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Elections equipment means more county costs

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The Sampson County Board of Elections will have to spend at least half a million dollars for new equipment in the next four years due to a state mandate.Board of Elections director Ashley Tew was able to provide a few details, but said the specifics have not been readily available from state elections officials. During a brief presentation to the Sampson Board of Commissioners this week, Tew gave a general overview of her budget, which includes putting away funds for new voting equipment, budgeting for elections changes and a request for a salary bump for one of the office’s full-time employees.


Clinton claims county golf match

Lakewood hosted a non-conference golf match with Midway, Hobbton, Clinton, and Union also participating. The match was played in cold, windy conditions Wednesday afternoon.Reid Darden of Clinton was medalist in the match, as he fired an impressive 73 at Lakewood Country Club.Darden was joined by Dark Horse teammates Hayden Lanier, Eric Bradshaw, and Peyton Holder with scores of 78, 87, and 91 respectively. The Horses won the match with a team total of 327.Lake...

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Sampson Middle art winners

Courtesy photoThe Sampson Middle School students won numerous awards at the All-County Art Competition held at Midway in March. The winners are, back row, from left: Altamiece Spell, Claire Tart, Carol Ann Mullins, Alexis Smith, Ivone Vadelz, Logan Faircloth, Taylor Parker, Skylar Simmons; center: Janetssa Chavez, Jayla Whitted, Jessi Vasquez, Savannah Puryear, Nancy Dufour, Elizabeth Coleman, Logan Smith, Kade Sutton; and front row: Leslei Ortiz, Mitzy Aguayo, Adrian Donatelli, an...

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Clinton Rotary contributes to SCC

Courtesy photoNorman Johnson, president of the Clinton Rotary Club, presents a check to Candace Taylor, Rotary member and director of Sampson Community College’s Butler Basic Skills. The money will go towards the new 2014 GED test campaign, ‘Pass three, the fourth one free.’ Also pictured are Lyman Horne, SCC Foundation vice president and Rotarian ,and Charlie Powell, president-elect of the club.

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‘Barefoot’ enters final weekend

This is the final weekend and your last chance to see “Barefoot in the Park” at the Sampson Community Theatre. Last weekend, the cameo role of a delivery man was played by Clinton Mayor Lew Starling the first night, then by Sheriff Jimmy Thornton the second night, and by local veterinarian Dr. Billy Oglesby on Sunday afternoon. Each of them was on stage for a maximum of 1 minute and they did not say a word yet delivered a smashing performance each time.Who will appear i...

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Harrells runs past Fayetteville Academy

It was an offensive explosion at Harrells Christian Academy Wednesday evening, as Harrells simply outscored Fayetteville Academy, 14-8. Joseph Phaneuf was the winning pitcher for HCA, Mike Smith and Ben Prestage pitched relief for the Crusaders.Harrells scored 11 runs through the first 3 innings, including 9 in the 1st. Fayetteville Academy then put 6 runs on the board in the top of the 4th inning. Harrells scored 3 in the 6th while Fayetteville Academy plated 2 runs in the same in...

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A good and terrible Friday

(This is part 7 of an 8-part series on the last days of Jesus by Pastor Gilbert Owens, Kingdom of God Ministries Church, highlighting the key events of Jesus Christ last days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. This series based on Owens study and research.)

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Going beyond prom

On prom day this Friday, Lakewood High students are rallying together in service through a variety of activities focusing on the community and benefiting others like premature babies.A March of Dimes walk will be held at the school from 9 until 10 a.m. and the public is welcome to come out and support the school through the walk and other fundraising activities that will be in progress, organizers said.

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Child abuse, a sad part of our society

It’s hard for many of us to understand how someone can have a child and then not take care of it.Harder still is attempting to fathom how someone can have a child and then abuse it, physically, emotionally, verbally or, sadly, a combination of all three. But it happens. Day in and day out. Men and women become the parents of little, needy ones, dependent upon them for everything, yet they let them down, shirking responsibilities that are theirs to shoulder.You see ...

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Jesus prepares for his death

Part 6(This series is offered by Pastor Gilbert Owens, Kingdom of God Ministries Church, highlighting the key events of Jesus Christ’s last days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. This series is based Owens study and research.)As Thursday begins, the entire city of Jerusalem is in a frenzy with Jews from around the world making last minute preparations for Passover which begins on Friday.

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Matching grant opportunities available to Chamber members

The Chamber is excited to offer matching grant ppportunities to the members of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce for both façade improvements and capital equipment. With the first deadline approaching on May 30th, I encourage you to learn more about this opportunity by visiting

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Honor roll

Salemburg Elementary SchoolThe school recently named students to honor rolls for the third nine weeks grading period. They are:Superintendents’ List:3rd Grade: Kollin HunterPrincipal’s List:3rd Grade: Haley Parker, Summer Tyndall, Charlie Villeda-Nube, Anna Macon Hobbs, Genesis Ramirez, Makayla Street and Rosana Perez-...

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DSS challenges, caseloads causing stressed staffers

The Sampson County Department of Social Services continues to experience massive caseloads that would by itself cause a person’s head to spin. Glitches in a new statewide system, expected to streamline service delivery, has only compounded those headaches, causing overtime hours to rise with DSS staffers’ blood pressure.Local DSS officials gave a rundown of the problems confronting them during a meeting with county commissioners Monday, at the heart of which were the on...

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Garland leans toward sewer, water repairs

GARLAND — The town board voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with the Community Development Block Grant application. The CDBG will enable the town to start looking towards potentially fixing some of the water and sewer concerns that have been plaguing the community for quite a while, leaders said during the special meeting.“We have border lines that are in bad shape,” said Commissioner Ralph Smith. Smith described some of the lines as being “all ...

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Anther Blue, 59

Anther Blue, 59CLINTON — Anther Blue, 59, of Hicks Lane passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Sampson Regional Medical Center.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation.

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John Miller

John MillerIVANHOE — Mr. John Robert Miller passed away April 14, 2014 at Carolina East Hospice Center.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 21 at Royal Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Ivanhoe. Burial will be in Royal Chapel Church Cemetery.Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 20 at Dunn Funeral Home, and noon - 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

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Town of Garland Chamber’s Member of Week

Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is the Town of Garland. The Town of Garland strives to promote and maintain quality living by providing quality services and customer service to its residents and businesses. For more information about Garland, visit the Town Hall located at 190 S. Church Ave. in Garland or contact Jennifer Gray at 910-529-4141, e-mail or visit For more information about the Clinton-Sampson Chamber ...

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Annual S. River meeting introduces new CEO

The South River EMC Annual Meeting of Members is coming up Thursday, April 17 at the Crown Theatre and Arena in Fayetteville.Attending the meeting will be the Cooperative’s incoming CEO and Executive Vice President, Chris Spears. Spears will be introduced to all members at the business meeting, which begins in the theatre at 7:30 p.m. He will officially take the helm May 1.South River staff encourage members to come ready for a good time, and if you’re one of...

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