THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 57, No. 10
Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, March 5, 19871
Above Mr. Phil Hinton of the North Carolina Department of
Transportation reviews plans for the new rest area and wel
come center which is to be constructed north of Elizabeth
City as Mr. Frank Bowen also of the N.C.D.O.T. looks on.
Organizational committee discusses plans for center
AiDemarie area otticiais, represen
tatives of the North Carolina Depart
ment of Transportation, Karl Kuhl
V man of the Army Corps of Engineers,
and Scott Russell of the Dare County
Department of Tourism gathered
Thursday for an organizational meet
ing concerning the planned rest area
and welcome center on U.S. Highway
17, north of Elizabeth City.
Mr. Don Flowers, Executive Direc
tor of the Albemarle Commission
served as chairman of the meeting.
Mr. Flowers welcomed D.O.T. offi
cials and Mr. Kuhlman as well as
other guest present, and stated his
enthusiasm for the planned center.
Mr. Frank Bowen, and Mr. Phil
Hinton of the North Carolina Depart
ment of Transportation reviewed
proposed plans for the center, and
fielded questions from those present.
According to plans outlined by Bo
wen and Hinton, the center will be
just over 1100 square feet in size, de
signed using very traditional ar
chitecture, and will be finished with
attractive wood siding. The building
also has 360 feet (included in the 1100
sq. feet) which has been designated
for use as a small visitors informa
tion center. Phil Hinton also stated
that the building will focus on the
Drummond Canal, and will include a
dock for easy access by boaters trav
eling on the canal. He added that this
center will be the first one in the state
with dock facilities for boaters trav
Both men stated that the project is
scheduled to be released for bids
sometime in November of this year,
and that construction should begin
sometime in early 1968. The center
should take approximately one year
to be completed.
Karl Kuhlman, of the Army Corps
of Engineers was on hand to give the
s Commissioners honor
Ray White for service
The Perquimans County Commis
sioners met Monday and presented
Mr. Ray White with a resolution hon
oring him for his many years of serv
ice as the Perquimans County Dog
'White who retired recently from
the job has been replaced by Mr.
Clinton Ray Winslow, Jr.. Mr.
Winslow can be reached by calling
the Perquimans County Health De
I Sheriff Joe Lothian also presented
the commissioners with a proposed
procession ordinace for funeral and
.other processions in the county. The
ordinance deals with yielding the
? right of way to processions or failure
; to do so, speed requirements of proc
4 sessions, and many other issues. The
aboard voted to table the proposed or
dinance on Monday until they can re
view it further.
? Mr. Matthews of the Soil Conserva
tion Office introduced Mr. Richard
Saunders to the board. Mr. Saunders
?is the new Soil Conservation Techn
ician who will be working with the
t - '
cost share program. He will be
housed in Perquimans County, but
will work with the cost share pro
gram in Chowan, Perquimans, and
The board also approved a bid of
$39,497.00 by Mr. Jim Mills to replace
the heating and air conditioning units
at the ARPDC building. Work on the
project will begin as soon as possible.
The board formed a committee
Monday to review a proposed animal
control ordinance. Members of the
committee include Randy Keaton,
County Manager, Wayne Winslow,
County Commissioner, Ray Winslow,
Dog Warden, and Howard Campbell.
The ordinance will be reviewed by
the committee, and a public hearing
will be held on the matter before an
ordinace is adopted by the county
Mr. William Wray Chappell was
also appointed to the county dispatch
board at Monday's meeting.
There being no further business the
meeting was adjourned.
Area officials meet
4 with D.O.T. officials
With road improvements and trans
? porta tion on their minds Perquimans
County officials met with newly
elected North Carolina Department
?gt m Transportation board member
> ;fj>e purpose of Wednesday's meet
ing which was organized by Mayor
IgQHIGoK was to allow officials from
Ajt>rguimans County an opportunity
I? |et to know Mr. Godwin, and to dia
^eust soma of the county's transporta
tion needs with him.
v->Dtfring his informal comments Mr.
