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Power outages appear as Ian moves through Sandhills
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Power outages appear as Ian moves through Sandhills

(3:18 p.m. Friday, September 30) As wind and rain moved through the Sandhills region Friday from Ian, tree limbs and downed trees began causing some power outages for the Hoke County area. Both Duke Energy and Lumbee River EMC showed outages in Hoke as of Friday afternoon. With ongoing wind and rain expected to continue,...

Hurricane Ian approaching today as tropical storm
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Hurricane Ian approaching today as tropical storm

(Friday 6:20 a.m.) The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued its morning briefing on Hurricane Ian, and tweaks to our area forecast have a bit of an increase in expected wind speeds. (See map) Winds gusting to around 60 mph are possible today as the storm approaches. Rainfall on the order of 4-5 inches...

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County considering water expansion options

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County local government is considering or pursuing several options to increase access to water resources to keep up with customer demand. Potentially the biggest addition could be the McCain water system. Now that both the former correctional hospital and the prison are shut down, the North Carolina...

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Interested in beekeeping? Bee school may bee for you

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Anyone who’s ever wondered what it takes to keep their own beehives can learn all about it next month at “bee school.” The Hoke County Beekeeper Association plans to host two days full of lessons and hands-on practical experience to teach newbies what all the buzz is about....

Veteran-owned Grits & Gravy serves up homestyle favorites
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Veteran-owned Grits & Gravy serves up homestyle favorites

[Photo: Bobby Gillespie at Grits & Gravy.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Raeford and Hoke County diners are getting a taste of Grits & Gravy, a homegrown restaurant and food service that’s the product of years of experience and hard work by chef and owner Bobby Gillespie. What started off as a catering...