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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pigs in a pickle

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Highway Patrol Trooper Reggie Edwards, left, and Pinewood Assistant Chief Steven Powers work on U.S. 13 near the intersection of Central Heights Road this morning after a hog truck slid into a ditch. The tractor-trailer was headed...

County, district eye facilities plan

A consultant's proposal to conduct a financial and facilities plan for Wayne County Public Schools could translate into light at the end of a struggle between county commissioners and the school board, or prolong the agony for a school system...

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club received a warning Tuesday from city officials -- take down signs around Goldbsoro promoting the club's annual Pancake Day or face fines. In an e-mail, Boys & Girls Club Director Mary Ann Dudley said the...

Eight Christmas parades in four days on tap

Parade weekend in the Wayne County area starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, with no less than eight Christmas parades planned. The LaGrange Christmas Parade will be Thursday, starting at 4 p.m. Parade entries will line up along Railroad Street....

Afternoon fire destroys city family's home

A mobile home was destroyed Tuesday in a fire that was caused by unattended cooking, a Goldsboro Fire Department official said. The lone occupant and owner, Latisha Johnson, escaped unharmed from her single-wide home at 150 Country View Drive. News-Argus/Mitch...

New ATV law takes effect Thursday

A new law designed to restrict the use of all-terrain vehicles in North Carolina has loopholes that limit its effectiveness, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders says. The law, approved by the North Carolina Legislature, goes into effect Thursday. Under the...

Public records

Pedestrian struck A pedestrian was listed today in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville after he was struck by a car at South George and West Elm streets in Goldsboro. Vernon Thompson, 44, of Brazil Street was...

Red Cross bloodmobile to make December stops

Following is the December Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: *Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Berkeley Mall. *Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lowe's. *Dec. 10 from 9...

More than 500 charges filed in 'Booze It and Lose It' campaign

Goldsboro police have filed 501 traffic and criminal charges -- including 17 for driving while impaired -- during the first two weeks of the winter "Booze It and Lose It" campaign. The second week of the seven-week campaign against drunken...

Duplin officials consider landfill law

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners are considering creating a landfill ordinance that would regulate the disposal of solid waste in the county. Duplin has no landfill and hires a private company to haul public waste to a landfill in Sampson...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Students at Greenwood Middle School keep injured friends in their thoughts

Picture submitted Justin Bucher, Drake Pieper and Conner Childers are keeping their friends in the halls and classrooms of Greenwood Middle School by wearing handmade clothing bearing their names. For more information see For Carson and Mack....

For Carson and Mack

It started with a sweatshirt. Nothing fancy -- just a few dozen iron-on letters and a simple, red heart. Conner Childers, Justin Bucher and Drake Pieper knew they had to do something when they heard their friends, Mackenzie Wessels and...

Police hunting driver's identity

Goldsboro police are trying to determine if the man accused of hitting two students with his sport utility vehicle outside Greenwood Middle School is really who he says he is. The man, who identified himself as "Luis Delgado Jesus"...

Goldsboro man killed in wreck

A Goldsboro man was killed Friday in a three-vehicle collision at Salem Church and Stoney Hill roads and Chancery Drive, the Highway Patrol reported today. The victim was identified as Lloyd Quenton Price, 78, of 121 Rowe St. State Trooper...

Residents fighting annexation by city await outcome of December hearing

County residents fighting annexation by the city of Goldsboro are awaiting a December hearing in their legal battle. If a request by the city to dismiss the case is denied next month, then they will likely get their day in...

Driver sought in hit-and-run death near Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The state Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run death Saturday. Adrian Jones, 83, was killed about 4:40 a.m. on Tram Road when he walked into the roadway, investigators said....

Woman killed in Johnston wreck

PRINCETON -- A woman was killed and three others were injured Sunday night in a two-car, head-on wreck on rain-slickened U.S. 70, just west of Princeton, near Holt's Pond, the Highway Patrol said. The victim was identified as Judith Sandoval,...

Boards will discuss facilities budget tonight

After months of arguing over how much and where to spend money to improve Wayne County's school facilities, school officials and the county commissioners will meet tonight to try again to begin finding common ground. But when they meet this...

Mount Olive airport panel not pleased with surveyor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Members of the Mount Olive Airport Committee say they are disappointed with the work of a surveyor they hired to study runway expansion. The committee hired the Raleigh firm of Aiken and Yelle in July to survey...

School menus for the week

Following are menus for Wayne County Public Schools for the week of Dec. 5-9. Monday -- Breakfast: Chicken biscuit. Lunch: Stuffed-crust cheese pizza, baked pork chop with rice and gravy, steamed broccoli, sliced carrots, diced pears, roll and milk. Tuesday...

Public records

8 people injured in county wrecks Eight people were injured and damages were estimated at $56,700 in 10 recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, the Highway Patrol reported. *A driver was injured and the car that he was driving was...

Monday, November 28, 2005

Residents at condemned apartment complex will have to move

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Despite a 90-day extension given to property owner Mike Pate, the buildings at 300 Randall Lane are still condemned, officials said. Signs will not be removed unless they are brought up to code. For more information see...

Greenwood Middle School student still critical

Greenwood Middle School students and staff went back to school this morning after the Thanksgiving holiday, but their minds were still with one of their own who remains hospitalized in Greenville. Carson Thomas, 13, one of two Greenwood students injured...

Owners decide not to attempt repairs

Charles Brown and the other tenants at 300 Randall Lane will have to shop for new homes along with their Christmas presents this year. Tenants at the condemned apartment complex where he lives recently received another letter from their landlord....

Health officials say caution will help curtail flu

While still too early to forecast this year's flu season, some local health care workers continue to promote the importance of precautionary measures such as vaccines and hand-washing. "I don't think we're seeing any garden variety flu and I haven't...

Lead-testing project planned for city water

State health officials will begin a lead testing project this week on Goldsboro's public water system. After seeing lead contamination in drinking water in another community, officials developed this project to take samples from residences in Goldsboro and five other...

SJAFB airman received call from President Bush

An airman deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base got a surprise on Thanksgiving Day when President George W. Bush telephoned her in Baghdad. Airman 1st Class Sarah Sullivan, an airfield management operations supervisor, is stationed at Sather Air Base...

Driver sought in hit-and-run death in Duplin

MOUNT OLIVE -- The State Highway Patrol is looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed a Mount Olive area man this weekend in northern Duplin County. Adrian E. Jones, 83, of Tram Road in Duplin County near Mount Olive, died...

Public records

Assaults A man and his wife were assaulted and robbed and two other people were assaulted in separate incidents Sunday, according to reports filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Goldsboro police. William Eddie Hinson, 32, told deputies that...

Sunday, November 27, 2005

United Way extends campaign

"We're in trouble." That's the message United Way Campaign Chairman Jane Rustin is putting out to Wayne County residents. This year's campaign has been extended until the middle of December. Ms. Rustin said it was supposed to end on Thanksgiving...

Traffic fines will go up on Dec. 1

The cost of penalties for speeding and other traffic violations in North Carolina is going up Dec. 1. Fines for most minor traffic offenses will be increased for those drivers who pay off the tickets instead of appearing in District...

New Eureka board faces same problem

EUREKA -- A new board of town commissioners will start its term next month dealing with Eureka's sewer problems. Townspeople hope they can find a solution to the infiltration and inflow woes, which have plagued the aging system and driven...

New Hispanic community center opens

The Hispanic Community Development Center in Dudley has relocated, with plans to expand more than just its office space. Now located at 309 Potts Road, the center will contain a conference room, two offices, and reception area, nearly tripling the...

Health board donates stipends for scholarships

Members of the Wayne County Board of Health have agreed to donate their monthly stipends to launch a scholarship fund for students participating in the Health Department's annual essay contest promoting teen abstinence. Board member Donna Edmundson introduced the idea...

Families begin holidays seeking just the right tree

Three-year-old Logan Charlton stood amid the forest of Christmas trees and tried to decide which one was his. Logan and his family were at Teri-Jim's Christmas tree farm in Dudley on Friday, taking care of that most important of all...

Campaign seeks to boost morale of troops

You don't have to have a family member stationed overseas in order to feel the urge to brighten the holidays for an airman or soldier. While mothers, wives and other family members flood the post office with gifts, others also...

Winston-Salem science building dedicated to Goldsboro native

WINSTON-SALEM -- Winston-Salem State Uni-versity recently dedicated a new $12.1 million science building in honor of Dr. Wilveria Bass Atkinson, a longtime WSSU faculty member, science education advocate and multi-million dollar research grant recipient, and namesake of an endowed chair....

Wayne agency receives 24 azalea plants

The Wayne Opportunity Center has received 24 azalea plants to use in its beautification project. The award is part of the annual Azalea Celebration, a North Carolina beautification program. The plants will be used to enhance the appearance of the...

