The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXXIV NUMBER 14 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
In County Board, State House R unoffs
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1982
Bratcher, Hunt, DeVane Nominated
BY SAM c. MORRIS ?
The weather for the past week
has been the same as it was last
week, hot and humid. The after
noon thundershowers don't cool
things off like you would expect.
'The forecast is for the rains to
4)bp over the weekend, but as this is
being written Saturday a.m., the
clouds are still with us.
Hope the eather is on the road
to being fair as I am going on a trip
for a few days, but will be back by
the time you read this.
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tiWhile getting out the items for
e "Browsing through the Files"
column for 25 and 15 years ago, I
came across a picture in the 25
years ago paper that made me stop
and read the second time.
Wednesday morning, July 21, I
was reading the daily paper and
noticed a death of a ninety-three
year old lady in Greenville. What
tfruck my eye was that the headline
Vmed an "Ex-official in Demo
cratic Party" had died.
Then in obtaining the items for
25 years ago the caption under the
picture had the same name as the
one of the death in Greenville. The
lady that died was Mrs. J.B.
Spilman and she had spoken to the
Raeford Kiwanis Club at their
regular meeting 25 years ago.
What a coincidence!
How have your cantaloupes and
watermelons tasted this year? Have
they been sweet enough for you?
Most of the ones I have eaten have
been really good.
It seems to me that there is more
; water in them than past years, so it
'^ist be because of the fine season
[ttc have had this year.
Yes. about anyone can have a
"Green Thumb" this year.
jj Well, when you read this the
primary election will be history and
,;we can look forward to the general
Selection in November. 1 hope
^^ryone took time to vote.
i The voting by precincts in the
f first primary might be of interest to
Some of you readers. The following
figures give the number of regis
tered votes cast in the precinct.
Allendale 225-126 ? 56%
Antioch 699-333 ? 48%
^.Blue Springs 782-424 ? 54%
^Buchan ?60-155 ? 43%
| McCain 576-292 ? 51%
? Puppy Creek 619-326 ? 52%
I Raeford 1 1238-821 - 66%
B Raeford 2 687-457 - 67%
Raeford 3 694-365 - 52%
Raeford 4 870-483 ? 56%
Raeford 5 916-533 - 58%
Rockfish 475-265 - 56%
Stonewall 592-360 ? 61%
tiere were 79 absentee ballots
t in the election. The overall vote
iras 5,009 with ihe total registration
the county being 8,733. This
^ave a percentage of 57% voting.
There were 71 Republican votes
?this means that 4,938 Democrats
lent to the polls and voted,
emocrats have 8,260 registered,
this means that 60% of them
ted in the first primary.
[This is not bad for an off-year
:t?on. Let's hope it is this good in
_ second primary, because only
emocrats will be voting.
you next week and will let
know how the World's Fair
to a trip to the Carib
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Did Church Work There 2 Years
Beth Wood set up a display
Monday afternoon in the Hoke
County Public Library to help
Hoke County people get to know
something about the part of the
world where she spent the last two
years in church work.
She returned to Raeford in the
first week of June after serving
since last August as music and
youth director of First Baptist
Church of George Town on Grand
Cayman, the largest of the little
Cayman Islands of the British
Miss Wood, the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. A.W. Wood, Jr., of
Raeford, was music teacher at
J.W. Turlington School when she
took the assignment with the
Foreign Mission Board of the
Southern Baptist Convention to
work on Grand Cayman.
Talking about her experience
there while she was preparing her
display in a library showcase Mon
day, she had nothing but praise for
the island and the people. In fact,
she showed her feelings about it
when she said that if she ever gets
back, she won't be going as a
tourist, she'll be "going home."
To her it is a second home.
Miss Wood said that though the
islanders are thousands of miles
from Britain, they are very loyal to
England: they held a holiday when
Prince Charles and Princess Diane
were married, and huge crowds
came out at 4 o'clock in the morn
ing to see the wedding on televi
sion; and they worried when
Argentina invaded the Falkland
Islands, though they were
thousands of miles to the south, in
April. For a wedding gift to Prince
Charles, who had visited the
Caymans, they gave a set of
jewelry carved by local craftsmen
from the beautiful black coral that
lies on the ocean floor near the
island. She guessed that the gift
was worth about $50,000. Prince
Charles sent the islanders a letter
expressing his appreciation for the
gift, and Miss Wood believes the
letter must have been written by
Beth Wood with her Cayman Islands display.
