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Friday, April 29, 2005

Berry Pickers

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Cold weather delayed the start of strawberry season and growers began picking the juicy berries in Wayne and surrounding counties only recently. But agricultural agents say farmers are expecting a bumper crop, thanks to plenty of rain....

County, board meet to talk money

Wayne County commissioners heard from county school officials Thursday about how schools are funded, about their facility needs and about programs the schools are ordered by the state to provide. But after a five-hour meeting Thursday, commissioners were still in...

Arts Council begins drive to add new members

The Arts Council of Wayne County's membership campaign has begun. The goal is $100,000, and the first step is the mailing of letters to Arts Council members and supporters. The Arts Council board heard the details of the campaign during...

Cancer survivor team ready for Relay for Life

The annual Relay for Life has a special meaning for members of the Purple Stars Survivor team. All its members are cancer survivors. The members of the team range in age from 40 to over 80. Some are still receiving...

Public records

Woman tied up, robbed by pair A 21-year-old woman was assaulted and tied up Thursday night in her home and robbed by two young black men of cash, a pet dog and other property, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported....

Swimming will be late at park this summer

The lake swimming area at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will not open on Memorial Day weekend as normally scheduled, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The 11-acre manmade lake is drained annually for routine maintenance,...

American Red Cross water safety day held

The Red Cross wants children to respect -- not fear -- the water so it held a day of activities to do just that. The three-day event was held this week at Herman Park Center. Various stations were set up...

50 of Wayne County's best qualify for Duke program

Fifty Wayne County Public Schools students qualified for participation in this year's Duke University Talent Identification Program, with 11 of those recognized for outstanding academic skills. Since 1980, the program has identified seventh-graders from a 16-state region in the South,...

Walnut Creek won't face property tax hike

WALNUT CREEK -- Village residents will not face a property tax increase to pay for Walnut Creek's proposed 2005-06 budget. But they may have to pay higher monthly utility bills. Sewer rates will rise if, as expected, Goldsboro increases what...

Duplin burning rules clarified

KENANSVILLE -- Some people think it's OK to burn trash in barrels because they have always done it that way, Duplin officials said. It's not. The N.C. Division of Air Quality enforces the state's open burning rules, and many local...

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Shooting suspect captured

A 20-year-old Goldsboro man was arrested Wednesday and charged with Tuesday's shooting of another man in the 200 block of Kennon Court. Donta Ramone Bryant was arrested by Goldsboro police Investigator M.K. Horstmann and SBI Agent John Rea at 4:45...

APV Heat Transfer considers changes

APV Heat Transfer, which has manufacturing plants in Goldsboro and Lake Mills, Wisc., is considering consolidating its U.S. operations. Officials with the baking equipment manufacturer say the company is studying a number of options. APV Heat Transfer shares a 162,000-square-foot...

Community Building plans still in limbo

Nearly a year after the Community Building was destroyed by fire, plans for a replacement remain in limbo because some people believe the suggested new location isn't safe. Recreation Director Neil Bartlett convened a joint meeting of the building's trustees...

School informant program working at Eastern Wayne

A Wayne County Public Schools policy that allows high school principals to pay students $100 to turn in other students who bring drugs or weapons on campus has resulted in several confiscations and suspensions at Eastern Wayne High School. Eastern...

Protestant Pre-school kindergarten to return this fall

A Christian kindergarten program dormant for more than a decade is returning this fall. Protestant Preschool began 56 years ago as a kindergarten program under the sponsorship of eight area churches. In the early 1990s, the emphasis shifted to classes...

Norma Powell named Secretary of the Year

Four of the six award winners in the Wayne County Secretary of the Year competition work at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Winners were announced during an Administrative Professional Secretary's Day Luncheon held Wednesday at the Goldsboro Country Club. The annual competition...

City cleanup ends Friday

The city of Goldsboro's annual spring cleanup ends Friday but residents can still call the city Sanitation Division to have items picked up for disposal. They may call 739-7414 or 739-7450 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m....

Public records

Trio arrested after break-in Three people were arrested before dawn Wednesday by an alert Wayne County sheriff's deputy and charged with breaking into a mobile home on a dealer's lot and stealing property. Sheriff's Sgt. Sherwood Daly responded at about...

Duplin honors seniors with schedule of events

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Senior Center will join in the national celebration of Senior Center week from May 8-14. Seniors are invited to join the celebration during the following activities: *This week and continuing until May 5 is the...

Mt. Olive airport extension study needed

MOUNT OLIVE --The Mount Olive Airport Committee will find out how much it will cost to have an engineer compare options for extending the airport runway. The new study will help the committee choose in which direction to add another...

Kidz Dayz will provide programs for children with special needs

When school gets out for the summer, many parents scurry to find fun camps and programs to engage and entertain their children. But for parents of children with special needs -- developmentally delayed, autistic or those who require speech, occupational...

Eastpointe paying deputies to transport patients

Eastpointe is paying off-duty deputies in four counties $20 an hour to transport mental patients, even though sheriffs' departments are required by state law to provide the service. The Eastpointe board of directors learned Tuesday the agency paid more than...

Correction

A story in Wednesday's News-Argus about a shooting on Spruce Street incorrectly stated that a home at 300 S. Virginia St. was unoccupied....

Clarification: Wayne paving company wants to avoid confusion

Several people have complained to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office about paving crews, claiming to be from Plymouth, who have done sloppy paving jobs on their driveways. At times they have identified themselves as Eastern Paving. The workers usually approach...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Police investigate Goldsboro shooting

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Investigator W.P. Vanwijk of the Goldsboro Police Department interviews a woman at the intersection of Virginia and Spruce streets about a shooting on Tuesday afternoon. The victim of the shooting drove his Jeep Cherokee two blocks before...

Man shot on city street

A 42-year-old Goldsboro man was shot several times Tuesday and then rammed his SUV into a porch and a tree, Goldsboro police reported. The victim, Travis Lavoy Jenkins of East Walnut Street, was rushed by ambulance to Wayne Memorial Hospital,...

Interchange could bring 'lots of money' to Fremont

FREMONT -- Development of the new U.S. 117 and N.C. 222 interchange will bring "lots of money" to Fremont, Wayne County Manager Lee Smith told the town board Tuesday. Smith told board members the town has more potential for development...

Man convicted in 1990 murder up for parole

The state Parole Commission is deciding whether to parole Larry Buckram, who was convicted in the 1990 murder of Melvin Best near Mount Olive. Best, 63, was struck in the head with a board on June 7, 1990. Buckram, who...

Relay for Life's annual event starts May 13

Wayne County will be the scene of one big cancer research party May 13 and 14. That's the weekend of the 16th annual Relay for Life event, sponsored by the Wayne County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Its purpose...

Public records

Ex-patrolman convicted of DWI The former first sergeant of the Wayne County district of the state Highway Patrol was convicted Tuesday of driving while impaired after a lengthy trial in Wayne County District Court. J.D. Booth, 59, of Trappers Run...

More than 100 volunteers will clean roadsides

Have you ever been driving your truck down the road and, whoosh, there goes an empty box or a lunch bag out of the bed? If so, you are one of the reasons more than 100 volunteers will give up...

Cherry office worker honored

An office assistant who also sings and faithfully follows "American Idol" has been named this year's outstanding administrative professional at Cherry Hospital. Richard Phillips has worked in the Royster Nursing Office since November 2004. One nominator called the office a...

Tournament raises money for endowment fund

More than $16,000 was raised at the sixth annual Founder's Cup Golf Tournament held recently at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course. It was a fund-raiser for United Way's Endowment Fund. Twenty-six teams participated in two divisions. Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation...

Cocaine charges

Sampson County authorities seized more than $200,000 worth of cocaine on Saturday and arrested a man with trafficking in the drug. Juan Garcia Cardoso was place in the Sampson County jail under a $502,500 bond. Investigators received an anonymous call...

