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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eyeing their future

Even a potential tornado couldn't dampen spirits at Wayne School of Engineering Wednesday evening, as 59 students of the class of 2017 graduated from high school. The ceremonies, slated to begin at 6 p.m., were delayed until 6:15 after the...

U.S. 13 reopens after hog truck collides with car, man suffers serious injuries

A Virginia Beach man initially thought to be in critical condition is now expected to survive with serious injuries after being struck head-on by a hog truck along U.S. 13 this afternoon, the N.C. State Highway Patrol said. John Hamilton,...

Tornado warning in effect for part of Wayne County until 6:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the southwestern Wayne County near Grantham until 6:15 p.m. The warning is also extended to the north central portion of Sampson County as well as southeastern Johnston County, including Four...

Man witnesses hog truck wreck that leaves one in critical condition

A hog truck collided with a car head-on this afternoon near Hill Loop Road at West Hill Street leaving one person in critical condition and closing  U.S. 13. The N.C. State Highway Patrol said the highway will be blocked until...

U.S. 13 closes after hog truck overturns

A hog truck hit a car head-on this afternoon near Hill Loop Road and West Hill Street causing the truck to overturn and U.S. 13 to close. The N.C. State Highway Patrol said the highway will be blocked until...

School board discusses class size

Class sizes and student honors were two of the major points of discussion for the Wayne County Board of Education Tuesday, as the board met for its monthly work session. Superintendent Michael Dunsmore said that the recently-passed House Bill...

Winners from Junior Livestock Show are honored

Winners from April's Junior Livestock Show and Sale were honored and additional awards presented at a Tuesday night banquet held at the Wayne Center. Nearly 100 people attended the annual event that is a follow-up to the two-day show...

Woman found guilty of patient assault

A former Cherry Hospital employee will serve 10 days in jail after being convicted last week in Wayne County Superior Court of assaulting a handicapped patient while she was employed there in February 2016, according to court records. Edith Teachey,...

Wayne Community College hosts summer camps

Wayne Community College Continuing Education will hold more than a dozen youth camps this summer, nearly doubling the options it provided last year. This is the fourth year for the summer camps, which has grown exponentially each year, said Lisa...

Wayne Community College president measures progress

Nine months into the role as Wayne Community College president, Dr. Thomas Walker Jr. had only praises for the institution. "I'm really happy with how the college has performed," he told the board of trustees Tuesday night. Commenting on the...

Eastern Wayne student charged with felonies

An Eastern Wayne High School student is facing multiple felony charges after trying to purchase food from Cookout early Sunday morning with a counterfeit $100 bill, according to a police report. Andrew James Dawson, 17, of 215 Woodbine St., is...

Sheriff's deputy finds 33 grams of crack

A deputy who smelled marijuana coming from a car while getting gas Friday searched the car and found 33 grams of crack cocaine inside, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Taurean Edward Farrior, 32, of...

Kindercare broken into

The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating a recent break-in at a local day care. Someone broke into KinderCare at 901 Landmark Drive between Thursday night and Friday morning and stole 44 toys, according to a police report. The report said...

Crime of the week

On Saturday, May 13, at approximately 7:50 p.m., the Goldsboro Police Department responded to Hi-5 Sweepstakes Internet, 565 E. New Hope Road, in reference an armed robbery. Once officers arrived on-scene a female employee reported that about 7:12 p.m. a...

Policing their own communities

The Goldsboro Police Department graduated five people from its first-ever Citizen's Police Academy during a ceremony held at the Goldsboro Events Center May 16. Viola Ryals-Figueroa, James Keith Harris, Kimberly Kaye Jones, David P. Meador and Joanna C. Stallings all...

County may raise taxes for schools

A slight wording change in the state budget could be the only thing standing between Wayne County and the tax increase that otherwise would be needed in order to preserve nearly $4 million in low-wealth funding for the county schools...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sid's Showgirls owners surrender ABC permits

Wayne County ABC Law Enforcement Chief Joe Sadler said today that the owners of Sid's Showgirls, a strip club at 1931 N. William St., signed an agreement today that will go into effect June 30 and cancel all of the...

Third time's a charm

You can say "Happy Anniversary" to Mick and Karin O'Donnell any time this week and still be correct. The Dudley couple couldn't be more legally wed if they tried. That's because in 1967, they had three ceremonies. Instead of...

City to raise fees at municipal golf course

Fees for the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course are planned to increase by 10 percent without a city resident discount, following a Monday decision by the Goldsboro City Council. The council decided to amend its April decision that involved increasing...

Man charged in break-in of woman's home

A man broke into a woman's home Saturday morning and yelled at her and looked at her phone before leaving and then being arrested, according to a police report. Corey Marvin Barnett, 45, of 3201 Central Heights Road, Lot 113,...

Inmate dies in custody, SBI investigating

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies are under investigation today after a Wayne County Detention Center inmate died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. An initial report from the sheriff's office said Graydon Jermone Parker III, 54, fell unresponsive during a...

Flood watch in effect until 2 a.m.

A flood watch is in effect for Wayne County and the rest of central North Carolina through 2 a.m. Wednesday as periods of heavy rains will create the risk for flooding today and into tonight. Between one to three inches...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sheriff's office: SRO flushes out student smoking marijuana

A Charles B. Aycock High School student admitted to deputies he was smoking marijuana in the hallway after an officer saw a cloud of smoke and smelled marijuana, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Michael...

