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Friday, September 30, 2005

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Katherine Nunn and Evadeane Jones judge cans of tomatoes at the fair on Thursday afternoon. For more information see Judges make their marks....

Gas prices still spiking

The wholesale price of gas this week had Judson Pope of E.J. Pope & Son in Mount Olive shaking his head. Pope is one of Wayne County's major fuel distributors. He said he is finding wide disparities between the prices...

Judges make their marks

A lot of judging took place Thursday at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. Educational booths, artwork and even goats were judged on everything from orginality to conformation. Dozens of area children and their goats competed in the showmanship and meat...

Sweet potato decorators turn spuds into bugs and studs

No mashing, slicing, cubing, frying or boiling allowed. And please, no pies. After all, these potatoes have personality. Judges at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair met Thursday afternoon to evaluate this year's entries into the 4-H Club's Sweet Potato Decorating...

Ash Street paving project nearing end

Drivers finally got some good news about the ongoing paving project on Ash Street -- the end is near. By the end of next week, road crews, night-time delays and confusing detours should be gone, said Kevin Bowen, an engineer...

Duplin picked for study 21-year study of babies, children

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County will be the only location in North Carolina, and one of six in the country, taking part in a national study that will track children from the womb to age 21, federal researchers say. The National...

Only local endocrinologist will close his county office

Dr. Michael Brennan, the area's only endocrinologist, is closing up shop next month, leaving local health officials faced with whether to recruit a replacement and patients with a new doctor hunt of their own. Brennan, whose office has been part...

Wayne students donating blood

High school students in Wayne County Public Schools are giving of themselves, donating blood to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross conducts a blood drive at each of the high schools during the school year. On Sept. 20, students...

Public records

Arson charges filed in house fire Three men from Dudley were arrested Thursday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with second-degree arson in connection with the burning of a mobile home near Dudley. One of the men, William...

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wednesday fire

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Volunteer firefighters pour water on a house fire at 104 Scott Circle, off Durham Lake Road. A frayed electric cord to a freezer was believed to have started the Wednesday morning blaze, officials said. No one was...

Airman dies in shooting in Houston

A Marine has been charged with murder in the death of a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman who was shot to death early Tuesday. Airman 1st Class Phillip Ovalle, 21, of Galveston, was killed while on post-deployment leave. Investigators...

Truck driver charged in death of woman

The driver of a pickup truck that was pulling a tobacco trailer that broke away and slammed into a car, killing the driver, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. Herlindo Resendiz, 28, of Daly's Chapel Road, Seven Springs,...

Radio tower relocation may not be necessary

MOUNT OLIVE -- A family-owned radio station at the end of Center Street might have to move to a new place west of town to make way for the city's airport runway expansion. And then again, it might not. However,...

Mooving in day at fair

The rides are ready. The turkey legs, corn dogs and funnel cakes are ready. The exhibits are in place. The animals are in their pens. The entertainers are about to hit the stage. The 57th Annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair...

Today and Friday at the fair

Today + 1 p.m. -- Judging all individual exhibits and educational booths + 4 p.m. -- Gates open; Midway opens + 5:30 p.m. -- Vocational Competition -- Drafting, Educational Showplace; Math, Entertainment Arena + 6 p.m. -- Open Junior Meat...

Duplin seeking ways to relieve overcrowding

KENANSVILLE -- While the county's agricultural people breathe a sigh of relief in new offices at Duplin Commons, Duplin commissioners are considering several ways to relieve overcrowding at Courthouse Square. County Planner Mike Aldridge developed five scenarios, and each option...

Public records

Alert driver helps police arrest man An alert driver on Wednesday saw a man try to steal a first-aid kit from his truck in a supermarket parking lot and gave Goldsboro police a description of the suspect. The suspect was...

Six contestants vie for Queen of Fair

Six contestants will vie for Queen of the Fair Friday at the 57th Annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. The pageant will be held beginning at 8 p.m. in the entertainment arena. Ashley Barnes is the reigning Queen of the Fair....

Make a Difference Day projects set

Some projects this year include: *Boys and Girls Club of Fremont -- help with Power Hour, landscaping and painting. *Boys and Girls Club of Mount Olive -- help with Power Hour, landscaping and help with basketball tournament. *Boys and Girls...

Clarification -- Muscadine festival not free

The North Carolina Muscadine Harvest Festival in Kenansville Saturday is not free as was stated in Wednesday's News-Argus. Cost is $5 to people age 1 through 20 and $20 at the gate for people 21 and older. Organizers said this...

Bloodmobile

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Social Security office. Donors will receive an Adam's Auto coupon for a free car wash....

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Fairground inspections

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Inspector Tom Chambers checks the inner workings of the Tilt a Whirl during a preinspection of the rides for this year's Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Tuesday. For more information see Inspectors watch carefully as fair rides are...

Eastpointe must find 1.4 million dollars after state shortfall

MOUNT OLIVE -- A local, four-county mental health service is being asked to find $1.4 million to make up its portion of a statewide $28 million shortfall this year. Area Director Jack St. Clair told the Eastpointe board in Mount...

Inspectors watch carefully as fair rides are assembled

With the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair just days away, employees of Powers Great American Midway were busy Tuesday afternoon assembling the Zipper, the Wave Swinger, the Spider and 45 more rides that will thrill fairgoers. Right beside them, employees of...

Thursday at the Fair

Thursday + 1 p.m. -- Judging all individual exhibits and educational booths + 4 p.m. -- Gates open; Midway opens + 5:30 p.m. -- Vocational Competition -- Drafting, Educational Showplace; Math, Entertainment Arena + 6 p.m. -- Open Junior Meat...

24 people named to Leadership Wayne

Twenty-four leaders from industry, government and service agencies have been chosen as the newest members of Leadership Wayne County. The men and women, from a variety of businesses and organizations from across the county, gathered for their opening retreat the...

Base prison closing date still not set

Officials at the Federal Prison Camp at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base still do not have an exact closure date for the facility, but say they are continuing preparations for closure. The Bureau of Prisons officials announced the upcoming closure...

Public records

Sex charge A 25-year-old man has been arrested by Wayne County sheriff's officers and charged with a felony second-degree sex offense. William Charles Kohls of Robin Lake Drive, Dudley, had been charged with assault on a female and communicating threats....

Crime Stoppers call leads to 3 arrests

Three people were arrested and charged with robbing a Goldsboro bank after an anonymous call to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers. A material witness and two fugitives were found and a vehicle larceny case also was cleared with an arrest during...

Muscadine festival set this weekend

KENANSVILLE -- The North Carolina Muscadine Harvest Festival will be this weekend at the Duplin Commons Agribusiness Complex. Kicking off the event will be a Muscadine Gala Evening beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are...

Mount Olive students awarded scholarships

MOUNT OLIVE -- Several Mount Olive College students have been awarded scholarships. Allan Pangburn of Dudley has been named the 2005 Braswell Teaching Scholarship recipient and also received a $2,500 merit scholarship. Pangburn is a graduate of Southern Wayne High...

Bloodmobile

The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thurs-day from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Goldsboro High School. Donors will receive an Adam's Auto coupon for a free car wash....

Blessing of animals to be held Saturday at St. Francis Episcopa

The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Saturday closest to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Anyone in the community is invited...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Chock full of nuts

News-Argus/Bobby Williams A tractor-trailer truck, loaded with peanuts, overturned Monday in the cloverleaf interchange at West Grantham Street and Dr. M.L. King Jr. Expressway, the U.S. 70 West and U.S. 117 intersection, snarling traffic for hours, Goldsboro police said....