Railroad to make improvements to track between here and Raleigh

The North Carolina Railroad Co. plans to spend $18 million to upgrade its rail line between Raleigh and Goldsboro. Beginning this fall, the railroad will install three passing tracks totaling six miles. Also, a centralized traffic control system will be...

Clarification

Clarification A story in the April 22 edition of the News-Argus about the Louretha King fraud case should have stated that Ms. King's attorney, Charles Gurley, presented his client's case to the jury, but that he did not call defense...

Briefly

'Amnesty Day' Saturday is "Amnesty Day" at the Wayne County Landfill. The landfill will waive the tipping fees for all residents of Wayne County from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. to bring construction debris, wood, bricks, yard waste and other...

Boys & Girls Clubs begin fund-raising campaign

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County has started its campaign to raise funds for the clubs' after-school programs and services for youths ages 6 through 18 who live in Wayne County. The campaign, called "One Campaign," seeks donations...

Scouts name new executive

Ashley Dowling is the new scout executive for Torhunta District of the Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts. She replaces Tom Millisor, who was promoted to senior district executive for the Blue Ridge Boy Scout Council, which is based in...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

A Tree is Planted

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber George Sasser, a client of the Wayne Opportunity Center since the late 1960s, cheers after adding some soil to a tree planted in memory of the late Carol Peele Bender. Interim Executive Director John Chance, right, watches...

Judge's ruling is setback for annexation

Any resident of Goldsboro has the right to express his or her opinion of the proposed annexation of an area north of the current city limits, according to a judge's ruling on the issue. Superior Court Judge Ken Crow's judgment...

Prosecutor doesn't want escapee in jail

KENANSVILLE -- A man who escaped from a Duplin County prison 28 years ago has been captured in Texas and extradited back to North Carolina to serve out the remainder of his sentence. But authorities say Raymond Scully could soon...

Carr tells senators U.S. needs to take care of veterans

A Wayne County veteran got the ear of Washington officials recently and told them the United States needs to take better care of its war heroes. Bill Carr, 67, a retired Marine officer who rose through the ranks, is the...

Goldsboro-Wayne Airport meets security standards, officials say

Although the Goldsboro-Wayne Airport may not have some of the more visible security measures seen at larger airports, local officials say that it meets, and exceeds, federal security standards. "We have additional lighting, cameras, locked gates and security tie-ins with...

Duplin residents can get flood plain building tips

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County residents who want to build in flood-prone areas will have a chance to hear how the county plans to help them cut through government red tape. The Duplin County Board of Commissioners will hold a public...

Two students caught with BB guns at Charles B. Aycock High School

Two Charles B. Aycock High School students have been charged with carrying a weapon on campus and two others face disciplinary action by the school. Charged by Wayne County Sheriff's Office were Wesley Whitley, 18, and Spruce Lee, 17. They...

Lobsters will boil for to help educate childcare teachers

Wayne County Partnership for Children is bringing back a popular event as a means to raise scholarship money for area childcare teachers. The "Lobster Boil" will be Friday, May 20, with hopes of making it an annual event, organizer Julie...

Wayne residents get peek at antique farm equipment

The public is invited to the Wayne County Fairgrounds April 30 and May 1 for the fourth annual Antique Farm Equipment Days. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. Admission is $5 for adults, and children under 12 get in...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Truck hits car

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber One person was injured in this Monday-morning accident on U.S. 117 North. For more information see One hurt in 3-vehicle wreck today....

GHS grad will command U.S. forces in Afghanistan

The new commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan said the lessons he learned at Goldsboro High School still help him on the battlefield. Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry will assume command of the Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan May 3. The...

One hurt in 3-vehicle wreck today

An unloaded 18-wheeler hit the rear end of a 1995 Nissan sedan about 7:30 a.m. today resulting in a three-vehicle accident and injury to one driver on U.S. 117 North just south of the N.C. 581 intersection, according to...

Panel reviews Strategic Plan

After nearly a decade, the team that put together Wayne County's Strategic Plan has reunited to review the county's progress toward the goals set in the document. County Manager Lee Smith presented an update on the plan last week to...

They are city's stars, officially

As a fourth-grader at William Street School, Anne Jeffreys noticed a cute boy with blond curls and a round little face by the name of Johnny Grant on the playground. "Our game at recess was to chase Johnny and try...

Wayne school board will wait for numbers

Wayne County Board of Education members will wait to hear numbers from the county's commissioners before proceeding with plans concerning the district's budget and construction projects. The decision came at the end of an extended work session by the board...

Public records

Alert citizen helps deputies in arrest An alert citizen saw someone load a lawn mower onto a trailer behind a sport utility vehicle Saturday night outside a business on U.S. 70 West, a Wayne County sheriff's deputy reported. The SUV...

Special Olympians bring home smiles, medals

Special Olympics Wayne County held its last and largest event of the year this week. Track and field games took place at Dillard Middle School on Wednesday and Thursday. Running, standing, and throwing events were held for walkers and wheelchair...

Rosewood student gets birthday wish from singer

ROSEWOOD -- Gabe Hare has always thought pretty highly of singer Lee Greenwood. He first heard Greenwood in Gatlinburg, Tenn., when he was 10 years old. "I just like his singing," the Rosewood Middle School student said. "The way he...

Helping battle cancer could get you a diamond

To help the American Cancer Society raise even more money this year, Barnes Jewelers Inc. has donated a $10,000 diamond to the annual Relay for Life. Tickets will be sold for a chance to win the one carat diamond, and...

OPINION: Good Folks

That was a fitting memorial to the late Mayor Hal Plonk last week. Goldsboro Councilman Bob Waller unveiled the 16-foot high, four-faced street clock in the center of the campus at Wayne Community College. The clock was significant because...

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Johnny Grant returns home

When Hollywood's Honorary Mayor hit the stage at Walnut Creek Country Club on Friday night, little did the audience know he would be accompanied by such legends as Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe. Johnny Grant has been the...

Goldsboro presents 'wish list' to DOT

Goldsboro's road planners tentatively approved on Thursday its 2005-06 project priorities for the N.C. Department of Transporta-tion. But some believe this year's wish list is more "wish" than usual. DOT is now operating under a funding formula that penalizes parts...

County must make budget decisions

For the past three years, County Manager Lee Smith has squeezed every penny the county spends and cut 7 percent of the county's labor force to keep from using money from savings. Smith and the county commissioners have managed to...

Chamber project designed to improve workforce

The education committee of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce has adopted a project it hopes will improve workforce preparedness among students getting ready to enter the job market. Last week, the committee decided to create a partnership between the...

Amy Scott to run for Wayne Clerk of Court

Amy Carter Scott, a trial coordinator for Superior Court in Lenoir and Greene counties for eight years, has announced that she will run as a Republican for the office of Wayne County Clerk of Court in 2006. "Our state judicial...

Bartlett tells Duplin waiting on new voting machines wise

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County officials were wise not to rush out and buy new voting machines until new federal standards are in place, says the executive director of the state Board of Elections. Gary Bartlett told members of the county...

Pickle festival draws big crowd

MOUNT OLIVE -- Braving ominous weather warnings, a crowd of about 25,000 gathered downtown Saturday for the 19th annual N.C. Pickle Festival. "This is particularly wonderful because we had all the dire predictions with wind and thunderstorms," said Patti O'Donoghue,...

WCC student wins scholarship for essay

Wayne Community Col-lege student Michael Spriggs is the winner of a statewide essay contest sponsored by Sallie Mae, the nation's leading provider of education funding. In his essay he wrote how participation in Wayne Community College's Minority Male Mentoring Group...

Volunteer Center

Volunteer Wayne offers opportunities to serve Wayne County for all ages. This service is provided by Volunteer Wayne and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Wayne Community College. Contact Joy Pearce at 735-5151 ext. 336 or at www.volunteersolutions.org/uwwc/volunteer...

Thorne to perform senior recital

MOUNT OLIVE - Anthony Thorne of Wilson will perform his senior recital on Sunday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Laughinghouse Hall music suite at Mount Olive College. Thorne, a vocal pedagogy major who plans to graduate in December,...

