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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween head start - costumes already dot county

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Employees at Piggly Wiggly in Mount Olive got a chance to dress up for Halloween this year to get a head start on the annual holiday celebration. From left, cashier Sarah Sparrow is a cowgirl, cashier Tiffany...

Flu battle set to begin

Goldsboro Pediatrics has received an adequate supply of flu vaccines, with no sign of an outbreak at this point, Dr. David Tayloe said Monday. Tayloe's office began offering the flu shots last Thursday, he said, with one case of flu...

Money is slowing demolition progress

There is a box inside the Goldsboro Inspections Department. It's filled with case files on properties slated for official condemnation and demolition orders from City Council members. Some have been in that box for years. Others made the stack mere...

Fire claims Kenly woman's life

KENLY -- A house fire in rural Johnston County took the life of a 77-year-old woman early Monday morning. Lorraine Speite Jones died in the blaze while trying to escape. Three other family members were able to get out of...

Cherry will offer new edition of cookbook

The staff at Cherry Hospital hope they have the recipe for a successful fundraiser -- the third edition of an employee-generated cookbook first introduced more than 20 years ago. "The Melting Pot III" was originally produced in 1983, with another...

Incumbent Howard will battle challenger for Duplin seat

For about a month, Democrat Larry Howard thought he wasn't going to have any opposition in November's election as he ran for a third term on the Duplin County Board of Commissioners. Then Cary Turner turned in his petition and...

WCC asks for input from community on search for president

The public is invited to be part of the process to choose the next president of Wayne Community College. On Thursday evening, a "community focus group" meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Walnut Building....

Halloween trick-or-treat times set for local towns

It's finally here -- the night of costumes, candy, scares and surprises. Goldsboro and Mount Olive officials said both are recognizing Halloween and trick-or-treat festivities today. As is their custom, the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. will host its Boo-It event...

Sheriff's Office chaplain honored by state association

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Pastor Pete Williams won the President's Award during the North Carolina Chaplain Association's annual meeting held in Asheville Oct. 2-4. The President's Award is the most distinguished honor presented each year by the organization. Williams...

Public records

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating a robbery at a hotel room on U.S 70 east bypass. A man and a woman barged into the room and robbed a couple, investigators said. The woman suspect served as the lookout while the...

Mozingo takes seat on Seven Springs board

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Bobby Mozingo has replaced retired town commissioner Lib Quinn on the Seven Springs town board. Mrs. Quinn resigned from the board in July for health reasons. Her term will expire in November 2007. Mozingo offered his services...

Retired legislator will speak at WCC

Jimmie Ford, retired WCC associate vice president and former Wayne County commissioner and state legislator, will speak Nov. 15 at Wayne Community College from noon until 1 p.m. in Room 101 of the Walnut Building. The free event is sponsored...

GATEWAY applies for $730,000 state grant

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority approved a resolution today allowing the city-county partnership to apply for a $730,000 grant from the state. If the money is received, it would help GATEWAY with administrative, capital and operating costs for the 2007-08 fiscal...

Monday, October 30, 2006

Christmas lights

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Cleveland Artis hangs a strand of lights on one of the trees that line Center Street this morning in preparation for the coming holiday season. Nearly three and a half miles of lights are used to light...

Gang markings show up more and more in region

KENANSVILLE -- The sloppy graffiti tagged all over abandoned buildings, isolated barns, bridge sidings, street signs and in alleyways throughout Duplin County doesn't mean much to most people. But gang members and Detective Eric Southerland notice it all -- all...

High-speed chase ends near Wilson

FREMONT -- Fremont police collared two suspects who led them on a high-speed chase Sunday after they failed to pull over during a routine traffic stop. Jamel Sherrod, 32, of South Vance Street, the driver of a black 2006 Nissan...

Hospital's volunteer chaplains offer comfort to local families

The Rev. Ralph Johnson recalls the first time he helped a family deal with the loss of a child. "I received a call late one evening and was informed that there was an infant death," he said. "I rushed to...

City man charged in two rapes, kidnapping

The case of a Goldsboro man accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing at least two mentally ill women is expected to be heard at the Wayne County Courthouse today. The case of Rodney Levon Williams is set for 1:30...

A canine costume gathering

It pays to be a diva. When Quincy the Yorkshire terrier appeared before the judges at the Wayne County Humane Society's annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest Saturday afternoon, she was rolled in by owners Tiffany and Vic Holland of Goldsboro....

Girl Scout councils discuss merger plan

Girl Scouts in Goldsboro could belong to a much larger council this time next year if all goes according to plan. But Coastal Carolina Council director Debbie McDowell-Tate says the only changes local troops will see are more opportunities for...

Flu vaccines available for some in area

Flu vaccines for pregnant women and children, age 6 months to 18 years, are now available at the Duplin County Health Department. They are free of charge. "It's a different dose, but it's all supplied by the state. Because it's...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Wayne County sheriff's deputies arrested a man allegedly responsible for breaking into a property in the Rosewood area. Deputies received a report regarding the alleged theft on Oct. 26. The suspect...

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Airshow brings $2 million to county economy

More than 67,000 people came to Wayne County two weeks ago for the annual Wings Over Wayne Airshow -- and they left behind nearly $2 million. N.C. Department of Trans-portation tallied the attendance for the Oct. 15 event at Seymour...

143 are registered as sex offenders in Wayne County

Do you know who your neighbors are? More than 143 sex offenders call Wayne their county of residence. Sgt. John Denny of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Support Services Division is charged with registering sex offenders in the county....

Agency to receive $900,000 for youth programs

Smart Choices for Youth Inc. has received a portion of a $900,000 grant to help faith-based and community organizations offer services for Wayne County youths and families over the next three years. Smart Choices was one of only three programs...

Computers will connect law enforcement agencies

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office will be adding a few more bells and whistles to their office computers and patrol cars that will help improve staff efficiency and increase officer visibility. All law enforcement agencies in Wayne County including...

Transformer fire puts Berkeley in dark Saturday

A failed transformer caught fire and tripped a feeder line to 1,000 power customers on Berkeley Boulevard around lunch time Saturday. The outage affected two traffic lights and several businesses, including the Berkeley Mall, on a two-block stretch of Berkeley...

Grantham 13-year-old brings home top hog title

The State Fair Open Livestock Show -- "That's it. That's the World Series, or for us, the Superbowl since we love football," Floyd Sauls of Grantham said. For Sauls' 13-year old grandson, Douglas Williams, also of Grantham, the opening...

County approves Work First program renewal

More than 2,500 people have the skills and education necessary to find a job thanks to the Wayne County Department of Social Services Work First program, local officials say. And with an extension of the program through 2009 recently granted...

Wild horse adoption Nov. 4-5 in Duplin

KENANSVILLE -- The U.S. Department of Interior and the federal Bureau of Land Management will hold a special wild horse and burro adoption at the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville on Nov. 4-5. The adoption will be held from...

Veterans Day celebrations set for Goldsboro, Princeton

Entries in the Princeton Veterans Day Parade are still being accepted. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, starting at 2 p.m. The Wayne County Veterans Day Parade will be held the same day in downtown Goldsboro, starting at...

Riders will collect toys for children

Hundreds of motorcycle riders will strap on their helmets, climb on their bikes and travel from Smithfield to Goldsboro Nov. 4 to help collect dozens of toys for scores of special children. Shelton's Harley-Davidson Inc. will sponsor this year's...

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Shot by stranger Tenesha Nicole McLain of South Center Street, Mount Olive, was in stable condition Saturday night at Wayne Memorial Hospital, where she was recovering from gunshot wounds. Ms. McLain told Goldsboro police investigators she was standing outside Room...

Operation Christmas Child still seeking shoe box donations

Individuals, church groups, businesses and civic clubs are urged to contribute to the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. The Christian organization distributes shoe boxes filled with gifts to thousands of needy children around the world. In...

Officers suggest safety tips for young ghosts to enjoy Halloween

More than 500 children and adults braved rainy conditions to attend The Lord's Table Fall Festival Friday night. Children dressed like princesses, pumpkins, Spider-Man and other popular Halloween costume favorites pranced around snacking on hotdogs and other goodies. Members...

Scouts get chance to try out jobs of law enforcement officers

Brian Newsome wants to be a patrolman. And although he's only 17, he's already taken a couple of "ride-alongs" with Goldsboro police officers. His first ride-along was on New Year's Eve. Alcohol was involved in a lot of the calls...

Counties tell state what they want on legislative agenda

The start of the North Carolina General Assembly's 2007 long session is still three months away, but lobbying efforts by the state's 100 counties have already begun. Working through the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, Duplin County and...

