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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Freshmen arrive at Mount Olive College for orientation

MOUNT OLIVE -- The students have returned to Mount Olive College. The college has planned a week full of freshman seminars. They're very helpful, says freshman Sarah Finch of Goldsboro. "I like the smaller groups for the freshmen," said...

Laid-back biker rides from Washington to N.C.

So why has Reg Gomez spent the last two months riding his bicycle across the United States? To kill time because he had no summer plans, he says. He began the journey on June 7 from his home in...

Schools to put greater focus on reading

In Rose Hinnant's first-grade class at Carver Heights Elementary, students are learning to read at their own pace. For her pupils, that means first learning to rhyme, then moving to sounding out one-syllable words, and finally, on to reading books....

Red Cross hires new director

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross has a new director. Chuck Waller, 44, took over the directorship Friday. Waller had been the interim director since May 1 when Cindy Bell left to take a job in...

Social Services hits barrier with hiring freeze

Wayne County Social Services is facing a "crisis situation," officials say, because of a shortage of investigators of child abuse and neglect. The child protective services unit has nine vacancies, which it cannot fill now because of a county...

Attorney General still reviewing Everett retirement

Former City Attorney Harrell Everett left his job with the city almost two months ago, but the state's attorney general's office still hasn't decided whether he is eligible for retirement pay. Michael Williamson, director of the state retirement system,...

Public records

Church break-ins Howard A 43-year-old man from Kinston has been accused of breaking into churches, ramming a convenience store with a vehicle and stealing property, Wayne County Sheriff's Office reports say. Johnny Lee Howard of Kinston was charged Tuesday with...

Briefly

Kerry shipmate to speak Del Sandusky, a former Navy shipmate of U.S. Sen. John Kerry, will speak Saturday in Goldsboro. Sandusky was Kerry's second in command in Vietnam and is one of his supporters in his run for president. He...

Dupln officials surprised at turn out school forum

WARSAW -- Duplin County school officials said they were surprised to see such a large turnout for a forum designed to set an agenda for the schools' future. Around 200 people split up into groups of six Tuesday night...

Eastpointe nearing certification

CLINTON -- Eastpointe mental health agency has nearly resolved two concerns raised by a top state mental health official, the agency's director said Tuesday night. Within weeks, Eastpointe should be approved as a local management entity, Director Jack St....

Unlucky 13 trips up spellers at Bee

A buzz made its way through Goldsboro Country Club on Tuesday as 10 teams vied to be crowned the new Corporate Spelling Bee champion. Cheers and sighs of relief and disappointment came from the teams as they attempted to...