"Godwin, a democrat from Gates
county, stated that ,he felt it was a
' %reat honor that Govenor Martin had
jfiscted Mm to sit oa the N.C. Board
qf Transportation. Godwin added
?IN it he Is learning alot about the
ally about area transpor
Qodwin stated that be win be work
ing to get the area's fair share of
funds for highways and road im
provements, andhe went on to say
Oat roads are extremely important
to the economy of this area. Im
provement of our roads is needed to
bring business and industry to the
area added Godwin, and is vital to
When asked about the causeway
Godwin stated that research into the
problem was continuing, and that
hopefully the department of trans
portation would toon have a solution.
He added that he would do every
thing be could to see that the problem
with the causeway is solved.
Godwin abo told area officials that
he was coucsined about the county**
nssdi, and would always be available
to Hates to their concerns and re
corp's view of the project. He echoed
everyone's enthusiasm for the cen
ter, and stated that the planned cen
ter has also become a significant fac
tor in keeping the Dismal Swamp
Canal open for boating traffic.
Kuhlman stated that the canal
must be operated by the corps to in
sure proper operation in case of an
emergency such as a flood, and he
added that the visitor's center has
been a significant reason for the
corp's recommendation that the ca
nal be maintained and kept open for
boating traffic. Kuhlman reported
that he feels the center will be an as
set to the area, and that it will prove
very beneficial to travelers both on
the highway and on the canal.
The organizational committee also
discussed budget figures for the
planned center due to the fact that
the Albemarle Area will be expected
to staff, and fund the visitor's infor
Mr. Scott Russell of Dare County's
Department of Tourism, who man
ages the welcome center at Kill Devil
Hills discussed operation of a visitors
information center with the group,
and went over some budget figures of
his center with them.
Based on operation costs at the Kill
Devil Hills center Russell estimates
that is will take a budget of approxi
mately $20,000.00 to run the new cen
ter. TTie $20,000.00 figure estimated
by Russell provides for one full time
staff person serving as a manager.
Volunteers from the Albemarle Area
would be called upon to provide addi
After hearing all the reports Flow
ers divided the group into commit
tees which will work on the details of
the planned center.
Winfall community plans
Winfall will celebrate 100 years of
history during a day-long centennial
celebration set for May 16 at Perqui
mans Central School.
Among the featured entertainment
of the day will be a performance by
the U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Baud.
Also performing during the festivi
ties will be Karen Bloomquist, the
reigning Miss North Carolina.
Gaines and contests will add to the
fun as Winfall turns back the pages of
time to the year 1887. Old-fashioned
games for young and old alike will be
offered; and among the contests
planned for the event will be a "Best
Mustache" competition, so put your
razor back on the shelf and make
plans to walk away with the prize.
A book portraying the town's his
tory is currently being Compiled b>
festival planners to go on sale during
the Centennial Celebration. Anyorn
having information or photograph;
from Winfall's early days is asked tt
contact Cheri Williams at the Winfal
In addition to the slated activities
for the day, there will be craft booths,
historical displays, and plenty of
Proceeds from the event and a
book sales will be donated to the Win
fall Volunteer Fire Department.
Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m.
and last until 7:00 p.m., so bring your
family and friends for a day of fun in
Winfall on May 16th.
County residents plan
Jim "Catfish" Hunter day
HERTFORD? A committee is
busy planning for a daylong cele
bration in honor of Jim "Catfish"
Although Hunter was elected into
the Hall of Fame in January, the
event is being scheduled in May to
coincide with Hertford's annual old
timers baseball game.
Activites are tentatively scheduled
to get underway at 3:00 p.m. on Sat
urday, May 9th. Events being
planned include a parade, a pig
pickin', and the old timers game.
The theme for the parade will be on
the road to the Hall of Fame, and
according to parade chairman, Char
lie Skinner, Jr., the parade will begin
organizing at Harris Shopping Center
on Grubb Street in Hertford, and will
end at the High School. The Perqui
mans County High School marching
pirates will lead the parade.
