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

The Clinton Police Department is a nationally-accredited agency, held to the highest standards of public safety and professionalism. That status was attained last year through an arduous assessment process and tireless work — and the police chief said the department fully intends to keep the momentum despite retirements in key positions.
Lon

Clinton PD sets sights on re-accreditation

The Clinton Police Department is a nationally-accredited agency, held to the highest standards of public safety and professionalism. That status was attained last year through an arduous assessment process and tireless work — and the police chief said the department fully intends to keep the momentum despite retirements in key positions. Lon

Two months ago, the Cashwell family's lives were forever changed. Now, even as they continue to adapt following Kyle's harrowing accident, wife Kristy cannot help but be thankful to have him and a community that still stands firmly behind them.
“We will be spending Christmas at Duke this year, but through all of the heartbreak of not being h

Thankful through tragedy

Two months ago, the Cashwell family's lives were forever changed. Now, even as they continue to adapt following Kyle's harrowing accident, wife Kristy cannot help but be thankful to have him and a community that still stands firmly behind them. “We will be spending Christmas at Duke this year, but through all of the heartbreak of not being h

Expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina would not only help more people get access to affordable health care, it could serve as an engine for economic development and job creation in Sampson and 99 other counties, according to a new report.
The report, authored by researchers at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the C

Report: Sampson benefits from Medicaid expansion

Expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina would not only help more people get access to affordable health care, it could serve as an engine for economic development and job creation in Sampson and 99 other counties, according to a new report. The report, authored by researchers at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the C

More than 400 tons of recyclables have been collected from city curbs this year, and that figure will grow before the year is out with December's numbers added to the mix.
The City of Clinton's Public Works Department released monthly tonnages for 2014, with December still to be completed and tabulated. However, the numbers show that the return to

Recycling returns 'remarkable'

More than 400 tons of recyclables have been collected from city curbs this year, and that figure will grow before the year is out with December's numbers added to the mix. The City of Clinton's Public Works Department released monthly tonnages for 2014, with December still to be completed and tabulated. However, the numbers show that the return to

Sampson County Sheriff's authorities are still searching for any leads in connection with a Friday night home invasion on Hunt Lane, in which two armed suspects entered the home demanding money and sent one of the residents to the hospital.
Around 6:15 p.m. Dec. 19, the Sampson County E-911 Center received a report of a forcible burglary at 146 Hu

Hunt for home invasion suspects continues

Sampson County Sheriff's authorities are still searching for any leads in connection with a Friday night home invasion on Hunt Lane, in which two armed suspects entered the home demanding money and sent one of the residents to the hospital. Around 6:15 p.m. Dec. 19, the Sampson County E-911 Center received a report of a forcible burglary at 146 Hu

The Sampson County Animal Shelter's special holiday adoption days went swimmingly over the past month, with 22 adoptions made at the shelter in total during that time — half of them on select Saturdays.
For the past four Saturdays, the shelter was open from 1-5 p.m. for adoptions only leading up to Christmas. The four adoption days, held Nov

Homes for the holidays

The Sampson County Animal Shelter's special holiday adoption days went swimmingly over the past month, with 22 adoptions made at the shelter in total during that time — half of them on select Saturdays. For the past four Saturdays, the shelter was open from 1-5 p.m. for adoptions only leading up to Christmas. The four adoption days, held Nov

Two years after they first purchased the former Shield House, Dave and Susan Richert have completely revamped the historic, but previously deteriorating, building and placed The Richert Inn firmly on the map.
Located at 216 Sampson St., the stately inn was purchased by the Richerts in November 2012. However, they promptly shut it down and started

A revamped and renamed inn

Two years after they first purchased the former Shield House, Dave and Susan Richert have completely revamped the historic, but previously deteriorating, building and placed The Richert Inn firmly on the map. Located at 216 Sampson St., the stately inn was purchased by the Richerts in November 2012. However, they promptly shut it down and started

