More Perquimans Papers Publicize Hometown Charm

The mast head of The Perquimans Weekly
A cartoon of a woman in a sun hat, sunglasses, and bathing suit holding beach supplies. She is standing on a beach under the sun. The caption at the top reads, "Summer's arrived!"
From the June 24, 1999 issue of The Perquimans Weekly.

This year, the arrival of summer has brought another batch of The Perquimans Weekly newspaper from Hertford, N.C. These papers are available thanks to our partner, the Perquimans County Library, and thanks to our staff at our Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) location, who digitized them. This batch expands the digital availability of The Perquimans Weekly into the 21st century with issues from 1994-2003.

One of the enduring qualities of this paper is the way it focuses on “Perquimans County and its people,” as the masthead claims. In this span of years, the paper’s sections include “Community,” “Perspectives,” “Religion,” and “Schools,” almost all of which are comprised of hyper-local stories, including “Fifth graders study ways to prevent pollution” and “Cable service poor, residents say.” There’s even a prominent business feature on three young entrepreneurs selling lemonade in front of the courthouse. As mentioned in a previous blog post, there is also frequent coverage of baseball star Jim “Catfish” Hunter, a pitcher for Kansas City and then the New York Yankees from 1965-1979.

A color photo of two children sitting at a lemonade stand and a third child holding a cardboard sign that reads, "Lemonade, 50 cents."
“Young entrepreneurs” from July 15, 1999. The three salesmen are Aaron Lane, Justin Maarschalkerweerd, and Zack Harrell.

You can see all available issues of The Perquimans Weekly here, and you can browse all of our digital newspapers by location, type, and date in our North Carolina Newspapers collection. To see more materials from the Perquimans County Library, you can visit their partner page and their website.

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