15< <Ck e ^VI&wa - journal 1 The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905 VOLUME LXVII NO. 30 RAEFOR1). HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA S5 PER YE \R THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 27. 1975 Around Town BY SAM t MORRIS Last week Robert Gatlin was by the office and we were talking about the big snow in Hoke County in 1927. I didn't know at the time a snow would come on Sunday afternoon. So it seems like winter is with us. The snow Sunday was the first time this has happened in Nov ember in many years. I can't recall a November snow, but according to fcports in other newspapers it is the first time since 1938 for this section. If this is wrong, would someone please correct me. V The flakes were the largest I have ever remembered seeing falling for that length of time. If the temperature had been freezing and all the snow had stuck it would have been a good size snow. Anyway it was gone Monday morning and the sun was shining as this column was being written. Getting back to the conservation Gatlin and I were having last week it concerned the state of affairs that most families were in with two to three feet of snow on the ground. The roads were closed for three or four days and everything was at a standstill. In 1927 most folks had chickens, cows, etc. at home and did not depend on getting to a store for the next days meal. Now so many of us live from day to day by going to the store for the next meal. So maybe the folks of 1927 were more prepared for.a big snow than we are now. Not only from eating but they had wood or coal to burn for heat and preparing meals, but they also had lamps or lanterns to be used for ligfff. So let's hope most of the snows are like the one Sunday. Nice to look at but gone Monday when you have to go to work. Bootsie Barrington was in the office last week and said that her family moved to Raeford in 1926 and they have had the same P.O. Box number since that time. The number is 153. Since that time the post office has changed buildings four times. It was at the R. Cleaners building, then at The Bank of Raeford building, at the City Hall building and finally in the Federal Building where it is now located. So the Barringtons have had the same box number through four buildings and almost 50 years. The following letter was received from Charlie Hottel: Dear Sam: As a tribute to all coaches who have completed their seasons I would like to share the following with our sport fans. A coach can never make a great player out of a boy who isn't potentially great. But he can make a great competitor out of any child. And miraculously he can make a man out of a boy. For a coach the final score doesn't read so many points for my ,Jeam so many points for theirs. Instead it reads: So many men out of so many boys. And this is the score that is never published. And this is the score he reads to himself and in which he finds his real joy when the last game is over. This was copied and 1 feel speaks so eloquently my feelings. Yours for Good Sportsmanship, C. Hottel City Offices Holiday All city hall offices except the police department and the county landfill will close for the Thanks giving holiday Thursday, Nov. 27. The police department and the county landfill will continue regular operations. Garbage pickups regularly made on Thursdays will be picked up (Wednesday, November 26. Regular garbage pickups will continue on Friday, November 28. No garbage pickups will be made on Thanks giving Day. Ijanljsgiuing A tradition for more than 350 years This Thanksgiving, as we carve the turkey and en joy the foods of the harvest season, let us remem ber to be thankful for the freedom we enjoy. And, as we approach the 200th anniversary of the United States of America, let us pay a special tribute to the Pilgrims of the Massachusetts Colony and our other forefathers who came to the New World in search of freedom. The Pilgrims of New England established the tradition of Thanksgiving even though their first years in the New World were rough and the harvest was small. They were thankful for their freedom and for the opportunity to create a colony in a new land, carving a com munity from the wilderness. We should always remember these brave settlers, for it was they who set the foundations for freedom upon which our countrv is built. Worship Tonight The community Thanksgiving worship will be held at 7:30 P.M. Wednesday at the Evangelical Methodist Church on Green St. in Raeford. Rev. Lewis P. Jolly of the Second Baptist Church will deliver the sermon. The Raeford United Methodist Handbell Choir will perform. A special offering to assist the local ministers association is planned. The annual Thanksgiving service is for all faiths. Morehead Candidate Dwan Swindell Upchurch. a Hoke High senior, has been chosen as the Morehead nominee by the local Morehead committee, headed by J.H. Austin. Miss Upchurch. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Upchurch. 711 N. Main St.. will represent the school in district competition later this year. Morehead awards are given by the John Motley Morehead Foun dation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for four years of undergraduate study, awards are based on character, leadership, scholastic achievement, extra-curricular attainments, and participation in competitive sports. Miss Upchurch is current presi dent of the National Honor Society at Hoke High and has been a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students in Action for Education. She served as copy editor of the annual, has been active in band and chorale, and in her junior year she was a marshal for commencement and a nominee for the Governor's School She is active in the Raeford United Methodist Church and a member of the Handbell Choir. Taxes Totaled Net quarterly collections of sales and use taxes amounted to S57.8I6.92 here for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 1975. according to the Department of Revenue report. Net distributive proceeds after cost of collections were listed as $57,344.32. Cost of collection is S.852 per $100 of collections. Total collections for the state amounted to $30,936,606.82. Dwan Upchurch HUD Funds Proposal Sewer Lines Urged $50,000 Bonds Ordered For Teenage Suspects Three youths, charged with armed robbery during an escape attempt last weekend when they allegedly took a young Hoke woman's