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VOLUME LXVIII NO. 12 RAEFORD. HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA SS PER YEAR THURSDAY.JULY 24. 1975
BY SAM C. MORRIS
The rain is still appearing about
every day but it is not what it was
last week. I hope that it will fair off
and that farmers will be able to
gather their crops. On the news
Monday night, from reports it would
seem that the changes of fair weather
are good. Anyway most of the mud
holes around town are dry at the
Let's hope they will stay that way
The first Arabia Golf Club open
tournament will be played this
weekend. The play on Saturday will
determine the flights for Sunday.
You do not need a starting time
Saturday, so go on out and play a
round and see what flight you will be
in Sunday. Of course you will be
informed about your starting time
for Sunday sometime Saturday night.
Prizes will be given to the first
four winners in each flight and the
flight winner will receive a trophy.
The course is in excellent shape
and a good tournament is expected.
So if you want to play, either go by
the club house or call Brown Hendrix
at the club.
The bids were opened last
Thursday for the new library
building to be built on Main Street
and Donaldson Avenue. From all
indications the bids were somewhat
lower than some expected. This is
welcomed news to the building
committee and maybe the work will
start before long.
This does not mean that money is
not needed, it is. So if you haven't
made a contribution to the library
fund, or have one and have been
holding back, now is the time to
come forward with it.
We all need the library for Hoke
County and the library fund needs
The Fifth District Softball
tournament got underway Monday
night and from the looks of die cars
parked at Armory Park, a large
crowd was in attendance. This is a
double elimination tournament so
don't give up on your favorite team
if they drop a game.
There are eighteen teams from
Robeson and Hoke County entered
in the tournament which will run for
1 hope the rains will stay away and
the tournament will be successful.
All proceeds will go to the Raeford
Kiwanis Club to be used for die local
civic projects. So go out one night
and set good softball played.
If anyone knows where a copy of
the book, "The Murder of Simeon
Conoley" can be found, they should
contact Mrs. Roy Conoly. The phone
number is 875-3588. She would like
to have the book to aid in compiling
the Conoly history which she is
Kathy did it again. That is Kathy
McMillan. She won the long jump at
Durham in the games with West
Germany and Pan- African
Countries. Her jump of 21 feet put
her in first place. Congratulations.
Raz Autry said that it made one
feel good to hear the announcer say
McMillan from Raeford, N.C. before
the large crowd and especially before
the many newspaper and radio
people there from all over die world.
I would say that Kathy has been
the best "Good will Ambassador"
from Hoke County and Raeford that
has come along in many years.
Maybe in my lifetime.
Everyone should be proud of her
and diould be pulling for her in the
meet in Montreal, Canada this
Good luck, Kathy.
Here Aug. 6
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will
be in front of the Methodist Church
from noon until 5 p.m. Wednesday,
Clyde Upchurch, County Red
Cross Chairman,expressed a need for
a good turnout, as the Red Cross has
supplied a large amount of blood to
Hoke County patients since their last
Low Bids Opened
Library Price Tag Held Down
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Three suspects were apprehended
following a high speed chase between
Raeford and Rockfish by Sheriffs
deputy Harvey Young late Tuesday
afternoon after a reported break-in at
a Rockfish Road residence.
One ntan in custody was identified
as Stacy Lowery. 18. of Fayetteville.
Several hundred dollars in
property was recovered, including a
No further details were learned.
The death of John Nicholson was
ruled an apparent suicide by
Scotland County Sheriff B. I'. Lytch
Nicholson died of a self-inflicted
gunshot wound from a .22 caliber
pistol. Lvlch said. A note was found
in the man's car.
Nicholson, 4b. an official of
Raeford Auto Company, was
reported missing by his family after
he was absent from his job since July
10. Hoke County Sheriff D.M.
Scotland county authorities found
his body on July 16 about 200
leet from his car in a wooded area
west of Hwy. 15-501. He had been
dead four to five days. Lytch said.
