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United Way eyes another ‘Outstanding’ bounty

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A purely Sampson showcase, a five-course dining experience featuring foods farmed in Sampson and prepared by a select group of its own chefs — all proceeds from which then go back into the community — is returning for seconds.“Outstanding in Our Fields,” the aptly-titled United Way of Sampson County fundraiser, is back this year after a wildly successful inaugural outing in April 2013. The dinner, deemed “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Prestage Hunting Lodge located in the South River Hunting Preserve near Harrells on the outskirts of Sampson County.


Andrew’s Chapel Church disbanded

The Andrew’s Chapel Methodist church has roots back to 1785 in Sampson County; it is located at the intersection of Fleet Cooper and Andrews Chapel Roads. A John Parker, who was born about 1725 in North Carolina, moved from Edgecombe County to Duplin County about 1757. He settled along the west side of Little Coharie Creek in the part of Duplin that became Sampson County, by 1784. John Parker became a prominent landowner and planter. He is considered the first Methodist in Sampson Count...

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Cabbage, a very diet friendly vegetable and now in season

Cabbage is often an underappreciated vegetable, but it’s truly a dieter’s friend. It’s strong-flavored, and may be prepared in a variety of ways, but the diet friendly feature adds extra points for adding this vegetable to your meal plan.The leafy vegetable ranks right up there with broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts with a reputation for fighting cancer. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. The big payoff wit...

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

BirthdaysJuly 20Lisa CannonJohnnie BoonePete WestbrookAngie BellfieldVyquan SmithJean SuttonJuly 21Shelia WilliamsDebbie HallJuly 22Kenneth Earl StricklandBenjaman RumseyMargaret CarterHazel HardwickD. K. SpellSue Und...

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QDA dance group wins multiple national awards

The Quisan’s Dance Academy (QDA) Dance Company from Clinton recently won five National Championship dance titles and a Grand National Championship title at the Star Talent Productions National Championships in South Carolina.These dancers competed in various age levels in the areas of lyrical, jazz, and tap with 35 other studios from across the country.In addition to four platinums and three high platinums, the QDA Dance Company earned several trophies, scholarship...

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Carolina Foot Care at center Monday

Greetings everyone! Hope you all are enjoying the needed rain, as well as the cool off we have had. It really helped out our community garden. The harvest is starting to come off. The squash and cucumbers are so good. Next we will enjoy peas. Such a great project.Hats off to all who helped with the 4th of July celebrations. The cookout, ice cream, socializing, and nice cold watermelon were all good. But the main enjoyment was the guest entertainers; “The Coharie Treasures....

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Bear-ing up

Donna Banks/Special to The IndependentSampson Community College Shutterbugs II photography student Donna Banks capture this unique photo of a bear crossing Vandemere Creek just after Hurricane Arthur. In her words: ‘It was around 6 p.m. on July 5, the day after Hurricane Arthur came through, when I took this picture. While watching the dolphin from a dock on Vandemere Creek, I spotted this bear swimming across the creek. My husband and I jumped in the boat and sped across the...

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Camp Lead-Up coming soon

In a few weeks, Marcus Bass is looking forward to a group of local students making a trip to explore an abundance of future opportunities.“Some of the students that I have talked to have never left Sampson County,” said Bass, a Sampson County native who has worked with local youth for the past few years. “Living in a rural part of the state, they never get that exposure.”He wants children and teenagers to realize that there are plenty of opportuni...

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