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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Torrential rain floods Mount Olive streets

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive business owners and residents were cleaning up Saturday after a torrential downpour on Friday night dumped an estimated four-to-six inches of rain in less than two hours on the city. There were no reports of...

Farm family honored

WAYNE COUNTY -- Bryant Worley's father had a saying, "God needed a caretaker, so he made a farmer." And five generations later, Bryant and his wife, Debbie, are still taking that message to heart ... and one step further. The...

National Night Out is Tuesday

The National Night Out program in Wayne County brings together residents from neighborhoods and subdivisions and gives them the opportunity to meet law-enforcement officers and to see their equipment close up. The county's 13th annual National Night Out program will...

Public hearing Tuesday on 911 phone surcharge

From staff reports Wayne County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning on a proposal to increase the surcharge for 911 emergency telephone service. The commissioners are pondering an increase of $1 per month, from 85 cents to $1.85...

Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday

Vacations will soon be ending and thoughts will turn to books and teachers and shopping for school supplies. As summer slips into fall, parents can ease the transition by purchasing school items tax-free this coming weekend. North Carolina's fourth annual...

City council to consider zoning request

From staff reports The Goldsboro City Council will consider the rezoning of property on Wayne Country Day Road to permit a medical office at its meeting Monday night. The council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall after a...

Arts Council discusses ways to raise money

When you think of the Arts Council of Wayne County, a number of topics may come to mind: visual art, classes for children and adults, assistance to area arts groups, special projects and programs, and, of course, the big art...

Wayne Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Clarence Jerome Smith, 21, Frank Street, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 10 to 12 months. *Travis Devone Darden, 18, Everittsville Road, Dudley, larceny from the person, five...

Student news

Two area students have been awarded scholarships by the N.C. Association of Convenience Stores, which assists store employees and families. The students, schools and sponsoring stores are Emily Benton of Mount Olive, a student at East Carolina University, sponsored by...

Public records

Stolen car yields drugs, 2 arrests An investigation of an abandoned vehicle on Friday led to the arrest of two men and the discovery of drugs by the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. When deputies...

58 More at Four slots are added

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County has added 58 More at Four slots for the upcoming programming year. That brings the total of children served to 468, a 14.2 percent increase from last year and an increase of 867...

Military news

Lt. Col. George R. Farfour, a Goldsboro native, was recently selected for a National Defense Fellowship. The National Defense Fellowship program is the highest and most prestigious honor within the Air Force's Senior Developmental Education Program. Only 25 senior officers...

Wayne District Court news

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Erma Lee McNair, 69, Baler Drive, failure to stop for stopped school bus, not guilty. *Aimee Clark, 25, North Jefferson Avenue, stalking, not guilty. *Mohssen Almojadid, South Slocumb Street, communicating...

Friday, July 29, 2005

Singing in the heat

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Hot temperatures and the threat of thunderstorms did not keep Amani McDuffie, 4, and Jackie Gore of Jackie Gore and the All-Stars from performing for the audience at the Center Street Jam Thursday. Captain Cook and The...

District Teacher of the Year finalists

The pool for the county's 2005-06 Teacher of the Year has been narrowed down to three finalists. Evaluators for Wayne County Public Schools will select and announce the district winner at the annual banquet Aug. 18. In the first round...

Two plead guilty to robbery charges

Two women have pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to common-law robbery of three men in 2004 at a house on Brownrigg Street in Goldsboro. Tonenetta Kaliliah McKnabb, 21, of Creech Street and Joslyn Gabrielle Moore, 19, of Brownrigg...

Committee OKs survey work for airport expansion

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town officials are putting together a contract for a surveyor to study both ends of the runway at the Mount Olive airport. The 4,300-foot runway needs another 700 feet to reach the 5,000 feet necessary to accommodate...

Gateway buses will soon carry advertising

Gateway vehicles will soon be sporting a new look -- one that officials with the public transportation system hope will help their bottom line. Buses and vans will carry advertising signs that are could generate $10,000 to $15,000 a year,...

Students receive awards

MOUNT OLIVE -- Several Mount Olive College students received awards during the Phi Beta Lambda national leadership conference held recently in Denver, Colo. The conference is part of a competitive events program sponsored annually by the professional association for students...

Bloodmobile

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Food Lion in Pikeville. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash, a Red Cross wristband...

Public record

Search dog leads officers to suspect A Wayne County sheriff's search dog led deputies to a man who is suspected of stealing a car. Sheriff's Deputy Eric Robinson was notified of the car theft on Wednesday. A day later he...

Thursday, July 28, 2005

A cool slide

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Pascalle Adams, 9, and other Fun Bunch summer campers keep cool on the water slide and sprinkler at Herman Park Center Tuesday. Water temperatures in many local pools were even a little higher as the heat index...

Snow cone sales, power usage hit record highs

The heat wave that has swept across eastern North Carolina this week has resulted in record-breaking electric usage, said a power company spokesman today. Mike Hughes, a spokesman for Progress Energy, said the company recorded all-time highs for megawatt hours...

River level OK

Despite the recent stretch of hot, dry weather the Neuse River is at an acceptable level and Goldsboro is not considered to be in a drought, say city officials. "We were listed as being in an abnormally dry area a...

Three bus shelters not up yet

It's taken a longer than expected, but the remaining three bus shelters planned for stops along the Gateway route will soon be erected, said a Gateway official Wednesday. Stephen Wright, executive director of the Goldsboro Wayne Transportation Authority, said eight...

Legislature makes some classrooms sugar-less

A legislative initiative to eliminate soft drink sales at middle schools will not change Wayne County policy, school officials said today. That's because the drinks have already been banned. Lawmakers approved a ban on soft-drink machines in middle schools this...

No area Scouts among heat victims

No Boy Scouts from Wayne, Duplin, Sampson or Johnston counties were among the 300 treated for heat exhaustion at the national Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., on Wednesday, said local Scout officials. The intense heat sent hundreds of Scouts...

Faison's Market Day Festival celebrates town's history

FAISON -- Organizers say vendors are signing up by the dozens for the upcoming Market Day Festival. Those who want to sign up for a booth at the festival can call Lisa Patterson, chairman of the Faison Improvement Group's Market...

GHS gets new band director; plans camp

Goldsboro High School will begin band camp for the 2005-06 marching band season at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 under the direction of new band director, Kirby Hamilton, Jr. Interested students should report to the band room with proof of having...

WATCH program earns grants, records 27,537 patient visits

Wayne Action Team for Community Health, or WATCH, is still going strong after five years of service and this week received $35,000 worth of grants to support its efforts. Dr. Clark Gaither, medical director for WATCH, told its board of...

Public record

Crime of the Week A residential break-in in the 900 block of Mill Road in the Village of Walnut Creek and the theft of an estimated $320,000 worth of property has been selected by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as this...

Deputy will retire after 30 years with Duplin

CALYPSO -- Lt. Richard "Peanut" Whitman at the Calypso satellite office retires today after 30 years with the Duplin County Sheriff's Office. His wife, Nona, has planned a retirement service and reception for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Faison Baptist...

Mount Olive mayor files for re-election bid this fall

MOUNT OLIVE -- The only uncontested race in Mount Olive so far is the upcoming battle for the mayor's job. Mount Olive Mayor Ruff Huggins filed for re-election early in the filing period, which closes at noon Aug. 5. He...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Hot practice, thirsty Falcons

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber From left Nate Contie, Brandon Hill and Brian Dioris take a water break during Charles B. Aycock's football practice Tuesday afternoon. The coaching staff made sure the players drank plenty of water in the near-100-degree weather. Temperatures...

