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The Hoke County News- Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1901
VOLUME LXVI NUMBER 3 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY, MAY 28, 19701
New Poultry Processing Plant
Opened Near Lumber Bridge
FROM FARM TO TABLE - This is the main processing line where the chickens arc cleaned, the giblets processed and wrapped
and the whole ckicken inspected and given final processing before being packed bv weight in iced crates.
The Lumbee Farms poultry processin
plant opened in Lumber Bridge Thursda
with loO new employees and a planne
production rate of 0,000 chickens a
Only the plant manager, Ra
Holy tie Id. and the plant supervisor. Lew
Holder have ever worked in a poultr
processing plant, Peggy Thontpsot
HolyfieId's secretary who gave a guide
tour of the new plant, said.
Holyfield. who now lives with hi
family in Raeford. came to Lumbc
Farms from Salisbury. Md., where h
worked for a poultry processing plant.
Holder came to the new plant frot
The plant will process 6.000 chicken
an hour when the full productio
schedule planned for the present
reached. Mrs. Thompson said. The plan
has a capacity to process 12,000 chicken
Only whole. Grade A chickens ar
processed now, she said, but facilitic
have been built to process cut
chickens parts and to provide specif
order services such as chickens for th
fried chicken chain restaurants.
Lumbee Farms, which is just insid
Robeson County, is a large white buildin
set back from the Red Springs road ou
of Lumber Bridge.
Chickens arc trucked into the plant
crates and taken directly to the room
which they are killed by a machine an
hung into a conveyer line that takes ther
into a second section of the plant.
There they go through a scald in
machine and then to another muchin
where they arc sing^a. From tiiercrthc
go to r*c. ies of * ur plucking machine
from which they emerge plucked clean o
even the smallest pin ? feather. Severs
workers check them at this point to sc<
that all feathers arc removed. Any bat
chickens are also removed here.
The feet arc removed by a machin
that cuts right at the joint and th
chickens are hung on another convcye
line to travel to the main portion of th
In this part, they are cleaned,inspectec
several times again and the giblets ar
processed and packed to be stuffed intt
the chicken at the end of processing.
A federal inspector checks each birt
for signs of disease or contamination antj
orders the substandard parts or chicken)
discarded. The chickens arc also inspcctet
several more times by company
As the chickens are processed ant
given a final inspection, they then go intt
cooler vats to be chilled in succcssivi
tanks until they are below 40 degrees.
PACE 10 _
After they are chilled, they are agair
hung on conveyer lines to be stuffed wit!
the wrapped giblets, weighed and packet
hy weight into boxes where the carton
aic iced and sent to the cooling roon
until they are loaded into refrigeratet
trucks for shipping
Lumhce Farms does not pack any of
the chickens for sale, however, They arc
then sold to packers and will eventually
reach the food store with another brand
name on them. Mrs. Thompson said.
In the first week's operation, the plant
has not reached full 6,000 an hour
production, however the new employees
are working swiftly and smoothly, she
The plant will not be able to hire
workers for summer jobs this year, she
said, although they have had a number of
inquiries from students.
Lumbec Farms Co-Op Inc. is owned by
a group of five businessmen. They are
Tom Cameron of Raeford, Carl McDufTy
of Wake Farmers Co-Op in Raleigh, Jake
Aycock of Avcock Milling ComDanv in
Wallace; Ralph McFadycn of bllerbe
Poultry Company in Fillcrbe and Jimmy
Hancock of Hancock and Sons Milling
Company in Pittsboro.
Besides Holyfield and Holder, other
plant officials include Danny Hales, office
manager and John Home of Raeford,
A total of 420 students will receh
diplomas at eighth grade graduatioi
exercises to be held June 3 at 9:30 Ml
at the Upchurch Junior High SchaO
D.D. Abcrnethy, superintendent
Hoke County schools, will be the g?
The dipkimas will be awarded by L.
Bledsoe, W.H. Rice and W.K. Morgan.
The student's parents endr*
invited to attend lire cer
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Polls Spen 6:30 A.M. To 6:30 P.M.
Second Primary Saturday
Light Turnout Expected
Three scats in the House of
Representatives for the 24th District will
be decided Saturday in a run-off vote
between four candidates.
