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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Historic theater destroyed; downtown Goldsboro loses Paramount in early morning fire

The Paramount Theater, a downtown Goldsboro landmark for more than a century, was destroyed Saturday in a predawn fire. Authorities said they could not determine a cause of the blaze. "This is sickening," Mayor Al King said as he watched...

Impact felt throughout community

Peggy Wingate, artistic director of the Goldsboro Ballet, stood across the street from the Paramount Theater late Saturday morning, holding her 3-year-old grandson, Thomas Allen, and looking at the damage caused by a fire hours earlier. Smoke could still be...

Three-story structure built by Weil family in 1882

Built by the Weil family in 1882, the Paramount Theater began its existence as The Armory Building. At three stories high, it was the tallest building downtown and, for years, was the location of many businesses. The home guard practiced...

'Big Fish' gives author his big break

CARRBORO „ Time after time, Daniel Wallace would mail off his novels. Just as diligently, publishers would send them back. The rejections never deterred Wallace. He still wrote nearly every day for 13 years, completing books and starting new ones....

Council hearing Monday on development rules

The Goldsboro City Council will hear comments Monday about an overhaul of its land-use and zoning rules, which has been in the works for five years. The hearing on the "Unified Development Or-dinance" is set for 7 p.m. in the...

Goldsboro considering closing three streets

The city of Goldsboro is considering permanently closing three road sections, due to flooding problems. The road sections are East Mulberry Street, from Randolph Street to Stoney Creek Lane; Stoney Creek Lane, from Walnut Street to Ash Street; and North...

Reform group: Use tax checkoff to improve judicial elections

Want cleaner, fairer elections? A group working for reform says you need to check out your N.C. tax form and then check it. Democracy North Carolina has been campaigning across the state this month, encouraging state residents to mark "yes"...

Wayne Health Department provides Web site for teens

Wayne County teens now have their own Web site, courtesy of the Health Department. The computer site for and about Wayne County youths goes "live" today and can be found at the address www.WayneTeens.com The Web site has been in...

Rotary clubs to celebrate organization's centennial

Members of several area Rotary clubs will gather together Wednesday to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary. The Goldsboro, Three Eagles, Mount Olive, Fremont and Snow Hill clubs will hold a social at 6:30 p.m. at the Arts Council of Wayne...

Public record

Robbed at knifepoint A Stantonsburg woman said a man she does not know robbed her at knifepoint on Red Hill Road in Eureka and tried to sexually assault her. Amy Jenette Whaley West told Wayne County Sheriff's investigators that she...

Banquet to honor law enforcement officers

Current and former law enforcement officers will be honored at a banquet Saturday evening, March 12, at the Wayne Center in Goldsboro. Organizers plan to present the Order of the Longleaf Pine, North Carolina's highest civilian honor, to three individuals...

Doctor to lead incontinence seminar

Women needlessly suffer from incontinence out of embarrassment, lack of knowledge or lack of awareness of treatment options, says one local doctor. He hopes a free seminar on the subject this week will change some of that. The brief meeting...

Duplin commissioner predicts lawsuit on landfill issue

Duplin County faces a court battle no matter what it does about a private company's offer to build a regional landfill between Calypso and Faison, says one county commissioner. The issue is on the commissioners' agenda for 1:30 p.m. Monday...