Working to put every child front and center

Working to put every child front and center

In the next few days, students will be heading back to school, all excited and feeling hopeful about having a great school year, looking forward to th...

August 14th, 2016 updated: August 14th, 2016. |  


The quest for community

The quest for community

When people ask me where I grew up, I often answer, “Downtown Clement.” Downtown Clement? Yep, between Clement School and Garthie Carroll&...

August 14th, 2016 updated: August 14th, 2016. |  


Despite mischaracterizations, NC is protecting drinking water

After news reports and editorials inaccurately and unfairly characterized the state’s efforts to protect drinking water, the North Carolina depa...

August 12th, 2016 |  


The husband hunters

Fall arrives as always, chasing close behind August. When I was a child in Virginia, it’s warning chill closed in before the last crops of summe...

August 11th, 2016 |  


Public comment sought on juvenile justice reform

In August, the NC Commission on the Administration of Law & Justice will hold public hearings on its reform proposals. One proposal calls for Nort...

August 10th, 2016 |  


SI internship delivers experience

SI internship delivers experience

It has been a very short summer, or at least that’s what it’s felt like. I’ve been a summer intern for The Sampson Independent since...

August 9th, 2016 updated: August 9th, 2016. |  


Don’t be quick to judge by autopsy

Let’s don’t be quick to judge. Those are words easy to write but harder to apply as autopsy results from a Memorial Day standoff that resu...

August 7th, 2016 |  


They fought and died for this?

They fought and died for this?

It’s summer, and there’s not much on TV. There are the summer reruns and scripted reality shows. (How can a “reality” show hav...

August 7th, 2016 updated: August 7th, 2016. |  


A job well done in Plain View

Strong community support can move mountains. We’ve seen it happen time and again in this great county of ours, and we are witness to it once mor...

August 3rd, 2016 |  


Are these the “Happy Days?”

Are these the “Happy Days?”

“Happy Days Are Here Again.” You can probably hear some trader humming that song this month down on the floor of the New York Stock Exchan...

July 31st, 2016 |