County Commissioners Asked To Fund Summer Recreation Program
The, county government wat asked
Monday by numbers of the United Fund
budget committee to auume financial
reiponaibility for the Hoke County
Donald D. Abernethv, Ed Murray and
Sam C. Morrii appeared before the board
at the commissioner'r regular meeting to
make the reouest.
"We don t feel that recreation it a
charity," Morrii told the commiuione.i.
There were more than 1,000 children
who took part in the recreation program
last summer, he said.
Last year the recreation program
requested 55,000 from United Fund but
could only be given $4,500, Morris said.
This year the request for recreation totals
Abernethy explained that the total
United Fund goal is only about $20,000.
"If you take S6.000 out for recreation,
you've taken a good chunk right there,
he aid. "If the United Fund oould be
relieved of that responsibility, it oould
have a better chance of providing 100 per
cent funding for the other agencies."
Murray explained that economic
condition* here have already created an
adverse lituation for the charity drive.
The budget committee said that they
had delayed starting the this year's
United Fund until some decision could be
reached on the recreation funds.
"This program is vital as far as our
young people are concerned," Morris
No action was taken on the request at
the meeting. The commissioners noted
that another sales tax referendum would
be held after the first of the year. Part of
the money will b? earmarked for land fills
if the issue passes, they said. However,
part of the tax could also be used for
recreation, Chairman T.C. Jones said.
Recreation fundi cannot be considered
until the next budget is tet, the
Representatives of Minnesota Mining
and Manufacturing Corporation, June
iiley and Dudley Stanton, gave a
presentation on microfilming equipment
to be used in storing county records, in a
film, they showed how several counties
have used microfilm to modernize service
and storage for legal documents such as
deeds. Such a system would cost the
county about 513,000 Isley told the
commissioners. No action was taken by
The commissioners accepted the
resignations from the board of directors
of the Southeastern Economic
Development Commission of Phil Diehl
and J.H. Austin. Tom McBryde and Dan
McGougan were appointed to the board.
A Utter from Mn Grace H. Andrew* of
the library lervice board wai read at the
meeting requeuing that the old
bookmobile be put up for bidi or
otherwiae disposed of. The library board
also gave approval to a one cent sales tax.
A petition from West Hoke Fire
District was approved by the
commissioners, who also approved a
request to add the road through Harmony
Heights mobile home park to the state
road system in order for school buses to
enter the park.
A request from the Chamber of
Commerce to erect platforms on the
Courthouse lawn for choir concerts at
Christmas was approved.
The commissioners heard reports from
the tax collector, home economics agent,
farm agent and county sheriff.
Tax collections are slightly less than
those of a year ago, the tax report
indicated. A total of 23.97 per cent of
thii year's levy hat been collected,
amounting to S22.228.18- Lax
September, 25. bt> per cent, or
S26.83S.S6 had been collected.
The home agent announced plans for
4-H Week ana showed photos of the
moderate-cost home being constructed
outside Raeford as part of a project by
North Carolina State School of
The farm agent reported that the price
on feeder cattle is better than expected in
light of the feed shortage. Rye crops and
small grain have been damaged by the
drought, he said.
The sheriff reported that the growth in
the use by industries of security guards,
who are paid considerably higher salaries
than are county law enforcement officers,
will be a drain on the sheriff's depart meut
Upton Danieli has been hired as a jailer
for the third shift and Robert Graham,
who has been the jailer, will replace
Deputy Charlie Proctor, who resigned.
The commissioners approved a request
from the sheriff to use an SI 100 salary
difference between Proctor's sa' y and
tliat of the newly-hired jailer to raise
salaries for the other four deputies.
The sheriff also told the commissioners
that the county had lost more than
S3.000 during the last tour years 011 fees
not been paid from other counties that
should have been paid Hoke County for
serving criminal process papers to persons
inside this county.
Before closing, Jones announced a
joint meeting of the city and county
governments with the Highway
Commissioner Charles DawUns today at
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VOL. LXVl NO. 22 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY,OCTOBER 8. IU70
Around T own
By SAM MORRIS
A couple of weeks ago we returned to
the office and found a note on the desk
which stated that Daniel Johnson (Pig
Monroe) had stopped by to see us. Daniel
is a brother of Mrs. W.W. McLean and was
reared in Hoke County and attended
school here. He now lives in Miami
Springs, Fla. and works for a telephone
company. In a telephone conversation tlie
day he left for Florida, he asked about
many of the men we attended high school
with and wanted to talk a little about the
cabin. We are sorry to have missed him,
but did enjoy talking with him on the
Smith Mclnnis relates to us that
someone called his home the other night
and inquired about a robbery. He says his
mother ? in ? law told them she knew
Nothing aoout a robbery. The caller told
Tier he had seen an ad in The
News-Journal where Smith wanted to
buy a shotgun and they thought someone
had broken into his home.
