THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume $7, No. 52 USPS 428^)80 Hertford, Perquimans County. N.C., Thursday, December I7,m7 30 CEN
Grammar school news
see pg. 9
Prize winners announced
see pg. 2
Candlelight tours planned
. . . . .. ' see pg. 3
Councilman sworn into office!
Jarvis Ward, Clerk of Perquimans County Superior Court,
swears in the newly elected members of the Hertford Town
Council. Pictured left to right: Mayor Bill Cox, Councilman
Billy Winslow, and Councilman Jesse L. Harris.
Hertford town council supports Project DARE
The Hertford Town Council went on
record Monday evening in support of
the Perquimans County Drug Coali
tion and Project D.A.R.E.(Drug
Abuse Resistance Education).
Anne Flippen, the guidence coun
selor at Perquimaas Middle School,
and Pat Harrell, superintendent of
Perquimans County Schools went be
fore the council Monday evening to
ask for their support of Project
DARE a new drug education pro
gram, which will be implemented in
the schools next yeir. ~
Flippen explained to members of
the council on Monday that Project
D A R E is a program aimed at edu
cating fifth and sixth graders about
The program, through the use of
trained law enforcement officials not
only educates kids about drugs and
their uses, but also breaksdown the
stereo type ideas they have about law
( open house
Apricot. Inc. will hold a ribbon cut
ting and open house on Sunday, De
cember 20th in honor of the reloca
tion and opening of their new factory.
The ribbon cutting and open hose
Will begin at 2:00 p.m.. The new fac
tory will be open for tours, and re
freshments will be served
Raleigh The Christmas and New
Year's holidays are certainly times
to enjoy friends and family. It is a
time for festive occasions, a time to
" B've and a time to celebrate. But, for
too many people, it is a time marred
by death and tragedy.
During the Christmas holiday pe
riod last year, 23 persons were killed
in motor vehicle accidents in North
Carolina An additional 28 were killed
during the New Year's holiday pe
riod. Over 2,000 persons were injured
in motor vehicle accidents during
Colonel J. F Cardwell Commander
f of the North Carolina Highway Pa
trol, offered some sobering remarks.
"For these families, this holiday sea
son will never be the same. They
must live with their memories of
loved ones who were senselessly
killed on oui* highways. Those who
were injured will always remember
this season as a time they suffered
because someone drove carelessly.
The Patrol can emphasize safety pro
| gr;uns. concentrate manpower in s4
w lected locations, and even increase
the time Troopers spend on patrol,
but highway safety actually depends
upon the motoring public. Without
their support, we all lose."
During this holiday season, buckle
up, stay alert and drive safely. If you
plan to travel, take a rest stop every
hour A fatigued driver could lead to
a fatal mistake.
The Christmas holiday period be
k . gins at 6 p.m. December 24 and ? ?<tt
P, midnight December 28. The New
Year's holiday begin at 6 p.m. De
cember 31 and enda midnight Jan
enforcement officials. The program
makes kids aware of their choices
when it comes to drags.
Flippen told members of the coun
cil that the program has been very
successfl in other areas where it has
been implemented, and that she is
very excited about the support she
has received so far from the commu
nity concerning this project, and the
formation of the drug coalition.
Chief Merritt who was on hand for
Monday evening's meeting told the
council that senior patrolman Tim
Spence has been selected by the de
partment and the school system to at
tend the two week training course in
Raleigh for the project. Upon his re
turn Spence will work with teachers
and school officials in getting the pro
gram ready for implementation in
the school system next year.
Perquimans County is one of a few
selected counties in the state to par
ticipate in Project D.A.R.E..
Harrell and Flippen also em
phasized on Monday evening that the
drug problem in or area is not just <
problem which shcfld be addressed b>
or schools, but is one which should be
addressed by or entire community.
Wallace Nelson came before the
council on Monday to update mem
bers on the progress of the newly
formed Perquimans County Drug Co
alition. Nelson also asked for their
support of this project.
