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Monday, May 31, 2004

Hard landing

Bobby Williams A driver lost control of his car Sunday night, and it ran off the U.S. 70 bypass, went airborne, crashed through a metal wall and landed in the Delmus' Hardware building. The driver, Leandro Martinez Noriega of...

Fleeing car crashes into store

A Goldsboro motorist, fleeing late Sunday night from Goldsboro police at about 115 mph, lost control of his car, police said, and flew over a guardrail at a bypass ramp and crashed into Delmus' Hardware store, about 270 feet...

Severe weather risk

There was a risk of strong to severe thunderstorms in the eastern half of North Carolina this afternoon. The biggest risk was between noon and 2 p.m. There was also an isolated chance of a tornado. A cold front moving...

Foster parents needed

Wayne County's celebration of "Foster Parents Month" ends today. The need for foster parents does not. The Department of Social Services has increasingly had to remove children from homes while it investigates, or tries to remediate, reports of abuse...

OPINION -- Highest honor

Dr. Richard Borden, a Goldsboro native, will make a sentimental journey to the beaches of Normandy on the 60th anniversary of the Allies' D-Day invasion of Europe. He made that invasion with the first wave of U.S. troops as...

Blessing the vine

ROSE HILL -- The planting of a cutting from the state's oldest cultivated vine capped the second annual blessing of the vine Saturday at the Duplin Winery vineyard. The Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine led the ceremony...

Pate promises to continue keeping pledges

N.C. Rep. Louis Pate says he had kept the promises made during his campaign for the N.C. General Assembly. He intends to keep representing the "conservative values of Wayne County" in the Legislature, he said in his campaign statement. Pate,...

Public records

Stabbing There has been a correction to this story: Bill Kearney, who was stabbed early Sunday by another man, was injured at the Economy Inn, not the Wayne Motel, as was reported in Monday's News-Argus. The other man was charged...

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Congratulations, Class of 2004!

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Graduates toss their caps Friday night at the end of Rosewood High School's ceremony....

Remembering a fallen sailor

A 19-year-old sailor from Goldsboro embarked on his first battle in the U.S. Navy. He had only enlisted a few months prior and found himself aboard the U.S.S. Drexler in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Ray Edwin...

City and towns plan to solve sewer issues

Officials from Goldsboro, Fremont, Eureka and Walnut Creek will likely be talking soon about a topic most people would rather avoid -- sewage. Goldsboro has agreed to handle the waste from the three towns, but there are still some...

Have barbecue, will travel

A Wayne County couple is on a mission to provide eastern North Carolina barbecue to missionaries living in the western United States. Steve and Sylvia Shafer are heading out Tuesday in an 18-foot-long camper, complete with a pig cooker....

Over 1,000 walk across the stage, with a few interruptions

More than 1,100 high school students received diplomas this weekend during graduation exercises around the county. All six high schools in Wayne County public schools held ceremonies, as did Wayne Country Day School and neighboring Princeton High School. Common themes...

Graduation -- Moving forward two-by-two

Seven sets of twins graduated from Southern Wayne High School this year. So it was only fitting that the first person to cross the stage for a diploma and the last were each part of a twin-set. When the News-Argus...

Graduation -- Striving to be Number One

When Marsha McCoy learned that she ranked third in her junior class, she set her sights on making it to the top spot when she finished high school. She shared her goal with students at Dillard Middle School when she...

Graduation -- Dreaming of a class of their own

Rosewood High School has the distinction this year of having the most N.C. Teaching Fellows of any high school in the county. Considering there were 109 in the graduating class, having five recipients of the $26,000 scholarship is an impressive...

Graduation -- Overcoming obstacles

When Jenifer Cruz was a high school freshman, the occupational prep course of study was not among her options. It was introduced along with college and vocational courses two years later. The requirements were stringent -- regular academic classes plus...

Graduation -- Relying on faith

Eastern Wayne High School graduate Angelina Lugo has achieved much in the last year. But none of it came without a price. In March, 2003, she lost her older brother Michael, 17, and younger brother Joseph, 14, as well as...

Graduation -- Staying strong

When Trevor Handberry's mother was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, life for the family shifted into high gear. Every day, the Goldsboro High School student would rise, get his little brother ready for school, go to his own classes,...

Volunteer Wayne

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151, extension 336, or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

Student news

Jeffrey Scott Wilkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Wilkins of Princeton, received a doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry during commencement exercises on Sunday, May 23, at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Wilkins is...

Wayne County court news

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Leonard Casco Smith, 33, Goldsboro, breaking and entering and larceny, 19 and 23 months. *Tony Wilson, 28, Durham, obtaining property by false pretense, 10 to 12 months; forgery,...

Briefly

Gardening tools needed The Wayne County Arts Council needs donations of gardening tools. Alice Strickland, council executive director, said the tools need to be in good shape, but not necessarily new. People interested in donating can bring the tools to...

Public Records

Arrested at graduation A woman was arrested Friday night during commencement exercises at Spring Creek High School and charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Connie L. Waddell, 38, of Beaver Drive, Dudley, was...

Local digest

Habitat finishes seventh house Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne County will hold a dedication ceremony at its seventh completed house at 3 p.m. on June 6 at 102 Winslow Place. Alba Moradel and her family will be moving into the...

Friday, May 28, 2004

Downtown Jam

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Ray Pittman, right, en route to a victory in the doughnut-eating contest that started the Downtown Jam Thursday. For more information see The daring doughnut deed....

Relay tops $500,000 mark

The Relay for Life has topped half a million dollars and money is still coming in. Terry Butler, one of the event's three cochairmen, announced at an awards meeting Thursday night that the total now stands at $500,885. This...

Fire destroys Belfast house

A house was destroyed by fire today at Belfast. The cause of the fire at 106 Belfast Ave., which started at 11 a.m., was unknown. Belfast and Patetown volunteer firefighters extinguished the blaze and kept it from spreading to nearby...

The daring doughnut deed

It was war at Center Street Jam. Hole-y war. The five of us lined up at the table Thursday afternoon. Each had two minutes and two dozen Krispy Kreme originals. The strategy was simple -- outlast and inhale. As...

Starling looks to unseat fellow Republican

Willie Ray Starling hopes to unseat N.C. Rep. Steven LaRoque of Kinston in a Republican primary. Starling, of Mount Olive, waited until the last minute before filing for the N.C. House of Representative's 10th District seat. He and LaRoque will...

City officials to resume budget talks Tuesday

City budget talks will resume Tuesday, with discussions scheduled on the city attorney's budget and an itemized list of what Goldsboro gets for the $33,000 it pays a local cable television station. City Manager Richard Slozak is contacting other...

Arts Council approves budget

The Arts Council of Wayne County Board of Directors approved a proposed budget of $221,000 for next fiscal year. The action was taken Thursday afternoon at the board's monthly meeting at the art center. Among the planned revenue are...

Pikeville gets grant to revamp park

PIKEVILLE -- The town board has received a $97,000 grant to revamp Dees Memorial Park. Town Manager Lonnie Graves said he received a call this week from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources that the town was...

Public records

Two small fires An insect bomb and a commercial vacuum were blamed for two small fires in Goldsboro, fire officials said today. A resident at 442 W. Seymour Drive put an insect bomb in a kitchen cabinet, and the bomb...

Library board to resume planning for Jamboree and Stewfast

ALBERTSON -- The board of the Albertson Community Library Corporation will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Building to finish planning its upcoming Jamboree. The Jamboree and Stewfest will be held June 26 on the grounds of...

Briefly

Graduation night Eight Wayne County high school graduations are scheduled for this weekend. Tonight, ceremonies are scheduled at Wayne Country Day School in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Eastern Wayne High School's graduation starts at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m.,...

Thursday, May 27, 2004

School's out!

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit It's a last-day-of-school tradition at Rosewood Elementary. The faculty queues up in front of the building facing the school buses -- just before the buses haul away the children for the last time -- and entertain their...

Schools get instant messaging system

Wayne County public schools will spend $200,000 a year for the next three years on a service designed to improve emergency preparedness and communication with parents. The school system signed a contract this week with Honeywell Building Solutions to...

Armed man holds off police for 7 hours

A seven-hour standoff ended peacefully before dawn today at a Goldsboro apartment complex with the arrest of a resident on a charge of possession of a stolen handgun. A robot from the State Bureau of Investigation's SWAT team was...

City receives complaints about bad housing

Some tenants in Goldsboro are living in substandard houses, with problems ranging from rotted out floors to holes in the roofs. And though the city is trying to help, relief is slow, because housing codes allow landlords up to...

