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The Sampson Weekly
Week of March 20-26, 2015
Commissioners Unanimously Friends of Ag Rally
Pass Pay Study
On Wednesday, County Commissioners unanimously passed the implementation of the plan for the Pay,
Classification and Benefits study. At this particular
meeting, commissioners discussed the plan for approximately 30 minutes before Commissioner Clark
Wooten made the motion to adopt the plan. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sue Lee. Once
the vote was taken, it was unanimous.
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Even though there was only 30 minutes of discussion
during that particular meeting, the topic has been
front and center for the Board and the county staff
for quite some time with Springsted Inc. conducting
the study last year and presenting their findings to
the Board of Commissioners in January of this year.
The pay study pointed out that 82% of the county
County Manager Ed Causey
employees were paid below the minimum salary of
their new pay grade. 18% are being paid at least the market rate. The approved plan will
get employees up to their minimum salary grade.
On February 25th, 2015, the county staff provided the Board their recommendations with
regards to the implementation of the Springsted, Inc. recommendations from the Pay Study.
Subsequently, the county hosted a forum on March 4th, 2015 which allowed employees to
share comments, concerns, or suggestions regarding the planned implementation.
The County Manager does acknowledge that the plan will cost over $3.7 million dollars
over the next 4 years but that the county employees will be contributing to that cost. According to the plan, county employees will be contributing to the cost of their healthcare
benefits including dental. Employees will pay $495,415 of the implementation costs for the
pay plan over 4 years in increased costs for benefits. There is also a change to the 401K
contributions in the plan as well.
PAY STUDY, see P. 3
Sugar Hill Lane Murder Suspects Arrested
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godliness is great:
He appeared in a
body, was vindicated
by the Spirit, was
seen by angels, was
preached among
the nations, was
believed on in the
world, was taken up
in glory.
1 Timothy 3:16
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Garland, NC- On Thursday March 5, 2015 around 12:30
pm deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office
responded to a call for an unresponsive subject in the
area of Sugar Hill Ln. Upon arrival deputies discovered
a deceased male in the area. It was apparent the subject
had succumbed to a traumatic injury causing his death.
Investigators responded to the scene and immediately
began conducting an investigation into the death. At this
time there are no further details that can be released and
the investigation is ongoing. Once further details become
available an updated press release will be sent out.
Update-March 18, 2015
Investigators with the Sampson County Sheriff’s made two
arrest in the homicide of Carlos Raymond James, which
occurred on March 5, 2015 on Sugar Hill Lane in Garland,
NC. Investigators worked diligently and logged countless
hours in an attempt to locate the suspects responsible with
death. After an exhaustive search for the suspects, both surrendered themselves to
authorities at the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office without incident. Those arrested
in the incident were:
Jafa McKoy 36, B/M of 9151 Garland Hwy., Garland, NC was charged with Murder.
Brandon Parker 31, B/M of 281 W. 2nd St., Garland, NC was charged with Murder.
Both are being held under no bond in the Sampson County Detention Center and
have a first appearance in court scheduled for March 27, 2015. No further information
will be released at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
ARREST, see P. 3
Max Armstrong will deliver Friends of Ag
keynote address
Who are the Friends of Agriculture? Considering
agriculture’s economic impact in Sampson County,
everyone living in our extended community should
be. There are few, if any, jobs in Sampson County
that are not directly or somehow indirectly related
to agriculture. And it’s not just the economic impact
agriculture plays in our community; there is also a
deep, rich cultural impact that agriculture plays in
nearly every household in Sampson County.
In fact, Ronnie Jackson, Chairman of the Sampson
County Friends of Agriculture states, “Agriculture,
including livestock and poultry, bring in over $1 Billion
dollars in income annually to Sampson County.”
Jackson goes on to add, “Sampson County is the top
row crop county in NC and is number 2 in livestock
behind only Duplin County. And Sampson County is
one of the top farming counties in the US.”
And for the past 14 years, Sampson County
Friends of Agriculture have rallied in support of any
and all whose ability to earn a living is impacted
by agriculture. This year that tradition of support
continues on Tuesday, March 24th at the Sampson
County Agri-Exposition Center as the Friends of
Agriculture 2015 Rally welcomes Max Armstrong to
present the keynote address.
“The rally is an annual event designed to present
items of interest regarding agriculture and its
importance to Sampson and surrounding counties,”
says Jackson. “The Sampson County Friends of
Agriculture exists to provide information about
agriculture and its importance to our area. Too often,
people forget where food comes from and tend to
focus on some of the incorrect negative stories that
they hear on TV or read about in the paper.”
To that end, the Sampson County Friends of
Agriculture have invited Max Armstrong to address
key issues in agriculture today.
AG RALLY, see P. 3
Week of March 20-26, 2015
SC School Officials Seek More Money in Local Funds
this was the first year a budget had been prepared in the
past few years not appropriating use of the fund balance.
McLamb also noted that the budget the county school
system is requesting is asking for $950.00 per student in
ADM money. “That equates to more than $661,000. We
are currently at $880.00 per student for the 2014-2015
budget. The district has gained an additional 67 students
this year, which brings the total to 8,605 (students) as of
February.” The present preliminary budget reflects $950.00
per student in order to make the numbers work.
Dale McLamb, Finance Director with Sampson County
Schools, presented the proposed request for the 2015-2016
school year to the school board during Tuesday morning’s
work session. McLamb stressed the importance of the
request as relating to the need for the system to operate
using zero fund balance for the upcoming school year.
McLamb stated, “This budget is based on what we know
now.” The proposed budget was the third draft since
January according to McLamb. McLamb also noted that
McLamb continued to stress the fact that the draft is
preliminary numbers, “We will have hard numbers from
DPI and ADM numbers from the county and will make
line adjustments; that will be your budget for (2015-2016)
in July.” McLamb continued, “We normally have our
numbers by the end of February.”
Board Chairman Dewain Sinclair stated, “We have cut,
cut and cut and stayed out of the fund balance. It looks
like we’ve done everything we can do here to sharpen our
pencils and cut back.”
Board member Telfair Simpson questioned whether there
would be additional expenditures taken from the fund
Sampson Co. Young Farmer Attends
NC State Tobacco Short Course
balance for the current 2014-2015 budget?
McLamb responded, “Yes. Before the end of this fiscal
year, we expect to dip into the fund balance, using
approximately $400,000. The LCG suggested for us to
have at least three months of operating expenses and we
are close.”
McLamb said the district is looking at a fund balance
of around $1.662 million. Overall, McLamb said the
preliminary budget has been reduced by 10% over
the previous year’s budget. The total expenditures for
instruction and support is projected to be $9.97 million,
which is a 10% reduction from the 2014-2015 amount of
more than $11 million.
McLamb continued, “We normally have our planning
numbers by February, but we don’t as of now (Tuesday).
Once we get the hard numbers from DPI as for the
allotments of what we’re going to get, we’ll put together
another budget in June or July.”
The Sampson County Board has until their March 30th
meeting to make suggestions before the budget and
requests are submitted to the Sampson County Board
Commissioners the following week.
4H Community Service Project
NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler (left) and Matthew Vann, NC State extension tobacco
specialist (right) congratulate crop consultant Chance Thornton for his participation in the
2015 NC State Tobacco Short Course.
Chance Thornton participated recently in a week-long 2015 NC State Tobacco Short Course
in Raleigh. Thornton has been growing tobacco with his father, Keith and brother, Loren, on
Thornton Farms for five years.
During the Tobacco Short Course, 38 participants took part in two days of classroom studies
on everything from greenhouse production of seedling plants to curing leaf ready for market.
The group also spent a day touring several tobacco-related companies or organizations in eastern North Carolina.
“Since the tobacco industry faces continuous change, we need to make sure our younger farmers, their advisors, and other allied industry representatives are able to focus on how to attain
efficient quality tobacco production,” says Dr. Bill Collins, the retired director of N.C. State
Tobacco Extension programs and co-director of the Tobacco Short Course. Instructors in the
short course included N.C. State Extension specialists in agricultural economics, agronomy,
biological and agricultural engineering, crop science, entomology, and plant pathology.
Members of the 4-H Every Buddies Kidz Club gathered together for this community service project: Mission health items for Nicaragua packed with love with our Head, Heart,
Health and Hands. Pictured left to right - front row: Hunter Bruce, Taylor Blanchard, Alexis
Blanchard, Katelyn Williamson, and James Carr; back row: Marissa Williamson, Jewell
Carr, Libbie Best, and Jacklyn Williamson.
SC Republicans
Elect New Chairman
The 2015 N.C. State Tobacco Short Course was once again conducted by the North Carolina
Tobacco Foundation, in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C.
State University. It was funded with a grant by the North Carolina Tobacco Research Commission from the 10-cent per hundred pounds of tobacco sold via a self-assessment paid at the
point-of-sale during the 2014 tobacco-growing season.
Daniel Ruggles was
elected Chairman of
the Sampson County
Republican Party at
their convention on
Tuesday night, March
17th in Clinton.
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Daniel Ruggles and
his wife, Lillian, are
expecting their first
child, a little girl, any
day. Ruggles has
also served as the
Vice-Chairman of the
North Carolina Young
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John McLamb; Sampson County Agent for North Carolina Farm Bureau
Mutual Insurance Company was named among the Top 75 NC agents for
2014, by Steven D. Carroll, CPCU, Executive Vice President and General
Agent McLamb was selected for this honor based on his outstanding
sales and service record for multilines of insurance during 2014.
North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Company has some 800
agents across the state and Mr. McLamb ranked 24th among his
fellow colleages.
Associate Director of Sales Hank
Sigmon, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
congratulates McLamb.
John McLamb can always be reached at 910-592-8131
This announcement was made at the Annual Sales Conference of the
Farm Bureau Insurance Companies held at the Sheraton Hotel Four
Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on March
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Armstrong is one of the most highly-regarded and
widely-followed agriculture journalists in America. And
for nearly 40 years his broadcasts have been viewed and heard by farmers,
ranchers and consumers across the country.
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An honored alum of Purdue University, Max is a native of Indiana, having grown up
on a grain and livestock farm in the southern part of the state. He is the recipient of
numerous honors from trade associations and farm organizations, and Max has
originated broadcasts from every state and from more than 30 different nations.
He is host of This Week In AgriBusiness on television, as well as Farm Progress
America and Max Armstrong’s Midwest Digest on radio. Also, Max continues as a
weekend voice at Chicago radio powerhouse WGN, where he has been heard
on agriculture broadcasts every week since 1977.
When asked about some of the current key issues impacting agriculture, Ronnie
Jackson states, “Commodity prices are low, especially corn, cotton, soybeans,
and wheat. And regulatory issues are always a concern.” Jackson also adds,
“Weather issues leading to a very late start to spring work will also be a key
concern this year.”
The Sampson County Friends of Agriculture Rally, featuring Max Armstrong, is
scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center.
A complimentary dinner will begin at 6:30 PM with speakers to follow.
There is no charge for tickets, but a ticket is required for entry. Tickets are available
at Clinton Truck & Tractor Co., the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce,
and the Ag Extension Office.
ARREST, cont. from 1
“This was a joint investigation which involved many
agencies. I would like to thank the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations, Alcohol
Tobacco and Firearms, Clinton Police Department, Jacksonville Police Department,
Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s
Office and Harnett County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.”
– Jimmy Thornton
6th Annual Super Sprint Triathlon
Scheduled for Next Saturday
The 6th Annual Sampson County Super Sprint Triathlon is scheduled to be held next Saturday March 28th beginning at 9:00am sharp. The event was originally started by Ali Noll
and Sarah Scott. The ladies started the race because they felt the need to raise awareness of
physical activity in the community and wanted to give the citizens a chance to participate
and challenge themselves. Participants would no longer have to travel outside of the county to do it. “On a side note - it is also a great community event addressing volunteerism
and tourism.”
The annual triathlon is being held at the Center for Health+Wellness in Clinton, NC. According to Amanda Bradshaw, event coordinator, “Currently we have 106 registered and
expect probably 50-60 more participants to register by race day. We have about 80 volunteers registered to help with a variety of activities and stations.”
Bradshaw explained the layout of the race, “The race is laid out across 3 different stages.
Racers will start in the pool at the Center for Health+Wellness in the pool with a 250 yard
swim (the equivalent of 5 laps). Racers will begin based on their swim times. The next
stage will be hitting the road for a 7 mile bike ride through downtown Clinton and out
to the Industrial Park. The final leg of the race is a 2 mile run that leaves the Center for
Health+Wellness, roams through the streets of downtown Clinton and finishes with a grand
finale at the Center for Health+Wellness.”
“Anyone is invited to attend,” remarked Bradshaw. “We have racers attending from all over
NC and right here in Clinton. The Sampson County Super Sprint Triathlon is a great opportunity to get people moving. Can a family race together? Absolutely. Any person 10 and
above is welcome to attend and participate. First timers are always welcome. If a person
feels they can’t complete the course alone, we encourage them to find a team member(s).
One person can swim, one person can bike, and one person can run. This helps takes the
physical stress from one person. To register for the event, visit From that
point, choose Triathlon and find Sampson County. It only takes a few minutes to get registered and you can pay online with a credit card. Quick and easy was our goal this year with
the roll out of the new registration website.”
Bradshaw explained how she got involved in the Triathlon, “This will be my 4th year. I
began when I worked with Sampson County Cooperative Extension and have continued
since leaving the Cooperative Extension because I believe this event brings a variety of opportunities to Sampson County. I also always find myself just in awe of the racers and their
support teams that travel with them. It is very inspiring to watch the best of athletes right
down to the family who is striving to promote health and wellness cross the finish line.”
All funds raised from the Super Sprint Triathlon will go the following organizations: Fitness Renaissance, LC Kerr Garden, Events promoting healthy lifestyles at the Center for
PAY STUDY, cont. from 1
On Wednesday, County Manager Ed Causey stated that he had received concerns from
some county employees and retired county employees, who would perhaps be affected the
Causey stated, “I have to look after the employees but I also have to look after the long
term stability of this county. There are some people that are going to benefit more from the
plan than others.”
He stated, “It is possible that the revised cost of health benefits could have a negative impact on several of our employees. Our plan implementation will not allow any employee
to receive less income than they are currently receiving.”
“We will be moving to a market-based concept of compensation. This means future employees will be responsible for providing many of their own resources for post-retirement
benefit. Moreover, existing employees will now share in the costs of offered benefits,”
stated Causey.
Health+Wellness. Each of these organizations focus to build health and wellness opportunities in Sampson County.
What are the costs involved? From 2/5 thru 3/25 the cost for an individual is $75.00 and
a team will be 130.00. From 3/25 thru 3/28, the cost for an individual will be 85.00 and a
team will be 140.00.
“We always encourage people that are not able to participate to come and be part of the
cheering team. These racers always appreciate a few kind words or extra cheers as they
challenge themselves to cross the finish line,” remarked Bradshaw.
For question about the upcoming Triathlon, please call Amanda Bradshaw at 592-7176 ext.
One issue of concern was over the following changes in Post-Employment Benefits:
Employees who have been employed less than 5 years as of July 1, 2015 will no
longer be eligible for post-employment health benefits. New employees will no longer be
eligible for post-employment health benefits.
Employees with less than 15 years of service as of July 1, 2015 will be required
to work for Sampson County for 20 consecutive years as a permanent employee and be at
least age 58 years to be eligible for post-employment health benefits
Those retirees currently receiving health insurance benefits through Sampson
County will begin immediately in Year 1 of implementation paying a portion of their
health insurance costs calculated on their salary at date of retirement, except for former
commissioners who will pay $100 per month.
One concern that was raised by commissioners was the required permanent reductions that
would have to be found each year to make the plan work. Year 2 being $345,497, Year 3
$423,947, Year 4 $423,947 for a total permanent reduction in expenditures of $1,193,391
over the 4 year period. According to County Manager Ed Causey this would equate to
27 full time employees or other permanent budget reductions. He did not that this figure
could be offset by other dedicated revenue sources.
The County Manager stated that in order to find these permanent expense reductions that
he would be meeting with department heads starting in July to find where permanent cuts
could be made. If these cuts could not be found, it could possibly mean that employees
will start going home. County Manager Ed Causey also stated that he felt like these 27
employee cuts, if deemed necessary, could be dealt with through attrition.
Commissioner Clark Wooten, who made the motion to pass the pay plan, noted that he felt
like it was a good move for the sustainable health of the county.
Commissioner Albert Kirby stated, “We want to pay good people for good services. We
want a more efficient government not a bigger government.”
After further discussion, the motion passed unanimous.
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Debut Show by Tanya Sue Todd
Showcases Sampson’s Rural Beauty
lunch breaks while I was driving around Sampson County,” she
explained. “I started posting on Facebook and quickly developed
supporters of my work.”
What began so simply, quickly became a sort of therapy for the
artist and reinvigorated the love of photography she had back in
high school.
“I enjoy the creative aspect of photography,” she said. “I like the
connections people make with my work. It provides a balance for
me. I often view my photo explorations as ‘therapy for my soul’.”
Once she started sharing her work on Facebook, it only
encouraged her to shoot and share more images of her work.
“I see things in a certain way,” she said. “I form an emotional
connection with the image and then share the images on
social media. Honestly, I really didn’t realize I had talent for
photography until I started receiving such positive feedback.”
So what gets Todd excited about her work?
“It is the stillness of capturing a moment in time,” she explains.
“The locations I visit. The expression of emotion with the image.
The connections people have with my images. The stories people
tell me, how the photos remind them of various memories,
events, feelings, etc. All of my images have titles which I feel
draw people in further.”
* Show will run through April 9 at Victor A. Small House
Through her camera lens, photographer Tanya Sue Todd
captures things that that most people take for granted. Whether
it is the beauty of shadows falling over a worn out barn, the soft
magenta and purple colors that are on full display in the sky at
the end of a cool North Carolina day or just the unforgiving wear
on a burnt-out old building, Todd’s work captures it all and so
much more- the pure, true beauty is in the subject of her work
and all of those subjects are found right here in North Carolina.
practicing medicine as a pediatric PA at the Clinton Medical
Clinic since 2010, has two daughters who attend the city schools
and says she is “speechless” that she has been asked to present a
show in Clinton.
“I am excited, grateful, honored beyond words and speechless
even, which can be rare for me,” she said.