From Mott Lake Bottom
Charles personally, because of the
references to his visit.
The island people also con
tributed the equivalent of about SI
million American dollars to a
cause, though it was those
thousands of miles away in Great
Miss Wood also had a taste and
a bit more of a Cayman dish: turtle
steak. She said it comes from the
sea turtle which weighs about 500
pounds full grown. They are raised
on a Grand Cayman turtle farm, as
a Hoke County farmer raises beef
cattle or turkeys.
While in the Caribbean, she
visited the Central American
republic of Costa Rica, between
Nicauragua and Panama, and
Jamaica, which is about 185 miles
east of Grand Cayman.
And if the commercial airlines
flew in a straight line from
Raeford to Grand Cayman, her
plane would have flown in a
straight line due south to get there.
The island is 480 miles south of
Miami, Fla., a flight of only about
The trip to Grand Cayman was
her first outside the United States,
she said, and now she want* to
travel more. Her getting to know
the British people of Grand
Cayman has gotten her interested
in seeing Great Britain first.
Since returning, Miss Wood has
been showing her photo slides of
Grand Cayman and her work there
to audiences in churches
throughout Hoke County.
Meanwhile, she's also looking
forward to returning to teaching.
She said she just signed a contract
to teach music in the Fayetteville
city school system. She'll teach at
the Margaret Willis and Ramsey
Street elementary schools when the
1982 fall term opens.
The body of a woman was
recovered from Mott Lake at Ft.
Bragg late Monday afternoon by
Kemp Crumpler, a member of the
Hoke County Rescue Squad after
her car plunged into the lake
following a traffic collision.
Her identity was still being
withheld Tuesday till next of kin
could be notified, the Public
Affairs Office of XVIIlth Airborne
Corps and Ft. Bragg said.
An investigation by the Ft. Bragg
Criminal Investigation Command
found that the woman was driving
the car on Plank Road about 4
p.m. when it'collided with another
vehicle, then ran into the lake. No
charge has been filed.
The Hoke County Rescue Squad
and Hoke County Ambulance Ser
vice went to the scene, and after
soldiers of the Fifth and Seventh
Special Forces Group located the
car, they marked the spot by
treading water above it.
Crumpler, using Scuba diving
equipment, found the car lying
upside down on the bottom of the
lake about 20 feet under the surface
and removed the victim after
wedging open a door. After bring
ing the body to the surface, it was
placed in a boat and brought to
shore where ambulance service
medical technicians tried to revive
the victim before she was flown to
Womack Army Hospital at Ft.
Bragg by Army helicopter.
The Public Affairs Office spokes
man said she was dead on arrival at
Besides the Hoke County emer
gency services, the Womack Hospi
tal Ambulance Service and two
Army helicopters went to the scene.
The Public Affairs spokesman
said the woman's body was taken to
the Cumberland County medical
Hoke County Commissioner
James A. Hunt and Cleo Bratcher,
Jr., won the Democratic nomina
tions for the Board of County
Commissioners, and Danny De
Vane won the Democratic nomina
tion to one of the three 16th District
seats in the State House of Repre
sentatives Tuesday in the party's
County Commissioner Mabel
Riley lost in her bid for a second
term on the county board. Raeford
pharmacist Thomas P. (Tom)
Howell was the other candidate in
the contest for the nominations for
the two board seats.
James A. Hunt
The winners will join fellow
Democratic County Commissioner
John Balfour and Republican
Evelyn Manning in the November
general election to fill the three
open positions on the board.
Balfour, the chairman of the
board, won a clear majority in the
June 29 primary, consequently
didn't have to participate in a
runoff. He is running for his fifth
In Tuesday's runoff, the unoffi
cial returns from Hoke's 13 pre
cincts show Bratcher leading the
field with 1.625 votes, and Hunt
following with 1,608. Howell re
ceived 1.356. and Mrs. Riley 1.132.
In the State House runoff in the
three counies which compose the
district ? Hoke. Scotland and
Robeson -? DeVane finished second
in a six-candidate field with an
unofficial tally of 7.353 votes.
Sidney A. Locks was first with
7.870. and John (Pete) Hasty was
third with 6.600.
Daniel H. (Danny] DeVanc
They will join Republican Steven
Strickland in the November 2
general election to decide which
three will go to the General
Assembly for the next two years.
In the Hoke County voting,
DeVane took the majority with
(See RUN-OFFS, page 15)