THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY yolume 57, No. 7, USPS 428-OSO Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, February 12, 1??7 25 CENTS Serene and beautiful! The Perquimans River remained relatively calm Monday despite gale-like conditions in the area. White caps could be seen on the water, but for the most part the river appeared serene and beautiful. Financial options for financially stressed farmers By JACK R. WARD * Area Assoc. Ext. Agent Farm Management This is the third article in a 4 part series on the Financial Crisis Facing Farmers here in Perquimans County. Earlier articles have dealt with the (acts that financial problems for farmers are a reality and with ways of dealing with stress. We shall now look at some of the options a farmer pnay have to remedy or at least to lessen the intensity of his financial dilemma. The first step in this process is to define the problem. That is, he must analyze his financial situation to de termine what events or lack of events may have caused him to be in his sit uation. In order to do this he might ask himself the following questions: 1. How much do I owe? 2. How much do I own? 3. What time limits are placed on when I am to pay? 4. How much more do I have to make to be able to pay up? 5. Can I make any more money than I am now? 6. Am I doing the best job I can with my farming operation? 7. Can I cut back on operating or liv ing expense? 8. Should I change the mix of my crops (more peanuts, less corn, in clude a vegetable crop, take out a crop that is a loser, etc.)? 9. Will getting bigger or smaller help? 10. Can I move some of my debt to longer terms? 11. Would reducing the interest rate allow proper repayment? 12. If my debts could be reduced could I make it? 13. Would a part time job help be the answer? This list of questions could go on and on. Answers to these and other questions would determine what methods could be used to work out of this financial dilemma. A partial list of potential alternatives would be as follows : Change operation by increasing or decreasing size (remember? get better before getting bigger). 2. Sell assets to reduce debts and consider renting. 3. Rent more land to better justify equipment investment (careful at tention must be paid to this option). 4. Consider custom work with your equipment. 5. Reduce operation and seek em ployment outside the farm. 6. Ask your wife to work outside the farm. 7. Move short term obligations to longer terms. 8. Seek different source of money with lower interest rates. 9. Make every effort to reduce oper ating inputs without reducing yield potential. 10. Learn to market for a profit con sistently (hedging). If your problems are beyond the re medies listed above then you may have to consider more severe forms of action. Go to your creditor and explain your situation and ask for his help. Sug gest a reduction in current payments and ballooning the principle at a later date or maybe forgiving part of the principle. Should you find no relief in this manner, you may have to con sider one of the chapters under the bankruptcy code. In fact, due to cur rent financial situations on the farm a new chapter has been designed spe cifically for family farmers, Chapter 12. If, after an analysis has been com pleted and Chapter 12 will not work due to valuation, term, rate or feasi bility, then you may have to consider Chapter 7 or total liquidation and look ahead to some other way of mak ing a living. These are hard choices and create great stress in both the decision making and follow through. You will probably need help during these times but have problems in asking for it. The purpose of this and earlier articles is to make you aware that you are not alone and that a help ing hand is yours just for the asking. As awkward as you may feel in asking for help, it does not compare with seeing someone hurting and knowing you could help but fearing to offer because of how it might seem. Help your friends help you, reach out and ask. The Fourth and final article in this series will be entitled "Back to the Basics". High school students take second in local quiz bowl On Wednesday, February 4th, members of the Perquimans County High School Quiz Bowl team traveled to Creswell to compete in Quiz Bowl 1967. The Perquiman's team made up of Calvin Hobbs, Capt., Alan Kirby, Bob Luke, and Stuart Rayburn did very well, but for the second consecutive John A. Holmes High School of Eden ton edged past Perquimans for the win. , Perquimans High School was unde feated and lead the competition going into the last round, but Holmes High School beat them twice to clench the match and advance to the district competition. ; Quiz Bowl competitions were started in the state of North Carolina Ui 1978, and in 1961 Pettigrew Re gional Library became involved with the quiz bowl program. The library flow sponsors the program which is conducted throughout the state. I Local students compete annually 4* quit tc.vi competitions which are held at different high schools throughout the region. The local re gion includes Creswell, Plymouth, Cblumbia, Edenton, and Perquimans high schools. Quiz Bowl competitions are de signed to give students with a flair for academics a chance to become itate champions, a chance that be fore was only available to student The quiz