Sherry Matthews

Position: Editor/Community Relations Manager
E-Mail Address: smatthews@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (910) 249-4612


About Sherry Matthews

Sherry is a 1982 graduate of UNC-Wilmington with BA in English/Communications. She has 30 years of experience as a journalist, 20 of them with The Sampson Independent. A Sampson County native, Sherry is a winner of 3 N.C. Press Association Awards for editorials and general news reporting, and the recipient of 5 NC School Bell Awards for excellence in education reporting. Sherry was the 2001 NC Distinguished Women of NC nominee.

Latest Stories by Sherry Matthews

A 43-year-old Sampson County man is behind bars tonight charged with attempted first degree murder and other felonies related to the shooting of a woman on White Woods Road back in August.
Eric Oates, 43, of 635 Clive Jacobs Road has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a

One jailed for attempted murder

A 43-year-old Sampson County man is behind bars tonight charged with attempted first degree murder and other felonies related to the shooting of a woman on White Woods Road back in August. Eric Oates, 43, of 635 Clive Jacobs Road has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a

A Sampson County Sheriff's deputy received a traffic citation following an Oct. 9 accident on Honrine Road. No one was injured in the accident, but property damage to the vehicles was reported.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Deputy Christopher Cantrell was charged following an investigation into the accident which occurred around 6 p.m.

Deputy charged in wreck

A Sampson County Sheriff's deputy received a traffic citation following an Oct. 9 accident on Honrine Road. No one was injured in the accident, but property damage to the vehicles was reported. According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Deputy Christopher Cantrell was charged following an investigation into the accident which occurred around 6 p.m.

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers will have their eyes focused on violators of school bus traffic safety laws over the coming week, mounting an intensified campaign designed to educate motorists and, at the same time, keep youngsters safe.
It's all part of the now annual Operation Stop Arm campaign, which promotes traffic safety around the state's scho

When in doubt — stop

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers will have their eyes focused on violators of school bus traffic safety laws over the coming week, mounting an intensified campaign designed to educate motorists and, at the same time, keep youngsters safe. It's all part of the now annual Operation Stop Arm campaign, which promotes traffic safety around the state's scho

A Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy has been charged in a Wednesday afternoon wreck on N.C. 24.
According to Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Deputy Michael Garcia was cited for a stop sign violation after the wreck which occurred just after noon on N.C. 24 at State Road 1233 (Bonnetsville Road).
Garcia was traveling south on SR 1233 in a marked

A Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy has been charged in a Wednesday afternoon wreck on N.C. 24. According to Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Deputy Michael Garcia was cited for a stop sign violation after the wreck which occurred just after noon on N.C. 24 at State Road 1233 (Bonnetsville Road). Garcia was traveling south on SR 1233 in a marked

Halloween is coming to Clinton a little early this year, with the start of The Sampson Independent's virtual costume contest which began earlier this week.
Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, the Independent and its key advertising sponsors are hosting a virtual costume party and they are inviting everyone to join the spooktacula

SI kicks off online costume contest

Halloween is coming to Clinton a little early this year, with the start of The Sampson Independent's virtual costume contest which began earlier this week. Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, the Independent and its key advertising sponsors are hosting a virtual costume party and they are inviting everyone to join the spooktacula

A 54-year-old Willow Springs woman died over the weekend from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 near the Johnston County line last Wednesday.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Melinda Bradshaw died at UNC Hospitals around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. She had been airlifted to that hospital from Sampson Regional followin

Woman dies four days after wreck

A 54-year-old Willow Springs woman died over the weekend from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 near the Johnston County line last Wednesday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Melinda Bradshaw died at UNC Hospitals around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. She had been airlifted to that hospital from Sampson Regional followin

The flavor of Sampson County is featured in a new book about North Carolina destinations and the recipes that are a part of the rich heritage and traditions of nearly every area of the state.
Among those featured are Christmas in the City and the Spivey's Corner Hollerin' Contest.
Both are part of a 256-page cookbook by Christy Campbell, author o

