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LAURIE TELFAIR Associate Editor
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MARTY VEGA Reporter
Second Class Postage at Raeford. N.C.
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1975
As We See It.
by Laurie Telfair J
The investigation by the district attorney's office into operations
at the city garage is serious and disturbing to Raeford citizens,
following as it does the years of dishonesty and corruption in
Yet it should be borne firmly in mind at this point that an
investigation is just that - an inquiry. An investigation does not fix
guilt or disprove innocence. Those questions, should it come to
that, are addressed later, according to due process of law.
However, the city council is to be commended for initiating the
inquiry. It would have been easy for them to close their eyes to the
charges being circulated and to have taken no action at all. That
would have been wrong, for no purpose and no individual would
have been served by refusing to look at the situation.
The decision to close the A&R depot has drawn some comment
in the community by those who regret the changing of a landmark
and others who see the closing as one more blow to the vitality of
the city downtown area.
But time and economics take their toll, on traditions as well as
on people. The day of the railroad agency is probably passed in
The A&R, however, made a commitment to the community to
maintain the building and its landscaped garden. This promise must
be kept, for the property occupies a central position in downtown
and any deterioration there would nullify other efforts to improve
the appearance of the city.
The new boss at HEW (unconfirmed as yet) credits his success in
life to growing up in a small town.
"I'm not quite sure what it is. but maybe it's just being
surrounded by people who have confidence in you and will support
you all out of proportion." he's quoted as saying.
There is a great deal to be said for that. Young people in a small
town have a much greater access to the lines of authority within
their environment and a greater impact on their community.
Chances are a city kid has never seen his police chief or a county
commissioner and if he had. he probably wouldn't know what to
say to one.
Of course, there are advantages to city life, such as greater
recreational and cultural opportunities, and not everyone is suited
to a small town.
But the confidence and support that youngsters get from their
community cannot be underestimated. It can't help but be a great
influence on later life.
Speaking of support, the community is delighted with the success
of Kathy McMillan, long-jump champion from Hoke High, who is
currently competing with the American track team in Russia. Best
of luck. Kathy.
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journal
25 years ago
Thursday, June 29, 19S0
North Carolina voters named Willis
Smith, a champion of what he calls
"Southern democracy," to replace
Frank P. Graham in the U.S. Senate.
Lacy Clark, Raeford postmaster,
said this week that rural deliveries of
mail by carriers from the Raeford
post office would start at nine-thirty
ajn. daily instead of 11 00 o'clock.
"Harry's 5 & 10c Store" will have
its grand opening here Saturday,
according to an announcement in
this issue of The News-Journal.
Mrs. Ida Hood English, 79, died
Thursday morning at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. E.W. Muggins,
near Elizabeth town.
15 years ago
Thursday, June 30, 1960
Dr. Clifton Davenport, 38 ? year
old native of Dover in Craven
County, will take over the office of
the late Dr. R.A. Matheson,
beginning practice on Monday, July
Almost as many Hoke County
voters went to the polls for the
second primary Saturday as did in
the first primary on May 28 when
about 1,900 voted.
At their June meeting the
members of the Chamber of
Commerce Board of Directors
unanimously approved changing the
name of the chamber from Raeford
Chamber of Commerce, Inc. to
Raeford - Hoke County Chamber of
'Stop referring to him as a pushover...'
The Christian Science Monitor
? by Marty Vega
For those of you heading for New
York on this Fourth of Julv
weekend, the best advice is to stay
home, but of course the attraction of
New York is hard to pass up. when
you ve got the time and the money.
As Calvin Coolidge used to sav
iohsCUhe r unemployment is more
sensational new invention that'll take
. country by storm. We u ' ' n
mean '"lake* ^ ,?n" a"~ <
sec Or"'|ISkDetr?" 15 hePnning to
won,en s side's
the wTonl,nCS Wi" be hjck be?orc
ihino " arc worn out Same
wing goes tor ties. Also I've ilw .
though, that the plumbers le, X
IO SadeT W',en 'hCy dldn'' ">
10 persuade homeowners thai <k.|..
hem ashUb,SH "I" W'
items should change every spnne
ve" r m i rr "eW m,,del ,uh evert
year in different colors and hood
design and have people embarrassed
niano rH*'"? ycar's model. The
eTn wLTse50 ^ ^
But even so, all that wouldn't have
invention people "mply can^'lfve
without. like television. Voii know
v^en television first appeared 00 ?
cent of the people already had all die
T?v "wPeymen,S "'ey could bundle
nobixly co J TJ-Z' hnr,wS,hey
h 10 homes in 'Be country
now have television sets, and some
child re'iT" espeaal|y homes where
ch drer) are unmanageable and .wo
invention I haven't e.
In the mind of some lonelv
inventor or abstract 'onely
scientist working |ate in *
find the money to buy d with
?mehow. and full employment ^
off"as Resident Ford though, of
The''elf 1 8 PnZe for such an idea"
?Way 'S ?"ly aboU? a year
tveryone should go there at least
annually, it" for no other reason than
a thcraputic measure lo show you
you're better off living where you
are. wherever that may be.