The council also conducted other
business at the meeting Monday in
Passage of a resolution allowing
the sale of C-4 Media to US Cable.
Mike Adamchek of C-4 Media in
formed members of the council that
their customers should not experi
ence any changes with the new com
The council also instructed Mayor
Bill Cox to look into the cost of curb
and guttering and paving Phillips
Street. He is to report back to the
council at the next meeting with
The town council also passed a res
olution making littering a civil of
fense punishable by $20.00 fine or for
hours of community service work.
The council also voted Monday eve
ning to continue insuring town em
ployees with Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Medical insurance. After re
viewing Blue Cross and Blue Shield
which increasing it's premiums sig
nificantly and other programs the
board decided to leave the current
policy in effect until July 1st.
The town council also voted to pass
a resolution submitted to them by the
local American Legion asking that
they support the naming of the Albe
marle Sound Bridge to The Veterans
Memorial Albemarle Sound Bridge.
Showing obvious pleasure with the new facilities at Perquimans County High School Dr. A.
Craig Phillips addresses members of the community during Sunday's successful open house
festivities at the high school.
Open house successful Sunday
Over 200 people gathered on Sun
day to get a glimpse of the new facili
ties at Perquimans High School dur
ing the school's open house and
Christmas program .
In a tribute to the school and the
community, Dr. A. Craig Phillips,
State Superintendent of Public In
struction, stated that Perquimans
County has shown their commit
tment to public education by provid
ing such a nice facility for the coun
ty's young people to learn in. "The
record is clear," said Phillips, during
his remarks, "The community has
worked hard and they have produced
very nice results."
Dr. Phillips also referred to a poem
on Sunday, which states that the
school in a community should be the
loveliest place in town. " You have
made this the loveliest place in
town,'' said Phillips. Phillips added
that he felt the community had cap
tured the beauty of the past as well as
the school's heritage with the new
building, and added that Perquimans
County High School is truly a facility
the community can be proud of.
He added that he feels the commu
nity has produced an atmosphere for
achievement, and he congratulated
everyone involved with the project on
Dr. Phillips also gave a brief over
view of the basic education plan on
Sunday, and stated its importance in
North Carolina public education.
Following Dr. Phillips remarks the
Perquimans County High School Cho
rus and concert band gave a beauti
ful performance of Christmas music
for members of the community and
Dec . 29th, Tuesday
Hertford Methodist Church
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Solution being sough*
for water problems
Once again Perquimans County
residents are experiencing water
problems, and over the past several
weeks Perquimans County officials
have been attempting to find a solu
According to Perquimans County
manager, Paul Gregory this ruond of
problems began approximately three
weeks ago when too much chlorine
was released into water system at
the Bethel plant. The chlorine acted
as a scrubbing agent on the water
lines in the area, stirring up rust in
them and many of the residents in the
Bethel and Snug Harbor commu
nities of the county experienced prob
lems with their water. That problem
was cleared up quickly, but than over
the weekend of December 5th and 6th
and again last Thursday other prob
lems with the water system devel
oped when a pump at the Bethel wa
ter plant allowed too much of the
water treatment chemical potassium
manganate into the system. As a re
sult of that incident residents had ad
According to Gregory the chemi
cal turned the water a pinkish-red
color, and some residents said their
water had taken on the appearance of
The pump, which was one of the
last things added to the plant at
Bethel when the system went on line
was fixed after the weekend prob
lems with pink water, but apparently
malfunctioned again on Thursday
The additional amount of potft-sii i.
manganate introduced into the v ? i
system caused no health problem l<
anyone, hut was most upsettiiu; > >
residents, who have had to suit t +>-r
sometime with water problem
In a teleplione interview on Mot
day Gregory stated thai th<* pump
which caused the problem has been
turned off and removed. and a i v
pump will be installed on th" sv-'t- . i
as soon as it arrives.