City says Paramount on track

Paramount Theater project volunteers are still waiting to find out who is going to pay for the millions it is expected to take to rebuild the city's historic theater. After the Feb. 19 fire that destroyed much of the building,...

Grant provides families with better housing

Evelyn Kelly didn't mind when a man told her the county was going to have to tear down her old house. County officials say several dilapidated houses like the one Ms. Kelly had in the Potter's Hill community near Beulaville...

Program matches mentors, children

For Daryl Woodard, having a successful mentoring program for youths is not just a numbers game; it's about touching lives in a personal and positive way. Woodard is executive director of Smart Choices for Youth Inc., formerly Wayne County Youth...

Volunteers are needed for waterways cleanup

Trash will be foremost on the minds of Wayne County residents Oct. 1 as they take to local waterways for the 2005 Big Sweep from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last year in North Carolina, 13,000 Big Sweep volunteers picked...

Evacuated students can get tuition break at WCC

Wayne Community College is providing tuition exceptions for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Any evacuee who has already paid community college tuition in his or her home state is eligible for a tuition waiver for the second fall term, and evacuees who...

Now they are fighting weight gain and crime

Monika Barkley remembers what it was like two years ago when she participated in the Dr. Phil (McGraw) Show's weight loss challenge. People, even strangers, did not hesitate to approach her in restaurants to comment on what she was eating....

Public records

Mobile home fire A mobile home at 741 Pecan Road was destroyed before dawn Monday in a fire of an undetermined cause, a fire official said. Arrington Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Rogers said the single-wide home was engulfed in flames...

Webster James elected trustee for Kiwanis International

Webster James of Goldsboro, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro, has been elected an International Trustee for Kiwanis International. He will begin service a three-year term in October as board counselor for the Alabama, New England and Andean-Central...

Monday, September 26, 2005

Re-enactors provide live history lesson

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Confederate riflemen prepare to charge the Union position during Sunday's re-enactment of the Battle of Goldsborough. Nearly 200 re-enactors from several states participated in the second annual event. For more information see Still defending Goldsborough: Re-enactors show...

MERCI volunteers sending more help

Volunteers with the MERCI (Marion Edwards Recovery Center Initiatives) Center are still trying to help victims of Hurricane Katrina put their lives back together. The center is sending all sorts of supplies and hundreds of volunteers to the disaster areas...

Wayne among 100 best for kids

A banner hangs from the ceiling in the learning center at the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County that reads -- "The Future is Here." That phrase seemed especially appropriate today as Wayne County received national recognition for its...

Ophelia was both good, bad for farms

Farmers had an average year in Wayne County, with just enough rain to keep the crops going, but not enough for a banner year, local agriculture officials said. And in Duplin County, farmers are just glad Hurricane Ophelia is gone,...

Still defending Goldsborough: Re-enactors show visitors what it was like

The Confederate soldiers hidden in the woods lay silently, waiting for the battle to start. When the boom of a cannon opened the fighting shortly after 1 p.m., they arose and fired a volley into the left of the Union...

Public records

Man charged A 20-year-old Goldsboro man was arrested Sunday by Goldsboro police and charged with second-degree kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault with a deadly weapon. The victim told officers that the man came to her apartment on Marvin Street...

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Banquet marks downtown achievements

By DENNIS HILL News-Argus City Editor Members of the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. gathered on the courthouse lawn Friday evening to celebrate a year of achievements and to look ahead to the future. The past year was not a completely...

WCC Foundation Drive kicked off

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer The Foundation of Wayne Community College recently kicked off its annual fund drive with a lasagna lunch served to 200 faculty and staff members. While the ultimate goal of the drive is to raise...

Showing livestock is family affair

By TURNER WALSTON News-Argus Staff Writer For some competitors, showing livestock is a family affair. "We do a little bit of everything," Cindy Wheaton said. She's not kidding. Mrs. Wheaton and her 9-year-old daughter Amanda are regulars on the livestock...

Lintons are fair veterans

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer A Grantham sister and brother have parlayed their interest in animals into an award-winning activity, participating in livestock judging events at local and state fairs. Marisa Linton, 12, and brother Alec, 9, became active...

Her speciality is baking pies

By BECKY BARCLAY News-Argus Lifestyle Editor Pecan pies, cream pies, fruit pies and even a Key Lime pie -- Margey Smith has tried them all. Mrs. Smith, 50, has been entering the pie baking contest at the county fair for...

Patricia Head keeps winning blue ribbons

By BECKY BARCLAY News-Argus Lifestyle Editor Patricia Head of Nahunta has so many blue ribbons from the county fair that she plans to make a quilt out of them. The 69-year-old has been entering items in the county fair for...

Preparing for the Demolition Derby

By TURNER WALSTON News-Argus Staff Writer David Goins has spent a lot of time working on his 1973 Pontiac Safari station wagon in preparation for this year's Wayne County fair. But he isn't busy spit-polishing tires or shining up chrome....

WCDS music teacher earns certificate

Rebecca Fordham, music teacher at Wayne Country Day School, recently spent three weeks at the University of Memphis studying Orff Schulwerk under the only surviving student of composer Carl Orff. Ms. Fordham received a $2,800 scholarship from the Gunild Keetman...

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...

Teaching Fellows applications available

High school seniors interested in becoming teachers are encouraged to apply for scholarships that would defray the cost of college. The N.C. Teaching Fellows Commission announced that applications are available online for the 2005-2006 North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarship/loan program....

Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Donta Ramone Bryant, 20, Maple Street, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction (habitual felon), 100 to 129 months. *Bobby Ray...

Public record

Crimes The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating the following crimes: *Quinastasius Becton of North Georgia Avenue told police he was asleep at a residence on West Chestnut Street when someone stole his handgun. He described the gun as a black...

Mount Olive District Court

Mount Olive District Court These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Sheila Marie Blue, 38, Gordon Street, Mount Olive, prostitution, 120 days suspended, 24 months unsupervised probation, 30 hours community service, $65 lawyer's fee, $100 fine and...

Makeup day set

A makeup day has been scheduled for students in Wayne County Public Schools, missed due to the hurricane on Sept. 14. It will be Friday, Oct. 28, which had originally been designated on the calendar as a teacher workday....

Continuing Education courses are offered online at WCC

New online courses at Wayne Community College teach everything from writing skills to style. The Continuing Education courses helps students develop their writing skills and learn how to write for specific genres. These are a few of the courses: *Beginning...

District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Juan Elias Villanueva, 27, Cleveland Drive, Mount Olive, assault on a female, not guilty. *James Edward Hayes Sr., 47, Edwards Store Road, Mount Olive, harassing phone call, not guilty; assault...

Friday, September 23, 2005

Survival training

News-Argus/Turner Walston Capt. Don M. Haley of the 335th Fighter Squadron finds a place to hide during combat survival training at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. For more information see Cliffs of Neuse State Park is combat zone...

Final vision of new park is drafted

Gunshots rang out as Shandra Jones strolled through Stoney Creek Park in the early evening years ago. For her and many other residents, crime and drugs are what they remember about the park. "To this day, I don't know what...

Firefighters are helping in Alabama after Katrina

Two Goldsboro firefighters who volunteered to help in the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast are putting up shelters in Birmingham, Ala. "I was glad to hear from both of them," Fire Chief Bobby Greenfield said Thursday....

Final preparations being made for fair opening Thursday

The midway at the Wayne County Fairgrounds is quiet now, but next Thursday it will be filled with the sounds of music, shouting children and show barkers, the smells of Polish sausages and funnel cakes, the sights of spinning colorful...

