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Friday, December 31, 2004

Missing in Thailand

Carol and Tim Massey fled as a tidal wave hit a resort in southern Thailand. Faye Massey of Goldsboro says her daughter-in-law has not been seen since then. For more information see Wife of Wayne native missing in Thailand....

Wife of Wayne native missing in Thailand

Faye Massey of Goldsboro said she had a strange dream Christmas night. She awoke Sunday morning and told her husband, Chris Basden, that she dreamed she was driving a truck and couldn't stop it. She put her head out the...

Little Bank robbed again

The Little Bank on Goldsboro's Center Street was robbed around 9:30 this morning. No one was hurt. Investigators from the Goldsboro Police Department spent the morning processing the scene, and were working to get fingerprints from the front door of...

Dog on the roof...no law against it

Most people put their dogs out in the yard during the day, but the residents of 104 N. Virginia St. sometimes let their pooch patrol the roof. The brown and white dog perches on a roof point, acting as...

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Shooting A 20-year-old South Best Street man remains in Wayne Memorial Hospital after being shot while walking to his home Thursday night. Antron Hines, 20, of South Best Street, told police he was was on the 900 block of Carver...

Construction nearly complete on Duplin hangar

KENANSVILLE -- Construction is nearing completion on a hangar that the county is building for Jet Techs LLC at the Duplin County Municipal Airport. It will have 10,000 square feet of hangar space for maintenance work on airplanes and an...

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Black History events The Wayne County Museum and the Community Affairs Office are still accepting artifacts, photographs and anything pertaining to Wayne County black history or black history overall. The museum will use the items in an exhibit in January....

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Judge denies 3rd magistrate another term

A third veteran magistrate, R. Allen Jones, was not reappointed for a new term that starts Saturday. Jerry Braswell, the resident Superior Court judge for Wayne County, told the News-Argus on Wednesday night of his decision. The judge earlier had...

City wants extension of bond-sale deadline

The public may get a chance next month to voice opinions on whether Goldsboro should ask the state to extend the life of its sewer bonds. On Tuesday, the City Council plans to set a hearing on extending from seven...

Wayne will retain Winn-Dixie stores

The three Winn-Dixie stores in Wayne County are not included in the group of 156 stores that the company plans to sell or close by the end of April, according to Kathy Lussier, a company spokes-man. As of Oct. 19,...

Wayne residents can help tsunami aid effort

People wanting to help victims of the tsunami may do so through the American Red Cross. The Wayne County Chapter has received several monetary donations already, said Chuck Waller, the director. It will continue taking donations as long as there...

Watch Night services planned

Many churches will usher in the New Year with what is traditionally called a Watch Night service. The typical service begins around 10 and ends with prayer at midnight. It may include songs and a short message. Oftentimes a meal...

Flu shots restrictions loosened

The state has loosened the restrictions on who can receive the flu vaccine. People 50 and older, normally considered high-risk for flu but prevented from getting the vaccine because of the limited supply, will now be considered eligible. State Health...

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Stolen property recovered The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Investigation's Division assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff's Office recovered over $10,000 worth of stolen property that was taken from Wayne County victims. Most of the property has been identified and the...

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Trapping beavers Ray McDonald, the Mount Olive town manager, says the town has trapped seven or eight beavers lately. He said it's a continuous effort, and they have to keep on top of it. The critters will back up the...

Wayne Country Day students earn AP scholar designation

Six students from Wayne Country Day School have earned the designation of AP Scholar for exceptional achievement on the college-level advanced-placement exams. Students took the exam in May after taking advanced-level courses. Amanda Knutson and Carolyn Ziemer, who is now...

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Southern winter sunrise

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit The sunrise today behind a stand of trees in front of a snow-covered field off N.C. 111 South supplies nature’s interpretation of the expression “fire and ice.”...

Clerk of Court Minchew calls magistrate dismissals "unfortunate"

A decision to terminate two magistrates was both unfortunate and unnecessary, Wayne County Clerk of Court Marshall Minchew said Tuesday. Minchew had asked Judge Jerry Braswell to reappoint Chief Magistrate Remona McIver and Magistrate Sandra Castle, but Braswell notified them...

Annexation case still without judge's decision

It's been over two months since a Wayne County Superior Court Judge began deliberating the city's annexation case, but he still hasn't made a decision. And the sign on the side of Salem Church Road that keeps annexation opponents informed...

County drug squad makes major arrest

The Goldsboro Wayne County Drug Squad has arrested four people on drug charges. Lisa Renae Grady, 37, of U.S. 13 South, was charged with possession of a precursor chemical, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling. Bond $50,000. Desiree...

KB Toys in Berkeley Mall closing

The KB Toys store in Berkeley Mall is on the final list of stores that are expected to close, according to a list on KB Toys' Web site. The list was updated in November. John Reilly, a spokesman at the...

Wayne native to be inducted in Sampson County Hall of Fame

CLINTON -- The late Edna Amelia Brinson Gray, a native of Wayne County, will be inducted into the Sampson County Hall of Fame. Mrs. Gray will be inducted with living recipient David Franklin King during the annual banquet held on...

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City sanitation schedule The city of Goldsboro will observe the New Year's holiday on Monday. All sanitation collection services scheduled for Monday will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 5. This week's trash collection is on a regular schedule. Holiday closings...

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Missing Goldsboro police are looking for Takel M. Miller, 12, of North Lime Street. The Goldsboro Middle School student's grandmother, Linda Leggett, said the police were called to the house after a "physical altercation," and when the police arrived, Miller...

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Mobile home destroyed

Bobby Williams Arrington firefighter Bryan Stewart battles a mobile home fire that started around 10 a.m. Monday on Deaver Drive off Potts Road. Firefighters from Dudley and Arrington responded. The mobile home is owned by Jack Beaver. The family...

Mount Olive officer shot at during chase

MOUNT OLIVE -- Robbers opened fire on the squad car of officer James Myers, who broke up an armed robbery on Christmas Eve, according to Mount Olive Police Department's Major Ralph Schroeder. Police are developing leads now, Schroeder said this...

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Drug arrest Douglas Andrew Best, 44, of Goldsboro was charged Saturday with one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver methaphetamine, one count of possession with intent...

Chamber adds new employees

Improving the communication between the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses, and helping new county residents become familiar with the area are the goals of two employees who have joined the chamber within the last year. Amber...

Monday, December 27, 2004

Icy roads

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit The U.S. 70 East intersection with East Ash Street has an icy glaze this morning. For more information see Storm a day late for white Christmas....

Magistrates get Christmas Eve pink slips

The chief Wayne County magistrate and a two-term magistrate were notified Christmas Eve that they were being fired. Remona McIver, the chief magistrate for two years and a magistrate for almost 17 years, told the News-Argus on Sunday that she...

Storm a day late for white Christmas

A winter storm left hundreds of travelers stranded on Interstate 95 in eastern North Carolina late Sunday, and contributed to hundreds of traffic accidents, at least two of them fatal. Many Wayne County roads and parking lots were slippery this...

Cooper-Standard sale completed

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announced Thursday that it has completed the sale of its automotive business, Cooper-Standard Automotive, to an entity formed by The Cypress Group and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners for approximately $1.165 billion in cash, subject to...

