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The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
Volume LXXV Number 3
$10 PER YEAR Thursday, May 12, 1983
Other Doctors See Paramedics As Essential
By Sherry Matthews
Doctors and cardiology
specialists working outside Hoke
County, who were contacted this
week by The News-Journal, hold a
different opinion than local physi
cians about the need for paramedic
| trained Emergency Medical
Those outside doctors, who were
contacted, all support Hoke Am
bulance Service owner Jim
Henley's belief that paramedic
training will save lives in Hoke
County, and each said it was worth
Henley has been lobbying
members of the Hoke County
) Commission to fund the training
for the ambulance service,
however, local doctors and county
officials believe the program is too
expensive and view it as a luxury.
"1 believe it is an absolute
necessity for all counties," Chief
, Around Town
by Sam Morris
Monday morning it did not feel
like the summertime of the past
week. The wind was out of the
north and a jacket felt good on the
golf course. The forecast is for the
temperature to drop to about 40
degrees Tuesday morning. We
hope that it doesn't get cold
? enough for frost.
The rainfall was approximately
one half inch last week, but this
wasn't enough to stop the farmers
from planting tobacco, cotton and
corn. One farmer told me Friday
that he was through planting his
cotton. We did see tobacco being
planted this week in some fields.
So maybe the crops will turn out
fine after all the cold weather.
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Last week I wrote about the ac
cident to Raz Autry and quoted
from several sources about his con
dition. Monday morning I saw Raz
and talked to him about his acci
He said that if he hadn't jumped
from the tractor that it could have
been worse than it was. His right
' arm did get caught in the steering
wheel and it took some time before
he could free himself from the
The bruise and cut to his arm
was very painful and he lost right
much blood. Raz is out and driving
around and still able to do some
One thing he told me was
somewhat hard to believe. It seems
' that Edgar McGougan was near
where the accident happened and
told Raz he would have heard him
cry for help except that he was
sleeping. Raz told him he must
have been dead.
Now most of you know Autry
and will agree with me, that if he
was yelling out loud for help, he
could be heard. 1 can hear him
talking nine holes away on the golf
Yes, Edgar must be a sound
So this is a report on Raz from
the horse's mouth.
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The annual dinner of the
Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Com
merce will be held Tuesday, May
24 at 6:30 p. m. at the Gibson
1 Cafeteria. So mark this date on
The principal speaker will be
Lauch Faircloth, Secretary of
Commerce of North Carolina, and
an unannounced candidate for
To make reservations call
875-5929 or 875-2179.
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The Ellis Williamson Post 20 of
the American Legion is working on
plans for a parade and celebration
of Veterans Day on November 1 1 ,
1983. A committee has been form
ed and units from Fort Bragg have
agreed to participate. Also the
local National Guard unit will par
ticipate if an arrangement can be
worked out with them.
The week should be a big day for
Raeford, Hoke County and
(See AROUND TOWN, page 14A)
Cardiologist at Cape Fear Valley
Hospital, Charles Ellenbogen said.
"When people are fully trained
in paramedic care they are able to
handle on-the-spot care as opposed
to the minimum care that
Emergency Medical Technicians
(EMT's) can perform," Ellen
Dr. Robert Headley, chief car
diologist at Bowman Grey
Hospital in Winston Salem agrees.
"Sixty percent of all heart pa
tients who die, die before they even
reach a hospital," Headley said,
citing lack of paramedic care as
one of the reasons.
Ambulance personnel need to be
in contact with physicians in
hospitals and need to be able to
give medication upon the advice of
the doctors, the Winston Salem
Currently, Hoke Ambulance
EMT's can not give medication
and can do little more than ad
minister first aid.
"A full cardiac arrest patient
needs advanced care within eight
to 10 minutes, and at this point we
are not trained to do that," Henley
Because Raeford is at least IS
minutes away from the nearest
hospital, paramedic training seems
essential, Henley and the other
"We had 21 full cardiac arrest
patients last year, and we could not
save one," Henley said.
