The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXX11I NUMBER 52 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
S8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 1982
BY SAW C. MORRIS
The rainfall over the weekend
was approximately one-half inch
and it was needed. We still need for
the nights to get warm if the
gardens are to grow. Now this is not
my saying but comes from others
) now deceased, that had me tending
the gardens many years ago. What
ever they had me doing in the
family garden though, didn't leave
me with a "green thumb."
The weather forecast is for cool
weather the remainder of the week.
* * *
Paul Dickson showed me an
) invitation that he had received the
other day from Margaret Gainey
and it was for the graduation of
the Class of 1932 at Raeford High
School. One reason he showed it to
me was that my sister Margaret,
now deceased, was in the class. All
the class members were listed on
Monday, Paul was by the office
and stated that he and Jake Austin
were trying to get up a 50th
I Reunion of the class. There are
" many in the class that still live in
and around Raeford. Many take
the paper, and if you read this,
drop a note to Paul at the following
address if you are interested in
having this reunion.
The address is:
P.O. Box 550
Raeford, N.C. 28376
. The class of 1935 had a 40th and
' 45th reunion and a fine time was
had by all. So drop a note to
Dickson and get the reunion plans
? m ?
When you pick up the newspaper
this day and time and read about
the businesses that are closing and
the number of folks that are
unemployed, it makes you feel good
) to live in Raeford and Hoke
The industrial plants here have
been running almost full time and
even on weekends. It is good to
have Burlington Industries,
Faberge, The House of Raeford
and Tex-Elastic in our community.
All these plants have about full
employment at this time and from
all reports they don't see in the near
) future any cutback in their running
We commend the management
of all these plants and hope
continued success to them and
hope that the community relations
will always be good.
? * ?
The political season is in high
gear with many signs and cards on
I display around the county. The
* date for the primary still hasn't
been set and until a decision is
made by the court, nobody can say
when it will be. In fact we don't
even know who we will be voting for
in some of the races until a final
date is set.
So be patient and we should get
to vote by August 1st.
The books are still open if you
haven't registered to vote, so do so
* * *
Chris Watkins. director of music
at the Raeford Presbyterian
Church, has resigned and will
become director of music at a
k church in Decatur, Ga. His resig
nation becomes effective May I.
We publish the following letter we
received from Chris this week. The
Dear Folks of The News Journal :
This is the last news article that 1
will be turning in as the director of
either the Raeford Community
Choir or the Raeford Presbyterian
Church music department. This
Sunday the Raeford Community
| Choir will be giving its last presen
tation for some time. Would it be
possible for you to use the article
that 1 am enclosing on the front
page for this week's edition?
I know that this is a lot to ask but
I know that all the members of the
choir would be greatly appreciative,
and it would help promote all of the
community to come to this final
worship service by this wonderful
community choir. In 1980 you put
* (See AROUND TOWN, page I 2)
$1,161,991 In County Funds Asked
Higher School Budget Proposed
OfN.C. Public Finance Officers Association
Helen Huffman President-elect
The Spring Conference of the
North Carolina Public Finance
Officer's Association was held in
Chapel Hill at the Institute of
Government on March 2, 3, and 4.
The Association elected the slate
of officers' for the fiscal year
1982-1983 as follows: president -
Douglas E. Carter, Charlotte;
president-elect -- Helen Huffman,
Raeford; secretary treasurer --
Bernice Phillips, Reidsville; Di
rectors -- Al Averette, Greenville,
Nancy Nichols, Mt. Airy, Bill Gear,
High Point, and Richard Slozak,
Goldsboro; and past president --
Betsy Wilson, Lenoir.
The NCPFOA was established in
1953 by a small group of North
Carolina finance officers who
understood the expanding role of
governmental finance and there
fore. wished to provide a collective
way to enhance the objectives of
public finance and provide a forum
for interchange of ideas.
From this small group composed
of five units the association has
grown to an association of over 226,
with membership from small cities,
large cities, counties, and associate
membership from the banking and
finance community and the public
The association sponsors work
shops dealing with subjects such as
cash and debt management,
budgeting and accounting which
serves to continually strengthen the
members as well as the association.
The NCPFOA participates on
the State and National levels
through the North Carolina League
of Municipalities, the Institute of
Government, and the Municipal
Finance Officer's Association, as
well as, three association sponsored
meetings held each year and a
? quarterly NCPFOA Newsletter pro
vided by the association.
