*iLUe <~Yl&W4? - journal " The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905 VOLUME LXVHINO. 11 RAEFORD. HOKE COUNTY. NORTH C AROLIN A SS PER YE VR THURSDAY. JULY 17. 1975 Around Town BY SAM C MORRIS Last week I stated in this column about some much needed rain having fallen a few days before the paper came out. This much needed rain has now turned the state almost into a flood area. I don't know how bad crops are damaged, but a story should appear elsewhere in the paper. I do know that every year during the Softball tournament play, that it has been very wet during the time. hk>w this district tournament play sftrts next Monday night at Armory Park. So, if things go as usual, the rain is not over yet. Twice in this column I have commented about a plant that had both potatoes and tomatoes on it. There was some disagreement about what the fruit called tomatoes was. Some said they were seeds and not tomatoes. This week Eunice Roper of Raeford settled the tomato-potato controversy with true evidence. A magazine advertising a plant that grew tomatoes and potatoes on the same vine invited you to amaze your friends by growing them together. Anyone may order the seeds from a nursery. Now, if this doesn't convince you, then come by the office and I will show you the advertisement and a picture of the plant. I know the readers of this paper will miss Laurie Telfair and will hope for her much success in whatever crosses her path in die years ahead. Laurie will move with her family to Texas to join her husband who will be stationed there. Major Telfair has been on a tour of duty in Thailand for the past year. Laurie will leave from Fayetteville the first of August. This is the second farewell to Laurie and. who knows, she might turn back up in this area again. If so, a desk seems to be open anytime she returns. Dayna Pate, publicity chairmai for tjie groundbreaking for the nev library, was by the office recentl; and stated that the big day would b Friday, August 8. Plans are underwa; to make this a big event. Man; political leaders and other dignitarie have been invited. A brief ceremony will be held a the courthouse at I I o'clock tha morning before going to die library site for the groundbreaking. Everyone in the county is invited and the Bicentennial chairmen. Mr and Mrs. Carson Davis, are hoping fo a large crowd. Aberdeen Coca-Cola Bottling Co will give free Cokes to everyone dia attends the groundbreaking. The date is not too far off. si mark it on your calendar. Thn newspaper will keep you informed a: the plans are finalized. WELCOMED - Farm agent Wendell Young (left) welcomes new assistant agent Fred O 'Neal, who assumed his duties Monday. Extension Agent Named Fred O'Neal joined the county extension service Monday as assistant farm agent. A native of Hyde County, O'Neal was graduated from Mattamuskeet High School and attended the College of Albemarle for two years He transferred to North Carolina State University in Raleigh and will receive his degree in agricultural education this year. O'Neal. 22. will specialize in livestock work here and direct the 4-H programs. A bachelor, he is re-locating in Raeford. Social Services Hit With Two Lawsuits The Hoke county department of social services and its director. Benjamin O. Niblock. have been sued in federal court by a woman who claims public assistance benefits for herself and five children were illegally terminated and the department denied her a hearing to appeal the termination. Two suits were filed last week in U.S. District Court in Greensboro by Mrs. Pearlie O. Locklear, Rt. 1. Red Springs, for herself and on behalf of her grandchildren by Iter attorney Philip Diehl. In her petition, Mrs. Locklear requests benefits for herself and her two children, and for three grandchildren placed in her care, be re-instated. No punitive damages are requested. The family was receiving about $250 monthly in benefits through AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children), food stamps, and Medicaid programs. Niblock declined any comment on the action, saying it would be inappropriate to discuss it at this time. Mrs. Locklear contends her grandchildren, placed in her care by the Robeson county department of social services following their mother's death, received a S1.444 lump sum payment from the Social Security Administration after approval of their father's disability claim award in May. The same month, the Hoke social services office notified her that her aid would be terminated May 31. The suits contend the Social Security payment was for the use and benefit of Mrs. Locklear's grandchildren only, and termination of benefits to the woman and her children was