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‘We’re in danger’ governor says

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  Hoke County remains in the critical zone for coronavirus infections this week, along with 19 other counties statewide, as state leaders urged residents, governments and businesses to follow safety guidelines. “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: we are in danger,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday...


Owner arrested after more than 200 jam club

In the midst of a pandemic, Hoke County Sheriff’s Office deputies reportedly found 240 people inside of a private club on Rockfish Road and arrested the owner on several charges. Investigators arrested Samuel McGill Jr., 48, of the 200 block of Moorea Drive in Raeford on charges including maintaining a drug dwelling, and misdemeanor ABC...


School board meets in closed session

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer• The Hoke County Board of Education met in closed session Monday to begin considering the process for selecting a new school superintendent, and additionally selected a new principal for Sandy Grove Elementary School. Dr. Freddie Williamson, who has served in the role for over 15 years, was hired last...


Man charged with attempted murder

Officers with the Raeford Police Department have arrested a man wanted in connection with a 2019 shootout at a gas station in Raeford. Officers with the police department and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Aaron Goode Jr., 26, of the 900 block of Stevens Street on two counts of felony attempted first-degree...


Donations of food, socks and toys needed

People looking to give to those in need this winter can donate to a local socks and coat drive, or buy a toy online for the Toys for Tots program. As the weather gets colder, not everyone has socks or a coat to stay warm. The Hoke County Open Door Soup Kitchen is holding a...


Elections director moves to dismiss challenge

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Elections Director recommended dismissing a challenge filed by the campaign manager of a candidate who ran for the Hoke Board of Education this year. In the matter of an election protest filed by Dr. Lent Carr, husband and campaign manager of school board...