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Merrick’s amazing success story

My quest to bring more exposure and recognition to Sampson County native John Merrick began some four years ago, and with the assistance of The Sampson Independent newspaper, city and county officials and the Sampson County History Museum, much has been done to help get Merrick recognized and honored locally.John Merrick’s amazing story began 155 years ago with his birth on the Merritt Plantation, south of Clinton, on Sept. 7, 1859. It was during Reconstruction in 1871 that M...

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Answers needed

Brenda Liles deserves answers. And it’s up to officials within the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to provide them.The question is will they?Liles’ brother, Anthony Michael Kerr, 53, an inmate at Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, died of thirst March 12, according to autopsy results. He was found unresponsive in the back of a van during a March 12 transfer from Alexander to a mental hospital at Central Prison in Raleigh, a nearly ...

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What’s wrong with our schools?

What’s wrong with our schools? Why does the U.S. rank so far down the list compared to other developed countries when it comes to educational performance? And what can we do to improve?Last May, Pearson Education, a British media and education company, presented its annual global education performance report. The list was based on cognitive skills and educational attainment. The United States ranked 14th among the forty countries listed. The top for countries on the list were...

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Big hearts, great Bounty

Looking around the South River Lodge Saturday night, those gathered would, at first glance, look like some of Sampson County’s top movers and shakers joined for a festive evening of food and fellowship.But from our vantage point, they looked more like people with gigantic hearts, individuals willing to go that extra mile to help others and, in doing so, invest in making Sampson County a better place for all its citizens.

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The road to hell

Let’s start with what we can all agree upon. The Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL is an organization who has committed vile acts of violence against all people – the corrupted and the innocent; Christians and Muslims; Iraqis, Syrians and Americans. Their ideology is morally bankrupt, unsustainable, and a cancer upon Humanity. They must be stopped.But how? This is the nearly unanswerable question which has garnered little debate in Washington. Congress has opted instead to take a...

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Drug campaigns worth the effort

Undercover drug campaigns are risky, cost money and eat up untold man hours for law enforcement officers whose plates are often full long before these special projects are even planned.But we believe they pay off. It may not stop the drug trade in our communities, but it certainly slows it. What’s more, it sends a loud and clear message to drug dealers that our law enforcement officers in the city and county don’t just investigate cases, they hunt down those believed re...

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A cellular phone is here

Recently, my eyes were opened to the reality of everything that has happened in Washington with our regulators and legislators. Cellular telephones have effectively replaced our traditional means of communication. (We now have more cellular telephones in our country than we do people, and we’re to the point that if you don’t have one or can’t afford one, our government will supply one for free.) This did not happen overnight, and there are specific reasons why this has happe...

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Autumn in the air

Although temperatures have still remained in the 80’s this week, there’s still been a change in the air, a chilliness that makes us want to take a slow, deep breath. The mornings are cooler now, the leaves are beginning to take on a more golden tone and the smells are already changing, fresher than in weeks past.All are signs that fall is being ushered in once again and that the remnants of a relatively mild summer are coming to a quiet close.

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Having the talk

Down the road, someone is going to thank me for this column.Have you had the talk? I know it’s an awkward, sensitive subject to talk about, but you’ve got to do it. Parents and children alike had rather avoid it. But you’ve got to have it. Otherwise, the children could be later on heading for a difficult time.No, I’m not talking about “that” talk. (Although it’s important, too.) This talk is between older, adult children and thei...

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R’boro citizens make a difference

The Sept. 16 article “Citizens Play Role in Arrest of 2” is proof positive that alert citizens are essential to crime reduction and holding criminals accountable. That is exactly what happened when two alert Roseboro citizens played key roles that led to the successful identification and arrest of two adults, on multiple chargers, last Sunday evening. Law enforcement must have the support of local citizens in order for them to do there jobs better.While the Sheriff is t...

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Remembering 6 young Ya-Ya Sisters

The dawn is heavy with the promise of another summer day patiently waiting to be born. In the stillness of this early hour, the sky to the east lightens behind billows of perfect clouds. The orchestration is breath-taking.Further down the beach, the sand slides into pink, and the old house we are staying in is silhouetted against the sky.

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Words still mean things

It was another example that words still mean things. On TV, during last Sunday’s “Meet The Press,” the moderator, Chuck Todd, had an interview with President Obama. The interview was mostly about U.S. foreign policy. While Chuck Todd was asking questions about ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the President would refer to ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) in his response. This caught my attention. Others also noticed.

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NAACP — a symbol of hope

Founded 105 years ago this year, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest and largest civil rights organization, has been one of the key players in advancing democracy through its struggle for equality and justice for all in the U.S.As we prepared to celebrate the Sampson County NAACP Branch 2014 annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, starting at 6 p.m., we call on the entire community...

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To seem rather than to be

I now know what purgatory looks like.It’s a hollow, dark television studio, defined only by softly lit blue curtains. This is where last week, Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis met for the first debate in the ongoing contest to become United States Senator. In the middle of the night, I watched the debate online with a two-week-old on my lap. I can confidently say it was the worst televised debate I’ve ever seen.

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Pow Wow keeps the tradition alive

See related story A1When it comes to preserving heritage and keeping the traditions of years past alive, none do it any better than the Coharie Tribe.This weekend, as it has done for over four decades now, tribal leaders will hold the annual Pow-Wow, the first of dozens that will be held in North Carolina and the nation this year. Sampson’s Coharie Tribe starts out the Pow-Wow season each year, an honor for all Samp...

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