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Sunday, December 31, 2006

SUV rolls off ramp, killing Goldsboro man

A Goldsboro man was killed Saturday when his sports-utility vehicle rolled off of a work ramp. Rick Abrams, 42, of 314 Renee Drive, was apparently working on his transmission when his late-model gray Chevrolet Blazer rolled off the ramp and...

Mayor not yet sure if he will seek re-election

His golf game isn't what it used to be. The classic cars in his collection don't purr like they once did. But for Goldsboro Mayor Al King, serving the citizens of the Wayne County seat has taken priority over quick...

Cardboard ban boosts interest in recycling

Wayne County's ban on corrugated cardbord has not only succeeded in saving space in the county's landfill, but has encouraged residents to recycle other items, officials say. County officials enacted the carbboard ban this fall, ordering waste haulers and residents...

Two homes in city heavily damaged in fires

Goldsboro firefighters were kept busy Thursday and Friday as they raced to snuff out two house fires that left two families homeless as the new year approached. Fire and rescue crews responded to a fire at 409 Creech St....

Law enforcement officers on watch as holiday weekend starts

Drunken drivers, speeders and other violators beware. Troopers of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be out in force to reduce the number of fatalities on state roads during the New Year's holiday. Last year, 32 people were...

New Year's Day closings

From staff reports Wayne County should be quiet on New Year's Day as all government offices and many businesses will be closed. The City of Goldsboro and its departments will be closed for the holiday. Anyone who wants to pay...

Public record

Investigations Jesse Lee Garner reported Friday morning that someone fired four gunshots into his home on the 100 block of Talbert Drive, causing $400 in damage....

Friday, December 29, 2006

Hospital gets new MRI

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Valerie Surles, left, prepares a patient for an MRI scan at Wayne Memorial Hospital in the hospital’s second unit. The more open MRI offers nearly one foot of free space between a patient’s head and the magnet,...

21 4th Fighter Wing jets will fly in tribute to Ford

When former President Gerald Ford is laid to rest in his home state next week, members of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing will be among those present to pay their respects. Dozens of airmen will be in...

WMH's open unit gives patients imaging without claustrophobia

A second MRI machine has been added at Wayne Memorial Hospital that not only produces high-resolution images but promises to be more "patient-friendly." The six-ton unit expanded the department into a suite that is more accessible to community residents. But...

Price - Schools remain priority

When Atlas Price took over as chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners a year ago, he had specific goals he wanted to accomplish. Although advances were made toward each, none came to fruition by year's end. But Price,...

Dr. Corbett Quinn remembered

It's been a week since mourners laid Duplin County luminary Dr. Corbett Quinn to rest, but it will take much longer for his memory and for his impact on the community to begin to fade. "He was a giant of...

Brogden Primary continues southern end walking track

Brogden Primary School students will not only be focusing on physical activity as part of their New Year's resolutions, they will continue to have a track program, thanks to a benefactor and the Wayne County Health Department. The Brogden staff...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Jesse Lee Garner reported Friday morning that someone fired four gunshots into his home on the 100 block of Talbert Drive, causing $400 in damage. *Goldsboro police charged a woman who...

Pickle drop Sunday at 7 p.m.

MOUNT OLIVE -- A few tweaks to the New Year's Eve pickle and a new location for the countdown marquee are among the changes for Mt. Olive Pickle Co.'s 8th annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop. "Our maintenance folks are...

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Tax time

News-Argus/Greg Sousa A line of Wayne County property owners wait to pay their county taxes at the tax office in the courthouse Wednesday. Property owners have until January 5 to pay their 2006 taxes without penalty. For more information...

Local property taxes due January 5

Even though Wayne County residents received their tax bills in August, many still choose to pay their property taxes just before the Jan. 5 deadline. "I've been in this business a long time and I'm still surprised that people choose...

Neuse not expected to reach flood level

Prognosticators with the National Weather Service backed away from predictions Wednesday that the Neuse River would rise to flood level today and forecast the river would crest early Friday at nearly a foot below flood stage. Heavy rain over the...

Narron at the plate Tuesday

Batter up! The pickles have been packed, the coffee creamed and the doughnuts doled out. Now, with the United Way of Wayne County sitting at almost 94 percent of its $1.44 million 2006 goal, it's time for the Big Read...