Wayne County Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *John Hugh Scott, 62, Daisy Street, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, 11 to 14 months. *Valerie May Hinnant, 32, A Street, possession with...

Sunday Briefly

Stars out today The public is invited to the opening of the Wayne Community College Honorary Walkway this afternoon, when Goldsboro natives Anne Jeffreys and Johnny Grant will be presented with the first "stars" at 2:30 p.m. The free event,...

Students gain scholarships

MOUNT OLIVE- Three area students have been awarded scholarships to Mount Olive College in the fall. Matthew McLamb of Goldsboro, a graduate of Southern Wayne High School, is the recipient of a $4,000 Honors Scholarship, renewable each year. He is...

Student news

Christine Fairchild, a senior chemistry major at Cedarville University in Ohio, received The Creation Research Award in Chemistry during the recent Honors Day program. This award is given to an outstanding senior chemistry major. Miss Fairchild is the daughter of...

Older American's Month to be observed

The Wayne County Services on Aging, WAGES, and the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation will celebrate Older American's Month with a Berkeley Mall Health Fair, a Senior Dance, a Senior Fitness Walk and Picnic in the Park to pay tribute to...

Nurses honored at Wayne Memorial

Wayne Memorial Hospital recognized 13 nurses Thursday night during its annual Excellence in Nursing Award banquet. More than 50 nurses were nominated this year, based on showing concern for others, customer service, fostering teamwork, and striving for clinical and academic...

Mount Olive District Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Nathan Rashan Williams, 27, Odom Avenue, Mount Olive, assault on a female, 19 days. *James Fenell Williams, 52, Slocumb Street, Mount Olive, shoplifting, 10 days suspended, 12 months supervised probation...

James Sprunt awarded biotechnology grant

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College has been awarded a $50,000 biotechnology grant to upgrade equipment and buy supplies for the Agricultural Technology and general science labs. The grant, one of 22 awarded to the state's community colleges in round...

Exchange Club essay winners announced

Winners of an essay contest in conjunction with the annual Youth in Business and Government Day were honored at Wednesday's meeting of the Goldsboro Exchange Club. The 87 high school juniors were invited to write essays on what the day...

Duplin agency planning June trip

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Services for the Aged is sponsoring a trip to a "mystery" destination and then onto Lancaster County, Pa. Seniors will depart from the Senior Center on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:45 a.m. and return on Friday,...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Robert Eugene Pettiway, 27, Cambria Lane, exceeding posted speed limit, not guilty. *Shaunte D. Best, 29, Antioch Road, Pikeville, stalking (two counts) and harassing phone call, dismissed. *Ronald Carey Haithcock,...

Friday, April 22, 2005

Pickle prep

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The town of Mount Olive is gearing up for its 19th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival this weekend. These plants were displayed by the J and R Garden Center and Plant Farm at the intersection of James...

Officials hunt alleged abductor

Wayne County authorities are looking for a suspect who allegedly tried to kidnap a 7-year-old girl Tuesday on Vail Road. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a car with a black hood, roof and trunk and brown...

Bill would alter noise zone rules

Cities and counties might soon be able to create noise zones under a bill sponsored by Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, that was unanimously approved Tuesday by the North Carolina Senate. The bill will now go to the state House of...

Woman gets 13 years in fraud case

A career criminal who swindled a 90-year-old woman out of her life savings has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison. Louretha Mae King, 34, of Slaughter Street, already was serving a four-year sentence after being convicted in...

Wayne named School District of the Year

Wayne County Public Schools has been named School District of the Year for Eastern North Carolina, in recognition of its international education and cultural exchange. The award is from the Visiting International Faculty Program, based in Chapel Hill, the nation's...

Public records

Driver captured following chase A 34-year-old man was arrested before dawn today after he allegedly rammed a deputy's car and was chased by Goldsboro police and Wayne County Sheriff's officers. Mark A. Simpson of Holland Hill Drive evaded a Goldsboro...

Wayne schools honor volunteers

Wayne County Public Schools announced its 2004-05 Volunteer of the Year at a reception Thursday at the Wayne Center. School officials also honored three of the district's top business partners. Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor presented the Terry Eugene Pilkington Volunteer...

Pickle Festival gets underway today in Mount Olive

The North Carolina Pickle Festival begins in earnest today with children's rides in downtown Mount Olive starting at 5 p.m. and a concert by the Band of Oz at the Mount Olive Airport starting at 8. The festival continues Saturday...

Briefly

Education summit The Wayne County Association of Educators and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce are joining together in sponsorship of the first educational summit to be held on April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium at...

Thursday, April 21, 2005

In memory Hal Plonk

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Wednesday a clock in memory of the late Hal Plonk was dedicated at Wayne Community College. The clock and a plaque were donated by the Plonk family and friends. For more information see Clock dedicated to Hal...

Wayne wants counties to pay what they owe for Eastpointe services

The Wayne Board of Commis-sioners approved a resolution Tuesday asking that Duplin and Sampson counties pay their fair share of mental health services. Commissioners learned last month that Duplin and Sampson are paying far less than the required amount for...

Clock dedicated to Hal Plonk

A 16-foot high, four-faced "street clock" was dedicated to the memory of the late Hal Plonk and his wife, Madeline, during a ceremony Wednes-day at Wayne Community College. Plonk was mayor of Goldsboro for 22 years, serving until his death...

Safety concerns may force farmers market to move

Concerns over safety may force the relocation of the Goldsboro Farmers Market from South Center Street. The market is scheduled to open in two weeks. A recent inspection of the farmers' market complex revealed problems with building roofs and sidewalks,...

Public records

Accident A Goldsboro motorist was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Winn-Dixie parking lot off Wayne Memorial Drive. Johnnie Ray Simmons, 37, of Higgins Street was treated and released from Wayne Memorial Hospital. Simmons was...

Officers attend highway safety meeting

Six Goldsboro police officers are attending a two-day Governor's Highway Safety Program law-enforcement kickoff meeting at Atlantic Beach. Capts. Glenn Barnes, Al King, Mike Conerly and John Biggins and Sgts. Grayham Keesler and Mike West were updated today on 2005...

Briefly

Book sale The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library will hold its semi-annual book sale this weekend at the Goldsboro library, 1001 E. Ash St. The public can look through thousands of books Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4...

Estimated quarterly taxes may be filed online

People who need to file quarterly estimated income taxes with the N.C. Department of Revenue can now do so through its website, www.dornc.com. Taxpayers can pay their taxes by credit or debit card (MasterCard or Visa) or by bank draft....

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Life in Prison

For more information see Cousins get life in prison for murder....

Cousins get life in prison for murder

Two young cousins were sentenced Tuesday afternoon to life in prison without parole after a Wayne County Superior Court jury convicted them of the first-degree murder of a Goldsboro man. Dwight Eugene Sloan, 23, of Decoy Drive, Pikeville, and Kolanda...

Councilman has trouble with taxes

A Goldsboro city councilman had to pay Wayne County a $1,000 penalty after writing a bad check to pay his property taxes. In January, Councilman Chuck Allen sent the county a $15,000 check. Allen's check bounced, and the county sent...

Fremont may soon pay more for electricity

FREMONT -- Fremont residents might soon be paying more for electricity. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie told the Fremont Town Board on Tuesday night that ElectriCities will increase the town's rate by 4.7 percent on May 1 because of increased fuel...

All bus shelters to be installed by July 1

Gateway plans to have all of its bus shelters installed by July 1, the agency's executive director told its board Monday afternoon. The first shelter was erected last week on Simmons Street without any difficulty, Stephen Wright said. Wright said...

Mobile home proposal has fierce opposition

A Wayne County proposal to ban the movement of older mobile homes met with fierce opposition Tuesday at a public hearing. A proposed mobile home standards ordinance would not permit any mobile home more than 15 years old to be...

