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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weather spotter training offered at WCC

Wayne Community College will host training for potential volunteer severe weather spotters on Sept. 28, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. The National Weather Service will provide its SKYWARN® training, which is free and open to the public. Pre-registration...

Big Sweep starts today

People will be out in full force for two weeks beginning today picking up trash around the county during the 2016 Wayne Big Sweep. Anyone can help clean, said local coordinator Barbara Byers. It could be a business, civic...

Verizon seeks to add store in city

Verizon Wireless is interested in adding a second store in the city at the Shoppes of Goldsboro near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.C. 581. Site plans for a 3,000-square-foot, single-story retail building will be reviewed by the...

'Justice for Tiya Prayer Walk'

Community members walk Saturday morning in the "Justice for Tiya Prayer Walk" that started at Dillard Middle School. Atiya Maddox was shot to death in late July and police are still seeking clues that might lead to a suspect in...

Safety and fun

The 18th annual KidsFest kicked off Saturday at Berkeley Mall, and families had more than just fun. They learned how to be safe in their community. Sponsored by the Wayne County Health Department and the Goldsboro Fire Department, the event...

Goldsboro Milling Company celebrates 100 years

Goldsboro Milling Company celebrated it's 100th anniversary Saturday with nearly 450 guests and a mack truck cake to cut. A large white tent shaded guests at 938 Millers Chapel Road, where the president of Goldsboro Milling, Gordon Maxwell, sliced the...

Fair to kick off this week

DUDLEY -- A new 108-foot tall gondola Ferris wheel will tower over the 68th annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair that opens its 10-day run Thursday afternoon. But for those not interested in a bird's-eye view of the fair, there...

Aircraft catches fire at SJAFB

An F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft caught on fire at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday morning. According to SJAFB public affairs, the airplane's jet fuel starter exhaust caught on fire around 11:05 a.m. Friday. The jet fuel starter is a...

Tractor ride event raises money for Cures for the Colors

MOUNT OLIVE -- Friends and families gathered at the M.F. McCullen Jr. farm at 2616 N.C. 55 East Saturday morning for the second annual Eastern Carolina Tractor Ride, in support of the Cures for the Colors. Hosted by the...

East Carolina receives high rating by U.S. News & World Report

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University ranks in the top tier of national universities in a new listing by U.S. News & World Report. In the magazine's 2017 "Best Colleges" guide released online earlier this month, ECU is ranked 210, tied...

Sit, Rover, sit: Class teaches pooches some basic obedience

Carolyn Mitchell's 5-month-old yorkie, Lexi, saw an opportunity to run -- and run she did. "My husband and I were chasing her down the road," Mrs. Mitchell said. "That was quite scary." To keep this from happening again, Mrs. Mitchell...

DGDC honors Carolina Pine

A game-changer who challenged traditional downtown business concepts was recognized Friday with the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp.'s most prestigious award. The Carolina Pine Country Store, owned by Kathy Cornelison, captured the DGDC 2016 Outstanding Business of the Year Award....

Council to talk street paving

The Goldsboro City Council recessed its Sept. 19 meeting and will reconvene Monday night. The council will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 214 N. Center St. The council does not have a set...

Meeting highlights ongoing projects

Members of the Base/Community Council Thursday morning were updated on ongoing projects in Goldsboro, Wayne County and on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen, Wayne County Commission Chairman Joe Daughtery, Col. Brian Armstrong, vice commander of...

African Children's Choir concert to be Oct. 2

The African Children's Choir will be in concert at The Lord's Table on Parkway Drive at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. The program will feature well-loved children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fire breaks out at El Texano Family Restaurant

PIKEVILLE -- A fire broke out in the kitchen at El Texano Family Restaurant in Pikeville Saturday afternoon. The fire began in the exhaust hood in the kitchen of the restaurant, said Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Fire Department assistant chief Jared McPhail."Everything is...

