?The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXIX NUMBER 35 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1977
BY SAM C MORRIS
The weather over the long
Christmas holidays should have
been fine for everyone except the
people that wanted snow. It was
warm on Saturday and this made it
possible for the outsiders to roam
around, but Sunday the rains came
for the ones that wanted to stay
indoors and then Monday was
sunny, but extremely cold.
The wind came out of the north
Sunday night and the temperature
dropped into the twenties and I
don't believe got out of the forties
the entire day. 1 didn't go to the
golf course, but if the greens
? thawed out maybe someone was
playing. This is not the kind of
weather for me to be outside.
So it \yas rainy and cold, but it
; could have been icy and colder. So I
hope everyone had a Merry
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With Christmas on Sunday this
year, to most people who don't
work on Saturday, this was a long
weekend. It seemed to me that
Monday was the quietest after
Christmas I have seen in Raeford
for many a year. Main Street was
really a ghost town for two days.
So most folks stayed home and
visited with relatives and watched
As one commentator said either
>unday or Monday, it was look at
Id movies or football.
The football games were dif
-ent, but the movies were the
.ne that have been playing for the
jast several years. Guess most of us
want to think about old times
during the Christmas season. If
' people didn't like these programs 1
guess they would be changed.
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We have had right many calls at
the office since the paper came out
last week concerning the pictures of
door fronts. It seems that some
people have a misunderstanding
about these pictures and the reason
they are run in the paper.
They are not picked because
anyone thinks they are more at
tractive than other doors, or
because of who the doors belong to.
For the past several years the
pictures have been taken by the
reporters at the paper and it seems
that different people take the
pictures each year. A lot of times
they get the same doors as ap
peared the year before and they
sometimes get in a hurry and take a
number of door pictures on the
same street or in the same general
area. Also when people call in and
say a door should be in the paper,
we make every effort to take this
These are not the best or the
worst door fronts in the city,
because 1 don't know anyone that
works for the paper that is an
expert on door fronts.
So next year if you notice any
doors you would like to see in the
paper just call in and give the
address a few days before the paper
will come out. Thanks.
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We here at the paper, when we
write a story or a column, always
sign our name to it. If it is a general
news article we know who does the
writing. We don't publish unsigned
letters, so if we could someway
know when the telephone rings,
that a person that is making a
complaint won't give their name,
maybe we could someway cut this
If you want to make a complaint,
please let us know who is calling.
and we will try to help you.
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Rose Sturgeon, clerk at the
Board of Elections office, was by
the office last week and said that
the time for filing for the May
primary would start January 2.
' 1978 and close February 6, 1978.
We will have more on this later
f% n. but this is something new and
everyone that is going to file fpr
office should get in touch with Rose
?nd be sure about the dates.
? ? ?
To each and everyone a Happy
Calls For State Study
Board Rescinds Airport Action
The North Carolina State Motor
Club predicted that 38 people
would die on state highways over
the long Christmas and New Year's
At least nine people perished in
the first two days of the Christmas
holiday weekend, bringing the toll
to 1 ,339 for the year. Last year,
1,494 people died in traffic
accidents with 44 persons being
killed on Tar Heel highways during
the holidays. The main causes for
these fatalities were unsafe move
ment, speeding, and following too
"Our holidays would be far less
tragic if drivers would obey the 55 -
mile - an ? hour speed limit and
practice safe driving." said Peter
Vasko, director of Public Relations
for the statewide motor club. "In
addition, the threat of inclement
winter weather adds to traffic
Vasko advised drivers to check
road conditions with the highway
patrol in case of snow or rain,
especially in the mountains.
On the local scene, Police Chief
Leonard Wiggins says he antici
pates no problems in Raeford
during the rest of the holidays other
than intoxicated drivers and wrecks
caused by them.