Cherry reviews policies

State officials are continuing a review of admission and weapons policies at Cherry Hospital and other state mental institutions after a shooting that left a patient dead and a worker wounded. Clifton Gentry, 27, was being admitted to the hospital...

Eastpointe: Who's paying whose bills?

The Eastpointe Board of Directors said Tuesday they need more time to review a proposal that would provide Duplin and Sampson counties with an additional $550,000 to pay their share of the cost of providing mental health services. Wayne County...

Bicycle trail will be ready next year

Heavy traffic along a proposed route for a bike and pedestrian trail led city planners to reconsider its design, and they say it now it will be next year before it can be built. The trail will run from Parkway...

Veda McNair named to college board; two re-appointed

The Wayne Community College Board of Trustees installed Veda McNair as a member Tuesday night. She replaces Pat Burden, who retired in June after eight years on the board. McNair is principal of Eastern Wayne Elementary School. The board of...

Volunteers donate efforts to Habitat

A group of volunteers from St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Dover, Delaware came to Goldsboro for a week recently to work on a Habitat House. Goldsboro-Wayne Habitat President Bill Edgerton said this is the fourth year the group has come...

Public record

Talent scam Heather D. Yount of Goldsboro told police she met a woman who claimed she was running a talent agency out of Charlotte. The woman identified herself as Dawn Cockrell and said she was recruiting new talent at a...

Briefly

Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Goldsboro Milling. Donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and wristband and a coupon for a...

Club plans National Kids Day for Aug. 6

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will celebrate National KidsDay on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the clubs in Goldsboro, Fremont and Mount Olive. Director Mary Ann Dudley said she is expecting hundreds...

Security expert: Citizens need to protect themselves

With more crimes against the elderly and an increase in cases of identity theft, citizens must become more tuned in to their surroundings, a senior citizens group was told recently. Corporal Teresa Cox works on the crime prevention unit for...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Into the wild blue yonder

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The hot weather did not keep model airplane enthusiasts from spreading their wings Saturday at an International Model Airplane Association event in Goldsboro. Donald Webber of Goldsboro spins the prop to start his Corsair's engine while Art...

Hot weather

Record high temperatures for Wayne County could be broken this week, although it would take a little doing. The highest temperature ever recorded for the month of July was 108 degrees on July 22, 1932, according to the Southeast Regional...

It's even too hot for mosquitoes

It's so hot these days that even the mosquitoes are taking it easy. "Really, this heat has been a godsend as far as mosquitoes," said Goldsboro's Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra. "The mosquitoes just don't fly when the temperatures get...

320,000 dollars in property, 900-pound safe stolen

An estimated $320,000 worth of property, including firearms, jewelry and a locked 900-pound safe, have been stolen from a home in the Village of Walnut Creek. The amount of property stolen was believed to be the largest in the village's...

Officials say one dollar fee increase needed to maintain emergency 911 services

When Wayne County residents pay their monthly telephone bill, it's not likely that emergency 911 services is on their minds. But a small portion of both land-line phone bills and cell-phone payments is used to maintain and expand the county's...

Major retailer looking at land in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A major retailer is considering locating on the northwest side of the town of Mount Olive and Town Manager Ray McDonald said he thinks it could be Wal-Mart. McDonald said he was called Saturday by a real...

Tobacco buyout payments near, FSA official says

Tobacco farmers and quota owners can expect to soon be receiving their buyout agreements in the mail, said Rick Tharrington, executive director of the Farm Service Agency in Wayne County. Tharrington said producers and growers should receive payments by Sept....

Public records

Drug charges Three people were arrested Monday by Wayne County authorities and charged with felony drug offenses. Two were arrested by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad after a confidential call to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers and a search of a...

Bond set for murder suspect

A $350,000 secured bond has been set for a Goldsboro man charged with first-degree murder. But Leandren Andre Wilson, 28, of North Kornegay Street remains in the Wayne County Jail. The bond was set by Judge Jerry Braswell of Goldsboro...

Contact teacher for list of school supplies

Parents of school children are being advised to contact their child's school to obtain a list of supplies needed for the coming year. Even though most area students won't report back to class until Aug. 25, back-to-school sales have begun...

Bloodmobile

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

916th wins awards

By CAPT. SHANNON MANN Special to The News-Argus North Carolina's only Air Force Reserve unit recently brought home top honors from Europe's largest airshow. Members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing participated in the Royal International Air Tattoo July 16-17...

Monday, July 25, 2005

Wayne to see power from methane

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber This is part of the gas removal system at the Wayne County landfill. The gas is directed to a central flare through a vacuum system, where it is burned off. The county will add 14 more wells...

Rain helps, but heat and drought take toll on crops

Hot, dry weather has hurt crops across Wayne and surrounding counties but last week's rainfall helped ease the drought somewhat, say farmers, who are hoping for more showers this week. Mike Jones, a farmer in the Nahunta community, said recent...

Cherry worker shot by patient remains stable

A Cherry Hospital health care technician wounded during a Friday afternoon shooting at the hospital remained in stable condition today, with local and state authorities continuing to investigate the case. William Shelton Denning, 44, underwent surgery at Wayne Memorial Hospital...

Methane gas produced from landfill waste will be converted into electricity

By next winter, the lights in your house could be powered by garbage from the Wayne County landfill. Methane gas, a by-product of landfill waste, will be converted to electricity by Methane Credit, an Arizona- based company with offices in...

Southern Family Markets purchases Winn-Dixie store

A new player has entered the grocery game in Wayne County. Southern Family Markets has purchased seven former Winn-Dixie stores, including the one on Wayne Memorial Drive in Goldsboro. The company will take over operations at the store at the...

Correction

A subheadline in Sunday's edition of The News-Argus misidentified the victim in a Friday afternoon shooting. The patient who shot the officer and killed himself was Clifton Gentry. Arturo Pizano was an officer with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and...

Mount Olive Chamber names Castle director

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce announced today the appointment of Kelley Castle as chamber president. She replaces Patti O'Donoghue, who is retiring. Ms. Castle comes to the chamber from Smith Advertising in Fayetteville. She has...

Police nab three suspects in thefts of go-cart, ATVs

A go-cart was stolen Sunday night from a Goldsboro business and two four-wheelers were stolen from another business before dawn today. Goldsboro police arrested two juveniles in the first theft and an 18-year-old in the second. Officers answered an alarm...

Public records

Two wrecks cause $15,000 in damages Two accidents, only seconds apart Friday at West Ash and North James streets, resulted in about $15,100 in damages, Goldsboro police reported. The first wreck happened at 1:02 p.m., with one of the drives...

Opinon -- 'Ruminating'

This column probably should fall in the category of "ruminating." I haven't checked, but my old friend Daniel Webster probably records the definition as something like this: "Ruminate. To chew one's cud. " That's probably what daughter Susan, who is...

New records highs could be set

Record highs For Wayne County could be broken this week although one of the highest temperatures ever recorded in July was 108 on July 22, 1932. Temperatures today and Tuesday only have to top 100 and 102, respectively, to break...

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Patient grabs gun, shoots worker, self

A health care worker at Cherry Hospital is in stable condition after being shot by a man being admitted to the hospital Friday afternoon. The 27-year-old patient then turned the gun on himself and died at the scene. According to...

Wayne courthouse will have metal detectors Monday

Getting into the Wayne County Courthouse might take a little more time starting Monday because of newly installed metal detectors. The machines are located inside the atrium area of the courthouse, near the entrance area. The metal detectors cost the...

Korean pilots view new fighter for first time at Seymour Johnson AFB

South Korean pilots who have been training at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base got their first look at the new fighter jet they will be flying when an F-15K touched down at the base Friday afternoon. The aircraft, similar to...

