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VOLUME LXVII NO. 25 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA SS PER YEAR THURSDAY. OCTOBER 23. 1975
BY SAM t MORRIS
This column will begin this week
by clearing the letters from the file
hook on my desk.
The first letter is from Mrs. Peggy
Gleason of Joliet, III. Peggy is the
former Peggy Haire, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John T. Haire of East
Dear Mr. Morris:
Thought you might be interested
it the picture and article about
Kathy McMillan in the Chicago Sun
? Peggy Haire Gleason.
Thanks Peggy for the article and
picture. The picture of Kathy is a
two column picture and the article
tells about her jumps in Mexico. As
usual the city of Raeford, N.C. is
Kathy is making Raeford as
famous as the House of Raeford
turkeys and the Burlington Raeford
2/80s. Being only 17 years old she
will continue to make headlines for
The next letter is self explanatory:
I would appreciate it, very much,
if you would publish this in the
Letter to the Editor or wherever.
1 have had so many comments
about the letter in last week's paper,
and so many people know me in
Hoke County, I would like to clarify
that I did not write it. I always sign
my name. Margaret (Lytle) Davis.
The United Fund drive is
underway in the county and results
should be coming in in the next week
Mrs. Eugene Carter, co-chairman,
was by the office this week and said
that the Raeford Junior Woman's
Club was participating in the drive by
going around and soliciting from the
individuals. These are the people that
cannot be contacted at a place of
work. This group is known as the leg
Many thanks to the Junior
Woman's Club for undertaking this
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This old country boy made
another trip to Tidewater, Virginia
last weekend to visit his daughter. I
had said after ihe last trip a couple of
years ago that I wouldn't get in that
traffic again for anything. But I did.
It rained on me going up but with
my wife giving directions and reading
the signs, the trip was completed
We went over to the Busch
Gardens at Williamsburg and enjoyed
the shows and rides very much. If
you haven't been there, it will be a
nice trip for you to think about. I
don't know when they close down
for the winter but do know they are
only open on the weekends at the
present time. So make plans to
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* If you want to know something of
the history of Hoke County, be sure
to take the tour this Saturday
sponsored by the Hoke County
The write-up of the tour with all
details is elsewhere in the paper.
Look for it.
Eligible voters who have not
registered will not be able to cast a
ballot in the Nov. 4 city election.
Deadline for registration was Oct.
Voter registration is closed by
law 21 days prior to the next
election, not counting Saturdays.
Sundays, or holidays, the board of
Anyone who has not voted since
' 1968 should check with the elec
tions office to make sure they are
still properly registered, elections
secretary Rose Sturgeon said.
TOUR SPOT ? Historic Bethel Church, shown here, will be one of manv points
Tour To Unfold History
The public is invited to join a tour
of historical points of interest
sponsored by the Hoke County
Historical Society this Saturday
beginning at 9:45 A.M.
The bus from the Raeford Baptist
Church and the Sandhills Regional
Library van will transport the tour
group. Adults are asked to make a
contribution to help pay
transportation expenses. Each person
should bring a lunch along.
The tour group will meet on the
street between the Presbyterian
Church and the savings and loan
building, which is the approximate
site of the Raeford Institute boarding
school begun in 1895.
The tour will proceed to the site
of the Edinborough Medical College
and the McLean oemetery, where
Miss Caroline Parker will give a talk
on the college founded by Dr. Hector
McLean about 1850. Dr. McLean
converted his ten-room brick home
into a hospital which graduated
several famous physicians.
Going on to Bethel Church, the
next stop, the tour will pass by the
home of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Gatlin,
the former home of Dr. and Mrs.
A.P. Dickson. Dr. Dickson was one
of the founders of the Raeford
At Bethel Church, founded in
1776, Mrs. Hallie Blythe, church
historian, will outline some historical
As the tour progresses toward
Millprong the home of the late
Hector McNeill can be seen. Rev.
McNeill was pastor of Bethel Church
during the time Gen. Sherman and
his troops camped on the church
grounds Mar. 9- 11, 1865.
Millprong is one of the earliest
homes built in the southern part of
the county. The kitchen was erected
away from the rear of the house. At
one time a railroad stop was located
near the area.
The site of McPhaul's Mill is the
See TOUR, page 11
Resignation Draws Reaction
The investigation into suspected
corruption in city government and
city manager John Caddy's resig
nation last week after pleading to
charges drew varying reactions
from the new candidates in the field
for city council seats.
Danny Morrison, one of the last
of the hopefuls to file, said Tuesday
that public opinion is strongly in
favor of Gaddy in spite of his pleas
of no contest to misappropriating
"The way it looks to me. he
resigned, he paid a fine, they
dropped the other charge. It looks
to me like its over". Morrison said.
