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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Cops catch driver

A Mount Olive man wrecked his car into a Goldsboro police car Tuesday night. And in the ensuing chase he hit three more cars, injuring two people, according to police reports. The driver, Demarcus Martell Davis, 18, of Fleer...

Motorcyclist dies

A woman riding a motorcycle died Tuesday, two days after she wrecked on Old Mount Olive Highway, a Highway Patrol report said. The victim was identified as Patricia Ann Cheek, 49, of 9104 Crosswinds Court, Kenly. State Trooper M.G. Conley...

Professor warns of religious fanaticism

Religious extremists -- Muslims, Christians, even Buddhists -- are making the world a more dangerous place, a Wake Forest University professor told an audience in Goldsboro on Tuesday night. But it would be wrong to brand all religious people...

Cooper keeps busy as Attorney General

From prosecuting bad guys to trying to clean the air, Roy Cooper finds that being the state attorney general means being involved in just about every issue that affects the state. Many North Carolinians know him from his television commercials...

Teacher scholarship applications available

Wayne County teacher scholarship applications are available for anyone interested in pursuing a teaching career in the Wayne County public schools. The deadline to apply is April 23. The program, sponsored by the county Board of Commissioners, was established in...

Public records

School sued A special education student who was injured in 2001 at Greenwood Middle School and her parents are suing the Wayne County Board of Education and five school employees. The student, Brittney Leid, and her parents, Tonita B. Mayo...

Grants awarded to recycle school paper

A new program in Wayne County plans to reuse the paper in the schools, reduce the amount being dumped in the landfill and, at the same time, help disabled people. Two Wayne County nonprofit organizations will each receive $25,000...

Briefly

Election officially over The canvass of the results of the rematch between Danny Roseborough and Jackie Warrick for a seat on the Goldsboro City Council went quickly Tuesday, with no changes in results. Warrick is still the winner, with 600...

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Concerned Clergy, NAACP group oppose school construction plan

The proposed $82.5 million school bond plan would exacerbate Wayne County's problem with racial imbalance in the central Goldsboro schools, says a group aligned with the NAACP. Concerned Clergy members on Monday challenged elected officials not to approve the...

Pickle Fest extends hours

MOUNT OLIVE -- The N.C. Pickle Festival's hours will be extended by three hours on April 24 in downtown Mount Olive. The festival's Saturday hours were 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., said Gina Knode, chairman of the Pickle Festival...

Children register for city baseball league

More than 80 children showed up Saturday to register for a baseball league aimed at improving baseball skills for inner-city youth. On Saturday the newly formed Jackie Robinson League will give young people another chance to sign up for...

Homestead's financial records missing

GREENSBORO -- The computer server that contains Project Homestead's financial records has been missing since the day before the nonprofit home builder filed for bankruptcy liquidation, Homestead's court-appointed bankruptcy trustee told the Greensboro News & Record on Monday. Project Homestead...

Waynesborough Village holds T-shirt contest

Waynesborough Historical Village is sponsoring a T-shirt design contest that is open to all art students and artists in Wayne County. The purpose is to design a T-shirt for the Black History Expo, which will be at the village...

Gifted students will exhibit talents

Wayne County public schools will hold their annual Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program Expo on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the administrative offices on Royall Avenue. The public is invited. The exposition will showcase the various...

Lowe's CEO joins college foundation board

MOUNT OLIVE -- Robert L. "Bob" Tillman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Lowe's Companies Inc., has joined the Mount Olive College Foundation Board. "We are thrilled that Bob Tillman has agreed to join the foundation board,"...

Briefly

Seeking young voters The Board of Elections will be conducting voter registrations during lunch hours this month at all high schools in Wayne County. The drive begins Thursday at Eastern Wayne High School. The remaining schedule is Friday, Goldsboro High;...

Public records

Crimes of the Week Car break-ins between 7 p.m. Wednesday and noon Thursday have been chosen by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as its latest "Crimes of the Week." Thieves damaged the locks to enter a car in the Jamison Inn...

Monday, March 29, 2004

Gerrard resigns seat to focus on business

Wayne County Commissioner Ken Gerrard resigned this morning from the county board, effective immediately. Gerrard, a commissioner since 1996 and current board chairman, called his decision "strictly financial." Gerrard Gerrard had already planned to leave the board at the end...

Ogburn named Fremont principal

Debbie Ogburn, assistant principal at Greenwood Middle School, has been named principal at Fremont STARS Elementary School. She began her new assignment today. Mrs. Ogburn has served as assistant principal of Greenwood Middle for the past three years. She...

30,000 pounds of electronics to be recycling

Traffic flowed steadily Saturday into a corner of the parking lot at Sam's Club, as Wayne County residents and businesses brought their old electronics out for recycling. By day's end, the area looked like an outdoor flea market for...

Elections Board works to sort out districts for public

Where are you? Possibly Goldsboro. Wayne County, most likely. But do you know which county district you're in? Who are your state legislators? Is your home in the U.S. House's 1st or 3rd district? Lawmakers have redrawn many of...

FAA gives blessing to Mt. Olive runway extension

MOUNT OLIVE -- The federal government has given its blessing to a plan to extend the runway at the town's airport. Mount Olive Mayor Ruff Huggins said the state Division of Aviation received a letter from the Federal Aviation...

Public Records

Fire destroys house A vacant house at 903 Greenleaf St. was destroyed Saturday in a fire that was referred to Goldsboro police for a further investigation. Assistant Fire Chief Ray Boyette said the home was engulfed in flames when he...

Review: 'Cinderella' enchants audience

The story of "Cinderella" is supposed to be enchanting, and the Goldsboro Ballet made sure that it was. The dancers performed the show Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Paramount Theatre, and it was beautiful to watch. There...

Bloodmobile

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Wayne High School for faculty and students. Donors will receive a Blood Tour 2004 T-shirt....

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Festival flowers in Fremont

FREMONT -- Look for firsts when you spot your first wild turkey after taking a scenic route to Fremont for the 18th annual Daffodil Festival. Saturday was the first time the platform joust came to the Children's Alley. It...

Ineligible or eligible? Goldsboro pays into retirement of city attorney

Goldsboro has paid thousands of dollars toward state retirement benefits for City Attorney Harrell Everett over the past three decades, even though state officials have said he is not entitled to those benefits. Michael Williamson, director of the state...

Cooper-Standard, including Wayne plants, searches for buyer

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. wants to sale Cooper-Standard Automotive Group, which includes two plants in Wayne County, according to a company spokesman. Roger S. Hendriksen at the company's corporate headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, said that Lazard Freres, an...

Goldsboro to celebrate annual De-Rail-A-Bration

The young and young-at-heart will want to come to downtown Goldsboro's annual De-Rail-A-Bration celebration on Saturday. There will be lots of things on South Center Street to keep you busy and entertained. There will be rides, games, food, vendors, entertainment,...

Four awarded honor of Long Leaf Pine

Four people were honored with the governor's highest award in a ceremony Saturday night at the Goldsboro Elks Lodge Law Enforcement Banquet. Gov. Mike Easley sent the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Wayne County to be given...

Court cases

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Kevin Ray Hales, 28, Hales Road, Pikeville, trafficking in methamphetamine, 70 to 84 months. *Jamie Scott Parrish, 29, Mary Lane, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury...

Public record

Both drivers charged Two drivers and a passenger under age 5 were treated and released from Wayne Memorial Hospital after a collision Friday morning at the intersection of Mulberry and Lionel Streets. Michael Angelo Shaw of Airport Road said he...

Briefly

Business checklist People who want to open a new business in Mount Olive will soon have a checklist to help them. Patti O'Donoghue, president of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kenny Talton, town planning director, are putting...

Friday, March 26, 2004

Annexation meeting draws angry response

A crowd at an informational meeting about annexation Thursday cared less about what city services they would get and more about how they could fight the proposed annexation. Over 100 frustrated and angry people filled the ballroom at Lane Tree...

Firetruck crashes

A Pikeville-Pleasant Grove firefighter racing to a fire in another district lost control of the truck Thursday and overturned, the Highway Patrol said. The driver, Jonathan Clay Gardner, 23, of Vail Road, Pikeville, was rushed by ambulance to Wayne Memorial...

Trees block ditch

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Ashley Jones says he wants the state highway workers to clean up their mess. He says workers with the state Division of Highways keep dumping fallen trees into a ditch next to the farm he oversees...

Group says it feels ignored in school bond process

A Goldsboro community group says it has not received the same consideration or public discussion from the school board as other groups. Representing Concerned Clergy, the Rev. Dr. William Barber said the group is appalled that the school board...

