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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Community building to be razed

After several months of deliberating what should be done with the burned-out Wayne County Community Building, the building's board of directors and trustees voted unanimously today to demolish it. "I don't think we have a choice," said Trustee Ed Borden....

Third man is arrested in 2003 home invasion

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man who was wanted on charges involving the brutal home invasion of a Chinese restaurant owner and his wife and numerous armed robberies more than a year ago. Curtis Arlandea Washington, who had Hookerton and...

Support group for single fathers forms

Carlos Stanley considers himself an advocate for the little man. Out of work since February 2003, he became a single parent to 3-year-old daughter JaCoria Cox when she came to live with him in March. He learned about a support...

Juror hearing set

A hearing to determine if a juror in the first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane should be held in contempt of court was continued Monday to Dec. 13. Wayne C. Harrison, 71, of Pikeville was accused of making prejudicial...

Families of deployed Guardsmen get dinner, support, companionship

Families who are left behind while soldiers are deployed to Iraq will gather to support each other and share their thoughts on Saturday. The 230th Support Battalion Family Assistance Center in Goldsboro is sponsoring a dinner at noon at the...

Public records

3 airmen report break-ins, thefts Three airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base said they had almost $10,000 worth of property stolen over the weekend, according to law-enforcement reports. The property included $5,337 worth of Air Force camera equipment that...

Children to receive toys, gifts

Poverty's child knows the sinking feeling that follows hearing his teacher say, "You may bring one toy that you got for Christmas for Show & Tell." It was for this child that the Empty Stocking Fund was created in 1912....

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Indian culture program The Wayne County Museum will host a program on Native American culture at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Duane Everhart, an active member of the Piqua Sept Shawnee Tribe, will discuss the eastern woodlands people. The focus of...

Tips for safe holiday shopping

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, Goldsboro police are warning people not to leave valuables, including gifts, in view in their vehicles. Police Maj. M.D. Hopper said too many people leave their purses on car seats and return...

Ambulance company's bid not presented

KENANSVILLE -- Some people are upset with Duplin County officials for not presenting a private ambulance company's proposal to them. Duplin County commissioners and about 45 citizens met Monday night at James Sprunt Community College to hear a proposal by...

Local student is collegiate Heisman finalist

Will Collins, a senior at Eastern Wayne High School, was named one of 18 state finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Presented in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman Trophy, the prestigious award honors high school seniors who best...

Former high school star sentenced

A remorseful former Goldsboro High School football star admitted that he had made a terrible mistake last summer when he robbed a tire company of more than $2,400. "I'm sorry for what I did," Derontae Tremaine Lee of Central Heights...

Money sought to redevelop Cobb-Coley Lane neighborhood

Wayne County is asking the state for a $700,000 grant to improve the quality of life along Cobb-Coley Lane. The county commissioners have chosen the neighborhood, off Durham Lake Road south of Goldsboro, as the focus for a Community Development...

Monday, November 29, 2004

Seeing 'green' in the Christmas trees

News-Argus/Sam Atkins Jimmy Hinson of Teri-Jim's Christmas Trees at Dudley operates one of several Christmas tree farms in Wayne and Duplin counties now open for business. For more information see Wayne Christmas tree farmers expect good sales this holiday...

Wayne ordered to boost scores for 10th grade

Scores on 10th-grade standardized tests have kept Wayne County public schools from making federal requirements for the second year in a row, forcing the school system to shore up reading and math skills in the high schools. Last school year,...

Wayne Christmas tree farmers expect good sales this holiday season

Owners of Christmas tree farms in Wayne and Duplin counties are expecting good sales this year, even with the growing popularity of artificial trees. "Many people want a real tree," said Jimmy Hinson, co-owner of Teri-Jim's Christmas Trees at 350...

Parade week

If you love a parade, this week is for you. There are six parades between Thursday and Saturday in the Wayne County area, four of which are on Saturday. There are also three holiday concerts and the annual production of...

Kidney donor competes in marathon

A year after donating a kidney to his teen-age son, Donnell Hamilton ran in his first marathon. Hamilton, a Goldsboro firefighter, said he has felt great since the transplant and is probably more active than he was before the surgery....

Job program honored

A program to help laid-off workers find jobs in Wayne County has received a high rating and a $6,000 bonus from a regional agency. For the second year in a row, the local Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker...

Bloodmobile

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile today from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Oak Forest Road Church of Christ. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash....

Public records

Alert caller helps police arrest teens An alert neighbor's call enabled Goldsboro police on Thursday night to catch two teen-agers inside an apartment in the 900 block of Evergreen Avenue, according to a police report. The caller said she saw...

Towns reach sewer agreement

Mount Olive and Calypso town officials signed an agreement this morning, where the town of Mount Olive will provide daily maintenance on Calypso's sewer system when it goes on line. The two town boards gave their blessings to the agreement...

OPINION -- The ultimate

Leave it to California to come up with the ultimate in political correctness. It happened in the San Francisco Bay suburb of Cupertino. Fifth-grade teacher Steven Williams has been barred from sharing with his American history students any materials that...

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Soldier thanks students for letters

A shipment of letters arrived in Kirkush, Iraq, and soldiers anxiously opened them. A smile came to their faces as they read about family and friends back home and, for a moment, their fears and worries faded away. For Sgt....

Kettle drive begins

The sights and sounds of the holidays include, once again this year in Wayne County, red kettles and the chiming of bells. The Salvation Army rang in its annual red kettle drive Friday morning at 17 locations around Wayne County....

Mentoring group enlists support from churches

A Wayne County mentor program is asking churches to expand their walls and reach out to children whose parents are in prison. The Wayne County Youth Outreach Program held a meeting with church representatives Tuesday to discuss ways to support...

Volunteer opportunities

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...

Sunday Briefly

Guard to leave National Guardsmen from South Carolina left Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Friday after serving two years. The Guard arrived after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to help provide security on base. The Guardsmen were with...

Empty Stockiing Fund update

The Empty Stocking Fund is a Christmas tradition that began in Goldsboro in 1912. Every year goal has been set and met. This year's aim is to raise $33,000 by Saturday, Dec. 18. That is the day 610 excited children...

Cancer symposium to feature doctors, mother

The public is invited to a free cancer awareness symposium to hear local doctors, a victim's mother and a cancer survivor speak. Those attending can also visit informational booths. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m....

Court reports

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Patrick Ernest Borders, 43, Nahunta Road, Pikeville, possession of cocaine, mistrial declared. *Jeffrey Tyrone Davis, 33, Woodland Church Road, Dudley, breaking and entering, 10 to 12 months. *Donnie...

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Shooting A 14-year-old boy was shot Friday as he walked through the park at the Courtyard Apartments. According to the police report, the juvenile was heading towards the building numbered 200, when he saw a blue car drive by him....

Butterfield seeks landing field probe

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, whose district includes Wayne County, is calling on a federal watchdog to investigate claims that politics drove the process for choosing a site for a Naval Outlying Landing Field. "Up until now, the Navy has publicly...

Friday, November 26, 2004

Ready ... set ... shop!!!

News-Argus/Associated Press Shopping was brisk at 6:30 this morning at Target. Hundreds of people were waiting in near-freezing temperatures when the doors opened at 6. For more information see Wayne stores see big crowds on retailers' busiest day....

Wayne stores see big crowds on retailers' busiest day

Steven Bedsole has been employed at Wal-Mart for two and a half years, but this was his first time working the day after Thanksgiving. He said co-workers tried to warn him. "They told me to be prepared for a big...

Best remembered with 100,000 dollar gift to WCC

The family of Karl M. Best has presented the Foundation of Wayne Community College with a $100,000 gift in his memory. The family established the Karl M. Best Agriculture Endowment to provide scholarships for students in the college's agriculture programs....

