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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Second robbery suspect evading police

Goldsboro police continue to search for the second man identified as a suspect in Monday's armed robbery of the McDonald's at 1501 U.S. Highway 70. Joseph Simms, 25, 151 Wharton Drive, should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Police...

Ex-Raleigh planner talks development

A former Raleigh city planner spoke at a public presentation at Goldsboro City Hall on Monday about the importance of leveraging land to maximize economic development and tax revenues. City officials, including City Councilman Michael Headen, attended the presentation in...

C.B. Aycock senior gets academy appointment

Charles B. Aycock High School senior Cady Jane Sheeks has received an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy in the fall. She said she became interested in the military option because of her own family, which includes an...

School board argues over how to replace recently deceased member

It took four votes, all split, before the Wayne County Board of Education Monday night could decide on how to go about naming a replacement to fill the unexpired term of the late Thelma Smith. But before they did, tempers...

Monday, April 14, 2014

County to eye school building plans

"Absolutely ludicrous" is how Interim Wayne County Manager George Wood is describing architect Robbie Ferris' original proposal to build two new middle schools. Not only is the capital lease method outlined in the contract the "worst option" to use...

Celebrating military children

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base held a celebration Saturday to observe the Month of the Military Child. The event featured inflatable rides, games, arts and crafts, face painting, free food and a petting zoo....

C.B. Aycock senior earns scholarships

PIKEVILLE -- A Charles B. Aycock High School senior has been awarded two prestigious scholarships, the Morehead-Cain and the Park Scholarship, offering full rides to UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University, respectively. Myra Waheed actually applied to six colleges,...

Alleged fast-food robber caught

One man is in custody and police are searching for two others following the armed robbery of the McDonald's at 1501 U.S. Highway 70 W. just after 1 a.m. today. A store manager was struck in the head with...

EWHS Key Club nets honors at convention

Since being chartered in 1996, the Key Club at Eastern Wayne High School has become one of the most active organizations on campus, its adviser, Vince Beasley, says. A social studies teacher at the school, Beasley helped launch the...

Wayne Memorial Hospital wins Spirit of N.C. Award

The Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence is sponsored annually by the United Way of North Carolina. These awards provide statewide recognition for employers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and support to their community through local United...

Replicas of Columbus' ships on display

MOREHEAD CITY -- On Friday, April 25, the "Pinta" and the "Nina," replicas of Columbus' ships, will be open for visitors in Morehead City. The ships will be docked at the Sanitary Fish Restaurant, 501 Evans St., until their departure...

Top Realtor

Jeri Lynn Coker, left, accepts the Realtor of the Year Award from Bruce Gates, last year's winner, at the 48th annual Goldsboro-Wayne County Association of Realtors Luncheon held at the Goldsboro Country Club. She is a broker at Berkshire...

Officers set their sights on speeders

Slow down. That is the message Goldsboro police are sending to drivers with Operation: Safe Speeds, an initiative designed to catch speeders and to reduce collisions along the city's most congested arteries. Officials have not said when the increased...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The apples of their teachers' eyes

Mohammed Manees Al-Harizi was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when he was 4 years old. An operation helped but affected his motor skills. Since moving to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, he has become a thriving kindergartner at Meadow...

Daddy's home

He had only been away from home for six months, but as Luis Gonzalez approached downtown Goldsboro, his nerves got the best of him -- and questions he never would have posed before his deployment began running through his head....

County still has $500,000 in school funding

Wayne County commissioners say they would look favorably upon a proposal to use a more-than-$500,000 surplus of school funds to make supplemental appropriations to the Wayne County Board of Education. But they also questioned whether or not they would...

Man, 31, charged in assault on child

A Goldsboro man is in the Wayne County Jail today on charges of sexual assault against a minor. Investigators charged Benjamin Franklin Stone, 31, 1305 E. Mulberry St., with statutory sex offense of a child by an adult Friday....

Shooting suspect surrenders

Malik Ward, the 17-year-old Goldsboro man police say shot three people outside the Beestown Grocery at 905 S. Slocumb St. Wednesday afternoon, turned himself in to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Friday. Investigators say security camera footage from the...

Alleged bank robber caught at mall

A suspected bank robber was caught by police minutes after allegedly robbing the New Century Bank on North Spence Avenue on Friday. Aaron Allen, 23, is being held under a $250,000 secured bond in the Wayne County Jail. According to...

Arrest made in drug case

A Goldsboro man is in custody on drug charges after an investigation involving local law enforcement and investigators from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office's Aggressive Crime Enforcement Team and the U.S. Air Force Office...

Samantha Casey is awarded Gen. Hugh Shelton Scholarship

Samantha Casey of Selma has been awarded the prestigious National Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship at N.C. State University for 2014-2018. The General Hugh Shelton National Leadership Scholarship is awarded each year to an incoming freshman at NC State University,...

Barbecue for a good cause

With a warm, sunny day and the promise of a tasty meal, Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County officials were optimistic about meeting their fundraising goal at the fifth annual Pig in the Park at Waynesborough Park. Many...

Mount Olive board accepts loan from Eastern Region Trust Fund

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Town Board accepted a $100,000 loan to the town from the county's Eastern Region Trust Fund for the airport rehabilitation project at its meeting Monday night. The state Department of Transportation's Division of...

Guardian ad litem volunteers honored

Some saw an ad on television, others were recruited, but all spend their personal time making sure that children have a voice. During the Guardian ad Litem (Latin for "guardian during a lawsuit") volunteer appreciation luncheon held this past...

Groups, individuals honored for their service to community

Governor's Volunteer Service Awards were handed out to six Wayne County recipients last week during ceremonies at the WAGES office on Royall Avenue. Sponsored by the Wayne County Association of Volunteer Administration, Faye Stone, deputy executive director of the...

Four WCC students earn scholarships from State Employees Credit Union

Four Wayne Community College students have been awarded State Employees Credit Union, or SECU, Continuing Education Scholarships for the spring 2014 semester. Anthony Barnes, Tonya Callon, Savannah Hickman and Danita Kelley each received $750 for registration fees, books, certification fees...

Library baseball series to begin Wednesday

The Wayne County Public Library is sponsoring a series of lectures and programs on baseball, with the first in the series coming Wednesday evening at 7 when Author Brett Friedlander will discuss his book "Chasing Moonlight: The True Story...

Disability Awareness Walk May 7

The 18th Annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disability, will held Wednesday, May 7, starting with registration at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 202 E. Chestnut St. at 9:30 a.m. The...

City step closer to $200,000 trail grant

The Goldsboro City Council has officially passed the first hurdle to receiving a third Recreational Trails Program grant for $200,000. Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard presented the council with the news Monday night during its work session. The...

Hospital recognizes those who give time

Volunteers play an important role to an organization, but when it is a mental health care facility, they truly are its "champions," said Luckey Welsh Jr., CEO at Cherry Hospital. "Mental illness is something that as you well know...

Beavers named valedictorian at NCSU

James J. Beavers of Seven Springs has been named a valedictorian at North Carolina State University. Beavers will graduate from the school in May with a perfect 4.0 average in computer science after just three years. He was named to...

County students to show off choral skills in Tuesday concert

Approximately 300 choral students from Wayne County Public Schools will join their voices and musical talents on Tuesday evening for the district's 2014 All County Choral Festival at 6:30 p.m. at Goldsboro High School. The event is free and...

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