Supreme Court ruling won't change Wayne County district

Today's Supreme Court ruling that two North Carolina Congressional districts were drawn unconstitutionally based on race will not result in any additional change to the district lines. The ruling reaffirms a lower court ruling that the lines for District 1...

Wayne County inmate in critical condition after being taken to ICU, SBI investigates

Update ---- 12 p.m. A Wayne Memorial Hospital spokesperson confirmed a Wayne County inmate remains in critical condition today after being taken to the intensive care unit of the hospital Saturday night when he became unresponsive at the Wayne County...

Flying out

Dressed in a Blue Angels costume, Chase Oberhauser, 8, watches with excitement as the Blue Angels pilots are introduced one by one at the Wings Over Wayne Air Show Sunday -- the final day of the event. Chase collects posters...

Veterans groups plan Memorial Day events

Veterans organizations have plans for a big Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to the fallen warriors of Wayne County. The public is urged to join in these events. On Saturday, May 27, at 8 a.m. there will be...

Police, Special Olympics athletes finish torch run

Officers with the Goldsboro Police Department and local Special Olympics athletes completed a 14-mile torch run through the city Friday. The run raised about $2,500 to send athletes to the summer games. Capt. LeAnn Rabun said the department has...

Board to talk school funding

School funding will be up first Tuesday morning when Wayne County commissioners begin their budget deliberations. Dr. Michael Dunsmore, Wayne County Public Schools superintendent, will present the school board's new budget proposal when commissioners reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on...

Tom Cuddington turns ordinary wood into usable items -- and whimsical things like crosses, cutting boards, trinket boxes

Tom Cuddington will never forget a bench he made for a woman. The back is a solid wood piece. The sides are decorative posts. And all of it, except the actually part you sit on, is made from an old...

Flash flooding possible over the next three days as moderate to heavy rains loom

Moderate to heavy rainfall is possible today through Wednesday with a total accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Flash flooding could result if that much rain falls within a short time, for example a 12-hour span, said Scott Sharpe,...

Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends marks 62nd anniversary

The annual homecoming for Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends Inc. will be held this week, from Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, May 28. This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the organization. The celebration is traditionally held during Memorial Day weekend....

Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni to celebrate 45th homecoming

The Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni and Friends, Inc. will celebrate its 45th annual Homecoming May 26 through May 28 with the classes ending with "2" and "7" receiving special honor. The weekend will kick off Friday with a banquet at the...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Family Y to host 'Healthy Kids Day'

The Goldsboro YMCA is hosting a free event designed to encourage kids to stay active and keep learning during the summer months. "Healthy Kids Day," part of the Y's national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and...

Upcoming blood drives scheduled

Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and...

Returning to Seymour Johnson

George Peterson spent 20 years in the United States Air Force before retiring from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. On Saturday, he returned to the base with his brother, Victor, alongside him. Victor is a veteran, too -- he spent...

Spring Creek Elementary wins quiz bowl

Spring Creek Elementary School won the second inter-school 4th grade Math Quiz Bowl last week. The event was is a "Jeopardy"-style competition on math skills. The Spring Creek Elementary team consisted of John Paul McCullen, Maggie Edmudson, Giovanni Pinedo, Troy...

Special gifts for military families

In honor of how special military families are, the Support Military Spouses organization is hosting an Appreciation Care Package Delivery Party. Spouses and active-duty service members will receive gifts on Tuesday, May 23 at the North Carolina Community Federal Credit...

Relay for Life: The fight continues

Lorie Waddell checked out a display of luminary at the entrance to Relay for Life on Friday night at the Wayne County fairgrounds. She has been coming to the event since 2008, the year she was diagnosed with breast...

Mt. Olive Family Medicine honored

MOUNT OLIVE -- A baseline concussion testing program at Mount Olive Family Medicine Center has earned the center statewide recognition as the N.C. Medical Group Management Association's 2017 Practice of the Year. The award was presented at the association's...

Local, state offices to close

Local, state and federal offices, banks and the post office will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Wayne County Public Schools will be closed. All Wayne County offices including the Senior Citizens Center,...

Letter carriers collect record amount of food

Approximately 37,000 pounds of food was collected in Wayne County last week during the 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive -- a new record that surpassed previous collections by thousands of pounds. Local and rural letter...

Faith Christian Academy holds graduation ceremony

The Rev. Christian Powell challenged the 2017 graduates of Faith Christian Academy to "never be afraid to stand." During Friday night's graduation ceremony, 12 students turned their tassels. Powell encouraged them to stand up and be counted, stand out...

Event to raise money for statue of musician Thelonious Monk

There will be an event held Saturday, May 27 at the Arts Council of Wayne County to help raise funds to erect a statue of the late Thelonious Monk. It will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. In concert...

Duplin to honor World War I dead

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County and the Duplin County Historical Society will unveil and dedicate a granite monument as a permanent memorial to the men from Duplin County who died in World War I. The ceremony will be held at 2...

Councilman strikes conciliatory tone, calls for 'fresh start'

Goldsboro Councilman Antonio Williams asked for a truce of sorts during his recent comments near the end of Monday's council meeting. Council meetings traditionally conclude with each member of the council having a chance to speak. Williams, during his...

Five schools to hold graduation ceremonies

Five high school commencement exercises will be taking place this week, with five more public schools' on tap for next month. The first round of graduations kicked off this past Friday, when a dozen students received diplomas from Faith...

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