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Judge orders active time

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Norman and Toni Smith draped one protective arm each around their 12-year-old son as all three listened to Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons sentence a Sampson County woman to active prison time for the role she played in injuring the mother and son during an October 2013 accident.Emotions were etched across their faces as the sentence was handed down, the last leg, the couple said, in a long, arduous journey that began when Lesley Allison Thornton ran a stop sign on Kitty Fork Road and was T-boned by Toni Smith’s 1999 BMW, which was traveling southbound on U.S. 421.Thornton, court records show, was high on cocaine at the time of the accident.


Enrollment down at SCC

Classes are back in session at Sampson Community College, but as of Tuesday, enrollment numbers appear to be down.According to Dr. Paul Hutchins, SCC president, Friday was the first official day of classes for students, and enrollment in the curriculum classes appears to be down from last year’s fall semester.General student enrollment, as of Aug. 18, is 1,443, which Hutchins and Amy Noel, Dean of Student Services, both said is less than the approximately 1,540 who...

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Second annual ‘Perspective’ set for Sept. 3

A room full of lawmakers with influence in Raleigh and Washington, D.C. is a golden opportunity for a citizen to have their voice heard by those who can effect change.Local citizens will have just that chance — to meet with the legislators and public officials who represent them, while sharing concerns, comments and questions — during a second annual town hall forum sponsored by the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.The “2014 Sampson Perspective”...

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The husband hunters

Fall arrives as always in September. When I was a child in Virginia, it’s warning chill began even before the last crops of summer were harvested, and the leaves began turning gold and russet.What it really meant in those days of my youth was “Company.” And that made the dread of going back to school, wearing tight shoes and dresses with starched collars and giant hair bows, tolerable. It was the last of our small respite before hot, muggy classrooms smelling of o...

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Jackson Grove hosting Sensation’s 50th anniversary Sunday

Prayer meeting and Bible study is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and every Friday at 7 a.m. at Point Level Disciples of Christ Church in Clinton.Prayer and Bible study is held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Faison.At Chapel Hill MBC in Autryville revival is now in progress at 7 p.m. nightly. The guest speaker for the week is Elder Devon Williams of Warren Chapel SWB Church in Godwin.

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Myriad training opportunities offered

Greetings everyone! I guess we are all singing “Rain rain, go away, come again another day,” but we must remember that God is in control.The seats are filled for the Henrietta day cruise! We will plan another trip soon; keep a lookout for upcoming dates. We always enjoy bringing new people along.

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Poultry industry proactive in preventing foodborne illnesses

The US poultry industry is taking steps to prevent foodborne illnesses from poultry. Please read the following article published in the Aug. 4, 2013 edition of World Poultry.The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the controversial changes in its poultry inspection system that will shift some inspection duties from government to industry employees.In addition poultry companies will now have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, an...

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Wildlife management vital to farmers

Wildlife is an important aspect of the land that farmers must manage. If left unchecked, wildlife can reduce your farm’s bottom line. If managed, wildlife can provide a substantial amount of new farm income. Recreation is an activity people are willing to pay for, even in hard financial times. Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and nature photography are each recreational activities that people are willing to pay to do. The sale of services associated with these activities - cateri...

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County schools may increase Driver’s Ed fees

Due to legislative decisions, Sampson County parents may have to pay a little more if they want their children to receive driving lessons from the school system.During a Tuesday work session for the Sampson County Board of Education, transportation director Herb Sanderson presented a request to increase fees for the program from $45 to $65.“It’s something we don’t want to do, but again, it’s what the North Carolina General Assembly is pretty much ...

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GARLAND – The town’s Board of Commissioners gave the OK Monday to begin a search for a public works director to handle water and sewer duties.Currently, Garland has a $5,500-per month contract with Envirolink, Inc., which is based out of Bailey. Mayor Winifred Murphy indicated that a director based out of Garland can be more accessible if needed.“If we had our own public works person, then they can do a variety of things,” Murphy said about having...

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County adds more arrests to Tap list

Another Sampson County resident has found himself in trouble with law enforcement courtesy of a nearly year-long undercover drug campaign that reached its pinnacle with raids that began just over a week ago and are continuing until some 100 individuals have been taken into custody.The Sampson County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of that individual taken into custody Monday as part of Operation Double Tap.In all over 100 individuals have been targeted a...

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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.)Arrests/Citations8/18 - Stella Louise House, 64, 4009 Huntley School Road, Roseboro, felony stalking. Bond $20,000; court date Aug. 29.8/18 - Daniel Jay Wiltshire, 35, 199 Pine Loop Lane, Autryville, failure to comply/child support. Bond ...

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Sampson students move in at UMO

Courtesy photoKayla Fisher of Roseboro moved into the Residence Hall at the University of Mount Olive on Saturday. Classes begin today. University of Mount Olive officials said Move-in Day was a huge success. Returning students, staff and faculty helped incoming students move into the residence halls. Area business s...

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Forest Service preparing woodland plans again

The state budget approved by the General Assembly directed the NC Forest Service to start charging for woodland plans, which are commonly referred to as forest management plans. The budget bill allowed the NC Board of Agriculture to review and approve the fees, which it did in August.With the budget and fee schedule in place, the NC Forest Service is once again preparing woodland plans. The agency had put a moratorium in place to allow time for the fee system to be developed and fo...

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Marching back to school

On the first day of school, principal Linda Carr is looking forward to watching fathers grasp the hands of their children as they enter Union Elementary School.The school is hosting its 2014 Million Father March (MFM), which is set for Monday, Aug. 25.“It’s a way to get dads and male mentors involved with children,” Carr stressed. “Positive male role models are very important in children’s lives, especially the young ones.”T...

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AA5’s encore acts announced

The Alive After Five Summer Concert Series closes out the season this week but the show’s not quite over yet, with a two-day encore to provide the soundtrack to the 28th annual Court Square Street Fair in October.In the works since the beginning of this year, the lineup for first-ever “Alive After Five Street Fair Main Stage Concert Series” is set. The Fantastic Shakers will hit the stage Friday night, Oct. 10, as a prelude to the street fair. Four more bands, The...

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Dark Horses corral Wolfpack in soccer debut

VarsityClinton High School’s soccer team opened up the 2014 season hosting the Wolfpack from Whiteville. Some first game jitters were evident for the young Dark horse squad but in the end they were able to hold off the visitors posting a 4-2 victory in a game called in the seventy-first minute due to lightning in the area.Clinton got on the scoreboard first when Ivan Palencia hammered in a side net goal off a Spell Carr assist at the 22:02 mark. Pa...

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Lighting the way at UMO

Courtesy photosThe University of Mount Olive held its opening Convocation Ceremony to welcome the Class of 2018 on Saturday evening, Aug.16. The Convocation was followed by a candle-lighting ceremony at the Alumni Crosswalk. The lighting of the candles represents the light of learning, the sharing of Christian values, and the need for students, faculty and staff to be living by the University Covenant. It also represents a connection with fellow students, both past and present, and...

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