Wayne only county to have four credentialed school health centers

Wayne County has become the only county in the state to have four accredited school-based health centers. The centers are at Brogden, Goldsboro, Dillard and Mount Olive middle schools. Phyllis Hill, director of Wayne Initiative for School Health, or WISH,...

Yen scam suspect charged

A former Goldsboro resident with a yen for Japanese money has been sentenced to about two to three years in prison -- less than 10 percent of the time that he could have received. Bruce Wiggins, 40, of Norfolk,...

Arts Council unveils pig in Fremont

FREMONT -- The Arts Council of Wayne County Board of Directors held its March meeting in Fremont on Thursday so members could attend the unveiling of another of the sculptures in the "When Pigs Fly" public art and fund-raising...

Tax help available

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Services for the Aged is offering income tax assistance to those taxpayers with middle to low incomes, with special attention to those 60 years of age and older filling out 2003 income tax returns. Volunteers...

Shakespeare teacher workshops planned

HIGH POINT -- The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival is planning its 2004 edition of Hands-on-Shakespeare, a weekend workshop for English teachers. This year's workshop begins July 9 and ends July 11 on the campus of High Point University. Hand-on-Shakespeare...

Public records

Repo man? A man came to a home Wednesday and told the resident that he had to repossess his 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, a Wayne County sheriff's report said. The report said the resident, Linwood Allen Maready of Long Henry Grady...

Duplin to hold kindergarten registration

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for the Duplin County Schools will be Thursday, April 8. Registration will be held in each elementary school beginning at 8:30 a.m. A certified birth certificate is required. Bring immunization report and results of a...

Briefly

Electronic recycling Wayne County residents will have an opportunity to get rid of old and obsolete electronic equipment Saturday during Keep Wayne County Beautiful's third electronic recycling day. The organization is once again teaming up with Franklin's Recycling Co. to...

Daffofil Festival Saturday features Embers

FREMONT -- The Embers will return Saturday to headline the 18th annual Daffodil Festival in downtown Fremont. The Embers will perform a two-hour concert from about 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Stage 2 near East Main and Sycamore streets....

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Schools send $82.5 million plan to county

The school board officially approved its $82.5 million construction plan Wednesday night and said it now looks forward to working with commissioners and the public to get it passed. One board member, however, hesitated to cast her vote until...

Student transfer policy tightened slightly

The Wayne County school board tightened up its student transfer policy a little, but two members withheld their support, saying it did not go far enough. The new policy would not automatically allow transfers for students out of district...

WCC volunteers honored for teaching adults to read

Ernestine Vann walked gingerly through Wayne Community College's cafeteria and up to the podium. The senior citizen carefully measured each step before taking it. It would have been a mistake to think of her as frail. When it comes...

Seven Springs library can be moved -- with conditions

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The town board and Wayne County library trustees have agreed in principle to move the Seven Springs library down the hill. The library trustees presented conditions under which they would allow the library to move back...

Rosewood survives the Battle of the Books

Students from nine middle schools spent most of Wednesday being quizzed on their knowledge of books. But only one school's team, Rosewood Middle, captured the title of Battle of the Books champion. Greenwood Middle School came in second place....

Briefly

Elks banquet Four presentations of the state's highest award will be made Saturday at the Goldsboro Elks Lodge Law Enforcement Banquet. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception at the lodge at 105 E. Chestnut St. Tickets...

Family Y schedules Healthy Kids Day

The Goldsboro Family Y wants children to be healthy and has scheduled a day of fun to help them on their way. The 13th Annual Healthy Kids Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April...

Walnut Creek approves commercial requirements

The Walnut Creek Village Council adopted a commercial zoning ordinance Wednesday, almost two years after commercial property was annexed into the village. In 2002, the village annexed the Village Green Shopping area and vacant land on the corner of...

Radio station seeks tower variance in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A lawyer for the owners of a Mount Olive radio station is drawing up a request for a temporary variance to erect three towers. Mount Olive Broadcasting's WDJS is at 990 N. Center St., about a...

Public Records

Police investigate fire on Holland Drive A fire that caused about $2,100 in damages Wednesday to a home at 702 Holland Drive has been referred to Goldsboro police for a further investigation. "It was a set fire," Police Sgt. David...

The 'shadows' know a little more about careers

Wayne County high school students had the chance Wednesday to witness firsthand the careers they might pursue one day. "All of these are going to demand of you more education, more discipline and more time," said Dianne Riley, director...

Faison clerk retires; Higgins promoted

FAISON -- Jean Holmes is resigning as town clerk, and her assistant, Christian Higgins, will be sworn in on April 7 to replace her. Ms. Holmes is training Ms. Higgins to take over as clerk on March 31. The...

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Warrick wins City Council seat

Goldsboro's District 6 voters have chosen Jackie Warrick as their new city councilman. Warrick won with a total of 600 votes, 99 more than challenger Danny Roseborough, in the runoff election, according to unofficial election results. He will replace...

Eastpointe mental health faces funding cuts

MOUNT OLIVE -- Eastpointe's board of directors voted Tuesday night to fight a planned $1.5 million cut in its state funding next year. The board, which oversees local public mental health services, will ask the county boards in Wayne,...

Residents hearing scheduled on city annexation

Goldsboro staff members will answer residents' questions about the proposed annexation near Salem Church and Buck Swamp roads on Thursday. Though the city plans on holding a public hearing on April 5, as required by law, Thursday's meeting at...

Police adjust shifts to patrol high-crime areas

Goldsboro police officers are working longer hours on patrol so that high-crime areas can be patrolled more often, officials say. Until last week, patrol officers worked 20 eight-hour shifts every four weeks. Now they are working only 14 days...

South end of county seemed to be on fire

"It looked for a while that the whole south end of the county was on fire." That's what Mount Olive firefighter Greg Wiggins said today after seven volunteer departments were dispatched at about 1 p.m. Tuesday to structure and...

Update presented on shrimp farming

Eating shrimp the size of a small to medium lobster tail may not be an inconceivable concept now that one company has developed the art of growing shrimp in a pond. Gene Wiseman, co-founder of D.J. and W. Farms...

Public records

Store raided; alcohol seized A Goldsboro store was raided, beer and wine was seized and the shopkeeper was charged by state Alcohol Law Enforcement officers. ALE officers, armed with a search warrant and assisted by Goldsboro police, on Friday night...

College approves expansion of criminal justice program

Wayne Community College will expand its criminal justice program in the fall to enhance training in public safety and homeland security. The board of trustees approved the concentration in "critical incident management" Tuesday night. Once passed by the state...

Conference to aid parents scheduled

Five community agencies are sponsoring a conference to draw attention to what it takes to ensure the best possible results with children. On April 22 from noon until 2 p.m., the public is invited to a free lunch and...

Only one month to go for TITANIC

RALEIGH -- One month from today visitors to one of the North Carolina's most popular traveling exhibits will walk through for the last time. During the eight-month run of "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit," which is on display at the N.C....

Dealing with difficult people seminar set

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer the free seminar "Dealing With Difficult Situations" on Monday, April 19, from 2-5 p.m. in Room 145 of the Dogwood Building on campus. Call 735-5151, ext. 334, to...

Briefly

Fish dinner The Knights of Columbus annual family fish fry dinner will be held Friday. The dinners will be sold from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in St. Mary School auditorium at the corner of Edgerton Street and Jefferson Avenue....

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

School board proposes $82.5 million in new construction

After deliberating for seven hours on Monday, the school board agreed to send an $82.5 million construction plan to the Wayne County commissioners. Included in the proposal are new high schools in Grantham and Mount Olive, two auxiliary gymnasiums...

Strawberries survive cold snap

Strawberry farmers continue to deal with cooler temperatures and hope that more consistent, warmer weather is on the horizon. Harold Barwick has three acres of strawberries one mile from Mount Olive on N.C. 55 East. He has about 45,000...

District 6 re-election underway

Voting got off to a smooth, albeit slow, start this morning in the rematch for the final seat on the Goldsboro City Council. Seven county precincts opened at 6:30 a.m. for the rematch of Danny Roseborough and Jackie Warrick...

Social Services asks for $2 million increase

Wayne County could spend $2 million more next year to reimburse part of the cost of providing medical services to the poor. The Social Services Department is estimating that it will need nearly $13 million in county funding in...

Grantham woman's murder still under investigation

The murder of a Grantham woman remains under investigation, but Wayne County sheriff's officials are saying little else about the case. Peggy B. Brock, 45, was gunned down at about 3 a.m. Nov. 10 in her home at 451 James...

