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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
BY SAM t MORRIS
Buddy Blue, manager of the local
Chamber of Commerce and Mr.
Republican of Hoke County, came
by Monday and was telling me the
latest on four laning US 401 between
Raeford and Fayettcvillc.
The Republican highway
commission is no different than the
one's before as they have moved the
project back down the ladder and it
should die again as in previous years.
I think the only way this road
pro^ct will ever get completed is for
Hoke County to get a highway
commissioner and you can imagine
the odds on this.
Anyway in a couple of years a new
administration will be in office and
someone will come by and tell us
again that US 401 is up the ladder
and hot again.
The Hoke High Bucks played the
game of die season last Friday night
at Rockingham for three quarters
before falling to the strong Raiders
14-0. Maybe they will come through
the rest of the season and bring forth
a winning season.
The Bucks travel to Lumberton
this coming Friday for a game with
the Pirates. So make plans to be in
Lumberton Friday night.
The next home game is against the
Pinecrest team and will be played at
the High School Stadium Friday
night Octiber 17. Be a Buck Booster
? ? ?
John Wilson of Charlston was by
the office last Saturday for a visit. He
was in town visiting relatives and was
commenting on how lie read the
local paper every week. John seemed
in good health and it is also grand to
see and talk to people who arc
visiting in Raeford.
? It was good to see H. R. (Hootch)
McLean out this week. I observed
him going to the post office Monday
and was told that he was at church
Sunday. He has been confined to his
tfomc for several weeks.
I went to a Homecoming in
franklin County last Sunday at the
church where my wile attended
before moving to Hoke County. The
weather was fine for the noon meal
as it was cloudy and the temperature
in the low 70s. Everything was as I
had always remembered
Homecomings since going with my
parents to Sandy Grove years ago.
Plenty of cake and chicken always
makes for the day as Fred Culbreth
used to say.
Maybe I ate too much or a
Presbyterian was not wanted at a
Baptist Church Homecoming but the
following did happen.
I was standing with Mary Alice's
mother, Mrs. A. A. Pernell, when a
lady walked up and asked her if I was
her husband. Now Mrs. Pernell is 87
years of age and I never thought I
looked anywhere near to that age.
Maybe she looked younger than I
realized or maybe I look older than I
realize. Anyway if I look thirty years
older at a Baptist Homecoming 1
guess I should stick around the
The last thing I need is some smart
comment from the Coffee Club.
Trial Next Week
Gaddy Charged On Third Felony
Nine In Race For City Council
The filing period for city council
hopefuls ended Friday with the
addition of three last ? minute
candidates including one who
declared "it is time to change".
This brings the total to nine who
are seeking a seat on the five -
member City Council this term.
Others who have Tiled include Hestel
Garrison, Carlton Niven, and
incumbents Graham Clark. Robert
Weaver, and Sam Morris.
Mayor John K. McNeill is also
seeking another term as he is running
Danny Morrison, David Lovette,
and Benny McLeod filed before the
noon Friday deadline.
Crawford Thomas filed for
re-election Wednesday. He and
McLeod are the only ones of the
group that filed late who are already
on the City Council.
Morrison, 46, owner of Morrison's
Ambulance Service and a wrecker
and repair business, has been a
resident of Raeford for seven years.
He and his wife Mabel have three
children. William, Dorothy, and Mrs.
Sharon Baker of Raeford.
Firemen from the eight volunteer
fire departments were guests of the
Chamber of Commerce Tuesday
night for the annual supper honoring
the firefighters during National Fire
Prevention Week. Oct. 5-1 I.
Three fire departments announced
plans lor Open Houses this week.
Stonewall chief Marty Jones
extended an invitation for Open
House all day Saturday, Oct. 11.1 tic
firefighting equipment will be
displayed and firemen will be on
hand to answer questions.
Open House at the Puppy Creek
Department is scheduled from 1-6
The Raelord Fire Department will
open its doors for Open House on
Thursday, Oct. from 7-9P.M.
Morrison worked at Burlington
Industries for 15 years before he
went into business for himself.
"I think it's lime for a change.
There should be some new people on
the board for a change," he said.
He indicated that there arc a lew
changes he would like to sec if lie is
"I'd like to see the streets
improved, especially the railroad
crossings. I also think the airport
needs straightening out." he said.
He said he didn't know much
about the criminal charges pending
against the city manager and said
that it was in the court's hands.
"The way it stands now. it's in the
court's hands. A man is not guilty
until proven guilty. It will probably
be a long battle." he said.
Morrison indicated that he filed
after being approached by many
"I've talked to a lot of people in
the last month who wanted to know
why 1 didn't file and I finally made
up my mind in the last few days." he
said. "Fifty or seventy - five people
wanted inc to file and il definitely in
some way means that some are tired
ol' the ones in now."