Born in New York, Todd grew up in Peekskill, which is about an
hour north of New York City.
The photographer’s debut exhibit can be witnessed now through
April 9 at the Victor A. Small House, located at 709 College
Street, in Clinton.
“It was fantastic growing up with the ability to visit the many
museums in New York City,” she said, “and also to be immersed
in such a vibrant culturally diverse city.”
The show, entitled, “A Photographic Exploration of Rural North
Carolina” kicked off with an artist reception last week. The
exhibit features photos from right here in Sampson County.
Art has always been in her life.
Todd’s “Echoes of Time” is a collection of over 70 color and
black and white images captured throughout Sampson County,
from rural landscapes and barns, to abandoned houses and more.
Ironically, the idea to put on a show in Clinton was suggested by
a Facebook friend of Todd’s.
“A friend of mine, who followed my work on Facebook,
suggested that I speak with Kara Donatelli (from the Sampson
Arts Council),” Todd explained. “So, I visited her one day and
showed her a few images. Initially, I was hoping to submit one
of two, but she suggested that I have a solo show. I’m so very
thankful I met with her that day!”
Todd, who currently lives in Bladen County and has been
“I have always had a love of the arts,” Todd explained. “I took
several art classes in high school, but darkroom photography was
my love.”
Todd notes that after high school, she wanted to attend art school,
but ended up following a “helping path”.
“I received a Bachelors from UNC-W in Psychology, worked as
a crisis counselor for a few years, but then changed career paths,”
she said. “I graduated from PA school at East Carolina University
with a Masters in 2006. I have been practicing as a Pediatric PA
ever since.”
Last year, Todd began seeing things in her travels and took out
her phone and started shooting those unique images.
“I just started capturing random images with my iPhone on
Forgotten and abandoned structures are things that Todd zeroes
in on in her work.
“These spaces, structures all had such purpose once upon a time,”
she said. “I feel they still have value and a purpose. Everything in
life has a purpose and beauty. It’s all in one’s perspective.”
In addition to shooting these structures, Todd also says she enjoys
shooting landscapes and … people.
“I enjoy landscapes,” she said. “I also told myself I would likely
not enjoy photographing people, but surprisingly have found
that people can add a whole new element to the expression of
an image.”
Although this is her first-ever show, Todd said that she would
love to share her work with local audiences again in the near
future. With the support she has, it should be no problem.
“I am incredibly appreciative for all my loved ones, friends and
supporters,” she said. “I owe so much to their encouragement
and support … I would like to share my work again in the near
To see Todd’s exhibit at the Victor A. Small House, stop by
Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment,
call 910-596-2533 or click on to
To view Todd’s full body of work on Facebook, click on to or http://tanyasue-todd.
To purchase a specific piece of Todd’s work they can contact
Todd directly via email at [email protected] or speak with
Kara Donatelli at the Sampson County Arts Council.
Miss Hobbton Pageant
Slated for Saturday
The Miss Hobbton High School pageant will be held on Saturday, March 21 at
the Hobbton High School Auditorium. The pageant’s theme is “Wildcat Country” and features our reigning Miss Hobbton, Blair Bradshaw, our contestants
and many students at Hobbton High School. Admission is $10.00 and we invite all area queens and former Miss Hobbtons to attend. Pictured from left to
right, front row: Kayla Morris, Alicia Robinson, Monika Santos, Diana Jimenez,
Mikeala Roberson, Keighlah Fields, Kaylan Sinclair, Megan Carter, Kira Hernandez and left to right on the back row: MiKayla McLamb, DeLaney Thornton,
Camryn Carr, Blair Bradshaw- Miss Hobbton 2014, Carolina Daughtry, Jean
McAlister and Emily Sutton.
Committee Enlarging Pineland College/Edwards Military Institute Memorial
At the November 2013 Reunion of the Pineland/Edwards Military Institute, alumni and board members voted to enlarge the areas around
the Pineland/EMI/Whitehall/Junior Barracks/Southwood Memorial in
Salemburg. The new design would double the size of the current
In order to make the enlargement, there will be additional pavers
needed so that the new area will match the existing areas. And that
is where the committee needs your help.
There is a need for an additional 500 pavers. The pavers will be
placed in honor of someone special, commemorating your time at the
school (if attended) or in memory of someone special. Each paver
will allow for up to 3 lines of information.
The committee’s desire is to have the memorial completed by the
group’s reunion on November 6, 7 & 8, 2015. If you would like to
be a part of this history of the school and campus, please contact
Julie Masters at (252)908-7112 before April 1st. The costs of the pavers are $75.00 for one or $140.00 for two.
Week of March 20-26, 2015
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Dave and Jonathan Fussell 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 guests for this
week’s show, all about grapes, are David and Jonathan Fussell of the Duplin Winery.
Dave and Jonathan Fussell grew up in the small town of Rose Hill. Parents David and Ann Fussell
were school teachers. David Fussell senior was also a farmer and he taught his two sons the value
of hard work while growing corn and raising pigs. The family would also add grapes to their crops,
and eventually produce wine.
Dave Fussell attended East Carolina University and would meet Angie Meyer. The two eventually
married and have a son named Grayson who is a now a freshman in high School. Of course Dave
Fussell works for the family business, Duplin Winery, and as Dave says, “I’ve been at it my whole
life”. Dave adds that the winery is divided into several different areas, and jokes that his dad would
separate him and Jonathan so they wouldn’t fight as much. Dave Fussell manages the plant, the
grape growers, and outside sales.
Jonathan Fussell jokes that he is the baby of the family. When it was time for Jonathan to go to
college he chose North Carolina. After graduation he too returned to the family business. While
in college Jonathan met his future wife Leah. Jonathan and Leah have two children, Aden and
Camryn. Jonathan manages the retail, or visitor’s center of Duplin Winery, where approximately
90,000 people visit each year.
JW Simmons begins the show by recalling an article he read where David had once said he hoped
to get to 40,000 case production, and then later revised that to 400,000 cases of wine per year.
Simmons asks, “Where does it stop?”
David Fussell replies, “Well, I don’t know. It’s a lot of work by a lot of people smarter than me. You
know, growing up we actually stomped grapes and bottled wine, pouring it in by hand. Now we
have about 49 great families growing grapes for us and things are looking up. We’re really trying to
expand our story.”
David adds, “I used to ride with my granddad when I was a teenager, for years and years, down
to Myrtle Beach and we were looking for the perfect spot to expand. And yesterday I was at our
property… We’re building a winery at North Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Landing, and I was there
thinking my granddad would just eat this up. He’d move a camper down and be the project manager.”
Next, Simmons asks Jonathan Fussell about his father’s desire to farm, and the turbulent early years
for North Carolina grape producers. Jonathan answers, “It was (turbulent). But we were very lucky
to be able to be in the position we’re in, but at the time it was very scary.” Jonathan goes on to say,
“We were actually sending our grapes to Patrick, SC.”
David adds, “It wasn’t about a taxation deal.” David explains that his father and uncle began growing
grapes on the side to help support their families. They began growing for a winery in New York
who owned a winery in Patrick, SC. “They were here in North Carolina saying, grow grapes for us
for $350, and of course it take 3 years for a vine to mature. And as they were waiting on that first
big crop, the winery said oh no, we can only pay $150. So we were stuck with all these grapes. We
couldn’t even pick them for $150. It really just threw a big monkey wrench in it for a bunch of us
red-necks in the middle of the Baptist Belt, and then they got into the wine business. But as Jonathan
said, the winery didn’t start as an original idea, it grew out of necessity with all those grapes.”
Johnathan says his grandfather owned a warehouse in Rose Hill, which he sold to Jonathan’s uncle
and father…”We just haven’t paid for it yet,” jokes Jonathan. “And he tried to collect.”
David continues the story, “He came to the office one day and handed me a piece of paper. I unfolded
it and he had written 1.2 million dollars. I said what on earth is this for? He said, in 1972 I sold your
daddy and your uncle my building. And I financed it and they ain’t made one (bleep) payment yet.
I want my money right now.”
David said, “I don’t have that kind of money. You have to go talk with daddy.” To which his
granddaddy stated, “I did, and he sent me to you.” David goes on to add that for the next month or
two he hid from his granddad each time he would come around.
“He came up one time and I ran to the bathroom,” says David. “But he waited me out and when I
opened the door he said, you learn a lesson. If you ever want to be paid back, don’t ever loan money
to your children.”
Stating that you don’t see many businesses lasting as long as Duplin Winery, Simmons says that they
are a 3rd generation business. Jonathan replies, “Yes. We grew up in the business, both Dave and I.
And we’re very fortunate to have spent time with our family, right there with our mom and dad. So
to us it’s not a business. It’s our home. Basically it’s who we are.”
“Being down in Myrtle Beach as much as I am,” says Jonathan, “coming back to the winery is like
coming back home. I’m just so excited about being back home and seeing everybody.”
Next, Simmons asks David and Jonathan of their earliest recollections of being involved in the
family business, pointing out that vineyards in North Carolina predate even tobacco as a crop.
David says, “My first memories of the wine business are eating spaghetti at the house, and after
supper dad would have some empty mason jars and blank labels. We would sit and put those labels
on after supper. And of course, we could tell if Patrick labeled it or mom labeled it or I labeled it. I
remember those days a lot.”
David adds, “I remember getting in the wine tanks and washing them out. Everything was done
by hand. I remember being in the bottling room with my granddad, and he was the corker. Those
are some really good memories and that’s sort of what makes me so excited to be in the winery
business. I want to be hard working like my dad and granddad, and I want the people who buy our
wine to be happy about what they are supporting.”
Jonathan says of early days, “I remember being fired. I had worked at the winery my entire life, and
my senior year in high school I was planning on coming back to work at the winery after college.
My dad told me that I wasn’t allowed to work there – he said you need to go work somewhere else.
He put me out at the farm and I quickly learned I much rather be at the winery than anywhere else.”
To view the entire broadcast of We Should Know please visit their YouTube channel at www.
The next “We Should Know” hosted by J.W. Simmons will air next Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30 PM
on our local radio station WCLN 1170 AM. If you would like to reach “We Should Know” you may
call them at 910-592-8947 or email them with show ideas at [email protected] or you
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Does the thought of scrumptious food, community fellowship,
dancing and great music sound like a winning combination? If
so, you will want to grab a group of friends, bring your favorite
lawn chair, and get ready for one of our community’s most
anticipated events...The Alive After Five Summer Concert Series.
their newest, DOWN SOUTH. Originally introducing their
music as the Coastline Band, a band of friends who played the
Carolina beach bars day in and day out, the group pushed Jim
to the forefront and naturally transformed into Jim Quick &
Coastline. Known for his all-out performances and deliberate,
off-the-cuff wisecracks, Jim has been a recipient of the Carolina
Music Awards “Entertainer of the Year Award” – nine times.
With the charm only a true Southerner can possess, he brings
his talent to the stage with a quick-witted, knee-slapping sense
of humor coupled with the clear sincerity of his love for his craft.
With nearly a dozen albums produced and still going strong
Jim Quick & Coastline produce the kind of music that makes
you want to get up, dance and cut-up with your friends. A
melding of genres make up the music of Jim Quick & Coastline,
including Country, Blues, Soul, Southern Rock and Jazz, a true
smorgasbord that will suit any music enthusiast’s appetite.
Seeking to add variety and to offer a unique musical and cultural
experience for the citizens of Sampson County, the Sampson Arts
On Thursday, May 21, 2015
the streets of Clinton
come alive Calendars
Council through a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council’s
with the sound of music as the Alive After Five Summer Concert Grassroots Funding Program will fund an additional concert
Series kicks off its 5th Anniversary season of concerts featuring for the 2015 season. On Friday, June 19, 2015, the Triangle’s
Spare Change one of Eastern North Carolina’s favorite party and newest Latin dance band Orquesta K’Che [“kah-CHAY”] will
dance bands.
make their Sampson County debut. The band is the brainchild
of percussionist/leader Billy Marrero, and Andres Leon, pianist
Ray Jordan, Chairman of the Alive After Five Committee and musical director. Orquesta K’che is a (10) piece band
stated: “the Alive After Five Committee is delighted and proud featuring a four piece horn section, five piece rhythm section
to present the 5th Anniversary Season of the Alive After Five and vocalist who are sure to delight, ignite and excite audience
Summer Concert Series.” Founded in 2010, Alive After Five is a members. While many members have been with K’che since its
partnership between the Sampson Arts Council, City of Clinton beginning, there are some fresh faces, and familiar echoes from
After Five Committee, 709 College Street, Clinton, NC 28328.
and the County of Sampson. Since its inception the Alive After bands of yore, fill out K’Che’s ranks. The band is guitar-heavy
Five Committee along with approximately 125 sponsors have with bassist Levy Vargas (of Latin rock band Razpa) playing an
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produced and presented 22 concerts. Each concert is presented electric axe, and backing vocalist Nelson Rodriguez, of longfree to all citizens and visitors to Sampson County. “Alive After lost son band La Sexta Clave, sporting his tres in band photos.
Five Summer
Concerts are family
events that areeach
fun and artist
via email
by telephone:
Horns include
McCullough (sax) and
entertaining for all ages. Each concert provides attendees the Matthew Parunak (trombone), as well as Samecumba veteran
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& Coastline
(Jim Quick)
opportunity to catch up with neighbors and old friends;
well William
Villalba (trumpet). Jaime Roman (Charanga Carolina,
as providing(Billy
a venue for
meeting newcomers
to the community. Orquesta
GarDel) sings lead,
and the rhythm
section includes
The Carolina
Food vendors and exhibitors will be on hand offering attendees Pako Santiago (Carnavalito, Charanga Carolina). Members
(Al asBurton)
(919)to 423-7637;
of Oz (David Hicks)
food options
well as the opportunity
visit and network Band
of K’Che represent several Countries including Venezuela,
with many local businesses that are sponsors of the concert Puerto Rico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. The
series.” stated Jordan.
band’s strategy for building their own niche in the salsa scene
is twofold, says musical director Leon. First and foremost: “We
2015 activities
series will featurescheduled
six outstanding bands
a aim to be an all-purpose dance band. That means rocking the
variety of music genres that is sure to provide wide audience cumbia, merengue, cha cha chá, and hot sizzling salsa, rather
appeal. Kicking off the season is Spare Change who energizes than just specializing in one genre. Second: by selecting classic
every concert
their diverse
of music.
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to cover that
no other
band in the
is doing, we bring
For with
or selection
country, beach, funk, rap and classic rock, Spare Change is a variety of musical styles to the stage that keeps our audiences
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sure to
a favorite of all persons attending.
unique engaged.”
instruments from the mandolin to the violin, they seem to bring
something refreshing and exciting to their fans. Front man On July 16, 2015, a popular beach band, The Carolina Breakers
a not-for-profit
Jordan Rouse of
a youthful
exuberance Arts
to centerCouncil,
stage while will
take the stage. The Carolina
Breakers is a high-energy six
band with four
lead vocalists and
a horn section. The
ultural lives of the citizens of Sampsonpiece
driving a crowd to exhaustion by night’s end. Chris Morden, Jeff band sizzles on stage with a diverse set list including: beach,
; Morris,
Michael Sullivan
and Matt Bell (bass,
guitar, and boogie, educational
funk, rhythm and blues,
rock and country, and
The Carolina
have a string of #1 radio hits
pact of the arts; and otherwise enhancing
Spare Change has played all over the country and they bring songs which include their number one (#1) Song of the Year
ya high
andlevelperforming the stage. With Matt, “Boardwalk Angel.” In 2011 this song was the most played in the
of energy and excitement
Michael and Chris also lending a hand you will hear amazing region covering NC, SC, and Virginia and was also nominated
vocals and five part harmonies that are second to none. Veronica for “Smoothie of the Year” during the CMA Awards program.
the accomplished
of (#1)
theyou Girl,
Welch, an extremely
with aCouncil,
“freight train” the
number one
hits include:and
Girl”, the
“I Lovegenerous
You 1000 Times”,support
“Everybody Needs
Summer Concert Series is funded Summer
Spare Change to take on nearly any song. So what can you expect Love”, “Heart Needs A Second Chance”, “Let Me Show You the
from a Spare Change
hear all of your favorite and
and their newest
latest #1 hit “Fell In Love To Late.”
songs, whether your preference be rock, country, funk or soul. The Carolina Breakers Band received Favorite New Artist Award
Sampson Arts Council is funded through memberships,
You won’t hear too many bands play Charlie Daniels, Rehab and from the North Carolina Beach Music Association in 2011 and
d the
the North
Artsthe North
Jackson 5 back
to back, and
but you financial
will with this group.
Spare recently
at the Alabama
Theater during
Change, based in La Grange, NC, got their start in 2002 as a 4 Carolina Beach Music Awards show to a standing ovation of
Presenters Consortium, Inc. and ArtsNC.
band made up of a group of friends. Traveling throughout over two thousand! These seasoned musicians have performed
the southeast, this band has grown into what is today one of the music spanning four decades to countless venues across the east
most sought after bands in Eastern North Carolina.
coast from Washington to Florida. The Breakers know how to
-more“mix it up” keeping all ages entertained and coming back for
On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Jim Quick & Coastline the band more.
that opened the inaugural AA5 season will return for an encore
performance. Jim Quick & Coastline have been touring the On August 13, 2015, Soul Play, one of the most sought after
Summer Concert Series Season Announcement
Southeast US for more thanPress
15 years,
playing nearly
bands in North Carolina will take stage and wow
5 March 2015
per year, and has released more than 11 albums, including audiences with a high energy performance.
Soul Play is a
unique, diversified group of entertainers from the Raleigh and
Durham area. Soul Play consists of an incredibly talented band
featuring of two female vocalists, 1 male vocalist along with
a full rhythm section. The members share a unique variety of
talent from youthfulness to years of experience. Their music
includes classic, funk, disco, beach, as well as some of today’s
latest top 40 hits. Soul Play displays a funky edge that is sure to
have audience members singing dancing during the entire show
all the while not knowing what to expect next. There is no limit
to the amount of fun you will experience when this high energy
band takes stage.
The closing concert of the season scheduled for Thursday,
September 17, 2015 features the always “popular...back-bydemand” Band of Oz. The Band of Oz was formed in 1967 as a
part-time band playing fraternity parties and high school proms
all over the South. In 1977 the band went on the road full time.