City Appearance Committee takes hard look at hardware store

An effort to get a Goldsboro business to clean up its property might finally be moving forward. Goldsboro's Appearance Commission has urged the city to issue citations to the owner of Delmus' Hardware. At issue, members say, are piles of...

Wayne schools choose individual Teachers of the Year

From staff reports Wayne County schools have chosen 30 teachers to move to the head of the class. Each of the district's 31 schools nominated a candidate to compete for the honor of being Wayne County Public Schools' Teacher of...

Archivist wants to record WWII veterans' stories

A resurgence of interest in World War II might be helpful in collecting data about North Carolinians who served then and in other facets of the military, the state's military archivist said. Ret. Lt. Col. Sion Harrington III of the...

MOC will name center in honor of Lois Britt

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive College has announced plans to name its agribusiness center in memory of one of its supporters. Lois G. Britt, who died June 4, grew up in Duplin County and was a longtime...

Superior Court judgments

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Jonathan Frank James, 37, Fields Road, Pikeville, felony assault inflicting serious injury, felony habitual misdemeanor assault (two counts), misdemeanor assault on a female (two counts) and...

Public record

Assault, robbery An 18-year-old Pikeville man told police he was struck in the mouth with a gun and robbed of a cell phone by an unknown subject in the area of 3200 Central Heights Road on Friday night. The incident...

Andrade takes over WCC band program

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Wayne Community College has a new band leader, Matt Andrade of Spring Creek High School's Performing Arts Department. He replaces the college's former band director, Danny Arnette, who resigned this summer. Andrade said he plans to visit...

District Court

Wayne County District Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Misty Lynn Hope, 27, Little Wiggins Road, LaGrange, assault on a child, not guilty. *Zerenia Carmichael, 25, North Carolina Street, injury to personal property, not guilty....

76-year-old headed back to college

Cleo Trigones will probably never be called conventional. In 1988, she received her four-year degree in hospitality management from Florida International University. She was 58 years old. Because of her age and medical insurance issues, she said, she could not...

Friday, July 22, 2005

Training at SJAFB

U.S. Air Force photo These aviators will spearhead the Republic of Korea Air Force's transition to F-15K aircraft. Left to right, kneeling, are Capt. Won Lee and Capt. Kee Pill Ryu; and standing, Maj. Kil Soo Song, Maj. Sung...

Arrest made in arson deaths

A resident of an apartment building in which two people died in a fire was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. Leon Edward Farrior, 34, was arrested at his new...

South Korean pilots complete mission

A Korean War flying ace said they had been chosen from "the best of the best." Dolph D. Overton III of Smithfield was referring to eight South Korean aviators selected to spearhead their country's air force in its transition to...

Workers ask for cost-of-living raise from state

State employees are banding together to send legislators a clear message that a cost-of-living raise is long overdue. Nearly 100 state employees braved the heat in downtown Goldsboro Thursday to attend a noontime rally. The gathering was organized by the...

Edwards announces 2006 bid for sheriff

Goldsboro police Sgt. Ken Edwards announced today he will run as a Democrat in 2006 for Wayne County sheriff. Edwards, 51, says he will retire Aug. 3 after 30 years with the Police Department. He is the divorced father of...

Public records

3 brothers sentenced Three teenage brothers, including two twins, have been sentenced in Wayne County Superior Court after pleading guilty to assaulting a man on Nick Drive in New Hope. Josh Scott Lane, 19, and twins Justin Allen Lane, 17,...

Wayne nurses earn spots on Great 100 list

Two nurses from Wayne Memorial Hospital have been named to the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina list for 2005. Debbie Phillips, RN, MSN, and Jennifer Thompson, RN, BSN, will be officially recognized at a Great 100 Gala in September....

Teens face hearing in shooting death

Two teenagers from Dudley will return to Wayne County Superior Court for a pre-trial hearing in the fatal shooting of man in what authorities called a drug-related crime. Michael Omar Mozingo, 18, of Brentwood Drive and Donovan Ray Lofton, 18,...

Water safety, nature hikes among Cliffs park programs this month

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will offer the following programs this month: *"H2O Safety for Kids," Saturday, 11 a.m., lake bathhouse. Participants will not get in the water, but will learn how to be safe...

MOC offering new degree, new major, online program

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will expand its course offerings this fall, to include a new degree, a new major, and an online criminal justice program. The School of Business will add a degree in Management of Information Systems....

Duplin commissioners, school board debate proposed building plan

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners clashed Thursday night over a proposed $43 million school building plan. The plan calls for a $30 million high school for students in the Warsaw, Kenansville and B.F....

Bloodmobile date

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Sunday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church....

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Lawn protest

News-Argus/Turner Walston Pikeville resident Dennis Lewis stands in his weed-infested yard. His yard is one of several that have caused renewed interest in the town's grass ordinance. For more information see Refusal to cut grass leads to new rules....

Two fire deaths now being called murder

The death of two people in a Saturday fire in Goldsboro is being investigated by authorities as murder, officials said today. Noelle Talley, the public information officer for the Attorney General's Office, today confirmed the blaze has become a double-murder...

Goldsboro temporarily halts flouride water treatment

Goldsboro's public utilities director says a decision to stop putting fluoride in city water is a temporary measure pending testing by state authorities. The injection of fluoride into the city's water was halted June 30, said Karen Brashear, who cited...

Recycling partnership is success

A Wayne County program designed to reduce the amount of solid waste going to the landfill, has the added benefit of helping the Wayne Opportunity Center and the county schools at the same time. Wayne Opportunity Center and Keep Wayne...

Hacketts say spirit of daughter lives on

Nothing prepared Joe and Gena Hackett for the loss of their six-year-old daughter Avery to complications while undergoing brain surgery in December, or for the dark days that followed. But the couple has chosen to keep the faith that there...

Refusal to cut grass leads to new rules

A committee of Pikeville residents formed to review the town's lawn maintenance ordinance drafted a revision Wednesday night that would require residents to cut their grass when it reaches a foot in height or have the town cut it for...

Public records

Man shot A Goldsboro teen-ager was shot in the leg Wednesday when he stopped to check on a car problem at Swan and North Center streets, according to a Goldsboro police report. Clayton Raynor, 19, of Elton Drive was driven...

Briefly for Thursday

Dog wash The Wayne County Humane Society will have a dog wash from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus. Cost is $10 per bath per pet and $5 for nail clipping per pet. The nail clipping is...

Smith, Gooden attend security forum

Two men from Goldsboro met with the future of Air Force leadership this summer. Henry Smith and Dr. Mike Gooden were nominated by Air Force officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to attend the 52nd Annual National Security Forum...

Sewer easements approved

The Goldsboro City Council approved the purchase of nine easements to make way for sanitary sewer lines. The easements along Reedy Branch, New Hope Road and Hare Road will permit work to continue on the Reedy Branch sewer project. The...

N.C. role in WWII focus of slide show

North Carolina's Military Archivist, Ret. Lt. Col Sion H. Harrington III of the Archives and Records Section of the state Division of Historical Resources, will present a slide program on North Carolina's role in World War II at the July...

Health Department gets grant to pay for creation of lead poison prevention program

The Wayne County Health Department has received a $60,000 grant to develop a lead poison prevention program in Wayne and Wilson counties. Kevin Whitley, director of environmental health, told the Board of Health Wednesday that Wayne County was chosen because...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Wilson-Goldsboro road nears completion

News-Argus/Bobby Williams The new U.S. 117 crosses over U.S. 70 West in this aerial photo taken in February. For more information see Planning for new 4-lane highway began nearly quarter century ago....

