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Man killed in Rockfish accident

A man from Spring Lake died last week in a two-vehicle accident that happened at a Rockfish intersection. Roosevelt Gay Sr. of Spring Lake died when the moped he was riding on collided with a passenger car, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7 at the...

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Fall Festival street fair is Saturday

The North Carolina Fall Festival returns this week with live music on two stages, the annual Turkey Bowl football game and Senior Day fun for Hoke’s senior citizens. Melissa Kaye Senior Day is set for Wednesday, October 13. The event is named after the late Fall Festival Director Melissa Kaye Pittman. The event will happen...

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Comments on sheriff’s office invited

The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration,...

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Less than a third of Hoke population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, update from NCDHHS says

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Due to an apparent error in how the state was applying vaccination data, Hoke County doesn’t have nearly as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as previously reported by state and federal agencies, according to an update from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Originally...

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Commissioners table rezoning request

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to table a requested general use rezoning for future housing and commercial development, based on a request from the county planner and after hearing concerns from Rockfish residents about potential impacts. In a scene that has played out in...

New book by former commissioner shares stories of people and past
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New book by former commissioner shares stories of people and past

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Long before she ran for public office, former Hoke County Commissioner Ellen McNeill wanted to document and preserve the history of White Oak School. Along the way, she ended up collecting the stories of many Hoke County men and women who played important roles in the community –...

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Sandhills offering some no-cost classes

Sandhills Community College’s Continuing Education College and Career Readiness (CCR) division offers classes to help individuals earn a High School Equivalency diploma, learn English, improve spelling, math, and writing skills, or prepare for college-level English or math courses. These classes are at no cost and employ various instructional methods designed to meet students’ unique learning...

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County picks companies for new courthouse, administrative building

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • If the North Carolina General Legislature comes through with $31 million in funding for a new Hoke County Courthouse, Metcon will work with Silling Architects to design and build it. The county expects to spend another estimated $5-6 million to build a new county administration building alongside the...

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County considers shelters for homeless, domestic violence victims

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County officials plan to investigate using part of about $5 million in federal funds to build shelters for the homeless and those escaping domestic violence. The county commissioners voted Monday to consider a proposed plan for how to use the money Hoke has received from the American...

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Charity bike run set for Oct. 2

A charity motorcycle ride set for Saturday, October 2 will help raise money for the justice-involved community and returning citizens. The ride is set to start at the 211 sports complex located at 3195 Red Springs Road in Hoke County. The registration begins at 9 a.m. with kickstands up at 10 a.m. The registration costs...

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Hoke’s incumbent state senator won’t seek another term in 2022

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Hoke County’s incumbent state senator won’t seek another term in office when his current term is up in 2022. Sen. Ben Clark III, a Democrat who represents both Hoke County and part of Cumberland County in North Carolina’s state Senate District 21, said Monday he won’t run for...

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Paratrooper dies after fiery wreck

A man died Monday after his vehicle crashed into a tree and caught on fire in Hoke County. A press release Tuesday from Fort Bragg officials said a paratrooper was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Hoke. The paratrooper was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. The North Carolina...

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First Friday on Main is Oct. 1

After a year of being sidelined by the pandemic, the Downtown Raeford Business Association (DRBA) will present Raeford’s First Friday this October with live entertainment and plenty to see and do. The First Friday on Main Street in Raeford is set for 6-10 p.m. Friday, October 1. The event will feature a performance by the...

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DSS Director loses home in fire

Hoke County Department of Social Services Director Terry Stanton and his family lost their home in a house fire last week, and are gratefully accepting donations to help them get back on their feet. “We lost everything, but we have been getting donations for clothes and people have been giving us financial donations to buy...

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Fall Festival golf tournament signups open, set for Oct. 9-10

The North Carolina Fall Festival is returning to Hoke County this year with a golf tournament, Senior Day, the Turkey Bowl football game and the annual street fair in downtown Raeford. Golfers can now sign up to participate in the First Annual Marvin Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament as part of the upcoming 2021 North Carolina...

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Sheriff: sweepstakes operation shut down Thursday

Hoke County Sheriff Dr. Hubert Peterkin said Thursday that deputies have raided and closed a sweepstakes operation that didn’t have the county’s permission to open its doors. Officers were busy Thursday morning clearing out a warehouse near Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters on U.S. 401, after learning that a business owner had moved sweepstakes machines...

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New menu, new owner for a familiar ‘Place’

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A “Place” for hungry diners in Raeford has a new owner and is reopening with a brand-new menu and extended hours of operation. Frank’s Place, founded in 2019 by former Hoke County Coroner Frank Crumpler, is now Jess’s Place – named after Jessica Vanallen, who is launching her...

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Law enforcement warns of break-ins

A rash of vehicle break-ins in the community caused local law enforcement to warn residents to lock their doors and not leave valuables inside cars. “Hoke County residents – as a community, we are undergoing a hefty amount of breaking and entering of motor vehicles, as well as vehicles being stolen. Several neighborhoods in the...

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County will take part in national 9/11 memorial

Hoke County will take part in a special ceremony happening nation-wide this September 11 to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks of 20 years ago. The county was chosen as one of 60 communities across the country to participate in the first annual National Flag of Honor Across America Memorials. Organizer Brandy McPherson presented...

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Hoke sees three more deaths, high hospitalizations due to COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • After months without a death due to the pandemic, Hoke County recently saw three more people die after testing positive for COVID-19. So far 59 residents of the county have died after contracting the virus, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. More than...

Donations sought for family after house fire
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Donations sought for family after house fire

[Photo: Firefighter Ryan Stephenson helped administer oxygen to pet cats rescued from a house fire in Raeford Fields. The pets were saved, but the house was a loss. (Submitted photo)] Firefighters were able to rescue a family’s pets from a house fire over the weekend, but the family was left with nowhere to go after...

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Hospitals seeing strain due to increase in COVID-19

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • Local hospital systems report experiencing an increased number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The area is seeing a “COVID surge,” FirstHealth of the Carolinas said in a statement last week. “FirstHealth’s four hospitals are dealing with a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. On Thursday, 100...

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History-making Hoke High wrestling coach dies

The first coach to lead a Hoke High girls team in the sport of wrestling passed away suddenly last week. Hoke High Head Wrestling Coach Vernon Walworth died Friday at the age of 59. Walworth was a nationally recognized pioneer coach in girls wrestling. For many years he pushed for organization of the sport as...