So you see that advertising in The
News- Journal pays.
Eli Shankle was by the office last week
but we couldn't get him to talk about the
affairs of the day. He did say that the
beaver had departed from the water holt
on his farm. Eli doesn't know whethei
Dexter got him or he got tired of playing
with the dog. So this is the conclusion tc
this story. We wonder what Eli will com<
up with next time.
The group of men that have asked m<
to write about Dick Neeley's trip wil
have to see him personally to get th(
information. We noticed that Mrs.Neelej
was on the trip and we are not going t<
gel the women against us. We did talk tt
Dick and he lias some wild tales. See hin
and find out.
The honks will be open Saturday fo
registration of voters. If you haven'
registered be sure to do so. After the Ma;
primary we heard of many people wh<
could not vole because they had movei
from one side of town to the other, o
from one part of the county to another
So if you have moved in the past tw<
years be sure to find out where you vol
and go register. An advertisement in thi
issue of the paper lists the polling place
and the registrars. The books will be opei
until October 24. Don'l wait until the las
day. Go and register NOW!
Plan lo cat out before the
Homecoming Game Oct. 16 at the big
Booster Club barbecue at the high school
Plates of barbecue, candied yams, slai
and hush puppies will be SI .50. Take ou
service will be available. Dinner will b
served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Kaeford will meet Hamlet in tl
homecoming match at K p.m.
Raeford gained a new business Oct. 1
with the opening of Safeway Finance
Company officc in llic hotel building.
Dennis Stew-art, of Smithlleld, is
manager of the new office. Stewart is
married and will be moving with his wile
to Raeford soon.
Other members of the staff are Mrs.
Carolyn l>an and Mrs. Mary Si<?r.e.
Tom Stringer, district vice-president,
said that Safeway is expanding its North
Carolina business with seven offices
already opened in the state.
"We are very pleased with the
reception we have received in Uaelbrd
thus far," he said. "We are here to serve
Raeford and the surrounding aica."
The first convention of District No. 10
of the North Carolina Association of
Educators will be held at Lumberton
High School, Lumberton, October 13.
The NCAE is the new organization for
educators formed by the merger of the
NCEA and NCTA. The convention will be
one of a series of 15 such meetings this
fall. About 1500 members are expected
to attend. Schools will be closed that day.
Featured during the General Session of
the day-long convention will be a panel
on "The New Organisation-New
Concepts," featuring Jerry Paschal,
NCAE President; Mrs. Ruth Jones, NCAE
President-Elect; Dr. A C. Dawson, NCAE
Executive Secretary; E.B. Palmer, NCAE
Associate Executive Secretary; J. Worth
Carter, NCAE District Director;and Gene
Causby, Associate Director. Division of
Human Relations, State Department of
Young W. Howard, Principal, Long Hill
Elementary School, Fayetteville, NCAE
District President, will preside at the
General Session in Lumberton High
District No. 10 includes the counties of
Cumberland. Harnett, Hoke, and
In addition to the main program, the
six NCAE district divisions will hold
sessions. The divisions are: Classroom
Teachers, Community Colleges, Directors
of Instruction, Principals. Retired School
Personnel, and Superintendents.
Woman Hurt In Wreck
A woman from Red Springs was
seriously injured Saturday night in a
three-car accidcnt on N.C. 211 near the
Hoke and Robeson County line.
Mrs. Frances Singleton Buie, SO, was
taken to Southeastern General Hospital,
where she is in serious condition.
Drivers of the other two cars were not
injured. They are Charles Lee, 19,of Red
Springs and Curtis Rid), 16, of Red
The wreck occurred about 8:20 p.m.
Trooper E.W. Coen, who investigated (lie
accident with Trooper K.W. Weston, said
tlw car driven by Lee and the one driven
by Mri. Buie collided nearly head-on.
The Lee auto came to a stop tideways
on the highway, Coen said, and was hit
by the car driven by Rich.
Lee has been charged with driving
under the influence. Coen said the
investigation is continuing and other
charges are pending.
