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Late audit shows Hoke County had to pay big water bill, fund balance hit record high

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • Although the audit was submitted late, the news Monday night was mostly good for Hoke County when an auditor presented the annual report to commissioners. The county’s available general fund balance hit a new record high, after successive years of commissioners putting money aside into the fund. At the...

Tylertown celebrates improved fire rating
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Tylertown celebrates improved fire rating

[Photo: Tylertown Fire Department Chief Hervon McCollum gets a celebratory hug at the announcement of the fire department’s new, improved ISO rating. (Catharin Shepard photo)] By Catharin Shepard • Editor • For two years the volunteer firefighters of Tylertown have trained, responded to emergency calls and sought out equipment to provide fire protection in the...

Hoke County commission candidates answer Q&A
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Hoke County commission candidates answer Q&A

The News-Journal sent out questions to candidates seeking election to two commission seats in Hoke County in 2024. The questions were sent out by email and letter mailed to the address on record when the candidate filed. Here, we share their responses. The partisan primary election is Tuesday, March 5. The candidates who responded were...

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School Resource Officer struck by vehicle

A Hoke County School Resource Officer was hit by a vehicle Wednesday morning while directing traffic at Sandy Grove Elementary School. The officer was expected to make a full recovery, according to the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office. The law enforcement agency released the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with one of our own...

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Raeford Kiwanis Club scholarship applications open

The Raeford Kiwanis Club will award three scholarships of $500 each to a high school senior who resides in Hoke County. Procedure and qualifications are as follows: •Students will apply for the scholarship using the form entitled “Raeford Kiwanis Club Scholarship Application Cover Sheet” and following the instructions contained therein. •Students shall have a minimum...

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New courthouse construction set to get underway in Hoke County

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • Hoke County will break ground on a long-awaited new courthouse at a ceremony set for 11 a.m. Thursday, February 29, 2024. Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens and county commissioners confirmed the date at the board’s meeting Monday night. Commissioners approved a change order for the bulk of the construction...

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Voter registration deadline for primary election is this Friday, February 9

To vote in the upcoming partisan primary election scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024, prospective voters will need to have registered to vote by this Friday, February 9, 2024. Voters will also need to bring a photo I.D. in order to vote in the election. The civilian voter registration deadline in North Carolina is 25...

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Voter registration deadline for primary election is this Friday

To vote in the upcoming partisan primary election scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024, prospective voters will need to have registered to vote by this Friday, February 9, 2024. Voters will also need to bring a photo I.D. in order to vote in the election. The civilian voter registration deadline in North Carolina is 25...

A new store for the “Weknd” warriors
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A new store for the “Weknd” warriors

[Photo: Harley Locklear is preparing for the January 20, 2024 grand opening of the second Weknd Warrior Trade Company location, in downtown Raeford.] By Catharin Shepard • Editor • After over seven years of success in Scotland County, the Weknd Warrior Trade Company is opening the doors of its second shop in downtown Raeford. The...

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Plant longleaf pine seedlings this Saturday

The Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association (Sandhills PBA) will be hosting its first event of the year this coming Saturday, January 13, 2024, and is inviting the public to lend a hand planting longleaf pine tree seedlings at one of the Sandhills PBA’s newest landowners’ property. “This Saturday come join us and learn how to plant...

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Open Door Soup Kitchen moving locations, seeks expansion

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • The Open Door Soup Kitchen will be changing locations at the end of January, and hopes to resume offering hot meal service in the future as well as giving away boxes of groceries. More than that, the organizers plan to kick off a fundraiser soon to raise money to...