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The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXXIV NUMBER 21 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
$8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16. 1982
Explaining The Program ? Engineer Hiram J. Marziano (standing) explains to members of the Raeford City
Council the details of a state-mandated sewage pre-treatment program. Although the program may cost the city
$12,000 in unbudgeted funds, officials hope it will add strength to present municipal ordinances and help open
the door for future industrial development. Councilmen Joe Upchurch (seated left) and Robert Gentry, (left of
center) along with City Manager Ron Matthews (center) and Mayor John K. McNeill Jr. (right) listen atten
tat iveiy to the proposal. Councilmen Graham Clark, Benny McLeod and City A ttorney Palmer Willcox attended
0 the meeting but are not pictured.
Fayetteville Man, 33, Bound Over
For Rape Of 15-year-old Here
A 33-year-old Fayetteville man
) was bound over to Hoke County
Superior Court Friday by Judge
Joseph E. Dupree of District Court
after probable cause was found for
a charge of first degree rape against
Robert Earl Middleton of 6586
Vineyard Dr. is being held in jail
under S50.000 bond on the rape
charge and $25,000 bond for
Moore County authorities on a
breaking - and - entering charge
Mhere. Hoke County Sheriff David
He said Middleton had been
J BY SAM C.MORRIS
As this column is being written
after 4:30 o'clock Monday after
noon the temperature is 90 degrees.
Sunday afternoon the reading on
the thermometer was over 90
degrees. Someone came in the
office Monday afternoon about
one-thirty and said that it was 94
The nights are cool, but this is
^getting back to summer days. We
also need rain and who would have
thought so several weeks ago.
1 don't like the ice, snow and
extremely cold weather of winter.
but an early fall would be nice.
? ? #
Last week 1 stated that I could
)stand to be corrected about the
Eisenhower jacket that was in the
old Masonic picture that ran in the
paper several weeks ago. This has
come to pass.
This week a man from Southern
Pines called the office and told Pam
Frederick that the picture was
taken at the Southern Pines
Masonic Lodge 484 on January 4,
1943. So this would make the
jacket worn by the Army officer an
) Eisenhower jacket.
The gentleman also said that he
could identify several people in the
picture, but in a week or so would
send all the information on who is
in the picture.
I don't know who the man from
Southern Pines is, but would
appreciate him clearing up the
The date of this week's paper is
September 16, 1982 and it should
bring back memories to many
people in Hoke County. It was on
that date 42 years ago that two
units of the North Carolina Na
tional Guard were mobilized for
Federal Service. We were called out
(Soe AROUND TOWN, page 16)
sought on the Moore charge for five
years when he was arrested July 29
in Cumberland County on the rape
charge, Barrington said.
Barrington said Middleton is
accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl
to submit to sex relations by
threatening her \*jth a Jtntfe, Jfc
said the offense allegedly occurred
about 8:30 a.m. June 30 in woods
near Davis Bridge.
The investigation report gave
these other details.
The child was riding home with
her mother from a dental appoint
ment. When they got to the Short
Stop at Davis Bridge, the girl was
allowed to get out of the car at the
store to get a soft drink and told her
mother she would walk the rest of
the way -- about a mile and a
It was while she was walking
home that a man came out of the
woods, grabbed her, dragged her
into the woods, and raped her at
knife point, the report says.
The warrant charging rape was
served on Middleton August 2.
Judge Dupree bound Middleton
over for the grand jury action.
Giving The Governor A Hand -- City of Raeford Street Department crews
spent Monday cleaning up the major streets in the city as part of Gover
nor James B. Hunt Jr. 's cleanup North Carolina week. More than one
truck load of trash was collected by six city workers. Here on North
Carolina Highway 20, Street Supervisor Thomas Carpenter (right), Eddie
Robinson (left) and Amos McNeill (center) toad collected trash on a city
truck. Other Hoke County residents are encouraged to participate in the
program and help dean up county neighborhoods.
Fish Fry Sizzlin Sat.
The Raeford Shrine Gub's an
nual benefit Fish Fry will be held
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at
Edenborough Shopping Center.
The proceeds will be used to help
support the Shriner's hospitals for
crippled and burned children.