Jackie Robinson league looking for players

An effort to improve the baseball skills of Wayne County young people will get under way this weekend. The newly formed Jackie Robinson League is inviting any girl or boy between the ages of 6 and 9 to register...

River Landing development gets award

KENANSVILLE -- River Landing of Wallace received the President's Award from James Sprunt Community College. After presenting the award, the college's president spoke of the funding problems the school faces. Receiving the award were the owners of River Landing...

Briefly

'Annie' at GHS Goldsboro High School will present the musical "Annie" this week. The students will perform for the public Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at the school. County school students will also see performances Wednesday through Friday. Little Miss Daffodil...

Public records

Woman found An elderly Hispanic woman from Kinston -- who wandered away from relatives Sunday and may be suffering from Alzheimer's disease -- was found about six hours later after an intense search, a Goldsboro police official said Monday. Aurora...

Mount Olive High School steering meeting March 30

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive High School Steering Committee will meet Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the courtroom at Mount Olive Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to create a more formal organization and to...

State education official to speak

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dr. Janice Davis, deputy state superintendent of education for the state Department of Public Instruction, will speak at this year's Braswell Lecture at Mount Olive College. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in...

NC Blackbeard Fest 2004 Plans Announced

MOREHEAD CITY -- The North Carolina Blackbeard Fest is scheduled for May 14 and 15 in Morehead City and in Beaufort. The annual festival showcases the Queen Anne's Revenge project. The ship is proving to be the flagship of...

Federal agency finds basis for discrimination

MOUNT OLIVE -- A federal agency has ruled in favor of a man who says the town discriminated against him. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has forwarded the ruling to the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., saying a paramedic,...

Monday, March 22, 2004

Elections office gets ready for rematch

Close to 5 percent of the registered voters in Goldsboro's District 6 have already chosen their new councilman. The rest of the voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the rematch election between Danny Roseborough and Jackie...

Over 900 say farewell to Joce

Snap shots of Spc. Jocelyn "Joce" Carrasquillo smiling on the beach with his friends and hugging his family members were shown on a large screen in the First Pentecostal Holiness Church. All was quiet except for some whispers and...

Organizers deem 'Wayne County Reads' a success

The success of the first "Wayne County Reads" has organizers eager to begin booking next year's events. More than a thousand people checked out "To Kill A Mockingbird" materials from Wayne County's public libraries between early January and last...

Theater race appears to have ended

The race to be the first company to build a multiplex theater in Goldsboro appears to be over. Minnesota based United Entertainment Corp. received its foundation permit last week and has begun work. A building permit hasn't yet been...

Williford run for congress

An Oxford man is planning to file for the U.S. House of Representatives' 1st District, setting up a Republican primary this summer. During a visit to Goldsboro on Friday, Jerry Williford said he intended to run "a positive campaign, one...

Health Board discusses smoking policy

The issue of smoking was recently brought before the Wayne County Board of Health, but not to debate its health risks. Health Director James Roosen said he has received a lot of complaints recently from patients, staff members and...

Price named Sportsman of the Year

Gene Price, editor emeritus of the Goldsboro News-Argus, was honored Saturday by the N.C. Wildlife Federation. Price was named the Sportsman of the Year, which is among the Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards. The presentation was made at the North Raleigh...

Clarification

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders clarified today that he had never given a ride to a suspected drunken driver. Winders had been quoted in a News-Argus story Friday as saying that when he was a rookie in the Goldsboro Police...

Duplin exchanges cans for trees

KENANSVILLE -- About 60 people traded used soda cans for free trees Friday at Kenan Park. The Arbor Day tree give-away is about six years old, says Teresa Quinn with Keep America Beautiful. It's a joint project of the...

Public records

Officer struck; driver charged A Goldsboro police officer and his dog were struck by a van Saturday night on Rudolph Street, a police report said. The driver fled but was arrested later and charged with multiple offenses. Officer David A....

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Rapist convicted

A courageous elderly woman fought off an attacker last summer and then testified that he also had raped her in her Goldsboro home of more than 50 years. DNA evidence collected from the 76-year-old victim proved that the 35-year-old...

Guardsman's death discussed

Jocelyn Luis Carrasquillo died a hero. That's the one thing his family will feel certain of when they lay him to rest today in Goldsboro. Family members said Friday that they continue to want more details surrounding the National...

Electronic recycling

Keep Wayne County Beautiful is giving residents another chance to keep obsolete and harmful electronic equipment out of the county landfill. The organization is once again teaming up with Franklin's Recycling Co. to hold a one-day electronics collection. The...

City election Tuesday

Registered voters in Goldsboro's District 6 will go to the polls Tuesday to try to decide again who should be the newest member of the City Council. Danny Roseborough and Jackie Warrick will be on the ballot to see who...

Richard Glazier performs

"Can't sing. Can't act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little bit." This was the evaluation given of an actor who had auditioned for RKO in the early 1930s. Know who he was? Fred Astaire! Fortunately, Hollywood gave him a...

Red Cross auction

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross made more than $10,000 on it first Heroes Campaign auction. It was held Thursday at Lane Tree Golf Club. The auction featured a multitude of sports memorabilia and other items....

Rock climbing wall

Students at Rosewood Elementary School are climbing the walls, but not because spring has arrived. A 42-foot-long rock climbing wall has been added to the school's physical education program. It is about 10 feet high and students climb across,...

Public safety course

A distraught husband calls 911. Within minutes, sheriff's deputies arrive to find a woman has been stabbed many times. EMTs determine she is dead. So far, it is all in a day's work for Wayne County public safety professionals. Then...

Wayne people in the military

Donald Fabrao Navy Seaman Recruit Donald A. Fabrao, son of Donna L. Fabrao of La Grange, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Fabrao completed a variety of training...

Volunteer Wayne

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151, ext. 336, or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

Sunday Briefly

Big barbecue sale The Salvation Army is getting ready for its annual barbecue luncheon, an event that has been known to sell as many as 2,000 dinners in two hours. This year's sale will be Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to...

Mount Olive court

Mount Olive District Court These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *James Marshburn, 20, Nelson Street, Mount Olive, assault, not guilty. *Dean Grady, 43, Emmaus Church Road, Mount Olive, assault inflicting serious injury, not guilty. *Gary Octavious...

Mathany's log cabins

Some familiar scenes in Wayne and Johnston counties have been brought to life in a multi-dimensional way. Dick Mathany, 86, of Goldsboro is a man of many talents. He plays the piano and has developed a hobby that keeps...

Imani event planned

The first Imani Weekend, sponsored by Rebuilding Broken Places, will include several activities designed to build a stronger community. "This celebration is intended to re-energize hope in our community, commemorate community struggles and contributions and provide a new hope for...

Duplin drug arrests

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Sheriff's Office has arrested three men and a woman on drug charges. They are Joel Candido Arias Rangel, 46, of Mount Olive, Federico Herrera Perez of Warsaw and Abelardo Borja and Joana Bermudez Martinez, both...

District Court

Wayne County District Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Chrystal M. Ingram, 20, Shirley Drive, Dudley, injury to personal property and communicating threats, not guilty. *Tessa A. Jones, 26, Vanderbilt Circle, communicating threats and injury...

Friday, March 19, 2004

School board seeks to clarify building-plan issue

Some school board members have taken exception to comments this week by Wayne County commissioners about the anticipated school construction plan. School Board Chairman Pete Gurley and members Lehman Smith and Rick Pridgen say there were some inaccurate statements...

Chamber lists priorities

Legislators and business people from across eastern North Carolina have formed a unified front to define and discuss critical issues that affect the region. These issues are military, transportation, education and economic development. Steve Hicks, president of the Wayne...

Teachers, student honored by state association

FAYETTEVILLE -- Two Wayne County teachers and a student were among those honored Thursday night by the North Carolina Association of Educators. Doris Ginn, a fourth-grade teacher at Eastern Wayne Elementary School, was named winner of the 2004 North...

Former sheriff's major gets ride instead of DWI test

Clarification There has been a clarification to this story from Sheriff Carey Winders. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders clarified today that he had never given a ride to a suspected drunken driver. Winders had been quoted in a News-Argus story...

Communication breakdown reason for duplicate tags

See the first story here A communication breakdown, rather than a computer malfunction, was the reason Goldsboro City Councilman Charles Williams received the same license tag twice from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In late December, Williams traded in a...

Substance abuse discussed at "Lunch and Learn"

Drug treatment counselors are fighting two battles -- against increasingly dangerous drugs and against apathetic families, a Goldsboro specialist said Wednesday. Michael Herring had a 16-year-old client whose mother knew that he was frequently using cocaine. The mother's only...

