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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
BY SAM C MORRIS
Elwood Avenue Irom Magnolia
Street to Stewart Street has now
been a one-way avenue for over six
months. Occasionally someone will
come down it the wrong way, but
most of the time they are out of
It has worked out real well as far
as I am concerned. It is very seldom
now that traffic is backed up to
Magnolia Street and the congestion is
nfft as bad late in the afternoon in
front of the Raeford Kindergarten.
The local law enforcement officers
have given out a few tickets for going
(he wrong way but most of the time
warnings have been passed out. From
rumors getting to my desk, this is
now over, and everyone will be
issued a ticket.
In case you don't know what the
ticket will cost, this will explain. The
court costs are $25 and a fine could
also be put on the driver up to $25.
So it could cost you $50 in court.
Besides the money according to the
Highway Patrol you could
accumulate two points toward losing
So think before entering the
wrong way on Klwood Avenue.
The Hoke High Bucks were
defeated by Sanford last Friday night
and have another tough battle in
Rockingham Friday night. They will
return to the local stadium Friday,
October 10 when they will host the
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The United Fund drive will begin
next week and workers will be
around for your donation. So have
your donation ready, so the drive can
come to an early conclusion.
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I received the following letter this
week from Whiteford Jones, a native
of Hoke County who now lives near
?Washington, D. C. The letter is a
reply to the item in the column last
week about die theft of Robert
Gadin's station wagon.
Jones now works for the
?government and should know what
he is writing about.
The letter follows:
I read with interest the article in
your column pertaining to Robert
Gatlin's stolen vehicle and the
consideration his predicament was
afforded by Raeford City officials.
I have always known the people of
Raeford and Hoke County to be
generous and considerate of people
in need and tit is is certainly another
example of how they respond on
With all the corruption in
government we read and hear about
these days, 1 was also pleased to note
the safeguards built into Crawford's
suggestion regarding how and where
Mr. Gatlin could ride to his pond. If
his suggestion is followed there
should certainly be no criticism from
Raeford is lucky to have public
officials who are interested and
concerned in the welfare of others. I
am sorry the car was stolen and for
inconvenience it must have caused,
but my hat is off to Buddy Blue and
Crawford Thomas for their efforts to
make the best of a bad situation.
I enjoy the NJ and look forward
to receiving it each Thursday. Hope
to see you sometime when I am in
An X Raeforder
Mayor Seeks Fourth Term
Council Candidates Now At Five
John K. McNeill
Sam C. Morris
Carlton t\ Niven
Rockfish House To Be Sold
County commissioners met in
special session Friday and
unanimously approved the sale of the
Rockfish Community building at
public auction after hearing a report
from chairman Ralph Barnhart that a
potential buyer of the old
Continental mill in Rockfish wants
Barnhart informed the board that
Hadley Peeples, a Siler City textile
manufacturer, will be the likely
purchaser of the old Continental
operation and that the firm insists on
acquiring the property the
community house is situated on.
The board agreed on a motion
from Tom McBryde to advertise the
sale for four weeks and sell it at
public auction at the courthouse on
The land involved is about one
third of an acre and the appraised
value, including the house, is listed at
Barnhart was sketchy about details
of the proposed re-opening of the
mill, but said his information was
that about 100 persons are to be
County attorney Charles
Hosteller, who briefed the board
members on steps involved in selling
county - owned property, explained
the county is not necessarily required
to sell to the highest bidder.
According to Hostetler, the board
of commissioners must meet after
the auction to confirm the sale, and
they may reject the bid if it is not
deemed to be high enough.
In other business, die board
unanimously okayed a new contract
for nine months for service on the
equipment in the sheriff's
department. The cost is $803.
Also carried unanimously was a
motion to rc-paint die garbage
dumpsters at a cost of S4.368. The
expenditute had been put in this
The board received notification of
a 516,000 allocation for creation of
public service employment jobs
under the Comprehensive
Employment Training Act (CETA)
Title II funds.
Commissioners were unable to
come up with any suggestions for use
of die grant, and the matter was
ordered tabled until the school
system and the Department of Social
Services could be contacted to see if
any jobs could be created within
Under the grant, Vietnam veterans
must be given first priority, then
unemployed and then
under-employed and economically
disadvantaged in the order of hiring.
Commissioners meet again Oct. 6.
Gulledge Rites Held
Funeral services for Joel Ellis
Gulledge were held Saturday at 11
A.M. at the First Baptist Church with
Rev. Jack Mansfield officiating.
