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Raeford police shoot, kill armed man

Two Raeford police officers shot and killed an armed man Monday night when he drew a handgun and pointed it at them, the Raeford Police Department announced. Tavares Harrington, 34, of the 300 block of East Sixth in Raeford was fatally shot in what Raeford Police Chief Marc Godwin said was an act of self-defense...

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Virgil sworn in as Hoke County sheriff

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Just a few days after his 43rd birthday, Hoke County Sheriff Roderick Virgil raised his right hand and took the oath during a ceremony that marked the start of his first full four-year term in office. The service held Monday at the Mt. Pisgah Community Resource Center saw...

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Hometown Christmas is this Friday on Main Street

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Santa Claus is coming to Raeford this Friday for the seventh annual Hometown Christmas, and so is the Grinch. Santa will arrive in town at 5:30 p.m. December 2 to help with lighting the Christmas tree at Freedom Park, located at the corner of Main Street and East...

Woman gets new home through ReBuild N.C.
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Woman gets new home through ReBuild N.C.

[Photo: Karen McLean celebrates getting the keys to her new home from contractor Eric Pender of Shepherd Response.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Karen McLean’s home on Cumberland Avenue was so badly damaged by Hurricane Matthew that come winter time, she had to put flannel sheets and thick plastic on the cinder block...

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Shooting range could go by treatment plant

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • After rescinding original plans to put a law enforcement gun range near the Hoke County animal shelter, county commissioners will instead consider putting it at the back of wooded property at the county’s wastewater treatment plant. First, they’ll hold a public hearing to get feedback from any citizens...

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Recreation center, swimming pool construction still underway

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Construction crews are still hard at work building the James Leach Hoke County Aquatic Center and will probably be working until the end of December to complete the project, according to county officials. Commissioner James Leach, the building’s namesake, said he visited the building site last week and...

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Local emergency planning committee holds kickoff meeting

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • When Alfred K. “Dooie” Leach got word that one of FCI Inc.’s facilities was on fire on New Year’s Eve, at first he thought it might be the company’s office headquarters, not one of the buildings that works with farm chemicals. When he arrived at the scene on...

Sandhills-born playwright, New York cast bring Gospel play ‘Yesterday is Here’ to Seabrook Auditorium
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Sandhills-born playwright, New York cast bring Gospel play ‘Yesterday is Here’ to Seabrook Auditorium

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A playwright who grew up in the area is returning home this month and bringing with her an original Gospel stage play, “Yesterday is Here.” Arlean Wells founded her own production company, A.N. Wells Enterprise. She writes, directs and produces her own plays, directs productions for other playwrights...

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Incumbents return to commission, sheriff’s office, newcomers join school board

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke voters returned incumbents to the county commission and sheriff’s office, and chose three new members for school board in the 2022 general election. Incumbent Hoke County Commissioners Tony Hunt, Harry Southerland and Allen Thomas, all Democrats, were voted back in for four-year terms over Republican candidates Johnny...

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Mill Prong opens for Christmas Open House Dec. 4

The Board of Directors of Mill Prong, Inc. is inviting the public to a Christmas Open House at Mill Prong House. The historic home is located at 3062 Edinburg Road, Red Springs (in Hoke County). The Christmas Open House is set for Sunday, December 4 from 2-5 p.m. In the late 1700s John Gilchrist, a...

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N.C. Supreme Court rules in favor of funding Leandro plan

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The North Carolina State Supreme Court ruled Friday that a judge did have the authority to order the state to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars to fund a remedial education plan meant to bring public schools into compliance with the Leandro court decision. The justices ruled 4-3...

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ELECTION RESULTS

We’ll post local election results HERE beginning around 7:30 p.m. this evening, Nov. 8.

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Brock book signing is Saturday at library

Rockfish author and family genealogist Claudyne Brock will hold a book signing at the Hoke County Public Library Saturday, November 5 to celebrate the reprinting of her first book. Brock’s children’s book, “Little Johnny Goes to Bible School,” has been updated with new photos, cover art and more as part of its reprinting. She will...

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Early voting closes Saturday, election is Tuesday

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • With a few days still to go in the one-stop early voting, turnout ahead of election day continued to be strong as people go to the polls to choose local, state and federal elections. By close of day Monday over 4,760 Hoke County voters had cast an early...

Have you seen ‘Snuggles’? Pet cockatiel is on the loose in East Hoke
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Have you seen ‘Snuggles’? Pet cockatiel is on the loose in East Hoke

[Photo: Park and Snuggles (Submitted photo)] A Halloween decoration proved to be too scary for an East Hoke resident’s pet cockatiel, and there’s a $1,000 reward offered to anyone who can get the beloved bird safely back home where she belongs. Moon Park’s grey female cockatiel, Snuggles, got the fright of her feathered life around...

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Hometown Christmas returns Dec. 2

It’s almost that time of year again as the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce prepares to present the annual Hometown Christmas in downtown Raeford. This year Hometown Christmas will be held Friday, December 2 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Local businesses will deck the halls with lights and decorations and stay open into the evening for shoppers...

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Early voting opens ahead of Nov. 8 election

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • One-stop early voting is now open at two sites in Hoke County for voters to cast a ballot ahead of the Tuesday, November 8 election day. This year’s election will decide multiple local races including three seats on the Hoke County Board of Education, three seats on the...

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Hunt, Wright win LRCOG awards

Hoke County Attorney Grady Hunt and Raeford-Hoke County Economic Development Director Will Wright received awards this month from the Lumber River Council of Governments (LRCOG) for their efforts serving with the organization. Hunt received the Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee Member of the Year award. Hunt has served as Hoke County local government legal...

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When does Raeford & Hoke County trick-or-treat?

This is a question we get asked a lot, but there’s not an “official” answer! Local governments in Raeford and Hoke County don’t typically set “official” trick-or-treating hours. Unofficially, most people in the area tend to go out with their little ghosts and goblins on Halloween night around the time the sun starts to set...

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Fall Festival kicks off with Turkey Bowl, golf

The North Carolina Fall Festival returns this week with its kickoff events, the Turkey Bowl football game and the Second Annual Marvin Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. Friday night is Hoke High’s Homecoming when the Bucks will take on the Southern Lee Cavaliers from Sanford, Lee County in a battle for the Turkey Bowl trophy. The...

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Hoke High student arrested for bringing a weapon on campus

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A Hoke County High School student was in law enforcement custody Tuesday after an anonymous tip warned school officials that the student planned to bring a weapon to campus. Hoke High Principal Dr. Thomas Benson informed families of the situation Tuesday afternoon through a pre-recorded call about the...

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....