No decisions on GATEWAY, animal shelter managers

Despite speculation that a new Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority director could be announced before Christmas, Wayne County officials said a new hire won't happen until the new year. Since GATEWAY's next scheduled meeting isn't until the end of January, last month...

Duplin schools aim for higher scores

Many Duplin County schools fell short of state and federal standards last year, but officials aren't panicking. Instead they're turning toward the plans they have in place and they expect things to improve. For the 2005-06 school year, only four...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Someone passed a fake $100 bill Saturday at Short Stop on U.S. 117. *William Aswalbo Argueta reported he was cut on the left forearm while trying to break up a fight...

Child care classes to be held at WCC

Wayne Community College's Human Resource Development Program will offer a new class in the spring for adults interested in working in the child care field. "Introduction to Basic Child Care Services" will be taught Jan. 9-March 22 on Tuesdays and...

Acrobats to perform at St. Mary School

A team of Chinese acrobats will perform two free shows at St. Mary School on Edgerton Street Jan. 24. Sponsored by the Partnership for Children, the shows will feature acrobats and an interpreter sharing facts about Chinese culture and and...

Correction

In the recent "Spirit of the Season" section, a doctor was misidentified in two pictures in connection with the Physicians Christmas Fund at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Instead of Dr. Asha Kohli, the photo was of Dr. Gool Gupta....

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Voluntary agricultural districts

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Paul Daw, left, of Daw Farms, helps Kevin Johnson, Extension agent for Wayne County, install an agricultural district sign on his farm on Hare Road today. For more information see More voluntary agriculture districts created....

New shopping center to replace former Litchfield

A new shopping center, Goldsboro Promenade, will replace the former Litchfield Cinema building on Berkeley Boulevard, developers say. The co-developers, Winston-Salem-based Atlantic Coast Commercial and Granite Development in Mount Airy, plan to build a 40,000 square-foot Ashley Furniture Home Store,...

Deer crashes into William Street store

A deer charged through a glass door at Dillon Supply Co. on North William Street about 8 a.m. this morning, splattering blood in the showroom and frightening employees. "She came through here and she went straight for the manager's office,"...

More voluntary agriculture districts created

With nearly $1.1 billion in combined annual revenues, many people consider agriculture to be the economic backbone of both Wayne and Duplin counties, and for the last two years, officials in both have been working to promote that idea through...

Health Department aim is to improve services

The coming year will be a time for the Health Department to shore up services that will benefit residents across the county, says Health Director James Roosen. At the board of health's monthly meeting, Roosen said several grants have been...

Duplin to keep close eye on expenses

Despite more than $1.4 million in recent expenditures, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners is heading into 2007 with its available fund balance projected to be in good shape when the fiscal year ends on June 30. But, county finance...

Three Kings Festival January 6

The Hispanic Community Development Center will hold its third annual Three Kings Festival, or Dia De Los Tres Reyes Mago, on Jan. 6from noon to 3 p.m. in the Waynesborough Historical Village. Jan. 6 is Old Christmas, or Epiphany, which...

Goldsboro writer published

BERNE, Ind.--Lynn Shupe of Goldsboro was recently published in the national magazine Good Old Days Specials. Shupe is a freelance writer who has been submitting original stories and poems to publishers for two years. The March 2007 issue of Good...

GATEWAY reservations

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will run its regular van schedule for passengers on New Year's Day, but those wanting transportation Monday will need to make an appointment before 2:30 p.m. Thursday. GATEWAY's bus service will also run from 9:30 a.m....

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Looking for a deal

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Alicia Wells, left, and Kelly Doss make their way through the aisles at Target early today, looking for bargains. For more information see Shoppers hit Goldsboro stores to return gifts, find bargains....

Shoppers hit Goldsboro stores to return gifts, find bargains

Long before the sun rose over Goldsboro today, shoppers were already hitting stores that had opened early to catch their post-Christmas business. Shoppers were trickling into JCPenney's at Berkeley Mall at first light. Some came to return gifts. Others were...

Teenage driver killed in wreck

DUDLEY -- A 16-year-old driver was killed Sunday morning on Sleepy Creek Road when his pickup ran off the highway and struck a tree. Joshua Allen McIntosh of 629 Eagles Nest Road died at about 10:15 a.m., according to investigators...

