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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.


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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Arrests4/16 - Jason Paul Terry, 36, 705 W. Cutchin St., Clinton, failure to appear on no operator’s license charge. Bond $1,000; court date not listed.4/15 - Samantha Michelle Eliason, 25, 99 Countryside Lane, Clinton, aggravated assault, larceny (purse snatching). Bond $1,500; court date April 25.4/15 - Franklin Bernard Tatum, 34, 1357 Bill Town Road, Clinton, failure to appear, failure to comply. Bond $1,000; court date April 22....

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Kerr’s first-grade Students of the Month

Kerr Elementary recently named its first grade Students of the Month for April, recognizing them for the character trait of courage. Those honored were: Eben Best, Jamiyah Joyner, Zoie Allemore, Jackson Lee, Logan Bass, Aiyanni Hernandez, Judith Paltero, Kylie Johnson, Lilly Williams and Zanna Silvertooth. Not pictured is Joese Nunez.

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Blackburn crowned Miss Midway Middle

Courtesy photoAshton Blackburn, center, was crowned Miss Midway Middle 2014 on March 28. She is pictured with her court, from left: Kassiddy Holland, Miss Congeniality; Erica Bryant, Participation Award; McKenzie Naylor, first runnerup and Ambassador Award; Blackburn; Alexa Aviles, second runnerup’ Hannah Lucas, Participation Award; and Madison Peterson, Participation Award.

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A trap is set for Jesus

(This is part 5 of an 8-part series on the last days of Jesus by Pastor Gilbert Owens. This series highlights the key events of Jesus Christ last days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. This series is based on Pastor Gilbert Owens study and research.)The long hours of teaching in Tuesday leaves Jesus tired and exhausted. He uses Wednesday as a day to rest, knowing full well He would need all of his mental and physical strength to make it to and through his day of cruci...

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