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THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
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Apricot f Inc. officially opens!
Apricot, Inc. held their official ribbon cutting and open house
at their new factory on Sunday, December 20th. The com
pany moved into the new facility the week before Thanksgiv
ing, but Sunday's festivities marked their official opening.
Pictured above are from left to right: John Beers, Hertford
Town Council, W. D. "Bill" Cox, Mayor of Hertford, Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Terranova, Sr., Apricot, Inc., Mr. W. W. "Welly"
White, Chairman Perquimans County Board of Commission
ers, and Mr. Henry Carney, Perquimans County Chamber of
Commerce Committee of 100, rear: Mr. Ben Berry, Peoples
Bank and Trust Company of Hertford, Mr. Larry Swindell,
president, Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce.
State against expanding state's closed airspace
Raleigh? The Federal Aviation Ad
ministration's (FAA) request to ex
pand restricted airspace in eastern
North Carolina came under fire from
the State of North Carolina.
At issue is the FAA's reluctance to
recognize its legal obligations under
the National Environmental Protec
tion Act. At the request of the Armed
Forces the FAA has proposed to ex
pand the restricted airspace in east
ern North Carolina to cover an addi
tional million acres. Airspace over
approximately three million acres is
already dedicated to military air
training. This restricted airspace af
fects four of the state's five fastest
In testimony before a Senate Sub
committee, Natural Resources and
Community Development assistant
secretary Dr. Lynn Muchmore said
such action would "take away air
space used by the state for marine
fisheries, wildlife and forest manage
ment activities... jeopardize the vi
ability of needed civil aviation routes
by mixing military and civilian traf
fic in airspace lacking radar and
Many of the military aircraft are
coming from military bases outside
North Carolina and are going to the
Dare Bomb Range located in Dare
County. "They (the military) funnel
high speed fighter traffic at low alti
tudes down a pristine national sea
shore," said Muchmore.
"They further antagonize an al
ready irate citizenry fed up with bro
ken windows, cracked plaster, and
tree top confrontations with hot-dog
pilots violating the military's own
rules at near supersonic speeds, pi
lots who seem immune from discipli
nary action unless some ordinary cit
izen who happens to have near
supersonic eyeballs can get the num
ber of the aircraft or discern what
type (aircraft) it is and who it be
In summarizing North Carolina's
position Muchmore said that unless
the FAA assumes its responsibility
states would be left without the pro
tection promised in the National En
vironmental Policy Act, "and would
be driven to the courts for remedy."
IRS sends out notices of unreported income
The IRS is sending notices to tax
payers who may have underreported
income on 1985 income tax returns.
The underreporting was detected
during matching of the returns with
information returns supplied to the
IRS by banks and other payers.
Taxpayers who failed to report in
terest, dividends, or patronage divi
dends will get notices that automat
ically include a negligence penalty.
This automatic penalty, which began
last year, is five percent of the addi
tional tax on the underreported in
come from interest, dividends or pa
tronage dividends plus fifty percent
of the interest on the additional tax.
When this program is conducted for
1987 tax year, the penalty will apply
to the tax increase from all types of
In the absence of clear and con
vincing evidence to the contrary, fail
ure to report interest and dividend in
come shall be treated as due to
negligence. The determination of
what constitutes acceptable evidence
will be made on a case-by -case basis.
In cases such as these the taxpayer
would have to provide a written
statement of the facts, together with
any supporting documents, and re
quest that the penalty be waived.
The IRS offers the following addi
tional advice concerning replying to
these notices for various types of in
Check to see if the income reported
to the IRS was your income and
whether it was reported on your 1985
return. If you did not correctly report
your income and you agree with the
notice, sign the notice and pay the
If the report of income that the IRS
has received is incorrect, request
that the payer give you a corrected
statement. Return this statement to
the IRS with your notice to show that
you reported correctly. If you ha"e
any other disagreement with the no
tice, reply to the IRS and explain
where you reported the income on
your return or why you disagree. In
either case, do not sign the notice
agreeing to the change if the income
was not yours or was reported.
, to expire
Morehead City? North Carolina
fishermen who have 1987 commercial
fishing licenses will have the month
of January to obtain their 1988 com
mercial fishing licenses, according to
Fentress Munden, Deputy Director,
North Carolina Division of Marine
the 1987 licenses will be valid
through January 31, 1988. Munden
said Marine Fisheries law officers
would be on the lookout February 1 to
make sure fishermen have their 1988
The 1988 licenses will be available
beginning January 1 from license
agents open for business on New
Year's Day, and beginning January 4
from the Morehead City office, and
other license agents located in
For further information, contact
tM N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
by calling toll free 1-800483-X32 be
tween the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00
plm., Monday through Friday.