Deadline Wednesday for Mayor's Committee award nominations

Wednesday is deadline to submit nomination forms for the Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year, and the Mayor's Trophy awards, which are given annually by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilites. The awards will given out Nov....

Churches give $83,975 to MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Original Free Will Baptist churches in Wayne County generated $83,975 in gifts to Mount Olive College, the denomination's private, Christian liberal arts institution. During the recently annual college dinner, 220 people attended and churches presented their gifts....

Friday, October 27, 2006

More than 2,000 have cast ballots

More than 2,000 Wayne County residents have already cast ballots for November's general election, with about a week left before Election Day, officials said. One-stop early voting began Oct. 19 at the Wayne County Public Library and will continue each...

Schools, county will talk facilities

Discussion about Wayne County Public Schools' construction needs is expected to resume within the next two weeks, school officials announced Thursday. A meeting of the Master Facilities Plan Team will be scheduled in that timeframe, said Ken Derksen, public relations...

Renovations could run over $3 million, city officials learn

A general increase in cost for supplies, transportation and petroleum products is expected to push the cost of renovation and restoration of Goldsboro's original City Hall over $3 million -- at least, architect Grimsley Hobbs told City Council members this...

Woman injured in collision with train

A Goldsboro woman was injured Thursday when a train plowed into her automobile on Community Drive near Rosewood High School causing extensive damage to the vehicle. Taherah Shante Simms, 18, of Millbrook Village Drive, was traveling south on N.C. 581...

Goldsboro High students take on weeding, writing project

When Brandie Davis started teaching at Goldsboro High School last year, she said she noticed the grounds could use some sprucing up. The English teacher decided to involve her students, so she made the flower-planting project a class assignment. Junior...

Former employee faces sex charge

A former Cherry Hospital employee convicted of soliciting sex from a mentally ill patient won't have to spend a day in prison if he follows the terms of his plea deal, but he will have to register as a sex...

Duplin County murderer becoming eligible for parole

A man who was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in Duplin County on Aug. 6, 1991, has just entered a program that could allow him to be paroled...

Downtown Halloween festivities Tuesday

The city of Goldsboro and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. have designated Tuesday evening, Oct. 31, as the official time for children in the city to trick-or-treat. And to make the holiday safer and even more festive, city officials have...

Wayne Memorial Hospital nurses among the "Great 100"

Two Wayne Memorial Hospital nurses are among the state's "Great 100" registered nurses chosen this year for demonstrating excellence in patient care. Shana Bostic, an RN in PACU, and Donna Edmundson, corporate health coordinator for the hospital, were recognized recently...

Man faces arson charges after fight

A Mount Olive man arrested for domestic violence Thursday after a fight with his girlfriend, now faces an additional charge in the case. Joseph Irving Powell Jr., 33, of Thunder Swamp Road, was originally charged with assault on a female...

Judge Rusty Duke makes bid for Supreme Court chief

Superior Court Judge Rusty Duke wants voters to know that the judicial candidates they will see on the November ballot are not just names on a piece of paper. Duke, a Superior Court Judge from Greenville, is running for Chief...

Faison sets hours for Halloween

FAISON -- Halloween trick-or-treaters in Faison are being urged by the Town Board to do their partying on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. The board set those hours as the official trick-or-treating time for the town at its recent meeting....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Minshew, Winders battle for clerk of court job

Pam Minshew and Randy Winders said they both believe they have the knowledge and experience to be Wayne County's next clerk of court -- but for different reasons. Mrs. Minshew has spent the last 25 years in nearly every department...

Voters say war, taxes, price of oil key issues

Bronnie Quinn is worried about how the government is spending money. Ed Faircloth doesn't like the way the war in Iraq is being handled. Glenn Odom says there's got to be a better way than paying $2 and change for...

Flood woes suck money out of city's bug budget

Heavy rains and floodwater that saturated much of Goldsboro and Wayne County this summer left their mark. Monday, City Council members dealt with one of the aftereffects of that wet weather -- exhaustion of funding for the city's Mosquito Control...

Timeline set for $145M Cherry Hospital project

State officials visited Goldsboro Wednesday afternoon to discuss plans for the new Cherry Hospital, which is expected to be built within the next three years. Last summer, the N.C. General Assembly approved $145 million to finance the project to replace...

Pikeville Halloween festival

Little ghouls and goblins will scare up some fun when they converge in Pikeville for this year's Halloween festival Oct. 31. The event will last from 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween in the town's park. Coordinators will hand out...

Kaiser, Tucker will try to capture District 4 N.C. House seat

Richard Kaiser, a first-time Republican candidate, is challenging Democrat Russell Tucker for his District 4 seat in the North Carolina state House. "I have never held elected office and I have never worked in a direct line where I...

Public records

Wood load stolen Goldsboro police are investigating the theft of a log truck trailer filled with wood that was parked on U.S. 117 south. The truck was owned by Johnson Trucking in Pikeville. Damage was estimated at $12,000....

Man charged with assault on woman

Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies charged a man with assault on a female today after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and then tried to set her mobile home afire. Damages to the home of Lisa Joy Hood on Thunder Swamp...

WCC seminar on workspace conflict November 9

A free seminar designed to help employers and staffs deal with conflict will be held next month at Wayne Community College. The Business and Industry Center is sponsoring the session on "Workplace Conflict" on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 1:30 to...

Open house Saturday at wellness center

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dedication ceremonies will be Saturday for the Pope Wellness Center at Mount Olive College, a state-of-the-art facility that also features individual and corporate memberships. The public is invited to the open house, which will be from 1...

Duplin district attorney's office opens after repairs

After six weeks of spreading their work around their Onslow and Sampson county locations, 4th District Attorney Dewey Hudson and the rest of his Duplin County staff are finally back in the Duplin Street office. The office, which was closed...

Customer Service Seminar

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer the free seminar "Superior Customer Service" on Nov. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 101 of the Walnut Building. Call 735-5151, ext. 334 by November 14 to...

Clarifications

A story in Wednesday’s News-Argus indicated that attorney Ron Lawrence delivered a restitution payment in a case involving the former Doll House on U.S. 70 east that was shut down by county law enforcement officials. Lawrence did not pay...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ending crime a top priority, residents say

Steve Pulliam said Beech Street is no longer the "pleasant place" he moved to 25 years ago. The children who used to play in the front lawns that line his neighborhood have been replaced by drug dealers and prostitutes, he...

Thomas, incumbent Smith will battle for school board seat

In the only contested race for a seat on the Wayne County Board of Education, former teacher and coach Dave Thomas is challenging incumbent Lehman Smith for the District 1 seat on the board. Smith is seeking a third term...

Doll House's owners pay part of fines

A judgment issued against a couple who owned a business that included prostitution has been settled in court. Attorney Ron Lawrence delivered a $6,820 check to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Monday. The check was issued by property owners, William...

Berry Towne Gifts is chance to create handmade crafts

Berry Towne Gifts, located in the middle of the O'Berry Center campus, might be one of the best-kept secrets in Wayne County. Each year, more residents discover the combination gift shop and studio. What they might not realize, though, is...

Lighthouse board eyes next steps for shelter

After a two-week closure and questions about finances that included non-payment of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes, The Lighthouse of Wayne County Inc. will return to business as usual Monday. But members of the board of directors for the...

Council targets more houses for demolition

Goldsboro City Council members condemned four dilapidated structures Monday at their final meeting of the month. Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said the three houses had run through all phases of minimum housing and that the commercial building has been...

Wayne County drivers take first and second at State Fair demolition derby

RALEIGH -- Wayne County demolition derby drivers Tim Kimbrough and Chris "Arab" Lane brought home first and second place at the derby competition at the North Carolina State Fair on Sunday. Kimbrough, 31, driving a 1975 Chevrolet Impala, was the...

Public records

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *An officer suffered minor injuries during a struggle with an inmate in the Wayne County Jail's booking office Tuesday morning. Officer Thomas Collins reported Rapheal Bizzell, 56, of Ruskin Road, Dudley, punched him...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Memories shared

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Former Pfc. Jack Lucas, the youngest Marine ever to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, salutes his audience at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Monday. At 15 years old, after lying to get into the service...

Residents challenge access plan

It was standing room only in the large conference room at City Hall Monday, as dozens of residents turned out to voice their concerns over the U.S. 70 Access Management Study. Goldsboro City Councilman Chuck Allen opened the public hearing...

Youngest Marine Medal of Honor winner visits SJAFB

For Jack Lucas, diving on a live grenade to save his comrades from certain death at Iwo Jima was a defining moment in his life -- not the fact that he was only 15 years old when he did it....

