The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXXIII NUMBER 44 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PF.R YEAR
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25. 1982
Investigation Started At School Year Opening
Eight Hoke High Students Charged In Drug Investigations
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BY SAM C.MORRIS
The weather has seemed almost
like Spring tor the past week. The
nights have been eool. but the days
are warm. A little rain has been
mixed in with the sunshine and the
water table should be at the highest
level lor a couple ol" years.
I have noticed recently that when
it does rain you can see water
Attending in fields and in holes
"around the county. This was not
the case a few weeks ago. This is
not only in Hoke County, but in
many of the eastern counties.
The forecast is for warm weather
for the remainder of the week.
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The date for the Democratic
primary is still up in the air. but
you can tell it is political season
ju'eause some people you haven't
i?en in either two or four years,
according to when they have to run.
arc now coming by and speaking.
Be nice to these folks because
they haven't needed you since the
last election. If they are elected
again they will become strangers
until the next election. This isn't
something new. it has always been
the way of politicians.
To tell the truth most of us had
father they stay away for the two or
four years and not bother us at our
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One or two more things of
interest that came out at the
highway meeting I attended several
weeks ago are as follows. The
county has 54 miles of primary
roads. miles of secondary roads
^ind 3?. 8 miles of unpaved roads.
?l his gives about 23 miles per man
that is on the county highway force.
The highway also uses inmates
from the prison division at Wagram
and McCain to help with the
highway work. The group from
Wagram is a lb- man crew and
works under the gun and costs the
highway department Sib per man.
The crew from McCain is com
posed of 10 men and doesn't work
| fjnder the gun.
Many pieces of equipment are
sent from other districts into this
district it the work load calls for
All ot these things have been
covered by the money shortage in
the Dept. of Transportation. 1 still
think the local crew does a good job
for Hoke County.
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I don't know if the sign has
changed at The Bank of Raeford.
but it should in a few days. Most
people hale to see the old signs
come down, hut in the long run it
could be to the best interest ol all
business people in the county. It
seems that everything is pointed
toward bigness and the smaller
? thrift institutions are having a hard
I fmc making ends meet with the
high cost of money
Only time will tell how the
mergers will affect the local institu
? * *
It seems in this day and time that
most people think that if they want
to do anything, all they should do is
.-have the law changed to suit their
' flic style. 1 know you are thinking,
what is the writer going on about
A few weeks ago some retired
gentlemen were arrested and lined
in Florida for playing poker. Most
of us said or thought this was a
shame. They were not hurting
anyone or their families with this
^ Sunday night on a television
? ^ogram a group of people w ho had
been caught and charged with
welfare fraud were upset because
they were charged. The defense for
their crime was that others were
taking larger amounts and they
should be punished rather than the
Now you know when you get
dow n to the reasoning behind both
of these cases, these people have
^forgotten the moral laws and it
^ (See AROUND TOWN page 13)
Distribution Of Federal Cheese
Distribution of 8.010 pounds of
cheese given to Hoke County by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
will be made Thursday and Friday
at the National Guard Armory,
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This was announced last week by
Ken Witherspoon. director of the
Hoke County Department of Social
Services, after the cheese arrived at
the Armory by truck from the
federal warehouse at Butner in 267
He said the Armory will be the
only distribution site in Hoke
County for the cheese.
Families who have been ap
proved to get the cheese must bring
their authorization form with them
to pick it up. he added. A family of
one to three persons will receive
five pounds: four to six persons. 10
pounds; seven to eight. 15 pounds;
and nine and more. 20 pounds.
People eligible to receive cheese
are those now receiving food
stamps and others who meet the
federal non-farm poverty guidelines
on low income. People can still sign
up to get cheese. The Hoke County
Social Services Department started
signups February I .
SAY 'CHEESE' ?? Boxes of cheese Jrom the U.S. Department o/ Agriculture are shown heiny ? unloaded at the
National Guard Armory Thursday morning for subsequent distribution to low-income Hoke County people. Ken
Witlierspoon [right], director of the Hoke County Department o I Social Services, ami National Guardsmen Hill
Smith | left] and E.C. Brown are shown in the picture. | Stall photo].
Clarence Kinlaw Named Man Of Year
Clarence Paul Kinlaw was an
nounced Thursday night as the
Raeford Kiwanis Club's Man of the
Year for 1981 .
The announcement was made
and the award presented at the
club's annual ladies' night dinner.
Kinlaw. a resident of Raeford
since 1939, served on the town
board for a number of years,
including four years as mayor pro
tem. He also has served as Civil
Defense assistant director and has
been a Mason since 1942 and a
Kiwanian for many years also. He
served as master of the Masons in
Kinlaw is owner and operator of
C.P. Kinlaw Jewelry Store in
downtown Raeford and also is the
current chairman of the local
Southern National Bank board.
