The Hoke County Newt- Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOL.LXVI NO. 16 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA S4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 1970
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BY SAM MORRIS
An artidc in The Paraglidc last wccl
hud the following headline: Ft. Bragg'i
'Dog' Wrcnn It Honored In Seconc
Retirement. We then read the article anc
our first thoughts were right. 'Dog' Wrenr
is the same man tliat played baseball foi
Racford in the early thirties.
Tie article states that Wrenn retiree
from the Army as a Master Sergeant ir
1950. He then started working at th<
NCO Club at Ft. Bragg and retired tht
second lime last week alter 20 years a
the club. He was motel manager of th<
dub at the time of his retirement. He i;
married and has two children a boy and :
The semi ? pro team of Racford in th<
early thirties was one of the best in tlx
state. It was nude up of local players anc
also a few soldiers from Ft. Bragg. 'Dog
Wrenn was oik of these players. He coulc
play about any position, but pitching i:
what lie was best at and what the loca
team needed. Others from Bragg thai
played on the local team were: Knowlcs
bus, Morgan and Forrester.
Some of the local players still living arc
John Dunk McNeill, Willie Hodgin, T.B
Lester and Jaybird McLcod to name i
Bernard Bray and wife recently wcnl
to Las Vegas and we would like to state :
Pew of the events that happened to therr
as told to us by Bernard.
It seems that on arriving at one of the
large hotels that the Brays reservation!
had become lost or that a mix up had
Dc?urrcd and they didn't have a room
Finally after much red tape Bray got tc
the manager of the hotel. The managci
was giving Bray a hard time until Ik
found out that Bray wus a good friend ol
the vice ? president of Ford Motor Co
Bray said he didn't get a room in that
liotcl but got first class treatment when
the manager called another hotel, (ol
course we can't print what Bray said he
told the manager.)
Bray said he received free tickets t<
show* and was paged every once in awhili
*" a*"4 'intr^f ww jill righ<
When lie got; ready to leave the manage
wouldn't t*kc a penny fdr his stay. Bra)
said the manager told htti that lie knev
the embarrassment wai^rcater than th<
hotel bill. (We wonder l>o|r anyone coulc
Bernard was also letting us of hi!
gambling al Las Vegas. He took SIO and
was playing the one dollar one ? armed
bandit and on the seventh dollar hit tlu
jackpot for SI SO. He stated he put in tlu
other three dollar* and stopped playing
(We didn't see the money!)
The shows at Las Vegas according tu
Bray arc different than vrtiat we have read
ibout. Nice, clean shows for the entire
We can't remember the entire
unvcrsation but Bernard will be glad to
ivc you full jktaili if you will come by
lacford Auta^^Hff you don't believe
Iruy's story,Buoyer will swear it
Remember that school days sre with us
gain and school buses are stopping and
larting on the highways. Also small
hildrcn will be walking to school for the
irit time, so please drive with care. The
;hool child's life you save may be from
our own Imnw
Corn Blight Hurts Some Fields;
Drought Then Rain Hits Tobacco
While participating in food programs
lias increased throughout North Carolina
this year, llicic has been a slight drop in
the number of persons in Hoke County
who rcccivc USD A surplus food.
According to figures from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, 1,863 persons
received donated food in June 1970 while
1,951 persons received USDA food in
June 1969. Figures from the social
services department, which certifies
eligibility, and from the civil defense
office, which distributes the surplus food,
show that 2,323 persons were eligible for
food in July 1969 and that 1,789 persons
called for supplies. In July 1970, 1,948
persons were eligible and 1,793 persons
picked up food donations.
Participation in the state has increased
29 per cent during the past year. Food
stamp participation increased from
74,523 to 147,847. A total of 47
counties use the food stamps.
USDA food donations were given to
127,237 persons through the family food
distribution program in June. The total
participation in both food programs
increased from 213,807 in June 1969 to
275,084 in June 1970.
The social services department need
A baby bed and mattress and a dinetti
set are needed badly Miss Mablt
McDonald said, and a donation of a usee
item would be greatly appreciated.
Also needed are old radios, record
players or television sets in working
order. 1 here is no money included in the
welfare budgets to purchase these items
but they are prized by families receiving
assistance, she said.
"If there is anyone with such items
who no longer needs them and is willing
to donate them, our department would
welcome them," she said.
Dancing classes will begin Sept. 16
after school at Raeford Elementary
The lessons in tap, ballet and
acrobatics will be taught by staff
members of the Charlotte Blume School
ofDance in Fayctlevillc.
