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VOLUME LXVIII NUMBER 46 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY. MARCH 17, 1977
BY SAM C. MORRIS
The weather is perfect, so no
need to say much about it this
week. Let's hope it will remain this
way for the remainder of winter.
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A couple of weeks ago this writer
commented on the guidelines or the
know-when you are getting along in
age. A classmate of mine at
Raeford High School, the same age
as the writer of this column, writes
to me with the prescription, remedy
or know-how to remain young.
You readers be the judge as the
? I've always enjoyed your column
"Around Town" but frankly,
friend, 1 have some comments
about this past week's column,
i They didn't lie to you when they
said old age is all in your head.
There's all kinds of remedies for it.
Take aspirin for your arthritis and
geritol for your "get up and go"
and lessons from those "young
sters" you're so privileged to be
I think some of them are in my
crochet class - and believe me they
can take years off your age just by
letting you be one of them. Get
your crochet hook some Wednes
day night and come over to Betty
Barnhart's class, you'll see.
4 I'm not really concerned a great
deal about whether Bessie is Bossie
- or Bossie is Bessie - but 1 do hate
thinking you could let this start
you tottering down the lane to old
age. Old age may have its draw
backs. It has plenty of fringe
benefits too. When you can't win
an argument with the younger
feneration you can always quote
While there may be a lot of
things you aren't yoilng enough for
any more, there are still a lot of
things you aren't old enough for
yet. Name one? Sure! There's
' Social Security and The Senior
Just stay away from mirrors and
you'll be fine. The ones they're
making these days aren't too good
anymore. They have so many
imperfections that make your face
look like a road map and tend to
change the color of your hair.
Try to find a copy of the poem
"Get up and Go". It ends
something -like "My Get up and
Go" has got up and went - but 1
have to grin when I think of all the
grand places my "get up" has been.
If you find one I'd like a copy to
have on hand on the days that the
aspirin and geritol are slow getting
Tell Marty Vega the cow's name
really was Bossie.
Hope it makes you feel better
that I don't think you're getting
Annie Mae Hendrix
The following letter is self
The Raeford Woman's Club is
? again working on its Camper
Project. When this project was
be^un three years ago, the Worn
d ans Club sent five special children
to a Christian camp for one week
during the summer. The effects of
the camping experience were so
positive that last year the program
was expanded and 23 children were
sent to Camp Monroe for a week
during the summer. This year our
goal is to send 50 Hoke County
children to camp for a week.
These campers are children
whose families could not afford to
send them -- children whose teach
ers feel that they will greatly benefit
from a wholesome camping experi
ence. 1 could not begin to describe
to you the benefits these children
derived from this wholesome exper
ience -? an experience that they
could never have had without the
help from the community. I have
been told that the positive effects
have been noticeable in their
classrooms and 1 feel sure they will
be felt in our county.
Needless to say, 50 camperships
is an expensive undertaking. In
addition to camp fees, bed linens,
clothing, physicals, bibles, and
transportation must be provided.
Mrs. Eric McGee is Camper
Project Chairman for 1977. If there
are individuals, businesses, or
churches who would like to have a
part in helping a child go to camp,
they may contact Mrs. McGee or
any Woman's Club member.
Thank you for your help.
Mrs. Alfred K. Leach, President
Raeford Woman's Club
The Lundys Meet
The Lundy Fund has reached $1,777 to send the elderly
couple on their dream vacation but the biggest excitement for
Wimzy and Allen came last week when they were whisked to
Columbia, S.C. to meet Lawrence Welk.
Lawrence and Jane Miller drove the Lundys down to
Columbia where Welk was on a concert tour, being careful to
keep the real purpose of the trip a surprise. Welk has been the
television favorite of the Lundys for years and it was their
special wish to meet their idol in person.
"She wasn't on cloud nine -- she was on cloud ten," Miller
said after Welk danced with Mrs. Lundy and planted a kiss on
her cheek. The Lundys visited the performer backstage in his
dressing room after the show. Later, the Millers took the
Lundys and their daughter and granddaughter out to dinner.
The story of the Lundys and the community effort to raise
the money for their trip is becoming well-known. The Raleigh
News and Observer has run the story and last week the
Columbia (S.C.) Record picked up the story after the Lundys'
Contributions continue to pour in and the organizers are
confident the goal of S2,000 will be met in time for the
anniversary trip. "We appreciate your many years of hard
work, dedication to pleasing people and the quiet way you
have kept your business going." wrote one Raeford couple
with their check.
