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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
BY SAM C. MORRIS
The annual Raeford Kiwanis
Club Pancake Supper was held last
Thursday night at the Gibson
School cafeteria. This affair brings
out the old and young for a night of
eating and fellowship. The club of
course picks up a few dollars for
civic projects. Everyone seemed to
be having a good time while I was
enjoying pancakes and sausage.
The financial success of the
affair is not known at this time.
R. B. Lewis, retired banker, was
telling me the other night about a
Ainversation he had with his wife
the other day. He said that since
the mail was being delivered by a
woman, he asked his wife if you
would say the mail was being
delivered by a mail-woman? I
didn't get the reply Mrs. Lewis gave
1 have noticed that the armed
forces are still going to use the word
man even if the midshipman is a
woman, (women's lib)!
1 received the following letter
from the Rev. John M. Glenn,
former pastor of the First Baptist
Church here, and thought it would
be of interest to his many friends in
The letter follows:
We do enjoy reading the paper
each week, and our subscription
expires the end of this month, and
we will have to let it run out for the
We leave January 3. 1976 for an
Interim Pastorate at Tamuning
Baptist Church, Box 3008, Agana.
Guam, and will return about the
first of June.
We will renew then.
? We remember the good people of
Raeford and their kindness to us
for the more than eleven years we
were there. 1 am now retired, hence
our Foreign Mission Board can
fend me to Guam all right.
John M. Glenn
Tlie Christmas season is with us
again and most people are doing their
shopping early. Remember that if
you put packages in your
automobile, be sure to lock them in
the trunk. If you can't get all of
them in the trunk, be doubly sure
that your car is locked.
At this time of the year people
will pick up packages, that would
not do it at any other time.
Be safe and enjoy Christmas.
The story in last week's paper
concerning the promoting of gift
giving of farm products seem to me
to be a fine idea. As Ken McNeill,
president of the Farm Bureau,
says, "We're not criticizing other
gift ideas, however, the giving of
farm products is a perfect way to
say 'Merry Christmas' to all those
you want to remember. In addition
to solving the problem of what to
give, it represents a timely boost for
producers of these essential com
McNeill is right but with the
price of farm commodities a gift
would "Kill two birds with one
gift." A gift and food on the table.
Think about it!
If you haven't given to the United
Fund, do so today. The goal can be
reached with your help.
Jones To Tour SYC
Secretary of Corrections David
Jones will be at Sandhills Youth
Center in McCain Saturday as state
officials are taking part in N.C.
Corrections Week, Dec. 7-13.
Jones is scheduled to arrive at 11
A.M. and following a tour of the
facility, he will hold a press
conference at 11:30 A.M
Jones, who earlier announced he
was withdrawing from the 1976
gubernatorial race, is expected to
speak on emphasizing the role of
women in the corrections system, an
A Sandhills spokesman said the
facility will be open to the public as
part of Corrections Week and the
public is invited to meet Jones during
GREAT OUTDOORS- Farm agent Wendell Young can keep a close check on
the outdoors from his office, and passerby can keep a check on him, too. He's
waiting for drapes to be put up.
Curt With Curtains
Furnishings for all of the offices
in the new county building arrived,
and the draperies have caused some
grumbling for those who got them
and those that didn't.
The drapes, ordered for S2.275
from Williams Office Equipment in
Fayetteville, didn't have enough
panels to cover all of the windows
and the ones that were put up were
viewed somewhat critically.
"Look at this, its something like
what I would sew," a male worker
said as he checked the hems. The
hems on some of the drapes vary in
length, making a lopsided ap
pearance as the drapes are drawn.
"We went around and looked at
them," county manager T.B. Les
ter said. "1 talked to Riley Williams
and he know we're unhappy with
them and he is going to make them
"He said the woman messed him
up," Lester shrugged.
Wendell Young, farm agent, is
one of two workers who didn't
receive drapes for the office.
"They came in and put up two
panels but they didn't have a third.
So they took those two down and
left with them. Along about the
afternoon it gets kind of bright in
here." he said, squinting.
New Law Coming
Youth Needs Eyed
The county is taking a close look
at the needs of youths who get into
trouble, with special focus on the
kind of trouble that leads to
juvenile court, in preparation for
legislation enacted this year which
will make community programs
and facilities more critical.
New legislation says that effective
July 1, 1977, status offenders
(juveniles who have not committed
a crime) such as truants, runaways,
or those judged to be undisciplined,
may not be committed to the state
Watson McNeill, juvenile court
counselor, is concerned that the
new law will create problems unless
the county is able to participate in a
state program which may make
funds available for group homes.
"We definitely need a group
home here. I'm not a fan of taking
kids out of their home, but there
are some undisciplined kids who
can't hack it at home". McNeill
"When '77 comes, we're not
going to have any place to send
them, we'll be putting them on
probation, they'll be coming back
to court, and they'll be going on
probation over and over".
Since the county presently has no
home, or halfway house, for delin
quent children. McNeill works
from a list of 34 homes throughout
the state and tries to find space.
"It's hard as heck to place one.
Sometimes you can get them on a
waiting list, but I don't know of any
emergency place where you can get
them in immediately, when you
really need to get them out of the
home environment right away", he
"The training school is a last
resort, and if we had more of these
homes. 1 feel a lot more judges
would send them to a home", he
"I'll tell you a good example. 1
had a girl who was having trouble
with her mother, and it was both
ways, really the mother was part of
the problem. She went off to
training school for the minimum
six weeks and they sent her back,
said she was a good student, didn't
really need to be in a training
school. So she goes back to the
same environment that got her in
trouble, and sure enough, she's in
trouble again. She'll end up back in
training school. If we had had a
home to send her to, I think she
would make out all right", he said.
Counties who will be eligible to
take part in the new program which
may lead to the establishment of
more group homes are required to
submit study plans or name com
mittees to begin a study by Jan. 1.
County planner Lester Simpson
is working on gathering the infor
mation needed, such as number of
juvenile petitions filed, number of
those sent to training schools, and
the reasons whv.
A long standing battle between a
St. Pauls Drive resident and the City
of Raeford apparently ended
Tuesday when Judge D. B. Herring
Jr., handed down a decision to
provide the resident with attorney
fees in a case involving rights to city
Mrs. Agnes M. Campbell was
awarded $350, deemed to be
reasonable attorney fees, for
representation in a case that Herring
found the city had failed in their
responsibilities to provide Mrs.
Campbell with city water.
Mrs. Campbell contended that
since she had been a resident of
Raeford since 1955, and had been
paying city taxes and assessment
since that time and was not given
city water until she had to file suit,
even though she had asked for it
many times, she should be granted
attorney fees for the action.
Herring found her contention to
be true and pointed out that the city
had not acted in good faith by not
providing her with city water in a
reasonable amount of time.
City attorney Palmer Wtllcox gave
notice of appeal and was granted 40
days to issue it formally.
Willcox later said that the decision
to continue the appeal would be up
to the city council.
More Deputies A Must
Yule Concert Is Dec. 16
The Hoke High Chorus anil Chorale will present its Christmas
concert "Sing Christmas Bells" Tuesday. Dec. I(> at H P.M. in the
Mrs. Mary Archie McNeill is director and Mrs. Candace Adams is
All of the traditional Yuletide selections will be performed
including selections from "Messiah". The ballet "Winter
Wonderland" is on the program.
Admission to the concert is SI .00 and the public is invited.
DINNER - The Burlington plants jointly hosted a dinner get-together for
fifteen community leaders Tuesday night.
Burlington Host To 15
Burlington Menswcar Raeford and
Dyeing Plants here jointly hosted a
dinenr Tuesday night for fifteen local
"Purpose of die gel-together was
to review Burlington's ld75 fiscal
year - end results and to give the
community leaders an overall view of
the company's Raeford facilities".
said Gib Bernhardt, manager ot the
'This is the first ot three sessions
we have planned for selected groups
of community leaders over the next
several months, to share pertinent
information about our operation",
added Jack Bradford, manager of the
Attending the meeting were
representatives from the Raeford
City Council, and the Hoke County
Board of Commissioners.
The officials viewed a Burlington
year ? end film which has been shown
to all employees, received recent
Burlington literature and toured the
A thirty eight year - old Vietnam
veteran living on St. Pauls Drive who
police said was despondent died
Saturday morning from an
apparently self-inflicted gunshot
Jimmy Edward Davis, 320 St.
Pauls Drive, was found lying on the
floor of the living room shortly after
5 A.M., Police Chief Leonard Wiggins
The man sustained a gunshot
wound in the right temple and a .25
caliber pistol was found near the
victim's hand, Wiggins said. Medical
examiner R.G. Townsend
pronounced Davis dead at the scene.
Davis, the father of two children,
was discharged from the service after
duty in Vietnam with a 100 per cent
disability, Wiggins said.
Police said the family reported the
victim had been despondent over
personal problems. Foul play has
been ruled out. Wiggins said.
The victim's wife, Louise, told
police she was awakened by a noise
that sounded like a shot and found
her husband's body.
No autopsy was ordered, Wiggins
said, and arrangements are pending
with a Laurinburg funeral home.
