Month: <span>February 2020</span>

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Letter: Commissioners never wanted animal ordinance

To the Editor: Hoke County Commissioners never wanted a revised Animal Control Ordinance. After years of ignoring requests from the public for a new ordinance, Commissioners, in 2019, finally requested volunteers to serve on an ACO review committee; 18 people signed up; all 18 were appointed to the Committee. They were given no guidance, except...

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Letter: Supports Hardin, Bibey

To the Editor: The most highly contested race on the Republican ballot is the District 29 DA race between Mike Hardin and Arthur Donadio.  The discerning will vote Hardin.   Hardin has 23 years of “prosecutorial” experience, not some prosecutorial experience and much courtroom experience. Heavy prosecutorial experience is imperative for a D.A.  Hardin has...

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Several things to talk about • (Huff)

I like to keep one or two columns ahead of the News-Journal deadlines, which come every Monday for me. I have found myself in situations where I needed a column and did not have time to really think about a decent topic. As you have seen, I have written columns without a decent topic, but...

’Angel of Five Points’ daily picks up others’ trash
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’Angel of Five Points’ daily picks up others’ trash

By Ken MacDonald •  Miss Diane, as she’s known in the Five Points area, is equipped with a trash grabber, a bag, and a cheerful attitude as she travels Calloway Road, keeping it clean. She emanates good vibes for all her neighbors and travelers—except one, a person she would like to smack. “Oh I would...

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Sun Path merges with California company

Parachuting products manufacturer Sun Path has merged with Rigging Innovations of Perris, California and plans to start making RI products at its location in Raeford. The companies announced the merger Friday at the First Regular PIA Meeting hosted in Myrtle Beach. The business operations will unify as one company and operate under the Sun Path...

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County disbands animal control committee, citing lack of participation

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Hoke County last week disbanded a committee of volunteers tasked with examining the animal control ordinance and suggesting improvements. The county cited a lack of participation from the volunteers.  Many of the committee members had stopped attending meetings, according to the committee chairwoman. Committee Chairwoman Ellen Bradford announced...

Browsing the Files
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Browsing the Files

The Rev. Preston Jones, the first University chaplain for black students at UNC-Chapel Hill. (March 1, 1973) Hollingsworth Barber Shop captured the Raeford City Basketball trophy. Pictured are Marion Hollingsworth, (no first name given) Hough, Allen Black, Bobby McMillan, Oscar Cunningham, Leonard Baldwin and Bobby Cunningham. (March 1, 1973) A “submarine” still was destroyed by...

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Hoke shooters defeat Kaiser

Hoke County AJROTC defeated Kaiser High School 886.7 to 826.3 in the National Air Rifle New Shooter League, their fourth win in a row.  They currently have a 4 – 0 record. Hoke County AJROTC was led by Joshua Gonzalez who shot a 244.5. The remaining contributing members were Aracelis Torres, Samuel Locklear, and Megan...

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Man arrested in Hoke accused of murder in Florida

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office assisted law enforcement agents in finding and arresting a man from Florida wanted for allegedly killing his 77-year-old grandfather.  Authorities arrested Scottie Ray Manuel, 33, of Branford, Florida on homicide charges in the death of his grandfather, Wayne Curtis Manuel, also of Branford. Investigators responded to a residence...

Proprietor
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Proprietor

Frank Crumpler’s latest business venture is “Frank’s Place,” a grill located on US401 Business. Here, he kicks back on the front porch. (Catharin Shepard photo)  

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License plate agency moves

The Hoke County License Plate Agency at 520 West Donaldson Avenue in Raeford, will close Wednesday, February 26 while it moves to a new location. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. February 27 in its new location at 3140 U.S. Highway 401 Business, next to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.  The new...

Savage wrestles in championship
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Savage wrestles in championship

By Ed Clemente •Sports Writer • Hoke County High School senior Josh Savage wrestled in the 2020 NCHSAA State Wrestling Championships over the weekend in Greensboro. Due to the winter weather on Thursday, the first round and quarterfinals were both held Friday evening. I had a chance to talk with Josh prior to his first...

All-time scoring leader
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All-time scoring leader

2018 HCHS graduate and former Buck basketball player Silas Love who attends Brunswick Community College has become the All-Time Scoring Leader at Brunswick CC with 1108 points. Love is pictured with his family. (Photo Provided)

Musselwhite play
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Musselwhite play

HCHS varsity soccer player Ava Musselwhite playing in a scrimmage at South View High School on Saturday. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

South View scrimmage
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South View scrimmage

HCHS girls varsity soccer team playing in a scrimmage at South View High School on Saturday. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

Scrimmage
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Scrimmage

HCHS varsity soccer player Chloe Brundige playing in a scrimmage at South View High School on Saturday. The Bucks season begins this Saturday with a home game starting at 9am vs Scotland. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

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Other Stuff

By Ken MacDonald Whatever you think about whether more money will help children in poor counties get an education as good as those in wealthy places, the disparity grows—the gap in North Carolina is getting worse. That’s the conclusion of this year’s report about school funding by the Public School Forum. For 33 years the...

Married
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Married

Married Adrienne M. Taylor and Christopher Leach were married February 22, 2020. The bride is the daughter of Wanda Taylor. The groom is son of James and Valerie Leach. (Contributed photo)

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Letter: She keeps Calloway Road clean

To the Editor: My family and other families on Calloway Road want to send a special thanks out to a young lady who has made it her passion to keep Calloway Road beautiful. Mrs. Dine has been spotted every weekend briskly exercising and picking up litter. She told me she has bagged as much as...

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Letter: All of us need to work on litter

To the Editor: I want to thank the News-Journal for its story “Hoke County Is Drowning in Trash” bringing the litter crisis to the attention of the citizens of Hoke County. I think it is appropriate to also say that the “boots on the ground” NCDOT employees are working very hard to keep our highways...

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View From Frog Holler—Column

In the last episode, I had struggled mightily to arrange the repair of the defective icemaker on my three-year-old refrigerator. This had led me down the perilous path of dealing with a large corporation intent on not dealing with me. I had, nevertheless, apparently cracked the code and been promised a “one time accommodation” to...

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Officers arrest two for identity theft

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two people on charges of identity theft. Deputies arrested Kayla Michelle Quick, 18, and Roy Lee Mathis, 19, both of the 300 block of Wallace McLean Road, on charges of financial card theft, identity theft and felony conspiracy.  Deputies responded to the 300 block of Wallace...

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County sets gaming restrictions

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The Hoke County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday night an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that will place new restrictions on local electronic gaming businesses. The board voted to approve an adjusted version of the proposed changes to the section of the zoning ordinance that governs the businesses....

County to cut, plant trees at community forest
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County to cut, plant trees at community forest

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Foresters will use timber thinning and controlled burning to clean out parts of the Hoke Community Forest and replant it with native longleaf pine trees under a newly approved management plan. A steering committee of stakeholders created the plan by working in conjunction with local officials and an experienced forester....