The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LX1X NUMBER 24 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13,1977
BY SAM C MORRIS
The weather in Hoke County on
i Tuesday, October 11 is in the 50s,
and according to the reports, it will
| not reach 70 today. The rain which
came over the weekend has
stopped, but the forecast is for
more rain on Wednesday and
According to Robert Gatlin,
local records keeper for rainfall,
the average for the year is about as
it should be for Hoke County. He
said that we had heavy rains at
times and that would even up with
the extreme dry weather that has
Many places in the state are still
conserving water, and state that if
yie rainfall doesn't pick up, they
will be in trouble in a couple of
If we continue to hardtop and
clear away the trees and growth on
^11 the land that helps to conserve
water, we can't help but have
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My father used to tell me that the
older you get, the faster it seemed
time would go by. 1 never thought
anything about it at the time
because as most young men feel
about their father, what he says is
useless. That is, it takes a young
man or lady a long time to realize
that their parents know what they
are talking about.
Anyway, the older 1 get the more
this saying seems to be true.
Monday night a knock came at the
door, and when 1 opened the door a
member of the Lions Club was
selling Halloween candy. Now it
seems like only last month that
Mary Alice and I were answering
the door to "trick or treat." So if
you have a knock, be prepared to
fork over some money for candy. It
will be for a good cause and may
help you on Halloween night.
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Have you purchased a member
ship in the Hoke County Chapter of
the North Carolina Symphony? If
not you can still get in on the
ground floor if you purchase one by
Tuesday, October 18. This will
assure you a ticket to the per
formance here at Hoke High on
Any director has a receipt book,
or you can purchase one at The
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The Hoke High Bucks had a
hard time at Lumberton last Friday
night, but they were still on the
field when the game ended. They
will be at home Friday night and
will host the Pinecrest Patriots from
This should be a good game and
the weather should be perfect for
football. So make plans now to
have a night out at the stadium.
The Hoke High Band, under the
direction of Jimmy James, will also
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If you haven't made up your
mind about how to vote November
^he 8th on the bond issue and the
constitutional amendments, it
would pay you to go by the Hoke
County Courthouse on Saturday.
October 15 at 10a.m. There will be
a group of informed people from
other parts of the state sent out by
State Democratic headquarters to
present these issues.
There will be a panel discussion
and I think you will be allowed to
ask questions. So go by and be
better informed before you vote.
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Each day as I sit at my desk and
look out the front window I realize
that before too long the block
across the street will soon be
completely changed from what it
was when I was a small boy. The
Sinclair house is gone and the old
barn behind it was removed when
the Post office was built. Before
SNB was on the corner a taxi stand
and hot dog stand were located on
Of course most of the readers of
this column remember the theatre
being in the block. Do you recall
v*ten the REA office and the
newspaper officer were side by side
on Main street next to Hoke Auto
Now to really go back a year or
so, think about the old Gillis house
(See AROUND TOWN. Page I 5)
Field Swells To 9 For Council
Gilbert (Gib) Bernhardt Harry K. Carter
Drive To Begin
The 1978 United Way campaign
will be officially kicked off next
Monday, Oct. 17.
This year's goal is S24.374, an
increase of $1,500 over last year's.
The campaign drive is scheduled to
run through Nov. 30.
Co-chairman of this year's drive
are Dale Teal and Ralph Huff.
Serving on the United Fund execu
tive board are Younger Snead Jr.,
president, and Eugene Carter,
vice-president. Mrs. Louise Wright
is secretary and treasurer.
Canvassing division chairmen
have been named. They are: Ash
well Harward (Industries), Warren
Pate (Professionals), G. Raz Autry
(Schoolteachers), Zeke Wiggins
(Law ?rforcement Personnel),
Mary Matherly and Betty McFad
yen (Couaty Employees), Jane Ivey
(McCain Hospital), Jane Morgan
(McCain Prison), Ellen Willis
(Home Extension Clubs)
In the city, Roger Dixon is
canvassing chairman for the
northeast division and Betty Smith
is northwest chairman. Danny
DeVane will have the southeast
area and Tom Howell and Ann
Howell will have the southwest
Heading up the county division
for all rural areas are Bobby L.
Gibson, D.R. Huff, Jr., Etta
Barnes and Edith Newton.
The 1978 fund breakdown is as
Girl Scouts $5,100. Boy Scouts
SO. 37b. Red Cross $4,605. White
Cane $900. 4-H Clubs $1,495.
Hoke County Rescue Squad
$1 .500. Senior Citizens $200. Hoke
County Developmentally Disabled
The balance has been earmarked
among the Carolina United agen
cies, the state arm for national
organizations affiliated with the
Amounts approved for Carolina
Way are as follows.
Children's Home Society of N.C.
$576. Florence Crittenton Services
of N.C. $274. Carolina Mental
Health Assoc. $270. United Health
Services of N.C. $144. Epilepsy
Assoc. of N.C. $124. Research
Fund of N.C. United $192. North
Carolina United Way $381. Ameri
can Social Health Assoc. $44.