Alliance sets sights on 2007

Only a year ago, business leaders and economic development groups planted the seeds of what would become the Wayne County Development Alliance. The organization formed by the combining of the Wayne County Economic Development Commission, the Goldsboro Committee of 100...

Sheriff warns about scam artists

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders is urging county residents to be on the alert for scam artists trying to convince people to give out their personal financial information over the telephone. Winders said someone has been targeting elderly people recently...

Duplin chairman calls for open government

The new chairman of the Duplin County Board of Commissioners says some county residents believe too much of the county's business is being conducted out of public view and he wants to change that perception. Chairman David Fussell said that...

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas from the staff of the Goldsboro News-Argus!

We are taking today off to be with our family and friends. Updates to the website will continue on Tuesday....

Sunday, December 24, 2006

New survey takes look at health of county

Affordable healthcare is the biggest barrier to proper medical care for Wayne County residents, with the most pervading ailments being high cholesterol and high blood pressure, according to results from the 2006 Behavior Risk Factor Survey recently received by Wayne...

Business owners decry changes at U.S. 70, Beston Road crossing

Business owners at the intersection of U.S. 70 bypass and Beston Road say state plans to make the crossing safer will cost them money and create more traffic problems. Store owners and farmers in the neighborhood say they wanted a...

Home is where her heart is ... even in Iraq

When Lt. Col. Kerri Grimes fires up her truck, she closes her eyes and the hot Iraq desert is transformed into a winter wonderland. The sound of her 13-year-old daughter Nicole blasting Christmas carols over the speakers brings her home...

He shared his gift with United Way

Mason Bland got some money for his recent birthday. And like most 10-year-olds, he started to think about how he could spend the $50. But unlike most of his classmates, Mason decided toys, video games and other items for himself...

Taking care of children who have no presents

For Becky Nighswander and her mother, Evelyn Kite, Christmas starts right after Thanksgiving. That's when the family heads to the holiday wish trees to find the names of the people on their gift list -- needy children and seniors who...

Duplin gets access to flood fund leftovers

With roughly 25 to 30 percent of Duplin County in the 100-year flood plain, several county residents are trying to take advantage of a new potential buyout program to sell their properties and rebuild. Notified about a week ago that...

Lawsuit filed in death at hospital

The family of a patient who died while in care at Cherry Hospital filed a lawsuit against the psychiatric facility Monday alleging improper restraint employed by the nursing staff contributed to her death. Janella Williams of Plymouth, a 35-year-old patient...

Replacement gifts can have local appeal

If what you wanted for Christmas isn't under your tree Monday, you might be able to find a perfect replacement right here at home. An elephant stapler, dancing Santa Claus, bamboo arrangement and a Goldsboro Christmas ornament are just a...

Waste Industries collection schedule

Trash collection for Waste Industries will be delayed by one day Monday through Thursday due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. Friday collections will remain on regular schedule. Customers should pull their collection cans to the curbside the night...

Mentoring helps couple cope with loss of son

Danielle and Billy Holloway lost their only child, a 7-year-old son, to cancer in September 2005. He will never be replaced, but the couple say they have found a way to share their love with another young person. They have...

Public record

Store robbery Three suspects entered El Tiangui's, a store on the 1400 block of N.C. 111, at about 7:45 p.m. Friday and committed robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny, according to a Wayne County sheriff's deputy report. Employee Livier...

Student named Phi Beta Kappa

Leah Duryeu Heim, a senior biology major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most honored college scholastic society. The daughter of Dennis and Jennifer Heim of...

Home builders offering OSHA class

The Home Builders Association of Wayne County is offering a OSHA 10-hour construction safety course at Wayne Community College on Jan. 22-23, from noon until 5 p.m. both days. Cost for the course including lunch and all materials is $10...

WCDS student is Morehead semi-finalist

Byron Bryan of Mount Olive, a senior at Wayne Country Day School, has been named a semi-finalist for the prestigious Morehead Scholarship at UNC-Chapel. He is among 252 semi-finalists selected and will interview in January. The Morehead program provides a...

Maxwell named to Campbell trustees

Hugh Gordon Maxell III has been elected to the Campbell University Board of Trustees. Maxwell is owner and president of Goldsboro Milling Co. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,000 people and produce approximately 13 million turkeys and...

Officials warn shoppers, travelers to be wary this weekend

Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials are urging residents to be on the lookout as they finish up their last-minute shopping or leave home to visit relatives for Christmas. Officials say thieves tend to get more brazen and desperate around the...

