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VOLUME LXV1I NO. 49 RAEFORO, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YEAR THURSDAY, APRIL 10. 197;
BY SAM C.MORRIS
The saying "March comes in like a
lamb and goes out like a lion", or vice
versa, could be put on April this year.
The wind has been like a lion for three
days the first of this month. But, after
all the rain that has fallen recently, it
took something to help dry out the soil,
and the wind did a line job.
The temperatuies haven't dropped as
low as has been predicted and I don't
believe anything was killed by the cold
So, maybe if the winds will cease, we
can all enjoy an early spring.
The date for the I')34-193S Class
Reunion of Raeford High School has
been sei and will be held on June 7.
Letters will go out this week to all
members giving them complete details.
So, to people that have been asking
about the date to give to family
members, this is it.
Whenever you start planning lor any
event you never know what will pop up
or what will be brought to mind. Of
course, I am thinking about the work in
planning the reunion mentioned above.
The one thing that is on my mind at this
time is the members that have died since
In the Class of 1034. six members
have passed on and in the class of 1035,
five of the classmates are no longer with
us. This is something you don't think
about until you start getting addresses
and making plans.
The class of 1034 had 40 members
graduating and the class of 1035 had 45
to graduate. So, this leaves 74 members
to contact and to prepare for on the
It would surprise you how far away
some of the class members now live;
and. some that live within 30 miles, it
was almost impossible to locate.
Anyway, most of the members 1 have
contacted are looking forward to the
While on the subject of reunions. I
noticed in last week's paper that the
class of 1063 had a reunion. In tire
write-up it stated that a memorial gift
was given to the Hoke County Library
in memory of Sammy Warlick and
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Warlick and Mr.
and Mis. Hubert C ameron had this to
say. "Our love and appreciation to the
class of 1063 for the gift to the Library
in memory of Sam and Rosemary.
Thank you for remembering and
litis should be enough to make then
reunion a complete success.
I hope others can bring forth
statements such as above.
A report was given at the City
Council meeting Monday night by the
City Dog Warden. While looking at the
report I began to think that fewer dogs
have been seen on the streets of the city
recently, and I haven't heard many
complaints about having to tie up dogs,
lire report did say that 45 complaints
had been received by the department,
and all had been answered and the
So. maybe the leash law will work
"Goofer dust", which some people
believe will cast a spell, was found
scattered at the front and back
entrances of the courtroom Friday
morning and down the stairs leading to
the back entrance.
However, a county employee took
quick action to counter the hex with a
The 'dust' is dirt taken from a
cemetery at midnight, according to
Archie Byrnes. Byrnes, in charge of
county buildings, said the "goofer dust"
was left sometime after he had filled the
courtroom water pitchers.
"It's old black magic," Byrnes
explained. "That's all I know about it.
But there's a Dr. Buzzard down in
South Carolina, who for S25 can tell
you how to break the hex and he says
put salt on it. So that's what we did."
Byrnes bought salt and had it spread
over the "goofer dust" by Lawrence
Ferguson, courthouse janitor.
The courtroom was hit by "goofer
dust" once before when it was found
sprinkled on the jurors' chairs and tables
for the solicitor when Junior Lee
Washington was tried for rape in
WAI.K FOR ANCFI.A - Second grader Angela l.ocklear is one of the youngsters who will benefit from the Jay tve-spon sored
walkathon Saturday. With her are Racford Javcee president Bobby Srrorherllcfr). her mother. Mrs. James Far! l.ocklear. I.arrv
Phillips, Javcee. and Mrs. Audrey Rivenbark. a home service consultant for United Cerebral Palsy ofN.C.
To Kick Off
Until site was about a year old. her
parents did not suspect that Angela
Lockleai was afflicted with cerebral
Now a second grader at Rael'ord
I lementary, Angela, 10, has had two
operations and walks with the aid of
ciuiches and braces.
ilte daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jaines
liarl Lockleai of Ri. I. Angela is one of
about ten residents of die county who
suffer from cerebral palsy, a condition
dial impairs the body's motor function.