Since that time the band has made an exceptional name for
itself throughout the Southeast performing at many top clubs
as well as countless corporate and private events while receiving
excellent reviews all along the way. For several years the group
has been a guest on nearly every major beach music festival in
the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia. Winners of numerous
Cammy Awards from the Carolina Beach Music Association,
the Band of Oz remains one of the most successful groups in the
Southeast. The band featuring a dynamic eight-member group
complete with a full horn section always energizes audiences and
keeps the dance floor packed. In addition to performing many
of their # 1 hit songs, they also offer the very best in beach, R&B,
and Motown; as well as some of today’s most popular dance and
top 40 hits. Performing well over two-hundred concerts per year
for corporate events, festivals, concerts and wedding receptions
the Band of Oz continues to receive the very best reviews from
the top people in the music and entertainment business.
The Alive-After-Five (AA5) Committee is currently seeking
sponsors for the 2015 (Fifth Anniversary) season. “Sponsors
are the key component that has led to the success of this series.
We are confident that the 2015 series will draw concert goers
from Sampson as well as surrounding counties and will aid in
creating a positive economic impact within the community”
stated committee member David Jenkins. All sponsors receive
tickets and parking passes to FIVE Sponsor’s Receptions that will
be held during the season along with other benefits associated
with the various levels of support. Sponsors are recognized on
sponsor signs and in addition all sponsors will be highlighted
on the “Bright Board” digital display during each concert. “The
“Bright Board” provides awesome exposure for sponsors and
displays a live video feed of concert action during each event”
stated Jenkins. The deadline to become a sponsor of the 2015
series is Thursday, April 9, 2015.
The AA5 Committee consists of veteran members: Vickie
Crane (Sampson County Convention & Visitors Bureau); Kara
Donatelli (Sampson Arts Council); David Jenkins (Edward
Jones Investments); Ray Jordan (Sampson County): Lyle Moore
(City of Clinton); Mary Rose (Clinton Main Street Program);
Shawn Purvis (City Manager); J.W. Simmons (We Should
Know) and Robert Stroud (Boogie Shoes Radio Network).
The committee recently expanded with the addition of new
committee members including Darrell Jones (CenturyLink);
Ross Kimbro (RNB Entertainment) and Tiffany Naylor (Tiffany
Naylor Law Firm).
Alive After Five concerts are held at the Clinton City Market
located on Lisbon Street, Clinton, NC. All concerts are
presented FREE to the public. Clinton City Manager, Shawn
Purvis stated “the City of Clinton appreciates the excitement
that Alive After Five generates and how it contributes to
positive quality of life and economic development aspects in
Clinton.” Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs
and sunscreen. No coolers or pets are allowed. To become a
sponsor contact any AA5 Committee Member or contact Ray
Jordan via email at [email protected] or
call 910-592-6451. For more additional information visit: www.
6 Jailed on Meth Charges
Newton Grove, NC- On March 16, 2015, members of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office
Special Investigation Division assisted NC Probation and Parole officers with a warrantless
search on William Daniel Willifords’ residence at 1560 Juniper Rd., Newton Grove, NC.
Once officers arrived at the residence, Williford answered the door with a flashlight in his
possession. A search of the flash light revealed two baggies of methamphetamine. Officers
entered the residence and detected a strong chemical odor. A search revealed methamphetamine components inside the residence. Officers searched a shed and a barn located on the
property and located more methamphetamine manufacturing materials and methamphetamine manufacturing waste.
The NCSBI was contacted and responded to the property to dismantle the meth lab. Agents
with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, NC Probation and Parole and NCSBI worked
into the early morning hours finishing the investigation and cleanup of the meth lab. The
following suspects were arrested in connection with the case:
William Daniel Williford, 26, W/M, of 1560 Juniper Rd., Newton Grove, NC, was charged
with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance,
5 counts of possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and storage of
hazardous waste without a permit. Williford received a $175,000.00 secured bond with a
first appearance court date of March 27, 2015, at 9:00am, in Clinton, NC.
Marcus Websley Lee, 28, W/M, of 1560 Juniper Rd., Newton Grove, NC, was charged
with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance,
5 counts of possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana,
possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and storage of hazardous waste without a permit.
Lee received a $175,000.00 secured bond with a first appearance court date of March 27,
2015, at 9:00am, in Clinton, NC.
Brittany Lynn Sutton, 22, W/F, of 1560 Juniper Rd., Newton Grove, NC, was charged
with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance,
5 counts of possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, and storage of hazardous waste without a permit.
Sutton received a $150,000.00 secured bond with a first appearance court date of March 27,
2015, at 9:00am, in Clinton, NC. Sutton was also served with an outstanding warrant for
arrest from Johnston County, NC, for domestic violence protective order violation. Sutton
did not receive a bond due to the case involving domestic violence, Sutton was issued a
district court date of April 27, 2015, at 9:00am, in Smithfield, NC.
Cody Dillan Goggio, 22, W/M, of 123 Erwin Chapel Rd., Dunn, NC, was charged with
manufacturing methamphetamine, 5 counts of possession of methamphetamine precursor
chemicals with the intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, and storage
of hazardous waste without a permit. Goggio received a $150,000.00 secured bond with
a first appearance court date of March 27, 2015, at 9:00am, in Clinton, NC. –Goggio was
also on probation for meth related charges.
Amber Nicole Smith, 21, W/F, of 12665 Dunn Rd., Autryville, NC, was charged with
manufacturing methamphetamine, 5 counts of possession of methamphetamine precursor
chemicals with the intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, and storage of
hazardous waste without a permit. Smith received a $150,000.00 secured bond with a first
appearance court date of March 27, 2015, at 9:00am, in Clinton, NC. –Smith was also on
probation for meth related charges.
Autumn Brook Hodges, 22, W/F, of 202 Masonic Rd., Erwin, NC, was charged with
manufacturing methamphetamine, 5 counts of possession of methamphetamine precursor
chemicals with the intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession
of less than ½ ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and storage of
hazardous waste without a permit. Hodges received a $150,000.00 secured bond with a
first appearance court date of March 27, 2015, at 9:00am, in Clinton, NC.
“I appreciate the continued partnership we have with the NC Probation and Parole Office
and the NC State Bureau of Investigations. Working together with these agencies has
proven beneficial to fighting crime in Sampson County.” – Jimmy Thornton
Are wedding bells in your future?
The Sampson County Bridal Guide is designed to help you plan the perfect
wedding day. This special section is filled with valuable advice and businesses
that will help couples getting ready to tie the knot plan the perfect wedding.
Get helpful tips on consolidating finances, negotiating the best deals on bridal
services, choosing a wedding planner, tips for choosing the perfect honeymoon
destination and more.
What’s more, you’ll find valuable advertising and offers from local
wedding professionals dedicated to making your big day a success.
Featured Bridal Couples
Smith, Bass
To Wed
Mr. And Mrs. Carl Wayne
Bass of Clinton are
pleased to announce
the engagement of their
daughter, Emily to Aaron Smith, son of Mr.
and Mrs. David Smith of
Beaulaville. A June wedding is planned at Mt.
Gilead Baptist Church.
The couple is registered
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Long, Usher to Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Usher of Clinton are pleased to announce the engagement
and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Stanna Allison to Richard Bryan
Long Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Long of Harrells.
Alli is a 2007 graduate of Union High School and a 2011 graduate of Sampson
Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently employed by Pitter Patter Day Care.
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Best of Clinton are pleased to announce the engagement and
forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lesley Nicole Best, to Byron Scott Reeves,
son of Mrs. Joy Reeves and the late Charles Burton Reeves of Garland.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Underwood, Mr. and
Mrs. Wilbert Best and the late Sarah Raynor, all of Clinton.
Bryan is a 2003 graduate of East Bladen High School and a 2008 graduate of
University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.
He is currently employed by Sampson County Schools at Union High School.
Alli is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Smith of Roseboro, Mrs. Rexie
Usher of Clinton and the late Armand “Third” Usher.
The groom-elect is the grandson of Mrs. Nelvin Reeves, the late Charles Rhodes
Reeves of Garland and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Perdie Williams of Newton
Bryan is the grandson of Mrs. Bessie Evans of Harrells, the late Thomas Long,
the late Joe Evans, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Jones.
An April wedding is planned. Formal invitations will be mailed.
An October wedding has been planned. Invitations will be mailed.
Local Businesses Help to Plan the Perfect Day
Brittny Warren and Ann Oliver show Emily and Aaron the new Baby
Lock embroidery machine - and some of the magical tasks it performs.
bride’s “Big Day” can also cause her a
“Big Headache”. So many decisions to make
from the dress to the floral arrangements, the venue, and so much more. Today’s couples have more
planning options at their disposal than they did in
years past. Though the internet may put the world
at one’s fingertips, more and more couples are discovering that buying locally makes for a superior
and more personalized wedding.
Local Sampson County shops and businesses can
help you with most of your wedding planning
needs and take the headache out making wedding
decisions. Local florists like The Atrium and Bryant’s Florists can help you with your bouquet and
all your wedding floral needs. Local shops such
as Abbigails, Shabby Lane, Ann’s Sew-N-Vac or
Matthews Gifts can help you with your Bridal
Registry so that your family and friends know exactly what to get you for your Bridal Shower. Sessom’s Jewelry and Baggett’s Jewelry can help the
groom pick out that perfect sparkling diamond,
the one that says forever.
Party Perfect Rentals can help you coordinate
your wedding colors with tables, table clothes and
Frank Thompson of Bryant’s Florist shows newly engaged Emily Bass
and Aaron Smith the large selection of home décor that is available at
Bryant’s. Perfect to decorate that first home together in style
and comfort.
accessories to set the stage for that perfect day.
Lu Mil Vineyards, George Hi Plantation and The
Venue at Regal Resort have that romantic location that you are looking for to make that day even
more special.
And even after the big day has come and gone
and is just a perfect memory, local businesses like
Matthews Drugs and Clinton Drugs can help you
set up your prescription needs for new family.
Cross Country Mortgage can help you finance that
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The benefits associated with shopping locally are
many, and the following are just a few reasons
why shoppers may want to look no further than
their own communities when planning their wedding day or even a shopping excursion.
Keeps money in the local economy
Locally-owned businesses often put a larger share
of their revenue back into their communities.
Small business owners may be more inclined to
employ local residents, giving more people in the
community solid employment. Business owners
may reach out and support other neighborhood efforts, such as fundraising initiatives for charities
and schools. By shopping at local stores, you have
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a hand in supporting these efforts as well.
Save money
When factoring in travel time and the cost of fuel,
shopping locally makes more sense than driving
to a faraway mall. In addition, repeat customers
who establish a rapport with a local business owner may find that such owners are more inclined to
price match or work with loyal customers to find
lower prices through suppliers.
Diversify your home and lifestyle
Bridal couples who prefer more unique styles may
find local businesses cater to their needs better
than large chain stores. Larger retailers offer the
same products to customers regardless of where
those customers live, so a person in Los Angeles,
California may be decorating his or her home with
the same furnishings as a person in Clinton, North
Carolina. But local shops tend to produce more
unique items that are not available nationwide.
Promote entrepreneurship
Small businesses are an essential element to the
country’s economic growth. By shopping locally,
consumers are showing their support for this important segment of the national economy.
BRIDAL, see P. 9
Tammy Harrington shows Alli & Bryan different brand of pain relievers available at Clinton Drug.
Pharmacist Charlie Powell shows Leslie & Byron the many brands of
health care items Matthews Healthmart offers their customers.
Tonya Parrish of Shabby Lane shows bridal couple Emily and Aaron
the fine china and glassware that they have available.
BRIDAL, cont. from 8
Help establish local pride
Independent shops contribute to the fabric of a
community and what makes it special and unique.
Tourists and other visitors will be much more inclined to remember a local shop rather than a big
chain in a particular neighborhood. When travelers want to get a feel for a community, they seek
out small, local stores that are much more likely to
stock a high percentage of locally-sourced goods.
Attract other businesses
Private and public sector businesses tend to gravitate around anchor stores. Should a local store be
successful, banks, restaurants, salons, and other
businesses may move in as well.
Shopping locally benefits consumers in various
ways, many of which contribute to a healthy local
Make sure you look first at the trusted businesses
and professionals right here in Sampson County
for all your wedding needs. Local businesses can
also help you set up your new life as a married couple right here at home.
Did you know?
The timing of when a couple cuts the wedding cake can have a specific meaning. Long
ago, the cake was usually cut at the very
end of the reception and would signal to the
guests that it was the end of the festivities.
Today, cutting the cake is an unspoken signal
that represents that the formal wedding is
nearing a close, and guests who would like to
leave can do so without worry of being rude.
Many couples will cut the cake right after
dinner as a courtesy to older guests who may
want to get started on their trips home. This
affords them the chance to make an earlier
exit, rather than staying through the dancing
that could extend into the wee hours of the night or missing the cake entirely. Cutting
the cake mid-reception also serves another practical purpose for couples who are paying a photographer by the hour. Photographers typically go home after the cake-cutting, so a mid-reception cutting can save couples a substantial amount of money.
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Groom’s Cakes Make A Comeback
Guests and well-wishers expect to see at least
one cake at wedding receptions. But wedding
guests should not be surprised if they attend
a wedding and notice two cakes sharing the
spotlight on the dessert table.
or selected by the groom’s bride-to-be or his
mother. Some forward-thinking brides may
want to encourage their grooms-to-be to
select their own cakes and offer input on their
Groom’s cakes have existed for generations but
have fallen out of favor in many parts of North
America since the 1970s. Now groom’s cakes
are experiencing a resurgence in popularity.
· Find a bakery that has experience in
whimsical cakes. Groom’s cakes are very
often intricate structures and sculptures. The
groom’s cake may be more labor-intensive
than the traditional wedding cake, so couples
may want to shop around for a cake chef
with the experience to pull off the design they
A groom’s cake traditionally represents
something masculine, providing a contrast
to the oft-feminine features, such as floral
bouquets and frilly gowns, that dominate many
weddings. Groom’s cake designs often reflect
a particular hobby or interest of the groom’s.
Historically, groom’s cakes are chocolate, a
sharp contrast to traditional wedding cakes,
which tend to be vanilla and white. Tradition
once called for single women at the wedding
to take home a slice of the groom’s cake to
sleep with under their pillows. It was believed
the cake would help them have sweet dreams
of the man they would eventually marry.
Women today are likely no longer snuggling up
to fondant and mousse cake slices at night,
and wedding cakes are no longer relegated
to vanilla cake with vanilla icing, which may
account for the waning popularity of groom’s
cakes. Yet with wedding cake bakers showing
off their creative prowess on television or
through their own artistic bakery displays, it’s
no wonder that couples looking for something
unique are once again embracing the tradition
A number of couples are bringing back the
tradition of a groom's cake at their wedding
of groom’s cakes.
Couples who are mulling whether or not to add
a groom’s cake to their menus should consider
the following tips.
· Make sure it is highly personal. Groom’s
cakes typically reference hobbies, affiliations
or interests of the groom. Some men may want
their cake to showcase the logo of their favorite
professional sports team, while others may
want a cake inspired by a favorite superhero.
· Involve the groom in the process. Despite
the name, groom’s cakes may not always
involve the groom. A cake may be designed
· Experiment with flavor combinations.
Because the groom’s cake is all about that
special guy, the flavor of the cake should be
centered around what he would enjoy. The sky
is the limit on flavors and can include traditional
chocolate, candy bar-inspired flavors, coffee,
coconut, or even a bacon-infused cake.
· Consider serving the groom’s cake at the
rehearsal. Some couples prefer to serve the
groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner rather
than having two cakes at the wedding. Guests
may not be able to fit two slices of cake after
a large wedding meal, so serving the groom’s
cake at the rehearsal dinner may be the best
of both worlds.
The bride - and her cake - typically steal the
show at the average wedding. Therefore, a
groom’s cake can be a special touch that
allows the groom to bask in his own weddingday spotlight.
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not have some wiggle room built into their initial
quote. If young children and teenagers will be
attending the wedding, negotiate lower rates
for their meals, as they won’t be drinking alcohol
and therefore won’t cost the venue as much as
adult guests.
Where a couple decides to tie the knot will have
a significant impact on their bottom line. Certain
locales, such as large cities, are more expensive
than others. Couples who come from small towns
may benefit from tying the knot close to home,
as vendors tend to charge less the further they
are from large metropolises. Waterfront venues,
regardless of which city they happen to be in,
also tend to be more expensive than venues
with less impressive surroundings. Couples willing
to sacrifice city lights and breathtaking views
of the water are likely to find more affordable
venues for ceremonies and receptions.
Couples in the midst of planning a wedding
often find themselves overwhelmed by the cost
of such a meaningful yet expensive undertaking.
The average wedding is as expensive as a new
car or a down payment on a new house, so it’s
no surprise many couples experience sticker
shock when they first begin to negotiate with
from their guest lists without causing a significant
stir, so such men and women can look for other
areas to trim. Professional colleagues and old
acquaintances who you no longer keep in
touch with are unlikely to be offended if they
don’t make the cut, and removing them from
the guest list can save couples substantial
amounts of money.
But as shocking as the cost of saying “I do” in
front of family and friends can be, there are
some tried-and-true ways to drastically reduce
that cost without making the big day any less
Perhaps no element of wedding planning is
more open to negotiation than the venue
where the reception will take place. Many
couples now choose venues that can host both
the wedding and the reception, and that can
save couples the cost of booking two separate
locations and transporting out-of-town guests
from one location to another. Venues are
typically open to negotiation with regard to the
price per person for the reception, and few will
Many couples save the most money by
reducing the number of people they invite to
their wedding. Couples who come from large
families may not be able to cut family members
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The timing of a wedding also affects a couple’s
bottom line. Couples hoping to get married
when wedding season hits its peaks, which
is generally considered the months of May
and June and then also late-September into
October, can expect to pay substantially
more than couples willing to get married at
other times of the year. Couples also can save
money by choosing to get married on Friday
or Sunday nights or Saturday afternoon, when
many venues charge considerably less per
person than they do on Saturday night, which
remains the most popular night of the week to
get married.
