The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXXIV NUMBER 25 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
$8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1982
FADING - Fall wild flowers are still blooming in Hoke County but will be
fading fast as chilly weather approaches. Temperatures dipped inlo the
50 's this week.
For Woman Fails
Raeford police assisted by the
Hoke County Rescue Squad, Hill
crest Fire Department firemen and
other volunteers searched several
areas Sunday morning for the
missing Florence R. McCray of
Police Chief Leonard Wiggins
said Monday the search was called
off after four hours of work failed
to reveal new developments. He
thanked all the people who partici
pated in the search. He said 15
people took part, including him
self, Raeford Detective James Mur
dock, and J.K. Riley, serving as a
volunteer auxiliary policeman.
Riley is a retired Hoke County
ABC law enforcement officer.
Mrs. McCray hasn't been seen or
heard from since 11:30 p.m.
August 1 when she talked by
telephone with her mother.
The Sunday morning search was
one of several conducted in various
places in Hoke County and on the
Ft. Bragg Army reservation since
Mrs. McCray vanished.
Wiggins said he'd rather not tell
where the search was conducted
He also advised that the police
want anyone who has even the most
minor bit of information concern
ing Mrs. McCray to get in touch
with them. He said this to clarify a
headline published in last week's
edition of The News-Journal, which
he felt may have given the impres
sion that the police didn't need any
help in the search. He explained
that what he meant was the police
didn't need help from volunteer
Raeford To Receive
NC Powell Bill Check
An additional SI 1.8 million in
state street aid funds is available
this year for municipalities across
North Carolina, through the Powell
Bill Secretary of Transportation
William R. Roberson Jr. has
Checks amounting to more than
S43 million were mailed last week
to 462 qualifying municipalities for
local street construction and main
Raeford will receive an allocation
of S68, 280.28 in Powell Bill funds.
This allocation is based on the
community's population of 3,731
and its 24.75 miles of local streets.
Secretary Roberson said, "Shar
ing these resources in another
(See Powell on pg. 14)
Illiterate Voters Can Get Help
Registered voters who can't read
or write or are physically unable to
mark a ballot are allowed under
state elections law to get assistance
at the polls on election days, under
Here's what Chapter 163-152 of
the Election Laws of North Caro
lina, 1981, says. An illiterate or
physically handicapped voter can
receive assistance from a near
If no near relative is present, the
assistance may be given by any
voter from the same precinct as
the illiterate or physically handi
capped person is registered in, if
the voter has not given aid to
The illiterate or physically handi
capped also may be given assis
tance by a registrar or a judge of
elections, or one of the assistants (a
A voter may be helped if:
?He or she it physically disabled
to the extent that he or she cannot
enter the voting booth; or so
physically disabled he or she cannot
mark a ballot.
? He or she is illiterate.
The voters eligible for assistance
must ask for assistance at the
polling place on the election day.
If the illiterate or physically
handicapped voter is refused help,
he or she is advised to call the
county elections office. 875-4526.
The elections law was looked up
for The News-Journal by Rose
Sturgeon, supervisor of Hoke
County elections, Thursday.
She also advised that no one is
too old to vote, though a person can
be too young to vote. The only age
restriction set by the state election
law is 18: a person must be M least
that age to be eligible to vote.
Mrs. Sturgeon was asked for this
information because a Hoke Coun
ty man hasn't voted in a number of
years because he thinks he's too
Housing Slated F or Nov. Start
Thirty Units Will Be First Under Jurisdiction
Of The Raeford Housing Authority
by Warren Johnston
After about 1 1 years, ground is
expected to be broken in the next
30 days on what will be Hoke
County's first subsidized housing
project to come under the auspices
of the Raeford Housing Authority.
Although the authority was
formed on March 11, 1971, a
30-unit project planned for North
Fulton Street will be the first
housing construction or manage
ment to be overseen by the group
since it was organized.
Various other projects have been
proposed during the 1 1 -year history
of the authority, however, because
of adverse public reaction and
other factors, plans for the units
have been scrapped or delayed.
Once the almost $1 million
Meadows project is completed, the
Raeford Authority will become one
of the unique groups in the state,
Chairman J. H. Blue said.
Under present arrangement, the
authority will manage units being
constructed in Hoke County, but
will not own them. Blue said,
adding that if the almost $6 million
in subsidized housing planned for
the county is constructed, it will
remain on the tax books.
"We will be the only housing
authority in North Carolina man
aging units, that doesn't own any,"
"It becomes an economic thing.
We can demand high quality units
and demand that they are main
tained," he added.
Because of federal cutbacks in
spending, it is no longer economi
cally feasible for low-income hous
ing developers to allow projects to
deteriorate. In the past, after a
project ran down, federal money
was available to fix them up, Blue
Now, lending agreements with
the Farmers Home Administration
(FmHA) and the federal Housing
and Urban Development Adminis
tration (HUD) restrict developers
and require that properties be
The authority will also be able to
screen tenants and make sure that
apartments are maintained, Rae
ford City Manager Ronald Mat
Matthews also serves as the
acting executive director of the
If the properties are not man
aged properly, the citizens will be
able to remedy the problem locally,
"We don't want the same thing
to happen to the units that we
manage that has happened to other
projects here," Blue said.
"People want a decent place to
live, and we're going to make sure
they have it," Blue added.
The Meadows, which are de
signed by a Chapel Hill architec
tural firm, will be IS duplex
buildings centered around a cul-de
sac, Project Developer John Loving
Loving and his partner Douglas
Brown, along wjth architect Pren
tice Lacy, met with Matthews and
representatives from FmHA here
Friday in a pre-construction con
The project site will be well
landscaped and each unit will have
its own yard, giving them the
appearance of a single-family
dwelling. Loving said.
