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Friday, June 30, 2006

Hitting the Highways - Travelers gear up for the holiday

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards Lisa Williams seems a little taken aback by what she sees as she fills up her tank at the Trade-Wilco station on Ash Street Thursday afternoon. But she said the high price of gasoline will have no...

On the road again ...

Gasoline prices nearing $3 a gallon haven't stalled Fourth of July travel plans for many Wayne County residents. Most of the people interviewed Thursday and today said they don't intend to let the high cost of fuel prevent them from...

Rivals try to keep voters' attention

A protest filed in the Republican primary for the District 10 seat in the state House will be heard July 12 by the state Board of Elections. In the meantime, the two candidates involved have been trying to keep their...

Museum gets a break from yard chores

Wayne County officials plan to cut the county museum's grass this year instead of cutting it a big check. Museum leaders, concerned over its financial stability, have been assured by the county that it will help maintain the building and...

Preliminary work begins on Wal-Mart site in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Work is under way at a proposed Wal-Mart site on N.C. 55, northwest of downtown Mount Olive. Wal-Mart officials have not said officially that they are planning to build a store on the site, but they have...

Officers watching for holiday revelry that goes too far

As Wayne County residents plan Fourth of July holiday vacations, law-enforcement agencies are getting ready for something else -- the annual statewide "Booze It and Lose It" campaign against drunken drivers. Goldsboro police, the N.C. Highway Patrol and the Wayne...

This pirate helped reel in Tall Ships

BEAUFORT -- The Tall Ships are coming -- and the credit belongs in part to a little Michigan farm boy who never outgrew his fantasy to be a pirate. Today he is known to seafaring people along the North and...

'No parrot for you, Sinbad'

In his younger days as Beaufort's resident "pirate-privateer," Capt. Horatio Sinbad felt he needed one more thing -- a parrot. And retired Coast Guard Commander John MacCormack, who was donating his time to the Maritime Museum, had a parrot. It's...

Tobacco in need of nitrogen, experts say

The county's recent rains could require farmers to add more fertilizer to crops. Tobacco growers will need to add more nitrogen to head off yellowing in fields, crop agent Kevin Johnson of Cooperative Extension said. Once the crop yellows, it...

Public records

Man charged in 3 break-ins Goldsboro police on Thursday arrested a 34-year-old Goldsboro man and charged him in connection with three reent break-ins in the city. Mark Anthony Walker of Duffy Drive was charged with three counts each of breaking...

Duplin tax correction

The tax rate for Duplin County residents will increase from 77 to 80.5 cents per $100 worth of property on July 1, not 81.5 cents as was reported in Thursday's edition....

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ready For Shucking - Sweet corn patrol

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Donnie Best, left, his brother, Lonnie, and Lonnie's wife, Mary, recently spent the afternoon shucking corn at their home on Old Grantham School Road. The family was getting ears prepared to freeze. This will be a good...

Memorials set for SJAFB officer

Two days after a fatal one-car wreck on Beston Road, the identity of the driver has been confirmed by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Today, base personnel and family members are mourning the death of Lt. Col. Brenda Irwin, 46,...

Spending plan done for Wayne

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved a budget for 2006-07 during a special session today. The budget was approved unanimously with little discussion and only a few last-minute changes. The budget keeps the same tax rate as this year,...

Duplin passes budget; taxes up

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Commissioners approved a budget Wednesday that raises the county's property tax rate by 3.5 cents for 2006-07. The new tax rate is 81.5 cents per $100 worth of taxable property. The budget dips into county reserves...

Carver High Alumni gather this weekend

MOUNT OLIVE -- Carver High School Alumni and Friends Association will celebrate its 24th annual reunion this weekend, with a number of events planned between Thursday and Sunday. The high school, now Southern Academy in Mount Olive, had its last...

Pikeville Fourth of July celebration Saturday

Pikeville will continue a summer tradition Saturday with the town's ninth annual Independence Day Festival at Pikeville Park. Sponsored by the Pikeville Lions Club, the event includes a 5K run, inflatables for children and performances by the Country Roads Band...

Public records

Couple charged A couple from Carraway Creek Drive near Dudley was arrested Wednesday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with numerous felony offenses in connection with the theft of checks. Tracy Michelle Whitfield, 38, was charged with 11...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Water-logged

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit A tobacco field beside Capps Bridge Road has water standing between the rows. For more information see Not all crops handled rain well....

Andrew Corp. pulls out of Wayne

Andrew Corp. will keep its operations in Smithfield instead of building a new facility in Wayne County, company officials announced Tuesday. Economic Development Corp. president Joanna Thompson said the decision was made for business reasons. Andrew Corp., which manufactures satellite...

Not all crops handled rain well

Farmers in Wayne and surrounding counties say the recent heavy rains have been a mixed blessing. Crops were in desperate need of water, but the downpours that flooded some fields have forced many farmers to bide their time as weeds...

Sheriff: Deaths murder-suicide

KENANSVILLE -- The deaths of a Duplin County husband and wife have been ruled a murder-suicide by county law enforcement officers. Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said Leamon Loftin, 74, apparently shot his wife, Alma Lucille Loftin, 68, before killing...

County will talk about budget

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners plan to work out the final details of the 2006-07 county budget during a work session Thursday morning. Some of the last-minute changes would benefit the public school system and the Health Department. The...

Pikeville board OKs increases in sewer, water rates for 2006-07

PIKEVILLE -- The Pikeville Town Board of Commissioners approved a budget for 2006-07 on Tuesday that raises sewer and water rates. The vote came after a public hearing attended by about 50 residents. Town Administrator Bob Buchanan said for a...

SBI report not in yet on Duplin EMS

KENANSVILLE -- County officials are waiting for the results of a State Bureau of Investigation report before determining if anyone will be charged in connection with alleged antitrust violations involving Duplin County Emergency Medical Services. The SBI investigation centers around...

Officers: Residents should be wary of request

Several Wayne County residents have been approached by a white man who was carrying an infant and asking for gas, according to reports filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. They believe the requests are false and are asking the...

Waynesborough officers installed

The Old Waynesborough Commission's membership unanimously approved a new slate of officers during their quarterly meeting Monday and laid the final plans for the Summerfest to be held next weekend. The new president, Bill Kemp, presented a mahogany gavel to...

Public records

House fire PIKEVILLE -- Unattended cooking was blamed Monday for a fire that heavily damaged a home at 398 Mount Carmel Church Road near Pikeville, a fire official said Tuesday. The woman resident "had walked out of the house to...

Kinston police seek murder suspects

KINSTON -- Kinston police are seeking information on the location of three men wanted for the murders of two people on Friday. Derek Level "Twin" Suggs, 21, Milton Lee "Chub" Jones, 27, both of Kinston, and Keith Wayne "Boom" Bryant...

Fremont officials say Crime Watch program could cut illegal activities

FREMONT -- Rekindling a Community Crime Watch program could assist the three-man Fremont Police Department in reducing drugs and other crimes in the northern Wayne County town, officials say. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie on Tuesday night proposed a new Crime...

