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VOLUME LXVII NO. 17 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA SS PER YEAR THURSDAY. AUGUST 28, 1975
BY SAM C MORRIS
Don't forget the 252nd CA and
the 530th FA Reunion in
Greensboro this weekend. It will be
held at the Royal Villa Motel. So if
you are a member of these outfits, go
up for a day anyway. Fred Smith
said he was looking for members
from all over the United States. You
can call him at 275-7526.
Most of the time when 1 write
about the weather it has to do with
win, but for the past two weeks the
weather has been hot in Hoke
County. The daytime temperature
has been above 95 degrees most of
the time. The humidity has also been
high and this makes it very
Maybe by the weekend the front
will move and it will cool off
somewhat. I hope so!
I don't know how many businesses
will be closed Monday for Labor Day
but according to reports resort areas
are looking for a record turnout. I do
know that the banks, savings and
loan and city and county offices will
be closed. The schools will close
down for the day also. This will
make a three ? day holiday for most
people in the nation. If you are one
of these and will have a resort place
School doors opened Monday
morning and another school year is
upon us. Many mothers made die
trip to school grounds widi their son
or daughter for the first time. This is
just the beginning of a long road to
jgive a child an education. With the
costs going up every year it is hard to
imagine what the future holds for
parents and children, of course time
From all reports everything
worked smoothly at all schools. The
weather was hot and most studenls
and teachers arc looking forward to a
change in the weather. If schools
continue to open this early
something must be done to air
condition the buildings.
I can already hear someone saying
"It wasn't air conditioned when I
was in school." That is right. It was
never air conditioned when I was in
school, nor were offices and homes
either. Neither were the mules and
plows, but many farmers now have
cabs on tractors air conditioned.
It is what you get used to and all
of us have been making life better for
living for a long lime.
The report from the high school
was that the dress code's absence'
didn't seem to be as bad as some'
expected. 1 fully believe that the
young people of this generation want
to look and do what is right. So let's;
all give them a chance.
Football season begins Friday
night for Hoke High Bucks and they
open with Southern Durham in
Durham. If you can make it go and
be a Buck Booster.
The first home game will be under
the lights at the high school stadium
Friday, September 5, with Pine
Ferest giving the opposition.
The Booster Club is still helping
defray the expenses of the team, so if
you haven't joined do so today.
County Planner Hired
County commissioners filled the
job of county planner at a special
meeting Wednesday but are still
without a building inspector after
interviewing an applicant who
wanted a higher salary.
Lester G. Simpson, 43, of Rt. 4,
Box 289, Raeford, got the board's
unanimous approval as planner and
will start the $8,760 post Sept I, T.
B. Lester said.
Simpson, who was graduated from
N.C. State University with a degree
in industrial management, worked as
a management analyst with the
management engineering office at the
Camp Lejeune Marine base. He was
also a revenue officer with the IRS
Simpson's duties will be land use
planning and working closely with
the region council of governments on
grants and aid. Lester said, lie will
work closely with the eight member
county planning board.
M.A. Maxwell, an electrician at
Knit - Away, was interviewed for the
inspector job but told the board he
wasn't interested if the pay was less
than SI 2,000. The job is budgeted at
The board discussed the furniture
bid on the new library building, but
no action was taken. Lester said
board members have still not yet
seen a copy of the specifications.
Lester said commissioners John
Balfour and Tom McBryde will be
meeting this week with the extension
agents and department of social
services director Benjamin Niblock to
go over proposed furniture needs for
their offices in the new county office
WHERE DO I GO? - This seemed to be the most popular question of the day as these first graders at McLauchlin
School seem a bit confused about where thev are supposed to be Tuesday morning.
Suspect Held In Attack
On Health Worker
Sheriffs deputies Sunday arrested
one of two suspects sought since
February in connection with the
attempted rape and shooting of
county health worker Mrs. Jessie
Nicholson at a McCain cabin.
John (alias Track) McNeill, 22. Rt.
3. Raclord was arrested about 2 PM.
at his home off Turnpike Road near
the Montrose community by
deputies A S. Norton and K. Dial.
Sheriff D.M. Barrington said.
McNeill was charged with breaking
and entering and larceny and assault
with attempt to commit rape. He was
jailed under S2I.500bond.
McNeill was indicted by the grand
jury in April along with four other
suspects who were arrested shortly
after die Feb. 19 wounding of Mrs.
