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Early voting for May primary starts Thursday

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The one-stop early voting period for the 2022 statewide partisan primary election in North Carolina begins this Thursday, April 28, in an election season that has 10 people signed up to vie for one of three seats on the county commission. The offices of Hoke County Sheriff and...

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Reentry Council events help with jobs, expungement

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Bernice McPhatter and Shamell Peterkin of the Hoke County Reentry Council know the Council’s work can change lives, and last week they got to see evidence of it in action. A former convicted felon and Reentry Council client stopped by an event to update them on how far...

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Freeman sentenced to death in child murders

A Hoke County jury Tuesday sentenced Tillman Freeman III to death after finding him guilty of fatally stabbing his two young daughters in the backseat of a car. A Hoke County jury deliberated for about 40 minutes before returning the verdict, Hoke and Moore County District Attorney Mike Hardin said Tuesday evening. Freeman, of Fayetteville,...

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Early voting will start April 28

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Next Thursday, April 28 will kick off the one-stop early voting period for the 2022 statewide primary partisan elections in North Carolina. During one-stop early voting, citizens can come out to the one-stop early voting site in Hoke County to cast a ballot before Election Day. The one-stop...

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Park with pond on to-do list as city prepares to update parks plan

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A new city park centered around a pond, and more space for sports fields at Robbin Heights Park could be part of discussions as Raeford prepares to update its master parks plan. The city of Raeford will work with consultants, an advisory committee and seek input from citizens...

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Two students, driver checked at hospital after car rear-ends Hoke County school bus

Two Hoke County students were taken to the hospital Thursday morning to be checked out after a driver rear-ended a school bus on Aberdeen Road. Bus 137 was carrying SandHoke Early College High School students this morning when a car rear-ended the bus, according to school system public relations director Meredith Bounds. “There appear to...

Bakery’s reception is icing on the cake
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Bakery’s reception is icing on the cake

[Photo: The staff at Kayla Renee Cakes showed off their creations between customers Tuesday. From left, Elydia Dilena, Kayla Lowery and Saleiya Lowery. (Ken MacDonald photo)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Big things are baking at a little shop on Main Street: Kayla Renee Cakes celebrated its grand opening last month and has...