Co. Mulls Finances
Of Ambulance Service
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Dodge after describing the
general condition of the building,
said he and Fore plan to give their
final presentation to the commis
sioners in February.
Among the needs of the Court
house Fore mentioned are relining
the gutter and repairing the roof to
eliminate leaking; and repairing in
sulation around windows, to
reduce energy losses. In reference
to the latter, Fore said
weatherstripping and interior glaz
ing would cut the losses but that
the presence of airconditioners at
15 of the Courthouse's 67 windows
Hunt Back Hosp.,
WiU Pay Checks
Hoke County Commissioner
James Albert Hunt said last week
he planned to pay before his
January 20 trial date the $13,543 in
worthless checks he has been
charged with writing.
"You're not doing any business
if you don't bounce a few checks,"
Hunt said adding that he had been
singled out because of his public
Hunt also said he did not plan to
resign from his county office.
Hunt returned to Moore
Memorial Hospital Thursday night
for "observation and treatment,"
a hospital spokesman, who declin
ed to define the nature of Hunt's
ailment said the commissioner had
been in the hospital before
Christmas for a "hernia
Before going to the hospital
again, Hunt said that as long as he
keeps buying automobiles, trucks
and airplanes from local
businesses, then those businesses
are not going to worry too much
about "a few" bad checks.
Two criminal summons and a
warrant carrying the check charges
were served on Hunt December 24.
Hunt is accused of writing a
worthless check for $10,250 to
Samuel A. Cox of Lumberton Dat
sun in payment for used cars for
Hunt's truck and rental businesses
in South Hoke; another for $2,978
to Charley E. Bennett of Lumber
ton Machine and Welding Co. for
work on a dump truck-trailer; and
$312 to Fred Baker of Lumber
Hunt said he could have paid off
the checks the day the papers were
served on him "but I knew it
wouldn't do any good." "It was
already too late, so I spent the
money on Christmas presents" he
said in a Fayetieville Times inter
Hunt also told The News
Journal he was test flying a new
airplane he was buying on
December 27 when the plane
struck an electrical line near the
landing field, but was landed
without injury to Hunt or his co
pilot. Hunt said the accident
damaged the craft's tail section,
doing over $3,000 damage.
Cox said bad checks written him
by Hunt totaled about $17,000 but
he had a criminal summons put out
on just the S 10,250 check . He add
ed that Hunt's wife has returned
several of the cars Hunt bought,
but that he is claiming the money
just the same because Hunt had
kept the cars two months.
Hunt said that 90^0 of the peo
ple write bad checks, but that he
had been singled out because of his
position. He added that he was go
ing to pay them off in a couple of
weeks. "That's no problem," he
Hunt was returned to his third
four-term as commissioner in the
November general election after
winning renomination in the July
27 Democratic runoff primary.
He was reelected vice chairman
of the Board of County Commis
sioners by his fellow members at
the December 6 meeting when the
board was reorganized for the new
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the county's vocational education
program is scheduled to be aired
on North Carolina's public televi
sion in February, and Gillis said he
was concerned that show could not
be seen locally.
"I was glad to hear that it was
going to be straightened out,"
In the near future, the cable
company hopes to increase its
number of channels by adding new
equipment, Daniels said.
When the equipment is added,
then those channels, like the
Charlotte station and CBN will be
restored, Daniels said.
"We're looking at long term
forecasts," Daniels said.
aside from those of the courthouse
would reduce the effectiveness of
weatherstripping and glazing
The commissioners adopted a
motion directing Tax Supervisor
Larry Holt to review five parcels of
property in the Antioch and Blue
The directive was the response to
the questioning by John H.
McPhaul, Jr., of Fayetteville
regarding the 30 percent increase in
the taxes on the parcels owned by
McPhauPs mother. McPhaul said
the taxable value of 50 acres in two
parcels of the property was raised
to $900 per acre on good, open
farm land, whereas in neighboring
counties property evaluation was
$500-plus at the most in
Cumberland and $600 in Robeson.
