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Clinton man’s name to Tap arrests

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A 31-year-old Clinton man has become the latest individual taken into custody as part of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department’s ongoing Operation Double Tap.The undercover campaign, which involved a year’s worth of investigative work, began culminating three weeks ago with raids throughout the city and county. To date around two-thirds of those on the campaign’s warrant list have been served, with arrests continuing to come in. Over 100 individuals with upwards of 300 charges were tapped as part of the undercover campaign.

 

Taking the walk

Gilbert Owens has been in the ministry for many years, but he did not experience the real church until he took a special walk.He wants others to experience it too.In October, Owens will participate in The Walk to Emmaus, a United Methodist Church program open to any member of a Christan denomination or non-denominational institution.“The sole focus is developing a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ,” Owens said about the four-day activity...

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Crimewatch

(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff’s Office daily jail report.)Arrests8/26 - Rickeya Minay Brown, 34, 56 Garden Spot Lane, Autryville, larceny. Bond $500; court date Sept. 23.8/26 - Trevor Robert Barrier, 18, 5548 Mount Olive Hwy., Newton Grove, resisting public officer. Bond $1,000; court date Sept....

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Sampson County Board of Education recognitions.

Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentElizabeth Pack, a teacher at Lakewood High, left, was recognized by the Sampson County Board of Education for being selected to participate in the Kenan Fellows Program and for being the recipient of a $10,000 stipend. She is pictured with Sonya Powell, vice chairwoman of the board.Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentJohnny Jessup, a veteran agriculture education teacher at Hobbton High, right, was recognized by the Sampson Coun...

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RES participates in Million Father March

Roseboro Elementary School, where “Tomorrow’s Success Begins Today,” participated in the 2014 Million Father March during the first day of school Monday.Fathers and father figures were challenged to be more involved in their children’s education by volunteering at school functions, attending scheduled conferences, and reading with their children.Research shows that children whose fathers take active roles in their educational lives earn better gra...

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Leps get hard-fought win

The Lady Leopards started conference play with a very tough win Tuesday night against Spring Creek. Spring Creek took the first set 25-8, before the Leopards took the next two sets 25-14 and 25-20. However Spring Creek was not done, coming back in the fourth set 25-16, leaving it to a fifth and final set. The Leopards took it, 15-9, to win after a very tough night of volleyball.Some of the top players tonight were, Rashyda Parker with 19 kills, Jordan Tew, with 19 kills, Emily Lewi...

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Upcoming event to showcase Sampson businesses

Local residents may drive past a great business every day and not be familiar with it, while another may have just opened up that does not have the exposure it needs to get the foot traffic a well-established family-owned enterprise already boasts.Regardless of the circumstances, they are all a fabric of the community and local support is crucial to their survival and success.In seeking to showcase what is being offered locally, the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce wi...

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City schools to increase Driver’s Ed fee

Driving instructor Jeff Sawvel sat in the passenger seat of an old Ford Taurus as he taught a Clinton High School student the rules of the road Tuesday.With the new school year under way, many students will get behind the wheel of a Driver’s Education vehicle. But it will not be free.“It’s unfortunate that we have to charge the parents,” Sawvel said. “Just a few year ago, we didn’t charge the parents anything.”Those pa...

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Donors, scholars benefit from giving

Both donors and scholars benefit from the Sampson Community College Foundation. For the donors, giving brings great reward and for the scholars, receiving brightens their educational opportunities.According to Lisa Turlington, Sampson Community College’s Foundation director, the primary function of the foundation is to raise funds for students’ scholarships.“This is an exciting time for us to be able to help people get an education,” Turlington as...

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Business thefts really do hurt many

There have been two major business thefts in Clinton this month, and the ramifications of those thefts resemble the ripple effect left by a stone skipped across water.Such thefts touch the business owners first, but the ripple can be felt near and wide, particularly in communities such as Clinton and Sampson County, where so many rely upon a business owners generosity to do everything from building educational and wellness facilities to providing school supplies for children and fu...

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Greater works than these

I will be placed under arrest on Sept. 10.Don’t worry, I’m not a criminal. I, along with scores of other Sampson residents, will be participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Lock-Up Fundraiser. Participants are arrested and required to serve time of an hour out of their work day or post bail ahead of time. The bail is made up of the contributions that the participants solicit from their friends, neighbors, and colleagues.The MDA raise...

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Hobbton JV wins, varsity drops decision to Rosewood

Hobbton’s JV and Varsity volleyball teams traveled to Rosewood on Tuesday for a match with the Lady Eagles. The Hobbton JV won2-1, while the varsity lost, 3-1.The JV squad won their first match, 25-21, lost their second match, 25-22, and won the third 25-21 to seal their victory.The varsity team lost the first match, 25-15, before winning the second, 25-21. They then lost the next two sets to go home in defeat.However, coach Russell Jones of Hobbton was ...

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Dixon Bulldogs manhandle Dark Horses

Clinton’s soccer team welcomed the Bulldogs from Dixon into Darkness Soccer complex on Monday night for a non-conference match, but it didn’t take long for the visitors to wear out their welcome, as they dominated the young Dark Horses early and left town with a 5-1 victory.

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Lady Horses build on success

After getting their first taste of winning this season on Monday afternoon, the Clinton volleyball team added another match to the win column on Tuesday with a 3 games to none win over Smithfield-Selma. The Lady Dark Horses shut out the visitors winning three straight by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-21.Clinton was paced by another strong effort from Francesca Jauregui with -3 digs, 2 spikes, 2 kills, and 4 aces. Also posting impressive stat lines were Elizabeth Tsao with 4 dig, 2 ...

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Lady Crusaders net win over Rocky Mount

Harrells Christian Academy’s volleyball team won their match against Rocky Mount High School 3 sets to 2.HCA won the opening set 25-23, before losing the next two by scores of 25-23 and 25-21. With their backs against the walls, the Lady Crusaders won the next two frames by scores of 25-22 and 15-7.Harrells had big games from Marissa Parks, Harley Crumpler, Emily Benton, Abigail Blanchard, and Margaret Clark on Tuesday. Parks had 4 aces, 2 kills, 17 assists, a bloc...

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Back to school

Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentSalemburg Elementary School students Danielle Aycock, Devin Jones, Ivan Castaneda, Yurem Chavez, Jose Marquez and Eithan Helms make their way to the cafeteria for breakfast on the first day for students Monday. Thousands of students returned to classrooms across Sampson Monday in what education officials in the city and county called a very smooth opening day.

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Ribbon cut at Abbigail's

Ribbon cut at Abbigail's

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Drug arrests pile up

Three more Clinton residents have been caught up in a drug net lowered just over three weeks ago during simultaneous campaigns by city police and Sampson sheriff's investigators.Two of those taken into custody were part of Sampson's Operation Double Tap; the third part of the city's own drug campaign, a culmination of a four-month undercover operation.As the arrests grow, the long warrant lists shrink showing, law enforcement officials from both departments said, just ho...

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