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Wooten, Baggett face off in Dist. 1

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(Editor’s note: Today’s Question and Answer is for the District 1 county commissioner race, with Republican Clark Wooten and Democrat Brent Baggett vying for the seat. Questions were not provided in advance to either candidate and were compiled by the Independent’s editorial staff and asked to candidates via in-person interviews. Answers appear as they were given. Q&A conducted by Chris Berendt)


Dist. 3 commissioner candidates respond

(Editor’s note: Today’s Question and Answer is for District 3 county commissioner race, with Democrat Willie Bowden and Republican Sue Lee vying for the seat. Questions were not provided in advance to either candidate and were compiled by the Independent’s editorial staff and asked to candidates via in-person interviews. Answers appear as they were given. Q&A conducted by Kristy D. Carter)Willie Bowden Biography

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Clinton, others get Powell Bill money

The N.C. Department of Transportation will distribute over $300,000 in Powell Bill funds to the eight muncipalities over the next three months.DOT officials announced last week the distribution of more than $147.3 million in street aid, known as Powell Bill funds. There are 507 municipalities across the state slated to receive funds. A total of $385,291.41 will be handed out across Sampson County.According to the N.C. DOT website, the City of Clinton will receive $260,39...

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CHS show to focus on bullying

DeAndre Smith and Catherine Smith believe bullying is wrong, and during this weekend, the Clinton High School students will use their theatrical talents to spread that message.Along with their fellow drama students, the freshmen will put on a production of n the anti-bullying show titled “The Bully.” It’s scheduled to begin 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, inside Prestage Auditorium at CHS.“I think it will help others see what bullying does to other pe...

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More than just Sorghum

Kristy D. Carter/Sampson IndependentThe 17th Annual Sorghum Festival held Saturday featured more than just the sweet, savory taste of sorghum. Festival-goers, young and old, were entertained by the electric train display, which encompassed an entire room within the Old McDaniel School building. The display, owned and managed by Allen Carter, measures 18 feet by 24 feet and features more than three trains meandering their way through a miniature town. According to John Matthews, coo...

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Dark Horses get gutty road win at Trask, 2-1

Clinton traveled to Rocky Point on Monday afternoon to take away a 2-1 win from the hometown Titans. The Horses were led by Corey Smith who scored a goal and assisted Spell Carr on the other CHS goal.“We moved the ball well tonight but unfortunately could not find the back of the bet as often as we would have liked. We are pleased to get the win, but we need to execute better,” said Clinton’s head coach Brad Spell.Clinton solidified themselves as the nu...

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Leopards down Princeton

Lakewood traveled to Princeton Monday night and brought a 3-1 win back to Salemburg. Frances Flores scored all three goals for the Leopards and continued to have a great season. He moved to third in the conference in scoring after the game.“We played terrible in the first half and I told the guys that if they wanted to have any shot at making the playoffs, they had to pick it up in the second half. And they did. The second half was great for us and I am so proud of them for r...

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WIldcat 5K recap

Wildcat track coach Jeff Klaves said, “Hobbton would like to thank you for being a part of the 3rd running of the Hobbton Wildcat 5k! The community was out in full support and it was a beautiful morning for a run! All your support and contributions helped make the event such a big success. The results are attached. A huge thanks to all of our sponsors as well, their contributions continue to make the Hobbton Wildcat 5k a first-class event. Special thanks to the HHS Soccer, HHS FFA, HHS ...

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‘Cats cruise to victory on Senior Night

The Hobbton Wildcats’ soccer team finished their regular season Monday cruising to an 8-1 senior night victory over Neuse Charter.In a balanced scoring effort, Christian Vega scored twice for the Wildcats, Jair Sanchez scored 1, Alex Sandoval score 1, Dakota Salazar scored 1, Raul Rubio scored 1, Ivan Cruz scored 1, and Brandon Peacock scored 1.Final conference standings will not be available until after Wednesday. Those standing will determine the playoff parings....

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Spartans fall on Senior Night

Union played their Senior Night game on Monday night under the lights at UHS as they lost a thriller to Wast Bladen, 2-1 in overtime.Union got on the board just ten minutes into the game on a Gerardo Barrera goal assisted by Irvin Ocampo. East Bladen then was able to tie the score up just before halftime.The game stayed tied for the remainder of regulation before the Eagles punched in the game winner in overtime.“I thought we played really well tonight b...

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What is the ACA?

Everyone it is that time of year to discuss insurance and the ACA or the Affordable Care Act is now a major tool you can use.Essentially the ACA is the new law that requires all individuals and families to get health coverage.This law, which passed in 2010 and now has over 9 million people enrolled gives consumers the opportunity to take charge of their health care. Under this law there is a patient bill of rights, which gives the American people the capability to make c...

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Wreck leaves 2 injured, car engulfed

A head-on collision on Sunset Avenue Sunday morning left one vehicle in flames and two motorists injured, according to reports filed Monday at the Clinton Police Department.The wreck occurred at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in front of KFC near Shamrock Plaza.According to reports by Clinton Police Officer Justin Tyson, Frederick Alexander Chisholm, 29, of Clinton, was traveling east on Sunset Avenue in a 2000 Honda passenger car when his vehicle veered into the oncoming lanes and in...

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Community Bulletin Board

Elmer Flake Benefit — Plate sale, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-until, at the Faison Fire Department. Eat in, take out, or delivery. FMI or to purchase a plate, call Skippy Jackson at 990-9554, Glenn Jernigan at 990-0969 or L.S. Guy at 910-267-6441. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to Faison Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 160, Faison, N.C. 28341. The former Faison mayor is battling Pulmonary Fibrosis and is now facing a lung transplant....

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Clinton teen arrested in break-in

A Clinton teenager has received felony charges in connection with a break-in reported Sunday.Allantis Dezsarontea Warren, 19, of 7237 Keener Road, Clinton, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing/concealing stolen property.He was served the charges at the Sampson County Detention Center at 4 p.m. Sunday.According to reports, the break-in occurred at a Godwin-area residence. During the incident, a rear door window was bro...

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(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.)Arrests• Oct. 17 — Maria Darden Hicks, 31, of 416 Herring Ave., Garland, was charged with failure to return rental property. Written promise was set at $500; court date is Nov. 20.• Oct. 17 — Stanley Sutton, 59, of...

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Vital Statistics

Building PermitsRaul Llamas, 82 sq. ft., signWilliam Faircloth, 2,128 sq. ft., mobile home setupMiles Jackson, 625 sq. ft., residential additionChristopher Jolly, 2,106 sq. ft., new single family dwellingWilliam Faircloth, 256 sq. ft., residential additionJose Escalara, 1,836 sq. ft., mobile home setupJose Cervantes, 1,344 sq. ft., mobile home setupAbilia Velasquez, 1680 sq. ft., mobile ho...

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Ways of treating Glaucoma

October is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and I have been writing about the main types of glaucoma and how they can affect our vision. Today I will try to cover the types of treatment available to control the intraocular pressure (IOP) of the eye and protect us from sight loss.The standard treatment for glaucoma, in the past has always been the use of eye drops and pills to control the IOP. Not every patient responds the same to these medications. In some cases, certain medicati...

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Lady Horses bow out of playoffs

The Clinton volleyball team traveled to Creedmoor for a first round playoff matchup with the Lady Vikings of South Granville. The Lady Vikings, representing the 2A Northern Carolina Conference, took a 23-3 record into the match and defeated the visiting Lady Horses 3-0, ending Clinton’s season and booting them from the playoffs. Clinton ends the season with a 10-13 overall record and 7-7 in the Four County Conference.

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