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VOLUME LXVII NO. 45 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YEAR THURSDAY. MARCH 13, 1975
BY SAM C MORRIS
The annual Moke High School Key
Gub barbecue supper will be held
Thursday, March 20. The feed will be
held at the Gibson Cafeteria at Moke
High from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets
can be purchased from any Key Club
member or any member of the Raeford
Kiwanis Club, who sponsors the Key
Club at Hoke High. Tickets are S2.00
and SI .25 for the meal.
The money is used by the Key Club
for projects it promotes during the year.
So, for a good meal and plenty of
fellowship, make plans to attend the
supper Thursday, March 20.
If anyone plans to attend morning
worship service at the Raeford
Presbyterian Church in the next week or
so, don't go to the church. Due to
renovation of the sanctuary, services arc
being held at tire Raeford lilemcntary
School. Sunday School is still being held
at the church every Sunday morning at
The AG" basketball tournament at
Greensboro last week turned out to he
one of the best. After six games had
been completed and a champion
crowned, only 20 points was the
difference in the scores of all six games.
Carolina and Maryland will go on to
the regional finals and N.C.State had an
invitation to the NIT tournament but
turned it down.
Bast Carolina also got a bid to go to
the regionals, so plenty of local teams
are fighting for the crown.
The AP rankings were out Tuesday
morning and four teams from the ACC
were in the top 20. Three were in the
top ten. They were Maryland, Carolina
and State. Clemson was in the top 20
and also is playing in. the NIT.
This is a line showing Tor the ACC
and North Carolina basketball.
A few weeks ago 1 mentioned in this
column a phone call from a local reader
concerning the condition of our
roadsides in the matter of beer cans,
trash and other things people so
carelessly throw from their cars.
The following letter, which is
self-explanatory, deals with the same
Dear Mr. Morris:
As Hoke County Kxtension
Homemakcr Citizenship Chairman, I
would like to thank you for your recent
comments in "The News Journal"
concerning our road sides. I agree that
we need to stop littering, and 1 would
like to go one step further and ask each
Hoke County citizen to pick up trash
even if you did not throw it down.
Citizenship is "What you do with the
chewing gum paper when no one is
looking". Someone has not been a good
citizen when trash has been thrown
down. Can you be a good citizen and
pick up any trash you see even if it is
not on your property? If we don't get
busy we will all be living in a land 1111
that is on top of the ground. I would
like to ask our law enforcement officers
to enforce litter laws a little more.
Recently a couple from Raleigh
passed through Hoke County and
commented on our unsightly highways.
This is not the type of comments we
like to hear.
WiU you please pick up trash and
encourage your neighbors to do the
same, even if it has to be done every
HOKE COUNTY CITIZENS LET US
TAKE PRIDE IN OUR COUNTY AND
CLEAN IT UP AND KEEP IT THAT
A $49,893 grant has been approved
for Hoke County schools under the
federal aid for schools in federally
School officials were notified
Monday by the office of Congressman
Charles Rose that the HEW grant had
The money, which is allotted
annually, is always used to supplement
teacher's salaries, school superintendent
Raz Autry explained.
A total of *37,419 will be paid to the
county itnmediately, Autry said, and
the remainder will be received in the
next fiscal year.
Crowd Urges Housing
At Meeting Tuesday
There is no substitute for public
housing, a Farmer's Home
Administration official said Tuesday
night, while a housing expert from the
slate Department of Natural and
fcconomic Resources recommended that
the city's dormant housing authority be
The men spoke to an enthusiastic
crowd of about 60 persons at a meeting
on low income housing.
The public hearing was arranged by
Raeford Mayor John K. McNeill in
response to a group who met recently
with the city council to ask that the
housing authority be reactivated. Most
of the city and county officials
attended, although the county
commissioners had to leave soon after
the meeting began to attend a
previously scheduled meeting.
Thurman Burnett, supervisor from
the state FHA office, explained several
of the FHA housing programs, including
multi-family rental units. However,
none of the FHA plans will benefit the
lowest income groups he said.
"Our loans must have a sound
business basis," he said. "We must he
able to collect our principle, plus at
least one per cent interest."
The FHA rental program has been
widely used recently, he said, but again
it will not serve the lowest income
"Our rental housing program serves
exactly the same people as our home
loans do," Burnett said. He estimated
rents would have to range from S106 to
$180 per month to meet costs on a
rental complex built under the FHA
"When you're talking about helping
the low income groups, public housing
is the only thing that will do it."
Aubrey Jones, a community
assistance developer with the state
Department of Natural and Economic
Resources, explained other programs
now available in housing and offered to
help work with the community to
However, he stressed that it was
virtually essential to have some official
agency, such as the housing authority.
He also urged the community to
submit a plan for community
development to begin to qualify for new
federal housing programs. However,
McNeill said it was doubtful that the
city or county would apply for the
Community Development Act funds.
