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Career committee ready to bridge gap with students

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While addressing a group of educational and business professionals this week, Kyle Randleman asked them what class benefited them the most during their high school days.For Randleman,vice president of Sales and Business Operations at Star Telephone, it was typing. Others in the room noted internship programs, business administration, English and math.“…We still employ a lot of chicken peckers,” Randleman said about employees and typing. “I look back and say thank goodness that I can roll out something in 30 seconds what may take someone else 30 minutes. It’s little stuff that we, as employers, look at.”


What is the ACA?

Everyone it is that time of year to discuss insurance and the ACA or the Affordable Care Act is now a major tool you can use.Essentially the ACA is the new law that requires all individuals and families to get health coverage.This law, which passed in 2010 and now has over 9 million people enrolled gives consumers the opportunity to take charge of their health care. Under this law there is a patient bill of rights, which gives the American people the capability to make c...

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Grant deadline just around the corner

The Chamber is excited to continue offering matching grant opportunities to the members of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce for both façade improvements and capital equipment. With the second deadline approaching on Nov. 30th, I encourage you to learn more about this opportunity by visiting

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A renewed project push

The ongoing push to see the N.C. 24 widening completed from U.S. 421 to I-40 has renewed promise, with local resolutions backing the governor’s goal for the $155 million endeavor to be funded as part of a $1.5 billion bond proposal.Economic developer John Swope recently reviewed with the Sampson Board of Commissioners — and Jerol Kivett, chair of the Sampson Transportation Advisory Group, similarly updated the Clinton City Council — how the newly-released N.C. Vis...

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County seeks $1.7M

The county is seeking state funds to assist a $1.75 million water infrastructure project that would serve Enviva Pellets Sampson LLC and go a long way toward establishing a foundation for growth in Sampson’s northern end.Economic developer John Swope and Skip Green, grant consultant with Skip Green & Associates Inc., spoke to the matter during a second required public hearing at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The project would be funded from three different...

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UMO offers new leadership degree

MOUNT OLIVE — While there may be some truth in the old adage, “Great leaders are born, not made,” learning to be a more effective leader is within everyone’s grasp. This is the principle behind the new leadership degree at the University of Mount Olive.

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Library offering online courses

Library director Heather Bonney is excited about offering hundreds of online personal and professional development courses for the community. She’s also thrilled that it will not cost local patrons anything to learn something new.The Sampson-Clinton Public Library recently began offering the free Gale Courses program online.“Our main goal in our library system is to offer things for education, research and just for recreation,” Bonney stressed during an...

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Alfredo’s gets city help

Popular downtown eatery Alfredo’s Ristorante Italiano is poised for a relocation and expansion just across the street, a proposed move city officials are supporting through a joint state grant application.Alfredo DiPinto said he is prepared to relocate his restaurant to the corner of Wall and Main street, caddy-corner from the current location, in order to expand and sought the city’s assistance in obtaining a Main Street Solutions Grant Fund, which requires support and...

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A record-breaking check

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Spread the word, help with Chamber’s Coat Closet

Personally, I am a firm believer that together we can accomplish more than one of us could individually. Through volunteers, sponsors and donations, we are able to have the many community activities and organizations are able to offer services and special projects to those within Sampson County. I am honored to be a part of a community that comes together to assist each other to accomplish a common goal — to increase the quality of life within Sampson County.

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Council: No more gaming

Internet sweepstakes cafes are no longer permitted in the City of Clinton following swift action by the City Council at its Tuesday night meeting, with officials citing “uncertainty” surrounding the issue of electronic gaming.There are a total of 66 gaming machines at five local gaming businesses in the Clinton city limits, with 57 of those machines at two different sites. Those establishments will be able to remain open, but the number will not grow, according to the C...

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Board OKs reduced water buys, to celebrate wells next week

Outside water purchases were reduced upon the Sampson Board of Commissioners’ action earlier this week, a cost-saving step made possible with the construction of permanent wells that will be officially turned on at a ceremony next week.“I’m happy to inform this board that finally now we’re actually controlling our destiny,” Public Works director Lee Cannady stated, “where before we were depending on somebody else.”At the end of t...

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NCHP, farmers weigh concerns

Dozens of Highway Patrol officials, including the state commander himself, joined Sen. Brent Jackson for a educational seminar informing local farmers of the rules and regulations regarding weight limits, agricultural exemptions for vehicle and load weight and how inspections are conducted in the field.The goal, Jackson and Highway Patrol leaders said, was to hash out any misunderstandings concerning new laws, discuss them and get on the same page.“This is just a c...

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How to get the most from your pharmacist

Who should you turn to with questions about your medicines? The answer should be your pharmacist but you may not know what your pharmacist can do for you. Your doctor and your pharmacist are a powerful team, working to ensure the best selection and management of your prescription and nonprescription medicines.Taking your medication correctly is one of the best ways to decrease your health care costs. Each year, thousands of people end up in the hospital, fail to get better and wast...

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This past Tuesday, Sept. 30, in partnership with the Clinton-Sampson Planning Department and the Small Business Center at Sampson Community College, we hosted a “Building Reuse & Business Startup” seminar event. This free community event was designed to assist current and potential business owners discover resources and the keys to success for building renovations of existing structures.

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Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is Easter Seals, UCP, located at 100 Loop Street in Downtown Clinton. Easter Seals serves more than 20,000 individuals, managing disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Spina Bifida, intellectual disabilities, head injuries and mental health diagnosis. For more information about Easter Seals, UCP, please contact Martie Rye at 910-596-2221, e-mail or visit For more informa...

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Vision plans and eye exams

Many employers provide a vision plan as one of the healthcare options in their benefit plan. The problem arises when there is an underlying medical problem related to the eyes such as cataracts, glaucoma or other conditions. In many cases the vision plan does not cover exams and tests for those conditions. This is why the deductible can be smaller with a vision plan than with a medical plan. This is why there is so much confusion about coverage with these plans.

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Hanson Brick donates to R’boro helipad project

Courtesy photoHanson Brick officials recently made a contribution to the Roseboro Fire Department for its helipad project. Pictured, left to right, Chris Egge, production supervisor with Hanson Brick, and from Roseboro Fire Department Keith Smith, Lee Coleman and Chris Jackson.

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