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VOLUME LXV1 NUMBER 7 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY. JUNE 25, 1970
Million Dollar Rain Falls On County
In Time To Avert Major Crop Disaster
i Around T own
By SAM MORRIS
The members of the Raeford
Presbyterian Church had a picnic on the
grounds Sunday welcoming the new
minister, the Rev. John C. Ropp and
saying goodbye to the Rev. Douglas
Kelly, who is leaving soon for Scotland.
The tables were loaded with food and the
fellowship was at the highest peak, but
for once everyone wanted the picnic to
come to an end. This is the first picnic we
have attended where everyone was hoping
the clouds would burst forth with rain
even before the eating started. We believe
everyone was served before the rain came
but we doubt anyone had time to go back
for seconds. This was one time that
Presbyterians wanted water more than
One church member said that, "we got
a new preacher and he bought us rain the
first Sunday." If the Rev. Mr. Ropp can
continue in this way his ministry at the
Raeford Presbyterian Church should be
very successful. We are happy to welcome
the family into the community and regret
to say farewell to the Rev. Mr. Kelly.
The Hoke County Democratic
Convention last Saturday in the
Courthouse was well attended. All
business was handled in an orderly
manner and the new plans of organization
were carried out. The voting on the
different office holders was very close in
several instances. But this is always good
for any organization as long as harmony
is there after the meeting. We believe this
was the case last Saturday.
The letter printed below was received
this week from Mrs. Lucy G. Peebles by
Paul Dickson and myself. After reading
the letter we feel that it contains
information that most of our readers
would be interested in, so it follows:
Dear Paul and Sam,
It has been my intention for a long
time to say that I am still enjoying The
News Journal and that I think you are
putting out a very good paper. Laurie
Telfair seems to have both the ability and
energy to get the job done. Ann Webb
also is evidently doing a great job in
You may be interested to know that I
saw Lib Floyd and heard indirectly from
Jim Taylor, recently. While returning
from Wilmington a couple of weeks ago, I
came by Rose Hill to see Lib and Billy
They are both fine and Sharon is growing
like Topsy. Lib, working for a lawyer,
now has that part time job she has always
Returning from a Virginia Mountain
trip last week, I stopped to speak to Jim
but learned that he is no longer with the
Rocky Mount, Va., paper. In fact, he lias
worked at Stuart, Va., since then and the
editor with whom I talked thought he
had left there also.
Although one thing or another has
kept me busy, I have missed the Raeford
and Parkton people terribly. There is a
shortage of friendliness in a larger town
you know. My advantages along this line
would be much greater in Raeford. I
could run to Wendcl Young to learn what
to do about feeding my dying fescue grass
or how to cure rose bushes of mold; and
how I wished to be near Jo Hall when I
was trying to make draperies.
Please give my regards to my formci
fellow workers at The News Journal and
to the people at the offices of the town
the county, the clerk of court, the sheriff
the farm and home agents, and to the
school officials. I am eternally grateful tc
them for their constant cooperation while
I was in Raeford. Also remember me tc
my friends in the Woman's Club.
$4.5 Million In
Summer Bonuses For
Vacation bonuses totaling more than
S4.5 million are being paid to Burlingt
Industries' wage employees during t
summer vacation season.
Charles A. McLendon. Burlington v
president for personnel, said vacation p
is given to the Company's employees tl
summer to coincide with manufacturi
plant vacations. These payments are
addition to over S3--& million in bonui
paid last December.
The local Burlington plants will clc
for one week's vacation beginni
See BONUSES, Page 11
Criticism of the census in the county
continues amid plans by the census office
to double check the count here and
confusion over the methods to be used
According to press releases from the
census office, the count will be checked
using postal cards which were collected
when the form was picked up by the
enumerator. These will be checked
against the address list by the post office.
However, in Hoke County, only the
addresses within the city delivery system
are being checked, according to the
postmaster, Charles Morrison.
This leaves out the majority of the
county that is not included in the city
Preliminary figures announced last
week list Hoke County's population at
16,246 -- 110 persons less than the census
Census crew leader Mrs. James Nixon,
who worked in Hoke County until four
weeks before the end of the census here,
said this week. "The census is not
See CENSUS, Page 11
The District Democratic Convention
will be held Saturday in the Superior
Courtroom of the Cumberland County
Courthouse in Fayetteville, Sam C.
Morris, chairman of the Democratic
Executive Committee here announced.
The meeting will convene at 1 p.m.
100 PLUS ?? The welcome rain brought temperatures down from above the hundred
mark last week when the thermometer at a local bank registered above 100 degrees on
Thursday and Friday. This photo was taken at 5 p.m. Friday. Almost four inches of
rain fell in some parts of the county Sunday and Monday and all sections received an
estimated inch and a half.
Bullard Loses Eye
In Truck Accident
James Billiard of Rt. 3, Raeford, lost
his left eye in an accident on his
pulpwood truck Monday.
' His daughter, Carolyn, was scalped
seven weeks ago when her long hair
became wrapped aroung the drive shaft of
the same pulpwood loading (ruck.
Bullard was operated on Monday
afternoon at Cape Fear Valley Hospital
for removal of his left eye.
