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Friday, September 29, 2006

Family reunions

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Weapons Systems Officer 1st Lt. Nathan Rivinius, right, and his wife, Rebecca, walk way from the flight line hand-in-hand. Rivinius, holding his daughter, had just returned from southwest Asia. For more information see Daddy's home - Seymour...

Daddy's home - Seymour crews return from deployment

Capt. Don Haley's eyes lit up when his daughter blew him a kiss and called him "Dada" on the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Thursday. Sixteen-month-old Mackenzie has said it before. She's been talking for weeks now....

Funding still up in air for city projects

Officials at City Hall are still not quite sure how they will foot the bill for both a new Paramount Theater and Community Building. But City Manager Joe Huffman said he is committed to finding a plan that works and...

Store owner mends at home

The family of a woman injured when a car crashed into the front glass window of Quality Cleaners and struck her earlier this month say they have not decided whether to pursue legal action against the driver. But in the...

Teens charged with north end break-ins

Five teens were arrested Wednesday in connection with a crime spree that started at Norwayne Middle School and ended at Stoney Creek Church. Rocky Scott Seymour, 18, of Jordan's Bluff, Pikeville; Justin Ingram, 18, of Mount Carmel Church Road, Pikeville;...

Livestock arrive for week at county fair

It was too early for the crowds, but the grounds of the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair were by no means quiet Thursday morning as animals of every shape, size and kind began moving in, disturbing those already in their stalls...

Goat-wresting, Fair style

As a little boy fought to get his goat into the ring Thursday, he got turned around and knocked down by the brown and white animal. He picked himself up. "What are you doing?" he asked, staring into the eyes...

Public records

Restaurant robbed Goldsboro police are investigating a break-in and robbery at Pupetta's restaurant on N. William St.. A thief broke through the ceiling sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning and stole $550....

Duplin DA will eye next step for Jones

District Attorney Dewey Hudson will meet with State Attorney General Roy Cooper next week to decide what to do after a federal judge overturned a death sentence imposed on a Duplin County man nearly 13 years ago. Levon Jones, who...

Duplin law officers seize cocaine, halt marijuna operation

It's been a successful run recently for the Duplin County Sheriff's Department. First they discovered an elaborate indoor operation to grow marijuana in Magnolia, and then a routine traffic stop near Warsaw led to the seizure of five kilos of...

Fair Schedule Friday/Saturday/Sunday

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 3 p.m. - Gates open 4 p.m. - Midway opens 5 - 9 p.m. - Kid's Club "Discover Agriculture" Contest 6 p.m. - Open Junior Market Hog Show 6 p.m. - "The Almost Amazing Rex" 6:30 p.m....

Quilting bee Saturday to raise money for breast cancer research

From Local quilting enthusiasts are invited to come together Saturday for the first-every Quilt Pink Day to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The event will be held at the Thistle Bee Quilt Shoppe at...

And the winners are...

The winners in the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Thursday were: EDUCATIONAL BOOTHS FCCLA, Spring Creek High School Future Farmers of America, Eastern Wayne High School. 4-H, TEACH Family and Consumer Sciences, Town & Country ECA Club Vo-Ag Horticultural, Rosewood High...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

State test refutes West Nile claim

Mosquitoes taken from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base have tested negative for West Nile virus, state health officials said Wednesday. Preliminary tests last week by base officials found several pools of common woodland mosquitoes that were considered possible carriers of...

Drug squad rounds up suspect list

Wayne County sheriff's deputies and Goldsboro police officers collared 13 suspected drug dealers during a drug roundup that kicked off about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Warrants issued for the arrests of the suspected drug offenders were the result of a 10-month...

Opening day at the Fair

For starters, grab a corn-dog smothered in ketchup and mustard. Then hit the trails for the rest of a four-course meal that only comes around once a year -- turkey legs, cotton candy and an elephant ear or two for...

Bombing range opens at Dare County facility

Military personnel will get a chance to practice skills necessary in the War on Terror thanks to the opening of a new bombing range in Dare County, Seymour Johnson officials said this week. The new facility will allow armed forces...

Wayne Red Cross honored for blood collections

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been recognized for its blood collection efforts with a large symbolic clear crystal blood drop. The statuette stands in the lobby of the chapter building. For an unprecedented 10th year,...

Duplin residents will take look at county's finances

KENANSVILLE -- A committee of 18 Duplin County residents organized to help county officials make the best use of taxpayers' money met for the first time this week. The Duplin County Fiscal Oversight Committee is made up of three representatives...

Siebels will battle incumbent Kerr this November

Todd Siebels said he made the decision to run for N.C. Senate while ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Greenville one morning last year. He was serving his community that day, he said. Now he wants to serve...

Goldsboro man charged in assault on wife

A Goldsboro man faces charges for allegedly slicing his wife's right arm with a machete during a domestic squabble at their home Saturday. Eldon Ray Davidson, 45, of North Breazeale Ave., was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting...

Public records

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Rhonda Helena Posey reported someone stole her IRS refund check totaling $623 and cashed it at a gas station....

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Morning Raid

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Goldsboro police officer Steve Powers and Wayne County Sheriff's Office Detective Rick Farfour complete arrest paperwork for Corey Lewis of Goldsboro, one of 33 suspects expected to be charged during an early morning drug sweep today. The...

WCC president will retire in '07

Wayne Community College president Dr. Ed Wilson will retire in June after what will be 15 years of leadership at the college. Wilson made the announcement at Tuesday's meeting of the college's Board of Trustees. The president, who has worked...

Drug suspects collared

Drug dealers in Wayne County got an unusual wake-up call about 5 a.m. Wednesday as more than 30 officers from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department and Goldsboro Police Department kicked off a drug roundup. As officers and deputies took...

SUV hits moped, killing driver

PIKEVILLE -- A Kenly man was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision on N.C. Highway 581 North between Princeton-Pikeville and Nahunta roads. Preston Lewis Valentine, 68, of 1111 Pinkney Road, was traveling north on Highway 581 on his moped,...

Residents complain about drainage, mosquitoes

The speaker system was on the blink and the traffic running up and down Ash Street was noisy, but that didn't stop residents of the Meadow Lane and Oak Forest neighborhoods from voicing their concerns at Goldsboro City Council's...

Vehicle tumbles as driver travels down Tommy's Road

A Goldsboro man was charged with drunken driving and speeding after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Tommy's Road near Tommy's Road Elementary School, officials with the state Highway Patrol said. Pablo Lazo, 28, of 204 Spence Ave., was pinned...

State probes web site painting Van Braxton as Socialist

After two months of investigation, a state Board of Elections official said Tuesday that authorities are still trying to find out who created a Web site parodying District 10 Democratic House candidate Van Braxton as a Socialist. Braxton's opponent, Wayne...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Stuart Williams reported someone fraudulently racked up $3,831.33 in charges on his debit card....

WAGES workers start campaign to 'get fit'

WAGES employees took the first steps toward better health last week with an afternoon rally on the track at Goldsboro Intermediate School. All 190 workers from WAGES were required to attend the kick-off for the "WAGES Gets Fit" wellness campaign...

