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Making agricultural tracks

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TURKEY — As chickens made clucking noises on her farm, Sharon Funderburk tilted her head back and noticed a bird soaring through the sky.“They’re so graceful and beautiful,” Funderburk said about the Mississippi kite which nest and hunts in the area.She often catches a glimpse of the small birds of prey, but has yet to see a much larger creature — a bear.“We’ve seen the tracks, but we haven’t seen the bear,” Funderburk said about the lack of sightings on her land, officially called Beartrack Farm.What began as just field and trees now includes gardens, grain bins, a solar green house, barns and habitats for 12 animal species.


Hats off to officers for jobs well done

No one likes crime, but everyone should like the fact that when they occur our local law enforcement officers are at the ready and working diligently to find those believed to have committed them before more issues arise.Such was the case last week in two separate incidents involving Clinton Police and Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators. Both incidents would be considered violent crimes — one an armed robbery of a downtown pharmacy, the other an armed home invasion ...

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Feeling the ‘Flow’

Chris Berendt/Sampson Independent

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At long last a budget

The three-ring circus that has been Sampson County’s budget deliberations for going on three months ended a few minutes into Monday night’s meeting with unanimous adoption of a2014-15 budget with a 4.5 cent property tax hike.With a budget ordinance waiting on the media table at the opening of the special-called meeting calling for the 4.5 cent hike, Commissioner Albert Kirby opened things up, saying he had heard from the people and making a motion for the tax hike, one ...

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Confronting the budget crisis

Anything less than the tax increase of 9 cents recommended to commissioners in early June would defer necessary expenses and put the county firmly behind the fiscal eight-ball going forward, the county manager has implored.County manager Ed Causey said cuts would usher in an era of “doing less with less,” a twist on the oft-uttered “doing more with less” credo of county officials in recent recession years. During the board’s budget workshop last week, ...

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Threat leads to arrest of 1

A 26-year-old Sampson County man learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to take your frustration out on a magistrate, particularly if threats are involved.Clifton Lemonte Aycock, 45, of 88 Barley Lane, is now facing a felony and two misdemeanors after reportedly becoming irate with a court official after being arrested and taken before him on a child support warrant.Reports show Aycock is charged with felonious threat to a legal court officer, disorderly co...

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Northern Sampson road closed for bridge repairs

Yet another bridge is closed in Sampson County due to maintenance, this one in the northern end of the county near Dunn. This is the third structure in the last two weeks to be shut for repairs.State Road 1005, known as Green Path Road, has a bridge closed just south of Savannah Hill Road. The section of Green Path Road that is impacted by the closure runs between US 421 (Plain View Highway) and NC 55 (Harnett-Dunn Highway).Department of Transportation officials closed t...

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UMO summer graduation Aug. 23

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 220 students at its summer commencement on Saturday, Aug. 23. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.

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Sampson seeing rise in whooping cough cases

Several counties in North Carolina have seen increases in the number of whooping cough cases, also known as Pertussis, over the past few months. Sampson County has now joined those ranks, with confirmed cases that have been steadily increasing over the past few weeks to a current total of nine.The Sampson County Health Department is working closely with local medical providers to identify cases and provide treatment for the cases and their contacts.

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(The 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 jail report.)Arrests7/24 - Brent Edward Smith, 34, 330 W. Second St., Garland, failure to appear on charges of driving while license revoked, unsafe pass on a yellow line. Bond $1,000; court date Sept. 11.7/24 - William Henry Monroe, 41, 605 Garland Airport Road, ...

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Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod

It is not unusual for people to complain of fine twitching of the eyelid at times. This twitch or tic in the eyelid may occur in the lids of one or both eyes. They may last for a few minutes or hours. We are not sure why the twitches appear but they may be related to stress, fatigue, caffeine, nicotine or even dry eyes. By using artificial tears, reducing stress, cutting down on caffeine and nicotine and getting more sleep (wouldn’t all that be nice) the twitching will, in most cases, g...

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Reflections of Clinton’s past

(Editor’s note:This 16-part Historical Society piece was written by James Reynolds in 1991 and has now been edited and submitted by Joel W. Rose.)The following is a compilation of anecdotes, experiences, and stories of local history pertaining mostly to Clinton and Sampson County by James Ingram Reynolds, son of Julian Thomas and Ida Harris Reynolds, who was born on Sampson Street at the intersection of East Lee St. on Aug. 31, 1906. These accounts related to me by l...

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Cleaners and sanitizers: What’s the difference?

Keeping your home kitchen clean is an important step in preventing foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia reports that proper cleaning of hands and surfaces is the single most important step in preventing foodborne disease.

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Athlete Profile: Shyquan Brunson

Shyquan Brunson is a rising junior at Union High School. Although he plays other sports, football is his favorite.“I’ve played football all of my life. My family loves the sport and loves to watch me play. It is really a lot of fun and I love it,” said Brunson. Brunson plays running back and safety for the Spartans, and is a big part of their special teams as well as sharng the return role last year with star Dezmond Faison.

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Subway comes to Harrells

HARRELLS — Deloris Fennell watched as fresh vegetables were spread across her cold cut sub, before it was wrapped up and placed in a sack.On her way out, she grabbed a bag of oven baked potato chips and a small bottle of Coca-Cola.For Fennell and other residents of this small southern Sampson town, the wait was finally over. On Thursday afternoon, she was one of the first customers to visit the newest restaurant in town - Subway.“I think it’s...

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Sowing seeds of renewed life

In the past five years, Clinton native Donald Ringley has gotten married to the love of his life, watched his granddaughter grow up and shared an emotional experience with fellow cancer survivors celebrating renewed life. If not for quality care and support, none of it would have happened.Ringley joined more than 100 other survivors from across the country for a symbolic tree-planting ceremony June 6 as part of the annual Celebrate Life event at Cancer Treatment Centers of America ...

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Mold and moisture

By Perry SoliceContributing columnistMolds can be found almost anywhere; they grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in a building or on building materials mold growth will occur, particularly if the problem remains undiscovered or u...

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What would you do?

You’ve received the warning. You have three choices. You can convert to Islam, pay a steep tax, or be killed. The government will not help, because those making the threats are now the government. The police will not help you, because your accusers are the only law enforcement. You have your choices. What will you do? What would I do?

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