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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 25, 2004 2:04 AM

Chest pain seminar

A free educational program, "Coping with Angina," is planned for next month at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

On Saturday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., cardiologists, nurses and other health professionals will discuss what angina is, how it is diagnosed and treated, how to manage risk factors and how to modify the effect of angina on your life.

Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, please call Wayne Memorial Hospital at 731-6080.

Angina is a symptom described as a pain, discomfort, tightness, pressure, heaviness in the chest, neck, jaw, arms or back due to a combination of factors caused by a temporary lack of oxygen to the heart.

More people working

Unemployment rates fell in Wayne County and all over North Carolina in March. It is the first time since the Employment Security Commission began collecting unemployment data that all 100 counties saw a drop.

Around 2,291 Wayne County residents, or about 4.5 percent of the workforce, were unemployed in March.

That's a decrease of about 336 people from February, when the county's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

The statewide rate in March was 5.3 percent, which was down from 6.4 percent in February.

The unemployment rate in Duplin fell from 6.9 percent in February to 5.8 percent in March. Other surrounding counties' rates were Johnston, 4.3 to 3.5 percent, Sampson, 5.9 to 4.9 percent, Lenoir, 5.9 to 5.1 percent and Wilson, 9.5 to 9.4 percent.

Vance County had the state's highest unemployment rate in March, 11.2 percent. Camden County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 2.4 percent.

Senior Games

The Wayne County Senior Games will start Monday.

The opening ceremonies will be held at 9:30 a.m. at The Pines of Goldsboro assisted living community at 380 Country Day Road.

Competitions are scheduled throughout the week and include a fun walk, badminton, horseshoes, croquet, billiards, basketball shoot, bowling, swimming, racquetball, table tennis, track and field events, golf, cycling, football throw and spin casting.

The games will end Friday at 11 a.m. with the Silver Arts Follies & Awards Dinner at Herman Park Center. For more information, call Stasia Fields at 739-7486 or Susan Koch at 735-5117.

Chairman to visit

Howard Lee, the chairman of the N.C. State Board of Education, will speak about community schools at the Mount Olive Rotary Club meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Southern Belle Restaurant.

Members of the school board, county commissioners and the public are invited. The cost for dinner is $7.50.

Teen volunteers needed

There is a new teen volunteer program beginning this summer at the Wayne County Public Library.

The library is recruiting high school students interested in tutoring elementary and middle school students in math and reading.

To sign up, go by the library on Ash Street or call Sue Geiger at 735-1824, extension 4.

Small-school talk

Dr. Tony Habit of the New Schools Project will speak Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at a meeting of the Mount Olive High School Committee.

The meeting will be held in the old Mount Olive High School auditorium, now known as the Mount Olive Historic Assembly Hall.

The New Schools Project is affiliated with the Public School Forum of North Carolina and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its task is to improve the performance of the state's high schools, primarily by creating up to 45 small high schools across the state to serve as models. More information can be found on its Web site at www.newschoolsproject.org.

For more information, contact Lynn Williams at 658-8655 or Ray McDonald Jr. at 658-2276.