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Smoking E-cigs in Sampson

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When most people think of tobacco products, the first thing that comes to mind is cigarettes, yet in Sampson County, health officials say, a problem is growing through youth that is something that most would never think of as a tobacco substance.E-cigarettes, also known as E-cigs, have been around since the 1960s; however they have only recently become the new trend among young students. There are hundreds of brands and many different flavors to choose from, leading these to be a new substance of choice since they are so customizable.The Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians met earlier this week at the Center for Health and Wellness to learn about E-cigarettes and their impact on the local community.


Gale Ausley, 68

Gale Ausley, 68CLINTON — Gale Ausley, 68, of 5414 Hobbton Hwy., died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation of Clinton.

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Lillian P. Marchelletta, 83

Lillian P. Marchelletta, 83CLINTON — Lillian P. Marchelletta, 83, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Genesis HealthCare in Mount Olive Center.There will be a private family service at a later date.Arrangements by Cape Fear Crematory.

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Spare change pays for life-saving vest

Third-grade students at Hobbton Elementary School presented the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Division with body armor for one of their dogs earlier this week, a gift that delighted both students and the law enforcement agencySheriff Jimmy Thornton accepted the vest on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, and expressed his sincere thanks for the efforts of the students and staff in working on raising the funds for the vest.Jennifer King’s third ...

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Jr. shooters win all events at Coharie Shooting League

The Coharie Shooting League held its April trapshoot on April 12. Junior shooters, including Coharie’s own local shooter, Dane Westbrook, took all competitive events over the more seasoned adult shooters.Ben Campbell from Pfafftown won the singles event with a 95 of 100. Westbrook won the more difficult handicap event with a fantastic 97 of 100 and was punched 1 yard for his efforts.In handicap trapshooting, good scores push the shooter further away from the target...

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Arrests4/16 - Kwame Deararic, 21, 121 Parkway Ave., Garland, court violation. Bond $1,600; court date April 23.4/16 - Randy Caldera, 16, 548 Page Road, Godwin, larceny, possessing/concealing stolen property. Written promise to appear; court date May 13.4/16 - Kristie Dianne Autry, 39, 1130 Tyndall Grove Road, Clinton, unauthorized use of motor vehicle (2 counts). Written promise to appear; court date May 6.4/16 - Kenneth S. Smith, 5...

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Mdiway FFA chapter awarded grant

RALEIGH – Midway High School FFA Chapter has been awarded a program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. These funds will be used to purchase a front end loader for the agriculture departments tractor. This piece of equipment will help maintain the farm land being used for the benefit of the students enrolled in Midway’s agriculture program .

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UMO ensemble helps HCA celebrate Easter

The University of Mount Olive Free Spirit ensemble provided a musical ministry Thursday at Harrells Christian Academy for their annual Easter Chapel service in grades K-12. Free Spirit has been sharing the gospel through music and testimony since 1997. They have built a reputation throughout North Carolina for providing a quality mix of Contemporary, Gospel, Southern Gospel, and a cappella Christian music. The group was founded and is led by the talented Dr. Alan Armstrong, professor of music...

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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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Elections equipment means more county costs

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 equ...

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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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