Clinics still don't have flu vaccine for children

A delay in production and distribution of flu vaccines for young children has stalled some local pediatricians, who say they anticipate the shots will be available by next week. One manufacturer of flu shots for children ages 3 and under...

Two armed robberies hit county

Goldsboro and Wayne County lawmen captured two suspects within hours of armed robberies Sunday and Monday nights. A Virginia man faces charges for allegedly robbing a Holiday Inn Express hotel clerk at gunpoint late Sunday, making off with a fist...

Shelter's trustees examine operation

The safehouse has remained open, but the administrative offices of The Lighthouse of Wayne County Inc. have been closed since Oct. 13. They will re-open Monday at their East Walnut Street location. Cathy Best, a member of The Lighthouse Board...

Council approves site prurchase for new rec center

Despite funding questions that remain unanswered, Goldsboro City Council members continued to take steps toward reconstruction of the Wayne County Memorial Community Building at their meeting Monday. Last month, the city entered into Option Agreements to purchase property on the...

Public records

Accidents *David Eugene Quinn, 38, E. Holly Street, was injured during a crash on Daw Pate Road and Stoney Creek Church Road at 7:13 p.m. Oct. 16, when he ran off the road. Quinn was thrown from his motorcycle during...

Stuff-a-Stocking program under way

The Salvation Army "Stuff-a-Stocking" program is under way and the public is invited to participate in this year's Christmas event. More than 1,000 stockings are available to be stuffed with goodies for the holidays that will be distributed to needy...

Monday, October 23, 2006

It's cold outside

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Destiny Darden, left, 4, and Jashon Newkirk, 3, bundled up to battle this morning's cold weather as they wait for their bus to school. With temperatures expected in the 60s most of the week, the days of...

Plans in for shelter but no address yet

Although no location has been finalized, construction on a new animal shelter could begin in January, officials said. Initial floor plans for the shelter have been completed by architect Walter Vick. Now, the blueprints are being studied by the Humane...

Sinkhole repairs will take more time

Drivers will have to endure traffic delays on U.S. 70 Bypass West for roughly three more weeks as road crews work to repair a large sinkhole left in the wake of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Some motorists say the project, which...

Barbecue restaurant operator dies at 80

Guy Parker, a restaurateur who helped make Goldsboro a mecca for barbecue lovers, died Saturday. He was 80. Parker's Barbecue on South George Street was one of the best-known eateries in this part of the state. Parker, a native of...

Last neighborhood meeting planned for Tuesday

Residents will get one more chance to voice their concerns to city officials Tuesday as Goldsboro City Council members host their final neighborhood meeting of the year. Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan said the gathering, scheduled for 6 p.m. at...

WATCH nurse will take new post

Kathy Johnson recalls her first visit to Wayne County six years ago to meet with organizers of the Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, or WATCH. At the time representing N.C. Office of Rural Health as a consultant, she said...

Albertson will battle Arnett to keep his long-held seat

Running for his eighth term in the North Carolina state Senate, Charles Albertson, D-District 10, is facing opposition from Pink Hill resident Adrain Arnett. Arnett, a Republican who has never held public office before, said he is running for one...

Arts Council announces new director

Sarah Merritt has been named the new executive director of the Arts Council of Wayne County. Mrs. Merritt is a Realtor with Realty World in Goldsboro and co-owner of Yellow Dog Antiques and Art on John Street. She serves on...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff’s deputies are investigating these reports: •Someone set fire to a stack of tires next to a business at 3150 Stevens Mill Road about 3:30 a.m. today. The fire caused an estimated $1,500 damage to a...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wayne will get $1.9 million from lottery

Wayne County will receive about $653,000 as part of a first quarter distribution of funds from the North Carolina Education Lottery that could total close to $2.8 million by year's end, officials said Friday. In addition to the first designation...

Rev. Barber: Resources not equal for city students

State NAACP president the Rev. Dr. William Barber says the problems in Wayne County's schools, specifically Goldsboro High, boil down to one word -- resegregation. Barber, who serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, in addition to his duties with...

Early voting turnout strong

Although Wayne County residents are not casting ballots for a presidential or gubernatorial race, more than 600 voters have already been to the polls to get a head start on November's general election, officials said Friday. One-stop early voting began...

Pate, Griffin battle for District 11 seat

Ronnie Griffin said he is running for the District 11 seat in the state House because district residents need more effective leadership. Griffin, a Democrat, former Marine and retired National Guard general, pointed to incumbent Rep. Louis Pate's effectiveness ranking...

One more road trip for demo derby pair

Larry Lane and Tim Kimbrough retire from the demolition derby every year. At least, that's what they tell people -- every year. But their crew chief, Bernice "Boss Man" Lane, says you shouldn't place a bet on that action. He...

Do you have the $30,000 ticket?

One mystery woman who purchased a Powerball ticket at a Goldsboro grocery store is $30,000 richer. The woman purchased the winning lottery ticket at Han Kuk Oriental Market on North Berkeley Boulevard, store owner Chong Piper said. The Powerball drawing...

Early morning fire destroys Dudley home

DUDLEY -- Wayne County sheriff's deputies were called early Friday to investigate the county's third suspicious fire in less than a month. The most recent fire broke out in a vacant home owned by a church in Dudley, fire officials...

Wayne Make a Difference Day will be observed on Saturday

Wayne County residents will once again join together to make a difference in the community. Make A Difference Day will be observed Saturday, Oct. 28. The event is a national celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Anyone who helps out with...

Water off on Spruce, Denmark so crews can repair water lines

Goldsboro officials said some residents on Spruce and Denmark streets can expect interruption of their water service early this week so that crews can repair water valves in the area. Monday, homes on the 400, 500 and 600 blocks of...

O'Berry Center technician receives honor from state

Curtis Graham, a health care technician at O'Berry Center, has been presented the State Employees' Award for Excellence for outstanding state government service. The award is the highest honor given to a state em-ployee. Cer-emonies were held Monday afternoon in...

Rogers to lead research program

Brig. Gen. Dr. Steven K. Rogers, the son of Col. and Mrs Ray J. Rogers of Goldsboro, has been appointed senior scien-tist for the Automatic Target Re-cognition and Sensor Fusion for the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Material Command...

Public records

Stolen gun William Jones, a Neuse Corrections employee, told Wayne County Sheriff's deputies someone broke into his home on the 100 block of Stone Glen Road in Pikeville and stole more than $1,200 in belongings. The person is believed to...

Police, sheriff get $260,937 in drug money

Clutching a large white check for their share of $1.2 million seized from drug dealers, Goldsboro Police Chief Tim Bell and Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders vowed to continue their fight to eliminate drugs. Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent...

Mayor attends meeting of cities, says Goldsboro is doing just fine

Mayor Al King said his recent trip to Raleigh for a gathering of the League of Municipalities showed him one thing -- Goldsboro is moving in the right direction. Last week's meeting was an opportunity to network with officials from...

Fund-raiser planned for teacher recovering from transplant

When friends and neighbors discovered Sandra Tart, a Rosewood Middle School teacher, needed a heart transplant, they did more than say a prayer for her, they sprang into action. Not only did they take start helping with out chores while...

Duplin names director for EMS

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County has a new director who will oversee the county's ambulance services and other emergency medical operations. Emergency Services Director Craig Forlines introduced new emergency medical services director Brian Pearce to the board of commissioners last week....

City Council to consider rezonings, condemnations

Two public hearings, a presentation from the Wayne County Health Department and condemnation of four dilapidated dwellings will be on Monday's docket as Goldsboro City Council members hold their final meeting of the month. Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra is...

Friday, October 20, 2006

Back to their Alma Mater and the Stage

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber From left, former Goldmasquers Fred Loyd, Jim Herring and Connie Tew build a set to be used for the play, "The Shepherds' Song," when it is presented at Wayne Community College in December. The production is being...

Another curtain call

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer When Jack Kannan approached A.G. "Bert" Allen about the possibility of bringing a popular play back to the Goldsboro stage, Allen initially balked. Resurrecting "The Shepherds' Song," written in 1946 by Clifton Britton, a...

Committees formed to guide Stoney Creek Park

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer The vision of a new Stoney Creek Park is slowly moving toward reality. That message was delivered by the original Stoney Creek Park Committee chairman Dr. Peter Roethling Thursday, as he and other members...

Officials want to charge to inspect

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer The Wayne County Board of Health decided Wednesday to table a resolution that would allow the Health Department to charge restaurants and food stands a fee for annual health inspections. Health Director James Roosen...

State, local candidates share their views with voters

By ANDREW BELL News-Argus Staff Writer MOUNTOLIVE-- Shortly after polls closed for the first day of one-stop early voting, candidates in local and state races discussed issues and answered the public's questions during an educational forum in Mount Olive Thursday....

