Jhe Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXIX NUMBER 21 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY., SEPTEMBER 22, 1977
BY SAM t MORRIS
Last year we went from summer
into winter without any fall
weather. The mornings for the past
week have the fall feeling to them
and this is as it should be.
We don't know what to expect
for the remainder of September,
but if the days would cool off a
little, it would be perfect for this
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In last week's paper in the write -
up on William McDonald be
coming the new president of the
Raeford ? Hoke Chamber of
.Commerce, it stated that he was on
the board of directors at the
Raeford Presbyterian Church. It
should have said he was on the
Board of Deacons.
When you are writing an article
about someone that has just been
elected president of something, he
or she will be members of many
boards and it is hard sometimes to
keep in mind that church boards
are not directors. They could be
elders, deacons, stewards, etc.
Anyway we are sorry about this
mistake, but we offer our
congratulations to McDonald and
know that he will do a fine job.
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Well the Bucks came through
last Friday night and from all
reports did the job in a convincing
manner. 1 believe this is what the
team needed and this should make
for a better spirit as they prepare
for a tough Lee County High School
team here Friday night. To most of
us it would be called Sanford.
It is almost impossible to tell
teams by what they are called any
more. Back when 1 was in school
Fayetteville had one high school
and Raleigh and Charlotte had only
two. But times have changed, and
cities now have from four on up
high schools. To make it more
difficult, in a small county like
Hoke or Lee, they have con
solidated the schools and changed
the names of that school.
Anyway mark your calendar for
the first conference game for Hoke
High and be in attendance at Hoke
High Stadium Friday night.
There was an article in last
week's paper headed, "Program
Recruiting School Volunteers."
This program aids children by en
couraging them to take more
interest in learning. You do not
tutor, but just offer parental
guidance to some child that needs
Can you share with someone that
may not have what your child has?
If you can. then contact Florence
Cohen at 875-4 106 or Mrs. Kay
Thomas and volunteer your service.
1 can assure you that the program
will not only help the child, but will
give you a feeling that you haven't
had before. Try it!
Last week when 1 read about the
death of D.J. Dalton, it brought
?back memories of the days when
the REA office was on Main Street
in Raeford and was located in a
building now torn down. The
building was where SNB now has
its parking lot.
The News-Journal office was next
door and as I would come to work
early in the morning the crews for
the REA would have their trucks in
the alley behind the building
getting ready to go out for work.
Of course the head man or
manager was Mr. Dalton. He was
always on the job. but he was also a
man that you didn't hear much
from. 1 don't believe 1 ever heard
him raise his voice. Always around,
but not by a loud way of showing it.
The Lumbee REA was his baby
and he nursed it from infancy to
what it is today. It was not an easy
job and every part of the United
States was in the same fix for
electricity as was Hoke. Scotland.
Robeson and a part of Cumberland
County and he was undertaking to
?fill their needs, of course, everyone
wanted the lines run into their
section of the county first. How this
man kept the board of directors
fnd all these people satisfied, is still
a puzzle to me. Not for one year,
but for 31 years. His problems were
increased above other REA
managers, because he was dealing
I with whites, blacks, and Indians.
Yes. D.J. Dalton in his quiet
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Hoke Board, Sanitary Service
At Odds Over Contract T erms
HOLE l/\ THE GROUND-City workers who cut the trees at the old Sinclair property apparently got overzeabus about
their work and mistakenly cut down one or two trees which were on the property of the Post Office. City manager
Robert Drumwrigh t took responsibility for the boo boo as he gave the instructions, although the stone marker at the
corner of the bouttdan> (visible in the corner) line was overgrown by the tree. Postmaster Joseph Carver, who said he
wasn't really sure if one or two trees were cut, said a mutually agreeable arrangement had been worked out to
compensate for the loss. The city will do some free landscaping work for the post office.
A Raeford man who was charged
last May with several others in a
widely publicized alleged prostitu
tion ring was cleared last week
when the charge was dropped by
the District Attorney's office.
Paul Rose, owner of the Uptown
Restaurant, was charged with aid
ing and abetting prostitution, a
misdemeanor, in connection with
an investigation by Fayetteville
police into a modeling agency.
