* The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXVlll NUMBER 45 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY. MARCH 10, 1977
BY SAM C. MORRIS
I he weather was rice Saturday
but the rain moved in Sunday and
lasted into Monday. It is fair as this
is being written and reports are for
cold weather for the next few days.
Anyway it has changed for the
usual type winter weather and most
schedules have returned to normal.
Let's hope it stays this way.
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The Lundy Fund is moving along
real well at this time and the goal
should be reached in time for the
Lundys to leave.
I The following letter was received
by this writer:
I had always believed some of the
best people on earth resided in
Raeford and the Lundy Fund
project just reinforces that belief.
Congratulations on this com
1 will add that a check was
enclosed and turned over to the
proper authorities. Thanks Chan.
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Last week in this column was an
item about Bossie the cow. Marty
Vega wrote in her column about
Robert Gatlin and one of his latest
jokes. The following letter was
received ind both articles were
Dear Mr. Morris:
In return for the details pf the
railroad station joke. I offer the
information that a cow's title.
"Bossy", stems from the Latin
BOS. meaning, head of cattle. At
this late date, theie's no way it can
? be changed to BES.
Please ask that Yankee from
Detroit to write her mother - in -
* Louisa Vega
(Mrs. S. Vega)
Marty write to your mother - in -
law and also give her the details of
the joke. If you can't do that, send
her Gatlin's address.
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The Music Booster Club has an
interest in two events this week.
The first is a mini concert at the
Hoke High Gym tonight (Thurs
day) at 8:00 o'clock to kick otT its
Membership Drive. Featured will
be the Hoke High and Upchurch
High bands and the Hoke High
Chorus and Chorale and last but
not least, the Upchurch Chorus.
This should be an evening worth
your listening pleasure but it will
also be tor a good cause. Take time
to go out tonight.
Friday night beginning at 7:30
o'clock at the Hoke Civic Center,
the same group will sponsor a Card
Party to raise money to send the
Hoke High Chorale on a trip to
Washington and New York. So
nimble your fingers and go out to
the Civic Center Friday night and
deal a few hands. Maybe you will
* be a w inner. Anyw ay the youngsters
will be winners on a trip to Yankee
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Watch what you say before a
child. Suzanne Aplin, reporter,
brings her child by the office on
Monday and Tuesday afternoons
when he gets out of nursery school.
His name is Christopher Aplin and
he is three years of age. He waits
around until his mother leaves for
home, usually about 5:30 or six
Suzanne said Monday that over
the weekend her daughter was
showing coins and naming the
presidents' pictures on the face of
the coins. It seems Chris, as he is
called, walked up and asked his
father for a coin. He was handed a
penny and he handed it back and
said he wanted a Jimmy (Quarter)
Now Suzanne said Chris picked
that name up here at the office
from this writer. It seems that
Capt. Aplin is a Republican and
H he is sure he wouldn't have picked
up the name from anyone at his
So watch what you say; it could
make a Democrat out of the
j youngsters. Ha!
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Don't forget the Hoke High
School Booster Club Golf Tourna
ment at the Arabia Golf Course on
March 19 and 20. Contact a
Booster member for details.
Most Job Service Workers
To Be Idled,
Over one hundred workers whose
jobs are funded under the emer
gency public service jobs program
may be laid off as early as June and
most of them won't be able to
qualify for continued employment
under the guidelines of the new
program set to begin in April,
county officials were told Monday.
County manager T.B. Lester
briefed commissioners and depart
ment supervisors on the proposed
regulations of the Title VI amend
ments to the federal jobs program.
All of the existing emergency jobs
programs begun m 1973 are sche
duled to be replaced this spring by
the Title VI package which has a
different formula for eligibility.