Apartments will be rented to
persons based on their income.
Each tenant will pay about 30% of
his income toward rent, and the
balance will be paid under a HUD
program, Loving said.
All of the units will be designed
for families with a mix in the
project of two and three bedroom
Two apartments will be equipped
for the handicapped.
Construction is expected to begin
around November 1, and Loving
said he expects that units will begin
renting by early summer.
Although Brown and Loving are
the general contractors of the
project, local sub-contractors are
being hired and the project will
increase local jobs. Loving said.
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Stale Trooper Bill Bowden talking with Sylvia Edwards (seated) following Monday 's accident that sent her car at
right off U.S. 401 south of Raeford.
One Killed In Rash Of Accidents
A Hoke County woman was
injured fatally in a two-ear collision
about 4:10 p.m. October 5 on N.C.
20 about 1.1 miles east of Raeford.
A Hoke County High School
teacher, on his way home from his
class, was injured also but not
seriously enough to be admitted to
State Trooper R.V. Lee said the
woman was Mrs. Minnie Cain
McGregor, 63, of Rt. 1, Box 280.
The teacher is Ernest Daniel
McGougan, III, of Rt. 1, Box 251,
Mrs. McGregor was dead on
arrival at Cape Fear Valley Hos
pital in Fayetteville at 5:15 p.m.
Cumberland County Medical
Examiner Dr. Hal Henschen de
cided death was caused by "mul
tiple trauma" as the result of the
accident. A spokesman at his office
said the doctor found no need to
perform an autopsy as the cause of
death was evident.
Lee reported Mrs. McGregor was
driving a 1980 Chevrolet auto and
McGougan a 1979 Chevrolet van
when the collision occurred.
The funeral for Mrs. McGregor
were conducted Friday morning at
Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel by
the Rev. Donald Cooper. Burial
was in Raeford Cemetery.
Surviving are her son, Marion
Cole of Mansfield, O.; her
brothers, Hubert Cain of Charles
ton, S.C., and George Cain of
Fayetteville; her sisters, Mrs.
Rosella Adams of Wilmington, and
Mrs. Leola Harris and Mrs. Marie
Andrews of Fayetteville; and four
Two other Hoke County traffic
accidents injured four people.
Delton Smith Ivey of Rt. 3, Box
59, Raeford, was reported in stable
condition in Cape Fear Valley
Hospital in Fayetteville under treat
ment for a fracture of an arm and a
cut on the head. Ivey was injured
when his 1983 Ford pickup truck
overturned after being struck at
5:05 p.m. Sunday at the intersec
tion of Vass Road and U.S. 401 by
a 1973 F0rd, State Trooper Bill
Sylvia Edwards of 203 Reaves
St., Raeford, and Sonia L. Rush
ing, Phoenix City, Ala., were
injured when the cars they were
driving collided at 10 a.m. Monday
five miles south of Raeford on U.S.
401 south, Bowden reported. He
said both were released Monday
after being treated at hospitals --
Rushing at Cape Fear Valley, and
Edwards at Scotland County
In the Vass Road-401 collision,
he reported. Van Daryl Mcintosh
of Rt. 1, Box 466, Raeford, was
charged with driving under the
influence and failing to stop at a
He said Mcintosh drove past a
stop sign on Vass Road and into
401, his car colliding with the
truck. Ivey's truck was overturned
on the road by the impact. Mcin
tosh's car continued onward, run
ning into the parking lot of Park
Store and hitting a parked, newly
restored Mustang owned by Randy
McRae of Raeford.
Ivey's dog was killed in the
The Monday accident occurred
when Rushing's Toyota traveling
south struck the left side of
Edward's Chrysler which was fac
ing south and starting to turn east
onto a rural road. The impact sent
Rushing's car off the east side of
the road and Edwards's off the
"We think that the project is
going to be an asset to the
community." he added.
FmHA has been making efforts
daring the last several years to
increase the desireability of income
assistance projects, state architec
tural co-ordinator Payton Hollman
"We have increased architectu
ral fees in order to have creative
designs, so' we're not caught in a
low-income appearance," Hollman
"We don't want the stigma of a
low-income project. We want the
units built so they look like
apartments that anyone would
want to live in," he added.
The new approach by FmHA in
North Carolina may be one of the
factors that has contributed to the
state being first in the nation in
income subsidized housing.
During the last several years,
FmHA has gone from placing S17
* million in project loans per year to
over S53 million, Hollman said.
Sometime during the spring,
authority members will probably
begin hiring a fulltime manage
ment staff, Matthews said.
In addition to an executive
director, the authority will hire a
clerical person and someone to
handle maintenance duties, Mat
(See Subsidized pg. 14)
BY SAMC. MORRIS
The rain over the weekend
brought cooler weather to this area
the first of the week. As this is
being written Monday afternoon,
the temperature is in the low 70s
and I don't believe the sun has
broken through all day.
It is time for the cooler weather
and it makes one feel better this
time of year when the weather is
like it is today.
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Don't forget to mark October 22
on your calendar. That is the day
that the Hoke County Music
Booster Club will have their annual
feed at the Gibson Cafeteria. The
serving will start at five o'clock on
Friday afternoon. October 22 and
will continue until 8:30 that night.
This is for a good cause and
where else can you get a good meal
for S3. 50. Besides the food, you can
enjoy the fellowship of many of
your friends and more than likely
you will meet someone you haven't
seen before in Hoke County.
So go out that night and have a
(See Around Town pg. 10)
Smokey Bear helped Hoke
County Firemen celebrate Fire
Prevention Week. The News
Journal takes a look at last
week's activities on Page 1
Section 2 of today's edition.