Chamber member honors queen with new ride

Chamber director Laura Deans stands with Miss NC Kate Peacock and Larry McPhail of Ford of Clinton.

I hope each of you have a safe and fun holiday this 4th of July! I encourage you to join in on the festivities within your community this weekend as we celebrate.

It is hard to believe that July is already here. What an honor it is to be a part of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce for a month already, I would like to thank each of our members, sponsors, and partners for their constant support and encouragement as the Chamber continues our journey.

I am very excited about the continued growth and opportunities for each business/organization, Sampson County, and for the Chamber. The Chamber is working on some excellent opportunities with some outstanding partners; we are looking forward to sharing these opportunities with you soon such as educational seminars with the Small Business Center, the Business Showcase with the Sampson County Exposition Center and our annual Chamber Adult and Junior Leadership.

The Chamber has a very proud member this week. On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Larry McPhail with Ford of Clinton presented our 2015 Miss North Carolina, Kate Peacock, with an astonishing Ford Mustang to drive throughout her year representing North Carolina as the newly crowned Miss North Carolina. Ford of Clinton is excited to support the Miss North Carolina Association and Kate with her journey of being Miss North Carolina. As Kate graciously, and with a huge grin on her face, accepted the keys to the new Ford Mustang she reminded everyone how important the local support meant to her.

“I am very thankful for Ford of Clinton and the sponsorship with them. The travel responsibilities are a lot for Miss NC and I will touch every corner of the state. It’s vital we have a sponsorship, and with it being from Ford of Clinton close to my hometown and as reliable and responsible as they are and taking care of me and making me safe, really means a lot to me” stated Kate. As a member of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, Ford of Clinton has exemplified the importance of local businesses and buying local first.

Kate Peacock is from the heart of Spivey’s Corner and is very proud to be a part of our local community. “Once a Raider, always a Raider,” Kate has mentioned, she is proud to say she is a part of the Midway family and the daughter of Gary and Penny Peacock.

While this was her first time competing in the Miss NC pageant, she came out on top and with the crown. The Miss Dunn pageant was brought back this year after 30 years, and Kate was proud to recognize them statewide, and now she will be representing Dunn and North Carolina on a nation-wide level. She is really excited about the Miss America pageant and will be departing for Atlantic City in September, ready to bring the Miss America crown back to North Carolina. Our local community, Ford of Clinton, family and friends could not be more proud of her and her accomplishments as Miss NC thus far.

Again, I hope each of you have a safe and fun 4th of July with family and friends! As always, I encourage you to shop local and get involved within the Chamber and community. For more information about the many fall events, visit our website at or call 910-592-6177 and let the Chamber work for you!