' e ~f ew6 The Hoke County News - Established 1928 VOLUME LXIX NUMBER 5 RAEFORD. HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA - journal 25 The Hoke County Journal - established 1905 S H PER YEAR THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 1977 Around Town BY SAM C.MORRIS The rains are still with us and when the weather man says scat tered showers that is the way the rains have been coming. Sunday afternoon playing golf at Arabia ' dark clouds were all around but the ! rains didn't come. On returning to I Raeford water was standing in the S yards and approximately '/a inch had fallen that afternoon. So the rains are scattered. 1 don't know how much rain fell during May as this is being written on the 31st but Gatlin should have his chart in by next week and then the magic number will be revealed. * Anyway most folks would be glad for the rain to cease for awhile. * * * Last Saturday afternoon, Harvey Warlick, Neill McFadyen, J.H. Austin and this writer played golf. Harvey was driving to the course that afternoon and we went by to pick up Jake. As we backed out of Austin s driveway his neighbor Ken McNeill was taking life easy in a lawn chair under a shade tree. 1 asked Ken what he was doing and his reply was, "1 am farming." Now was this a typical Ken answer or is this the way farmers work in the computer age? * * * Last week in this paper was an article and picture concerning the newly organized club called The Antler Club. It is to raise money for the sports program at Hoke High School. Any former athlete at ? Raeford High or Hoke High are eligible to join. The fee for joining is $25 and should be made out to the Hoke Booster Club. It is tax a deductible and should be mailed to Dale Teal. Box 160, Raeford, N.C. 28376. A check to this club in memory of John Dune McNeill, who passed away recently, would be a tribute to a former star in all sports at Raeford High. There have been other stars that have passed on that are older and younger than John Dune that you could send the check in memory of. Think about it and help the program at the school. * * * Don't forget that the graduation exercises are at Hoke High this weekend. Commencement is Sun day afternoon at four o'clock and the speaker for the occasion will be Congressman Charles Rose. Be in attendance. Don't forget to look through the graduation section in this paper. ji Notice the congratulation ads and the pictures of all the honor If seniors. Some folks come by the office and tell us about the large tomatoes t* or other vegetables that are growing in the garden but never show us the end results. Monday morning the weather prophet, Robert Gatlin came by with a bucket of squash and asked everyone to help themselves. Now this is the proof of the pudding. Don't come by and brag about your garden unless you have proof. ? * ? Becky Jones, secretary at the office, returned to work Monday after being out of the office for over a week. She had four wisdom teeth removed and it must have been a ainful ordeal. Everyone welcomed er back as you don't realize what a person does until they are out for awhile. ? * * The talk about the Post Office 4 closing on Saturday is a bad thing as far as this writer is concerned. Most of the time now mail is not put up on holidays and Sundays which is not the best service that ? could be offered. What if the newspapers, radios, and TV stations all took the days off and closed down. No, they must give service to the people and we reel the Post Office should do the same thing. Enough said. V* I * Tax Hike Eyed Commissio ********************** ners Receive Budget w w w w w ~ w. ^ A WARD -? Ronald Baxley (left) is pictured with the Lions Club 's recipient of the first Clyde F. Knox Scholarship. The winner, Marilyn Gay Barnes, is a rising senior at UNC-Charlotte, and is the daughter of Mrs. Julian P. Barnes and the late Mr. Barnes. (Photo by S.H. Aplin) Knox Award Presented The Lions Club Annual Scholar ship Award, recently renamed the Clyde F. Knox Scholarship, has been presented to a nursing student at UNC - Charlotte. Marilyn Gay Barnes, daughter of Mrs. Julian P. Barnes of Rockfish, and the late Mr. Barnes, is a rising senior at UNC. She is a member of the Honor Society in Nursing and the Student Nurses Association. Miss Barnes' leisure interests in clude tennis, volleyball and needlework. The Lions Club plans to place a plaque at Hoke County High School in memory of Clyde F. Knox and in honor of the scholarship winners. Miss Barnes' name will be the first to be inscribed on the plaque. The Knox Award is named for the late Clyde F. Knox who served as club secretary for the past four years. Knox was cited by club members for his last act of "lionism" in which he donated his eyes so that someone else might see. Knox also received the Lion of the Year Award in 1975 and 1976. Timber Firm Owner Sets Record Straight Disturbed over the new account of the May 23 city council meeting which reported that councilmen objected to a proposed lumber yard downtown, John R. Callaway said Monday that he wanted to set the record straight on incorrect infor mation reported. Callaway said it is Crossroads Woodyards, Inc., not Callaway Land and Timber Sales, which plans to use the railroad area. Also, he said that the firm will not be using the area for storing lumber, but rather as a log storage area. He said that the city manager's statement to the councilmen that the city would need an easement from him for a sewer line was in error. Callaway said that he had given the easement on May 9 to county attorney Charles Hostetler. Graduation Is June 5 Principal Allen Edwards an nounced that children under six years of age will not be permitted at Sunday's Hoke County High School graduation exercises scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in the stadium. Graduating seniors will be limited to two guest passes for seating in the reserved section. Other guests will be accommodated outside of the reserved section. In the event of rain, the ceremonies will be held inside the gymtorium. U.S. Rep. Charlie Rose will deliver the address. "That remark that councilman Gentry made about my having an "ace in the hole". That makes me sound like I'm a s.o.b.," Callaway said. "As far as closing up the road (Central Ave.), I don't think any insurance company would allow cars going through that close," he said. "This (area) is the only railroad siding on the A&R where you can put a loading machine on both sides. But if the city doesn't want it. 1 can move it somewhere else. I'm not going to push it." he said. Callaway's name was mispelled in the story published. The Zoning Board of Adjustment has scheduled a public hearing on the matter June 13 at 8 p.m. in city hall. The A&R Railroad has Hied an application for a variance so the company can use the property for a non-conforming use for 18 months for its leasee, Callaway. Sr. Citizens The Raeford Senior Citizens Friendship Club will meet T uesday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Raeford United Methodist Church. The program will feature stunts and skits performed by club mem bers. Also, anyone who has out grown or discarded patterns is asked to bring them for a pattern exchange. There will also be a discussion on plans for organizing a rhythm band in the club with Jimmy James as director. Chamber Sponsors Free Film The Raeford - Hoke Chamber of Commerce invites all interested citizens to a free showing of the CBS documentary "The Second Battle of Britain" at the meeting room of the Hoke County Library tonight (Thursday) June 2 at 7:30 Hector MacLean, chairman ot the board of Southern National Bank, was guest speaker at the Chamber's annual dinner on May lb, and recommended the film as important to those who value the heritage and responsibility of the free enterprise system. Morley Safer narrates the color film which runs approximately 45 minutes. "After the dinenr, several citizens expressed interest in seeing this film which outlines the plight of Britain's current economic situa tion." said Earl Fowler. Chamber president. "In many ways it is a warning to Americans of the dangerous path an economy can follow when government is allowed to regulate the marketplace and thus stitle competition which is essential to a healthy economy. The Chamber is glad to give all interested citizens in our com munity the chance to view this important film." w V ARTS COUNCIL - Anne Wright, a local artist, u as elected May 20 as one of 12 board members of the North Carolina Association of Arts Councils. Officers elected during the meeting included President Charles Dalmhach of the Greens boro United Arts Council: Vice President Reid Cone of the Stokes County Arts Council: Treasurer Halsey North of Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council: Secretary Caro lyn Carlson of the Arts Council of Fayetteville. Local Opposition Missed By Figures In Annexation Bids Seemingly overlooked by the figures involved in two continuing controversy over the proposed annexation of the Ft. Bragg military reservation by the cities of Fayetteville and Spring Lake is resolution opposing the plan passed by the Hoke County Board of Commissioners last year. Last month. Ft. Bragg officials announced that annexation of the reservation