Fire Department promotions

Two Goldsboro Fire Department employees have been promoted, Chief Bobby Greenfield has announced. Harold Isler Jr. was promoted from fire engineer to lieutenant, and Julian Whitley was promoted from firefighter to fire engineer. Isler joined the department on Jan. 22,...

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Accidents abound on icy roads Many people who got out on Wayne County roads Sunday ended up off them. The area's first snow and ice storm created plenty of work for auto body shops. The Goldsboro Police Department responded to...

Commentary: Santa Starling

Santa Starling All brides are beautiful. And all Santa Clauses are good fellows. The following observations aren't to suggest any lack of appreciation for all the fellows who don the red suits, black boots and white beards to thrill the...

Leadership class officers chosen

The 2004-2005 class of Leadership Wayne County has chosen its officers and a class project. The group elected Keith Westbrook, operations manager of Progress Energy, as class president and Darren Goroski, aquatics director of the Goldsboro YMCA, as vice president....

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Wrecks kills former resident

A former Goldsboro police officer and his wife were killed Friday in a hit-and-run accident on southbound Interstate 95 between Wilson and Rocky Mount. Delinwood Earl Pearson, 50, and Janet Johnson Pearson, 47, of Richmond, Va., died after their Corvette...

Winter weather

A white Christmas is coming a day late for Wayne County. Today may be a good day to stay at home because the National Weather Service is forecasting snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches before it ends tonight. And...

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Wreck injures 2 Two people suffered minor injuries in an accident Friday afternoon in front of Berkeley Mall, Goldsboro police report. Around 2:45 p.m., a 1990 Honda rear-ended a 1995 Ford that was stopped on Berkeley Blvd. The Honda was...

Kannans & dog reunite after 18 months

Jack and Beth Kannan say they'll never look at stray dogs the same way again. Not after spending nearly 18 months searching for one that belonged to them. "All stray dogs are not abandoned," Kannan said. "We need to pay...

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Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmboile Monday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at McDonald's of Mount Olive....

Friday, December 24, 2004

Boling Furniture closes for holiday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Boling Furniture Co. has closed for an extended holiday break as company officials negotiate the plant's sale to a Mount Olive businessman. The shutdown has idled more than 40 workers, but some are expected to return to...

Lights on Slocumb

The Christmas spirit is alive, well and glowing in several neighborhoods in Goldsboro. It's hard to know who started the light display throughout Highland Estates, Carver Heights and on Robinson Place because residents all say they were inspired by their...

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Teen charged with break-in A Goldsboro teen-ager was arrested Thursday by Goldsboro police and charged with two felony charges and a misdemeanor in two recent thefts. Jamarcus Donte Lennox, 17, of Edgerton Street was charged with felony breaking and entering...

Church News

CHRISTMAS SERVICE Sharing and Caring Ministries in Dudley will have a Christmas service Sunday at 4 p.m. The theme is "Things Mentioned at Christmas." The speakers will be George Benton, Cheryl Daten, Dwight Swinson, John Williams, and Lashanna Larkins. NEW...

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Spirit of the Season So you think Christmas is too commercial and people only think about shopping? A look in today's Spirit of the Season section in the News-Argus ought to dispel that notion. Many Wayne County organizations have been...

Thursday, December 23, 2004

City to lose lots in failed Project Homestead housing plan

It appears the city won't get back the undeveloped land in the Harris Street Estates project. The land was supposed to be used for first-home buyers and flood victims, but the nonprofit agency in charge of the project went bankrupt....

Tobacco farmers fear loss of income

Wayne County tobacco farmers are facing the loss of money they had been counting on for this year, an official says. Rick Tharrington, executive director of the Wayne County Farm Service Agency, said that some farmers are on the verge...

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Thanks, school board! The Wayne County commissioners praised school board members Tuesday for their willingness to work together on racial imbalance, construction and other school issues. Commissioner Jack Best said he wanted to thank the school board publicly for its...

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Robbery arrest also yields drugs The armed robbery of a Dudley resident in a motel room Wednesday was cleared quickly with the arrest of another Dudley resident, Goldsboro police said. Domonic Lejune Royal, 28, told officers that a man entered...

ECU will hold programs for nonprofits

GREENVILLE -- The Division of Continuing Studies at East Carolina University will offer new programs for those in the nonprofit field. The spring series includes the following: *A Meeting With Funders -- Feb. 16, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m., $19 to...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

N.C. Guard soldiers to return

Around 250 National Guard soldiers based in Goldsboro will be returning home from Iraq soon, although the exact day is unknown. The 230th Support Battalion is part of the 30th Heavy Separate Brigade, which sent nearly 5,000 soldiers to Iraq...

Violators of junk car rules may face financial penalties

The Wayne County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to toughen the junk-car ordinance with civil and criminal penalties. As of Jan. 1, the county will be able to issue citations to people who refuse to comply. The fines will start at...

Stocking Fund total nears $39,000

More than 600 children were treated to gifts of fruit, candy, toys and clothes at the annual Empty Stocking Fund party Saturday. It was the 93rd straight year that generous donations from the community have made the party possible. Santa...

Boy Scout executive seriously injured in accident

Thomas Millisor, the Wayne County Boy Scout district executive, was flown to Duke hospital Tuesday where he is listed in critical condition after a traffic accident on U.S. 70 East near Princeton. Millisor was traveling east near U.S. 70 Business...

Juror writes letter, pays fine, for causing problems in the Eric Lane trial

Wayne C. Harrison, 71, of Pikeville was fined $500 and ordered by the court to write a letter of apology for his actions during the Eric Lane murder trial. Harrison, a prospective juror in the trial, had spoken to other...

Fremont board denies zoning request

FREMONT -- The Fremont town board and Planning Board denied, in split votes Tuesday night, a rezoning request for a vacant building. The property owner complained and threatened legal action after the votes. "My civil rights have been violated, and...

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Mistrial declared in house burning The Wayne County Superior Court trial of a man accused of burning down his home for insurance money ended Tuesday with a divided jury. The defendant, Kent Peter Larsen, 67, of Daughtry Lane, Pikeville, will...

Wayne commissioners waive landfill fees for Memorial building demolition

The charred remains of the Wayne County Memorial Community Building could be heading to the landfill by mid-January. The county commissioners cleared the way Tuesday for the building's debris to be put in the landfill at no charge. The board's...

Gateway reviews suggestions sites for bus shelters

The Goldsboro Wayne Transportation Authority received a list of proposed sites for bus shelters Monday, but still needs permission from some of the property owners. Paul Larson suggested the following locations: Seymour Homes public housing, Kmart, Piggly Wiggly on Lionel...

Fremont board approves new sidewalks

FREMONT -- The Fremont town board has approved a new design for sidewalks in the first block of East Main Street at a $25,000 price increase. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie said during Tuesday night's monthly meeting of the Town Board...

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

In memory of Avery

News-Argus/Phyllis Moore Gena and Joe Hackett leaf through a memory book of daughter Avery given to them by UNC Children's Hospital. The book includes hand and foot prints of their child as well as messages from hospital personnel who...

Woman accused in Toys for Tots theft faces new charges

A woman -- accused of stealing items from a Toys for Tots collection box in Goldsboro -- now faces two felony fraud charges. Kimberly Dawn Crawford Riveros, 33, of Dunn was arrested Monday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and...

