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VOL. LXVI NO. 32 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA J4 PER YEAR 10c PER COPY THURSDAY. DECEMBER 17. 1970
BY SAM MORRIS
An article in last week's paper about
the awarding of trophies to the Hoke
High School football team had a couple
of errors in it and also was not complete.
We regret this very much and will try to
correct the article below.
The letter written by N.J. Blue was to
Raz Autry, principal at Hoke High and
the line Dear Raz was omitted in the
letter as printed last week. The article
also stated that the presentations were
made at Seventy-First when they were
made at the Hoke High gym at halftime
of a basketball game between the Bucks
Charlie Hottel and C.D. Bounds were
also presented trophies and this was
omitted from the article. They were given
to Hottel as driver of the athletic bus and
to Bounds for his work in any way with
We hope this will set the record
straight because we think this was one of
the nicest things that has been done for
our young people in many a year. We
would like to say for everyone, "Thank
you. old Kid."
Mrs. Ella M. Traywick, who for many
years wrote the Stonewall News and now
is at a Rest home in Durham, was by the
office last week to wish us a Merry
Christmas. Thank you Mrs. Traywick and
we hope for you a very Merry Christmas
and many more happy New Years.
Two other visitors by the office in the
past few days were Doran Berry, former
solicitor from Fayetteville, and Ben
Campbell, a Raeford native, who is head
personnel man of Burlington Worsted and
is now at Clarksville, Va. Doran was
talking about politics and any other
subject Ben of course was talking about
textiles. It was good to see both of these
""The toys from hoi that v.ere
given out by te Licpaiiment of Sol"..
Services is cei-ainty the real meaning of
Christmas. This shows that many people
Mill believe that it is more blessed to give
than to receive. We think that a big
change would come over this world if we
all would try to live with that thought.
We see where Judge Joe Dupree made
statewide headlines when he offered the
defendant in a drunk driving case 12 car
ot er We also note that Christmas ar
New Year's are on Friday so that tu t
court session after the holidays will be a
cumulation of three weeks of cases. Rest
up Judge, you might be in court after
We will say to all our readers that we
wish you the best over the holidays.
Remember that the highways will be
crowded with people heading home for
Christmas, so please drive as if your own
life is in every car.
A Merry Christmas!
Never a Christmas Morning ...
Never the Old Year ends,
But Someone thinks of Someone
Old Days, Old Times, Old Friends
W age Incentive Plan
A merit incentive wage program
designed to decrease job turnovers was
announced this week for Tex-Elastic by
plant manager H.E. Simmons.
Employes with over 12 months service
will receive the equivalent of one week's
vacation pay. Those with over 48 months
service will receive two weeks vacation
Stores JF ell
Stores and businesses will be closed
Christmas Day but some will open Dec.
According to a list compiled by the
Raeford * Hoke Chamber of Commerce,
the following establishements will be
A&P, Collins, Pope's, Raeford
Department Store, Macks, Catos,
Conoly's F.sso, Raeford Medical Group
(half day), and Sugars.
The following will be closed Dec. 26:
Allen's Ltd, Auto Parts and Equipment.
Bank of Raeford, City Cleaners,
Theresa's, Western Auto, Marks, Heilig -
Meyers, The Family Restaurant, Teal Oil
Company, Raeford Oil Company, Connell
Insurance, Hoke Auto, Raeford Auto,
Hoke Concrete, Hoke Oil and Fertilizer,
The Johnson Company, C.P. Kinlaw,
McLauchlin Company, Raeford Cleaners,
National Finance, Niven's Furniture and
Appliance, Wood's Furniture, Southern
National Bank, Raeford Hardware, Hotel
Barber Shop, Sport's Barber Shop and
The new merit incentive system is in
addition to the present wage program and
will enable an employe to increase his
earnings based on individual development
and merit performance, Simmons said.
"Our goal is to increase the stability
and effectiveness of our work force,
which we feel will result in steady work
for our employes and allow us to
effectively meet competition," he said.
Tex-Elastic announced a wage increase
in July and a profit - sharing retirement
plan earlier this year.
Simmons said the turnover rate had
been small in the last six months and the
new merit incentive program was
designed to decrease turnovers even more.
One of the primary reasons for locating
the rubber products plant here, Simmons
said, was the type of employe available.
Since Tex - Elastic was opened, the work
force has been steadily increased.
Improvements have also been made at
the plant, he said The parking lot was
paved recently and landscaping will be
Council Sets Budget
A budget of SI2,400 tor the next six
months was approved by the Region N
Council ot' Governments in a meeting
Dec. 14 in Lumberton.