Sampson faves featured in travel cookbook

The flavor of Sampson County is featured in a new book about North Carolina destinations and the recipes that are a part of the rich heritage and traditions of nearly every area of the state. Among those featured are Christmas in the City and the Spivey's Corner Hollerin' Contest. Both are part of a 256-page cookbook by Christy Campbell, author o

Vital Statistics

Building Permits Grove Park Baptist Church, 1,800 sq. ft., new storage Ina Lee, 2,259 sq. ft., new single family dwelling Timothy Strait, 2,016 sq. ft., residential addition Old Squaw Properties, 1,440 sq. ft., residential renovations Rebecca Lockamy, 1,000 sq. ft., residential renovations Jazmin Lopez, ,1064 sq. ft., mobile home setup Sherr

A Sampson County teenager is facing multiple felony charges after investigators linked him to an August break-in on Sage Lane near Clinton.
Daequan James Baker, 16, of 1074 Rosin Hill Road, Newton Grove, was taken into custody around 11:30 Thursday and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen pr

B&E charges leveled

A Sampson County teenager is facing multiple felony charges after investigators linked him to an August break-in on Sage Lane near Clinton. Daequan James Baker, 16, of 1074 Rosin Hill Road, Newton Grove, was taken into custody around 11:30 Thursday and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen pr

A Salemburg man's name has been added to the growing list of individuals taken into custody as part of the Sampson Sheriff's Department's Operation Double Tab, a year-long undercover operation targeting drug dealers across the area.
David Fitzgerald Williams, 33, of 40 Laurelwood Lane, was taken into custody earlier this week and charged with four

Another arrest on 'Tap'

A Salemburg man's name has been added to the growing list of individuals taken into custody as part of the Sampson Sheriff's Department's Operation Double Tab, a year-long undercover operation targeting drug dealers across the area. David Fitzgerald Williams, 33, of 40 Laurelwood Lane, was taken into custody earlier this week and charged with four

Two Sampson County men were taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with multiple felonies related to a burglary in the area earlier in the summer.
Matthew Douglas Newgent, 24, of 46 Mandolin Lane, Roseboro, and Dennis R. Stone, 34, of 105 Wrench Road, Roseboro, were charged with two counts each of burglary/forcible entry, larceny after br

Two face burglary charges

Two Sampson County men were taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with multiple felonies related to a burglary in the area earlier in the summer. Matthew Douglas Newgent, 24, of 46 Mandolin Lane, Roseboro, and Dennis R. Stone, 34, of 105 Wrench Road, Roseboro, were charged with two counts each of burglary/forcible entry, larceny after br

Guns, drugs and cash have been confiscated as Sampson County Sheriff's officers have rounded up dozens upon dozens of individuals in their year-long undercover campaign during the course of the last 30-plus days. Perhaps just as notable, law enforcement officials say, is the number of repeat offenders who have been caught up in the far-reaching net

Busted …. again!

Guns, drugs and cash have been confiscated as Sampson County Sheriff's officers have rounded up dozens upon dozens of individuals in their year-long undercover campaign during the course of the last 30-plus days. Perhaps just as notable, law enforcement officials say, is the number of repeat offenders who have been caught up in the far-reaching net

A 33-year-old Sampson County man was taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with three felonies related to the Sept. 11 theft of spools of wire and cable from a Garland-area residence.
Armando Narvaez Figueroa, 125 Wayne Lane, Clinton, faces one count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of sto

B&E charges leveled

A 33-year-old Sampson County man was taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with three felonies related to the Sept. 11 theft of spools of wire and cable from a Garland-area residence. Armando Narvaez Figueroa, 125 Wayne Lane, Clinton, faces one count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of sto

See related editorial A4The United Way of Sampson County raised more than $11,000 as part of a recent fundraising feast, a bounty that came out of the abundant giving of many in the community, from farmers to chefs and sponsors to diners.
United Way's “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” was held this past Saturday at the South Riv

Successful 'bounty' delivered

See related editorial A4The United Way of Sampson County raised more than $11,000 as part of a recent fundraising feast, a bounty that came out of the abundant giving of many in the community, from farmers to chefs and sponsors to diners. United Way's “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” was held this past Saturday at the South Riv





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