Residents oppose concrete plant

Citing concerns about traffic, dust and noise, two citizens urged the Goldsboro City Council on Monday to place stringent requirements on a proposed concrete plant. S&W Ready Mix Co., based in Clinton, submitted a plan for a concrete plant on...

Parents bring gifts to hospital where daughter died

CHAPEL HILL -- While many families get ready for Christmas, Joe and Gena Hackett spent Monday returning to the hospital where, two weeks ago, their 6-year-old daughter died. "This is the first time we've been back," Mrs. Hackett said while...

Director sought for Gateway system

The Goldsboro Wayne Transportation Authority decided Monday to advertise for an executive director instead of an administrator to run the public transit system. The bus and van system, known as Gateway, tried unsuccessfully for two years to hire an executive...

Proffitt's to sell Goldsboro store to Belk

Saks Inc., the corporate owner of Proffitt's, has signed a letter of intent to sell its Goldsboro store to Belk. Julia Bentley with Saks Inc. said the agreement is not yet final and more details will be available within the...

Goldsboro clerk retires, Daw to take her place

Sandra Justice received a standing ovation Monday night from the Goldsboro City Council for all her years of service. Mrs. Justice retires as city clerk at the end of December after working for the city for almost 20 years. Michelle...

Kornegays donate 1 million dollars to MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- The George R. Kornegay Jr. family has donated $1 million to Mount Olive College. The donation will also bring a name to the campus' largest building, College Hall. It will now be named after the late George...

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Six airmen honored The local Kitty Hawk Flight of the Order of Daedalians bestowed honors upon six airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Daedalians is an organization for military aviators from all branches of service. This year's winners...

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Man robbed A Goldsboro man was robbed Monday night of about $100, according to a Goldsboro police report. Martin Newsome, 75, told officers that a man entered his home on North John Street, put a silver handgun to his head,...

Neighbors fight Berkeley car lot

Attempts to open another car lot on Berkeley Boulevard met opposition Monday from nearby residents and business owners. The city received a request from Jackson Builders on behalf of Steve Matthews to rezone the southeast corner of North Berkeley Boulevard...

Monday, December 20, 2004

Baby, it's cold outside!

Wayne Countians who stayed up late Sunday night could see the season's first snowfall, but only briefly. Within a couple of hours, howling winds had pushed it quickly to the east. This morning the only evidence was a crusty residue...

Christmas in a foreign land

Some folks can't go home for Christmas, because they might not be able to get back. Maria Guadalupe Montiel, president of AMEXCAN Duplin, went to Mexico for the holidays several years ago. Her family couldn't drive across the border because...

Volunteers recognized for thousands of hours

Fourteen volunteers in WAGES' Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs have been honored for thousands of hours of service over the years. The programs' annual Christmas recognition luncheon was held Friday at O'Berry Center. June Monk, administrator of the two...

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Burglars strike homes in Dudley Burglars barged into two homes near Dudley, causing damage, but no property was stolen because alarms may have been activated at both homes, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported. A family in the 100 block...

County officials will hold a hearing on proposed changes to the junk car ordinance

Wayne County officials plan to start fining people who refuse to clean up junked cars. Fines would be $100 for first-time offenders, $300 for repeat offenders. The county commissioners have scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on proposed changes to the...

OPINION -- Our friends (?)

For the second time in recent weeks, The Associated Press has released findings of an international poll showing President Bush is held in disfavor by people in many of the world's major countries. The latest poll, which was conducted under...

WCC needs reading tutors

The Wayne Community College Literacy and Basic Skills Program needs volunteers to tutor adults in reading and life skills. Volunteers are asked to give two hours a week. The program will hold free training to certify volunteers as tutors. Training...

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Smiles abound at ESF party

A two-foot-tall child emerged Saturday morning from the movie theater on Berkeley Boulevard toting a "Triple Action Playset" that was as big as he was. A net Christmas stocking chock full of goodies was slung across his shoulder. Though his...

ESF donation list

Latest Contributions: Shawnee Indian Guides Tribe of Goldsboro: Mason Bland, Adam Hudson, Victor Kokiko, Austin McLoud, Blake Poland, Hank Smitherman, Willis Underwood, Alex Welsh, Ty West, Jonathon Williams & Austin Willman 220.00 J.D. & Shirley Evans 50.00 Walter & Linda...

Mount Olive College graduation held Saturday

More than 300 students from all five Mount Olive College campuses had another reason Saturday to celebrate the season: Their graduation. Dr. Donald Ribeiro, a Pitt County physician, Mount Olive College trustee and ordained Free Will Baptist minister delivered the...

Officials hope biodiesel plant grows in Mount Olive field

MOUNT OLIVE -- People could have driven up and down Old Mount Highway every day and never thought, "Hey, that soybean field would be an excellent location for a biodiesel plant." But it is obvious to Earl Hendrix. "Are you...

WARM Hearts mentor matches tell their stories

Cleo Trigones earned her college degree at age 58. At 72, she received a two-year degree in early childhood education at Wayne Community College, and she continues to take music classes there. Now, at age 75, she says her biggest...

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Fishy reading project Still need a gift or stocking stuffer? Try a "Big Fish." Daniel Wallace's novel, chosen by Wayne County Reads as its 2005 selection, is now available at Books-A-Million and the book store at Wayne Community College. Other...

Goldsboro council to hold hearings

The Goldsboro City Council will hold seven public hearings at its meeting Monday night. The topics to be heard include the following: *A request from Sidney Barfield to rezone the west side of Wayne Memorial Drive between Best Avenue and...

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: *Marquis Lamonns Sheffield, 32, North George Street, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana (habitual felon), 60 to 81 months. *Anthony Robert Brewington, 47, Thoroughfare Road, indecent...

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Homeless man steals pork chops A homeless man was charged with shoplifting at the Piggly Wiggly on Lionel Street after he hid a pack of pork chops in his clothes, according to a Goldsboro police report. Devon Darden, 54, was...

Lula Newkirk gets her day in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive residents know Lula Newkirk for her ability to help others when they need it most. Mount Olive Mayor Ruff Huggins joined the congregation of Gospel Light United Holy Church on Dec. 11 to declare "Lula...

WCC recognizes top employees

Wayne Community College has named its employees of the year. Carlos Cotto, a program director in the Continuing Education Division, received the annual award in the professional staff category. He has worked for the college full-time for five years. Cotto's...

Program distributes 2,400 free books

Communities in Schools was recently given 2,400 books, which were promptly sorted and distributed to students in 15 elementary schools. Sudie Davis, director of Communities in Schools, said more than 70,000 free books were donated to 35 Community in Schools...

Mount Olive College considers expansion in New Bern

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has received a $10,000 grant to consider expanding its New Bern operations to serve more students in Craven, Pamlico, Jones and surrounding counties. When it first began in 1993, the campus at New Bern...

Friday, December 17, 2004

Biodiesel plant picks Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A multi-million-dollar biodiesel plant will be built in Mount Olive next year, state and county officials announced today. Atlantic Bio-Energy will employ about 24 people initially and would hire an additional 20 if and when a planned...

New president to head Home, Health and Hospice

Home Health and Hospice Care Inc. has appointed Nicholas "Dean" Lee as its president. Lee will be responsible for overseeing the management of 3HC, which includes the Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro. Lee has nearly 20 years of leadership...

