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Donors key to UW’s ‘Bounty’

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When Charlene Jacobs was approached about donating freshwater prawns for Sampson County United Way’s upcoming fundraising feast, she immediately championed the request with her board knowing it could help the community and showcase what might be a lesser-known piece of the local agricultural landscape.That is the whole aim of United Way’s “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the South River Lodge. It is a farm to table dining experience featuring five courses of locally-grown ingredients shaped into expertly-prepared delicacies, all to raise money for community-based initiatives.


Share the road with your neighbors

Agriculture is the largest industry for Sampson County. With that said, there is no magic path to connect farmers to their fields without being on the highway. Just like other motorist, farmers are legally entitled to travel the highway with their slow moving farm equipment. Statistics from the NC Department of Labor report 51 percent of all farm equipment related accidents result in injury or death.

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Whole Hog Barbecue championship returns to Raleigh

RALEIGH —For the second year in succession, the leading whole hog cooking teams in North Carolina will soon battle hog to hog to determine the pork barbecue cooking champion, as part of Raleigh’s hugely-successful International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Wide Open Bluegrass festival.The championship will also be supported this year by a brand-new website ( The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) calls the new website the “defin...

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Animal waste operators year end reminders

As the end of the year fast approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to extend some friendly reminders to our county pig producers. If you are a swine farmer that has an Animal Waste Operator Certification, please be reminded to send in your ten-dollar annual fee. This ten-dollar fee is a requirement each year in order to keep your Animal Waste Operators Certification valid and can easily be forgotten.

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Rescued horses forfeited, adopted out in short order

It did not take long for dozens of horses to get new homes, in the wake of a civil lawsuit brought in an animal cruelty case and the equine forfeiture by their accused and now-previous owner last week.“They are at this point forfeited to the county and we are in the process of adopting them out,” Animal Control Sgt. Jessica Kittrell said. “The majority of them have been adopted out. There are a few that are going to have to continue to be fostered because they bir...

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Ag Ed student grows in faith, education at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE — For so many students, the time spent away at college is the best years of their lives. With the abundance of opportunities for self-growth and independence, life at college proves to be rewarding in so many aspects of a student’s life. That has certainly been the case for Paige Herring, a senior at the University of Mount Olive and a member of Spring Hill OFWB Church.Herring’s journey to UMO started early. Being from Wayne County, she attended Rosewo...

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‘Bounty’ support abounds, tickets still on sale

A dining experience featuring five courses of locally-grown ingredients shaped into expertly-prepared delicacies, all to raise money for community-based initiatives, is now just a few weeks away — and tickets can still be snatched up.Nancy Carr, director of Sampson County’s United Way, said tickets are still available for the exclusive smorgasbord, which has already benefited from nearly a dozen sponsors and 20 businesses supplying a plethora of in-kind donations to dat...

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McIntyre presents Clinton with $1.76M Chemtex check

A federal grant that will pay half the cost to extend infrastructure to a historic economic development project in Clinton was ceremoniously presented to city officials by Congressman Mike McIntyre Wednesday.Federal grant funding in the amount of $1,758,150 was actually awarded to the city in June to construct water and sewer infrastructure to support the future Chemtex (Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels) plant. The biofuels project is anticipated to bring 65 jobs and more than $150 mil...

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4-H Prestage Round Up Youth Livestock ShowSampson County 4-H would like to thank Prestage Farms for sponsoring their 18th annual youth livestock show. Around 40 head of cattle and 100 lambs were exhibited by youth from fifteen different counties from across eastern North Carolina. Youth had the opportunity to show their animal during a market or breeding class and again during the showmanship contest. The Big Blue Store of Clinton contributed prizes for three age divisions during t...

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Rescued horses may soon be forfeited, adopted out

Sampson law enforcement, citizens and numerous donors have ensured that dozens of horses receive proper care following their rescue from “disgusting” conditions two months ago in an animal cruelty case that now has pending civil and criminal implications.Those horses may soon be adopted to new homes if a $15,000 bond is not paid by the previous owner by this week.The removal of the animals from a Bob Rupert Lane property in northern Sampson, near Dunn, in mid...

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It’s time for a fall garden!

Now is a great time to get our fall garden going. But, what can you plant in a fall garden?Cool-season edibles such as broccoli, cauliflower, collards and lettuce can be started in seed trays. However, you can also purchase these as seedlings in the coming weeks at plant nurseries, garden and other local shops. Look these seedlings over carefully selecting hardy green foliage with strong stems and no sign of disease or stress.

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How does their garden grow?

A group of children at L.C. Kerr Elementary School had fun getting their hands dirty as they removed leaves and dug through dirt last week during the first full week back in the classroom, or in the case just outside of it.As the kindergarteners dug deeper, they noticed an orange vegetable.“I found one,” a youngster shouted while holding up a sweet potato.For many months, students have planted and harvested in the L.C. Kerr Garden. It began in 2013...

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Sampson 4-H member attends NCACC Youth Summit

Sampson County 4-H’er Haley Stone attended the fifth annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, which was held in Asheville Aug. 15-16.North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the fifth year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative aims to overcome the mindset that many youth are disengaged and lack trust in government....

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Bradshaw says goodbye to Extension

Inside her office at the Sampson County Extension Office, Amanda Bradshaw sat in front of a computer and sorted through thousands of 4-H pictures.“That’s one of the things I’m working on this week, getting all of these pictures off my computer and onto CDs,” Bradshaw said. “It’s going to be here for whoever comes here 15, 25 , 30 or 50 years from now. There’s a lot of history on those pictures.”The discs will be passed on t...

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Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is the Sampson County Friends of Agriculture, located at 55 Agriculture Place in Clinton. Sampson County Friends of Agriculture is a support group for agriculture & agricultural businesses in Sampson and surrounding counties. Sampson County Friends of Agriculture aims to inform the public on agricultural issues. For more information about Sampson County Friends of Agriculture contact Ronnie Jackson, President at 910-592-7161. For...

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County’s strength in ag paves way to future

(Editor’s note: The following article was provided by Eileen Coite and written by Justin Moore, NCSU Extension Communications, regarding the strategic plan for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The plan will be implemented in all 101 Extension centers across North Carolina, and changes will take place over the next 22 months. At the end of this article, Coite elaborates more on how this will affect Sampson County Cooperative Extension.)

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