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NCMA honors Mike Helton
NASCAR President Mike Helton,
Health Assessment Reveals Chronic
Disease/Obesity as #1 Health
Concern in Sampson County
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Nascar Insider
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During Monday night’s Clinton City Schools’ Board of
Education meeting, Teacher of the Year Coordinator, Jeff
Swartz, named the 5 teachers from the city school system
named 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year Candidates.
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Angela Harding – 7th grade Mathematics teacher at Sampson
Middle School. She uses creativity to help students become
excited and learn more about everyday math. She also fosters
the students to use their own creativity.
Robin Matthis – Robin teaches 4th grade AIG Math and
Language Arts at Sunset Avenue School. She wants to see
students achieve or exceed their own expectations, challenging
them to reach farther than they are able to conceive. The words
“I can’t” are not allowed in her classroom.
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Jeff Davidson – Civics, World History and American I Social
Studies teacher for grades 9th thru 12th at Clinton High
School. He encourages students to make things happen. He
says personal responsibility and accountability are two of his
big themes in the classroom for his students to accomplish
academically and as a good citizen.
Julie Gillispie – Julie moved into a new position at Butler
Avenue this year from being a third grade teacher to serving as
a K-3 AIG Specialist serving both L.C. Kerr and Butler Avenue
School. Her goals for the students are to create a community
of learners who engage, challenge and support one another.
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Swartz gave the following introductions as he presented the
candidates to the board of education. In doing so, Swartz
stated that the selection committee had reached its hardest
decision to date due to the field of available talented teachers.
Sandra Starling – Sandra is a Kindergarten teacher at L.C.
Kerr and has been in this position for 9 years. She has high
expectations for her students and shares with them her “can
do” attitude. She believes all students can be successful and
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who is usually the one giving
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the receiving end recently, as
the North Carolina Motorsports
Association awarded him the
Achievement in Motorsports
Tribute Award. Previous recipients include the late Bill France
Jr., Benny Parsons and Dale
Earnhardt, along with Bruton
Smith, Junior Johnson, H.A.
“Humpy” Wheeler and the Jarrett
Veteran motorsports journalist Tom Higgins, who for years
was the NASCAR beat writer for
the Charlotte (North Carolina)
Observer, received the Jim Hunter
Memorial Media Award.
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Corporal Adrian Mathews of the Clinton Police Department was honored Tuesday
night at the February City Council meeting as the 2014 City of Clinton Police
Rex White’s induction into NASCAR’s
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The selection committee will select a single teacher from the
five above to be named the Jack and Kitty Morisey District
Teacher of the Year. That selection should be announced
during Clinton City Schools’ End of Year Awards program.
CCS Receives $10k Gift
In other news from Clinton City Schools, Clyde Locklear,
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Shinika Bronson Shares a Funny Talent
She’s a quiet, unassuming and polite, 16 year old; but
beneath her somewhat shy demander Shinika Bronson
commands not one, but two budding talents. Shinika is
an extremely talented artist who has won many awards
beginning in kindergarten. But the Clinton High School
sophomore recently started mixing her artistic drawing
abilities with her sarcastic sense of humor, producing
nearly professional appearing comic strips.
The idea of the comic strip came to Shinika late one night. “I
was asleep and I woke up with these random thoughts and
just started writing them down,” says the young artist. Art
has been a natural gift that she says she’s enjoyed since she
was 3 or 4 years old. But it was not until her 8th grade Art
teacher, Megan Scronce, presented her Sampson Middle
School class with art in different forms. “One of them was
a comic strip and it just caught my attention.” And Shinika
has fostered a passion for it ever since.
Shinika is also passionate about singing, and hopes to
join the Choir at Red Hill Missionary Baptist soon; but its
drawing that she says, “…is my favorite thing to do.” Shinika
explains that it takes her about 30 minutes to complete an
8 cell comic strip in freehand. She laughs a little when she
says, “When they see it everybody thinks I copied it, but it’s
all mine done freehand.”
On close inspection you can see that Shinika has the ability
to freehand faces from different angles, yet is still able to
repeat the quirky comic characteristics and expressions
throughout the strip. Definitely not what you might expect
from a 16 year old.
Shinika admits she’s a little of an introvert, and like most
introverted people, she enjoys thinking and exploring
her thoughts and feelings. “I’ve always expressed myself
through drawing,” she says. A few years ago she submitted
an abstract piece for a competition, and while she admits
that abstract is not her favorite form of expression, she won
first place. “It wasn’t one of my favorites,” she explains, “but
it worked. It was for a competition, so I tried my best.”
Zendra Bronson, Shinika’s aunt, continuously encourages
and supports Shinika’s art. “She’s got trophies and awards
from kindergarten on,” says Zendra. She also won the
“Relay for Life” tee-shirt design contest when she was in
the 8th grade. Zendra adds that she once drew a woman
freehand walking on a sidewalk, “It really looked like the
woman was going to step of the paper.”
The young artist has hopes of going to college in a few years,
and would like to major in Graphic Arts. Considering her
considerable talents at just 16, one would expect Shinika
Bronson to continue exploring and expressing visual art
far beyond her college years.
Sampson County Civitan Club
Clinton insurance
salesman on $150,000
win: ‘It still hasn’t hit me’
James Eldridge of Clinton plans to use the $150,000 prize he
won playing the Joker’s Wild game to save for the future.
Eldridge scratched off the lucky $5 ticket on Saturday after purchasing it at the Sunset Hop In on Sunset Avenue in Clinton.
“When I scratched the ticket, it didn’t hit me that I’d won,” Eldridge said. “It still hasn’t hit
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Eldridge collected a check for $103,876. As of
Wednesday afternoon, one $150,000 prize remains to be claimed in the game.
For details on how $28 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Sampson County,
click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.
Ticket sales made it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion for the state last
year. North Carolina Education Lottery net proceeds will be used this year to help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-yearolds, school construction and repair, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.
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At the recent Civitan Christmas Party, members were shown Christmas thank
you cards that were hand written by the LC Kerr school Exceptional Children’s
class. They were extremely appreciative of the Christmas gifts given to them
by the Civitan Club.
The Sampson County Civitan Club purchased approximately 250 Christmas
presents for the Exceptional Children of the City and County schools. This project was made possible due to the generosity of everyone that purchased a BBQ
plate at our annual fund raiser. We would also like to thank Walmart for their
assistance with the purchase of the gifts. A special thanks goes to the Exceptional Children’s teachers that took the time to collect the gifts and wrap them.
Thanks to Dr. Bracey, Col Macon, Clyde Locklear, Ann Johnson, Faith Jackson
and all the Exceptional Children teachers in both school systems for their support.
So far this year the Civitan Club has made donation to the Wounded Warrior
Project and the Sampson County Veteran’s Council. We also support the Children’s home at Waccamaw and Special Olympics.
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The next scheduled event for the Club is the annual spring dance at the Civic
Center for the Exceptional adult students in the Sampson Community College
Continuing Education Program.
It has been the pleasure of the local Civitan Club to support the Exceptional
needs student in both local school systems and the community for over 20
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This document requires community input and secondary data to identify health related trends and
other factors that affect the health and well-being of Sampson County residents. This information
is shared with multiple partners throughout the county and assist with planning interventions that
address citizen concerns.
According to the Health Assessment, Sampson County was above the state average on each of
the categories: Age Adjusted Heart Disease Death Rates (2008‐2012) North Carolina: 174.4 Sampson County: 191.4; Age Adjusted Diabetes Mellitus Death Rates (2008‐2012) North Carolina: 21.8 - Sampson County: 36.1; Teen Pregnancy Rates, 2012 North Carolina: 39.6 - Sampson
County: 59.4; Poverty Percentage: All Ages, (2008‐2012) North Carolina: 16.8% - Sampson
County: 21.3%.
The Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians Task Force reviewed both the primary and
secondary data. After thorough discussion, the Task Force used a scoring system to rank the top
health priority, based on the magnitude and seriousness of the problem, as well as the feasibility
of successful intervention by public health.
The top two health priorities are listed according to the highest scores as ranked by the Task
Force: 1. Obesity: 145 Points; 2. Chronic Disease: 133 Points.
After discussion, Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians recognized the role obesity
plays in almost all Chronic Disease and decided to combine the two health concerns into one
priority. The Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians Task Force recommended to the
Sampson County Board of Health that the top health concern be addressed in the 2015 ‐ 2019
Community Action Plans (CAP) by public health. After review of the survey results, statistical
data, and the recommendations of the Task Force, the Sampson County Board of Health approved
Chronic Disease/Obesity as the health priority for which the health department will develop and
implement a strategic plan.
The work group began first by collecting primary data. Surveys were distributed to multiple sites
in the county, including senior nutrition sites, health fairs, churches, libraries, physician offices,
the hospital, work sites, the local community college, and area high schools. Approximately 1,000
surveys were distributed, and 809 were returned, either by hard copy or electronic submission on
Survey Monkey.
The following are Sampson County’s Health Concerns and are listed in priority from highest to
lowest based on survey results: 1. Chronic Diseases (40.0%); 2. Drugs/Alcohol (21.0%); 3. Obesity (19.0%); 4. Teen Pregnancy (4.0%); 4. Tobacco Abuse (4.0%); 5. Mental Health (3.0%); 6.
Gangs/Violence (3.0%);
7. Child Abuse (2.0%); 8. Vehicle Crashes (1.0%); 9. Asthma/Lung
Disease; 10. Dental Health (1.0); 11. Other (1.0%)
The following are Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinian’s Health Concerns and are
listed in priority from highest to lowest based on voting results: 3. Obesity (145 points); 4. Chronic Disease (133 points); 5. Drug/Alcohol Abuse (96 points); 6. Mental Health (19 points); 7. Teen
Pregnancy (9 points); 8. Child Abuse (9 points); 9. Dental Health (9 points).
Assessment Findings:
Certain known risk factors contribute to a number of different diseases and can result in death.
Most causes of death are the result of preventable risk factors, such as smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity, and sexual behavior. Cancer, heart disease, and stroke have been in the top three
leading causes of death in Sampson County for the last decade.
Health problems or “disease burdens” for Sampson County and its residents continue to be a concern. Morbidity, the percentage of people who get sick from a certain disease, greatly contributes
to the leading causes of death. Most risk factors such as high blood pressure, tobacco use, high
blood glucose, physical inactivity, and overweight/obesity, are preventable.
Infant Death
Sampson County’s total infant death rate has remained above the state’s average for over a decade. Since the 2007 CHA, North Carolina’s infant mortality rate has steadily decreased while
Sampson County’s rate has continuously increased. According to the 2011 CHA, Sampson County’s infant death rate was 10.6 which was higher than the North Carolina’s rate of 8.3. Currently,
Sampson County’s infant death rate has increased to 11.9, while the state’s rate decreased to 7.5.
Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and in Sampson County. The
most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart
attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. There were 671
deaths in Sampson County from 2008-2012 due to heart disease. Sampson County’s heart disease
rate exceeds North Carolina’s rate with African American males having the highest heart disease
rates. While exceeding the state’s heart disease rate does seem to be a trend, Sampson County has
seen a decrease since the 2011 and 2007 CHA’s.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in North Carolina and the second leading cause of death in
Sampson County. There were 669 deaths in Sampson County from 2008-2012 due to cancer.
Sampson County’s female breast cancer mortality rate has declined since the 2011 CHA and is
now lower than the state’s rate. When compared to the 2011 CHA, cancer death rates for African
American males and white females decreased while the death rate for white males increased. The
county is expected to have a total of 139 cancer deaths in 2014.
Childhood Obesity
In 2009, 19.7% of Sampson County’s children ages 2-18 years of age were overweight compared
to 16.2% of North Carolina’s children. In 2009, 19.1% of Sampson County’s children were
Teenage Pregnancy Rates
Sampson County’s teenage pregnancy rates have decreased since the 2011 CHA, but remain
higher than North Carolina’s rates. Hispanics have the highest teenage pregnancy rates while
whites have the lowest. Sampson County has the highest teenage pregnancy rates compared to
peer counties.
Sampson County’s African American population has the highest percentage of low birth weights,
and it is higher than the state’s percentage. Sampson County’s percentage of short interval live
births is higher than the state’s rate. Sampson County’s Hispanic race has the most live birth rates.
The percentage of Sampson County women that delivered by cesarean section is higher than
North Carolina’s percentage. Sampson County’s fetal death rate exceeds North Carolina’s rate.
Approximately 13.5% of women in Sampson County reported smoking during pregnancy compared to 10.6% of women in North Carolina. According to the 2011 CHA, 10.6% of women in
the county reported smoking during pregnancy compared to 11.0% of women in North Carolina.
Sampson County’s total teen pregnancy rate exceeds North Carolina’s rate, just as it did in the
2011 CHA. All of Sampson County’s teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity exceed North Carolina’s rates. Sampson County ranks 9th for teen pregnancy. Sampson County’s total, white, and
minority fertility rates exceed the state’s rates among teenagers ages 15-19. The minority population has the highest rate of births. Sampson County’s total abortion rate is lower than the state’s
rate for women ages 15-44. Sampson County minorities have a higher rate of abortion.
Poverty Rates
According to the US Census Bureau, more Sampson County residents lived below the poverty
level from 2008‐2012 compared to North Carolina’s residents. In 2009, the county had approximately 13,646 people living in poverty. In 2011, 31.3% of Sampson County children lived in
poverty compared to 25.4% of North Carolina’s children. According to the 2011 CHA, in 2009,
28.4% of Sampson County children lived below poverty compared to 22.5% of North Carolina’s
children. Sampson County’s percentage of children living in poverty has been higher than the
state’s for more than five years. In 2009, approximately 4,734 children were living in poverty in
Sampson County.
These risk factors are primarily responsible for increasing the risk of chronic diseases such as
heart disease, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), and cancers. Chronic diseases affect all
races, genders, and income groups. To address risk factors and receive proper treatment, residents
need access to care. Access to care in Sampson County is often difficult because of location,
transportation, language barriers, and community services. Sampson County Health Department,
Sampson Regional Medical Center, and Partners for Healthy Carolinians will formulate a plan to
address issues identified in this document. The plan will be a collaboration involving community
partners over the next four years with the goal of having a healthier community.
Editor’s Note: All information derived from the 2014 Sampson County Community Health
Assessment. View the entire Health Assessment at CHA link: https://sampsondss-my.sharepoint.com/personal/susanh_sampsonnc_com/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=ve5YsHqXsAHf7nemDst%2bfxXrrccIxdRU7AwwxZj6h%2bA%3d&docid=023d4c240438f420e9aef4ce87b77c04e.
