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HENRY L. BLUE
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. . . Contribatiag Edhor
?ILL LINDA t
MRS. PAUL DICKSON
Second Clams Postage al Raeford, N.C.
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 1982
Fund lower education
With the Reagan government cutting federal funds for elementary
and secondary education, among other things, the General
Assembly should take up at least some of the slack.
We suggest it use some of the funds which it usually provides for
the state-supported colleges, universities and even community
colleges for the purpose.
As one citizen suggested, this makes sense in at least two ways:
?The state's colleges and universities, generously supported by the
Legislature, thanks to the state's taxpayers, are equal by and large to
the nation's best.
-Most of the students who benefit from these colleges and
universities come from the state's public schools, starting with
kindergarten (for many) and going through high school.
These students, however, find the doors of education beyond high
school closed to them if they are not prepared by their early
schooling for them. Not only does defective early education close the
college doors but also the doors to opportunity to get the better jobs.
Federal cuts in the name of reducing government spending are
coming to one of the essentials of proper learning, the remedial
reading program of Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary
Education Act. Many children learn to read well - well enough to
make it through college if they are otherwise qualified -- without the
Title I help. Many others, however, would have to forget about
education beyond high school without that help. And in either case,
defective ability to read makes other qualities necessary for college or
for higher-grade employment practically useless.
If it does nothing else to make up the federal loss in primary and
secondary education money, the Legislature should put up enough to
guarantee continuation of the programs helping students in the
Of these essentials, the Legislature should guarantee continuation
of help in the ancient fundamentals -? readin', writin' and 'rithmetic,
since without a good quality of skills in these the students not only
can forget about college but about advancing to the higher-paying
From the practical standpoint, the state legislators should
consider this; a well-educated primary and high school student
becomes a higher-paid taxpayer, whose income provides the state
with more money for higher education, among other services.
El Salvador parallels
People in and out of Congress opposed to U.S. involvement in El
Salvador have been drawing a parallel between any troop
commitment in the Central American internal conflict and the
American experience in Vietnam.
In view of allegations that Soviet and Cuban elements have been
directing operations of the guerrillas in El Salvador, a more accurate
parallel of U.S. involvement would be the Spanish civil war of the
latter part of the 1930s.
That war aside from the motives of Spaniards of both sides doing
the fighting was a test of weapons and techniques of Nazi and Fascist
against Communist. One authority in the United States called it
years later a rehearsal for World War II.
In El Salvador, American interveners would be opposing
Communist interveners. Both sides have been supplying weapons to
their allies, but so far, apart from a small force of U.S. military
advisers, no foreign troops have been committed to the internal
On the other hand, Americans can see in the matter of bare
manpower assignments a parallel in El Salvador with Vietnam.
American military advisers were sent into the South Vietnam conflict
in the early 1960s. But in 1965, conventional American military
forces (the 173rd Brigade's, based on Okinawa) were sent into the
fighting. As everyone of high school age in those years knows, the
173rd was followed by huge forces from the Army, Navy, Marines
and Air Force. (This doesn't mean that U.S. military advisers are
followed inevitably by conventional American military forces when
matters aren't proceeding satisfactorily in the presidential
administrator's view. American advisers worked in Laos in the late
1950s, and also have worked in India, Pakistan and other nations
throughout the world, but weren't followed by regular Army or
On the other hand, however, the difference in geography, . the
nature of El Salvador and its neighboring Central American nations,
and distance from the United States weakens, at the very least, the
validity of the comparison of El Salvador with Vietnam.
On the other hand, once again, we hope both Communist and
American leaders are considering the longrange effects of even this
limited (so far) confrontation in El Salvador between Communist
Such consideration should have both sides persuading their El
Salvadoran friends to go to the peace table.
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It's a Small W orld
by Bill Lindau
The judges who suspended jail
sentences on conditions the culprits
leave town violated the law them
District Court Judge Joseph E.