Zoning talks stick on noise-abatement

Wayne County officials are nearly finished with a proposal to limit development in areas around Seymour Johnson Air Force Base that experience high noise or a potential for accidents. During a work session Tuesday, the county commissioners reached informal agreements...

Residents await judge's annexation decision

The sign says it all: "Waiting for Judge Crow decision." The homemade sign written in blue is beside Salem Church Road in an area the Goldsboro City Council has voted to annex. The decision the residents are awaiting is whether...

County mulls requiring tax pay-off for deed transfers

The Wayne County commissioners have decided to give more thought to making a change in deed transfers. The board has been considering asking the General Assembly for the authority to require that all property taxes be paid before a deed...

Public records

Robbery attempt Two men tried to rob a Goldsboro man after he had given them a ride Wednesday night, the Goldsboro Police Department reports. James Oliver Long Jr., 24, was leaving a club around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was...

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Swearing-in The Wayne County Board of Education will swear in three returning board members at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the board room of the administrative offices on Royall Avenue. Board members Pete Gurley, Shirley Sims and Thelma Smith won...

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Volunteers serve meals

While most of us are relaxing at home today with loved ones stuffing ourselves on turkey, candied yams and pumpkin pie, there are some people who have no relatives to share the day with and still others who don't even...

More toys stolen

The woman who grabbed expensive toys from a Toys for Tots collection box at Wal-Mart may have done the same thing at another store in Goldsboro, police said Wednesday. "Kmart also has filed a report of the same-type incident," Sgt....

Empty Stocking Fund seeks $33,000

The Empty Stocking Fund, Goldsboro's oldest charity, kicks off its 92nd year today. It was organized in 1912 by members of Goldsboro Woman's Club who were afraid that some children in the community would not receive anything for Christmas. The...

'Big Fish' picked for reading

Edward Bloom could tame giants, outfox wild dogs, and ran faster than the wind. Or so he always said. But as Bloom lies on his deathbed, his son realizes that he doesn't know his father other than through the wild...

Public records

Electrical failure caused store fire An electrical failure has been blamed for causing a fire in the Delmus Hardware building at 1003 N. Berkeley Blvd., a police official said Wednesday. Sgt. David Kelly said the fire started late Tuesday night...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Holiday lights

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Center Street was awash in Christmas lights Tuesday evening after the official lighting up ceremony. For more information see Lights Up starts holidays bright....

Charity robbed of gifts

Connie Lashmet of Toys for Tots cried all the way from Duplin County to Goldsboro's Wal-Mart when the store officials notified her that toys had been stolen from her donation box. The Wal-Mart store called her at about 2 p.m....

Lights Up starts holidays bright

Not even the "Grinch" could stop the festivity Tuesday night as downtown Goldsboro was lit up from one end of Center Street to the other in sparkling Christmas lights. Rochelle Rice, former Miss Eastern Wayne, put the crowd in the...

County proposes committee to discuss schools

The Wayne County commissioners want to meet with the Board of Education as soon as next week about the racial imbalance in central Goldsboro schools and to discuss school construction. At its meeting Tuesday, the county board voted 5-2 to...

Blaze damages Delmus' Hardware

A fire Tuesday night swept through the Delmus' Hard-ware Store at 1003 N. Berkeley Blvd. and also damaged the Goldsboro Bingo World parlor next door. The cause of the fire that resulted in at least $40,000 in damages had not...

Lane wins right to defend self

Eric Glenn Lane, accused of murdering a 5-year-old girl, will be allowed to defend himself after lawyers argued over whether he should have that right. Lane's written motion to fire his two court-appointed lawyers was allowed Tuesday by Judge D....

College honors Raper with building name

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College officials announced that a new academic building will be named after Dr. Burkette Raper and his wife, Rose. The announcement was made during a luncheon Tuesday in the Murphy Center held in Raper's honor...

Public records

Trailer theft Three men were arrested before dawn today by Wayne County authorities and charged with stealing a utility trailer in Goldsboro. The trailer was returned to the owner before he knew that it had been taken. William Ray Montague...

Symphoney brings Christmas spirit to Wayne

It's a pleasure to listen to good Christmas music at home, but that doesn't compare to hearing it live. On Tuesday night, a full house at the Paramount Theatre had the chance to get into the spirit of the season...

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Severe weather Central North Carolina, including Wayne County, is under a slight risk for severe weather late this afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Raleigh, there is a potential for strong thunderstorms as well as tornadoes as a...

Wayne Community trustees named

Joanne J. Roberts, a co-owner of Pride House Realty, and Robert W. Strickland, president of Strickland Insurance Group Inc., have been named to the Wayne Community College board of trustees. Mrs. Roberts was appointed by the governor to a two-year...

Commissioner Flowers bids good-bye to board

Arnold Flowers, sometimes controversial, always outspoken, said his good-byes Tuesday to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. A commissioner for the last four year, Flowers is the only person leaving the board after this month. He chose not to run...

CDs received by school system

The Wayne County public schools received $35,000 worth of music CDs this week that will be used as instructional materials for students. As part of an antitrust settlement reached between attorneys general of 50 states and several music distributors in...

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Leaves get more attention than litter with vacuum

Goldsboro is using its custom-made litter vacuum machine as a traditional leaf collector. And unless the city gets specific complaints, the trash lining the sides of the road will have to stay there until spring. "During this time we're only...

Wayne public schools ready to launch new $200,000 emergency call system

Wayne County public schools are ready to use a new $200,000 a year emergency call system, which officials say is designed to improve communication with parents. The school board approved the Honeywell Instant Alert System several months ago. A contract...

Three Wayne residents honored at farm-city event

Three people were honored Monday during the annual Farm-City Banquet. Inductees into the Agriculture Hall of Fame were the late Michael E. Regans and David John Overman. And, Deborah M. Ballance was named Outstanding Woman in Agriculture. Inductees into the...

Rouse named new president of James Sprunt College

KENANSVILLE -- Dr. Lawrence L. Rouse, former dean of student services at Johnston Community College, is the new president at James Sprunt Community College. On Jan. 4, he will replace Dr. Mary Wood, who is retiring. "He has great qualifications...

Duplin will get helicopter flights for some patients

KENANSVILLE -- If you're seriously injured in Duplin County after mid-December, a helicopter could be heading toward you at the same time as the nearest ambulance. The program is called auto-launch, and it is designed to get people fast to...

Passenger in serious condition

LaGRANGE -- Beatrice Bryant of Herbert Street in Goldsboro was listed in serious condition this morning at Pitt Memorial Hospital, recuperating from injuries from a car crash Friday that took the life of one woman. Florence White of Marvin Street,...

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Drug charges A 20-year-old Goldsboro man was arrested Monday night during a traffic stop by Goldsboro police and charged with three felony drug offenses. Demetrius Montray Kornegay of Devereaux Street was charged with trafficking in cocaine by possession, by sale...

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Trash, office schedule Goldsboro city and Wayne County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Schools will be out Wednesday through Friday. Trash pickup scheduled in Goldsboro for Thursday or Friday will be picked up...

Schools schedule two concerts

Wayne County public schools will hold two holiday concerts this year to accommodate the crowds. Performances will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 2, both at Dillard Middle School at 7 p.m. The choral showcase, which began...

State transportation department travel update

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the N.C. Department of Transportation says it is working to ensure that motorists are safe during their travels through the state. Most work zones on interstate and U.S. routes will be inactive during the Thanksgiving...

Monday, November 22, 2004

Honoring John Allen Farfour

News-Argus/Barbara Arntsen John Allen Farfour, left, and Goldsboro Mayor Al King on the newly dedicated tennis courts at Herman Park. For more information see "Mr. Tennis" honored....

"Mr. Tennis" honored

It may take John Allen Farfour a little longer to walk out on the tennis courts these days, but his swing is still as strong as ever. The man known as "Mr. Tennis" was honored Sunday when the refurbished tennis...

Commissioners to resume base zoning talks

After a three-month hiatus, the Wayne County commissioners will resume talks Tuesday about increased zoning and tougher building standards in high-noise areas. The commissioners have called a work session on the proposal to zone or rezone around 26 square miles...

Boy raises prize pig

Waking up early on Oct. 15, Douglas Williams was confident that his hard work and dedication would pay off. He had put 162 pounds on his hog, and it was at the State Fair waiting for him to present to...

Former MOC head receives honorary alumni award

MOUNT OLIVE -- This year's recipient of the Honorary Alumni Award was at Mount Olive College for half a century and never took a class. "You haven't complained about cafeteria food," said Gary Barefoot, chairman of the alumni award recognition...

Lane wants to fire lawyers, defend himself

Eric Glenn Lane, accused of murdering a 5-year-old girl, will return to court Tuesday to find out if he can defend himself. For the second time, the 33-year-old Lane asked to fire his court-appointed lawyers, Edwin L. West III of...

Public records

Break-ins A 34-year-old Goldsboro man was arrested Sunday by Goldsboro police and charged with seven felony offenses in connection with larcenies and other misdemeanors after an anonymous call to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers. Anthony Lacel Battle was wanted on charges...

OPINION -- Wore Out

GOOSE CREEK ISLAND -- Rummaging through the jumble of the disorganized "library" of my camp to find something to read -- make that "re-read," I came across a yellowed copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. It was yellowed, tattered, brittle...

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Wayne college president wins state recognition

RALEIGH -- Wayne Community College President Ed Wilson has been nominated for the N.C. Community College System President of the Year award each year since the honor was introduced in 2001. The fourth time's the charm. Surrounded by a contingent...

NAACP honors Manetta Stovall for her dedication to community

Manetta Cox Stovall was honored Saturday night by the Wayne County branch of the NAACP. The award was presented at the organization's Freedom Fund Banquet in honor of Mrs. Stovall's commitment to education, community and church. Mrs. Stovall was a...

'Booze It, Lose It' returns for holidays

The upcoming four-day Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the long year-end holiday season. This year law-enforcement officers also will observe the 10th anniversary of the statewide "Booze It and Lose It" campaign to reduce drunken driving during the same...

New Hispanic community center already a busy place

In just a few months, organizers of an agency to help Hispanics in Wayne County say they are seeing results. The Hispanic Community Devel-opment Center is teaching Mexican parents to speak English, forging ties with South American countries, and trying...

Shooting victim was Dudley man

DUDLEY -- A man who was fatally shot Friday, then drove away and crashed into a home has been identified as 37-year-old Johnny Ray Walston of 842 Genoa Road, Dudley. Wayne County Sheriff's Capt. George Raecher said Walston had been...

Imaginations transform trash into ornaments

More than 150 kids turned trash into treasure last week for Keep Wayne County Beautiful's annual recycled ornament contest. "Each year the kids get more and more creative," said Simonne Cato. "Their imaginations are wonderful." Ms. Cato is the director...

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MOC choir to perform The Mount Olive College Concert Choir will present its annual fall concert on Dec. 3 in Mount Olive. The performance is free to the public and begins at 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 300...

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Two people shot A woman and a man were wounded Friday night in separate shootings, according to Goldsboro police reports. No arrests have been made. The victims, Renea Monique Smith, 24, of Frank Street and Antwon Battle, 20, of Fussell...

Friday, November 19, 2004

Shooting in Dudley

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards Authorities said a man was found shot to death in this truck after it smashed into a house at Ruskin and Outlaw roads in southern Wayne County. His identity had not been divulged today because his family...

Hornburg and BRAC chiefs announce retirements

With the new term for President George W. Bush have come more changes in the nation's capital that will affect the Air Force. Gen. Hal Hornburg has announced his retirement as Air Combat Command commander. Hornburg is a former 4th...

City will use high tech to plot map of new sewer system

Goldsboro will soon use high technology to plot and maintain its sewer system. City Council members voted Monday to spend $323,450 to create a map of Goldsboro's sewer system that would use global positioning satellites, or GPS. GPS is a...

City employees can collect for good suggestions

City employees can now get paid for good suggestions. Several months ago Councilman Bob Waller suggested the idea of asking for employees' input on how to handle the city's trash problem. Tasha Logan, assistant to the city manager, developed the...

Madison's bought by Fletcher House, to be a sport bar

Madison's Prime Rib and Steak has a new owner and is now called Fletcher's. Fletcher House, owner, took over the restaurant on Sept. 1 from its previous owner, Kathy Myers, and changed the name on Thursday. The restaurant offers steak,...

Public records

Toddler identified The 2-year-old boy killed last weekend by a single gunshot wound was identified Thursday by Goldsboro police as Antwoine Mayo Jr. of Andrews Avenue. The circumstances surrounding the death, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, are still...

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Lights Up downtown Goldsboro's Christmas lights will be turned on by Mayor Al King in a special "lights up" celebration Tuesday at 5 p.m. All the decorative lights, including those on the holly trees on Center Street and the traffic...

Wayne Partnership for Children gets $2,000 grant

The Wayne County Partnership for Children has received a $2,000 grant from Target stores to fund the Multicultural Arts for Tots program. The program introduces art to preschool children. The program features artists and groups performing music, dance and other...

Kenansville was site of Civil War sword maker

KENANSVILLE -- The Civil War Trail is leading tourists to Kenansville. The historical trail markers at the intersection of N.C. 11 and 903 show where the Confederate Arms Factory made weapons and other supplies for the Confederate armies. Historian Franklin...

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Downtown decorations

Bobby Williams Downtown Goldsboro has taken on its familiar Christmas look as festive decorations drape over Walnut Street. This photo was taken in early-morning light today. The decorations and the trees on Center Street will come to life with...

Donations help Salvation Army recover from theft

Ten days after its warehouse was raided by thieves, the Salvation Army is restocking the shelves in its food pantry. Immediately after news reports Friday about the theft, people began showing up at the Salvation Army with food, Capt. John...

Flu clinic praised for efficiency

The Wayne County Health Department's second flu clinic went much smoother than expected, thanks to measures to streamline the time spent waiting in line. Josa Raynor-Vaughn, communicable disease program manager, credited health workers with making revisions that better accommodated the...

Historical Association needs money and members

A lack of money and manpower continue to be a concern of the Wayne County Historical Association, and both are necessary to keep it and the Wayne County Museum going, says the association's president. "We want to maintain our mission,...

Health Department plans teen Web site

A Web site for and about Wayne County teens is being studied by the county Board of Health, with hopes to launch it publicly soon. Carolyn King, health education supervisor, said the Health Department staff has been developing the idea...

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Holiday Planner Today's print edition of the News-Argus includes the Holiday Planner. The annual guide provides information on local holiday events, ideas for gifts and other information. Seven Springs parade The Seven Springs Christmas parade will be at 3 p.m....

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Thefts Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *A gold herringbone necklace, a shotgun, 15 compact discs and cosmetics were stolen between Wednesday and dawn today from a home in the 400 block of Summerlin Drive, sheriff's deputies said....

Hospital wins advertising awards

Wayne Memorial Hospital has received two gold awards and one silver award for its efforts to promote the hospital in the community. The "Wallie Awards" were presented during the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society's annual conference in Charleston,...

Bills will help veterans, says Jones

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones and the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass three bills to improve veteran's health programs and benefits, Jones said. The bills were all previously amended and passed by the Senate and were passed by...

Officer promoted

Dwayne Bevell, a Goldsboro police officer, has been promoted to corporal, Chief Tim Bell announced Wednesday. Bevell joined the department on Aug. 8, 1998. He and his wife attend Providence United Methodist Church. Bevell also has received the advanced certificate...

