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The Hoke County News- Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXV NUMBER 43 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY. MARCH 5, 1970
BY SAM MORRIS
The filing deadline for the May
primary is noon Friday March 20. We
don't know what is going to happen in
Raleigh next year, but as of Monday,
March 2, 10 had filed in Hoke, Robeson
and Scotland Counties for the House of
Representatives. Some folks in this
county are saying it is because of the pay
raise, but others are saying that certain
people have axes to grind. We don't
know, but the ballot will be long if
candidates continue to file.
Joe Dupree, district court judge for
Cumberland and Hoke, is all smiles these
days. He doesn't have any opposition in
the primary or the general election.
Congratulations Joe, and keep up the
The defeat of the bond issue in Moore
County by an overwhelming margin gives
further proof that people are against
higher taxes. The issue was for services at
Sandhills Community College of which
Hoke County has many students. If this
school continues to operate in the future
funds must be found to help with the
upkeep of the school.
The annual Democrat fund raising
dinner will be held in Raleigh Saturday
night. It is the Jefferson ? Jackson Day
feed and the plates are SSO each. The
speaker will be Sen. Bibb and if you
haven't purchased your ticket, see me
A letter from Mrs. N.J. Ritier of Route
3, Fayetteville follows:
"I read and enjoy your paper regularly.
I have noticed two unusual sentences in
'Just One Thing After Another' lately.
"I have one: As I came through Arkansas
I saw a saw saw that can outsaw any
saw I ever saw saw. If you have a saw
that can outsaw the saw I saw saw as I
came through Arkansas. I'd like to see
your saw saw.
"Tell Puppy Creek Philosopher to
(>lease come up with a good idea for the
arge Coke bottles we are getting. Also
while he's making his research maybe he
can come up with the answer to why a
ladies slip sags and a gentleman's shirt
Thanks, Mrs. Ritter, for your letter and
if the Puppy Creek Philosopher can't
answer your questions, maybe some of
our good readers can.
WEEK FOR GIRL SCOUTS - Raeford Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr. proclaimed March 8 through March 14 as Girl Scout week and
asked for continued interest, cooperation and support for the Scouts from the citizens of Raeford as Susan McLean and Kristie
Frahm tfront row) and Linda Handon and Josephine McCov /rearI look on
County Commissioners Hear
Law Enforcement Official
The recently - hired director of the
Law and Order Committee for Hoke,
Cumberland, Lee and Harnett counties
appeared before the Hoke County Board
of Commissioners Monday morning to
discuss programs available to aid law
enforcement in the county.
Henry Avants, a retired Army major
who lives in Fayetteville, described the
function of his committee, which was
established under the Ominibus Crime
and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to help
channel federal aid to local law
There will be S6 million available to
local governments in North Carolina this
year to help improve law enforcement, he
said. Avants outlined some of the
programs for which funds will be
available. However, under the program,
the local agencies must provide matching
funds or services in varying amoun_, he
Jim Fout, director of the Sandhills
Community Action Program, requested
SI,500 from the county for the Senior
Citizen program for fiscal year 1971. He
explained that the program had been
funded by federal funds for the past three
years at a cost of SI 2,000 a year for the
four counties in SCAP. Now the federal
government will only pay half the cost
for next year and each county is being
requested to provide an equal share of the
Miss Josephine Hall, coordinator of the
Senior Citizen program in Hoke
demonstrated a quilt and a bed pillow
made by the members of the Cameron
Heights club. There are three clubs now
in operation and three more are planned,
she said. In addition, Miss Hall visits older
residents of Hoke who are not able to
attend the meetings, she told
The commissioners approved a
resolution to sign a petition requesting
the state planning board to put Hoke
World Day Of Prayer To Be Held Friday
A World Day of Prayer will be held
March 6 with services at 2 p. m. at the
Presbyterian Church. The program will be
given by the Women of the Baptist
The day of prayer is sponsored by the
women of the Raeford Baptist,
Presbyterian and Methodist Churches.
