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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXVIII NO. 6 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YEAR THURSDAY. JUNE 1 2. 1975
BY SAM C.MORRIS
Dale Teal was in the office last
week with a vine which he said was
from the garden of his fattier,
Raymond Teal, and James Stephens.
He said that it was an Irish potato
vine and wanted me to see the little
tomatoes that were growing on it. It
has been years since I have been
around a garden and so I took his
word for the vine and tomatoes.
Now Dale was giving most of the
? credit to Raymond and Jim so if
anyone doubts this story they will be
glad to explain how all this
The reunion for the Classes of
1934 and 1935 took place last
Saturday night in Southern Pines and
was well attended. After a couple of
months of planning an event you
wait with uncertainty as to what the
outcome will be. This was how I felt
about six o'clock Saturday
I walked into the lobby of the
Sheraton Motor Inn at about six
thirty and two couples were in the
lobby. Of course before 1 had a
dtance to recognize them they
introduced themselves. I was glad of
this for I am not sure if I could have
called them by name.
In a few minutes the lobby was
crowded with grey and bald headed
men and ladies in long dresses. As
name tags were being placed on
dresses and coats all eyes were on
them to see who each person was or
if you had the right name in mind.
Before seven o'clock around 80
people had arrived and were milling
around the lobby and dining room.
Music from the "Big Band Era"
seemed to set the mood as classmates
began to recall old times and discuss
what had happened over the past 40
A few sidelines or scenes that
bring back memories are:
?Clyde Upchurch, Jaybird
McLeod, Johnny Womble, Nathan
Epstein, Sam Snead and Robert
Whitley talking about what a great
football team they played on in
1933. They were even giving out
signals that would go off-tackle or
?Essie Mae Herring Stewart and
Nellie Strother Seals, valedictorian
and salutatorian of the class of 1935,
together and later joined by Robert
Weaver, most studious boy in the
?Annie R. Alexander Langis an
Nan R. Harris Gordon who travele
many miles to attend the reunion.
?Carrie Hall Duke, with h(
youthful appearance looked like sh
was at the wrong reunion. These at
just a few of the many things th;
happened that will live in my min
for many years to come.
Also a nice letter from Mi!
Margaret McKenzie who taught som
of the 1935 class in the seventh grad
The other letters that were sent t
Clyde and myself from classmate
that could not attend. They wer
missed but the letters left them ther
Of the 85 that finished in the tw
classes 52 were present for the nigh'
Eleven members had died during th
40 years, so only 22 of the tw
classes could not be there.
The question was raised man
times during the night, when will w
have another reunion? I can't sa
when, but after last Saturday night i
was certainly worth the trouble.
If your class hasn't had a reunior
do so; you will have a big time.
The county commissioners
selected eight persons to serve on the
county planning board during a
meeting June 4.
Charlie Morrison and Sarah Leach
of Raeford, Brown Hendrix, Jr., of
Stonewall township, Robert Taylor
of Blue Springs, Henry Dial of
Antioch, Julian Barnes of
McLauchlin, Neill McPhatter of
Allendale, and Shelby Calloway of
Que whiffle, were named.
County manager TJ). Lester said
Friday each of the eight will be
contacted by a member of the board.
No acceptances have been
Ambulance Cut-Off Threatened
Board Halts Budget Passage
Faculty Transfers Are Widespread
To Strengthen Schools, Says Autry
Widespread teacher transfers were
announced at the close of school last
week by superintendent Raz Autry.
The transfers, which in some cases
amounted to shifting almost entire
faculties, were undertaken for two
reasons, Autry said.
"Number one, we want to put
everybody in his field, something
that hasn't always been done. And
second, we wanted to put as many
strong teachers on a faculty as we
can and scatter some who aren't as
proficient at each school," Autry
explained. 'The primary purpose is
to put teachers where they can best
serve Hoke County, regardless of
Autry said the decision to
re-organize the faculties was
approved by the board of education
after study by supervisors at several
In addition, five teaching positions
were eliminated because of an
expected drop in enrollment and 13
positions may be lost if the federal
ESSA program is not funded. Autry
said the ESSA teachers are being
used primarily in math and reading
or to reduce class loads.
Seven teachers were transferred
from Hoke Higji to Upchurch. They
are Linda C. Moore, Sarah McCallum,
Ernestine McKoy, Thelbert Torrey.
Jack Johnson, Helen Bell and Betty
Ronnie Branch was transferred to
Scurlock and Jim Danks and Hank
Richards have been moved to
Raeford Elementary, where Richards
will be assistant principal. Raeford
Elementary will become a fifth and
sixth grade school next year and
South Hoke will be changed to
second, third and fourth grades.
