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School officials dig deeper into test results

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While describing his feelings about assessment scores for Sampson County Schools, Assistant Superintendent Tommy Macon referred to Pharrell William’s song “Happy.”“If you can’t be happy about the results we’re going to show you today, then I’m not sure what will get you to that point,” Macon asserted.During a Tuesday work session, the Board of Education received an update on the 2013-14 End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of Course (EOC) results.


Lakewood outlasts Princeton, remains undefeated

The Lakewood Leopards and the Princeton Bulldogs met Tuesday night in a showdown of the undefeated teams. This could only mean that at the end of the night, someone would be in the loss column.The Leopards took the win, but by the of the night but it took 5 sets to do it, as they won by a score of 3 sets to 2.Coach Sheila Davidson told her girls before the game started, “This will be the game that tells us who we are and will test us like we have not been tested th...

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HCA volleyball gets first win

The Harrells Christian Academy varsity volleyball team defeated Arendell Parrott Academy in three games on Tuesday. They won the games 25-21, 26-24, and 25-18 to capture the win.Marissa Parks had 7 aces, 5 kills, 12 assists, and 2 blocks for HCA. Margaret Clark had 2 aces, 7 kills, and 2 digs, Abigail Blanchard had 2 aces, 4 kills, and 3 blocks. Natalie Hardin had 4 kills and a dig for Harrells, while Ashley Usher chipped in an ace and 3 digs, Harley Crumpler had 2 aces, 15 assists...

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Lady Dark Horses rally for win over Trask

Clinton hosted the Trask Titans for a Four County Conference volleyball match on Tuesday afternoon and needed a fierce rally to post their fourth conference win of the season. Trailing two sets to none heading into the third, with Trask administering a sound beating to them, the Lady Horses mounted a stirring rally, taking three consecutive sets to win the match by a score of three sets to two.

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Lady Raiders ease past West Bladen

The Midway Lady Raiders, still smarting from a Monday night loss to South Johnston, hosted West Bladen on Tuesday. The Lady Raiders prevailed 3-0.After breaking a 6-6 tie in game 1, the home team never looked back. A 5 point service streak by Kelsey Pondo gave Midway a 21-13 lead. The visitors fought back but fell short 25-19.The Lady Raiders also dominated the 2nd set. They jumped out to a 6-1 lead and twice led by 10. The final score was 25-18.Game 3 marked ...

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Lady Wildcats get first win

Hobbton’s volleyball team earned their first victory of the year in a trip to Neuse Charter. The Lady Cats won 3 sets to 1.Hobbton used a huge run in the first set to win 25-10. They then lost the second match, before winning the next two, 25-15 and 25-22 to capture their first win.“We are tickled to death,” said Russell Jones, Hobbton’s head coach, after his team’s victory at Neuse Charter. “We were finally able to close one out and i...

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Middle School teams participate in county jamboree

The county middle schools got their football season underway Tuesday afternoon with a Jamboree. Each team had 10 minutes to run as many plays as possible on offense before switching sides against another team playing defense.This was the first chance for the coaches to see how their teams performed hitting someone other than each other in practice. It was a great opportunity for everyone involved to get better.

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Share the road with your neighbors

Agriculture is the largest industry for Sampson County. With that said, there is no magic path to connect farmers to their fields without being on the highway. Just like other motorist, farmers are legally entitled to travel the highway with their slow moving farm equipment. Statistics from the NC Department of Labor report 51 percent of all farm equipment related accidents result in injury or death.

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(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff’s Office daily jail report.)Arrests9/15 - Hector Lopez Salazar, 30, 127 N. Herring Ave., Garland, failure to appear. Bond $500; court date Oct. 3.9/15 - Jorge Delarosa, 27, 288 Lindsay Farm Lane, Clinton, 2 counts indecent liberites with a child. Warrants from New H...

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Miss HCA pageants slated for Sept. 27.

The 10th annual Miss Harrells Christian Academy Scholarship Pageant is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Joseph Newkirk Auditorium of HCA. This year’s theme is,”A Night at the Movies!”School faculty and staff are urging community members, as well as parents and other family members, to come out and cheer on their favorite contestant during this year’s pageant.There are four different pageants this year - Miss, Jr. Miss, Little Miss and T...

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Grits for Grands comes to S’burg Elementary

Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentSalemburg Elementary students had the chance to spend Tuesday morning with their grandparents during their annual Grits for Grands event. Grandmother Dolores Howard had her breakfast with three of her grandchildren, Perquasia Owens, Taru Howard and Zallisha Howard on Sept. 16 in the cafeteria.

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SCC Foundation creating opportunities for students

Last week, the Sampson Community College Foundation held its annual Scholar-Donor cookout as a way of saying thanks to local donors who contribute funds that make it possible for students to go to college who might not otherwise be able. It also enables scholar recipients to meet the donors face to face and say thanks for the generosity.“The Scholar-Donor Cookout once again this year provided an opportunity for our scholarship recipients to meet and thank their scholarship do...

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E911 Center upgrade

Sampson County’s Emergency 911 Center will soon have a system in place that allows it to more effectively communicate and keep records with local law enforcement agencies, the aim of a recently approved software purchase.During a recent meeting of the Sampson Board of Commissioners, members unanimously authorized the execution of a contract between Sampson County and Southern Software Inc. for 911 Communications CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system upgrade, as signed off by c...

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S’burg Fire District receives new rating

SALEMBURG — Members of the Salemburg Fire Department are proud of their new rating, a result, they said, of the work of volunteers and other community members.It may also save residents some money.Fire Chief David Hairr and Assistant Chief Scott Owen were notified by the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin about the completion of a routine inspection and a 6/9E rating.

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Union High Class of 1974 — committee will meet Sept. 26, at 19th Street Kitchen, 919 College St., Clinton. Join for dinner and work on creating an organizational structure for reunions and events. Members of the 1974 class are asked to contact: Bruce Alford, Danny Bell, Robert Ervin Carr, Sallie Cromartie, Lonnie Emanuel, James Faison, Elaine F. Hunt, Rev. James Jackson, Dannie King, Jennifer Mathis, Trumilla Faison McClarin, Barba...

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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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Hobbton Middle gets volleyball win over Roseboro-Salemburg

The Hobbton Middle School Lady Wildcats volleyball team started the year on a high note with a victory over a tough Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School team, 3-1. “You could tell it was the first match of the season as both teams were rather rusty early on,” noted Hobbton coach Chip Pollock.Hobbton started the first set strongly by building a 17 to 4 lead, only to see it evaporate, before closing out the initial stanza 25-20.Roseboro dominated the second set, 25...

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Dark Horses shut out Raiders

Clinton’s soccer team posted its third straight shut out of a Four County Conference foe when they hosted Midway on Monday night and sent the Raiders home smarting from a 2-0 defeat. The game was an exciting defensive struggle with Clinton getting on the board early and then playing much of the game probing the Midway defense and defending their goal from several Raider advances before adding a late goal on a penalty kick to finish of the visitors.

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