Quantcast


Chris Berendt

Position: Staff writer
E-Mail Address: cberendt@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (910) 249-4616


About Chris Berendt

Chris earned a BA in journalistic communication, minor in political science from Purdue University. A North Carolina Press Association award winner, Chris has 10 years of reporting experience, the last 9 with The Sampson Independent covering every aspect news. He currently covers all city and county government reporting for the SI and previously worked as crime reporter.

Latest Stories by Chris Berendt

Alfredo DiPinto's restaurant expansion is receiving an assist through a state grant award, but he credits the many already vested in downtown Clinton with giving him the courage to move forward with his own vision and sizable investment.
“It's a pretty big award,” said DiPinto, who noted that the $200,000 grant was a significant chunk

DiPinto: Grant award testament to downtown

Alfredo DiPinto's restaurant expansion is receiving an assist through a state grant award, but he credits the many already vested in downtown Clinton with giving him the courage to move forward with his own vision and sizable investment. “It's a pretty big award,” said DiPinto, who noted that the $200,000 grant was a significant chunk

A significant shakeup in downtown Clinton took a large step forward this week with the award of a $200,000 state grant to popular eatery Alfredo's Ristorante Italiano, monies that will assist in a relocation and expansion just across the street.
Alfredo DiPinto said he is prepared to relocate his restaurant to the corner of Wall and Main streets,

Alfredo's gets grant

A significant shakeup in downtown Clinton took a large step forward this week with the award of a $200,000 state grant to popular eatery Alfredo's Ristorante Italiano, monies that will assist in a relocation and expansion just across the street. Alfredo DiPinto said he is prepared to relocate his restaurant to the corner of Wall and Main streets,

Despite taking in roughly 400 fewer animals over the course of 2014, the Sampson County Animal Shelter's local adoption and rescue numbers were in line with 2013's figures — that meant a significant boost in the adoption percentage.
Of a total intake of 3,214 animals in 2014, the shelter adopted out 270 and there were an additional 847 rescu

Shelter gets a revamp

Despite taking in roughly 400 fewer animals over the course of 2014, the Sampson County Animal Shelter's local adoption and rescue numbers were in line with 2013's figures — that meant a significant boost in the adoption percentage. Of a total intake of 3,214 animals in 2014, the shelter adopted out 270 and there were an additional 847 rescu

For the second time in little more than a week, a local teenager has been arrested on multiple felonies involving sexual offenses against a minor.
According to reports filed Monday, Malakie Nelison Core, 19, of 8865 Garland Hwy., Clinton, was charged with soliciting a child by computer, disseminating obscenity to a minor under 13 and indecent libe

More sex offenses leveled

For the second time in little more than a week, a local teenager has been arrested on multiple felonies involving sexual offenses against a minor. According to reports filed Monday, Malakie Nelison Core, 19, of 8865 Garland Hwy., Clinton, was charged with soliciting a child by computer, disseminating obscenity to a minor under 13 and indecent libe

A Roseboro man who led authorities on a chase, first on a four-wheeler then on foot, has been charged in the incident late last week.
Jafa McKoy, 36, of 94 Kelsey Court, Roseboro, was charged with failing to heed light or siren, reckless driving- wanton disregard, hit and run- leaving the scene of property damage, fleeing to elude arrest with a mo

Four-wheeler chase ends in arrest

A Roseboro man who led authorities on a chase, first on a four-wheeler then on foot, has been charged in the incident late last week. Jafa McKoy, 36, of 94 Kelsey Court, Roseboro, was charged with failing to heed light or siren, reckless driving- wanton disregard, hit and run- leaving the scene of property damage, fleeing to elude arrest with a mo

The first comprehensive pay study conducted in Sampson County in more than a decade showed what many expected: Sampson's compensation for its employees is not up to par.
A study by firm Springsted, presented to Sampson Board of Commissioners Wednesday afternoon, found that internal pay relationship inequities exist within the county, with similar

Study: Sampson pay needs attention

The first comprehensive pay study conducted in Sampson County in more than a decade showed what many expected: Sampson's compensation for its employees is not up to par. A study by firm Springsted, presented to Sampson Board of Commissioners Wednesday afternoon, found that internal pay relationship inequities exist within the county, with similar

Veteran assistance at heart of Sampson event

In one of the first events of its kind for Sampson County, a comprehensive group of personnel and resources will be brought together locally in the same place for veterans who need them. The Fayetteville Vet Center and Veterans Affairs Medical Center is participating in the Sampson County VA 2 Veterans Outreach Event, hosted by the Sampson County

After years of discussion, the demolition of the Old County Home on Rowan Road is poised to move forward, with the county requesting bids for the work in a recent notice.
A request for proposals (RFP) has been sent out for the razing of the dilapidated structure on the County Complex on Rowan Road. The deadline for proposals to be submitted is 4 p

Old County Home poised for demolition

After years of discussion, the demolition of the Old County Home on Rowan Road is poised to move forward, with the county requesting bids for the work in a recent notice. A request for proposals (RFP) has been sent out for the razing of the dilapidated structure on the County Complex on Rowan Road. The deadline for proposals to be submitted is 4 p

From the small town of Ivanhoe, Elwood L. Robinson used his rich childhood experiences in Sampson County as a launching pad toward a storied career that recently culminated in his election as chancellor of Winston-Salem State University.
Robinson was elected by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina last year and assu

Ivanhoe native elected WSSU chancellor

From the small town of Ivanhoe, Elwood L. Robinson used his rich childhood experiences in Sampson County as a launching pad toward a storied career that recently culminated in his election as chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. Robinson was elected by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina last year and assu

