THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY Volume 57, No. 50 USPS 42S-M0 1 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, December 3,1987 30 , LOCAL FFA news . see pg. 3 FLATUKE Ruritan convention see pg. 10 COMMUNITY Drug contest winners see pg. 11 1 ' " 1 Drug problem addressed Monday! Johnny Rogers addresses a group of local citizens about the increasing drug problem in Perquimans County, and the for mation of a coalition to help in dealing with the problem at a meeting on Monday evening. Anne Flippen, Wallace Nelson, and Johnny Rogers spoke and the meeting and provided much useful information on this increasing problem. Area citizens come together to discuss growing problem and its solution Over 100 parents, teachers and con cerned citizens gathered on Monday evening at the Perquimans County Rescue Squad building to discuss and begin organizing a drug coalition for Perquimans County. Anne Plippen, Wallace Nelson, and Johnny Rogers addressed Monday's gathering, and offered insight to a growing problem facing teenagers, and youngsters in our area. Plippen opened Monday's meeting and presented the group present with some startling statistics concerning the drug problem in the northeastern region of North Carolina. The survey which was compiled by the state department of public in struction polled a cross section of 11th and 12th graders in the area as well as some younger students, and took over a year to complete. Plippen briefly reviewed the survey results and reported the following to those gathered Monday. 60 percent of all Uth and 12th graders have tried to bacco, 33 percent are users, 32 per cent have tried smokeless tobacco, 4 percent are users, 78 percent have tried alcohol, 56 percent are users, 53 percent have tried marijuana, and 26 percent are users. Plippen told Monday's gathering | that the drugs listed in the above sur vey results are "gateway drugs", and that they are just the beginning Christmas parade scheduled It's time nnce again for the annual Peiquimans County Chris tmans Pa rade sponsored by the Perquimans I County Jaycees. This weekend the streets of Hert ford will come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas as the Ch ristmas parade steps off from Per quimans County High School at 2:00 p.m.. "Christmas Memories" is the theme for this year's parade, which will feature approximately 30 entries including the Perquimans County High School Marching Band, the Per I quimans County Middle School Band, and the Northeastern High School Marching Band from Elizabeth City. Prizes for this year's parade en tries will be given in two categories. Civic organizations will be Judged, and chuch organizations will be judged. First and second prize will be given in each category. First place winners will receive $25.00, while sec ond place winners will receive $15.00. Judges for this year's parade floats y are Anzie Wood, Reverend George Wilmore, and Mr. Gene Boyce. This year's parade will follow the same parade route as in past years traveling down Eden ton Road Street from the high school to Grubb Street, where the parade will turn right, then it will travel down Grubb Street to Church, turning right onto Church Street, it will travel through down town Hertford to Dobbs Street, turn right on Dobbs Street and travel back to the intersection of Eden ton Road Street and Dobbs Street, turning left and returning to the Ugh school. Entries for the parade are still be ing accepted. For information on ob taining a parade entry form contact this year's parade chairman, Phil Harris at OS-&M7 or Joe Elliott at Make p??"? now to attend this parade on Saturday, December 5th at 2:10 p.m. of the problem. Flippen also presented some statis tics from the study, which showed students are frequently using alco hol, and that approximately 14.49 percent of the students surveyed stated they had driven with other stu dents who were drinking and driving. Flippen stated Monday that it is important that the schools, churches and the community come together to provide our young people with sup port groups and other options. "Youngsters are making the wrong choices, and we need to help them make the right choices", said Flip pen. Also included in Monday evening's program was a presentation by two students at Perquimans County High School, and a student at Perquimans County Middle School on the drug problem locally. The students fielded questions from the gathering, and of fered their opinions on the drug prob lem in our local schools, peer pres sure, and their ideas of how parents, and teachers as well as other people can help. Wallace Nelson, a member of the governor's council on drug and alco hol abuse spoke to the group concern ing the council and it's activities. Nelso told those present, Monday, that the council suggested to the state that local coalitions be formed to help combat the problem. Johnny Rogers of the North Carolina Department of Human Resources also spoke to the gathering Monday concerning the coalition process. Rogers addressed the needs of a co alition, the formation