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After briefly mentioning budget cuts, Butler Avenue principal Vanessa Brown put on a blue robe and the stage curtain opened.The music of Kirk Franklin’s “Stomp” came through the speakers of Clinton High School’s (CHS) Prestage Auditorium as Brown joined a group of performers. In the aisles, teachers and staff members from Butler Avenue joined along by clapping to the uptempo track.At CHS, a group of city educators and school staff members had fun watching principals lead energetic school spirit skits. It was one of several activities held Wednesday during Clinton City Schools’ Opening Day Ceremony. The purpose of the event was to welcome back teachers for a new school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 25.


Pugh Road signs make reduced speed limit official

With the posting of signs the last official step, the speed limit has now officially been lowered on Pugh Road, the frequently-used cut-over between U.S. 701 Business and N.C. 403 (Faison Highway).In June, the N.C. Department of Transportation notified City of Clinton officials it would be lowering the limit following the state’s study of the road. Speed limit concerns from residents prompted City Council to adopt a resolution seeking the lowered limit in April.

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Four more names were added to the list of Operation Double Tap arrests, a roll of suspected drug offenders that is continuing to grow as county Special Investigation Division work to take into custody over 100 individuals tapped as part of the year-long undercover operation.So far, close to 50 have been rounded up in the operation, which began Aug. 11 and is continuing this week, with charges ranging from trafficking in heroin, cocaine and marijuana to the sell and deliver of contr...

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A story in Tuesday’s Sampson Independent should have noted that Percy Sherman Chestnutt Jr., 41, who was arrested as part of Operation Double Tap, turned himself into authorities and was charged. In addition, no drugs were seized at the time of his arrest. The drugs listed on the report, 17.6 grams of marijuana, was listed as part of the search warrant and indictment against him. The Independent regrets any confusion this may have caused.

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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.)Arrests8/19 - Alex Fernando Meza Acosta, 33, 1105 Alston Ave.,Unit B, Durham, court violations. No bond; court date Aug. 29.8/19 - Kevin Germaine Lee, 39, Frank Lane, Clinton, failure to comply/child support. Bond $750; court date Aug. 26...

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Enviva sets sights on Richmond Co. too

ROCKINGHAM — A Maryland-based biofuels company wants to build several new facilities in the region, including one in Richmond County.Enviva, a biomass fuel producer, has proposed the construction of wood-pellet plants in Richmond and Sampson counties, as well as one in South Carolina, the company said Monday.The three plants would export their product through a proposed terminal at the Port of Wilmington.The company says it is currently in the process of...

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Miller joins Lions Club

Courtesy photoThe Clinton Lions Club recently announced that T.R. Miller has become a member of the local organization. Pictured are Steve Cox, club president; T.R, Miller; Roland Heath, past District Governor who installed the new member; and Dan Holland, new member’s sponsor.

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Lady ‘Cats split with Union

Hobbton’s JV girls opened up the volleyball season this week with what coach Russell Jones called an impressive 2-1 victory over county rival Union, winning 25-18, 13-25, 25-23.JV Wildcat Megan Parker’s serve at the end of the final game, the coach said, proved lethal and the right combination to move Hobbton into the “W” column.“She was a major weapon,” Jones said about Parker. “She had several serves in the last game that put u...

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News briefs

Story Time Registration — at all Sampson County Public Libraries will be Aug. 25-29. Please stop by your local library. FMI Addie Hodges at 592-4153.Turkey Nutrition Site — health fair on Friday, Aug. 22, at 30 Market St.. Free food and door prizes. Assorted health agencies will be available. Kidney, blood pressure, sugar screenings and much more.Fish Fry Plate Sale — SC Democratic Party will host a pla...

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Lighting up Rotary

Derek Kelly/Clinton-Sampson RotaryClinton-Sampson Rotary president Nancy Carr, left, welcomes Rotary District Governor Vanessa Ervin to the local club’s Monday meeting and presents her with a donation to the Rotary Foundation.

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Judge orders active time

Norman and Toni Smith draped one protective arm each around their 12-year-old son as all three listened to Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons sentence a Sampson County woman to active prison time for the role she played in injuring the mother and son during an October 2013 accident.Emotions were etched across their faces as the sentence was handed down, the last leg, the couple said, in a long, arduous journey that began when Lesley Allison Thornton ran a stop sign on Kitty Fork Roa...

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Enrollment down at SCC

Classes are back in session at Sampson Community College, but as of Tuesday, enrollment numbers appear to be down.According to Dr. Paul Hutchins, SCC president, Friday was the first official day of classes for students, and enrollment in the curriculum classes appears to be down from last year’s fall semester.General student enrollment, as of Aug. 18, is 1,443, which Hutchins and Amy Noel, Dean of Student Services, both said is less than the approximately 1,540 who...

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Second annual ‘Perspective’ set for Sept. 3

A room full of lawmakers with influence in Raleigh and Washington, D.C. is a golden opportunity for a citizen to have their voice heard by those who can effect change.Local citizens will have just that chance — to meet with the legislators and public officials who represent them, while sharing concerns, comments and questions — during a second annual town hall forum sponsored by the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.The “2014 Sampson Perspective”...

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The husband hunters

Fall arrives as always in September. When I was a child in Virginia, it’s warning chill began even before the last crops of summer were harvested, and the leaves began turning gold and russet.What it really meant in those days of my youth was “Company.” And that made the dread of going back to school, wearing tight shoes and dresses with starched collars and giant hair bows, tolerable. It was the last of our small respite before hot, muggy classrooms smelling of o...

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Jackson Grove hosting Sensation’s 50th anniversary Sunday

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 in Clinton.Prayer and Bible study is held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Faison.At Chapel Hill MBC in Autryville revival is now in progress at 7 p.m. nightly. The guest speaker for the week is Elder Devon Williams of Warren Chapel SWB Church in Godwin.

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Myriad training opportunities offered

Greetings everyone! I guess we are all singing “Rain rain, go away, come again another day,” but we must remember that God is in control.The seats are filled for the Henrietta day cruise! We will plan another trip soon; keep a lookout for upcoming dates. We always enjoy bringing new people along.

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Poultry industry proactive in preventing foodborne illnesses

The US poultry industry is taking steps to prevent foodborne illnesses from poultry. Please read the following article published in the Aug. 4, 2013 edition of World Poultry.The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the controversial changes in its poultry inspection system that will shift some inspection duties from government to industry employees.In addition poultry companies will now have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, an...

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Wildlife management vital to farmers

Wildlife is an important aspect of the land that farmers must manage. If left unchecked, wildlife can reduce your farm’s bottom line. If managed, wildlife can provide a substantial amount of new farm income. Recreation is an activity people are willing to pay for, even in hard financial times. Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and nature photography are each recreational activities that people are willing to pay to do. The sale of services associated with these activities - cateri...

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