Faison festival seeks sponsors, vendors

From staff reports FAISON -- Organizers are seeking vendors and sponsors for the 3rd Annual Market Day Festival set for Oct. 21 in Faison. They say this year's event will feature more activities than ever, including a pretty baby contest...

Fair Share Challenge field grows

From staff reports Donna Barrett is the eighth finalist 2006 Fair Share Challenge finalist. She is employed with Wayne Memorial Hospital. The eighth of 15 drawings was held last Friday at Goldsboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Seven more drawings will be...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

House fire in Princeton

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Julia Odom, 88, died Monday night during a fire at her home on the corner of East Third and Pierce streets in Princeton. For more information see Woman, 88, dies in Monday blaze....

Woman, 88, dies in Monday blaze

PRINCETON -- An 88-year-old Princeton woman died Monday night in a fire at her home at the corner of East Third and Pierce streets. Julia Odom, who lived alone, was visiting her sister, Esther Sasser, who lived next door, when...

No word yet on location for shelter

Wayne County officials have money budgeted for the construction of a new animal shelter. They almost have a design ready for the building. And now the county has a pledge of an additional $200,000 in private donations for the project....

Conditions top list in southern Wayne

School conditions were the topic of conversation Monday as the fourth in a series of six public meetings designed to help set the facilities future for Wayne County schools headed to the southern end of the county. More than 100...

The facts behind the facilities plan

Here is the background information provided from Wayne County Public Schools about schools in the Southern Wayne district of the county, presented to those attending Monday night's public forum with the master facilities plan committee to discuss construction needs. It...

4 men charged with string of break-ins

Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials nabbed four suspects allegedly responsible for more than a dozen break-ins in the Nahunta and Patetown areas. Brandon Ashley Sullivan, 19, of N.C. Highway 581, Fremont; Matthew Lavonne Brantley, 18, of Old Moye Road, Fremont;...

Officials say no way to stop flooding

No amount of engineering can prevent a hurricane from flooding Stoney Creek and its surrounding areas, city officials told residents and business owners Monday. Even so, officials said efforts to construct a pond in the flood plain and put the...

Wayne County business communities loses two leaders

Wayne County lost two of its long-time business leaders over the weekend, with the deaths of Neal Seegars and Banks McNairy. Seegars, 86, died Sunday at Wake Memorial Hospital. McNairy, 78, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. Seegars, a...

4 men charged with string of break-ins

By LEE WILLIAMS News-Argus Staff Writer Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials nabbed four suspects allegedly responsible for more than a dozen break-ins in the Nahunta and Patetown areas. Brandon Ashley Sullivan, 19, of N.C. Highway 581, Fremont; Matthew Lavonne Brantley,...

Public records

Scam artist sought Tina Michelle Newsome, 26, Echo Drive, LaGrange, has been identified by Wayne County Sheriff's officials as the woman who allegedly has been conning local residents out of money using a "sob story." Authorities say Newsome, who uses...

County seniors can travel to see fall color

Wayne County Services on Aging is inviting seniors to sign up for the three-night Autumn Mountain Escape next month. The trip, scheduled for Oct. 25-28, is for three nights of lodging at the Cherokee Indian Village and Museum for $405...

Monday, September 25, 2006

100 years and counting

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Lila Fagan, 103, admires the rose she was given as a gift during a celebration at Alterra Sterling House for some of Wayne County's centenarians. Of the four women honored, one was 106, Mrs. Fagan was 103...

Deputies rescue boy from rooftop

Wayne County Sheriff's Office SWAT unit pulled a 4-year-old child off the roof of a storage building on a farm off U.S. 70 near Goldsboro Saturday to end a standoff with the child's father. Johnston County officials would only identify...

Sharing memories across 100 years

Mildred Newman still gets lost in the music every time her fingers caress the soft ivory keys of her black piano. Her hands have aged some since her first lesson. The notes on the page seem smaller than they used...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair will open gates this Thursday

In a few days, the sounds, sights and smells of the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair return to the fairgrounds. Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday. Livestock weigh-ins will begin Wednesday. This year, Powers Great American Midways will run 48 rides...

Woman found with marijuana at courthouse

A Pikeville woman found out the hard way Thursday that it's not OK to bring drugs into the Wayne County Courthouse. Tosha Casey Santos, 27, of Cougar Lane, faces charges of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and...

Neighbors will have chance to talk to city

Neighbors will get another chance to voice their concerns Tuesday as city officials host one of the last neighborhood meetings of the year on the front lawn of Meadow Lane Elementary School. Gang activity, graffiti, children roaming the streets late...

Meeting will eye businesses' flood concerns

Business owners in the Barnyard Shopping Center will get a chance to talk to the committee charged with planning a new Stoney Creek Park tonight. The meeting comes after heavy rains caused flooding along Ash Street and in the shopping...

Soldier's Steelers dream comes true in Washington

Derek Drew, an Army staff sergeant with family ties in Goldsboro, has fulfilled his dream of meeting his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, his mother said. Drew was hospitalized for several months at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C....

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Someone passed a counterfeit $100 bill at Handy Mart, 6024 U.S. Hwy. 70 East, LaGrange. *Someone broke the glass out of side window in the showroom, causing $300 in damage, at...

Girl Scouts hold blanket drive

The Girl Scouts Council of Coastal Carolina is taking part in the second annual community service project called "blanket the community" by donating new or and clean, gently-used blankets to benefit local women's shelters, homeless shelters, foster homes, children's hospitals,...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

It's final: Paramount, Community Building are a go

The curtain fell Friday after Center Stage's production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" to thunderous appplause. Two blocks away, the cheers were loud, too, but for a different curtain call. Goldsboro is getting back its Paramount....

SJAFB investigates West Nile finding

Mosquitoes taken from three breeding areas at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are believed to be carriers for the West Nile virus, a state expert said Friday. Dr. Nolan Newton, section chief of the North Carolina Public Health Pest Management...

Cox gets life for couple's murders

A jury of nine women and three men decided Friday that 24-year-old Telly T. Cox of LaGrange will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of Michael Shawn Maynard and Christie Nicole Jones. Cox faced two...

A dream that took to the sky

Nichole Malachowski was 5 years old the first time she looked up into the sky and dreamed of flying jets. She didn't know if she could or how she would get there. She just knew she had to fly. "I...

Next facilities meeting will head south

Members of Wayne County's Board of Education and Board of Commissioners will continue to listen to the public's concerns regarding school facilities during the fourth of six public forums Monday night at Southern Wayne High School. Parents and concerned citizens...

Student combines love of music with zest for life

Music used to be the focus of 18-year-old Joseph Cha's life. At home in Korea, he devoted up to 15 hours a day to the cello. And he was good at it, earning many prestigious awards for his talent. But...

Girl Scouts get grant to study woodpecker

The Girl Scout Council of Coastal Carolina has received an Earthpact Grant from Girl Scouts of the USA and funding from International Paper to support innovative and ongoing wildlife conservation activities for girls that benefit local native animals. The red-cockaded...

