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County departments dodge 5 percent slash

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An exhaustive effort to show the Sampson Board of Commissioners the impacts of a 5 percent across-the-board countywide cut was made moot in a matter of minutes Wednesday.In a 3-2 vote, the board approved a 4.5-cent tax bump that would take the current rate to 83 cents per $100 valuation, from 78.5 cents, essentially taking a 62-page document summarizing some $2 million in countywide cuts — and more than 70 jobs lost — off the table before being considered.

 

New Century, Select Banks get regulatory OK for merger

DUNN — New Century Bancorp, Inc. , the holding company for New Century Bank, and Select Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Select Bank & Trust Company, jointly announced this week receipt of regulatory approval from both the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the N.C. State Banking Commission for the merger of the two subsidiary banks. The merger was previously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and it was announced on May 27 that shareholders of both compa...

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Support for educators a priority here

While educators don’t always get the support they deserve from state government, they certainly receive it from the local community, particularly as it pertains to individual citizens willing to go above and beyond to ensure that both our public and private schools are taken care of, be it helping to offset incurred costs or through time and talents volunteered.You see it all the time from business and industry, from individuals and from parents.That’s why it...

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County schools save energy, money

Thanks to an energy conservation program, Sampson County Schools saved money while helping the environment in the process.Scott Burgin, energy specialist for Sampson County Schools, updated the Board of Education on the program, which included a partnership with Energy Star, during a work session earlier this week.According to data presented by Burgin, the district would have increased its electric usage if no efforts were made for energy conservation.“D...

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Town of Harrells Chamber’s Member of Week

Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is the Town of Harrells, located in the southern part of beautiful Sampson County. The Town of Harrells offers venues in worship, agritourism, community activities and local history. Community events and services include: National Day of Prayer, Memorial Day Ceremony, Annual Sing around the tree, Unity in the Community and Harrells Community Day. The Town of Harrells welcomes you to visit and stop by the Town Hall at 373 Tomahawk...

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James Trading earns Chamber grant

I am excited to announce that another Chamber grant has been awarded, this time to James Trading Company in Roseboro.James Trading Company has recently opened a retail gift and garden center located beside the current business. With the assistance of the Chamber grant, James Trading is now able to purchase a Point of Sale System for the new retail gift and garden center. This system is allowing updated functionality in the operation of the new expansion to their business. This new ...

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Sleep well with these tips

If you have counted hundreds of sheep at bedtime and you still cannot fall asleep, you might suffer from insomnia. Insomnia may include difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, or not feeling well rested in the morning. There are several factors that may trigger insomnia, such as anxiety, stress, changes in your environment or schedule, using caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol, or taking certain medications such as decongestants (like Sudafed) and steroids (like Prednisone.)...

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It’s a budget circus!

In a move that shocked the many county department heads and others in attendance for what was supposed to be an all-day affair Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners approved a 4.5-cent tax hike before hearing one word from employees.But by the 6 p.m. meeting to adopt a budget ordinance, yet another surprise came — what looked like a done deal was undone.Commissioner Jarvis McLamb, who voted with Republican colleagues Jefferson Strickland and Billy Lockamy for the t...

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All-day budget affair averted

In a move that shocked the many county department heads and others in attendance for what was supposed to be an all-day affair Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners approved a 4.5-cent tax hike before hearing one word from employees.After little more than a half hour, the board recessed its meeting following the 3-2 approval of the tax increase to reconvene Wednesday night, at which point a 2014-15 budget ordinance was expected to be formally adopted.

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Crimewatch

(The crime reports below are provided each day by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff’s Office jail report.)Arrests7/22 - Jamie Ray Byrd, 21, 1791 Needmore Road, Turkey, larceny, possessing/concealing stolen property, both felonies. Bond $10,000; court date Aug. 1.7/22 - Caleb Allen Godwin, 18, 1255 Benson Hwy., Dunn, larceny of motor vehicle, posse...

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‘Art of Lunch’ on tap Friday

The Sampson Arts Council is sponsoring “Art For Lunch” this Friday, July 25, at Ted’s Steakhouse, 337 Northeast Blvd in Clinton, from noon-1:30 p.m.The event features Dr. Rue Lee-Holmes on xylophone.“Art For Lunch” is a great opportunity to dine with friends and enjoy free musical entertainment by a local artist, Arts Council members said.“Rue will wow you with her musical talents,” Arts Council executive Kara Donatell...

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News briefs

Road closure — N.C. Dept. of Transportation will close both both north and southbound lanes of State Road 1007 (Wildcat Road) .01 miles east of Junction State Road 1100 (Ivanhoe Road) through Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. for bridge repair.Garland Small Business Grants — NC Department of Commerce, the Garland NC STEP Community Leadership Committee is offering a small business grant opportunity. A grant preview/information meeting will be held at 7 p...

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Search continues for robbery suspect

Clinton police were continuing to scour the downtown area this afternoon for a man who walked into Butler’s Pharmacy earlier in the day, said he had a bomb and demanded drugs from the pharmacist. No one was injured in the incident.It was the first violent crime to occur in the downtown area since surveillance cameras were installed in the downtown area, and police were working to use those cameras to help identify the suspect this afternoon.Contacted today, Clinton...

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In surprise move, county adopts tax hike

Sampson County's Board of Commissioners adopted, 3-2, a tax hike for the 2014-15 budget this morning in a surprise move that shocked those there expecting to discuss 5 percent across-the-board cuts to departmental budgets.The financial plan, whose formal adoption is expected to be a formality Wednesday evening, would come with a 4.5 cent property tax hike, whittled down from a proposed 9 cents.The meeting, called at 9 a.m. to begin a day-long whittling away of budgetary ...

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Series to address minority mental health issues

A monthly education series devoted to informing the public, as well as a variety of medical and mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, educators and many others in the community, will continue next week, recognizing Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.Through the monthly education series, sponsored by Sampson Regional Medical Center and Eastpointe MCO (managed care organization), a new topic is explored each month. The events are free and open to the general pu...

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Bonney: Cuts would run deep

As people of all ages quietly strolled though the J.C. Holliday Library in Clinton and used computers, library director Heather Bonney sat in her office and recalled a moment when she supplied someone with books about resumes and job hunting.Her help resulted in the visitor receiving a job.“That’s what we do here,” she said proudly while discussing services provided through the Sampson-Clinton Public Library system.She hopes those services co...

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A UW ‘Bounty’ worth supporting

The United Way of Sampson County has once again outdone itself, developing yet another ingenious idea that spreads the word about the needs the nonprofit organization attempts to meet while, at the same time, coming up with a fundraising adventure in which everyone seems to want to be a part.And it’s coming back for a second year.The first-ever “Outstanding in Our Fields” event proved hugely successful in 2013, with people clamoring for the 100 tickets ...

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Christ MB Church holding youth revival

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.Prayer and Bible study is held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Faison.Youth revival is now in progress at Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Clinton. On Wednesday, July, 23, at 7 p.m. nightly, the guest speaker is the Rev. Dayvon Smith and the Sampson Chapel young adult choir. On Thursday, July 24, the gues...

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