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

Paige S. Bazemore of Goldsboro, a senior at Barton College, was awarded the John and Betsy Graves Scholarship and was also named a North Carolina Nurse Scholar recipient this fall semester. The John and Betsy Graves Nursing Scholarship is a...

Public record

Meth lab found, two men arrested Wayne County sheriff's deputies charged Shannon Clyde Grimes, 24, of Wilson and Brian Allen Gardner, 27, of Stantonsburg with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and methamphetamines, and manufacturing methamphetamines after the...

Mount Olive District Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *David Wallace Jones Jr., 36, Elizabeth City, driving while license revoked, 90 days suspended, 12 months supervised probation, $100 fine and costs. *Zeltrice Renee Seaberry, 17, Orchard Run Drive, Mount...

Military news

Terri D. Cummings has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year. The enlistment gives the new soldier the...

Junior Leadership Class has 19 students

The Wayne County Junior Leadership Class for 2005 is made up of 19 high school students who have demonstrated high academic progress with a desire to become involved in their community. Membership in the class is open to high school...

Guatemalan Consulate to visit area

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Guatemalan Consulate will visit the Mount Olive area on Dec. 3 and 4. The consulate will be in the Murphy Center at Mount Olive College from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days and will provide...

Fifth-grader at Carver named to state honors chorus

From staff reports A Wayne County fifth-grader was recently chosen to be part of a state honors chorus. Demarcus Kelly of Carver Elementary School in Mount Olive was among 200 elementary students from across the state. The group sang earlier...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Bernard Harding, 50, East Kornegay Street, Mount Olive, communicating threats, not guilty. *Sherrill Guy Bryan, 60, Deborah Lane, improper passing, not guilty. *Alyssa G. Nicholas, 18, Stoney Hill Road, communicating...

69 violations are cited at checkpoint

Officers from the Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Probation and Parole conducted a checkpoint on U.S. 117 near Mount Olive Friday night as part of the "Booze It & Lose It" campaign....

13 inducted into honor society

KENANSVILLE -- Thirteen students at James Sprunt Community College have been inducted into the Beta Epsilon Chi Chapter of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. To qualify for induction, students must have at least a 3.5 grade point average....

Friday, November 25, 2005

Saulston fire

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Firefighters from three Wayne County fire departments battle a house fire this morning on Coley Road near Saulston Road. The house was destroyed. For more information see Fire destroys house in Saulston....

Fire destroys house in Saulston

A lifetime of memories went up in smoke today when fire destroyed a century-old farmhouse at 287 Coley Road in northern Wayne County. The only resident, Edward Hamilton, had gone to his garden to collect collards, saw the early-morning fire...

Let the shopping begin

April Ayres may have come to Goldsboro to share Thanksgiving with relatives, but she was not ashamed to admit that the opportunity to go shopping was also a big draw. Shortly after 6 a.m. this morning, while pushing her shopping...

Shoppers urged to be extra cautious

As shoppers flock to malls and shopping centers for the beginning of the holiday buying season, Wayne County law-enforcement officers are urging them to be extra cautious. Thieves, as well as shoppers, will be out in force, they say. "Unfortunately,...

Newly married airman spending holidays in Iraq

Military personnel stationed around the globe will spend the holidays away from family and friends. Unlike the folks at home, they won't get to shop for presents or spend time with loved ones. Airman 1st Class Amorita Jenkins, a Goldsboro...

Silent auction to be held December 3 to augment toy run

The toy run is over and now members of the Wayne County Motorcycle Riders are gearing up for their fourth annual silent auction to provide local families with a happy Christmas. One of the event organizers, Debbie Swartz, said the...

Fremont Town Board approves flood ordinance

FREMONT -- The Fremont Town Board unanimously approved a flood damage prevention ordinance during a special meeting Tuesday in Town Hall. The ordinance protects three environmentally sensitive areas in the town's extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction from future construction. The areas are...

Student still in critical condition

Carson Thomas, 13, one of two Greenwood Middle School students injured when they were hit by a car at a crosswalk last Friday, remained in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital, a spokesman said today. Goldsboro police said Carson and...

Public record

Man charged Two men argued over money owed, and one man grabbed a $4,166.10 check from the other and fled but was arrested later, according to a Goldsboro police report. John Wesley Williams of Belfast Road told officers that he...

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Agencies offer help for needy

Volunteer organizations, church groups and other charities across Wayne County were hard at work this week, ensuring that no one would go hungry on this Thanksgiving Day. "It's really important that, during the holidays, we don't just focus on our...

Empty Stocking Fund makes dreams come true

Each year, Jackson & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning sends its customers a thank-you ... and the customers thank them back. The thank-you is a contribution to the Empty Stocking Fund, a project that provides needy children with toys, clothes...

This season's hottest toys

X-Box 360 is No. 1 Monday, hours before midnight, children and parents of all ages lined up at local stores to buy an item that was not on the shelf yet. When the clock struck 12, and Monday became Tuesday,...

These kids have all the secrets

Forget about calling the Butterball hotline on how to cook a turkey this year. Not necessary when there are experts to offer tried and true turkey tips right here in Wayne County. When it comes to readying a turkey for...

Turkey not a big deal to inmates - they get it almost every day

Thousands of Wayne County residents will celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner -- and so will the 190 or so inmates in the Wayne County Jail. But it's not such a big deal for the inmates, because they get turkey...

Public Records

3 people charged with drug offenses Three Goldsboro people were arrested Wednesday by the Goldsboro Police Department's Support Services Division and charged with multiple drug offenses. Two pounds of marijuana, more than 10 grams of cocaine and several Hydrocodone pills...

Master's degree to be offered

KENANSVILLE -- The School of Social Work at East Carolina University will sponsor a part-time Master of Social Work program at James Sprunt Community College, beginning in May. An orientation meeting for interested students will be held Dec. 6 at...

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Get well banners

News-Argus/Kenneth Fine Greenwood Middle School staff members, from left to right, Jane Mull, Connie Whaley, Mural Lanier, Selena Bennett, Ann Howell and Glenda Rasberry display banners made for injured Greenwood students Carson Thomas and Mackenzie Wessels. For more information...

Mackenzie sent home from Pitt

Mackenzie Wessels, one of two Greenwood Middle School eighth-graders injured Friday when they were hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, has been released from the hospital. Mackenzie, 13, and his classmate, Carson Thomas, 13, were hit by an...

School keeps injured students in thoughts

For students at Greenwood Middle School, Thanksgiving has a more personal note this year. They are worried about their classmates -- and thankful one of them is coming home. Carson Thomas and Mackenzie Wessels were injured Friday when a man...

Wayne towns ready to take advantage of new U.S. 117

Although the new U.S. 117 North corridor won't be completely open until sometime next year, officials in Pikeville and Fremont are already laying the groundwork to take advantage of the expected increase in highway traffic. Pikeville Administrator Lonnie Graves said...

Principals shifted at 7 schools in county

Three principals will be leaving the Wayne County Public Schools before the beginning of the second semester, officials announced. Norwayne Middle School principal Barbara Wilkins and Eastern Wayne Middle School principal Keith Wright will both retire in December. Charles B....

MOC marks Founder's Day events

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College celebrated 54 years of providing Christian higher education on Tuesday during its annual Founders Day worship service. A senior English education major was awarded the Founders Leadership Award and 22 long-time employees were recognized...

Consultant says Duplin needs jail

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County is in need of a new jail, a consultant told Duplin County commissioners on Monday. The county's existing jail is overcrowded, law enforcement and court officials say, and the commissioners are looking at ways to address...

High winds caused power outage

Progress Energy officials say high winds Monday night caused a jumper burn-off on the main line causing the power to go out for a couple hours in the Forest Hills and Handley Acres area of Goldsboro. Power was out a...

Public records

3 people injured in 5-vehicle wreck Three people were injured in a five-vehicle collision and three others were hurt in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Expressway, the U.S. 70 bypass, Goldsboro police reported. Wet roads contributed...

Princeton awards contract for town hall

PRINCETON -- A Smithfield firm has been awarded a contract to build a new town hall for Princeton. Durwood Stephenson and Associates Inc. submitted the low bid of $893,413.05. The bid was accepted Monday night by the Princeton town board...

Operation Santa Claus under way

Operation Santa Claus is the annual Christmas drive in which the Mental Health Association in Wayne County provides Christmas gifts to citizens in Wayne County with mental illness and or disabilities in our local nursing homes and care facilities. Operation...

Help for Katrina victims still sought

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College, in partnership with the Original Free Will Baptist Home Missions Board, is collecting non-perishable food items, toys, and monetary donations for the hurricane victims in Sandersville, Mississippi. Thousands of people in areas hit by...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Truck overturns on slick roads

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber A truck hauling propane overturned into a ditch Monday afternoon after skidding out of control on New Hope Road. New Hope's fire department responded and after finding no leaks in the tanker called in the wrecker service....