Ross Dress for Less opens in new mall

The first store in the new Berkeley Commons shopping center opened Thursday as Ross Dress for Less opened its doors for business. Other anchor stores scheduled to open in mid-October are Bed, Bath & Beyond and TJ Maxx. Developer Connell...

Cliffs of Neuse State Park is combat zone for airmen

The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park became enemy territory Monday afternoon as eight airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base used the wooded park in southeastern Wayne for a refresher course on combat survival...

Mount Olive professor has commentary published

MOUNT OLIVE- Lloyd R. Bailey, barrow professor of biblical studies at Mount Olive College, has completed a commentary on the Biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers. It took four years of preparation to write the manuscript that consists of 648...

Public records

Drug charges Three people were arrested Thursday by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with felony drug offenses after anonymous calls to Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers. Kenneth Charles McRae, 22, and Tiffany Gail Tomlin, 20, were arrested after a...

Motorcycle club trying to help Katrina victims

The R-Ryders Motorcycle Club, on behalf of The United Way, is collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The United Way truck is in Goldsboro for two more weeks. For more information on how to make donations, email the club...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Waiting for a tenant

News-Argus File Photo The Winn-Dixie store in Ashley Plaza is awaiting a new tenant. Store fixtures are on sale at half price. For more information see Winn-Dixie property owner looking for a new lessee....

Katrina efforts slowed but didn't stop United Way drive

Hurricane Katrina has slowed the momentum of this year's United Way campaign, but it has not hurt donations that much, according to Jane Rustin, 2005 campaign chairman. The total currently stands at 21.89 percent, about $311,932.50. Ms. Rustin said the...

Local nurse focuses on helping Katrina victims

Wayne County resident Rhonda VanHook is calmly awaiting Hurricane Rita's attack on the Gulf coast while helping those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross volunteer has been in Hammond, La., just north of Lake Pontchartrain, since Sept. 16 and...

Winn-Dixie property owner looking for a new lessee

The owner of the former Winn-Dixie store in Ashley Plaza on Berkeley Boulevard said he has some potential tenants considering leasing the 37,390-foot building. The store closed several weeks ago, one of three Winn-Dixie stores in Wayne County that closed...

Student gets scholarship after math win

Edith Tate of Lexington said her grandson, Malik Hargrave, has always been a big dreamer. "He's always said he's going to be president of the United States," she said. "He said he's gonna do this and he's gonna do that,...

Public records

5 people injured in three assaults Five Goldsboro residents were injured Wednesday in three assaults, according to Goldsboro police reports. Three teenagers were wounded during a drive-by shooting at about 11:40 p.m. in a parking lot in the 600 block...

Lewis honored as tech teacher of the year

Pamela Lewis, health occupations teacher at Spring Creek High School, has been named the N.C. Association of Career and Technical Education New Teacher of the Year for 2005. The award, given to a full-time teacher with at least three years,...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Chase ends in shots fired

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Highway Patrol troopers work at scene of an accident in which two men wanted on drug charges were wounded by members of the Goldsboro/Wayne Drug Squad following a chase. For more information see Two arrested after chase;...

Two arrested after chase; shots fired

Two suspected drug dealers who tried to flee from law enforcement officers Tuesday, then exchanged gunfire with them on New Hope Road, were shot by lawmen, then arrested and jailed. The suspects -- Korey Hill, 29, of Daly Boulevard, Mount...

County will take control of EDC

The Wayne County Economic Development Commission will officially become a county department on Oct. 1, county commissioners decided at their meeting Tuesday. The organization has been operating as a stand-alone, county-funded agency since the late 1980s and was most recently...

Exchange Club members will travel to New Orleans

Five members of the Goldsboro Exchange Club leave this weekend to help with hurricane disaster relief efforts and are seeking donations from the community. Member David Poythress said the group began discussing what it could do to help victims of...

Drivers, businesses already weary of Ash Street paving

Click, click, rattle. Loose rocks roll around tire wells and kick off spinning tires as they hit windshields. Gwen Jones knows all about the potential irritations that accompany traveling down Ash Street since the city's street paving project began Sept....

Gateway back to normal for now

Jack Miller's jet-black Mustang convertible hasn't seen much action over the past few weeks. It has been stabled while he takes the bus. Miller, 19, a student at Wayne County Community College, has avoided driving whenever possible since gas prices...

Lightning strike ignites fire that destroys home

PIKEVILLE -- A large brick home at 101 Hawkins Drive near Vail Road was destroyed today after a predawn lightning strike triggered a fire, officials said. The residents, Johnnie and Lynn Carr and their two children, managed to get outside...

Mount Olive church sending team, materials to hard-hit areas

MOUNT OLIVE -- First Baptist Church of Mount Olive has collected emergency items for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and a group headed out early today to deliver the load to Mississippi. Pastor Dennis Atwood and his wife, Ann, are...

Truckload of supplies headed for Mississippi

A tractor-trailer full of supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims left Wayne County Tuesday and was expected to arrive at a staging center in Jackson, Miss. today. There, the items will be dispersed among several aid agencies. Over the past ten...

Singing challenge raises $1,630 for hurricane victims

Two Wayne County departments recently challenged staff members to raise money for relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Team leaders would be Health Director James Roosen and Social Services Director Judy Pelt. The prize? The leader of the winning...

Public records

Victim identified in fatal collision The victim in a collision Monday night at N.C. 55 and N.C. 111 has been identified by the Highway Patrol as Carlos Humberto Gutierrez, 29, of 108 Mill Run Village, Mount Olive. The northbound car...

Fremont approves zoning change

FREMONT -- A specialty health-care business will be coming to Fremont, after all. The town board on Tuesday night approved a change in its zoning ordinance to allow the facility in the Rhodes Funeral Home building at 604 Memorial Church...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fatal wreck

News-Argus/Bobby Williams State troopers work at the scene of a fatal wreck Monday night at the intersection of N.C. 55 and N.C. 111 in southern Wayne County. For more information see Man dies after truck hits car....

Man dies after truck hits car

From staff reports An unknown man was killed in a crash of a car and a tractor-trailer Monday night at the intersection of N.C. 111 South and N.C. 55 in southeastern Wayne County. Highway Patrol investigators did not have any...

Moore found guilty

Marcus Dominique Moore was convicted Monday night of second-degree murder and sentenced to 18-23 years in prison for last year's fatal shooting of a Goldsboro man. A Wayne County Superior Court jury of nine women and three men deliberated for...

Red Cross expects blood supply crisis

Despite an adequate supply of blood at present, Red Cross officials say they expect supplies to dwindle as the holiday season approaches. An increase in travel, and therefore accidents, pushes the demand for blood higher, just as it does during...

Blood drives scheduled

From staff reports Following is the Bloodmobile schedule for October for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: *Oct. 1: Berkeley Mall from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. *Oct. 4: Charles B. Aycock High School from 8:30 a.m....

City condemns former Kemp Furniture site

City Council members looked at two property issues, one centering on traffic and the other on asbestos, at their meeting Monday. Council voted unanimously to condemn property located at 700 S. George St., which is currently owned by Resources Exchange...

Public records

Man wounded A 24-year-old Goldsboro man was shot Monday as he walked in the 300 block of South Carolina Street, according to a Goldsboro police report. Michael J. Montgomery of West Pine Street was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital, where...

Kindergardner organizes fundraiser

Little Michael Humphrey saw the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on television. So, when his class decided they wanted to do something to help the families on the Gulf Coast, he knew just what to do. "I got the money from...

Early dismissal for Wayne schools Wednesday

From staff reports Students in Wayne County Public Schools will be dismissed early on Wednesday in order for teachers to attend staff development workshops. This is one of 10 days set aside in the school calendar for student early dismissal....

