Letting freedom ring in Sampson


On Sunday night, the sky over Newton Grove lit up with a fireworks display, bringing to a close an Independence Day celebration at Weeks Park that included live music, food vendors, games and inflatable rides for children and various activities for everyone. Events were organized by The Fourth of July Planning Committee of Newton Grove, and also saw the return of the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant. More photos on A12.


Fireworks explode in the sky, the culmination of Sunday’s festivities at Weeks Park in Newton Grove.


A couple children ride down one of the inflatable rides at Weeks Park during Sunday’s celebration.


Children escape into the shade Sunday as they await the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant, which returned after a hiatus for the last couple years.


Carlie Brook Wade, center, was named the Little Miss 4th of July, Emery Bass, right, was named the Tiny Miss 4th of July and Jenna Bridges, left, was named the Petite Miss 4th of July for 2017. The Little Miss 4th of July division is for ages 6 to 10, while the Tiny Miss 4th of July division is for ages 3 to 5. Contestants had to live within 10 miles of Newton Grove or in the Hobbton District portion of Sampson County Schools.


On Sunday night, the sky over Newton Grove lit up with a fireworks display, bringing to a close an Independence Day celebration at Weeks Park that included live music, food vendors, games and inflatable rides for children and various activities for everyone. Events were organized by The Fourth of July Planning Committee of Newton Grove, and also saw the return of the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant. More photos on A12.

Fireworks explode in the sky, the culmination of Sunday’s festivities at Weeks Park in Newton Grove.

A couple children ride down one of the inflatable rides at Weeks Park during Sunday’s celebration.

Children escape into the shade Sunday as they await the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant, which returned after a hiatus for the last couple years.

Carlie Brook Wade, center, was named the Little Miss 4th of July, Emery Bass, right, was named the Tiny Miss 4th of July and Jenna Bridges, left, was named the Petite Miss 4th of July for 2017. The Little Miss 4th of July division is for ages 6 to 10, while the Tiny Miss 4th of July division is for ages 3 to 5. Contestants had to live within 10 miles of Newton Grove or in the Hobbton District portion of Sampson County Schools.

On Sunday night, the sky over Newton Grove lit up with a fireworks display, bringing to a close an Independence Day celebration at Weeks Park that included live music, food vendors, games and inflatable rides for children and various activities for everyone. Events were organized by The Fourth of July Planning Committee of Newton Grove, and also saw the return of the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant. More photos on A12.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_NG-1-2.jpgOn Sunday night, the sky over Newton Grove lit up with a fireworks display, bringing to a close an Independence Day celebration at Weeks Park that included live music, food vendors, games and inflatable rides for children and various activities for everyone. Events were organized by The Fourth of July Planning Committee of Newton Grove, and also saw the return of the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant. More photos on A12.

Fireworks explode in the sky, the culmination of Sunday’s festivities at Weeks Park in Newton Grove.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_NG-2-2.jpgFireworks explode in the sky, the culmination of Sunday’s festivities at Weeks Park in Newton Grove.

A couple children ride down one of the inflatable rides at Weeks Park during Sunday’s celebration.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_NG-3-2.jpgA couple children ride down one of the inflatable rides at Weeks Park during Sunday’s celebration.

Children escape into the shade Sunday as they await the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant, which returned after a hiatus for the last couple years.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_NG-4-2.jpgChildren escape into the shade Sunday as they await the Little Miss 4th of July Pageant, which returned after a hiatus for the last couple years.

Carlie Brook Wade, center, was named the Little Miss 4th of July, Emery Bass, right, was named the Tiny Miss 4th of July and Jenna Bridges, left, was named the Petite Miss 4th of July for 2017. The Little Miss 4th of July division is for ages 6 to 10, while the Tiny Miss 4th of July division is for ages 3 to 5. Contestants had to live within 10 miles of Newton Grove or in the Hobbton District portion of Sampson County Schools.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_NG-5-2.jpgCarlie Brook Wade, center, was named the Little Miss 4th of July, Emery Bass, right, was named the Tiny Miss 4th of July and Jenna Bridges, left, was named the Petite Miss 4th of July for 2017. The Little Miss 4th of July division is for ages 6 to 10, while the Tiny Miss 4th of July division is for ages 3 to 5. Contestants had to live within 10 miles of Newton Grove or in the Hobbton District portion of Sampson County Schools.
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