National Council on Aging $38.
United Service Organization (USO)
Amounts going to three of the
local organizations. Boy Scouts.
White Cane and 4-H Clubs, have
been increased this year, as well as
the total going to the Carolina
The workers outnumbered the
donors 2-1 at last week's visit of the
Red Cross Bloodmobile.
County Chairman Clyde Up
church, Jr. reported that only 21
pints were collected, far less than
what was needed. No donors from
either Burlington Industries or
Summerfield, which usually have
good turnouts, appeared, he said.
Friday's visit of the Bloodmobile
was an "extra" collection. Begin
ning with the new fiscal year, the
Bloodmobile will make five appear
ances in the county instead of the
P owell Bill Award
$45,000 For City
Raeford will receive $45,310 as
its share of the annual allocation of
State Street Aid (Powell Bill) funds,
it was announced last week by the
N.C. Department of Transporta
The Powell Bill returns to quali
fied municipalities one cent of the
North Carolina state motor fuel tax
and requires that these funds be
disbursed no later than Oct. 1.
The local amount is based on the
allocation formula which takes into
consideration the population of the
community and its local street
mileage. Raeford's 197b estimated
population was 3.200 and the
number ot certified non-system
miles was 21 .4.
A record number of 452 North
Carolina municipalities will receive
a total of more than S32 million
from this year's award. The largest
single award will go to the city of
Charlotte. $3.51 million.
The Hoke County Health
Center is giving flu shots to
anyone 16 years of age or older
on Mondays from 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays
from 8-1 1 :30 a.m.
Cost of the shot is $1.
The Hoke County School System
received Level 1 accreditation Sept.
29 at a State Board of Education
The accreditation was given in
recognition of the development and
implimentation of a comprehensive
education plan resulting in im
pro\ed learning for students.
Supt. G. Raz Autry accepted the
certificate on behalf of the school
High School Principal Earl Ox
endine. a member of the state
board, was also recognized for the
accomplishments of his home
Also attending the meeting with
Autry were J.l). McAllister. Roy
Maynor and Mrs. Florence Cohen.
More than 60 people, including
school personnel, parents and a
board member, were involved in
developing the education plan. The
central office and each school in the
system will receive a certificate for
Responding to a call from the
Sheriff's Department Monday
morning city police found the body
nl a 63-year-old cemetery employee
lying next to the curb on Crawford
According to Chief V.L. Wig
gins. the man was identified as
David Lathan. Rt. 2. Box 22.
Raeford. He was pronounced dead
by Dr. R.Ci. Town send. The cause
of death was listed as a heart
A Hoke County Young Demo
crats Club (YDC) is now organiz
ing. hrnesi Sutton Jr. announced.
All Democrats aged 18-35 in
terested in membership should
attend a meeting Thursday. Oct.
2". at K p.m. in the courthouse.
For further information, contact
Sutton at 875-4358 after 5 p.m.
County Board Holds Zoning,
Mobile Home Ordinance Review
County commissioner met
Thursday night for a two and
one-half hour session to review the
proposed county-wide zoning ordi
nance and mobile home park
The four members present
(Ralph Barnhart was absent) held a
joint session with the County
Planning Board to go over the
draft. Representing the planning
board were Charlie Morrison. Mrs.
Marilyn Fowler. Larry Ingram and
John M. McPhatter.
Bill Altman was appointed tem
porary clerk to replace the ailing
The two proposed ordinances
were prepared by the planning
board and the N.C. Department ot
Natural Resources and Community
Development. According to Alt
man, about 73 out of the state's 100
counties have adopted similar zon
The draft divides Hoke County
into five distinct zoning categories
-? transitional (T). rural (R).
conservation (CN), community (C),
industrial (I) and commercial ?
The transitional sections plotted
on the map are largely in the
rapidly growing eastern end of the
county, including Rockfish and the
neighborhoods just east of the city
limits. The purpose of such zoning
is to identify land where moderate
to high density development is to be
The community sections take in
already established settlements,
such as South Hoke. West Hoke,
and Five Points.
The majority ot the county has
been plotted in R and C N /ones for
the protection of low density rural
areas, including farmland, and
preservation of natural resources.
On the proposed mobile home
parks regulations, an issue was
raised by Commissioner Danny
DeVane. The proposed regulations
require that all mobile home parks
existing prior to the adoption of the
(Sec COUNTY BOARD. Page 15)
As of noon Monday, the field of candidates for city council swelled
to nine, after some last-minute confusion over the legal deadline for
filing and the disclosure of a larceny record on one candidate.
Joining the four candidates who announced last week were
incumbents Benny McLeod and Sam C. Morris and newcomers
Harry E. Carter and Gilbert (Gib) Bernhardt. Ex-councilman
Robert Weaver also filed to run.
