At the Domestic Violence Vigil, then Lt. Adrian Mathews, far right, shared information. Mathews is now Assistant Chief as Anthony Davis is now the Chief. Law enforcement shared some insight into a plight that is taking lives, tearing families apart, and causing generational trauma: domestic violence. Pictured, from left, are: Capt. Eric Pope, First Sgt. Wayne Dienhart, and Lt. Adrian Mathews.
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Mathews tapped for assistant PD chief

CLINTON — Just a few months ago, the City of Clinton was going on a hunt for a new police chief, and after a rigorous selection process the then-Assistant Chief Anthony Davis was chosen, leaving the Assistant Chief position vacant. That post has now been filled by Adrian Mathews.

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Ally Eldridge sings ‘O Holy Night’ on Monday night.
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Illuminating the Circle

The Town of Newton Grove held its annual Circle of Lights Monday night to honor lost loved ones before Christmas. Mayor Stephen Jackson welcomed those attending and acted as Master of Ceremonies. Quenita Lee gave the opening prayer. Musical performances were by Tangie and Landon Langston, Victoria Vazquez, Querranda Royster-Herring, Ally Eldridge and the West Grove Boys, Durwood Askew, Jerry Murphy, Greg Warren and Michael Warren. Town commissioners read the list of tributes that are also on signs placed around the circle.

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Woman dies in head-on wreck

A three-vehicle wreck in northern Sampson County claimed the life of a Godwin-area woman, whose vehicle reportedly crossed the centerline, clipping one vehicle before it was struck head-on by a dump truck, according to reports from N.C. Highway Patrol officials in Sampson County. With still a month to go in 2021, it has been the deadliest year on county roadways in years.

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