Month: <span>May 2020</span>

Sandhoke graduates drive through ceremony
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Sandhoke graduates drive through ceremony

Sandhoke Early College High School’s 2020 graduates put on a full display of their determination to make it the best graduation ever Friday despite the non traditional ceremony. Said Principal Colleen Pegram-Wike, “When I got inquiries as to whether they can decorate caps and vehicles, I knew we would be in for a real treat.”...

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Letter: Take it from someone who knows polio

“Stupid is as Stupid Does,” said Forest Gump. “Before you heal someone, ask him if he is willing to give up the things that made him sick,” wrote Hippocrates. Glancing over the Charlotte News a front pages headings “Will we lose our Summer“ brought back not so fond memories where in my youth we did...

Letter: Folks came through for child’s birthday
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Letter: Folks came through for child’s birthday

To the Editor: When we are living in the middle of a pandemic and kids’ lives are all turned upside down, it’s good to know we can trust our city, county and schools to help us make things happen. We send a grand thank-you to the best City Police of Raeford and EMS staff on...

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Letter: I am not judging, just stating facts

To the Editor: I am responding to this week’s article about me judging V.P. Biden. I am not judging I am merely stating facts, Mr. Raymond Worrell. And if you who questioned me would look up the facts about children put in cages by Pres. Trump you will see it was proved that it was...

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Huff: Good time for some changes

In last week’s column I presented a list of problems that we share as Americans. The current Covid-19 crisis has illuminated many of our shortcomings and has given us food for thought as we watch our country struggle to cope with a dizzying array of challenges. The economic shut down has shown how fragile millions...

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County tops 200 cases, one death

• By Catharin Shepard •  • Staff writer • A person who lived in Hoke County and tested positive for COVID-19 has died, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The person died due to complications related to an existing medical condition, according to Hoke County Health Department Director Helene Edwards....

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Hoke graduate encourages others to seek success

Tnesha Shaw, daughter of Faye and Bruce Shaw and graduate student at Fayetteville State University, had her share of struggles in the days when she was a student at Hoke County High School. Since then, she’s achieved academic success and earned accolades for her community involvement. Now, she hopes teenagers facing the same struggles she...

Man arrested for stolen firearm
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Man arrested for stolen firearm

Deputies with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man earlier this month for possession of a stolen firearm. Officers arrested Bryant R. Little, 33, of the 100 block of Page Street in Rockingham on felony charges of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor charges of possession of...

Man faces drug charges
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Man faces drug charges

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man last week on drug charges. Deputies arrested John David Acevado-Alegria, 20, of the 100 block of Nevada Street in Raeford on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for controlled substance, misdemeanor charges of resisting a public...

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Carolina Horse Park names Overly Arena

Carolina Horse Park in Hoke County announced it would name its main competition arena after a longtime supporter and contributor. “The Carolina Horse Park is honored to announce the Edith Overly Foundation has awarded a grant in honor of Edith Overly. In recognition of this grant and of Overly’s generous support for the Park, the...

Man charged with drug possession
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Man charged with drug possession

Deputies with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man last week on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop. Officers arrested Donquel McEachern, 30, of the 2300 block of East Great Marsh Church Road in St. Pauls on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell...

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Two charged with break-in

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men from Laurinburg last week in connection with reported breaking and entering. Deputies arrested Matthew James Caldwell, 39, of the 6500 block of Crestline Road in Laurinburg and Christopher Dylan Young, 19, of the 12700 block of Birchwood Circle in Laurinburg on felony charges of breaking...

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Two charged with break-in

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men from Laurinburg last week in connection with reported breaking and entering. Deputies arrested Matthew James Caldwell, 39, of the 6500 block of Crestline Road in Laurinburg and Christopher Dylan Young, 19, of the 12700 block of Birchwood Circle in Laurinburg on felony charges of breaking...

Investigation leads to drug arrest
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Investigation leads to drug arrest

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, working with Hoke County Probation Officers, arrested man on multiple charges earlier this month. Deputies arrested Tyler Willis, 34, of the 100 block of Valley Court in Raeford on felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of Schedule I MDMA and possession with intent...

Investigation leads to drug arrest
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Investigation leads to drug arrest

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, working with Hoke County Probation Officers, arrested man on multiple charges earlier this month. Deputies arrested Tyler Willis, 34, of the 100 block of Valley Court in Raeford on felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of Schedule I MDMA and possession with intent...

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Hoke commissioners hear budget requests

• By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer The Hoke County Board of Commissioners held the first of a series of budget workshops Tuesday to decide the county’s finances for the upcoming 2020-2021 fiscal year. The board resumed a recessed meeting Tuesday in the commissioners’ room at the Pratt Building to hear budget requests from county...

Browsing the Files: 75, 47 and 25 Years Ago
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Browsing the Files: 75, 47 and 25 Years Ago

Photos: Mrs. Younger Snead, a first grade teacher at McLauchlin School, was presented a silver trivet upon her retirement by James Bowles, principal. She taught for 17 years. (May 31, 1973) Big bass—Louis Thomas, Rt. 3, displays a 12.5 pound bass caught using an 808 spinner and earth worm bait. It was caught in a...

Browsing the Files: 75, 47 and 25 Years Ago
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Browsing the Files: 75, 47 and 25 Years Ago

Photos: Mrs. Younger Snead, a first grade teacher at McLauchlin School, was presented a silver trivet upon her retirement by James Bowles, principal. She taught for 17 years. (May 31, 1973) Big bass—Louis Thomas, Rt. 3, displays a 12.5 pound bass caught using an 808 spinner and earth worm bait. It was caught in a...

Engaged
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Engaged

Caption: Ashlyn Johnson and Justin McAllister  Cassandra Whatley announces the engagement of her daughter Ashlyn Johnson of Atlanta to Justin McAllister of McDonough, Georgia. The prospective bride’s grandparents are the late Rose and Leroy Johnson of Shellman, Georgia and the late Virginia and Robert Shelton of Atlanta. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Psychology...

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Top Girl Scout Cookie seller topped 1,500 boxes

Kali Cosek of Raeford is the seller of Girl Scout cookies in Hoke County this year. Cosek sold 1,551 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the annual cookie program that ended in March. Brianna Fox of Raeford placed second with 918 boxes sold and Campbell Burt of Raeford placed third with 909 boxes sold. The...

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Other Stuff

• By Ken MacDonald • • Social item— Ken and Holly MacDonald celebrated 40 years of marriage Sunday, May 24, 2020 by not taking a trip to New Mexico to see Richard Rhor and not driving up to Santa Fe to hike at Tsankawi mesa. The couple did not tour the art galleries nor did...

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Hoke will receive $1.14 million in COVID-19 funding from state disbursement

Hoke County local government will receive over $1.14 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the state announced today. The Coronavirus Relief Fund, part of the federal CARES Act, allocated more than $4 billion to North Carolina. The four largest local governments in the state with populations of more than 500,000 already received direct distributions of...

Tropical Storm Bertha forms
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Tropical Storm Bertha forms

Rain will be the main feature of Tropical Storm Bertha as it tracks inland today near the North/South Carolina coast. The storm was given official status around 8:30 this morning. Bertha is just barely a topical storm, packing winds of 45 miles per hour.