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Friday, January 30, 2004

Judge denies stay

RALEIGH -- A judge has denied a request by Goldsboro Councilman J.B. Rhodes that would have allowed him to remain in office. That decision clears the way for Jimmy Bryan to be sworn in Monday as the District 1 councilman....

Homestead bankruptcy

GREENSBORO -- Project Homestead, which built houses in Goldsboro for flood victims and first-time buyers, has filed for bankruptcy. The city of Goldsboro has been trying to get back land from the organization. The land, off Harris Street, was supposed...

Cherry-O'Berry alliance

State officials announced Thursday that they plan to consolidate administrative and clinical services at O'Berry Center and Cherry Hospital. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services plans to bring the two Goldsboro facilities under a single management team,...

2 staffers win at NCPA

CHAPEL HILL -- The N.C. Press Association honored two Goldsboro News-Argus staff members during its annual awards ceremony, held Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Photographer Brent Hood received a first-place award for feature photography, daily newspapers with 15,000-35,000 circulation. Hood's...

Meth lab found

A routine stop for a possible minor traffic violation on Thursday led to the arrest of a 21-year-old man on a charge of possession of a station wagon that had been stolen in Pennsylvania. When a sheriff's officer looked...

KB Toys in Goldsboro not on list

The KB Toy store in Goldsboro at Berkeley Mall is not on the list of stores that are expected to close after the company's Chapter 11 reorganization plan was approved Wednesday. John Reilly, a spokesman at the company's headquarters,...

Mental Health Association awards

The Mental Health Association in Wayne County gave its top awards to board member Libby Dukay and volunteer Edith Holloman. The awards were made at the association's annual meeting Thursday at the Goldsboro Country Club. The board also installed...

Public records

Three hurt in wrecks Three people were injured and damages were estimated at $35,500 in three recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *Two people were injured and damages were estimated at $10,000 in a two-car collision at 9:40...

Briefly

Weather deja vu? The National Weather Service forecast for this weekend is suspiciously similar to the same forecasts issued last week. On Friday, Jan. 23, a chance of freezing rain and sleet was predicted for Sunday night into Monday and...

Farmers meet

WARSAW -- It looked Thursday as if the VFW post was holding a pickup truck convention. Inside, 120 farmers and representatives of corporate sponsors listened to sober forecasts about corn, soy beans and tobacco. The workshop had started for...

City working on ditch

Goldsboro's city manager said Thursday that he has been looking for ways to alleviate the flooding problem on Berkeley Boulevard. Earlier this week city planning board members said they had asked City Manager Richard Slozak to look into the...

Thursday, January 29, 2004

United Way Bush Andrews Awards

News-Argus/Brent Hood Bush Andrews Awards were presented to, from left, Debbie Pennell, representing the Goldsboro News-Argus; Michelle Williams, representing Moffatt Oil Co.; and Sara Ward, representing the United Way of Wayne County....

Long lines

Daniel Mar of Kinston waited 30 minutes out in the cold Wednesday, while his friend waited inside the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Goldsboro. "I don't know how long the wait will be," he said. His friend was...

Theater zoning

One of the two movie theaters planning to locate in Goldsboro edged ahead Wednesday in the race to be first to begin construction. All Star Entertainment Corp., based in Shallotte, is planning to build a 14-screen theater behind the...

Drainage trouble

Goldsboro's planning board is urging the city to do something about a flooding problem on Berkeley Boulevard for the second time in six months. The subject came up Wednesday during a review of a subdivision plan in the area...

United Way close to goal

United Way fell short of its 2003 goal by less than $15,000 in a year that campaign organizers said was one of its toughest ever. "With all the obstacles we faced last year, I feel we did reach our...

Rhodes's stay request denied

RALEIGH - A judge ruled today that Goldsboro City Councilman J.B. Rhodes will not be able to keep his seat on the City Council while he appeals the results of his election. This means that Jimmy Bryan can be sworn...

Pikeville park meeting

PIKEVILLE -- The town board approved the final paperwork Wednesday that it will use when applying for a state grant to help revamp the existing Dees Memorial Park. The total estimated cost of the project is $194,175. The grant...

