INCORRECT DATE Correct date: Jqa ll, 1^87 THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY K ??? .? ' ' ? /&L 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 By GINA K. JEPSON 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 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 community. 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 3.26. 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. Construction continues 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 taurant. 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 economy. 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 year. All four industries offer em ployment opportunities for the county, and are major forces in the county's econ omy. Perquimans County schools receive continued accreditation ATLANTA, GEORGIA? The 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 provement. 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 success. 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 stride. 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 len. 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 tomobile. 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 By PAIGE UNDERWOOD HOME ECONOMICS EXT. AGENT 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 wisely. 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 vealed.) 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 sion. Service directory made available 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 pany. "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 lina. "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.