Still, you can find there are ways
to kill a few days in New York
without blowing all your money.
You have to have the essentials, like
food, and here is where you can
really do some freeloading.
There really are some decent, in
fact, some of them fairly high class,
spots where you can get freebies
without sacrificing all dignity. This
information is correct as of January
last year, and beyond that, you're on
The Cattleman. 5 hast 45th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Ave.)
serves a terrific hot buffet between 5
and 10 P.M. Chicken, meatballs,
sparerihs. pizza. etc.. all free, and
because of the crowd, they may not
notice if you don't oider a drink.
Max's Kansas City. 215 Park
Avenue South, serves free hors
d'oeuvres between 5 ? 6 P.M.. and
they're not chint/y. either. Fried
Chicken, meatballs, different cheeses,
etc. Drinks are reasonable, too. SI -
So maybe you're not crazy about
Korean food, but if it's free, who's
going to argue. Check out Arirang
House. 28 West 5bth Street (between
5th and 6th). where if you order a
drink, they bring you a special plate
of delicious, fried appetizers.
Regrettably , they only give one to a
Here's a place that's really
generous, you can go back for
seconds, thirds. This is a place for
serious eaters. The Teheran. 45 West
44th Street, serves clams, fried
shrimp, all kinds of hot and cold hors
d'oeuvres. Drinks are SI .20 and You
can fill up on all the free cheese and
crackers you can eat at the Town
House F.ast. 108 Fast 58th Street
(between Lexington and Park Ave.),
on weekdays only between 5-7 P.M.
This is that real good Fnglish style
cheddar. by the way. Drinks are
SI .50 and up.
The Golden Fagle lounge in the
Holiday Inn on West 57th Street has
some pretty good free food between
5 and 7 P M
The Roast Beef and Brew, 59th
Street and Madison Avenue, has
unlimited hot hors d'oeuvres with
the drinks, which are S1.55.
Last on our list, but first in terms
of the view, is the lounge on top of
the Beekman Tower Hotel at 49th
Street and First Avenue. Free hot
and cold hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 2
A.M., seven days a week. Drinks are
SI .50 and up.
This listing is by no means
complete, and we'll be glad to add
more if die readers will contact us.
Coming soon, a freeloaders guide to
the Washington. D C. area.
Letter To The Editor
In reference to the airport
"As We"s? ff"lral.and the edi'?"<d
like by Laurie Te,f?r. I d
like to make a few comments
in i oltn COTUlg to the F' Bragg area
few 11 a" W' 1 'he exception of a
ew years spent overseas, I have
flown aircraft from the Raeford
we'Tn AirporI ^ airport was
one of the two major considerations
I had When I purchased land for a
wasletheefnear.|Raef0rd Thc olher
was the friendliness of the Hoke
| Ms Telfair states " even at its
busiest, the airport serves only a
small proportion of Hoke's
I ?s"knls" To some this may seem to
bf the case, however, I think the
proper use and development of a
public airport has a lasting effect on
to majority of d,e population. Some
ettects may be only indirectly related
o the airport while some effects take
ime to build up to a visible impact
" s a matter of just stopping a
minute and thinking about it. "No
man is an island" and airports serving
airplanes is only incidental, they
actually serve people. Not just pilots
but all people. If you don't believe it
ook at thc sales figures for planes
that only carry a pilot. There are
only a few built, and these mostly
tor research or recreation. Even
military single place aircraft carry
cameras or guns or other cargo.
Raeford Municipal Airport has
seen aircraft Irom the smallest on up
to large twin engine jet (turboprop)
aircraft In the past I have seen twin -
engine business aircraft drop off their
executives on Raeford's grass
runway, diet, have to fly to some
other airport to refuel. Now fuel is
available. People in the past have
complained of the erosion of the
grass runway although even prior to
Mr Thacker establishing his
skydiving center, the grass was
mowed and .?nu-,* . ,as
mowed and erosion Tilled regulaMy'
(I thought it was very well
. ?? wan very we
maintained). Anyway, now there is a
hm i cUnW7 (1 prefer ,he Pass,
but---) Several years ago, in order to
decide what runway to use. one
looked lor smoke, flags, or other
indications of the wind direction. If
there was no one at the airport
waiting on your arrival, it was
necessary to walk or hitch-hike
several miles to town. Now there is a
radio (unicorn) to advise incoming
airplanes of local weather conditions
local traffic, active runways, or to
can a taxi or company car. There is
even a courtesy car and soon (so I
?">.a direct telephone line to the
Hight Service Station so die public
can obtain first - hand weather
t not luei"' n.?,iccs 10 31 ""en
(NOTAMS), and even file flight
plans, it desired.
T*. p('in' is 'he Raeford
Municipal Airport has come a long
way from die sand and grass runway
to the airport it is now. It js an
airport to be proud of. but it still
needs to grow. It will depend on the
Cl y 11 ",e airport will grow with the
city or not. The results will be felt
directly or indirectly by the citizens
of Hoke County and surrounding
communities for years to come.