His eye and part of the socket was
crushed when a cable on the truck
snapped and swung whiplash fashion into
th$..truck cab, striking him in the left eye.
Bullard said he had just del /ered a
load of pulpwood to a nearby wood yard
and was driving into his yard for lunch
when the cable on the back of tlie truck
apparently became caught under a wheel.
The cable snapped and one end flew
around into the cab of the truck, striking
Carolyn, a Hoke High tenth-grader, is
still in the hospital undergoing a series of
skin grafts to restore her scalp. Skin was
taken from her legs for the grafts.
Her father was admitted to room 369,
three doors from Carolyn's room.
Antioch Child Killed
By Car Last Week
Four ? year ? old William Julius
Locklear died last week after being hit by
a car as he was crossing Highway 211.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy
Locklear of Antioch.
The little boy had crossed the highway
by his home to go to the mailbox beside
Bu Hard's Service Station at Antioch,
Highway patrolman E.W. Coen said. After
looking for the mail, he ran back across
the highway and into the path of a car
driven by William George Winburn, 17, of
The child was killed instantly. No
charges were placed against the driver.
The accident occurred at 11 20 a.m.
on June 17.
This is the fourth traffic fatality this
year for the county. The same number o(
traffic deaths were recorded this time last
Funeral services were held Friday at
Mount Elam Church by the Rev. Wade
Beside his parents, lie is survived by his
maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Willie Bullard ol Rt. 1, Red Springs.
Sam C. Morris was elected by
acclaimation for his seventh term as
chairman of the Democratic Executive
Committee at the County Democratic
Harward Leaving Raeford
A llgood Named To Post
Ashwell Harward will leave Raeford to
become personnel manager for the
Lexington Worsted Plant of Burlington
Industries, it was announced this week.
Larry Allgood, personnel manager at
the Lexington plant, will succeed
Harward here in Raeford.
Harward has served as personnel
manager at Raeford since 1962 He is a
native of Chapel Hill and attended the
University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. He joined Burlington in 1946 at the
company's Carrboro plant, transferred to
Raeford in 1958 as assistant personnel
manager, later served two years as
personnel manager at the division's
Drakes Branch, Va. plant and returned to
Raeford as personnel manager in 1962.
He has been active in community
affairs for a number of years. He was
president of the Charlotte County, Va.
Chamber of Commerce and served as
director of the United Fund there.
While in Raeford, Harward has been a
leader in many community activities. He
has served as vice - president of the
Chamber of Commerce for several terms
and served one year as director and one
year as campaign chairman for the county
He has been president of the Booster
Club and has sold advertising for the
football programs each year.
Harward has been active in the Boy
Scouts and is a deacon and Sunday
School superintendent in the Baptist
Church. He is also a member of the Lions
Club and the Masons.
Mrs. Harward is the former Eleanor
W illiams, a native of Carrboro. They have
This is Allgood's second assignment in
Raeford. He served as personnel manager
for the Dyeing Plant before being
tromoted to personnel manager at
exington in 1968 Earlier he had served
at Halifax. Va.
A native of Laurinburg, he graduated
from Wake Forest University in 1962. He
spent two years with the U.S. Signal
Corps and joined Burlington in June,
1965 at Halifax. He is Chairman of the
Davidson County High School Textile
Program and vice president of the
Lexington Personnel Association.
He is married to the former Ann
Grubbs, also a native of Laurinburg, and
they have one child, they have been
members of the First Presbyterian Church
Docs anyone have any census
forms that were not picked up by a
census enumerator? If so, the
county would lik<e to know about
Census forms may be brought to
the tax auditor's office of the
county courthouse and they will he
turned over to census officials,
county manager T. B. Lester said.
Johnson's Store on South Main Street
has been purchased by Heilig ? Meyers
Furniture, who recently bought Home
Furniture Store on Harris Avenue.
The furniture chain plans to combine
both the Harris Avenue store and the
South Main Street Store into one
furniture showplace, Hyman Meyers,
president of Heilig ? Meyers announced.
The connecting of the two buildings,
remodeling and redecoration will begin
"This will give us approximately
18300 square feet of display area", said
Meyers. ' It will enable us to add a wide
spectrum of famous name home
furnishing in a selection of styles and
periods that will appeal to tasie and
The manager of the combined store is
Elmer R. Parnell, who managed the
former Home Furniture Store for the past
Meyers commented that "the
expansion of our Raeford store is another
step forward in the overall expansion
program of our company. We have gieat
faith in the growth potential of North
Carolina and especially in the Raeford
The Heilig ? Meyers Company recently
merged with the Thornton Furniture
Store in Suffolk, Va. and now opeiates
30 stores in North Carolina and Virginia.
Late To Save
A roin thai totaled almost lour incites
in some sections of the county Sunday
and Monday broke the two month
drought in tinte to save much of the crops
"It was a million dollar rain,"
T almadge Baker, assistant farm agent,,
sa id "In some instances, it may have
co me too late, but for others it was a
life -saver. I'd say it was very beneficial on
1 'J. Harris, a farmer in the Bowrnore
seen on. measured three and nine-tenths
incln 's or rain last Sunday and Monday.