Dupree after reading our editorial
on the subject, told us that the U.S.
Supreme Court quite a while ago
issued a ruling that prohibits
judges from compelling a de
fendant to move from one court
jurisdiction to another, as a con
dition of a suspension of a prison
The cases we referred to involved
a man in Texas convicted of
possessing a gun at a rock concert,
and a woman in Florida, on her
most recent vice conviction. The
man in Texas had moved to that
state from Michigan, and the
woman had been living in Florida.
The judge said, however, there is
one legal way of getting an un
desirable out of the community if
he or she is convicted, especially if
the culprit had come to the area
from another state. The judge can
give an active sentence, but then
allow the defendant 24 hours to get
personal matters in order before
reporting to the sheriff to start the
That gives the defendant a choice
of going to jail or of becoming a
fugitive. Of course this type may be
undesirable but he probably isn't
stupid, so he'll take the opportunity
to get his affairs in order, but about
a thousand miles away, and he's
got 24 hours to get there.
The chances also are that no one
will bother pursuing the fugitives to
bring him back. People convicted
and sentenced for more serious
things, of course, wouldn't be given
24 hours to get squared away,
unless it was known he had too
much to lose by getting lost as
rapidly as possible.
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A couple of Gastonia boys
playing for different teams have
been named to the national sports
writers' basketball All America
first team and could meet sometime
in the NCAA tournament ?? James
Worthy of North Carolina, and
Eric Floyd of Georgetown.
But either or both also could
meet another North Carolina - bred
basketball player in the tourna
ment ?? Lucious Hailey, a senior
star for Middle Tennessee State U.
at Murfreesboro. Hailey 's home is
Wadesboro, and he starred for the
Bowman Senior High basketball
team before going to college. Hailey
went to Brewton-Parker Junior
College at Mt. Vernon, Ga., before
transferring to Middle Tennessee.
Before leaving Georgia, however,
he was named the 1979-80 Georgia
Junior College Player of the Year.
Middle Tennessee made the
NCAA tournament by winning the
Ohio Valley Tournament March 6.
It was the first time the school's
basketball team was to play in the
NCAA event but had a tough
assignment in the first round,
facing Kentucky. (This was written
the day before the tournament
I got all this information about
Hailey from the Anson Record of
Wadesboro. the only newspaper in
which 1 saw the reference to
Hailey's scheduled tournament ap
pearance in, though it might have
been in other newspapers in the
Hailey's high school coach was
Hailey may have saved Middle
Tennessee at the least trouble of
having to go through overtimeplay
to win the Ohio tournament.
Hailey says in the Record that he
"saved the day with a block shot in
the last three seconds" of the
championship game with Western
Kentucky, when the game ended.
Middle T. had onw, 54-52.
[Browsing in the files
of Tho News-Journal
25 years ago
Thunday, March 14, 1957
County commissioners of Hoke
and Moore Counties held a joint
meeting at the Hoke County court
house Tuesday night and discussed
the problems of transferring Little
River Township from Hoke to
Moore from every angle they could
think of. and reached agreement in
all areas on the matter.
* ? *
Carl Morris, resident of Raeford
for the past 4b years and mayor
during World War II. died in
Moore County Hospital shortly
after 6:00 o'clock Monday morn
* ? ?
Raeford Chamber of Commerce
directors and several guests Mon
day night discussed ways and
means of making Raeford Cham
ber of Commerce an effective
instrument, and adopted a pro
gram of teducation and partici
pation to "Keep Raeford Ahead."
? ? *
Mayor Alfred Cole received word
this week that the motorcade from
the Wilmington Azalea Festival will
aniv* in Raeford at 4:45 o'clock
next Tuesday afternoon.
15 years ago
Thursday, March 16, 1967
Raeford Town Board has agreed
to allow contractors hook onto
water and sewer lines the new
elementary school now under con
struction off Bethel Road.
