#The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXIX NUMBER 18 RAEFORD. HOKE COUNTY. NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1977
BY SAM C. MORRIS
The weather is hot and humid
again and in the early morning, for
those who sleep late, the fog is thick
and most people are driving with
their lights on. Of course some
folks don't believe in turning their
lights on in foggy weahter, but it
does help the other driver.
With the long Labor Day
weekend coming up, maybe the
weather will hold and a few rounds
of golf can be played.
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The golf tournament at Pine
hurst was played last week in
^perfect weather and the attendance
was the best they have ever had.
With the TV coverage and the
sponsorship of Colgate, maybe the
tournament was somewhat a
t financial success. According to all
reports, the tournament has lost
money every year it has been put
It was hard for most people who
had played the No. 2 course at
Pinehurst to believe that anyone
would shoot 20 under par for the
four rounds in tournament play.
Every day you would hear people
say that they would place the pins
so that the scores would go up, but
the course was in such perfect
condition, it was impossible to keep
the good golfers from scoring.
It was good for Hale Irwin to win
by five strokes but is it not good for
the TV sponsors and the tourna
ment sponsors. A run - away is not
good to look at or not to see a golfer
get in trouble occasionally.
I suspect that the powers to be at
Pinehurst are already figuring out
ways to make it tougher on the pros
All we can do is wait and see!
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The Hoke High Bucks football
team opens its season Friday night
at the stadium against Seventy -
First. Game time is eight o'clock
and a large crowd is expected for
the opening game.
The Booster Club is once again
asking for your support and if you
haven't joined, a member of that
organization will more than apt ask
you to do so as you approach the
stadium. Don't turn your head, but
pull out $5 and boost the Bucks.
Also the music Boosters need
your support. Look at the band
performance and then think of
what a small donation could do to
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Last week at the meeting of the
Raeford Kiwanis Club a VIP from
Exxon spoke to the club. He was
brought to the club by Lawrence
Bounds, who was in charge of the
program. His talk was filled with
facts and figures concerning the
price of oil and he made many good
points for the oil industry. Of
course, even if big business is right
when it comes to pricing a product,
if it is touching our pocketbook, we
* will start making noises against the
company before we know any side
but ours. This is just human nature
and I don't believe time will be a
The program was interesting and
the speaker was well informed on
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While on the subject of Raeford
Kiwanis Club, Julian King.
K resident asked that I remind all
jwanians that the club would
meet this week at the Captain's
Place, rather than the Civic Center.
Time is the same - 6:30 p.m.
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I don't know if the season or the
moon has anything to do with it.
(See AROUND TOWN. Page 13)
' To Be Shut
The News-Joiirtial office will
I > be closed Monday for the
Labor Day holiday.
All news announcements
and articles must be turned in
by noon on Friday. Sept. 2. for
publication in next week's
CALLING CARD ?? County ABC Officer J. K. Riley doesn t leave a calling
card when he uproots a marijuana patch, as he often times has occasion to
do in his travels through the woods, but a disgruntled "customer" who
found that Riley had visited his illegal garden decided to leave a greeting.
This note was attached to stalks which had been stripped of their leaves and
left on the doorstep of the jail. The note reads Pigs this is part of the crop '
and is signed Dope Grower ". Riley says he knows who the funnyman is.
Nets Drug Haul
A large quantity of drugs
were stolen Friday night in a
daring rooftop break - in at a
downtown pharmacy, the sec
ond such burglary in two years
at the store.
Police Chief V.L. Wiggins
said the thieves gained access to
Hoke Drug Co. on Main St.
after entering three other
businesses. A padlock on the
door on the roof of Sports
Barber Shop was cut and entry
was gained through the ceiling
to Louise's Beauty Shop, next
door to Hoke Drug.
The police chief said the
intruders attempted to drive a
hole through the wall between
the beauty shop and the
BREAK-IS ? Police believe two or three persons were involved in a
weekend break-in at Hoke Drug Co. A saw was used to open the ceiling for
entry to the pharmacy area.
