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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXVII NO. 18 RAEFORD. HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SS PER YEAR THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 4. 1975
BY SAM t MORRIS
The Labor Day weekend is over
and usually this brings an end to
summer. The way the weather has
been for the past few weeks it would
seem that summer had just reached
the death toll in the highways was
10 above what was predicted for the
weekend and could go higher as all
reports come in. This is one reason
that I try to stay home on holiday
weekends if possible.
1 As 1 write this column early
Tuesday morning I haven't heard of
anything bad happening in Hoke
County. So I hope this will turn out
, to be the case.
With the holiday over this means
we can pack away the bathing suits
and other beach and outdoor
equipment until next summer.
The Hoke High School Bucks lost
their opening game of the season to
Southern Durham on a pass play in
the final four minutes of play. The
score was 14-7 and shouldn't be
taken too hard by the local eleven.
The season is still young.
The Bucks play Pine Forest Friday
night at 8:00 o'clock at the High
School Stadium for their first home
game. So prepare now to^be at the
stadium and be a Buck Booster.
A nearby daily paper ran an
editorial recently concerning the
opening of schools in mid-August
and then turning out after a half day,
due to the hot weather. The editorial
stated that it had always been hot in
August; that school should run from
September to June, as it had for
many years previously. This writer
agrees with the editorial.
In talking to Raz Autry, school
superintendent, he stated that the
costs ot air conditioning the
buildings and the price of electricity
cut off this avenue of approach to
the problem. He did make a
comment about school opening at
7:30 AM and going to 12:30 PM for
the first few weeks of school. Now
this of course would have to be
okayed by the school board.
I didn't get to talk to him long but
something about the football and
basketball schedules had something
to do with the early openings, if I am
not mistaken. If so maybe Raz will
put the records straight next week.
Anyway if the hot weather
continues it would seem to me that
so far it is like a "lost weekend."
A few of the younger generation
have been on my back about the
picture in the paper last week. Not
from the standpoint that running the
picture was wrong but that another
picture should be run showing the
parking lot clean, but the trash cans
full, and no place to deposit other
If the camera worked all right this
picture should appear this week.
Thanks, young people for
information and maybe your message
will get to proper authorities to
empty the trash cans. Wait and see!
Bethel Road Residents
Protest Crop Dusting
Some residents along the Bethel
Road area beyond the high school
are protesting a crop dusting
operations in a nedrby field and may
voice their objections at the
upcoming city council meeting
"What I want to do is call some of
the people in the neighborhood and
see if they are enough willing to go
down to city hall," Woodrow Wilson
said. Wilson lives at 205 Dickson
"I'm worried more about the
safety aspect than anything else, (f
one of them comes down and hits a
power line, that'll be it," Wilton said.
"1 don't blame Roy Wood (operator
of the crop dusting service), the town
of Raeford shouldn't let a crop be
planted inside the city limits."
Wilson said the plane circles over
his home and on "numerous times"
he has seen the spray released over
yards of homes.
"I have a small garden, and it just
about makes you afraid to eat the
vegetables," he said.
Mrs. Wilson echoed her husband's
concern over the safety of a plane
flying low over residences.
x "I know the Held has got to be
sprayed, but it just doesn't seem safe.
He comes directly over our house
and it scares the children."
Mrs. Wilson added she has noticed
rust spots on her car, bui isn't sure if
they were caused by the plane's
Kay Myers, who lives at 304
Bethel Road, said her ten year old
daughter was "horrified" when the
plane comes in close.
"She won't even stay in the house,
she goes to a neighbor or we get in
the car and go. I really don't think it
dtould be done in the city limits.
You can't go outside, it chokes you
if you're Outdoors," die said.
Mrs. Myers also reported she
noticed spots on her automobile and
had written to Raleigh some time ago
asking about regulations on crop
"I would go to the (city council)
meeting about it," the said.
Jimmy Davis, 306 Third Ave., said
he is concerned about his health and
the safety of the neighborhood.
"I've got emphysema. They come
over the house real low, it's
dangerous. I'm concerned about the
safety and my health," he said.
4iVot A By-pass\ Says Board
211 By-pass Okayed Over Protest
PROPOSED ROUTE - The jagged line running south from Highway 211 to route 1149 is the proposed route of the
controversial by-pass which county commissioners again voted approval of. The road will cut just westward of the
Thomasfield subdivision, an exclusive neighborhood whose residents have voiced objections to the plan.