A Walkathon. which will start with
signup at the stadium at 8 a.m..
Satutday. will raise money for the
cerebral palsy fund. Rael'ord Jaycces are
preparing for more than 1.000 walkets.
who will be sponsored at amounts
averaging about a quarter a mile.
lite 20-mile route loops around the
county with checkpoints at Gentry's
The Service, the aimory, Upchurch
School, along Turnpike Road and
The Jaycees are providing watei ai
each checkpoint and refreshments along
the toute. lintertainment, including
skydivcrs, is scheduled at the stadium to
wrap up the Walkathon.
Angela will be at the stadium to see
the stait of the charity walk
School Board Okays New Policies
Three policy statements were
approved and contracts for the
superintendent and two assistant
superintendents were renewed Monday
night hy the county board of education
Four year contracts were renewed for
Ra/ Autry, superintendent, and J.D.
McAllister and Irnest Sutton, assistant
W. L. Moses was re-elected attorney
for the school board.
The board approved policies on
student locker assignments, corporal
punishment and in-field teaching for
Extensive faculty re-assignments, to
he announced at the end of school, were
The text of the three policy
Tlte undersigned student and parent
(or guardian) request that the student
be assigned a school locker at die school
listed below and understand and agree
that any assignment made to the
student is made and accepted under the
following terms and conditions
I Only properly belonging to the
student which is necessary lor his school
activities is permitted to he placed in
the locker, such as school books, gym
2. No gun, rille, pistol, explosives,
black jack, or any other weapon of any
kind or drugs not prescribed by a
physician or alcoholic beverages of any
kind, are permitted in the locker or on
the school grounds, and the possession
or carrying, whether openly or
concealed, of any weapon or drugs is a
violation of the law.
.1. The Principal or any Assistant or
SeeSCHOOl BOARD, page 13
A (id yeai-old Raeford man was
killed Friday night as he apparently
walked in the path of a car on the 21 I
cut-off near the North Raeford Fire
Trooper C.A. Bennett said Jesse
James McNeill, Rt 4. was killed
instantly. The driver of the car, Curtis
Oscar Bandy. Wagram, was not charged.
Bennett said McNeill was walking in
the center of the road at about 8:30
p.m., according to Melvia W. Maynor,
who swerved her cat to avoid hitting
McNeill ihen stepped into the path of
Bandy's car and the impact threw him
across the hood and into the windshield,
Bennett said. The glass broke and
McNeill was thrown to the shoulder.
It was the sixth traffic fatality in
Floke for the year, and the second
Special Venire Ordered
For Luckie Murder Trial
Jurors from Cumberland County will
be selected for the nturder trial later this
month of Jessie Luckie. a Superior
Court judge has ruled.
Judge Hamilton Hobgood last
Thursday ordered a special jury pool ot
150 Cumberland County residents be
subpoenaed for the trial, set April ^8.
Luckie is accused of the slaying last
fall of W.T. McAllister and his wife.
Mary, who were widely known in the
At the time of his death, McAllister
was a candidate for the school board
and was active in the Democratic Party,
serving as precinct chairman of Blue
Springs. Mrs. McAllister was manager of
the Scurlock School cafeteria.
Luckie's attorney, public defender
James Little, first asked that the trial be
moved from Raeford to Fayetteville. He
argued that it would be impossible for
Luckie to get a fair trail here.
In his arguments to Hobgood, Little
said his investigators interviewed at
random 13 residents of Hoke County.
Of those. 10 said that Luckie could not
get a fair trial and three, all of whom
knew the McAllisters personally, said he
could. Little told the judge.
Hobgood denied the request to move
the trial and ordered, instead, that the
Cumberland County jury panel be
In 1072. there were three special
venires ordered for trials here In March
a Cumberland County jury, with
elaborate precautions taken to shield
the jurors from outside influences,
found Johnny Scott and Freddie Revels
Jr. guilty of grand larceny at Arabia
Another iurv from Cumberland
county in October found them not
guilty of a breakin at the ABC store.
