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Thursday, September 30, 2004

For the children of Iraq

News-Argus/Dennis Hill The State Employees Association of North Carolina donates 2,000 teddy bears and other stuffed animal toys to the 230th Support Battalion of the N.C. National Guard to be distributed to Iraqi children: From left, Shirley Grice, the...

Vioxx recall surprises Wayne doctors

From staff and AP reports Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. is pulling its blockbuster arthritis drug Vioxx from the market worldwide, because new data from a clinical trial found an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Some doctors in...

2,000 teddy bears going to Iraq

A familiar item will soon bring smiles to the faces of Iraqi children. Members of the North Carolina Army National Guard's 230th Support Battalion Family Readiness Group in Goldsboro began preparing Wednesday to send over 2,000 teddy bears to Iraq....

School board to consider budget cuts later

The school board's finance committee tentatively ap-proved a budget resolution that includes the new teacher supplement but not the $900,000 in cuts that the school system says it will have to make. Nan Barwick, assistant superintendent for finance, said the...

Today at the fair

The Wayne Regional Agricult-ural Fair begins today. Here are highlights of today's schedule. *1 p.m. -- judging of all individual exhibits and educational booths *4 p.m. -- Gates open to the public. Power's Great American Midway opens *5:30 p.m. --...

Big Sweep scheduled for Saturday

Wayne County's waterways will be cleaner after Saturday's Big Sweep. Several groups have signed up to tackle the dirty job of picking up trash. But more volunteers are still needed. Big Sweep 2004 will be held from 9 a.m. to...

Duplin EMS opens headquarters

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Emergency Medical Services has moved into its new office and is working to provide professional ambulance service throughout the county. The county is moving from volunteer-run EMS to a paid staff due a drop in the...

Briefly

Working together at last Jamie Wooten and Kevin Scott, both former Wayne County residents enjoying successful careers in the entertainment business, have finally gotten the chance to work together. Scott is doing the casting for "Half and Half" this season,...

Public records

Airman's fatal crash under investigation KINSTON -- A traffic collision in which an airman from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was killed remained under investigation by the Highway Patrol. The victim, Curtis Faison, 35, was riding a motorcycle Saturday night...

Local Digest

Bloodmobiles scheduled for October Following is the October Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: Oct. 7: Southern Wayne High School from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Community...

Around Wayne

This Thursday feature is designed to assist readers in planning activities for the weekend and beyond. Coming up are: Tuesdays, Oct. 5-26: Foundation of Wayne Community College presents "Gods & Idiots: Introducing Homer's 'Iliad'," 7 p.m., room 210, Dogwood Building....

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

It's fair time

News-Argus/Sam Atkins The Wayne County Regional Agricultural Fair begins Thursday, with gates opening at 4 p.m., and will run through Oct. 9 at the Wayne County fairgrounds at 2801 U.S. 117 South. People may pick up a fair catalog...

Wayne to get grants that may lead to 225 jobs

Wayne County and Mount Olive have received preliminary approval for a combined $750,000 in grants to help attract jobs. The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center is prepared to give the county $500,000 for water and sewer lines if a company,...

Eastpointe foresees drop in employees

MOUNT OLIVE -- Eastpointe mental health agency will have as few as 75 employees, down from more than 300 now, within three years, Director Jack St. Clair said Tuesday night. The remaining staff will be concentrated in a few areas,...

Gates open Thursday at 4 for 56th annual fall attraction

A "mobile community" has arrived and will spend a couple of weeks in Wayne County providing thrills and excitement for all ages. Power's Great American Midway is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is the main attraction for the sixth year...

Family Y pays off mortgage on 20th anniversary

The Goldsboro Family Y celebrated its 20th anniversary Tuesday and burned the mortgage note. Martha Bryan, a charter member 20 years ago, waited for her husband, Goldsboro City Council Member Jimmy Bryan, to arrive and ended up greeting the people...

Tips lead to arrests for school break-ins

Three break-ins resulting in more than $30,000 in damages and stolen property at Spring Creek High School have been solved because of an anonymous call, say Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers officials. Two teen-agers were arrested by Wayne County sheriff's detectives...

Market Day planned for Faison

FAISON -- Plans are taking shape for the first Market Day celebration in Faison. The event to be held Oct. 23 will celebrate the town's farming and produce market heritage. On Monday, the Faison Improvement Group held its last meeting...

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Board praises The board of trustees at Wayne Community College honored two legislators and two former board members Tuesday. Dr. Edward Wilson, president of the college, presented plaques to state Rep. Louis Pate and Sen. John Kerr. The legislators were...

Public records

Man charged at break-in site Goldsboro police Officer Karl Rabun saw the brake lights flash on a pickup truck before dawn today in a parking lot and then saw a man inside the truck. When Rabun finished his investigation, he...

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

In the schools

News-Argus/Phyllis Moore Dental hygienists Eleanor Wrenn, left, and Pam Dew apply sealant to Nadiah Giles' teeth. Nadiah is a third-grader at Carver Elementary School. For more information see Program gives students a first trip to dentist....

Mount Olive police charged with stealing from drivers

Three former Mount Olive police officers were charged Monday with stealing from Latino drivers they stopped. The charge is "felony conspiracy to commit larceny against motorists stopped for traffic violations." Sgt. Joshua Joseph Ehnert and Patrolmen Freddy Norman Southerland and...

Lawyers await judge's decision on man's confession

A judge has delayed his decision until Friday on whether the confession of a Wayne County man accused of murdering a 5-year-old girl in 2002 should be allowed in court. Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks of Whiteville ruled on...

Program gives students a first trip to dentist

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ayanna Dawson and Kadjah Loftin, both 8 years old and students at Carver Elementary School, have never been to the dentist. In spite of that, they said they have been educated in the care and cleaning of...

North Drive tech program guarantees improved reading

North Drive Elementary School is using a technology-based program that guarantees to have students reading on grade level in a year. It is one of three strategies that Principal Carol Artis introduced this year at the school as a way...

Library to hold book sale

Books will be plentiful this weekend at the library's annual book sale, but volunteers are needed. Jane Rustin, director of the Wayne County Library, said that the Gertrude Weil Auditorium will be crammed full of books for sale and that...

Seven Springs takes steps toward new town hall

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Seven Springs commissioners reached a consensus Monday to take the first step toward turning an abandoned church into Town Hall. They said during a special meeting that it looks as if all they have to do...

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Scholarships available New and returning students who plan to attend Wayne Community College for the spring semester may apply for Foundation of Wayne Community College scholarships Oct. 1 through 29. Applications are available in the foundation office in the Dogwood...

Wayne County reporter dies

PRINCETON -- Greg Tobolski, 36, a reporter for the Princeton and Wayne-Wilson News-Leader newspapers, died Saturday in New Jersey where he had gone to attend a wedding. The owner of the two weekly newspapers, Barry Merrill, said today that Tobolski...

Mental Health Association presents awards

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- The Mental Health Association in North Carolina honored the Goldsboro News-Argus, radio station WGBR and others from Wayne County during its annual meeting held Thursday and Friday in Wrightsville Beach. The News-Argus was given the media award...

Public records

Teen charged with shooting A Goldsboro teen-ager was arrested Monday by Goldsboro police and charged with three felony and three misdemeanor charges in connection with a shooting incident. Quinton Swinson, 16, of Fourth Street was charged with discharge of a...

Aycock Birthplace volunteers recognized

FREMONT -- Ginger Gatlin and Audrey Brow have been recognized as "blue ribbon volunteers" by the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site for their outstanding and long-term service. They were among 32 volunteers honored at an awards dinner held...

Open Junior Horse Show winners announced

Youth from several eastern North Carolina counties gathered Saturday at the Wayne County Fairgrounds for this year's Open Junior Horse Show. Around 70 riders and horses competed in the event, which was more than last year, said Eileen Coite, livestock...

WCC lecture courses to focus on 'Iliad', 'Inferno'

The Foundation of Wayne Community College will offer a four-week lecture course starting Oct. 5. Titled "Gods and Idiots: Introducing Homer's Iliad," it will be led by Arts and Humanities Program Director Bill Brettmann. It will meet at 7 p.m....

DSS to hire more child services workers

Wayne County officials hope to hire four additional people to investigate reports of child abuse and neglect and ease what they have described as "a crisis situation." Social Services recently received permission to fill three of the vacant positions in...

Monday, September 27, 2004

Barbecue, entertainment to be featured at Feast

Eastern North Carolina barbecue and entertainment will be on display during the first Feast in the East Festival to be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. The Feast in the East Committee has released...

Dogs' best friend: Man uses his kennels to save those doomed

KENANSVILLE -- A kennel near Kenansville is giving a second chance to dogs that otherwise would be destined for death at the pound. The kennel is now available to have people adopt the dogs. This is the doing of Michael...

Goldsboro Post Office gets Automated Postal Center

Mailing packages should be a little easier this holiday season, thanks to a new automated system at the downtown post office. The Postal Service has installed a self-service kiosk. This Automated Postal Center will provide access to postal products and...

Habitat puts old warehouse to use

Habitat for Humanity volunteers are cleaning up the old Weil Dixie complex on South John Street to use for a storage warehouse. The complex has been abandoned for about 10 years. Habitat was storing a few things there prior to...

United Way: A quarter of the goal is pledged so far

With eight weeks left in its 2004 campaign, United Way has reached 26.2 pecent of its $1,322,000 goal, or $348,620. Donnie Barnes, campaign chairman, made the announcement at a campaign cabinet meeting. He said that amount will improve 6,972 lives...

An older attendee shows up for reunion

There is a later development in Saturday's story about the reunion of people who once lived in the Little Washington area of Goldsboro before urban renewal destroyed its houses. The oldest person in attendance actually was Eloise Williams, 91. A...

Public records

Man hangs self A 45-year-old man on Sunday hanged himself in a barn, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. The victim was identified as Jerry Steven Lanier of 660 Overman Road. He was found at about 2:45 p.m....

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Downtown buildings damaged but not destroyed

A fire that damaged an art shop and a warehouse in downtown Goldsboro on Friday could have been a lot worse, said a fire official. "I have been here over 30 years, and that was the best firefighting I've seen...

Missing student's body found

SYLVA -- The search for a former Wayne County resident missing in the mountains of North Carolina has ended. His drowned body was found Friday near a lake where he had been hiking. Aaron Joel Esteppe, 19, a graduate of...

Seven Springs park is testament to town's resolve

SEVEN SPRINGS -- About as many people as live in town converged on the playground for a Saturday morning dedication ceremony that just five years ago would have seemed unthinkable. It was in 1999 that the town was covered in...

Education summit urges cooperation

There may not be one simple answer to problems facing education. But there is a role that everyone can play. That was the message Saturday when 60 people of varying ages and backgrounds attended an education summit at Best Grove...

Fair starts Thursday

Improvements continue to be made at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair to make it more entertaining and customer-friendly, says the event's manager. About $30,000 has been invested in the fair's facilities this year, according to Milton Ingram, fair manager. There...

Former residents gather to remember Little Washington

About 150 people returned Saturday to remember the Little Washington neighborhood in Goldsboro as it used to be. This was the second reunion of Little Washington residents held at Waynesborough Village. About 100 attended the first one, said Doreatha Macklin....

Civil War re-enactor speaks at CBA

Don Collins has been with the Goldsboro Fire Department for 17 years. He has also had an increasing interest in the Civil War era since seeing the movie "Gettysburg." He learned that there are groups that travel and perform re-enactments...

Weather

Rain in the forecast Today, mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. A chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Monday, mostly cloudy with occasional showers. Highs in the upper 70s....

Court News

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Bobby Detorus Harvey, 23, West Hooks River Road, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, mistrial declared. *William Suggs II, 31, Daly Boulevard, Dudley, possession of cocaine,...

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Kids' Fest The Wayne County Health Department is sponsoring its seventh annual Kids' Fest on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berkeley Mall. Over 40 health and safety educational exhibits representing various community organizations will be...

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...

Fifteen vye to be Queen of the Fair

The Queen of the Fair Pageant will be Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 a.m. at the Wayne County Regional Fair. This year's participants are as follows: *Kiana Worrell, 10th grade, Southern Wayne High School, daughter of Sabrina Worrell and Bernard...

Public Record

Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating the following crimes: *Preservation North Carolina reported someone did $550 worth of damage while trying to steal the plumbing pipes out of a vacant house that is being restored, but they stopped when...

Choral concert scheduled

Markita Chanel Rowe, a contestant in the 2005 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Pageant, will present a scholarship fund-raising choral concert on Sunday, Oct. 10. The concert, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of Madison Avenue Baptist Church, 300 S. Madison...

Cherry physician speaks on anxiety disorders

We have names for them -- worrywarts, nervous Nellies, scaredy-cats. What we need instead is some understanding and insight, a Cherry Hospital psychiatrist said Wednesday. Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses and affect both children and adults, Dr....

Friday, September 24, 2004

Downtown fire

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Goldsboro firefighters exit the back door of Amirian's Fine Art and Framing on North Center Street late this morning after a fire started in the building. For more information see Fire starts in Amirian's building....

Fire starts in Amirian's building

An electrical failure appeared to have caused a fire at a downtown Goldsboro building and spread to two other buildings this morning. The fire started at Amirian's Fine Art and Framing shop at 107-109 N. Center St. It then spread...

Dauntless 100 pick up 7,000 pounds of trash

The statistics are in: Over 100 people defied Saturday's rainy weather, picking up almost 7,000 pounds of trash for the fall Litter Sweep in Wayne County. But promoters say the volunteer cleaner-uppers need the help of law enforcement. According to...

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History meeting The Wayne County Historical Association has planned an annual meeting open to all members for Thursday. The cost is $27 per person, which includes dinner and a presentation by Betty McCain, former state secretary of cultural resources. It...

Public records

Daughter stabs father, police say A man was stabbed by his daughter before dawn today after an argument over her late hours, a Goldsboro police report said. Norris Levern Wilcox, 64, of North Center Street was taken to Wayne Memorial...

State employees group to hold hearings

ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina public service workers plan to testify at public hearing on working conditions to gather evidence for a complaint with the International Labor Organization. The hearing is the first in a series being planned across the...

Nurse course set

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College will offer a 28-hour nursing assistant III refresher class. The class is for those whose Nursing Assistant I Certification has lapsed or whose re-certification is due soon and who have not worked under the...

Health officials say residents should beware of mosquitoes

RALEIGH -- Cooler temperatures do not mean the risk for mosquito-borne illnesses has passed. Officials from the N.C. Departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Health and Human Services continue to urge people to protect themselves from mosquito bites and...

Fremont STARS enjoys 'Stone Soup'

Imari Howell, a fifth-grader at Fremont STARS Elementary School, is excited about the upcoming play to be performed in the auditorium. "This is our first year doing a play," she said. "Stone Soup," based on the popular children's book, will...

Disabilities luncheon

The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities annual awards luncheon will be held Oct. 15 at the Goldsboro County Club. The featured speaker will be Donna R. Walton, a certified cognitive behavioral therapist, a former teacher, and faculty member at...

Sculptures coming for art garden

Six pieces of sculpture by two East Carolina University professors and four graduate students will arrive Saturday for display in the Arts Council of Wayne County's garden. Alice Strickland, executive director, told the Arts Council's board of directors Thursday that...

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Private school shut down

Charis Prep, a private school founded over the summer and operated at Abundant Life Fellowship on Sheridan Forest Road, has been shut down as of this morning by Goldsboro building inspectors after it did not pass an inspection last week....

Cooper-Standard sold

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced that it has signed a $1.17 billion agreement to sell its automotive business, Cooper-Standard Automotive, to an entity formed by The Cypress Group and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. There are two Cooper-Standard Automotive plants...

Two-legged dog gets warm reception

Most other pups without legs would be put to sleep, but not GI Joe. He was born Tuesday into the Henning family of Saulston. Marjorie and Rich Henning named him GI Joe because they had seen a puppy on television...

Residents confused by NAACP voter drive

Has anyone called you this week, saying your voter registration was incorrect or had been canceled? Don't believe it, elections officials say. A snafu by a national telemarketing company working for an NAACP voter drive has caused thousands of North...

