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TEXTILE TRAINING ? Instructor WiUett Bissett uses a shuttle while explaining
basic weaving operations to high school students at an introduction to textiles class at
Hoke High School.
Around T own
By SAM MORRIS
Last Friday morning we thought for a
while we were in New York City. The
traffic in Raeford was jammed on Main
Street through three stop lights and this
also caused iams on Central, Elwood and
Edinborougn Avenues. What caused the
crowd in the city Friday morning, we
haven't been able to discover. The action
of Policeman Zeke Wiggins, who started
directing traffic at the corner of Main
Street and Elwood Avenue, finally let the
stop lights catch with the flow of traffic.
We don't know if this occurs very
often, but if so we think City Manager
John Caddy should start trying to solve
this problem. The work of Policeman
Wiggins also goes to show that the city
needs an officer on duty on Main Street
during the daylight hours.
'Talmadge Baker, farm extension agent
for Hoke County, was the speaker last
Thursday night at the weekly meeting of
the Kiwanis Club. Baker's talk was on the
livestock growth in the county. He not
only had the facts and figures, but also
showed slides of different farms that have
livestock. The income from livestock,
which is cattle, swine and poultry, was
tops for farmers in Hoke County last year
of farm produce Tobacco was second
and cotton and soybeans next in line.
Baker's talk was very informative and
interesting to the Kiwanians.
Monday afternoon I picked up Jack
Bethune we rode around and talked
of our boyhood days in Hoke County.
Ja>k was here over the weekend to attend
th? funeral of his mother, Mrs. Eva
Be hune who died last week in Lansing,
M> h., and was buried here Friday. Jack's
fat ier and mother are natives of this
section and the five children were all born
in Hoke County. Jack and his family were
saying with Mr. and Mrs. Lacy
McFadyen. Mr. Lacy is a brother of Mrs
Bethune. The Bethunes left Tuesday for
Tampa, Fla. where they live.
While riding around town we passed
the home of Fred Culbreth and Jack
recalled the days we played cowboys and
Indians in the wooded section behind
Mrs. Ryan McBryde's home We then
went past the home of H.L. Gatlin, Jr.
and Jack remembered when he and Alvis
Dickson went squirrel hunting near
Covington's Pond. The Gatlin home is the
old Dickson homeplace and the pond is
just a few miles from the house. They had
killed a squirrel or two, Jack recalls when
they spotted some ducks on the pond.
They separated and when Alvis fired at
the ducks he aimed low and hit Jack with
number 8 shot in the seat of the pants. As
he was telling me this story it brought to
mind the group of boys that built a cabin
on Rockfish Creek. They were James
Gordon Currie, Alvis Dickson, Harold
Keith, Kerr Stevens, John Thomas
Walters, R.G. Stone, Jack Bethune,
Harold McDiarmid and Sam and Bruce
Morris, Jr. We talked of the work that we
did and then about the group.
Only Kerr Stevens and myself are living
in Raeford. James Gordon. Alvis and
John Thomas are dead. The others have
moved like Jack to other places. You
don't think about the way boyhood
friends separate until vou run into one
and start talking of the past. This is the
first time in over 20 years that I had seen
Jack Bethune. As we parted Mondty he
said that he wouldn't stay away as long
again and for me to look him up in
Tampa. Space cannot be provided for all
wa talked about, but if any of the
aforementioned are ever in Raeford,
coma by and we can take up where Jack
Interior Decorating Clau
Mr*. Edith McGlamery, Extension
Specialist in House Furnishings, N.C.
State University, will discuss "Principles
of Interior Decorating" Thursday, July
9th la tha Fellowship Hall of Raeford
FmhuUilan Church at 3:00 P.M. and
7:45 Km. Tha public is invited.
Richard McPhatter, 70, was killed
Friday morning in a collision with a
transport truck at the intersection of Vass
Road and 401 By ? pass near Parks
McPhatter drove onto the highway to
cross at the intersection when his car was
hit on the left side by the truck, which
was traveling north.
The truck driver, Byran Grantham of
Salemburg was taken to Cape Fear Valley
Hospital for observation.
