03/17/04 — Briefly

View Archive


By Don McLoud
Published in News on March 17, 2004 2:03 PM

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 Highway Patrol responded to. The driver fled the scene of the accident, and about 15 minutes later he wrecked on U.S. 117 South. At that accident, a citizen took the man to the Police Department where he was charged with DWI. He then spent the night in jail.

The Highway Patrol trooper heard of the arrest and saw that it was the same person who left the accident on Arrington Bridge Road. He also charged the driver.

Edward Antonio McCain, 23, of Red Springs, was charged by both the Highway Patrol and the Police Department with DWI.

You too can be Irish

Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but quite a few North Carolinians make the claim year-round.

More than 730,000 state residents consider themselves of primary or secondary Irish descent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent estimates.

That's equal to one of every 11 North Carolinians. That's second only to people who claim to be of German (970,000) and English (960,000) descent.

Add in the people who claim to be "Scotch-Irish" -- another 348,000 -- and they outnumber all immigrant groups and even the state residents who say they are of "U.S. or American" ancestry.

Across the United States, 34.3 million people claim Irish ancestry. That's almost nine times as many people as live in Ireland, which has a population of 3.9 million. Massachusetts has the highest concentration of people of Irish descent, nearly one of four state residents.

City cracks down

City Manager Richard Slozak said Monday that the city will not tolerate any of the small signs sprouting up on road rights of way throughout Goldsboro.

The signs often advertise business closings or openings or special occasions.

"We will pick up those signs and store them at General Services," Slozak said. "The owners can come and pick them up, but if they put them out again, they will be fined."

The decision is part of the city's determination to change its trashy appearance.

In the past month, the city attorney has sent out 18 violation letters for illegal storage of junked vehicles and sign ordinance violations.

Some of the junked vehicle violations occurred on Slocumb, Edgerton Street, North Williams Street, Elm Street and Ash Street.

The sign violations were on U.S. Highway 117 North and Berkeley Boulevard.

Lunch and Learn

A seminar has been scheduled for those having trouble budgeting time.

The seminar titled "So Much To Do, So Little Time -- The Basics of Time Management" will be presented by Anna Ferrell, who has worked as an employee assistance professional with Cornerstone EAP since 1999. Ms. Ferrell is a consultant who helps businesses improve employee job performance.

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Lunch and Learn event on March 23 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the chamber board room at 308 N. William St.

Seating is limited. The registration fee is $10 per person, which includes a light lunch. For more information, call the chamber at 734-2241 or visit the Web site www.waynecountychamber.com

and click on event calendar.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Eastern Wayne High School for faculty and students. Donors will receive a "Blood Tour 2004" T-shirt.