Wayne couple arrested for allegedly soliciting sex

By LEE WILLIAMS News-Argus Staff Writer ROXBORO -- Person County sheriff's deputies nabbed a Wayne County couple who allegedly tried to solicit sex from a teen they met in an Internet chatroom. John Dunn, 42, and his wife, Sandra Foster...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Ubaldo Sanchez reported someone fired a gunshot into his home in the 600 block of Sanderson Road in Seven Springs about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Police...

Stuff-a-Stocking program

The Salvation Army is again preparing for its annual Christmas "Stuff-a-Stocking" program. The stockings, a highlight of the toy shop, will be ready for pick-up on Oct. 25 at the Salvation Army building, 610 N. William Street. Please contact Janet...

Duplin will take look at property values in county

By MATTHEW WHITTLE News-Argus Staff Writer Duplin County residents will find out soon if their house or land has increased or decreased in value -- and if their property taxes will do the same in 2009. Tax administrator Gary Rose...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Let the Singing Begin

News-Argus/Lee Williams Shorty Manning, aided by his guitar, belts out his rendition of "The Ride" by David Allan Coe Wednesday during a rehearsal for Wayne's Most Talented singing competition. The show is patterned after "American Idol." Manning is just...

City starts searching for dollars

While Goldsboro officials continue to look into various funding options for the Paramount Theater and Community Building reconstruction efforts -- projects they estimate could cost a combined $14 million -- City Manager Joe Huffman told City Council members he needs...

Workers will face patient beating charges

Three Cherry Hospital employees face charges for allegedly beating a mentally ill patient and severely injuring him earlier this month. James Allan Smith, 31, of U.S. 13; Eric Jerrod Isler, 29, of Bear Creek, LaGrange; and Billy Wynn, 36, of...

Early voting starts in Wayne

From staff reports Early voting began today in Wayne County for November's general election. Registered voters can cast ballots at the Wayne County Library through Nov. 4. Hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. On the final day,...

Smith will battle challenger in District 12

State Sen. Fred Smith, a Republican, will face a political newcomer in his bid for a third term in office. Sherry Altman, a Democrat, has never run for political office before but said she is not intimidated. "You don't have...

Officials take look at combined utility plan

Wayne County, its municipalities and the Wayne Water District system could work with the city of Goldsboro to develop a master utility plan, officials said Wednesday. The organizations met o discuss discussed the possibility during a county-wide utilities meeting. Goldsboro's...

Seven Springs to choose board member Friday

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Seven Springs town board will hold a special called meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Town Hall to appoint a town commissioner. The board has been looking three months for more than one person to choose...

Bedell gets probation

The woman who drove the getaway car for two men who murdered a Goldsboro couple on New Year's Day in 2004, walked out of the Wayne County Courthouse a free woman Monday. Alonza Sonye Bedell, 22, of Hunters Creek,...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Carpool

Photo submitted Mount Olive College professors who have formed a carpool, standing from left, Jake Brown, Angela Mullis and Ryan Pietropaolo. Pictured in the car from left are Kazi Rahman, Jill Mills and Peter Marbais. For more information see...

Commission sets standards for mobile homes

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a restriction Tuesday that will stop mobile homes 15 years or older from being brought into the county. The amendment to the county's mobile home ordinance is intended to keep out run-down...

Child treated for lead poisoning in city home

No one was supposed to be living at 405 W. Mulberry St. City officials say they had notified the landlord, Paul Bridgers of Goldsboro, that the house was dangerous -- uninhabitable because of multiple minimum housing violations that had not...

Residents, officials talk about future of schools

The Duplin County Board of Education was prepared for a big crowd Tuesday night, with a sheriff's deputy on hand and a buzzer to control each speaker's allotted time, but when fewer people than expected turned out, the hearing...

Alzheimer's Walk set for Saturday

Laura Gaddis watched her mother suffer with Alzheimer's for 12 years. One morning in the latter stages of her mother's illness, Ms. Gaddis awoke with a plan to use the public to create funds for research of the disease. In...

MOC professors 'pool' to conserve resources

MOUNT OLIVE -- Fluctuating gas prices over the last year prompted a group of Mount Olive College professors to carpool to save money and gas. And what they ended up with looks a lot like family. With a daily commute...

Duplin school board approves budget

It took more than three months, but on Tuesday night the Duplin County Board of Education finally approved a 2006-07 budget. The school system has been operating under an interim budget since July. The $69.1 million budget was delayed because...

Operation Christmas Child momentum grows

Churches, civic groups, school children and businesses across Wayne County are putting together shoes boxes of toys and other items needed by poor children across the world for the annual Operation Christmas Child drive. The annual campaign, a project run...

Public records

Investigations Raymond Anderson told Goldsboro police that someone assaulted him and stole a bag of money containing $550 at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on N. James Street....

Tuskegee airmen to be honored

The Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. will host its annual banquet 6 p.m. Saturday at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Officers Club. Roy Heidicker, 4th Fighter Wing historian, will be guest speaker. The banquet will pay homage...

Crime Stoppers singing contest Thursday at WCC

Goldsboro-Wayne Crime Stoppers will host the second phase of Wayne's Most Talented singing contest this week. A total of 25 contestants will deliver live performances beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wayne Community College's auditorium. The singing contest will...

Ms. Baker in Raleigh pageant

Robin Denise Baker of Goldsboro will compete in the National's Miss Jr. Teen Raleigh pageant Saturday. She will be competing for a share of more than $20,000 in prizes and gifts. She will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

U.S. 70 Sinkhole

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber State highway employees work on repairing a section of U.S. 70 bypass west that collapsed from heavy rain that accompanied Tropical Storm Ernesto. Steve Davis, the Wayne County bridge maintenance supervisor, said today that work is on...

Duplin gives schools an extra million

KENANSVILLE -- It might have been the pictures of the cracked brick walls, the broken steps or the rusted bleachers. It could have been the information that the oldest intercom system in Duplin County schools was installed in the...

Wayne County sheriff's race - Carey Winders

Wayne County Sheriff Carey A. Winders is a realist. He knows there's drugs and gang activity in the county, but he also has the proof and crime stats to show he's tackling these problems head on. This is the message...

Wayne County sheriff's race - Ken Edwards

A fresh approach and new ideas are what challenger Ken Edwards says he will bring to the table if elected Wayne County sheriff. The 53-year-old Wayne County native said he decided to run for the post held by Sheriff Carey...

Duplin asks attorney to talk about settlement in JAS suit

KENANSVILLE -- Looking for a way out of a lawsuit filed against the county by Johnston Ambulance Services, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners decided Monday to allow its attorney to begin work toward a settlement. In a closed...

WCC wants community input on search for new president

Community input will be sought in the search to replace Dr. Ed Wilson as president of Wayne Community College. Officials at the college said a "community focus group," is planned for Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of...

Man dies after call for help

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators' attempt to catch a man who was allegedly troubled by financial woes took a tragic turn Monday morning on Indian Springs Road. Ronnie Earl Edmundson, 53, of Tranquil Lane, died from a...

SJAFB airman, 27, killed in racing crash

An airmen stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base died Saturday during a drag racing accident at the Outer Banks Speedway in Creswell, base officials confirmed today. Staff Sgt. Donovan Whitehurst, 27, a member of the 4th Fighter Wing Logistics...

Public records

Armed robbery Two men brandishing a gun and a knife walked into Subway on N. Spence Avenue through the rear door and robbed the store employees at 9:40 p.m. Monday. One of the suspects put a gun to a female...

School menus for October 23 through the 27

These are the menus for Wayne Public Schools for Oct. 23-27 Monday -- Breakfast: ham biscuit. Lunch: sausage pizza, meatloaf w/biscuit, creamed potatoes with gravy, garden peas, chilled applesauce, fresh pear, garden salad. Tuesday -- Breakfast: apple muffin. Lunch: cheeseburger...

WCC allied health sessions

Wayne Community College will hold two information sessions for anyone considering entering the allied health or human services fields. The hour-long meetings will be held at noon and 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, in room 224 of the Pine Building....

Revolutionary War battles subject of lecture

A historian will describe the crucial Revolutionary War campaign in North Carolin at an event sponsored by the Old Dobbs Society on Saturday at the Wayne County Museum. Tom Magnuson of the North Carolina Humanities Forum will speak at 10:30...

Girl Scouts seek blanket donations

The Girl Scouts are conducting a council-wide community service project called "Blanket the Community" from now until Oct. 31. The troops will be distributing the blankets in November. The girls in Wayne County have secured locations that will accept donations...

