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County schools earn Title I recognition

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Three Sampson County Schools were recently honored for being Title I Reward Schools for 2014-15.Clement, Hobbton and Plain View elementary schools were identified by the state for their high performance, despite the economic challenges of the students attending each.Title I is the largest federal education program for schools. Its purpose is to help students who are academically behind or at risk of falling behind. Funding is based on the amount of low-income children, generally those on free or reduced lunch programs.The announcement about the 78 Title I schools in North Carolina was made by State Superintendent June Atkinson.


A winning JV season

Courtesy photoThe Clinton High JV volleyball team finished in first place in the conference with a 21-1 overall record and a 13-1 conference record. Team members are, front, from left: Naomi Miller, Kimberly Baxter and Caroline Montgomery; center: Cassidy Montgomery. Corey Spell, Alex Canady, coach Jennifer Edgerton and Mary Johnson; and back row: Jessica Hamilton, Jenna Mitchell, coach Ashley Slater Tyneisha Williams, Talona Savage, Michaela Coombs and Ashton Brazell.

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Hobbton’s bus citizens

Courtesy photoHobbton Elementary recently named its October Bus Citizens of the Month. They are, front, from left: Noemi Escamilla, Joshua Hernandez and Daniel Torres; and back: Elijah Munroe, Elijah Morrison, Austin Faircloth and Isabella Bustos.

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Helping the United Way

Courtesy photosUnited Way of Sampson County Board members were busy over the last few days accepting contributions from local pacesetter companies including Belk of Clinton, where store manager Brad Shook presented the group with a check, and Clinton City Schools, where superintendent Stuart Blount and child nutrition director Jeff Swartz made a donation on behalf of the system and its employees. The non-profit agency is already at 80 percent of its goal.Courtesy photos...

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Late mistakes lead to JV Horses’ first loss

West Bladen’s JV football team came to Clinton on Thursday night for a Four County Conference game with the Dark Horses. The two teams showcased high powered offenses that gave each defense nightmares trying to come up with a stop. West Bladen emerged victorious, only after recovering a late fumble in their own end zone to preserve a 36-30 win over Clinton, giving the Horses their first loss of the season.

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Stan the Man Tourney a success at Lakewood again

In this year’s Stan the Man Golf Tournament at Lakewood Country Club, there were 69 players. Groups played in sixomes with two three man superball teams in each. There were players from Charleston, Sunset beach, Goldsboro, and the local area to play in the big event.Winners of their respective flights were Curtis Maroschak, Jeremy Autry and Stephen Faircloth; Susan Hamilton, Jeremy Hoefling, and Bill Holdem, and Chris Rogers, Rick Wilson, and Gary Borrowdale. Other teams to p...

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Local artist makes strides with USA Today

Using his talents, Keith Carter stays busy producing art to accentuate the work of journalists at one of the biggest media groups in the world — USA Today.The work of the commercial artist can be viewed on the upcoming cover of USA Weekend, which is inserted in The Sampson Independent’s Sunday edition. His art will accompany a story about celebrities and their fears.For several years, Carter has worked for the multi-platform news and information company in th...

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Church Outreach

All Together Ministries22nd year Founders Day and Pastors Appreciation Service, Oct. 27 -Nov. 2. Speaker Monday-Evangelist Gail Lamb, Newton Grove; Tuesday-Pastor Curtis Wallace, Goldsboro; Wednesday-Pastor Will Best, Goldsboro; Thursday-Pastor Charley Womack, Pensacola, Fla.; Friday-Elder James Williams, Goldsboro; Sunday-Pastor Rachel Rowe, Goldsboro. Services started nightly at 7:30 p.m., and noon Sunday. Church located 880 E Darden R...

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Cutting off the end of the ham

A story is told of a young couple who were in the kitchen preparing a meal. The husband watched as his wife cut the end off the ham before placing it in the pot. He asked her, “Honey, why do you cut the end off the ham?” Her response was, “That’s just the way I was taught to do it”. He said, but why?” She said, “I don’t know, that’s just the way my mother taught me to prepare a ham. He said, “Well call your mother and ask her why she...

