The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXVIl NO. 27 RAEFORl). HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA SS PER YEAR THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 6. 1975
BY SAM t MORRIS
1 went with my family to the
Carolina-Wake Forest football game
last Saturday in Chapel Hill. The
weather was perfect and the game
was perfect for the Deacon fans. So I
will say with two Tar Heel children it
was a quiet trip back to Raeford.
The crowd at the game was well
behaved and I didn't see anyone who
was out of the way or doing anything
that would cause trouble. This shows
that most folks now go to enjoy the
The trunks of cars are uplifted at
noAn and everyone enjoys a picnic
lunch before die game. So if your
team doesn't win, you have had a
fine time anyway.
The game between South Carolina
and N.C. State was a thriller. We got
back home in time to see the last
quarter on TV. I know that the State
fans from here that were in Raleigh
had a pleasant trip home, but in
talking to Palmer Willcox Monday he
was not so happy.
He said that after South Carolina
scored and converted the two point
play he was packing up to come
home when State exploded. Willcox
said it was bad enough for S.C. to
lose but he looked at his son and he
was yelling for N.C. State. You can't
win them all!
Kathy McMillan has brought
Raeford into the spotlight again. She
was named "Tar Heel of the Week"
by the Raleigh News and Observer. I
can't recall exactly how many people
from Hoke County have received this
honor but the names of T.B.
Upchurch, Paul Dickson and the late
Harry Greene are in my mind. Some
others may have received the honor,
but I can't recall any.
The writeup is elsewhere in the
?paper and is real good. Look for it
and read it.
Laurie Telfair was saying in a
recent letter that site had seen a
picture of Kathy in a Texas paper
^ut she got the full details on her
.rom The News Journal. So you see
Kathy's name and Raeford arc in
As I write this column oil Tuesday
morning several people have
interrupted me on their way to the
polls to vote, litis is something we all
should do every time the polls open.
I hope that you cast your ballot
Tuesday. If you didn't vote, then
please keep your mouth shut about
the affairs of the city government.
Be sure to attend the Homecoming
football game at the High School
stadium Friday night. This is the last
game for the Bucks this season.
McLeod Leads, Weaver Unseated
Voters Return Four Incumbents
John K. McNeill
S, 'n Morris
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Center Assured Doctor
The obstetrician ? gynecologist
crisis at the Hoke County Health
Department was solved last week
when Dr. Thad Bethea of Myrtle
Beach, S.C.. was hired to work two
days every other week ai the Hoke
Walter Colev. chairman of the
Hoke County Board of Health,
indicated that Bethea would
probably work in Raetord every
other Thursday and Friday.
Bethea worked as Health Director
in Robeson County for several years
according to Coley.
"It was touch and go for a while,
because Bethea was looking for work
that would provide him with more
than just two days, so that it would
make his trip up this way
worthwhile." he said.
"He has already manned two
clinics here and I suppose he will
continue from this point." he added.
The health center had been
without the services of a family
planning doctor for six weeks due to
See DOCTOR, page 13
Kockfish Mill Opens
The re opening of the old Conti
nental Yarn mill in Rockfish which
may create about 100 new jobs was
jointly announced by the Hadley
Peoples Manufacturing Co. and
Chamber of Commerce manager
J.H. Blue. Jr.. last week.
Purchase price of the land and
facilities, idled since July. 1974
wtien Continental ended opera
tions. was not disclosed.
Job openings will be available for
yarn mill fixers, machine operators
and scrvice personnel, according to
the company's announcement.
Ralph Barnhart. a former Bur
lington Industries executive, was
named plant manager.
Hadley-Peoples. based in Siler
City, was incorporated in 1895 and
their present plant in that city
covers 200.000 sq. feet.
The Rockfish complex covers
three buildings near the A & R
railroad tracks and the Rockfish
Road. The firm has also acquired
about a third of an acre adjoining
the mill through the recent sale of
the Rockfish community house.
