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VOLUME LXXIV NUMBER 5 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, MAY 27, 1982
Including 22 In Adult Classes
313 To Graduate From High School June 4
BY SAM C.MORRIS
The weather for the past week
has been hot and humid and the
forecast is for the same for the
remainder of this week.
We have had over three inches of
rain in the past week and still the
ground is taking the water. That is
to say that it is not getting too wet.
When you ride through the coun
ty, very few places have water
standing in the fields.
The weatherman is back in town
and told me Monday morning that
he had been using his tractor in his
garden so it is not "too wet to
^ Every year Clayton Buoyer has a
9 rabbit supper and it seems that new
faces show up that haven't eaten
rabbit. This would mean that they
were born after the depression
years of the late 1920s and early
1930s. Game was a meat that was
used during those years. Rabbit,
deer, .squirrels and a lot of folks
The chief cook for this occasion
is John Thomas Haire and everyone
? that has had the pleasure of sitting
on the benches at Buoyer's Pond
will give him the highest praise for
his rabbit and rice and gravy.
This is one event that I look
forward to every year, and last
Saturday night it was super, as in
the years past. So if you see anyone
hopping around, that usually
doesn't move too fast, then you will
know that they were at the "feast"
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Another event Saturday night
that was a big success was the
Reunion of the Class of 1932 of
Raeford High School. (The writeup
of this occasion is elsewhere in the
Gertrude Ellis McKeithan told
me Sunday morning at church that
everyone seemed to have a wonder -
A ful time and that she just couldn't
get over the affair. She said that it
was the first time in 50 years that
she had seen some of the folks.
Dan Mclnnis. local barber or
hair stylist, said that he went with
his wife, who was a member of the
class, and that they had a big time.
He was asking me who certain
people were that he had met at the
reunion and how they related to
? Yes, this is what reunions are all
about and if your class has not had
one, then do so at once. It is well
worth the time to put on a class
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It seems everv week or so. either
in the new spapers or on the radio or
TV, a poll is conducted on this
_ subject or that subject. There is no
9 doubt that most people read the
results of these polls and make up
their minds to be for or against
something because of the results of
Of course to conduct these polls,
someone or some group is paying a
large sum of money to the pollsters,
and the end results are to sway the
public on their subject.
Now what I would like to know is
why two different polls will give two
^ different opinions on the same
subject. This should mean that the
polls give the results according to
where the money is coming from or
does the person or organization
that is paying for the polls, bring
these out to the public, if they show
the wrong opinion.
This is something you should
think about before always going
along with a poll.
The books are still open and will
be open to register for the June 29th
primary until June I. So if you
haven't registered, be sure to do so
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The Member-Guest Golf tourna
ment will be played this weekend at
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Hoke NCAE Members Hold
Teachers, principals, and invited
guests attended the annual Spring
Banquet of the North Carolina
Association of Educators of Hoke
County on May 18 at the Gibson
Darlene Clark, acting president,
presided over the meeting. During
the meeting, members were en
couraged to write letters to their
congressmen in support of the
passing of the ERA and for
increased educational funding, in
stead of cutbacks as suggested in
the federal budget.
Bob Van Dine, National Educa
tion Association Uni-Serv director
for District 10, the guest speaker,
informed the teachers of the pros
and cons of the new state evalua
tion forms to be used for all
teachers next year.
Special gifts were given to Mrs.
Florence Cohen and Carolyn
Ronalter. Mrs. Cohen, county di
rector of instruction. will be leaving
the system in June. Carolyn
Ronalter is the "Teacher of the
Year for Hoke County (1981-82)."
Gifts were also awarded to the
present officers and building rep
resentations for their dedication to
and hard work for the professional
organization this vear.
Part of the audience at the Hoke NCAE banquet.
Newly elected officers for the
1982-83 school year were installed.
The new offices are Darlene Clark,
president, Jessye Josey. vice presi
dent - president-elect; Jackie
Gladney, secretary; and Marie
15 Holiday Traffic
Deaths In N.C. Seen
It is estimated that 15 persons
will lose their lives from vehicle
accidents in North Carolina over
the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday
weekend which begins at 6 p.m.
Friday. May 28. and ends at
midnight Monday. May 31.
The N.C. State Motor Club,
which has predicted holiday week
end statistics for the past two
decades, estimates that this year's
carnage will exceed 1981 Memorial
Day weekend totals by 67%. Last
year, nine persons died during the
78-hour reporting period.
Thus far this year, 376 traffic
fatalities have been recorded, ac
cording to statistics released by the
North Carolina Department of
Transportation. Division of Motor
Vehicles as of 10 a.m. Mav 19.
