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DuBose gives tour of ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities

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A local industrial force for decades, DuBose Strapping Inc. recently took the time to show off its inner workings as part of a guided tour of its facilities.A third generation family-owned company headquartered in Clinton with facilities in Indiana and Ohio, DuBose manufactures steel and plastic strapping involving automated strapping machines, a variety of strapping materials, hand application tools and accessories.DuBose underwent a $10 million expansion in recent years, adding the plastic strapping production to its long-established steel line. The plastics expansion added dozens of jobs to the DuBose Strapping campus within the Sampson Southeast Business Center in Clinton.


Plans being made for King tribute

From the well-known speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The speech continues… “I have a dream today!”The Multicultural Business Committee of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce is excited to continue the planning of the 15th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Past su...

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United Way 2014 campaign off to hot start

The United Way of Sampson County’s 2014 campaign kicked off just last week and in record time the local organization, behind the backing of local donors and a successful fundraising feast, has already raised 80 percent of its $175,000 goal.Dottie McCullen and Dempsey Craig, who are serving as co-chairs for this year’s campaign, said the 80 percent figure is the highest the local United Way has had this early in the campaign.“This is probably the best we...

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Courtesy photoPowell’s Insurance and agent Teresa Bradshaw is a new member of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce. Located at 110 Lisbon St., Clinton, Powell’s is an independent insurance agency,offering insurance for all your needs: Health, Life, Auto, Home and Commercial.There is also a staff member available to speak spanish. Powell’s Insurance can be reached at 910-590-2800.

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What is the ACA?

Everyone it is that time of year to discuss insurance and the ACA or the Affordable Care Act is now a major tool you can use.Essentially the ACA is the new law that requires all individuals and families to get health coverage.This law, which passed in 2010 and now has over 9 million people enrolled gives consumers the opportunity to take charge of their health care. Under this law there is a patient bill of rights, which gives the American people the capability to make c...

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Career committee ready to bridge gap with students

While addressing a group of educational and business professionals this week, Kyle Randleman asked them what class benefited them the most during their high school days.For Randleman,vice president of Sales and Business Operations at Star Telephone, it was typing. Others in the room noted internship programs, business administration, English and math.“…We still employ a lot of chicken peckers,” Randleman said about employees and typing. “I look ba...

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Grant deadline just around the corner

The Chamber is excited to continue offering matching grant opportunities to the members of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce for both façade improvements and capital equipment. With the second deadline approaching on Nov. 30th, I encourage you to learn more about this opportunity by visiting

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A renewed project push

The ongoing push to see the N.C. 24 widening completed from U.S. 421 to I-40 has renewed promise, with local resolutions backing the governor’s goal for the $155 million endeavor to be funded as part of a $1.5 billion bond proposal.Economic developer John Swope recently reviewed with the Sampson Board of Commissioners — and Jerol Kivett, chair of the Sampson Transportation Advisory Group, similarly updated the Clinton City Council — how the newly-released N.C. Vis...

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County seeks $1.7M

The county is seeking state funds to assist a $1.75 million water infrastructure project that would serve Enviva Pellets Sampson LLC and go a long way toward establishing a foundation for growth in Sampson’s northern end.Economic developer John Swope and Skip Green, grant consultant with Skip Green & Associates Inc., spoke to the matter during a second required public hearing at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The project would be funded from three different...

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UMO offers new leadership degree

MOUNT OLIVE — While there may be some truth in the old adage, “Great leaders are born, not made,” learning to be a more effective leader is within everyone’s grasp. This is the principle behind the new leadership degree at the University of Mount Olive.

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Library offering online courses

Library director Heather Bonney is excited about offering hundreds of online personal and professional development courses for the community. She’s also thrilled that it will not cost local patrons anything to learn something new.The Sampson-Clinton Public Library recently began offering the free Gale Courses program online.“Our main goal in our library system is to offer things for education, research and just for recreation,” Bonney stressed during an...

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Alfredo’s gets city help

Popular downtown eatery Alfredo’s Ristorante Italiano is poised for a relocation and expansion just across the street, a proposed move city officials are supporting through a joint state grant application.Alfredo DiPinto said he is prepared to relocate his restaurant to the corner of Wall and Main street, caddy-corner from the current location, in order to expand and sought the city’s assistance in obtaining a Main Street Solutions Grant Fund, which requires support and...

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A record-breaking check

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Spread the word, help with Chamber’s Coat Closet

Personally, I am a firm believer that together we can accomplish more than one of us could individually. Through volunteers, sponsors and donations, we are able to have the many community activities and organizations are able to offer services and special projects to those within Sampson County. I am honored to be a part of a community that comes together to assist each other to accomplish a common goal — to increase the quality of life within Sampson County.

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Council: No more gaming

Internet sweepstakes cafes are no longer permitted in the City of Clinton following swift action by the City Council at its Tuesday night meeting, with officials citing “uncertainty” surrounding the issue of electronic gaming.There are a total of 66 gaming machines at five local gaming businesses in the Clinton city limits, with 57 of those machines at two different sites. Those establishments will be able to remain open, but the number will not grow, according to the C...

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Board OKs reduced water buys, to celebrate wells next week

Outside water purchases were reduced upon the Sampson Board of Commissioners’ action earlier this week, a cost-saving step made possible with the construction of permanent wells that will be officially turned on at a ceremony next week.“I’m happy to inform this board that finally now we’re actually controlling our destiny,” Public Works director Lee Cannady stated, “where before we were depending on somebody else.”At the end of t...

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NCHP, farmers weigh concerns

Dozens of Highway Patrol officials, including the state commander himself, joined Sen. Brent Jackson for a educational seminar informing local farmers of the rules and regulations regarding weight limits, agricultural exemptions for vehicle and load weight and how inspections are conducted in the field.The goal, Jackson and Highway Patrol leaders said, was to hash out any misunderstandings concerning new laws, discuss them and get on the same page.“This is just a c...

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