Friday, September 23, 2016

'Verses and Vittles': If God was a gumball

"For I the Lord do not change." -- Malachi 3:6 When our girls were small, just about everywhere we went they had those gumball machines. Back then you could put in a nickel or a dime, maybe even a penny,...

Invention eliminates need to gig flounder

MOUNT OLIVE -- David Turner's newly patented invention could revolutionize the way flounder fishing operates -- for good. Rather than stabbing flounder with a multi-pronged gig and throwing them back in the water because they do not meet the size...

Three arrested for drug possession

Three men were arrested Thursday after a traffic stop when deputies found heroin, cocaine and a firearm inside the vehicle.The Wayne County REACT Team stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. K-9 Ory alerted the deputies conducting the stop to...

Woman pleads guilty in worker's death

Tahisha Duckett, 30, pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle in Wayne County Superior Court Thursday in the 2015 death of William "Grey" Bailey. Mrs. Duckett will serve a 64- to 84-month active sentence in prison. She has...

Justice for Tiya Prayer Walk slated for Saturday

A Justice for Tiya Prayer Walk is planned Saturday in support of a 19-year-old who was fatally shot in July. Everlena Eason, organizer of an earlier prayer walk in late July, said the effort needs to continue as many...

Arnold Jones' trial set for Oct. 17

Wayne County Superior Court Judge Arnold O. Jones' trial on charges of allegedly bribing an FBI task force officer to obtain copies of text messages between his wife and another man is set to begin on Oct. 17 in...

Wreck on N.C. 111 South sends one to hospital

A three car wreck on N.C. 111 South near St. John's Church Road Thursday afternoon just before 3:30 p.m. sent one person to the hospital and left one car as a total loss. According to North Carolina State Highway Patrolman...

Man charged with stealing tools

A Mount Olive man has been charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in the theft of power tools, lawn and garden equipment and a power washer. Jonathan Wayne Merritt, 58, has been charged with one count each of...

Man charged with stealing rifle

A Goldsboro man allegedly stole a man's rifle, sold it to Four Seasons Sports on Ash Street and was arrested for possessing stolen firearms and crack cocaine. A lieutenant with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of...

Man allegedly assaults woman

A man allegedly damaged a woman's vehicle and then struck her in the side of the head Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to a police report. Less Williams, 37, of 414 S. Wooten St., LaGrange, allegedly damaged the drivers door...

Deputy assaulted during traffic stop

A Wayne County sheriff's deputy was assaulted during a DWI traffic stop in Seven Springs, according to an incident report filed with the sheriff's office Wednesday. According to the report, the incident happened Sept. 17 around 2 a.m. on Indian...

Artist to be featured in LaGrange

On Sunday Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. pastor Ray Teague will be the featured artist at the LaGrange Art Center located at 102 W. Railroad St., LaGrange. Teague serves LaGrange and Institute United Methodist Churches and has lived...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Woman pleads guilty in death of William Bailey

Tahisha Duckett, 30, pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle in Wayne County Superior Court today in the 2015 death of William "Grey" Bailey.Mrs. Duckett will serve a 64 to 84 month active sentence in prison. She has been credited...

Man arrested in tool theft

A Mount Olive man has been charged today by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in the theft of power tools, lawn and garden equipment and a power washer.Jonathan Wayne Merritt, 58, streets of Mount Olive, has been charged with one...

WCC offers 'NC Fast' training

Wayne Community College is responding to the implementation of a new eligibility and benefits system in county Division of Social Services (DSS) Offices, by offering courses for potential employees. WCC is joining the state's 57 community colleges in providing universal,...

Sex offender law to be enforced at Wayne fair

esmith@newsargus.com A new North Carolina sex offender law will affect the Wayne County Regional Agricultural Fair this year. Recent changes were made to North Carolina General Statute 14-208.18, which delineates places where it is unlawful for a sex offender to...

Veteran leader questions Trump's fitness

KENANSVILLE -- A veteran leader Tuesday called into question the qualifications and temperament of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Former Delta Force Deputy Commander Col. (Ret.) Earl Atkinson made his comments Tuesday afternoon during a press conference outside the...