Since moving to Raeford has been
active in First Baptist Church and
is a lifetime deacon of the church,
has served as a teacher of many of
its Sunday school classes and as a
trustee of the church for many
years, and on church committees,
including the Finance. Nominat
ing. Building and Constitution. He
also has worked with the Church
RAs. Through his business he also
has been a member of the Raeford
Hoke County Chamber of Com
merce and the Raeford and North
Carolina Merchants Associations.
Kinlaw was born in a small
Robeson County farming com
munity near Luniberton. one of
seven children in his family. He
helped his father with the farm
work and with carpentry to supple
ment the family income.
At an early age he became
interested in what was to become
his lifetime profession.
In early manhood also t)e drove a
school bus and cut hair to earn
spending money to buy a motor
cycle. and motorcycle-riding is still
After moving to Raeford. Kinlaw
went to work in the same building
he currently owns and operates.
While serving in the Navy in
World War II. his first wife, his
high school sweetheart whom he
married in 1938. managed to keep
the business going.
She was the former Clara Belle
Stroud. She died in 14b8. leaving
her husband and their two eliil
dren. daughters Betty and Peggy.
Their daughters subsequently mar
ried ministers, and both husbands
became professors ?? Betty's is Dr.
Paul Simmons, associated with
Southern Baptist Seminary in
Louisville. Ky.. and Peggy's is
George Lewis, on the stall til
Sandhills Community College near
Six years after his first wife died.
Kinlaw married Mrs. Dorothy
Stephenson Watson and thereby
also gained a stepdaughter. Bar
bara Watson Ro/ier and her
family. Morris Ro/ier is associated
with Burlington Industries. Mr.
and Mrs. Kinlaw have six grand
children -- three in Louisville, two
in Southern Pines, and the other in
In Moore , Hoke Counties
SCC Program Aims
To Help Dropouts
Over 440 youngsters dropped out
of high schools in Moore and Hoke
counties during the 1980 school
year, according to published drop
The annual high school dropout
rate for Moore County was 8.1%.
The annual high school dropout
rate for Hoke County was 10.8%
except for extended day high school
which had a dropout rate of
Officials at Sandhills Com
munity College think that many of
these dropouts can be helped by the
college if they arc made aware of
programs at the college. In the
past, many of these dropouts have
been lost both to high schools and
community colleges when they
dropped out of school.
Sandhills Community College
has begun a new project lo contact
all high school dropouts for the
past two years in Moore and Hoke
counties. Sandhills Community
College will serve any and all of
these dropouts who choose to
attend the college.
Programs for dropouts such as
those directed toward high school
completion, learning how to get
and keep jobs, and vocational skills
training will be explained to drop
outs. Officials ai Sandhills believe
many dropouts may have been
helped already by community col
lege programs, but they are not
sure how many.
The local project is part of the
National Model Dropout Informa
tion and Service Project which is
operating on a pilot basis at nine
community colleges, technical col
leges, and technical institutes in
North Carolina. The National
Model Dropout Information and
Service Project has been funded by
the Governor under a Special
Grant recommended by the North
Carolina Employment and Train
Sandhills Community College
officials expect to complete lists of
dropouts from information made
available by Moore and Hoke
County schools. They expect to
begin contacting the dropouts im
mediately. Staff members at Sand
hills credit secondary school offi
cials and counselors with much of
the college's success in serving
dropouts in the past and they point
out that there has been a long-term
decline in the dropout rate tor local
Anyone who is a dropout in Hoke
County is encouraged to contact
Carrie Carter at 8^5-8589 at the
Sandhills Learning Center in Rat.
ford for information on how he or
she can be helped bv Sandhills
Community College. Anyone who is
a dropout in Moore County is
encouraged to call Dean Harlan
McCaskill at 692-M85 at Sandhills
Community College lor informa
tion on how he or she can be helped
by Sandhills Community College.
While lists of high school grad
uates have been available for years
to many community colleges, tech
nical colleges, and technical insti
tutes. lists of dropouts have not
been available until the advent ot
To Highland Plains Post
Dr. Charles M. Speegle ot
Fayetteville was re-clccted chair
man, Earl Fowler of Raeford was
re-elected vice chairman, and Tom
Cornwell of Clinton was re-elected
secretarv?treasurer lor 1982 of the
Highland Plains Marketing
Association Advisory Board at a
board meeting Thursday in Fav
The six-county metro marketing
association develops marketing
aids and promotional material, in
conjunction with the tyorth Caro
lina Department of Commerce, lor
use by the economic (IcU'Iuiki s ot
the Department ot Commerce and
ol the counties comprising the
metro area -- Cumberland. Bladen.