Lester said that under the new
program, only persons who meet
federal poverty level guidelines and
have been drawing unemployment
benefits for a minimum of 15 weeks
may be hired. He estimated that
only a few of the present workers on
the federal programs now can be
There are currently 111 public
jobs workers divided among the city
government, county government
and the school system. The school
system has the most (69) and many
of these are teacher's aides and
Lester said that the school
workers would be laid off in June
and that he hoped to have the funds
to keep the rest working until
September. Most if the 111 em
ployees would have been laid off in
May, but the county has a S%,000
surplus from one jobs program
which they will be allowed to use to
keep paying the employees until it
Lester said the proposed Title VI
legislation is really designed for
large urban areas with a high
Trip Creates Issue
An issue arising out of the Las
Vegas, Nev. trip made by three
board members and two adminis
trators surfaced Monday during the
Board of Education's regular
monthly meeting when one member
delivered a letter in which she
announced she would not attend
the National School Boards
Association annual meeting in
Houston, Tex. next month.
Ruth McNair, who did not
accompany the others to the
National Association of School
Administrators convention in
Nevada this month, brought a copy
of a letter which she requested The
News-Journal to publish this week.
Mrs. McNair refused any comment
to a reporter on the letter in which
she advised the board that she
would not go the Houston meeting
because a "third board member"
had made the Las Vegas trip. Mrs.
McNair said that she was led to
believe that only two board
members would be invited to go
24 Picked From 68 Applications
To Receive Housing Improvements
The task force appointed by the
county to oversee the housing
rehabilitation project has tentative
ly selected 24 families to receive the
free aid out of a total of 68
The county plans to spend
$87,000. part of a community
development grant from the De
partment of Housing and Urban
Development, to upgrade sub
standard homes in Jones Hill.
Cockman Hill and Cameron
Heights, all predominately black
neighborhoods north of the city.
Bill Altman. county planning
CofC Board Studying
Future Of DM V Office
Chamber of Commerce directors
met Tuesday morning and received
a status report on the Division of
Motor Vehicles licensing office.
Chamber manager Dayna Pate
said the board made no decision
and agreed to study the operation
further, but that her personal
recommendation is that the
Chamber give up the service when
the contract runs out in June.
"The office will definitely stay in
Raeford but I believe it should be
run by whatever agency can best
serve the public. Of course, this is
only my personal view and I will
carry out the wishes of the board."
Chamber president Gib Bern
hardt characterized the report on
the licensing bureau as an
evaluation which is needed for
future planning. He said that
because Fayetteville has closed two
of its DMV offices, the Raeford
office must be ready to deal with
increase business and have room
for growth. The Chamber mem
bership has also doubled in the past
year and both agencies must
prepare for growth.
Julian Butler gave a report to the
board on the 7th Congressional
Conference last month which he
attended. Butler told the directors
that elected representatives want
more citizen input and that the
Chamber should become more
active in agricultural interests.
Special committees were ap
pointed to begin planning for the
Chamber's annual banquet in May.
The directors also endorsed the
N.C. University School of Design
project involving beautification of
the downtown district and gave
their endorsement to the formation
of a local Arts Council for Raeford,
similar to the councils set up in
other communities under the
auspices of the N.C. Arts Council
director, released the list of families
who applied for the program and
the exact work requested. He is still
in the process of verifying income
and other personal data require
The aid is being ottered only to
households with annual adjusted
incomes of $6,000 or less. Ranked
highest in priority are elderly and
Of the twenty-four homes on the
list, eleven are slated to receive
indoor plumbing. Other work
which has been approved is mainly
major repairs, such as roof and
All of the people approved for
the project are elderly residents
except one family of two sisters and
their 14 children. Their home is
without indoor plumbing. The
majority of the applicants are
disabled, or have a disabled
The majority of the households
have a yearly income of $3,500 or
less, mostly made up of Social
Security benefits and Supplemental
Security Income payments. The
highest income reported among the
24 is $4,571 for a household of five
which includes an elderly woman
with both legs amputated. That
residence is also without indoor
The lowest income reported
among the applicants is $56 a
month lor an elderly woman living
Altman explained that some
(See 24 PICKKD, Page IS)
Board chairman Bobby Gibson,
Bill Howell and Mina Townsend
attended the Las Vegas conference
with School Supt. G. Raz Autry
and J.D. McAllister, assistant
superintendent. Mrs. McNair's
criticism was apparently leveled at
Mrs. Townsend, as Mrs. Townsend
and Mrs. McNair were scheduled
to make the Houston trip. .
