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‘Tossing for Tim’s Gift’ set for next month

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Last year, a fairly new group with a shared love of shag dancing raised funds to send five young cancer patients to summer camp. Next month, that same group will be holding an event at Ribeyes of Clinton to benefit a local nonprofit ministry.The SamCo Shag Club, bolstered by the assistance of more than a dozen local business and individual sponsors, is holding the “Tossing for Tim’s Gift” cornhole tournament and raffle, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at Ribeyes. The event starts at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. with the tourney, festivities, vendors and music extending until 5 p.m.SamCoShag Club founder John Bradshaw said the feedback has been positive leading up to the event.


Medicaid ‘a bear’ for Health Department

Issues with Medicaid, especially those concerning undocumented pregnant women, have cost the county an estimated $13,000 just in the first quarter of 2014 alone, Sampson County Health Department officials say.“Medicaid has been a bear for us this year,” health director Wanda Robinson told the Board of Commissioners earlier this week.In no area has it been more of a bear than presumptive Medicaid, the period during which pregnant women are eligible to receive ...

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Why not vote early?

There’s no excuse for not voting in this year’s primary election. There are ample times to handle any excuse that might come up for not voting between next Thursday, April 24, and the May 6 primary.Early voting gets under way on April 24, and the Sampson County Board of Elections is offering daily opportunities for residents to work a stop by the BOE offices into their daily routine. Voters can do so beginning at 8 a.m. that Thursday, the first day of voting and continu...

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Ford pays homage to world’s favorite pony car with Mustang 50-year Limited Edition

Fifty years after debuting one of the world’s most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.“When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be i...

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Outreach in our churches

Andrews ChapelThe male chorus will celebrate their anniversary Sunday, April 20, 3 p.m., at the church, located on Reedsford Road, Clinton. The Rev. Theodore Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church, Warsaw, will be the master of ceremonies. On the program will be Hines Chapel, Warsaw; First Baptist Male Chorus, Turkey; First Baptist Male Chorus, Roseboro; Snow Hill, Roseboro; Unity Male Chorus, Duplin County; and the Southernaires of Wallace. Revival will be held at...

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‘Barefoot in the Park’ enters final weekend

Tom Wilbur/SCTCorie Bratter (Erica Miller) sings out ‘Shama, Shama’ (an old Albanian Folk Song) after a cold night on the town (a winter night on Staten Island—Brrr!), in Sampson Community Theatre’s hilarious production of ‘Barefoot in the Park, sponsored by Clinton Appliance and Furniture Company and directed by Tom Wilbur. Final performance dates areApril 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and a matinee Sunday, April 20 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 990-6424 or...

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This man called Jesus

He was a tall man, even by today’s standards. His hair was worn shoulder length as was the custom of the Hebrew people. His tunic, a kimono-like garment fitted him closely at the neck and was made of linen. The tunic was held snugly to His body by a girdle. Simply, a long strip of cloth that was wrapped around the waist and fastened in a knot with a clasp, or sometimes by twisting it around itself.

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Set thine house in order

Hezekiah was one of the kings of Judah and thus can be read about in the books of Kings and Chronicles. However, since he was contempory with the prophet Isaiah, one can read of some interactions between the two there as well. At one point in Hezekiah life, we read “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said, unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live” (Isaiah 38:1). Thou...

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What makes worship wonderful for you?

What makes worship wonderful? Worship is defined in my Everyday Bible this way: to worship and serve God. When one feels the freedom to truly worship, express joy as the Holy Spirit flows, commune with Christ, and show love for the Lord with joyful reverence… minus man made restraint, that defines wonderful worship to me.

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Smoking E-cigs in Sampson

When most people think of tobacco products, the first thing that comes to mind is cigarettes, yet in Sampson County, health officials say, a problem is growing through youth that is something that most would never think of as a tobacco substance.E-cigarettes, also known as E-cigs, have been around since the 1960s; however they have only recently become the new trend among young students. There are hundreds of brands and many different flavors to choose from, leading these to be a n...

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Gale Ausley, 68

Gale Ausley, 68CLINTON — Gale Ausley, 68, of 5414 Hobbton Hwy., died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation of Clinton.

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Lillian P. Marchelletta, 83

Lillian P. Marchelletta, 83CLINTON — Lillian P. Marchelletta, 83, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Genesis HealthCare in Mount Olive Center.There will be a private family service at a later date.Arrangements by Cape Fear Crematory.

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Spare change pays for life-saving vest

Third-grade students at Hobbton Elementary School presented the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Division with body armor for one of their dogs earlier this week, a gift that delighted both students and the law enforcement agencySheriff Jimmy Thornton accepted the vest on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, and expressed his sincere thanks for the efforts of the students and staff in working on raising the funds for the vest.Jennifer King’s third ...

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Jr. shooters win all events at Coharie Shooting League

The Coharie Shooting League held its April trapshoot on April 12. Junior shooters, including Coharie’s own local shooter, Dane Westbrook, took all competitive events over the more seasoned adult shooters.Ben Campbell from Pfafftown won the singles event with a 95 of 100. Westbrook won the more difficult handicap event with a fantastic 97 of 100 and was punched 1 yard for his efforts.In handicap trapshooting, good scores push the shooter further away from the target...

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Arrests4/16 - Kwame Deararic, 21, 121 Parkway Ave., Garland, court violation. Bond $1,600; court date April 23.4/16 - Randy Caldera, 16, 548 Page Road, Godwin, larceny, possessing/concealing stolen property. Written promise to appear; court date May 13.4/16 - Kristie Dianne Autry, 39, 1130 Tyndall Grove Road, Clinton, unauthorized use of motor vehicle (2 counts). Written promise to appear; court date May 6.4/16 - Kenneth S. Smith, 5...

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Mdiway FFA chapter awarded grant

RALEIGH – Midway High School FFA Chapter has been awarded a program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. These funds will be used to purchase a front end loader for the agriculture departments tractor. This piece of equipment will help maintain the farm land being used for the benefit of the students enrolled in Midway’s agriculture program .

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UMO ensemble helps HCA celebrate Easter

The University of Mount Olive Free Spirit ensemble provided a musical ministry Thursday at Harrells Christian Academy for their annual Easter Chapel service in grades K-12. Free Spirit has been sharing the gospel through music and testimony since 1997. They have built a reputation throughout North Carolina for providing a quality mix of Contemporary, Gospel, Southern Gospel, and a cappella Christian music. The group was founded and is led by the talented Dr. Alan Armstrong, professor of music...

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Clinton claims county golf match

Lakewood hosted a non-conference golf match with Midway, Hobbton, Clinton, and Union also participating. The match was played in cold, windy conditions Wednesday afternoon.Reid Darden of Clinton was medalist in the match, as he fired an impressive 73 at Lakewood Country Club.Darden was joined by Dark Horse teammates Hayden Lanier, Eric Bradshaw, and Peyton Holder with scores of 78, 87, and 91 respectively. The Horses won the match with a team total of 327.Lake...

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