The accident occurred about 11:30
McPhatter's death was the tilth trattic
fatality for the county this year. The
wreck was the only serious accident here
during the holiday weekend.
Funeral services for McPhatter were
held Monday at Silver Grove Baptist
Church by the Rev. W.K. Mitchell and
burial was in the church cemetery.
He is survived by five daughters, Mrs.
Classie Cox of Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs.
Louise Moore of Washington, D.C., Mrs.
Havana Whited and Mrs. Utencil Purcell
of Raeford and Mrs. Priscilla Steele of
Newark, NJ.; two sons, John C.
McPhat.er and Richard McPhatter, Jr. of
Raeford; three sisters, Mrs. Luverta Huey
and Mary Mac Secrest of Raeford and
Mrs. Nanay Thomas of Chesapeake, Va.;
26 granochildren and nine great ?
Rescue Squad Has Accident
inc rescue aquaa s emergency vehicle
collided with a pick - up truck Tuesday
morning at the intersection of Prospect
and Magnolia Street.
James Riley, a member of the Rescue
Squad, was answering a call to a wreck on
N.C. 211 about 8:30 Tuesday morning,
City Police Chief L.W. Stanton said.
He approached the stop light at
Prospect and Magnolia with the
emergency light blinking and the siren on
but failed to see the truck driven by
Thomas Conoly, which was crossing the
intersection on Magnolia. There was a
green Light for Magnolia Street, Stanton
The Rescue Squad vehicle struck the
pick - up on the right rear fender.
Damages to the ambulance were
estimated at S700 - 800 and S200 to the
Conoly and his wife, who was a
passenger in the truck, were taken to the
Raeford Medical Group clinic where they
were treated for minor injuries.
City policeman David Dawson
witnessed the accident as he was walking
to work. It was the first wreck for the
Rescue Squad in nine years of operation,
squad officials said.
Thete were no charges.
Burlington Created High School Course
A high school vocational textile
program, first of its kind in the itate, hat
completed it* first year at Raeford, with
80 student* participating. Thirty of the
ing students will move in
more promising students will move into a
second-year program next fall, toward
completion of a three-year program in
classroom and laboratory work leading to
Sponsored by Burlington Industries'
local manufacturing plants and sparked
by the enthusiasm of a plant employee
turned instructor, the Raeford course
gives a new dimension to the Hoke
County school system's vocational
Classroom work, tours of the local
Burlington Worsteds Raeford Plant and
Burlington Worsteds Dyeing Plant, and
use of a wide range of visual aids and
other instructional materials have
hijthlightedthe curriculum so far.
Next fall, the 30 rising juniors will have
access to a new center nearing completion
at the local Burlington plants, where they
will have two-hour laboratory sessions
each day to further their awareness of
textile processes in the plant. This will be
supplemented in their senior year by
actual on-the-job training, with pay. in
the local plants.
The new center will be multi-purpose,
serving as laboratory for the high school
students, as a textile adjustment center
for new plant employees, and for training
and re-training of present employees.
Willett Bissett, instructor for the new
textile course at the Hoke County High
School, it a former weaver at the Raeford
Plant. His expertise in teaching is
praised by Principal Ra/ Autry who notes
that while it's too early to try to evaluate
the textile program completely, "it is
helping prepare these young people for
meaningful and rewarding jobs after
"We will encourage them to continue
their education, but if they choose not
to, they will be prepared to step into
good, fulltime jobs here," Mr. Bissett
states. All graduates of the three-year
course will be assured jobs with
Mr. Bissett's enthusiasm and hard work
have obviously paid off. Not only has
much interest been generated among
students since the classes began last fall.
but the three girli and 28 boyi who will
move into their junior year have
performed well academically. Mr. Bissett
has proposed the formation of an
advisory committee to fully evaluate the
He credits the cooperation of the N.C.
Department of Public Instruction with
helping made the Hoke County program a
success. Tom Bridges, a state advisor in
occupational education, made
arrangements between the Department
and the Hoke County schools to
introduce the program. Entirely
supported bv Burlington to this point,
consideration is being given to joint
support of the program by the school
sNStem as part of its vocational
curriculum in future years.