Since 1922, Shriners' Hospitals
for Crippled Children have served
children in North America. These
hospitals provide outstanding care
to children who have orthopedic
problems or who have been severely
burned. Both inpatient and out
patient care are given to children
from infancy to the 18th birthday
regardless of race, religion, or
relationship to a Shriner.
There is no charge for any of the
care or services provided by a
Shrine Hospital. Admission is
based on medical and financial
need. For orthopedic cases, there
should be a reasonable possibility
that the patient would benefit from
treatment and that treatment at
another facility would place an
undue financial burden on the
patient's family. The Burns In
stitute accept children who have
been burned and need immediate
care and children needing plastic
reconstructive or restorative
surgery and rehabilitation as a
result of burn injuries.
All Services are paid for by the
Shriners. Operating funds are sup
plied by the Shriner's Hospitals for
Crippled Children Endowment
(See FISH page 16)
I Sewage Plan OK'd
I Will Mean Tigl
Tighter Enforcement For Industries
A program to put enforcement
"teeth" in the Raeford sewage
pre-treatment ordinance was given
unanimous approval Monday night
by members of the City Council.
Council members authorized the
expenditure of up to $12,000 to pay
for the state-mandated program.
Asheboro engineering firm
Moore Gardner and Associates will
be developing the pre-treatment
plan, which will provide strick
guidelines for existing and future
industries and will govern the type
of materials that can be dumped
into the municipal sewage system.
The program must be completed
by January 1.
Presently the city has an ordi
nance covering pre-treatment, how
ever, the legal enforcability of the
law has recently come under fire
from one local industry, who is
being made to comply.
Under the new plan, penalties
will be levied against non-comply
ing industries, and if standards are
not met, then customers can be cut
off of the system, Moore Gardner
Engineer Hiram J. Marziano said
Monday during the regular
monthly council meeting.
Raeford is among 118 other
North Carolina municipalities be
ing required to develop the pre
Approximately 83% of the sew
age treated at the Raeford plant
comes from industrial users, Mar
ziano said, adding that all of the
industries, except one, have
complying pre-treatment facilities.
Presently the House of Raeford
turkey processing plant is attempt
ing to meet city guidelines install
ing a grease trap.
The facility has been targeted by
the State Department of Natural
Resources and Community De
velopment (NRCD) as not meeting
the required discharge standards.
If the proposed grease trap
treatment does not bring the turkey
plant into compliance, then the
House of Raeford might be forced
to construct a complete pre-treat
The plant is currenty being
charged a penalty of $5,000 per
month until the standards are met.
If the city does not bring its
discharge into Rockfish Creek in
compliance with the state regula
tions by November 1, NRCD could
levy fines against the municipality
of up to $25,000 per month.
May Not Help
Marziano noted that the ap
parent recent relaxation of federal
environmental regulations by the
Reagan Administration probably
will not affect the city's treatment
The administration announced
Monday that it is relaxing the pre
sent interpretation of the Clean
Water Act and allowing some
municipalities to increase the
amount of organic pollutants
dumped into rivers and coastal
The revisions apparently will af
fect those cities that dump into the
Mississippi Valley rivers, Marziano
Changes also are governed by
the quality of the water in the
discharge rivers, he said.
If the quality of water in
Rockfish Creek is not harmed by
the city releasing more pollutants,
then the changes in regulations
could have an effect on Raeford,
Guideline changes are so new
that probably officials in Raleigh
are not familiar with them, Mar
"We'll just have to wait and see.
It may mean a relaxation for
Raeford, and it could give some in
dustries a break," he said.
"It doesn't matter what the
changes might be, Raeford will still
be required to have a pre-treatment
(See SEWER page 16)
Pupils Moved To Make Room
Overcrowding in county schools
and growing numbers of pupils
have forced members of the Hoke
County Board of Education to OK
a transfer of 23 elementary
students last week.
The board voted unanimously to
approve the transfer of the
students, who attend grades rang
ing from kindergarten to fourth,
from Scurlock School to John W.
All of the students live in the St.