Cyclist remains in critical condition

A Wayne County man remains in critical condition after being involved in an accident earlier this month in Greene County., Dave Galloway, a member of the Seyboro Cyclists bicycling club, was badly injured Dec. 14 when he collided head-on with...

Inmates share story of holiday in their own play

The costumes were simple, the stage sparse and the actors nervous. Gathering their courage, 36 men donned their robes Tuesday night, worked to remember their lines and places on stage and avoided eye contact with their friends in the audience...

Correction

A story in Friday's New-Argus about United Way's Bring It On campaign incorrectly described Gregg Miner as chief executive officer of AAR. Miner is the company's general manager....

North Carolina tree makes trip to Korea

When a custom box arrived at the Jarrell home on an Army base in South Korea earlier this month, the smell gave away what was inside. Goldsboro resident Ed Ellis had made it happen -- his little girl had finally...

Friday, December 22, 2006

Alliance still waiting on OK for lake

The six-acre lake officials hope will be the dominant feature in a revamped Stoney Creek Park dominated discussions among Stoney Creek Park Alliance board members Thursday. The group came together at City Hall to talk about the future of the...

Duplin hospital chief resigns, leaving January 1

After three-and-a-half years at the helm of Duplin General Hospital, president and chief operating officer Doug Yarbrough is resigning, effective Jan. 1. He will be replaced by an employee of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina -- a regional health...

AAR CEO fools employees, all for the benefit of charity

AAR Chief Executive Officer Gregg Miner has been charged with aiding and abetting the United Way. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders was deadly serious as he arrested Miner without incident at 8:30 a.m. today in the air cargo system manufacturing...

Fremont police chief resigns post; interim appointed

FREMONT -- In the wake of job uncertainty, high crime, and an unsolved murder, Fremont police Chief Wayne Schwark tendered his resignation to town officials this week. Schwark told officials Tuesday he was resigning from his position to take a...

The lowdown on real barbecue

For most students, history can be a little dry. Not in Charlotte Brow's class at Wayne Community College. Ms. Brow's students have spent the past few weeks studying one of the juiciest parts of eastern North Carolina history and have...

Principals undergo leadership training

Three Wayne County Public Schools' high school principals recently graduated from the Leadership Program for Experienced Principals, offered by the Principals' Executive Program of the University of North Carolina. Eddie Radford of Charles B. Aycock, Gene Byrd of Eastern Wayne...

City sanitation schedule

The city of Goldsboro will observe the Christmas holiday on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25-26. All sanitation services scheduled for Monday, Dec. 25 will be serviced on Saturday, Dec. 23 . All sanitation services scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 26, will...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Charles Sutton reported Thursday someone broke into the church shed at Eastern Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at 835 N. John St. No items were reported missing. Damage was set at $300. *Someone passed...

GATEWAY closes Christmas Eve at 2 p.m.

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will close at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 for the Christmas holiday. The service will be closed on Monday, Christmas Day....

Drug arrest made

KINSTON -- Lenoir County law enforcment officers have charged a Goldsboro man after a nine-month undercover drug investigation. Charles Deangelo Tolbert Jr., 26, was charged with trafficking in cocaine. He was placed under a $10,000 bond. Detective Shawn Howard of...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Big delivery day coming

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Goldsboro rural carrier Kirby Stevens starts his long day of delivering packages along his route that runs from Cherry Hospital toward Grantham. The next couple of days are among the busiest for postal carriers. Officials say this...

County plan for utilities targeted

Although members say countywide sewer service is not a feasible project, the Wayne County Utilities Committee discussed a master plan Wednesday morning that would address water, wastewater and other utility issues across the county. An early draft of the master...

Holiday travelers could face weather issues in some areas

Wayne County residents wishing for a white Christmas will be disappointed come Monday, but travelers will need to keep a close eye on the weather this weekend if they venture outside the county or state. The local weather on Friday...

More than 400 toys collected for Toys for Tots

Capt. John Winstead served in the United States Marine Corps for 25 years before joining the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. So when he heard that the Marine-sponsored Toys For Tots drive would be represented for a sixth straight year here...

WCC announces holiday schedule

In observance of the holidays, Wayne Community College will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. The college's library will reopen to students and the public on Wednesday, Jan. 3. The college's offices...