Ballet classed will be held on Friday
afternoons and classes in lap and
acrobatics will be taught on Wednesday
School Days Come Again
5000 Students Exoected
School opened this week with an
enrollment expected to be about 5000
students, however final enrollment figures
probably won't be available until the
second or third week of school.
"We arc expecting a very good school
year," Donald D. Abcrncthy, county
school superintendent said. "1 don't
foresee any major problems. Of course,
there are always minor things ? a bus
breaks down or the route doesn't run
exactly as planned or students move over
the summer ?? but this usually straightens
out in a few days."
Two new buses t\avc been added this
year to help relieve crowding on some
routes There will be 54 buses in
Hoke County will be eligible for
federal desegregation money, he said, and
an application for funds under the
program is being prepared.
At a meeting Aug. 11, the school board
denied request from six parents to allow
students to attend schools outside the
Between 150 and 200 children have
attended schools in other counties until
this year, Abernethy said. Since state
money and teacher allocations arc based
on attcndancc, this could cost Hoke
County as many as seven tcachcrs and
between S8.000 and SI0,000 in state and
federal funds if the children continued to
attend other schools. Seniors who
attended out of county schools lasl year
will be excepted from the policy.
3I.JGH1 - Windell Young, county agent, points out areas of Southern leaf blight on
leaves taken from a field of roasting ears In the Dundarrach section. Leaf blight has not
been severe in the county, however a combination of early drought and blight may
cause a loss of 30 to 35 per cent of the corn crop here.
Damage Payment Ordered
In Carnal Know ledge Case
A tenth grade student was awarded
$200 for damages by Superior Court
Judge Thomas D. Cooper, Jr. as part of a
judgement against Jimmy Burns of Rt. 2,
Raeford, who pleaded guilty to carnal
knowledge of a female child.
Burns, who was tried last week in
Superior Court, was sentenced to prison
for three to five years. The sentence was
suspended and he was placed on
probation for three years on the
condition that he pay the court costs, all
the medical bills incurred by the
prosecuting witness as a result to the
attack and 5200 as damages to the
The 15-year-old girl testified that she
went to the home of a girlfriend in the
neighborhood on Aug. 3, a Sunday
evening. Burns was there, she said, and
soon after she arrived, her friend left the
house to look after a child and a friend of
Burns who was there also left tire house,
locking the door as he went out. Burns
then took her to a bedroom where he
forced Iter to have sexual relations with
him, the girl testified.
Her girlfriend came back to the house
and she remained there for fear Burns
would attack her again if she returned to
her home, she said. After Burns left, she
went to her home and told her mother
what had happened. Her mother took her
to the sheriff's office, where deputies
took her to Moore County Hospital. She
was hospitalized several days, she said.
The defense attempted to show that
the girl had agreed to meet Burns at the
home and has twice before agreed to
meet him but had failed to do so on those
occasions. She said that she had not
planned to meet him at the house.
Witnesses for the defense testified that
Burns was well known and respected at
work and in the community.
In placing him on probation, Judge
Cooper advised the 28-year-old man that
in the future he would have to leave the
young girls alone or he would risk having
his probation revoked. Burns had been in
jail since he was arrested shortly after the
Superior Court closed Thursday after
taking up a heavy docket during the
A jury found Robert M. Graham of
Raeford not guilty of issuing a worthless
check for S50.87 to Bobby Locklear and
guilty of issuing a worthless check for
SI00 to the Johnson Cotton Company
He was sentenced to 30 days suspended
for six months on the condition that he
pay the check and costs by the November
term of court.
Mary M. Jones of McCain pleaded
guilty to issuing a worthless check for
S225 and was sentenced to 30 days
suspended for six months on the
condition that she pay the check and
costs before the November term of
Willie Martin McCain, of Raeford.
pleaded not guilty but was found guilty
by a jury of driving under the influence
and was sentenced to six months in
prison. The active sentence was imposed
after he was given a four month
suspended sentence and a S2S0 fine but
was unable to pay the fine.
Andrew Bethune. 18. of Rockfish
pleaded not guilty of ussualt on a female
and wrongful entry but was found guilty
by a jury.
OST/ton**!*!! the Inevitable Unci as children and parents waited to ft> to the assigned
The prospects lor corn and tobacco
growers diminish as wet weather hampers
the tobacco harvest and a combination of
early drought and Southern leaf blight
attack the corn.
