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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Sisters oppose stepbrother's release

Sisters Tammy Gurley, left, and Holly Moore oppose parole for their stepbrother, Terry Weeks, who fatally shot their mother and stepfather in 1985. For more information see Sisters fight double-murderer's parole....

Sisters fight double-murderer's parole

Two sisters whose lives were changed forever 20 years ago when their mother and stepfather were murdered want to make sure the killer remains in prison. Holly Moore and Tammy Gurley will state their case Monday to the state Post-Release...

County honors fallen heroes at holiday ceremony

Young people might not see Memorial Day as anything other than a chance for a long weekend, said the speaker at a ceremony held Monday at Wayne Community College. But for those who have served their country, the day represents...

County will ask resdients for 10 cents more in taxes

County Manager Lee Smith presented a proposed 2005-06 budget to commissioners today that includes a 10-cent increase in the property tax rate. Commissioners got a preview of the budget, which calls for a tax rate of 76 cents per $100...

Bill targets electronics disposal

A bill pending in the Legislature might help provide a way to safely dispose of obsolete electronic equipment. That's something a local environmental organization has been working toward for years. For the past two years, Keep Wayne County Beautiful has...

Public records

School damaged Vandals inflicted an estimated $1,266 worth of damages between Sunday and Monday at Spring Creek High School, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. A chain-link fence around a greenhouse was cut, holes were...

Briefly

Flag ceremony set for June 14 Don't throw away that faded flag. Take it to a flag retirement ceremony at 5 p.m. on June 14 at the American Legion Post 11 on U.S. 117 South of Goldsboro. Flags are not...

Norwayne honors memory of student who died last year

One of the awards presented at Norwayne Middle School this spring honored the memory of a student who died a year ago in a trailer fire. Michelle Darden, a sixth-grade teacher at the school, said that she and Stephen Frederick...

Faith Christian students sweep scholastic shoot-out

Faith Christian Academy students made a clean sweep during the third annual scholastic shoot-out competition, held recently at Dillard Middle School. Sponsored by Smart Choices for Youth, formerly Wayne County Youth Outreach, and Coca Cola, students in sixth, seventh and...

Monday, May 30, 2005

Honoring heroes' sacrifices

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Jonathan Griffin, a member of the Mount Olive Police Department honor guard, raises the American flag to half staff during a Memorial Day service at Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Olive on Sunday afternoon. Jack Alphin, a retired...

Committee picks Paramount architect

The Paramount Theater Committee has selected an architectural firm to lead the reconstruction of the downtown theater. The committee voted unanimously Friday to offer the job to Pearce Brinkley Cease and Lee. Members will invite the Raleigh firm back next...

Airman killed in Sunday wreck

A 22-year-old airman from Wisconsin died Sunday as a result of injuries sustained in a one-car crash earlier in the day on U.S. 13 South, the Highway Patrol said today. The victim was identified as Joshua Misselt, who was stationed...

Veterans share stories of service, loss, courage

When Jim Hiteshew, Mike Cooper, Jim Zieg and B.E. Dean drink coffee together, they share more than just a few stories and a passion for flying. Their love for their country, and their service to America, are the glue that...

Public records

Man robbed A 22-year-old man was robbed Friday night of $900 and a handgun by three men in the Winn-Dixie parking lot off U.S. 117 South in Mar Mac, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Bradford Noah Faircloth...

Opinion: Eyes of the beholder

Lisa Teachey was taking group pictures of folks in the various News-Argus departments recently. The pictures were for use in a special section. In every group picture, some individual inevitably will be caught with his or her eyes closed, or...

Public hearing on Duplin budget set for June 6

KENANSVILLE -- A public hearing on the proposed Duplin County budget will be held Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in the community room in the back of the Social Services Building. Prior to that, residents can view the proposed...

Pat Peoples volunteers time for summer enrichment classes

When Pat Peoples began leading extra enrichment sessions at Eastern Wayne Elementary School, the curriculum facilitator didn't know the program would lead her to volunteering her time and efforts during the summer. The program began in January through a grant...

June Bloodmobile schedule

The June Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been announced. Dates and times: *June 2: Wayne County Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. *June 3: Lowe's from 10:30 a.m. to 3...

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Tears, hugs and memories mark day as seniors claim diplomas

The dictionary defines commencement as simply "to start." On Friday and Saturday, more than 1,100 high school seniors across Wayne County crossed a threshold and began their journeys into adulthood. The county graduation ceremonies began last weekend with Faith...

High school graduates profiled

PATRICIA OWEN During her four years at Charles B. Aycock High School, Patricia Owen, like many athletes, found ways to push herself past pain to reach her goals. A top-ranked tennis player and also an accomplished piano player, she ranked...

Lt. Col. sets F-15E record

Serving his country has made Lt. Col. Mark Mouw a record-setter. The former commander of the 335th Fighter Squadron just passed his 4,000th flight hour in an F-15E Strike Eagle earlier this month. He is the only known pilot with...

11th juror seated in Lane murder trial

An 11th juror was seated Friday to hear the first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane, who is accused of killing 5-year-old Precious Whitfield. With the original pool of more than 100 potential jurors exhausted, Judge Gary Trawick said jurors...

Dillard archive room opened

A special room at the Dillard Cultural Center now serves as a time capsule for alumni from Dillard and Goldsboro high schools. The archives room opened Friday, coinciding with the 50th anniversary weekend celebration of Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends. Photos...

Central High welcomes home former grads

The 33rd annual Central High School Alumni reunion celebration will wind up today after a weekend full of events. A dutch breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. at the Crossroads Cafe. At 5 p.m., an awards program and gospel...

Boys and Girls clubs plan big summer

The Boys & Girls clubs of Wayne County are planning a big summer for children. Daily activities include games room stuff like ping pong, billiards, foosball, air hockey and board games. The members also do arts and crafts, educational programs,...

Wayne school bus drivers honored

From staff reports Wayne County Public Schools honored bus drivers from all 31 schools recently for their safety behind the wheel and service to the school system. Schools superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor and Board of Education members were on hand...

Public Record

'Booze It, Lose It' More than 94 violations were issued late Friday and early Saturday at a "Booze It and Lose It," checkpoint put up by Goldsboro police, Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies and the state Highway Patrol on U.S....

Friday, May 27, 2005

Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Weekend

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber 2004 Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Queen Shonda Smith, right, crowns this year's winner, Kari Shayna' Raynor, at a ceremony at Goldsboro High School Thursday night. For more information see Alumni crown new queen, give away 36 scholarships....

GPD officer shoots suspect at traffic stop

A Goldsboro police officer shot a man during a scuffle at a traffic stop Thursday night. The suspect, Tremayne Navaris Carmichael, 19, of Beech Street, was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was listed today in stable condition....

Alumni crown new queen, give away 36 scholarships

For Dillard-Goldsboro High School 2005 Alumni Queen Kari Shayna' Raynor, winning the title is about more than the flowers, the crown and the traditional walk through the auditorium. It is all about giving back. The alumni queen/king title is presented...

H. V. Brown remembered

Willette Starke was a little girl when Hugh Victor Brown came to Goldsboro as an educator in 1923. She became one of his students and later his secretary until the schools integrated in 1969. At 93, she is a treasure...

Four more jurors picked to hear Lane murder case

Four more jurors were seated Thursday, bringing the total to 10, for the first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane. The prosecution and defense resumed the search for the final two jurors today in Wayne County Superior Court. Judge Gary...

2005 Relay for Life raises 566,000 dollars

The 2005 Relay for Life had raised $566,000 as of Thursday, but officials say the money that comes in during the next couple of weeks could push the total to $575,000. Dr. Lee Adams, one of the event's three co-chairman,...

GHS student first to cash in ASU scholarship promise

When Renaldo Davis was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend Appalachian State University as a 9-year-old student at School Street Elementary School, he didn't really understand what it meant. "I won't thinking about college then, so I didn't know what...

Public records

Man is charged in school theft FREMONT -- A traffic stop Thursday led to the arrest of a man who was charged with the theft of about $5,000 in property from Norwayne Middle School and seven teachers. The school break-in...

Calendar

CHURCH FUNDRAISER Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 532 Country Day Road, will hold an inside yard and bake sale Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. ART SHOW Goldsboro, Eastern Wayne, Dillard, Central Alumni and Friends are invited to a Memorial...

Burr to visit

Sen. Richard Burr will come to Goldsboro on Wednesday to learn more about the Reach Out and Read program. Burr is expected to visit Carolina Adult and Pediatric Medicine around 12:30 p.m. to see the program in action. Reach Out...

Crop payment program signup deadline near

The Wayne County Farm Service Agency reminds growers that they have until June 1 to sign up for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program. FSA will accept late applications through Sept. 30, but a $100 late fee is required. Growers...

Alumni will speak at Central High reunion

Two former alumni of Central High School will be featured speakers during the school's 33rd annual homecoming this weekend. Milas Dorsey Kelly Jr., of the class of 1975, will kick off the events at 7 p.m. tonight, when he speaks...

Blacksmith to be featured at Waynesborough

Beginning this weekend, Waynesborough Historical Village will feature a blacksmith at work on the last weekend of each month through August. On Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., Kirt Jarrett will be crafting items such as shepherd's hooks,...

Arts Council considering 230,000 dollar budget

The Arts Council of Wayne County is considering a proposed budget of $230,000 for 2005-2006. The budget was presented Thursday at the council's monthly meeting. Council members will vote on the budget at next month's meeting. Members discussed the current...

