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Governor orders halt on utility cut-offs; Hoke sees fourth case of COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard – Staff writer – Utility companies will not be allowed to disconnect services to customers in North Carolina for at least 60 days under a new executive order signed Tuesday by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper said the order is meant to help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and steps taken to...

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Hoke County COVID-19 updates for March 30

Here’s a list of coronavirus-related updates for Hoke County residents as of Monday, March 30. (If you have news – coronavirus or otherwise – please contact our reporter by email at [email protected] We’re also interested in hearing how the pandemic is affecting families in Hoke County.) COVID-19 statistics for March 30As of Monday, there were three known...

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City council meeting postponed

The Raeford City Council has postponed its regular council meeting of Monday, April 6 until Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the James B. McLeod Council Chambers of City Hall.

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Governor issues stay-at-home order

By Catharin Shepard – Staff writer – Gov. Roy Cooper announced he has issued a stay-at-home order for everyone in North Carolina, joining a growing number of other states that have already issued such orders. “It has the force of law,” he said during a live-streamed press conference at 4 p.m. Friday. The order will...

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FirstHeath updates visitor policy

Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, FirstHealth of the Carolinas is announcing additional restrictions at its four hospital locations.  Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, no visitors will be permitted at MRH-Hoke until further notice. There are exceptions to the policy, including the following:  • Visitation of a patient nearing the end of life (The number...

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Playground equipment closed in Raeford

While Raeford parks remain open, City Manager Dennis Baxley says playground equipment will be closed. “With warmer temperatures coming and kids going stir crazy, it’s time to close the playground equipment,” he write.

Recount ousts long-time commissioner
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Recount ousts long-time commissioner

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Candidate Lonnie Baldwin won the Democratic primary election in the race for Hoke County commissioner over incumbent Commissioner Bobby Wright by a margin of 33 votes, a recount confirmed last week. The race was initially too close to call on election night with elections officials needing to include...

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We need our leaders to step up

Editorial •  It’s Tuesday morning, and the parking lot outside The News-Journal is full. (We at The News-Journal are working remotely, except for the skeleton crew—and our doors are locked.) Most businesses are open, even those that will have to close tomorrow by order of the governor. Some churches went ahead with their regular services....

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Let’s vote out Congress

By Ron Huff • Once the initial wave of the Covid 19 Pandemic has passed, what will the world look like? I hope that things will normalize when the initial peak has passed, but will there be a new normal? This event has certainly pointed up some weaknesses and failures of the current system. Will...

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Schools deliver 50,000 meals

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order Monday requiring all North Carolina public schools to remain closed until May 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously the governor ordered schools closed through the end of March, but the new executive order means students and teachers...

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Two cases in Hoke County

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  A male patient in Hoke County tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced last week, as physicians elsewhere in the state confirmed the first community-transmitted cases of the virus in North Carolina. The number of people in North Carolina who tested positive for coronavirus increased from seven cases...

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Fort Bragg soldier is second case of COVID-19 in Hoke

By Catharin Shepard – Staff writer – A soldier from Fort Bragg who lives in Hoke County tested positive for COVID-19 March 20, Hoke County Health Department Director Helene Edwards said Tuesday. The soldier is one of several people connected to Fort Bragg who tested positive for the illness last week. As the soldier is...

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North Carolina reports first COVID-19 associated deaths

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported Wednesday the first two COVID-19 associated deaths in the state, according to a statement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office. A person from Cabarrus County in their late seventies with several underlying medical conditions died March 24. A person from Virginia in their sixties who...

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Message from Governor to faith, volunteer and non-profit orgs

This message is sent to leaders in the realm of faith, volunteer and non-profit organizations from Gov. Roy Cooper Dear Friend, I hope my message finds you and your family healthy and well. On behalf of Governor Roy Cooper, I invite our Faith, Nonprofit, Volunteer and Divine-9 partners to a Virtual COVID-19 Engagement Session tomorrow, Wednesday March 25, 2020...

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City extends virus measures

From City Manager Dennis Baxley this morning: Public Notice by the City of Raeford- Amended 3/25/20   Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the closure of City facilities will be extended until April 24, 2020. City staff will remain on the job to answer calls and perform essential functions. If you need assistance please...

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Elections director warns of scam

Hoke County Board of Elections Director Towanna Jackson warned of a scam going around trying to get people to click a fake link to determine whether they are still registered to vote. There is a legitimate way to check your voter registration online, but it’s not the link being shared in the scam, Jackson said....

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Cape Fear Valley seeks donations of protective gear

Cape Fear Valley Health is asking the public for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves. Hospital officials also announced Cape Fear Valley is rescheduling all non-essential surgeries and procedures. “Like many other health systems nationwide, Cape Fear Valley Health’s supply chain for personal protective equipment (PPE) is feeling the stress of...

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Sandhills Pediatrics adjusts to see patients during crisis

By Ken MacDonald •  Sandhills Pediatrics in Raeford continues seeing patients, and Dr. Sarah Brewington says they’ve had to make some adjustments to meet the challenges. Brewington says the office is separating sick children from those who aren’t — they’ve actually physically divided their building, she says—so those who need regular checkups or vaccines, or...

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Governor orders schools closed until May 15

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order Monday closing public schools until May 15, with a tentative plan to reopen May 18. The executive order also put further restrictions on businesses, shutting down many types of recreation and personal grooming-based businesses across the state. It also banned people from visiting nursing homes and...