Wayne 4-H assists in Katrina relief

Wayne County 4-H'er and Pikeville resident Michael Atkins is collecting school supplies for children in Mississippi who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. He is collecting items such as pencils, notebooks, rulers, binders -- basic school supplies. They may be...

August fire remains under investigation

Four residential fires were among the 179 calls that the Goldsboro Fire Department answered in August. A fire that destroyed a $30,000 vacant home at 1117 Olivia Lane on Aug. 5 remains under investigation by police. "We believe the fire...

Monday, September 19, 2005

Duplin marijuana seized

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace, left, and Capt. Stanley Jones stand in a pile of marijuana plants this morning after they were taken from a field and stored in a warehouse in Wallace. For more information see...

Acres of marijuana found in Duplin

WALLACE -- Authorities have discovered a 10- to 15-acre pot farm near Wallace, valued in the millions of dollars and considered the area's biggest marijuana raid in recent memory. "I don't recall a bust this big in southeastern North Carolina...

High gas prices causing budget woes

High gas prices are hitting everybody, as counties, towns, schools and businesses stagger under prices that are still higher than projected in their budgets. Mount Olive Town Manager Ray McDonald hinted about a possible tax increase recently, saying the town...

Dudley man says gangs are a threat

At least one Wayne County resident disputes comments from law-enforcement leaders that gangs here are nothing more than "wannabes." Billy Pounds says he is moving from a Dudley-area mobile home park because his family has been threatened by young gang...

Health Department uses interpreters to eliminate language barriers

Miriam Hatch-Torres remembers being the only translator when she started working at the Health Department nine years ago. "The last interpreter had left; it was just me," said the foreign language interpreter, herself originally from Puerto Rico. She moved to...

Medical center honored for community service

FAISON -- Goshen Med-ical Center has received the 2005 Outstanding Service Award by the North Carolina Community Health Center Association. Dr. Greg Bounds has been the chief executive officer at Goshen Medical Center since July 2001 and has helped transformed...

August fire remains under investigation

Four residential fires were among the 179 calls that the Goldsboro Fire Department answered in August. A fire that destroyed a vacant home at 1117 Olivia Lane remains under investigation by police. "We believe the fire was set by human...

Public records

Teen shot accidentally A teenager was accidentally shot Saturday while shooting skeet with friends in the 1300 block of New Hope Road, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Justin David Rowe, 16, of North Beston...

Bloodmobile Tuesday

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a Blood drive Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spring Creek High School. Donors will receive a free Adam's Auto car wash coupon....

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Witness: Moore pulled trigger

A reluctant witness said she saw Marcus Moore shoot Jonathan Yarborough last year. Kameshia Kornegay testified Friday in Wayne County Superior Court she saw Moore fire a shot that struck Yarborough in the shoulder or neck on April 16, 2004....

District eyes $130 million facilities plan

The Board of Education put new high schools in Grantham and Mount Olive back on its facilities plan Thursday night, along with suggestions to build a new elementary and middle school in the northern end of the county. The $129.8...

Bank robber remains at large

A lone man walked into the Wachovia Bank at 605 N. Berkeley Blvd. on Friday, demanded money from a teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Goldsboro police said. Police Chief Tim Bell said Saturday night that he...

Schools set to keep up with governor's reforms

Wayne County Public Schools are responding to Gov. Mike Easley's call for high-school reform, focusing on improving learning opportunities and performance countywide. Principals of the county's six public high schools, armed with their individual proposals for improving student support and...

Tourney to benefit hospice

Proceeds from a golf tournament planned for Thursday will be used to expand space and services at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. The 11th annual Kitty Classic Golf Tournament will be at Walnut Creek Country Club, with tee times of 8:30...

Battles will be re-enacted at Waynesborough Village

More than 200 Civil War historical re-enactors will re-create the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge Sept. 24-25 on the grounds of Waynesborough Historical Village. This is the second year the battle will be re-enacted. In 2004, it was held in late...

City officials honor Blazers for win in state basketball championship

The Wayne County Blazers basketball team does not have expensive sneakers and equipment. Team members have no gym in which to practice. On out-of-county road trips, they don't stop to dine at fancy restaurants. But the Blazers didn't let those...

Seminar on incontinence is Tuesday

A local urologist hopes his free seminar this week will not only educate incontinence sufferers, but dispel some of the myths that nothing that can be done about it. Dr. John Kaspar of Wayne Urological Associates said that many are...

Public records

Register stolen A cash register with $250 and 102 inspection stickers were stolen Thursday night from S&D Towing and Tires at 550 Billy Price Road, Seven Springs, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported. The business owner, Shelton D. Southerland, told...

Local schools find ways to help with hurricane relief

Throughout Wayne County Public Schools over the past two weeks since Hurricane Katrina struck the southland, students and staff have responded in a variety of ways, supporting relief efforts. Eastern Wayne High School presented a check for $2,550 to the...

A constitutional matter: Area schools heed nation's guiding document

Students in Wayne County Public Schools joined their peers around the country Friday in observing Constitution Day. The designation was approved by Congress last year at the insistence of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who said too many young...

Friday, September 16, 2005

Neighborhood meeting

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Mayor Al King speaks to Goldsboro citizens during a neighborhood meeting Thursday night on South Kornegay Street held to address the concerns of the neighborhood. For more information see City officials, residents meet on the street....

City officials, residents meet on the street

The first in a series of neighborhood meetings created by the Goldsboro City Council took place Thursday night at 100 South Kornegay St. Police blocked off the area and residents were encouraged to join council members, city department heads and...

Most buyout payments have been received

Local tobacco growers and quota owners who have not yet received their initial buyout payments should look for them soon, said Rick Tharrington, county executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. "We are finished," Tharrington said...

Shot to the chest killed Yarborough, expert testifies

A shot to the chest that struck his heart and other vital organs killed Jonathan Deon Yarborough last year, a medical expert testified Thursday in Wayne Superior Court. Dr. John Butts, the state's chief medical examiner, said Thursday during the...

Hot meals come from Goldsboro

SALTER PATH -- The day after Hurricane Ophelia hit the Atlantic Beach area of North Carolina, Goldsboro's Salvation Army was on its way to help the disaster victims. Amid power outages, damaged buildings and floodwaters, a crew of four Wayne...

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Drug charges Three people were arrested Thursday by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with felony drug offenses. Thomas Earl Southerland, 51, and Nancy Wooten Smith, 49, were arrested after an investigation and search of their home on Parkstown...

Double murderer to be paroled

A Wayne County man convicted of killing his father and his stepmother will be paroled from prison in less than two years, despite the protests of his half-sisters and the District Attorney's Office. Terry Wayne Weeks, 37, was convicted in...

Crops in southern Duplin suffered damage in storm

KENANSVILLE --Crops in the southern end of Duplin County weren't as lucky as those in the northern section of the county during Hurricane Ophelia. Cooperative Extension Ser-vice Director Ed Emory said many fields of corn ready for harvest were blown...

Man arrested in shooting of police officer in Rose Hill

KENANSVILLE -- Tyrone David Williams, 30, of Rose Hill, was arrested Wednesday on charges regarding the shooting of a Rose Hill police officer. Sheriff's officers and the SBI helped apprehend Williams, who was charged with assault with a deadly weapon...

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wrightsville Beach

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Waves created by Hurricane Ophelia's winds crash upon the shore at Wrightsville beach as onlookers watch the Atlantic Tuesday. For more pictures, see the print edition of today's News-Argus. For more information see Ophelia flooding not as...

