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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on October 1, 2004 1:58 PM

Fair smoking

The non-smoking policy in public at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair applies only to the Power's Great American Midway employees.

It does not apply to those visiting the fair. The Midway has decided on the rule for its employees for various reasons.

Coat giveaway

The Salvation Army will be giving away coats to needy children and adults on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The giveaway will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the SalvationArmy's headquarters, 610 N. William St., Goldsboro. People wanting to get coats need to bring picture IDs and information from the Social Services department that lists members of their household or other proof of need.

The Salvation Army received a donation of more than 2,000 coats last year. Some were distributed during last December's "toy shop."

Longistics drops suit

Longistics, a Raleigh-based import and export firm, has dropped a $15 million lawsuit against the N.C. Global TransPark Authority, according to Darlene Waddell, GTP executive director.

The two sides reached an agreement over a warehouse lease, and they worked it out after several meetings ordered by Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens, she said.

Longistics was hired last year to operate the GTP's Foreign Trade Zone. The GTP Authority fired Longistics earlier this year when the company's leadership supported a plan to take away the authority's power and put it in the hands of the N.C. Division of Aviation. The agreement now allows Longistics to begin operating at the TransPark, said Ms. Waddell.

Jones wins award

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones received the 60 Plus Association's Benjamin Franklin Award for his efforts to abolish the inheritance tax.

"This is an unfair tax, and I extend my sincere gratitude to the 60 Plus Association for their attention to this important issue," said Jones, whose district includes Wayne County. "I only hope that the Senate gets this passed so we can finally repeal the death tax and Americans will no longer face a tax triggered by death."