THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 57, No. 9,
Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, February 26, 1987
Cold and breezy weather hit!
The Perquimans area finally got a break from rain and
gloomy weather on Monday afternoon when the sun broke
through the clouds. The sun shone most of the afternoon, and
the wind was gusting throughout the day. The Flag at the
municipal building is shown blowing Monday.
School board reviews
county test scores
The Perquimans County Board of
Education learned Monday evening
at their regular monthly meeting
that out of 140 school systems in the
state Perquimans County was eighth
in high scoring in Algebra I testing
which was done last spring.
Mrs. Jeannie Umphlett, reported
to the board that teachers and school
officials are extremely pleased with
these results. The school system feels
that both the teachers and students
who participated in the testing de
serve a great deal of recognition for
the excellent scores.
Umphlett also reported to the
board on the writing test scores
which were given to students in
grades sixth through eighth. The stu
dents scores proved favorable in the
region and in the state according to
Umphlett; however, writing is still a
major element of concern in all
grade levels. The importance of writ
ing skill is being noted by school offi
cials, and students will continue to
receive the necessary skills to im
prove their abilities.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Howell, Mr.
Billy White, and Mrs. Helen Hunter
were present Monday evening to ask
the board's permission so that the
Athletic Boosters Club can install an
outfield fence for the girls Softball
team at the high school. Permission
was given for construction of the
fence pending approval of High
School officials, to insure they have
no conflict with the band.
Mrs. Whitehurst, a vocational tea
cher at Perquimans Union School
was also present at Monday's meet
ing to make an appeal to the Board of
Education to reconsider changing the
name of Union School to Perquimans
Middle School. Mrs. Whitehurst
stated that she and other citizens of
the county had graduated from Union
School over the years, and that the
school held many fond memories.
She added that preservation of the
school's name was extremely impor
tant to her and to other members of
the community. The board took no
action on her request, but did state
they would again consider the issue.
? Pat Harrell reported to the board
that the Perquimans Union School
construction project has been com
pleted, and that the final inspection
had been done. Harrell also reported
that construction at Perquimans
High School continues.
The board also discussed require
ments for student attendance at the
Academic Achievement Banquet.
Several parents and teachers are
concerned over differences in stan
dards required for attendance at el
ementary and high school levels. The
board stated they will review these
policies and make a decision on any
possible changes at a later time.
The board also reviewed a revised
school calendar for 1986-87.
There being no further business the
meeting was adjourned.
Please see revised schedule and
calendar on page ten.
Commissioners accept proposed school facility needs survey as written by Board
The Perquimans County Board of
Commissioners and the Perquimans
County Board of Education met
jointly Monday night to discuss the
proposed School Facility Needs Sur
vey which must be submitted to the
NC Department of Public Instruc
Earlier this month the board of ed
ucation held a work session in which
they reviewed the needs of the county
schools and developed a long range
plan which calls for $10 million dol
lars worth of renovation, construc
tion, and updating of school facilities.
The facilities needs were evaluated
according to the guidelines set up by
the state in the survey.
The Board of Education met with
the county commissioners Monday to
get their approval of the survey,
which was necessary before sending
it on to Raleigh.
Both boards expressed concern
Monday about funding for the long
range plan, but stated that they view
the survey as an acknowledgment
that the schools must be maintained
and updated over the long haul to in
sure they remain in good condition
and serve the county's needs. The
School Facility Needs Survey is also
viewed by both boards as way to
make a continuing commitment to
The County Commissioners ap
proved the School Facility Needs
Survey, and stated that they would do
their best to assist the board of edu
cation in following through with the
needs of the county's schools in the
The board also approved a plan
Monday which may save the county
as much as $2000.00 yearly, and pro
vide additional services for the blind.