The body was sent to Chapel Hill
for an autopsy and Lytch's ruling
followed two days of investigation
here with Hoke county authorities.
Five Hurt In Wrecks
hive people received minor injuries
in two wrecks in the city over the
weekend. Police Chief Leonard
A 1967 Plymouth driven by
Bobby R. Chavis of Red Springs
pulled out from Stewart Street into
the pa tit of a 1975 Plymouth driven
by Alphus C. Pittman of
Murfreesboro, Tenn. about 11:15
p.m. Saturday Wiggins said.
Wiggins said that die Chavis car
struck the Pittman car on the right
side, causing about S500 in damage
to die Pittman car. Damage to the
Chavis car was put at $850.
Three people were taken to Cape
Fear Valley Hospital with minor
injuries. Wiggins said.
Wiggins said Chavis was charged
with an unsafe movement violation.
A second accident occurred at the
corner of Main and Donaldson when
a motorcycle ridden by Gary M. Hill
and Michael W. Bisnovski wrecked
while avoiding a dog. and $300 in
damages was reported. Wiggins said.
Wiggins said the accident took place
11:00 p.m. Sunday.
Both men were taken to a hospital
for treatment. Wiggins said.
Two Nabbed In Escape
I wo McCain escapees, one serving
a life term for murder, were
apprehended by the Cumberland
County Sheriffs Department early
Tuesday morning and a woman
companion has been charged with
aiding their escape.
The escapees. Earnest R. Perry,
31, of Raleigh, who is serving a life
term for first degree murder, and
James R. Page, 31, of Fayetteville,
serving 12 months for DUI and
driving while his license was revoked,
escaped from the center about 3:00
p.m. Monday with the aid of a young
woman. Superintendent J.C. Harris
Harris said the two men were
outside die compound and under
Harris said dial the cseape was
apparently pre-planned, as the two
inmates escaped in a car driven by
The woman was identified as
Carolyn B. Perry, 28, of Zebulon.
She was jailed and charged with
aiding an escape. Bond was set at
$500. An August I court date was
Perry and Page were picked up
near lire Spring Valley Campgrounds
off Highway 301 in Fayetteville
about 1:30 Tuesday morning.
Cumberland detectives said the two
offered no resistance, but a 14-gauge
shotgun was sei/.ed.
Cumberland County detectives
said die two are being held pending
their return to McCain.
I'wo men escaped injury when
their plane developed trouble alter
takeoff from Raeford Airport and
crashed into a field Monday
Deputy Harvey Young said Ore
plane, a Cessna 182, was piloted by
Don Beach of Fayettevillc and left
the airport after noon enroutc to
Young said Beach told him the
engine stalled out at about 100 feet,
and Beach tried unsuccessfully to
bring it up but continued to lose
The aircraft just cleared the
treetops. Young said, and crashed
into a cornfield about a mile
southeast of the airport.
Beach and a passenger. Bill
Wilkinson, also of Fayettevillc, were
uninjured and goi out of the
Young said the craft came down
on its landing gear, flipped once, and
came to rest upside down.
Young said the plane appeared to
be a total wreck, but made no
estimate of damage. The craft was
leased by Raeford Aviation.
FAA investigators were scheduled
to examine the plane Tuesday to
determine die cause of the accident.
In 5th Week
The district attorney's
investigation into charges of thefts
and misappropriations al the city
garage entered its fifth week Monday
with SBI agents still probing records
at city hall.
Agents Ray Davis and Ken Coats
checked advertising records at The
News-Journal on surplus vehicles
which were offered for public sale by
the city, but refused any comment.
Assistant district attorney Duncan
McFadyen also declined comment on
the progress of die investigation, and
refused to speculate when die SBI
agents would complete interviews.
Raeford attorney Philip Dielil
confirmed lie has been retained to
represent city manager John Gaddy.
who last month was named by
ex-city employees in accusations
about the operations at the garage.
"Mr. Gaddy is cooperating one
hundred per cent with die SBI."
