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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chief: Gangs are in city

Goldsboro police Chief Jeff Stewart admitted Tuesday night that there are nationally recognized street gangs operating in Goldsboro. Speaking after a Goldsboro Partners Against Crime call-in, at which 14 violent offenders were cautioned to change their ways or to...

Local dad, daughter make finals in dance contest

Thanks to viewers of one of the most popular morning shows in the nation -- and the Goldsboro and Wayne County residents who took to the Internet to cast votes -- a 4th Fighter Wing airman and his little girl...

Aid, with strings

The Salvation Army of Wayne County is not just handing out fish anymore. Learning how to fish is part of the assistance -- and the requirements -- too. Capt. Kenny Igleheart said the organization is still helping families and...

Mail is stolen from city dental offices

Nine mailboxes outside the offices at Wayne Dental Center, 2300 Wayne Memorial Drive, were pried open and robbed Sunday. Dr. Dwight Smith, a dentist at the facility, which houses several practices, said a crowbar likely was used to force...

Beak Week is coming to city this September

Goldsboro residents are in for a "hen of a good time" as the first Beak Week Festival kicks off Sunday, Sept. 7. The weeklong series of events is aimed at celebrating the local poultry industry, one of the largest...

Free fitness

Diamond George stands before a Wayne County juvenile court charged with assaulting a teacher. The judge asks if she feels any remorse. The 11-year-old, uncertain, glances around the courtroom. "No," she answers. "I just shook my head," Tricia Haigler...

Peggy Tate is honored for her volunteer work

A lot of people are glad Peggy Tate learned more about Medicare than she ever imagined she would need to know. And they often express that appreciation with hugs. Those hugs and the satisfaction of being able to help others...

Fremont officials eyeing change in town

FREMONT -- The town of Fremont will soon be getting something of a facelift after several decisions were made by the Small Town Economic Prosperity committee at a meeting Tuesday night. Following a presentation by Judy Hills on the results...

Crime of the Week

On Monday, Aug. 25, at approximately 10:20 p.m., employees of the Sky Light Mini Mart located at 720 East Ash Street reported two black males entered the store, displayed a handgun at them, struck one employee with the handgun and...

Marijuana seized during drug bust

A member of an alleged outlaw motorcycle club operating in Wayne County has been arrested as the result of a joint drug investigation conducted by local and federal law enforcement agencies. Anthony Kirk Phillips, 43, 1200 Old Grantham Road,...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Victim from fire identified; help set for teen

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross has reached out to the 12-year-old boy injured in a house fire that claimed the life of his mother Monday. Sharon Kascsak, 51, 133 Bass Lake Drive, was killed when...

Killer up for parole again

Goldie Jones ministered to her killer. The Goldsboro woman met him while volunteering with a prison ministry. On parole from a 12-year sentence for an attempted rape conviction, Garfield Noah Prevette kidnapped, bound and gagged and sexually abused the...

Dancers named for annual fundraiser

Fifteen people and five dance studios have signed on for the fourth annual Dancing Stars of Wayne County fundraiser for education, planned for Oct. 17 at the Paramount Theatre. A kick-off meeting to introduce the participants was held Wednesday...

Ready for her close-up

Some showed up to wish a former student well. Others wanted to support a friend. And beauty queens of all ages were eager to meet the young lady who currently possesses the state's top crown. Friends, family members and...

Officials say number of students down

Officials with Wayne County Public Schools reported 108 fewer students enrolled on the first day of classes Monday than the same time last year, and announced that one school opening had been delayed until later this week. The district's...

Gunmen escape store with money

A pair of gunmen entered the Skylight Mini Mart, 720 E. Ash St., at 10:16 p.m. Monday and robbed the business. Two people were assaulted. According to a Goldsboro police report, the robbery took just four minutes. Timothy James...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Man, 24, shot in robbery, assault

An Albertson man is recovering at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville today after he was shot in the leg during a robbery and attempted kidnapping Sunday. The incident unfolded between 2 and 4 a.m., according to a Goldsboro police...

Traffic shift starts today on eastern portion of bypass

Beginning today, traffic will be permanently shifted onto a newly built bridge and roadway of U.S. 13 between A&K Farm Road and Saulston Road. The new road and bridge are part of the U.S. 70 Bypass section that connects...

