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The City of Clinton is expected to boost its cemetery plot fees for the coming year in continuing a plan that began in 2012, as well as hire a contractor to dig all graves to ensure uniformity and accountability.It was during a May 2012 budget work session that staff announced its intention to go up on the plots, floating a proposal to quadruple fees over the next two years, a move to bring it in line with the low end of what other municipalities routinely charge.


Fictionalized biography blurs line between fact and fallacy

What started as diary entries turned into something more for writer Patricia Throckmorton, who is releasing her second book next month. This Sunday Throckmorton will be holding a book signing for her new book, called “Sticks and Stones: A Novel of Life’s Trials,” at the Dr. Victor R. Small House from 2-4 p.m..“I started by writing in my diary,” said Throckmorton, who is known by locals as Pat Register. “Even though that is a thing of the past now...

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Herman K. Crumpler, 89

Herman K. Crumpler, 89TEXAS — Herman Kerr Crumpler, 89, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Forest Park East Chapel, Webster, Texas. Interment will follow in Forest Park East Cemetery.

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James F. Hall, 57

James F. Hall, 57BROOKLET, GA. — Mr. James Franklin Hall, 57, of 1306 Leefield Station Road, formerly of Clinton, died Saturday, April 19, 2014.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation of Clinton.

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Ella M. Avery, 105

Ella M. Avery, 105 FAISON — Mrs. Ella Mae Avery, 105, of 2731 Giddensville Road, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at her home.The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, from the Piney Green Disciple Church of Christ. Burial will follow at the Cobbs cemetery in Faison, N.C.Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. at the Garris Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Olive, with family present from 6-7 p.m.

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Electronic record-keeping brings cost, but possibly incentives, for Health Dept.

With everything going electronic, notably records, reports and files at county departments, the Sampson County Health Department is aiming to utilize a state incentive program to offset the cost of the mandated move for keeping N.C. Medicaid health records.“We’ve got until 2016 (then) we have to have electronic health records,” said health director Wanda Robinson. “DMA (N.C. Division of Medical Assistance) has an incentive grant in place where we can receive...

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Spivey’s Corner area bridge closed

Over the next four months locals living on JB Wilson Road will have to take a detour due to a bridge closure. The bridge is in the area of Midway’s elementary and high schools, and south of the US 421 and US 13 intersection at Spivey’s Corner. The bridge is not slated to reopen until Aug.21, 2014.The bridge, which is located approximately a mile east of US 421, is in the process of being replaced and currently traffic is being rerouted onto Straw Pond School Road....

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DeVane signs to play at UNCW

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Arrests4/22 - Travis Anthony Caldwell, 40, 515 Boone St., Roseboro, failure to appear. Bond $900; court date May 6.4/22 - Michelle Louise Wolfe, 34, 303 E. Duke St., Dunn, court violation. Bond $203; court date April 29.4/22 - Zeblin Greg Jordan, 40, 2967 Alpine Church Road, Harrells, failure to work after paid. Bond $500; court date May 7.4/22 - Amber Nicole Smith, 20, 50 Chicken Lane, Salemburg, possession of meth (1 gram), posses...

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A no vote on alcohol

Dear Editor:The upcoming election for the beer and wine referendum is a slap in the face for families of alcoholics. I wonder how many of our commissioners or ABC Board members, etc. know the heartache that alcohol brings to the alcoholic’s family.Let me fill you in.

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Williams appointed to workforce board

The Sampson County Board of Commissioners recently appointed Donna Williams of Temporary Connections, Inc., to the Triangle South Workforce Development Board (TSWDB) as a private sector representative.The TSWDB is a partnership of business leaders and public organizations committed to the economic development of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Sampson counties.The development board envisions an efficient labor market that offers well-paying jobs for area residents, provides a ...

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‘The Most Fascinating of Them All’

Growing up, my uncle would always tell me of sports stories that fascinated him. He still does. If he has told me one, he’s told me a hundred. I recall him telling me of the way Lew Alcindor of UCLA dominated college basketball in the late 1960s, and the six batters which were given the nickname “Murderers’ Row” on the 1927 New York Yankees team, including baseball greats such as Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri. I remember ...

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Five apps to help grow your green thumb

Springtime is the perfect time of year to get a garden or landscape project started, whether you’ve already developed a green thumb or are new to the gardening scene. Now, with the help of a smartphone, such as the Apple iPhone® 5s, and some creative apps, both novice and experienced gardeners can simplify and enhance growing their gardens and planting the seeds for savings.

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Marketing can be ‘Magical’

John Formica, the “Ex-Disney Guy” and America’s customer experience coach, was at Sampson Community College this past Wednesday, April 23. Many business owners attended the informative seminar on “Making Marketing Magical.” The Ex-Disney executive shared with us some of the key elements for business success.In partnership with the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Center at Sampson Community College, this seminar was designed s...

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A ‘Walk in the Park’ to benefit UCare

On Sunday afternoon, community members are gathering in Newton Grove to take a walk in Weeks Park to garner support and raise funds for UCare, Sampson County’s domestic violence shelter. Newton Grove United Methodist Church members are working together again in support the effort.“Registration for the Walk in the Park will start at 3:30 p.m. and we will walk from 4 until 6 p.m.,” said Teresa Greyard who attends the church.“We will walk around the ...

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Longtime N.Grove librarian leaving a legacy of literature

Lark Thornton remembers when Newton Grove opened its library branch, Bryan Memorial. In fact, she was there.“I remember the opening day, Jan. 3, 1983,” said Thornton, the branch manager at Bryan Memorial, where she’s worked for the past 31 years, holding the lead position there the entire time. “We were working 20 hours a week.”The library was completed the November before, with the dedication on Dec. 12, 1982.Next week, on April ...

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Putting strength back in family

“As our families crumble, so does our nation.”Those words spoken during May National Day of Prayer services in Sampson County last year seem to be an echo that continues to reverberate some 12 months later as we read story after story, news account after news account about children being removed from homes where crimes are being committed, often in their presence; about children left alone and to their own devices for hours on end; about parents who abuse their children...

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From ‘Basses Choice’ to Sampson County

This Bass family column is delving even deeper into the family tree. It is now into the trunk of the tree.Here you will find the Bass family primarily in Virginia. The time period is the 1600-1700’s. They (all 56 Bass family members) arrive in Jamestown on the ship named ” Furtherance ” that sailed from London. They settled on a peninsula in the James River up from Jamestown, Virginia. It is here where Nathaniel Bass, c aptain of the aforementioned ship, establish...

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