SUV driver could face limited penalties

Without any additional charges, the driver accused in connection with the accident that sent two Greenwood Middle School students to the hospital Friday could face light penalties, the county's district attorney said. Luis Delgado Jesus had his first day in...

Teens remain hospitalized

Both of the boys who were hit by an SUV Friday at a crosswalk leading to Greenwood Middle School are still receiving treatment at Pitt Memorial Hospital, officials said. Mackenzie Wessels, 13, was upgraded to good condition by hospital staff...

Council votes to alter water use ordinance

The Goldsboro City Council wants residents to continue to conserve water, even though city officials have not yet instituted mandatory restrictions. But residents who ignore the guidelines could find themselves with no water or a really big fine, council members...

Woman dies in accident near Warsaw

WARSAW -- North Carolina Highway Patrol officers are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred over the weekend on Wards Bridge Road near Warsaw. Lillie Williams Miller, 67, of Kenansville, died Sunday afternoon when the car in which she was riding...

Building permits rise in city in 2005

Low interest rates and the assurance of the presence of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base have contributed to an increase in residential building permits in Goldsboro this year, the city's chief building inspector said. Since January, 113 residential building permits...

Piano donation will bring new music to school

Students at Dillard Academy will sing a new song this holiday season -- with accompaniment. The charter school for kindergarten through fourth grades on West Elm Street had an older piano, co-principal William Turner said, but it was not in...

Two inducted into Wayne Hall of Fame

Mary Kneeshaw, Atlas Price and Mary Gardner were recognized Monday night at the annual Farm-City Banquet at the Wayne Center in downtown Goldsboro. Mrs. Kneeshaw and Price were named to the Wayne County Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mrs. Gardner was...

Public records

Woman clerk at hotel robbed A woman motel clerk was robbed Monday night by two black men of an undetermined amount of money, according to a Goldsboro police report. The clerk told police that the suspects, one armed with a...

Beautancus Holiday Parade

BEAUTANCUS -- The Beautancus Holiday Parade will be held at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, with line-up at 2 p.m. at the sign on Beautancus Road near Luby Byrd Road. Beautancus Road will be closed at 2:30 p.m. between N.C....

Monday, November 21, 2005

Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Santa, also known as Wendell Wood, leads the parade of bikers through Goldsboro Sunday during the 17th annual Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run. This time, Santa set aside his reindeer and used a motorcycle to pull...

SUV driver hears charges, vehicle owner identified

A driver charged with failing to stop at a school crosswalk and hitting two Greenwood Middle School students made a first appearance in Wayne County District Court today. Luis Delgado Jesus, 23, stood before Judge Rose Williams clad in an...

One teen critical; other upgraded

One of two Greenwood Middle School students injured in an accident Friday while walking to school remained in critical condition today. Carson Thomas, 13, was listed in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital, a spokesman said this morning. The condition...

City could add more punch to water use rules

Raindrops have been a more frequent sight in Goldsboro lately, but city officials say they are still concerned about low water levels at the Neuse River intake. Today, while they review the latest facts and figures, officials say a proposed...

Three teens arrested on 6 felony counts

Three teenagers were arrested by sheriff's officers and charged with six felony offenses in connection with residential break-ins on Perkins Mill Road and Moss Hill Road in Rosewood. Brian James Sellers, 16, of Charlie Braswell Road and Jacob Everett Carr,...

Riders round up toys on run

More than 150 bikers braved chilly weather and overcast skies Sunday to make sure local children have gifts under their Christmas trees this year. The 17th annual Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run began at Berkeley Mall's parking lot. As...

SJAFB team honored for testing discovery

A Seymour Johnson Air Force Base team has earned an Air Force Chief of Staff Excellence Award for discovering a way to improve efficiency in testing aircraft wiring. The 4th Fighter Wing's Aging Aircraft Wire-Component test team was one of...

Public records

Couple robbed Two unarmed black men barged into a home in the 1900 block of East Beech Street on Sunday night and ordered the woman resident to hand over her money, according to a Goldsboro police report. As the suspects...

Mount Olive Town Board to be sworn in today

MOUNT OLIVE -- Members of the Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners will take the oath of office today in a special meeting at Town Hall. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. with a reception afterward. At...

Deadline for entries in Mount Olive Christmas Parade November 28

MOUNT OLIVE -- The deadline for entries in the Mount Olive Christmas Parade is Monday, Nov. 28. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3, with entries lining up beginning at 9 a.m. at the corner of Henderson...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Students remain hospitalized

One of two Greenwood Middle School students injured Friday by a vehicle while walking to school remained in critical condition Saturday night. Carson Thomas and Mackinzie Wessels, both 13, were hit by a 1995 Ford Explorer driven by Luis...

Discussions continue on animal shelter

Local residents hoping for a new animal shelter in Wayne County are beginning to see signs of hope that their dreams could become reality this holiday season. Concerned Citizens of Wayne County, a local group pushing for a new shelter,...

He could not leave friends behind

Goldsboro native U.S. Army Maj. Christopher Plummer didn't stop to think about danger when he heard the blast as he and members of his joint reconnaissance patrol made their way through the Logar Desert in Afghanistan. He didn't stop to...

Committee considers mapping area systems

Municipalities and sanitary district officials from across Wayne County met last week and formed a committee to study ways they could help one another. Held at the B&G Grill on Ash Street, the first meeting of the Wayne County Utilities...

Mount Olive College celebrates alumni weekend

MOUNT OLIVE - Pat Jones Meier received her associate's degree from Mount Olive College in 1975, when it was a two-year school. This weekend marked her first time returning for an alumni homecoming. "This year when I got the little...

Airmen help makes dreams come true

Leslie Watkins sat patiently at the visitors' center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday morning between her two very excited sons, Joseph, 6, and Joshua, 11. Neither child appeared to be anything but a rough and tumble boy. "Joseph...

Local officials set sights on drunken drivers

As the holiday season approaches, Wayne County law-enforcement officers are urging people planning celebrations to remember to choose someone to stay sober for the drive home. The statewide "Booze It and Lose It" campaign against drunken drivers started Friday and...

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...

Trash schedule changed

From Staff Reports Some city services will be operating on a holiday schedule this week, as officials and residents observe Thanksgiv-ing. Gateway bus service will not run on Thanksgiving Day. Service will resume Nov. 25 and officials have requested that...

Superior Court news

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Christine Wade Smith, 50, North Beston Road, LaGrange, communicating threats, mistrial declared and charge dismissed. *Phillip Joseph Goff, 18, Daw Pate Road, Pikeville, breaking and entering (two counts), six to...

QuickBooks workshop at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College Agribusiness Center and the Golden LEAF Foundation will offer a two-day QuickBooks Pro workshop on Dec. 6 and 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $150 per two-person team, which includes...

Additional charges filed

A former day-care worker is facing additional charges of child molestation as a result of an investigation by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Demarlo Jemalle Armstrong, 19, whose mother owns Sunshine Day Care Center, was charged Thursday with sexual assault...

Military news

A Goldsboro native has received the prestigious Robert F. Gibson Marine Aviation Command and Control Officer of the Year Award. Capt. Kenneth M. Karcher, MAWTS-1, command, control and communications speciast for the Aviation Development, Tactics and Evaulation Department, received the...

Franklin Baking raises $5,000 for victims of Katrina

Franklin Baking Co. raised $5,000 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina with a barbecue at the business last week. The bakery sold almost 1,000 plates of barbecue at the event, which raised money for the Flowers Foods Disaster Relief Fund....

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Leroy King, 47, Green Valley Drive, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked, 18 months (appealed); unauthorized use of a vehicle, 90 days (appealed). *Tavares Donell Bynum, 27,...

Parade deadline Nov. 28

MOUNT OLIVE -- The deadline to sign up for the Mount Olive Christmas Parade is Nov. 28. The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the parade and members report that 65 entries are signed up so far....

Art Market open until Dec. 23

The Arts Council of Wayne County's Holiday Art Market has opened and will remain open through Friday, Dec. 23. Hours will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as during the following events: *The opening reception...

Public record

Four children treated after wreck Four children were slightly injured Friday when a car slammed into the car in which they were riding, according to Goldsboro police. The children, 7-year-old Samuel Grady, 5-year-old Nathan Grady, 9-year-old Aaron Grady and 10-year-old...

Friday, November 18, 2005

Children hit by car

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Several people watch over an injured student until EMS workers arrive this morning at Greenwood Middle School. Two students were hit by a car in a crosswalk on East Ash Street. For more information see Two children...

Two children hit by car outside school

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer Two students were injured when they were struck by a vehicle on their way to Greenwood Middle School this morning. Police and school officials would not release the names of the two students, both...

Five teenagers face multiple felony charges

By JACK STEPHENS News-Argus Staff Writer Five Wayne County teenagers were arrested Thursday and charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with multiple felony offenses in connection break-ins at a convenience store in Eureka and numerous vehicles. The defendants were...

