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VOLUME LXVH NO. 42 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA SS PER YEAR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1975
BY SAM C. MORRIS
The three members of the House of
Representatives from this district were
in town Monday to hear from local
citizens concerning anything they
wanted done locally in the General
Assembly. I don't believe many folks
showed up, but anyway they were given
The members will be back again, so if
anything comes up you must see them
about, be sure to call on them.
1 had a call last week concerning the
number of beer cans that are being
thrown along the highways and streets.
Some even come to rest in people's
yards (including mine). 1 came to work
Tuesday morning and cans were in front
of the office on Elwood Avenue. Not
only are cans thrown on the highways,
but any kind of litter seems to find its
way along the roads.
The mess this causes certainly gives
this city and county a bad name for
littering. As many containers and
dumpsters that are around the city and
county, it would seem people would
deposit litter in them. Maybe the
penalty for littering is not severe enough
or the judgments rendered in court are
not severe enough to stop this.
Of course we are all to blame in one
way or another, because we either litter
ourselves or won't call to the attention a
litterer when in the act of littering.
So, if you must be put in the position
of having to have litter in your car
either get a litter bag or go by a
dumpster or garbage can and place the
litter. It will take only a few minutes of
your time and will help to beautify our
city and county.
Another subject brought to my
attention last week was that many
homes in Raeford do not have house
numbers on them. One of the first
arguments you get from this is thai my
mail comes to the post office box. This
is true in a great many cases. Another is
that most people know where I live
because Raeford is small and everyone
knows about everyone in the city. This
might be true!
Let's look at it from the viewpoint of
the U.P.S. driver that wants to deliver a
package to your home, or an ambulance
you have called to take a sick member
of the family to the hospital or a visitor
from out-of-town coming to visit at
your home. These are just a few of the
many reasons you should have a house
number posted on your front door.
The costs of this would be less than a
dollar besides the time it will take you
to nail up the three numbers. So, if you
don't have a number on your house,
please put one up as soon as possible
because it could come in handy one of
The A & R Railroad crew did a gooi
job on fixing the crossings on Magnoli
Street and Elwood Avenue. One mon
that comes to my mind that needs sonv
work is on Edinborough Avenue
Anyway, the ones that were fixed hel|
driving and riding around town. Thanks
The class of 1935 of Raeford High
School is planning a reunion this spring
and still has a few of the members that
addresses are unknown. 1 would like to
ask the assistance of the public for help
if you can. I will put down a couple of
names this week and if you know the
whereabouts of them, please let me
They are: Lee Etta Andrews and Julia
LUNCH TIME - Mrs. Jennette Morrison serves at opening day of the senior citizens lunch program.
Guns Sought In Two Break-ins
Guns were the target of thieves over
the weekend and sheriffs deputies are
investigating the theft of a large
quantity of firearms taken in two
Burley W. Turner. Rt. 2, Raeford,
reported his home was entered Friday
and 15 guns, including two M-l rifles,
were taken. Entry was made by
breaking the window glass in a rear door
and unlocking the door, according to
the report. The guns are listed at
Also Friday, the home of William S.
O'Briant, Rt. 3, Red Springs, was
entered during the day and seven guns
valued at $780 stolen. No signs of
forcible entry were found, according to
Robert Sheffrey, Rt. 2, Raeford,
reported to deputies his home was
burglarized sometime between 10 A.M.
and 12:40 P.M. Friday and a television,
tape player, guitar, amplifier, and two
radios with a total value of $1,065 were
taken. Entry was apparently gained by
removing a screen and raising a window.
James McNeill, Rt. I, Raeford,
complained his home was broken into
Feb. 12 during the daytime and a
portable TV and radio stolen. The loss is
lisled as $170. Entry was made by
breaking the glass in a rear door and
unlocking the door, according to the
Fifteen to eighteen top hogs were
stolen the night of Feb. 10 from the
Raeford Pork Farms, according to a
complaint filed by Cary Thompson. The
animals are valued at $ 1,509.
Governor Locklear, Rt. 4, Red
Springs, reported the loss of three, top
hogs to thieves on Feb. 11. The hogs
were worth $230, according to the
A soft drmk machine was damaged
extensively at Stricklands service station
sometime late Saturday night or Sunday
morning when it was pried open. About
S3 in coins was removed.
A mobile home on Rt. I into which
the occupants were in the process of
moving was burglarized the night of
Feb. 12, according to a complaint made
by tvelyn McMillian. An Flectrolux
vacuum cleaner worth S259 belonging
to Prentiss McMillian was taken. Mrs.
McMillian and her husband are both
deaf mutes, according to the report
An Aberdeen man employed as an
accountant for the Boahn Construction
Co., Rt. 2, Raeford, has been arrested
and charged with obtaining money
under false pretenses.
Jim Coxe, is named in two separate
warrants related to checks totaling
S4I.J.0S which Boahn alleges were to be
made payable to federal and state
unemployment accounts and were made
payable to Coxe instead and cashed.
The courage and enthusiasm of Hoke
Countians in tackling such a large
Bicentennial project was commended
last week by the state chairman of
Dr. Larry Wheeler told members of
the Bicentennial steering committee
that he was highly impressed by a small
county's efforts to build a new library:
"The enthusiasm was contagious."
said Mrs. Carson Davis, co-chairman
with her husband of the county
committee. "We all left the meeting
with the spirit of being an American, of
being a North Carolinian and especially
of being a part of Hoke County."
Fifteen members attended the
monthly meeling, held at the Davis
The library is being undertaken as
Bicentennial project to serve as a lasting
memorial left to the county as a
reminder of this nation's 200th
birthday, Mrs. Davis said.
Chairmen for the Heritage portion of
the Bicentennial were named last week.
Robert and H.L. Gatlin will head the
project to tape record the recollections
and ideas of persons throughout the
Mrs. Davis said the committee hopes
to collect a wide range of information
for the recordings, which will be
donated to the library.
In addition to the Heritage project,
the Bicentennial observance is divided
Keys In Car
Leaving keys in a parked car is an
invitation for trouble, Raeford Police
Chief Leonard Wiggins reminded
motorists this week.
Four vehicles have been stolen in
Raeford in the past month, the chief
said. In each case, car keys had been left
in the vehicle.
"When you leave your keys in the
car, you're just asking for trouble and
you may be inticing someone else to do
something wrong," Wiggins said.
He said a juvenile is being questioned
in oonnection with at least two of the
At Top Meet
Kathy McMillian, who last week in
Greensboro qualified for the national
indoor championship meet, has been
nominated for the Casey award to be
given in Charlotte this weekend.
The Casey award is given by the
North Carolina Amateur Athletic Union
to the outstanding woman athlete.
Last week Kathy jumped 19-2 at the
indoor meet in Greensboro to become
eligible for the AAU men's and women's
indoor field championship meet to be
held at Madison Square Garden, Feb.
Contestants will be trying for a spot
on the teams for the Pan American
Games and the 1976 Olympics.
According to Billy Colston, who has
coached Kathy during her career at
Hoke High, the junior long jumper
disqualified in Greensboro on all three
jumps against her male competitors.
However, meet officials allowed her
three additional non-competition jumps
in which to try for the qualifying
Colston says he expects for Kathy to
compete at the national meet in New
into two other parts. The Horizon,
which is the library effort, is headed by
R.B. Lewis, Mrs. Ruth McEachern and
Mrs. Grace Andrews. Chairmen for the
Festival, which is the celebration aspect,
have not been named.
Within the next two months, the
county is expected to be designated as a
Bicentennial county. Mrs. Davis said. So
far, 50 counties in the state have been
The Davis' are attempting to speak to
all community organizations to inform
groups of Bicentennial plans in the
"We are specially interested in
speaking in the black and Indian
communities," Mrs. Davis said. "They
are a very important part of the past
and certainly a part of the future. We
need their help and cooperation."
Funds are still needed for the library,
with the target date of April I fast
approaching, lewis reported at the
The community has raised S67.000
of the goal of SI00,000, he said: Still
needed is $33,000. Lewis said he had
approached civic groups and businesses
that have not contributed yet and is
hopeful that additional contributions
will be made.
A building design for the library have
recently been approved by the library
CO-CHAIRMEN - Raeford natives H.L and Robert Gat tin will head the Heritage
portion of the Bicentennial. The pro/eel will Include pcrserving recollections bv
residents of the county's past on tape recordings to be donated to the new library
For Sr. Citizens
Plans For 30 But Few Came
/\ not wncn program for senior citizens began this week at the
Cameron Heights community center on North Main Extended.
