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The Hoke County Newt- Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOL. LXVI NO. 15 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY. AUGUST 20. 1970
BY SAM MORRIS
Tlie wftball tournaments arc over
for this year and the winner is the
Pepsi-Cola team from Fayetteville. They
defeated Ralph's Mobile Homes, also of
Fayetteville, in the finals Saturday night.
Complete results and the all-star team are
on an inside page. We want to report that
our photographer was on hand, but as
will happen occasionally the negatives
were bad so that is the reason we don't
have pictures of the all-stars and most
valuable player. But we hit two out of
three this year, so maybe we can bat a
thousand next year.
There is still time to qualify for the
Arabia Golf tournament. The last day is
Saturday, August 22nd. Raz Autry,
tournament chairman, requests anyone
that hasn't played the two rounds to do
so. The flights will be set and head on
play will determine the winner. It will
take two losses to be defeated.
Talmadge Baker, who left tliis week to
start his new job as Moore County Farm
Extension agent, will be missed in the
county. We arc not farmers, but from all
reports he performed his job in an
excellent manner. His fellow church
workers at Racford United Methodist
Church will also miss him. From every
report he was tops in his church work. Wc
do know that he was a community
worker and never failed to answer the call
for any drive that was worthwhile. He
always got the job done and with little
fanfare. We wish him and his family the
best of everything and we know that
Moore County lias a hard worker.
This nukes two people tiiat Hoke
County lias lost in the pust two months
that will be hard to replacc when you arc
looking for aid on a civic project. They
are Talmadge Baker and Ash well
Another happy user of our classified
section is Mrs. Mary Creech. She was by
Monday to insert a want ad and rtated
"tfuit the ad she had about i freezer for
sale last week brought many phone calls
and she sold the freezer. So if you liavc
items you want to sell join the liappy
group that uses the classified section of
? The News Journal.
A letter received this week from Mrs.
Frances H. Bowles a local teacher is
Dear Citizens of Hoke County,
Having just returned from a week's
workshop for teachers at Atlantic
Christian College 1 feel impelled to write
Do you realize how lucky we are in our
county? If you don't, then you should
have heard some of the frustrations
voiced by some of the teachers I met.
Situations we could have had if our local
School Board had not carried out plans
for complete desegregation.
1 have listened to teachers who know
not where they will teach next year or
what grade they can anticipate liaving. I
heard of the students who don't yet
? know which schools they will attend.
Some counties have already delayed
school opening at least a week, with the
possibility of indefinite opening.
Can you imagine how many gray hairs
? the lurried school board members must
be acquiring trying to work out feasible
plans acceptable to the people and the
Let's be grateful for our local school
board for having foresight enough to go
ahead with sometlung that was inevitable.
Tell your children to study hard, help
each other and cooperate with their
teachers. Let's make ours the best school
system in North Carolina.
We're several steps ahead of many
other counties. Let's keep moving
Yours very sincerely,
Frances H. Bowles
Ronald McNeill Huffman lias been
appointed director of social services in
The appointment was announced this
week bv Rr. C.M. Johnson, chairman of
the Bladen County board of
Huffman is a graduate of Hoke High
School and of St. Andrews College. He
served on the staff of the Hoke County
? Department of Social Services for five
vean before entering the University of
North Carolina Graduate School at
Chapel Hill. He graduated this past June.
Mrs. Huffman Is the former Barbara K.
Webb of Raaford. The couple has two
children, Ronnie, 4, and Joey, 2.
WORK OF NA TURF - This unusual centerpiece, consisting of 17 apples, complete with branch and leaves was pulled all in one
piece, from the tree of Mr. and Mrs. Kip Wash of 504 Grant Ave. City. (Photo by J. Peoples)
South Hoke Chosen
For State Program
South Hoke School will participate this
year in an innovative program that will
use sucl) approaches as team teaching,
flexible grouping, nongraded organization
and utilization of teacher aides.
It is one of the 173 North Carolina
schools approved by the State Board of
Education for participation in the
Comprehcnwvc School improvement
Project for the 1970-71 school year.
Commonly known as CSIP, the project
is designed to improve the total
Police F orce
David Dawson, who lias worked on the
city police force for the past six weeks,
resigned this week.
His resignation became effective
Monday, Police Chief L.W. Stanton said.
Dawson was hired July 1.
