Conference Champs

Conference Champs

Champions In November the Hoke County High School Boys Varsity Soccer team won the SAC 8 championships. On Friday during the boys’ basketball game, the team was presented with their conference championship banner. The banner will be permanently hung in MacDonald Gym. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

Related: DNA match brings surprise

Related: DNA match brings surprise

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer When Desi Campbell took a genealogy DNA test in 2016, he hoped the results would help him connect with relatives he didn’t even know he had. It did, but not in a way he – or his extended family members – ever expected. Campbell is black, grew up in Washington, D.C., and has family in...

Early voting starts Thursday for May primary

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer One-stop early voting begins this week ahead of the March 3 partisan primary election, with many local, state and federal races on the primary ballots. The county will open two sites as one-stop early voting locations. The Board of Elections Office, located at 227 North Main Street in the Pratt Building, and the Rockfish Community...

First Fridays comes to downtown beginning in May

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer A food truck rodeo, a warehouse jam concert, the return of the mullet roast – with a new twist – and more events are on the way thanks to a new nonprofit set to launch Raeford’s own “First Fridays.” A group of local business owners  working with the city of Raeford have formed an organization...

Hoke County is drowning in trash

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 isn’t operating in Hoke. “They...

$24 million high school proposed*

$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 College representatives to talk about...

Gas station mix-up causes grief

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 in the diesel fuel tank...

Other Stuff

Other Stuff

Not Necessarily the News By Ken MacDonald My wife had a business conference to attend in Chicago so I tagged along over the weekend, and we found ourselves on one of dozens of river tours of the city’s architecture Saturday. As you might expect this was fascinating and enjoyable, but nerd that I am, and also amateur former boat captain...

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 firms that responded to the...

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 clinic is funded through the...

Nine chosen as ‘Meritorious Men of Hoke’

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 and volunteer endeavors. Those recognized...

Soup kitchen expands services

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 move, the soup kitchen has...