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NCWorks career expo set for August 5

The NCWorks Career Center will hold a career expo next week to help connect people with job opportunities. The expo is set for Thursday, August 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the center, located at 304 Birch Street in Raeford. There will be companies at the expo looking to hire.

Bridge back open after accident
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Bridge back open after accident

The 401 bridge over Prospect Avenue in Raeford reopened Wednesday afternoon after rescuers cleared a vehicle accident. The accident happened around 2 p.m. Emergency services responded to the scene to provide aid. Calls to 911 reported injuries from the accident. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Commission hears courthouse plan proposals
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Commission hears courthouse plan proposals

[Photo: Commissioners and Metcon officials look at a model of downtown Raeford.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke’s new courthouse needs a “wow” factor, but also has to be built to stand for generations – just as its predecessor has done for the last century, county commissioners discussed Monday. “We want people to...

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Schools will decide on masks for fall semester

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Education will meet Thursday to decide whether children attending Hoke County Schools will be required to wear masks in the classroom this fall. The board is expected to also discuss other COVID-19 safety measures for the upcoming semester. Most Hoke students will start...

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Students can eat no-cost school meals

All students enrolled in Hoke County Schools can receive meals at no charge to them for the 2021-2022 school year, according to Hoke County Schools Child Nutrition. The school system will receive reimbursement for the meals through the federally funded United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. This is the third year...

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Senior Services will host bingo

Hoke County Senior Services invites county residents 55 years or older to come out and join them for Bingo Monday, August 9 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Senior Services is located at the McLaughlin Building, 423 E. Central Avenue in Raeford. Temperature checks and masks are required for attendance. For more information, call Senior Services at 875-9293...

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Arrest made in shooting

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man who turned himself in to authorities in connection with a shooting that happened earlier this month. Deputies arrested Shawn Antonio Davis, 35, no address given, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon....

$20,000 reward offered for information in shooting death of Jeremiah Woods
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$20,000 reward offered for information in shooting death of Jeremiah Woods

[Photo: Nehemiah Woods, twin brother of the late Jeremiah Woods, speaks at a press conference about his family’s loss and asks for people with information to come forward.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of a suspect or...

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School supplies donation drive is Saturday

Puppy Creek and Hillcrest Fire Departments will host a donation drive supported by all the local fire stations in the Hoke County area to collect school supplies for children. Firefighters will be out at Walmart located at 4545 Fayetteville Road Saturday, July 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with boxes to collect donations of school supplies....

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Multiple people charged in drug busts

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office announced they have made several drug bust arrests in the last week. Detectives executed a search warrant July 14 at a location on the 1500 block of McBryde Mill Road. During the search, officers reportedly located 25 dosage units of suspected morphine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Investigators...

Candidate Chris Parker announces run for Mayor
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Candidate Chris Parker announces run for Mayor

[Photo: Chris Parker (Submitted photo)] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Raeford mayoral candidate Chris Parker has launched his campaign for the office, and is planning upcoming events to give voters a chance to speak with him. Parker is the founding and senior pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Raeford, where he has been...

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Woman stabbed, man arrested on assault, kidnapping charges

Raeford Police have a suspect in custody wanted for allegedly stabbing a woman after she broke off their relationship, according to authorities. Officers responded around 2:11 a.m. Sunday, July 11 to a call of someone being stabbed in the vicinity of the 1000 block of East Central Avenue. On arriving at the scene they learned...

Donated fire truck will help teach next generation of firefighters
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Donated fire truck will help teach next generation of firefighters

[Photo: Chief Donnie Smith of Raeford Fire Department, Fire Academy graduate Sol Vasquez of Aberdeen Fire Department, Chief Freddy Johnson of Stoney Point Fire Department and Training Captain David Schroer of Hillcrest Fire Department with the retired fire engine that will have a second career training future firefighters.] By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer •...

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New subdivision called Cameron Village planned for construction behind Walmart

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners approved last week a major subdivision plat request for a new development that will bring up to 124 new homes to the Club Pond Road area. The commissioners approved the plat request for a subdivision that will be called Cameron Village, to...

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Man from Hoke shot and killed

A man was fatally shot during an altercation last week, but no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office. Paul McLeod, 42, was shot in an altercation. Authorities were still waiting on the results of an autopsy and further information from the investigation, Capt. Steven Blakley...

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Two incumbents file for Raeford City Council

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two Raeford City Council incumbents have filed to seek another term in office in the 2021 municipal elections. If elected, Wayne Willis and Charles Allen will again serve four-year terms. Allen is currently serving his second term in office since being elected in 2013. Willis is serving his...

What is THAT in Raeford? – Green shipping containers and a great big wood chipper
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What is THAT in Raeford? – Green shipping containers and a great big wood chipper

[Photo: Some bright green shipping containers stacked at a transloading site off of Main Street in Raeford.] Folks in Raeford have a keen sense of curiosity, enough to stop and ask, “what is THAT?” when something new or different appears. Something new and different did appear in downtown Raeford in the Edinborough shopping center parking...

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$31 million in draft Senate budget could fund new Hoke County courthouse

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The State Senate budget draft includes $31 million in grant funding for Hoke courthouse repairs and renovation. Senate Bill 105, the Appropriations Act 2021, is only a draft of the state budget. It’s subject to changing as legislators work to add, remove or otherwise adjust what’s included. The...

Rockfish has new traffic light
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Rockfish has new traffic light

Rockfish volunteer community board members joined state Rep. Garland Pierce, Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin and North Carolina Highway Patrol Commander Maj. Freddy Johnson Tuesday morning in celebrating a new traffic light that they hope will reduce accidents and improve safety. The new traffic light is turned on at the intersection of Gillis Hill...

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Incumbent Sheriff Peterkin announces reelection bid

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Incumbent Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin announced that he will seek another four-year term in office next year in the 2022 elections. Peterkin made a campaign announcement on Facebook to celebrate the start of his run for another term. He is currently serving the remainder of his...

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Two seek mayoral office as municipal election filing period opens

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Two people have filed to run for the office of City of Raeford Mayor in the first days of the open filing period for the 2021 municipal elections. Incumbent Raeford Mayor John K. McNeill, and candidate Chris Parker have filed to seek election to the office, meaning the...

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Storm Elsa could bring wind, rain to Hoke Thursday

Whatever remains of Tropical Storm Elsa by Thursday is expected to cross through North Carolina as it passes inland across the southern states, potentially bringing rain and wind to the Sandhills region. Estimates from the National Hurricane Center early this week shifted the storm’s track slightly to the west as it reached the Florida panhandle,...