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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wayne School of Engineering graduates 77

Wayne School of Engineering graduated 77 students Friday evening, among whom were the first two graduates in the history of the school to obtain both a four-year high school diploma and a two-year associate degree. The two students --...

School district human resources director resigns

The human resources director of Wayne County Public Schools for nearly a decade departed abruptly earlier this week, leaving the district tight-lipped and him claiming the reason was to seek "other educational pursuits." Dr. Marvin "Steve" McCoy was named...

Twenty earn diplomas at Wayne Christian graduation

Austin Howell and Tanner Rose raced rolling chairs down a hallway to calm pre-graduation jitters. Blake Floars was worried that a temperamental zipper on his graduation gown wouldn't work -- it didn't, but no one seemed to notice. And...

Faison restaurant closed by state for tax bill

FAISON -- The popular Southern Exposure restaurant was shuttered Tuesday after being seized by the state Department of Revenue for failure to pay state sales tax. According to published reports, the restaurant is nearly $16,000 in arrears on its...

No final numbers on Relay for Life

Relay for Life organizers are still tallying how much was raised from this year's event, held May 15-16 at the fairgrounds. It may be awhile before they have a total, said Brenda Robinson, Wayne County Relay for Life co-chairman....

Memorial Day events planned

Memorial Day ceremonies will be held this afternoon in Mount Olive and Monday morning and afternoon in Goldsboro. The Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition will sponsor the Goldsboro observances. The Mount Olive event is sponsored by VFW Post...

Volunteers place flags to remember heroes

kballard@newsargus.com Kelley Craver paused over the grave of Ralph Ringgold Faison. "Oh sir, thank you," she said. She knelt by his grave and placed a small American flag in front of it. Faison served in both World Wars before passing...

Dillard/Goldsboro alumni gather for fellowship, memories

Hundreds of alumni of Dillard and Goldsboro high schools jammed the streets of south Goldsboro on Saturday to celebrate their 60th annual reunion, with floats, pageant queens and marching bands. The annual Dillard-Goldsboro reunion drew graduates from all over...

DGDC says more than 30 new businesses have opened downtown

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. is letting its community know -- 37 new businesses have opened downtown since the start of Streetscape in 2012. The organization says that the new businesses that have opened within the Municipal Service District...

Local Government Commission tells city its fund balance is too low

Goldsboro received a letter from the North Carolina Local Government Commission on Monday warning the city that its available fund balance, as of the 2013-14 fiscal year audit, did not have enough funds to support current city operations. Finance...

Central/Eastern Wayne alumni gather to see old friends

Graduates of Central High School and Eastern Wayne High gathered Saturday to see old friends and to celebrate their alma maters as alumni held their annual reunion this weekend. "It's like a family reunion, basically," said Chandra Williams, who...

Friday, May 22, 2015

Up first for Class of 2015: Wayne Early Middle College High School

PRINCETON -- Arlin Castellanos was only 2 years old when his father moved the family from Honduras to the United States for a shot at the American dream. That dream came true Thursday night as Arlin walked across the stage...

Up first for Class of 2015: Wayne Country Day School

The 44th commencement exercise at Wayne Country Day School on Thursday night was rife with milestones -- not just for the students receiving diplomas but the school family. "This will be our last time graduating on property," Headmaster Todd...

GHS/Dillard alumni set to gather

Thousands of alumni of Dillard/Goldsboro High and Central/Eastern Wayne High will gather this weekend in Goldsboro to renew friendships and celebrate homecoming. The annual reunions of the Dillard/Goldsboro High alumni association and the Central/Eastern Wayne alumni association start today...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

City woman charged in check crime

A Goldsboro woman charged with stealing and forging checks and cashing them at various locations around the county is in custody today after Wayne County Sheriff's deputies found her camping in the woods off Overman Road. Her boyfriend, wanted...

Ready for class: Board visits new schools

Wayne County Public Schools held two celebration ceremonies Wednesday at the district's newest middle schools, currently under construction in Grantham and Spring Creek and slated to open in the fall. "Top off celebrations" were held at the district's "energy-positive...

Guns, cash stolen from house

An assortment of rifles, handguns and shotguns are on the street this morning following a residential break-in that took place while the homeowner was out of town. Thirty-six pocket watches and $17,700 in cash were also reported stolen. The...

Computer system on tap for DSS

Wayne County commissioners on Tuesday balked at the initial cost of $1,353,136 and then $153,740 annually for each of the following four years for support services for a new hardware and recordkeeping software system for the Department of Social...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

County finalizes pay plan

Three of seven Wayne County commissioners expressed reservations about switching to a merit-based pay plan based on employee evaluations out of concern that it could become a "buddy and friend" system. However, Commissioners John Bell, Ed Cromartie and Joe...

Locals set to honor fallen

Nearly 4,000 small American flags will be placed on veterans' graves Saturday as Wayne County prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, said Bill Graham of the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition. Observances will be held in Goldsboro and Mount...

Tassel turners

The first round of high school graduations are upon us, as five private and alternate schools kick off the season with ceremonies starting this week. Commencements start Thursday evening with two ceremonies planned. Wayne Country Day School will graduate...

Goldsboro High School conducts 'signing day'

Goldsboro High School counselor Jason Willoughby wanted to generate student interest in planning for the future, so he took a page from what is often done for athletes who receive college scholarships. Traditionally, once a standout player is wooed...

Garbage collection guidelines change

When it comes to garbage trucks, it's out with the old and in with the new -- rules and regulations included. As automated garbage trucks are implemented throughout the city, updates to routes and rules regarding placement of garbage...

Icing down

With the weather heating up, some are preparing for a busy summer season, especially workers at businesses that offer cooler treats....

Twenty-five graduate from Junior Leadership program

Twenty-five local high school juniors recently graduated from the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership program. An outgrowth of the Wayne County Leadership program, the student version was introduced in 1999. Each year, high school juniors are selected...

Inmate found dead in cell

KENANSVILLE -- An investigation is being conducted into the death of a Duplin County Jail inmate found hanging in his jail cell Tuesday. No foul play is suspected. Anthony Ray Baker, 36, was found hanging in the shower of...

Crime of the week

On May 15, officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of Prince Avenue regarding a break-in. Once on scene they spoke with the reporting party who stated the residence was secure on May...

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