Year: <span>2021</span>

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Hoke County under burn ban

Hoke County is one of dozens of counties in North Carolina now under a burning ban due to potentially hazardous fire conditions. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Steven Troxler issued the order for about one-quarter of the state’s 100 counties, due to ongoing dry conditions that raise the risk of small...

Local women leaders celebrated at meeting
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Local women leaders celebrated at meeting

[Photo: Vera Hollingsworth presented Retha Hardimon and Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens with plaques recognizing them as women leaders, as commissioners offered congratulations. Betsy Bailey and attorney Debbie Baker also received recognition.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens was one of four local women leaders honored Monday at the...

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Downtown parade will honor veterans

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Downtown Raeford Business Association (DRBA) plans to hold a parade to honor veterans, and will decorate downtown Raeford with special banners bearing the names of veteran honorees for this year’s event. The parade will be held on Main Street Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. and will...

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Fluid situation as pinch at the gas pumps eases

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Drivers in Raeford saw some relief at the pump Tuesday as more gas stations had fuel to sell, following a week of uncertainty in the wake of a cyberattack on a major pipeline. While long lines continued at some popular stations, by Tuesday evening others had gas available...

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Suspect sought in fatal shooting

Detectives with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened this weekend. Deputies responded to the 100 block of Seagull Drive in the North Raeford Mobile Home Park just after 8 p.m. Sunday, and reportedly found Davion McQueen suffering from a gunshot wound. Although...

Sports photographer Clemente departs
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Sports photographer Clemente departs

[Photo: Photographer Ed Clemente (Submitted Photo)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Award-winning photographer Ed Clemente, who has served as the News-Journal’s sports photographer for the last three years, is moving on to bigger and better things. Clemente is departing Hoke County to move to another state to take on a new responsibility with...