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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Eastern Wayne Middle students return to class after reports of smoke

Students were evacuated to the gym at Eastern Wayne Middle School after people inside the building thought they smelled smoke following a lightning strike, officials at the scene said. Around 10 a.m., the Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a call about...

Eastern Wayne students evacuated to gym after lightning strike

Wayne County Public Schools spokesperson Ken Derksen confirmed Eastern Wayne Middle School students in the school's two-story building were evacuated to the gym this morning due to smoke. Officials at the scene believe the smoke was caused by a lightning...

Fair begins today

DUDLEY -- There will be plenty of food, carnival rides, games, exhibits and entertainment when the 68th annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair launches its 10-day run this afternoon at 4 p.m. But at its heart, the fair is all about...

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base leaders highlight close ties to community

For the nearly 100 people who gathered Wednesday morning to hear about the state of the military, in particular that of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the message was clear -- a key component to the base's strength is...

Governor increases reward for murder tips

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed Deyelle Morrisey near 300 Rollingwood Drive on Nov. 23, 2015 -- a case...

Man charged in hit and run

Goldsboro police say the man who allegedly killed Windom Levi Elliot in a hit-and- run accident Saturday night is now in custody. Larry Donnell Miller, 41, of 209 Dillard St., turned himself in to police after officers were able...

DGDC up for Main Street award

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. has been named as a semifinalist for a first-ever national Main Street award. Goldsboro is one of 10 cities in the running for the Great American Main Street Award that will be announced May...

C.B. Aycock advances in 'Best in Class Challenge'

Charles B. Aycock High School is one of five schools to earn enough online votes to advance in the Quaker State "Best in Class Challenge." Fifty-five schools across the nation were vying for the opportunity, with CBA one of...

Five-car wreck sends one to hospital

A five-car wreck on Wayne Memorial Drive near New Hope Road Wednesday around 4:50 p.m. sent one person to the hospital and slowed traffic for more than an hour and a half. The wreck happened when a red Ford...

Flash flood warning for areas in Wayne County

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a flash flood warning for Wayne County until 12:15 p.m.At 9:19 a.m., Doppler radar indicated heavy showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area.Up to 2 inches of rain have...

Man charged in fatal hit and run

Goldsboro police say the man who allegedly killed Windom Levi Elliot in a hit and run Saturday night is now in custody. Larry Donnell Miller, 41, of 209 Dillard St., turned himself in to police after officers were able to...

Five-car wreck sends one to hospital

A five-car wreck on Wayne Memorial Drive near New Hope Road Wednesday around 4:50 p.m. sent one person to the hospital and slowed traffic for more than an hour and a half. The wreck happened when a Ford Explorer driven...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Governor offers reward for information in 2015 killing of 15-year-old

Gov. Pat McCrory announced today the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever murdered Deyelle Morrisey near 300 Rollingwood Drive on Nov. 23, 2015 -- a case that...

Two men arrested after two high-speed chases in Mount Olive

A man eluded police twice Sunday, resulting in two high-speed chases in Mount Olive.According to the Mount Olive Police Department, Nathaniel Bruce Britt, 29, of Albertson, was driving a black Dodge van east on Park Avenue when an officer followed...

J.D. Evans portrait unveiled at library

MOUNT OLIVE -- Putting a face with a name is not the usual expression. But the J.D. Evans Community Room received a face when a portrait of the late Evans was unveiled at Steele Memorial Library Tuesday, Sept. 20. "A...

Fun Day in the Park Saturday afternoon

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Fun Day in the Park from 4 to 6  p.m. Saturday at Westbrook Park, 210 Westbrook St. It is being co-sponsored by The Bridge church, Mount Olive...

Calypso firefighters to hold auction

CALYPSO -- The Calypso Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual auction Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. The event raises money to fund the volunteer fire department's general fund, as there is no fire district tax for the area. The...

A day for heroes

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church recognized local heroes during its 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Sept. 11, on the 15 anniversary of 9/11. Local heroes -- law enforcement and first-responders -- were addressed by Mount Olive...

