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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

Sampson County Sheriff's officers are on the scene of an apparent home invasion that occurred on Hunt Lane tonight.
Two suspects are being sought, according to Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope.
Few details have been released at this time, but one source close to the investigation said at least one person at the residence was injured.
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2 sought for home invasion

Sampson County Sheriff's officers are on the scene of an apparent home invasion that occurred on Hunt Lane tonight. Two suspects are being sought, according to Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope. Few details have been released at this time, but one source close to the investigation said at least one person at the residence was injured. See more informati

(Editor's note: This is the second of a four-week series featuring photographs taken by students in SCC classes, Digital Do's and Don'ts and Shutterbugs 2.)
Gwyn Rhodes said after 10 weeks of photography instruction at Sampson Community College, even the things she sees every day in her own yard look differently.
She credits the new view to photo

A view from behind the lens

(Editor's note: This is the second of a four-week series featuring photographs taken by students in SCC classes, Digital Do's and Don'ts and Shutterbugs 2.) Gwyn Rhodes said after 10 weeks of photography instruction at Sampson Community College, even the things she sees every day in her own yard look differently. She credits the new view to photo

Middle 'Cats pull out close one

A pair of free throws by Hobbton Middle's Bryson Hall with 10 seconds left in the game sealed victory for the young Wildcat boys who defeated home-playing Midway Middle 44-42. It was an intense game, attested HMS coach Jackson Temple, who noted that both teams played hard, competitive ball throughout the game. “It was really tight the whole

SMS girls kick off season with win

Sampson Middle's girls basketball team got their season off to a roaring start earlier this week, defeating county rival Union Middle 39-18. With six returning girls, coach Jamie Harper said she believed her team's maturity and understanding of the game would be keys to a successful season. Sampson comes off a 9-4 season last year. “We're

BUIES CREEK — Annell and Donald Starling of Clinton were recently honored at Campbell University, courtesy of their son and daughter-in-law, the Honorable Lew Starling and Erika Starling.
With friends Ann and Frank Boyette and James and Norma Jones accompanying them, the Starling family was joined by Campbell officials for a luncheon in thei

Starlings honored at Campbell

BUIES CREEK — Annell and Donald Starling of Clinton were recently honored at Campbell University, courtesy of their son and daughter-in-law, the Honorable Lew Starling and Erika Starling. With friends Ann and Frank Boyette and James and Norma Jones accompanying them, the Starling family was joined by Campbell officials for a luncheon in thei

SMS Horses open season with win

Sampson Middle's Dark Horses improved to a 38-game winning streak Monday in a basketball season-opener against the Union Middle Spartans, taking the win 43-27. It was, coach Ron Davis said, a solid win for a young team returning only five members to its roster this year. “I wasn't sure how we were going to start,” Davis remarked. R

Rebounding lifts HMS over R'boro

Rebounding and put-backs off those rebounds helped propel a young Hobbton Middle team over county rival Roseboro-Salemburg Monday afternoon in the season opener for both teams at R-S. Final score was 35-23, Hobbton. HMS coach Jackson Temple said he was pleased with the way his team played throughout the game, but he offered just as many props to t

A burned vehicle discovered in Sampson County Sunday morning has now been linked to a Rowan County man who has been missing since October.
The vehicle was discovered by Sampson sheriff's officials parked alongside the road off U.S. 421 south near the exit ramp to U.S. 701. When authorities could not determine who the vehicle belonged to, Departmen

Burned car has Rowan County ties

A burned vehicle discovered in Sampson County Sunday morning has now been linked to a Rowan County man who has been missing since October. The vehicle was discovered by Sampson sheriff's officials parked alongside the road off U.S. 421 south near the exit ramp to U.S. 701. When authorities could not determine who the vehicle belonged to, Departmen

A 64-year-old Salemburg man died Tuesday night when the car he was driving crossed the center line and side-swiped a second vehicle on N.C. 242 near state road 1326.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Minson Wade McLamb was pronounced dead at the scene. The weather conditions are not believed to have been a factor in that wreck.
S

S'burg man dies in wreck

A 64-year-old Salemburg man died Tuesday night when the car he was driving crossed the center line and side-swiped a second vehicle on N.C. 242 near state road 1326. According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Minson Wade McLamb was pronounced dead at the scene. The weather conditions are not believed to have been a factor in that wreck. S

As residents pack up today and begin to head out of town for their Thanksgiving travels, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers are, as they always do, urging caution, common sense and an adherence to the traffic laws of the state.
With today among the heaviest traveled days of the year, leading up to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith

HP: Let safety be your guide

As residents pack up today and begin to head out of town for their Thanksgiving travels, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers are, as they always do, urging caution, common sense and an adherence to the traffic laws of the state. With today among the heaviest traveled days of the year, leading up to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith

Long-time Sampson County Board of Education member G.H. Wilson is stepping down from the seat he has held for more than two decades
Wilson just made the announcement at tonight's school board meeting, reading from a prepared statement. The meeting is still going on.
He was first elected to the school board 21 years ago.
See more about his resign

Long-time school board member stepping down

Long-time Sampson County Board of Education member G.H. Wilson is stepping down from the seat he has held for more than two decades Wilson just made the announcement at tonight's school board meeting, reading from a prepared statement. The meeting is still going on. He was first elected to the school board 21 years ago. See more about his resign

On Thursday night, the Sampson County Sports Club inducted five individuals into its Hall of Fame, touting them for their contributions to athletics in Sampson County. It was the fifth class to be inducted since ceremonies began. The ceremony was held at Union High School. Inductees included Fred Burgess, Dale Johnson, Mitchell Naylor, Curtis Smith

Sports Hall-of-Famers inducted

On Thursday night, the Sampson County Sports Club inducted five individuals into its Hall of Fame, touting them for their contributions to athletics in Sampson County. It was the fifth class to be inducted since ceremonies began. The ceremony was held at Union High School. Inductees included Fred Burgess, Dale Johnson, Mitchell Naylor, Curtis Smith

Calls to police reporting suspicious sounds coming from the roof of businesses in Sampson Crossing late in the week are being tapped as at least one catalyst for an extensive investigation that has led to the arrest of four Clinton residents, all now facing myriad felony charges.
The charges stem from what police are calling an organized retail th

4 facing myriad felonies

Calls to police reporting suspicious sounds coming from the roof of businesses in Sampson Crossing late in the week are being tapped as at least one catalyst for an extensive investigation that has led to the arrest of four Clinton residents, all now facing myriad felony charges. The charges stem from what police are calling an organized retail th





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