The cost of a wedding is considerable, but
couples can cut those costs in several ways if
they’re willing to be flexible and negotiate with
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or a lack of beach amenities, to ruin your trip.
souvenirs you purchase along the way.
3. Plan at least one exciting outing. While on your
honeymoon, be sure to go on at least one adventure.
Try an activity you have never done before, such as
snorkeling, traveling a zip line or swimming with
5. Enjoy your surroundings. Put down the smartphone
or tablet enough to truly enjoy your surroundings. A
honeymoon is an opportunity to relax, and that may
not be possible if you’re tied to your devices. Friends
at home can wait for your status updates and wedding
4. Pack early. After a long wedding day and reception
spent dancing into the wee hours of the morning, you
probably do not want to spend time packing. Pack
your suitcases and travel essentials in advance of
your wedding day so you have more time to sleep
in before you depart for the airport. Also, remember
not to over-pack. You want to have room for the
6. Splurge on something expensive. Whether it’s an
ultra-fancy dinner or an exotic souvenir, indulge.
7. Leave your itinerary open. After scores of wedding
appointments and watching the clock, it’s nice to fly
by the seat of your pants.
A couple’s honeymoon is their first real chance
to relax and unwind after the hustle and bustle of
wedding planning. Couples who want to make sure
their first getaway as husband and wife goes off
without a hitch might want to heed the following
1. Start saving early. Honeymoons are expensive,
so to afford the vacation of your dreams it’s wise to
begin saving for the honeymoon as early as possible.
It may be well worth it to compromise and make
sacrifices in other areas to ensure you have enough
funds for your dream honeymoon getaway. Do not
expect cash gifts at your wedding to pay for your
trip. If you do, you may be sorely disappointed when
the time comes to take off.
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The Prisoner of Second Avenue is in rehearsals now and we are
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Mel Edison - Kevin Keirnan
Edna Edison - Erica Miller
Harry - Kirk Hudson
Jessie - Sandra Clifton
Pauline - Gretta Steffens
Pearl - Janet Rawls
Director - Tom Wilbur
Assistant Director - Tracy Kirkland
Technical Director - Dan Holland
Stage Manager - Jessica Watts
The show which is being sponsored by Clinton Appliance is opening
April 17 and ends on the 26th. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 and Sunday matinees at 3. We hope to see you at one
of our six shows.
Rated: PG-13 for intense violence and action throughout,
some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet,
Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Octavia
Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q,
Daniel Dae Kim, Ashley Judd
Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for
allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic
Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now
fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the
leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against
time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed
their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do
anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but
desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four
at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another
as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the
future of their world.
Friday: 6:15 & 9:00
Saturday & Sunday: 2:30 5:15 & 8:15
Monday-Thursday: 6:15
Rated: PG for mild thematic elements
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden,
Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan
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The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young
Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries
following the death of her mother. Eager to support
her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother
(Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday
Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family
home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away,
she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new
family. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and
a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps
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Monday-Thursday: 6:30
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Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon
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of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s
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violence, terror and some sexual references
Starring: Evan Peters, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover,
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A group of medical students discover a way to bring dead
patients back to life.
Friday: 6:45 & 9:00
Saturday & Sunday: 2:15 4:30 6:45 & 9:00
Monday-Thursday: 6:45
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Chicken Pitas
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
1 (10-ounce) can
chicken breast,
drained and flaked
1/2 cup finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped
red bell pepper
1 (4.5-ounce) can
chopped green
chilies, drained
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh
chopped dill
2 whole wheat pitas
4 lettuce leaves
In large bowl combine chicken,
cucumber, red bell pepper,
green chilies, yogurt and dill;
toss to mix well.
Cut each pita in half
horizontally; carefully open
each pita half. Fill each with
2 lettuce leaves and half of
chicken mixture.
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very parent has been there. It’s Thursday afternoon and the kids are asking, “What’s for dinner?” Searching for
inspiration, you head to the refrigerator, only to realize that the groceries you bought on Sunday have run out
or spoiled. But before the panic sets in and you reach for the takeout menus, remember that the solution for a
wholesome, homemade meal is right in your pantry — or “Cantry.”
“With a well-stocked pantry full of canned ingredients, I know I always have the makings of a nutritious and flavorful
meal,” said Kelsey Nixon, host of “Kelsey’s Essentials” on Cooking Channel and Food Network. “Fruits and vegetables
are harvested at their peak of ripeness and canned in just hours, making the can one of the best ways to get food from its
source to my family’s table. I just open up a can, unlock that flavor and goodness and make it a ‘Cantry’ Thursday night!”
With canned food staples like canned beans, chicken, green beans and broth on hand, you’ll be well on your way to
savory meals like Quinoa Chicken Vegetable Salad and Nixon’s Pasta e Fagioli Soup.
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Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Recipe created by Kelsey Nixon
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces chopped pancetta
(about 1/2 cup)
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans,
drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced
fire-roasted tomatoes
3 (14.5-ounce) cans chicken broth
1 1/2 cups ditalini pasta
(short tubular pasta)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese,
for garnish
In large heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil
over medium-high heat. Brown pancetta bits
just until they start to crisp before adding onion,
garlic and thyme. Season with salt and pepper,
and saute until fragrant and golden brown.
Add canned beans, tomatoes and chicken
broth. Bring soup to rapid boil before adding
pasta. Reduce to simmer and cook soup covered, stirring occasionally for 8–10 minutes
or until pasta is cooked al dente.
Season with salt and pepper to taste before
serving. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and
serve with crusty bread.
Note: You can substitute bacon for pancetta,
if desired.
Quinoa Chicken Vegetable Salad
Quinoa Chicken Vegetable Salad
Pea and Corn Risotto
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
1 cup quinoa
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes,
1 (10-ounce) can chicken breast,
drained and flaked
1 (8-ounce) can cut green beans,
1 (8.75-ounce) can corn, drained
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In medium saucepan over high heat, heat
chicken broth and quinoa to boiling. Cover
and simmer, stirring occasionally, about
10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, diced
tomatoes, chicken breast, green beans, corn,
olive oil, lemon juice, parsley and pepper; toss
to mix well.
Almond Cherry Tres Leches Cake
Pea and Corn Risotto
Servings: 4
4 cups canned low sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 cup Arborio rice
1 (11-ounce) can no salt added
whole-kernel corn, drained
1 (8.5-ounce) can low sodium peas,
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
In 2-quart saucepan over high heat, heat chicken broth to
simmering; keep warm.
Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, in hot olive
oil, cook onion until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Add rice
and cook for 2 minutes until coated with oil. Gradually add chicken
broth, 1/2 cup at a time, until absorbed, stirring frequently. Continue
adding remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring occasionally,
cooking rice until al dente, about 25 minutes.
Stir in corn, peas, Parmesan cheese and butter to heat through.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Almond Cherry Tres Leches Cake
Recipe created by Kelsey Nixon
Servings: 12
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 (14.5-ounce) can pitted cherries,
thoroughly drained
Tres leches mixture:
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
For cake, preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 9-by-13-inch
cake pan.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt into large
mixing bowl.
Cream butter, sugar and eggs with electric mixer on high until
yolks turn pale yellow. Mix in almond extract. Slowly incorporate
dry ingredients into wet ingredients until fully combined — avoid
over-mixing. Pour into prepared pan, evenly spreading batter out.
Bake until cake has cooked through, 30 minutes. Cool slightly,
then pierce surface of cake with fork several times.
Combine heavy cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk in
small bowl or pitcher. Drizzle milk mixture over top and allow cake
to sit and absorb milk mixture.
For icing, whip together heavy cream, sugar and almond extract.
Spread evenly over top of soaked cake. Top with toasted almonds.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.
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Week of March 20-26, 2015
Race: Kroger 250
Where: Martinsville Speedway
When: March 28, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: Fox Sports 1
2014 Winner: Matt Crafton
Kevin Harvick scores another
runaway Sprint Cup victory
Gordon scores first top-10
finish of the season
Gregg Ellman/HHP for Chevy Racing
Tony Stewart closes deal on
All Star Circuit of Champions
1. Kevin Harvick, 182
2. Joey Logano, 160
3. Martin Truex Jr., 155
4. Kasey Kayne, 132
5. A.J. Allmendinger, 127
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 126
7. Jimmie Johnson, 124
8. Ryan Newman, 123
9. Brad Keselowski, 116
10. Matt Kenseth, 113
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR
Joey Logano’s Xfinity Series losing streak comes to an end at Phoenix
Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang — one of the dominant
cars in recent seasons in the Xfinity Series — made its first trip
to Victory Lane this season, as Joey Logano led all but 24 laps of
last Saturday’s Axalta 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
It ended an Xfinity losing streak for Logano that stretched back
to September 2013 at Dover International Speedway.
The victory was also a relief for his crew chief, Greg Erwin, who
took over the No. 22 at the start of the season and was faced with
trying to duplicate the success of his predecessor, Jeremy Bullins,
who led the team to six wins in 2014 and the series’ owner championship. Bullins now works in the Sprint Cup Series for the
Wood Brothers as crew chief for Ryan Blaney.
In his winner’s interview, Erwin, who worked in the Cup Series
for years before shifting over to the Xfinity Series, acknowledged
that he relied on the work Bullins did in years past.
“We came [to Phoenix] working a lot off of everything that this
team has been able to generate over the last couple of years,”
Erwin said. “I feel like we have been knocking on the door the
first couple of races, and it was just a matter of time until we
stepped through.”
Logano said he was relieved to be back in the win column.
“I have been driving this car for a few years, but haven’t got
Discount Tire in Victory Lane with me driving, so that is a big
deal,” he said.
Axalta 200 winner Joey Logano gives the crowd at Phoenix a
victory burnout.
Matt Kenseth finished second, ahead of Kevin Harvick and
Austin Dillon, giving double-dipping Sprint Cup drivers a sweep
of the top four finishing positions. Ty Dillon finished sixth and
holds the series points lead by 14 markers over 14th-finishing
Chris Buescher.
Jeff Gordon, who got off to a bad start in his
final full-time Sprint Cup season by being in
wrecks in the first three races, finally had a
weekend in which little went wrong.
He finished ninth at Phoenix — his first top10 of the season.
“It was a really great team effort,” he said. “A
nice job in the pits. We had a decent race car,
and we showed that as we got track position.
It certainly wasn’t easy, but I’m real proud of
Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on the other end of
the finishing order. After starting the season
with finishes of third at Daytona and Atlanta
and fourth at Las Vegas, he wound up 43rd at
Phoenix after blowing the right-rear tire on his
No. 88 Chevrolet and slamming into the outside wall. It was just his second last-place finish since 2007, and it dropped him from second
to sixth in the points standings.
“The car was really, really loose and just wore
the right rear tire out,” he said, adding that his
tire problems weren’t due to any shortcomings
on the part of Goodyear, the exclusive supplier
of tires for NASCAR’s top three divisions.
Although Tony Stewart has not returned to
the driver’s seat of a sprint car since last summer, he’s still a major player in the sprint car
world as a team owner, and now as the new
owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions.
Stewart and the circuit had been working on
the details for weeks, but finally closed the deal
last Thursday.
“First off, I’m ecstatic that we got the paperwork signed and we own the All Star Circuit of
Champions,” Stewart said. “Further, I’m excited
to have Don [Grabey] join the team. He is a
great addition and will have the respect of the
competitors and be an important piece of the
long-term success of the series. I can’t wait to
get the points season started in two weeks.”
Grabey, 53, has worked with sprint car racing’s premier series, the World of Outlaws,
since 1997, first as a technical inspector, and
since 2007 as the competition director. He will
be the new series director of the All Star series,
which runs its first points race on March 28 at
Atomic Speedway in Waverly, Ohio.
It’s good for Stewart that his off-track activities are working out in his favor, because it’s
not the case with his job driving the No. 14
Chevrolet on the Sprint Cup circuit. His season
continued on a negative path, as he wrecked
at Phoenix, leaving him with a 39th-place
finish. He’s now 36th in the Sprint Cup standings, with a best finish this season of 30th, at
Stewart has complained that the new rules
package, with less horsepower, does not suit his
driving style, but his team co-owner Gene Haas
said he believes Stewart eventually will adapt.
Stewart was running good enough at Phoenix
to finish in the top 10 before two late-race
spins doomed him.
“Tony is a champion,” Haas said in a media
session at Phoenix. “He’s used to driving 800horsepower alcohol sprint cars in mud … and
whatever else is out there. He has a tremendous amount of talent to adapting to things
“I think Tony will be back. He’s a very adaptable driver. He didn’t get to this level by
Tony Stewart
39th in last
Sprint Cup
race at
International Motorsports Hall of Fame honors all forms of motorsports
With the opening of the “official” NASCAR Hall of Fame
in Charlotte, North Carolina, back in 2010, and the upcoming move of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America from
its current home in Detroit to Daytona Beach, Florida,
the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega,
Alabama, has lost the prominence it once enjoyed.
The Hall in Talladega, formed in 1982, was never intended
to be strictly a NASCAR hall. Its stated mission is to honor
people across all forms of motorsports and across the globe.
Its 144 members include Formula One names like Juan
Manuel Fangio and Enzo Ferrari, and others like Art Arfons,
who focused on setting land speed records and tractor pulling.
But over the years, the Hall voters seem to have strayed from
the original mission, and voted in more and more inductees
from the NASCAR world.
Kimberly Rupp’s mission is to return the
More troubling for those who are passionate about the
Talladega Hall is the fact that there were no inductions held International Motorsports Hall of Fame to
its former glory.
in 2010, so as not to take away from the inaugural class of
the NASCAR Hall in Charlotte, and no inductions were held
last year, either. Whether there will be a class inducted this year remains to be seen.
One longtime supporter of the Hall is out to change that.
Kimberly Rupp, who grew up in Heflin, Alabama, and now lives in Douglasville, Georgia, is on a mission
to return the Hall to its former glory.
Rupp, who has been a volunteer at the Hall for 21 years, is now vice president of public relations for the
foundation that supports the Hall, which is located on the grounds of Talladega Superspeedway. Her immediate goals are to get the Hall active on social media, to accept donations online, to organize fund-raising
galas and other events, and energize a corps of volunteers who have been discouraged by the recent lean
times for the Hall.
“There’s nowhere to go but up,” Rupp said. “We need to get back to being on an international platform,
because we represent the legacy of all the members of the Hall of Fame.”
Rupp believes there are companies that support racing on a worldwide basis that can be approached as
potential sponsors, and going international wouldn’t put the Talladega Hall in direct competition on the fundraising front with the other American and NASCAR halls. And she figures the best way to start boosting
attendance is to go after the fans already on the grounds for the track’s two NASCAR weekends each year.
“If we could just get 10 percent of them to visit the Hall, it would go a long way to making our budget,”
Rupp said. “It’s going to take some advertising, some promotions, and we’re going to have to have some
events there, but it can be done.
“I’m energized.”
Drivers who have finished
in the top 10 in all four
Sprint Cup races this
season: Kevin Harvick, Joey
Logano and Martin Truex Jr.
Points positions gained
at Phoenix by Brad
Keselowski, to ninth
— the most of any driver in
the top 20 in the Sprint Cup
Laps led by
Jimmie Johnson in
the past 16 Sprint
Cup races at Auto Club
Speedway — the most of
any driver.
Drivers in the top 40 in
Xfinity Series standings
with a race win this season:
Ryan Reed, who won at
Daytona. The rest were won
by drivers who earn points in
the Sprint Cup Series.
Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR
like there’s good communication between
he and Rodney and the engineer and the
whole team,” McMurray said.
That’s the same sentiment expressed
by Harvick in the media sessions after
each race. Sunday at Phoenix was no
“I’m just really proud of everybody at
Stewart-Haas for everything they do;
really proud of Rodney and these guys
on this team,” Harvick said. “I feel like
we get better as we go through different
Harvick, who started on the pole
and led 224 of 312 laps in winning the 500, almost had
to take a back seat to McMurray at
Phoenix. McMurray got the jump on him 500 winner Kevin
Harvick said the comparison to Richard
on a late-race restart, but didn’t move
Petty gave him “chills.”
in front of him immediately off of Turn
Two, and that allowed
Harvick to motor by
on the outside and run
away to the checkered
“Honestly, when I
went through [Turns]
One and Two, I felt
like I totally missed
the corner and I was
waiting to hear, ‘Three
wide, you’re in the middle,’” McMurray said. “I
heard, ‘Clear.’ I wish I
would have moved up
Harvick claimed his fourth straight Sprint Cup victory at
immediately. He had
Phoenix International Raceway.
momentum on the outside.”
For Busch, his fifth-place finish gives
McMurray said he hesitated because
him hope that he can salvage a decent
those gaps close quickly, and he might
season despite missing the first three
have caused a wreck by moving up.
races while suspended from NASCAR
“I didn’t feel like I was clear,” he said.
due to a domestic violence case in
“Hindsight, I would have listened to my
Delaware. He was reinstated last week
spotter a little bit and just moved up.”
Ryan Newman had another strong run, after Delaware officials said he would
not face criminal charges.
finishing third, ahead of Kasey Kahne
“Now it’s on to the next group of races
and Kurt Busch.
to where we will develop as a team and
“We’re four races in and we’ve got two
get stronger and stronger and stronger,”
top-5s,” Newman said. “It took us until
Busch said. “We’ll just settle back in and
June last year to get our first one, so,
get in that groove for these next couple
we’ll keep digging.”
Gregg Ellman/HHP for Chevy Racing
There comes a time in any string of
success when the historical comparisons
start to hit home. It’s happening now for
Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Chevrolet
team at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Harvick scored yet another runaway
win at Phoenix International Raceway
in the 500. It was
his fourth straight Sprint Cup victory at
that track, and it’s the first time anyone
has won four straight at a track since
Jimmie Johnson did it at Charlotte in
2004-05. And it was Harvick’s seventh
straight finish of first or second place,
dating back to the final three races
of 2014. That streak ties him with
NASCAR’s all-time win leader, Richard
Petty, who did it back in 1975. He also
now has seven Cup wins at Phoenix —
more than any other driver.
“The Richard Petty part — that gives
me chills,” Harvick said upon hearing
those stats read to him during the winner’s interview at Phoenix.
Before that, another noteworthy comparison came up — this one from the
race’s runner-up, Jamie McMurray.
