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‘Peacekeepers’ strive to build community in Hoke
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‘Peacekeepers’ strive to build community in Hoke

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Le’tour Ardel was awake at 1:30 in the morning one day last week, thinking about the death of George Floyd and wondering what he could do to take action in Hoke County. Out of that desire to help the community and in the wake of Floyd’s death at...

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Man charged with murdering his wife in Rockfish

A man fled from authorities Sunday after allegedly murdering his wife in Rockfish, according to Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin. Investigators caught and arrested the suspect in Forsyth County. Law enforcement arrested Donald McMillian of the 9800 block of Rockfish Road in connection with his wife’s death. Investigators accused McMillian of killing his wife, Geovanna...

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Lumberton police chase ends here

A police chase that started in Lumberton Sunday when a man allegedly fired gunshots at officers, ended in Hoke County with his arrest. Authorities arrested Emanuel Lee McPherson, 31, of Lumberton on charges of felony assault on law enforcement officers, first-degree kidnapping, drug charges for marijuana possession and a citation for failure to wear a...

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Hoke covid cases steady

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County was up to a total of 283 known cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, according to numbers from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The county added about 35 known positive cases over the past week. The total number includes the county’s known active cases,...

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Carpenter named Director of the Year

The School Nutrition Association has named Hoke County Schools Child Nutrition Executive Director Deborah Carpenter the 2020 Director of the Year for the state of North Carolina. “On behalf of SNA, I would like to thank you for the great work you do every day to ensure well-nourished students are prepared for success,” SNA President...

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Carpenter named Director of the Year

The School Nutrition Association has named Hoke County Schools Child Nutrition Executive Director Deborah Carpenter the 2020 Director of the Year for the state of North Carolina. “On behalf of SNA, I would like to thank you for the great work you do every day to ensure well-nourished students are prepared for success,” SNA President...

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No tax increase in county’s proposed budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •   Hoke County Commissioners got their first look at the county manager’s proposed 2020-2021 budget ordinance, which does not include a property tax increase. “My proposed budget does not have an increase to the tax rate, it remains the same,” Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens said last week. The...

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No tax increase in county’s proposed budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •   Hoke County Commissioners got their first look at the county manager’s proposed 2020-2021 budget ordinance, which does not include a property tax increase. “My proposed budget does not have an increase to the tax rate, it remains the same,” Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens said last week. The...

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City passes budget, no tax increase

Raeford City County unanimously approved its budget for 2020-2021 at an 8 a.m. Monday meeting in chambers. The $5.6 million budget is changed from a draft the board examined last month, reflecting preferences of city workers. City Manager Dennis Baxley said instead of a 1.5 percent cost of living increase for employees, an increase of...

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City passes budget, no tax increase

Raeford City County unanimously approved its budget for 2020-2021 at an 8 a.m. Monday meeting in chambers. The $5.6 million budget is changed from a draft the board examined last month, reflecting preferences of city workers. City Manager Dennis Baxley said instead of a 1.5 percent cost of living increase for employees, an increase of...

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Huff: Goodbye to last uncle

After a long struggle during which he cheated death many times, Jack Putnam Huff, my last uncle, headed for heaven in mid-May. Jack was my dad’s youngest brother and was the last sibling standing of four. He will be greatly missed. My first recollections of Jack were when I was very young in the early...

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Huff: Goodbye to last uncle

After a long struggle during which he cheated death many times, Jack Putnam Huff, my last uncle, headed for heaven in mid-May. Jack was my dad’s youngest brother and was the last sibling standing of four. He will be greatly missed. My first recollections of Jack were when I was very young in the early...

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Letter: Look to local black role models

To the Editor: I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family of George Floyd here in Hoke County and elsewhere. 1) The police officer, who held George Floyd down, knee on neck, has rightfully been arrested. Charges have been upgraded to 2nd Degree murder. Those officers with him, who made no attempt to...

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Letter: Look to local black role models

To the Editor: I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family of George Floyd here in Hoke County and elsewhere. 1) The police officer, who held George Floyd down, knee on neck, has rightfully been arrested. Charges have been upgraded to 2nd Degree murder. Those officers with him, who made no attempt to...

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Letter: Smart Start has gone above and beyond

To the Editor:  I wanted to send a letter to share my experience with Smart Start in Hoke County during the pandemic. One of the many struggles of daycares and preschools trying to open back up is getting cleaning supplies as they are so hard to find to the pandemic. While I know all the...