Duplin General Hospital announces deal with ECU system

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin General Hospital has chosen University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, based in Greenville, to assist with management consulting services, strategic planning and other services with the goal of better, more efficient health care for residents in Duplin...

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Large shops planned for Berkeley Blvd.

Plans are under way for a large shopping center on Berkeley Boulevard. The development would have 137,764 square feet of floor space and 551 parking spaces. The Goldsboro Planning Department has received site plans for "Goldsboro Commons" to be built...

County considers housing code for rural areas

Wayne County officials are considering whether to adopt minimum housing standards for the first time in rural areas. Talks are still in the preliminary stages, but if the county does so, it will gain the ability to condemn dilapidated housing...

Parents to get report cards on schools

Report cards on how the schools are doing were mailed this week to parents across the state, including those in Wayne County. This is the fourth year for the state-generated report card designed to serve as a snapshot of how...

Fremont board approves radio station tower

FREMONT -- Fremont now has its own radio station. But the station, WFWC-LP, broadcasting on 99.3 FM from the Fremont United Methodist Church, will have an expanded listening audience in a few months for its programs of church services, music...

Fremont to apply for $620,000 grant

FREMONT -- The Fremont town board agreed to seek a $620,000 grant to remove dilapidated homes on Black Street. The town's share would be $35,000 over three years. David Harris, the town's grant project manager from R.S.M. Harris Associates of...

Duplin has full EMS staff

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin Emergency Medical Services Director Curtis Brock has hired the rest of the employees needed to provide countywide emergency medical service. The county has 34 paramedics, 17 EMTs at intermediate level and four basic EMTs. "We have our...

Secretary of Air Force resigns

Secretary James G. Roche today submitted his resignation as Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Roche had advised Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in early October of his intention to complete his service at the end of the first Bush administration....

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Sirens on base Residents and others near Seymour Johnson Air Force Base have been hearing lots of noise. But it's nothing to be alarmed about. The base is conducting training exercises, said 1st Lt. Tana Stevenson with the base's public...

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Robbery Goldsboro police Investigator Dale Foster has charged Dwayne Lee Hardy of Goldsboro with robbery with a dangerous weapon. These charges are in reference to a robbery in the 300 block of Brownrigg Street on Nov. 2. Three people were...

Teachers get grants for innovation

Lauri Drosendahl's home school has expanded along with her family. She began teaching when her first child turned 4. Rachel is now 14 and has seven siblings, the youngest being a year old. This morning, Mrs. Drosendahl was presented one...

Local digest

Hospice to hold open house Home Health and Hospice Care Inc. will hold an open house Thursday in Goldsboro. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive. State Sen. John Kerr and...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Surprise visitors

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Not much in nature is more beautiful than a pink flamingo, and some people like to stake artificial ones in their yards to pretty the place up. On the other hand, some don't. But, as with Barbara...

Hospital expects to add 53 jobs in coming year

The new chief financial officer at Wayne Memorial Hospital says she sees a healthy growth spurt for the hospital in 2005, with 53 new jobs to be added. Becky Craig has replaced Micheal Lucas, who retired. She said the ground...

Grant sought to buy land near base

The Goldsboro City Council voted Monday to apply for a $6 million grant that would restore acres of wetlands and protect the base from development. In July, the city and county were approved to receive a $1.7 million grant from...

Two Goldsboro High students nominated for national award

Two Goldsboro High School students have been nominated for the national Wendy's High School Heisman Award. Presented in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman Trophy, it honors the high school seniors who best exemplify the combination of citizenship, scholastics and athletics....

City to get bus riders out of the weather

The Goldsboro Wayne Transportation Authority voted Monday to buy up to 12 bus shelters from a Michigan company. They will be used by the patrons of the Gateway bus system. A need for shelters at various bus stops has been...

Toddler dies from gunshot

A 2-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday night in his home on South Best Street, Goldsboro police said today. Police Sgt. David Kelly would not identify either the victim or the shooter who is believed to be a juvenile....

Flu clinic

Wayne County Health Director James Roosen said that in the first hour of today's flu clinic, 130 of the 600 doses had been given. Roosen said he expected the supply would be out by day's end. The vaccines were being...

Soldiering, then and now, compared

When Matt Marino and Dominic N. Pietrangelo of Goldsboro got together recently they talked about wars -- the war in Iraq, which Marino is in, and the Revolutionary War, which Pietrangelo re-enacts. Specialist Marino with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry...

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$41,000 to fight crime The annual Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers telethon raised $40,712 over the weekend. The agency's law-enforcement coordinator, Sgt. Dot Ardes, said the total was about $10,000 more than last year. "Everyone worked hard and did a wonderful...

Thoroughfare VFD gets better improves rating

For the first time since it was established in the early 1980s, the Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department has earned an insurance rating better than the minimum. The result may be a savings of 15 to 20 percent next year in...

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Man gets life for killing grandmother KENANSVILLE -- A 30-year-old man was sentenced Monday in Duplin County Superior Court to life in prison after pleading guilty to the stabbing death of his grandmother. James Christopher Miller was charged with the...

Planning ordinance to be reviewed

After more than a year, the Goldsboro City Council will soon be ready to hear comments about the proposed zoning ordinance from the public. Goldsboro council members spent almost two hours Monday reviewing the latest changes to the document. Planning...

Adding barbecue to Feast in the East worked well

Adding its annual pig cook-off to Feast in the East activities worked well for the Arts Council of Wayne County. A profit of more than $4,000 was made from the barbecue meals the organization sold. The Arts Council's board of...

Monday, November 15, 2004

Fire destroys two motel rooms

A fire destroyed two rooms at the Best Western this morning, but a fire official was happy that the damage wasn't worse. The Goldsboro Fire De-partment was dispatched at 10:30 a.m. to the motel on U.S. 70 West in Goldsboro....

Record amount of electronics gets junked

Keep Wayne County Beautiful broke its own record Saturday, collecting almost 45,000 pounds of old electronics for recycling. "The most we ever collected before was around 30,000 pounds," said Simonne Cato, executive director of KWCB. Franklin Smith, owner of Franklin's...

Wayne Community College youth program recognized

The Wayne Community College Workforce Investment Act Out-of-School Youth Program has been recognized as outstanding for the third time in four years. The program earned honors and a $3,000 award for outstanding performance from the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board,...

WCC art for exhibit due this week

Artwork for consideration in the 2005 N.C. Community College Art Exhibit is due this week. Wayne Community College alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to submit entries by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Work is being sought from all 59 schools...

Public records

Five hurt in wrecks Five people were injured and damages were estimated at $49,000 in six recent traffic collisions in Wayne County. •Damages were estimated at $5,000 in a three-vehicle collision at 3:58 a.m. Sunday on Slaughter Street near...

OPINION -- No single key

The State of Ohio provided the “decisive” vote in the re-election of President George Bush. Four years ago it was Florida. And almost immediately last week there was the observation that the “deciding votes” were cast by “Christian conservatives”...

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Teachers see need to take Chinese classes

The number of Chinese-speaking students in Wayne County public schools has more than doubled since last year. So many have come in that the school system is providing teachers with classes in conversational Chinese. Hope Meyerhoeffer, director of the English...

Spanish classes are no easy 'A' for Spanish speaking students

Ruben Ponce was born in the United States and speaks both English and Spanish. He thought taking high school Spanish would be an "easy A," but that has not been the case. Despite being able to speak the language, the...

Local Guard may return in January

From AP and staff reports A National Guard unit, whose 5,000 members include Wayne County residents, is expected to return from Iraq by the end of January, the nation's top Army National Guard official said. The 30th Heavy Separate Brigade,...

Remembering the 'Merryfield baby'

Eighteen years after being born at Wayne Memorial Hospital, LaNell Merryfield didn't expect to be recognized when she toured the nursery as part of clinical training with her high school class. But she was. Nurse Gray Eason said she only...

