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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Independent groceries

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Blake Howell stocks the shelves at Joyner's Great Valu in Fremont. Owner John Joyner says independent grocery stores offer more personalized service to the community. For more information see Maintaining 'market' share....

Witnesses saw man by creek

Two more witnesses said they saw an unidentified man near Nahunta Creek on the day 5-year-old Precious Whitfield disappeared. The girl's body was found in the creek two days after she disappeared. Eric Lane, 33, is on trial for her...

Maintaining 'market' share

With Winn-Dixie on the way out, there remains only a handful of players in the grocery store business in Wayne County. Food Lion operates six stores in the county. Wal-Mart on Spence Avenue and its related store at Sam's Club...

Duplin County considers 1 cent sales tax for schools

WARSAW -- Duplin County commissioners are considering a one-cent sales tax for schools. Businessman Jim Harris asked Duplin commissioners Monday night to consider the local sales tax option as a way to fund the $42 million building plan adopted in...

Duplin bank robber surrenders

KENANSVILLE -- A man suspected of robbing the Bank of America Tuesday in Kenansville is in the Duplin County Jail under $500,000 bond pending a first appearance at 9 a.m. on July 8. in Duplin District Court. Lenny Lamore Gardner,...

Walnut Creek avoids property tax increase

WALNUT CREEK -- The Village Council made it official Wednesday night -- no property tax increase or utility rate hikes this year for Walnut Creek residents. At its regular monthly meeting, the council unanimously passed the 2005-06 budget without any...

Coalition focuses on Hispanics

A coalition focusing on health and safety issues that affect Hispanics is seeking input from the community, say its organizers. The Wayne County Coalition on Latino Child Health plans to hold a mini-health fair at Wal-Mart on July 3 and...

Public records

Crime of the Week A residential break-in in the 1500 block of Evergreen Avenue has been selected by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as this week's "Crime of the Week." More than $8,000 worth of property was stolen between last Thursday...

Bell, Tucker appointed

RALEIGH - State House Speaker Jim Black has appointed N.C. Reps. Larry Bell of Sampson County and Russell Tucker of Duplin County, to serve on the House's budget conference committee. They will be among the group of state legislators trying...

Survey needed for Mount Olive Airport extension

MOUNT OLIVE -- The airport committee voted unanimously Wednesday morning to hire a surveyor to look over the land at the south end of the runway for expansion possibilities. The 4,300-foot runway needs another 700 feet to reach the 5,000...

Mount Olive airport will get equipment enabling pilots to operate lights

MOUNT OLIVE -- The airport committee has authorized the airport manager to buy a new piece of equipment that will enable pilots to turn on the runway lights at night. The airport has a pilot-controlled light system, Airport Manager Mike...

Sheriff gives tips for safe holiday travel

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders reminds residents to plan if they are traveling over the long July 4 weekend. "To have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend trip," the sheriff said, "don't forget these tips in preparing for...