The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LX1X NUMBER 17 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THl RSDAY. M GUST 25, 1977
BY SAM C. MORRIS
Mrs. Joyce Jameson, local beauty
shop operator, was by the office last
week and discussed the Hoke
County Music Booster Club with
me for some time. She is very
interested in the music program at
all the schools in the county.
The Music Booster Club is
headed by Gerald Sappenfield and
aids the Chorus, Chorale and
bands at both Hoke High and
Upchurch Junior High. According
to Mrs. Jameson they are doing a
wonderful job, but since the Chorus
and Chorale are smaller in mem
bers, it seems they receive more
notice and are talked about more
than the bands. Of course, the
singers perform for many clubs and
organizations which can't accom
modate the bands and it is hard to
et people to attend concerts at
ight to see what the band mem
bers are doing.
Mrs. jameson said that she is
heading the band division of the
club and discussed a few things
with me concerning a way to aid the
bands to get more recognition.
Some individuals and firms have
started a project to provide T-shirts
for the band that will have Hoke
High Band on the front of the shirt.
This shirt will be displayed each
time the bands march, play or in
concert. At the present time
enough money is not available to
purchase shirts for both bands, but
donations will be accepted, Mrs.
Jameson said. Other projects to
raise money are in the making and
will be brought to the attention of
the public as they are finalized.
Last year the Hoke High Music
Booster Club had a membership of
pO. They want to increase that
number this year. The programs
for all divisions of music at the
schools are excellent and with your
support they can be better. So if
you have any suggestions or can aid
in any way, be sure to contact an
officer of this group.
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Now the weather seems to have
settled down to about normal. The
heavy rains are over and the hot,
humid weather has been replaced
by hot days and cool nights. Of
course, we can look forward to
some more hot weather, especially
As Mark Twain once said,
anyone can talk about the weather,
but the one I heard the other day
seems to take top place when it
comes to dry weather. A man from
Quewhiffle Township said that it
had been so dry in that part of the
county, that the cattish he caught
? had a tick on it.
All right men, top that one!
Tommie Upchurch, the oldest
?? living member of the Haeford
i$ Kiwanis Club, spoke to the club
jlast Thursday night at its meeting
^iTt the civic center. Gene Carter was
*in charge of the program.
The speaker started off by telling
ie club why one of its members
yas now living in Raeford and then
got on to the subject of his speech
which was on oil deposits and
He was well versed on the
[subject, but as he said at the
' conclusion of his speech, who knew
if he was right of wrong. Everyone
enjoyed the talk and all were glad
to have Tommie back with them
Last Friday afternoon Lucy Gray
I Peebles of Raleigh came by the
[ office and visited for awhile. She
said she had read where I had been
| in the hospital and wanted to stop
| by to see how 1 was getting along.
Lucy Gray was a reporter for the
paper for many years and made
many friends for the paper and
herself while working here.
? She was in the best of health and
seems to get younger rather than
grow older. She said she is now
retired and hadn't written a news
story or taken a picture in a
number of years. This is hard to
believe, because when the ink gets
ion your fingers it is hard to wash
Anyway it was good to see Lucy
IGray, and we hope she won't stay
Sway so long in the future.
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CHAIRMAN ?? Attorney Duncan McFadyen \on left ] was named
Raeford chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund-raising
campaign. With McFadyen is Harold Stone. |See story elsewhere in
this issue )
The Raeford City Council met
Friday at 5 p.m. and awarded
the contract for the new sewer
lines inside the city to Crowell
Constructors of Fayetteville.
The Crowell bid was for
The sewer lines will extend
west from N.C. 211 at the
Knit-Away plant to the inter
section of Cole Ave. and College
Drive just west of U.S. 401
-bypass. The area includes the
site of a 40-unit apartment
complex now under construc
tion which was recently annexed
by the city.
The project will not include a
pump station so no electrical
contract was awarded. The
system will be a gravity fall
system, City Manager Robert
Engineering work is being
done by Moore Gardner &
Associates of Asheboro. Fees
will be in the $28,000 - $30,000
range, Drumwright said.