He said Harvick’s recent dominance
reminds him of some of Jeff Gordon’s
best years.
“I remember the days when Jeff
Gordon won 13 races in a year in ’98,”
McMurray said. “I remember watching
every week. It was incredible.”
McMurray said what Harvick and his
Rodney Childers-led team is doing may
be even more impressive.
“I think our sport is much tougher
now to do that in,” he said. “I remember
when the 4 car [Harvick’s] unloaded at
the Charlotte test last year in January
— first lap on the track, he was literally
the fastest car. For a year it’s been that
McMurray, like others in the sport,
believe Harvick and Childers could have
won more races last year with some better luck at times. And he said their success is due in large part to the working
relationship between driver and crew
chief and the rest of the race team.
“When I listen to Kevin talk, it seems
Race: 300
Where: Auto Club Speedway
When: Saturday, 4 p.m. (ET)
TV: Fox Sports 1
2014 Winner: Kyle Larson
International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Race: Auto Club 400
Where: Auto Club Speedway
When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
2014 Winner: Kyle Busch (right)
Week of March 20-26, 2015
Area High School Baseball & Softball Scores brought to you by The Sampson Weekly
Clinton High School
Harrells Christian
0 - 1 Loss
3- 11 Loss
10 - 29 Loss
1 - 17 Loss
03/17 Freedom Christian
12 - 4 WIN
03/16 Epiphany
10 - 5 WIN
03/17 Freedom Christian
4 - 2 WIN
03/12 Wake Christian
11 - 1 WIN
Hobbton High School Lakewood High School Midway High School
2 - 12 Loss
4 - 0 WIN
14 - 4 WIN
16 - 15 WIN
Varsity Leopards
Fall to Spring Creek
The Lakewood Varsity Baseball team lost Tuesday’s outing by a score of 16 to 7.
Spring Creek
7 - 16 Loss
1 - 1 1 Loss
Spring Creek
0 - 20 Loss
0 - 10 Loss
03/17 East Bladen
9 - 7 WIN
03/13 West Bladen
14 - 2 WIN
03/17 East Bladen
6 - 11 Loss
03/13 West Bladen
6 - 11 Loss
Union High School
03/13 East Bladen
0 - 10 Loss
03/10 Hobbton
1 - 4 Loss
03/17 West Bladen
2 - 13 Loss
03/12 East Bladen
1 - 23 Loss
Midway Raiders Varsity
Baseball Tackle Four in a Row
The Midway Raiders baseball program has picked up right where it left
off last season-Winning! The Raiders are currently undefeated for the 2015
season standing at 4-0 heading into a non-conference game on Thursday
night March 19th against next door neighbor Triton High School in Erwin. Triton’s record stands at 3-2 for the season.
Midway started the 2015 season on March 9th with a non-conference
opponent Rosewood which they handily defeated by a score of 9 to 2.
Leading hitters in this outing included Kayle Hawley, Mathew Barefoot,
Drake Strickland and Tyler Pope.
On March 11th, in-county rival Lakewood visited the Raiders. The
Raiders dominated play on both offense and defense with an 11 to 1
victory. Midway was led by pitcher Ryan Lee with a near perfect game.
Lakewood’s only score coming in the 1st inning. Leading the batting for
the Raiders were Kayle Hawley, Mathew Barefoot, Trey Wood and Landon
On Friday night March 13th, the Raiders traveled to Bladen County
to take on West Bladen in the first conference game of the season. The
Raiders started cold but by the fourth inning had momentum and scored
7 runs to break a 2 to 2 tie and it was all Midway for the next two endings.
Midway added an additional 4 runs in the 5th. Leading the hitting for
Midway was Matthew Barefoot, Trey Wood, Kyle Hawley, Tyler Pope and
Landon Dorman. Final score Midway 14 - West Bladen 2.
On Tuesday night, March 17th, Midway traveled back to Bladen County
to take on East Bladen in Elizabethtown. Midway won in a close matchup
winning 9 to 7.
Drake Strickland on the pitcher’s mound at East Bladen Tuesday night, March 17th.
Spring Creek got off to a fast pace in Tuesday’s match-up, bringing in 3 runs off of two errors in the
first inning. Lakewood managed to score one run by Willie Herring.
Dark Horse Baseball Take Down Trask Titans 13-3
During the 2nd inning Lakewood held Spring Creek scoreless with Lakewood following suite. The
3rd inning Lakewood managed to bring in one run on hits by both Willie Herring and Matt Butler.
The 4th inning was a big inning for the Leopards with Lakewood bringing in 5 runs.
The Clinton High School varsity Dark Horse baseball team opened their Four County
Conference season with a with a 13-3 win over the Trask Titans Friday night in a game
played at Clinton. The Dark Horses started slow with only two hits in the first four innings
and were trailing the Titans 3-0 before exploding for all 13 runs in the fifth with big hits
and key RBIs from Grant Bailey and senior Chandler Whitfield.
The last three innings saw Spring Creek eliminate three in a row with Lakewood sending three batters consecutively, ending the game with a defeat of 16 to 7.
Lakewood stands at 0-4 for the season and 0-1 in the conference.
The Lakewood Leopards baseball team has a home conference game vs. North Duplin on Friday,
March 20.
Harrells Christian Academy
Weekly Round-Up
With the Horses trailing 3-0 after four innings, second baseman Tyler Johnson led off the
bottom of the fifth with an infield hit and went to second as Jonathan Wright drew a walk.
Bailey Spell drove in Johnson and Wright was able to advance to third. Senior Chandler
Whitfiel then singled sharply to the opposite field scoring, both Spell and Wright and it
was a 3-3 game Veteran Dark Horse Grant Naylor singled twice in the fifth inning and had
3 RBIs including what turned out to be the winning run with Whitfiel scoring from second.
The Dark Horses were helped by a couple of Titan errors and some good base running and
came away with the 13-3 win to open the conference and improve to 2-1 overall.
Head coach Tracey Thornton commented on the Dark Horse rally saying, "Our guys stayed
very patient at the plate and finally got it together in the fifth with some good hitting. We
have quite a few key injuries so we will take this win."
The Dark Horse play three road games this week with two big conference games at Pender
on Tuesday night and in Bladen County against the East Bladen Eagles on Friday. The
Horses also have non-conference game Thursday night as they play at Harrells against the
Crusaders of Harrells Christian Academy.
Clinton Takes Four County
Conference Golf Match
By Connor Holland, Sports Writer
The Varsity Crusader spring teams had a perfect two day span this week. The Varsity Baseball and
Soccer teams both cruised to easy wins on Monday, March 16. Then the Varsity Baseball, Softball, and
Soccer teams swept rivals Freedom Christian Academy the very next day. The soccer team was lead by
senior Margaret Clark, who had a combined four goals in the two games. Clark now has eleven goals
in five games this season. Senior Natalie Hardin scored three goals this week while sophomore Harley
Crumpler had two. Junior Haley Bowles had two goals and sophomore Madison Tart scored one goal.
The standout sophomore goalie Emily Benton had a combined ten saves in the two contests. The girls
defeated Epiphany by a score of 6-0 and breezed past Freedom 5-0. They are now 5-0 on the season.
The Softball team completed a late comeback to down the Freedom Patriots 4-2 in eight innings.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Brenna King stepped to the plate for the Lady Crusaders and hit
a home run to tie the game. Sophomore Talina Giles and Hope Cottle scored in the top of the eighth
inning to secure the win for the girls. The softball team is now 2-1 on the season after a losing their
first game of the season. The Lady Crusaders are looking to claim their third state championship in
as many years.
The Varsity Baseball team easily defeated Epiphany by a score of 10-6 and Freedom 12-4. The Crusaders were led by outstanding performances from seniors Spencer Cooke, Mike Smith, and Joseph
Phaneuf. Over the span of the two games, Cooke went 4-8 with seven runs scored, three RBI, and
three stolen bases. Smith was 4-10 with four RBI while Joseph Phaneuf was 4-9 with 3 RBI during
the two game road streak. Senior Ben Prestage pitched a complete game vs. Freedom, only giving up
five hits the entire game. Prestage also struck out five batters. Sophomore Luke Quinn was 4-10 with
three runs scored and five RBI. Chance Bryant, also a sophomore, had two hits, one RBI, and one
run scored against Epiphany in only his second start on varsity. To cap off an incredible week for the
Crusaders, junior Nathan Casteen hit a three hundred and fifty-two foot home run against Freedom.
What made the home run even more impressive was the fact that Casteen hit it at JP Riddle Stadium,
a former minor league ballpark and the current home of the Fayetteville SwampDogs. The Varsity
baseball team is now 4-0 in 2015.
The Varsity HCA spring teams have started their seasons off hot, and all three look ready to make a
run at a state title. The Crusaders have seen much success in the spring over the past two years thanks
to back-to-back NCISAA 2A state championship victories from the Varsity softball team. HCA hopes
to achieve a three-peat in softball, while also bringing home the trophy in soccer and baseball as well.
It may only be March, but HCA has shown the heart and passion to achieve great things in spring
2015 and play far into May.
Clinton High School hosted
the Four County Conference
Golf match on Wednesday,
March 18th at Coharie Country Club in Clinton and they
also took the win with a combined team score of 348.
Wednesday’s match
brought schools from West
and East Bladen, Clinton,
Pender, Union, Midway, Wallace Rose Hill and Trask
together for the event.
Clinton’s Reid Darden and
Amy Wooten were medalist
in the event. Darden medaled
with a score of 76 and Wooten
with a score of 79.
Team scores- #1-Clinton348, #2- Midway- 395, #3Union- 397, #4- Trask- 400,
#5-Wallace RH – 413, #6- West
Bladen- 423, #7- Pender- 438.
Next week’s matches will be
held on Monday March 23
at 2:00pm at the Land O
Lake Golf Course in White
Lake, hosted by West
Bladen High School and
on Wednesday March 25
at 2:00pm hosted by Pender High at Rockfish Golf
Course in Wallace.
Clinton High School’s Chandler
Perry tees off in Wednesday’s
multi-school golf match held at
Coharie Country Club in Clinton.
Week of March 20-26, 2015
Lakewood Lady
Leopards Humbled
By Spring Creek
Lady Horses Lose to
Pender and Trask
The Lakewood Leopards varsity softball team lost Tuesday’s home conference game against Spring
Creek by a score of 20-0.
The Clinton Dark Horse varsity softball team lost Tuesday’s 3-17 away conference game
against Pender by a score of 29-10.
The Lakewood Ladies held Spring Creek scoreless through the first 2 innings only to give up two
in the third inning which was the beginning of a 20 run explosion by a strong Spring Creek team.
Spring Creek scored an additional 3 runs in the 4th and a 13 run deluge in the fifth with the game
being called at 20 to 0 in the fifth inning.
The Pender Ladies were on fire scoring 15 runs in the 2nd inning and 14 runs in the 4th
inning. The Clinton Dark Horses were able to score 3 runs in the 1st inning, 1 run in both
the 3rd and 4th and 5 runs in the 5th inning. Clinton remained scoreless for the rest of the
game allowing the Patriots to trample right over them, final score Patriots 29, Dark Horses
The Lakewood Leopards softball team has a home conference game vs. North Duplin on Friday,
March 20.
Lady Dark Horses Take Down
Titans and Patriots, Both 9-0
Congratulations to #14 Kristen Mason who was selected as the Varsity Softball Player of the
Game against the Pender Patriots. According to Coach Ashley Slater, “Kristen Mason had a
good game with a double and a single, one RBI, and scoring once. She had no errors in the
field and did a great job overall.”
The Clinton Dark Horses softball team lost Friday’s 3-13 home conference game against the
Trask Titans by a score of 17-1.
Congratulations to #1 Callie Sumner who was selected as the Varsity Softball Player of the
Coach Slater stated, “This was Callie’s first game pitching since middle school. She did a
good job making sure the ball was in the strike zone as well as having a few outs in the field.”
The Lady Dark Horses have not managed a win so far this season with a record of Overall
0-4, Conference 0-2.
The Clinton Dark Horses softball team has a home non-conference game vs. Spring Creek
on Thursday, March 19th at 6:00pm.
In Friday’s 3-13 league game, the Clinton Dark Horse Ladies varsity soccer team
overwhelmed the visiting Trask Titans from Rocky Point by a final score of 9-0.
The Clinton Dark Horses Ladies soccer team won Tuesday’s 3-17 away conference
game against the Pender Patriots by a score of 9-0.
Lakewood Lady Soccer Team
Loses to Spring Creek 1-0
The Dark Horses have a record of 4-2-1 overall and a conference record of 2-0.
They have suffered two losses so far this season, one against Laney High on March
10th, score 5-0. The Dark Horses also endured a loss to the Dixon Bulldogs on
March 12th, score 3-2.
The Lady Dark Horses will go up against the East Bladen Eagles on Friday March
20th at 6:00pm on the East Bladen field.
Dark Horse Men’s Tennis Team
Doing Well This Season
The Clinton Dark Horses tennis team won Tuesday’s home non-conference match against Smithfield-Selma by a score of 9-0.
On 3-16, the Dark Horses defeated Wallace Rose Hill by a score of 9-0
with the Bulldogs having the home court advantage.
The Clinton Dark Horse Men’s Varsity Tennis team has an overall record
of 5-1 and conference record of 3-0. The Dark Horses only loss for the season was on March 12 against East Duplin, score 6-3.
The Dark Horses will take on their arch rival East Duplin to avenge this
loss on March 23rd at Clinton High School at 3:15pm.
The Lakewood Leopards women’s soccer team lost Tuesday’s home conference
game against Spring Creek by a score of 1-0. Lakewood held Spring Creek scoreless until late in the 2nd half.
Congratulations to #2 Terri Williams for being selected as Player of the Game
in Lakewood’s home game against Spring Creek. With 29 shots on goal and 28
saves, Terri was a presence to be reckoned with on the field.
The Leopards are now 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
The Lakewood Leopards women’s soccer team has a home conference game vs.
North Duplin on Friday, March 20.
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Others On and Off the Soccer Field
is coming along.
“Well, our first two scrimmages were cancelled due to weather,”
she said. “But we are a young team and are a mixed group this
year. I think we have just six seniors on the team and they are
the ones that are leading us, including me. It helps that we came
through school together because we all have a special bond
together. It is like a family.”
Rodriguez said while she feels comfortable in the role of a team
captain, however, she still feels some pressure to deliver on every
“Yes, I think there is way more pressure when you are a captain,”
she admits with honesty. “As a captain, I know that the younger
players are really looking up to me and are watching what I do
and how I conduct myself. I know that on and even off the field
I am the face of the team, so it is important for me to really go
out there and be a good role model.”
The determined Rodriguez is making a major comeback in her
final year at Union after tearing her meniscus in her left knee
during a game last March against Lakewood.
“I was running after the ball and jumped over a player,” she
explained, “I came down on it wrong and twisted my knee … I
didn’t know I tore anything until a month later. My doctor said
I was done for the season and it was heartbreaking for me. I was
crying when I went back and told the team.”
When 17-year-old Amy Rodriguez was told she was named
this week’s Performance Auto/Sampson Weekly Star Athlete of
the Week, the Union High School senior soccer standout said
she was ecstatic.
“I am very surprised about it,” she said. “I have always seen it in
the paper and I just doubted (since it was my senior year) that
I would ever get it … For me to get this is a privilege and an
honor, really a dream come true. I just can’t tell you how much
I appreciate the nomination.”
Rodriguez, who is the Spartans’ team captain and plays center
defense, said that she started playing soccer for Union when
her family moved to Sampson County in her eighth grade year.
“I was born in Duplin County and when we moved to the
Union District when I was in eighth grade, but I played soccer
since I was in the seventh grade,” she explained. “I really love
the adrenaline of the game. I like being out there and getting
everything out. I am a defender, so when I make a good, hard
kick I look at it (laughs) because I pushed that team back.”
Up until the seventh grade, Amy had never played sports.
“I just decided that I would try out for soccer,” she admitted.
“Really, I had never played it before, except with family. But my
family was really into giving back to the community and they
always had me focused on my grades. When I got to seventh
grade, I tried out for soccer and really liked it.”
She discovered she was good at it too.
In her debut year in the seventh grade in Duplin County, she
was named a co-captain of her team. The following year (at
UMS) she was named a captain; in her sophomore year of high
school she was a co-captain; and this year, a captain.
She had surgery in April of 2014.
“I am still battling with the knee over a year later,” she admitted.
“I still get nervous about playing, but I work through it. When it
swells, I put ice on it and I keep it up ... I take care of it. But it is
not going to stop me from playing.”
It also didn’t stop her from being named this year’s Union High
Homecoming Queen.
The straight “A” student said that her favorite subject is Science.
“I love science more to the biology of it because I like to learn
about how life and genetics work,” she said.
She also loves the environment at Union.
“I love being here in the Union District and at this school,”
she added. “It is my senior year and I know that it is going to
be very hard to leave this place. I think about it and it really
gets to me. I have made so many friends and made so many
great relationships … not just with my classmates, but with my
teachers and coaches too.”
Although some friends have tried to sway her against it, she
said Campbell University is where she wants to attend when she
heads off to college in the fall.
“That is my dream school,” she admits. “I want to major in
biology and also want to do pre-op optometry there too. I am
excited, but I know I am going to miss all of my friends, my
coaches and my teachers here at Union High. It is just not going
to be the same walking down the halls and having one of my
teachers stop me and saying hi …”
Her hope is to also play her favorite sport.
Talking with Rodriguez it is clear that when she says
something, you believe she is going to go out and through
sheer will and determination, she is going to make it happen.
So it is more than surprising to hear the troubles she went
through as a freshman.
“I feel like I have been put here at this school for a reason,”
she admits. “I was in Peer Group Connection (PGC) and I
helped a (younger) student who was thinking about suicide. I
talked that person through it … which is one of my proudest
moments. But you know what? I had those thoughts too
when I was a freshman. Those things were going through my
head, I didn’t really have the bond back then that I have with
those in my group now. So I just got through it myself and
when I was talking to that person, I knew I had been put here
for a reason.”
Through that tough time, Amy said she kept repeating the
same thing over and over. “I would always keep saying to
myself my favorite saying: ‘Everyone wants happiness, no one
wants pain – but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain’.