Planning for new 4-lane highway began nearly quarter century ago

When Wayne County Commissioner Andy Anderson began pushing for improvements to U.S. Highway 117, he didn't realize it would take 23 years to complete 21 miles of highway. It was 1983, and Anderson had recently retired to Wayne County after...

ESC's Billy Patterson wins national award

Billy Patterson of the Employment Security Commission in Goldsboro has received a national award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his efforts at helping veterans find jobs. The Goldsboro office was rated the third-best employment office for helping veterans...

Wachovia in Mount Olive robbed

MOUNT OLIVE -- Police are investigating an armed robbery around 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wachovia Bank at 210 N. Center St., Mount Olive. Investigators said three employees were in the bank when two black men of an unknown age...

City planning department fees increased

The Goldsboro City Council approved an increase in fees for planning department services at its meeting Monday night. The new fees are effective immediately. Council members approved the recommendation of the planning staff and city manager, who said the costs...

Annie Lewis joins board in Fremont

FREMONT — Annie Lewis was sworn in Tuesday night as a replacement for the late Sylvester Artis on the Fremont Town Board of Aldermen. Mrs. Lewis, a lifelong Fremont resdent, will serve out the remainder of Artis’ term, until...

Public records

Drug charges Three people were arrested Tuesday by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with drug violations in a home in the 600 block of North John Street. *The resident, Matthew Coley, 53, was charged with three felonies --...

Bids received for remaining Winn-Dixies

Two Winn-Dixie stores in Wayne County were among those the bankrupt grocery chain received bids for this week. The stores at Ashley Plaza on Berkeley Boulevard in Goldsboro and at the Neuse River Shopping Center on U.S. 117 south were...

Suspect in Fremont shooting released under $30,000 bond

FREMONT -- A Fremont man charged with the shooting of a Wilson man on Saturday has posted a $30,000 secured bond and has been released from the Wayne County Jail, officials said. Johnathan Anthony Uzzell, 26, of Wooten Street was...

Clarification

The Federal Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled last week that the wrestling coach at Rosewood High School could be sued for violating the constitutional rights of a former student during an alleged hazing incident. The story said it was...

Two buildings condemned

The Goldsboro City Council approved the demolition of two dilapidated buildings at its meeting Monday. The CSX Freight building on South John Street is structurally unsound and dangerous, said chief inspector Ed Cianfarra. He said efforts to contact railroad officials...

Briefly

Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Oak Forest Road Church of Christ. Donors will receive a Red Cross wristband, a coupon for a free...

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bringing them in

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Airline employees guide the 5 p.m. Delta flight to the unloading area on Monday. Kinston's airport has had passenger service since April. For more information see Lenoir officials say response to service has been good....

Lenoir officials say response to service has been good

JetKinston, the Delta passenger flight connection at Kinston Regional Jetport, has exceeded expectations during its first three months in business, say Lenoir County officials. "We could not be more pleased," said John Marshall, co-chairman of the Lenoir County Committee of...

Grading Schools - Making sense out of ABC and NCLB

Measuring student achievement used to be merely a matter of grade point averages, attendance and graduation days. Now, with the arrival of the federal legislation, No Child Left Behind(NCLB), school systems have had to consider many more measuring sticks...

Grading Schools - Adequate progress made by 10 schools

Ten Wayne County schools made adequate progress in the past year, according to a preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress report released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Fourteen schools did not. Results for seven schools, including all of the county's...

Grading Schools - AYP School list

SCHOOLS MAKING ADEQUATE PROGRESS *Eastern Wayne Elementary *Fremont Elementary *Greenwood Middle *Meadow Lane Elementary *Norwayne Middle *Rosewood Elementary *School Street Elementary *Tommy's Road Elementary *Northeast Elementary *Northwest Elementary SCHOOLS NOT MAKING ADEQUATE PROGRESS *Belfast Academy *Brogden Middle *Brogden Primary *Carver...

Smoke detector saves man's life

A smoke detector saved a man's life today in a predawn fire, said a Goldsboro Fire Department official. In another fire Monday, two pet cats were revived with oxygen after being taken from the burning building. Meanwhile, a Saturday blaze...

Buck Swamp Bridge closed for three months

The state transportation department closed a bridge Monday on Buck Swamp Road near the George Whitfield Sports Complex. A portion of the road will be closed for about three months while the state replaces the bridge....

City Council chooses not to support E-911 increase

The Goldsboro City Council chose Monday not to go on record supporting the Wayne County commissioners in increasing the monthly telephone surcharge for E-911 services. Commissioners had asked the council to approve a resolution in support of the increase, which...

Neighbors opposed to rezoning lot on Wayne Country Day Road

Neighbors opposed to the rezoning of a wooded lot on Wayne Country Day Road to allow construction of a medical office had their say Monday. About a dozen people living near the lot at the southeast corner of Wayne Country...

Public records

11 injured in 10 accidents Eleven people were injured and damages were estimated at $64,800 in 10 recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *Damages were estimated at $5,000 in a two-vehicle collision at 1:11 p.m. Monday at Wayne...

Monday, July 18, 2005

Eastern Wayne graduate, 'shaken' but safe in England

Corey Gildener poses in front of one of London's famous double decker buses. A bus just like these was destroyed in the London bombings of July 7. For more information see 'With love from me to you' - London...

'With love from me to you' - London bombings hit home

MOUNT OLIVE -- Like any mother with a child living far away, Linda Greenwood worries about her daughter all the time. Her daughter, Corey Gildener, lives near London, where she and her husband work. But Mrs. Greenwood was spared the...

Appeals court rules Rosewood coach can be sued

The state Court of Appeals ruled last week that the wrestling coach at Rosewood High School can be sued in federal court for violating the constitutional rights of a former student during an alleged 2001 hazing incident. That decision will...

Investigators sift through rubble from fire

State and federal fire investigators continued today to sift through the rubble of house where two people died Saturday. Roy Chester Rowe, 48, and Patricia Ann Raynor, 38, died in their home at 206 N. George St. "I have my...

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Seven charges A 31-year-old Goldsboro man was arrested before dawn today by Goldsboro police and charged with seven felony offenses in connection with break-ins. Officer Bobby Smith saw a man at about 3 a.m. in the front yard of a...

Wilson man shot; suspect charged

FREMONT -- A 23-year-old man from Wilson was shot and wounded Saturday while sitting in a vehicle, and another man was arrested by Fremont police and charged with the crime. The victim was identified as Frederick Montrel Williams. He was...

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Bloodmobile The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Bloodmobile Tuesday at the chapter house, 600 N. George St., from 2 to 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Jaycees. Donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt...

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Two die in Goldsboro fire

Two people were killed when a fire destroyed the house they were renting early Saturday morning. Roy Chester Rowe, 48, and Patricia Ann Raynor, 38, were found by Goldsboro firefighters at 206 N. George Street just before 4 a.m. Firefighters...

Harry Potter fever strikes in Goldsboro

Magical mandrakes couldn't have outscreamed the crowd of Harry Potter fans Friday as they eagerly awaited the release of the young wizard's latest adventures. At midnight, bookstores across the country began selling "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." It's the...

Reward offered for arrest of murder suspect

From staff reports Goldsboro-Wayne Crime Stoppers and the Mount Olive Police Department are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information on the whereabouts of Richard Lee Swinson, who is wanted for murder. Swinson, 26, has been charged with...

Mental health advocates worried

Mental health advocates in Wayne County said Thursday they are worried some people in need of help are being forgotten because of the state's new mental health reform laws. "This is a pretty wild time with reforms," said Bobby Jones,...