Corrections

In a Thursday story about a Wilson County man charged with killing his wife, the News-Argus incorrectly reported that Mark Van Sciver, the deputy director of public affairs for the state Department of Health and Human Services, said he could...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The last day ... finally

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Wednesday was the last day of school for many students across the county. Kori Reid, left, a first-grader at School Street Elementary School, and Ronald Banks Jr., a kindergartner, wave to teachers as their bus leaves the...

More arrests made in Mount Olive murder

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Police have arrested five more suspects in connection with the May 16 death of Russell L. Nickelson in Mount Olive. The five suspects were each charged with one count of murder. All are being held...

Husband charged in wife's beating

A Wilson County man has been charged with beating his wife to death a day after being released from Cherry Hospital. Authorities are questioning how Archie van Richard Bryant, 33, was released from the hospital when they claim he was...

End of Grade tests cause stress for students, parents, schools

This is the last week of school for many students in public schools across Wayne County. It also marks the culmination of months of hard work that led up to "end-of-grade" and "end-of-course" tests. Beverly Woodley, principal of Carver Heights...

Six seated for Lane trial

Six jurors were accepted Wednesday by the prosecution and the defense to hear the first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane in Wayne County Superior Court. The two sides will continue today to find the final six jurors. Once they...

Families ask if laws will hurt services offered for disabled

Relatives of developmentally disabled people crowded the Eastpointe conference room Wednesday trying to find out if the new state mental health laws would help or hinder their loved ones. James Hinnant has a developmentally disabled brother and said he was...

Wayne County contestant out of 'Gimme the Mike' competition

Erica Davidson of Durham was named the winner of the "Gimme the Mike" competition Wednesday night on WRAZ-TV in Raleigh. In the second season of the state's version of "American Idol," 20 contenders vied for a trip to New York...

Two men sought in Sampson murder

Two men are being sought by Sampson County authorities for murder. James Robert "Bobby" Bain, 60, and John Vincent Oboyle Jr., 42, are wanted in connection with the shooting death of John Dell Carey, who died this week at the...

Wayne leadership class graduates

One of the first Leadership Wayne County graduates gave the 2005 class a rousing sendoff Wednesday night. Jimmie Ford, a former Wayne County commissioner and state legislator, challenged the class members to change themselves and their community. "When someone asks...

Walnut Creek holds line on utility rates

WALNUT CREEK -- No residents spoke at Wednesday's hearing on Walnut Creek's proposed 2005-06 budget. But village officials still decided to give them a break next year by removing a proposed increase in monthly utility bills. The village will have...

Public records

Man, car shot A 19-year-old Goldsboro man was wounded in the right leg before dawn today in an apartment in the 200 block of Sheridan Forest Road, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Vanradius Vonyell Fields of Carolina...

Older Americans Month observed

More than 100 senior citizens gathered at Herman Park on Wednesday to celebrate Older American's Month. City Councilman Charles Williams was on hand to congratulate the seniors, as they walked from gate to gate in the park. Frankie Moye, representing...

MOC business students win awards

MOUNT OLIVE -- Nine Mount Olive College students recently received awards at the State Leadership Conference Competition of the state chapter of Phi Beta Lambda. First- and second-place winners will go on to the national leadership conference in Orlando, Fla.,...

Huff named vice president of state PTA

Barbara W. Huff of Goldsboro has been elected vice-president for outreach services and leadership of the North Carolina PTA at its annual convention in Durham. Mrs. Huff has served on the board of managers for the state PTA for 15...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Going, going, gone

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Crews were working early today to demolish the old Farmers' Market on South Center Street. City officials determined the buildings at the site to be in such poor condition that they should not be used. City officials...

Counties reach agreement on Eastpointe funding

The Eastpointe Board of Directors voted Tuesday to free up some funds so that Duplin and Sampson counties can pay their fair share of mental health services. Eastpointe is the organization that provides public services for people with mental health...

No jury firm yet in trial

Prosecutors in the Eric Lane murder trial said they hoped to have 12 potential jurors and three alternates picked by the end of court today. The defendant will then have a chance to question the jurors himself. Lane, 33, is...

Cardholders meet local businesses

The halls of Goldsboro Country Club were packed again Tuesday for the Seymour Johnson Purchase Cardholder Trade Show. The show was a chance for purchase cardholders to see what Wayne County and North Carolina businesses have to offer. Cardholders purchase...

Public records

House fire A home at 409 Creech St. was heavily damaged Tuesday in a fire caused by unattended cooking, a Goldsboro fire official said. No injuries were reported at the Dora Gardner home. When 12 firefighters arrived minutes after the...

Eastern Wayne High School one of top schools in nation

From staff reports Eastern Wayne High School has been named one of the top schools in the nation for having successful high school practices and policies in its educational program. Selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers and...

Briefly Memorial Day

Memorial Day ceremony The Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday May 30 at the Wayne Community College Auditorium. The guest speaker will be Col. Leonard T. Coleman, 4th Mission...

Rotary Memorial Garden

A splash of colors and a canopy of green will define the two memorials at Wayne Community College in a couple years. They are baby trees and bushes now. Goldsboro Rotarians have built a memorial garden and dedicated it Tuesday...

Red Cross hires new blood services director

Samia Garner is the new blood services director for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She started May 2. Her duties will include scheduling blood drives, educating blood drive sponsors and working with blood donors. The 47-year-old...

Gateway buses to become rolling billboards

Gateway's buses and vans will become billboards on wheels, starting this summer. The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority agreed this week to allow a company to sell advertising on its vehicles. The contract has yet to be finalized, but ads could appear...

Authors to speak at library

Two N.C. authors will be at the Wayne County Public Library Thursday night for a talk and book signing. Diane Wolfe and Jonathan Farlow will speak at 7 p.m. in the Gertrude Weil Auditorium at the library, 1001 E. Ash...

101-year-old woman hopes to be longest-living member of family

At 101 years old, Ada Minshew is still hoping to be the longest living member of her family. A sister lived to be 102. Mrs. Minshew, whose birthday was May 10, may well overtake her sister next year. She said...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

For sale

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit The former city fire station on Ash Street was built in the 1930s and was used until a new station was built in 1976. For more information see Historic station for sale....

Commissioners consider 10-cent tax hike

Wayne County Commissioners received some bad news Monday. County Manager Lee Smith is figuring a 10-cent increase in the property tax rate in his proposed budget for 2005-2006. The proposed budget is based on a tax rate of 76 cents...

Jurors picked for Lane trial

Jury selection resumed today in the first-degree murder trial of Eric Glenn Lane in Wayne County Superior Court. The 33-year-old Lane, who is representing himself, was accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 5-year-old Precious Ebony Whitfield in 2002. If Lane...

Historic station for sale

One of Goldsboro's landmark buildings is for sale, and city officials hope to find a buyer to restore it to its glory days. The former Goldsboro Fire Station on Ash Street is now available at a cut-rate price, possibly less...

Heavy turnout marks third Chamber business expo

The Third Annual Business Expo drew hundreds of people to Goldsboro Country Club on Monday. Some sampled the food. Some took home samples of the items vendors had on display. Some even found time to conduct a little business. The...

Public records

Murder charge MOUNT OLIVE -- A second man was arrested Monday by Mount Olive police and charged with the murder of a former Goldsboro resident. Jeffrey Leach, 31, of Glen Haven Drive, Goldsboro, was charged with the murder of Russell...

Gateway to get larger buses by early next year

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will replace its fleet of buses by early 2006 with larger models with better handicap access. The Gateway Board of Directors voted Monday afternoon to approve the agency's 2005-06 budget, which totaled over $3.1 million. The...

Cliffs lake too low for swimmers

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The swimming area at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will not open this weekend. There's not enough water. Park ranger Dan Smith said today the swimming area normally opens Memorial Day weekend but that won't...

Students learn safe way to be 'home alone'

Fourth graders at Meadow Lane Elementary School know they are not supposed to talk to strangers. But when asked exactly who a stranger is, they had a difficult time defining one. Most agreed that a stranger is someone they don't...

Rotary-sponsored group from India tours Wayne County

Even something as simple as picking strawberries is one thing members of a Rotary-sponsored team from India will never forget about their trip here. The team consisted of young professionals from India who toured eastern North Carolina for a month...

Exchange Club hears from speakers

David Thomas and Jim Woodall spoke at the recent meeting of the Goldsboro Exchange Club. Thomas, director of health, physical education safety and athletics for Wayne County Public Schools, talked about some of his areas of responsibility. Woodall, president-elect of...

Red Cross offers safety tips as hurricane season nears

Heavy winds are pounding your home, destroying trees and shrubs all around you. Torrential rains are falling from the sky by buckets. Suddenly, your power goes out. Are your prepared for the worst? Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and...

Don't forget pets when storms strike

As hurricane season approaches, people are busy stocking their disaster supply kits and preparing evacuation plans. But what if you have pets or livestock? In these cases, there are extra preparations that must be done. There are sheltering options available...

Briefly

Memorial Day closings City and county offices will be closed Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday. This will include the county landfill and its convenience centers. City garbage pickups that are normally done on Monday will be collected...

Monday, May 23, 2005

Remembering the fallen

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Members of Andrews' Battery fire a cannon in salute to Confederate dead at the Confederate Memorial Service at Willowdale Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. For more information see Confederate Memorial Service held Sunday....

Lane murder trial starts over today

Eric Glenn Lane will go on trial again today in Wayne County Superior Court for the kidnap, rape and murder of 5-year-old Precious Ebony Whitfield in 2002. Lane's original trial was stopped last November -- and a mistrial was declared...

Confederate Memorial Service held Sunday

Wayne County residents honored the men who died fighting for North Carolina in the Civil War as the Sons of Confederate Veterans held their annual memorial service at Willowdale Cemetery on Sunday. Hundreds of soldiers who fought for the South...

