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The Hoke County News - Established 1928
Volume LXXIV Nwfcrr 41 R.VEFQCA. HOIJ CBI\TIv VOfltTH CUtOUW
The Hake County Journal - Established 1905
MO ? YEAK ? I Hu I ^ gu
Airport Radio Sparks
By Skerry Matthews
Sparks flew Monday night be
tween members of a Raeford Air
port study committee and
parachute jumping school owner
Gene Th acker during a City Coun
When the fireworks erupted,
committee members, who were ap
pointed to represent the city, Hoke
County, the Chamber of Com
merce and local industry, had
recommended to the council that a
radio be operated by Thacker at
the airport during jumping opera
tions to report take-offs, landings
and the jumpers' exits from air
The recommendation also in
cluded a provision that if the radio
rules are violated by the jump
school then all jumping shall be
Council members unanimously
approved the proposal.
The precinct leadership of the
Hoke County Democratic Party
changed hands last Thursday
night, as a heavy turnout of
members sparked the ousting of 10
of 13 chairmen.
New chairmen were elected in all
precincts except McCain. Raeford
3 and Rockfish.
"We have a good mixture of age
groups. It's a sign that the party is
alive in Hoke County and doing
well." County Chairman Harold
Gillis said, noting that the turnout
of 231 Democrats, was better than
Those elected Thursday will have
a vote at the county convention
which will be held at the Hoke
County Court House at I p.m. on
During Thursday's precinct
meetings, these officers were elect
?Allendale. 25 attended. Herbert
Amaral. chairman. Donna Cooper,
first vice president. Artie McPhat
ter. second VP. Gerald Lowerv. 3rd
VP and leanette McLauchlin. sec
?Antioch. 18 attended. Betty
Rogers, chairman. Patricia Lock
lear. 1st VP. Mvrdith Brooks. 2nd
VP. Mike McNeill. 3rd VP and
?Blue Springs. 3"* attended.
Anothv Oxendine. chairman. Hen
ry Cooper. Sr.. 1st VP. William
Kelly. 2nd VP. A.Y. McKinnon.
3rd VP and Debbie Brewer, secre
?Buchan 22 attended. Wilton
(See DKMO. page 1 2 A )
by Um ferns
If we didn't get enough rain in
February then March is starting
off right to fulfill the order. It
rained hard Sunday and again
Monday morning and the forecast
is for rain into Tuesday.
The temperature has been above
normal and even the nights have
been in the 60s.
We were fortunate not to get any
wind of tornado strength as occur
red in other parts of the state.
We hope that it will be fair and
dry next weekend so that we can
return to the golf course.
? ? ?
Last week an item in this column
said to look elsewhere in the paper
for an article on the rainfall for
February. I looked for the article
and was told that it was crowded
out at the last minute, but would
be in this week's paper.
Read the article because if the
rainfall does continue at
February's rate, we would have an
increase of over 50^? for the year
above the normal rainfall.
? * ?
The circus is coming to town!1
The Raeford Kj warns Club is spon
soring the Fraiuen Bros. Circus
here Friday. April I at Armory
Park. The circus will give two per
(See AROUND TOWN. t> A>
"'Fto ? aa akMhK MBtee
for safety papws,. aad I isk tin
it be ?atd oa **c*wd>.
wtllkwtt deta^."* Coaailtct
spokesman Hi Mue said prior no
dattoaK Tracker, ?lra Also
opmto the ?|iiini for ike city,
asked! to ?Ur? (Ik omkL
Ttu* ? a bad ptcfuasai^"
rhacker sat d.
The Raefonl-H?kie AipMtisai
unevmtrotted wpoft. aad Ae
Federal /Vuaowa AJaMSDnaaaoa
(FAA) myini pilots aaljt no hM*
out the madow awl Wp?fc
themsdNe* ftoaa other aircraft tikat
might be ia the area* Thadber sard.
there has- MWt beea aa aocadeat at
the airport,.'" Tladcr said.
"Oae arckftea*.. aad I woakl be
out of business""' he aided.
The (hscasswa becaaw Iwaned
after the amum <m ff a neons ?
4fc? MPmfcat a >wi iiarftamuiy <c*~
mnt. ?W had tt? Haamr hut.
pieme *eeei je*dbdMs <6eme; a
Mmi m tie acpvntL.
Because parachulnscs. ?eic jptnqp
mt *tj dime t? cfce ranmaqt.. tribe
pilot had t? pull iip^ ami jcvnunji
This was a had stuocunu -anil
had something IHbt dto
when tdkc tndtotey was, ftawton? as
nhe area. ttoey mrniii hane tufcen
ifce ptant wwiaHihtOnlh
aee Chavaat Ton? Chmemani said..
