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Friday, December 30, 2005

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Getting ready for the drop: From left, Craig Brock, R.L. Grady and Ray Joyner of Mt. Olive Pickle Company show the new pickle that will be dropped Saturday evening during the seventh annual New Year's Eve Pickle...

Kerr calls meeting on gas tax hike

State Sen. John Kerr of Wayne County is asking his fellow lawmakers to meet and discuss the proposed increase in the state gasoline tax. Kerr said Thursday that he is asking Sen. Marc Basnight, the president pro tem of the...

Voting machine cost may skyrocket

The withdrawal of two voting machine companies from bidding on a state contract leaves counties with no choice regarding the type of machines they will buy. And Wayne County officials, along with those in 99 other counties, are worried that...

Blood supplies low

Blood supplies are critically low, Red Cross officials say, and blood donors are desperately needed to help. The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross collected more than 6,300 units of blood during 2005. But Red Cross officials said...

Impaired drivers to be targeted

Wayne County law authorities will be looking for drunken drivers, speeders and other reckless motorists over the long New Year's weekend. The holiday also will cap the seven-week "Booze It and Lose It" campaign aimed at removing drunken drivers from...

Man guilty in '90 auto death cited again in fatal collision

A man convicted of manslaughter 15 years ago for the death of a Wayne County man in a car accident is again charged with being responsible for a highway death. Tyron Price Daley was found guilty in the death of...

Public record

Child abuse The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of child abuse at a home on Old Grantham Road. Witnesses said a 4-year old was left outside unattended for 15 minutes around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night. The suspect,...

Options for New Year's celebration

New Year's is the holiday most associated with drinking and alcohol. But some Wayne County ministers want people to know that they can celebrate the new year's arrival without toasting the event with alcohol. In recent years, "First Night" services...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Duplin Fire

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Seven volunteer fire departments responded to this house fire on Tram Road near Mount Olive this morning about 7. Pleasant Grove, Albertson, Oak Wolfe, Sarecta, Kenansville, Pricetown and Pink Hill units and Duplin County rescue and law...

Lawmakers seek special session to cut gas tax

RALEIGH -- A nearly 3-cent-a-gallon increase in the state gasoline tax appears headed to take effect as scheduled Sunday, but lawmakers may still try to return to Raleigh without the blessing of Gov. Mike Easley to consider breaks on energy...

Stoney Creek Park public hearing January 5

The Stoney Creek Park Development Committee will hold a public hearing Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Gray Room at Herman Park Center to allow residents an opportunity to discuss the project with officials and park designers. Recreation and...

New domestic violence court will put abuse cases on a fast track

Victims of domestic assault are getting their day in court sooner, thanks to a new court that concentrates on their cases. The 8th Judicial District, which includes Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties, received a state grant this year to set...

Crisis center helps serve mental health needs in 4 counties

A new mental health crisis center in Wallace that serves Duplin, Wayne, Sampson and Lenoir counties is already proving a benefit to clients from around the area, said mental health officials. Jack St. Clair, the former director of Eastpointe, which...

Officials say there are not enough counselors to explain drug plan

With 19,095 Wayne County residents eligible for the federal government's new Medicare prescription drug program, seven certified counselors to assist senior citizens is not enough, county officials said. "We have gotten 75 calls in one day. That's tough for three...

Public records

7 hurt in wrecks Seven people were injured and damages were estimated at $19,800 in four recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A Durham County school bus struck an awning at Goldsboro High School, causing about $1,000 in...

Kenly man charged with explosives

The manager of Pure Power ATV shop in Kenly was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction after Johnston County Sheriff's deputies searched the business. "One of our deputies said an informant told him that they had some...

Mount Olive receives $2.5 million grant

Gov. Mike Easley announced the town of Mount Olive will receive $2.5 million from the High Unit Cost Grant Account for its regional sewer system. "These funds will allow Mount Olive to move forward with its wastewater program," Easley said...

Famed photographers' work displayed

Photographs by three of the world's most famous photographers will be featured in an exhibit at the Arts Council of Wayne County Jan. 9-31. Canadian-born photographer Yousuf Karsh was internationally known for his portraits of heads of state, scientists, musicians,...

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Mount Olive College construction

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Construction of a technology building on the campus of Mount Olive College is on schedule, college officials said. Workers have begun laying brick on the structure, which is located next to Moye Library. When finished, it will...

Building projects still on schedule at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Construction of three new buildings at Mount Olive College is on schedule, college officials announced this week. Work on the Pope Wellness Center has advanced the furthest, college President Dr. William Byrd said. Masonry work on the...

Red Cross: County sent $243,229 to help victims

With 26 named storms, 13 of which were hurricanes, 2005 was a busy year for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross, officials said. The most costly disaster was Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug....

Century-old farm books loaned to USDA library

When Johnny Talton inherited his great-great-great aunt's home on Princeton Road, something unusual was inside -- farm books, more than a century old, were stored in a dresser drawer. Talton, a shift supervisor in the county's 911 center, knew the...

SJAFB unveils new equipment for bomb squad

New technology unveiled at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base last week will help bomb defusion experts to more easily and safely disarm explosives. With bomb attacks a severe problem for U.S. forces in Iraq, the advances in equipment to defuse...

Public records

Store robbed; man is charged A convenience store clerk was robbed Tuesday night of $241, and a man was arrested later by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with armed robbery. Jimmy Arnold Crumpler, 42, of Old Grantham Road...

Head Start applications being accepted

WAGES is accepting applications to the Head Start and Early Head Start programs at several locations in the county beginning in January. Applications will be taken on Tuesdays, from Jan. 10 through May 30, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m....

School lunch menus for January 2-6

Following are breakfast and lunch menus for Wayne County Public Schools for the week of Jan 2-6: Monday -- Breakfast: Strawberry Pop Tart. Lunch: Stuffed-crust cheese pizza, baked pork chop with rice and gravy, whole wheat roll, steamed broccoli, sliced...

Wayne County schools schedule open house hours

Classes for students in Wayne County Public Schools resume on Monday, Jan. 2, with the six high schools planning open houses for parents and students to meet the second semester teachers. On Thursday, Jan. 5, Southern Wayne will hold open...

Fund established to help familiy of trooper

A fund to help the family of state Highway Patrol Trooper John Horniak has been established at the State Employees Credit Union. Horniak was shot and wounded during a traffic stop in Fayetteville on Nov. 28. Two people were arrested...

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Justice and Liberty statues to be restored

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Justice, left, and Liberty are scheduled for restoration work sometime this year. For more information see City hall statues to get makeovers....

Gasoline wholesalers say their prices are up too

Motorists could pay more at the gas pumps in January, not just because of wholesale prices this time, but because of a state tax increase. Gasoline prices in November dipped to almost $2 a gallon, but they headed back up...

Commission chairman sets '06 priorities

Building a new animal shelter. Finding a reasonable solution to the school board's facility plan. Continuing progress with the Highway 70 commission. These are only a few of the many tasks facing the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. However, newly...

City hall statues to get makeovers

By the end of 2006, Liberty and Justice will no longer keep watch over downtown -- at least not until they are restored. The two statues currently perched atop City Hall need some repair work, and so the city plans...

New card features digital glimpse of chamber

A new, digital marketing tool is expected to help boost the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and eventually the businesses that are members of the organization. The chamber has contracted with JMAC Multimedia to create a Dcard, or digital business...

SJAFB personnel part of Hurricane Katrina efforts

Two days after the Gulf Coast awoke to the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, the telephone in Col. Lennie Coleman's office rang. Coleman is commander of the 4th Mission Support Group at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. His job is...

Pickle drops Saturday night

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mt. Olive Pickle Co. will host its seventh annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop at the stroke of 7 p.m. Saturday with a new pickle doing the honors. The event is held at that time, organizers said,...

Public records

Flim-flam A Wayne County man sent a $2,850 deposit by wire to a person in England for a car, but the auto was never shipped to the United States, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office....