Fayetteville publisher speaks at alumni event

By TURNER WALSTON News-Argus Staff Writer MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College kicked off its Alumni Weekend this morning with a breakfast at the Murphy Regional Center on campus. Charles Broadwell, publisher of The Fayetteville Observer, spoke on "Behind the...

Yvonne Goodman wins state college award

By BONNIE EDWARDS News-Argus Staff Writer A longtime employee of Wayne Community College was to be named the best community college staff member in the state today. Yvonne Goodman was headed to Raleigh this morning to accept the award for...

Warming Tree Project begun by Wayne brother and sister

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer A Wayne County brother and sister have started a project to collect gloves, mittens, scarves, socks and hats for the needy this winter. Called "The Warming Tree," the goal is to set up 10...

NCSU to honor military at Saturday's game

By TURNER WALSTON News-Argus Staff Writer North Carolina State University will pay tribute to United States military members and veterans during Saturday's football game at Carter-Finley Stadium against Middle Tennessee State University. Two representatives from each branch of the military...

Public records

Teens charged Two teenagers were arrested before dawn today after Goldsboro police investigated a suspicious vehicle in the McDonalds restaurant parking lot on Wayne Memorial Drive. Jeremy Edward Jenkins, 18, of Durham Lake Road, Dudley, and Broderick Jermaine Randall, 19,...

Seven Springs Christmas Parade Saturday

From staff reports SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Seven Springs Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Seven Springs Town Clerk Deanna Grady said she has registered more than 40 entries for the parade. The Spring Creek High School...

Mount Olive sponsors open house downtown

By BONNIE EDWARDS News-Argus Staff Writer MOUNT OLIVE -- The annual holiday open house held Thursday evening in downtown Mount Olive featured a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the town's Christmas lights. Luminaries led people to the...

MOC Founder's Day celebration Tuesday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will celebrate 54 years of Christian higher education at its annual Founders Day event on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rodgers Chapel. Barbara Woodall Hinton, an MOC alumna and retired elementary educator, will give...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Animal Shelter

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Animal control advisory committee members Maj. Michael Hopper, Dr. Stan Griffith, Jean Hollowell and Everett Jones look over the blueprints for the proposed new Wayne County animal shelter during a meeting held at the Wayne County Courthouse...

Wayne pilot hurt in crash at New Bern

A Wayne County man was rescued in New Bern yesterday after the small passenger plane he was flying crashed into the Neuse River, officials said. Kent Larson, a pilot and pilot instructor, got out of the plane on his own...

Advocates for new animal shelter meet to map out strategy

For years, supporters of animal welfare have urged Wayne County officials to build a new animal shelter. County commissioners have selected a site for a new shelter and paid for its design. But no money has been allocated for its...

Health Department not sure when more flu vaccine will arrive

The Wayne County Health Department is on a waiting list for flu vaccine and officials are not sure when the department will receive more. The last of the vaccine available was used Wednesday morning. At a meeting later in the...

Christmas parade entries are still being accepted

From staff reports There are only a couple days left to get an on-time entry in for this year's Goldsboro Jaycees Christmas Parade. But if you are a fourth- through sixth-grader, you can still convince the Jaycees you would be...

Commissioners asking U.S. 117 be designated an interstate

Wayne County commissioners are asking state and federal highway officials to declare the new U.S. 117 an interstate highway. The commissioners heeded a request by the county Transportation Committee to seek the designation, which is given to roadways that meet...

WATCH nurse practitioner honored

Kathy Johnson, a nurse practitioner with the WATCH mobile unit, was recently selected to receive the Carrington Award for Community Service by the Alumni Association of Carolina School of Nursing. At the awards program, she was described as someone who...

Public records

Break-in solved Goldsboro police officers responded before dawn today to a burglar alarm at a home in the 100 block of Banks Avenue and then arrested and charged a man for the crime. After arriving at the home, B-shift officers...

Electronics recycling scheduled for Saturday at Sam's

Keep Wayne County Beautiful is urging Wayne County residents to get rid of their old computers, TVs and VCRs on Saturday by taking part in its annual Electronics Recycling Day. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 2...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Drought Concerns

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Near the Sam Casey bridge looking southeast, a sandbar is visible in the Neuse River because of drought conditions. This picture was taken from Avery Davis's property off of old 111 South. For more information see Watching...

County Election Board certifies results

The Wayne County Board of Elections certified Hosea Manley as the winner of the District 3 seat on the Mount Olive Town Board, after Manley's opponent withdrew from the race. Manley and incumbent Paul Smalley tied last week with 84...

City man gets prison time for 2002 murder

A Goldsboro man who eluded authorities for three months after a 2002 shooting death has pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to second-degree murder and has been sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison. Kevin Devon Graham, 29,...

Watching the Neuse

without rain soon, there could be serious drought concerns At around 6 a.m., John Thomas leaves his Johnston County home for some exercise, sometimes with a fishing pole, and doesn't return for hours. Thomas, 57, said he has walked by...

Flu shot demand prompts shortage

From staff reports The Health Department has run out of the flu vaccine but might get another shipment, Health Director James Roosen said this morning. Flu clinics scheduled at the Health Department have been discontinued until more of the vaccine...

WCC officials dedicate newest campus addition

Wayne Community College officials dedicated the school's new Walnut Building on Tuesday during a ceremony in its lobby. The Walnut Building houses the college's Continuing Education and Workforce Preparedness Division and contains a 54-seat lecture hall and 40-seat boardroom that...

MOC plans homecoming

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE -- Hundreds of alumni are expected to return to Mount Olive College this weekend to participate in the school's annual homecoming weekend. Festivities begin Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. with a business breakfast briefing in...

Fremont to get more grants for sewer line work

FREMONT -- Fremont will get another $1.7 million in grants for sewer line repairs and has applied for another grant for downtown improvements. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie announced Fremont will get a $1,551,000 grant from the state's Clean Water Management...

Telethon nets $30,067 for Crime Stoppers

From staff reports The 20th annual Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers raised $30,067 last weekend in pledges and donations to help law-enforcement agencies investigate serious crimes. "It went very well," said Goldsboro police Sgt. Dot Ardes, the Crime Stoppers law-enforcement coordinator....

Public records

4 hurt in wrecks Four drivers were injured and damages were estimated at $30,000 in five recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A southbound Fremont driver was injured and damages were estimated at $6,500 in a two-car collision...

Businesses vow to support employees serving in Guard

Representatives of six local employers signed statements promising to support their employees who are guardsmen or reservists Tuesday, at a ceremony sponsored by Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR. ESGR is a Department of Defense organization established...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Holocaust Survivor Speech

News-Argus/Renee Carey Hallie Hulse, 15, left, and Helen Baddour, 17, both students at Eastern Wayne High School, take a moment to speak with Holocaust survivor Gizella Abramson before her speech Monday at Wayne Community College. For more information see...

Limited rain keeps water supply low

Although rain fell in Wayne County today, the recent stretch of dry weather has city officials concerned. Mayor Al King said Monday that he and other city officials are keeping a close eye on levels at the Neuse River intake...

Residents thank city at meeting

At the first of a series of city-sponsored neighborhood meetings, residents of the Kornegay Street area told officials that dilapidated homes were a big concern. They provide sanctuary for thieves and drug dealers, the residents said. A few days after...

Duplin Commons complex dedicated

KENANSVILLE -- The new Duplin Commons complex south of Kenansville represents "a celebration of agriculture," said U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who spoke at a dedication ceremony Monday. About 300 people attended the event. The $11.2-million facility is "first-class," McIntyre said,...

Delta to cut Kinston flights from 3 to 2

Delta Airline's decision to reduce daily flights at the Kinston Regional Jetport was a product of changes in the airline industry, not traffic in Kinston, said a company spokesman. Delta carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines announced it will scale back from...

Wayne's last surviving Pearl Harbor vet dies

Wayne County has lost its last surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. Wesley Grey Singleton died of complications from Parkinson's disease Oct. 27, said his daughter Gail Luckett of Pikeville. Born in Wayne County, Singleton enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934....

Freedom's responsibility

Remembering the horrors experienced by Jews during the Holocaust and mourning those who lost their lives in concentration and death camps are not enough to stop a similar tragedy from happening again. Knowing the consequences of inaction and understanding the...

Public records

Student charged with gun on school grounds A teenager was arrested Monday by a Wayne County sheriff's deputy with a search dog and charged with several felony firearms violations on school grounds. Jason Tyrone Cox, 17, of Kornegay Drive, Dudley,...

Wish Trees up at Berkeley Mall

From Staff Reports The Wish Trees are now up at Berkeley Mall. There are three trees -- one for seniors with star tags, one for boys with car tags and one for girls with bumblebee tags. They are located at...

Day chosen Calypso mayor

From staff reports CALYPSO -- Dr. Greg Day said today that he will accept the job of Calypso mayor. Day was elected mayor when 11 voters wrote his name on the ballot during the municipal election held last week. No...

