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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 12, 2004 2:01 PM

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 characters sang at the beginning of the show and during a church scene, and following the closing argument given by Atticus Finch, played by Geoff Hulse, in the trial scene, as well as other times.

When the play ended, the cast was rewarded with a standing ovation and cheers.

The play, sponsored by The Foundation of Wayne Community College, is the culmination of the Wayne County Reads project, in which the county came together to read and talk about the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

Margaret Boothe Baddour is director of the play; Kathryn Spicer is producer.

It will be performed again tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult and $2 per child.

'Mockingbird' exhibit

There will be a reception at the Wayne County Museum on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. for its new exhibit called, "When the Mockingbird Landed: The Changing World of the Early '60s."

The Wayne County Historical Association is holding the reception with refreshments and period music. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is being done in conjunction with the Wayne County Reads program, which encourages everyone to read "To Kill A Mockingbird."

The exhibit shows how Wayne County, North Carolina and the United States faced the time between 1960 and 1965.

For more information, call the museum at 734-5023. The museum's hours are from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Restaurants sought

The Goldsboro Travel and Tourism Department is updating its restaurant database.

The update will allow Wayne County restaurant information to be promoted through the N.C. Division of Tourism Web site at www.visitnc.com and through the new visitor kiosk systems at the nine N.C. Interstate Welcome Centers.

Restaurant information will also be included on www.greatergoldsboro.com and will be available to visitors, group tours and meeting planners who often have questions about restaurants in the area with which they can do business.

The listings are free. For more information, please contact the Travel and Tourism Department at 734-2245.

Calling all cell phone owners

Sarah's Refuge in Warsaw is accepting used cellular telephones in any condition.

People who want to give their used cell phones to the shelter for battered women and children can take them to the administrative office at 1060 U.S. 117 S. or call 910-293-3467.

Sarah's Refuge is taking part in a national program called Good Corporate Neighbor, which is being conducted by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The shelter receives $25 for each cell phone that is turned in to the national organization.

The money will be used to help the shelter recover from a fire in January. The women and children have been moved to a temporary shelter, which is being rented. Shelter officials say they hope to be able to receive donated land on which to build a permanent shelter.

Wrong fireman

The fireman shown in a picture on page 1A in Thursday's News-Argus was identified as Elroy Fire Chief Steve Mozingo. The man in the picture was Mike Scrufari. The News-Argus apologizes for the error.