WCC honors maintenance staff

Wayne Community College honored its maintenance and support employees in a ceremony Dec. 15. Admissions Coordinator Dianne Allgaier was named the recipient of the college's Support Staff Award. Staff members who nominated her for the award noted her dedication to...

Monday, December 26, 2005

After-Christmas Shopping

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Bonnie Holsinger, right, Ronda Nelson and Jourdyn Holsinger, 11, are checked out by Tammie Willoughby at Bath and Body Works in the Berkeley Mall this morning as they started their after-Christmas bargain shopping. For more information see...

76 properties on 'to condemn' list

Two boxes sit in the Goldsboro Inspections Department, stacked high with more than 60 case files on houses and other buildings slated for official condemnation by the city. By the end of February, that number should rise above 130, officials...

City man will face murder charges

An intense investigation by Goldsboro police and the State Bureau of Investi-gation into a fatal shooting on Saturday led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Goldsboro man on an open charge of murder. Reginald D. Reid, 37, of 305 Fussell...

Many happy returns and sales

The ring of cash registers replaced the ring of Christmas bells today as opportunistic shoppers took advantage of post-holiday sales to look for bargains at stores in Goldsboro. Several stores opened early for advertised "early-bird" sales. The doors opened at...

Hospital adds two off-site offices

Continued growth at Wayne Memorial Hospital has resulted in two departments moving off-site. The Wayne Area Diabetes Education Center (WADEC) and the hospital's Patient Financial Services have moved from the main campus on Wayne Memorial Drive to Carolina Commerce Center,...

Public records

Shooting probed Michael Laron Jacobs, 46, of Workman Street, reported that a man shot through his storm door, causing about $150 in damages. Jacobs said he saw the suspect enter a house across the street with a handgun. Another neighbor...

Red Cross orientation scheduled

From staff reports The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold an orientation on Friday, Jan. 27 from 3-4:30 p.m. for people interested in volunteering. Space is limited, and pre-registration is necessary. Call the Cape Fear Chapter...

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Volunteers, families share holiday dinner

Kevin Gardner did not know exactly how many people he would have for dinner Christmas Eve. On a regular day, the Community Soup Kitchen, which is located in the back of an historic synagogue at the corner of James and...

Christmas has different focus in other nations

Miguel Martez remembers traveling home after late Christmas Mass in a small town near Mexico City as a boy. When his family reached the house, they gathered around a handcrafted nativity scene. "We would watch Mama place the Baby Jesus...

Youth Council wraps gifts

Janelle McCabe and her adviser Laterrie Ward wrapped a gift that wiggled last year at Berkeley Mall as part of their duties at the Mayor's Youth Council's gift-wrapping booth. "We wrapped a dog," Janelle said. "We put it in the...

Christmas trees given to families

Three Wayne County families would not even have had Christmas trees this year if not for Target and the United Way. Through its Adopt-A-Tree program, Target gave away three prelit fully decorated Christmas trees Friday to local needy families. United...

BOE comments on bond referendum possibility

Consultants will take a look at Wayne County's school building needs and the county's ability to fund the projects after the county commissioners approved a contract with the firm this week, a first step in the process of developing a...

Experts say frying turkey is dangerous

KENANSVILLE -- Frying that Christmas turkey can mean a delicious meal but the technique is dangerous, experts say, and cooks need to use caution. Turkey frying has become a popular way to prepare the holiday bird in recent years but...

Kids write letters to Santa

These letters are from Mrs. Miriam Boyette's class at Carver Elementary School. Dear Santa: My name is Dequan. I am in the third grade. I have been good this year. For Christmas I would like to have a game boy,...

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...

Wayne County Superior Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Delbert Orlando Owens, 28, West Hill Street, possession of stolen goods and carrying a concealed weapon, nine to 11 months; possession of stolen goods, nine to 11 months; possession of...

Student news

Washella Turner graduated from the University of Florida in Gainsville on Saturday, Dec. 17, with a PhD in African American Literature. Her dissertation was entitled "Unity or Dissension? African American Literary Perspectives on Twen-tieth-Century Interracial Or-ganizations and Relations." A recipient...

Responsible alcohol use theme of Commander's Call

Responsible alcohol use was the theme of this year's 4th Fighter Wing Commander's Call at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. 1st Lt. Devin Robinson was the host of Thursday's show at the base theater, which took a "Late Show" format,...

Mount Olive District Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Theodore Victor Faison, 27, Andrews Circle, Mount Olive, driving while impaired, 60 days suspended, 12 months unsupervised probation, 24 hours community service, $100 fine and costs. *Alexander Roblero Gonzalez, 23,...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *George Best, 54, Marigold Street, driving while impaired, 12 months (appealed). *Richard John Percival II, 28, Ruskin Road, Dudley, driving while license revoked, 120 days (appealed). *Linwood Earl Hardy, 47,...

Friday, December 23, 2005

Consultant will examine facilities plan, budget limits

Consultants will take a look at Wayne County's school building needs and the county's ability to fund the projects after the county commissioners approved a contract with the firm this week, a first step in the process of developing a...

Officials work on reducing jail population before holiday rush

Some Wayne County Jail inmates might be going home early for Christmas. That's the goal of the District Attorney's Office and the jail staff. The 200-bed jail had 203 inmates, including 21 women, on Tuesday. District Attorney Branny Vickory and...

Public records

Six charges A 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with six felony offenses in connection with two break-ins. Scott Alexander Cochrane of Kevin Drive was charged with two counts each of breaking and...

Teen wrappers raise funds for 4 student scholarships

Janelle McCabe and her adviser Laterrie Ward wrapped a gift that wiggled last year at Berkeley Mall as part of their duties at the Mayor's Youth Council's gift-wrapping booth. "We wrapped a dog," Janelle said. "We put it in the...

Santa shares secrets before his midnight ride

I approached the office a couple of days before Christmas. Looking down at my shoes, I put the key in the door -- a steaming cup of hot chocolate in the other hand. As I pushed the door open, a...

More shopping? There's still hope

Waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping? There's still hope, local retailers say -- you just have to be a little more creative. At Hollywood Video, Melody Baker, shift leader, said gift cards are very popular purchases....

Local organizations lend helping hand during holidays

Several Wayne County groups lent a helping hand to people in need during the holidays. *Employees at Tar Heel Home Health held a food drive in support of the Salvation Army. The food collected will be used to help the...

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Warm a child's hands for Christmas

News-Argus/Turner Walston Janet Clayton, director of the Wayne County Museum, checks items on the Warming Tree in the museum lobby. Wayne County residents are asked to donate gloves, scarves, mittens or socks to help keep a child warm this...

New section of U.S. 117 opens today

After nearly three years, the section of U.S. 117 near U.S. 70 will open to the public at about 3 p.m. today. "This is a very important opening because it will allow people in the Wayne County and Goldsboro area...

Industry locating in Wayne County

Andrew Corp., a designer, supplier and manufacturer of communications services and equipment, is coming to Wayne County and bringing 204 new jobs. The Wayne County Economic Development Corp. announced the company's decision at a press conference this morning. Andrew Corp.,...

Health Board eyes proposed legislative changes

The effects of legislative actions on public health for the coming year were discussed at the Board of Health meeting Wednesday. Health Director James Roosen said 39 proposals were made during 2005 that could potentially impact community health, although not...

Lappin named to post with Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts

Boy Scout executive Bill Lappin has been named director of the Occoneechee Council's capital campaign and endowment fund. Lappin has served as executive of the Tuscarora Council since 1984. His new job will take him to Raleigh. Wake County is...

Residents take their stand for 'Merry Christmas'

Ed Allen of Goldsboro said he is tired of "holiday" parades and children getting out of school for "holiday" break. For the past two years, his answer to the debate over the proper greeting for this holiday season has been...

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Chief disputes report of arrest LA GRANGE -- LaGrange Police Chief John Sullivan is disputing a published report that a fourth person has been arrested and charged in the armed robbery of a LaGrange bank. Three people have been arrested...

