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Harris Avenue gas leak found, service restoration expected soon

Some businesses on Harris Avenue had to be evacuated Tuesday due to a natural gas leak, Raeford city officials said. The gas was still shut off Wednesday morning, impacting some businesses in the area that use natural gas in their operations. The gas leak started around noon Tuesday in the area of the barber shop...

Storm knocked out power, another round on the way Friday
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Storm knocked out power, another round on the way Friday

[Photo: Crews worked to clean up after the storm Sunday. (Photo by Ken MacDonald)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Another round of winter weather is on the horizon for Hoke County this coming weekend, after the first storm this past Sunday iced up trees and roads.  The winter storm didn’t deliver any snow...

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Main Street Grill reopens with new operator, favorite foods return

The popular take-out grill window next to Home Food has reopened with a new operator, and familiar menu items. Austin Byrd is the new owner and operator of the grill, now known as Main Street Grill. Chicken salad sandwiches, bologna sandwiches and homemade lemonade are just a few of the offerings on the menu at...

Music, dance bring inspiration at MLK banquet
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Music, dance bring inspiration at MLK banquet

[Photo: A dancer with Yvette’s Dancer Academy is lifted into the air during a performance at the banquet. (Photo by Catharin Shepard)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Dancers, singers and guest speakers paid tribute Monday to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement with performances in front of a sold-out...

Winter weather likely Sunday
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Winter weather likely Sunday

The National Weather Service says we’ll likely get less than an inch of snow, but sleet and freezing rain could leave us with to a quarter of an inch of ice. Precipitation is likely to arrive in the wee hours of Sunday morning and continue throughout the day in one form or another. Power outages...

Flying pizza? It’s a real thing
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Flying pizza? It’s a real thing

[Photo: A Flytrex drone delivery is prepared. (Photo by Ken MacDonald)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The future is here in Hoke County, and it’s flying pizza. It’s no joke: what started as a quick and easy way for folks in Hoke County to get their Walmart order has expanded to include food...

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Rockfish community board sponsors candidate meet and greet

The Rockfish volunteer community board is sponsoring a candidate meet and greet for all local candidates seeking office. Members of the public are invited to come out and meet the candidates, ask questions and hear comments offered by people seeking elected offices. Local candidates for office are invited to participate. The event will be Thursday,...

The Ladysticks Show to benefit Dr. Mary K scholarship
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The Ladysticks Show to benefit Dr. Mary K scholarship

61df16f66bc14.html Performing artist Ladysticks is seeking the community’s support as she puts on a show to benefit a scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Mary Kemp Thomas. Ebony Peterkin, known as Ladysticks, is a globetrotting percussionist who’s played venues around the world. Raised in Hoke County, she attended a performing arts high school in...

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Public hearing on Tylertown Fire Department is March 21

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County local government will hold a public hearing Monday, March 21 to give citizens a chance to voice their thoughts on a proposed plan to have Tylertown Fire Department take over independently running the station. Commissioners agreed Monday to hold a hearing, and send out letters to...

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COVID-19 cases surge in Hoke

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • After months of steady numbers, Hoke County along with much of North Carolina has seen adrastic increase in the number of local cases of COVID-19. Hoke County has seen 479 new confirmed cases of the virus in the past seven days, bringing the 14-day total to 655, according...