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Barden Street armed robbery probed

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Investigators with the Clinton Police Department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team are looking for suspects in a Thursday night armed robbery at the Sampson Center, in which a man was assaulted and robbed.According to reports, Michael Watts, 20, was held at gunpoint at 808 Barden St. The armed robbery was reported at 8:21 p.m. Thursday. According to police reports, $80 in cash and an FM radio transmitter were stolen.“The victim had arranged to meet a friend at Barden Street Gym and he met with him and another subject,” Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said. “The second subject displayed a handgun, assaulted Watts and took his money. Both of them then fled.”


Dark Horses dominate Panthers

Clinton traveled to Beulaville on Friday night to open their 2014 football season against rival East Duplin. The Horses wasted no time establishing a strong rushing attack and put the game away well before halftime. The Dark Horses scored early and often and a stingy defense kept the Panthers out of the end zone. By game end the Horses had piled up 468 yards of total offense and scored 7 touchdowns in route to a dominating 48-3 win.

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Hobbton drops decision to Southeat Halifax

The Hobbton Wildcats tangled with the Trojans of Southeast Halifax Friday night and came up short. The final score was 30-12.“The score is not indicative of the game,” said Hobbton head coach Jeff Byrd. “Offensively we got to moving the ball better and defensively we gave up 30 points. But, 2 of those scores came at the end of the first half and at the end of the game. That’s as good as I have seen them play on defense in a long time. We had people cramping ...

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Midway falls to Princeton, 28-7

The Midway Raiders picked up its first loss of the season Friday night in a 28-7 decision to the visiting Princeton Bulldogs. Princeton used 409 total yards to take down the young Raiders.After the teams traded punts in their first few possessions, Princeton was able to get on the board with 2:22 to play in the opening quarter. Midway then scored 13 seconds later on their first play from scrimmage in the ensuing drive. Jeremy Robinson took a hand-off from quarterback Cameron Godwin...

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News briefs

America Legion Post #319 — will not have a meeting in September. FMI Robert L. Brown at 590-2781American Legion Auxiliary #319 — meeting - 3:30p.m., Friday, Sept. 12 FMI call: Helen Faison at 592-6060Tai Chi classes — return to the Center for Health+Wellness Tuesday, Sept. 2. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through October from 11:15 a.m. until noon. Free to the public. FMI, call Angela Fair...

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Couple more arrests on ‘Tap’

The latest in an ongoing series of significant drug arrests by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office continued Thursday as two more “Double Tap” suspects were served felony charges.William Travis Pope, 26, of 897 Renfrow Road, Clinton, was charged with selling methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. Additionally, Pope was charged with selling a Schedule IV controlled substance and deliv...

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Tart gives UIS fifth-graders view of Marine life

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Stephen Tart came to Union Intermediate School on Aug. 27 and spoke with the fifth-grade class.LCpl Tart talked with students about Marine history, Marine terminology, the process of becoming a Marine, and the leadership and motivational values he has gained from being in the Marine Corps.He will left Raleigh on Aug. 28 to report to Okinawa, Japan on Sept. 2 to serve two years of duty as a Engineer Equipment Electrical Systems Technician....

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Byrd serves as N.C. Senate page

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate was honored recently to have Chandler Britt Byrd, a student at Wake Forest High School, serve as a page. She is the daughter of Charles and Paige Byrd of Wake Forest and the granddaughter of Danny and Vicki Britt of Clinton.Chandler was sponsored by Sen, Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger of Rockingham County.Statewide high school students in grades 9 through 12 serve as pages...

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Journey through recovery

For Frankie and Amanda Brewington, June 11 began as a normal day. Eleven weeks later, the couple are living a completely different life, one they never expected.Frankie is now a double-leg amputee and adjusting to a life of doctor’s appointments, uncertainties, therapy and healing.Just prior to his life-changing events, he told his wife Amanda he was hearing “whooshing” sounds in his head. “He described it as an ultrasound,” Amanda added. &#...

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Bradshaw says goodbye to Extension

Inside her office at the Sampson County Extension Office, Amanda Bradshaw sat in front of a computer and sorted through thousands of 4-H pictures.“That’s one of the things I’m working on this week, getting all of these pictures off my computer and onto CDs,” Bradshaw said. “It’s going to be here for whoever comes here 15, 25 , 30 or 50 years from now. There’s a lot of history on those pictures.”The discs will be passed on t...

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Murphy-Brown: Lawsuits could put farmers out of work

The filing of seven federal lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC is “disappointing,” and one that could potentially put hard-working farmers out of business, an attorney for the company said this week.The suits, filed in U.S. District Court last week, allege the Warsaw-based Smithfield Foods Inc. subsidiary failed to take steps to reduce nuisance and injury caused by company-owned and contract farms in Sampson and five surrounding counties. The lawsuits were brought by Wal...

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The simple truth

Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Later in the book of John we read where, after Jesus had spoken of truth, “Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?” (John 18:38). The short answer to that question could well be to just cite the words of Jesus in His prayer to the Father; “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy wor...

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Church Outreach

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 the Operation Christmas Child Mission Project!Circle of Blessings/Tim’s GiftDinner will be served every Tuesday, 5 p.m., at the old Scotchman store on Elizabeth Street i...

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God’s language is one of the heart

Do you believe some things have to be believed to be seen? This story stirs before dawn while dusting my kitchen table and mulling over thoughts about believing and praying for my granddaughter, Corie, who is being transported to Duke tonight. She was in a car accident and broke her back. Dusting and praying in the wee hours of the morning makes for a good story on believing.

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Back to school is about staying in the know on the go

Back to school can be exciting, but also an overwhelming time for students, parents and teachers. Whether students forget to check for homework assignments or miss class due to illness, students don’t want to fall behind. Access to information and connecting with teachers and other students is just a click away with the help of smartphones and tablets. According to a recent survey by U.S. Cellular1, 74 percent of households with children under the age of 18 have at least one tablet. Tab...

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Courtesy photoThe Chamber’s Member of the Week is the Sampson County Friends of Agriculture, located at 55 Agriculture Place in Clinton. Sampson County Friends of Agriculture is a support group for agriculture & agricultural businesses in Sampson and surrounding counties. Sampson County Friends of Agriculture aims to inform the public on agricultural issues. For more information about Sampson County Friends of Agriculture contact Ronnie Jackson, President at 910-592-7161. For...

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Hobbton volleyball wins again

The Hobbton Wildcat JV volleyball team got another win Thursday against James Kenan. The final was 2-1, Hobbton.In the opening set, Alana Rhodes served 17 straight points, including 5 aces, before giving up the serve. The Wildcats went on to take the game 25-8. In the second game, James Kenan found their game and kept it close throughout winning 25-21. In the third game, Hobbton got their act together and dominated the Tigers again taking that game 25-9 and the match.

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Lady Raiders net first conference win

The Midway Lady Raiders bounced back from a hard fought non-conference loss to Lakewood on Wednesday with their first conference win over East Bladen. Midway’s varsity and JV teams won their matches, each by seeping the Lady Eagles.The JV Lady Raiders won 25-10 in the first set and 25-15 in the second. Autumn Byrd scored 12 points off serves and had 7 assists. Blythe Best was 2-2 in the kills category. Logan Baggetthad 5 aces for Midway.As for the varsity, Midway w...

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