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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 30, 2005 2:07 AM

Passport deadline extended

The deadline to get passports from the Wayne County Clerk of Courts Office has been extended from Monday to March 31.

Clerk of Court Marshall Minchew said Friday that the deadline was being extended so that the Goldsboro post office could be set up in time to handle passport applications and also take applicants' photographs.

Minchew said his office will stop handling the applications because of an increased workload in the clerk's office. Many applications have come from other counties.

Theft by the numbers

When Ann Best called to alert readers to a telephone scam, she didn't mind giving an editor her telephone number. You can trust editors.


But when he had asked for her bank account number, she resisted.


He was only joking.

Ms. Best had called to report what happened to a relative. The relative, a woman, had gotten a call from a man who said represented a government agency. Because she had been such a great taxpayer, he said, she could get a federal grant that didn't have to be repaid. Up to $8,000, he said.

All he needed was her bank account number so the money could be transferred.

Mrs. Best's relative said if she was due $8,000 the man could simply send her a check. She doesn't give her bank account number to strangers on the telephone.

And neither should anyone else if the scammer calls them, she said.

Rose banquet

Youths will be treated to dinner and a play at the 2005 Rose Banquet Feb. 16. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Olive College dining hall.

There will be a spaghetti supper and live entertainment by the Ebenezer Praise Dancers of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of LaGrange. Mount Olive College students will perform "The Rose," an abstinence drama.

The banquet is for youths in grades 6 through 12. Youth groups must be accompanied by an adult. Youths will receive a candy rose, a wallet card, a water bottle and door prizes.

Briana Durham, winner of last year's abstinence essay contest, will read her essay.

Admission is free for youths and $6 for adults.

To make reservations, call 635-3268. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Checks may be made payable to the Wayne Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

Mini-grants available

Area teachers can apply for mini-grants up to $500 this spring, given by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee through the Wayne Charitable Partnership.

Grant applications will be available on-line beginning Tuesday at www.wayneschools.org or www.waynecountychamber.com and must be turned in at the Chamber office by Feb. 15.

Any teacher who works in the public schools, private schools, or homeschools is eligible.

For more information, call the chamber at 734-2241 or Ken Benton at 735-7587.

Annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Wayne County Humane Society will be held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Room at Herman Park Center. Directors, officers and chairmen for 2005 will be elected.

The meeting is open to the public, but only dues-paying members can vote.

Best Station history

The residents of Best Station are planning a celebration of their community in February.

The Citizens of Best Station organized in the fall as a way to maintain their unique history. Hilda Farmer was elected president. The Rev. Charles Howard, Deborah Flanagan, Johnny Wooten, Carolyn Edwards and Mary Rhoe serve as officers.

The Best Station Historical Extravaganza will be the group's first public event. It will be held Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. at Holly Hill Church of Christ at 644 N. Beston Road.

The occasion will include a memory walk through the community and recognition of people who have made noteworthy contributions in various fields. People from neighboring communities are invited to attend and share in the festivities. More information about the event and the group can be obtained by calling 736-7193 or 735-1058.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile today from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Whitley Church. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash.