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New changes for Hoke government offices, library

There are new restrictions on some Hoke County government offices as of today, and changes to programming at the Hoke County Public Library. Hoke County Manager Letitia Edens issued a public notice about the restrictions, which are meant to limit the exposure of staff and citizens to COVID-19. “Our main priority is the safety and...

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Hoke resident tests positive for COVID-19

A Hoke County resident has tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus, Hoke County Health Department Director Helene Edwards said Wednesday morning. This is the first case of COVID-19 health officials have discovered in the county. The patient was notified of their positive test result on March 18. The patient came into the FirstHealth of the...

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Hoke area closures and changes

The News-Journal is working on compiling a list of all the closures, changes, cancellations and other schedule alterations resulting from the efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a closure, schedule change or event cancellation in Raeford/Rockfish/Hoke County that you would like added to the list, please email the information...

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Executive order changes unemployment benefits

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday an executive order to make it easier for workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic to access unemployment insurance benefits. The executive order eliminated the one-week waiting period for benefits. It removed the requirement that recipients have to be looking for work while they receive benefits. In some cases,...

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Gov. Cooper orders restaurants, bars close dining rooms

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered Tuesday that all restaurants and bars in the state close their dining rooms, but allowed those with the capability of doing take-out and delivery orders to continue doing so. The press release follows: Governor Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holding a media briefing today...

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Commissioners declare emergency

The Hoke County Board of Commissioners voted tonight to declare a State of Emergency. The board members additionally approved the following measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic: Suspend county sewer and water service non-payment cutoffs for 30 days Suspend foreclosure proceedings for non-payment of taxes, and defer tax payment plans during the State of...

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City issues statement on virus

Public Notice by the City of Raeford   The City of Raeford will be implementing steps to limit the exposure of our staff and citizens to COVID-19 and other infections. Our main priority is the safety and security of our community, therefore the following measures will be implemented beginning Tuesday, March 17:    1.    City services...

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Letter from county manager

From Hoke County Manager Letita Edens: As we continue to receive information about COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, we wanted to share with you the steps we are currently taking in Hoke County Government to prevent the spread of this virus. We have been communicating with state and federal officials about COVID-19 and the best...

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Live From The Field

All public schools in North Carolina will close for two weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a live-streamed press conference this afternoon (3/14/20). The governor’s executive order also banned mass gatherings of more than 100 people. Details are still in the works as this was just announced.

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We want your info

If you know someone who is going out of their way to help others amid all the cancellations and closures, please let us know so we can give them a shout-out for helping! Our phone is (910) 875-2121 during business hours, or email cshepard@thenews-journal.com.

‘Freedom Park’ to feature document replicas
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‘Freedom Park’ to feature document replicas

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Local officials and representatives from the nonprofit organization Foundation Forward broke ground last week on the new “Freedom Park” in downtown Raeford. The park will feature monuments displaying replicas of some of the nation’s most historic documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill...

Commission race goes to recount
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Commission race goes to recount

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Incumbent Hoke County Commissioner Bobby Wright has requested the Board of Elections conduct a recount of a close race between himself and candidate Lonnie Baldwin. “Mr. Wright has asked for a recount,” Hoke Elections Director Towanna Jackson said Tuesday.  In the preliminary results of the primary race for...

Other Stuff, not necessarily the news
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Other Stuff, not necessarily the news

By Ken MacDonald • Is it “red and yellow, pet the fellow,” or “red and yellow, bite a fellow?”  Becky, the alleged Texas tour guide, was no help to us last week as what seemed to be a coral snake suddenly darted across the bike path in front of my sister, sending her backwards in...

‘Piper’ gives community, family good scare
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‘Piper’ gives community, family good scare

The Wendell Branch family of Raeford had a scare recently when two-year-old Piper, a retriever mix, escaped from her “Dad” while out on a walk. Her owner uses a wheelchair and wasn’t able to catch Piper, who serves as a support dog for him, according to a missing dog flyer that the Branch family shared...

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Letter: Commissioners never wanted animal ordinance

To the Editor: Hoke County Commissioners never wanted a revised Animal Control Ordinance. After years of ignoring requests from the public for a new ordinance, Commissioners, in 2019, finally requested volunteers to serve on an ACO review committee; 18 people signed up; all 18 were appointed to the Committee. They were given no guidance, except...

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Letter: Supports Hardin, Bibey

To the Editor: The most highly contested race on the Republican ballot is the District 29 DA race between Mike Hardin and Arthur Donadio.  The discerning will vote Hardin.   Hardin has 23 years of “prosecutorial” experience, not some prosecutorial experience and much courtroom experience. Heavy prosecutorial experience is imperative for a D.A.  Hardin has...

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Several things to talk about • (Huff)

I like to keep one or two columns ahead of the News-Journal deadlines, which come every Monday for me. I have found myself in situations where I needed a column and did not have time to really think about a decent topic. As you have seen, I have written columns without a decent topic, but...

’Angel of Five Points’ daily picks up others’ trash
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’Angel of Five Points’ daily picks up others’ trash

By Ken MacDonald •  Miss Diane, as she’s known in the Five Points area, is equipped with a trash grabber, a bag, and a cheerful attitude as she travels Calloway Road, keeping it clean. She emanates good vibes for all her neighbors and travelers—except one, a person she would like to smack. “Oh I would...

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Sun Path merges with California company

Parachuting products manufacturer Sun Path has merged with Rigging Innovations of Perris, California and plans to start making RI products at its location in Raeford. The companies announced the merger Friday at the First Regular PIA Meeting hosted in Myrtle Beach. The business operations will unify as one company and operate under the Sun Path...

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Last week for early voting before primary election

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County disbands animal control committee, citing lack of participation

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  Hoke County last week disbanded a committee of volunteers tasked with examining the animal control ordinance and suggesting improvements. The county cited a lack of participation from the volunteers.  Many of the committee members had stopped attending meetings, according to the committee chairwoman. Committee Chairwoman Ellen Bradford announced...

Browsing the Files
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Browsing the Files

The Rev. Preston Jones, the first University chaplain for black students at UNC-Chapel Hill. (March 1, 1973) Hollingsworth Barber Shop captured the Raeford City Basketball trophy. Pictured are Marion Hollingsworth, (no first name given) Hough, Allen Black, Bobby McMillan, Oscar Cunningham, Leonard Baldwin and Bobby Cunningham. (March 1, 1973) A “submarine” still was destroyed by...

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Hoke shooters defeat Kaiser

Hoke County AJROTC defeated Kaiser High School 886.7 to 826.3 in the National Air Rifle New Shooter League, their fourth win in a row.  They currently have a 4 – 0 record. Hoke County AJROTC was led by Joshua Gonzalez who shot a 244.5. The remaining contributing members were Aracelis Torres, Samuel Locklear, and Megan...

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Man arrested in Hoke accused of murder in Florida

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office assisted law enforcement agents in finding and arresting a man from Florida wanted for allegedly killing his 77-year-old grandfather.  Authorities arrested Scottie Ray Manuel, 33, of Branford, Florida on homicide charges in the death of his grandfather, Wayne Curtis Manuel, also of Branford. Investigators responded to a residence...

Proprietor
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Proprietor

Frank Crumpler’s latest business venture is “Frank’s Place,” a grill located on US401 Business. Here, he kicks back on the front porch. (Catharin Shepard photo)