Fremont limits number of pets permitted in homes

FREMONT -- Fremont residents no longer will be allowed to have large numbers of dogs and cats in their home. The Town Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night amended its animal control ordinance by reducing the number of pets to...

Police to hold Child Safety Day at Verizon on Thursday

The Goldsboro Police Department and Verizon Wireless will hold a "Child Safety Day" Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon at the new Verizon store at 1202-B North Berkeley Blvd. Participants will receive free child identification kits that include finger printing...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Accident on South Beston Road

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Wayne County post Trooper Benny Grady investigates the scene of a crash this morning on South Beston Road, about a mile and a half south of U.S. 70. The driver of the vehicle was ejected and died...

Driver ejected, killed in one-car crash

An officer from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was killed this morning when her car ran off Beston Road near its intersection with Pointe Drive. Air Force officials asked that the victim's name be withheld pending the notification of the...

Three teens arrested in armed robbery

Three teenagers were arrested Monday night by Goldsboro police 20 minutes after an armed robbery of the Big Lots store at 1308 W. Grantham St. in the Little River Shopping Center. Police also recovered a firearm that was used in...

City cancels meeting with neighbors

The neighborhood meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The third in a series of city-sponsored neighborhood meetings designed to give residents the chance to talk to city officials was to have taken place in the area of Teakwood and...

Rain, rain might not go away in Wayne

Wayne County and surrounding areas were under a flash flood watch today as forecasts called for more rain. The county received about 2.76 inches of rain Monday, giving Wayne a total of more than 10 inches in June. Heavy rains...

City shows off new offices

Jim Howe ran his fingers along the wall as he approached Mayor Al King's new office. When he reached the vaulted entrance and took a first look inside, his eyes lit up. "This is a dignified place," he said, pointing...

Local inventor's solutions used throughout Armed Forces

Ed York doesn't see problems. York, 65, a former oil company executive, has been seeing solutions where other people see problems for years. His inventive mind has come up with a number of patented devices that have been snapped up...

Public records

Alert citizen helps deputies arrest 2 after break-in An alert citizen followed a suspect car Monday after a residential break-in on Pikeville-Princeton Road and called in the information, helping lead authorities to arrest a man and a woman suspected in...

Center Street Jam Thursday

The band Mardi Gras will provide the entertainment at this week's Center Street Jam, sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp., and BB&T. The party will be held Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Residents are urged to bring their lawn...

Auditor -- Spend surplus wisely

As North Carolina legislators consider how to spend the state's $2.4 billion surplus, state Auditor Les Merritt told a group at the Wayne County Republican Headquarters Monday night that legislators should remember that every penny belongs to taxpayers -- and...

Monday, June 26, 2006

Pickle truck crash - Driver, passenger walk away

News-Argus/Bobby Williams A tractor-trailor loaded with Mt. Olive Pickle Co. pickles wrecked Sunday about 3 p.m. on N.C. 55 west of Mount Olive. A state Highway Patrol report on the accident was unavailable today. Witnesses said the driver and...

Three die in crash near county line

NEWTON GROVE -- Three Wayne County residents died Sunday afternoon when the driver lost control of the truck they were riding in and struck another vehicle near Newton Grove, officials said. The passengers, Heather Marie Tucker, 22, of Mobile Circle...

Princeton has more plans for new park

PRINCETON -- Princeton held a grand opening Saturday for its new Ray M. Floors Community Park. The park sits on 4.3 acres on Holts Pond Road, and features two playgrounds, a walking trail and a picnic area. The park is...

Lottery takes some explaining

Playing the lottery is not simply a matter of coming in, marking numbers and walking away with a prize-winning ticket, lottery retailers say. Instead, some store clerks say they are spending time educating new customers on not only the choice...

New bidding process saving county money

A new bidding process for companies competing for service contracts with Wayne County could save the county an estimated $120,000 over the next four years, county officials said. A reverse auction process creates a more competitive environment, said county leaders,...

Public records

Woman shot A 58-year-old Goldsboro woman was wounded Sunday in a predawn shooting in the Pinewood Square parking lot in the 1000 block of North Spence Avenue, Goldsboro police reported. Earmalene B. Larry, a Wal-Mart employee, was taken to Wayne...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Wayne officials ponder bonds for schools

Wayne County Commissioners and members of the county Board of Education are pondering the idea of selling bonds to raise money for school construction but have not commited themselves to that financing method. Commissioners have the authority to place the...

Recycling center worker robbed

A Eureka recycling center employee was robbed at gunpoint at about 1 p.m. Thursday by two men in a black Chevrolet station wagon, Wayne County Sheriff's Office Capt. George Raecher said. William Dail, the employee who was robbed, said he...

City Council to hold neighborhood meeting Tuesday

Residents in another city block will get the chance to voice their concerns Tuesday as City Council members, department heads and staff take to Teakwood and Mimosa Park for the third in a series of city-sponsored neighborhood meetings. Assistant City...

City Hall open house Monday

Now that Goldsboro's new City Hall is furnished and fully operational, officials say it is time to put their $4.7 million investment on display -- and they will, Monday. City Council members and distinguished guests will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony...

Duplin Correctional Center gets chapel

KENANSVILLE -- Going to the chapel took on a whole new meaning in Duplin County this week. In this case, it was the chapel that "got going." A funeral chapel from Rose Hill has a new home -- at the...

MOC career counselor retires

MOUNT OLIVE -- After 22 years of guiding fledgling college students toward a career, Linda Greenwood finds herself retiring from hers. Since being hired as director of counseling services at Mount Olive College in June 1984, she has had four...

Mount Olive planning big Fourth of July

From staff reports Wayne and Duplin county residents, along with those in neighboring communities, are invited to join residents of the town of Mount Olive at the town's annual Fourth of July celebration at Westbrook Park off North Breazeale Avenue....

Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Joshua Hopkins, 22, Washington Court, misdemeanor larceny, not guilty. *Chad Lee Daughtry, 33, Fields, Road, Pikeville, misdemeanor assault on a female, not guilty. *Ronnie Lee Hall,...

Public Record

Investigations These incidents are being investigated by Goldsboro and Wayne County law enforcement officers: *On Wednesday, agents from the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms discovered three firearms missing from Neuse River Gun & Pawn at 2339-C U.S. 117...

District Court

Wayne County District Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Quenton Lamont Battle, 35, Hare Road, assault on a female, stalking and harassing phone call, not guilty. *Gloria Ann Foust, 27, West New Hope Road, assault...

Friday, June 23, 2006

Deaths discovered

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit The bodies of Leamon and Alma Loftin were discovered by a neighbor at their home on Caswell Moore Lane in Faison Thursday. An investigation is continuing into the deaths. For more information see Two found dead in...

Two found dead in Duplin home

FAISON -- The bodies of a husband and wife were found Thursday in their home near Faison by a neighbor. Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace would not comment today on the deaths of Leamon Loftin, 74, and Alma Lucille Loftin,...

