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United Way eyes another ‘Outstanding’ bounty

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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,” is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Prestage Hunting Lodge located in the South River Hunting Preserve near Harrells on the outskirts of Sampson County.

 

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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Comedy and Christian faith meet in local church production

The Christian faith and comedy will meet at Mintz Baptist Church in the upcoming weekends. The church’s dinner theater is going into its 14th season, and tickets are still available for this annual event.Each year the church puts on a performance designed to draw in a crowd and raise some money to help the church and the school, Mintz Christian Academy.“The money goes towards the Mintz Christian Academy, youth missions projects, the building fund, and our eva...

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Our youth shine through Illuminate

Young people often get a bad rap. They’re thrown into a lot with the “bad apples” whose misdeeds often leave the perception that most of today’s youth are driven by selfishness, laziness and a penchant for the wilder side of life.But if you glanced around just about anywhere in late June and early July, whatever negative perceptions one might have of youth should have vanished, replaced by a new-found respect for our younger citizens, a couple hundred who ro...

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Vital Statistics

Building PermitsAnthony Dunn, 1,008 sq. ft., mobile home setupWilliam Grantham, 400 sq. ft., residential additionElmond McKichen, 1,000 sq. ft., residential renovationsHenrietta Kirby, 1,400 sq. ft., mobile home setupLeon Underwood, 420 sq. ft., residential additionIsiah Herring, Jr., 616 sq. ft., residential additionTori Bell, mobile home setupElizabeth Watts, 539 sq. ft., residential add...

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Why aren’t people better?

It was a question for which I didn’t have a good answer. We were coming back from Greenville after an East Carolina football game a few years ago. It was a crisp fall day traveling the usual route from Greenville through Kinston, Mt. Olive, and back to Clinton. Looking at the passing scenery, we noticed that there seemed to be a church around every curve as we traveled along. Then Terri asked me the question that I didn’t have a good answer for at that time, and am not sure I have...

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Overcoming generations of inequality

My great-grandfather Cato Sutton, at 14 in 1864, was an eyewitness to the closing months of the Civil War. With little to no education, he would soon find himself faced with a dilemma. No longer a slave to a master, but now, without land and money, he was a slave to society, which was the plight of the vast majority of the four million freed men at the close of the Civil War in 1965.By the end of Reconstruction in 1877, my great-grandfather, now married, had relocated in Sampson Co...

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Cabbage, a very diet friendly vegetable and now in season

Cabbage is often an underappreciated vegetable, but it’s truly a dieter’s friend. It’s strong-flavored, and may be prepared in a variety of ways, but the diet friendly feature adds extra points for adding this vegetable to your meal plan.The leafy vegetable ranks right up there with broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts with a reputation for fighting cancer. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. The big payoff wit...

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