The Hoke County News - Established 1 928
VOLUME LXXI1I NUMBER 48 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PFR YEAR THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1982
BY SAM C. MORHIS
The weather for the weekend was
perfect. I was on the golf course
along with many others and it was
idea! weather. Someone told me
Monday afternoon that I was
sunburned in the face and since
that time, I have felt a sting in the
face and it must be from the sun.
The forecast called for near
freezing weather Monday night and
for the temperature to be in the 60s
for the remainder of the week.
We are sure that most people in
Hoke County have registered for
the upcoming primary and we
) know that most of our readers are
tired of reading about the subject.
The reason this is being mentioned
this week is that Monday afternoon
while talking with three people, one
of them stated that he had been
meaning to register, but hadn't
gotten around to it at this time.
One of the members of the group I
was in said that we will go by the
election office now and get you
| Yes, this is something that is so
easy to put on the back burner for a
few days. The thing about it is that
you leave it there sometimes after
the books are closed.
So if you haven't registered, go
by the election office in the old
County office building on Monday,
Wednesday or Friday and get your
name on the books.
After that, the most important
| thing is to VOTE.
Last week we stated that if it
could be worked out, that Con
gressman Bill Hefner our 8th
district congressman, would be at
the Hoke County Democratic Con
vention. This has been done and he
will be here for the convention.
The convention will be held at
the courthouse on Saturday, April
| 3 at 1:30 p.m. (1 believe this is
correct, but maybe you should be
there by one o'clock.) The complete
details of the convention will be in
next week's paper in a regular news
article. Chairman Harold Gillis will
then give complete details.
* * *
The weekend will again have
^ basketball on the television screen.
? The NCAA tournament will be
played in New Orleans, of course as
you all know, Carolina will be in
the Final four.
I heard Monday night that it was
almost impossible to get a hotel
reservation in New Orleans for the
weekend. There should be tickets
available as the Super Dome will
seat about 55,000 for basketball. I
haven't heard of anyone going from
Raeford, but I do know that some
P people have tickets.
? ? ?
Last Sunday the Regional finals
of the NCAA basketball tourna
ment were played in Raleigh with
Carolina one of the teams. The
game was to start at 12 o'clock
noon, 1 was in church and was
^ listening to Dr. John Ropp preach.
W His sermon topic for the day was
"Kindness." Now this was a good
subject and was holding my at
tention very well.
Then Dr. Ropp made a state
ment that made me think his
subject wasn't exactly correct. He
was on radio and stated something
like "Will the management at the
radio station become aware that we
will run past 12 o'clock today.
"Now this was not what some
? basketball fans considered as
* * *
The Hoke County Blazers, the
new semi-pro baseball team will
open its season here on Saturday.
April 3 at the Hoke High baseball
park. The game will begin at 4
* So go out and support our first
? team in many years.
? ? ?
David Smith of the Hoke Ath
letic Booster Club called Monday
and wanted us to remind all golfers
of the Booster Club Golf Tourna
ment that is being held Saturday
and Sunday, March 27th and 28th
p (Sec AROUND TOWN, page I 5)
On Raeford-Hoke Village Shopping Center ,
Construction To Start Within 30 Days
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Dr. Robert Murray Dies;
Dr. Robert Lebby Murray, who
practiced medicine in Raeford for
about 40 years till he retired in
1965, died Saturday at 10:45 p.m.
in the Skilled Nursing Division of
Memorial Hospital of Alamance
County after an illness of five
months. He was 85.
He was a veteran of World War I
service in France with the 81st
(Wildcat) Infantry Division. His
home was 1701 Cooper Rd.,
Graham, at the time of his death.
Dr. Murray is survived by his
wife. Mrs. Madge Pritchett Murray
of the home; his son. Dr. Robert
Louis Murray of Roanoke, Va.;
four grandchildren; and his
brother, the Rev. Marion J. Murray
of High Point.
The funeral was conducted Mon
day afternoon in Graham Pres
byterian Church by Dr. Donald C.
Nance and Dr. Steven Gadaire of
Graham Presbyterian Church.