Southern Bank lends money for abandoned church

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Southern Bank is going to lend money to the town so it can buy an abandoned church to serve as the town hall. Town Hall and the Seven Springs Library are in modular buildings on the hill...

3HC home health monitoring system

A new system is now available that will allow people with certain medical conditions to monitor themselves at home. Home Health and Hospice became affiliated with HomMed nearly six months ago and has purchased 27 of the portable units...

Happy 103rd, Miss Irene

Irene Askew turned 103 years old today and plans to attend her birthday party Saturday at her house at Rosewood. "When I was 100, they had the party at the church house," she said. She is the oldest member...

Mount Olive spruce up

MOUNT OLIVE -- A designer from the state Division of Community Assistance has proposed several face-lifts for downtown. Evangeline Ezeilo with the Small Town Development Program spoke to members of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning...

Not everyone wants sewer service

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Some residents say they don't want to hook up to the new sewer system, which is ready to be used. The Seven Springs sewer system is expected to hook up to 67 houses, but some of...

Public records

Two charged in pizza robbery Two teen-agers were arrested before dawn today by Goldsboro police and charged with robbing a pizza delivery man of two large pizzas and sodas. Deontray Dontrell Usher, 17, of Baltimore and Lamont William Stanton, 19,...

Briefly

General honored Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's top officer and his wife have received the Gen. and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award. The honor was presented to Brig. Gen. Rick Rosborg, 4th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Elizabeth, on...

Duplin farmers prepare for tobacco season

Duplin crops survive the cold KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Extension Agent Bryant Spivey says the recent cold snap won't harm this season's tobacco crop. It is early in the growing season and tobacco transplants are still in the green houses....

Correction

A woman whose daughter was among the college students in Madrid, Spain when the terrorist bombing occurred last week said that one of her statements might have been misunderstood. Vickie Best had made a comment about anti-American sentiments in foreign...

All-County Student Chorus unites schools, students

Our voices we have united, with our music together we stand. There are no strangers in our chorus; music has joined us hand in hand. More than 200 students from 15 county middle and high schools combined talents during...

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Commissioners tour Wayne Community

Recent expansions to Wayne Community College's campus will help the college better prepare tomorrow's workers, college President Ed Wilson told the county commissioners this week. Wilson led the commissioners on a tour Tuesday of the campus. He pointed out...

Base zoning considered by commissioners

The Wayne County commissioners began discussions Tuesday that could lead to thousands of acres being zoned for the first time. The county board held a work session to review the county Planning Board's recommendations for high-noise areas around Seymour...

Sheriff's deputies recover missing body

The body of a man reported missing March 6 was recovered Wednesday from the Hinson Gravel and Sand pond in the 1200 block of Stevens Mill Road. The body of David Elmo Shandy was found at about 1:30 p.m. by...

WWII films to be shown

Beginning next month, the Wayne County Public Library will offer a seven-part film history of Americans in World War II. "Rosie to Roosevelt: the American People" is designed to offer participants the opportunity to view seven documentary films about the...

Health Deptartment lags in nursing pay

Public health nurses are being paid about $5,000 less than those in the private sector, says Wayne County's health director. And he is concerned that his department will have difficulty filling positions. Director James Roosen told the Board of...

Landfill amnesty day set

Wayne County residents can complete some long-delayed household cleanups next month and save money at the same time. The county commissioners have declared Saturday, April 17, as "Amnesty Day" at the county landfill on South Landfill Road. From 8 a.m....

Students narrowly escape Spain bombings

Correction A woman whose daughter was among the college students in Madrid, Spain when the terrorist bombing occurred last week said that one of her statements might have been misunderstood. Vickie Best had made a comment about anti-American sentiments in...

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Happy birthday, Bach! If German organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach were still alive today, he would be 319 years old on Sunday. The composer would likely be pleased to see that his music lives on around the world and...

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Dead man identified A man shot to death Saturday night in front of a mobile home near Seven Springs has been identified as a former resident of Greenville, S.C. Family members from Greenville came Wednesday to the Wayne County Sheriff's...

National Guard statement

The N.C. National Guard released this statement regarding the death of Spc. Jocelyn Luis Carrasquillo of Wilmington, who grew up in Goldsboro and died in Iraq on Saturday when a mine exploded: "The Guard grieves with the family of Spc....

Youth Hunter Safety Tournament on Sat

RALEIGH -- Hundreds of middle- and high-schoolers, including those from Rosewood High School, are preparing to compete in district hunter safety tournaments, sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The tournament for District 3, which encompasses 11 eastern Piedmont counties,...

Fremont board to amend zoning

FREMONT -- The Fremont town board will offer an amendment to its zoning ordinance so that a burned mobile home can be replaced in a zone that does not permit mobile homes. The board agreed to hold a public...

Blue ribbon magnets for sale

Many cars throughout Wayne County are sporting blue ribbon magnets. But the For Children Council of Wayne County would like to see more ribbons on more cars. The magnets are dark blue with the phrase "Protect our children" on them...

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Commissioners discuss school needs

Wayne County officials expect the school board to deliver an updated list of construction needs by the end of March, with a total that could be as high as $100 million. The county commissioners want to meet soon with...

Iraq explosion

As many as 10 killed in Baghdad hotel explosion BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A large explosion destroyed a hotel in central Baghdad today, and rescuers pulled bodies from the rubble. Witnesses said it was a bomb blast. Two U.S. soldiers...

Less than week before City District 6 re-election

There's less than a week left before Goldsboro's rematch election between Danny Roseborough and Jackie Warrick in District 6. Warrick and Roseborough will face off in the election next Tuesday for the district that spans eastern Goldsboro. The election...

Feast in East to boost local economy

The smell of eastern North Carolina barbecue, the rich history of Wayne County, and the soaring jets from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will be at the forefront of a week-long festival in October. The first "Feast in the...

DMV doubts duplicate vehicle tag

See resolution of this story here Goldsboro City Councilman Charles Williams has been unsuccessful in convincing the Department of Motor Vehicles that its computers erred in issuing the same license tag twice. So he came to the newspaper to shed...

Order of Long Leaf Pine will be awarded to four

North Carolina's highest honor -- the Order of the Long Leaf Pine -- will be presented Saturday, March 27, to four people who have called Wayne County home. Three of the presentations will be made posthumously, accepted by widows...

City condemnations

The Goldsboro City Council voted unanimously Monday to condemn a house and a storage building. The house, at 722 Longleaf Ave., was originally inspected last June and found to be beyond repair by the city inspection department. The storage building,...

Drop-off site set for old electronics

Haul out those obsolete computers, outdated VCRs or old television sets, but don't throw them away. Instead, take them to Sam's Club parking lot on Saturday, March 27, for Keep Wayne County Beautiful's third electronic recycling day. The one-day...

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DWI correction An article Tuesday on a man getting two charges of driving while impaired in one night contained incorrect information. According to Goldsboro Police Maj. Mike Hopper, the driver was in a wreck on Arrington Bridge Road that the...

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Baby died of head wound, officer says Wayne County Sheriff's detectives have been told the 4-month-old baby who died allegedly at her father's hand sustained a fatal head wound. They've been told the official autopsy report could take six to...

How to stop theft

Because auto theft is a big business and thieves can steal a car in few minutes, Goldsboro police are offering these tips to reduce the chance of a vehicle larceny: Always lock the vehicle. Park in well-lighted, populated areas...

Fremont board gets sewer money

FREMONT -- Fremont got a $250,105 windfall to continue to repair its sewer problems. Retiring Town Administrator Tom Barnes said the money came from funds that had been withheld by the state because the entire project had been finished...

CBA teacher memorialized

A Charles B. Aycock High School teacher who died from breast cancer two years ago has been memorialized in a picture plaque that will be displayed in the school library. Shirley Gardner taught English at the school before she...

Health forum planned

A forum to help families get healthy will be offered on March 30 at the Herman Park Center. The purpose of the forum is to inform parents about the importance of nutrition and healthy living and how to start...

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Guardsman's new role unknown to family

A National Guardsman's death in Iraq was caused when an explosive device was detonated near his vehicle, according to the National Guard. Spc. Jocelyn "Joce" Carrasquillo, 28, was the only soldier hurt in the attack. He is from Wayne County...

City will not sell compost to residents

The Goldsboro City Council decided Monday not to sell bags of compost directly to the public because of liability concerns. But store will still be able to buy the compost from the city and sell it. Two weeks ago...