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The Hoke County News?Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal-Established 1905
VOL. LXVI NO. 9 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY, JULY 9,1970
Commissioners Postpone Action
On Board Of Health Resolution
A resolution from the county health
board was approved and action on
another health board resolution was
postponed by the county board of
F or F ourth
It was a quiet holiday for city law
City Police Chief L.W. Stanton
reported that there were no wrecks and
only one arrest during the Fourth of July
weekend from Friday morning until
One traffic fatality and two shootings
occurred in the county over the weekend.
Richard McPhatter, 70, was killed
when a tractor - trailer struck his car on
401 By-pass Friday.
Linnie Farmer, Marvin Woods and
Bobby Ray Chavis were injured in
shootings Friday and Saturday. Farmer
was shot Friday at Virgil's Drive In and
Woods and Chavis were shot Saturday
near Robeson County. Three men have
been arrested in connection with the
shootings. They are Julius Dockery, John
Wayne Locklear and Nelson Tyler.
commissioners at the July meeting
The board approved a resolution
granting Mrs. Madge Pittman, district
records consultant, supervisory authority
over the secretarial and administrative
functions of the health center for a two
week period either in July or August.
Mrs. Pittman, who periodically checks
the center records, will assist the
secretary there to update the reports and
will establish a system to maintain
up-to-date records, the board was told.
Dr. Harry McLean, Walter Coley and
John Perkinson of the state Department
of Public Health, met with the
commissioners to recommend the hiring
of a nurse supervisor for the center.
This could be done within the present
budget, Dr. McLean said, and the state
would assume the responsibility for any
remaining expenses in the fiscal year.
Perkinson told the commissioners that
the county health department could lose
state funds if all the money appropriated
for salaries at the department is not used.
Presently a salary for a health director is
budgeted for the center but the position
The commission postponed action on
the resolution to hire a nurse supervisor
pending a meeting with the
Comprehensive Health Planning
Commission in which the county is
Delegates from the proposed Pine Hill
and West Hoke fire districts met with the
commission. Chairman T.C. Jones assured
them that the commission would approve
a petition from each group to hold an
election to establish a fire district as soon
as signatures of at least 1S per cent of the
property owners in the district were
James Baxley, the county electrical
inspector, complained to the
commissioners that trailers in the
Harmony Heights trailer park were being
connected and the meters set by the
power company without an electrical
inspection, in violation of state and
county law. T.B. Lester reported that the
owner of the park, Tom Cameron, has
offered in the future to collect the
inspection fee from new traitors in the
park. Baxley requested that the
commission write a letter of complaint to
the Lumbee Rural Electric Cooperative.
Harold Gillis, manager of Raeford and
Hoke County Chamber of Commerce,
protested the reduction of SI000 in the
county's appropriation to the Chamber of
The commissioners approved a request
from D.D. Abernethy, county school
superintendent, to transfer funds from
the capital outlay fund to the current
In other business, the commission
Hoke's F ourth
Two shootings in the county marred
the Fourth of July holidays.
Linny Farmer was shot in the chest
with a small caliber pistol at Virgil's Drive
In Friday night, Chief Deputy Harvey
Young said. Farmer was taken to Moore
Arrested in connection with the
shooting was Julius Dockery, 22. He was
charged with assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill and was
released on a SI ,000 bond.
Two men are charged in a shooting
near Robeson County Saturday, John
Wayne Locklear was charged with assault
with a deadly weapon with intent to kill
and Nelson Tyler was charged with aiding
and abetting the assault. Both men are
from Hoke County.
They are accused of shooting Marvin
Woods and Bobby Ray Chavis, both of
Hoke County. Both men were
hospitalized in satisfactory condition.
Locklear is still in the county jail under
a $1,000 bond. Tyler was released on a
Deputies Alex Norton and Robert
Locklear investigated the shootings.
approved a resolution turning tax bills
over to the tax collector and approved a
bill for S425 service fee to the N.C.
Association of County Commissioners
based on a population of 17,456.
A request from the state archives to
microfilm and repair county records was
also approved. The board approved a
petition from Mrs. Ozella Bridges to add
an off state road 1302 to the state
system. The petition will be presented to
the highway commission.
The board also approved the purchase
of a complete state map at a cost of
The home economic agent, the farm
agent and the tax collector presented
reports U the board.
NEW POLICEMAN ?? David L. Dawson
began work as a city policeman on July 4.
A native of Cray's Creek in Cumberland
County, Dawson and his wife, the former
Mary Lois Blackburn, have recently
moved to Raeford.
Students Design Low Lost Homes Here
Custom designed homes for a moderate
price are bing made available through an
unusual project that is the first of its kind
in the state.
Architectural students from North
Carolina State University in Raieigh are
working with prospective buyers in a
subdivision developed by Forward, Inc.,
Hoke County's anit-poverty agency to
offer individually designed homes tailored
to suit each family.
Eighteen lota are heino offer# <t for
sale in the subdivision located off Vass
Road near the water tower of the
Northwest Water Supply company.
Forward, Inc. received a $10,000 grant
and a $9,100 loan to purchase the land
and supply paved streets and water
connections. The loan will be repaid to
Advancement, Inc through the sale of
The development became a project of
tlte School of Architecture about six
months ago. Farmer's Home
Administration director here, Jake
Vinson, and the FHA district supervison,
Robert Fleetwood, went to the school
with tlte idea of providing well designed
homes for a moderate cost.
Associate professor Henry Sanoff
?erume interested in the idea and in
February a group of graduate students
began work on the project.
Since then they have designed three
homes for tlte development.Construction
is expected to begin soon on the first one
to be built there.
All of the designs so far have been
modernistic, with asymetrical roofs and
use of open space. However, not all of the
homes in the area are expected to be of
that type. The purchaser of each lot will
be able to choose from a variety of plans
available within the prioe range for the
The team expects to design five to
eight houses, for the development. Each
basic design can be placed at a different
angle to make it appear to be a new
All of the homes designed so far have
been of wood construction. However,
thev do plan to desion brick homes. The
houses will have about 1,100 square feet
of floor space and will range in cost from
about SI 1,000 to SI3,000. They are
being financed through FHA.
John Sinnett, who was in charge of the
project when it began last semester, was
in Raeford last week to discuss a design
for a brick home with one of the
"We want to make this subdivision a
showplace for the state," he said. "To my
knowledge, no other project like this has
been done in North Carolina."
The School of Architecture has a
community development group of
studenu with four years of architectural
experience, Sinnett said.
They have undertaken projects all over
the state to provide designs for such
things as day care centers and plans for
low coat communities.
In Raeford, they have tried to provide
good design at a low cost, he said. Care
has been taken to use standard building
material such as eight and twelve foot
standard sections of plywood.
After each houee Is designed, the
students get bids on the cost of
constructing it from local builders.
Sinnett and four other students began
the project. With him were Scott
Heacock, King Burguin, Gary Coats and
Although he received his Masters at
graduation this spring, Sinnett is
continuing the project until the fall
semester when new students can be
assigned to it. The agriculture extension
program approved a grant to finance
work on the project this summer.
"This isn't the sort of thing you can
just quit at the end of a semester,"
Sinnett said. "We would have kept on it
part time anyway, but the grant will
enable us to get it mostly finished by the
end of the summer."
The first few houses designed and built
will receive the full range of architectual
services, Sinnett said. He estimated the
cost of labor being provided by the
students at $1S,-2S,000. HoweWr the
services are free for this project.
After they get all their designs
developed, however, the homes can be
built with much less supervision from the
school, he said.
The Raeford project has been
described in professional Magazines which
are sent to the Schools of Architecture
througout the United States, he said.
He summarized his concept of the
We are trying to show that low cost
housing can be good housing," he said.
"We don't want to build just a housing
development. We want to build a
HIGH STYLE, LOW COST - John Slnnett shows off tht modeIs of two houses
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designed by a teem from the architectural school at North Carolina Stata University
for a moderate-cost housing development here.