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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Streetscape expected to be complete by mid-October

Goldsboro's ongoing Streetscape project is scheduled to finish about one month ahead of schedule, putting the project's completion date some time in mid- October. The downtown project began in August 2014, causing continually changing traffic patterns and headaches for...

Lawmen thwart robbery

DUDLEY -- Restraint by the first deputy on scene and the fact a homeowner was out of town helped prevent any injuries during a burglary attempt near Brogden Middle School on Thursday night, Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials said. Four...

Driver's ed in the hands of Legislature

Wayne County Public Schools' driver's education cars have been parked since June 30, with both instructors and the new school superintendent anxious to reinstate the program. The district has its own fleet of driver's education cars, with two companies...

Alzheimer's a growing problem worldwide, expert says

The cost of Alzheimer's disease -- financially as well as emotionally -- continues to be staggering, a Brody School of Medicine professor said during a caregiver education conference held in Goldsboro on Thursday. Dr. Renee Banaszak, clinical assistant professor,...

Southern Bank to break ground on new location

Southern Bank will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. to kick off the construction of a new banking facility at 2501 E. Ash St. The groundbreaking will be held at the corner of Ash Street...

Norwayne reunion this week

FREMONT -- Norwayne Alumni & Friends, Inc., will gather this week for its annual reunion. The 43rd annual event will begin Friday and run through Sunday, Sept. 4-6. This year's theme is "Memories Take Us Back - Dreams Take Us...

Slocumb Street cleanup

Volunteers collect trash along Slocumb Street early Saturday. A group of area residents concerned about the neighborhood took to the streets to improve its looks. Volunteers said it was a small step toward improving the area but that it...

Back to School Bash

Ariana Downs, a psychology student, laughs while riding a bull during the Wayne Community College Back to School Bash on Wednesday. Students and faculty gathered for the event, which drew large crowds for games, rides and food....

Michigan company acquiring Atlantic Casualty Insurance

Strickland Insurance Group has reached an agreement for Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co. to be acquired by Auto-Owners Insurance Group of Lansing, Mich. The transaction will not affect any local employees and the Strickland name will remain on the local business,...

Junior Leadership Program seeking entrants

A Wayne County Chamber of Commerce program to develop leadership qualities in students is seeking its next class of members, officials said. The Junior Leadership Program was introduced as a class project of the Wayne County Leadership Program in...

Eastern Girl Scouts name Eileen Miller new program director

The North Carolina Coastal Pines has announced the appointment of Eileen Miller to the role of program director. Wayne County is one of 31 counties in the Coastal Pines council that includes most of eastern North Carolina. Miller will be...

Duplin Hall of Fame deadline Sept. 25

KENANSVILLE -- Members of the Duplin County Hall of Fame board want to remind the Duplin community that Sept. 25 is he deadline for submissions of nominations for the annual induction into the county's Hall of Fame. Each year, the...

Assault reported on George Street

Goldsboro police are investigating an early Saturday morning assault in which the victim was also shot at on the 1700 block of North George Street. Roger Raynor, 56, 1701 N. George St., told police he was walking along the...

177 graduate from Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Vickie Rhodes Osoria, 57, a Grantham native now living at Oak Island, said she had always known that one day she would have a bachelor's degree "of some sort or the other." That day finally arrived...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Accident on Ash Street cuts power to two schools early today

A single-vehicle wreck on East Ash Street near Oak Forest Road knocked out power in the area when a driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole early this morning. Residents, businesses and two local schools...

New traffic pattern along eastern portion of U.S. 70

Commuters traveling into and out of Wayne County from Lenoir County will have noticed a new traffic pattern along U.S. Highway 70 since last Friday. N.C. Department of Transportation officials said the shift -- part of the U.S. 70...

Waiting for takeoff

4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark Slocum describes the feeling of g-force to Staff Sgt. Amanda Armenti, left, and Senior Airman Andrea Spanjer, right, during a tour of the 333rd Fighter Squadron Wednesday evening. The impromptu tour happened after...

One-stop voting begins in September

One-stop early voting hours have been set by the Wayne County Board of Elections for the Oct. 6 Goldsboro municipal primary. The days and hours are: Thursday, Sept. 24, and Friday, Sept. 25 and Monday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Oct....

Restaurant plans expansion

Beginning in December, Ed's Southern Food and Spirits will look a little different to patrons of the restaurant. The eatery, which opened its doors at 105 N. Center St. last October, is expanding laterally into the old Goldsboro Pharmacy...

Pastor enthused about his new 'hive'

The Rev. Colby Leonard ministers like the beekeeper he is. He stands behind the "hive" of Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church and allows his parishioners to fly about as he works in the background. The 26-year-old, bow tie wearing pastor...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

School numbers reported after first week

Enrollment numbers in Wayne County Public Schools were down for the first day of school, officials announced Tuesday. Students in 31 schools on the traditional calendar returned to class on Monday, the number reflecting the district's two brand new...

Jo Jo says farewell

When Joanne Morris moved to Goldsboro in 2012, the only people she knew were family. She left a stressful job in the U.K. and moved to the U.S. for a change of pace. She and her mother, whom she...

Widening project puts squeeze on Berkeley

Lane reductions and traffic shifts have been implemented on North Berkeley Boulevard as work is under way on widening the road from New Hope Road south. Traffic will remain in this pattern until the widening project is complete in...

Woman, juvenile charged in separate shootings

Two people have been arrested by Goldsboro police in connection with recent shootings in the city that left three people injured. The suspect in one case is a juvenile. The suspect in the other case is a woman. According...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Work is continuing on veterans' cemetery

Paving has been completed and the concrete crypts installed at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, which is on target to be completed by its Nov. 2 deadline. "It has been a busy couple of weeks, but with the...

Offenders called in for GPAC warning

Schools in Wayne County opened for the 2015-16 school year Monday. By Tuesday, 12 students identified as facing felony charges were transferred to alternative schools, Wayne County Public Schools hearing officer Allison Pridgen said. "Half of them are middle...

Community rallies to help local family

Four years ago on a trip with her FFA classmates to the Great Wall of China, few noticed that Caroline Tart had to periodically step aside to catch her breath, the result of a heart condition she had since...

WAGES observing its 50th anniversary

In 1965, the average income was $5,942. Gas was 31 cents a gallon. And Martin Luther King began the march on Selma. It also ushered in an era when then-President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty,"...

New nonprofit organization hopes to help homeless, elderly

dhill@newsargus.com A new nonprofit organization in Wayne County is aiming to help the homeless and other people in need of a fresh start in life to get a helping hand. MLFL, Inc., stands for Miracle, Love For Lives. It was...

Hospital adminstrator earns doctorate

Shirley Harkey of Pikeville, vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer for Wayne Memorial Hospital, recently received a doctor of health administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Graduating with high honors, she was inducted into...

Crime of the Week

On Sunday, Aug. 23, at 6:25 p.m., Donald Bailey reported he was walking home from Herman Park and was approached by two male suspects asking for cigarettes and money. When Bailey said he didn't have either the suspects hit him...

Back-to-school event held at H.V. Brown

Motorcycle engines revved one after another and then whined down East Elm Street. From under a pavilion, the DJ pumped music into the park. The two sounds mixed to accompany the children laughing in a bouncy castle a hundred yards...

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