Man gets 2 DWIs in same night after returning to road

Correction As originally published, this article contained incorrect information. According to Goldsboro Police Maj. Mike Hopper, the driver was in a wreck on Arrington Bridge Road that the Highway Patrol responded to. The driver fled the scene of the accident,...

Block grant hearing held

Several community nonprofit groups, from a soup kitchen to several after-school programs, are hoping the Goldsboro City Council will give them part of a federal grant to help low-income residents. The city will receive about $800,000 from the community...

Building a wetland

KENANSVILLE -- A man-made wetland is taking form on a farm in the middle of Duplin County. A track excavator clears trees that will later be dragged onto higher ground to give wildlife a place to build nests. A...

Camo bus designed for country stars

KINSTON -- A 45-foot-long camouflaged tour bus sitting on U.S. 70 belongs to country music stars Daryle Singletary and Rhett Akins. It is temporarily residing at Camo Extreme, where it received the camouflage decorating job. Milton Turnage at Camo...

Gateway audit amazes FTA

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority received a glowing review from the Federal Transit Administration, board members learned Monday. "We had the review last week, and it was really outstanding," said City Manager Richard Slozak. "The Feds were amazed at the...

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Donation fund established A church in Mount Olive is collecting donations for a woman whose home was damaged by a wind storm. Iris Wooten was in her mobile home on Kelly Springs Road on March 7 when strong winds tore...

R.J. Reynolds denies reneging on promise, says it will buy as much leaf as last year

From staff and wire reports At 1:15 p.m. today, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. refuted reports that orders would be cut roughly in half this year in buying tobacco. The company said it would buy the same amount as last year....

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Break-ins Two people are being sought by Wayne County Sheriff's officers and four others have been arrested in connection with one business and two residential break-ins. Sought on felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods...

Monday, March 15, 2004

Wayne man killed in Iraq

The family of two men stationed in Iraq has learned that one was killed over the weekend and are now anxiously awaiting his twin brother's return to Goldsboro. Luis Carrasquillo of Goldsboro is the oldest of four sons born to...

Sexual Assault Assessment on base

There have been six sexual assault cases that involved personnel from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in the past year, according to Brig. Gen. Rick Rosborg, 4th Fighter Wing commander. He said six cases in a wing of around...

Masked man murdered

As many as 30 people may have witnessed a masked man being gunned down Saturday night outside of a mobile home near Seven Springs. But they have declined to talk to Wayne County sheriff's officers about the shooting. The...

Dority stumps for Ballance's congressional seat

Greg Dority hopes the second time's the charm. Dority, of Washington, N.C., announced Thursday at Wayne County Republican Party Headquarters that he will once again run for the U.S. House's 1st Congressional District. Dority, who also made campaign stops...

Barrett running for governor

Dan Barrett is taking a circular route that he hopes will eventually take him to Raleigh. Barrett, a Davie County commissioner, took a year off from his law practice to campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. He recently...

B.F. Grady High School sought

ALBERTSON -- Some parents of B.F. Grady Elementary School students are asking the county to build a high school in their community. One of the parents, Maria Williams, translated for several Spanish speaking parents attending a meeting Thursday in...

Development rules, animal shelter on county agenda

The Wayne County commissioners will begin talking Tuesday about the proposal to tighten development in the high-noise, high-risk areas around Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's flight lines. The county board will also consider the location of the new animal shelter...

Spring Creek takes honors at Odyssey

Two teams from Spring Creek Elementary School won honors at the Odyssey of the Mind competition recently in Jacksonville Karen Barkhurst, advisor, said she had a first place team and a third place team in the coastal region event,...

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Pizza man robbed A pizza delivery man was robbed Saturday night by three teen-agers of about $95 and $18.30 worth of food, a Goldsboro police report said. Johann Gylfason, 23, of Goldsboro was delivering for It's Always Pizza Time of...

OPINION -- Shared goodies

Many of our World War II veterans stay in touch with fellows who served in their units. Some hold reunions and have their own publications so they can keep up with each other. E.R. "Red" Warren Jr., flew B-17...

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Truancy Diversion Project impresses judge

Truancy is an ongoing problem faced by school systems, and in recent years delinquency court filings have more than tripled. But since truancy court does not necessarily prevent the problem, alternative measures are being taken. In Wayne County, judges...

Study says Goldsboro residents want better public transit

Consultants studying Goldsboro's future transportation needs say that, so far, public transit is the top concern. Members of the city's Transportation Planning Oversight Committee heard an update on the study Thursday from the Kimley-Horne consulting firm. The goal is...

Theater begins preparing for construction

After a frenzied day of activity Friday, United Entertainment Co. gained a significant lead over All Star Entertainment in the race to build the first multiplex movie theater in Goldsboro. The city issued the company a foundation permit late...

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Fire victim needs clothing Friends of a man who was severely burned in a fire near Seven Springs are seeking donations of clothing. Dennis Wanamaker, 45, of 1941 Pineview Road, is currently in Wayne Memorial Hospital where he is being...

Salvation Army gets beds

The Salvation Army recently received a donation that could allow some people in need to sleep more soundly. Sam Jernigan, president of Jernigan Furniture Inc., gave the Wayne County chapter of the Salvation Army 15 sets of bedding. The...

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Woman swindles elderly, sheriff reports A Clingman Street woman was arrested after she reportedly took advantage of an elderly woman who allowed her to use the telephone. Mary Patricia Moody, 22, was arrested following an investigation by the Wayne County...

NAACP honors pioneers in Wayne County

The Goldsboro-Wayne branch of the NAACP recognized seven pioneers in the community Saturday night at Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community Center. The event was also a celebration of the NAACP's 95th anniversary. An estimated 200 people attended. Honored were...

Ten to compete for Miss Eastern Wayne

The Paramount Theater will be the setting Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m. as 10 young ladies compete for the title of "Miss Eastern Wayne High School 2004." The theme of the 11th annual scholarship pageant is "All That Jazz."...

Medal of Honor winners sign books

The four living Medal of Honor recipients from North Carolina visited the Wayne County Museum on Saturday to talk with residents, have their pictures taken and sign copies of a book commemorating others like them. Retired Col. Joe Marm,...

Man charged with baby's murder

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has released few details on murder charges filed Friday in the death of a 4-month-old baby. On Friday, the office charged Timothy Ray Carmon, 35, of 411 Outlaw Road, with murdering the child. Sheriff's officers...

Curb Market attracts crowd with tasty food

Open the door to the Wayne Center on any Friday afternoon and you'll be greeted by a plethora of fine foods, designed to tempt even the most stalwart dieter. If you're not hungry before you go to Goldsboro's Curb...

City to demolish more houses

The city of Goldsboro is moving forward with plans to get rid of deteriorating and dilapidated houses. Two more houses are scheduled to be condemned at the council's Monday meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. and is held in council...

Man dies in wreck

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 21-year-old man who drove his car into a house near Mount Olive early Saturday morning later died at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Anthony Victor Murphey of C.E. Grady Road lost control of his car...

Henrietta Williams is 107 years old

Henrietta Highsmith Williams just might be the oldest citizen in Wayne County. The 107-year-old Mount Olive woman spent some time in Wayne Memorial Hospital last week while a room was readied for her at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. Dr....

Friday, March 12, 2004

Interchange

Goldsboro must either accept a plan for a stoplight at a busy intersection on the new U.S. Highway 117 or risk delaying the project. That's what members of local transportation committees learned Thursday from Anthony Roper, a representative from...

Is US 70 being neglected?

Members of the Wayne County Transportation Committee worried Thursday that bypass projects for U.S. 70 are not getting the attention they deserve from the state or locally. Goldsboro businessman Dave Quick said other highways in eastern North Carolina have...

School students on lockdown to study

Faced with potentially lower test scores, Dillard Middle School students followed an alternative approach to preparing for end-of-grade tests this week. Since Monday, instead of eighth-graders changing classes, they have been required to stay in one classroom all day,...

School prepared for tornado drill

Wayne County public schools will be participating in tornado drills as part of "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in North Carolina. Next week students, teachers and administrators at all schools will learn the procedures to react to a tornado warning. The...

Eureka approves hiring deputies

EUREKA -- The town board voted unanimously Thursday night to hire off-duty Wayne County sheriff deputies to patrol the town. The move follows several recent break-ins. The deputies will be hired for a three-month trial period at a rate...

Fire in Stantonsburg

STANTONSBURG -- Flames and smoke engulfed a home for several hours Thursday and nothing was deemed salvageable. The residents watched their home of eight years burn from the back to front. Kay Riddle was the only one inside the...