Duplin courtroom rededicated in ceremony Monday

KENANSVILLE -- About 150 people gathered Monday in the newly-restored Courtroom No. 1 in the Duplin County Courthouse to rededicate the building and celebrate its history. Charles Ingram, a Duplin lawyer, talked about the history of the courthouse, which was...

Monday, November 14, 2005

Shelter petition

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Mrs. Jim Daltrey, left, of Goldsboro signs the petition handed to her by Suzanne Tyner, Wayne County Humane Society vice president, during a meeting held Sunday evening in Herman Park to push for commissioners to act on...

Citizens want shelter on county priority list

More than 60 concerned citizens spoke for those who couldn't Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil and petition signing at Herman Park. The petition demanded the Wayne County Commission rebuild the Wayne County Animal Shelter. The candles were for the...

Crash ends in teen's death

A 15-year-old passenger was killed Sunday night in a one-car wreck on East Ash Street near Meadowlane Elementary School, Goldsboro police reported. The victim was identified as Cameron Coley of 214 W. Pine St. He was riding with Shawntago Dominique...

John Farfour, who introduced many in Goldsoboro to tennis, dies at 88

Known as Goldsboro's "Mr. Tennis" and for his efforts on behalf of Wayne County's Boys & Girls Club, John Allen Farfour, died Sunday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. He was 88. Farfour, who operated a music and sports business for...

71 years of wedded bliss

George and Alice Davis never dated, and he never even asked her to marry him, yet they have spent the past 71 years happily as husband and wife. The two met while Alice and her brother were hauling wood on...

Widow fights for rights for victims and families

A man can abuse an animal and get a longer sentence and a larger fine than a driver who plows head-on into another motorist and takes his life. That has been the harsh reality for Debbie Kimbrell of Wayne County...

State list is keeping telemarketers at bay

After two successful years, no still means "no" to the nearly 3 million North Carolinians signed on to the state's Do Not Call Registry. "The main thing is to make sure telemarketers don't violate the Do Not Call Registry," North...

City fire department put emphasis on prevention during October

The Goldsboro Fire Department conducted many fire prevention activities in October, the National Fire Prevention Month, including its annual fire store in Berkeley Mall. Fire Chief Bobby Greenfield said the fire store was a big success again. A total of...

Town settles over sewer

FAISON -- Sandy McCarty paid for sewer service more than 15 years, and her house never was hooked into the sewer system. Faison Mayor Bill Igoe told the town board at a recent meeting that Ms. McCarty found out about...

Public records

Alert deputy finds car, arrests pair Wayne County Sheriff's Sgt. Sherwood Daly thought something was wrong Sunday when he saw two men in a car at a gas station on North Spence Avenue in Goldsboro. Daly said one man turned...

Mount Olive historic home tour Thursday

MOUNT OLIVE -- A tour of historical homes has been added to the third Holiday Open House in downtown Mount Olive. The open house will begin Thursday with a fashion show at noon at the Center Street Bistro downtown. The...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Giving them real shelter

A lonely dog cowers in the corner of a kennel. The paint on the walls is peeling. The floor looks like it has been cleaned more than a thousand times, but still gives the impression that it could use a...

Barber sets course for state NAACP

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II said he didn't decide to run for the position of state president of the NAACP for glory. In fact, he prayed about the decision with his family and consulted with his parish at Greenleaf...

County taxes add up to way to reduce debt

Since July, residents throughout Wayne County have asked the same question Phyllis Smith of Rosewood has concerning the recent increase in the county tax rate. "I wonder what the reason is?" Mrs. Smith asked. Mrs. Smith, and her husband, Kenny,...

Franklin put local bakery on map

E.T. Franklin knew baking, bread and how to reach customers. No flash. No glitter. Just a simple statement: "This is good bread." He said it honestly and directly to his customers in his company's television commercials. And that approach and...

Local charities anticipate more need coming in county this holiday season

Some of Goldsboro's charities are worried that not everyone here will have a merry Christmas this year. Because of the rising cost of gas and heating fuels and all the money Wayne County residents have sent to victims of disasters...

Holocaust survivor to speak Monday at local college

Holocaust survivor Gizella Abramson will share her memories at Wayne Community College Monday at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. Her speech will be sponsored by Wayne County Reads, World View and Wayne County Schools. Mrs. Abramson, a native of Poland...

Hundreds turn out for Veterans Day parade downtown

Hundreds of patriotic residents gathered along Center Street Friday for the Wayne County Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots' Coalition. Boy and Girl Scout troops, marching bands, ROTC students and a number of princesses representing...

Public Records

Drug charges A man was arrested Saturday and charged with one misdemeanor drug offense. Joseph Franklin Chase, 52, of 843 Church of God Road, was arrested for possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana. A man was arrested for...

Church asks for donations of gift boxes

Adamsville Baptist Church on North Berkeley Boulevard will be accepting gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child all this week. The boxes, containing small toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items, will be shipped from the church to Samaritan's Purse, where...

Neighborhood follow-up planned

A follow-up meeting to the neighborhood meeting held on Kornegay Street by the Goldsboro City Council will be held Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Walnut Street Apartments. City officials will be present to try to resolve issues raised...

Building renovations designed for needs of foster children

With a few renovations to the second floor of the Wayne County Foster Parent Building, workers now have the resources necessary to meet the needs of foster children throughout the county, officials say. Foster care and social workers recently held...

Friday, November 11, 2005

Remembering Heroes

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Members of the 230th Support Battalion, Spc. Brad Simpson, Spc. Jake Hinkofer, Staff Sgt. Ronnie Edwards and Spc. Adrian Doerfer, pause to look at the monument honoring those from the battalion who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom....

Statue thief sentenced

The Goldsboro man who stole the base and pedestal of the 89-year-old Lady in the Park Statue has been sentenced to probation and restitution. Charles Newsome, 52, of North Virginia Street pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to...

Crime Stoppers telethon planned for this weekend

The 20th annual Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers telethon will be held Saturday and Sunday to raise money for rewards for those who help law authorities arrest criminal suspects. The telethon will air on PACC-TV10, or Time Warner Cable Channel 10,...

Substation fails, leaving 1,000 without power today

Roughly 1,000 Goldsboro residents lost their power early this morning when a Progress Energy substation experienced equipment failure, officials said. Progress Energy spokeswoman Kristy Fair said the outage occurred at 6:53 a.m. Ms. Fair added that crews were dispatched to...

Incumbent won't draw straws for board seat

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Town Commissioner Paul Smalley said he will concede the race if the vote is still tied after Tuesday morning's canvass and the Wayne County Board of Elections decides to pick a winner by using some...

Public records

Mobile home destroyed by fire A mobile home was destroyed in a fire believed to have been set by children, newborn puppies were killed in a barn fire and a home was damaged in another set fire, according to Wayne...

Six families honored at base banquet

On the eve of Veterans' Day, the 4th Fighter Wing and the Military Affairs Committee recognized outstanding families at the annual Military Family Recognition Banquet. Six families were honored Thursday night. The families recognized have "significantly contributed to their civilian...

Partnership reviews year, achievements

Partnership for Children of Wayne County celebrated its accomplishments and recognized others who have helped serve children and families over the past year during the board of directors' annual meeting Thursday. Don Magoon, executive director of the partnership, which governs...

Tobacco payment questions addressed

As the first tobacco buyout payments roll out, Farm Service Agency officials are working to clear up some issues that have confused some owners and quota holders, especially those involved with estates. "The biggest part I see right now is...

Mount Olive Christmas Parade set for December 3

MOUNT OLIVE -- Retired Chamber President Patti O'Donoghue will be the grand marshal for the Mount Olive Christmas Parade. The parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 10:00 a.m., with line-up beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will...

Boys & Girls Club to hold annual Pancake Day December 3

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will h old their annual Pancake Day on Dec. 3 in the club at 1401 Royall Ave. in Goldsboro. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from board members and staff...

Beautancus parade set for Thanksgiving Day

Paste a bow on your pick-up truck and come to the Beautancus Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving Day afternoon. You don't have to pay an entry fee, and you don't even have to apply. Just show up before 2 p.m. for...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Accident on Royall Avenue

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Goldsboro firefighters and police officers talk to victim Barbara Dawson of Pikeville, while emergency crews prepare to tow away her damaged car. Police say Mrs. Dawson stopped her car on the tracks on Royall Avenue Wednesday in...

Teen indicted for hospital drug thefts

The 16-year-old son of a vice president of Wayne Memorial Hospital has been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on eight charges relating to the theft of painkillers from the hospital. Thomas Bradshaw II of Bradford Place is accused...

Woman stops her car on railroad crossing

A woman suffered minor injuries after a train took off the front end of her 1997 Buick LeSabre at the intersection of Royall Avenue and Sunburst Drive shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, Barbara Dawson, 63, of Pikeville, attempted...

