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US 401 priority
given new shot
By Ed Miller
Chances of getting the fourlan
ing of U.S. Highway 401 from
Raeford to 7Ut High School put
on a priority list "look real good,"
a state Department of Transporta
tion (DOT) Board member said
Although no final decisions will
be made concerning the placement
of the project on the DOT priority
list until the December meeting of
the board, area board member
Martha C. Hollers said she was op
"It's sorta like Santa Claus. You
write a letter and see what you
get," said Hollers.
During an earlier board meeting,
Hollers requested the road be mov
ed from a need section in the
state's road improvement plan to a
If the effort is successful, it will
be the first time since 1979 that the
Hoke County road has been on the
The improvements were funded
and slated to be started in 1972,
but a change in administrations
killed the project.
During a recent visit to Raleigh,
Hollers informed DOT Ad
ministrator Billy Rose of her plan
ned efforts to give Hoke County its
first four-Ian cd road.
"I know that (the project) is
under consideration," Rose said
"I think the outlook is good,"
There is a keen competition for
the money from which the paving
project funding will be drawn.
The funding will come from the
rural primary road fund, she said.
Forty percent of that fund is
already designated for reconstruc
tion and resurfacing, she said.
It will cost an estimated $14. 5
million, or about $1 million per
mile to construct the road, accor
ding to figures furnished to Hoke
County Commission Chairman
John Balfour by Rose.
A more recent attempt to set
aside about $200,000 into an
escrow account has neither been
appoved nor disapproved, accor
ding to Hollers, but indications are
that the money, earmarked to be
used for aprons along the side of
the road are expected to be spent in
the coming year.
"It's such a small amount, con
sidering what's needed. It would
not be wasted if it is used to protect
the shoulders of the road," Hollers
As this overweight, and perhaps pregnant, praying
mantis makes its way down a local fence post it
looks a bit like a space visitor. The green-brown
predatory insect received its name because it folds
its front legs as if in prayer. They are common in
By Ed Miller
Members of the Raeford-Hoke
Chamber of Commerce Board of
Directors took the first step Tues
day to getting Hoke County on a
new path towards industrial
development by making the first
appointments to a newly sanction
ed Industrial Development Com
Real estate appraiser Gerald
Wright and Raeford pharmacist
Tom Howell were named the
Chamber's appointees during a
By Sim Morris
The weather has been perfect for
the past few days. The
temperatures have been in the 70s
during the day and then dropping
into the 50s for the night time.
There was a little rain on Sunday
afternoon, but it wasn't enough to
help or hurt.
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There will be a Bar-B-Q plate
supper at the Gibson Cafeteria on
Friday, October 12 from five to
eight p.m. You can either eat at the
cafeteria or plates will be served to
take out. Price of the meal is
This supper is sponsored by the
Spring Arts Festival Committee
which puts on the "Hoke Heritage
Hobnob" in Hoke County. This is
a community project and was very
successful last year.
The committee feels that they
can raise funds for this project
with this supper and it will keep
them from having to go out begg
ing to the business firms, who are
bitten too often.
So support a worthy project and
get a good meal by attending this
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George Caddell, who lives on
South Main Street, came by the of
fice last week with some very in
teresting papers that he found
while going through some old
things that had belonged to his
The first items I picked out of
the old papers was a small card.
The card was the Registration Cer
tificate for the draft of World War
I. It was made out to William Lee
Caddell of Route 3, Raeford,
Hoke County, N.C. It was dated
'Sept. 12, 1918. The card was sign
ed by J.D. McGougan, registrar
for the local board of Hoke Coun
There were two certificate* for
Rural Teachers from the State
Board of Public Instruction made
(See AROUND, page 2A)
directors' meeting on Tuesday.? *
Howell will serve for a two-year
term and Wright for one year.
The appointments were made in
conjunction with a plan, which has
received only tentative approval
from the Hoke County Commis
sion, but has been OK'd by the
Raeford City Council.
According to the plan, the
Chamber and the two governmen
tal bodies would make appoint
ments to a development commis
sion, which would then hire an in
Final approval has not been
given to the plan by the county.
Some of the commissioners had
said prior to the proposal, that ef
forts would be made to separate in
dustrial recruiting from the
In the past all of the county's ef
forts toward landing new industry
here have been handled by the
Chamber board members, along
with representatives from the city,
came up with the plan now under
consideration in an effort to save
the Chamber's position in in
The City Council is expected to
make their appointments during
their November 5 meeting.
If the industrial commission
functions as planned, it will be in
charge of hiring an industrial
developer and a secretary to assist
him, according to a proposal from
Other duties of the proposed
commission would include using
funding from both the City Coun
cil and the County Commission to
compensate the developer.
The secretary will Ibe paid out of
Chamber funds, says the proposal.
According to the proposal, the
developer will be devoting all of his
time to the acquisition and reten
tion of industry, while the
secretary will handle normal
Chamber functions and activities.