I just kept repeating that to myself. You have to get through
it. You may not understand it, but later on in life, you will
understand why you have to go through rough times. It could
just end up helping someone else if you are willing to pass it
In addition to her school “family”, Amy has a strong support
group from her immediate family – mother, Riksy Herrera;
younger sisters, Heily, Katherine and Araterly; grandmother,
Maura; Aunt Shamira; cousins Eddy and Belki; stepfather
Martin; as well as friends, Angela Ocampo, Ashley Castillo
and Eliud Meza.
“I just thank them for all of the support really,” she said. “I
want them to know how much I appreciate it.”
In addition to being a role model for younger players and
students, Amy said it is important that she sets a good example
for her younger sisters as well.
“I try to teach them a lot about school, life and just being a
teenager,” she said. “I didn’t have an older sister; I want to have
that special bond with them. I want them to look up to me and
know that no matter what happens, I will be there for them.”
Her positive outlook and willingness to help others is
something that Rodriguez takes to heart. “Well my uncle
always told me that no matter what happens – even the bad
things – that there is always one thing that you can look
forward to enjoying that day to get you through it. You have
to enjoy every day and know and believe that everything
happens for a reason.”
When asked if she had a piece of advice for an upcoming
freshman, Amy said without hesitation, “No matter what,
even if you feel alone or weird or if you don’t fit in, know that
you are the way you are for a reason. You are perfect just being
you and who you are will help you in your life. Every little
piece of you will help you. You do not have to be anybody else
but yourself because if you cannot accept who you are as a
person, you are not going to be able to help others.”
In the end, Amy said she is more than appreciative for the
support she has been fortunate enough to have been given.
“I did play a year of volleyball in middle school, but that was it,”
she said. “This year, I did cheerleading. It was something that I
thought I wouldn’t like to be honest with you, but I loved it and
made so many great friends. I regret that I didn’t try out for it
earlier, because I really did have a great time.”
“They have club sports there,” Amy said. “So, I am hoping to
play. I would love to play on their real team though.”
Rodriguez said that her ultimate goal is to open her own vision
“I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has made
me who I am today,” she said. “I just hope that I can give
back to everyone and hope that in some way I have made a
Although the Lady Spartans Soccer team have lost their first
two games of the season (at press time), Amy said that her team
“That is really what I want to do with my life,” she said. “It is
truly a dream of mine.”
Trust us Amy – to everyone that is reading this – you certainly
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HCA Successful at State Beta Convention
The HCA Senior Beta Club members who attended the convention are pictured as follows: First row (L-R): Amos Lanier, Rachel Bland, Payton Johnson, Harley Crumpler, Spencer Cooke, Will Huff, Catherine Armstrong, Talina Giles, Margaret Clark, Ethan Hall. Second row: Gray Fussell, Tommy Newkirk, Kiley Jones, Madison Sauls, Abbigail Clark,
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The purpose of the National Beta Club organization is to promote the ideals of honesty, service, morality, ethical conduct, and leadership, and to reward meritorious academic
achievement; and to encourage and assist students in continuing their education after high
school. One way of incorporating these ideals is by encouraging students to participate in
the state and national Beta conventions. The state convention was held the first weekend
in February, and forty HCA Senior Betas made their way to Greensboro to compete in
various academic, artistic, and leadership competitions. HCA was very successful in these
competitions and returned to Harrells with several awards.
Junior Catherine Armstrong ran for the office of State Beta Club Vice President. Her charisma, charm, and sincerity captivated an audience of over 2000 Betas. Her fellow HCA
Betas put on an “Out of this World” top notch campaign skit for her that won second place
at the convention.
In academic competitions, Freshman Brayden Sutton placed 2nd in Division1 Spelling, and
Sophomore Amos Lanier placed 3rd in Division 1 Agriculture. Both students are eligible
to compete at the National convention this summer.
Senior Natalie Hardin constructed a beautiful banner that won 1st place in the Banner competition and she will also represent the state at the national convention.
For the group talent competition, HCA had thirty-nine students put on a spectacular “Love
Rocks Country" show that placed 3rd at the state convention.
Finally, junior Kylie Jones wrote and starred in a character skit that placed 1st at the state
convention. She also advances to the National Convention competition which will be held
this summer in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Union Elementary will host a Duke Energy Science Night on Thursday, March
26 at 6pm at Union Elementary. This is an official event of the 2015 North Carolina Science Festival.
Duke Energy Science Night will feature hands-on activities focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Activities are designed to
engage children and their families in science exploration. First graders will be
performing a short play about Plants and the growing cycle. This event is for
Union Elementary students and their families. For more information, Contact
Union Elementary is one of 125 North Carolina elementary schools selected to
host Duke Energy Science Nights this year. The educational program is an initiative of the North Carolina Science Festival and serves its mission to inspire
future generations of scientists. Support from Duke Energy Foundation allows
the Festival to provide all materials for the activities to the selected schools.
“Thousands of schoolchildren across the state get to do hands-on science with
their families and school communities through Duke Energy Science Nights,”
said Jonathan Frederick, Festival director. “We are extremely grateful to the
Duke Energy Foundation, which has made these events possible for schools in
every region of our state.”
On Wednesday, March 11, Harrells Christian Academy inducted new members
into the National Junior and Senior Beta Clubs during a special induction ceremony. The newly inducted members are pictured above as follows:(L-R) Front row:
Noah Tart, Brinkley Spearman, Rhylee Pope, Hill Lanier, Sophie Dixon, Michaelah
Hall, Matthew Evans, Lekea Boney, Ann Holland Bell; Second row: Grice Bell, Kyra
Gensel, Abbigail Clark, Brenna King, Sydney Norris, Miranda Well, Caroline Jones;
Back row: Cameron Tyler, Chance Bryant, Lucas Thornton, Brayden Sutton, Bill
Clark, Rance Creech, Sam Ellis, and Caleb Jessup.
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showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), presented annually. It includes hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature
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Have I Got A Story To Share With You!
Last week I shared with you
that I was waiting to receive
results from blood work
and other medical tests.
This past Monday I got the
results. I also underwent
an ultrasound and more
blood work. Those results
along with my ongoing
symptoms of illness have
caused me to think about
my internal organs. Not
only to think about them,
but also to value and to be
thankful for them. When
was the last time you
thought about your heart, lungs, liver … your internal organs? I
ask you this question because for decades I took mine for granted
and I don’t want you to make the same mistake. What’s more …
‘you’ don’t want to make the same mistake. Thank God for your
body, value your body, and care for your body.
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s
womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very
well.”—Psalm 139:13-14;NASB
A few days ago while shopping at a thrift store a book caught my
attention. As I thumbed through the pages of the paperbook I
sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to purchase the book, so I did.
And I’m so glad I did! The book’s author is Elyse Fitzpatrick. The
publisher is Harvest House Publishers. Elyse holds a certificate in
biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Education
Foundation (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from
Trinity Theological Seminary. The book’s title is “Love to Eat Hate
to Eat”. It is written for those who want to break free from the
bondage of destructive eating habits like anorexia, bulimia, and
compulsive overeating.
From Chapter 4 of “Love to Eat - Hate to Eat”.
“… if you are a Christian, your physical body is the dwelling place
or sanctuary of God’s Spirit.”
“Because your body is God’s temple, you should treat it with care
and concern. This means many things—not just that you should eat
properly. It means that you should be careful to get enough rest and
exercise. You should learn how to handle stressful situations in a
way that doesn’t cause harm to your body. For as long as God gives
you health, and in whatever way He does so, you should thankfully
seek to be a good steward or manager of what He’s given.”
“The sixth commandment is, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13
KJV). I would imagine that the thought of actually murdering
someone is far from most of us. We mourn when we hear about
shootings at schools …. We are troubled over the rising murder
rates in many of our cities. This is as it should be. But, is it possible
that we could be guilty of a kind of murder ourselves by the way
that we treat our bodies?
“According to the Westminster Larger Catechism, some of the
duties required by the sixth commandment include the following:
“to preserve the life of ourselves and others by resisting all thoughts
and purposes, subduing all passions, and avoiding all occasions,
temptations, and practices, which tend to the unjust taking away
of life of any . . . a sober use of meat, drink . . . sleep, labor, and
recreations …” I know that the way those words are written is
antiquated. We hardly speak of a “sober” use of meat or drink
anymore. But I think there is real truth here. In more modern terms,
the writers of this catechism believed that the sixth commandment
taught not only that we must protect other’s lives, but that we also
had an obligation to protect our own life.
“We must be careful to avoid overeating or starvation, drunkenness,
and overwork. We must moderate our recreations so that we do
not ruin our health by them, and we must not work so hard that
we neglect God’s command to preserve our life through Sabbath
rest. Wherever you are in your lifespan—whether you are a young
person, full of strength and vitality, or a middle-aged person
feeling strong and yet recognizing that youth has passed, or an
older person struggling with declining health—you must look at
the body you now have as a precious gift from your Lord to care
“You probably won’t have perfect health all of your life. Most
people don’t. But, as long as you do have life, you should do
your best to protect it. If that means remembering to take your
medicine or rest, if that means building an exercise regimen into
your sedentary lifestyle, if that means learning how to cheerfully
by Debra Joy Wallace
embrace life under God’s sovereign rule and love and stop
worrying, then begin to do so now. Just remember that caring for
your body is not the goal of life—glorifying and loving God is.
Caring for your body is merely a means to an end and one way to
say thank you to the Lord for all the things He has done for you.”
“I hope that these thoughts don’t discourage you or bring you
any sense of condemnation. Perhaps you’ve never thought about
your body in this way before, and now it seems as though it’s
almost too late. Perhaps you are already suffering the effects of
neglecting or abusing your body. Don’t give up. It’s never too
late to begin serving God. He can restore and help you. Listen to
these words from the prophet Joel: “I will make up to you for the
years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the
stripping locust, and the gnawing locust, My great army which I
sent among you” (Joel 2:25). God’s people had sinned and they
were reaping the consequences of their behavior. Just think—God
could have said, “Well, tough luck, guys. I told you not to sin and
you went ahead, so now you’ll just have to reap the consequences
of your actions.” But that’s not what He does. No, He calls them to
repentance, and then He tells them that He will make up for all the
losses they have suffered.
“Today you may be suffering from diabetes, weakened joints, or
heart problems caused by your overeating; you may be suffering
with an eroded esophagus or swollen glands or even an inability
to keep any food down; perhaps you’ve starved yourself and your
bones and skin are weak and your heart has been damaged. Don’t
despair—God can still use and fill you. Perhaps you will continue
to suffer these problems, or maybe God will heal you, but one this
is certain: He will restore your life and cause you to be useful to
Him. Don’t throw in the towel—He’s
waiting to help.”—Excerpts from
“Love to Eat – Hate to Eat” © 1999
by Elyse Fitzpatrick: Harvest House
Debra Joy Wallace is an inspirational
columnist and speaker. Email:
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“Weighty Inspiration by Debra Joy
Spring is finally here at last! What a grey,
cold, icy winter it has been. It seems good to
bid it a heartfelt farewell! Most likely we will still
have a few “cold snaps” as my mother used to
call them, but the calendar now proudly proclaims
“First Day of Spring.”
Trees are budding everywhere. Me peach
tree is popping out with bright pink blossoms. My
tulip trees and Bradford pear tree are bursting
forth. My camellias are almost in full bloom, and
my daffodils are putting on quite a show - being
the show offs that they are. They can’t even wait
for winter to pack up and leave before they pop
out of the ground bidding spring to “come on in!”
It’s all so beautiful. The birds can’t seem
to stop singing. My grandmother used to say the
birds sing so sweetly in the spring to welcome
the warm weather and beautiful flowers. For
with that come the bugs and the worms. A bird
The beauty of spring renews. As I always
say, “God’s beauty is everywhere.” At no time is
that more true than spring. Every day brings a
new treasure to enjoy.
Just today I noticed the bright red
blossoms bursting out on my quince bushes.
What a beautiful sight. Soon the golden yellow
flowers on my forsythia or “yellow bell” bushes
will join in the rainbow color parade of spring.
The Leprechaun has come and gone,
scattering his lucky four-leaf clovers about,
but taking his pot of gold with him back to the
Emerald Isle. But soon it will be time for the
bunny trail, bringing brightly colored Easter eggs
and happiness to all, young and old!
The regular bunnies are frequent visitors
to my yard. They are enjoying the fresh bits of
green popping up here and there. I’m sure they
are enjoying an early spring feast nature set just
for them!
I’ve seen some bees buzzing around too.
So I can only surmise that the spring fairies are
Proverbs 27:17 –“Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens
the wits of another.”
When it comes to
friendship, I believe
By Vanessa W. Polk the text offers the best
one –as one piece of
iron is used to sharpen another piece of iron, so
one person makes better another person. While
it is true that we all need friends, not everyone
has been assigned the sacred responsibility of
being in our circle of friends. Not every we are
associated with makes us better. Friendships
are treasured gifts from God and through them
we honor and strengthen the spirit of the other.
The text suggests that friends are people who
love us where we are and inspire us to reach
our full potential –to discover the thoughts, plans
and destiny God has for us. Solomon offers us a
practical truth about the nature of friendships –
we are to be sharpened, and to sharpen others,
for a worthy purpose. Our presence in the lives
of others should encourage, edify, comfort and
admonish another –to help make someone else
better, stronger and wiser.
along to greatest. Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But
pity the man who falls and has no one to help
him up! –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Thanks be to God
for the incredible gift of friends! Sharpening in
a process that makes something better. When
individuals and communities seek the best in
and for others, wisdom is gained. In competitive
sports, one athlete sharpens the athletic abilities
of another – March Madness! And, in the same
manner, our mental faculties are sharpened by
reading, reflecting, interacting, and conversing
with others. We need the iron-like strength of
others to make us better.
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than
walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller
Can you identify the person(s) God has sent into
your life to sharpen you? Who is the blacksmith
in your life? Who serves as your blacksmith? Who
are you helping to make better, stronger and
wiser? When you recognize that you are iron,
take the time to value being in relationship with
others who are also iron. Offer thanks to God for
the ‘iron sharpeners’ whom God assigned to you.
Offer thanks to God for commissioning you to be
the ‘iron sharpener’ for someone else.
God created us to be in relationship with Him and
in community with each other. In the Master’s
hands, we can accomplish more together than
we can alone –one person spurring another
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will
never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya
flitting about as well. No doubt enjoying all the
beauties of the season, just like us!
Spring is here but for
a short while. Breathe in the
fresh air, get out and smell the
flowers and enjoy its breathtaking beauty. There is no
charge - it’s a gift from God.
Written by
Carolyn Horrell
Savor it.
Psalms for
the Soul
Written by
Linda Herring
The Bible speaks to
us but the Psalms
speak for us. Psalm
116:1-2 says, “I love
the Lord, because he
has heard my voice
and my supplications. Because he has
inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call
upon Him as long as I live.” Here is some
practical advice on how to handle burdens. (1) When you come to a crossroads
stop, stand and look. This is like being at
an intersection with signs pointing many
different ways. We wait not moving until
we know in which direction to head. We
need to ask ourselves “what if”. (2) Ask for
directions. The road of trouble has been
traveled by the saints of the faith and
their footsteps have made it into a path
to God. We will too as long as we stay in
the Word and listen to God. (3) Walk in
the way and we will find peace. Keep our
eyes fixed on Jesus Christ; resolve to walk
down this road with Jesus. Draw deeply on
the Holy Spirit’s strength for the next step.
You will discover that as you follow Him,
sweet, rest will follow. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm. Contact
me at [email protected]
Week of March 20-26, 2015
Eye Awareness Month
March 2015
Eye Care Professionals and
Options in Vision Insurance
By Thomas Barowsky, MD Carolina Eye Care
Sight is a critical aspect of our everyday lives. Imagine
what your life would be like today if you were to lose
that valuable sense. I thought this would be a good
time to acquaint you with the people responsible for
helping to keep your eyes healthy and your vision
A survey by the National Consumer League, a
Washington, DC consumer advocacy group, found
that there is considerable confusion by the general
public about the difference between eye care
providers – including opticians, optometrists and
ophthalmologists. By understanding the differences
in education, training, credentialing and experience
you will be in a better position to select the eye care
provider that is best suited for your eye care needs.
Let’s talk about opticians first. The optician is a state
licensed practitioner who fits eyeglasses following
the prescription provided by an optometrist or
ophthalmologist. They assist in selecting frames that
are right for the type of prescription you require, that
the frames fit properly and comfortably and ensure the
lenses are correctly made. Their education consists
of completing the associate in opticianry degree at
an accredited college or university or completing a
two-year apprenticeship program with an approved
optician and optical lab. They then must pass the state
licensing board’s written exam. Some opticians will
apply to and pass the American Board of Opticianry’s
certification exam to become nationally certified but
this is not a requirement to maintain state licensure.
The services and requirements to practice optometry
are much more complex than for opticianry. An
optometrist provides routine primary eye care by
doing exams to detect problems with vision such
as color blindness, near and far sightedness, lazy
eye and eye coordination. They also study how to
diagnose diseases and conditions of the eye such as
glaucoma and cataracts. Optometrists must obtain a
Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from an approved
and accredited school of optometry. This four-year
course of study takes place after receiving a college
undergraduate degree. To begin practicing optometry
they must then pass a written and oral state licensing
board exam in order to receive their license to practice
optometry. Depending on state law, optometrists may
be allowed to prescribe certain medications for treating
eye disease.
The ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who
specializes in all aspects of eye health. In addition to
routine eye exams, they use both medical and surgical
treatments to manage eye disease, conditions and
disorders and repair eye injuries. The ophthalmologist
must not only complete a college undergraduate
degree but, must also earn an MD degree through
four years of medical school and complete a rigorous
combined four-year internship and residency program
in ophthalmology. During this time he or she must also
take a multi-part written exam by the National Board
of Medical Examiners and a multi-part written and
oral exam by the American Board of Ophthalmology
to become licensed and board-certified in the
treatment and surgery of eye disease. A small number
of ophthalmologists will have their surgical skills
judged by a panel of experienced surgeons to apply for
certification by the American Board of Eye Surgeons.
Now that you have an understanding of the differences
in the knowledge and expertise of the members of
the eye care team you can select the provider that is
best suited to take care of your unique eye problem.