Beware bear venturing into city

Keep your eyes peeled and your picnic baskets secure -- and please, don't feed the wildlife. A black bear was spotted twice Thursday inside the Goldsboro city limits, and police officials said residents should be on the lookout for the...

7 county schools will get new leaders this fall

Seven public schools in Wayne County will have new principals next year as the result of the school system's annual reorganization, officials announced. One principal will also move to the district's central office. Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor also announced the...

Small businesses honored at banquet

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce honored the small businesses that form the backbone of the county's economy at its 11th Annual Small Business Awards ceremony Thursday evening. About 70 small business owners and employees gathered at the Comfort Suites...

Public record

Investigations The following incidents are being investigated by Goldsboro and Wayne County law enforcement: *A woman told police that she was beaten and stabbed multiple times by a man Thursday. Police are looking for the man on charges of the...

Princeton property tax rate won't increase

PRINCETON -- Princeton residents will not be paying a higher property tax rate in the coming year. The Princeton Town Board of Commissioners scrapped a proposed two-cent increase this week. The board made the change, even though no one attended...

Winners of abstinence essay contest named

Three teenagers were named the winners of the Wayne County Health Department's fourth annual abstinence essay contest this week. More than 125 essays were submitted, nearly twice as many as last year, said health educator Kristin Tri, who announced the...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stormy Weather - Quick rain leaves damage

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber David Farmer removes a tree branch from the middle of George Street after winds in Wednesday's storm blew it off one of the trees lining the street. For more information see A flash and then gone ......

A flash and then gone ... storm downs trees, knocks out power

Thunderstorms crossing Wayne County Wednesday afternoon downed trees, cut utility lines and flooded some roadways. No injuries were reported. Goldsboro General Services Director Joe Sawyer said his crews responded to 12 incidents on city streets, including downed trees and limbs....

River levels starting to recede

The Neuse River at Goldsboro was slowly beginning to recede today after cresting Wednesday at just over 20 feet. High water was reported at Seven Springs, 10 miles farther downstream, but officials said they do not expect the river to...

Charges are filed in crash

The state Highway Patrol has charged Otoniel Manuel Lopez-Perez, 27, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and a left-of-center violation in connection with the death of a Goldsboro woman on Tuesday morning. Monique Olivieri, 40, of 201 Crescent Drive, was...

Fremont residents say crime is out of control

FREMONT -- Fremont residents told town council members this week that illegal drug activity, public drinking, littering and noisy youths wandering the streets late at night have become problems the town must address. Ten residents spoke at the town board's...

District has sent Goldsboro High proposal to state

Officials in Wayne County Public Schools say they have sent the state a list of specific steps and strategies designed to improve student performance at Goldsboro High School. The announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Mike Easley's recommendations last...

Officials still investigating Duplin EMS

No decision has been made as to whether criminal charges will be filed in an investigation of Duplin County Emergency Medical Services, Assistant District Attorney Mike Maultsby said today. District Attorney Dewey Hudson has been reviewing evidence of possible antitrust...

Wayne County dental clinic losing money

The Wayne County Health Department is losing money on its dental clinic, prompting the county Board of Health to approve policy changes Wednesday to expand the sliding fee scale. Health Director James Roosen said the dental clinic lacks the money...

Wayne Community College, James Sprunt rated high by state

Wayne Community College is among 36 community colleges in the state to earn a superior performance ranking, based on the 2004-2005 school year. It has earned the ranking for five of the six years that the measure has been used....

Public records

Stolen jewelry Someone broke into a house on the 1100 block of N. James Street Wednesday by breaking in through a door. Barbara Thompson told police officers that the suspect stole two diamond rings valued at $500 each, a $400...

Property issues brought up at City Council meeting

A request from a Goldsboro property owner was among the agenda items on a short docket Monday for the Goldsboro City Counci. John Harper Jr., a Virginia resident, spoke to the council about property he owns in the city, located...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Starbase

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Weapons Systems Officer Capt. Reggie Ramsey of the 336th Fighter Squadron, talks to Starbase student Hannah Neiman from Tommy's Road Elementary during an F-15E Strike Eagle simulation at the Donnie R. Holland building at Seymour Johnson Air...

County might ask to wait to add nurse

Wayne County's Board of Commissioners is considering asking the county Health Department to wait another year for additional funding -- and directing $270,000 of that request to other budget line items -- including Wayne Community College. The health department had...

Neuse River expected to crest today

The Neuse River was expected to crest early today at about 20 feet, and experts said the water level should begin to fall by Thursday. The river level was at 19.7 feet at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, officials with the...

Strike Eaglets ... rising 5th graders explore at SJAFB camp

Timothy Naughton, 10, and his 9-year-old weapons systems officer, Alex Whitley, spent a few minutes Tuesday upside down, dropping bombs on houses at more than 400 miles per hour. It was a thrill, but being a middle school F-15E pilot...

Victim in crash identified

A 40-year-old Goldsboro woman has been identified as the victim of a two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning on Claridge Nursery Road. Monique Olivieri, of 201 Crescent Creek Drive, was killed in a head-on crash soon after 9 a.m., family members confirmed....

Residents will weigh options in annexation

Residents living in the neighborhoods near Buck Swamp and Salem Church roads are taking last week's ruling in the annexation case by Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand in stride, and will discuss the issue as a community before deciding to...

Fromont residents won't see new taxes or fees

FREMONT -- Fremont residents will pay the same property tax rate and the same fees for water and sewer and electricity in 2006-07 as they did this past fiscal year. After a brief discussion, the town board unanimously approved a...

No new taxes planned for Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- No tax increase is in store for residents of the town of Mount Olive, but town employees will still get a raise in the coming year. The Mount Olive Board of Commissioners adopted a 2006-2007 budget Monday...

Public records

Man assaulted A 31-year-old Goldsboro man was assaulted Tuesday night by his two former roommates in a home in the 200 block of East Vine Street, Goldsboro police reported. Christopher Douglas Godfrey told officers that as he was removing his...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Claridge Nursery Road accident

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Rosewood firefighters Steve Harrison, David Grice, David Jackson and Butch Dillard work to extricate the body of a woman killed in an accident on Claridge Nursery Road this morning. Little River firefighters assisted at the scene. The...

Driver killed in head-on crash

A woman was killed this morning aboaut 9 a.m. when a two-ton truck crossed the center line on Claridge Nursery Road and hit her vehicle head-on, troopers with the state Highway Patrol said. The driver of the truck, an unidentified...

County fees for sewer, inspections will increase

Although Wayne County residents will not see a property tax increase in the coming year, they can expect to see a variety of fees for county services go up. During a budget work session Monday, County Manager Lee Smith outlined...

Water still on rise in county

The Neuse River continued to rise today, with the river level at 19.23 feet at 6:15 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Officials have said they expect the river to crest at Goldsboro at about 20 feet Wednesday morning....

