The Hoke County News - Established 1 928
VOLUME LXVlll NUMBER 38 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY. JANUARY 20. 1977
BY SAM C.MORRIS
About the only subject that
anyone can tell or write about this
week is the weather. Monday
morning the thermometer had a
reading of six degrees in Raeford.
With the wind out of the northwest
the chill factor must have been
about six or seven below zero.
Most of the older folks around
town said that it had been colder
one or two mornings in years gone
by, but with the wind like it was, 1
don't believe it could have been
* According to the long range
forecast the cold weather will be
around for a month or so more. I
haven't heard of any shortage of
fuel or electric failure in this area,
but many people are talking about
the high costs of keeping warm.
Electric bills and fuel bills are more
than double due to the cold
weather. Some people are asking
what other way could people keep
warm. If you come up with an
answer to this, let me know.
The good old days didn't have
the modern conveniences of today,
but the costs must have been
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If you have been looking at
television recently, and with the
weather like it is today, what else
could you do, you have seen the
advertisement of a movie titled
"Sasquatch". From the appear
ance of the ads on TV it must be a
? If yoirhaven't seen it and would
like to spend a warm evening
looking at it, go out to Hoke High
School Thursday night, January 20
at 7:30 o'clock. The Film will be
4 shown in the Hoke High Library
and tickets are on sale for SI. 50
each. The movie is being sponsored
by the DECA Club at the school
and proceeds will be used by the
club for projects.
Last week in this column I
mentioned about the men of the
Raeford Presbyterian Church hav
ing a breakfast meeting and that I
would meet the men there. Besides
this writer, 40 others showed up for
Friday, a lady from the Raeford
United Methodist Church came by
the office with an article that
appears elsewhere in the paper,
and asked for equal rights in this
Now I will not be at the meeting
of the Methodist Women Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 to hear a talk on
the subject of "Prayer and Self
Denial." Being a Presbyterian, I
will not ask the Presbyterian wom
en to attend, but if the Methodist
women will attend it will be alright
No equal rights ladies!
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The Hoke County United Fund
needs the help of anyone who
hasn't opened his or her pocket
book during the drive. Unless you
come through, the agencies will
come up short for next year's
budget. So if you haven't given,
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The inauguration for Jimmy
Carter takes place Thursday, Jan
uary 20. After listening to all the
claims from this group and that
group, I wonder if the votes of
people like myself, that don't
belong to any group, helped get
him in office.
Maybe these groups that say if
they had voted for President Ford
that he would have won, had let it
be known they would vote that way.
frit would have made groups that
voted for the President vote for
So I wouldn't say any certain
1 group of people elected anyone to
any office. When one group makes
known what it is going to do, then
other people go in the opposite
Why not wait and see what
President Carter and his appointees
will do, before you judge tnem.
Apartment Complex Proposed
Third Suspect Caught
A third suspect wanted for
murder and armed robbery in
connection with the fatal shooting
of a Rockfish storekeeper Dec. 23
was arrested Jan. 11 in Illinois and
returned to Hoke County last
Sheriff D.M. Barrington identi
fied the suspect as James Otis Havis
Jr.. 29. a serviceman stationed at
Barrington, along with SB1 agent
Van Parker and J.E. Lamont chief
deputy, traveled to Alton. III., a St.
Louis suburb, on Jan. 12 to return
Havis to North Carolina.
Havis, who was AWOL from the
Army and staying at his parents'
home in Alton, was taken into
custody by Alton authorities or
warrants charging him with the
murder and robbery of Robert
Leslie Brooks, owner of the Rock
fish Store in Rockftsh.
Havis waived extradition and was
returned to Hoke County by car.
The soldier, who is married and
the father of several children, made
a statement to authorities. Barring
Havis was lodged in jail without
privilege of bond. He was schedul
ed to be arraigned on Wednesday.
The Ft. Bragg soldier is the third
suspect who has been arrested in
the case. On Dec. 31. Kenneth Leo
Dockery. 24. of Raeford. and Allen
Dwain Smith. 24, of Fayetteville,
were arrested and charged with
murder and armed robbery.
Cafes Vow Fight On Beer Ban
Cafe operators licensed to sell
beer on Sundays under state-issued
brown bagging permits met with
county commissioners Monday
night and announced they will fight
the commissioners' plan to prohibit
any Sunday sales.