Be sure that you are comfortable with their level
of training, certification and experience. Carefully
considering whom you will trust with the health and
welfare of your eyes will ensure that you have the best
opportunity to protect your vision throughout your
Vision plans, in contrast to healthcare plans, are
designed to assist in the purchase of prescription
eyewear and contact lenses. They usually cover a
portion or all of the cost of the vision exam and a
basic pair of glasses. Most vision plans only allow
one visit and one pair of glasses per year. This is why
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for their eye care. The downside is that because it is a
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The important thing to remember is this: your
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Some plans are very
restrictive in what they
will or will not cover
and others are fairly
easy to work with. The
plans usually expect
the eye-care provider
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to a basic vision
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healthy patient without
eye disease, does not
have to spend as much
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Johnny Roy Avery, 68, of
767 Southwood Drive, died
Thursday, March 12, 2015
at Cape Fear Valley Medical
Center in Fayetteville. A
funeral was held at 7 P.M.,
Sunday, March 15, 2015,
Funeral Home, with the
Reverend Sherrill Boykin of
Second Baptist Church in
Fayetteville and Reverend Randall Snead of the Church of
God of Prophecy of Roseboro officiating. Interment was at
11 A.M., Monday, March 16, 2015 at Grandview Memorial
Park. Johnny was born in Sampson County in 1947 to the
late Ashley Lee Avery and Carrie Brown Avery. In addition
to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Elbert
Ashley Avery. He was a retired employee of the Department
of Transportation and was the base player in the band, The
Domestics. Survivors include his loving partner of thirty-six
years, Brenda McLemore and her two children; Libby Willis
and husband Doug and their daughter Sidney and son Cecil
and his son Eric; sisters, Catherine Avery, Dorothy RodriguezSchrecker and husband Jerry, Jean Bevilacqua and husband
Lou; brother, Ashley Avery, Jr. (Bud) and wife Karen; nephews,
Jonathan Avery and wife Casey, Raymond Rodriguez and wife
Robyn, Christopher Rodriguez and wife Jenny; great-nieces,
Mady Avery, Alanna, Kayla and Breanna Rodriguez; and great
nephews, Jacob Rodriguez and Cooper Avery. The family
received friends from 5 P.M. to 6:45 P.M., Sunday, March 15,
2015, just prior to the service at Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral
Home and at other times at the home at 767 Southwood Drive
and the Avery home place. Condolences may be sent to the
family at Arrangements are
by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St.,
Clinton, NC 28328.
Mrs. Bertha Marie Moore
Bass 76, of 117 Royal Lane died
at Sampson Regional Medical
Center Saturday, March 14,
2015. Funeral Services were
held Tuesday, March 17,
2015 at 7:00 PM at RoyalHall Funeral Home Chapel
with Pastors Robbie Gilbert
& Bill Cotton officiating. A
Graveside Service was held
Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the Clinton Cemetery. Born in
1938 in Wayne County, Mrs. Bertha was the daughter of the
late Melton and Rosa Odom Moore. She was a member of
Victory Community Church and a homemaker. She is the
widow of Silas Bass.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Ingram and husband
Jerry of Clinton, Angela Williamson and husband George of
Clinton. One son Eddie Bass and wife Carrie of Clinton. Two
sisters, Alma Vernon and Lois Hunter and husband Alton both
of Clinton. Two sisters-in-law Betty Jean Moore and Doris Bass
both of Clinton. Ten grandchildren, Thomas Ray Renfrow, Jr.
and wife Christina, Adam, Blake, Bethany and Lucas Bass,
Leah and Jacob McCauley, Hali Ingram, Emily and Caitlyn
Williamson. Five great grandchildren Shannon Grice, April
and Justin Renfrow, Cali Davis and Landon Faircloth and best
friend Magalene Stevens. She was preceded in death by her
great-grandson, Cayden Davis and her two brothers, Edward
and Lynwood Moore. The family received friends following
the funeral service in the Royal-Hall Funeral Home Chapel
and other times at the home of her daughter, Carolyn & Jerry
Ingram 999 Hunter Rd. Clinton, NC. 28328. Condolences
may be sent by visiting
Royal-Hall is honored to serve the Bass Family.
Miss. Burnesteen Shanelle
Bryant 34 of West Main St.,
Clinton, NC died Tuesday,
March 10, 2015 at UNC
Memorial Hospital in Chapel
Hill, NC. Funeral service was
held at 1:00 P.M. Monday,
March 16, 2015 at Mt.
Pleasant Baptist Church, 4442
Bonnetsville Rd., Clinton,
NC. Burial followed in the
Hillcrest Memorial Park 3620 Roseboro Hwy. Clinton, NC.
Miss. Bryant is survived by one son, Anthony D. Saunders
of Clinton, mother, Tina P. Bryant of Clinton, father Edward
M. Bryant of Rose Hill, one sister Brandy B. Bell (Patrick) of
Clinton, one brother Edward M. Bryant Jr. of Clinton. Service
by Carter Funeral Home in Garland. Online condolences
maybe sent through
Mrs. Martha Joyce Spell Campbell, 71, of 2036 Concord
School Rd., passed away Saturday, March 14, at Select Specialty
Hospital in Durham. The funeral service was held at 2 P.M.,
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Elizabeth Baptist Church
with the Rev. Dr. Randy White and Rev. Dr. James Moran
officiating. Interment followed in the Sunrise Cemetery in
Salemburg, NC. Mrs. Campbell was a native of Sampson Co.
and the daughter of the late Elliott Lee Spell, Sr. and Mamie
Alease Warren Spell Faircloth. She was preceded in death by
her husband Birch “Buddy” Wiliford Campbell and a brother
Elliott Lee “Pee Wee” Spell, Jr. Joyce retired from Carolina
Telephone and was a member of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist
Church. She is survived by: two sons, Chadwick Lee Campbell
and wife Millie of Dunn and Bradley Dean Campbell and
wife Stacie of St. Charles MO; three grandchildren: Matthew
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Campbell, Kaitlyn Campbell,
and Erin Campbell; sisters: Iris
Cooper and husband Frank
of Newton Grove and Debbie
Martin and husband Allison
of Clinton, sister-in-law, Ann
Spell of Clinton; brotherin-law, Travis Campbell and
wife Carolyn of SC; Several
nieces, nephews and friends.
The family received friends
from 6 P.M. – 8 P.M, Tuesday,
March 17, 2015 at CrumplerHoneycutt Funeral Home and at other times at home 2036
Concord School Clinton, NC 28328. In lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to Elizabeth Baptist Church, 1481
Fleet Cooper Road, Roseboro. Condolences can be made
online at Arrangements are
being handled by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118
Fayetteville St. Clinton, NC 28328.
Roy Edward Larsen, age 70,
died at home in Woodlake Vass,
North Carolina on Sunday
March 15, 2015. A service with
military honors will be held on
Friday, March 20th, at 10:00
AM (please arrive at 9:45 AM)
at Sandhills State Veterans
Cemetery, 400 Murchison Rd,
Spring Lake, NC 28390 with
Gary Barrett officiating. A
Celebration of Life will take place that afternoon at 2:00 pm
at Woodlake Country Club, 150 Woodlake Road, Vass, NC.
Roy was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey. He served
in the US Air Force and is a Vietnam veteran. Roy went on to
work in multiple capacities for the US Department of Defense,
including ten years in the Middle East, culminating in work with
the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. He retired from
government service in 1996. He stayed active with a second
career in consulting, which included work with TRW-Vinnell,
the University of North Carolina, the US Job Corps, and the
Larsen Group. Roy has a BA from the University of Nebraska,
an MA from Montclair State University, and is a graduate of
the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. While working in
Europe, he met his wife, Mary, of Mariestad, Sweden. They
were married in 1965 and were inseparable over 3 continents,
12 moves, and 49 years. Roy is survived by his wife Mary; son
Mark and his wife Amelia of Roswell, GA; son Jon and his wife
Susan of Winston-Salem, NC; sister Eileen Perrette of Bayville,
NJ; sister Robin Gonzalez and husband Bill of Kendall Park,
NJ; brother Brian Dodson of Bayonne, NJ; and grandchildren
Lola Jane Larsen and Noah Asylzhan Larsen. He was preceded
in death by his parents, George and Eleanor Dodson; sister,
Denise Dodson. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer
a donation to the Alzheimers Foundation, http://www.alzfdn.
org, 1-866-232-8484. The family has entrusted services to Cox
Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be
sent to Cox Memorial--”Serving GOD by serving families in a time of need.”
Lee Maurath, 76, a resident
of Woodlake Country Club
in Vass, NC, passed away
on March 14, after a long
battle with cancer. A native
of Muscatine, Iowa, he was
the son of Janet and Jerry
Schreiber, who preceded him
in death. A celebration of Lee’s
life was held at Woodlake Golf
Club on March 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Burial will be private at
the family’s request. Lee and his wife of 59 years, Rosemary,
retired to Woodlake after Lee’s retirement from Masco Home
Furnishings in High Point, NC, where he had been employed
as Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations. Lee was an
avid golfer and served for years as both the Vice President and
President of the Woodlake Golf Association. Football, however,
was his passion, and he followed his favorite teams – NC State
Wolfpack, Atlanta Falcons and, above all, Iowa Hawkeyes
with intensity. He is considered the “Founding Father” of the
Woodlake Quarterback Club and served for five years as its
president. In addition to Rosemary, he is survived by his two
daughters, Michele Henderson (Toby) Roberts of Richmond
Hill, Georgia and Mindy (Brian) Litten of Hickory, NC; his
grandchildren, Frank, Bill (Sara) and Mary Henderson, all of
Richmond Hill, GA, Meghan Litten and friend Jacque Passino
of Houston, TX, and Blake Litten and friend Mackenzie
Mallen of Jacksonville, FL; one great granddaughter, Aubrey
Grace Henderson, of Richmond Hill; and sister, Joyce Todd
of Muscatine, IA. The family has entrusted services to Cox
Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be
sent to Cox Memorial--”Serving GOD, by serving families in a time of need.”
Mrs. Janice Hall Naylor, 73 of Stedman passed away on
Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Cape Fear Valley Medical
Center. The funeral service was held at 1:00 PM Wednesday,
March 18, at Vander Church of God in Vander with the Rev.
Michael Owens officiating. Burial followed in the Cumberland
Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville. Mrs. Naylor was a native
of Sampson County and was a homemaker. She is survived
by her husband, Joseph P. Naylor of Stedman; one daughter,
Paulette Naylor of Stedman; two sons, Jeffrey Naylor and
Heath Naylor both of Stedman; two sisters, Bonnie Matthews
and Debbie Morgan both of Vander; one brother, Donnie
Hall of Stedman; four grandchildren, Christina Edge, Joseph
Naylor, Ashton Naylor all of
Stedman and Jessica Cook
of Houston, Texas; one great
grandchild, Alexis Dornell of
Stedman. The family received
friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday
evening, March 17 at Butler
Funeral Home in Stedman.
Services entrusted to Butler
Funeral Home, 6535 Clinton
Road, Stedman, NC.
Mr. Ronald Eeding Page 78, of 41 Wendy Lane died at
Warsaw Health & Rehab in Warsaw Thursday, March 12, 2015.
A graveside service was held
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at
11:00 AM at the Greenwood
Cemetery in Dunn, NC with
Pastor Ed Wilson officiating.
Born on August 1, 1936 in
Harnett County, Mr. Page was
the son of the late Hubbard
Fulton Page. He was a Veteran
of the U.S. Navy, a member
of New Life Baptist Church
and labored many years as
a Draftsman. He is survived by three daughters, Beth Ann
Milton and husband, Pat of Leesburg, Va., Susan Kaye Barnes
of Melissa, TX. and Cherith Calger and husband, Dave of
Florida. Two sons, Daniel Page and wife, Sally of Carthage, NC.
and Rev. Dave Page and wife, Tammy of Clinton and fifteen
grandchildren & seven great grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Fern Page. Two brothers, Brenton Page
and Fulton Page. Sister, Doris Lupton. The family received
friends Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 at Royal-Hall
Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent by visiting www. Royal-Hall is honored to serve
the Page family.
Mr. James Willie Singleton,
Sr., 70, of 404-D Jacob Street,
died Monday, March 16, 2015
at Transitions Hospice Care,
Raleigh, NC. The funeral will be
held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March
21, at Piney Green Disciple
Church, Newton Grove, NC
with Elder Fernando Geddie
officiating. Burial will follow
in Hillside Cemetery, Newton
Grove, NC. The visitation will be held Friday, March 20, from
1-7 p.m. at Brock Memorial & Worley Funeral Home, Inc., with
the family present from 6-7 p.m. Mr. Singleton, Sr. is survived
by his sons, Marcus D. Singleton and James W. Singleton, Jr.
both of Raleigh, NC. Online condolences may be sent to www. Service entrusted to Brock
Memorial & Worley Funeral Home, Clinton, NC.
Mr. James Elmer Smith, Jr.,
78, of Delway & Clinton died
in Sampson Regional Medical
Center Wednesday March 11,
2015. Funeral services were
held Saturday at 11:00 AM
at Royal-Hall Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev, Michael Shook
officiating. Burial followed in
the Clinton Cemetery. Born in
1936 in Sampson County, Mr.
Smith was the son of the late James Elmer Smith and Leona
Henry Smith Carter. He was a veteran of U. S. Army, a member
of the Evergreen Baptist Church and a retired Police officer
with the Clinton Police Department. He enjoyed farming and
fishing with his many friends. He is survived by his Sister,
Ella Jane Brown of Morganton. Niece, Nan Brown Isaacs and
husband, Jim of Marion. Nephew, David William Brown and
wife, Pam of Morganton. One great niece, Meagan Isaacs of
Greensboro. The family received friends one hour prior to
the service in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be
sent by visiting Royal-Hall is
honored to serve the Smith Family.
Warren Gamaliel Stone passed
away on Monday, March 16,
2015. Warren was born on
October 25, 1920 in Benson,
NC and was the youngest child
of Samuel David Stone and
Mary Stewart (Molly) Stone.
His mother asked the doctor’s
advice on naming her tenth
child, and he suggested that
she name her son after Warren
Gamaliel Harding, the current president of the United States.
Warren grew up in Benson and enjoyed the company of his
older siblings and the family’s many friends and relations.
He continued to enjoy strong ties to the community and
regularly traveled to Benson for visits with old friends into his
90’s. Warren completed high school early and enrolled as a
student at the University of North Carolina t Chapel Hill when
he was only fifteen. He was a life-long Tar Heel fan, was an
original contributor to and seat holder in the Smith Center,
and enjoyed attending football and basketball games for many
years. He began a legacy at Carolina that included both of his
daughters, Gail Stone Sprecher and Ann Stone, as well as two
granddaughters, Anna and Caroline Sprecher. Warren proudly
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served his country during WWII in Europe and participated
in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy. When he returned, he
took up farming for a time in Johnston County. During this
time, he met and married Annie Belle Johnson, from Ingold
NC. They were married on Annie Belle’s birthday in 1956 and
were married for 58 years. After his time in farming, he earned
his CPA designation, and he and Annie Belle moved to Raleigh.
There he became a full time accountant, first working for A.
T. Allen, and then striking out on his own. He had a thriving
practice and genuinely enjoyed all of his clients, initially assisting
them with accounting matters, but eventually coming to know
all of them on a more personal basis. He gradually eased into
his retirement and enjoyed more leisure time, which he spent
taking care of his many pets and enjoying his family. Warren’s
hallmark was a genuine enjoyment of people. He enjoyed
striking up conversations with people, and he had an easy laugh
and smile, as well as a wry sense of humor. He was generous,
kind and caring. He looked for the best in people, and he was
a friend to all animals. He leaves behind his beloved and loyal
companion, Kit Kat. Warren loved his family most of all. He
was always interested in hearing about their accomplishments
and was always ready to assist them if he could. Warren
is survived by his wife of 58 years, Annie Belle Stone; his
daughters, Ann Stone and Gail Stone Sprecher; his son-in-law,
Doug Sprecher; and his granddaughters, Anna, Caroline and
Molly Sprecher, all of Raleigh. There was a graveside service
at Ingold Community Cemetery at 1233 Lisbon Bridge Road,
Garland, NC 28441, at 1 P.M., Wednesday March 18, 2015 with
Chaplain Eric Raddatz officiating. Condolences may be sent to
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03-13 Tessie Nicole Cashwell, 33; 444
Ernest Williams Rd., Roseboro; 2 Counts:
Misdemeanor Larceny; Secured Bond
$8,000; Court 04-06
03-13 Lee Alton Graham, 38; 167 Old
Hickory Lane, Godwin; Order for Arrest/
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03-13 Martin Scott Lambert, 53; 709 E
Roseboro St., Roseboro; Larceny of a
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03-13 Patricia Barnes, 43; 211 Elwell
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03-13 Derek Alton Barnhill, 36; 1474
Sampson Acres Dr., Clinton; Speeding;
DWLR impaired revoked; Secured Bond
$500; Court 04-08
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Clinton Apts., Clinton; Simple Assault;
Secured Bond $250; Court 03-31
03-13 Spencer Todd Moore, 24; 4545
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7301 Andrew Jackson Hwy., Laurel Hill
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the family at Arrangements
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St., Clinton, NC 28328.
Henrietta Fennell, age-33, 306 B Jacobs St. Clinton, N.C. died
Sunday 3/15/15 at UNC Memorial, Chapel Hill, N.C. Funeral
arrangements incomplete, Butler & Son Funeral Services,
Clinton, N.C.
Mrs. Linda Marie Kelly 69, of 42 Barber Cooper Lane, died
at Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Tuesday, March 17, 2015.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM
at Roseboro Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Stan Carter
officiating. Born in 1946 in Rockingham County, Mrs. Kelly
was the daughter of the late Vinston & Goldie Marie Kelly. She
was a member of Roseboro Church of God of Prophecy and
a former business owner. She is survived by two daughters,
Regina Perez & husband Tom of Roseboro, Kimberly Harr
and husband Darrel of Garland. Two sons, Larry Wilson of
Dunn, & Steven Wilson of Kings Port, TN; One sister, Minnie
Spoonmore and husband William of CA. One brother, Tom
Kelly and wife Darlene of CA. Eleven grandchildren and
Thirteen Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by her brother, Mitchell Kelly. The family will receive friends
following the funeral service in Roseboro Church of God of
Prophecy and other times at her home. Condolences may be
sent by visiting Royal-Hall is
honored to serve the Kelly Family.
