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Fire erupts at auto parts store

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Although an investigation is continuing into the Saturday night fire at Advantage Auto Parts, 210 Southeast Blvd. in Clinton, authorities don’t believe foul play is involved.“The origin of the fire has not been determined,” Police Chief Jay Tilly said Monday afternoon, “and an investigation is ongoing.”Fire broke out at the auto parts store around 8 p.m. Saturday. Few details were available Monday about what occurred at the business, but the roadway was blocked until just after midnight as fire crews worked the scene.Because there were chemicals inside the business, a HazMat unit was called in and the roads were closed to traffic. The State Bureau of Investigation was also called to assist in the probe.

 

Honor and Valor Foundation to hold fundraising tournament at Timberlake GC.

The Honor and Valor Foundation is set to host a fund-raising golf tournament at Timberlake Golf Club in Clinton, on Friday, October 3rd. The tournament is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. It is a four person, captain’s choice format.The tournament fee is $60.00, which includes lunch prior to the round. During the round, red bombs, mulligans and allowing Timberlake golf pro, Tony Parrish to play on your team for a certain drive during the round are optional add-ons to enhance the ...

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It’s time for a fall garden!

Now is a great time to get our fall garden going. But, what can you plant in a fall garden?Cool-season edibles such as broccoli, cauliflower, collards and lettuce can be started in seed trays. However, you can also purchase these as seedlings in the coming weeks at plant nurseries, garden and other local shops. Look these seedlings over carefully selecting hardy green foliage with strong stems and no sign of disease or stress.

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A community mourns

Residents of Garland continue to mourn the loss of six lives taken during an early morning fire that tore through a single wide mobile home on Gibbs Road Saturday, leaving death and destruction in its wake.Sampson Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Barr, painstakingly working to identify those killed, has now released the names of three of the victims — a mother and her two young children, Anita Shenelle Robinson, 33, Tashyia Dornita Robinson, 9 and Andre Lamonte Smith, 10....

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How does their garden grow?

A group of children at L.C. Kerr Elementary School had fun getting their hands dirty as they removed leaves and dug through dirt last week during the first full week back in the classroom, or in the case just outside of it.As the kindergarteners dug deeper, they noticed an orange vegetable.“I found one,” a youngster shouted while holding up a sweet potato.For many months, students have planted and harvested in the L.C. Kerr Garden. It began in 2013...

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Barbecue and eye care

Football season is fast upon us. Fall BBQ parties will fill the air with the aromatic scents of good old fashioned BBQ. Fire + man + meat = delicious eating or burnt offerings depending on your level of expertise. Tailgate parties will be in full swing as we cheer on our favorite gridiron teams. That’s a special time for me because Green Bay Packer fans (myself included) are credited with inventing the tailgate party at Lambeau Field. Go Pack GO.Let’s talk about some sa...

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A foundation to serve

As a youth, Mike Jones enjoyed raising the Stars and Strips at Salemburg Elementary School in the mornings. His principal Roger White showed Jones and other students how to do it around the flagpole.“He got us on the path to become patriotic and to respect our country and the flag,” Jones said about the Air Force veteran.For more than 30 years, Jones has served and fought for his country through the ranks of the Marines. He is now a sergeant major for the U.S...

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Enviva expects construction permits within month

Wood pellet manufacturer Enviva expects to get the proper permits to move forward with construction of its Sampson biofuels plant within the next month.Just last week, company officials said they were in the process of securing construction permits for the wood pellet plant not only in Sampson, but in Richmond County, as well as one in South Carolina.The three plants would export their product through a proposed terminal at the Port of Wilmington.

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Wandering away from home

“I want to hear the story about you following the dog when you were little.”It’s story time and once again one of the grandkids want to hear about one of my misadventures when I was about their age. To tell the truth, I don’t think I actually remember it. But I was told the story so many time by my parents growing up that it has become a memory. The story go like this.I was around three years old. It was a late Saturday afternoon back down on the ...

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Medical doctors and dentists

(Editor’s note: The following historic recollections were written by James Reynolds and, this summer, edited by Joel Rose from the Sampson Historical Society.)Most if not all the medical doctors and dentists in and around Clinton soon after the turn of the century I knew fairly well.Dr. Frank Holmes had his office upstairs in the Alfred Johnson Building on the southeast corner of Main and Wall Street and lived in his home at 311 Main Street. Later, my brot...

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The enduring American dilemma

It is my conviction that the recent unrest surrounding the shooting of the unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., is a reminder of the enduring American dilemma — finding for the black man “a place consistent with the national heritage of freedom and equality.”Since the Civil War, which was in its waning months 150 years ago today, America has been wrestling with its enduring dilemma of what to do with the black man as if the black man was the problem? That problem, i...

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Vital Statistics

Building PermitsKenneth Sessoms, 840 sq. ft., mobile home setupWilliamson Construction, 1,277 sq. ft., new single family dwellingTimothy Westbrook, 288 sq. ft., residential additionJames Demay, 3,507 sq. ft., new single family dwellingGrove Place Estates, Lot 8, 1,271 sq. ft., new single family dwellingBarry and Candis Smith, 672 sq. ft., mobile home setupRashonda Boone, residential renovation...

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Reforms that benefit agriculture

On Aug. 20, the House of Representatives and the Senate, constituting the 2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly, adjourned sine die. Unless the yovernor calls for a special session, the General Assembly will not meet again until next year with the start of the 2015 Regular Session.In light of this, I wanted to take some time to review the General Assembly’s accomplishments over the past two years in more detail than usual. This week’s newsletter will kick off a f...

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Members of Roseboro High School held their 65th class reunion Aug. 23, 2014 at Lakewood Seafood in Roseboro. After a period of reminiscing, each member in attendance stood and gave a brief ‘happening’ of the past 65 years. Pictured are, front row: Sadie Lucas Kunkel of Fayetteville, Joyce Faircloth Autry of Autryville; and on the second row: Junius Faircloth of Roseboro, Imogene Faircloth Crumpler of New Bern, Novella Crumpler Hall of Autryville, Joe Warren of Salemburg and Wiley ...

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What’s cookin’?

Reminder: No School Monday, Sept. 1Sampson County SchoolsSept. 2Grilled Chick Fillet Sandwich orPork Chop SandwichCarrot Sticks w/DipPotato RoundsPeachesFresh FruitMilkSept. 3Pizza orCorn Dog NuggetsCandied YamsSteamed BroccoliPineapple ChunksFresh Fruit...

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Bladen Peanut Festival Sept. 20

It’s salty, plain, roasted, green and boiled. It’s always the star of the show, better known as Bladen County’s finest peanuts.Bladen celebrates thepeanut the third Saturday of September each year. This years’ date is Sept. 20. The Festival is held in Dublin, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, whose peanuts are shipped worldwide.The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade. Entry for parade...

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Birthdays/Anniversaries

BirthdaysAug. 31Shaneeka DempsMary LipscombRice Matthis Jr.Vitus BeamonSept. 1Alice BradsherLora BeamonChris LeeSept. 2Ernestine LeeTowanta SampsonRonnie McCullenOrletta FaisonChris LeeSept. 3Kathryn S...

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SCC, Meth Task Force ice cream social upcoming

Ice cream will be just a part of a social event aimed at welcoming back Sampson Community College students while offering awareness of substance abuse and the local resources available to those who need them.Courtney Boyette, community relations specialist for Eastpointe Managed Care Organization, said the Sampson County Methamphetamine Task Force sponsors the Ice Cream Social for Recovery Month with Sampson Community College.The social will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, ...

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