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Leading Causes of Death
The five leading causes of death among all ages in Sampson County by death rates are heart
disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), chronic lower respiratory diseases, and other
unintentional injuries.
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CHA, is the foundation for improving and promoting the health of county residents. It collects and
presents information on health status, community health needs, resources, and other studies of
current local health problems. The CHA seeks to: identify target populations that may be at increased risk of poor health outcomes and to gain a better understanding of their needs; assess
the larger community environment; and understand how multiple factors relate to the health of
individuals. It identifies areas where better information is needed, especially information on:
health disparities among different subpopulations; quality of health care; access to care; and public health preparedness. Every four years, the CHA is developed collaboratively by the Health
Department and Sampson Regional Medical Center to satisfy state requirements for each organization. Data is collected by a community survey and other government and credible sources.
HONORS, cont. from 1
Chief Jay Tilley stated, “The Clinton Police
Officer of The year is an award given to an officer that has excelled in living up
to the department’s core principles of Integrity, Professionalism, Respect, and
Teamwork. The award is determined by a committee of previous Officers of the
Year recipients who take very seriously the high standards of this award.”
Tilley continued, “Corporal Matthews is a valuable resource to our department.
He is always willing to volunteer to help other officers with their work. Hi is often
called on to step in for shift sergeants. He is considered a mentor to the younger
officers. Corporal Mathew’s knowledge of policing and his work ethic makes him
an excellent choice for the 2014 Officer of the Year.”
Officer Mathews currently serves as a corporal on the Police department, having
joined the force in 2008. Mathews holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville
State University. Among his many accomplishments, Corporal Mathews has
received eighteen police commendations over his career.
Mathews was assigned to the Neighborhood Improvement Team after one year
with the department and currently serves as a Housing Officer. During his time
of service with Housing, there has been a decrease in crime and an improvement
to the quality of life for the residents. In addition to this position, Officer Mathews
oversees the Nuisance Vehicle program for the department. Currently Mathews
is slated to be promoted to Sergeant in February of 2015.
Corporal Mathews is married to Jennifer Mathews and they have a two year old
son, Ayden.
Congratulations to Corporal Mathews and his family for this honor.
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Director of Finance, announced to the
board that an individual had made a
donation to Clinton City Schools in the
amount of $10,812.00. Locklear stated,
“We received the donation following
our January Board of Education
meeting. Our Board policy requires us
to report donations over $5,000.00 to
the Board at their next meeting.”
While this was not the largest single
donation according to Locklear. It was a
significantly large donation which was
much appreciated by board members
and administration.
Faith Jackson
The $10,812.00 gift was given
anonymously and was intended to provide expanded educational opportunities for students at
Sampson Middle School.
Faith Jackson Joins CCS
Also announced Monday night was the addition of Faith Jackson to the Clinton City Schools
Administrative staff. Mrs. Jackson will become the Community Liaison / Grant Writer for
Clinton City Schools.
Jackson received her undergraduate degree in Family and Community Services from East Carolina
University and a Master’s Degree from Gardner Webb University in Executive Leadership. She
began her career in education as an Exceptional Children’s teacher with Sampson County Schools.
She and her husband, Jon Jackson, have a 3 year old son named Cooper Jackson.
”Through my Master’s Degree internship, I discovered an inner passion for writing grants, and
gained an understanding of how nurturing community relationships for education is vital,” stated
Jackson. “The new position of Community Liaison / Grant Writer with Clinton City Schools, is
going to allow me to pursue my passion to benefit the Clinton City Schools as well as Clinton
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“In the new position it is my responsibility to be the liaison for community partnerships to
further Clinton City Schools’ mission and vision. I will assist the Superintendent and the District
by locating and writing grants, as well as any other special projects that are requested of me. The
position and my responsibilities are ever evolving as all things in education are.”
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Schools family. Mrs. Jackson will provide support for our system in the areas of community
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Ed Causey with JW Simmons of “We Should Know”
Tuesdays from 2:30 PM until 3:30 PM, J.W.
Simmons hosts a radio show on 1170 AM called
“We Should Know”, and The Sampson Weekly
will feature portions of the transcripts in our
continuing efforts to bring you more coverage
of what is happening in our community. The
guest for this week’s show is Sampson County
Manager, Mr. Ed Causey.
Ed Causey has been with Sampson County for
5 years as County Manager. Prior to becoming
the County Manager for Sampson County, Mr.
Causey spent 39 years with the United States
Department of Agriculture. Causey graduated
from NC State University with dual degrees in
Animal Science and Poultry Science, and then
attained his Masters in Economics. During his
career with the USDA Rural Development,
Mr. Causey says, he became very familiar
with Sampson County working to help gain
financing for schools and water systems,
and working with various towns within our
The County Manager serves as the County’s
chief administrator, providing administration
and supervision of all departments over which
the Board of Commissioners has authority
to control and ensuring the Board’s orders,
resolutions, policies and ordinance are
faithfully executed. In Sampson County, the
County Manager also serves as the official Clerk
to the Board, overseeing the preparation of the
Board’s meeting agenda; the Personnel Officer,
overseeing the recruitment of subordinate
officers and employees as deemed necessary
by the Board except those officers elected
by the people or whose appointment is
otherwise provided for by law; and the Budget
Officer, overseeing the receipt, disbursement,
accounting and investment of County funds,
and preparing the annual budget.
Causey says, of the things he’s learned while
working, “In government, this world is a
changing landscape. And the first thing you
need to do is recognize and understand that
the landscape is changing.” He adds that up
until 2008 most communities in NC would
have reported an increase in tax base by 2-3%
each year. Causey explains that with such an
increase each year, governments were able to
account for yearly increases in standard costs
such as utilities.
“Since 2008,” says Causey, “that has not been
the case. We have sort of operated on a flat
line.” That, says Causey had led to challenges
as the economy has changed. “Governments
have to react, and sometimes the impact on
county governments is a little different. The
demands on us is even greater sometimes
when the economy is down versus when the
economy is good.”
JW Simmons starts by asking Ed Causey to
discuss the relationship between his office
and other various departments in county
government. Cause explains, “There is basically
3 types of relationships that a county manager
and county government has. Number one
are those departments, such as Emergency
Services or the Library that fall directly under
the jurisdiction of the county manager. Not
only do you have influence over their budget,
but you have influence over administrative
matters in that office.”
comes from a business family. Both own
and operate family businesses. Simmons
asks Causey what changes he might expect
with the changing dynamic of the county
Causey begins, “Anytime you bring new
members on the board you bring in
perspective. I think particularly in the case of
Mrs. Lee and Mr. Wooten, both have a wide
range of business experience, and so they
have some expectation of how they would
like to see county government operate.”
“And I think both of them have a willingness
to roll up their sleeves and get into the
details,” adds Causey. “I think they are going
to bring a perspective and some guidance
and direction, along with the rest of the
members of the board, that’s going to be
very positive and productive.”
Next, JW Simmons asks Ed Causey to discuss
the difference between how private sector
business operates versus public sector
business, and what learning curve there
could be for people operating in one versus
the other. Causey replies, “We have already
had a number of discussions, and I think very
positive discussions, but you’ve cut right to
the heart of the matter. Everybody says that
government should be run like a business. I
would disagree to the extent that we should
use business like practices, but we don’t have
the same opportunities of private business…
For example, if you’ve got a downturn in the
economy and you operate a private business,
you get to determine how you’re going
to adjust the market you serve. You get to
adjust the products that you are going to
serve. You get to decide if you are going to
reduce certain operational functions of your
In government,” continues Causey, “we are
generally required to provide mandated
services that have to be provided whether
or not the economy is up or down. If the
economy is on the downturn, and people
are without jobs then the demand for our
departments that provide services for the
basic survival of people, those demands
are going to continue and the pressure on
county government is going to be the same.”
“One of the examples I would tell you,
think about what we’re doing in Sampson
County, we provide paramedic level service
for everybody in this county. If I, as a private
entrepreneur, was going to provide those
services and select the market I served, I
would pick out your high population centers
and I could carve you out a business that
would be very productive.”
“On the other hand, when I’m then charges
to provide a high quality service to every
resident – and I applaud the commissioners
for their decision - then there are some
expenditures. At the end of the day, what
we have to understand is that we are
getting to the point that we need to have
a conversation about the services that we
want county government to provide. Are
their some limitations that we need to put
on these services if we need to create the
budget constants in the future that are likely
“Then we have two elected officials that we to come?”
work with in Sampson County, the Sheriff’s
Office and the Register of Deeds. They are Causey explains that residents living well
elected and basically have the right to hire beyond the city limits of Clinton expect and
and fire their employees at will. The one thing are provided the same level of paramedic
that we have to do, and we work with both service as those who live in downtown
the Sheriff’s Office and the Register of Deeds Clinton. “That is a service that costs in order
Office, is we do have the authority to approve to provide the service. I think we’re 940
the budget. Fortunately we have established a square miles in the county, and so it’s just a
very good relationship, and so on budgetary tremendous area. And I think we all can be
matters; we do have some mutual influence very proud of the fact that in our county our
commissioners are committed to providing
and cooperative spirit that we work out.”
those high quality services.”
Next, Simmons says that for the first time in
Sampson County a woman has been elected “As time goes by,” adds Causey, “and we look
to the county board and sits as vice chair for at the budgetary constraints that we have,
the county commissioners. Simmons asks we may have to revisit some of those areas
Causey how that might affect the board being and determine the level of services we want
significantly different from, “the good old boys to provide quite frankly.”
club”. Causey responds, “Well obviously, I think
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Have I Got A Story To Share With You!
know, I’m not talking about some watered-down Veggie
Tale cartoon version of Christian heroes, but rather teach
them straight from the Scriptures. That way should
terror strike … instead of becoming terror-filled; you and
your loved ones will be filled with faith in God and thereby
empowered to handle adversity and persecution … even to
the point of death.
“It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to
be treated as the grandson of the king, but chose to share
ill-treatment with God’s people instead of enjoying the
fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought that it was better
to suffer for the promised Christ than to own all the
treasures of Egypt, for he was looking forward to the great
reward that God would give him. And it was because he
trusted God that he left the land of Egypt and wasn’t afraid
of the king’s anger. Moses kept right on going; it seemed
as though he could see God right there with him. And it
was because he believed God would save his people that
he commanded them to kill a lamb as God had told them
to and sprinkle the blood on the doorposts of their homes
so that God’s terrible Angel of Death could not touch the
oldest child in those homes as he did among the Egyptians.
Evidently members of ISIS believe their usual methods
of torture via crucifixions and beheadings has lost its
shock value and is no longer effective in terrorizing their
enemies. I say this because a few days ago, ISIS chose
to cage and then burn alive Jordanian pilot Lt. Moza alKasasbeh. Unbelievably ISIS tortured and killed one of
their own. For Lt. Moza al-Kasasbeh is of the same faith
as ISIS … Islam.
“The people of Israel trusted God and went right through
the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when
the Egyptians chasing them tried it, they all were drowned.
“It was faith that brought the walls of Jericho tumbling
down after the people of Israel had walked around them
seven days as God had commanded them. By faith—
because she believed in God and his power—Rahab the
harlot did not die with all the others in her city when they
refused to obey God, for she gave a friendly welcome to
the spies.
by Debra Joy Wallace
all the other prophets. These people all trusted God and
as a result won battles, overthrew kingdoms, ruled their
people well, and received what God had promised them;
they were kept from harm in a den of lions and in a fiery
furnace. Some, through their faith, escaped death by the
sword. Some were made strong again after they had been
weak or sick. Others were given great power in battle; they
made whole armies turn and run away. And some women,
through faith, received their loved ones back again from
death. But others trusted God and were beaten to death,
preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free—
trusting that they would rise to a better life afterwards.
“Some were laughed at and their backs cut open with
whips, and others were chained in dungeons. Some died
by stoning and some by being sawed in two; others were
promised freedom if they would renounce their faith, then
were killed with the sword. Some went about in skins of
sheep and goats, wandering over deserts and mountains,
hiding in dens and caves. They were hungry and sick and
ill-treated—too good for this world. And these men of
faith, though they trusted God and won his approval, none
of them received all that God had promised them; for God
wanted them to wait and share the even better rewards
that were prepared for us.”—Hebrews 11:24-40;
The Living Bible
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:7; KJV
“Well, how much more do I need to say? It would take too
long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon and Barak
and Samson and Jephthah and David and Samuel and
Debra Joy Wallace is an
inspirational columnist and
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Inspiration by Debra Joy”
Living in the South there is always plenty of good food
being cooked up. As far as I’m concerned, no other
place on Earth can compare with good ole’ country
Southern cookin’!
Country ham, red-eye gravy and grits. Southeastern
North Carolina barbecue with VINEGAR based
sauce, coleslaw and hush puppies. Pork chops
coated in flour, fried golden brown with gravy and
rice. Country-style steak with onions and gravy over
homemade mashed potatoes. Fresh butter beans,
fried okra, sweet corn creamed at the kitchen sink.
Peach cobbler, banana pudding, pecan pie and
homemade pound cake.
It’s enough to make a marble statue drool! But for
me, nothing, and I mean nothing beats fatback and
biscuits. Just ask anyone who knows me well. That’s
an absolute favorite.
Fatback fried up just right with hot flakey biscuits. Oh
my goodness! Throw in some collards or fresh spring
cabbage. Lord have mercy! Fatback with a bowl of
homemade vegetable soup is lip smacking good.
I have just one problem. Since my heart surgery,
fatback is not suppose to be on my menu. So I’ve
had to cut way back on my all time favorite.
I’ve always loved fatback. When I was a child Mama
often cooked a pot of big dry butterbeans, fried
fatback and made homemade biscuits for supper in
the winter. A pot of collards, fatback and cornbread
was a regular autumn meal.
In the spring she often cooked fresh sharp-head
cabbage out of the garden, fried fatback and biscuits
for supper. In the summer it was butterbeans fresh
out of the garden with okra, fresh sliced tomatoes
and yep - fried fatback and biscuits.
Of course we ate other meats too, but we ate fatback
a lot I guess (or I just remember it the most). But I
didn’t mind because I loved it! When I was expecting
my daughter, I visited my parents in the spring. Mama
had cooked fresh cabbage, fatback and biscuits. I
remember that meal well, because I broke a filling out
of my tooth on the fatback. Because I was pregnant,
my dentist would only put in a temporary filling until
after my daughter was born. All of that did nothing to
dampen my love of fatback!
Through the years I have enjoyed it immensely.
My friend Mr. Harry Hoover loves country ham and
biscuits as much as I love fatback and biscuits. We
have often teased each other about that!
Oh, but age has a way of catching up with us and
changing our bodies and throwing health problems
into the mix. That often changes our diets, much to
our dismay.