Seymour Johnson AFB crash drill response praised

Emergency workers who took part in last week's mock plane crash off Elm Street did a good job of responding to the disaster drill, civilian and military authorities said. City and county units joined Seymour Johnson Air Force Base emergency...

Critics blast Duplin budget plan

KENANSVILLE -- More than 300 people packed the James Sprunt Community College auditorium Monday night to hear comments on the proposed Duplin County budget. The county Board of Commissioners is considering a budget that would increase the tax rate by...

Public records

House fire Unattended cooking was blamed Monday for a predawn fire that caused about $5,500 in damages to a rental home at 720 E. Pine St., a Goldsboro fire official said. Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Langston said the residents thought...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Flooding worries - Runoff from storm makes its way downriver

News-Argus/Bobby Williams North Carolina Department of Transportation workers, from left, Freddy Narron and Kenneth Strickland, move a high water sign to close Ferry Bridge Road because of high water this morning. NCDOT officials said motorists should observe the signs...

Water watch, storm runoff heading here

Rising water coming downstream following a downpour in the Raleigh area four days ago has flooded out two roads in western Wayne County, although county officials say they do not expect the high water to damage any property in the...

Schools choose teacher honorees

Wayne County Public Schools has announced its individual Teachers of the Year for 2006-07, representing each of the 31 schools. In the coming months, the field will be narrowed down to three finalists, representing the elementary, middle, and high school...

Local law enforcement agencies sharing information

Wayne County law enforcement agencies began sharing information this week in a new way that will help them better track criminals and crimes. The Sheriff's Office, Goldsboro Police Department, Mount Olive Police Department, Pikeville Police Department, Fremont Police Department, Walnut...

County will hear budget comment

Wayne County residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns over the proposed budget during the Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Now that the proposed budget has been presented to the board, a copy...

OPINION - Parkstown Parade revived

A revival is planned for what once was regarded as the biggest little Christmas parade in the country. For almost two decades, beginning in the early 1950s, the crossroads community of Parkstown held Christmas parades that attracted spectacular participation and...

Public record

The following incidents are being investigated by Wayne County law enforcement officers: *Wei Fang of Goldsboro, reported an armed robbery Saturday. The victim stated that three unidentified black men, approximately 20 years old, approached him as he exited his vehicle...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Judge upholds city annexation plan

After years of debate and litigation, the annexation can begin for the neighborhoods near Buck Swamp and Salem Church roads north of Goldsboro, following the announcement of Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand's ruling in favor of the city. In his...

Family of student who drown sue school board

The parents of a Spring Creek High School student who drowned last year during a field trip in South Carolina have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Wayne County Board of Education accusing the school district of negligence. Antwan...

Seegars wins Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

From staff reports MOREHEAD CITY -- A Goldsboro sportsman won the championship of the 48th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament in dramatic fashion Saturday. Wes Seegars and his son, Ben, fishing from the Chain Link, captained by Ralph...

Korean pilot remembered as 'family man first'

Nearly a year ago, airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base watched as Republic of Korea Lt. Col. Kim Sung Dae led his daughter, Ah Rom, across the wing of an F-15K -- holding her hand all the while. Today,...

Not giving way to emergency, law enforcement will mean bigger fine

From staff reports Goldsboro police will begin enforcing a stricter provision in the move-over law that calls for at least a $250 fine after July 1. Maj. M.D. Hopper, who supervises the patrol division, said officers will issue warning tickets...

Keep Wayne Beautiful, WCC sponsor plastic recycling day Tuesday

From staff reports Keep Wayne County Beautiful and Wayne Community College are joining forces to help boost recycling. On Tuesday, the beautification panel and members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, will kick off a...

Public records

Missing The Goldsboro Police Department is searching for Tonya Michelle Barnes, 38, of Olivia Lane. Ms. Barnes' daughter, Dantia Graves, filed a report that said her mother was last seen walking from her home on Olivia Lane to her sister's...

Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *William Vaughn Lee, 35, North Carolina Street, breaking and entering, 10 to 12 months (two counts); breaking and entering, 10 to 12 months. *Rashard Lequan Lane,...

Mount Olive District Court

Mount Olive District Court These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *William Lamont Ware, 30, South Church Street, Mount Olive, driving while impaired, 60 days suspended, 12 months supervised probation, 24 hours community service, $162.50 lawyer's fee,...

District Court

Wayne County District Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Shonta Sherelle Edwards, 19, North William Street, assault by pointing a gun, not guilty. *Willie James Carraway, 55, Dogwood Court, larceny, 120 days. *Jerrell Rasean Mitchell,...

Friday, June 16, 2006

Local Powerball winners

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards None of the eight $600,000 Powerball winners said they plan to quit their day job. For Anthony McCallister, left, and Allen Walters, today is just another day at S&W Ready Mix. "We're not millionaires. We're thousand-aires," said...

Suspect robs city store at gunpoint

Goldsboro police are looking for the armed robber who stole an undetermined amount of money from the Berkeley Boulevard Kmart store Thursday evening. Maj. Mike Hopper said a black man wearing a black shirt, black pants, a camouflage jacket and...

A $600,000 ticket

Eight concrete truck drivers won $600,000 in the Wednesday Powerball drawing. But they were only three digits -- and one Powerball -- away from nearly $86 million. So, this morning, the eight employees at S&W Ready Mix were back at...

Property owners can get mosquito control tips

Wayne County doesn't spray for mosquitoes, but officials say there are ways residents can stop the large numbers of pests that could come as a result of the week's heavy rains. After Wednesday's storms throughout Wayne County, local residents can...

Stoney Creek Park group continues discussions

Stoney Creek Park Development Committee members met Thursday, to continue discussions involving the possibility of requesting that City Council members establish the Stoney Creek Park Alliance. City Manager Joe Huffman said the committee adopted a set of by-laws at their...

Public record

Murder suspect in custody Sampson County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested a man Thursday and charged him with murder in the shooting death of another man on Wednesday afternoon on Scotty Lane near Garland. Samuel Gutierrez Castro, also known as Ramon...

Goldsboro Fire Department responded to 139 calls in May

Three building fires and two vehicle fires were among the 139 calls that the Goldsboro Fire Department answered in May. Two building fires and one vehicle fire were referred to police for a further investigation because of their suspicious nature,...

Volunteers sought for state mental health panel

RALEIGH - Community members with connections to mental health services are being sought to join a state panel working to improve policies and services. The State Consumer Family Advisory Committee for Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse issues is...

Mental health forums planned

Eastpointe Human Services is sponsoring a series of public forums on mental health reform. Forums will be held at these locations on Monday and Thursday. *Duplin: 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Kenansville Elementary School cafeteria. *Lenoir: 2-4 p.m. Monday at...

Chevrolet manager honored by Rosewood FFA

Rosewood High School's Future Farmers of America chapter recently awarded its highest honor, the Honorary FFA Chapter Degree, to Brad Stallard, the business manager at Chevrolet-Cadillac of Goldsboro. Local FFA chapters annually have the opportunity to recognize community members who...