Men of FIC gives book bags to schools

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Middle School Principal Tammy Keel, right, accepts a donation of book bags filled with school supplies from members of the Men of Faith, Integrity and Character, from left, Al Southerland, Vernon Lee, Charlie Galloway and...

'Verses and Vittles': Cutting toenails

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged." -- Matthew 7:1 When I married my husband in 1953, I inherited a job right away. It was cutting his toenails. His mother cut them before me. I always thought...

Syringe in bra, meth lead to charges

MOUNT OLIVE -- A woman allegedly hid methamphetamine in her mouth, two syringes in her pocket and one syringe in her bra Sunday in Mount Olive. A report from the Mount Olive Police Department said Kathy Harper Letchworth, 43,...

Wayne Community College board talks project slowdown

Requests from the state to make the proposed Advanced Manufacturing Center more energy efficient sparked debate Tuesday night among the Wayne Community College board of trustees, who were concerned about potential slowdowns to the project. The former Cooper Bussmann...

City hires new tourism director

A marketing and sales professional with local ties has been hired as the Goldsboro travel and tourism director. Ashlin Glatthar, the director of sales and marketing for the Hampton Inn and Best Western Plus hotels in Goldsboro, will start...

Building the fair

A crewman assembles a popular carousel ride at the Wayne Regional Fairgrounds. The fair opens Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday, Oct. 8. Exhibit and contest submissions are being taken in today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday morning...

Parents raise issue of school's funding

Roughly 40 people met with attorney Glenn Barfield at Wayne Preparatory Academy Tuesday night for about three hours about concerns regarding the school's finances and the school's board of directors, whom Barfield represents. Several parents raised concerns about millions...

Two are charged in sale of drugs

A man and a woman were arrested last Wednesday after a traffic stop on N.C. 111 South and Spring Bank Road during which officers located 9 ounces of cocaine with a street value of $25,200. The Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug...

Council approves streets paving list

The Goldsboro City Council approved its first list of city streets slated for repaving if voters approve a $7 million bond referendum in November. The list was approved Monday in an effort to provide information to city residents prior...

Illuminating the darkness

KINSTON -- Robert Lawrence Jr. spends a moment squinting at the dark canvas before him. He slips on his glasses and cocks his head to the side. With a few strokes from his brush, dipped in his choice of...

Board tables rezoning request

A change in the appearance of a heavily wooded area along Thoroughfare Road prompted the Goldsboro Planning Commission Monday to table a rezoning request tied to a proposed solar farm. Planning Commission member Glenn Barwick said he was concerned...

Eighteen violent criminals attend GPAC call-in

There will come a time for many people when they must make a choice that will determine the course of their lives and the lives of their loved ones. For the 18 violent criminals who attended Tuesday night's Goldsboro Partners...

Paws and Pumpkins slated for Oct. 15

Furever Paws will have a fundraiser Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Paws and Pumpkins dog adoption and fall event will be held at Waynesborough Park. There will be entertainment, drawings for prizes, face painting and...

Crime of the week

On Friday, Sept. 16, around 3 p.m., a woman reported that she was robbed at gunpoint by two unknown black men at her home in the 400 block of Virginia Street. The men took money from the victim and fled...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Two face cocaine charges

A man and a woman were arrested last Wednesday after a traffic stop on N.C. 111 South and Spring Bank Road during which officers located 9 ounces of cocaine with a street value of $25,200. The Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Task...

Man arrested for drugs after traffic stop

A traffic stop on Sept. 23 resulted in a Goldsboro man being arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to a press release from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.Charles Albert Stephens, 37, of 130 Vanderbilt Circle, was stopped...

Business owners press DOT about signs

Local business owners Monday morning pressed state Department of Transportation officials for prompt action on installing business logo signs near interchanges on the new U.S. 70 Bypass, saying they are suffering as traffic passes them by. They, along with Wayne...

Arrest made in 1987 case

Police say a DNA-match and other evidence led to the arrest of a Goldsboro man Friday in connection with a cold case that dates back nearly 30 years. Sylvester Earl Braswell, 52, of 1903 Palm St., will now answer...