100 Jury Pool For Gaddy Trial
One hundred names were drawn
last week for the jury list for the
special session of Superior Court
beginning Oct. 13 in which city
manager John Gaddy is scheduled for
trial on charges of misuse of city
Summonses for the jury panel are
scheduled to be issued the third week
Names appearing on the list are:
Marian A. Baldwin, Rt. 2, Box
356, Raeford; Bonnie Proctor Stone.
502 W. Edinborough, Raeford; Eloise
Clark, Rt. 2, Box 132, Maxton;Tola
Robeson Slow, Rt. 1, Box 252,
Lumber Bridge; Mattie Southerland,
P.O. Box 331, Raeford; Robert D.
Eastcrling, Rt. I, Box 94; Raeford;
Luther Wade, c/o Nathaniel
Carpenter, Box 285, Raeford; John
W. McNeill, Rt. 1, Box 839, Raeford;
Frances McB. FitzSimmons, 114 S.
Magnolia, Raeford; Grace H.
Calloway, Rt. 3, Box 43, Raeford;
George Mrinn Miller, Rt. 3,
Raeford; Vernie Baldwin, Rt. 1, Box
243 A, Lumber Bridge; William H.
McArn, Rt. 1, Box 220, Shannon;
Cohilda Rebecca McKenzie, Box
392, Raeford; James E. Byrd, 410 E.
Donaldson, Raelord; Mark
Thompson, Rt. I, Box 375, Raeford;
Douglas McPhaul, Rt. I, Box 191,
Shannon, Louise G. Wright. Box 71,
Raeford; Lee Anner McRae, Rt. 1,
Box 334, Raeford; Mrs. Marl
Locklear, Rt. 1. Box 345, Shannon;
Robert A. Wright, Rt. 1, Box 49 A,
Eloaa McBryde, Rt. 3, Box 219,
Red Springs; Omer A. Register, Rt.
2, Box 357, Raeford; Julia Stephens,
Rt. 1, Box 174, Raeford; Charles A.
Ray, P.O. Box 63, Raeford; Truett
Eugene Holcomb, Rt. 1, Box 82,
Raeford; W.C. EUis, Rt. 1, Box 47,
Raeford; Mrs. E.L. Cameron, Box 54,
Raeford, Willie Martin McCain, Box
67, Raeford; Miss Jane Clark, Rt. I,
Box 261, Raeford; James Daniel
Robinson, 803 Saunders St.,
Raeford, Harvey J. McKoy, Rt. 3,
Box 274, Red Springs; Ernest E.
Jackson, Rt. 2, Box 570, Raeford;
McClellan Locklear, Rt. 1,
Shannon, Mrs. W.M. Monroe, Rt. 2.
Raeford; Raymond McNair, Box
764, Raeford; Lawrence Ervtn
Wilkes, ,Rt. 1, Box 681, Raeford;
Clarence G. Langdon, 706 Niven,
Raeford; John McArn, Rt. I,
Shannon; Alfred Lee Locklear, Rt. 1,
Red Springs, Henry Lee Kiger, 414
W. Sixth, Raeford; Richard A.
McNeill, Rt. 3, Box 225, Raeford;
Lois Irene Woodring, Rt. 2, Box 324,
Raeford; Fred D. Baldwin, Rt. 1,
Box 19, Lumber Bridge; Mrs. R.H.
Livingston, Rt. 1, Red Springs;
Manchie R. Moll, Rt. 2, Box 80,
Charles E. Helbling, Rt. 2, Box
308, Raeford; Cathy Schcll Oliver,
P.O. Box 509, Raeford; Katie
Beatrice Jones, Rt. 1, Box 166,
Lumber Bridge; Lela P. Dressier, Rt.
1, Box 727, Raeford; Claybourne B.
Wicker, Box 87, McCain; Amos
McNeill, 511 Prospect Ave., Raeford;
Reece Smith, Rt. I.Shannon; Enoch
Wildon Frierson, Rt. 2, Box 67.
Raeford; James Herbert Love, Rt. 1,
Box 133, Raeford; Marvin David
Jones. Rt. 3, Box 96, Raeford; Fred
Leslie Foster, 729 Green St.,
Raeford; Lauder Howard Steadman,
P.O. Box 401, Raeford;
Clara McRae Moore, Rt. 1, Road
1001, Red Springs; Diane Guin
Mercer, Box 44, Raeford; Dan C.
Ray, Jr., 107 Roberts St., Raeford;
Edgar Greene, Rt. 1, Box 108, Red
Springs; Nelson Buruss King. Jr.. Rt.
3, Box 14, Raeford; Shirley McCall,
Rt. 1, Box 420, Raeford; Ralph J.
Callaway, Raeford; Belton Day, Rt.
2. Box 55 8, Raeford; Leroy
Morrison, Rt. 1, Lumber Bridge;
Helen Love, Rt. 3, Box 227,
Raeford; Welton Locklear, Rt. 3,
Box 269, Red Springs; James Ervin
Kershaw. Rt. 1. Box 524, Kactord;
Mablc Pauline Foster, Rt. 1, Box
267. Shannon; Kermit L. Wood, Jr.,
311 N. Fulton, Raelord; Clifford
Kireus. 624 Niven St., Raeford;
Lonnie Locklear, Jr., Rt. 1. Red
Springs; Lincy Rogers, Rt. 4. Red
Springs; Carolyn Pope Fipps. Rt. I.
Aberdeen; David Locklear, Rt. I,
Box 345-E, Shannon; Jesse A.
Peoples, 114 N. Jackson St..
Raeford; Willard Hunt, Rt I, Red
Springs; Willie Ross White, Rt. I,
Box 111, Lumber Bridge; Nicholas
W. Rogers, Rt. 2, Box 66, Raeford.
Lillian M. Coates, 513 Magnolia,
Raeford; Warren Childress, 111
See TRIAL, page 11
After hearing sharply divided opinion at a public meeting Tuesday
morning, the county commissioners voted to re-affirm support for
the controversial 211 by-pass route as a priority for the county's
unused allocation of secondary road improvement funds.
Opposition to the proposed route, which will link West Prospect
Avenue with route 1149 just west of the Thomasfield subdivision,
was voiced by businessmen along Prospect Avenue and homeowners
in a crowd of about 15 spectators present.
Joe Thompson, owner of Thompson's Fish and Tackle, said "If
this bypass goes through, it's going to hurt by business
Leslie Irion, operator of Irion's Texaco on Prospect Ave., told the
board 50 percent of his business comes from out of town and hewas
against the route.
"If the price of gasoline continues to go up. next year we won't
need the by-pass," he said.
Chamber of Commerce president Dick Lovett, a Thomasfield
resident, urged the board to reconsider the proposal because of what
he termed "adverse effects on businesses," and a safety hazard.
"The safety hazard is a great contingency, for children, this road
will be non-stop for a mile in length and run within 60 feet of the
back of a residence," Lovett said.
Julian H. (Buddy) Blue, a long time supporter of the by-pass route
and recently named Chamber of Commerce manager, argued for its
adoption, claiming the plan was first formulated in 1960 and is badly
needed to relieve congestion on Prospect Avenue and north-south
streets within the city.
The city council will hold its
regular monthly meeting Monday
night in the conference room of the
The meeting, open to the public,
begins at 7:30 P.M.
Police and sheriffs deputies
attracted a large crowd of onlookers
last Wednesday afternoon when they
converged on the Haeford Hotel in
an unsuccessful search for fugitive
Robert Lee King who was reportedly
within die hotel.
About eight to ten uniformed and
plainclothes units arrived shortly
after 4 p.m. and a room by room
search of die hotel was conducted
for King after a tip was called into
the police department.
King, indicted for attempted rape
and assault with intent to kill, along
with other charges, has been sought
since Feb. Id when county health
worker Mrs. Jessie Nicholson was
diot after reportedly surprising a
group breaking into an isolated
McCain hunting cabin.
Elections Office Jarred
By 'Minority9 Language
hlections officials in Hoke County
were still reeling from last week's
announcement that the county is one
of four counties in the state ordered
to hold bi lingual elections this fall
because of a language minority,
namely the Lumbee Indians.
Elections board chairman Harold
Brock said he did not know any
Indians in the county who did not
speak English, and termed the action
"just another example of wasting the
taxpayer's money ."
The announcement came in an
order from the Justice Department
handed down through J. Stanley
Pottinger, assistant attorney general
for civil rights.
Elections board member Scott
Poole said Tuesday he did not know
just what course of action local
officials would take in response to
the order, but felt it may be just a
matter of communication.
"I haven't seen it yet, and I just
don't know. It's completely
ridiculous." he said. "The Indians
speak the same language."
Poole said he thought after
officials have a chance to study the
exact wording of the order an
explanation could be sent to
Washington and the matter would
Board Hears Applicant,
The county commissioners met
briefly Friday morning and heard
from another applicant for the
inspector's job and agreed to
purchase some of the new furniture
for the new county office building.
A meeting with library
representatives regarding their future
furniture needs was also on the
agenda, but the matter was tabled
after no one appeared.
Jack Ellis told the board he would
take the heating and plumbing
inspector's job for $12,000 and 12
cents per mile allowance, but the
commissioners took no action on his
The poation is budgeted at $8,500
the board voted unanimously to
approve a state purchasing contract
lor ollice turnishings tor this
department of social services offices
and county extension agent's offices
at a cost of S7.868.50. A 40 per cent
discount on this type of contract is
reflected in the total, county
manager T.B. Lester said.
Total costs for all of the
furnishings, including draperies, is
projected at about $16,500.
The commissioners also discussed
the grounds at the new building and
debated the pros and cons of types
of grass without reaching any
A motion was carried unanimously
to solicit bids from Carolina Turf and
Holland's Fence and Landscaping for
grading the area, and to designate
farm agent Wendell Young in charge
of making a grass appraisal.
Eric Allen, a Thomasfield
homeowner, said the majority of
residents to be affected by the route
are against it and urged the board to
consider an alternative route.
i j*0" ,weekends- '< will be like
Independence Blvd. in Charlotte " he
Carson Davis, Jr.. developer of the
subdivision, cited a
l%0 thoroughfare plan for the citv
and told the board little has changed
since that time and the by-pass was
needed as a north . south loop to
relieve traflic problems.
Chairman of the secondary roads
commission Cecil Budd assured the
board the speed limit would not
exceed 35 M.P.H. and also told die
board die route would not be
marked as Hwy. 311.
Board chairman Ralph Barnhart
discouraged die use of the term
by-pass, and said the proposed plan
ought to be thought of as
connecting" road to route I 140 a
suggestion Budd quickly agreed with.
I he resolution to re-affirm
support for the plan received the
unanimous approval of die board
alter commissioners John Balfour
Tom McBryde. and James A Hunt
made a personal visit to the site later
in the morning.
Budd and district engineer Bill
Kosser, division engineer Henry
Jordan and assistant division
engineer Fred Whitesell presented a
recommendation for use- of die
M75-76 secondary roads allocation
diehoaoT Unanimously adopted by
A S26.800 allocation for this fiscal
year will be used to pave three
subdivision streets in the extreme
southern end of the county state
mutes 1471. 1472. and 1473
involving about .63 mile Costs were
put at Si 1,000.
TheplancaMs fo, the expenditure
511,810 to proceed down the
paving priority list until funds arc
exhausted SJ.000 of the total
allocation is to be kepi in reserve for
In other business Tuesday die
board heard a request from Raeford
Housmg Authority members Neill
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McFadyen and Dayna Pate to accept
a housing agent" under a grant
program outlined by the extension
agent suffice and A&T University
Trie board voted last month to
turn down the agent, which would be
placed here at no cost to the county
or two years, and Mrs. Pate urged
die board reconsider its action
"We need to look into all
alternatives, because the word from
the federal government is there is no
money available. Lives are bcinn
Sne "V,C ?rin",IVC a>nd'"?ns
existing, she said.
McFadyen concurred, telling the
board the plan would be for "the
general welfare of the county."
No action was taken on the
request and the mailer was tabled
until a later dale.
The board approved a format
submitted by planning board
Tiembcr Charlie Morrison for
gathering data on the ambulance
The planning board was designated
earlier to act as an ambulance service
study committee and report their
A motion to hire Jack Ellis as
electrical plumbing and heating
inspector had to be withdrawn after
a snag developed over the
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