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Sowing seeds in good ground

Do you believe God can gather what you need to get your job done and increase you mightily? His Word proclaims this truth in powerful scripture like Genesis 17:2 “And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly”!

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Hickory Grove to hold historic homecoming

This year Hickory Grove Baptist Church will host its 125th Homecoming, and the church, which was established in 1889, is going to be celebrating with the community this Sunday.Pastor W.H. Calcutt has been the pastor of the church for almost seven years now.In the early 1880s, a small group of folks in the Herring community gathered together and decided they needed a meeting place, and that they needed a “little plot for their early bodies,” said Callcutt in a...

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Lady Raiders end season with third round loss at Carrboro

The Midway Lady Raiders traveled to Carrboro in the third round of the NCHSAA 2A State Playoffs and fell short, ending their season. Carrboro had only one loss all year, which was to a number one seed in the 4A division. Midway lost in three sets by scores of 19-25, 15-25, and 16-25, respectively.“We played hard in the first set and had some great digs,” said Midway’s head coach Jennifer Naylor. Senior Captain Amber Poole had 4 kills and 9 assists to go along with...

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Lady Leopards survive and advance

The Lakewood Leopards defeated the Camden County Bruins in 5 sets Thursday night at Lakewood to advance to the fourth round of the NCHSAA 1A State Playoffs.The Leopards took the first set 25-16 and the second 25-20. However, Camden made some great adjustments. As head coach Sheila Davidson of Lakewood said, “They adjusted to us very well in the 3rd set and the 4th set.”The 3rd set went to the Bruins 25-23, but the 4th set was the worst that the Leopards had p...

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JV Wildcats down James Kenan

In a barnburner, the Hobbton Wildcats declawed the James Kenan Tigers Thursday night in JV football with a 15-12 win.A very excited JV coach, Les Spell, said, “It was an unbelievable game. You dream about winning one like that. We really owe it all the to defense. They did everything including running that punt back for us there at the end. On offense, we did get bottled up down in the red zone a couple of times. My hat’s off to James Kenan. They have a great program an...

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Sampson knocks off Hobbton Middle

The Sampson Middle Dark Horses visited the Hobbton Wildcats Wednesday afternoon and took home a 36-8 football win in the middle school conference.Sampson coach Tracy Thornton said, “We did what we needed to do. It wasn’t the cleanest game we’ve played all year but it was a win, so we’ll take it”Chuck Lively, Hobbton’s coach said, “We played hard against a big team. They played the hardest they have all year. We’re looking f...

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Glow for God T-shirt deadline Oct. 30.

What began as an idea in the heart of one local woman bloomed into an entity all on its own. The HG Cheer Competitive Cheerleading Ministry is part of the Athletics Ministries of Holly Grove Holiness Church in Clinton. The goal of HG Cheer is to always keep Christ at the center. Through devotions, practices, and competitions, HG Cheer wants to share the love of Christ in such a way that He is attractive.HG Cheer’s head coach is Angelique Young. Not only does she have a heart ...

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‘Little Shop’ enters final weekend

Halloween was in the air this past weekend as the Sampson Community Theatre presented “Little Shop Of Horrors” to an appreciative audience who watched a small plant grow from a seedling to the largest item on the big stage. The cast was prepared and showed how several weeks of intensive rehearsals can result in outstanding entertainment that resulted in loud applause and cheers throughout the performances.

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DuBose gives tour of ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities

A local industrial force for decades, DuBose Strapping Inc. recently took the time to show off its inner workings as part of a guided tour of its facilities.A third generation family-owned company headquartered in Clinton with facilities in Indiana and Ohio, DuBose manufactures steel and plastic strapping involving automated strapping machines, a variety of strapping materials, hand application tools and accessories.DuBose underwent a $10 million expansion in recent year...

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