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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 25, 2004 2:01 AM

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, Starling, of Mount Olive, would be trying to keep the seat in Republican hands. It is now held by Arnold Flowers, who said he won't run for re-election.

The only other declared candidate is a Democrat, Roland "Bud" Gray, who is a farmer and the chief of the New Hope Fire Department.

Gray is making his first run for office, while Starling ran unsuccessfully for the N.C. House of Representa-tives in 2000 and 2002.

The district includes southeastern and eastern Wayne, ranging from Indian Springs to Saulston.

Trivia question

In support of "Wayne County Reads," the Goldsboro News-Argus is sponsoring a weekly trivia contest about the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Submit guesses on paper at our office at 310 N. Berkeley Blvd. or mail them to Trivia Contest, Goldsboro News-Argus, P.O. Box 10629, Goldsboro, N.C. 27532. Answers can also be e-mailed to mshaw@newsargus.com. Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number.

We will draw at noon Friday from all correct entries and award a hardback, 40th-anniversary edition of the novel to the lucky reader.

The answer to last week's question: Crazy Addie was the Maycomb resident who mutilated chickens and household pets. The answer is found in the first chapter of the book.

The winner, drawn from around 20 correct entries, was Mary Aswell of Selah Church Road.

This week's question: Harper Lee based the character "Dill" on a childhood friend who also grew up to be a famous author. Name him.

Mount Olive

high school

A public meeting to discuss the possibility of a high school in Mount Olive will be held on Tuesday night.

The community forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Mount Olive Historic Assembly Hall, the former Mount Olive High School.

The meeting is sponsored by the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce and the Mount Olive High School Steering Committee.

Lynn Williams, spokesman for the group, said "The committee wants to explain to the community where we are and what we know, and generate support."

She said school board members are expected to be on hand and there will be a time for questions and answers. County commissioners and town board members have also been invited to attend.