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September 2015 Web Final

September 2015

Angela Welsh Third Ward

Angela Welsh Third Ward City Council Write-in Elizabeth City, NC – “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword”. Angela Welsh, a longtime local government and private sector employee, launched her write in campaign for a Third Ward City Council seat today. “Residents of the Third Ward are looking for a change in the status quo and I look forward to serving them and adding another voice of leadership, civility and expertise to City Council,” said Welsh. Welsh, a Summerfield subdivision resident stated that “to be a great City, we must address many critical issues, including: economic development, aging infrastructure, supporting our local businesses, supporting city services including our police and fire departments, providing our youth with the tools they need to succeed and ensuring our senior citizen population is aware of the services regional agencies can provide them. She went on to say that “progress in our City will only be realized when residents of the Third Ward elect responsible, civil representatives who vote for the best interests of our City instead of their own personal agendas.” As a long-time local government and private sector employee, Welsh has a deep understanding of the issues facing Elizabeth City and has forged many professional relationships across the State of North Carolina as well as the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, she said. Welsh is a 1995 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies and Planning. In her career, she has drafted, and been awarded, over $1 million in grants for local government projects. She also holds a certification in Low Impact Development from NC State and is also a North Carolina Certified Floodplain Manager. Try our Great tasting Hot Sauce! There’s still time to enter the Expo Call 252-219-2087 If you would like to carry our hot sauce in your place of business Area businesses and service providers still have time to register to participate in this year’s Perquimans County Business Expo on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Perquimans Recreation Center in Hertford. Sid Eley, director of the Perquimans Chamber, said registration to participate will continue until Sept. 15. “We are still taking applications and we encourage local businesses to take advantage of this fun-filled networking opportunity,” said Eley. “We drew over 400 people to the expo last year and we hope to break that record this year.” This year’s expo features the theme “Cultivating Business – Planting Seeds for Success” and pays tribute to the area’s agricultural and country heritage. In fact, the expo also includes a Country Hoedown, free entertainment, live demonstrations including butter churning, and even a Hollering Contest. “I’d enter the Hollering Contest if they’d let me but I doubt they’d let me since I work for the Chamber,” laughed Cathy Wilson, Eley’s assistant. “I needed to get a hold of Sid one day but he’d left his cell phone in the office. I knew he was in the neighborhood so I stuck my head out the Chamber’s front door. I saw him walking near the Methodist Church over in the next block so I hollered at him. He heard me immediately so I guess I holler real well.” Antique farm equipment will be on display, a free spa will pamper attendees, and free windshield washing for vehicles will also be available. Lunch will be offered by members of the InterCounty Ruritan Club. Fifteen area restaurants and caterers will offer food samples during the Country Hoedown. A Chefs and Sweets Challenge (a penny a vote) will benefit the Jimmy “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation. Expo hours run from Noon to 4 p.m. and the Country Hoedown runs from 5-7 p.m. Admission to the Expo is $1. Admission to the Country Hoedown is $10. For more information on participating, download an application at or call the Chamber office at 252-426-5657. 16 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2015

Tyrrell County, North Carolina Genealogy By Jimmie Fleming Charles Barnes is the creator and webmaster of the Internet site known as “Tyrrell County, North Carolina Genealogy.” This site is part of the North Carolina Genweb Project and is one of if not the most comprehensive county genealogical site in the project. The website is located at and includes many great genealogical resources. Charles has done a fantastic job promoting and displaying Tyrrell County research resources since 1997 through Bible records, tax records, census records, wills, deeds, marriage records, and death records. You can actually view a photo of real death certificates from 1913-1935 which is great. He has also been a staunch supporter via the Internet for the Tyrrell County Genealogical and Historical Society by offering membership applications online. Charles Barnes was born in Washington, DC. He is the son of the late Charles Wilson Barnes who was in the US Army Band stationed at Fort McNair. Charles traces his roots to Tyrrell County through both the Barnes and Brickhouse families. His great-grandparents were Wilson I. Barnes and Sarah Rhodes (paternal) and William Brickhouse and Georgianna Merritt (maternal) all deeply rooted Tyrrell County families. Charles graduated from Virginia Tech in 1964 and went into the Regular Army as a lieutenant. He spent the next 25 years as an infantry officer and an aviator which included two tours in Vietnam. In 1980 he was assigned to the Pentagon and spent the next eight years there until closing out his military career as a lieutenant colonel. He has continued to work there since retirement as a computer systems analyst, programmer and database administrator. Charles has made northern Virginia his home and has one son and five adopted children from other marriages. His hobbies include genealogy, gardening, fishing, and history (especially of the Civil War since he had 3 great-great-grandfathers from Tyrrell County who served during the War Between the States). Tyrrell County and researchers should thank Charles for the fine job he has done representing our county in cyberspace through his gracious efforts on this website. THANK YOU CHARLES, for your dedication and contribution to Tyrrell County and those interested in researching their connection to it! Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation The Battle of Great Bridge on December 9, 1775, played a critical role in the Revolutionary War and the subsequent creation of our great nation. It was this Patriot victory that forced Lord Dunmore, British Royal Governor of Virginia, and his soldiers to evacuate and ultimately leave Virginia. As a direct result of this victory, four days after this crucial battle, the Virginia Convention adopted the first public declaration expressing a spirit of independence. How different our country might be had it not been for the Battle of Great Bridge and the significant contributions of our waterways. The planned replacement of the bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway in Chesapeake, Virginia by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the mid 1990’s, provided the final opportunity to reclaim and preserve an irreplaceable piece of American History. In order to save and preserve the battlefield and promote the national importance of the battle and the Albemarle and Chesapeake and Dismal Swamp Canals, immediate action was needed. To this end, a group of prominent citizens formed The Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation and created partnerships with the city of Chesapeake, state of Virginia, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, public and private organizations, and businesses and individuals to together create a museum/visitor center, public park, and trail facility. By 2013, over 6 million in cash and in-kind service donations, grant awards, and government support has been put to work. The Historic Park is open to the public and construction of the museum/visitor center is underway. For more information about this magnificent project, our annual events, available naming rights, or the annual battle reenactment, please visit our website or contact the Foundation office at 757-482-4480 or Albemarle Tradewinds September 2015 17