Hoke. Robeson. Sampson, arid
A metro profile of the area has
already been produced and is now
The University of North Carolina
at Charlotte is developing a .12 -
page atlas of the area which will be
ready for distribution this summer,
and the association is also working
on an audio-visual slide presen
tation to be used bv the developers.
the National Mock-I Dropout In
formation and Service Project.
World Day ot Prayer, an inter
national celebration sponsored in
the United States b\ Church Wo
men United, will be held March 5
at Ruelord United Methodist
Church in the Fellowship Hall,
using the rear entrance to the
building, at p.m.
I bis annual service unites mil
lions ot people in prayer services
occurring on six continents during
a 24-hour period.
This year's theme is "The People
ot God: Gathered tor Worship,
Scattered tor Service." The text
?as prepared by women of the
Republic ot Ireland and ot
Northern Ireland. They worked
ccumcnicallv at a Christian renewal
center near the border ot the two
World day ot Prayer provides
women in the United States with an
occasion to participate in a nation
w ide ottering which goes into
Inter-continental Grants, the pro
cess by which Church Women
United carries out its stewardship
through grants to a wide variety of
The program is being presented
this year by the women of the
Raeford Presbyterian Church.
Kight Hoke County High School
students were arrested Tuesday
morning and charged with drug
violations, some with selling
counterfeit drugs. Hoke County
Sheriffs Department reported. The
alleged drugs involved included
marijuana and in one case valium.
and counterfeit drugs on two cases.
The cash involved in sales in
which payments were identified in
hills of indictment amounted to SI .
$2 and $5 each, the records show .
Sheriff Dave Barrington said the
arrests resulted from undercover
investigations that started at the
beginning of the 1982 fall term of
He said his department, the
Raeford Police Department, the
State Bureau of Investigation, the
12th Judicial District district at
torney's office, and the Cumber
land County Sheriffs Department
cooperated in the investigation.
Seven of the students were
arrested at school between 9 and
9:30 by officers bearing arrest
orders issued T uesday after a Hoke
County grand jury returned the
true bills of indictment against the
The felony charges were posses
sion of a controlled substance with
intent to sell and deliver, and sale
and delivery. The students were
placed under unsecured bonds of
SI. 000 each, one of them on tour
charges, and placed in custody of
parents or guardians. They are to
appear in Hoke County Superior
Court for trial in the March 15
Those charged also with mis
demeanor offenses are scheduled
for trial in District Court in March.
The students charged and the
James A. Watson. I Box 90-C.
Raeford. possession with intent to
sell and deliver a counterfeit con
trolled substance, and sale and
delivery of a counterfeit controlled
substance November 23 to Hoke
County Special Deputy T.A.
Ricky Gales. 18. of 505 Saunders
St.. Raeford. possession with intent
to use drug paraphernalia (a
package of rolling papers), posses
sion of marijuana, and possession
of marijuana with intent to sell and
deliver, and sale and delivery for S5
to Williams September 14: and
carrying a concealed weapon (a
hawk-bill pocket knife): charges ot
possession of paraphernalia, carry
ing a concealed weapon, and
misdemeanor possession of mari
juana. trial set for March 12 in
District Court on three charges.
Calx in Dickson. Rt. 1, Box
258-F. Lumber Bridge, possession
of marijuana with intent to sell and
deliver, and sale and delivery to
Williams for SI .
Aaron Lide. Ri. J. Box ltvl-A.
possession with intent to sell and
deliver, and sale and deliverv to
Williams November 18.
Dwight Baldwin. Rt. I. Box 255.
Lumber Bridge, three counts ot
possession with intent to sell and
sale and delivety of marijuana to
Williams ?? for S2 on each occasion
September 15 and 24. and No
Maurice Davis, lf>, Rt. I. Box
14l\. Lumber Bridge, possession
with intent to sell marijuana, and
sale and delivery to Williams tor SI
November 12 and November 2.1.
Robin Byrd. IK. P.O. Box "54.
N.C. 211. Raetord. possession ot
Dia/epan (\aliuni) with intent to
sell or deliver, and sale and deliverv
(originally charged with possession
with intent to sell or deliver
counterfeit, and sale and delivery;
the substitute charge regarding
Dia/epan was issued Tuesday), and
communicating a threat against an
James Thomas. I7. Rt. 4. Box
445. Raetord. possession of
counterfeit controlled substance
with intent to sell or deliver, and
sale and deliverv.
The sherifl said two undercover
agents worked in the investigation
registered as Hoke High students,
one for a month at the start of the
fall term, and the other the rest of
the fall term.