He has taken a job with a construction
company in Wilmington, Chief Stanton
educational program in (he elementary
schools. Typically, the CSIP program
involves three classrooms of elementary
students whose tcachcrs function as a
team with the three teachers assisted by a
tcachcr aide. Financial assistance is
provided by the state to pay the salary of
the tcachcr aide, to enable the tcachcrs of
the team to visit other innovative schools,
to purchase additional instructional
materials and to employ special
Originally initiated in 1963-64 as a
project jointly funded by the Ford
Foundation and the State Board of
Education, CSIP is now financed entirely
front state funds. Yearly, more than
17,000 children and 600 teachers have
Recognising the need for strengthening
research in all aspects of curriculum and
instruction, the State Department of
Public Instruction anticipates that CSIP
will be terminated at the close of the
1970-71 school year and replaced by a
broader based program of
experimentation and development.
A chain saw stolen from a pick-up
truck Monday afternoon was recovered
by city police shortly alter it was
Tie saw was reported missing by
Sanford Locklcar, who said it was in the
back of his truck when he parked in front
ol the Racford Salvage Company.
Police Chief L.W. Stanton and
Pi.rolm* i Leonard Wiggins found the
saw hidden in the woods about twenty
The investigation of the theft is
Out Till Oct. 1
No small-pox vaccinations will be given
at the Health Department until October
Due to the high incident of sores and
mosquito bites as well as cases of measles
and chicken pox in the community, the
vaccinations are being deferred until
cooler weather, Health Department
In Superior Court
Two Get Jail Terms
Bus schedules are now in order for the
upcoming school year. According to E.G.
Inman who is in charge of the bus
routing, everything is ready for the new
school district program.
Carrying children to Updiurch School
will be bus No. 2. Children in grades six,
seven and eight will use this bus. The bus
will start its rounds at 7 a.m. and will
make one minute stops at the following
locations. It will arrive at Upchurch
shortly after 8 p.m.
The bus will make its fust stop at the
southern end of Wooley Street. From
there the next stop will be at the corner
of Harris and Dickson, then it will stop at
Dickson and W. Edinborough and
continue to its next stop ut Prospect and
Dickson. Another stop will be made at
Fifth Avenue and Fulton Street.
The bus will then stop at the Raeford
Elementary School and continue to
Fulton and W. Edinbourough.
The rest of the stops, in order of their
occurrencc arc: Central and Magnolia, E.
Central and Stewart, Wilmuth, Oak wood,
St. Pauls Drive, St. Pauls Drive and
Reaves St., Elwood Avenue and Crawford
Street, Crawford and Donaldson,
Donaldson Avenue and McRae, E.
Prospect, Forrest Street and Grant
Avenue, Forrest Street and Sixth Avenue,
Sixth Avenue and Saunders Street,
Jackson Street and E. Prospect, E.
Edinborough and Jackson Street, E.
Edinborough and Stewart Street, and
Sixth Avenue and N. Main.
Two buses will be picking up children
for South Hoke School this year.
Children in grades four and five in the
central district will use these buses.
Bus No. 26 first stop will be at the
corner of Eighth Avenue and Magnolia
Street. From there it will continue to
make the following one minute stops.
Fifth Avenue and Green Street,
Donaldson Avenue and Green Street,
Bethune Avenue and Dickson Street, W.
Edinborough and Dickson Street, Wright
Street and W. Central, Wright and Harris
Avenue, Wooley and Maxwell Avenue,
Magnolia Street, Harris Avenue and
See Schedules, Page 11
Darnell McMillan and Sidney
Townscnd were sentenced to prison for
not less than eight or more than ten years
after pleading guilty Tuesday in Superior
Court to voluntary manslaughter in the
death of Henry G. Monroe last March.
They were originally charged with
murder but the slate agreed to rcducc the
chargcs to voluntary manslaughter.
In presenting the evidence, the defense
attempted to show that the beating of
Monroe took place because Townscnd
found Monroe in bed with Geneva
Townsend, his wife.
Judge Thomas D. Cooper, Jr., who is
presiding over the August session of
Superior Court, recommended that the
men be given the option of serving under
the work-release program as soon as they
are eligible to do so.
Hie court dismissed the case of Joe
Randall Holland for insufficient evidence.
Holland was appealing a conviction in
District Court of careless and reckless
After witnesses for the state had
testified that Holland liad driven away
from the Tasty Freeze at a high rate of
speed, skidding onto the highway on two
wheels and crossing back into the left
lane before regaining control of the
vehicle. Judge Cooper sent the jury from
the courtroom and said that since
Holland did not have an attorney to make
the motion, the court would move for
non-suit in the case.
