Month: May 2024

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Rockholt pleads guilty, sentenced in 2019 “Ratty Shack” murder

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • John Brian Rockholt last week pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2019 slaying of Hoke County machinist and motorcycle designer Galen Christopher DeBruler, and was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison. Rockholt was originally charged with first-degree murder. Attorneys negotiated a plea deal, and Rockholt pleaded...

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News-Journal hires lawyer (Originally published May 8, 2024)

(This story was originally published May 8, 2024) By Catharin Shepard • Editor • The News-Journal has hired a lawyer to represent the newspaper in its public records lawsuit against Hoke County. With support from the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA), the newspaper has retained attorney Mike Tadych of the Stevens, Martin, Vaughn and Tadych...

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Help needed for Habitat for Humanity projects

It’s time to put on the work gloves to help others in Hoke County have safe housing through upcoming Habitat for Humanity of the N.C. Sandhills projects. Volunteers are needed for several work efforts, and the nonprofit will soon open applications for qualified people interested in becoming Habitat homeowners. The organization is also planning several...

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Signs point to growth at Hoke community forest

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • New trail markers at the Hoke Community Forest will help guide the way for hikers, bikers and horseback riders as part of planned improvements to make the public land more inviting. Hoke residents have hiking trails just off of Vass Road at one of the southeast’s only community forests....

“Exactly, sweetheart”: Hoke County lawyers up in News-Journal lawsuit
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“Exactly, sweetheart”: Hoke County lawyers up in News-Journal lawsuit

[Photo: Lisa Maynor is ejected from the meeting after she and another person spoke up. Members of the public were not allowed to speak or ask questions at the called meeting. (Photo by Catharin Shepard)] By Catharin Shepard • Editor • Hoke County Commissioners hired a lawyer Tuesday to represent the county in the News-Journal’s...