Symphony tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale at the Arts Council of Wayne County for this year's North Carolina Symphony performance of Holiday Pops. The concert will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. at Dillard Middle School. Presented by the...

Public record

Armed robbery Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an armed robbery call after someone entered the Handy Mart on the 5400 block of U.S. 117 in Mount Olive and stole an undetermined amount of money. Sherry Lake told deputies...

Healing staple Pinee back on shelves

An all-natural healing agent first introduced in 1928 is back on shelves in stores across eastern North Carolina. Pinee, a staple antiseptic in homes and on farms for decades, has been re-introduced after several years of being off the market....

Stith will speak at GOP meeting

Thomas Stith will be the speaker at the Monday night meeting of The Wayne County Republican Club. The informal dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Stith began his career by serving as special assistant to Gov. Jim Martin....

Thirteen girls to compete Friday for Queen of the Fair

Talent and beauty will rule the stage Friday at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair when 13 contestants vie for the title of Queen of the Fair. The competition will start at 8 p.m. in the Entertainment Arena at the fairgrounds...

Air base shows its gratitude for what retirees give back

Even after devoting years of their lives to the service of their country, many former airmen and their families continue to support Seymour Johnson Air Force Base with their time, while asking for nothing in return. Base officials honored those...

Friday, September 22, 2006

Meadow Lane fire scare

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber An electrical box in a hallway at Meadow Lane Elementary School burst into flames at about 11 a.m. today and firefighters were called to the scene to investigate. Before firefighters arrived, Meadow Lane employees put out the...

Residents talk about county's future

A handful of Wayne County residents joined with several dozen county and municipal officials to offer strategies for improving the county over the next 20 years during a Comprehensive Land Use community meeting Tuesday night at the Wayne Center. The...

Air Force retirees honored Saturday at Seymour Johnson

Air Force retirees will be feted Saturday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base as the base holds its Retiree Appreciation Day at the enlisted club from 8:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. The 4th Medical Group will hold health screenings and...

Health Department receives $20,000 in computers

The bioterrorism preparedness department of the Health Department has been awarded a state grant that provides $20,000 worth of computer equipment, software and training. David Hesselmeyer, bioterrorism coordinator, said Wayne was among 17 counties in the state to receive the...

Jury will determine Cox's fate

The fate of a LaGrange man accused of fatally shooting a Goldsboro couple with an accomplice on New Year's Day in 2004 now lies in the hands of the jury. Jury deliberation will begin today in the Telly Cox trial....

Highway 70 access management plan approved by county

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners adopted an U.S. 70 access management plan Tuesday, paving the way for future improvements to sections of the existing U.S. 70 bypass and look ahead to creating a new U.S. 70 freeway from Clayton...

College gets high scores in review

Wayne Community College has received yet another nod of approval from one of the regional associations tasked with determining standards for the nation's university systems. Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS) recently completed its detailed re-accreditation process and has...

Mount Olive sets ground-breaking for sewer plant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Residents and officials will break ground for the town's new waste water treatment plant Sept. 28 at the site of the original facility at 408 Wilkins Farm Road. It has taken Mount Olive six years to get...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Officials react to Goldsboro comments

Wayne County School officials say they are not denying the unequal racial balance in the schools in the Goldsboro attendance area. But until the series of community meetings across the county being held by the county's master facilities plan team...

Athletes speak to county teens about making good life choices

A former professional football player for the St. Louis Rams said he knows alcohol is the No. 1 killer among teens. John Earle, a former offensive lineman who once played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots,...

Testimony is continuing in Telly Cox trial

The double murder trial of 23-year-old Telly Cox continued Wednesday as jurors heard testimony from at least four expert witnesses who say evidence collected at 176 Garrick Lane link Cox and his co-conspirator to the murders. North Carolina State Bureau...

Battle of Goldsboro re-enactment set

More than 100 Civil War re-enactors will recreate the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge twice this weekend, at 2 p.m. Saturday and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Waynesborough Historical Village. Thousands of real soldiers fought in the battle,...

Man gets 12 years for 2004 shooting

A Superior Court judge ruled this week that Tavaris Kinte Woresly will spend the next 12 years behind bars for murdering a Goldsboro man in the summer of 2004. Woresly, 29, of North Jefferson Avenue, was convicted of second-degree murder...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Wayne County Sheriff's Department are warning residents about a female con artist operating in the area. Authorities say a woman callingherself "Rose Whitley," has been taking money from residents using a...

Tax preparer gets year in prison

NEW BERN -- A retired Air Force member who received the Bronze Star for wartime service in Vietnam was sentenced in federal court for preparing false income-tax refunds. Joseph Lewis was sentenced to a year in prison and a year's...

Goldsboro man sentenced

RALEIGH -- A Goldsboro man pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to five charges of obtaining property by false pretense. Marcellus P. Johnson, 50, of 308 Wood St., was sentenced to three consecutive terms of 8-10 months in...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Shelter gets $200,000 mystery gift

Wayne County is suddenly $200,000 closer to getting a new animal shelter, but the money won't come without strings attached. Lawyer Tommy Jarrett told county commissioners Tuesday morning that two anonymous clients want to help provide for a new animal...

Barwicks lose son but neighbors won't let them lose crop

MOUNT OLIVE -- Fighting back tears, Leroy Blizzard stared at a white pickup truck in a farm driveway off Indian Springs Road. It was Brad Barwick's truck -- the one he had driven to the firehouse hundreds of times, the...

Late-night crash kills one, leaves another injured

One young man was killed and another injured in a one-car crash in Duplin County late Monday evening, N.C. State Highway Patrol officials said. Brad Barwick, 24, was pronounced dead on the scene when he and Scott Hargrove, 29, were...

Officer testifies as trial continues

As news of the murders of Michael Shawn Maynard and Christie Nicole Jones spread throughout the community New Year's Day in 2004, Wayne County sheriff's deputies scoured the area looking for the suspects. Chris Brown, an acquaintance who allegedly used...

County approves funds for Goldsboro

Parents and students will get some extra help at Goldsboro High School thanks to a donation from the Wayne County commissioners. The commissioners presented Goldsboro High principal Pat Burden with $13,000 at their meeting Tuesday to supplement two grant requests...

Rabid raccoon located in Grantham area

A ninth case of rabies has been reported by Wayne County Animal Control officers. Jerry Pate, the county's chief animal control officer, confirmed Tuesday that the case involved a raccoon and that it occurred west of the Grantham area. "We...

$500,000 grant approved for sewer line at store site

The Fork Township Water District has received a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to assist in building sewer lines for the Wal-Mart site at the intersection of N.C. 581 and U.S. 70. The grant, which...

Public records

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Coretta Mewborn reported someone fired a gunshot into her bedroom window at 11 p.m. Sunday. No one was injured. The bullet caused about $100 in damage. *Someone set a dumpster on fire at...

Lawmakers and candidates to address regional issues

NEW BERN -- State representatives and candidates will be on hand to discuss regional issues Thursday afternoon with residents during a legislative forum in New Bern. The forum, sponsored by the Eastern Carolina Council, will be held in Cravem Community...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Resegregation, Goldsboro parents focus on inequities

City residents blasted the school system Monday night -- not just about the proposed $90 million "brick and mortar" facilities plan up for discussion -- but about issues of segregation and inequities at schools in the central attendance area. The...