Wayne Court Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Prentis R. Coleman, 43, Slaughter Street, breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm, 120 to 153 months (habitual felon) (new sentence). *Octavian Darrnell Godette, 16, East Mulberry Street, common-law...

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...

Student news

Brittany Carr of Mount Olive, Starus Dyson of Dudley and Brittany Royall of Mount Olive participated in the 2005 Nursing Exploration Week at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. They were among 42 high school...

Mount Olive District Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Carter Allen Jaffe, 57, Mayberry Lane, Mount Olive, seat-belt violation, not guilty. *Christopher Alex Melvin, 26, West Kornegay Street, Mount Olive, failure to disperse on command and teasing animal, 39...

Military news

Jonathan B. Lamoreux has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He has been assigned casual duty at Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and will attend flight training in May in Columbus, Miss. He is the...

Goldsboro Continental Society honored at national conclave

Members of the Goldsboro Chapter of the Continental Societies Inc. have had a busy spring and summer. The local organization hosted the 21st Mid Atlantic Regional Conference this spring. And members of the organization have just returned from the National...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court. *Timmy Terrell Stevens, 35, Dixie Trail, driving while license revoked, 120 days; unauthorized use of a vehicle, 120 days. *Frankie Hines, 51, Olivia Lane, possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny and...

County kicks off incentive program

Wayne County kicked off an incentive program for county employees this week by recognizing the widow of Joe Terrell, the county's former personnel director. Mamie Terrell and her daughter, Cynthia, received the first official copy of the program, which gives...

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Paramount group to tour BTI Center The Paramount Theatre Reconstruction Committee will not meet on Thursday as previously scheduled, but will meet July 27 at 10 a.m. at Fletcher Hall in the BTI Center at 2 South Street in Raleigh...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Center Street Jam's Military Appreciation Day

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Col. Paul Sykes, commander of the 916th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and his wife, Patricia, enjoy a dance during the Center Street Jam's Military Appreciation Day in Goldsboro Thursday night. For more...

Trial tests death penalty support

The death penalty handed down to Eric Lane this month in Wayne County Superior Court has tested some residents' support for a campaign to halt executions in the state. Legislators have been asked to impose a moratorium on executions. Enough...

County, base share a dance

Several hundred Wayne County residents and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel and their families celebrated Military Appreciation Day at the Center Street Jam on Thursday evening. Col. Mike Holmes, commander of the 4th Fighter Wing, called Goldsboro "the most...

County initiates incentive program for its employees

Wayne County kicked off an incentive program for county employees this week by recognizing the widow of Joe Terrell, the county's former personnel director. Mamie Terrell and her daughter, Cynthia, received the first official copy of the program, which gives...

Dudley man gets prison time for beating and shooting man

A 41-year-old man from Dudley has been sentenced in Wayne County Superior Court to six to eight years in prison for beating and shooting of another man and setting fire to his home earlier this year. Anthony Alphant Lee of...

Wizard's latest adventure hits shelves tonight

It's been two years since Harry Potter fans have had a fresh fix of Hogwarts magic. That's about to change. At midnight tonight, bookstores across the country will begin selling "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." The sixth installment in...

Mental health advocates worry about people falling through the cracks

Mental health advocates in Wayne County said Thursday they are worried some people in need of help are being forgotten because of the state's new mental health reform laws. "This is a pretty wild time with reforms," said Bobby Jones,...

Incumbents file in Princeton

Mayor Donald Rains and incumbent town Commissioners David Starling and Larry Withrow have filed for re-election in Princeton, a Johnston County Board of Elections official said Thursday. No opponents have filed. The filing period ends Aug. 5. Rains will be...

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Pizza man robbed A pizza delivery man was robbed Thursday night of two pizzas, $80 and other property in the 100 block of Bright Street, Goldsboro police reported. Daniel Cornelius Fleming, 41, of Goldsboro reported that he had stopped outside...

Eighty one building permits issued

Eighty-one building permits with construction costs totaling more than $6 million were issued in Wayne County during June, according to Wayne County's Department of Building Inspections. The largest construction cost was $188,880 for an upcoming residential home in Handley Acres...

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Christian soul

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit D.J. Coles records a Christian album at S&H Studios and Sound. The album is scheduled to be released later this fall. For more information see From the soul singer....

Still waiting for word on prison

A proposal to close the federal prison camp at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is still waiting on congressional approval, officials said today. Also scheduled for closure are federal prison camps at Nellis AFB, Nev., and Eglin AFB, Fla., along...

Man indicted in robbery of gift shop

A 19-year-old man from Fayetteville has been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on charges of robbing two people in a gift shop almost two years ago. Curtis Arlandea Washington is accused of holding up the Old Quaker House...

Donation in commissioner's honor will fund education

A $10,000 donation by retired Wayne County judge Ken Ellis will enable the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to raise $50,000 for public education about conservation. Ellis, an avid naturalist, made the donation in honor of Gene Price, editor emeritus...

Long-forgotten graves on old farm to be moved

Graves in a long-forgotten graveyard in the Stoney Creek area of the county will soon be moved to a new location, where they won't be neglected anymore. After County Commissioner Jack Best bought the Joyner farm on Patetown Road, he...

From the soul singer

D.J. Coles' musical journey continues to be striking the right chords. His aspiration to be a full-time musician is still unfolding, while his faith in the possibility is unwavering. "My desire is to evoke a positive emotion in listeners toward...

Fremont residents to pay more for electricity

FREMONT -- Fremont residents will shoulder a 4.7-percent increase in their electric rates under a budget recently approved by the town's Board of Alderman. The 2005-06 budget also calls for electric customers to pay an additional penny per kilowatt hour....

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Man finds 3 intruders in his home; shots fired A man went home Wednesday for lunch and found three intruders, one displaying a handgun, in his home in the 100 block of Tulane Street in Mar Mac, the Wayne County...

New ADA sworn in

Richard R. "Rusty" Perlungher has been sworn in as a new assistant district attorney for the 8th Judicial District that includes Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties. Perlungher came from Cleveland County, where he was an assistant district attorney. His brother,...

Goldsboro High School valedictorian honored

Goldsboro High School valedictorian Ashelyn James has been recognized for her sportsmanship. Miss James was named one of eight state winners of the N.C. High School Athletic Association's ejection free recognition. Students from all 331 public schools in the state...

No major fires in Goldsboro in June

The Goldsboro Fire Department did not respond to a major fire in June, and Chief Bobby Greenfield said it was the first time in almost three years no major fires were put out during a month. The last month that...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

P-51 Mustang

Air Mobility Command Museum Foundation Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is scheduled to receive a P-51 Mustang from the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base. It isn't known if this exact plane SJAFB will receive, but...

Hospital considers 20 million dollar plan

The next phase of the master facility plan at Wayne Memorial Hospital is estimated to cost nearly $20 million. Ken Gerrard, chairman of the building and grounds committee, told the board of directors Tuesday some of the buildings that need...

City organizing neighborhood meetings for fall

Goldsboro officials could take to the streets to combat crime, litter, dilapidated housing and other problems. City Manager Joe Huffman and his staff are organizing a series of neighborhood meetings this fall. No schedule has been set, but the first...

Planning board wants to ease restrictions on small road signs

The Wayne County Planning Board agreed Tuesday night to amend the county sign ordinance to exempt small business signs from its current restrictions. Connie Price, the county planning director, said changing the ordinance will give local businesses more opportunities to...

Taylor hopes for 'positive progress'

With their next meeting set for early August, members of the Wayne County Commission and the county Board of Education are reaffirming their determination to not only reach an agreement on a budget for the next fiscal year, but to...

