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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXVII NO. 14 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YEAR THURSDAY. AUGUST 7, 1975
BY SAM C MORRIS
J.W. Turlington, principal of the
Raeford Elementary School, was by
the office last week and asked that 1
give a note of appreciation to Miss
Nannie Thornburg, a retired teacher
in the county. Turlington said that
Miss Thornburg had brought books,
pictures, etc by his office and given
them to the school.
According to the principal these
items have been accumulated over
the years and should be of valuable
assistance to the teachers in his
So to Miss Thornburg a hearty
thanks from the Raeford Elementary
School and Mr. Turlington.
1 received a letter from Clyde
Mclnnis of Palmetto, Fla. last week
that had enclosed an article and
picture of Kathy McMillan that ran
in the Bradenton, Fla. daily paper. It
was concerning her victory at
Montreal on July 26.
The letter was as follows:
Is this the McMillan 1 see in The
Yes, Clyde this is the same
McMillan that is in The
News-Journal. So tell the folks in
Florida they are reading about a
Thanks for your letter and hope
you will be at the Mclnnis Clan
reunion later this month.
This letter is self-explanatory:
The Hoke County Bicentennial
Commission extends an invitation to
every Hoke County Citizen and to
every interested person to attend the
Commencement of Hoke County's
We would encourage the City and
County Offices and Businesses to let
employees attend the ceremonies at
the Courthouse and the new Library
Friday, August 8th, 1975 will be a
day to remember. There will be
distinguished guests, a few speeches,
good entertainment, the Fort Bragg
Color Guard, T.V. coverage, free
Cokes, a street dance, hopefully a
few costumes and plenty of fun and
fellowship. A day that will make you
proud to be a part of Hoke County.
The News-Journal has worked
closely with the Bicentennial
Commission in planning this even)
and we are confident readers will
find details and schedules for the day
listed in the paper.
Thank you Sam and your Staff for
See you Friday.
Iris and Carson Davis
Co-chairpersons for The Hoke
County Bicentennial Commission
Paul Dickson received the
following letter from Clyde Gillis a
native of Hoke County, tie is the son
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Percy Gillis
who lived near Philippi Church. His
sister. Mrs. Louise Hord, lives
here in Raeford. A brother. Herman
Gillis, worked at Collins a number of
The letter follows:
As the anniversary date of the
mobilization of the old 25 2d CAC is
16 September, thought you might be
interested to know that one of the
old members is checking out of the
military net on 31 July 1975 after 37
years, 9 months and 20 days (35
years and 13 days active) service. In
some ways it seems like a century
since that Monday morning so long
ago in Raeford, but in so many other
such a short span of time. I have
been fortunate in all this time and
war/peace/police action to be safe
and sound and in good health.
The Army has certainly given me a
See AROUND TOWN, page 11
Rose To Join Community
In Bicentennial Kick-off
CALCULATING COSTS-School Superintendent G. Ra: Autry goes over bids
on the planned school construction as Mrs. Gertrude Daniels adds the figures.
Total costs amounted to S653,169.
Lower Costs Seen
On School Projects
Sealed bids on the major
construction and improvements for
the school system were opened last
week with projected costs falling
below original estimates.
Speros Construction Co. of
Maxton submitted the low bids on
work for the Raeford elementary
school cafeteria, construction of
shops at the high school, and the
proposed enlargement of the high
school gymnasium into a gymtorium
with a combination offer of
Riddick Plumbing Co. submitted a
low bid of $41,636 for plumbing
installation for all three projects.
Bids on heating and air
conditioning contracts were split.
City Appliance of Clinton submitted
the low bid on the gymtorium,
$28,300, and McGirt Plumbing and
Heating of Maxton held the low bid
on the shops, $24,666.
Identical bids on the cafeteria
heating and air conditioning work
were received from City Appliance
and Mechanical Associates of Cary,
Electrical bids were also split.
Bobby Townsend Electric Co. of
Lumberton submitted a $11,400
total for the cafeteria, and Watson
Electric of Fayetteville turned in low
bids on the shops and gymtorium at
$18,883 and $14,370, respectively.
An alternate, for a public address
system for the gym, was included in
the electrical costs at $3,813.
Low bid on kitchen equipment for
the cafeteria went to Food
Equipment of Raleigh with a
Total costs for the projects,
including architects fees, were put at
"We went way over on the gym,
but shops came under and so did the
cafeteria, so it'll balance out".
