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The Hoke County News- Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOL. LXVI NO. 31 R4EF0RI), HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THIRSDAY. DECEMHEK 10. 1070
? Around Town I
By SAM MORRIS
The Raeford Kiwanis Club Pancake
Supper was a success. A line was formed
early and it reminded some of us of the
old army days, when you stood in a chow
line. We don t know exactly how much
was cleared on the supper, but we know
all Kiwamans express appreciation lor the
patronage of local people.
Also Israel Mann said that even if Jesse ?
Jones did slap back at him. he got the
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About two months ago. Raeford lost
one ot its best ambassadors when Charlie
Pierce moved to Jacksonville, Fla. We
knew Charlie as a fellow Kiwanian and he
was tops. He died last week at the age of
80 and was buried here Monday. His wife
will return to Jacksonville to live and for
hose who have requested her address, it
is as follows:
Mrs. Charlie I. Pierce
5138 Damascus Rd., North
, Jacksonville. Fla. 32207
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J*"?' ,0UrPa,Ment held at Arabia
Ooli dub over the past weekend shows
i !h, ttT."* Winners: Championship
light. Bill Lent/ and Robert Lent/. 1st
J 'ml n U"d Cl>'de C'pchurch.
Oxendine M?rpan and Karl
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l.ast week a notice was run in the
papet to tequesi toys that were not being
used or needed repair to be turned in at
the First Baptist Chuich. These toys will
be lepaired and given to needy children at
Christmas. The Rev. Jack Mansfield said
this week that they had received many
oys. but they could use many more.
Look around the house and see if you
have something that would put a smile on
some child s face this Christmas. The toys
We were all proud of our Bucks and
the line record they made during the past
>ear. We are proud of the bovs that
played so well and to the ones that made
> a" ? star teams. But we want to
congratulate John Pecora, Coach of the
.ht v ?' uJS bccn "anted "Coach of
the Year by the Southeastern 3 A
io?b anrf4*' i?n.huSu^done an ou,s?"ding
Jh0fn and weu feel ?hat he deserves all
honors that he can receive.
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foMn#r"?'b'*?("'"a01 Her papers 'hat two
I or ttier Raeford youths have been
vearSlanThng ?" th<? foolbjl1 "eld this
I f . v. I y are Rick McKenzie of
Rohh nWnD and Mark Manuel "I
Robbtnsv'lle Rick is the son of Mr. and
until.; ,C <nZ,e w"? lived ln Raeford
Citv R fy'?Dg?nd worked for the
Eastern All <? s a WaS named to thc
end " team' He pla>ed
Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Manuel who lived here a number of years
ago and worked for Burlington Worsted.
John will be remembered as starting slow
? pitch Softball here. Mark was named as a
quarterback on the N.C. team in the
Congratulations to these two young
We read the following recently
appeared in the Bloontsburg Pa Pre
Just in case you find any mjstak
please remember they were put there
evervontf l? 0ffer some,hi"g I
New Penny Sales Tax Referendum
To Be Submitted To Voters Feb. 9
i'A RI:W1:I.I. Judge Joseph Dupree commends District Court assistant prosecutor
Mrs. Sylvia X. Allen and chief prosecutor Charles G. Rose III during their last day in
court here before the expiration of their terms Dec. I.
Outgoing District Ci>urt prosecutors
Charles G. Rose III, chief prosecutor, and
Mrs. Sylvia X. Allen, assistant, were
public-ally commended by Judge Joseph
Dupree in District Court last Friday.
A burglar entered Joe Sugar's Men's
Store through a skylight Monday night
and stole an undetermined amount of
The theft was discovered Tuesday
morning by manager Paul Solomon. City
police arc investigating.
The office of District Court prosecutor
expired Dee. I and prosecution in that
court became a function of the Superior
Court Solicitor under the state court
Rose and Mrs. Allen who were not re ?
appointed to serve in District Court by
Solicitor Jack Thompson, appeared in
court here as prosecutors for the lust time
Judge Dupree said "The court during
its sitting today recognizes Charles G.
Rose III, Chief Prosecutor of the District
Court, 12th Judicial Division of the
Genera! Court of Justice and Mrs. Sylvia
X. Allen, assistant prosecutor to Mr.
Rose, and congratulates them for a job
"Beginning next week, all the
(Sec JUDGE, Page 11)
Man Killed In Wreck
A St. Pauls man was killed early
Sunday morning in a one car crash six
miles south of Raeford on SR 1443 near
Dead is James Douglas Johnson, 20, of
Rt. 2, St. Pauls. He was a passenger in the
car driven by Anthony J. Harris, 18, of
Five other persons were injured in the
wreck, which occurred at 12:45 a.m.
