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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXVII NO. IS RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YEAR THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 1971
BY SAM C. MORRIS
The assignment of pupils to
classrooms usually takes parents a
little time on the opening day trying
to find out where his or her child
goes. Also pupils in other classes have
a hard time finding out which
classroom to attend. This year it is
somewhat harder for some pupils as
gtrtdes are changing from one school
to another. For instance South Hoke
and Raeford Elementary.
J.W. Turlington, principal at
Raeford Elementary School, is trying
to make it somewhat easier for pupils
at that school by posting the class
rolls at different schools in the
A note from Turlington is as
"Beginning Monday, Autust 11,
the class assignment rolls for Raeford
Elementary School will be available
at Scurlock, West Hoke, South Hoke
and will be posted on the west
(parking lot end) of Raeford
This should make it more orderly
on the opening day of school.
Thanks for the note Jim.
The following letter is self -
Please help us thank all those who
nade Friday, August 8th possible, by
or in ting this letter in your column.
For several months committees
lave met, letters have been written,
phone calls have been countless but
they all came together in perfect
larmony for the first event in Hoke
County's celebration of this nations
We do thank everyone for their
cooperation; those who came to the
ceremonies, those who wore
costumes, the invited honored guests,
the Hoke County elected officials,
chairmen of County Organizations,
representatives from churches
throughout die County the Sandhill
Regional Library Staff, the Library
Board and Library Committee, die
Raeford Woman's Club, the Junior
Woman's Club, the Musicians, die
Frot Bragg Color Guard, also the
Raeford Police Department, the
Highway Department, the
Bicentennial Commission, the
Recreation Commission, the
Presbyterian Women of die Church,
those Merchant's and individuals who
flew their flags, the Pages, the
children who participated in the
ceremony, the Scouts, our Sons, the
News Medias who gave such excellent
coverage, the Aberdeen Coca Cola
Bottling Plant, the Pepsi Cola
Bottling of Fayetteville, and the
many individuals who gave so many
hours of work. Thank you.
For those of you who nussed the
affair, we are sorry. There will be
planned festivals throughout the year
celebrating the 1976 Birthday Year.
They are planned for everyone." Be a
part of something great" and join us
when we have the opening of the
New Hoke County Library as our
next Bicentennial Festival.
Iris and Carson Davis
Co-Chairpersons for die Hoke
County Bicentennial Commission
W.B. Lunsford was by the office
til is week and had a 1918 Hoke
County tax rreceipt that was made
out to A.B. Faircioth. He said that
Faircloth lived in the Arabia -
Dundarrach section of the county
and that G.G. Faircloth was of the
The receipt was different from the
ones we receive now. It seems that
they broke down almost everything
that the taxes went for:
The receipt was as follows:
Real & Personal property 6.68
County Pension 19
Road Bond 48
Road Maintenance 1.94
C H & J Bonds 47
Old County Debt 20
Special School 1.46
and Bond District 8 1.94
Maybe someone can come up with
i vihat all this means. I do know that
leach county maintained roads and
lachools at that time. Maybe the C H
fc J Bonds were for the courthouse
See AROUND TOWN, page 15
Ex-foreman Also Charged
Gaddy Under Indictment
PARADE-The N.C. Bicentennial Brigade color guard, dressed as typical Continental soldiers 200 years ago, led off the
parade down Edinborough Avenue to the courthouse. (Paul's Photography studio ? Photo* bv p*..i Mor??? ?
The county commissioners
approved the building contract for
the Bicentennial library after dipping
into revenue sharing funds for
another 525,000 but urged the
library officials and architects review
the furniture needs after hearing the
low bid on furnishings is 55.1,800 at
their Monday meeting.
The general contract was awarded
to Chisolm Construction of
Tire high costs on furnishings,
announced late because only two
bids were received, dismayed
commissioners and supporters of the
project by boosting overall costs now
to over S350.00. if the furniture bid
from Institutional Interiors is
Chairman Ralph Barnhart said he
hoped some of the furniture costs
could he trimmed, as die bid was
submitted on line items and "you
only pay for what you take".
