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MyOwn Partner voting under way

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Who will be The Sampson Independent’s Community Partner for the next 12 months? That decision is up to voters, who have a chance now to select from the four non-profit agencies vying for an opportunity at $2,500 in free advertising and the right to use the Civitas Media Community Partner logo.It’s all part of a program sponsored by Civitas Media LLC, The Independent’s parent company, designed to reach out and help non-profits reach out to others in the community.


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Clinton City Schools and Sampson County Schools held orientations and open houses at various sites in the area. The events allowed children and their parents to meet teachers and administrators.The first day of school is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25.

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Wildcat JV drops opener

The Hobbton Wildcat JV football team got off to a roaring start in Thursday night’s debut against East Bladen. However, it came to a halt late in the first half and in the fourth quarter. The final was 30-14.Josh Pope took a pass from the 50–yard line in for a score on the Wildcats’ first possession. The point after was good for an 8-0 lead.East Bladen came right back, scoring on their first possession and with the extra point, tied the score at 8 each....

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Lakewood JV tops Union in first game

The temperature was hot and the Leopard J.V. football squad was just as hot on Thursday with a 26-6 win over the Union Spartans. Quarterback, Cameron Sessoms, lead the offensive on the ground and in the air with a 10 yard pass to Bryce Tanner for the first TD of the game the point after was no good. The rest of the quarter was a battle of defensive for both teams.The second quarter started with both defenses hard at it again, but with 7:45 left in the quarter, Keshon Baily took the...

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South River EMC members urged to be alert

A recent phone scam has involved a caller ID spoof of South River EMC’s phone number, 892-8071, company officials noted this week.According to a news release from the corporation, a member reported that they were contacted from someone stating that they were from the utility demanding to be paid for a past due bill or the electricity would be disconnected. The caller ID reflected South River EMC’s phone number. However, something did not seem legitimate, so the member h...

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Support shown for new teachers

Inside Sampson Middle School’s media center Friday morning, a group of new teachers worked together as a team, with guidance from other educational professionals.Close to 30 new or fairly new teachers attended the BT (Beginning Teachers) Matters, a program made possible through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and the Institute for Emerging Issues out of Raleigh. The purpose of the grant is to provide a lot of support for beginning teachers in their first...

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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.)Arrests8/21 - Larry L. Draughon, 53, 501 Beaman Woods Road, Clinton, failure to appear/child support. Bond $500; court date not listed.8/21 - Darius Lamar Butler, 21, 812 Bill Town Road, Rose Hill, failure to comply/child support. Bond $6...

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Annual Anna Ruth Christian Retreat Gospel Sing Aug. 30

On Saturday, Aug. 30, two of the area’s most popular Christian vocal groups will come together at the Coats Community Church in Coats for an exciting musical worship service to benefit a very worthy cause. Butler Hughes & Hayes and Mercy’s Cross will be featured during this special evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to benefit the Anna Ruth Christian Retreat.

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The Dennis Family at Piney Grove Chapel Sunday

Musical group the Dennis Family will be featured on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church, just east of Angier, at 6 p.m.. This exciting musical worship evening is a part of the Super Sunday Night Series that Piney Grove Chapel is hosting throughout the summer.The Dennis Family is recognized as one of the region’s most popular and talented musical groups. Doug and Jackie Dennis, along with son, Jason and Jason’s wife, Lauren, provide smooth, rich harmony ...

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On the road again

Even before the sun is fully up Monday morning, 161 bright yellow school buses will be on Sampson County roadways, stopping and starting as their doors swing open to allow some 8,000 bright-eyed Clinton City and Sampson County students to climb aboard. They’ll do it all over again that same afternoon, and they’ll repeat the routine again the next day and the next and the next for some 180 days of the 2014-15 academic year.Bus drivers in Sampson County will travel some 1...

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Suspect sought in sexual assault

Clinton police are on the lookout for a man believed to be responsible for a sexual assault that occurred earlier this week.Police Chief Jay Tilley said Thursday he believes the incident is an isolated one. Officers, he said, have a person of interest in the case but no arrest has been made yet.The suspect is described as a black male, close to 6 foot tall and heavy set, weighing between 260 and 285 pounds, with close cut hair. He was last seen wearing a white or silver ...

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Soul Purpose coming to Mintz

Southern Gospel group Soul Purpose will be in concert Sunday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. at Mintz Baptist Church in Roseboro. The Winston-Salem group, pastor Joe Hedrick said, will provide great music and wonderful testimonies. The concert is free, but a love offering will be taken for the group.

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Turn to God’s word for promise, hope

Do you feel swamped by the world and its woes? Last week’s column ended with a vrese from John 16:33 “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”Readings from two devotional books early one morning and watching nightly news while ironing stirred this story. We are always working, doing this or that around the house or on the job. An old hymn says: ‘We’ll work ‘till Jesus comes, then we’ll...

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Outreach in our churches

Cedar PointDOCThe 117th Homecoming Celebration will be Sept. 14. The theme is “For Your Glory.” Attire for the day is overalls, jeans, bonnets and long skirts. Please bring donations for our Operation Christmas Child Mission Project!Christian FellowshipWomen’s Conference on Saturday, at 6 p.m. Three speakers including Ann Mosson, Bishop Larry Mosson of Trinity, Charlene Bell. Pasto...

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By Robert Oliver Contributing columnist

As any who know the New Testament at all know, it was a common occurrence for the Jewish leaders to try to find something that Jesus said or did that they could hold against him. On one occasion when Jesus was in the temple, “the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” (Matt. 21:23). Now, were that question asked in all sincerity and honesty, one could certa...

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New city logo ‘milling around’ the corner

As it develops a road map for future planning, and calls on the community’s help to do so, the City of Clinton will soon be unveiling a new-look logo that will assist in marketing every aspect of the city’s brand for years to come.Earlier this week, City Council met for a special planning session, during which it heard an update on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan from Dale Holland of Holland Consulting Planners and listened to an audio presentation by Ben Muldrow of Arnett ...

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Hardee’s named Chamber’s Member of Week

The Chamber’s Member of the Week is Hardee’s, located at 1514 Sunset Ave. in Clinton. Originally starting on College Street, Hardee’s came to Clinton in 1966 and moved in 1978 to Jordan Shopping Center. Today the Clinton Hardee’s is located on Sunset Avenue and is proud to be in the biscuit breakfast, quality burgers and fries business. Tommy Jackson (chief operations officer) acknowledges that Sampson County and the City of Clinton has been good to their company and l...

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‘Mermaid Jr.’ enters final weekend

It was an appreciative audience who attended the second weekend of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” as the Sunshine cast performed beautifully and made the Sampson Community Theater proud of them and their director Angela Martin.Angela has worked harder than anyone on this show since she had rehearsals for three casts going on at the same time which could have led to numerous logistical problems had it not been for her experience in handling multiple casts. The audience was especi...

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