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Three more Clinton residents have been caught up in a drug net lowered just over three weeks ago during simultaneous campaigns by city police and Sampson sheriff’s investigators.Two of those taken into custody were part of Sampson’s Operation Double Tap; the third part of the city’s own drug campaign, a culmination of a four-month undercover operation.As the arrests grow, the long warrant lists shrink showing, law enforcement officials from both departments said, just how successful the two campaigns have been at taking suspected drug dealers off the streets.

 

Hobbton JV wins, varsity drops decision to Rosewood

Hobbton’s JV and Varsity volleyball teams traveled to Rosewood on Tuesday for a match with the Lady Eagles. The Hobbton JV won2-1, while the varsity lost, 3-1.The JV squad won their first match, 25-21, lost their second match, 25-22, and won the third 25-21 to seal their victory.The varsity team lost the first match, 25-15, before winning the second, 25-21. They then lost the next two sets to go home in defeat.However, coach Russell Jones of Hobbton was ...

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Dixon Bulldogs manhandle Dark Horses

Clinton’s soccer team welcomed the Bulldogs from Dixon into Darkness Soccer complex on Monday night for a non-conference match, but it didn’t take long for the visitors to wear out their welcome, as they dominated the young Dark Horses early and left town with a 5-1 victory.

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Lady Horses build on success

After getting their first taste of winning this season on Monday afternoon, the Clinton volleyball team added another match to the win column on Tuesday with a 3 games to none win over Smithfield-Selma. The Lady Dark Horses shut out the visitors winning three straight by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-21.Clinton was paced by another strong effort from Francesca Jauregui with -3 digs, 2 spikes, 2 kills, and 4 aces. Also posting impressive stat lines were Elizabeth Tsao with 4 dig, 2 ...

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Lady Crusaders net win over Rocky Mount

Harrells Christian Academy’s volleyball team won their match against Rocky Mount High School 3 sets to 2.HCA won the opening set 25-23, before losing the next two by scores of 25-23 and 25-21. With their backs against the walls, the Lady Crusaders won the next two frames by scores of 25-22 and 15-7.Harrells had big games from Marissa Parks, Harley Crumpler, Emily Benton, Abigail Blanchard, and Margaret Clark on Tuesday. Parks had 4 aces, 2 kills, 17 assists, a bloc...

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Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentSalemburg Elementary School students Danielle Aycock, Devin Jones, Ivan Castaneda, Yurem Chavez, Jose Marquez and Eithan Helms make their way to the cafeteria for breakfast on the first day for students Monday. Thousands of students returned to classrooms across Sampson Mondy in what education officials in the city and county called a very smooth opening day.

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Ribbon cut at Abbigail’s

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School supplies donated

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Courtesy photoThe University of Mount Olive graduated over 160 students at its summer commencement Saturday, Aug. 23. It is a tradition at UMO for graduating students to walk through the Alumni Crosswalk and Nido and Mariana Qubein Garden House prior to entering Kornegay Arena. The ceremonial walk represents a manifestation of pride in the accomplishments of the university’s graduates and a symbol of their hopes, dreams and prayers for the future.

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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.)Arrests8/25 - James Allen Jacobs, 54, 224 Seven Eagles Lane, Clinton, communicating threats, drunk and disruptive, resisting public officer. Bond $2,500; court date Nov. 12.8/25 - Dontez Louis Rogers, 34, 1005 Spawn Lane, Knightdale, driv...

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SCC Foundation’s efforts prove beneficial

The Sampson Community College Foundation is gearing up for what they hope will be another successful fundraising year.According to the foundation’s director, Lisa Turlington, as of June 30, the 2013-14 year has ended and she, along with directors, are preparing for what lies ahead.During all of last year’s fund-raising events, a total of $212,000 was raised to help fund the foundation’s many educational endeavors. The foundation was organized to receive...

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Clinton nets big win

The Lady Dark Horse Volleyball team hosted Eastern Wayne on Monday afternoon in a non-conference match and pulled off the upset. Eastern Wayne, fresh off a deep playoff run last season, was expected to make quick work of the Lady Dark Horses, but failed to hold up their end of the bargain, as Clinton spiked their way to a 3 games to 1 victory.

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Raiders shut out Wildcats in defensive struggle

The Hobbton Wildcats traveled to Midway Monday hoping to avenge last week’s hard fought loss. What they got was another hard fought loss. The Raiders held off numerous Hobbton threats for a 1 nil victory. Midway had defeated them 4-3 last week.All of the game’s scoring took place with 16:54 remaining in the opening stanza. Javier Castro found Jonathan Garcia and Garcia found pay dirt. It was Garcia’s first game of the season following an injury that sidelined him ...

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They’re baaaaack!

As the sun rose over Sampson County Monday morning, thousands of eager minds arose from their beds with an eagerness to begin the next chapter in their lives — the first of 180 days in a new school year.A total of 161 buses began rolling bright and early Monday, making the first of their many routes for the new year.Buses and bus drivers weren’t the only ones hitting the roads this morning, as Dr. Eric Bracy, superintendent of Sampson County Schools, and Stua...

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Union soccer tops Lakewood, 9-1

Union hosted Lakewood on Monday in hopes to avenge last week’s 4-2 loss to the Leopards. They did just that, and in a big way, as they downed the Leps 9-1.Union got on the board early and never looked back. Union freshman, Irvin Ocampo had a huge game with 5 goals. Arcenio Nagera had 2 goals for Union, and Arturo Herrera and Gerardo Barrera each scored a goal.Francis Flores had the lone goal for Lakewood.Lakewood’s head coach, Jay Faircloth noted t...

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Raiders top Rosewood

Midway’s JV and Varsity volleyball squads each swept Rosewood for victories on Monday.The JV squad swept two sets with scores of 25-22 and 25-23. Autumn Byrd had 15 service points and 11 assists on the night. Hannah Lucas had six kills for the JV team.The varsity Lady Raiders swept three sets with scores of 25-21, 25-18, and 25-15. Amber Poole had 4 kills and 10 assists. Kelsey Pondo had 6 kills and 12 assists, and Hannah Hubbard had 8 kills. Savannah Spell, Taylor...

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Lakewood, Midway play well in UNCP tournament

Local teams Midway and Lakewood competed in the UNCP Volleyball Tournament. Midway finished third in their pool, and Lakewood was the runner-up in their pool.Lakewood earned the second place finish by defeating 4A Union Pines and 4A Grays Creek in the semi-finals before losing to 4A Lee County in the tie breaker.Lakewood’s Rashyda Parker was named to the all tournament team, and Jordan Tew was named tournament MVP.In pool play, the Leopards defeated West...

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Another business robbed

Gary Wayne Hall called it a ‘hefty heist,’ as he talked solemnly about the early morning break-in of Sessoms Jewelry in downtown Clinton Sunday, where the business’ front door glass was shattered as thieves made a rapid entry and exit, running away with thousands of dollars in property.“They got us pretty good,” Hall said, adding emphatically, “but this won’t keep us down. We’ll bounce back.”Suspects entered the long-...

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