Public records

Ice foils thief in auto larceny The ice that slowed down drivers for the last three days in Wayne County also foiled an auto theft Wednesday morning. A man started his car to warm it up and went back inside...

Briefly

Road works The N.C. Department of Transportation has agreed to add turn lanes at the intersection of Charlie Braswell and Rosewood roads, which is intended to improve safety for Rosewood Elementary School. The project is scheduled for construction sometime between...

Master Gardner Banquet

The Wayne County Master Gardener Volunteers held their annual achievement banquet at the Wayne Center. The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to develop and deliver consumer horticultural programs that meet the needs of county residents....

Lady in the Park reception

Over 30 people attended the reception Sunday for the Lady in the Park statue, according to Emily Weil, secretary of the Wayne County Historical Association. The association held the event to welcome the old statue to its new home at...

Around Wayne

This Thursday feature is designed to assist readers in planning activities for the weekend and beyond. Coming up are: Tuesday, Feb. 3: Wayne Community Concerts presents Glen Road, Mount Olive Historic Hall, 7:30 p.m. Admission by season subscription. 736-3300. Friday,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Sunset over ice

News-Argus/Brent Hood Ice covering the ground at Cherry Farms glistens from the reflection of amber colored lights from the Neuse Correctional Center on Tuesday evening....

Tuesday was filled with fun and fear

Motorists began venturing out on city and county roads Tuesday, while children enjoyed sliding on the icy hills and driveways. By noon Tuesday, most of the major roads within the city were clear, either from salt, warmer temperatures or...

Thaw is slow coming for much of N.C.

RALEIGH (AP) -- The higher temperatures needed to melt snow and ice that have strangled much of North Carolina will arrive slowly because of wind associated with a cold front, forecasters said today. The National Weather Service issued a high...

J.B. Rhodes files election appeal

Goldsboro City Councilman J.B. Rhodes has filed an appeal to try to get a new election to keep his seat on the council. Rhodes' appeal was filed Friday in the Wake County Superior Court, but no court date has been...

Anderson to run for fourth term

Wayne County Commissioner Andy Anderson announced Tuesday that he will run for re-election in District 1. Anderson, a Republican, is seeking his fourth term on the county board. No one else has announced in his district, which covers most of...

MOC students win scholarships

MOUNT OLIVE -- Five Mount Olive College students have received a $3,000 scholarship from Smart Start to earn a degree to help young children become prepared for school. The Smart Start Scholarship Program is funded by the Wayne County Partnership...

Parenting classes

When children are born, they don't come with a manual. Parents often wish they could attend a class on the subject. A series of parenting classes begins Thursday at Blue Horizons Counseling Center, the umbrella agency to Wayne County...

The thaw is under way for Wayne

Although a thick fog hid the sun Tuesday, the mercury climbed high enough to begin melting some of the ice and snow that had hampered travel on county roads for three days. Weather conditions over the next few days...

Public Record

Ice causes wrecks Ice caused an unusual head-on collision Tuesday morning on U.S. 70, the Goldsboro Police Department reported. Delia Epifunia Vindel, 33, of Durham Lake Road, Dudley, was driving west on the highway around 7:30 a.m. when she hit...

Open house planned for N.C. State textile school

RALEIGH -- High school students, their parents, teachers and the public can learn more about the North Carolina State University College of Textiles when the college holds its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb....

Neuse River Foundation chooses new director

NEW BERN -- Becky Book is the new executive director of the Neuse River Foundation. She was promoted from office administrator, a position she held since September of 2001. She also recently earned a Certificate for Non-Profit Management from Duke...

ECU to hold drum workshops

GREENVILLE -- Rick Latham, author of "Advanced Funk Studies," longtime drummer with the Edgar Winter Group, and now frontman of his own jazz sensation, will perform and teach in Greenville in early February. On Thursday, Feb. 5, Latham appears...

Briefly

Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Goldsboro Milling Co. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash. Neuse replica Seven Springs...

