The Hoke County News - Established 1928 The Hoke County Journal - Established 1905
Volume LXXV Number 18 RAEFORD, HOKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA $10 PER YEAR 25 CENTS Thursday, August 25, 1983
? Three Mobile Home Fires
Ravage County On Friday
By Sherry Matthews
Local firemen braved 100 degree
temperatures Friday to fight a rash
of mobile homes fires that spread
through the county, destroying
two dwellings and partially leveling
Although no one was injured in
the blaz^, at least two families
were supposed to be at home when
the fires broke out.
The first mobile home, which
was owned by Mrs. Emma J.
McNair and located on Lake
Elizabeth Road, apparently caught
on fire around 10 a.m Friday. The
flames had almost destroyed the
structure when firemen arrived on
"When we got there, the trailer
was already half consumed with
fire," North Raeford Fire Chief
Johnny Baker said.
Baker also said that he and other
firemen thought a woman and
children were in the dwelling.
"When we got there, we were
told that an older lady and some
children were supposed to be in the
trailer," Baker said.
"It really had us worried,"
"We searched throughout the
remains of the trailer but could not
find anyone," Baker added.
"We found out later that the
woman had taken the kids and
gone into town," Baker said.
The fire apparently started
shortly after they left," the
According to Baker, the blaze
appeared to have started around
the stove area.
"It is very possible that a burner
was left on, but we can't be sure,"
Less than two hours after
firemen had the Lake Elizabeth
fire under control, a second mobile
home was demolished by an "un
According to Antioch Fire Chief
William Gregory, firemen were
alerted to a trailer fire in the An
tioch area around 1 p.m. Friday.
The second mobile home, owned
by B. Rose Henderson, was also
consumed by the blaze when
"The trailer was demolished,"
According to Gregory, firemen
at the scene also thought someone
could have been inside the second
trailer when the blaze started.
"People were supposed to be in
the trailer, but they had just left.
They were lucky," Gregory said.
Gregory said it was too early to
tell what started the blaze.
"I'm not sure where the fire
started, but it only took a few
minutes to completely wipe out the
trailer," Gregory said.
"Trailers are highly combusti
ble," Gregory added.
In addition to the daytime
blazes, a third trailer fire was
reported in the Antioch area
around 10 p.m. Friday.
"We were called to the Rev.
David Hunt's trailer around 10:10
p.m," Gregory said.
"The back bedroom, bathroom
and kitchen were already engulfed
in flames when we arrived .but we
were able to save about half of the
trailer," Gregory said.
"No one was home, so no one
was injured in the blaze," Gregory
Gregory said that the cause of
the fire was still "unknown."
"We aren't sure what started the
blaze. We would have to conduct a
full investigation before that could
be determined," Gregory added.
A fourth fire, that swept
through a house in the Hillcrest
area, was reported early Saturday
Efforts to reach the Hillcrest fire
chief for details on the fire were
Taking a breather
This Antioch fireman took a break Friday afternoon during a blaze that destroyed a mobile home, local firemen
not only faced the heat of three mobile home fires during the day, but also braved plus 100-degree temperatures.
State Tests For Toxic
By Sherry Matthews
Early testing for hazardous
residue' in the soil oF three Ashley
Heights dump sites have proved
"inconclusive" according to Hoke
County Health Director Lloyd
Soil samples, which were taken
August 9 by state officials from the
North Carolina Department of
Human Resources (DHR) Solid
and Hazardous Waste Branch,
have proved to be a "little confus
ing," Home said.
"We were getting high and low
By Sam Morris
If 1 didn't write about the
weather this week then this column
wouldn't appear. The writer has
been staying out of the hot weather
for the past few days in an air con
^ ditioned house. Saturday, Sunday
and Monday were as hot as I can
remember. The thermometer was
107 degrees Saturday, 110 degrees
Sunday and as this is being written
the thermometer is over 105
degrees. This section of the state
was the hottest place in the United
States Sunday. What have we done
to deserve this kind of weather?
According to Robert Gatlin,
) who reports data for the National
Weather Service for Hoke County,
we had some hot days in July and
also the first few days of August.
His charts show that from July 14
until August 13, 31 days, the
average high temperature was 96
degrees. This included 1 1 days, Ju
ly 14 until July 24 of an average
high of 101.7 degrees. In those II
days the high was 104 degrees and
} the low was 100 degrees.
In the first nine days of August
we had no rain, but then in the
next two days we had 1.55 inches.
This is not enough rain to do any
good with the hot weather.
On August 14, 15 and 16 the
temperature was in the 80s and low
90s during the day and on those
nights the thermometer dropped
into the 50s..
According to the forecast for the
remainder of the week, we should
have readings in the middle 90s for
the days. This should feel like fall
weather after the days we have had
over the weekend.
Thanks to Robert Gatlin for
supplying these figures so that they
could be published.
? ? ?
