City Council holds meeting on COVID-19 measures

City Council holds meeting on COVID-19 measures

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Raeford City Council held a meeting Friday morning to approve several coronavirus-related measures, including closing city facilities to the public and waiving disconnect fees for city utility service. The council voted to approve the following items: 1. Closure of all City of Raeford facilities to the general public until March 30, 2020;...

Hoke County Public Library closing due to virus

The Hoke County Public Library will be closed to the public as of March 20, according to a statement from the library director. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Overdue fines will not be charged during this time. Our book drop is open for returns, including DVDs & CDs. Materials may be renewed at the catalog link on...

Disaster loans available for small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration granted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s...

Cape Fear closing locations to visitors

From Cape Fear Valley Medical… “To protect staff and patients from risk of COVID-19, all Cape Fear Valley Health System locations, including hospitals and outpatient clinics, will be closed completely to visitors until further notice with the following exceptions: Labor & Delivery: Laboring mothers may have one support person/coach for the duration of their stay. If the support person/coach leaves...

Why wash 20 seconds? Watch this

By Ken MacDonald • My wife is a nurse, and she’s requiring everyone in our family to watch this short video about washing our hands. (It’s plain from my own observation that not many take this admonition seriously—except our three-year-old granddaughter, who sings the entire long-play version of “Let it Go,” while she washes.) Once you read this and see...

Health officials investigating first COVID-19 case in Hoke County

Health officials investigating first COVID-19 case in Hoke County

Hoke Health Department Director Helene Edwards (at right) and medical director Dr. Karen Smith (at left) answer questions Wednesday at a press conference. Photo by Ed Clemente • By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A Hoke County resident tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19 and is in quarantine at home with his family, health officials said at a press...

Interview with Hoke Health Department Director Helene Edwards

[cmsmasters_row data_shortcode_id=”ppzfgj4hwt” data_padding_bottom_mobile_v=”0″ data_padding_top_mobile_v=”0″ data_padding_bottom_mobile_h=”0″ data_padding_top_mobile_h=”0″ data_padding_bottom_tablet=”0″ data_padding_top_tablet=”0″ data_padding_bottom_laptop=”0″ data_padding_top_laptop=”0″ data_padding_bottom_large=”0″ data_padding_top_large=”0″ data_padding_bottom=”50″ data_padding_top=”0″ data_bg_parallax_ratio=”0.5″ data_bg_size=”cover” data_bg_attachment=”scroll” data_bg_repeat=”no-repeat” data_bg_position=”top center” data_color=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_top_style=”default” data_padding_right=”3″ data_padding_left=”3″ data_width=”boxed”][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″ data_shortcode_id=”8aihiip8xp” data_animation_delay=”0″ data_border_style=”default” data_bg_size=”cover” data_bg_attachment=”scroll” data_bg_repeat=”no-repeat” data_bg_position=”top center”][cmsmasters_audios shortcode_id=”l53dnmj0ub” preload=”none” animation_delay=”0″][cmsmasters_audio shortcode_id=”05y2wepx1″]459|http://www.hokenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/MyRecording.m4a[/cmsmasters_audio][/cmsmasters_audios][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row]

Governor’s office says call 211 for virus help

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office issued a press release announcing N.C. 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina will serve as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services...

‘If you have children, you must tell them how their father was brave’

‘If you have children, you must tell them how their father was brave’

Son of Hoke mowed down on bridge while cutting line to explosives, saving town and countless people   By Ken MacDonald • Maggie Mae McRacken was 32 years old when she read the letter from Madame Drou of Mayenne, France, describing her husband’s death the year before.   “I am an unknown woman for you, but you are not for...

He went AWOL to avoid virus

He went AWOL to avoid virus

Oscar Lee Dunbar By Ken MacDonald •    The virus touched my wife’s family in a big way, and I’m beginning to understand the implications a little better now. Not the COV-19, though, but the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. To summarize, her grandfather went AWOL from the Army, hid in the swamps of eastern North Carolina for three years,...

Helping hands reach out in Hoke

It can be easy to become overwhelmed during times of crisis, but there are always those who go above and beyond to help others. We want to spotlight people who are rising to the occasion. If you know someone in Hoke County helping others during the coronavirus pandemic, let us know, and we’ll give them some kudos. Email cshepard@thenews-journal.com with...

