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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

The life of a 30-year career veteran police officer was taken Tuesday night in a drunk driving accident on Overland Road just outside Clinton's city limits, and the man believed responsible remains in jail under a more than quarter-million dollar bond.
According to information from the N.C. Highway Patrol, Joseph Edward Townsend, 69, of Stephen Ro

Wreck claims life of veteran officer

The life of a 30-year career veteran police officer was taken Tuesday night in a drunk driving accident on Overland Road just outside Clinton's city limits, and the man believed responsible remains in jail under a more than quarter-million dollar bond. According to information from the N.C. Highway Patrol, Joseph Edward Townsend, 69, of Stephen Ro

No foul play is believed to be involved in the death of a 30-year-old Cumberland County man whose body was discovered in a creek adjacent to the intersection of Butler Street and Cooper Drive Tuesday, but an investigation into the incident is ongoing by Clinton Police.
The Independent learned of the discovery Tuesday and Police chief Jay Tilley co

Body found in Clinton creek

No foul play is believed to be involved in the death of a 30-year-old Cumberland County man whose body was discovered in a creek adjacent to the intersection of Butler Street and Cooper Drive Tuesday, but an investigation into the incident is ongoing by Clinton Police. The Independent learned of the discovery Tuesday and Police chief Jay Tilley co

A deadly love triangle story that turned this community upside down some three decades ago will play out again this summer, as filming for a movie based on a book drawing its inspiration from the events will set up production locally.
The book, written by Sampson Independent editor Sherry Matthews and provisionally titled “Hymn of Commitment

Film coming to Clinton

A deadly love triangle story that turned this community upside down some three decades ago will play out again this summer, as filming for a movie based on a book drawing its inspiration from the events will set up production locally. The book, written by Sampson Independent editor Sherry Matthews and provisionally titled “Hymn of Commitment

Local police are seeking the public's help in locating a Clinton man they believe may be connected to a Tuesday night shooting at Dogwood Circle that injured a 28-year-old.
According to Police chief Jay Tilley, warrants have been drawn against Robert Andrew Daquan Williams, 22, of Clinton, charging him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assa

Clinton man sought

Local police are seeking the public's help in locating a Clinton man they believe may be connected to a Tuesday night shooting at Dogwood Circle that injured a 28-year-old. According to Police chief Jay Tilley, warrants have been drawn against Robert Andrew Daquan Williams, 22, of Clinton, charging him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assa

A 20-year-old Clinton man is facing a laundry list of misdemeanor traffic charges following a brief chase Tuesday afternoon through the city.
Sampson County Sheriff's authorities made the arrest, taking Thomas Michael Carlson, of 1937 Southeast Blvd., into custody and charging him with one count each of failing to register a motor vehicle, driving

Chase ends in arrest

A 20-year-old Clinton man is facing a laundry list of misdemeanor traffic charges following a brief chase Tuesday afternoon through the city. Sampson County Sheriff's authorities made the arrest, taking Thomas Michael Carlson, of 1937 Southeast Blvd., into custody and charging him with one count each of failing to register a motor vehicle, driving

Surveillance footage from a convenience store security camera helped local law enforcement officers identify a Sampson County man they believed was responsible for a weekend robbery in Roseboro.
The Sampson Independent just learned that Joseph Christopher Williams, 41, of 221 Kelsey Court, was taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with c

1 jailed for robbery

Surveillance footage from a convenience store security camera helped local law enforcement officers identify a Sampson County man they believed was responsible for a weekend robbery in Roseboro. The Sampson Independent just learned that Joseph Christopher Williams, 41, of 221 Kelsey Court, was taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with c

Clinton Police are searching for those responsible for a weekend shooting that killed one man and injured another.
The Sampson Independent learned Monday that officers responded to Sampson Regional Medical Center in the wee hours of Sunday morning after receiving a report of two gunshot victims being brought to the emergency room there.
One of th

Shooting kills 1

Clinton Police are searching for those responsible for a weekend shooting that killed one man and injured another. The Sampson Independent learned Monday that officers responded to Sampson Regional Medical Center in the wee hours of Sunday morning after receiving a report of two gunshot victims being brought to the emergency room there. One of th





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