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THURSDAY, JUNE S, 1975
As We See It
Bv Laurie Telfair
Every once in awhile the subject of telephone service in the
county comes up. The county commissioners in the past have lent
support to an inquiry to Carolina Telephone and Telegraph officials
on expanding service in the county, and various civic clubs have
explored the matter from time to time.
So far, the phone company is winning. But it might be useful to
look at the question once more
First, take the matter of what a Hoke County telephone
customer gets for the money. Under the proposed rate increase,
which will be heard Sept. 9 by the Utilities Commission, the basic
monthly rate in Raeford for one party line will become $6.80. A
business line will be SI5.30. From Raeford. a subscriber can dial
about 6,000 other telephones on the Hoke exchange without
paying a long distance charge.
Now. take the Fayetteville customer. He will pay, under the
proposed rates, S9.30 for a one-party residential phone and S20.95
for a business phone. Somewhat more than the basic rate in Hoke
County. But for that rate, the Fayetteville customer has access to
approximately 125,000 phones.
Using accessibility as a measure, the Hoke County user pays
considerably more per month than does the Fayetteville user.
Furthermore, the rate in Hoke County varies. For example, a
one-party line in Dundarrach costs SI2, what with rural zone
Now, take the matter to access to county services. If you need to
call the sheriff and you live near Antioeh or McCain, you will have
to phone long distance. If you need to inquire about your taxes, or
consult the health department or the county extension office, you
will have to call long distance.
This has a tendency to rearrange the coujity borders, sending
residents at the edges of the county to other communities for
services, whenever that is possible.
Hoke became a county partly because governmental services were
remote. It is ironic that years later a public utility would chip at its
The telephone company has thus far failed to solve some of the
problems created for the county by its divisions into separate
exchanges. Perhaps the Utilities Commission could be consulted
before the phone rates go up.
The Keep North Carolina Beautiful. Inc. chapter here is turning
its attention to ways to make the downtown area more attractive
and has asked for suggestions from the public.
This is a good project that will benefit everyone who lives in or
However, it seems obvious that until something is done to
improve the appearance of the railroad property which slashes a
large, ugly strip through the city, that other improvement efforts
are like pouring water through a sieve.
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journal
25 years ago
Thursday. June 1, 1950
The M) members of the 11>50
graduating class at Hoke County High
school were handed their diplomas at
the High school last night by Principal
W.T. Gibson, Jr., at commencement
exercises which included an inspiring
address by W.C. Reed, superintendent
of Kennedy Home in Kinston.
Prom Poole's Medley:
The amount of taxes levied and
collected in our present time and
increased cost of government has more
to do with political bitterness of this
day than a person would see on the
surface. Handling money is desired by
The curb market which the Raeford
Methodist Church operated in the
Upchurch school building during the
summer months last year will open
again for the summer on Saturday
morning in the same place.
15 years ago
Thursday, June 2. 1960
A few less than 2,000 Hoke County
voters went to the polls for the
Democratic Primary Saturday and
followed the trends of the rest of the
state in all but the race for U.S.
Hector Fleet Curric. HO. died at his
home in Allendale Township early
The family of J.M. McGougan. Rt.
1, Lumber Bridge, has been selected as
the Hoke County AST farm family of
Fifty ? seven seniors from Hoke
High School were graduated in
commencement exercises held
Tuesday night in the high school
'Hey, I found a spare tire lying beside the road'
^ x The Christian Science Monitor
? by Marty Vega
Race Ends, None Jailed
The 1975 running of the
Cannonball Baker Sea - to - Shining
Sea Memorial Trophy Dash received
little publicity again, which is really
kind of unfair, as after the race ends,
I doubt if they coudl put any of
them in jail. BEFORE the race,
however, it would be unwise to get
youi name in the paper, just to build
up a following.
A record was set by ths year's
winners, although it broke the old
record by only one minute. The New
York to Los Angeles run was done in
35 hours, 53 minutes, by two
Gainesville, Fla. men driving a "73
Ferrari Dino 240GTS.
The Ferrari team. Jack May and
Rick Cline, averaged 83 m.ph., for
the 2.971 mile length trip.
Second place winner was Modesto.
Cal.. stock car racer Jack McCoy,
driving an unpretentious Chevrolet
pickup which beat four Porches
among the rest of the entrants.
The prize in this race is nothing,
which is noi surprising for a contest
with no rules. Well, almost no rules.
Officially, it is set forth "entrants
must drive a landbased vehicle of any
configuration, with any size crew,
over any route, at any speed they
The entry fee. a minimum of S250
per vehicle, is 'used to defray
expenses, such as premiums paid to
Lloyds of London for $2 million
liability insurance on each
participant, little minor things like
that. Part of the monies also was
donated to charity.
This year's field was a pretty
sedate crowd, but it included the
rather improbable entry of the Bolus
& Snopes team, a 27 foot motor
home, which finished 17lh.
