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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)....