Geared to serve 30 meals a day, the center served less than a dozen
on opening day Tuesday.
Miss Helen Jones, project director from Lumber River Council of
Governments, said she expected attendance to improve as word spreads
about the program.
At Meet Here
On hand for the opening were
Raeford's mayor pro tem, Graham
Clark; city manager, John Gaddy and
payroll and personnel administrator
Ronda Cameron. Also there were Four
County Community Service Agency
officials, O.L. Moore, and Jeff McNeill.
The lunch program, sponsored by the
COG, is financed through a $110,825
grant from the governors council on
aging. $5,816.50 in regional funds,
including some local money, is also
required to fund the project, which is
one of six lunch programs in the region.
The meals are served at no cost to
persons over 60. However, Miss Jones
explained, contributions of either cash
or volunteer service are sought to help
make up the local funds or services
Persons are asked to arrive at the
center about 11:30 for a devotion, and
lunch is served at noon. Programs are
planned following the meal, Miss Jones
The lunches are cooked in
Lumberton by Tech Service Company
and are brought to the center in hot and
cold containers. The catering firm
provides meals for 13 other centers.
The opening day menu included
spaghetti with meat balls as the main
course, accompanied by vegetables. The
meals are served in styrofoam divided
trays to facilitate clean up.
Mrs. Jennette Morrison, site manager,
set paper placemats on the table before
serving the nine or ten elderly persons
who came to the center the first day.
The center, located in the East
Freedom Masonic lodge building, has
recently been remodeled. The building is
now owned by Four County
Community Service Agency, and is
rented daily for the lunch program to
The lunch program is funded for the
remainder of this year. It is the first of
its kind in Raeford.
School board members from District
Eight of the N.C. School Board
Association gathered at Hoke High
Wednesday for a meeting.
Dr. Craig Phillips, state
superintendent of public instruction,
was the keynote speaker following a
dinner in the Gibson cafeteria.
Andy Vanote, assistant attorney
general, presented a talk on Title ') and
student records during a discussion
group preceding the dinner.
Betsy Sloan, coordinator of special
education for Hoke County, discussed
the educable mental retarded (EMR)
program and regulations regarding equal
Jim Blackburn, consultant to the
department of public instruction, spoke
on budget and finance problems.
Bob Boyd, of the department of
public instruction, dealt with personnel.
D.R. Huff. Hoke County School
Board chairman, and Dr. Riley
Dingman, executive secretary of the
N.C. School Board, addressed the group.
Music was provided by the Hoke High
Chorale and the Hoke High Dance Band.
An additional 81 persons have been
hired in the county through the federal
public service employment program.
The jobs are being funded through
C.E.T.A., the Comprehensive
Employment Training Act.
The program is administered through
the Lumbee Regional Development
Center. Harold Brewer, C.E.T.A.
counselor for the county, said the
project is now operating at full strength
and there are currently no jobs unfilled.
Forty three school workers and 38
non ? school workers have been placed,
Brewer said. Included in the job sites are
most county schools, the FI1A office,
Laurinburg Day Care Center, and Indian
The C.E.T.A. office is located in
South Hoke and the telephone number
Will Be Closed
The Board of Elections office or
West Elwood will be closed Feb. 17-28
The office will reopen March 3.
For City Tags
Check points set up by city police
Tuesday didn't net any citations but a
number of city license tags were sold
Police chief Leonard Wiggins
estimated that 300 - 400 more cars in
Raeford lack city tags A total of'I 166
had been sold by late Tuesday, he said.
City tags should have been on vehicles
by Feb 15.
More checkpoints are scheduled
during the next two weeks, Wiggins said.
City tags can be purchased for SI at
city hall A police citation for not
having the tags will cost an additional
Tuesday, Feb. 18 7 00 P.M. Oxford Webb vs. Dunn
9:00 P.M. Pinecresl vs. Vaidcn Whitley
Wednesday, Teh. 19 7:00PM Hoke vs. Durham Jordan
Thursday. Feb 20 7:00 Winner of the Hoke-Durham Jordan game
plays winner of Oxford Webb-Dunn game
9 00 Winner of Lumberlon-Wake Roseville
game plays winner of Pinecrest-Vaiden
Finals Friday. Feb. 21 at 8 P.M.