Foundation of WCC recognizes two instructors

The Foundation of Wayne Community College presented Distinguished Chair awards to two instructors Wednesday afternoon during its annual campus fund drive kick-off. Each fall, the assembly is an opportunity for faculty and staff to gather and generate interest supporting...

Home2 Suites to open after renovation project

A complete overhaul of the Goldsboro Suites along U.S. 70 is planned to continue through the end of the year before the hotel reopens as a Home2 Suites by Hilton. The building roof will start coming off next week,...

EMS worker allegedly assaulted by patient

A teenager allegedly punched an EMS worker in the face while being treated after he was reportedly found unconscious. Gabriel Brody Carter, 19, of 1603 Cuyler Best Road B3, reportedly refused treatment when he woke up from being unconscious....

Fire set at Rosewood Middle

esmith@newsargus.com A fire was set at Rosewood Middle School over the weekend and there are currently no suspects in the case. According to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office this week, someone called the sheriff's office Monday...

DGDC to hold annual banquet

rmoore@newsargus.com The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. will have its annual dinner and award ceremony Friday at the Goldsboro Event Center due to the possibility of rain. The event was originally planned to be on the front lawn of the Goldsboro...

County hires new assistant manager

"I had discussed with you all about the possibility of hiring an interim county manager while we advertise for that position," Wood told the board. Ponder will work with the county between 90 and 120 days and will be paid...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wreck causes injuries, slowing traffic on N.C. 111

A car flipped and landed upside down on N.C. 111 near Stoney Creek Church Road early this morning, sending the driver and passenger to the hospital and reducing traffic to one lane for more than an hour.According to North Carolina...

Head-on collision sends two to hospital

A head-on collision between a white Ford Explorer and a red Volkswagen Jetta on Salem Church Road near Belfast Road early Tuesday morning sent two people to the hospital.North Carolina Highway Patrolman J.T. Creech said the driver of the Jetta,...

Trump attracts thousands to Duplin County for rally

KENANSVILLE -- A boisterous crowd of nearly 6,000 people packed the Duplin County Events Center to hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday. Outside the venue, thousands more gathered around the building, straining to catch part of his...

Court upholds conviction of Metzger

The North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Gary Metzger Tuesday for the 2011 strangulation death of his adopted sister, Jean Hubbard. Metzger, who received a life sentence, appealed his conviction in October of 2014,...

Scenes from downtown

Walnut Street received some dramatized love over the weekend. The fourth season of the "Lovers Lane" web series partially filmed downtown Goldsboro on Saturday, and the show's producer and director, Karlton Clay, couldn't be more proud of the cast and...

KidsFest slated for this Saturday at Berkeley Mall

KidsFest will take place at Berkeley Mall this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with law enforcement and first responders on scene to educate children and their families about fire, safety and health in a fun and safe...

Two charged in theft of gasoline

Two people were charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for stealing gasoline Monday night just after 9 p.m. According to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Dillon Ellis Myers, 24, of 909 Chestnut St., Fremont,...

Fremont deeds property to group

The Fremont Board of Aldermen formally handed over a property lot to non-profit organization Renewal Place at their meeting Tuesday evening, the latest in a series of steps to allow the organization to build additional housing for low-income people...

Crime of the week

On Aug. 28, a resident of Goldsboro reported leaving their wallet in their unsecured vehicle in the 1600 Block of East Mulberry Street onthe evening of Aug. 27. On Aug. 28, the resident discovered their wallet had been stolen and...

Zoning request garners concern

A proposed event center in a residential area along Leslie Street raised concerns from a group of neighbors during Monday night's Goldsboro City Council meeting. Property owner Patrick Gallagher is asking city officials for a conditional-use permit to operate...

Trump rallies crowd in Kenansville

KENANSVILLE -- A boisterous crowd of nearly 6,000 people packed the Duplin County Events Center to hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday. Outside the venue, thousands more crowded around the building, straining to catch part of his speech...

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