Money keeps coming in for Empty Stocking Fund party

"Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight. They know that Santa's on his way ... " to the annual Empty Stocking Fund Party. Santa and the children will be guests at the party...

Injunction keeps Doll House closed, at least temporarily

A preliminary injunction was issued Thursday in Wayne County Superior Court against the owner of The Doll House on U.S. 70 east of Goldsboro because of alleged prostitution. The action keeps the establishment closed, at least temporarily. During a brief...

Couple accused of manufacturing methamphetamine

Wayne and Duplin sheriff’s investigators say they shut down a methamphetamine manufacturing operation and arrested two people in the Scotts Store area of north Duplin County. Rita Lea Lee and Davey Brock Gainey were charged with several crimes, including...

Friend of the handicapped dies of cancer

Carol Bender's legacy to Wayne County is a new building where the mentally and physically handicapped people of this community can work. Mrs. Bender died Thursday. She had been the director of the Wayne Opportunity Center for 14 years. Mrs....

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Students fighting MOUNT OLIVE -- Several Southern Academy students have been charged in juvenile petitions for fighting this week, a Wayne County sheriff's official said today. Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Hartzog, an officer at the school, was assaulted Tuesday...

Coalition formed to ensure safety of children

A new group hopes to take the lead in teaching children to be safer and to prevent injuries. Wayne County Partnership for Children is forming a Safe Kids Coalition, with hopes to become affiliated with the national organization. The group...

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Two billionth dollar A Wayne County health organization has received nearly $500,000 from the Duke Endowment over the years. And just recently, it got the endowment's "two billionth dollar." The Duke Endowment gave its two billionth dollar as part of...

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Railroad to Wilmington may be completed

RALEIGH -- The state is considering reconnecting the railroad between Goldsboro and Wilmington. A transportation official said Wednesday it could pump nearly $200 million into the economy of eastern North Carolina over the next 20 years. Patrick Simmons, director of...

Fine, apology end juror's contempt case

If Wayne C. Harrison could turn back the clock, he probably never would have said what he said. His comments caused a judge to disband a jury that took four weeks to build, and it cost Harrison $500 and weeks...

Farmers gather to discuss life after the tobacco buyout

Many Wayne County tobacco farmers will likely spend the coming year deciding whether they will stay in business now that a buyout has been approved. That uncertain future led about 160 farmers to a workshop in Wayne County called "Tobacco...

Concrete firm ready to starm construction

Five years after receiving a controversial rezoning decision, a concrete company is proceeding with plans to build a plant on Central Heights Road. The city will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall to give citizens a...

It's done! Empty Stocking Fund reaches goal

In the true spirit of Christmas, students at Eastern Wayne Middle School collected $1,202.22 for the Empty Stocking Fund, putting the charity over its $33,000 goal. Enough money has been received to provide 610 less-fortunate children with a new toy,...

Wayne's roads 19th most dangerous in the state

Wayne County's roads were ranked the 19th most dangerous in the state, according to a survey by AAA Carolinas. The survey used wreck-injury statistics from 2003 for all 100 counties. Wayne County had 1,786 people injured in car wrecks that...

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Resident injured in kitchen fire A resident suffered smoke inhalation Wednesday during a kitchen fire at 1032-A Lincoln Drive, fire officials said. Dodress Holder was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, a spokeswoman said. Unattended...

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Blood drive makes goal The first ever blood drive sponsored by banks in Wayne County met its goal of 50 donations. "It took the efforts of all involved to make it happen," said Chuck Waller, director of the Wayne County...

New program specialists hired by Smart Start

Wayne County Partnership for Children has hired two new program specialists to work with licensed child care centers to increase their state ratings and has also received a grant for 14 computers from the Triangle United Way. Carla Stafford, a...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

School issues lead to long session for Wayne boards

Efforts between the school board and county commissioners to study school problems took several twists during a two-hour meeting Tuesday, but no decisions were made. Several school board members said they were reluctant to have a consultant, hired by the...

Goldsboro Milling's $2,000 gift, others, boost Stocking Fund

Generous gifts, including $2,000 from Goldsboro Milling, $500 from the Continental Society, $303.50 from Com-munity Support Ser-vices and $400 from local churches, brought the Empty Stocking Fund total to $29,324.50 -- just $3,675.50 away from the $33,000 goal. Continental Society...

Wayne County sees record cotton yield but quality is only average

Wayne County has possibly the highest cotton yield this year it has ever had, but farmers are seeing only average quality. Bob Pleasants, county extension agent, said farmers are mostly through with harvesting cotton, and most reported outstanding yields. The...

Kerr receives award for youth club service

State Sen. John Kerr of Goldsboro has received a national award for service to the Boys & Girls Club. Kerr has been a member of the Wayne County club's board of directors for the past 30 years, and on Tuesday,...

U.S. 117 traffic light at Dudley meant to be temporary, overpass planned

DUDLEY -- A stoplight recently installed on U.S. 117 is only meant to be temporary, says a highway traffic engineer. But temporary could be a long time. Andy Brown, engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation, says an overpass is...

King breakfast, other festivities, set for January

Goldsboro will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in January with a special play and the annual breakfast. The holiday celebration will start with the Kuumba Ensemble's "The Rumble in My Voice Production" at the Paramount Theater on Sunday,...

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Generous kettle givers Holiday shoppers have been generous so far this season with the Salvation Army's kettle drive. As of Monday night, the Army had collected more than $49,000, Capt. John Leidy said Tuesday. That's far ahead of last year's...

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Nine people injured in county collisions Nine people were injured and damages were estimated at $66,810 in 12 recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A driver was injured and her car was demolished in a two-vehicle wreck at...

Planning board recommends improving county's appearance through new housing rules

The Wayne County Planning Board recommended on Tuesday that mobile homes built before 1976 be prohibited from moving into the county's rural areas. The board also called for minimum appearance standards for manufactured homes. The standards deal with siding, skirting,...

Correction

The name of an award recipient at Wayne Memorial Hospital was incorrectly printed in Monday's paper. Mark Renfroe, manager of the clinical engineering department, received N.C. Biomedical Association's manager of the year award, not Brad Renfroe. The News-Argus apologizes for...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Hickory Forge

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards Andy Anderson stands in front of Hickory Forge, a late-1800s village he built in his spare time next to his transmission shop on Dollard Town Road. For more information see Man invites county to return to the...

Goldsboro hires city manager from Laurinburg

Goldsboro's new city manager is from North Carolina, beating out candidates from Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire. After interviewing five candidates for the position of city manager last month, the Goldsboro City Council voted unanimously today to offer the job...

Man invites county to return to the 1800s

A Wayne County man will return to the 19th century this weekend and has invited the public to come watch. Andy Anderson has turned his farm into a historic village. And he is opening it to the public for free...

Stocking Fund still needs $7,500

Take a minute to read today's Empty Stocking Fund contribution list. Chances are your name or that of a friend or relative is among the donors or those honored. Then take another minute to make a contribution toward the $7,569...

County's vote keeps Cayton bypass moving

The Johnston County commissioners have cleared a potential roadblock to the construction of U.S. 70's Clayton bypass. The county board voted Monday night to increase buffers around Little Creek in a 4,000-acre area south of Clayton. Development had been prohibited...