By Joel W. Rose
Contributing writer 
Small towns love a Christmas parade. It's an annual opportunity for them to show their community pride, and Clinton, North Carolina, is no different. The traditional pastime of a Christmas parade fills us with excitement and a sense of nostalgia of years gone by. Who can pass up a parade? People stand curbside

Downtown Clinton comes to life

By Joel W. Rose Contributing writer Small towns love a Christmas parade. It's an annual opportunity for them to show their community pride, and Clinton, North Carolina, is no different. The traditional pastime of a Christmas parade fills us with excitement and a sense of nostalgia of years gone by. Who can pass up a parade? People stand curbside

In just its second year, the SamCo Shag Club has made a sizable impact on the community by donating $10,000 toward charitable causes, more than triple that raised in 2013's inaugural campaign. And club members are looking for an even bigger 2015.
“I don't think we could have asked for a better second year,” said club president and foun

A charitable reason to dance

In just its second year, the SamCo Shag Club has made a sizable impact on the community by donating $10,000 toward charitable causes, more than triple that raised in 2013's inaugural campaign. And club members are looking for an even bigger 2015. “I don't think we could have asked for a better second year,” said club president and foun

Clinton Police Department officers and staff played Santa to dozens of Head Start and Early Head Start students this week, handing out plenty of goodies, hugs and handshakes, as well as some sloppy kisses from K9 Junior.
The idea for the toys and treats for the young children at Telamon Corporation Head Start came about after Head Start participat

Delivering holiday magic

Clinton Police Department officers and staff played Santa to dozens of Head Start and Early Head Start students this week, handing out plenty of goodies, hugs and handshakes, as well as some sloppy kisses from K9 Junior. The idea for the toys and treats for the young children at Telamon Corporation Head Start came about after Head Start participat

The second of two required meetings on a proposed Royal Lane Park revamp will be held tonight, and Recreation officials are hoping for a much better turnout.
City of Clinton staff will be on hand to receive comments and provide maps illustrating the plans for Royal Lane Park Phase 1 project tonight, Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the Clinton

More turnout urged

The second of two required meetings on a proposed Royal Lane Park revamp will be held tonight, and Recreation officials are hoping for a much better turnout. City of Clinton staff will be on hand to receive comments and provide maps illustrating the plans for Royal Lane Park Phase 1 project tonight, Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the Clinton

Some repurposed stone left over from a downtown revitalization project has served as the cherry on top of a revamp that has now spread beyond just the courthouse square — and is expected to continue.
The additional materials were utilized to build stone barriers on either side of bridges on Fisher Drive over the Cattail Branch and on Main St

Bland bridges beautified

Some repurposed stone left over from a downtown revitalization project has served as the cherry on top of a revamp that has now spread beyond just the courthouse square — and is expected to continue. The additional materials were utilized to build stone barriers on either side of bridges on Fisher Drive over the Cattail Branch and on Main St

A successful Christmas in the City not only brought hordes of people downtown this past Friday night, but the festivities enjoyed by many — from carriage and hayrides to a silent auction — also helped raise much-needed funds for a local landmark.
The Sampson County History Museum was to be the beneficiary of a large amount of the downt

'Christmas' brings gift to museum

A successful Christmas in the City not only brought hordes of people downtown this past Friday night, but the festivities enjoyed by many — from carriage and hayrides to a silent auction — also helped raise much-needed funds for a local landmark. The Sampson County History Museum was to be the beneficiary of a large amount of the downt

A Garland man taken in for a driving while impaired charge was soon facing two felony drug offenses after it was discoverd that he concealed methamphetamine within the Sampson County Detention Center, according to reports.
On Friday, Jose Clemente Sanchez, 22, of 354 Smith Road, Garland, was charged with possession of a controlled substance on jai