Supermarket chain has plans for empty store

Food Lion will revive the long-dormant storefront at 1809 E. Ash St., vacated by Piggly Wiggly, company officials say. The company plans to either completely renovate the store, which is located in the Wayne Plaza Shopping Center, or to demolish...

Paris stroll reminds man of historic home in Goldsboro

Carl Lewis was walking the streets of Paris a few weeks ago and thought about Goldsboro. As he strolled through the housing districts, he marveled at the old, French architecture. "It reminded me of my home," he said. Lewis, a...

Mount Olive manager sets retirement date

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ray McDonald said today he plans to retire as town manager for the town of Mount Olive. McDonald said he will submit a retirement letter to town commissioners during their Monday night meeting. His retirement will be...

Flu shots available at Health Department

People needing a flu vaccine are encouraged to go to the Health Department weekdays from 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. Charge is $20 for the flu vaccine and $30 for pneumonia. Wayne County Health Director James Roosen said...

Wayne business, community leader E.T. Franklin dies

E.T. Franklin, who built a small baking company into a leading industry in Wayne County, died today at home. He was 91. Franklin came to Goldsboro in 1945 from Durham and bought a small bakery with only a handful of...

Applications for energy assistance being taken

The Wayne County Department of Social Services is taking applications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. Applications can be made at the county Department of Social Services office at 301 N. Herman St., from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. through...

Public records

Store robbery A lone gunman on Wednesday night robbed a service station of an unknown amount of money, according to a Goldsboro police report. A clerk told police that a black man entered the Spur station at 2000 N. William...

Officers scoring big in weight loss challenge

It's just past the halfway point of the weight loss challenge between five officers from the Sheriff's Office and five detention officers, and coach Monika Barkley said she feels like a proud mom. The total loss for the 10 challengers...

Duplin officials preparing landfill franchise ordinance

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners voted 4-2 Monday to have county staff draft a landfill franchise ordinance. The action came after a presentation by W.E. Foster, who asked commissioners why they were not considering a request by Waste Industries for...

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Counting the results

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Nancy Baker, left, Robert Hooks, middle, and chief poll Judge Judy Strickland count the results at the Pikeville Fire Department after the polls closed on Tuesday night. For more information see Pikeville rejects alcohol ... again....

Pikeville rejects alcohol ... again

For the fourth time in 14 years, Pikeville residents voted against the sale of malt beverages and unfortified wine for off-premises consumption within town limits. The vote on malt beverages was 105 to 72. The tally on unfortified wine was...

Huggins stays mayorin Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A race for a seat on the Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners ended in a tie Tuesday, with election officials having to wait until Friday's canvass to determine who the winner might be. Incumbent Paul Smalley...

Board plans to add additional high school

The Wayne County Public School system hopes to add a 32nd school as early as next year -- with no construction necessary. The county Board of Education on Monday night approved entering into a memorandum of agreement with Wayne Community...

Speaker shares tips for saving city's downtown

Goldsboro and Wayne County officeholders and economic development officials learned Tuesday how they could preserve the character of the city's downtown area, while still attracting tourists and new residents and businesses to its neighborhoods. Ed McMahon spoke to members of...

Eight write-ins tapped for mayor

Residents of Eureka don't spend thousands of dollars on political campaigns. There are no television commercials endorsing candidates, no signs from supporters lining front lawns and certainly no debate between contenders. In fact, the man who will serve as the...

Three elected to board in Walnut Creek

Three people were elected to seats on the village board Tuesday in Walnut Creek. Kathy Daniels and Darrell Horne both won four-year terms on the council, and Tom Shaw won the race for an unexpired term that will keep him...

Challenger upsets incumbent on Princeton board

PRINCETON -- Political newcomer Billy Sutton ousted two-term veteran Larry Withrow on Tuesday for a four-year seat on the Princeton Town Board of Commissioners. Sutton collected 88 votes in complete, but unofficial returns. He joined incumbent David Starling, who led...

Pikeville commissioners hold all three seats on town board

Pikeville's Town Board will look familiar at the commissioners' next meeting. All four incumbents on the ballot were re-elected in Tuesday's municipal elections. Mayor Herb Sieger, running unopposed, was re-elected with 111 votes. Mary Bailey received six votes for mayor,...

Neighbors watching out for neighbors

Vigilant and observant neighbors helping other neighbors -- that could be the theme of the 3-year-old Walnut Creek Crime Watch program. From a dozen people at an organizational meeting July, 11, 2002, the program has grown to 17 block captains...

A hat could decide tied board races

If a recount doesn't break a tie vote in a race for Mount Olive town commissioner, the winner's name likely will be chosen from a hat. In the District 2 race Tuesday, Hosea Manley and Paul Smalley each received 84...

One vote margin for win for Seven Springs mayor

Incumbent Mayor Jewel Kilpatrick retained her seat Tuesday by a single vote. Kilpatrick, who earned a fifth term as mayor, edged out Danny Carter, 19 votes to 18. The result is unofficial until a canvass next week. Kilpatrick said today...

Voters choose members for five sanitary boards

Voters selected representatives to five sanitary water and sewer districts in Wayne County on Tuesday. Only three of the district races were contested. In the Southeastern Wayne Sanitary District, where six candidates filed, Sam Casey, James Taylor, Edith Smith, Charlie...

Public records

Drug charges Two men have been arrested by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with three felony drug offenses, including trafficking in cocaine by possession. Miguel Angel Aldaco, 35, and Azucena Mairena-Zapata, 47, both of Covey Drive, LaGrange, also...

Faison picks new mayor, 2 town board members

Elmer Flake was elected mayor of the Duplin County town of Faison on Tuesday. Flake ran unopposed although former police chief Randy Brock received several write-in votes. Flake received 130 votes to earn a two-year term. Incumbent Mayor Bill Igoe...

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

City Council meeting

News-Argus/Kenneth Fine Tenants of the recently condemned apartment complex at 300 Randall Lane listen as City Council members granted property owner Mike Pate 90 days to bring the buildings up to code. For more information see Owners get 90...

Owners get 90 days to fix apartments

A dozen tenants from the recently condemned apartment complex at 300 Randall Lane attended Goldsboro City Council Monday to share their anger and worries with councilmen. Numerous code violations and potential health hazards have many fearing for their safety, they...

Schools send new plan to commission

A fourth version of the Wayne County Public Schools' long-range facility plan is being readied for delivery to the county commissioners, with hopes that it will get the go-ahead or at least guidance on what the commissioners will fund. During...

Making their voices heard

Voting was steady at polling places in Mount Olive and Pikeville today, two of the municipalities deciding on representatives for their town boards. Every seat on the Mount Olive Town Board is up for election. Pikeville voters are choosing three...

Stoney Creek Park plan will include 5-acre lake

Goldsboro could have a new lake in a few years after City Council gave its preliminary approval to a plan for Stoney Creek Park at its meeting Monday. Councilmen approved Kimley-Horn and Associates's preliminary drawing of the park and told...

Pikeville approves Northwest School sewer hookup

The Pikeville Town Board unanimously approved an agreement with the Wayne County Board of Education on Monday night to allow Northwest Elementary School to join Pikeville's new sewer system. The county would pay Pikeville a $42,000 fee to join the...

Day care closes; sex charge filed

A 19-year-old day care worker was arrested Monday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl. DeMarlo Jemalle Armstrong, whose mother owns the day care center where the alleged assault occurred, was charged with...

Sanitary Districts

Voters in five sanitary districts will go to the polls today to choose board members to represent them. But many county residents might not be sure exactly what a sanitary district is. The districts were created as a way for...

Public records

2 hurt in wrecks Two people were injured and damages were estimated at $39,225 in five recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *Damages were estimated at $5,500 in a two-car collision at 10:48 a.m. Monday at North Herman...

Princeton approves plan for new town hall

PRINCETON -- The Princeton town board approved an interim financing plan for a new town hall and annexed four small properties Monday night without opposition. Construction costs for the new 4,000-square-foot town hall had skyrocketed from the original $750,000 to...

Mount Olive to receive biodiesel plant grant

MOUNT OLIVE -- The N.C. Rural Center notified Mount Olive officials Monday afternoon that the town will be receiving a grant to help provide water and sewer to a new biodiesel plant. The grant will help the town of Mount...

Goldsboro High School schedule changing

Staff and students at Goldsboro High School will experience a time change of their own on Wednesday, starting and dismissing 15 minutes later. The Wayne County school board approved the revised schedule Monday night to accommodate a request from Goldsboro...

Dean named Wayne principal of the year

Larry Dean of Greenwood Middle School has been named Wayne County Principal of the Year for 2006. Dean has a varied background as an educator, serving in Wayne County Public Schools for 20 years. He came to the school system...

Correction - Veterans Day Parade

The lineup for the Goldsboro Veterans Day Parade on Friday will begin at 8:30 a.m., not 10:30, as was reported in Monday's News-Argus. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on South Center Street....

