hall of Fame. "It mi?ut , -we
to be like when I signed when I was a
free agent, people kept calling, they
kept calling all night long and finally
I took the phone off the hook." The
next day Hunter went out and
changed his number.
He added he will still farm, and do
the same things he's doing now in the
Hunter stated that being elected to
the Hall of Fame never occur ed to
him while he was playing baseball.
"I never set goals, I always figured
that if you set goals, and started fall
ing behind that's when you begin
doing something different. You start
pitching wrong, doing everything
wrong, and you're not doing what you
should," said Hunter. "I always took
one thing at a time, and tried to go
from there."
Between 1971 and 1975 Hunter won
20 or more games, and finished his
career with an earned run average of
He was 5-3 in World Series games,
and still holds records of 10 starts and
69-1-3 innings pitched.
Hunter's other achievements in
clude six all star game perfor
mances, winning the Cy Young
award in 1974, and pitching a perfect
game on May 8th, 1968.
Induction ceremonies for Hunter
who was the 199th player and 46
pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame
are scheduled for July 26th in Coo
perstown. New York.
As of Press time Tuesday town offi
cials were still planning festivities to
celebrate Hunter's election into the
Hall of Fame.
Perquimans County is growing by
leaps and bounds every day.
Construction is underway through
out the county, and the building in
spectors office is always busy.
The majority of the activity is com
ing from mobile homes which are re
locating in Perquimans County, but
other construction is also on the rise.
Four major industries are locating
in the county or are expanding. They
are Apricot, Inc. Jackson Wholesale,
The Bryan Center, and Hardees Res
Apricot, Inc. and Jackson Whole
sale are expanding, and The Bryan
Center and Hardees are locating in
Hertford. Apricot, Inc. is a major
employer as is Jackson Wholesale
and both are major forces in the local
The Bryan Center, a nursing care
facility, and Hardees will be opening
in the Spring of this year, and will
both offer employment opportunities
for local residents.
Pictured left is contraction on
Hardees, The Bryan Center,
Jackson Wholesale, and the
materials for Apricot, Inc.'s
new building.
All four companies hope that
construction will be com
pleted by the spring of this
All four industries offer em
ployment opportunities for
the county, and are major
forces in the county's econ
Perquimans County schools receive continued accreditation
Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools, through its Commission on
Elementary Schools, has awarded
continuing accreditation to Perqui
mans County Schools by action taken
during the Association's 91st Annual
Meeting here December 7-10, 1966.
Through accreditation, faculty,
students, and parents will benefit by
knowing that conditions for teaching
in accredited schools meet certain
standards and that efforts are contin
uously made for school im
Citizens are assured of accounta
Hunter: the talk of the town
Jimmy Hunter, at 40 years of age,
has achieved the greatest honor f
althletic success. He has been se
lected as a member of the elite in his
sport, baseball.
On Wednesday, January 14, Per
qtfmans County's native son became
North Carolina's most recognized
baseball athlete.
Beginning at Perquimans High
School under the guidance of Coach
Bobby Carter and the Ahoskie Legion
team, Hunter has traveled the gamit
through his baseball career.
His major league career began
with $75,000 the Kansas City A's he
pitched a perfect game against the
twins in 1968, received the Cy Young
award in 1974, he has played on five
World Series winning teams, made
six all-star game appearances, and is
a member of the North Carolina
Sports Hall of Fame.
In July , he will join the select group
of baseball players enshrined at Coo
perstown, NY, thus achieving his
greatest success.
? But when you talk with the people
0f Perquimans County, and Jimmy
Hunter's friends no one seems sur
prised at this his latest achievement.
They are excited but they know he
will remain the same just as he has
for years.
Mayor Cox of Hertford probably
expressed the communities senti
mates best when he said, "We are all
very proud of him, and be has cer
tainly brought a great deal of credit
to himself, his family, and his com
munity. Jimmy hat handled Us suc
cess as will as any person I have been
fortunate enough to know."
Those feelings have been echoed by
everyone who knows Hunter includ
ing a former coach and team mate.
Coach Bobby Carter who coached
Hunter all four years in High School
stated that he is delighted that he was
elected to the Hall of Fame. Carter
said, "I was hoping Jimmy would
make it," and added that it was a big
honor to have coached him in high
school." Carter sUled that he knew
Hunter would be a professional ball
player, and that he is thrilled with his
Francis Combs who caught for
Hunter in High School, and who's still
a close friend said he was really ex
cited whrn he beard the news about
Jimmy. Combs stated that Jimmy
Hunter always worked hard, and
knew what it took to be good. Combs
stated that he knew Jimmy was good
in high school, but that he didn't real
ize how quickly be would make it to
the big leagues. Combs stated that
Jimmy doesn't bragg or gloat. "No
matter what happens he won't
change" said Combs, "He'll still be
the same Jimmy Hunter."
Since receiving all this attention
Hunter may have become a little less
shy. He seems to say what he thinks,
but appears to take everything in
No one will argue that Jimmy
"Catfish" Hunter, once a major
league superstar, and now elected
member of the Hall of Fame, is still
James Augustus Hunter, Pvqui
mans Ugh School, class of 1M4.
