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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

Clinton Police are searching for those responsible for a weekend shooting that killed one man and injured another.
The Sampson Independent learned Monday that officers responded to Sampson Regional Medical Center in the wee hours of Sunday morning after receiving a report of two gunshot victims being brought to the emergency room there.
One of th

Shooting kills 1

Clinton Police are searching for those responsible for a weekend shooting that killed one man and injured another. The Sampson Independent learned Monday that officers responded to Sampson Regional Medical Center in the wee hours of Sunday morning after receiving a report of two gunshot victims being brought to the emergency room there. One of th

An autopsy is expected to be conducted today on the body of a 51-year-old female found dead in her home Thursday afternoon. Sampson Sheriff's authorities are treating the incident as a possible homicide but few details have surfaced about the incident and an official cause and time of death is pending the autopsy, to be performed by county Medical

Body found; probe under way

An autopsy is expected to be conducted today on the body of a 51-year-old female found dead in her home Thursday afternoon. Sampson Sheriff's authorities are treating the incident as a possible homicide but few details have surfaced about the incident and an official cause and time of death is pending the autopsy, to be performed by county Medical

Some 30 years ago, the grisly murder of a local minister garnered national attention. Three decades later, it is about to get even more.
A youth and music minister at Immanuel Baptist Church in Clinton, Dan Arnold was killed in July 1984, his body found just outside the church; arrests in the case didn't come until two years later. The case involv

The national stage

Some 30 years ago, the grisly murder of a local minister garnered national attention. Three decades later, it is about to get even more. A youth and music minister at Immanuel Baptist Church in Clinton, Dan Arnold was killed in July 1984, his body found just outside the church; arrests in the case didn't come until two years later. The case involv

GARLAND —Two Garland residents were jailed Wednesday afternoon in connection with the March 5 death of a Sugar Hill Lane man found unresponsive in his home.
The Independent learned late Wednesday that Jafa McKoy, 36, of 9151 Garland Hwy., Garland and Brandon Parker, 31, of 281 W. 2nd St., Garland, had surrendered to authorities.
When contac

2 jailed for murder

GARLAND —Two Garland residents were jailed Wednesday afternoon in connection with the March 5 death of a Sugar Hill Lane man found unresponsive in his home. The Independent learned late Wednesday that Jafa McKoy, 36, of 9151 Garland Hwy., Garland and Brandon Parker, 31, of 281 W. 2nd St., Garland, had surrendered to authorities. When contac

Reaching the Independent

The Sampson Independent's main line, 910-592-8137, is being repaired; however you can still reach the office by dialing direct lines. In the event you need to reach someone, please use the following numbers: Shannon Best — 910-249-4611; Sherry Matthews — 910-249-4612; Wayne Coleman — 910-249-4613; Rebecca Cole — 910-249-

A 27-year-old Clinton area man remained in jail Tuesday afternoon charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Okechukwu Ike Ehiogu, of 943 Big Piney Grove Road, Clinton, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on the felony charges.
According to Sampson County Sheriff's Lt. Marcus Smith, Ehiogu became a suspect after an i

Child sex charges leveled

A 27-year-old Clinton area man remained in jail Tuesday afternoon charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Okechukwu Ike Ehiogu, of 943 Big Piney Grove Road, Clinton, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on the felony charges. According to Sampson County Sheriff's Lt. Marcus Smith, Ehiogu became a suspect after an i

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Building Permits China Wok, 5,400 sq. ft., business renovation Coastal Properties, 2,100 sq. ft., new industrial Hilary Tadlock, 660 sq. ft., residential addition Kermit Newman Jr., 720 sq. ft., residential renovation Ted Bauman, 692 sq. ft., residential addition Warren Bullard, 1,513 sq. ft., residential addition Smithfield Clinton Plant, 1

Sex charge dismissed

Glen Darden's life changed in December 2013, and it wasn't for the good, the 61-year-old Clinton man said during a recent interview. At that time, the former Eastern Wayne High School teacher assistant and varsity boys basketball coach was charged with one count of attempted taking indecent liberties with a student, a charge he has vehemently deni

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help in solving a mystery surrounding a 31-year-old man found dead in a ditch in late February.
Trooper Aaron Russ said he responded to a call on Feb. 23, discovering a Guatemalan man laying face down in the ditch just off Reedsford Road.
Although Sampson Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Barr has

HP seeks public's help with hit and run case

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help in solving a mystery surrounding a 31-year-old man found dead in a ditch in late February. Trooper Aaron Russ said he responded to a call on Feb. 23, discovering a Guatemalan man laying face down in the ditch just off Reedsford Road. Although Sampson Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Barr has

A 20-year-old Clinton man sought by police in connection with the January shooting death of a Springwood Apartments resident turned himself in to authorities late this week.
Antonio Cyree Lockamy Jr. of 157 Tranquil Lane, Clinton, surrendered to police around 10:45 p.m. March 5 and was charged with the murder of Gerri Newkirk.
When contacted this

Murder suspect jailed

A 20-year-old Clinton man sought by police in connection with the January shooting death of a Springwood Apartments resident turned himself in to authorities late this week. Antonio Cyree Lockamy Jr. of 157 Tranquil Lane, Clinton, surrendered to police around 10:45 p.m. March 5 and was charged with the murder of Gerri Newkirk. When contacted this

Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley is cautioning residents about the latest scam to hit the city and possibly beyond, one that involves use of a Police Department telephone number as a way to lure unsuspecting victims into their financial lair.
“If someone gets one of these calls,” Tilley warned, “simply hang up and contact us. Don'

Police chief: Beware of latest scam

Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley is cautioning residents about the latest scam to hit the city and possibly beyond, one that involves use of a Police Department telephone number as a way to lure unsuspecting victims into their financial lair. “If someone gets one of these calls,” Tilley warned, “simply hang up and contact us. Don'





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