Sunday. They are Harris; James Frank
Johnson, 21 of Rt. 2. St. Pauls; Rodyears
Williams of Lumber Bridge; John Wayne
McRae, 17, of Lumber Bridge and Glenn
Miller, 19, of Lumber Bridge.
McRae and Miller were hospitalized.
Harris's car left the road at a high rate
of speed, traveled across a field where it
jumped a canal and struck several trees,
Highway Patrol Trooper C.A. Bennett
The car was a total loss. Harris was
charged with manslaughter.
The death fatality was the ninth traffic
fatality in the county this year.
Sheriff's deputies Harvey Young and
Robert Locklear and the Hoke County
Rescue Squad assisted the Highway Patrol
at the scene of the accident.
Another one car accident was reported
over the weekend.
Three persons were injured in a wreck_
at 3 a.m. Saturday eight miles south of
Raeford on SR 1436.
A car driven by James Wells, 20, of
Shannon left the road at a high rate of
speed, according to Trooper Bennett, and
overturned several times, striking a fence.
The injured were taken to Cape Fear
Valley Hospital. They are Wells, his wife,
iVirs. Regina Wells, 20, and his brother
Frank Wells of Lumber Bridge.
Charges against Wells are pending.
Capt Branch Awarded Bronze Star
For heroism in action. Army Captain
Charles H. Branch Jr.. whose parents live
at 510 W. Edinborough Ave., Raeford,
receives his second award of the Bronze
Star Medal in recent ceremonies near Sa
Presenting the award is Lieutenant
Colonel James W. Vance, Deputy Senior
Advisor. l)th Infantry Division, Army of
the Republic of Vietnam.
Capt. Branch was cited for action last
July 10 while serving as Senior Advisor to
a battalion of Vietnamese Infantry on a
Reconnaissance - In - Force mission in
Vinh Binh Province. When the unit came
under intense enemy fire, he immediately
moved to a forward position to assess the
"With complete disregard for his
personal safety," reads the citation, "he
moved several limes under withering fire
to better direct gunship strikes and plot
coordinates for artillery support. He
directed medivac helicopters into a
landing zone to evacuate wounded. His
competence resulted in fewer casualties
and the repulsion of the tenacious enemy
Cap). Branch is now serving as a Senior
Advisor at the Basic Training Center of
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the 9th Infantry Division, Army of the
Republic of Vietnam. He is assigned to
Division Combat Assistance Team 60. He
arrived in Vietnam last February and has
also earned the Army Commendation
Medal and the Combat Infantryman
He is a 1969 graduate of Hoke County
High School. Raeford. His wife, Mae, lives
on Route 1, Roscboro.
More Than 300 Acres
Burned Over Weekend
At least 17 fires, most of them
diliberutley set, were reported in the
county over the weekend, Robert Jones,
county Forest Ranger, said.
A ban on all brush pile burning was
announced by the State Forest Service
effective Dec. 6 and continuing until
weather conditions indicate a return to
normal forest fire hazard.
All brush pile burning permits are
cancelled under the order and all burning
within 500. feet of wooded areas is
prohibited by action of the State Forester
under authority of C.S. 14-139.
This emergency measure has been
taken, Jones said, because of forecasted
continuation of the severe forest fire
conditions which have caused over 400
fires in the slate to burn 30,000 acres
during the weekend.
A total of 319 acres were burned in
fires reported in Hoke County during
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jones said.
There were undoubtedly more fires in the
county during that period, he explained,
that were not reported or investigated by
the Forest Service. Many of the fire calls
were answered by rural fire departments,
The State Forest Service crews are
heavily committed on fires that are
contained but still dangerous and their
capability to control new fires has been
reduced seriously, Jones said.
Hleven of the fires reported by Jones
were deliberately set incendiary fires,
Jones said. Five of the fires resulted from
brush fires that got out of control.
The city fire department and personnel
from the street department have been
fighting an incendiary fire at the old city
dump since last Wednesday. Bill Scllars
The fire, which was started in four
places, was discovered Wednesday
afternoon. The bla/.c was put out on
Wednesday but flared up again Friday
during the hi^h wind that day. The lire
crossed Rocktish Creek and burned along
the highway. Small fires were still being
extinguished there Monday.