Bolus & Snopes, whose slogan is
'BS, Mark of Adequacy', finished in
45 hours, 36 minutes, and crew
members termed that adequate.
Races in past years have featured
all ? female crews, and one year a
three man team dressed in priests'
habits, to soothe any irritation
shown by highway patrolmen.
So, a big congratulations should go
to the winners, and losers, for their
show of. ah, well. fine efforts.
A week or so ago in this space I
was joking about New York City,
how it had so much brains and talent
and yet couldn't pay its bills and was
facing bankruptcy if Washington
didn't lend it a billion dollars
Washington declined, and I have
now decided this is no laughing
For example, what if New York
does go under, the banks foreclose,
and everybody has to move out, 1
like the people of that Cambodian
city I can't pronounce, Pnem Penh.
(On the other hand, how many
Cambodians can pronouce
Philadelphia or Schenectady?)
All right. Here we'll have 8 million
dis-placed people, all swarming out
across the United States seeking
food, shelter and jobs. How many
New York refugees do you figure
Raeford can handle? Can you find a
place say for IS taxicab drivers and
20 subway conductors? How many
of those high ? priced refugee editors
can you place on The News- Journal?
You know how many dogs and cats
those refugees will bring with them?
I know the Statue of Liberty says
wc should welcome these huddled
masses but the more you think about
this the more frightening it gets. I
mean, what if the domino theory was
right and other cities start falling
too? San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Chicago. Baltimore. Fayetteville.
You spill that many people out
over the nation and the country -
side and the small towns will be
ruined. We'd like to do our part but
we just can't handle that many
people. Couldn't start to find that
many tents. As for jobs, it's hopeless.
Probably not over a dozen tractor
- drivers in the whole lot.
No sir. If we're smart we'll start a
financial drive right now to save the
cities of America. Here we've spent
years herding those people into cities
and trying to make them feel happy
there, and to let them break out and
over - run us now would be
disasterous. It'd take us years to get
them all back in again. I'm warning
you, we'd better start doing
The staff cookout here last Friday
night was a huge success and
everyone had a fine time and enjoyed
The gathering was well attended,
but two cats were turned away. The
cats were not late arrivals, but they
were still turned away for lack of
The guests dined on steak, baked
potatoes, toast, and an outstanding
salad featuring a medley of
vegetables from the famous gardens
of Becky Jones and Sandra Wiggins.
The salad was remarkable, as can be
expected from such acclaimed
gardens, which are becoming more
well - known all the time. Becky, shy
one, has to be pressed to tell about
her garden, though.
The affair broke up late, rather
late, and all of the guests went
directly home. Some of the guests
had a long way to travel, though, and
it was rather rainy, and dark, too, so
the drive back to Fayetteville took
All of the guests went directly
Stories Behind Words
by William S. Penfield
Hue and Cry
In England of the Middle Ages, a
person familiar with hunting could tell
the course of the chase, from a
distance, by the shouting of the
hunters and the sound of their horns.
The noise that the hunters made
was called "hue and cry." "Hue" was
derived from the French "hu," which
meant a hoot, or sound of a horn.
"Cry" meant shout or outcry.
Later, it became law that when a
criminal was being chased, a "hue and
cry" was raised, and all people within
hearing distance were required to join
in the chase.
The legal term led to the present
meaning - any outcry or alarm.
CUFF BLUE ...
People & Issues
TERRY SANFORD - Terry
Sanford is probably the first Tar Heel
citizen to seek the presidency in a
serious manner since the U.S.
Constitution was adopted in 1789.
Back in 1944 Governor Broughton
had his "flag up" as an available vice
Many people regard Terry Sanford
as a "long-shot" possibility for the
White House. We feel that every
announced candidate as of now for
the Democratic nomination can only
be considered a "long shot"
WALLACE - George Wallace is
Sanford's number one obstacle to the
nomination. If Terry can't win over
Wallace in North Carolina he is
through as a serious candidate.
Sanford supporters in the General
Assembly in an effort to help
Sanford by trying to repeal the
presidential primary law brought
considerable support to Wallace.
Wallace flew into North Carolina,
received a royal welcome, awakened
support to kill the presidential
primary repeal bill, and rekindled
support for himself at the same time.
STATESMAN NEEDED - This is
a time for statesmen. There are issues
which Sanford could possibly pursue
which might,help him considerably,
and help the country.
New York City is a good example
of what continued deficit spending
can do to even the largest and
probably the richest city in the
United States. Teetering on
bankruptcy, the home of Wall Street,
and often called the "financial heart"
of America, the day of reckoning is
A foremost problem for the
United States is getting back to
operating on a balanced budget.
Having been governor of a state
where a balanced budget is not only
a habit but required by law, Terry
Sanford should be well ? grounded
for a campaign to lead the nation
"back to solvency."
Instead of promising more
"goodies from Washington" our next
president should promise less.