That's 129 fewer than the 505
recorded as of the same date in
N.C. State Motor Club President
John G. Frazier, III. says the two
leading causes of street and high
way deaths in the Tar Heel state
continue to be excessive speed and
driving under the influence of
"If a scientist suddenly invented
a simple way to reduce traffic
fatalities nationwide by 25.000 a
year." commented Frazier. "he
would be hailed as a genius. It
society could solve the problem of
the drinking driver, then many
people could be saved each year."
Most traffic statistics show, state
(See HOLIDAY, page 17)
F olio w Dry Spell
Rain has been falling on Raeford
and other sections of Hoke County
off and on since the night of May
But before then Raeford got rain
one day in the first week of the
month, and that amounted to just
.3 of an inch, according to the
records kept by Robert Gatlin.
Raeford weather observer for the
National weather service.
Gatlin reported the May 17 rain
was spotty -- 1 .2 inches at the top of
North Main Street, 1.5 inches on
Prospect Avenue, 2 inches at his
house on Harris Avenue (where his
official rain-measuring gauge is),
2.8 inches on N.C. 211 east at the
southern edge of Raeford. and 3
inches at Jim Williamson's not far
south of there. At the landfill, the
Monday, May 31, will be the
Memorial Day holiday this year for
Hoke County federal, state, and
county and Raeford city govern
The schools will be open as
The Raeford Post Office will be
on its holiday schedule -- closed, no
mail deliveries except specials.
The traditional Memorial Day is
May 30, but since this date falls on
a Sunday this year, the following
day is taken as the holiday.
Traditional Memorial Day ser
vices and other programs honoring
America's dead war veterans
customarily are held on May 30.
rainfall amounted to absolutely
All this amounted to a range of
zero to 3 inches in a space of about
three miles. Antioch in the south
end of the county got .3 inch.
It rained again the next night,
but the official gauge showed only
one tenth of an inch.
More rain fell during the week
end but the amount recorded was
The total for May through the
19th amounted to 2.2 inches.
Highest temperature readings
have been running in the 80s and
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HOKE NCAE OFFICERS ? The officers of the Hoke County Chapter.
North Carolina Association of Educators, for 1982-83 were inducted during
the May 18 Spring Banquet of the chapter in MacDonald Cafeteria of Hoke
County High School. L-R ? Jacqueline Gadney of Upchurch Junior High
School, secretary: Marie Brown. Hoke County High School, treasurer;
Jessye Josey. Hoke High, vice president and president-elect: and Darlene
Clark. South Hoke School, president.
McCain Matter 'Off
Till '83 Legislature
Dr. Sarah Morrow, secretary of
the State Department of Human
Resources, will put the matter of
McCain Hospital off to the 1983
Legislature, the audience attending
the annual Raeford-Hoke County
Chamber of Commerce dinner
Tuesday night was told.
This was reported by Tom
Howell, retiring president of the
chamber. He said State Sen. Sam
Noble's office informed chamber
executive director Earl Fowler that
this was Morrow's decision. The
report says Morrow decided to put
off the matter because she didn't
want "a confrontation with Hoke
County people again."
A report from Raleigh earlier
this year was that state officials
were planning to change the Mc
Cain Hospital operations.
Last year a recommendation to
close McCain, the only state hospi
tal treating respiratory diseases
including tuberculosis exclusively,
brought a successful Hoke County
reaction against the proposal,
though the hospital's number of
beds was reduced to 115 from the
150 being maintained at the time.
Earlier this spring, a six member
Hoke Countv study committee was
formed to respond to the reported
new move in state government to
change the hospital's operation.
Howell, a member of the commit
tee. told the dinner audience
Tuesday night before announcing
Morrow's decision that the com
mittee would recommend the hos
pital be kept open for TB and other
respiratory diseases treatment and
that at least 100 beds for patients
receiving such treatment be main
Howell's announcement of Mor
row's decision to postpone the
subject till next year brought loud
applause from the audience of
business and professional people
and their guests.
Later, former U.S. Sen. Robert
Morgan of Harnett County, the
guest speaker, warned of the
dangers in concentration of power
in big business, big labor, and big
government in contradiction of
Thomas Jefferson's theory: the best
guarantee of freedom is the broad
est distribution of power possible.
More on the chamber meeting,
with pictures, will be published in
next week's edition of The News
For Field Training Work
Guard Unit Rated 'Excellent'
The Racford-based company of
the North Carolina National Guard
came out of the annual spring
training Sunday with high marks, a
rating of "Excellent" and a de
claration that the company was
ready for its job of supporting
Second Battalion. 252nd Armor, in
combat if necessary.
This came from the official
evaluators of the performance of
Headquarters Company of Second
Battalion. The company com
mander is Capt. A.B. Dickson. Jr.
