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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1982
Hoke man in House
Hoke County's people can look forward to improved attention to
their needs by the General Assembly starting with the 1983 session.
Danny DeVane was assured of election to one of the three seats of
the 16th District in the General Assembly's House of Representatives
with the recent withdrawal of the lone Republican candidate and
failure of Republicans to come up with a replacement for the
November 2 election.
This situation assured the elections of the three Democrats who
won their nominations in the July 27 runoff primary. Joining
DeVane in the House will be John Hasty and Sidney A. Locks of
Robeson County. Scotland is the other county in the State House
district. All that could prevent their elections would be many
unforeseen votes for write-in candidates. DeVane will be the first
representative in the General Assembly in 10 years. The last was
Neill McFadyen of Raeford, like DeVane a Democrat.
DeVane's election will mean DeVane will have to resign as a
county commissioner before he is sworn in as a state representative
in December and that a replacement to serve the two years left of his
commissioner's term will have to be chosen. DeVane was reelected in
the November 1980 general election to his second consecutive
four-year term as a commissioner.
Of course. DeVane will be serving the entire three-county district
when he goes to work in the General Assembly, but as a Hoke
County citizen he will be aware of Hoke County's needs, more so
than an out-of-county resident in the House.
The Hoke County commissioners deserve support for their interest
in seeing all sections of Hoke County represented on the County
Parks and Recreation Commission.
One person recommended by the commission was passed over by
the commissioners, and they chose another, because the one
recommended lives in Raeford. and the commission already has
Raeford representation in its membership. The commissioners'
appointee -- Mamie Bundy -- however lives in Rockfish, which is
planning to expand its community recreation.
Then the commissioners directed that a letter be sent to the
commission chairman requesting that the commission consider
recommending for appointment someone from a section of the
county not represented.
It's a natural concern, in view of the simple fact that Parks and
Recreation is countywide in service.
The death of Mrs. Paul (Sadie Lou) McCain on September 2 in
Wilson was a real loss to the state but she left many permanent
benefits to public health, education, and the church.
Mrs. McCain particularly left benefits to Hoke County before she
moved away after her husband died in 1946. At the time he was
superintendent of North Carolina Sanitorium at McCain and of the
state tuberculosis sanitoria system. The McCain name, though Dr.
and Mrs. McCain are gone now, lives permanently also in the
present name of the TB hospital and the community in which has it.
Mrs. McCain may be said to have practically inherited her interest
in public service: her father, Dr. Lewis Burgin McBrayer, was
superintendent of the sanitorium and was succeeded by his
son-in-law. Her father also once served as president of the North
Carolina Medical Society.
Mother of two physicians (and of a Presbyterian missionary),
daughter of another doctor and wife of another, she was "Mother of
the Auxiliary," a title she was given in recognition of her service as
founding president of the State Medical Society's organization. Mrs.
McCain also was named North Carolina Mother of the Year in 1945.
She also was active in education, as dean of women at Flora
Macdonald College, before it merged with St. Andrews Presbyterian
College at Laurinburg, in the Presbytery of Fayetteville of the
Presbyterian Church, in her Woman's College of UNC alma mater's
alumnae activities, in Hoke County and state activities of the
Democratic party (she had served as state vice chairman and as a
member of the county executive committee), and in the historic
Tryon Palace program, as a member of the latter's official board.
Even toward the end of her valuable and active life at the age of 88
she remained active.
Mrs. McCain all through her life unconsciously set an example
everyone should follow. And it is certain that many of her former
students in her years as a public school teacher and as college dean
are following it.
Her death certainly diminished this state. But her inspiration of
many others certainly has enriched it.
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It's a Small World
by Bill Lindau
Some fans of the outstanding TV
series "M*A*S*H" are upset be
cause they've heard the writers
might kill all the characters in the
episode which will end the series
They've been assured by TV
people who know the show that no
such thing will happen. The final
episode will fit the spirit of the
That rumor about killing all the
characters reminds me of the
reported fate of one network radio
soap opera of about 30 years ago.
The decision was made to cancel,
for one reason or another.
So the final script had all the
characters climbing into a bus and
go off for a picnic.
On the way to the picnic place,
the bus ran off a cliff.
But getting back to "M*A*S*H"
I still get annoyed whenever 1 think
the way they removed the colonel,
played by Malcolm Stephenson.
They had been on his way home to
get discharged. But on his way to
his homebound transportation, his
aircraft crashed, and he was killed.
I wasn't the only one that was
annoyed with that bit. A guy I was
working with got so mad he called
up the CBS station in Charlotte and
cussed out the network for elimi
nating the colonel that way.