By Ed Miller
A ease pending for the last two
months in Robeson County
District Court against Hoke Coun
ty Commissioner James Albert
Hunt was continued again Tuesday
because a N.C. Highway
Patrolman failed to appear as a
State Trooper A.J. Beason, who
is described as a key witness for
Hunt, arrived in district court in
Red Springs about noon, but never
returned after the court broke for
lunch, said Hunt's attorney Phil
For Beason's failure to reap
pear, District Court Judge Charles
G. McLain issued a court sub
poena ordering the trooper to ap
pear on October 23 at 1 1:30 a.m.
If Beason fails to appear on that
date, he will be arrested and jailed,
Beason had been "properly sub
poenaed" for this date of court
also, Diehl said.
"The records will show it," said
Diehl would not comment on
why Beason was subpoenaed.
However, according to Hunt,
who is Vice Chairman of the Hoke
County Commission, Beason was
to testify that he saw Hunt on the
way back to Raeford from Fayet
teville at about the time he was
allegedly seen in Robeson County.
Robeson" County, Deputy
- -WtUiam MitcheJL I^qrris had war-,
rants issued on Hunt after he
allegedly chased the commissioner
at high speeds but did not catch
Hunt- has plead not guilty to
charges of speeding in excess of
100 miles per hour in a 55 zone,
careless and reckless driving,
failure to stop for a blue light and
siren, a stop sign violation and
driving left of center.
Norris allegedly saw Hunt on
July 30 driving at a high rate ot
speed on a rural Robeson County
road near Rennert.
(See COMMISSIONERS, page 2A>
Bad day for a bike ride
A man was injured and transported to Moore
County Memorial Hospital Tuesday after his
motorcycle hit a car that had just finished making a
"?/" turn in the middle of the road. A car driven by
Georgia resident Roderick Bierstedt made the turn
In front of the House of Raeford at 12:59 p.m.
Bierstedt was driving a 1984 Chevrolet, according
Photo by Pum Frrdtrick
to Police Chief Leonard Wiggins. A 1974 Honda
motorcycle was driven by Archie Fairley of
Raeford. After Fairley struck the car, his bike
veered off and struck another car in a parking lot of
the House of Raeford, said Wiggins. Police
estimates show only about SI 00 damage to each car
and about S 300 damage to the bike, Wiggins said.
Hoke Auto closing after 52 years
By Ed Miller
After 52 years of serving the
people of Raeford, Hoke County
and surrounding areas, Hoke
Automobile Company is closing its
"I'm tired of the headache. I
can get out now and be to the
good," Hoke Auto owner
Younger Snead Jr. said Monday.
"I have watched too many of
my friends stay in the business too
long," he said.
Currently Snead says he is sell
ing the used cars at the 401 Bypass
business at wholesale prices to
clear his lot.
All the new cars on the lot were
sold to another dealer in
Smithfield, he said.
Although he is going out of
business, Snead hopes to sell the
building and any remaining stock
to another dealer.
"I am negotiating with several
people to sell out," Snead said.
His hopes of selling the business
before the doors have to be closed
"I don't feel it (selling the
business) will put anyone out of
work," he said.
Snead's father, Younger Snead,
started the General Motors spon
sored business in 1933, said the
"I have been in it since 1964,"
According to Snead, the sell out
is going well.
"Right now, you're talking to
the happiest man in Raeford,"
On a more serious note, Snead
said: "I appreciate the people of
Hoke County and their business
over the nast years."
School tests shift
given eye by state
By Ed Miller
A possible move by the state to
change the type of annual testing
given Hoke County students could
result in ruining "longitudinal
data" now being gathered by
school officials, members of the
county Board of Education were
told last week.
Currently, the state is using a
form of the California Achieve
ment Test (CAT) and have been
doing so in some grades since 1978,
Hoke County Associate
Superintendent Dr. Ginny Hayes
The board received the word
during a regular monthly meeting
The move has not been made
yet, said Hayes, adding that if
another form of the CAT is chosen
by the state, the data will not be as
affected as it could be.
County school administrators
will not know of any changes in the
testing program until spring,
The State Annual Testing Com
mission re-evaluates testing pro
grams every three years, said
Tests are changed in accordance
with current norms, she said.
One reason that the test may be
changed is because of teachers.
When teachers become familiar
with a test, they may start teaching
it, said Hayes.
Teaching the objectives of an
achievement test is good, but
teaching the actual test is not, said
Board of Education members
were told there is a possibility of
third, sixth and ninth graders being
tested on science in the spring dur
ing annual testing.
There are "field tests" going on
now in schools around the state,
and if these tests determine a need
for *uch an addition to the testing
program, they will be instituted,
Last year, field tests were con
ducted to find out whether writing
tests should be included in annual
testing for grades six and nine.
Those tests resulted in showing a
need, and they will be included on
tests for those grades this year,
Board members were also in
formed of competency tests that
were given students in grade 1 1 last
According to Hayes, juniors in
high school have two chances to
take the test this year. One was last
(See TESTING, page 2A)
These new classroom facilities
will soon be finished and the 16
Hoke County students atten
ding the MissionviU School will
begin learning their lessons
lure. We take a look at this
county's alternative to pubUe
education on page one of sec
Hem B in today's News-Journal.