01/14/05 — Briefly

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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 14, 2005 1:58 PM

Service to veterans

A small department brings some big bucks into Wayne County, county commissioners learned this week.

The veterans services office, with only two employees, helps people who have left military service apply for compensation and pensions.

The county has 13,376 veterans, who received total payments of more than $26 million last year, Veterans Services Officer Brenda Forsythe told the commissioners.

That's a monthly average of $1,957 per veteran, she said. The state monthly average was $1,305 per veteran.

Although it can be difficult to work with so many people, Mrs. Forsythe enjoys it, she said. "You really feel like you can help people."

Trading path

Tom Manguson of the Trading Path Association will speak on the trading path in North Carolina at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Weil Auditorium at the Wayne County Public Library.

The lecture is sponsored by the Old Dobbs Genealogical Society and is free.

The trading path was a corridor of river crossings linked by roads and trails between the James River colonial settlements and the Catawba, Cherokee and other Indian towns in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia.

Manguson, a lecturer with the North Carolina Humanities Council, is an expert in finding the remnants of the trading paths.

Pastel workshop

The Arts Council of Wayne County will offer a Pastel Workshop, taught by Bill Gramley, on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Class fee is $45 and supplies are provided. The workshop is open to all levels. Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 27. To register: 736-3300.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Saulston United Methodist Church. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash.