Public Defender's Office
Rapped By Officials Here
Strong criticism by law
enforcement officials of the public
defender's operation was voiced here
Friday during District Court, which
had an unusually large number of
Sheriff D.M. Barrington expressed
resentment because of the
unavailability of a public defender
for some of his prisoners charged
with felonies, who were scheduled
for their probable cause hearings in
"Some of my people worked all
last night and have been here all day
for court and will have to go back to
work tonight, and the public
defender came in at noon and left at
1 P.M. I've also had witnesses here
for certain cases that have been here
all day waiting for the hearing," said
Assistant public defender John
Decker was in court about 4 P.M.
and a hearing was held for two
people charged with armed robbery.
Chief public defender for the
twelfth judicial district, Jim Little
said T uesday that one public
d#ender usually covers District
Court for Hoke County, except
during Superior Court week or when
<he load requires more than one.
'There is no way to tell how many
we will need until the judge decides
who needs a public defender," he
Little said the public defenders are
not required to be in court when it
convenes on Friday because they are
usually the last ones to present their
"Since the general rule is to get
the private attorney's cases out first,
we're usually last on the totem
pole," he said.
"The reason the private attorney's
cases are done first is because that is
how they make their living and since
we're getting paid by the state, we
usually don't mind waiting," he said.
Barrington disagreed sharply with
"Based on Mr. Little's statement, I
have had a misconception of the
court system for the past twenty
years. It was my impression that the
courts were for the people of North
Carolina, not the lawyers, the judicial
officials, or even the police officers.
We're all paid to do our jobs,"
'The citizens of the great state of
North Carolina pay for the court
system through taxes," he added.
Chancel Choir Performs
Special Service Dec. 21
The Chancel Choir of the Rae
ford Presbyterian Church will give
the Service of Nine Lessons on
Sunday, Dec. 21 at 8:15 P.M. The
worship service will be conducted
by Rev. John C. Ropp and Chris C.
Watkins, director of music.
The practice of combining tra
ditional Christmas Carols with
suitable Scriptural Readings has
become very popular in recent years
in the celebration ot the greatest of
all Christian festivals. In preparing
such a service the director has
followed a well-known English use,
adapting it for present-day Ameri
can choirs in this country.
The choir will be assisted by
several well-known soloists of the
area. They include Kathy Lakoski,
mezzo-soprano from Greensboro
Colleae, Cecelia Ropp, soprano
from Raeford, Birtce Shafferman,
a baritone from Greensboro. Lester
Southern, a baritone from Raeford,
Marian Condit. harpist from the
North Carolina School of the Arts,
and Anne Lester and Ann Farring
ton, flautists from the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro.
Among the selections that the
choir will sing are "Masters In This
Hall", "See, Amid The Winter
Snow", "I Saw Three Ships", "The
Shepherds Carol", "Still, Still,
Still ', "Lo, I Bring Tidings", "The
Lord At First Did Adam Make", "1
Wonder As 1 Wander", "Silent
Night" and several carols to be
sung with the congregation.
"I am really excited about this
service," quotes Mr. Watkins.
"Not only is it my first music
program in this church, but I
believe that it is going to be a truly
beautiful gift to God through our
music. 1 have had such wonderful
response from all the great choir
members in the church and all the
fine musicians in the town that 1
am really thrilled over my wildest
This service will be held in the
newly-remodelled church sanctu
ary. The public is cordially invited
to worship with them at this music
OWL MAKERS - 4 H members created decorative owls made from leaves
singed by candle during the workshop sponsored by the home agent's office
last week. Ellen Willis, Marsha Smith, aiid Hazel Niven helped the owlmakers
with their work.
ASCS Taps '76 Leaders
The Hoke County Agricultural
Stabilization and Conservation
Service (ASCS) elected its county
committee and community
committee representatives at the
convention held Monday night.
Elected were Joe Upchurch,
chairman, (three - year term); D.A.
Currie, vice ? chairman, (one year
term remaining): Julian Love, regular
member, (two ? year term
remaining); Ken W. McNeill, first
alternate, (one - year term); and Tom
Jones, second alternate, (one - year
Committees elected for each
township in order of chairman, vice -
chairman, regular member, and first
and second alternates are:
ALLENDALE - L.A. McGugan.
James H. McGugan. Doc Monroe,
Welton Locklear, and Isaac Locklear.
ANTIOCH ? H.A. Boyles, G.B.
Bostic, Herbert Gillis, F.C. McPhaul,
and Willie McNaii. BLUE SPRINGS -
Earl Hendrix, C.H. Cainey, T.J.
Harris, Billy Dalton, and Roosevelt
Plait. MCLAUCHLIN . Douglas
Monroe, Edwin B. Newton, Julian
Barnes, Thomas A. Ray, and Hugh
Overton. QUEWH1FFLE - Janies R.
Nixon, James R. Strother, J.W. King,
Horace Walters, Jr. and M.A.
Robertson. RAEFORD ? Ken W.
McNeill, J.B. McLeod, James L.
Warner, J.A. Williamson, Eddie
Baker. STONEWALL - Tom Jones,
M.C. Boyles, Henry Maxwell. Dan
McGougan.and Ernest Davis.
These committeemen take office
Jan. 1, 1976.
OPt ,\ HOUSE ? Carrie Lowerv is served punch by Agnes Wilkes of the food
service class at their Friday "Open House". The class has been learning
catering, short order, and dining room service skills.
OCCUPATIONAL CLASS ? Students Bettv McMillan and Idell McNeill show
curtains the occupational skills class has learned to make.
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