The plan provides that the Hertford
Lions Club will take over the USDA
Food Distribution Program from the
Perquimans County Department of
Social Services. Currently each food
distribution cost the county as much
as $1100.00 for which the county is re
imbursed $600.00 by the federal gov
ernment. Under the new plan the Li
ons Club will distribute the food at
the distribution site, and will receive
the $600.00 payment from the govern
ment. All monies received by the
club will than be used to provide
services for the blind in Perquimans
County. Mr. Paul Gregory, Director
of Perquimans County Social Serv
ices reported that several counties in
the state have already instituted such
The board also adopted resolutions
Monday evening in support of the ex
pansion project for the Albemarle
District Jail in Elizabeth City as was
requested by the Albemarle District
Jail Commission, and one in opposi
tion of the closing of the Albemarle
Randy Keaton reviewed with the
board the February 1987 sales tax re
port for the county. Keaton stated
that the one percent sales tax is up 30
percent over the same quarter last
year, and that the second half cent
sales tax is up from the projected fig
ures. Keaton stated that he viewed
this report as a good economic fore
cast for the county, and added that
hopefully the opening of Hardee's
will also increase revenues received
from sales tax.
Plans were also dicussed Monday
for a new heating system at the
ARPDC Building, the tax office, and
the courtroom of the courthouse with
Mr. Jim Mills. Work on the projects
will hopefully begin as soon as possi
The Board also accepted the resig
nation of Mr. Jimmy Harrell, Perqui
mans County Building Inspector. Mr
Harrell resignation is effective
March 13, 1987. The county will be ad
vertising to fill the position of build
ing inspector in the near future.
There being no further business the
meeting was adjourned.
The Hertford Town and members
of the Hertford Zoning board held a
public hearing February 18th to con
sider the adoption of a zoning ordi
nance and map, and to establish ex
traterritorial jurisdiction within one
mile of the town limits in accordance
with North Carolina General Statute
Several members of the commu
nity and property owners affected by
the proposal were present at the
The board listened to public input
on the above issue, and accepted sug
gestions for alternative zoning from
several of the property owners pre
The hearing resulted in no action
being taken by the board. They will
meet again and consider all the infor
mation before making a recommen
dation to the Hertford Town Council.
Copies of the proposed ordinance,
and a copy of the map showing the
area to be regulated and zoning dis
trict boundries are available for in
spection during regular business
hours at the town hall.
Workman from the construction crew continue to pull pilings from the Perquimans River. The
workman will be continuing the project until all the pilings and debris are removed from along
Commission formed to study policies and procedures
* UNC Board of Governors Chair
man Phillips G. Carson and State
Board of Education Chairman Me
bane M. Pritchett recently an
nounced the formation of a Joint
Committee of the two Boards.
The purpose of the committee will
be to assure collaborative planning
between the two Boards as they ad
dress the recommendations in the re
cent report of the Task Force and to
submit to the 1987 St ?ion its recom
mendations for improvement in poli
cies and procedures for preparing
teachers for North Carolina's public
The creation of the Joint Commit
tee is another step in the series of ac
tions by the State Board and the UNC
Board of Governors over the past six
years to work together to strengthen
the public schools. The Task Force
report called for creation of such a
committee to assure stronger cooper
ative efforts on the part of the two
Joint Committee members from
the Board of Governors are B. Irving
Boyle of Charlotte, the Rev. E.B.
Turner of Lumberton, Charles Z.
Flack, Jr. of Forest City and Dr. J.
Earl Danieley of Elon College.
Members from the State Board of
Education are Dr. Prezell R. Robin
son of Raleigh, Mrs. Norma Turnage
of Rocky Mount, Dr. James B. Cha
vis of Pembroke and Mrs. Cary C.
Owen of Asheville.
The new committee, to be co
chaired by Boyle and Mrs. Trunage,
will begin its work in late February.
The four UNC Board members on the
Joint Committee and two of the State
Board of Education appointees, Dr.
Robinson and Mrs. Owen, were mem
bers of the 21-member Task Force.
In announcing the Joint Commit
tee, Carson and Pritchett called for
renewed support of their plans for
improving teacher educations pro
grams in the state. They pledged that
their respective Boards would con
tinue efforts to strengthen the educa
tion of North Carolina's teachers.