unlawful. Sole income for the household now is $80 in monthly payments for die grandchildren from the disability award, according to the petition Mrs. Locklear is unemployed. The petition furthct alleges that Mrs. Locklear gave verbal and written notice ol her desire to appeal ii . decision, but that no hearing was afforded her. According to the petition. Mrs. Locklear was unaware of the application tor the disability claim, and when she reported the payment to the social services department, caseworker C. Mckoy subjected her to "demeaning and derogatory accusations." The agency has 20 days under the law to file a response to the allegations in the suits, which were filed July H. Leave Policy Okayed, Then Nixed By HEW The board of education adopted a .maternity leave policy for school faculty at their July 7 meeting and Superintendent of Schools G. Raz Autry later said the policy would not be permitted and recommended the board rescind it. The board had adopted a policy which requires a teacher on maternity leave remain on leave the entire semester, but Thursday Autry said Title IX amendments to the Civil Rights Act which are going into effect would prohibit such a stipulation. "I asked Bill Moses (school board attorney) if it would be all right and he said yes," Autry said. "On Wednesday it comes in the mail, and it's not all right at all", he said, referring to Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) guidelines. Autry said the purpose of the policy was designed to protect youngsters from having to adjust to a teacher returning at the very end of a t semester just before exams. He cited an example of a teacher who was on leave at the beginning of a term and returned after Christmas for the final two weeks. The text of the policy the board adopted is: It shall be the responsibility of the teacher to make written request for such leave to their principal. The principal will give the request to the superintendent who shall grant or reject the request. If the request seems unreasonable, the superintendent shall bring the request to the attention of the Hoke County Board of Education for action. A teacher on a maternity leave shall be required to take leave for the entire semester, a period of four and one half months. If a teacher requests a maternity leave during a semester that would run into the second semester, she shall be required to remain out the entire semester Autry said he has already recommended to the board the second paragraph be deleted, and the board is expected to do so. he said. In other business, the board approved hiring two additional teachers. Dan McLeod will leach a special education class at Hoke High, and Karen Crumpton was approved as librarian at Scurlock Elementary, Autry said. \lii had Steadman Reporter Joins N-J Michael Steadman has joined the staff of The News-Journal as a reporter-photographer. Steadman is a Raeford native and attended Hoke County High School He received a B.A. degree with a major in English and a minor in journalism from East Carolina University. While there he was a feature writer for the Kountainhcad. the school paper of ECU. Rose's Office Here Saturday The mobile office of Congressman Charlie Rose will be al the Raeford post office Saturday from 10 A M to 3 P.M. Rip Collins. Rose's administrative assistant, will be on hand. "Worsl It Has Been' Rain Threatens Crop Bicentennial Day Aug. 8 U.S. Senator Robert Morgan and Congressman Charles G. Rose 111 have been invited to the special Bicentennial observance here next month, in recognition of Hoke County as a Bicentennial community and to break the first ground at the site of the Bicentennial Library. August 8 is the date, Bicentennial co-chairman Mrs. Carson Davis, Jr.. announced. State Senator Luther Britt and Representatives Joy Johnson, David Viet Refugees Apply For Aid Two Vietnamese refugee families living here have applied for aid with the department of social services, director Benjamin O. Niblock disclosed Friday. Niblock said the two families, who he refused to identify, have applied for food stamps and also for AFDC benefits (Aid to Families with Dependent Children). "Need is the only criteria for establishing eligibility," Niblock said, referring to the refugees. One food stamp application has already been processed, he said. One Vietnamese family is reportedly sponsored by a Lieutenant Colonel at Ft. Bragg, who located housing for the family here. Niblock said that the federal government will be re-imbursing localities, at least for the nest 12 months, to1 public 0 h pa' , to Vietnamese refugee Library Bids Opening Today Construe!ion bids on the new library building will be opened at .