Superintendent G. Raz Autry said
after the bids were announced.
Original estimate of the cost of the
gym expansion was budgeted at
5200,000. Projected costs now total
5291,413, Autry said.
"Since tire budget was set up.
bleachers were added at 522,800, a
stage curtain for 58,500, re-sanding
of die floor, painting the walls,
painting the ceiling and dropping the
ceiling. Also, new light fixtures,
reworking tire exit doors, repainting
the steel on the outside, reworking
the roof, and a new ventilation
system was added", Autry said.
Cost of the cafeteria is now put at
5144.709, below the 5175,000
estimated early in the planning. Total
cost on the addition of the shops is
5217,046, below the 5 2%,000
Total costs for the projects is
517,830 below the budget estimates,
Funding for the construction is to
be paid from 5100,000 left over of
the county's share of the 1973 state
bond money, 5250,000 in revenue
sharing funds appropriated by the
county this year, and the remainder
from a local school bond issue in the
amount of $303,169, Autry said.
Cosntruction on the projects is
expected to begin in thirty days. A
target date of completion is fall of
City Council Clears Agenda
City council members donned
Spirit of *76 pins presented by the
Raeford Woman's Club, and then
went through a 12 item agenda of
largely routine matters at their
regular monthly meeting Monday
The council voted to accept a
$5,625 grant from the Department
of Natural and Economic Resources
toward the $45,000 water treatment
planning project, called step one of
the 201 facilities project.
Larry Stahm, of the Lumber River
council of governments, briefed the
council on the status of the Title X
public works project and the street
and drainage project offered by the
coastal plans commission.
Stahm informed the board the
deadline for filing an extensive
application with the commission is
August 13, and urged the board to
insure city engineer Lacy Koonce go
over the requirements of the grant as
soon as possible.
Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr.,
promised he would sign the
See CITY COUNCIL, page 11
Sonar Device Needed
In Hunt For Wreckage
Search was temporarily halted
Tuesday for the wreckage of the
plane carrying five Raeford residents
which is believed to have crashed
near Darien, Ga. according to
Mcintosh County (Ga.) Sheriff
"Officials are waiting for a sonar
device that is supposed to be sent
down by U.S. Representative Charles
Rose," said Poppell.
The portion of a body found last
week has been identified by family
members as Geneva Edens, 31. The
identification was made through
pieces of clothing found on part of
the body under a seat belt, according
to Mcintosh County Coroner Archie
Mrs. Eden's remains were returned
to Raeford over the weekend by the
Still to be found are Mrs. Eden's
husband, Hillman, 45, their daughter
Cynthia Kaye. 8, and Mr. and Mrs.
Odell Melton, all of Raeford, who
left Raeford July 25 aboard a Cessna
Skyknight enroute to Daytona
Poppell said that the sonar device
was needed because the metal
detectors used in the search were not
Friday At 8
Friday's festivities in
recognition of Hoke as an
community will be capped off
with a street dance from 8-11
p.m. on Stewart Street,
directly behind the site of the
Jointly sponsored by the
recreation commission and the
Bicentennial commission, the
dance will be free and open to
Fayetteville musical group
"Shade" will perform.
Free Pepsi's and light
refreshments will be served.
"We are searching in an area thai is
covered with 15 to 20 feet of water.
With a metal detector, if you are
more than five or six feet away, you
will miss it." said Popped.
Poppell said the search is
concentrated in the Sapelo Sound,
near the Mud River and Sapelo
"There is actually no formal
search party at the moment because
we are waiting for the sonar device.
There are people going in and out of
the area, but they are mainly the fish
and game people," said Poppell,
"It was my understanding that the
sonar device would be here this
morning (Tuesday), but it hasn't
shown up yet. Mr. Porter Dawson,
civil defense coordinator for the area
said that he was going to get in touch
with Representative Rose early til is
morning," said Poppell.
Poppell said he hoped the sonar
device would be successful.
"It's about the only way 1 know
to find it. They say it will pick up
anything within a quarter of a mile.
If it is in the ocean near here, we'll
probably find it," Poppell said.
Two youths, ages eight and ten
were placed on probation for a
period of two years by Juvenile
Court Judge Joseph Dupree Friday.
