tThe Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LX1X NUMBER 25 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1977
BY SAM C. MORRIS
CQhlmn ?l y?U u31 read this
column know that the first
paragraph or two has something in
Countv F u weather in Hoke
Lounty. For the past few weeks I
have been praising the fall weather
and saying we were not going
22S5.1"0 winter as has hap
pened the past several years. As the
old saying goes "maybe I put the
mouth on it!"
,?.^UeSday morning when I went
r 0a-r to "ork' Io and behold,
ce had formed on the windows of
the car during the night. The
heater had to be turned on to clear
~ f[?m .the windshield. Jimmy
Conoly said that ice was on his
wasn't rday morning, but it
wasn t on mine.
So maybe it would be better if I
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The rain didn't stop the Home
coming parade last Friday after
thThH r baunds and flo?s with
e .fflp of cheerleaders aueen
show' a"d scouts? made a fine
showing on main street to the folks
that lined the streets.
?e,?ucks. fo"?ht hard at the
big day for Hoke High students.
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' ah^". aric'f in this week s paper is
?.,s 8?>"P is having a get
together this weekend and will be
?recognized during the half a t tS
2^um H?ke ??? ?. m
Best wishes for a big weekend to
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A telephone call Monday was
trom Ashwell Harward, personnel
manager of the dyeing plant here,
telling me that he was in good
health and was available for all his
friends to find him.
This message stumped me for a
tew minutes until he asked if
Graham Pope still had his
subscription to The News-Journal.
This brought to mind a letter I
received in 1975 from one Graham
Pope, who used to head the dye
plant here. If most of you will
recall, it was after N.C. State had
defeated Carolina in football and
Pope was inquiring about the
whereabouts and health of Ashwell
Harward. Of course Harward is a
Carolina graduate. '
So after the game in Carter
Stadium last Saturday. Ashwell
, says he can't get in touch with Pope
or any other State men and would
like to use this paper to try to see if
they are still up and about.
All right Pope, let us hear from
, you. not only to find out about your
health, but what was wrong with
your football team. Maybe as your
letter to Ashwell said in 1975, you
will see him during basketball
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The following article appeared in
a recent issue of The Sandhills Art
"Harold Brady, area sculptor,
has won the South Carolina
Natonal Bank Purchase Award for
a life - size sculpture of a greater
scope. Mr. Brady is well * known in
the Sandhills as a woodcarver and
bird sculptor as well as a friend of
Wildlife. He has been featured in
articles in North Carolina Wildlife
and other regional publications.
His prize ? winning piece will tour
branches of South Carolina Na
i Harold is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. H.K. Brady of Raeford and
now lives in Southern Pines.
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Don't forget the concert to be
Riven in Raeford on Tuesday,
lovember I by the North Carolina
Symphony. Make your plans now
so that you can be present.
BEST FLOAT - With a bevy of pretty girls seated in front of the gridiron figures, the senior class float was voted
Jirst prize in the Hoke High homecoming parade.
R WC Gets Five District Awards
The Ninth District N.C. Federa
tion of Women's Clubs General
Clubwoman of the Year of 1977
award was won by Mrs. Joan H.
Baltour of the Raeford Woman's
Club. The Raeford club also won
three other first place and one
second place awards at the recent
Mrs. Balfour won her award for
extensive church and community
activities. She is currently serving
on a number of committees in her
church, the Lumber Bridge Presby
terian Church. She will be District
III President of the Fayetteville
Presbytery beginning this fall. She
is serving on the board of directors
of the Hoke Civic Center and on the
board of the Raeford Chapter of
the North Carolina Symphony. Her
work also involves being active with
fund raising in the community.
Currently, she is president for the
Ninth District of the Women's
First place awards won by the
club include the 1977 Gene Tart
Community Service Award and the
1977 Cooperation and Involvement
Award. These awards were given
tor the Woman's Club's public
service work. They sponsor a used
clothing store. The Attic, to pro
vide needy people with clothing and
also to provide low-income persons
with a place they can afford to
shop. 35 children were sent to camp
through the Club's efforts, and they
were active in getting registered
voters to the polls. The members
help manage the Hoke Civic Center
and they sponsored a day of Special
Olympics for Special Education
children. Along with the many
community services the Woman's
Club provides, they also made
numerous financial contributions
to worthy causes.