Public records

Arrest leads officers to drug stash The arrest of a fugitive on Tuesday night by the Goldsboro Police Department's Housing Authority unit led to a major drug seizure and other arrests. After the fugitive, Quaashon Marquise Phillips, 23, was arrested,...

Briefly

Pickle found Carver School second-grader Lucas McKay found a Mt. Olive Pickle that had been hidden at Prodigy Activewear on N.C. 55 east of Mount Olive. He said he received some help from his mother, Malia, and he found it...

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

House fire

Bobby Williams photo Smoke pours from a house on Shaw Court this morning as a Goldsboro fireman works on the roof. Firemen answered the call shortly after 8. For more information see Fire destroys Shaw Court home....

Fire destroys Shaw Court home

A woman awakened by the sounds of a fire in her bedroom was unhurt this morning after the fire heavily damaged her home on Shaw Court near Hooks River Road. Marquita Waters of 208 Shaw Court said she didn't hear...

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany named pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is the new pope. The announcement was made at about 12:40 p.m. EDT today, about 45 minutes after white smoke poured from a chimney at the Vatican and bells tolled...

Man dies after 4-wheeler hits telephone pole

A Wayne Memorial Hospital police officer was killed Monday night when he was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle near the end of River Road, officials said. The victim was identified by the state Highway Patrol as Jason Reid Lee, 26,...

Defendant takes stand in murder trial

An emotional Dwight Sloan of Pikeville told a Wayne County Superior Court jury Monday he never intended to harm, shoot or kill Jamaal Rashaud Pearsall. The 23-year-old Sloan, his voice breaking at times, took the stand to answer first-degree murder...

Mayor chases Pizza Inn mascot pulls up lame

Goldsboro Mayor Al King made a make-it-or-break-it effort to win the Slowpoke Race at Saturday's De-Rail-A-Bration. The event pitted local officials against one another in a one-block foot race. King, who admitted that he did not stretch or warm up,...

Bloodmobile

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Wednesday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Wayne Christian School. Donors will receive a free Blood Tour 2005 T-shirt....

Public records

Robberies A man and a restaurant were robbed Monday night, according to Goldsboro police reports. William Arthur Dixon, 65, of Evergreen Avenue told officers that two young black men, one armed with a shotgun, approached his car in a convenience...

Residents oppose changes to U.S. 70

A number of Wayne County residents opposed a plan presented Monday by state transportation officials to redirect traffic and close some median crossings on U.S. 70. Information on the proposals was presented in a workshop held at Eastern Wayne Elementary...

County officials set sucession plan

Wayne County is putting a succession plan in place for its key positions so the county will not be left unprepared if someone leaves unexpectedly. "What if I was hit by a bus tomorrow?" County Manager Lee Smith asked. "Who...

County commissioners disagree with state on Homeland Security spending

Wayne County's commissioners disagree with the state's mandate on how the county must spend Homeland Security funds, and they are sending that message to the governor. This morning, the commissioners unanimously passed a resolution opposing the funding process of Homeland...

Public hearings don't attract much attention

The Goldsboro City Council had more public hearings Monday night than it had people wanting to speak. The council sought comments on five zoning matters and an annexation request, but none of the issues proved to be controversial. Only four...

Cherry Hospital honors volunteers

Cherry Hospital honored its volunteers at an appreciation luncheon Monday, paying special attention to two who went above and beyond the call of duty. Dr. James Osberg, interim hospital director, praised the workers for following in the footsteps of other...

Borden roasted, toasted for service to Boy Scouts

Friends and relatives roasted and toasted Lee Borden to a turn Monday night as he received the Distinguished Citizen Award for his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts. Borden was well-done by the end of the dinner, an annual fund-raiser...

Monday, April 18, 2005

A wish takes flight

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Evan Moriarty tests out Johston Air Force Base's free fall simulator while his mother looks on Friday Morning at Johnston Air Force Base. For more information see The Make-A-Wish Foundation gives Evan Moriarty a day at Seymour...

The Make-A-Wish Foundation gives Evan Moriarty a day at Seymour Johnson AFB

Evan Moriarty's big wish came true Friday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The 5-year-old boy, who suffers from cancer, got the red-carpet treatment at the base. His visit, sponsored by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, gave him a chance to be...

Mobile home standards to be heard

Wayne County residents will get a chance to offer their opinions on a proposed mobile home standards ordinance Tuesday during a public hearing. The hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. in the commissioner's meeting room on the fourth floor of...

Truck driver charged; woman stable at Pitt

A truck driver has been charged with failure to stop for a stop sign and careless and reckless driving after his tractor-trailer collided with a car driven by a woman Thursday night near Seven Springs. Brandon Eric White, 24, of...

Public records

Woman shot A woman was accidentally shot Sunday night as a man cleaned a .32 caliber handgun in Eureka, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Tanica Grays, 24, was wounded in her home on Baker Street. She was...

Norwayne students raise $1,400 to fight Parkinson's

The P.E.P. Club at Norwayne Middle School raised more than $1,400 through a coin drive and the sale of bracelets to be donated to research into Parkinson's Disease. April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Dana Lewis, a teacher at Norwayne and...

Duplin solid waste agreement gets second reading

KENANSIVLLE -- Duplin commissioners were to hear a second reading of a solid waste agreement with Waste Industries today. Commissioners can vote on the matter after the second reading of the 10-year contract to take the county's garbage. The agenda...

Opinion: Local connection

She was one of the “boat people.” They were the desperate South Vietnamese who fled their country when it fell to the communists after the U.S. pull-out. Many died on the pathetic, overcrowded boats that ran or drifted for...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Truck crash victim survives

An Albertson woman injured in a wreck Thursday night near the Wayne-Lenoir county line remained in serious condition Saturday night at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Ashley Renee Adams, 20, was taken by helicopter to Pitt after the car she was driving...

Officials set sights on club crowds

Goldsboro's chief inspector, Ed Cianfarra, has seen gruesome footage of the aftermath of the Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people. He has read the accounts of how the club was well above its maximum occupancy when the ceiling...

Defense to take over in murder trial

The defense will begin its case Monday in Wayne County Superior Court in the first-degree murder trial of two cousins. Dwight Eugene Sloan, 23, of Decoy Drive, Pikeville, and Kolanda Kay Wooten, 19, of Courtyard Circle are facing charges in...

Pickle Festival starts this week

MOUNT OLIVE -- The North Carolina Pickle Festival will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, beginning with a golf tournamen at the Southern Wayne Country Club. Friday's events start at 5 p.m., with children's rides in downtown Mount Olive and a...

DOT could limit turning from Walnut Creek

The N.C. Department of Transportation will have a public workshop Monday on a proposal to close some intersections and medians on U.S. 70. The workshop will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Eastern Wayne Middle School, 1271 New Hope...

Hospital honors volunteers

Hospital volunteers could be likened to the best kind of gardeners, planting perennial seeds of kindness that take root and grow. Donna Archer, director of volunteer services at Wayne Memorial Hospital, says she witnesses daily examples of people giving unselfishly...

Roadside cleanup set for April 30

Disgusted by roadside trash? Think of how nice it would be to drive past cleaner curbs and get 30 miles per gallon in the city. People have a chance to do both if they sign up for Wayne County's Spring...

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House fire A fire sparked during a home repair project caused $15,000 in damages Saturday to a home at 514 Cardinal Drive. Goldsboro firefighters said plumbing work led to the fire at the home of Perry Shaw. Lt. Carlton Parks...

Hotel property rezoning on City Council agenda

A Goldsboro businessman is making plans for the former Wayne Hotel property, which he could reveal to the City Council Monday night. Chris Cox has requested that the hotel property, less than two acres at the southeast corner of Elizabeth...

Friday, April 15, 2005

Collision

Bobby Williams photo This car was destroyed in an accident Thursday night at the intersection of N.C. 55 and N.C. 903 near the Wayne-Lenoir county line. For more information see Collision....