Deputies Nab Moore
Trio In Station Robbery
Three men have been charged with
armed robbery and are under
SIS,000 bond each pending hearings
in connection with a hold up of the
Union 76 station on 15-501 early
Sheriff D.M. Barrington gave this
account of the incident:
"The store was held up by a lone
gunman carrying a shotgun. A yellow
Ford Torino was reported to be
parked behind the store during the
"We were notified of the robbery
about 6:55 P.M. Monday and after
talking with Steve Reese (store
operator), surrounding counties were
notified and given a description.
'Two subjects were stopped in
Pine Bluff by police officers, and
were searched and released.
Hoke Deputies Riley and McGuire
later went to Addor in Moore
County and took three subjects into
custody. One suspect had $45 -on
him and another had $47. $93 was
reported stolen and we recovered
Christopher Lee Core. 21, of Rt.
1. Box 444, Aberdeen, formally of
Long Island, N.Y., Jimmy D.
Williams, 20, of Rt. 1, Box 420,
Aberdeen, and Lewis Morton. 19, of
Rt. 1, Pine Bluff, have been charged
with armed robbery, Barrington said.
Barrington credited deputies J.K.
Riley, and G.S. McGuire of the Moke
County Sheriff's Department, the
Pine Bluff Police Department, the
Highway Patrol in Moke and Moore
Counties, and the Moore County
Sheriffs Department with the quick
apprehension of the suspects.
"All of these were responsible for
the early arrest," he said.
'Give' A Christmas
With a father out of work for
months, three small children who
lost their mother will probably not
have a Christmas this year without
help from someone who cares
enough to give them a Christmas
and make a special day for a
An elderly w idow , disabled in an
accident which killed her son and
daughter - in - law. will not be able
to provide a real Christmas dinner
for the four grandchildren she cares
for unless someone could help out
with a few canned goods.
There will probably be no tree,
and no presents to put under it for
two tots whose house was destroyed
bv tire and most of the family's
belongings. including warm
clothing, was lost.
This year, as every year, scores of
families in the countv are facino
bleak C hristmas. I he Department
of Social Services is again working
with organizations and individuals
who would like to help out to give
others less fortunate a happier
The Department has a list of
needy families ranging in size from
single elderly persons living alone
to large families with many
Some organizations have
'adopted" a family for Christmas
and individuals and families who
are able to do this would be greatly
appreciated. Any help, donations
of canned goods, clothing, toys, or
whatever people would like to give
will help insure a successful
program this year.
If you would like to help, contact
the Department of Social Services
at 875-3367 or 875-3772.
A need for additional deputies was
expressed by Hoke County Sheriff
D.M. Barrington while issuing a
statement Tuesday about the number
of current break - ins and possible
precautions that should be taken by
Hoke County residents.
"We are understaffed,overworked,
and underpaid." he said.
Barrington said that many times
his deputies are either taking a
prisoner or mental patient to another
county or have to be in court in
another county, and his work force
was cut to just one person on these
"We've got two people in jail right
now that were caught during a
daylight break-in, and eight charged
with armed robbery, and all these
incidents happened within the last
two months," he said.
"We don't expect to get a break
either with the Christmas season
here," he added.
He indicated that there was little
chance for a force the size of Hoke
County's to be able to cover it.
"It's almost impossible for us to
cover the county. It's no way we can
police and patrol the county," he
"Recent changes in the law make
it imperative that we triple the law
enforcement departments in this
state," he added.
"I really hope people will
cooperate with us. I know it's our
job and we're getting paid for it, but
we need help," he said.
"Our man power is poor and with
the deputies out of the county,
helping out with funerals and
ballgames, it leaves us with little
manpower to do investigations
within the county," he said.
"Strangers, strange cars, or people
asking questions about residents, are
potential house - breakers and if any
or all could be reported, they would
be investigated as soon as possible,"
He also said anyone who was going
away for the holidays, should notify
the Sheriffs Department and the
house would be checked while they
"I have heard on the streets that
people are worried about the break -
ins and today someone asked me if I
was going to call more help into the
county from outside agencies.
"I answered them with a question
and asked "Who do I call' because we
can't really get them here to stay,"
The Raeford office of the
Commission is seeking a
stenographer with three years
experience. Salary is $538 per
The employment office also
has an opening for a
production quality control
inspector . Requirement is one
year experience and pay is
$2.30 - $2.50 per hour.
The Employment Security
office is kreated in the old
county office building opposite
the post office on W. Elwood
Ave. Job placement assistance
is free of charge. Hours are
Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone
number is 875-5059.