Goldsboro resident honored by Air Force

A Mount Olive College graduate and Goldsboro resident was presented a prestigious Air Force award last month. First Lt. Paul Netchaeff, a maintenance officer at Pope Air Force Base, who commutes from Goldsboro, was awarded the Gen. Lew Allen Jr....

Peeved produce sellers move down the street

People looking for the Goldsboro Farmers Market over the weekend could only find a farmer's market. Colt Holloway, a long-time vendor at the official market, has set up his produce stand on family-owned land on Pine Street. He hopes to...

Public records

Second teen charged in store holdups A second Goldsboro teen-ager was arrested Saturday night by Goldsboro police and charged with three felony counts of armed robbery. Marcus Demetrius Benton, 19, of Courtyard Circle was placed in the Wayne County Jail...

Three suspects sought in Sampson shootings

The Sampson County Sheriff's Office is looking for three people for attempted murder. Investigators said two people were shot shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday on Carry Bridge Road near Roseboro. Johnny Dell Carey, 41, is in critical condition at UNC...

Wayne Community students back in class

More than 1,000 students will be taking classes at Wayne Community College this summer. A big percentage of them are university students taking courses that the college makes available, said Dr. Kay Albertson, the vice president for academic affairs at...

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Statue parts are found

The base and pedestal of the 89-year-old Lady in the Park statue that were stolen Thursday from behind the Wayne County Museum were found Friday in a salvage yard, where they had been sold for $168, a historical society official...

Graduation ceremonies this week

More than 1,100 seniors are receiving diplomas from public and private high schools across the county this year. Faith Christian Academy led off the ceremonies Friday evening in the church auditorium, with 10 graduates recognized. Stephen Ray Sloan was valedictorian...

Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni plan big weekend

Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends from far and wide are expected to gather later this week, commemorating its 50th anniversary with an array of activities. The celebration is dedicated to founder and former principal Hugh Victor Brown and living members who...

Third annual Business Expo has 80 vendors

Who wants an interactive, educational experience about the products and services offered by Wayne County businesses and merchants? OK, who wants free stuff? Get both Monday at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's third annual Business Expo at Goldsboro Country...

School officials say year-old energy program paying off

Believing that what gets monitored gets done, school officials say its year-old energy education program is paying off in utility savings. At the beginning of the last school year, Wayne County Public Schools entered into a four-year contract with Energy...

Rain doesn't dampen spirits of relay walkers

KENANSVILLE -- Rain didn't keep cancer survivors and those who have lost family members to cancer away from the sixth annual Duplin County Relay for Life. About 700 people attended the opening ceremony of the event, which raised its goal...

Central Alumni and Friends to hold 33rd annual homecoming

Central Alumni & Friends Inc., will hold its 33rd annual homecoming Friday through Sunday, starting with a banquet Friday at 7 p.m. at the Officer's Club at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Classes being honored are the Central High classes...

WCC honor society chapter in top 100

Wayne Community Col-lege's Upsilon Chi chapter has been named one of the "Top 100" chapters in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. The chapter earned the recognition as one of the best among the organization's 1,200...

Wayne students perform in Virginia event

Students from two Wayne County Public Schools performed at the PAC for a Day Music Festival in Spotsylvania, Va., earlier this month. Although not a competition, the festival provided an opportunity for choirs and bands to showcase their abilities. Grantham...

Two named to Mount Olive Chamber board

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two men have replaced resigning members of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Prodigy Activewear owner Scott Rose will fulfill the unexpired one-year term of Kenny Talton. Talton has accepted employment in Goldsboro....

Wayne County Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Roberto Monteze Powell, 28, Durham Lake Road, Dudley, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping and selling cocaine and marijuana, 60 to 81 months (habitual felon). *Kevin Darnell...

Student News

Mary-Catherine Gurley, a student at Wayne Country Day School, has been selected to attend the Legislators' School for Youth Leadership Development, to be held this summer at East Carolina University. During the two-week high school session, she will attend classes...

Public Record

Teen arrested in store holdups A Goldsboro teenager was arrested Friday by Goldsboro police and charged with armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping. Shawnquel C. Futrell, 17, of Ball Street was arrested after an investigation into six robbery cases of people...

Mount Olive District Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Travis D. Bannerman, 27, South Church Street, Mount Olive, driving while impaired, dismissed; expired inspection, costs. *Kevin Ramone Warren, 17, Old Grantham Road, Goldsboro, affray, 30 days suspended, 12...

News of the military

Army National Guard Capt. David A.S. Moore is a member of the 48th Brigade Combat Team who recently participated in a desert warfare training test at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The Georgia National Guard soldier is...

Kay Bradley elected president of state group

Kay Bradley, the campus information specialist at Wayne Community College, has been elected president of the District 12 N.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals for 2005-2006. She has been a member of the organization for 25 years and has chaired...

Health Department recognizes essay winners

In its third year sponsoring an essay contest to promote abstinence among teens, the Health Department received 75 entries from public and private high schools around the county. The top three winners were all Eastern Wayne High School ninth-graders, with...

Duplin EMS hands out coloring books

Kindergarten children in all Duplin elementary schools have received a coloring book aimed at helping them be unafraid if an ambulance has to come for them. The sight of an ambulance lumbering up to the door often terrifies small children,...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Catherine Julia Keerbs, 47, Granville Drive, stalking, not guilty. *Errick McCalop, East Nelson Street, Mount Olive, assault on a female, not guilty. *Troy Edwin Jernigan, 27, Almond Lane, assault on...

Sunday Briefly

Water line flushing Goldsboro employees who are flushing waterlines overnight will begin work in a new area Sunday night. The new areas to be serviced are Wayne Memorial Drive, W. New Hope Road, Cox Boulevard, Hare Road, Forest Hill Drive,...

Friday, May 20, 2005

Jamming downtown

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The Rick Godfrey Band entertains the crowd Thursday evening at the Goldsboro Center Street Jam. The Center Street Jam is held near Center Street beside the Waynesborough House every other Thursday during the summer months....

Wayne commissioners to meet with legislators

Wayne County commissioners will join commissioners from across the state in Raleigh on Wednesday to inform legislators about the issues with which they are struggling. The commissioners are going as part of the state Association of County Commissioners' annual County...

Tobacco buyout sign-ups on schedule

Only a handful of Wayne County tobacco farmers and quota holders have yet to sign up for the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, said Rick Tharrington, the executive director of the county's Farm Service Agency. Farmers and quota holders have until...

Bankers discuss loan pool for small business

MOUNT OLIVE -- Bankers in Mount Olive gathered Thursday to discuss the concept of a loan pool that would help businesses in small towns. Banks would contribute money to get the pool started. They would profit from the interest the...

Public records

Man sentenced in shooting case A 21-year-old Goldsboro man has been sentenced to about eight to 11 years in prison after being convicted of firing a weapon into a Goldsboro home and wounding the woman resident five times. Jonathan Devon...

Health department recognizes essay winners

In its third year sponsoring an essay contest to promote abstinence among teens, the Health Department received 75 entries from public and private high schools around the county. The top three winners were all Eastern Wayne High School ninth-graders, with...

Briefly

Water line flushing Goldsboro employees who are flushing waterlines overnight will begin work in a new area Sunday night. The new areas to be serviced are Wayne Memorial Drive, W. New Hope Road, Cox Boulevard, Hare Road, Forest Hill Drive,...

Health Dept. is looking for a new dentist

The Health Department is actively seeking a new dentist to continue the program that began five years and became self-sustaining before its start-up grant ended. Despite nearly 25 percent of its patrons lacking dental insurance and paying on a sliding...

Center Street Jam schedule

The Center Street Jam is held near Center Street beside the Waynesborough House every other Thursday during the summer months. The Schedule June 2 -- The Main Event June 16 -- Coastline June 30 -- Craig Woodard Band July 14...

Man convicted in bludgeoning death to be paroled

KENANSVILLE -- The N.C. Parole Commission has granted parole to a Duplin County man who was convicted in the 1982 bludgeoning death of a woman he had served as pastor. Clarence Sheldon Howard, 67, was convicted of second-degree murder in...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Force is back

Photo by Anthony Nesbit Tim Harrison, left, and Nathan Blount do battle in the lobby of Premiere Theaters while they wait for the midnight showing of the new "Star Wars" film last night. For more information see Start of...

BRAC work not over, officials say

Even though Seymour Johnson Air Force Base got good news from the Department of Defense Friday, local officials say their work to make sure the base stays safe is not over. "Right now, we're just kind of sitting tight," said...

Start of final Star Wars film greeted with cheers

"Oh. It begins." The message was shouted out by a member of the audience as the house lights dimmed for the midnight premiere of "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." More than 500 people attended the screening...

City budget calls for hike in utility bills

Goldsboro property owners will pay more in utility bills, starting in July, and will also see an increase when their tax bills arrive this fall. The Goldsboro City Council held a work session Wednesday on the city's proposed 2005-06 budget....

Hospital tries to improve care, accessiblity for Latino patients

KENANSVILLE -- Imagine having a heart attack. You are in pain and know something is wrong; and you have to get to a hospital. Once you get there, however, you can't tell the healthcare workers what's wrong with you because...

Learning to de-stress their lives

Members of the Wayne County Mental Health Association learned how to de-stress their lives during the monthly Lunch and Learn seminar. Each month the association holds an hour-long seminar on topics relating to mental health, but Wednesday's presentation was geared...

