Man drowns while swimming at Myrtle Beach

A man from Raeford reportedly drowned at Myrtle Beach this weekend while swimming in the ocean, according to officials. Roosevelt Robinson Jr., 33, was pulled out of the ocean at Myrtle Beach just before noon Sunday, according to an email from Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden. Authorities said rescuers took Robinson to a hospital, where he died. Officials ruled...

Men killed in double homicide

Two men were shot dead in Lumber Bridge last week, and investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office have identified a person of interest in connection with the case. Jarel Robinson, 20, and Anthony Davis, 19, both of Fayetteville were shot and killed Wednesday, June 22, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies responded just before 9 p.m. to the area...

Survey seeks to preserve Hoke’s historic sites

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A uniquely constructed tobacco barn, an old grist mill, a 19th-century house with original building materials – those are just a few of the types of historically notable buildings in Hoke County that an ongoing survey is seeking to preserve. The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office is sponsoring a two-year project, launched...

Hoke County Register of Deeds Hurst dies at 65

Hoke County Register of Deeds Camille Hurst died Friday at the age of 65, after serving the community in the elected position for nearly 10 years. Hurst had been Hoke’s Register of Deeds since 2013. She was chosen by the local Democratic Party to step in and serve out former Register of Deeds Onnie Dudley’s unexpired term after Dudley retired...

City of Raeford gets $846K for park improvements

The City of Raeford is getting an anticipated $846,000 grant which it will use to improve and expand Robbins Heights Park. Governor Roy Cooper announced the grant Tuesday as part of funding that 30 local governments in rural areas across the state will receive from the Rural Transformation Grant Fund, a new source of support for rural economic development projects...

Smoke in Raeford causes false alarms

There was plenty of smoke, but no actual fire – at least not in Raeford early Monday, when smoke from a large controlled burn out in the county caused several false alarms. Thick smoke blanketed Raeford and surrounding areas overnight Sunday into early Monday. The smoke prompted multiple 911 calls from people concerned that the Burlington Industries manufacturing plant might...

Learn to be a SkyWarn Spotter

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE will hold a presentation of the SkyWarn Spotter system June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Robert Wright Agriculture Building (645 E Palmer St). The presentation is sponsored by the Hoke County Fire and Rescue Association.

News-Journal owner named to ’40 under 40′

Jessica Hendrix Brown, who along with her husband Taylor Brown owns The News-Journal, was recently named one of the Fayetteville Observer’s “40 under 40” recognizing her as an influential young person in the Cape Fear region. Brown, 33, was born and raised in Raeford. She owns Brown Publishing which publishes The News-Journal, and writes a column and sports for the...

Sandhills Community College celebrates Juneteenth; fall semester, CCP classes approaching

Because Juneteenth (June 19) falls on a Sunday this year, Sandhills Community College will celebrate the holiday on Thursday, June 16. The public is invited to join students, staff, and faculty from 3-6 pm on the patio and lawn at Dempsey Student Center in Pinehurst. A few of the happenings will be the performance of The Negro National Anthem, ushering...

Raeford Animal Hospital opens under new owners

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • There isn’t a convenient “add to cart” option on Amazon to buy everything needed to equip a veterinary hospital when starting from scratch, but Dr. Caroline Lea Tyndall and her husband, practice manager Jared Tyndall, have made it work. For the past six months, the new owners of Raeford Animal Hospital have been...

Hoke High awards 357 diplomas to Class of 2022

Hoke High awards 357 diplomas to Class of 2022

[Photo: Students arrive for the graduation ceremony. (Contributed photo)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • For the past two years, Hoke County students have dealt with hardship and heartbreak, disappointment and disruption. When it came time last week for the Hoke High Bucks Class of 2022 to celebrate their achievements, the weather threw one last problem their way –...

Juneteenth celebrations coming up

Several community organizations will hold events this month to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. Community Outreach Advocates will host a cookout to mark Bucktown Juneteenth Sunday, June 19 at Robbin Heights Park. The event will feature live music, giveaways, food and drinks, and fun games. The event will run from 4 p.m.-until. The park is located at East Seventh Avenue in...