"The aspect is. a ffine SaoJhrv
and it is beginning t? pnwwtdle a
pood service to the osammmfiv,
"That is why B fed. titer nscum>
mcBdaoons shouM he appn mmlS"
"1 cant shut domxt just ftecmwe
some jerk, from New Jtersey maac^
to fly ?ith his- <9cs> dtmadL"""
ihor pin "contacted nobody'
*8> b?we a safety pro
Won * ike airport. ad ?? ttbe
rinramiiiiLL.) are Mt cooceraed wed*
***^5 beted us, bat what is.
atari a&."* Cameron said.
dm-t want even ok mem
mas ?m t iere," HI Moses
BLOOAtlX ?*? clhe Mmrm sunshine over rhe weekend amirhv namt w vu&b&r cm \acmdav, flowers like this one
were Moonunx utt ov**- t/be <a mmrv-.
County To Try Tank Bid Again
By Skin Ylnifci i.>
Members ot' the Cmm\
C om mission voted gcnaanroousK
Monday to rssatetf jo apfitoca
tion seeking fediera? tfumfts fair nbe
construction. ot a? <rfeva?vl! maser
Funds tor the tank. *isuch ts an
important link a. the fanned
countywide water yyscesnu were
denied earlier by renfierai Depart
ment of Housing aavi L rhan
Development vHVD> tvpcanzsc: the
project appeared: w t* "now
The county -ui?a?c!vc an ap
plication in for date fmanftiag o4
the Aatioch-Somh Hoke tank. but
the funds were dteBnedi frecaBise <M
the "major com pes amsf", a
representative tfc*M? a I wnfcercon
engineering firm vj&i.
Skip Green. of ILoww. Nofrel
and /Vssooatesv sofci ihe comus
sioners that the pevjiject was
basically a solid oaae tati tfre maxx
concern if Che appikcamom mats to
be re- submitted woufld! *e "Iwmg
ing down the cost per .
Green also sad :ha? A wowid be
better to go nto a tower Nadget
amount so chat wme r?A^g.
would be avatfiabie for Hoke
Commissioner James A. Irfiunc
made a motion tit at die application
be re-submttted saying, "i# Woite
Counrv doesnl net it someone dse
The rest of the connmssioniffs.
appeared to agree with Mum
Green cold the board chat nheapv
plication deadline was Via* 2* jmr
chat two public hearings hadi a<? ibe
held before the application *Muim
The public hearing help
mine what type of funding will! he
submitted on the application
The applications appear no
more impact if the funding w<are
towards development ire low a*
moderate income areas* Count*
Manager James Martin sad.
The first public hearing wtfli >e
held at the next Count* Cjnnrns
sjoners meeting on Miarch IB je "*
In other business* the count*
comrnisssjoners Ijesffd front >ftrv
Mamie Godwin on a problem com
cermng the paving of State Roudl
The paving of the roadi is second!
on che priority list of the 'Sfcioe
Department of Transportation!.,
but there are two peoptit wftw
refuse to sign a petition rem?ie?nng
thai Ehe road be paved. Dtvtsion
Chairman Fred Beck said.
The road, which is a dead end. ts
in rhe northwest quadrant of the
county and has 12 houses on it.
Two property owners are
holding up the right of way. and
?nthouri their signatures, the
highway department cannot im
?prove the road. Beck said.
The people living on the road
could take the matter to court if
shev were willing to pay for' the ex
penses chat go along with the fight.
? "Most of the people that live on
?Jtes road arc dependent on social
jfflcuriry checks and some are
dependent on welfare They just
cannot afford the cost of taking
uhe mazier to coort." Godwin said
C omnnssioner Wyatt Upchurch
and Chairman John Balfour both
offered 10 help get the property
owners bo change their minds
ahoui pav ing the road
realize this means a lot to you
and Che people on that road, and I
will hetp m any way I can," Com
missioner Wyact Lpchurch said.
The hoard agreed to hold off oa
<&> decision until the next meeting
so thai the residents will have *
tSeeCOLVH pa?e I2A)
Unemployment Rate Climbs Over 15%,
/is 400 In County Lose Their Jobs
L'twepSo^w** ww? no
new m Hofce Cown m
January a j?Me? t?k <rf
15.3^ and! ?W wk No*e owwy
rcsndtaats. out a* wort
The liBiiin wciiIiiiiiiilbi
figures. ^fcowed ?a oucraaue m t*e
rate b% 2.7n Unm ll ?% m
Man**ac*ann* ma past-*a**?
layoff* ?w una as vtmuamk for
the iKnase. awl ?aat wt
oytMHstK ifca* rfce nMcs r*e ?*
porarv layoffs ami: dtatt ? fiumruJl
into rite total lUicunjHwmeM itjbc
for che count*. Hoke- Counex Jo*
Service Office tftanagrr Oannn.
