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The Hoke County News- Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOL. LXV1 NO. 21 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1 $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY, OCTOBER I. 1970
BY SAM MORRIS
The advertisement in last week's paper
run by Collins Dept. Store contained an
erroneous date. The ad was about a
sewing contest and the registration
deadline was listed as Sept. 17. The
registration deadline is October 10th so
all you seamtresses get out your needles
and start to sew. There is still plenty of
time to enter the contest. So go down to
Collins today and register.
Miss Mary Black McBryde, Hoke native
and an office worker for Senator Sam
Ervin in Washington called last Friday to
correct an artide in last week's paper.
The article concerned the Robeson
County Democratic rally scheduled for
Pembroke Saturday October 3 at 6:30
pjn. The article stated that Sen Erwin
would attend and Miss McBryde said that
the senator had declined the rally due to
other commitments. She hoped that the
rally would be a success and hated that
the senator could not attend, but just
wanted to set the record straight. We
appreciate you calling, Mary Black, and it
is always a pleasure to talk with you.
If you need a ticket to the rally in
Pembroke Saturday night, yours truly can
supply you with one. The feed is from
6:30 to 8:30 and most of the politicians
will be present. So let's all go to
Pembroke for an old time Democratic
Rally. See you there!
Raeford and Hoke County has been in
the news for the past few weeks.
The column '"Tarheel Outdoors"
released from a state department in
Raleigh to all daily and weekly
newspapers this week is written about a
local man. June Johnson. June and the
writer Joel Arrington discuss spear
fishing. The aitide appears elsewhere in
the paper'. Thanks June for the publicity
for Hoke County and Raeford.
A picture published on the front page
of The News-Journal on July 30th has
made a number of daily papers across the
nation. The picture was taken by Laurie
Telfair and showed a German Shepherd
dog chasing a beaver in a pond on Eli
Shankle's farm. We saw the picture in The
Charlotte Observer and have been told
that it appeared in the Asheville paper.
Walter Holi came by Monday and said his
sister in Ft. Myers, Fla. sent him a paper
with the picture in it. The picture was
picked up from a Wildlife magazine by
the Associated Press and released
We always knew that Eli would get
world-wide publicity, but not by a dog
and a beaver.
We think that these kind of things are
good for the city and county. Let's all
keep Raeford and Hoke in the news.
A couple of weeks ago J.W. Turlington,
principal at Raeford Elementary School,
asked that we run maps and an article
about picking up and bringing children to
school. We did and have received the
following letter from Turlington. We also
want to commend the parents who have
helped solve the traffic problem.
The letter follows:
First of all, I want to tell you how
much we appreciate the wonderful
cooperation that we have had from The
News-Journal over all these years. You
have been a great aid at all times when we
have asked for your help to solve
problems or get messages to the people of
Then, I want to tell you of the
wonderful cooperation that we have had
from our school patrons concerning the
traffic problem that we were having. So
far it has been only a very few parents
who have not followed our request about
the traffic pattern to be followed.
Friday many of our patrons, after
having teen The News-Journal Thursday,
began following our request. I want to
again thank you for your cooperation and
to thank the parents for being so
cooperative in helping solve our problem.
James W. Turlington
The Booster Club will meet Monday at
8 p.m. at Hoke High School to discuss
preparationi for the Homecoming
Barbecue before the Hamlet game Oct.
Charlie Hotlel, president, urged
residents to support the
conference-leading Bucks by joining
Booster Club activities.
Films from the Raeford-Plnecrest game
will be shown aftar the business meeting.
National Skydiving Meet Scheduled
At Raeford Airport This Weekend
County records are being microfilmed
for safe-keeping by the State Department
of Archives and History.
Microfilming began this week by J.H.
Mercer and W.B. Edwards, Jr., microfilm
camera operators of the department.The
work is expected to take at least six
County records of permanent value
will be recorded. These include real estate
records, birth and death indexes, court
records, records of estates, wills special
proceedings and minutes of the various
county boards. Marriage licenses will be
recorded if the county choses to prepare
them for microfilming.
Records from the city will also be
recorded by the department.
In addition, churches in the county
and surrounding areas are invited to take
advantage of the opportunity to provide
security for their records by bringing
them to the courthouse for microfilming.
Minutes, registers and other records of
permanent value will be microfilmed and
the film will be stored in the Slate
Archives at no cost to the churches.
Churches wishing to take advantage of
this service should contact Mercer in the
office of the Clerk of Superior Court by
Oct. 23 and arrange to have the work
Security microfilm will be stored in the
underground vault in the new Archives
and History-State Library Building in
Raleigh. In the event of loss of original
records, copies can be made and supplied
at nominal costs.