Base to add vintage plane to inventory

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will soon add a prized piece of its history to the aircraft display at 4th Fighter Wing headquarters. The P-51 Mustang, a standout in the air battles of World War II, will add to the...

Mount Olive has 9 filers for 3 races

Mount Olive now has nine candidates and three races on this fall's ballot, while four other Wayne County municipalities have no candidates at all. Filing for the fall elections opened July 1, but so far no one has entered the...

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Passenger injured in wreck with Fremont chief A passenger was injured Tuesday when the car in which she was riding collided with Fremont Police Chief Ben Reid's patrol car at North William Street and Norwood Avenue, Goldsboro police reported. Amzon...

WCC, Wachovia join East Carolina in offering teaching degree program

The College of Education at East Carolina University will begin this fall offering teaching degrees in elementary education, special education and middle grades education through an agreement with Wachovia and Wayne Community College. The degree programs come in response to...

Man pleads guilty to running illegal slaughterhouse

A Seven Springs man has pleaded guilty to operating an illegal slaughterhouse. Jose Luis Morales was given a 45-day suspended sentence, ordered to pay a $250 fine and placed under unsupervised probation for two years. Morales was charged last year...

Duplin 4-H members win 41 district medals

BEULAVILLE -- Duplin 4-H'ers have brought home 41 district medals. Duplin County placed first among the state's 100 counties in the annual 4-H District Activity Day held in each of seven districts in the state. Duplin County had the largest...

CD promotes Pickle Festival

MOUNT OLIVE -- A promotional compact disc of the North Carolina Pickle Festival is being distributed across the East Coast. The CD was made by the Pickle Festival committee with a $2,500 grant fromthe Greater Goldsboro Travel and Tourism office....

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Ice cream social will be Tuesday What's better in the July heat than ice cream? Free ice cream. The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation's annual ice cream social will be Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at Pedestrian Plaza, which is on the...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Proposed train routes

The N.C. Department of Transportation has endorsed both Goldsboro, Fayetteville routes for Raleigh-to-Wilmington passenger trains. Better freight service would add nearly $200 million economic impact and at least 320 jobs over 20 years to eastern N.C., DOT estimates. The...

Eric Lane gets death penalty

Eric Glenn Lane, who murdered 5-year-old Precious Ebony Whitfield more than three years ago, will pay for the crime with his life. A Wayne County Superior Court jury of 10 women and two men needed only 50 minutes to agree...

Family: 'We miss her'

The grandfather of Precious Ebony Whitfield hopes her murderer, Eric Glenn Lane, will realize the grief and sorrow he caused. John Whitfield of Fayetteville said Monday he knew a Wayne County Superior Court jury would sentence Lane to death for...

Working on a railroad: Recommendation is in

No passenger trains have pulled into Goldsboro's Union Station for nearly four decades, and none are expected for years to come. But the possibility that the retired depot could again become a transportation hub had Goldsboro officials and businessmen celebrating...

Rail system through city will be boost, some say

Local officials and business-owners say they are excited about the potential for passenger rail service in downtown Goldsboro. Joanna Thompson, president of the Economic Development Commission, said she thinks the move could be a boost for downtown Goldsboro. "It's one...

No end yet for dispute on budget

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education met Monday to discuss their differences over money but settled nothing except the date for the two sides to meet again. Both boards said they wanted more information from the...

Eleven schools will have new start times this fall

Eleven of Wayne County's public schools will have new start and dismissal times when classes resume in the fall. The county Board of Education approved the changes Monday night. The adjustments were made to accommodate a smoother bus schedule, said...

Commissioners hear about growing Hispanic influence

Wayne County's Hispanic population has increased 300 percent in the past decade, Wayne County commissioners learned Monday, with most of the increase in the southeastern section of the county. Wayne is also getting the "cream of the crop" in terms...

Wayne schools honored

The Wayne County Public School system has been named school district of the year for eastern North Carolina for its efforts in international education and cultural exchange. The Visiting International Faculty Program announced the award. The school system has participated...

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Bad headlight leads to chase When officers tried to stop a car with a defective headlight Monday night, the driver sped away and led them on a four-mile, high-speed chase in southern Wayne County. Sheriff's Deputy William Wells saw the...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Learning at Scout camp

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber John Mitchell, right, and Ben Strickland, center, get an up close look at a rat snake held by the ecology teacher Sandy Perkinson at Camp Tuscarora during the camp's session last week. Officials said more than 700...

Rail could come through Goldsboro

The N.C. Department of Transportation recommended today that passenger train service be restored through Goldsboro as soon as feasibly possible. At briefings today, DOT officials unveiled the findings of a several-year study of the possibilities for passenger rail service in...

The background on the railroad

If passenger trains return to Goldsboro in the next few years, it would end nearly four decades of not having service. But the city can trace its origins and its significance to Wayne County to the railroad. In 1840, the...

Jurors consider penalty for Lane

A Wayne County Superior Court jury began deciding today whether Eric Lane will spend his life in jail or receive the death penalty for the murder of Precious Whitfield. The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for...

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woman assaulted A woman was assaulted in weekend crimes that were reported by Goldsboro police. Cheree Maria Booker, 24, of Goldsboro told officers that she was visiting before dawn Sunday in an apartment in the 900 block of Marvin Street....

Scouts wrap up last days at camp

FOUR OAKS -- Boy Scout Executive Bill Lappin said Friday the turnout has been huge at the Camp Tuscarora Summer Camp. "This is a signature year for the Tuscarora Council because we have a National Jamboree July 24 through Aug....

Club shows off new computer lab at open house

Seven-year old Savannah Parker's dad, Michael, is 38, and she is teaching him about the computer. "She knows where to find the nature sites, the wildlife, the insects," he said. "She gets on there and, click. She's all up on...

Crop reporting deadline extended

The deadline for crop reporting has been extended to July 31, said Rick Tharrington, county director of the U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency. "That's good news for some that didn't get in by the deadline," Tharrington said. He said the extension...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Rail route news expected

Transportation officials will announce next week their preferred route for Raleigh-to-Wilmington passenger train service. The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled meetings Monday with the press and local officials in Goldsboro and Fayetteville. A third briefing will be Tuesday in...

Mount Olive police hunting for suspect in June shooting

MOUNT OLIVE -- A man wanted in connection with a shooting death is still evading police. Mount Olive Police Chief Emmett Ballree said the longer Richard Lee Swinson, 26, evades police, the guiltier he looks. Ballree said he expects to...

Re-enactors, visitors brave heat at Waynesborough's Summerfest

If you think Saturday was hot enough, here are two words for you -- wool underpants. The Civil War re-enactors at Summerfest were keeping it real, which for some meant wearing era-appropriate clothing, even where the public couldn't see. "We...

Mount Olive College will add new campus in Washington

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive College plans to open its sixth location in the Washington area as early as October. President Dr. William Byrd said the college is finalizing negotiations on a site located on Highway 264, west of Washington...

He's found new thrills ...

When former state Sen. Henson Barnes retired from his Goldsboro law firm a decade ago, he intended to spend the rest of his days admiring the view from his home on White Lake. That lasted about four days. "Well, I...

Event at park conveys gratitude to military

Turnout for Saturday's Military Appreciation Com-munity Event at Herman Park was not what organizers had hoped or Mayor Al King thought was appropriate. About 200 people were gathered around the gazebo at 11 a.m. as local dignitaries paid tribute to...

Pikeville resident's thoughts on self-confidence appear in national teen magazine

Brittany Harper of Pikeville appears in the August issue of Teen People. She was asked to give an interview after she submitted e-mailed comments about a subject the magazine planned to cover. The topic was body image and self-esteem, and...