Diehl said Monday. Dielil was present
when Gaddy was questioned, he
Sealed bids on the new
Bicentennial library building were
opened last week and overall figures
announced were well below the
$300,000 originally estimated.
Low bids for all major work
totaled $269,064. The Chisholm
Construction Co. of Rockingham
submitted the low bid on the
construction of the building with a
Low bids on the rest of the project
were announced as plumbing,
McGirt's Plumbing and Electric
Service of Maxton; S11,866; heating
and air conditioning, Coggins Heating
and Air Conditioning of Sanford,
$29,973; and electrical, Bobby
Townsend Electric Co. of
Bids on furnishings for the
building were not opened, as only
two were received by the deadline. A
minimum of three bids must be
received on cadi contract, and
another bid-opening will be
scheduled at a later date.
"It appears we are under our
estimate," Tom Hayes of
Hayes-Howell Associates, architects
for the project, said.
Representatives from 19 firms and
spectators crowded into the
conference room of the courthouse
annex for the readings. The general
slump in the construction industry
and the large number of bidders were
credited with holding projected costs
Architects have 30 days to review
the bids and specifications, and the
contracts are expected to be formally
approved by the county
commissioners nexl month.
Architects fees will add nine
percent to the cost of the project,
commissioner Tom McBryde said.
T.B Lester calculated the fee to
be about S25.000.
Mrs. J.M. Andrews, chairman of
the library board of trustees, and
Ruth McEachem. past chairman of
the library building committee, were
pleased at the announcement of the
"We feel very fortunate, not only
at the bid, but because we are feeling
considerably more encouraged about
completing the fund drive." Mrs.
"We probably won't have th
S100.000 by the 8'th. but we expec
to have some pledges and we will b
very close," she said.
The building fund drive, with
SI00.000 goal to match the county'
contribution of $200,000, is beini
accelerated as the August 8 date fo
Recent donations to the fund f
come f torn the Ashem
Development Kund, Aiiem
(?range, the Turnpoint Ht
Demonstration Club, Shi
Presbyterian C hurch, and Ashem
R.B. Lewis, treasurer of the fu
reported Tuesday about S8I.000
been collected thus far, and m
pledges are expected.
Kathy On The Road After Durham Triumph
After her brilliant performance in
lite Pan - African - West German
Track Meet in Durham Saturday.
Kathy McMillan traveled to
Cleveland for a meet Wednesday and
will move on to jump in an
international meet in Montreal
Miss McMillan, who won the broad
jump in the meet with a 21.0 effort,
took one more giant step toward her
invitation to the Olympic trials
which will be held in earlv spring of
Coach Bill Colston said that Kathy
scratched on her first attempt in the
Durham meet, jumped 20' 4" in her
second attempt, and posted her
winning 21* jump in her third
"She actually had six jumps, but
tire results of the other three jumps
were not announced," said Colston.
Kathy registered her second win in
international competition as she won
over two German women and
captured her first victory over
Martha Watson, holder of the
American record of 21* V/i\ ,
Colston said that the meet this
weekend in Montreal is an individual
meet sponsored by an international
organization, and only eight women
are going to mat meet.
When asked about Kathy's chances
of making the Olympic team,
Colston said that her chances seemed
"Right now she is probably in the
top three in the long - jump, and
they take three long jumpers. If she
doesn't get hurt, she should remain
in the top three." said Colston.
"Kathy should be coming in
sometime Sunday, and it will be the
first time site has been home in a
month," said Colston.
Colston said that her next meet
would be on the last weekend of
August pending an invitation to the
Pan-Ant trials. He said the
significance of this meet is that
Kathy could gain more prestige, and
it would help her to be invited to the
Olympic trials which would probably
be held in either Eugene. Oregon or
Colston mentioned that most
women athletes reach their peek at
the age of 22 to 24. but failed to
speculate on Kathy's chances of
breaking the current world record of
"She's already done better than I
thought she would," said Colston.