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Accident on U.S. 70

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Accidents like this one, where drivers lost control on slippery sections of the road, were numerous in Wayne County this morning. This mishap occured on the U.S. 70 Bypass bridge over Berkeley Boulevard....

Wayne roads remain slippery

Wayne County can't seem to escape the deep freeze that clamped down its icy grip Sunday, turning streets, sidewalks and parking lots into ice rinks. Travel this morning was made worse by more ice accumulating overnight. Combined with below-freezing temperatures,...

County mulls stricter building code for base noise zones

By this summer, new subdivisions will once again be allowed under Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's flight lines. The houses will look the same as the ones built before the moratorium. But when you step inside, you'll be able...

Correction

A Monday story on Wayne County road project included the intersection of Sleepy Creek Road and Mark Edwards Road. Actually, it's the intersection of Mark Edwards Road and Hood Swamp Road that will be realigned and have left-turn lanes added....

Public records

Driver sentenced after fatal wreck The driver of a car who fled from state Highway Patrol troopers last year and then crashed into a tree, killing a passenger, has been sentenced to 11 to 14 months in prison. Juan Perez...

Briefly

Meeting postponed A forum planned for tonight to discuss a new Mount Olive high school has been postponed due to the weather. The forum will be rescheduled later. West memorial West Pharmaceutical will hold a commemorative service on the first...

Monday, January 26, 2004

Icy roads

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Traffic on icy Berkeley Boulevard inches along at 8:30 a.m. today....

Weather

The results of the first major ice storm in several years greeted Wayne County residents this morning, forcing schools and several businesses to close. More of the same is expected overnight through Tuesday morning with the possibility of an additional...

DOT plans moving ahead

The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning more than 20 small projects around Wayne County to make roads and intersections safer. The total value of the "North Carolina Moving Ahead" projects in the county is nearly $4.8 million, although...

Wayne County wants job training grants

Wayne County officials are hoping for a share of $500 million in funding for job training and post-secondary education that was announced by President Bush. During his State of the Union Address last week, President Bush announced his "Jobs...

Public records

Four people robbed Three delivery people from Raleigh and a man from Dudley were robbed over the weekend, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Office reports. The three people, delivering spices Saturday to Mexican stores in the county, said they were...

The Michael mystique

The Michael Jackson mystique has generated an endless saga with today's star-struck electronic media. The rock star's arrest and upcoming trial for child molestation is among the "top headlines" in every day's television "news" programs. Among consistent news-makers, Jackson ranks...

Cancelations

FILM DISCUSSION The discussion of the film version of "To Kill A Mockingbird," which was to have been held tonight at Wayne Community College, will be rescheduled. GRIEF SUPPORT The Grief Support Group meetings for Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation...

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Possible new theater

This is an aerial view of All Start EntertainmentÕs theater in Brunswick County. The company said its Goldsboro cinema would look much like this, but would have about 52,000 square feet, while the one pictured is only 35,000....

Movie theaters race to enter Goldsboro

From one company or another, Goldsboro apparently will get a new movie theater this fall, and it will have 12 or 14 screens, depending on which company builds it. The race is on. All Star Entertainment Corp. had announced plans...

Heart patient hopes one day she will run

Vickie Bartlett is 50 years old and her biggest goal is to run once in her life. She was born with a severe congenital heart defect. Doctors did not give her parents a good prognosis that she would live...

Scouts to give award to Herring

Sherwin Herring has been named to receive the Boy Scouts' Distinguished Citizen Award from the Torhunta District. The award will be presented on April 19 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Advance tickets are available for a $150 donation for two...

Professor to give insider view to 'Mockingbird' film

A Mount Olive College professor will give an insider's look Monday at the beloved movie adaptation of "To Kill A Mockingbird." Geoff Weiss will lead the discussion, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium in the main building...

Briefly

Starling considers run Willie Ray Starling is considering a run for the District 5 seat on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Starling says he'll welcome any input from the public as to whether he should run. If he runs,...