The city manager estimated
that the final cost of the project
will run about $50,000 less than
projected last year. $350,000
(See SEWER, Page 15)
City Orders $250,000
Ceiling On Remodeling
The Raeford City Council
voted to put a $250,000 ceiling
on the planned remodeling and
expansion project at city hall
and vowed they would do
without any landscaping, if
necessary, during a special
meeting last Friday.
Bids opened last month on
the project totaled $317,000.
The city had budgeted onlv
$160,000 and a 30-day ex
tension to Aug. 29 was obtained
from the bidders.
Architects for the project,
E.J. Austin & Associates of
Southern Pines, are drawing up
revised plans which hopefully
will trim the overall costs. City
Manager Robert Drumwright
said. If enough of the planned
work can be changed it will not
be necessary to re-advertise for
new bids, he said.
Expected to be cut back are
the landscaping plans and some
(See CITY, Page 15)
School T o Open
One Week Later
i ne Hoke County Board made it official
Monday night ? schoolchildren will get an extra
week of summer vacation and classes will not
start until Sept. 6.
Following a 45-minute special meeting, the
five board members unanimously voted to follow
the lead of three other Cape Fear region counties
to allow tobacco farmers to get the crop in.
County extension chairman Wendell Young,
along with about 15 spectators, largely tobacco
farmers from all sections of the county, appeared
before the school board and appealed for the
week's delay. Schools were to reopen this Friday
with the full first day of classes starting next
School Supt. G. Raz Autry said that Young
estimated that about 1,600 school-age youths are
being utilized on over 250 farms, and it would
create a hardship on producers to lose their
primary source of labor.
The Teachers Committee, however, voted
against the plan to delay school opening. Autry
reported that the committee recommended
opening school on time and suggested excusing
pupils who were needed to work for 10 days.
The superintendent said that there was "some
question of legality" in excusing students.
"Anytime you start before Labor Day, you're
going to run into this problem. The farmers now
depend almost exclusively on young adults and
students, it's not like it was years ago," Autrv
The superintendent said that the school
calendar will be revised to make up the lost days
for teachers. Teachers are required to work ten
full months so the extra days off will have to be
taken out of other holiday days later in the year.
Already. Moore. Harnett and Person counties
have announced one week postponements of
school opening and the Cumberland County
Board of Education was scheduled to meet
Tuesday night to decide. Several other counties
around the state are considering a delay.
Orientation day for all schools will be Friday.
Sept. 2 and regular classes will start Tuesday,
Athletic coaches at the schools announced that
regular sports practice already scheduled will not
be re-set. High school freshmen football practice
will start next Monday, Aug. 29. at 3 p.m. at the
school. Boys football at Upchurch Junior High
will start next Monday at 4 p.m. and girls
volleyball will start at 4 p.m. in the school
Is Aug. 31
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will
visit Raeford next Wednesday,
Aug 31 , from noon to 5:30 p.m. in
the basement of the Raeford
United Methodist Church, County
Red Cross Chairman Clyde Up
The chairman said a good
turnout is needed for the drive, the
last visit for this fiscal year.
"We are, unfortunately, running
well behind our quota for the year.
We need to obtain at least 100
pints." he said.
Upchurch also announced that
the Red Cross has established a
new county quota of 560 pints for
the coming year. The number of
yearly visits has been raised from
four to five with the next scheduled
City Woman To Slot
On Volunteer Council
Kay Thomas, a city resident, was
appointed by Gov. James B. Hunt
to the Council on Volunteers for the
Criminal Justice System.
Mrs. Thomas, JU. will serve a
two-year term on the 21 -member
Council. The wife of a Raeford City
Council member, she has been very
active in volunteer activities, having
served as president of the Raeford
Woman's Club and chairman of
the Hoke County Citizens United
for the Improvement of Reading.
She is a member of the Hoke
County Parks and Recreation
Commission and current president
of the Civic Center Association.
The newly-formed Council on
Volunteers for the Criminal Justice
System was created as a result of
recommendations made by the
Legislative Commission on Cor
rectional Programs. Its purpose is
to coordinate all volunteer activities
working with prisons, paroles,
probation and youth services
throughout the state.
