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renovated in the near future for the
Once the sheriff's department
has completed its move this week
into the Courthouse Annex, pro
viding jail space for the medical
unit will be considered, Barrington
said in the report.
"They are the same re
quirements we have always been
out of compliance with," County
Manager James Martin said.
"I am satisfied with the jail con
ditions. I think we have as good a
situation as any others," Barring
In further county business,
Emergency Medical Services Direc
tor Bill Niven was appointed to
serve as county Compliance Coor
dinator in conjuction with the Of
fice of Revenue Sharing.
The job requires Niven to in
spect all county buildings to make
sure they are accessible to the han
In addition, Niven will be the
"contact person" for any services
that might be available for han
The new requirements are part
of the Office of Revenue Sharings
Handicapped Regulations that are
to be adopted during the beginning
"I think we are pretty much in
compliance already," Martin told
"The jail may not be accessible
to handicapped individuals," Mar
Niven and the commissioners
have "between 18 months to three
years" to get all the county
buildings into compliance, accord
ing to Martin.
Commissioners also approved
mileage corrections for six county
"We are just trying to get the
county map up to date. This will
not affect the maintenance of the
roads at all," a Department of
Transportation spokesman told
"We will continue to do the
same as we are doing now," he ad
In addition, the commissioners
allowed the DOT to abandon a
portion of State Road 1240 that
has not been maintained by the
highway department since 1971.
Commissioners also forwarded a
request by 12 residents to add
White Oak, Hickory and
Dogwood Streets to the state's
In other matters, the county
board accepted the resignation of
Raeford attorney Phil Diehl, who
had served 10 years on the Sand
hills Mental Health Board.
"I regret his resignation. He has
done a fine job for the past 10
years," County Commission
Chairman John Balfour said.
Jimmy Wood was given
unanimous approval to fill Diehl's
unexpired term on the Sandhills
"I think he will do a good job
for us," Commissioner Wyatt Up
In other business, five new
members were appointed to the
County Health Board.
Registered Nurse (RN) Flora
Alice Crowder, RN and Hoke
County Board of Education
member Ruth McNair, Op
tometrist Dr. John Southerland,
Dentist Dr. Larry Bullard and
Henry Dial were unanimously ap
proved as new board members by
The commissioners also ap
pointed James R. Conoly to serve
another three-year term on the
Paul Barnes, Eddie T. Brock
Jr., Mamie Bundy, Helen Frazier
and Jesse Wheeler were also re
appointed to serve staggered terms
on the Rockfish Community
Building Board of Trustees.
The county board also approved
$957 to be added to the Depart
ment of Social Services (DSS)
The additional funds will go
toward providing Chore Services
to the elderly!
Commissioners also signed
another contract agreement with
the North Carolina Department of
Agriculture, which will allow DSS
to receive butter, cheese and other
commodities until September
1985, according to DSS Director
Witherspoon also told commis
sioners that his department would
be distributing butter, cheese,
honey and corn meal February 9
"We will continue to give these
things to people on food stamps or
receiving AFDC benefits, unless
my board changes it before that
time," Witherspoon said.
Weather In 1983 Was Filled With Extremes
By Sherry Matthews
Hoke County had a "year of ex
tremes" weather-wise, local Na
tional Weather Service Observer
Robert Gatlin said Tuesday.
"We had a year that went from
one extreme to another," Gatlin
During 1983, Gatlin said, Hoke
had the hottest day and the coldest
day that he had ever recorded.
According to Gatlin
temperatures soared to 1 10? on
August 22 making it the hottest
day of the year.
"That is the hottest day that 1
have ever recorded and the hottest
that old natives remember,"
In addition, Gatlin said that he
recorded an average temperature
in the Hoke area at 97? for a 30 to
40 day period between July and
The government of Hoke County has submitted its
report to the Census Bureau on the actual uses of
general revenue sharing funds for fiscal year June
30, 1983. A copy of the report and supporting data
are available on weekdays at the Pratt Building
during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for public
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Christmas Day provided the
coldest temperatures for the Hoke
area this year, dropping to 4? dur
ing the early morning hours.
Like the hot summer
temperatures, Gatlin said
Christmas Day was the coldest he
had ever recorded.
"Again, it is the coldest day
most natives can remember,"
"This is the wettest year we have
had for the past four years,"
The December rainfall, nearly 8
inches, rounded out the year's
total to 49 inches.
"That rainfall put us within our
normal range. It is the first time in
four years that we have had a nor
mal amount of rainfall," Gatlin
"I would say that this year has
been very unusual for this
county," Gatlin said.
Trying to control inferno
North Raeford and Antioch firefighters attempt to
bring the smoldering blaze under control during the
f-riday morning fire that swept through the home of
Rosa Locklear. (Photo by Pam Frederick)
Pot Investigation Continues
No new leads have been un
covered in the month-old probe in
to the ownership of a marijuana
laden airplane, which was con
fiscated at the Raeford Airport, in
vestigating officers said Monday.
"We are continuing our in
vestigation and following up all
leads," Hoke Deputy Sheriff Ed
Harris would not comment on
any further leads which may have
been discovered from an "out-of
state" probe that the sheriff's
department and State Bureau of
Investigation (SB1) agents have
Harris also refused to comment
on any other leads that had come
up in the investigation.
Although Harris remained
mum, Senior SBI agent Frank
Johnson admitted that authorities
had "some leads."
"We have got plenty of leads to
follow in this case. We are not just
sitting around," Johnson said.
Johnson was vague Tuesday on
when or if an arrest was planned
for the near future.
"I think our leads will take us
somewhere," Johnson said.
The month old probe began
after U.S. Customs Service In
vestigators spotted the Piper-Aztec
plane off the coast of Florida.
That same plane had been under
local surveillance nearly three
months earlier, according to Hoke
Sheriff Dave Barrington.
Local authorities lost track of
the plane for nearly three months,
but picked it up again near Laurin
burg, three days before it touched
down in Raeford.
Sheriff's deputies received a call
from Customs officers Saturday,
November 28 around 8 p.m.
According to Barringion,
Customs agents had trailed the
plane from Florida with a jet and a
helicopter but both had to stop and
refuel just short of Raeford.
"That is when we were called
in," Barrington said earlier.
When Hoke detectives arrived,
along with SB1 agents, the plane's
occupants had fled the scene.
Officers searched the rural air
port but found nothing, Harris
Although the pilot was not
located, officers confiscated the
plane and its contents.
Aboard the plane were 982 com
pressed bales of marijuana
estimated to be worth nearly
"We are still looking into
everything," Harris said.
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Ron Matthews has moved to
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