Hospital plans $1 million revamp

A $1 million renovation project was introduced to the board of directors at Wayne Memorial Hospital this morning to move various administrative offices. "There are a number of reasons for these kinds of things taking place," said Ken Gerrard of...

Car dealers' fund-drive boosts programs for military families

The Family Support Center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base received $25,000 to assist families of deployed airmen. Representatives from Wayne County automobile dealerships and the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association presented a check Monday to Col. Mike Holmes, 4th...

Kinston Proffitt's to sell to Belk

KINSTON -- Proffitt's department store at the Vernon Park Mall in Kinston will close in February, the Kinston Free Press reported today. The lease for the Kinston Proffitt's, as well as leases for stores in Greenville, Goldsboro and Rocky Mount,...

Judge, D.A. testify in tainted-jury case

A judge, the district attorney and former jurors testified Monday in the case of a man who is accused of causing the jury in a murder trial to be disbanded. Wayne C. Harrison, 71, of Pikeville is charged with making...

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Ex-patrol sergeant charged with DWI The retired first sergeant of the Highway Patrol's Wayne County District has been charged with driving while impaired. John Douglas Booth, 58, of Trappers Run Drive was stopped at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday by Highway...

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MOC graduation Mount Olive College's 51st fall commencement will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in College Hall. About 315 students will graduate. The speaker will be Dr. Donald Ribeiro, a Greenville physician, a Free Will Baptist minister and trustee...

Entrepreneur class

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer the free "Start and Grow Your Business with Advice and a Loan" course on Tuesdays, Jan. 11 through March 8. It will be held evenings from 6 to 8...

College grant

MOUNT OLIVE -- The N.C. Rural Center has approved a $250,000 grant for the town of Mount Olive to provide water and sewer service to the college. The 50/50 grant requires a $250,000 local match and will be used to...

Keeping it Clean -- Wayne's newest farm agent fights river pollution

Wayne County's newest extension agent is trying to reduce the amount of pollutants entering streams in eastern North Carolina. Dwane Jones became the assistant area specialized agent for environmental education in July for Wayne, Greene, Pitt, Lenoir and surrounding counties....

It's about to get cold, so here are some winter tips

With Christmas almost here, most people's thoughts are on the holidays, not winter weather preparations. But along with the holidays comes winter weather, sometimes with harsh conditions. Earlier this year in February, Wayne County was blanketed with more than five...

Monday, December 13, 2004

Parade day in Eureka

Bobby Williams An Eureka fire truck carries Wayne County Fire Princess Janet Potter in the town's annual Christmas parade on Sunday....

Church headquarters nears completion

A $2.5 million headquarters building for the Southern District Convocation should be completed by March on Oak Forest Road in Goldsboro. Bishop Harry L. Cohen, vice president of the Southern District Convocation, said the 32,761-square-foot building will replace the current...

Wayne expects to receive 6,000 more flu shots

The Wayne County Health Department expects to get another 6,000 doses of the flu vaccine between now and January. Local physicians are being asked to call and reserve the number of doses they'll need. James Roosen, health director, said the...

Bob Jones speaks in Goldsboro

Dr. Bob Jones III, president of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., was in Goldsboro on Sunday speaking at two local churches. He spoke on Sunday morning at Grace Baptist Church and on Sunday afternoon at Trinity Baptist Church on...

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Man wounded A 28-year-old Goldsboro man was wounded several times Sunday night outside of a home in the 300 block of North James Street, according to a Goldsboro police report. Kenneth B. Dixon, 28, of Isler Street was taken to...

OPINION -- Encouraging terrorists

Departing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson offered what he considers an impressive list of accomplishments during his tenure in Washington. But one declaration made during his resignation announcement must have been alarming to most Americans -- and probably...

Hospital manager given state recognition

Brad Renfroe, in charge of making sure the hospital equipment runs smoothly, has been named manager of the year by a state group. The certified biomedical equipment technician is manager of the clinical engineering department at the hospital. He oversees...

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Hollywood hooray planned for spring

A three-day gala called "From Tinsel Town to Hometown" is planned for the spring to honor two Goldsboro-born celebrities who went on to find fame and fortune in Hollywood. Actress Anne Jeffreys and Johnny Grant, Hollywood's honorary mayor, will be...

Stoplight battle yields to push for overpass

The Wayne County commissioners did a U-turn Friday, deciding not to fight a stoplight on U.S. 117 South. Instead, the county board has reached an informal consensus that the intersection at O'Berry Road, near Dudley, is dangerous, and the already...

United Way seeks to make goal before end of year

With three weeks to go, United Way of Wayne County has reached 95 percent of its fund-raising goal of $1,332,000. A total of $1,270,100 has been raised as of Friday, said Steve Parr, director. He said this amount will help...

Gift given in gratitude for fund's impact

Empty Stocking Fund volunteers don't do what they do for recognition -- but it is nice when it comes with a $1,000 donation. Fred Thigpen, a native of Wayne County and a lawyer with offices in Moore and Montgomery counties,...

Two from Goldsboro to help president begin second term

Hundreds of military personnel will travel to Washington, D.C., in January for President Bush's inauguration, and two Goldsboro natives will help make sure the 10-day event runs smoothly. U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael King is based at Bolling Air...

Family Y's popular father-daughter dance returns in January

Fathers and daughters of all ages had such fun at last year's dance that the Family Y has decided to give them another turn around the dance floor. This year's "Father-Daughter Dance" is planned for Saturday, Jan. 29, from 7...

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Investigations Wayne County Sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Damages were reported Friday after the back of a vehicle window was knocked out and the side of the vehicle was kicked at Mobile Circle. The owner and victim, Brenda Lee...

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New name Berkeley and Goldsboro are common names here, and they're also names for "Commons." The Commons being the shopping centers -- one of which is planned for Berkeley Boulevard across from Lowe's Home Improvement Store. The sign to announce...

Store, motel blazes top monthly fire report

Goldsboro firefighters put out three major structure fires, including those at Delmus' Hardware and the Best Western Goldsboro Inn, while answering 188 calls in November. Fire Chief Bobby Greenfield wrote in his monthly report that an electrical problem contributed to...

Friday, December 10, 2004

From Kinston to Atlanta

This Bombardier CRJ200, with a maximum cruise speed of about 534 mph, will take passengers from Kinston to Atlanta and back beginning in April. For more information see Delta deal will boost region, says GTP director....

'I'm going to heaven ,,,' Avery Hackett, 6, left hope among tears

Joe Hackett has cried many tears since his 6-year-old daughter, Avery, died this week. Still, Hackett and Avery's mother know that Avery left hope for others. The couple say she gave the gift of life this Christmas through organ...

Delta deal will boost region, says GTP director

KINSTON -- The addition of jet service between Kinston and Atlanta will help make the N.C. Global TransPark more attractive to prospective tenants, an official says. GTP Executive Director Darlene Waddell said the Delta passenger service scheduled to start April...

Community center raises $32,000 in one-day event

The Community Crisis Center appealed for money to help pay off its mortgage, and Wayne County residents answered the call with $32,000 in pledges during a one-day radio telethon. Curtis Media Group's two Goldsboro radio stations, WGBR and WFMC, broadcast...

Santa wrapping gifts, filling stockings for Goldsboro party

Santa will arrive a little early for 610 children this year. The jolly old fellow was invited to celebrate Christmas with the children next Saturday at the annual Empty Stocking Fund party. All of the children are from homes where,...