Jones told the group thai he would
begin immediately to pull together some
of the programs the community might
be able to use and would meet with
them again in the near future.
Most of the crowd again strongly
urged that the housing authority be
reactivated. It was established several
years ago, when Kacford made an
application for 50 units of public
housing, but new members have not
been reappointed as terms for the
original members expired. Chairman Joe
Upchurch is the only member now on
City councilmen at the meeting
assured the group that they were not
opposed to housing but they would
prefer to have the county participate.
Miss Josephine Hall reminded that
many residents have worked for public
housing for years and recalled a meeting
with city officials years ago.
"I feel like if we had gotten started
then, we might have some public
housing today," she said.
"If we don't get started now. then
when arc wc going to start?"
Burglar Surprised, Jailed
Sheriff*s deputies arrested a suspected
housebreaker after he lied from a
Bowtnore residence March 5, apparently
surprised to find himself confronting
Colin Lovetle, P.O. Box 34, Raeford,
reported to deputies he was awakened
by a knock on the door, and while
dressing, Iteard glass breaking and saw a
man enter the kitchen.
YDC To Meet
The Young Democrats Club will meet
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the
Warren Pate, president, urged all
persons interested in joining the YDC to
Here Mar. 21
The mobile office of Congressman
Charlie Rose will be in Raeford March
21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rip Collins, administrative assistant
to Rose, will be at the office. The van
will park in the post office lot.
Klwood Avenue will become a
oneway thoroughfare going east
effective Saturday, although the lane
lines will not be painted in time.
However. 'Do Not Enter' signs will
have been posted by then, city manager
John Caddy said.
Caddy said Monday he was informed
by the stale highway department that
the machine used to mark the lane lines
was being repaired but that the new
lanes would be marked as quickly as
possible. Caddy said he preferred to go
ahead with the change as scheduled
rather than wait for the marking.
Elwood was designated for one way
traffic from Magnolia to Stewart Street
by the city council.
Pants On Last Leg
The dress code at Hoke High changes
Monday, principal Allen Edwards
Girls will no longer be allowed to
According lo tlic report, when
Lovcttc shouted, the man (led and
jumped into a 1164 White Ford.
Lovettc told deputies he llred at the
vehicle as it took off.
Later, deputies arrested James N.
Murphy, no address listed, and charged
him with breaking and entering.
In other incidents, deputies on
routine patrol discovered a break-in at
the Old Trail Grocery on Highway 401
shortly after one a.m.. March 3.
Paul Robinson reported an
undetermined amount of change stolen
from the cash register and a bank bag.
Fight cartons of cigarettes were also
taken. Fntry was made by breaking the
glass in a front window, according to
W.A. Blue, Faycttevillc, told deputies
lie discovered the theft of farm
machinery valued at SI.575 from his
farm near Tylertown.
Mrs. Bertha A. Lovetle, Rt. I,
Shannon, reported her garage was
entered sometime between Feb. 27 and
March I and a lawnmower, washing
machine, pot. and charcoal grill taken.
The loss is listed at S887.22.
Mamie R. Smith. Rt. I, Raeford,
complained her home was entered
sometime between 10-3:30 p.m. March
4. and a radio valued at S25 stolen.
Fntry was made by forcing a latch on a
rear door, according to the report.
Fvelyn Cummings, Rt. 4, Red
Springs, complained her house was
entered sometime during the day
Friday, and a thief helped himself to
four chickens in a freezer. Fntry was
apparently made through an opened
Lawrence Stanton, Raeford-Hokc
land Fill manager, reported the office
door was broken March 10 and slightly
over twenty gallons of gas stolen,
according to the meter. Two five gallon
cans were also listed as missing.
City police reported a car jumped ihe
curb in front of the Super Dollar Store
on Main Street Saturday morning,
breaking a plate glass window to the
Police Chief Leonard Wiggins said
Mrs. Mary Crosby McGirt, III W.
Donaldson Ave., pulled into a space in
front of the store about 8 a.m., and left
the car with the motor running.
Mrs. McGirt told police she believed
the gear was in 'pa|V, but the car, a
1964 Ford station wagon, crossed the
curb and struck the window.
No injuries were reported. Damage to
the window was placed at S350.
Police were called to the Knit-Away
plant about 6:35 p.m. Sunday night
wlien a security guard reported seeing a
man stealing hubcaps in the parking lot.
The suspect reportedly drove away in
a car carrying two small children. No
See AREA INCIDENTS, page 13
Dh'.A Til WRI.'CK - Two children died in the wreckage of this smashup and the driver was pronounced dead on arrival.
Driver Accused Of Deaths
In Collision Near Antioch
The driver accused of killing three persons
in a collision near Antioch Saturday night is
free on S2.000 bond to await a preliminary
hearing March 28.