But, I’m thankful the Lord brought me through heart
surgery and gave me more time with my family and
friends. And every now and then, I admit, I can still
be spied chomping down on some good ole’ golden
brown fried fatback and biscuits. Some habits are
really hard to break!
The next time you go to a down-home country buffet
in a restaurant, check for
fatback. If they ain’t got
it, they ain’t down-home
country, trust me.
count either! Crispy fried
fatback and biscuits, now
that’s down-home country,
Written by
southern style!
Carolyn Horrell Mintz
weekend, the Psalmist presents another perspective
of TGIF!
God warns us in His Word that terror will increase. So I
ask you, are you preparing yourself and your loved ones
for possible acts of terror? How do you prepare? One way
is by reading your Bible to gain more knowledge of God,
and of His Son Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit. Also
study the heroes of the Christian faith. And teach your
children / grandchildren about them too. And just so you
Psalm 118:24 –This
is the day that the
Lord has made; let us
rejoice and be glad
in it.
By Vanessa W. Polk
TGIF is an acronym for
“Thank God It’s Friday!”
The familiar phrase is often used to express the joy
a person feels in knowing that the work week is
ending; and a trouble free, fun and relaxing weekend
is about to begin. After enduring a difficult week on
the job or at school, many people look forward to
spending their time off doing things they enjoy –
sleeping, watching sports, hanging out with friends,
playing with the children or grandchildren, reading,
etc. However, this excitement about Friday somehow
seems to drown out any joyfulness about a Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Although there is
nothing wrong with rejoicing about the approaching
The text suggest that we should rejoice and be
thankful for every day the Lord gives to us. Sometimes
we can get so focus on ‘living for the weekend’ that
we miss the tremendous blessings and meaningful
experiences from Monday to Thursday. The Psalmist
offers a radical thought that we should embrace
every day of the week, not just Friday with gladness.
The Psalmist calls upon us to celebrate, rejoice and be
glad about the blessings, challenges, opportunities,
and new mercies within every day. Regardless of the
daily circumstances, we should appreciate each day
as a wonderful gift from God. “Every day is a day of
thanksgiving. God’s been so good to me, everyday
He’s blessing me. Every day is a day of thanksgiving;
take the time to glorify the Lord today.”
Before you jump into your weekend, take a few
minutes and look back over your week. Reflect on
the challenges, recount the blessings you received,
and recall the many ways God presented himself to
you throughout the week. When you have finished
that, take time to praise God for who God is and how
God has met you at your point of need on the job, at
school or in your home. Thank you God for Friday!
Thank you God for Forgiveness! Thank you God for
using Friday for the good of all humanity when Jesus
died on a Friday for our sins! Thank you God for the
Sunday when Jesus rose from the dead! Thank you
God for the Tuesday when I received Jesus Christ as
my personal Savior. Thank you God that through
faith in Jesus Christ I can now experience you and
walk by faith each day. “Walk on by faith each day…
on Monday walk on, on Tuesday walk on. Let Jesus
be your guide, he is able to carry the load, and he can
see down the road. Walk on by faith each day.” May
we resolve to live every day to the fullest, full of faith,
joyfulness and thanksgiving.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth… God said, “Let there be light”; and there was
light. And God saw that the light was good; and God
separated the light from the darkness. God called
the light DAY, and the darkness he called NIGHT. And
there was evening and there was morning, the first
day. –Genesis 1:1, 3-5
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Kaitlyn Royal, Audrey Moore, Julie Carter and Audrey Moore. You will also see a cameo
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all along.
Friday: 6:30 & 9:00
Saturday & Sunday: 2:15 5:15 & 8:15
Monday-Thursday: 6:30
Rated: R for strong and disturbing war violence,
and language throughout including some sexual
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner,
Luke Grimes
Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper
in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him
than his skill as a sharpshooter. U.S. Navy SEAL Chris
Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his
brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless
lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous
exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.”
Friday: 6:15 & 8:45
Saturday & Sunday: 2:00 5:00 & 8:00
Monday-Thursday: 6:15
Pugsley (Zachary Lucas) gets his chance to ruin the family dinner in the Addams Family rehearsal. The production is being produced by the Sampson Community Theatre.
Show times are February 6-15 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 and Sunday performances at 3. The show is sponsored by Performance Dodge. (photo by Anita Royal)
Rated: PG for mild action and rude humor
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Hugh
Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington
tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young
Peruvian bear (voiced by Firth) who travels to the city in
search of a home.
The Addams Family ancestors practice
their Tango of Love Dance Number
alongside Morticia (Logan Tart) and
Gomez (Chuck Moore) during the
Sampson Community Theatre’s production of The Addams Family. Show
times are February 6-15 with Friday
and Saturday shows at 8 and Sunday
performances at 3. The show is sponsored by Performance Dodge. (photo by
Anita Royal)
Friday: 7:00 & 9:00
Saturday & Sunday: 2:30 4:30 7:00 & 9:00
Monday-Thursday: 7:00
Rated: R for crude and sexual content, language throughout,
some drug use and brief graphic nudity
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Mimi Rogers,
Olivia Thirlby
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward
groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less
than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams
(Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan
(Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company
that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys
in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try
to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance
between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
Friday: 8:45 ONLY
Saturday & Sunday: 4:15 & 8:45
Monday-Thursday: 6:30
Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and
action, and for brief strong language
Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills,
whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut
short when she is brutally murdered.
Cousin It stops by to visit the Addams Family
during the Sampson Community Theatre’s
production of the Addams Family - show
times are February 6-15 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 and Sunday performances
at 3 pm. (photo by Angela Martin)
Friday: 6:30
Saturday & Sunday: 2:00 & 6:30
Thursday February 12th at 8pm! FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
Black History Month
Week of February 6-12, 2015
In our ongoing commitment to reflect the diversity of the community we serve, Van Go is pleased to honor
Coach Willie Jacobs for his dedication and commitment to enrich the lives of everyone in Sampson County.
607 Warsaw Road, Clinton, NC 28328
Henry Lee Treadwell
Model for First PA Program
Born in 1922, Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell was no
stranger to hard times. An African American born in
a small southern town, Treadwell knew first-hand
the hardships of the times. Raised by a farming
family, Butler and Georgia Johnson Treadwell, Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell would raise himself up
from the dusty fields in Garland, NC to notoriety in
the national medical community.
Medical schools across the nation would later pay
tribute to the life’s work of the Garland native – the
man who would become the model for Physician’s
Assistant Programs all across the United States.
Through hard work, long hours away from family,
and dedication to practice and patients, Henry Lee
“Buddy” Treadwell would earn a reputation as one
of the area’s best medical providers. More trusted
by patients than his white counterparts with medical
degrees, Treadwell provided medical care to patients both white and black – Not because patients
didn’t have a choice, but because they did and they
choose “Buddy” Treadwell.
Vivian Treadwell Gunter, “Buddy” Treadwell’s oldest
daughter, says of her father, “Everybody loved him,
white and black. And all the children wanted to see
him, rather than Dr. Johnson.” Mrs. Gunter explains
that Dr. Johnson could be a little intimidating, especially to children (even herself at the time), and that
children both white and black preferred the care of
Treadwell at times, especially if it was an injection
or stitches.
Dr. Amos Johnson was even quoted as saying,
“The richest man in town would rather have Buddy
sew him up than me because he can do it better
than I can.”(1) But it didn’t start out that way. Buddy
Treadwell learned his way, and earned his way, up
the ladder. And as his knowledge and his skill grew,
so too did his reputation. But it would take years
of work and studying under Dr. Johnson – A relationship that matured over time from worker/boss,
student/teacher, mentor and eventually true mutual
respect and friendship.
Buddy Treadwell had known Dr. Johnson for many
years, when at 18 years old he entered Dr. Johnson office looking for a job in 1940. Those first few
years, according to Mrs. Gunter, Buddy Treadwell
would work as Johnson’s orderly, moving patients,
stocking shelves and cleaning up.
But as time progressed Buddy would become interested in other functions around the office. “He was
gifted,” says Vivian Treadwell Gunter, “He was good
at whatever he did.” And with a natural curiosity and
desire to learn, Treadwell would soon be learning
and eventually doing laboratory procedures such as
blood tests and urinalysis.
He would also learn to develop x-rays, take blood
pressure readings, and even place and remove
sutures in patients. Within 10 years Buddy Treadwell, with no formal college training, would acquire
the knowledge and skill required to run a general
medical practice. Working side by side, Dr. Johnson
grew to trust Treadwell’s knowledge and skills, so
too did their patients, both white and black. Johnson was an overworked rural doctor who needed
help, and Treadwell was a gifted medical aid able to
provide it… An aid that Dr. Johnson would come to
refer to as his “Assistant”.
The pair developed a working trust for one another,
and when that trust would be questioned by others
in the medical field, Dr. Johnson would reply that he
had complete confidence in Treadwell. “He (Treadwell) works for me much as a resident in a hospital
works for an attending,” stated Dr. Johnson. When
asked about possible liability, Johnson acknowledged that he was at risk, but that the risks were
offset by the advantages. He indicated that the people in the community knew him and his assistant,
some were third generation patients, and in a place
like this, “suing their doctor is the furthest thing from
their minds.”(1)
Buddy Treadwell and Dr. Amos Johnson’s relationship would continue for 35 years until Dr. Johnson’s
death in 1975. The pair would often be seen walking the fields of Garland after work or on weekends
hunting quail and discussing medicine. The bond of
trust between them so tight, that after Dr. Johnson’s
death in 1975, Treadwell would leave his work in
medicine rather than try to develop that trust with
another doctor. While offers continued to pour in
from other doctor’s in the county, Treadwell left the
work he so loved and moved into another chapter
of his life, but along the way, he and Dr. Johnson
would virtually write the Physician’s Assistant handbook.
The teamwork of Dr. Johnson and Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell was not uncommon at the time. Many
doctors of the day had aids or assistants in their office to help meet the needs of the community. What
was uncommon of course was that Buddy Treadwell did so as an African American, treating both
white and black patients, during a time when African
Americans were forced to use separate facilities, attended separate schools and even eat lunch at separate counters. Buddy Treadwell would work with
Dr. Johnson 20 years before those brave students
in Greensboro ordered lunch at Woolworth’s.
The Greensboro Four and the Woolworth Sitin would have a major impact on the Civil Rights
movement, but Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell, and
other African Americans of the day would also impact race relations in America. Pioneers like Buddy
Treadwell didn’t set out to change anything, they
simply went to work each day and were extremely good at what they did. Much like famed African
American surgical technician Vivien Thomas, developer of the Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure, which
would become the standard of care in the 1940’s for
Blue Baby Syndrome, Treadwell’s work in medicine
would have a lasting impact on the medical community.
In the early 1960’s, as Eugene A. Stead, Jr. was
looking for ways to lessen the work load of overworked rural doctors, he would come to know of Dr.
Johnson and Buddy Treadwell. Prior to the establishment of a formal training program, many physicians trained their own assistants on the job. Most
of these trained assistants already had medical experience as military corpsmen or nurses. But it was
the relationship between Dr. Johnson and Buddy
Treadwell that would crystalize Stead’s vision of the
prototypical Physician’s Assistant. In 1965, Eugene
A. Stead founded the Duke University Physician’s
Assistant Program – A program modeled after Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell’s life work.
Courtesy photo by Vivian Treadwell Gunter
Today Treadwell’s name is most often the name first
attributed to pioneering the field of Physician’s Assistant. In fact, a study hall at the University of Maryland is named in his honor. Treadwell himself would
later decline to take the national physician assistant
certifying examination. Perhaps expecting a man to
take a test to prove he could do what he had done
for so many years was just too much to ask. Treadwell didn’t seek fame or accolades, as his daughter
Vivian recalls, “Daddy just got up and went to work
every day. He loved what he did and the people he
did it for, they loved him.”
Buddy Treadwell would eventually leave his work
in medicine to head back to the farm. He wanted to
spend more time with his wife and family. He and his
wife Lucille would purchase a farm together and later open a popular grill in Garland as well as a barber
shop. Lucille Treadwell would become well known
in the area for her cooking, and even after her husband’s death Lucille would keep the grill open. Together, Buddy and Lucille Treadwell had four children: Vivian Treadwell Gunter (Clinton, NC), Linda
Corbin (Clinton, NC), Mary Ann Townsend (Denver,
CO) and Henry Lee Treadwell Jr (Garland, NC).
In April 1969, James C. Mau, Stead’s chief administrator, asked the Duke University PA Program to
honor Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell because “he
(Buddy) had played a very significant role in the
evolution of this Program, for it was through Dr.
Stead’s contact with him and Dr. Johnson that nurtured the notion (PA concept).” Treadwell was made
an Honorary Physician Assistant by the Duke PA
program in 1970. (1)
(1)Physician Assistant History Society, Johns
Creek, GA. Biography, Treadwell, Henry L. (2013)
Retrieved at http://www.pahx.org/treadwell-henry-lee-buddy
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Family affair: Racing’s Elliott
family has a milestone week
NCMA honors Mike Helton
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Bob Leverone/Getty Images for NASCAR
For the Elliott family of Dawsonville, Georgia, this
past week was about as big as it gets — with two milestone events on back-to-back days.
First, last Thursday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Chase Elliott, at age 19, has been hired
to take over the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet from the
retiring Jeff Gordon, beginning with the 2016 season.
In the meantime, Chase will defend his Xfinity Series
championship and make five Sprint Cup starts.
Then, the next night, Chase’s father, Bill Elliott, was
inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
It’s a success story that began decades ago, when
Bill’s late father, George, first urged his sons to chase
their dreams of racing in NASCAR, buying them
hand-me-down cars and supporting their efforts to put
them on the track.
In the beginning, there was little indication that a
week like the final one of January 2015 would ever be
possible. The Elliotts were successful on the Georgia
short tracks, but their NASCAR efforts left a lot to be
Sprint Cup champion “Awesome” Bill Elliott was
inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with the
Bill Elliott said his dad had a vision for a NASCAR
Class of 2015.
2014 Nationwide Series chamfuture, and a unique way of motivating his sons Ernie,
pion Chase Elliott will take over
Dan and Bill.
drive cars than how to prepare
the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet af“He always was leading you that way,” he said. “He never said,
them. From the beginning, he
ter the 2015 Sprint Cup season.
‘Hey, you need to do this.’ The way he proceeded was, he’d go buy raced — and still races — more
a race car and he’d look at me and Ernie, and he’d say, ‘Hey, y’all like a veteran than a rookie.
need to go run Charlotte here in a few weeks.’”