As far as airport improvements
die most important is a taxiway to
die end of the runway.At the present
time the common practice is to taxi
Irom the ramp to die runway. Then
taxi on die runway to the end of the
runway for the takeoff. Of course if
an airplane is approaching to land
most aircraft stay off the active
runway until after he lands. During
peak traffic periods it is sometimes
necessary to wait for upwards of five
aircraft to land before it is safe to
taxi onto the runway. If there were a ?
taxiway to the end of the runway,
it would be unnecessary to taxi onto
the active runway until actually
ready to take off, thereby freeing it
for use by others. I feel this is one
reason the aircraft used for jumping
don't follow the normal procedure,
instead they use only half the
available runway. Another reason is
or may be economics. It costs more
money to use the full 3400 feet of
runway available, rather than the
1700 feet available from the ramp.
Again my opinion is the sacrifice in
safety is not worth the economic
There have been quite a few times
when jump aircraft have been taxied
onto the active runway in front of
landing aircraft, causing the landing
airplane to "go around" and set up
another landing approach. I don't
consider this a problem, only a
nuisance. On the oilier hand, the
nuisance value increases with the
complexity of the aircraft and the
relative importance of the passengers,
whether from local industry,
military, government officials, or ,
perhaps just a friend that you had
wanted to impress with your local
airport. Some impression!!! And
what about the transient pilot or
passenger who isn't familiar with this
kind of situation??
1 don't worry about parachutes at
altitude. Most parachutes when open
are almost as large as an airplane. As
far as jumpers landing on the
runway, skydivers train at Raeford
for precision accuracy with distances
measured in centimeters. Most days,
however, the target extends for
several miles around the Raeford
Municipal Airport and includes such
non ? target objects as airplanes,
hangars, cars, cultivated fields, power
lines, trees, roads and etc. Moving the
drop zone target may help some.
Anyway, this too is a nuisance.
Another improvement will be to
have more paved area in which
transient aircraft could tie down in
the event they had to stay overnight
for whatever reason. At present there
are only two tie down areas reserved
for aircraft not based at Raeford,
these being near the Cameron-Poole
hangar. Often these tie-downs are
blocked by aircraft waiting to pick
up jumpers. At times there have been
many more than two aircraft
(transient aircraft) which needed to
tie tied down due to bad weather. Of
course in the past, all have been
accommodated by tying down in a
vacant slot, or by placing temporary
tie-downs in the grass.
I feel Mrs. Telfair wrote some good
articles about the situation and
apparently went through die trouble
to research, rather than writing
gossip. But her statement referring to
die amount of citizens served by the
airport could be likened to a similiar
statement that railroads serve only
those people who own trains.
Aviation has always been important
to Hoke County, and the people who
had foresight to start die little grass
mnway should be commended.
In closing. The Raeford Municipal
Airport is listed by the FAA as a
public airport, not as a private
operation of any one individual.
Let's keep it a public airport, open to
any and all citizens.
CLIFF BLUE ...
People & Issues
GLNLRAL ASSEMBLY - The
1975 General Assembly has come
and gone. To our way of thinking.il
has been a responsible" Assembly of
which the people of North Carolina
can well be satisfied. The session, to
be sure, had its strong points as well
as its weak points.
A strong point was the budget was
balanced without raising taxes, and
at the time without sacrifice to the
worthwhile services of the state.
Heretofore, for many years, the
General Assembly was faced with a
healthy surplus at the beginning of
each biennium. This year the
situation proved to be quite
different. The surplus was much less
than in past years, and in fact much
less than had been anticipated six
Governor Hodges faced a similar
situation in 1959. Situations like this
can be of great value to State
government and the taxpayers in
particular. You will very seldom have
thnft and economy in government
unless you have years when the lack
of funds will necessitate tightening
the belt, in which case the budgeting
authorities will have to look close to
weed out "dry rot" and waste, which
is badly needed from time to time.
While many divisions of state
government failed to get anything
near the appropriations requested,
we do not know of any which cannot
live and serve well with the funds
To Lt. Gov. Jim Hunt and House
Speaker Jim Green, in general we can
say "Well done," even though the
Assembly could have done as well
and as much by meeting March I as
it did by meeting in early January.
The General Assembly, for instance
seemed not to share the tight budget
in its own spending to the extent
that other branches of government
have been forced to trim spending.
SANFORD'S CAMPAIGN - We
talked with Terry Sanford about his
campaign for the Democratic
presidential nomination a few days
ago while the former Tar Heel
governor was attending a "Sanford"
organizational meeting in Moore
While Terry has a long, long way
to go to win the nomination, we
would certainly not write him off at
this stage of the game. Outside of
George Wallaee, who has little chance
to win the nomination, there is no
other candidate who appears to come
anywhere near catching the
imagination of the people to run
away with the nomination.
Terry says he will not enter the
primary in any state which has a
favorite son candidate which means
he will not enter Georgia, Texas,
Washington, Oklahoma, Arizona and
Alabama. This, we believe is a wise
decision by Sanford. Say what you
please but when an outside candidate
comes into the home state of another
candidate, even though he does not
win many votes, it does not
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