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Tropical Depression Claudette brings rain, storms through Monday
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Tropical Depression Claudette brings rain, storms through Monday

Tropical Depression Claudette is expected to bring potentially strong storms and up to several inches of rain to the Sandhills, including Hoke County, Sunday into Monday according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh. The most recent predictions Sunday morning said Hoke could receive about one and a half to two inches of rain, possibly...

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Lumber River Council of Governments seeking public input on broadband internet study

The Lumber River Council of Governments (LRCOG) in conjunction with its members Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties, and the municipalities there in are conducting a study aimed at improving broadband availability within the five county region. The LRCOG and its member governments have been working with ECC Technologies, to assess existing infrastructure and...

Schools honor 33 retirees from 2020-2021
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Schools honor 33 retirees from 2020-2021

[Photo: Hoke Schools retirees gathered for a celebration last week.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County Schools honored more than 30 retirees at a luncheon last week, including several people who retired in 2020 but were unable to celebrate at the time due to the pandemic. School principals and Board of Education...

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Community fun day will honor life of late funeral home director Purcell

Hoke native Kenneth Purcell made a lasting impression on many in the area. The renowned funeral director died suddenly last year, and those who knew him want his legacy to continue Purcell Funeral Home will hold its first annual Community Fun Day event Saturday, June 26 in Laurinburg, and will set up scholarships in his...

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COVID-19 grant funding available for grassroots nonprofits to help battle hunger, support recovery

Grassroots organizations seeking funding to help address food access and other relief efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for up to $25,000 in grant money to help their communities. The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Application is now available at https://www.cognitoforms.com/TheConservationFund1/_2021covidemergencyreliefgrantapplication. The money is available thanks to he Blue Cross and Blue Shield...

Benson takes reins as new Hoke High principal July 1
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Benson takes reins as new Hoke High principal July 1

[Photo: Dr. Thomas Benson III, new Hoke High principal (Submitted Photo)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County High School Bucks will welcome a new principal July 1, as Dr. Thomas Benson III steps in as the new chief administrator for the county’s largest public school. The Hoke County Board of Education...