Burial was in Graham Memorial
Rich & Thompson Funeral Ser
vice of Graham was in charge of the
Dr. Murray was born in Sum
merville, S.C.. to the Rev. Ephraim
Clark Murray and Lillian Norwood
Lebby Murray. He was a member
of Graham Presbyterian Church
and a former member of the
Dr. Murray graduated in 1912
from Graham High School, and
from Davidson College in 1917.
After World War 1 service, he
studied at the University of North
Carolina School of Medicine at
Chapel Hill 1919-21, then con
tinued his studies at the University
of Maryland School of Medicine,
graduating from that institution in
1923. At the time, the UNC School
of Medicine offered only a two-year
Early in his medical career he
moved to Raeford. Dr. Murray
served as chairman of the Hoke
County Chapter, American Red
Cross, from 1928 to 1950 and as
chairman of the Health and Safety
Committee of the Cape Fear Area
of the Boy Scouts of America from
1947 to 1965.
For his outstanding service to the
Boy Scouts, he was awarded the
Silver Beaver in 1954, the highest
honor given an adult Scout leader.
Dr. Murray also served as
chairman of the Section on General
Practice of Medicine and Surgery
of the Medical Society of North
Carolina 1938-39. He was a
member of the American Legion
and of the Raeford Kiwanis Club.
He served as president of the local
Kiwanis Club in 1934.
Dr. Murray also served as ruling
elder of Raeford Presbyterian
Church, starting in 1925. then as
ruling elder in Graham Presby
HERE IN APRIL ?? The Road Company of Johnson City. Tenn.. will he
among those giving public performances during the Hoke County
Celebration of the Arts S2 arts and crafts festival April .1-9. The Road
Company will perform its "The Flying Lemon Circus " at J. W. Turlington
School April 7. The ensemble does educational performances.
In Southern Pines March 30-31
Women To Meet
Brownson Memorial Presby
terian Church. Southern Pines, will
be the host church for the 93rd
annual Meeting of the Women of
Fayetteville Presbytery on Tuesday.
March 30. and Wednesday, March
Mrs. John Balfour. Presbyterial
president, will preside.
Mrs. Joseph Marley of Southern
Pines is the general chairman.
The theme of the meeting is
"Called by Grace to a Life of
Love." The principle speaker will
be Dr. David H. Burr, pastor of
First Presbyterian Church, Win
Newly elected officers will be
installed during the Wednesday
morning session by Mrs. Peter
McK. Cromartie. former presby
terial president and chairman of
Synod's Ministry Group on
Women. Mrs. B.E. Huffines of
Wilmington, director of the 1982
N.C. Synod Women's Conference
at Montreat. will be a special guest
attending the sessions.
The council will meet for its
annual meeting on March 30 at
3:45 p.m. to be followed by dinner
at 6 p.m. served by the members of
the host church.
Registration for the Tuesday
evening meeting will begin at 6:45
p.m. and the Call for Order will
follow at 7:30 p.m.
The Wednesday morning session
will begin with registration at 9
with the Call for Order at 10.
Luncheon will follow the Wed
nesday morning meeting and will
be served in the Fellowship Hall.
Tickets for the luncheon w'ill be $3
and must be purchased at the time
All Church Women of the Fay
etteville Presbytery are cordially
invited to attend the annual meet
Economy Food Damaged
Economy Food Center on N.C.
211 just west of the Raeford city
limits was damaged by fire and
smoke late on the night of March
North Raeford Fire Chief Johnny
Baker's report says the cause of the
fire was not determined yet.
The fire itself was confined to the
stock room at the rear ot the
building but smoke caused damage
throughout the store. All the goods
in the stock room were destroyed,
and steel girders under the roof at
the rear were buckled by the heat.
Steve Hcdgpeth, the owner of the
store, was quoted as saying he
intended to reopen as soon as the
time it took to make the repairs
Fourteen fireman of the North
Raeford Volunteer Fire Depart
ment responded to the alarm,
which was received at about 10:50
p.m. The Raeford Fire Department
assisted, and the Hoke County
Ambulance Service dispatched an
ambulance to stand by to give help
in event of injury to Firefighters.
Firemen stayed at the scene till
2:15 a.m. March 17 till they were
Martin Says Error No
Reflection On Pierce
Hoke County Manager James
Martin said Thursday the county's
reimbursing the state $11,723 in
federal CF.TA funds "in no way" is
a reflection on the employee in
volved. Grace Pierce.