The Highway Patrolmen were assisted
at the accid?nt by members of the Hoke
County and the Red Springs Rescue
Hoke Firemen Honored At Dinner;
McGeachy Outlines State's Needs
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VISIIINU I 111: I-IHI.MKN - A dinner honoring Hoke County's volunteer firemen was sponsored Tuesday night by the
Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce, the local financial agencics and the insurance companies as part of Fire Prevention Week.
Guest speaker at the dinner was State Senator Hec McCeachy (third from left). With him (left to right) Julian liar net of the Hoke
County hire men's Association and the RockJ'ish hire Department; Slate Representative NeilI Mch'adyen and Palmer Willcox,
president of the Chamber of Commerce.
County Receives $89,240 School Grant
An S8C).240 grant has been approved
for Hoke County schools under the
emergency school assistance act, county
superintendent D.D. Abernethy
He was notified Friday that the grant
had been approved by the Department of
Health, Education and Welfare. On
Monday, the county received the first
payment of S23.0U0.
The grant will be used to help
eliminate racial segregation and
discrimination by contributing to the
payment of new or expanded activities.
Plans include the hiring of several more
teachers and teachers aides to help raise
the level of achievement of minority
groups; to renovate library facilities and
construct portable classrooms and to
establish a fund to provide home
economics supplies to needy students.
The plans must be approved by an
advisory committee from the county
before they can be put into effect,
Abemethy explained. This will be done
sometime during the next 30 days, he
When the county applied for the grant,
these goals were listed:
To assist more high school students to
enroll in courses consistent with their
interests and abilities; to decrease the
number of students who don't finish high
school; to improve the attitude of
students and increase the understanding
and support of parents; to improve the
academic performance of educational
deprived students; to increase the
efficiency of teachers in use of new
instructional material, educational media,
para ? professional and guidance
personnel; and to help children who are
apprehensive or who feel uncomfortable
in a new school environment to adjust
satisfactorily to their new school.
COLLISION - A three-cmr accident Saturday night past Ant loch near the county line ori Af.C 211 left tlie driver of one of the
automobiles seriously injured. An investigation of the accident by the Highway Patrol is still in progress.
Slate Senator llec McGeachy, in a
speech al the lloky County Firemen's
Association dinner here Tuesday niglu,. .
said North Ci?!Minu needs a "dollar S*1
stretcher" but predicted thai ihere will he
no increases in taxes.
'There will, in my opinion, be no
increase in taxes. There will be an
increase in the needs of the people. The
problem - how can we meet them? Which
needs will come first?
"For example, our prisons are in
deplorable condition. Improvement will
cost a lot of money for land - buildings -
more personnel - better programs of
"Our mental health facilities must be
improved. We desperately teed more
personnel to help those wl.o can't help
"I feel that w?- must have j statewide
kindergarten program and iikh.' pay 'or
those in education.
"We need more parks and recreation
areas. We need more roads, more
hospitals, more doctors, mote nurses,
more of so many things.
"In other words, we will need a 'dollar
It costs almost four billion dollars to
operate the slate government for a
biennium, he said.
McGeachy was guest speaker at a
dinner to honor firemen and then wives
sponsored by the Raeford ? Hoke
Chamber of Commerce, the local
financial institutions and the insurance
agencies. It was held al the W.T.Gibson
McGeachy also told them ihe State
Senate and House and the congressional
districts would have to be redistricted
He urged citizens to take part in their
"I am greatly concerned over the great
gap between government and the
people," he said. "Please get to know
your legislature. Visit and talk to your
Representative. After all. it's your
government. It needs your interest, your
"Your free representative government
will continue ... Your democracy will
remain strong ... You will remain tree ...
only if all the people take part in their
government and realize their
responsibility for their free government."
County firemen aie observing Fire
Prevention Week Oct. 4 It)
A display of equipment from the
Raeford, North Raelord, ihllcrest,
Rucktish and Puppy Creek fire
departments will be lielil Saturday from
II a.m. to I p.m. in front of J.W'.
A Fire Prevention parade is scheduled
for Main Street at 1:30 Saturday.
Adult basic education classes aie being
held al four lk>ke County schools by
Sandhills Community College.
The free classes, open to men and
women 1 8 years or older, are held from 7
to 10 in the evening. They meet at South
lloke School on Monday and Thursday
and. at West Hoke, Scurlock and
Upchurch on Tuesday and Thursday.
Students may join the classes at any
A clerk general dass, sponsored by the
Manpower Development Training Act,
will begin Oct. 26 in the MDTA
Classroom on lilwood Ave.
Interviews for prospective students will
be held in the classroom Oct. 20 and 21
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mrs. Alfred Leach will instruct the