"Back home, we call that kind of
driving scratching off," Judge Cooper
said. "If there is no other traffic to be
affected -- and the state has testified that
there were no other cars on the highway
at that time-then it is not careless and
A charge of careless and reckless
driving is that driving thai is likrly to
endanger the property or s. #- / of ithcrs.
It is ; ,carel ss indifference ??r rirlits
and safety of other persons."
After he dismissed the case, Judge
Cooper told Holland "If you keep driving
like that, youll be right back up here."
Lena Mae Locklear McMiUian pleaded
guilty to violation of prohibition laws by
having 59 bottles of beer and 131k pints
of whiskey for re-sale. She was given an
18 to 24 month sentence suspended for
three years on the conditions that she pay
a fine of S300 and court costs, that she
remain on good behavior and not violate
any state or federal penal laws and that
she expressly waive Iter rights under the
Fourth Admendment of the Constitution
and allow ABC officers or sheriffs
department personnel to search her
premises at any time without a scarch
See Jail Terms. Pa^e I t
Balfour & Lester At State Meeting
Medicaid Expensive To Taxpayers
An urgent concern over the high cost
of providing medical care through the
Medicaid program prompted a meeting in
Raleigh last week of county
commissioners from 82 of the state's 100
John Balfour, county commissioner,
and T.B. Lester, county manager,
attended the meeting called by the N.C.
Association of County Commissioners.
State Social Services Commissioner
Clifton Craig, John R. Jordan, Jr.,
chairman of the State Board of Social
Services, and Harry McGalliard, deputy
attorney general, answered the written
questions submitted by the
'They told us it was up to the
legislature to make any changes in the
program," Lester said. "The state board
of social services is operating according to
the law of the state and there is no way
to curtail the operation."
Jordan also told the commissioners
that it was entirely up to the General
Assembly to relieve the counties of some
or all of the financial responsibility for
According to Lester, the cost of
Medicaid to Hoke County is rising and
may outrun the amount budgeted for it
by the late spring.
The Medicaid payments at the first of
August totaled $26,790.96. Of that, the
county and state each paid S3.S79.68 or
12V4 per cent. The federal government
paid 119,631.60 or 75 per cent. The
county has included S28.71I in the
budget for 1970-71. If each month's
payments equal the one for August, the
program will requite S42.000 from the
During the six months the program was
in effect last flacal year, the county paid
Medicaid, which went into effect last
Jan. 1, covers hospitalization, doctor'*
fees, drum dental work, optical aervices,
nursing home care and outpatient care. It
is available to all persons who receive
public assistance money payments and to
persons not on public assistance who
meet eligibility requirements for medical
assistance. The group who receive medical
assistance only is allowed to have a
monthly income that is less than a state ?
set limit and may have reserve funds that
are less than an amount set by the state.
Since March I, the state allows a non ?
essential automobile valued less than
Si ,000 to be included in the reserve. Miss
Mabel McDonald, Hoke County director
of social services said.
The tax levy for social services
amounts to 17c for each S100 valuation,
Lester said. Of this, 6c goes to Medicaid.
According to the Ahoskie Herald,
Hertford County spends 41 cents for each
S100 valuation on social services. The
Medicaid program ther is budgeted at
$77,492. The Medicaid bill for Scotland
County for July was 587,713, with
Scotland's share costing $11/422.
The program pays 100 per cent of
hospital costs and "reasonable" costs in
the other categories, Miss McDonald said.
According to public records available
at the county auditor's office, of the
S3,579 paid by the county in August,
SI ,942.22 went to hospitals for inpatient
care; $32.84 went to hospitals for out ?
patient care; Si34.62 was paid for dental
services; S592.97 was paid to pharmacies;
$453.18 went to physicians; $41.80 was
paid for optical services; $196.75 went to
nursing Itomes and $185.30 was used to
buy the supplemental medical insurance
for those receiving social security.
Of the total federal, state and county
funds paid in August, 47 participating
physicians received $3,480.69. Eight
docton were paid more than $100 this
month. They are Raeford Medical Group,
$777.20; Dr. Jack T. Baverly, S143; Dr.