Mount Olive plans to hold public meeting

MOUNT OLIVE -- Residents can find out how downtown Mount Olive has grown over the last year at a meeting on June 22. The time and place of the public meeting will be announced by the group that has...

Walnut Creek proposes budget holds line on taxes, sewer rates

The Walnut Creek Village Council's proposed budget recommends no tax hikes or increase in sewer rates. It will give a 4 percent pay raise for employees. There are also plans to build a restroom for the boat recreation area...

Crop circles found in Dudley

DUDLEY -- Kerry Smith ventured outside Wednesday to mow the grass near his uncle's house and stumbled upon something quite peculiar. In front of his uncle's house is a four-acre wheat field that has been in his family for...

Public records

Drug charges Four people were arrested Wednesday by Wayne County authorities and charged with felony drug offenses. *Lafonte Tyon Moses, 28, of Odell Street was charged by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad with possession with intent to sell and deliver...

Briefly

New council member The Walnut Creek Village Council unanimously elected Kathy Daniels to complete the term of former council member Jack Best. Best left last month to serve as a Wayne County commissioner. Mrs. Daniels was not present at Wednesday's...

Bowden votes to incorporate

WARSAW -- A group of residents in the Bowdens community in Duplin County have voted to form a town. About 40 people voted unanimously Tuesday night during a meeting at the Bowdens Presbyterian Church. The incorporation movement began when...

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Bridge work

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Construction of the bridge over Little River at N.C. 581 started last spring and is expected to be finished by November. It includes construction of a detour bridge, shown below. It is part of an overall $1.5...

Agency directors shout in anger

Eastpointe's board of directors argued bitterly Tuesday night for more than 30 minutes over a plan to preserve mental health employees' jobs. The exchanges became personal, with Director Jack St. Clair accusing some directors of unethical behavior, before the...

Fremont hires town administrator

FREMONT -- The town administrator of St. Pauls was hired Tuesday night to for the same job in Fremont. Kerry McDuffie, 32, accepted the Fremont town board's offer of a starting salary of $41,983 to succeed Tom Barnes. McDuffie...

Click it or ticket

Watch out -- law enforcement officers will be stopping more cars than usual during the next couple of weeks. The first of four special statewide traffic enforcement programs is under way -- just in time for the first summer...

TransPark import-export firm loses contract

KINSTON (AP) -- An import-export firm hired to run a foreign trade zone by the Global TransPark lost its contract after endorsing a political move to take power from the TransPark's governing board. TransPark officials signed a contract last October...

Leadership Wayne County class graduates

A new class of Wayne County leaders graduated Tuesday from a nine-month program and now say they are ready to use what they learned to help the community grow. "Our time here and what we do with it is...

Public record

Investigations The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the following crimes: *Someone reportedly stole a $400 guitar and its case from a church at 2091 Big Daddy Road, Pikeville. The guitar's owner, Derek Alan Seymour of N.C. 111 North of...

Briefly

Offices closed The city will observe the Memorial Day holiday Monday. All sanitation collection services scheduled for Monday will be collected Wednesday, June 2. Wayne County government offices will also be closed on Monday. Wrong time for flag helpers A...

Mount Olive sewer money arrives just in time

MOUNT OLIVE -- A check arrived Tuesday for $2.45 million to begin building a regional sewer system in the Mount Olive area. Mount Olive's bond counsel has sold the $2.45 million bond-anticipation notes to Southern Bank, and Mount Olive...

Gateway asked to participate in pilot program

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority was asked Monday to join a pilot program aimed at making rural public transportation more efficient. "We would be using advanced technology to provide better transportation at a reduced cost," said Jim Daughtry, a planner...

Crime Stoppers helps in clearing 17 cases

Seventeen cases, including a murder, were cleared with arrests in April by authorities after anonymous calls to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers. The murder was cleared with the arrest of Marcus Dominique Moore, 24, of Denmark Street. He was charged...

Camp Exploration deadline extended

The deadline to apply to attend Camp Exploration, Wayne Community College's summer enrichment program for rising eighth- and ninth-graders, has been extended to Friday, June 4. The day camp will be held June 7-11 on campus. The cost is...

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

A love of the game

News-Argus/Phyllis Moore Jacob rounds third base on the T-ball field as his father, Tony Coley, walks behind. For more information see Jacob Coley finds way to play his favorite sport....

City falls short by nearly $1 million in sewer, water fund

Goldsboro's water and sewer fund is facing a deficit of nearly $1 million, and if that debt is carried over into the next fiscal year, the city might not be able to sell sewer bonds to finance a recent...

Houses in Golsboro, Seven Sprngs raided, closed

Two houses in Wayne County have been closed after weekend raids by state Alcohol Law Enforcement agents. Nine people were arrested and charged with liquor or gambling violations, and more than $16,540 worth of property and cash was seized...

15-year-old girl charged with having gun at school

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 15-year-old girl from Mount Olive has been charged by Wayne County sheriff's deputies with felony possession of a handgun on school grounds. The students were checked Friday with a metal detector before they entered the Southern...

Jones says North Carolina bases are in strong position

KINSTON -- U.S. Rep. Walter Jones had encouraging words Monday on the future of the military bases in eastern North Carolina. "They are in a very strong position," said Jones. That was good news to those attending a symposium at...

More diverse economy is seen

KINSTON -- As the state's economy changes, business and political leaders in eastern North Carolina are looking for ways to attract high-tech businesses. The state's eastern region is making the transition from a predominantly agricultural base to being more...

Tip leads to arrest in bank robbery

An anonymous call to Crime Stoppers helped Goldsboro police arrest a man for last week's bank robbery. The call, which came in over the weekend, provided enough information, Sgt. David Kelly said today, so that investigators could look for the...

Jacob Coley finds way to play his favorite sport, to the cheers of fans

"Jacob!" "Jacob!" "Jacob!" The chant escalates as the 7-year-old boy on the T-ball field rounds third base and rolls home. The cheers rise from his teammates, those watching on the sidelines, and even from the opposing team. It would...

Briefly

Memorial Day service Wayne County veterans are planning a Memorial Day service for Monday. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium at Wayne Community College. The event is sponsored by the Wayne County Veterans and Patriot Coalition....

Public records

Marijuana plants found Thirty-one small marijuana plants have been destroyed near Seven Springs by authorities after an anonymous tip to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers. The seedlings were about four inches tall and were ready to be transplanted to permanent locations....

Gateway passes budget with little fanfare

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority passed its annual budget Monday with little fanfare. No one showed to make public comments. The total budget, including both the rural and urban sides, comes to $1.9 million. The budget is a little higher...

Rosewood Cub Pack earns name with community support

Cub Scout Pack 258 at Rosewood is earning a name for itself with an ambitious schedule of service projects. In April, the group won a national award for helping the M.E.R.C.I. disaster recovery organization pack boxes to send to...

Blood supply is at critical level

Blood is desperately needed in Wayne County. Supplies are at critical levels throughout the nation and Wayne County is down to less than three days' supply, said Don Best, blood services director for the Wayne County Chapter of the...

Bloodmobile schedule

The June Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is as follows: *June 4: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. *June 8: Red Cross Chapter House, 600...

Monday, May 24, 2004

A Wayne County Weekend

Bobby Williams Wayne County Royal Rangers launch canoes on the Neuse River during a camp-out over the weekend. The Rangers came from six different churches: Whitley Church, Brock’s Chapel, Mount Olive’s First, First Church of Goldsboro, St. John’s Church...

Weekend in Wayne packed with things to do

It was a spring weekend and, as usual, things were going on in Wayne County. Disabled American Veterans swapped war stories at a picnic in Goldsboro's Herman Park. There was a rousing service at Willow Dale Cemetery honoring people killed...

Teens charged with school break-ins

Two teen-agers from Seven Springs were arrested today by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with crimes in connection with vandalism and break-ins at Spring Creek High School. The boys, who are 13 and 14 years old, were accused...

Storms cause damage over weekend

Strong storms blasted areas of North Carolina over the weekend, but Wayne County escaped the brunt of the high winds, flooding rains and damaging hail. One house in southern Wayne County, however, was struck by lightning, causing a fire....

Targeted annexation residents raise money for legal fight

Furniture, computers, clothes and food disappeared quickly from the side lot of the Belfast Fire Department on Saturday where a group fighting annexation by Goldsboro held its first fund-raiser. The steamy temperatures didn't stop people from perusing the myriad...

Mount Olive's proposed budget less than current year

MOUNT OLIVE -- Next year's proposed budget for the town of Mount Olive is about $30,000 less than this year's. The budget totals about $2.44 million. It includes no tax or rate increases. Town Manager Ray McDonald said he...

OPINION -- Recollections

Nocturnal Rambler "Names make news." Reporters who came up in the old days of family newspapering often were told that by their editors. It simply meant that folks enjoyed seeing their names or those of their friends in print. Depending...

Public records

Sheriff's dog helps with break-in arrest A Wayne County sheriff's dog helped deputies arrest a man before dawn today after a break-in at a barn in the 300 block of Lee's Country Club Road near Mount Olive. The resident saw...

Middle school students donate handicap picnic table

A group of Eastern Wayne Middle School students has created a new addition to Herman Park. As part of a construction challenge for next month's national competition of the Technology Students Assoc-iation, the students built a handicapped-accessible picnic table....

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Image of a bank robbery

A bank camera caught this image of a man robbing the New Century Bank at 425 N. Spence Ave. on Friday morning. The man demanded money from the teller, according to Goldsboro police. He took an undetermined amount of...

Bowles speaks to farmers

FREMONT -- Farmers from across the state gathered Saturday hoping to hear some encouraging news about the possibility of a tobacco buyout this year. Music, sweat, cheers and standing ovations were all a part of the day at Jerry...

City budget hearing Monday

The Goldsboro City Council will hold a public hearing Monday night on the proposed budget, even though it hasn't finished its discussions on the document. The next budget work session will be at 11 that same morning, and several...

Dillard weekend planned

The 49th annual Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni homecoming celebration will begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday with dozens of activities throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Hundreds of alumni of Dillard and Goldsboro high schools return each year to celebrate. Activities begin...

Hurricane season is here

The sun is shining, the temperature has warmed up and thoughts are turning to having fun in the summer time. But with the summer comes hurricane season, which starts June 1 and goes through Nov. 30. Wayne County has...

Praise for hospice

When Thelma Mills took her mother to the hospital, it was with the expectation that she would return home when she was released. Mamie Stanley Taylor had some dementia, had had a stroke and while hospitalized, experienced pneumonia, a...

Skydiving at 75

Adrenaline rushed through Lillian Galloway's body. She clinched her fists. Sweat beaded on her forehead. As she looked 14,700 feet down from a twin-engine airplane, there was only one thing left to do. Jump! And that was how she...

Ole Timey Days planned

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Vendors are welcome to sign up for the Ole Timey Days festival next month, which will feature two narrated performances of a Civil War battle. Union and Confederate soldiers fought the Battle of Whitehall in 1862,...

Youth council project

The Goldsboro Youth Council wants to help rising juniors and seniors improve their math scores on the SAT, but it needs the community's help. The program targets under-privileged students, and the Youth Council is hoping for donations to fund...

Walnut Creek gets CERT team

Ten Walnut Creek residents now can play the role of rescue personnel and firefighters, should a disaster prevent those emergency workers from reaching the village. The 10 completed a 21-hour course over four weeks to become the first Community...

Volunteer Wayne

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151, extension 336, or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *James Matthew Kitchen, 28, Bennett Road, larceny, 80 to 105 months (habitual felon). *Sean Michael Fowler, 24, Vail Road, Pikeville, child abuse inflicting serious injury, 30 to 45 months....

Sunday Briefly

Sen. Dole to visit base U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole will visit Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Wednesday and Thursday as part of her tour around the state's military installations. Mrs. Dole is a member of the Armed Services Committee...

Student News

Melissa S. Longwith completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Campbell University and graduated with honors on Sunday, May 9. She is the daughter of Jane Longwith and the late Buford Longwith and is a graduate of Southern Wayne High...

Mount Olive Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Lakisha R. Browne, Clover Ridge Court, Dudley, fraudulent disposal of mortgaged property, not guilty. *Robert R. Browne, 28, Clover Ridge Court, Dudley, fraudulent disposal of mortgaged property, not guilty....

Military News

Patrick Farrell Capt. Patrick Farrell, a flight instructor with the 333rd Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, has earned the Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award. He attended the five-week Squadron Officer School last November at Maxwell...

District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *David Henry Hooker Jr., 43, Atlantic Avenue, assault, not guilty. *Sheila C. Seymour, North Spence Avenue, communicating threats, not guilty. *Irish Carnella Etheredge, 16, Biltmore Drive, communicating threats, not...

Friday, May 21, 2004

Accident on N.C. 111

Bobby Williams Edward Deese of Mount Olive died in this car after it went through a stop sign at the intersection of N.C. 111 South and Zion Church Road and was struck by another vehicle. For more information see...

Bank on Spence Avenue robbed

Goldsboro Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred around 9:30 this morning at New Century Bank at Spence Avenue and Cashwell Drive. The bank was immediately closed to customers while police interviewed employees and viewed tapes taken by...

Graduates begin walking the stage

High school graduation season has arrived, with two private schools holding ceremonies this evening. Seven other schools across the county will follow suit next week. The Wayne County public schools will have 1,086 seniors graduate this year. Five of...

Land owners opposed to zoning around base

Wayne County officials plan to halt -- for now -- a proposal to tighten development rules in high-noise areas around Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's flight lines. The county commissioners said Thursday that the proposal needs to be revised,...

Mount Olive man dies in automobile accident

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A 23-year-old car passenger was killed Thursday in a collision in southern Wayne County, the Highway Patrol said. The victim was identified as Edward Deese of 317-A Tadlock Road, Mount Olive. The wreck was at N.C....

Defense says "snitches' planted in client's cell

KENANSVILLE -- A Superior Court judge heard motions Thursday in the trial of a Mount Olive woman accused last January of murdering her boyfriend at their home in Duplin County. Judge Gary Trawick told Tammy Sue Wilt's defense law-yer,...

Who's buried there?

There are 800 soldiers buried under the Confederate Monument in the Willow Dale Cemetery, but reports are divided about whether they are all Confederates. The Web page for Goldsboro's Travel and Tourism Department says Union soldiers are there, too....

Vintage airplanes visit Wayne

PIKEVILLE -- The bright skies of Wayne County were a haven Thursday for nine vintage aircraft. Aviation enthusiasts of all ages anxiously awaited their arrival. Around 9:30 a.m., a Waco ZPF-7 airplane made a fly-by and landed at the...

Public records

Car theft A man who left the keys in his car late Thursday night while he was at a Goldsboro night club got good news today. The car was recovered, and the driver was arrested by Goldsboro police and charged...

Pikeville proposes sewer rate increase

PIKEVILLE -- The town board has proposed increasing sewer rates for all of its customers. The increase is included in the upcoming 2004-2005 budget, which the board discussed on Thursday with its accountant, Gary Pittman. The increase would begin...

Cause of house fire not determined yet

A fire that destroyed a brick home, which officials said was the center of a domestic dispute, has been turned over to authorities for further investigation. The cause and point of origin of the fire in the home at...

Briefly

New city assistant A familiar face is back at City Hall. Former Goldsboro resident Tasha Logan has returned to take the position of assistant to the city manager. Ms. Logan worked as an intern for the city during three summers...

House votes to delay base closings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House broke with the Bush administration over military base closings Thursday, disrupting the otherwise smooth passage of a massive defense bill aimed at securing the nation's military strength and winning the war in Iraq. The...

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Morning fire

Bobby Williams An early-morning fire today damaged a two-story brick house at 404 Southwood Drive off Sandhill Drive in the Mar Mac area. Volunteer firemen from Mar Mac, Thoroughfare and Grantham departments fought the fire, which started shortly after...

Bill would set up fund to buy land around base

The N.C. General Assembly may establish a $5 million fund to buy undeveloped land around the state's military bases, including Seymour Johnson. Identical bills were introduced Wednesday in the N.C. House and Senate to establish the Military Base Land...

Tour group learns how Texas Ranger ended up in Goldsboro grave

In a corner of Willow Dale Cemetery, underneath a shade tree and a solitary Texas flag, lies the grave of Jared White. How a Texan ended up in a Goldsboro cemetery is a mystery that local lawyer and historian...

Stolen items returned to grateful man

PRINCETON -- A Princeton resident said he "was tickled to death" to get back many of the collectible items stolen from his mobile home, according to Police Chief Eddie Lewis. Gary Holland reported on May 10 the theft of old...

Nurses honored for excellence by Wayne Memorial Hospital

Courage. Heart. Brains. Nursing can be likened to the "Wizard of Oz," says Dr. Sylvia Brown, associate dean for graduate programs and a professor at East Carolina University. She spoke during the nurse excellence awards for Wayne Memorial Hospital...

Public records

Four hurt in wrecks Four people were injured and damages were estimated at $38,575 in eight recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A driver was injured at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday in the Pinewood Square parking lot, Goldsboro police...

Quickbooks Pro workshop offered at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College Agribusiness Center and the Golden LEAF will offer a two-day QuickBooks Pro workshop from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on June 8 and 15. The cost is $125 per two person team and...

More stop signs for Fremont

FREMONT -- Drivers in residential sections of Fremont may be slowing down more. Police Chief Ben Reid asked the board to consider requests for four-way stop signs at Vance and Wayne streets, North and Vance streets, and Wayne and...

Briefly

City officials appointed Goldsboro Mayor Al King and City Manager Richard Slozak were selected to serve on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee for the state League of Municipalities. As members of the committee, King and Slozak will help...

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Team gets new van

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit The Wayne County sheriff's underwater recovery team now has a van for its equipment. Sheriff's Maj. Billy Anderson, left, supervises the team. The used van is a converted ambulance, donated by Wayne County Emergency Services, represented by...

County manager gets four-year contract

The Wayne County commissioners agreed Tuesday on a contract for County Manager Lee Smith, his first since taking the job two years ago. The four-year deal does not change Smith's salary, currently $92,000, or his benefits, although it does...

County departments cooperate to help sheriff's dive team go mobile

The Wayne County sheriff's dive team can now store its equipment and ride in style. The dive team has been given a surplus ambulance by Wayne County Emergency Services. "We donated the van to the Sheriff's Office with the...

Mabry named one of 10 correction officers of the year

Donald Mabry, an intake officer at Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro, has been named a state Department of Correction officer of the year. Mabry and the nine other officers nominated were honored last week. Mabry, a native of Rocky Mount...

Fremont to work with Eureka on sewer overcharges

FREMONT -- Fremont town officials will work with Eureka to find out why Eureka's sewer bill is three times higher than its meter shows. Dr. Mike Acquesta, the contracted engineer for both towns, had told the Eureka town board...

Royall Avenue will get spruce-up from Appearance Commission

Soon crepe myrtle trees will line parts of Royall Avenue, if the Appearance Commission has its way. The group is hoping the railroad company, which owns the right-of-way between William and Bane streets, will waive the annual leasing fee...

Fremont board approves new sidewalks

FREMONT -- Construction of new sidewalks on the first block of East Main Street in Fremont will not begin for three or four weeks. The work was supposed to be completed last December as part of the $435,000 downtown...

Jones bill would delay base closing process for two years

The House Armed Services Committee has approved a bill that would delay the base-closure process for two years. And in the Senate, a proposal has been put forth to make the closing process only for U.S. bases in foreign countries....

Public records

Drive-by shooting A Goldsboro teen-ager in a car at Wayne Memorial Drive and Royall Avenue was wounded Tuesday during a drive-by shooting, a Goldsboro police report said. Perez Donovon McDuffie, 17, of Fourth Street was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital,...

Duplin still looking for school consultant

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County still hasn't found a consultant to advise what to do about overcrowding and racial imbalance in the schools. The Duplin school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to find a more "scholastic oriented consultant" to make...

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Bowles to speak to farmers in Fremont Erskine Bowles, a candidate for U.S. Senate, will be in Fremont on Saturday to discuss a federal tobacco buyout. Hundreds of tobacco farmers from across the state are scheduled to be at the...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Budget raises rates for sewer 15 percent

Goldsboro's proposed new budget contains no tax increases, but sewer rates will go up 15 percent. Under the proposal, long-term employees would receive longevity pay. And the city attorney will be paid $30,000 more for legal fees. Of that...

Opponents speak out against Goldsboro zoning requests

Opponents of two zoning requests -- one on Patetown Road and one on Salem Church Road -- spoke out Monday at Goldsboro City Council hearings. Residents of the newly annexed area protested the Salem Church Road request, saying it...

Goldsboro officer's son shot to death

SNOW HILL -- The 21-year-old son of a Goldsboro police officer was fatally shot Saturday night, and a suspect was arrested about 12 hours later. The victim was identified by authorities as Raymond Earl Parker Jr., 21, of 313...

Suicide suspected in death of airman

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- An airman from Tennessee and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina who died of non-hostile injuries in Iraq is believed to have committed suicide, the Defense Department said. Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat Jr.,...

Pipe collapse causes pothole

A street cave-in at the corner of Ash and William streets was probably caused by the collapse of a storm sewer pipe, said city General Services Director Joe Sawyer. The storm sewer system transports rainwater via pipes under the...

Local groups rally on Brown anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision to end segregation was celebrated Monday night, along with a challenge to continue the legacy. A public rally, held at Greenleaf Christian Church and attended by an estimated 200 people,...

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No ties, no problem Goldsboro city councilmen enjoyed their first night of freedom from ties during Monday night's council meeting. Two weeks ago the council passed the annual ordinance allowing themselves and city employees to give up ties at work...

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Break-ins cleared The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says it has cleared several residential break-ins in the southern part of the county with the arrest of a teen-ager. William Allen Jackson Jr., 17, of O'Berry Road, Mount Olive, was charged with...

Council honors youth group

A record number of high school seniors from the Goldsboro Youth Council were recognized Monday by the City Council. The 24 students representing various high schools in the area received over $400,000 in scholarships. Previously the highest number of...

Workforce Investment Act Out-of-School Youth Program banquet

A college program that helps high school dropouts remove some of the obstacles to education recently recognized some of its outstanding participants. Wayne Community College honored students, teachers and community partners for 2003-2004 during a Workforce Investment Act Out-of-School Youth...

Parents protest at Warsaw school

WARSAW -- The day before end-of-grade testing was to begin, about a dozen relatives of students attending Warsaw Elementary School waved picket signs and shouted slogans. The protesters on Monday said they wanted the school to hire a full-time...

Man walks to draw attention to obesity

Some people might think it's crazy to walk 1,200 miles, but Gary Marino undertook the "million calorie march" to stop the madness of obesity. "This walk was my idea," he said. "I spent more than 20 years battling weight,...

Busier-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season expected

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters are predicting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. At a news conference Monday in Houston, Texas, NOAA officials said the season outlook is for 12 to 15 tropical storms, with six to eight systems becoming...

Boys & Girls Club will extend hours to meet summer crowd

The hours have been extended at the Boys & Girls Club for this summer to accommodate increased membership. Members between ages 6 and 18 can come to the club between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. Hours used...

Correction -- Relay for Life

The article in Sunday's print edition on the Relay for Life left out some information, due to a computer malfunction. The News-Argus apologizes for the error. Here are the passages from the article that were missing: Helen Bennett, 64, was...

Monday, May 17, 2004

Kinston man killed on U.S. 70

A driver from Kinston was killed Sunday night in a one-car wreck on U.S. 70 East near Walnut Creek. The victim was identified by the Highway Patrol as James Alton Brinson, 37. The fatality occurred a tenth of a mile...

Future of Communuty Building uncertain

Several steps have to be taken before the future of the Community Building is definite, according to the building's board of directors and board of trustees. The building burned two weeks ago. Ed Borden, a trustee, said in a...

County commissioners plan busy week

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners has a busy week planned, with a full agenda and two public hearings Tuesday. But the headline event could be Thursday night's hearing on zoning in high-noise areas around Seymour Johnson's flightlines. The county...

Candidate would be "advocate"

Marshall Stewart has overseen agricultural teaching in North Carolina's schools, but he has a bigger job in mind. Stewart is one of three Democrats running for state superintendent of public education, the top post in the state's school system....

Three honored by Mount Olive Historical group

MOUNT OLIVE -- Three people received the Mount Olive Historical Society's President's Award Friday night during the organization's annual banquet at Southern Belle Restaurant. The award went to treasurer Dave Bean and Patti O'Donoghue and Kim Bowers, co-chairmen of...

OPINION -- Reflections

Burp ('Scuse me) Given their way, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would have all of us cavorting around wearing fig leaves and grazing on crabgrass. We read of objections to the treatment of mice and rats in...

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Seven arrested on drug charges Seven people -- including two after a drive-by shooting in Goldsboro -- were arrested over the weekend by authorities and charged with drug violations. Two men were arrested Sunday by Goldsboro police after police investigated...

College proud of nursing program

The nursing program at Wayne Community College had what college officials consider exceptional year. Tara Humphries, public information officer for the college, said 92 percent of the graduates from the associate degree nursing program passed the state licensure exam in...

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Relay breaks fund-raising record

This year's Relay for Life did something it has never done before -- it raised half a million dollars. Dr. Lee Adams, one of three co-chairmen, said the unofficial total currently stands at $496,160. But teams will be turning...

Goldsboro man earns Bronze Star for service in Iraq

Thousands of red and green lights flashed in the dark sky over the head of Spc. Gene "Gino" McClellan Jr. They resembled fireworks, he said, but they were not signs of people celebrating freedom. They were bullets bombarding his...

