Computer classes begin at Garland Center June 4 Hello to everyone. We are in the season that I so love, with the beautiful flowers, fresh fruits and clean smell of late spring and summer. We are so blessed to be in a country where we can enjoy all these things. As I write, we are gearing up for the big celebration. I hope all of you can say we had a good time as we unleash the power of age. Play, continue to play. Remember you don’t get old because you stop playing.
Our hearts are sadden...
Marie Faircloth Center directorThe Sampson Independent
Health Dept. offering new OB Care Management Program The Sampson County Health Department is pleased to announce a new program, Pregnancy Care Management Services - PCM. The program was developed by the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance. It is designed to assist pregnant women with Medicaid who have high risk factors to achieve a healthier pregnancy. The Pregnancy Care Management Program is a new form of the Maternal Care Coordination...
No matter the trial, God’s got you Are you a parent of a handicapped child? Then you are a saint we call “Mother” or “Father”! Writing this story is timely, since we celebrate mothers in May, fathers in June, and my niece (who is handicapped) graduates from high school next week.
The word ‘handicapped’ conjures up images in peoples’ minds. Paul reminds us to think on things that are lovely. While that Biblical message is what we should live by, some things in life aren’t per...
Becky Spell Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Memories of Amazing Grace Memorial Day has always fit so richly in our lives; like an old familiar tune that dances in our head and brings a smile to our lips, enfolding us in warm memories of times long past.
As a child I remember thinking the place and the services only another one of those solemn Baptist affairs held at a country church in Prince William County, Virginia. I thought the backdrop of grassy hillsides and chirping birds were just for the deceased.
Micki Cottle Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Read your Bibles —it does make a difference In John 15:7, Jesus says “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
I want to focus today on the first part of this verse where he says “and my words abide in you.” Saints of God, it’s important to be in Christ and it’s also important to have his “word” in you. I spoke some weeks ago about Christians folks reading their Bibles and I believe that’s how Satan can and has deceived ...
Leonard Henry Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Will my prayers ever be answered? I want to talk to you about prayers that go unanswered. Consider the words of a godly man from history. This man said of the Lord, “I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of His wrath. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light…He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: He hath made my chain heavy…When I cry and shout, He shutteth my prayer” (Lamentations 3: 1-8).
Jeremiah’s words here speak for many be...
Milley Brewington Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Ask for the old paths The prophet Jeremiah prophesied to Judah during the last years prior to being carried away captive to Babylon. Judah, following somewhat in the footsteps of Israel had forsaken the God of heaven and turned to the many idols of the land around them. Even those who still called upon the God of their fathers failed to serve Him as they had been directed. One verse sums up the whole story. Jeremiah said, “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways...
Robert C. Oliver Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
You were born for a purpose A wonderful friend of mine preached a sermon about how Jesus sacrificed His life for us and how He took His first breath in hell, where Jesus took the keys of death and hell from him (See Revelation 1:18). Your faith will have to go before you. Your body may be confined. Your finances limited. In the midst of this, you can still see in spite of the staggering situations; you’ve endured or are enduring, … you can breathe. You can subsist in yo...
Vanessa Richardson Guest columnistThe Sampson Independent
Highlights of the proposed state budget I would like to ask everyone to keep the people of Oklahoma in your thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks after that state has been ravaged by tornados. Oklahoma faces a long road to recovery but I know they will have the support of all of America.
The Senate version of the budget was released Sunday, May 19. This column will be dedicated to the budget.
This week in Raleigh:
- Bills in this section are not necessarily endorsed by S...
Sen. Brent Jackson N.C. SenateThe Sampson Independent
Kandid Katie A couple weeks ago, I was sitting and talking with this woman about a friend of hers who was on dialysis. She was concerned because her friend wasn’t considering a transplant. Knowing my previous experience, I definitely could speak to her with some authority about what I went through. I could talk endlessly about my transplant and how it has opened up a world of possibilities for me, but I certainly can’t speak for everyone.
For multiple r...
Katie Holland Contributing ColumnistThe Sampson Independent
Musical scholarship program being held Friday Lamanuel Boykin, formerly of Clinton but now residing in Rieglewood, and the singing group Lamanuel Boykin and Company will have a musical scholarship program fundraisiing Friday, May 24 at the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the service will begin at 7 p.m. Featured that evening will be the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Sons of God of Leland, Mt. Calvary AME Zion church choir, Barry Smith and the ...
Mae Bell Williamson Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Keeping our nation’s promises to veterans Eastern North Carolina has strong ties to our nation’s military. Over 55,000 veterans from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war in Afghanistan reside in the Seventh Congressional District. Our retired service members deserve our nation’s steadfast support. As a Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have fought to ensure that our veterans receive the services and care they have earned and deserve. Efforts I...
Mike McIntyre U.S. HouseThe Sampson Independent
First volunteer network meeting a success Throughout the past year, as I have continued to learn more about the variety of businesses and organizations around us, I am constantly reminded of how much is accomplished because of those willing to volunteer. So often, volunteers are what helps make many non-profits and community events what they are today. Without volunteer support, many of the organizations would not be able to offer their services and help improve the overall quality o...
Janna Bass Chamber directorThe Sampson Independent
Covered lagoon systems saving energ, farms Research is being done all around the world to find a renewable source of energy that can sustain us as a people. Earth has just about seven billion people on it consuming energy. In the not so distant future, non-renewable energy such as fossil fuels will not be available. Renewable energy that is sustainable is the only answer. Energy needs are going up while the supply is going down.
I was intrigued the other day when I saw an advertisem...
Max Knowles Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent
Control options for large patch Question: What could be causing brown patches in my lawn?
Answer: It’s Back! Large Patch that is …
You know it’s officially spring in North Carolina when there are giant patches of brown grass in bermudagrass, centipedegrass, St. Augustinegrass, and zoysiagrass. These giant patches of brown grass are better known as large patch, caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani, and if you’ve ever had an outbreak of this disease, you now know why t...
Della King Contributing columnistThe Sampson Independent