First place for the Elizabeth
Maynard Youth Award was also
taken by the Raeford Club. This
award was given for outstanding
work with the youth of the com-'
munity. Included in the youth
related activities are donations,
scholarships, and volunteer work
on an individual basis.
The 1977 Public Affairs Award
entry won second place in the
District judging. The Public Affairs
Department of the Club sponsored
several programs to promote
awareness of important issues.
They also provided the police with
an electric marker for public use to
aid in location of stolen belongings.
Child abuse Awareness Week was
supported by the Club and numer
ous contributions were made to
Sheriffs deputies are seeking
three Indian males who staged an
armed robbery at the Clearview
Grocery on N.C. 211 Saturday.
According to Capt. J.R. Riley of
the sheriff's office, three males
entered the store about 5 p.m. and
told employee Stafford Locklear
they wanted three cases of beer.
One man followed Locklear to the
cooler and pulled a pistol while one
of the other two emptied the cash
About $95 was taken, Riley said.
The trio fled in an automobile,
Locklear told investigators.
No arrests have been made.
WINNER Mrs. John Balfour displays her cup as winner of the Ninth
General Clubwoman of the Year Award in Ninth District State Federation
of Women 's Club meet.
United Way Drive
The 1978 United Way Cam
paign, which started Monday, has
announced the addition of three
canvassers for the Raeford busi
Linda Kay Teal will join North
west Area Chairman Betty Smith,
Jane Davis will help Tom and Ann
Howell in the Southwest Area, and
Ed Hasty will work in the Southeast
Area with Dannv DeVane.
Funds will be collected in the
county by Extension Homemaker
Club members and by individuals
from each community. Ellen Willis
is in charge of the Extension Club
Co-chairmen of this year's drive
are Dale Teal and Ralph Huff.
As the drive opened collections
this week. Co-Chairman Huff said,
"Things look optimistic. We hope
to reach our goal,"
The 1978 goal is S24.374. This is
an increase of 51,500 over last
year's goal. The campaign drive is
scheduled to run through Nov. 30.
The United Fund will serve the
Girl Scouts. Boy Scouts. Red
Cross. White Cane, 4-H Clubs.
Hoke County Rescue Squad. Senior
Citizens, and Hoke County De
velopmentally Disabled Associa
The balance has been earmarked
among the Carolina United
agencies, the state arm for national
organizations affiliated with the
United Way. Carolina Way funds
will reach the Children's Home
Society of N.C., Florence Critten
ton Services of N.C.. Carolina
Mental Health Assoc.. United
Health Services of N.C.. Epilepsy
Assoc. of N.C.. Research Fund of
N.Q. United, North Carolina
United Way. American Social
Health Assoc., National Council on
Aging, and United Service Organi
F arm Listing
The Hoke County American
Legion Post XX will sponsor
two performances of the Circus
Kirk at Armory Park Saturday.
The shows will be at 2 p.m. and
Offering wholesome family
entertainment, the Circus Kirk
will present aerial acts, acro
batics, clowns and animal acts.
Advance tickets are on sale
for $2 for adults, $1 for
children (three years and under
are free). Tickets may be
purchased at Southern Na
tional Bank, Clark's Gulf Sta
tion. Raeford Auto Co.,
Gentry's Tire Center or from
any member of the American
Ticket prices will be higher
at the gate. Proceeds will go to
help support the Post baseball
Six Hoke County schoolchildren
were checked and treated for minor
lumps and bruises Tuesday after
noon following an accident involv
ing a truck and school bus No. 10.
Upchurch School Principal Allen
Edwards was contacted in the office
of Dr. R.G. Townsend shortly after
the accident. He said that the bus
carrying children from the high
school, Upchurch and Raeford
Elementary, was proceeding south
on US-401 and was preparing to
turn left when a southbound truck
attempted to pass two other trucks
and the bus. The truck driver, who
Edwards identified as Harry Bell of
Locust, apparently returned to the
right lane too soon, catching the
front end of the bus.
Edwards indicated that the truck
then jackknifed and went into a
ditch about 200 ft. down the road.
The bus, driven by Sidney Town
send. was considered a financial
loss, according to Edwards.
"It would probably cost more to
repair it than it would to buy a new
one." he said.