They didn't do it that way to
Maj. Frank Burns when he was
ordered to return to the States for a
discharge. He made it all the way
home. Not only that, but he wound
up in a good-paying job on the staff
of a veterans' hospital.
* * *
When the script-writers get
orders to kill a character. 1 get the
suspicion that they get the orders
because the great ones didn't want
to leave any chance of the particu
lar actor returning to the series. I
don't believe the "Love Boat"
incident was motivated by hostility
to the actor.
I think they made a mistake in
the series of having Anthony An
drews. playing an Australian veter
inarian. dying of an incurable
disease on the day he was supposed
to marry the cruise director. If they
didn't want the marriage to come
off. they could have had him
recover some time later and both
him and Julie having second
thoughts about a wedding, but
leaving the door open for Andrews'
return to "Love Boat" in other
* * *
Clothes certainly do make a
difference. II you don't believe it.
try running around town without
Then there was this German
prisoner of war in the United States
during World War II. He managed
to escape from his camp in a stolen
He was wondering why passersby
were looking at him and snickering
as he was sitting in a railroad
Then two MPs came up to him.
They weren't snickering. They took
His uniform, it seems, was
strictly GI. But his uniform cap was
strictly Women's Army Corps.
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journal
25 years ago 15 years ago
Thursday, September 12, 19S7
Total enrollment on the first day
of the 1957-58 term in Hoke
County's 13 schools showed an
increase of 265 pupils for a total of
? * ?
Hoke County High School's win
hungry football team went to
Lumberton last Friday night and
started their 1957 season in the
right way by getting a 6-0 victory
over the team that had nosed them
out in the opener last season.
? * *
From Rockfish News:
Fayetteville Street was nearly
washed away by the big rain last
Friday, but we have had so much
dry weather we are not complaining
about the rain.
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An unqualified success was Rae
ford's first fashion show held
Tuesday night at Hoke High
? * ?
Mrs. B.R. Gatlin celebrated her
90th birthday on Sunday in the
recreation room of the Baptist
Thursday, September 14, 1967
Raeford Turkey Farms today
announced a major expansion of its
operations here and a capacity
doubling addition to Raeford Cold
Storage Warehouse. Inc.. a subsi
diary of the processing plant.
* * *
Highway 211 will be re-routed so
as to pass to the rear of the N.C.
Sanatorium at McCain.
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Torrential rain on Saturday
brought a rash of wrecks on Hoke
roads, state highway patrolmen
reported, but none resulted in
death and few in serious injury.
* * *
Raeford Town Board of Com
missioners decided Monday night
to go ahead with its plans to obtain
from Richard Moore, consulting
engineer, figures on expansion of
the sewage treatment plant which
would be less expensive than a
suggested improvement which
would cost approximately
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Lumberton Pirates scuttle
Bucks, 40-0 in Lumberton last
People & Issues
been sometime since we reviewed
the possible candidates for gover
nor, come primary filing time 1982
which is still more than 15 months
There are probably 10 to 12 at
this time who have their flags out,
in case a strong breeze blows by.
Lt. Governor Jim Green of
Bladen County has had his flag
waving for quite a while and is a
man to watch. He has served six
terms in the State House and one
term in the state senate. He will be
finishing his two-four year terms
as Lt. Governor in January, 1985.
No one doubts that he has been
waiting for the proper time before
making a decision to try for the
number one spot as governor.
Attorney General Rufus Ed
misten is also waiting for a call to
make the race. He has made a
popular Attorney General and is
now serving his second term. He
served in Washington under U.S.
Senator, Sam J. Ervin, Jr. during
the Watergate days and beyond.
He was elected Attorney General
in 1974, reelected in 1976 and
1980. He was born July 12, 1941
and graduated from George
Washington University in 1967. He
is seriously eyeing the governor's
John Randolph Ingram, born
June 12, 1929, was elected Com
missioner of Insurance in 1972,
reelected in 1976, and 1980, having
served in the State House of
Representatives in 1971. John In
gram was nominated for the U.S.
Senate in 1978 over Luther H.
Hodges, Jr. but lost to U.S.
Senator Jesse Helms. He is a
lawyer and due to his work in
behalf of the people has a strong
following. Don't under estimate
D.M. "Lauch" Faircloth a
native of Sampson County and
Secretary of the Dept. of Com
merce, born January 14, 1928 is
regarded as a likely candidate for
governor. "Lauch" is a "country
type" person. He has considerable
interests including farming, con
struction, automobile dealership,
milling, banking, commercial real
estate and is a member of the State
Highway Commission, 1969-71
Former State Rep. Thomas O.
