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The Hoke County News- Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOL. LXVI NO. 12 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY, JULY 30, 1970
By SAM MORRIS
The rain charts in the paper this week
were drawn by Robert Gatlin. We think
the comparison for 1969 and 1970 of the
rainfall in Raeford shows very clearly the
reason for the crop failure this year. We
want to thank Robert for the charts.
While Robert was in the office he told
us about spending the night in Mt. Holly
with Leo Fuller, a native of Raeford.
George Bethune of Concord also wu
there and they talked over the old days
and events of the past in Hoke County.
Leo and George were telling Robert
about the cabin on Rockflsh Creek. They
are correct about being at a cabin on the
creek, but to set the record straight two
cabins were at the creek. The cabin Leo
and George are talking about wu a two ?
room cabin about V4 mile from the cabin
built by the boys my age. If memory
serves me correctly the late Conrad
Barnard was the driving force behind the
two - room cabin.
Robert said they talked until 2:30 a.m.
and he didn't get up that morning until
10:30. This is hard to believe. Maybe it
was because he didn't know anyone at
the local coffee stop.
Bobby Carter, local fisherman, golfer,
bowler and ball club owner, requested
that the writer of this column leave the
names of Robert Gatlin and Dick Neeley
out for the remainder of the year. Now
this is like asking Charles Craven of the
News and Observer to disregard "Little
Man." But after some investigation it
seems that Carter wants his name in print
because through the grapevine a couple of
things were brought to our attention. We
didn't get all the facts, but we will give
you what we have.
We can't remember whether it was
CD. Bounds or Lonnie Bledsoe that wu
telling us to inform all members of
Carter's Tire Softball team to be at
Carter's plant the Friday night after the
tournament for the payoff for the season.
What they mean by payoff, we don't
Also, it seems that Carter is going to
sponsor Les Sandy on Channel 6
Wilmington for 15 minutes each week.
The condition of the contract was that
Sandy use the theme song "Carolina
Jimmie Stone of Columbia wu by the
office last Friday and as Graham Clark
said a couple of weeks ago, he hasn't
changed at all. He is going to retire from a
civil service job at Ft. Jackson after 29
years. Jimmie said he would be getting
back to Raeford after his retirement. We
wish him the best in his new role.
We were sorry to tee of the death of
L.C. Hubbard of Fayetteville. We believe
most of you will remember Mr. Hubbard,
because he was in Raeford about every
week selling insurance. We don't ever
remember when he wasn't smiling and
having something good to say about
Tommie Upchurch, local 'you name it",
was telling us the other day about a man
in Georgia who captured a bob cat.
According to Tommie the man shot at
the cat and creased his head just enough
to knock it out. He took the cat home
and put it in a cage. The longer lie kept
the bob cat the tamer it got. Of course in
this day and time your life is usually
controlled by the next door neighbors,
and they complained about the bob cat.
So to keep peace in the neighborhood
the man decided to get rid of the cat. He
put it in a box and wrapped the box in
fancy paper and tied a ribbon on the box.
He then drove to a busy part of town,
eased up to the curb and placed the box
on the sidewalk. According to Tommie
the man then parked where he could
watch the box. In > few minutes a car
stopped with four well ? built hippies and
after looking in all directions they picked
up the box and proceeded on their way.
The man followed and in a few minutes
the car with the box came to a sudden,
stop and all four doors opened at the
tame time and four hippies made tracks
for other parts.
Now this is Tommie's story and he says
it is true. If you don't believe it you can
ask Robert Gatlin to tell you of the
truthfulness of Tommie Upchurch.
~ Two other visitors in the office last
week wen trooper Gene Coen and
Deputy Sheriff Harvey Young. It was
raining that day and Coen was
complaining about the rain and quotas
and Young wu griping about mlrinc up
trying to snatch a watermelon. We believe
this la correct. A* Zefce Wiggins or Frank
Brock if you don't think this is trot.
Knit-Aw ay Will Start Building;
Industry Will Employ 300 Workers
A man was shot during a brawl on West
Edinborough Street Monday night.