Pn or to that, only two and two-tenths
incite: ? had fallen in that section since the
first o f May, he said.
Nini Mentlis of an inch fell in Racford
Sunday according to Robert Gatlin. An
estimat ed inch and a half fell here
Monday ? Some hail was reported around
Blue Spi ings on Sunday and Ken McNeill
said sot. ic of his tobacco there was
damaged by hail.
Report. '? on the damage to crops caused
by the dry > hot weather vary.
Richard Neely. who farms 111 the
Wayside set riion, said he was plowing up
his corn en: p there. Harris" estimates that
the corn he will make about 50 per cent
of his co rn c rop and 80 to 90 percent of
McNei II sail I that corn planted in light
land is already ' gone but that corn on
good Ian d shou. 'd make 50 to 80 per cent.
His toba cco has> Vt been hurt, he said, but
it will b ; thick t. bis year, wluch will make
it less de suable fo r cigarette tobacco.
Soybe ans and cotton have not been
hurt by the drough t. they said.
It wari, however, the brink of disaster
for every thing. McN sill said.
"Three or four n "tore days with tliat
heat an d no rain \ vould have told a
different story," he sa> d.
In so.me sections o f the country, the
rains didn't come until Monday
afternoon. Monday broi ?ght the first rain
to Ashley Heights and W 'ayside. Rain was
sparse o n Sunday at I :ivc Points and
Antioch, the county agent's office
Raefoi d residents also fi 'It the cTfects
of the dr y weather. The inc teased use of
See RAIN Pan,- I I
Morris Reelected Chairman
At Democratic Convention
Convention last Saturday.
Under the new rules of party
organization which limit a county
executive committee chairman to two
consecutive terms, he will not be eligible
to succeed himself after this term.
A large crowd of Democrats gathered
at the convention to select party officers
and delegates to several committees and
conventions. Representative Neill
McFadyen opened the convention and
gave the invocation
Morris was elected as permanent
chairman of the convention and Mrs.
Clayton Buoyer was elected convention
Following that, a roll of precincts was
given will all precincts reporting
Chairman Morris explained that voting
for officers and delegates would be done
by precinct delegates with each precinct
having the number of votes proportionate
to the votes casts in the last gubernato/ial
election from that precinct.
Judge Joseph Duprec of Raeford Two
nominated Morris for chairman of the
executive committee and J.D. McMillian
of Raeford One seconded the
nomination. After a roll call of the
precincts in which there were no other
nominations, Morns was elected by
Mrs. T.J. Harris was elected first
vice-chairman of the executive
committee. Also elected were Mrs Viola
Davis, second vice-chairman and Miss
Jean Matherly. third vice-chairman
Other officers elected lu th e exea itive
committee were Mrs. Claytt in Buo ver,
secretary and Franklin leal, treasurer.
Delega tes and alternates to the District
Convent! on to be held in Fave tteville this
Saturday were also elected. Yl le delegates'
are Jimmy Morrisey, Sam C. ? ?1orris, J.E.
Dupree, N.L. McFadyen. td S mitli, G.A.
Robinson, Mr and Mrs. W.T. McAllister,
1 J Harris, Pete Sawyer and D.R. Huff.
Alternates are L.A. McGu, gan, Dave
Currie, C .G. Odom, Mrs. Richa rd Neeley,
J.D. McMillian, William Lamoni .Mrs. J.K..
Riley, Clayton Buoyer, Mrs. Gi lbert Ray,
Bernice Williamson and N Irs. Alex
Palme r Milieux was elected to the State
Dcmocu tic Executive Commit ee. J. D.
McMillian was elected to the District
Senatori a I Committee
J.t. Dupree and Phillip Di ehi were
chosen to the District Judicial Ci immittee
and Kei r Stevens and W.T M 'cAllister
were elected to the Soli citorial
td S mith and N.L. McFady. in were
elected to the Congressional Con imittee.
Pete Sawyer, chairman of the McCain
precinct, asked for those whi > were
elected in the recent Democratic j uimary
to stand at the convention . Five
candidal es were present Saturday at the
party convention They were Judge
Joseph Dupige, Rep Neil! McFi idyen,
clerk of court F t Smith, c ounty
commissioner, T.C. Jones and Boa rd of
Education member D.R. Huff. Jr.
Woman Charged In Fracms
Mrs Leola Faircloth is charged with
assault with a deadly weapon by pointing
a gun after officers said she snatched the
pistol from a policeman and held it on
him at the county jail Sunday morning
Mrs. Faircloth had been arrested for
driving under the influence and was taken
to the jail, Police chief L.W. Stanton said.
While officers were writing up the charge,
she took the pistol from G.G. Faircloth's
Herbert Polston, who was on dut y wt
the ja il, grabbed the gun from her, Sh erlf'N
Dave Barrington said.
Mrs. Faircloth is charged with driwing
under the influence, assault with a dea dly. ,
weapon by pointing a gun and mal tcioua
damage to county property after t<wo
blankets in her jail cell were burned
Bond was set at S500 pending a trial
on the charges July 3.