A special jury from Robeson County
in November, found Junior Lee
Washington guilty of rape.
County Planning Board
Hoke County commissioners voted
Monday to activate a county planning
board and agreed to submit a letter of
intent to apply for federal planning
The hoard acted following a public
hearing Monday, held at 11 a.m. in the
courthouse annex conference room.
F.arlier that morning, the commissioners
met as a board of equalization and
review and later, they held the hulk of
their regular monthly session.
The ordinance creating the seven ?
man planning board was approved
following several months of preliminary
study. Members ate to be appointed
John K. McNeill Jr. attended the
hearing to discuss the planning services
of the Department of Natural and
Kconomic Resources. He told the board
that the state agency could contract to
develop a land use plan for the county
The total cost will be about SK.000 with
the county paying SJ.JOO if federal
funds can be arranged, McNeill said.
Lumber River council of government
planners David Bartlett and Larry
Stahm strongly urged the commissioners
to prepare for participation next year in
the Community Development Act of
I <>74. In addition to the land use study,
Bat tlctt told the board the county also
needs a land development plan, and a
detailed housing study to apply for
fcdeial community development funds.
Equalization and Review
The hoard, meeting for equalization
and review, denied requests front four
persons for tax deductions.
Appearing to complain about tax
valuations were Neill F. Sinclair of
Quewhiffle, I..F. McLaughlin, of Blue
Springs, Cteston Rowland of Wayside
and Mahle Riley of Hillcrest.
In the tegular meeting, the
commissioners agreed to ask the stale to
look into a drainage problem in
Allendale for James McCormick. who
complained that a ditch along the
highway was needed in his area.
lite commissioners reviewed lour
bids for repainting the courtroom, jury
room and four downstairs offices at the
courthouse and accepted the low hid
from J f. Odom for SI ,187.
Other bids were lupo Paint
Contractors, SI,975; Bridges Brothers
Paint Contractors, SI,500 and Klia:
Rogers Paint Contractors. $2,800.
Clyde leach submitted a proposal tc
the board for repainting the 91 garbage
containers in the county for S48 each
The commissioners appropriated
S500 for the Ashley Heights community
house. Otis Webb told the board tltai
funds were needed to help pay for a
new well being installed at a neaihy
church that will also serve the
In othei business, the board
authorised expenses tor county manager
T B. Lester and his wife to attend the
city and county manager's annual
conference in Banner I Ik on May 8-10;
authoriced expenses lor the tax
collector Hli/abeth Livingston to attend
an annual convention April 16-18 and
approved attendance for Lester, and
Ralph Barnhart. chairman, al a budget
conference in Raleigh April 14
The hoard agreed for the county to
take over supervision of the recreation
commission payroll and to bill the
commission for expenses.
The board approved a county
matching expenditure ol SO 2.50 for a
SI.250 training grant to the sheriff's
department fiom the l aw Knforccment
Assistant Administration. Also approved
for payment was a $450.25 bill for legal
expenses incurred by the sheriffs
department during the inquest lor
Deputy (ieorgc Mcf.uiic
Raeford's dormant housing authority
was put back in action Monday night
when the city council agreed to appoint
new members to the panel.
The council also heard plans to take
action against buildings declared unsafe
and discussed pioviding a home visiting
service to the city's elderly and shut-ins.
The housing authority appointments
followed a public hearing last month on
A group of city residents lobbying for
public housing recently had asked for
the re-activation of the authority. The
board, which was chartered several years
ago when Raeford applied for 50 public
housing units, had ceased to meet and
the terms for most of the members had
Persons considered Monday nigh! for
appointment to the new authority
included former members Km McNeill
and Hobby Carter. Also suggested were
Neill McFadyen, James Hunt. Jack
Mansfield and J.D. McAllister.