car at knife ? point, wiaved their preliminary hearings and gave notice of appeal after pleading to related charges in District Court Friday. Carl Thomas Hipp. Jr.. Fester Mitchell Hawkins, and Edward Nealy. all 17. pleaded guilty to malicious injury to peisonal properly, misdemeanor breaking and entering and escape. Tliey were senlcneed to two veais tor the injury to personal property charge, two years for the breaking and entering charge, and IJ months lot escape. The sentences are to run consecutively. The trio was placed in the Hoke County Jail under SSO.OOO bond each to await trial in January. County Blocks Outside Bid For Public Housing County commissioners held a brief special meeting Nov. 18 to go on record as supporting the Raeford Housing Authority as the sole agency for public housing within the county. County managerT.B. Lester said a formal reply was required to an inquiry from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) concerning an application from Earl Mann. Indian affairs executive director, for certification for 44 public housing units. Since the Raeford Housing Author ity intends to apply for units, a motion to oppose any new certifi cation of a housing authority within the county is needed. Lester said. The motion was carried unani mously. In other business, the commis sioners unanimously approved by motion the purchase of a trash con tainer for the new county office building. The cost is to be charged to the revenue sharing fund. The board also unanimously okayed routine amendments to the budget requested by Lester to cover a recent manpower grant received and a payment from the state for a school health program. A motion to approve an earlier request from civil preparedness co ordinator Bill Niven was carried unanimously. Niven sought per mission to erect fencing around the office parking lot to reduce through traffic. Man Slain, Woman Held A young Hoke woman has been charged with the slaying of a Hoke County man Sunday morning and is being held in the Hoke County Jail without bond pending preliminary hearing. Deputies received a call about 10:45 A.M. Sunday reporting that there had been a shooting in the Bowniore section of the county and later found Lerov Torrenee. 2K, of Rt. I. Box 13b, Racford. lying in a field on his back with a shotgun wound in his left chest, according to Sheriff D.M. Barring ton. Barrington said a .12 gauge shotgun was located about twelve feet from the body. Beatrice Pureed% 25. of Rt. I, Box 123. Raelord, was at the scene of the shooting when authorities arrived and was charged with murder, he said. He said medical examiner R.C?. Town send pronounced Torrencc dead and the body was sent to Chapel Mill for an autopsy . Barrington said the suspect apparently stopped a car occupied by Tor re nee, his brother Roscoe Torrencc.and Ardrie Priest. Me said Torrence and Priest witnessed the shooting. and went for help. A Dec. 5 District Court hearing was set. Second Man Jailed Here A second Fayetteville youth has been arrested by SB I agents and charged with the Nov. 4 break - in at Hoke Drug in which a quantity of narcotics was taken. Cavin Blacker. I1), of c>08 Hay St.. Faycttevillc, was picked up Sat urdav by SBI agents at his home. Off. C.I . Campbell of the Raeford police said. Blacker, who was described as unemployed, was returned to the Hoke County jail and is being held under $5,000 bond charged with breaking and entering and larceny. Another suspect, James Timothy Coium, I1), of 1>0H Hay St., was arrested last week in connection with the drugstore break-in. A Dec. 5 preliminary hearing was set for Blacker. txtension ol city sewer lines lo krw income neighborhoods bordering Kaeford was tiie overwhelming choice ol citizens who voiced an opinion on the proposed project to be applied for under community development funding at the final public hearing Monday night in the courthouse. The county and city planning board members, joint advisory committee to finalize a proposal lor the application, scheduled a meeting i . ^ Tuesday to reach a decision. Deadline for submitting the application, which is to be prepared by the N.C. Department of Natural anu economic Resources, is Dec 15 estimated costs on the sewer proposal, which was one of ten suggestions received during the first c'cf'"?j'n Nov- l8- were put at $566,000 by Jun Douglitcry, planner with the Department of Natural and economic Resources. Based on SI4 per linear foot. Doughtery listed projected costs for lour areas Jones Hill. $219 000 f'' "ly' $ 120,000; Shawtown.' and Cope,and HiU Doughtery. along witli senior planner Susan Cheek, presented cost proposals on two other projects suggested earlier, rehabilitation of substandard housing and construction of multi-purpose community centers. Housing rehabilitation is rated highest by the Department of Houang and Urban Development (HUD) as a community development project with three points. Mrs. Cheek i^il ili For'y units could be rehabilitated tor about $120 000 according to their estimate. A multi-purpose neighborhood community center, rated at two points by HUD on the priorities list $10000.) a,ch,lcvcd for about' land including purchase of Recreation expansion, which had gotten a strong boost at the Nov 18 hearing, was described as drawing only a rating of one and a half points ui the HUD priorities, and was discouraged. Mrs. Check explained that a multi-purpose center, of which recreation could be a pari, had to be geared to a neighborhood of 10 000 or less persons lo qualify, but'any project designed solely lor recreationa! purposes could go over the 10.000 persons stipulation. It s difficult to get drfuiite answers truni the HUD people. You can see these things are being oriented to ar?f cities, talking about neighborhoods witli 10,000 people" Mrs. Check said. ' Chief items of discussion from the largely black audience at the hearing were quickly narrowed to the recreation ideas and the sewer proposal. ii,.ReV' M" w'"iams spoke up for Uie community centers, saying "we need to provide a place for our voung people logo", while parks and cereal"," commission chairman Loveftc urged using $100,000 oward improvements to the existing live or Six community houses in the county and $2 00,000 for $ec SKWHR. page I.I --- ? WINTt'R IS //h'R/?- Although winter doesn't officially begin for nearly a month, Sunday's snowfall left no doubts in spite of what the calendar says.