4The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LX1X NUMBER 30 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLIN A
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
88 PER YEAR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1 <>77
BY SAM C. MORRIS
The weather was fine again this
past weekend for football, golf,
fishing and other outdoor activities.
The weather report Monday
morning was for a cold front to
move through, but it shouldn't
spoil things for Thanksgiving, as it
was not going to get that low.
So have a big Thanskgiving this
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The Union Thanksgiving service
will be held at- the Raeford
Presbyterian Church on Wednes
day night and the message will be
* delivered by the Rev. Billy Beaver
of the First Baptist Church.
Hope to see most of you there.
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The News-Journal office will be
closed Thursday for Thanksgiving
as will most other businesses in
Raeford. Schools will be closed
Thursday and Friday, so be on the
lookout for the children at play.
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I understand that the marshall
tor the Laurinburg Christmas
Parade will be Kathy McMillan.
She is now at school in Tennessee
but will come by for this parade.
Hoke County should thank
Kathy for the many appearances
she makes and will make for it is
good advertising for the county.
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Earl Fowler, manager of the
Raeford - Hoke Chamber of
Commerce talked to the Raeford
Kiwanis Club last Thursday night
and gave some of the objectives for
the chamber for the coming year.
He seems to be completely
t wrapped up in his work and this is
the way to get things done. A good
manager of any business doesn't
always make everyone happy and
this is as it should be. The end
result is what pays off and Earl
seems to see the end of the rainbow
in most of his projects, if people
will cooperate with him and the
So it you want to see a working
manager and hear about the
chamber's goals, stop by and I
know Earl will be glad to take a few
minutes and bring you up - to - date
on what the chamber is doing.
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1 he picture below was brought
into the office last week and the
owner wanted help in identifying
who the two characters are. He
could not tell exactly when the
picture was taken, but the way they
are dressed puts them out of the
Raeford Institute days but anytime
after that could help with the
identification. Of course the hair
style of that day is somewhat
different then the young folks of
If you can help with this go back
to the coffee table early any
morning on Central Avenue and
put forth the information. The
characters there will appreciate
Here is the picture.
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The Turkey dinner put on by the
I Hoke Music Booster Club must
have been a success. It seems most
of the people in the county turned
, ftfit f?r ^e event.
> ftotides the meal, which was
tops, entertainment was furnished
bv all the musical groups of Hoke
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A special community-wide
Thanksgiving service will be
held at the Raeford Presby
terian Church on Wednesday,
Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
The sermon will be delivered
by Rev. Billy C. Beaver, pastor
of the First Baptist Church.
Special music will be pre
sented by the Raeford Presby
terian choir, under the direc
tion of Director of Music Chris
C. Watkins. The adult bell
choir will also perform under
The public is invited to
attend this service. It will be
broadcast on radio station
Contributions to the 1978 Hoke
County United Way campaign have
reached 83 percent of the goal,
according to co-chairman Ralph
Huff. Collections totaled S20.249 in
the fifth week of the local cam
paign, he said. The goal this year is
Co-chairman Dale Teal wished
to express his appreciation to Mrs.
J.L. Conoly, Mrs. H.K. Brady.
Mrs. Roscoe Currie, Miss Jose
phine Hall and Mrs. H.R. McLean
for their efforts in the door-to-door
solicitation of Raeford residents.
Your United community cam
paign is your chance to assist in
helping so many. One gift can
support health services, child care,
youth guidance, and family coun
seling. One gift can help the young
and old. the sick and troubled.
Give generously the United Way.
"If vou have not been contacted.
I urge you to mail a check payable
to The United Way or to me in care
of the Raeford Savings and Loan,
P.O. Box 41b. Raeford, or to Dale
Teal, in care of Hoke Auto Co.,
Raeford." Huff said.
Bank Of Raeford Plans To Move
To Upchurch Milling Co. Site
BANK OFFICE SITE - The Bank of Raeford is seeking federal permission to relocate its main office to the sit
the old Upchurch Milling Co. on Main St. The silos on the two-acre site will be torn down to make room for
new building, according to bank president Gene Carter.
Mayor To Decide On Lease
The Raeford - Hoke Chamber of
Commerce requested last week that
the city delay signing any lease
concerning the municipal airport,
and Mayor John K. McNeill. Jr.
will be the man to decide whether
or not to honor that request,
according to Raeford City Manager
The city manager said Monday
that a 12 - year lease of airport
facilities to Gene Thacker was in
the process of being drafted by the
city attorney. Once the lease is
completed, it will be given to the
mayor tor signature, he said.
the mayor was authorized by the
city council on Nov. 7 to renew a
lease with Thacker. The decision
was made in executive session on a
vote of three to five, with
Councilmen Sam Morris and
Benny McLeod dissenting.
Earl N. Fowler, acting manager
of the chamber of commerce, said
last week that the group had
additional information which it
considered of vital importance in
making a decision on the airport
and requested that the city delay
signing a lease. The request was
presented to the city manager in a
Drumwright said Monday that
the city council had not met to
consider the chamber's request. He
said no special meeting was
scheduled lor that purpose. It will
be up to the mayor to decide
whether or not to sign the lease, he
Thacker, who runs a sports
parachute school, is the airport's
only fixed base operator. According
to the motion passed by the
council. Thacker will be allowed to
rent two aircraft hangars at the
THANKSGIVING COUPLE A young warrior and a coy Pilgrim
maiden hold hands to indicate the peace between two peoples
celebrated with the first Thanksgiving. The two were part of a
pageant held at Sunnybrook Day Care center during a family night
dinner Nov. 22. Jeffrey Strother. age 4. is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Bobby Strother. Birch Circle Drive. Jenny Melton, age 3. is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Melton. Rockfish Road.
