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VOLUME LXV NUMBER 41 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA S4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 19. 1970
BY SAM MORRIS
Mrs. Agnes Page, supervisor of teachers
for Hoke County, showed me an envelope
last week that she received from the
Learning Institute of North Carolina,
Raleigh. The envelope was addressed as
Mrs. Sara Agnes E. Page
Joke County School
The postmark showed it was mailed
February 6, 1970. We don't consider our
schools a }oke, so maybe the Learning
Institute needs a shot in the arm.
The Rev. Jack Mansfield was by the
office this week and asked that the
following item be placed in the paper:
The Senior High Choir of the First
Baptist Church will give a special musical
program at the First Church Sunday
evening, February 22 at 7:30 o'clock,
choir is mad
The choir is made up of high school
students who attend the church. The
choir if under the direction of Mrs. Frank
Crunapler and C.D. Bounds. Mansfield
?rid the public is given a special invitation
DougaId Clark, former prosecuting
attorney for the Hoke ? Cumberland
district court, is now coming to Raeford
on Friday to prosecute the docket during
the leave of absence of Charles Rose 111.
This is the only court that Dougald
appears in for Charles. We know that the
docket will be handled in a capable
manner with Clark at the helm.
Joe B. Chandler, Jr. assistant
prosecutor for the court district was in
town last Saturday putting out feelers
about opposing Judge George Stuhl. We
didn't see Attorney Chandler but an
announcement was received by this paper
Tuesday that he would not run forjudge,
but would continue to prosecute the
criminal docket and also to take Interest
in the political affairs of the Democratic
The announcement by H. Clifton Blue,
Hoke native, that he would oppose Voit
Glhnore in the Democratic primary for
8th District Congressman nominee should
be a knockdown and drag out affair. It
should be a clean race with no name
calling, for the winner has his work cut
out for him against Republican
Congressman Earl Ruth.
The picture in this week's issue whi<
shows trash about to cover up a "h
Dumping" sign has been causing gre
concern to citizens in the county,
seems people will take trash out of tov
and dump it on a farm withoi
permission. This not only is a sight fi
sore eyes but the person that owns tl
land must pay for liaving the trai
We don't know what the leg
proceedings would be in a case like thi
but something should be done to prote
county landowners. Also the problem <
what to do with trssli is something tli
some study should be put to by our tov
and county commissioners.
No Hungry Children
In Hoke County School
Hoke County is feeding its hungry
school children. Superintendent of
Schools Donald D. Abernethy said this
week in commenting on a survey taker,
recently by the state school foods service
which showed 42,000 North Carolina
school children go hungry at lunch.
"We think we are getting lunches for
every child who needs one," he said.
A questionaire is sent to parents or
other persons qualified to give the
information to establish a need for free
lunches, he explained. If there are any
See HUNGRY. Paoe 11
John Luther Wood,
Dies Monday; Buried Wed.
Funeral aervicet Tor John Lutlrer
Wood, 89, who died Monday, were held
Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in
Retford by the Rev. John Glenn and Rev.
Jack Manisfkeld. Burial was in Raeford
He was born March 17, 1880 in Surry
County. He had made his home in
Raeford for the past 28 years and was
owner and operator of Wood Furniture
Store until hit retirement in I960.
Ha was the husband of the late Leatlia
Brtas Wood. Surviving him are three
dMgnters, Mrs. Rena W. Smith and Mrs.
?rigga W. Burnett, both of Raeford. and
Mrs. Betty Jo Johnson of Fayetteville:
two tone. Kermit L. Wood and Glenn W.
Wood, both of Raeford: one sister, Mrs.
Flora Brt^s of High Point: one brother.
J. Grover Wood of Dobton; 19
grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were his grandsons: Kermit
L Wood. Jr.. Mike Wood: Roy Wood: Bill
Wood; Bud Wood; Larry Johnson and Jim
Former State Senator Seavy Carroll
announced his candidacy this week for
the Democratic nomination to a District
Court judgeship, opposing Judge George
Stuhl, who has also announced for
Carroll's announcement clarified the
state election law concerning District
Court judgeships. Alex Brock, chairman
of the State Board of Elections, has ruled
that judgeship candidates must run as if
seeking numbered seats.
"Each candidate, including incumbent
judges, must announce their candidacy."
Brock said. "An incumbent judge may
run to succeed himself or run against
When the District Court system was
first established in the Cumberland ?
Hoke County district, all judges ran as at ?
