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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Shut down

News-Argus/Jack Stephens Smitty's, a bar at N.C. 903 and Davis-Hardy Road, just east of Seven Springs, has been closed under the nuisance abatement law after numerous complaints to authorities. Last year, a Wayne County man was killed and another...

Officials shut down another bar

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A Lenoir County nightclub where a Mount Olive man was killed last year has been closed after the owner agreed to surrender his alcohol license. Johnny Harrison Smith Jr. signed a consent judgment in Lenoir County Superior...

Man dies after head-on crash on NC 55

MOUNT OLIVE -- A man was killed Tuesday night in a head-on collision on N.C. 55, the Highway Patrol said. The identity of the victim had not been released, because troopers had not located his relatives at mid-morning. An oncoming...

Man arrested after 100 mph chase on US 117

A 19-year-old man from Wilmington was arrested before dawn today by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with numerous vehicle offenses after a chase that reached speeds of about 100 mph and at times on the wrong side of...

Vigil reminds county to protect children

Two-month-old Kalandra died when she was hit on the head. One-year-old Malachi lost his life after he was hit in the stomach. Newborn Baby Vasquez died from being neglected after he was born. Members of the For the Children Council...

Commission audit reports fund balance is increasing

Auditors told the Wayne County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the county's fund balance has continued to increase over the past three years. Nancy Brashear, of Nunn Brashear and Co., told commissioners that in 2004, the fund balance represented...

Starling files to challenge for LaRoque's District 10 seat

Republican Willie Ray Starling announced this week he will file for the District 10 seat in the state House held by fellow Republican Steven LaRoque of Kinston. Starling, who has unsuccessfully run for the House previously, said many voters in...

Duplin honors former commission member

KENANSVILLE -- The late Wilbur Hussey was honored by the Duplin County business community Tuesday during the 19th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon held by the county Economic Development Commission. Bob Johnson, chief executive officer of Nash Johnson Group, also was...

Commissioners approve increased benefits for employees on active duty

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday stating the their support for county employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves. The resolution calls on the county to assist employees who are called to active duty...

Schools to destroy some records

On March 1, Wayne County Public Schools will begin destruction of records for all students categorized as "Exceptional Children," "Special Education Students," and "Students with Disabilities" born before Sept. 1, 1979 who attended Wayne County Public Schools or the former...

Public records

Defendant's bond hiked to $1 million A secured bond for a man charged with two felony drug offenses has been increased to $1 million after a bond hearing in Wayne County District Court. Deleak Curtis Lofton Jr., 25, of Bladestone...