The five county commissioners
unanimously passed a resolution at
the Monday night meeting asking
the state legislature to give Hoke
County the power to prohibit the
beer sales from all establishments
between the hours of 1 p.m.
Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday. Under
current state law, restaurants and
county clubs holding brown bag
ging permits may also sell beer,
even if the county has a local
ordinance against it on Sundays.
Julius Vanner and Ralph Mc
Neill, operators of the County Line
Plaza on U.S. 401, spoke out
Start Trickling In
Applications for federal funds
for rehabilitation of sub - standard
homes in low income neighbor
hoods are slowly stacking up at
Cameron Heights Neighborhood
Center on N. Main Ext.
"Maybe its just too cold to come
out." said Nina Morrisey, center
supervisor. Undaunted, however,
Mrs. Morrisey has taken applica
tions out into two of the three
target areas, Cameron Heights and
Jones Hill area. "Most of the ones
I've visited were referred to me,"
she said, "but, most of the 27
applications I've gotten are from
people who came in to the center."
"Most of the people want to
know what attachment the govern
ment will have to their property if
they sign the application. Many
don't understand that it's a grant
and not a loan," she said.
The $87,000 federal grant was
approved last year by the Depart
ment of Housing and Urban
Development and will cost nothing
to the 15 to 20 chosen homeowners
except for a tax increase once the
improvements are made.
Mrs. Reba Holmes, Tim McKoy,
J.D. McAllister and two county
commissioners will screen the
applicants giving first priority to
dtsabled persons and lowest incomc
families. Application deadline is set
for Jan. 31 and improvements are
expected to begin sometime in
According to Mrs. Morrisey
52,000 to $3,000 per home will be
spent according to estimates on
The county task force has set a
$6,000 maximum family income
ceiling allowing a $300 deduction
for each dependent as part of its
guidelines to qualify. The task
force also limited application to
owners who occupy their homes or
occupants with a legal lifetime right
to occupy their homes. An $18,000
maximum on total assets has also
Application forms are still
available at the Cameron Heights
Neighborhood Center on N. Main
against the commissioners' action,
along with Grover Reasner, opera
tor of Mae's Pizza and Cafe on
Reasner told the board he had
spent SI 00,000 to add a restaurant
to his business so he could obtain a
brown bagging permit last year
after the board voted 3-2 not to
allow groceries to sell beer on
Sundays in an August decision.
McNeill argued that a total ban
on Sunday beer would only en
courage bootlegging and the county
would have to bear the extra costs
of increased law enforcement to
control the bootlegging establish
McNeill also suggested that
"some type of prejudice played a
role" as he claimed the issue didn't
become a controversy until the
County Line Plaza opened last
June. McNeill and Vanner are
"We had an incident when we
first started the building. We were
shot at and it took the police two
and a half hours to get here. So
what's going to happen when you
get a shooting at one of these
bootlegger's places, how long is it
going to take them then?" he said.
"As far as these grocers, they
want to sell beer on Sundays but
they don't want to meet the state
requirements. They should do like
Mr. Reasner did. He was wise. Any
businessman who goes into busi
ness does it to make a profit,"
McNeill also said the county
commissioners were not represent
ing the people in their decision.
"The black and the Indian one
up there", he said, referring to
commissioners Neil McPhatter and
(See BEER, Page 13)
Police have arrested two high
school youths following an investi
gation of a forgery ring which
involved checks stolen from the
school principal and an athletic
Police Chief Leonard Wiggins
identified the two arrested Jan. 13
as Howard S. Adams, 18. of 510
W. Sixth Ave. and Gary W. Bease,
16. of 508 E. Prospect Ave. Both
are Hoke High students.
Police said two checks belonging
to Carl A. Edwards. Lewis St.,
principal of Hoke High, were stolen
from a desk drawer at the school
Nov. 20. On Nov. 28. a chcck
belonging to John L. Harris, foot
ball coach at the school, was stolen
from his desk at the school.
All of the stolen checks were
forged and cashed at Western
Auto, Kash & Karry Market and
Harrell's Grocery, police said. The
checks were made payable to a
"Henry Blue" in amounts of S42.
Police said one other check
belonging to another teacher at the
high school is believed stolen and a
third suspect may be involved.
Adams and Bease are scheduled
for a District Court appearance
Chief Deputy James E. Lamont
has apparently resigned from the
sheriffs department in an abrupt
Sheriff D.M. Barrington said
Tuesday that he had been told
Lamont had quit.
