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Hoke County COVID-19 news roundup for Tuesday, April 21

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • As of Tuesday there were 25 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Hoke County. Many of the people who tested positive in March have already recovered from the illness. So far Hoke hasn’t seen local person-to-person community spread, according to the Hoke County Health Department. The known cases...

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Column: FirstHealth committed to COVID-19 fight

Opinion column by Mickey Foster • Chief Executive Officer of FirstHealth of the Carolinas • Two weeks ago, I introduced you to a few of the health care heroes I interact with each day, highlighting the remarkable sacrifices they make to help FirstHealth of the Carolinas care for you.   As we continue to respond to...

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Severe storms possible tomorrow

Severe weather is a possibility tomorrow evening though the National Weather Service says current thinking is it will remain south of us:  “The boundary, and thus severe convection threat, will mainly stay just barely to our south and east Sunday and Sunday night (except for Sampson County, which is in the marginal risk area both...

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FirstHealth offers telemedicine for virtual visits

FirstHealth primary care clinics in Raeford introduced this month telemedicine video appointments for existing patients. Video visits are available during regular clinic hours at both FirstHealth Family Medicine in Raeford and FirstHealth Primary Care in Raeford. In compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, clinics are...

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‘Operation Hero’ will help military children in Hoke County

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A program called “Operation Hero” will start this fall lending a helping hand to children of military families in Hoke County. The free after-school program from the Armed Forces YMCA of Fort Bragg offers academic and emotional support for military children in grades 2-8. It’s designed to help...

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COVID crisis could invite child abuse

By Celeste Neumann • Hoke Cooperative Extension • During this quarantine, entire families are sheltering at home, often in close quarters. Anxiety about health, education, and finances is high. Children aren’t seeing the teachers, counselors and other adults who would normally raise concerns about their well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has created the conditions for a...

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Principal completes leadership program

Haley Hall, principal of Don Steed Elementary, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP). The DLP is a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals, designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD). The DLP uses a non-traditional...

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Letter: Stay home, but don’t ignore your health

To the Editor: We are in unprecedented times and must take unprecedented action. As a physician, I am urging you to stay home, shelter in place, and help us defeat coronavirus.  But it’s also important to continue to care for other aspects of your health. North Carolina’s family physicians and pediatricians have quickly implemented telehealth...

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Letter: I’d vote for the billy goat

To the Editor: In response to Claudyne S. Brock’s letter (News-Journal, April 1) regarding a billy goat being the Democratic nominee opposing President Donald Trump for the next president of the United States, I would vote for the billy goat, regardless of party affiliation, because he would not do the damage to this country the...

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Traffic stop nets drug bust

Deputies with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office traffic unit arrested a man last week on multiple drug charges after he reportedly fled on foot during a traffic stop. Investigators arrested Ryan Omar Simmons, 32, of the 600 block of Avant Street in Charlotte on felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and...

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Frog Holler Philosopher

Spring comes to Frog Holler • By Ron Huff • We are having a beautiful spring at Frog Holler in spite of the current National Emergency. If you don’t believe it, ask the Fed Ex driver, our only regular visitor. The azaleas and dogwoods are really showing off. The grass is greening up and the...

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Three charged in construction site theft

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people late last month for allegedly stealing from a construction site. Deputies arrested Terrence Allen Chavis, 61, of the 7500 block of Maggie’s Circle in Fayetteville; Todd Anthony Chavis, 58, of the 8800 block of N.C. Highway 72 in Lumberton; and Chareasa Lasheka Brown, 35, of...

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Man charged with shooting horse

Deputies with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Monday for allegedly shooting and injuring a horse. Officers charged Steven Hill, 49, of the 200 block of Hampton Drive with felony cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor of violating the local gun ordinance, according to an arrest report. The horse’s owner said in a...

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Price gouging, scams accompany virus

North Carolina consumers have submitted more than 1,200 price-gouging complaints since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including several complaints about price gouging involving companies based in Hoke. None of the complaints have come from people who live in Hoke County, according to information from the N.C. Department of Justice. The News-Journal requested further information...

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Virus continues slow spread in Hoke

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • There were at least 20 known cases of coronavirus in Hoke County as of Tuesday, according to the Hoke County Health Department. Several of the local cases involve military-connected residents. A number of others are healthcare employees who work outside of Hoke County. Some cases came from people...

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Blood donations urgently needed

The Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center will hold a donation drive in Raeford April 20 to address a shortage in the blood supply. The center plans on taking special precautions to keep donors and staff members safe. The country has seen a shortage in blood supplies, donor center recruitment coordinator Dianne Carter said in...

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Businesses hit by closures struggle with tough decisions

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Pat Atwood, owner of artisan furniture shop Re-Imagined in Rockfish, is concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 response on her business – but it’s not only her own prospects that have her worried. More than 40 artisans sell their products through the locally owned business, which isn’t...

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Hoke Democratic convention moves online

The Hoke County Democratic Party Convention will move to a digital platform this year. The decision was due to the “unprecedented times” and in accordance with guidelines from the North Carolina Democratic Party, the CDC and Gov. Roy Cooper. “The well-being of our delegates and the public at large is our highest priority, because of...

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Postal carrier in Hoke tests positive for COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A post office employee in Raeford tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the United States Postal Service (USPS). An employee with the Raeford Post Office who chose to remain anonymous tipped off The News-Journal about the situation. A reporter reached out to USPS strategic communications...