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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 16, 2004 1:58 PM

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 off her roof. She was able to escape without injury, but most of her furniture and belongings were damaged.

Those wishing to make donations may send them to Northeast Free Will Baptist Church, In Care Of Pastor Sherman Dilley, 489 Northeast Church Road, Mount Olive, N.C. 28365.

Those who would like to donate furniture, may call 658-8771.

All-County Choral

About 170 middle and high school students will come together Thursday to sing.

The Wayne County public schools will hold the annual All-County Choral Festival beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Dillard Middle School auditorium.

An estimated 145 middle school students and 124 high school students will participate. Each group will perform three selections and then combine for the finale.

Two guest conductors are working with the choral students. Barbara Swigart, a drama, chorus and vocal ensemble teacher at Croatan High School in Craven County, is leading the middle school students. Dr. Daniel Bara, director of choral activities and professor of conducting and choral literature at East Carolina University, is working with the high school group. Fifteen choral directors from the school system are also assisting.

'Victorian elegance'

The Wayne County Extension and Community Association will have its annual fund-raiser fashion show March 23 at 7 p.m. at Walnut Creek Country Club.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 11 and younger and may be purchased by calling 736-1255 or 778-1247 by Thursday.

This year's theme will be "Victorian Elegance." Entertainment will be provided by Ben Johnson and Lauren Grantham.

Work in the park

Mayor Jewel Kilpatrick has issued a plea for volunteers to work Saturday in the Seven Springs Community Park.

The work day will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until the replica of the Confederate States Ship Neuse is completed.

"We have until March 31 to get it done," says Mrs. Kilpatrick. "We need to get as much done Saturday as we possibly can. ... Please come and help."

Besides working on the Ram Neuse model, the volunteers may be doing things like helping assemble park benches or planting a tree.

Book battle

Wayne County middle school students will test their wits in the Battle of the Books this month.

This is the 19th year for the event sponsored by the Wayne County public schools. This year's competition will be Wednesday, March 24, at 8:30 a.m. in the Richard B. Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. The public is invited.

The Battle of the Books is a competitive reading program for students in grades 6-8. Schools participating are Brogden Middle, Dillard Middle, Eastern Wayne Middle, Goldsboro Middle, Greenwood Middle, Mount Olive Middle, Norwayne Middle, Rosewood Middle and Spring Creek.

The event is designed to encourage and promote reading. Team members read a list of 27 books selected by the North Carolina State Battle of the Books Committee.

Following a quiz bowl format, teams compete again each other in answering specific questions about each book.