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ABERDEEN — A registered sex offender with a history of hiding from local authorities is again accused of giving sheriff's deputies the slip.
Daniel Joseph Ketchum Jr., 34, whose last-known address is 189 Batchelor Farm Road south of Aberdeen, was arrested Thursday evening after Moore County deputies say he moved to a new address without noti

Deputies: Sex offender failed to register

ABERDEEN — A registered sex offender with a history of hiding from local authorities is again accused of giving sheriff's deputies the slip. Daniel Joseph Ketchum Jr., 34, whose last-known address is 189 Batchelor Farm Road south of Aberdeen, was arrested Thursday evening after Moore County deputies say he moved to a new address without noti

Clinton insurance salesman on $150,000 win: 'It still hasn't hit me'

RALEIGH – James Eldridge of Clinton plans to use the $150,000 prize he won playing the Joker's Wild game to save for the future. Eldridge scratched off the lucky $5 ticket on Saturday after purchasing it at the Sunset Hop In on Sunset Avenue in Clinton. “When I scratched the ticket, it didn't hit me that I'd won,” Eldridge said.

TAR HEEL VIEW Video gambling crackdown shows state's hypocrisy

Three Alamance County men — two from Burlington, one from Snow Camp — operate sweepstakes places in Gibsonville. Or at least they used to. All three were busted earlier this month by local law enforcement and state agents. The charges involved alleged gambling operations. It's Internet gaming, a kind of video poker. The state calls it

ROCKINGHAM — Piedmont Natural Gas celebrated the unveiling of its new resource center in Rockingham West Industrial Park on Thursday.
The new building replaces the company's former Rockingham resource center and will serve as the new permanent base of operations for Piedmont's local employees.
Piedmont plans to pursue silver or gold-level L

Piedmont Natural Gas opens resource center

ROCKINGHAM — Piedmont Natural Gas celebrated the unveiling of its new resource center in Rockingham West Industrial Park on Thursday. The new building replaces the company's former Rockingham resource center and will serve as the new permanent base of operations for Piedmont's local employees. Piedmont plans to pursue silver or gold-level L

Both varsity basketball teams won their home games against Sun Valley on Tuesday.
The boys' varsity team won their game 59-42. Anson made 17 points to Sun Valley's 8 in the first quarter, and 8 to Sun Valley's 10 in the second quarter, putting Anson ahead 25-18 by halftime. In the third quarter, Anson made 13 points to Sun Valley's 8, while in the

Both varsity basketball teams get wins over Sun Valley

Both varsity basketball teams won their home games against Sun Valley on Tuesday. The boys' varsity team won their game 59-42. Anson made 17 points to Sun Valley's 8 in the first quarter, and 8 to Sun Valley's 10 in the second quarter, putting Anson ahead 25-18 by halftime. In the third quarter, Anson made 13 points to Sun Valley's 8, while in the

The timing couldn't be more perfect for this year's “School Choice Week,” the nationally orchestrated right-wing funded annual public relations extravaganza touting alternatives to traditional public schools, including charters, virtual charters, home schools and — of course — voucher-supported private and religious academie

School choice and accountability

The timing couldn't be more perfect for this year's “School Choice Week,” the nationally orchestrated right-wing funded annual public relations extravaganza touting alternatives to traditional public schools, including charters, virtual charters, home schools and — of course — voucher-supported private and religious academie

Along with other educational leaders across the state, Clinton City Schools Superintendent Stuart Blount received a glimpse of the new report card system for schools recently.
Blount and other city educational officials attended a webinar presented by the Public Schools of North Carolina. The official data is scheduled to be released Feb. 5 after

School system report cards coming soon

Along with other educational leaders across the state, Clinton City Schools Superintendent Stuart Blount received a glimpse of the new report card system for schools recently. Blount and other city educational officials attended a webinar presented by the Public Schools of North Carolina. The official data is scheduled to be released Feb. 5 after

HAMLET — The city of Hamlet has hired Maurice McLaurin as its next parks and recreation director, City Manager Marcus Abernethy announced Thursday.
McLaurin is a Richmond County native and grew up playing sports. He participated in many of Hamlet's recreation programs as a young person, and now, he will be responsible for directing the very

Hamlet names new parks, rec director

HAMLET — The city of Hamlet has hired Maurice McLaurin as its next parks and recreation director, City Manager Marcus Abernethy announced Thursday. McLaurin is a Richmond County native and grew up playing sports. He participated in many of Hamlet's recreation programs as a young person, and now, he will be responsible for directing the very

As the newest member of the Sampson County Board of Education, Kim Schmidlin said she is looking forward to serving the students and educators.
Following an interview process which involved questions from her future colleagues, Schmidlin was selected by them Wednesday night to fill a vacant seat on the board. The position became available after lo

Schmidlin getsthe nod

As the newest member of the Sampson County Board of Education, Kim Schmidlin said she is looking forward to serving the students and educators. Following an interview process which involved questions from her future colleagues, Schmidlin was selected by them Wednesday night to fill a vacant seat on the board. The position became available after lo

Hospital to host insurance forum

HAMLET — Sandhills Regional Medical Center will help area residents learn more about the federal health insurance marketplace and requirements of the Affordable Care Act next week. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Hamlet hospital's main lobby. Most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance under the ACA.

