*"Ote <:Y[&w6 - journal The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905 VOLUME LXVIII NO. 12 RAEFORD. HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA SS PER YEAR THURSDAY.JULY 24. 1975 Around Town 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 ynoment. Let's hope they will stay that way for awhile. 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 you. 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 two weeks. 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 writing. Thanks. 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 weekend. Good luck, Kathy. Bloodmobile Here Aug. 6 The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in front of the Methodist Church from noon until 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 6. 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 visit. Low Bids Opened Library Price Tag Held Down ^ll^a'rdwi^ZT^iuLd.13 CeSS"? 182 'he airP?" MondaV " being Checked by FAA '"""Won. The two Trio Caught After Chase 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 gun. No further details were learned. Man's Death A Suieide The death of John Nicholson was ruled an apparent suicide by Scotland County Sheriff B. I'. Lytch Friday. 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. Barringlon said. 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 Wiggins said. 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 said. Harris said the two men were outside die compound and under minimum custody. Harris said dial the cseape was apparently pre-planned, as the two inmates escaped in a car driven by the woman. 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 set. 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. Two Okay In Crash I'wo men escaped injury when their plane developed trouble alter takeoff from Raeford Airport and crashed into a field Monday afternoon. Deputy Harvey Young said Ore plane, a Cessna 182, was piloted by Don Beach of Fayettevillc and left the airport after noon enroutc to Oklahoma. 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 altitude. 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 wreckage safely. 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. City Hall Probe Now 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 confirmed. 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 $206,925 cost. 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 Lumberton. S20,300. 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 down. 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 bids. "We feel very fortunate, not only at the bid, but because we are feeling considerably more encouraged about completing the fund drive." Mrs. McEachem said. "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 groundbreaking ceremonie approaches. 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 Extension Homemakers. 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 Saturday. 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 1076. 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 attempt. "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 good. "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 Seattle. Wash. 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 22'4". "She's already done better than I thought she would," said Colston.