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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXVII NO. 13 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YEAR THURSDAY. JULY 31. 1975
BY SAM C MORRIS
The Fifth District Softball
tournament completed the first week
of play last Saturday night and only
one night was washed out by rain.
Friday night's games were played on
Saturday to bring the tournament
back on schedule.
From all reports the tournament is
very successful. Large crowds are on
hand each night and everyone seems
pleased with the results, of course
the losing team isn't, but 1 am talking
?bout the financial end of the
Last week Red Springs lost a
citizen that will be missed by both
old and young in this area of the
state. 1 am writing about Tom Cope,
"Mr. Baseball" of eastern North
Carolina. I have mentioned in this
column many times that you could
always tell when Spring was around
the corner because a letter would
arrive from Tom concerning the
baseball activities of Red Springs,
both old and young.
He was the driving force behind
the Carolina League team that was in
Red Springs a few years ago and the
attendance was good enough to keep
the team there, but for some reason.
it moved on.
This was not Copes fault. He and
other citizens at the town had lived
up to their bargain. I never talked
too much to Tom about it.
The town of Red Springs have
started a Tom Cope Baseball for
Boys Memorial Fund in his memory.
Donations may be mailed to P.O.
Box 710 in Red Springs. If you have
any questions they may be directed
to Billy Curric of that town.
So all of you baseball fans that
have enjoyed hearing Tom Cope say,
"The next game will be right here,"
send a donation to keep his memory
The welcome at the courthouse
Sunday for Kathy McMillan is
something that doesn't happen here
very often. It was a short notice
thing but many folks showed up to
welcome her home.
The remarks of the mayor were
short, but to the point and helped
keep the crowd in a good mood in
the hot afternoon sun.
More on this event in another part
of the paper.
Talking with Robert Gatlin, Jake
Austin and Frank Teal Saturday
morning at tire Racl'ord Savings and
Loan, the subject moved to July
rainfall. Gatlin said he didn't know
exactly how much had fallen, but he
had his figures in his car. He went
out and returned with his "Rain
Calendar!" He handed the calendar
to "Computor" Teal, as he is known
on the golf course, to add up the
rainfall as it was marked by days on
This Teal did and came up with
the grand total of u.4 inches of rain
through July 25. Since that time very
little has fallen in the city. But I
guess this will be enough for this
I was invited to tire Award Day at
Knit-Away last Thursday and was
' impressed by what I saw and heard.
The award that they received is
elsewhere in the paper in another
This was my first tour of the plant
since it has been in Raeford. I was
fortunate to have Dick Bruce take
me through and explain the plant's
operation. He also permitted me to
ask any question concerning the
plant operation, etc.
The plant was almost without
noise compared with other plants 1
have been in and it was by far the
cleanest plant I have seen in many
Dick Lovette, personnel manager,
said that they hoped to have an open
house for many officials and others
before long. If you are invited, please
make every effort to go through this
plant, it will be worth your time.
Congratulations to the staff and
plant on the award.
The mobile office of Congressman
Charles G. Rose III win be in
Raeford Friday from 10 am. to 3
The van will be parked at the post
Five People Feared Lost,
Plane Search Continues
Textile Firm Accused
Raeford Woman Files
$250,000 Libel Suit
A Raeford woman filed a quarter
of a million dollar libel suit against
the J J. Stevens Co. in Wagram
charging the firm maliciously
damaged her on her personnel files
after her employment was
Mrs. Thesa H. English contends in
a petition filed in district court she
received a separation notice Jan. 22
listing her dismissal "discharged for
midconduct." The petition alleges
this information was false and
defamatory, and it was further
transmitted to the Employment
Security Commission as an official
Mrs. English contends the
information resulted in a denial of
unemployment compensation and
that at a later hearing she was
awarded full unemployment
The suit requests S50.000 in
actual damages for injury to
reputation, and S200,000 in punitive
J.P. Stevens, a textile
manufacturer, is one of the largest
producers of textile in the nation.
Police Chief Leonard Wiggins
announced the promotions of four
police officers last week in a general
reorganization of the Department.
Officer J.C. Barrington was
promoted to major, and also named
assistant chief of police.
Officer C.F.. Campbell was
appointed juvenile officer and will
work solely on offensive involving
Named as shift sergeants were
Officers J.J. McNeill and K.B.
%tI feci it will be a benefit to the
department, as well as the general
public". Wiggins said.
Wiggins said he hoped the move
will provide more incentive for police
officers, as they will now become
eligible for promotions.
The promotions carry no salatv
increases. The new position ol
juvenile officer is being funded under
a Law Enforcement Assistance
Administration (L.I AA) grant,
One additional patrolman was
Goes To Knit-Away
Scars Roebuck and Company, die
nation's largest retailers, presented
Knit-Away of Raeford with the Sears
symbol of excellence award for 1074
in ceremonies Thursday.
Knit-Away chairman of the board
Richard K. Bruce accepted the award
presented by Bob Zu/.ick, fabric
buyer, declaring die occasion "one of
the high points in Knit-Away
In remarks to the Knit-Away
management. Sears national
merchandise manager (id Hart
congratulated the company on its
success and growth in a little more
than five years of operation.
"This award is to recognize all of
you," Hart said, "because people are
the most valuable asset. We are
partners in progress."
Hart cited Knit-Away's record for
filling orders on time and keeping
returns below one halt ol one per
"Tlie award is to recognize'those
who contribute to Scars success, arid
you here have earned it through hard
work and dedication," he said.
The symbol of excellence award
program was begun ten years ago.
With over' 12.000 suppliers serving
the Sears organization, Knit-Away is
one of only 480 firms to receive the
award, ranking the company in the
top % percentile.