Wayne leaders urged to help fight teen pregnancy

Statistics flew fast and furious about teen sex, causing a range of reactions for the audience of Wayne County officials. Dena Whitley, a counselor with Wayne County public schools, said that from 2000 to 2002, 694 babies were born to...

City to once again tackle zoning

By BARBARA ARNTSEN News-Argus Staff Writer On Monday morning the Goldsboro City Council will once again begin discussions about its proposed zoning ordinance. The ordinance has hovered at the completion stage several times over the past year and a half,...

Correction

Correction Mt. Olive Pickle Co., E.J. Pope & Son and Southern Bank have pledged a total of $35,000 over the next three years to the new Boys & Girls Club of Mount Olive. It was mistakenly reported Tuesday that each...

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...

Wayne County Court News

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *William Arthur Smith, 37, Annie's Avenue, Dudley, second-degree burglary and indecent liberties with a child, 19 to 23 months. *Shontionne Darden, 19, Royal Circle, Mount Olive, possession of...

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600 flu shots A total of 600 flu shots will be available at the Wayne County Health Department to individuals considered high risk beginning Tuesday. Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. People planning to attend are asked...

Public Record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Emery Ray Auvil, 42, of the 2100 block of Indian Springs Road in Mount Olive, was accidentally shot on Friday near the right knee when his shotgun fell off his tractor...

GFD answers 189 calls

The Goldsboro Fire Department responded to 189 fire or service calls in October, including fires at the Family YMCA and three other buildings. The four major fires caused an estimated $341,000 in damages, Chief Bobby Greenfield wrote in his monthly...

Goldsboro City Council to meet Monday

The Goldsboro City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall. The following items are on the agenda: *A public hearing regarding the city's installment purchase contract to finance City Hall improvements. *A request from a citizen to...

Friday, November 12, 2004

Empty shelves

News-Argus/Matt Shaw A break-in at the Salvation Army's warehouse has depleted its food pantry, heading into its busiest time of the year. For more information see Grinches steal Christmas food from charity....

Grinches steal Christmas food from charity

Food intended for the holiday tables of the needy was stolen last weekend from the Salvation Army's Goldsboro warehouse. Thieves broke in and took three barrels of canned food, plus turkey breasts and other meat from several chest freezers. The...

Veterans appreciate local parade

Steve Ludwig stood on the side of Center Street wearing a hat with an American Flag design on it. A sense of pride and excitement filled his face as he awaited the arrival of his daughter, who was participating in...

Crime Stoppers telethon this weekend

Get your checkbook out and your telephone ready this weekend to request your favorite local music videos. The 19th annual Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers telethon will be aired from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to...

Man travels across United States taking pig pickings all the way

Steve Shafer pulls out a map of the United States and traces the red line stretching from North Carolina to Colorado, up to Washington and down through Texas. "That was our route," Shafer said. "We drove 18,000 miles." Shafer, and...

Public records

Four hurt in wrecks Four people were injured and damages were estimated at $12,300 in three traffic collisions in Goldsboro, police reported. *A driver was injured and damages were estimated at $5,000 in a two-car crash at 2 a.m. today...

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'Julius Caesar' The Saturday afternoon performance of "Julius Caesar" will be at 3 p.m., not 2 p.m., in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. Other performances are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for the public...

Pikeville cuts contracts to proceed with sewer plant

PIKEVILLE -- The town board has taken the next step toward building a new sewage treatment plant by cutting the contract prices by about $1.4 million to meet the project's budget. The board adopted a resolution Thursday that tentatively awards...

Thursday, November 11, 2004

WWII pilot recalls service on Veterans Day

The sub-zero temperatures of Iceland stand out in the mind of former pilot Ken Collings. Collings, now a retired colonel, was assigned to Iceland with the U.S. Army Air Corps' 33rd Fighter Squadron in September 1944 during World War II....

City begins to enforce neglect ordinance

Putting off roof repairs or ignoring the peeling paint on your house may earn you some unwanted attention from the city. That's because Goldsboro's Inspection Department has begun its enforcement of the "demolition by neglect" ordinance passed by the council...

Company buys Honda dealership

Goldsboro Honda, a corporation formed this month, purchased Courtesy Honda on Tuesday. Matt Harper, general manager and partner, and Chris Doherty, partner, purchased Courtesy Honda from the Leith family. Doherty owns two other dealerships -- Lumberton Honda in North Carolina...

Local officials push for rail

RALEIGH -- North Carolina could never build enough roads to eliminate traffic congestion, a Goldsboro businessman told a legislative committee Wednesday. "The highway building frenzy that began at the end of World War II has not accomplished its objectives," Sandy...

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NAACP Veterans program is Sunday The Goldsboro-Wayne branch of the NAACP will hold its second annual Veterans Recognition Program on Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. at the Dillard-Goldsboro Alumni Cultural Center, 801 Poplar St. The program is free and open...

Arrests lead to long sentences in Duplin

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said Wednesday that four of the drug cases he turned over to the U.S. Attorney General's Office have received lengthy sentences. The sentences were meted out Tuesday in federal court in Raleigh: *Jerome...

Four charged with drugs in Duplin

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace announced Wednesday that deputies confiscated drugs and cash from four people after traffic stops last week. Three men, two of them brothers, and a woman were stopped and arrested on drug charges. Three...

Artist to sign book

Artist Robert F. Irwin will be in Wayne County on Sunday to sign copies of his coffee table book, "Robert F. Irwin 40 Years." The signing will be from 2 until 4 p.m. in the conference room gallery at the...

Public records

Wanted Goldsboro police are seeking information on the location of two men who are wanted on felony charges. Dwayne Lee Hardy, 20, is being sought on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sale and delivery of...

Mt. Olive seeks parade entries

MOUNT OLIVE -- Entries are being accepted for Mount Olive's annual Christmas parade, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Henderson Street and Breazeale Avenue. Prizes...

Teen indicted for assault charge

A Goldsboro teen-ager has been indicted on an assault charge after a stabbing, and two men have been indicted on multiple sex offenses. The indictments were three of the 33 true bills handed up by the Wayne County Grand Jury...

Emma Ward is new Seven Springs mayor

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Emma Ward is officially the mayor of Seven Springs. As mayor pro tem, she had been filling in since Jewel Kilpatrick resigned as mayor in August. At first, the town board didn't want to accept the resignation...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Judge considers moving Lane trial

When a jury is assembled again to hear the murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane, the panel might come from another county or the trial might be moved from Goldsboro. Judge D. Jack Hooks of Whiteville suggested Tuesday to the...

Three stores robbed in one night

Gunmen have robbed two convenience stores and a drive-in restaurant in Wayne County, escaping with small amounts of cash, according to reports filed with authorities. An armed man robbed The Pantry at 1908 U.S. 117 South and two clerks before...

It's over! -- No election outcomes change

The Wayne County Board of Elections and Elections Director Gary Sims read the final numbers back and forth to each other Tuesday morning, double-checking for any error. The totals in race for the commissioners' at-large seat never varied. It was...

New movie theater to open Nov. 19

Goldsboro's new 12-screen theater will open next week, just in time for the Thanksgiving blockbusters. Late last year United Entertainment Corp. announced its intentions to build a movie theater at the same time that All Star Entertainment said it was...

Parade to honor veterans

A parade Thursday to honor and remember all of the men and women who have fought for the United States will involve many area organizations. The annual Wayne County Veterans Day Parade will be at 11 a.m. beginning at the...

Torhunta Scout District presents top award

Wayne County Boy Scout leaders Jill Sneed and Bruce Kearney have received Torhunta District's Award of Merit. It is the highest honor a Boy Scout district can give to its volunteers. Cub Scout Pack 22 provided the opening and closing...