All four District judges have
announced their candidacy. Stuhl will be
running for his first full term as he was
appointed to fill the vacancy of Judge
Coy Brewer when Brewer was appointed
a Superior Court Judge. The other three
judges, Derb Carter, D.B. Herring and
Joseph Dupree, are seeking their second
Carroll has been a missionary in
Rhodesia for the United Methodist
Church. He said recently that he did not
want to return to the African country
because of the lack of high quality
education there for his five children.
He wu a recorder's court solicitor in
Cumberland County from 1948 ? 52; a
recorder's court judge, 1952 ? 56 and
state senator from 1957 ? 59.
He is a native of Cumberland County,
and a graduate of Wake Forest University
and the Wake Forest Law School.
T. C. Jones, chairman of the county
board of commissioners, filed Saturday
A retired Hoke County School teacher
and farmer, he has served for the past six
years on the board of commissioners.
Jones is a graduate of High Point
College and has lived in Hoke County for
tire last 18 years.
He was instrumental in organizing the
first volunteer fire department in Hoke
County and has since helped form all the
rural fire departments in the county.
He is chairman of the administrative
board of Sandy Grove Methodist Church
and teaches the men's Bible class there.
"I have enjoyed my work as a county
commissioner," Jones said in announcing
"I find it to be a rewarding experience;
I enjoy working with people and getting
to know people.
"I am grateful to the people of Hoke
County who have given me the
opportunity to serve on the board and I
will deeply appreciate their votes aaain."
JOHN t.UTHhR WOOT)
Hoke Health Building
Needs To Be Expanded
WAITING PA TIENTL Y ... to see a dnftor at the Public Health Center's well-baby clinic.
Raeford's new sewer system is 90.6 per
cent completed, city manager John D.
Gaddy was informed this week in a letter
from the general contractor, Moore,
Garner and Associates of Asheboro.
Gaddy said he expects the sewer to be
in operation by April.
The sale of city license plates is lagging,
he said, with 1005 sold Tuesday from an
expected total of 1250 to be sold. The
penalty for not having a 1970 city tag
after Feb 16 is S5 plus the tag fee.
Gaddy also said that the parking
ordinance that prohibits parking with the
left side of the car next to the curb will
be enforced, but the city will give drivers
a short time to adjust before strict
"We have no choice but the enforce
the law as long as it's on the books, but
right now, when a policeman sees a car
parked facing the wrong way, he tries to
see the driver and explain the ordinance
to hint," Gaddy said.
Rustlers Get Hogs
In Monday Theft
Twenty ? two hogs were stolen Monday
night from Raeford Livestock, Inc.,
located near Antioch, Hoke Sheriff D.M.
Barrington reported this week.
They were valued at SI,300, he said.
Last week more than 15 Hereford and
Angus cattle, valued at S3,500, were
reported stolen from the farm of Earl
Hendrix in the Bowmore section of Hoke.
The two thefts are still being
investigated. Sheriff Barrington said.
County Replies To
State Plans Board
Hoke County Commissioners, in a
reply to the State Planning Board, have
asked to be included in Planning District
9 for medical programs and in Planning
District 10 for economic programs, board
chairman T.C. Jones said Tuesday.
Counties were required to submit
suggestions and requests for changes in
districting to the state by Feb. 16.
District 9, in which Hoke has been
placed, includes Moore County. Hoke
County residents use many of the medical
facilities located in Moore County and
the two counties liave entered a
comprehensive medical planning program
However, Hoke is ahv allied with
counties now placed in District 10 for
economic development through the
Southeastern Economic Development
The county hopes to be able to stay in
programs included in both planning
districts, Jones said.
I FINALIST - John Mike Davis fleft) and David Lent, seniors at Hoke High, are finalists J
| in the National Merit Scholarship A wards. j
Two Hoke High Seniors National
Merit Scholarship A wards F inalists
Two Hoke High seniors are finalists in
the National Merit Scholarships Awards, a
goal reached by only one half of one per
cent of the graduating high school seniors
in the nation.
John Mike Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Davis, Jr., of E. Prospect Ave., and
David R. Lent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Lent of College Drive, were notified this
week that they are finalists in the
competition for the SI,000 a year
scholarships. A total of 2800 merit
scholarships will be awarded this year to
college - bound seniors across the nation.
The final selections will be announced in
Davis is planning to enter North
Carolina State University this fall to
major in aerospace engineering.
At Hoke, he is vice ? president of the
senior class, treasurer of the Beta Club,
president of the Chess Club, and a
member of the school annual staff, the
Pep Club and Future Teachers of
Lent said he had not decided definitely
which college he will attend, however he
is considering the University of North
Carolina. He plans to major in
mathematics. He is president of the Beta
Club at Hoke, president of the French
School lunch pricei for the fim five
Eadet were increued a nickle beginning
The riae in the cott of labor effective
Feb. 1 and the continuing riling food
cotti were reipontible for the increaie
from 2S centi to 30 centi for the plate
lunch, ichool tuperintendent Donald D.