Tuition to increase 4 percent at WCC for fall semester

Tuition to attend Wayne Community College has increased 4 percent. The college announced Friday that starting with the fall 2005 semester, the credit hour charge for residents will increase from $38 per credit hour to $39.50. The maximum a resident...

Teachers work to strengthen literacy skills

Wayne County Public Schools K-8 teachers are taking steps to strengthen literacy skills by building reading communities. One way this is being done is through providing re-sources to instruct children in the classroom. By establishing classroom libraries, teachers and students...

Energy co-op awards scholarships to 35

Thirty-five high school seniors from Wayne, Duplin and Lenoir counties have been awarded scholarships totaling $15,750 from the Tri-County Electric Member-ship Corp.'s employee-funded scholarship program. A banquet was held to recognize the students and their parents on May 1. "Our...

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Sex offender charged again The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a Goldsboro man Friday and charged him with taking indecent liberties with a child. Tony Curtis Goff, 43, of Grayston Drive, was placed in the Wayne County Jail under $50,000...

Military Appreciation Day downtown Thursday

Downtown Goldsboro will celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Thursday. Downtown merchants will offer special deals for military personnel, and the band Liquid Pleasure will perform as part of Center Street Jam. "Our board decided they wanted to do something to...

County commissioners to consider August hearing on E911 phone surcharge

County commissioners will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 11 a.m. Monday in the commissioners meeting room on the fourth floor of the Wayne County Courthouse. The commissioners are expected to set a public hearing for Aug. 2 on the...

Friday, July 8, 2005

Two boards at odds

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Dr. Stephen Taylor is questioned by County Attorney Borden Parker during a hearing Thursday on the legality of a school board meeting concerning the county budget issue. For more information see Boards will go to mediation....

Lane found guilty

Guilty on all charges. Eric Glenn Lane was convicted today of the first-degree murder of 5-year-old Precious Ebony Whitfield more than three years ago. A Wayne County Superior Court jury of 10 women and two men returned the verdict...

Boards will go to mediation

Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell assigned a mediator Thursday to lead a meeting between the schools and the county regarding budget conflicts. Mike Jones, a Goldsboro lawyer, was selected by Braswell as the mediator. The two boards will meet at...

Weather blamed for price increase

Hurricanes and tropical storms are not just affecting Wayne County residents' plans for the weekend. The effects of the heavy rains and winds are also pulling a little more money out of drivers' pockets. "I don't like it, but there's...

Mount Olive board already has 6 candidates

The Mount Olive Board of Commissioners has already attracted six candidates, and its first race, in the first week of filing for this fall's elections. Mayor B.R. "Ruff" Huggins, of Crest Drive, followed through on his plans to seek re-election....

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Two quick-thinking clerks foiled a predawn armed robbery attempt today at a convenience store, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported. The suspects fled without getting any money. The report said the first woman clerk had asked the second woman at...

Faison discusses curfew for teens

FAISON -- The town of Faison might change its juvenile curfew ordinance to hold parents responsible for their teenagers' misdoings. The town board directed Faison Attorney Garrett Ludlum Wednesday night to study the town of Knightdale's ordinance, which says parents...

Waynesborough event this weekend

Summerfest will be held at Waynesborough Historical Village this weekend. The annual event is "a chance for young and old to go back to the 1800s and enjoy the simple pleasures of the good old days," said Colleen Baker, administrator...

Tips to Crime Stoppers lead to two arrests

A business break-in and subsequent theft in Mount Olive have been solved with two arrests after an anonymous phone call to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers. A man wanted for a sexual assault was arrested, and three fugitives were apprehended in...

Emergency Medical Technician training to begin Aug. 9

Wayne Community College Continuing Education is enrolling students in an off-campus Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate training course set to begin Aug. 9. Successful completion of this course prepares the student to take the N.C. E.M.T. Certification Exam. The course will...

City tightens rules on overgrown yards, junk cars

Can anyone see any cars with flat tires or up on blocks in your yard? If not, is it because weeds obscure the view? If you answered "yes" to either question, listen up -- it may have just become more...

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Wayne residents react to London bombings

Sadness and outrage. Those were the emotions Wayne County residents expressed in the aftermath of the bombings of the transportation system in London this morning. "It's terrible," said state Rep. Louis Pate of Mount Olive, who is a member of...

49 illegals caught at Seymour Johnson

Forty-nine undocumented workers apprehended at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base were scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court today. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base security and local and federal officials detained the workers at the base Wednesday. The workers were...

Lane decides not to testify

The defense ended its case Wednesday, with Eric Glenn Lane deciding not to testify in his first-degree murder trial in Wayne County Superior Court. Lane, accused of kidnapping, raping and suffocating 5-year-old Precious Ebony Whitfield to death more than three...

Mount Olive police seek suspect in June murder

MOUNT OLIVE -- Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old last week. Richard Lee Swinson, 26, is wanted for questioning in connection with the June 30 murder of Jennifer Louise McArthur...

Honoree loses cancer fight

Cancer activist and long-time teacher Olivia Whaley lost her battle with the disease Wednesday. The 53-year-old Dudley woman was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent chemotherapy and then surgery in December. Mrs. Whaley was the honorary chairman of this...

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No arrests yet in teen's death Investigators were continuing today to follow up leads in a drive-by shooting in which a 16-year-old was killed Tuesday night, Goldsboro police said. Investigator Mike Moore said no warrants have been issued in connection...

Addicts, alcoholics in trouble with law complete programs

A graduation ceremony was held Tuesday morning at Wayne Community College for 62 addicts and alcoholics who have been in trouble with the law. The men received certificates for completing several programs at Wayne Community College. It is one of...

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Good Neighbors United

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Bill Burnette, left, speaks to an audience on the proposed annexation outside Goldsboro's City Hall Tuesday. Council members voted 6-1 for the measure at their next meeting. Good Neighbors United says it will challenge the decision in...

County questions meeting's legality

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will meet Thursday in court to determine whether the school board followed proper procedure in challenging commissioners' appropriation for public education. School officials notified commissioners last week that they intended...

Sheriff: Eric Lane said he deserved to die

An emotional Sheriff Carey Winders said murder defendant Eric Glenn Lane said during an interview, "Yes, I deserve to die." Winders was the fourth defense witness to take the stand Tuesday in the murder trial of the man accused in...

Teen dies in drive-by shooting

A Goldsboro teen-ager was murdered in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night in Tanglewood Trailer Park, Goldsboro police reported today. No arrests have been made. The victim was identified as Otis Dwayne Davis, 16, of Lot 215, 3201 Central Heights Road....

City annexation battle will head to courtroom

Good Neighbors United vowed Tuesday night to continue fighting, despite the City Council's decision to annex them again. Residents of the subdivisions along Salem Church and Buck Swamp roads gathered outside Goldsboro City Hall immediately after the council's 6-1 vote....

Irwin up for parole in July

An Ohio man convicted of the 1979 murder of a Fremont pharmacist will have his case reviewed later this month by the N.C. Parole Commission. The commission is expected to decide by July 23 whether to order an investigation for...

BI-LO will buy Winn-Dixie store

BI-LO, a supermarket chain based in Greenville, S.C., is planning to buy the Winn-Dixie grocery store on Wayne Memorial Drive, according to the latter's web site. The store is one of three in Wayne County that Winn-Dixie intends to close....

Council OKs 36,000 dollar bill for Paramount architect

The Goldsboro City Council voted Tuesday night to pay a Raleigh architectural firm nearly $36,000 for preliminary work on the new Paramount Theater. Also at its regular meeting, the council approved an expansion for the Target store on Berkeley Boulevard,...

