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Race is on for sheriff

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(Editor’s note: Today’s Question and Answer is for the sheriff’s race, with three-term Republican Sheriff Jimmy Thornton being challenged by Democrat Freddie Butler. Questions were not provided in advance to either candidate and were compiled by the Independent’s editorial staff. Thornton was questioned in person, Butler via phone at his request. Q&A conducted by Chris Berendt)

 

United Way 2014 campaign off to hot start

The United Way of Sampson County’s 2014 campaign kicked off just last week and in record time the local organization, behind the backing of local donors and a successful fundraising feast, has already raised 80 percent of its $175,000 goal.Dottie McCullen and Dempsey Craig, who are serving as co-chairs for this year’s campaign, said the 80 percent figure is the highest the local United Way has had this early in the campaign.“This is probably the best we...

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Making an impact by serving

Editor’s note: Opinion pieces contributed by local candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties will appear on this page randomly over the next few weeks. Candidates and party chairs were both offered the opportunity to submit oped pieces of their choosing. All content had to be provided by Monday, Oct. 6. Those appearing over the next few days and weeks are the ones that were submitted. No additional candidate pieces will be accepted at this time. Letters to the editor r...

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Get a head start - vote early

The political season has shifted into full-gear, with the November election now only weeks away. And with that comes the opportunity for registered voters in Sampson County to carry out their civic duty early, if they so choose.Come Thursday, four sites will be opened in parts of Sampson County so residents can cast a ballot early for local, state and national candidates. Early voting ends Nov. 1. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.The Sampson County Board of Electi...

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The catch to catechisms

It’s said that a belief is nothing more than a thought you keep thinking. It may be actively chosen, but for most of us, a belief is unquestioningly accepted from our family or community. Rarely do we consider the consequences or assumptions informed by our beliefs out of fear that if we changed our beliefs, our tribe would banish us.With the legalization of gay marriage in North Carolina, we are all invited to re-examine our beliefs.Most opposition to gay marriage...

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Pastoral Anniversaries, Revivals and Homecomings celebrations held at area churches

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, Clinton.Bible study is held every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Piney Green Disciple Church, Newton Grove. Pastor Fernonda Geddie will teach the word.Prayer and Bible study is held every Thursday, 6-7 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Faison.

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UHS looking to build soccer field

Spartan football players and their opponents battle on the Union High School gridiron, but soccer players using the same turf is becoming a problem.To fix it, Principal Julie Hunter and Athletic Director Tim Pope would like to build another field.During a Tuesday work sessions for the Sampson County Board of Education, a proposal was presented to build a soccer field.“It’s just not a good growing situation out there,” she said. “We̵...

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Lady Raiders advance to round three of playoffs

The Midway Lady Raiders hosted a very determined and well-coached team from Kill Devil Hills Tuesday in the 2nd round of the state playoffs. The First Flight Lady Night Hawks had to leave their school at 10:30 Tuesday morning for their trip to Spivey’s Corner. In a hard fought and intense matchup, the home team came away with a 3-1 victory.The first game went to Midway 27-25. While the Lady Raiders led most of the way,First Flight was able to tie the score on 4 occ...

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Tickets available now for Duplin HOF

Ticket sales have begun for the 19th Annual Duplin County Hall of Fame banquet. The banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Country Squire Restaurant in Kenansville at 6:30 pm.The Duplin Dulcimers will provide the entertainment for the evening.Each year the Duplin County Hall of Fame honors the lifelong contributions of two Duplin County residents and inducts them into the prestigious Hall of Fame. One living recipient is chosen and one deceased recipient is chos...

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Lakewood advances to round three

The Lakewood Leopards took the win Tuesday night in 2nd round of the state playoffs by defeating the Gators of Spring Creek in three straight sets.The Leopards started the night ready to play. This is something that they have struggled with at times during the season, but not on Tuesday.The Leopards took the 1st set, 25-16. The Gators played better in the second set, but Lakewood held on to win it, 25-19.The 3rd set looked to be all Leopards with Anna Hienz ma...

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Peak-season soil fee period announced for 2014-15

Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees.There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time of Nov. 25 through March 31. Samples received before Nov. 25 or after March 31 will be processed without a fee. Most soil samples for home grounds and gardens...

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Roseboro to hold fall clean-up week

Roseboro residents need to start cleaning out their attics and garages and cleaning up their yards in preparation for the town’s Clean Sweep which will take place next week, allowing residents to rid themselves of waste.According to David Phillips, Public Works director, trash collection will take place beginning Monday, Oct. 27 and continue the entire week.“We like to give residents a chance to clean up,” Phillips said.During the Clean Sweep...

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Detectives rescue local paramedic, friend

On Monday afternoon, Sampson County Sheriff detectives Jason Riley and Lee Brown rushed to a cornfield on Old Mintz Highway. The life of their friend and colleague was in danger. While working on a farm near Garland, Sampson County paramedic Kyle Cashwell endured injuries while harvesting corn.Riley was nearby when he heard a dispatch call from Brown just after 1 p.m. about the accident.“I heard him say an address that was right down the street from my house,”...

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Roseboro board approves refinancing town’s largest debt items

ROSEBORO — When Roseboro town commissioner Cary Holland originally presented his plan to save the town money, and in the process hopefully bring the tax rate down, other commissioners were expecting to save about $300,000, but Holland now has a plan to save the town over $400,000.During a special-called board meeting Monday night, Holland presented proposals to the board, plans to refinance the three largest debt items in the town and in the process, save the town $418,604.25...

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Community Bulletin Board

Hobbton High School — will host PTO and progress report pickup for all students and parents on Oct. 27, 6 p.m.A Senior Information Night with graduation supply ordering, scholarship information, Sampson Community College Admisssions and Financial Aid Information, WorkKeys, and information vital for high school seniors will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the high school cafe’.

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Deputy charged in wreck

A Sampson County Sheriff’s deputy received a traffic citation following an Oct. 9 accident on Honrine Road. No one was injured in the accident, but property damage to the vehicles was reported.According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Deputy Christopher Cantrell was charged following an investigation into the accident which occurred around 6 p.m.Cantrell, reports note, was traveling east on Honrine Road and went left of center in a curve as he met another vehicle b...

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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.)Arrests10/18 - Clarence Allen Moore, 26, 5333 Fleet Cooper Road, Roseboro, drunk and disruptive. Bond $500; court date Oct. 28.10/18 - Douschka Vonsheal McCallop, 30, 137 Smiling Lane, Clinton, habitual larceny. Bond $3,000; court date Oc...

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Courtesy photoPowell’s Insurance and agent Teresa Bradshaw is a new member of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce. Located at 110 Lisbon St., Clinton, Powell’s is an independent insurance agency,offering insurance for all your needs: Health, Life, Auto, Home and Commercial.There is also a staff member available to speak spanish. Powell’s Insurance can be reached at 910-590-2800.

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