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Hoke County has a long fight ahead before local telephone calls
can be made to Fayettevilk, and most of the battle will probably be
centered around the high price of the service.
? Although the company apparently does not know what costs will
be incurred to make the needed local connections, Carolina
Telephone has suggested rates which are frightening custodiers on
both ends of the lines.
Currently Carolina Telephone is proposing to raise local phone
rates by 57% and Fayetteville phones by 13% in order to provide
Under the present proposal, Carolina Telephone's annual
revenues would jump by $1.7 million for service between the ex
changes, which leads one to believe that the rates may be on the high
Even with the proposed high rates, the local service would be a
bargain for Hoke County residents, because without the change we
can look forward to tax increases much higher than what is being
suggested by Carolina Telephone.
Local telephone service to Fayettevillc would not only be more
convenient to those already living in Hoke County, but it would
also remove another obstacle from the path of new residents. >
More residents in Hoke County mean more taxpayers and more
dollars for local businesses.
Though not on as great a scale, the local telephone service would
also benefit FayettevUle by increasing the metropolitan and shop
For Hoke County, direct telephone service to FayettevUle is a
necessity, and if Carolina Telephonegets its heart right, the connec
tion can be made at an affordable price.
We encourage Hoke County residents to support the change in
telephone service and to fight for its passage.
If the bid for the local telephone service fails, every resident can
look forward to paying the higher taxes needed to keep Hoke Coun
County takes new step
The vote by members of the Hoke County Commission Monday
to pay a portion of the costs of providing water and sewer for a new
business showed a progressive change in attitude.
In recent months the commissioners have been voicing a need for
new industry and for an increased tax base, but Monday's vote is
the first time the county has had an opportunity to replace words
The commissioners voted to pay up to $20,000, or about half of
the costs of running sewer and water lines to a new motel planned
for U.S. 401 south of Raeford. ?
In the past, the county commissioners have rejected joint ventur
ing utility projects with Raeford and have left the burden of pro
viding the service on the city taxpayers.
Although Monday's move was small, its significance was great
because it shows a definite beginning of cooperation between local
If this community is going to survive, then both Raeford and
Hoke County must work together to make it happen.
We commend the commissioners for supporting the effort to
bring new businesses to the county, and hope that Monday's action
is a sign of more good things to come.
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Red Springs leaves a lesson
Last week was tornado week
awareness week. I hope you prac
ticed what you should do to pro
tect yourself if a tornado were
coming toward us. I must admit
that I have not actually practiced,
but I have tried to learn what 1
should do in various situations.
I heard that Clayton Bouyer
recommended grabbing a little
cheese, a few crackers and a
mayonnaise jar of water and
hiding in a ditch. A similar plan
was hatched by employees at
Raeford Oil Company.
My niece talked about the tor
nado drill at her school. She ex
plained the students in her class
were to go quickly into the hall and
each take a jacket from the hooks
there to cover their heads. She did
not like the idea of taking someone
else's jacket, but she knew why it
was important to cover her head as
she knelt against the wall.
In fact, tornado awareness was
the topic at a meal in my mama's
kitchen recently. She teaches, and
she told us about the plan for pro
tecting children in her school. She..
also told USaH&Mihtcr had
put her children's neads on one
pillow and covered them with
another last spring when there
were storms in her town.
My brother-in-law, who
treasures his children, said "I
guess it would be a pretty good
idea to shoot 'em...." He began to
search for words. We all turned to
stare. His children sat frozen. I
reached over and touched his
forehead, between the eyes. He
snapped to and finally said "...be
tween the mattress and springs of
the bed." We all screamed,
laughing. We were all so relieved
that he was not putting those dear
children out of their misery. He
was insulted. He had a good idea.
He now has a plan. His children
know he would shoot them. ..bet
ween the mattress and springs of a
bed. We all need to have plans.
The people of Red Springs got
little or no warning. If they had
been told last March that one or
more, tornados were headed
tawwl<htai,"#mF<? IiIWNkH have
taken the warning seriously. I
believe that North Carolinians
have not had enough tornado ex
perience to have more than a child
like fear of the unknown.
I have had this strange feeling
about tornados since I first saw
Dorothy and Toto swept away
from Kansas to the Land of Oz.
Houses in Hoke County don't
have basements. I didn't know that
I needed to plan.
Now I know. 1 have seen Red
Springs. I saw it about 36 hours
after the storm passed. I have been
often reminded when I see the way
the sun shines there. (The sun was
always filtered through massive
trees and shadows grew near great
houses which are no longer stand
The Tdwn of Red Springs and
her people suffered grievous loss.
Trees, houses, a church, stores,
gardens, schools were swept away
in minutes. Peope were injured,
but there were no people killed. It
must have been some sort of
Let us learn from their ex
perience. The folks of Red Springs
have valiantly rebuilt. There are
lessons to be seen in their deter
mination and their working
The simplest lesson is the one I
think we need. Look after people
and people can rebuild.
Make a plan that will protect
you and those around you.
