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    Tell U.S. Justice Department
Hoke , Scotland F avor Present District
City and county officials and
officials of the Democratic and
Republican parties of Hoke and
Scotland counties have signed a
letter favoring leaving the present
Hoke-Scotland State House district
as it is, opposing the N.C. General
Assembly s reapportionment plan
which would have Hoke and Scot
land in a new district with Robeson
County.
The letter is addressed to the
chief of the Voting Section of the
Justice Department.
The Hoke County people who
signed the letter are County Com
missioners James A. Hunt, John
Balfour, Daniel DeVane, Mabel
Riley and Neill McPhatter; Raeford
Mayor John K. McNeill, Jr.;
County Republican Chairman J.H.
Blue. Jr.; and County Democratic
Chairman Harold L. Gillis.
Each name listed the signer's
race. The signers include whites,
blacks and Indians.
The text of the letter follows.
Dear Sir:
We are citizens of Scotland and
Hoke Counties, North Carolina,
who strongly object to the recent
reapportionment of the North
Carolina House of Representatives.
As the present plan for reappor
tionment now stands, Scotland and
Hoke Counties, with a combined
population (according to the 1980
Census) of 52,656 people, was left
in a three-county district with
Robeson County, which has a
population of 101, 577 people. It is
our contention that the three-coun
ty district,
( 1 ) Does not comply with the one
person one vote requirement be
cause it denies the citizens of
Scotland and Hoke Counties the
opportunity to elect a representa
tive from either one of those
counties since the population of
Robeson County is almost twice as
much as the combined populations
of Scotland and Hoke Counties;
and
(2) It does not dilute the vote of
minorities, but, in some instancies,
actually enhances their voting
power. This is readily apparent
from the population figures (ac
cording to the 1980 Census) shown
on Exhibit A attached to this letter.
Committee (East) and urged that
we have a district composed of
Scotland and Hoke Counties and
urged that we be separated from
Robeson County. As the debate
went on in the House during the
regular legislative session and dur
ing a specially called session to deal
with reapportionment in the fall of
1981, there were numerous plans
proposed but the end result was to
leave Scotland and Hoke Counties
with Robeson County, thereby
depriving us of any reasonable
opportunity to elect a representa
tive from either Hoke or Scotland
Counties.
The delegation that went to the
General Assembly from Hoke and
Scotland Counties received the
commitment from each one of our
present representatives from Robe
son County to not oppose a district
composed of Scotland and Hoke
Counties.
HISTORY
Prior to redisricting in 1965.
Scotland County and Hoke County
each had one representative. After
redisricting, the Scotland County
representative was defeated in 1968
and Hoke County's representative
was beaten in 1972. Neither Hoke
nor Scotland County has had a
representative since 1972 -? all of
the representatives coming from
Robeson County. It is important to
note that in the redisricting plan of
1971, Robeson County actually lost
population according to the 1970
Census, while Hoke and Scotland
Counties gained, but as a result of
the loss of population by Robeson
County, the total number of seats
in the House district was reduced
from four to three, even further
reducing the opportunity for Scot
land and Hoke Counties to have a
representative.
As the North Carolina House of
Representatives began to consider
the present reapportionment plan
in the spring of 1981. the County
Commissions from both Scotland
and Hoke Counties passed resolu
tions supporting a district made up
of Scotland and Hoke Counties
with one representative. Delega
tions from both counties made up
of women, men. and minorities
appeared at all public hearings
held by the House Redistricting
MINORITIES
Scotland atid Hoke Counties are
roud of the fact that minorities
ave been able to win elections in
our counties on City Councils,
County Commissions, and School
Boards. Scotland County presently
has Blacks serving on the Laurin
burg City Council, on the Wagram
City Council, and on the School
Board. Hoke County has an Indian
and Black who serves on the Board
of County Commissioners as well as
a female. There are also females
serving on the Wagram City
Council and the Scotland County as
well on the Hoke County Board of
Education. Blacks have previously
served on the Scotland County
Board of Commissiners.
As shown on Exhibit A, Whites
have 52% of the population in
Scotland and Hoke Counties,
Blacks have 38%, Indians 9%,
and Black and Indians 47%.