Hadley-Peoples was sold in 1944
to J.A. Baker and Mason P.
Thomas of Charlotte. In 1958.
Baker assumed ownership and Paul
Baker was named company
The mill expects to go into full
production within two weeks,
l^arnhart said, with a 60.000
pounds weekly output.
The plant will be operated as a
sales yarn manufacturing mill.
spinning yarns lor the upholstery
home furnishing and commercial
trades of both synthetic and natural
fibers as well as blended yarns.
Barnhart said he hoped the new
operation would be able to do most
of its hiring locally.
Applications for employment w ill
be taken beginning today. Nov. b.
from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the plant
office, Barnhart said.
Company officials held a llag
raising ceremony attended by com
munity leaders last week at the
Fl.AG PRESF.NTA TION - Mrs. Ann Bundy presents the Stars and Srripes and
the flag of North Carolina to Paul Baker, president of the HadleyPeoples
Manufacturing Company. Enjoying the presentation is Ralph Barnhart I far left I
hVio will he the plant manager of the Rockfish plant. Also pictured are from
left to right: Oscar Wood. Clarence Kooncc, Julian Barnes. Rev. Carl
Strickland, D.K. Parker Jr.. Don Wood, and a vety interested little girl.
Hire Gaddy, Group Says
A citizens' campaign has begun
with written petitions to try and
re instate ex-city manager John
Gaddy, who last month pleaded no
contest to two lelony counts of
misappropriation of funds and
submitted his resignation.
Bob Harrell, owner of a grocery
and service station on W. Prospect
Ave., said Friday he has collected
many signatures on a petition but
refused to say who originated the
"It's supposed in be a secret",
H a r r c 11 * s petition, on
mimeographed copy, states:
"We, the undersigned citizens of
the City o! Raeford, acknowledge
the contribution that John Ciaddy
has made to the city as city manager
for the pasi seven years, and request
that city council consider Mr. Gaddy
Harrell said it was his
understanding the petition was not
specifically asking for Caddy's
re-instatement as city manager, but
that the signatures represented
support for Gaddy being re-hired in
some other capacity.
"My own personal opinion is I'd
like to see him stay as city manager.
If he needs a bond, there are plenty
of people in Hoke County who will
go his bond".
Harrell scoffed at a suggestion that
public confidence in Gaddy was
eroded by his pleading no contest to
misappropriation of public funds.
"He more or less was talked into
that". Harrell said.
The petition Harrell displayed
contained 30 signatures, and he said
lie had "filled up" two other
petitions, front and hack.
Realtor Julian Wright said he lias
signed a petition for Caddy, too, hut
claimed he was not soliciting
"The man is capable of doing the
job. Fvidently lie's made a mistake,
lie admitted it. I don't think he'll
H a r r e 11 said it was his
understanding that the petitions
would be collected and presented to
the city council sometime after the
"I got mine from Make (M.K.)
Sessoms and I believe he'll pick them
up". Harrcll said.
Fred Foster, a business associate
of Wright's, said he has been seeking
signatures 011 a petition and has
gotten "25 or 30" so fai
"He ((iaddy) has done j lot lot
the city". Foster said.
Wright said he was asked to sign
Sessoms. readied by telephone on
Tuesday, first denied thai he had
anything to do with the petition,
then confirmed he was one ot the
"I feel strongly enough about it
thai 111 tell you. I'm doing all I can
for John Gaddy", he said.
"He's a good supervisor. Some ot
the people are signinc it tor him a.i
city manager, some are signing for
him as department head".
Sessoms said lie is supporting u
proposal to re-hire Gaddy as overall
See GADDY. page 13
Sellars Fills Gap
As City Manager
William (\ Scliars, zoning
administrator, was appointed acting
city manager on a interim basis by
the city council in a special meeting
Thursday night Oct. 30.
The council voted unanimously on
a motion from Graham Clark,
seconded by Sam Morris, to appoint
Sellars during the interim period as
acting city manager.
