Enviva receptionwill offer insight

Tonight, at the hour of 6 o’clock, Sampson County residents will have a unique opportunity, one in which we believe citizens should take advantage.

That opportunity is coming in the form of a reception hosted by Enviva, the Sampson County Economic Development Commission and Sampson Community College, where the event is being held.

What the night will offer is a birds-eye view into the wood pellet company and the proposed plant coming to northern Sampson.

Enviva, a major producer and exporter of wood pellets for energy generation, is currently investing approximately $107 million through Enviva Pellets Sampson LLC project, which will see a 500,000 metric ton pellet manufacturing facility constructed on a 200-acre site adjacent to Interstate 40’s Exit 355. Once complete, the facility will directly employ 79 full-time workers and indirectly support over 150 additional jobs in the supply chain.

The reception offers company officials a chance to give citizens a preview of the project and the company itself; it will also allow for the public to get any question they might have on their mind answered by those in the know — Enviva representatives.

We tip our hats to all the Enviva folks who have bent over backwards to work with Sampson officials to make this project such a positive one for our county; and we particularly laud them for taking time out of their busy schedules to offer an information session that we believe will arm citizens with everything they need to know about the company which will soon be a welcome part of our county family of industries.

Even as they open their arms to us, we hope Sampsonians will return the favor by taking part in the reception and preview later today, showing company officials what a great interest we all take in supporting industry and equipping ourselves with as much knowledge as possible about what it has to offer to our county.

To RSVP for the Enviva event, call Morgan Pitts at 301-892-1686 or email [email protected]

Support tractor pull

Every third weekend in June, Harrells pulls out all the stops in support of its fire department. This year will be no different as the annual Harrells Volunteer Fire Department 300 Truck & Tractor Pull gets under way Friday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

For the past 17 years, the motorsport fund-raising has been the largest contributor to the fire department, allowing firefighters to purchase new and needed items to support their efforts to battle fires and keep residents as safe as possible. On average, the fire department receives about $20,000 from the truck and tractor pull.

As we do with all Sampson County fundraisings, we urge residents to take time out of their busy schedules to take part in the two-day event. You can make it a family night, perhaps treat dad since it’s Father’s Day weekend, but if possible set this as part of your weekend activities, helping to make the annual event a prosperous fundraising for a group of individuals who give of their time and talents every day to help the citizens of Harrells and Sampson County.

Not only does the truck and tractor pull promise fun and thrills, it offers the opportunity for citizens to give back. For nearly two decades, residents of the small southern Sampson town and beyond have been doing just that. We hope this year will be no different.