Primary care location to open in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- A new primary care physician's office is scheduled to open Oct. 31 in the now closed medical office building on U.S. 117 North in Pikeville. Wayne Memorial Hospital has leased the building from Eastern Medical Associates, said Louis...

Candidates take the floor during forum

GRANTHAM -- Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones raised his right hand Monday night as he asked the crowd of nearly 50 gathered for a candidates forum if they knew about his "situation." His opponent, Will Bland, pointed out that...

Pikeville restaurant damaged by fire

PIKEVILLE -- A fire broke out in the kitchen at El Texano Family Restaurant in Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Saturday afternoon. Pikeville-Pleasantville Grove and Belfast firefighters arrived after they received a call around 5:45 p.m., Pikeville Fire Department assistant chief Jared McPhail...

Delivery truck backs into woman's car

No one was injured Monday afternoon when a flatbed delivery truck backed into a woman's car at 1908 Stephens Court. The wreck occurred at around 4 p.m., as the driver of the Sunbelt Rentals truck was backing out of the...

Arnold Jones pleads not guilty

WILMINGTON -- District 8-B Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones II was arraigned in federal court Monday and entered a not guilty plea on all three charges brought against him in a federal indictment. A federal indictment against Jones for allegedly...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wilson man charged for possession of methamphetamine

A man was arrested for the possession of methamphetamine by the Goldsboro and Wayne County REACT Team after a traffic stop Friday. Alston Clifton Bass, 20, of 7825 Tedder Road in Wilson was charged with possession of methamphetamine after the REACT...

Police arrest man in 1987 rape case thanks to DNA, modern methods

A Goldsboro man was arrested Friday and charged in a rape case which had gone unsolved since 1987, according to a press release from the Goldsboro police department. Sylvester Earl Braswell, 52, of 1903 Palm St., was charged for the nearly...

Taste of Wayne returns Oct. 8

It's almost that time again for tasting some of the mouthwatering foods that Wayne County restaurants have to offer. The 26th annual Taste of Wayne will take place Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the block...

The Bridge goes to Mount Olive

The Bridge Church is adding a third location next month in Mount Olive. The "portable church" concept will be introduced on the campus of the University of Mount Olive, using the Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall. Planting a...

Shriners fish fry is Friday

The Wayne Shrine Club's fall fish fry will be held Friday, Sept. 30 in Goldsboro and Mount Olive. All proceeds go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2...

Man killed in hit and run near U.S. 70

A man was killed Saturday night in a hit-and-run when a person driving a truck hit him as he walked near America's Best Value Inn off of 701 U.S. 70 East. The person driving the truck allegedly left the scene...

Treatment companion

Pain and sickness seemed to leave a patient's room for a moment -- whenever Wendy and Shilah walked in. Wendy, a 6-year-old German shepherd labrador mix, and Shilah, a 5-year-old yellow labrador, visited patients at Wayne Memorial Hospital Wednesday...

Absentee ballots available by request

Absentee voting by mail began Sept. 9 and by this past Friday afternoon 56 voters had already cast their absentee ballots in the Nov. 8 general election. Absentee by mail ballot request forms are available online at www.waynevotes.com or...

This one didn't get away

Madyson Verneman, 8, holds up a bream that she caught during the Big Cat Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course Saturday. It was the only fish Madyson caught all day, but her brother Jackson, 5, also pictured,...

GPAC call-in Tuesday at City Hall

The Goldsboro Partners Against Crime initiative will notify 18 violent criminals of the consequences of committing another crime during its final call-in of 2016 at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Goldsboro City Hall. The GPAC notification is their last warning and...

Man killed in hit and run

A man was killed Saturday night in a hit-and-run when a person driving a truck hit him as he walked near America's Best Value Inn off of 701 U.S. 70 East.The person driving the truck allegedly left the scene heading...

Voting has already begun in Wayne

Absentee voting by mail began Sept. 9 and by this past Friday afternoon 56 voters had already cast their absentee ballots in the Nov. 8 general election. Absentee by mail ballot request forms are available online at www.waynevotes.com or at...

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