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 Tuesday, February 18 in Suwannee...

Proprietor

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)  

License plate agency moves

The Hoke County License Plate Agency at 520 West Donaldson Avenue in Raeford, will close Wednesday, February 26 while it moves to a new location. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. February 27 in its new location at 3140 U.S. Highway 401 Business, next to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.  The new office will provide an additional...

Savage wrestles in championship

Savage wrestles in championship

By Ed Clemente •Sports Writer • Hoke County High School senior Josh Savage wrestled in the 2020 NCHSAA State Wrestling Championships over the weekend in Greensboro. Due to the winter weather on Thursday, the first round and quarterfinals were both held Friday evening. I had a chance to talk with Josh prior to his first match. He was very excited...

All-time scoring leader

All-time scoring leader

2018 HCHS graduate and former Buck basketball player Silas Love who attends Brunswick Community College has become the All-Time Scoring Leader at Brunswick CC with 1108 points. Love is pictured with his family. (Photo Provided)

Musselwhite play

Musselwhite play

HCHS varsity soccer player Ava Musselwhite playing in a scrimmage at South View High School on Saturday. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

Scrimmage

Scrimmage

HCHS varsity soccer player Chloe Brundige playing in a scrimmage at South View High School on Saturday. The Bucks season begins this Saturday with a home game starting at 9am vs Scotland. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

Other Stuff

By Ken MacDonald Whatever you think about whether more money will help children in poor counties get an education as good as those in wealthy places, the disparity grows—the gap in North Carolina is getting worse. That’s the conclusion of this year’s report about school funding by the Public School Forum. For 33 years the organization has tracked school funding...

Married

Married

Married Adrienne M. Taylor and Christopher Leach were married February 22, 2020. The bride is the daughter of Wanda Taylor. The groom is son of James and Valerie Leach. (Contributed photo)

Letter: She keeps Calloway Road clean

To the Editor: My family and other families on Calloway Road want to send a special thanks out to a young lady who has made it her passion to keep Calloway Road beautiful. Mrs. Dine has been spotted every weekend briskly exercising and picking up litter. She told me she has bagged as much as 30 bags in a weekend....

Letter: All of us need to work on litter

To the Editor: I want to thank the News-Journal for its story “Hoke County Is Drowning in Trash” bringing the litter crisis to the attention of the citizens of Hoke County. I think it is appropriate to also say that the “boots on the ground” NCDOT employees are working very hard to keep our highways and secondary roads clear of...

View From Frog Holler—Column

In the last episode, I had struggled mightily to arrange the repair of the defective icemaker on my three-year-old refrigerator. This had led me down the perilous path of dealing with a large corporation intent on not dealing with me. I had, nevertheless, apparently cracked the code and been promised a “one time accommodation” to replace the unit at no...

Officers arrest two for identity theft

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two people on charges of identity theft. Deputies arrested Kayla Michelle Quick, 18, and Roy Lee Mathis, 19, both of the 300 block of Wallace McLean Road, on charges of financial card theft, identity theft and felony conspiracy.  Deputies responded to the 300 block of Wallace McLean Road earlier this month...

County sets gaming restrictions

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The Hoke County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday night an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that will place new restrictions on local electronic gaming businesses. The board voted to approve an adjusted version of the proposed changes to the section of the zoning ordinance that governs the businesses. The board removed a proposed...

County to cut, plant trees at community forest

County to cut, plant trees at community forest

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Foresters will use timber thinning and controlled burning to clean out parts of the Hoke Community Forest and replant it with native longleaf pine trees under a newly approved management plan. A steering committee of stakeholders created the plan by working in conjunction with local officials and an experienced forester. The Hoke County Board of...

Early voting is slow

Early voting is slow

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The first week of early voting got off to a slow start Thursday, with plenty of time left for voters to cast a ballot ahead of the March 3 primary election. “It’s been slow,” Hoke County Elections Director Towanna Jackson said of the turnout Monday. Between the two one-stop early voting sites in Rockfish and...

DA candidates address issues: Hardin

DA candidates address issues: Hardin

To help voters get to know the two candidates seeking election to the office of Hoke-Moore District Attorney this year, the News-Journal presents the following question-and-answer with candidates Arthur Donadio and Mike Hardin. Both candidates are Republicans and are on the Republican primary ballot in the March 3 election. No candidates of other parties filed to seek the office. Incumbent...

DA candidates address issues: Donadio

DA candidates address issues: Donadio

To help voters get to know the two candidates seeking election to the office of Hoke-Moore District Attorney this year, the News-Journal presents the following question-and-answer with candidates Arthur Donadio and Mike Hardin. Both candidates are Republicans and are on the Republican primary ballot in the March 3 election. No candidates of other parties filed to seek the office. Incumbent...

Other Stuff

By Ken MacDonald •  The reviews are in, and the McLauchlin Park remake is a hit. If it were an Amazon product it would have 4.5 stars. If it were a movie, it would be two thumbs up. If it were a middle school lunch, it would be eaten and not thrown.  The City can be proud of the project....

Conference Champs

Conference Champs

Champions In November the Hoke County High School Boys Varsity Soccer team won the SAC 8 championships. On Friday during the boys’ basketball game, the team was presented with their conference championship banner. The banner will be permanently hung in MacDonald Gym. (Photo by Ed Clemente)

Related: DNA match brings surprise

Related: DNA match brings surprise

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer When Desi Campbell took a genealogy DNA test in 2016, he hoped the results would help him connect with relatives he didn’t even know he had. It did, but not in a way he – or his extended family members – ever expected. Campbell is black, grew up in Washington, D.C., and has family in...

Early voting starts Thursday for May primary

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer One-stop early voting begins this week ahead of the March 3 partisan primary election, with many local, state and federal races on the primary ballots. The county will open two sites as one-stop early voting locations. The Board of Elections Office, located at 227 North Main Street in the Pratt Building, and the Rockfish Community...

First Fridays comes to downtown beginning in May

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer A food truck rodeo, a warehouse jam concert, the return of the mullet roast – with a new twist – and more events are on the way thanks to a new nonprofit set to launch Raeford’s own “First Fridays.” A group of local business owners  working with the city of Raeford have formed an organization...

Hoke County is drowning in trash

Hoke County is drowning in trash

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Hoke officials are actively working on possible ways to address problems with trash thrown out on public roads across the county. It’s the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s job to manage public roads, but without saying why, the NCDOT informed local government in January that the roadside trash pickup service isn’t operating in Hoke. “They...