"Eighty to ninety per cent of the
people are in favor of John staying
on. John has a lot of friends in the
county and I'll say this, he has done
a good job as city manager."
Morrison confirmed he has
heard "rumors" of a movement to
re-hire Gaddy after the election.
"It's a possibility, but I think the
man has to be bonded for the job.
But there are a lot of people for
John. I've talked to a lot of people
and a lot of people talk to me", he
"I'll say this - the people want a
change. There will be at least two
new ones, or three, to go on (the
Morrison said he hasn't given
any thought yet to how the city will
choose a new city manager, but
indicated the newly elected council
should take time to make a
"I've had two people ask me if I
would go with John if I'm elected. I
told them 'I don't know'.
"One man can't do much. It'll be
up to how the others feel about it",
Morrison said he is in favor of
keeping all city council meetings
open to the public and claimed the
last meeting when Gaddy's resigna
tion was voted on should not have
been in closed session.
"It should have been left open,
this has left a lot of doubt in
people's minds about what was
said. Do you know what was said?
I've heard a lot of people talk and
they're saying there were more
people involved than John. I'm
quoting other people. Most people
don't understand what all went
on", he said.
Morrison also announced he is in
favor of limiting the terms a
councilman can serve to two.
"No man should hold office for
more than four years. After that, he
should step down and not be able to
run again until another election",
Morrison emphasized that the
public still has questions.
"I've heard a lot of rumors about
that the truck was left off the paper
that was turned into The News
Journal. The city told him to sell
the truck. The girl put it on the
paper and she was supposed to turn
?it into The News-Journal". Morri
Morrison denied he was suggest
ing The N-J altered, or deleted
anything from an advertisement.
"No. I don't mean that at all. It's
just that vou know how these
rumors go around", he added.
Candidate David Lovette said
Tuesday, that he was in complete
agreement with the city council's
decision to accept Gaddy's
"First of all. I think it is
unfortunate for John and it is
unfortunate for the city of Rae
ford." he said.
"Under the circumstances, the
resignation was the best thiny he
See RESIGNATION, page 11
Two Get Prison Terms
In Plea To Break-in
Two Fayetteville men received
active prison terms and a third got
a suspended sentence after entering
guilty plea:, in connection with a
break-in before Superior Court
Judge Henry A. McKinnon
Robert Lee Stebbins. 23. of 2628
Horner Drive. Fayetteville. was
sentenced to a three year term after
pleading guilty to felonious larceny
in a July 22 break-in on Rockfish
Road. A charge of receiving stolen
property and a third charge of
breaking and entering and larceny
were dismissed by the state
Eugene Stebbins. 17. also of 2628
Horner Dr., pleaded guilty to
felonious larceny and was sen
tenced to three years as a youthful
offender. Two other counts, receiv
ing stolen property and breaking
and entering and larceny, were
The pair, jailed for 86 days
awaiting trial, was given credit for
time served in the judgment.
A co-defendant in the break-in.
Stacy Lowery. 18. of 2642 Flamingo
St.. Fayetteville. pleaded guilty to
felonious larceny and drew a four
year term suspended for five years.
He was put on probation five years
and ordered to make $1,800 in
Breaking and entering and lar
ceny and one count of receiving
were dropped by the state against
Lowery. A fourth charge of speed
ing in excess of 80 MPH was also
The charges grew out of daylight
break-ins reported at the Fred
Harris home and the Kenneth
Gardner home in which thousands
of dollars worth of property was
taken, some of it later recovered.
'Money Is Tied Up'
Help Santa, City Asked
Christmas may be merry but not
so bright in Raeford this year unless
the Raeford Merchant's Association
gets some financial help from the
Association president James Wood
and store owner Theresa McBryde
approached the city council at their
last regular meeting to request funds
to supplement their efforts to buy
new Christmas decorations and
equipment to fix the old ones.
"We've bought some lights
already," said Mrs. McBryde, "The
people have responded really well,
but we haven't reached our goal of
"We feel like we are going to get
some help," she said.
"I'm sure they will do something,"
He indicated that the new lights
were ordered and they would be here
in two or three weeks.
"The city will probably help with
the wiring and labor, and we are
hoping that they can shuffle some of
the funds where it was not
completely used up in a project and
help us with that," he said.
"They are going to see about
shifting some money over that was
not used," said Chamber of
Commerce manager J.H. (Buddy)
"We've bought 20 new decorations
and material to rework 20 old ones,"
"We're going to have a lol better
this year," he said.
"About 50 per cent of the
decorations arc not fit to display. We
are going to try to keep the new ones
and the ones we are fixing in good
shape. If we do this on an annual
basis, we'll only have to ask for
about $15 instead of SI00 each
year," he continued.