Monday, November 7, 2005

Wall of fame

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Shown with portraits of Rear Admiral Edward Outlaw and Oland Peele that will hang on the Wayne County Wall of Fame are, from left: Curtis Simmons, Richard Grady and Mary Anna Grady, representing the Outlaw family; Louis...

Voters across county prepare for Tuesday decision

Citizens of five Wayne County townships will elect municipal officials Tuesday. Polls will be open for residents of Mount Olive, Pikeville, Eureka, Seven Springs and Walnut Creek beginning at 6:30 a.m. and continuing until 7:30 p.m. In addition to the...

Man dies in truck crash on N.C. 55

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE -- A man was killed before dawn Sunday in a one-vehicle wreck on N.C. 55 near Stanley Chapel Church Road, N.C. Highway Patrol officials said today. The victim was identified as Fernando Rodriquez of Mount...

They left their mark on county's history

Citizens from Wayne County -- and beyond -- paused Sunday to pay tribute to two individuals who had made significant contributions to their community and their country. Honored as inductees in the Wayne County Museum's "Wall of Fame" were the...

College hits goal, sets new target of $25.8 million

MOUNT OLIVE - A $23 million building campaign at Mount Olive College has been so successful, the college's president has asked that it be extended six months to add time for even more contributions. The goal for the New Century...

Veterans Day schedule set for services

From staff reports Goldsboro and Wayne County will observe Veterans Day on Friday with a parade and the day off for city and county employees. Public schools also will be closed for the holiday, as well as state offices and...

Public records

Man impersonates police officer The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case in which a man on Sunday impersonated a law-enforcement officer. A woman resident on Pecan Road told sheriff's deputies that the man came to her home and...

Teens sentenced for robbery at local store

From staff reports Two Goldsboro teenagers have been sentenced in Wayne County Superior Court to prison for the armed robbery of a salesman for an auto parts store. Octavian Donal Godette, 16, of East Mulberry Street and Derek Demetrius Cumberlander,...

City council, county commissioners meet

From staff reports The Goldsboro City Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall following a work session at 5 p.m. At its meeting, the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed annexation of 13 acres...

Candidate list

MOUNT OLIVE Mayor B.R. "Ruff" Huggins Gilbert Edward Usher Commissioner at-large Jessie "Jack" Faison Rick Kraft Ray Thompson District 1 commissioner Kenneth Kyle Talton Ora H. Truzy District 2 commissioner Hosea M. Manley Paul Smalley District 3 commissioner Thomas "Tom"...

Sunday, November 6, 2005

Business seminar at WCC

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer a free seminar entitled "Pricing Strategies for Small Business" at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Room 104 of the new Walnut Building on the college's main campus in...

Thousands watch as Seymour Johnson shows off aerial maneuvers

Little planes, big planes, gray planes, colorful planes, planes with propellers and planes with jet engines -- all this and more headlined the annual Wings Over Wayne Airshow Saturday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The noise of plane engines...

Hog in the sky

It might not look like other sleek jets used by the U.S. Air Force, and the name "A-10 Warthog" does not quite have the same ring as "F-15 Strike Eagle." But when you are in a battle, seeing an A-10...

Educators work to improve reading scores

For schools like Wayne County's Carver Heights Elementary, the battle not only to increase reading scores, but to improve students' reading skills, begins the moment a boy or girl enters the classroom. Teachers and administrators at Carver Heights say demanding...

Pikeville sets sights on alcohol sales vote

Pikeville residents will decide Tuesday if they will allow the sale of malt beverages and unfortified wine for off-premises consumption in town. As written, the referendum would allow sales by convenience and grocery stores, but not bars and restaurants. The...

Mayoral hopeful addresses felony marijuana charge

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive mayoral candidate Gilbert Usher said Friday he has changed his life since he was convicted of felony possession of marijuana in 1995. He said he was going through a separation from his wife, who is...

Man spotted at Rosewood stole checks

The owner of the car a man drove to Rosewood Elementary late last week has said he was never at the school, but that he will help identify the man whom school officials saw in the hallways. Wayne County Sheriff's...

Communities show gratitude to veterans

PRINCETON -- A Congressional Medal of Honor winner thanked all veterans for their service and then warned that eternal vigilance was the price that all Americans must pay to remain free in the war on terror. "I can think of...

Wine tasting benefit Nov. 12

The 11th annual Benefit Tasting of Wines will be held Nov. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Herman Park Center. There will also be a silent auction. Sponsoring this year's event are HealtHabit and Billie's Backstreet. Proceeds will go...

Sheriff's Office looking for owners of property

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is trying to find the lawful owners of seized property in accordance with state laws. The property has been held for at least six months and those with a claim to it have 30 days...

Relay for Life gets new Web address

The Wayne County Unit of the American Cancer Society will do something new for its annual Relay for Life next May. It will operate Relay Online, a web-based tool that will make fundraising for the event easier. Income Manager Sharina...

Public records

Information sought on fatal collision The Highway Patrol is seeking information on a fatal collision involving a bicycle and a tractor-trailer truck Oct. 13 on U.S. 13 South. Douglas Alan Harrell, 21, of 147 Hood Drive, was riding north at...

Project Hope volunteers to meet on Tuesday

Project Hope is gearing up for another Christmas season, accepting donations and signing up to man the collection point on Fridays. Yvonne Sutton founded Project Hope in 2002 to gather personal items and toys for those who would otherwise not...

Two try to keep seats in Princeton

PRINCETON -- Two veteran incumbents face the challenge of a newcomer on Tuesday for two seats on the Princeton Town Board of Commissioners. David Starling, 41, will seek his fourth four-year term, and Larry Withrow, 66, will seek his second,...

Museum has new director

Janet Clayton has been named the new director of the Wayne County Museum by the Wayne County Historical Association. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Ms. Clayton moved to Goldsboro in 2002, joining her mother and sisters here. "I think I'm...

HOGs turned Santa Claus

Hundreds of needy children in Wayne County will have a merrier Christmas the eighth annual H.O.G. Toy Run from Smithfield to Goldsboro. More than 900 riders of shiny motorcycles -- many of whom are members of the Harley Owners Group,...

Ninth Fair Share finalist chosen by United Way

Simon Styron has been selected as the ninth finalist in the United Way Fair Share Challenge. He is employed with Home Health and Hospice. The Fair Share Challenge is sponsored by Goldsboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Anyone who gives their fair...

Bloodmobile schedule

Following is the November Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: *Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Red Cross chapter house at 600 N. George St. -- by appointment only -- by...

Volunteers cleaned up 13 miles of waterways

A total of 314 local volunteers cleaned 13 miles of Wayne County's waterways during last month's annual Big Sweep, said Barbara Byers, coordinator for the annual event. Volunteers cleaned up trash at 17 locations and collected 85 bags of trash....

Vegetable and ham soup nets team Stewfest prize

ALBERTSON -- The Rev. Johnny Pickett won first place in the cooking competition Saturday at the second annual Jamboree and Stewfest in Albertson. The winning entry was an old fashioned homemade vegetable soup made with fresh homegrown vegetables and country...

Friday, November 4, 2005

Dream Machine

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Ed Hamill flies his "Dream Machine" over the Buckhorn Reservoir in Wilson County Thursday morning. Hamill will be performing in Saturday's Wings Over Wayne air show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. For more information see Base...

Base set to spread its wings

Some young boys dream of being firemen, presidents, doctors, or MVP of their favorite team. A boyhood dream to take to the skies like the daredevil pilots of the 20s and 30s propelled Ed Hamill to learn the tricks of...

Park plan will include new pond

Members of the Stoney Creek Park Development Committee met Thursday to discuss progress on the new park project, which now includes a pond thanks to community members' suggestions. Sal Musarra, a consultant with the landscape architectural firm Kimley-Horn and Associates,...

Industries honored at annual celebration

Reuel Inc. was named Industry of the Year at the annual Wayne County Industry Celebration on Thursday night at the Goldsboro Country Club and Tom Buffkin, president of Franklin Baking Co., was named Industrialist of the Year. A special award,...

Duplin County adds two to Hall of Fame

WARSAW -- Duplin County has chosen a man and a woman whose influence had a profound impact on agriculture in the region as the county's 2005 Hall of Fame inductees. Wendell Holmes Murphy and the late Lois Grady Britt were...

Five seats on ballot in Mount Olive race

MOUNT OLIVE -- At-large town commissioner Ray Thompson will face two challengers when the polls open Tuesday in the Mount Olive municipal election. The seat is just one of five up for grabs this November. Jesse Jack Faison and Rick...

Wall of Fame inductions Sunday at Wayne Museum

The Wall of Fame at the Wayne County Museum will grow when the Wayne County Historical Association honors two inductees this weekend. Rear Admiral Edward Cobb Outlaw and Oland Franklin Peele will join the 72 individuals previously honored on the...