Car, tractor-trailer collide; woman injured

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A 20-year-old woman from Albertson was injured Thursday night when an empty tractor-trailer truck rammed her car at N.C. 55 and N.C. 903, the Highway Patrol said. Ashley Renee Adams was flown by EastCare helicopter to Pitt...

Legislators asked to end schools' racial imbalance

Goldsboro residents asked state legislators Thursday night to intervene in the "re-segregation" of Wayne County public schools. "It's not reasonable, 50 years after Brown vs. the Board of Education, for anyone to look at our schools and say that's all...

SBI agent says Sloan admitted shooting

Dwight Sloan told investigators that he shot Jamaal Pearsall because he believed Pearsall had stolen his car stereo, an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation said Thursday. But Sloan says he wanted only to shoot at Pearsall, not to...

Judith McMillen, Realtor of Year, finds joy in serving profession, community

Wayne County 2005 Realtor of the Year Judith McMillen considers her honor not so much an acknowledgement of her personal accomplishments, but a tribute to a profession she loves. "The general public does not realize you can sell real estate...

Public records

Bogus checks DUDLEY -- About 25 to 30 people got rich Thursday night. They cashed 92 payroll checks for a total $35,948.06 at Case Farms on Pecan Road near Dudley, a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report said. Wilton Owens of...

Apartments opening off North Berkeley Boulevard

The first units of a 264-unit apartment complex off N. Berkeley Boulevard are expected to open May 1, according to officials with the company that is developing the property. The Legacy at Berkeley Place is being developed by Blue Ridge...

Wayne Republicans ponder possible headquarters move

The money Wayne County Republicans raised Thursday at their biggest annual fundraiser might be going to buy a new building. "We're a little bit in limbo right now because of the Paramount," said Republican County Chairman Ed Wharton. The party...

Schools holding teacher job fair Saturday

Officials with the Wayne County public schools are banking on their best recruiting tool, the annual teacher job fair, to draw interested educators to the school system. Teachers are needed at all grade levels and subject areas, officials say,...

De-Rail-A-Bration starts tonight

De-Rail-A-Bration starts tonight The people who tore up the Center Street railroad tracks decades ago reportedly had corn liquor to keep them warm. People attending the start of De-Rail-A-Bration might want to bring blankets. Despite the chilly forecast, the show...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

More computers, more services

News-Argus/Phyllis Moore Goldsboro High School students, from left, Robyn Golphim, Honesty Floyd and Preston Wallace take advantage of new laptops added to the Wade Edwards Learning Lab at the school. For more information see Computers....

Death scene witness tells of pop sound

A witness told jurors that he heard a popping sound just before an out-of-control car -- carrying the dying Jamaal Rashaud Pearsall -- crashed on Edgerton Street. Three people who witnessed the crash testified this week in the first-degree murder...

Drowning victim's body found

The body of a 16-year-old Spring Creek High School student who drowned over the weekend has been found. Officials say Jonathon Antwan Lewis' body washed ashore in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Wednesday afternoon. Capt. David Knight of Myrtle Beach Police...

Tax procrastinators might consider automation

People who have waited until the last minute to file their income tax returns won't get any extra help from the Postal Service in Goldsboro. Local post offices will not have extended hours on Friday for people who need to...

Goldsboro High School enhances learning

A $31,000 technology grant to expand the learning lab at Goldsboro High School will prove beneficial to the entire community, say education leaders. A grant from the Beaumont Foundation is providing the Wade Edwards Learning Lab with 15 laptop computers,...

Local league rooted in baseball great's legacy

All of the children signing up to play baseball in the Jackie Robinson League may not know exactly who Robinson was, but they're still ready to play ball. "The younger kids get a little confused about who Jackie Robinson is,"...

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Knife found A 15-year-old Goldsboro High School student was charged Wednesday by police with possession of a weapon on campus. The student, who was not identified because of his age, was referred to juvenile authorities. The police report said a...

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Road run Saturday The 27th annual Greater Goldsboro Road Run is Saturday. The 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run begin at 8:30 a.m. The one-mile fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. De-Rail-A-Bration begins at 10 a.m. Registration will be...

Teleconference on grief at WCC

The public is invited to a free teleconference on living with grief, sponsored by Home Health and Hospice Care, Inc. next week. The live-via-satellite conference will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at Wayne Community College from 1:30-4 p.m. Each...

Scout banquet Monday night

The Boy Scouts' annual Distinguished Citizen Award banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Goldsboro Country Club. People holding tickets who have not called in to RSVP are asked to call 734-1714 no later than noon Friday...

Recovering addicts need to become functional, mental health group told

Whether people are being treated for mental illness, a substance-abuse problem or both, the bottom line, says a Raleigh therapist, is that that they need help to become functional. "No one wakes up one morning wanting to have an addiction,...

Free solid waste disposal day in Duplin nets 72 tons

More than 72 tons of solid waste were collected during a free disposal day in Duplin County on Saturday. Teresa Lanier of Keep America Beautiful said the residents who took advantage of the opportunity afforded by the county Board of...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Shelter

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit City workers Corey Oates and Terry Cox, kneeling, and Ronald Jones, left, and Charley Bass fasten a bus shelter into place behind the Health Department on Simmons Street on Tuesday. For more information see Bus shelter....

Inmate medical bills up $200,000

For almost a year, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office has been paying an average of $340 per month in medical costs -- for one inmate. That prisoner, charged with breaking and entering, is in jail awaiting trial. While he's there,...

Shooting stems from 'bad blood'

Jamaal Rashaud Pearsall died as a result of a shooting that stemmed from "bad blood," between two women, prosecutors said Tuesday as testimony began in a murder trial in Wayne County Superior Court. Dwight Eugene Sloan, 23, of Decoy Drive,...

City bus riders finally get some shelter

Gimme shelter -- at last. The first of Gateway's long-awaited bus shelters was erected Tuesday on Simmons Street, behind the Wayne County Office Building, home of the Social Services and Health departments. Goldsboro city employees dug the foundation and poured...

Volunteers honored

King said it was appropriate to set aside a week to recognize and pay respects to volunteers. "We need to make it more than a week." he said. "It is not just a week; it's a lifetime." A skit featuring...

School lunch prices going up

It wasn't exactly a food fight, but school board members dished about breakfast and lunch prices for students Monday night before approving an increase. Nan Barwick, assistant superintendent for finance, presented the proposal to the board. The district's nutrition program...

Aquatics therapy to be available soon at Family Y

Patients finding traditional physical therapy challenging will soon have another option available to them. "The pool is great medicine to use," says Scott Gibson, director of rehabilitation services at Wayne Memorial Hospital, especially for those who cannot tolerate "land-based therapy."...

Scout helps Salvation Army

Thanks to a Boy Scout's helping hand, residents of the Salvation Army's homeless shelter won't have to stand out in the rain while they wait for the building to open. Garrett Smith, 17, chose to build an outdoor shelter for...

New plan submitted to ease overcrowding in Duplin schools

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin school board is considering another way to relieve overcrowding in the schools. Shueller, Ferris, Lindstrom & Associates shared with board members this week the newest version of the proposed district building plan. The new alignment would...

Wayne man fined for selling sausage

A Walnut Creek man who was charged with six wildlife violations involving the manufacture of deer sausage pleaded guilty Tuesday to two offenses and was fined $500. Joe Cunningham, 67, of Dogwood Trail pleaded guilty in Wayne County District Court...

Mount Olive Crime Watch being formed

MOUNT OLIVE -- Residents of Mount Olive who live between South Center and South Church streets can call the police department at 658-5031 and add their names to a list of people forming a community crime watch in the neighborhood....

Gearino's writing success comes early in the morning

G.D. Gearino has a foolproof way to write a book. But some aspiring novelists won't want to hear it. Get up at 4 a.m. Monday and write 250 words before 6 a.m. Repeat Tuesday. Repeat Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Rest...

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Home buying, selling seminar set A seminar for people who are considering selling their house or purchasing a home will be held on Tuesday, May 3, at the Wayne County Public Library. The seminar, featuring several speakers involved with the...