Constitution exhibit set up at museum

A landmark legal document of the United States is being celebrated this week, and the Wayne County Museum is using an exhibit to commemorate it. This week is Constitution Week, marking the 217th anniversary of the framing of the document...

City inspectors take experience west

For the second time this month a Goldsboro city inspector could be heading to the western part of the state to help hurricane victims. "We may need to go to Haywood County," said Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra. "We're on...

Employee suggestion program to start

A new program will allow Goldsboro city employees to make suggestions and possibly get paid for them. Several months ago Councilman Bob Waller suggested the idea of asking for employees' input on how to handle the city's trash problem. Tasha...

Walnut Creek considers boat lifts

The Walnut Creek Village Council said Wednesday it would consider allowing boat-lift structures to be built next to the lake, but decided the matter should first be reviewed by the Planning Board. Village resident Greg Ricker asked the council if...

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Stage Struck auditions Stage Struck is looking for at least 25 Wayne County school children in grades 1 through 12 to perform in "Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Director John Stutts of Center Stage will hold the auditions for the Stage...

Public records

Towel puts out fire "It was the worst thing she could have done, but it worked." That's how Assistant Saulston Fire Chief David Walston described the scene Wednesday at 212 Brantwood Drive after a resident had used a towel to...

Base finds suspicious package

A resident in Seymour Johnson Air Force Base housing found a suspicious package at around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Security forces responded and base emergency services were mobilized to protect base personnel safety. The incident is currently under investigation. The 4th...

Around Wayne

This Thursday feature is designed to assist readers in planning activities for the weekend and beyond. Coming up are: Today: "The World of Carl Sandburg," a fund-raiser for Stagestruck, 7 p.m., Mount Olive College. $15. 736-3300. Saturday: "The World of...

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Bountiful harvest

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Corn pours from a harvester on the farm of Jerry and Dan Pipkin on Ebenezer Church Road on Tuesday. The corn crop in most sections of Wayne County has been good this year, according to agriculture extension...

Campaign ad must change, officer says

School board Chairman Pete Gurley has been told to change one of his campaign flyers after his opponent filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections. Joseph Hackett, contender for Gurley's at-large seat, filed a complaint with the Wayne...

Church and school summit set for Saturday

Building a better partnership between church and school will be addressed at a workshop this weekend. As part of a faith-based and community initiative with Wayne County public schools, Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church will host Saturday's event from 10...

Search scaled back for missing hiker

CULLOWHEE -- A search for a missing Rosewood High School graduate continues in the woods of western North Carolina, but it is no longer for rescue. The family of Joel Esteppe learned last week that the search is a recovery...

Election turnout forecast to be 65 percent

Wayne County officials are expecting nearly two out of every three registered voters to come to the polls on Nov. 2. Elections Director Gary Sims told the county commissioners Tuesday that he is planning for 65 percent turnout on Election...

Analyst sees more problems for manufacturing sector

MOUNT OLIVE -- A recession in manufacturing continues to hurt North Carolina's economy, and investing money to train laid-off workers for new jobs is crucial, a state official says. Dan Gerlach, state senior policy adviser for fiscal affairs, discussed the...

County decides against hybrids

The Wayne County commissioners decided to go with diesel-powered cars rather than the hybrid gas-electric ones. The board awarded a $100,950 contract to Joe Pecheles Volkswagen of Greenville for six diesel Volkswagens for the Environmental Health Department. Frema Motors of...

Public records

Shed fire A fire that destroyed a shed and its contents at 400 Green Drive was referred to police for further investigation. A Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman, Tanya Orwig, was riding by the home, saw the flames, woke...

Briefly

Voter registration There will be a voter registration drive at the Wal-Mart store in Goldsboro on Saturday between 8 and noon. The drive is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 299. Trick or treat Trick-or-treat hours for Halloween will be on...

Treasurer brings stories of heroics to Seven Springs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- State Treasurer Richard Moore co-wrote a book about the heroes of Hurricane Floyd, and Tuesday, he gave former Mayor Jewel Kilpatrick a signed copy of it. Mrs. Kilpatrick is featured in a story in the new book,...

Leadership class climbs to new heights for teamwork

The 2004-05 class of Leadership Wayne County began its year with a retreat last weekend at Camp Seagull in Arapahoe. The 16 class members met at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce last Friday, then traveled to the camp to...

Outdoors production pleases audience

The writings of Carl Sandburg and six young people's presentations of it received a good response from Wayne Community College students Tuesday night. The performance -- and one for Mount Olive College students earlier that day -- preceded fund-raising presentations...

Fremont nears end of revitalization

FREMONT -- Fremont has almost completed one program to replace substandard homes and hopes to start another. David Harris, the program administrator from R.S.M. Harris and Associates of Goldsboro, said at Tuesday's town board meeting that the project will be...

Duplin Home Care changes name to Carolina East

Duplin Home Care & Hospice is changing its name to Carolina East, and a hospice center is coming to Kenansville. Home care is an ever-changing field regulated by Medicare and the state, said Lynn Hardy, a registered nurse and the...

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

City hopes new rules will prevent demolitions

Two more houses in inner-city Goldsboro were condemned Monday, but the City Council is hoping a new ordinance and federal grants may help restore blighted neighborhoods and prevent further demolitions. Many of the houses on South Kornegay Street and nearby...

Impass ends over teacher pay

The Wayne County Commission-ers voted today to release $760,000 to the school system, in effect, accepting the compromise on teacher supplements. The decision ended the three-month stalemate with the Board of Education on teacher supplemental pay. The school board approved...

Secretary candidate stumps for others

N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall came to Goldsboro on Monday night to encourage the Wayne County Democratic Women to vote this fall and not just for her. "In 45 days we'll have the election of our lifetimes," she said....

Artist catches prize with her 'Netted Fish'

The fish rise up, their mouths pointed toward the mouth of the pottery on which they appear. Behind and around them are nets with patterns that cover the pottery the same way the scales cover the fish. "It's rather amusing...

Red Cross offers new course for caregivers

Those caring for a loved one in their home have an especially difficult task. To make that task a little easier, the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a new program -- the "Family Caregiving Course."...

Public records

Bad drug deal A man says he was buying drugs Monday and three men ordered him from his car and drove it away, a Goldsboro police report said. John Dewitt Clark, 35, of Lake Ridge Drive told officers that he...

Gateway manager considers transit service improvements

More changes are coming to the county transportation system, which should be welcome news to riders. Some city bus routes may soon run on a half-hour schedule, and rates for rural riders may drop in the next year. Bus shelters...

City Council approves two sewer extensions

The Goldsboro City Council decided Monday to install pipes to two of the three streets listed for sewer service, but took a third street off the list after most of the residents opposed the plan. Requests for sewer service on...

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Spay and neuter assistance The Wayne County Humane Society will have its spay/neuter clinic on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Wayne County Public Library. The clinic is an application process to offer financial help to low- and...

Local Scout receives scholarship

Cameron Helms Easley, son of Roger and Lynn Easley of Goldsboro, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the William Harding Scholarship Fund. He is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This award was given to Cameron for...

School menus

Following are breakfast and lunch menus for Wayne County public schools for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1. Monday -- Breakfast: Blueberry pop tart. Lunch: Salisbury steak with rice and gravy, sausage pizza, golden corn, steamed broccoli, chilled mixed fruit,...

Corrections

An article in Monday's News-Argus about a teacher resource center to be established at Wayne Community College failed to mention that the $10,000 grant for the center was awarded by the School of Education at East Carolina University and the...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Wayne Opportunity Center needs help

The Wayne Opportunity Center has been helping the disabled of Goldsboro for 40 years. Now it needs Wayne County's help. During its last fiscal year, the Opportunity Center lost $100,000 in assembly work, said Evelyn White, production manager. More than...

Local team makes daring water rescues

"We trained in swift water, but nothing that fast and not in those conditions." Picture this -- winds howling and gusting up to 70 miles per hour. Raining falling at the rate of two inches an hour. Rivers and streams...

