Rows upon rows of modest tombstones mark the graves of soldiers laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C.
                                 Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent
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A day among heroes

Tranquility surrounds you as you enter the front gate and wind past the memorial chapel into the resting place of heroes. Located on a hill beside the Potomac River overlooking the nation’s capitol, the serenity of Arlington National Cemetery is held at bay. Even the tourists who visit each day are reverent and respectful as they walk through one of the most visited places in an area of so many historic tourist attractions.

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Second death due to virus in Sampson

Sampson County reported its second death due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, the same day some businesses began to reopen and 19 new cases were added to a county case tally that numbers 333. A silver lining in the report was that the numbers indicate the majority of tests coming back from a recent drive-thru mass testing are negative.

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County attorney Joel Starling reads a resolution into the record.
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Leaders: Reopen all of Sampson

The Sampson County Board of Commissioners are unanimously urging Gov. Roy Cooper to allow all of Sampson County’s businesses to reopen, a move made just moments after Cooper announced the second phase of a reopening plan for North Carolina that clears the way for some to open their doors, while others will remain dark.

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Virus caseseclipse 300in Sampson

Sampson County eclipsed 300 positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday, reporting another single-day record for new cases with 35, due in large part to a drive-thru testing event in which health officials administered nearly 500 COVID-19 tests to the general public. Wednesday’s report came as the state surpassed 20,000 virus cases and 700 deaths — and Gov. Roy Cooper detailed plans to enter a second phase of reopening North Carolina.

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A community garden in Roseboro that is in its third spring of existence.
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Roseboro revamps downtown

Roseboro is undergoing some enhancements to draw in more crowds to local businesses around the town. Small Town Main Street has a subcommittee dedicated to figuring out ways to revamp downtown Roseboro, especially the storefronts.

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Sampson County Health Department staff man a testing station.
                                 Courtesy photo|County of Sampson
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Sampson sends 500 tests to lab

Vehicles lined up throughout the day Saturday at the Sampson County Complex, where the county held its first drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. Stations were strategically placed around the complex and, ultimately nearly 500 people received a test at no cost to them.

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