04/14/04 — Briefly

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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 14, 2004 1:56 PM

Litter Sweep

The Wayne County Litter Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, and county commissioners are urging all citizens and businesses to participate in the cleanup of roadways throughout the county.

The event is sponsored by Wayne County, Keep Wayne County Beautiful, the city of Goldsboro and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. In 2003, volunteers cleaned 45 miles of roads in Wayne County with the help of more than 150 volunteers.

Volunteers should go to www.waynegov.com to register or call 731-1435. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Ormond Street entrance of the Wayne County Courthouse and will end at 11 a.m. with a free box lunch. Everyone is encouraged to get involved.

The commissioners have also declared Saturday as "Amnesty Day" by waiving disposal fees at the landfill. This project has been adopted to encourage citizens to clean up roads and yards and only applies to residents, not to commercial businesses or haulers. For more information call 689-2994.

Historic trolley tour

The downtown historic trolley tour is back by popular demand.

The narrated tour, which includes lunch at the Royal Tea Rooms, is scheduled for Sunday, April 18, from noon to 3 pm. An English lunch will be served at noon.

At 1 p.m. the horse-drawn trolley will roll through downtown, while historian Charlie Gaylor takes riders into the past.

The cost is $30 per person. Call the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. at 735-4959 to reserve a seat.

Grange celebration

The Wayne County Pomona Grange will celebrate Grange Month at a supper Sunday evening at Waynesborough Historical Park.

A highlight will be a talk by the winner of a speaking contest sponsored by the Grange. The winner has not yet been announced. Other entertainment is also planned, according to Pomona Grange spokesman Lloyd Massey.

The state president, Jimmy Gentry of Iredell County, will attend.

Local Granges in Belfast, Brogden, Grantham, New Hope, Nahunta and Oakland are inviting families to attend to discuss the Grange's achievements and ways to become more involved in their communities.

April is National Grange Month, and John Tart, president of the Pomona Grange, said the members want Wayne residents to know that the Grange is a living organization.

Grange has worked for 137 years to advance the interest of rural Americans by providing a legislative voice for their concerns and by promoting community service.

Herring to receive DCA

Sherwin Herring, chief executive officer of Southco, will receive the Boy Scouts' Distinguished Citizen Award on Monday night.

A reception, sponsored by the Torhunta District, begins at 6:30 p.m. at Walnut Creek Country Club. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per couple. Proceeds go to the Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call the Torhunta District executive, Thomas Millisor, at 734-1714.

Grants for charities

Applications are being taken for United Way of Wayne County's community investment grants.

Those applying must be tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3); incorporated in the state of North Carolina as a nonprofit organization; render charitable, philanthropic, health, character building or social welfare services in Wayne County; and be able to demonstrate effectiveness.

For more information, contact Sarah Ward at 735-3591.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile on Thursday from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the chapter house, 600 N. George St., by appointment only by calling 735-7201. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash.