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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 9, 2004 1:59 PM

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 and students. At its regular meeting Monday night, the board approved five days be added at the beginning of the year for teacher staff development, with five days for students to be added at the end of the year.

Charles Whitley, assistant superintendent for personnel, said teachers at the school will start on July 20 instead of July 27, and that the school's students will not get out until June 6, 2005.

Aycock jazz

The Charles B. Aycock High School jazz ensemble presents the world famous Count Basie Orchestra in concert at Goldsboro High School on Friday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale for $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, contact Roger Walker, band director at Aycock, at 242-3400.

'Air Force jewel'

A congressman had some encouraging words over the weekend for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and North Carolina's other military installations.

"The bases in eastern North Carolina are in as good a shape as they could hope to be," said U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. during the Wayne County Republican Party convention Saturday.

"All we need to do is let the public know how much we should appreciate them," Jones continued.

The Pentagon plans to review all installations next year for possible closure or change in their missions. North Carolina has never lost a base, so some have suggested one or more could close.

But Jones said all the N.C. posts, particularly Seymour Johnson, enjoy good support in Washington. He recounted a recent lunch with a four-star general who called Seymour Johnson "the jewel of the Air Force." The Pentagon is well aware of the community's support of the base and efforts to protect it from encroachment, he added.

"We need to keep on doing what we're doing," Jones concluded.