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Budget OK’d, now what?

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The cloud of budget deliberations that loomed over the county has finally cleared with the adoption of a 2014-15 plan, but Sampson isn’t safe from the storm — not by a long shot, commissioners said.Following yet another year of budget discussions where it seemed a full fiscal plan may never come, one with a 4.5-cent tax rate was approved by the Sampson Board of Commissioners in a unanimous vote in a matter of moments Monday night. It was a surprising move, as the board appeared to be at a standstill after the same budget ordinance was nixed in a 3-2 vote just last week

 

What a catch!

Courtesy photoClinton resident G.W. West Jr is all smiles as he shows of this 12-plus pound large mouth Bass caught earlier in the month in a Massachusetts lake.

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The greatest of scams

Editor:The recently approved “camera stop lights” in the City of Fayetteville is a collaborative effort created by Fayetteville politicians and their Republican counterparts in the General Assembly in Raleigh.Doubtless, the law proves that City politicians are “in-bed” with their private corporation/contractor friends in the camera stop light industry. It’s a scheme hatched in the secret halls of corporate government (emphasis on private or ...

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City schools await state budget action

Superintendent Stuart Blount and leaders of Clinton City Schools have an idea of what Sampson County wants to do with their money. But the forecast from the state is unclear.During a Monday work session, Blount updated the Board of Education about those budget matters, noting that the North Carolina General Assembly has reached an agreement for a budget framework but exactly what that looks like remains to be seen.“There are not details to that framework and it pro...

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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.)Arrests7/28 - Marcial Cruz Oppenjaimer, 42, 73 Royce Lane, Clinton, habitual impaired driving. Bond $3,000; court date Aug. 5.7/28 - Vernon Donald Hicks, 53, 402 Weeks St., Clinton, failure to appear on charge of habitual larceny. Bond $1...

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Not just horsin’ around

WAYCROSS — Megan Merritt smiled as she rubbed Nasa’s head with care.“He’s kind of a showoff,” she said, patting the horse gently. “I have to tell him to tone it down a little bit, but you find his tender side once you get to know him. He’s a sweetheart.”Together, they’re a team.Megan’s partnership with Nasa has led to success in district and state 4-H horse shows. This week, she will compete with othe...

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Time is now to prepare for Peanut Festival

DUBLIN — Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for the Dublin Peanut Festival $1,000.00 Scholarship pageant to be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at Dublin Elementary School multipurpose building/gymnasium. The pageant begins at 7 p.m. Application deadline is Aug. 21. Apply now online at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant.Festival organizers are also accepting applications for craft and food vendors. Food vendor application deadline is Sept. 5, with no exceptions....

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Making agricultural tracks

TURKEY — As chickens made clucking noises on her farm, Sharon Funderburk tilted her head back and noticed a bird soaring through the sky.“They’re so graceful and beautiful,” Funderburk said about the Mississippi kite which nest and hunts in the area.She often catches a glimpse of the small birds of prey, but has yet to see a much larger creature — a bear.“We’ve seen the tracks, but we haven’t seen the bear,”...

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Hats off to officers for jobs well done

No one likes crime, but everyone should like the fact that when they occur our local law enforcement officers are at the ready and working diligently to find those believed to have committed them before more issues arise.Such was the case last week in two separate incidents involving Clinton Police and Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators. Both incidents would be considered violent crimes — one an armed robbery of a downtown pharmacy, the other an armed home invasion ...

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Feeling the ‘Flow’

Chris Berendt/Sampson Independent

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At long last a budget

The three-ring circus that has been Sampson County’s budget deliberations for going on three months ended a few minutes into Monday night’s meeting with unanimous adoption of a2014-15 budget with a 4.5 cent property tax hike.With a budget ordinance waiting on the media table at the opening of the special-called meeting calling for the 4.5 cent hike, Commissioner Albert Kirby opened things up, saying he had heard from the people and making a motion for the tax hike, one ...

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Confronting the budget crisis

Anything less than the tax increase of 9 cents recommended to commissioners in early June would defer necessary expenses and put the county firmly behind the fiscal eight-ball going forward, the county manager has implored.County manager Ed Causey said cuts would usher in an era of “doing less with less,” a twist on the oft-uttered “doing more with less” credo of county officials in recent recession years. During the board’s budget workshop last week, ...

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Threat leads to arrest of 1

A 26-year-old Sampson County man learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to take your frustration out on a magistrate, particularly if threats are involved.Clifton Lemonte Aycock, 45, of 88 Barley Lane, is now facing a felony and two misdemeanors after reportedly becoming irate with a court official after being arrested and taken before him on a child support warrant.Reports show Aycock is charged with felonious threat to a legal court officer, disorderly co...

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Northern Sampson road closed for bridge repairs

Yet another bridge is closed in Sampson County due to maintenance, this one in the northern end of the county near Dunn. This is the third structure in the last two weeks to be shut for repairs.State Road 1005, known as Green Path Road, has a bridge closed just south of Savannah Hill Road. The section of Green Path Road that is impacted by the closure runs between US 421 (Plain View Highway) and NC 55 (Harnett-Dunn Highway).Department of Transportation officials closed t...

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UMO summer graduation Aug. 23

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 220 students at its summer commencement on Saturday, Aug. 23. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.

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Sampson seeing rise in whooping cough cases

Several counties in North Carolina have seen increases in the number of whooping cough cases, also known as Pertussis, over the past few months. Sampson County has now joined those ranks, with confirmed cases that have been steadily increasing over the past few weeks to a current total of nine.The Sampson County Health Department is working closely with local medical providers to identify cases and provide treatment for the cases and their contacts.

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Crimewatch

(The 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 jail report.)Arrests7/24 - Brent Edward Smith, 34, 330 W. Second St., Garland, failure to appear on charges of driving while license revoked, unsafe pass on a yellow line. Bond $1,000; court date Sept. 11.7/24 - William Henry Monroe, 41, 605 Garland Airport Road, ...

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Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod

It is not unusual for people to complain of fine twitching of the eyelid at times. This twitch or tic in the eyelid may occur in the lids of one or both eyes. They may last for a few minutes or hours. We are not sure why the twitches appear but they may be related to stress, fatigue, caffeine, nicotine or even dry eyes. By using artificial tears, reducing stress, cutting down on caffeine and nicotine and getting more sleep (wouldn’t all that be nice) the twitching will, in most cases, g...

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