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Festival director dies from COVID-19
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Festival director dies from COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff Writer • Melissa Kaye Pittman, known and loved by many in Hoke County as executive director of the North Carolina Fall Festival, died last week at the age of 54. Pittman passed away Friday, November 6 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital after being hospitalized with COVID-19. A celebration of life...

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Volleyball first sport to go back

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Volleyball players at Hoke’s middle and high schools will be the first to get back to competition this month, although the games won’t look like they used to due to pandemic safety measures. Hoke County Schools, in cooperation with the North Carolina High School Athletics Association (NCHSAA), will...

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Elementary school students to go 4 days after first of year

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County’s elementary schools will return to in-person classes four days a week starting in January, with an online learning option available for parents who prefer to keep their child at home. A new survey going out to parents of elementary students later this month will give families...

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Indoor limit lowered to 10

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two more people in Hoke County have died after contracting COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and overall numbers are showing “a new peak” in virus cases for the state. Gov. Roy Cooper lowered the indoor gathering limit from 25 to 10...