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VOLUME LXV NUMBER 46 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1970
BY SAM MORRIS
We have received some calls concerning
the phone call Paul received from Rome,
Italy. The best lead it that it was for a
doctor at the Sanatorium. There is a
doctor from India at McCain whose
name sounds somewhat like the name
mentioned in this column. We appreciate
everyone who tried to aid us in the
The annual Bar-B-Q feed put on by the
Hoke High School Key Club will be held
Thursday night April 9th at the W.T.
Gibson SchooTtafeteria. Eugene Monroe,
club president, states that tickets can be
purchased from any Key Club member.
The proceeds go to the club's project
fund. So mark the date on your calendar
and help the boys with their civic
The program last week at the Raeford
Kiwanis Club was put on by students
from Upchurch Junior High on 'Drug
Abuse'. It was very interesting and well
received by the Kiwanians. The thing that
impressed me most was that the program
on drugs being taught at the school will
bring to the students all sides of the
subject. Most of the time we try to hide
things from kids rather than show them
all sides of a problem. Educate them on
problems and most times the kids will
find the solution to our problems.
The picture on page 3 of this issue was
brought into the office by Robert Gatlin
and shows an appraisal group at work
during 1919 when the government took
over 92,000 acres in Hoke County for the
Ft. Bragg reservation. The picture was of
interest to me because my grandparents
on my mother's side came to Raeford
from this portion of the county. We
know that many other families who have
relatives surviving here also came out of
The picture was taken in 1919, but the
best we can find out is that the last
families moved out of the reservation
during 1923.1 can remember going to my
grandfather's home, so this date is very
Four of the men named in the picuti
were from the county and we wi
connect them with their relatives. B.F
Gatlin, chairman, is the grandfather t
H.L., Robert, and Marion Gatlin and Mr
Neil Senter. He lived in the house noi
standing at the comer of Stewart Stre<
and Central Avenue. WJ?. Lester is th
father of L.M. Lester and the grandfathc
of T.B. Lester and Billy Lester. He live
in a home, now torn down, where Jir
Williamson now lives. A.B. McFadyen i
the father of Mrs. Chandler Roberts an
came to Raeford from the Longstree
Church section of the reservation. Ji
lived at the corner of Stewart St. an<
Elwood Avenue. The other man is Hecto
Smith, surveyor, who was from Littl
River Township on the other side of th
reservation. He, with J.W. McLauchlin
planned and layed out the Town o
Some of the families now in Raefort
that moved here from the reservation are
Blue, Cameron, McKeithan, McFady^cn
Culbreth, Monroe, McVicker, Gillis, anc
McLeod. This names some that I recall
Others moved to Southern Pines
Aberdeen and other nearby towns.
The reservation was agalrv before Hoke
citizens in 1952 ? 53. The Army wanted
more land to place a corridor across the
county. Hard work by the late Harry
Greene, Crawford Thomas, and N.H.G.
Balfour, along with Robert Gatlin, J.L.
McNeill, Paul Dickson, R.B. Lewis and
others, along with the help of the late
Senator Willis Smith and Congressman
C.B. Deane slopped the annexation of the
corridor. We hope that this will end the
taking of Hoke County land, but we will
say that the citizens were together 100%
to halt the Army's effort.
If anyone can add to the 1919 . 1923
version, please let us hear from you.
The Rockfish Fire Department
sponsoring a fish fry at the Rockfish f
station all day Saturday. April 4. P1a
will be served during the middle of |
day and in the evening. You are invited
come and help in a good cause.
Blue Replaces McNair
On Jury Commission
Henry Lee Blue wet iwom to the Jury
ccmminiun Monday to replace I very
McNair, who rciigned to accept an
appointment to the ABC board.
Blue was appointed to the commit*ton
by Superior Court Judge Maurice
Other member* of the cotnmMon are
Ail. Mcfhaul, chairman, and Jamet G.
The oathjvae adtnialetcrvd by clerk of
SEE THE EASTER EGG, DUCK? - Klmberly Ann McNeill, 2-yeawld daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth McNeill, gets ready for Easter with a practice iession of Easter egg
hunting. Many Raeford youngsters will be waiting Sunday morning to search for the
colored eggs hidden among the Spring flowers in yards all over town.