Princeton prepares for Veterans Day celebration

PRINCETON -- Lots of entertainment, food, a parade and a speech from a Congressional Medal of Honor winner on Saturday will headline the third annual Princeton Veterans Day celebration. Five local groups will perform between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m....

Seminar on death Thursday

Wayne Memorial Hospital will sponsor a workshop this week on preparing for the difficult and complex medical decisions surrounding the death of a loved one. On Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. in the Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College, there...

Public records

Crime of the Week A break-in at Jackson's Auto Repair Shop at 209 E. Vine St. has been selected by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as this week's "Crime of the Week." About $14,000 worth of equipment was stolen Oct. 20....

Hulse elected president of Wayne Bar Association

Geoff Hulse of Goldsboro has been elected president of the Wayne County Bar Association. Hulse, a criminal defense lawyer for the firm of Haithcock, Barfield, Hulse and Kinsey, was elected for a one-year term during the association's recent meeting at...

Business seminar at WCC

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer a free seminar entitled "Pricing Strategies for Small Business" at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Room 104 of the new Walnut Building on the college's main campus in...

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Duplin Hall of Fame

News-Argus file photo Alice Raiford, widow of Preston B. Raiford, is shown with his portrait and medalion received during the 2004 Duplin County Hall of Fame banquet at the Country Squire. For more information see Duplin County will name...

Wings Over Wayne: Air show set for takeoff on Saturday

Freedom will take to the skies once again for this year's Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Saturday. More than 25 aerial performances are scheduled to provide thrills and chills over Seymour Johnson, along with...

Local teachers surprised with Chamber of Commerce grants

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee "Prize Patrol" distributed nearly $10,000 in mini-grants to teachers around the county Wednesday. The Business and Education Partnership, sponsored by the chamber and the Wayne Charitable Partnership, delivered 16 mini-grants to 10...

Mount Olive mayoral candidate has criminal record

MOUNT OLIVE -- A candidate for mayor of Mount Olive has a criminal record. Court records showed Gilbert Usher was convicted of felony possession of marijuana in 1995. He was given a two-year suspended sentence and fined $500. He was...

Duplin County will name two to Hall of Fame

KENANSVILLE -- Two new people will be inducted into the Duplin County Hall of Fame tonight. A full house is expected for the induction ceremony, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Squire restaurant between Kenansville and...

Remembering Rosa Parks

Years ago, a young Wilbur Barnes was on his way to school when a bus driver told him to walk past the empty seats in the front and take a seat in the back because he was black. That policy,...

St. Clair named Cherry director

Dr. Jack St. Clair has been named director at Cherry Hospital, it was announced this morning. He will assume his duties effective Dec. 1. St. Clair comes to the position from Eastpointe Human Services where he has served as director...

Motorcycle toy run Saturday

With stuffed animals and other toys strapped to their motorcycles, hundreds of bikers will be riding Saturday to give local children a happy Christmas this year. This will be the 8th annual HOG (Harley Owners Group) Toy Run. It is...

Faison town board to consider curfew for older youths

FAISON -- Parents are being invited to talk to the Faison Town Board on Dec. 7 about a 10 p.m. curfew for those younger than 18. The town board voted unanimously Wednesday night to hold a public hearing at 7...

Agricultural districts designed to protect land

Don't be surprised to see a new type of sign popping up along Wayne County roads. Farmers may now apply for membership in voluntary agricultural districts, which would be marked by signs. Already in place in some North Carolina counties,...

Public records

Man robbed An elderly man was assaulted and robbed Wednesday night of $10 and his wallet while he was on his porch in the 200 block of North Harding Drive, according to a Goldsboro police report. Oscar E. Howell told...

Pikeville to resurface several streets

Pikeville town commissioners agreed to begin resurfacing streets affected by sewer line upgrades. The board held an emergency meeting Wednesday with town engineer Tyndall Lewis of McDavid Associates. Previously, the board planned to patch only the segments directly affected by...

Mount Olive Christmas Parade set for December 3

MOUNT OLIVE -- The annual Mount Olive Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 10 a.m. Entries must be made by visiting the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the parade. Entry fees are $25 for...

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Flu shots

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber More than 1,000 people received flu shots at a Wayne County Health Department clinic Saturday at Goldsboro Middle School. For more information see Agencies, base experts watching for signs of flu....

Agencies, base experts watching for signs of flu

Despite rampant "doom and gloom reports" about avian flu, Wayne County Health Director James Roosen said he is optimistic about local measures in place to track potential problems. "Surveillance has been put in place in Wayne County," said Roosen, pointing...

Committee begins study of land use in Wayne County

With an eye toward the future, a group of 30 people gathered at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday night to begin shaping policies that will guide the county's development well into the 21st century. The Wayne County Comprehensive...

Commissioners revise county flood ordinance

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday protecting the interests and property of residents in the future and passed a proclamation recognizing heroes of the past at its Tuesday morning meeting. Commissioners approved a revised Flood Damage...

Wayne Memorial Hospital honored for Relay for Life

Although the annual Relay for Life is still six months away, people from several counties gathered in Goldsboro on Tuesday night to share ideas in preparation for next year's event. An American Cancer Society Relay rally was held at Wayne...

Corps of Engineers gives OK and widening of ditch begins

MOUNT OLIVE -- A representative from the U.S. Corps of Engineers told Mount Olive officials Tuesday they can do what's needed to improve drainage problems in town. Maylon Weeks, the town's special projects director, took engineer Scott Jones of the...

Officials see little effect from higher license fees

Substantially higher fees for driver license and license plate renewals has not led to a revolt by Wayne County motorists -- at least not yet. The new fees went into effect Oct. 1. First Sgt. T.C. McLeod, who commands the...

With Igoe stepping down, Faison will get new mayor

With the final day for voting a week away, residents of Faison will have to decide soon whom they want to be in the mayor's office and on the town board. Incumbent Mayor Bill Igoe said he is not running...

Public record

Missing Child Julia Katherine Walker, 17, was reported missing from her home on Jeffery Drive in La Grange by her mother, Nicole Walker. Julia was described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, approximately 140 pounds, with sandy, shoulder-length hair, blue...

Public record - other charges

Charges These people have been charged with crimes by Wayne County sheriff's deputies: *Mario Javon Kornegay, 21, South John Street, order for arrest, $1,000 bond. *Anthony Hazzard Campbell, 49, Wilmington, order for arrest, $1,000 bond. *LaSalle Corneal Raynor, 55, Dillard...

Nine to compete for Miss Goldsboro on Saturday night

More than $10,000 in combined scholarships to be awarded to nine contestants at the 2006 Miss Goldsboro Scholarship Pageant on Saturday night. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Olive Historical Assembly Hall. The young women...

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Holiday Historic Homes Tour

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit The Peterson-Creech-Bain-Howell House, built in 1909, at 704 Park Ave., will be part of the Holiday Historic Homes Tour on Dec. 11. For more information see Holiday homes tour will benefit Paramount Theater rebuilding....

Wary residents snap up heaters before cold hits

Worries over rising natural gas costs across the country are prompting Goldsboro residents to think of alternative methods to stay warm as winter air creeps into their homes. Officials say keeping warm this winter will be more expensive for natural...

Livestock shows will continue at Fair

Sparse local participation has officials concerned about the future of livestock shows at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. This year, no youths from Wayne County participated in the beef heifer or market lamb shows, which are sponsored by the Wayne...

Cherry seeks help with gifts

Cherry Hospital is looking for a few good elves to support this year's Operation Santa Claus Project. Donations and monetary gifts will ensure that every patient has a Christmas package, said Tanya Rollins, special services director. The staff typically makes...

Holiday homes tour will benefit Paramount Theater rebuilding

This holiday season, Goldsboro's history will come alive again. The third Holiday Historic Homes Tour on Dec. 11 will raise money for the reconstruction of another historic building -- the Paramount Theater. This year's tour will wind its way through...

Judge decides Mount Olive alley will remain open

MOUNT OLIVE -- A judge has decided that an alley behind Kraft Studio in Mount Olive belongs to the public and cannot be obstructed. Rick Kraft sued the town last year in an attempt to establish ownership. He said the...

Princeton prepares for Veterans Day events

Princeton's annual Veterans Celebration will be Saturday. A parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Princeton School, with all local veterans invited to participate. Veterans are urged to drive or ride in a special vehicle. A float and some golf...

Warsaw holding 85th Veterans Day celebration Saturday

WARSAW -- Warsaw will hold its 85th annual Veterans Day celebration Saturday. The day-long celebration, including a parade, is the oldest consecutive celebration of Veterans Day in the U.S. The parade begins at 11 a.m., commemorating the signing of the...

Public records

Stolen car found; man charged A car that was reported stolen in Kentucky was found before dawn today. A man was arrested and charged with possession of the auto. William "Billy" Joe Dickerson, 36, of Tarheel Pines Drive was charged...