The public is invited to participate.
School Board, Coroner,
Clerk Seek Reelection
Seven incumbents filed for re-election
this week, with tlie filing deadline still
two weeks away.
F..K. Smith announced his candidacy
for Clerk of Superior Court and Frank
Crumplci filed again for Coroner. All five
incumbents on the Board of Education
announced llieir candidacy for positions
on the Board. They are: Dr. Riley M.
Jordan, W.L. Howell, A. Wilton Wood,
Jr., Bobby Gibson, and D.R. Huff, Jr.
Smith lias been Clerk of Superior
Court since 1962. A native of Fairmont,
he lias lived in Raeford since 1922.
Married with two children, Smith is a
member of Raeford Methodist Church
and of the Raeford Masonic Lodge.
Crumpler has served as Coroner since
I960, six months after lie opened a
funeral home in Raeford. He is a licensed
funeral director and embalmcr. He is a
member of the Raeford Baptist Church,
the Kiwanis Club, a Mason. Woodman
Congressman Alton Lennon's office
announced today that the congressman
has been hospitalized with a pneumonia
virus for the past several days.
Mr. Lennon had planned to travel
extensively in the Seventh District
beginning last Thursday.
From his hospital room the
congressman stated: "I am extremely
disappointed that this virus lias
temporarily postponed some of my
planned visits in North Carolina. I expect
to be released from the Itospital in a few
days, and I k?ok forward to meeting my
commitments and seeing many of my
friends very soon."
A. Wilton Wood was born in th<
Roekfisli community and is a lift
insurance agent. He was formerly wit!
the Bank of Racford. Wood is marriet
and has four children.
Bobby Gibson, a life long resident ol
the Antioch community, is a farmei
and volunteer fire man. Originally fron
Clinton, he is married to the forme
Dayne Capps of Rockfish. They havi
Crumpler is opposed for the coroner'!
post by tlie Rev. Donald Ned Hicks
pastor of the Joe Hilton Hicks Mcmoria
Bible Chapel in western Hoke County.
D.R. Huff, Jr., a farmer in the Ashlej
Heights section of Hoke, is presently
chairman of tire Board of Education. He
is a life ? long resident of the county.
there. He is married and has three
Dr. Riley M. Jordan, Raeford
physician, is a native of Hoke County. He
graduated from Wake Forest University
and tiie Bowman Grey School of
Medicine. He is a member of the board of
trustees of Wake Forest and is a member
of the Raeford Baptist Church.
W.L. Howell, owner of Howell's Drug
Store, is a native of Ellerbe who has lived
in Raeford since 1947. He graduated
from Davidson College in 1940 with a BS
in political science and from the
University of Georgia in 1943 with a BS
in pharmacy. He is chairman of the
Raeford Planning Board and a member of
the board of directors of the Bank of
Raeford. Howell is married and Itas 5
An hultrect Htav To View The Eclipse
County in District 10 and to allow the
county to remain in the Southeastern
Economic Development Commission.
They also passed a resolution
approving the assessment ratio of 65 per
cent for all real and personal property.
State laws require the annual adoption of
a uniform percentage for appraisal.
Budget hearings were set for March 24
and the Board of Equilization and Review
Hearings were set for April 6.
A starting bid for the sale of the Belle
McPhatter property was set at SI375 by
A contract for a bookmobile for the*
County Library was awarded to Hoke
Auto Company for a low bid of
S9.001.59 as the total delivery price on
the vehicle. Raelord Auto Company
submitted a bid of $9,891.60, excluding
state sales tax.
Sheriff D.M. Barrington appeared
before the board to request a salary
increase for sheriff's department
employees for the next year. Present
salaries range from a high of S8.020 for
the sheriff to a low of $3,800 for one of
the deputies. This is below the level of
other North Carolina counties of similar
size. Sheriff Barrington said. He proposed
increases ranging from S265 to 51,180 to
raise the minimum to S4J00 and the
maximum to S9.200.
