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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on February 10, 2004 2:01 PM

New election dates

Following Monday's postponement of the primary elections, the Wayne County Board of Elections has a new schedule for this year.

The filing period for local and state candidates opens at noon Monday, April 26, and closes at noon Friday, May 7.

The primary election will be Tuesday, July 20. If a second primary is needed, it will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17.

The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Absentee voting will begin Monday, May 31, for the primary and Monday, Sept. 13, for the general elections. Details for one-stop voting will be announced once they are finalized.

Anyone with questions about elections may call the elections office at 731-1311.

Park finalist

Danielle Marie Bliss, a senior at Eastern Wayne High School, has been named a Park Scholarship finalist at N.C. State University.

She is the daughter of Mike and Judy Bliss in Goldsboro. Danielle is student government president and a member of the National Honor Society. She also participates in the Teen Court program of Wayne County, cheers for a competitive cheerleading squad in Greenville and is employed by Logan's Roadhouse as a hostess. She plans to major in biology.

The Park Scholarships program is among the most prestigious undergraduate merit scholarship programs in the country. The scholarships pay all expenses for four years of study at N.C. State and include a stipend for each student to purchase a personal computer.

Finalists for this year's scholarships have been invited to N.C. State on Feb. 20-21 for final interviews.

Seip promotion

Brig. Gen. Norman R. Seip, the former commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, has been nominated to the rank of major general.

He has been serving since July 2002 as the deputy director of operations and training for the deputy chief of staff for air and space operations at the Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Seip was commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base from April 1999 through May 2001. He spent several years before then at Seymour Johnson, including time as an F-15E pilot.

Play auditions

Center Stage Theatre will hold auditions for actors ages 18 and up for the production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

Audition dates and times are Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 16 through 18, from 7 until 9 p.m. in Herman Park Center, 901 E. Ash St. Production dates are Thursday through Sunday, May 6 through 9. Information: 778-7300.

Book drive

Two organizations that promote learning in Wayne County want to make sure every child in the community has a book to read.

In preparation for the national "Read America Day" on March 2, Sylvan Learning Center is sponsoring a book drive this month to benefit the Wish Book program for the Wayne County Partnership for Children.

The public is invited to bring new or gently used books to Sylvan at 206 N. Spence Ave.; to the partnership or Smart Start office, 800 N. William St.; or to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Library at 1520 Goodson St.

The book drive is an effort to encourage parents and children to shore up reading skills. All books collected will be donated to the partnership during an event to be held on Feb. 27.

For more information about the book drive, contact Toni Frana at 751-2380.