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Budget charade reaches historic peak

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Confusion, disarray and division among county commissioners came to an embarrassing head Wednesday night in a debacle that left employees thoroughly perplexed and exasperated and board members speechless, only to approve a historically dubious second interim budget.That second interim budget, adopted unanimously by the Sampson Board of Commissioners, will take effect at the beginning of August, with July’s interim budget in effect until Thursday, the last day of the month.


STEM Academy begins in August

In a couple of weeks, a group of Sampson County students will begin to cultivate their knowledge in the animal science and biotechnology fields.During a recent work session for the Sampson County Board of Education, Col. Tommy Macon, assistant superintendent for academics and student services, reported that the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Academy is scheduled to startup Aug. 6.“I emphasize startup because this a prerequisite of what̵...

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(The reports below are provided daily by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff’s Office jail report.)Arrests7/23 - Anthony Ladon Chavious, 38, 812 Bill Town Road, Rose Hill, non support of child. Bond $750; court date July 29.7/23 - Glenwood Earl Owens, 20, 49 Tuckers Lane, Salemburg, simple assault. No bond; court date Sept. 9.7/23 - Jack Figueroa-...

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Next SCT show coming in 2 weeks

In only two weeks you will be able to enjoy the next production at the Sampson Community Theatre where you will probably see many faces that will be the future of live theater in our county as 110 youngsters take to our big stage over three weekends in August. Every elementary school in the county is represented as are schools in Duplin, Wayne, Harnett and Cumberland counties. Several home schools are represented also, all in an effort to give as many children as possible the opportunity to p...

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County School Board members take oath

Tammy Cashwell, assistant clerk of Superior Court, administered the oath of office to four incumbent members of the Sampson County Board of Education.

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Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures

The words of our title are a statement made by our Lord to the Sadducees after they had presented Him with a hypothetical situation concerning seven brothers who had all had the same woman as a wife. The entire conversation can be found in Matthew 22:23-33. Their entire hypothetical case was based upon the law of Moses concerning a man dying without children, the man’s brother was to take his wife and raise up seed in the name of his brother. Their question was, after all seven brothers...

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God is there through life’s storm

Do you believe God guides us to a desired haven? Writing from the Upper Room at Berkley Manor on Ocracoke while a storm whips the treetops outside my window, I pause to read Psalm 107. The words bear witness as I watch boats being tossed to and from like the waves He made. Wind roars like the ocean’s cry. Ferry boats close – for there’s no safe passage until the sea subsides. Birds search for a safe haven until the storm passes. This experience draws me closer to the Christ ...

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Our daily question

The first request or question in the Lord’s prayer is, “give us this day our daily bread.” But perhaps there is a more poignant question we should be asking the Lord as illustrated by the Apostle Paul Damascus Road Experience.Before Paul knew the Lord, his name was Saul. Saul was a devout Jew and strong advocate of the Law. He was born into a royal family and was distinguished with having Roman citizenship. He was well educated and well trained in the matters of t...

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The Gregorys coming to Turkey Baptist

Courtesy photoThe Gregorys will be in concert Sunday, July 27 at Turkey Baptist Church, 144 E. Faison Ave. Turkey. The Rev. Ron Bryan is the pastor. No admission charge, but a love offering will be received.

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Weighing in on state’s budget

There has been a lot of discussion and concern in the media recently regarding the duration and nature of this year’s budget negotiations. In light of that, I want to be clear about one thing: responsible governing is not a quick and easy process. When I was elected, I promised the voters that I would come to Raleigh and make a sincere effort to find long-term solutions to the financial and administrative problems that have piled up over the last decade. I intend to follow through on th...

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Best facing 9 felony charges

Dennis Best, charged Wednesday night with the robbery of Butler’s Pharmacy in downtown Clinton, is facing a laundry list of felonies related to both the early morning incident and the discovery of marijuana plants at his home, police officials said this morning.According to Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley, Best, 57, of 532 Nathan Dudley Road, was jailed under an $825,000 bond for offenses that include robbery with a dangerous weapon, the use of an explosive device during the ...

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New Century, Select Banks get regulatory OK for merger

DUNN — New Century Bancorp, Inc. , the holding company for New Century Bank, and Select Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Select Bank & Trust Company, jointly announced this week receipt of regulatory approval from both the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the N.C. State Banking Commission for the merger of the two subsidiary banks. The merger was previously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and it was announced on May 27 that shareholders of both compa...

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County departments dodge 5 percent slash

An exhaustive effort to show the Sampson Board of Commissioners the impacts of a 5 percent across-the-board countywide cut was made moot in a matter of minutes Wednesday.In a 3-2 vote, the board approved a 4.5-cent tax bump that would take the current rate to 83 cents per $100 valuation, from 78.5 cents, essentially taking a 62-page document summarizing some $2 million in countywide cuts — and more than 70 jobs lost — off the table before being considered.

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Support for educators a priority here

While educators don’t always get the support they deserve from state government, they certainly receive it from the local community, particularly as it pertains to individual citizens willing to go above and beyond to ensure that both our public and private schools are taken care of, be it helping to offset incurred costs or through time and talents volunteered.You see it all the time from business and industry, from individuals and from parents.That’s why it...

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County schools save energy, money

Thanks to an energy conservation program, Sampson County Schools saved money while helping the environment in the process.Scott Burgin, energy specialist for Sampson County Schools, updated the Board of Education on the program, which included a partnership with Energy Star, during a work session earlier this week.According to data presented by Burgin, the district would have increased its electric usage if no efforts were made for energy conservation.“D...

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Town of Harrells Chamber’s Member of Week

Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is the Town of Harrells, located in the southern part of beautiful Sampson County. The Town of Harrells offers venues in worship, agritourism, community activities and local history. Community events and services include: National Day of Prayer, Memorial Day Ceremony, Annual Sing around the tree, Unity in the Community and Harrells Community Day. The Town of Harrells welcomes you to visit and stop by the Town Hall at 373 Tomahawk...

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James Trading earns Chamber grant

I am excited to announce that another Chamber grant has been awarded, this time to James Trading Company in Roseboro.James Trading Company has recently opened a retail gift and garden center located beside the current business. With the assistance of the Chamber grant, James Trading is now able to purchase a Point of Sale System for the new retail gift and garden center. This system is allowing updated functionality in the operation of the new expansion to their business. This new ...

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Sleep well with these tips

If you have counted hundreds of sheep at bedtime and you still cannot fall asleep, you might suffer from insomnia. Insomnia may include difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, or not feeling well rested in the morning. There are several factors that may trigger insomnia, such as anxiety, stress, changes in your environment or schedule, using caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol, or taking certain medications such as decongestants (like Sudafed) and steroids (like Prednisone.)...

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