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Hoke High will have traditional graduation, interim principal named

Hoke County High School will have a traditional graduation this year, according to the school’s newsletter circulated this month. The Bucks graduation will take place in person at Raz Autry Stadium on the Hoke High campus in Raeford, at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 5, according to the information. More details will be forthcoming. The school...

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Hoke sees increase in new COVID-19 cases

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke is one of a handful of North Carolina counties that moved up, rather than down in the state’s COVID-19 County Alert System last week. The county went from yellow, significant community spread of the virus, to orange, for substantial community spread. Hoke was one of 20 counties...

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Freedom Park is Tour of Honor stop

Raeford’s own Freedom Park will see lots more visitors in the coming months, as people travel to town to see the replica historic documents on display. The park was selected as one of seven sites in North Carolina for people to visit on the Tour of Honor, a nationwide motorcycle ride. The Raeford-Hoke Chamber of...

Extension work depends on volunteers
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Extension work depends on volunteers

[Photo: Issuing proclamation: Howard Wallace (first row, left to right), Cathy James, Sharon Pilgrim, Angelica McDonald, Cathy Brown, Gina Daniels, Shirley Smith and Wanda Cohen; second row, commissioners Lonnie Baldwin, Allen Thomas, James Leach, Tony Hunt, and Harry Southerland. (Contributed photo)] Each year, thousands of volunteers in North Carolina donate their time and energy to...

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Heart disease still top killer in Hoke, report says

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Heart disease is still the deadliest illness for people in Hoke County, according to the Hoke County Health Department. Health Department Director Helene Edwards and Coordinator Tony Locklear presented the annual State of the County Health Report to the Board of Commissioners Monday night. The report briefed local...

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Two take pleas in ballot mishandling from 2016

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two women from Hoke County who were indicted by a grand jury in 2019 for unlawfully possessing absentee ballots, ended up taking plea deals for lesser charges, court documents showed. A grand jury indicted Wanda Faye Blue and Julia Shaw in July 2019 on charges of unlawful possession...

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Walmart offering drone deliveries in Hoke

The Walmart in Hoke County is now part of a pilot program offering some items delivered by flying drone, for people in the coverage area. Walmart is partnering with the Flytrex company to deploy drones for some deliveries for online purchases, the company said in a press release. “Is it a bird? Is it a...