Public record

Second teen faces sex charge MOUNT OLIVE -- A second teen-ager in Wayne County has been charged with sex crimes. Christopher Michael Caulk, 17, of Zach Drive in Mount Olive was charged with first-degree statutory sexual offense and placed under...

Friday, January 23, 2004

Scouting awards

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards The Silver Beaver Award went to, from left, Bruce Malpass, Pam Rooks, Melanie Hopkins and Henry Herndon III on Thursday night at the 81st Annual Scouter Recognition Banquet held at the Goldsboro Country Club. For more information...

Commissioners set 2004 goals

Money's tight. Space is tighter. The Wayne County commissioners pledged this week to find a way to help the county's huddled masses -- employees, school children, animals at the shelter -- without driving taxpayers into the poor house. A...

Boy Scout awards given

The Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts has grown so much it's received national recognition. It also reported having its largest number of Eagle Scouts and presented four top adult volunteer awards during Tuscarora Council's 81st Scouter Recognition Banquet....

Base Family Appreciation Banquet

By SR. AIRMAN SAMUEL KING JR. Seymour Johnson Public Affairs Despite deployments, families on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base worked on and off base to keep up morale and help others who missed their loved ones. The base's military families...

Goldsboro tree pruning

Goldsboro's proposed zoning ordinance will seek to preserve city trees from private cutters, but one council member said he is concerned about the way the trees have been trimmed in the past to make way for utilities. They look...

Fremont zoning

Land and zoning issues highlighted the monthly meeting of the Fremont Town Board of Aldermen. Town Administrator Tom Barnes said the demolition of three dilapidated homes should start within two or three weeks. The project manager, David Harris of...

Cherry doctor recognized

A Cherry Hospital physician has been recognized for being a patriotic supervisor. Dr. Kumbaiah N. Murthy, clinical director, was surprised with a plaque earlier this week during the department heads meeting. The award came from the National Committee for...

Public records

Gunman holds up Goldsboro store A gunman assaulted a clerk Thursday at Hill's Beef and Pork Center and then stole the cash register and about $320, a Goldsboro police report said. The robber entered the store at 2315 N. William...

Briefly

Moore to visit State Treasurer Richard Moore, who has been a national leader in reforming the mutual fund industry, will visit Goldsboro on Tuesday, and the public is invited to hear him speak. Moore plans to be at the Rotary...

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Partners in education

Partners in education News-Argus/Phyllis Moore Wayne Community College President Ed Wilson, second from left, watches as East Carolina University deans Dr. Jim Smith and Dr. Marilyn Sheerer sign a partnership agreement with WCC. At right is Debbie Grady, coordinator of...

City has trouble with Homestead land

The city of Goldsboro is running into some problems in getting its land back from Project Homestead, which was supposed to use the land to build houses for flood victims and first-time home buyers. The organization has borrowed money...

Election rematch set for March 23

A rematch between Goldsboro City Council candidates Danny Roseborough and Jackie Warrick may be held March 23. The State Board of Elections has requested that date for the second election. The request goes to the U.S. Justice Department for...

County zoning to expand

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners plans to zone more land this year, particularly around Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's flight paths. The commissioners held an all-day workshop Wednesday at the Goldsboro Country Club. They reviewed all county departments'...

WCC forms partnership with ECU

Wayne Community College signed on as a partner Wednesday with East Carolina University to help the county "grow its own" teachers. Wayne Community became the third site for the Partnership East program, designed to meet the increasing demand for...

Jack Best files for county commissioner seat

Walnut Creek Councilman Jack Best plans to try for higher office -- Wayne County commissioner. A Democrat, Best said this morning that he will run in District 6, the seat now held by Commissioner Ken Gerrard. Gerrard, also a Democrat,...

Fire claims life of woman,son

From AP and staff reports HOLLY RIDGE -- An 8-year-old boy and his mother's boyfriend died in a house fire early Wednesday. The mother and another son escaped. The mother, Frances Shelly Bailey, grew up in Wayne County. She moved...

Dental trailer brings help to Duplin children

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County is getting a new tag-along trailer to keep records from the mobile dental program. The county Health Department's dental clinic for children has grown so much it's run out of space for all the records....

