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Gardening and growing

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If you head down US 421 from Clinton to the Cooperative Extension office, odds are you might find someone outside working in the garden and green house across the street.“We have several different things going on,” said Amanda Bradshaw, 4H Extension agent, who works on youth development and spends much of her time working in the teaching garden.“The teaching garden is where Teen Court and Restitution kids come,” explained Bradshaw. The garden area has raised beds as well as shaded picnic tables, a compost bin, sinks for washing up, and a greenhouse.

 

Queen E. Howard, 85

Queen E. Howard, 85CLINTON — Mrs. Queen E. Howard, 85, of 120 Southwood Drive, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Mary Gran Nursing Center.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Brock Memorial & Worley Funeral Home in Clinton.

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Elmer Moore, Jr., 73

Elmer Moore, Jr., 73SPRING HOPE — Mr. Elmer Moore, Jr., 73, passed away on April 22, 2014.The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church, Middlesex. Burial will be in Meeks Cemetery, Spring Hope.A wake will be held on Friday night from 7-8 p.m. at William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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Crimewatch

Arrests4/23 - Richard Carl Wetter Jr., 47, 125 Reagan Lane, Autryville, simple non-physical assault (2 counts), soliciting crime against nature. Bond $5,000; court date May 27.4/23 - Donnie Ray Hall, 62, 1170 Dunn Road, Roseboro, failure to appear on charge of driving while license revoked. Bond $1,500; court date May 28.4/23 - Justin Byrd, 26,11774 Ludhome Road, Roseboro, conspiracy to sell/deliver Schedule II controlled substance. Bond $5,00...

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Maple Grove UMC partners with CommWell for 4th Walk 4 Wellness

The 4th annual “Walk 4 Wellness” event will be held Saturday morning, May 3, in the parking lot of the dental offices of CommWell Health, 1480 Maple Grove Church Road, Dunn. Everyone is invited to come out and join in the excitement of this walk/run event, organizers said.

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Auditions for SCT’s production of ‘Greas’ May 3

The laughter emanating from downtown Clinton this past weekend was likely coming from the Sampson Community Theatre where the final three performances of “Barefoot in the Park” were being given by a dedicated cast of veteran actors.The guest cameo role of a delivery man was played by some old geezer one night, attorney Albert Kirby the next and Fred Holland on Sunday afternoon. The latter two received loud applause and no hoots or boos.

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Early voting opens today

Early voting begins today, and the Sampson County Board of Elections is prepared for those who wish to cast their vote prior to the May 6 primary.Voters can visit the BOE offices, 335 County Complex Road (Building D) from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays. On Saturday, April 26, hours will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the final day of voting, Saturday, May 3, the office will open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m..There will be no Sunday voting.The Democratic and Republi...

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Clinton tops Lakewood in extras

The Clinton Dark Horses and Lakewood Leopards met at Clinton High School’s baseball complex on Wednesday night to decide the title of the 2014 edition of the Jimmy Raynor Easter Tournament. The large crowd on hand was treated to a fine high school baseball game in near perfect spring weather.The teams quickly settled into a defensive battle that featured two strong pitching performances. Alex Purcell took the hill for the Dark Horses with freshman hurler Zack Tanner handling ...

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Staff, Council share ‘grave’ concerns

The City of Clinton is expected to boost its cemetery plot fees for the coming year in continuing a plan that began in 2012, as well as hire a contractor to dig all graves to ensure uniformity and accountability.It was during a May 2012 budget work session that staff announced its intention to go up on the plots, floating a proposal to quadruple fees over the next two years, a move to bring it in line with the low end of what other municipalities routinely charge.

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Fictionalized biography blurs line between fact and fallacy

What started as diary entries turned into something more for writer Patricia Throckmorton, who is releasing her second book next month. This Sunday Throckmorton will be holding a book signing for her new book, called “Sticks and Stones: A Novel of Life’s Trials,” at the Dr. Victor R. Small House from 2-4 p.m..“I started by writing in my diary,” said Throckmorton, who is known by locals as Pat Register. “Even though that is a thing of the past now...

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Herman K. Crumpler, 89

Herman K. Crumpler, 89TEXAS — Herman Kerr Crumpler, 89, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Forest Park East Chapel, Webster, Texas. Interment will follow in Forest Park East Cemetery.

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James F. Hall, 57

James F. Hall, 57BROOKLET, GA. — Mr. James Franklin Hall, 57, of 1306 Leefield Station Road, formerly of Clinton, died Saturday, April 19, 2014.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation of Clinton.

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Ella M. Avery, 105

Ella M. Avery, 105 FAISON — Mrs. Ella Mae Avery, 105, of 2731 Giddensville Road, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at her home.The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, from the Piney Green Disciple Church of Christ. Burial will follow at the Cobbs cemetery in Faison, N.C.Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. at the Garris Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Olive, with family present from 6-7 p.m.

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Electronic record-keeping brings cost, but possibly incentives, for Health Dept.

With everything going electronic, notably records, reports and files at county departments, the Sampson County Health Department is aiming to utilize a state incentive program to offset the cost of the mandated move for keeping N.C. Medicaid health records.“We’ve got until 2016 (then) we have to have electronic health records,” said health director Wanda Robinson. “DMA (N.C. Division of Medical Assistance) has an incentive grant in place where we can receive...

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Spivey’s Corner area bridge closed

Over the next four months locals living on JB Wilson Road will have to take a detour due to a bridge closure. The bridge is in the area of Midway’s elementary and high schools, and south of the US 421 and US 13 intersection at Spivey’s Corner. The bridge is not slated to reopen until Aug.21, 2014.The bridge, which is located approximately a mile east of US 421, is in the process of being replaced and currently traffic is being rerouted onto Straw Pond School Road....

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DeVane signs to play at UNCW

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Crimewatch

Arrests4/22 - Travis Anthony Caldwell, 40, 515 Boone St., Roseboro, failure to appear. Bond $900; court date May 6.4/22 - Michelle Louise Wolfe, 34, 303 E. Duke St., Dunn, court violation. Bond $203; court date April 29.4/22 - Zeblin Greg Jordan, 40, 2967 Alpine Church Road, Harrells, failure to work after paid. Bond $500; court date May 7.4/22 - Amber Nicole Smith, 20, 50 Chicken Lane, Salemburg, possession of meth (1 gram), posses...

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A no vote on alcohol

Dear Editor:The upcoming election for the beer and wine referendum is a slap in the face for families of alcoholics. I wonder how many of our commissioners or ABC Board members, etc. know the heartache that alcohol brings to the alcoholic’s family.Let me fill you in.

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