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Bids awarded for water tank, line upgrades

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Two bid awards will get sizable city projects under way, including the construction of an elevated water tower to serve the southeastern side of Clinton and water line upgrades for various neighborhoods across the city.“Both came in under the estimate of the engineer,” City manager Shawn Purvis told City Council, which quickly approved the award of both bids in short order at a Tuesday night planning session.Council awarded the Southwood Drive 0.5 MG Elevated Tank project to low bidder Caldwell Tanks Inc. of Louisville, Ky. which submitted the lower of two bids, in the amount of $1,326,000.

 

County school board gets look at final budget

The Sampson County Board of Education recently received a budget with some numbers in red. District officials are facing a budget reduction of more than 6 percent or more than $700,000 for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy said he has to be very diligent and conservative with taxpayers’ money.“In the last few years, we hit our fund balance for pretty significant amounts,” Bracy said. “We need to stop doing that. “We’re going...

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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.)Arrests8/20 - Christopher Donnell Stuart, 29, 10190 Minnie Hall Road, Salemburg, failure to comply/child support. Bond $1,000; court date Sept. 98/20 - Hector Lopez Salazar, 29, 127 N. Herring Ave., Garland, failure to appear/child suppor...

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Info sought, reward offered

The Clinton City Council has authorized up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalizing 20 headstones at Springvale Cemetery over the weekend, an act the police chief called “stupid” and hurtful.Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said the incident is believed to have occurred sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The damage was reported by some passersby who noticed several broken and upturned headstone...

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Numbers don’t tell SCC’s success story

Enrollment numbers might be down a little bit at Sampson Community College this fall, but that certainly should not — and in our view does not — diminish its great impact in this community nor define it as an educational institution.It’s merely one of the many enrollment swings one sees, particularly at the community college level, and it is often a direct correlation to what is going on with both the economy and the unemployment rate.When there is an e...

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Youth touched, helped me

Editor:It is very important to me, and I believe it would help a lot of people, especially the elderl,y to have this information. That’s why I chose to write to your readers today.Several months ago, I needed a ramp so that I could use my walker to learn how to walk without falling in my front yard.Around the month of May, I contacted the Department of Aging. Mrs. Lori Faircloth, the director, related to me that they would be happy to help but advised me...

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Being part of NC Works will benefit all

In April 2014, Governor Pat McCrory announced a new initiative, called NCWorks that brings together North Carolina’s workforce partners with one name and one goal: Connecting NC talent to NC Jobs. The initiative focuses on five steps that will connect NC employers with the NC employees they need to succeed in our state and will help our citizens improve their quality of life.

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Harrells event strives to unite community

An event in Harrells this Saturday will have free food, live entertainment and a host of other activities — all with the aim of spreading God’s love by promoting unity regardless of race, ethnicity and background.The aptly-named “Unity in the Community Day,” now in its eighth year, will take place this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harrells Town Park.“It’s food, fun and fellowship complete with video games, inflatable...

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County schools to examine Parks & Rec facility contract

The Sampson County Board of Education is asking school officials to take a second look at how the county’s park and recreation department use their facilities.During a recent work session, Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy presented the possible agreement, which would allow the Sampson County Parks and Recreation Department to use county schools athletic field for activities and athletic events.The department is asking for a five-year agreement to begin in September an...

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Clinton-area leaders going behind bars to support MDA

More than 200 business and civic leaders from throughout the Clinton area will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser on Sept. 10th, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Coharie Country Club.Accused of having big hearts and being heavily armed with kindness, the “jailbirds” volunteered to be part of MDA’s Lock-Up in order to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, ...

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The journey back

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 ...

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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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Clarification

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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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.)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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