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One jailed for attempted murder

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A 43-year-old Sampson County man is behind bars tonight charged with attempted first degree murder and other felonies related to the shooting of a woman on White Woods Road back in August.Eric Oates, 43, of 635 Clive Jacobs Road has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of a firearm by felon.Contacted late this afternoon, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith confirmed Oates’ arrest, noting that he was taken into custody late in the afternoon and charged following an investigation into the Aug. 30 incident.

 

Dark Horses lose heartbreaker to Bulldogs

Clinton took a few minutes to honor their three senior soccer players before their match against Wallace-Rose Hill on Wednesday night, which turned out to be a barn burner that was not decided until the final two minutes of the match. Clinton implemented a stout defense, led by goalie Gray Sutter, that kept the Bulldog offense at bay most of the night. The match stayed knotted at 1-1 for over half the first 38 minutes of the second before Wallace’s left winger punched in the only goal o...

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Raiders shut out Union on Senior Night

Midway observed Senior Night Wednesday as Union came to town. Both teams were hoping for a tune up to get ready for post-season play. The Raiders won the game 1-0.Neither team had many opportunities in the first 40 minutes. The Spartans had a penalty kick chance near the end of the half, but time expired before they could get it off.At intermission, Midway recognized its seniors and their parents or family representative. Those being honored included Matthew McLamb, Jova...

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Plans being made for King tribute

From the well-known speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The speech continues… “I have a dream today!”The Multicultural Business Committee of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce is excited to continue the planning of the 15th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Past su...

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Fall festival, Harper House tours coming to Bentonville Oct. 25

FOUR OAKS — One of Bentonville Battlefield’s most requested programs, “War so Terrible,” a nighttime recreation of a Civil War hospital scene, is back on Saturday, Oct. 25, for one night only in combination with the site’s annual Fall Festival.The rustle of leaves and the crisp fall air will greet visitors to Bentonville Battlefield for the historic site’s Fall Festival and civilian living history program. The program will include demonstrations ...

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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County schools dress code policy examined

Sampson County school officials are working to have a more consistent dress code policy throughout the district.According to the rules, middle and high school students are required to tuck their shirts in. But that may go away for the 2015-16 school year. High schools and administrators have been more relaxed with the rules, which results in students not tucking shirts.During a recent work session, the Sampson County Board of Education recently received an update from As...

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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.)Arrests10/21 - Johnny Ray Merritt, 46, 90 Castle Lane, Harrells, failure to appear/child support. Bond $715; no court date listed.10/21 - Gary Glenn Hall III, 16, 208 Westbrook Road, Clinton, failure to appear. Bond $500; court date Nov. ...

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Dan Grubb/SCCSampson Community College played host to the annual Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers College Fair at the Bellamy Center last Friday morning. This half-day recruiting event, sponsored by SCC, informs students about their many options after high school.

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Souls to the Polls rally Sunday

On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Sampson County Democratic Party will host the annual Souls to the Polls Voter Rally at First Baptist Church, 900 College St in Clinton. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and a free dinner will be served.The keynote speaker will be Judge Lori Christian, former Materials Manager at Schindler Elevator in Clinton, and the current Wake County District Court Judge, a position which she has held since 2007.Judge Christian started her judicial career as a law clerk...

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Community Bulletin Board

Sampson County Master Gardeners — Free herb seminar, open to public, Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-noon, Sampson County Extension Office. FMI 214-1963Sampson County Branch of the NAACP — meet Monday, Oct., 27, 6:30 pm, First Baptist Church, 900 College St., Clinton. The Nominating Committee will report at this meeting. All members whose membership dues are current as of April 1 maybe nominated for Office or ...

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Courtesy photoOn Oct. 14, two groups from Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School took a field trip to the Cumberland County courthouse. The two groups from RS were the Avid students and Jump Start students. Once at the courthouse, the students took a tour of the building and sat in on a civil court case. In the courtroom the students watched the occupations and responsibilities in action of a judge, bailiff, lawyer, and the clerk of court. After the court case, the students got to visit ...

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Courtesy photoOn Wednesday Oct. 8, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School participated in International Walk to School Day. International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Over 100 students and staff participated to make this event a success.Courtesy photoOn Wednesday Oct. 8, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School participated in International Walk to School Day. Interna...

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Lady Spartans bow out in second round of state playoffs

The Union Lady Spartans took a tough loss at Northside High School last night in the second round of the NCHSAA State playoffs, ending their successful season. Northside took the match 3-1 after winning the first, second, and fourth sets.Northside took the opening two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-23, respectively. Union played well and fought in all of the sets, scratching out a set win at 25-22 in the third before a tough 23-25 loss in the fourth.Stats were not availa...

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Just-A-Mere Garden Club members Elsie Jackson, Sybil West, Betty Honeycutt and Beverly Warren attended the NC Garden Club District 8 meeting held in Lillington on Oct. 7 hosted by the Four Seasons Garden Club.

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Race is on for sheriff

(Editor’s note: Today’s Question and Answer is for the sheriff’s race, with three-term Republican Sheriff Jimmy Thornton being challenged by Democrat Freddie Butler. Questions were not provided in advance to either candidate and were compiled by the Independent’s editorial staff. Thornton was questioned in person, Butler via phone at his request. Q&A conducted by Chris Berendt)

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United Way 2014 campaign off to hot start

The United Way of Sampson County’s 2014 campaign kicked off just last week and in record time the local organization, behind the backing of local donors and a successful fundraising feast, has already raised 80 percent of its $175,000 goal.Dottie McCullen and Dempsey Craig, who are serving as co-chairs for this year’s campaign, said the 80 percent figure is the highest the local United Way has had this early in the campaign.“This is probably the best we...

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