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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....

Public records

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...

Briefly

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...