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Busted …. again!

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Guns, drugs and cash have been confiscated as Sampson County Sheriff’s officers have rounded up dozens upon dozens of individuals in their year-long undercover campaign during the course of the last 30-plus days. Perhaps just as notable, law enforcement officials say, is the number of repeat offenders who have been caught up in the far-reaching net.What’s most significant about the repeat offender status, they stressed, is the likelihood that those individuals, if convicted, will serve time for those crimes, removing many considered high-level drug dealers from Sampson streets, at least for a time.


Pearson honored with state Grange award

For the last 12 years, Kevin Pearson has made it a daily challenge to help others, and the Westbrook Grange and N.C. State Grange recognized those efforts recently by naming Pearson the 2014 N.C. State Grange Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.Pearson has been a N.C. Highway Patrolman for the last 12 years. He is currently part of Troop B, District 2, covering Sampson County.“It was an honor to be chosen,” Pearson said during a telephone interview. “Mr...

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Fire safety focus of event

Following the tragic house fire in Garland that claimed six lives, county emergency personnel, along with volunteers from around the area, are teaming to provide working smoke alarms — and bring fire safety education — to targeted areas in Sampson County this Saturday, Oct. 4.In the wake of the late August trailer fire, the Sampson County Office of Emergency Management and Sampson County Fire Marshal have joined with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, state and natio...

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Testing your hay is money qell apent

With the cooler nights and shorter days comes the chore of feeding hay. No doubt some of you have already started feeding hay to your cattle. Those who aren’t, I’m sure soon will be. One management practice that should go hand in hand with hay feeding is testing your hay. This is a service from the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS). A simple test can save you a lot of heartache down the road. Most of you will just have your hay tested for nitrate levels,...

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Friends of Sampson County Waterways

The public is invited to meet and learn more about the Friends of Sampson County Waterways or FSCW as we also like to be known! FSCW is a group of concerned citizens interested in maintaining and preserving the waterways of Sampson County. As a 501 (C)3 nonprofit organization, our mission is to foster responsibility for the public waters in and bordering Sampson County. Our goals are to maintain the traditional boating rights-of-way of our ancestors by removing blockages and to provide public...

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Clinton trampled by Wallace

Clinton’s soccer team was defeated on the road by a very skilled Wallace-Rose Hill squad. The Bulldogs won, 7-1. The lone Clinton goal was scored by Spell Carr.The Dark Horses played well in the first half and trailed only 2-1. However, the Bulldogs ran away with the game in the second half. “It was a good old fashi0ned tail whoopin’ tonight,” said Clinton’s head coach, Brad Spell. “They were faster, stronger, more talented, and an overall better...

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WIldcats top Rosewood, 5-3

In a wet sloppy rain, the Hobbton Wildcats’ soccer team got by Rosewood, 5-3, Monday afternoon.Wildcat coach Jonathan Jacobs said, “Jair Sanchez scored 3 goals, Alex Sandoval and Christian Vega got 1 each. Late in the game, the game got out of hand. My guys kept their head and played soccer the way it is supposed to be played. We should have played protect a little more. We got away for how we usually play. We didn’t play as aggressive as we should have. Rosewood ...

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Another ‘Tap’ arrest made

Two people have been charged with felony drug offenses following arrests this weekend, including another Operation Double Tap culprit, on warrants issued at the beginning of this year.James Richard Harper, 27, of 195 Renfrow Road, Clinton, was charged with four counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, and one count of trafficking in opium or heroin.Harper turned himself in at the magistrate’s office Sund...

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Harrells ready for Community Day

HARRELLS — Mickey Mouse, Dora the Explorer and Smokey the Bear will march through Harrells with other members of the community in late October, as part of an annual event that residents look forward to every year.The parade is just one of the attractions of Harrells Community Day, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25. It’s slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.Committee member Kim Johnson is looking forward to the event, which attracts about 600 people. The day will be fil...

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(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff’s Office daily jail report.)Arrests• 9/27 — Rolando Hernandez Giron, 33, of 6020 Reedsford Road, Clinton, was charged with resisting arrest. Bond was set at $2,000; court date is Oct. 20.• 9/27 — Antione Bryant, 22, of 10961 Garland Hwy., Gar...

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NC State Grange Convention held

On Friday, Sept. 19, 16 Westbrook Grange members traveled to Raleigh for the annual state convention. At this convention, Grange Awards and Community awards were presented. The Grange year ends in August, and record books are entered into competition with other Granges within our state.Westbrook Grange won in several categories. Recognition was given to the box top participants, Legislative activities-Mr. Carlton Barefoot, Family Living- Frances Edwards and Charlotte Hudson, Progra...

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UHS Homecoming Court

Courtesy photoThe 2014 Union High School Homecoming Court includes, top row: Tamiya Highsmith, Victoria Devone, Brooke Caddis, Jennifer Bonilla, Lauren Preddy; and bottom row. Ashley Castillo, Shiquilla Walker, Sabrina Munoz, Amy Rodriguez, Lynsey King. Homecoming will be held Friday, Oct. 3, in Spartan Stadium. The game will begin at 7:30 pm.

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Breast & Cervical Cancer, WiseWoman Programs

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in women worldwide. In the state of North Carolina, it is estimated that 23 deaths per 100,000 women will occur in 2014 due to breast cancer. Unfortunately, breast cancer deaths are 41 percent more likely to occur in African-American women. Sampson County also ranks third in the state of North Carolina for the number of cervical cancer deaths, which are almost 100 percent preventable with Pap screenings.

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Someone’s 100th birthday is a huge milestone and should be celebrated in style. Brenda Thompson didn’t think any differently when she made the Cooperative Extension’s gift commemorating their centennial celebration.Thompson was asked to make a handmade quilt, representing everything the Cooperative Extension represents. The quilt features 20 different squares, each depicting a different part of the Cooperative Extension.“I started working on it wh...

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Nunnery, Combs to wed

Mr. and Mrs. James Anthony Nunnery of White Lake, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Toni Michelle Nunnery, to Michael Alexander Combs, son of Larry and Melissa Gribble of Clinton, N.C. and Kevin and Kimberly Combs of Virginia Beach, Va.The bride-elect is an assistant teacher at Spirit of Life Christian Academy in Clinton, N.C.The future groom is in the F.A.S.T. Company/ Security Force Regiment of the United States Marine Corps and is stationed in Virginia....

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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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Merrick’s amazing success story

My quest to bring more exposure and recognition to Sampson County native John Merrick began some four years ago, and with the assistance of The Sampson Independent newspaper, city and county officials and the Sampson County History Museum, much has been done to help get Merrick recognized and honored locally.John Merrick’s amazing story began 155 years ago with his birth on the Merritt Plantation, south of Clinton, on Sept. 7, 1859. It was during Reconstruction in 1871 that M...

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Clinton police and city officials

(Editor’s note: The following historic recollections were written by James Reynolds and, this summer, edited by Joel Rose from the Sampson Historical Society.) Right after the turn of the century when I was a small boy, Mr. C. W. Petty had this electric generating plant down of John St. Even though the town had electricity the street lamps in town were not yet electric. I remember four of those lights that sat on each corner of the courthouse, not on the courthouse p...

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