Carter. Bernhardt, Morris and Weaver all would have been shut
out of the race, however, the legal deadline was extended to noon
Monday by the State Board of Elections.
Rose Sturgeon, executive secretary of the Hoke Board of
Elections, discovered Friday that an error had been made in the
official notices of the deadline.
Mrs. Sturgeon said she mixed up the closing date for filing (Oct.
7) with the closing date for voter registration (Oct. 10). A ruling from
the local board of elections and Alex Brock, chairman of the State
Board of Elections, allowed the filing of the other candidates.
Carter filed late Friday afternoon. Morris. Bernhardt and Weaver
filed Monday morning,
Morris, who is finishing out his second term on the council,
surprised observers. He had announced three weeks ago he would
not run again.
Morris said Monday that he felt he had to run again because of
"urging" from constituents. He added that he had been concerned
about the lack of candidates as of late last week.
Carter, 27, making his first try for elective office said he "wants to
try to serve the people of Hoke County."
A licensed funeral director with Crumpler's Funeral Home on
Harris Ave., Carter came to Raeford three years ago. He is a
graduate of Seventy-First High School and is now attending
Fayetteville Technical Institute where he hopes to earn an associate
degree in mortuary science. He is currently studying funeral service
A member of the Raeford Jaycees and Galatia Presbyterian
Church. Carter's main interest in serving on the council, he says, is
to see Raeford grow.
Berhnardt, 35, is plant manager of the Burlington Dye Plant. A
Rowan County native, he spent five years in the Air Force, stationed
mostly in Omaha, Neb., and entered college following his discharge
in 1965. He received a B.S. degTee in industrial technology from East
Bernhardt came to Raeford in 1968 when he joined Burlington as
a management trainee. He was named plant manager in November
He is a director and a past president of the Raeford-Hoke
Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of the Lions Club,
Kiwanis Club and Raeford Jaycees, and presently serves as a captain
in the Raeford Fire Department.
He and his wife, Donna, reside on Pinewood Circle with their
sons. Van, seven, and Britt, five. They attend Raeford united
Methodist Church where Bernhardt is a member of the
administrative board and Mrs. Bernhardt is secretary and choir
Bernhardt said his chief reason in running was his interest in
economic growth for the city.
"We've lived here for nine years, going on ten. and it's a nice little
town, we like it here. It has a great opportunity for economic
development, but unless people take an active part, economic
development will not take place," he said.
He said that he hoped to provide "leadership" in bringing
development to the city.
Bernhardt said the reason he filed so late was because he was out
of town last week. He made his decision last week.
Weaver, 59, was first elected to the city council in 1973. He was
defeated in 1975 by David Lovette.
Weaver is a textile manufacturing engineer. He worked for the city
years ago as clerk and treasurer when the city operated under the old
mayor-council form of government.
Weaver, who resides with his wife on Prospect Ave., could not be
reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Lonnie Baldwin, the only black in the race, said
Friday that disclosure of his larceny conviction shouldn't have any
bearing on his candidacy.
Baldwin pleaded guilty on Feb. 6. 1976, to shoplifting $7 worth of
goods from Knit-Away, according to files in the courthouse. He was
given a six - month term suspended for five years and fined S25.
In 1970, Baldwin, then 18. was arrested for larceny and
subsequently found not guilty in District Court.
"It was insufficient evidence they had." Baldwin said, referring to
the 1976 conviction. "My attorney suggested the best plea would be
guilty. I didn't have any involvement, the girl they caught the goods
on. she gave them my name."
Baldwin said the incident happened after he left his job in the
shipping department. He had worked for Knit-Away on a part-time
basis for about 18 months.
"It doesn't bother me. If I felt it would have any bearing, I
wouldn't have filed. But I'll tell you this. 1 was going to go get an
affidavit before all this to show that I was expecting this. By being
black. I was expecting some harassment. But I don't look for color. I
believe in God and he don't accept one color. I believe God wjll see
me through." he said.
"If I'm elected, I'm going to do the job outlined for me to do --
(See COUNCIL. Page 1?)
Highest In N. C.
The latest report released by the
N.C. Employment Security Com
mission shows Hoke County to have
the highest unemployment rate in
the state for August.
The county's jobless rate for the
month of August was estimated at
990 persons or 10.8 per cent of the
work force. Among the state's 100
counties, Hoke was the highest with
Franklin County second at 9.5 per
S.J. Benkosky, director of the
Raeford ESC Office, attributed the
August jump to 65 layoffs at the
Burlington plant, coupled with the
usual rise in the summer due to
youths out of school and seeking
With a total labor force esti
mated at only 9,170 persons, in
comparison with larger counties
and greater populations, the 65
layoffs appreciably affected the
month's rate, Benkosky said.
According to Benkosky, the
unemployment rate for the first
eight months of 1977 has averaged
9.07 per cent. During 1976, the
highest monthly level was in
January. 10.3 per cent. The average
for the entire 12 month period in
1976 was only 7.9 per cent.