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Another caught in Double Tap net

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Although most of the Operation Double Tap warrants have been served and suspects jailed or bonded out, a few more arrests continue to trickle in as Sampson County Sheriff’s officials locate individuals caught in their year-long undercover drug campaign.One of those was arrested earlier this week at the Sampson County Detention Center.


Carolina Conference hosts Championship Preview Meet

On Tuesday, September 16, Hobbton hosted the Carolina 1A Conference Cross Country Championship Preview Meet with all 7 eligible teams in attendance. The Women’s meet was won by North Duplin’s Haley Thurston with a time of 23:58. The Lady Wildcats were impressive to start the day with a 2nd place finish out of the 7 teams. Hobbton was edged by only Princeton on the Women’s side with respective team scores of 39 to 43. Low Score wins in Cross Country and is calculated by addin...

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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.)Arrests9/16 - Raven Nicole Lee, 25, 980 Clive Jacobs Road, Clinton, breaking and entering. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 3.9/16 - Pamela Dorego Butler, 50, 195 Sessoms Naylor Lane, Roseboro, domestic assault inflicting serious injury. No b...

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Sunset PTSO host curriculum night

Pancakes and curriculum made a good combination Tuesday evening at Sunset Avenue School.The PTSO hosted Curriculum Night to familiarize parents with what their children will be learning throughout the school year. Some of the subjects included English, language arts, social studies, math and science.After a warm pancake meal courtesy of Smithfield, parents attended classroom sessions and interacted with teachers and leaders in the building.One of the parents w...

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CHS Tech students excel

During the 2013-14 school year at the North Carolina Technology Student Association (NCTSA) State Conference Convention in Greensboro, Clinton High School did not come home empty handed.The group, led by Susan Kennedy and Vance Herring, did an outstanding job participating in all the events and competitions held there. They were recipients of three first place trophies and one second place trophy. Also, member Melanie Murrill ran for the state office of Sargent of Arms. Although sh...

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Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentDuring the second annual Hollerin’ Heritage Festival last Saturday, historian Bryan Avery demonstrates how to make tar and turpentine from pine trees in the state.Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentDuring a rainy afternoon at the Hollerin’ Heritage Festival, historian Richard Thompson keeps a fire to demonstrate the production of tar and turpentine in the 1700s. His was assisted by Bryan Avery.

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1 jailed for R'boro B&Es

Roseboro citizens are proving Sheriff Jimmy Thornton's assertion that attentive residents can help thwart crimes. With their assistance Tuesday, a Warsaw man has been jailed and a recent rash of vehicle break-ins might just have been solved.Contacted this morning, Sheriff's Lt. Marcus Smith confirmed that sheriff's investigators did make an arrest Tuesday and that Roseboro residents did, in fact, assist officers in locating a suspect in the cases.

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MDA Lock-Up raises over $51K

More than 200 business professionals and civic leaders were put behind bars last week and left there to raise a little bail money, all part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual MDA Lock-Up. When the last prisoner, dubbed to be guilty of having a “big heart,” was released, the local jailbirds had helped raise more than $51,000.Proceeds from the annual fundraising event go toward one of MDA’s signature fund-raising programs that benefits individuals ...

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Ready … aim … train

When a law enforcement officer goes to work every day, the hope is that their most used instrument will be a pen. But the realities are often different, and that’s why Sampson County Sheriff’s officials believe weapons training is critical, not just the mandated amount of time on a range but beyond it, ensuring safety and expertise with the powerful tools in their possession.That’s why when the department switched a few weeks ago from the Glocks they had been usin...

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Newton Grove brings movie night back

NEWTON GROVE — It may still be summer, but things are about to freeze in Newton Grove, as the Newton Grove Area 100 Committee will host movie night this Friday, Sept. 19.The town of Newton Grove and the Newton Grove Area 100 Committee will featurethe Disney movie Frozen. This movie is rated PG, and appropriate for all ages.According to Gary Mac Herring, town commissioner and Newton Grove Area 100 Committee member, this is the first movie night the town has put on i...

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Donors key to UW’s ‘Bounty’

When Charlene Jacobs was approached about donating freshwater prawns for Sampson County United Way’s upcoming fundraising feast, she immediately championed the request with her board knowing it could help the community and showcase what might be a lesser-known piece of the local agricultural landscape.That is the whole aim of United Way’s “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the South River Lodge. It is a farm to tab...

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Lakewood outlasts Princeton, remains undefeated

The Lakewood Leopards and the Princeton Bulldogs met Tuesday night in a showdown of the undefeated teams. This could only mean that at the end of the night, someone would be in the loss column.The Leopards took the win, but by the of the night but it took 5 sets to do it, as they won by a score of 3 sets to 2.Coach Sheila Davidson told her girls before the game started, “This will be the game that tells us who we are and will test us like we have not been tested th...

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HCA volleyball gets first win

The Harrells Christian Academy varsity volleyball team defeated Arendell Parrott Academy in three games on Tuesday. They won the games 25-21, 26-24, and 25-18 to capture the win.Marissa Parks had 7 aces, 5 kills, 12 assists, and 2 blocks for HCA. Margaret Clark had 2 aces, 7 kills, and 2 digs, Abigail Blanchard had 2 aces, 4 kills, and 3 blocks. Natalie Hardin had 4 kills and a dig for Harrells, while Ashley Usher chipped in an ace and 3 digs, Harley Crumpler had 2 aces, 15 assists...

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Lady Dark Horses rally for win over Trask

Clinton hosted the Trask Titans for a Four County Conference volleyball match on Tuesday afternoon and needed a fierce rally to post their fourth conference win of the season. Trailing two sets to none heading into the third, with Trask administering a sound beating to them, the Lady Horses mounted a stirring rally, taking three consecutive sets to win the match by a score of three sets to two.

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Lady Raiders ease past West Bladen

The Midway Lady Raiders, still smarting from a Monday night loss to South Johnston, hosted West Bladen on Tuesday. The Lady Raiders prevailed 3-0.After breaking a 6-6 tie in game 1, the home team never looked back. A 5 point service streak by Kelsey Pondo gave Midway a 21-13 lead. The visitors fought back but fell short 25-19.The Lady Raiders also dominated the 2nd set. They jumped out to a 6-1 lead and twice led by 10. The final score was 25-18.Game 3 marked ...

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Lady Wildcats get first win

Hobbton’s volleyball team earned their first victory of the year in a trip to Neuse Charter. The Lady Cats won 3 sets to 1.Hobbton used a huge run in the first set to win 25-10. They then lost the second match, before winning the next two, 25-15 and 25-22 to capture their first win.“We are tickled to death,” said Russell Jones, Hobbton’s head coach, after his team’s victory at Neuse Charter. “We were finally able to close one out and i...

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Middle School teams participate in county jamboree

The county middle schools got their football season underway Tuesday afternoon with a Jamboree. Each team had 10 minutes to run as many plays as possible on offense before switching sides against another team playing defense.This was the first chance for the coaches to see how their teams performed hitting someone other than each other in practice. It was a great opportunity for everyone involved to get better.

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Share the road with your neighbors

Agriculture is the largest industry for Sampson County. With that said, there is no magic path to connect farmers to their fields without being on the highway. Just like other motorist, farmers are legally entitled to travel the highway with their slow moving farm equipment. Statistics from the NC Department of Labor report 51 percent of all farm equipment related accidents result in injury or death.

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