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Bats At Sunset program Thursday

From the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce: Join the Carolina Horse Park on Thursday, October 29th at 5:30pm for an interactive bat experience led by Becky Skiba of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission! Learn about their habitats, community, patterns, and conservation. You’ll even be able to listen to bat calls using a state of the art...

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Hoke Schools to get $10 million for SandHoke School of Engineering

Hoke County Schools will receive $10 million in grant funding from the state to go toward building a SandHoke School of Engineering.   North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Thursday $55 million in grant funding for four different school districts, including Hoke County. The funding comes from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund. The other...

‘This is beyond imagination,’ — Line of 200 first-day early voters
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‘This is beyond imagination,’ — Line of 200 first-day early voters

Caption: Hoke Elections Board member John Harry answers questions Monday morning. (Ken MacDonald photo) By Catharin Shepard and Ken MacDonald • Staff writer • When early one-stop voting opened last Thursday morning, a line stretched back past the Raeford Post Office and down the block as voters waited to be among the first to cast...

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News-Journal removes candidate’s answers after finding unattributed content

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  The News-Journal took down, and then replaced a school board candidate’s question-and-answer responses on the newspaper’s website after a reader alerted staff to potential plagiarism in the responses that ran in last week’s printed edition of the paper. The answers Dr. Deltarina Carr submitted for the Q&A contained...

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Virus deaths at 25 in Hoke County

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County is now up to 25 deaths due to COVID-19 related causes since the start of the pandemic, according to health officials. Another four Hoke residents who tested positive for coronavirus have died this month. The most recent deaths included a woman of unspecified race who died...

Puppy Creek firefighters honored for saving baby’s life
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Puppy Creek firefighters honored for saving baby’s life

Caption: North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey presents one of the Save Awards. (Catharin Shepard photo) By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  Four Hoke County firefighters jumped into action last month to save the life of a 14-month-old baby when the little boy choked on a penny. Firefighters Lt. Billy...

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Thursday clinic is for those needing rent, utility help

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Hoke County officials planned to hold two grant clinics this week to administer a program that can help people affected by the pandemic to pay their rent and utility bills if they have fallen behind in payments. The county is pursuing COVID-19 grant funding that would go toward...