Month: June 2024

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Editorial: I’ll stand by you, and you’ll stand by me
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Editorial: I’ll stand by you, and you’ll stand by me

By Jessica Hendrix Brown • News-Journal Publisher • I walked into a meeting this week and as I sat down, the person beside me sneered and moved away as if I was rotten trash. It’s okay. I know it’s human nature to be a petty jerk sometimes and I try not to expect anyone to be...

A talk with Hoke High School’s new principal
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A talk with Hoke High School’s new principal

Catharin Shepard • News-Journal Editor • Colleen Pegram-Wike is the new principal of Hoke County High School. After years of serving as principal of SandHoke Early College High School, she’s bringing her leadership and educational philosophy to the much larger campus of Hoke High. What are her thoughts on education? What can students expect to...

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Kids, teens in Hoke County can get free summer meals

Children and teenagers 18 and younger can get free meals this summer through Hoke County Schools and other community partners that are working with the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Program. Kids and teens 18 and younger can receive free, healthy meals on weekdays from June 10 through August 2, 2024. No identification or registration is...

Cheers, happy tears at Hoke High Bucks graduation
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Cheers, happy tears at Hoke High Bucks graduation

[Photo: Students walk into the stadium at Hoke High for the 2024 commencement ceremony. Photo by Carrie Palm, see more graduation photos in this week’s issue of The News-Journal, available in stores around the county.) By Catharin Shepard • Editor • The Hoke High Class of 2024 began their high school experience with the COVID-19...

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County shuns News-Journal, sends planning notices to Fayetteville newspaper

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • After the News-Journal filed a lawsuit over public records, Hoke County Commissioners told at least one county department to post local public notices in the Fayetteville Observer instead of the News-Journal. Public notices about a proposed rezoning and an application for a special use permit in Hoke County were...