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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXVIII NO. 2 RAEFORD. HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YEAR THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1975
BY SAM C.MORRIS
The request for information about
the old Teacherage located on N. Main
Street brought forth many comments
from local citizens. The information
received ran from the early 1900s until
1 don't know how much information
was given to Robert Gatlin but maybe
later on we can compare notes and give
the readers the history of this old house.
If you know anything about it or its
history, please inform either Robert or
W.K. Morgan, recreation director for
Hoke County during the summer
months, was by the office this week and
was telling me of the need for coaches
for the Little Tar Heel League team.
The age of these boys are 10, 11 and 12.
If 10 before August 1 or if not 13
before August 1. Anyone wanting to
play on this team or teams (according to
the number of boys and coaches) be at
Armory Park May 24 at 10 am. All
players must bring birth certificates if
they want to play.
1 know that all of us have more to do
than we can usually find time for, but
this will be a job that will not only
teach the boys the game but will put
them under supervision for the summer
months. If the youth of the county arc
kept busy in something that is
worthwhile, they will not have time to
get into truuble of any kind.
So try to find time to assist in the
summer program. An hour or so a day
may make a useful citizen out of some
boy that could otherwise take the
wrong road in life.
The Slate Track Meet held here last
Friday was well attended and turned
out Fine for the local supporters. The
local girls came out on top and are to be
I am told that the girls didn't know
when the 880 yard relay cante up, dial
they already had enough points to win
the meet. Anyway that won this evenl
and that put frosting on the cake.
I think that Coach Billy Colson
should get a big thanks from all of us.
Since coming to Hoke Hi$t he has
certainly put the school on the map as
far as girls track teams are concerned.
From all reports it is almost impossible
to look at him during a meet and see if
his team is winning or losing. From the
scores of meets coming across my desk
before being printed in the paper he still
doesn't know how to look when his
team is losing because they don't lose.
Anyway a big congratulations to
coach and team for a good job well
According to W.K. Morgan there will
be a Youth Softball meeting on
Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. at
Armory Field. All boys that are rising
sophomores and above arc eligible to
So if you want to play Softball go out
to lite park May 22.
Loren Young To Speak
At C Of C Annual Dinner
A former All-American track star and
minister will headline the Chamber of
Commerce annual dinner meeting May
Id at the Gibson building cafeteria at
Loren Young, an Olympic contender
in 1946 who has coached at Duke and
Emory and was a national director of
special programs for the Fellowship of
Oiristian Athletes, will be featured.
The dinner will begin at 7 p.m?
preceded by an informal social time in
the courtyard at 6:30. The Hoke High
Chorale will sing.
Chamber of Commerce officers were
elected last Friday at a regular meeting
of the board of directors.
Dick Lovetl was named president,
succeeding Bob Gentry. Other officers
are Benny McLeod and Neill A.
McDonald, vice-presidents and Gene
Carter, secretary and treasurer.
New directors chosen by Chamber
members are Julian Butler, Gib
Bernhardt. Vardell Hedgpeth, Ivey
McNair and Mike Wood.
The officers and new directors will be
Installed at the annual dinner.
Cof C president Bob Gentry reported
on his meeting with the county
commissioners about expanding the
. office of chamber manager.
A recruiting trip to a fair in
Winston-Salem sponsored by the North
Carolina Academy of Family Physicians
for medical students in the area was
reported on by Harold Gillis. Dr. and
Mrs. Robert Townscnd and Mr. and Mrs.
Gillis attended the fair last week to talk
to medical students and residents about
locating a practice in Raeford.
Girls Win State Track Title Again
As McMillan Sets More Records
Records crumbled like summer dust under the battering of high
school women athletes at the state championship track and field meet
here last Friday.
Several girls who have earned national acclaim - including Hoke's
Kathy McMillan ? turned in winning performances as new state records
for girls were established in 13 of the 14 events.
Hoke girls kept the title at home as they met their toughest
competition this year to successfully defend their state championship.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Hoke womens' track teams have
taken the state title.
T.W. Andrews, scoring 19 points to Hoke's 28, took second,
followed by Greensboro Page with 17 and Camp LeJeune with 15.
Kathy McMillan brought home three of Hoke's wins and ran the last
leg of the winning 880 relay to set new records in each event. Hoke
entered five events, winning four and finishing second in the other.
