Year: <span>2021</span>

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$31 million in draft Senate budget could fund new Hoke County courthouse

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The State Senate budget draft includes $31 million in grant funding for Hoke courthouse repairs and renovation. Senate Bill 105, the Appropriations Act 2021, is only a draft of the state budget. It’s subject to changing as legislators work to add, remove or otherwise adjust what’s included. The...

Rockfish has new traffic light
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Rockfish has new traffic light

Rockfish volunteer community board members joined state Rep. Garland Pierce, Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin and North Carolina Highway Patrol Commander Maj. Freddy Johnson Tuesday morning in celebrating a new traffic light that they hope will reduce accidents and improve safety. The new traffic light is turned on at the intersection of Gillis Hill...

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Incumbent Sheriff Peterkin announces reelection bid

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Incumbent Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin announced that he will seek another four-year term in office next year in the 2022 elections. Peterkin made a campaign announcement on Facebook to celebrate the start of his run for another term. He is currently serving the remainder of his...

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Two seek mayoral office as municipal election filing period opens

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two people have filed to run for the office of City of Raeford Mayor in the first days of the open filing period for the 2021 municipal elections. Incumbent Raeford Mayor John K. McNeill, and candidate Chris Parker have filed to seek election to the office, meaning the...

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Storm Elsa could bring wind, rain to Hoke Thursday

Whatever remains of Tropical Storm Elsa by Thursday is expected to cross through North Carolina as it passes inland across the southern states, potentially bringing rain and wind to the Sandhills region. Estimates from the National Hurricane Center early this week shifted the storm’s track slightly to the west as it reached the Florida panhandle,...