'Chewy': The vegetable-oil-drinking car

The smell of French fries coming from a vehicle may seem unusual, but one company is trying to make it more common. Anna Borofsky, co-owner of Clean Vibes, began using vegetable oil as fuel in her Dodge Ram in December....

Agencies list ways to 'make a difference'

Although Make A Difference Day 2004 is still a month away, local nonprofit agencies have submitted their wish lists, and now volunteers are needed to make these wishes come true. The event will be held Oct. 23 and is sponsored...

WCC to establish teacher center

There has been a correction to this story: This article about a teacher resource center to be established at Wayne Community College failed to mention that the $10,000 grant for the center was awarded by the School of Education at...

Council to move money for City Hall expansion

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to approve transferring $200,000 from the general fund tonight to keep the momentum going on the City Hall expansion project. Partin & Hobbs Architects is designing the $5 million expansion, which is scheduled to...

County to buy hybrid cars

Two hearings and the purchase of electric-gas hybrid cars will highlight a light agenda Tuesday for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. The county board will take comments at 9:15 a.m. on a request to rezone an acre at 149...

Public Records

Drive-by shooting Three people in a car were wounded before dawn Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the 1600 block of East Ash Street, according to a Goldsboro police report. Kentrell Detron Vaughn, 22, of Gray Street, Larry Bell Jr.,...

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Banquet celebrates downtown successes

Merchants, community leaders, business owners, local officials and supporters of downtown Goldsboro gathered Friday night at the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation's annual awards dinner. The banquet, catered this year by Billie's Restaurant, was an opportunity to recognize both individuals and...

Reunions stoke old neighborhood's cherished memories

Dorothy Bowden remembers sleeping on the back porch as a young girl in the Little Washington area of Goldsboro, listening to the teen-age boys singing. "They were singing the 'Doo-Wap,'" she said. "They'd always gather on the corner at night...

Civil War trail seen as tourism enticement

Another route is being taken to bring tourists to Wayne County, and it involves promoting something that has been here for ages. Local and state officials continue to discuss marketing a historical "trail" through Wayne County known as the Civil...

County sets dates for one-stop voting

The Wayne County Board of Elections will open three locations Thursday, Oct. 14, for one-stop voting for the general elections. The three polling places will be: *Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E. Ash St. *Belfast Fire Station, 3212 U.S. 117...

Five hearings on City Council agenda

The Goldsboro City Council will hold five public hearings at its Monday night board meeting. *The first hearing is for a request from Eastern Pride Inc. to rezone the north side of Elm Street between George Street and Seaboard Coastline...

Public Record

Investigations Wayne County law-enforcement officers are investigating these reports: *A 1986 Chevy Cavalier was reported stolen Tuesday from the corner of the Handy Mart on Mitchell Road. The driver, Bienvenido Ramon Lavergne of the 100 block of East John Street,...

Friday, September 17, 2004

Hospital Cafeteria makeover

News-Argus/Barbara Arntsen Subdued lighting and warmer colors are designed to make the new dining room at the hospital cafeteria a pleasant place to eat. For more information see Hospital revamps cafeteria to offer space and choice....

MOC to offer new nursing degree

DURHAM -- The Watts School of Nursing, North Carolina's oldest nursing diploma program, has announced that it will join with Mount Olive College next year to offer an associate of science degree in nursing. "Today's nursing students are seeking the...

Hospital revamps cafeteria to offer space and choice

One of Wayne County's restaurants has just gotten bigger, but you've got to know your way around the hospital to get to the food. The newly renovated cafeteria at Wayne Memorial Hospital is now open, offering a plethora of choices...

Residents give opinions on community building

Wayne County citizens want the burned-out Community Building rebuilt, and most want it rebuilt at its old downtown location, says Goldsboro Parks & Recreation Director Neil Bartlett. Last month the building's board of trustees asked for written comments from the...

Wayne puts deeds information on Web

When was your house built? How big is it? How big is your lot? Who owns that vacant land? Is any of it in the flood zone? Is it inside the city limits? How much did your neighbors pay for...

WCC Foundation starts fund drive

The Foundation of Wayne Community College started its annual campus fund drive Tuesday with a lunch for more than 300 of the college's faculty and staff members. The meal was donated by Boondoggle's Family Restaurant, "People's Choice Award" winner at...

Lila Fagan turns 101

Lila Fagan read aloud a letter from the Goldsboro Mayor Al King congratulating her on her 101st birthday Thursday. The print was standard size, not enlarged. Younger folks at her home, the Alterra Sterling House Assisted Living Residence on Berkeley...

Public records

Murder charge A man wanted since 2001 for a murder in Pennsylvania was arrested Thursday in Goldsboro. Nicholas Hudson, 32, was arrested by three Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and six Goldsboro police investigators after a brief chase. Officers began...

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Veterans' parade set The immediate past commander of the national American Legion, Ray Smith of Benson, will speak during the second annual Princeton Veterans Day celebration. Korean War veterans will be the special honored guests for the Nov. 6 program...

Mount Olive Rotary names Harris Fellows

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Rotary Club bestowed three Paul Harris Fellowships on Thursday night at the Southern Belle. One of the fellowships, each of which is worth $1,000, was presented posthumously to Rotarian Norbert Wilson. Another went to Greg O'Donoghue...

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Boycott against Mt. Olive Pickle finally over

MOUNT OLIVE -- A labor union's nationwide boycott against the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. has ended after five years. The company had been ostracized by the Farm Labor Organizing Committee on behalf of Hispanic farm workers. Although the pickle...

Braswell defends hiring

Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell disputes the claim of Clerk of Court Marshall Minchew that he did not follow the law in his appointment of the newest Wayne County magistrate. Braswell said Wednesday night that he chose the newest magistrate,...

Voting location moved, other changes being considered for 2005

The Wayne County Board of Elections has relocated another polling place, the fourth change since the last general election. The Elections Board decided to move the polling place in Precinct #9 from Rosewood Worship Center on O'Berry Center Road to...

Health Department now offering to mark septic tank sites

The Wayne County Health Department wants to offer a new service for home and business owners needing to find their septic systems. The board will recommend a proposal to the county commissioners from the county Department of Environmental Health that...

Health Department to hire full-time pharmacist

The Wayne County Health Depart-ment has been without a full-time pharmacist for over a month, and it may ask the county commissioners to increase the position's salary to be more competitive. The county Board of Health members expressed their concerns...

Jail inmate dies

A 60-year-old man, an inmate for less than two days in the Wayne County Jail, died today, Sheriff Carey Winders announced. The inmate was identified as Roy Lee Allen, whose only known address was Parkstown. No foul play was suspected...

Search continues for missing student hiker

There has been a correction to this story: A series of articles on a man from Goldsboro who is missing in western North Carolina gave an incorrect spelling of the name of a woman whose body was found. The correct...

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Life after 'Extreme Makeover' Monika Barkley and some Wayne County residents will show up on television Friday during the "Dr. Phil Show." The show airs in Goldsboro at 9 a.m. on CBS. A film crew from the show was in...

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Masked gunman robs farmer SEVEN SPRINGS -- A farmer working in his shop Wednesday night was robbed of about $800 by a masked gunman, a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report said. John Raiford of the 5100 block of N.C. 111...

272 seat belt violation tickets issued in Wayne County

A total of 272 seat-belt and 16 child-restraint tickets were issued by Wayne County authorities during the semi-annual Click It or Ticket campaign. "It went real well," said Goldsboro police Maj. M.D. Hopper. The statewide campaign to encourage use of...

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Hit and run

Bobby Williams Goldsboro firefighters examine a Ford pickup that was struck this morning by a hit-and-run car at East Ash and Lee streets. The driver of the pickup, Kevin S. Coakley, 35, of Trey Drive, was taken to Wayne...

Former POWs gather for ceremony to remember missing and imprisoned

Former prisoners of war gathered Tuesday in the front pews of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base chapel. A sense of tranquility and respect came over them as the Code of Conduct of the U.S. Armed Forces was read aloud....

Clerk says judge didn't follow law in magistrate hire

Wayne County Clerk of Court Marshall Minchew says Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell did not follow state law in appointing the latest magistrate. Minchew said Tuesday that he nominated nine people for the job, but the newest magistrate, Patricia D....

