Three key things to help create jobs Here in eastern North Carolina, our economy is showing some positive signs – housing starts and sales are improving and unemployment rates are declining. However, we all know there is still a long way to go to get our region, state, and country moving again. That’s why there are three key things that I am laser-focused on to help our communities create jobs and our citizens get those jobs.
1) Come to the North Carolina Business and Economic...
Check generators now Can you believe we are only a little more than one week into the 2013 Hurricane season and we have already had our first named storm? Our part of the state has been spared major hurricanes or damage causing power outages over the past several years. This year’s predictions claim we will have an above average number of storms. Because of this, now is the time to make sure your standby generator is working properly.
Mr. Walter Petty with Atla...
Should you buy food in bulk? One of the issues you will need to think about before you buy in bulk is whether you will be able to use up the bulk items before they go bad? Buying food and then letting it spoil is a waste of money. Sometimes you can find items for less per ounce, in smaller packaging. Compare the cost per item or per ounce with other similar items or other sized items to get the best buy. Consider the cost of joining a wholesale club. Will this cost still...
Lethia Lee EFNEP Program AssistantThe Sampson Independent
Thanks for being ‘that guy’ You can’t beat a good ol’ macho action movie. Well, at least I think so. And summer is the time for those blockbuster action films. If a movie is a success, you can bet there will be a sequel, and a sequel to the sequel.
Probably my favorite action movies are the Bruce Willis “Die Hard” films. Bruce Willis’ character in the films is John McClane, a policeman who reluctantly gets pulled into fantastic situations, where he saves the day again...
Barbecue and eye care The BBQ season is fast upon us and the air will be filled with the aromatic scents of good old fashioned BBQ. Fire + man + meat = delicious eating or burnt offerings depending on your level of expertise. Let’s talk about some safe practices that you can implement to protect your eyes during the barbecuing season.
Food preparation is a good place to start. Cutting onions, chilies and peppers can have a rather watery effect on the eyes.
Dr. Tom Barowsky Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Praying families reconnect to one another, Jesus What story could your Christmas tree tell? Walking along the shore at Topsail recently, thoughts of families and their stories rose in my heart as the sun did over the ocean. Watching the horizon wake up and color our little corner of the world is my favorite time to walk and talk with the Lord.
This June morning, I strolled along with memories giving light and comfort to me like the glow worms our children cuddled up with when they were li...
Becky Spell Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Who is this man called Jesus? When Jesus came to the coast of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples two questions. First He asked, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? (Matt. 16:13). There were several answers, all of which fell far short of who Jesus really was. He then asked, “But whom say ye that I am? (Matt. 16:15). It was Peter that spoke up with the answer, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). That Peter’s answer was accurate is ...
Robert C. Oliver Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Keep walking by faith and don’t give up To be called into a situation without volunteering can leave you with a discombobulated feeling. How does a person handle such an unexpected assignment? I can certainly identify with those who are experiencing some unexpected losses; I, too, can empathize with the unexpected journey we can suddenly be thrust into. Understandably, one of the many emotions siphoning through us is the feeling of being overwhelmed by the events that are suddenly ...
Vanessa Richardson Guest columnistThe Sampson Independent
It’s all about what God says Isaiah 5:20 says “Woe until them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for better.”
If there was ever a day that this verse is so true it is TODAY. We are living in a society now that is forever more calling good that what God calls EVIL. The sad part about some of this is that Christian men and women fall right into this verse more so than our society.
Leonard Henry Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
This week in Raleigh I hope that everyone has a great weekend. The House recently released its version of the budget as well as its tax plan. The tax bill is H998 - Tax Simplification and Reduction Act. The House budget is S402 - Appropriations Act of 2013. Both of these plans will require a conference between the House and Senate before anything is sent to the governor for his signature.
This week in Raleigh:
- Bills in this section are not necessarily end...
Sen. Brent Jackson N.C. SenateThe Sampson Independent
Market evolving into d’town attraction With its opening a little over a month ago, the Sampson Farmers’ Market co-op, committee, and vendors are extremely excited about the continued transformation of the market. Open Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Sampson Farmers’ Market, located at 215 Lisbon St., has continued to evolve. I would expect this growth to continue throughout October, the remainder of the market season.
As a committee was formed and the partne...
Janna Bass Chamber directorThe Sampson Independent
MLK Community Youth Choir Distinct Voices of Praise holding concert Saturday The Martin Luther King Community Youth Choir Distinct Voices of Praise will be in concert at First Baptist Church, 900 College St., bringing a new style of gospel music to Sampson County on Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. There will be a special guest from Kinston to perform also. The public is cordially invited. The host pastor is the Rev. Thomas Farrow.
Regular morning worship service will be held at the Saint Stephens Holiness Church in Turk...
Mae Bell Williamson Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Get the vacuum to the kudzu bug Question: How can I get rid of these bugs on my bean plants?
Answer: This invader is known as the bean plataspid. This new insect is more commonly being referred to as the kudzu bug. It feeds on kudzu, wisteria, and other members of the bean family.
Those of you that have encountered this creature may be wondering how it ended up in Sampson County. Well, kudzu bugs are native to China and India and had never been seen in the western hemis...
Della King Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Child health services offered by Sampson Health Dept North Carolina has minimum requirements that must be met for entry into kindergarten. Generally a child must have had a recent physical exam and be up to date on immunizations. Sampson County Schools requires specific paperwork to be completed to show that these requirements have been met. If exams and immunizations are not updated by the 30th day of enrollment, the child may be ask to remain at home until the requirements are met.
The life and times of John Boone (1794 – 1882) John Boon(e) was the son of Stephen Boone Jr. and Stephen was the son of Stephen Boone Sr. Stephen Boone was born about 1740 and drew one pay voucher for service in the Revolutionary War.
Soon after John Boone was born, his mother, Elizabeth, died. For whatever reason, his sister, Francis (b.1793), was farmed out to Richard Salmon, but Salmon insisted on a binding contract of adoption. However, all was not lost for in 1828 when the estate o...