In the (great American tradition of giving thanks
this day for the freedoms we enjoy and the o/>
portunities that are ours, let ns pause to reflect
that amttng our material blessings has been the
spiritual blessing of love, love of country and of
our felloic mankind. Love's presence has shaped
our heritage since the first Thanksgiving. H e
should give thanks for all these blessings, both
material and spiritual, bestoued upon us from
The John Motley Morehead
Foundation announced Friday that
Lewis Duncan Buoyer. son of Mr.
and Mrs. Clayton H. Buoyer. has
been chosen bv County Morehead
Selection Committee to appear
before the District Committee for
The Morehead Scholarship is an
honorary award accompanied by a
grant to Finance the recipient in
undergraduate study at the Univer
sity of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. The grant for each college
year currently stands at S3.000.
This amount is sufficient to pay the
year's tuition room, board, laun
dry. books, student fees and inci
dental expenses. The grant is paid
directly to the recipient who in turn
is responsible for making all pay
ments required by the University.
An award will be cancelled im
mediately by conduct that is. in the
judgement of the Trustees of the
Foundation, contrary to the stan
dards of the Morehead program.
Buoyer. along with two other
seniors. Kathy Williams and
Dwight Oxendine. was nominated
to the County Morehead Commit
tee by the school. This nomination
is an honor within itself.
Buoyer has been involved in
many activities during his high
school career. He was a member of
the school band for four years and
is serving as Captain in his senior
year. He was a member of the
chorus his junior year and the
chorale this year, and has also been
active on the tennis team for four
years. A member of the National
Honor Society for two years, he is
serving as president this year. He
has also been a member of the
Fellowship for Christian Athletes
for three years and served on the
Student Council last year. In the
ninth and tenth grade, he was a
member of the football team and
was in the French Club in the tenth
grade. A member of the Science
Club in grades 1 1 and 1 2. he is also
serving on the Senior F.xecutive
Committee this year and is candi
date for Morehead nomination.
If federal approval is given,
the old buildings of the Up
church Milling Company on
Main St. will be coming down,
replaced by the new offices of
the Bank of Raeford.
I he State Bunking Commis
sion this week approved reloca
tion ot the bank's main office
from its persent address. 138 N.
Main, to 207 S. Main, the site of
the old milling company, whose
silos have stood idle for several
years, a haven for pigeons.
Bank President Gene Carter
said that the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
will have to okay the proposal
before plans can be developed
any further. An FDIC decision
will take two or three months,
he said. Architects have not vet
been consulted. If federal ap
proval is given. Carter estimated
that it would be about a year
before construction could begin.
The bank president said that
the move has been contem
plated for a year or so. An
application was submitted to
the banking commission a
couple of months ago. he said.
Flans now call for a new office
building with 5,600 square feet
of floor space, at a cost of about
S 300, 000, Carter said. The new
building will have eight teller
w indows and a drive-in window .
He did not know if it would be
more than one story.
The two-acre site was pur
chased trom the Aberdeen and
Rockfish Railroad and the Up
church Milling Company. Car
Several teller windows will be
maintained at the old building,
once the move is completed,
giving the bank three business
locations in town, including the
Sunset Hills drive-in branch.
Part of the old building will be
used for storage. Carter said.
The bank's installment loan
department, around the corner
trom the main building, may be
rented as offices. Carter said.
The department will be moved
into the new building.
I he Bank of Raeford opened
for business in 1903 in what was
the first brick building con
structed in town. It moved to it
present location in 1911 and \\ .
Raeford 's first bank.
The first board of direct
included J.C. Thomas. A.W.i
Chapel. John Blue. John YV.
Moore. James A. Blue. George
A. Graham. W.J. Upchurch.
J.W. Johnson. J. A. McPhaul.
and Neil! S. Blue.
Presidents since that time
have been John Blue. J.W.
McLauchlin, E.B. McNeill.
T.B. Upchurch. H.L. Gatlin.
R.B. Lewis. J.L. McNeill and
W.E. "Gene" Carter.
Carter, a native of Raeford.
was a Hoke High graduate anil
attended Campbell College in
County Line Plaza
Destroyed By Fire
hires in the county last weekend
destroyed a business valued at
S 100,000 and a mobile home
valued at S6.(XX).
The County Line Pla/a on High
way 401 North was declared a total
loss as a result of a lire that broke
out early Saturday morning,
according to Puppy Creek Fire
Chief Charles Helbling.
The Puppy Creek Fire Depart
ment answered the alarm at ap
proximately 3:20 a.m. Chief Helb
ling says the County Fire Marshall.
F.d McNeill, was called in because
of the size of the tire Five fire
departments assisted North Rae
ford and Rock fish from Hoke
County and Lake Rim and Lafay
ette from Cumberland County.
Stoncy Point Fire Department
dispatched a tanker to aid in
controlling the blaze. The building
was tin-occupied at the time of the
fire and no injuries were sustained.
Origin of the blaze was undeter
mined althouvh Fire Marshall Mc
Neil! savs the lire may have started
in the ceiling between the barber
shop and the dry cleaners. The
Puppy Creek Fire Department
stayed on the scene until 9:.W
Saturday morning, according to
The pla/a housed a restaurant
and package store, barber shop
dry cleaning and alteration busi
ness and a fish market It was
owned by Mittic McNeill Wood
ward and her family. The loss was
estimated to be SUM). (MX) Helbling
In a second tire. Fire Chief
George Baker of the North Raeford
department declared a mobile
home owned by Julian Wright a
Baker reports that Willie and
May Blue. Rt V Raeford. ten
nants. were asleep in the mobile
home when the fire broke out. Mrs.
Blue was taken to Moore Memorial
Hospital. Pinchurst. with minor
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