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  • Breanne Marie Jones, 10, with father Jonathan Lewis Jones, who was sought as part of Tuesday’s Amber Alert.

    Girl found safe; father charged

    A Sampson County girl reported missing and the subject of an Amber Alert on Tuesday was found safe later in the day, Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday night.


  • The Sampson County Health Department’s Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Agri-Exposition Center parking lot in Clinton saw nearly 1,400 vaccinated.
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    Sampson vaccinates 1,400; Duplin event postponed

    A drive‐through mass vaccination clinic in Clinton on Saturday saw nearly 1,400 people vaccinated, even as state officials warned that in the midst of counties ramping up vaccination events, doses may soon run low. In Duplin, a limited state allocation has forced the postponement of a large-scale vaccination event.


  • In downtown Newton Grove, parent William Phipps and Hobbton High Principal Michael Warren prepare to attach a banner to a pole. The project was a way to honor students from the Hobbton High School Class of 2020.
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    The year that was: 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic plagued 2020 and caused much heartache for Sampsonians, but it did not stop the resiliency of community members as a whole. There were ups and downs along the way, as people coped in unprecedented times wrought with uncertainty, division, loss, but ultimately optimism for light at the end of the tunnel.




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