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Community offers prayers, fundraising for ‘Joe Joe’

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A thin layer of black ice changed the path of a local family’s lives on Valentine’s Day and, even as they face an uncertain future as their fallen patriarch attempts to recover from brain trauma, the community has rallied in support and the family’s faith has never been stronger.“It’s been a wonderful outpouring,” said Nancy Butler. “People, some we’ve never heard of, have been sending us (well-wishes) and comments.”


What are the stones in our lives?

“And behold, there was a great earthquake: the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone from the door and sat on it. …And the angel answered and said unto the women. Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus which was crucified. He is not here. For he is risen…” — Matthew 28: 1-6. The stone was indeed rolled away on a sunny morning many, many years ago, bringing with it the dawning of a new ...

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Pet of the Week

Courtesy photoThis is Chester. He is a Coonhound mix who is approximately 2 years old. Very good natured, Chester has been at the shelter for quite some time and still looking for his forever home. To adopt Chester, call the shelter at 910-592-8493.

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He is risen!

Final in a seriesA day for the Jews begins at sundown and ends on the following sundown. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown Friday and ends on sundown Saturday. As the last article, (part 7), stated, Jesus was crucified and buried prior to the beginning of the Sabbath. All was quiet Saturday as the Jews honored the Sabbath day by resting and doing nothing.Technically, historically and judicially, Sunday for the Jews began at sundown on...

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Easter is still relevant

“I am not a crook.” Those famous lines were stated by President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal back in the Seventies. Why did he say that? Well, whether right or wrong, most Americans thought he was one. President Nixon, in his statement, was trying to counteract a common public perception of himself and his presidency.

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Vital Statistics

Building PermitsPatricia Horne, 2,432 sq. ft., mobile home setupBen Peterson, 80 sq. ft., residential additionFrancisca Garcia, 1,120 sq. ft., mobile home setupWalgreens, 9,471 sq. ft., renovationsLisbon St. Baptist Church, 228 sq. ft., renovationsTaqueria LaMixteca, 100 sq. ft., renovationsHouston Crumpler, 590 sq. ft., residential additionSallie Cottle, 2,128 sq. ft., mobile home setup...

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Playing it safe on the playground

Spring is officially here, and a trip to the playground is often a go-to activity that both parents and children enjoy. While the risks and dangers associated with swimming or riding a bike might seem more obvious however, keeping our children safe on the playground is just as important.Each year, approximately 15 children die from injuries involving playground equipment, and more than 200,000 are treated in emergency rooms. Falls account for 80 percent of playground injuries, howe...

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BirthdaysApril 20Beth ReynoldsRichard UribeZoey BrewerWilliam WarrenSarah SimmonsApril 21Kristy MurphyJoy PopeBilly Ray Jordan, Sr.Eva KoonceEdward EdwardsCharles GriderApril 22Tucker CarrollLisa TurlingtonApr...

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Closing Boston amid bomber hunt ‘tough’

BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.Within hours, Patrick shut down the region’s public transportation system and made an extraordinary request of more than 1 million greater Boston residen...

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Charles R. Matthis, 67

Charles R. Matthis, 67CLINTON — Mr. Charles Ray Matthis, 67, of 1775 Union School Road, died Wednesday, April 16th, in Greensboro, NC. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home.

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Sampson County Sports Club Hall Of Fame nominations due April 30th

The Sampson County Sports Club is accepting Hall Of Fame nominations from now until April 30th. Newly elected President of the club, Tim Pope, stated that the person nominated must have ties to Sampson County and must have impacted the county in some ways related to athletics.In order to get a nomination form, contact your local high school’s athletic director. You must then fill out and return the form to your respective athletic director.The induction ceremony wi...

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Cut your hair for kids

As part of their May Day Spring Fling festivities, a group of students and teachers at Midway Elementary School will be cutting their hair to donate it to a charity that makes wigs for children with hair loss.“I do it every year myself,” said Corinna Davis, a fourth-grade teacher at Midway Elementary School. “I thought it would be cool for the kids to join in.” Davis said that this is the fourth time she has donated hair and that she is looking forward to ma...

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Honor roll

Listed below are students who made the honor rolls at Union Intermediate and Midway Elementary during the third nine week grading period.Union IntermediatePrincipal’s ListGrade 4: Joel Serrano Arenas, Raymond HayesGrade 5: Diego Lerma, Allison Naylor, EdwinHonor Roll

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JSCC Convocation April 29

KENANSVILLE — James Sprunt Community College’s annual Convocation in recognition of Community College Month will be held on Tuesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. in Monk Auditorium on the JSCC campus. This event also highlights the success of the college during the past year. A reception will be held on the grounds immediately following the event.Donors to James Sprunt Community College Foundation in 2013 will be recognized during the ceremonies. The event is open to the public....

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Kids get egg-cited over Easter hunt

The Clinton Recreation and Parks Department held their annual Easter egg hunt earlier this month, with some 200 children, baskets in hand, armed and ready to gather a bounty of colorful eggs.There were 10 lucky egg winners in each age category, and one youngster from each group honored as the person who found the most eggs.Some 2,000 eggs were hidden — and found — during the hunt, held at Royal Lane Park. Inside the eggs were toys and candy, both delightful s...

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‘Pond’ John and the upcoming Bass reunion

Robert Bass, 1842-1905, and Eliza Caroline King , 1848- 1903, parents of Joe Bass, were married in 1875. He was 33 and she was 32. They were married for 25 years. Robert had a brother, Joshua, and two sisters, Ketty and Anna. Robert’s twin brother was John , known in the community as “Pond” John because he would walk around the pond on the farm many times a day. He suffered from being shelled shocked while serving in the Army during the Civil War.

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Senior Center gets grant for garden

Happy Easter to all! Remember, “Jesus is the Reason” for the season. It is not about the hats and dresses and food and parties, but the death, suffering, and most of all, the resurrection of Jesus. “Praise Jesus”! Enjoy this special day with family and friends!A special shout out to my mother, Ms. Eloise Brewington, who is 97 years old and going strong. She has lived to see five generations: Eloise, Carol, Tomekia, Tiana and Chloe. Bless you. May you live to...

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Midway Middle grabs two wins

Midway Middle won two games this week before taking a week off from school and baseball. The Raiders downed Hobbton Monday, at Hobbton, winning 12-1. Midway then hosted Harrells Christian Academy Wednesday, and earned a tough, 7-6 win.In the game against Hobbton, Midway started Carson Calcutt on the mound. Calcutt was the winning pitcher, as he went 4 innings, striking out 7. Donte Lindsey pitched an inning, and so did Chandler Williford, in relief. Each pitcher struck out a batter...

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