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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
VOLUME LXX1II NUMBER 38 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1982
After Frigid Sunday
Monday's Cold Weather Broke Record
BY SAM C. MORRIS
If you don't write about the
weather this week, then what is
there to write about? It seems that
people are thinking back to years
ago to see when the thermometer
has fallen to four degrees. This
reading came from the official
weatherman for Hoke County.
If you were out and around the
county Monday and happened to
notice any of the ponds, you would
have seen that they were frozen
.over. Now if the temperature stays
below freezing for Monday and into
Tuesday, this should make the
freeze-over of the ponds very thick.
(Maybe even thick enough to get
the weatherman to walk on nis
pond again. I believe that it was in
1977 that the pond was frozen solid
enough for that to happen.)
Did you think about other times
that it was this cold in Hoke County
and the surrounding areas.
One time that comes to my mind
was in 1940. This was the year that
the National Guard went out
camping for three weekends. The
first was to a pond site near
Philadelphus below Red Springs.
The thermometer dropped to four
degrees on the first night we were
there and it was cold. Of course we
had only two blankets and a
canvas cot for warmth on that
There were icicles hanging from
eye brows and eye lids the next
Many men in Hoke County will
remember that night and some of
the things that happened. It was a
sleepless night for many guards
The next two weekends were
spent at Mott's Lake in the Fort
Bragg reservation. It was still cold
and most of us had prepared for it.
Yes. think back, and maybe
Monday wasn't so cold!
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Last fall at the South Carolina ?
North Carolina football game at
Chapel Hill it was windy and cold.
That is what Frank Teal, Clayton
Buoyer and Harold Gillis told me
on the way back. 1 believe the
temperature must have been in the
It is a good thing that the four of
us were not at the game in
Cincinnati on Sunday. They re
ported that the wind chill factor
was 59 degrees below zero.
I don't know how the players
could have played in that kind of
weather, but how could fans stay in
the stands at that time.
Bill Lindau said they had warm
clothes and must have had good
booze. I don't believe they make
that kind of booze.
Anyway it was nice to watch it in
my den on television with the
temperature around 70 degrees.
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Have you listed your taxes for
1982? If not. then now is the time.
The lines will start forming during
the last week of the listing period.
So go on down to the courthouse
annex and let them take care of you
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A short note from Dot Cameron,
Hoke County librarian, arrived in
the mail last week. She stated that
she appreciated all the cards from
local people and that she should be
going home this week. By home,
this means to her daughter's home
All we will say is hurry back Dot,
we all miss you.
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After the Carolina- Virginia
basketball game, I asked my
friend, Eddie Baker, who was No.
His reply: "Clemson!"
All of us will see some people in
the next few months that we
haven't seen in either two or four
years. Yes, you are needed again.
The political season is here. The
candidates will all know you now.
Some have filed, others will soon
do so. The deadline, I believe is
So if you want to run. file nowl
It was that cold Monday morning The photo shows a pond off N. C. 211 a few miles west of Raeford under a coat
of ice after a night in which the temperature dropped to 4 degrees in Raeford. ( Staff photo. J
Dupree Files For Reelection
District Court Judge Joseph E.
Dupree filed last week for re
He has been serving since 1966
after serving two years as Hoke
County Recorder's Court judge.
Before going to the Recorder's
Court bench, he served 14 years on
the State Highway Patrol.
Dupree, 60, is a native of
Johnston County. He is married to
the former Helen Matthews, also a
Johnston County native.
Dupree has been unopposed for
reelection the past three elections.
For his first term, he was one of 10
candidates for District Court
judgeships when the state con
verted to the district system from
the Recorder's Court system.
Dupree was one of the three
candidates in the first election who
received clear majorities, which
exempted them from going through
District Court Judge Sol Cherry
of Fayetteville was the first judge to
file for reelection, signing up Jan
uarv 5. Beth Keevcr of Fayetteville,
an assistant district attorney, filed
January 4 for election to the seat
being vacated by Judge Derb Carter
of Fayetteville, who is retiring.
Judge Lacy Hair of Fayetteville
filed for reelection to his second
four-year term, and Judge Charles
Lee Guv. also of Fayetteville, filed
for a new term later.
Hoke and Cumberland counties
make up the 12th Judicial District
which has five District Court
Dupree is one of the last non
lawyers holding a judgeship in the
state. A new General Assembly
statute allows only lawyers to serve
as judges, but Dupree is exempted
from this requirement under the
Also filing last week for judge
was Willie Swann. a Fayetteville
attorney. His filing guaranteed a
Democratic primary contest for
Last Thursday. N.C. Supreme
Court Chief Justice Joseph Branch
Judge Joseph E. Dupree
announced the appointment of
Cherry to chief District Court judge
ot the 1 2th District effective Feb
ruary I. succeeding Carter.
Hoke's Food Stamp
Error 18.34, Not 30%
Hoke County's error in food
stamps overpayments October 1979
through March 1981 amounted to
18.34 per cent.
A report published in a Fay
etteville newspaper put the error for
Hoke at 30 and a fraction per cent.
Dr. Sarah Morrow, secretary of
the State Department of Human
Resources, has reported that the
state made S6.5 million in over
payments and 55.65 million in
payments to ineligible people.
Incorrect reporting of income by
recipients of food stamps has been
blamed by one official for the
excessively high rate of over
payments throughout the state.
That also is the most frequent
reason for errors nationwide, a
U.S. Department of Agriculture
official has said.
The state official, Bonnie
Cramer, chief assistant to the State
Social Services director, said a
recipient is required to report any
change made in his income for any
reason, but many of these people
have jobs that are changeable, and
they don't report the changes.