The pig pickin' is scheduled to get
underway following the parade. Visi
tors will be served free barbeque as
long as plates last from approxi
mately 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in
the afternoon. Drinks will be sold by
the high school athletic boosters. All
the pigs, and other items (or the bar
beque are being donated by area
businesses and residents.
The old timers game will begin at
approximately 7:30 p.m. at the high
school baseball field. This years
P.C.H.S. baseball team will face the
old timers. In addition to Hunter, who
will be pitching for the team several
other former P.C.H.S. players will be
on hand for the game.
In addition to the activities which
are being planned for the day a com
mittee is working on a program hon
oring Hunter's contributions to base
ball, and Perquimans County.
Mark your calendars and make
plans now to join in the fun on Satur
day, May 9th at Perquimans Coun
ty's Jim "Catfish" Hunter day.
For more information on the day's
activities contact Joe Meads, Paul
Smith, Mary Harrell, Mayor Bill
Cox, or the Perquimans Weekly.
March is student Art month.
See this week's
Lisa Sawyer on page 11.
Pictured above are Perquimans County residents who at
tended the Chowan County Hospital Ball which was held Sat
urday at the National Guard Armory in Edenton.
Local residents attend Hospital ball Saturday
One of the largest crowds ever
gathered Saturday evening at the Na
tional Guard Armory for the 1987
Chowan Hospital Ball.
According to Mrs. Joseph Haskett,
Jr., and Mrs. O.B. Rawls, IV who
were co-chairman of the ball, 316 peo
ple including several residents of
Perquimans County were on hand for
the event, and 69 people made dona
tions for the ball which is held an
nually by the Chowan Hospital Wom
en's Auxilary to benefit hospital
The theme for this years ball was
"Welcome Aboard the USS Life, and
was carried through at both the ball
and the pre-ball parties
Perquimans residents attended a
pre-ball party at the home of Mrs.
Rufus Timothy Brinn on Front Street
in Hertford. In keeping with the nau
tical theme the yard of Mrs. Brinn's
home was decorated with an anchor
and 'life buoy which read USS Brinn.
The pre-ball parties for the event
began at 7:00 p.m. and continued un
til] 8:30 p.m.. The ball ran from 9:00
p.m. until 1:00 a.m..
Entertainment for the evening was
provided by the South Bound Band of
Greenville, North Carolina.
Mrs. Robert E. Lane, of Hertford,
Mrs. Pat Storie, and Mrs. Nan Noble
were in charge of the food and buffet
tables at the ball which feaUaecl
lovely ice sculptures designed by Mr.
Warren Hairs ton of the naval base in
Norfolk, and a swan designed by Mr.
John Myers. The ice sculptures were
displayed on lighted trays in the cen
ter of each of the buffet tables, and
were quite magnifies nt to behold.
The swan which was hand carved by
Mr. Myers from a piece of styrofoam
left over from the construction pro
ject at Perquimans County High
School was also displayed on a buffet
Guests at the ball dined on heavy
hors'd'oeuvrea, as well as coffee and
Decorations committee for the eve
ning included Mr . Bart Staggard, Mr.
Walt Garman, Mr. Bob Beaumont,
Mr. Leslie Kirby, Mr. Lester Lewis,
Mr. West Byrum, Mrs. Joe Thorud,
Mrs. Ed Nixon, Mrs. Ed Bond, Mrs.
Mike Nixon, Mrs. Robert E. Lane,
Mrs. Tim Brinn, and Mrs. Eb Taylor.
Hie Auxilary would like to thank
all the Perquimans County busi
nesses which assisted them with the
ball including NCNB National Bank,
Peoples Bank and Trust Company,
Hertford Hardware, Doner's Florist,
The Gingerbread Inn and Bakery,
and Woodard's Pharmacy.
According to Haskett and RaWb
over 16,000.00 in proceeds were
raised by the event, and it was a