President John Kennedy in his
inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961
said: "And so, my fellow Americans:
ask not what your country can do
for you; ask what you can do for
Members of the State House have
voted to submit a State
Constitutional Amendment to the
people extending the terms of the
House and Senate members from two
to four years. This is a selfish
amendment and should be defeated
by the Senate. To keep legislators
"close to the people" two years is
long enough before going back to the
people for approval oi disapproval.
PRESIDENT FORD ~ There is no
doubt but that President Ford gained
stature and popularity through the
manner in which he handled the
"Mayaguez" incident, freeing the
ship and crew, and is getting high
marks despite the casualties and foul
- ups in the fighting. By election
time, Ford could be a hard man for
any Democrat to defeat.
PUBLIC SENTIMENT - Public
sentiment can sometimes be pretty
effective in short order among the
politicians. Last week State Supt. of
Public Instruction Craig Phillips was
planning a trip to Japan for 20
educators. Public sentiment was
aroused and the trip has been
cancelled. Phillips denied that he was
yielding to legislative pressure. In the
matter there was public sentiment
which can sometimes work wonders.
JUDGES BILL - There was some
merit in the bill to provide for "merit
selection" of North Carolina judges,
which was killed in a house
committee last week.
In a democracy we must
remember that it is sometimes very
slow, often cumbersome and costly
and sometimes we get misfits in
office, but overall, democracy is well
worth the price we have to pay for it.
Had the bill provided for one -
third lawyers and two - thirds laymen
to select the judicial nominees we
suspect it would have been much
more palatable to the lay citizenship
of the state.
REMEMBER? - Remember back
some years ago when some of the
politicians and educators were
advocating federal aid to education
but without federal controls. Now,
we have federal aid and with it rigid
federal controls. i
We are glad to see Dr. William
Friday of the UNC balking at
unreasonable federal suggestions as
to where the veterinary school will
1 have a few comments to make to
he citizens of Hoke County about the
ecent court suit ? Joseph Thompson,
Ir. and Hoke Counly High School.
The school officials and
idministrators both admitted to the
teneral public that they were
cnowingly violating the law by
tnforcing the dress aide, yet they
rontinued to do so. How did they
rxpect the students or even the
larents to have respect for them with
he public fully aware of tit is?
Our recent court order, ruling the
lress code unconstitutional can be of
treat importance. It can show the
ichool officials and administrators that
hey can have discipline in a lawful
ind legal manner without violating the
ights of the students and at the same
ime still maintain a good institution
if learning and gain the respect of the
itudents and other citizens of our
I am proud of what I have done by
teloing to protect the rights of my
?hildren and all the other students in
Joke Counly; Rights guaranteed b/
he Constitution of the United States
Joseph E. Thompson, Sr.
We the students of the adult*
graduating class wish to take this
opportunity to express our
appreciation and thanks to the ones
who made this possible. Sandhills
Community College, for furnishing
such a program. Hoke County Board
of Education, Mr. Edwards and Hoke
High for letting us participate in the
graduation. Mr. and Mrs. Williams,
our teachers taking time from their
busy schedule to teach and advise us.
Our families for their help and
support. For without their help this
would not have been possible.
Any adult or young person who
has not been able to-finish school
and wish to do so, we urge you to
join this program next year.
Again we say thanks!
Joyce Barfield Path A. Jackman
Martha Beatty Flossie Ferguson
Debbie Brewer Patricia Goins
Lorraine Brown Alma Graham
Pauline Carter Rachel Lucklear
Pauline Daniels Samuel Monroe
Linda Dockery Thelma McAllister
Charles Michael Orem
bv Senator Robert Morgan
Those who have grown cynical
about government and who believe
Writing their congressman is an
exercise in futility might learn
something from Mr. Edwin Adkinson
of Siloam, North Carolina.
Siloam is the community in Surry
County where a bridge spanning the
Yadkin River collapsed in February,
killing four persons and injuring
several others. Among those killed
were Mr. Adkinson's parents.
In addition to the fatalities and
the physical damage, loss of the
bridge has caused a considerable
hardship to persons living in that
area. Some farmed land on both sides
of the river, some crossed the old
bridge to go to jobs in Winston -
Salem and other nearby cities and
many used the bridge to haul their
tobacco and other crops to market.
State transportation officials, after
visiting the site, wrote off the idea of
a temporary bridge, giving several
reasons why such a plan would not
But Mr. Atkinson would not
accept the negative answer. He had
heard from veterans how Army
engineers could span a river in short
order and he thought this could be
done at Siloam.
So Mr. Atkinson wrote a letter
asking that state officials talk to the
Army and see what could be done.
He addressed the letter to the
Governor, and sent copies to various
officials, including the Secretary of
Transportation, legislators from his
area and others. One copy came to
our office in Raleigh.
We felt the idea was worth
exploring so we started calling
people. We called the Army, the
federal and state transportation
departments and anybody else we
thought might help.
All of that telephoning and
pushing and cajoling paid off this"
week when Army representatives met
with state transportation officials in
Raleigh and agreed that a temporary
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