Another bus was dispatched to
carry the children home after about
a 30 min. disruption of the
County Man Dies
In 401 Accident
A twenty three year-old textile
worker was killed Sunday morning
on U.S. 401, marking the fourth
traffic fatality of the year in Hoke
Killed in the 7:10 a.m. accident
was Jerry Gordon McRae. of Rt. 3,
Box 519, Raeford.
According to Trooper R.V. Lee.
McRae was checking under the
hood of a stalled vehicle on the
southbound shoulder of the high
way when a northbound vehicle
crossed the center line and struck
McRae before colliding with the
McRae was dead on arrival at
Cape Fear Valley Hospital in
Fayetteville with internal injuries,
The driver of the Dodge pickup
truck which struck McRae was
identified as Willie Lee Sellers, 44,
of College Park. Md.
Lee said Sellers and two passen
?ers in his vehicle, John Mack
ellers, 42, of Riverdale, Md., and
Willie C. Sellers, 13, of College
Park, Md., were taken to Cape
Fear Valley Hospital with minor
Sellers was charged with death
by vehicle and released under
$1 .000 bond in connection with the
accident. Lee said. Lee said the
driver told him he swerved to avoid
an oncoming vehicle in his lane.
Lee said there appeared to be no
indication of drinking in connec
tion with the accident.
According to the trooper, the
victim was traveling on the highway
when he and another man stopped
to assist the driver of a stalled car
near the Checkerboard Grill about
six miles north of Raeford. The
driver of the stalled car, Cleveland
A. McRae, 35, of Rt. 1, Box 576.
Raeford, was behind the wheel and
attempting to start it when the
accident occurred, Lee said. He
was treated for minor injuries at
Cape Fear Valley Hospital.
The two McRaes were unrelated,
County commissioners voted
Monday night to ask the state to
include Hoke County in a
pilot program aimed at reduc
ing the workload of the tax
listing office in certifying farm
Les Simpson, director of the
tax listing office, told commis
sioners that the Land Utiliza
tion Survey of the N.C. Depart
ment of Agriculture is now
being done on a "sampling"
basis in a few counties.
If permission is received by
state officials, the responsibility
for certifying crops will no
longer rest with the county tax
listers, Simpson said.
Under current law, the tax
listers are required to obtain
detailed information on every
farm of 10 acres or more every
January for later classification
by state agriculture officials.
Under the pilot project already
implemented in a handful of
counties, questionaries would
be sent out to farmers to
complete and return.
Simpson estimated that it
takes two tax listers a full month
now, or about 320 manhours, to
get the job done.
Board Chairman John Bal
four, also a farmer, said he was
in favor of a new system,
pointing out that farmers are
required to list crops both with
the Agriculture Stabilization
and Conservation Service
(ASCS) and the township tax
In other business Monday
night, the board voted unanim
ously to endorse an attempt by
the N.C. Association of County
Commissioners to raise the state
reimbursement for housing
short-term prisoners in county
Under a contract signed
earlier, Hoke County will re
ceive $8 per day for each
prisoner who serves his term
here instead of in a state prison
unit. The commissioners'
association is attempting to
have the arrangement re-negoti
ated at $12 daily.
The four board members
present (Ralph Barnhart was
absent) heard a briefing on
industrial revenue bonds and
the procedure for establishing a
revenue bond authority from
Pam Cooper, industrial devel
opment representative from the
N.C. Department of Economic
Resources and Community
A seven-member bond auth
ority is expected to be named
within a month from the list of
12 suggested names submitted
by the Hoke County Planning
The planning board recom
mended Gerald Wright, Neill
McFadyen, Bobby Conoly, Sam
C. Morris, Tom McBryde, Bill
Moses, J.D. McAllister, Julius
Jordan, Earl Fowler, Eugene
Carter, Avery Connell and Bob
by B. McNeill.
The commissioners voted to
allow two members of the Parks
and Recreation Commission
and two senior citizens' repre
sentatives to check prices on a
bus for senior citizens' trips.
The Parks and Recreation
Commission notified commis
sioners that it voted in favor of
purchasing a 35-seat bus, in
stead of a van.
$15,000 was allotted in this
year's budget for the purchase
of a van, however, that sum also
includes one year's operating
costs, temporary board clerk
Bill Altman said.
The mobile office of Rep. Charlie
Rose will visit Raeford tomorrow
(Friday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in
the post office parking lot.
Administrative assistant Rip
Collins will be in the office.