"We have tried to keep food pricei jutt
at low at poiiible and I think we have
loccaeued but increaaed cotti of food and
labor have finally made a lunch price
increaae neceuary," he laid.
Pricei for lunchet in gradei 6 through
12 will not be affected by the change.
Club, vice - president of the Chess Club, a
member of the Student Council, the
Science Club and Future Teachers of
Last summer he attended the
Governor's School, a seminar for honor
students held each year at Salem College.
He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys
The County Health Department,
located in a building constructed 14 years
ago, in running out of room for patients.
The reception room scats twenty
people but health department personnel
estimate that an average of 2S to 3S
patients are seen at each of the clinics. At
the well ? bab> clinic, for example, this
often crowds tw ice that many people into
the small waiting area.
Last week 153 patients were seen at
the health center. Parents and others who
accompany patients increase the actual
number of people accommodated by the
There are three small cubicles used as
treatment facilities. During some clinics,
office space is used also for treatment
The building was constructed in 1956
at a cost of 532,355. Federal, state and
county funds were used to build and
equip it with Hoke County paying a total
of 58,821. *'? for construction and
equipment. 5 e and federal funds paid
524,258.64 fo> building and 52,498.06
However, the demand for services has
increased since the center was built. Well ?
baby clinics arc held four times a month
and maternal and family planning clinics
are held every Friday.
In addition, an X-ray clinic in
connection with TB control is held 3
times monthly; and eye clinic sponsored
by the Blind Commission is conducted
quarterly and a general clinic is held
weekly to see referrals front doctors, the
social services department, the school
nurse and to issue health cards and give
The mental health clinic, the alcoholic
rehabilitation program and the mental
rehabilitation program, all staffed by
workers from the Sandhills Mental Health
Center, use space in the county Itealth
Three public health nurses, Mrs.
Frances J. Parks, Mrs. Flora Alice
Crowder and Mrs. Ceraldine McLamb,
and an office staff of Mrs. Leonor Evers,
secretary and Mrs. Jessie Hubbard,
assistant, staff the center. The county dog
warden, Archie Clark and the county
sanitarian, M.R. Mills, are also staff
members of the health center and have
The state pays the salary for one of the
public health nurses.
The county has been without a health
director for more than 2 years since Dr.
H.H. McLean left to become District
Public Health Officer.
Doctors for the clinics come from
Laurinburg and Greensboro. Drs. D.C.
Breedcn, William Purcell and Thomas C.
Vinson, of Laurinburg, sec the pediatric
patients Drs Benjamin Tatum and
Murdoch McKeithan of Laurinburg and
Dr. Marion H. Bertling of Greensboro sec
the maternity patients
Mrs. lola G. King, bdward A.
McCarthy, and Julian Sessonis, fror.r
Sandhills Mental Health Center, staff the
mental health programs.
"Without a health director, we are
extremely fortunate that we can get the
professional help that we do for the
See BUILDING. Page 11
F.F. McPhaul Thurs.;
Funeral Friday At Antioch
Funeral services for Fletcher Franklin
McPhaul, 81, were held Friday in Antioch
Presbyterian Church, of which he was a
member, by the Rev. Ben Ferguson.
Burial was in the church cemetery
He was a retired farmer and
lumberman who owned farms in
Allendale and Antioch townships
He was born Oct. 9, 1888, the son of
Hugh Washington McPhaul and Margaret
Ann Biggs McPhaul. The house in which
he was corn and raised was granted by
the North Carolina General Assembly in
1789 to the male heirs of his ancestor,
Capt. Neill McPhaul.
McPhaul was active in politics and
served on the Hoke County Board of
Commissioners from 1930 until 1935
when he resigned. He was chairman of the
board during the time he served.
He and his wife, the former Mary C.
Thrower of Robeson County,celebrated
their Golden Wedding Anniversary in
McPhaul, who had been in declining
health for the past five or six years, died
Thursday at Scotland Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Julian H. Wright and Mrs. Sarah M.
McNeill, both of Raeford; two sons,
Fletcher C. McPhaul of Red Springs and
John W. McPhaul of Raeford; two sisters,
Mrs. E. Evaline Walters of Raefoid and
j. y. mcPHaui.
Mrs. Sallic M Miller of Hendertonvillc; IS
grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearer* were J. Hugh Wright,
Robert A. Wright Thoma? F. Wright,
William Fletcher Wright. F. C. McPhaul,
Jr.. John William McPhaul, Jaima
Franklin McPhaul and John Watmn