James Hill area, which will now be
part of the McLauchlin school
School Superintendent G. Raz
Autry had proposed transfering
the St. James Hill students to West
Hoke Elementary and moving 45
other pupils living in Shawtown to
McLauchlin, however, the sugges
tion was rejected by the board.
"If the transfers aren't made,
we will be busting open," Autry
said, noting that schools could live
with the overcrowding this year
but the problem will be worse by
the 1983-84 school year.
Board members had decided to
table the transfers, but decided to
make the change after two St.
James Hill parents spoke in favor
of moving the students to
The parents, who said they had
spoken with others in the com
munity, pointed out that
McLauchlin was closer to St.
James Hill than either Scurlock or
Hoke County has been dubbed
by the state board of education as
being among 17 school districts in
North Carolina that will grow in
the coming decade, Autry said.
By 1986, county schools are ex
pected to increase by 4.5<?o and
early enrollment figures show that
about 40 more students are attend
ing this year than did during the
previous school year.
Most classes in the Scurlock
School are over the recommended
enrollments, Autry said.
Teacher Evaluations Passed
In other business the board
voted unanimously to pass a new
evaluation program for teachers.
Under the plan, teachers would
be allowed to have some input into
the program before and after the
evaluation, Autry said.
"The plan is not designed to fire
teachers, but to help them im
prove," Autry said.
The evaluation program for
Hoke County is a modified version
of one which was mandated by the
state board, the superintendent
Evaluations will be conducted
by the school principals or a
Snow Days Policy Adopted
This year if county schools are
closed for one day because of in
clement weather, the missed day
will be made up on the following
(See PUPILS page 16)
Child Rape Case On Tap
Testimony is expected to begin
Monday in the trial of a 24-year-old
Hoke County man charged with the
first degree rape of his six-year-old
The state's case against Bobby
Louis Green, of Rt. 2, Box 4%
Raeford, is first on the docket to be
aired during the one week term of
Superior Court before 16th Su
perior Court Circuit Judge Samuel
The indicent allegedly occurred
on May 11 and was reported to the
Hoke County Sheriff s Department
after the child was admitted to
Cape Fear Valley Hospital where
she apparently underwent surgery.
Green has been in jail since his
arrest on the day of the incident,
Hoke County Sheriff David Bar
Testimony is also expected to be
heard in the trial of a Cumberland
County man accused of killing a
local man during a 1981 domestic
Tommy McEachern, 34, of Fay
etteville, is also scheduled for trial
Monday on charges that he shot
Willie Dixon Jr., 30. after an
argument erupted in the early
morning hours of December 22 at
the Harmony Heights Mobile
Dixon had apparently been shot
in the chest when sheriffs deputies
arrived. He died prior to being
transported to a hospital.
The other 14 cases slated for trial
during the one-week term have
charges varying from drug vio
lations to speeding.
Two Pembroke men accused of
killing another Robeson County
man during a May bar tight are on
the docket for arraignment.
Lacy D. Lowery, 22, and Perry
Wayne Lowery. 25, are scheduled
to be arraigned before Judge Britt
on Thursday on charges that they
shot Terry Wayne Locklear. 25. in
the back at Brady's Club on N.C.
The indicent allegedly stemmed
from an argument that occurred
two years earlier.
Also on the calendar for civil
action Thursday is a suit against
the City of Raeford
The suit stems from an accident
which occurred on August 11.
1981, after a tractor trailer truck
ran into a truck driven by a city
employe, who was allegedly stop
ped in the road.
According to the suit, Norman
Richard Bowers, who was driving
the tractor trailer truck owned by
Crook Motor Co. of Stanly County,
ran into Roger Purcell in a 1976
Chevrolet truck which was stopped
on North Carolina Highway 20 near
Purcell was blocking the road,
the suit alleges.
Crook is asking to recover losses
of $6,000 and a wrecker fee of
However, the city has filed a
counter suit, claiming S13.000 in
damages because Bowers ran into
the back of Purcell.
? A motion in the case is expected
to be heard Thursday.
A Different Perspective - This
Raeford cat spent some time
recently trying to get varying
views of his surroundings. He
seemed satisfied with this
perspective, and remained in the
pose lonJt enough to have his pic