A protest of reductions in state disabled services being held Saturday at Eastpointe

A protest against reductions in state services for disabled and mentally ill patients will be held Saturday in front of the Eastpointe building at the corner of James and Walnut streets, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Organizers say the...

Engineer for major road projects in Wayne leaving

Wayne County's board of commissioners passed a resolution of support earlier this week for Jim Trogdon, division engineer for the North Carolina transportation department. Trogdon managed Wayne County state road projects for more than five years, forging a strong relationship...

Wayne Community College golf tournament set for June 14

The Foundation of Wayne Community College will have its 13th golf tournament in June to raise money for scholarships. The prizes aren't huge, because the golfers realize all the money is going to scholarships, Foundation Executive Director Jack Kannan said...

Public records

Bank robber strikes again? A man matching the description of the person who robbed a Fremont bank Tuesday may have struck again today. A bank in Rocky Mount was held up by a masked gunman. Fremont Police Chief Ben Reid...

City officials honor members of Goldsboro Youth Council

Mayor Al King and the Goldsboro City Council honored 22 high school seniors this week who have been members of the Goldsboro Youth Council. Community Affairs Director LaTerrie Ward introduced the seniors at Monday's City Council meeting. City officials then...

Fremont board grants zoning variance

FREMONT -- The Fremont town board granted a zoning variance, approved a legal contract for financing a new fire truck, selected a new town auditor and a town engineer, approved garbage pickup for some out-of-town residents and adopted a budget...

Bloodmobile

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chevrolet-Cadillac of Goldsboro. Donors will receive a Texas Steakhouse coupon....

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Tower dedicated to Daniels

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards The climbing wall at Camp Tuscarora was dedicated Tuesday to Ben Daniels. From left, Ben's son, Cody Daniels, Nikki Barbour, and Jo Anne and Ben Daniels. For more information see Climbing tower dedicated to Daniels....

Vandalism will not delay demolition

Thieves took advantage of the planned demolition of the Downtown Farmers Market this week to steal two refrigerators used by a vendor. Daisy Coley said someone broke into her booth and stole the coolers Monday night. An official with the...

Eight students receive scholarships

Eight students from Wayne County Public Schools have been awarded college scholarships for the fall. This is the third year funds from the Emmet and Mary Robinson Charitable Trust are being awarded to students seeking degrees in nursing, medicine, agriculture...

Murder suspect turns himself in

A man suspected in the Monday evening murder of a former Goldsboro resident surrendered to Mount Olive police Tuesday. Bobby Leach, 33, of Williamson Street in Mount Olive, is accused in the shooting death of Russell Lee Nickelson, 32, whose...

Climbing tower dedicated to Daniels

FOUR OAKS -- Boy Scout Camp Tuscarora's climbing tower has a new name. The scouts have dedicated the structure to Ben Daniels, a long-time volunteer with the Tuscarora Council Boy Scouts of America. Daniels and his son, Cody, built the...

Masked gunman robs Fremont bank

FREMONT -- A masked gunman held up The Heritage Bank on Tuesday and escaped in a stolen car with an undisclosed amount of money. "No one got hurt," Police Chief Ben Reid Jr. said. "I'm real glad of that." Four...

Commissioners to urge legislators to back bills on traditional marriage

Wayne County commissioners decided Tuesday to ask state legislators to take action on bills supporting traditional marriage, but stopped short of specifying what the action should be. The Wayne County Republican Party submitted a resolution to the board last week...

Farrell named director at O'Berry

The assistant director of O'Berry Center will take over as director July 1. Dr. Frank Farrell, who has served as assistant director since 1988, will assume his new duties upon the retirement of Dr. Jerry Lyall, who has served as...

Public records

Drug charges As a result of an investigation conducted by the Goldsboro Wayne County Drug Squad, a marijuana plant with an estimated street value of $12,000 was located growing in a planter at 201 N. George St. Investigation into the...

Wayne Community College campus to become summer camp

Wayne Community College's campus will become a summer camp for the 10th year this summer, as the college students' domain is taken over by rising eighth- and ninth-graders participating in Camp Exploration. Camp Exploration is a week-long day camp, summer...

Rebuilding Broken Places offers summer camp

Youths will have another summer camp option, through a faith-based program begun last year by Rebuilding Broken Places. The summer camp, called "Project YESS," which stands for Youth Educated for Successful Service, is for children ages 5-12. It will run...

Eight students receive college scholarships

Eight students from Wayne County Public Schools have been awarded college scholarships for the fall. This is the third year funds from the Emmet and Mary Robinson Charitable Trust are being awarded to students seeking degrees in nursing, medicine, agriculture...

Fremont board grants zoning variance

FREMONT -- The Fremont town board granted a zoning variance, approved a legal contract for financing a new fire truck, selected a new town auditor and a town engineer, approved garbage pickup for some out-of-town residents and adopted a budget...

Duplin Relay for Life to aim for $108,000

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin Relay for Life volunteers have raised almost $60,000 toward a goal of $108,000. The schedule for the upcoming Relay for Life this weekend at James Sprunt Community College is as follows: The opening ceremony will be 7...

Briefly

Center Street Jam Rain, rain, go away, the Rickey Godfrey Band is ready to play. Barring bad weather (again), the 2005 season of Center Street Jams will begin Thursday at the Waynesborough House parking lot. The concert will be 5:30-8...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Attacking a cornfield

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Four John Deere tractors plow a cornfield on Piney Grove Road between Seven Springs and U.S. 70. A farm worker said that they could plow between 300 and 400 acres a day using four tractors. The cornfield...

Suspect sought in Mount Olive slaying

MOUNT OLIVE -- Emergency workers found a former Goldsboro man lying dead in a yard at the corner of Church and Kornegay streets about 11:30 p.m. Russell Lee Nickelson, 32, had been shot in the chest, said Mount Olive Police...

No one speaks against tax hike

If Goldsboro property owners are worried about a proposed tax increase next year, they missed their chance to say so Monday night. The City Council's hearing on the 2005-06 budget only attracted five speakers, all of whom asked the city...

Duplin commissioners hear complaints

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners took some heat Monday as county residents complained about a lack of some services, the cost of others and the possibility of higher taxes. At one point during the commissioners' meeting, Chairman...

Sheriff's deputy says he feared for life during scuffle

A Wayne County sheriff's deputy said he was concerned for his life when he fought a man, 90 pounds heavier, last week during an emergency call in Rosewood. "That's the worst fight I've been in, and the scaredest I've been...

Public records

Building fire PIKEVILLE -- A small storage building at 676 Lancaster Road was destroyed Sunday in a predawn fire, a fire official said Monday. Patetown Volunteer Fire Chief John Gardner said the cause of the fire was undetermined, but he...

Relay team featured members from 7 states

The 916th Air Refueling Wing from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was one of 105 teams in this year's Relay for Life. But there was one thing about this team that made it totally different from any of the others...

Talk about water dominates Calypso budget discussion

CALYPSO -- Town commissioners held a workshop at Town Hall Monday night to discuss next year's budget. Talk about water needs dominated the discussion. Gerald Lanier, the town's water plant operator, warned the board members they need to consider upkeep...

Wayne native wins Music Row award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Dudley resident Sherrill Blackman was honored for the second time as "Songplugger Of The Year" at Music Row Magazine's annual awards ceremony. The award was given in recognition for the hard work behind matching the right...

Monday, May 16, 2005

Taking a break

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Sgt. Fred Johnson Sr., left, of the Battery B, 2nd Regiment U.S. Colored Light Artillery, jokes with fellow re-enactor Quartermaster Sgt. Jake Jacobs during the "Soldier to Peacekeeper" program Saturday. For more information see After the cannons...

Annexation opponents will go back to court

Wayne County annexation opponents are taking their fight to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Good Neighbors United, the group fighting Goldsboro's proposed annexation north of the city, filed an appeal Thursday regarding a decision made by Superior Court Judge...

Water board thanked for help

Goldsboro and Wayne County officials turned out this morning to thank a state board for its help in protecting Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Clean Water Management Trust Fund has given a $1.7 million grant to buy and protect...

After the cannons stopped, a new era

FREMONT -- As visitors exited their vehicles in the participants' parking lot, they could smell burning wood and hear horses neighing. In the parking lot were 21st century vehicles. Beside it was a modern-day street. And, across the street, a...

Chapter meets to share heroic stories of Tuskegee Airmen

They were heroes; fighter pilots who never lost a plane. The only ones. They brought home 150 distinguished Flying Crosses, Legions of Merit and The Red Star of Yugoslavia. But Maycie Herrington wants those who remember the 970 Tuskegee Airmen...

Commission will weigh definition of marriage

Wayne County Commis-sioners will consider a resolution supporting traditional marriage at their meeting Tuesday at the urging of local Republicans. Ed Wharton, chairman of the Wayne County Republican Party, submitted the resolution. "Decisions by activist judges have challenged and disqualified...

Firms get tips on selling to government purchase cardholders

Small businesses that would like to sell to government purchase cardholders at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are invited to participate in a trade show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at the Goldsboro Country Club. According to...

Suit for training police dogs donated to GPD

A man's best friend may be a dog, but Goldsboro police are warming up to the 99 Shepherds as well. On Friday, the new public-service group donated a padded suit that can be used to train canine officers to the...

Stress management course offered

Rebuilding Broken Places, United Way and the Mental Health Association are partnering to offer a special 'lunch and learn' program Wednesday. The special program is part of an effort to recognize May as Mental Health month. The lunch, catered by...

Public records

Armed holdups A convenience store clerk and a pizza delivery man were robbed in separate, night-time armed holdups, according to Goldsboro police reports. The robbers were described as being 17 to 19 years old. A woman clerk told police that...