Ophelia flooding not as severe as feared

Hurricane Ophelia continued its slow crawl along North Carolina's coastline early today, but early indications were that the storm had not brought the severe flooding many feared. Ophelia was expected to churn away from land and into the Atlantic Ocean...

Ophelia leaves little damage here

Wayne County emergency management authorities reported no damage from Hurricane Ophelia. Duplin officials said damage was minimal, with a few tree limbs downed. Mel Powers, Wayne's emergency management director, said today that his office had received no reports of damages...

Elementary school's project gets board OK

A sewer project to accommodate rapid growth at Northwest Elementary School was approved by the school board Monday night. The project, estimated to cost $750,000, will be paid for through matching funds from the state, said Sprunt Hill, assistant superintendent...

Testimony continues in Moore trial

The first-degree murder trial of Marcus Dominique Moore was to resume late this morning in Wayne County Superior Court after a one-day delay because of Hurricane Ophelia. Judge Jay D. Hockenbury recessed court Tuesday afternoon until 11 a.m. today, because...

Litter Sweep planned for Sept. 24

The roads of Wayne County will get a makeover next weekend. Keep Wayne County Beautiful will hold its annual Fall Litter Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 24. Corporations, businesses, county and city officials, civic groups, churches, youth groups and individuals are...

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Fugitive found One of two fugitives wanted by federal and local authorities was found Wednesday in Wayne County, officials said. Swanel Moses, 51, was found in a home in the 100 block of Dawson Drive in Edwards Mobile Home Park....

Board to wait on ETJ zone vote

KENANSVILLE -- The Kenansville Town Board Monday night tabled a vote on establishing an extra-territorial jurisdiction around the town until its Dec. 5 meeting. The board is considering a plan that would create the zone that would extend for a...

Princeton to get matching funds for memorial park

PRINCETON -- Princeton will get a $64,913 matching federal grant for its Ray Floors Memorial Park. Mayor Don Rains made the announcement during the last town board meeting. He said the grant will be matched with local funds and other...

Duplin looking forward to more school funds

KENANSVILLE -- The recent passage of a lottery in state General Assembly was good news for Duplin School Superintendent Tommy Benson. He said he was told the lottery could be implemented in another six to eight months. Forty percent of...

Wayne to offer over 50 condensed courses

Wayne Community College is offering more than 50 condensed courses during the second half of fall semester. The college has scheduled one day of registration for the condenses courses for next week and another two days of registration in October....

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

At the shelters

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Maria Tavino eats breakfast with her 12-year-old son, Alfredo Vasquez, and 8-year-old nephew, Anthony Castaneda, at the Spring Creek High School shelter. For more information see Few families there now, but they are ready....

Waltzing Ophelia

NAGS HEAD — Officials urged evacuation as a strengthened Ophelia edged toward North Carolina early Wednesday, while many people in the storm’s path shrugged at the threat of flooding rains and sustained high winds. Many residents and visitors to...

Residents hit stores just in case

Wayne County shoppers were stocking up on goods in preparation for the effects of Hurricane Ophelia, but most were not panicked, nor desperately hunting for that last loaf of bread. Bryant Stocks, manager of the Food Lion on Spence Avenue,...

Few families there now, but they are ready

With Hurricane Ophelia approaching eastern North Carolina, several Wayne County families took refuge in Red Cross shelters as a precaution. The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross opened three shelters at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Creek High...

City is still planning first meeting

The Goldsboro City Council will hold the first of a series of neighborhood meetings Thursday at 6 p.m. The public meeting will be held at 100 S. Kornegay St. The meetings are designed to give residents a chance to address...

Mount Olive has measures ready to stop flooding

MOUNT OLIVE -- Cleo Phillips of Smith Chapel Road in Mount Olive was delighted when she looked out her window this morning and saw only a gentle rain coming down. That was the only effect of Hurricane Ophelia early today...

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Fugitives sought from Wake County Two men who fled from supervised probation in Wake County are being sought by federal and local authorities in Wayne County. Kenneth Ray Edwards, 28, was wanted on charges of failure to register as a...

Paving project begins Thursday along Ash Street

Sections of Ash Street will be closed Thursday evening, marking the start of what officials hope will be no more than a two-week paving project. Beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the blocks of Ash Street between George and William Street...

Two charged in Walnut Creek home break-in

Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with the break-in and the theft of a 900-pound safe, firearms and other property from a home in Walnut Creek. Erik Rubio Fuentes, 24, of Jacksonville was charged Tuesday with breaking...

Arts Council keeps winners a secret

Shhh. It's a secret. The Arts Council of Wayne County is not telling who won prizes in this year's National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. Not yet, anyway. The answers will be revealed at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, when the doors...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Out of harm's way

News-Argus/Turner Walston Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel prepare one of the base's F-15E Strike Eagles for departure Monday. The jet was among more than 40 planes from the base that were diverted to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in...

Storm watch upgraded to warning

An inland tropical storm warning was issued for Wayne and Sampson counties this afternoon by the National Weather Service in Raleigh. The warning, previously a watch, means that winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected due to a...

Emergency center ready for storm

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin commissioners declared a state of emergency Monday as Tropical Storm Ophelia moved toward the coast. Duplin Emergency Management Director Craig Forlines has activated the county's Emergency Operating Center and said his staff is making preparations to deal...

Shelters open, schools close Wednesday

Wayne County emergency management officials decided today to open three shelter locations in preparation for Tropical Storm Ophelia. Also, county school officials decided today to close schools Wednesday. A determination of the schools' schedule for the rest of the week...

Town board OKs drainage line for Crest Drive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town officials have a plan on how to handle the next wave of rain that hits Mount Olive streets this fall -- a new drainage line. The Mount Olive Town Board voted unanimously Monday to install a...

Volunteers filling trailer to help Katrina victims

A donated trailer and a desire to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina have launched two Wayne County women into their own form of hurricane relief. Spurred to action by the devastation along the Gulf Coast, Joanne Kraus and Deane...

Wayne County school board passes 2005 budget

The Board of Education approved a $148 million budget for Wayne County Public Schools Monday night. The school system has been operating on an interim budget in recent months, pending finalization of the state and local allotments, said Nan Barwick,...

Jury seated in case against Marcus Moore

A 26-year-old Goldsboro man went on trial Monday in Wayne County Superior Court for the first-degree murder of another Goldsboro man. Marcus Dominique Moore of Denmark Street was accused of the predawn shooting of Jonathan Deon Yarborough, 31, of Beal...

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Missing person Richard Shawnquale Elliott, 21, has been reported missing by his fiancee, Inem'ka Bizzell. Elliott was described as black, 5-foot-6 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and may be wearing a...

Stoney Creek Park meeting set for today

The Stoney Creek Park Development Committee will meet with the design firm of Kimley-Horn and Associate today to begin making final plans for the park's expansions. The committee met last week to discuss their upcoming meeting and to share their...

Jets sent to Dayton to miss storm

About 50 F-15E Strike Eagles and three KC-135 Stratotankers were expected to arrive at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, from Seymour Johnson AFB by this morning. The aircraft were evacuated as a precaution to avoid potential damage from...

Prison inmates find a way to get around red tape and help victims

Inmates at Wayne Correctional wanted to do something to help the Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana and Mississippi, but legal red tape prevents them from being able to send money directly to charitable organizations. So Correctional Officer R.C. Thompson came...

Pikeville planning fund-raiser for storm victims

Residents of Pikeville are planning a day of activities Saturday to raise money to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The day's events will be held at Dees Memorial Park and will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until, said...

LaGrange arrest

LaGrange and Goldsboro police arrested a woman Monday in connection with the robbery of the Wachovia Bank in LaGrange Sept. 6. LaShonda Marquette Johnson, 25, of 1004-A Lincoln St., LaGrange was charged with armed robbery, trafficking in cocaine and possession...

