THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY Volume 57, No. 19 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimam County, N.C., Thursday, May 7, 1987 30 , LOCAL Environmental field day held at Ed Nixon's farm see page 10 FEATURE Hertford Grammar site of Special Olympics last week see page 1 1 COMMUNITY Perquimans County plans Jimmy Hunter day ! see page 2 Pictured above are Tiffany Nixon with her dad Ed and their grand champion steer.Tiffany steer won grand champion |l last week at the Albemarle Livestock Show and Sale held in 1 ?ll? 1 Elizabeth City on Tuesday and Wednesday. See more pic tures from the show and sale on page 11. Perquimans County 4-Hers win top honor at Albemarle livestock show and sale The forty-second annual Albe marle Livestock Show and Sale was held last week in Elizabeth City, and Perquimans County 4-Hers had a | spectacular showing coming away with two of the three coveted prizes. Tiffany Nixon, daughter of Ed and Barbara Nixon, had the grand cham pion steer, and Linda Layden, daugh ter of Charles and Mittie Layden had the grand champion pig, while Brian Rayburn, son of Walker and Marge Rayburn showed the reserve cham pion lamb. The show got underway on Tues day afternoon with the judging of the Q lambs and showmanship for youths showing lambs. In addition to the re serve champion lamb several young sters from the county did well with their animals. Charlie Layden re ceived second place in the light weight category, Kevin Roberts re ceived first place in the medium weight category, and Brian Rayburn placed second in the heavy weight category. In fitting and showmanship of lambs Becky Rayburn received a 9 third place in the senior division, while Christy Layden received third place in showmanship for the junior division. In the swine department judging which was done on Wednesday morn ing of the show Perquimans County also did well. In addition to the grand champion pig Lynn Trueblood won reserve champion pig. In the junior division, ages six through twelve, Je remy Ivey placed second in the light weight division, Lynn Trueblood placed first in the medium weight di vision, Michael Stallings placed sec ond in the medium weight division, and Charlie Layden placed third in the heavy weight division. In the se nior division of the hog showing, ages 13 through 19, Linda Layden placed first in the heavy weight division, Matt Williams placed second in the heavy division, and Dabney Woodard placed third in the heavy weight divi sion. In the hog fitting and showmanship Jason Harrell took sec ond place in the senior division, while his sister Leah took third place. On Wednesday afternoon the ten sion mounted during the judging of the steers. Perquimans County stole the show winning the top three cov eted awards. In addition to the grand champion steer won by Tiffany Nixon, Jeff Williams won reserve champion steer, and Leah Harrell won third place for her steer. In addi tion to the three top awards given Ja son HarreU also took a third place in the heavy weight division. In fitting and showmanship of the steers, Tiffany Nixon took a second place in the senior division, and Suann Lane took third place in the senior division. Perquimans County also won the top award for In addition to the other top awards in the steer division of the show Perqui mans County also won the award for the best three steers from one county. On Wednesday evening the chil dren experienced some mixed feel ings as they sold their animals at the livestock sale. The children did well this year with the sale of their ani mals. Tiffany Nixon, received $6.00 per lb. for the grand champion steer, for a total of $7,230.00 from R.O. Givens, Jeff Williams received $1.00 per pound from Farm Fresh for the reserve champion steer for a total of $1,270.00. In addition to the money Jeff received from Farm Fresh seve ral business in the county donated an additional $450.00 to raise the price of the steer. Leah Harrell received $1.30 per pound for her third place steer for a total of $1579.50 from Packard Marketing. In the sale of the swine Linda Layden received $5.75 dollars per pound for the grand champion pig for a total of $1380.00 from Farm Fresh, Lynn Trueblood received $4.75 per pound for the reserved champion pig for a total of $1045 from Miller's Livestock and Hollowell Oil Company, and Brian Ray burn re ceived $3.00 per pound for the reserve champion lamb for a total of $375 from Winslow-Blanchard Motor Company The other children from the county who participated in the livestock show included: Beth Boynton, Char ity, Angel, and David Cartwright, Lisa Curies, Heather and Jeremy Ivey, Neil Eure, William and Daniel Fowler, Christopher and Patrick Gregory, T.J. Langley, Amanda Nixon, Marsha and Logan Perry, Denise and Donna Perry, Kevin and Michael Roberts, Michael and Kim berly Stallings, Stephanie and Car son Stallings, Matt Williams, and Drew Woodard, and Stuart and Cindy Rayburn. Special Olympics seen as a big success Did we see you there? ? . You missed a real fun day if you didn't come! The Perquimans County Special Olympics was held on last Thurdsay, April 30th at Hertford Grammar School. The all day Olympic Spring Games were enjoyed by Olympians, parents, volunteers, huggers, and spectators. Approximately fifty ath letes participated from the four county schools. This year's local Olympic site was a first. Teachers, ^students, cafeteria staff and princi pal ftill Tice worked cooperatively With their all day Thursday visitors. A special thanks is extended to them illl : ; The Spring Games began at 9:30 a jot The Olympic March was led by banner bearers Jackie Ward and Jesse Etheridge from the high school The Olympians, huggers and teachers marched out onto the field ? while the Perqumans Union 7th and Vtth grade band played under the di rection of David Ziemba. Mr. Pat Ujurrell, Superintendent of schools, tofeltemed everyone to the games.. Mr Henry Felton, assistant principal the high school, was the special guest speaker. He also led the