The charge was dismissed Sept.
13. Assistant Dist. Atty. Beth
Keever said no witnesses could be
located to testify.
Mayor Files To Run,
Morris Nixes 3rd Term,
Others Mum On Plans
Mayor John K. McNeill Jr.
filed last week with the Board of
Elections to run for a fifth term
in the November election.
McNeill, 57, an employee of
the Raleigh office of The
Department of Natural Re
sources and Community De
velopment, has been an elected
official since 1952 when he ran
for the city council. He was
re-elected to the council until
1967 when he sought the
More Arrests Made
In Hog Heist Capers
Two of the four men charged by
Hoke County authorities last
month with hog rustling were
arrested again last week near here
and charged with more thefts.
Sylvester Locklear. 17, of Rt. 1.
Box 120-B. Aberdeen, was arrested
Sept. 14 at the Pembroke swine
market while he was waiting in line
with approximately 25 feeder pigs
to sell. Sheriff D.M. Barrington
said. Later the same day. Harley
Junior Cummings. Rt. 3. Box 266.
Raeford. was arrested on a nearby
road. Both men were arrested Aug.
21 and charged with multiple
felony counts involving a series of
Upchurch Farms had ieported
the disappearance of 55 feeder
pigs, worth S2.200. early on the
morning of Sept. 14. Barrington
said Det. Alex Norton, accom
pained by the farm overseerer.
David Warren, went to the Pem
broke market and spotted Locklear
in a pickup truck.
After Locklear was brought to
Hoke County and jailed. Norton
returned to the market and spotted
a second pickup truck also loaded
with about 25 - 30 pigs, the sheriff
said. Apparently the driver of the
pickup had spotted Norton and had
slipped away, the sheriff said.
Cummings was taken into
custody by Norton while walking
down a nearbv road.
A third suspect. Tony Creed. 20.
no address listed, was also arrested
and charged with receiving stolen
property in connection with the
McNeill ran unopposed in the
1975 election, polling 415 votes,
or about 70 per cent of the votes
On the city council side. Sam
C. Morris announced that he
will not seek a third term.
Morris. 59. cited business
responsibilities as interfering
with the time required to be a
Graham Clark, 61. and
Benny McLeod, 41. both said
this week they were undecided
about filing again. Clark was
re-elected to a fourth term in
1975 and McLeod was re
elected to a third term that year,
outpolling all other candidates.
Neither Crawford Thomas Jr.
or Bob Gentry, the other council
members, could be reached
Filing period for candidates
closes Oct. 10.
The Raeford Jaycees announced plans for a "Haunted House"
Halloween attraction with plenty of scarv entertainment Oct. 29 -
Robert Pecora, project chairman, said the entertainment has
been done successfully by other Jaycee chapters throughout the
country. He said the Haunted House will feature plenty of spine
tingling sights, with the spirits of ghosts, witches, devils and
demons for both children and adults to see.
Pecora also said that the Jaycees are hoping this sort of
attraction will cut down on a lot of undesirable behavior on
"It seems that Halloween brings a lot of pranksters and
vandals. The pranksters' little bag of tricks used to consist of
small and subtle objects of humor, but in recent years, they have
graduated to such things as sabotaging children's treats with
razor blades, poison, drugs and other horrible things." Pecora
"And then you have the vandals who will deal out S500 worth of
damage for the five cents of candy they missed. The end result of
all this is a great fear on the part of parents and a disappointment
for the kids," he said.
"The Jaycees would like to provide the sort of entertainment to
make Halloween the scary and fun holiday it is supposed to be."
Advance tickets for the Haunted House are SI apiece and will
go on sale soon through Jaycee members.
A showdown between county officials and Sanitary Container
Service Inc. over the firm's refusal to begin residential garbage
collection within the county is expected within a week.
Joe Etheredge and Fred Snyder of Sanitary met with
commissioners Monday night and said the company had received
"very little response" from people who want house to house pickup.
Etheredge said that company policy requires that the service be
curbside only and he told the four commissioners present that they
had approved that rule in June when the contract was awarded.