Festival celebrates blueberries

BURGAW -- The 3rd Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival will be held Saturday, June 24, in downtown Burgaw. The event celebrates the state's largest fruit crop and will feature arts and crafts vendors, musical acts, a car show, road run...

Vacation Bible Schools

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Vacation Bible School will be held June 26-30 for children ages 3 through 5th grade at the First Presbyterian Church. Sessions will be held from 8:50 a.m. until noon. The children will "go around the world in five...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Storm damage

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber John Jeffers of 101 Country Lane assesses the damage to his barn, which was moved off its foundation during Wednesday's storm. Residents said the wind seemed to go in a straight line, knocking down trees and spreading...

What the rains left

John Jeffers returned from work Wednesday afternoon and couldn't believe what he saw -- high winds from Wednesday afternoon's storm had knocked over his barn at 101 Country Lane southeast of Goldsboro and carried it about 7 feet. About 40...

Eight injured in two county crashes

Eight people were injured in two accidents Wednesday afternoon in southern Wayne County. One of the wrecks was related to the heavy rain that fell in the county, state Highway Patrol officers said. The other was not. In both accidents,...

Small river rise expected here

Wayne County residents can expect to see the Neuse River level rise to about 19.5 feet by Monday evening, which would be high enough to flood Ferry Bridge Road in the western part of the county, according to the National...

N.C. not planning tougher sex offense penalties

A movement in some states to make repeat sex offenders eligible for the death penalty has not caught on in North Carolina. State Rep. Louis Pate of Mount Olive said he was not aware of any bill that has been...

Like fathers, like daughters for Mount Olive roommates

MOUNT OLIVE -- A friendship forged while two young men were roommates at Mount Olive College 30 years ago has been passed along to their daughters, now carrying on the tradition at the school. Barry Whitley of Florida and James...

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Gunshot victim hospitalized A Mount Olive man was in good condition this morning at Wayne Memorial Hospital recuperating from shotgun wounds in both legs. Lyndon Gerald Bowden, 39, of Bowden Road near Mount Olive was found lying face down in...

Farmer's day at Aycock birthplace

A farmer's day program featuring demonstrations of 19th-century life will be held Saturday at the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace between Pikeville and Fremont. Costumed interpreters will show how people at the time performed various chores. An added attraction will be...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Medical missionary

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Dr. Renee Valach catches up on some work at the Goshen Clinic, she will leave this August for training oversees and will work in a hospital in the African country of Gabon. For more information see Local...

Alberto brings rain, tornado warnings, to Wayne

Wayne County residents can expect flood and tornado watches to accompany the steady rain expected to fall today. Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto, which passed through Florida on Tuesday, is expected to bring 30 mph wind gusts and up to...

Funding stalling biodiesel plant plan

MOUNT OLIVE -- Financial delays have reset the calendar for the North Carolina Grain Growers Cooperative in developing Atlantic Bio-Energy, the biodiesel plant planned for Mount Olive. The cooperative had intended to raise about $18 million in farmer equity by...

Local doctor heading to Africa

A formerly shy teenager content to work quietly in a lab went on to build a medical practice. She credits God's confidence in her with now pulling her in a new direction -- as a medical missionary in Africa. Dr....

County already starting mosquito hunt

Sticky summer days mean mosquitos, and Goldsboro's expert, Ed Cianfarra, says many residents are giving them a place to breed. So, clean out the back yard birdbath, or you are part of the problem. "Mosquitos will lay eggs any place...

Subdivision plans approved by county

The Wayne County Planning Board gave its final approval on three plats and three street name changes during its meeting Tuesday night. Owner and developer Frank Seymour was given final approval by the board to develop 12 lots at Dogwood...

Mixup nearly led to wrong house torn down

PIKEVILLE -- A mix-up nearly caused Pikeville officials to condemn the wrong house. An abandoned house listed at 4597 U.S. 117 North had been found to violate the town's ordinance against nuisance structures. Conditions at the property were ripe for...

Downtown Jam Thursday

Liquid Pleasure, a renowned show and dance band, will perform at the Center Street Jam on Thursday evening in the parking lot behind the Waynesborough House on Center Street. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m....

Southern Wayne student never missed a day of school

Back in the days when colleges awarded scholarships for perfect attendance, Keri Heath made a promise to her grandmother -- if she ever got the opportunity to go to a big school, she would never miss a day. She kept...

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Trafficking charge A 23-year-old Goldsboro man has been arrested by the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with two drug trafficking offenses. Rinardo Quantrell Howell of East Mulberry Street was arrested Monday during a...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

South Korean pilot dies in F-15K crash

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base lost a friend Wednesday when a fighter jet crashed into the East Sea, off the coast of Korea, during a night intercept mission. Last spring, Maj. Sung Dae Kim was enjoying his stay in Goldsboro...

Legislators talk money with leaders

Legislators talked money with local government leaders during a briefing Monday morning at the Goldsboro Country Club. Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, Sen. Larry Bell, D-Sampson, Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, and a representative from the staff of...

Taxes, trash rates on the rise for Priinceton residents

PRINCETON -- Princeton residents will pay a 2-cent higher tax rate and $1.15 more a month for trash pickup, but might see reduced water and sewer bills if the town's proposed 2006-07 budget is approved. The town board will hold...

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9 people injured in accidents Nine people were injured and damages were estimated at $66,700 in 11 recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A Goldsboro driver was injured and damages were estimated at $6,500 in a two-car collision...

Tobacco production rising in Wayne County

Tobacco production in Wayne and surrounding areas is continuing to increase in the second year following the buyout of the federal support program. With a free market, farmers who chose to stay in the tobacco business have also chosen to...

Monday, June 12, 2006

Practicing Response - Base simulates emergency

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Assistant Goldsboro Fire Chief Lisa Johnson, left, and Sean Quimby, the chief of training for the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base fire department, coordinate emergency workers at the scene of a staged plane crash near the base...

If a jet goes down ... Base, city practice response

A distress call was sent out at close to 9 this morning from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to Goldsboro and Wayne County first responders -- an aircraft approaching the base was in trouble. Within minutes, another call came out...

Adults needed to speak for children

Wayne County officials are looking for volunteers to speak for some of the area's youngest victims of abuse and neglect. The Guardian ad Litem program pairs volunteers with children who are victims, but too young to be able to voice...

Courage and compassion; she cared for husband, others with ALS

EMERALD ISLE -- Kim Hebert didn't know when she married her husband, Randy, 13 years ago the journey they -- and their family -- would take. It was that struggle -- and the courage and determination that came from it...

Mount Olive manager will stay the course

MOUNT OLIVE -- The new Mount Olive town manager says he is not planning to shake up Town Hall. Charles Brown said he plans to simply stay the course set by former town manager Ray McDonald. Brown took over for...

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Man wounded A 40-year-old Goldsboro man was wounded Saturday night in the 400 block of West Oak Street, Goldsboro police reported. Lawrence Wall was rushed by ambulance to Wayne Memorial Hospital. His condition was not immediately known. Wall told police...