Autry said last week that since it
is policy for each board member to
take only one taxpayer - paid trip
per year, Mrs. Townsend would be
paying her own way to Houston.
Mrs. Townsend responded to
Mrs. McNair in a letter of her own.
which she also requested to be
published by the newspaper. Mrs.
Townsend did not refer to her
colleague's statement directly, but
said that she asked permission of
the superintendent and chairman
of the board to attend the Las
Vegas meeting, offering to pay her
own way. She said she was told her
trip should be paid for, as future
board members might not be able
to afford such trips at their own
expense and this would discourage
interest in the elective office.
Mrs. Townsend added that she
and Mrs. McNair planned to
attend a conference in Raleigh
together this Wednesday.
Autry also had no comment of
any kind to make on the matter.
In other business Monday night,
the board received tentative budget
proposals for the 1977 - 78 school
year prepared by the superin
Board members reviewed two
pages of the proposal before
adjourning and agreed to continue
(See TRIP, Page 15)
concentration of chronically un
He added that the federal gov
ernment is not giving localities
enough time to gear up for the new
package. Localities must now make
a "project application" for the
funds which must be submitted no
later than March 28.
Each project must be for a
minimum of $25,000 and employ
five persons or more. Funds may
only be used to pay wages and may
not be used for new construction or
in-school training. Each project
may last no more than 12 months.
Lester met with several govern
ment agencies and the superinten
dent of schools Tuesday morning.
The meeting produced three special
project ideas -- city beautification,
upgrading of recreational facilities
and painting of school buildings --
and Lester indicated more projects
will be applied for if other agencies
come up with suitable ideas.
As to the fate of the workers now
employed, Lester said he hoped to
have enough funds to at least keep
the teacher's aides working until
the end of school.
"But we're just not sure right
now if we can. We'll try, of course,
but nobody knows yet just how
much money will be available," he
The school superintendent said
he was hoping the state legislature
would pass a bill now pending
which would give local school
systems an allotment of aides for
the lower primary grades. Action
on that measure is expected this
The city currently employs 16
emergency jobs workers and the
county employs 26. Lester said
most of the work performed by the
county workers is clerical and the
jobs could be taken over by other
staffers without too much difficul
The mobile office of Congress
man Rose will visit Raeford Friday.
March 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in
the post office parking lot.
Administrative assistant Rip
Collins will be on hand.
Commissioners Get Report
Chamber of Commerce manager
Dayna Pate and two graduate
students from the North Carolina
State University School of Design
asked city councilmen for their
ideas and support for a downtown
beautification project being de
veloped by the students as part of
their graduate work.
Councilmen viewed slides of the
work already done in Elizabeth City
County Salaries F all Below
The cost of that action amounted to
approximately $60,000, he said.
The Civil Affairs Co. planners.
Army reservists, prepared job des
criptions for each position. Each
position was analyzed according to
skills, tasks performed and respon
Lt. Ron Hollings and Lt. Russell
Frum. who were in charge of the
special project, estimated the cost
to the county to raising salaries to
the state level to be $33,000.
Both men also conducted a
survey of Scotland County and
found salaries there to be 16 per
cent lower than the state, Hollings
attributed this to a larger number
of professionals employed in Scot
land County government.
The Army men also emphasized
that if the state approves a five per
cent pay increase this year, the gap
in salaries will widen more.
