04/24/05 — Sunday Briefly

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Sunday Briefly

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 24, 2005 2:00 AM

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, sponsored by the Foundation of Wayne Community College, is the culmination of a weekend of activities honoring Grant and Miss Jeffreys. Organizers encourage those who attend to bring cameras.

The Spring Creek High School band has been invited to perform during the ceremonies, which will be held along the sidewalk near the new clock in the center of the college campus. A reception will follow.

World War II program

The United States suffered some of its worst defeats in World War II not in Europe or the Pacific but in the Atlantic ocean.

In 1942, 397 ships were sunk or damaged and 5,000 people killed in attacks along the U.S. eastern seaboard. Sixty-five German U-boats hunted merchant vessels, many within view of North Carolina's coastal communities.

Kevin Duffus, a researcher, author and documentary filmmaker, has compiled eyewitness accounts from merchant sailors, Coast Guardsmen and coastal residents. He has also researched legends about German spies, sympathizers and saboteurs.

He will share these Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Gertrude Weil Auditorium, Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E. Ash St. His talk, "World War II on the Outer Banks," is free to the public.

The program is sponsored by a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council.