Barkley summoned back to TV

When Monika Barkley was chosen last year as a participant for Dr. Phil McGraw's weight loss challenge, she knew her life would change. But she just didn't know how much. Not only did the Wayne County resident reach her goal...

Angles still needed

The Salvation Army still needs some "angels" to help more than 800 children in low-income households. Only a few days remain in the Salvation Army's angel tree campaign, but collections are still far below what's needed, said social worker Edie...

Help needed for Sara's Reguge battered-women's shelter

WARSAW -- Sara's Refuge battered-women's shelter is holding an open house event next week, where the public can pick an "angel." The angels are cards on the Christmas tree at the shelter with information about mothers in need. You can...

Students qualify in regional competition

Health occupations students from two Wayne County high schools have qualified in a regional competition. The regional Health Occupations Students of America competition was held at West Brunswick High School. The Charles B. Aycock High School chapter took 15 students...

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Shooting chosen as Crime of Week A shooting at about 10 p.m. Nov. 19 at George and Fussell streets has been chosen by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as the latest "Crime of the Week." The victim, Antwan Battle, told police...

Phylis Gurley picked to lead Eastpointe committee

Phyllis Gurley of Goldsboro has been chosen to be the chairman of the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee for Eastpointe mental health agency, effective Jan. 1. Mrs. Gurley will lead the committee's monthly meetings, which give a forum for people...

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Manager vote The Goldsboro City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday to vote on the final candidate for the city manager position. City Manager Richard Slozak announced in June that he would retire after working for the city for more...

Food warehouse dedicated

KENANSVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre helped Word of Faith Ministries dedicate a 14,500-square-foot warehouse and outreach training center. About 60 people attended the ceremony and open house at the warehouse Thursday at 1268 N.C. 11 and 903. The warehouse...

Banks to host special blood drive

Wayne County's banks are investing in life as they join together for a special Bloodmobile. It will be held Tuesday from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 600 N. George St. The...

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Skiing Santa

News-Argus/Dennis Hill A skiing Santa helps light up the yard of Fannie Amos and her brother Frank at 843 Church of God Road on Wednesday night. Hundreds of front yards around Wayne County become luminous spectacles this time of...

Council cleared to move forward on new City Hall

Goldsboro received the green light Wednesday from the N.C. Local Government Commission to begin building the first phase of the new city hall. The commission approves the issuance of debt for local government. Last week the city opened seven sealed...

Cities must embrace change, DGDC speaker says

It's great to have plans for revitalizing downtown, but it's even better to implement those plans. That's the message Merrick Malone presented Wednesday at the Paramount Theater to an audience of civic and political leaders. Malone, a developer and lawyer,...

Wayne and Duplin roads receive poor ratings in report

Duplin County ranks among the worst N.C. counties for deteriorating road conditions and Wayne County is nearly as bad, a report released Wednesday says. Duplin County has nearly 210 miles of state roads that need repairs or repaving, according to...

Weekend events set to bring hoiday cheer

If last week's parades didn't get you in the Christmas spirit, there are plenty of activities this weekend that should melt the heart of the coldest of Scrooges. The Old Waynesborough Commission presents "Christmas in the Village" on Saturday. Also...

Empty Stocking Fund can meet your gift-giving needs

Having trouble finding a Christmas gift for that person on your list who has everything? Want to remember someone who made Christmases past special? Need to recognize someone who helped make 2004 a good year for you? A gift to...

Atlanta jet service to begin at Global TransPark

KINSTON -- The N.C. Global TransPark's airport terminal will be the site of new jet service between Kinston and Atlanta beginning April 1, according to an announcement made today by Delta Airlines. Initial plans call for three incoming and three...

New equipment helps find, fight city fire

The Goldsboro Fire Department's new thermal imaging camera went a long way Wednesday night in minimizing damage in a house fire. "It helped us tremendously," Assistant Fire Chief Gary Whaley said. The camera pinpointed the location of a fire at...

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Burglar steals woman's purse An elderly woman heard a knock on her door Wednesday night, and when she answered it, a man barged into her home, stole her pocketbook and fled, according to a Goldsboro police report. The resident, Hazel...

Duplin hires new Emergency Services director

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County has a new director of emergency services. Craig Forlines started Nov. 23. He will commute from Grifton until he sells his house and moves to Duplin. He replaces Dorothy Cavenaugh, who retired. When asked why he...

Lane gets second lawyer

Eric Glenn Lane, charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering a 5-year-old girl more than two years ago, will be assisted by two standby lawyers in next year's trial in Wayne County Superior Court. Judge Jerry Braswell of Goldsboro ordered that...

Meadow Lane students mourn for classmate

The 6-year-old daughter of recent school board candidate Joseph Hackett is on life support awaiting recipients to receive her organs, according to school officials. Avery Jamison Hackett, a first-grader at Meadow Lane Elementary School, was taken to UNC hospital in...

1914 map shows street designs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Town officials have discovered a 1914 map that shows street designs for the hill above town. Ninety years later, the board is making plans to develop those streets. Town Commissioner Danny Carter discovered the map at the...

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Empty Stocking Fund donation

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Deborah White, second from right, News-Argus employee and Empty Stocking Fund volunteer, accepts toys from Chugach Development Corportation employees, from left, Wayne Long, Dylan Davis and David Wiley. For more information see With love from the North....

Authors of threats found

Two young teen-aged students have confessed to writing threatening notes that were found at Rosewood High School and Rosewood Middle School, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office announced today. One letter was found Friday in a high school bathroom. The second...

Two murder indictments handed down

Two men have been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on murder charges. But the grand jury did not return a true bill against a third man on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Marcus Dominique Moore, 25, of Denmark...

Mike Allen new horticulture agent

Helping sustain, enhance, protect and promote all aspects of horticulture in Wayne County is the goal of a new extension agent. Mike Allen of Fuquay-Varina replaced Bonnie Faulkner in November as the county's horticulture extension agent. Ms. Faulkner accepted a...

Special number for mission fundraiser

A special telephone number will be used for Thursday's broadcast fund-raiser to benefit the Community Crisis Center. The number is 273-4901. WGBR and WFMC will broadcast throughout today from the Slocomb Street mission, which is seeking to raise money to...

With love from the North

Toys galore were dropped off for the Empty Stocking Fund on Tuesday. Employees of Chugach Development Corporation of Alaska, who are working at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, brought them. They will be added to those purchased with your contributions...

Alleged house of prostitution shut down

An alleged house of prostitution has been shut down, at least temporarily, under the public nuisance statute, Sheriff Carey Winders and District Attorney Branny Vickory have announced. Wayne County Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell issued a temporary restraining order to...

Wayne woman among those charged in meth lab crackdown

PRINCETON -- Three people, including a woman from Pikeville, on Tuesday night became the first defendants charged under a stronger law against methamphetamine production. Johnston County sheriff's deputies found the meth lab in a barn off Old Rock Quarry Road,...

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Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Community Center. Donors will receive a free Red Cross t-Shirt. Five charged with...

Wayne would far well with better rail service

Better rail service would benefit both of North Carolina's ports and could pay off for Wayne County, a businessman told the Goldsboro Rotary Club Tuesday. Earl F. Brinkley Sr., formerly director of worldwide logistics for the John Deere tractor and...