Commissioners set septic-tank finder's fee

Wayne County inspectors will now find most septic tanks and drainage fields for a flat $50 fee. The county commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to offer the new service. The work will be done by the environmental health inspectors on request...

Byrd and student to trade places

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dr. J. William Byrd, president of Mount Olive College, will trade places with a student next week. They'll make the switch on Wednesday, Nov. 17, as part of the college's buildup to Alumni Weekend. Byrd will don...

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Holiday closings Wayne County schools and government offices will be closed Thursday in honor of Veterans Day. Public school teachers will have a workday. The Wayne County landfill and county dump sites will also be closed. Normal government and school...

Barber to speak at Greensboro march

A Goldsboro pastor will be one of the featured speakers during the 25th anniversary Truth and Reconciliation March in Greensboro this weekend. The event is to remember the shooting of Communist Worker Party members by Ku Klux Klan members. The...

Public records

Drug charges A 12th person sought in a two-month undercover drug campaign was arrested Tuesday by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad. Valerie May Hinnant, 32, of Pou Street was charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine, sale cocaine and...

Calypso board member resigns

CALYPSO -- Dick Lewis has resigned from the Calypso town board. Lewis was elected to the town board in November 2003 following a two terms as mayor. He could not be reached for comment this week. Last week, he resigned...

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Counting the votes

News-Argus/Matt Shaw Wayne County Elections Board members -- from left, Joe Daughtery, Geoff Hulse and Chester Beverly -- review provisional ballots Monday night. For more information see Price, Gray win commissioner seats....

Price, Gray win commissioner seats

A count of Wayne County's provisional ballots shows that Atlas Price will keep his seat on the Board of Commissioners, and Bud Gray will join him as a new member. That means the Democrats will have a five-vote majority on...

Judge disbands jury in Lane trial

The first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane, accused of killing a 5-year-old girl, was stopped Monday before it was ever started in Wayne County Superior Court. Judge D. Jack Hooks of Whiteville stopped jury selection after determining that the...

Dump site planned Saturday for electronics

Ready to get rid of those old computers, televisions or other electronic gadgets? Instead of throwing them away, Keep Wayne County Beautiful is urging Wayne County residents to save them until Saturday. KWCB is holding its fall electronics recycling day...

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Flu-shot clinic The Wayne County Health Department has acquired another 600 flu vaccines and will offer a flu shot clinic next week. The vaccines will be available to individuals considered high risk. Clinic hours will begin Tuesday, Nov. 16, from...

It's official -- North Carolina to get Dell plant

RALEIGH (AP) -- Dell Inc. said today that it would build a manufacturing plant in North Carolina, employing 1,500 people within five years to produce desktop computers. The plant is scheduled to open in the fall of 2005 at a...

Zealy Receives WCC President's Award

Dr. James R. Zealy has been recognized for his work for his community, profession and the college with the Wayne Community College President's Award for Distinguished Service. In a ceremony honoring the retired Goldsboro dentist, Zealy was lauded by representatives...

Public records

Plot to rob store foiled; 5 arrested Five people were arrested Monday by Goldsboro police, foiling a plan to rob a store in the Pinewood Square shopping center on North Spence Avenue. Police had been investigating an alleged first-degree burglary,...

Nomadic volunteers help Faison flood victim rebuild

FAISON -- Methodist volunteers are in town this week building a house to replace Patricia Moore's home that was damaged in 1999 by Hurricane Floyd. She has been spending time with her son out of state, said Nelson Davenport, materials...

New, improved Boys and Girls Club opens in Mt. Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Multi-colored walls, game tables and "break-out rooms" welcomed dignitaries who came Monday to the dedication of the new Boys & Girls Club on Breazeale Avenue. The Mount Olive Boys & Girls Club is a satellite of the...

Duplin group concerned about trash contract

FAISON -- An environmental group will ask the Duplin County commissioners Monday why they voted earlier this month to pursue a 10-year contract with Waste Industries for landfill space. The county commissioners voted last week to not build a landfill...

'Homecoming' captures family life in '30s

Center Stage Theatre gave its audience a look at the trials and triumphs of a Depression-era family in its production of "The Homecoming." This is the drama that led to the creation of the television series "The Waltons." Cathy Stelly,...

'Chicken Soup' contributor gives motivational speech to base

An internationally known motivational speaker encouraged airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to look within themselves to find the keys to success. "Before we can make the team better we have to make ourselves better," said Dan Clark, one...

Monday, November 8, 2004

Wings over Wayne

Bobby Williams The Thunderbirds fly over the crowd at Wings over Wayne. For more information see Air Show thrills 70,000....

Air Show thrills 70,000

The sound of freedom -- as secured by the U.S. Air Force -- roared loud and long Sunday at the 2004 Wings Over Wayne Air Show. An estimated 70,000 people attended the event at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The...

Wayne's vote count hits delay

The Wayne County Board of Elections is facing some early morning work to finish the count from Tuesday's election and decide two county commissioner races. The Elections Board had expected to begin ruling this morning on 2,424 provisional ballots. The...

Public records

Two men held up at gunpoint Two men were robbed in separate weekend holdups, according to Goldsboro police reports. Elwood Bryant, 51, told police that a man came to his home on Central Heights Road at about 9 p.m. Sunday...

OPINION -- Good reading

Many years ago, a Chamber of Commerce committee composed of representatives of Wayne County's major employers was making its annual pilgrimage to Washington. The trips were to exchange views and concerns with our congressional delegation. On this particular trip, Lawson...

"Politics of International Trade" lecture set at Wayne Community

"The Politics of International Trade" will be the topic of discussion for the final "Lunch and Learn" in this year's series. The lecture and discussion will be held from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Wayne...

Commissioners return to light agenda

After a month off, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners reconvenes Tuesday with a light agenda. The commissioners are scheduled to set the fee for a new service. The county plans to allow its environmental health inspectors to locate existing...

MOC events

Parent's Weekend to be held MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will hold its annual "Parent's Weekend" on Nov. 19-21. All parents of current Mount Olive College students are encouraged to attend. This event is being held in conjunction with...

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Review of ballots to begin Monday

The Wayne County Board of Elections plans to begin its review of 2,424 absentee ballots at 9 a.m. Monday. The board's chairman, Geoff Hulse, said Friday morning that the election staff had already researched 600 of the ballots. Work continued...

Tennis courts to be named after Farfour

A year-long quest to honor the achievements of John Allen Farfour will come to fruition on Nov. 21 when the tennis courts at Herman Park are named after him. In October 2003, the Goldsboro Tennis Association sent a letter to...

Aycock student sings with Clay

Casey Sutton called her marketing teacher a "Clay Aiken psycho" because of her avid following of the American Idol singer. But it paid off when Tammy Vail marketed the Charles B. Aycock High School junior right on stage with Aiken...

Lane trial takes another bizarre turn

The first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane took another bizarre twist in Wayne County Superior Court on Friday. One day after a prospective alternate juror was questioned about prejudicial comments in the jury room, the 33-year-old Lane spent most...

Winkie Lee column -- Farewell to a friend

It does not matter how much you try, you cannot be fully prepared for the death of someone you care about. The call came on Tuesday morning. After a brave battle with cancer, my friend Ed Hogan had died. He...

Reporter has fun in the C-17

It was like riding roller coaster that dropped so fast it put your stomach into your mouth and then stopped so quickly that you felt like your body was being left behind. These sensations were part of a practice fight...

Wine tasting for Habitat

The 10th Annual Benefit Tasting of Wines and silent auction will be held Saturday to help Habitat for Humanity build a house. The wine tasting is sponsored by Healthabit Natural Foods and Wines and Billie's Restaurant. This year's event will...

Wayne men & women in the military

Charity McPhail Petty Officer 2nd Class Charity McPhail is serving aboard the Navy's newest sea warrior, USS Chung-Hoon, homeported in Hawaii. The sailor, who enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Goldsboro High School in 1996, is among the ship's...