Two charged in courthouse break-in

KENANSVILLE -- Two construction workers have been charged with breaking into the courthouse, which is under renovation. District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Reginald Herring and Morgan Rice were charged with breaking into a secured section of the courthouse basement on...

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Wayne ready to get back to business

After hearing Seymour Johnson Air Force Base escaped the Pentagon's ax, local business leaders quickly turned their attention to the future. "I was expecting good news, and got it," said Henry Smith, chairman of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce....

Public hearing on budget is Monday

Goldsboro City Council members are still discussing how they feel about the city's proposed budget for 2005-2006. City residents will have a chance Monday night to get into the conversation. A public hearing on the $41 million spending plan will...

Grantham Couple lives with cancer

GRANTHAM - Sandra Castle says she has been husband Jack's biggest cheerleader and caregiver since they met while working at Shepherd College in West Virginia 16 years ago. So when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, her...

Relay for Life a giant success

Amid tears of joy, lots of applause and cheers of victory, Dr. Lee Adams announced that this year's Relay for Life raised $560,000 by the closing ceremonies Saturday. The goal was $500,000. "I wouldn't doubt that we'll end up with...

Wayne Memorial wins with 'Fired Up for a Cure'

Wayne County people were "Racing for a Cure," "Corralling a Cure" and "Helping Build a Cancer-Free Society" at this year's Relay for Life. Those were some of the themes of the 105 campsites on the Wayne Community College campus. The...

Mother, daughters celebrate their victories over cancer

Pat Reboli and her two daughters take part in Relay for Life in Goldsboro each year. But, unlike most of the participants, the three of them have a common bond -- they have all had cancer. Daughter Patty Spears, 46,...

Duplin to hold Relay for Life beginning Friday

Hundreds of people throughout Duplin County will gather at James Sprunt Community College on Friday for the annual Duplin County Cancer Relay for Life. The relay, which will begin at 7 p.m., will run all night and into Saturday morning,...

WCC Honor Society wins 18 awards

Wayne Community Col-lege's Honor Society has captured 18 awards. Upsilon Chi, the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa -- the international honor society for two-year colleges -- was presented 18 awards at its annual regional conference. This year's haul topped...

Waterline flushing to continue

The city of Goldsboro is beginning a new phase of flushing its waterlines overnight. The affected lines include those along U.S. 70, 10th Street, Norwood Avenue, 12th Street, Wendell Street, Pleasant Drive, Lockhaven Court, Lockhaven Drive, Pineland Drive, Handley Acres,...

Volunteer Center has opportunities

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...

Tommy's Road receives physical education grant

Tommy's Road Elementary School has received a $2,500 grant to enhance its physical education program. The grant, from the American Association of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance, was awarded to Sheila Wolfe, a physical education teacher who is now the...

Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Jose Manuel Diaz, 27, Timothy Street, Dudley, trafficking in cocaine, 70 to 84 months active and $100,000 fine (appealed); maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping and selling cocaine,...

Student selected for program

Emily Mitchell, a fourth-grade student at Northwest Elementary School, is one of 360 academically talented students who have been invited to participate in the National Young Scholars Program June 26-July 8 at James Madison University in Harrison-burg, Va. The program...

Student News

Sarah-Davis Cagle has received the Appalachian State University Outstanding Student Leader of the Year Award. This Leadership Award is presented by the ASU Club Council which represents 200 campus-wide student clubs and organizations. The 2002 graduate of Eastern Wayne High...

Scholarship applications sought

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College is accepting applications for the Herring Scholarship for academic year 2005-2006. The application deadline for first priority consideration is June 6. The Herring Scholarship provides support for financial needs of a diverse spectrum of...

Public Record

Investigations Wayne County law enforcement agencies are investigating these reports: *Vicky R. Stamatis, an employee of Best Gas and Grill in Dudley, found Friday afternoon that someone had thrown a cinderblock through the windshield of her Ford Escort while she...

Princeton student wins contest

Eden Nethercutt, a 7th-grade student at Princeton School, won the North Carolina Soil and Water Speech Contest held in Raleigh recently. She is Johnston County's first state winner since the speech competition began 25 years ago. Miss Eden competed against...

Mother of five children among JSCC graduates

KENANSVILLE -- Family and friends celebrated the graduation of more than 500 students of James Sprunt Community College programs last week. More than 200 of the graduates, dressed in the traditional cap and gown, attended the graduation ceremonies and took...

Mount Olive Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Peter Marshall Taylor, 48, Covington, Ga., larceny and communicating threats, 45 days. *Chrystal Melvin Adams, 44, Stanley Chapel Church Road, Dudley, driving while impaired, 60 days suspended, 18 months...

Military news

Army Pvt. Mendell L. Williams has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in...

JSCC starts summer schedule

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College began its summer operating schedule last week. Under the schedule, the college will be open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will be closed on Fridays. The summer schedule will continue...

Nursing scholarship honors Wayne residents

GREENVILLE -- A scholarship has been established at the East Carolina University School of Nursing in honor of longtime educator Eldean Pierce and her husband, Hal, both residents of the Rosewood area. Eldean Pierce, who started teaching at the school...

Duplin libraries offer summer reading times

Duplin school children will explore Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds through programs and books at the public libraries. The 2005 summer reading programs are open to children age 3 to 12, and families are invited to join the Read-To-Me programs....

District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *David Elwood Davis, 29, Ridgefield Drive, Dudley, assault on a female, not guilty. *Douglas Devon Broadie, 28, Third Street, assault by pointing a gun, not guilty. *Christopher Boone, Larchmont Drive,...

Crop acreage reports due Monday

The deadline for making crop acreage reports for fall seeded crops is Monday. Producers are reminded that this year officers are required to enter the planting date for each field. Visit the Wayne County Farm Service Agency office for more...

Briefly Sunday

Water board meets The board of trustees of the state Clean Water Management Trust Fund will meet today and Monday at Wayne Community College. The board will start work today with committee meetings at 1:45 p.m. and will continue with...

Jack Amirian dies

From staff reports Jack Amirian, owner of Amirian's Fine Art and Framing and a long-time supporter of downtown Goldsboro, has died. He was 51. Goldsboro police found Amirian's body at his home on Cashwell Drive at 3 p.m. Friday, reports...

Friday, May 13, 2005

What local officials say about BRAC announcement

Goldsboro and Wayne County officials breathed a collective sigh of relief today when military officials announced that Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was not on the list of bases recommended for closure. Local leaders had worked for months to ensure...

What people in Wayne County are saying

The news that Seymour Johnson Air Force Base would not only remain open but add jobs due to realignment of other bases brought smiles to faces all around Wayne County this morning. "There's a lot of happy people in Goldsboro...

Survivors celebrate cancer victories

Ed Ezzell had a good life. After retiring from teaching math for 30 years, he had turned his golf hobby into a new career. But his easy-going attitude changed in May 2003 when doctors discovered a lump on his neck,...

Broken Places schedules second Imani Week

Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation has released final plans for the Second Annual Imani Week. On Saturday at 8 a.m., there will be a Faith Walk open to all citizens, beginning at the Northend Community Park and ending at...

Public records

Man sentenced to 36 years gets new trial in Wayne A 66-year-old man, who was sentenced to more than 36 years in prison after being convicted by a Wayne County Superior Court jury of seven sex offenses involving two young...

Civil War tourists could bring dollars to Wayne

Visitors spend nearly $100 million a year in Wayne County, but new attractions could lure even more money to the county, the state's top tourism official said Thursday. If this area were to promote its Civil War history, cultural and...

Inspector leaves Mount Olive for Goldsboro

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town Inspector Kenny Talton's last full day at work is today in the Mount Olive Planning Department, where he has been nine years. He will take some vacation time and then start work June 1 as Goldsboro's...

Tuskegee banquet set for Saturday

The annual banquet of the Wilson V. Eagelson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the NCO Club on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Six members of the original Tuskegee Airmen are...

Tommy's Road Elementary School receives physical education grant

Tommy's Road Elementary School has received a $2,500 grant to enhance its physical education program. The grant, from the American Association of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance, was awarded to Sheila Wolfe, a physical education teacher who is now the...

Scholarship applications sought

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College is accepting applications for the Herring Scholarship for academic year 2005-2006. The application deadline for first priority consideration is June 6. The Herring Scholarship provides support for financial needs of a diverse spectrum of...

East Carolina School of Nursing scholarship honors Wayne resident

GREENVILLE -- A scholarship has been established at the East Carolina University School of Nursing in honor of longtime educator Eldean Pierce and her husband, Hal, both residents of the Rosewood area. Eldean Pierce, who started teaching at the school...

Clarification

Jefferson United Methodist Church made two $550 donations to Relay for Life teams. They were listed as $300 donations in a special Relay for Life section in Tuesday's News-Argus. The donations were made to Shepherd's Shockers and Rainbow Crusaders Relay...

Seven Springs budget posted for public review

SEVEN SPRINGS --Resi-dents can look at the town's proposed new budget at Town Hall on Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The board will hold a budget public...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Disability walk

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Goldsboro citizens and organizations for the handicapped gathered at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Wednesday morning for the five-block Mayor's Disability Walk. People cheered the marchers from the sidewalks and windows of businesses. The annual event...

Some not worried about base

Many Wayne County residents have mixed emotions about the possibility of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base closing. Federal officials are expected to announce Friday what military bases around the country will be recommended for closure or realignment. Seymour Johnson could...

Toll roads discussed for new 70 bypasses

KINSTON -- Limited state transportation dollars could lead to new U.S. 70 bypasses, including one around Goldsboro, being built as toll roads. State and local officials said they need to explore unconventional ideas in order to speed up highway traffic...