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Schools, Air Force sign deal to help new students

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Col. Michael Holmes, 4th Fighter Wing commander at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, left, looks on as Wayne Schools Superintendent Steve Taylor signs a memorandum of agreement between the base and the school system. In the background...

Search for drowning victim continues

A Spring Creek High School student who drowned over the weekend is remembered as a quiet, but friendly, athlete and member of the school's band. It was on the band's field trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., that 16-year-old Antwan Lewis...

Six jurors seated in murder trial

Jury selection continued today in Wayne County Superior Court in the first-degree murder trial of two people accused of the fatal shooting of a Goldsboro man. Dwight Eugene Sloan, 23, of Decoy Drive, Pikeville, and Kolanda Kay Wooten, 19, of...

Schools, Air Force sign deal on helping new students

Wayne County officials and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base have agreed on a plan to ease the transition of students from military families as they enter the school system here. Officials with the Wayne County Public Schools and the base...

Two fires under investigation

Four house fires that caused about $53,100 in damages were put out in March by the Goldsboro Fire Department. They were among the 188 fire and service calls that the department answered in the month. Two house fires that occurred...

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Fires *A fire on Monday destroyed a storage building behind a welding shop at 200 Pelt Road, a Little River Fire Department official said today. Fire Chief Wayne Aycock said Pikeville firefighters were first at the scene. The cause of...

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Car show Saturday The second annual Childrens' Miracle Network Open Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 118 Five Points Road near the fairgrounds off of U.S. 117 south of Goldsboro....

Cans to be recycled to build Habitat for Humanity homes

Don't toss that can -- it could be used to build a home for a family that needs one. Keep Wayne County Beautiful and Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County are teaming in the new "Cans for Habitat" program, which...

Spoon River Anthology opens Thursday

Thursday is opening night for the Wayne Community College Foundation's presentation of "Spoon River." Show times are 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday in the Moffatt Auditorium on the college campus. The...

Monday, April 11, 2005

Wow, that's a cold nose

Bobby Williams photo Bo sits patiently as Finley Ingle, 7-month-old son of Mike and Hope Ingle, checks out his nose at a Mount Olive College softball game. The friendly dog belongs to Mount Olive softball coach Jamie Kylis....

SCHS student missing after beach trip

A Spring Creek High School 10th grader is believed to have drowned over the weekend while on a school trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a band competition. Myrtle Beach police confirmed that Antwan Lewis, 16, was swimming in the...

Local officials unsure lottery answer for school needs

Wayne County schools might need money for buildings and educational programs, but school board members and county commissioners are unsure if a state lottery is the answer. "Is it definitely going to go for education?" asked County Commissioner Atlas Price....

Morehead Scholarship choice of Ashelyn James

Goldsboro High School senior Ashelyn James has made her decision between two prestigious college scholarships, the Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Park Scholarship to N.C. State University. She said over the weekend...

Columnist, novelist to deliver Belk Lecture

A Raleigh novelist and newspaper columnist will speak twice in Goldsboro Tuesday. G.D. Gearino will deliver the annual Henry Belk Lecture at the Goldsboro Rotary Club's meeting. Then, he will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Library's...

Museum will be open again Tuesday

The Wayne County Museum will open Tuesday after having been closed for the past few weeks due to electrical work. Wayne Electric has completed the work and the museum will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 2...

Another clue given in pickle contest

A jar of Mt. Olive Pickles has been hidden in Mount Olive as part of the annual N.C. Pickle Festival. For the next three weeks, clues will be printed that will lead someone to the location of the pickles. The...

Opinion: Good friend passes

None among us has had a greater appreciation of our natural resources than Leon Smith. He hovered lovingly over the Bear Creek Watershed lake behind his home in the New Hope area. Despite his advancing years and failing health, he...

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Boy injured on four-wheeler An 8-year-old boy riding a four-wheeler was struck by a car Friday night on Old Grantham Road, the Highway Patrol reported today. Darain Robert Brinson of Linen Lane was injured at about 6:55 p.m. near Blackjack...

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Wayne Democrats choose Hispanic county chairman

With an eye toward diversity and younger faces, Wayne County Democrats on Saturday elected their first Hispanic party chairman. Gaspar Gonzalez of Goldsboro took over the county's party reins from Larry Jones during the annual Wayne County convention in the...

Brain trauma growing problem among veterans

A Goldsboro psychiatrist is treating a record number of patients, mostly military, for a disorder caused by traumatic events. And new technology shows that this illness, known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, causes physical changes in the brain. "I follow...

County commissioners set priorities as budget process begins

Money for schools, plans for a new animal control shelter, zoning protection for local airports and sewer system improvements emerged Friday as high priorities for the county. Wayne County Commissioners spent two hours reviewing priorities as part of the board's...

Annual De-Rail-A-Bration to be held Saturday, Sunday

Goldsboro is preparing to party like it's 1926. The annual De-Rail-A-Bration returns Friday and Saturday to downtown Goldsboro. All events are centered around Pedestrian Plaza, corner of Chestnut and Center streets, in front of the police-fire building. This year's festivities...

Teen pleads guilty to manslaughter in baby's death

A teen-ager who hit his toddler son so hard that he died pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to five to seven years in prison. Donald Elbert Purnell, 17, of Rifle Range Road...

Guardian ad Litem volunteers honored for work with youth

Volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in court in Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties were honored Friday with an appreciation luncheon. "I work with one of the most incredible bunches of volunteers," said Colleen Kosinski, the district supervisor...

Lane to go on trial May 23 for murder of 5-year-old girl

Eric Glenn Lane will go on trial May 23 in Wayne County Superior Court for the kidnap, rape and murder of 5-year-old Precious Whitfield in 2002. The date was confirmed Friday by Judge Gary Trawick of Burgaw. The date had...

Tractor show April 30-May 1

Antique farm implement enthusiasts will have a "field day" Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, at the 4th Annual Farm Equipment Days event. More than 200 tractors, cars, trucks, engines and vintage farm equipment will be on display...

Ten students to compete in annual Jabberwock Beautillion

The Goldsboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will present its 16th Annual Jabberwock Beautillion Pageant on Saturday. The pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Goldsboro High School Auditorium. Admission is free. The theme of this year's...

Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Christopher William Hicks, 17, Waldrop Road, Dudley, breaking and entering of a vehicle and larceny, eight to 10 months. *Alvin Murchison, 17, Old Grantham Road, breaking...

Seven to participate in Miss Rosewood Pageant

Seven girls will compete in the Miss Rosewood Pageant to be held Friday. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Rosewood High School gym. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. The contestants are: Nichola Lumpkin, 18,...

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Break-ins Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *A compact disc player and $100 were stolen Saturday after a door was damaged at a rental home in the 900 block of North Center Street, police said. The resident, Larry Miller Jr.,...

Muscle and message Power Team hopes to motivate youth in Wayne

Josh Whisneant stands six-feet tall and weighs 275 pounds, with a muscled physique that would turn any woman's head and manners that would impress any girl's mother. Whisneant is a member of the Next Generation Power Team, a group of...

Miss Goldsboro to sponsor blood drive

Miss Goldsboro, Kandis Weeks, will sponsor a Bloodmobile Tuesday for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross. It will be held at the chapter house at 600 N. George St. from 2 to 6:30 p.m. and will be...

City workers to have their day

Goldsboro city employees will get the royal treatment Friday. That is, if kings and queens like hot dogs. The city will hold its fourth annual employee appreciation day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Herman Park Center. The employees...

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Old Waynesborough plans projects The Old Waynesborough Commission plans to start a million-dollar capital fund-raising campaign this spring. The campaign is the first of its kind in the 25-year history of Waynesborough Historical Village. A new brochure, titled "Preserve Our...

Advisory board to be chosen to operate Duplin center

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners has approved the formation of an advisory board to help them run the events center when it opens in mid-September. Commissioners told Fred Eldridge, the county manager, and Ed Emory, the director...