Fire 'store' emphasizes safety

Dozens of residents poured into the Fire Safety Store held at Berkeley Mall last week to learn an array of fire safety tips. Goldsboro Fire Department sponsored the seventh annual event during National Fire Prevention Week last week, Assistant Fire...

Faison Market Day to be held Saturday

FAISON -- The 3rd Annual Market Day Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Faison to honor the area's produce farmers. Activities begin at 8 a.m. with a 5-kilometer, which will be followed by a "kid's dash" at Faison Park....

Brinson joins MOC staff

Catherine Brinson of Duplin County has joined Mount Olive College as the assistant director of the Career Center. Prior to her new role, Mrs. Brinson, a 1992 graduate of the college worked at James Sprunt Community College, where she recently...

Clarifications

A story in Monday's News-Argus on judicial elections failed to include in a description of Chief Supreme Court Justice Sarah Parker's experience the 13 years she served as an associate justice on the court before being appointed chief justice earlier...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Thousands come to SJAFB

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Crowds surround a WWII vintage bomber, as in the background more modern aircraft line up on the runway. Thousands of spectators crowded the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Sunday to take in the shows,...

Crowds swarm SJAFB for show

Mackenzie Williams had never seen a fighter jet before. But when her father, Danny, walked her up some steps and showed her the cockpit of an F-15, she held out her hand and pointed inside. "Whoa," the 6-year-old said. "I...

Shootings spark talk of safety in schools

Local officials say recent tragedies at schools across the country have made them even more vigilant about safety, prevention and procedures in case a shooting ever occurred in Wayne County. "We try to make sure we have policies and procedures...

Couple receive honorary baton

As two members of the U.S. Army "Golden Knights" Parachute Team approached terminal velocity, they made an exchange in mid-air. The solid mahogany baton, and the men who had passed it during their free fall, were heading toward the ground...

Deputies hunt for suspects in heists

Wayne County Sheriff officials are investigating two armed robberies that occurred over the weekend. In one case, two armed men walked into Chen's Kitchen on Five Points Road Saturday afternoon. The sheriff's report said one of the armed men stood...

Obsession takes flight

More than 60 years ago, Capt. Jeff Michael's 'Obsession' was likely providing air support for Allied forces over Germany -- escorting bombers and ensuring air superiority. Sunday, the restored P-51 Mustang was one of many pieces of military history on...

Kerr will battle challenger for N.C. Senate seat

State Sen. John Kerr will be seeking an eighth term in the state Senate when voters go to the polls Nov 7. Kerr, a Wayne County Democrat, is facing Republican Todd Siebels of Greenville. While Siebels is a newcomer to...

Information available for candidates for judge

For many voters, most candidates for judicial offices are just another name on the ballot. But election officials are trying to help change that and provide voters with the background they need to make an informed decision on Election Day....

Public records

Hammered, then shot Derrick Lamar McLean of Sycamore Street in Fremont was listed in stable condition this morning after an altercation at a house on Astor Court around 5 a.m. Saturday. McLean said the man he was fighting with hit...

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Plenty of flu vaccine expected for Wayne, Duplin

By PHYLLIS MOORE and MATT WHITTLE News-Argus Staff Writers There should be enough flu vaccines this year for everyone who wants one, said officials at the Health Department. With the flu season fast approaching, officials said they have been readying...

Thunderbirds ready for show today

Fading white streaks across the skies of Wayne County said it all late Saturday afternoon -- the Thunderbirds have arrived. As dozens of other performers and crews landed on the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, members of...

Chambers urges parents to fight for children's rights

When Dr. Julius Chambers addressed those gathered at the N.C. NAACP annual state convention, he called on parents to fight for the rights of their children -- to be a presence at meetings of school and county officials statewide. Nearly...

Governor addresses NAACP delegates

Raising the hope of going beyond the state's recent increase of the minimum wage and creating a living wage for North Carolina residents, Gov. Mike Easley spoke before an enthusiastic crowd at the 63rd convention of the North Carolina...

NAACP leader links housing to segregation

School resegregation can be tied directly to housing discrimination, the chairman of the state's NAACP housing committee said Friday evening during a "Crisis in Education" conference at the 63rd annual state NAACP convention in Goldsboro. The convention began Thursday and...

Cashwell appointed to Calypso Town Board

Larry Cashwell wasn't elected into office by the residents of Calypso, but he did receive a unanimous vote by the board of commissioners Thursday night, and for them, that was good enough. "We need all the help we can...

Duplin group grappling with budget

By MATTHEW WHITTLE News-Argus Staff Writer Two meetings and hundreds of pages of documents later, the Duplin County Fiscal Advisory Committee is still trying to get a handle on the county's financial situation. The committee, which met for the second...

Lighthouse safehouse reopens

Female victims of domestic violence in Wayne County once again have a safe place to go to get away from their abuser. The Lighthouse of Wayne County's safehouse is reopen after eight months of renovations. It currently has one resident,...

Leasership Wayne County class chosen

From staff reports The 2006-07 Leadership Wayne County Class began its year with a retreat to Camp Seafarer in Arapohoe. The 19-member class met at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 15 and spent a day and a...

Wayne Superior and District Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Wesley Steven Baker, 22, Iowa Avenue, Sultana, Calif., breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, dismissed; larceny, 45 days to serve. *Jimmy...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Ready to rock - SJAFB F-15E Demo Team will be one of the featured acts this Sunday

A heavy metal guitar solo blares out of tall speakers as a pair of captains fire up dual engines. The crowds have been waiting for this act all day. Their screams and cheers drown out the music until -- with...

Trustees begin presidential search

Wayne Community College's Board of Trustees took a step forward in its search for a replacement for retiring college president Dr. Ed Wilson Thursday, reviewing the search process with the state leader who will assist with the decision. Finding a...

Government leaders share ideas for future

Officials from Wayne County and nearly all of its municipalities gathered Thursday night to discuss their progress and the possibility of working together to provide better service for residents. The Wayne County Intergovernmental Committee, representing Goldsboro, Pikeville, Fremont, Mount Olive,...

Officials suspect foul play in blaze

Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a Goldsboro man's home on U.S. 13 Thursday morning, according to reports from Wayne County sheriff's detectives. More than 20 firefighters from East Wayne, Saulston and Pinewood volunteer fire departments responded to...

Seven Springs board seat remains unfilled

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The town of Seven Springs is embroiled in a small controversy over who will finish Lib Quinn's unexpired term on the Town Board. Mrs. Quinn resigned from the board in July, citing health reasons. Her term expires...

Early voting will begin October 19 at library

One-stop early voting begins soon in Wayne County. Registered voters can cast ballots at the Wayne County Library through Nov. 4. Voting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the final day, voting hours will be 8 a.m....

Public records

Crime of the Week A string of daytime, residential break-ins have been selected by Goldsboro-Wayne County Crime Stoppers and the Goldsboro Police Department as this week's "Crime of the Week." A number of break-ins have occurred at apartment complexes in...

WCC scholarship aid available

Students who plan to attend Wayne Community College in the spring 2007 semester can apply for Foundation of Wayne Community College scholarships during the month of October. Students seeking foundation scholarships are also required to apply for federal financial aid....

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fire destroys home

News-Argus/Bobby Williams At about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, Goldsboro firefighters responded to a structure fire on Casey Lane, just off Slocumb Street. A mobile home was destroyed in the blaze. Barbara Oates and her two grandchildren were inside the home...

City ready for airshow traffic snarls

Go ahead and preset your favorite radio stations. Or maybe you would prefer a good mixed tape or CD. Wings Over Wayne is almost here -- and so is the heavy traffic associated with the annual airshow. Goldsboro police Capt....

Family escapes flames

Fire raced through a two-bedroom mobile home Wednesday leaving only charred tin and memories in its wake. Barbara Oates and her two grandchildren were inside the home when the fire broke out at Casey's Mobile Home Park located in the...

State appeals Levon Jones case

The state has challenged a judge's decision to throw out the death sentence of a Duplin County man charged with a 1987 murder. The state Attorney General's office filed a motion Monday asking U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle to...

Officials set machines for Election Day

With May's primaries under their belts, election officials in both Wayne and Duplin counties have had their test runs with their new election equipment. Now, both say they are ready for November's elections. Set for Nov. 7, the general election...

Wayne museum gets donated map that shows Gen. Sherman's march

A Goldsboro native has donated a map used by the Union Army during the Civil War to the Wayne County Museum. The map shows the coordinates of Union General William T. Sherman's famous march through Georgia and the Carolinas --...

