03/05/04 — Briefly

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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 5, 2004 1:58 PM

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 quarter of the total population without a nearby supermarket." Williams said it was difficult for the sick and elderly to get to grocery stores miles away from their homes.

He has asked City Manager Richard Slozak to write a letter to some of the grocery store chains. Slozak said he would review the issue and see what the city could do.

In the past, Williams' persistence has paid off. After Williams continued to complain about broken windows on houses near the golf course, each councilman last month pitched in $20 of their own money -- so they would no longer have to hear about the issue.

School day added

The school year has been extended by one more day to make up for the one missed recently because of the snow.

Wednesday, May 26, will now be the last day of classes for students in Wayne County public schools. It will be an early dismissal day, with May 25 now being a full day.

Schools were canceled on Friday, Feb. 27, due to unsafe road conditions.

Awards on base

The Watkins-Das Base Education and Training Center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base won the Air Combat Command Nathan Altschuler Award for Excellence in Educational Programs last month for the second year in a row.

The award is to recognize education and training centers that go above and beyond the call of duty. In 2003 the center helped 245 people obtain higher education degrees.

And last month, Master Sgt. Mark Hosier, a 4th Fighter Wing weapons safety superintendent on base, was awarded the Air Combat Command Weapons Safety Outstanding Achievement Award.

Hosier enabled the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing to fly 6,000 sorties and put 3 million pounds of bombs on targets. He set up a weapons safety program that ensured the safe handling and transportation of a total of 15 million pounds of ordnance with no mishaps.

Meanwhile, airmen who served in the 379th during Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 1, 2002, until Aug. 31, 2003, have been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.

Mount Olive museum

The museum committee of the Mount Olive Area Historical Society will meet Sunday at 3 p.m. with Martha Battle Jackson, chief of collections management of the North Carolina Division of Historic Sites.

She will offer advice and answer questions about planning the museum's operations.

The public is invited to the meeting to be held in Room 111 of the Henderson Building on the Mount Olive College campus.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile on Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Neuse Correctional Institution. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash.