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By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on May 18, 2004 2:00 PM

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 during the hot, humid summer months.

Bullet-proof vests

The Goldsboro Police Department will get six replacement bullet-proof vests from a federal grant.

Chief Tim Bell said the police will pay the full $3,014 cost of the vests and then will be reimbursed for half of the cost from the Justice Department's Bulletproof Vest Partnership.

The grants were announced by Sen. John Edwards. The vests cost from $500 to $2,000, depending on the weight and materials used.

Black Expo

The "Black Expo -- A Glimpse of History" event that was originally scheduled for May 1 and was postponed due to rain has been rescheduled for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ray Swinson, chairman of the Old Waynesborough Commission's events committee, welcomes all the originally scheduled performers, vendors and exhibitors in addition to others who wanted to participate but were prevented from doing so because of conflicts with the original date.

The village is at 801 U.S. 117 S. Bypass in Goldsboro. For more information, call 731-1653 or e-mail waynesborough@earthlink.net.

Vintage Air Tour

The North Carolina Vintage Air Tour will stop at the Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport on Thursday.

Twelve vintage aircraft from the 1920s to 1940s will be flown on a five-day, 800-nautical mile journey across the state in a celebration of the history of flight.

The Goldsboro airport is the first stop. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the aircraft and meet the pilot and crews at the Goldsboro airport between 10 a.m. and noon. Admission is free.

For additional information, including a detailed flight schedule, go to www.ncairtour.com. People can also call the Goldsboro airport at 734-7630.

Summer reading program

The Wayne County Public Library is again having a teen summer reading program.

Teens will get the opportunity to read great books, plus win prizes. The program will kick off June 9 with a root-beer-float party.

Sign up for the reading program at the reference desk or call Sue Geiger at 735-1824, extension 4, for more information.