Police answered a call about 9:30 that
there was a "killing" at the home of Glen
Gibson on 409 West Edinborough. When
they arrived, the victim and his assailants
were gone, Police Chief L.W. Stanton
The police later learned that William
Eugene Nelson was taken to Womack
Army Hospital with a gunshot wound in
Warrants have been issued for the
arrest of Danny Chason, Ronnie Chason
and Bobby Davis, Stanton said. Nelson
will also be charged with engaging in an
affray and creating a disturbance in the
neighborhood, Stanton said.
Nelson, who police say is an AWOL
soldier from Ft. Bragg, has refused to say
who shot him. He is in good condition at
Lawrence Willis won the state poultry
barbeque contest at the 4-H Club
Congress in Raleigh Tuesday.
He competed in the state contest as the
district winner after taking first place at
the district meet last month in Charlotte.
Lawrence was the only 4-H'er from
Hoke County eligible to compete in any
of the events at the state contest. A
member of the Rockfish club, he is the
ion of Maj. and Mrs. W.E. Willis.
Three wrecks and a car - pedestrian
accident occurred during the weekend.
A three ? car accident near the Moore
County line on N.C. 211 slightly injured a
woman passenger in one of the cars.
Highway Patrolman E.W. Coen reported.
The accident happened Sunday evening
about 6:30 when a car driven by James
Alford, Jr. of Raeford struck the rear of
the automobile driven by Robert Dennis
of Prattsville, Ala. and then hit a third car
driven by Beverly McRae of Raeford.
The Dennis car was knocked off the
road into i ditch, Coen said, and Mrs.
Betty Dennis was thrown from the
vehicle. She was taken to Moore
Memorial Hospital for observation.
The McRae car was stopped on the
highway, waiting to turn left, Coen said,
and the Dennis car was behind her when
they were hit. Alford was charged with
failing to decrease speed in time to avoid
having an accident.
A car driven by Richard Wayne Burns
of Rt. 4 Red Springs ran off the road to
the right and then skidded back across
the road and overturned in an accident
just after midnight Monday morning near
Davis Bridge. Burns was not injured. He
was charged with failing to drive on the
right half of the highway.
In another accident, Prince Albert
McNeill of Rt. 3, Red Springs, was
charged with hit and run in connection
with a two car accident near South Hoke
Charley Locklear of Rt. I Maxton told
Trooper Coen that he had slowed down
for the rough road there when his car was
struck from the rear. He and the other
driver got out and looked at the damage
to the cars and then the other driver got
back in his car and left.
A woman was hit on U.S. 401 By-pass
as she crossed the highway in front of
Virgils Drive ? In about midnight last
Betty Louise Clark, 22, of Rt. I,
Shannon was struck by a car driven by a
soldier from Ft. Bragg. The soldier, whose
name was not released, was not charged
Nine grand jurors are set for the
August session of Superior Court and
nine more will be drawn this term to
serve through August 1971.
Serving this term will be Katie Jewel
Glover. William Roland Beckwith.
Raymond B. Ellis. Annie Bell Crouch.
Mrs. Jethro Locklear. Clyde Campbell.
Jr., Harold McEachern. Annie Mae
Wation and Robert H. Lend.
A GAME OF TAG - - Dexter, a four ? your - old German Shepherd, spends his time trying to catch a beaver in an irrigation pond
on Eli Shankle's farm, but the dog is no match in the water for sleek swimmer. The beaver will swim close enough to the bank to
lure the big Shepherd into the water and then will allow the dog to approach within ten feet before the beaver slaps the water and
disappears below the surface to leave Dexter snapping at waves. The beaver appeared in the pond about two months ago and is
apparently making his home there. Dexter is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shankle.
Highway Group Approves
Four Lanes To Fayetteville
A 3,8 million dollar project to four -
lane U.S. 401 from Raeford to
Fayetteville has been approved this week
by the State Highway Commission,
Charles Dawlcins, highway commissioner,
The 10.5 mile stretch will be four ?
laned from Raeford to Seventy - First
School in Fayetteville. Robeson Street
will also be widened to four lanes from
Raeford Road to Russell Street, Dawkins
said. This project will cost an estimated
The contracts will be awarded during
this administration, Dawkins said, but he
said he couldn't give a date for the
beginning of construction.
