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The Hoke County News - Established 1928
VOLUME LXXIV NUMBER 29 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
$8 PER YEAR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1982
GOOD WEATHER - Golfers participating in the Kiwanis Golf Tournament at Arubia Golf Course this weekend
enjoyed good weather and even some low scores. Turn to Page 9 Section I for details of the play.
Y oufh Killed In One-Car Accident *
Rodney Karl Lyle, 20, of Rt. 4.
^ Raetord, was killed about 11:30
? a.m. Friday six miles east of
Raeford in a one-car accident.
State Highway Patrolman K.W.
Lyle lost control of his auto while
driving at high speed on SR 1409
and the vehicle overturned, the
The car left tire marks for 519
feet, then went 124 feet more while
overturning, he added.
Dr. Ramnik Zota. a Hoke Coun
ty medical examiner, pronounced
It was the second fatal accident
in less than a month in Hoke
County. A 16-year-old youth died
of complications caused by injuries
suffered October 16 when his
bicycle was struck by a car on
Lyle's father, Russell K. Lyle.
^ Sr., 51, died October 13 of natural
Rodney Lyles is survived by his
mother, his brothers, Russell and
Ronald Lyle of Raeford; his sister,
by Smi Harris
The weather was cold over the
weekend and a big frost was on the
ground Sunday and Monday morn
ings. The forecast is for warmer
weather for the remainder of the
? * *
The Bethel Ingathering last
Thursday was attended by many
(See AROUND TOWN, page 7)
Demos Nominate 3
Hoke County Democratic
Party members nominated an
incumbent and two others
Tuesday night to fill the
County Commission seat va
cated by newly elected state
Rep. Dftniel H. DeVane.
During ? caucus Tuesday,
Commission member Mabel
Riley, along with former Com
mission candidate Tom Hpwell
and Raeford businessman
Wyatt Upchurch were nomi
nated to fill DeVane's un
expired term. Riley lost a bid
for re-election in July.
Wreckage of the car Rodney Lvle was driving when it ran off the road
Friday. Lyle was killed after being thrown from the vehicle.
Mrs. Sharon Laundry of Tacoma. A Memorial Service was held
Wash.; and his grandmother, Mrs., Sunday afternoon in Northwood
Ollie Cribb of Red Springs. Temple Church.
Planes parked at Raeford Airport.
Airport Future Eyed
A formal recommendation on the
future of the Raeford Municipal
Airport will be made prior to July 1,
a spokesman for the committee
studying the facility said last week.
The "Blue Ribbon" committee,
whose members were chosen by the
Raeford City Council, Hoke County
Commission and Hoke County
Chamber of Commerce, was set up
to develop a plan for making the
airport serve the greatest number of
people, the group's Chairman Tom
Cameron was tapped as the
chairman during a meeting of the
committee last Thursday night.
"We want to make the public
aware of the potential of the
airport," Cameron said.
The dty is currently operating
(See AIRPORT, page 7)
It City Resets Deadline
I For Sewer Compliance
Following a 45-minule executive
session, members of the Raeford
City Council, agreed unanimously
Monday night to'extend the com
pliance deadlines 10 January I lor
industries not meeting sewage
The move will give a reprieve
from a November 1 deadline to
two local industries that have not
brought discharges into com
pliance with federal, state or local
As a result, fines, which could
amount to $10,000 per day assess
ed Irom July, could be a\oided by
The problem with compliance at
I aberge is a minor one and should
be corrected within the next 30
days, City Manager Ronald Mat
Effluent from Faberge amounts
to only l?7o of the total waste
handled by the city, and the firm is
spending a great deal to correct the
problem, Matthews said.
A more serious problem exists at
the House of Raeford, which
dumps about 700,000 to 800,000
gallons of effluent into the city
system per day.
The turkey plant is also working
to bring their discharge into line,
Raeford officials had been
working with the November 1
deadline to coincide with one im
posed on the city by the state
Department of Human Resources
and Community Development.
However, state officials eased
their deadline last week, but have
said that the city's discharge into
Rockftsh Creek should be within
mandated guidelines by the end of
If the state decides to fine the
city prior to January I, then those
fees will be passed on to the non
complying industries, Matthews
Raeford and Hoke County are
under a sewer moratorium from
the state and have been restricted
from seeking new industries to
locale here that need sewage treat
Since a major requirement for
most industries locating in the state
is sewage treatment, efforts to find
new firms for Hoke County have
been slowed by the moratorium.
Gentry: Dog Pound Is OK
Conditions at the joint city-coun
ty dog pound iook "good", and
there is no need to make major
improvements to the facility, a
member of the Racford City Coun
cil said Monday night.
"They've got concrete floors,
which are hosed down regularly.
They have roofs over the pens and
they are fed regularly," Council
man Robert Gentry said.
The pens that Gentry keeps his
own dogs in are worse than the ones
at the pound, he said, noting that
he did not believe spending S27.500
to replace the county facility was
"I think we should hold an open
house at the dog pound so all the
citizens can see it," Gentry sug
Gentry and other council mem
bers said they had received tele
phone calls from residents about
the condition of the pound.
