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Donations sought for family after house fire

[Photo: Firefighter Ryan Stephenson helped administer oxygen to pet cats rescued from a house fire in Raeford Fields. The pets were saved, but the house was a loss. (Submitted photo)] Firefighters were able to rescue a family’s pets from a house fire over the weekend, but the family was left with nowhere to go after...

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Hospitals seeing strain due to increase in COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Local hospital systems report experiencing an increased number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The area is seeing a “COVID surge,” FirstHealth of the Carolinas said in a statement last week. “FirstHealth’s four hospitals are dealing with a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. On Thursday, 100...

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History-making Hoke High wrestling coach dies

The first coach to lead a Hoke High girls team in the sport of wrestling passed away suddenly last week. Hoke High Head Wrestling Coach Vernon Walworth died Friday at the age of 59. Walworth was a nationally recognized pioneer coach in girls wrestling. For many years he pushed for organization of the sport as...