WCC Programs Information

Wayne Community College will hold two information sessions for anyone considering entering the dental, medical assisting, surgical technology, phlebotomy, nursing or human services fields. The presentation will cover career opportunities as well as WCC admissions and program expectations. The hour-long...

Waynesborough Commission changes

The Old Waynesborough Commission will soon become an independent, nonprofit organization. Several proposed, long-range plans were discussed at its meeting Tuesday, including separating from the Wayne County Historical Association. The commission has been a component of the association for...

Briefly

Max has a home Max, who has served the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, as a drug dog, has retired. Having reached the ripe old age of 11 -- that's 77 in dog years -- Max is ready to hang up...

Public records

Woman's bond kept at $1 million The secured bond for a 19-year-old Goldsboro woman, accused of being an accessory to the murders of a man and a woman, remained $1 million following a hearing Wednesday in Wayne County District Court....

Pikeville Meeting

PIKEVILLE -- The town board approved applying for a state grant to help revamp the existing Dees Memorial Park during a special meeting Wednesday. A master plan has been developed and includes one phase of renovations during a three-year...

Pilot accreditation program

Wayne County is one of six counties chosen to participate in a pilot accreditation program for health departments. And by 2005, the health director says, all public health agencies must be accredited. James Roosen talked about public health system...

Father-daughter dance

A benefit father-daughter dance will be held Saturday at the Family Y. The dance will be "Sunday best" dress, so the fathers and daughters can dress up as much as they want. This will be the first father-daughter dance...

Correction

In an article about the Wayne County Health Department's Golden "A" awards, a comment included by the department about the criteria for the honor was in error. Restaurants and food stands must earn a score of 95 percent or higher...

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Log truck crash

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit This is the scene in Fremont this morning after the driver of a logging truck lost control and ran into the carport of a house on U.S. 117. For more information see Log truck hits home in...

Rhodes appeals unfairness

Goldsboro Councilman J.B. Rhodes said Tuesday, before what may have been his last council meeting, that he has filed an appeal to try to keep his political seat. Rhodes received the written order from the state Friday that declared...

Log truck hits home in Fremont

FREMONT -- The driver of a logging truck that ran into a house on U.S. 117 in Fremont this morning was being treated in the emergency room of Wayne Memorial Hospital at press time. Fremont Police Chief Ben Reid said...

Farmers hope for a leaf buyout

MOUNT OLIVE -- A buyout, a cut in quotas and tough competition from other countries were hot topics at the annual meeting of tobacco farmers in the area. The future of a tobacco buyout depends on whether it will...

Studies for annexing northern area OK'd

The Goldsboro City Council agreed Tuesday to spend $250,000 on studies connected with annexing areas northwest of town. Several subdivisions are under consideration, including an area where residents had wanted to form their own town called "Northbrook" in an...

City gets good news on its audit report

What once was thought to have been a $1.7 million loss for Goldsboro has turned into a $400,000 gain. City Council members received the good news Tuesday from Dean Horne of the accounting firm of Pittard, Perry & Crone...

City street closing

Opinions were decidedly mixed about the proposed closing of a street near Salem Church Road during Monday night's City Council meeting. Bryan Alley and Angila Sutton, adjoining property owners, have petitioned the city of Goldsboro to close Sunset Lane. The...

Gardner is fireman of the year

Not only has Kenneth Gardner tried to keep Wayne County's roads safe as a state Highway Patrol trooper, but he also has tried to protect property and lives in the Pikeville-Pleasant Grove fire district as a volunteer firefighter. For...

Briefly

Condron remembered The Wayne County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to memorialize Bill Condron at the Borden Building, soon to be the home of mental health services. A plaque with his name and picture will be hung in the Bill Condron...

Public records

Thieves take cash, jewelry from 5 homes About $11,007 worth of property, including jewelry and entertainment equipment, and $5,135 in cash were stolen from five homes, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Office reports. *A safe with $4,500 and jewelry, valued...