Burial was in Raeford cemetery.
Gullege, 73, died Thursday in
Moore Memorial Hospital.
Gulledge served as Hoke county
register of deeds for 25 years. He was
a Mason and a member of the First
Surviving are his wife, Murriel
Williamson Gulledge; one son, Joel
Ellis Gulledge. Jr., of Greenville,
S.C.; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas C.
Wilson of Hertford and Mrs. H.C.
Fisher of Winston - Salem; two
brothers, J.N. Gulledge of Raeford
and William L. Gulledge of Kansas
City; one sister, Mrs. H.R. Long of
Jtaeford; nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers were George Wood,
Dive Barrington, Robert Townsend,
Palmer Willcox, Charles Hostetler,
ud William Lester.
NEW RADAR - Trooper C.A. Bennett adjusts his new radar device which
catches speeders through an electronic beam.
New Radar Looking
For Hoke Speeders
A new radar device which gives the
highway patrol greater flexibility in
catching speeders is now in use in
Hoke county on a permanent basis.
The moving radar units, more
sophisticated than the Vascar
equipment, were recently purchased
by the state, enabling the Hoke
patrol to have one assigned here.
Moving radar can replace die
stationary radar system of checking
speeders and frees the patrolman
from having to park and wait for
traffic to passbv.
Authorities are probing the cause
of a plane crash that took the life of
a young Ft. Bragg soldier sometime
The body of Joseph Harmon
Wood, about 23, of Fayetteville, was
found in the wreckage of a Piper
Cherokee plane in Chesterfield, S.C.,
according to Paul Rose, owner of
Rose Avjation in Raeford.
Rose said that Wood left Raeford
Airport Friday enroute to Columbus,
Ga? and was to return Sunday night.
He said Wood was the only
passenger in the four-seat plane
owned by Page Adiwell of Ft. Bragg.
Rose said he notified the FAA
when the plane failed to return to
Raeford and a search was initiated.
He said Wood had not filed a flight
Rose said South Carolina officials
called him Tuesday morning and
notified him of the wreckage, but
officials gave no further details.
The new unit employs a long,
cone-shaped piece mounted in the
trooper's car which sends out an
electronic beam picking up impulses
from oncoming traffic. It's range is
about a quarter of mile.
The patrolman pre-sets the unit to
a certain speed, say 65 MPH, for
example, and from then on any car
approaching at that speed or greater
will automatically record on the
digital set mounted in view of the
patrolman. A beep tone sounds
Trooper C.A. Bennett, who has
been operating the new radar from
his unmarked green four door
Plymouth Grand Fury, said the radar
detection devices sold to the public
will not work against tn is new
"Those things operate on a
electronic beam to work, so by the
lime they pick up this, it has picked
them up, too. We got them zapped".
Bennett acknowledged some
drivers are surprised to find how they
'The general public is accepting
it", Bennett remarked.
"After you explain it. 90 per cent
of them are convinced."
UF Drive |
Division chairmen and canvassers
for the 1975 United Fund campaign
will be named this week, UF
co-chairman Gene Carter announced.
The kick-off to the annual drive
begins Oct. 6.
Sheriffs deputies are investigating
two apparently unrelated snipings
that occurred recently.
Charles Ray, of 602 Riley Road,
Fayetteville, reported that he was
shot with a shotgun Sunday Sept. 28,
about 1:30 a.m., as he was sitting in
his car at Virgil's Drive In. The
shooting occurred sometime after he
had an argument with a man about
the way his car was parked. Deputy
G.S. McGuire reported that Ray was
hit with four birdshot pellets. One
pellet went through his right cheek,
one hit him over his left eye, and two
more lodged in his left ear.
Bobby Jean Locklear, Rt. I. Red
Springs, reported that he was shot in
the foot and the leg with a .22 rifle
while he was at Clemmie Miller's
place Sunday, Sept. 21. According to
reports Locklear said he did not
know who shot hjn.
In other incidents, James Heit, Rt.
1 Raeford, reported that several
items worth S4.5l>0 were taken from
his home on Airport Road sometime
between 5 pjii., Saturday, Sept. 13,
and 6 pjii., Sunday Sept. 14. Among
the items taken was a .22 rifle and a
.410 shotgun, rings valued at Si,470
and china worth 53,000.