Officials meet to talk about plans for U.S.70

The Goldsboro City Council and the Wayne County Board of Commissioners met Monday afternoon in the hopes that both bodies will approve an access management plan to protect the existing and future corridors of U.S. 70. Representatives from Kimley-Horn, a...

Daughter speaks at Cox trial

Cora "Bailey" Maynard doesn't remember what she got for Christmas in 2004, but she knows what happened the day her father died. The 10-year-old remembers because she was there on New Year's Day when her father, Michael Shawn Maynard, 30,...

Owners protest shelter location

Business owners along Wayne Memorial Drive say they agree that the county needs a new animal shelter -- they just don't want it in their neighborhood. Several property owners spoke against a rezoning request by Wayne County officials to change...

Duplin asks to meet with JAS officials on lawsuit

ALBERTSON -- Duplin commissioners want to meet with officials from an ambulance service suing the county in the wake of alleged wrongdoing involving Duplin's emergency services director and another employee. Commissioners asked county attorney Wendy Sivori at their meeting Monday...

Warsaw man charged in multi-county theft ring

KENANSVILLE — A Warsaw man has been charged in connection with a multi-county theft ring area law enforcement officials say took orders from “customers” and then stole high-priced equipment to fill those requests. At a press conference Monday, sheriff’s...

The proposal from the county schools

Here is the background information provided from Wayne County Public Schools about schools in the central attendance area of the county, presented to those attending Monday night's public forum with the master facilities plan committee to discuss construction needs. It...

Jury selected for Wayne murder trial

Six women, six men and one male alternate juror were selected Monday to hear the case of a 29-year-old man who allegedly murdered another man during a gun battle in the summer of 2004. The murder trial of Tavaris Kinte...

Red Cross blood drive Thursday

Blood levels across the nation are critically low. To help make up the shortage, the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding an emergency blood drive Thursday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the chapter house at...

School lunch menus

The following are menus for the Wayne County Public Schools for the week of Sept. 25-29. Monday -- Breakfast: sausage biscuit. Lunch: stuffed crust cheese pizza, baked pork chop with rice, gravy and whole wheat roll, butter beans, steamed carrots,...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Attorney asks to speak to commission

A local attorney who represents a group of people who want to contribute to a new county animal shelter will make a presentation to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. Former Wayne County commissioner Tommy Jarrett has asked to...

City inspectors find violations of housing code

A homemade crack-pipe sits next to a rotting 'Home Sweet Home' sign inside a house on Virginia Street. Shattered windows let the breeze pass through, but still, the stench of mildew and human waste are ever-present as inspectors cite dozens...

Still more to do on city vice clean up

It won't be easy to eliminate prostitution in Goldsboro, but some officials say recent crackdown efforts have made a considerable impact. Goldsboro police kicked off a massive crackdown effort dubbed "Operation Clean Streets" in May 2006. Capt. Al King is...

Fire chief will retire from post this winter

When Bobby Greenfield was a little boy, he dreamed about becoming a firefighter so he could save lives and help people. But that wasn't all. The Goldsboro native decided he not only wanted to work at the fire department. He...

Colleagues, patients, staff remember doctor

Dr. Ralph Bland, a longtime physician in Goldsboro, was remembered today as an empathetic surgeon who set the standard in his field. Dr. Bland, 79, died Saturday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center after a long illness. He practiced medicine in...

Volunteer group finds homes for puppies

KENANSVILLE -- Two women loaded armfuls of pups into Kim Loyd's sport utility vehicle Friday outside the Duplin County Dog Pound. Ms. Loyd is president and founder of the Duplin Animal Rescue Team. "It will be a huge haul today,"...

Duplin landfill fees waived

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin commissioners will waive the tipping fees for the county's third annual Clean Up Day on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. County officials said they took in 66 tons at the landfill during Clean Up...

Public records

Suspect caught after chase Sunday evening, four Goldsboro police officers responded to a breaking and entering call on Central Heights Road. When they arrived at the scene, the victim described a man who had allegedly entered his residence. The suspect...

Kennedy to lead Duplin hospital board

KENANSVILLE -- Thomasine Kennedy of Chinquapin has been named chairman of the board of Duplin General Hospital. She succeeds A. Ray Sanderson, who stepped down after serving on the board for nearly 28 years. Mrs. Kennedy has served on the...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Leading from the front: Col. Kwast takes over 4th Fighter Wing

Col. Steve Kwast chuckles every time he talks to his 8-year-old son about work. Even at a young age, the boy has "captured the essence" of what a leader should be, he said. "I think he has the sensation that...

City schools next on facilities agenda

The third in a series of six public forums to air residents' concerns about education in Wayne County is scheduled for Monday night at Goldsboro High School. The 6:30 p.m. meeting is geared to parents and students in the central...

Airmen coming home

Local heroes have been and will continue to be welcomed on the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base every day this month, marking the end of their four- to six-month deployments throughout Southwest Asia, base officials said. More...

Grubbs family has strong ties to Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mention the last name Grubbs to students or staff connected to Mount Olive College and there's likely to be a hint of recognition. That's because over the last 50 years, 20 members of the family have attended...

Opinions sought for county land-use plans

Young adults might not yet see themselves as leaders in the community, but they will one day be called upon to make decisions about where and how the Wayne County will grow. And county leaders want them to be ready...

Numbers rising at private schools

Enrollment numbers are up this year at some area private schools, officials say. Private schools have typically had smaller numbers, making the increases appear more significant. While officials at Faith Christian Academy said the enrollment is about the same as...

Public Record

Investigations These reports are being investigated by Wayne County law enforcement: *Billy Ray Pope told Goldsboro police that an $800 scooter and $120 raincoat were stolen from his home on Park Avenue. Pope later found the scooter behind Wayco Hams...

Court records

Wayne County Superior Court These cases were heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Tracey Darnell Tribbey, 41, of Rhodes Drive, Dudley, probation violation, probation revoked, sentenced five to six months Wayne County Jail, $97.50 attorney's fee. *Mark Herring, 31, of...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Deputy describes murder scene

At 3:38 a.m. Jan. 1, 2004, Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Steve Mozingo received a call to head to 176 Garrick Lane. There had been a disturbance. Mozingo arrived and made a chilling discovery. "There was a male body lying...

Handicapped Parking

Goldsboro chief building inspector Ed Cianfarra said time is up for businesses in violation of handicapped parking rules and the first fines have been handed down. "This is just starting," he said. "We will be checking." The first violators --...

Leaders: U.S. 70 project on track

Cooperation among the counties along U.S. 70 has led the highway's Corridor Commission to become more unified in its attempts to boost improvements to the highway, consultants said at a meeting Thursday. Consultants working with the commission met with members...