Mrs. Isabel P. Murphy 81 of 137-38- 233rd. St., Rosedale, NY,
formerly of Garland, NC died Wednesday, March 11, 2015
at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Funeral
service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at
Keathernn Baptist Church in Harrells, NC. Burial will follow in
the Hillcrest Memorial Park. The public will be received from
1:00P.M.-7:00P.M. Friday, March 20, 2015 with family present
from 6:00P.M.-7:00P.M.
Mrs. Dawn Elodie Pettigrew Roepke 73, of 2418 Basstown
Road formerly of 1704 Charene Dr. Clarkston, WA. died at
Sampson Regional Medical Center Saturday, March 14, 2015.
A Private Service was held as requested by the family. Born in
1942 in Nassau County, Long Island, NY. She was the daughter
of the late William and Elodie Collie Pettigrew. She worked
with the Lewiston Tribune in Lewiston, ID. and for many years
and was a Carpenter with the National Carpenters Union.
She is the widow of her first husband, Louis August Seitter
and her second husband, William Roepke. She is survived by
her daughter; Dawn Spencer and husband Richard of Clinton
and grandson Dakota Lee Orndorff. She was preceded in
death by her son, Charles William Seitter and her brother
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ley Lewis Lane, Godwin; 2 Counts: Failure
to Appear- Obtain Property False Pretense;
Secured Bond $20,000; Court 04-13
03-17 Brandon Hakeem Hunt, 21; 2480
Hobbton Hwy., Clinton; Domestic AOF; Secured Bond $500; Court 04-07
03-15 Bernice Ann Simmons, 47; 206
Hardy Graham Rd., Maple Hill; Order for
Arrest/Failure to Appear- Simple Assault;
Secured Bond $100; Court 04-22
03-17 Larry Williams, 51; 439 Dowdy Rd.,
Roseboro; 2 Counts: Parole & Probation Violations; Secured Bond $20,000; Court 03-25
03-14 Frances McLamb reported a
Burglary at his residence located at
800 Spring Branch Rd., Dunn. Items
reported missing included a pistol,
jewelry, US Currency, and medication.
03-17 Johnny Lee Ward, 52; 162 Oak Ridge
Lane, Dunn; Assault on a Female; No Bond;
Court 04-07
03-15 James Hardy reported the Larceny of his Wallet located at 1171
Keener Rd., Clinton.
03-18 Jeremiah McNeal Bradsher, 34; 703
Raleigh Rd., Clinton; Failure to Appear- Child
Support; Court 03-24
03-16 Robert McDougald reported a
Breaking and Entering located at 104
W Morisey Blvd., Clinton. Items reported missing included a air conditioner
unit, toaster oven, and a masterlock
and key.
03-15 Justin Thomas Irving, 22; 1413
Pleasant Union Rd., Roseboro; Simple Assault; Written Promise to Appear; Court 0421
03-16 Okechukwu Ike Ehiogu, 27; 943 Big
Piney Grove Rd., Clinton; 3 Counts: Indecent Liberties with Child; Secured Bond
$60,000; Court 03-27
03-16 Darwin Dephray Hemmingway, 26;
943 Big Piney Rd., Clinton; Communicating Threats; Secured Bond $1,500; Court
03-16 Richard Wallace, 51; 1000 Clive
Jacobs Rd., Clinton; Assault on a Female;
Unsecured Bond $3,000; Court 04-07
03-16 Joseph Alton Williford II, 27; 96 Mt
Elam Church Rd., Clinton; Failure to Return
Rental Property; Unsecured Bond $1,000;
Court 04-07
03-17 William Daniel Williford, 26; 1560
Juniper Rd., Newton Grove; Manufacture
Methamphetamine; 5 Counts: Possess
Meth Precursor Chemicals; Maintain a
Dwelling for CS; Possess Methamphetamine; Storage of Hazardous Waste without a Permit; Possess Drug Paraphernalia;
Secured Bond $175,000; Court 03-27
03-17 Russell Aaron Partin III, 35; 8147 Julian Rd., Dunn; Failure to Comply; Court
-Richard Gerald
-Arthur Lee Sampson Jr
Marriage Certificates
-Henry Gerald to Barbara Jean Gerald
-Angel Enriquez to Shauna Lanise Bullock
-Carlos Eduardo Gonzalez Carrillo to Jhoanie Guzman
-Andrew Kaleb Carter to Mary Ann White
-Roy Lee Benton Melvin to Rosa Herlinda Sanchez
-Edil Leonardo Martinez Guifarro to Marina Portillo Cantarero
-Paul Gabriel Zettel to Jessica Lynn Votel
Land Transfers
-Deutsche Bank National Trust Company As Trustee/By AIF, Fairbanks Capital Corp/FKA,
FFMLT Trust 2006-FF13/ByAIF, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2006 FF14/
ByAIF, Select Portfolio Servicing Inc/AIF to Haley Cooper- Lot Sampson
-Robert Paul Boone Jr, Sarah M Boone to Sundong Jiang, Yanqin Zhang- Parcel A North
-Enviva Development Holdings LLC/MGR/MBR, Enviva Pellets Sampson LLC, Enviva
Wilmington Holdings LLC/MBR to Sampson County- Parcel B 2.02 Acres Piney Grove
-Ellen Johnson Bailey, Rhett Ashley Bailey, Faison Nuckolls Dana, Matthew Paul Dana,
Henry Clendenin Fordham Jr, Susan Johnson Fordham, Anne Hill Nuckolls, Dawn Murrell
Nuckolls, James Garland Nuckolls, James Garland Nuckolls Jr, Mary Lily J Nuckolls,
Stephen Witherow Nuckolls to Donald J Manley and Donna M Manley- 11.906 Acres
Tract 5 South Clinton
-John Hudson Farms Inc to Watery Branch LLC- 2 Tracts w/exceptions
-Phillip Lee Hudson to Watery Branch LLC- 17.77 Acres Sampson
-Wendy H Giddens/MBR, HG3 Land LLC, Phillip Lee Hudson/MBR to Seven Mile LLC63.50 Acres w/exceptions
-Charles Daughtry, Elvadean Daughtry, Marie W Hudson to Bonnie M Lockamy, David M
Lockamy- 2 Tracts w/exceptions Plainview
-Ann Stone Ellis, Timmy Jeffrey Ellis to Benito Munoz and Maria Luisa Munoz- 0.47 Acres
-Jean P Hobbs, Leslie S Hobbs to Travis Scott King- 0.79 Acres Division Ashford Plantation
-Lacy Fields, Martin C Fields, Wendy L Fields to Georgiana LLC- 66 Acres Turkey
03-18 Roneesha Denise Owens, 24; 81 Myrtle Rd., Roseboro; Probation Violation; Failure to Appear- Injury to Personal Property;
Secured Bond $8,000; Court 03-31
03-18 Amy Jane Ismail, 42; 135 Country
Manor Lane, Dunn; Order for Arrest/Failure to
Appear- Child Support; Court 03-31
03-16 Dallas Pridgen reported the
Larceny of his Firearm from his Vehicle located at 579 McKoy Loop Rd.,
03-18 Wendy Hudson Giddens, 57; 2577
Rosin Hill Rd., Newton Grove; Worthless
Check; Written Promise to Appear; Court 0414
03-17 Jeffrey Pope reported a Larceny located at 613 College St., Clinton. Items reported missing included
a pocket knife, cologne, and US Currency.
03-18 Susan Ann Wilson, 27; 884 Andrews
Chapel Rd., Roseboro; Failure to ComplyChild Support; Court 03-24
03-18 David Fryar reported the Larceny of his Bicycle located at 800
Kennedy St., Clinton.
03-18 Jonathan McCullen, 33; 3105 N US
421 Hwy., Clinton; Order for Arrest/Failure to
Appear- Child Support; Court 05-05
03-18 Willie Jackson reported the
Theft of his Vehicle from his residence
located at 1737 Fayetteville Hwy.,
Dunn. Items reported missing included a golf cart, gold clubs, and golf
Incident/Investigation Report
03-13 Walgreens reported the Larceny of
Wine from their store located on College St.
in Clinton.
03-13 Tatyonia Carr reported a Larceny at
his residence located at 2246 Needmore
Rd., Turkey. Items reported missing included
medication and a NC Drivers License.
03-18 James Beatty III reported a
Burglary from his residence located
at 5752 Fleet Cooper Rd., Roseboro.
Item reported missing a TV.
-Self Help Ventures Fund to Thornton Logging Company- 0.52 Acres Sampson
-Southern Produce Distributors Inc to Enviva Pellets Sampson LLC- 22.05 Acres Piney
-DMB Partners LLC, Lois T Hope, Samuel J Hope, William B Sutton Jr/MGR to Ashraf
Awawdeh, Eman Awawdeh, Ibrahim Awawdeh, Lihia Awawdeh, Mohammad Awawdeh,
Tasnim Awawdeh- Lot 19 Section Eight 0.94 Acres Timberlake Subdivision North Clinton
-Ashley D Blackburn, Christi Blackburn, Gary Wayne Blackburn, Mary Jane Blackburn to
Derek Lance Brewington, Angelia Marie Powell- 1.06 Acres Lots 4-5-6 North Clinton
-Leondus Melvin Jr to Lesly Jhohana Arteaga Jacome and Allan Osiel Reyes Murillo- Lot 4
0.39 Acres North Clinton
-TG Edwards to Beverly Shea Bradley and William Thomas Bradley Jr- 3 Tracts Mingo
-Beverly Robinson Johnson, Clara S Robinson, Jeffrey Robinson, Joseph Lloyd Robinson II,
Joseph Robinson Sr Estate, Veronica D Robinson to Rosa Elena Castillo and Jorge Alberto
Castillo Gomez- 5 Acres South River
-Patricia Ann Parker to Jose Miguel-Angel Molina Tabora- 0.50 Acres Sampson
-Southern Produce Distributors Inc to Sampson County- 20.52 Acres Piney Grove
-Sampson County to Southern Produce Distributors In c- 10.86 Acres Piney Grove
-Carolina Land Conservation LLC, Derek Sean Dougherty/MBR/MGR, Derek Sean
Dougherty/MBR/MGR, John L Pressly/MBR/MGR to John L Pressly- Parcel A 47.1 Acres
-Carolina Land Conservation LLC, Derek Sean Dougherty/MBR/MGR, John L Pressly/MBR/
MGR to Derek Sean Dougherty- 62.5 Acres Tract 1 McDaniels
- Nancy W Kovach to Frank Smith Jr- 1.5 Acres Little Coharie
-Matrix Financial Services Corporation to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
of Washington DC- Lot 1 Block B Chrystal Lake Subdivision Section One
-Elizabeth Ann Honeycutt/FKA, Donnie Lee Kennedy, Elizabeth Honeycutt Kennedy to
John Adam Honeycutt- Lot South Clinton
-Fred Julius Pleasant Estate, Teresa Pleasant Wylie/EXR to James Coleman Boykin- 2 Tracts
South River
-Blanche Dawson Casey Estate, Guy Dawson Casey/EXR to Guy Dawson Casey- 3 Lots
North Clinton
-Mary Dale Davis to Donnie Ray Davis Sr- Lot 2 4.81 Acres Halls
-Denise Faison, Denise Fisher/FKA to Marilyn Locklear- 1 Acre Little Coharie
-Secretary of HUD of Washington DC to Sunrise Properties and Rentals LLC- Lots 103 and
104 of the Walter Faison Property
-Sampson Broadcasting Company Inc to Ida Irene Weldon- Lot North Clinton
-Pattie B Rackley to Penny R Grainger and Belinda R Willis- 5 Tracts South Clinton & Turkey
& N Clinton
-Pattie B Rackley to Neil Sherman Rackley- 3 Tracts North Clinton
-SP Forests LLC to IP Realty Holdings LLC- Lot Sampson
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Chamber Chat
With Janna Bass
Let’s celebrate Agriculture as this week as National Ag Day was
this past Wednesday, March 18. As indicated by the Sampson
County Corporative Extension, “Sampson County is one of the
largest and most diverse agricultural counties in North Carolina
with farm income over 1 billion dollars, which ranks number two
in the state. Sampson County’s broad agriculture base has positioned the county as a leader of the industry and was recognized
as the #1 county to farm in the U.S. by “Farm Futures” magazine in
2005. The diverse soils, suitable topography and temperate climate
make the county an idea area for a diverse and productive agricultural industry. With 41 different
agricultural commodities that are commercially produced, agriculture is the largest contributor
to the county’s economy and tax base. The county ranks number one the production of flue cured
tobacco, sweet potatoes, hay, turkeys, vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts (2013). Additionally, the
county ranks number two in the production of hogs and ranks in the top ten in the production
of corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat and beef cattle.”
With agriculture being such an integral part of Sampson County, I am honored to have met
Amy Robinette this past Monday. Amy is the President of the North Carolina Agri-Women organization, an affiliate of American Agri-Women. American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and
agribusiness affiliate organizations throughout the country and are now celebrating their 40th
I am so excited that the North Carolina Chapter is holding an event and meeting here this Saturday, March 21st. Hosted by Performance Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, this “RAMping Up” event
will feature Jason Brown, a former standout in the NFL. Jason will speak about his journey from
the football fields of St. Louis to the sweet potato fields of North Carolina. The event will begin at
10:00am at the Performance Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership (605 Warsaw Road in Clinton). From 10:00am to Noon, anyone that test drives a vehicle; the Performance dealership will
donate $10 towards the 4H livestock program. Around Noon, attendees will enjoy lunch as well
as hear from Jason Brown.
Again, with agriculture being such a vital part of Sampson County, I encourage you to learn more
about this opportunity within our community. Discover more about the event by visiting the
Chamber website at Registration is required.
Let’s Talk Taxes
Staying off the IRS
Radar Screen
By Janet J. Tart, EA
Nothing strikes terror in the heart of the American taxpayer quite like finding a letter in
the mailbox from the IRS! In an effort to help you avoid that unpleasant scenario, provided below are examples of some common pitfalls to avoid if you don’t want the IRS
lining up to be your new pen pal.
It’s surprising how many people mail their returns to the IRS without a signature. Before
mailing, be sure to recheck everything and don’t forget to sign your return. An even
better solution is to file electronically. Returns filed electronically have safeguards and
controls to eliminate common errors. Additionally, the return goes directly to the processing center and the information does not have to be keyed into a computer by an IRS
employee, which could result in additional errors.
Did you remember to include all income on the return? If you received a Form 1099
from anyone, be sure this income is on the return in the right place or you will receive a
notice. Even if you did not receive a 1099 for work done independently, you are required
to report the income. IRS receives copies of 1099s from banks, stock brokerage firms,
rental agencies, and subcontractors and these are checked against income reported.
If you made estimated payments or paid your taxes quarterly, check the amounts and the
dates the taxes were paid. Forgetting to include a payment is a frequent error that makes
your tax burden look heavier. Many people forget to include the January payment, so
keep in mind that the first payment of the year is sent in April, followed by June and
September payments and concluding with the January payment in the following year.
If you file or pay late, you will receive a notice of delinquency and be charged interest
and penalties, so try hard to avoid that. If you can’t pay taxes that are due by April 15, be
sure to file the return on time with a Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, either
electronically or paper filed.
Incorrect social security numbers will generate a notice or a disallowance of your dependents. Don’t mail the return without verifying that all social security numbers have
been entered correctly. Transposing those numbers is more common than you’d think.
A few minutes of extra time reviewing your return will pay off in peace of mind and help
you stay off the IRS radar screen.
Chamber Member of the Week
Congratulations to the Chamber’s Member of the Week, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Inc. Rho Omega Omega Chapter. In 1908, on the campus of Howard University in
Washington, DC, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded as the first sorority. On
November 18, 1989 in Clinton, NC on the campus of Sampson Community College,
the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Rho Omega Omega Chapter was chartered with 15
members to serve Sampson and Bladen Counties. The sorority is listed as the first
Greek lettered organization in the area and has a membership of over 30. Rho Omega
Omega is a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting positive outcomes
for families and communities, forging links with citizens and partnering with local
businesses to stimulate awareness of health issues, encourage and raise funds for
academic scholarships, and promote economic awareness. For more information
about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., please contact Marilyn Powell-Godette at
910-580-0345 or e-mail [email protected] For more information about
the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, please call 910-592-6177, e-mail [email protected] or visit
By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public
Affairs Specialist
in Fayetteville, NC
Spring training for major league baseball teams begins
in March. As you prepare to meet the April 15 deadline
to file your taxes, here are some Social Security tax tips to
help you knock the ball out of the park! Batter up!
If you changed your name due to marriage or divorce, or made another legal
name change, make sure you change your name on your Social Security
records and with your employer. Changing your name on all of your records
will avoid a “mismatch” with our records (which could delay your tax return) and
improper recording of your earnings. To learn more about your Social Security
number and changing your name, go to
You will need Social Security numbers for your children if you want to claim
them as dependents on your tax return. In most cases, parents request a Social
Security number for their newborn child at the hospital when applying for a birth
certificate. If you didn’t apply for a number for your child then, you can apply
at your local Social Security office or by mail. Claiming your dependents will
maximize your tax refund or minimize any amount you owe. To learn more, read
our online publication, Social Security Numbers For Children, available at www.
THIRD BASE (Bases loaded)
If you receive Social Security benefits, you need to pay federal taxes on some of
your benefits if your total income, including Social Security and all of your other
taxable income, is $25,000 or more, and you file federal taxes as an individual.
Married couples filing joint returns need to pay federal taxes on income of
$32,000 or more. To learn more about taxes and your Social Security benefits,
go to
Now that you’re working hard and earning Social Security credits, you can check
your Social Security Statement online. Doing so will ensure that you have all
your bases covered for the years you’ve worked. You can open or access your
personal my Social Security account at
If you own a small business, Social Security has a free electronic filing option that
allows you to prepare and submit W-2s for your employees at www.socialsecurity.
gov/employer. Registering online gives you freedom from paper forms and it’s
free, fast, and secure.
Follow these tips, and cover all your bases. To learn more about Social
Security, visit
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