Law enforcement agencies to hold random traffic checkpoints during Christmas weekend

Wayne County authorities say they will hold random traffic checkpoints as needed over the long Christmas holiday weekend. But Highway Patrol, Goldsboro police and Wayne County sheriff's spokesmen say there will be no big checkpoints involving a large number of...

Wayne 4-H members helped storm victims

Wayne County 4-H'ers joined with other 4-H'ers across North Carolina to collect and distribute supplies to youths who were victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 4-H Helping Hands began when Wayne County clubs began calling Barbara Byers, the county's 4-H...

Trash dates changed for post-holiday week

Waste Industries trash collection will be delayed by one day during the week after Christmas. Because the business will be closed on Monday, collections in the county outside the city of Goldsboro and in Mount Olive will be picked up...

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A helping hand from the Salvation Army

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Salvation Army volunteer Gloria Kennedy, right, assists a parent with choosing gifts from the stacks of stockings available for needy families Tuesday afternoon. More than 400 families found food, toys and Christmas treats at the organization's annual...

Families handle holiday moving

Charles Brown and his family are changing addresses this week -- a little more than a month after finding out the apartment they were living in had been condemned, and the owner had decided to tear down the building. Moving...

Shelter plan gets first OK from county

Wayne County's Board of Commissioners approved a site Tuesday that could soon be the home of a new county animal shelter, while local residents who called for the change cheered. The decision followed a presentation by the county's Animal Control...

Salvation Army volunteers play Santa Claus to needy

Annie Davis isn't expecting any gifts for herself under the tree this Christmas. In fact, she would rather receive nothing at all if it means more for her little grandson, she said. Mrs. Davis has been the lone guardian of...

United Way adds a week to campaign

To try to make this year's goal of $1.425 million, United Way of Wayne County has extended its deadline a second time. The campaign was supposed to end the week of Thanksgiving, but it was short by $326,222, about 22...

Base practices reaction time for deployment

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel did everything but launch aircraft recently as they tested to see if base personnel are prepared to handle a deployment order. The Phase I Operational Readiness Exercise made sure 4th Fighter Wing personnel can...

School introduces fitness program

Students and staff are beating a path to Brogden Primary School, thanks to a program that is changing attitudes about exercise. The school has created a "Mileage Club" begun to improve students' scores on the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test....

Public records

Fugitive found An alert employee at the Boulevard Pawn Shop in Goldsboro recognized a man in the store Tuesday as a state-wanted fugitive and notified Wayne County emergency dispatchers. Sheriff's Deputies C.G. Talarico and M.K. Cox and Goldsboro police Sgt....

Law enforcement class graduates from Wayne Community College

Wayne Community College graduated its 47th Basic Law Enforcement Training Class during ceremonies on Dec. 15. The 14 cadets who completed the college's academy received certificates to work as sworn law enforcement officers in North Carolina. Certificates were conferred on...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Driver pinned by truck

News-Argus/Bobby Williams The driver of this New Hope Gas Co. truck was pinned after a one-vehicle accident about 12:45 p.m. Monday on Pecan Road near Case Farms. Firefighters from Mar-Mac, Dudley and Arrington volunteer departments responded. It took about...

Counties balk at U.S. 70 plan

If the plan to improve the U.S. Highway 70 corridor is to succeed, consultants told members of the Wayne County Transportation Committee and the Highway 70 Corridor Commission Monday, all six counties have to "sing the same song." But that...

Council targets two more houses

Goldsboro's City Council members voted to condemn a dilapidated dwelling Monday at their final meeting of the year, following through with their promise to continue efforts to clean up the city. The home, located at 214 Oak St., has been...

GI Joe doesn't let anything stop him

Don't think because GI Joe was born with only two legs that the little dog is anything but a healthy, happy troublemaker, his proud owners say. After all, once the Chihuahua beat the odds a year ago, surviving and adjusting...

Patty Huffman to be new Smart Start coordinator

The new community services coordinator for Wayne Partnership for Children, which governs Smart Start, already has a history with the organization. Before Patty Huffman moved to Goldsboro when her husband, Joe, accepted the position of city manager, she had spent...

Public records

Suspect identified in bank robbery LA GRANGE -- A former Mount Olive resident has been identified as a third suspect in the Sept. 6 robbery of the Wachovia Bank branch in LaGrange. Kareem Abdul Salaam was identified by authorities through...

Shaw reappointed to pension fund board

Howard A. "Buddy" Shaw of Goldsboro has been reappointed by Gov. Mike Easley to the board of trustees of the N.C. Firemen's and Rescue Squad Workers' Pension Fund. He will serve a four-year term on the board, which administers the...

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Christmas rush

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Jimmy O'Neal sorts parcels at the Berkeley Postal Service station early today. Officials expected today to be one of the busiest mailing days of the year as customers scurried to get their cards and packages to their...

United Way could make cuts

Facing the possibility of not making its fundraising goal this year, United Way is prepared to make cuts to some of its programs if necessary to keep the charity's budget in the black. United Way is projecting missing its goal...

Committee will present shelter plan

The Wayne County Animal Control Advisory Committee will present its findings for building a new animal shelter during the Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. Jean Hollowell, a member of the committee, said the group will offer guidelines and...

Mailers rush to meet deadlines for delivery

Marcus White's face was hidden this morning as he stood in line at Berkeley Station, a half-dozen cardboard boxes piled high in his arms. "Here I've got a pair of sneakers for my nephew, a doll for my niece, a...

Duplin schools scaled back to deal with costs

KENANSVILLE -- Engineers have scaled down their projections after construction costs have driven the price tag up $8 million to build new schools in Duplin County. Under the new plan, the building project would only cost $1.5 million more if...

Public records

Fleeing driver skids into police car A 58-year-old driver from Goldsboro, fleeing from Goldsboro police, was injured in a collision with a patrol car at 3:50 a.m. today in a field off Poplar Street near Newsome Street, police said. Duncan...

Goldsboro 10-year-old makes cartoon debut

You might not have recognized Ryan Castrati of Goldsboro when he made his television debut last weekend. Unless, of course, you have seen him disguised as a mustache-twisting, horn-wearing apple before -- or recognized his voice. The 10-year-old Northwest Elementary...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Committee to hear highway study

Wayne County Manager Lee Smith says an invigorated U.S. 70 could be the catalyst eastern North Carolina needs to attract more business, industry and tourism to the region. On Monday, Smith and other business and government leaders from the counties...

Presents, stockings and hugs

For 5-year-old Marisa, finding a present for herself wasn't her top priority when she stepped across the stage, wide-eyed, to take a look at all the offerings at the annual Empty Stocking Fund Christmas party. "I like Spider Man toys,"...

Mount Olive College has record number of graduates

MOUNT OLIVE -- The largest graduation class in Mount Olive College history was challenged Saturday not to be afraid to take risks in the business world. The speaker, Kim Quinn, a 1988 graduate of the school and president of Prima...

Dancing, physical education combined

Grace Delbridge, Elizabeth Amon and Stephanie Smith have taken jazz, tap and ballet lessons for years. The fifth graders also dance throughout the school year during their physical education class at Eastern Wayne Elementary School. Students at the school learn...

Water levels up, but residents asked to conserve

Heavy rains have saturated much of central North Carolina over the past few weeks, but local officials say water conservation is still necessary -- at least for now. After more than two months of drought conditions upstream and here in...

Panel box may have been cause of fire

An electrical failure in the laundry room on Saturday was believed to have been the cause of an apartment fire at 2100-E Peachtree St., the Goldsboro Fire Department reported. "There was heavy smoke showing," Fire Lt. Carlton Parks said, when...

Wayne considers three new school programs

By PHYLLIS MOORE Officials are considering three proposals for program enhancements in the central attendance area of the school system. At meetings earlier this week of the Board of Education and its Curriculum and Instruction Committee, members discussed offering an...