Gov. Him Jim Hunt blamed the
state's errors on county workers
and said if it were up to him he'd
dismiss workers unable to remedy
the overpayment problem. He
pointed out that count food-stamp
programs are administered bv
county employees, not state em
ployees; consequently, the state can
take no action against them.
Details of the Hoke County
overpayments will be sought for
next week's edition of The News
630 Hoke People Unemployed
Hoke County's unemployment
rate for November was 8.4 per cent,
up seven-tenths of one per cent
from the previous month but 1.1
per cent below the rate recorded in
November 1980, State Employment
Security Commission figures show.
In November 1981 , a total of 630
of the 7,500 in the county's work
force were out of jobs, compared
with 580 the previous month and
710 in November 1980.
Hoke was one of the 90 counties
of the state which suffered a rise
in unemployment from the October
1981 level. Swain had November's
PTA To Meet
The Hoke County PTA will hold
its regular meeting Monday at 7:30
p.m. at J.W. Turlington School.
Two officer! will be installed.
highest rate -- 12.6 per cent --
followed by Robeson with 11.5,
Person 10.8, Graham and Tyrrell
10.4, Duplin 10.3, Bladen 10.2,
and Clay 10.
Orange County had the lowest
rate in November -- 3.9 per cent,
though this was three-tenths of a
percent higher than the county's
The office of Hoke County
register of deeds isn't up for
election again till 1984.
The News-Journal erroneously
included the position as among the
county offices the voters will fill this
year. Delia Maynor. the current
register of deeds, was reelected
without opposition to a new four
year term in November 1980.
The deep freeze that hit Hoke
County sent the temperature to a
record low of 4 degrees Monday
morning and kept it from climbing
any higher than 24 degrees later in
the dav. The weather, however, was
warmer Tuesday morning though
still below freezing.
The frigid spell, which set in
Sunday and was continuing
through Tuesday, caused watering
trouble for some farm livestock,
killed batteries on some cars,
including three school buses Mon
day morning, and sent fuel bills
running up. But it brought no
serious problems to law enforce
Willie Featherstone. Hoke Coun
ty Agricultural Extension Service
chairman, said Monday afternoon
a survey he made of farmers found
one pig had died because of the
cold weather, but that this was a
weak one; and that some watering
trouble for livestock was caused
when pipes broke.
He said, however, most farmers
could prepare to some extent for
the cold weather in advance be
cause of the warnings contained in
weather forecasts. Some kept water
running through their water lines
through the night, preventing
Running streams continued
supplying water, and windbreaks of
trees also helped reduce the effects
of the severe cold. Weatherstone
Over-all, he said, most farmers
were prepared. Others made up for
broken water lines by watering by
hand or by putting in new lines. For
protection outdoors, livestock were
being provided with hay for bed
Weatherstone said calves born
between December and the coming
of the frigid weather survived.
Stress experienced by hogs from the
cold, however, may be seen in seven
to 10 days in cases of pheumonia.
Hank Richards, Hoke County
school-community relations direc
tor, reported school operations
were normal during the subfreezing
weather, though three buses were
immobilized by dead batteries, the
fatalities resulting from the severe
Raeford Police Chief Leonard
Wiggins and Hoke County Sheriff
David Barrington reported the
weather brought no special pro
blems for their departments.
Robert Gatlin, Raeford observer
for the National Weather Service,
said Monday's low was the coldest
he remembers experiencing in his
lifetime in Raeford. It's the coldest
recorded officially in the past five
years, the period when records have
been kept. The chill factor created
by winds, estimated at about 10
miles per hour, made the effects of
the temperature at 4 degrees about
15 degrees below zero, Gatlin said.
He said the 4 degrees came
sometime between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
The official thermometer, which is
outside his house, showed 5 degrees
when he left home at 6 a.m.
Monday, and the colder mark when
The temperatures started drop
ping about 10:45 a.m. Sunday. At
that time the thermometer showed
23 degrees which proved to be the
highest of that day. The tempera
ture dropped to 6 degrees before
midnight. Gatlin said.
Featherstone suggested families
prevent overheating and be careful
in using wood for fuel in the cold
weather, to prevent destructive
Succeeds Roy Guin
Mrs. Patterson New
City Canine Warden
Frances Patterson is Raeford's
new city canine warden and also is
the first Raeford animal control
officer to be a sworn police officer.
Mrs. Patterson went on duty
Friday as canine warden, succeed
ing Roy Guin, who resigned to
enter private business. Then Mon
day morning she took the oath of
police officer, which gives her all
the authority of a regular city
policeman. The same day was her
third wedding anniversary. Her
husband is Hoke County Deputy
Sheriff Weaver Patterson, a former
Mrs. Patterson is a former
Raeford Police Department dis
Like her husband, she is a
volunteer in the Hoke County
Rescue Squad and is an Emergency
Medical Technician, also certified
in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
Mrs. Patterson was working with
Spring Lake Ambulance when she
came to Hoke County to work with
the Hoke County Ambulance Ser
vice when it was started in 1978.
She left the ambulance service to
work as a correctional health
assistant on the nurse staff of the
State Department of Corrections
unit at McCain. After a year there
Mrs. Patterson joined the Raeford
Police Department as a dispatcher
in March 1981 .
She and her husband have one
child, a 4-month-old son, Marion
Mrs. Patterson is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Patterson of
Fayetteville and is a native of
Fayetteville. She is a 1976 graduate
of Douglas Byrd High School there.
Mrs. Patterson went out on her
warden's job "solo" for the first
time Friday after spending a week
with Guin on the job intrStining.
Frances Patterson is sworn in by Raeford Mayor Pro Tern Graham Clark Tuesday morning as a policc officer as
Police Chief Leonard Wiggins watches. [Staff photo. ]