The two admitted to stealing
S7.30 worth of merchandise from
the A & P July 11.
One of the provisions of the
probation is that t)te two are banned
from the business district of Raeford
unless they are accompanied by their
parents or guardians.
Another youth, age 15. was placed
on probation until his eighteenth
birthday for riding a motorcycle on a
public highway without a license.
Conflicting stories and insufficient
evidence brought about a dismissal of
a case concerning the theft of a
bicycle seat and wheel from Thomas
McBryde of Rt. 1. Red Springs. The
ten year old defendant would not
admit to the theft and the state's
witness gave a conflicting account.
Congressman Charles G. Rose will
join with Hoke count> citizens
Friday in an elaborate kick-oil to the
national Bicentennial celebration
here in ceremonies beeinnine at
mid-morning with a Revolutionary
color guard parade and climaxing
with the groundbreaking of the
State senator Luther Brilt and
Representative David Parnell will be
present to mark die recognition of
the county as an official Bicentennial
community and the commencement
of commemorative activities.
Invitations have also been extended
to U.S. Senators Robert Morgan and
Jesse Helms, and representatives Joy
Johnson and Henry Oxendinc.
Events will get underway at 10:30
a.m. with a parade of the U.S. Army
color guard in Revolutionary war
costume. Main Street will be closed
to traffic from Donaldson Avenue to
Edinborough Avenue until noon.
Tire color guard, known as die
N.C. Bicentennial Brigade, is the
official representative of the N.C.
The eight member team, outfitted
as typical Continental soldiers, carry
reproduction Brown Bess muskets.
At 11 a.m.. Mayor John K.
McNeill, Jr., will deliver the welcome
for the public ceremony on the
courthouse lawn. Carson Davis. Jr..
co-chairman of die Bicentennial
commission, will introduce die
Highlight of die ceremony will be
the presentation of the national
Bicentennial flag by Nordi Carolina
Bicentennial administrator Jack Ellis
of Raleigh. Chairman of die board of
county commissioners Ralph
Barnhart will accept die official flag
on behalf of die county.
Special music for die occasion will
be offered by the choral group
directed by Mrs. Ralph Huff. A
dedication prayer will be led by the
Rev. John C. Ropp.
Following die flag presentation, a
call to assemble will be sounded by
trumpeteer David Dombkowski.
grandson of die first county
librarian, Mrs. Luke Bethune. The
procession will travel to Main Street
and Donaldson Avenue, site of the
future Bicentennial library, for die
Chamber of Commerce president
Dick Lovette will preside at die
library site as die first shovel of dirt
will be turned by James A. Hunt,
See BICENTENNIAL, page I 1
Don't Know It's Here'
Health Department Expands
Family Planning Services
The Hoke County department of
health is hoping to reach more of the
community with expanded family
planning services as a $26,292 specii
grant is implemented and a
designated family planner nurse is
now in training.
Family planning services, paid for
from state funds through the
Department of Human Resources,
have been a program of the county
helath facility in the past but will
now take on a greater role with the
addition of Mrs. Annette Campbell,
R.N. and the department's new
"Our goal is to make family
planning services and education
available", director Mrs. Susan
McKenzie said. "We are in great need
of more educational services, letting
people know they can limit their
Mrs. McKenzie explained the
program offers counseling to a
woman on her first visit. All types of
birth control methods are explained
and a film is diown. If the woman
desires a family planning program, an
appointment is set up for a physical
examination and contraceptives are
"We don't ever force family
planning, but we want them to have
a choice," Mrs. McKenzie
The director is hopeful the
increased funds will enable the
department to reach more women.
"On our roll for the past year we
have 1,121 women who have
received counseling. We have many
more to reach. Ideally, family
planning education should reach
every woman from age 14 - 44. I
have no idea how many that takes
in", she said.
Mrs. McKenzie said Mrs. Campbell
will hopefully be able to spend time
in the community making women
aware of the program.
"A whole lot more in ? service
education needs to be done". Mrs.
Since advertising is not allowed in
the budget, Mrs. McKenzie feels
many people are not aware ot die
"Basically, they don't know it's
See HEALTH, page 1 I
PI.ANS-Annette Campbell, R.N., (on left) new family planning nurse for the
Hoke county health department, goes over plans for expanding services to the
community with Susan McKenzie, health department director.