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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...

Fire destroys part of FCI agricultural services facility
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Fire destroys part of FCI agricultural services facility

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Fire destroyed part of a local agricultural services business in Hoke County Friday morning. No injuries were reported.  Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at FCI, located on St. Pauls Road just outside of Raeford, Andrew Jacobs of county emergency management said.  “We received a call...

Retired educators receive Order of the Long Leaf Pine
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Retired educators receive Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Four retirees of the Hoke School System received Order of the Long Leaf Pine Awards at the board of education’s recent meeting. State Rep. Garland Pierce presented awards to Queen Ester Hollingsworth-Shaw after her 41 years of service, to Donna Jackson after 31 years service, Patricia Michael, after 43 years of service and Rochelle Arrington...

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Christmas Eve accident kills one person

A woman from Fayetteville was killed Christmas Eve in a two-vehicle accident on Aberdeen Road just outside Raeford. Yvette Marie Allen, 61, of Fayetteville was killed in a head-on crash, according to information from the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The accident happened around 2:14 p.m. Friday, December 24 on N.C. 211 near Sheppard Lane in...

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County works on drainage issues

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two years ago county officials sought grant funding to help address standing water issues in some Hoke County neighborhoods. It’s taken a while, but this month residents in the Goose Pond Road area of South Hoke saw dry land. Andrew Jacobs, grant writer, shared information about the almost...

Andy’s Box helps families at Christmas
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Andy’s Box helps families at Christmas

[Photo: Families gathered for the “Angel Tree” and Andy’s Box thanks to Maggie’s Outreach, Full Effect Gospel Ministries and support from many sponsors. (Contributed photo)]  More than 150 Hoke County youth and their families got help this Christmas thanks to the support of community donors through “Andy’s Box.” Maggie’s Outreach Community Economic Development Center along...

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County will look at options for law enforcement firing range

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke leaders will consider the options for creating a firing range so local law enforcement won’t have to travel to a remote part of the county without bathrooms to practice with their weapons. The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office is nationally accredited, but it’s hampered by not having its...

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Man killed in car accident

A man from Fayetteville died last week and several passengers in the car with him were injured in an early morning accident in Hoke County. James Lamont Bazemore, 47, of Fayetteville was killed in the single-vehicle wreck on Arabia Road, according to a North Carolina Highway Patrol report. The accident happened around 3:30 in the...

Owens receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine
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Owens receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

[Photo: State Sen. Ben Clark presents Rev. Mary Owens with the award. (Contributed photo)]  Rev. Mary Owens, a lifelong member of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church and dedicated educator has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Sen. Ben Clark and Owens’ loved ones surprised her with the presentation at church Sunday. The Hoke...

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Hoke County office closings

Hoke County Government offices will be closed for the holiday season beginning Friday, December 24th through Sunday, January 2nd with the following exceptions: Hoke Area Transit Service (HATS) will be OPEN on Wednesday, December 29 Thursday, December 30   Solid Waste will be OPEN on Monday, December 27 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Thursday, December...

East Hoke Middle celebrates teacher, principal of the year
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East Hoke Middle celebrates teacher, principal of the year

[Photos courtesy of Hoke County Schools] During a surprise announcement Friday afternoon, Hoke County School District’s Principal of the Year, Antonio Covington, and Teacher of the Year, Elizabeth Santamour, were named the 2022 NC Sandhills Region Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Covington and...

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More COVID-19 deaths, cases in Hoke

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • More Hoke residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, and the county saw a slight increase in the number of cases over the past two weeks, according to state officials. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data showed that as of Tuesday, 91 people from...

How the Grinch didn’t take Hometown Christmas
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How the Grinch didn’t take Hometown Christmas

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Grinch was getting up to trouble behind the backs of Santa and Mrs. Claus beside the newly lit Christmas tree in downtown Raeford, but sharp-eyed children spotted him as he tried to sneak away. It turned out he had a heart after all as the Santa-suited, fuzzy...

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Schools seeking $50 million grant for new high school

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke commissioners and school board members joined forces Monday to pursue a $50 million grant from the state with a $10 million local match that could be used to build a new high school facility. School officials aren’t far enough along in the process to have made decisions...

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Filing opens for 2022 elections, four file for commission

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A number of local candidates filed Monday to run for election in Hoke County. Incumbents Hoke County Sheriff Roderick C. Virgil and Hoke County Commissioners Tony Hunt, Harry Southerland and Allen Thomas were among those who filed Monday to run for election. The incumbent candidates for sheriff and...

Three friends launch Raeford Coffee Co.
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Three friends launch Raeford Coffee Co.

[Photo: Joshua Miller, Stephanie Bellomy and Michael Bramer created Raeford Coffee Co.]  By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Three entrepreneurs who met at church and became friends are launching their new joint business venture in Hoke County. The Raeford Coffee Co. held a soft opening last week and will debut at Hometown Christmas this...

Popular Home Food Grill closes
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Popular Home Food Grill closes

[Photo: Tuesday was set to be the last day of service at Home Food Grill. (Photo by Ken MacDonald]  By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A popular spot in downtown Raeford to grab a bite to eat has apparently served its last barbecue sandwich. The Home Food Grill window was taking its last orders...

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Help local children with ‘Andy’s Box’

Maggie’s Outreach Community Economic Development Center is planning a Christmas toy giveaway and needs donations and community support to make the event a success. “Here in Hoke County, we have a problem of under privileged children that generally go without through the year and, especially during the Holiday Season. We are in desperate need for...

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Carolinas Dentist offers no-cost dental care day

Carolinas Dentist is offering a day of no-cost dental care to people who are uninsured and/or facing financial hardship. The dentistry office located at 2040 Club Pond Road in the Walmart shopping center in Hoke County will host a no-cost dental care day Saturday, December 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants should call to reserve...

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Jones honored with Mitch Tyler Award at HNASA banquet

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Dr. Annette Jones brushed away tears Friday night, as Hoke County Commissioner Tony Hunt surprised her with a special award. Jones received the Mitch Tyler Award, named in honor of Hoke County’s first Native American school superintendent. The committee managed to surprise Jones, who didn’t know she was...