The Council also acts as advisor
to the director of criminal justice
Mrs. Thomas was named
chairman of the survey committee
of the Council. The survey com
mittee will study present volunteer
efforts to determine needs and
improve communication between
Mrs. Thomas said the work of
the Allston Wilkes Society of South
Carolina will be studied as a model.
(See GOVERNOR. Page 15)
Hoke Mental Health
Mental health services in Hoke County have
found a "home" for the first time with the recent
opening of the new Hoke County Mental Health
Clinic at 116 Campus Ave.
Operated under the Sandhills Mental Health
Clinic, the new facility is open on a full-time
basis, consolidating all of the services previously
available only at the public health center on
Central Ave. or through the Moore County clinic
Director of the Raeford center is George
Barbour, 34, a clinical psychologist. Also on the
professional staff are Kathy Riddick, school
psychologist, Ed McCarthy, alcoholism coun
selor. Virginia Highsmith, drug abuse counselor,
and Bill Alderson, mental retardation services
coordinator. The latter two visit one day a week.
A full-time social worker will join the staff in
Receptionist-secretary is Mrs. Hazel Niven.
Fees are based on a sliding scale according to
income with a $1 minimum charge. No one,
however, is refused treatment for financial
The demand for mental health services has
increased so much that the already-cramped
public health center could not provide adequate
space. Barbour pointed out that the caseload
rose from four patients a week to 45 just over the
past three years. Outpatient admissions repre
senting Hoke County persons more than doubled
at the Pinehurst facility from 1972 to 1973.
The new clinic, which is 100 per cent locally
funded, also affords greater privacy, with an
off-street private entrance at the rear of the
building. There is a waiting room, secretary's
office and four interview offices.
"One reason a lot of people go to the Pinehurst
clinic is for confidentiality. A lot of others just
didn't want to go to the health department, it
made them uncomfortable. The nice thing about
this place is the private entrance." Barbour said.
The clinic is located in the rear of the medical
arts building occupied by physicians Riley M.
Jordan and Ramnik Zota. who have both
volunteered their services without enumeration
"That's another big advantage of being in this
location. They've been a big help," Barbour said.
Besides the usual range of mental health
treatment for such problems as drug abuse, or
alcoholism, the center also offers marriage
counseling, testing for brain damage, and
vocational assessments on disabilities. Sex
counseling is also available for couples. With its
larger staff and office space, the clinic could
serve up to 150 patients weekly.
The center receives most of its referrals from
private doctors and the Department of Social
Services, but Barbour noted a rise in "self
"There is a stigma about coming to a mental
health center. A lot of people who could benefit
don't want to come, or feel that coming here
makes them feel less independent. But one thing
that has changed over the past few years is the
number of self referrals. And the second thing is
people who are referred by other patients.
Someone may be talking to their neighbor or
their cousin and they were told 'Hey, I've been
there and it's okay' so the word is getting
around," Barbour said.
"I'm glad to see these changes, it's a very
positive thing. As we get more visible, people will
find out that it's not going to cost them $50 an
hour. People may still go to the Pinehurst clinic if
they wish, but people who call there for an
appointment are being encouraged to come here.
The only service which Pinehurst has which we
don't is the group psograms." he said.
Barbour, a Pennsylvania native who did his
post-graduate studies at Duke University and has
been a Sandhills staffer on a full-time basis for
the past six years, said the support he has
received has been very gratifying.
"Phil Diehl, who is the chairman of the mental
health board, has been very strong about
establishing a separate clinic and Mr. Lester
(County manager) has been super. We've had a
SOW OPEN -? The new mental health clinic located
in the rear of the medical arts building at 1 1 6 Campus
Ave. is open for business. The clinic has a private
entrance facing on the east side of the building.
lot of support from people in Hoke County," he
"It's very frustrating when you don't have a
base for a coherent program. We all had been
working separately, we didn't have any coordi
nated service in the real sense. So it is vei7
satisfying to have our own plate and things will
become a lot more coherent. 1 think."