Roger Hall, Robeson County farmer
and business man, called for a second
primary to fill the three remaining scats
in the district after Gus Speros.
incumbent from Robeson County, was
Mary Nell Harward
MARY NELL HARWARD
Mury Nell Harward has been awarded a
scholarship as a prospective teacher to the
The grant is one of 20 given in the
stale by the State Department of Public
Instruction and it is the first one ever
awarded to a Hoke County student,
guidance counselor Mrs. Alvin Brown
The scholarship totals S900 a year and
is renewable for four years of study.
Mary Nell plans to enter Appalachian
State University at Boone next fall. She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ashwell
Harward of Racford
Election returns will be poatcd at
The News-Journal Saturday night
as the results come in from the
ected with a majority in the first
rimary May 2.
Only 41 per cent of the registered
jtcrs went to the polls in the first
Hall placed seventh in the voting but
ad the necessary number of votes to call
rr a run-off. R.L. Campbell and DJ.
inclair, Jr., who placed fifth and sixth
eclined to run in the second primary.
On the ballot besides Hall will be Rep.
leill McFadyen, incumbent from Hoke,
ho lacked only 28 votes for a majority
l the first primary; Mrs. Mary Odom.of
cotland, and Joy J. Johnson of
Mrs. Odom, a Wagram school teacher,
who is waging her first political battle,
was the only woman among the ten
candidates to seek office in the first
primary. Johnson, a minister and former
vice-chairman of the Robeson County
Democratic Executive Committee, was
the only Negro in the race.
Hall is trying for his first full term in
the House He was appointed last fall to
fill an unexpired term of R.D McMillan.
McFadyen has served in the House
since 1961 He is seeking his sixth term.
Medical F und Started
?or Carolyn Bullard
A fund to help meet hospital expenses
has been started by friends for Carolyn
Bullard, Hoke High tenth grader who lost
her scalp in a pulpwood loader accident
two weeks ago.
Carolyn, 16, lost her hair and scalp
when her long hair became entangled
around the drive shaft of a pulpwood
loader. Her scalp was recovered from the
machine and sutured back into place at
Cape Fear Valley Hospital.
She is reported there to be in good
condition but she is expected to remain
in the hospital tor several more weeks.
Carolyn, one of seven children, is the
daughter of Mr and Mrs James Billiard
of Rt 3. Raeford
Contributions may be mailed to Hoke
County High School, principal Raz Autrv
said Some of the school clubs have
contributed to the fund.
COMMENCEMENT SCHEUl LE
AT HOKE HIGH SCHOOL
Sunday, May 31,8 p.m.
W ednesda>. June 3, 9 a.m.
^edneaday, June 3, 8 p.m.
The Post Office will be closed all
day Saturday in observance of
Memorial Day.a federal holiday.
Both banks and local businesses
will remain open.
| Around Town
By SAM MORRIS
We would like to remind everyone to
vote in the second primary Saturday. One
of your rights is to vote for the person of
your choice. Do so and then criticize the
results you receive from your elected
officials if they need it, if you don't vote,
please remain as silent afterwards as you
did on the day of the primary.
As was stated in this column last week
precinct meetings for the Democratic
Party will be held at the polling places at
one p.m. on Saturday, June 6. The
county convention will be held on
Saturday, June 20 at one p.m. at the
courthouse. Please mark these two
meeting dates on your calendar.
During these time of re-runs on
televison, if you find time on your hands,
take atrip out to Armory Park and watch
the Softball games. The league this year is
composed of eight teams and the teams as
entered in the league must stay together
lor tournament play. The results and
standings are on the sports page of this
issue, so look them over and pick your
Even if you don't like Softball the
comments from the pro - like fans will
keep you entertained for the evening.
You can t beat the admission prices
during this time of inflation. The
admission is FREE.
Be sure to look at our Graduation
sections in this issue of The
News-Journal. It is the largest we have
printed and we express appreciation to
the merchants, school officials and others
lor help in bringing this feature to you
We also express Congratulations to the
Senior Class of 1970 at Hoke County
A telcpli .no call Monday came as a
surprise t. me. It was from Mrs Rena
smith who is now ai home after many
months ,n the hospital. She states that
she can t get around much at this time
i ut hopes to be up and around before too'
long. Mrs. Smith seemed in good spirits
and was overjoyed from the cards, letters
and flowers she had received since she has
been under the weather She said these
cards not only came from close friends
but from people in all walks of life that
she came in contact with as site worked
??w the Employment Security
Commission. Rena recalled cards from
people that she had given a piece of her
mind for coming to her house late at
night or calling her on the phone to find
out what happened to a check they
should have received that day. She said
that she now had a different view towards
She gave ine the following message for
all her triends:
"I am a stranger and you took men in.