Permanent records, such as deeds and
wills, will be repaired as necessary. All
work is being done at state expense.
An inventory of the records in the
county offices was prepared before
microfilming began. County officials will
be given copies of the inventory, together
with schedules of retention and disposal
of all records. The inventory-schedules
serve as a guide in determining which
records should be perserved permanently
and how long others should be retained
prior to destruction.
Many of the counties have suffered
serious losses of records as a result of fire
and other causes. For years, the late Dr.
Christopher Crittenden, former Director
of the State Department of Archives and
History, and Dr. H.G. Jones, State
Archivist, and now Director, considered
possible methods of providing security
for essential records in the counties.
They eventually devised the plan of
microfilming the records for security.
State and county officials endorsed the
idea and the 1959 General Assembly
enacted legislation which authorized and
directed the department to proceed with
Work began in the fall of 1959. Since
then, counties have been selected
approximately by age and Hoke is the
98th county to be scheduled. The
program is under the supervision of F.D.
Gatton, Assistant Records Administrator
Parents Of Raeford Man
Die In Car-Truck Crash
The parents of a Raeford resident were
killed last Friday afternoon near
Louisburg when the car in which they
were riding collided with a truck pulling a
John W. Williams, Jr., 53 and his wife
Frances, 51, of Weldon were killed in the
wreck. They were the parents of John W.
Williams III of Raeford. Mrs. Marvel M.
Pierce, 68, of Weldon, wlio was riding in
the Williams' car, also died in the
Otha Harrison Giles, Jr., of Raleigh,
driver of the truck, was treated at
Franklin Memorial Hospital and released.
Highway patrolman J.F.. Byrd said the
rig iackknifcd across the highway and the
Williams' car collided with the truck.
Tlic wreck occuired on U.S. 401 in
front of the Elmo Cash Grocery - the
destination of the mobile home
Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs.
Williams were held Sunday at Weldon
United Methodist Church by the Rev.
J.B. Parvin. Burial was in Cedarwood
They are survived by a daughter,
Darnell Williams of Raleigh; a son, John
W. Williams III of Raeford. Surviving
Williams is his mother, Mrs. J.W. Williams
of Asheboro; two sisters, Ruth Williams
of Greensboro and Mrs. J.S. McEachern
of Raleigh, two brothers, Harry Williams
of "Raleigh and P.A. Williams of
MICROFILMING - Jim Mercer (left) and Bill Edwards, from the Stare Department uf
Archievet, microfilm county records at the courthouse. Two pages at a time can be
recorded on film.
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OyV TARGET - Sgt. Dale Stec, a principal instructor for the Green Beret Sports
Parachute Club, is right on the 2'A inch target. He will be one of the more 150 iumpers
expected to compete in the national skydiving meet scheduled at Raeford Airport this
weekend. Sgt. Stec has more than 500 jumps and is one of the top skydivers in the
Green Beret Club. He is 24 years old and is a native of Buffalo, N. Y. (Photo by Dave
A national parachute meet will be held
this weekend at the Raeford Airport.
Approximately 150 top United States
skydivers will compete for the S600 in
cash prizes and trophies.
Clubs from as far away as Michigan and
Ohio are expected to compete in the
events Saturday and Sunday. However,
many of the jumpers will be members of
the three sports parachute clubs at Ft.
Bragg, who hope to keep the prizes and
honors in North Carol ma.
The meet is being sponsored by the
Green Beret Parachute Club of Ft. Bragg.
This will be the first national meet held
by the club and also the first time the
Raeford airport has been used for an
event this large. The Green Beret club lias
used the airport here for several months
for training and local meets.
Four aircraft will be used during the
competition, with a jumper leaving the
plane every 40 seconds.
Each skydiver will make six jumps
durine the weekend from an altitude of
3,000 feet. The target is only 2V&tttchct
in diameter. No points are recorded for
any one missing the center of the target
by twelve feet or more.
Competition will begin Saturday
morning at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.
Sunday's events will be held from a.m.
to 8 pjn.
A concession stand at'the airport will
be operated by the Hq? County Rescue
Squad. Admission to^pe meet is tree.
Dead In Car
A man was found dejd in a -at parked
on the shoulder ot VC. 211 early
Mon ,*\ Morning, the .,-mitf'it victim of
a heart attack i>
He as identified as Charles Willis Cook,
whose address was listed as Randleman.
