Year: <span>2020</span>

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Hoke voter turnout slow so far on Election Day

In-person voter turnout in Hoke County has been slow so far on Election Day, according to Hoke Elections Director Towanna Jackson. As of about 3:30 p.m., even the large polling sites haven’t seen very many voters, the director said. “It’s been slow,” she said. That also seems to be the case in some other counties,...

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About 14,500 people voted early in Hoke County

About 14,500 Hoke County voters cast a ballot in person during the one-stop early voting period, roughly twice the number who voted early in the 2016 election. According to the Hoke County Board of Elections, a total of 14,524 people in Hoke County voted during the one-stop early voting period. That’s nearly half of the...

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Nearly one-third of Hoke voters have been to polls

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer • More than 10,000 registered voters in Hoke County have already cast a ballot during the one-stop early voting period of the 2020 General Election, with several more days to go before the early voting period ends. Out of Hoke County’s 32,930 registered voters, 10,686 had cast their ballot...

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State awards $10 million for SandHoke Engineering School

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  Hoke County Schools will receive $10 million in grant funding from the state to go toward building a SandHoke School of Engineering in Raeford. The county will have to provide a local match, dollar for dollar, in order to receive the money. The project will cost an estimated...

Three SandHoke grads share this—they’re now lawyers
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Three SandHoke grads share this—they’re now lawyers

Caption: Fowler, Ledlow and Lewis Katelyn Fowler, Kyle Lewis and Alexis Ledlow have four things in common. They all attended and graduated from SandHoke Early College High School. They all earned an associate’s degree during their high school journey. And they all have completed law school, assed the BAR exam the first time, and are...

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Veterans Service canceled due to pandemic

The annual Hoke County Veterans’ Day service held in front of the Hoke County Courthouse will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has caused this country and Hoke County to rethink veteran’s Day activities. As veterans we regret this announcement,” according to a statement from the program organizers. “The current...

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Harvest Church steps up aid in pandemic

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  Harvest Church might have a small congregation, but in the last few years, it’s worked to make a big impact in Hoke County. When Hurricane Matthew hit the area in 2016, taking down power lines and washing out roads, the members of Harvest Church were among the volunteers...

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Another virus death, numbers on the rise

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  Another person from Hoke has died of coronavirus-related causes, and testing has identified another new outbreak at a congregate living site in Hoke County, according to health officials. An African-American man who died October 19 at FirstHealth of the Carolinas was the twenty-sixth person with a permanent Hoke...