Three big road projects for Hoke in state draft plan

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The most recent draft of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) includes three big roadwork projects slated for Hoke County. The draft 2024-2033 STIP map and plan released Monday is not final, but gave clues as to where those projects are on what could become the state agency’s...

N.C. felons can register and vote after release

The Hoke County Reentry Council and Community Corrections Administration wants people with felony convictions who are not currently incarcerated to know that under a current court decision, they are eligible to register and vote in elections. Previously under state law and the state constitution, people serving felony sentences including any period of probation, parole or post release supervision could not...

Grant helps plan for industrial park’s future

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A $262,000 grant will help Hoke County pay for engineering plans to run county utilities to the industrial park in Dundarrach. Hoke County Economic Development Director Will Wright announced the grant to county commissioners at the board meeting Monday night. A contract for the funding is pending, and expected to come before commissioners...

Tickets on sale for Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook dinner

The Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce will once again host the Raeford-Hoke Economic Outlook Dinner, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18. Tickets are now on sale for $10 per person and can be purchased at the Chamber office, located at 101 North Main Street, or from Chamber of Commerce directors. The dinner will be held this year at the Robert...

Community talks education funding, Leandro court case

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • “What would 60 more teacher assistants look like in Hoke County? What would 10 more community school coordinators look like? How about more nurses, counselors and social workers? I’m not talking about next door. I’m talking about here in Hoke County,” Jackie Mclean asked the few dozen people gathered in Turlington auditorium. Or,...

Investigation in progress after man found dead

The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a man’s death, but has not announced whether law enforcement believes foul play was involved. The department notified the community about the investigation Sunday, July 24. Just before 11 a.m. that day, Hoke County Sheriff’s Office deputies and other emergency personnel responded to a call on the 100 block of Franklin Road in...

Back to School Bash is Aug. 21

Local Hoke County students will participate in a backpack giveaway, complimentary food and family fun at a Back to School Bash event sponsored by Hoke County entrepreneur and local community sponsor, Morreal Murchison. Hosted by Country Boy Enterprises of Fayetteville, LLC and sponsored by various small businesses in the community, the ninth annual event is scheduled for 2 p.m. August...

10 vie for 3 seats on school board

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • By the time the filing period closed Friday at noon, 10 people had filed to seek election to three available seats on the Hoke County Board of Education. The candidates who filed to run are Catherine Blue, Deltarina Carr, Ruben Castellon, Tony Cunningham Sr., Tonika Dunbar, John Harry, Micheaux Hollingsworth, Christopher Leach, Della...

Health department gets grant for suicide prevention

The Hoke County Health Department recently received a grant to create a suicide prevention program. The U. S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States.  According to the 2020 State of the County Health Report, suicide is one of the top 10 leading causes of death. The program at...

Local 4-H-er wins national award

Local 4-H-er wins national award

A member of the local Hot Shots Shooting Club received one of two national scholarships at the recent 4-H Shooting Sports Invitation in Grand Island, Nebraska. Faith Newton was one of two to receive the 9th annual Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarship. The national event brought together nearly 700 competitors from 39 states to participate in a multitude of shooting sports...

Up to 600 homes planned for ‘New Westgate’ subdivision in Rockfish

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A subdivision that could have up to 600 new houses, built in phases over time, is in the works for the Rockfish area. The Hoke County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday night approved a preliminary plat request for the first of what was proposed as multiple phases of development for a subdivision called...

Five file for school board run

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • In the first two days of the open filing period, five people filed to run for a seat on the Hoke County Board of Education. Filing for the nonpartisan school board race opened Friday, July 1 at noon. Three candidates got a quick start on the first day of filing as they completed...

Parks and Rec plans first back-to-school event, set for Aug. 20 at county sports complex

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A school supplies giveaway, bouncy houses and information on applying for college financial aid will be just a few of the offerings at the first Hoke County Parks and Recreation back-to-school event, set for August. The event will have something for school youth of all ages, from elementary to high school, Parks and...

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 –...