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

As residents pack up today and begin to head out of town for their Thanksgiving travels, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers are, as they always do, urging caution, common sense and an adherence to the traffic laws of the state.
With today among the heaviest traveled days of the year, leading up to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith

HP: Let safety be your guide

As residents pack up today and begin to head out of town for their Thanksgiving travels, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers are, as they always do, urging caution, common sense and an adherence to the traffic laws of the state. With today among the heaviest traveled days of the year, leading up to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith

Long-time Sampson County Board of Education member G.H. Wilson is stepping down from the seat he has held for more than two decades
Wilson just made the announcement at tonight's school board meeting, reading from a prepared statement. The meeting is still going on.
He was first elected to the school board 21 years ago.
See more about his resign

Long-time school board member stepping down

Long-time Sampson County Board of Education member G.H. Wilson is stepping down from the seat he has held for more than two decades Wilson just made the announcement at tonight's school board meeting, reading from a prepared statement. The meeting is still going on. He was first elected to the school board 21 years ago. See more about his resign

On Thursday night, the Sampson County Sports Club inducted five individuals into its Hall of Fame, touting them for their contributions to athletics in Sampson County. It was the fifth class to be inducted since ceremonies began. The ceremony was held at Union High School. Inductees included Fred Burgess, Dale Johnson, Mitchell Naylor, Curtis Smith

Sports Hall-of-Famers inducted

On Thursday night, the Sampson County Sports Club inducted five individuals into its Hall of Fame, touting them for their contributions to athletics in Sampson County. It was the fifth class to be inducted since ceremonies began. The ceremony was held at Union High School. Inductees included Fred Burgess, Dale Johnson, Mitchell Naylor, Curtis Smith

Calls to police reporting suspicious sounds coming from the roof of businesses in Sampson Crossing late in the week are being tapped as at least one catalyst for an extensive investigation that has led to the arrest of four Clinton residents, all now facing myriad felony charges.
The charges stem from what police are calling an organized retail th

4 facing myriad felonies

Calls to police reporting suspicious sounds coming from the roof of businesses in Sampson Crossing late in the week are being tapped as at least one catalyst for an extensive investigation that has led to the arrest of four Clinton residents, all now facing myriad felony charges. The charges stem from what police are calling an organized retail th

A probe into a March sex crime involving a female child under the age of 14 has culminated with the arrest of a Salemburg man on a felony indecent liberties charge.
Larry Claude Autry, 41, of 399 Hairr Lane, was taken into custody late Tuesday afternoon and charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child.
Because of the sensitive nature

Child sex charge leveled

A probe into a March sex crime involving a female child under the age of 14 has culminated with the arrest of a Salemburg man on a felony indecent liberties charge. Larry Claude Autry, 41, of 399 Hairr Lane, was taken into custody late Tuesday afternoon and charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child. Because of the sensitive nature

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A 35-year-old Stedman man was charged this week in connection with a September accident that killed an Autryville man.
Jeremy Johnson was jailed Monday under a $50,000 bond, charged with felony death by motor vehicle, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith.
The charge stems from the Sept. 8 accident that occurred on N.C. 24. Alcohol an

1 charged with death by vehicle

A 35-year-old Stedman man was charged this week in connection with a September accident that killed an Autryville man. Jeremy Johnson was jailed Monday under a $50,000 bond, charged with felony death by motor vehicle, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith. The charge stems from the Sept. 8 accident that occurred on N.C. 24. Alcohol an

A 52-year-old Sampson County was jailed Wednesday after a rescue call for an “unconscious man” turned into a full-blown meth lab investigation.
Robert Kyle Ellis, of 6096 Taylor's Bridge Hwy., now faces felony charges of manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals, possession of meth, maintaining a dwelling for the m

Meth lab discovered

A 52-year-old Sampson County was jailed Wednesday after a rescue call for an “unconscious man” turned into a full-blown meth lab investigation. Robert Kyle Ellis, of 6096 Taylor's Bridge Hwy., now faces felony charges of manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals, possession of meth, maintaining a dwelling for the m

Two incumbents and two newcomers — and most notably all Republicans — are the unofficial local victors in Tuesday night's election, which brought thousands out to cast ballots, either during early voting or throughout Election Day.
Despite a state Board of Elections computer glitch, before 9 p.m., 100 percent of the local precincts wer

Local GOP sweeps

Two incumbents and two newcomers — and most notably all Republicans — are the unofficial local victors in Tuesday night's election, which brought thousands out to cast ballots, either during early voting or throughout Election Day. Despite a state Board of Elections computer glitch, before 9 p.m., 100 percent of the local precincts wer

Sampson Sheriff's investigators offered essential assistance in a Union County armed robbery case earlier this week when they were able to locate the suspects at a local motel, taking one into custody and leveling multiple charges.
A second suspect remains on the loose and is being sought by law enforcement officers. It is believed that suspect ha

Sampson officers nab Union armed robbery suspect

Sampson Sheriff's investigators offered essential assistance in a Union County armed robbery case earlier this week when they were able to locate the suspects at a local motel, taking one into custody and leveling multiple charges. A second suspect remains on the loose and is being sought by law enforcement officers. It is believed that suspect ha

With all the trick-or-treating done, it's time to go online and cast your vote in The Sampson Independent's Halloween Extravaganza or virtual costume party.
If you haven't had a chance to submit your entry, there is still time to do so at www.clintonnc.com, where you just click on the contest logo and follow the simple instructions to enter.
Voti

Voting under way in SI online costume contest

With all the trick-or-treating done, it's time to go online and cast your vote in The Sampson Independent's Halloween Extravaganza or virtual costume party. If you haven't had a chance to submit your entry, there is still time to do so at www.clintonnc.com, where you just click on the contest logo and follow the simple instructions to enter. Voti

A 20-year Roseboro man has been charged in connection with an Oct. 18 accident that injured a 15-year-old.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Bryant Alexander Thomas has been charged with felony hit and run and a stop sign violation.
An investigation into the Oct. 18 accident, Smith said, led them to Thomas.
That accident occurre

R'boro man faces hit and run charge

A 20-year Roseboro man has been charged in connection with an Oct. 18 accident that injured a 15-year-old. According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan Smith, Bryant Alexander Thomas has been charged with felony hit and run and a stop sign violation. An investigation into the Oct. 18 accident, Smith said, led them to Thomas. That accident occurre





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