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Closer to a sales tax option

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Sampson is one step closer to having a quarter-cent sales tax option on the November ballot with last week’s Senate approval of House Bill 1224, which offers an avenue toward revenue but calls for a sales tax cap and limits how revenues can be spent.Republican supporters say the measure would give more options to most counties to generate local revenues. But opponents, particularly Democrats from Wake County, say it would harm counties that received previous authority from the General Assembly to generate more revenue than others — particularly to assist with broad public transit projects.


ChalleNGe to celebrate 20 years

SALEMBURG — Tarheel ChalleNGe is celebrating 20 years, and Colonel Edward W. Timmons, Sr. is looking forward to bringing that celebration to the community. The school has been a staple in the area, he said, and it shares a history built on hard work and determination.“We will be emphasizing a tribute throughout the entire year,” said Timmons, ChalleNGe’s director, in an interview at the campus this week.“The birthday was in March,” he ...

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Lend your support if you can

There are so many worthwhile causes in Sampson, fundraisings that deserve our support, both in time, money and attendance.One of those is Saturday’s concert to raise money for a helipad for the town of Roseboro.Backed by the Roseboro Fire Department and such staunch business sponsors as Ford of Clinton, the event, featuring the vocals of Amanda Daughtry, will kick off at Sampson’s Agri-Exposition Center at 7 p.m.This is far more than a concert, it ...

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What is God’s Top 10 for us?

Do you have a top ten list of things you would like God to do for you? Individual lists would have many different things, while some of them would be the same. The #1 thing we would all desire from God is eternal life with Him in Heaven. Make a list of your top ten and pray over them. While thinking of what we would like from Him. Let’s center our thoughts of what God’s Top Ten for us might be.God’s Top Ten1. Put God First2. Worship Him only...

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Outreach in our churches

To report church news please email or call 910-644-0447. Deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday for Friday publication.Bearskin MBCThe annual Stuff the Bus Event (Bearskin M B Church Bus) will be Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2 at Wal-Mart in Clinton. On Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Collecting donated school supplies for 2014-2015. FMI call Carolyn Williams-Monk 910-590-7789. Annual Mission Program will be Sunday, A...

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Monroe and Mary Lee Reunion — will be held Sunday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Taste of Heaven Campground, 2713 Harnett Dunn Hwy., Dunn. Meal catered by Meadow Restaurant, $10 per person. FMI 892-5173The Halls High School Class of 1954 — will celebrate its 60th reunion Sunday, Aug. 3, 5 p.m., at Hong Kong City Restaurant in Clinton. FMI Michael Mozingo at 910-299-0759.Confederate States Armory — Kenansville...

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Clearing up the longevity issue

As you may have read or seen in the news recently, the House and Senate have reached a general agreement on a budget for the short session.The final version will provide public school educators a seven percent raise on average – working out to about $3,500 per teacher. This constitutes a $282 million investment, making it the largest teacher pay raise in state history and moving North Carolina from 46th to 32nd in national teacher pay rankings and from 9th to 4th place among ...

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Second Sampson Perspective Sept. 3

Immigration reform in relation to seasonal farm workers, federal regulatory environment effects on businesses, the marketplace fairness act in relation to small internet retailers, education system, voter ID, and much more was all discussed at last year’s first ever Sampson Perspective. As the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce strives to serve as a voice for our membership and the local community, we are offering a second event and the date for the 2014 Sampson Perspective is quickly ...

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Deadline for Duplin Hall of Fame nominations approaching

Duplin County Hall of Fame board members are offering a reminder to the Duplin County community that Sept. 25 is the deadline for the submission of nominations for this year’s living and deceased recipients. Nominations are invited from any and all individuals and groups.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 at its annual banquet in the Jester’s Court a...

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Helipad help coming through concert

Roseboro needs a helipad, and the town’s Fire Department is coming to the rescue.The Fire Department is sponsoring a concert this weekend with hopes of raising needed funds to put in a helipad in the town of Roseboro. The concert, featuring Amanda Daughtry, is Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Sampson Agri-Exposition Center.Roseboro Fire Chief Bobby Owen is working with the town to get the needed helipad, and he said that this would be a great service to...

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While looking over grants for Clinton City Schools, Nacole Hayes pressed keys on a calculator and scrutinized a spreadsheet program on her computer.“I like to use the calculator to double-check the figures to make sure they’re correct,” Hayes said about her work.As an aide for the school systems, Hayes is looking forward to beginning her new role as the administrative assistant to the superintendent and the board. Some of her duties will include providi...

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‘Little Mermaid’ one week from opening

Momentum at rehearsals for “Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jr.” has definitely increased over the past week at the Sampson Community Theatre as the 100-plus kids, ages 4-15, perfect their lines and dance steps in preparation for opening night in only one week.

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Telamon expanding Early Head Start service

Telamon Corporation was recently awarded the Early Head Start grant and will continue to provide those services to an additional 76 children and pregnant women in the county previously served by the Sampson County Partnership for Children, Telamon officials have announced.“It is critically important that those families who would like to continue receiving Early Head Start Services contact us immediately,” Arvelis Byrd, Telamon’s N.C. Head Start director, stated....

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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.)Arrests7/30 - Justina Skye Phillips, 22, 336 Zoar Church Road, Salemburg, child abuse. Bond $1,500; court date Aug. 12.7/30 - Morris Lee Aycock, 51, 327 Oscar Newkirk Lane, Faison, probation violation (3 felony counts). Bond $110,000; cou...

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A taxing effort

Cindy Cottle and others in the Sampson County Tax Office have been working 12-hour days this week, and she hopes that Thursday’s might be the last for a while.The county’s assistant tax administrator, Cottle said local property owners have already been calling the office inquiring about their tax bills. Since the 2014-15 budget was adopted Monday night, and the new tax rate — at 83 cents per $100 valuation, up from 78.5 cents — was set, Cottle and others hav...

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Sheriff’s office recovers firearms

Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators have played a pivotal role in recovering evidence that could be linked to the arrest of members of a Mexican drug trafficking organization believed responsible for the kidnapping of a South Carolina man earlier this month.The Sampson Independent began investigating information received earlier this week that sheriff’s officers were responsible for recovering weapons allegedly used to commit the crime and received confirmat...

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Murray to bid schools goodbye

Jackie Murray spent a portion of her day earlier this week typing and preparing an agenda for the Clinton City Board of Education meeting. As the administrative assistant to the superintendent and the board, Murray has attended many meetings and typed up many agendas.But on Friday that will all end with her retirement. “I’m passing the gauntlet, sort of speaking,” she said.After 35 years of work in administration, Murray is officially retiring Aug. 1. N...

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