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More than 3,000 without power
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More than 3,000 without power

Duke Energy is now showing more than 3,000 people in Raeford and Hoke County without power as of 8:55 p.m. LREMC reports about 50 outages. At least one of the outages is due to fallen trees/branches. 

Power outages
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Power outages

Over 1,100 Duke Energy customers, and about 30 LREMC customers in Raeford and Hoke are without power as of 7:20 p.m. A storm is moving through the area. 

Strong storms possible this evening
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Strong storms possible this evening

A line of thunderstorms is expected this evening as a cold front pushes through. The National Weather Service says severe storms are possible, especially with heating from the sun this afternoon. “A band of showers and thunderstorms will pose a risk of strong to locally damaging wind gusts, localized flooding and an isolated tornado late...

Aquatic & recreation center named for Leach
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Aquatic & recreation center named for Leach

By Catharin Shepard  • Staff writer •  Hoke County’s new recreation and aquatics center will be named in honor of longtime county commissioner and board chairman, James A. Leach. The county board made the announcement at a dedication ceremony held Monday night after the board conducted its regular business. The long-planned Parks and Recreation facility...

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Nursing home sees virus outbreak, county posts five more deaths

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County High School has temporarily closed its doors after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19, according to school officials. Additionally, the Hoke County Health Department reported five more local deaths due to coronavirus-related causes, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported...

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$20 million bond set for man charged with child sex offenses

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested a man wanted in Hoke County on hundreds of charges of alleged sexual crimes involving children. FBI agents arrested Joshuah Taylor Bradshaw, 30, of the 1000 block of Fairfield Circle in Raeford on 332 charges related to child sex crimes. The...

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Prayer walk this Saturday

The Rev. Al Anderson and other members of the faith community in Hoke County plan to hold a prayer walk Saturday in Raeford. “As some of you are possibly already aware, Franklin Graham has scheduled a prayer walk in Washington, D.C. on September 26. Many have asked the question how to participate without traveling to...