Rosewood saddened by missing student

There has been a correction to this story: A series of articles on a man from Goldsboro who is missing in western North Carolina gave an incorrect spelling of the name of a woman whose body was found. The correct...

School board adopts toughter promotion rules

Wayne County has adopted standards tougher than the state has for most students to move up to the next grade level. The Board of Education voted Tuesday to require all students in grades 3-8 to score at or above Level...

Planners say zoning may be needed for U.S. 70

Wayne County may consider zoning land along the planned Goldsboro bypass on U.S. 70 in preparation for the highway's construction. Planning Board members say that they want to meet with county commissioners, both informally and formally, to start talking about...

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5 people injured in county collisions Five people were injured and damages were estimated at $23,700 in five recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A Goldsboro police car sustained about $700 in damages in a low-speed crash at...

Duplin announced Teacher of the Year winner

KENANSVILLE -- The women at the teachers' table chatted, waiting for the announcement of the winner. School was the topic of discussion around the table Tuesday night at the Country Squire restaurant. Janice Stark of Wallace Elementary was announced the...

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WISH wins national honor The health clinic program in the Wayne County public schools has been selected to win a national award. The WISH School-Based Health Program will receive $10,000 for the honor, which is given by the American Association...

North Drive gets technology award

Dawn Potter, curriculum and technology facilitator at North Drive Elementary School, recently won new technology to help students learn. Ms. Potter won the technology, valued at $5,400, through a drawing at the 2004 National Educational Computing Conference she attended in...

Sauls remembers Scout badge and vow to never litter

Randy Sauls has been interested in keeping Goldsboro clean for more than 30 years, and he has a badge to prove it. The Keep Wayne County Beautiful board member has kept all his Boy Scout badges stored in his attic...

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Waiting for prey

Bobby Williams This writing spider has made its web in Seven Springs. It lives over the dog pen at the home of James Williams. Writing spiders, or garden spiders, spin webs as much as two feet across to capture...

Search continues for missing student

There has been a correction to this story: A series of articles on a man from Goldsboro who is missing in western North Carolina gave an incorrect spelling of the name of a woman whose body was found. The correct...

Schools, county reach teacher pay compromise

The Wayne County commissioners and school board members have reached a compromise on how much extra to pay teachers this year. The Board of Education voted Monday night to raise the supplement from the current 3.5 percent to 6.5 percent,...

School board eases dress code restrictions for male teachers

Loosen your collars, men. It's going to be a long school year. The Wayne County Board of Education voted Monday to ease the dress code for male teachers, effective immediately. They will no longer be required to wear ties in...

Hospital approves 495,000 dollar addition

The Wayne Memorial Hospital board of directors voted unanimously today for a $495,000 expansion of an operating room. It also approved a new pension plan for its employees and said goodbye to its financial officer. Hospital President William Paugh said...

Mount Olive College gets 250,000 dollar donation from BlueCross/Blue Shield

MOUNT OLIVE -- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina has contributed $250,000 to Mount Olive College's New Century Capital Campaign. The company is the state's largest health insurer, with more than 2.5 million subscribers. The gift will be directed to the...

Businesses to add new jobs in Duplin

Duplin County got news Monday night that at least 55 jobs will be created by new and expanding industries. An agribusiness company is planning to locate in Calypso that will hire 30 people, and Nichols Food Service will move operations...

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Bunch wins Emmy He did it! Goldsboro native Velton Ray Bunch has won an Emmy Award. He won for Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for "Star Trek Enterprise: Similitude." The presentation took place Sunday night at the Shrine...

New Boy Scout troop making progress

Goldsboro's new Boy Scout troop is making progress, says the district executive. Torhunta District Executive Tom Millisor helped Troop 102, based at First African Baptist Church, become chartered in April. The troop started up in May, and in its second...

Fifth grade students at Tommy's Road to open savings accounts

An innovative idea will teach fifth-grade students at Tommy's Road Elementary School the importance of saving money at an early age. A new program, called Lifesavers, was unveiled Monday and was made possible through a $250 grant from the Wayne...

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Man kidnapped; van stolen A Goldsboro man was kidnapped before dawn today by four men and his van was stolen and wrecked in Duplin County, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Salvador Aldivar Rodriguez, 29, of Ditchbank Road...

Monday, September 13, 2004

Welcome home

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Friends and family members welcomed this morning about 150 airmen from the 4th Maintenance Group at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. They were returning from a four-month deployment to Qatar. For more information see 150 Airmen return...

150 Airmen return to hugs and kisses

The rising sun produced a pink sky that served as a colorful backdrop to the aircraft that landed this morning at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Inside the civilian aircraft were about 150 airmen, mostly from the 4th Maintenance Group,...

Waterway clean up set for next month

While Wayne County residents are cleaning the roadsides in Saturday's Litter Sweep, another sweep is being planned for the county. The 2004 Big Sweep will be held Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., when residents put on their...

Goldsboro resident missing in Western N.C. waterfall area

There has been a correction to this story: A series of articles on a man from Goldsboro who is missing in western North Carolina gave an incorrect spelling of the name of a woman whose body was found. The correct...

New demolition ordinance set for review by city council

An ordinance aimed at preventing the deterioration of buildings in downtown Goldsboro is ready for the review by the full City Council. The ordinance called "Demolition by Neglect" has been streamlined by the city's Law and Finance Committee to make...

Baseball clinic to be held Saturday

Baseball coaches and parents will join with children Saturday to help fight child abuse and neglect in Wayne County during the third annual Take Me Out to the Ballgame clinic. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at...

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Bank robber sentenced A 53-year-old man from Goldsboro has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison after being convicted of robbing a Goldsboro bank last year. Matthew Smith of New Hope Road was arrested by Goldsboro police...

OPINION -- Premature obituary

As this is written we all are sweating out Hurricane Ivan. It is a monster. And Florida already has had more than its share of misery this season. Part of our own state could be in the projected path. Each...

Sunday, September 12, 2004

New magistrate under review

The N.C. attorney general and courts' administrative offices are reviewing the latest magistrate appointment by Judge Jerry Braswell. Dick Ellis, public information officer with the Administrative Office of the Courts, said they expect a decision to be made by the...

Grandparents honored twice

Several Wayne County schools held "National Grandparents Day" events last week, but Edgewood Community Development School celebrated twice. Students' grandparents were invited to Edgewood for a lunch Friday. Earlier in the week, though, students paid tribute to their "foster grandparents,"...

Winston Garris wins Duke scholarship

Winston Garris had applied to two medical schools and was waiting to hear back from one of them. As he was driving down the road, his cell phone rang. He could faintly hear the voice on the line because his...

Retirement decision felt throughout state

A recent decision by the state attorney general's office denying retirement benefits to former Goldsboro City Attorney Harrell Everett may affect city and county attorneys across the state. The state retirement office received an informal opinion last week from the...

Litter Sweep to clean up

Next weekend's Litter Sweep participants will get to enjoy a bountiful barbecue after working up an appetite picking up trash. Carolyn Westbrook, with the state's Division of Highways, said that Wilber's Restaurant is donating a "pig and a half" for...

Garden Sport Festival

LaGRANGE -- Kids scrambled across the railroad tracks Saturday, sliding and slipping down the rocky embankment as they rushed over to LaGrange's Garden Spot Festival. "I smell funnel cakes," panted one boy, as he stumbled past West Railroad Street towards...

County declares POW day

This week, Wayne County will recognize the sacrifice of local servicemen who were reported prisoners of war or missing in action. The county commissioners voted last week to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Tuesday. The black POW/MIA flag will...

Wayne men, women in the military

Edward Edwards Air Force Airman Edward J. Edwards has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied Air Force related subjects, performed drill and ceremony marches,...

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, ext. 336, or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

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Vendors needed The Feast in the East Barbecue Festival is accepting applications for arts and craft vendors. Vendor fees are $25 for nonprofit vendors and $50 for for-profit vendors for a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth space. The festival will be held Oct....