Daniels continues family baking tradition

Melanie Daniels remembers spending many Saturdays as a child in her grandfather's bakery in Goldsboro. Her grandfather, then the owner of Mickey's Pastries, would tie an apron on her and give her dough, a rolling pin and flour. After...

Zoning request in annexed area faces opposition

A request to zone land near the newly annexed area of Goldsboro has at least one opponent. The council will hold a public hearing Monday on the request from Lane Farms and Howells Properties to zone the east side...

Members of military Survivor Benefit Plan get closer to full payout

Survivors of military retirees who signed up for the Survivor Benefit Plan may finally receive what they say they are owed. The House Armed Services Committee said it has approved eliminating the Social Security offset under the Survivor Benefit Plan...

Minister seeks to form local mental-health advocacy group

When a member of John Crowe's family began having mental problems, he was able to find help for his relative. But there was nothing available to help him deal with that family member. Then three years ago, he heard about...

Volunteer Wayne

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151, extension 336, or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

Student News

Caroline E. Holzkamm, a sophomore at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, was presented the James R. Hailey Leadership and Service Award. The award, which usually goes to a senior, was presented at the Honors Convocation Ceremony on May...

Committee to resume meetings on funding new Duplin school

ROSE HILL -- A committee formed to find money to build a new middle school near James Kenan High School will start meeting again. The Duplin County commissioners and school board members discussed the matter over breakfast Thursday at...

Central Alumni to hold homecoming

Central Alumni & Friends Inc. will have its 32nd annual homecoming on Memorial Day weekend. Those honored during this year's festivities are Central classes of 1944, 1954, and 1964, and Eastern Wayne classes of 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004. The...

Wayne County court news

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Frankie Javay Holmes, 21, East Holly Street, common-law robbery, dismissed. *Walter Scott Bunn, 24, Pelletier Town Road, LaGrange, forgery and uttering, 70 to 93 months (habitual felon). *Lisa...

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Tax list Those who have not paid their Wayne County property taxes are listed in an insert today's News-Argus. The list is provided by the Wayne County Tax Office and is for accounts not paid as of May 6. Annexation...

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Teacher jumped John Elbert Twitty, 49, a teacher at Brogden Middle School reported that he was assaulted by a 13-year-old student Friday when he tried to break up a fight. According to the report, one of the students jumped on...

Friday, May 14, 2004

Mount Olive group eyes school site

MOUNT OLIVE -- The group behind the move to bring a community high school to Mount Olive is exploring an option it hopes will speed up the process and sidestep the need for a bond referendum. The Mount Olive...

Wayside looks for ways to stay open

For 25 years the Wayside Fellowship Home half-way house has provided a safe haven for hundreds of women, but now it desperately needs money. Ada Melvin, chairman of the Wayside Fellowship Home board, said that Wayside had suffered some...

First Jam of season draws eager crowd

The faint sound of beach music echoes throughout downtown Goldsboro as vehicles begin filling all the parking spaces near the Waynesborough House. People of all ages carry their blankets, chairs, water and sunscreen through the warm air. The crowd...

Regional agency advances proposal to raise employee pay

KINSTON -- The directors of a regional government agency, which includes Wayne County, raised salaries for its workers over the objection of some of its board members. A split vote of the board of directors of the Eastern Carolina...

Survivor finds hope in fight with cancer

The 11th annual Cancer Survivor's Banquet was both a joyous and a solemn occasion. Those attending celebrated survivors and also remembered those who have lost the battle with the disease. About 600 attended from as far away as Smithfield,...

Car runs under school bus; leaves one injured

A car crashed into a school bus Thursday afternoon, at the intersection of U.S. 70 West and Leslie Boulevard, but none of the students on the bus were injured, according to school officials. According to a highway patrolman, the bus...

HUD grant could benefit Goldsboro, Wayne County

Goldsboro and Wayne County could benefit from grants totaling $78.4 million that North Carolina is receiving from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole announced Wednesday that N.C. will receive the money to strengthen...

College publishes another magazine

After 20 years, Renaissance magazine is still showcasing Wayne Community College's writers' and artists' talent. The 2004 issue contains 60 pages with more than 100 pieces of prose, poetry and art by 34 of the college's curriculum students and 11...

Schizophrenia like "storm inside your head"

Schizophrenia is like having a storm inside your head, a Cherry Hospital physician said this week. Dr. Alok Uppal showed pictures of waves slamming into a beach. "This is what it is like, the same as the rage of...

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Vehicles, cash stolen The theft of two four-wheelers and cash, including collectible currency, is being investigated by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. A 2004 Honda four-wheeler and a green 2001 Kawasaki Bayou four-wheeler were stolen between Wednesday and Thursday from...

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WCC summer term Registration for students planning to attend Wayne Community College during the summer term will be held Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Classes start the next day and run through July 27. Prior to registering, new...

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Disability walk

Sunny smiles beamed from the faces of the 500 people walking in Wednesday's annual Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities Walk. In the eight years since it began, participation in the walk has more than doubled. "This is one...

Chamber creates disk to help with marketing

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is keeping up with the digital age by developing a technologically advanced way of marketing. It hopes the disc will be a link to better business. The plans are to unveil a digital...

15th annual Relay for Life

Walkers, runners and even moms pushing baby strollers will descend on the track Friday at Eastern Wayne High School for the 15th annual Relay for Life. The 24-hour event is sponsored by the Wayne County Unit of the American...

"not interested" in Bowdens

WARSAW -- A Smithfield Foods official says the company is not going to build a rendering plant in the Bowdens community. Company Vice President Doug Anderson had visited the old Georgia-Pacific plant at the Bowdens Crossroad community off U.S....

Fwd: FW: McNeill Change of Command

FORT McPHERSON, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Dan K. McNeill, a native of Warsaw, assumed command of U.S. Army Forces Command during a change of command ceremony last week at Fort McPherson, Ga. McNeill commanded almost all of the 7,000 U.S....

EWH Show Choir

The Eastern Wayne High School show choir, under the direction of Dallas Montague, recently earned a superior rating and second-place trophy at the Music Showcase Festival held in Yorktown, Va. Choir members include Deborah Wright, Meghann Flores, Whitney Swinson, Rochelle...

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Against mandatory minimums Families Against Mandatory Minimums is sponsoring a public meeting Saturday in Goldsboro. FAMM is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1991 by lawyers, judges, criminal justice experts and the families of inmates. It says it fights excessive...

Local digest

The Concerned Clergy and NAACP of Wayne County will sponsor a celebration and "call to action" on Monday for the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that outlawed school segregation. There will be an assembly...

Public records

$10,000 stolen SEVEN SPRINGS -- About $10,000 was stolen between Tuesday and Wednesday from a safe in a home in the 300 block of West Spring Street in Seven Springs, a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report said. The resident, Danny...

JSCC grad

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College had 325 students walk across the graduation stage. About 160 of the graduates, dressed in the traditional cap and gown, attended the ceremonies and took home associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and high school diploma...

Golf Tournament provides scholarships

Geoff Kokiko and Chris Cox have been tapped again to serve as chairmen for this year's Wayne Community College Benefit Golf Tournament. The college's fund-raiser will be held June 15 and 16 at Lane Tree Golf Course. "This tournament is...

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Loan will let Mount Olive College start work on buildings

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has received a $10 million loan from the federal government to embark on one of its most ambitious projects. The money will be used to construct an academic building, a communications center and...

Fire probe closed without resolution

A 10-day-long investigation has not determined a cause of a fire that destroyed the Wayne County Memorial Community Building, Goldsboro police said today. The fire occurred on Sunday, May 2. An investigation by police and the State Bureau of...

Ceremonies honor fallen law officers

Nine Wayne County law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were remembered today with a service at a memorial at Wayne Community College. Goldsboro Police Chief Tim Bell said the county was blessed that no one...

Agriculture district proposals go back to commissioners

The Wayne County commissioners will soon get a second look at a program designed to reduce conflict between town and country. The county Planning Board agreed Tuesday on revised guidelines for "voluntary agriculture districts." The proposal goes to the...

Doctor charged with obtaining, dispersing large amounts of painkiller

A Wayne County doctor has been charged by the North Carolina Medical Board with obtaining and dispensing large amounts of an opiate pain reliever in violation of his medical license. The state board scheduled a hearing on charges against Dr....

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Sex charge A 36-year-old man from Dudley was arrested Tuesday by Wayne County sheriff's officers and charged with a first-degree burglary and a first-degree sexual offense. William Authur Smith of Annies Avenue was arrested after an investigation of a complaint...

