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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...

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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...

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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...

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Animal Shelter preparing for Thanksgiving, needs sponsors

The Hoke Animal Shelter is again providing Thanksgiving dinner for its dogs and cats, and it’s this Wednesday. Unlike usual years (with no pandemics) this year’s event won’t permit volunteers to serve the food to the animals—staff only—but food contributions are welcome. Drop by whole turkeys, canned vegetables, potatoes etc. Any left over food will...

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Man from Raeford shot dead in Fayetteville

A man from Raeford was shot and killed in Fayetteville Sunday night, and two people have been arrested in connection with the case, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department were dispatched around 11:13 p.m. Sunday to the area of Morganton Road near South Ingleside Drive in Fayetteville, in reference...

Hoke deemed ‘critical’ in virus spread
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Hoke deemed ‘critical’ in virus spread

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Hoke is one of 10 North Carolina counties deemed “critical” because of the number of positive COVID-19 tests among people who live here, state health officials said Tuesday. The county has the third-highest 14-day percent of positive COVID-19 tests of any county in North Carolina, at 13.6 percent...

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Barring political action, end of course testing will be in person

Hoke County students and public school students across the United States won’t be exempt from end-of-grade and end-of-course testing for this school year, and that testing will have to be done in person, according to Hoke County Schools. In the spring, the U.S. Department of Education granted a waiver that allowed schools to cancel the...

Richards’ contribution to education celebrated
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Richards’ contribution to education celebrated

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Hank Richards has been a part of public education in Hoke County for over half a century, but an era is coming to an end as he steps down following a 16-year run on the Board of Education. Richards, 78, left his mark on the students he taught,...

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Canvass doesn’t change election results here

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Elections canvass held Friday confirmed the unofficial local election results from November 3, but the board is preparing for a recount in one statewide race. Nothing essentially changed with the outcome of the local races following the canvass, Hoke Elections Director Towanna Jackson...

Superintendent of schools leaving for Robeson County
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Superintendent of schools leaving for Robeson County

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Schools Superintendent Dr. Freddie Williamson will be leaving his position of 15 years to take the helm at Public Schools of Robeson County. The Robeson County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to select Williamson as its new superintendent with a salary of $200,000 a...

Festival director dies from COVID-19
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Festival director dies from COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff Writer • Melissa Kaye Pittman, known and loved by many in Hoke County as executive director of the North Carolina Fall Festival, died last week at the age of 54. Pittman passed away Friday, November 6 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital after being hospitalized with COVID-19. A celebration of life...

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Volleyball first sport to go back

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Volleyball players at Hoke’s middle and high schools will be the first to get back to competition this month, although the games won’t look like they used to due to pandemic safety measures. Hoke County Schools, in cooperation with the North Carolina High School Athletics Association (NCHSAA), will...

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Elementary school students to go 4 days after first of year

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County’s elementary schools will return to in-person classes four days a week starting in January, with an online learning option available for parents who prefer to keep their child at home. A new survey going out to parents of elementary students later this month will give families...

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Indoor limit lowered to 10

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two more people in Hoke County have died after contracting COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and overall numbers are showing “a new peak” in virus cases for the state. Gov. Roy Cooper lowered the indoor gathering limit from 25 to 10...

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Cape Fear Valley to hold COVID-19 virtual town hall

Back by popular demand, Cape Fear Valley CEO Mike Nagowski will hold another live Facebook community townhall to answer questions about COVID-19 and its effect on the community. The leading local experts on COVID-19 will join him for this special event.      The question-and-answer session will air during the Making Rounds Live radio show. Viewers...

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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...