According to Henley, paramedic
training would give those patients
a better chance of survival.
Dr. R.M. Jordan, of Raeford,
sees the subject of paramedic train
ing with a different perspective.
Hoke needs quick, efficient
transportation that can get a pa
tient to a hospital where that sort
of care can be administered, Jor
"With the county being so
small, we really don't need that
kind of care," Jordan added.
According to Jordan if CPR is
administered, the patient should be
able to survive until the ambulance
can reach a hospital.
Not so, says Henley.
"CPR gives the patient a little
more time, but they will need ad
vanced care before we can get them
to a hospital," Henley said.
"All the facts I have seen shows
that people who go into cardiac ar
rest have a much better chance of
survival if advanced care is used,"
a Chapel Hill Emergency Medical
Services doctor said.
"There is a great need for these
patients to receive drugs, oxygen,
and full resuscitation and EMT's
cannot do this," the Chapel Hill
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Digging for gold
These workers look as if they are searching for lost gold but actually they are clearing away pavement that caved
in Monday after a sewer line broke. The men enlarged the hole that was already in the surface at the corner of
5th and Stewart Streets and patched the broken sewer line. City engineer Bill Sellars said the work was finished
before the end of the day Monday and everything was back to normal.
Improve School Image Plan OK'd
By Sherry Matthews
In his first official meeting with
the Hoke County School Board,
Superintendent Robert Nelson
made two requests in an effort to
"better the school system."
Nelson's first suggestion was to
develop a slogan which would be
designed to enhance pride, unity
and commitment to "bettering
what is already good."
The suggested motto of "Our
Hoke County Schools ... already
good and getting better" was
unanimously approved by the
"We should admit that we are
good and yet, regardless of how
good, we should keep striving to
get better," Nelson said.
As part of an effort to enhance
the motto within the schools and
the community, Nelson suggested
that the slogan be given
Circulating the motto
throughout the entire school
system, posting it within the city
and county, publicizing it in the
newspaper, and displaying it on
billboards throughout the area was
the suggested way of gaining
recognition for the new slogan.
At Tuesday night's meeting,
Nelson also discussed a program
that would "bring about rapid im
provements in the Hoke County
"The Boot Strap Program",
designed by Nelson is intended to
bring about changes with the use
of little or no tax money involved.
According to Nelson the "boot
strap program" has four criteria
that must be met in order for the
proposal to work effectively.
"The results of the program
must be visible and real, at low or
no cost, and initiated and im
plemented locally." Nelson said.
"We should not depend on
others to bail us out. We have got
to pull ourselves up by our own
boot straps," Nelson added.
Nelson believes that real im
provements are needed so people
in the community can see that the
education staff is serious about
making "true improvements."
"There are people (parents and
organizations) that probably
would love to volunteer to help the
schools if they were only asked,"
Nelson suggested clean up days
with parent volunteers helping
clear the grounds, plant and care
for shrubs and help clean the
(See SCHOOLS, page 10A)
"We can't do so many things,
and it is frustrating," Henley said.
"When a kid, burned in a fire, is
lying in the back of that ambulance
screaming because of the pain, and
we know there is nothing we can
do to help him, it gets to you,"
With paramedic training, the
ambulance service will be able to
help alleviate more patients' pain.
"We can save lives, and that is
important," he added.
Dr. Jordan agrees that saving
lives is important.
"If they save one life then it is
definicely worth the expense," Jor
dan said, adding that he believed
well trained first aid technicians
were sufficient until a hospital was
The sudden attention toward the
paramedic program has stemmed
from Henley's request that the
Hoke County Commissioners sup
port the program which would
upgrade his service from an in
termediate level to a paramedic
level of care.