Seven New Candidates
Beat Filing Deadline
-Seven candidates for the county
contmision, coroner, and the board of
education beat the filing deadline last
Friday and announced for election,
subject to the Democratic primary May 2.
Neill W. McPhatter and G. A. Robinson
filed for the county commission: James
C. "Jim" Lentz filed for coroner and Roy
D. Jackson, Mrs. Viola K. Davis. W. T.
McAllister and McKinely Maynor filed for
the board of education.
Neill McPhatter, a masonry contractor,
is a lifelong resident of Hoke County. He
graduated from Upchureh High School
and attended Sandhills Community
College. On Sundays, he is pastor of the
St. Andrews Holiness Church. He is
married to the former Arty Mae Carthens
and they have four children.
G. A. Robinson, a school teacher in
Richmond County, has lived in Hoke
County for the past 15 years. He is a
member of the East Freedom Lodge, the
Ouda Temple Shriners and Piuey Grove
Baptist Church. He is married to Mabel L.
James C. "Jim" Lentz is a native of
Hoke County and was coroner here for
several terms during the 40's and 50's. He
is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College
and of Eckels College of Mortuary
Science in Philadelphia." He is a licensed
funeral director and embalmer and has
owned and operated Lentz Mortuary for
the past 23 years.
He is a member of the Presbyterian
Church and is a Mason. He is married to
the former LaRuc Brcnsnn of Bladen
County and they have one child.
Mrs. Viola K. Davis, a native of Hoke
County, is a nurse at McCain Sanatorium.
She is a graduate of Upchurch High
School and of Kate Bitting Memorial
Hospital Nursing School in Winston ?
Salem. She is a member of Aveiy's
Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Formerly Viola Kearns, she is married to
Ben Davis, who is the food service
supervisor at McCain. They have three
Roy D. Jackson, age 37, has lived in
Hoke County for the past 4 years, and is
woodyard manager at Timbcrland for
South Carolina Industries, Inc. He was
born and raised in Haywood County and
graduated from Clyde High School. He is
married to Shirley Norris Jackson and
they have four children, all in Hoke
County schools. He is a member of the
First Baptist Church, the VFW, the
Woodmen of the World and the American
W. T. McAllister, a native of Hoke, is
the accounts receivable clerk at McCain
Sanatorium. He is a graduate of Peter's
Business School in Washington, D. C. and
attended North Carolina State University.
He is married to Mary Grace McAllister
and they have five children. He is a
deacon in Piney Grove Baptist Church
and has served as president of local,
county and district PTA
With the deadline for state and county
offices passed, the Democratic ticket
looks like this:
Charles G. Rose, Fayetteville attorney,
will oppose Congressman Alton A.
Lennon for the House of Representatives.
Candidates for the State Senate are N.
See CANDIUATLS. Page 11
Blood Drive Success;
114 Pints Collected
Donors gave 114 pints of blood at the
Bloodmobile collection March 18, enough
to keep blood at area hospitals for Hoke
County residents until the next collection
"We had hoped to have 100 - 125 pints
donated and we got 114 so we are very
pleased with the drive this time," Clyde
Upchurch, chairman of the Bloodmobile
operation in the county said.
There were 127 persons who came to
donate blood last Wednesday but 13 were
turned down for medical reasons, he said
Burlington Industries had the highest
turnout of employees to donate,
Upchurch said. Tex - Lastic and McCain
workers, which Included employees at the
Sanatorium, the prison department and
the staff of the training school, also had a
large number of donors.
The biggest disappointment of the
drive was the lack of response from
people not connected with an industry.
Only nine people who were not tptoloved
at an industry, the turkey farm an
institution donated blood, Upchurch said.
"If it wasn't for the industries here. I
don't know what we would do," he sa.d.
The Bloodmobile staff from Charlotte
was very complimentary of the volunteers
who staffed the center, he said. Mrs.
Betty Barnhart and Mrs. Neill A.
McDonald were in charge of the volunteer
staff. Doctors from McCain and nurses
from the area provided the j>rofessional
at&iafanre Mr* Mnhnnald ,
Woman's Club Horse Show
Saturday At Stanton Stables
The entries are in; the grounds aie
ready; the tents are up and last minute
details are being attended to by the
committees of the Raeford Woman's Club
in final preparation for the sixth annual
horae show this Saturday at Stanton
The show will begin at 9 a.m. with two
rings. The Quarter Horses will hoM a
complete American Quarter Horse
Association ? approved show in ring two
beginning at 9 and ending in mid ?
afternoon. After that, ring two will be
used for the working hunter class and the
Cash, trophies and ribbons will be
awarded to the winners. There will be
ninety ? six classes -29 in the Quarter
Horse show and 67 in the English and
Mrs. J. M. Andrews is chairman of the
show for the third straight year.