Concerts Nov. 1
N.C. Symphony To Visit Here
The newly organized Hoke
County Chapter of the North
Carolina Symphony announced
that the Little Symphony will
perform in Raeford Nov. 1 in the
high school auditorium.
The Little Symphony, with
Conductor James Ogle, will present
a children's concert for all fourth,
fifth and sixth grade pupils that
morning, also in the high school
auditorium. The evening perform
ance, at 8:15. is for older students
The Chapter will kick off its
membership drive at a meeting
today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. at
the Board of Education office.
Symphony staff members Richard
Walker, director of education, and
Patty Shelley, director of com
munity service, will attend.
Members of the chapter will be
selling season tickets for the
1977-78 statewide concert series.
Memberships are $5 for adults and
$3 for students. A membership,
which entitles the purchaser to
admission to the Raeford concert,
is also valid for admission tQ
concerts scheduled in other cities
with a $1 surcharge.
Mrs. Doris Austin. Chapter
president, also announced that an
ensemble of the Symphony will visit
the Hoke schools sometime next
spring for five days of playing and
instruction for elementary pupils.
Part of the cost of the week - long
program will be underwritten by
the Board of Education
The N.C. Symphony has per
formed in Raeford only once
before, in the 1%0's. Chapter
members are requesting that or
ganizations and clubs which
usually meet on the first Tuesday of
the month consider re - scheduling
November meetings so everyone
may have a chance to attend the
The Symphony is supported by
its nearly 40 volunteer chapters
located across the state. Other
officers of the Hoke Chapter arc
Robert Gatlin, vice - presidnet.
Lorenna Upchurch. secretary.
James W. Turlington, treasurer.
Sam Morris, publicity chairman,
Betty Upchurch. adult concert
chairman, and Mary Archie
McNeill, children's concert chair
4 Men Charged
In Hog Heist Case
Four men. including a McCain
prison guard, have been charged
with felonious larceny in connec
tion with a series of hog heists
which reportedly involved about
$5,000 worth of stock.
Sherriff D.M. Barrington identi
fied the suspects as Bobby Lock
lear. 31, a Department of Correc
tions employee at McCain Prison,
of Rt. 1, Box 12-A. Aberdeen.
Locklear's brother. Tony Neil
Locklear. 18. of Old Trail Mobile
Home Park. Sylvester Locklear. 17.
of Rt. 1. Box 120-B, Aberdeen, and
Harley Junior Cummings. of Rt. 3.
Box 266. Raeford.
The sheriff said the arrests
capped a month-long investigation
of hog rustling conducted by Capt.
J.R. Riley. Sgt. J.E. Murdock. and
deputies C.E. Harris and L.D.
Foster, together with ABC agent
The men were arrested Aug. 21
after deputies staked out at Rae
ford Livestock. Inc. found ten hogs
taken from the property loaded on
two vehicles, the sheriff said.
Several suspects fled the scene on
foot and the four men were
apprehended later, using blood
hounds in the search. Barrington
The men initially were each
charged with one count of felonious
larceny and Barington said ad
ditional warrants are being drawn.
The sheriff said four hogs were
stolen from C.F. McBryde in July
and 15-20 hogs were stolen from
Earl Hendrix in two separate
incidents during the first two weeks
in August. Raeford Livestock Inc.
also reported six hogs stolen on
The sheriff said some of the
stolen stock has been traced to a
Siler City market.
Bobby Locklear and Tony Lock
lear were released under $2,000
bond to await a Sept. 9 district
court appearance. Cummings and
Sylvester Locklear were jailed in
lieu of bond.
A spokesman at McCain Prison
said Bobby Locklear was suspend
ed from his job without pay and his
resignation had been requested.