The mayor of Jacksonville, W.B. Teachey Jr., wrote, "I just
want to be a small part of your wonderful trip... enjoy every
Another man wrote, "What a beautiful undertaking. Now
we have an opportunity to show our appreciation".
Both the Lundys are deeply appreciative and want to thank
everyone who is helping to make a dream vacation possible.
Everyone is invited to a reception being hosted by the Lundys'
children on Sunday, April 3 at the civic center from 2 to 5
The destination for the Lundys may not be California since
they saw Lawrence Welk last week. The planners of the
project thought Los Angeles would be the perfect trip since the
Welk television program is based there, but now the Lundys
are going to be able to choose another spot if they wish.
If you would like to make a donation for these hard working
people who certainly deserve a vacation, send a check to
Lundy Fund, P.O. Box %, Raeford.
West Hoke Instructor
Is Teacher Of Year
Cohildia Lyons, a third and
fourth grade teacher at West Hoke
School, has been selected as County
Teacher of the Year. The an
nouncement was made by Florence
Cohen, chairman of the citizenship
committee of the Hoke chapter of
the North Carolina Association of
This is the first year the Hoke
school system has participated in
the annual Teacher of the Year
award program which advances to
the national level Teacher of the
Mrs. Lyons was chosen from
seven nominees representing each
of the county schools by a judging
committee composed of teachers,
administrators, a Board of Educa
tion member and one private
citizen. Qualifications for the out
standing teacher award include
exceptional teaching skill, dedi
cation and a superior ability to
inspire a love of learning in
children of all abilities.
"The winner must be one who
exemplifies the finest in the
teaching profession and Mrs. Lyons
is truly that type of teacher," Mrs.
Mrs. Lyons is a native of
Columbus County and received her
education at A&T State University.
She began her career in 1955 with
the Hoke schools. She has taught
third, fourth, fifth and sixth
No Runs ,
First, second and third base were
stolen Monday afternoon out at the
high school diamond but there was
no wild cheering from fans. The
umpires didn't even see the steals.
Or the players.
Actually, the police were the ones
to call foul. The stolen bases were
later found Monday night near the
vicinity of Sandy Grove Church by
sheriff s deputies.
Baseball coach discovered the
Rawlins bases missing shortly after
6:30 p.m. They are worth $130.
Police Chief V.L. Wiggins said
Tuesday two suspects would be
arrested for the base - stealing. He
said they would be charged with
grades. She also teaches an adult
basic education class.
She has been an active member
of the community, serving as
president of the local NCAE
chapter, a minister of Freedom
Chap?l A.M.E. Zion Church and
working for the Western Scout
Regional Boys Club and the We
Will Help You Club, an organi
zation which assists the needy.
The Teacher of the Year is
married to Livingston Lyons, a
vocational education instructor at
Cameron Morrison School of
Hoffman, and they have two foster
Mrs. Lyons will compete with
teachers from the rest of the Cape
Fear region in September at the
district - level competition for
Teacher of the Year.
The regular meeting of the
county commissioners sche
duled for 7:30 p.m. March 21
has been changed to 9 a.m.
March 28, county manager
T.B. Lester announced.
Board chairman John Bal
four is scheduled to be in
Washington. D.C. attending
the National Association of
Counties Legislative Confer
ence Mar. 21-23. Lester said
that vice - chairman Ralph
Barnhart would also be
unavailable for the Mar. 21
meeting, so the decision was
made to postpone it.
City Lets Bids
On F ire Station
The city began letting bids last week on the
proposed new fire station approved by voters last
fall in the bond referendum. Sealed bids will be
received up to next Thursday.
Separate bids are being taken for the general
construction contract, plumbing, heating and air
conditioning and electrical work. Architects for
the project are Austin Associates of Southern
The new structure will contain 6.800 square
feet. The exterior will be similar to the county
board of education building, city manager
Robert Drumwright said, a sandstone brick. The
new station will be on a three-acre lot on the
south side of E. Prospect Ave. between Jackson
and Lewis Sts. The present station contains only
3,900 square feet.
City residents authorized a $200,000 bond
issue last year to finance the new building.