He’s always seemed to instinctively know when to push his car
Even the boys’ most ardent supporters didn’t see much hope
hard and when to preserve his equipment. He also has a vetfor the fledgling team operating out of an old elementary school
eran’s feel for when to be aggressive in racing an opponent and
— where the race car was prepared in old classrooms with
when to wait and fight the battle another time.
chalkboards still attached to the walls.
Chase is smart enough to acknowledge his shortcomings,
“The car would be a total disaster,” Bill recalled. “Some of the
although they’re few, and he doesn’t get too up or too down, no
things we showed up with were just terrible. But that was his
matter how a race or a season is going.
way of nudging you along to try and make you better and better.”
“He’s an incredibly good race car driver,” Bill says of his son.
What George did preach was the value of hard work. It wasn’t
“I’m not saying it’s because he’s my kid. I’ve watched him week in
uncommon for him to call his boys away from their race car
and week out through the short tracks, through all the stuff that
preparation to haul hay or do some other sweaty chore. The end
the kid has done, and he’s a pretty phenomenal race car driver.
result was that the Elliott sons developed the same work ethic as
“I’ve said all along he’s better than I ever thought about being
their father. Even as the team progressed to the point where they as far as driving a race car, and the way he processes knowing the
were winning races and poles, the brothers still often pulled allthings he wants out of the race car. I think he’s got a good enough
nighters at the shop, then went off to race or test the next day.
head on his shoulders. He’s got some great people around him.”
“I didn’t feel like I was the best race car driver, but I was
Ray Evernham, who is in the unique position of being Bill Elprobably the hardest-working race car driver at the time,” Bill
liott’s former car owner and the one-time crew chief of the No.
recalled. “We never gave up, and I think that ethic took us to
24 Chevrolet that Chase will take over in 2016, said he has no
the level it took us to.
doubt the youngster will find success in his full-time Cup career.
“Without my dad and the ethic he taught us early on, we
“I can tell you that I’m not surprised at his success, because
would have never achieved the things that we did.”
I’ve known Chase since he was 5 years old, and I’ve seen him
In Chase’s career, the financial struggles and lack of top-flight
do some pretty amazing things behind the scenes coming along,
equipment weren’t an issue in his first years as a driver.
like whipping Bill and I both testing a dirt car one day when he
Chase’s early years, particularly in Late Model racing, saw
was about 12 years old,” Evernham said.
him, in a similar manner to the previous Elliott generation,
“I know that Chase will do a really good job because I told him
take advantage of what he’d learned from his father.
all the time he’s the luckiest kid in the world — he’s got his
Only the things he picked up on had more to do with how to
daddy’s talent and his mama’s looks.”
NASCAR President Mike Helton,
who is usually the one giving
out awards, found himself on
the receiving end recently, as
the North Carolina Motorsports
Association awarded him the
Achievement in Motorsports
Tribute Award. Previous recipients include the late Bill France
Jr., Benny Parsons and Dale
Earnhardt, along with Bruton
Smith, Junior Johnson, H.A.
“Humpy” Wheeler and the Jarrett
Veteran motorsports journalist Tom Higgins, who for years
was the NASCAR beat writer for
the Charlotte (North Carolina)
Observer, received the Jim Hunter
Memorial Media Award.
at which Fred
32 Age
Lorenzen got his
26th and final NASCAR
at which Rex
34 Age
White ran his final
NASCAR race.
at which Bill
56 Age
Elliott ran his final
NASCAR race.
in the 2015
3 Drivers
class of the NASCAR
Hall of Fame with fewer
than 250 career starts in
the series now known as
Sprint Cup: Rex White,
233; Joe Weatherly, 230;
and Fred Lorenzen, 158.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France met with reporters
last week to discuss the state of the sport, and one of
the main points he emphasized was that there would
be no tweaks to the format of the Chase for the Sprint
Cup. He said he and other officials made that decision
after looking at the results of the 2014 season — the
first under the current format — and after hearing
from fans on the matter.
“[Fans] like the fact that it tightened up competition,”
France said. “They liked the drama down the stretch.
They liked the emphasis on winning. And one of the
things they told us is that they really liked the idea
that we weren’t going to change anything, and they
strongly suggested that we didn’t — and we’re not
going to.”
France also answered questions about how the sanctioning body might react if the accusations of domestic
violence on the part of driver Kurt Busch are found to
be true.
“We’ve got to let the facts come in,” he said. “There
would be no reason for me or NASCAR or anybody
else to get ahead of those facts, given that they may
change. Let’s let the facts come in, and if there’s something for us to react to, you can appreciate that we will
be very careful and very aware of what the circumstances are.”
France said he wasn’t inclined to allow team owners
to field more than four cars apiece, even in an environment where there are just 43 cars entered for many
races of late. He also said he’d like to see new owners
come in to the sport, and hopes the new rules packages
could be a step in that direction.
“We want to have an open sport where if you’ve got
the will to compete, we’re going to make it as easy as
reasonably possible for us to compete in this sport,” he NASCAR Chairman Brian France told reporters that there will
be no change to the format of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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Brian France discusses the state of NASCAR;
says no changes to Chase format in 2015
Class of 2015’s Hall of Fame induction brings heartwarming stories
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Starr Elliott
The famed Wood Brothers crew, led by another
Hall of Famer, Leonard Wood, went to work
on the car’s engine, and provided a few more
tweaks, all of which paid off handsomely in lap
Several weeks later, Scott and his wife, Mary,
traveled from their home in Danville, Virginia,
to the Woods’ place in Stuart, Virginia, and
presented them with a crystal vase as a token
of gratitude for the assistance at Talladega.
Joe Weatherly was represented at the induction by his niece, Joy Barbee, who was only 2
years old when her uncle — the reigning Sprint
Cup champion at the time — died in a crash at
Riverside, California, in 1964.
For Barbee and her family, photos are the only
real link to her uncle and his racing legacy.
That and the memory of visiting his grave as
a child, accompanying her mother, who was
especially close to her brother the racer, on her
Rex White’s induction into NASCAR’s Fred Lorenzen is surrounded
weekly trips to Forest Lawn Cemetery in NorHall of Fame endeared him to many. by Bill Elliott (left) and
folk, Virginia.
Chase Elliott at the Hall of
“His tombstone is shaped like the race track
when he came in,” said
Fame induction ceremony.
there out in Riverside,” Barbee said. “You definitely
Lorenzen’s daughter,
look at that and just have to stop and think back.”
Amanda Gardstrom. “Was
Fred Lorenzen, NASCAR’s one-time Golden Boy, had
he going to recognize evmovie-star good looks in his racing days. He was one
of the first Midwesterners to be a major player in a
“When we brought him in to the reception, it was
mostly Southern sport. His career was relatively brief
fantastic. He saw Junior [Johnson], his eyes were
— just 158 races — but he won 26 of them and sat on
lighting up.
32 poles.
“As a child of someone that is struggling with demenDespite his dementia, he did seem to light up at the
tia, to see him have these connections is … fantastic.
sight of friends and former competitors, like Richard
“There’s something special in his eyes this weekend,
Petty and Junior Johnson.
so that’s a big thank-you to everybody that was a part
“We weren’t really sure what was going to happen
of it.”
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR
The induction ceremonies for the sixth class of the
NASCAR Hall of Fame brought some heartwarming
stories and a tinge of sadness that two of the inductees
— Wendell Scott and Joe Weatherly — didn’t live to
experience the moment, and another, Fred Lorenzen,
couldn’t fully appreciate the honor. Then there was
one anxious moment when inductee Rex White,
NASCAR’s oldest living champion at 85, suffered a
nasty fall midway through his acceptance speech.
White, whose walking is hampered by polio from
childhood and a broken leg a couple of years ago,
slipped and landed flat on his back — on live TV.
Although he wasn’t seriously injured, it did put
something of a damper on what he described as the
biggest night of his life.
But the fall, coupled with his charming way of dealing with a stumble in his speech, endeared him to
many a fan who before then likely knew very little
about him.
The reality of that hit home for him on Saturday
morning when he walked into a Charlotte, North
Carolina, restaurant for breakfast, and was welcomed
by nearly all of his fellow diners.
Wendell Scott’s career as the first African-American to
regularly compete in the NASCAR series now known as
Sprint Cup has been thoroughly documented, as have
his financial struggles throughout his career.
But a story told by fellow Hall of Famer Glen Wood
goes a long way toward showing another side of Scott
that didn’t often shine through in the garages of his
time in the sport.
Wood recalled that Scott had put a lot of time and
money into preparing a car for a race at Talladega.
Yet, when the Scotts arrived at Talladega, the car
didn’t perform as expected.
Week of February 6-12, 2015
HCA Clinches Cape Fear Rivers Conference Season Title
ures. Senior Spencer Cooke recorded
a double double with 17 points and 11
rebounds. Quate McKinzie also recorded a double double for the Crusaders
with 14 points and 12 rebounds. CJ Kirchoff totaled 14 points and was quickly
followed by Marcus Scarborough who
registered 12 points for the Crusaders.
With the Crusaders 27 point victory over
Coastal they extended their current
win streak to 10 games and improve
to 15-3 (9-0) on the season. The Varsity
Men will be back in action in their final
regular season game of the season on
Thursday, February 5 as they take on
Fayetteville Academy for senior night.
The Crusaders defeated Fayetteville
Academy 66-43 in their last meeting.
By Andrew Miller, Sports Writer
Varsity Men
The Varsity Men’s Basketball team clinched the Cape Fear Rivers Conference Regular Season Title on Friday, January 30 with a 74-49 victory over Fayetteville Christian. In front of a huge crowd at the Foundation Center on the campus of Harrells
Christian Academy the Crusaders continued their dominance in conference play
on their way to their first regular season conference title in years.
The two teams scrummed back and forth in the early stages of the game which
led to a slight 21-15 lead for the Crusaders at the end of the first quarter. The Crusaders stepped up their play in the second quarter which led to a 24-11 run by the
Crusaders. After a strong scoring performance in the second quarter the Crusaders
headed into the half with a 45-26 lead over the Warriors. Quate McKinzie led the
Crusaders in scoring in the first half with 12 points.
Fayetteville Christian tried to edge back into the game in the third quarter but the
Crusaders halted the Warriors’ run and cruised into the fourth quarter with a 56-42
lead. HCA continued to extend their lead in the fourth quarter and gained their largest lead of 28 points at the 3:28 mark in the fourth. The Crusaders went on to claim
a 74-49 victory over the Warriors. The Crusaders balanced scoring attack featured 4
players scoring in double figures. Quate McKinzie finished the game with 18 points,
10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. McKinzie was quickly followed by Tyshii Scarborough
who recorded 17 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Marcus Scarborough
added 15 points to the Crusader scoring attack along with CJ Kirchoff who contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds. With the Crusaders 25 point victory they were
named outright regular season conference champions. The Crusaders improved
to 14-3 (8-0) with their victory in front of a packed house for HCA’s 7th annual Pink
Out Game. The Crusaders will be back in action on Tuesday, February 3 as they
travel to Coastal Christian. HCA blew by the Centurions in their last matchup.
The Varsity Men traveled to Wilmington on Tuesday, February 3 to take on Coastal Christian for the Centurion’s final home game and senior night. The Centurions
took advantage of a livid, excited crowd and jumped out to an
early 15-9 lead heading into the
second quarter. Coastal continued to roll in the early stages of
the second quarter and extended their lead to 21-14 before a
timeout with 5:47 left in the half.
The Crusaders began to apply full court pressure out of the
timeout which forced another
Centurion timeout after the Crusaders cut the lead to 21-18 with
4:59 left to play in the half. The
two teams continued to tug of
war back and forth throughout
the remainder of first half. The
Crusaders headed into halftime
with a slight 32-30 lead under
the leadership of Marcus Scarborough with 9 points.
The Crusader exploded in the
third quarter and deflated any
hope of a Centurion victory.
HCA outscored Coastal 25-5 in
the third quarter and extended
their lead to 57-35. The Crusaders did not let off the throttle in
the fourth quarter which eventually propelled them to a 7043 victory over the Centurions.
HCA created a balanced scoring attack that featured 4 players in double fig-
Varsity Raiders Take Down the Dark Horses
The Clinton High School Varsity Dark Horses
fell to the Midway Raiders for the second time
this season 81-74 in a big conference game
played last Friday night before a packed
house in Spivey’s Corner.
Varsity Women
The Varsity Lady Crusaders sought out
revenge on the Warriors in their rematch. Fayetteville Christian squeaked
by the Lady Crusaders in their last
matchup but HCA got the best of the
Warriors in their 44-39 victory on Friday,
January 30. The two teams battled on
the defensive end in a low scoring first
quarter. The Lady Crusaders found an
8-4 lead heading into the second. HCA
jumped out to a quick start in the second quarter. They gained a 20-12 lead before
a timeout by the Warriors with 1:51 left before the half. The Lady Warriors fought back
and cut the HCA lead to 22-17 heading into the half. Margaret Clark led the Crusaders
in scoring at the half with 14 points.
The two teams struggled in the third quarter which led to a slight 28-25 Crusaders lead
heading into the final quarter of play. The Lady Crusaders found themselves leading
41-37 with 39 seconds to play after a pair of made free throws by Natalie Hardin. The
Warriors then came down and forced a foul which resulted in two made free throws
to cut the HCA lead to 41-39 with 34 seconds left to play. The Crusaders then missed
the front end of a one and one but grabbed the rebound which led to two more free
throws made by Natalie Hardin to extend the Crusader lead to 42-39 with 22.7 seconds left in the fourth. The Crusaders forced another turnover which led to two made
free throws by Emily Benton to seal the 44-39 victory over the Warriors. Senior, Margaret
Clark and sophomore, Emily Benton both finished the game with 16 points. Natalie Hardin also contributed 10 points to the Crusader scoring attack. With the Lady Crusaders
win they improved to 14-2 (7-1) on the season and claim a share of the regular season
conference title. The Lady Crusaders hit the road on Tuesday, February 3 to take on
Coastal Christian. HCA cruised by the Centurions in their last meeting.
The Lady Crusaders rolled past the Centurions on their senior night. HCA exploded out
to an early 12-6 lead with 3:16 left to play in the first quarter. Coastal fought back and
cut the HCA lead to 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter
Coastal tied the game at 12 before Emily Benton scored 6 straight points for the Crusaders to extend their lead to 18-12. Once again the Centurions battled back and cut
the lead to 22-18 heading into the half.
The Lady Crusaders began to pull away in the third quarter and rolled into the fourth
quarter with a 36-22 lead. HCA did not slow down in the fourth quarter and eventually
clinched a 51-36 victory over Coastal Christian. The Lady Crusaders dominated in the
paint where they were led by Emily Benton who totaled 18 points and Mikaela Stroud
who registered 16 points. With the Crusaders victory over Coastal they improved to
15-2 (8-1) on the season. The Lady Crusaders will be back in action for senior night as
they take on Fayetteville Academy in their final regular season game of the season.
