Sampson Independent- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:25:15 EST 1800 Decking the halls When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I'll admit I've never been very successful. I stock up on magazines like “Southern Living” and “Martha Stewart Living,” but somehow even Martha can't transform me... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:46:05 EST Horses are our champs every day The Clinton High Dark Horses are champions today, even if they didn't bring home the shiny trophy that marks them as winners of the 2A state championship. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:31:10 EST Clinton provides some downtown Christmas magic It was yet another unique and special moment in time Friday night as downtown Clinton, decorated in its Christmas finest, offered child and adult, alike, a holiday adventure that surely brought joy to everyone's heart and smiles to... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:31:16 EST The shepherds were there It was a tough occupation. It took rugged men to do it. There were long hours under trying conditions. But the job was necessary, and someone had to do it. The work wasn't glamourous, didn't pay much, and many looked down on those who... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:31:15 EST Give holiday cheer at Clinton House Are you looking for a way to spread Christmas cheer this season? Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:31:08 EST Wrapping others in warmth, love See story A1Remarkable things can happen when people come together for a common cause. We say it often on these pages, but never often enough to convey the spirit of a community that always finds a... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:31:06 EST The blind-eyed It's the most wonderful time of the year — college football bowl season! Our appetites will be whetted in the Thoracic Surgeons' Backbone Bowl (or whatever brand new bowl game is televised) as two all-but-unknown teams face off. This... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:31:05 EST Like the tree, Warren has lighted the way See story A1Sampson Regional Medical Center's Tree of Love continues to be a shining example of what the coming together of a community can do to inspire hope, bring a smile and, at the same... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:30:07 EST A lack of political concern What would be your response if someone were to ask; what political party do you support? You may answer either (1) Democrat or (2) Republican and in some cases (Other). The real question is would you know how either party would represent America... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:45:13 EST Building our community’s future With the continuing fallout from the no indictment decisions in both the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, one has to wonder how much longer will it be before America accepts all of its citizens as equals. Why are we still allowing ourselves to be... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 07:01:05 EST In a season of love, also let there be peace Let there be peace on earth. It's such a simple but powerful phrase, one that's been used in a song and is often used in sermons during this Christmas season. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 06:31:07 EST It’s good for you or so they say “Eat your vegetables. They're good for you.” I'm sure you have heard this; either as a child from your parents, or from yourself to your own kids. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 06:31:06 EST Wilson served county well G.H. Wilson never fails to surprise. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:31:07 EST Better than a Black Friday deal This past week we celebrated a national holiday. It was a time when people gathered together for one purpose. The media did its part in promoting the holiday by constantly reminding us of its coming and its value. Anticipation grew as the day grew... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 06:31:07 EST Ribbon cut at Serenity Health & Fitness Members of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon officially opening Serenity Health & Fitness, LLC in Clinton last week. Located at 204 Wall St. in the downtown, Serenity Health & Fitness specializes in renewing the mind, body,... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:31:06 EST The man who ‘digged’ deep Teaching in parables, as Jesus often did, Jesus spoke one parable in which he illustrated both he that heard his word and obeyed it and he that heard his word and did not obey it. He called them the wise man that built his house upon a rock and the... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:31:06 EST Gathering at granny’s In 1789 President Washington proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving, but this was hit or miss, and it was observed intermittently until 1863 when Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November. This seemed to make everybody happy,... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:31:14 EST Hearts of gratitude As we gather today with family and friends to share in our bountiful blessings, we should do so with grateful hearts. For despite the trials and tribulations of what seems like a world gone crazy, there is still so much for which we should give... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:31:12 EST On Black Friday and beyond, shop local Black Friday is fast approaching and, as we do every year, we urge residents to consider shopping local first. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:31:10 EST You are what you eat Every year it played out like a slow-motion horror film – or maybe it was a slapstick comedy. I could never tell. But on Thanksgiving, my grandmother routinely prepared deviled eggs, and my father routinely consumed too many of those deviled... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:30:06 EST