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Search continues for robbery suspect

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Clinton police were continuing to scour the downtown area this afternoon for a man who walked into Butler’s Pharmacy earlier in the day, said he had a bomb and demanded drugs from the pharmacist. No one was injured in the incident.It was the first violent crime to occur in the downtown area since surveillance cameras were installed in the downtown area, and police were working to use those cameras to help identify the suspect this afternoon.Contacted today, Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said officers had sketchy details about the suspect, described as only a white male, 5 foot 8 inces to 6 foot tall and between 40-50 years of age. He was wearing a gray hat and a long tan coat or shirt.

 

Crimewatch

(The crime reports below are provided each day by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff’s Office jail report.)Arrests7/22 - Jamie Ray Byrd, 21, 1791 Needmore Road, Turkey, larceny, possessing/concealing stolen property, both felonies. Bond $10,000; court date Aug. 1.7/22 - Caleb Allen Godwin, 18, 1255 Benson Hwy., Dunn, larceny of motor vehicle, posse...

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‘Art of Lunch’ on tap Friday

The Sampson Arts Council is sponsoring “Art For Lunch” this Friday, July 25, at Ted’s Steakhouse, 337 Northeast Blvd in Clinton, from noon-1:30 p.m.The event features Dr. Rue Lee-Holmes on xylophone.“Art For Lunch” is a great opportunity to dine with friends and enjoy free musical entertainment by a local artist, Arts Council members said.“Rue will wow you with her musical talents,” Arts Council executive Kara Donatell...

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News briefs

Road closure — N.C. Dept. of Transportation will close both both north and southbound lanes of State Road 1007 (Wildcat Road) .01 miles east of Junction State Road 1100 (Ivanhoe Road) through Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. for bridge repair.Garland Small Business Grants — NC Department of Commerce, the Garland NC STEP Community Leadership Committee is offering a small business grant opportunity. A grant preview/information meeting will be held at 7 p...

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In surprise move, county adopts tax hike

Sampson County's Board of Commissioners adopted, 3-2, a tax hike for the 2014-15 budget this morning in a surprise move that shocked those there expecting to discuss 5 percent across-the-board cuts to departmental budgets.The financial plan, whose formal adoption is expected to be a formality Wednesday evening, would come with a 4.5 cent property tax hike, whittled down from a proposed 9 cents.The meeting, called at 9 a.m. to begin a day-long whittling away of budgetary ...

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Series to address minority mental health issues

A monthly education series devoted to informing the public, as well as a variety of medical and mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, educators and many others in the community, will continue next week, recognizing Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.Through the monthly education series, sponsored by Sampson Regional Medical Center and Eastpointe MCO (managed care organization), a new topic is explored each month. The events are free and open to the general pu...

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Bonney: Cuts would run deep

As people of all ages quietly strolled though the J.C. Holliday Library in Clinton and used computers, library director Heather Bonney sat in her office and recalled a moment when she supplied someone with books about resumes and job hunting.Her help resulted in the visitor receiving a job.“That’s what we do here,” she said proudly while discussing services provided through the Sampson-Clinton Public Library system.She hopes those services co...

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A UW ‘Bounty’ worth supporting

The United Way of Sampson County has once again outdone itself, developing yet another ingenious idea that spreads the word about the needs the nonprofit organization attempts to meet while, at the same time, coming up with a fundraising adventure in which everyone seems to want to be a part.And it’s coming back for a second year.The first-ever “Outstanding in Our Fields” event proved hugely successful in 2013, with people clamoring for the 100 tickets ...

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Christ MB Church holding youth revival

Prayer meeting and Bible study is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and every Friday at 7 a.m. at Point Level Disciples of Christ Church.Prayer and Bible study is held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Faison.Youth revival is now in progress at Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Clinton. On Wednesday, July, 23, at 7 p.m. nightly, the guest speaker is the Rev. Dayvon Smith and the Sampson Chapel young adult choir. On Thursday, July 24, the gues...

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County schools to research activity fleet

As the transportation director for Sampson County Schools, Herb Sanderson said students, principals and coaches take pride in their schools.“I know riding up in a brand new activity bus would build even more pride,” he said. “That state championship baseball team next year would look good riding up in a new activity bus.”During a Tuesday work session, Sanderson presented a possible purchase plan to upgrade the fleet by purchasing four new activity...

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Coming to a market near you … ‘Movies’ set for this Thursday

After a bit of a delay, the first-annual “Movies at the Market” will wrap up this week with the second of two family film outings at the Clinton City Market.“We will likely be doing this again next year and are hopeful the weather will cooperate with us this week,” Clinton-Sampson Planning director Mary Rose said Tuesday.“Movies at the Market” came out of the Clinton Main Street Program’s ongoing efforts to add to the growing lis...

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Pianist to perform free concert

Music lovers are in for a treat next week when two musicians will bring their talents to Clinton for what is being called a special performance.The Sampson Arts Council is hosting the free classical music piano recital at First Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.. Vincent L. Povazsay and Richard Drehoff will perform. Povazsay, a Roseboro native, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from UNC-Chapel Hill.“I graduated from Cl...

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NC STEP to offer small business grants

Through the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Garland NC STEP Community Leadership Committee is hosting a meeting Friday night regarding grant opportunities for small businesses.Renovation and facade grants are available for up to $4,000 with a 50 percent match, giving small businesses an opportunity to invest up to $8,000. Retention grants do not require a match.The purpose of the North Carolina Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program (NC STEP) is to help towns...

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Crimewatch

(Crime 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 jail report.)Arrests7/21 - Corey Alexander Parker, 19, 580 Myrtle Road, Roseboro,possession of firearm by felon. Bond $5,000; court date Aug. 1.7/21 - Devin Alford, 22, 1577 Tomahawk Hwy., Harrells, no operator’s license. Bond $275; court date Aug. 5....

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News briefs

Road closure — N.C. Dept. of Transportation will close both both north and southbound lanes of State Road 1007 (Wildcat Road) .01 miles east of Junction State Road 1100 (Ivanhoe Road) through Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. for bridge repair.Diabetes Self Management Workshop — Free six week program to help you manage your health and improve your quality of life, through Aug. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at Butler Court Senior Center, 501 Byron Butler Court...

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United Way eyes another ‘Outstanding’ bounty

A purely Sampson showcase, a five-course dining experience featuring foods farmed in Sampson and prepared by a select group of its own chefs — all proceeds from which then go back into the community — is returning for seconds.“Outstanding in Our Fields,” the aptly-titled United Way of Sampson County fundraiser, is back this year after a wildly successful inaugural outing in April 2013. The dinner, deemed “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” i...

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Political passion, penchant for service

Garrett Whipkey has always been interested in politics, but he never really saw it as a career path until recently.The 2010 Hobbton High graduate and senior at Western Carolina University experienced the epiphany gradually, as his involvement in WCU’s Student Government Association grew — first as a member of the college Democrats and later as an SGA senator and eventually senator pro tem — and with it his love of all things political.“The more in...

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Time for board to set a proper budget course

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sampson’s county commissioners will return to work, trying to find a resolution to a 2014-15 budget conundrum that has left the county with an interim fiscal plan through July 31 and department heads scrambling to produce a map that will lead governing officials to 5 percent across-the-board cuts.The meeting is scheduled to run, minus lunch and presumably dinner, through 8 p.m., with employees back before the board to discuss their departments t...

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