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Volume 57, No. 19 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimam County, N.C., Thursday, May 7, 1987 30 ,
Environmental field day held
at Ed Nixon's farm
see page 10
Hertford Grammar site of
Special Olympics last week
see page 1 1
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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; 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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