Gilmore, who led the campaign
against the four year term for
State-Legislator, is known to be
giving thought to seeking the
governor's office. Graduated at
N.C. State University in 1959 with
a B.S. in Horticulture, he has been A
active in Public Affairs and some
say he may run for the Democratic
nomination for governor in 1984.
He is associated with many
agricultural organizations across
the state. He is married and has
There are two prospects for the
Democratic nomination for gover
nor who live in Charlotte -- former
Mayor, John Belk, who heads the
Belks Stores across the South, and ?
Mayor, Eddie Knox.
Mayor Knox has been sending
out letters across the State and is
regarded as a likely candidate for
the Democratic nomination. He is
not a candidate to take lightly.
There are three more prospects
for the Democratic gubernatorial
nomination who have not been
mentioned -- college presidents,
two active and one retired, Dr. ^
William C. Friday of Chapel Hill;
Dr. Norman A. Wiggins of Camp
bell College, and Dr. Leo Jenkins,
a retired president of East Carolina
Each of these three education
leaders have had a big hand in the
on-going progress of North
Of the dozen statesmen listed we
doubt that over half will file as
NUCLEAR FUEL...It now ap
pears that nuclear plants are far
from the ideal in producing energy
as the outlook was some few years
The Carolina Power & Light
Company's request for a $173
million rate increase which would
make a 15.9 percent increase does
not sound anything like
economical power. Power from
the Brunswick Nuclear plant is said
to have cost considerably above
the industry's average, 70 percent
more than in 1980, the latest
available figures show , according
to a front page feature in the
Raleigh News A Observer.
Letters To The Editor
Editor's Note: This letter was
recently sent to Raeford City
Manager Ronald L. Matthews and
was read during Monday evenings
City Council meeting. City officials
passed it on to The News-Journal as
a Letter to the Editor.
This is to express my apprecia
tion for the courtesy you extended
Gil Priestley and me during our
recent review of the Section 202
housing proposals for Rockfish and
South Hoke County. Your willing
ness to share your knowledge of the
housing needs of the citizens of
Raeford and Hoke County added
significantly to the value of our
On a personal note, let me take
this opportunity to commend two
employees of the City of Raeford
for the compassion and profes
sionalism they provided me and
members of my family July 31 when
we were involved in a minor traffic
accident in the City. Sergeant
Martino and Chief of Police Wig
gins of the City Police Department
are to be commended for their
efforts; dealing with our concerns
in a humane, expeditious and
efficient manner. You and Mayor
McNeill are fortunate to have
available the services of employees
such as these.
Gerald R. Pifer
Area Economist, 4.4M
Department of Housing
and Urban Development ^
To the Editor:
This letter is to publicly thank
the members of the Hoke Ambu
lance Service for the prompt way
they responded when 1 needed
emergency care recently.
The team members who came
decided quickly what things needed
to be done and did them in a very
calm, efficient and professional
way. They took all precautions
necessary to make sure that I
received proper care, both prior to
and during the trip to the hospital.
We in Hoke County are fortunate
to have such a dedicated group of
people, and I am especially grateful
to Linda Henley, Scott Carey, Guy
Hardman, and David Smith for the
part they had in saving my life.
Mrs. Virginia Daniels
Puppy Creek Philosopher
News sometimes is significant,
sometimes it isn't.
For several days now I've been
reflecting on a piece of news out of
Washington, trying to see what
relation it has to the Mid-East
turmoil, inflation, the deficit, un
employment, worn-out highways,
shaky bridges and city pot holes,
but, although I haven't given up, so
far I've come up with nothing.
The news item said Congressmen
have voted themselves 15,000
minutes of free long distance
telephone calls per year. Well, free
to them. The telephone company
sends the bill to the tax payers.
If you think Congressmen have
an easy job, how would you like to
talk on the phone for 15,000
minutes, even if somebody else was
paying for it?
Fifteen thousand minutes
divided by 60 comes to 250 hoars,
or 31 8-hour days.
There are 415 members of
Congress, more or less. You can't
get an accurate count, what with an
occasional resignation due to FBI
nosey-ness and other interruptions
in members' service to the country.
But 415 times 31 days of talking
on the phone comes to 12,865
months of phoning a year available
to Congress. How do members keep
from being driven up the wall?
By the way, I don't have a phone
in my smokehouse office out here
on this farm. A phone is like a
highway. Build a highway where
none existed before and drivers will
crowd on to it, makes no difference
where you build it. Install a
telephone in your office and people
will start calling you up, makes no
difference what they've got to say.