Chris Warren and his 19-year-old son Will were enjoying breakfast at the Sampson Crossing McDonald’s Tuesday and sat down to talk about what was on their mind, two differnt subjects that, they said, were near and dear to each of their respective hearts.
For the younger Warren, who graduated last year from Midway High School, the fact that the Sampson County Board of Education has refused to fund a track at neighboring Hobbton High is cause for concern.
“It’s very sad,” Warren said, shaking his head. “I don’t understand why ever other high school can have a track but not Hobbton, and they’ve got the greatest track and field team and coach around.”
Warren, who was a Raider track athlete, said the Wildcat runners would practice in the rain, sleet or snow and often had to traipse through mud.
“A lot of the time they travel to practice just so they can run on a real track. All they have to run around is the baseball and softball field, and I don’t think it is right or fair. Coach (Jeff) Klavin went to the school board but they denied him, and I don’t understand why. There is a track everywhere else, why not Hobbton. To me that is the biggest issue and it’s one that just shouldn’t happen.”
For the 19-year-old, answers from the school board would be good but action to get a track for Hobbton would be the best.
“They deserve it,” he said.
Chris Warren took the high road, offering a thumbs up to the city and the county for what he called great growth and improvements that can be seen, particularly in the city of Clinton.
“I graduated from Clinton High School,” Warren said, “and I’ve lived here practically my whole life. I’m proud of our community and the good things I’ve seen in terms of progress. Industry has improved, we are see needed changes on Highway 24, downtown Clinton looks the best it ever has looked and I love the shops in downtown. I shop them all the time and I encourage others, too.”
Warren said it was a pleasure to walk downtown and see all the progress that has been made.”The food industry is better, we have more places to shop and we are seeing more people coming into our town because of it. That’s a really good thing.”
His concerns? “If I had one thing to change, it would be the lack of places for our young people to go. There’s simply not enough for them to do. That’s especially true if you aren’t into sports. We have great sports facilities and a lot of activity there, but not everyone plays baseball or soccer. There are some kids who don’t have an interest in sports and there really is little for them to do.”
He suggested a bowling alley or even an arcade, and though he knows there are those who label both as opportunities for trouble, he pointed out that there was always good and bad in any program one might offer.
“I don’t believe it would be more trouble than it’s worth. Look, you’re always going to have good with the bad, no matter the facility, even with sports, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. We should.”
Warren said he loved Sampson County and was proud to call it home. “We aren’t perfect, but we are pretty darn close,” he said.
Join Publisher Sherry Matthews Tuesday, May 23, at the Souteast Boulevard McDonald’s to discuss the topics you find most interesting or most concerning. One lucky person will win a free sandwich courtesy of McDonald’s of Clinton