Buchanan appointment needed
The appointment of Pat
Buchanan as new Director of
Communications at the White
House was a long-awaited and
Since press secretary James
Brady was tragically shot and crip
pled in 1981, President Reagan
hasn't replaced him. Now, after
four years, he's not replaced the
name, but by a capable newsman
of experience and know-how is be
ing brought in to improve com
We read that Reagan's young
^ assistant press chief, Larry
Speakes, is not, it's said, under
Buchanan, a veteran of the Nixon
Buchanan and his lovely wife
were two of the more graceful, ef
fective White House performers in
those days ? when many of
Nixon's top aides were of a
LUNG CANCER. ..Lung cancer
will surpass breast cancer as the
People and Issues
leading cancer killer of women this
year, the American Cancer Society
LIVING TOGETHER.. .The na
tion's death rate has dropped to a
record low and Americans can ex
pect to live longer than ever
before, new government statistics
GM'S PROFITS. ..General
Motors Corp. reported record
1984 earnings of $4.5 billion
recently, but strike-shackled
fourth-quarter earnings kept pro
fits under expectations.
TO INVESTIGATE... Twenty
nations recently signed a conven
tion that sets up a committee to in
vestigate "well-founded indica
tions" that torture is practiced
systematically in any state party to
FLU STRAIN SPREADS... This
year's flu strain continues to
spread across the United States, as
10 states were hit by widespread
outbreaks recently. The national
Centers for Disease Control said
39 states have now reported the flu
BIRTH CONTROL ...
Americans have dramatically
changed their birth control prac
tices in recent years with steriliza
tion surpassing the pill to become
the most common method of con
traception, a new report based on
government statistics show.
THE ELITE... The Pentagon's
special operation forces ? the most
elite fighting units in U.S. military
? are in the midst of a "high
priority" buildup and revitaliza
tion, new budget documents show.
Technology will not change farmer
By Joha Sledge
N.C. Farm Bareaa Federation
While many fanners are study
ing their financial records to see
how they can survive for another
year, agricultural scientists in
laboratories all over the world are
shaping agriculture's future for 5,
10 or 20 years.
They're unveiling a genetically
engineered vaccine to protect
against hoof and mouth disease
and new technology promising a
30 increase in wheat yields, 100
bushel soybean yields and 320
bushel-per-acre yields for corn.
This information comes out of a
study by Battelle Memorial In
stitute in Columbus, Ohio,' that
also speaks of forecasts for sows
that will product 28 pigs in a litter
... farm machines that will harvest
and process crops right out in the
field ... and genetic cloning that
will produce hundreds of identical
The study also talks about
driver-less tractocs ... robot
harvesters ... revolutionary plant
killers ... non-polluting herbicides
... and "target-dosage" spraying
Livestock scientists say
genetically superior swine should
be with us in about four years and
more efficient and productive
sheep, -cattle and milk cows will
soon follow .
Before today's farmers become
concerned about all these
developments coming at them all
at once, they should take note of
this concluding statement from the
"Whatever the nature of
America's future agriculture
system, the farmer will remain the
linchpin in the nation's food pro
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la Cooty Pet Year ? $10.00 i Moatks? $5.00
0?t of Coaaty Per Year? S12.00 6 M oaths ? S6.00
LOUIS H. FOGLEMAN, JR.
WARREN N. JOHNSTON .
HENRY L. BLUE
MRS. PAUL DICKSON
SAM C. MORRIS.
. . . .Production Supervisor
Sccoai Oaa* Pottage at Ratfort, N.C.
New writers hitting a
"Tired of eating beans. Write the Great American Novel and live
off the profits forever," the ad screamed, as I thumbed through the
pages of one of those "writer's" magazines.
It sounded pretty good to me, and besides my wife had been en
couraging me to do some moonlighting with the typewriter to help
pay the cat's food bill.
"We could put the cat on a diet," 1 suggested, noting fhat the
feline had become so fat that she would qualify for the sumo wres
There were probably great rcwasds to be had if we could get the
cat to go Into show
use a 150-poij|B
The Puppy Papers
1 dove into the magazine, hoping to find out how to make my
riches by devoting spare time to the pen.
As I leafed through, I found that commercial writing has gone the
way of professional football. If one believed die ads, these are ,%o
a?ors Hemingways or Fltzgeralds, just as Jbere are ho lotiglfr players
like Horning, Brown or Unitis. Now, the writing field is filled with
Tootsie LaTour.t, who confine their talents to four-letter words,
and pro football Is overrun with Bubbas, who can't spell their
names, v^' ??
In the ol^$^liir|MM in both fields had character. They were
educated. Oh sure, they might shave a point or two, or even take a
sUnoy dip In a public fountain, but they would have never passed
out in front of a Supreme Court justice.
The magazine offered every tool one needed to become a "suc
cessful" writer. There was no longer any need to read the Classics in <
order to learn the craft, the ad offering a dictionary of fictional
characters and literary terms said.
Another offered a guide to poetry writing, complete with fill-in- ,
the-blank forms. "It's a bargain for every aspiring poet at only
$12," the ad said. 4
A writer, whose articles, it was noted, appear frequently in
womb's grocery store magazines, suggested that I turn my lunch
hour into doBars by writing short stories. .
"1 do it all the time," she wrote in the article.
After reading the magazine for 15 minutes 1 was too exhausted to
write a lto- ?
I opened a can of food for the cat and decided to take a trip to the
bookstore. I had heard ihey were selHng the Harvard Classics for $1
each to make room on the shelves for the latest release by Tootsie ,
LaTour; An Evming tm ftyamur.