Don't forget that the school
children will be out waiting for the
(See AROUND, page 7A)
level readings all over the place,"
According to the health director,
results showed high levels of lead
leaching into the soil in some
areps, yet low levels of extractable
leads were calculated.
In other areas low levels of lead
in the soil were found with high
readings of extractable metals.
"It's all a little strange," Home
Home said that DHR officials
would be back this week to run ad
ditional soil tests on the property
used for a transformer and battery
dismantling operation by
Goldsboro businessman Woody
Test results from Grainger Labs
of Raleigh, who were privately
contracted by Wilson as part of an
agreement with state officials, had
not been released at press time.
According to the health director,
DHR officials will be re-testing
one area of the Wilson property
where a transformer and battery
dismantling operation were con
"Additional tests will probably
be run on the hot spots where high
readings were found," Home said.
According to Home, the addi
tional tests will determine the
magnitude of the area sampled.
"They are going to determine
the width, depth and length of the
spot;" Home said.
These additional test will help
state and local officials determine
whether Wilson will have to
"remove some of the soil."
"It is possible that he may have
End of another hot Hoke County day
Temperatures reported in Fayetteville made this area the hottest spot in the nation over the weekend. While
Fayetteville was reporting a national high of 106 degrees on Saturday, local weather prognosticator Robert
Gatlin recorded a Hoke County high of 109?. Sunday was no better as the thermometer soared over 110?.
Here the sun sinks over a fallow Shannon area field to bring an end to a sizzling day.
Man Sentenced For Police Assault
By Sherry Matthews
A Racford man, arrested and
charged with three counts of
assaulting a police officer in June,
was jailed Friday after being found
guilty of those charges in district
Stephen LeGrande of Raeford,
who was shot in the shoulder dur
ing an alleyway struggle with
Raeford Police, was given a six
month active sentence by Hoke
County District Court Judge
Joseph Dupree last week.
The June 10 assaults and
shooting left LeGrande and two
police officers injured.
Raeford patrolman Richard
McNeill and Sergeant Jack Mar
tino both received minor injuries
during the alleyway struggle and a
chase up a flight of stairs.
LeGrande was wounded after
the gun Martino was carrying dur
ing the chase went off, lodging a
bullet in the defendant's shoulder.
The shooting and assault in
cidents occurred after the two
policemen had been dispatched to
Jack's Video Village on Main
Street where a man was reportedly
"passed out" on the sidewalk.
LeGrande, who was apparently
related to the man on the sidewalk,
reportedly verbally abused the of
(See MAN, page 2A)
to do some clean up out there,"
After soil samples are taken and
the clean-up operation is com
pleted, officials from the North
Carolina Department of Natural
Resources and Community
Development (NRCD) will take
samples to determine the amount
of Polycholorinated Biphenyls
(PCB) that may still be in the soil.
"Once DHR completes their
tests, and Wilson has cleaned up
the site, we will be ready to take
composite samples and do a PCB
analysis of the area," NRCD En
vironmental Engineer Tommy
According to Stephens. NRCD
officials don't plan to run any test
until the lead sampling is com
In addition to all the soil results,
Hoke Health officials are continu
ing to get some elevated lead levels
in the blood of Ashley Heights
According to Home, one
unidentified employee, who work
(See PCB. page 13 A)
Opens For Class
By Warren Johnston
Fourteen local students are set to
begin classes Friday in the newly
organized Cherokee Indian Chris
tian Mission School of Hoke
All of the students, who range in
age from kindergarten through the
eighth grade, have been removed
from the county's public schools
and enrolled in the Mission
School, Principal and Head
Teacher Rev. Douglas Maynor
said, noting that the new facility
will give Cherokee children the
educational attention they need.
"We're setting up the school
because we don't agree with the
way our children have been
educated. They have been pushed
aside and haven't received the at
tention they need," Maynor said.
Maynor is the only paid staff
member. He was appointed prin
cipal of the school on July 19, ac
cording to a press release signed by
Rev. Edgar Bryant, Superinten
The new principal said last week
that he does not have a college
degree and is not certified to teach
under state public education stan
"I think that 1 am qualified
because 1 have worked with pre
school children and taught an
adult education class," Maynor
The school is going to use the
highest quality text books and will
make an effort in the future to
become accredited, the mission
school principal said.
Under North Carolina law,
which was passed by the General
Assembly in 1979, teachers in
private schools do not have to be
certified, state Office of Non
public Education Director Calvin
Those wishing to establish a
private school are asked to fill out
a voluntary report form which
outlines testing programs and
notes that the facility has met fire
and safety standards, Criner said.
"They really don't even have to
do that, and many of them don't,"
North Carolina has approx
imately 415 private schools and
about 53<ro arc directly affiliated
with some form of religion.
There are about 59,200 students
enrolled in private schools in the
All of the schools are overseen
(See MISSION, page 13A)
In a three part series, we are
taking a look at the problems
facing downtown Raeford and
efforts to revitalize the area.
The first part of the series ap
pears in today's News-Journal
on page l-R.