Court news

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Avery Lee Scott Shoe, 31, Kenly, possession of stolen goods, 12 to 15 months. *Antonio Lamont Strickland, 27, Marshall Drive, Dudley, driving while impaired, 12 months; misdemeanor speeding...

Student news

Farah Lindley Davis, daughter of Kim and Freda Davis of Fremont, has been invited to join Meredith College's White Iris Circle. The primary purpose of the White Iris Circle is to enhance the positive image of Meredith College by using...

Robert Daniel manages international group

Robert Daniel has been keeping some pretty famous company recently. Actually, he's been managing them. The son of Vann Daniel of Goldsboro and the late Clifton "Clum" Daniel Jr. is the American manager for the Backwards, a Beatles revival band...

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Mount Olive police officers suspended MOUNT OLIVE -- Three Mount Olive police officers have been suspended from their jobs while the state continues its investigation into allegations that the law officers took money from Hispanic males during traffic stops. Court...

POW/MIA dinner planned

Military personnel still missing in action from combat and those who suffered as prisoners of war will be honored Saturday. Wayne County has four missing in action from the Vietnam War -- Murray Lyman Borden, Edgar Felton Davis, Joseph Nelson...

Friday, September 10, 2004

NEA President visits Wayne

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards NEA President Reg Weaver, center, is shown with teachers, Chris Chase of Frink School in Lenoir County, and Cathie Hooks, who teaches fifth grade at Tommy's Road Elementary School. Chase is vice president of the Lenoir County...

U.S. 70 push gets results, say officials

Recent talks about a U.S. 70 bypass haven't yet resulted in either a single stoplight's removal or a square inch of asphalt being poured. But N.C. Department of Transportation officials have started to pay attention, the Wayne County Transportation Committee...

Hispanic advocate says police stole from drivers

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Hispanic leader said today that he had been told of Mount Olive policemen following Hispanics through town, stopping their cars, rummaging through their belongings and stealing from them. J.R. Peralta, who works with Hispanic employees at...

Annual Make a Difference Day to be held in Wayne on Oct. 23

Wayne County residents will set aside their own needs to help their neighbors Oct. 23 during the 13th annual Make A Difference Day. Sponsored locally by the city of Goldsboro, Volunteer Wayne and United Way of Wayne County, the event...

NEA president says schools lack resources to meet law

The president of a national teacher's association said Thursday during a stop in Wayne County that public schools across the country need more resources to meet federal requirements. "We are in a battle," said Reg Weaver, president of the National...

Seymour Johnson airmen return Monday

A large group of airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will be returning from an overseas deployment on Monday morning. They will be flying into the base. They deployed approximately four months ago, according to the base public affairs....

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Indecent exposure A Wayne County woman reported an incident of indecent exposure Thursday that happened on her way to work. The 46-year-old woman said she was driving on Big Daddy's Road in Pikeville when she drove past a residence. At...

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Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Nahunta Friends Church. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash. Fly the flag Sept. 17...

WOOFF beefs up fund-raising

A Goldsboro animal advocacy group is beefing up its fund-raising activities this month. Welfare of Our Furry Friends invites the public to dine out on Sept. 14 at the Western Sizzlin in Goldsboro to help raise money to build a...

Retiree office established on base

An increase in volunteers has helped the Retiree Office at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base better serve the military retirees living on and off base, says the office's new director. "We are going to be a very active office," said...

Indictments handed down

A 22-year-old man from Dudley has been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on charges of firing into his family's mobile home and wounding a relative. Quanta Keneil Garner of Jenny Lane had been wanted by authorities for more...

Thursday, September 9, 2004

A sign of autumn

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Signs of fall are starting to appear in Wayne County. One of those signs are the bright purple berries produced by the American beautyberry plant....

Mount Olive officers to be suspended -- SBI investigating allegations of stealing from drivers

MOUNT OLIVE -- Three Mount Olive police officers face suspension as the result of an investigation into whether officers stole money from drivers they had stopped. The News-Argus has learned that the three officers' names are Sgt. Josh Ehnert, shift...

City officials says school must be inspected before it can operate

Charis Prep, a private school founded over the summer and operated at Abundant Life Fellowship on Sheridan Forest Road, could face being shut down by Goldsboro building inspectors if the proper steps are not taken. Goldsboro's chief building inspector, Ed...

Feast in the East to showcase Wayne barbecue

A celebration of eastern North Carolina barbecue will be at the center of the first Feast in the East Festival. Patty Graham, membership and marketing director for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, hopes that promoting barbecue will attract crowds,...

Century of life -- Eunice Green keeps busy at 102 years old

Miss Eunice Green turned 102 Wednesday, and she's going to have a surprise party Sunday. Luckily, newsprint is too small for her to read. So don't tell her about the party! And just forget about helping her with her chores,...

Motosts surprised Wednesday by seat belt checkpoint

MOUNT OLIVE -- Surprise was how some motorists were described when they were stopped Wednesday during a "Click It or Ticket" checkpoint, just east of Mount Olive. Maj. Ralph Schroeder said Mount Olive police do routine checks of businesses in...

Parkstown project nears end

Wayne County is nearing the end of the Parkstown project, but one neighbor asked this week if it's truly been neighborhood revitalization. "I thought revitalization meant improving what is there," John Jackson said to county commissioners Tuesday. "We've had people...

Seven Springs board accepts Mayor's resignation

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The town board has accepted Jewel Kilpatrick's resignation as mayor. Mayor Pro Tem Emma Ward told the Seven Springs town board Wednesday that she will try to fill in as mayor until the end of the year,...

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Helping Florida The Marion Edwards Recovery Center Initiatives, based in the Rosewood community, is collecting items to send to Florida victims of Hurricane Frances. Needed are water, canned foods, children's and adults' diapers, electric fans, gloves, garbage bags, flashlights, C...

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Two men wanted The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the location of two men wanted for multiple offenses. Best Andrew Douglas "Doug" Best, 44, is wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants. He was described as white, 5-feet-9...

Professor of classical guitar to perform at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- Derek Day, adjunct professor of classical guitar, will perform at Mount Olive College on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Rodgers Chapel. Featured works will include selections from Bach, Scarlatti and Giulani. Day is also a professor...

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Proposal to make passing grades a little tougher

Some Wayne County students will have to achieve higher test scores to go to the next grade, if the Board of Education approves new standards for promotion. There are three major changes. If approved, students in grades 4, 6, and...

Mount Olive Police under investigation

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wayne County District Attorney Branny Vickory confirmed today that there is a pending investigation of three Mount Olive police officers, but there have been no charges made at this time. However, Vickory said a search warrant has...

Schools win grant to help students

Three Wayne County middle schools will split a $1.2 million grant for programs designed to help children at risk of failure. The program not only focuses on improving academics but helping children in other areas, such as physical fitness and...

Hazing suit proceeds against coach, board

NEW BERN -- A former Rosewood High School principal and the Wayne County schools superintendent have been removed from a $40 million hazing lawsuit. But a judge refused to dismiss the suit against a wrestling coach and the school board....

Wayne to spend $125,000 to boost bypass prospects

Wayne County will spend up to $125,000 to push for bypasses, freeway upgrades and other improvements along U.S. 70 East. The county commissioners agreed Tuesday to join a multi-county effort to ask the N.C. Department of Transportation for U.S. 70...

Issue of teachers' pay remains undecided

Wayne County commissioners did not discuss teacher supplements Tuesday as originally planned. The county board had said in August that it would respond this week to the school board's latest stand on teacher pay, but the issue was not mentioned...

Mount Olive annexes land in hopes of attracting Wal-Mart

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town has annexed five pieces of land in the hopes that Wal-Mart is coming. The Mount Olive town board accepted a petition to annex about 20 acres at the intersection of U.S. 117 and N.C. 55...

Pikeville finally appears near to tearing down old school

PIKEVILLE -- After years of discussions and then delays due to lack of money, the town appears ready to tear down the old school building. The building off Railroad Street across from the park has been an eyesore for years....

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Crime of the Week An armed robbery on Sept. 1 has been chosen by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as its latest "Crime of the Week." A black woman and a black man, both wearing military-style camouflage clothing, entered the Commercial...

