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? ? . Fox laws sought
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According to Balfour, revenue
sharing funds from the federal
government are in great jeopardy.
"I'm not kicking the project. It
is needed in Hoke County. If we
are going to get industry in the
county, we must educate the
population," said Balfour.
Further action on this item will
?me nearer budget time.
Members of the commission also
took action to endorse a move in
the North Carolina State
Legislature concerning the repeal
ing of a law prohibiting fox hun
ting in the state without special
Sergeant Major James Knott
told the commissioners that he has
collected 424 signatures on peti
tions wanting the law eliminated.
"Most of the signatures are
from hunters, farmers and citizens
who have had trouble with the
fox," said Knott.
According to Knott, hunters are
blaming the decline of small game
in the area on foxes.
"The population is not under
control even in those counties
where there is a limit (on hunting
foxes)," said Knott.
"In everything I've read, if a
predator is not controlled, it will
turn to quail and other small game
for food. Right now there is no fox
control in Hoke County," he said.
"Ten years ago, you could find
rabbits here. Not anymore," Knott
According to state Rep. Danny
DeVane, the removal of the law
will be a fair move to the hunters
of Hoke County.
DeVane is trying to get the law
passed in the legislature.
According to DeVane, the law
?A gun and bow and arrow
season will extend from December
1 to January 1 .
?Trapping season for the
animal will be from January 2-31.
?Traps will be checked twice
daily by the owners.
?There will be a 30 fox limit per
? *Trap chains must have three
swivels to allow animals to be
caught without danger of them
twisting their legs off attempting to
?Traps no larger than "one and
one-half leg-hold traps" may be
"If you put out a bigger trap
than a one and one-half leg-hold
trap, there is potential for someone
to get hurt," said Knott.
"I've gotten two calls opposing
this because of small children,"
Commissioner Wyatt Upchurch
According to DeVane and
Knott, the danger of traps to
children is minimal and if a pet is
caught in a trap, he should not be
hurt if the traps are no larger than
the recommended size.
During the meeting, Commis
?Denied a request from the
Cherokee Indians of Hoke County
to fund their school.
?Accepted a site plan for the
proposed Burlington Park project.
?Passed a resolution approving
a public auction to dispose of
surplus and confiscated material
by the Hoke County Sheriff's
Department. The auction will be
held on April 10 at 10 a.m. in the
vacant lot in front of the Sheriff's
This grass fire utst Wednesday on State Road 1455 was just one of
dozens that have plagued Hoke County in the last two weeks. About
five grass and woods fires raged through a dry Hoke County Tuesday
carried by warm March winds. The fires were not confined to any one
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area of the county and burned from McCain to Duffy. The largest fire
erupted in the Oakdale Gin area and threatened several dwellings re
quiring mutual aid from four county volunteer units.
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Graham's Service Station will help
the looks of that block in the city.
If they get the old depot looking
good, it will really be a boost to the
Also the report of a new in
dustry helps the spirit of citizens
when they had thought the pro
Everything we do to improve the
image of Hoke County and
Raeford will attract business to us.
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The ACC tournament was all
anyone could ask for and in my
opinion the best teams won in
Atlanta. Time will .tell in the
NCAA tournament on who will be
in the final four.
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Most of us who are retired get
out of the main stream of what we
need to do to help promote Hoke
County and Raeford and keep
them moving forward. We live on
an income that is fixed, except for
the rise and fall of interest rates on
our savings. So when something
like the project to get the phone
line from Raeford to Fayetteville
takes off long distance, we think
first of how it will hurt our pocket
? bookt -So I would likr in .give my.
reasons for being for this project.
Now it might raise my phone bill
a couple of dollars a month, but in
the long run it may be cheaper to
pay the couple of bucks. You are
By getting this line in for direct
service I believe we will have many
people now building in the
Cumberland County side of the
line moving over and building in
Hoke County. The people of the
military service retiring must have
phone connections to Ft. Bragg.
Every house built in Hoke will in
crease our tax base.
The Federal government is cut
ting off more and more revenue
each year to the counties and cities.
This money must be replaced and
it is property owners that must
bear the load. The increase in taxes
would pay the phone company.
If we don't have enough tax base
and we here can't afford a heavier
tax load, then like banks and other
financial institutions, we must
look for a county to merge with in
the future. Our tax rate is lower
than most adjoining counties.
We need to back the Chamber of
Commerce and our County Com
missioners to get this project ap
. . . Turkey races on tap for festival
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volved in finding out who has the
The winners of the heats are put
together to compete in the "grand
"Sometimes you can get a bird
to run the course in 8 or 9
seconds," said Cunningham.
"There is no hitting or striking
the birds to get them to move
faster," he said.
Owners of the birds can run with
them and sometimes a broom
swished behind the birds is helpful
in moving them along.
Many of the owners put their
birds into training before the date,
according to Jay Combes, owner
of the Inn on Lake Waramaug.
"A lot of people raise turkeys
for themselves for Thanksgiving
and Christmas," said Combes.
Many people who live around
that area had never seen live
turkeys, he said.
The Olympics were started
because the inn needed an event
around Thanksgiving, according
The inn sponsors 18 events year
"Some are historical and some
are just for fun."
Last year, there were about
1,000 at the Olympics including
representatives from P.M.
Although the fun is first rate,
many of the birds do not ap
preciate the reception they receive
upon returning home.
The Olympics are held the Sun
day before Thanksgiving, said
Combes, adding "a lot of the birds
have dates two or three days after
the races - win, lose, or draw."
Sadly, their dates are with warm
to hot ovens.
The owners of winning birds get
to enjoy their turkeys twice, he
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