A number of faculty shifts were
made at Upchurch. Leaving there for
positions at the high school are Jesse
B. McNeill, Larry Nichols, David
Locklear, Ethel Callender and Clyde
Cressie Thigpen was assigned from
Upchurch to Scurlock and William H.
Rice was transferred to West Hoke.
Moving to Raeford Elementary
will be Flora McMillan, James
Jacobs, Brenda Smith, Jean Daniels,
Brenda Ramsey, Eleanor Gentry,
Stankey McCorkle and Thomas R.
Changes at Raeford Elementary
include Jeannctte Jordan, Mary H.
Whitley, Sarah Blue. Elsie Cameron.
Geraldine Maynor, and Sennie
McPhatter to South Hoke; Dorothy
Villines to Scurlock; Louise Barnwell
and Betty Hunt to West Hoke; and
Arlicia T. Ray arid Gay Killens to
Transferred to Racford
Elementary from South Hoke are
Lanette Locklear, Valeria Wright,
Vera W. Williams, Nancy L.Johnson,
Betty H. Morgan, Helen N. Sellars
and Iris B. Pickett.
At Scurlock, transfers to South
Hoke include Betty Oxendine, Linda
S. DuBois, Miriam Letie, and Addie
Going to Raeford Elementary are
Eva Snow, Sandra McClcary. Mary A.
Scott and Phyllis Hall. Moved to
West Hoke are Juanita McAllister,
Gertie Wright and Florence Weaver
and to McLauchlin is Eleanor S.
From West Hoke, teachers
transferred include Wilson Chavis and
Reba Holmes to Raeford
Elementary; Barbara Lupo and
Brcnda Edwards to Scurlock; Susan
Phillips to Updiurch, Donna Britt to
McLauchlin and Bonnie Rose. Sarah
See FACULTY, page 12
Rape Policy Hit
$25,000 WINNER-Mary Ellen Garrison of Raefoni received her check for
$25,000 in the Gallagher-Foster House drawing from Raeford Mayor John K.
McNeill, Jr. in a ceremony Friday at city hall.
SherifPs deputies and a magistrate
were critical of the refusal of a
physician at Moore Memorial
Hospital to examine an alleged rape
victim brought to the hospital by a
deputy last Thursday.
The patient, a ll) year-old Dillon,
S.C., woman, had to be transported
to Cape Fear Valley Hospital in
Fayetteville for an examination.
Deputy George McGuire took the
woman to Moore Memorial after
being notified by die Red Springs
police die woman had reported she
was raped after accepting a ride from
two men in Fayetteville.
McGuire said after the woman was
processed in the emergency room at
Moore Memorial, Dr. William Allen,
die on-call physician, was notified
and Allen refused to come to the
hospital unless a rape warrant was
"He said he wouldn't examine her
unless site has signed papers against
the people who raped Iter," McGuire
McGuire said he told the physician
warrants would be taken out when
the identity of suspects was learned.
"I told him she wouldn't have to
sign anything anyway, as 1 would, or
another deputy would."
McGuire said a nurse who was
present told him "Dr. Allen is the
only one who does this, the others
will come if they're called."
McGuire contacted Sheriff D.M.
Harrington, who told him to take the
See POLICY, page 13
Just Out (Jf Hospital
Local Housewife Wins $25,000
A Prospect Street housewife was
handed a $25,000 check Friday, the
grand prize in a contest drawing long
Mary Ellen Garrison of 501 East
Prospect Street received the check
from the Helen Gallagher-Foster
House Company with her family
gathered around her at city hall.
"I don't know what to say, except
I'm happy," Mrs. Garrison said as
Mayor John K. McNeill presented the
Mrs. Garrison, 59, recently got out
of the hospital and remained in her
wheelchair, while her husband Hestel
(Hec) patted her shoulder.
Mrs. Garrison first learned of her
windfall while in the hospital.
"Hcc came to the hospital and
told me. I was kind of drugged, and
all 1 remember is thinking, 'Now I
can pay my hospital bill,' that's all
that registered," she said.
Mrs. Garrison said she had entered
many contests, "things that will
come in the mail, you know" and
hadn't really given any of them much
"1 won $15 in grocery money
once in a contest, and 1 won a radio
in something years ago, but I never
imagined anything like this..."
SJie has no plans yet for the
money, other than "to pay some
bills," she said.
Mrs. Garrison's husband. Hec. is
an analysis planner at the Burlington
Dye plant. The Garrisons have lived
in Raeford 24 years.
Garrison said the good news was
hard to believe at first.
"The gentleman called about three
weeks ago and wanted to talk to her.
They asked about sending a
photographer down, well. I thought
it was another con game. I just didn't
believe it," he said.
Mrs. Garrison's daughter Andrea,
is an office assistant for the city.
Burlington manager Ashwcll
Harwood was on hand and extended
congratulations along with Mayor
Deadline Set For Library
With a July first deadline
approaching, the library building
fund is still $25,000 short.