Princeton gets windfall on sewer, leaving more money for water

PRINCETON -- The Princeton town board got good news during Tuesday night's monthly meeting -- the cost of improving its sewer plant will be less than expected. The town board awarded the project to T.A. Loving Co. The Goldsboro firm...

Pikeville increases electricity rate

PIKEVILLE -- In-town and out-of-town residents will be facing an increase in their electrical rates in October. The town board voted unanimously Tuesday to increase rates 2.5 percent for all customers, raising the bills by about $3.80 per month beginning...

Tighter rules instituted for town parks

MOUNT OLIVE -- Parks in Mount Olive will now have tighter rules, particularly at Kids World. The board approved rules for the town's parks Tuesday, as well as a plan for ceramic tile artwork at the Westbrook Park restrooms and...

Goldsboro Nissan sold to Deacon Jones dealership group

The Goldsboro Nissan auto dealership has been sold to the Deacon Jones dealership group. Effective Sept. 1, Goldsboro Nissan, along with its management and staff, have become part of Deacon Jones, with operational control transferred. The actual change of ownership...

Some residents upset by Duplin County's emergency medical service plan

KENANSVILLE -- Some residents are upset about Duplin County's emergency medical service plans, and another volunteer squad has announced it is closing its doors. A standing-room-only crowd attended the Tuesday meeting of the Duplin County commissioners. Many didn't like how...

City to seel compost at a discount

The Goldsboro City Council decided Tuesday to allow a discount on the city's compost for customers who buy large quantities. The city's compost facility mixes sludge from the sewer plant and wood into a high-grade of compost. Goldsboro's compost is...

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Addison in 'Ragtime' Matthew Addison of Goldsboro has been cast in the North Carolina Theatre production of "Ragtime" starring Broadway's Norm Lewis, Julia Murney and Tony Award-winning actor Michael Rupert. Addison, 20, is a graduate of Eastern Wayne High School...

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

He's not so bad...

Bobby Williams Some people call these birds buzzards, but that’s a name that doesn’t exactly convey their nobility. “Buzzz-erd” — yuck — somehow the word connotes something unpleasant. Rightfully, this fellow is called a turkey vulture — how does...

Charis Prep School not within state rules

A private school that opened in Goldsboro today has not taken the proper steps to abide by state regulations, say state officials. This could mean that parents whose children go to the school are guilty of violating the state's compulsory-school...

LaGrange Garden Spot Festival is this weekend

LaGRANGE -- The town of LaGrange will hold its annual Garden Spot Festival this weekend, which concludes Saturday night with fireworks. Activities start Friday night with the Band of Oz performing at the Street Dance in front of the Community...

Goldsboro path for bikes should be ready next year

Goldsboro should have a network of bicycle and walking paths throughout the city within the next 25 years, if all goes according to plan. The city's federally mandated long-range transportation plan maps out planned bike and pedestrian pathways, as well...

Teacher education partnership to accept more degree students

The new teacher education partnership between East Carolina University and area community colleges has spawned a second "cohort" for special education teachers. Applications are being accepted from candidates. The first class of the East Carolina University Wachovia Partnership East South...

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No deaths in Wayne County No traffic deaths were reported over the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend in Wayne County. But Highway Patrol troopers and Goldsboro police were busy investigating collisions and holding seat-belt checkpoints as part of the statewide...

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AIDS seminar at WCC Wayne Community College will hold a public seminar on HIV/AIDS on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The seminar will begin at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium on campus. Speakers will include Dr. James Atkins, who will discuss current...

Monday, September 6, 2004

Rain could be heavy at times

The remnants of Hurricane Frances, with a huge area of wind and rain, will bring wet weather to Wayne and Duplin counties Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service is calling for a nearly 100 percent chance of rain both...

Many served at free health clinic

FREMONT -- On the third Saturday of each month, Clifton Willingham of Wilson drives to Fremont and waits his turn at the People's Free Health Clinic. He said he has been coming for two years, since he first learned about...

Reading course offered online

Wayne Community College is offering a new online continuing education course that will help parents and teachers prepare children to read and write. "Ready, Set, Read!" uses anecdotes, examples and activities. It will start Sept. 15 and run for six...

OPINION -- A visit from 'PETA'

On a recent weekday, I stopped by Four Seasons Sports to observe the regulars eating peanuts, telling ribald stories and swapping exaggerations about their hunting and fishing experiences. But I was stopped short at the sight of a big trailer...

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Frances should miss Wayne County

Beach communities should be prepared for dangerous surf conditions. The North Carolina mountains are preparing for flooding. But in Wayne County and much of eastern North Carolina, Hurricane Frances so far is a non-event. As of Saturday night, the National...

Sale of APV Baker final

State and Wayne County officials announced Friday that the purchase of APV Baker by Turkington Industries has been competed, thanks to $600,000 in state and local grants. Turkington, a privately held company with headquarters in Lancashire, England, received a $300,000...

A tale of two soldiers -- Larry Carr

A convoy of four U.S. Army National Guard soldiers travels through the open desert in northern Iraq. They had just started a four-hour trip to another base to see if other soldiers in the brigade needed anything. The 140-degree July...

A tale of two soldiers -- Derek Durham

Sgt. Derek Durham has changed in many ways over the past year. He has seen his fellow soldiers badly hurt and even killed while defending the United States. One word comes to his mind when he recalls his deployment to...

Agencies gear up for recycling

Wayne Opportunity Center and Keep Wayne County Beautiful are gearing up to provide a paper recycling program in Wayne County schools. The program is designed to reuse the paper in the schools, reduce the amount being dumped in the landfill...

City agenda for Tuesday meeting

The Goldsboro City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers of City Hall. Items on the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting include: *Setting a public hearing for a contiguous annexation petition. Isaac J. and Brenda M. Mozingo...

Commissioners meet Tuesday

The Wayne County commissioners will hear an update Tuesday on the Parkstown redevelopment project. The county received a $700,000 state grant last year. That money has been used to relocate some residents of LaGrange Road, Parkstown Road and Sam's Lane...

WCC Foundation launches busy year

The Foundation of Wayne Community College has elected its officers for 2004-2005. A.H. "Hank" Crawford Jr., a certified public accountant with Pittard, Perry and Crone Inc. will serve as chairman. C. Monroe "Jack" Best Jr., owner of Best Commercial Development...

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...

Vitamins can help prevent birth defects

Wayne County has one of the highest rates of neural tubal birth defects in the eastern part of the state. And in North Carolina, which has some of the highest numbers in the country, up to 70 percent can be...

Teacher traveling to Tokyo

Doris Ginn, a fourth-grade teacher at Eastern Wayne Elementary School, will spend three weeks in Japan, having been selected to an international travel program. Ms. Ginn, Wayne County's 2002 Teacher of the Year, will be traveling to Tokyo with 200...

Court news

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Denton C. Young, 22, Athens Drive, Dudley, injury to personal property, not guilty. *Sylvia M. Evans, Athens Drive, Dudley, injury to personal property, not guilty. *John Phillip Wade, 47, U.S....

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Red Rose Tea celebration WAGES Foster Grandparents and their cohorts across the nation will toast a cup of Red Rose tea on Friday at 10 a.m. in a symbolic tribute to past successes and future triumphs of the program. The...

Student News

Two Wayne County students will find college a bit easier to afford this year thanks to scholarships awarded through the North Carolina 4-H program. Rebecca Lee, 18, daughter of Greg and Tammy Lee of Goldsboro, won two scholarships, a $1,000...

Pietropaolo joins MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ryan Pietropaolo of Four Oaks has joined the faculty of Mount Olive College as assistant professor of mathematics. Pietropaolo earned his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from State University of New York at Geneseo, his...

Essay contest planned

"What Freedom of Speech Means to Me" is the theme for the Fleet Reserve Association's annual essay contest. The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 in the Wayne, Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson schools systems, private schools in...

Friday, September 3, 2004

The litter vac is coming

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Demetrius Speight, an employee for the city, guides Goldsboro's new litter vacuum. For more information see City ready to launch new litter vac....

Air Force sees success of 'Eagle Eyes'

Air Force officials are touting last week's arrests at a Goldsboro motel as evidence of the success of its anti-terrorism program, called Eagle Eyes. "This goes to show that this program works," said Special Agent Joe Jordan of the Air...