Costs on die rest of die project
were put at $302,31 I, calculated as
$270.34'' for die building. S7.000
contingency fund, and S24,%2 for
Tlie board, with commissioners
J.A. Webb and John Balfour absent,
voted unanimously to allocate the
additional $25,000 after hearing die
library's financial report from
building fund treasurer R.B. Lewis.
Lewis said die fund would top
$91,000 if a $10,000 grant from
state Bicentennial funds is approved,
and would go over $100,000 when
See CONTRACT, page 15
The Aetna Life and Casualty
Softball team, 1974 World
Industrial League Champions,
will play the Raelord All-Stars
tonight (Thursday) in a best of
three scries beginning at 7:30
P.M' at Armory Park.
The Aetna team, all former
college and professional players,
is managed by Tom Carpenter,
Joe Upchurch is manager of
the All-Stars, comprised of three
players from each of Raeford's
Sponsored by the Kiwanis
Club, proceeds will go to athlete
Kathy McMillan's expense fund.
Admission is $1 for adults and
50 cents for children.
IT'S OFFICIAI.-Ralph Bamhart (on left) accepts the official flag of the
Bicentennial, designating the county as a Bicentennial community, from state
administrator Dick I'.llis. (Paul's Photography Studio-Photos by Paul Morgan).
Draws Holiday Air
Called the most outstanding
Bicentennial project in the state, die
Bicentennial library had its
groundbreaking Friday amid a
parade, flag raising, colonial
costumes in a holiday atmosphere
attended by state officials offering
congratulations to the county.
Crowds lined Main Street by
10:30 a.m. as the celebration began
with a parade of the N.C.
Bicentennial Brigade color guard,
dressed as Revolutionary War
soldiers, who led the procession
down Edinborough Avenue to the
U.S. Representative Charles G.
Rose, along with state representatives
Joy Johnson, Henry Oxendine, and
David Parnell were on hand as a
crowd estimated between 350400
thronged around* the courthouse
Caron Davis. Jr., co-chairman of
the local Bicentennial commission,
welcomed guests, noting the occasion
was "not only calling attention to
our county, but celebrating the
heritage of our citizens."
Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr.,
declared the library building "will
give a real and lasting meaning to the
Bicentennial effort" and recalled the
first library ever built in America in
his remarks, also observing that
special knowledge is needed to meet
the special problems ahead.
Dr. Larry Wheeler, community
Bicentennial consultant, introduced
Dick Ellis, new state administrator,
and congratulated Hoke county on
"meeting the challenge...You found
resources to make the library a
reality because of your committment
Ellis announced the state
Bicentennial commission recognizes
liie library as the most outstanding
project in the state, with SI00,000
of the $300,000 plus cost promised
by local fund raising.
"You have worked hard to earn
it," he said.
L Uis also presented the first book
for the library, "A Chronicle of N.C.
During the American Revolution."
The official national flag of the
American Bicentennial was unfurled,
marking Hoke as a national
Bicentennial community, with
chairman of the county
commissioners Ralph Barnhart
Rev. John Ropp gave a dedication
prayer, asking that "this Hag become
a symbol of even more dedicated
service, may our library become a
symbol of our nation's history."
Congressman Rose extended
congratulations and cited the
accomplishments of self-government
in the past 200 years and the
important role of education.
"I've always respected the
self-confidence you in this county
have," he said, "it is characteristic of
you to do this...the library will be
the cornerstone of higher
education," he added.
State representative Joy Johnson
declared he is "proud to be an
American and a North Carolinian on
such an occasion."
"You are to be commended for
what you have done, and we are
grateful to represent you," he said.