The executive committee selected tor
the COG is composed of Sam Noble,
chairman, Robeson County; James A.
Gibson, vice ? chairman, Scotland
County; Billy Carter, secretary - treasurer,
Clarkton; and John K. McNeill, Raeford;
J.S. Singletary, Bladen County; T.C.
Jones. Hoke County; D.J. Sinclair,
Laurinburg and Sant Dial, Pembroke.
United Fund Nears Goal
Donations Total $17,401
On Channel 4
Tex Elastic Contributes $1150
The Hoke High School Chorale from
Raeford will be seen singing songs of (he
season on WUNC-TV, Channel 4,
Wednesday, December 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Mary A. McNeill conducts the group.
Titled "Music of the Christmas
Season," the program was recorded last
week in Chapel Hill. The Hoke High
School Chorale performed there during
the Institute for High School Small Vocal
Ensembles. The Institute was conducted
at the Department of Music at the
University at Chapel Hill by Dr. Lara
The Hoke High School Chorale
perform two selections, "Ave Maria" and
"Caroling, Caroling." "Music of the
Christmas Season" is a four ? program
series featuring groups from across the
state. The series was produced by the
Chapel Hill Studios of University of
North Carolina Television, the state's
educational television service.
With most of the contributions in. the
United Fund now stands ? within sight
of the goal ? at 517,401.43.
The only major area still uncounted is
the Raeford Turkey Farm. Another
51,779.76 is needed to meet the Fund
goal of 519,181.19 set by drive officials.
Contributions this week included
51,150 from Tex - Elastic: 5121 from
J.W. McLauchlin and 596 from T.B
Drive officials have been optimistic
throughout the campaign that the goal
would be met. A large contribution at
Burlington of 510,023.18 and one of
5642.24 from McCain have given impetus
to the drive.
This year's drive is headed by Dr.
Julius Jordan, president; W.T. McAllister,
vice - president; Mrs. O.B. Israel, secretary
and Sam C. Morris, treasurer.
Jerry Goza is campaign manager.
Children are the chief beneficiaries of
the money donated to the Fund. Six of
the dozen agencies supported by me
Uniied Fund are devoted entirely to
These are Girl Scouts. Boy Scouts. 4-11
Clubs, crippled children, the recreaiion
program and needy school children.
Other agencies, such as Red C'toss.
While Cane, and Carolina United, also
help children in the county.
In addition, funds front the United.*
drive are used for the county community
development program, the senior citizens
and the Hoke Rescue Squad.
Last year the drive failed to meet its
goal and the allotments to each agency
had to be reduced.
"We are hopeful that this year we will
make our goal." Go/.a said. "We can do it
if every one helps."
Individuals who have not been
contacted for a contribution are urged to
donate to Post Office Box 550 or give
their contributions to Jerry Goza.
In District C ourt
Walters Waives Hearing
On Eight Larceny Counts
Herman Junior Walters of
Red Springs waived a
^ preliminary hearing, in District
sort Friday on i*0ht counts
<of breaking, entering and
He was bound over to
Superior Court for action by
the grand jury. Bond was set at
SI,500 in each case for a total
Nine persons were tried
Friday for driving undei the
influence. William Alfred
Gulledge of Raeford pleaded
guilty to Dl'I and was
^sentenced to six months
?suspended with capias and or
commitment to issue at
anytime during the next 18
months if he should be
convicted of violating any state
traffic laws. He was ordered
not to drive for the next 12
months except under the
provisions of the limited
driving permit and was fined
S200 and costs. There was a
breathalyzer reading of .17 per
The state took a nol pros on
a DL'I charge against Sp4
Frederick William Sanders of
Ft. Bragg. Sanders pleaded
guilty of careless and reckless
driving. He was sentenced to
six months suspended with
capias and or commitment to
issue at anytime dunng the
next 18 months if he should be
convicted of violating any state*,
traffic laws. He was ordered
not to drive in North Carolina
for the next 18 months and
was fined $150 and court
costs. There was a breathalyzer
reading of . 17 per cent.
John Alton Bounds of Red
Springs pleaded guilty of DUI,
second offense and was
sentenced to six months
suspended on the condition
that he not violate any state
traffic laws during the next 18
months. He was ordered not to
drive in North Carolina for the
next 18 months and was fined
$200 and costs. There was a
breathalyzer reading of .17 per
Paul Ellis Wilson of
Aberdeen pleaded guilty to
DUI and was sentenced to six
months suspended with capias
and or commitment to issue at
any time during the next 18
months if he is convicted of
violating any state traffic laws
during that time, lie was
ordered not to drive for the
next 18 months and was fined
$150 and costs. There was a
breathaly/.er reading of .20 per
John McDonald o I
(See COURT. Pane 11)
Old Christmas Customs
Brighten Many Countries
The magic glow of Christmas reflects in
many corners of the world.