Blue siad he hoped to have the
decorations up by the middle of
"We'll try to have them up by the
fifteenth of November. November is
the goal we are shooting for," he
An instructional meeting for
registrars and judges in the up
coming municipal election is
scheduled for 8 P.M. Oct 31 in the
courthouse, elections secretary
Rose Sturgeon announced.
Three precincts will vote in the
Nov. 4 election to choose a mayor
and five city councilmen.
The precincts and polling places
are: Raeford number one, court
house; Raeford number two. old
county office building; and Raeford
number four. Hoke civic center.
The puJls will be open from 6:30
A.M. to 7:30 P.M.
ine airport committee, with all
members present at a special Tuesday
meeting, were awestruck to learn
that the money given by the city
council for this fiscal year was tied
up around a federal grant.
Committeemen Gene Carter,
William Poole, Ed Brown, Benny
McLeod, William Moses, and
chairman Joe Rack ley questioned
how much money was available to
Airport manager John Gaddy
explained to the committee that
$16,000 was set aside in the budget
for tine airport, but this'money is an
assurance that the airport has money
to supplement a federal grant that
has been applied for.
"We're totally tied into a situation
and there is no way of getting money
until the federal government makes
their move," said committee
chairman Joe Rackley.
Gaddy explained that the
committee could make up a budget
for next year and still be able to keep
the $16,000 and the city council
might pass it.
The committee decided that all
members would go before city
council at their next regular meeting
and answer questions from the
council dealing with the committee's
wishes to become a commission.
Thomas W. Simmons, of the Program
Office of the Atlanta Airport District
Office of the FAA answered the
committee's questions about airport
Simmons said the FAA
discouraged allowing access to the
taxi-way from private property other
than the ramp area.
He said that if the land in question
was in the approved layout plan as
land to be acquired by the airport, he
didn't think there would be any
Simmons said that there could be
no reimbursement for construction,
but a new bill has been passed to
allow the FAA to reimburse money
for land acquisition.
The present bill to go before
Congress would give the FAA
approximately $50,000,000 to give
out for projects that were already
applied for, Simmons said.
He explained that the funds were
given in order of priority of need and
if a whole project could not be
funded, parts of the project with the
greatest priority could be funded.
Since the government's fiscal year
is changing this year, the FAA will be
able to give out most of the funds
from January through July of Next
"We might have a great deal of
See AIRPORT, page 11
The Public Affairs
Department of the Junior
Woman's Club reminds bicycle
riders to observe safety lips.
Watch for doors opening
suddenly on parked cars.
. Leave room between you and
the car ahead.
Walk your bike across busy
Don't take passengers.
At night ? use bike lights and
wear light clothing or tape.
The most dangerous time to
ride is between 3 P.M. and 7
Fence Injures Youth
A young motorcyclist narrowly
escaped serious injury last week
when he rammed the fence across
Bethel Road at the high school and
the youth's mother hinted Monday a
lawsuit against the school system
may be filed.
Steven H. Wilburn. 317 W.
Third Ave., was admitted to Moore
Memorial Hospital with head injur
ies and lacerations following the
Oct. 13 accident. He was released
two days later.
Police chief Leonard Wiggins
said Wilburn was traveling east on
Bethel Road about 10:35 P.M. and
did not see that the fence was
across the roadway in time to stop.
He swerved but the motorcycle
rammed the fence and Wilburn was
thrown over and knocked unconsci
ous. Wiggins said.
After regaining consciousness.
Wilburn managed to walk home
and was taken to the hospital by his
mother. Wiggins said.
Wilburn was not charged in the
The fence, which is kept closed
during school hours, should have
been open. Allen Edwards. Hoke
High principal, said new eyebolts
were installed on the posts on either
side of the gate to make it more
difficult for any unauthorized per
son to close the fence. Reflective
tape was also placed on the fence
after Wilburn's accident. Edwards
The boy's mother, Mrs. Norma
Wilburn, blamed the school
authorities for the accident.
"It was sheer negligence on Uieir
part", she said.
"The only explanation for it is
what I saw with my own eyes when I
went out and cheeked it the next
morning. The chain holding it to the
post to keep it open was locked, but
there was enough slack left in that
chain that a child could remove it
and push the fence across the road".
"I have called their attorney, Mr.
Moses, and he said they do not have
any kind of insurance coverage for
this. I think that's very hard to
Mrs. Wilburn said she is seeking
"medical expenses, compensation for
the bike, and damages for the mental
and physical anguish" but stopped
short of announcing a lawsuit will be
"I'm not commenting on that
right now", she said.
Damage to the bike, a 1973
Kawasaki, was put at $200 by police.
Wiggins said anyone who is caught
attempting to block the roadway by
closing the fence would be subject to
ACCIDENT - The fence used to keep traffic off Bethel Road at the high
school during school hours was closed by someone after 10 P.M. Oct. 13 and a
young motorcyclist was injured after he ran into it.