OPINION -- Prolonging dying

Many among us have signed "living wills." These are documents saying that should we become hopelessly and terminally ill, no "heroic measures" should be employed to keep us alive. There have been instances in which people in hopeless comas have...

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Nitrogen runoff fee increase delayed

Wayne County industries and developers worried about paying much higher costs for building in the county will not see higher nitrogen runoff fees -- at least for now. Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, said Friday he has worked out a compromise...

Don't panic; it's just a test

A portion of Elm Street will be closed Monday as an exercise meant to build relationships between Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel and local law enforcement will be conducted. The exercise, known as Orbit Comet, will involve local, regional,...

Park plan takes new direction

Funding issues have led Stoney Creek Park Committee members in a new direction. Thursday, the committee will meet to continue discussions involving the possibility of changing the structure of the group. Goldsboro Recreation and Parks Director Neil Bartlett said the...

Breaking gangs' grip

Steering children away from the dangers of gang life can be a daunting task. Goldsboro police Officer Willie Thomas said he is up for the challenge. This fall, more than 800 seventh-graders will attend a new gang awareness class --...

GPD: Teens are experimenting with gang behavior

To the naked eye, they might look like subtle twists of the fingers or jerks of the hand, but to gang members who understand their meaning, hand signals can be a symbol of camaraderie between affiliates or a declaration of...

A house done in one week

Cecilia Menley and her son, Bradley, are busy settling into their new house this weekend. After all, it has been a busy five days -- especially since that is how long it took to build their new home. The Menleys...

A friend from across the pond

For her 90th birthday, Nancy Kelly decided she would do more than blow out candles on a birthday cake. She decided to leave her native England and come "across the pond" to Wayne County to visit her friends -- Barbara...

Some graduates have shared their lives since kindergarten

MOUNT OLIVE -- Amid all the pomp and circumstance of graduation can always be found the giddiness of students readying to go out into the world and make it their own. For 119 students at Spring Creek High School on...

Girl Scout Troop 100 members earn honors

Eight members of Senior Girl Scout Troop 100 recently received Gold Awards at a ceremony at St. Paul United Methodist Church. The Gold Award is the highest award given by the Girl Scouts. They include Sarah Compton, Mary Frances Gourley,...

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Drug arrests Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad seized cocaine with potential street value of $10,400 and marijuana with an estimated street value of $750 that resulted in the apprehension of two Goldsboro men. After an investigation by the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug...

Graduates embark on varied paths

ROSEWOOD -- Valedictorian Jamie Mills challenged the 120 members of Rosewood High School's Class of 2006 Friday to follow their dreams, no matter what they are. A crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered at Branch Pope football field to...

Goldsboro grads prepare to step into 'real world'

Tears and cheers filled the gym at Goldsboro High School during commencement ceremonies for more than 160 graduates Friday night. Valedictorian Shaconda Johnson challenged her classmates to take what they learned at Goldsboro and move on to the next step...

Eastern Wayne class exhorted to realize its potential

On a muggy North Carolina evening, 258 seniors at Eastern Wayne High School left their many yesterdays of childhood behind and stepped into the first tomorrow of adulthood. Some will go on to college. Some will answer their country's call...

Determination, hard work bring rewards to savor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Four years of determination, classwork and, of course, tests culminated Friday night in turned tassels and diplomas for the 217 graduating students at Southern Wayne High School. More than 500 family, friends and faculty watched in the...

Aycock seniors arrive at bittersweet milestone

PIKEVILLE -- The small black ribbons pinned to powder blue graduation gowns spoke volumes about the Charles B. Aycock Class of 2006. As the graduates crossed the football field and took their seats, some knew their special night would be...

Friday, June 9, 2006

Last Day - Students start their vacations

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Bethany Hayes, Rayshen Rowe and David Ochoa wave goodbye to their fellow classmates and teachers as their bus gets ready to depart Northwest Elementary School Thursday. Thousands of children around the county celebrated yesterday as their school...

Hello, summer, Wayne students get ready for school break

Thursday was the last day of school for students in Wayne County Public Schools. The half day featured graduations for those leaving kindergarten and middle schools, awards ceremonies and, for those in high school, final exams. It was a frenzied...

Scout honors classmate with outdoor classroom project

Tommy Stephenson has thought about his friend, Carson Thomas, many times since the eighth-grader was hit by a car last November. Tommy, 15, who is a rising sophomore at Eastern Wayne High School, joined his fellow Scouts in Troop 299...

Plans for U.S. 70 could cost $1 billion

MOREHEAD CITY -- Converting U.S. 70 from Johnston County to the coast to a freeway without any stoplights would cost more than $1 billion, a consultant told members of the Highway 70 Corridor Commission on Thursday. Representatives of Kimley-Horn and...

13 more nabbed in vice sting

Goldsboro police had promised a continued crackdown on prostitutes after eight women were arrested and charged last week. They arrested 13 more Thursday night and charged them with procuring for prostitution. One woman was charged with a felony drug offense,...

Wayne Memorial Hospital entrance closed Saturday

The main visitor entrance driveway and half of the main front parking lot at Wayne Memorial Hospital will be closed Saturday, begining at 8 a.m. while repairs are being made. In case of rain, repair work will be rescheduled. Visitors...

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2 charged with drug trafficking Two Goldsboro men were arrested Thursday by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with four felony drug offenses, including two trafficking violations, after an investigation and search of a home in the 200 block...

Thursday, June 8, 2006

City police plan to continue vice stings

The arrest of eight women last week on prostitution offenses will not be the last time that Goldsboro police use a "sting" operation to eliminate vice on city streets. Maj. M.D. Hopper, who supervises the patrol division, said police will...

Seymour AFB squadrons in area where al-Zarqawi killed

Officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base said they applaud the "total Coalition effort that took place" in Wednesday's airstrike over a remote location near Baqouba, Iraq, that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a senior al-Qaida official and leader of the...

Date set for board to decide primary

The state Board of Elections will hear a complaint by Rep. Stephen LaRoque in the District 10 race for the state House on July 12 in Raleigh, state officials said Wednesday. LaRoque, a Kinston businessman, lost the Republican primary by...

County businesses recognized for safety awards

About 30 Wayne County businesses and agencies were recognized Wednesday for emphasizing safety in the workplace at a luncheon featuring state Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry. The event was held at the Lane Tree Golf Club. The 49th Annual...

Teacher begins new quest ... to be a principal

It might very well be that Terry Hines' inability to be bossed around brought her to the threshold on which she now stands -- preparing to become a boss herself. Mrs. Hines, 45, recently became the recipient of a $40,000...

Faison approves budget

FAISON -- The Faison Town Board of Commissioners adopted a budget for 2006-07 on Wednesday evening that includes no change in the current tax rate. No residents chose to speak at a public hearing on the budget held before the...

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Teen is charged in robbery attempt A teenager from Dudley was arrested Wednesday by Goldsboro police and charged with four felony offenses in connection with an attempted robbery and shooting. Octavius M. Broadhurst, 19, of Cheryl Drive was charged with...