of a coalition, and also addressed the drug problem in the area. Rogers who has been working in the drug field since 1973, told the group that currently 25 counties in the state have coalition groups which are functioning, and that many other counties are in the process of getting groups underway. Rogers reemphazied the impor tance of forming a coalition, and stated that he would be available as often as possible to meet with the group and aid them in endeavors. "You have a committment from me that I will work with you in every way possible," said Rogers. " I want to help you form this coalition, and combat the drug problem in Perqui mans County." Following Monday's gathering those interested in participating with the coalition were asked to attend a meeting on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the rescue squad building. At that time committees will be formed, and the coalition will establish its ob jectives. Shoes Galore opens! Shoes Galore located at Harris Shopping Center in Hertford held their ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Friday, November 27th. Above Mayor Bill Cox, center cuts the ribbon as the staff of the business looks on. Pictured left to right are: Nolan Snow, Mrs. Joyner, Bill Cox, Debra Siano, owner, and Bryant Perry, Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce president. Also pictured are Mrs. Siano's children, left to right: Joey, Angela, and Tony. Shoes Galore is open every day except Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and offers a full line of shoes and accessories. 4-H achievement night held The Perquimans County Extension Office sponsored their annual 4-H Achievement Program on Monday, November 90th at the Perquimans County Extension Office. This year's achievement program was presided over by Cherie Webber and Dena White of the Indian Riders 4-H Club, and featured special guests, the welcome was given by Tiffany Nixon of the Town'n Country 4-H Club, pledge* were led by Shi londa Whidbee of the Pooles Grove 4 H Club, parade of all the county 4-H clubs, devotion was led by Leslie Godfrey, Creative Craften Club, and a slide show was presented by Jus nita T. Bailey, Home Economics Ex tension Agent, 4-H. The Mgmght of the evening was the recognition and presentation of ?wank, which was presided over by i Mr. Archie Miller, President of the Perquimans County Extension Advi sory Council. The following 4-H clubs, 4-H club members, and adult 4 H leaders received awards: Jason Harrell was recognized for being a district, state, and grand national demonstration winner, Damion Burke and Jimmie Jordan were hon ored as district demonstration win ners for their demonstrations on en tomology , and electricity respectively The 4-H corn yield con teat winners were 1st place, Jason Harrell, 2nd place, Leah Harrell, and 3rd place, Kevin Roberts. Outstand ing 4-H club members were Deena White, Indian Riders, Leah Harrell. Town 'n Country, and Damion Burke, Pooies Grave. Outstanding county 4 H'er was awarded to Damion Burke, uutsuinaing county 4-n leaaer was Sherry Harrell, Town 'n Country. Outstanding county 4-H club was awarded to Pooles Grove. Outstand ing 4-H record book awards went to Cherie Webber, 1st place, senior divi sion, Chad White, 2nd place, senior division, Deena White and Jimmie Jordan, 1st place, junior division, and Renae Owens, 2nd place, Junior division. Also during the evening sev eral of the adult 4-H leaders received service awards. Mrs. Emma Buifce was honored for 27 years of service, Sharon Godfrey was honored for seven years of service, and Mary White was honored for four years of service. A special thank you and doting for the evening was presented by Keri DrotdowsU of the Creative Crafters Club. I I Winslow, Harrell attend state meeting Clifford Winslow, Chairman and Pat Harrell, Superintendent, from the Perquimans County school sys tem joined approximately 800 North Carolina local school board mem bers, superintendents and others in Charlotte, N.C., at the Adam's Mark Hotel, November 11-14 for the 18th Annual North Carolina School Boards Association Conference. "Increasing Student Achievement Through Better Boards - mans hip" was the theme of the conference. All speakers and workshops were of fered with this key objective in mind. Lt. Governor Bob Jordan spoke at the Saturday morning, November 14, closing session as did NC Teacher of the Year Cynthia Zeger from Salis bury City Schools and NCSBA Exec utive Director Gene Causby. Other speakers of note included Dr. William Pur key, professor, UNC Greensboro School of Education, and Dr. Jon Ericson, provost, Drake Uni versity, Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Pur key spoke on "Inviting School Suc cess" and Dr. Ericson offered an entertaining presntation on "Making the Best of Parliamentary Proce dure . A highlight of the conference was the presentation of certificates of achievement to local school board members throughout the state. These award winners have obtained certain levels of training in order to be better board members. Credits are