Month: <span>July 2020</span>

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School decision next week

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that a decision about how to return to school will be forthcoming next week. In an update streamed from Raleigh, Cooper said educators and health officials continue to work on a plan that will balance safety with getting kids back in school. He said N.C. has seen its highest...

Hoke has fourth death, outbreak at rest home
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Hoke has fourth death, outbreak at rest home

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  A fourth person from Hoke County who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus died last week, and two staff members at Open Arms Retirement Center tested positive for the virus. The person who died Thursday, July 2 was hospitalized with multiple health problems, Hoke County Health Department Director...

Shutting down
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Shutting down

Main Street near Southern Avenue in Raeford will be closed for about two weeks starting this week, city utilities officials said.  The road is closed so workers can complete storm water drainage improvements. The city has planned the improvements for some time in order to help address flooding issues in the area, which tends to...

Wright lauded as building opens
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Wright lauded as building opens

Caption: Wright (center) watches as grandchildren cut the ribbon. (Catharin Shepard photo) By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • “It’s a great morning for Hoke County and its citizens. We wanted to call you together to see that your tax dollars in Hoke County are working real good for you and real well,” Commission Chairman...

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Rockfish Chamber works on incorporation, business, festivals

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  Members of the Rockfish community have come together to form a group dedicated to supporting local business and economic development. But that was only the starting point for the volunteer Rockfish Community Chamber of Commerce. From beautification to incorporation to the Backpack Buddies program, the organization is expanding...

Two sweet ones
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Two sweet ones

And the cabbages are too. John Goins is back this year with more produce from his South Hoke garden. With him are his six-year-old grandson J.W. and two-year-old grandson, Christian. (Contributed photo)

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Commissioners approve planning matters

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved several planning and zoning matters, after engaging in lengthy discussion about the requests during the regularly scheduled meeting. The board members approved a rezoning request to allow a home health agency to open a new office on U.S. 401...

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Huff: Canoe flipped one time too many

In retrospect, I suppose it was a matter of when, not if. Years ago, Charlotte, who has been known to be impulsive, decided having a pond with no boat was somehow just wrong. We obviously needed a canoe and she bought a used one. It is a nice 14-foot fiberglass canoe. I grew up with-flat...

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Company distributes produce bags

Cape Fear Farm Credit will be partnering with local farmers to share their fresh produce with food donation centers and families by packaging these products to provide a traditional “southern produce bag.” The bags will be distributed by CFFC branches through local area partners to make sure families have healthy, local food on their plates...

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Soup Kitchen, Noonday Kitchen give out food

The Open Door Soup Kitchen and Noonday Kitchen are helping feed the hungry in Hoke with food giveaways. The Open Door Soup Kitchen will hold a free food pantry giveaway July 10 beginning at 2 p.m. until supplies are out. The giveaway will be at C.R. Scrubs, located at 4103 Fayetteville Road. The rain date...

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Browsing the Files: looking back

90 Years Ago • July 11, 1930 Thursday morning on July 3 Daniel G. McMillian, prominent citizen of Blue Springs Township, had the misfortune of being bitten by a Pilot snake, the snake striking him on the middle finger of his right hand. He immediately called to his niece, Miss Annie McMillan who lives with...

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Part of Main Street in Raeford closed for two weeks

Part of Main Street in Raeford will be closed to traffic for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, July 6. Main Street near Southern Avenue will be shut down as work crews implement storm water drainage improvements. Drivers may need to plan an alternate route until the road reopens. The Southern Avenue area of Raeford...

Food truck serves up wings, BBQ and ‘soul rolls’
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Food truck serves up wings, BBQ and ‘soul rolls’

Caption: Jackie and Fenton Rogers cook chicken wings and soul rolls in the food truck. Check their Facebook for the latest dates and locations. (Catharin Shepard photos) By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •  There’s a new locally-owned food truck in Raeford that’s cooking up wings, barbecue and much more. Owner Jackie Rogers said she...

Quick retires
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Quick retires

Saying farewellGwen Quick is retiring from her job as a court counselor in Juvenile Justice. After 25 years of working with children and their families her colleagues organized a police-led parade down Elwood Avenue Tuesday morning, a gesture that elicited laughs, smiles and tears from Quick, as she watched from the sidewalk. She’s an active member...

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Schools devise possible plans for reopening

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Returning to class this fall will be unlike any previous school year for Hoke County students, but how deep the changes go will depend on how well the state can slow the spread of COVID-19 between now and then. The North Carolina Board of Education directed public school...

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Hoke’s virus curve rises, up to 370 cases

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer • Hoke County is up to more than 370 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in March, with about two-thirds of those patients presumed recovered from the virus. The county’s seven-day rolling average of new daily cases is rising (see chart). As of Tuesday, 371...

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County sets $15 minimum wage in two steps

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners intend for all county employees to eventually be making at least $15 an hour, beginning with the first of two planned pay increases set to kick in July 1. The Hoke County Board of Commissioners approved the two-phase plan last week as...

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D.A. won’t prosecute mask violations, sheriff won’t enforce

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke and Scotland County District Attorney Kristy Newton doesn’t plan to prosecute any businesses for not complying with a statewide mandatory order to wear face coverings in public. Newton announced her stance on the matter last week in a Facebook post. “One thing that is not disputed is...

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Huff: Washed by jazz (and rain)

It is the first Sunday in June. It has been a hectic week at Frog Holler in spite of the fact that half the country is still shut down. The other half are in the streets protesting the killing of George Floyd, including thousands who attended the viewing and memorial service right here in Hoke...

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Wright Agriculture Building set to open

Hoke County will hold a grand opening for invited guests Thursday, July 2 to celebrate the new Robert A. Wright Hoke County Agricultural Building. The recently completed building will house the Hoke County Cooperative Extension and serve as a base for other local agricultural activities. The building features a large meeting space that can also...

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Lesson looks at coping when water supply fails

The Environmental Health section of the Hoke County Health Department is planning to hold a tabletop exercise next month to be better prepared for emergencies involving local water supplies. The exercise, set for July 21, will likely be a mix of in-person but socially distanced training, and online instruction. The preparedness work is just a...

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Man charged with larceny after car chase

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office pursued two larceny suspects in a high-speed chase into Robeson County and arrested one person, while the other fled on foot. Deputies called to the 200 block of Sand Rock Road in reference to a reported larceny reportedly observed a burgundy Chevrolet S-10 truck hauling an air conditioner...

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Man charged with drug trafficking

Deputies with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit arrested a man on drug trafficking charges after reportedly finding 14 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Investigators patrolling the area of Fayetteville Road conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, deputies reportedly noticed an odor of marijuana...

Browsing the Files: Looking back over the years
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Browsing the Files: Looking back over the years

Captions: A machine at Addis Cates Co. cucumber station in South Hoke Community automatically washes, sorts by size and conveys cucumbers to bushel baskets. The station is managed by Ernes McEachern, in background. (July 5, 1973) • A cement trucks pours concrete onto the ground at the site of the new Edenborough Shopping Center last...

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Girl Scouts named ‘High Achievers’

Two Hoke County Girl Scouts, Campbell Burt and Emily Shoemaker were recently recognized as High Achievers for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls join the ranks of the High Achievers Club when they sell 5,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies or more since participating in their first cookie season. The High Achievers Club recognizes...