'Click It or Ticket' nets 220 violators

More than 220 people may be out at least $100 after being charged with seat-belt violations in Wayne County during a two-week "Click It or Ticket" campaign to encourage the use of passenger restraints. If convicted, the defendants will be...

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

In memory of Rocky Nelson

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mike Holmes assists Cassie and Sasha Nelson unveil Nelson Court, a new cul-de-sac located in Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's Berkeley Village. The street is named for Airman 1st Class Rocky Nelson,...

Police track robbery suspect

Goldsboro police have identified a suspect in Monday's robbery of the BB&T branch at 435 N. Berkeley Blvd. as a 25-year-old man from Raleigh. Edwin Emory Scott is being sought on a charge of felony common-law robbery, a holdup without...

Three buildings added to city's condemned list

Goldsboro City Council members condemned three dilapidated dwellings Monday at their first meeting of the month -- bringing the total for the year to 11. Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said the structures, located at 1001 N. John St., 1006...

Remembering one of their own who didn't come home

Nearly 16 years ago in the Saudi Arabia desert, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base lost one of its own. Tuesday, the airmen he served with and the family he left behind gathered to honor his life and commitment to freedom...

City man will face assault charges

A Goldsboro man accused of slashing a woman with a razor earlier this year at a mental health agency has been indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. Samuel Donnel Austin, 42, of...

County leaders worried about cable TV proposal

Wayne County could lose control over cable TV franchises within the county if a bill working its way through Congress is approved. Local governments currently have had the power to negotiate the granting of cable TV franchises within their jurisdictions....

County seniors will turn their tassels this weekend

Wayne County Public Schools will graduate 1,121 seniors during ceremonies planned for this weekend. Five of the six high schools will hold commencement ceremonies on Friday evening, while Spring Creek High School graduation exercises will take place on Saturday morning....

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Marijuana found; resident arrested An investigation and search of a home in the 3000 block of Stevens Mill Road has led to the arrest of the resident on a drug trafficking charge and the seizure of about 10 pounds of...

Mount Olive OKs one special use, denies another

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town commissioners approved one resolution permitting a special use and denied another Monday night at their monthly board meeting. Commissioners approved a resolution to allow a commercial dog kennel to be permitted as a special use in...

Commissioner donates $1,250 to shelter fund

Wayne County Commission Chairman Atlas Price, on behalf of himself and his family, donated $1,250 for a new animal shelter during Tuesday's commission meeting. Price said he and his family have always been animal lovers, and there are animals taken...

Special Olympian wins gold, bronze

Brooke Mayton of Goldsboro won a gold medal in the softball throw and a bronze medal in the 50-meter dash at the North Carolina Special Olympics in Raleigh on Saturday. She is the daughter of Kim and Tony Cameron of...

Ole Timey Days to be held Saturday in Seven Springs

Seven Springs' 6th Annual Old Timey Days celebration will be held Saturday. The event will feature two re-enactments of the Battle of Whitehall Bridge. In December 1862, Union troops headed to Goldsboro on the south side of the Neuse River...

Aldridge to serve as temporary manager

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Planning Director Mike Aldridge has been named interim county manager by the county Board of Commissioners. Aldridge's new job will become effective June 20. Currently, former assistant County Manager Judy Brown is serving as interim manager....

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Bank robbery suspect

Goldsboro police are currently searching for this man - caught in a surveillance camera image - in connection with a Monday afternoon bank robbery at the BB&T Berkeley Boulevard branch. For more information see Goldsboro police seek suspect in...

Goldsboro police seek suspect in BB&T robbery

A lone robber stole an undisclosed amount of money Monday afternoon from the BB&T branch bank at 435 N. Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro police said. Sgt. David Kelly said today that photos obtained from a surveillance camera were shown on four...

Board backs school bond

The Board of Education is backing a bond referendum to fund projects in the school system and would like to see county commissioners include it on the November ballot for public approval, officials said Monday night. The move came on...

Council approves new budget

It's official -- there will be no new taxes this year. Goldsboro City Council members approved the recommended $42 million budget for the 2006-07 fiscal year Monday night. Finance Director Richard Durham said to comply with state laws, the budget...

Art show winners announced

Joyce Cambron of Beaufort and Jacquelynn Buck of Goldsboro were among the winners in the Arts Council of Wayne County's 27th Annual National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Monday. Ms. Cambron won Best in Show for her oil on linen on...

Blitz time crunch

A group of volunteers is working feverishly to erect a Habitat for Humanity House in Harris Estates by the end of the week. The Habitat Blitz Build is part of a national drive to put up homes for people in...

Duplin man wins big in Powerball

BEULAVILLE -- Haywood Mercer was feeling lucky. A week after North Carolina joined the popular lottery game, Powerball, the Duplin County native shelled out a buck for his ticket Saturday at the Short Stop in Beulaville. Now he's got 200,000...

Princeton board says no to Masonic cornerstone

PRINCETON -- The new Princeton Town Hall will not have a Masonic cornerstone, but it will have an automated teller machine. The Princeton Town Board made those unanimous decisions at Monday night's meeting in the Community Building. Leaders of the...

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Burglary, assault end in arrest A 45-year-old man was arrested Monday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, and another man received 105 stitches after a fight in his home near Dudley, officers said. Richard D. Camden of Emmaus Church Road,...

Monday, June 5, 2006

A Hug From Far Away - Families share memories, love

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Tech Sgt. Cindy Hartsfield presses a photo image onto a pillowcase at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center as part of the REST program. The program provides one free pillowcase to each...

Fee increase dampens development

Getting industries to consider locating new facilities in Wayne County has gotten $46 per pound harder -- and the change could threaten current and future projects here, economic development officials say. The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission raised the nitrogen...

County eyes plan for flu pandemic, disasters

Wayne County commissioners will hear Tuesday how health officials would mobilize should an outbreak of avian flu strike the Wayne area. Dr. Keith Henderson of the Public Health Regional Surveillance Team will make a presentation on the possibility of an...

Pillowcases help families of SJAFB airmen connect

Every night for the past few months, before Sean and Shannon Madsen fell asleep, they kissed and hugged their mother -- even though she was on the other side of the world. Thanks to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base...

Duplin is talking about tax hike, manager

Duplin County commissioners are continuing their search for a new county manager while they await public comment on a proposed budget that contains a 3.5-cent property tax increase. The commissioners, who were to have met this morning in regular session,...

Property owner gets land in city for just a dollar

Andre Best didn't have to haggle for a better price when the city of Goldsboro offered him a plot of land on Whitfield Drive for a dollar. Best, of Raleigh, owns substandard property in town, which is adjacent to another...

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4 hurt in wrecks Four people were injured in four recent traffic collisions in Wayne County, officers reported. *A bicyclist was struck by a car at 9:03 p.m. Saturday on North Berkeley Boulevard at the entrance to the El Korita...