Methodists endorse boycott against Mt. Olive Pickle

The United Methodist Church has endorsed a nationwide boycott against Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Delegates decided in a close vote at the end of the 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which was held from April 27...

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Morbid birthday When Wayne County Manager Lee Smith saw the tombstone in his parking space Tuesday, it was apparent that some people knew it was his 40th birthday. Smith braced himself and walked in to find black balloons in the...

Historical Assocation develops fund-raising plan

The Wayne County Historical Association is developing more fund-raising tactics to help pay for planned electrical work in the Wayne County Museum. Nancy Delia, association president, said some of the wiring in the museum dates back to the mid-1920s....

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Renovations to Wayne hospital cafeteria nearing completion

The Wayne Memorial Hospital cafeteria remains open during the final stage of renovations -- just don't expect any iced tea for the next three months. The $2.2 million project is expected to be finished by mid-July. Cafeteria service moved...

"Angel 1" honors Wayne law officers

A law-enforcement angel descended Monday on Wayne County, bearing special plaques, ribbons and other honors for the officers who she says work in deplorable conditions. Lisa L. Leduc, called "Angel 1" and the "law-enforcement diva," has conducted a one-woman...

Relay luminaria service will honor deceased

Four special hearts will light up the bleachers at this year's Relay for Life. The Wayne County Unit of the American Cancer Society's Relay will be held Friday and Saturday at Eastern Wayne High School. The luminaria service starts...

Waters reappointed to MLK Commission

Gov. Mike Easley has reappointed Earnest Waters of Goldsboro to serve on the state's Martin Luther King Commission for another four-year term. It will be Waters' third term on the commission, beginning July 1 and running through June 2008....

Rosewood High students place first in statewide FBLA competition

Rosewood High School students have placed first in a statewide Future Business Leaders of America competition held in Greensboro. The club's debate team brought home the first-place trophy after participating in the state competition. Team members are Erin Gamble, Stacy...

Industry golf tournament

Employees from businesses across Wayne County gathered Monday for a day of golf and camaraderie. The event at Walnut Creek Country Club was to honor industries, and the weather made it even more enjoyable for the full field of...

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Two hurt in wreck A driver and his passenger were ejected Monday night from their sport utility vehicle after it overturned off Old Smithfield Road, a Goldsboro police report said. The driver, Ray Shields Brogden, 21, of Ridgefield Drive, Dudley,...

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Downtown Jam The year's first Center Street Jam will be Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature the Fantastic Shakers. The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation is inviting everyone to come and enjoy the sounds of great beach music...

Monday, May 10, 2004

Schools survey city parents about diversity

School board members wonder if parents would send their children to central Goldsboro schools if the ratio of black and white students was more equal. A survey was mailed out Friday to parents of public school students living within...

Wayne's economic developers earn high marks in survey

Wayne County's economic developers earned high marks in an independent review conducted this spring. The Economic Development Commission was ranked as doing a good or outstanding job in nearly all areas of business recruitment, according to a survey by...

Lincoln Homes gives homework top billing

It's 3:30 in the afternoon and 17 children are sitting at three long tables, industriously working on homework. A few minutes pass and a boy raises his hand to indicate he needs help. Pam Easley, director of the after-school...

Bill earmarks $35 million for Seymour Johnson

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base could receive $35 million as part of the National Defense Authorization Bill for fiscal year 2005. The bill authorizes $32.7 million for construction of 176 additional housing units, which is more money than any other...

Who will win Wayne's political game?

Pundits often describe politics as a horse race, but a basketball playoff might be a better metaphor: "After Friday's results, the Wayne County Donkeys now lead the series 2-1. But the Elephants will have the edge in experience and...

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On-Star works Goldsboro police were notified Friday by an On-Star representative that a 2004 Cadillac CRX had been stolen from Massey Motors in Kinston, a report said. Police then stopped the sport utility vehicle on Madison Avenue in Goldsboro before...

OPINION -- Shameful

Shades of the Hanoi Hilton. That must have been the shocking, nationally embarrassing and internationally revolting reaction to recent disclosures of the treatment of Iraqi prisoners of war by American military police guards. Pictures showed guards -- men and...

Student artists honored with Visual Art Awards

Thirty-nine student artists were recognized during the annual Visual Art Awards reception held last week at the Community Arts Council. Martha Kornegay, an art teacher at Charles B. Aycock High School, was also honored as the Zeno Spence High School...

Warsaw's mayor stepping down

WARSAW -- Mayor Elmer Schorzman is planning to announce his retirement at tonight's meeting of the Warsaw town commissioners. The town board appointed Schorzman in 2000 to replace John Powell. The next year he won election to the seat....

Disability Walk

The 8th Annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk will be held on Wednesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church. The five-block walk begins at 10 a.m., but people should line up by 9:45. The walk is an annual event sponsored...

Mount Olive airport - correction

A story in Friday's News-Argus said that the Mount Olive Airport is a visual-flight-rules airport only. Actually, the airport has had an instrument approach for many years that guides pilots as low as 500 feet. The Wayne County Trans-portation Committee...

Albertson to get new library

ALBERTSON -- A new library is coming to the Albertson community where N.C. Highways 903 and 111 meet. The Albertson Community Library Corporation formed a year ago to make it all happen. The library will be put in the...

Sunday, May 9, 2004

Community college diplomas awarded

An overflowing crowd stood, sat and mostly fanned on the lawn of Wayne Community College Friday night as 403 students received their diplomas. Among them were two very pregnant associate degree nursing graduates. Tara Humphries, public information officer at...

Mount Olive College holds 50th commencement

MOUNT OLIVE -- More than 2,000 people packed into College Hall on Saturday afternoon for the 50th commencement ceremonies at Mount Olive College. It was a year of records, said President J. William Byrd. He said 295 graduates received...

Primary needed as Chance gets Deeds opponent

The end of the filing period Friday was a relief for some county commissioners, school board members, legislators and judges who will not have challengers this year. But it was a pain for Wayne County Register of Deeds John...

People 'embraced me for me'

A familiar sight around the Wayne Community College campus for the past few years has been the duo of Tyrone Starkie and his mom, Evelyn. Tyrone, 21, was born with muscular dystrophy but is fiercely independent with his electric...

Accident victim beats the odds

Penelope Scoggins Taylor has beaten more than a few of the odds since being critically injured in a car accident 11 years ago. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for 10 days at Pitt...

American Legion treats military spouses to dinner

Two-year-old Jake Wether-ington played on the floor in the hallway of the Family Assistance wing of the National Guard Armory. His dad, Sgt. Dan Wether-ington, has been deployed by the National Guard. The American Legion treated his mother, Carla,...

Tour group gets a glimpse of life down on the farm

By BONNIE EDWARDS News-Argus Staff Writer MOUNT OLIVE -- Mama cows mooed at the hayride trailer when it didn't stop as it normally does on tours. Two of the cows have had babies, and the other three are due...

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Man with weapon An 18-year-old man with a handgun reportedly kicked in the front door of Ameenah Plummer's residence on E. Oak Street on Friday night. She told police he pointed the gun at her and her husband, but...

Friday, May 7, 2004

Ballance withdraws from 1st Congressional District race

Congressman Frank Ballance Jr. said today that he would withdraw as a candidate for re-election. Ballance, whose district includes part of Wayne County, has been criticized for establishing a foundation and then having state money granted to it while...

Crwmen return to Seymour Johnson after fighter jet crashes in Virginia

An F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed Thursday several miles west of Rocky Mount, Va. The two crewmen bailed out and were not injured. Capt. Robert Strickler of the Franklin County, Va., Sheriff's Office said the crewmen were taken...

17 drug traffickers sentenced

Seventeen drug traffickers from Wayne County have been convicted in federal court, and three more are awaiting trials. The defendants were arrested during Operation Cleansweep, a joint task force that began three years ago with Goldsboro police, Wayne County...

More than 100 adults receive high school diplomas from Wayne Community College

When Edward Brewington Jr. was born in Goldsboro in 1943, he entered a life of deprivation. At age 11, he quit school to help care for his family because his father died. He picked cotton, was a farm laborer,...

Runway work to await comment by Air Force

Correction:This story states that the Mount Olive Airport is a visual-flight-rules airport only. Actually, the airport has had an instrument approach for many years that guides pilots as low as 500 feet. The Wayne County Trans-portation Committee is concerned that...

Eureka decides on installation of new sewer line

EUREKA -- The town board decided Thursday to have a new sewer line installed to its lagoons that can be used as needed. This decision came after several months of trying to determine why the town is receiving abnormally...

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Restaurant fire A grease cooker at the McDonald's restaurant at 2002 Wayne Memorial Drive caught on fire before dawn today and caused an undetermined amount of damage, a Goldsboro fire official said. Employees cleaned up the damage, and the restaurant...

