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Donation will continue city teacher awards for decades

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A large endowment will ensure those recognized as the best teachers in Clinton City Schools continue to receive a tangible award for their outstanding efforts for at least the next 20 years, likely longer than that.The Clinton City Board of Education at its May 27 meeting accepted a large endowment from Johnny Morisey to further fund the Jack and Kitty Morisey Teacher of the Year Awards Program, which began in the 2008-09 school year.“On behalf of the board, thank you for your generous contribution,” CCS Superintendent Stuart Blount stated in a letter to Morisey. “As these funds are invested, it is expected the program can run until at least 2034.”


Noah’s Ark and the Lord’s church

As one studies through the word of God, it become evident that God has always provided a place of safety for those that would be faithful to Him. For instance, during the time of the tenth plague upon Egypt, the place of safety was to be in the house with the blood on the door post and lintel. We wish to consider two such places of safety and the likenesses of them. The two we have in mind is Noah’s ark and the Lord’s church.

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Don’t just hear the Word, live it

Do you have a favorite devotion book that opens and closes your day with ‘food for thought’? Family devotions are a fantastic way to stay connected. Individual time with the Lord, His Word, and a good devotion book is a piece of paradise on earth. If your schedule doesn’t include time for devotions, I encourage you to plug in a few minutes before your day begins and before it ends. Finding the right place, time, and source to glean His Word from will help make your daily dev...

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Outreach in our churches

To report church news please email or call 592-8137, ext. 117. Deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday for Friday publication. Bearskin MBC

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Sampson poised to offer housing rehab funds

The N.C. Housing Finance Agency has made $7 million available to eligible organizations for the rehabilitation of scattered-site, owner-occupied homes in selected counties, including Sampson, under the 2014 cycle of the Single Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool (SFRLP).Under this cycle of SFRLP14, funds will be made available to serve homeowners in more than 30 counties.

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Gerald Teachey

Gerald TeacheyMOUNT OLIVE — Gerald Teachey, of 558 Carter-Thigpen Road, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Quinn Hospice Center in Kenansville.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation.

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Mario L. Reyes, 51

Mario L. Reyes, 51LELAND — Mario L. Reyes, 51, of 9404 Walker St., passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation.

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Stephen C. Sisco, 54

Stephen C. Sisco, 54MOUNT OLIVE — Stephen Charles Sisco, 54, of 1878 NC Hwy 55 West, passed away on Thursday, July 10,2014 at Wayne Memorial Hospital.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation.

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Annette F. Smith, 53

Annette F. Smith, 53CLINTON —Annette Felecia Smith, 53, of 202 Collins St., passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Sampson Regional Medical Center.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hope Valley Funeral Service & Cremation.

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Stephen A. Robinson, 70

Stephen A. Robinson, 70CAMERON — Mr. Stephen Allen Robinson, 70, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cox Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Emergency, health officials coordinate drill

The water supply in Sampson County has been contaminated.Inside the emergency building, Heather Bonney answers questions from the media, to the best of her ability, while glancing at a laptop screen. Emergency officials walk in and out of the room, while communicating with others at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).As the Assistant Public Information Officer for Sampson County, Bonney talks about tularemia, a disease of animals and humans caused by bacteria. It can ...

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Willie B. Nixon Jr., 56

Willie B. Nixon Jr., 56BURGAW — Willie Bernard Nixon Jr., 56, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Nixon Lewis Funeral Home, Burgaw.

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New Chamber member

Courtesy photoThe Girl Scouts-NC Coastal Pines Region Christina Hicks is one of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce’s newest members. With offices at 118 W. Elizabeth St. in Clinton, the Girl Scouts is an organization committed to girls health, well-being, and development.Their mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. They can be reached at 910-644-8609.

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Arrests7/9 - Robert Smith Jr., 49, 1080 Thompson Ave., Turkey, failure to appear/child support. Bond $975; court date July 15.7/9 - Anthony Terrell Faison, 32, 154 Cabbage Patch Road, Clinton, failure to appear/child support (2 counts), failure to appear driving while license revoked. Bond $5,365; court date July 15.7/9 - David Earl Darden, 52, 1420 Wilmington St., Raleigh, drunk and disruptive. Bond $435; court date July 23.7/9 - M...

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Retirees recognized

Chris Berendt/Sampson IndependentThe Sampson Board of Commissioners recognized recent retirees during its meeting this week for their contributions to the county. Saundra Hines, who worked with the Department of Social Services from 1983-2014, was lauded for her dedication and presented a plaque by board chairman Jefferson Strickland.Chris Berendt/Sampson IndependentCounty retiree Drew Melvin, center, was praised for his service to the Sampson County Detention...

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Three ‘Little Mermaid, Jr.’ casts begin rehearsals

The three casts of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” have been chosen and will now embark on weeks of rehearsals. That would be a logistical nightmare for most directors, but with Angela Martin at the helm the waters will remain calm and smooth. To compound the complexity, there are 20 scenes in this show and much singing and dancing which means there will be three different groups having to learn not only the lyrics but also the dance steps. So as you can see, there will be some 100-plus kid...

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Board paves way for another N.C. 24 industry, resident voices opposition

The former Runion’s Recycling property has been rezoned, paving the way for another industrial prospect on N.C. 24. The move, made by the Board of Commissioners this week, expands Sampson’s Industrial Corridor but does so on the backs of longtime residents of the area, one property owner said.The board unanimously voted to rezone nearly 80 acres located at 75 Runion Lane from RA-Residential to I-Industrial on a request by True Line Surveying.

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