Sampson County, NC


Officials: Paramedic need crucial

A request for six paramedics is poised to go unfilled in a proposed 2021-22 Sampson County budget, a prospect that has brought concerns from emergency officials who voiced the imminent need for the additional personnel. Taylors Bridge Fire Chief Alan Williams spoke to the matter during Monday’s regular Sampson County...

RELEASE: Air Permit Issued for Enviva Pellets Sampson, LLC

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has issued an air permit modification for the Enviva Pellets Sampson facility located in Sampson County. The final permit adds equipment to control emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) from the existing pellet...
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Farm school hits the road

The mobile Farm School on Wheels, a program of the Granit Training Group, is making its presence felt in Sampson and surrounding counties, in conjunction with NC Cooperative Extension resources. Michael B. Hardison | Sampson Independent. An inside look at the classroom in the farm school RV. Michael B. Hardison...
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UNC chancellor visits Sampson, touts vital trips

During a Friday visit to Clinton, UNC Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, right, speaks with Allie Ray McCullen, left, and Sampson County Clerk of Court Chris Fann, center. The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill visited Sampson County last week, part of a continuing goal to get into the state’s towns and visit communities students call home.
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Knowles named top teacher

Ashley Knowles works at her desk in her classroom at Union Middle. The Union Middle School staff doubled its districtwide awards for 2021-22, garnering another Sampson County Schools honor, with Ashley Knowles landing the coveted Teacher of the Year award. Union Middle’s Dr. Theresa Melenas was already selected as Principal...
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Head-on wreck claims Clinton teen, recent grad

A 17-year-old Clinton resident was killed Friday in a head-on collision on U.S. 421 when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a tractor-trailer. The investigation is ongoing into the deadly wreck, the third on Sampson County roadways in less than a week. According to reports, Friday’s fatal collision...
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The ‘Ultimate’ experience

Beautiful entry way to The Ultimate Gallery. One of The Ultimate Gallery’s many customizable floral arrangements. Another assortment put together by Michelle Cooper and Devonte Mathis. Courtesy Photo. A custom-made woodcarving from The Ultimate Gallery. Courtesy Photo. Personalized welcome boards handcrafted by Michelle Cooper. Michael B. Hardison | Sampson Independent.

County taps N.Y.’s Sauer to take EM leadership

Sampson County has selected a longtime New Yorker to fill its Emergency Management Services director position. Richard J. Sauer will take the post, effective July 15. County officials said they were “fortunate to have several quality candidates apply and undergo an extensive screening process” conducted by Developmental Associates, LLC that included an EQ‐i assessment, structured interviews, a written assessment and simulation exercises.
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New library director checks in

The Sampson‐Clinton Public Library System has resumed normal operations this week, including the lead branch at J.C. Holliday Library in Clinton. A Harrells Christian Academy graduate is back on familiar grounds in Sampson County, hired to take the reins of the Sampson-Clinton Public Library System. The county selected Kelsey Edwards...