Gua Forbes, $194; Dr. Joaeph Hiatt,
SI25; Dr. Robert Townsend, S222.90;
Dr. Walter Newton, S193; Dr. Donald
Wallace 5411; and Dr. Edwin Womble,
S235. Dr. Riley Jordan received S54.80.
Pharmacy bills totaled 54,554.32 for
August. Of this, which included state,
federal and county funds, Hoke Drug
Company received SI,849.39; Howell
Drug Company was paid SI,793.25 and
Wagram Drug Store was paid 5357.51.
Four nursing homes received a total of
SI 160.14. Gladhaven Nursing Home in
Fayetteville received the largest payment
of S598.09 for two people admitted
there. Anthony's Nursing Home was paid
S351 through Medicaid.
The total bill for optical services was
S321.05 to four providers. The largest
payment was made to Dr. Jack T. Beverly
for SI60. He also received S143 for
physician's services. Fayetteville Optical
Company was paid S103.35; Dr. Oscar
Burns was paid S27.40 and Dr. Arthur
McKeniie was paid $29,90.
The total dental bill in August was
S1034. Dr. Julius Jordan received S670 in
Medicaid payments. Dr. Joseph Johnson
Total hospital bills to institutions
throughout the area amounted to
514,917.21 for inpatient care and
5252.25 for outpatient service.
However, the bills paid in August were
not til incurred in one month, Miss
McDonald explained. Some of them
dated as far back as January and most
were from May through July.
Miss McDonald, who shares the
concern of county officials over the cost
of the program, has made several
reeommodations for changes in the
operation of Medicaid.
"Recently, Clifton M. Craig, Mate
commissioner of social services, has
become alarmed at the increasing costs of
the program and has aent field
representative!) to counties to discuss with
directors on how they think costs might
Miss McDonald recommended to the
state board that clients again be required
to pay a percentage of the expenses, not
only on drugs but on all services. Before
Medicaid went into effect, the state
included SIO per person for medical
expense in each month's welfare
payment. Hie individual was then
responsible for paying physicians fees.
They were required to pay SI on all
prescriptions also. Sinch Medicaid, all
reasonable lees are paid by the program
with no expense to the user.
Miss McDonald also suggested that in
families where there is more than one
person employed, the total income
should be considered in determining
eligibility. Now, for example, if a person
over 65 who is in the aid for the aged
program lives with a child who has a good
income, the department may count as
resources only the amount that the child
says he is able and willing to contribute
toward the medical care of his
parent. Another suggestion applied to
the method of computing farm income,
which Miss McDonald said is "ridiculous",
in it's present form. Previously, when an
applicant farmed, the department had to
pro - rate the yearly income cn a monthly
basis, using the last year's income if the
crops had not been sold that year, she
said. The new policy says if an applicant
applies before his crop is sold, nothing
can be shown as income for lite first six
months after he applies. In other woids.
those who apply between January and
June thow no income for those months,
those who apply from June through
December have their income prorated for
those six months only. Eligibility is
established on a six ? months basis.
Miss McDonald also suggested that the
imount allowed ss reserve by the state
was entirely too high. Applicants should
be required to use up such resources as
they have before they become eligible.
"These suggestions, I feel, would
greatly rcducc the cost of the program."
"1 want everybody in Hoke County
who needs medical care and cannot
afford it, to get that care, but 1 do think
that the program is being abused."
Miss McDonald added that while she
thinks the present policy is too generous
in some respects, it is too restrictive in
others. For example, she said that she
feels that the amount allowed for reserve
funds is tar too generous and should be
used to help pay medical bills if needed
but, on the other hand, the policy lias
such provisions that an unemployed
father with children is never eligible for
medical assistance as long as he is able ?
"We have many seasonal workers in
Hoke County who at certain times of the
year couldn't raise a dollar for a doctor
bill if they had to, but they are not
eligible as long as they arc able to work
whether the job is there or not."
However, the commissioners were told
at the meeting, unless the legislature acts
to change the counties' responsibility, the
counties have no legal choice but to
provide the funds required under the
"As the unit of government closest to
the poeple, county government has some
obligation to the sick and the aged and
the infirm and 12V4 per cent is not a
staggering burden, relatively speaking,"
Craig told the commissioners.
Only seven states spend less on welfare
than does North Carolina,Craig reported.
State welfare costs last year were S6.10
per inhabitant, while the national average
was S24.8S per inhabitant. He said the
state it alio in the bottom 10 in ill
welfare programs in terms of Jhe benefits