"1 haven't seen him. He sent
word that he was resigning and had
the keys to the (police) car turned
in. But 1 haven't received any
formal letter of resignation." the
The sheriff said he had no
comment on the reason for his
deputy's action, other than it "was
"You'll have to contact him
about that." Barrington said.
Lamont. who served as detective,
returned with Barrington and an
SB1 agent from Illinois on Sunday
after bringing back a murder
(See DKPUTY. Page 13)
A Greenville - based firm has
made inquiries into constructing a
duplex apartment development
along the 401 - bypass just outside
Raeford city limits.
City manager Robert Drum
wright confirmed Tuesday that
W.H. Weaver Construction Co. of
Greenville, had requested that part
of a 7.78 acre plot belonging to
Julian Wright be rezoned from
commercial to residential. A
portion of the land is already zoned
Weaver Construction has not as
yet closed the land deal with
Wright and no figures were avail
able on the acreage price. However,
the city recently purchased land in
the vicinity for a new armory and
paid approximately $6,000 per
According to Drumwright, the
plans call for annexation into the
city in order to connect with city
sewer lines across 401. Water is
already available to the area.
Drumwright also noted that such
annexation of the completed
project would be worth at least a
half a million dollars to the city's
Weaver project developer Ray
Campbell would make no comment
on the plans or on the type of the
proposed construction. Drum
wright, however, said that Weaver
Construction has constructed
similar projects in Aberdeen,
Laurinburg, Asheboro and Roa
noke Rapids. Farmers Home
Administration is expected to
finance the project, he said.
Prices for the one, two and three
- bedroom apartments will begin at
SI 65 for the one - bedroom unit,
according to Drumwright. The
complex will be designed to include
a resident manager and will be
landscaped for privacy.
The city planning and zoning
board was scheduled to meet
Tuesday night to approve plans for
the new subdivision. Drumwright
said little or no opposition to the
new construction was foreseen.
The city manager said if the
proposed duplexes are built it will
be a real plus for the housing
situation. Presently there are only a
handful of rental properties avail
able and the demand for apart
ments is very high.
Baby, It's Cold Outside!
The unofficial low temperature
in Raeford Monday morning was a
bone-chilling six degrees above zero
but the wind-chill factor made the
actual temperature between four
and seven degrees below zero.
Although everybody was shiver
ing, the overnight low apparently
didn't set any records. According to
one old-timer here, the ther
mometer recorded three degrees
above zero back in 1940.
One man claimed it was so cold
"the rabbits were wearing ear
Another wag claimed that when
he went outside to check his
thermometer, he found it laying on
"The mercury dropped so low, it
just pulled it down from the nail".
The bitter weather did cause
some problems for the schools.
Four buses failed to start Monday
morning, delaying pupils, and
some schools reported trouble with
Maintenance workers checked
over the Gibson building at the
high school when the heat failed to
come on. By late morning all of the
sections in the building had
returned to normal.
At South Hoke Elementary
School some classrooms failed to
get any warmer than 60 degrees.
Seven classrooms in an olde.
section of the school are affected on
extremely cold days, School Supt.
At 6?, Rabbits Wore Earmuffs
G. Raz Autry said.
All of the schools use fuel oil for
heating, except the high school
which uses both electricity and
natural gas for heating.
Autry said that he requested all
maintenance personnel to report at
7 a.m. and principals by 7:15 a.m.
Monday so that the boilers could be
checked early before students
The superintendent said the
unusually cold weather has played
havoc with the budget and if no
relief comes soon, heating costs will
run S30.000 over the amount
alloted in the budget.
"During the month of De
cember, with the schools closed for
eight days, we burned 19,000
gallons of fuel. Last year, we didn't
burn 19,000 gallons for the entire
school year," he said.
The (Gibson building at the high
school has become very expensive
since electric rates soared and the
school system already has plans to
convert it to another form of energy
by next winter. However, since
schools were classed the same as
industrial users by state officials
recently, the price of natural gas
has gone up steeply. Autry said the
gas bill has increased by 66 per
For the 1975-76 school year, the
Hoke system received $39,000 in
state funds for fuel oil, and since all
of that amount was not needed.
$10,000 was applied to electric
"This year I'm afraid we'll have
to take that S 1 0.000 out of local
money", he said.
To make matters worse, the state
recently sent out a memorandum to
school districts to cut energy
consumption back to 80 per cent of
the level of last year.
School principals have been told
to leave thermostats set at 68