He said the state attorney gen
eral's office disallowed that amount
of the funds spent between October
I. 1977. and September 30. 1979.
as salary for Pierce.
Martin said this resulted from a
county administrative error.
The salary item was part of a
total $19,950 the state attorney
general's office disallowed alto
gether. The rest of the funds had no
connection with Pierce's employ
The error arose w hen Pierce was
shitted from employment in Title 11
to employment in Title VI. Martin
said the shift was made possibly
without her knowledge. He said the
error was in the determination of
eligibility to transfer her.
Martin said during the discus
sion of the matter at the county
commissioners' mid-month meet
ing March 15 that Pierce was
eligible when she originally was
employed in 1976 as a Title 11
worker. He said she was transferred
in 1977 to Title VI and added to the
county payroll October 1. 1979.
certain the fire would not break out
Construction of the Raeford
Hoke Village shopping center is
scheduled to be started within the
next 30 days, a representative of the
builder. Edens & McTeer, Inc.. of
Columbia. S.C.. said Friday.
The representative. Wayne
Reynolds. E^M's leasing agent,
said this in reply to one of the
questions asked of him by tele
phone by a reporter for The
The center will be completed
about six months after construction
is started. Reynolds said. He said
that's about the time such work
He said that besides the build
ings for three chain-store outlets,
areas of b.000 and 2,400 square
feet will be built for locally owned
prospective tenants. He said the
larger one could be split in half to
make room for two tenants.
The chain stores scheduled to
open retail outlets when the center
buildings are completed are Food
Town supermarket. Sky City de
partment store, and Revco Drug,
The site covers 7.9 acres at U.S.
401 south bypass and West Cole
The cost of construction of the
center was estimated at $1.4 mil
lion last year.
Hoke County collections of the
state's 3 per cent sales tax amount
ed to S83.7b5.29 on retail sales of
$3.81 2,836 in January.
The total for December was
$73,804.29 collected on retail sales
DONATION ?? Burlington makes a contribution to local Heart Fund.
Ash well Harwaril is shown presenting a check to Mrs. John K McNeill III.
Heart Fund representative lor Hoke County.
United Fund Helps Hoke Disabled
The Hoke County Association tor
the Developmentallv Disabled is a
private, non-profit agency in Hoke
County that receives financial assis
tance from the United Fund.
The Hoke County United Fund
has supported this Association for
The association has two compo
nents: The Hoke County Children's
Center, which is a developmental
day center that provides training
and education for developmentallv
disabled children. The children's
disabilities include mental retarda
tion. blindness, cerebral palsy,
autism, speech and language de
lays. etc. The Center works on
skills such as socialization, cogni
tive development, dressing, feeding
and toileting skills and daily physi
cal and speech therapy. The pro
gram is five days a week and does
not close during the summer
months. Free meals and transpor
tation are also provided for the
parents along with "parent-train
ing" to enable the families to work
effectively with their children.
The Association also sponsors
transportation for handicapped
adults or adults that are not able to
function at this point in the normal
job market. The transportation
involves the purchase of a van (hat
transports these adults to and from
Laurinburg dail\ to a program that
enables them to learn skills neees
sarv tor employment . This program
also gives the adults a chance to feel
that they are contributing to society
and gives them a sense of accomp
lishment along with learning to
work w ii h of hers.
Both <>l these programs arc not
only important to the clients they
serve, bin essential to the quality of
lite they deserve. The Hoke County
United Hind has provided much
support, as both programs are on
vers limited budgets and depend on
John W. Bailey of Rt 2. Box
251 . Raeford. was promoted March
I to sergeant major at Ft. Bragg,
the highest rank an enlisted person
can be awarded in the Army. He is
a combat veteran of the Vietnam
war, serving from June 19b"* to June
Bailev is serving with Head
quarters. 1 t) Field Artillery.
His wife, Betsy, teaches at
Upchurch Junior High School.
They have four children; Debra.
Beverly. Ronald and Mary.
Bailey during his service has
been awarded two Bronze Stars and
two MSMs. He is a qualified
paratrooper with the grade of
Bailev started his Armv service
(See PkOMOTH). page 15)
John W. Bailey