Mrs. John Balfour, president of the
Raeford Woman's Club, expressed
gratitude for the help the club has
received from the community in staging
The classes to be shown are
Sm HORSE SHOW, ftp 10
Hoke Merchants Warned
Judge Dupree Says Court^
Won't Collect Bad Checks
Drug Abuse Meeting Monday
At Raeiord Elementary School
A program on drug abuse, sponsored
by the Home Extension Clubs and the
County Minister's Association, will be
presented April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Raeford
Ed McCarthy, counselor at Sandhills
Mental Health Center, will give a talk on
drugs. A question and answer session with
Mrs. Rosa Brown, guidance counselor at
Hoke High School; Dr. Robert Townsend;
the Rev. Tom Walker, pastor of Piney
Grove Baptist Church and Walter Coley,
Raeford pharmacist, will follow.
A color film, "LSD-- Insight or
Insanity", will also be shown.
Allan Smythe, Presbyterian minister,
discussed the problem with drugs:
"What makes teenagers do crazy things
like smoking pot? Questions like this
often reveal parents' uneasiness about our
youth. On the other hand, we hear our
young men and women say, 'Well there's
nothing for us to do around here.' The
truth is, that in former generations, many
youth did have more vital roles in their
teen years -? helping raise the food and
feed the livestock and carc for younger
children in the home. The decline of
cooperative family living and the rapid
development of a separate youth world of
language, ideas and values lies behind
much of our tension between the
generations today. If we were not unsure
what our children think and feel, the
issue of drugs would not be so
emotionally charged. The drug issue is a
sort of red flag warning of a lack of
communication and trust between
generations in our country today." he
"We have been very fortunate in Hoke
County not to have a major problem with
actual drug abuse -- other than alcohol,
which costs more in money and lives than
all other drugs combined," Smythe said.
"Our schools are doing a splendid job
of factual teaching on the subject of drug
abuse. We anticipate that our youth
themselves will take the lead in keeping a
constructive attitude toward illegal drugs,
as dangerous and unnecessary escapes
from the problems and opportunities of
"However, parents need to be at least
as informed on the subject as our youth
are. Marijuana 'pep pills', heroin, glue
sniffing - these ana other drugs are being
discussed at many meetings in the county
currently. Accurate facts about the drug
abuse problem can be a strong guard
against needless hysteria, and at the same
time, are necessary information for a
concerned parent in today's world."
Court Docket Set
For Civil Session
The docket for the April 6 session of
District Civil Court was announced this
week from the office of the Clerk of
Courts. Judge D.B. Herring, Jr., will
preside at the session.
For motion are: Doris S. Rindfusz vs.
Edwin L. Rindfusz and Woodrow Wilson
and wife Annie J Wilson vs. Elvinia
For divorce are: Pauline McRae Wilson
vs. Willie Henry Wilson, Nellie Margaret
West vs. William James West; Belva Gayle
Altman Wright vs. David Harold Wright
and Geraldine Smith English vs. James G.
None of the cases will be heard by a
Five Teenagers Arrested
For Numerous Break-ins
hour teenagers were arrested over the
weekend in Cumberland County in
connection with the recent break - ins in
Raeford, Police Chief L.W. Stanton said.
A fifth teenager was arrested Tuesday
and charged with receiving stolen goods.
A 14 - year ? old was turned over to
juvenile authorities in Cumberland
County, Stanton said. The other youths,
all 17 - years ? old, arc being held on
They are Gary Williams, Fred Dwinells
and Howard Allen Headden, all of
Cumberland County. Two are in jail in
Fayetteville and one is in Hoke County
Joseph M. Davis, 17, of Fayetteville
was charged with receiving stolen goods
and is being held under $300 bond.
Chief Stanton said the arrests were
made Friday after the chief of the
detective department in Cumberland
County, Maj. Kiser, called the Raeford
police to pick up one of the guns taken in
Assistant Police Chief Sam Motley and
Chief Stanton went to Faycttevillc and,
assisted by Cumberland detectives N.A.