Local dignitaries who toured the
Knit-Away complex with tire Scars
representatives and attended a
luncheon following the ceremony
included Mayor John K. McNeill.
Ralph Barnhart. chairman of (lie
county commissioners, commissioner
James A. Hunt, city manager John
Gaddy, and councilman Sam C.
WH.COMh: HOMh'-Raeford's star athlete Kathy McMillan receives a plaque
with the key tu the city from mayor John K. McNeill, Jr. at a Sunday
ccrcnumv welcoming her hack from her overseas tour.
City Welcomes Kathv
A jubilant Katliy McMillan
returned home Sunday to a welcome
ceremony staged for her on the
A crowd of 75-100 people
assembled for her arrival from
Montreal. Canada, where she earned
a gold medal for the United Slates
learn with a 21-4V4 long jump in the
International Competitions 1075
Miss McMillan's coach. Billy
Colston, outlined his star's
accomplishments since she left the
United States July I as a member of
die national women's track team,
and recorded die best jump of her
career, 21-7, in Prague,
Miss McMillan, nursing a sore
ankle, accepted an engraved plaque
witli the key to the city as a tribute
from the citizens of Raeford and
Miss McMillan, who has only three
weeks here before she leaves for
California for tryouts for the
national team to represent the
United States at the Pan-American
meet in Mexico City, had no idea the
welcoming ceremony was planned.
"It really surprised me to see all
the people", she aaid. "I wouldn't
have been able to go to the meet if it
wasn't for the money that was raised,
and that's what made me want to do
good, do really good".
"1 wanted to do good tor myself,
Miss McMillan said the Montreal
meet was the toughest competition
she has been in.
"They had so many really good
girls there, girls from all over. I had
confidence in my jump. I knew I
could do it if I didn't get tensed up".
Traveling has been hectic, and the
17 year-old star admitted to feeling a
little homesick at times.
"I couldn't eat the food in Russia.
It was something", she grimaced.
"But 1 like traveling a lot".
Miss McMillan enjoyed meeting so
many people on her tour and telling
others about herself.
"Most of the people on the team
are from big places like Chicago, and
New Orleans, and when they hear
I'm from such a small place, they
don't believe it".
"People have said "where's
Raeford"?, and I would tell them
how the people raised the money for
me. I hope it will help put it on the
Miss McMillan has no plans to see
a doctor about her sore ankle, which
she had packed in ice after some
"He might tell me to stay off it",
"I've done this before, when I was
playing basketball, and it went away.
See KATHY. page 11
The search for the missing plane
with two Raefortl families aboard
continued as hopes grew dimmer for
the fate of the five persons after
debris from a plane was found south
of Savannah, Georgia.
The plane, carrying Hillntan
Edens, 45, his wife Geneva, their 8
year-old daughter Cynthia Kaye. and
Mr. and Mrs. OdeU Melton, all of
Raeford, was last heard from Friday
afternoon south of Savannah.
Tuesday afternoon a spokesman
for the Mcintosh county sheriffs
department said three airplane scats
were found in coastal waters near
Darien, Ga., but they have not been
determined to be from the missing
Cessna twin-engine craft.
Deputy Jimmy Amerson said a
wheel was also found, but officials
have found no sign of the crash.
Earlier reports from the civil air
patrol (CAP) team involved in die
search efforts said a portion of a
body with a seal belt wrapped
around it was found in the same
Amerson said die body has not
been identified yet.
State rangers. FAA officials, the
U.S. Coast Guard are assisting
sheriffs officers and local rescue
units in the search which began
The plane, piloted by Edens. left
the Raeford Airport about 3 p.m.
Friday cnroute to Daytona Beach.
The last radio contact with die
plane was made soudi of Svannah.
when directions were given to take
the plane around the bad weather in
Fdens is the owner of Edens
Electric Service in Raeford. Melton is
the owner of Melton's Electric
Appliance and Refrigeration Repair.
Lt. Beatty of the CAP at Dobbins
Air Force Base said late Tuesday
thunderstorms and low clouds in the
area have hampered the air search.
At least eight planes have been
used, in addition to Coast Guard
helicopters, Beatty said.
Beatty said a report of a downed
plane in the Okcefenokce Swamp is
also being checked out.
"A pilot reported a plane down
and we have been out looking for il
but it has not been sighted. It would
have been off course, if it's this one.
but we can't rule it out." he said.
Beatty said the search would
continue at daybreak Wednesday.
The site where the debris was
found is the inland side of Sapclo
Island in the Mud River, 45 miles
south of Savannah, about two miles
inland from the Atlantic coast.
The Bloodmobile will be in front
of the Methodist Church in Raeford
from noon until 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday August 6.
Mrs. Ralph Barnhart. Bloodmobile
chairman, expressed a desperate need
for alt of the people in Hoke County
to donate as much hlood as they can.
"Our regular quota for the county
is from 120 to 125 pints, hut we are
already way behind for the year,"
said Mrs. Barnhart.
"We are really pleading with
citizens of Hoke County to
conttibute this time." she said.
The final drawing for
Kindergarten will be held
Friday at 4 a.m. at J.W.
McLauchlin and Scurlock
Schools. Students not drawn
for Kindergarten will be
considered for Headstart.
Superintendent G. Raz Autry
SYMBOL OF EXCELLF.NCE-Knit-Away executives accept the Sears Symbol of Excellence Award in ceremonies at the
Raeford plant Thursday. Left to right, are L.F. Lineweaver, Knit-Away president, Scars national merchandise manager
F.d Hart, Bob Zuzick, Sears fabric buyer, Ira Allen, Knit-Away salesman, Pete Hunter, national sales manager for
Knit-Away, and Cliff Knight, general manager of Raeford Knit-Away.