? ? *
Sergeant Major Jesse Gulledge
retires after 40 years with North
Carolina National Guard last week.
* ? ?
Two young brothers, Michael
Anthony Blue. 10. and Earnest
Emmett Blue, 11, drowned last
Saturday afternoon in a farm pond
on the Crawford Thomas place
after the younger had fallen into
the water and his brother at
tempted to rescue him.
? * ?
The Hoke High Band uniforms
drive soared far above its S6.000
goal this week when several major
contributions arrived after the drive
was unofficially concluded.
? ? ?
The Hoke High School Bucks
were knocked from the State
Tournament last Thursday night by
Northwest Guilford. 84-56.
Letters To The Editor
As a resident ot Raetord. 1 am
extremely interested in the whole
community's progressive growth.
That's why i was so elated this week
when 1 was privileged to hear the
details of a proposed apartment
It is no secret that moderately
priced rental housing is hard to
find in Raetord. That's why so
many ot our teachers and pro
fessional people are living in other
towns and commuting to work. Not
only is it a shame that these people
have to be so inconvenienced, but it
is also a shame that they earn their
money here and spend it elsewhere.
The City's businesses can certainly
stand additional income. And the
City itself would benetit from ay
increase in its tax base. What s
more, from what 1 have heard, this
apartment complex would be an
| aesthetic asset to the community.
I have seen nothing in the
newspaper about this proposed
project, and 1 suspect very few
other residents have heard anything
about it. That is why 1 took very
careful notes when the complex was
described to me. 1 would like to
pass on the details, as I know them,
to your other readers.
This new complex would be
called Lantern Lane Apartments. It
would be built on a 6-acre tract off
Highwav 211. adjacent to the City
Line. There would be a total of 48
one bedroom and two bedroom
apartments, probably tour to a
single storv building, and designed
in brick and wood. Approximately
50% of the complex would be
designed for the elderly and handi
capped. That's why the particular
location was chosen near medical
facilities and shopping.
This apartment complex is in
tended for moderate income
tenants (SI 2 ? 22.000). Rents would
be in the neighborhood of SI 75 for
single and $195 for two bedroom
units. There will be no Section 8 or
rental assistance involved. And the
project will be financed by an
already approved Farmers Home
loan. This also provides concrete
assurance that the complex will be
a visual asset to the community
because the loan agreement re
Off-street parking will be pro
vided close to the buildings. The
streets will have curbing, gutters
and sidewalks. The buildings will
be nicely landscaped by the
builders, but the tenants will have
the right to add their own gar
dening touches to individualize
their front and back yards. The
builders will also be totally re
sponsible for maintenance, outside
as well as inside, thus assuring the
long term good looks ot the
complex. Besides the housing area,
two recreation areas are to be
developed on the 6-acre tract.
It will take about six to eight
months to complete the project, but
if construction is begun in June,
some units will be ready tor
occupancy in September.
To my personal knowledge, there
is no apartment zoning in Raelord.
but I feel we should not let this
become an obstacle to acquiring
such a totally rewarding asset for
Editor. The News-Journal
We have noticed many "Letters
to the Editor" recently on the
subject of potholes. Your own
newspaper has probably printed
some of these as well.
I'd like to take this opportunity
to share with your readers some
information about the condition of
our highway system, how it got that
way and what we're doing about it.
As your readers can tell, we are
experiencing pavement failures
(i.e.. "potholes") across a large
segment of our highw ay system.
The potholes of today were really
"born" several winters ago as tiny
cracks in the surface of the highw ay
pavement. Over the years they have
now reached "maturity" as a
full-blown potholes due to moisture
seeping into those ever-growing
When this moisture freezes be
tween layers of pavement, the ice
expands and exerts heavy pressure
on the pavement, causing it to
break up. Traffic on top of this
weakened pavement accelerates the
damage to the roads.
The way to prevent the initial
pavement cracks which result in
potholes is to protect the road
surface with a timely resurfacing or
sealing program such that moisture
can't get down through the pave
ment in the first place.