First bells ring

The school year officially began today for students and staff in Wayne County Public Schools, with the typical adjustments, said Ken Derksen, director of communication services. All 29 district schools got off to a good start this morning, he...

SJAFB dad and daughter place in video contest

A 4th Fighter Wing airman and his little girl will be featured on national television Tuesday morning. 4th Maintenance Group Tech. Sgt. Aron Lee and his daughter have been named finalists in the "Good Morning America Daddy/Daughter Dance Off" and...

Child survives morning fire

A Dudley woman is dead and a 12-year-old boy is being treated for injuries after a fire broke out in a mobile home in Dudley early this morning. The fire took place at a mobile home park on Bass...

Sharing their very first day at school

Bella Franklin woke up just a little excited, and a bit nervous, this morning -- and so, too, did her mom, Mary. After all, both of them were preparing for "first days." For Mary, today is her first day...

Goldsboro Partners Against Crime to hold call-in Tuesday night

The Goldsboro Police Department and a community alliance known as Goldsboro Partners Against Crime will hold their quarterly call-in at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers inside historic City Hall Tuesday. As a condition of their probation, violent...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wayne Montessori School's new chief sets sights on growth

Wayne Montessori School has a new headmaster. Faith Seiglie, who has 23 years of experience, has begun her role as the school's new leader, with an eye to helping it move into an even more successful future. "Montessori education...

'Blue Suede' kickoff for United Way

A firecracker exploded at United Way of Wayne County's kickoff concert Friday at the Paramount Theatre. And not the kind you usually see in the sky on July 4th either. This particular sparkler was Ann Minkler, 63, a diehard...

Sting nets arrest in theft from cell tower

A Pikeville man was charged with felony possession of stolen goods after an undercover investigation linked him to the theft of more than $81,000 in equipment from the area near a cell phone tower. Joseph Conrad Cerny was arrested...

University of Mount Olive tassels turned

MOUNT OLIVE -- Shouts of joy pierced the air Saturday afternoon as students' families and friends cheered on University of Mount Olive's most recent batch of alumni. This round of graduates were part of Mount Olive's 61st commencement --...

September blood drive schedule

Here is the September blood drive schedule for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross: * Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at O'Berry Center. * Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at...

Salvation Army planning fall bazaar for September

To provide a unique shopping experience and to help the needy of Wayne County, the Salvation Army of Wayne County is holding its third annual fall bazaar fundraiser. It will be held Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2...

Norwayne alumni reunion set for Aug. 29-31

Norwayne Alumni & Friends will celebrate its 42nd reunion on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-Aug. 31. This year's theme is "Lion Pride, Keeping the Golden Dream Alive." Activities will begin with a social at 7 p.m. on Friday at...

Mount Olive chamber planning reverse drawing

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Reverse Raffle Fundraising Dinner Sept. 16 at the Wayne Shrine Club in Dudley. The cost is $100 per couple. There are only 200 tickets available....

Police chief says shortfall no cause for worry

Goldsboro police Chief Jeff Stewart says that although city police officers have been busy this year -- 28 people have been shot in the city since January -- a manpower shortage has in no way affected the department's ability...

Deadline for Arts Council of Wayne grant submission is Sept. 12

The Arts Council of Wayne County is taking applications for the 2014-15 Regional Artist Project Grants. The program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and 29 local arts councils throughout eastern North Carolina, including...

Daniels and Daniels has low bid on veterans cemetery

sherring@newsargus.com A Goldsboro company submitted the low bid for the construction of the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery to be built on Long's Plant Farm Road east of Goldsboro. However, approval of the bid and contractor is not expected for...

Bus report: New transportation director put safety as top priority

After three years of declining bus maintenance state inspection scores, Wayne County Public Schools officials decided to make a change, thinking a new leader might bring a new focus on the problem and, perhaps, a solution. New transportation director...

Actor from 'Sound of Music' to discuss role at fundrasier

bbarclay@newsargus.com Dan Truhitte will probably be best known for playing "Rolf" in "The Sound of Music," but it was a role he hated. The actor will talk about how he got the part and give some behind-the-scenes stories about the...

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