Marijuana growers are taking their crops indoors

The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad said a spike in the number of marijuana plants found in Wayne County could trigger an increase in the number of people who use creative ways to raise them. The drug squad recently confiscated 50...

County fair sets single-day record

Attendance at this year's Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair narrowly missed setting a record, fair organizers said. A single-day record attendance was set, fair Director Milton Ingram said, when more than 18,000 people jammed the county fairgrounds on the first Saturday...

Teen wounded in accidental shooting

A Mount Olive teen is recovering from serious injuries after he accidentally shot himself in the face Wednesday. Wayne County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home of Stephen Lee Denning, 17, of Lee Denning Lane, about 9:45 p.m. Denning told...

Public records

More drug arrests The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad arrested six more suspected drug violators this week. The arrests were made in connection with a 10-month investigation conducted by the drug squad. A drug roundup that targeted 33 drug violators started...

Residents have until Friday to cast ballots

Wayne County residents who want to be able to express their opinion on Election Day have until 5 p.m. Friday to register to vote. Ballots will be cast Nov. 7 to determine races for local, state and federal seats. Residents...

O'Berry staffer elected to State Employees post

An O'Berry Center staff members has been elected Eastern Regional Representative for the State Employees Association of North Carolina. Carolyn Davis, a native of Greenville, has worked at O'Berry for 28 years and is currently the Educational/Vocational Director. She is...

Mount Olive requiring trash bins be screened from view

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive businesses are being told to screen their outdoor trash bins from view. Town Building Inspector Danny Keel has started delivering letters to all of the town's businesses this week, reminding them that they have until...

Communications seminar at WCC

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer a free seminar, "Enhancing Your Verbal Communication Skills, " on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Walnut Building. Interested people should call 735-5151, ext....

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

City Hall work continues

News-Argus/Bobby Williams While officials at City Hall wait for renovation and restoration efforts to begin next door, crews are busy knocking down another building on Center Street. Phase III of the City Hall project is nearly complete, officials said....

Eikenberry says troops getting job done, but more to do

For Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, it was a long dash home from Afghanistan to Goldsboro to visit his ailing father, Harry, Tuesday. But after encouraging all the soldiers under his command to tell their stories to their hometown media, he...

Airshow will bring big bucks to county

Some will stay the weekend. Others, might just pass through town. But all those who travel to Goldsboro Sunday for the Wings Over Wayne Airshow will likely have one thing in common, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce executive director Steve...

City of Goldsboro employees now eligible for merit raises

City of Goldsboro employees could see more money -- if their performance is above and beyond the call of duty, City Council members decided at their meeting Tuesday. Council approved a merit pay system at their mini-retreat, a move that...

Schools approve budget for year

A $147 million budget has been approved for Wayne County Public Schools' for the 2006-07 fiscal year. The finance committee members of the Board of Education reviewed the uniform budget and resolution for 2006-07 at a meeting Sept. 26, with...

Man chases driver with gun near businesses

A case of road rage nearly erupted into gun violence Tuesday morning on South Berkeley Boulevard. Goldsboro police responded to the road rage call about 11 a.m. after the male victim called to report the incident, Capt. Mike Conerly said....

SBA closing flood claims office

With more than 90 claims filed in the last two weeks, the U.S. Small Business Administration has decided it's time to close its temporary offices in Duplin and Jones counties. "We stay open as long as needed," said Michael Lampkin,...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating these reports: *Tammy Pitt Croom reported Monday that someone broke into her home and stole an organ, $20 in quarters, a bass guitar, an amplifier, shoes, clothing and other items, totaling $2,725....

Planning Board gives first nod to rezoning request

The Wayne County Planning Board looked to the continued commercial development of outlying areas of Goldsboro, giving initial approval to the rezoning of a large tract of land northeast of the city Tuesday night. About 50 residents of Raintree subdivision...

School menu for the week of October 16

These are the menus for Wayne Public Schools for Oct. 16-20 Monday -- Breakfast: sausage biscuit. Lunch: stuffed crust cheese pizza, baked pork chop with rice, gravy and whole wheat roll, butter beans, steamed carrots, chilled sliced peaches, apple, garden...

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Eastern Wayne hears plans

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Principal Patsy Faison, left, and Kenneth Cooley, advisory council members for Tommy's Road Elementary School, speak at the facilities meeting at Eastern Wayne High School. Monday's gathering was the last of the six meetings scheduled to discuss...

Teenager suspected of having gun at bus stop

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is continuing an investigation into reports of a young man with a weapon near several school bus stops in the county this morning. Initial reports said that a youth with a gun was harassing students...

Flooding, safety top Eastern Wayne parents' list of concerns

Residents voiced their final concerns and suggestions to the Facilities Master Plan Team Monday night during the last of six community meetings designed to create dialogue about the county's school facilities needs. More than 100 parents, citizens and school advisory...

Proposal from the schools

Here is the background information provided from Wayne County Public Schools about schools in the Eastern 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...

County officials take aim at 'deadbeat parents' suspects

Have you seen these nine people? Wayne County Child Support Enforcement officials say they have tried to track down these nine most wanted deadbeat parents, who owe a collective total of $233,518.90 in back child support payments, but to no...

Calypso is facing officials shortage

Forget poison pen campaigns and bitter debates between mudslinging politicians. The town of Calypso has a different problem. There is a shortage of people who are able to serve in town offices. All those who are currently serving were draftees...

Mount Olive eyes plans for growth

Mount Olive has fewer than 5,000 residents, but the town is growing, officials say, and while growth is good they want to make sure they have an adequate strategy in place to manage it. Already, they believe, their town is...

Registration deadline Friday for November 7 vote

Wayne County residents who want to vote in November's general election have until 5 p.m. Friday to register, election officials said. Residents can mail their voter registration form to the Wayne County Board of Elections office, which is located at...

Public records

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *A 1-year-old child was injured when a vehicle allegedly struck backed overhim and struck his head. Ra-Shon Emmanuel Hines of North Carolina Street was treated and released at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Larry Donald...

New Lighthouse thrift shop opens

The Lighthouse of Wayne County's new thrift shop is now open. Seconds Please is located at 4450 U.S. 70 east in the old City Girls Antiques shop, just past the intersection of U.S. 70 east and N.C. 111 south going...

Master Gardeners' fall plant symposium and plant sale Saturday

Wayne County Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be holding their Fall Plant Symposium and Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Wayne Center, at the Cooperative Extension Office on the corner of George and Chestnut streets. The symposium is...

Monday, October 9, 2006

Fat Daddy's Fastway fire

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Sheriff's Office investigators Bob Golimowski, left, and Shawn Harris inspect the damage at Fat Daddy's Fastway on U.S. 13 North today. For more information see Suspect steals tickets, sets fire to area store....

Suspect steals tickets, sets fire to area store

A Stantonsburg man was collared just seven minutes after he allegedly stole nearly $10,000 in lottery tickets and other goods from Fat Daddy's Fastway on U.S. 13 North this morning and then set the building ablaze. Michael Paul Grady, 24,...

If it sounds too good to be true ... it is

Have you received a letter through e-mail, mail or over the fax informing you that you have won the lottery? Before you quit your job or book a vacation, Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials say there's something you need to...

DGDC chief earns award for work on downtown

Julie Thompson never aspired to lead a renaissance in downtown Goldsboro -- the longtime city planner simply wanted something more. So, seven years ago she applied for the position of director of the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp., a job that...

12 SJAFB airmen return from Bolivian humanitarian mission

A 14-year-old Bolivian boy endured a quarter-mile long line before taking a seat on a desk in a makeshift clinic. He didn't know what was wrong with his knee -- it just hurt, he told doctors. The boy might never...

County non-emergency transport receives good response

After WayneNET's first full month in operation, non-emergency transport calls continue to increase as the new organization begins to serve chronically ill patients, officials said. WayneNET began in August as a non-emergency transport service for county residents who are unable...

WCC will be offering accelerated classes

Wayne Community College will offer dozens of accelerated courses during the second half of the fall semester, Oct. 18 through Dec. 15. Registration for eight-week courses offered on the WCC campus and online will be on Wednesday and Thursday from...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Harold Berlin Armstrong reported 8:47 p.m. Sunday that a man he knew cut him on arms, neck and chin during a fight. The 81-year-old victim declined to press charges. *Abdul Ali...

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Apex chemical fire not expected to affect Wayne drinking water

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer City Manager Joe Huffman said Saturday that some recent news reports questioning the safety of Goldsboro's water supply were false. The reports suggested heavy rains in Apex might have washed chemicals from a fire...

Airshow almost ready for takeoff

The blue skies above Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will be transformed into a virtual playground Oct. 15 during the Wings Over Wayne Airshow as the military showcases some of its finest aircraft. The airshow, which is the one...