In the past, we have not had the
funds to really do an adequate job
of resurfacing. Last fiscal year (July
1. 1980 - June 30. 1981) we could
only resurface about 380 miles of
our 56, 000-mile paved-road
system. We ought to be resurfacing
about 2.f>00 miles a year to keep up
Thanks to legislative approval of
the "Governor's Good Roads Pro
gram". we'll have S80 million to
resurface about 2.900 miles this
current fiscal year. By the end of
this month, our Department will
have let to contract approximately
2.875 miles of resurfacing at an
estimated cost of $78.3 million.
That resurfacing, over and above
the 2.600 miles, will help us cut
into the existing backlog of re- J
surfacing needs and subsequently
reduce future winter damage.
Right now our patch crews are
making repairs to the roads as fast
as possible. Because of the cold
weather, some of these repairs are
temporary and permanent repairs
will be made as soon as the weather
Hot asphalt, required for making
permanent repairs, is not available |
during the cold winter months. The
permanent repair process also re
quires that damaged road surfaces
be prepared by some excavation
prior to the use of the hot asphalt.
The temporary "cold patch" tech
nique is being used now so we can
quickly insure the safety of
Resurfacing work to protect our
roads in the future will begin again
in the spring as the temperatures^
permit this work to be done. ?
We in the Department of Trans
portation appreciate the concern,
interest and patience by the
motoring public regarding their
highway system as we work to take
care of existing damage as well as
protect the system from future
damage with our resurfacing pro
W.R. "Bill" Roberson. Jr. I
According to an article I read in
a newspaper last night, lawyers
getting ready to handle the trial of a
mass murderer estimated the trial f)
would last about eight months.
They said it as though it's routine
I guess it is. It's nothing these
days for a trial to last six weeks, two
months, six months or whatever.
One civil suit ran thirteen years
before everybody got tired and
called the thing off.
I got to thinking about (his. If
it's taking longer and longer to try a?
criminal and at the same time more
and more criminals are being
produced, won't that result in
longer and longer waits for a man
to get tried?
Say an 18-year-old is charged
with stealing a car. He might be
middle aged or older before he's
tried and found guilty or innocent,
depending on what price range
lawyer he can hire.
A man shouldn't have to go_
through life with a thing like that?
hanging over him. so I've figured
out a solution.
Some men, say an alumnus of
Harvard, when ihey have a son
born, immediately apply for his
entrance to that school 18 years
hence. This assures that the boy,
when he finishes high school . can
go right into the college of his
lather's choice without waiting.
Shouldn't a father be equall\JD
concerned about getting his son a
speedy trial it he runs afoul of the
law? Shouldn't he apply for a time
slot on the court docket as soon as
the boy is born, to be utilized if the
necessity arises? Forethoughted
ness is what gives some people an
edge over others. Getting a son a
speedy trial ought to be as im
portant as getting him into Har
It's something that's worthf|
thinking about, but not for long.
Read Romans 14: 7-9
If we live, we live to the Lord,
and if we die, we die to the Lord.
? Romans 14:8 (RSV)
I received word that a very dear
friend of mine had just died. Many
thoughts came to me. I wondered
whether her daugther, who was
about to graduate from high
school, should participate in the
senior class festivities. 1 answered/
my own question: Of course she
should. Her mother would have
wanted it that way.
Suddenly came the overwhelm
ing thought: "Would have want
ed?" Why the past tense? She does
want! Her disease-ridden body is
dead, but all that made her the
dear person she was. is alive
I realized then, like never before
that our loved ones in Christ are not"
dead; they are trulv alive and
eagerly wait for us to know the eter
nal joy which they now experience.
PRAYER: O God, make us exper
ience the comfort that comet from
knowing that those whom wc
mourn now enjoy being In Your
presence. Give us courage to
C never* so that we may someday
with them and You. Amen. < ,