Golden A awards

Calling area restaurants with the highest sanitation grades the "valedictorians" for 2003, Ben King of the Health Department applauded winners of the Golden "A" awards on Tuesday night. There were ties in two categories this year, bringing the number...

Eastpointe official says Wayne receiving same care

The merger of four county mental health agencies has not limited Wayne County residents' access to services, Eastpointe officials said Tuesday. However, the state's reform of its mental health system still has many unknowns, Director Jack St. Clair told...

Duplin considers creating county EMS

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County commissioners were surprised Tuesday to learn that all of the members of the volunteer Kenansville EMS squad planned to resign next month. This prompted the commissioners to add a new item to the agenda:...

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Living history

News-Argus/Sam Atkins A Civil War battle re-enactment will take place on Jan 31 and Feb. 1 at the Waynesborough Historical Village. From left are Joel White, Bobby Mozingo, Kirk Keller, akk Civil War re-enactors; Victoria Best and Colleen Baker,...

Man lost at sea just retired from O'Berry Center

A Goldsboro man reportedly lost at sea over the weekend had recently retired from O'Berry Center. Dr. Robert S. Freeman, 62, was chief of dental services at O'Berry until Jan. 1. He had seven years and one month of state...

Sager to seek re-election

Wayne County Commissioner Efton Sager has decided to run for re-election in District 4. Sager, a Republican, had said he would announce his decision at the beginning of the filing period in February, but he received several phone calls that...

First re-enactment of Goldsboro battle planned

The sights and sounds of a Civil War battle will fill Waynesborough Historical Village as about 200 participants re-create the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge. Danny Davis, who has been involved in battle re-enactments since 1984, has organized the event,...

'Zoning' is bad word in Faison

FAISON -- Say the word "zoning" in Faison, and people get nervous. The Faison town board tried to calm residents' concerns about zoning Monday night during a public hearing at the fire station. More than 100 people showed up,...

Sheriff promotes two officers

Two more veteran officers, each with about 20 years of service, have been promoted by Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders. William Arthur "Buddy" King was promoted to the rank of captain and will be in charge of the civil...

500 attend MLK event

Students from 13 county schools portrayed black historical figures Monday, testing the knowledge of the 500 audience members at Goldsboro's Martin Luther King celebration. Characters ranged from actress Ruby Dee and politician Barbara Jordan to the inventor of the...

More comply with grease trap rule

Several of the eating establishments listed in last week's paper as not complying with the city's grease trap requirements are now coming into compliance. Chief Inspector Ed Cianfarra said the Sof T Shop received a permit last week, and...

Southern Wayne receives grant

Southern Wayne High School was one of 15 schools in the state selected to receive a grant aimed at strengthening its environmental education efforts. The $700 grant will be used to enhance environmental education in the school. Each winning application...

Public records

Three injured in county collisions Three people were injured and damages were estimated at $35,000 in five recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *Damages were estimated at $5,500 in a two-vehicle collision at 5:15 p.m. Monday at North...

Correction

New Century Bank will open in Goldsboro later this month at 425 N. Spence Ave. A headline in Sunday's News-Argus stated it was to open in March, which is incorrect....

Monday, January 19, 2004

Sun colors vapor trail

News-Argus/Brent Hood The late-afternoon sun on the vapor trail of this commercial jet almost looks as if the plane is leaving flames behind it as it files over Goldsboro....

Goldsboro man missing at sea

SWANSBORO -- The search for a Goldsboro man lost at sea has been suspended pending further developments, according to a Coast Guard official at Fort Macon. Alan Braswell at the Fort Macon Coast Guard station said the search will not...

Guaranteed workers

ATLANTIC BEACH -- People don't generally show up for the first day of work with any promise that they can do the job. In Wayne County, that could change. County officials are considering a proposal to guarantee its work...

Hood announces for commissioners

Mark Hood has announced his intention to run for the District 4 county commissioner seat, currently held by Efton Sager. Sager, a Republican, has not yet said whether he will run for re-election. Hood, a Democrat and native of Grantham,...