It took 35 years of hard work, a
broken hip and a cripple to make me
?cJ was a rich and beloved woman in
Hoke County . I don't know how to thank
you but will just say I love you."
. Rett,i Smith
Hurry and get well Mrs. Rena Smith we
want to sec you in your changed
personality even though we thought you
were tops the way you have been for
u i nWis avclVL,J Tuesday from
Israel and Ruth Mann who are touring the
old country . It is as follows:
"Ruth and myself are having a
wondcrfu time touring Europe. We arc in
Rome and we are doing like the Romans,
with all our traveling everything is
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F or Larceny
Five Ft. Bragg soldiers, aid to be
members of the Fayetteville gang, The
Family, were arrested last week in
connection with a break-in and theft at
Virgil's Drivc-ln on U5. 401 By-pass.
The break-in occurred about 2:30 a.m.
on May 18. A total of S106 from the
cigarette machine and other machines was
reported stolen. Also missing were
packages of cigarette, meats, and other
Four of the men were arrested at a
home in Cumberland County and charged
with breaking, entering and larceny and
receiving stolen goods. A fifth man was
arrested later at Ft. Bragg.
They arc identified as Gary
McDonald, Troy Hatchett, Ralph Couch.
Ralph Hust and Klaus Eric Kolp, all
stationed at Ft. Bragg.
A hearing was continued this week in
District Court at the request of the public
defender. It was reset for June S^Bond
had been originally set at S1500 but was
reduced by Judge Joseph Duprcc to S500
McDonald, Hatchett and Hust are free
on bond awaiting the hearing. Couch and
Kolp failed to post a bond and arc being
held in Hoke County jail.
Several members of The Family were
recently arrested in Fayetteville on a
kidnapping charge. The gang is said to
include both civilians and soldiers
stationed at Ft. Bragg.
The break-in was investigated by
Deputy Harvey Young, who made the
The annual clothing drive sponsored by
Raeford's Woman's Club will begin June
8, with a collection point set up at J. W.
The club, which usually holds the
clothes collection in the fall, is collecting
clean, siacd, usuablc clothing to distribute
to needy school children next school
The senior citi/ens clubs and the
extension homcmakcr's clubs arc also
co-operating in the drive. The senior
citi/cn's club members will mend clothes
oi make new clothes from material if
these arc set aside in a separate bag
marked "needs mending."
Items needed include boys and girls
clothing si/.cd 4 through high school si/es;
socks, including long girls' socks and
mismatched socks; good underwear for all
ages; sturdy shoes,especially canvas ones;
cloth and remnants that can be used for
making new dresses; patterns, trims and
thread;coats and sweaters.
The clothing will be collected at t
school any morning after June 8. T
school room nearest the jail faci
Stewart Street has been set aside as
With More To Come
Graduating seniors have received
S92.54H in scholarships from collegeiand
universities, with only about two-thirds
of the expected grants awarded..
Many scholarships will not betowurded
until this sunimci, Hoke High counselor
Mrs. Rose Brown said, so the figure will
probably be higher by the start of next
fall. Several local scholarships have not
been awarded yet.
The scholarship money includes a
combination of educational opportunity
grants, loans, work-study, vocational
rehabilitation and scholarships.
As of now, IOS students out of a
graduating class of 220 plan to continue
their education, Mrs. Brown said.
Fifty-aix plan to enter four-year colleges
and universities; 17 will go to community
out least; four are enrolled in business
school; 12 will elitei technical institutes;
hine arc entering nursing school and seven
will attend specialty schools.
Seven students are planning to enter
the armed forces, she said
The following students have received
financial aid; Mary Nell Harward:Charles
Phillips: Margaret Augustoni: Deborah
Jean Intr.an; Judi Burnett. Richard Davis
Sharon Currie; Deborah Rogers; Debra
Allison; Charles Augustoni: Joseph
Bridges; Linda Sue Baker; Sallic Morris
Mike Steadman: Larry Creech; Pal
Macko; Linda Williams; Robert Clark
Jonn Hottcl; Joyce Lee Willis: Shirley
Cunningham: John Watson McNeill; Jerry
Crlbbs; Edward McPhatter. Pau
Livingston;Cindy Smith; Eugene Monroe
Dabble Koonce; David Lent and Thoma