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Sampson County News

Family owned vineyard offers free 'Grapes to Glass' winemaking class

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For more than a decade Jesse & Frances Bullard have been growing a piece of North Carolina history, muscadine grapes. Nine years ago the vineyard at Quarter-Shy Farm was open to the public giving people the opportunity to pick their own grapes. Full story...
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This Day In NC History: A Hollerin’ Contest in Sampson County

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The contest is the product of the farm culture of the Sandhills region. Before the advent of the telephone, yelling loudly, or hollering, was the primary way farmers and neighbors communicated in rural North Carolina. As new technologies made communication easier, the practice began to disappear. Full story...
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Feds investigate trucking company after 7-year-old killed in hit and run

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A North Carolina trucking company is under federal investigation two days after one of its drivers was charged with hitting and killing a seven-year-old girl getting off her school bus. Full story...
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Mother, aunt saw girl hit, killed by log truck

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video The aunt of Alyiah McKenzie Morgan, 7, says she and the girl's mother were waiting for the first grader to get off the bus yesterday in front of their home on US 421 as they did every day. The aunt tells WWAY they saw Aliyah get off the bus. They also heard a log truck coming down the road and tried to yell to Aliyah not to cross the road, but it was too late. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Trooper says driver charged in fatal hit-and-run also faces DWI charge

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videoA Sampson County man is in jail charged with allegedly hitting and killing a girl with a loaded log truck as she got off her school bus yesterday afternoon. Full story...
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NC warden suspended after alleged hot sauce abuse

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video The warden at a North Carolina prison where inmates said they were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. Full story...
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Wilmington-based ethanol-maker gets USDA backing for fuel plant

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A company that wants to turn grass grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel is getting the federal backing it wants to build an ethanol plant. Full story...
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Wilmington teams hit court Monday afternoon

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This will be a light week for hoops in our region, but there will be plenty of basketball action on Monday afternoon at Union High School in Sampson County. Three Wilmington boys basketball teams will be competing. Full story...
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Classmates mourn 8-year-old boy killed in hunting accident

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video An eight-year-old boy died Friday after a hunting accident in Bladen County. Family and friends gathered in Clinton for James Ethan Bartley's funeral today. Meanwhile, his friends at school mourned their classmate. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pro football coach wants special athlete on his team

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video A high school football player with Down syndrome is being offered the chance of a lifetime: to be part of a professional football team. Full story...
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