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“Hoke County Peacekeepers” plan march, protest Friday in downtown Raeford

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A newly formed Facebook group of citizens in Hoke County plans to hold a peaceful protest in downtown Raeford this Friday, the day before a public viewing and private memorial service for George Floyd is set to take place. The Hoke County Peacekeepers will hold a protest Friday,...

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Ministry leads peaceful protest in Raeford with remarks, prayers

About 60 people came together at 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to march through downtown Raeford in a peaceful protest, carrying signs and singing gospel. Walking By Faith Divine Ministry organized the march in memory of George Floyd, according to a Facebook post. Protesters walked from the Hoke County Courthouse on Main Street to the Hoke...

Protesters in Raeford
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Protesters in Raeford

A group of protesters peacefully marched from Main Street along Central Avenue with signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “God Bless America and Give Us Peace.” The group sang gospel music with a band which played aboard a trailer, as they progressed up Central Avenue Wednesday evening. Another protest is scheduled for Friday at 1...

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Protest in downtown Raeford set for Friday, June 5 at 1 p.m.

A protest is in the works to be held in downtown Raeford Friday, June 5 at 1 p.m., organized by a group called the Hoke County Peacekeepers. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said he is in contact with the event organizers, and plans to walk with the protestors himself. The News-Journal is reaching out to...

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Public viewing, private memorial for George Floyd set for Saturday in Hoke County

The family of George Floyd will hold a public viewing and private memorial service in Hoke County Saturday, June 6. As widely reported, Floyd’s sister, Bridgette Floyd, lives in Hoke County. The family will hold a public viewing from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters (10225 Fayetteville Road, Raeford NC 28376....

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County updating emergency declaration ordinance and curfew

Hoke County is updating its curfew, issued Sunday night, to remove language in the document that originally would have allowed “essential” businesses to remain open past curfew. County Manager Letitia Edens said Monday the county planned to remove that wording as the state no longer designates some businesses as essential. County Attorney Grady Hunt confirmed...