"I told them that we had plenty
of dogs for them to adopt." Gentry
Conditions at the pound have
been cited by county health officials
as being inhumane. City Manager
Ronald Matthews said.
Matthews said he had suggested
to county officials that the facility
be moved to the landfull and a new
The new pound would also
include a waiting room and office
which could be used by both
operations, the city manager said.
Restrooms could also be in
cluded in the new building. Mat
"What for. the dogs." Gentry
County Health Officer Lloyd
Home has objected to the condi
tions at the present pound. Mat
"From the humane stand point,
it leaves a lot to be desired."
County health officials probably
want the pound heated and air
conditioned, Councilman Graham
Health officials and others have
said earlier that during cold
weather, animals in the pound
often freeze to death.
Small animals in the pound have
also been partially eaten or killed
by rats. The News-Journal has been
In winter or wet weather the road
to the pound becomes impassable
and during cold weather water
often has to be hauled in by hand to
the animals after water lines freeze.
The poor road conditions also
make it difficult for residents who
might want to adopt an animal,
officials have said.
During 1981, over 2,000 animals
were either exterminated or died at
the county pound. Only about 300
In a November 1 meeting, mem
bers of the Hoke County Commis
sion voted to winterize the facility
to protect the animals and agreed
to look at the feasibility of building
a new pound.
In other business, state highway
officials gave little hope of install
ing traffic restrictions around the
new Raeford-Hoke Shopping
Center to ease the danger of an
accident, Matthews said.
Matthews, along with Raeford
Police Chief Leonard Wiggins, met
with the state highway officials in
an effort to get caution lights or left
turn lanes or a speed limit reduc
tion on U.S. Highway 401 Bypass
prior to the opening of the center.
The meeting was arranged after
several council members expressed
concern over the hazard imposed
by the increased traffic going to the
Highway officials are studying
the situation, but Matthews said
they left little hope any action
would be taken.
Other Moves Considered
In still further business, the
council took action on these other
matters during the regular monthly
--Received for information a
report noting that the city netted
over SI ,800 from its sale of surplus
material which was held in Octo
--Decided after an executive
session to allow City Attorney
Palmer Willcox to continue nego
tiations with two residents over the
drilling of additional wells. A
nearby city well is draining the
surrounding private wells oelong
ing to the residents, and city
officials are attempting to correct
--Received for information a
report that the county retain its
present operation hours until Day
light Savings Time is reinstated in
the spring. Then, the hours would
be increased 30 minutes in the
morning and 30 minutes at night.
--Received for information an
audit of the 1981-82 fiscal opera
tion of the city. The report was
favorable and did not show a major
need for improvement, auditor J.
Frank Baker said.
-Voted unanimously to approve
the reappointment of Leonard
Miller to the Raeford Housing
- Voted unanimously to accept a
lot valued at $1,600 which was
given to the city by former resident
George Bethune. The lot adjoins
McLaughlin Park and could be
used for a picnic area, Matthews
Man Freed Of Rape Charges
A Fayetteville man has been
freed of a charge of first-degree
rape because the prosecutor was
shown evidence that the defendant
was at a hospital about the time the
rape allegedly occurred.
Assistant District Attorney Jean
Powell rook a voluntary dismissal of
the charge against Robert Earl
Middleton, 33, in the October 25
term of Hoke County Superior'
Middleton, however, was turned
over to Moore County authorities
and was in custody last week on a
charge of committing a break-in
seven years ago.
Middleton was arrested July 29
in Cumberland County on a charge
of raping a 15-year-old girl the
morning of June 30 in woods near
At the time, he told investigating
officers that he didn't commit the
crime, and he could prove where he
was at the time it was committed.
Middleton was charged after the
victim picked him out of a lineup.
Obtaining evidence to back up
Middleton's statement, however,
took from the time of his arrest to
the week of the October court term.
The evidence showed that
Middleton was checking into an
out-patient clinic at the Veterans
Administration Hospital in Fay
etteville within five minutes of the
(See M AN FREKD, pape 7)
Hearings Rescheduled For Guardsmen
Hearings on charges against two
National Guard sergeants stationed
here were continued last week to
December 3 in Hoke County Dis
Sgt. First Class Richard Alfred
Wolf, 32, of Rt. 3, Raeford, is
charged in three warrants with
misapplying a total of $1,037 in
state funds and Staff Sgt. Franklin
C. Brown, 40, of Rt. 3, Lumberton,
is charged in one warrant with
misuse of S540 in state money.
Both men are free on bond for
appearances at the preliminary
hearings. Wolf is under $10,000
bond on each of the warrants, and
Brown under $10,000 on the one
warrant served on him.
The warrants accuse the men of
missapplying the funds on various
Officially, the charge is mis
applying state property.
Both are still on fulltime duty at
the Raeford armory with Head
quarters and Headquarters Com
pany, Second Battalion, 252nd
Armor, according to a spokesman.
Efforts are being made to
keep Hoke High students in
school. Bill Lindau takes a look
at the progress on page one of