Wayne Community Criminal Justice student named state's top

Wayne Community College student Kathy Westbrook Bass has been named the N.C. Criminal Justice Association's top community college student. Mrs. Bass, a Newton Grove resident, is the 2004 recipient of the organization's James B. Merritt Student Award. In addition to...

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Professor wins grant Michael Salter, assistant professor of fine arts at Mount Olive College, has received an $8,000 grant from the N.C. Arts Council. The grant will be used to fund work the visual artist undertakes. Salter lives in Raleigh...

Thursday, May 6, 2004

Local woman undergoes radical surgical transformation

A radiant Monika Barkley was revealed on the "Extreme Makeover" television show Wednesday night, documenting her radical transformation over the past year. The show was filmed last month at Billie's Restaurant in downtown Goldsboro. On April 15, 50 friends...

Police seek leads on missing teens

Three teen-aged girls from Goldsboro have been missing for months, and police are seeking information on their locations. The three are Jessica Trelaine "Jessie" Moore, 16, of 310 Kennon Court; Laquinda Barrett, 14, of 915-A Hugh St., and Jennifer L....

Community Building's board agrees on rebuilding landmark

The Community Building's board of directors met Wednesday to discuss its future, three days after the beloved Wayne County landmark was destroyed by fire. Nothing definite was decided in the brief meeting, except a consensus from the board that...

Grant could help add 100 jobs in Mount Olive

The Wayne County commissioners have arranged for a $100,000 grant to help land nearly 100 new jobs in Mount Olive. At its meeting Tuesday, the county board agreed both to accept the grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce...

Races shaping up in Duplin County

KENANSVILLE -- State Sen. Charlie Albertson and two county commissioners face challengers in the July 20 Democratic primary. Adrain Ray Arnett of Pink Hill filed Wednesday to seek the N.C. Senate District 10 seat held by Albertson. Albertson, who lives...

New Faison clerk sworn in

FAISON -- Kathy Warren took the oath of office Wednesday night as assistant clerk to the Faison town board. The board set her pay at $10 an hour. She came highly recommended by town board member Ruby Hobbs, whom she...

GOP has enough filers to challenge majority

With only a day left in the filing period, the Republican Party has finally fielded enough candidates to challenge control of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. The board is currently split between four Democrats and three Republicans. Ed...

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Black Expo rescheduled The Black Expo -- A Glimpse of History event that was originally scheduled for last Saturday was postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for May 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ray Swinson, chairmen...

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Drive-by shooting A 25-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Goldsboro police and charged with shooting at two men. Antonio Demyrous Hodges of Hamilton Drive was accused of shooting at Terrance Monque Gooding, 29, of Hilda Place and Travis Levon James,...

Local digest

$127,247 raised Buddy and Judson Pope, with help from more than 140 sponsors and a small army of volunteers, collected more than $127,247 this year from the 18th Annual Handy Mart - Mount Olive College Invitational Golf Tournament held at...

Students learn about the county through chamber's youth leadership class

Twenty Wayne County high school students banded together last fall for one purpose -- a chance to ditch school. Their reasons for joining the Junior Leadership program weren't altogether altruistic, some class members admitted at their graduation Tuesday night...

Princeton considers applying for grant to beautify downtown

PRINCETON -- The Princeton town board has been asked to apply for a federal grant to beautify downtown. Kay Earp, the assistant town clerk, asked the board to apply for the grant that would pay for eight coated-steel benches,...

Staton named top volunteer

The Rev. Joseph M. Staton of Goldsboro was among 20 nominees for the annual volunteer of the year award from the N.C. Department of Correction. Staton has led religious services at Wayne Correctional Center on Stevens Mill Road since state...

First Hispanic team enters Wayne Relay

Not only will Mission Foods have its first team in this year's Relay for Life, but it will also have the first Hispanic team in the event. Cora Bond, team member, said there are anywhere from 27 to 30...

VFW to hold dinner for military spouses

Military spouses will be honored during a dinner on Saturday sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The event is part of Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Melissa Thames with the National Guard's Family Assistance Center in Goldsboro said they...

Bell resigns from Red Cross post to take Asheville job

A search is under way for a new director for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Cindy Bell has given her resignation and will leave May 21 to take a job with Medical Action Industries near...

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

War plaques recovered from burned building

Plaques in the Community Building honoring Wayne County veterans killed in battle have been saved, officials said. The plaques were just inside the front door of the Wayne County Memorial Community Building that burned Sunday. They had the names of...

Jury charges man with murder during store break-in

A man who shot a merchant's son-in-law during a holdup and then was detained by the victim's relatives has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Roy George Legg, who had no permanent address but...

Residents want city to reconsider annexation: council declines

A group of residents in the area recently annexed by Goldsboro says it is forging ahead with plans to fight the council's decision in court. The group's spokesman, though, says he hopes the council will rescind its decision and...

State delays city's annex funding plan

Goldsboro's plan to pay for annexing subdivisions north of the city is in limbo because of a potential lawsuit. The city was scheduled to sell $7 million in general obligation bonds on May 11, but the state's Local Government...

Commissioner sworn in; Evans named chairman

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners swore in a new member Tuesday and then picked its leadership for the remainder of this year. After Jack Best took his oath as the District 6 commissioner, the board agreed unanimously to...

Small-school idea presented in Mt. Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Three dozen residents, school board members and county commissioners turned out Tuesday night to hear about a plan to create up to 45 small high schools in North Carolina. The New Schools Project was begun last...

Don't shoot that squirrel

MOUNT OLIVE -- People are calling Town Hall upset about squirrels. Some say they're going to shoot them, but Town Manager Ray McDonald says don't do that. The town of Mount Olive has an ordinance against firing guns. Besides,...

Teen commissioners return building plan for study

Increase teacher salaries? Done. Build a civic center? No. The Wayne County Public School system's $82 million building plan -- sent back for more study. The Wayne County Board of Commissioners studied the issues, made the hard decisions and...

State finances in good shape, Moore says

State Treasurer Richard Moore says he's bullish on North Carolina government's financial condition. He says the state doesn't have any extra money to spend, but he adds that its financial situation is better than any other state. The finances will...

Public records

Armed robbery A 22-year-old Goldsboro man was arrested Tuesday by Goldsboro police and charged with armed robbery and two firearms violations. Derrick Raymond Best of Mimosa Street was accused of trying to rob Jamethon Howard of Goldsboro before dawn Sunday...

Justice Department won't sue town of Mt. Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The U.S. Justice Department will not sue the town of Mount Olive for alleged discrimination against a man who quit the rescue squad last year, but it also decided to not rule on the merits of the...

Consultant to study Duplin school needs

KENANSVILLE -- A consultant is coming to study Duplin County's school needs. The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire ITRE, a consulting firm that has worked with many school systems in similar situations as Duplin, with shortages...

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Teaching scholar Hannah Rebecca Jernigan has been selected as an N.C. Teaching Scholarship Fellow. She is one of 16 students in Wayne County who have been selected for the award. She is a senior at Wayne Country Day School. She...

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Lightning ruled out as cause of Community Building fire

"Lightning did not start that fire." Special Agent John Rea of the State Bureau of Investigation made that emphatic statement today about Sunday's fire that destroyed the 79-year-old Wayne County Memorial Community Building. Many officials had speculated that lightning...

Youth Outreach program lost everything in fire

When the Memorial Community Building burned Saturday, a group that helped troubled youth lost all of its records, supplies and its home. Daryl Woodard, executive director of Wayne County Youth Outreach, said the organization has set up a recovery...

Goldsboro Middle mural completed after 3 three years

The 67-foot-long mural in the Goldsboro Middle School hallway has taken three years to complete. Some of its artists have since gone on to high school, passing along the paint brushes to a new slate of talents. Featured on...

School board seeks raises for teachers

The Board of Education approved its budget Monday night and plans to ask the county commissioners to raise the teacher supplemental pay from 3.5 percent to 6 percent. The board also passed an expansion budget to be funded by...

Money transferred for City Hall expansion

Plans to expand Goldsboro City Hall moved forward Monday with the council transferring money from reserves to pay the architect. The architectural firm of Partin-Hobbs and Associates will prepare the preliminary and final design of the building and the...

Pikeville mayor resigns

PIKEVILLE -- Mayor Tony Medlin resigned from his position during the town's monthly board meeting on Monday. Town Clerk Kathie Fields said Medlin opened the meeting and then an-nounced his resignation. The board voted unanimously to accept his resignation....