Thomas McMillian, Rt. 4. Raeford,
See ARKA INCIDENTS, page IS
Chief deputy Harvey Young has
resigned from the sheriff's
department. Sheriff D.M. Barrington
Young. 51, had been a deputy for
ten years. He was also a Reaford
police officer for four years.
The reason for the resignation was
Young was unwilling to accept a
demotion and a $800 yearly pay cut,
J.E. Lamont was named to the
post of chief deputy.
$43,000 Powell Funds
For Raeford Streets
Raeford's 1975 Powell bill funds
allocation is $43,171.04, according
to the Department of Transportation
The annual allocation is to be used
for the maintenance, construction,
and reconstruction of local city
The amount is based on relative
population and the non-state system
local ltreet mileage. The law requires
that a sum equal to the amount
produced by one cent lax of the
regular eight cents per gallon state
fuel tax be apportioned.
The 1974 estimated population
for Raeford is 3,370. The total of
certified non - state system miles is
given as 19.64.
The total funds for this year for
distribution to municipalities is
$29,360,012.61, according to the
The field of candidates for the city
council race grew to five with the
filing of two more incumbents and a
one-time councilman while the
mayor announced for a fourth term
Incumbent councilmen Sam C.
Morris and Graham Clark filed to run
for another term, joining previously
announced candidates Hector
Garrison and incumbent councilman
Robert W. Weaver in the Nov. 4
Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr., also
filed for re-election with no
challengers as yet.
Businessman Carlton Niven,
appointed to the city council in
1961, is the fifth person to seek a
Clark, 59, is the owner and
operator of Clark's Gulf in Raeford.
He is making a bid for a fourth term.
"I think my six years experience
qualifies me", Clark said. Clark
declined to speculate on his chances
in the election, saying it "was up to
Clark refused to duscuss any
effects of the upcoming trial of city
manager John Gaddy on the
campaign or the election.
Gaddy is scheduled for trial Oct.
13 in Superior Court on charges of
"I have no comment on that", he
A Hoke county native, Clark
resides with his wife Marion at 101
Morris, 57, general manager of The
News-Journal, is seeking a second
term on the city council.
"1 would like to stay there until
the whole matter is cleared up",
Morris said, referring to the probe
into misuse of city funds and other
criminal charges which began in
"As far as 1 know, the
investigation is not over, and I would
like to stay on the council until the
final outcome. An investigation is
like a physical examination. If there's
nothing wrong with you, it can't
hurt. If there is something wrong,
you need a cure",he declared.
"I made a promise when 1 first ran
that there are two sides to any issue
and I would listen to both sides
before reaching any conclusion, and I
feel 1 have done this on the council.
I've weighed every decision, and I've
been on the wrong end of a vote
sometimes, but I still feel this way",
Chairman of the Hoke county
Democratic party, Morris is also
chairman of the Selective Service
Board and treasurer and past
president of the United Fund. He is a
director of the Raeford Savings and
Loan and a past president and
ex-director of the Chamber of
Morris, an inactive deacon of the
Presbyterian Church, lives with his
wife Mary Alice at 110 N. Jackson
Street. The couple has two children,
Sarah of Virginia Beach, Va? and
John of Fayetteville.
Carlton H. Niven, 53, announced
his candidacy for a city council seat.
He is a Raeford native and has been
owner and operator of Niven's
Appliance and Furniture Company
on Main Street since 1955.
"Being a lifelong resident, I feel 1
can serve the town and do a lot of
good for the town", Niven said.
Niven declined to comment on
any aspect of the criminal allegations
surrounding the city manager's
office. Niven, who lives at 118
Donaldson Ave., is a next door
neighbor to Gaddy.
Niven was optimistic about his
chances. "1 feel like I'll go in, I'm
confident", he said Monday. He said
his campaign would be a word - of
mouth effort for the most part.
Niven served on the city council
once, filling out the unexpired term
of Angus Currie who left the post in
l%l. Niven was defeated in a bid for
a permanent seat in the next
Niven and his wife. Hazel, have
two children. Carlton. Jr., is a high
school teacher in Brevard and
daughter Caroline is a junior at
Appalachian State University.
Niven is a lifelong member of the
Methodist Church and a past
president of the Lions Club.
The only candidate to file for the
mayor's race is incumbent John K.
McNeill, Jr, who was first elected to
public office in 1952 as a city
McNeill, won re-election in his post
until 1967 when he sought the
See CANDIDATES, page IS