Gregory also added that some t ?
dents suffered water problem* it
past weekend in the Harvey I'l re el
area when a main water line at II' 1
day Island broke Hesta'edt' ' '
problem was on the Holiday Kl-'t I
system, but drained much ol tin*
county's water supply forcing tli"
county to take on w ater from < h-tvv
County. The reduced water 'i < - -i
did not permit flushing ol the wnt ?
lines before obtaining water frutji
Chowan County, and many resident
in the Beech Springs and HeKi
areas of the county rnav have <???<]?
enced discolored water
According lo Gregory that pr>>i i ? i
has been corrected '? rid hopefllv t! .
other problems with the wa?>
tern will soon clear up I'he coun' \
working and committed to preve
ing lutre problems All of. the coiir.i
ty's water storage tanks have been,
cleaned out, and all ol the water lines
are being flushed on regular b; i
prevent future problems
Local school board
to re-advertise bids
The Perquimans County Board of
Education has announced that it will
readvertise for the general contrac
tors bid for their new office complex.
Following bid openings last week,
which came in over the alotted bud
get by some $33,000.00, the school
board has decided to review the plans
to see if there is something that can
be deleted or revised, which will
make it possible for the total project
to meet the projected budget figure,
ot $200,000.00 .
The board received six general
contractor's bids for the project, but
they are hoping to reduce the bid fig
ures by making some changes to the
The board will ieadvertiso
general contractor and upon
tance of a bid, they will also a c- :?
bids from. the plumbiiig. lit -a
air conditioning, and .electrical. .
Low bids covering those nsp?:c!s <.
the project were received in w .!!??
following, plumbing: White's H'\vt
ing and Sheet Metal Works I
heating and air condit'^mm; < en'* V
Builders. Inc $22,149 no. an?t ?'!?*?' '
cal: Pitt Electric - <>'?<1
The board hopes to accept :
from a general contractor on tt
project within :W da\s
State extension granted:
for student bus drivers
The Perquimans County Schools
can breathe a sigh of relief following
a decision last week by the federal
government to grant an extension re
garding student school bus drivers.
Federal and state officals an
nounced last Thursday that North
Carolina has been granted an exten
sion until the 1988-89 school year to
have all adult bus drivers in place.
Originally the new law requiring
all school bus drivers to be 18 years of
age or older was to go into affect on
In an appeal to the federal govern
ment made by Governor Martin, he
stated that the new law would have a
tragic effect on the rural counties of
North Carolina. In Perquimans
County alone the new law would have
forced school officials to make many
changes. School officals would have
been forced to reschedule routes,
combine routes, and take other ac
tion to comply with the law.
The extension granted by the '
eral government will tmv all'
school officials more time to ade'ju
tely recruit and train adult driver,,
as well as evaluating the count!* ?
needs for drivers.
The county will also be looking
dual employment for sbtr.e emplm
ees, which would require that H ?
driver of a school bus would be .? ion
of their job.
According to Fat Harrell Stipe;
tendent of the schools the extension
will also allow the general assernh' .
time to look into increasing diner -
salaries, and providing funds to t
sist counties with their needs in p u
ing adult drivers.
According to Harrell ver> few el
this counties student drivers are U
but he added any who are \\ ill be abk'
to drive a bus next year He also
added that any students who turn M
throughout the year could be used w
Early deadlines set
Deadline for all ads for the special
edition "Christmas in Perquimans
County" must be in our office no later
than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, De
cember 16th. All ads and copy for the
regular edition of the paper must be
in our office no later than MH' p lit.
on Friday, December 18th.
We would like to thank everyone in
advance for their help in observing
the deadline schedule.
Weather forecasters are calling
for partly cloudy windy weather
on Thursday with temperatures
in the low 30s to mid 50s.
The weekend forecast calls for
cooler weather with a chance of
rain. Temperatures will be in the
low 20s to high 40s.