William l.owery Jr., 21, of the Wakulla
community, is charged with three counts of
manslaughter and one count of careless and
Victims of the crash were identified as
James Calvin Stult/. of Rt. 2, Red Springs; and
two brothers. Michael Chavis, 11 and John
Ray Chavis, 13, of Rt. 2. Red Springs.
The boys' parents. Riley Ray and Minnie
Chavis, were admitted to Southeastern
General Hospital with undetermined injuries.
Also injured were two passengers in the
Lowery vehicle. Charlie Ray Brooks of Rt. 2,
Red Springs and Calvin Ray Brooks of Rt. 3.
Stuitz. driving a '68 Pontine, backed his car
from a church yard onto rural paved road
1436, near the Robeson County line,
according to Highway Patrol Trooper K.W.
The Lowery ear, a '68 Sporty Javelin,
struck the Stultr vehicle in the left passenger
area, killing the Chavis youngsters instantly.
The boys were sitting in the back seat. Weston
Stultz died on the way to the hospital.
Weston said he was told by witnesses that
the Lowery car was traveling at a high rate of
speed in the center of the road when it hit the
A number of persons saw the accident, he
said, because a church meeting had just
Five persons have died in traffic accidents
in the county this year. Four of the deaths
occurred on the same rural road, just olT N.C".
21 1 to the left.
There will be no more General
Delivery after April 1, the Raeford
Post Office has announced.
Postal authorities said the service
is intended to be used by persons in
transit, and will no longer be
extended to local residents.
Permanent residents who have
been using General Delivery service
should arrange for a route delivery
or apply for rental of a post office
box, a spokesman said.
Four Autos In Pile up
Cily police reporied a [carend
collision set off a four car pileup early
Monday morning at Ihe West Prospect
and Pulton Slreet intersection.
According to Police Chief Leonard
Wiggins, a car heading west on Prospect
about 7:55 A.M. was stopped at the
light, preparing to turn left onto Fulton.
Three other cars were in line, also
Wiggins said a Toyota driven by Mrs.
At Post Office
A young woman received minor cuts
when she walked into a plate glass
window near the entrance to the post
office Wednesday morning.
A spokesman at the post office said
the unidentified woman was treated at
Raeford Medical Clinic.
The window was boarded up after the
mishap until the glass can be replaced.
Jean Smith Hill, Rt I. Aberdeen, was
traveling west on Prospect and ran into
the rear of a 1971 Chevrolet operated
by Betty C. Cribb of Racford.
Mrs. Cribb's car then struck the rear
of the car in front of her, a 197.7
Plymouth driven by Richard B. Sage of
The Plymouth then hit the back of a
1975 Pontiac, operated by Curtis W.
Pickeral of McLeansville.
The car waiting to turn was the only
one to avoid the the accident. Wiggins
Four persons received minor injuries
in the collisions.
Mrs. Hill, and her four year old son,
Pat, and Mrs. Cribb. and a passenger,
four year old Jennifer Cribb, Were
treated by a Raeford doctor and
Police estimated damage to the
Toyota at $800, the Chevrolet $900,
the Plymouth $800, and $650 to the
Wiggins said Mrs. Cribb was cited for
following too closely.
Following Up Leads
A committee set up by the Chamber
of Commerce to recruit physicians to
the county is studying three courses of
action. Chamber directors were told
The committee includes Gene Carter.
Benny McLeod. Walter Coley and Dick
One lead came from a former
Raeford resident. Chamber Manager
Harold Gillis reported. Mrs. listelle
Hollingsworth Paschall sent information
concerning a new family medicine
residency training program at Duke. She
is now secretary to Dr. William J. Kane,
director of the program.
Gillis said the committee will contact
the 18 residents now in training and
attempt to interest them in coming to
practice in Raeford. Presently there are
only two doctors and one dentist in
private practice here.
Three residents scheduled to
complete training in June are already
committed elsewhere. Gillis said, but
the six who will graduate in June 1976
and nine who will complete training the
following year will be contacted.
Other plans include further study of
the National Health Service program,
such as the clinics now being operated
in Maxton. St. Pauls and Bladenboro.
And. he said, the committee hopes to
discuss with county officials the
possibility of jointly obtaining a
physician for the county health center.
Under this plan, Gillis explained, a
doctor would practice at the health
center part of the week and have a
private practice also.
The group hopes to attract a
minimum of two doctors to the area.
The directors also discussed Chamber
efforts to find a tenant for the
Continental Yarn Corporation building
The plant, which was built three
years ago by Rockfish Knterprises. is
now owned by Business Development
Corporation of Raleigh, the holder of
the first mortgage loan.
The yarn company, which had hoped
to hire some 70 workers, went out of
business about a year ago.
Gillis said the Chamber has had
several inquiries about the plant, which
contains about 27,563 square feet with
an additional 9,640 square feet in an
adjoining old school building.