House District 10 candidates ready to do battle

After months of uncertainty, the candidates are set for the North Carolina House of Representatives District 10 race in November. Kinston City Council member Van Braxton spent most of the summer out of the headlines as Rep. Stephen LaRoque and...

Final facilities meeting Monday for Eastern Wayne parents

The Wayne County Facilities Master Plan Team will hear from another group of residents and parents concerning school facilities needs Monday night at Eastern Wayne High School. The forum, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is the last in a series...

NAACP convention will open Thursday in Goldsboro

Goldsboro will be the site of the 63rd annual NAACP State Convention, to be held later this week. "Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Votes" is the theme for the civil rights conference taking place beginning Thursday and running through Saturday...

Sometimes all it takes to win is attitude and a good partner

For 271/4-inch Splash, taking to the ring for the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair's Open Pony, Mule and Draft Horse Show Thursday night wasn't too intimidating -- even though every other competitor in the ring towered over her. Her partner, Mark...

City Council to hold mini-retreat Tuesday

Goldsboro City Council will have a mini-retreat Tuesday at City Hall to discuss funding options for the Paramount Theater and Community Building projects. City Manager Joe Huffman said the meeting will give him an opportunity to explain his idea of...

Local youths get opportunity to learn, share ideas at summmit

Kwain Bryant said he never set out to be a motivational speaker, but his heart for young people brought about requests that turned his passion into a life mission. For the last six years, he has operated "Empowerment Exchange" of...

Public Records

Break-in Siriwat Ratana-Aparoj, 27, of Sixth Avenue, reported her home was broken into and ransacked over the weekend. A door was damaged and among the items taken were a $2,100 flatscreen TV, an $1,800 notebook computer, $1,200 in cash, $1,500...

Duplin, Sampson officials want to weigh in on N.C. 24 improvements

After at least 30 years in the works, the widening and improvement of N.C. 24, from U.S. 95 to U.S. 40, is finally moving toward a beginning. But first, the N.C. Department of Transportation has to decide where in...

Brogden Primary brings home national model school award

From staff reports Brogden Primary School has won the Diana Day National Model School Award for its efforts in a discipline management program. The motivational speaker recently visited to the school to announce the honor. The school was chosen from...

Friday, October 6, 2006

They have fish to fry

News-Argus/Bobny Williams Jeff Harris pours some of the many gallons of peanut oil that will be used to fry 4,000 pounds of Whiting at the Herman Park Center today. Harris has been manning the fryers at the Wayne County...

Shriners fry fish to help sick children

Four thousand pounds of Whiting, 1,900 pounds of potato salad, 1,500 pounds of coleslaw, 1,100 pounds of hushpuppies and more than 500 manhours -- all to help 24 local children with serious illnesses. Members of the Wayne County Shriners said...

Goldsboro, Rosewood high schools' ABC progress falls short

Initial results are in for the high school ABCs, with three of five schools in Wayne County meeting expected growth, officials announced today. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the results for high schools with grades 9-12. Spring...

Officers hunt clues in shooting that sent man to WMH

DUDLEY -- Wayne County Sheriff's Officials have many clues, but no definitive answers on what provoked a man to open fire on a Raleigh man in broad daylight Thursday piercing him in his right arm and abdomen. Alcaraz Cardenas Salvador...

Woman implicated in Goldsboro murder to be sentenced

The woman who drove the getaway car for two men who killed a Goldsboro couple will be sentenced this month for her role in the crime. Alonza Sonye Bedell, 22, of Hunters Creek, pleaded guilty to two counts of being...

Public records

Child abuse charged A Goldsboro man faces criminal charges for allegedly beating his stepdaughter on the legs with a wooden dowel rod after she allegedly took a pack of gum from a kitchen drawer. Travis Rex Crawford, 40, of Hubert...

Wayne should not feel affects of Apex fires, gas cloud

With smoke from the EQ Industrial Services chemical fire billowing over Apex, Wayne County officials are keeping a close eye on where the cloud might be headed next. But according to current estimates from the National Weather Service, that threat...

Faison festival painting unveiled Sunday

FAISON -- Artist Heather Williams picked up the prints of her Market Day painting Thursday afternoon for the unveiling ceremony this weekend. The unveiling will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday at the Southern Exposure Restaurant. The original is...

WCDS helps in cancer fundraiser

Wayne Country Day School Students donned denim today in an effort to help in the fight against breast cancer. Today won't be an ordinary "casual Friday" at the school, said teacher Pam Diffee, who also serves as advisory for AMITY,...

Fair schedule

Friday, Oct. 6 9 a.m. to noon -- Free Preschool and Kindergarten Entertainment 3 p.m. -- Gates open to all exhibits 4 p.m. -- Power's Great American Midway Shows open 6 p.m. -- "The Almost Amazing Rex" 6 p.m. --...

Thursday, October 5, 2006

New Art Studio

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Jeff Darwin said he has invested in downtown Goldsboro before. Friday, his new project, Art Studio 102, opens to the public. The space is located on the corner of Walnut and John streets and will be occupied...

Mount Olive murder suspect caught

A Goldsboro man who fled the state to avoid a murder charge learned the hard way this week that you can't escape the long arm of the law. Basher Baker, 21, of Hugh Street, faces one count of murder...

A lifetime at the fair, Scooter remembers 33 years on the road

Running away to the join the carnival ... it sounds like a cliché - something every child dreams of doing and maybe even threatens once or twice. But who really does it? Who really leaves home at the age...

Investing in the city's history

When Jeff Darwin walked through the second floor of a 100-year-old building on the corner of Walnut and John streets, he knew it was time to invest again in downtown Goldsboro. Hundreds of hours of restoration and renovation later, he...

SUV driver charged in crash in Pikeville

A Goldsboro man faces charges of vehicular homicide in connection with a two-vehicle accident in Pikeville that left a Kenly man dead last month. Randy Lee Mills, 48, of Mills Road, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle,...

Five honored for their work as top volunteers

Five Wayne County people were honored for their volunteer work at an awards ceremony Wednesday at Cherry Hospital's conference center. Receiving the 2006 North Carolina Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service were Donna Edmundson, Jake Fischer, Tara Humphries, Jennifer Jordan and...

Aycock has 58 fairs under his belt ... and counting

For 58 years, the Wayne County fair has had its share of givens. There are always going to be pigs and a market steer show -- and there have always been plenty of crops and home-baked goodies. And Charles "Bud"...

Bakers bring their pies to the fair

The knife glided through the lightly browned meringue piled high on top of the pie. You could almost taste the sweet stuff melting on your tongue. As the judges took bite after bite of all kinds of pies, onlookers anxiously...

Public Record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Prentice James Fullwood reported someone he knew stabbed him with a letter opener during an argument. *Roderick Rajon Warren reported someone he knew stabbed him with a kitchen knife during an argument. *Laketta...

Passenger remains in critical condition

Critical condition Sharetta Herder remained in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital today after an accident Wednesday. Her husband, Pervis Herder Jr., was killed in the crash at the intersection of U.S. 13 and Country Lane Road. Jeffrey Mozingo was...

Duplin ag tour THURS

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor its fall tourism tour Tuesday, Oct. 10. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m at the Extension Service at 208 W. Chestnut St. Transportation will be provided. Stops and presentations will be made at...

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

U.S. 13 crash

News-Argus/Bobby Williams One person was killed in a crash that occurred around 6:30 this morning on U.S. 13 South. The Mar-Mac, Thoroughfare and Grantham volunteer fire departments responded to the scene. It took more than two hours to clear...

Deadly crash claims one life

Pervis Herder Jr. of Dudley was killed in a three-car accident early today at the intersection of N.C. 13 South and Country Lane Road. Two other people were listed in critical condition - Jeffrey Mozingo of Mar-Mac, the driver of...

County will explore future sewer expansion

An expanded sewer system, continued work on school facilities and a new detention center are among the goals Wayne County's Board of Commissioners are targeting for the future. The commissioners continued work on the county's long-range planning Tuesday during the...

Defense wil claim insanity in Legg case

The defense attorney for Roy George Legg told prosecutors this week he hopes to prove that his client was insane when he fatally shot a storekeeper's son-in-law during an armed robbery in May 2003. Legg, 58, who lived in a...

Shelter searching for location after city site denied

Business owners along Wayne Memorial Drive heard the words they waited two weeks for from City Council members Monday evening -- there will be no animal shelter constructed on Eighth Street. The council rejected a request by the Wayne County...

No mobile homes in city limits, board says

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Town Board decided in a split vote Monday night to keep the town's mobile home ordinance the way it is. The town Planning Board had received two complaints in four years about restrictions on...