Hoke Counts was- mot itr >auifc
one tot (to ? BWtl tnnen^ftM
AcoordM# no tAr Enq^unemi
Secnnt* Comnnsswou "*? ommr
hud ??. rentes m rfhnr jpMen -ran e
m JMnan ?Mr <mbf. Ifour oeum
Dies decreased: tAr munlKi <?f
Of tke wounoes- uumounUHut
Hotee. CuM?ltirrh?rl's rase ?as the
kdwes wtth ami* a 8 rate.
1t?*?esc>B Co? r> had the laghest
?f the five ?nrt a 17.5% ra?e.
Hc*c Coaac? had the tfard
rate of the
Eteceartier ftgrares *?re lower w
W? expect aad hope that
wArwry's %ans ??8 show a
Jtecnease at che i
*fflr Hoite ctMHjr
? V?ed bo w<> it * peqauirt.
fro* Hoke Ctnu?rj "h?li i of
Csaame Diaja Eari Fowler
ttat tike aty share ok Ami of the
cast of |ii? i * sew ftxfani
Hoke Camv teocfait dut
Fwlu aid wis vial 10 jatenid
"TV -twit nf iki Ihiiiiln mil be a
?I <rf Ujsmjn tmdk of
Commerce. 3k Hake Caunw
. -Ctetafai: aa> guty tfMihiii a
whose <ihim ii i ac asfcag 30 tew
titer property unci mb the q
Stomaou? sab? dbe nonl agt of
the project is, esamaaei ta be
-Apprwecfc M^iar Jote E..
>fcNcjT^ cw? piwllwiiiiiiin *??
MfrmJli 28-AjpnB 1 be uncd
SAPOjSiiift win Atr-~ n Dmdeg
tfe COdNOL. vmee Q2A/)
Three Men Charged
For Armed Robberies
Hoke Coan ShenfTs dqMQes
martr three arrests last week in
aseaecdiOB will two amaui rob
be net. that occatd a the Hoke
Csmh vet on less titan rwo weeks
oaae. SfceralfF Dave Barnngton
.AieuiMKT McAra. Dannie
McArn ad Sherwood McLeanuati
from Hoke Coaty, were charged
with the jnzaeti robberies of the
Dime Qac Stof? da Febmarv 25
and Jack T*dker an March 2.
The March 2 robbery was
reported after two Mack mates
scuf ftei ?*h ad heU Jack Tucker
at gun. pmaac and nook an un
disd&ased aauaat at msacy. the
shenlrirs. iieyoit sawL
Tucker has iiea arrived at his
resale** after dosing his business
when one aaaic umped hun from
behind aad :hrr? hun on the ce
ment Tuait? y
Accordrnqf lo she sheriff* s
report. Tacker had a .38 cote pistol
with Sum bwc couid aex reach it
during :iae scaftSe,
When Ttacker was able to reach
for he- pat. a second nsaie ap
peared with a sawMofr<aflF sfaocgxm
ami shouted! aft Don ~1haM if, the
sheriffs repoins- ~sai?T
While t-He- sooiiHifl mate hriM
Tucker at gun: pomm sitae otter
male took die gwm am? tdke money
and both- ma iea- tftadt on foot.
Tucker rgpoiimdl ob ate -diBniiflrs of
Tucker's- fmqfHmr ate? srnrrd
chat sire saw a tftmdl mraftr vm fvam
behind some pine area ub zbe back
Ad nvescujaaon: 'tow ate stoer.iT s
department laa? txj cite ames of the
"DMecrres- J. St Bbfley and H. C.
Hart worked urn ate case for
several days rtraggta :itaiongii
without lawmy r+t^ wap- aaa 1 zhink
they should be oammeaiaad war ute
excellent job- the* Jtad a cracking
the c^jc." Sheriff aacrtnjjDOE sad.
A vehicle spotted as ivjEfe crime
scenes along with ate ~rsate of
some other ur*escmaiin*? ??amk *?ae
keys oo soi)*tn$ both anmed rob
beries, Barnmcoir sand
These aresc wul pmobafcj}*- toeip
clear up several am? i robbery
cases m Robeson Comcv Barr
Hair Cammn /rnwcktt ; <trv ij/iu umtrr it* pnvtfmmM
mmfoiWKMm of zfcr nm f*wi >i ami murihrrrr dtuifdk. ^Jnmr mrm m
prngr HA for Bke storv
Tmr+mgtum Sckmod ts n 11 i n ? i tit jtinwrnl snmtktmm..
>iemr- Jonal nqpontr SHwi i n M irrttawi; oahn ? ten* ?r Ar
<* i Wnow # ? rode* Y