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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on February 18, 2004 1:57 PM

Oh, deer!

Pat Nunn of Goldsboro says she thought Friday the 13th was the day you're supposed to see a black cat, but instead she saw two deer crossing in front of her while she was on Berkeley Boulevard.

She had been at Lowe's Home Improvement Store and was heading south. She drove under the U.S. 70 overpass and stopped at the traffic light.

The deer ran from between Century 21 real estate office and El Korita Restaurant, bounded across the busy street, jumped a ditch and were out of sight.

"It was 12:14 p.m., a bright, sunny gorgeous day," said Ms. Nunn. "It was crazy."

She says she wasn't the only one sitting at that light with mouth dropped open. A driver for Jackson & Sons saw it, too, she said.

"Thank goodness the light was red, because they didn't slow down for anything -- jumping the ditch, over the chain link fence and on towards Target."

Student quiz winner

A Rosewood Middle School student has advanced to the state level in a competition that could net her up to $25,000 in scholarships.

Marina Mayton was the eighth-grade champion of the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge in the fall and advances to the state championship on Feb. 27.

The start of this year's challenge drew thousands of schools. Each school's grade winners took a written qualifying test, and now up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in the state championship. The Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge will provide an all-expense-paid trip to the national championship for state champions and their teacher or escorts in late March.

The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship. The second-place winner will receive $15,000, and the third-place winner will receive $10,000.

The NBC "Today" show's weather and feature reporter, Al Roker, will serve as "Quiz Master" for the national finals.

'More stores, please'

City Councilman Charles Williams said Monday that grocery stores are needed in southwestern Goldsboro.

Williams said he received several calls from people expressing concern about the lack of grocery stores in the Slocumb Street area. Many people, he said, had to travel to Mar Mac for groceries.

"We have senior citizens, retirees and disabled persons living in our area, and there is tremendous need for a food and supplies store," he said. Williams wondered if officials in grocery store chains, such a Winn-Dixie, Food Lion and Piggly Wiggly stores, were aware of the need.

"It would be a wise investment," he said, "and would be highly beneficial to our citizens and to their businesses."

Student news conference

At the 4-H county council meeting Thursday at the Wayne Center, there will be a student "news conference" with U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr.

There will be a mock news briefing at 6:20 p.m. "Press passes" will be distributed to the children and are mandatory for attending the press conference.

During the event, Sarah Finch and Jonathan Stutts will receive Congressional Awards.

Stroke support

Find out more about coping with the lifelong changes that accompany a stroke.

The Stroke Support Group meets Thursday night from 7 to 8 in the pathology classroom at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month.

This month's topic is "Dealing with Stress and Depression." For information, call Rehabilitation Services Director Scott Gibson at 731-6005.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile on Thursday from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the chapter house, 600 N. George St., by appointment only by calling 735-7201.