given for participation in the various NCSBA training activities and semi nars as well as for their service to school children at the local, state and national levels. The number of cred its earned determines whether a member receives a "Certificate of Achievement", a "Certificate of Ad vanced Achievement", or a "Certifi cate of Excellence." One hundred thirty-eight certificates were awarded. Further, certain local school board members were recognized by their colleagues in other ways. One board member in the state received the mo6t prestigious award, the "Ra leigh Dingman Award". The "Super intendent of the Year Award" was presented to one superintendent who had been nominated by his-her local board of education. Eight other members received membership on the "NCSBA All State School Board", an honorary board established to rec ognize one outstanding board mem ber from each of the eight school board districts. A Candidate's Reception was held on Thursday, November 12, in the Adam's Mark Hotel. Candidates for governor, It. governor and state school superintendent participated. Senator Bill Martin (D-Guilford) and Representative Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) offered remarks dur ing a Legislative Session on Friday, November 13, at 11:00 a.m. Senator Martin is the vice-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Education and is a member of the Senate Education Committee. Rep resentative Nesbitt is the chairman of the House Appropriations Commit tee on Education. Officers for 1987-99 were elected at the Delegate Assembly on Friday af ternoon. They are: president, Shelby Shore of Yadkin County; first vice president, Bob Cabaniss of Cleveland County; second vice-president, James Mebane of Guilford County; and Treasurer, Howard Dorsett of Montgomery County. Elected for a second term on the NCSBA Board of Directors was Mary Ellen Maxwell of Currituck County, Jimmy Raper of Beaufort County, Bobby Rex Kornegay of Wayne County, Nehemiah Smith of Rocky Mount, and Hardy Caldwell of Hen derson County. Elected to serve as new directors were Betsy Sloan of Harnett County, Jack Briggs of Da vidson County, Pershing Wall of Greensboro, and Joe Mingo of Kan napolis Clinics were held on Thursday and Friday afternoons, November 12 and 13. Topics included: "Flexible Bene fits for School Employees," "Issues in School Construction," "Board's Role in Personnel," "New Minimum Undergraduate Admissions Require ments," "Excellence in Education: Brevard Elementary School," "Ba sic Education Program and Its Im pact on Local Financial Effort," "There's a Student with AIDS in Your School," "Excellence in Educa tion: Mooresville Junior High School," "Career Development: A Positive Effect on Children," "Edu cating At-Risk Students," "How to Select an Architect," "Lead Teacher Pilots," "Excellence in Education: Manteo High School," "FLEMS: A Second Language Instructional Ap proach that Works." Finally, the NC Association of Edu cators and the NC School Public Re lations Association presented their annual awards for excellence in school communications and public relations. This was done at the Fri day awards luncheon. The North Carolina School Boards Association is a non-profit organiza tion serving the 140 local boards of education in North Carolina. The 910 local school board members deter mine the policies which govern the education of over 1 million children attending the public elementary and secondary schools in the state. Open house scheduled The Perquimans County Board of Education has announced that they will be holding a Christmas concert and open house at Perquimans County High School on Sunday, De cember 13th beginning at 2:00 p.m.. Dr. Craig Phillips, North Caroh na's Superintendent of Public Schools will be on hand for the event, which will include brief comments by Dr. Phillips, concerts by the PCHS band and chorus, and tours of the building. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. Chamber banquet set The Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate their 25th anniversary on December 7th at their annual chamber banquet. This year's banquet will be the 25th annual banquet sponsored by the chamber, which was chartered in 1962. This year's banquet will be held at Angler's Cove. The social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.. This year's program will feature highlights of chamber years gone by presented by former presidents of the chamber of commerce. Enter tainment for the evening will be pre sented by the Bob Thomas Trio. Tickets for the chamber's, annual banquet and 25th anniversary cele bration are $8.50 and can be pur chased at the chamber office or by calling 426-5657. All reservations must be made by Monday, November 30th. Make plans now to come out and celebrate with the Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, December 7th. Weekend Forecast i Area weather forecasters are calling for cool clear weather over the next few days. Days should be cool fol lowed by cold nights. Temperatures will feature lows in the 20s and highs in the 40s.