1982-83 OFFICERS - Raeford City Finance Officer Helen Huffman [from row. right] the new president-elect of
the North Carolina Public Finance Officers Association, is shown with other 1982-83 association officers and the
past president. L-R ?? Al Averette of Greenville, director: Nancy Nichols of Mt. Airy, director: Betsy Wilson of
Lenoir, past president: Douglas E. Carter of Charlotte, president: Bernice Phillips of Reidsville.
secretary-treasurer: and, right, behind Mrs. Huffman. Richard Slozak. of Goldsboro. director. Bill Gear of High
Point, not in the picture, also was named a director.
To Be Honored Friday In Raleigh
The Hoke County commissioners
will be asked to provide SI, 16 1,991
in county funds for the proposed
budget of the county school system
for the next fiscal year.
The County Board of Education
approved a proposed budget which
will include $6,563,462 in state
funds and $1,770,372 in federal
The schools got $885,627 in
county, $5,434,340 in state, and
$1,628,809 in federal funds for the
The proposed 1982-83 budget
does not include funds for con
struction of a new building for J.W.
Turlington School. The proposed
budget has $46,000 for reroofing
and $2,000 for repairing ceilings at
Turlington. It also has $17,000
labeled for reroofing the shop
building at Upchurch Junior High
Don Steed, school system busi
ness manager, said the increases
sought in local funds can be
attributed to the effects of the
current nationwide inflation.
The largest increases are being
asked for vocational education,
school maintenance, and heating
Teachers and other staff people
were given pay raises of five percent
the past winter. Though the pro
posed budget does not provide
salary increases, the assumption is
that the five percent raise would
remain in effect.
Hoke Girl Regional Safety Tip Winner
Dana Connell, a student at Hoke
County High School and daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Connell of
109 N. Magnolia St.. Raeford. is
one of eight regional winners in the
contest among North Carolina's
high school students to add an
eighth litesaving tip on grade-cross
She and the other regional
winners will be honored Friday at
the North Carolina Safety Council's
Witherspoon Lung Assoc . President
Ken Witherspoon of Raeford was
elected president of the Mid-State
Regional Board of Directors of the
American Lung Association of
North Carolina at the regional
board meeting in Southern Pines
on April 6.
Also elected to the Executive
Committee from Hoke County was
D. Ralph Huff. Ill, second vice
Mrs. Mary B. Brady and Harold
Stone of Raeford were elected to
serve three-year terms on the
Regional Board representing Hoke
County. Mrs. Lynette Norton was
re-elected to serve another three
year term. Another local resident
included on the regional board is
Mrs. Richard Neeley.
The American Lung Association
is the oldest non-profit public
health education organization now
in existence in the United States.
Their program of work in the local
community includes youth and
adult health education toward the
prevention and control of lung
diseases such as Asthma, Em
physema, Chronic Bronchitis.
Lung Cancer. The Association also
administers to patient service needs
and supports lung disease medical
research both in North Carolina
and on a nation-wide basis.
The Mid-State Regional office is
located in Southern Pines and
serves a 12-county area in the
south-central part of the state
including Hoke County.
Information on programs and
materials available may be ob
tained by calling the Southern
Pines office (919) 692.1981 between
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30
p.m. Monday through Friday.
Serving as Regional Director is
Mrs. Mary Jane V. Knight of
Southern Pines: Mrs. Diana T.
Kelly of Whispering Pines. Pro
Kt'ii Wit herspoon
Choir To Give Musical Worship Service
The Raeford Community Choir
will present a musical worship
service. "Hymns Triumphant -- A
Symphonic Choral Suite," ar
ranged by Lee Holdridge, at 8 p.m.
Sunday in the sanctuary of Raeford
Unlike many of the worship
services that the Raeford Com
munity Choir has presented in the
past years, this musical ore?*nta.
tion is made up entirely of hymns of
the Christian church that have been
arranged for multi-sectional choir
and orchestra. The work is divided
into eight parts listed under the
different phrases of the Lord's
For example, the first movement
of the worship service is "Our
Father Who Art in Heaven."
Within this selection will be parts
of the following hymns: "Immortal
Invisible," "Come, Thou Almighty
King." "This Is My Father's
World." "The God of Abram
Praise". "Holy, Holy, Holy",
"Dear Lord and Father of Man
kind". and "Eternal Father Strong
Each member of the congrega
tion will hear at least one of his or
her favorite hymn arranged for the
choir and orchestra in many beauti
ful arrangements that interweave
themselves with each other.
