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Top Stories for Tuesday, November 25th, 2014:


Of The Record Staff

The small building inside Harnett Correctional Institution looks unassuming from the outside, but inside, inmates are getting a chance at a fresh start.

“This has made me a more professional person,” said Brian Brooks, an apprentice with Central Carolina Community College’s barber school program. “I got in this project to better myself, to be more productive.”

The program is run by CCCC and operates in Harnett Correctional, the...

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Managing Editor Seventeen-year-old John Henry Harris was on track to graduate from Overhills High School next year. However, that’s not going to happen. Instead his life was cut short from a yet-to-be explained incident. His father, still reeling from the shock, wants answers.

John John, as he was known by his friends, was with some other people the night of Nov. 14 in the military’s Linden Oaks subdivision in Harnett County when he was fatally injured.


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Reportedly case of mistaken identity.

Charges against a Willow Spring man for his alleged connection to a child pornography ring in western Harnett County have been dropped.

A Superior Court judge dismissed child sex charges against Tommy Keith Wall, 50. The reason, Mr. Wall toldreporters, was due to mistaken identity.

Following the dismissal on the charges — first-degree rape of a child, two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and felony conspiracy —...

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Two men were shot over the weekend in an incident near Erwin.

Onriante Bennet, 19, of Spring Lake and Jaquavious Smith, 21, of Dunn arrived at Betsy Johnson Hospital between 1 and 2 a.m. Saturday. The shooting occurred at a party located on the 5000 block of N.C. 217 outsid Erwin.

Mr. Bennet was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he remains in stable condition. Mr. Smith was released from the hospital Saturday evening.

No arrests have been made so far as the incident...

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Of The Record Staff

The Hall family which grows a variety of crops near Kipling in Harnett County was named as the Harnett County Farm Family of the Year at the annual Farm City Banquet held last week.

The Halls grow soybeans, peanuts, wheat, sorghum, vegetables and corn. In addition to farming, owner Ronnie Hall also has volunteered his time and land on several research plots for both North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of...

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The Newton Grove man who died in a house fire early Saturday morning has been identified.

Family members and neighbors told reporters a short time after the incident that 53-year-old Herman Livy Best did not make it out of the blaze at 614 Juniper Road.

According to a Sampson County Sheriff’s Office press release, fire departments from Halls, Herring, Vans Crossroads, Spivey’s Corner and Newton Gove responded to the fire along with Sampson County EMS around 1 a.m.


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Sports Editor

Julie Hodges of Cape Fear Christian Academy has signed to play softball at Appalachian State.

Hodges pitched at Triton before transferring to CFCA.

Hodges had a 0.33 earned run average last season as the Eagles went 22-4 and finished second in the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs.

She had 109 strikeouts in 84 innings and also had a .500 batting average. Hodges made the NCHSAA All State team.


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From Campbell Media Services

Campbell continues play Wednesday in the Buckeye Classic with a 7:06 p.m. tip-off at nationally- ranked Ohio State.

The Camels opened the Buckeye Classic with a 54-48 setback Saturday at home against Colgate. OSU defeated Sacred Heart 10648 Sunday in its first contest in the exempt event.

Campbell begins a stretch of three consecutive road games and will play five of its next six away from home.

Campbell leads the Big Southin team field...

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