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Clinton woman faces drug charges

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Yet more drug charges have been leveled this week, one a product of Operation Double Tap, the second the serving of warrants issued in Granville County.According to reports released by Sampson County Sheriff’s officials Thursday, Geneva Renee Bishop, 47, of 6505 Five Bridge Road, Clinton, has become the latest person taken into custody as part of the undercover drug campaign ongoing now for three weeks.


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The Saltwater cast of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” had control of the big stage over the past weekend as they attempted to outdo or do as well as the Seashell or Sunshine casts. The audiences for the Saltwater cast were as numerous and loud as the other casts so the bottom line is each cast had weaknesses and strengths that balanced all three groups.

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Garland to host Community Day

Garland officials, along with NC STEP volunteers and community sponsors, are gearing up for a big day in October.The Garland Community Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. in downtown Garland.The theme is “Honoring Yesterday, Celebrating Today, and Embracing Tomorrow!” It will replace the former Rotary Parade.“This is a very special day for our community and town as we honor and reflect on our rich history and heritage, cel...

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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.)Arrests8/27 - Allan Bernard Young, 58, 46 David Lane, Clinton, court violations. Bond $500; court date Oct. 7.8/27 - Herminio Cruz, 61, 2635 Green Sea Road, Garland, failure to appear on charges of failing to wear seat belt, driving while...

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Tai Chi classes — return to the Center for Health+Wellness Tuesday, Sept. 2. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through October from 11:15 a.m. until noon. Free to the public. FMI, call Angela Faircloth at 592-4653.Jacob and Corena Sutton Family Reunion — will be held Aug 30, beginning at 2 p.m., at the old homeplace on Bearskin Road. FMI Call 564-4717.

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Mintz welcomes new youth minister

Mintz Christian Academy and Mintz Baptist Church have welcomed a new minister into the fold, someone who is adding to the blessings of the school in the new school year.Joe Hedrick moved to Roseboro on June 12, 2014, and he is now serving at Mintz Baptist Church as the Minister of Youth and Music as well as teaching Music and Drama at MCA and coaching girls basketball and baseball.“I went to school at the Southeastern Theological Seminary,” explained Hedrick ...

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Leps, Raiders take track meet

Hobbton, Lakewood and Midway got their cross country season under way Tuesday with an invitational meet at Hobbton. Midway and Lakewood took the top spots in both the men’s and women’s division.This is Lakewood’s first cross country team so it was especially nice that Jessica Espinsoa won the women’s side with a time of 25:28. Ashley Hinterleiter from Hobbton came in second at 25:41. Kayla Kibler from Midway took third with a time of 26:03. Hobbton claimed f...

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Prestage presents sign for airport

William Scott “Billy” Prestage recently held a ribbon cutting at the Clinton-Sampson Airport to dedicate the sign he completed for his Eagle Scout project.Members of the Airport Authority were present for the event.The teen erected a sign in front of the airport terminal to “welcome” people to the Clinton-Sampson Airport. It is complete with the 911 address. It is informational, as well as a beautification project to the local airport. The sign pr...

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Williams to ride for diabetes awareness

SALEMBURG — This Saturday, Perry Williams will ride his 15-speed Roadmaster bicycle, with a reflective American flag boldly displayed, for many miles on the highways of southeastern North Carolina.“It’s something I love doing,” Williams said while gripping the handlebars of his bike.With each push of the pedals, he wants to bring awareness to a serious health problem – diabetes.

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Got tips? Text 'em

As Clinton investigators continue piecing together evidence in thefts at Sessoms Jewelry and Mike's Hunt Shop, they are also unveiling a new high-tech system that allows for anonymous texting of tips, something they hope will help them in these crimes as well as others.Called Tip411, the system has three different features, the first being introduced this week, with others to follow.Given authorities just released surveillance photos of “persons of interest,”...

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Area families to host reunions

Prayer meeting and Bible study is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and every Friday at 7 a.m. at Point Level Disciples of Christ Church in Clinton.Prayer and Bible study is held every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Faison.Western Union Missionary Baptist Association Ministers and Deacons Union will be held Saturday Aug. 30, at 9 a.m., at Bearskin MBC in Clinton. The Rev. Christopher Highsmith of Robinson Chapel in Roseboro will bring forth the message. L...

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September chock full of Chamber opportunities

With September just around the corner, we have many exciting opportunities quickly approaching. From next week’s Sampson Perspective to the following week’s Washington Perspective and Business Showcase to a seminar focusing on Building Reuse and Business Startup at the end of September, there is something for everyone!

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Leps top Raiders in volleyball match

The Leopards were in non-conference play Wednesday night against in county rivals Midway Raiders. Coach Shelia Davidson said, “We got off to a much better start tonight than we did last night against Spring Creek. We had to because Midway has some great servers and we had to stop them from acing they are strong in that area.In the first set, the Leopards went ahead early and stayed ahead with a 25-8 win.The second set was a back and forth game until the Leopards took a 14-7 l...

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Leopards hang first loss on Raiders

The Midway Raiders traveled to Lakewood Wednesday, hoping to build on their 3-0 record. The Leopards had other ideas. Lakewood came from behind to post a 2-1 victory, avenging last week’s 3-1 loss at Midway.The Raiders got on the board first. Jonathan Garcia, for the second game in a row, scored Midway’s only goal. It came with 13:11 remaining in the first half. 1-0 would be the score at intermission.For the first 11 and a half minutes of the second half, the...

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Hobbton volleyball teams split matches with Goldsboro

The Hobbton Wildcat volleyball teams split with Goldsboro in Wednesday’s match. The JV won both sets, 25-15 and 25-17. The varsity lost 3-1.Volleyball coach Russell Jones said, “In the JV match, we got a couple of good runs. Denice Lamb put the game out of reach in the second game with her serves. She got 6 straight points to take it from 15-14 to 21-14 and we finished it off from there.”

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Juvenile to be tried as adult

A 15-year-old will face murder and rape charges as an adult. That was the decision made today by Judge Sarah Seaton following a probable cause hearing in Sampson County District Court, where all juvenile matters are initially handled.The teen, whose name won’t be officially released until all paperwork has been completed, will be bound over to Sampson Superior Court where he will face charges filed against him in the murder and rape of 11-year-old McKenzie Sessoms, who was fo...

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Clinton man's name added to Tap arrests

A 31-year-old Clinton man has become the latest individual taken into custody as part of the Sampson County Sheriff's Department's ongoing Operation Double Tap.The undercover campaign, which involved a year's worth of investigative work, began culminating three weeks ago with raids throughout the city and county. To date around two-thirds of those on the campaign's warrant list have been served, with arrests continuing to come in. Over 100 individuals with upwards of 300 charges we...

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Taking the walk

Gilbert Owens has been in the ministry for many years, but he did not experience the real church until he took a special walk.He wants others to experience it too.In October, Owens will participate in The Walk to Emmaus, a United Methodist Church program open to any member of a Christan denomination or non-denominational institution.“The sole focus is developing a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ,” Owens said about the four-day activity...

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