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A taxing effort

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Cindy Cottle and others in the Sampson County Tax Office have been working 12-hour days this week, and she hopes that Thursday’s might be the last for a while.The county’s assistant tax administrator, Cottle said local property owners have already been calling the office inquiring about their tax bills. Since the 2014-15 budget was adopted Monday night, and the new tax rate — at 83 cents per $100 valuation, up from 78.5 cents — was set, Cottle and others have worked around the clock trying to compile all the information needed for the vendor, SouthData Inc. of Mt. Airy.In all, it’s about a two-week process from the time a tax rate is set. Little can be done before then.

 

Sheriff’s office recovers firearms

Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators have played a pivotal role in recovering evidence that could be linked to the arrest of members of a Mexican drug trafficking organization believed responsible for the kidnapping of a South Carolina man earlier this month.The Sampson Independent began investigating information received earlier this week that sheriff’s officers were responsible for recovering weapons allegedly used to commit the crime and received confirmat...

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Joy Youth Night Service Friday at St. Peter

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.Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church, pre-pastor anniversary revival is already in progress.The guest is pastor Dr. Evelena Oliver of St. Jude Disciples of Christ, Warsaw. St. Jude choir will render the music.Prayer and Bible study is held every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at the House of Prayer, Faison.Wednesday, July 30-Aug.1, reviv...

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Draughon Family Reunion — scheduled for Aug. 9 at Stoney Run Pentecostal FWB Church, 12481 Harnett-Dunn Highway, Dunn. Socialize — 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.; catered lunch — 11:45 a.m.; a per person fee will be charged for adults and children. Attendees are to bring their favorite dessert. To RSVP call 919-398-8675. The reunion is hosted by the Grover Draughon family and the Ed Draughon family.Turkey Nutrition Site — will hold its...

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Murray to bid schools goodbye to schools

Jackie Murray spent a portion of her day earlier this week typing and preparing an agenda for the Clinton City Board of Education meeting. As the administrative assistant to the superintendent and the board, Murray has attended many meetings and typed up many agendas.But on Friday that will all end with her retirement. “I’m passing the gauntlet, sort of speaking,” she said.After 35 years of work in administration, Murray is officially retiring Aug. 1. N...

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Cowand, Purdie named to honor roll

RALEIGH — Alex Cowand, daughter of Wes and Nancy Cowand, and Emma Purdie, daughter of David and Shawn Purdie, all of Clinton, have been named to the first and second semester honor rolls for the 2013-14 year at Saint Mary’s School.Miss Cowand graduated in May with high honors and Miss Purdie is a rising 10th grader.To be eligible for the honor roll, a student must maintain a weighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher in at least five academic courses while...

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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.)Arrests7/29 - Raven Nicole Lee, 25, 980 Clive Jacobs Road, Clinton, solicit prostituition, a misdemeanor. Bond $3,000; court date Aug. 15.7/29 - Darryl Clifton McKoy, 32, 125 Clinton Ave., Garland, assault on a female, injury to personal ...

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County schools pick new leaders

After Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy opened the floor for nominations for chairman and vice chairman of the the Sampson County Board of Education, members were all smiles as they voted and eventually switched seats.During a Monday meeting, the board reorganized and selected new leaders for the upcoming school year.Through a unanimous vote, board member Dewain Sinclair was selected as the next chairman. Sinclair was nominated by board member Glenn Tart.“I ...

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Reason to celebrate? Not really

Sampson County finally has a budget, but before anyone breaks out the champagne and begins the celebration, residents should consider what actually happened and how long it took to get where we are now, with a 4.5 cent tax hike and very little else to show for it.Growth will be minimal, existing problems may be patched but likely will go without complete fixes, more money will be drained from the county’s contingency fund and commissioners are more divided than ever, despite ...

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A taught experiment

A thought experiment for you today. Imagine that our state’s General Assembly decided that Obamacare didn’t do enough to address rising health care costs, and that they were going to do something about it.Here’s what the General Assembly does. Even though precious few of them have medical expertise, and despite the warnings of medical professionals to the contrary, the General Assembly adopts a new set of uniform practices for doctors. And just as doctors are prep...

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In the sweet bye and bye

In my grandmother’s time, and even in my younger days, porch visiting was a daily social event.In the Carolina countryside, where summers are hot and long, no respectable house was considered complete without a porch. They were almost as necessary as the kitchen and for a considerable part of the year became the outdoor apartment for family and friends. On reflection, I think I know that what this time taught me was how to listen, how to learn, how to live.

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What a catch!

Courtesy photoClinton resident G.W. West Jr is all smiles as he shows of this 12-plus pound large mouth Bass caught earlier in the month in a Massachusetts lake.

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The greatest of scams

Editor:The recently approved “camera stop lights” in the City of Fayetteville is a collaborative effort created by Fayetteville politicians and their Republican counterparts in the General Assembly in Raleigh.Doubtless, the law proves that City politicians are “in-bed” with their private corporation/contractor friends in the camera stop light industry. It’s a scheme hatched in the secret halls of corporate government (emphasis on private or ...

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City schools await state budget action

Superintendent Stuart Blount and leaders of Clinton City Schools have an idea of what Sampson County wants to do with their money. But the forecast from the state is unclear.During a Monday work session, Blount updated the Board of Education about those budget matters, noting that the North Carolina General Assembly has reached an agreement for a budget framework but exactly what that looks like remains to be seen.“There are not details to that framework and it pro...

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Budget OK’d, now what?

The cloud of budget deliberations that loomed over the county has finally cleared with the adoption of a 2014-15 plan, but Sampson isn’t safe from the storm — not by a long shot, commissioners said.Following yet another year of budget discussions where it seemed a full fiscal plan may never come, one with a 4.5-cent tax rate was approved by the Sampson Board of Commissioners in a unanimous vote in a matter of moments Monday night. It was a surprising move, as the board ...

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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.)Arrests7/28 - Marcial Cruz Oppenjaimer, 42, 73 Royce Lane, Clinton, habitual impaired driving. Bond $3,000; court date Aug. 5.7/28 - Vernon Donald Hicks, 53, 402 Weeks St., Clinton, failure to appear on charge of habitual larceny. Bond $1...

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Not just horsin’ around

WAYCROSS — Megan Merritt smiled as she rubbed Nasa’s head with care.“He’s kind of a showoff,” she said, patting the horse gently. “I have to tell him to tone it down a little bit, but you find his tender side once you get to know him. He’s a sweetheart.”Together, they’re a team.Megan’s partnership with Nasa has led to success in district and state 4-H horse shows. This week, she will compete with othe...

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Time is now to prepare for Peanut Festival

DUBLIN — Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for the Dublin Peanut Festival $1,000.00 Scholarship pageant to be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at Dublin Elementary School multipurpose building/gymnasium. The pageant begins at 7 p.m. Application deadline is Aug. 21. Apply now online at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant.Festival organizers are also accepting applications for craft and food vendors. Food vendor application deadline is Sept. 5, with no exceptions....

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