The county commissioners turn
ed Henley down flat, noting that
the county did not want to make a
further financial commitment to
Hoke Ambulance Service because
their contract expires December
In an earlier interview, County
Manager James Martin said that
"the element of cost was a major
factor in the commissioners' deci
Henley says the cost of getting
into the program will be minimal.
"The initial cost of getting into
this program will be around
$48,000 and that will equip two
ambulances with all the machinery
paramedics will need," Henley
(See PARAMEDICS, page 10A)
A Ft. Bragg women charged
with second degree murder is
scheduled to appear in Hoke
County Superior Court next week.
Victoria S. Burnette, who has
been in Cumberland County Jail
under S40.000 bond since her ar
rest on March 1, is charged with
the stabbing of her step-father.
The body of Roger Keith Shan
non, 43, of Ft. Bragg, was found
-v February 8 m a wooded area be
tween Rockfish and Arabia.
Shannon had allegedly been
stabbed 10 to 12 times in the chest,
back and legs.
Burnette was arrested and charg
ed in connection with the stabbing
two weeks later by Hoke County
The defendant is scheduled to
appear in Superior Court for jury
trial Tuesday May 17.
Former State Bureau of In
vestigation (SBI) agent Andrew
Arnett Dove is also scheduled to
appear in Superior Court on May
Dove, 25, who was an SBI agent
for three years, is charged with
changing a lab report in the case of
Julius Locklear and of obstructing
justice for falsifying lab reports in
the cases of Clarence Bratcher,
Elwood McNair and Ervin Benny.
Dove was indicted by the Grand
Jury on January 17, and has ap
peared in court three times since
Three Hoke County men ar
rested in March on armed robbery
charges are also scheduled for trial
Dannie McArn, Alexander
McArn and Sherwood McLean, all
from Hoke County, were charged
with the armed robberies of the
Dixie One Stop on February 25,
and Jack Tucker on March 2.
The three men are scheduled to
appear in court May 16 and have
been officially charged with rob
bery with a dangerous weapon.
This will be their second ap
pearance in court since their arrest
on March 10.
Hoke County Superior Court
will be held May 16-20 beginning
at 9:30 a.m. with the Honorable
Lynn Johnson presiding.
Grass Roots Offices
A small group of Republicans
are attempting to rekindle a party
spirit in Hoke County in an effort
to field a slate of candidates during
the next local elections.
"We're atrophying at the grass
roots level. We have got to elect
local candidates," retiring Hoke
County Republican Chairman
Buddy Blue said.
Hoke County Republicans Blue,
Evelyn Manning and Leonard
Miller met informally Saturday
with state party chairman can
didate George W. Little of Moore
County in what had been billed as
the party's annual convention.
Little noted that the local party
members could look to Moore
Named For 83-84
Southern National manager
Steve Parker will take over the
helm as president of the Raeford
Hoke Chamber of Commerce for
the coming year.
Parker, along with a new slate of
officers and directors, was named
Tuesday morning during a
regularity scheduled meeting of the
The meeting, which took place
at 7 a.m. in the Wagon Wheel
Resturant, opened the door to
these new directors, who were
voted on by the Chamber member
-Charlotta Howell (Revco Drug
--L.S. Brock (Faberge In
(See CHAMBER, page 7A)
County for assistance in the
If he is elected state chairman,
Little said more help would also be
given by the North Carolina party.
Only about 600 voters in Hoke
County have registered as
Republicans, however, local party
members feel a far greater number
here are sympathetic to the GOP,
but sign up as Democrats in order
to vote in primary elections.
During the brief session Satur
day, Manning was chosen to
replace Blue as chairman. Blue will
serve as vice chairman and Miller
will become secretary-treasurer.
"Far greater things have been
started by groups smaller than this
one," one member said.
Inside Today \
Effle Gilchrist, John's first
wife, Is buried beside her hus
band In the Gilchrist family
cemetery located In Hoke
County. We take a look at
John Gilchrist and his family
on page one Section B of to