Robeson County has 39% White,
25% Black, 35% Indian, and a
combination of 60% Black and
Indian. Dividing the Robeson
Hoke-Scotland district diminishes
Black strength in Robeson County
by only 5% but at the same time, it
would increase Black strength in a
Scotland-Hoke district by 8%.
With Robeson County as a separate
district, Indian strength would be
increased in that County by 9%. If
Robeson County was to remain by
itself the total percentage of Blacks
and Indians would be 60% as
opposed to 56% if Robeson County
is pU??d with Scotland and Hoke
Counties. Therefore, the three
county district as ft is now con
stituted dilutes the Indian popu
lation in Robeson County and
dilutes the Black population in
Scotland and Hoke Counties.
CONCLUSION
We argue that because of the size
of Robeson County as compared to
Service Personnel
Charles D. Hopkins, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Almon C. Hopkins of
Lumber Bridge, has been promoted
in the Army to staff sergeant.
Hopkins is assigned at Fort
Bragg with the 82nd Airborne
Division.
His wife, Debra, is the daughter
of Ambrose J. Haney of 603
Montclair Road. Fayetteville.
Marine Lance Cpl. Barry V.
Brown, son of Lorraine D. Brown
of Rt. I, Box 835, Raeford, has
reported for duty with 2nd Bat
talion, 10th Marines, Camp
Lcjeune.
A 1979 graduate of Hoke County
High School, joined the Marine
Corps in August 1974.
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THURSDAY,
JAN. 14, 1982
the combined populations of Scot
land and Hoke Counties the
present plan will deny the people of
Scotland and Hoke Counties the
opportunity to elect a repre
sentative and therefore they will be
denied a representative under the
present system. It is our contention
that this does not comply with the
one person one vote requirement.
Furthermore, minority voting
rights would not be diluted, overall,
if Scotland and Hoke Counties
comprised a district and Robeson
County comprised another district.
The request we have presented is
not racially motivated, but is done
to insure that the people of
Scotland and Hoke Counties might
have an opportunity for electing a
resident legislator from either one
of those counties.
We ask you to consider this
information as you study the North
Carolina reapportionment plan.
EXHIBIT "A"
1980 CEMSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING
NORTH CAROLINA FINAL POPULATION AND HOUSING WITH COUNTS
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COERCE, BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
MARCH, 1981
COUNTY
BLACKS AND
WHITE BLACK INDIANS INDIANS TOTAL
Scotland
Hoke
Robeson
PROPOSED
DISTRICTS
Scotland
and HoVe
Scotland ,
Hoke and
Robeson
18 , 746
8.836
39,989
27,584
(52Z)
39,989
(39Z)
67,573
(44*)
11,361
8,875
25,590
20,236
(38?)
25,590
(251)
45,826
(30Z)
2,062
2,578
35,511
4 , 640
(92)
35,511
OS*)
40, 151
(26?.)
32,273
20,383
101,577
52,656
101 ,577
I
154,233
Court Clerk Running
For Third Term
Junaita Edmund is running for
her third term as clerk of Hoke
County Superior Court.
"" Mrs. Ednf&nd. a Democrat, fired
last week with the Hoke County
Board of Elections as a candidate.
She had served since 1968 as an
assistant clerk when she was elected
in the general election of November
1974 without opposition to her first
term as clerk. Mrs. Edmund was
chosen the previous September 21
by the Hoke County Democratic
Executive Committee as the party's
nominee for the November election
to fill the vacancy created by the
death of Court Clerk E.E. Smith on
September 10. Smith died after
being nominated in the May pri
mary.
Mrs. Edmund won her second
term in 1978 after winning the
Democratic primary of May 2
against another candidate, then
running unopposed in the No
vember general election.
Mrs. Edmund was chosen Hoke
County Law Enforcement of the
Year for 1979 by her fellow
members of the Hoke County Law
Enforcement Officers Association.
She served on the board of the
Hoke County Association for the
Juanita Edmund
Developmental^' Disabled and is a
member of the Advisory Council of
the Hoke County Girl Scouts and of
First Baptist Church of Raeford.
She will be 56 on May 23. Mrs.
Kdniund is married to Boyd
Edmund, who is retired from
Dickerson Construction Co. of
Monroe. They have one child,
daughter Bonita. ot the home.