Crew from The Pines spell c-h-a-m-p-s

It was a rematch of alphabetic proportion when the Spell's Angels and the Bee-tles met Thursday night at Walnut Creek Country Club for the annual Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and Wayne Charitable Partnership's annual Corporate Spelling Bee. St. Mary's...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating this reports: *Someone broke into Subway, 395 U.S. Hwy. 111 South, between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9:15 a.m. Thursday and stole $200. Fingerprints were found at the crime scene. Goldsboro police are investigating...

School lunch menus

These are the menus for Wayne Public Schools for Sept. 18-22. Monday -- Breakfast: chicken biscuit. Lunch: pepperoni pizza, salisbury steak with rice, gravy and whole wheat roll, summer blend veggies, garden peas, chilled applesauce, fresh pear, garden salad. Tuesday...

Duplin killer sentenced

KENANSVILLE -- James Theodore Pearsall of Rose Hill was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison this week after a Duplin County jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Matthew Hooks on May 27,...

Center Stage production starts tonight

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" will open tonight at 8 at Goldsboro High School. The production is the first in Center Stage Theatre's 2006-07 season. Bobby Boyd stars in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the...

Helene is the one to watch

Tropical Storm Helene has failed to strengthen as much as the National Hurricane Center predicted but is still forecast to become a hurricane in the next few days. The track of Helene re-mains in question. A turn to the north,...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Testimony begins in Cox murder trial

Cradling two sawed off shotguns, Telly Cox and Chris Brown jumped into Alonza Bedell's silver Chevrolet Malibu and bragged about the crimes they had just committed. "We shot them," Miss Bedell said, repeating what the men told her. Miss Bedell...

Hospital directors OK rate increase

The hospital board has passed its new $176 million budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, which includes funding for a new power plant, new hospital beds, upgraded medical equipment and salary increases and manages a projected increase in...

District still working out kinks in staggered schedule for buses

A staggered bus schedule in the Eastern Wayne schools area is causing some questions from parents as Wayne County Public Schools officials try to come up with a transportation schedule that is cost-effective and convenient for students. And for right...

Teen will answer murder charges

A 17-year-old Goldsboro teen wanted in connection with a double murder and a shooting is now in custody, police officials said. Jerron Lamar Russell of Courtyard Apartments faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Russell...

Base hosts terrorism response meeting

If terrorists strike eastern North Carolina, local law enforcement and airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base intend to be prepared. In an effort to improve reaction time and increase the flow of information in the event of a terror...

Local businesses, groups take time to care for others

Wayne County residents are rolling up their sleeves and even getting a little dirty to better their community this week. During the 2006 Days of Caring, volunteers from businesses, schools and civic groups are doing everything from landscaping and holding...

Wayne County Grand Jury returns multiple charges for sex offenses

A 41-year-old man was indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury with 10 felony counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Thomas Edward Anderson of Goldleaf Drive was one of 83 other people indicted by the grand jury...

WCC voter registration drive to be held Friday

Just one vote can make the difference in any election. But Wayne County residents can't make their voices heard unless they first register to vote. "Look at how close the elections have been? The proof is out there. We had...

Teacher breaks up fight at Rosewood Middle School

A Rosewood Middle School teacher was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning as a precautionary measure after breaking up a fight between two students. School officials confirmed the incident, which happened around 9:30 on Wednesday, and said that had it...

Public records

Investigations Sharon Hall told Goldsboro police that she and a man were sitting in vehicle in the 900 block of Seaboard Street at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday when a man pulled in front of them, got of his car and demanded...

WCC Foundation scholarship fund drive begins

The Foundation of Wayne Community College kicked off its annual campus fund drive to raise money for student scholarships Tuesday with a lunch for more than 200 of the college's faculty and staff members. Last year, the campus campaign netted...

Electronic recycling at Sam's Club Saturday

More than 140 tons of computers and other electronics have been collected by the county since it began its electronics recycling drives more than three years ago. Residents can continue to contribute to this growing amount this weekend. Wayne County...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Overturned tractor

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Goldsboro firefighters work to extract Marshall Cox Sr. from beneath his tractor which overturned in an irrigation ditch on Wayne Memorial Drive Tuesday. A tow truck was used to lift the tractor off Cox, who was taken...

Starling defeats LaRoque for District 10 GOP nod

KINSTON -- Willie Ray Starling won the Republican nomination for the District 10 seat in the state House on Tuesday, defeating incumbent Stephen LaRoque, 1,062 to 969. The vote was a rematch of the May primary, ordered by the state...

Jury set for Cox murder trial

A jury of nine women and three men will decide the fate of accused double murderer Telly T. Cox of LaGrange. The sound of the words, "We are satisfied," from the prosecutor and Cox's defense attorneys ended two days of...

Man trapped under tractor three hours

A Goldsboro man was trapped underwater for about three hours Tuesday when his John Deere tractor overturned in a ditch and pinned him underneath. Marshall Cox Sr. of Wayne Memorial Drive was out "bush-hogging" or cutting bushes on his property...

Wayne County deputy fired after DWI crash

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders regrets that he had to terminate one of his deputies who appeared to have a lot of promise. But he said the actions of Deputy Mathew Sasser, 23, who allegedly got drunk in uniform...

Numbers still rising after 10th-day mark

Wayne County Public Schools' official 10-day enrollment count is in, with more than 100 students than the same time last year. As of Monday, the school system reported 19,426 students in its 32 schools. Last year when the 10th day...

Owner hit when car crashes into store

A Goldsboro businesswoman was seriously injured when an 80-year-old woman drove into the front glass window of Quality Cleaners on Wayne Memorial Drive and pinned her behind the counter. Larose Whaley Caison of Live Oak Drive was behind the wheel...

Mount Olive could relax mobile home limitations

MOUNT OLIVE -- Double-wide mobile homes might soon be going up in Mount Olive again. The Mount Olive Planning Board voted Tuesday night to ask the town board to consider allowing double-wide mobile homes in town and in its extraterritorial...

Police, fire honored by Jaycees

More than 95 people gathered at the First Baptist Church community building on John Street to pay tribute to the men and women of the Goldsboro Police Department and the Goldsboro Fire Department. The event was sponsored by the Goldsboro...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *A 42-year-old Mount Olive woman was found dead in her Bowden Road home. She had a hysterectomy the week before. She also had a medical history. An autopsy will be conducted...

Planning board elects officers

The Wayne County Planning Board elected its chairman and vice chairman Tuesday night. The board re-elected chairman Wayne Aycock and vice-chairman Chris Cox for the next year during the board's meeting at The Steak Barn. Former members of the board...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Attorney questions Cox jury selection

The trial of a LaGrange man charged in a 2004 New Year's Day double homicide kicked off with controversy Monday when his defense attorneys claimed state prosecutors were trying to stack the deck against the defendant by selecting a predominately...

Wayne deputy arrested for DWI

A Wayne County deputy was charged with drunken driving by Johnston County authorities after an accident early today in Johnston County, on the heels of an accident involving a Highway Patrol officer who was charged the same offense in Wayne...

Spring Creek parents asking for more space

About 100 Spring Creek parents and concerned citizens attended the second county Facilities Master Plan Team meeting Monday night at Spring Creek High, many of whom had a new middle school on their minds. The Spring Creek area doesn't have...

