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Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Cooling off

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Two girls on tow a boy riding a tube Tuesday on the lake at Walnut Creek. Temperatures hovered around 95 throughout the afternoon, and the forecast calls for hot weather throughout the weekend....

County hires firm to find way to pay for building

The Wayne County commissioners hired a firm Tuesday to plan how to pay for future building projects, including schools, without increasing property taxes. County officials also said that the current $82 million building plan requested by the schools could...

Schools seek compromise on teacher pay

The Wayne County school board says it is prepared to make some cuts to its budget, but first wants assurances that the county commissioners will continue to pay recurring annual costs. During a special meeting called Monday night in...

Base adds $434 million to economy, study says

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's economic effect on Wayne County was more than $434 million for last fiscal year, according to a recent study. That figure is down more than $13 million from the last study, completed in 2002....

Gerald Whitley, 34-year veteran of Wayne County schools, dies

Former Goldsboro High School Principal Gerald Whitley lost his battle with cancer Tuesday evening at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. Whitley, 55, recently retired from the Wayne County public schools, where he has been assistant superintendent for personnel since 2000....

Smithfield lawyer seeks state insurance post

Cindy Huntsberry brought her campaign for state insurance commissioner to Goldsboro on Tuesday. Ms. Huntsberry, a Smithfield lawyer, spoke to the Goldsboro Rotary Club in the afternoon. She then came by the News-Argus for an interview. She faces C. Robert...

Princeton board has fleeting quorum

PRINCETON -- This time the Princeton town board had a quorum -- sort of -- to pass its new budget. The board could not act on its proposed budget last week, because two of the four town commissioners, Eddie...

City asked to set up patrol to enforce handicapped parking

Violators of handicapped parking spaces beware: George Wood is watching you and has plans to bring you to justice. Wood, a city resident, appeared Tuesday before the Goldsboro City Council to make a case for a volunteer patrol force...

Public records

Woman robbed in park A 28-year-old woman from Winston-Salem was robbed Tuesday night of a cell phone and $3 in Herman Park, according to a Goldsboro police report. Tania M. Reavis told officers that two masked men approached her at...

One-stop voters have ballot choices

One-stop and primary voters face several choices this month, including a congressman to serve at least six months. Gov. Mike Easley decided to use the July 20 election to choose a successor for former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance, who resigned...

Wayne sets record overall scores on end-of-grade tests

Wayne County has recorded its highest number of students passing state standardized tests, according to early results. Students in grades 3 through 8 saw a .2 percent increase in those scoring at or above grade level on the end-of-grade math...

Grant to improve polls

The Wayne County Board of Elections has received a $37,125 grant to make polling places more accessible. The Elections Board will be adding wheelchair ramps, new signs and other features to make it easier for those with limited mobility to...

Briefly

Hilary Russo in production Hilary Russo of Goldsboro has been cast in The North Carolina Theatre production of "The King and I," starring Tony-nominated actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Phillips is reviving his role as the King that he played on...