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Sixth body found in Garland fire

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A sixth body has just been discovered in the charred remains of a house at 552 Gibbs Road, the scene of a tragic early morning fire that has claimed at least six people.Investigators remain on scene combing through what is left of the structure.The names of those killed this morning are still being withheld as investigators probe the cause of the fire and the county’s medical examiner works to positively identify them. Identification, authorities said, could take quite some time.


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Members of Roseboro High School held their 65th class reunion Aug. 23, 2014 at Lakewood Seafood in Roseboro. After a period of reminiscing, each member in attendance stood and gave a brief ‘happening’ of the past 65 years. Pictured are, front row: Sadie Lucas Kunkel of Fayetteville, Joyce Faircloth Autry of Autryville; and on the second row: Junius Faircloth of Roseboro, Imogene Faircloth Crumpler of New Bern, Novella Crumpler Hall of Autryville, Joe Warren of Salemburg and Wiley ...

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What’s cookin’?

Reminder: No School Monday, Sept. 1Sampson County SchoolsSept. 2Grilled Chick Fillet Sandwich orPork Chop SandwichCarrot Sticks w/DipPotato RoundsPeachesFresh FruitMilkSept. 3Pizza orCorn Dog NuggetsCandied YamsSteamed BroccoliPineapple ChunksFresh Fruit...

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Bladen Peanut Festival Sept. 20

It’s salty, plain, roasted, green and boiled. It’s always the star of the show, better known as Bladen County’s finest peanuts.Bladen celebrates thepeanut the third Saturday of September each year. This years’ date is Sept. 20. The Festival is held in Dublin, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, whose peanuts are shipped worldwide.The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade. Entry for parade...

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BirthdaysAug. 31Shaneeka DempsMary LipscombRice Matthis Jr.Vitus BeamonSept. 1Alice BradsherLora BeamonChris LeeSept. 2Ernestine LeeTowanta SampsonRonnie McCullenOrletta FaisonChris LeeSept. 3Kathryn S...

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SCC, Meth Task Force ice cream social upcoming

Ice cream will be just a part of a social event aimed at welcoming back Sampson Community College students while offering awareness of substance abuse and the local resources available to those who need them.Courtney Boyette, community relations specialist for Eastpointe Managed Care Organization, said the Sampson County Methamphetamine Task Force sponsors the Ice Cream Social for Recovery Month with Sampson Community College.The social will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, ...

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Sampson 4-H member attends NCACC Youth Summit

Sampson County 4-H’er Haley Stone attended the fifth annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, which was held in Asheville Aug. 15-16.North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the fifth year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative aims to overcome the mindset that many youth are disengaged and lack trust in government....

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Garland fire kills 6

GARLAND — Early Saturday morning, a group of shocked and saddened community members stood on Gibbs Road staring at a fire-ravaged single-wide mobile home.In the wee hours of that morning, around 12:30 or 1 a.m., fire swept through the structure at 552 Gibbs Road, claiming the lives of six individuals, two of them reportedly children.Resident Joyce Miles said her grandson, Solomon Hickmond, saw the fire just after 12:30 a.m. and ran across the street to the home and...

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Names of those killed in house fire not being released yet

The names of five people killed this morning in a tragic house fire on Gibbs Road are still being withheld as investigators probe the cause of the fire and the county's medical examiner works to positively identify them.Few details are available yet on what caused the fire at 552 Gibbs Road, which reportedly began just after 1 a.m. this morning. Garland firefighters, along with crews from multiple other emergency agencies responded to the scene and worked to put out the blaze throu...

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Five killed in Garland fire

Five people were reportedly killed early this morning in a house fire on Gibbs Road near Garland.Authorities are still on scene and few details have been released at this time.Watch for updates here at

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Lakewood falls short to Pamlico

The opening kickoff was the start of a very exciting night of football at Leopards Stadium, with the Pamlico Hurricanes taking the opening kick-off 84 yards for the touchdown. The rest of the first quarter was plenty of defense and penalties, with the Canes up 7-0.The 2nd quarter started with a 31 yard punt that touched a Cane player and was recovered on the Leopards 4 yard line. Leopards quarterback. Zach Tanner took the ball in from the 4 for a score of 7-7. Later in the quarter ...

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Dark Horses dominate Panthers

Clinton traveled to Beulaville on Friday night to open their 2014 football season against rival East Duplin. The Horses wasted no time establishing a strong rushing attack and put the game away well before halftime. The Dark Horses scored early and often and a stingy defense kept the Panthers out of the end zone. By game end the Horses had piled up 468 yards of total offense and scored 7 touchdowns in route to a dominating 48-3 win.

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Hobbton drops decision to Southeat Halifax

The Hobbton Wildcats tangled with the Trojans of Southeast Halifax Friday night and came up short. The final score was 30-12.“The score is not indicative of the game,” said Hobbton head coach Jeff Byrd. “Offensively we got to moving the ball better and defensively we gave up 30 points. But, 2 of those scores came at the end of the first half and at the end of the game. That’s as good as I have seen them play on defense in a long time. We had people cramping ...

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Midway falls to Princeton, 28-7

The Midway Raiders picked up its first loss of the season Friday night in a 28-7 decision to the visiting Princeton Bulldogs. Princeton used 409 total yards to take down the young Raiders.After the teams traded punts in their first few possessions, Princeton was able to get on the board with 2:22 to play in the opening quarter. Midway then scored 13 seconds later on their first play from scrimmage in the ensuing drive. Jeremy Robinson took a hand-off from quarterback Cameron Godwin...

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Barden Street armed robbery probed

Investigators with the Clinton Police Department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team are looking for suspects in a Thursday night armed robbery at the Sampson Center, in which a man was assaulted and robbed.According to reports, Michael Watts, 20, was held at gunpoint at 808 Barden St. The armed robbery was reported at 8:21 p.m. Thursday. According to police reports, $80 in cash and an FM radio transmitter were stolen.“The victim had arranged to meet a friend at ...

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News briefs

America Legion Post #319 — will not have a meeting in September. FMI Robert L. Brown at 590-2781American Legion Auxiliary #319 — meeting - 3:30p.m., Friday, Sept. 12 FMI call: Helen Faison at 592-6060Tai Chi classes — return to the Center for Health+Wellness Tuesday, Sept. 2. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through October from 11:15 a.m. until noon. Free to the public. FMI, call Angela Fair...

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Couple more arrests on ‘Tap’

The latest in an ongoing series of significant drug arrests by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office continued Thursday as two more “Double Tap” suspects were served felony charges.William Travis Pope, 26, of 897 Renfrow Road, Clinton, was charged with selling methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. Additionally, Pope was charged with selling a Schedule IV controlled substance and deliv...

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Tart gives UIS fifth-graders view of Marine life

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Stephen Tart came to Union Intermediate School on Aug. 27 and spoke with the fifth-grade class.LCpl Tart talked with students about Marine history, Marine terminology, the process of becoming a Marine, and the leadership and motivational values he has gained from being in the Marine Corps.He will left Raleigh on Aug. 28 to report to Okinawa, Japan on Sept. 2 to serve two years of duty as a Engineer Equipment Electrical Systems Technician....

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