The old dump is used by the city to
dump leaves and limbs collected by the
sanitation department. Scllars said fire
fighters had difficulty reaching the fire
because the fire lanes had become clogged
with piles of leaves and brush. The city is
repairing the fire lanes there this week, he
Law enforcement officers from the
Sheriffs Department, the Highway Patrol
and the Forest Service office in
Rockingham arc investigating the
Two public health nurses have resigned
effective Jan. 1 from the county health
Mis. Flora t^ow^er and Mrs. Otis
McLatnb submitted their resignations to
the county health board on Nov. 30,
Walter Coley, board chairman said.
Mrs. Mcllamb, who has worked at the
health center over 17 years, is leaving to
take other employment.
Mrs. Crowder, who was chosen county
Nurse ? of ? the - Year last year, will
return to McCain Sanatorium where she
was employed for 9'A years. She has
worked at the health center for the past
4Vi years and was also a countv health
nurse during the I940's.
"I am certainly sorry to see us lose
them," Dr. H.H. McLean, regional
director of the State Board of Health
said. "Both of them are absolutely
dedicated public health nurses and have
rendered a great service to the people of
A board of appeals to help implement
the new city housing code was appointed
by the city council Monday night during
the regular council meeting.
Named to the board were J.W.
McPhaul, Ivery McNair and Sam C.
The board will hear appeals on
condemnation orders and repair orders
issued by the city housing administrator.
A Christmas bonus of three per cent ot
annual salary for city employees was
approved by the council.
In other business, the council accepted
an agreement with Rorie Construction
Company to allow connection of water
lines to the city system on Business 401
for a new subdivision under construction
on state road 1403. A zoning of 401 Sales
Company from residential to commercial
was also approved.
A total of 514,774.23 has been
collected so far by the United Fund.
The goal for this year's campaign is
Generous McCain contributors have
donated 5642.24 to the Fund.
The county schools have contributed a
total of 51493, with two schools left to
Uochurch donated 5440 and South
Hoke 5297. West Hoke contributions
were 5214; Scurlock donated SI89 and
Raeford Elementary donated SI 88.
Contributions from the Board of
Education personnel totaled 5165.
J.W. McLauchlin and Hoke High
contributions have not been reported.
Hoke Oil Company employees donated
S218 to the Fund drive. C P. Kinlaw was
100 per cent with a S27.50 donation and
McLauchlin Company was 100 per cent
with a S45 donation.
Quewhiffle contributed S37 and
Rockfish contributors gave SI9.68.
Southern National Bank personnel gave
SI 27 this year. Workers at the
Department of Social Services
contributed 563, Allen's and City
Cleaners gave S42 and Johnson Company
There are still several envelopes
received at the beginning of the week that
have not yet been opened and tallied,
treasurer Sam Morris said.
Fund officials consider the chances of
reaching the county goal to be excellent
if the turkey plant and Tcx-Elastic have a
good drive. Last year the Fund failed to
reach its goal and aid to participating
agencies had to be reduced.
The count) commissioners voted
Monday to hold a one cent local option
sales lax referendum on Feb. 9. 1971.
A petition from the Hoke Count)
Farm Bureau supporting the sales lax and
requesting a referendum wjs read at the
board of commissioner's regular meeting
Feb. 9 of next year was the earliest
date the vote could be held, counts
manager T.B. Lester said.
The sales tax was defeated by 25.'
votes in 1969 despite a vigorous campaign
The commissioners convened an hour
and a half earlier than usual nt ordet to
have the three members re - elected in the
general election sworn in and to make
Judge Coy L. Brewer, juntoi resident
judge of the Twelfth Judicial District,
administered the oaths of office to T.C.
Jones, Ralph Barnhart and John Balfour.
The board then ic - appointed T.B
Lester as county managei with the
additional duties ol county accountant,
tax supervisor and puiciiasing agent;
Archie McBryde. assistant tax supervisoi.
Brian H. Thornbnrg, iax collector Mrs.
Kli/abcth Livingston, assistant tax
collector and Charles A. Hosteller county
T.C. Jones was elected to another tenn
as chairman of the board and Tom
McBryde was re - elected vice ? chairman.
A motion to deed a lot on Adams
Street to lite Rescue Squad was approved
by the board. The lot. which is
approximately 150 x 150, is neat the
fence at the Armory, Lester said.and will
not interfere with parking space theie.
A letter was read from Gov. Robert
Scott requesting the board to select an
American "Revolution Uicciucttni I
Commission from the county. The board
agreed to name the committee by the
Ralph Barnhart was re - appointed fire
commissioner. Other members appointed
to the fire commission are W.L. McNeill,
J.D. Mc.Millian, John Baker, Paul
Frederick Johnson and Robert Jones.
List takers appointed for 1971 are Miss
Willa McLauehlin. Allendale: C.C.