City manager John Caddy told the
council that building inspector Hill
Sellars was preparing a list ol' unsafe
buildings. When tire list is completed,
C.addy said iho city would begin elTorts.
including court action it'needed, to have
the buildings removed.
Some of the buildings were
condemned several years ago by former
inspector Monroe Williams, Caddy told
the council, but the city did not enforce
the condemnation notices.
Plan For Elderly
An idea to serve Raelord's elderly
and shut-ins was brought up for
discussion by Mayor John K. McNeill.
Under the program, the city would hire
a home visitor to perform small
household services and perhaps provide
transportation for the elderly. McNeill,
who said the program was unusual lor
cities to be involved in, estimated the
cost at about 520,000.
The plan is expected to be discussed
further during the upcoming budget
An increase in the fee lo open graves
at Raeford Cemetery is also expected to
be discussed at the budget hearings.
Caddy told the council Monday that the
cost to the city for actual labor and
equipment is S67.50. He suggested an
increase from the present S25 fee to
575 for weekdays and S100 after 4 p.m.
and on weekends.
Die council heard recommendations
from the airport committee meeting
that the city buy three additional strips
of land ajoining the city airport from
Gene Thacker. Caddy said the
acquisition of one portion was essential
to qualify for the last portion of a
The council also discussed city
operation of the Unicom radio and
approved a motion to alter the proposed
lease with Thacker to include an
additional portion of land and set a time
limit on occupation of his present
A contract to roof the municipal
building was awarded to Cumberland
Roofing and Sheet Metal Company lot
the low bid of 55,021. The council also
agreed to advertise for bids for two new
police squad cars to replace the city's
I*>72 and l(>7.' patrol cars.
The council accepted SI,000 federal
training grant for the police department
and agreed to pay S50 matching funds.
Plans to build a public parking lot or
a drive-tn window to pay water bills for
the lot ajoining city hall were discussed.
Caddy was instructed to notify Raeford
auto dealer Bernard Bray to vacate the
lot by 107b.
The council also agreed to submit a
letter of intent lo apply for federal
planning funds to the regional council
of govet nments.
During March. 42 complaints about
dogs in the city were answered, dog
warden Roy Cum reported.
Of these, 12 dogs were impounded
and only two were claimed by the
owner. Five were destroyed and the
other five were sold.
One dog bile report was investigated
and the dog was quarantined at home,
according to the report.
flic Young Democrats Club will meet
Thursday at 7:.>Oat the courtroom.
A question and answer session will he
held with Sam Morris, county chairman
of the Democratic paity.
UFO? Deputy Won't Say
A skeptical Hoke County deputy saw
lights in the sky early last Thursday
morning hut he won't say it was a UFO.
"It looked like a plane to me," said
George McGuire "I wouldn't have even
reported it but" I was told to look for
lights in the sky and that's what I saw,
so I reported it."
McGuire said he was notified on the
radio hy Hoke jailer Upton Daniels that
Robeson County deputies had spotted
an unidentified flying object headed
toward Lumbei Bridge.
McGuire said he was neai Davis'
Bridge when he got the call and drove
toward Lumber Bridge He was in
Robeson County when he saw the lights
in the sky.
"The lights were a good distance
away," McGuire said, "1 thought they
were over Fayettcville It looked like a
He returned to Hoke County to take
another road that would perhaps allow
him to get closer to the object and lost
sight of ii completely, McGuire said
"I'm willing to accept UFOs," he
said. "But I'll have to get closer than 1
did the other night."
There were numerous reports on the
police radio from Robeson County of
UFO. the following night Mctiuire said.
"But I didn't see anything."
Selective service registrations were
suspended April I as a result of a change
in procedure issued recently by
State director William H. McC'achien
said the suspension is only temporary
and that new procedures will be
announced later this year. There is still a
requirement to register, he said, and
only the method will be changed.
The requirement that a young man
must register during the period .10 days
prior to and 30 days after his 18th
birthday is no longer in effect,
McCachren said. The future method is
likely lo be annual registration.