Relay for Life grows into $500,000 event

What began as a few people gathering to raise a few thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society has, over 15 years, turned into a major event in Wayne County that now raises more than a half million dollars a...

Public records

Citizen's call lead to arrests An alert neighbor called the 911 center Wednesday about a residential break-in on Augusta Drive and said four young black men left in a sport utility vehicle. Four men were arrested in less than 10...

Goldsboro doctor meets Dalai Lama on India trip

When Dr. Bryson Bateman arrived in India to learn more about the culture of that country, he never dreamed he would be meeting the Dalai Lama. But not only did he meet the famed religious leader, he even had the...

City Council looks for ways to reduce budget

Goldsboro councilmen tried this morning to find items to cut in the 2005-06 budget to avoid or lessen a proposed property tax hike. The council members looked at the budgets for the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation and the travel and...

Goldsboro fire department called to six structure fires

Six structure fires that caused about $124,300 in damages were among the 176 calls that the Goldsboro Fire Department answered in April. An April 29 fire resulted in an estimated $55,000 in damages to a home at 913 S. Slocumb...

Seven Spriings commissioners outraged at sewer bill increases

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Residents will pay 19 percent more on their sewer bills beginning July 1 to cover additional costs passed along to Wayne County by the city of Goldsboro. The town will pay 34 percent more for maintenance of...

Mount Olive Chamber's Patti O'Donoghue plans to retire

MOUNT OLIVE -- Patti O'Donoghue has announced she will retire as president of the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce by the end of the year. Mrs. O'Donoghue, who has served as the chamber president since 1993, said she plans to...

Duplin to hold summer school for grades 3 to 8

Duplin County will have summer school for students in grades three through eight. Students will arrive at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 2:15 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The first day will be June 13 for continuous learning...

Wayne middle school students learn how to deal with conflict

Wayne County Public Schools middle school students recently had an opportunity to receive training in peer mediation. Groups of about 20 students from the seventh and eighth grades in all the middle schools have gone through or will be going...

Central Alumni and Friends plans 33rd Annual Homecoming

The 33rd annual homecoming of Central Alumni and Friends will be Friday through Sunday, May 27-29. Classes being honored are the Central High classes of 1945, 1955 and 1965 and the Eastern Wayne High classes of 1975, 1985, 1995 and...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Touring the schools

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit County Commissioner Jack Best studies information about Goldsboro High School during the school facility tour on Tuesday. Also pictured in a Goldsboro High School classroom are, from left, Commissioner Atlas Price; Superintendent Dr. Steve Taylor; Commissioner Andy...

Annexation opponents join lobbying effort today

A dozen annexation opponents donned red shirts this morning before heading to Raleigh as part of a state-wide anti-annexation lobbying effort. "Red stands for stop annexation," said Lisa Cantrell, a member of the Wayne County group opposing annexation by the...

Commissioners tour schools; look at buildings in the city

Wayne County commissioners ended their tour of all the county's public schools Tuesday, after spending the morning visiting schools inside Goldsboro city limits. Commissioners said the four-day tour that began last week helped put the schools' building needs in better...

New city bus shelter already target of vandals

Residents of Seymour Homes waited for years for their Gateway bus shelter. It took a vandal only days to find it. Over the weekend, someone broke out a 5-foot-by-3-foot window panel on the shelter. The damage will cost more than...

Fremont tax, utility rates not likely to rise

FREMONT -- Fremont residents won't be paying more in property taxes in 2005-06 and might not be paying more in utility fees. The town board did not discuss its current 65-cent tax rate during Tuesday night's budget workshop in Town...

Memorial service remembers officers killed in line of duty

Nine Wayne County law-enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were remembered today at the county's annual law enforcement memorial service at Wayne Community College. "No other names were added to the wall this year," Goldsboro Police Chief...

Beginning teachers honored by school officials

Wayne County Public Schools recently honored its pool of beginning teachers. The second annual breakfast and recognition event recognized teachers with less than three years of experience. Each school nominated a candidate, all of whom are participants in the N.C....

Program would aid families of mobilized Guard and Reserve members

The University of North Carolina is spearheading a program, funded by the Department of Defense, that provides support for families of National Guard and Reserve personnel deployed for long periods of time. The Citizen-Soldier initiative is geared at addressing the...

Waynesborough summer events planned

Waynesborough Historical Village has two events planned this summer. Both are free and open to the public, said Ray Swinson, director of events. Diversity Day will be June 4. The event will recognize African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American...

Duplin residents to get opportunity to test new voting machines

KENANSVILLE -- Residents will have a chance to test three voting machines before the county decides which to buy. The machines will be set up in the Kenan Memorial Auditorium, 437 N. Main St., Kenansville for two days in June...

Public records

King hurt in wreck Clyde Edward King, the former Major League baseball pitcher and New York Yankees' manager, was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision at 11:10 a.m. on U.S. 70 East near N.C. 111, Goldsboro police said. King, 81,...

Chamber hears details on Delta deal

KENANSVILLE -- A man from Kinston pitched his town's airport and Delta Airlines to chamber members Monday during lunch at Bo's Cafe. Kenansville is in the marketing area for Delta's non-stop flights, said Jerry Kanter, a member of Lenoir County's...

Wilkiins elected to National Guard council

Goldsboro resident Cleveland C. Wilkin was recently elected to the Executive Council of the National Guard Association, a non-profit corporation made up of members and former members of the North Carolina National Guard. The association is governed by the executive...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Berkeley wreck

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Police, fire and rescue personnel assist a driver this morning after a collision at North Berkeley Boulevard and an exit ramp from Dr. M.L. King Jr. Expressway, the U.S. 70 bypass. The driver, John Henry Bell Jr.,...

City: Tax hike could have been worse

Goldsboro residents grumbling about a possible 5-cent increase in city property taxes might feel better to know it could have been much worse. Finance officials say they trimmed more than $2.6 million in requests before the city's proposed 2005-06 budget...

Father relieved to learn son is safe

Ken Plummer was half-asleep in front of his TV Saturday night when he heard what sounded like his son's name mentioned by a newscaster describing a helicopter crash. Plummer's son, Chris-topher, is an Army major deployed to Afghanistan. The broadcast...

Shelter too crowded to take care of strays

The Wayne County Animal Shelter has housed unwanted pets for half a century, but it is too small and outdated to meet the county's current animal control needs, say officials who hope to build a new shelter. Thirty years ago,...

Mental health workers seek support for programs

Mental health workers told lawmakers Monday the community needs help from the Legislature to prepare to take on a larger portion of the burden for caring for people with mental illnesses. "The state needs to give counties more flexibility with...

County celebration brings businesses together

Employees from businesses across Wayne County gathered Monday for a day of golf, food and fun. The 17th annual Wayne County Industry Celebration Golf Tournament, held at the Goldsboro Country Club, was organized by the county Economic Development Commission. Ambassadors...

Public records

Hungry thief hits Wilber's A thief entered Wilber's Barbecue Northside at 1104 N. William St. between Friday and Monday and stole two cans of Brunswick stew, a bag of onion rings and a can of green beans, Goldsboro police reported....

Community calendar

DISABILITY WALK The annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities, will be held May 11, starting at 10 a.m. The five-block walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities, will...

Clarification

A story in Sunday's edition of The News-Argus misidentified the graduation speaker. William A. Dudley, senior deputy secretary of N.C. Crime Control and Public Safety, was the keynote speaker during Friday night's Wayne Community College graduation....

Monday, May 9, 2005

Sun shades

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Josiah Trotter, 4, left, and his sister, Abby, 10, try to stay out of the sun under their parents lawn chairs at the Easter Regional track and field meet held at Rosewood High School Saturday morning. The...

Wayne waits for news on base

An announcement of military bases recommended for closure had been expected early this week, but a Pentagon spokesman said today Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is likely to make the list public Friday. The fate of Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Officials ready if Seymour Johnson on list

Mental health officials voiced concern to legislators this morning about potential emotional problems for citizens if Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is on the list for realignment or closure. The topic came up during a question-and-answer session at a mental...

Relay begins Friday

Wayne Community College will be the center of activity this weekend as the annual Relay for Life takes place. The relay begins Friday at 4 p.m. and ends at noon Saturday. There will be an opening ceremony Friday at 6...

Not too late, early for MOC graduates

MOUNT OLIVE-This year's Mount Olive College graduating class represented a lot of territory - from a student who finished his studies in three years to graduate at 21, to a 58-year-old retired military man with three children of his own...

Senior Center celebrates May with slate of events

Peering out from underneath his red and blue ball cap, 78-year-old Daniel Hubbard keeps a watchful eye on the pool table. It's mid-morning at the Senior Center on John Street in downtown Goldsboro, and Hubbard has already played several games...

Public records

3 hurt in 5 crashes Three people were injured and damages were estimated at $16,650 in five recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *Damages were estimated at $7,000 in a two-car collision at 2:40 p.m. Sunday at North...

OPINION: Come back, Gearino!

It didn’t take G.D. Gearino long to wear out his welcome in Goldsboro. Gearino makes his living writing a column in the Raleigh News & Observer. He was in Goldsboro recently to speak at the Henry Belk lectures series...

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Community awaits BRAC decision

In less than a week, Wayne County could know if Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will close, be realigned or left alone. The loss of the base, or a realignment that alters its mission, would cost the county plenty. Every...

Closure not just 'locking the gate'

If Seymour Johnson is on the Pentagon's list for either closure or realignment, a jury of nine could decide its fate. The BRAC Commission convened last week and is expect to receive the list of recommendations this week. The members...