Rep. Henry Oxendine said the
library was a fitting tribute as "the
greatest freedom we have is freedom
to think and to express those
Rep. Parnell arrived late and was
See BICENTENNIAL, page I 5
City manager John D. Gaddy and the ex-foreman of the city
garage were charged with felonies Tuesday as the grand jury
returned indictments growing out of the seven weeks long
investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Gaddy, named in two counts, and Billy H. Barefoot, named in
one count, were indicted under the statute involving embezzlement
by public officials and charged with misapplication and misuse of
city monies related to operations at the municipal garage,
allegations which became public following an investigation by The
News-Journal began nine weeks ago.
Gaddy was released under personal recognizance bond after
appearing before a magistrate at 2 p.m. by prior agreement with the
district attorney's office.
Barefoot, now employed as a mechanic with a Fayetteville auto
dealership, was also released under personal recognizance earlier
The presentation of the bills of indictments, kept secret until
Monday, caught officials and members of the city council by
surprise when the actions were disclosed by assistant district
attorney Randy Gregory just prior to the convening of the grand
jury Monday morning.
Gaddy is charged with authorizing a S333.58 payment out of the
city treasury in February, 1974, for the personal use and benefit of
his son, Chris Gaddy, on repair work for a 1963 Chevrolet pickup
truck purchased by his son after the city council declared it surplus
city property the previous October, according to the bill.
The second indictment, involving the same vehicle, charges
Gaddy with authorizing a S46.98 payment out of city funds to Red
Springs Motors, Inc., to pay for work done on the vehicle in
Barefoot, who worked for the city from February 1970 until
April of this year, is charged with ordering S 137.50 worth of parts
in March of this year for his personal car, a Ford Mustang, and
having the city billed for the purchases, according to the
The charges brought against Gaddy Tuesday closely follow the
details of the accusations Barefoot told a News-Journal reporter on
Records which were described as falsified to reflect repair and
maintenance work was performed on a city-owned truck were
shown to the News-Journal during an inquiry which resulted in a
request from city council members for an official investigation by
the district attorney.
Gaddy, who denied any part in misappropriations when the
allegations were made in June, could not be reached for comment
late Tuesday, but his attorney, Philip Diehl, said Gaddy would
maintain his innocence and request a jury trial.
"He will definitely plead not guilty, and he denies any criminal
involvement," Diehl said.
Diehl said the Chvrolet pickup which the indictments center
around was turned over to the city by mutual agreement, pending
the outcome of the trial.
"Chris voluntarily relinquished control (of the vehicle) and
turned the keys over to Palmer Willcox this afternoon." he said.
Willcox is city attorney.
"Until these questions are resolved, we felt possession of it
should be returned to the city. As far as the purchase price Gene
Thacker paid for it, that can be resolved later." he continued.
Gaddy, who faces fines and imprisonment of up to ten years on
each count if convicted, will not go to trial before November, Diehl
See GADDY. page 15
KSCAPt: h'OILRD-Jim Mullock, assistant superintendent of Sandhills Youth
Center, (on left) is pictured with Ricky Oakley and Joseph Martin after the
pair made an unsuccessful dash for frecdon Monday afternoon from the
Two teenaged prisoners, both
convicted escapees, made a break for
freedom from the rear door of the
courthouse and were captured by a
city policeman wtihin minutes ol the
escape Monday afternoon.
The two, Ricky Oakley, 17, and
Joseph Martin, 17. both inmates of
Sandhills Youth Center in McCain,
were being escorted down the rear
stairs of die courthouse at 5 p.m. to
a waiting van in the parking lot when
they bolted out the door and fled
cast toward Stewart Street.
Both were handcuffed in the front
with waist chains.
Jim Bullock, assistant
superintendent at Sandhills, who was
escorting Oakley and Martin out of
the building along with three other
prisoners, gave chase and fired a shot
from his service revolver.
Juvenile officer C.F. Campbell of
the Raeford police took up pursuit
and collared the pair in a ditch at
Donaldson Ave. and Jackson Street.
Before tlic escape attempt, both
men had been sentenced after
pleading guilty to charges in Superior
Oakley had drawn a five year term
for escape and assault on an officer,
and Martin was sentenced to six
months suspended for escape.
Both men were lodged in jail and
Bullock said they would be charged
with escape in the episode.