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Drug charges Three Goldsboro men were arrested Tuesday by the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Demoreo Maurice Edwards, 25, of South Andrews Avenue...

Duplin borrows $1.5 million for courthouse repairs

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County is borrowing up to $1.5 million to help pay for courthouse repairs that have been going on for the last year. The county asked all of the banks to give their best rates, and Wachovia came...

An 1862 Christmas on hand at the River House

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The public is invited to the River House this weekend to celebrate Christmas the way it was celebrated in 1862 and to participate in a Civil War memorial service. At 6 p.m., visitors can take a trip...

Duplin Democratic chairman asked to resign

KENANSVILLE -- Bob Kornegay has called for the resignation of the Duplin Democratic Party chairman. He told the Duplin County Board of Education Tuesday night he wants to know why Democratic Party Chairman Jesse Williams ignored the wishes of the...

Bell to lead Eastpointe

KINSTON -- The East-pointe Board of Directors chose John M. Bell Tuesday night as its vice chairman for the next year. Bell is the first Wayne County representative to have a leadership position at Eastpointe, which provides mental health and...

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Morning fog

Bobby Williams A moisture-laden atmosphere combines with warm temperatures to create foggy conditions in southern Wayne County. This fog-shrouded barn is located on the Ronnie and Nelson Parks farm on Emmaus Church Road near N.C. 55....

Council approves plans for four new stores

Four new stores, including T.J. Maxx and Circuit City, are coming to Goldsboro, according to City Manager Richard Slozak. Slozak said the other two stores are Ross's and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Though there are still some details to be...

Board hopes to put brakes on stoplight

The Wayne County commissioners are trying to stop a stoplight on U.S. 117 South from being activated. County officials asked the N.C. Department of Transportation on Monday not to turn on the stoplight at O'Berry Road near Dudley and to...

City extends Slozak's contract

The Goldsboro City Council decided Monday to keep Richard Slozak around for at least another month. Slozak, the city manager, will retire Dec. 28 after working for the city for more than 30 years. He will stay on as an...

Council's vice-chairman vote angers Republican

Wayne County Commissioner Efton Sager criticized Democratic commissioners Monday for once again failing to consider a Republican for an officer's position. "Whatever happened to bipartisanship?" Sager said. "You are ignoring the fact that everyone on the board is qualified for...

Counciil bans aggressive begging

If you're going to beg in Goldsboro, you'd better do it politely. The Goldsboro City Council passed an ordinance Monday prohibiting "aggressive panhandling" within the city limits. Several councilmen said last month that they had received numerous complaints from citizens....

Empty Stocking update

Invitations to the Empty Stocking Fund party were mailed on Monday. Parents and guardians of 610 children will be asked to accompany them to United Artists Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 18, for a morning of ageless Christmas magic. Santa will...

Wayne man shot during alleged criminal act

A Wayne County resident was shot and killed near Whiteville over the weekend after allegedly trying to force a man to give him a rent receipt at gunpoint, according to law-enforcement officers. Capt. Bobby Benton of the Columbus County Sheriff's...

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Christmas dance The Starlight Dance Band will present its annual Christmas Dance Saturday from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at Herman Park Center. The event is being sponsored by the Goldsboro Recreation and Parks Department. Cost is $5 at the door....

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Pair robs store A convenience store was robbed before dawn today by an undetermined amount of money and three bottles of alcohol, according to a Goldsboro police report. A clerk at The Pantry at 515 E. New Hope Road told...

Students enterprising poinsettias

Horticulture students in Wayne County high schools are learning more than just how to grow plants. Teachers also plant the seeds on how to work with customers and sell their wares. It all blooms into a marketing effort -- flowers...

Jones named mayor pro tem of Seven Springs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Peggy Jones is the new mayor pro tem of Seven Springs. The town board also decided to interview three candidates for the vacant town commissioner seat. The town has been missing a town commissioner since August when...

City gets high marks on audit

The city received an excellent grade on its 2003-2004 fiscal year audit, the Goldsboro City Council learned Monday night. Dean Horne of Pittard Perry & Crone Inc. presented a review of the city's financial health, saying the city put back...

Monday, December 6, 2004

Commissioners sworn in

News-Argus/Dennis Hill The Wayne County commissioners are sworn in to new four-year terms this morning. From left, Jack Best, new member Bud Gray, Atlas Price, J.D. Evans, John Bell, Andy Anderson and Efton Sager. For more information see Commissioners...

Woman says she did not steal from Toys for Tots

The woman charged with misdemeanor larceny after taking $700 worth of toys from the Wal-Mart in Goldsboro said it is all a big misunderstanding and she was just doing what she was told. Kimberly Crawford Riveros, 33, of Dunn says...

Wayne to get hit with higher inspection fees

New inspection regulations that begin next month could have some Wayne County motorists fuming. Beginning in January, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is mandating emission testing in Wayne County on most vehicles newer than 1996 as part of the...

The flight of the butterfly

A Goldsboro butterfly has found its way to Mexico. It was a little more than a year ago when Simonne Cato tagged several monarch butterflies in her backyard as part of a national tracking project. Ms. Cato, director of...

Commissioners choose Evans as chairman

The Wayne County commissioners held their first meeting today with the new board and launched right in to selecting a chairman and vice chairman. The chairman vote went without dissent. The current chairman, J.D. Evans, won the post unanimously. Partisanship,...

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Armed robbery An armed masked man robbed a Hispanic convenience store Sunday night of about $250, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. A clerk at the El Tianguis store at 1484 N.C. 111 South told sheriff's deputies that...

III Century Singers give audience gift

A man and his family were spending Christmas in France, and things were not going well. As they sat in a restaurant surrounded by French and Germans who also were not happy, their mood was changed by an American sailor....

Goldsboro Ballet's 'Nutcracker' keeps getting better

During a party at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Silberhaus (played by Lorenz Falls and Sunnie Harris), there was festive music as people visited, exchanged gifts, enjoyed refreshments and danced. Suddenly, the music stopped, there was a knock at...

Governor's School nominees

Wayne County public schools have announced 24 student nominees for the 2005 Governor's School. The Governor's School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program is open...

OPINION -- What about moonshine?

The U.S. Supreme Court is wrestling with an interesting case involving production of marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes. Bringing the issue to the nation's highest court were two California women who insist they need marijuana daily to ease...

Sunday, December 5, 2004

Woman charged, charity's toys recovered

A new computer system and confidential calls to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers led to Friday's arrest of a woman on a charge of stealing from a Toys for Tots collection box in Goldsboro, police say. The computer system enabled Goldsboro...

Threat note at school investigated

Investigators don't know if a "hit list" found Friday morning in the girl's bathroom at Rosewood High School was a joke or not, but they are treating it as a serious matter. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said the letter...

City to consider Slozak extension and anti-begging law

City Manager Richard Slozak may stay on as city manager for another month, or more, while the Goldsboro City Council continues its search for a new manager. The council will also consider passing a panhandling ordinance. Last month several councilmen...

How far should school anti-smoking rules go?

Advocates for tobacco-free schools presented their case Friday in Wayne County in the hopes that the local school system would join others that have adopted the stringent policy. Suzanne DePalma, director of the Tobacco Free Schools program for the N.C....

