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Hoke High Class of ’82 graduate celebrates book publication
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Hoke High Class of ’82 graduate celebrates book publication

[Photo: Sylviette D. McGill with her book, “90 Days To Your Better Self.” (Photo by Alima Industries)] A Hoke County High School graduate is celebrating the publishing of her book meant to help people live more fulfilling lives. Sylviette D. McGill’s book “90 Days To Your Better Self, An Interactive Guide to Self-discovery and Healing”...

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Hoke to get millions from state budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The biennium state budget Gov. Roy Cooper signed last week contains $31 million in funding for Hoke County to build a new courthouse. The two-year budget includes two payments of over $15 million each year to Hoke County for the project, according to State Rep. Garland Pierce. Pierce...

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Teens died of carbon monoxide poisoning, reports say

Two Hoke High School teenagers who were found dead in a vehicle last month apparently died of accidental, acute carbon monoxide poisoning, according to official documents. The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released Friday autopsy and toxicology results in the investigation into the deaths of Britany Carolina Muñoz-Ramirez, 17, and Ailton Sebastian...

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Hometown Christmas is December 3

The merriest season is approaching fast, and the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are getting ready to help kick it off with the annual Hometown Christmas. Hometown Christmas is back this year with the night of lights, carols and family fun returning to Main Street in downtown Raeford. The event is set for...

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Hoke observes Veterans Day with service

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Veterans Day this year had a doubly special meaning as services honored veterans both living and dead, and marked the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the annual Hoke County Veterans Day service, Freddie McPhaul served as the master of ceremonies and the guest...

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BBQ plate sale Saturday

There will be a BBQ plate sale Saturday, November 6 At Raeford Flea Market on Laurinburg Road from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The plate sale will benefit In Ya Faith Ministries Radio Network and help get In Ya Faith TV Network back on the air, due to losses suffered during COVID-19. For more information call (704)-441-7595...

Roderick Virgil, Hoke sheriff: ‘A new journey for me’
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Roderick Virgil, Hoke sheriff: ‘A new journey for me’

[Photo: Roderick Virgil, appointed interim sheriff.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Roderick Virgil said Monday that he is excited to be sworn in to serve out the remainder of the late Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin’s term, and he plans to run for election to the office of Hoke County Sheriff next year. “I’m...

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County board taps Virgil for sheriff, will be sworn in Friday

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Departing from previously stated intentions, the Hoke County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night to appoint Roderick Cornelius Virgil, not Chief Deputy David Newton to serve out the remaining 13 months of the late Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin’s last term. Virgil will be sworn in to office...

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NC211 head-on accident sent engine block into third car

An accident Saturday night on NC 211 near Ashley Heights sent two drivers and their passengers to a hospital. A third driver wasn’t seriously injured when the engine block from the passing car struck her vehicle. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Hazelwood said the accident happened just before 10 p.m. when a car driven by Nygee...

‘He believed in every person he ever met’ – Sheriff Peterkin remembered, honored, mourned at emotional service
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‘He believed in every person he ever met’ – Sheriff Peterkin remembered, honored, mourned at emotional service

[Photo: The funeral was held at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters Friday afternoon. Seats were packed with Peterkin’s family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers; WRAL live-streamed the service.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Bold, courageous, reliable, a mentor, a dedicated man – that was how friends and fellow leaders described Hoke County...

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Schools online Friday, students get day off Friday, Nov. 12

Hoke County Schools will be online only for all students Friday, October 29 due to expected traffic impacts from Hoke Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin’s funeral. More than half half of all county school buses travel through the area in East Hoke near the Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters where the service will be held, school...

Families, friends mourn Hoke High students found dead
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Families, friends mourn Hoke High students found dead

[Photo: Remembering Britany Carolina Munoz Ramirez and Ailton Sebastian Tirado-Martinez at an emotional soccer game Monday night. (Submitted photo by Hoke County Schools)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two teenagers were found dead this weekend in a vehicle parked near an elementary school in Hoke County, with family, friends and the school community...

Crumpler assumes duties of sheriff, board will vote on interim
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Crumpler assumes duties of sheriff, board will vote on interim

[Photo: Hoke County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Newton shakes hands with Hoke County Coroner Frank Crumpler.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Coroner Frank Crumpler will assume the duties of sheriff until the county commissioners meet the first week in November to appoint an interim to serve out the rest of...

Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin dies, leaves deep legacy
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Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin dies, leaves deep legacy

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert A. Peterkin died Friday night, leaving the community where he was born and raised in shock from the longtime leader’s unexpected passing. He was 59 years old, and served as sheriff for nearly 20 years. Peterkin had cancer and died from complications during...

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Halloween events are coming up

Halloween this year is set for Sunday, October 31, and trick-or-treaters will be out and about in Raeford and Hoke County in the evening hours. The city and county local governments of Raeford and Hoke don’t have any rules governing trick-or-treat times. The Raeford Police Department suggested the hours of 6-8 p.m. on Halloween for...

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Support seniors, families in need this Christmas

Hoke County agencies are seeking people interested in helping make Christmas brighter for senior citizens and families in need this year. Hoke County Senior Services is hosting an “angel tree” to help support seniors. An individual, business, church family or other organization can choose an ornament from the Christmas tree in the senior services office,...

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Man killed in Rockfish accident

A man from Spring Lake died last week in a two-vehicle accident that happened at a Rockfish intersection. Roosevelt Gay Sr. of Spring Lake died when the moped he was riding on collided with a passenger car, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7 at the...

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Fall Festival street fair is Saturday

The North Carolina Fall Festival returns this week with live music on two stages, the annual Turkey Bowl football game and Senior Day fun for Hoke’s senior citizens. Melissa Kaye Senior Day is set for Wednesday, October 13. The event is named after the late Fall Festival Director Melissa Kaye Pittman. The event will happen...

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Comments on sheriff’s office invited

The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration,...

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Less than a third of Hoke population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, update from NCDHHS says

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Due to an apparent error in how the state was applying vaccination data, Hoke County doesn’t have nearly as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as previously reported by state and federal agencies, according to an update from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Originally...

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Commissioners table rezoning request

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to table a requested general use rezoning for future housing and commercial development, based on a request from the county planner and after hearing concerns from Rockfish residents about potential impacts. In a scene that has played out in...

New book by former commissioner shares stories of people and past
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New book by former commissioner shares stories of people and past

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Long before she ran for public office, former Hoke County Commissioner Ellen McNeill wanted to document and preserve the history of White Oak School. Along the way, she ended up collecting the stories of many Hoke County men and women who played important roles in the community –...

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Sandhills offering some no-cost classes

Sandhills Community College’s Continuing Education College and Career Readiness (CCR) division offers classes to help individuals earn a High School Equivalency diploma, learn English, improve spelling, math, and writing skills, or prepare for college-level English or math courses. These classes are at no cost and employ various instructional methods designed to meet students’ unique learning...

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County picks companies for new courthouse, administrative building

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • If the North Carolina General Legislature comes through with $31 million in funding for a new Hoke County Courthouse, Metcon will work with Silling Architects to design and build it. The county expects to spend another estimated $5-6 million to build a new county administration building alongside the...