by either of the two municipalities is unacceptable to the Army because of a policy disapproving annexation when it is opposed by a political subdivision in the vicinity. Fayetteville has scheduled a public hearing June 13 on a proposal to annex the entire 130.000 acre reservation and Spring Lake will proceed with a public hearing on its proposal June 15. The Spring Lake proposal calls for annexing about 40 per cent of the reservation. Hoke County officials have not outlined a similar plan to annex any of the reservation, but the commissioners last January passed an official resolution opposing both the Fayetteville and Spring Lake efforts. Lt. Col. Ron Davis, public affairs officer for Ft. Bragg, said Tuesday that if Fayetteville and Spring Lake should work out a compromise and settle their dif ferences. the Hoke County officials' position would "make a whole new ball game out of it". "It would still be a situation of two municipalities in conflict and a whole new study would have to be made." he said. Officials here voiced objections to the Fayetteville annexation bid because approximately 92.000 acres of the reservation was caned out of Hoke County. Opponents claim that it would be unfair if Fayetteville succeeds in annexation and gets the additional state and federal aid which would be generated by a larger population base. ROUND - Dancing in a circle, kindergarteners at McLauchlin School perform Stop and Go while Mrs A.M. McKinnon. class assistant, narrates a program designed to show some of the things studied hy the children during the year. A tentative 1977-78 county budget which proposes a 2.8 cents increase in ad valorem taxes was presented to county commissioners Wednesday of this week. County manager and finance manager T.B. Lester, who fin ished the budget recommenda tions last week, declined to release a copy of the budget until the commissioners re ceived it, but he gave an overall view of the package. In his written message to commissioners. Lester noted the areas in which costs are rising most rapidly -- garbage collec tion. Medicaid, mental health treatment and juvenile offender care. Additionally, extra depu ties in the sheriffs department and the increased cost of utili ties and repairs will contribute to a higher budget. The 1977-78 budget proposes a pay raise for county workers with most of the increases in the six and one half per cent rangr, Lester said. Expenditures in the General Fund are projected to be $153,530 higher than in the current year but Lester attri buted part of this increase to an increase in expected revenues. The increase in the General Fund for the 1976-77 year was $182,560 higher than in 1975 76. A $200,000 fund balance on June 30 is estimated for the current year. The school system requests were fully recommended in the proposed budget, Lester said. $668,344 for operating expenses and 561,900 for capital outlay were put in, making the school current operating expense fund $72,000 higher in the coming year, if approved. In the federal revenue sharing fund, Lester has proposed $431,274 in expenditures out of an anticipated $574,164 in available monies. The estimated entitlement for the coming year is $363,393 and a $231,462 surplus is anticipated in the current year. Due to the uncer tainty of the exact award, however, Lester said a figure of 10 per cent less than the expect award is used in making up a budget for that fund. The Parks and Recreation budget was rolled back from earlier requests. Lester has drawn up a $41,040 operating budget for that fund with grants, fees, concessions and other expected revenues esti mated at $24,710, making the county tax dollar contribution about $16,000. The Parks and Recreation Commission had re quested an overall budget of $105,000. Lester indicated that the .918 cents per $100 ad valorem tax rate suggested may be reduced if the county received a greater share of federal anti-recession funds, and the county may be able to go without a tax increase at all. He noted that the current estimated total tax base is about $160 million. Last year, the tax base was underestimated by about $2 million and the recent $5 million equipment expansion at Burlington Industries also increased the tax base. A public hearing to receive comments on the proposed bud get will be held June 21 at 8 p.m. in the courthouse. By law, the county commissioners must adopt the budget ordinance and set the tax rate by July 1. Commissioners will meet this Friday at 9 a.m. in the court house annex to review the revenue sharing budget. A pub lic hearing on that budget will be included in the June 21 meeting to receive comments.