Year: <span>2020</span>

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Hoke schools will reopen for hybrid learning, offer online-only option

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Schools plan to reopen this fall on a hybrid schedule that will see students attending in-person classes two days a week, with online-only learning an alternative option for local families. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that the state would direct public schools to reopen...

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Wreck on NC 2111

Emergency crews are on the scene of a bad wreck on NC 211 near Godwins Outdoor, a few miles outside of Raeford. (5 p.m. Thursday)

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School decision next week

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that a decision about how to return to school will be forthcoming next week. In an update streamed from Raleigh, Cooper said educators and health officials continue to work on a plan that will balance safety with getting kids back in school. He said N.C. has seen its highest...

Hoke has fourth death, outbreak at rest home
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Hoke has fourth death, outbreak at rest home

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  A fourth person from Hoke County who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus died last week, and two staff members at Open Arms Retirement Center tested positive for the virus. The person who died Thursday, July 2 was hospitalized with multiple health problems, Hoke County Health Department Director...

Shutting down
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Shutting down

Main Street near Southern Avenue in Raeford will be closed for about two weeks starting this week, city utilities officials said.  The road is closed so workers can complete storm water drainage improvements. The city has planned the improvements for some time in order to help address flooding issues in the area, which tends to...

Wright lauded as building opens
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Wright lauded as building opens

Caption: Wright (center) watches as grandchildren cut the ribbon. (Catharin Shepard photo) By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • “It’s a great morning for Hoke County and its citizens. We wanted to call you together to see that your tax dollars in Hoke County are working real good for you and real well,” Commission Chairman...

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Rockfish Chamber works on incorporation, business, festivals

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  Members of the Rockfish community have come together to form a group dedicated to supporting local business and economic development. But that was only the starting point for the volunteer Rockfish Community Chamber of Commerce. From beautification to incorporation to the Backpack Buddies program, the organization is expanding...

Two sweet ones
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Two sweet ones

And the cabbages are too. John Goins is back this year with more produce from his South Hoke garden. With him are his six-year-old grandson J.W. and two-year-old grandson, Christian. (Contributed photo)

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Commissioners approve planning matters

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved several planning and zoning matters, after engaging in lengthy discussion about the requests during the regularly scheduled meeting. The board members approved a rezoning request to allow a home health agency to open a new office on U.S. 401...

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Huff: Canoe flipped one time too many

In retrospect, I suppose it was a matter of when, not if. Years ago, Charlotte, who has been known to be impulsive, decided having a pond with no boat was somehow just wrong. We obviously needed a canoe and she bought a used one. It is a nice 14-foot fiberglass canoe. I grew up with-flat...

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Company distributes produce bags

Cape Fear Farm Credit will be partnering with local farmers to share their fresh produce with food donation centers and families by packaging these products to provide a traditional “southern produce bag.” The bags will be distributed by CFFC branches through local area partners to make sure families have healthy, local food on their plates...

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Soup Kitchen, Noonday Kitchen give out food

The Open Door Soup Kitchen and Noonday Kitchen are helping feed the hungry in Hoke with food giveaways. The Open Door Soup Kitchen will hold a free food pantry giveaway July 10 beginning at 2 p.m. until supplies are out. The giveaway will be at C.R. Scrubs, located at 4103 Fayetteville Road. The rain date...

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Browsing the Files: looking back

90 Years Ago • July 11, 1930 Thursday morning on July 3 Daniel G. McMillian, prominent citizen of Blue Springs Township, had the misfortune of being bitten by a Pilot snake, the snake striking him on the middle finger of his right hand. He immediately called to his niece, Miss Annie McMillan who lives with...