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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Good day for a wash job

Bobby Williams photo Faison firemen took advantage of the mild temperatures Monday to wash down one of the department's trucks. Chief Glenn Jernigan, left, helps Kevin Merritt and Lee Kennedy clean up. The temperature reached 64 degrees on Monday....

Air base prison would close under proposal

The Federal Prison Camp at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base would be closed under a cost-cutting program developed by the federal Bureau of Prisons. The program would have to clear Congress before it would become effective. The plan also includes...

Boling back in operation under new management

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Boling Furniture Co. has reopened, with 16 people currently at work at the plant. Doug Wiggins, who recently bought Boling, said he plans to have 50 employees at work by April. Boling shut down before Christmas,...

City employees get 2.5 percent pay raise

The Goldsboro City Council agreed Monday night to give city employees a 2.5-percent raise effective immediately. The cost-of-living raise will mean a $426 annual increase for an entry-level custodian, the city's lowest paid job. Raises for department heads will be...

Walk of Fame proposed for downtown

Wayne Community College officials asked the Goldsboro City Council on Monday night for permission to build a Hollywood-style "Walk of Fame" downtown. If the council approves, stars would installed next month in the sidewalk outside the Paramount Theater on Center...

Twenty Wayne teachers received national certification

The Wayne County Board of Education recognized 20 teachers Monday night who have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The teachers were among 1,675 newly-certified teachers and counselors across North Carolina. North Carolina has more than...

Four men indicted on murder charges

Four men were indicted Monday by the Wayne County Grand Jury on first-degree murder charges, a former school teacher was indicted on Internet sex charges and a former magistrate was indicted on a cocaine possession charge. Two men -- Christopher...

Wal-Mart returns to normal hours

Work on Wal-Mart's electrical system took longer than expected, forcing the store to be closed for more than 13 hours on Monday. On Sunday, signs were posted on the store's entrance doors letting customers know that the Goldsboro store, which...

Rebuilding Broken Places' initiates AIDS prevention campaign

Rebuilding Broken Places CDC is launching a campaign to prevent HIV/AIDS and to encourage churches to reach out to people who are infected. The campaign draws its name, "Willing To Touch," from Luke 5:12-13, which recounts Jesus' healing of a...

Public records

Drivers hurt Both drivers were injured and damages were estimated at $5,500 in a two-vehicle collision at 8:18 p.m. Monday on N.C. 111, about four-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 70, Goldsboro police said. Gerald Bond Wilson, 27, of...

Princeton board welcomes new doctor

PRINCETON -- Although Princeton's debt increased by 77 percent and its fund balance dropped by 12 percent, the town was still in good financial condition. The town's auditor, C. Keith Peedin of Smithfield, presented his annual report during Tuesday night's...

Plans for new park in Pikeville proceeding

The Pikeville Town Board agreed Monday night to proceed with advertising for bids for construction of the town's new park on Northwest Railroad Street. Town officials said they hope to start work on the park within about six weeks. The...

Eureka meets to discuss sewer problems

The Eureka Town Board of Commissioner met Monday night to discuss the town's sewer line problems. The town's sewer rates have increased in recent months, and the commissioners considered ways to reverse the trend. Commissioner Bobby Gooding suggested smoke-testing or...

Commissioners meet in closed session to discuss economic development

The Wayne County Commissioners met for an hour in closed session Monday to discuss the location or expansion of a business, but no public announcement was made following the meeting. Closed sessions are allowed by state law under certain circumstances,...

Briefly

Collections down Goldsboro's collections from its hotel rooms tax fell in 2004, but a strong finish kept the drop from being too steep. The 3-percent occupancy tax raised $463,179 last year, Tourism Director Marlise Taylor told the Travel and Tourism...

Board of eductication fine tunes school policies

Several new and revised school policies were approved by the Wayne County Board of Education on Monday night. Guidelines for pupil assignment and transfer procedures, the use of tobacco products, and teacher-career status were fine-tuned by the board. Two new...