Local officials response to BRAC

Goldsboro Mayor Al King can't wait for the BRAC list to arrive. "I am ready for this to be over," King said last week. "I really think we're OK, that we have done all that we can do, and we're...

Annexation battle is not over

A group fighting annexation by the city of Goldsboro says its battle isn't over, even after a legal victory last month. "There are other issues still left unresolved that will need to be addressed by the court," said Bill Burnette,...

Diplomas awarded to 325 graduates at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE-Mount Olive College enjoyed the largest enrollment in its history this academic year, said President J. William Byrd during commencement exercises Saturday afternoon in College Hall. Diplomas were conferred upon 325 graduates, having completed studies at locations in Mount...

Mike Aycock sees change to volunteer squads ahead

The Wayne County fireman of the year says the makeup of the rural volunteer department may be changing. "I'm concerned about the life of the fire department in the years to come," Little River Fire Chief Mike Aycock said. He...

19 students complete Junior Leadership

Nineteen high school students completed the Junior Leadership Wayne County program last week. "Leaders are here," said Dan Krautheim, senior vice president of Wayne Community College, during the May 3 graduation program at the college. "They will be ready to...

Woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in death of infant

Two people have pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the unrelated deaths of an infant in Mount Olive and a man in Goldsboro. A teen-ager from Guatemala had been charged with the murder...

Volunteer Center opportunities

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...

Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Andre Lavarr Coley, 32, Central Heights Road, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, seven to nine months. *Juan Tramaine Smith, 25, Marlette Drive, possession...

Student News

Christian Brookx Peele was 13 years old when she enrolled at Mary Baldwin College. The 17-year-old will graduate this month and has been accepted to the Master of Divinity degree program at Duke University in Durham. She received a Duke...

Seven Springs making preparations for festival

SEVEN SPRINGS -- There's going to be war here this summer. The Seven Springs Historical Society and the Andrews Battery Civil War re-enactors will be on hand for the upcoming Ole Timey Days festival. Bobby and Karen Mozingo, who are...

Senior Games winners announced

Senior Games Winners These people won medals at the Wayne County Senior Games sponsored last month by the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department: Jane Adams - Gold: Poetry, sculpting, weaving Polly Adams - Bronze: softball; Silver: discus, spincasting, shot put,...

Retirees express opinions on BRAC

Should Seymour Johnson Air Force Base close, thousands of military retirees in Wayne County wouldn't just be losing a place to get discounts on groceries and medical services. They would be losing a big part of their lives, a connection...

Rain forces ceremony inside, but spirits high

Wayne Community College graduates filed into the sanctuary at First Assembly of God church Friday night as cameras flashed and family members called out congratulations. Rain force the ceremony indoors but spirits remained high as 422 students received their diplomas....

Public records

Investigations Wayne County law-enforcement officers are investigating these reports: *A 17-year-old Dudley female reported her 21-year-old boyfriend assaulted her when she could not produce a ring that belonged to him. She said he choked her, pulled her hair and arms,...

Pam Minshew to seek clerk of court position

Pam B. Minshew, a 25-year veteran of the Wayne County Clerk of Courts Office, will seek the Democratic Party nomination for clerk of court. Mrs. Minshew, a life-long resident of Wayne County, will oppose Jo Ann Summerlin in the primary....

Officials half-way through with tour of county schools

After almost three days of visiting classrooms, offices, gymnasiums and libraries, Wayne County commissioners and school board members are about half-way through their tour of all 31 public schools in the county. They plan to finish up this week by...

Cutting from 'mother vine' planted

ROSE HILL -- A cutting from an ancient scuppernong grape "mother vine" that has grown for centuries along the North Carolina coast will now have a chance to spread its heritage into Duplin County. The Manteo vine was already established...

Mount Olive District Court

Mount Olive District Court These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Shalonda Deloris Wooten, 20, Outlaw Road, Dudley, larceny, not guilty. *Tylanda Nicole Wooten, 16, Isler Street, Goldsboro, larceny, not guilty. *Jamel Kareem Carter, 23, South Center...

Lou Brown wins teaching award

Louetta M. "Lou" Brown in the medical lab sciences program at Wayne Community College was named the 2005 recipient of the George E. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is Wayne Community College's "teacher of the year" award and...

Letter carriers want to insure hungry have access to food

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, food donations pour in to help the hungry of this community. By spring, however, many nonprofit organizations' pantries are becoming empty. The National Association of Letter Carriers wants to change that. So do local...

Imani celebration under way this week

From staff reports The Imani celebration that began Saturday with a business expo and health screening will culminate this coming Saturday with a speech by Dr. Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu, at an induction banquet for people...

Grandmother among graduates

Rosa Towner has 17 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. On Thursday night, she became a high school graduate. And she did not just get her diploma, either. She was valedictorian at ... well, she won't admit to exactly how many...

Goshen gets $463,000 grant

FAISON -- Goshen Medical Center will receive a $463,000 grant to help provide health care to Goldsboro's migrants and homeless people. Dr. Greg Bounds, the director at Goshen, said the center is one of only 17 in the nation that...

District Court news

Wayne County District Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Howard Hairston, 48, Aycock Dairy Farm, Road, Fremont, driving while license revoked, 120 days (appealed); larceny, 120 days (appealed); driving while license revoked, 120 days (appealed)....

Friday, May 6, 2005

cutline for boss photo

HONORINGAGREATBOSS: District Court Judge Joseph E. Sezter, Jr. was named 2005 Boss of the Year by the Goldsboro Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Pictured are, from left, Harriett Walton, arbitration coordinator who nominated Judge Setzer, Judge Setzer,...

Bridge at new 117 and Ash a top priority

City and county officials agreed Thursday on a proposed list of local road projects -- except for one county commissioner. County Commissioner Andy Anderson disagreed with making the construction of a bridge and cloverleaf intersection as the No. 1 priority...

City police cars get makeover

Goldsboro's police cars are getting their first makeover in 17 years. The old blue and gold police shield, used on the car doors since 1987, is being replaced with the word police in blue, black and white and the word...

Grandmother among graduates

Rosa Towner has 17 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. On Thursday night, she became a high school graduate. And she did not just get her diploma, either. She was valedictorian at ... well, she won't admit to exactly how many...

Chancellor visits Goldsboro on 'Carolina Connects' tour

The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, James Moeser, was in Goldsboro on Thursday as part of a campaign to strengthen connections between the university and the people who live across the state. Through his "Carolina...

Gaylor new EDC chairman

Charlie Gaylor has been elected the new chairman of the Wayne County Economic Development Commission. Gaylor is a Goldsboro lawyer and currently serves as EDC vice chairman. He was elected to the position Wednesday by a unanimous vote of commission...

Public records (05-06)

Two injured Two people were injured in a one-truck wreck at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Spence Avenue and U.S. 70 bypass, Goldsboro police said. Milford Glenn Newcomb, 55, and his passenger, Elizabeth Newcomb, 55, both of Comet...

Public hearing set on annexation of Duplin Commons

KENANSVILLE -- The town board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on June 6 at Town Hall to hear how people feel about annexing Duplin Commons. The Kenansville town board is then expected to decide during its regular...

Harris named Officer of Year

From staff reports A 10-year veteran at Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro has been selected as one of 11 Correctional Officers of the Year in North Carolina. Sgt. Larry Harris was honored with a framed certificate during a ceremony before...

May Bloodmobile sched

Bloodmobile schedule The May Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been announced. May 10: Red Cross chapter house, 600 N. George St., by appointment only by calling 735-7201. May 11: St. Luke United...

Dudley at national conference

From staff reports Wayne Boys and Girls Clubs director Mary Ann Dudley was among a record 3,000 youth workers who attended the 99th Annual National Conference of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in San Diego. One of the...

Thursday, May 5, 2005

Historic day for Warriors

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Eastern Wayne High's Taylor Jackson, right, retruns a ball Wednesday during the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament. Also seen is Jackson's doubles partner, Drew Jackson. For more information, please see today's Sports section....

Committee: Paramount facade might have to go

The Paramount Theater Committee plans to begin interviewing architects within two weeks to plan for the reconstruction. Meanwhile, the demolition crew has had to halt some work inside the burned-out theater because of fears the front wall could become unstable...

New system will facilitate communication

A new radio system, allowing all emergency responders within Wayne County to communicate, will be phased in during the next three years. County commissioners on Tuesday approved the preliminary communications plan, which is expected to cost around $7.5 million. The...

Goldsboro feels pain in increased gas cost

Hate to fill up your gas tank these days? The city is feeling your pain a thousand-fold. Goldsboro buys 8,000 gallons a week, both for its own fleet's needs and those of the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority. Those bills came due...

Study would help reduce number of breathalyzer test refusals

Several Wayne County agencies are participating in a study designed to reduce drunken driving on the highways. The Health Department received a $22,246 grant for the six-month effort, with hopes to secure local funding when the project concludes in June....

Alternate site for Wayne Community College graduation

In case of inclement weather, Wayne Commu-nity College adult high school and General Educa-tional Development graduation exercises, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today outdoors on the college's main campus in Goldsboro, would be moved to First Assembly of God Church, 3000...

Public records

Lumber thefts A man who was arrested for a residential break-in was charged Wednesday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with the theft of plywood and particleboard from two new home construction sites. During an investigation of a residential break-in...

Bloodmobile Friday

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Southern Wayne High School. Donors will receive a free Blood Tour 2005 T-shirt....

Sprunt to offer nursing assistant classes

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College will offer a Nursing Assistant II class beginning May 9 at 6 p.m. in Room 156 of the McGowen Building. The class will meet each Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. the...