Friday, April 8, 2005

Peace be with him

Associated Press photos The death of John Paul II has evoked a remarkable outpouring of affection from around the world and brought an estimated 4 million people to Rome in one of the largest religious gatherings in the West...

Former teacher pleads guilty in child porn case

A former Greenwood Middle School teacher was sentenced Thursday afternoon to probation after pleading guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to three charges of distributing pornographic photos of children on the Internet. Hugh Pate Jr., 52, of N.C. 111 North,...

Kerr supports state lottery for schools

Sen. John Kerr wasn't surprised that the state House of Representatives passed a lottery bill earlier this week. It was a total shift, Kerr said, from previous House votes, but the timing is right. "I think that people are ready...

Gas prices hurting local government expense budgets

From staff reports The recent, rapid rise in gas prices is hurting local governmental agencies' budgets, and few expect to find much relief soon. Goldsboro and Wayne County departments and the Wayne County Public Schools are all looking for ways...

Buyout sign-ups going smoothly

About 40 percent of the tobacco quota holders in Wayne County have already signed up for the federal buyout. Farmers and quota holders have until June 17 to sign up for the program, which will end the federal quota system...

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Accidents Damages were estimated at $19,300 in three recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A driver was charged with exceeding a safe speed after a rear-end collision at 12:45 p.m. Thursday on Edgerton Street near North Jefferson Avenue,...

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The train is running Get on board and then get some cotton candy. The miniature train and the concession stand in Herman Park are open for business again marking the true start of spring in Goldsboro. The train and concession...

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Two men will face death penalty

Two men will face the death penalty if convicted of murdering a man and a woman on New Year's Day 2004 as the man's 7-year-old daughter watched from a closet. Assistant District Attorney Claud Ferguson announced in Wayne County Superior...

Arrest made in Fremont stabbing

FREMONT -- Two people were stabbed Tuesday on Union Grove Church Road, and a man was arrested Wednesday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with the assault. The victims -- Teresa Blackmon McCallister, 41, and Michael Carl Collier,...

Goldsboro man gets life on drug offenses

GREENVILLE -- A 60-year-old Goldsboro man has been sentenced to life, plus 50 years, without the possibility of parole, in federal prison after being convicted by a jury of numerous drug offenses. Jack Earl Best of South Herman Street was...

Commissioners put education policy in writing

The Wayne County Board of Commissio-ners have put their commitment to education, and their role in helping provide a good education to public school students, in writing. The commissioners approved a stated public education policy on Tuesday. The document recognizes...

Krispy Kreme to open new shop in May

If you want your Krispy Kreme doughnuts fresh and hot you'd better act fast. Krispy Kreme is closing its shop at 2601 E. Ash St. at noon on Tuesday. A new Krispy Kreme shop under construction next door will open...

Construction starts on MOC building project

MOUNT OLIVE -- Heavy equipment rolled onto the Mount Olive College campus this week to begin construction on the most ambitious building project in the college's 54-year history. Construction bids were opened at the end of January for the Communications...

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Man gets ride atop car hood After a LaGrange man end up atop the hood of a Goldsboro woman's car for a two-block ride Wednesday night, Wayne County deputies had to sort out how it happened. Jeffrey Lynn Carter, 37,...

Duplin killer considered for parole after 23 years

A Duplin county man is being considered for parole from prison after being convicted in 1982 of killing a woman. Clarence Sheldon Howard, 67, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Inez Jernigan, 53, who lived on N.C....

Driver said fog, sun obscured school bus

The driver of a car that hit a school bus Wednesday morning reportedly never saw it, due to a foggy windshield. Amanda Sue Thigpen, 18, of Nahunta Road, told the N.C. Highway Patrol that she was trying to clear her...

Child abuse vigil Friday

KENANSVILLE -- A candlelight vigil for victims of child abuse that was postponed because of rain will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Kenansville Park. Sarah's Refuge, a shelter for battered women and children, is sponsoring the vigil. The...

'Amnesty Day' at landfill gives residents chance to toss trash

Wayne County residents can tackle some clean-up tasks later this month, and save some money at the same time. The county commissioners have declared Saturday, April 30, as "Amnesty Day" at the county landfill on South Landfill Road. From 8...

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

School bus accident

Bobby Williams photo A car ran under a stopped Northwest Elementary School bus this morning on Nahunta Road injuring the occupants of the car. For more information see Students unhurt when car hits bus....

Students unhurt when car hits bus

A motorist rear-ended a stopped Wayne County school bus on Nahunta Road this morning, injuring herself and her young passenger. Both people were transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Their names and conditions were not available at press...

Grand jury indicts three on murder charges

Three area residents have been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on second-degree murder charges. Four others will face armed robbery charges. The grand jurors handed up 64 true bills of indictment during their monthly meeting. They could not...

Commissioners want more facts on annexation before supporting local legislation request

Wayne County Commission-ers said Tuesday that they want more information before agreeing to support legislation that would give residents a vote in the municipal annexation process. After hearing from people who live in an area being considered for annexation by...

North Duplin spared in new building plan

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education is considering a school building plan that doesn't call for closing North Duplin High School. Three previous plans offered by consultants would shut down the school and consolidate its students with those...

City won't require fence to be rebuilt

Darby Place residents will have to settle for landscaping to separate them from an apartment complex on Harding Road. At its meeting Monday night, the Goldsboro City Council voted 6-1 to not require the complex's owner, Kathy Woodard, to rebuild...

Princeton police chief seeks more patrol cars, officers

PRINCETON -- The Princeton Police Department is down to one patrol car, but Chief Eddie Lewis says he hopes to have two more soon for his four-man force. Lewis told the town board on Monday night that one car was...

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Fugitive caught A 25-year-old Goldsboro man -- wanted by New York City police on two murder charges -- was arrested Tuesday by Goldsboro police. Jarvis Cromwell was captured at his home on John Court and placed in the Wayne County...

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Second pickle clue A jar of Mt. Olive Pickles has been hidden somewhere in Mount Olive. The first clue was published last week, and for the next three weeks, clues will be printed that will lead someone to the location...

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Champs

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Amanda Armstrong, right, waits on, from left, Ken Wadsworth, Julie Wadsworth, Alan Wheeler and Carol Falls as they purchase UNC T-shirts this morning at Sportsman's World on Ash Street. Ms. Armstrong said that more than 400 people...

New ordinance changes include shutting down nightclub spotlight

The Goldsboro City Council agreed Monday night to a sweeping overhaul of the city's rules on new construction. The Unified Development Ordinance is intended to change how neighborhoods, shopping centers and offices are built, landscaped and maintained. It also will...

Duplin reaches tentative waste deal

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners have reached a preliminary agreement with Waste Industries to accept the county's solid waste at a landfill in Sampson County. But not everyone on the board of commissioners is happy with the outcome, which leaves...

Museum displays artifacts from World War II

Goldsboro area residents got a chance Saturday to view firsthand the tools of World War II. The first floor of the Wayne County Museum was filled with artifacts and memorabilia from the war, and about 30 re-enactors portrayed soldiers from...

Pikeville officials debate location of memorial

Town officials in Pikeville are trying to decide where to locate a veterans memorial in the new park. Dennis Lewis, a resident of the town, told members of the town board on Monday that it should be placed where the...

Smart Start recruiting mentors to help guide youth

When Tracy Moore was hired in November by Smart Choices for Youth to recruit mentors to work with young people in the community, she was given a year to enlist 15 adults for the task. Four months later, she...

Princeton considers another location for new town hall

PRINCETON -- The proposed location for a new Princeton town hall took an abrupt left turn Monday night. Mayor Don Rains announced that the town had rescinded an offer to buy land across South Pine Street from the current building....

Eureka to test sewer lines

Eureka town commissioners decided Monday to schedule smoke testing of the town's sewer lines. The testing will take place April 13, weather permitting, said Town Clerk Reta Chase. The testing will be performed by Tony Honeycutt of the North Carolina...