"I'd like to straighten that out," Chairman John Balfour said.
"The only thing we were approving was the rate of $4.50 a month.
We took no action on anything else."
"The number one complaint from the calls I've had is people just
don't want to go out to the road with their garbage," he said.
Commissioner Danny DeVane criticized the firm for not providing
house to house pickup in the two and one - half months since July 1
when the contract went into effect.
The contract requires that the firm provide service to customers
who were previously getting service from Pickup Sanitation Service.
However, it also requires that there be at least 10 homes located in a
two - mile radius. Additionally, the contract does not specify whether
the service shall be curbside only. Pickup Sanitation Service did not
insist on curbside collection.
DeVane also criticized the firm's policy of pre-payment and said
that was another reason why customers were reluctant to request
"People don't want to pay in advance if they don't know what
they're going to get," he said.
Balfour and DeVane both said that some citizens wouldn't object
to paying more than the $4.50 rate if they could get their trash
picked up behind their homes.
"People want it the way it was before. They might be willing to pay
a little extra for the convenience." DeVane said.
"We'd like to start residential service tomorrow but we'd like to
have it curbside. We can get it resolved but we'll have to get back to
our vice-president. Company policy is curbside only." Snyder told
The Sanitary representatives also said they were exploring the
possibility of sub-contracting the service to another business.
Clyde Leach, owner of Pickup Sanitation Service, was in the
audience during the meeting but he did not say anything.
The board did agree to share the cost of placing wire fences
around approximately five dumpster sites to help control the spread
of trash. The county's share would be about $65 for each fence
erected. County Manager T.B. Lester said.
Against the recommendation of the county manager, the four
commissioners (Ralph Barnhart was absent) voted to apply for a
Governor's Highway Safety Program grant to obtain a new
ambulance for use by the Hoke County Rescue Squad.
Lester explained that under new regulations effective July 1, the
ambulance would be considered a "replacement" for a 1974 van the
squad now is able to use under a "grandfather" clause. If the grunt
is approved and the new vehicle received, the van could not be used
except under extraordinary circumstances.
"I can't see spending $10,000 when that one is less than four years
old and it doesn't have that much mileage on it," Lester said.
Under the formula for the grant, the county would pay one-half
the cost of the vehicle, or about S9.000 - 510,000.
DeVane, a former Rescue Squad member, argued strongly in
favor of making the application and said the county could realise
some money through the sale of the van. DeVane also said it would
be a good idea to get as many ambulances and emergency vehicles as
they could in case the county had to take over public ambulance
service anytime in the future.
In an unusual move for him, Balfour made a motion not to go
ahead with the application. After several more minutes of argument.
Commissioner James A. Hunt agreed to second the motion if it was
amended to mean that the county would place the funds in the
budget for another time. Balfour's motion was not put to a vote since
Hunt did not second it officially, apparently.
DeVane then made a motion to go ahead with the application with
the stipulaton that proceeds form the sale of the van are to be used to
help pay the local share of the grant. Hunt then seconded that
motion and it passed unanimously.
In an unrelated matte, the board unanimously approved the
expenditure of $400 to send ambulance drivers of the Rescue Squad
to a training session. The motion was made by Hunt, who remarked
"If we're going to spend 510,000, another $400 can't hurt".
The board voted to participate in a state grant program
concerning alternative care for juvenile offenders. $5,250 has been
allocated to Hoke for study and services. Under a new law effective
next July 1. certain juvenile v)ffenders may not be sent to training
school and alternative care must be provided within the community,
such as foster homes.
The board approved the appointments of George Barbour.
Benjamin Niblock Hobart Freeman. Richard Alligood. James
McLeod and J.K. McNeill Jr. to the juvenile committee.
In other appointments. Gerald Wright and Bill Altman were
named to the Advancement. Inc., board.
Odom Roofing Co. was awarded work on a new roof for the
courthouse annex. Its bid was S576. Cost of the shingles will be
approximately S2.400, Lester estimated.
Next regular meeting of the board is Oct. 3 at 9 a.m.
A special meeting to review zoning ordinance proposals was set for
7:30 p.m. Oct. 6.