Month: <span>November 2021</span>

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Jones honored with Mitch Tyler Award at HNASA banquet

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Dr. Annette Jones brushed away tears Friday night, as Hoke County Commissioner Tony Hunt surprised her with a special award. Jones received the Mitch Tyler Award, named in honor of Hoke County’s first Native American school superintendent. The committee managed to surprise Jones, who didn’t know she was...

Hoke High Class of ’82 graduate celebrates book publication
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Hoke High Class of ’82 graduate celebrates book publication

[Photo: Sylviette D. McGill with her book, “90 Days To Your Better Self.” (Photo by Alima Industries)] A Hoke County High School graduate is celebrating the publishing of her book meant to help people live more fulfilling lives. Sylviette D. McGill’s book “90 Days To Your Better Self, An Interactive Guide to Self-discovery and Healing”...

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Hoke to get millions from state budget

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The biennium state budget Gov. Roy Cooper signed last week contains $31 million in funding for Hoke County to build a new courthouse. The two-year budget includes two payments of over $15 million each year to Hoke County for the project, according to State Rep. Garland Pierce. Pierce...

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Teens died of carbon monoxide poisoning, reports say

Two Hoke High School teenagers who were found dead in a vehicle last month apparently died of accidental, acute carbon monoxide poisoning, according to official documents. The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released Friday autopsy and toxicology results in the investigation into the deaths of Britany Carolina Muñoz-Ramirez, 17, and Ailton Sebastian...

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Hometown Christmas is December 3

The merriest season is approaching fast, and the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are getting ready to help kick it off with the annual Hometown Christmas. Hometown Christmas is back this year with the night of lights, carols and family fun returning to Main Street in downtown Raeford. The event is set for...

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Hoke observes Veterans Day with service

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Veterans Day this year had a doubly special meaning as services honored veterans both living and dead, and marked the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the annual Hoke County Veterans Day service, Freddie McPhaul served as the master of ceremonies and the guest...

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BBQ plate sale Saturday

There will be a BBQ plate sale Saturday, November 6 At Raeford Flea Market on Laurinburg Road from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The plate sale will benefit In Ya Faith Ministries Radio Network and help get In Ya Faith TV Network back on the air, due to losses suffered during COVID-19. For more information call (704)-441-7595...

Roderick Virgil, Hoke sheriff: ‘A new journey for me’
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Roderick Virgil, Hoke sheriff: ‘A new journey for me’

[Photo: Roderick Virgil, appointed interim sheriff.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Roderick Virgil said Monday that he is excited to be sworn in to serve out the remainder of the late Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin’s term, and he plans to run for election to the office of Hoke County Sheriff next year. “I’m...

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County board taps Virgil for sheriff, will be sworn in Friday

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Departing from previously stated intentions, the Hoke County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night to appoint Roderick Cornelius Virgil, not Chief Deputy David Newton to serve out the remaining 13 months of the late Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin’s last term. Virgil will be sworn in to office...

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NC211 head-on accident sent engine block into third car

An accident Saturday night on NC 211 near Ashley Heights sent two drivers and their passengers to a hospital. A third driver wasn’t seriously injured when the engine block from the passing car struck her vehicle. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Hazelwood said the accident happened just before 10 p.m. when a car driven by Nygee...