One other suspect, identified by
authorities as Robert Lee King, is
still at large.
BICENTENNIAL TRAIN - Tlir special train of the iMurinburg and Southern
Railroad to commemorate the Bicentennial celebration will visit Raeford
Saturday at noon.
Coming To Raeford
The Laurinburg and Southern
Railroad Bicentennial train, decked
out in red. white and blue, will be in
Raeford Saturday, the Hoke county
Bicentennial commission announced.
The Bicentennial Lngine No. 76
diesel will be in Laurinburg at the
Gulf Oil plant from 8 - 11:30 A.M.
The train is scheduled to reach
Raeford at noon where it will be on
display until 1:30 P.M. at the
fcdenborough Shopping Center.
Robert Gatlin. heritage chairman
for the local Bicentennial
celebration, will be master of
ceremonies for the occasion.
Fan - Am Trials
Hoke High athlete Kathy McMillan
left tiiis morning (Thursday) from
the Raleigh-Durham Airport enroute
to the Women's Track and Field
Pan-Am Trials on the UCLA campus
in Los Angeles, California.
"I'm really excited about going.
I'll probably be competing against
die same people I have jumped
against in the past," said Kathy this
"I've jumped every day since I've
been back except on die weekend.
On weekends 1 sidl worked out, but I
didn't jump," she said.
Kathy said that a friend of hers
who had been previously helping her
widi her jumping called her from
"A1 Lanier, from Cleveland, called
and told me that Sharon Walker had
told him diat she was going to jump
22 feet." she said.
Kathy turned to her coach and
said. "I'm going to jump over 22
feet, right Mr. Colston."
"Al told me dial I had better get
ready and wished me luck in the
trials," Kathy said.
Kathy's coach. Bill Colston, said
thai Kadiy had been resting from
competition and that he thought she
was ready to compete. .
"Kathy has to finish in die top
two to qualify for die national learn
diat will compete in the Pan-Am
games," said Colston.
He said diat Miss Audrey Long
will accompany Kadiy to Los
Angeles and diat diey would return
Kadiy is scheduled to jump
Saturday afternoon and again on
Sunday, according to Colston.
Police arc socking tliree suspects in
a Friday afternoon theft from the
cash register at Hatred's Grocery on
West Prospect Avenue, police chief
Leonard Wiggins reported.
Wiggins said owner Bob llarrell
notified police shortly after 4 p.m.
between $800-1.000 in twenty dollar
bills were stolen from the cash
register in the store.
Wiggins said Harrell was working
alone inside the store when two men
See CASH TAKFN. nacc 13
Man Killed On Road,
Brother Driving Car
A thirty six year-old farm laborer
was struck and killed by an
automobile driven by his brother in
an early Tuesday accident on a rural
William McKenzie, Rt. 3. Red
Springs, was pronounced dead on
arrival al Scotland Memorial Hospital
after the 12:30 A.M accident,
trooper K.W. Weston said.
Weston said McKenzie and another
man, Lamon Dupree, 23, were lying
on thcpavcment of rural paved rouie
1124 about six miles south of
Raeford when a car operated by
McKenzic's brother, Weldon H.
McKenzie approached in die
According to Weston, the driver
swerved to avoid hitting Duprec and
the auto struck his brother in the
center of die highway. The impact
crushed his head, die trooper said.
Weston said the car, a 1968
Plymouth, was traveling without
operating the bright headlamps at
about 40 miles per hour.
The driver was charged with
improper use of headlamps, failing to
have a discernible distance of 200
feet, Weston said.
Dupree, who was uninjured, was
charged with lying in a road to
impede traffic, according to Weston.
The trial of city manager John
Gaddy on charges of misapplication
and misuse of city monies has been
scheduled for Oct. 13, assistant
district attorney Duncan McFadyen
announced last week.
McFadyen said a special session of
Superior Court was sei with the
agreement of Caddy's defense
attorney, Philip Diehl. The next
regular session of Superior Court in
November was shortened by one
week to accommodate die action,
Judge for the trial will be Henry
McFadyen said the trial is
expected to last most of the week.
Gaddy, indicted on two counts of
felonies related to repair work paid
by the city and alleged to have been
performed on a 1963 Chevrolet
pickup driven by his son Chris, has
denied any part in the accusations.
