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The Invisible Soliders, how America outsourced our security

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Ann Hagedorn, the author of “Beyond the River” the story of the Rankins and the Underground Railroad in Ripley and surrounding areas, will be speaking and signing her new book at the Ripley Library 2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 5.Her latest book, released on Aug. 19, is titled “The Invisible Soldiers, How America Outsourced Our Security.” This is the story of the privatization of America’s national security and the rise of a bold new industry of private military and security companies – how and why it happened and why all Americans should be concerned.

 

City schools graduation rate rises

After receiving testing and graduation numbers from the state, Clinton City Schools officials are looking forward to making more progress in classrooms.The system’s graduation rate increased from 84.1 (2012-2013) to 84.7 percent (2013-2014), according to recently released numbers from the state Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.It’s something in which assistant superintendent Dr. Mark Duckworth takes great pride....

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Nurturing healthy living

What was once a way of life for the Coharie ancestors is now a three-year project taken on by Tabatha Brewer and Chris Faircloth, along with other members of the Coharie Tribe.Brewer and Faircloth, with the help of some volunteers, have taken a part of the land on the tribal grounds and turned it into a fully producing garden. The project has been completed with the assistance of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and funded by the Kate B....

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Vital Statistics

Land TransfersGeddie and Jane Tew to Linda and Thurman MurphyDuncan Faircloth to the Duncan Faircloth TrustBetty and Philip Merritt to Merritt Family FarmsMargaret King to Henry KingJudy Hall and Robbie Lane to Alton WilliamsBessie and Joseph Underwood to Venture ManorMichael Melton to Laurie MeltonLaurie Herring to James HerringJose Reyes to Amber and Douglas RunionP...

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Clinton’s ‘undertaking establishments’

(Editor’s note: The following historic recollections were written by James Reynolds and, this summer, edited by Joel Rose from the Sampson Historical Society.)

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Curtailing R’boro’s debt

ROSEBORO — With the town of Roseboro having the highest tax rate per capita in North Carolina, town commissioner Cary Holland has a plan to bring that number down.During last week’s board meeting, Holland presented the plan to his fellow commissioners, one he said would save the town approximately $300,000.Currently, the Roseboro has a population of 1,192 people and a tax rate of 69 cents per $100 valuation. Holland conducted a study of similar-size towns in ...

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Mountain-to-Sea Trail to come through Roseboro

ROSEBORO — With the approval of the Roseboro Town Board given last Tuesday night, the Mountain-to-Sea Trail will officially be making its way through the western Sampson town — all in an effort to promote the town as the gem it is.Bill Scott, on behalf of the Friends of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail, presented the idea to the board, asking members to allow the trail to come into the town. The trail through Roseboro would cover 10-12 miles.According to Scott, the ...

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Words still mean things

It was another example that words still mean things. On TV, during last Sunday’s “Meet The Press,” the moderator, Chuck Todd, had an interview with President Obama. The interview was mostly about U.S. foreign policy. While Chuck Todd was asking questions about ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the President would refer to ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) in his response. This caught my attention. Others also noticed.

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NAACP — a symbol of hope

Founded 105 years ago this year, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest and largest civil rights organization, has been one of the key players in advancing democracy through its struggle for equality and justice for all in the U.S.As we prepared to celebrate the Sampson County NAACP Branch 2014 annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, starting at 6 p.m., we call on the entire community...

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What’s cookin’?

Clinton City SchoolsSept. 15Nachos w/ScoopsCorn DogCornPinto BeansApplesauceSept. 16Chicken Nuggets w/RollSloppy Joe on BunGreen PeasSteamed CarrotsFruit SlushieSept. 17Grilled Ham & Cheese SandwichChicken Noodle Bake w/RollGreen...

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Myriad activities upcoming at Senior Center

Greetings everyone and apologies in reference to my previous articles. It’s been difficult. Hopefully, I can get back on track with my new help. Shout-out to our new help minister Donte’ Murphy. He has such love and compassion, and does wear many hats. We are so glad that he decided to wear the hat of participating with us, and exhibiting his time with us, by the help of Jesus Christ. “Please stay with us Donte.”The weather is still rather hot, even though t...

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Hydrate for health

When the temperature rises, proper hydration is extra important. You need to provide your body with the fluid it needs in order to keep itself healthy. Water regulates many different processes, including body temperature, digestion, and heart rate. It also cushions and protects our organs. When we don’t get enough of it, our bodies can suffer.We lose water from our bodies every time we breathe, sweat, or urinate. In fact, it’s estimated that you can lose up to 4 cups of...

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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.)Arrests9/12 Caleb Scott Hall, 23, 11627 Ludhorne Road, Roseboro, larceny. Bond $1,000; court date Sept. 23.9/11- Monel Doissaint, 18, 122 Jefferson St., Clinton, failure to appear on larceny charge. Bond $2,000; court date Sept. 30....

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After PSA test: Then what?

Prevention for the People, Inc. began this months’ National Prostate Cancer Month with a public health education describing prostate cancer and the PSA test. Our goal to highlight important considerations of PSA testing and the predictable healthcare events that follow this testing. There are three essential sets of questions that each suspected prostate cancer victims must ask their urologist(s).

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Town of Newton Grove — will host Movie Night Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The movie Frozen will be shown on the baseball field at Weeks Park. Admission is free for everyone.Clinton High Alumni — Class of 1975 class reunion planning meeting Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at Lisbon Street Baptist, 401 Lisbon St., Clinton.Sampson County AARP — will meet Wednesday, Sept...

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Hollerin’ Heritage Contest full of fun, yells despite rain

The Second Annual Hollerin’ Heritage Festival was held Saturday at Spivey’s Corner Fire Department.During the event, Tony Peacock was named the 2014 National Hollerin’ Contest Champion. Larry Jackson was the first runner-up and Robby Goodman was second.Several contestants participated in several divisions. Some of them included Junior and Teen Hollerin’ and the Conk Shell Blowin’ contest.Sheila Frye was named the 2014 Ladies’...

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Courtesy photoThe Just-A-Mere Garden Club held their first meeting of the 2014-15 year at the home of Wilma Jean Wise. Betty Honeycutt, president, presided over the meeting. Rita Wilson, first vice president, reviewed the handbook for the upcoming year. Mrs. Betty Honeycutt won the door prize, a beautiful birdhouse. The Just-A-Mere Garden Club is sponsoring a raffle at the Hollerin’ Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13 to raise money to fund community projects. Pictured ar...

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Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentRobin Willard from Clinton Drug takes time to talk with Mittie Armwood about health management at the Roseboro Community Building on Friday morning as part of the town’s community events.Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentLinda Barton, with Quantum Medical Supply, talked to the senior citizens gathered at the community building in Roseboro Friday morning. She explained how diabetics can get a pair of shoes and other items...

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