The proposal from the County Schools

Here is the background information provided from Wayne County Public Schools about schools in the Spring Creek district of the county, presented to those attending Monday night's public forum with the master facilities plan committee to discuss construction needs. It...

Board records support for GHS principal, staff

The Board of Education threw its support behind Goldsboro High School Principal Patricia Burden and her staff during its meeting Monday afternoon and spoke out against leaders and community members who have been divisive against the public schools. The board...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Eleazar Cardenas reported someone fired shots into the kitchen window while her mother was sitting in the living room. Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Someone entered the gym at Greenwood...

Turnout slow in District 10 revote

Election officials in Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties said voter turnout was slow early today in the race for the Republican candidate for the District 10 seat in the state House. Challenger Willie Ray Starling and incumbent Stephen LaRoque are...

Residents warned about tax scams

Following a recent increase in scam e-mails, the Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers to be on the lookout for bogus e-mails claiming to be from the tax agency. The IRS saw an increase in complaints in recent weeks about these...

Food Bank helping flooded areas

RALEIGH -- The Food Bank of central and eastern North Carolina distributes daily to the area that was in the direct path of Ernest. Wilmington, where Ernesto chose to come ashore, and Duplin County which is served by the Raleigh...

ECU to hold Literary Homecoming

Authors and readers from North Carolina will convene at East Carolina University in Greenville Sept. 29-30 for the 3rd Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming. The annual free event, offered by ECU's Joyner Library and Sheppard Memorial Library, aims to increase...

Monday, September 11, 2006

To remember

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Southern Wayne student and ROTC member Tim Gill raises the flag during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Southern Wayne High School this morning. Students and staff, as well as Grantham firefighters and police officers attended the flag...

Not forgotten: Five years later, memory still fresh for many in Wayne

As members of the Goldsboro Fire Department's C-Shift gathered around the American flag at 8:46 this morning with their heads bowed in prayer, many said they could still picture where they were when news that American Airlines Flight 11 had...

Catching marijuana growers expensive

Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials have several leads, but the identities of those responsible for growing more than 21,000 marijuana plants seized in recent months remain a mystery. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said Friday no arrests have been made...

Voters will cast ballots in Starling/LaRoque race

Voters in four eastern Wayne County precincts can go to the polls Tuesday to help decide who will be the Republican candidate for the District 10 seat in the state House of Representatives in November. Polls will open at 6:30...

'Booze It and Lose It' totals

Goldsboro police handed out 366 citations during a three-week campaign designed to take drunken drivers off the roads. The campaign dubbed "Booze It & Loose It" ran from Aug. 17 through Sept. 3. Police handed out 121 citations during the...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *An 8-year-old Goldsboro boy reported he found a gun in his cousin's room and started to play with it. The gun accidentally went off, striking him in the hand. The boy...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Starling and LaRoque to do battle Tuesday

A decision in the race to determine the Republican candidate for the District 10 seat in the state House will be made Tuesday by voters in Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties as voters go to the polls to cast ballots...

Wayne couple recalls volunteering at World Trade Center

As Tom and Jean Frye drove up I-95 North toward New York, drivers honked their car horns, gave the thumbs-up sign and waved small American flags. Some pulled over to allow the Fryes to pass by more quickly. They didn't...

School facilities meeting at Spring Creek Monday

The team of county and school officials charged with determining where and how much money will be spent on school facilities in Wayne County is headed to Spring Creek High Monday. The Master Facilities Plan team, which includes representatives from...

Annexation opponents file petition with state Supreme Court

Residents in the neighborhoods near Buck Swamp and Salem Church roads are continuing their legal fight with the city of Goldsboro over the involuntary annexation of their property into the city limits. Good Neighbors United, a group of residents in...

Days Caring this week

Wayne County residents gathered on the steps of the courthouse Friday to kick off a week of caring for their neighbors. Days of Caring will run through Sept. 16. The event, which is sponsored by United Way and Volunteer Wayne,...

Gas prices dropping

Who would have thought that $2.49 would seem like a bargain when it comes to filling up your tank? After weeks of watching prices edge closer to $3 than $2, local and state officials -- and gas distributors -- are...

Red Cross urges residents to get 'Vial of Life'

The Red Cross' Vial of Life could save your life. The Vial of Life is a hard plastic tube that contains a medical history along with personal information that emergency services personnel can easily find in the event of an...

Better Business leader says military families often target of scams

Eastern North Carolina Better Business Bureau President Beverly Baskin has a message for consumers, and she's taking it to the streets. She calls it the "road show," and on Thursday she was in Goldsboro holding a workshop at the Chamber...

Friday, September 8, 2006

Flooding concerns

News-Argus/Bobby Williams City of Goldsboro employee Darrence Warren picks up some of the trash left after last Friday's flooding caused by rain from Tropical Storm Ernesto. For more information see Stoney Creek flooding makes park questionable....

Teens sentenced for Dudley murder

A Wayne County Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday that three teens who murdered a Dudley man with an SKS assault rifle over his stash of marijuana and drug money will spend the next eight to 10 years behind bars. Michael...

Stoney Creek flooding makes park questionable

On the morning Tropical Storm Ernesto dumped heavy rains on much of eastern North Carolina, Jane Thomas was among those standing along Ash Street -- watching Stoney Creek Park fill up "like a bowl," she said. Some Goldsboro residents said...

State board members tour Goldsboro High

The state Board of Education shared positive impressions from their visit to Goldsboro High School this week and then heard from the state NAACP president about issues of resegregation in the central attendance area. The board split the week in...

Shooter on the run in morning robbery

Goldsboro police are searching for a suspect who stormed into a motel room at the Lodge Inn, shot the occupant and stole his wallet this morning. Police responded to the Lodge Inn, 2306 Norwood Ave., at 5 a.m., just five...

Haulers aren't happy about fines for cardboard

County officials say that in just a little more than a week after the new cardboard ban went into effect at the Wayne County landfill, they have seen an improvement. But, they added, they have also seen their fair share...

Grant will help rehabilitate some low-income houses

Some Wayne County neighborhoods in desperate need of rehabilitation will be getting help from money from a state Commerce Department grant. The $700,000 Community Development Block Grant should help rehabilitate or rebuild some homes in the neighborhoods around Cobb-Coley Lane...

Alliance kicks off new focus for county

The Wayne County Development Alliance honored its supporters and its members discussed the future of economic development in the county at a luncheon Wednesday. The economic development organization -- a combination of the former Goldsboro and Mount Olive committees of...

Southern Family Market for sale

The corporate office of Southern Family Market confirmed Thursday that the company's store on Wayne Memorial Drive is for sale. The grocery chain's headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. announced last month it was going to close 13 stores in Georgia, Alabama...

Mount Olive College receives $25,000 grant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has received a $25,000 grant from the Harold H. Bate Foundation. The matching funds grant will be used for the college's development of a campus in New Bern. The college's rapid growth in Craven...