Hunter once said that when it was
all said and done that he Just wanted
to come back to Hertford. He stated
be Just wanted to farm, hunt, and fish
and that's Just what ha has done.
bility and of value for their tax dol
lars through the process of setting
standards and the regular reevalua
tion of SACS member institutions.
Communities with accredited schools
can be confident that their institu
tions compare favorably with others,
not only within the region, but
throughout the nation. Acredited
schools are a "plus" for those who
are interested in relocating their
families and businesses
Founded in 1895, the Southern As
sociation of Colleges and Schools is
one of six regional accrediting bodies
See this week's
photo feature:
From Hertford
to the Hall of Fame
in the United States. More than 11,000
member public and private universi
ties, colleges, junior colleges, occu
pational institutions, secondary
schools, middle schools, and elemen
tary schools enroll approximately
five million students.
Man arrested
in case
One mans arrest came as the result
of a joint investigation conducted by
Hertford Police, and the Perquimans
County Sheriff's office.
Howard Louis Eaves, Sr., was ar
rested last Friday by members of
both departments at a residence in
Meads Trailor Park, for his involve
ment in the theft of a car and bur
gulry in the county.
Mr. Eaves allegedly broke into the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. Myrdal,
Rt. 3, Hertford, which was the former
home of his deceased Father. Mr.
and Mrs. Myrdal bought the house
from Eaves stepmother in Novem
ber. After breaking into the house
Eaves apparently went into down
town Hertford and stole a car belong
ing to Mr. Seth Morgan. He than trav
eled to Virginia where he attempted
to sell a television which he had sto
The television which was stolen
from the Myrdal residence was found
in Portsmouth, Virginia, where
Eaves sold it. Sheriff Joe Lothian and
Officer Stephen Terrill traveled to
Portsmouth and recovered the tele
vision, and it being held as evidence.
The Sheriff's department has
charged Eaves with felonious break
ing and entering, and larceny. The
Hertford Police arrest him on
charges of felonious larceny of an au
Mr. Eaves, Sr. is being held in the
Albemarle County jail under a
$10,000 dollar bond1 His first appear
ance in court will be later this month
Sound stocked
with bass
Some 118,000 striped bass were
stocked in Albemarle Sound during
December. Three of the fish were
$100 a fish.
Since 1981, with the exception of
1982, thousands of striped bass have
been stocked annually in Albemarle
Sounds. An important commercial
and recreational fish of the area,
fishermen and governmental offi
cials have been concerned with de
creasing numbers of the species.
The fish came from the Edenton
National Fish Hatchery, a facility of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(USFWS). The stocking program is a
joint effort of USFNWS and the N.C.
Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF).
The stocked fish were 6-10 inches in
length and will grow to the legal 14
inch size by next winter.
Financial seminar set
Have you thought of reviewing
your financial situatin for 1987 or
maybe given thought to improving
your budgeting or starting a budget
for the first time? Whatever level of
financial planning you are practic
ing, you will want to attend a session
on Tuesday, February 10th spon
sored by the Perquimans County Ag
ricultural Extension Service. Start
ing at 7 :00 p.m., Mr. Jack Ward, area
Management agent, will be the
speaker to help us "sharpen" our
money management skills for all
family members.
The time has never seemed more
appropriate than now to use the best
appropriate than now to use the best
procedures, techniques and skills
when it comes to managing money
The program will be held at the
Peequimans County Extension Office
Building and Ward will be covering
information to help couples and fam
ily members better understand:
Goals and how they play a part. Cor
nerstones of Financial Planning, Re
tirement, Protection, Lifeline, etc.
This is a time to learn about the
"Money Funnel" (value in or value
out), and to ask questions or just, lis
ten. (No personal information is re
Invite your friends, neighbors and
family to attend the program de
signed to help you financially in 1987
and the future.
Call 426-7697 to register. No admis
Service directory made
HERTFORD? Carolina Telephone
announced today that its 1966 Perqui
mans County property tax here
amounted to $33,282,15.
According to T.F. Daniels, district
commercial manager in Elizabeth
City, said that the company's total
tax payment within Perquimans
County, including all town and city
taxes, is $42,292,35.
County and municipal taxes paid
by the company in its 50-county oper
ating area totaled $7.4 million.
"The taxes reflect Carolina Tele
phoned extensive investment to pro
vide telephone service to our 686,000
customers In eastern North Caro
lina," said Daniels.
Carolina Telephone's total bill for
1986, Including all state and federal
taxes, is expected to come to approxi
mately |63 million.
This figure does not include 112
million in three percent federal ex
cise tax payments that were billed in
1966 to telephone users by the com
"Carolina Telephone has more
than $1.1 billion invested in our oper
ating area to provide modern, reli
able telephone service to our custom
ers" Daniels said. "Each year, we
must invest millions of dollars in new
equipment and facilities to keep pace
with rapidly changing technology
and to meet the communicatiions
needs of growing eastern North Caro
"In recent years, our construction
programs have been costing us in ex
cess of $100 million dollars annually.
Of this $100 million spent each year,
about half goes to maintain and re
place existing equipment.

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