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Coming to a market near you … ‘Movies’ set for this Thursday

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After a bit of a delay, the first-annual “Movies at the Market” will wrap up this week with the second of two family film outings at the Clinton City Market.“We will likely be doing this again next year and are hopeful the weather will cooperate with us this week,” Clinton-Sampson Planning director Mary Rose said Tuesday.“Movies at the Market” came out of the Clinton Main Street Program’s ongoing efforts to add to the growing list of downtown activities, especially during the summer months. Movie nights scheduled for June and July were aimed at boosting attendance at the market, which between the three-days-a-week Farmers Market and Alive After Five Summer Concert Series, has stayed busy.

 

County schools to research activity fleet

As the transportation director for Sampson County Schools, Herb Sanderson said students, principals and coaches take pride in their schools.“I know riding up in a brand new activity bus would build even more pride,” he said. “That state championship baseball team next year would look good riding up in a new activity bus.”During a Tuesday work session, Sanderson presented a possible purchase plan to upgrade the fleet by purchasing four new activity...

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Pianist to perform free concert

Music lovers are in for a treat next week when two musicians will bring their talents to Clinton for what is being called a special performance.The Sampson Arts Council is hosting the free classical music piano recital at First Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.. Vincent L. Povazsay and Richard Drehoff will perform. Povazsay, a Roseboro native, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from UNC-Chapel Hill.“I graduated from Cl...

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NC STEP to offer small business grants

Through the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Garland NC STEP Community Leadership Committee is hosting a meeting Friday night regarding grant opportunities for small businesses.Renovation and facade grants are available for up to $4,000 with a 50 percent match, giving small businesses an opportunity to invest up to $8,000. Retention grants do not require a match.The purpose of the North Carolina Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program (NC STEP) is to help towns...

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Crimewatch

(Crime 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 jail report.)Arrests7/21 - Corey Alexander Parker, 19, 580 Myrtle Road, Roseboro,possession of firearm by felon. Bond $5,000; court date Aug. 1.7/21 - Devin Alford, 22, 1577 Tomahawk Hwy., Harrells, no operator’s license. Bond $275; court date Aug. 5....

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News briefs

Road closure — N.C. Dept. of Transportation will close both both north and southbound lanes of State Road 1007 (Wildcat Road) .01 miles east of Junction State Road 1100 (Ivanhoe Road) through Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. for bridge repair.Diabetes Self Management Workshop — Free six week program to help you manage your health and improve your quality of life, through Aug. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at Butler Court Senior Center, 501 Byron Butler Court...

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United Way eyes another ‘Outstanding’ bounty

A purely Sampson showcase, a five-course dining experience featuring foods farmed in Sampson and prepared by a select group of its own chefs — all proceeds from which then go back into the community — is returning for seconds.“Outstanding in Our Fields,” the aptly-titled United Way of Sampson County fundraiser, is back this year after a wildly successful inaugural outing in April 2013. The dinner, deemed “Outstanding in Our Fields: The Bounty,” i...

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Political passion, penchant for service

Garrett Whipkey has always been interested in politics, but he never really saw it as a career path until recently.The 2010 Hobbton High graduate and senior at Western Carolina University experienced the epiphany gradually, as his involvement in WCU’s Student Government Association grew — first as a member of the college Democrats and later as an SGA senator and eventually senator pro tem — and with it his love of all things political.“The more in...

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Time for board to set a proper budget course

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sampson’s county commissioners will return to work, trying to find a resolution to a 2014-15 budget conundrum that has left the county with an interim fiscal plan through July 31 and department heads scrambling to produce a map that will lead governing officials to 5 percent across-the-board cuts.The meeting is scheduled to run, minus lunch and presumably dinner, through 8 p.m., with employees back before the board to discuss their departments t...

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Duckworth says he’s ready to serve Clinton City Schools

As the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Dr. Mark Duckworth has a goal to do the best he can for student achievement.The educator officially began his new position with Clinton City Schools July 1. It was previously held by Lenora Locklear, who announced her retirement in the spring.“I was interested in continuing to grow as an administrator in education,” Duckworth said. “The position opened up for curriculum and instruction,...

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One facing B&E, larceny charges

A probe into June break-ins at two northern Sampson homes has culminated with the arrest of a 27-year-old on a laundry list of felony and misdemeanor charges.Officers arrested Andrew Scott Rogers of 4716 Spring Branch Road, Dunn late Saturday afternoon, charging him with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a motor vehicle, all felonies. In addition he faces misdemeanor charges o...

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Traffic stop lands 2 in jail

A U.S. 701 traffic stop Saturday has left two Sampson County men behind bars facing assorted drug charges.Officers with Sampson’s Special Investigation Unit made the stop around 4:18 p.m., taking Alberto Maldonado Estremera, 43, 4534 Faison Hwy. and Luis Rodriguez Torres, 29, 772 Byrd Yancey Bass Road, Clinton into custody.When contacted Monday, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said SID agents made the stop near North Boulevard for a minor traffic violation....

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Fun at the Corn Festival

Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentDuring the North Carolina Corn Festival Saturday, Jorge Rivas plays a roping game with his son Daniel, as his wife Lucia observes.Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentJose Deleon enjoys spending time with his son Cesar ‘s Corn Maze.Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentIlusion de Durango performs Saturday during the North Carolina Corn Festival.Chase Jordan / Sampson IndependentChildr...

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Crimewatch

(The criminal public records below are provided daily by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff’s Office jail reports.)Arrests7/18 - Ondina Suyapa Hardison, 42, 1240 Isham Frederick Road, Warsaw, burning personal property, insurance fraud. Bond $10,000; court date Aug. 1.7/18 - Franklin Bernard Tatum Jr., 35, 1357 Bill Town Road, Rose Hill, domestic as...

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Michael Martin golf tournament will tee up Aug. 21

MOUNT OLIVE – The 27th Michael Martin Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Southern Wayne Country Club.The Michael Martin tournament is held annually in memory of NC Highway Patrolman Michael Martin, a University of Mount Olive alumnus who was killed in the line of duty. The total raised since the tournament began is more than $540,000. All contributions collected go directly into the Michael Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Universi...

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Stuffing the bus

A new school year is on the way and a group of community members want to make sure students have the tools they need to succeed.Carolyn Williams-Monk is looking forward to generous community members filling up the Bearskin Missionary Baptist Church buses with school supplies and backpacks once again this year, as part of an ongoing outreach that comes around just before the start of school each year.The annual Stuff the Bus Event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1 ,from 10 ...

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Andrew’s Chapel Church disbanded

The Andrew’s Chapel Methodist church has roots back to 1785 in Sampson County; it is located at the intersection of Fleet Cooper and Andrews Chapel Roads. A John Parker, who was born about 1725 in North Carolina, moved from Edgecombe County to Duplin County about 1757. He settled along the west side of Little Coharie Creek in the part of Duplin that became Sampson County, by 1784. John Parker became a prominent landowner and planter. He is considered the first Methodist in Sampson Count...

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Local fire departments feeling budget burn

Local fire departments are facing a 5 percent cut, a prospect that would not only affect the volunteer units themselves but could adversely impact emergency response to citizens as well as their insurance costs down the road.The proposed 2014-15 Sampson County budget currently calls for a 5.25-cent tax hike (whittled down from an initial 9 cents), however all departments in the county were directed by the Board of Commissioners last month to cut 5 percent permanently off their resp...

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