A total of 185 members of the
company participated in the field
The Battalion also received high
marks on the over-all evaluation.
The Guard troops returned home
Sunday following their two weeks ot
training at Ft. Bragg. They moved
into the field May 8. Lt. Col.
George Paris of Red Springs, the
battalion commander, led the Se
cond through the training.
The Guardmen completed their
firing program for the year and
participated in the Held training
exercise. Hickory Blitz II. con
ducted by the 30th Infantry Bri
gade (Mechanized) of the North
Carolina Army National Guard.
Headquarters and Headquarters
Company supports all functions of
the battalion, being responsible for
amopg others, maintenance, finan
cial affairs, and supply for the
The evaluators found the com
pany had performed in a very
professional manner and judged ii
'proficient and professional" as an
Dickson commented. "It was a
good two weeks. We got a lot of
good training. The people (of the
company) did a good job. It's a
good company, in a good bat
The Buffalo Springs Missionary
Baptist Church of Raeford will
sponsor a plate sale Friday evening
and Saturday at East Freedom
Masonic Lodge. Donation is S3. 50.
The plates are chicken, barbecue
A total of 313 seniors, including
22 in the adult classes, will receive
their high school diplomas at Hoke
County High School's traditional
commencement June 4 in th?* high
school stadium starting at 8 p.m.
The night before, the traditional
Senior Dinner will be held, starting
at 6:30 in MacDonald Gymnasium.
The speaker for the baccau
laureate and graduation exercises
will be Odell Watson, assistant
director of the Division of Human
Relations and Student Affairs for
the State Department of Public
The adult seniors will be pre
sented their diplomas by Dr.
Raymond Stone, president of Sand
hills Community College, which
sponsored their classes; and Mrs.
Eleonor S. Gentry, counselor of
Hoke High seniors.
The younger students will be
given their diplomas by Dr. L.D.
Simpson, principal of the school;
H.L. Livingston and M.L. Mac
Donald, assistant principals; and
The awards and scholarships will
be presented by Raz Autry, Hoke
County schools superintendent.
Terence Malloy, president of the
senior class, will welcome the
visitors, and Dr. Simpson will
introduce the speaker.
The Hoke High Chorus and
Chorale will present special music,
and the Hoke High Band will play
the traditional "Pomp and Circum
stance" as the graduating students
are entering and at the close of the
program as they are leaving.
The Rev. Arthur Winstead,
pastor of Raeford United Metho
dist Church, will give the invoca
tion and benediction for the com
Watson has been serving in his
present state position since 1974.
He has been a teacher and an
assistant principal in Salisbury
schools, in Rowan County. He is a
native of that county.
Watson served as advisory spe
cialist in human relations, director
of in-service, administrative assis
tant for human relations-staff de
velopment. and director of trans
portation for the Salisbury city
schools from 1969 to 1973. He was
chosen a consultant for the Gifted
and Talented Section of the State
Department of Public Instruction
in 1973, serving in that position till
he was appointed to his present
Watson received a Bachelor of
Science degree from Winston
Salem State University in 1959 and
a Master of Education degree from
the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte in 1971 . He also has done
graduate studies at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and at North Carolina A and T
University in Greensboro.
Watson also is a member of the
Council for Exceptional Children,
the Association for the Gifted, and
Phi Delta Kappa, all professional
Watson also is active in church
and general community work. He
holds the 1972 Distinguished Ser
vice Award ? "Young Man of the
Year" -- of the Salisbury Jaycees.
He taught Sunday school in his
Salisbury church and is chairman
of the Vestry Committee on Out
reach of St. Ambrose Episcopal
Church of Raleigh, of which he is
now a member. He also sings in the
St. Ambrose Choir and is a mem
ber of the church's Vestry. He and
his wife live in Raleigh and have
The commencement marshals
for the 1982 commencement are
Pamela Elaine Currie, chief; and
Nadine Wadsworth. Pattie Smith.
Edward Coley. Carla Myers. Susan
Jones, Greta Johnson. John
Wright. Carl Bundy, Anthony
Barefoot. Teresa Pickett. Beverly
Farrow and Teresa Taylor.
The senior class officers besides
Malloy are Tammy Locklear. vice
president: and Pam McRae; secre
The officers of the Hoke High
Student Government Association
are: Pam McNeill, president: Eva
McPhatter. secretary; Venus Mc
Laurin. treasurer; and Brenda
Kelly and Patrice McRae. repre
The senior class homeroom
teachers are Ethel Callender. Helen
Dupree. Clifton Hayes, Ben John
son. Jessye Josey. Theresa Marion.
Jessie McNeill. Shirley Parsons.
Betty Rogers and Sally Young.