Companies offer help for those affected

Some agencies and companies are offering support during the pandemic. Here are a few that are making changes to help customers.   Charter offers students free internet Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum internet for families with students in order to help them keep learning during school closures. The company issued the statement: “Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and...

Huff: Going to make the best of it

By Ron Huff •  As I sit here, the television is blaring information about the Corona virus from every possible outlet. Even the sports outlets are focused on the virus as most sports have been cancelled or suspended. The supermarkets are being flooded by nervous, if not panicked, consumers who are stocking up on everything. Here at Frog Holler we...

Browsing the Files

102 Years Ago October 24, 1918   The influenza situation has reached such alarming proportions over the state that the mayor called a mass meeting of the citizens of Raeford to discuss means to combat it. At this meeting it was decided to appoint fifteen representative men of the town to devise means of protecting the health of this community....

The News-Journal will inform, hell or high water

We at The News-Journal plan to continue publishing and informing, no matter what, believing it’s even more important than ever. We’re already publishing frequent updates online at Hokenews.com, a site we were developing to provide Hoke County coverage for mobile and web users. The site will be subscription-based to help us continue coverage of Hoke County, but our virus coverage...

Other Stuff, Not Necessarily The News

By Ken MacDonald • Tuesday morning was depressingly rainy, and when I arrived at work, the Main Street Methodist Church steeple was playing “Be Still My Soul.” I had just listened to the New York Times podcast and a doctor at a 1,000-bed hospital in Italy who portrayed a very sad picture indeed, and one we’re likely headed for in...

Concerned you might have the virus?

Area healthcare systems can offer support for people who feel they may need to be screened for the coronavirus. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updated its recommendations Friday to say that people should be tested if: You have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the...

Schools devise online learning, feeding buses

Schools devise online learning, feeding buses

By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • At the largest elementary school in Hoke County, teachers and staff worked for hours Monday to prepare over 750 laptop bags packed with iPads and Chromebooks for families to pick up for their children. A parent walked up to the locked front door of Rockfish Hoke Elementary, only for Principal Shawn O’Connor to...

Community shuts down

Community shuts down

By Catharin Shepard •  Staff writer •  As health experts and government leaders continued tracking the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19, people in Hoke County started to feel the effects of the response to slow the spread of the pandemic. Both Hoke County and the city of Raeford issued statements about the coronavirus, informing citizens that officials are...

We interview James Leach, Hoke commission chair, on the virus

[cmsmasters_row data_shortcode_id=”fpofyiq14o” data_padding_bottom_mobile_v=”0″ data_padding_top_mobile_v=”0″ data_padding_bottom_mobile_h=”0″ data_padding_top_mobile_h=”0″ data_padding_bottom_tablet=”0″ data_padding_top_tablet=”0″ data_padding_bottom_laptop=”0″ data_padding_top_laptop=”0″ data_padding_bottom_large=”0″ data_padding_top_large=”0″ data_padding_bottom=”50″ data_padding_top=”0″ data_bg_parallax_ratio=”0.5″ data_bg_size=”cover” data_bg_attachment=”scroll” data_bg_repeat=”no-repeat” data_bg_position=”top center” data_color=”default” data_bot_style=”default” data_top_style=”default” data_padding_right=”3″ data_padding_left=”3″ data_width=”boxed”][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″ data_shortcode_id=”ud1rx5da3h” data_animation_delay=”0″ data_border_style=”default” data_bg_size=”cover” data_bg_attachment=”scroll” data_bg_repeat=”no-repeat” data_bg_position=”top center”][cmsmasters_audios shortcode_id=”s90qj6pmhj” autoplay=”true” preload=”none” animation_delay=”0″][cmsmasters_audio shortcode_id=”kxko0x58n”]425|http://www.hokenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/JL.mp3[/cmsmasters_audio][/cmsmasters_audios][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row]

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 security of our Community,” Edens...

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 Carolinas Primary Care clinic at...

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 to cshepard@thenews-journal.com so we can...

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, people who have their work...

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 at 2 p.m. At that...