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View From Frog Holler—Column

In the last episode, I had struggled mightily to arrange the repair of the defective icemaker on my three-year-old refrigerator. This had led me down the perilous path of dealing with a large corporation intent on not dealing with me. I had, nevertheless, apparently cracked the code and been promised a “one time accommodation” to...

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Officers arrest two for identity theft

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two people on charges of identity theft. Deputies arrested Kayla Michelle Quick, 18, and Roy Lee Mathis, 19, both of the 300 block of Wallace McLean Road, on charges of financial card theft, identity theft and felony conspiracy.  Deputies responded to the 300 block of Wallace...

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County sets gaming restrictions

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The Hoke County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday night an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that will place new restrictions on local electronic gaming businesses. The board voted to approve an adjusted version of the proposed changes to the section of the zoning ordinance that governs the businesses....

County to cut, plant trees at community forest
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County to cut, plant trees at community forest

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Foresters will use timber thinning and controlled burning to clean out parts of the Hoke Community Forest and replant it with native longleaf pine trees under a newly approved management plan. A steering committee of stakeholders created the plan by working in conjunction with local officials and an experienced forester....

Early voting is slow
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Early voting is slow

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The first week of early voting got off to a slow start Thursday, with plenty of time left for voters to cast a ballot ahead of the March 3 primary election. “It’s been slow,” Hoke County Elections Director Towanna Jackson said of the turnout Monday. Between the two one-stop early...

DA candidates address issues: Hardin
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DA candidates address issues: Hardin

To help voters get to know the two candidates seeking election to the office of Hoke-Moore District Attorney this year, the News-Journal presents the following question-and-answer with candidates Arthur Donadio and Mike Hardin. Both candidates are Republicans and are on the Republican primary ballot in the March 3 election. No candidates of other parties filed...

DA candidates address issues: Donadio
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DA candidates address issues: Donadio

To help voters get to know the two candidates seeking election to the office of Hoke-Moore District Attorney this year, the News-Journal presents the following question-and-answer with candidates Arthur Donadio and Mike Hardin. Both candidates are Republicans and are on the Republican primary ballot in the March 3 election. No candidates of other parties filed...

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Other Stuff

By Ken MacDonald •  The reviews are in, and the McLauchlin Park remake is a hit. If it were an Amazon product it would have 4.5 stars. If it were a movie, it would be two thumbs up. If it were a middle school lunch, it would be eaten and not thrown.  The City can...

Conference Champs
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Conference Champs

Champions In November the Hoke County High School Boys Varsity Soccer team won the SAC 8 championships. On Friday during the boys’ basketball game, the team was presented with their conference championship banner. The banner will be permanently hung in MacDonald Gym. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

Related: DNA match brings surprise
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Related: DNA match brings surprise

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer When Desi Campbell took a genealogy DNA test in 2016, he hoped the results would help him connect with relatives he didn’t even know he had. It did, but not in a way he – or his extended family members – ever expected. Campbell is black, grew up in Washington,...

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Early voting starts Thursday for May primary

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer One-stop early voting begins this week ahead of the March 3 partisan primary election, with many local, state and federal races on the primary ballots. The county will open two sites as one-stop early voting locations. The Board of Elections Office, located at 227 North Main Street in the Pratt...

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First Fridays comes to downtown beginning in May

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer A food truck rodeo, a warehouse jam concert, the return of the mullet roast – with a new twist – and more events are on the way thanks to a new nonprofit set to launch Raeford’s own “First Fridays.” A group of local business owners  working with the city of...

Hoke County is drowning in trash
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Hoke County is drowning in trash

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Hoke officials are actively working on possible ways to address problems with trash thrown out on public roads across the county. It’s the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s job to manage public roads, but without saying why, the NCDOT informed local government in January that the roadside trash pickup service...

$24 million high school proposed*
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$24 million high school proposed*

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer A proposed $24 million School of Engineering facility for students in grades 9-12 could be in the county’s future to offer teens more education options, and help deal with overcrowding at the aging Hoke High campus. The Hoke County Board of Education met Monday with county commissioners and Sandhills Community...