Sherry Matthews

Position: Editor/Community Relations Manager
E-Mail Address: smatthews@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (910) 249-4612


About Sherry Matthews

Sherry is a 1982 graduate of UNC-Wilmington with BA in English/Communications. She has 30 years of experience as a journalist, 20 of them with The Sampson Independent. A Sampson County native, Sherry is a winner of 3 N.C. Press Association Awards for editorials and general news reporting, and the recipient of 5 NC School Bell Awards for excellence in education reporting. Sherry was the 2001 NC Distinguished Women of NC nominee.

Latest Stories by Sherry Matthews

A 20-year Roseboro man has been charged in connection with an Oct. 18 accident that injured a 15-year-old.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Bryant Alexander Thomas has been charged with felony hit and run and a stop sign violation.
An investigation into the Oct. 18 accident, Smith said, led them to Thomas.
That accident occurre

R'boro man faces hit and run charge

A 20-year Roseboro man has been charged in connection with an Oct. 18 accident that injured a 15-year-old. According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Bryant Alexander Thomas has been charged with felony hit and run and a stop sign violation. An investigation into the Oct. 18 accident, Smith said, led them to Thomas. That accident occurre

A dramatic touchdown in the last 13 seconds of the second half returned the lead to Union's Spartans Friday night and set the tone for the home team's 42-20 victory over Pender.
Coach Doug Burley called it a great win for the Spartans, and he praised his offense, defense and special teams for the overall strong play that handed the football team i

Union hands Pender 42-20 loss

A dramatic touchdown in the last 13 seconds of the second half returned the lead to Union's Spartans Friday night and set the tone for the home team's 42-20 victory over Pender. Coach Doug Burley called it a great win for the Spartans, and he praised his offense, defense and special teams for the overall strong play that handed the football team i

A 43-year-old Sampson County man is behind bars tonight charged with attempted first degree murder and other felonies related to the shooting of a woman on White Woods Road back in August.
Eric Oates, 43, of 635 Clive Jacobs Road has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a

One jailed for attempted murder

A 43-year-old Sampson County man is behind bars tonight charged with attempted first degree murder and other felonies related to the shooting of a woman on White Woods Road back in August. Eric Oates, 43, of 635 Clive Jacobs Road has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a

A Sampson County Sheriff's deputy received a traffic citation following an Oct. 9 accident on Honrine Road. No one was injured in the accident, but property damage to the vehicles was reported.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Deputy Christopher Cantrell was charged following an investigation into the accident which occurred around 6 p.m.

Deputy charged in wreck

A Sampson County Sheriff's deputy received a traffic citation following an Oct. 9 accident on Honrine Road. No one was injured in the accident, but property damage to the vehicles was reported. According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Deputy Christopher Cantrell was charged following an investigation into the accident which occurred around 6 p.m.

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers will have their eyes focused on violators of school bus traffic safety laws over the coming week, mounting an intensified campaign designed to educate motorists and, at the same time, keep youngsters safe.
It's all part of the now annual Operation Stop Arm campaign, which promotes traffic safety around the state's scho

When in doubt — stop

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers will have their eyes focused on violators of school bus traffic safety laws over the coming week, mounting an intensified campaign designed to educate motorists and, at the same time, keep youngsters safe. It's all part of the now annual Operation Stop Arm campaign, which promotes traffic safety around the state's scho

A Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy has been charged in a Wednesday afternoon wreck on N.C. 24.
According to Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Deputy Michael Garcia was cited for a stop sign violation after the wreck which occurred just after noon on N.C. 24 at State Road 1233 (Bonnetsville Road).
Garcia was traveling south on SR 1233 in a marked

A Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy has been charged in a Wednesday afternoon wreck on N.C. 24. According to Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Deputy Michael Garcia was cited for a stop sign violation after the wreck which occurred just after noon on N.C. 24 at State Road 1233 (Bonnetsville Road). Garcia was traveling south on SR 1233 in a marked

Halloween is coming to Clinton a little early this year, with the start of The Sampson Independent's virtual costume contest which began earlier this week.
Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, the Independent and its key advertising sponsors are hosting a virtual costume party and they are inviting everyone to join the spooktacula

SI kicks off online costume contest

Halloween is coming to Clinton a little early this year, with the start of The Sampson Independent's virtual costume contest which began earlier this week. Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, the Independent and its key advertising sponsors are hosting a virtual costume party and they are inviting everyone to join the spooktacula

A 54-year-old Willow Springs woman died over the weekend from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 near the Johnston County line last Wednesday.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Melinda Bradshaw died at UNC Hospitals around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. She had been airlifted to that hospital from Sampson Regional followin

Woman dies four days after wreck

A 54-year-old Willow Springs woman died over the weekend from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 near the Johnston County line last Wednesday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Melinda Bradshaw died at UNC Hospitals around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. She had been airlifted to that hospital from Sampson Regional followin

The flavor of Sampson County is featured in a new book about North Carolina destinations and the recipes that are a part of the rich heritage and traditions of nearly every area of the state.
Among those featured are Christmas in the City and the Spivey's Corner Hollerin' Contest.
Both are part of a 256-page cookbook by Christy Campbell, author o

Sampson faves featured in travel cookbook

The flavor of Sampson County is featured in a new book about North Carolina destinations and the recipes that are a part of the rich heritage and traditions of nearly every area of the state. Among those featured are Christmas in the City and the Spivey's Corner Hollerin' Contest. Both are part of a 256-page cookbook by Christy Campbell, author o

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A Sampson County teenager is facing multiple felony charges after investigators linked him to an August break-in on Sage Lane near Clinton.
Daequan James Baker, 16, of 1074 Rosin Hill Road, Newton Grove, was taken into custody around 11:30 Thursday and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen pr

B&E charges leveled

A Sampson County teenager is facing multiple felony charges after investigators linked him to an August break-in on Sage Lane near Clinton. Daequan James Baker, 16, of 1074 Rosin Hill Road, Newton Grove, was taken into custody around 11:30 Thursday and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen pr





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