Chief Wiggins says, "some
people forget that they will have to
drive home after the p^rty. Think
about what you are going to do
when you get there." If you are
planning to drink, get someone else
According to Wiggins, most
complaints will probably come
after midnight New Year's Eve
from people being disturbed by
fireworks. He says anyone caught
with fireworks in their possession
will be charged.
Sheriff Dave Barrington offers
this advice for the holidays: "If you
intend to go to parties and you
intend to imbide. don't drive." He
also advises that people planning to
drink should let someone else drive.
He states that the best plan would
be not to get on the highways at all
during the holidays unless abso
Barrington said he anticipates
traffice to be bad on Dec. 29, 30, 3 1
and Jan. 2 with the worst traffic
problems coming New Year's Eve.
"Pyrotechnics are out" Barring
ton said. He explained that in the
State of North Carolina, a special
permit must be obtained to use
them. Anyone caught with fire
works in their possession will be
charged, he said.
The Sheriff's department is
(See CAUTION, Page 13)
In last week's Christmas edition
of The News-Journal , which fea
tured pictures of decorations on
doors around town. 803 Fulton
Street was incorrectly identified as
the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Hollingsworth. when, in fact, it is
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Red
Two other homes were incorrect
ly identified. Mr. and Mrs. Ran
som Baucom reside at 31b W.
Edinborough Ave., and Mr. and
Mrs. Vernon Hubbard live at 31b
N. El wood Ave.
Here Jan. 6
The mobile office of Congress
man Charlie Rose will be in
Raeford on Friday, Jan. b. from 10
a.m. till 3 p.m.. it was announced
this week in a press release.
Rip Collins. Congressman Rose's
representative in the 7th Congres
sional District, said the mobile
office would be parked as close to
the Post Office as possible.
The Raeford Jaycees will present
the first annual Miss Raeford
pageant, an official Miss America
preliminary scholarship pageant,
Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Hoke High
The Jaycees previously sponsored
an annual pageant called the Miss
Hoke County pageant. That
pageant ended during the 60's.
Contestants must be girls be
tween the ages of 17 and 26 and
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Further development of the Raeford Munici
pal Airport was postponed by the city council at a
special meeting last Thursday morning in order
to ask the state to conduct a study of the facility.
The action put to rest, at least temporarily, a
12 ? year lease between the city and airport
operator Gene Thacker for facilities at the field.
The proposed lease caused a good deal of
controversy among local citizens in recent weeks.
By a vote of 3 to 1 . all council action involving
new airport leases was rescinded, and Mayor
J.K. McNeill was instructed to contact the
Division of Aeronautics, which is under the N.C.
Department of Transportation. Board members
expressed no opinions at the meeting on what
they hoped this study to acccomplish, according
to City Manager Robert Drumwright.
Drumwright said the special session was called
Wednesday night, after an open meeting of the
board, to clarify a misunderstanding concerning
action taken at a previous meeting regarding the
At a special meeting Nov. 30. Councilman Bob
Gentry moved that the board rescind a previous
motion concerning the airport. His request was
approved. But confusion arose last Wednesday
night over exactly which motion the board had
erased, Drumwright said.
Members of the board were under the
impression that they had stricken a motion made
by Gentry during the Nov. 10 meeting. But
according to the minutes, which were sub
sequently approved by the board, the council
actually rescinded a motion made earlier in Nov.
to lease airport facilities to Thacker.
That meant that the board had wiped the slate
clean as far as new airport leases were concerned.
Thackcr's current lease with the city won't expire
until April 1980, the city manager said.
Operating under the assumption that the new
lease was still valid, the board restated its
support for it at last Wednesday's meeting.
Drumwright said. He said the board also agreed
to work up a temporary lease for Gene Vance,
who has requested permission to run an aircraft
sales business at the field and perform duties as
the airport's second fixed base operator.
Drumwright said that Councilman Benny
McLeod noticed in the board's minutes that the
new lease had been rescinded, but overlooked it
until two councilmen, the mayor, and members
of the public had left the meeting last
Wednesday. The remaining members ot the
board, confronted with this misunderstanding,
requested that a meeting be scheduled for
Thursday morning in order to get it straightened
out. Drumwright said.
