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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...

Public records

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...

Briefly

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...