Funds for the projects are dependent
on existing taxes for completion, he said.
The jury list for the Aug. 17 session of
Superior Court was announced this week
by E.E. Smith, clerk of Superior Court.
Serving this term will be Clyde C.
Stocks, David Gerard Harvey, Lola James
Lupo, Magline Andrews, Grace Holder
Andrews, Jack McGregor, W.L. Lancaster,
Sr., Beatrice Smith Sinclair, Jennie
Warren Hood, Jean Gaston Hodgin,
Letrice Jackson Campbell, Mrs. J.A.
Farmer, Charlotte McKenzie, Mary
Dalton McBryde, Elton Buffkin, Frank
Hugh Locklear, Calvin T. Lawton, Jessie
Winston, John H. Home, Lellie Mae
Shaw, Mattie Wilson Cameron and Bertie
Jane Stocks Harden
Also called for jury duty are Mrs A.S.
Watson, Geneva Knight, Joseph Emery
In Purse Theft
Two boys were arrested in Raetord
Thursday afternoon and charged with
two counts of larceny.
A purse was reported missing from a
schoolroom at McLauchlin School about
noon Thursday after the teachers and
students had gone to lunch.
The purse with S3 missing was found
by city police after a search of the school
Later that afternoon, a purse was
reported taken from a car parked behind
Home Food Market. Policemen searching
the area found the pocketbook, with S4
taken, thrown in the trash bin behind
A 13 - year ? old boy and a 14 ? year -
old - boy were arrested near Sears and the
money was recovered from them, Police
Chief L.NN. Stanton reported.
The cases will be heard in juvenile
Lucas, Carolyn Baldwin, Doris Cain
Calloway, Malcolm Laney, Ann Maxwell
McPhaul, Mrs. Julian H. Wright, J.C.
Wright, George Clarence Brown, Frankie
Deleno Hall, Earl Lupo, William Stevens,
Jerry Albert Williams, Frank Henry
Richards, Robert A. Pittman, Ina Scull,
Daniel Bruce Holland, John G. Balfour,
Carenna D. Nealy, Margaret Currie, John
Dilbert Melton, Alma Ferguson, Murphy
McRae, Jr. and Lila Liles Culbreth.
Others on the list are Kimie Chavis,
Ella Tarpley Walker, Spencer Singletary,
Joel Ellis Gulledge, William Allen Black.
Lola Leach Bain, Anner C. Monroe,
Ethlynde Ballance, Lorraine Jennings
English, Charles Averitt, Garlon Books,
Mrs. James Emmett Walker and Mrs
Jurors who were excused from
previous lists until the August term are
Mayme Blue-Blue, Eula Conoly Parker,
Eugene Brown Maxwell and Ronald
The Star Route from Fayetteville to
Southern Pines was discontinued
Monday, ending the mid-morning and
afternoon mail pick-up and delivery in
Mail will continue to be delivered to
the Raeford post-office at 5:30 a.m. and
dispatched at 6:45 p.m. Postmaster
Charles E. Morrison said. Mail must be in
the post office by 6 25 to make the
For the past three years, he said the
Fayetteville post office has been sending
a mail truck through Raeford on the way
to Southern Pines to take mail to the
rural post office cars on the Washington
and Florence trains 75 and 76. This
added a delivery into town at 10:15 and a
dispatch at 2 30 p.m.
However, the post office cars were
This will affect mail service in Raeford,
McCain, Aberdeen and Southern Pines,
District Crafts Workshop
To Be Held In September
A District Craft Workshop will be held
at the Betsy ? Jeff Penn 4-H Center at
ReidsviUe Sept. 29 ? 31. Mrs. Ellen Willis,
county home economics agent
The workshop is sponsored by the
extension homemakers and is open to
anyone who wants to attend, Mrs. Willis
said. It will be particularly designed for
scout leaders ana others who teach crafts.