39 Wayne Community students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

Thirty-nine students were accepted into Wayne Community College's Upsilon Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa during the fall semester. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa members represent the top 10 percent of...

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 news

These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Comeco M. Wright, 28, Courtyard Circle, forgery, dismissed; uttering, dismissed. *Raymond Fennell Manley, 39, Shirley Drive, Dudley, larceny (two counts), 15 to 18 months. *Raymond Larry Bodda, 24, Old Grantham,...

Student news

Nine area students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University won 14 scholarships for the 2005-2006 school year. Two students received the prestigious James A. Graham Endowed Scholars Program scholarship, which honors the late...

Mount Olive District Court

These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Ronald McLean, 45, Patton Street, Mount Olive, larceny, 120 days (appealed). *Ymainah Vashon Battle, 29, Patton Street, Mount Olive, larceny, 45 days (appealed). *Ernest Lee Dyson, 39, South Fourth Street,...

News of military personnel

.Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Phillipian R. Stewart, the son of Linda and Lawyer Stewart of Dudley, and his shipmates concluded Annual Exercis 2005, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The exercise is...

Fire damages five homes in November

A mobile home was destroyed and four other homes were damaged in fires in November, Goldsboro Fire Chief Bobby Greenfield said in his monthly report. No one was injured. Damages were estimated at $67,800. The fires were among 185 fires...

District Court news

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Donald Wayne Graham Jr., 26, Flowers Road, Mount Olive, driving while impaired, 60 days suspended, 18 months unsupervised probation, 24 hours community service, $100 fine and costs; driving while impaired,...

Friday, December 16, 2005

Joining forces

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Wayne County Commission newly elected chairman Atlas Price, left, David Kornegay, chairman of the Mount Olive Committee of 100, and Charlie Gaylor, chairman of the Goldsboro Committee of 100, sign the memorandum of understanding that will unite...

Shelter groups will present petition

Concerned Citizens of Wayne County plan to present 10,000 petition signatures at Tuesday's county commissioners meeting from residents who think a new animal shelter should be among the county's priorities in the new year. Barrett Parker of Goldsboro, one of...

Joining forces, officially

A decision by the Goldsboro and Mount Olive committees of 100 to merge economic development efforts will pay off big for Wayne County, officials with the two groups said. The committees agreed Thursday to merge and create a coordinated organization...

Students can "instant message" Santa

Wayne County students can write a letter to Santa Claus this year, if they want to do so the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. Or, they can just instant message him. This will be the sixth year the school...

Federal Prison Camp will be empty sometime this April

The Federal Prison Camp at Seymour Johnson will be empty by the first week in April, said Rodney Tabron, prison spokesman. Inmates will be transferred to other facilities, as will most of the staff, who have found new positions within...

Shoppers have time to find the perfect gift

If you haven't bought an iPod or an Xbox 360, start making a list and checking it twice for alternatives. Local businesses say Christmas shopping is fast and furious already and could make finding that perfect gift a little harder...

New air show team will start practices in upcoming weeks

Goldsboro residents may hear a little more jet noise over Seymour Johnson Air Force Base over the next several weeks. The 4th Fighter Wing's F-15E Strike Eagle Demonstration Team is practicing in preparation to wow air show crowds next year....

Thompson's remarks clarified

A story in Wednesday's News-Argus regarding remarks by Joanna Thompson, president of the Wayne County Economic Development Commission, contained several errors. Ms. Thompson said she hoped the state Department of Commerce Department would visit and assess a site on Davis...

Early birds enjoy 'King Kong'

Dorothy Moore of Goldsboro may have been the only person standing outside the doors of the Premiere Theatres Wednesday afternoon who was planning to see a film other than "King Kong." But, after finding out what time "Harry Potter and...

Public records

Sex offense A 29-year-old man has been arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with a felony sex offense. Roderic B. Thompson of New Hope Road was charged with a first-degree sex offense with a child. He was...

Booze It and Lose It campaign

Six people were charged by Goldsboro police with driving while impaired during the fourth week of the winter "Booze It and Lose It" campaign against drunken driving. The police conducted two checkpoints and 21 saturation and random patrols from from...

Diving program

Goldsboro Family Y is forming a new diving program, with an exhibition to be held Saturday at noon. A diving team will be formed and diving classes offered. Plans are for the team to meet twice a week, with diving...

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Morning accident

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Firemen and rescue workers remove Sarah Snowden of Hill Street from her car this morning after it ran off the road and flipped over into a ditch on New Hope Road. She and two passengers were treated...

Goldsboro and Mount Olive Committees of 100 will merge efforts

After decades of acting cooperatively but independently, Goldsboro, Mount Olive and Wayne County officially formed a unified effort to attract business and industrial investment to the county today. At 11 a.m., members of the Goldsboro Committee of 100, Mount Olive...

Greenwood Middle School teen is in fair condition

Students at Greenwood Middle School, encouraged by news that a classmate's condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital has been upgraded to fair, continue to keep their spirits up and lend support every way they can. The Nov. 18 accident during which...

More than 600 children will get Christmas party

Soft, red stockings, taller than many of the children who receive them and presents that make Christmas dreams come true will all be part of the 2005 Empty Stocking Fund holiday celebration. This weekend, more than 600 needy children will...

She found lost ring in scrub-stack

Unlike other nurses who scrub in for surgery every day at Wayne Memorial Hospital, LPN Erlene Booth said she chooses to bring and wear her wedding bands. Although that means she must repeatedly remove them, she has a system. She...

Troops to receive boxes, notes from home for holiday

Some Wayne County residents want to make sure airmen who can't be with their families this Christmas will feel a little like they are home this holiday season. Some Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airmen who are deployed and on...

Foster children need help for Christmas

The number of foster children in Wayne County has risen by more than two dozen this year, creating concern about providing Christmas presents for them, social service workers said. Terry Harne and Lida Fultz, adoption social workers with the Department...

Committee is organizing museum trip

The Wayne County Reads Committee is organizing a bus trip to Washington, D.C., in March to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other attractions. The bus will leave Goldsboro at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, and the group will...

Seven Springs board to be sworn in January 11

SEVEN SPRINGS -- New members of the Seven Springs Town Board will be sworn into office Jan. 11 at Town Hall. Emma Ward and Peggy Jones will step down from the board next month and Rodolph Adams, Steven Potter and...

Public records

Sex charge A teenager was arrested Wednesday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with a felony sex offense involving a 3-year-old girl. Robert Wayne Allen, 18, of Clay Road was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child....

EWHS play, musical Friday

Eastern Wayne High School will hold several events before the holiday break. The Theatre Arts II class will be presenting the play, "Little Red Riding Hood" and the musical "One Magic Christmas" on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria....

Blood donors will get gift during holiday campaign

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is thanking its blood donors this holiday season in a special way. Donors who give the gift of life this holiday season will receive a special gift in return. The Red...

Wayne Community College holiday schedule

Wayne Community College will be closed for the holidays from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 until 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2. The Wayne Community College Child Care Center will be closed Dec. 22 through 26 and Dec. 30....

Goldsboro city services Holiday schedule

Some city services will be operating on a holiday schedule this week, as officials and residents observe Christmas. As the city observes the holiday, trash pick-up will also be affected. All sanitation collections services scheduled for Friday, Dec. 23 have...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Even with video games, kids are still reading

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Zavion Beatty, 3, left, and Abby Newsome, 4, pick out books to read at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday afternoon. Librarian Shorlette Stephens says children are still picking up books even with all the blockbuster...

Counties take look at voting machines

Wayne and Duplin election officials got a look Tuesday at a variety of voting machines from which they will have to choose before the next general election. State lawmakers have ordered counties to upgrade their voting systems and to use...

Teen pleads guilty to drug thefts at hospital

A Wayne County teenager charged with stealing drugs from the pharmacy at Wayne Memorial Hospital pleaded guilty today in Superior Court to lesser charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Thomas Bradshaw II, 16, had been charged with four...

