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Sampson YMCA to hold grand opening
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CLINTON — After months of preparation, the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina is celebrating the grand opening of its Sampson County YMCA on Thursday, June 9.
Suspects sought in vehicle break-ins in Sampson, other counties
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SALEMBURG — Law enforcement are seeking the identities and whereabouts of two suspects alleged to have committed several motor vehicle break-ins in the Salemburg area of Sampson County, as well as other counties.
SCC holds graduation; 360 get diplomas
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CLINTON — On May 12, Sampson Community College (SCC) held its 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony for over 360 graduates in both the Associate in Applied Science Degree & Diploma programs and the College Transfer programs.
Colwell, Travers net top honors
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It was a massive night of celebration Monday at the monthly Board of Education meeting for Sampson County Schools. The room was packed full as family, friends and colleges that gathered to witness what was practically an awards ceremony for SCS, including honoring teachers of the year, principal of the year and staff and student achievement across...
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(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton Police Department.)
Sampson principals complete program
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Two Sampson County principals recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership...
‘Lunch and Learn’ addresses poverty
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Key members and organizations from throughout Sampson County gathered at Grove Park Baptist Church once again last Tuesday for part two of their Lunch and Learn workshop.
Turkey takes ‘Stand for Children’
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TURKEY — This year, Turkey finds itself playing host, for the first time, to a nationally-run event that’s been around since the 1990s, Stand for Children Day.
County proposes 5-cent tax hike
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A declining population in Sampson County has meant less tax base and anticipated revenue, which combined with omnipresent inflation and supply chain issues, has left the county at a serious crossroads. The severity of the situation was brought into a somber focus during Monday’s unveiling of the 2022-23 proposed budget for Sampson, which includes...
Prestage, Smithfield tech tours
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The Sampson Soil and Water Conservation District, along with other local soil and water districts and members of the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission, last week had the chance to visit Prestage Farms and tour its AgEnergy facility. Prestage AgEnergy is a division of Prestage Farms that is dedicated to making food animal production...
US Cellular celebrates new location
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The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce gathered with members of US Cellular last Friday in celebration of a relocation and expansion of the business. A ribbon cutting was held to mark the new building relocation in Clinton. Previously located at 360 Northeast Blvd., US Cellular’s new location is at 1315 Sunset Ave., in the building that was once...
SCS Board status quo maintained
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The Sampson County Board of Education will proceed intact as all four incumbents — Kim Schmidlin, Sonya Powell, Daryll Warren and Robert Burley — were reelected.
Share your spring photos!
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The Sampson Independent is introducing a new digital gallery feature, through which members of the public can submit their photos. The gallery will feature a variety of topics at any given time, but those wishing to contribute any eye-catching scene can feel free to participate. Photos will be available to view through the gallery and selected to...
‘Sweet’ success in Sampson classrooms
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Plain View Elementary School fourth graders had the last session of Ag in the Classroom. Agent Eileen Coite manages the program through the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Sampson County. Over the past four weeks, for a day each week, Coite visited the fourth graders to teach them about agriculture, specifically sweet potatoes. The students were...
Butler & Faircloth welcomes Scott
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Butler & Faircloth Realtors in Clinton recently welcomed a familiar face as their newest real estate broker.
Union cadets earn scholarships
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The Union High School 85th JROTC Battalion Commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Ariana Romero and the Cadet Command Sgt. Major Clarissa Hernandez both received the Simple Gifts Scholarship.
Health Department offers pregnancy, prenatal care
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The Sampson County Health Department offers a Prenatal Program, Pregnancy Care Management Services. The program has recently undergone a name transformation and is now referred to as Care Management for High-Risk Pregnancies — CMHRP. The program was developed by the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the North Carolina Division of...
Remembering Ol’ Red and Blue
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Red and Blue were the two dogs my father had prior to his death eleven years ago. Someone dumped them out at his house when they were puppies. They were identical lab mix with something breed dogs. Not having a dog at that time and feeling sorry for them, Daddy started feeding them and decided to keep them.
Sweet potato casserole
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Did you know sweet potatoes are the state vegetable of NC? Sweet potatoes are a wonderful vegetable that is available all year long, making them very affordable. Here’s a healthy way to enjoy the classic sweet potato casserole and a spin on just eating regular baked sweet potatoes. This is one of our recipes from
McLamb defeats Wooten
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The Sampson County Board of Commissioners will look a bit different by the end of the year. In a sea of uncontested county races this year, a commissioner who served for years as the board’s chairman was defeated in Tuesday’s primary.
Patrol car shot ‘multiple times’ at deputy’s home
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Last week’s shooting of an unmarked Sampson County Sheriff’s Office vehicle is still under investigation, according to authorities, who are urging anybody with information about the incident to come forward.
Services slated across Sampson
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On Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. till 12 p.m., Brown’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Clinton, will have regular morning service. Pastor Jeffery White will bring forth the morning message. Music rendered by the praise team. Every Tuesday noon day prayer is held on Facebook. Bible Study every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. on Facebook (Face masks are...
Edith Bradshaw Scholarship awarded
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Going to college often requires large funds and that financial burden was recently lessened for a pair of Sampson County students, thanks to the Edith Bradshaw Scholarship.
Election Day in Sampson: 4 key contests
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Today is Election Day, with statewide primaries and rescheduled municipal elections on tap, including contested races for Clinton City Council and the Sampson County Board of Education, as well as a county primary for a key Sampson County Board of Commissioners seat that will essentially propel the winner toward his eventual election at the end of...
Find fun with Visit NC Farms App
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Are you ready for some fresh fruits and veggies? Wish you had a way to make local food connections and find locally grown produce? Be sure to download and start using the Visit NC Farms App! If you have a smartphone, the app can be a tremendous resource right at your fingertips to connect with local farms, farmers markets, roadside stands,...