bowl competition also gives local libraries a chance to in teract with the school systems, and the local community. Teams from the high schools are made up of four members, and from two to four alternates. Teams prac tice prior to the competition for seve ral months, and the actual competi tion begins in February. The state championship is held sometime in April. Questions for the competition are selected randomly, and cover a broad range of topics including poli tics, history, science, literature, and religion. The questions also vary in their degree of difficulty. Each quiz bowl game consists of three rounds. The first round ques tions are worth ten points each, and are answered by individual members of each team in a rotating order. Sec ond round questions are worth 20 points and are answered individu ally, and third round questions are worth 30 points. Team members may consult with each other regarding an swers during the third round of the game. If a team misses a question during any round of competition the question is referred to the other team for one-half credit. Quiz Bowl is based on double elimi nation from the tournament, and pro vides team members with a chal lenge. Wednesday's victory moves Eden ton into the district level of competi tion. The district competition will be held in Wilson on March 7th. Council approves sale of town fire truck The Winfall Town Council met Mon day evening and accepted a bid for the Winfall Fir* Department's pamper track. Two bids were received on the pumper track, and councilman voted to accept the highest bid of 9801.00 dollars from a gentleman at Holiday Island. The pumper track has been in use by the Winfall Fire Department since 1968, and was recently replace with a truck purchased from Perquimans County. The Winfall Council also voted to put into service a van donated by North Carolina Power. The van will be used as an equipment vehicle by the fire department. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned. photo b? fita* hfm Members of the quiz bowl team are pictured above as they battle Plymouth High School. They defeated Plymouth, but later lost to John A. Holmes High School of Edenton. Food assistance program to continue RALEIGH? Governor Jim Martin, Human Resources Secretary Phillip J. Kirk, Jr., and Agriculture Com mission Jim Graham, said today the state will not allow the discontinua tion of the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program. "We do not intend to let this impor tant food program end," Governor Martin said. "I have written to Presi dent Reagan and the U.S. Depart ment of Agriculture Secretary Rich ard Lyng requesting the restoration of the TEFAP administration funds, and I will seek alternate funding sources if federal relief is not forth coming." On January 14, 1987, the U.S. De partment of Agriculture (USDA) no tified the N.C. Department of Agri culture that administrative funds for the Temporary Emergency Pood As sistance Program (TEFAP) were be ing reduced 21 percent for the second quarter of the federal fiscal year (January-March 1987), and elimi nated for the final two quarters (April-September 1987). TEFAP dis tributes USDA)-doaated commodi ties such as cheese, butter, instant milk, and rice to low-income North Carolinians through 101 Emergency Feeding Organisations through tout the state. "The recipients of this assistance cannot qualify, in some instances, for food stamps,' Kirk said. "This group includes the elderly, laid-off textile workers, drought-stricken farm workers, the underemployed, and others who have lost their jobs." North Carolina is currently allocat ing approximately $1.3 million in TE FAP administrative funds for the dis tribution of products valued at $15.5 million. The administrative funds provides staff, distribution, and storage costs at state and local sites, according to Commissioner Graham. He added, "The loss of these federal funds will deprive the needy of food and adver sely affect the state's economy." Secretary Kirk and Commissioner Graham have enlisted Governor Martin's support and have requested funding from the contingency and emergency fund or alternate funding sources if federal funds are not re stored. Initial estimates indicate the need for approximately $500,000 to continue administrative funding through the end of the state fiscal year (June 30, 1987). "Secretary Kirk, Commissioner Graham, and I are committed and optimistic about finding alternative ways to continue this important pro gram," Governor Martin said. Perquimans County Committee of 100 holds annual meeting The Perquimans County Commit tee of 100 held their annual meeting on Monday, February 2nd. The meet ing was held at Angler's Cove Res taurant at 7 p.m.. Members and guests were wel comed by Mr. Gregory Terranova, and Mr. Dennis Terry of the Albe marle Commission was the speaker for the evening. Mr. Terry, Industrial Developer, Albemarle Commission, highlighted various programs offered by the Al bemarle Commission, and described some of the Albemarle Commission's duties. The Perquimans County Commit tee of 100 also elected four new mem bers to the Board of Directors. The four new members elected in 1967 to the board of directors are Henry Car ney, owner and operator of Angler's Cove Restaurant, David Carter, As sistant Vice President, North