In Jamaica's country towns, local
groups celebrate the holiday season by
dressing in rags, feathered headdresses,
and black masks wiih features outlined in
white. They dance and shout to an
African rhythm of drums and flutes,
brandishing wooden spears and axes.
Soldiers who collected and refurbished
700 toys donated to Hoke County
children this year could use some help
The toy collecting and rebuilding is a
project of the 11th Military Police Group
at Ft. Bragg, and. starting this year, it has
become a year - round effort. -
But supplies that aren't furnished by
the Army are needed, officers connected
with the project say Such items as
sandpaper, nails, glue and small hand -
tools are in short supply.
Two truck ? loads of toys were
delivered last week to the Department of
Social Services for distribution to tamilies
who would not be able to buy toys for
their children this Christmas
Workers from Sandhills Community
Action Program and the Social Services
Department inventoried the toys. A
central register'has been compiled by the
two agencies to keep tabs on the
So far. cluldien from more than 60
families have received toys this year. Miss
Mabel McDonald, directory of the DSS.
In addition to the tovs donated by the
MP Group, toys will also be furnished by
the First Baptist Church These will also
be distributed by the county Social
The festive and religious aura of
Yuletide begins December 16 in the
Philippines. At 4 a.m., church bells
announce early morning services.
Afterward, families decorate the windows
of their homes with rainbow - hued paper
and bamboo lanterns, the National
Geographic Society says.
On the same day in Mexico, houses are
readied to receive visitors who with the
family enact the drama of Mary and
Joseph seeking lodging in Bethlehem. On
each night for nine nights family
members or guests walk from room to
room knocking on doors. Hardhearted
?'innkeepers" refuse them entrance
But on Christmas Eve doors are flung
wide. Candles blaze and all sing the
praises of the Lord. Children smash the
pinata. a hollow pottery animal figure
that showers them with gifts and candy.
An Angel brings toys to some Swiss
children Italian youngsters look forward
to the visit of Befana. the old woman
who carries treats to the good and ashes
to the bad.
The youngest camel of those which
carried the Wise Men brings gifts in
southern Sy ria. Children leave bowls of
water and wheat for the little animal.
Christians in Iran fast from the first of
December. They eat no meat, milk, or
eggs until the fast is broken with a
? splendid meal on Christmas Eve.
Most holiday diners relish fancy foods,
but Armenians favor boiled spinach. They
believe thai the Virgin Mary ate the
greens the night before the birth of
Englishmen of the Middle Ages set the
style for lavish Yule feasts. At one
Christmas dinner, king Henry III served
up 600 oxen His guests finished off the
meal with salmon pic and roast peacock,
washing it down with brew from a wassail
bowl bobbing with apples, toast, and
Swedes begin the season with a modest
but more colorful meal, long before
dawn on December I 3, lights flicker on in
each home as the blondest daughter of
the family tiptoes to the kitchen to
prepare fresh coffee and buns She then
slips into a long white gown, and
carefully puts on a glowing crown of
The girl carries her steaming I ray to
each bedside and brightens each dark
room, symbolizing the light that will soon
lengthen the days. The ceremony begins a
month - long holiday season
On January 13 the Christmas tiee is lit
for the last time with the wish: "May
Ciod bless your Christmas, may it last till
The post office holiday schedule was
announced this week by Postmaster
There will be no window, lockbox,
collection, city or rural route delivery
service on Christmas Day, today. The
Star Route will not operate, therefore,
there will be no receipt or dispatch of
mail on Dec. 25.
On Saturday. Dec. 2b normal
Saturday lockbox and window service
will be provided until noon. No delivery
service will be provided on cits or rural
routes. The distribution ol both outgoing
and incoming preferential mail will be
maintained on this day.
On today. Jan I, no window city or
rural delis cry services will be provided.
The distribution of both outgoing and
incoming preferential mail will be
maintained on New Year s Day
Normal Saturday services will be
provided on Jan. 2
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ftOXFS OF OOODH'S Sokllcrs fymi Ft. liragjt delivered I mi truck loads of tors ro the Deixwrnicnr of Social Sen ices for
distribution here at Christinas Left o> right arc M/Sgt lames Itluv. Mrs Doris McAllister, a worker with Sandhills Community
Action Program, and Chaftlain Frederick (Hazier, Jr. t