03/04/05 — Briefly

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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 4, 2005 1:45 PM

Passport service

now at post office

The Wayne County Clerk of Courts Office will no longer accept passport applications, Clerk Marshall Minchew said Thursday.

The downtown Goldsboro Postal Service office will accept passport requests on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Minchew said.

A $12 security surcharge will be added Monday to all applications. Adult passports will cost $67, and children's passports for those under 16 years old will cost $52. The surcharge will fund security additions to the passport and support the cost of upgrading passport delivery from first-class mail to priority mail, officials said.

'Dance For Christ'

finds new location

Artistic Productions Inc. has found a new location for its annual "Dance For Christ." Originally scheduled to be performed at the Paramount Theater, it has been moved to Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center in Kinston.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased by mailing a check to Ronnie Schultze, 6370 Wayne Memorial Drive, Pikeville, N.C. 27863. They can also be purchased at the door.

The Sunday performance will be free to senior citizens, ages 60 and up, and to military personnel and their families.

Calypso mayor recuperating

Calypso Mayor Tom Reaves is at home recuperating from open heart surgery.

Reaves underwent surgery at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh on Feb. 18. He returned home the following Friday and said he is getting better every day.

"It was quite a journey," said Reaves. "I'm taking it easy. I've got six to eight weeks to recover."

Arts survey

The Arts Council of Wayne County is planning a survey of its seven affiliate art groups to better determine the groups' performing space needs.

The affiliates are Center Stage Theatre, the Goldsboro Ballet, the Mount Olive Community Instrumental Ensemble, Stagestruck: The Young People's Own Theater, III Century Singers, Wayne Community Concerts, and the Wayne County Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony.

Questions in the survey will focus on such facts as how many performances the groups gave last year, where, the number of people who attended, the rental costs and the number of people who volunteered, among others.

A similar survey was done about four years ago, said Alice Strickland, executive director of the council.

The affiliates have been affected by the destruction of the Paramount Theater, and one of the hopes about the survey is that it will offer information useful in decisions about construction and/or renovation of future performing arts spaces.