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Sampson sales tax option off table

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With early voting for November’s general election little more than a month away, Sampson voters going to the polls will notice no quarter-cent sales tax option on their ballots.The Sampson Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution months ago seeking legislative approval for an additional quarter-cent local option sales tax, stating that empowering the county to levy the option would mean equitably spreading the tax burden among the populous, broadening revenue sources for key capital needs and reducing dependence on property taxes as the principal source of revenue.The county will continue to lean solely on that property taxes to pay for county needs, as the possibility of an additional sales tax option is off the table.

 

Drug campaigns worth the effort

Undercover drug campaigns are risky, cost money and eat up untold man hours for law enforcement officers whose plates are often full long before these special projects are even planned.But we believe they pay off. It may not stop the drug trade in our communities, but it certainly slows it. What’s more, it sends a loud and clear message to drug dealers that our law enforcement officers in the city and county don’t just investigate cases, they hunt down those believed re...

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Business talk DC-style

Everyone has a voice, and members of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce recently took theirs — and that of their membership — to Washington D.C. with hopes of being heard by state and national leaders.“The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce strives to serve as the voice for our membership and the local community to local, state, and national representation and leaders,” said Janna Bass, executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce foll...

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Lakewood, Clinton, split volleyball matches

Lakewood visited Clinton on Monday afternoon for non-conference Volleyball matches with the Lady Leopards taking a straight set win in the Varsity match and Clinton winning the JV contest in a close fought battle, dropping the young Leopards in two sets. “The JV match was really aggressively played, Clinton has a very good JV team, those young girls played well, we just could not finish them off in the second set”, said Lakewood head coach Shelia Davidson.

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Test soil now to avoid new peak-season testing fee

In today’s economy, consumers are always looking for ways to save money. One of the most practical ways to save money is to have your soil tested. Soil testing is a service provided by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at their Agronomic Division in Raleigh.

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Wildcats slip by Spring Creek

The Hobbton Wildcats got by the Spring Creek Gators on the soccer field Monday. The final was 2-1, Hobbton.Wildcat coach Jonathan Jacobs said, “It was a good win. I thought we beat them all around. We had more shots on goal, possession was the key. Spring Creek is a good team. Our goalie came up big. They were getting a lot of shots of the line. We had some questionable calls, but I was happy with the win.”Scoring for the Wildcats were Jair Sanchez and Christ...

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Clinton routs West Bladen, 9-0

Clinton traveled to West Bladen Monday evening for a dominating soccer performance and their sixth straight win. The Dark Horses left the Knights’ home with a 9-0 victory.“We dominated the field tonight, in all aspects of the game,” said a very pleased head coach of the Dark Horses, Brad Spell, following his team’s rout of the Knights.Connor Bass led Clinton with 3 goals and an assist. Spell Carr, Andrew Warren, Skyler Cannady, Olvin Acosta, Ivan ...

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Hobbton Middle sneaks past MMS, 7-6

Midway Middle hosted Hobbton Middle in soccer action in Spivey’s Corner yesterday. Midway would jump on the Wildcats often, coming away with 6 goals, three by Luis Acosta and one each by Jared Stephenson, Ludwin Argeta, and Arturo Mejia, to take a 6-3 halftime lead. Hobbton would get their goals from Miguel Diaz, Uriel Cruz and Jonathan Nunez. “We came out thinking we had the game won before the starting whistle blew. It was really bad soccer. They ran through us for 30 minutes,&#...

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Traffic stop brings string of felonies

A routine traffic stop ended in a string of felony drug charges against a Clinton man after crack cocaine was discovered by Sampson County Sheriff’s deputies.Ricky Recardo Owens, 34, of 109 Juniper Drive, Clinton, was stopped around 2:30 p.m. Saturday while traveling near the intersection of Cherry Tree Lane and Murdock Lane in the Salemburg area.“A deputy observed the vehicle in the area of Cherry Tree Lane and a check of the vehicle registration revealed th...

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Clinton man jailed in TV theft

A Clinton man was arrested on break-in charges within a couple hours after he allegedly forced his way into a home and attempted to steal two television, according to reports filed Monday at the Clinton Police Department.Javaun Delano Jaleel Johnson, 23, of 117 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Clinton, was charged with breaking and entering and damage to real property.According to Clinton Police reports, a suspect allegedly forced open a back door of Maria Rodrigues’ ...

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Sherry Matthews/Sampson IndependentSampson County Shriners GH Wilson, Freddie Butler and Earl Smith adjust one of the many signs around town alerting residents to the group’s annual Sudan Shriners Fish Fry, being held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton and Dorman Chevrolet in Roseboro. Plates will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and again from 4 until 7 p.m. Proceeds from the fish fry will continue to support the Shriners’ Children’s...

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Ginn, Dorsett to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. Mitchell of Clinton are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kayla Christine Ginn, to Brock Russell Dorsett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby J. Dorsett Jr. of Raleigh.The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Clinton resident, Mr. James Ray Ginn.The wedding will take place May 16, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Zebulon at Bennett Bunn Plantation. Invitations are to follow.

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Kilpatrick named Civitas regional business development director

Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media, effective Monday, Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson, N.C.-based company.Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton, N.C., and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s southern North Carolina and South Carolina markets, including The Sampson Independent. He succeeds Rick Bacon, ...

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Community Bulletin Board

Sampson Soil and Water — The conservation district will have its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 84 County Complex Road. FMI 592-7963 ext. 3.Sampson County Branch of the NAACP — will meet Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 900 College St., Clinton to elect the nominating committee. Any member whose membership dues are current 30 days prior to the meeting date may be elected. FMI 910-533-2117.D...

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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.Arrests• 9/119 — Jeffrey Brian Torrans, 42, of 409 Beasley Torrans Road, Warsaw, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Bond was set at $5,000; court date is Oct. 24.• 9/19 — Mirentis Antwaun Williams...

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Elections officials spreading word on Voter ID

While a Voter ID law is not scheduled to take effect in North Carolina until 2016, local Board of Elections officials are already working to spread the word about the law and educate those without proper ID on steps they can take to get in compliance.Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to show a photo identification when they present to vote in person — either on the day of a primary or election or during early voting (one-stop absentee voting). This change ...

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A cellular phone is here

Recently, my eyes were opened to the reality of everything that has happened in Washington with our regulators and legislators. Cellular telephones have effectively replaced our traditional means of communication. (We now have more cellular telephones in our country than we do people, and we’re to the point that if you don’t have one or can’t afford one, our government will supply one for free.) This did not happen overnight, and there are specific reasons why this has happe...

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Nabbed in Georgia

Jerry Junior “Red” McNeil stepped from an SBI plane at the Clinton-Sampson Airport and squinted in the afternoon sun, glancing left, then right and finally straight ahead, catching sight of a Clinton Police officer photographing his arrival from a few thousand feet away. McNeil smiled broadly.For a brief moment, the scene looked idyllic, and then the shackled and handcuffed McNeil was escorted down the remaining plane steps by three Clinton Police officers, his escorts ...

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