About S385 in city funds is named in
McFadyen gave no indication on
whether ihe state will also try Billy
H. Barefoot, die ex-foreman of the
city garage indicted for misapplying
SI37 in funds for his personal car.
during die same week of court.
"I have no comment," McFadyen
Barefoot, whose accusations about
operations at the city garage
prompted a probe by State Bureau of
Investigation agents, is expected to
be a chief witness against Gaddy at
Here Aug. 29
The mobile office of Congressman
Charles G. Rose will be in Raeford
Friday, Aug. 29 from 10 A.M. to 3
The van will be parked in the post
County schools opened this week
with first day enrollment totaling
4,688 students, a slight increase over
After a morning session of
orientation Monday, regular classes
resumed Tuesday and die schedule
went smoothly, according to
Superintendent C. Raz Autry.
Some minor confusion was caused
by the changing of fifth and sixth
grades to Raeford elementary school.
Autry said, and he also mentioned
bus changes in the central district.
Enrollment figures reported were
McLauchlin elementary. 361;
Raefore elementary 599; Scurlock,
531; South Hoke. 598; Upchurch.
736; West Hoke 353; and Hoke High.
Raeford elementary showed a big
increase over last year's enrollment
of 400 due to addition of all sixth
grades this year, Autry said.
Upchurch school, which had sixth
grade last year, showed a
corresponding drop from last year's
909 first day enrollment.
Autry said the enrollment figures
were not expected to change
appreciably, although he said some
older students may be out for
harvesting and will return to school
Attendance at the high school
increased by about 140 students and
principal Allen Edwards reported
there may still be some pupils still
out harvesting who will report next
Edwards said a large number of
new courses are offered at the high
school this year and this caused some
confusion, but odierwise it was a
Edwards said die majority of
students in classes were dressed
appropriately, despite the
court-ordered dropping of die
school's long standing dress code and
hair regulations last May.
"We haven't had any problems at
all. I have told the students I would
like diem to be neat and clean, and
die vast majority are", he said.
Edwards denied a new ban on
student smoking this year except
during lunch was put into effect to
take away a privilege, or act as a
See SCHOOLS, page 13
4 ids Elderly, Shut-ins
Home Visits Begin
An innovative new program
designed to help meet some of the
special needs of elderly persons and
shut-ins began this week as Raeford's
first "home visitor" started her
Dorothy Shell, who has lived in
Racford 24 years, was hired by the
city last week as home visitor, a new
idea which received the approval of
tiie city council in June during
Mrs. Shell, a registered nurse,
received her training from the H F.
Long School of Nursing in Statesville
and has worked at the county health
department and in doctor's offices.
She was also employed as industrial
nurse al Raeford Turkey f arms.
"This is not a home nursing
program, though". Mrs. Shell
explained, "there will not be a lot of
medical visits, unless of course it is
requested by the family doctor".
The real ami of the program in her
view is to keep a check on elderly
people living alone and offer help to
alleviate some of the loneliness
oldsters may experience.
"I feel there is a great need for
tiiis, so many elderly people arc
living alone and there are invalids
who have no way of gelling around.
They may need to go to the doctor's ?
office, or get to the drugstore for
medicine I'll be checking to see
people don't go without
transportation", she said.
The home visitor, who will have a
telephone installed soon at city hall,
will make daily phone calls to check
on people living alone, who perhaps
have no close family member nearby.
Frequent visits to homes with no
telephone are planned.
"The people with telephones I feel
should be called every day", she said.
Neighbors are good about keeping an
eye on an older person, but they may
be away on a trip, or not notice if
something seems to be wrong, she
Mrs. Shell, who is starting out as
part - time with hourly pay and a
mileage allowance, sees more
possibilities tor helping older folks
with day-to-day needs.
"I don't know how the grocery
store situation is with some, possibly
I could take them", site said. Also
mentioned are tups to senior citizen
meetings for those without a ride, a
chance to get to die library .
Mrs. Shell already has a list of
nearly 100 names and expects to
Miss Josephine Hall, the senior
citizens coordinator, will help keep
the list up to date", site said Input
will also come from die city's two
doctors, paslots of area churches,
possibly the social services
"Possibly an elderly person will
know of another elderly friend, and
that's a source", site pointed out.
"As we get into it. I'm sure more
things will come up and we'll work
out our guidelines. I just hope people
will take advantage of it and the city
will want to continue it", she said.