"1 still say we need a change," lie
Lovelte. 35, sales representative
for New York Life Insurance
Company, and his wife Mary Jo and
two children Revis Ann and Dewyn
have lived in Raeford since 1969. He
is a Mason, and a member of the
Order of the Eastern Star, a member
of the Raeford Presbyterian Church,
the Raeford's Lion's Club, and past
chairman of the Hoke County lleau
"I've always been interested in
good government and I feel I would
make a contribution toward fair and
impartial government. I would like to
see a recreational program that
would benefit all ages," he said.
"I don't have any axes to grind ?
I'm not running against anybody at
all," he said.
Lovetie explained that he fell the
District Attorney's invesligation of
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Budget, Trash Load Occupy Commissioners
Budget mailers and trash problems
occupied the county commissioners
during their regular monthly meeting
Monday and approval was given to
lite West Hoke Fire District for a
four mile extension at the close of a
The board okayed the creation of
four jobs to be paid under a S 16,000
grant from the Comprehensive
Employment Training Act (C'ETA)
Title II program after hearing a
report from county manager T.B.
Lester said the Department of
Social Services' director Benjamin
Ntblock wants to hire an eligibility
specialist and a clerk, and the
Department ol Health is in need of a
lab technician and a nurse's aide,
both part - time positions.
The motion to fund these jobs was
The board unanimously approved
a request from Sheriff D.M.
Harrington to authorize payment of
one month's salary to ex-chief deputy
Harvey Young. Young, who resigned
without notice, had accrued leave,
The board also approved another
request from Barrington for a
S171).95 payment for a mattress that
was ruined during the State Bureau
of Investigation probe into the
suspected murder of Barbara Jones
last November. The bloodied
mattress was torn during tests. Lester
said, and the Joneses' landlord
County sanitarian M.R. Mills and
assistant sanitarian Lawrence
Caviness appeared before the board
and presented the results of their
survey on use of the trash dumpsters
in the county.
Mills said use of the containers is
increasing and it is his
recommendation the county
purchase 20 - 25 additional
A map pinpointing the areas where
new containers are needed was
displayed, and some discussion was
given to alternative type containers,
like a 30 cubic yard model.
Mills cited the high costs of the
larger container and also noicd other
problems wilh changing to a
Chairman Ralph Barnhart was
critical of the present schedule of
service done by Pick-Up Sanitation
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Police are seeking the killer of a
twenty one year old Robbins Heights
man who was found gunned down in
an East Fifth Street yard Friday
Freddie Lee Stephens, of 513 E.
Fifth Street, was found by police
The new telephone number
to reach the city's home visitor
worker is 875-5598.
Anyone wishing to enroll a
senior citizen or shut-in with
the home visits program should
contact Mrs. Willard Shell at
the new number.
about 10 P.M. with a small caliber
bullet wound in the upper left chest,
police chief Leonard Wiggins said.
Officers J.C. Barrington and L.J.
Beat ly found Stephens in the front
yard of 513 E. Fifth Street and
Stephens died within moments,
County coroner G. Frank
Crumpler pronounced the man dead
and the Slate Bureau of Investigation
(SBi) was called to enter the case.
Stephens body was ordered sent to
the state medical examiner for an
Stephens, who police described as
unemployed, had worked for the city
until about five weeks ago.
Several persons who were in the
vicinity at the time of the killing
have been questioned, Wiggins
disclosed, and an arrest may be made
The murder was the first in the
city since 1972.
UF Leaders Named
Canvassing leaders and division
chairmen to head up the 1075
United Fund campaign were named
this week, UF co-chairmen Mr and
Mrs. Gene Carter announced.
Chosen to spearhead fund raising
for the four sections of Raeford were
Younger Snead, Jr. and J.H. Austin
(northwest); Jim McPhaul and
Warren Pate (northeast): Frank Baker
and Kenneth Dew (southwest); and
Julian King and Ed Hasty
Named as division chairmen were
Dr. Julius Jordan (Doctors); R.
Palmer Willeox (Attorneys); G. Ra/
Autry (teachers anu t'rincipals);
Mary Lee Matherlv (County offices);
Benjamin O. Niblock (Department of
Social Services). Ellen Willis (New
county offices); Barbara Jones
(Sheriff's office); Betty Smith (city
offices); Tony Buie )North Raeford);
and Susan McKen/.ie (county health
Heading up the industrial drive are
Ashwell Harward (Burlington). Dick
l.ovctt (Knit Awav ): larry Phillips
(House of Raeford I-arms); and
Horace Stogner (Tex-F.lastic).
Hie drive, which officially began
Monday , has a $21 .<>20 goal.
City manager John Caddy,
already under indictment on two
felony counts and scheduled for trial
next Monday here in Superior Court,
was charged Tuesday with a third
felony growing out of the State
Bureau of Investigation probe into
alleged thefts and misappropriations
by city employees.
Caddy was served with criminal
summons and formally charged in
Fayetteville, accompanied by his
attorney Philip Diehl, in a closed
door hearing before District Court
Judge Joseph E. Oupree in chambers.