athe totic! and huggers in reciting the fyySipic oath. Additional words of Encouragement were given by Kathy Aifistnk, Coordinator. Lisa Vaughan, ^ frorti PCHS, lit the Olympic torch and Vthe Spring Games were declared open. Upon this declaration, the OTIS Art Club then released a par achute of colorful balloons. .There were several side attrac tions at this years' games. Alfred and Vetma Cohen set up a sna eking area sf edibles. They freely distributed carbonated drinks, cookies and chips to everyone. Ite PCHS Art Club once again had a face painting tble. Olym got a chance to get their faces wind or arms painted different colors. An attraction that Olympians and spectators alike enjoyed was the viewing of public service vehicles from the Rescue Squad and Sherriff Dept. Kaye Boyce, with the local Rescue Squad and James Logan, with the Sheriff Dept. gave everyone a close up look of the vehicles and an swered questions posed to them by the athletes. The special indoor activity after the games were as much fun as the games themselves. High school art teacher, Deborah Coates, along with huggers, teachers and her assistants, guided the Olympians in making spe cial bookmarkers. The bookmarks were both creative and colorful. Fol lowing this activity, Mr. Arnell Henry, performed some gospel magic. He proved to all the specta tors that once again, the hand is quicker than the eye. Now that the local Special Olym pics is over; some of the athletes are preparing for the Regional Olympics to be held in Elizabeth City o May 9th. The community is encouraged to come to Northeastern High School Athletic Complex to cheer the ath letes on. Several Perquimans County persons will play a major role at the Regionals. Pat Harrell will be the guest speaker for the 400 athletes representing eight counties. Anthony Downing, Parks and Recreation Di rector, will serve as an official at the games. Kathy Ansink, TMH teacher at PCHS, is this years' events coordi nator. The Regionals will be twice as much fun as the local. So, if you missed the locals, here's your chance to catch some of the fun you missed. On behalf of all of the Perquimans County Athletes, a lot of thanks and hugs are extended to everyone who helped to make the local a success. Pictured above are local students who participated in the county special Olympics last Thursday. They are seen here as they carry the banner in during opening ceremonies. County manager resigns As of May 26,1967, Perquimans County will be without a county man ager. At Monday's meeting of the county commissioners, County Manager, Randy Keaton submitted his resigna tion. Keaton stated in a letter to the board of commissioners that after much consideration and thought, he had decided to submit his resignation as county manager. Keaton is resigning from his posi tion to accept the position of county manager in Pasquotank County. Keation went on in his letter to the board stating that he had enjoyed his tenure in Perquimans County, and that it was very exciting for him to be the county's first manager. "It has been very exciting to be the first County Manager in Perquimans County, and I believe much has been accomplished during the past two and one-half years " said Keaton. Keaton will work on a part-time ba sis for the county until June 1st when next year's budget is completed, and will also be available to work with the new county manager when he is hired. All of the commissioners stated that they hate to see Randy leaving the county, but wish the best for him. The county will begin advertising for a new county manager as soon as possible, and the board hopes to find someone to fill the position very quickly. In other business conducted by the board on Monday, Mrs. Emma Burke, President of the Perquimans Extension Homemakers club, came before the board to invite them to the annual County Commissioners lun cheon on June 1, 1967. The luncheon will be sponsored by the club, and will be held at the Perquimans County Agricultural Extension Of fice. Stan Winslow, County Extension Director, also visited with the board on Monday. Mr. Winslow reviewed with board members the results of the Albemarle Area Livestock Show and Sale. Mr. Winslow also invited members of the board to the awards banquet for the livestock show which is to be held tonight, Thursday, May 7th, at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City. The commissioners stated their support of the livestock programs in the county, and added that they were extremely pleased with the county's showing in this event. The board also scheduled the first of several budget workshops they will be holding to prepare the 1987 1988 budget for the county. The first workshop was held Tuesday evening. May 5. The board will meet with the school board next week to review the 1987-1988 budget for the school sys tem, and the new budget for the county should be completed by June 1st. Representative Pete Thompson also visited with the board Monday on his way back to Raleigh. Rep. Thompson reported to the board on several bills which will be voted on during this session of the general as sembly. Thompson told the commissioners that the county land transfer tax is still on shaky ground. Thompson stated that several groups are oppos ing the bill including realtors, and the home builders industry. The bill should be voted on soon, and accord ing to Thompson it could go either way at this point. Rep. Thompson also reported that the bill for the ad ditional one cent sales tax will hope fully pass the house, but that there may be some opposition in the sen ate. The commissioners thanked Rep. Thompson for stopping by to see them, and discussed with him their feeling on several upcoming bills Randy Keaton also informed board members on Monday that the new street sign maps are now available. The street sign maps are currently being sold at the courthouse. Cost for the maps is 50 cents per sheet. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned. Jim "Catfish" Hunter day set for Saturday On Saturday Hertford and Perqui mans County will honor one of their most famous native sons Jim "Catf ish" Hunter. Festivities have been planned to honor Hunter on the occaision of his induction into the baseball hall of fame, but also to acknowledge his many contributions to Perquimans County. Jim "Catfish" Hunter day will be gin on Saturday afternoon at approxi mately 3 p.m. with a parade. The theme for the parade will be "On the road to the hall of fame". The parade will organize at Harris Shopping Cen ter on Grubb Street, and will travel through downtown Hertford to the high school. It will feature 45 vehicles according parade committee chair man, Charlie Skinner. Participants in the parade will include the Perqui mans County High School marching pirates, the Union School Band, members of the Hunter Family, spe cial guests, and of course Jimmy Hunter. The parade will be restricted to motorized vehicles only, and should last between 35 and 40 min utes. Immediately following the parade at approximately 4 p.m. the official program will get underway. The pro gram will feature special guests such as Mike Hershburger, Frances and Freddie Combs, Charles Woodard, and Bobbie Carter in addition to oth ers who will be on hand to pay special tribute to Jimmy for his baseball suc cess, his community support, and his friendship. Other special guest who are on hand will also be making pre sentations. Following the program which will last approximately an hour, a good old fashioned barbecue dinner will be served. The dinner is free to all guests in town for Jimmy Hunter day. It will feature barqued pig and all the fixins'. No take-outs will be al lowed. All the pigs and other essen tial items for the barbeque were do nated by county businesses and area citizens. The high-light of the day will begin at 8:00 p.m. with the start of the old timers baseball game. The game is an annual event sponsored by the Perquimans Athletic boosters club and will feature members of the 1964 championship baseball team against the Perquimans pirates of 1987. Members of the 1964 team include Freddie and Frances Combs as well as Jimmy who will be pitching during the big game on Saturday. Cost for tickets is $2.00, and all proceeds go to the Perquimans High School Athletic Boosters Association who are spon soring the event. Make plans now to be in Hertford this weekend, Saturday, May 9th, for Jim "Catfish" Hunter day, you won't want to miss all the excitement Senior center week scheduled in May by Gov. Martin May has been declared senior citi zens month and North Carolina will pay tribute to 108 senior centers in 79 counties the week of May 10-16. For over one million older North Carolini ans, the senior center is often the main tie to their community. It is a place for comfort, friendship, assis tance, and learning. Senior Centers came in to being as society realized that increasing num bers of older adults were living out their last years in loneliness, bore dom, rejection, and need. They were becoming separated and isolated from the very communities they helped build. Senior centers were conceived as a means by which so ciety could recognize the contribu tions made by older people and an in novative way in which communities could fulfill this responsibility to give dignity and meaning to the later years. The theme for "Senior Center Week" is "Senior Centers Are Well ness Centers." This is appropriate as senior centers promote the well-be ing of older persons, both emotion ally and physically. Senior center programs and services include exer cise, arts and crafts, information and referral, transportation, health screening, tripe for cultural and rec reational enjoyment, legal services, and workshops. Many centers also serve as meal sites. Since the establishement of the first senior center in our state in 1S7S, the division has been committed to expanding the senior center network through state and local funding. In 1978, a portion of the older Americans Act provided a small amount of funds for senior center construction or ren ovation The availability of these funds allowed the development of 10 15 senior centers. Realizing that senior centers were meeting their responsibility to the community and to its dttnos, the 1881 General Assembly appropriated $165,000 to aid counties in building se nior centers. Hie maximum grant al lowed was (6,000. The most current boost toward expanding the senior center network came in 1964 when the General Assembly allocated $500,000 toward senior center devel opment. The division received 51 grant proposals, 22 grants were awarded for construction, renovation and equipment. In both 1965 and 1966 the General Assembly appropriated one million dollars for senior center funding. Each year approximately 40 centers received these funds. The senior center meets its respon sibility to the community by working with other agencies to provide oppor tunities for older adults. It helps them to receive the services which make it possible to remain in dependent, and gives them the oppor tunity to be more involved in matters which affect their lives The senior center is one of the most effective took for keeping older per sons in the community, supporting their independence, and providing them with a sense of purpose and well being. In honor of senior citizens month the local senior center has planned several activities throughout the month of May. According to Patti White, Director of the Perquimans County Senior Center the center is planning a trip to Old Wells Theatre on May 20th, there will be a eye clinic sponsored by Albemarle Opticians on May 26th, and the annual senior cen ter picnic will be held on May 27th at Missing Mill Park in Hertford. For more information on any of the events which are planned please con tact Patti White at the Perquimans County Senior Center on Grubb, Street in Hertford. Visit your senior center during Se nior Center Week May 10-16 and throughoutsenior citizens month. The center has many activities going on all the time.