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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on June 10, 2004 1:57 PM

Dumping problem

Wayne County officials are seeking a way to stop the dumping problem at the Neuse River bridge on Bill Lane Boulevard, documented in pictures in Wednesday's News-Argus.

Joe Allen of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that he has been trying to contact state officials to discuss how to clean up the area around the Price boat landing and keep it clean.

Allen has had trouble determining who exactly is responsible for the area, he said. The bridge itself belongs to the N.C. Department of Transportation, but the area underneath and the landing are apparently the responsibility of the N.C. Wildlife Commission.

Much of the dumping is on private land opposite of the landing, Allen said.

The county may ask the state to put a gate across the landing to keep people out at night, he said.

Study to be presented

The Wayne County Partnership for Children will present the findings of an economic impact study of the North Carolina child care industry next week. The presentation will be held at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 308 N. William St., on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The study, conducted by the National Economic Development and Law Center, looks at the statewide child care industry impact and highlights Wayne County's child care industry and the implications for the county.

Anyone interested in attending this presentation and seeing the implications the findings will have for North Carolina and Wayne County is asked to contact Julie Odom at the Wayne County Partnership for Children, 735-3371, ext. 223.

Summer Basketball Jam

The Amateur Athletics Union will host a "Summer Basketball Jam" at Mount Olive College on Friday, June 18. Wayne County has an award-winning team, made up of youth from different educational and financial backgrounds.

Goldsboro Mayor Al King said that professional basketball players will be playing and helping to establish sponsorships. For more information, call Terrence Thornton at 759-0478.

Bridge replacement

The Falling Creek bridge on Corbett Hill Road (State Road 1006), south of Grantham, will be replaced. Work is set to begin next week.

The N.C. Department of Transportation voted June 3 to award the $587,000 contract to Sanford Contractors Inc. of Sanford. The contract calls for the job to be completed by December.

Fur bowl planned

The Wayne County Humane Society and AMF Boulevard Lanes will present the Inaugural Fur Bowl on Saturday, June 19, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $10.

Participants get three games of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog and drink. Door prizes will be awarded and there will be an appearance by Marley the cat. More information, including ticket locations, can be obtained by calling 736-PETS or logging onto www.goldsboro-wchs.org

Educational grant

Rebuilding Broken Places Christian Academy & Childcare Center has received a $12,000 grant to support its school age summer program. The Christian Academy and Childcare Center is a early childhood development and three-star academy focused on eliminating the "preparation gap" by better preparing at risk children to enter kindergarten.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development, Childcare Development Fund and Department of 4-H Youth Development, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and N.C. State University.

It will help support a day camp for school age children. The camp session is from June 1 through July 30.

For more information, call 581-9178, extension 103.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Berkeley Mall. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash.