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Sowing seeds of renewed life

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In the past five years, Clinton native Donald Ringley has gotten married to the love of his life, watched his granddaughter grow up and shared an emotional experience with fellow cancer survivors celebrating renewed life. If not for quality care and support, none of it would have happened.Ringley joined more than 100 other survivors from across the country for a symbolic tree-planting ceremony June 6 as part of the annual Celebrate Life event at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill.“That’s all I thought it was — a tree-planting ceremony, but it turned out to be much more than that,” Ringley told The Independent.


Athlete Profile: Shyquan Brunson

Shyquan Brunson is a rising junior at Union High School. Although he plays other sports, football is his favorite.“I’ve played football all of my life. My family loves the sport and loves to watch me play. It is really a lot of fun and I love it,” said Brunson. Brunson plays running back and safety for the Spartans, and is a big part of their special teams as well as sharng the return role last year with star Dezmond Faison.

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Subway comes to Harrells

HARRELLS — Deloris Fennell watched as fresh vegetables were spread across her cold cut sub, before it was wrapped up and placed in a sack.On her way out, she grabbed a bag of oven baked potato chips and a small bottle of Coca-Cola.For Fennell and other residents of this small southern Sampson town, the wait was finally over. On Thursday afternoon, she was one of the first customers to visit the newest restaurant in town - Subway.“I think it’s...

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Mold and moisture

By Perry SoliceContributing columnistMolds can be found almost anywhere; they grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in a building or on building materials mold growth will occur, particularly if the problem remains undiscovered or u...

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What would you do?

You’ve received the warning. You have three choices. You can convert to Islam, pay a steep tax, or be killed. The government will not help, because those making the threats are now the government. The police will not help you, because your accusers are the only law enforcement. You have your choices. What will you do? What would I do?

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Navigating Obamacare rules

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act(ACA) or “Obamacare.” This new law required that most people have health insurance coverage by Jan. 1, 2014. Although some individuals may qualify for an exemption, most people not meeting the requirement will invoke a penalty in the form of a tax. This penalty will increase annually over the next few years. The intention of the l...

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Vital Statistics

Building PermitsDavid Bradshaw, 980 sq. ft., mobile home setupClinton Dialysis, 2,327 sq. ft., business renovationsCarl Westbrook, 700 sq. ft., mobile home setupClinton Medical, 200 sq. ft., business renovationsDeborah Williams, 256 sq. ft., residential additionMolly Kilpatrick, 1,224 sq. ft.,Walgreens, business renovationsBoyd Mattock, 3,200 sq. ft., new storageJohn Franklin, 2...

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2 now jailed for home invasion

Two Garland men are now behind bars facing multiple felony charges related to an early Friday morning home invasion in Garland. One of the pair turned himself in to county investigators late Saturday afternoon; the other was taken into custody late Friday.Josh Montoya, 19, of 633 West 2nd Ave., was jailed late Friday night and charged with a laundry list of felonies including attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first ...

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Garland man facing multiple felonies

One Garland man is in custody and another still on the loose after a home invasion in the southern Sampson County town early Friday morning.Josh Montoya, 19, of 633 West 2nd Ave., was jailed late Friday night and charged with a laundry list of felonies including attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first degree burglary, first degree kidnapping and discharging a firearm.His bond was not immediately available...

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Bridge repairs close Sampson roads

Sampson County residents can expect deal with two bridge closures, and thus portions of the roads where they are located, over the next few months, one a temporary closure for repairs and a second for a complete bridge replacement.Wright Bridge Road will be closed in both directions starting 8 a.m. on Aug. 4; the closure will continue through the evening of Aug. 7.“We have some rehabilitation to do to the structure,” said Shannon Baylor, with Sampson County B...

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Rotary officers installed

Courtesy photoThe Clinton Rotary Club recently installed its officers for the new club year. They are, from left: Stacy Autry, treasurer; Charlie Powell, president; Candy Taylor, president-elect; Norman Johnson, past president; and Susan Melchor, secretary.

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What’s cookin’?

Clinton City SchoolsJuly 28Chick Fillet on BunGreen BeansMixed FruitJuly 29PizzaBroccoli w/CheesePineapple TidbitsJuly 30Cheeseburger on BunBaked BeansApplesauceJuly 31BBQ Pork on BunCornSliced PeachesDaily:MilkBaby carrots...

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

BirthdaysJuly 27Jessica HonrineSheila BrunsonJuly 28Nellie DavisJean HornerDavid HobbsJuly 29Rich ReedLois AshleyLuke Starling ByrdGary McMillanPhillip JonesJuly 30Lasha CarterHenry WeeksJuly 3...

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1 in custody; 1 on loose after home invasion

One Garland man is in custody and another still on the loose after a home invasion in the southern Sampson County town early this morning.Josh Montoya, 19, of 633 West 2nd Ave., is currently being processed by Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators, and charges are pending.Officers are still searching for a second man, identified as Dustin Carr, an 18-year-old black male who’s addressed is listed as 626 West 2nd Ave. Sheriff officials said Carr should be cons...

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Taking the oath

Dan Grubb/SCCSampson County Assistant Clerk of Court Tammy Cashwell administers the Sampson Community College Oath of Office to newly-appointed and reappointed trustees, SGA president Tracy Kirkland, Chris Fann; Nash Johnson, and Pat Jones, as SCC President Dr. Paul Hutchins looks on during a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month.

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Lindsay reunion Sunday

The attached picture was made in October 1908 and is a celebration of John DeVane Lindsay’s 72nd birthday. John was a Civil War veteran, wounded twice, and died in 1914 at his home in the “Land of Goshen” in upper Sampson County.The little baby in the arms of my grandmother, Lona Franklin Weeks Lindsay, is my father Algia (Buddy Lindsay) who operated the county store at Hobbton for 45 years. My father had six brothers and one sister. The boys on the front row are ...

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Black bear roaming Roseboro

A black bear was seen roaming the streets of Roseboro Friday morning, and residents took action hoping to get the bear picked up by Wildlife agents.“At 11:30 a.m. this morning I looked outside after a neighbor called me saying she had seen a black bear,” said Anna Caldwell in an interview Friday. Tonya Ivey called Caldwell and told her that the bear was in the West’s yard.“The bear was outside in her yard, across the street from my house,” s...

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Newton Grove student receives scholarship

RALEIGH — The Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) recently announced that Emily Harrison is the recipient of an LGFCU scholarship award.Harrison, of Newton Grove, will use her scholarship to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is one of 120 deserving high school seniors and post-secondary students that will have extra money to apply toward their education at the university, community or technical college of their choice.

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