Budget workshops: schools seek funding, summer camp returns

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Parks and Recreation will bring back its summer camp programs after apparently working out a plan with Hoke County Schools to once again use the school system’s facilities to host the camp. When Hoke County Commissioners met last month with department leaders to hear budget presentations, several commissioners spoke strongly in...

Hoke Fest returns June 3-12

Hoke Fest returns June 3-12

Carnival rides, food and games are coming to Hoke County this week as part of the 11th annual Hoke Fest. Hoke Fest returns this June 3-12 at East Hoke Middle School on Fayetteville Road. Michael’s Amusements is back for 2022 to provide the midway activities and rides. This year Lumbee River EMC, Skydive Paraclete XP, Fit4Life Raeford and AOK Sanitations...

Republicans to face incumbents in November

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • County commission incumbent Democrats Tony Hunt, Harry Southerland and Allen Thomas will go on to face Republican candidates Johnny Boyles, David Frump and Christopher Holland in the November election. Voters in Hoke County put Hunt, Southerland and Thomas through the primary election Tuesday over candidates Carlton Barber and Lent Carr. Republican voters in...

County plans to cut property taxes in budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners plans to cut property taxes from 75 to 73 cents per $100 valuation as part of the county manager’s recommended budget. County manager Letitia Edens presented a draft of the budget to the board members Monday night, sketching out in broad terms where taxpayer money will go...

Man brought gun on middle school campus in his car, sheriff’s office says

Hoke County deputies arrested a man Tuesday afternoon for reportedly bringing a gun onto a middle school campus in his vehicle. Investigators arrested Andre Lamont Grayman, no address given, on charges of possession of a firearm on a school campus and child abuse, the sheriff’s office said in a press release posted on Facebook. Deputies responded to a report of...

Early voting ends Saturday, primary election is Tuesday, May 17

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Early voting continues this week and ends Saturday, with the partisan primary election set for Tuesday, May 17. As of Monday this week, a total of 1,499 people had cast a ballot during the one-stop early voting period, according to Hoke Elections Director Chassidy Chavis. There are two polling places open to serve...

Avery’s Chapel Church gets ‘Hunger Hero’ award

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina presented Avery’s Chapel Church with the Hunger Hero Award for distributing nearly half a million pounds of food to the community in 2021. Avery’s Chapel distributed a total of 491,393 pounds of food last year, the award stated. The church established its food pantry more than 20 years ago, and ever...

Hoke High Drone team sweeps competition

Hoke High Drone team sweeps competition

Hoke High School’s Drone team swept the statewide SkillsUSA piloting competition April 27-29. Team members walked away with gold, silver, bronze, fourth and fifth places in the competition. Class instructor and coach Mario Malabunga took nine students to the competition. Winning gold was Nathan Aponte; silver, Shakel Rodriguez Ramos; bronze, Jonah Olsen; fourth place, Alexande Roman-Hernande; and fifth, Triston Guzman....

Daycare worker arrested on child abuse charges

Raeford police have arrested a staff member at First Baptist Christian Academy in Raeford on allegations that she abused a child. Investigators arrested Teisa Harris, 29, on two counts of child abuse and one count of assault on a child under 12 years of age. Police said Harris was accused of allegedly grabbing two children and lifting them off the...

Hoke County Schools gets $30 million grant in needs-based school construction funding

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Schools will receive $30 million in grant funding from the state for its high school construction plans, the North Carolina Department of Public Education announced Tuesday. That’s on top of the $10 million the school district already received from a prior funding cycle, coming out to a total of $40 million...

Early voting for May primary starts Thursday

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The one-stop early voting period for the 2022 statewide partisan primary election in North Carolina begins this Thursday, April 28, in an election season that has 10 people signed up to vie for one of three seats on the county commission. The offices of Hoke County Sheriff and Clerk of Court, three seats...

Reentry Council events help with jobs, expungement

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Bernice McPhatter and Shamell Peterkin of the Hoke County Reentry Council know the Council’s work can change lives, and last week they got to see evidence of it in action. A former convicted felon and Reentry Council client stopped by an event to update them on how far he’s come. “When he came...