Drumwright said this week that current projec
tions on the cost are "pretty close" to $200,000.
If the total should exceed $200,000 when the bids
are opened next Thursday, the city will
If bids are awarded next week. Drumwright
said construction could begin within 30-45 days.
The building should be completed and ready for
occupancy sometime in the fall.
Once the fire station is moved, the city plans to
tear down the old station and use the room to
enlarge the police department, as well as build an
addition to the city hall offices to provide more
room for the council chambers. None of the work
at the municipal building will begin until the fire
department moves to its new quarters.
The remodeling expenditures for the munici
pal building are not part of the bond issue. Those
costs have been put in the city budget.
The plans and specifications for the remodel
ing are somewhat behind schedule, the city
manager said, so bids on that phase will probably
not be let until later.
The proposed work will increase the size of the
municipal building to 6.600 total square feet.
Total costs were estimated to be about $140,000.
Officials Awaiting Decision
On $500, 000 HUD Projects
County officials are expecting a
favorable response from Washing
ton within a week on the applica
tion for S500.000 in community
development funds for low-income
The Hoke pre-application was
submitted in January. Localities
which rcceive tentative approval
from the Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD)
are notified to submit a final
application. Bill Altman. county
planning director, said he expected
a decision from the federal officials
this week on the final application.
The initial application has al
ready received approval from the
state and federal clearinghouses.
The county plans to use the
funds for rehabilitation of sub
standard homes in Tylertown and
North Raeford ($250,000); con
struction of a multi-purpose neigh
borhood center in Rockfish
($100,000); extension of city sewer
lines to Shawtown ($50,000); and
repair of the county's seven com
munity houses ($70,000).
Housing rehabilitation projects
are rated highly in priorities by
HUD. Last year, the county was
awarded $464,000 in community
development funds, which included
a $90,000 grant for housing reha
Altman also said he was hopeful
the county's application for
S420.000 to enlarge the health
center and rescue squad building
may receive action. The county did
not share in the distribution of
awards from the Public Works
F.mployment Act of 1976 but the
federal government has notified
localities that the applications will
be kept in the event additional
funds are appropriated this year.
The city also has an application
pending for public works funds for
$420,000 to construct sewer outfall
lines to the College Drive area.
Tourist Brochure Published
The Chamber of Commerce
introduced the new tourist's
brochure of Raeford and Hoke
County last week which will be
distributed to newcomers.
The Chamber ordered five
thousand copies of the four - panel
guide containing 22 color photo
graphs of scenes of the area. It was
prepared by Horizon Advertising
Co. of Charlotte at a cost of $3,300.
Suzanne H. Aplin took the
The new brochure updates the
last Chamber of Commerce visitor's
guide which was published in the
1950's. It lists local industry,
recreational opportunities and
profiles the community. The
brochure will be sent to all welcome
centers throughout the state and
will be mailed by the Chamber
office to people who request
information about the area.
The cost of the brochure was
underwritten by the city and county
Rodney D. Collins
Rodney D. Collins was sworn in
as newest patrolman in the Raeford
Police Department last week.
Collins. 24, replaces K.B. Griffin
who resigned March 8. The new
officer is a native of Raeford and
worked previously as an auto
mechanic. He is married to the
former Rochelle Walters
BROCHURE ?? County Manager T.B. Lester | on left] and City Manager
Robert Drumwright examine the Raeford - Hoke County brochure, a
recently completed project of the Chamber of Commerce. The brochure will
be sent to welcome centers in the state and will be mailed to industries or
individuals inquiring about the area. \Phota by S.H. Aplin )
New Man In Patrol
Louis B. Rector, an Elizabeth
City native, has joined the Hoke
County Highway Patrol troop,
effective this month.
Rector, 29, replaces C.A.
Bennett, who was transferred to
The new trooper received an
associate degree in design tech
nology from Albemarle Community
College and an associate degree in
auto mechanics from Surry Com
munity College in Mt. Airy.
He spent four years in the Air
Force, attaining the rank of
sergeant, and worked as a deputy
sheriff in Guilford County for one
Rector, who said it had been his
longtime ambition to be a state
trooper, was sworn into the High
way Patrol last November and
finished recruit school March 4.
His wife, the former Scottie
Brown of Elizabeth City, is a
registered nurse. They have two
children, a girl age four, and a boy.
I.ouis b. Rector