Month: June 2020

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[Opinnion] Letter: Pastor gets parade of appreciation

To the Editor: Saturday morning prayer was interrupted by a surprise, love appreciation parade for Pastor Willie Mae Graham. As the horns blew with flashing lights, a line of vehicles on Duffie Road, entered the parking lot of Faith Anointed Temple where Elder and Pastor Graham were greeted from trucks, cars and vans by members,...

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Letter: This was a graduation to be proud of

To the Editor: From a parent: I applaud Hoke County High! Many may have only seen a small portion but all the way down Bethel the teachers and staff had cars lined up and decorated! The stage wasn’t as small as it seemed! It was beautifully decorated, and the kids had a personal walkway to...

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Huff: Lots to do, lots to love

By Ron Huff •  Spring has brought the usual flurry of activity at Frog Holler but even more than usual. Even though it has been over two years, we are still trying to get over the destruction caused by Hurricanes Florence and Matthew. In addition, the recent acquisition of some additional land has made it...

Hoke has eyes of world at memorial service for George Floyd
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Hoke has eyes of world at memorial service for George Floyd

[cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_text] Caption: Bridgett Floyd is emotional during service for her brother. (Ken MacDonald photos) By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Grief, gospel, demands for justice and acknowledgement of an historic moment not only for Hoke County but for America, characterized a public viewing and family memorial held here Saturday for George Floyd. “Perry...

Peaceful protests call for reform
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Peaceful protests call for reform

[cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_text] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hundreds of people marched through downtown Raeford Friday afternoon, many carrying signs and wearing shirts with messages speaking out against racism, and local law enforcement leaders walked with them.   It was the second of two peaceful protests held in Raeford last week after the death...

‘Peacekeepers’ strive to build community in Hoke
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‘Peacekeepers’ strive to build community in Hoke

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Le’tour Ardel was awake at 1:30 in the morning one day last week, thinking about the death of George Floyd and wondering what he could do to take action in Hoke County. Out of that desire to help the community and in the wake of Floyd’s death at...

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Man charged with murdering his wife in Rockfish

A man fled from authorities Sunday after allegedly murdering his wife in Rockfish, according to Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin. Investigators caught and arrested the suspect in Forsyth County. Law enforcement arrested Donald McMillian of the 9800 block of Rockfish Road in connection with his wife’s death. Investigators accused McMillian of killing his wife, Geovanna...

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Lumberton police chase ends here

A police chase that started in Lumberton Sunday when a man allegedly fired gunshots at officers, ended in Hoke County with his arrest. Authorities arrested Emanuel Lee McPherson, 31, of Lumberton on charges of felony assault on law enforcement officers, first-degree kidnapping, drug charges for marijuana possession and a citation for failure to wear a...

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Hoke covid cases steady

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County was up to a total of 283 known cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, according to numbers from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The county added about 35 known positive cases over the past week. The total number includes the county’s known active cases,...

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Carpenter named Director of the Year

The School Nutrition Association has named Hoke County Schools Child Nutrition Executive Director Deborah Carpenter the 2020 Director of the Year for the state of North Carolina. “On behalf of SNA, I would like to thank you for the great work you do every day to ensure well-nourished students are prepared for success,” SNA President...

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Carpenter named Director of the Year

The School Nutrition Association has named Hoke County Schools Child Nutrition Executive Director Deborah Carpenter the 2020 Director of the Year for the state of North Carolina. “On behalf of SNA, I would like to thank you for the great work you do every day to ensure well-nourished students are prepared for success,” SNA President...

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No tax increase in county’s proposed budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •   Hoke County Commissioners got their first look at the county manager’s proposed 2020-2021 budget ordinance, which does not include a property tax increase. “My proposed budget does not have an increase to the tax rate, it remains the same,” Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens said last week. The...

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No tax increase in county’s proposed budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •   Hoke County Commissioners got their first look at the county manager’s proposed 2020-2021 budget ordinance, which does not include a property tax increase. “My proposed budget does not have an increase to the tax rate, it remains the same,” Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens said last week. The...

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City passes budget, no tax increase

Raeford City County unanimously approved its budget for 2020-2021 at an 8 a.m. Monday meeting in chambers. The $5.6 million budget is changed from a draft the board examined last month, reflecting preferences of city workers. City Manager Dennis Baxley said instead of a 1.5 percent cost of living increase for employees, an increase of...

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City passes budget, no tax increase

Raeford City County unanimously approved its budget for 2020-2021 at an 8 a.m. Monday meeting in chambers. The $5.6 million budget is changed from a draft the board examined last month, reflecting preferences of city workers. City Manager Dennis Baxley said instead of a 1.5 percent cost of living increase for employees, an increase of...

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Huff: Goodbye to last uncle

After a long struggle during which he cheated death many times, Jack Putnam Huff, my last uncle, headed for heaven in mid-May. Jack was my dad’s youngest brother and was the last sibling standing of four. He will be greatly missed. My first recollections of Jack were when I was very young in the early...

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Huff: Goodbye to last uncle

After a long struggle during which he cheated death many times, Jack Putnam Huff, my last uncle, headed for heaven in mid-May. Jack was my dad’s youngest brother and was the last sibling standing of four. He will be greatly missed. My first recollections of Jack were when I was very young in the early...

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Letter: Look to local black role models

To the Editor: I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family of George Floyd here in Hoke County and elsewhere. 1) The police officer, who held George Floyd down, knee on neck, has rightfully been arrested. Charges have been upgraded to 2nd Degree murder. Those officers with him, who made no attempt to...

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Letter: Look to local black role models

To the Editor: I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family of George Floyd here in Hoke County and elsewhere. 1) The police officer, who held George Floyd down, knee on neck, has rightfully been arrested. Charges have been upgraded to 2nd Degree murder. Those officers with him, who made no attempt to...

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Letter: Smart Start has gone above and beyond

To the Editor:  I wanted to send a letter to share my experience with Smart Start in Hoke County during the pandemic. One of the many struggles of daycares and preschools trying to open back up is getting cleaning supplies as they are so hard to find to the pandemic. While I know all the...

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County will end curfew today, city’s curfew already ended

Hoke County Commission Chairman James Leach said he planned to sign a resolution Tuesday afternoon ending the county-wide curfew. City leaders ended Raeford’s curfew Monday. Local leaders put the curfew into effect Sunday, May 31 in the wake of “civil unrest” in neighboring Cumberland County. After two peaceful protests and the conclusion of the George...

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City ends curfew, county to follow

Raeford ended its curfew this morning, effective at 8:52 a.m. Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens says the county will take similar action today. The county’s curfew was enacted by the entire board of commissioners, and includes a provision that it will remain in effect until the commission ends it. The curfews were put in place...

Memorial honors Floyd’s life as speakers call for change
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Memorial honors Floyd’s life as speakers call for change

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • After thousands of people waited in 90-degree heat Saturday to participate in a public viewing held in Hoke County for George Floyd, family members held a memorial service that was broadcast live on TV channels for an audience of millions. Amid gospel songs and worship, guest speakers and...

Hundreds march in Raeford, rally in memory of George Floyd
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Hundreds march in Raeford, rally in memory of George Floyd

The “Hoke County Peacekeepers,” a new grassroots organization created after the death of George Floyd, marched through downtown Raeford Friday afternoon, and rallied at the Hoke Library. Speakers including organizer Le’tour Ardel, Hoke Sheriff Hubert Peterkin, Police Chief Marc Godwin, Commissioners Harry Southerland, Allen Thomas and James Leach, and Hoke native Terrell Stephens chanted and...