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Hoke County is drowning in trash
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Hoke County is drowning in trash

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Hoke officials are actively working on possible ways to address problems with trash thrown out on public roads across the county. It’s the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s job to manage public roads, but without saying why, the NCDOT informed local government in January that the roadside trash pickup service...

$24 million high school proposed*
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$24 million high school proposed*

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer A proposed $24 million School of Engineering facility for students in grades 9-12 could be in the county’s future to offer teens more education options, and help deal with overcrowding at the aging Hoke High campus. The Hoke County Board of Education met Monday with county commissioners and Sandhills Community...

Gas station mix-up causes grief
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Gas station mix-up causes grief

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Drivers who fueled up their vehicles at an Alco gas station near the Hoke-Moore County line earlier this month ran into problems due to a fuel delivery mix-up, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. A fuel delivery driver apparently put diesel fuel in the gasoline tank and gasoline...

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Board wants pool ideas

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The Hoke County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday to hear proposals from several architect firms interested in designing the county’s first public swimming pool and recreation center. The board will reconvene Thursday at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ room in the Pratt Building on Main Street to interview design...

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Goshen Medical to open clinic

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Goshen Medical Center will open a new clinic in Raeford next month to help low-income individuals and families receive medical care. The clinic will open August 1 at 102 Southern Avenue, in the same building once occupied by a similar clinic operated by South Central Community Health Center. The new...

Documentary features white civil rights leader
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Documentary features white civil rights leader

Members of the NAACP hosted a unity march—in honor of slain Hoke young people—Saturday downtown in Raeford before viewing the documentary “Al: My Brother” at Turlington School. (Ken MacDonald photo)

Nine chosen as ‘Meritorious Men of Hoke’
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Nine chosen as ‘Meritorious Men of Hoke’

The Hoke County Public Library honored nine men last week for their many years of contributions to the community by inducting them as the 2019 Meritorious Men of Hoke. This year’s class of honorees includes businessmen, church pastors, educators, and others who have given back (See MERITORIOUS, page 5) to Hoke County through their work...

Soup kitchen expands services
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Soup kitchen expands services

By Diane Adame Intern   The sounds of pots and pans clanking erupt throughout a blue house on Turnpike Road as volunteers prepare to feed approximately 150 people every afternoon. Previously a day care center, this blue house now operates as the new location for The Hoke County Open Door Soup Kitchen. But since its...