The position was left open due to
the resignation of John Gaddy. who
pleaded no contest to charges of
misuse of city funds in a special
session of Superior Court Oct. 13.
Mayor John K. McNeill explained
that Sellars would be in charge of
everything lot the month of
"We were kind of at loss of what
to do. Somebody suggested to call
you and have you to fill the eap. The
hoard will be looking loi a
professional to do the |oh/ McNeill
explained to Sellars.
"Major decisions should come to
the council," said Morris.
"I don't think he should be able to
lure and lire," he added.
The council assured Sellars they
would be willing to help him in any
way and that he could get in touch
with them anytime they were
Racford volers returned four
incumbents to the city council and
elected one new nun in a light
turnout in die municipal election
Ilected to another term as
councilmcn were Benny McLeod.
Crawford Thomas, Jr., Sam C.
Morris, and Graham Clark. The fifth
incumbent. Robert Weaver, was
unseated by insurance agent David
Lovette. who ran a strong third in
With all three precincts reported,
the final tally was: McLeod. 451;
Thomas, 382; Lovette, 375; Morris,
331;Clark. 328; Weaver, 255.
The rest of the field, including
former councilmcn Carlton Niven
and llestel Garrison, made poor
showings. Danny Morrison, making
his first bid for a seat, trailed the
Niven drew 221. Garrison 220, and
Morrison received 140 votes.
Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr.,
running unopposed, was elected to a
fourth term with 415 votes, about
70%of the total votes cast.
590 voles were cast among the
three precincts with Raeford number
two, (the county office building),
Icadine the turnout and Raeford
four, (the civic center), drawing only
Write in votes for mayor weie
reported as: (Raeford one) Thomas
Summers 1, t. Scott Halso 2, J.D.
Russell I, Doug Shaw 1, Frank Brock
I, Graham Monroe 3, and N.L.
(Raeford two). Joh Kay 2, Neil
VIcFadyen 12, Harry Carter 4. Luke
McNeill 1, Bcnnie McLeod I,
Leonard T. Miller 1, Charles
Morrison 2. R.B. Lewis 3, Dick
Loveit 1, and Thomas Summers 2.
(Raeford four), C.P. Kinlaw I.
David Scull I. Bob Lewis 2. and F.d
Lovette. 35. is a sales
representative for New York Life
Insurance and has been a Racford
resident since 1969. He favors a
bcttci recreation program for all ages
and slated he would not support a
proposal to re - instate the ex - city
McLeod. 38. has regained his scat
for a third term. Also a member of
the airport committee, the Raeford
native is manager of Hoke Cotton
Warehouse and Storage. McLeod
pledged that he could not favor re -
hiring the ex - city manager unless
new facts came to light.
Veteran councilmen Clark and
Thomas each won a fourth term in
Clark. 59. is the owner and
operator of Clark's Gulf in Raeford.
Thomas, a 1961 graduate of Hoke
High, is Raeford Fire Departmeni
chief and associated with Thomas
and Davis Corp.
Morris, 57. has won his second
term. The Raeford native is ueneral
Sec RETURN, page 13
The Untied Fund total for the
county took a jump this week from
Sl.l<)2. to 59,856.10. This is almost
45 > of the $22,000 goal.
Contributors for this week
include: Burlington Industries,
SK.515.00: government workers.
$15. commercial businesses. SI I 2;
and individuals. S22.
Donations are still coming in and
receipts will be totaled at the end of
Anyone who has not been
contacted and wants to contribute
should contact Gene Carter at the
Bank of Raefor d , or The
News Journal office.
A young Raeford man was said to
be progressing satisfactorily in the
intensive care unit at Moore
Memorial Hospital following an
accident early Monday morning in
Cary Clj'rk. 21. of 207 |;.
Donaldson Ave.. Raeford. was
iniured in an automobile ciash while
he was on his way to Sandhill's
Community College Monday