Accompanying the 60-voice choir
composed of singers from the Hoke
and Moore County area, will be a
20-piece orchestra of strings, wood
winds, percussion and brass played
by Christian musicians from the
University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, the North Caorlina
Symphony, and area ensembles
from North Carolina.
Directing his last Raeford Com
munity Choir worship service will
be Chris C. Watkins, director of
music at Raeford Presbyterian
Church. Watkins will be leaving
the area in the next weeks to accept
the position as the director of music
at the Clairmont Presbyterian
Church in Decatur, Ga. This is the
fourth largest Presbyterian church
in the Decatur-Atlanta area, with a
membership of 2,000 people.
"This will be one of the most
joyful evenings for the congregation
and choir alike," says Watkins.
"The music of this worship service
has been a challenge to direct and
sing because you are working with
hymns that each member of the
listening congregation has heard
and sung many times before. As a
director and as members of the
choir, we have had to concentrate
on making the musical expression
and the text of each hymn stand out
in such a way so that the meaning
of the hymn and its words would
come together as a total meaningful
way or worship.
"Too often in church we sing the
hymns without paying attention to
the words that we are reading.
When sung as a musical piece the
singer must concentrate on the
words and meaning he or she must
express to the listener.
"After working for three months
on this aspect of hymn-singing you
can be assured that each of us in
the choir has a better understand
ing of the words of a hymn in
relationship to the music and
meaning that the composer in
The doors of the church will open
to the public at 7:30 p.m. barring
foul weather. No one will be
allowed in the sanctuary prior to
this time in order for the choir and
orchestra to rehearse.
A nursery for all children too
young to sit quietly in the sanctuary
will be provided in the children's
department of the church.
Immediately after the service a
reception will be held in the
fellowship hall of the church by
the W.O.C. of the Raeford Presby
terian Church. The public is
warmly invited to attend in order to
greet the choir and rejoice in the
Watkins said. "Please make
special plans to attend this last
presentation by the Raeford Com
munity Choir for 1982. There will
not be a collection or love offering
taken at the door. Everyone that
loves the music of Christ's Church,
and everyone that thrills to the
sound of voices lifted in praise to
God accompanied by magnificent
instruments is warmly invited to
come and worship Sunday night at
The story headlined "Helping
Handicapped Helps Inmates" on
page six of the April 15 edition of
The News -Journal reported er
roneously that Kevin Akins started
helping at the Hoke County Chil
dren's Center on April 8.
He started March 8.
annual awards luncheon in
Each of the regional winners will
be awarded a $50 savings bond.
The state winner, selected from the
regional winners, will be an
nounced at the luncheon and
awarded a $500 bond.
The contest drew 2,100 entries,
and one regional winner was se
lected from each of the state's eight
Miss Connell's tip. judged best in
the South Central Region, was,
"Think - First! Move - Last! Trains
are machines - not humans. They
cannot judge your actions."
Other regional winners includc
Christine Smith of Wilmington,
Harvey McCullough of Washing
ton, Wanda Honeycutt of Raleigh,
Denise Bradshaw of Rt. 4. Reids
ville. Suzanne Sikes of Wadesboro.
Melissa Spears of Hickory, and
Alesia Dalton of Rt. 1. Henderson
Announcement of the regional
winners was made by William M.
Garmon. chairman, and Col.
Charles A. Speed, executive direc
tor of N.C. Operation Lifesaver.
the N.C. Safety Council's program
to reduce accidents, injuries and
fatalities at highway-rail grade
Kevin Oxendine, 4. of Rt 2, Box
95. Raeford, was killed about 7:15
p.m. Monday when he was struck
by a car on SR 1003 when he ran
into the path of the vehicle.
Trooper B.A. Bowden of the State
Highway Patrol reported.
The officer quoted the driver.
James Neill Inman. Rt. 2, Box 82.
of Raeford, as saying he was unable
to avoid hitting the child as he did
not see him till the boy was at the
left front of his vehicle.
A witness, Herman Cummings of
Rt. 2. Box 69, Raeford, said the
child ran from back of the house
and into the roadway before he was
able to stop him.
The child was the son of Patricia
and Franklin Oxendine of Rt. 2.
Box 95. Raeford.