Restoring our families “As our families crumble, so does our nation.”
Those words were spoken Thursday night by Sampson County Board of Education member Faye Gay during a National Day of Prayer ceremony at Union Elementary School, which also coincided with a prayer vigil for 7-year-old Alyiah Morgan, tragically killed nearly two weeks ago.
Gay’s words, used during her prayer for families and parents, are a truth we must all take to heart and do something about,...
We need those small victories It didn’t make much sense to me. You should always pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first. I was listening to Dave Ramsey giving financial advice on the radio. He was talking to a listener who had gotten over their head in debt. Of course, the culprit was credit card debt. It usually is, but these days it looks like student loans are catching up as a main cause of personal debt.
Dave Ramsey is a syndicated national radio talk...
Mac McPhail Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
The power of prayer It was a wonderful sight to behold Thursday as people from every walk of life came together, held hands, bowed their heads and lifted their hearts in prayer, a community pouring out its hopes for healing to a power far greater than themselves.
They came from every denomination and many races — men and women, young and young at heart — forgetting differences to celebrate the now annual National Day of Prayer service held in downtown Clinton,...
Poor decisions change lives, and often take them In less than a week, two Sampson County residents have had their lives snatched from them at the hands of alleged impaired drivers.
One was a mere 7-year-old; the other 49. Both had much life left to live and, we feel certain, much left to give to family, friends, strangers that perhaps that not yet come in contact with in their short time here on this earth.
Both are tragedies, made sadder because of the possibility that their lives were...
Kandid Katie Next Monday, I will get to add another candle to my cake. It will now have 33 candles, and I have to tell you, with everything I have been through, May 6 is an even more special day for me this year.
Now with my new kidney, I feel an even greater desire to go out and really celebrate. If I were to be truthful, I have felt this way about my birthday since I was diagnosed with kidney disease. There is added value in my days, since I have a mo...
Katie Holland Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Visit Farmers’ Market often New life is being breathed into the Farmers’ Market, and hopes are high that the venue — and the vendors who will be offering up their products — will find much success at Wednesday’s grand opening, the mark, we hope of great things to come.
But the market’s success can’t happen without residents willing to give it a try, not just this Wednesday, but as often as one is willing to venture to the Lisbon Street site to browse, buy and enjoy — ...
Perplexed by gas chamber article Editor:
I am a bit perplexed by several points in the gas chamber article (which ran in Friday’s Sampson Independent).
County manager Ed Causey states that the gas chamber would have been gone months ago if there had not been a change in directors. He says this as if he is laying the blame on someone else. Ed Causey is the one who chose not to hire Lori Baxter for the permanent position.
While all of us want the gas chamber gone, we def...
Was it really a victory? The politicians say we won. The talking heads in the media say we won. But did we? I know that sounds great and it makes us feel good, but I’m not too sure.
Yes, I know that one of the alleged (remember, always say alleged) criminals in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and the other has been caught. I know the police and law enforcement did a great job in apprehending them. Of course, the Tsarnaev brothers didn’t appear to be the sharpes...
Mac McPhail Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
We wish Connet the best It was unexpected — and surprising news — earlier this week when long-time Clinton city manager John Connet announced that he’d be stepping down from his post and moving to the western part of the state to take a similar job in a larger city.
While hard to believe that Connet will be bidding his 11-year job at the city’s managerial helm goodbye, it’s harder still to fathom that he’ll be leaving his beloved Clinton, a place he’s not only cal...
Getting staying on the same page Editor:
With the school year winding down, are your children on pace to successfully complete another year, be promoted to the next level or graduate high school?
Now, parents, if you are not sure, your time is running out. There are only a few weeks left in this school year, so this could be a good time for you and your children’s teacher to get on the same page.
By getting on the same page, parents and teachers can better work togethe...
Some things just don’t make sense It’s a tragedy no one can understand — the death of a 7-year-old as she was returning home from school. And it’s a horrific event, witnessed by so many, young and old, that won’t easily slip into the recesses of memories, allowing for the healing that is so desperately needed in the Union district and beyond.
Prayer is needed, for the family; for the 25 or so youngsters aboard the school bus when first-grader Alyiah Morgan was struck down b...
Kandid Katie I have been trying for the longest time to write about my friend Blanca, but up until now, I’ve not found the words. I want to say something poetic, something meaningful and important about this person who has become a very dear part of our family. However, while I have had the best of intentions, for some reason, the words just don’t come that easily.
For those who do not know Blanca, she works for my mom and dad performing a number of tas...
Katie Holland Contributing colunmnistThe Sampson Independent
James Owen Robinson, 85 James O. Robinson
DUNN — Mr. James Owen Robinson, 85, of 232 Melissa Drive, formerly of Newton Grove, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at his residence.
A funeral will be held Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. from Cedar Point Church, 1258 Cedar Point Road, Newton Grove. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery, Newton Grove.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 26, from 6 until 7 p.m. at Dafford Funeral Home, Dunn.