Balfour explained the reevalua
tion is required every eight years by
state law, and the county has no
say in the matter. He also said that
between revaluations the taxes on
personal property (vehicles, home
appliances, farm machinery) bear
the heavier tax load while the real
estate has a relatively smaller share
to pay. and that the eight-year
reevaluation, resulting in higher
taxable values, tends to restore the
balance between real and personal
McPhaul said the land, totaling
561 acres, according to his written
statement, was his mother's sole
source of income, which comes
He also attacked the increasing
of taxation by governments, saying
that the salaried employee must
work five months to pay his/her
federal, stale and county taxes.
Balfour expressed agreement
with him and asked him to write to
this district's representatives and
senators in the State General
Assembly what he just said to the
The commissioners reappointed
Mike Wood and Simon Adams to
the County Board of Health to
three year terms.
They also reappointed Alfred K.
Leach a member and chairman of
the County Alcoholic Beverages
Control Board, and Lonnie
Locklear, Henry Dial and John ;
Henry McNeill to new two-year
terms on the South Antioch Fire
Protection District commission.
Balfour explained in reference to
the ABC Board that the county
commissioners by a General
Assembly act now are solely
responsible for appointing
members, including who shall be
chairman. Formerly, the members
were appointed jointly by the com
missioners, and the County Boards
of Education and of Health.
HOMES WANTED - These are among the seven puppies, about 3
months old, and their roommate, a shaggy 7-month-old at the Hoke
County Dog Pound available for adoption. The puppies, shorthaired,
mixed breeds, include mates and females. The shabby blurr in the picture
is the roommate, a female, who turned to see what was behind her, just as
the picture was taken. Anyone interested in adopting one ? or more ?
should call the Raeford Police Department.
Serving At McCain
by Bill Lindau
A 66-year-old man, who was
convicted of the 1981 Henderson
County slaying of a 16-year-old
Rirl and who became the subject of
a political controversy last summer
when he was to be exchanged for a
Florida prisoner, is serving at the
state Correctional Unit at McCain.
Wilton Clary is serving at Mc
Cain after being transferred quiet
ly from the Central Prison in
Raleigh in early December for
Clary, a retired professional
singer, was sentenced April 27,
1981, in Henderson County
Superior Court at Hendersonville
to life after he pleaded guilty to
first degree murder, according to
Clary was accused of shooting
16-year-old Pamela Durham, who
was taking private voice lessons
from Clary at his Hendersonvile
Miss Durham's body was found
in woods in a residential area of
Flat Rock, near Hendersonville.
She had been killed February 7, in
Stuart Shadbolt, public relations
officer for the State Department of
Corrections, told The News
Journal Monday that Clary had
been sent to Central Prison in
Raleigh, the state's only
maximum-custody unit, because
he has a "coronary condition" and
Central has a hospital for
prisoners. He added Clary also had
been sent to the Raleigh unit for
Clary was transferred to the
medium-custody McCain unit
because he didn't need the in
patient care which Central provid
ed and he was not ready for special
out-patient status in a medium
custody unit. The McCain unit has
the facility required for a medium
custody prisoner who would re
quire out-patient treatment.
Dr. Ramnik Zota of Raeford is
the regular physician for the Mc
The treatment facility also has a
resident staff. Clary arrived at Mc
Cain December 3, and Correc
tional Officer Susan Walters said
he was "doing fine" when asked
about his health.
Shadbolt explained that the
custody status given a prisioner,
ranging from maximum to "close"
to medium to minimum depends
on the crime he has been sentenced
for, his personality profile, and
history of conduct in prison.
He said there had been "no pro
blem" with Clary since he started
Clary was the subject of protests
from Henderson County at least
twice since he started serving his
term, according to records.
Last year, the state agreed to
send him to a Florida prison so he
could be closer to his relatives.