School menus

Following are menus for Wayne County Public Schools for the week of April 11-15: Monday -- Breakfast: Apple turnover. Lunch: Baked chick filet on a bun, burrito with salsa, corn, pinto beans, sliced peaches and milk. Tuesday -- Breakfast: Chicken...

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Drug charges Two Goldsboro men were arrested Monday by Goldsboro Housing Authority police during a traffic checkpoint at West Holly Street and Astor Court and charged with felony drug offenses. More than 14 grams of cocaine and $1,832 were seized....

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Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wayne Community College. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash. Working dogs memorial Bikers...

Brick sales to support monument at WCC

Students at Wayne Community College are sponsoring the creation of a "Hope Monument" on campus. A campaign to sell engraved bricks began this week and will run through June 30. Plans for the monument were inspired by the late Dr....

Monday, April 4, 2005

Crash on Old Grantham Road

Bobby Williams This car and a sport utility vehicle were destroyed in a wreck about 7:30 a.m. today at the intersection of Old Grantham Road and Ridge Drive. Three people were transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital. For more information...

Three hurt in crash

An accident at the intersection of Ridge Drive and Old Grantham Road sent three people to the hospital Monday morning, including two local students. Vehicles driven by Clyde Russell Snead, 16, of Scott Hill Drive, and Phat Hong Tran...

Carolina hopeful

Tonight’s national championship game will leave a lot of Wayne County residents feeling True Blue or truly blue. The match between the UNC Tar Heels and the Illinois Fighting Illini has many UNC alumni and fans counting down to...

Group will take annexation fight to commission

Wayne County residents who oppose annexation by the city of Goldsboro will ask county commissioners Tuesday to support legislation that would give them a say in the process. Residents of an area northwest of Goldsboro are currently battling efforts to...

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Two injured Two people were injured and damages were estimated at $32,300 in four recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *Damages were estimated at $6,000 in a two-car collision at 5:10 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen and South Andrews...

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Democratic convention The Wayne County Democratic Party will hold its convention at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, in Courtroom No. 1 at the Wayne County Courthouse. The election of new officers is on Saturday's agenda....

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Civil War trails come to Wayne County

One hundred and forty years ago, General William T. Sherman and 60,000 U.S. Army troops cut a swath across North Carolina as they pushed to bring an end to the Civil War. In the process, they destroyed an arsenal in...

Grant, Jeffreys will be honored

Two Goldsboro natives who went on to conquer Hollywood will return this month to be honored during a "From Tinseltown to Hometown" celebration. Anne Jeffreys and Johnny Grant, who became famous in the world of entertainment, have been invited back...

Anne Jeffreys developed love for the theater early

Anne Jeffreys was not just destined to be a star. She was groomed for it. Her mother, Kate Jeffreys Carmichael, had everything covered, Miss Jeffreys says. By the time Anne was a teenager, she had already studied voice and acting....

Kevin Carlisle to handle lighting, sound

Anne Jeffreys will be accompanied on her visit by a multi award-winning producer-director-choreographer. Kevin Carlisle, a graduate of New York City's Juilliard School of Music, will handle the lighting, sound, and music for Miss Jeffreys' show. Carlisle's name has been...

City to vote on development plan

Major changes could be coming this week in how the city regulates development. At its meeting Monday night, the Goldsboro City Council is scheduled to vote on the Unified Development Ordinance, which has been in the discussion stage for several...

Iraq experience is one Goodman doesn't want again

MOUNT OLIVE -- Returning National Guard member Lt. Col. Dennis Goodman says a million dollars could not convince him to go for another tour in Iraq. But in some respects, he said, his heart is still over there. On a...

Rosewood sixth grader featured in book

A sixth grader at Rosewood Middle School is among youths from around the country featured in a book published this month by Prufrock Press. Michael Edwards' article about his interest in fossil collecting is included in "The Ultimate Guide to...

Lawrence Rouse to be installed as JSCC president

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College will install Dr. Lawrence L. Rouse as its fifth president at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Monk Auditorium of the Hoffler Building at its main campus in Kenansville. The installation will be a part...

Girl Scouts encouraging more black girls to join

The Girl Scouts in Wayne County are looking for ways to get more black girls and women involved in the organization. A meeting of the African-American Program Planning Committee was held Saturday at the Girl Scout Service Center office to...

Duplin board to get update on mold, asbestos problems

KENANSVILLE -- County Planner Mike Aldridge will update commissioners Monday on the project to get rid of mold and asbestos at the courthouse. Officials had thought they had gotten rid of all of the asbestos until a couple of weeks...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Tammy Louise Dawson, 30, Stone Glen Place, Pikeville, harassing phone call, not guilty. *Courtney James Tatum, 20, Poplar Street, second-degree trespass, dismissed. *Alicia Williams, Murray Street, communicating threats, dismissed. *Hermenegildo...

Friday, April 1, 2005

Passenger services returns to Kinston

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Passengers board the first commercial airliner in five years to fly out of the Kinston Regional Jetport this morning. The 40-seat CRJ200 carried 34 passengers to Atlanta. For more information see Airline service returns to Kinston....

Airline service returns to Kinston

KINSTON -- "This is no April Fool's. This is reality," said Ralph Clark, the Kinston city manager, as officials celebrated the inaugural passenger flight out of the Kinston Regional Jetport early today. Delta carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines began service with...

Technical skills called key to development

NEW BERN-- The top priority for economic development in eastern North Carolina is training a technically skilled work force, say state economic experts. "We'll need a tool belt of incentives to be competitive," said Kel Landis, "but first we have...

Princeton gets $2.2 million for sewer, new town hall

PRINCETON -- Sen. Elizabeth Dole presented Princeton town officials with, not one, but two federal checks Thursday to help pay for an overhaul of the town's aging sewer system and construction of a new town hall. The town received a...

Schools collect $6,000 for Red Cross

Brogden Primary School, Eastern Wayne Middle School and Charles B. Aycock High School won the annual jug-decorating contest sponsored by the American Red Cross. The competition is part of the Wayne County chapter's annual Pennies-For-A-Purpose fund-raising drive. The fund-raiser was...

Families react in different ways to losing loved

Directors at Home Health & Hospice Care in Goldsboro can't say exactly how the family of Terri Schiavo felt upon her passing Thursday. But they have been with families dealing with the same sort of grief many times. They say...

'Heroes' campaign surpasses goal

Wayne County "heroes" raised $65,003 for the Red Cross during a month-long "Heroes Campaign." The goal was $60,000. The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross ended its annual drive Thursday with a luncheon honoring this year's "heroes" --...

Public records

Fires strike two houses A vacant home that was being remodeled at 215 Herbert St. was damaged Thursday in a fire that may have been caused by plumbing work, a Goldsboro fire official said. Fire Lt. John Parks said the...

United Way accepting grant applications

United Way of Wayne County is taking applications for its New Program and Community Building Grants. Applicants must be tax exempt under IRS Code 501 (c)(3); incorporated in the state of North Carolina as a nonprofit; render charitable, philanthropic, health...

Police, doughnut shop team up to help Special Olympics

Wayne County law enforcement officers will team with Krispy Kreme on Saturday to collect money for the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics. Goldsboro police and Wayne County probation and parole officers will collect donations during the "Cops at the...

Fremont health fair to be held Saturday

FREMONT -- An educational health fair returns to Fremont on Saturday, offering information on such topics as diabetes, heart health, and nutrition. The free event, sponsored by Fremont Area Health Clinic, will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m....

Briefly

Severe weather threat A risk of severe weather, with the chance of isolated tornadoes, exists for Wayne and surrounding counties beginning late this afternoon and continuing through late Saturday morning. The National Weather Service in Raleigh says shifting winds and...

Big crowd attends job fair

More than 500 people poured through the doors of the National Guard Armory Thursday morning hoping to find work. The job applicants poured around the booths and tables of the 28 vendors set up at the seventh annual "March-to-Work Job...