Beginning Teacher of the Year named

Tameshia Spain of Dillard Middle School was selected the 2003-2004 Beginning Teacher of the Year. She was one of 32 nominees representing all 31 schools in the system and the finalist from the middle school category. The elementary finalist was...

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Car overturns Three people were treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital after their car rolled over on its side in a sharp curve Wednesday night on Eleventh Street in Goldsboro. The driver, Nitin, Bearavolu of Poughkeepsie, New York, was treated and...

Man charged with murdering baby

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has charged a Dudley man with murder in the death of a 5-month-old baby. Timothy Ray Carmon, 35, of Outlaw Road was charged this morning with murder and held in the Wayne County Jail without...

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Play pleases crowd A wide variety of ages, black and white, filled Moffatt auditorium Thursday night for the opening of the play "To Kill A Mockingbird." Response to the play was strong. The audience applauded throughout the play -- after...

Correction

The News-Argus reported recently that Meredith Hodson of Girl Scout Troop 980 in Goldsboro earned her Silver Award in Girl Scouting. But the award she received was the Gold Award. Miss Hodson has been in Girl Scouts for 12 years....

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Fires keep volunteer departments hopping

"It was a mess," said Elroy Volunteer Fire Chief Steve Mozingo. He was referring to three fires flaming up around the same time Wednesday afternoon. All seven fire departments on the east side of Wayne County were scrambling to respond....

Economy here taking turn for the better

The economy in Wayne County seems to be taking a turn for the better, which was evident from the turnout at the annual Wayne County Job Fair held at Wayne Com-munity College. Bill Pate, manager of the Employment Security...

School buses, property damaged

Eleven school buses were vandalized sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday at Spring Creek High School, according to a Wayne County sheriff's report. Damages were estimated at $6,450. Windshields, windows and headlights were smashed, the report said. One school bus was...

Red Cross 'heroes' raising money

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross started its second annual Heroes Campaign on Wednesday. "Heroes" are asked to raise at least $1,000. The money raised will stay in Wayne County and be used for local service...

Ambassadors visit News-Argus

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce says it is continuing to improve the economic climate among its members by sending its ambassadors out to area businesses to learn more about them. The ambassadors can pass what they learn onto...

Bentonville re-creation scheduled

FOUR OAKS -- On March 20 and 21, a re-creation of Camp Vance in the form of a Confederate military camp of instruction will be held at Bentonville Battlefield to commemorate the 139th anniversary of the battle. Ongoing close-order military...

Pickle Festival set

MOUNT OLIVE -- Plans are set for the 2004 N.C. Pickle Festival. The festival this year will be held April 22 through 25. The event attracts vendors from several states and an estimated 15,000 visitors, says a spokesman for the...

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Road to be closed Stony Hill Road will be closed for two weeks starting Monday because of the construction of a bridge for the new U.S. 117. The construction will affect the portion of the road between the existing U.S....

Raleigh St. Patrick Day parade, festival set for Saturday

RALEIGH -- The 22nd Annual Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is set for Saturday in downtown Raleigh. The parade theme is "Celtic Roots -- Southern Branches," focusing on over 200 years of Irish and Scotch-Irish influences on the...

Sarah's refuge needs financial help

The board of a refuge for battered women and children is looking for ways to pay the rent at a new shelter and repair the burned one for administrative offices and a thrift shop. A fire damaged the Sarah's...

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Man captured A 37-year-old man wanted on three felony charges in Wayne County was arrested recently by Fayetteville police, detained in the Cumberland County Jail and turned over Wednesday to Wayne County sheriff's officers. Herbert Ainsworth Henderson Jr. of N.C....

Chinquapin School will be demolished

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County commissioners have decided to demolish the Omega Building near Rose Hill and the old Chinquapin School. The board agreed to let Harkins Enterprise tear down the Omega Building for $34,000. Harkins also said it...

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

House destroyed

Bobby Williams A small wood-frame house at 1941 Pineview Cemetery Road was destroyed today in a pre-dawn fire. Seven Springs Volunteer Fire Chief Rick Sutton said the cause of the fire had not been determined but foul play was...

Board asked to further extend zoning around base

The Wayne County Planning Board is asking the county commissioners to expand zoning to thousands of acres around Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's flight lines. The Planning Board's recommendations, unanimously approved Tuesday night, also would prohibit many public buildings,...

Goodman could lose council seat

Goldsboro City Councilman William Goodman would lose his council seat, by law, if he is found guilty of falsifying expense reports while employed by the state Department of Correction. Goodman was charged on Feb. 27 by the Wake County...

DOC employee charged

Another Wayne County resident who worked for the state Department of Correction has been accused of falsifying travel expense reports. Benny K. Johnson, 46, of Carolina Street, Dudley, was charged by the State Bureau of Investigation with obtaining property...

Grantham, Mt. Olive high schools get thumbs up

Grantham residents were told Tuesday night that community high schools there and in Mount Olive will be included in the school board's proposed construction plan when it is sent to the county commissioners. An estimated 520 residents turned out...

Duplin schools explain transfer policy

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County school board has released a statement explaining the school system's revised transfer policy: "Schools all over the county have been experiencing tremendous growth in numbers over the past several years. Due to this overcrowding, the...

Duplin could upgrade ER communictions

KENANSVILLE -- The county manager says Duplin County can upgrade its emergency communications system for $3 million less than was previously thought and may even be able to recoup the cost. "Thank goodness," said Commissioners Chairman L.S. Guy during...

Downtown market study for Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Small Town Development Committee has examined the market potential of various retail categories to bring new shopping opportunities downtown. The committee has the expertise to help people who want to open a business, said...

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Rabies clinic A series of rabies vaccination clinics will be held in Wayne County over the next two weekends. The first clinic will be held Saturday at Eastern Wayne High School from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Later that day,...

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Thief has takeout from restaurant When a thief went to a fast-food restaurant in Goldsboro, he ordered a $250 take-out when no one was looking. Goldsboro police reported that the thief moved a roof air-conditioner, entered through the vent, shimmied...

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

The by now bad word SNOW in forecast again

That infamous word snow is once again in the Wayne County forecast. After the "just a few flurries" forecast of Feb. 25 became 7 inches of snow, residents may be hoping the weatherman gets it right this time. As of...

Number of foreign languages in schools growing

The number of foreign languages spoken in the schools continues to rise steadily, with Wayne County ranking third in the state for growth. There are 22 languages represented in the public schools, as compared with 19 reported last year, said...

Murphy Brown's new tool

RALEIGH -- Hog farmers across the United States have the ability to better protect the environment thanks to a new tool developed by a company in Warsaw, say company officials. Murphy-Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., has...

Attic dust-catchers become museum treasures

WARSAW -- People in Duplin County are always bringing artifacts to the Duplin County Veterans Museum on Hill Street in Warsaw, says curator Randall Albertson. And when people aren't bringing in stuff, he's interviewing people like former prisoners of...

Advocates see schools' improvement

The school board and its superintendent are to be commended for the way they have structured the school system in recent years, says one community group. But it says strenuous steps still need to be taken to complete the...

Historic story contest deadline

The Wayne County Historical Association is sponsoring a story contest and the deadline for entries is March 15. The stories will be judged in three age categories: up to high school, high school, or adult. They should be true accounts...

Volunteers honored at banquet

Volunteers with the Cooperative Extension Service were honored Monday night at a banquet at the Wayne Center. Howard Scott, extension director, called them "blue ribbon champions," saying that they advance the educational role of the extension service. "We couldn't...

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Extra days The school board approved the addition of 10 days to the 2004-2005 school calendar at Carver Heights Elementary School. The school is classified as a "high-priority school," which resulted in the need to add extra days for teachers...

Summer employment

It may be difficult for students to think about summer jobs now, while the weather's cold and school is still in session, but the city of Goldsboro is actively recruiting for its summer employment program. "We're having our one-stop...

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Missing Shandy The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a 49-year-old Goldsboro man who has not been seen since 3 a.m. Saturday when he was swimming across Sand Quarry Pond off Stevens Mill Road. David Elmo Shandy, who...

March Bloodmobile schedule

March Bloodmobile stops scheduled The March Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is as follows: March 12: Wayne Memorial Hospital from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Home Health and Hospice from 10 a.m....

Goldsboro fire department report

The Goldsboro Fire Department responded to one major house fire and three smaller structure fires among the 162 calls that it answered in February. Chief Bobby Greenfield wrote in his monthly report that firefighters also took part in 373...

Red Cross sponsors aquatics institute

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor their second annual aquatics institute March 26 through 28 and April 16 through 18. It will be held Fridays from 6 to...