Next Friday at 8 p.m. a musical comedy that has never been performed at the Sampson Community Theatre will make the first of six appearances on the big stage. Chuck Moore will be Gomez Addams while Logan Tart has the role of Morticia Addams. Their children, Wednesday Addams and Pugsley Addams, will be played by Isabella Moore and Zachary Lucas.
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Next Friday at 8 p.m. a musical comedy that has never been performed at the Sampson Community Theatre will make the first of six appearances on the big stage. Chuck Moore will be Gomez Addams while Logan Tart has the role of Morticia Addams. Their children, Wednesday Addams and Pugsley Addams, will be played by Isabella Moore and Zachary Lucas. Ka

HAMLET — For nearly 25 years, Jimmy Brigman has laid down small American flags at the gravesites of his fallen comrades on Memorial Day.
But he hasn't done it completely alone.
Brigman has had to rely on the generosity of his fellow Richmond County residents in order to get it done.
“The government don't issue us no more flags,”

Vet seeks donations for memorial flags

HAMLET — For nearly 25 years, Jimmy Brigman has laid down small American flags at the gravesites of his fallen comrades on Memorial Day. But he hasn't done it completely alone. Brigman has had to rely on the generosity of his fellow Richmond County residents in order to get it done. “The government don't issue us no more flags,”

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Richmond Senior wrestling team were asked for six points or six minutes earlier this month.
They responded by knocking off Pinecrest for the first time in nine years.
Come Saturday, Richmond coach Earl Nicholson will ask for a little more — six points and 30 minutes.
After cruising to a 66-7 win over Scotl

Raiders eye chance to make duals

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Richmond Senior wrestling team were asked for six points or six minutes earlier this month. They responded by knocking off Pinecrest for the first time in nine years. Come Saturday, Richmond coach Earl Nicholson will ask for a little more — six points and 30 minutes. After cruising to a 66-7 win over Scotl

A 34-year-old Sampson County man was arrested earlier this week on felony drug charges stemming from a vehicle stop on Pugh Road.
Patrick David Godbold, of 2159 Autry Hwy., Roseboro, is facing one count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth and possession of a controlled substance on jail premises.

County man faces drug charges

A 34-year-old Sampson County man was arrested earlier this week on felony drug charges stemming from a vehicle stop on Pugh Road. Patrick David Godbold, of 2159 Autry Hwy., Roseboro, is facing one count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth and possession of a controlled substance on jail premises.

CHS, Ford of Clinton to hold basketball fundraiser

Ford of Clinton and the Clinton High School Men's Basketball program are currently running a fundraiser. It is a raffle. Tickets are $10.00 each. If your ticket is drawn on Thursday, February 12, our last home game and Senior Night, and the person makes the shot from a designated spot on the floor, they will win a brand New, 2015 Ford Fusion. If t

What started as a shoplifting investigation at a local business late Wednesday afternoon ended with the arrest of two Cumberland County residents and the discovery of a meth lab at a Clinton motel.
The Sampson Independent learned early this morning that Samantha Charlene Herring, 20, and Stephen James Autry, 34, had been taken into custody and cha

2 jailed after meth lab discovered

What started as a shoplifting investigation at a local business late Wednesday afternoon ended with the arrest of two Cumberland County residents and the discovery of a meth lab at a Clinton motel. The Sampson Independent learned early this morning that Samantha Charlene Herring, 20, and Stephen James Autry, 34, had been taken into custody and cha

Young singer and family grateful for support

To the editor: I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for everyone's support and contributions for my daughter, Raven LaJoy Newton, toward her auditions in Orlando, Florida. She was blessed to have successful auditions that resulted in callbacks from various industry professionals throughout the nation. Raven is 11 years old and is a si

ROCKINGHAM — There is no official name or nickname associated with it, but the second pass through the conference could be called the “Revenge Tour.”
These next two weeks will allow a team to avenge an earlier loss and jockey for position in the standings. This two-week period will also determine the contenders and the pretenders

Richmond seeks 'revenge'

ROCKINGHAM — There is no official name or nickname associated with it, but the second pass through the conference could be called the “Revenge Tour.” These next two weeks will allow a team to avenge an earlier loss and jockey for position in the standings. This two-week period will also determine the contenders and the pretenders

Crimewatch

(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff's Office daily jail report.) Arrests 1/28 - James Curtis Walker, 24, 41 Golden Eagle Lane, Clinton, failure to appear on charges of possession up to 1/2 ounce of marijuana, possession drug

Letters in poor taste should not be printed

To the editor: I'm writing in response to a letter in the “Your View” section of the Richmond County Daily Journal, page 4A, Jan. 16, written by Fred S. Caudle. My name is Dian Griffin Jackson, pastor, Mount Zion United Church of Christ, Rockingham, minister of religious affairs, local chapter of the NAACP and civic leader in the count





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