Deputy sheriffs Harvey Young and
Robert Locklear found the car parked in
front of the old Lentz place about 12:30
Cook was driving a rented vehicle,
Sheriff D.M. Barrington said. County
coroner Frank Crumplei listed the cause
of death as a heart attack.
Stranded Worker Given
Bus Ticket For Home
By Laurie Telfair
Willie Turner, Jr. went home to
Atlanta Tuesday,with the heipof the
Raeford police, the First Baptist Church
and a motorist passing through town.
Turner came to the city police station
late Monday night, hungry and half-sick.
The motorist, Pat Willcox of Southern
Pines, daughter of the late Dr. J.W.
Willcox, a former director of the
Hoke-Moore health district, stopped at
the police station in search of change for
a dollar bill.
Turner told Miss Willcox and
Books To Open
On October 10
Registration books for the November 3
General E lection will open Oct. 10, Alex
K. Brock,executive secretary of the State
Board of Elections, announced this
week. The books will be open at the
voting places for three Saturdays in
October - October 10, 17 and 24. On
week-days during this period, citizens
may register at the home of their precinct
Absentee voting is permitted in the
general election provided proper
application is made. No application joy
civilians, can be received earlier than
Sept. 19 or later than the Wednesday
before the election. Brock said. Offices
to be /illed during this election include
U.S. Congressmen, 29 state judicial
officers, solicitors and district judges,
members of the State Senate and state
Hou* of Representatives, county officers
and seven Constitutional Amendment
Brock urged voters to inform
themselves in advance of the election.
Particular attention should be given to
the amendments, he said.
"All citizens are urged to participate
and involve themselves in this true
expression of democracy."
dispatcher Wilbert Stanton that he had
come to North Carolina this summer as a
migrant worker to harvest sweet potatoes.
He and ten other men were brought in
a VW bus from Atlanta by a man they
knew as George. Turner went to work in
Harnett County, harvesting potatoes for
15 cents a box. He never made over SI .50
a day, he said, because he was charged a
fee for room and board that was always
equal to his wages.
Turner described the camp in which he
lived, with outdoor toilets and beds made
of thin, cotton mattresses placed on
two-by-four platforms. There were cold
outdoor showers, he said, but no soap.
The food was adequate on the days that
they were fed, he explained, but meals
weren't always served every day.
Last Sunday Turner decided to go
home to Atlanta. He began walking from
Dunn, most of the time in the drenching
rain. He reached Raeford Monday night,
tired, sick with a cold, hungry and broke
At the police station, Miss Willcox
opened a can of beans and one of Vienna
sausage she had in her car from a fishing
trip and Stanton found him a place to
sleep for the night.
Early Tuesday morning. Turner, Miss
Willcox, and Police Chief Stanton began
to search for ways to help him get to
Atlanta. Mrs. Stanton brought Turner a
breakfast, and he was given some dry
Turner needed some way to make
Meets Oct. 7
A meeting of the Hillcrest-Scurlock
Community Water System will be held
Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Scurlock School.
The purpose of the meeting is to
incorporate the system and establish
permanent committees Attending will be
representativrt of the engineering firm,
the system attorney and Farmer's Home
money for bus fare in Georgia and at the
same time, he needed money enough to
live here. The group thought of seeking
employment for him on a farm or
perhaps at the turkey plant, hut Turner
would have had no money on which to
Finally Chief Stanton remembered that
the Baptist Church maintained an
emergency fund for persons in desperate
need. A call was made to Mrs. t.G.
Inman, who is active in the Baptist
Church, and she in turn, called the Rev.
Within minutes, the Res. Mansfield
called the police station and asked them
to find out the fare to Atlanta and the
time of departure of the next through
Willie Turner left Raeford on the
10:20 bus, with a small amount of
spending money, and a lunch packed by
There was even a few dollars left in the
emergency fund i'for seed."
A home was damaged by fire Tuesday
and a young girl was slightly injured when
a can of gasoline she was using to start a
fire in a heater exploded. One room ot
a house located by Hoke Concrete
Company was burned and there wa?
smoke damage to the rest of the home
Clyde Upchurch at Hoke Concrete said
John Haley, an employee of the firm
lives in the house. His 9-year-old
daughter, Laura, attempted to start a fire
in the heater about 7 p.m. Tuesday by
pouring gasoline from a closed can onto
the fire. Upchurch said the child thought
it was kerosene.
She was slightly burned when the can
exploded. L'pchurch said. Her parents
took her to Moore Memorial Hospital
where she was treated and released.
The fire was quickly extinguished,
Upchurch said, and the home it now