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Woman robbed A Goldsboro woman was robbed Tuesday of $500 in the 1000 block of Slaughter Street, according to a police report. Rhonda Mills Hood of Goldsboro said she was sitting on a bench at about 7 a.m. when a...

Princeton fixes, bids on cars

PRINCETON -- Cars continue to be a thorn in the side of Princeton Police Chief Eddie Lewis. The town's newest auto, a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria with 44,000 miles, needed a new fuel pump. The chief told Tuesday night's monthly...

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

The 4th is for kids in Mount Olive

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Children are lined up for the 4th of July parade at Westbrook Park in Mount Olive on Monday afternoon. More than 25 children -- dressed in red, white and blue -- took part in the parade. The...

Retired teachers help foil scam artist

The story was only a few paragraphs in the public record section of the June 21 newspaper. The headline read "Man charged in phone scam." But the real story was how two retired teachers helped foil a suspected scam artist....

Tax bills would be delayed

Hundreds of potential new Goldsboro residents will not receive city property tax bills for more than a year, regardless of whether they're annexed tonight. The City Council is scheduled to vote at 7 p.m. tonight on whether to bring 475...

Schools will ask for money

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will meet today at 3 p.m. to talk about the amount of money appropriated by the county for the schools. The school board notified the commissioners last week that they...

Thrift store to benefit schools

The operators of a small thrift store on Center Street hope it can make a difference in public school classrooms around Wayne County. Profits from sales at Support Our Schools at 108 N. Center Street go to help buy teacher...

Trash pond at Willow Run defies solution

It can be difficult to fight City Hall, even when you know your way around. Don Callahan, a member of the city's appearance commission, has had no luck in keeping trash from washing into his neighborhood's pond, even though he...

Election filings begin

Two people have set their sights on the Mount Olive Board of Commissioners, while two others are running for sanitary boards. Filing opened Friday, July 1, at the Wayne County Board of Elections for several municipal offices and sanitary boards....

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Quiet weekend on Wayne roads The Independence Day Weekend was a safe one on Wayne County roads, said a spokesman for the state Highway Patrol. As July 4 weekends go, Sgt. T.C. McLeod said, this year's was a good one....

Lancaster receives honorary degree from Irish university

North Carolina Community College System President H. Martin Lancaster received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland) on June 28. The honor is in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to education on the national and international...

Monday, July 4, 2005

Happy Fourth of July

The Goldsboro News-Argus will not publish today, allowing the staff to enjoy our nation's Independence Day. We will publish again on Tuesday....

Sunday, July 3, 2005

Annexation vote set for Tuesday

County residents who want to influence Goldsboro City Council's vote concerning a proposed annexation will run out of time Tuesday. The council is expected to vote on the proposal to annex nearly 475 acres and about 370 homes in neighborhoods...

Schools to challenge county for money

The Wayne County Board of Education is contesting the amount of money allocated by county commissioners for current expense for 2005-06. School board members will meet with commissioners Tuesday at 3 p.m. to discuss the issue. State law permits local...

Commissioners to hold school money

Wayne County School districts will get a 5 percent increase over last year's budget, but they won't be able to spend it. Instead, the county commissioners will put the money, totaling $801,000, into a reserve account earmarked for the schools....

Alternate replaces missing juror in Lane trial

One of the three male jurors in the Eric Lane murder trial was excused Friday, and the first alternate, a female, took his place. Lane, 34, is accused of kidnapping, raping, and killing, 5-year-old Precious Whitfield in 2002. If convicted,...

Gray to pay air fare to Hawaii

Wayne County Commis-sioner Bud Gray will pay out of his own pocket for his airline ticket to attend the annual convention of the National Association of County Commissioners in Honolulu in July. Clerk Marcia Wilson will pay for her entire...

Duplin to consider raising hotel occupancy tax to 6%

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on increasing the hotel occupancy tax by 3 percent. The rate now is 3 percent of the hotel bill, and the county commissioners are thinking about raising...

Park dedicated in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- About 100 people helped dedicate the park on the grounds of the old Pikeville School Saturday during the town's eighth Independence Day celebration. The dedication of Minnie Dees Park on School Street kicked off a full day of...

Sunday Briefly

Waynesboroough celebration planned Waynesborough Historical Village is making plans for next weekend's Summerfest celebration. The annual event is a chance for visitors young and old to go back to the 1800s and enjoy the simple pleasures of the "good old...

Volunteer 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...

Student News

Jason Sutton represented Spring Creek High School at the 2005 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) on June 9-12 at North Carolina State University. Sutton joined other students from across the state, each nominated as ambassadors by their high schools...

Public Record

Faces charges Goldsboro police charged Maurice Andrew Williams, 23, of Pleasant Pines Drive, Dudley, with resisting an officer and larceny after an A Street man said he robbed him. Steven Tyrone Barnes said he was robbed while he was in...

Princeton July 4 program begins at 11

PRINCETON -- The Princeton Area Minister's Association will present a July 4th program to honor local heroes, public servants and military veterans on July 4 at 11 a.m. at the Postal Service office Princeton. Local dignitaries will present the program...

Leadership Wayne applications sought

For the past 15 years, a program has been quietly working to change the face of leadership in the Wayne County area. Approximately 350 individuals who come from diverse backgrounds - health care, education, financing, law enforcement, manufacturing, human services,...

Businesses prepare for big July 4 weekend

The new owner at the Best Western Goldsboro Inn said Friday afternoon his hotel wasn't filled with holiday travelers yet, but by the end of the day, it would be. Ash Patel, who bought the Best Western at 801 E....

Friday, July 1, 2005

Fireworks safety

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Aylysaa Marents, left and her mother, Nicole, shop for fireworks for the upcoming Forth of July holiday at the TNT Fireworks stand in the Wal-Mart parking lot Thursday afternoon. The TNT Fireworks stand is a fund-raising project...

Murder suspect sought

MOUNT OLIVE -- Police are searching for a suspect in a Thursday morning shooting that ended in the death of a Goldsboro woman. Jennifer Louise McArthur, 22, of Fairview Circle, was visiting Mount Olive at the time of the incident....

Store keeper shot during robbery

A Goldsboro store keeper was listed in stable condition this morning at Wayne Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds sustained during an armed robbery Thursday morning at his store. Cesar Lamar was running the Lamar Enterprises store at 706 S. George...

Precious died from asphyxiation

Precious Whitfield died from asphyxiation, said the medical examiner who performed an autopsy on her body. Dr. Kenneth Snell testified Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Eric Lane, who is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing the 5-year-old girl...

Wayne free of accidents in '04 but fire marshal urges caution

Wayne County might not have had a single firework-related accident in 2004 but that doesn't mean that residents should let their guard down if they decide to add a little sparkle to their holiday weekend. Nationwide, in 2003 there were...

Public record

Rash of break-ins The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating several break-ins that occurred in the county. *Thieves took five PlayStation games and a controller valued at $390 from the home of Eugenia Denise Aldridge on U.S. 117 Alternate, Dudley....

Briefly

July 4th closings The Goldsboro News-Argus will be closed on Monday, July 4, and will not publish a paper. The News-Argus traditionally does not publish on the Fourth of July and Christmas Day. City and county offices will also be...

Pet care important during 4th

July 4 can be an exciting holiday for human beings, but a frightening and dangerous one for pets. To ensure your pet weathers the holiday well, Denise Whitmire of the Wayne County Humane Society offers these tips: *Don't take dogs...

Wrong phone number

An incorrect telephone number was published for the Pikeville Town Hall in a full-page ad on Thursday detailing the Pikeville Fourth of July celebration. The correct phone number for anyone desiring further information on the celebration is 242-5126. Also, in...