Although the corn crop docs not show
a large pcrccntagc of blight infection,
county agent Wendell Young predicts
that as much as 30 to 3S per ccnt of the
crop may have been destroyed by both
dry weather and disease.
The quality of the tobacco crop has
been lessened by the early dry weather
and by the rain during the past month
that is making liarvcsting and curing
difficult, lie said.
Cotton and soybeans look good, he
said and have not been damaged by the
weather. However, the rain has hampered
spraying and worms liave become a
problem on both cotton and soybeans.
Corn blight, which has affected the
crop from the Deep South to Canada,
accounts for some of the crop loss in the
county this year, he said. The disease is a
windbomc fungus which is carried from
diseased corn to healthy com. It first
appears as small yellow spots that
elongate to streaks of about a half inch
on the leaf and turn white or grey. Severe
infection leads to stem rot and shuck and
ear infection. If the disease attacks the
corn before corn kernels reach the
advanced milk stage, severe loss occurs.
If com that is being planted for silage
is severely infected, it should be liarvcstcd
immediately, Young advised. So far, tests
show no toxic effccts on cattle from
infected silage. If as much as 15 to SO per
cent is affected, the corn should be
harvested, he said.
Corn that is intended for grain harvest
should be combined as soon as moisture
will permit, Young said.
Infected corn that is left in the field is
more susceptible to secondary infection
and molds and care should be used in
allowing swine or cattle to cat it, Young
A 25 per cent crop loss throughout the
state will mean a harvest of 68.6 million
bushels as compared to a harvest of 89.8
million bushels last year. A total of 50
million bushels will liave to be brought
into the state to meet the needs.
Young said a price rise in beef, swine
and poultry is certain and may begin to
appear by fall. Production of food
animals may be curtailed, lie said but
much depends on the reactions in other
parts of the country such as in the
Mid-West. If corn is scarce there, lie said,
buyers may not buy feeder cattle from
the growers here. However, the cffccts of
the crop loss cannot be predicted until
after the harvest, he said. Harvesting of
early corn will begin in about two weeks.
It's Bloodmobile time again.
The Bloodmobile will be at Raeford
Methodist Church next Wednesday from
12 to 5:30 p.m. to take donations.
A normal quota of 100 pints is needed
for the county,chairman Clyde Upchurch
The state reduced the charges before
trial from assualt with intent to commit
rape and burglary with intent to commit
rape to the lesser charge of assault on a
female and wrongful entry. He was
sentenced to six months in prison as a
commited youthful offender.
Delton Monroe, of Rt. 1, Raeford, was
sentenced to four months in prison after
pleading guilty to assaulting his wife,
Wilma Monroe. He testified that he had
been in prison three other times, all for
assaulting his wife.
Owilla Louise Dobbins, of Rt. 2.
Raeford, pleaded guilty to assault and
was ordered to pay court costs for driving
without an operator's license.
Joe Fairly of Southern Pines was fined
S25 and costs for driving without an
Set P WMl N I. P.i|!C 1 I
Archie Howard Dies Tues.
Funeral T oday At Antioch
i-uneral services lor William Archie
-toward will be held Thursday at 3 p.m.
I Antioch Presbyterian Church by the
lev. Ben F. Ferguson, pastor, and the
lev. Gower Crosswell of Winston ? Salem.
Howard, who was 59, died Tuesday
The son of tlie late Dr. W.O. Howard
f Georgia and Sally McGoogan Howard,
e was a lifelong resident of the county
rid was active in the business, church and
ivic life of the community.
Howard was a graduate of Raeford
ligh School and Davidson College. He
as a director of Hoke Oil and Fertilizer
ompany for 31 years and had been vice ?
esident and general manager since
)60. He had served as a delegate to the
ational Cotton Council, vice ? president
the North Carolina - South Carolina
Mtonseed Crushers Association and
rector of the North Carolina Concrete
He was a member and past president of
c Kiwanis Club and served as a member
d past president uf the school board.
? also served as a director of the
icford ? Hoke Chamber of Commerce,
president ol the Hoke County Farm
ireau and chairman of the United Fund.
Howard was a ruling elder in the
itiucli Presbyterian Church for 32 years
d had served as clerk of session* there
r mure than 25 years. He has also
served as district chairman and president
i>f the Men of the Church of the
He is survived by his wife, Sarah
Hamilton Howard and one daughter,
Susan Howard Phillips; one brother,
Charles Howard of Arlington, Va. and
one aunt, Mn. John McGoogan.