Year: <span>2021</span>

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Two dead, one injured in shooting that started at county sports complex

Two people were killed and a third person was sent to the hospital after a shooting Monday night in Hoke County, Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin said. Peterkin confirmed that two people were dead and at least one other person was shot and taken to a hospital. The third person’s condition was not known. Based on...

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Search finds woman’s body, suspect arrested

Hoke County Sheriff’s Office investigators found a missing woman dead inside a home in South Hoke and have a homicide suspect in custody, and also located a missing child, according to authorities. Lumberton Police Department officers charged Donny Dwayne Sessum, 41, in connection with the case, after he reportedly attempted to flee from arrest. A...

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Bowling alley, kids’ entertainment center are coming

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A “classy” bowling alley and a kids’ entertainment center are coming to Hoke County and will be built next to the James A. Leach Aquatics and Recreation Center on U.S. 401, a project representative said Monday. “What we’re going to put there, and you’re going to be so...

Hoke High Class of 1996 celebrates reunion with Tia Hart Program event
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Hoke High Class of 1996 celebrates reunion with Tia Hart Program event

[Photo: The Bucks Class of 1996 at the event Saturday.] The Tia Hart Community Recovery Program and the Hoke County High School Class of 1996 gave out more than 100 food boxes Saturday while celebrating the Bucks’ 25-year class reunion. The two groups joined forces to hold the community event July 31 in honor of...

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Faith Fest is Aug. 14 at Armory Park

In Ya Faith Ministries will host Faith Fest Saturday, August 14 at Armory Park, located at 423 East Central Avenue in Raeford. Faith Fest will have food trucks, gospel groups and a Christian DJ, DJ Super Sutton from Atlanta. Bouncers, face painting, a petting zoo and Spiderman will make an appearance. There will also be...

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The Sand Band headlines concert Aug. 26

The Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce will hold a concert featuring The Sand Band Thursday, August 26 at the 211 Sports Complex. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. The Chamber is busy planning the “End of Summer & School Kick Off Concert” to offer a fun evening of entertainment. “This...

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Raeford approves subdivision

Raeford City Council approved what could become a 70-90-home subdivision near Turnpike Road and N.C. 211. “Gates Farm” would be built on 17 acres of land just north of the highway in 58 lots. No one spoke during a public hearing held Monday night at Council’s regular meeting, though the developer answered a few questions....

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Candidate’s residency challenged in mayor race

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A Raeford City Council member filed a challenge last Thursday against a candidate running for the city mayor’s office, questioning whether he meets one of the requirements to seek election. Council member Wayne Willis filed a challenge July 29 against Raeford mayoral candidate Chris Parker, who announced his...

Head-on wreck injures two drivers
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Head-on wreck injures two drivers

[Photo: Rescuers responded to the accident last Wednesday to help the injured drivers.] A head-on collision at the U.S. 401 bridge over Prospect Avenue in Raeford last week injured both drivers and closed the bridge to traffic while rescuers cleared the roadway. Timothy Wiggins, 49, of the 800 block of Rockfish Road and Diane Williams,...