HCA defeated the Lady Eagles 41-37 in triple overtime in the two team’s previous
Raiders and improved to 9-1 in the conference and an impressive 14-2 overall. The Lady Dark Horses on a thriller 53-50 as they improved to 7-2 in the conference and 11-7 overall. Clinton plays at
home again Friday night as they host the West Bladen Knights in another big conference game. Tip
off for the varsity is 7:30 pm.
The Midway Raiders Varsity team will go up against the Triton Hawks in Erwin on Friday February
5th at 8:30 pm.
The Dark Horses were led by sophomore Jerimiah Pope with a season high 39 points and
freshman guard Kris Williams with 10 points
but the balanced scoring attack and key
free throw shooting of the Raiders prevailed
when it was all over.
The Horses started out strong with good defense and were up 8-2 quick in the first quarter. The Raiders fought back with good three
point shooting and led the 19-18 at the end
of the first quarter. The second quarter was
the start of the Jerimiah Pope show as he
scored the Horses first 10 points and when he made a steal and finished it with a big dunk that
brought the crowd to their feet it was 28-22 in favor of the Horses. The Raiders made a run and
when Pope hit a three pointer at the buzzer it was a 44-42 Raider lead at the half.
The teams played hard pressing defense in the third quarter but the Raiders were near perfect
from the free throw line and led 57-52 at the end of three quarters. The teams traded baskets
through most of the final quarter but the Raiders again were very effective from the foul line as
the Horses were forced to foul in the last minute and it ended in an 81-74 Raider victory. The Dark
Horses fell to 6-3 in the conference and 14-5 overall. The Midway Raiders stand at 15-5 Overall,
7-4 in the Conference.
The junior varsity Dark Horses continued their dominance of the conference as they beat the
Lakewood Drops Two In A Row
The Lakewood Leopards
Varsity Men’s basketball
team lost Friday's (January 30th) home conference game against
Rosewood by a score of
Traveling to James Kenan Tuesday (February
3rd), the varsity team lost
by a score of 69-49.
Lakewood’s Varsity Men’s
team record stands at
6-13 and in conference
team has a home conference game vs. Neuse Charter on Friday,
February 6.
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Oh Henry! Lakewood’s Justina Henry
Motivates On and Off the Court
it comes to basketball, he knows what he is doing
and pushes us when we need to be pushed.”
The A-B student said that she hopes to play
basketball in college and possibly professionally.
“I would love to play at UNC-Pembroke,” she said.
“They have a good program there and it is a great
school. I would love to get a scholarship to play
there ... I mean, the WNBA is a dream too. But I will
go with wherever God puts me.”
Henry, who said her favorite subject is math, noted
that she would like to major in nursing and would
also like to become an athletic trainer in college.
“It is something I would love to do,” she said. “I like
helping and motivating people so I think it would
be perfect for me.”
Motivation is something that Henry takes seriously.
When asked if she had a piece of advice for a
freshman coming into high school, Henry said
flatly, “Some girls come in and they are really shy. I
still get shy and nervous when I hit the court; it is just
a natural thing. But you just have to get out there
and push yourself. I am one that has always been
able to motivate myself.”
It is easy to see why Justina Henry is one of the
major sparks to the Lakewood Lady Leopards
Basketball team.
The 16-year-old point guard is not only the team’s
motivational leader, but also the spiritual leader
“Before we hit the court, we all try to motivate each
other,” the Leopard junior said. “We also get in a
huddle and we all pray before we hit the court.
It is very important to me that we do that in every
Henry, whose team is currently 13-2 overall, has
been named this week’s Performance Auto/
Sampson Weekly Star Athlete of the Week.
“I am really excited about the award,” she said. “It
is really exciting for me. I just appreciate it.”
When asked why she thinks her coaches nominated
her for the award, Henry pauses and says with
honesty, “Well, I think I just go out there and play as
hard as I can. I try to motivate people and I work
hard and never give up.”
A Sampson County native, Henry said that she
started playing basketball when she was about
“My dad (Billy Ray), my brothers (Nikin and B.J.) and
my older sister (Kiaira) got me involved when I was
that age, I played recreation ball,” she explained.
“There was something about the game that I just
loved. I liked the hustling, the shooting, going hard
and running. I also found out that I liked being a
team leader.”
Henry said that she loves watching basketball on
television. “I like watching LeBron James and Chasity
Melvin,” she said. “During the summer, Chasity
came and worked with us and really motivated
us … It was something that was really great and
helped all of us on the team.”
She said that this year her team has gelled because
the Lady Leopards have been working as a team.
“We have known each other and played together
for a long time now,” Henry added, “that has
helped. We know how to motivate each other and
if there is a problem, we keep it off the court, we
work it out there, not on the court.”
Also contributing to the team’s success is head
coach Lofton Kerr, notes Henry. “I have a nice
relationship with him,” she said. “He works hard
and he is very serious about what he does. When
“Well, to be honest, I have just always been that
type of person,” she added. “I am the type of
person who will never give up on anything I do.
I believe you have to be that way. It is like the
scripture (4:13) I can do all things in Christ that
strengthens me. To me, it is important to take God
Henry said that her church (Snow Hill Missionary
Baptist Church) has played a major part in her life.
“I have been going there since I was little,” she
said. “God is very important to me and I know He is
with me everywhere I go.”
In addition to her family, including mother Rochelle,
and God, Henry said that she would like to thank
Coach Kerr and a special shout out to her team.
“I would like to thank my team for motivating me
and always being there for me,” she said.
With her determination, her positive outlook and
her desire to work hard in everything she does,
Henry is a name you will no doubt be hearing from
for a long time to come.
Student Athlete
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Week of February 6-12, 2015
Hardin Advances to
Semi-Final National Beta
demonstrated leadership, commendable
character, school and
community service, as
well as participation in
National Beta Club activities.
Harrells Christian Academy senior Natalie Hardin
has advanced to the
National Beta scholarship semi-final round.
Hardin, daughter of Wilt
and Tracy Hardin of Elizabethtown, is one of
425 National Beta Club
members who made the
semi-final cut.
In order to be eligible for
this scholarship, twelfth
grade students must be
members of the Senior
Beta Club who are duly
registered with National
Beta Club headquar-
ters. Winners are selected
based on a number of
factors, with an emphasis
on academic excellence,
After graduating from
HCA, Hardin plans to
attend a four year university and double major in media communication and Spanish.
She will find out if she
is a scholarship finalist
when the National Beta
Club announces the
winners in late March.
Butler Avenue Elementary School
Rotary Club Visits
Hobbton Elementary
During the week of February 2, members of the Rotary Club visited Hobbton Elementary
School second graders. The members read the book, Apple Dumpling Adventure, to the
students and led the students in a group activity on honesty. Each classroom visited received a copy of the book and each student received an activity book.
Third Grade Principal’s List
Jackson Lowe, Mya Parker, Kaylyn Quinn, Jayda Matthis, Mackenzie Pope, Walker
Spell, Charleigh Wynn, Rylee Blackmon, Kensley Lamb, Sa’Tori Lorenzo, Ava Williford, Matthew Altier, Zoe Phillips, Skylar Wallace, Kamryn Worley, Lensey Cabral, Caroline Holland, Drew Strickland, Kylen White, Finn Howard, Derek McQuade, Veronica
“Michelle” Menendez-Amaya, Ainsley Parker, Kensley Puryear, Ny’Shawn Sampson,
Sheyla Hernandez, Kenzy Yang, Tommy Tyndall, Courtney Parker, Connor Tyner, Dexter Wilson, Elizabeth Jackson, Naeem Chevallier, Kasey Hunter, Kamryn McCalop, Joel
Oliver, Landen Pearson, Jackson Kennedy, Alex Perez-Diaz
Third Grade Honor Roll List
Victoria Acosta, Broderick Bennett, Elisha Bennett, Bella Boney, Trevor Irvin, Fidel
Jaramillo, Abigail Jaramillo, Aaliyah Lewis, Zachery Melvin, Christopher Michalski,
austin White, Wendy Zelaya, Zachary Johnson, Zavaeh Boone, Paulo Castelo, Jazmine
Gregory, Henrry Meza Banegas, Michelle Tapia, Kingsly Watkins, Denautica Young,
Erick Turcio Oliva, Jaheim Morrisey, Chris Hemingway, Lexy Amaya, Will Bass, Daria
Chavis, Denis Gutirrez, Jade Hicks-Sloan, Jay’Lah Newsome, Johnathan Ramirez,
Christian Stephens, Jase Westerbeek, James Darden, Callahana Goodman, Javoin Kenan, Dillon Matthews, Isis Ruiz-Nunez, Carmen Smith, Jerome Smith, KymReanna
Smith-Ashley, Cameron Williams, Jefehsson Colman, Alex Evans, Hannah Holloman,
Eric Plata, Heaven DeVane, Connor Boyette, Madison Espinoza, Johnathan Gutierrez,
Messiah Henry, Sophia Jackson, Tristan Morrisey, Carmine Pope, Mijah Tatum, Aliseanna Woodberry, Jordan Baylor, Zekira Best, Celeste Garcia, Ben Harington, Jariek
Herring, Savannah Higginbotham, Olivia Johnson, Yusef Owens, Emily Sims, Nelson
Vann, Jeffrey ARneete, Jamon Bryant, Harleigh Lee, Tyesha McNeil, Savannah Pearson,
Joshua Pope, Jessica Verduzco, Juan Zuniga-Moya, Elisabeth Arroyo, Austin Balkcum,
Marley Blue, Evelyn Cabezudo, Lotia Kirby, Belkus Miguel, Juanita Newman, Peyton
Smith, E’Keilyis Thomas, Brittany Tran, Grace Garcia, Allison Jordan, Dreshaun Pugh,
Jymiek Sampson, Gavin Turlington, , Najm Al-Dean Ali, Zoie Avery, Getsemany Cardona, Iyahni Lewis, Nyla Murphy, Rebekah Partridge, Talen Skipper, Santiago Velez
Writing Center Promotes
Academic Research at UMO
Elementary School
Second Nine Weeks Grading Period
Grade 3
Superintendent’s List:
Principal’s List: Ariyanna Cantarero, Asia Carroll, Juan Castaneda Gomez, Brenda
Gutierrez, Hailey King, Lauren McMillan, Valeria Mendieta-Garcia, Ariyona Spearman,
Emily Tovar-Padilla, Callie White, Michael Williams
Honor Roll: Dioselyn Banos, Myra Bautista, Jyra Buie, Mackenzie Carter, Norber
Colt, Edgar Fernandez, Haylie Freeman, Perla Gomez-Borja, Brian Gutierrez, Jorge
Hernandez-Miranda, Joshua Herring, Kyri Howard, Kali Knolwes, Brady Montalban,
Crystal Moore, Cameran Poole, Ita’a Ramirez, Brianna Rangel, Taylor Grace Register, Paul Reyes, Jayden Run, Jacklyn Sanchez, Kadence Sasser, Chloe Smith, Gregory
Stewart-Sellars, Tamia Stewart-Sellars, Ja’miyrah Underwood, Robery Vaught, Aaron
Whithead, Jorge Zamarripa
MOUNT OLIVE- The Writing Center at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) was created by Quality Enhancement Program director Dr. Alexis Poe Davis and a vision
to promote higher levels of academic writing throughout the institution. Davis has
taken the Writing Center from a small dream into a reality with the help of her
coordinator, six student writing coaches, and numerous volunteers. This semester
has been particularly exciting for the Writing Center with different research and
conventions for the staff.
Davis, Brianka Morgan, the Writing Center coordinator, and Luke Hill, a student
Writing Coach, recently traveled to Orlando, FL to present their research on student involvement in a Writing Center context at an international conference.
“The conference was enlightening,” said Davis. “It was a joint conference presented by the International Writing Centers Association and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and gave us inspiration to take back to our
Center. Our presentation was titled ‘Everyday Magic: The Role of Peer Writing
Tutors in Drawing Students to the Writing Center’ and focused on how the UMO
Writing Center and Writing Coaches can bring students into the Center without
being mandated to attend.”
“It was the first academic conference that I have ever attended,” said Writing
Coach, Hill. “It was a great opportunity to learn about Writing Center theories and
further myself as a coach and as a scholar.”
The third attendee at the conference, Morgan, noted, “The conference gave
me insight on how to promote our Writing Center here at UMO and developed
my ideas on how to better provide our services to non-traditional students and
English language learner (ELL) students.”
Additionally, five of the six student Writing Coaches are new to the Writing Center
and are taking a course to learn about the different theories, developments,
and research associated with Writing Centers. A portion of the class is dedicated
to the five students developing their own research projects to conduct, analyze,
and present in hopes to assess and better accommodate the students of UMO.
The research projects include assessing the UMO faculty and staff perceptions
of the Writing Center, assessing students’ misconceptions in the writing process,
and assessing students’ writing improvement after a coaching session. These
five students, Jessica Kennedy, Kierston Matheson, Jenny Hall, Emily Shaw, and
Caley Breese, have been accepted to present their research projects at the
Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference in Nashville, TN in February.
“Going through the IRB process for my project and conducting real research has
taught me more than I ever would have imagined,” said Hall, a senior English
education major from Mount Olive. “This opportunity will help me in my future
Pictured (L-R): Luke Hill, Dr. Alexis Poe Davis and Brianka Morgan
teaching career and open the doors for possible publications.”
“As Writing Coaches, we are always trying to find new ways to grow and improve our
coaching sessions, so this research is promoting our improvement,” said Matheson, a senior English communications major from Boone. “The research opportunity
is also an asset as I begin to apply to graduate schools.”
Davis is excited for the future development of the Writing Center. “I see the Writing Center as an incubator for professionalization and mentoring of peer Writing
Coaches. I hope to continue to nurture the talent I see in our Coaches and to encourage the camaraderie I see among them,” said Davis. “I would like to see our
research promote the Writing Center as a go-to place for writing assistance for all
students, both traditional and non-traditional, and all instructors. I’d especially like
to expand our services for our adult learners at our locations across North Carolina.”
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition
with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour
Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in
Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit www.umo.