Mount Olive college honors several residents

Several Wayne County residents were honored during Mount Olive College's annual awards day. *Ashley Aanenson of Goldsboro received the Henderson Science Club award for the most promising science student. A sophomore biology major, she is married to Frank Aanenson and...

Kanter to speak at Kenansville chamber meeting

KENANSVILLE -- Jerry Kanter of Kinston will be guest speaker at the monthly chamber meeting. Kenansville Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at 12:30 p.m. May 9 in Bo's Cafe. Kanter is actively involved with the Committee of 100 Aviation...

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Indictments returned against Dudley teens

Three teen-agers have been indicted by the Wayne County grand jury on charges of murdering a man near Dudley. The three are accused of the fatal shooting of Billy Joe "B.J." Gregory on Oct. 15, 2004, in his home at...

One crash victim remains critical

The condition of one Charles B. Aycock High School student involved in an accident Monday evening at the intersection of N.C. 581 and Nahunta Road has improved, but the other student remains in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital...

Students try out governing

It's difficult to direct a county government, said students who spent Tuesday sitting as a temporary board of commissioners. Sometimes, they said, it's hard just to get board members to get along. Students from six Wayne County high schools spent...

Commission will keep teacher scholarship

Wayne County Commis-sioners decided Tuesday to continue funding a scholarship program designed to lure top students back to the county to teach. Commissioners initiated the county-funded teacher scholarship program in 2000, but they have recently been wondering about its effectiveness....

Building plan keeps North Duplin open

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education adopted a building plan Tuesday night that keeps North Duplin High School open and maintains existing school district lines. Board members approved the $42 million plan unanimously. Previous proposals had called for...

Public records

Assistant chief reports fire Assistant Fire Chief Gary Whaley was driving up South Center Street to the downtown headquarters station Tuesday and said he saw smoke a block away. “It just didn’t look right,” Whaley said today. “I went...

Mount Olive College commencement Saturday

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will graduate around 300 students at its 51st spring graduation exercises Saturday. Ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. in College Hall. Commencement speaker will be Dr. Thomas R. Morris, a retired Goldsboro...

Farmers market could open in same location

The city of Goldsboro will open the farmers market, most likely in the same location and on a scaled-back schedule. During a work session Monday, City Council members agreed to allow the farmers to use the parking lot of the...

Schools recognize secretaries

The Wayne County Association of Educational Office Professionals held its annual installation banquet this week, presenting several awards and installing officers. A $500 scholarship was awarded to Christopher Campbell, a senior at Eastern Wayne High School. Campbell plans to pursue...

Center Street Jams begin Thursday

Jam begins The Band of Oz will perform Thursday at the first Center Street Jam of the year. The beach band has been performing since the 1960s and continues to do 200-300 shows a year across the Carolinas. It has...

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

2 hurt in collision on 581

Two Charles B. Aycock High School students were in critical condition today at Pitt Memorial Hospital after they were involved in a wreck at the intersection of N.C. 581 and Nahunta Road on Monday evening. Cynthia Leigh Hubbell and Amanda...

School budget $23 million

The Wayne County Board of Education voted Monday night to send a $23 million local budget to county commissioners, requesting that the school system's teacher supplement be maintained and positions previously cut from the budget be restored. The board also...

Proposed city budget to require 5-cent hike

Goldsboro's proposed 2005-06 budget would require a five-cent increase in the city's property tax rate. City Manager Joe Huffman presented the draft spending plan to the City Council at a work session Monday afternoon. "The last thing a new city...

Public records

House fire FREMONT -- A fire that destroyed a two-unit apartment building at 408 S. Pine St. late Friday night has been ruled an accident, officials said Monday. When Fremont volunteer firefighters arrived, they deemed the fire suspicious and contacted...

Driver pinned in wreckage

Bobby Williams photo DRIVER PINNED IN WRECKAGE: Fire and rescue units from Faison, Warsaw and Calypso work at the scene of an accident at the N.C. 403 exit on Interstate 40 near Faison on Monday afternoon. A tractor-trailer driven by...

Briefly

Tons of litter The Spring Litter Sweep cleared more than five tons of trash from local roadways Saturday. The N.C. Department of Transportation collected 527 bags from the roadsides, according to Simonne Cato of Keep Wayne County Beautiful....

Pikeville electric rates going up

The Pikeville Board of Commissioners approved a 4.4 percent increase in electric rates Monday night. Mayor Herb Sieger said the increase is due to the rising cost of fuel. The increase became effective May 1. The board debated absorbing the...

Get purple bows to show support for fight against cancer

Purple bows are popping up all over Wayne County in preparation for the annual Relay for Life. This year's goal is to sell 5,000 purple bows, said Jo Heidenreich, bow chairman. She said about 4,000 were sold last year. They...

Dilapidated buildings are on Prnceton's list

PRINCETON -- The town of Princeton is on its way to sprucing up its image. Police Chief Eddie Lewis told members of the town board Tuesday night that some dilapidated buildings in the town have been repaired or removed. Lewis...

Correction

Correction Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said he was not part of the chase Sunday night that resulted in a wreck and a traffic fatality near Calypso. Winders said Deputy Jayson Hill took part in the chase. Winders said he...

Monday, May 2, 2005

Fatal wreck

Bobby Williams photo Tyron M. Best died in this sport utility vehicle Sunday night. For more information see Police chase ends in fatal crash near Calypso....

Police chase ends in fatal crash near Calypso

CALYPSO -- A driver from Greenville, fleeing from Wayne County authorities Sunday night, smashed head on into a tractor-trailer truck loaded with hogs on U.S. 117 south, and was killed instantly, officials said. The victim was identified as 25-year-old Tyron...

Leaders pushing to keep base safe

After viewing the Web site created by an alliance of people fighting to keep Seymour Johnson Air Force Base from shutting down, you have to wonder why anyone is worried about the base's future. Performance awards, combat experience, solid community...

Cancer survivors to be honored at Cancer Society banquet

Wayne County's cancer survivors will be honored at a banquet May 12 at 6 p.m. at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church. The 12th annual Cancer Survivor's Banquet is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Southeastern Medical Oncology Center. Doors...

Public records

2 men robbed Two Goldsboro men were assaulted Sunday and robbed, Goldsboro police reported. Kenneth Ray Robinson, 50, told police he was standing in front of his van outside of his home on Courtyard Circle at about 12:55 p.m. Two...

Wayne County Commissioners will meet Tuesday

County Commissioners will have a light schedule for their Tuesday meeting, unless citizens decide to complain about property taxes. At 11 a.m., the commissioners will sit as the county's Board of Equalization and Review. At that time, citizens can come...

OPINION: Genetics!

BEAUFORT -- The phone rang at the "family retreat" here. It was daughter Sue, calling from Raleigh. "I ran into Dudley at the organic food store," she announced. Dudley is my cousin -- one of two Price boys working as...

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Will it stay or close?

Sometime the Federal Bureau of Prisons will formally ask Congress for permission to close the prison camp at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. When is sometime? That’s what the camp’s 84 employees would like to know. “The decision could...

Budget proposal on city council agenda

City Manager Joe Huffman will present his 2005-06 budget proposal to the Goldsboro City Council at its meeting Monday night. The draft budget will be given to the council members during a briefing that will begin at 5 p.m. Huffman...

Voilunteers give up Saturday for cleanup

More than 150 volunteers braved Saturday's stormy forecast, speeding drivers, fire ants and poison ivy to clean nearly 36 miles of roadsides in Goldsboro and the county. If you want to see the results of the Spring Litter Sweep, however,...

Luminarias will honor cancer victims, survivors

A white paper bag containing a little sand and a candle might seem like a small way to remember someone who has died from cancer or to honor someone who is battling the disease, but when you put 6,000...

County advocates take stand against child abuse, neglect

America's children are being abused and neglected -- even in Wayne County, and the community has to come together to protect them. That was the message the Wayne County For Children Council was trying to get out at its Child...

Wayne Republicans seek marriage rule

The Wayne County Republican Party announced Friday it will take steps to ensure marriage in North Carolina remains a commitment between a man and a woman. Party officials plan to ask the county Board of Commissioners this week to support...

Dole staffer to assist BRAC Commission

Dole Staffer to assist BRAC Commission A member of Sen. Elizabeth Dole's staff will be assisting the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, according to a spokeswoman for Ms. Dole. Christine Hill, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, will join...

Wayne students earn top honors at technology event

Student teams from four area schools captured top honors during the Technology Student Association state competition, held recently in Greensboro. Mount Olive Middle School was named top middle school chapter in the state, defeating 23 other middle schools and...

James Sprunt names building after former commissioner

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College dedicated its newly finished technology center Thursday in honor of a former county commissioner and college trustee. Zettie B. Williams also has served as a member of the East Pointe Mental Health and Duplin...

Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Billy Ray Faison, 47, Olivia Lane, breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods, not guilty. *Jeffrey Leon Harding, 34, South Virginia Street, possession with...

Public Record

Utility pole snapped in half A hit-and-run driver damaged a utility pole on Jackson Street Saturday morning, the Goldsboro Police Department reported. Around 6:45 a.m., a 2003 Dodge ran off the side of Jackson Street, hit the pole, which split...

MOC scholarship golf tournament this weekend

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE - The 19th annual Handy Mart/Mount Olive College Invitational Golf Tournament, which provides more money for scholarships than any other single fund-raising endeavor at Mount Olive College, is scheduled for this weekend. To date, the...

Water service announcements

Water notes City residents may detect a slight difference in the taste of their tap water this week. Once a year, the state requires the city to convert its water system from chloramines disinfectant to a "free chlorine" disinfectant. That...