There will be quick classes lasting one
evening in the following crafts: brown
paper flowers; crepe paper flowers,
cornstarch sculpture: fabric sculpture,
nylon net ideas; pressed cane chair seats;
Swedish embroidery pillows; tie dying;
vegetable block printing; wool pictures
and eggshell decorations.
Longer classes will be held in chair
caning; crafts for youth groups; creative
stitchery; decoupage; dried floral
fiictures; hooking; jewelry; macrame
creative knotting); oak split baskets; pine
needles articles; refinishing picture
frames; trapunto embroidery and
Persons interested in attending the
workshop should call the home extension
office to pre-regiiter, Mrs. Willis said.
A new textile industry will begin
construction on an 85,000 square foot
plant in Raeford within the next two
weeks, Richard P. Bruce, Jr., president of
Knit-Away, Inc. announced Monday.
The corporation, which plans to
employ 300 to 350 people, will
manufacture and sell knitted apparel
fabrics for the home sewing trade.
The plant will include a warehouse,
double and fold area and a processing
area in which polyester yarn will be
knitted, dyed and finished into fabric for
sale to wholesalers, chain stores and retail
The Knit-Away plant will be
constructed on a 30 acre site on South
Main Street, within the city limits. The
city, which will supply water and sewer
facilities, is working now on extending
the lines to the "?rea.
Work will begin on a road into the site,
John Gaddy, city managei said. It will
connect with the road into Holly Park
subdivision if adjustments can be made in
An office will be set up immediately in
trailers at the site and applications for
employment will be accepted, Bruce said.
Some clerical workers and several
employees to work at the company's
folding facility at Southern Pines will be
needed immediately, he said.
Othei employees will be trained
beginning in October and November
Bruce said, and the plant should begin
operation by January.
Twenty or thirty salaried personnel
will be brought in by the corporation, he
said. Edwin H. Brown, vice - president in
charge of manufacturing, will manago tlie
plant operation. He was formerly general
manager of Mt. Gilead Finishing
Corporation in charge of all
Ojher officers are Francis B.
Lineweaver, vice - president in charge of
marketing; Thomas L. Foreman, treasurer
and H. Pinkney Herbert, Jr., secretary.
The corporation now lias a double and
fold facility at Southern Pines. Fabric is
manufactured by other plants and
prepared for sale by Knit-Away. When
the Raeford plant is completed, the
corporation will manufacture everything
but the polyester yarns.
Bruce, a graduate of Georgia Tech in
textile engineering was vice - president of
Texfi and president of the largest fabric
sales division, Texfi/Lively Knits Division.
He founded Mt. Gilead Finishing
Corporation, Greenhurst Fabrics and
Bruce Manufacturing Company and set
up and supervised the building of
Fayetteville Finishing Company.
Two men were arrested during the
weekend in connection with the shooting
of Joe Lowery, Jr. on July 18 near the
Robeson County line.
Jerry Jones and Bobby Locklear were
charged with assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill and were
released on Si,000 bond,
Charles Wesley Bullaid was arrested
last week for the shooting and was held in
jail on a S20.000 bond. His bond was
reduced to SI,000 and he was released
from jail on bond after Lowery was
released from Moore Memorial Hospital.
A hearing for the three men charged
with the shooting is scheduled in District
A call from Collin's Department Store
Friday to investigate a shoplifting report
resulted in the arrest of two women at
Authie Gils Anderson. 19 and Crallare
McLean, 31, were charged with larceny of
two skirts from the department store.
City policemen Jim West and G.G.
Fair cloth made the arrest.
The women were released on SI00
bond and trial was set for Friday in
Two cars collided at the intersection of
North Main Street and Prospect Avenue
Sunday evening, but no one was injured
in the accident.
Clarence Kennedy turned left from
North Main Street to Prospect, striking
the automobile driven by Jerome Russell,
which was traveling south on Main Street.
Damaget to Kennedy's car were
estimated at S800 and damages to
Russell's car at S500.
Kennedy was charged with making an
rnmfe nvovc five lit.