Monday, March 8, 2004

Windy weather

Winds whistled through the Wayne County area Sunday night, blowing limbs off trees and doing enough damage to power lines to put about 1,000 customers in the dark. The roof blew off a mobile home on Kelly Springs Road...

Board considers flight line zoning

Should Wayne County zone hundreds of additional acres to limit development near Seymour Johnson's flight lines? That question goes before the Wayne County Planning Board at its meeting Tuesday. Zoning would require a public hearing and action by the...

Shooting at party

An argument at a birthday party Saturday night on Kingdom Lane in the New Hope community escalated to a shooting that left one man dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. Another man fled but was arrested Sunday...

Georgia's legacy

We said “so long” to Georgia Tanner today: The hundreds who gathered at First Presbyterian Church — and the thousands across our county and state. In essence, all were “family.” Some by blood or marriage or personal friendship. And...

City seeks solutions to trash

Overflowing dumpsters, litter-lined roads and trash piles are common sights in Goldsboro and elsewhere in Wayne County. The Goldsboro City Council has expressed concern about the city's trashy appearance. Councilman Jimmy Bryan said he knew that there wasn't one...

Arts Council to advertise Art Mart

The Arts Council of Wayne County Board of Directors has voted to have a sign placed in front of the Art Center to remind the public of its art market. Richard Lambert agreed to be in charge of getting the...

Tayloe believes in asset-building

A Goldsboro pediatrician believes there is more to his job than taking care of sick children. Dr. Dave Tayloe of Goldsboro Pediatrics said his office has access to many families that are raising children, but that doesn't assure good...

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Cause of fatal fire is undetermined The cause of a mobile home fire in which a 12-year-old girl died in northeastern Wayne County could not be determined, authorities said today. The victim, Angleque Blair Long, died early Feb. 28 in...

Bloodmobile

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

3HC names hospice director

Home Health and Hospice, a leading local home health and hospice provider serving eastern North Carolina, has named Robert Stewart as director of hospice. He will be responsible for the management, enhancement and growth of hospice services for the non-profit...

Sunday, March 7, 2004

Theater plays catch-up at special city meeting

All-Star Entertainment Corp. is almost ready to get a building permit to build a 14-screen theater in Goldsboro. But first it must pay $19,000 to a state environmental fund for possible potential increases in nitrogen runoff caused by the...

News-Argus columnist Georgia Tanner dies

Georgia Tanner, popular News-Argus columnist for almost half a century, died Friday at her home in Goldsboro. She was the widow of Hal H. Tanner Sr., publisher of the News-Argus from 1953 until 1983, and the mother of the present...

Wayne GOP delegates vote against same-sex marriage

Wayne County Republicans took aim Saturday at N.C. Sen. John Kerr, County Commissioner Atlas Price and Gov. Mike Easley in this fall's elections. But speakers at the annual GOP convention reserved their harshest words for the issue of gay...

Broadcasters from Goldsboro named to hall of fame

Two Goldsboro natives will be inducted into the N.C. Broadcasters Hall of Fame next month. Carl Kasell, broadcaster for National Public Radio, and Vassie Balkcum, former president of WGBR radio station, are among new members who will be inducted on...

Man gets prison term for jury tampering

A Goldsboro man who had asked a juror for help during a break in his trial has been sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison for jury tampering. After a mistrial was declared, Amos Taylor III, 41, of...

Annual exposition touts Duplin County's economy

WALLACE -- Hundreds flocked to the second annual Duplin County Business and Merchants Expo this weekend. Early arrivers found it easier to find a parking space at Wallace's New Duplin Tobacco Warehouse Friday. The exposition started Friday afternoon with...

The fight against teen pregnancy

Michelle Hardy Griffin said she grew up in the "hood" in Kinston. She was the youngest of eight children, with a mother who worked 16 hours a day and a father who was in prison for murder. At age...

Radio station seeks waiver for towers

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town's Board of Adjustments will hear a request for a conditional use permit to erect three radio transmission towers about a mile from the airport runway. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday...

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Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *A set of golf clubs, a tent, yard lights, bags and papers were reported stolen Tuesday from the 1400 block of Mills Road in Mount Olive, sheriff's deputies said. The...

Kornegay honored for service as Wayne County magistrate

J. Nelson Kornegay, a fixture in Wayne County government for decades and a magistrate for the last 11 years, was recognized Friday for his devotion to his family and his church and his dedication as a public servant. The...

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'Mockingbird' trivia Persistence paid off for Lynn Rabhan of Trappers Run Drive. She had entered the "Wayne County Reads" trivia context every week. Friday she won. Last week's question was, what was Mary Badham's Academy Award-nominated role in "To Kill...

Friday, March 5, 2004

Mount Olive forum draws crowd

MOUNT OLIVE -- The time is right for a community high school in Mount Olive, residents say, and some school board members agree their patience should be rewarded. Nearly 100 residents attended a public forum in the former Mount...

Business Expo a success

A maze of people, products and prizes lined the dining room of Goldsboro Country Club on Thursday, and very few visitors left without having a bag filled to the brim with free stuff. The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Business...

One stop voting begins in city rematch

One-stop voting began Thursday for Goldsboro's rematch election between Danny Roseborough and Jackie Warrick in District 6. Warrick and Roseborough will face off in a new election on March 23 for the district that spans eastern Goldsboro. The district...

Store fire may destroy livelihood

A woman's business went up in flames today when her neighborhood grocery store was heavily damaged in a fire. When Rachel Jefferson saw the fire at her Jefferson Corner Grocery at 107 Riway St., one of her first thoughts...

Art council Swinefest to become part of countywide event

The Arts Council of Wayne County's second annual Swinefest will be part of a countywide festival Oct. 30 and 31. County Manager Lee Smith attended the Arts Council's board of directors meeting Thursday to discuss Feast in the East,...

Phillips gets top agriculture award

WALLACE -- Paul Phillips has received Duplin County's top agriculture award. Phillips, who is the host of the second annual Duplin County Expo today and Saturday at the New Duplin Tobacco Warehouse in Wallace, received the award Thursday night...

St. Paul teens fight world hunger

Beginning today at 12:30, young people from St. Paul United Methodist Church began a fast in conjunction with the annual World Vision 30 Hour Famine. One of the participants, Mollie Musgrave, said, "29,000 children die every day from hunger and...

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$95,000 worth of meth seized Officers from the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad seized about $95,000 worth of methamphetamine Thursday. Gustavo Lopez Juarez, 31, of Church Road, LaGrange, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine by possession and transportation and maintaining a...

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Now hear this, grocery stores! Goldsboro City Councilman Charles Williams is continuing to ask for a grocery store to locate near Slocumb or Elm streets. "We need a food store chain in our area," Williams said. "There's probably about a...

Thursday, March 4, 2004

County billboard campaign to stress link with base

Wayne County will be showing its support of its Air Force base in a big way, starting later this month. Five billboards across the county will feature new signs proclaiming "Wayne County, Proud Home of Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Student recovering from wreck

Living arrangements are still uncertain for a fifth-grade Spring Creek Elementary School student who was the sole survivor in a car crash that claimed her parents and two younger sisters nearly two weeks ago. For now, the determining factor...

Farm equipment safety stressed

Wayne County had the second highest number of farm vehicle crashes in the state between 1995 and 1999, according to a recent study. A program known as "Seen and Safe" was established to help educate farmers on how to...

City planning hazard mitigation

Though it's unlikely Goldsboro will be hit by a tidal wave or buried by a landslide, the city must still assess the likelihood of these natural disasters if it wants federal relief money. City Council members approved Monday an...

Mount Olive College forms foundation

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College announced today the formation of the Mount Olive College Foundation, which will serve as an independent fund-raising arm for the college. The college is the third-fastest growing and fourth-most-affordable private college in North Carolina,...

Walnut Creek close to commercial zoning ordinance

The village of Walnut Creek is getting closer to having a commercial zoning ordinance. The Planning Board spent more than two hours Wednesday reviewing the latest draft of the ordinance. There were still some unanswered questions regarding parking requirements,...

Base donated books to Boys and Girls Club

MOUNT OLIVE -- Children looked excitedly through boxes that had just arrived Tuesday at the Mount Olive Boys and Girls Club. "Ooh, 'Goosebumps'!" "I like chapter books." "There's plenty in there," an airman answered. "Harry Potter!" Staff Sgt. Jody...

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Wanted man captured A 24-year-old Goldsboro man, wanted by federal authorities on charges of armed drug trafficking, was arrested Wednesday by Wayne County sheriff's deputies. Diamon Rashaun Teachey, 24, of Vine Street was arrested by the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team...

Pinewood Derby results

The Torhunta District of the Boy Scouts of America sponsored its annual Pinewood Derby on Feb. 21 in the Wayne County Moose Lodge off of 117 North in Goldsboro. Chase Summerlin of Pack 59 in Grantham took first place in...

Head Start

Applications are being accepted for WAGES Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Each Tuesday this month from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., parents can register children at any of the following six WAGES locations in the county: 601 E....

Business seminars

KENANSVILLE -- Cathleen Eldridge has joined James Sprunt Community College as the new director of the Small Business Center. A native of Ohio and the wife of Duplin County Manager Fred Eldridge, Mrs. Eldridge has years of management experience and...

Faison to hear garbage proposals

FAISON -- The town of Faison needs a new garbage-hauling contract and is planning to hear from two competing companies that want the business. The town board decided to invite Waste Industries, which has been hauling the town's garbage...

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GOP convention The Wayne County Republican Party will hold its annual convention Saturday at the Wayne Center. Registration will be from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., followed by the organization of precincts from 8:45 to 10 a.m. The convention, featuring speeches...

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

American Legion building coming down

From the outside, the red brick building at 221 W. Pine St. looks sturdy, and only slightly neglected. A few window panes are cracked or broken, and weeds sprout around the steps. Vines snake across the roof, but the...

Teen recovering from crash

Spring Creek High School senior Michael Barrow played on his football team's defensive line. He was named this year's homecoming king. One week ago, he was riding with friend and classmate Ben Barwick to Mount Olive to get an...

Pedestrian killed

A 40-year-old Goldsboro man walking on East Ash Street was struck by a passing vehicle and killed Tuesday night, according to Goldsboro police. The victim was identified as Mark Allen Bunch of Apartment 8, 1804 E. Ash St. Police said...

Duplin school district restores lines

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County school board voted Tuesday night to restore the attendance line between two school districts after hearing concerns from residents in north Duplin County. Superintendent Tommy Benson said the board put the line between North...

Ballantine pledges support for base

N.C. Sen. Patrick Ballantine promised Tuesday to be an advocate for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the state's other military bases if he's elected governor this fall. During a meeting at the Goldsboro News-Argus, Ballantine, a Republican, noted...

F-100 static display

People driving down Wright Brothers Avenue on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will notice another piece of history soaring above. An F-100 Super Sabre static display was unveiled Tuesday in the base's Heritage Park. The F-100 model was flown...

Eureka deciding on law enforcement

EUREKA -- The town board is leaning toward hiring off-duty deputies to patrol the town after several break-ins. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders, law enforcement officials, residents and business owners gathered at Geddy's Cafe for the board's meeting on...

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Pikeville receives grant The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center has announced that it will give a $400,000 grant to the town of Pikeville for its sewer system improvements. The grant will assist in the ongoing overhaul of the outdated sewer...

Public records

Natural causes A 61-year-old man whose body was found in a field behind the 1600 block of Courtyard Circle died of natural causes, Goldsboro police announced today. The body of Willie West Weatherspoon of 2202 Courtyard Circle was found by...

Mini grants given

The education committee of Wayne County Chamber of Commerce surprised teachers with its second round of teacher mini-grants. The Business and Education Partnership, sponsored by the Wayne Charitable Partnership and the chamber, delivered 11 grants to teachers at eight schools...

Indictments

Two people have been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree murder and weapons offenses in connection with last summer's shooting death of a Goldsboro man. Dwight Eugene Sloan, 22, of Decoy Drive, Pikeville, and...

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

One of two multi-plexes on hold

One of two multiplex movie theaters planned for Goldsboro suffered a setback Monday night when the City Council deferred making a decision on its site and landscape plans. All Star Entertainment is one of two companies hoping to build...

Pikeville residents protest proposed rate hikes

PIKEVILLE -- The town commissioners unplugged plans to raise electrical rates for out-of-town customers after hearing Monday from some angry people. But the town board is likely to vote next month for an increase and, as of now, town...

Students, staff shocked at teacher's death

The death of a Mount Olive Middle School teacher has sent shock waves through the school. Harriet Meek, 37, was killed Monday in a car accident around 7 a.m. at Elm Street and the Martin Luther King Expressway. Her...

Gold Dust Compost on sale soon

Goldsboro gardeners will soon be able to buy bags of the city's high-quality compost and mulch. Several nurseries in Wayne County will be selling bags of the material. The city will also sell from its compost plant, but there,...

SUVs may be limited in Mt. Olive parking

MOUNT OLIVE -- Fire officials say sport utility vehicles parked by the railroad tracks on Center Street are slowing down fire trucks. The town manager will ask downtown merchants their opinions about signs directing SUV drivers to park on...

Mt. Olive buying land for sewage treatment

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town has begun negotiations to buy land to start building a regional sewer system. The Mount Olive town commissioners voted Monday night after a closed session to allow the mayor to sign an option to...

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Anonymous gift The Foundation of Wayne Community College has received a gift of $10,000 to its Distinguished Faculty Fund from an anonymous donor. The money will be used for salary supplements, professional development and travel for faculty. "That's a very...

Saturday computer classes added at Wayne Community

Wayne Community College Continuing Education has added two computer courses to its Saturday spring lineup. Introduction to Microsoft Office 2000 will be held March 13 through June 26 from 9 a.m. until noon in Room 220 of the Magnolia...

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Body found The body of a 61-year-old man was found Monday in a field near the 1600 block of Courtyard Circle, a Goldsboro police report said. The man was identified as Willie West Weatherspoon of 2202 Courtyard Circle. He was...

Princeton board approves tower

PRINCETON -- The Princeton town board has approved a permit for a 340-foot-tall commercial communications tower, over the objections of a neighboring landowner. Jewel Chestnut asked the board for permission to construct the tower on his property in the...

Barber to retire

Raymond Howell says he "got the barber notion as a teen-ager." That was in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. Armed with hand clippers, he cut the hair of his father and three brothers -- his first customers. News-Argus/Brent Hood...

Monday, March 1, 2004

Teacher killed, daughter injured

A teacher was killed in a highway accident in Goldsboro today, and her 12-year-old daughter was injured. School officials identified the teacher as Henrietta Meeks, who taught communication skills at Mount Olive Middle School. News-Argus/Brent Hood Wayne County emergency personnel,...

Bridge at new U.S. 117 and N.C. 581?

Goldsboro must decide between having a bridge with no highway access or a stoplight that could cause traffic gridlock, at the end of the new U.S. 117. The state said it would either build an "at-grade" intersection with a...

School students mourn girl's death

A Norwayne Middle School student who lost her life in a house fire over the weekend was remembered today for her beautiful smile and for being a good student. Blair Long, 12, died shortly after midnight Saturday morning at...

Woman's late brother still popular abroad

Carolyn Sherard knew her brother had been a singer in New York in the 1960s. She had several of the 45 rpm records he brought home to the family to prove it. What she didn't know until recently, though,...

High tech sewers for city

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- Goldsboro is considering using high technology to plot and maintain its sewer system. Council members were updated Thursday on how the sewer system could be mapped by using global positioning satellites, or GPS. The project could...

Business Expo set for Thursday

The second annual Wayne County Business Expo will be held Thursday at the Goldsboro Country Club on Slocumb Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Merchants and other businesses and institutions will have booths in the club's main hall...

Fight to get rail for city uphill battle

Eastern North Carolina leaders are continuing to lobby for the restoration of passenger rail through Goldsboro, despite a strong push by some state officials to run a new Raleigh-to-Wilmington route through Fayetteville. The Eastern North Carolina Railroad Alliance has...

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Crimes of the Week Several residential break-ins on Billy Francis Drive in Goldsboro have been chosen by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as its latest "Crimes of the Week." The break-ins occurred between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and between Jan....

'Mockingbird' stage play wraps up project

The countywide Wayne County Reads project wraps up with the stage version of the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" at Wayne Community College. It will be performed March 11-14 in the college's Moffatt Auditorium. The play, dramatized by Christopher Sergel...

OPINION - Fishin' comes first

We were sharing stories at one of Jack Bennett's famous cook-outs behind Craig Ward's outboard motor repair shop on U.S. 117 South. Amid munching on huge filets of striped bass, Wildlife Commission Vice Chairman Wes Seegars shared with me...

Purple bows show commitment to fight cancer

If you're wondering why purple bows are suddenly showing up all over Wayne County, it's because it's that time of year again to sell them for the Relay for Life. The Relay is the annual fund-raiser for the Wayne...