Hispanic center sees big response in first month

Gaspar Gonzalez and Willie Cartegena had the vision of a Hispanic community center long before it turned into a reality. More than a year ago, Gonzalez said he started going on eBay, buying TVs, DVDs and anything he could...

Library card is children's ticket to travel

A room-full of young children learned about a special card this week that would let them travel anywhere in the world, but it's not a credit card. It's a library card. The 15 kids gathered Wednesday at the Wayne...

Law officers will be checking seatbelt use

People ejected from cars during wrecks account for a small number of accident victims, but their deaths are ones that can be prevented, say police. Goldsboro Police Maj. M.D. Hopper says one person dies every day after being ejected...

Routes to watch during Labor Day travel

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Transportation has issued this notice for Labor Day holiday travel: Most work zones along interstate and U.S. routes across the state will be inactive during the Labor Day holiday from Friday to Monday. However,...

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Teens charged in auto break-in Two teen-agers were arrested before dawn today by Goldsboro police and charged with breaking into a car and stealing property. The arrests occurred before the owner reported the crime. Justin David Smith, 19, of Sandhill...

City ready to launch new litter vac

Trash lining the city streets should now be a little bit easier to remove, thanks to a new machine bought by the city. The custom-made machine will vacuum up the litter while the extended boom on the truck aims...

Wayne Community College Foundation launches into busy year

The Foundation of Wayne Community College has elected its officers for 2004-2005. A.H. "Hank" Crawford Jr., a certified public accountant with Pittard, Perry and Crone Inc. will serve as chairman. C. Monroe "Jack" Best Jr., owner of Best Commercial Development...

Vitamins are a means to prevent common birth defect

Wayne County has one of the highest rates of neural tube birth defects in the eastern part of the state. And in North Carolina, which has some of the highest numbers in the country, up to 70 percent can...

Duplin educators rethinking public policy

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County educators, parents and students are gathering together to rethink public education. "We're confronted daily by accountability requirements from the state and federal governments," said Duplin Superintendent Tommy Ben-son. "We also know there's more to education...

September bloodmobile schedule

Blood drives set for September The following is the September Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: *Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Berkeley Mall. *Sept. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at...

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Civil War program The Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site will recognize the 140th anniversary of the end of the Civil War when it presents "Through the Prism of Childhood: The Occupation of Goldsboro in 1865." The program...

Faison chooses Earth Tech for sewer design

FAISON -- The town board has chosen Earth Tech to design its sewer plans, although one commissioner was concerned that the town had not sought bids for the work. Town Commissioner Jane Hollingsworth cast the dissenting vote Wednesday night....

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Local officials keep watch on Frances

Similarities between 1996's Hurricane Fran and today's Hurricane Frances are making some people edgy. Although the National Weather Service's Tropical Prediction Center is becoming more confident that Frances will come ashore in Florida, it is also saying that any...

Everett ruled ineligible for retirement pay

Former City Attorney Harrell Everett is not eligible for state retirement pay, according to the attorney general's office. Michael Williamson, director of the retirement system, said Wednesday that the state attorney general's office agreed with his office that Everett shouldn't...

Rail route research finished, DOT says

The N.C. Department of Transportation has completed all the research it needs to pick a route for Raleigh-to-Wilmington passenger rail service, a state official said Tuesday. But the staff is still working on translating the results for DOT officials,...

Fourth-grader wins college scholarship

Meadow Lane Elementary School student Robert Ray Boyette has been picked for a $20,000 scholarship to use when he gets old enough to go to college. Robert is the 12th recipient of a scholarship established for the black fourth-grader...

Man gets what he wanted: Floor repair

A Wayne County man plagued with a sagging floor in his mobile home has dropped his lawsuit against Quality Homes, because his floor was finally repaired. James Potter said that Horton Homes, the manufacturer of the mobile home, came...

Groundbreaking for new fire station held at Seymour Johnson AFB

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base firemen will have a new and improved headquarters within the next two years. A groundbreaking ceremony for the base's new fire and crash rescue station was held today. Construction will start this month with...

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Store robbed A man and a woman robbed a check-cashing store Wednesday of an undisclosed amount of money, a Goldsboro police report said. A clerk at the Commercial Check Cashing store at 206 S. Berkeley Blvd. told police that the...

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Holiday sanitation schedule Goldsboro city offices will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday. All sanitation collection services scheduled for Monday will be collected on Wednesday. Wayne County offices will also be closed. Over the goal "Tuesdays...

Mount Olive College plans 3 new buildings

MOUNT OLIVE -- Professors huddle around a set of building plans, their eyes as wide as children's on Christmas morning. Science Professors Ollie J. Rose and Willis Brown are looking over the plans for three new buildings -- a...

Faison ready for 24-hour emergency medical coverage

FAISON -- The Faison Fire and Rescue department is ready to contract with the county for 24-hour emergency medical coverage, the second department in the county to go to paid personnel. The volunteer fire department board met Monday night...

Duplin Emergency Services office moves

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County's Emergency Services office has moved. Duplin EMS Director Curtis Brock said the new office at 114 E. Hill St. in Kenansville is perfect for what his department needs. It has much more space than the...

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

It has a great view

Pictured are the silos with a house on top at Cherry Hospital. Don Edwards, buildings manager at Cherry, has researched the history of this odd building. For more information see What's that house doing up there?...

What's that house doing up there?

The number one question posed by tour groups at Cherry Hospital is about the mystery silos with the house on top. "What's that? How'd the house get up there?" is heard often by Tanya Rollins, director of special services. The...

Bigger tax bills hit Wayne County property owners

School, football and hurricanes have already arrived. Now here comes the fourth horseman of the fall — property tax bills. The Wayne County Tax Department mailed nearly 63,000 notices Friday, so by now most people should know what they...

15 drug dealers taken off streets

Fifteen people were arrested and charged this morning for various drug offenses as a result of a nine-month undercover operation conducted by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad. "I hope this will make an impact," said Sheriff Carey Winders. The...

Counties try to shorten delays on U.S. 70

Counties along U.S. 70 East, including Wayne, are considering a proposal to spend their own money to push improvements for the highway. An informal meeting of county officials in Kinston last week resulted in a proposal that each county...

Sold-out crowd gets taste of Wayne

A near-record crowd of 1,200 people came out Tuesday to the 14th annual Taste of Wayne County to sample mouth-watering delicacies from 30 local restaurants. The people started lining up at the main gate to Seymour Johnson Air Force...

City refines ordinance that would eliminate neglected property

City officials are still working out the details of an ordinance that would require property owners in downtown Goldsboro to take steps to protect buildings from decay. If the property owner doesn't comply, a fine of $100 per day...

Many Mount Olive College students are adults

MOUNT OLIVE -- College classrooms are no longer exclusive to recent high school graduates. This year alone, nearly 2,600 students at Mount Olive College will be considered non-traditional. Those students, with a median age of 31, will not only be...

Rotary rings in 100 years

One of several gold bells making their way around the world came to Goldsboro on Tuesday. The bell signifies the ringing in of Rotary International's 100th year of service. One of the bells is currently on a tour of eastern...

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Motel standoff Goldsboro Police Chief Tim Bell said today that the motel standoff that took place on Aug. 26 is still in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Sheriff's and Police departments assisted in the arrests at...

Four new deputies added to Wayne County Sheriff's office

Four new Wayne County sheriff's deputies have graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training course at Wayne Community College. Deputies Edward Miller, Matthew Miller, Rodney Lovic and Zino Mitchell completed more than 800 hours of training in 12 months. Edward...

Ailments accumulate for Goldsboro woman; benefit planned

Janet Gooding's finger tips fell off. "It's a two-year process," she said. "It's painful when they harden." Today, when they get dry, she wears nitroglycerin strips around them to keep the blood flowing. She suffers from Raynaud's disease. Her...

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Rising river Rain from Tropical Storm Gaston is sending the Neuse River on the rise this week. The river is forecast to crest at 16.5 feet Saturday in Goldsboro. That would be 2.5 feet above the 14-foot flood stage. Structures...