At that meeting, the board decided to table
further development of the airport until a state
study can be done. The motion to strike all
previous action concerning new airport leases
was made by Councilman Sam Morris, the city
manager said. The dissenting vote was cast by
Graham Clark. Councilman Gentry did not
attend the meeting, according to reports.
Drumwright said he contacted both Vance and
Thacker after the meeting to inform them of the
It was not known this week whether or not the
board's decision would affect a $20,000 Federal
Aviation Administration grant earmarked for
improvements at the local airport. Plans call for
paving and lighting the parallel taxiways at the
The lease with Thacker was designed to
protect the federal grant, city officials said. The
city must hold the deeds to both aircraft hangars
at the field in order to meet requirements for the
grant, they explained. With that in mind, the
board agreed to lease both hangars to Thacker in
return for the deed to his. The city owns the other
The board also approved the purchase of
additional land at the airport for expansion. The
land is also needed to meet the federal grant
requirements. The land purchase was part of a
motion which included the Thacker lease.
The lease with Thacker was written to be
renewable at his option every three years for 12
years. Vance had requested that the city lease
him one of the hangars, and a number of people
in the community, through the Raeford - Hoke
Chamber of Commerce, voiced their opposition
to giving Thacker what they called a virtual
monopoly on airport facilities.
A special meeting of the council was held on
Nov. 30 to hear public opinion concerning the
airport. At that time, the board voted to make
room at the field for a second fixed base
operator, but, according to the minutes, it also
rescinded the Thacker lease.
Competition Set Friday
must be at least a high school
senior. She must be a resident of
North Carolina or enrolled in an
She must also be ot good health
and have a certain amount of talent
in voice, dance, music, gymnastics
or dramatic reading.
The Miss Raeford pageant will
be conducted by rules established
by the local pageant directors as
well as by rules set up by the
executive committee of the Miss
North Carolina pageant. Judges
were chosen from a list of official
judges for the Miss N.C. pageant.
Judging will be in three divisions of
competition: swimsuit, talent and
Response from local businesses
and individuals was good, a Jaycee
spokesman said. The Jaycees
solicited scholarship money and
sold advertising to support the
Burnett Coleman, president of
the Raeford Jaycees. said, "With
out the people in and around
Raeford this would not have been
possible. The businesses and in
dustries and other sponsors have
been very kind and generous."
Seven young ladies will compete
for the Miss Raeford title. They are
all local girls.
Donna Scarboro, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Scarboro,
will perform a jazz dance in the
talent competition. A senior at
Hoke High, she plans to pursue a
career in orthodontics. She enjoys
bike riding, skating, ballet, work
ing with children and music.
Also a senior at Hoke High.
Samantha Burke, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Billy Burke, plans a
future in cosmetology. Her hobbies
include music, needle point,
motorcycling and horseback riding.
Samantha will sing in the talent
Deborah Minshew, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Minshew.
enjoys skating, sewing, swimming
and tennis. She is a senior at Hoke
High and plans to enter college in
the fall. She will study dental
hygiene. Her talent will be piano
A senior at Mars Hill College.
Beth Wood, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Wilton Wood, plans a career
in music education. A graduate of
Hoke High, she plans to play the
piano in talent competition. Beth
enjoys reading, needlework, soft
ball, swimming and tennis.
Amy Hemmens. granddaughter
of Mrs. R.S. Perry, is a senior at
Hoke High. She enjoys music and
working with elderly people and
children. She plans a career in
physical therapy. Amy plans to sing
in the talent competition.
A junior at the University of N.C.
at Greensboro. Jane Sellars is
studying speech and drama.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C.
Sellars, she enjoys music, reading,
tennis and playing the guitar. She
is a graduate of Hoke High and
plans to sing in the talent com
Joanne Hottel, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Hottel, gradu
(See MISS RAEFORD, Page 13)