Monday, September 12, 2005

Waiting on Ophelia

Associated Press Waves crash onto Atlantic Beach at Sportsman's Pier as Hurricane Ophelia sits 200 miles off the coast of the Carolinas Sunday. Forecasters are not exactly sure what the storm will do, but say it is moving slowly....

Fickle Ophelia hangs off N.C. coast

WILMINGTON — Coastal residents took precautions as Hurricane Ophelia sat nearly stationary off the coast on Monday, its outer bands of rain not quite reaching land. The devastation caused elsewhere by Hurricane Katrina was on the mind of Steve...

Prayers, supplies sent to evacuees

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina is a tragedy, but it also is an opportunity for people of faith "to show their Christian love," said the Rev. Dr. William Barber at a prayer service Sunday evening at Rebuilding Broken Places community...

Waiting and wondering what Katrina wrought

An Air Force family who evacuated their home in Mississippi have found safe haven with family in Goldsboro. Tech Sgt. Miquel Lifsey and his wife, Tonisa, are no stranger to hurricanes. The U.S. Air Force has taken the couple to...

Students from affected states enrolling here

Several students evacuated from the Gulf Coast states hit recently by Hurricane Katrina have already enrolled in Wayne County Public Schools, with more expected, officials said. Olivia Pierce, executive director for community relations, said on Friday it will be hard...

Driver in crash with tobacco trailer dies

A women whose sport utility vehicle was struck by a runaway tobacco trailer Friday on Drummersville Road near Daly Chapel Road has died. Malena Aubrey Schimmel, 30, of 318 Drummersville Road, Seven Springs, suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to...

Hunt on for man who shot Rose Hill policeman

ROSE HILL -- The State Bureau of Investigation is looking for a man who shot a Rose Hill police officer Saturday night. Patrol officer Mitchell Anderson was released Sunday from Pitt Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for wounds sustained...

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Mobile home fire A mobile home at 211 Mobile Circle, Dudley, was destroyed Sunday night in a fire of undetermined causes, officials said. The home was used by the owner, Robert Boyer of Pennsylvania, as a summer home, Arrington Volunteer...

Historical Association marks 50th

Members of the Wayne County Historical Association gave residents and history buffs a chance to look back to where they came from Sunday as part of the group's 50th anniverary celebration. About 75 people filed through the group's museum and...

Base evacuates fighters in advance of storm

The 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is evacuating 36 to 41 jets because of Hurricane Ophelia, said Capt. Allen Herritage of the base Public Affairs office. Herritage said officials are expecting winds of up to 50...

Sunday, September 11, 2005

MERCI Center prepares supplies

Susan Brown of Richmond, Va., sits just inside the warehouse door at the Marion Edwards Recovery Center Initiatives (MERCI) in the Rosewood community. It is Saturday morning, and she, 14-year-old daughter Hannah, and their new friend, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Parker...

Red Cross training draws a crowd

Ernest Triplett knows firsthand what it is like to see your home covered by flood waters. So, when he saw the suffering and the sorrow on the faces of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, he just couldn't sit there and...

School's fundraiser a 'rousing success'

A barbecue plate sale to benefit survivors of Hurricane Katrina was a rousing success, organizers said Friday. Donna Hopewell, career development coordinator at Eastern Wayne High School, said the fundraiser had to be expanded because of response from the community....

Foster Grandparents honored at Red Rose Tea

WAGES' Foster Grandpar-ents were honored for their contribution as volunteers working with children on Friday. The 11th annual "Red Rose Tea" was held at First African Baptist Church, with several dignitaries on hand to pay tribute to the 120 senior...

Indictments handed down by Grand Jury

A 33-year-old man has been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree rape. Roger Lamonte Sutton of Hinnant Road, Pikeville, also was indicted on two counts of first-degree kidnapping and assault with...

'Bellies and Butts' designed to help youngest victims

Following up on their plea to the public last week for help for victims of Hurricane Katrina, city officials are planning a new fundraiser. The city of Goldsboro will partner with Oldies 107.9 Wednesday to secure donations for hurricane victims....

Goldsboro Ballet to present 'Love of Dance' today at 3

The Goldsboro Ballet will present "Love of Dance" today at 3 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. Cost is $10 at the door. A silent auction will be held for an hour before the show and during a...

Wayne County Historical Society celebrates anniversary

The Wayne County Historical Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a reception today at the Wayne County Museum. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served and music...

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...

Tutors needed

The Wayne Community College Literacy and Basic Skills Program needs volunteers to tutor adults in literacy and life skills. The program will hold free training to certify volunteers as Partnership Approach to Literacy tutors. Training will be done in four...

Wayne County Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Anthony Earl Rivers, 17, South Center Street, Mount Olive, armed robbery, 38 to 55 months. *Joseph Daniel Figgins Jr., 25, Emmaus Church Road, Dudley, assault inflicting serious injury, assault on...

Student picked for UNC Honors Study Program

Erika Marie Stallings, a 2003 graduate of Eastern Wayne High School and a Morehead Scholar, has been selected to participate in the UNC Honors Study Abroad Program in Cape Town, South Africa. She will intern at the Institute for Democracy...

N.C. Wesleyan homecoming events begin Sept. 30

ROCKY MOUNT -- Homecoming at North Carolina Wesleyan College this year will include more activities than ever before. Nearly 1,000 alumni and their families are expected to attend events between Friday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 2. Weekend activities will...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Kenneth Earl Grady Jr., 34, Mills Road, Mount Olive, assault on a law-enforcement officer and injury to real property, 150 days. *Michael Patrick O'Brien, 35, Nahunta Road, Pikeville, driving while...

Bryson Bateman to speak on India

The public is invited to the noon lecture and discussion about India on Monday, Sept. 19, at Wayne Community College. Retired physician Bryson Bateman will give the lecture about his travels in India through a Rotary Internat-ional cultural exchange. The...

Friday, September 9, 2005

Refugee couple find a party far from home

It wasn't anything fancy, Regina Baker's 34th birthday party. A cake from Wal-Mart, a couple of gifts, a shaky rendition of the "Happy Birthday" song from strangers she had just met Thursday morning. But that was enough to move the...

Local officials keeping eye on Ophelia

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Wayne County and Goldsboro officials are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Ophelia, which was down-graded early today from hurricane status. Mel Powers, the emergency management coordinator for the county, said local...

Red Cross calls for more blood donations

What was already a dwindling blood supply due to summer vacations has now become a desperate situation due to Hurricane Katrina. The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross has put out a plea to residents to come out...

New collection point for hurricane relief

A new collection point for donations for hurricane victims as well as a prayer vigil for those suffering from the aftermath of Katrina are among the ways Wayne County residents are offering their support for Mississippi and Louisiana. Houser Associates...

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Man robbed A man was assaulted and robbed Thursday of $120, a cell phone, a wallet and personal papers in the 700 block of Randolph Street, Goldsboro police reported. Treaver Vontroy Newsome, 35, of Dudley told officers that he had...

Egyptian chefs learn how to cook turkey

FAISON -- Five Egyptian chefs investigated turkey production Thursday and checked out Joani Babcock's turkey thigh rigatoni at Southern Exposure. The executive chefs from several hotels throughout Egypt are on a two-week tour of the United States' culinary culture. Their...

After-school programs offered

Wayne County 4-H is accepting enrollments for its after-school programs in elementary and middle schools. The programs are designed to enrich children's lives educationally, socially, culturally, emotionally and physically while also providing a safe and familiar setting, said Polly Allegra,...

