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As part of their May Day Spring Fling festivities, a group of students and teachers at Midway Elementary School will be cutting their hair to donate it to a charity that makes wigs for children with hair loss.“I do it every year myself,” said Corinna Davis, a fourth-grade teacher at Midway Elementary School. “I thought it would be cool for the kids to join in.” Davis said that this is the fourth time she has donated hair and that she is looking forward to making another contribution at the May Day event at the school.


Sampson County Sports Club Hall Of Fame nominations due April 30th

The Sampson County Sports Club is accepting Hall Of Fame nominations from now until April 30th. Newly elected President of the club, Tim Pope, stated that the person nominated must have ties to Sampson County and must have impacted the county in some ways related to athletics.In order to get a nomination form, contact your local high school’s athletic director. You must then fill out and return the form to your respective athletic director.The induction ceremony wi...

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Honor roll

Listed below are students who made the honor rolls at Union Intermediate and Midway Elementary during the third nine week grading period.Union IntermediatePrincipal’s ListGrade 4: Joel Serrano Arenas, Raymond HayesGrade 5: Diego Lerma, Allison Naylor, EdwinHonor Roll

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JSCC Convocation April 29

KENANSVILLE — James Sprunt Community College’s annual Convocation in recognition of Community College Month will be held on Tuesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. in Monk Auditorium on the JSCC campus. This event also highlights the success of the college during the past year. A reception will be held on the grounds immediately following the event.Donors to James Sprunt Community College Foundation in 2013 will be recognized during the ceremonies. The event is open to the public....

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Kids get egg-cited over Easter hunt

The Clinton Recreation and Parks Department held their annual Easter egg hunt earlier this month, with some 200 children, baskets in hand, armed and ready to gather a bounty of colorful eggs.There were 10 lucky egg winners in each age category, and one youngster from each group honored as the person who found the most eggs.Some 2,000 eggs were hidden — and found — during the hunt, held at Royal Lane Park. Inside the eggs were toys and candy, both delightful s...

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‘Pond’ John and the upcoming Bass reunion

Robert Bass, 1842-1905, and Eliza Caroline King , 1848- 1903, parents of Joe Bass, were married in 1875. He was 33 and she was 32. They were married for 25 years. Robert had a brother, Joshua, and two sisters, Ketty and Anna. Robert’s twin brother was John , known in the community as “Pond” John because he would walk around the pond on the farm many times a day. He suffered from being shelled shocked while serving in the Army during the Civil War.

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Senior Center gets grant for garden

Happy Easter to all! Remember, “Jesus is the Reason” for the season. It is not about the hats and dresses and food and parties, but the death, suffering, and most of all, the resurrection of Jesus. “Praise Jesus”! Enjoy this special day with family and friends!A special shout out to my mother, Ms. Eloise Brewington, who is 97 years old and going strong. She has lived to see five generations: Eloise, Carol, Tomekia, Tiana and Chloe. Bless you. May you live to...

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Midway Middle grabs two wins

Midway Middle won two games this week before taking a week off from school and baseball. The Raiders downed Hobbton Monday, at Hobbton, winning 12-1. Midway then hosted Harrells Christian Academy Wednesday, and earned a tough, 7-6 win.In the game against Hobbton, Midway started Carson Calcutt on the mound. Calcutt was the winning pitcher, as he went 4 innings, striking out 7. Donte Lindsey pitched an inning, and so did Chandler Williford, in relief. Each pitcher struck out a batter...

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Boggs and Midway earn track honors

Danny McDowell/Sampson IndependentMidway Raider Alex Boggs was named MVP following first place finishes in the 400 and 800 meter runs, and in the 4x8 and 4x4 relays.Danny McDowell/Sampson IndependentThe Midway Raiders track team celebrate the Sampson County championship following the Civitans Meet held at Lakewood recently.

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L’wood District elementary Math Quiz Bowl adds up to success

On April 16, the future mathematicians of the Lakewood District elementary schools competed against each other in a battle of brains and speed.Students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades from Roseboro Elementary and Salemburg Elementary were selected to compete in the math bowl. Selections were made based on student’s classroom performances, effort, and practice problems.

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‘Tossing for Tim’s Gift’ set for next month

Last year, a fairly new group with a shared love of shag dancing raised funds to send five young cancer patients to summer camp. Next month, that same group will be holding an event at Ribeyes of Clinton to benefit a local nonprofit ministry.The SamCo Shag Club, bolstered by the assistance of more than a dozen local business and individual sponsors, is holding the “Tossing for Tim’s Gift” cornhole tournament and raffle, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at Ribeyes. ...

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Medicaid ‘a bear’ for Health Department

Issues with Medicaid, especially those concerning undocumented pregnant women, have cost the county an estimated $13,000 just in the first quarter of 2014 alone, Sampson County Health Department officials say.“Medicaid has been a bear for us this year,” health director Wanda Robinson told the Board of Commissioners earlier this week.In no area has it been more of a bear than presumptive Medicaid, the period during which pregnant women are eligible to receive ...

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Why not vote early?

There’s no excuse for not voting in this year’s primary election. There are ample times to handle any excuse that might come up for not voting between next Thursday, April 24, and the May 6 primary.Early voting gets under way on April 24, and the Sampson County Board of Elections is offering daily opportunities for residents to work a stop by the BOE offices into their daily routine. Voters can do so beginning at 8 a.m. that Thursday, the first day of voting and continu...

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Ford pays homage to world’s favorite pony car with Mustang 50-year Limited Edition

Fifty years after debuting one of the world’s most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.“When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be i...

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Outreach in our churches

Andrews ChapelThe male chorus will celebrate their anniversary Sunday, April 20, 3 p.m., at the church, located on Reedsford Road, Clinton. The Rev. Theodore Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church, Warsaw, will be the master of ceremonies. On the program will be Hines Chapel, Warsaw; First Baptist Male Chorus, Turkey; First Baptist Male Chorus, Roseboro; Snow Hill, Roseboro; Unity Male Chorus, Duplin County; and the Southernaires of Wallace. Revival will be held at...

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‘Barefoot in the Park’ enters final weekend

Tom Wilbur/SCTCorie Bratter (Erica Miller) sings out ‘Shama, Shama’ (an old Albanian Folk Song) after a cold night on the town (a winter night on Staten Island—Brrr!), in Sampson Community Theatre’s hilarious production of ‘Barefoot in the Park, sponsored by Clinton Appliance and Furniture Company and directed by Tom Wilbur. Final performance dates areApril 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and a matinee Sunday, April 20 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 990-6424 or...

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This man called Jesus

He was a tall man, even by today’s standards. His hair was worn shoulder length as was the custom of the Hebrew people. His tunic, a kimono-like garment fitted him closely at the neck and was made of linen. The tunic was held snugly to His body by a girdle. Simply, a long strip of cloth that was wrapped around the waist and fastened in a knot with a clasp, or sometimes by twisting it around itself.

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Set thine house in order

Hezekiah was one of the kings of Judah and thus can be read about in the books of Kings and Chronicles. However, since he was contempory with the prophet Isaiah, one can read of some interactions between the two there as well. At one point in Hezekiah life, we read “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said, unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live” (Isaiah 38:1). Thou...

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