Thursday, September 7, 2006

SJAFB Change of Command

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Brig. Gen. Blair E. Hanson, left, leads Col. Mike Holmes and Col. Steven L. Kwast to the change of command ceremony on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base today. Col. Holmes has been reassigned to a position in...

Students, parents share views with state board

Goldsboro High School students and parents told visting members of the N.C. Board of Education Wednesday that for their school to succeed, they need more support and resources. Local and state educators met with parents, students and community members during...

Officials review school improvement plan

Local and state educators Wednesday night reviewed plans for ensuring that low-performing schools like Goldsboro High School will move toward improving test scores. Representatives from the state Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction visited Wayne County to...

Cox, 23, will face murder charges

The third defendant charged in connection with a 2004 New Year's Day double homicide is expected to have his day in court Monday. The trial of 23-year-old Telly Cox, of LaGrange Street, LaGrange, is scheduled for Courtroom 5 at the...

Col. Kwast takes reins at Seymour

As Col. Mike Holmes received his final salute from the men and women of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, some of the stoic faces in the crowd revealed soft smiles. A formal ceremony on base this morning made it official...

After slow start, enrollments are up in schools

With less than two weeks into the new school year, students in the public schools have already experienced an early dismissal day, cancellation of classes and a holiday. Anticipating the storm Ernesto's arrival, school officials released students early on Thursday...

Case Farms could get OK to expand

A zoning dilemma that has hindered Case Farms from expanding its processing plant operation might have been solved by a rezoning being considered by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. The company had purchased a tract of land adjacent to...

Public records

Statutory rape The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has charged Manfred Jennings Hood III, 30, of Falling Creek Church Road, with four counts of first degree statutory rape. He was placed under $400,000 bond Wednesday following investigation into a report of...

WCC class to trace barbecue heritage

A North Carolina history class at Wayne Community College is seeking information and artifacts related to Wayne County's barbecue heritage. The class, led by instructor Charlotte Brow, is developing an exhibit for the Wayne County Museum that will run from...

Seminar Tuesday on developing a business

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer the free seminar on developing a business plan Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, from 6-9 .m. in Room 104 of the Walnut Building. "Develop A Business Plan That Works For...

MOC alumni from across U.S. gather

Twenty-six members of the Mount Olive College Alumni Board and their spouses recently convened for one of their tri-annual meetings. Coming from all across the country, they gather for a few days each winter, summer, and fall to discuss and...

Correction

A story in Monday's News-Argus indicated that library cards for the Wayne County Public Library can be obtained over the telephone. That is not true. Library cards must be applied for in person....

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Councilmen eye funding for project

With their eyes on a potential funding source for a new community building downtown, Goldsboro City Council members approved a budget amendment for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partner-ship programs, at their meeting Monday. Community Development coordinator...

Best asks about tax revenues

A Wayne County commissioner questioned Tuesday how the county's public school system is spending its sales tax revenue, and why it hasn't used the money to build new schools. The money generated from the county's half-cent sales tax is issued...

Ban on development near airport approved

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved a six-month moratorium on development around the Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport on Tuesday despite hearing from landowners who opposed the measure. County Manager Lee Smith said county officials and the Airport's Authority have considered...

Heavy rain isn't helping flood conditions in Duplin

RALEIGH -- Thick thunderstorms prolonged flood conditions in eastern North Carolina on Tuesday night, and forecasters projected that the Northeast Cape Fear River could remain at major flood levels until the end of the week. Some areas saw 6 inches...

Suspect will face assault charges

A Goldsboro man will face charges in connection with a Labor Day shooting that left a 21-year-old man seriously injured. Ronald Edwards of Courtyard Circle told police a man he knew opened fire on him about 12:45 p.m. Monday while...

Pikeville considers change in governing

The Pikeville Town Board of Commissioners is considering changing the town's governmental structure from an administrator-commissioner format to a manager-council format. The change would give the town administrator more responsibility, said Mayor Herb Sieger, including the power to hire and...

Discount grocery store opens doors in city on Berkeley Blvd.

Nathan Arvin has seen the evolution of Save-A-Lot stores in his 20 years in "limited assortment groceries," and the new Goldsboro store and three others in the state are the most customer-friendly, he said. The new store, which is located...

Public records

Crime of the Week An armed robbery has been selected by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers as this week's "Crime of the Week." Robin Lofton and Sylvia Mickens reported they were robbed at gunpoint in the KFC parking lot on Ash...

County asks state to take a look at annexation rules

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday asking legislators to form a commission to study involuntary and satellite annexations by municipalities and their effect on local governments and taxpayers. Commissioner Efton Sager drafted the resolution and told...

Mount Olive College and business leaders plan Thursday get-together

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College and the town's downtown business community will hold a Community Connection Evening from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday on Center Street in downtown. The college will be showcasing the clubs and other student organizations...

Drug dens raided

Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad agents raided two suspected drug dens that led to the arrests of two men. Darrell K. Foye, 48, of South Best Street, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Foye also was...

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

State Board of Education is coming to Goldsboro

When the State Board of Education rolls into town for a meeting this week, it will also be an opportunity for educators and the public to weigh in on the state of the schools, particularly Goldsboro High. The state board...

Creeks have stopped rising after Ernesto

KENANSVILLE -- Several roads in southern and eastern Duplin County remain closed because of high water today, but emergency officials said they do not expect rain predicted for the next several days to push levels higher. Tropical storm Ernesto dumped...

City Council meeting moved

Problems with the building's air-conditioning has prompted officials to move tonight's meeting of the Goldsboro City Council out of City Hall. Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan said the meeting, still scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, will be held at...

City officials say Goldsboro was ready for rising creek waters

Nothing could have prevented the flooding that occurred at Stoney Creek Park, Barnyard Shopping Center and on some city streets Friday, officials said. But City Manager Joe Huffman said local neighbors and business owners can always be more prepared. When...

Fence installed at Civil War battlesite

While most Wayne County residents took the day off Monday, a group of Civil War buffs labored to erect a split rail fence at the site of the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge, where county officials and local historians hope a...

Campbell University Divinity School to offer classes at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A partnership has been formed between Mount Olive College and the Campbell University Divinity School, with Campbell offering courses at the Mount Olive campus that lead to a master of divinity degree. The instructor for the first...

What to expect next

Wayne County can expect weather conditions to improve as the week goes on, but for the next couple of days should brace for possible stormy conditions, according to weather officials. Brandon Dunstan of the National Weather Service in Raleigh said...

Fundraiser planned for Howell residents

The staff at RHA Howell Care Center hope that a fundraiser later this month will help them buy Christmas gifts and equipment for the nearly 40 youths and adults they work with daily. Howell's is a residential center for physically...

Calendar set for WCC humanities department

Wayne Community College's Arts and Humanities Program has set its calendar of events for the coming year, program director William Brettmann has announced. In addition to classes on campus, trips are being planned as well as a tribute to a...

Monday, September 4, 2006

Col. Kwast will take over 4th Fighter Wing Thursday

The 4th Fighter Wing will mark the end of an era -- and welcome the beginning of a new one -- at a formal change of command ceremony Thursday on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Col. Mike Holmes will pass...