Gateway back on schedule

Gateway bus service will resume it's normal schedule Saturday, said system director Stephen Wright. With money saved this week by cutting back certain services, Gateway has the resources necessary to run its typical weekend service, Wright said. Due to high...

Youth baseball clinic Sept. 17

Local youths will once again have the opportunity to learn new baseball skills or hone old ones at the 4th annual Take Me Out To The Ballgame baseball clinic. It will be held Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon...

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Accident on Durham Lake Road

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Rescue workers and law enforcement officers attend to the driver of a car that struck a Grantham school student this morning on Durham Lake Road. No charges were filed in the accident. For more information see Child...

Child hit as he runs into road

From staff reports A Grantham Elementary School first-grader was struck by a car while waiting for a school bus along Durham Lake Road this morning. Michael Buchanan, 5, of 202 Timber Hollow Drive, Dudley, was being treated in the emergency...

Goldsboro firemen head to Gulf to repay the favor

Two Goldsboro firefighters left today to assist search and rescue efforts along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lt. Rob Loreman and Firefighter Jourdon Pope are responding to a national disaster, just as others helped Wayne County...

Higher gas prices mean more drive offs

BY KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer The skyrocketing price of gasoline has led to more people stealing gas from service stations, say Goldsboro police. Goldsboro police Chief Tim Bell told the City Council this week that the number of drive-offs...

New shelter law will help strays

A new state law requiring local animal shelters to meet higher standards will not only help the dogs and cats being housed there but create a better system for dealing with strays and better protect public health, say county officials...

Duplin schools chief will retire

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County School Superintendent Tommy Benson will finish his career in a little more than a month, but his school year will continue. Benson announced at Tuesday's Duplin Board of Education meeting that he will retire Oct. 1...

Officials hear mobile home rules working

FAISON -- Faison residents are making improvements to their properties, officials say, now that the town board is talking seriously about restricting the erection of mobile homes inside the town limits. A proposed ordinance would prevent new mobile homes from...

Princeton police cope with rising cost of gas

From staff reports PRINCETON -- The Princeton Police Department, like every other government agency, is feeling the pinch at the pump. Chief Eddie Lewis said Tuesday night that if his officers use as much gas in their cars as they...

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Drivers injured Three drivers were injured and damages were estimated at $7,500 in a three-vehicle collision at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday at Wayne Memorial Drive and Country Day Road, Goldsboro police said. Allison Elaine Bronner, 28, of Redwood Trail, Crystal Renee...

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Louisiana family finds new home as churches join to help others

Tina Toussaint's cousin in Fremont, Eula Holden, begged her to get out of the house the Sunday before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. "No. We want to stay," Mrs. Toussaint said. She and her husband, Kenneth, and their son, John,...

Evacuees are finding assistance in county

Wayne County has become a temporary home to a number of evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. They began arriving this past weekend. Teresa Williams, disaster services director with the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross, said several evacuees are...

Gasoline prices put crunch on city's bus service

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority had good and bad news Tuesday for county residents who use the public transportation service. Due to the increase in gasoline prices, Gateway had cut back on many of its routes. Today, most have been restored....

Students use hat privileges to raise funds

Students and teachers at Eastern Wayne Middle School paid for the privilege of wearing hats to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina this week. The dress code in public schools does not allow wearing of hats during school, nor...

Suspects sought in LaGrange bank robbery

LA GRANGE -- LaGrange police and state and federal authorities are following leads today in trying to locate three men who robbed the Wachovia Bank in LaGrange. The three masked suspects, armed with shotguns, walked into the bank at 119...

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House fire The cause of a fire that caused about $35,000 in damages to a house at 1203 Harris St. on Tuesday was being investigated by Goldsboro police. Assistant Fire Chief Gary Whaley said the fire started in the rear...

Relief effort planned in city for Katrina victims

Goldsboro City Council members made an open plea to city residents Monday night to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in any way possible. At their meeting, council members recommended a collaborative effort by city leaders and residents to develop...

Princeton planning sewer improvements

PRINCETON -- Princeton will spend another $200,000 on sewer and water line improvements. But the town needs to spend another $200,000 for more improvements, according to Princeton's contracted engineer, C.T. Clayton Sr. of New Bern. The Princeton town board agreed...

Pikeville board rejects change in grass cutting ordinance

The Pikeville town board voted against a proposed change in the town's grass-cuttting ordinance Tuesday and decided to vote on a tougher version at its next meeting. The proposed ordinance calls for a $50 penalty for property owners who fail...

Nahunta Fire Dept. earns improved insurance rating

The Nahunta Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded an improved fire insurance rating after it was inspected by state officials. Nahunta now has a 6 rating after earning a 7 in its last inspection in 1982. "We're very thrilled," said...

Car-seat checks planned

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County, the Safe Kids Chapter of Wayne County and Goldsboro Chevrolet will be hosting four free car seat safety checks at Goldsboro Chevrolet on U.S. 70 East. The checks provide an opportunity for parents...

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Readying for deployment

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Tech Sgt. Sharon Long briefs members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing prior to their deployment to Incirlik, Turkey. For more information see 916th will send airmen to aid overseas mission....

Gas price steady but still an issue

Labor Day weekend is typically a time for beach trips, football games and family travel to wrap up the summer vacation season. But soaring gas prices caused many to remain close to home and businesses to revamp conservation measures for...

Consumers are choosing fuel-efficient car models

Fuel-efficient cars are hot commodities on Wayne County dealer lots as gas prices escalate. Some models rated at more than 30 miles per gallon are selling out, new car dealers say. Hybrids -- vehicles that use an electric motor in...

916th will send airmen to aid overseas mission

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel are not just assisting with the recovery efforts in New Orleans, they are continuing their support of the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well. Beginning this week, about 150 airmen from the 916th...

Eastern Wayne High School students plan fundraiser for victims

A fundraiser planned for later this week at Eastern Wayne High School was prompted by students concerned about victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donna Hopewell, career development coordinator at the school, said the first student who approached Principal Gene Byrd on...

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Several injured in holiday crashes State Highway Patrol troopers and Goldsboro police investigated numerous traffic collisions over the long Labor Day weekend. No one was killed, but several accidents involved injuries and significant property damage. Among the collisions were: *Damages...

Bloodmobile Wednesday

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a bloodmobile stop Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Royal Insurance. Donors will receive a free Adam's car wash coupon and a Red Cross apron....

Monday, September 5, 2005

Annexation foes file new petition

A group of residents protesting the planned annexation of their properties into the city of Goldsboro has filed another petition to get the action stopped. This is not the first time members of Good Neighbors United have challenged the city's...

Charity workers in Wayne worried over gas prices

The high cost and limited availability of gas are worrying the people at Home Health and Hospice Care (3HC) and the WAGES Meals on Wheels programs. "We got an e-mail earlier today from our state association," said Dean Lee, president...

Little Washington holds reunion

Back in the day, Little Washington was a town within a town. It had everything - restaurants, funeral homes, cab stands, shoe repair shops, nightclubs, beauty and barber shops, doctors, lawyers, churches and schools. From Miller Avenue to Elm Street,...

Officials take guarded approach to lottery

Many had speculated that a lottery would never pass in North Carolina. When it finally did last week in the Senate, it was by a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue. The Senate's presiding officer got the chance after...

Seymour Airmen "supporting the supporters'

Approximately 125 airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base deployed to New Orleans this weekend to support cleanup and rescue from Hurricane Katrina. "We're pretty much supporting the supporters," said Master Sgt. Eric Johnson, 4th Fighter Wing combat chief. Johnson...