Where to volunteer

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...

Helping the folks in Haywood County

HAYWOOD COUNTY -- Clouds block the stars and moonlight, and the mountains make a black ridge against the sky. Little can be seen beyond the headlights on the dirt driveway. All week we had heard that leaves would be at...

Sunday Briefly

Veterans Day Parade The annual Wayne County Veteran's Day Parade will be Thursday at 11 a.m. It will begin at the 200 block of South Center Street. It is being sponsored by the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition. Applications...

A review of Milo Batista concert

Oh, to have the energy and lung power of Milo Batista! The musician and his family entertained a Wayne County audience Thursday night at Dillard School when Wayne Community Concerts presented the second performance of its 2004-05 season. Batista played...

Public Record

Indecent liberties Bobby Lee Boseman, Courtyard Circle, was arrested Saturday by Investigators Dale Foster and Trey Ball of the Goldsboro police department's criminal investigation division. Boseman was charged with indecent liberties with a child and second-degree kidnapping. He is accused...

Eight earn Detention Officer Certification

Eight students have successfully completed detention officer certification training at Wayne Community College and passed the state certification exam. Blair Pate, Regina Pearson, and Milagros Diaz, all of Goldsboro, David Grady of Grantham, Kari Darden and Ray Johnson of Wayne...

District Court news

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Jamaine Mills, 28, North Carolina Street, injury to personal property, 34 days. *Danny Fowler, 42, Simmons Street, larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia, 30 days. *Altron Lanier Hayes, 21,...

Council to interview candidates

The Goldsboro City Council will interview five candidates for the city manager position this week. City Manager Richard Slozak will retire Dec. 30, after working for the city for 33 years. The interviews will begin Monday and conclude Friday, and...

Hiking the Applachian Trail

He had felt something was missing. There had to be more to the world than stores, law offices and skyscrapers. So he hiked 2,174 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Larry Filion Jr., who lives in upstate New York, is the...

Friday, November 5, 2004

Honoring industry

News-Argus/Sam Atkins Pate Dawson Co. was named Industry of the Year, and Tony Worrell of Wayco Ham Co. was named Industrialist of the Year. From left are Jimmie Ford, chairman of the Wayne County Economic Development Commission; Mike Pate...

Wayne juror accused of breaking vow of silence

A 71-year-old prospective juror vehemently denied Thursday that he had made prejudicial comments in the jury pool room about a possible punishment for a man accused of murdering a child. Wayne Harrison of Pikeville was threatened with a sentence of...

City attorney will fight retirement-pay denial

Former Goldsboro City Attorney Harrell Everett will appeal the state's decision to deny him retirement benefits. Michael Williamson, director of the state's retirement system, said Thursday that Everett had informed his office before the Nov. 1 deadline of his intention...

Top industry and industrialist named

Pate Dawson Co. was named Thursday as Wayne County's Industry of the Year. And Tony Worrell Jr., president of Wayco Ham, was named Industrialist of the Year. The awards were presented at the Economic Development Commission's annual celebration, held at...

Magistrate appointment OK'd

The hiring of Patricia D. Williams as a Wayne County magistrate has been upheld by the state Attorney General's Office. Ms. Williams was sworn in Sept. 7 by Jerry Braswell, the senior resident Superior Court judge for Wayne County. But...

Feast in the East deemed a success

A weekend of entertainment and barbecue attracted about 5,000 people to the first Feast in the East festival at the Wayne Regional Fairgrounds. Some of the attendees were from outside of North Carolina, said Marlise Taylor, director of Golds-boro Travel...

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Wings Over Wayne begins at 9 Sunday A full day of aircraft performances is on tap for this year's Wings Over Wayne at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The event will be Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The...

Duplin inducts two to Hall of Fame

WARSAW -- Luther Clayton Herring Sr. and the late Preston B. Raiford have joined the ranks of the Duplin County Hall of Fame. The people who nominated them said they were an inspiration. Every November, the Duplin Hall of Fame...

Public records

Girl shot in Mt. Olive MOUNT OLIVE -- At 10 p.m. Wednesday a man drove past a house on East Slocumb Street in Mount Olive and shot into it, hitting 13-year-old Iesha Kornegay in her left hip. She was treated...

Goldsboro trains for trench rescues

Goldsboro fire and rescue personnel are ready and willing to work in the trenches. Over the last month, all members of the department attended training on rescuing victims from collapsed trenches. The department has also formed a committee to study...

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Teen charged with robbing same bank twice

A 19-year-old convicted of robbing the New Century Bank in May was charged Wednesday with robbing it a second time. Quentin Bryce Barnes was charged by Goldsboro police with taking part in the Oct. 22 robbery of the bank at...

Uncounted ballots leave candidates in limbo

Wayne County's stack of uncounted ballots will be weighing on four commissioner candidates until next week. At the end of Election Night, Atlas Price led Hal Keck by 158 votes for the county board's at-large seat, and Roland "Bud" Gray...

Wayne voter turnout was 66 percent

From staff and AP reports Wayne County residents voted in greater numbers this year than North Carolinians as a group, but turnout was less than record-setting. Including early and absentee voters, the county had 41,617 people, or 66 percent of...

Nine charged in drug roundup; 16 more sought

Nine people were arrested today by Wayne County authorities after a two-month undercover investigation of cocaine and marijuana trafficking. At least 16 more suspects were being sought. Two brothers were arrested for the fourth time since July and the second...

EDC reports seeing strong interest from prospects

Wayne County is seeing strong interest from several companies that may want to expand here, an economic developer said Wednesday. "We're swamped with projects right now, which is a great problem to have," said Joanna Thompson, president of the Economic...

Mt. Olive Chamber presents awards

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce honored its members Wednesday night and shined the spotlight on three who work behind the scenes. The chamber's new chairman, Kim Bowers, presented the Chamber Champ Award at the annual...

A refueling we will go ...

By BARBARA ARNTSEN and BECKY BARCLAY News-Argus Staff Writers A large military plane is flying high above the clouds in a holding pattern. Suddenly two fighter jets appear, and one inches its way up under the belly of the big...

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Bikers, start your engines! The seventh annual HOG Toy Run will be held Saturday. Motorcyclists who want to participate should take a toy and assemble at 11 a.m. at Shelton's Harley-Davidson at Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield. The ride will...

Schools preach smart eating

The push to create a healthier generation of students continues. Responding to the growing concern about childhood obesity, the state-sponsored "Eat Smart" program is being implemented in Wayne County public schools. By January, plans are to have pilot programs in...

Public Record

Store robbed A Goldsboro gas station was robbed Wednesday night by a lone gunman of an undetermined amount of money, according to a Goldsboro police report. A clerk at the Spur station at 301 W. Grantham St. told police that...

Miss Goldsboro pageant is Saturday

Nine Wayne County women will complete in the Miss Goldsboro Scholarship Pageant to be held Saturday in the Paramount Theater in downtown Goldsboro. The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. The winner of the Miss Goldsboro...

Twelve jurors picked in Lane trial

A 12th juror has been seated to hear the first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane in Wayne County Superior Court. The panelist, a retiree, was accepted Wednesday afternoon, the 15th day of jury selection, by the state and the...

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

How Wayne County voted

Download precinct charts with the Wayne County 2004 election results as Adobe PDF files. There are two charts, one for local races, the other for state and national races. Local races State and national races...

Senator Kerr

News-Argus/Dennis Hill State Sen. John Kerr and his wife talk with Mel Atkinson, Kerr's campaign manager, at Kerr's victory party at the Lantern Inn Tuesday night. For more information see Kerr, LaRoque, Jones and Butterfield win....

Kerry concedes to Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush won a second term from a divided and anxious nation, his promise of steady, strong wartime leadership trumping John Kerry's fresh-start approach to Iraq and joblessness. After a long, tense night of vote counting, the...