Three of Perquimans County's businesses this week donated goods for children in Perquimans
County with special needs. Apricot, Inc., 17 South Garment, and Don Juan each donated items
to the Perquimans County Head Start program for distribution to area children with special
needs. Don Juan donated shirts for boys at the high school and Hertford Grammar School,
Apricot, Inc. donated shirts for high school girls, and 17 South Garment donated outfits for
younger children at Hertford Grammar School in Ms. Ansink and Ms. Riddick's classes. This
program has been an ongoing project of Head Start for several years, and each of these busi
nesses have donated in past years. Last years donations were distributed to children at Union
Motorists urged to drive
with care over holidays
Charlotte, N.C.? It is estimated
that 38 North Carolina motorists will
die in traffic accidents over the up
coming Christmas and New Year hol
The state will count its toll from 6
PM on Wednesday, December 23
through midnight Sunday, December
27 for Christmas; and from 6 PM
Wednesday, December 30 through
midnight Sunday, January 3, for New
Last year over a similar period of
time 23 were killed and 982 injured
over Christmas, while 28 were killed
and 1,097 were injured over the New
Year's holiday weekend.
"We are approaching two of our
most celebrated holidays," Dr. John
G. Frazier, III, president of the
statewide motor club stated. "How
ever. it is also a time when we lose
more people due to traffic acci
The two holidays come exactly one
week from each other and present
the opportunity for a longer break.
Many people seize the opportunity to
travel as everyone likes to go "home
for the holidays".
This holiday season everyone is
urged to take time to plan safe travel,
whether the trip is a short one to the
corner store for last-minute shop
ping. or a longer one to visit relatives
or friends. Each trip places the
driver in situations where care and
proper reactions are required to
make the trip a safe one.
"You can play an important part in
preventing these accidents by learn
ing the holiday dangers and the ways
to avoid them," Dr. Frazier said.
Speeding is at the top of the list.
Speeders not only lose licenses, they
Fatigue is also a culprit Leave
early enough to allow adequate rest
stops in an effort to keep you alert at
all times and help you recognize and
avoid unsafe movements.
Driving and drinking. "One of the
increased dangers this time of year is
drinking, and it involves you in three
ways," Dr. Frazier stated. "As a
party-goer, as a party-giver and as a
As a party-goer, limit yourself to
no more than one drink an hour and
stope drinking one hour before driv
ing. Don't let anybody talk you into
"one for the road", instead, let it be
NONE for the road
As a party-giver, you have a cer
tain amount of control over the flow
of liquor Convince guests who have
had too .much to drink to stay over
night, ride home with someone else,
or go home in a taxicab you call for
"Keep in mind that the alcohol con
tent is the same in 12-oz. of beer as in
6-oz. of wine or 1'2 oz. 80 proof whis
key." Dr. Frazier stated. Only time
will rid the body of alcohol and its ef
fects. It takes about one hour for the
body to dispose of one ounce of whis
key, or a single bottle of beer.
"Law enforcement officers get
tough when it comes to DWI." Dr.
Frazier continued. Police roadblocks
and checkpoints are one of the most
effective means of keeping the
drunken driver off the road and can
be expected this holiday season.
"Make a personal commitment to
be a responsible driver over the holi
days," Dr. Frazier urged. "And don't
forget to buckle-up for every trip and
make sure that all passengers do the
To date the North Carolina death
toll stands at 1,477, some 77 less that
at this same time last year.
Open Door in need of
all types of food items
Christmas is the time of year when
everyone is busy enjoying their fami
lies and their many blessings. It is
also a time of year when we should
remember the less fortunate mem
bers of our community.
The Open Door of Perquimans
County is in urgent need of food items
for the needy this holiday season.
According to Ann White, Director
of the Perquimans County Open
Door, all types of non-perishable food
stuffs are needed by the agency.
If anyone has food items they
would like to donate, the Open Door
will be open on Wednesday to accept
items, or they can call the Open Door
intake office at 426-7776 to make
Governor applies for
federal relief funds
Raleigh? A $275,000 red tide disas
ter project proposal was sent to the
National Marine Fisheries Service
December 4th by S. Thomas Rhodes,
Secretary. N.C. Department of Natu
ral Resources and Community De
velopment (NRCD), at the direction
of Governor Jim Martin.
"The Governor is greatly con
cerned about the red tide's effect on
shellfishermen in North Carolina,"
Rhodes said. "He has urged us to ex
plore every svenue of relief.
"While this grant money would not
provide any immediate assistance, it
would enable shellfishermen to re
bound more quickly in the future.
The Governor intends to follow every
single approach available to help this
stricken area This is just one of
many shots in our gun."
Total projected benefits from the
project would be $3.9 to $4 4 million.
The Perquimans County Jaycees
would like to remind everyone in Per
quimans County that the Tidewater
Area Red Cross will be conducting a
bloodmobile in our area on Tuesday,
December 29th at the Hertford
United Methodist Church from 3:00
p.m. until 7:00 p.m..
All types of blood are urgently
needed. Give the gift of life this holi
day season, please help the county
meet its goal by donating blood.
The weather forecasts are call
ing for fair weather on Wednes
day and Christmas eve with
temperatures in the 30s, 40s,
The forecast for Christmas day
calls for warmer weather with a
slight chance of rain. Tempera
tures will be in the 30s, 40s,