Man arrested and charged with break-in at Woodard's Pharmacy
A perquimans county man has been
arrested and charged with breaking
and entering and larceny in a rob
bery which occurred Sunday, Feb
Andre Blanchard, age 27, 204 King
Street, Hertford, N.C was arrested
Sunday and charged with a robbery
that took place at Woodard's Phar
macy. T> f
At approximately 4:36a.m. Sunday
morning Officer Tim Spence was
checking on Woodard'i Pharmacy in
downtown Hertford when he heard a
noise on the roof of the building
Spence suspected a break-in was in
progress. or had Just taken place and
called for assistance from Chief Mer
While waiting for back up assis
tance in the alley, behind the phar
macynear the rear entrance. Officer
Spence observed the suspect leaving
the roof of the building The suspect
was ordered to halt, and at that time
Chief Merritt arrived on the scene.
The suspect was than ordered to
come down off the roof of the pbar
macy and taken into custody. Upon
searching the suspect a large quan
tity of drugs was seized.
It was later determined that the
drugs were missing from Woodard's
Pharmacy. Chief Merritt estimated
in an interview that the drugs seized
from the suspect have an estimated
street value of approximately
$20,000 00 dollars
Chief Merritt also suted that this
arrest culminates an investigation
involving several break-ins through
out the county at the offices of Dr.
Robert Lane, Hertford, Dr. Neil De
Nuiuio, Winfall, and Woodard's
Pharmacy, Hertford which have all
occured in the past several months.
According to Merritt all of these
cases involve the same M.O
The case investigation also re
vealed that a quantity of cocaine had
been consumed by the suspect while
upon the premises of Woodard's
The suspect is currently in jail
awaiting his first court appearance.
Town of Winfall plans
WINFALL? Residents of this mu
nicipality are busily preparing for a
daylong celebration in honor of the
town's 100th birthday.
The actual date of the town's incor
poration was March, 1887; but, in
hopes of warmer weather, the event
will be celebrated May 16, 1987 at
Perquimans Central School.
Festivities will get under way at
10:00 a.m. with the arrival of local
and state dignitaries, including the
reigning Miss North Carolina. There
will be crafts, historical displays,
live entertainment, games, for young
and old, and plenty of good food.
In honor of the historical signifi
cance of the event, townsfolk will
dress in the attire suitable for the
town's beginning. Men around the
area are asked to put away their ra
zors until the event to compete in the
"Best Mustache Contest."
In addition to the planned cele
bration, festival planners are busy
compiling information for a book of
history about the town and its early
citizenry. Anyone having any infor
mation or photographs that they
would like to share with the town is
asked to contact Cheri Williams at
the Winfall Town Office.
Mark your calendar and make
plans to bring your family to cele
brate 100 years of history with Win
fall on Saturday, May 2, from 10:00
a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Perquimans
All proceeds from the event and
book sales will be donated to the Win
fall Volunteer Fire Department.
Precinct meetings set
The Perquimans County Demo
crats have scheduled their first pre
cinct meetings since Democratic vic
tories in last November's election.
The precinct meetings, to be held
at regular precinct polling places,
are scheduled for March 5 at 8:00
County Democratic Chairman
John London encouraged all regis
tered Democrats to attend. "Senator
Terry Sanford's victory last Novem
ber proved the Democrats are back,"
Terry said. "People once again are
proud to say they're Democrats. We
want all Democrats to attend these
meetings, whether they're party reg
ulars, or whether they just want to
get involved with the party again."
Chairman London said that pre
cinct meetings are the most basic in
gredient for Democratic success.
"The precinct level is where all pol
icy-making begins," London said.
"The more that people get involved
in precinct meetings, the better the
party can represent the views of all
At the March 5 meetings, Demo
crats will elect precinct officers for
the next two years and will choose
delegates to the April 4 County con
Precincts also will have the chance
to pass resolutions on political and
public policy issues.
For more information, please call,
the Rev. John London at 42ft- 5093