Membership chairman is Anne
On the board of directors are
Joan H. Balfour. Doris Beaver. Roy
Maynor. Magdalene Lowery. Dora
Chavis. Florence L. Cohen, Kay
Thomas, Charlie Hottel, Jimmy
James. Phil Sunima. Eloise Carter.
Anne Upchurch. Donna Bern
hardt, Raz Autry. Janet C. Buoyer.
Iris Davis, Jessie Neeley, Cohilida
Lyons and Emma Mims.
W.S. (Bill) Crawley, an Arabia
resident, was appointed the newest
Hoke County magistrate last week.
Crawley. 61, was named to the
S7.500 a year post by Chief District
Court Judge Derb S. Carter upon
recommendation from Clerk of
Court Juanita Edmund. He is
undergoing two weeks of training in
Fayetteville and will assume his
new duties in mid - September.
A native of Hoke County,
Crawley was employed by John
Deere Tractor Co. until the
company ceased operations here.
He operated a flower and plant
business from his home until
He and his wife Vernon Crawley
have two children. Bill, 35, and
All city and county offices will be
closed next Monday. Sept. 5, in
observance of the Labor Day
I he Hoke County Board of
Education will hold its regular
monthly meeting Monday night as
scheduled, however the Raeford
City Council will meet one week
later. Sept. 12. tor its regular
1 he Hoke County Board of
Commissioners will meet on Tues
day. Sept. h. at 9 a.m. instead of
drugstore but gave up. An
undetermined amount of cash
and a radio were taken from the
beauty shop, and the barber
shop and Poole Insurance
Agency offices were ransacked
but apparently nothing was
An ax. which was found at
the scene, was used to chop a
hole through the roof of the
drugstore. Wiggins said. The
thieves then dropped to the
ceiling of the store and ap
parently used a saw to go
through the ceiling, and then
climbed down a cabinet to the
pharmacy area where the drugs
were kept. The area was left in
Wiggins said at least two
men, and possibly three, were
involved. They left the store
through the roof.
The State Bureau of In
vestigation and Fayetteville
narcotics bureau agents have
been called into the investi
On Nov. 4. 1975, a similar
break - in occurred at the store
and drugs were removed by
thieves who entered through the
roof. Two Fayetteville men were
later arrested and convicted in
Cumberland County Superior
Several years before, the
drugstore was broken into and
the stolen drugs were later
found on the edge of the Ft.
Bragg reservation. No arrests
Second, third and fourth graders
living in the North Raeford MHP
and old Queenmore neighborhoods
will attend West Hoke School, not
McLauchlin Elementary School as
Kindergarten and first grade
pupils from those areas will attend
For further information, contact
the Board of Education office or
the school principal's office.
Chamber of Commerce
President Earl N. Fowler was
named to fill the position of
Chamber manager at the Aug.
19 called meeting of the board
A formal announcement was
issued by Internal Vice Presi
dent William McDonald who
indicated that Fowler submitted
his resignation as president
effective Aug. 31 and will
assume the responsibilities of
manager Sept. 6.
Fowler's application for the
position was submitted along
with approximately 20 others.
h. art howler
A Lumberton native. Fowler
met and married his wife
Marilyn here in Raeford. They
have eleven ? year - old twins.
Carmen and Franklin.
Fowler graduated from Lum
berton High School and
attended the University of
Indiana before launching a
career with the A & P. He
retired from that company April
His job with the A & P took
him from Raeford to Laurin
burg, Winston - Salem.
Burlington and back to Rae
ford. He worked as a district
supervisor in Burlington.
He was elected to a three -
year term as director of the
Chamber, serving one full year
before taking the reins as
Fowler said of his new
position. "We want to make
sure we are properly and
adequately serving the com
munity. county and all Cham
ber members. We want to see
that all our members are taken
care of before we venture into
any new areas."
Fowler will be replacing
Dayna Pate who resigned Aug.
McDonald said that the new
Chamber president will be
selected and announced at the
regular board meeting Sept. 13.