Parade day is a hit

People all over Wayne County came out for the annual "parade day." Each December, four Wayne area towns hold their processions on the same Saturday, making for a parade lover's smorgasbord. Mount Olive's parade started the festivities at 10 a.m.,...

Jackson donation heats up Stocking Fund

The vice president of Jackson & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning, Lyman Smith, said the company is a family-oriented business that cares about the community. That care translated into a $3,000 donation to the Empty Stocking Fund on Friday. The...

Community Crisis Center to hold fund-raiser

Goldsboro's Community Crisis Center will embark this week on a campaign to raise $131,000 to pay off its debts. The center is a Christian mission whose primary aim is to convert and rehabilitate the homeless and addicted. In addition to...

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...

Court News

Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Christopher John McAdams, 29, St. John's Church Road, first-degree statutory sex offense, 288 to 355 months (appealed); indecent liberties with a child (two counts), 19 to 23 months...

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Daedalians to visit base The Air Combat Command Daedalians will visit Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Thursday to evaluate the 4th Fighter Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron. The squadron is in the running for best in the command, and the...

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Inmate charged Lacy Donnell Price, 25, of East Walnut Street was charged Friday with breaking, entering and larceny and shoplifting by Goldsboro police Investigator Neal Lynch. The charge stemmed from an investigation into a residential break-in that occurred in December...

New county commissioner to be sworn in

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will swear in a new member Monday and elect officers for the next year. At 9 a.m., the commissioners will take their oath of office for the next four years. Roland "Bud" Gray, a...

Duplin school board appointment challenged

KENANSVILLE -- Bob Kornegay says he's going to challenge the appointment of Johnni Blackwell-Fennell to the school board, which was made by the county Democratic Party. Kornegay, a former Duplin County commissioner, believes Mike Davis should get the appointment. Johnni...

Mt. Olive runway closes in on road

MOUNT OLIVE -- Time is drawing near for a decision about what to do with the north end of the airport's runway extension project, which is just feet away from hitting Kelly Springs Road and will eventually cross it. Mount...

Friday, December 3, 2004

LaGrange parade

Bobby Williams These "horseless carriages" were among 130 entries in the annual LaGrange Christmas parade Thursday afternoon....

Foreign students in Wayne beat test scores of state's other foreign students

Foreign students in Wayne County are seeing improvements in their test scores, outscoring their counterparts across the state, says a school official. Hope Meyerhoeffer, the school system's director of the English-as-a-second-language program, said the state requires that 40 percent of...

Anonymous giver boosts Empty Stocking Fund

An anonymous donor gave $1,000 to the Empty Stocking Fund, boosting the total received the first week of the campaign to $8,056. But the fund is still $24,944 away from its $33,000 goal. The money is needed to pay for...

Salavation Army needs more angels flocking to its gift trees

So far this year, the Salvation Army's paper angels far outnumber the human ones. That could leave some local children out on Christmas. The Salvation Army is trying to secure gifts for more than 800 children this holiday season, but...

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Man charged with trying to rob stores A 20-year-old man wanted by authorities on five robbery charges was arrested Thursday by Goldsboro police without incident in the 400 block of North Virginia Street. Ivan Devon Harvey Jr. of Birddog Lane,...

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Living history Bentonville Battlefield will present a free living history program on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visitors can take part in an 1860s-style Christmas by stringing popcorn and cranberries, cutting out paper ornaments and helping costumed volunteers...

Payless helps provde shoes for children

All kinds of shoes will be in front of around 60 foster children in Wayne County on Dec. 11. The children will have three hours to pick out at least two pairs each at the Payless Shoe Source on Spence...

Two more join Mount Olive College Foundation

Linda Murphy and Joyce Minchew of Wallace are the latest members to join the Mount Olive College Foundation Board. The foundation, which was formed this year, raises money for Mount Olive College. The board currently has 11 members, including Robert...

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Schools agree to meet with commissioners

Some Wayne County school board members hope meeting with the county commissioners will be a good first step toward ironing out their differences. But one school board member said she hopes it will not be a repeat of previous meetings...

Rules being planned to boost housing standards in Wayne

Wayne government officials are considering setting minimum housing standards that could include prohibiting mobile homes built before 1976 being brought into the county. The board has also been asked to consider standards for conventional housing after an emergency services official...

Boling says it plans to keep operating

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Boling Furniture Co. is not going to close. Operations Manager Johnny Bullins said Wednesday there's no truth to a rumor that the plant will close next week. Business is a little soft, and the company has...

Speaker to focus on city preservation

A commitment to preservation combined with forming public-private partnerships is key to maintaining downtown Goldsboro and the area's historic landmarks, says a developer from Washington, D.C. "Goldsboro is a model for other cities; it has held on to its Main...

County plans cooking oil recycling

Wayne County has started a new program to help people out with some holiday "leftovers." This week, the county began a recycling program for used cooking oil. Two barrels have been set up at the county landfill to collect the...

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Woman's death being investigated The death of a 26-year-old mother of five remains under investigation today by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. The body of Misty Ann Holmes was found Wednesday night in her home at 401 Little Dove Lane,...

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Smith elected chairman Lehman Smith is the new chairman of the Board of Education. He has been the board's vice chairman for the past year and was nominated Wednesday night to move into the leadership role to replace outgoing Chairman...

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Voices raised in song

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Students from Meadow Lane Elementary School perform during the first of two Wayne County Schools' Choral Showcases at Dillard Middle School on Tuesday night. Other schools featured included Spring Creek Elementary, Spring Creek High, Greenwood Middle, Eastern...

Retailers see strong sales for holidays

Goldsboro retailers say they are still seeing strong sales even after the holiday rush on Friday. Chad Deselms, manager on duty at the Target at 1204 Sunburst Drive, said there was a slight increase in sales over last year for...

NAACP, Clergy group want input on proposed school committee

Concerned Clergy and the Wayne County NAACP applauded a proposal by the county commissioners to address racial imbalance and school building projects, but say they are cautiously optimistic about the outcome. A public meeting is being planned for later this...

Charis Prep approved as a school

With the school year nearly half over, a private school that was shut down in September by Goldsboro building inspectors has been cleared to operate. Charis Prep was established over the summer and operates at Abundant Life Fellowship on Sheridan...

Group seeks to memorialize canine military service

PIKEVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones has informally agreed to help veterans establish a monument in Washington, D.C., for military dogs. Jones met Tuesday morning at the Pikeville Masons Lodge with representatives of the National War Dog Memorial Fund...

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Two people shot Two men were shot in separate assaults, according to Goldsboro police reports. Eddie Louis Carraway, 50, of Effingham, S.C., was wounded at about 1 this morning at the Wayne Motel at 801 W. Grantham St., police said....

Host families sought for students

The STS Foundation is seeking host families in northern Duplin County for a foreign exchange student. The foundation, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has students who hope to attend North Duplin High School beginning in January. One of the students is...

Raper gives retirement speech

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College students gathered Tuesday in Rodgers Chapel to hear Dr. Burkette Raper give his final address before retirement. Raper officially retired Tuesday from the college. Ten years ago, he turned over the reins as president...

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Phone scam Richard Hinnant didn't get $50,000 mailed to him. On the other hand, he didn't get his bank account emptied, either. Hinnant, who lives in Goldsboro, got a phone call the other night from a man with a foreign...