North Carolina Newspapers

    Parents arrested
on abuse charges
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Habitat holds
second meeting
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Where there's a will
there's a way
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No. 27 Vol. 88
joins comity
Group to help businesses
B» Jen (Htx»m
Assistant editor
H oke Count) residents
wishing to start or ex
pand a small business
now have a place to turn for
technical assistance, professional
serv ices and information.
At Monda) night’s regular
meeting ol the Hoke (’ount)
Hoard of Commssioners. offi
cials approv ed a request from the
Southern Sandhills Micro-
enterprise Loan Program
(SSMl.P) to include ffoke
(’ount) in Its sers ice area.
What that means is local resi
dents w ho w ant to take p.irt in the
program no longer have to drive
to MtHire, Montgomerv, Scot
land or Richmond (’ount) and
till can hold informa
tional meeting- 'n (’ount)
The program comes from a con-
.sortium of the Small Business
(’enter of Sandhills Community
College, and Montgomery and
Richmond Community College.
Beth Henderson. South
Sandhills Fund
enterprise agent, siiid the SSMLP
offers a peer-to-peer lending
technique in which funds are
made available through the North
Carolina Rural Center by the
(Jeneral As.sembly.
.According to information
from SSMLP. after attending an
introductory meeting, those who
wish to participate in the pro
gram complete a mandatory six-
session orientation that teaches
gu ide I i nes of t he program as w el I
as business training. During regu
lar meetings the group members
hear business plan presentations,
select loan recipients,
loan payments and
(St'e ( Ol /S'jy, pui’i’ 11 A)
Shelnutt seeks
coimnissioii seat
Bj Jen (Kbum
Assistant editor
l ilitnr'-- Sow: The Sews-
Journal is profiling eai h of the
candidates for UhmI office. The
senes has hi en on-^oin^for sev
eral H eeks. This neek'sprofile is
county commissioner candidate
dene Shelnutt.
For the past few years, (Jene
Shelnutt said he and a few ac
quaintances gather together and
naturally end upon the subject of
county government.
Through the discussions,
people quickly realized he had
strong convictions about where
things are and where things
should be in county politics.
“In December of last year I
was asked to become a candidate
because of my strong beliefs
about how county government
should run,” Shelnutt explained.
He said he thought it was his
duty as a citizen to step in and do
what he can to enhance the stan
dard of livingforeveryone in the
county. So in May, Shelnutt
Gene Shelnutt
joined nine other residents in the
race for one of two open seats on
the Hoke County Board of Com
“I’m just a concerned citizen,”
Shelnutt said and explained that
he makes no promises to anyone
but the local voters. “I’m not a
(See SHELNUTT, page 7A)
If it happened, it's news to us*
Wednesday, October 9, 1996
Photo by Jen Osbom
T wo separate accidents sent eight people to the hospital on Monday. Above, emergency medical personnel examine victims of a car accident
on Scott Currie Road. Below, workers stabilize a man who was hurt in an early morning accident on Rockfish Road.
Car wreck sends
child to hospital
By Jen Osbom
Assistant editor
Several people were injured
Monday morning during ve
hicle accidents caused when
drivers failed to see oncoming
cars or traffic signs, said
Trooper J.D. Hoover of the
N.C. Highway Patrol.
At about 9:25 a.m. on Mon
day, a two vehicle accident
was reported at the intersec
tions of King Road and Rock-
fish Road. Hoover said a ve
hicle operated by Rhoda
Cantleberry, 20, of Fay
etteville was traveling on King
Road toward Rockfish Road.
Apparently Cantleberry didn’t
see a stop sign, ran through the
intersection and her vehicle was
hit by an oncoming car.
(Cantleberry and two passen
gers in her vehicle, Wes Sherman,
30, and 4-month-old Chance
Sherman, both of Fayetteville,
were all injured and transported
to Cape Fear Valley Medical
(Center for treatment. Flooversaid
Phillip Mills, 48, of Lumber
Bridge, a passenger in the sec
ond car, was also taken to Cape
Fear Valley for treatment to inju
ries he received in the accident.
(See ACCIDENTS, page llA)
Photo by Kristin Guthrie
Social News....
School News...
Around Town
By Sam C. Morris
Contributing editor
The fall weathercontinuesand
it has been cold early in the morn
ings. We haven’t had any frost,
but it could come at any time. As
I write this column Monday af
ternoon, the weather forecasters
called for a heavy rain Tuesday.
There is a tropical storm coming
up from Florida. We don’t need
anymore rain in North (Carolina.
The forecast for the remain
der of the week, Wednesday
through Saturday, calls for the
highs to be around 70 degrees
and the lows will be in the 40s
and 50s. Maybe we will be dry
after Wednesday.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Caroline Shook, clerk to the
Hoke (County Board of Elections,
brought me the ballots Monday
for the election in November. 1
didn’t count them, but there were
a handful of yellow sheets. She
said that all these would be on
the voting machines but it is good
to see what you must face when
you go behind the curtain.
1 hope that she will have the
number of registered voters by
next week. The deadline to reg
ister is Friday, Oct. 11.
(See AROUND, page 5A)
Registration deadline nears
By Jen Osbom
Assistant editor
Citizens still have a few more
days to register to vote, accord
ing to information from the board
of elections office.
Caroline Shook, clerk to the
board of elections, said Friday at
5 p.m. is the deadline to register
for anyone who wants to vote in
the upcoming Nov. 5 general
election. Those with mail-in reg
istrations must have them post
marked on Friday'.
Shook said local residents can
register at several places in the
county including the board of
elections office in the Pratt Build
ing; the Hoke County Public Li
brary; while doing business at
the department of motor vehicles,
the department of social services,
the economic security commis
sion office (job service), the
health department. Sandhills
Mental Health Clinic and ADAP;
through armed forces recruiters
or at Hoke County High School.
It’s not necessary to register in
the precinct in which you live
and a person can go to any site to
register in the county.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, polls will
be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30
p.m. To cast a ballot local voters
must vote at the designated loca
tion for their precinct, which are
listed below:
Allendale, Allendale Cbmmu-
nity House, Old Wire Road;
Antioch, Antioch Fire Depart
ment, Highway 211 East; Blue
Springs, South Hoke Gymna
sium, Old Maxton Road; Buchan,
Pine Hill Fire Department,
Ashemont and Calloway inter
section; McCain, Shiloh Presby
terian Church, Highway 211
West; Puppy Creek, Puppy Creek
Fire Department, North Pittman
Grove Church Road; Raeford #1,
Hoke (bounty Public Library, 334
(See ELECTION, page 7A)

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