Cinco de Mayo celebrations set

Cristina Palomec says she was surprised when she came to Goldsboro and found that few people celebrate Cinco de Mayo. On Wednesday, which is Cinco de Mayo, she and some co-workers plan to hold a bash at the Torero's...

Willow Run pond fills with trash again

Several days of continuous rain has again filled a pond in a Goldsboro subdivision with piles of trash, and the City Council wants to find an answer to the problem. Ava and Don Callahan live on Stephens Street in...

Public records

Crime of the Week An armed robbery of two men has been chosen by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as its latest "Crime of the Week." The two victims were sitting in their car at 1:45 a.m. Sunday in the 700...

Princeton approves Eagle Crest plan

PRINCETON -- After a delay of more than a year, the Princeton town board has approved the final plat for the first phase of the Eagles Crest subdivision, north of town. The approval came with six conditions during Monday...

ECU music school holding oboe workshop

GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University School of Music will present "Oboe Connection," a two-day event including master classes, private lessons and recitals on campus Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15. Professor of oboe Bo Newsome designed the event...

Eureka wonders about high sewer bills

EUREKA -- The town board is trying to determine why it is receiving high sewer bills from the town of Fremont. The bills are indicating that an abnormally high amount of wastewater is being pumped from Eureka's sewer system...

Duplin women save dogs from death

KENANSVILLE -- Several animals were rescued from "death row" Monday after residents called on the Duplin County commissioners to make changes at the dog pound. A group of women adopted dogs and cats from the Duplin County Animal Shelter...

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Sewage spills The towns of Pikeville and Mount Olive reported sewer spills Monday that were caused by rains flooding their systems. The General Assembly passed a law in 1999 that requires towns to release information to the public when a...

Monday, May 3, 2004

Goldsboro landmark burns

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79-year-old community landmark burns

A tremendous loss and a tragic situation was how community leaders on Sunday described the scene at the Wayne County Memorial Community Building at 239 E. Walnut St. The building, a downtown Goldsboro landmark that had served generations, was...

Residents react to loss of Community Building

Many people in Wayne County have fond memories of the Wayne County Memorial Community Building and were saddened by the fire that destroyed the inside and the roof. Hilda Strider's father, O.C. Liles, was the building's superintendent from 1925...

Community Building has rich history

The Wayne County Memorial Community Building has been a fixture in Goldsboro for almost 80 years. On June 8, 1923, Capt. Nathan O'Berry won the support of "50 interested men and women'' of the Goldsboro community for a memorial building...

Baddour will not run for House seat

Phil Baddour Jr. has decided against a run this year for the N.C. House of Representatives, saying the new district lines would make it extremely difficult for any Democrat to win. Meanwhile, current legislators John Kerr and Larry Bell,...

Power outages reported in Wayne

From AP and staff reports Severe thunderstorms toppled trees and clipped power lines in central and eastern North Carolina on Sunday, and the weather is being blamed for a fatal traffic accident in Kings Mountain, authorities said. Wayne County Emergency...

Commissioners to swear in Best

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will get a new face Tuesday, followed by some really new faces. During the board's regular meeting, Jack Best will be sworn in as the new District 6 commissioner. Best, a former Walnut...

Programs at Community Building canceled for now

All of the programs at the Wayne County Memorial Community Building have been canceled until further notice due to the fire on Sunday. Neil Bartlett, director of the Goldsboro Recreation and Parks Department, said that the department will transfer the...

Bonnie Taylor is new director of Wayne Pregnancy Care Center

A new director has been named at the Wayne Pregnancy Care Center, which works with expecting mothers who need help. Bonnie Taylor had worked as a computer program analyst for 17 years when she decided to broaden her horizons....

Public records

Intruder shot with own gun during robbery A man was shot with his own gun, another man was wounded in a drive-by shooting and two people were robbed Sunday, according to Goldsboro police reports. A man who entered an apartment...

Number one in Litter

Number one in litter Mount Olive Tribune columnist William Holloman can be almost poetic in his expressions of love for the out-of-doors. Especially for the beauty and solitude one can enjoy drifting down the Neuse River, or lounging amid the...

Beverly Withrow retiring from Home, Health Hospice

Home Health and Hospice Care President Beverly Withrow has announced she is retiring from the nonprofit organization she helped build 23 years ago. "I started as a volunteer with 3HC when it began in Mount Olive in 1981, and I...

Sunday, May 2, 2004

Family traces roots to origins of bustling crossroads area

In 1889, a man came to Wayne County with his family to begin a new life. Now more than 100 years later, his descendants are celebrating a piece of county history. The Adams family is commemorating more than 100...

Adamsville exhibit planned at Wayne museum

To commemorate more than 100 years of history of the Adamsville community, there will be an exhibit at the Wayne County Museum. It will begin with a reception June 13 and run until Sept. 1. The exhibit will be...

Sykes takes command of 916th Wing

Col. Paul J. Sykes had spent 29 years in Charleston, S.C., and now he has a new home in Goldsboro at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Sykes assumed command of the 916th Air Refueling Wing on Saturday from Col....

Wall of Firsts honors pioneers

More than 50 black pioneers were honored Saturday night, during the first Imani weekend celebration, for their faith, motivation and determination while serving as local, state and national leaders. Imani, which means faith, was the name given to the...

Joe Hackett runs for school board

Joseph Hackett, who ran for a seat on the school board two years ago, says the same problems exist today within the school system, prompting him to run again in the November election. Hackett filed for the at-large seat...

Church fires SJAFB priest; some say it is retaliation

By RICHARD N. OSTLING AP Religion Writer The Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, the most ardent champion of priestly sex abuse victims among America's Roman Catholic clergy, has been fired by his archbishop and is currently forbidden to lead public Masses....

WCC To hold graduation ceremonies

Wayne Community College will hold two commencement exercises next week. Adult high school and General Educational Development diplomas will be awarded Thursday, and college students will graduate Friday. Both ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m. on campus. In case...

Crowd of 500 expected at Cancer Survivor's Banquet

Cancer survivors will be treated to food, fellowship and fun May 13 at the 11th annual Cancer Survivor's Banquet. It will start at 6 p.m. at First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Sunburst Foods will provide a light meal. Entertainment will...

Wayne Christian student illustrates book

Wayne Christian High School senior Lewis Braswell has illustrated a children's book. His art teacher at the school, Susan Stout, said Lewis has a natural talent for art. His strength was in pencil drawing, and he painted an eagle,...

Volunteer Wayne

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151, extension 336, or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

Duplin board to discuss school buildings

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education will discuss school building needs on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the school administration building. School board Chairman Doc Brinson said the board has been discussing problems of overcrowding, racial imbalance...

Wayne County Court News

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Timothy Patrick Crowley, 32, Pikeville-Princeton Road, Pikeville, larceny and possession of stolen goods, not guilty. *Jennifer McIntyre Bryant, 28, Audubon Avenue, larceny from the person (habitual felon), 122...

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Winn-Dixies to stay The three Winn-Dixie stores in Wayne County are safe at this point from being in the group of 156 stores and three distribution centers that the company plans to either sell or close this year, according to...

Student news

Eight students have been invited to participate in the 2004 Governor's School Summer Program. Attending from Charles B. Aycock are Jennifer A. Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Jackson, Fremont, and Anem Waheed, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Waheed...

Senior Games competitors feted

The Senior Arts Follies entertained about 60 people Friday who participated in the Wayne County Senior Games. The Golden Tones sang their own words to "My Favorite Things," like "when the pipes leak, when the bones creek." Other acts...

Public Records

Day care owner faces sex charges A man advertising that he was opening a day care in his home was arrested Friday and charged with two felony counts of a first-degree sex offense with a child. Teddy Faron Sanders, 34,...

Postal carriers to look for food Saturday

The Local Letter Carriers Food Drive will be held Saturday. The drive is part of a national effort by more than 1,500 NALC branches in the United States to fill local food banks. Local letter carriers hope to collect 22,000...

Council to meet Monday

The Goldsboro City Council will vote on the following items during its Monday night meeting: *A request to rezone the east side of North William Street between Industry Court and Tommy's Road from General Business to I-5 General Industry. *A...

Correction

Correction It was stated in an article in Thursday's paper that the city's current maximum sewer assessment is no more than $17 per square foot, due to an editing error. The assessment is based on front footage, and the fee...

Blackman named 'Songplugger of Year'

Sherrill Blackman has been honored as "Songplugger of the Year" at Music Row Magazine's annual awards ceremony. He is the first recipient of this award given in recognition for the hard work and dedication behind matching the right song with...

Sprunt College presents awards

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College staff and faculty recently honored several dozen students for their participation in various programs and activities during the fifth annual Student Awards Ceremony. Students were awarded for participating in the Student Government Association, Phi...