Week of February 6-12, 2015
1. Smallest mergansers
6. Minute floating marine tunicate
11. Made from genus quercus
12. Bored feelings
13. Spoke
15. Cry
18. Played the chanter
19. Lash
20. Shoots a marble
21. Dentist’s group
24. Trees in 11 across
25. Prince Hirobumi
26. Opposite of capitalism
30. Eats decaying wood
32. Facial twitch
33. E. central English river
35. Sound wave reflection
43. Goalless
44. Central processing unit
45. Wings
47. Million barrels per day (abbr.)
48. Noah’s oldest son (Bible)
49. Tenet
51. “Rocky” actress Talia
52. Bullocks
54. Repeated product phrase
55. A roofed patio
57. “Police station” in South Asian
58. Cosmogeny matter (pl)
59. 1967 Nobel chemist Manfred
Call (910)
1. Bouncing Bess
2. Australian friends
3. Supplemented with difficulty
4. Take in marriage
5. Tin
6. Antimony
7. Linen liturgical vestment
8. A country in SE Asia
9. Photocopy
10. Place of Hindus retreat
13. Ocular
14. Lasso
16. Acorn tree
17. Wife of Saturn
21. Behave in a certain manner
22. Cease living
23. Swiss river
26. Painting on dry plaster
27. Not off
28. 6th tone of the scale
29. Pre-Columbian Indians of Peru
31. Bit-by-bit
34. The 26th state
36. Hour
37. Original Equipment Mfg.
38. Bachelor of Laws
39. Largest English dictionary (abbr.)
40. The most electropositive metal
41. Classical music for the stage
42. Spirit presiding over thing or
43. In a wise way
45. Promotions
46. A piece of land
48. What the sun did yesterday
50. “Rule britannia” composer
51. Scum at the surface of molten metals
53. ___ Adams, early US patriot
54. Chinese term for poetry
56. Present tense of be
57. Atomic #52
Fun By The Numbers
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Here’s How It Works:
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To solve a sudoku, the numbers
1 through 9 must
fill each row, column and box. Each
number can appear
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row, column and
box. You can figure out the order in
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the boxes. The more
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the easier it gets to
solve the puzzle!
Helen Judy Altizer, 84
of Whispering Pines,
passed away peacefully
on Wednesday, February
4, 2015 at First Health
husband by her side. Helen
was born in Williamsburg,
West Virginia on March
21, 1930 to Lansing and
Lottie Judy. She was a lifelong Baptist and was a member
of Southern Pines Baptist Church. She was an avid golfer
and a professional Antique Dealer in McKeithens shop
in Cameron, NC. She leaves a legacy of kindness and
generosity and will be greatly missed by all who loved
her. She is survived by her husband, A.A. (Bob) Altizer;
son, Gary Hughart of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Rick
and Travis; great-granddaughters, Taylor and Sarah and a
host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents,
Lansing and Lottie Judy; first husband, Charles (Chuck)
Hughart, sister, Juanita. Services will be held at a later date.
The family has entrusted services to Cox Memorial Funeral
Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent to www.
coxmemorialfuneralhome.com Cox Memorial --- “Serving
God by serving families in a time of need”
Mr. Henry Wallace Beairs,
Jr., 70, of 60 Beard Lane,
died Tuesday, January 27,
2015 at Cape Fear Valley
Health Center, Fayetteville,
NC. The funeral will be
held at 2 p.m., Monday,
February 2, at St. Paul
Church of Christ with Dr.
Onyx Martin officiating.
Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery. The visitation will be
held Sunday, February 1, from 4-6 p.m. at Brock Memorial
& Worley Funeral Home, Inc. Mr. Beairs is survived by
his daughter, Debora B. Thornton of Durham, NC; son,
Rodney Beairs of Durham, NC; sisters, Rachel Robinson
and Barbara McPhail both of Raleigh, NC; brothers,
Arthur Beard of Florida and David C. Beard of Fayetteville,
NC; 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Online
condolences may be sent to www.brockmemorialandworley.
com. Service entrusted to Brock Memorial & Worley
Funeral Home in Clinton, NC.
Mr. Joseph Milton Butler, Sr. passed away Saturday, January
31, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton,
NC. Joe was born to Joseph Clement “Clem” Butler and Tera
Starling Butler on February 18, 1926. He is predeceased by
his beautiful wife of over 40 years, Janice Cromartie Butler.
He is survived by their four children and families: Dr. Joe
Butler, Jr., wife Alexandra, sons Jonathan and Patrick, and
daughter Alexandra of Raleigh; Pamela Ballentine, husband
Bruce of Chapel Hill, daughter Lauren Ellisberg of Raleigh
and son Eric Ellisberg of Raleigh; Greg Butler, wife Alice,
and sons Harrison of Roseboro and Clem of Manhattan
Beach, California; Karen
Smothers, husband Jim of
Greensboro, son Andrew
Robbins and wife Christina
of Athens, GA and
daughters Ashley Robbins
of Mooresville and Sydney
Dexter of Greensboro.
He is also, survived by a
brother, Frank Butler and
wife Landrum of Raleigh,
and a sister, Grace Elaine Adams of Fort Worth, Texas. Joe
was a graduate of Edwards Military Institute in Salemburg,
NC before attending the University of North Carolina
where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Upon
his father’s death in 1947, he returned to Roseboro and
managed his family’s farms and other businesses. He also
owned and operated a Western Auto store in Roseboro.
A veteran, he served in the Army from 1954 to 1956, and
received an Honorable Discharge. From the mid-1950’s
to the mid-1960’s he was part owner of Bryan-Butler Ford
Motor Company in Roseboro. In 1966, he became part
owner with his father-in-law in what would become Butler
Insurance and Realty. He retired in 1992. He was a life-long
member and a deacon of Roseboro Baptist Church. Joe was
active in the local community, in politics, and in his business
community. Some of his accomplishments were: president
of the Young Democratic Club in 1949; member and past
president of the Rotary Club from 1948 to 1976; member
of the Sampson County Board of Education from 1960 to
1969; first president and long-time member of Lakewood
County Club; member and past vice-chairman of the
Sampson County Board of Commissioners from 1976 to
1980; Board of Directors of the N.C. Association of County
Commissioners; Board of Directors and past president of
Region M Council of Government 1976 to 1980; member
of the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standard
Commissions of N.C. 1980; past president of Sampson
Week of February 6-12, 2015
County Democratic Men’s Club; chairman of the Roseboro
A.B.C. Board; president of the North Carolina Association
of A.B.C. Board 1983-84; president of the North Carolina
Independent Insurance Agents of N.C. 1982-1983; past
president of the Sampson County Insurance Agents; Board
of Directors of First Citizens Bank of Roseboro; member of
the Board of Trustees of Sampson Memorial Hospital from
1978-1984. Joe loved to play golf, hang out at the Cabin with
his buddies, travel with Janice, and see his grandchildren. He
traveled with Janice and friends to Europe many times, but
loved especially to go to Carolina football games with Mac
and Helen Warren. A life-long Tar Heel fan and long-time
Ram’s Club member, Joe traveled to New Orleans in the late
1940’s to watch UNC and Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice play
in the Sugar Bowl. Joe also, enjoyed going to New York to see
baseball games. In 1951, he was at one of the most famous
games in baseball history where he saw Bobby Thompson hit
the “Homerun heard around the World” as “THE GIANTS
WON THE PENNANT!” In the last 7 years, Joe has suffered
from dementia and has been a beloved and very spoiled
resident of Autumn Wind Assisted Living in Roseboro. The
family wants to thank the staff and caregivers who have
taken care of him so well. A service was held 6 pm, Tuesday,
Feb. 3, at Roseboro Baptist Church at 6 pm with the Rev.
Hampton Faircloth officiating. It was followed by visitation
in the sanctuary from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be sent to Roseboro Baptist Church, 3720 S.
Salemburg Highway, Roseboro, NC 28382. Arrangements
are being handled by Royal-Hall Funeral Home in Clinton.
Retired U.S. Air Force
SSGT Harvey Leon Hood,
Jr., 94, of Hope Mills, died
Thursday, January 22, 2015.
Harvey was born January 8,
1921 in Grantham, NC to the
late Harvey, Sr., and Eunice
Hood. He leaves to cherish
his memory, his sons, Leon
Hood, Roger Hood, and
Thomas Hood; daughters, Ann Horne and Lisa Bowers; sister,
Edna Earle Simmons, sister, Annette Robinson, brother, J. B.
Hood, brother, James Hood, sister, Thelma Williams, brother,
Roy Lee Hood, and sister, Eunice Carter; 13 grandchildren;
20 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday,
January 26 1:00 PM at Faymont Baptist Church 3663
Cumberland Road in Fayetteville, NC 28306.
Ms. Vera Honeycutt, 87
of Roseboro, passed away
Friday, January 30, 2015 at
Cumberland Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. Vera
was born October 30, 1927 in
Sampson County to the late
Jesse Reaves and Mattie Day
Reaves. Graveside services
were held at 2:00 PM Monday,
February 2, 2015 at Halls
United Methodist Church Cemetery in Autryville, officiating
will be Rev. Eddie Smith and Rev. Michael Tyndall. The family
received friends 4:00PM-6:00PM Sunday, February 1, 2015
at the funeral home. The family will receive friends at other
times at 4459 Hayne Stretch Rd., Roseboro. She is survived by
sons, Tommy Bullard and Donald Bullard both of Roseboro;
9 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren. Arrangements
entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 401 W. Roseboro Street,
Mrs. Irene Flinn Tyndall,
92, 120 Southwood Drive,
died Wednesday, February
4, 2015 at Mary Gran
Nursing Center. A graveside
service will be held at 2 P.M.,
Friday, February 6, 2015,
at Grandview Memorial
Garden, 2809 N. US Hwy. 421, Clinton, NC 28328, with the
Reverend Kim Strickland officiating. Irene was born October
23, 1922 in Sampson County and was the daughter of the
late Charlie Henry Vann and Betty Pauline Butler Vann.
She retired from Hamilton Beach with 28 years’ service as a
small appliance assembly worker. She was also a member of
Clinton Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by
her husbands, Herman Flinn and Garlee Tyndall; a daughter,
Jeannie Shaw Taylor; brothers, Charlie D. Vann, and William
Floyd Vann; and a grandson, Douglas Shaw. Survivors
include a son-in-law, Hubert Taylor; two sisters, Louise Vann
Warren and Faye Vann Buffaloe; step-children, Billy and
Becky Tyndall, Christine and Ray Young, and Betty Brewer
all of Clinton; grandson, David Shaw and wife Heather; three
great-grandchildren, Sarah, Emily and Noah Shaw; sisterin-laws, Carolyn R. Vann of Clinton, Faye Brock Vann of
Colorado, Oweeta M. Flinn of Bloomington, Indiana, Yvonne
T. Naylor, Jeanette T. Wise, Doris E. Tyndall, Edna Tyndall
and Judy Tyndall; a brother-in-law, Larry Glenn Tyndall;
and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The
family would like to thank the staff at Mary-Gran Nursing
Center for the love and support they have shown Irene
in the last four years. “Well done my good and faithful
servant,” Matthew 25:21. Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.crumpler-honyecutt.com. Arrangements
are by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville
Street, Clinton, NC 28328.
Mr. Raymond Vernon Autry, 47 of 1587 Tew Road,
Godwin, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Cape
Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. The funeral will
be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 6, 2015 at Baptist
Chapel Church, 2208 Baptist Chapel Road, Autryville,
with Rev. Alan Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the
church cemetery. Mr. Autry was born on May 16, 1967
in Cumberland County and worked as an Engineering
Manager with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He is
preceded in death by his father, Martin Vernon Autry. He
was a member of Baptist Chapel Church, a member of The
Kingsway Quartet, and a member of Clement Volunteer Fire
Department. He is survived by his wife, Carla Tew Autry
of the home; daughter, Cassie Jackson and husband Eric of
Sanford; mother, Lyndia Cashwell Autry of Stedman; sisters,
Diane Carter and husband Bobby of Stedman, Laurie Autry
of Wade; brother, Miles Autry and wife Patrice of Stedman;
and grandson, Channing Jackson. The family will receive
friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday evening at Butler
Funeral Home in Stedman. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation
Friends of the Cancer Center, P.O. Box 87526, Fayetteville,
N.C. 28304. Arrangements entrusted to Butler Funeral
Home, 6535 Clinton Road, Stedman.
Gabriel Lee Brewer, infant son of Danny and Caroline
Brewer of 2025 Ozzie Road, died, Thursday, January 28,
2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center. A graveside
service was held at 4 P.M., Saturday, January 31, 2015 at
the Carter Family Cemetery with Pastor Lynn Blackburn
officiating. Survivors include his mother, Deborah Caroline
Brewer and father, Danny Lee Brewer; sister, Chloe Brewer;
brother, Camden Brewer; maternal grandparents, Deborah
Royal and late Jeff Jones; paternal grandparents, Donna
Brewer and Jose Guzman; and great-grandmother, Nadine
Peoples. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.
crumpler-honeycutt.com. Arrangments are by CrumplerHoneycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St., Clinton, NC
Mr. Esaw Brooks, 72, formerly of Clinton, died Wednesday,
February 4, 2015 at Kerr Lake Nursing & Rehab Center. The
funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced
by Brock Memorial & Worley Funeral Home, Inc., Clinton,
Mr. Lathan Arbie “Tom” Fisher, Jr., 44 of 87 Pumpkintown
Road, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015. A graveside
service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 7, 2015
at Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery, Autryville, with Rev.
Jerry Fisher officiating. Mr. Fisher was born on August 14,
1970 in Sampson County and worked in Construction. He
is survived by his wife, Brigette Fisher; daughters, Adrianna
Fisher, Brianna Huskey; sons, Thomas Fisher, Matthew
Fisher, Samuel Fisher; father and mother, Lathan and Cathy
Fisher; sisters, Kelly Smith, Tina Hall; and brother, Daniel
Fisher. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Butler Funeral
Home, P.O. Box 638, Roseboro, N.C. 28382. Arrangements
entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 401 W. Roseboro Street,
Mrs. Grace Hicks, 58, of 1981 West 403 hwy., died Saturday,
January 31, 2015 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Goldsboro,
NC. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February
7, at First Baptist Church, Clinton with Elder Kendell Clark
officiating. Burial will follow in Springvale Cemetery,
Clinton, NC. The visitation will be held Friday, February 6,
from 1-7 p.m. at Brock Memorial & Worley Funeral Home,
Inc., with the family present from 6-7 p.m. Mrs. Hicks is
survived by her husband, Ronnie Hicks of the home; sisters,
Lois Melvin and Jimmie Lewis both of Dudley, NC. Online
condolences may be sent to www.brockmemorialandworley.
com. Service entrusted to Brock Memorial & Worley
Funeral Home in Clinton, NC.
Mr. Robert Lunsford, 82 of 39 Cliff Lane, died at Cape Fear
Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC. Saturday January
31, 2015. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Koontz
Funeral Home in Hamlin, WV. Born in 1932 in Logan
County, WV, Mr. Lunsford was the son of the late Matthew
and Ruby Price Lunsford. He attended Faith Chapel Church
in Roseboro and was a Disabled Veteran with the United
States Marines. He is survived by his wife; Bonnie Elkins
Lunsford, Three Step-daughters; Janet Smith and husband
Johnny, Erie Elliott and husband Charlie, Rebecca Adkins
and husband Lucian all of Branchland, WV., Two daughters;
Tina Major of Conway, SC. and Marsha Gantt of Marion,
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NC., One Sister; Melinda Taylor of Huntington, Indiana,
Four brothers; Harry Lundsford of Rising Sun, Maryland,
Bill Peyton of Florida, Fred Peyton of Henlawson, WV., and
Owen Peyton of Missouri, One Step-son; Frankie Vance,
Eleven grandchildren and two Great-Grandchildren. He is
preceded in death by one son; Lowell Lunsford, one stepson; Frankie Vance, one grandson; Jeremy Scott Gilkerson,
one granddaughter; Tammy Lee and one brother; Allen
Peyton. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.
royalhallfuneralhome.com. Royal-Hall is honored to serve
the Lunsford Family.
Mr. David Gibson Owens, Jr. 64, of 120 Southwood Dr. died
at Sampson Regional Medical Center Wednesday January
28, 1015. Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:00: pm at
Roanoke Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor
Charles Heath and Rev. Kelvin Blackman officiating. Burial
will follow at Jordan Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Born
in 1950 in Sampson County, Mr. Owens was the son of the
late David Gibson Owens, Sr. and Rachel Edna Thornton
Owens. He was a member of Roanoke Pentecostal Free
Will Baptist Church and a Farmer. He is survived by two
brothers, Gary A. Owens and Michael Chalk & wife, Gloria
all of Clinton. Two sisters, Donna Adams & husband,
Dennis of Lowgap, NC and Lecia Smith & husband, Mike
of Clinton. Several Nieces and Nephews, The family will
receive friends one hour prior to the funeral services at
the church, and other times at the home of Donna Adams,
3058 Dudley Rd. Newton Grove, NC. Condolences may be
sent by visiting wwwroyalhallfuneralhome.com. Royal-Hall
Funeral Home is honored to serve the Owens family.
Lillian Marie Pope, 86, of 4974 Garland Hwy., died
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. A
funeral service will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, February 6,
2015 at Epworth United Methodist with the Reverend Sam
Grist and Reverend Dorothy Rudd officiating. Interment
will follow in the Epworth United Methodist Church
Cemetery. Lillian was born in 1928 in Sampson County,
to the late DeLeon Dekater Merritt and Annie Tew Merritt.
She was a hairdresser and member of the Epworth United
Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Arthur Lee Pope; sons, Harry Lee Pope and Larry
Lee Pope; and two sisters Elosie Townsend and Della Mae
Warren. Survivors are grandsons, Deleon Pope and wife
Jennifer, Nicholas Lee; three great-grandchildren, Landon
Pope, Tanner Pope and Bladen Pope; daughter-in-law,
Charlotte Pope; sister, Evelyn Pearson; and brother Elwood
Merritt. The family will receive friends from 6 pm – 8
pm, Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Crumpler-Honeycutt
Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St., Clinton, NC 28328,
and at other times at the home. Memorials may be made
to the Epworth United Methodist Church, 5876 Garland
Hwy., Clinton, NC 28328. Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.crumpler-honeycutt.com. Arrangements
are by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville
St., Clinton, NC 28328.
Katie Florence Simpson born to the late James Oscar
and Annie Lois Simpson departed this life on Monday
01/26/2015 at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, NC.
Katie was born on June 4th, 1953 and became a resident
of Cashwell Center in Kinston, NC on August 19th, 1965.
Katie was a fun loving person with a beautiful personality.
She projected a ray of sunshine to everyone she met; She
was never in a bad mood, always full of beautiful smiles
and laughter. Katie was very sociable, loved to be around
people and loved attention. Everyone who met her enjoyed
her beautiful personality. Katie loved Jewelry and was very
excited when presented with Jewelry to wear around her
neck. Katie loved baby dolls and had a number of them
in her room. Katie loved to put on make-up and loved
handsome men. Funeral service was held at 1:00PM,
Monday February 02, 2015 at Carter Funeral Home.
Burial followed in the Simpson Family Cemetery, 271 Hill
Circle Rd., Garland, NC Katie was the tenth of thirteen
siblings: Mary Lois Peterson (Robert) of Philadelphia, Pa.
, Jean Allen Mason (decreased), Eva Simpson of Garland,
NC, Minister Carolyn Davis of Boston, Ma, Marilyn
Colton (James) of Brockton, Ma, Minister Joyce Burns of
Newburgh, NY, Rev. Fleeta Simpson of Philadelphia, Pa,
Gladette Mitchell (Charles) of Wilson, NC, Judy Simpson
of Garland, NC, James Junior Simpson (decreased), Roger
Simpson of Garland, NC and Mary Tyler (Miliken) of
Boston, Ma. Katie leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and a large number of friends at the Cashwell
Center. The public will be received from 1:00PM-5:00PM,
Sunday February 01, 2015 at Carter Funeral Home in
Garland, and other times at the home of Roger Simpson,
471 Hill Circle Rd., Garland, NC.
Mr. James Thomas Warren, 81, of 3072 Big Piney Grove
Road, died Thursday January 29, 2015 at home. The funeral
service will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2015
at Big Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev.
Rosia Warren Blue officiating. Burial with military honors
in Warren Family Cemetery, Clinton, NC with Military
Honors. Mr. Warren is survived by sisters, Elizabeth
Melvin Finerson and Lillie Bell Weeks both of Brooklyn,
NY; brothers, Tyrone Melvin of San Antonio, TX, James
Ray Melvin of Boston, MA and Ronnie Lee Melvin of
Brooklyn, NY. Online condolences may be sent to www.
brockmemorialandworley.com. Service entrusted to Brock
Memorial & Worley Funeral Home in Clinton, NC.
Arrest Reports
01-30 Richard James Reeves, 31; 307 E Bay
St., Dunn; Larceny; Secured Bond $1,500;
Court 02-26
01-30 Matthew Deams Bullard, 47; 19
Chavez Lane, Autryville; Shoplifting; Secured Bond $1,000; Court 03-10
01-30 Michael Anthony Loftin, 27; 4740
Bearskin Rd., Clinton; Order for Arrest/Failure to Comply- Child Support; Court 02-10
01-30 Juan Bolivar Rendon, 25; 415 Lafayette St., Clinton; Failure to Appear- NOL;
Failure to Appear- Expired Registration
Card/Tag; Secured Bond $500; Court 02-25
01-30 Houston Dale Hayden, 30; 397 Ernie
Rd., Godwin; Breaking and Entering; Larceny after Breaking and Entering; Possessing/
Concealing Stolen Property; Secured Bond
$25,000; Court 02-13
01-30 Jeremy Lee Bullard, 34; 8637 Beaver
Dam Rd., Autryville; Breaking and Entering; Larceny after Breaking and Entering;
Possessing/Concealing Stolen Property; Secured Bond $25,000; Court 02-13
01-30 Monica H Spencer, 39; 4414 Baptist
Chapel Rd., Godwin; Order for Arrest/Failure to Appear- Child Support
01-30 Richard Allen Rhodes, 43; 8130
North US 421 Hwy., Clinton; 2 Counts: Failure to Appear- DWLR; Secured Bond $500;
Court 02-23
01-30 Thelma Marie Butler, 49; 329 Wiggins
Rd., Clinton; Simple Assault; Written Promise to Appear; Court 02-25
01-30 Summer Ann Jackson, 29; 87 Rabbit Run Lane, Godwin; Felony Conspiracy
(Larceny); 3 Counts: Habitual Larceny; 2
Counts: Felony Conspiracy (Larceny); Larceny; Order for Arrest/Failure to AppearLarceny; Assault with a Deadly Weapon;
Secured Bond $26,500; Court 02-24
01-30 Tony Ray Hyatt Jr., 31; 87 Rabbit Run
Lane, Godwin; Failure to Report New AddressSex Offender; Secured Bond $25,000; Court 0224
01-30 James Earl Williams, 57; 87 Rabbit Run
Lane, Godwin; Larceny; 2 Counts: Conspiracy
(Larceny); Attempted (Larceny); Secured Bond
$1,500; Court 03-04
01-30 Stella Louise House, 64; 4009 Huntly
School Rd., Roseboro; Contempt of Court, Perjury, Court Violations; Secured Bond $50,000;
Court 02-27
01-30 Jeremy Dail Royal, 31; 897 Refrow Rd.,
Clinton; Order for Arrest- Child Support;
Court 02-17
01-30 Anthony Whitted, 54; 802 Isaac Rd.,
Clinton; Larceny; Written Promise to Appear;
Court 02-25
01-31 Brittany Noel Ladwig, 24; 5216 Miranda
Drive, Hope Mills; DWI; Secured Bond $1,000;
Court 03-05
01-31 Timothy Leroy Brown, 26; 276 North
Herring Ave., Garland; Simple Assault; Trespassing; 2 Counts: Communicating Threats;
Unsecured Bond $4,500; Court 02-24
01-31 Antonia Kelvin McKoy, 28; 12090 Old
Mintz Hwy., Garland; Possessing/Concealing
Stolen Property; Secured Bond $200,000; Court
01-31 Rondell Smith, 51; 6857 Five Bridge Rd.,
Clinton; DWI; Unsecured Bond $1,500; Court
01-31 Jason Randall Bullard, 33; 113 Mike
Stone CT, Jacksonville; Aggravated Assault;
Communicating Threats; Secured Bond $3,000;
Court 02-27
01-31 Phillip Frances Powell Jr., 28; 344 Darkhorse Lane, Clinton; Contempt of Court, Perjury, Court Violations; Court 02-10
Marriage Certificates
-Antrone Anthony Williams to Angela Francine Melvin
-Raylee Brett Johnson to Anna Marie Ruby Hickman
-Samuel Christopher Williams to Kathy Denise Parker
-David lee Newkirk to Joe Ann Daggs Jones
-Gerry Craig Stevens to Paulette Michelle Martino
-Patrick Powell West to Katherine Vann Gaddy
-Clarence Lee Pherson II to She-Re Lashenn Owens
-Dmetreus Laquan Parker to Stefanie R San Miguel
-Thomas George Allcot
-Marion Joyce Autry
-Teresa Blue
-Frances Elizabeth Barber
-Grace Bass Berrong
-Michael Andrew Cook
-Joseph Alsa Exum
-Prentiss Belvin Henry
-Minnie Freida Faison
-Joan Marie Lucas
-Lorine Maynard
-Lonnie Randolph Matthews
-Gerri Michelle Newkirk
-Sallie Mae New
-Gladys Mildred Raynor
-Malcolm Lee Stone Jr
-James Glenn Talton
-Gladys Evelyn Tew
Birth Certificates
-Lincoln Kade Terry born on January 12, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to Britni Nicole
-Maddox Karter McCullough born on January 15, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to Dustin
–Wayne McCullough and Victoria Paige Cannady
-Nevae’h Ereese Sampson born on January 16, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to Eric
Mondale Sampson and Terri Tammaneshia Oates
-Destiney Zariyha King born on January 17, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to Dannie Elmore
02-01 Rodney J Mott, 43; 230 Beverly Lane Lot 19,
Clinton; Fraud-Worthless Checks; Written Promise to Appear; Court 02-17
02-01 Bryant Alexander Thomas, 20; Roseboro;
Assault on a Female; Unsecured Bond $1,000;
Court 02-02
02-01 Willie Graham, 76; 811 Isaac Rd., Clinton; Failure to Appear- Shoplifting; Secured Bond
$2,000; Court 02-02
02-02 James Nicholas Carroll, 34; 115 Tomahawk
Trail, Clinton; DWI; Possession Open Container
in Vehicle; Secured Bond $2,000; Court 02-23
02-03 Amy Jane Ismail, 41; 260 Collins Farm
Lane, Lillington; Possession of Firearm by Felon;
Larceny of Firearm; Possession of Stolen Firearm;
Secured Bond $35,000; Court 02-06
02-03 Brandon Neil Batson, 21; 1220 Eugene
Jernigan Rd., Dunn; Statutory Rape; Second Degree Sexual Offense; Secured Bond $30,000; Court
02-03 Simon Lamont Perry, 41; 2057 Buckhorn
Rd., Harrells; Failure to Appear- Failure to Wear
Seat Belt; Failure to Appear- DWLR; Secured Bond
$500; Court 03-02
02-03 Arthur Lee Ruffin, 53; 413 D Sampson St.,
Clinton; Trespassing; Secured Bond $500; Court
02-03 Neil Anthony Young, 39; 42 Hunter Justin
Lane, Clinton; Assault on a Female; Secured Bond
$1,000; Court 03-02
02-03 Ronald Miles, 63; 1028 Kenan Weeks Rd.,
Newton Grove; Domestic Assault on a Female; No
Bond; Court 02-17
02-03 Amy Jane Ismail, 41; 135 Country Manor
Lane, Dunn; Obstructing Justice; Simple Possession SCH III; Secured Bond $5,000; Court 02-17
02-03 Tony Ray Hyatt Jr., 32; 87 Rabbit Run Lane,
Godwin; Fictitious Info to an Officer; Secured
Bond $5,000; Court 03-11
02-04 Courtney McLamb Knight, 25; 125
Hinson Rd., Dunn; Trespassing; Assault
Inflict Serious Injury; Unsecured Bond
$1,000; Court 02-24
02-04 Lindsey Taylor Nirelli, 21; 28 W
Elm St., Elizabethtown; Domestic Simple
Assault; No Bond; Court 02-17
02-04 Johnna Lynn Barnes, 35; 10881 Old
Mintz Hwy., Garland; 2 Counts- Shoplifting; Fraud; Secured Bond $700; Court 0213
Incident/ Investigation Reports
01-30 Tiffany Strickland reported a Burglary at her residence located at 110 Lorraine Rd., Clinton. Reported missing was a
Kindle Fire with charger.
01-31 Bonnie Lockamy reported the Larceny of her Credit Card from her residence
located at 1045 Hollerin Rd., Dunn.
01-31 Mark Anders reported the Larceny
of his Dirt Bike located at 3411 Roseboro
Hwy., Clinton.
01-31 Hope Farming Company reported
the Theft of their John Deere Bulldozer
and Root Rake located at 8119 Garland
Hwy., Clinton.
01-31 Rosanna Fogus reported a Burglary
at her residence located at 120 Carolyn
Lane, Godwin. Items reported missing included a tool box with power tools, hunting knife, and a folding knife.
01-31 William Daniels reported a Burglary at his residence located at 1107 Harmony Church Rd., Clinton. Items reported
missing included Play Station 3 games and
console, CD Player, TV, and a shotgun.
02-03 Ronald Davis reported the Larceny
of his Firearm from his residence located
at 2681 Wrench Rd., Godwin.
King Jr and Kristan Kiara Faison
-Samirha Alexandra Aleman-Cartagena born on January 19, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to
Elenin Isaul Aleman Maradiaga and Yenmi Johana Cartagena
-Mason William Booth born on January 19, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to Matthew Frank
Booth and Andrea Eason Booth
-Noah Alexander Parker born on January 21, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to Matthew
Charles Parker and Amanda Bartlett Parker
-Jhayse Ka’Dori McKoy born on January 24, 2015 at Sampson Regional Medical Center to Kawenda Ynette
Land Transfers
-Freddie L Sawyer, Sheila M Sawyer to Freddie L Sawyer, Sheila M Sawyer- Lot 14 Hoss’s Ridge Subdivision
-Relma M Smith to Branch Development Inc- Lot Piney Grove
-Joel W Lambert Jr, Kaye H Lambert to Jackson Family Investments LLC- Lot 1 10.28 Acres
-Faye Hall Dixon to Derek J Godwin and Janean R Godwin- Tract 5 33.90 Acres w/exceptions of the
Derwood & Annie Lou Jernigan Hall Estate Plainview
-Marian Rae Worsley to W Cecil Worsley III- One Acre w/exceptions Sampson
-Jack Cotton, Nancy Worsley Cotton to W Cecil Worsley III- One Acre w/exceptions
-Billie Hamilton Devane, Robert Mason Devane Estate, William Hamilton Devane, William Hamilton
Devane/EXR to John Michael Devane and Patrick Blue Devane
-John Michael Devane, Judy B Devane, Patrick Buie Devane, Tomye Su Devane to William Hamilton
Devane- Tract 1 10.09 Acres Franklin
-Darlene K Jackson, Donald W Jackson Sr to Amber N Jackson, Darlene K Jackson, Donald W Jackson SrTract 2 2.21 Acres Mingo
-Darlene K Jackson, Donald W Jackson Sr to John Nelson Williams and Sherry A Williams- Tract 1 35.47
Acres Mingo
-Effie Lou Hudson Quinn, Robert Quinn III to Pelmon Jart Hudson Jr- Lot 1 64.7 Acres w/exceptions Turkey
-Elliott L Spell Jr, Patricia W Spell to John L Spell- 5.0 Acres Belvoir
-Carolyn McClellan, Steve McClellan to Pedro Luna- 1.50 Acres Sampson
-Keith Grant Honeycutt to Kelly Brewer Honeycutt- Lot 12 Timberlake Subdivision Section Six 0.80 Acres
-Gwendolyn L Denning to Jenny Elizabeth Edwards- 2 Tracts North Clinton
-Stefan J Hartmann/TR, Walter L Hartmann, Walter L Hartmann Revocable Trust to Hartmann Family LLC- 8
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Chamber Chat
With Janna Bass
As 2015 has begun, I am so excited about this Chamber year ahead
of us as we continue to improve, grow and continue the journey for
economic growth within Sampson County. As many of you know,
my husband and I also began a journey (a new journey for us)… the
journey of parenthood. We welcomed our first child into the family in November. Needless
to say, we have been adjusting and learning each day, but enjoying every moment. Throughout my time away, I am so thankful for each Chamber Member, Committee Member, Board
Member, Sherri Smith (2014 Chamber President), Alison Bradshaw (2015 Chamber President), Elizabeth West (Administrative Assistant) and many others that assisted the Chamber
to offer wonderful programs and opportunities to the community and Chamber Members
during my maternity leave.
The 45th Annual Chamber Banquet is right around the corner. On Tuesday, February 24th,
we look forward to celebrating business within Sampson County. Each year, the Annual
Banquet Awards Committee nominates local businesses for a variety of success awards. I am
honored to announce this year’s award nominees.
Nominees for the “Business Person of the Year” include: Rex Moody with Southern Bank &
Trust. Rex is currently the City Executive and Area Market Executive with Southern Bank
& Trust Company. He has enjoyed a 32 plus year career in the banking industry. Rex is a
member of First United Methodist Church where he currently serves as President of the
Methodist Men and was recently selected to Chairman of the Staff/Parrish Committee for
2015. He has served as Administrative Board Chairman, as well as many other committees
within the church. Rex is a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Clinton and currently
serves on the Board of Directors. He has served as a past member of the Clinton-Sampson
Chamber of Commerce Board and is a member of Sampson County Friends of Agriculture.
He is proud to call Clinton and Sampson County “home!”
Cliff Williford with ECNO Oil, Inc. In April 1971, Cliff Williford had the opportunity to
become self-employed as owner of ECNO Oil, Inc., a wholesaler and retailer of gasoline and
fuel oil. The Company prospered and in 1996, JW Transport was formed. Together they have
18 employees, with 12 transport trucks, 5 convenience stores and 2 mini storage locations.
As a member of the Clinton Community Church, NC Petroleum Marketers Association, a
Chamber Member since 1990 and former Lion’s Club Member, it has been Cliff ’s pleasure to
serve the community. Being successful in starting a business, Cliff hopes to have instilled in
his children the determination and integrity to be able to successfully take over and manage
the business.
Carole Robinson with Temporary Connections, Inc. is a Sampson County native, and started Temporary Connections, Inc. in 1982 to provide staffing to area businesses. Robinson
joined the Chamber of Commerce in 1983 where she served as an Ambassador for several
years and currently serves on several Chamber committees. Robinson is a member of the
Clinton 100 Committee and in 1995, she was appointed to the Sampson Community College Board of Trustees, where for the past 20 years, she has served on various committees.
Robinson was Co-Chairman in 2012-13 and has served for 14 years as the liaison with the
SCC Foundation. Robinson was a member of the Sampson Charter Chapter of American
Business Women’s Association for 25years, where she held several offices, and in 1996 she
was awarded the “ABWA Woman of the Year”. Carole Robinson is a former member of the
SCC Citizens Advisory Committee, Clinton-Sampson Rotary Club, CHS Athletic Booster
Club (assisted in organizing the group), CHS Friends of the Band, Clinton High SchoolWorkforce (Vocational) Advisory Committee (Chairman-2 years), ESC Employer Advisory
Committee, Fayetteville Job Ready Conference and the SCC Tech Prep Committee.
The Nominees for the “Small Business Excellence Award” include: F.L. Turlington Lumber
Company, Inc. in Clinton and Keener is one of Sampson County’s longest lived businesses.
The company was founded in 1918 by F.L. (Mr. Fes) Turlington and is managed by third
generation Turlingtons Bill and Tom. Turlington Lumber Company makes quality kilndried southern yellow pine lumber sold up and down the US east coast as well as in export
destinations. Turlington Lumber Company is a proud provider of employment for Sampson
County workers as wells as a provider of a local market for southern pine logs. The company
purchased and began operation of the idle Keener Lumber Company Keener mill in January
of 2013. Green lumber is produced in Keener and shipped to Clinton for kiln-drying, grading, surfacing, and shipping. Turlington acquires its raw material locally which provides the
advantages of flexibility to manufacture to customer’s specifications and to practice close
quality control of its products. The management and employees of F.L. Turlington Lumber
Company are thankful to soon be celebrating 100 years operation as a productive member of
Sampson County’s business community.
Next, Royal Trustworthy Hardware, located in downtown Salemburg, is proud to be the oldest continually operated business in Sampson County. With its origin in 1890, owned and
operated by C.S. Royal as a general merchandise store, it was carried on by two successive
generations of the Royal family. His grandson, C.A Royal, sold the business to present day
owners, Jim and Pamela McGuirt in January of 1996. The business operated on College Street
in Salemburg until a devastating fire totally destroyed it on January 25, 2008. The determination to rebuild and succeed as a small family owned business was evident when the business
reopened just three months later right around the corner in the same block of the downtown
district. The store carries a wide variety of hardware, plumbing, house wares, paint, and pet
supplies for tradesmen and do-it-yourselfers. Customers often comment that they can find
items there that they cannot find elsewhere. Owners, Jim and Pamela McGuirt, along with
six employees strive to meet their customer’s needs in a friendly, courteous manner. Service
is their most important trademark.
Lastly, Cape Fear Farm Credit in Clinton NC is an agricultural lender and has been serving its mission of being the “lender of choice to all of agriculture and our rural communities” since 1916. The local branch in Clinton, NC services 400 members in the Sampson and
surrounding counties, and loan volume in that branch is approximately $132 million. The
Clinton branch employees are committed to agriculture and the local community, and they
are extremely active through involvement with FFA, 4-H, Boy Scouts, and local church and
community activities. They are supportive of agriculture in Sampson County as well as across
our state, and they promote the positive impact that agriculture has on our entire world.
Cape Fear Farm Credit love agriculture and serving our local customers, and are proud to
call Sampson County home since 1916.
The nominees for the “Entrepreneurial Success Award” include: Wes Wooten with State Pest
Control. Wes Wooten is a Sampson County native and began to pursue his vision of leadership and ownership by purchasing State Pest Control in 2007. Through Wes’s vision and
diligence, State Pest Control is becoming a household name in other regions of the state. State
Pest Control has expanded to include a base of 10,000+ customers throughout NC, SC, VA
and increased the workforce of the company to 32 full time employees, 1 part time, and 27
service trucks throughout NC, SC and VA. State Pest Control currently has 4 offices located
in Clinton, Hope Mills, Sanford, and Wendell. Wes currently holds Structural Pest Control
Licenses and a public health license. In 2009, the company was accredited by the State of
North Carolina as an “official wood destroying insect company” and was approved for the
use of Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination, the latest tool utilized to help fight termites
where only 2% of the Pest Control Operators in the entire nation make use of this product.
State Pest Control has been named “Best Pest Control Company in Sampson County” from
2007-2014 and in November 2012, State Pest Control was named one of the top up and
coming pest control companies in the USA, and Best of Lee County 2014. In 2014 Wes was
recognized as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Young Alumnus and
is currently the North Carolina Region 3 Director for N.C. Pest Control Management Assoc.
The next nominee is The Happy Belly Deli which opened in October 2011 because of Trey
and Kristen Cummings’ love of fresh sandwiches. They serve hearty sized sandwiches using
low sodium, minimally processed meats on fresh sliced breads and rolls. Enjoy a house specialty sandwich or build your own just the way you like it. The sandwiches are piled so high,
no wonder they are named, Happy, Hungry and Stacked! Over the past 3 years the business
has grown from not only daily walk-in business but also caterings of sandwich platters or
boxed lunches. They also offer a large selection of craft beers to mix and match for your own
taste. Happy Belly Deli pride themselves in being voted among the best place for lunch, best
place for dieters and best deli in Sampson County.
Lastly, McGill Environmental Systems was founded in 1991 in Sampson County. McGill
manufactures premium compost products by recycling biodegradable by-products and residuals from municipal, industrial and agribusiness sources. McGill owns and operates two
additional facilities in North Carolina and Virginia. McGill employees 27 people at its Sampson County facility which has recycled over two million tons of materials and sold over a
million cubic yards of compost products to the landscaping, agricultural and sports turf industries. McGill-Delway contributes to the local community by sponsoring and donating to
local churches, schools and fire departments. Honors include: Partnership Award for Excellence in Recycling (with Smithfield Foods), 2012 Virginia Recycling Association, 2011 U.S.
Composting Council “Composter of the Year”, 2008 Business NC Magazine “Small Business
of the Year” finalist.
I encourage you to reserve your tickets today by giving us a call at the Chamber Office (910592-6177). The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 6:30pm
and the awards beginning at 7:00pm. I look forward to seeing each of you on Tuesday, February 24th.
Let’s Talk Taxes, Let it Go. Let it Go
By Janet J. Tart, EA
Face it; we’ve all got stuff that we no longer use. Maybe you
have to turn sideways to get in the storage room or have given
up on parking your car in the garage. Well, now’s a good time
to plan for a big spring clean, and you could get a tax deduction
for it.
If you itemize your deductions (use Schedule A), Uncle Sam will give you a bonus – a
deduction on your tax return for donating all that stuff to a charity. This could result in
a larger refund for you, but there are a few simple rules you must follow to benefit from
this tax break.
sent taxpayers before the IRS for audits, collections and appeals. Only enrolled agents are
federally licensed and have unlimited rights of representation. To attain the enrolled agent
designation, candidates must demonstrate expertise in taxation, fulfill continuing education
credits and adhere to a stringent code of ethics.
Chamber Member of the Week
First, the charity must be recognized as an exempt charitable entity. Qualifying are
churches, schools, Red Cross, Scouts, Salvation Army, Disabled American Vets, public
libraries, etc. If in doubt, ask the organization or check the IRS website at IRS.gov.
Second, make sure you get a receipt from the charity for the donation. You’ll need it as
proof of your donation. If your total non-cash donations are less than $500, you can list
the amount on Schedule A. If more than $500, you are required to attach Form 8283 with
the following information:
Make a list of the items you are donating to attach to your receipt. (Keep this receipt with
your records – do not send in). Form 8283 asks for date of purchase (can be various) and
the date of the gift, the name of the charity and a list of the items donated. Additionally,
you must indicate how you determined fair market value. Cost is what you originally paid
for the items and value is what you could have sold it for at a thrift shop or garage sale.
Think of all those kitchen appliances no longer used; old toys the kids have outgrown;
clothes that don’t fit or are out of date; books, tools, games, furniture and anything else
you no longer want. It is fairly easy to rack up $1000 in fair market value resulting in an
additional refund of $250 if you are in the 25% tax bracket. Remember that clothing must
be in above average condition – no old socks, underwear and soiled clothes you used for
painting! So, get busy – get rid of the extra stuff, simplify your life and enjoy that larger
The author is an enrolled agent, licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to repre-
Congratulations to the Chamber’s Member of the Week, Sweet Frog, located at 935
Sunset Avenue in Clinton. As a proud member of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of
Commerce, this locally owned and operated business strives to provide each customer
with the best experience possible from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk
out. Currently, Sweet Frog has 16 self-serve flavors to choose from and over 50 toppings
to make your dessert exactly the way you like it. For more information about Sweet Frog
in Clinton, contact Iriani Rincon Lopez at (910)590-3764, e-mail [email protected]
net or visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SweetFrogClintonNC. For more
information about the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, please call (910) 5926177 or visit www.clintonsampsonchamber.org.
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