90 Years Ago •
July 11, 1930
Thursday morning on July 3 Daniel G. McMillian, prominent citizen of Blue Springs Township, had the misfortune of being bitten by a Pilot snake, the snake striking him on the middle finger of his right hand. He immediately called to his niece, Miss Annie McMillan who lives with him and she displayed rare presence of mind. She immediately corded his arm to prevent the circulation of blood and rushed him to Raeford to see Dr. Murray. Dr. Murray carried him immediately to a hospital in Fayetteville and he was given a serum to counteract he poison and brought him back home Mr. McMillan suffered intensely for a number of hours after he was bitten and his arm swelled to large proportions but he has improved steadily and is now about well.
A large circle of friends in Hoke County will learn with genuine regret that after September 1st Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Brandon (demonstration agent) will move to Laurinburg, where Mr. Brandon has accepted a position with the McNair interests. It has been rumored for a month or ore that he had accepted this position but he asked that the fact not be published heretofore. He will have charge of the farming interests of this powerful organization, embracing about ten thousand acres of land in cultivation and having under him nine superintendents in Scotland, Hoke and Robeson counties.
The Hoke Board of Education met to consider the 1930-31 budget. But it first had to decided whether to recommend that all state loans and bonds for the districts be taken over, a matter that has been under consideration for several years. There is a good deal of territory that has not been paying anything for school buildings and still were getting the advantages of them. By the county taking over the loans and bonds all parts of the county will share equally on taxes for school buildings. The board will recommend to Hoke commissioners to proceed. The approved budget includes $5,000, general expense; $58,522, current expense; $650 Capital Outlay; and $11,041, debt service. The total budget is $75,214.
Mr. A.J. Currie, a confederate veteran, quietly and peacefully passed away at the home of his son, Mr. H.F. Currie where he had made his home for the last few years. He was born January 26, 1844 in Robeson County (later Hoke) near Bethel church and was therefore 86 years of age. Mr. Currie was an active soldier in the Confederate war and endured all the hardships experienced by them. He thorough enjoyed relating these thrilling experiences in after ears to his friends. Mr. Currie stood four-square as a soldier and was always alert to the need of his country. It is very unusual so patriotic in spirit should be named Andrew Jackson and be buried on July 4th.
Several years ago Mr. Currie predicted that our country would experience the reverse in financial business which we are undergoing today and he was one of a very few forerunners who was financially prepared the for the change, this proving his business ability. Friday morning July 4th at 10 o’clock his remains were interred in Antioch cemetery after a brief church service conducted by his pastor, Rev. G.W. Hanna.
47 Years •
July 12, 1973
The Hoke Board of Commissioners cut the tax rate by two cents per hundred dollar valuation. The new rate is $1.46. No citizens attended the meeting, at which the $1.3 million budget was approved.
Columnist Sam Morris writes about a puzzling letter he received: “Dear Sir: I want to thank you for the paragraph in the July 5th News-Journal Around Town. Thanks.”
25 Years Ago •
July 12, 1995
Raeford’s new police chief, Zeke Wiggins, says he’s concerned about a new state law that allows citizens to carry concealed weapons. He says he’s particularly worried about a provision that requires citizens to report that they’re carrying a weapon to law enforcement. He’s afraid they won’t do it.
Turlington School can again be used as an alternative school. Raeford City Council gave its permission by approving a conditional use for the school