Portions of Ash Street to be closed

Portions of Ash Street will be closed this week as work crews prepare the roadway for repaving. Starting Tuesday, during daytime hours, the four-lane avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between George Street and Herman Street....

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Gas prices stablize in Wayne

From staff and wire reports Gas prices around Wayne County had stabilized Saturday. Not that the nearly 60-cent drop in some cases mattered much to drivers who don't consider $3.19 a gallon to be much of a bargain. But the...

Weekend travel curbed across the country

By TURNER WALSTON and KARINNE YOUNG News-Argus Staff Writers Droves of drivers who had looked forward to end-of-summer road trips to the mountains, beach or elsewhere this Labor Day weekend were scrapping their plans in response to high gas prices...

Meadow Lane student battles back from burns

A Meadow Lane Elementary School fourth-grader whose life was drastically altered by a fire when he was 4 years old, continues to be transformed by the loving gestures of many lending support to him and his family. Hualian Xu moved...

School watch gas supplies

Rumors swirled at week's end that Wayne County Public Schools was considering extending the Labor Day holiday on Monday and closing down schools for the week as a way to conserve fuel needed to operate its transportation system. Officials said...

Airmen leave for New Orleans

From staff reports About 125 airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base left Saturday for Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. The airmen will join several hundred airmen from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and Moody Air Force Base,...

Trash collections are moved

Residential trash collection for Wayne County residents who are served by Waste Industries will be delayed one day this week because of the Labor Day holiday for residents whose regular pickup date is Monday through Thursday. Friday pickups will continue...

College has Katrina project

From staff reports Wayne Community College students and employees will have a car wash to benefit the American Red Cross' Katrina relief effort. Student, faculty and staff volunteers will wash vehicles 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6...

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...

Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Kevin Deon Moore, 33, Goldsboro, breaking and entering, 80 to 105 months (habitual felon). *Perry Wayne Hunt, 36, Fairmont, habitual driving while impaired, 15 to 18...

Student news

Through the support of the North Carolina Legislature and the University of North Carolina system, 436 high school students from 75 counties completed an early-college residential experience by participating in the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics program this summer....

Sampson CenterStage season opens Oct. 29

Music from the 1940s, '50s and '60s will be among the offerings in the 2005-06 season of the Sampson CenterStage Performing Arts Series. The season lineup is as follows: "In The Mood," Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. Ticket costs range...

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Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Margaret Irene Lewis of Durham Lake Road, Dudley, reported the theft of a 1993 Chevrolet truck on Friday afternoon. She told police that keys had been left inside the unsecured vehicle, valued at...

Mount Olive District Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Jeffery Dean Jones, 30, East Station Street, Mount Olive, second-degree trespass, six days. *Lloyd Bradford Brewer IV, 42, Jim Best Road, Mount Olive, no operator's license, 60 days suspended, 12...

News of military personnel

Army National Guard Pvt. William C. Stringer III has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the eight weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military...

District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Barbara Crumbacker, 35, Kinston, assault, not guilty. *April Denise Green, 27, Kinston, assault, not guilty. *Irish Horton, 42, Fussell Street, harassing phone call (two counts) and communicating threats, not...

Cystic fibrosis benefit walk set for Sept. 24

From staff reports A benefit walk to help victims of cystic fibrosis will be held Sept. 24 at Rosewood High School. Lexi's Angels is a group organizing the CF Great Strides Walk on behalf of Lexi Lewis, the 21-month-old daughter...

County meeting rescheduled

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners' meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners' board room on the fourth floor of the courthouse on Walnut Street. The commissioners' appointments committee will...

City Council will meet Tuesday at 7

The Goldsboro City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall after a briefing session at 5 p.m. At the briefing, council members will discuss efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, the acquisition...

Friday, September 2, 2005

Gas lines

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Drivers line up to fill up at the Trade Mart gas station on N.C. 55 west in Mount Olive on Thursday as fears of gas shortages spread across Wayne County and eastern North Carolina. Drivers were limited...

Officials changing services to conserve

City residents won't experience any change in essential services because of gas prices and shortage concerns, but they might see some high grass, officials announced Thursday. Goldsboro waste collection will not be affected by the call to conserve, although services...

Supply fears prompt gas runs

If you are going to the pumps to gas up, be patient and prepared to wait, city officials are telling residents. Goldsboro police Chief Tim Bell said although there have not been major problems at the pumps, shortage concerns have...

Still watching the weather

Long before the arrival of complicated computer systems and Doppler radar, B.E. Dean was forecasting the weather -- the old-fashioned way. It was back in the 1950s, at Stallings Air Base in Kinston, when Dean began a five-year stint as...

Public records

EWHS athletes' property stolen Nineteen Eastern Wayne High School football players reported the theft of a total of $1,127 worth of cash and property from a locker room between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The door to the room had...

SAT scores fall slightly in Wayne

Wayne County students' SAT scores dropped an average of three points for the 2004-05 school year, even though the number of students taking the test was above the national average. The College Board released data this week for 12th-grade students...

Sentences handed down in Wayne County break-ins

Two men have pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to felony charges in connection with two break-ins. Chad Donnavan Herring, 17, of Indian Springs Road, Mount Olive, pleaded guilty to taking part in a daytime break-in of a Dudley...

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Gas prices

News-Argus/Steve Roush A motorist puts more than $30 in gas in her car today at Conoco gas station on Berkeley Boulevard as gas prices soared above the $3 mark. For more information see Got gas? Not for long....

Got gas? Not for long

From staff reports Gas prices have reached record prices in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Pump prices have climbed near $3 a gallon at most stations. But the worst news is that drivers soon might not be...

Wilson witness, officers scuffled

A key witness in the Leandren Andre Wilson murder trial on Tuesday scuffled with law-enforcement officers outside of the courtroom in the Wayne County Courthouse. Three officers, Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies Keith Hartzog and Betty Lantz and bailiff Tom...

Local residents should give money to best help victims

Wayne County residents who want to help the battered victims of Hurricane Katrina can contribute in a number of ways, local emergency volunteer coordinators say. Chuck Waller, the director of the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross, said...

Price named outstanding N.C. commissioner

From staff reports Wayne County Commissioner Atlas Price Jr. has been named Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. Price received the award Friday at the organization's annual conference in Charlotte. Officials said...

Area family gives MOC building a new name

MOUNT OLIVE -- The largest building on the Mount Olive College campus, nameless for more than two decades, was christened during convocation ceremonies Tuesday. Lettering on the north and west sides of College Hall now reflects the building's new identity,...

Public records

Drug traffickers Three men were arrested Wednesday by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad after a joint undercover investigation, and they were charged with trafficking in cocaine. Miguel Rodriguez, 25, of Cornerstone Drive, Seven Springs, and Jaime Alejandro Martinez Sanchez, 28,...

Town Board to decide fate of rezoning query

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE -- Land behind the Southern Belle will be rezoned for a large shopping center, if the town board approves it. The 27 acres of land was zoned for agricultural and residential use, but Tuesday night,...

Older gas pumps allowed to charge for half-gallons

RALEIGH - The increase in gas prices has caused a problem not seen in North Carolina since 1970s gas crisis - older, mechanical gas pumps cannot compute prices over $2.99 a gallon. With gas prices across the state quickly reaching...

ECU grant will help recruit men to nursing

The East Carolina University School of Nursing, in partnership with the military installations at Camp LeJeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Cherry Point, has won one of two $10,000 grants sponsored by the state Center for Nursing to develop...

Court costs go up

From staff reports The cost of being convicted of a crime went up today in North Carolina, the Wayne County Clerk of Courts Office announced. Criminal District Court costs rose $10 to $110, Clerk Marshall Minchew said. The increase will...