Although they were the defending champions, the Hoke team was
not a shoo-in to win. Bucks coach Coach Billy Colston, by computing
the winning times in each of the three sectional meets last week, figured
Hoke to win by a one point margin over T.W. Andrews. Going into the
final event, the 880 relay, the Hoke girls did not realize they were
McMillan started things off for the Bucks in the long jump with a
20-2'/2 foot leap, topping the record she set last year of 18-5. This the
third year she has held the state record in this event and her jump this
year was one ot her best in competition
su mi, uuiuisiaJiciug uuui nti winning
mark in the Junior Olympics and her
fifth place performance at Madison
McMillan next shaved the record in
the 100 yard dash from 11.1 last year to
a flat II .0 and broke her own record of
25.6 in the 220 by running 24.9.
But it was the 880 relay that really
brought the crowd of Kathy-cheerers to
their feet. The Hoke team, composed of
Geraldine Murray, Kathy Little,
Madelyn Miller and McMillan, fell
behind but McMillan, running the last
leg, ran past the leaders to win the event
with a record time of 1.44 1, taking a
second off last year's time.
T.W. Andrews bested Hoke by a full
second in the 440 relay to set a record
of 49.4. Running for the Bucks were
Gertrude McNeill, Madelyn Miller,
Elizabeth Campbell and Tondea
Besides McMillan, two other Junior
Olympics winners competed here. Julie
Shea, a freshman from Cardinal Gibbons
in Raleigh, set a record in the 880 run
of 2:14.4 ? "a tremendous time,"
according to Colston. Lynn Cruickshank
of LeJeune bested her previous state
record by nearly ten feel in the discus
with a 127-2 heave.
Andre Dixon of South Guilford
topped her state record in the shot put
with a toss of 38-8 feet.
Millbrook's Lynn Lashley set a state
record in the mile run with a time of
5:16.6, beating Douglas Byrd's Carol
Jennings, who's time of 5:17.2 also
bested the state mark.
Donna Scott of Page, the only other
contestant besides McMillan to win in
more than one event, set records in both
the 60-yard and 110 - yard low hurdles,
with 8.5 and 15.2 respectively.
Camp LeJeune took the mile relay in
4:06 over Myers Park. Hoke, which set
the mile relay record last year of 4:11.8,
did not qualify for that event this year.
Vickie Bryant of Jacksonville set a
record of 57.7 in the 440 dash. Only the
high jump record remained unbroken as
Sandy Sampson of West Carteret took
that with a 5-1 vault.
Colston attributed the tumbling
records at this meet to the increase in
emphasis on women's athletics. Last
year, only about 57 schools sent teams
to compete in the two sectional
tournaments. This year, another
sectional was added and I 11 schools
competed. Only the top two in each
See CHAMPS, page 15
Dead In Fire
Waymond Lee Johnson, 32, of
Raeford, was found dead early Tuesday
moming following a tire at a Lake
Avenue residence in Fayetteville.
Cause of the fire is under
No further details were available
8 P.M. Tonight
The Hoke High Chorale and Chorus
will perform in the annual spring
concert this Thursday at 8 pun. in the
courtyard of the Gibson Building.
Titled "Concert Under the Stars", the
program will feature a variety of songs
from classical to popular music. The
public is invited to attend.
CHAMPS - Coach Hilly Colston collects tlic first place trophy for the state champion Bucks from Hoke athletic director John
Pecora at the state meet here Friday. Behind him arc some ofHokcs track team. Tondea Jackson, Flizaheth Campbell, Kathv
Utile, Ceraldine Murray, Madclyn Miller and Gertrude McNeill.
In Superior Court
Three Sentenced In Store Holdup
Three men accused of the February ''
holdup at the County Line Grocery
pleaded guilty and were sentenced to
prison while a fourdi defendant went
free when the state dropped the charge
James Allan Lambert, 18, pleaded
guilty to armed robbery before Judge
Charles T. Kivctt and was sentenced to
an 8 ? 12 year term.
James Mitchell Locklear. 18. also
entered a guilty plea to the armed
robbery charge and drew an eight year
Harvey Lee Jacobs. 21, pleaded guilty
to common law robbery and received a
five year prison term. The ? court
recommended a work release program
The state dropped the case pending
against Joseph Nick Hunt, indicted for
receiving stolen goods linked to the
holdup. for insufficient evidence,
according to court records.
All but Sb^ in cash and nearly S600
in bank checks was recovered in the
S4.681 robbery, according to the
sheriff's department records.