> P.M. today (Thursday) in the conference room of the courthouse annex. The bids will be announced b> Hayes and Howell Associates. Southern Pines architectural firm. August S is set as the date for a ground breaking ceremony at the Main Street and Donaldson Avenue sue. v Two Deputy Jobs Vacant Another opening for a deputy in the sheriffs department was made last week after a job shift. Sheriff D M. Barrington announced. Deputy Henry Bowcn resigned Ins post to he assigned as jailer, filling an existing vacancy for a jailer. Barrington said. The hiring of one more depni\ was approved for the 1975-76 budget, and Bowen'saction results m two vacancies for deputy. Starting salary for Hoke county deputies is $7,000. Parnell and Henry Oxendine have also been asked to attend. Hector McLean, a Bicentennial state chairman, is expected. A ceremony is scheduled on tire courthouse lawn where the official Hag designating the county as a Bicentennial community will be unfurled. Mayor John K. McNeill will deliver the welcome, and chairman of the county commissioners. Ralph Barnhart, will formally accept the Hag for the county. Rev, John C. Ropp of the Raeford Presbyterian Church will conduct a prayer. At II a.m.. the Bicentennial library committee will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony at the Main Street and Donaldson Avenue site of the future library. The Raeford Woman's Club will host an old fashioned luncheon, following the ceremony, at the Raeford Presbyterian Church. About 150 people, representing churches, civic and community organizations, and elected officials and their wives, will be guests. Airport Panel Eyeing County Tax Dollars In their regular meeting Wednesday night last week, the airport committee made several suggestions, including a proposal the countv rc-imburse the utv taxes paid by piiuc wi'c-s. ..*i v' unsg o minutes of the meeting. J he county's lack of paiticipation in operations at the airport was cited for the idea. Airport manager John (iaddy made no estimate ol the amount of taxes involved, nut calculated the tuxes on some planes to be m the Slol)-17u range. About 50 planes are at the airport. The committee reported the misuse of the transient area on the apron. An airciaft bad been on the transient area for three weeks, (.adds said he did not know who owned the plane, but he discussed it with Gene Thacker and the plane was later moved. It was recommended that Raeford Aviation use their leased property for jump plane loading I he airport committee also recommended tic-downs be installed on the dirt area and a fee of $5 per month be charged !<>i tie-down in this area. The committee requested the city council make an effort to obtain a new lease tor the Raeford Aviation operation. The uirpoit committee also recommended the possibility of lengthening the landing strip with necessary iightmg be looked into. Also the possibility of the installations ol a non-direciional beacon should be checked. The i ceo mine nd at ions are expected to be brought up at the city council's next tegular meeting. The heavy rainfall whieh h-,. battered Raeford in ihe past week may threaten the county's tobacco tow?tlf.rTCrS.are faC'ng sizeable -rft & Sf'? "iKlniphi Tuesday, bu, ,hr i?,? ?f cloudy'skies! ?f "? -* ^ ?/^yl,,oZnpobu; TfUi3 brou^anofhr^fcoU-? y .m"re Precipitation Monday. A heavy downnour began Tuesdav aMernoon about 1:30, and bv4 pjn farm agent Wendell Young said ,'! 11 continues," Young said "it and ofhe,'0 lhe P?im thal tobacco, ? OIhe' crops, could drown or suffocate because of the water around the roots. In essence it iraini actually cuts off the oxygen supply " Another two or three inches and shape, he saiif* CT?PS "re"y bad rbe |Th,'S ls "ie Worsl " has been in h-e^las, year, and.t couidge, worse." townships and some growers^ townsliip m the Allendale some^r'^-h-cco with ^^ab-a^?r wa^nm " ?'\ Tuesday- 'here figure yet. ' *"* a;' J tual dol>a< ,j|Par''cularly hard h,t could be the o an aT ^ck an jtJcquaic drainage system Noting pointed out. system, Tlie record rainfall followed i prolonged dry period from June " Jhrough last Thursday, in which only IXZSZS """ - Youth Dies Of Injuries A fifteen year - old hadlv hurt in a s? miming accident ai ' Rockfilh Jacobs, an Upchurch school .tudent last year, was swimming with lac"bs WJS 'hC S,>" ?f Mrs Nellie The creek, which is often used for iwimming. is no, regarded as safe tecause of hiter and debris W.K Morgan .ecreat,on director vale, " ,hC 'h'ctuation of the asr"** ????*?-?? MAIL CALL? - This mailbox appeared last week next to the A A R tracks, two weeks after the closing of the depot, although it is not entirely clear just what bctx number, or what route, for that matter, is here.