Man charged with having meth in jail

A Garland man taken in for a driving while impaired charge was soon facing two felony drug offenses after it was discoverd that he concealed methamphetamine within the Sampson County Detention Center, according to reports. On Friday, Jose Clemente Sanchez, 22, of 354 Smith Road, Garland, was charged with possession of a controlled substance on jai

Two local break-ins resulted in the separate arrests of two men, who received a combined 16 felony counts that ranged from breaking and entering and theft to conspiracy and firearms possession in the incidents.
James Opal Williams, 21, of 1315 Alderman Mill Road, Dunn, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, th

Felony arrests made in thefts

Two local break-ins resulted in the separate arrests of two men, who received a combined 16 felony counts that ranged from breaking and entering and theft to conspiracy and firearms possession in the incidents. James Opal Williams, 21, of 1315 Alderman Mill Road, Dunn, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, th

In the wake of several property swaps on Wall and Fayetteville streets, projects are under way that will revamp, expand and relocate three local business, as well as provide new residential opportunities in downtown Clinton — effectively changing the face of the Sampson seat for years to come.
One of those efforts is afoot in a big way at th

Clinton's changing face

In the wake of several property swaps on Wall and Fayetteville streets, projects are under way that will revamp, expand and relocate three local business, as well as provide new residential opportunities in downtown Clinton — effectively changing the face of the Sampson seat for years to come. One of those efforts is afoot in a big way at th

A Sampson County man has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for the murder of a Newton Grove woman, gunned down in front of her children following a dispute between the estranged couple in July 2013.
Barney Robinson, 52, pleaded guilty in Sampson County Superior Court Wednesday to the second degree murder of Karie Ann Jaspers. Presiding

'Callous' killer gets 25

A Sampson County man has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for the murder of a Newton Grove woman, gunned down in front of her children following a dispute between the estranged couple in July 2013. Barney Robinson, 52, pleaded guilty in Sampson County Superior Court Wednesday to the second degree murder of Karie Ann Jaspers. Presiding

It's beginning to look a lot more like Christmas in Clinton, with the halls being decked in and around the downtown Thursday leading up to a weekend packed with holiday festivities.
The Clinton Main Street Program in partnership with the Sampson County History Museum, Sampson Arts Council, Sampson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, sponsors an

It's Christmas time in the city

It's beginning to look a lot more like Christmas in Clinton, with the halls being decked in and around the downtown Thursday leading up to a weekend packed with holiday festivities. The Clinton Main Street Program in partnership with the Sampson County History Museum, Sampson Arts Council, Sampson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, sponsors an

By Chris Berendt
cberendt@civitasmedia.com
Royal Lane Park renovation plans will be on display at a public meeting tonight (Thursday), allowing local residents to give feedback on a project city officials hope will be selected for grant funding.
City staff will be on hand to receive comments and provide maps illustrating the plans for Royal Lane

Royal Lane revamp plans go on display

By Chris Berendt cberendt@civitasmedia.com Royal Lane Park renovation plans will be on display at a public meeting tonight (Thursday), allowing local residents to give feedback on a project city officials hope will be selected for grant funding. City staff will be on hand to receive comments and provide maps illustrating the plans for Royal Lane

WILMINGTON — When an emaciated horse named Weaver gingerly walked off a trailer onto Poplar Grove Animal Sanctuary, not much more than skin and bones, it was kismet for Jo Weaver.
A volunteer at Poplar Grove, Jo Weaver not only shared a name with the equine, but she connected with her, choosing to adopt the horse just days after it came to t

Diamond in the rough

WILMINGTON — When an emaciated horse named Weaver gingerly walked off a trailer onto Poplar Grove Animal Sanctuary, not much more than skin and bones, it was kismet for Jo Weaver. A volunteer at Poplar Grove, Jo Weaver not only shared a name with the equine, but she connected with her, choosing to adopt the horse just days after it came to t





Featured Businesses


Poll



Info Minute



Gas Prices

Clinton Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com