Next deployment set for Seymour Johnson as new year begins

About 480 airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will leave in January for southwest Asia when their numbers come up as part of the Air Expeditionary Force deployment cycle. Airmen who are part of Air Expeditionary Forces 9 and...

Lt. Governor will help christen new partnership

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue will be in Goldsboro Thursday to help kick off Wayne County's new plan to draw more economic development dollars into the region and to unite the county's marketing efforts under one organization. Impact Wayne is a...

State asks for limits on idling outside schools

A policy designed to curb unnecessary bus idling and support fuel conservation will also spill over to parents waiting in carpool lanes, school officials say. The school board Monday night voted to support the state-issued policy, which will apply to...

County ARC chapter not worrked about resignation

Even with the resignation of a second National Red Cross director within three years, local director Chuck Waller said he feels Wayne County will continue to support the agency here. American Red Cross President Marsha Evans announced her resignation Tuesday...

It is not all about games

Valerie Tyler said her daughter's eyes light up when she opens a book. Wide-eyed and smiling, 5-year-old Lilly loves playing with the pages and looking at pictures - even if she isn't quite old enough to understand the words. "She...

Administration reports slow months at Wayne Memorial

October and November were slow months at Wayne Memorial Hospital, officials told the board of directors Tuesday. Historically, October, the first month of the hospital's fiscal year, has been a strong one, said Dr. Joseph McLamb, board member and head...

Teen facing murder charge back in custody

A Wayne County teenager -- accused of taking part in a murder last year and then freed from custody on a reduced bond -- has been arrested again for violating terms of his pretrial release. James Marqui Bowden, 18, of...

Seymour Johnson acknowledges sonic boom

A sonic boom was heard last night over Goldsboro as an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base inadvertently reached Mach 1 during a training mission. The incident happened about 9:30 p.m., according to a 4th Fighter...

Public record

Theater clerk robbed Amanda R. Harrison, 22, an employee of Berkeley Cinema 4 on Cashwell Drive, told police that an unknown suspect entered the theater around 11 p.m. Tuesday. The man jumped the counter, shattering the glass, and grabbed Ms....

Princeton board approves loan for new town hall

PRINCETON -- The Princeton town board has passed a resolution for an additional $200,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for the construction of a new town hall. The loan will give the town $900,000 for the...

Fremont residents could see increase in electricity rates

FREMONT -- The cost of electricity may be going up next year in Fremont. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie announced that ElectriCities, the supplier of the town's power, had recommended a 9 percent increase. The rate hike is "a nice Christmas...

Fremont leaders discuss development

FREMONT -- When economic development is mentioned in Wayne County, the phrase means more than Goldsboro and Mount Olive. It also includes Fremont. Joanna Thompson, the president of the county's Economic Development Commission, or EDC, told Tuesday night's monthly Fremont...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Serenading the shoppers

News-Argus/Turner Walston Members of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Brass Quintet perform Christmas carols at the Base Exchange at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Monday. Based at Langley Air Force Base, Va., the quintet performs at...

Some question Paramount's cost

Danny Douglass said he fears he and his grandchildren will likely have drastically different memories of Goldsboro's Paramount Theater -- his fond, theirs tainted by its cost and impracticality. With the cost of reconstruction projected to reach as much as...

Man cited second time for sex offense

A 58-year-old man was arrested Monday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged for the second time within 14 months with a sex offense involving a child. Elijah Bryant Pate of Richfield Drive, Dudley, was charged with indecent liberties...

School board worried over contract wording

The Wayne County Board of Education is holding off on approving a contract to hire a consultant to study school building needs. The school board, set to approve a consultant's proposal Monday night, instead drafted a statement of its position...

Grantham, Sims to lead school board next year

The Wayne County Board of Education has new leaders -- one of whom will have her first leadership role since 1992. John P. Grantham moved up from the vice chairman role to succeed Lehman Smith as chairman. And, for the...

Motion for dismissal of city annexation suit continued

A motion for dismissal of a lawsuit opposing Goldsboro's plans to annex an area north of the city limits has been continued until January. At a hearing Monday in Wayne County Superior Court, City Attorney Tim Finan filed a motion...

Public records

Correction A report in Sunday's Public Record incorrectly said Linda Jones, 59, of Mount Olive had been charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Mrs. Jones had reported to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office that someone had tried to pass...

Tommy's Road teacher honored

Tommy's Road Elementary School teacher Cathie Hooks has been awarded the 2005 NC Technology Educator Award. She was recognized in Greensboro recently at the North Carolina Educators Technology Conference luncheon. A fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Hooks won the award for the...

Detectives are biggest losers in challenge

A weight-loss challenge pitting five detectives from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office against five officers at the county jail ended with the detectives winning by a "slim" margin. The contest was the idea of Monika Barkley, a Wayne County woman...

Monday, December 12, 2005

Sunday morning crash

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Rescue, fire and sheriff's personnel tend to two people who were injured in a one-car wreck at 5:30 a.m. Sunday on Rosewood Road near N.C. 581. The driver, Santos Castro Manzanares, 29, and his passenger, Ama Melendez...

Holidays bringing more theft in county

As Wayne County citizens are rushing to buy Christmas and holiday presents and spreading good will, another group is also getting gifts -- but without paying for them. December is a busy month for shoplifters and thieves prowling the stores...

Driver identified in Saturday night crash

DUDLEY -- A driver who was killed Friday night when the car that he was driving slammed into a house at 2200 Emmaus Church Road was identified as Daniel Olvera Ruiz, 19, of 351 Ada Stroud Road, Seven Springs. Trooper...

Greenwood Middle School teen remains in serious condition

Carson Thomas, one of two Greenwood Middle School students injured Nov. 18, is in serious condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital, a spokesman said this morning. Thomas, 13, was hit by an oncoming sports utility vehicle at a crosswalk as he...

County banks plan annual blood collection competition

Wayne County banks compete every day for business -- now they will battle for blood for the Red Cross. The second annual Bank Blood Challenge will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Cross offices at...

Military hurricane victims find help at Seymour Johnson AFB

Just before Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi, Daniel and Roberta Grantham were forced to evacuate. Grantham, 53, a retired techincal sergeant in the Air Force, was living in Biloxi near Keesler Air Force Base. Having been stationed at Seymour Johnson in...

Town hall move not likely until January

SEVEN SPRINGS -- There will be no decision this month about when to move Town Hall off a hill above town. A Christmas party will replace the regular meeting of the Seven Springs Town Board this month, so no decision...

Red Cross honors blood volunteers

The American Red Cross's Wayne County chapter honored individuals, businesses and institutions last week for contributing to its blood-collection efforts during the year. Donors gave 6,300 units of blood in 2005, officials said. Awards were given not only to donors...

Public records

Robberies A woman resident and a woman motel clerk were robbed over the weekend by armed men, according to Goldsboro police reports. Shelly Janae Flanagan, 26, told officers that three men, dressed in black, entered through an unlocked back door...

Mt. Olive Pickle will drop again

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mt. Olive Pickle Company will hold its 7th Annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop on Dec. 31, at the stroke of 7 p.m. The event is held at that time, organizers said, because 7 p.m. Eastern Standard...

Mount Olive College will hand out 380 diplomas Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will graduate 380 students at its 52nd fall commencement on Saturday. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2 p.m. in Kornegay Arena. The commencement speaker will be Kim Quinn, president and owner of Prima Tech,...

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Convention center still possible

City and county officials say Wayne County needs a place for large gatherings and that a new convention center for the county is not out of the question -- or off the agenda. Lack of seating has already been a...

Seven Springs christens new veterans monument in town

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Members of the Seven Springs Historical Society honored heroes from two wars nearly 100 years apart on the town's Civil War battlesite Saturday. The stone monument will stand at Whitfield Cemetery and honor soldiers from both the...