Monroe and Sgt. Poole, recovered about
S500 worth of goods that had been taken
and arrested the four suspects.
About $150 in cash was not recovered.
Chief Stanton said.
The break ? ins occurred on Saturday
of Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7. Right
homes were entered and goods were
taken from five houses.
The three 17 - ycai - olds aic charged
with breaking and entering and larceny. A
hearing is set in Hoke County District
Court on April 10. Chief Stanton said.
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"This eourl will not be used as a
collection agency," Judge Joseph Duprce
told two Hoke County merchants, serving
notice that worthless checks would no
longer be collected in District Court.
Judge Dupree told Bobby Locklear and
Billy Parks in District Court Friday that
he would not order any more checks paid
that are brought to court by them.
"It is the intent of this court to protect
the local business establishments in this
jurisdiction as best I can, but at the same
time it is apparent that we have a few
businesses in this jurisdiction who are
using this court as a collection agency,"
Judge Dupree said.
"Parks, I don't say you come in this
category, but I do say this, you have a
unusually large number of worthless
checks. I suggest you get a phone and call
the banks to see if John Doe has enough
money to cover the check before you
take it. From now on, if the defendant is
found guilty, I'm going to tax him with
cost of court and fines, but you are going
to collect your check by civil means," he
"You might take a lesson from some of
the merchants who don't have all these
cases." Judge Dupree said.
This was the second week of a
crackdown by Dupree against excessive
numbers of worthless check charges on
the court docket.
Last Friday worthless check cases
made up 22 per cent of the docket,
outnumbering all other kinds of cases.
The number and percentage of worthless
check cases will vary, however, from
week to week. However, E. E. Smith,
clerk of the court, said that there were
rarely less than eight or ten cases on a
On Maich 13, charges totaling $703.19
1 were on the court docket. Six of the
cases, totaling $183.42, were brought by
Ten cases totaling $275.50, were slated
for trial last Friday. Many of them were
continued to another court session,
Two weeks ago, Judge Dupree refused
to collect a $2.08 check to Bobby
Lockler, fining the defendant James
Sanders for cost of court only. James E.
Henegan was sentenced to 90 days in jail
for issuing worthless checks at the same
Judgment records kept by the clerk of
court's office on payments of worthless
check through the clerks office since July
1, 1969 show almost 100 different people
or businesses have been paid for worthless
checks through the court.
Most of these have brought only one or
two worthless check charges. Only ten are
recorded as being paid through the court
for five or more checks Bobby Locklear
is recorded as receiving only 3 payments
since July 1.
Of the ten, Walter Parks was paid
through the court for 26 checks; Robert
Harrell for 22: Lewis Lipscomb for 15;
Billy Parks for 14; Bernard Bray 12;
Raeford Medical Group 9; Thad Marks 9;
Leslie Irion 7; Donald Wood 6, and Mac
Bell Morrison 6.
Bad checks can be a problem to
merchants. Billy Parks, for example,
estimates that a large part of his bank
deposits each week are made up of
personal checks he has received.
R. B. Lewts at the Bank of Raeford
estimated that on some days the bank
returns from 35 to 50 checks, mostly for
"We are handling more bad checks
than we ever have before," he said.
'There are two kinds of bad check
writers; the mistakes and the repeaters."
Poor record keeping as when a husband
and wife both write on a joint account
without keeping track of the checks, is
the cause of most mistakes that result in a
check being returned for insufficient
funds, he said.
He blamed the court as being too
lenient with worthless check offenders
for the large number of persons who
repeatedly write worthless checks
He listed a number of causes other
than insufficient funds for returning
checks Some other reasons arc lack of
signature or incorrect signature; post
dated check; a check more than three
months old, or a check that is signed by
one person and has the amount filled in
The Racford merchants interviewed all
outlined the same procedure for
collecting bad checks. They first
contacted the check writer. Howell's
Drugs and McNeill's Grocery personell
said they usually wrote to the person
from whom they received the checit, told
them it had been returned and asked that
they come pay it.
Irvin Hubbard at Collins also would
write the check casher and allow a certain
number of days to pay the check. Then
he would take out a warrant if the check
was not paid.
One merchant said he would
sometimes tend the check baok to the
See BAD CHECKS. Km tl