Conoly, Antioch; Julian Love, Blue
Springs; Douglas Monroe. McLauehlin;
Mrs. C.G. Odom, Quewhiffle. Mrs. Mary
Lee Matherly, Raclbrd and J. l it Shattkle,
The board approved S300 lor the
purchase of a new attachment for the
A letter ol mquiiy from the
Department ol LocjI Mtairs concerning
the advisability of establishing county law
libraries was tabled by the comntissioneis.
In other business, the board approved
extra help for the Department of Social
Services to prepare cards for issuing
surplus commodities; discussed rent of
space to store civil defense shelter
supplies; authorized j bonus to
employees who do not carry hospital
insurance; and accepted a petition to pave
road I I 28.
The board also approved payment to
the Allendale Community Mouse lor
repair caused by a bicak ? in an J
authorized payment of 5100 to dues for
the National Association of CouniiCs
Choir To Give
The Christmas Cantata BORN A MM.
by John V. Peterson will f. presented at
the f irst Baptist ( hutch Sc.,.lav niehl at
It will be sung by the Samiujiv < lour
under the direction .1 Mrs J If Austin
with Bry an Miller as guest organist and
Talmadgc I nglish as narratm.
The public is invited to attend this
special service ot worship.
Irregularities Charged In Co-Op Election
A lawsuit charging irregularities in a
recent election to the board of directors
of the Lumbee River Electric Membership
Corporation was filed Tuesday on behalf
of Elias Rogers, a defeated candidate for
Judge Maurice Braswell, resident judge
of the 12th Judicial District, issued an
order Tuesday for the Robeson County
sheriff to impound all the election
material and ordered the defendants to
appear in court in Lumberton on Dec. 17
to show cause why the election should
not be set aside.
Named in the suit are the Lumbee
River Electric Membership Corporation;
D.J. Djlton; Neill A. Watson; Cecil Dunn
and W.B. McDtarmid.
Rogers alleges that there was a
conspiracy on the part of the employees
of the corporation, including D.J. ballon.
general manager, to defeat Rogers and
T.W. Bethea in their candidacy for
election to the board of directors.
This conspiracy was accomplished, the
plaintiff alleges in his suit, by the
"improper gathering of proxies, improper
registration of proxies, improper use of
proxies, by causing more then the
allowable votes to be cast and by refusing
to recogmee the protest of Ellias Rogers
to the election procedure,"
W.B. McDiarmid, Neill A. Watson and
Cecil Dunn were declared winners in an
election held Nov. 4 at the Red Springs
Armory. McDiarmid received 806 votes,
defeating Rogers who received 333.
Watson received 836 votes to Bethca's
265. Dunn was unopposed.
Rogers alleges in the suit that the
proxies were solicited by employe
linemen, service personnel and other
persons for the purpose of aiding the
candidacy of McDiarmid, Watson and
Dunn. Procedures for registering the
proxies violated corporation by-laws.
Rogers contends, and were not filed
properly or within the required time limit
with the secretary of the corporation.
At the time of the election, the suit
alleges, all. proxies were held by D.J.
Dalton, who refused to disclose the
number of proxies or allow inspection of
them or the proxy books.
The suit further alleges "that the
annual meeting was attended by 97
voting white menbers and.340 voting
non-white members. Upon registration of
a white voting member, either Mr. Djlton
or Mr. Dunn would then take the said
registered white voting member into a
separate room away from the general
membership, wherein a Mi. Miller, who
serves as personnell manager ol the
corporation, and who in that room had
control of the proxy registration book
and sheets, would record the name of the
white voting member and issue to that
individual a number of proxies for him to
vote at the general election of the
While the by-laws limit the number of
proxies voted by one person to five,
Rogers contends, one person cast 12
ballots at the general election.
The suit also alleges that McDiarmid
and a serviceman employed by the
corporation took a number of ballots
outside the Armory where they stopped
white voting members prior to their
Rogers alleges in the suit "that they.
W'.B. McDiarmid and the serviceman,
marked ballots and gave these ballots to
individuals and instructed them t?> place
the ballots in their pockets and when
issued additional ballots on the inside ol
the building, to remove these ballots from
their pocket and to cast thoni in the
ballot boxes along with the ballots to be
received on the inside of the building."
Rogers protested the election on Nov.
5, the suit contends, but the protest was
He asked in the suit that the election
be set aside and a new election, to be
conducted under the supervision of the
court, be ordered.
He also asked that the couil order the
sheriff to sci/c all election material,
including proxies, ballots, regis ration
books, proxy registration books and any
and all other material, information,
writings, records or manuscripts
concerning the election.