Area man will face charge in '05 attack

A Dudley man has been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on a charge of attempted murder and four other men have been indicted in robbery cases. Dennis Cleveland Young, 23, of Athens Drive is accused by Goldsboro police...

Man runs from stop, dies when car hits house

From staff reports Investigators are looking into a Friday night crash that left an unidentified Hispanic man dead after he allegedly ran from a Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputy's traffic stop. Sheriff Carey Winders said Deputy Jason Hill was traveling...

Trees for county's needy children have plenty of names to choose

Christopher, 5, wants toy cars and trucks, while DaShonae, 7, would love to get a Barbie doll. Zsanequia would like a sewing machine, while JaThomas, 9, is hoping for sports items. These are just a few of the wishes Wayne...

Program will reward farmers for using conservation techniques on their land

Many farmers and landowners in eastern Wayne County will have a chance to benefit from a new conservation program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Conservation Security Program provides financial incentives, including cash payments, to farmers who practice...

Red Cross honors volunteers for their work with disasters

Dora Perry received one of the Red Cross' highest honors for disaster services at a recognition ceremony Thursday at the local chapter. She was presented the Mary Norwood Award for being the Wayne County chapter's volunteer of the year. "Dora...

Leadership Wayne County class learns about history, agribusiness

Members of the 2005-06 Class of Leadership Wayne County have learned about everything from their county's major historical spots to the role agribusiness plays in the local economy since beginning a series of educational sessions in October. Leadership Wayne County...

Travelers won't be home for this holiday

Instead of staying home in eastern North Carolina for the holidays, some local residents are traveling throughout the world for Christmas. Although many individuals traveling for the holidays planned their trips in April, Eileen Conekin, a travel agent with All...

WAGES honors local volunteers

WAGES Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program officials said thank you to nearly 200 volunteers for the contributions they made this year to Wayne County's seniors and children. The annual Christmas recognition luncheon was held Thursday in the O'Berry Center...

Kenansville board has questions about annexation proposal

KENANSVILLE -- The Kenansville Town Board wants to talk with the Duplin County commissioners about the proposed annexation of Duplin Commons. Kenansville Mayor Betty Long said the town board members want to discuss with county commissioners several issues they have...

Public Records

Robbery An unknown subject robbed a 50-year-old Goldsboro man at gunpoint as he was walking from his car to his house 11 p.m. Friday. Xi Fang said a black male in his 20s wearing a black jacket and gray pants...

Friday, December 9, 2005

A visit with St. Nicholas

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Evan Kornegay, 2, shares his Christmas list with Santa Claus at the Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro. Children all across Wayne County are busy putting together their wish lists for the Jolly Old Elf as they continue making...

School district still looking at form

A liability release form in Wayne County Public Schools is still under review, while a revised permission slip requiring health insurance seems to have squelched complaints, officials say. The controversial form regarding off-campus field trips came under fire in October,...

Troopers search for suspect in hit and run

MOUNT OLIVE -- Highway Patrol officials are looking for a yellow Dodge Neon they think might have been involved in the hit-and-run death of a Mount Olive area man. Adrian E. Jones, 83, was hit in the middle of the...

Aircraft parts manufacturer plus training center added at TransPark

KINSTON -- The Global TransPark continues to grow as Workhorse Aviation Manufacturing opened its doors Wednesday. Just down the road, Lenoir Community College's Eastern Region Advanced Machining Center held an inaugural ceremony. Both facilities are part of the North Carolina...

FFA chapter brings coats for children at elementary school

MOUNT OLIVE -- As temperatures dropped this week, members of the Mount Olive Collegiate Chapter of the Future Farmers of America helped warm up some students at Carver Elementary School. The chapter helped spread Christmas cheer early for 58 children...

Public records

Drug charges A 61-year-old Goldsboro man was arrested Thursday by authorities and charged with three drug offenses and other violations after a search of his home in the 500 block of East Mulberry Street. Willie James Bean was charged with...

Bradshaw pleads guilty

A Goldsboro teenager charged with swiping drugs from Wayne Memorial Hospital has pleaded guilty in Wayne County District Court to misdemeanor possession of marijuana in another case. Thomas A. Bradshaw II, 16, of Bradford Place was fined $35. Judge Rose...

Holiday events on tap this weekend and beyond

Several Wayne County historical groups are planning Christmas events and invite the public to attend. Waynesborough Christmas Waynesborough Historical Village will host "Christmas In The Village" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Musical groups, including the Wayco Ramblers, St. Luke...

Mount Olive sewer rates to increase

MOUNT OLIVE -- The new Mount Olive Town Board has reaffirmed the previous board's decision to raise sewer rates to help pay for a regional sewer system that also would serve residents of Calypso. Previous board members had agreed several...

City water service interruption scheduled

Officials announced today that water services will be interrupted for a portion of the city Monday so a water valve can be replaced. From 8 a.m. to noon Monday, residents in the 800 to 1400 blocks of George Street, 200...

Thursday, December 8, 2005

A little Christmas cheer

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Members of the Goldsboro Boys and Girls Choir, from left, Quincy Cunningham, Danielle Brown, Shelby Dupree, K'Tia Hudson, Nick Cunningham and Paul Cunningham sing Christmas songs for an audience at the Wayne Public Library Tuesday evening....

Counties 'most wanted' list

Wayne County Department of Social Services released its own "most wanted" poster this week, announcing the top 12 delinquent and absent parents being sought for non-payment of child support. A poster with information about each of the 12 was released...

Brown will answer charges in January for '04 murders

A Goldsboro man will go on trial in January in Wayne County Superior Court in connection with the murder of a man and woman on New Year's Day in 2004. Christopher Lee Brown, 21, of Forest Knolls Road was accused...

Ex-magistrate will serve probation on charge

Former magistrate Gilbert Owens has been placed on probation after pleading guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to possession of cocaine. Judge Jerry Braswell, who had appointed Owens to the magistrate's job, also ordered that Owens write a letter of...

Airman's family hopes for call from Korea under tree

Sherri Madrigal alternates driving her husband's big truck and her compact car to work each week. That way, his vehicle will be in good shape when he comes home, which she hopes will be soon. Her husband, Master Sgt. Rob...

Public records

House fire Unattended cooking was blamed Wednesday night for a fire that caused about $16,000 in damages to a house at 1013 Greenleaf St., a Goldsboro fire official said. Assistant Chief Gary Whaley said a resident had left a pot...

Mount Olive Chamber will choose new chief

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce has bought out the new president's contract after only four months. The chamber announced Wednesday that its executive committee "exercised its option to not renew the annual contract for Kelley...

Freezing rain, sleet different but dangerous

Ice falling in the form of freezing rain is particularly dangerous and poses a variety of problems. Freezing rain occurs when the atmosphere is right at freezing and way too warm to produce snow or sleet. Freezing rain falls as...

WATCH receives $41,900 grant

Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, known as WATCH, has received a $41,900 community health grant from the state for the coming year, the board of directors learned Wednesday. Sissy Lee-Elmore, WATCH director, said that the state had allocated $7...

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

A candlelight tradition in Pikeville

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Emily Gates, left, Nathaniel Hartsell and Kayla Hartsell act out a shadow play with cardboard likenesses of farm animals during the annual Christmas candlelight tour of Charles B. Aycock's birthplace in Pikeville Tuesday night. The annual tour...

Consultant could cost $120,000

In a first step toward resolving concerns about the state of the county's schools and the budget, the Wayne County commissioners approved a consultant's plan to conduct a financial and facilities review for the school board at a cost of...

Second man charged in bank robbery

MOUNT OLIVE -- A second man has been arrested in connection with Friday's armed robbery at Peoples National Bank on Center Street. Charles Harvey Faison, of 118 Oak St., Dudley, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of robbery...

Duplin officials say county needs more space for court proceedings

KENANSVILLE -- District Attorney Dewey Hudson will have 900 cases of traffic tickets to deal with Friday at the Duplin County Courthouse and he is a little worried. "It's not safe in a small courtroom," he said. "It's a nightmare...