In other business Monday, the
board formally adopted a resolu
tion requesting a full study be
carried out before plans proceed for
the water treatment plant proposed
in Moore County at Drowning
The board's action was in re
sponse to claims voiced by a
citizens' group that the water
County commissioners reviewed
the long-awaited pay plan for
county employees Monday morning
and learned that Hoke County pays
its salaried employees well below
the state recommendations ?? as
much as 32 per cent less for one
position -- but tabled any action on
any of the four alternative plans
The pay plan, which was pre
pared at no cost by the 450th Civil
Affairs Co.. Riverdale. Md., covers
all permanent, salaried positions in
county government except elected
Overall, the salaries paid locally
are 12 per cent lower than the state
plan. For county manager, the gap
rises to 32 per cent. In only one
position, the sheriff s secretary, is
the local salary higher (6%) than
the state scale.
The report proposed four alter
nate plans to upgrade the salaries,
including implementing the state
pay schedule for all jobs immedi
ately. The other three proposals
would gradually raise the salaries
over a period of several years to
bring them up to the state criteria.
None of the commissioners sug
gested raising salaries immediately,
while county manager T.B. Lester
noted that a 10 per cent across the
board raise was approved last year.
quality of the creek could be
adversely affected. Drowning Creek
forms the boundary between Hoke
and Scotland County and becomes
the Lumber River downstream.
Moore County has already nearly
completed a sewage disposal plant
on Drowning Creek near Pine
Bluff. The water plant will be voted
on in a bond referendum later this
The commissioners' resolution
requests that a full study be
conducted on the interaction of the
two proposed facilities by appropri
The board also reviewed pro
posed architectural plans for the
construction of a new school bus
garage and maintenance shop
which would be a metal structure.
Current estimates for the project
put it at $65,000.
Lester said the board of educa
tion wanted a commitment from
commissioners now before they go
ahead with further plans, but
commissioner Danny DeVane ar
gued against approving the school
project at this time.
DeVane said he believed the
expansion of the public health
center was a greater need and funds
for that should be spent first. Hoke
County submitted an application
last year for federal public works
furds to enlarge the health build
ing. but it was turned down.
Commissioners agreed to delay
(See COUNTY. Paae 1M
Two Hurt In Fire
An early morning fire completely
destroyed a home in the Pine Hill
Fire District Sunday night.
Firemen arrived at 3:30 to find
that the Charles McLain family had
escaped the blaze with two of the
children sustaining injuries. Ac
cording to Pine Hill fireman Fred
die Smith, a girl about Five years
old was burned and taken to Moore
County Hospital where she is still a
A teenage son who received at
cut while jumping from a window
was treated at the hospital and
The West Hoke Fire Department
assisted Pine Hill, but the house
was declared a total loss. The seven
or eight persons who fled the fire
escaped with only the night clothes
they wore Smith said.
No cause for the fire was given by
Chief Walter Purcell.
through this program and then saw
slides of areas in the Raeford
downtown area that needed
improvement. City manager Robert
Drumwright said they agreed to
support the project which would
require no major monetary output
as the students provide free labor
and attempt to implement their
plans through use of old timber,
lamps, and so on. Drumwright
indicated that once they get to the
point that the old firehouse is being
dismantled that the students may
use that material for their project.
The city also agreed to help with
the loan of hand tools and trucks.
Some of the proposed ideas were as
simple as training ivy to climb from
the planters on Main St. up toward
Councilmen also accepted the
resignation of Bob Gentry from the
(See COUNCIL, Page 15)
Wyatt Upchurch of the Hoke
County Medical Betterment As
sociation has announced that a
reception will be held Sunday from
2 Until 4 p.m. at the Civic Center
for area residents to meet Dr.
Ramnik 7x>ta and his wife. Lata.
Dr. Zota. a native of India, is
scheduled to open an office for
family practice in Raeford May 1.
Zota received his medical school
ing at M.S. University in Baroda.
He is currently working on the
McCain Hospital staff as a pul
The Zotas have a two-year-old
daughter and are expecting another
child in April.