Sheriffs employees do not get paid for
the holidays and off days they work or
for any overtime, he pointed oi ls
Another meeting to discuss law
enforcement salaries was set for
Wednesday afternoon, by Commission
Chairman T.C. Jones.
The purchase of an adding machine for
the assistant tax supervisor was approved
and expenses for a trip to Asheboro for
Betty McFadyen to attend a meeting on
March 3 on retirement matters was also
The commission also discussed plans to
attend a conference on solid waste
disposal to be held in Raleigh March 11.
An invitation was issued to the city
government for a representative to attend
The board also heard reports from the
tax collector, and the farm and home
Dr. Robert Townsend, Phil Diehl.
William R. Windley and J.H. Autsin were
reappointed to the Southeastern
Economic Development Commission.
Purse F ound
A car was taken from East Elwood
Street last Thurrday morning after the
driver left it parked with tire car keys and
her purse inside.
The purse, belonging to Mrs. Nellie
Wilkes. Rt. I. Raeford. contained several
bonds and otlier valuables, Chief of Police
L.W. Stanton said
It was found on tlie side of U.S. 401
Thursday afternoon by the driver of an
express truck, Malcome Hobbs of
Fayetteville, and returned to Chief
Stanton Thursday night. The bonds and
valuables were still in the purse.
The auto, a 1969 red Mercury Cougar
with license number EH-9187 has not
been recovered, Chief Stanton said.
Two Cars Stolen,
Wrecked Last Week
Two wrecks involving two stolen cars
occurred Friday morning on Highway
A car stolen from Fayetteville about
1:30 a.m. was found abandoned near
Gore's grocery on US 401 where it had
run onto the center island at an
intersection of the highway.
The car which was believed to have
been taken by two men was recovered by
Highway Patrolmen about 6 a. m. Friday
Another stolen car was involved in a
wreck which occurred about 5 a. m.
Friday in front of the Big Star truck stop.
A 1963 Ford, which Highway
Patrolman Kenneth Weston said had been
stolen earlier that morning from Johnny
Holland, pulled from the truck stop onto
U.S. 401 and into the path of a
Thunderbird driven by Ray Cooper of
The driver of the stolen car ami a
passenger in the car with him fled
following the accident.
Damages were estimated by Officer
Weston at S500 to the Thunderbird and
S450 to the Ford.
Henry G. Monroe, 36, of Duffy's
Station was found slain beside the road
neat the home of Sydney Townsend on
Old Maxton Road Sunday morning, Hoke
County Sheriff D. M. Harrington said.
He had been shot, stabbed, beaten and
lus clothes had been ripped off, the
Three persons are being held without
bond on murder clrargcs. Tltey are
Sydney Townsend, Rt. 3, Red Springs;
Donnell McMillran, Red Springs; and
Pauline Galbreth, Red Springs. They are
also cltarged with assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill. Mrs. Geneva
Townsend, wife of one of the defendants,
received a broken jaw.
Coroner Frank Crumpler said an
autopsy showed Monroe died from a
blow with an instrument to the back of
The sheriff stated that from tlie
investigation, it appeared the slaying
occurred inside the Townsend home. The
body was found near the-shoulder of the
The murder was investigated by Sheriff
Barrington and deputies Alex Norton and
Monroe is survived by Itis wife, Helen
Ruth Monroe; a son; three daughters, his
father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Delton
Monroe; five sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at
Mount Zion Methodist Church in
Robeson County and burial will be in the
Mayor McNeill Proclaims
April As Clean-Up Month
Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr. proclaimed
April as Clean - Lip Month in Kaeford at a
meeting of the Raeford city
commissioners Monday night at city hall.
Miss Josephine Hall, representative of
the Governor's Commission on
Beautificalion, is coordinating activities
for the clean ? up campaign.