Charles B. Aycock birthplace Christmas tours

Continuing a tradition of almost 30 years, Christmas tours by Candlelight are taking place at Charles B. Aycock Birthplace. About 300 people attended Tuesday night. The tours will continue Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9. The candle-lit path will take...

Fund set up for donations to Paramount

It has been nearly 10 months since the Paramount Theater burned down, and officials say now is the time to begin raising money for its reconstruction. Tuesday, the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation introduced a way to do just that, by...

Local dealership to help family for Christmas

They might not have chubby stomachs, rosy red cheeks or long, white beards, but the employees at Frema Motors are trying hard to play Santa this year. Until Dec. 15, the dealership will give needy families countywide a shot at...

Public records

Quick response by firemen stops dangerous blaze A quick response by firefighters from four departments on Tuesday night stopped a potentially dangerous blaze from spreading and causing enormous damage at the GAF plant at 400 Old Mount Olive Road. Two...

Zettie Williams elected Duplin board chairman

KENANSVILLE -- Zettie Williams was elected chairman of the Duplin County Board of Commissioners at the board's meeting Monday. Arliss Albertson was chosen vice chairman. Both votes were unanimous. Outgoing chairman Reginald Wells said he was more than ready to...

More wrecks on wet city streets

Goldsboro police investigated 15 traffic collisions Monday on rain-slickened streets, but officers reported that none resulted from the weather. Four wrecks involved personal injury or high property damages. They included: *Damages were estimated at $7,250 in a four-vehicle collision at...

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Fewer people answering the bell this year

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Angela Lloyd rings the bell for The Salvation Army at Sam's Club on Monday afternoon. Ms. Lloyd said this is the first year she has volunteered and that she is doing so to help the victims of...

Police target speeders near school

After two 13-year-old eighth-graders were struck by a sport utility vehicle and critically injured, a Goldsboro police officer has been assigned to work the crosswalk between Meadow Lane Elementary and Greenwood Middle schools. Police Maj. M.D. Hopper, who supervises the...

Driver's identity released by lawyer

Luis Delgado Jesus, 23, is really Wilder Fidelmar Alvarado Mejia, 20, his attorney announced in a press release Monday. Mejia was arrested Nov. 18 after allegedly running a red light and hitting two boys with a sports utility vehicle outside...

Local Salvation Army kettles are a little bare this Christmas

The Salvation Army's kettle campaign is in trouble. "Our kettles are running behind last year," said Maj. Andrew Wiley, local Salvation Army commander. This year's kettle campaign goal is $70,000. But the Salvation Army has barely topped $12,000, Wiley said....

Airman receives Bronze Star for courage in battle

Military authorities say Senior Airman Justin Frewin is a hero. Frewin, 24, said he was just doing his job when he helped save a comrade's life during an ambush in Iraq last year. The Air Force recognized Frewin's actions Nov....

Farmers say the cotton crop is good

This year's cotton harvest might not set any records, but farmers and agriculture officials say it is turning out to be a good crop. "We might not have a record year, but the fact that we're picking above-average cotton is...

Students create cards for airmen who will spend holiday at Seymour Johnson

Students in four Wayne County Public Schools started their Christmas card lists early this year, in hopes of making the holidays a little brighter for airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. During the month of November, first-graders from Rosewood,...

Public records

Sixth teen charged in vehicle break-ins A sixth Wayne County teenager was arrested Monday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with five felony offenses in connection with vehicle break-ins in Fremont, Eureka and Rosewood. Matthew Lavonne Brantley, 18,...

Two charged during 'Booze It and Lose It'

Two motorists were charged by Goldsboro police with driving while impaired during the third reporting period of the winter "Booze It and Lose It" campaign against drunken drivers. Police held two checkpoints and eight saturation and random patrols during the...

Princeton Town Board denies rezoning requests

PRINCETON -- The Princeton town board has approved changes in its zoning ordinance to comply with state requirements. The board also refused to rezone two small parcels after hearing arguments from the landowners. Bobby Parker asked the board during Monday...

Pikeville votes to go back to twice-weekly trash collection

The Pikeville Town Board decided Monday to restart twice-weekly garbage pickup for the town. In September, commissioners voted to cut back garbage pickup to once weekly in light of fuel cost considerations. Pikeville's new sewer plant should be in operation...

Eureka parade to be held Sunday

Eureka's annual Christmas parade will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. Entries will line up, starting at 2 p.m. on Davis Street. The parade route will go down Church Street, West Main, back onto Church Street, and East Main Street....

Calypso board members sworn in

CALYPSO -- Members of the Calypso Town Board of Commissioners took the oath of office Monday night at Town Hall. Former town board member Greg Day is mayor and newly-elected town commissioner Alan Story is mayor pro tem. Other town...

Board members sworn in

PRINCETON -- New town Commissioner Billy Sutton and incumbent David Starling were sworn in Monday night for four-year terms on the Princeton town board. Mayor Don Rains also was sworn in for a third two-year term. Johnston County Clerk of...

Monday, December 5, 2005

New City Hall

News-Argus/Kenneth Fine The new Goldsboro City Hall is expected to be completed by February. After that, work will begin on Phase II of the project, which will involve the current City Hall annex. For more information see New City...

GMS student upgraded to serious at Pitt

Carson Thomas, one of two Greenwood Middle School students hospitalized Nov. 18 after being hit by a sports utility vehicle, was upgraded to serious condition Sunday, a spokesman for Pitt Memorial said. Thomas, 13, was injured when the driver of...

New City Hall expected to be done by February

From one of the large windows recently installed in Goldsboro's new City Hall, passers-by can catch a view of the existing facility -- right next door. Goldsboro city employees have been waiting nine months for their new offices to be...

Mount Olive police nab robbery suspect

MOUNT OLIVE -- A suspect has been arrested in connection with the robbery of Peoples National Bank in Mount Olive, Police Chief Emmett Ballree said today. Raymond Lemuel Cheadle III, of 921 W. Oak St., Goldsboro, is being held in...

Schools will try to find funds for raises

Gov. Mike Easley's plan to bring public school teachers' salaries up to the national average means local school systems will foot the bill for the raise. Local officials say they will have until next fall to figure out how to...

Griffin will take on Pate for N.C. legislature

Leadership skills earned through nearly 40 years in the military would make him a good state representative, retired Brig. Gen. Ronnie Griffin says. Griffin, a Democrat, announced last week that he will run for the District 11 seat in...

Public records

Man shot down; another robbed Two Goldsboro men were injured in separate weekend assault, according to Goldsboro police reports. James Lee Croom, 23, was shot several times at 8:55 p.m. as he stood outside of a convenience store at South...

Pikeville Christmas Parade

The unseasonably warm weather could not melt the Christmas spirit Sunday at Pikeville's first Christmas parade. Hundreds of residents gathered along Main and Railroad streets to celebrate the season. Float riders representing clubs, fire departments, church youth groups and local...

Sunday, December 4, 2005

Photographs of bank robber released

MOUNT OLIVE -- Police officials are optimistic that photographs of a robbery suspect who robbed Peoples National Bank on Thursday will expedite his arrest. As of Saturday night, Mount Olive police were investigating tips and leads from the community, said...

Assistance for heating bills harder to find

The cost of keeping warm has risen over the past year. Some Wayne County people will get some help with their heating bills, but for others it may mean making a choice between food, medication and heat. There are several...

Santa arrives for party in an F-15E

On Christmas Eve, don't be surprised if you hear a sonic boom overhead. Santa Claus is traveling in a new aircraft, one that has a few more horsepower than Rudolph and his reindeer kin. Santa arrived Saturday on Seymour Johnson...

Goldsboro Christmas parade held Saturday

Ricardo Owens of Goldsboro positioned his family in their own front-row seats on Center Street for Saturday afternoon's Golds-boro Christmas parade. Seated in fold-up chairs and huddled under a blanket while wearing hats, gloves, and heavy coats waiting for the...

