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On the road again

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Even before the sun is fully up Monday morning, 161 bright yellow school buses will be on Sampson County roadways, stopping and starting as their doors swing open to allow some 8,000 bright-eyed Clinton City and Sampson County students to climb aboard. They’ll do it all over again that same afternoon, and they’ll repeat the routine again the next day and the next and the next for some 180 days of the 2014-15 academic year.Bus drivers in Sampson County will travel some 11,000 miles per week, burning around 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel as they travel the 969 square miles of the county. And they’ll have one goal in mind: keeping those in their charge safe.

 

Annual Anna Ruth Christian Retreat Gospel Sing Aug. 30

On Saturday, Aug. 30, two of the area’s most popular Christian vocal groups will come together at the Coats Community Church in Coats for an exciting musical worship service to benefit a very worthy cause. Butler Hughes & Hayes and Mercy’s Cross will be featured during this special evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to benefit the Anna Ruth Christian Retreat.

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The Dennis Family at Piney Grove Chapel Sunday

Musical group the Dennis Family will be featured on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church, just east of Angier, at 6 p.m.. This exciting musical worship evening is a part of the Super Sunday Night Series that Piney Grove Chapel is hosting throughout the summer.The Dennis Family is recognized as one of the region’s most popular and talented musical groups. Doug and Jackie Dennis, along with son, Jason and Jason’s wife, Lauren, provide smooth, rich harmony ...

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Suspect sought in sexual assault

Clinton police are on the lookout for a man believed to be responsible for a sexual assault that occurred earlier this week.Police Chief Jay Tilley said Thursday he believes the incident is an isolated one. Officers, he said, have a person of interest in the case but no arrest has been made yet.The suspect is described as a black male, close to 6 foot tall and heavy set, weighing between 260 and 285 pounds, with close cut hair. He was last seen wearing a white or silver ...

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Soul Purpose coming to Mintz

Southern Gospel group Soul Purpose will be in concert Sunday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. at Mintz Baptist Church in Roseboro. The Winston-Salem group, pastor Joe Hedrick said, will provide great music and wonderful testimonies. The concert is free, but a love offering will be taken for the group.

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Turn to God’s word for promise, hope

Do you feel swamped by the world and its woes? Last week’s column ended with a vrese from John 16:33 “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”Readings from two devotional books early one morning and watching nightly news while ironing stirred this story. We are always working, doing this or that around the house or on the job. An old hymn says: ‘We’ll work ‘till Jesus comes, then we’ll...

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Outreach in our churches

Cedar PointDOCThe 117th Homecoming Celebration will be Sept. 14. The theme is “For Your Glory.” Attire for the day is overalls, jeans, bonnets and long skirts. Please bring donations for our Operation Christmas Child Mission Project!Christian FellowshipWomen’s Conference on Saturday, at 6 p.m. Three speakers including Ann Mosson, Bishop Larry Mosson of Trinity, Charlene Bell. Pasto...

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By Robert Oliver Contributing columnist

As any who know the New Testament at all know, it was a common occurrence for the Jewish leaders to try to find something that Jesus said or did that they could hold against him. On one occasion when Jesus was in the temple, “the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” (Matt. 21:23). Now, were that question asked in all sincerity and honesty, one could certa...

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New city logo ‘milling around’ the corner

As it develops a road map for future planning, and calls on the community’s help to do so, the City of Clinton will soon be unveiling a new-look logo that will assist in marketing every aspect of the city’s brand for years to come.Earlier this week, City Council met for a special planning session, during which it heard an update on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan from Dale Holland of Holland Consulting Planners and listened to an audio presentation by Ben Muldrow of Arnett ...

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Hardee’s named Chamber’s Member of Week

The Chamber’s Member of the Week is Hardee’s, located at 1514 Sunset Ave. in Clinton. Originally starting on College Street, Hardee’s came to Clinton in 1966 and moved in 1978 to Jordan Shopping Center. Today the Clinton Hardee’s is located on Sunset Avenue and is proud to be in the biscuit breakfast, quality burgers and fries business. Tommy Jackson (chief operations officer) acknowledges that Sampson County and the City of Clinton has been good to their company and l...

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‘Mermaid Jr.’ enters final weekend

It was an appreciative audience who attended the second weekend of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” as the Sunshine cast performed beautifully and made the Sampson Community Theater proud of them and their director Angela Martin.Angela has worked harder than anyone on this show since she had rehearsals for three casts going on at the same time which could have led to numerous logistical problems had it not been for her experience in handling multiple casts. The audience was especi...

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County school board gets look at final budget

The Sampson County Board of Education recently received a budget with some numbers in red. District officials are facing a budget reduction of more than 6 percent or more than $700,000 for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy said he has to be very diligent and conservative with taxpayers’ money.“In the last few years, we hit our fund balance for pretty significant amounts,” Bracy said. “We need to stop doing that. “We’re going...

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Crimewatch

(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.)Arrests8/20 - Christopher Donnell Stuart, 29, 10190 Minnie Hall Road, Salemburg, failure to comply/child support. Bond $1,000; court date Sept. 98/20 - Hector Lopez Salazar, 29, 127 N. Herring Ave., Garland, failure to appear/child suppor...

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Bids awarded for water tank, line upgrades

Two bid awards will get sizable city projects under way, including the construction of an elevated water tower to serve the southeastern side of Clinton and water line upgrades for various neighborhoods across the city.“Both came in under the estimate of the engineer,” City manager Shawn Purvis told City Council, which quickly approved the award of both bids in short order at a Tuesday night planning session.Council awarded the Southwood Drive 0.5 MG Elevated...

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Info sought, reward offered

The Clinton City Council has authorized up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalizing 20 headstones at Springvale Cemetery over the weekend, an act the police chief called “stupid” and hurtful.Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said the incident is believed to have occurred sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The damage was reported by some passersby who noticed several broken and upturned headstone...

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Numbers don’t tell SCC’s success story

Enrollment numbers might be down a little bit at Sampson Community College this fall, but that certainly should not — and in our view does not — diminish its great impact in this community nor define it as an educational institution.It’s merely one of the many enrollment swings one sees, particularly at the community college level, and it is often a direct correlation to what is going on with both the economy and the unemployment rate.When there is an e...

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Youth touched, helped me

Editor:It is very important to me, and I believe it would help a lot of people, especially the elderl,y to have this information. That’s why I chose to write to your readers today.Several months ago, I needed a ramp so that I could use my walker to learn how to walk without falling in my front yard.Around the month of May, I contacted the Department of Aging. Mrs. Lori Faircloth, the director, related to me that they would be happy to help but advised me...

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Being part of NC Works will benefit all

In April 2014, Governor Pat McCrory announced a new initiative, called NCWorks that brings together North Carolina’s workforce partners with one name and one goal: Connecting NC talent to NC Jobs. The initiative focuses on five steps that will connect NC employers with the NC employees they need to succeed in our state and will help our citizens improve their quality of life.

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