Month: <span>May 2022</span>

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Republicans to face incumbents in November

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • County commission incumbent Democrats Tony Hunt, Harry Southerland and Allen Thomas will go on to face Republican candidates Johnny Boyles, David Frump and Christopher Holland in the November election. Voters in Hoke County put Hunt, Southerland and Thomas through the primary election Tuesday over candidates Carlton Barber and...

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County plans to cut property taxes in budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners plans to cut property taxes from 75 to 73 cents per $100 valuation as part of the county manager’s recommended budget. County manager Letitia Edens presented a draft of the budget to the board members Monday night, sketching out in broad terms...

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Man brought gun on middle school campus in his car, sheriff’s office says

Hoke County deputies arrested a man Tuesday afternoon for reportedly bringing a gun onto a middle school campus in his vehicle. Investigators arrested Andre Lamont Grayman, no address given, on charges of possession of a firearm on a school campus and child abuse, the sheriff’s office said in a press release posted on Facebook. Deputies...

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Early voting ends Saturday, primary election is Tuesday, May 17

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Early voting continues this week and ends Saturday, with the partisan primary election set for Tuesday, May 17. As of Monday this week, a total of 1,499 people had cast a ballot during the one-stop early voting period, according to Hoke Elections Director Chassidy Chavis. There are two...

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Avery’s Chapel Church gets ‘Hunger Hero’ award

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina presented Avery’s Chapel Church with the Hunger Hero Award for distributing nearly half a million pounds of food to the community in 2021. Avery’s Chapel distributed a total of 491,393 pounds of food last year, the award stated. The church established its food pantry more than...

Hoke High Drone team sweeps competition
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Hoke High Drone team sweeps competition

Hoke High School’s Drone team swept the statewide SkillsUSA piloting competition April 27-29. Team members walked away with gold, silver, bronze, fourth and fifth places in the competition. Class instructor and coach Mario Malabunga took nine students to the competition. Winning gold was Nathan Aponte; silver, Shakel Rodriguez Ramos; bronze, Jonah Olsen; fourth place, Alexande...

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Daycare worker arrested on child abuse charges

Raeford police have arrested a staff member at First Baptist Christian Academy in Raeford on allegations that she abused a child. Investigators arrested Teisa Harris, 29, on two counts of child abuse and one count of assault on a child under 12 years of age. Police said Harris was accused of allegedly grabbing two children...