Dental Health Fair
At Scurlock Friday
Twenty-two Fayetteville Tech
nical Institute dental hygiene stu
dents will hold a Dental Health
Fair Friday from 9:30 to 1 1 :30 a.m.
at Scurlock School, to show chil
dren in an entertaining manner
how to keep their teeth in good
shape.
The students will be ac
complished by Kim Woodall dental
hygienist for Hoke County.
I hey will give the program
January 22 at West Hoke School,
and gave it last Friday at J.W.
McLauchlin School.
The FTI students will give a
puppet show, show movies and
hold games for children. They also
perform as "Tooth Players." play
ing the roles of a living toothbrush.
Mr. Plaque (the bad guy), and
other characters which are parts of
dental health.
The will also give prizes to
children, such as toothbrushes.
pamphlets and tooth paste.
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If you should witnes a robbery,
under no circumstances put up any
resistance. If possible, concentrate
on the physical features and the
clothing of the persons, involved
so that you can aid the police in ap
prehending the criminals.
INVITATION FOR BIDS
COUNTY OF HOKE
Sealed bids will be accepted until 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 26,
1982, and then publicly opened and read for the lease of 1,532
pounds (1.03 acres) of tobacco quota for 1982
Payment will be due before quota is transferred. Bids should be
delivered to the County Manager's office in the Courthouse Annex
Building or mailed to: Hoke County, P.O. Box 266, Raeford, N.C.
28376. Envelope should be sealed and clearly marked: BID FOR
TOBACCO QUOTA. If further information is needed, please con
tact the County Manager at 875-8751 . The Hoke County Board of
Commissioners reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
Heart Campaign
Chairmen Named
Miss Emma Mims. fund raising
chairman of the Hoke County
Heart Association, has announced
chairmen for the various activities
of the 1982 heart association
fund-raising campaign.
Mrs. Delia McNeill will serve as
city chairman for Raeford. She will
direct fund-raising activities in the
city. They will include Business
Day, Heart Sunday, and Heart
Fund Benefits, with the help of
? Heart Association volunteers.
Mrs. Betty Upchurch will serve
as Special Gifts chairman. Mrs.
Upchurch and a committee of other
volunteers will direct the solicita
tion of special gifts from indivi
duals as part of the 1982 Heart
Fund campaign in Hoke County.
Miss Susan Blackmon will be the
chairman for Jump Rope for Heart.
This event will be held at partici
pating schools in the county. Many
students will be involved in the
three-hour event.
Jimmy Wood and Danny Mc
Gougan will serve as co-chairmen
of the Heart Fund Special Events.
They will be planning fund raising
activities, which include the annual
Heart Association Golf Tourna
ment.
The Rural Community co
chairmen for the campaign will be
Mrs. Jessie Dupree, Mrs. Joyce
Griffin. Mrs. Bonnie Love, Mrs.
Kathy Hendrix, and Mrs. Grover
McMillan. They will be responsible
for conducting the campaign in the
rural areas of Hoke County.
Many other volunteers will be
helping these chairmen.
Mrs. Barbara Lippard of Rae
ford will serve as treasurer of the
heart association, Miss Minis also
announced.
Mrs. Lippard has served the past
two years as treasurer. She is
employed at The Bank of Raeford
in the Installment Loan Depart
ment. She is an active member of
the Raeford Jaycettes, and is the
awards chairman for the Cub
Scouts.
Miss Mims said that Mrs. Lip
pard will receive and account for all
local heart association funds, in
cluding memorial gifts. Anyone
wishing to make a memorial gift
should contact her at The Bank of
Raeford or by calling 875-5106.
Memorial gifts are acknowledged
to the next-of-kin and the donor
within 24 hours of receipt by the
state office in Chapel Hill,
"Memorial gifts are not limited
to honoring someone who has
died," said Miss Mims, "but may
also honor the living, or serve as a
remembrance on almost any occa
sion.
"Memorial gifts are used to
support heart research and local
programs of professional and
public health education, hyperten
sion screening, rheumatic fever
prevention, emergency cardiac
care, and other efforts to reduce the
toll of heart disease."
Yogurt has about one third the calories found in sour cream.
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