Caddy waived a preliminary hearing
and was bound over for action by the
grand jury, according to the district
The latest charge, stemming from
the nearly four months - long
investigation, accuses Caddy of
authorizing payment of $327 in city
funds for the purchase of a new
motor for a 1957 Chevrolet station
wagon, described in the warrant as
Caddy's personal vehicle.
According to the warrant, Caddy
authorized the payment on Sept. 8,
1970 to Shepard Auto Parts of
Rockingham for a 327 cubic inch
engine delivered to the city on Aug.
25, 1970 and subsequently placed in
There was no immediate word on
the effect of Tuesday's action on
next week's scheduled trial for
Caddy, hut it is possible Caddy may
now be tried on all three charges.
Under the law, he may waive a
presentation of a bill of indictment
on the latest charge and request trial
next week before Judge Henry A.
Caddy was indicted by the Hoke
County grand jury on Aug. 12 for
two counts of misuse and
misapplication of city money, both
offenses under the statute involving
embezzlement by public officials.
At the same time Gaddy was
indicted, Billy H. Barefoot,
employed from 1970 to 1975 as
foreman of the municipal garage, was
indicted on a separate felony charge
of misuse of city funds related to
SI37 worth of repair work allegedly
done on his personal car.
Caddy and Barefoot have both
been free under personal bond
awaiting trial on the charges.
No bond on the latest charge
lodged against Gaddy was requested
by the district attorney's office,
according to Judge Dupree.
If convicted, Caddy faces a
possible fine and imprisonment of up
to ten years on each count.
Several persons, including Raeford
mayor John K. McNeill, Jr., were
subpeoned last week to testify at
next week's trial.
The indictments returned in
August charge Caddy with
authorizing a S333 payment out of
city funds in 1974 for repair work
done on a vehicle allegedly sold to
Caddy's son, Chris, and also for an
additional S46 worth of work done
on the same vehicle later.
Barefoot, who is also scheduled
for trial here next week, is expected
to he a chief witness against Gaddy.
The latest charge filed against
' Gaddy parallels the details of an
accusation Barefoot made last June.
Barefoot claimed at that time
maintenance and repair work was
being performed on private vehicles
and the costs were falsely listed on
ciiy records to appear the work was
done on city ? owned trucks.
City Fills Airport Slot, Mulls Commission Bid
The city council gave its
unanimous approval to the choice of
Gene Carter to fill the vacancy on
the airport committee but balked at
giving the airport committee
commission status with increased
powers without studying the issue
further at their Monday meeting.
Carter had been recommended by
vote of the airport panel last month
for the slot, and at the same time the
committee endorsed a request for
commission status with full decision
making powers, a shift from their
present advisory - only capacity.
Both matters were brought before
the city council by councilman
Benny McLeod, who is also an
airport committee member.
Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr.,
questioned the wisdom of the
proposal, claiming the present
membership of the panel might be
challenged for "conflicts" if they
were authorized commission status.
McNeill reminded the councilmcn
the members were originally picked
because of Iheir lies with the airport.
Councilman Sam C. Morris
disagreed, but did not endorse the
"I think its better to have people
who know something about it. I
don't think a man who owns an
airplane would have a conflict. I'm
not saying put people who have
businesses at the airport on it."
McNeill suggested the council
postpone any action on the request
and councilman Graham Clark
requested airport committee
chairman Joe Rackley appear before
the full council and detail the
proposal. Councilmen also noted a
new ordinance defining the duties
and powers of such a commission
might be necessary.
In other business, the council
awarded a $33,661.10 contract to
Southeastern Asphalt of Rockingham
for the Bethel Koad widening,
curbing, and guttering project.
Bids on the project, which will
utilize part of the Powell bill funds
allocation, ranged from
Southeastern's low bid to a high bid
of $44,155 and were opened last
The planned improvements will
cover Bethel Road from Donaldson
Ave. to Harris Ave.
The council gave an okay for a
S 10.000 transfer of funds from one
department fund to another after
City manager John Ciaddy told the
council the bill for overhaul of an
International bulldo/er used at the
landfill came to $7.784.02.
"We didn't anticipate anything
like that." Caddy said. Gaddy
requested Si0.000 be shifted from
the street maintenance fund to the
landfill fund to absorb the cost, and
that 757r of tlie mount would be
reimbursed by the county
government under the terms of" their
agreement to share costs of the
Gaddy explained the county
re imbursement payment would then
go into the general fund.
Confusion arose over discussion of
the county's announced proposal to
implement a heating,
air-conditioning, and plumbing code
with a full-time inspector.
McNeill and some council men said
they thought a general building
inspector, armed with a building
code, who would also serve the city's
residents was planned After
searching the minutes of past
meetings, the council adopted a
recommendation from city attorney
Palmer Willcox and approved a
resolution allowing the county
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