J.D. Evans to run again

County Commissioner J.D. Evans has announced that he will seek re-election in District 3. "Serving as a county commissioner for the last four years has afforded me an opportunity to provide leadership to move the county to a higher level...

Gator bait

In Sunday's Outdoors Column, I wrote of the experience James Thompson had while deer hunting near our coast. He was wading through a swamp when he came upon an alligator that had just grabbed a deer by the leg and...

Public records

House fires A toaster oven and cigarette ash on a couch triggered two small house fires, a Goldsboro Fire Department official said. No one was injured. Damages totaled $2,000 Friday in the fires. The toaster oven caused a fire at...

Barkley and team win weight challenge

Monika Barkley of Goldsboro and her weight-loss team won the Dr. Phil weight-loss challenge today. This means each team member can take someone with them on a four-day trip to a spa of their choice. The trip is worth $7,000....

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Getting base contracts can be rewarding

ATLANTIC BEACH -- Wayne County businesses may be ignoring Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, merely because they're worried about getting snared in red tape. But some assistance is available to help businesses navigate through the bureaucratic mazes and market...

King remembered in Freedom March

Wayne County residents celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday afternoon marching and singing down Center Street in Goldsboro. The first Freedom March in Goldsboro was sponsored by the local NAACP branch. About 30 people gathered on...

Annexing northeast area to be discussed

The Goldsboro City Council will decide Tuesday night whether to spend $250,000 to begin the process of annexing areas northwest of town. The meeting is being held at 7 p.m. Tuesday instead of Monday because of the Martin Luther...

'Mockingbird' trivia fun - win a book

In support of "Wayne County Reads," the Goldsboro News-Argus will sponsor a weekly trivia contest about "To Kill A Mockingbird." A trivia question will appear in each Sunday's edition for the next eight weeks. Some questions could be answered by...

USA Weekend being withheld because of slur

USA Weekend, a supplement that appears on Sundays in the News-Argus, is not being distributed today because this week's edition contained a racial slur. Editors of the publication notified the News-Argus and other newspapers that the slur had been...

Public record

Drug charges The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad arrested and charged Crystal Ann Thigpen Martin, 24, and Randy Chester Parsons II, 22, both of W. Main Street in Pikeville with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, maintaining...

300 Jurors will be summoned for murder trial

Three hundred jurors will be summoned for the trial of Eric Glenn Lane, who is accused of murdering 5-year-old Precious Ebony Whitfield in 2002. Judge G.K. Butterfield Jr. of Wilson decided that Friday during a hearing on 49 pretrial...

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Barbecue news "He makes the bet and I pay the debt," said Wilber Shirley. He was talking about Gov. Mike Easley. He was just joking, though. He didn't mind the governor putting up a mess of Wilber's barbecue in a...

Wayne Community College Honor Students

Fifty-six students joined Wayne Community College's honor society in its traditional fall induction ceremonies witnessed by faculty, staff, friends and family. The students accepted the invitation of the Upsilon Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for...

Wayne Men and Women in the Military

Jeron Collins Navy Seaman Apprentice Jeron Collins has been presented a Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Professionalism while serving as a deck seaman on the USS Iwo Jima from August to October 2003 as a member of the Naval Component...

Southern Wayne students protest dress code - one suspended

Several Southern Wayne High School students say they plan to appear before the school board to debate the validity of a dress code that forbids wearing clothing related to their southern heritage. Josh Keating, 16, a junior at the...

Two farmers choosen for seminar

Wayne County farmers, Daryl Anderson and Kelvin Norris, have been selected for participation in the 2004 Master Farm Management Seminar at N.C. State University. They are among a select group of only 36 chosen to attend. The Master Farm Management...

Wayne gets state orders on elections

The Wayne County Elections Office received the state orders regarding two municipal elections just before 5 p.m. Friday, and managed to serve City Councilman J.B. Rhodes before the end of business. The State Board of Elections upheld the results...

News-Argus website evolving

To our readers: Starting Monday, the Goldsboro News-Argus site on the Internet -- www.newsargus.com -- will take on a new look and offer new features to its visitors. Readers will be able to search the newspaper's archives, which are now...