Caro lina National Bank, Erie Haste, owner and operator of Hertford Hardware, and Mrs. Shirley Perry, Agro-Business. They join Ben Berry, Vice President and Assistant City Executive, Peoples Bank and Trust Company, Hal By rum, Vice Presi dent of Operations, Don Juan Mfg. Company, John Christensen, owner and operator of Darden's Dept. Store, Gregory Terranova, co-owner operator of Apricot, Inc., and Charles Ward, owner of Dixie Auto Parts who were previously serving on the board of directors for the Perquimans County Committee of 100. Ex-officio directors for the com mittee of 100 are Randy Keaton, Per quimans County Manager, Welly White, Chairman, County Commis sioners, Lloyd Ray Morgan, Mayor, Town of Winfall, Bill Cox, Mayor, Town of Hertford, Mary Harrell, Per quimans County Chamber of Com merce, and Jewel Hollar, Holiday Is land Association. The Perquimans County Commit tee of 100 is a group of businessman and concerned citizens who are work ing to promote industrial devel opment in Perquimans County. Commissioners discuss upcoming jail expansion Area County Commissioners gave the go ahead Thursday to expansion of the Albemarle District Jail. Members of the Albemarle District Jail Commission met with commis sioners from Camden, Pasquotank, and Perquimans Counties Thursday evening in Elizabeth City to ask for their support of the jail expansion project. It is hoped that expansion of the jail will eliminate current over crowding. Alphonso Nixon, Chairman of the Albemarle Jail Commission, told area commissioners that the jail commission was seeking the green light to begin the search for an ar chitect for the project. "We would like you to go back to your counties and make a resolution giving us the go ahead to start searching for an ar chitect for expanding the jail," said Nixon. Members of the jail commission re ported that at certain times there have been as many as ten people sleeping on the floor at the jail, and they added that numbers continue to rise due the change in the laws espe cially the drunk driving laws. Nixon and other members of the Commission stated that they feel for tunate that no prisoners have called them on the overcrowded conditions which now exist at the jail. Pasquotank County attorney, Her bert Mullen, stated that the jail com mission is open for law suits stem ming from current conditions. "All someone has to do s be stepped on, and they'll sue the commission and anyone else they can think of to sue," said Mullen. The present jail facilty was con structed in 1972, and is located off Hughes Blvd. It is designed to house 46 prisoners, and six cells are set aside to accommodate women pris oners. The preposed expansion project for the jail calls for sixteen additional cells and a jailor's station to be added to the existing facility. No cost figures were reported by the commission. Cost figures will come from the architect hired for the project. Funding for the project must still be ironed out, and according to the commission members state and fed eral funds are limited, and may not even be available for the project. Pending formal approval by the counties, the expansion costs will be shared on a pro rata basis. Each county's share will be based on pop ulation, and according to Pasquotank County Commissioner, Bill Owens, Pasquotank County has already ear marked $112,000 dollars for the pro ject. Town approves ordinances The Hertford Town council met Mon day night and approved two new ordi nances for the town of Hertford. The first ordinance deals with the mowing and trimming of grass from lots within the city limits. The ordinance states that if a lot in the town becomes excessively over grown with weeds or grass that the town may enter the premises and cut the grass or weeds. It also states that the town may tax the land owner with the costs of removal and fine them a $10.00 civil fine. The second ordinance deals with pick up of tree limbs and debris. It states that the town shall not be re sponsible for pick up of tree limbs or any other debris from trees over four inches, it states that the town may be contacted to remove same after it is trimmed but there shall be a charge of $25.00 per hour per truck and man for doing so. The ordinance also goes on to say that the town shall not be responsible for clean up after any construction materials left on the street, and that contractors doing the work have an obligation to remove those materials The town will also no longer be re sponsible for pick up of refrigerators, cookstoves, bathroom fixtures, or any other large, bulky or unwieldy debris unless notified and ask to do so by the owner. The ordinance further states that the town will charge a minimum fee of $25.00 to pick such items up. Any violation of this ordinance will carry a fine in the amount of $10.00. The town council also voted to have Mayor Bill Cox draw up a resolution honoring Margaret Cash, retired owner and operator of the Hertford Cafe, for years of service to the com munity. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned. Turner selected for district band David Ziemba recently announced that Renee Turner, an 8th grader at Union School, was named to the all district band. Renee plays the clairnet. All members of the district band participated in a band clinic held Februarytth at ECU in Greenville.