The opportunity for Clinton residents to voice concerns, get project updates and speak to their Council representatives and city officials about any number of issues is once again coming into neighborhoods in February and March as part of the annual series of district meetings.
The City Council established the meetings close to a decade ago to pro

Meetings slated for all Clinton districts

The opportunity for Clinton residents to voice concerns, get project updates and speak to their Council representatives and city officials about any number of issues is once again coming into neighborhoods in February and March as part of the annual series of district meetings. The City Council established the meetings close to a decade ago to pro

With a new year comes new hope, and for many in the community Kyle Cashwell embodies that. He is now home after a life-changing farm accident three months ago, and the people of Sampson and so many beyond its borders will ring in the first part of 2015 the way they closed out 2014 — rallying around the Cashwell family.
The latest effort is &

'Cooking for Kyle' prep under way

With a new year comes new hope, and for many in the community Kyle Cashwell embodies that. He is now home after a life-changing farm accident three months ago, and the people of Sampson and so many beyond its borders will ring in the first part of 2015 the way they closed out 2014 — rallying around the Cashwell family. The latest effort is &

After twice being rejected in Cumberland County, the latest earlier this month, poultry producer Sanderson Farms, its proposed $113 million processing plant and 1,000 jobs are currently off the table. Local leaders hope Sanderson will find a home just a little further east in neighboring Sampson.
Toward the end of a special meeting this week, Samp

Sampson makes pitch for Sanderson Farms, 1,000 jobs

After twice being rejected in Cumberland County, the latest earlier this month, poultry producer Sanderson Farms, its proposed $113 million processing plant and 1,000 jobs are currently off the table. Local leaders hope Sanderson will find a home just a little further east in neighboring Sampson. Toward the end of a special meeting this week, Samp

Business personal property audits could go a long way toward ensuring fairness and accountability and creating revenue for county government, Sampson and state officials said. This week, county commissioners favored education over action.
In the midst of a delayed budget approval in July, the Sampson County Board of Commissioners directed staff to

Board favors education, balks on audits

Business personal property audits could go a long way toward ensuring fairness and accountability and creating revenue for county government, Sampson and state officials said. This week, county commissioners favored education over action. In the midst of a delayed budget approval in July, the Sampson County Board of Commissioners directed staff to

City aims to 'keep Clinton beautiful'

With several phases of downtown revitalization in the books, a curbside recycling program enjoying huge success and more revamp projects being eyed across the community, the City of Clinton is not resting on its laurels. At the City Council's recent meeting, the Council endorsed Keep America Beautiful Inc. and its efforts, as well as adopted by-la

State Medicaid support, lottery funding top priorities

Supporting state funding of Medicaid and the restoration of lottery funds, which would benefit Sampson County's coffers along with others, topped the list of priority goals at the recent N.C. Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Conference. In all, 45 goals were approved in the areas of agriculture, environment, general government

MIDWAY DISTRICT — A Sampson County man has been charged with six felony counts related to sex offenses with a child, according to reports from Sampson Sheriff's authorities.
Constantino Medellin Jr., 29, of 385 Page Road, Godwin, was charged with four counts of statutory rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Medellin's arre

Man charged with sex offenses

MIDWAY DISTRICT — A Sampson County man has been charged with six felony counts related to sex offenses with a child, according to reports from Sampson Sheriff's authorities. Constantino Medellin Jr., 29, of 385 Page Road, Godwin, was charged with four counts of statutory rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Medellin's arre

Sales tax revenues and county tax collections are up this fiscal year, thanks in large part to new state laws and a county tax hike, respectively.
Finance officer David Clack dissected a summary financial statement for the county spanning the period of July 1, 2014 through Nov. 30, 2014 at last week's Board of Commissioners meeting using the most

Property, sales tax collections up

Sales tax revenues and county tax collections are up this fiscal year, thanks in large part to new state laws and a county tax hike, respectively. Finance officer David Clack dissected a summary financial statement for the county spanning the period of July 1, 2014 through Nov. 30, 2014 at last week's Board of Commissioners meeting using the most

An area teenager has been charged in connection with a break-in that occurred less than a week earlier on Baptist Chapel Road.
Matthew Paul Phillips, 19, of 2408 Phillips Road, Dunn, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing stolen property, all felonies. He was arrested Friday at the Phillips Road

Break-in, theft charges leveled

An area teenager has been charged in connection with a break-in that occurred less than a week earlier on Baptist Chapel Road. Matthew Paul Phillips, 19, of 2408 Phillips Road, Dunn, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing stolen property, all felonies. He was arrested Friday at the Phillips Road

A N.C. 403 infrastructure project that will see new water lines and a 500,000-gallon water tank constructed in northern Sampson is now well on its way, with funding in place and the approval of a capital projects ordinance.
The Sampson County Board of Commissioners approved the ordinance and an associated budget amendment as part of its consent ag

N.C. 403 water projects take another step forward

A N.C. 403 infrastructure project that will see new water lines and a 500,000-gallon water tank constructed in northern Sampson is now well on its way, with funding in place and the approval of a capital projects ordinance. The Sampson County Board of Commissioners approved the ordinance and an associated budget amendment as part of its consent ag

A Comprehensive Bicycle Plan that seeks to improve cycling opportunities in Clinton through various projects, policies and programs has received a unanimous seal of approval.
Over the past year and a half, the city's planning staff and members of the community have been working on a citywide bicycle plan to complement the Clinton Pedestrian Plan.

City pedals forward

A Comprehensive Bicycle Plan that seeks to improve cycling opportunities in Clinton through various projects, policies and programs has received a unanimous seal of approval. Over the past year and a half, the city's planning staff and members of the community have been working on a citywide bicycle plan to complement the Clinton Pedestrian Plan.





Featured Businesses


Poll



Info Minute



Gas Prices

Clinton Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com