Pilot recounts recounts plane crash

Only 600 feet above the ground, Kent Larsen of Pikeville could only wait for the inevitable to occur. In the distance, the New Bern Airport runway was awaiting his approach. However, after losing the engine in his Cessna aircraft, Larsen's...

Duplin hopes to have new superintendent by March 31

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County school system should have a new superintendent by March 31. Retiring superintendent Tommy Benson has agreed to stay on and help the new superintendent through the transition. Response to the search committee's advertising has been...

Ceremony will commemorate Battle of Whitehall

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A memorial service commemorating the 143rd anniversary of the Battle of Whitehall will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Whitfield Cemetery on River Street in Seven Springs. The Seven Springs Historical Society has renamed the...

Wayne Memorial Hospital wins awards

Wayne Memorial Hospital has received three gold and three silver awards for excellence in marketing and communications. The "Wallie Awards" were presented during the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society annual conference in Asheville last month. The number of...

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...

Unattended cooking blamed for house fire

Unattended cooking was blamed Thursday night for a kitchen fire that caused about $25,000 in damages to a home at 305 Lorease Drive near Dudley, fire officials said Friday. "They had left something on the stove, went to do something...

Students to present Choral Showcase Tuesday, Thursday

Wayne County Public Schools' students will ring in the holidays at the annual Choral Showcase, planned for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The annual holiday showcase began in 2003 with 12 schools participating. This year the showcase has grown to 20...

Student news

Katherine Roethling, a student at St. Mary Catholic School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. She will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11-17, 2006, to earn high school credit...

Public record

Larceny Sidney Vernon Champion, 30, Fields Drive, Pikeville, was arrested on Friday by investigators Mike Moore and Mike Horstmann from the Goldsboro Police Department and charged with larceny by employee. He is accused of taking money from his former employer....

Military news

Sgt. William Rich, formerly of Wayne County, was awarded the Purple Heart by Lt. Col. Elmontenal C. Allens during a recent ceremony at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond, Va. Sgt. Rich was injured on Aug. 23 when...

Lost tobacco income subject of workshop in Kenansville

KENANSVILLE -- The public is invited to attend a workshop on how to apply for a grant to help replace lost tobacco income. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Duplin County Agricultural Service Center at...

Family Y program gives to families

The Goldsboro Family YMCA is doing its part to ensure families have a special Christmas this year. Since 2000, the Y's Men program has given away more than $37,000 worth of gifts and food at holiday time, said Kriquette Davis,...

Wayne County District Court

These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Mark William Reynolds, 34, Fayetteville, assault on a female, not guilty. *Kevin Devon Wells, 29, Garner Court, Mount Olive, driving while impaired, 24 months. *Sean Walter O'Brien, 34, Nahunta Road,...

Crime Watch reorganized in Elmore Street area

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Unity Heights Community Crime Watch Association is cleaning up the streets in more ways than one in the Elmore Street area of Mount Olive. Members have been cleaning up litter as part of a new beautification...

Board to pick chairman, vice chairman

Wayne County Commis-sioners will decide upon a new chairman and vice-chairman during Tuesday's board meeting at 9 a.m. in the Commissioner's meeting room of the Wayne County Courthouse Annex. J.D. Evans has been chairman and Atlas Price vice chairman the...

Friday, December 2, 2005

AIDS Day march

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Ann Rowe, right, marches at the front of the line followed by Rharon Richardson, left, and Rodney Wilson as they turn onto Mulberry from Center Street during the annual World AIDS Day march Thursday night. For more...

Bank location robbed ... again

MOUNT OLIVE -- Authorities are searching for a man who robbed the Peoples National Bank on North Center Street in Mount Olive about 3 p.m. Thursday. Tellers described the suspect as a black man, 6 feet tall, wearing black pants...

Eureka has new leaders, old issues

Eureka has a whole new slate of leaders today, even if they didn't actually put their names on a ballot or make any campaign speeches. Randy Bass handed over the gavel as Stephen Howell became the mayor of Eureka Thursday...

Candlelight vigil pays tribute to those who live, die with AIDS

About 30 people, flickering candles in hand, walked quietly through the side streets of Goldsboro Thursday evening in honor of World AIDS Day. They had gathered at city hall, then marched down Mulberry Street, escorted by a Goldsboro police car....

Cherry director starts job with birthday

Thursday was a big day for Jack St. Clair. The new director at Cherry Hospital started his new job and celebrated his birthday on the same day. St. Clair, the former director of Eastpointe Mental Health Services, turned 55 He...

Public records

Building fire An oven caught fire Thursday night at Uchiyama America at 494 Arrington Bridge Road, causing about $30,000 in damages, a fire official said. The room was filled with smoke from burning rubber, and the building had to be...

Ford appointed to state community college board

RALEIGH -- Jimmie E. Ford has been appointed to the state Board of Community Colleges by Gov. Mike Easley . Ford, a former member of the state House and the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, is a retired associate vice...

Fallin takes job as 916th's new commander

The 916th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has a new vice commander. Col. Philip S. Fallin will replace outgoing Vice Commander Col. J.P. Hall, who will serve as a special assistant to the commander before retiring...

Clarification: O'Berry parade to be held on Saturday

O'Berry Center will have its own version of a holiday parade on Saturday, featuring the Goldwings motorcycle club starting at 11 a.m. Several hundred motorcyclists from the eastern part of the state plan to attend the annual event, bringing presents...

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Living with AIDS

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Alton Vinson talks about what his life has been like since being diagnosed with AIDS. For more information see Putting a face on AIDS....

Driver will face felony counts

Two felony counts have been filed against the man who allegedly struck two boys with a sports utility vehicle across from Greenwood Middle School Nov. 18 as questions about his identity continue. "Luis Delgado Jesus," was charged today with two...

Ex-trooper pleads 'no contest' to DWI charge

A former supervisor of the Wayne County district of the Highway Patrol pleaded no contest Monday to a charge of driving while impaired in Wayne County Superior Court. But J. Douglas Booth contends that his arrest a year ago was...

Dad sentenced to prison time for child's death

A 37-year-old man from Dudley was sentenced Wednesday to about 10 to 12 years in prison for the beating death of his 5-month-old daughter. Timothy R. Carmon of Outlaw Road pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to second-degree murder....

Morning fire destroys local family's home

A treasured family Bible was one of the few items left undamaged after fire nearly destroyed a house at 1002 S. Slocumb St. on Wednesday. Phyllis Warren said family members were amazed to find the book intact after firefighters extinguished...

Putting a face on AIDS

When Alton Vinson was diagnosed with HIV, he expected he would only live two more years. That was 12 years ago. But then, five years ago, he found out what had been HIV had turned to AIDS. "It was devastating"...

Churches mark holiday with first Advent service

Wayne County residents officially welcomed the Christmas season with the first of four community Advent services Wednesday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church on Denmark Street. About a hundred people gathered for the noon service, which was led by the Revs....

Chick-fil-A opens a stand-alone restaurant here

The new free-standing Chick-fil-A restaurant on North Berkeley Boulevard opened for business today with more than a hundred people waiting for promotional coupons that guaranteed free meals for a year. Owner-operator Russell Wade said the crowd that began assembling outside...

Public records

Trio is charged in car break-ins Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday by Goldsboro police and charged with multiple offenses in connection with numerous vehicle break-ins in the Mimosa Park and Maplewood subdivisions. Christopher Mark Tadlock, 19, of Old Black Creek...

O'Berry Center enters celebration mode this month

O'Berry Center is getting into the holiday spirit this month, with parties and entertainment planned through Christmas. The O'Berry staff hopes to take advantage of the holidays to encourage the public to get involved in the programs at the facility....

Cherry parade correction

The Cherry Hospital Christmas Parade will be held at 3:45 p.m. Friday. On Saturday morning at O'Berry Center, the Goldwings motorcycle parade will begin at 11. The public is invited to both events....