It's still all about the 'dogs' ... fun

It's all about the hot dogs -- and community pride -- for the volunteer firefighters and grange members who ply their wares at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair each year. The friendly competition for the fairgoer's dollar has been going...

Beauty and the ... beef

Some were getting a blow-dry. Others caught a quick trim and brushing. In the moments before Tuesday's Open Junior Market Beef Heifer Show, the scene on the outskirts of the grandstand proved that walking home with the blue ribbon is...

Fair schedule

Wednesday 4 p.m. -- Midway opens. 4 p.m. -- Kindergarten through second grade talent contest. 4 p.m. -- Livestock judging. 5 p.m. -- Cheerleading Contest 5:30 p.m. -- Vocational Competition, Auto Mechanics 6 p.m. Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show near the...

Fair winners

Salute to Senior Citizens Youngest Grandparent: Jeffrey Massey, Goldsboro Most Children: Bea Dawson, Goldsboro and Margaret Jones, Goldsboro Most Recent Grandparent: Martha Massey, Goldsboro Most Grandchildren: Luta Belle Lawrence, Goldsboro; Shelly Price, Seven Springs; Oscar Lee and Beatrice Davis, LaGrange;...

Pikeville board gives town administrator more authority

Although the Pikeville Board of Commissioners chose Monday night not to change to a council-type municipal government, the board did grant the town administrator more authority over the town's day-to-day business. Pikeville officials are allowed under state law to organize...

Kenly police chief made 'poor choices'

Acting Kenly police Chief Josh Gibson said Tuesday that the news of the termination of their former police chief for misusing the town's credit card sent shock waves through the six-man department, but their allegiance to the town of Kenly...

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Open Junior Market Lamb Show

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Caroline Tart, right, and fellow Rosewood FFA teammates Tyler McGee, left, and Kalin Bennett prepare their lambs before entering the show ring during the Open Junior Market Lamb Show at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair on Monday....

$3 million bill added to City Hall project

While officials at City Hall attempt to find an affordable plan for both the Paramount Theater and Community Building, another "key project" just got a bit more expensive. Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan gave Goldsboro City Council members an update...

Duplin weighs plan for sewer

Duplin County commissioners took a big step toward the creation of a county-wide sewer system at their meeting Monday. The commissioners agreed to direct the county Planning Department and the county Board of Economic Develop-ment to seek engineering proposals on...

Rosewood parents eye future growth

ROSEWOOD -- Parents and residents said Monday although they are not going to benefit much from the proposed $90 million school facilities improvement plan, they support the effort to put a bond referendum before voters. The more than 100 who...

Proposal from the County Schools

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

Plant wil add dozen new jobs

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hilex Poly officials announced Monday that the company's plant in Mount Olive will begin a multi-million dollar expansion in the coming weeks to continue growth for the plastic bag manufacturer. Although officials wouldn't detail how much money...

New baa-tch of showmen

Rosewood High School FFA secretary Kathryn Rikard wasn't sure what to think when her adviser first suggested taking lambs to the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair -- especially since it was August and the fair started in only a couple of...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Chantel Therace Thomas said someone kicked open her front door while she was asleep about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and struck her in the face and head. The assailant accused Ms. Thomas...

Fair schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 3 12 noon - Gates open 4 p.m. -- Midway opens 5:30 p.m. -- Flat Mount Dulcimers 6 p.m. -- Spelling Bee 6 p.m. -- "The Almost Amazing Rex" 6 p.m. -- Open Junior Market Beef Heifer Show...

Clarification

A story in the News-Argus on Monday should have stated Goldsboro-Wayne Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 cash to residents who provide information that leads to a felony arrest....

Monday, October 2, 2006

First demolition derby at the fair

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber David Goins, left, and his daughter, Nikki, far right, along with her friend, Jessica Lovell, talk about their experiences in the first heat of the Demolition Derby at the Wayne County Regional Agricultural Fair Sunday. Goins, a...

County leaders want state to eye annexation

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution last month asking state legislators to study municipal annexation laws, a move some Goldsboro officials say they do not understand. Commissioner Efton Sager offered the resolution. He said nearly a dozen...

A family-style rumble

Nikki Goins tightened her grip on the wheel and revved the engine of her mud-spattered black and pink Buick Skylark. The Mar-Mac resident knew the first leg of Sunday's Demolition Derby -- and the beginning of her career in the...

Telethon hunts for Wayne's next 'Idol'

If you've been bitten by the "American Idol" love bug and you love talent shows then you won't want to miss the first ever singing contest featuring 25 homegrown musicians. The fundraising event sponsored by Goldsboro-Wayne Crime Stoppers will present...

Residents can get help with damages from Ernesto

Relief is now available for homeowners, businesses and even renters adversly impacted by August's Tropical Storm Ernesto. The U.S. Small Business Administration declared Duplin and Jones counties to have been adversely affected by the storm, which dumped nearly a foot...

Days of Caring reports show that hundreds took time for community service projects

Some gave a few hours; others gave a few days. But they all received a lifetime reward of satisfaction from helping their neighbors. Volunteers did everything from building playground equipment and assembling disaster kits to conducting food drives and donating...

County will wait to make decision on Case Farms

A public hearing planned for Tuesday's county Board of Commissioners meeting concerning the establishment of a new one to accommodate planned growth at Case Farms has been rescheduled for next month. Case Farms purchased a tract of land adjacent to...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *A Rosewood Middle School student was accused of selling prescription drugs to another student on a school bus. The 14-year-old male student was searched and found to be possession of 10...

WCC business seminar Oct. 12

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer the free seminar "Pricing Strategies for Small Business" on Thursday evening, Oct. 12, from 6-8 p.m. in room 101 of the Walnut Building . Presenter Joe McMichael will discuss...

WCC bookkeeping course Tuesday

The Business and Industry Center of Wayne Community College will offer the free seminar "Basic Bookkeeping and Taxes For Small Business" in room 104 of the Walnut Building Tuesday evening. This seminar, presented by Jess McLamb, deals with concepts such...

Sunday, October 1, 2006

School officials say county has to provide facilities

No matter how the county commissioners might feel about the quality of Wayne County's schools, their obligation to provide adequate facilities is the only issue that should be on the table right now, Wayne County Public Schools officials say. Superintendent...

Rosewood next on school meetings' schedule

Parents and residents in the Rosewood area will get their opportunity to voice concerns to the Facilities Master Plan Team during Monday night's community meeting at Rosewood High School. The Rosewood meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. is the...

GATEWAY routes will run earlier

Each fixed route of the Goldsboro Area Transportation Express of Wayne County will be adjusted by 15 minutes beginning Monday, officials said. Goldsboro-Wayne Trans-portation Authority director Stephen Wright said each route during the day will run earlier than usual. Wright...

County adding 3 employees to payroll

Wayne County officials could spend about $160,000 to hire more employees in the next year in an effort to reduce costs and to oversee upcoming projects. Although the county has already hired a recycling coordinator, officials said they will seek...

Flu, pneumonia shots available at The Pines

From staff reports Maxim Health Systems is teaming with The Pines of Goldsboro Assisted Living to offer immunizations to people who are at high risk of developing complications from the flu and people who live or work with high-risk individuals....

Round and round they go ...

Clayton Stiles would have screamed if the sudden fall hadn't taken his breath. Even with a few rides under his belt, the 14-year-old said he was "caught off guard" when his seat on the Super Shot that had been ascending...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair schedule

Sunday, Oct. 1 1 p.m. - Gates open 1 p.m. - Midway opens 2 p.m. - Demolition Derby 2 p.m. - "The Almost Amazing Rex" 2-8 p.m. - Kid's Club "Discover Agriculture" Contest 9:30 p.m. - Gates close Monday, Oct....

Don Best honored by Red Cross

Don Best was named the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year at an awards luncheon Friday at Herman Park Center. This is the fifth year that the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross has presented the award to...

Public record

Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these reports: *Ronrico Montrell Ayers told police someone stole his 2000 Nissan Altima valued at $7,000 fromhis home on Hopkins Street. *Community Federal Credit Union at 2401 E. Ash., St., reported Friday that...

Shoe store to reopen next week after crash

An Atlanta man plowed into the Payless shoe store in the Wal-Mart shopping center Thursday evening prompting three young children and seven other customers to dive out of the vehicle's path. David Harrell Mathis, 46, of Chamblee-Tucker Road, was...

Operation Christmas Child drive begins

Adamsville Baptist Church is beginning its annual Operation Christmas Child drive to collect boxes of gifts for needy children around the world. The program is a project of Samaritan's Purse International Relief, led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, the son...