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‘Bounty’ support abounds, tickets still on sale

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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 date.Carr said the response from sponsors and local farms, businesses and distributors has been overwhelming leading up to “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the South River Lodge.


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Dan Grubb/SCCThe State Employees Credit Union Scholarship recipients at Sampson Community College for 2014-16 are John Jackson and Emily Jones. Pictured are Dr. Paul Hutchins, president of SCC, John Jackson, Emily Jones, Denise Rackley, SECU advisory board member, and Julie Blackman, SECU representative. The scholarship is in the amount of $5,000 to be distributed through two years.

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Chamber group shares needs, challenges

From last week’s Sampson Perspective to this week’s Washington D.C. Perspective, we have taken the opportunities over the last several days to meet with our elected officials and discuss the challenges and needs specific for Sampson County.As we strive to serve as a voice for the business community and Chamber members, a group of us were honored to represent Sampson County in Washington D.C. earlier this week.

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Balancing environmental responsibility and reliability

Trees and shrubbery enhance our environment. However, those same trees, coming in contact with power lines are the single leading cause of power outages.In a continued effort to meet its mission of providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity, South River EMC has implemented a right-of-way (ROW) clearing program. ROW is the strip of land owned by another party on which South River EMC and other utilities place their facilities. The utilities must be given access to this lan...

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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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Sweetness in the air

The smell on Vance Street is about to get a lot sweeter. Soon, the sweet smell of fresh croissants, doughnuts, cakes and other goodies will waft through the air, inviting all to come in and enjoy.Retired educators Denise Scronce and Cindi Norris will be opening the first franchise of the popular bakery from Elizabethtown — Burney’s Sweets and More. Opening day is scheduled for Sept. 16.Doris and Tom Burney, owners of Burney’s in Elizabethtown and Southp...

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Board seeks modification for future I-795

The Sampson Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution — and will be calling on two local groups to follow suit — for a transportation project addition along the future I-795. Board members touted that project as a potential boon to the county.The board adopted a resolution requesting an amendment to existing legislation, specifically to designate the segment of U.S. Highway 117 from Goldsboro south to I-40 intersection as a future interstate highway.

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Subway is Chamber’s Member of the Week

Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is Subway, located at 355 Northeast Blvd. and 1119 Sunset Ave. in Clinton, where great taste and variety come together for your convenience, Subway offers a variety of sandwiches on freshly baked bread, soups, and salads. Subway is honored to be the #1 sub sandwich franchise in the U.S. and encourages you to customize your order to satisfy your taste. For more information about Subway contact Frank Brinkley at 910-592-3083, e-mai...

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Sampson Perspective Correction

In a story published Friday about the second annual Sampson Perspective, a quote from N.C. Sen. Brent Jackson was misunderstood and incorrectly, and inadvertently reported.Jackson actually stated, “I stop at Big Ed’s at least once a week to eat breakfast and while I was in there one morning a friend that I have known for years and his company which has been in business for 75 years came in and told me about the city of Raleigh raising his tax from $100.00 to $9,000.00&#...

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Clinton-Sampson Chamber photoWalgreens in Roseboro has become the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce’s newest member. Located at 218 Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy., in Roseboro, Walgreen’s store manager is Ianto Kinsey.Walgreens strives to be the most trusted, convenient multichannel provider and advisor of innovative pharmacy, health and wellness solutions and consumer goods to communities across America. A destination where health and happiness come together to help peo...

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Council adopts, city to unveil ‘perfect’ branding

A new-look Clinton is little more than a month away, as a colorful new logo and brand has now been approved and will be officially unveiled to the public at October’s Court Square Street Fair.“That’s going to be our introduction of the new brand to the city, at the street fair,” Clinton-Sampson Planning director Mary Rose confirmed this week.The City Council received the preliminary design for a brand statement, logo, slogan and a concept for an u...

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Deadline for Bright Ideas grants fast approaching

BURGAW — Time is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Four County EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by Sept. 19. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips, and more information on the Bright Ideas website at

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Council denies gaming request

A request for an electronic gaming establishment next to Roses was denied earlier this week, with City Council finding the request passed just three of four required standards.A conditional use request by Sawan Reom to operate an electronic gaming establishment at 407 Southeast Blvd. in a HC-Highway Commercial district came before Council last month, but was tabled to Tuesday’s meeting. It was a matter previously heard by the Planning and Zoning Board, which recommended the r...

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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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Insight offered at Sampson Perspective

As the vehicle to reach our local, state, and national representation, we had a great Sampson Perspective event last night where our mission was to provide an avenue for the community to ask the most pressing questions to our leaders.Sitting on last night’s 2014 Sampson County Executive Leadership Panel was: U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s representative Janet Bradbury, N.C. Sen. Brent Jackson, Rep. Larry Bell, Rep. William Brisson, County Manag...

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Hall requests board give up parking space

A local business owner has asked the Sampson County Board of Commissioners to reconsider its reserved parking spot in downtown Clinton, citing the need for every available place in the area and the space’s lack of regular use.Sessoms Jewelry president Gary Wayne Hall raised his concerns during the public comment portion at the end of Tuesday’s regular Board of Commissioners meeting, saying every spot that can be made available to the public is crucial for customer parki...

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Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is Butler & Faircloth Insurance Agency, located at 213 East Main St. in downtown Clinton. Butler & Faircloth Insurance Agency offers all lines of personal and commercial insurance. The longevity of Butler & Faircloth Insurance is related to their quality service and commitment to their customers. Stop by their office and let one of their agents help you today! For more information about Butler & Faircloth Insurance Agency, contac...

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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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