The trees were illuminated Sunday at the Sampson Regional Medical Center, kicking off a new chapter of love and giving that sought to include the community like never before — including family-friendly activities, carols, and a new holiday light display.
The Town of Salemburg hosted its annual “Small Town Christmas” on Saturday at the Salemburg Town Hall and in the adjacent ground. There was a fun-filled day that featured a visit from Santa and photo ops at the Frosty’s Dance Party. More than 40 vendors offered everything from jewelry and boutique items, seasonal and home decor, baked and handcrafted goods, coffee and hot chocolate, pickles, jams and goodies, face painting and fairy hair and lanterns, wreaths and bows.
More than two dozen school bus drivers did not run their routes in Sampson County on Monday, an organized walkout in protest of a state supplement that was approved for teachers and certified staff but not extended — in any form — to others.
This week, Performance Automotive’s owners and employees donated two checks totaling $11,300 to Sampson County Department of Social Services’ Children’s Services Foster Care. Sampson County services 113 foster children. Of those, 106 are children 12 years of age and younger. ‘At Performance we believe in the spirit of Christmas,’ said Performance’s Marketing Director Victoria Rusty Hitzman. ‘We believe, regardless of the circumstance that may have brought these children into the foster care program, Christmas should be a time of joy for all children. We hope this gift of $100 for each and every Sampson County foster child may help to bring joy and good cheer to their Christmas morning.’ Pictured, from left, are: Terry Lee, General Manager of Performance Automotive; Nick Autry, General Manager of Performance Ford; Carlina Simmons, DSS Children’s Services; Danny Holland, General Manager of Performance CDJR; and James Harris, Sales Executive for Performance Ford.
With the dawning of December delightful visions of Christmas dance in our heads and verses about the Christian significance in songs and poems will be said. Being still and knowing that Christmas is more about Jesus and His love than about gifts galore and going like an energizer bunny with little time to celebrate the real reason for the season. May these Christian Christmas poems, bless your hearts as the hype of Christmas planning starts.
The Christmas in the City event kicked off on Thursday, with the Clinton Community Christmas Tree Lighting at the ‘Milling Around’ art piece on the corner of College and Main Street. Mayor Lew Starling and Clinton Planning Director Mary Rose oversaw the tree lighting, and Miss North Carolina Karolyn Martin, alongside other queens, helped to kickstart the season. There will be a second night of Christmas in the City on Dec. 8.