In other action last week, a 49 year ?
old man was sentenced to a total of
eight years in prison after a jury found
him guilty of various charges in
connection with a shooting incident at a
Raeford store and a subsequent police
Willie J. Caesar was found guilty of
assault with a deadly weapon (ADW)
and a second count of assaulting a law
enforcement officer. He received a two
year term on each count to run
consecutively. He was also found guilty
See COURT, page 15
Eleven Projects Share
In Woman's Club Windfall
The Raeford Woman's Club last week
approved donations amounting to
approximately $2,000 to be distributed
to eleven projects.
The money is a combination of
profits from the RWC thrift shop and
funds set aside for the horse show
before that project was discontinued,
according to Kay Thomas, RWC
Donations approved by the executive
board were: $500 to the Hoke High
Chorale to attend the choral
competition last week at Atlanta; $200
to the Hoke County cancer fund; and
$100 each to Boys Home. Girls Haven,
Mid-State Lung Association and CARP.
Also, the board approved a $100
donation to Sandhills Youth Center, a
correctional facility for youthful
offenders at McCain. Center officials
will be consulted before the club
purchases specific items to donate. Mrs.
In addition. SI00 was approved for
The executive board also voted to
give S 200 to the RWC Sally Southalt
Cotton scholarship nominee, Susan
Five $50 camperships were
established for children with special
needs. Mrs. Thomas said. Children will
be selected by the office of Mrs. Betsy
Sloan, who administers the Hoke
School's program for exceptional
Tire RWC will also fund the local
share of the salary for a PACE worker at
the day care center for the
developmentally disabled. Tire cost for
the summer program ts estimated at
S250-S300. Eighty per cent of the
salary is paid by the federal government
as part of a summer job program to help
finance college costs.
Niblock Says Errors
Few In Welfare Here
While North Carolina may lead die
nation in welfare errors, the error rale in
Hoke County is fairly low, according to
Ben Niblock, director of social services,
"While I'm not trying to say that we
don't have any errors," he said, "in the
past two years there has just heen one
error charged back to the agency."
That amounted to a $230
overpayment. Niblock said. The error
resulted from a client returning to work
without the case worker knowing about
it, he explained.
Small counties like diis don't have
nearly the problems that the large ones
do. Niblock said, since there are fewer
However, he explained that the state
error average of 72.9 attributed to the
agency did not mean that that
percentage of payments was erroneous.
"It just means that of the errors
discovered, 72.9 of them were
attributed to the agency and the rest to
the clients," Niblock said.
Kven this is misleading. Niblock said.
because Hhw regulations on review
require thai all errors discovered later
than six months from the previous
review be attributed to the agency.
As for welfare cheating, Niblock
See NIBLOCK. page IS
Superior Court Judge Charles T.
Kivetl. presiding over court here for the
first lime last week, elected to leave the
courthouse through a basement window
Thursday afternoon. bystanders
reported, after he apparently could find
no other way out of his unfamiliar
Onlookers on the courthouse lawn
who were startled to sec the judge
emerge from the window of the boiler
room said apparently the judge thought
he was locked in the courthouse.
They said the judge brushed his pants
off and then went on his way.
A News-Journal story spotlighting a
controversy last September over the
magistrates' schedule was awarded
honorable mention by the North
Carolina Press Women.
Certificates were received this week
by the paper and writer Laurie Telfair.
The story "Buck Is Passed On
Magistrate Gap", was honored from
among 32 entries by 13 contestants in
the news category for non-daily
Randy Jay. zone editor of the
Atlanta Journal, editor of five weekly
papers under the Journal masthead,
judged the annual contest held for
Me commented: "This article ran the
third place entry a good race.
Magistrates are becoming less and less
popular and I feel this story pointed out
the lack of responsibility of most
magistrates. It is primarily a political
appointment and one I feel the public
should be made aware of, especially in
the economy crunch and the need for
cutbacks in government spending."
The story, which ran on the front
page of The News-Journal on Sept. 12,
told of the problems created when a
magistrate went on vacation and left an
eight-hour gap in service. Interviews
with die magistrates, law enforcement
officers, the chief district court judge in
charge of magistrates and the state court
administrative officer sought to explain
In judging news for weekly papers.
Jay said: "I have been a weekly
newspaper editor for the past 10 years
or so and am acutely aware of the lack
of hard news stories in weekly
See AWARD, page 15