Legislators want to hear from citizens

Wayne County residents will have a chance to express their concerns to state legislators during a legislative briefing Monday, June 12, at the Goldsboro Country Club. Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, Rep. Larry Bell, D-Sampson, Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, and Rep....

Opinion - The Enemies

In war, the loss of some innocent civilian lives is inevitable. "Collateral damage" is a term coined in relatively recent years. It has been applied particularly to structures destroyed and civilian victims of strategic bombing strikes. Since we have...

Sunday, June 4, 2006

More than 15,000 marijuana plants found in Wayne

Helicopters flew over sections of western Wayne County throughout the day Friday guiding law enforcement officers to one of the largest marijuana seizures in the county's history. The aerial search resulted in the location of 15,284 plants ranging in size...

What's in a test score? GHS under scrutiny but what do numbers really mean?

Standardized tests, achievement tests, end-of-course and end-of-grade tests. The list of benchmarks used to measure student progress grows longer and, depending on which one is used, can determine anything from whether one passes a course, a grade level or goes...

Commissioner says proposed animal shelter too pricey

Wayne County Commis-sioner Jack Best said the board should not consider spending about $1.2 million for a new animal shelter, when there are many other problems that need the commissioners' attention. "Citizens want a new animal shelter and they deserve...

Father gets probation in shooting death of son

An ailing 68-year-old father who fatally shot his son last year after an argument has been sentenced to supervised probation and fined $1,000. Warren Allen Rudisill pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter in the death of...

Families upset over removal of personal items from cemetery

Terry Hampton was visibly upset Thursday morning, having just visited the cemetery where her mother has been buried since 1999. She said she always felt kindness and compassion from those who sold her the plot at Wayne Memorial Park. New...

Wayne Sheriff's Office gets new bloodhoud

The newest member of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office doesn't seem too interested in the commotion around her or her celebrity status. She shakes her shiny brown coat and floppy ears and fixes her attention, instead, on a bird fluttering...

Volunteers creating 'garden of diversity' on library grounds

Crystal Ochoa of Dudley likes watching plants grow, and she's learned in school that bees are good for a garden. "They fly to the plants and pollinate them," the 10-year-old said. Crystal and her mother, Elizabeth, will be among a...

Wayne County Superior Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Demetrius Montray Kornegay, 22, Devereaux Street, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sale of cocaine, eight to 10 months; sale of cocaine, 16...

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Pedestrian, driver killed in Wayne A pedestrian and a lone motorist have died in separate traffic accidents, the Highway Patrol said in reports that were not filed until Friday. The pedestrian, Tammie Diane Flowers, 34, of 1720 O'Berry Center Road,...

Mount Olive District Court

Mount Olive District Court These cases have been heard in Mount Olive District Court: *Angel Sanchez Mejia, 23, Drummersville Road, Seven Springs, no operator's license, speeding and an open container violation, 30 days suspended, 12 months unsupervised probation, $65 fine...

Wayne County District Court

Wayne County District Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County District Court: *Ronnie L. Barnes, 48, Goldsboro, drinking on public street, 99 days; second-degree trespass, 20 days. *Waydell Antonio Sutton, 31, Vine Street, assault on a female, 90...

Friday, June 2, 2006

A View From The Sky - Relay for Life 2006 is a wrap

Photo for the News-Argus by Mike Dale This aerial view of the Relay for Life site shows the pattern formed by the hundreds of luminarias lit in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their...

County continues budget work; more funding needed in several areas

Wayne County could be in violation of state law if it doesn't properly fund the operations of several county departments, managers of those departments told county commissioners Thursday at a budget work session. The state requires the Health Department and...

New Relay total is $643,000 raised to fight cancer

Some participated for their neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members -- others were surviviors themselves. All of those who supported the 17th annual Relay For Life had a story. And when the balloons were gone and the booths cleaned up,...

School facilities funding still not on list

Wayne County Manager Lee Smith's recommended budget includes proposals for everything from forest-fire control to sewage costs, but it is still missing one valuable piece of information -- the amount of money the county will spend on public schools in...

Parents are key if school bond is needed

If a bond referendum is going to be introduced to pay for school facilities, it will need public support, Board of Education members told a gathering Thursday night. In a meeting with the Community Advisory Committee, school officials discussed the...

Student facing murder charge released under bond

A Wayne County teenager charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a classmate has been released from jail under a $30,000 secured bond. Timothy W. Alston Jr., 17, of White Oak Road, was charged Monday with the murder of...

Red Cross adds guildelines to CPR procedure

The American Red Cross has changed its guidelines for performing CPR. Roberto Mendoza, health and safety coordinator, said the new guidelines come from Emergency Cardiac Care, which provides first aid and CPR information to the Red Cross, American Heart Association...

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3 women robbed in beauty shop The owner of a beauty shop and two other women were robbed Thursday at gunpoint by two men, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported. One suspect bit the phone line in half so that...

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Paramount Theater - Third floor comes down

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Workers with A/K Grading and Demolition begin the painstaking work of taking down the bricks that make up the third floor of the historic Paramount Theater, which was destroyed by fire in 2005. City officials say the...

Aycock students honor lost classmate

Hundreds are expected to attend funeral services tonight for a well-liked student athlete at Charles B. Aycock High School who died Monday morning after being shot in the chest. John Paul Setliff, 17, was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital...

Video poker soon will be game of past in state

Two local legislators said they are pleased with Wednesday's House decision to ban video poker machines by next summer. "I thought what the House did was commendable. It gives us some hope for the future," State Sen. Charlie Albertson, said...

Hurricane season here - county gets prepared

Forecasters expect another busy Atlantic hurricane season this year, with 17 named storms but not as many intense storms striking land as last year. And with today as the official first day of the hurricane season, some local agencies are...

Towns could see water, sewer rate increases

Residents in Faison and Eureka could soon need to add a little more to their budget for water and sewer bills this year. Faison officials have included an increase in sewer rates as part of their 2006-07 budget plan, Mayor...

Plan for recreation center to stay on hold

Lack of adequate funding and indecision about location have left recreation center designers at a standstill. City Manager Joe Huffman said Wednesday the project has lost some momentum but is still a priority -- planners are simply taking their time...

$1 miminum wage increase could hurt some businesses

An increase in the minimum wage could hurt some business owners in and around Wayne County, but many would not be affected because they already pay their workers more than the minimum. Both the state House and Senate have approved...

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Man is charged with trafficking A 32-year-old man from Greene County has been arrested by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and charged with third-level trafficking in cocaine by possession of and transporting more than 400 grams. Roberto Carpio of Walstonburg...

Irene Howell honored by N.C. Wesleyan

ROCKY MOUNT -- Irene Smith Howell, the founder of 26 care facilities for the mentally handicapped, including the Walnut Creek facility, received an honorary doctor of laws degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College during the school's 43rd commencement ceremony May...

Officials say no new taxes for Fremont

FREMONT -- What was a balanced budget for 2006-07 for Fremont became unbalanced Tuesday night -- but not by much. Fine-tuning left the budget about $4,000 in the hole, Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie said after the town board's budget workshop....