So far, county residents have
raised $75,000 of the $100,000 goal
pledged as a Bicentennial project,
fund chairman R.B. Lewis
One recent contribution was
Knit-Away, with a $5,000 pledge to
be paid in two installments, Lewis
A drive was begun several weeks
ago to encourage memorial gifts.
"It is our hope that some of the
children of the older Hoke County
families will give donations as
memorials for their parents," Lewis
said. "We are urging the citizens and
businesses of the county to help us
raise our part of the building
expenses. This is a very worthwhile
project and is our Bicentennial gift to
our citizens as we near our 200th
"Please help as you possibly can.
The time is short."
Rate Goes Up
Rates for post office boxes will go
up effective June 10, postal officials
Information on applicable rates
and the amount of increase may be
obtained from the Raeford post
Julie Ann Kicklighter
Named 4th Runnerup
Julie Ann Kicklighter of Raefotd
was named fourth runner-up in the
Miss North Carolina Pageant
Saturday night in Charlotte's Evans
The 19 year-old Meredith College
student received a $600 cash award
as a finalist.
Miss Kicklighter, representing
Southern Pines, also won first place
in the talent competition Friday
night for her piano presentation, a
Brahms capricco. She received a
Miss Kicklighter was honored at a
reception Sunday in Southern Pines
where she was congratulated by
Jaycees, who helped sponsor her in
Miss Kicklighter has been asked to
appear at the Southport Fourth of
County commissioners were set to
adopt a reduced l')75-7(, budge:
Monday night at Uien public hearing
when latecomer Danny Morrison
operator ot the county's anibutaiicc
service, showed up and announced he
was "ready to sell it to you all'
because lie would be unable to go' he
on lite SI2.000 subside put it in the
budget lor ambulance services.
"I'll go ahead and handle it until
the 30th," Morrison told the
commissioners. "I'll operate one
(ambulance), that's the only wav I
can cut expenses."
Morrison claimed salaries alone to
pay his employees would come to
S3l>,000 for the coming year.
Disagreement arose over the new
state law which requites ambulance
attendants be certified as emergency
medical technicians (KMT).
County manager T.B. Lester .tin!
the board members told Morrison the
law would not go into effect before
I''77, but Morrison said "you better
check again. it starts Dec. 31
"I've saved Hoke County at least
$350,000 in the last tour years."
Morrison said. "Pass a county
ordinance for people to pay lot
Danny Morrison, operator of
Morrison's Ambulance service,
appeared before the commissioner-,
at 9 AAi. Wednesday and requested
$24,000 to keep the ambulance
service in operation for the coming
The commissioners agreed with
chairman Ralph B.o ?: <
suggestion to delay passage of tin
budget ordinance until Morrison
could bring figures on his ipcunng
costs and expenses, but Leo.:
warned Morrison "we haw. t . L,
A meeting was set tot '> ,i t.
Wednesday to take up the unmet.
Before Monday's unexpected
development, the coioiiiisstencis had
agreed to pass a revised hu.'gc w'.tcl.
slashed across the b.'.n.l
increases for county worse:
Lester said the move to ;i
proposed S'V increases lien. h.
budget has saved about S35.000
Based on the figures in the u
budget approved at a special uiectm.
June 4. the commissioners v: .
rate of $.85 per SI00 vaht.itiop, .
The board also agreed at Li-a
week's meeting to hold the 111.
levy in each district ul ten C. It- tp
$100 valuation), althougii ii
Hill crest department in >ceki-., a n it
Tire prepared budget - i Jinan,,
calls for an overall tigure o'" S3. -1'-N
438. including genera! ?
expenditures, slate an,I tcicial
grants, school contribution, ,i,- i
service fund, and reappraisal r.
Tlie original budget piepaiol ? m
month totaled $3. 1.41 414 ami
fignrings detailing what was tm-iimni
in addition to the pay hike-, -sere
released tn minutes of the Jtm. 4
Tlie elections board fund wa . u
by $ 1.3'K). lor rem. utilities. md
janitor service, because primary
elections may be changed from May
The Sanitation Department budget
was also cut. with $4 toe
recommended for tcpair -1
containers taken out. and .ou-thei
See BUIXiKT. page ! i
Julie Ann KickUghler
A total of 21 1 names were diawn -
Monday for the first kindergarten
slots, but a decision is expected this
month that may enable all
five-year-olds in the counts to attend
"It we get the two additional
kindergartens we're expecting to
have approved, we can, with the help
of Head Start, take care of all our
five-year -olds," counts
superintendent Ra/ Autry said.
He should know by June 20.
The list of youngsters selected in
the first drawings will be posted at
McLauchlin, West Hoke and Scurlock
schools for parents to check.
Another drawing will be held in