Some roads in Duplin still closed, but waters going down

Water on the roadways in Duplin County is receding, but cleanup and rescue crews are still assisting where needed, including a local team deployed to help in Pender County, officials said this morning. Several roads remain closed by the Department...

Family at first sight

Frances and Christian Shaw fell in love with their children before they even met them. They already had three of their own -- Conner, 8, Andrew, 6, and Noah, 3 -- highly anticipated and loved before they came into the...

Parents can help reduce childhood fatalities

Parents who have lost a child are urged to join a Wayne County organization whose goal is to learn how to prevent childhood deaths. The purpose of the Wayne County Community Child Fatality Prevention Team is to examine early childhood...

Sutlers sought for next battle at Goldsborough Bridge site

At the next reenactment of the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge, there will be more than gunfire and cannon sounds. Soldiers and visitors will be able to experience a little of what shopping was like in the 19th centry. Waynesborough Historical...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Donna Carter Mynatt reported someone she knew aimed a rifle at her as she backed out of the driveway. She stated the suspect also left a voicemail on her home phone...

WCC business start-up seminar

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer the free seminar "How to Start A Business," on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in room 101 of the Walnut Building. Call 735-5151, ext. 334 to pre-register by...

Duplin County Library pushes library card signup this month

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Library system is holding a campaign to sign up first-time library patrons in observance of September as Library Card Sign-up Month. During September the American Library Association and libraries across the state will be reminding...

Virtual books available at county library

A "virtual library" is now available for avid readers without having to leave home. Wayne County Public Library has added a database that allows for access to thousands of books, both in print and audio format, simply by getting on-line....

ECU professor to deliver lecture on immigration

MOUNT OLIVE -- David Griffith, senior scientist and professor of anthropology at East Carolina University, will speak at the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center at Mount Olive College on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 a.m. He will speak on "Best...

Ayden Collard Festival this week

AYDEN -- The annual Ayden Collard Festival will be held this week, starting with pageants today and continuing with food and entertainment through the weekend. The Junior Miss and Collard Queen pageants were to be held this evening, with rides...

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Post Ernesto: Still some water, but few threats expected downriver

Tropical Storm Ernesto might have left the state, but the effects of its fury are still being felt in Goldsboro and other neighboring communities. Elizabeth Hollowell and her two young children, Blade and Annie, got a chilling wake-up call at...

Duplin's storm

KENANSVILLE -- Emergency workers used boats to rescue 50 flooded-out residents in the southern portion of Duplin County before 9 a.m. today. They expected more flooding in the southern areas by this afternoon, and the possibility that even more residents...

A new flight plan: Holmes says goodbye

The first time Col. Mike Holmes fired up an F-15, he realized that the jet was much like its namesake -- the eagle. "You climb up that ladder and you're head is sitting 12 feet off the ground and you...

Worker charged in beating of patient

A former employee of the Nova Behavioral Healthcare Corp. on Airport Road faces charges for allegedly severely beating a mentally ill male patient. Laytoya Teashay Daniels, 22, of East Pine Street, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of...

Absentee ballots ready for LaRoque-Starling rematch

The last day to request absentee ballots for the North Carolina House of Representatives District 10 primary is Tuesday, Wayne County Board of Elections officials said. All absentee ballots must be returned to the Wayne County Board of Elections office...

Government offices closed for Labor Day

Federal, state, county and city offices in Wayne and Duplin counties will close Monday in observance of Labor Day. In Wayne County, county offices will be closed. In Goldsboro, all city offices will be closed. The Wayne Board of Elections...

Charlotte water rescue team helps with evacuations

CHINQUAPIN -- David Poole knew there was a storm coming before he fell asleep Thursday night. By Friday morning, his bed was the only place he could escape the rising floodwaters. As Tropical Storm Ernesto stormed through eastern North Carolina,...

Singer to perform at MOC Sept. 14

MOUNT OLIVE -- Scott Bircher, a Christian contemporary singer, will perform at Mount Olive College on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Rodgers Chapel. His performance will be sponsored by the campus activity board. A native of Vanceboro, Bircher...

Scott Berkeley chapter of AFA honored for efforts to help youth

The Scott Berkeley Chapter of the Air Force Association received an Aerospace Education Council Award for Sustained Performance for Aerospace Education from the national organization for its commitment to helping young people obtain an education. The chapter was one of...

Rezonings, site plans on board agendas

Both the Goldsboro City Council and Wayne County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday for their first sessions of the month. City officials will meet at 7 p.m. in the large conference room at City Hall to hear from residents...

Friday, September 1, 2006

Duplin flooding

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Northeast firefighters used a tractor and boats to remove families from low-lying areas along N.C. 41, east of Wallace, this morning. Wallace was hit with approximately 13 inches of rain. Firefighters planned to be on the scene...

Thousands lose power as Ernesto rumbles through area counties

Thousands of homes were without power around the area today as Tropical Storm Ernesto rolled through eastern North Carolina overnight. Progress Energy said 7,000 of its customers were still without electricity at 6 a.m. as its workers were feverishly trying...

Labor Day weekend checkpoints planned

Booze It and Lose It. That's the message law enforcement officials want to spread to the community as this Labor Day weekend gets under way. Officers from the Goldsboro Police Department kicked off their new Booze It and Lose it...

Tree downs power lines near Lionel and Holly

A Goldsboro woman was evacuated from her home this morning as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ernesto flooded the area surrounding her home on Alabama Avenue, officials said. A few blocks over, Henry Jinette noticed a large limb blocking Beech...

Power outages, flooding and gusty winds in Wayne

Wayne County Emergency Services crews were kept hopping overnight as heavy rain and gusty winds from Tropical Storm Ernesto made their way across the state. Emergency Services Director Joe Gurley said the center of Tropical Storm Ernesto traveled between Goldsboro...

Wallace hit - 50 rescued by boat

KENANSVILLE -- Emergency workers used boats to rescue 50 flooded-out residents in the southern portion of Duplin County before 9 a.m. today. They expected more flooding in the southern areas by this afternoon, and the possibility that even more residents...

Wayne, Duplin Schools close

High winds, flooding and power outages prompted school officials to cancel school today, upgrading Thursday night's announcement that schools would operate on a two-hour delay. Duplin County schools made the call to close early this morning, with Wayne County following...

United Way shows off 'Portraits of Promise'

Poignant pictures told stories of hope, happpiness and success at United Way of Wayne County's Portraits of Promise event Thursday at the Arts Council. Five large black-and-white portraits paired a local resident who has been helped by United Way with...

Count eyes ban on work at airport

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will have a public hearing at its meeting next Tuesday to consider placing a moratorium on development around the Goldsboro-Wayne County Municipal Airport. The measure would stop industrial and commercial development around the airport...

Public records

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: Burglary *Megan Davis reported at 2:28 p.m. Thursday that someone broke into her home on North Carolina Street. The suspect broke the glass out of her rear patio door to gain entry, stole...

Clarification

A story that appeared in Thursday's edition of the News-Argus said Wayne County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Taylor and County Manager Lee Smith were aware that Wayne County voters could not support a bond referendum if it were introduced. The...