County board control too close to call

Control of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners will not be decided until next week when thousands of provisional ballots will be added to Tuesday's results. In unofficial returns in contested races, Wayne County voters re-elected Commissioners Atlas Price, Efton...

Gurley defeats Hackett

School board Chairman Pete Gurley won his bid for re-election with 60 percent of the votes on Tuesday. Two other board members were also re-elected but had no opposition. In the race for the at-large seat on the board, 29,682...

Mooring wins deeds race

Next month Lois Mooring will move one floor down in the Wayne County Courthouse and into a bigger spotlight. Mrs. Moor-ing, a deputy clerk of court, was elected Tuesday night as the new Wayne County register of deeds. It was...

Kerr, LaRoque, Jones and Butterfield win

All of Wayne County's representatives will return to the N.C. General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, although four had to survive challenges. Voters re-elected N.C. Sen. John Kerr III, N.C. Rep. Stephen LaRoque, and U.S. House members G.K. Butterfield and...

Duplin stays in Democrats' control

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County's board of commissioners remains firmly in the hands of Democrats, according to unofficial results. The six-member board of all Democrats will have one new member. Political newcomer David Fussell is the new county commissioner, replacing Myrle...

Parties are subdued on Election Night

Many people associate Election Night with parties -- as in the political organizations and the victory celebrations. But on Tuesday the mood was all but celebratory, even for the winners. One reason might be more than 2,000 provisional ballots still...

Public records

Three teens robbed Two people were arrested before dawn today by Goldsboro police and charged with robbing three Goldsboro teen-agers in a home in the 300 block of Brownrigg Street. Jamal Clerfoot, 20, and Joslyn Gabrielle Moore, 18, both of...

WCC to offer computer courses on line

Hundreds of continuing education courses that can be taken entirely via computer are available at Wayne Community College. Courses typically run for six weeks and most cost $55. Courses range from basic computer literacy courses and programming to preparation for...

Putting 'Fish' in school

Something fishy is going on at Meadow Lane Elementary School. There has been a change in attitude since staff and students got hooked on a new philosophy based on a popular business book. Principal Celia James said that when she...

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Price overtakes Keck, Kerr wins

Incumbent Atlas Price overtook Hal Keck in the last five precincts reporting Tuesday night after trailing the challenger through the first 80 percent of the vote count for the at-large seat on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. With all...

News-Argus election coverage tonight

The News-Argus will post results of local races on the Web site tonight as they become available from the Board of Elections. Look for them here....

Board defends game cancellation

School board members said Monday night they stand by the decision to cancel Goldsboro High School's homecoming game after rumors surfaced about possible violence. Several took issue with comments made by the Goldsboro City Council criticizing the decision, and one...

Duplin cancels landfll plan

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County has abandoned plans to build its own landfill. Wayne Sullivan of Municipal Engineering was going to test the soil at some possible landfill sites once the crops were off the fields this fall. The potential sites...

Schools make cuts to give teacher raises

The Wayne County school board has approved budget cuts of $876,802 to pay for teacher supplement raises. No personnel, remediation or supplies had to be sacrificed from the school system, school officials said. And Eastern Wayne High School students will...

Council to buy former Super 10 site for parking

Goldsboro councilmen agreed Monday to pay $50,000 for downtown property that would provide more parking for citizens. The Center Street property, belonging to J. Eustace Bizzell, was the site of the former Super 10 store. That store, at 134 N....

Two vacancies left on Lane jury

Two more jurors were seated Monday in Wayne County Superior Court in the first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane, leaving only two vacancies. The two men, a truck driver and a brick mason, were among 100 people who have...

Goldsboro's bids on sewer come in high

The Goldsboro City Council agreed Monday to take $1.9 million from its utility fund to pay for sewer improvements along New Hope Road. The council expects to repay the loan next spring when it sells sewer bonds. Those bonds were...

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Salvation Army Christmas The Salvation Army will take applications next week from families who want to take part in the annual Christmas program for food and toys. Senior citizens will also be allowed to apply for food. People should come...

Calypso and Mt. Olive reach sewer agreement

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive will provide routine daily maintenance on Calypso's sewer system when it goes on line. The two towns entered a one-year agreement Monday in separate meetings. The agreement says the town of Mount Olive will maintain...

Mount Olive runway to be extended sooner

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive will be able to start the second part of its runway extension sooner than expected. The airport runway will proceed north this fall rather than next spring. Mount Olive town commissioners approved another contract to...

Public records

Arrested thrice Two men were arrested for a third time in about four months by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with a felony drug offense in their home. Antoine Lamar Silvers, 20, and Alajahwan Silvers, 17, both of...

Princeton considers new town hall

PRINCETON -- Princeton wants a new town hall to replace a building that town officials say is outdated and has a leaky roof. Town Commissioner Larry Withrow says the town has three options -- renovating the current building on South...

New businesses coming to Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- The town should have two new businesses in Cornerstone Plaza within the next few months. A Pizza and Sub restaurant is planned to open after the owner receives approval from the Wayne County Health Department, said Lonnie Graves,...

Phipps family continues call for murder investigation

KENANSVILLE -- The family of a man who was shot to death nine years ago asked Duplin County commissioners to support their call for a federal investigation into what they call a cover-up. Monday morning was the second time Victoria...

Family Support Center renamed

A man who devoted 40 years of service to the personnel and families of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was honored and remembered Monday by his family, base officials and local officials. The Family Support Center at Seymour Johnson was...

Monday, November 1, 2004

Art pigs

News-Argus/Dennis Hill The Arts Council of Wayne County displays some of its showpieces from the "When Pigs Fly" fund-raising and public art campaign. The pigs look toward Ash Street in front of the art center. Each was decorated under...

Provisional ballots may delay vote tally

Election Day is Tuesday, but Wayne County voters may not know for a week who won the closest races. At the close of one-stop voting Saturday, the Board of Elections had already collected more than 1,000 provisional ballots, around 5...

Man dies after car hits house on N.C. 55

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 23-year-old man was killed before dawn Saturday when the car that he was driving ran off N.C. 55 and rammed a house, the Highway Patrol said. The driver was identified as Jose Carmen Ramirez-Mendoza of 7962...

Warsaw gets ready for Veterans Day activities

WARSAW -- Elree T. Smith, commander of State Veterans Council and a past state commander of the VFW, will be the main speaker at the memorial service Saturday morning for Warsaw's Veterans Day celebration. Smith, sergeant first class, is a...

MOC schedules alumni weekend

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hundreds of alumni are expected to return to their alma mater Nov. 19 to participate in Mount Olive College's Annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend. The festivities will begin Friday morning at 7:30 with a Business Breakfast Briefing to...

Pigs are party animals at arts council gala

It didn't take long to see what the focus of the Arts Council's gala was Saturday night. As guests arrived at the art center, they saw pig sculptures everywhere. Seven were lined up side-by-side in the front fountain. One awaited...

Tourism office receives grant

The Goldsboro Travel and Tourism Department has received a $2,700 grant from the state to help develop a computer compact disk to use to market the area's attractions. A local match of $900 will be paid by the Tourism Department....

Public records

Driver hits car with bat A driver rammed two parked cars on Vanderbilt Circle, resulting in an estimated $12,000 in damages on Sunday and later was charged by Goldsboro police with numerous offenses. Melvin Joseph Plummer, 28, of East Oak...

OPINION -- The 'special interests'

We hear a lot these days about the "special interest" groups. Almost every political advertisement points the finger at the opposing candidate and labels him or her as the tool of special interests. That's sinister stuff. We can see the...

Correction

A story published Sunday said that Chris West, a candidate for register of deeds, is married to the former Julie Ann Truesdale, who was the county's teacher of the year in 2001. She actually was the county's high school teacher...