A tloor plan for an opeiations building
to be constructed at the airport was
approved at the meeting. A lease
agreement with Langdon Oil Company
has been signed by Langdon to provide
airplane fuel at the airport and the
agreement has been sent to the F.A.A. for
approval, city manager John Gaddy said.
Gaddy also said the city liad requested
an F.A.A. representative to come to
Raeford and help draw up the lease
between the city and Sergeant Gene
Thacker for use of the airport for
A proposal by A.K. Leach to fertilize
the land surrounding the airport was
turned down by the board in favor of
using city employees for the job.
Street lights were approved for Neill
McFadyen, Lamont Street trailor court;
Julian Wright, 211 and Covington Street;
Leo Edwards, Nivens Street ; I had Marks,
A fifth man has been charged with
larceny of cattle following investigations
by the sheriffs department of a series of
cattle and hog rustling in Hoke County.
Four others have already been arrested
in connection with two of the thel ts.
John Paul Jones was charged this week
with larceny of cattle in connection with
the theft Jan 16 of 10 - 15 cows from
the farm of Sam and Karl Hendrix in
Bowmore, Sheriff D.M. Barrington said.
James Jones. Shannon; Lock Greg Dial,
Shannon; Thomas Dial. Pembroke and
Freddie Revels. Jr.. Red Springs, have
also been charged with larceny of car tie
in the Jan. 16 theft
They were bound over to the grand
jury last Friday by District Court Judce
Joseph Dupree after they waived
preliminary hearings on charges of
larceny of hogs James Jones was arrested
Feb. I 7 and the others were arrested Feb
I1) for the theft of 35 hogs valued at
SI 260 from Raeford Livestock. Inc.. near
Antioch. The theft was reported to the
sheriff's office Feb. 1 7.
Two other thefts are still being
investigated. Sheriff Barrington said. The
Hendrjxs reported 10-20 cows stolen on
Feb. 17 and Raelord Livestock reported
an undetermined amount of feeder pigs
stolen Jan 13.
Bond was set for the five men at 52500
each. A hearing on the larceny of cattle
charges will be held in District Court on
College Drive and Ivcry MeNair,
Oak wood Street.
A request to annex two lots on College
Drive belonging to John MePhaul and
Billie Currie was deferred until a zoning
survey now in progress is completed.
The commissioners also voted to check
)n the possibility of canceling the
workman's compensation policy now
held with Greater American Insurance
Company and writing it with another
ximpany. They also approved writing the
^orth Carolina Insurance Commission.
A meeting was set with representatives
>f Moore - Gardner Associates March 9 to
liscuss prices on variable speed pumps
nd walkways at the Waste Treatment
The commissioners approved the
ollowing streets for resurfacing:
sdinborough from Bethel to Dixon;
idinborough from Magnolia to Main;
?lwood from Main to Stewart, blwood
rum Main to Magnolia and West Fifth
rum Green to Dixon.
City Attorney Palmer Willcox reported
hat Judge Dcrb Carter ruled Monday in
District Civil Court that the motion in the
siuse of condemnation proceedings for
Town of Racford vs. A.h. McGirt, ct al
nust be heard in Superior Court. A
tearing was then set for Tuesday before
udgc llobpuod. Willcox said.
The board also discussed a complaint
iv former Mayor U.K. McLean, about
cingcralor trucks parked near his home
chose motors on the refrigerator units
nterfcre with television reception at liis
On Niven Street
"I hrco houses on Niven Street were
entered over ilie weekend while the
owners were out ol town. Police Chief
L.W . Stanton said.
The homes belonged to Glenn
Langdon, Jr.. Jimmy Sessoms and Leo
l.dwards. The break ? ins were discovered
Sunday night when the owner's returned
home. Chief Stanton said.
A .22 automatic pistol and some
change were reported missing from the
Ldwards home and a .22 target pistol and
change were also taken from the Langdon
Some change from a small bank waa
stolen from the Sessoms house, Chief
Stanton said. Drawers had been ransacked
and the contents scattered in the three
houses, he said.
All three cases are still under
investigation and no arrests have been