Florida officials, in turn, were to
transfer another convicted
murderer to North Carolina in ex
change. Henderson people
however, protested, saving the
move had a political motive, and
Gov. Jim Hunt, following an in
vestigation, canceled the transfer
on grounds it violated Correction
Flnrirfa pr.otes'ers had called the
riar ?a" 3 'cushy" deal for
Uarv and expressed fear it would
mean Clary would be released after
a year or so.
blcSoir6"' an0thCr Pr?'eSt
Clocked Clary s proposed transfer
from ,he Caledonia ,o ,h"
Salisbury unit, which is considered
a first-class medium-securitv unit
an! h" ?f Clary's v'ctim,
and the state and private pro
weCrUe amn h? u?* at Clary's 'nal
e[e among the protesters
No objection to his transfer to
tot?, has b"n "Poned.
Before opening his studio in
Hendersonville, Clary sang ,n
night clubs in the Miami, Florida
s" ?'hnH a'eas of ,he United
States and also performed as a
singing cowboy with a road com
.of th< Popular musical
Broadway stage nlav
ca??rah?ma!"- *' one ,ime Wi
No motive for the killing of Miss
TheWaHPreSemed at C,ar>'5
trial The evidence, since Clary had
1W0H 8?U'l,y, WaS limiled to the
r.a? KCH?n of ,he statement
Uary had given to a State Bureau
of Investigation agent following
the arrest. ? K
Richard Amico, 38. of Hender
sonville, was sentenced in the case
to three to five years after pleading
fhJ fV l? <- fi"8 an acc?sory after
the fact of Miss Durham's murder
Amico was charge f0r fai,ing to
ki iiaW enAforcment oncers of the
Killing. Amico reportedly was
on 3 W,'h5lary and >he girl but
Th ?? S irec'ion. laid down in
the back seat hidden from the girl
ci'rl V? ,hC PlaCC Where
girl would be killed. Amico
foPr?rt,eh ud be<?n doing errands
for the Henderson County
Humane Society when Clary gave
joined thcm.be^?re MiSS ?Urham
Back To Normal
\tJP,LPaSt yeaJ brouKht Raeford
its first normal annual rainfall in
4'/j years, reports Robert Gatlin,
Raeford observer for the National
ch?afLn S rCTrds show 52 66 in
?j L the c?y in 1982 He
TbouXTnT1 rainfa" PCr ye3r iS
inch a week CS' "Verage ?f an
The last month of 1982 brought
5;05 inches of rain, the second
highest for a December in four
years. The highest was the 5.3 in
ches recorded in December 1981.
th?. f?n ?fher Decem'*rs brought
inn f?'i?w,n* to?a's: 2.25 in 1980
and 1.67 in 1979.
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could make some of us men want
to watch soap operas, before it is
over for the season. The college
all-star game will now be on for a
week or so.
Also the professional football
leagues are now going into the
playoffs to get two teams to play in
the Super Bowl. This game will be
played the last of January so every
weekend in between, playoff
games will be played.
So get your supply of eats and
drinks ready for many more foot
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I pulled for Georgia in the Sugar
Bowl and wanted them to finish
the season undefeated and be
number one in the nation. Then at
the same time it is hard to deny Joe
Paterno, Penn State Coach, the
number one ranking after all the
fine football teams that he has pro
duced. It was like Dean Smith get
ting to win the National Cham
pionship in basketball last spring.
So it didn't hurt as bad to lose
with the Bulldogs.
? ? ?
The strike by the football
players this year has caused more
no-shows at games than most folks
ever thought would occur. It seems
that 27.3 V* of the seats in stadiums
are empty this year, compared to
6.2V? last year. Many games on TV
are now being blacked out because
of the no-shows.
This of course means fewer peo
ple are looking at the commercials
and this means loss of revenue for
the sponsors. This could mean that
sponsors will not want to pay as
much for the football TV time.
This all adds up to less money for
What the end result will be will
show when the new season starts
and season tickets are offered for
the season. It could mean bad news
for the players, as well as the
owners. It is hard to win!
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