Jaycees seek nominees for service award

The Mount Olive Jaycees are looking for nominees for its 2006 Distinguished Service Award. The award, which will be given at the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet/Mount Olive Jaycees Distinguished Service Award Banquet in February, honors the...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Someone shot out the rear glass window of a Wayne County school bus with a BB gun. The incident occurred about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday on Whitfield Drive and Bizzell Court. Students were on...

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Shop with an Officer

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Goldsboro police Officer Wayne Cannucci lends a helping hand to Beth Bucio on Saturday morning at Wal-Mart. The officer is helping one of 42 children at the annual Shop with an Officer program that is sponsored by...

Dudley plant to lay off last 14

Georgia-Pacific executives announced Tuesday afternoon that the company will suspend production at its Dudley Oriented Strand Board plant indefinitely because continuing operations is not economically viable. The Atlanta-based company informed the Dudley plant on Oct. 3 that hourly employees would...

Duplin Commission eyes cutting county's tax rate

ROSE HILL -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners wants to lower taxes, but not quite yet. Voting on an unexpected agenda item Monday night at their meeting at Town Square in Rose Hill, the commissioners split on the...

Commissioners choose Price as legislative liaison

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners chose Atlas Price as its legislative liaison for the General Assembly's 2007 session during its meeting Tuesday. Price will work with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and state legislators during the General...

Residents can still get shots to stop flu

The Health Department has about 400 flu shots available, officials announced today. Health Director James Roosen said the department is seeing an increase in the number of cases of influenza-like illness and wants to make sure the public is protected...

Officers take children shopping for holidays

Carol Brock climbed out of bed at the crack of dawn Saturday. Her reddened eyes told her 5 a.m. was a little too early to wake up on a weekend, but this day was not about her. It was...

Public record

*Keri Brooke Heath reported Dec. 17 she drove over a large rock on Buck Swamp Road at a business that left a hole in her transmission pan. Damage was $500. *Someone stole a rifle, valued at $429, from the display...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

$90 million is needed, but where?

At least $90 million will be needed to tackle school construction projects, members of the Facility Master Plan Education Process Focus Committee agreed Monday. The question will be how to distribute the money for the district's long-term benefit. The group...

Officials explain deputy's sentence

Wayne County's commissioners were expected to discuss today if the county will attempt to recoup the loss from a former sheriff's deputy who totaled his car while driving it outside the county without permission. Meanwhile, court officials are defending their...

Families get help for holiday from Salvation Army donors

Annie would rather get nothing at all this Christmas if it means more for her son and daughter. As she stuffed Barbie dolls, board games and a toy truck into a large plastic bag, she smiled -- content in knowing...

Irish pub could be on tap for city

Jerry Snyder, Wayne Turner and their silent partners' dream of bringing an Irish pub to John Street started out months ago as a conversation between friends. Monday, their vision took one step closer to reality as Goldsboro City Council members...

Construction half-completed on Wal-Mart

MOUNT OLIVE -- Construction of a new Wal-Mart in Mount Olive is about half completed, said Town Manager Charles Brown, although company officials aren't having much, if anything, to say about the project. Brown said that the company's reluctance to...

Speed a factor in deadly accident

State Highway Patrol investigators say excessive speed played a factor in a fatal motorcycle accident that took the life of a young man Friday evening. Andy Jay Bunn, 22, of Runnel Place, was traveling south in the 1100 block of...

Public records

Investigations Thieves were busy Monday in the southern part of Wayne County: *Kay Gulledge's front door was kicked in on Emmaus Church Road, Mount Olive. Thieves took a $150 DVD recorder, according to the report. Damage came to $260. The...

CBA queen to be part of bowl festivities

Kenna Reid, Charles B. Aycock High School's Homecoming Queen, will be representing North Carolina in the 2006 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The 48th annual Liberty Bowl is the seventh-oldest college football bowl game and will take place on Dec. 29 at...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Top Cop in the shop

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders serves some doughnuts to Crystal Willford, left, and Stephanie McPhail at the Goldsboro Krispy Kreme this morning. The “Head Cop at the Doughnut Shop” was making and serving doughnuts to help aid...

Rush to the mailbox: Today expected to be busiest day

Janie Tucker performs better when the pressure is on. She's a last-minute Christmas shopper and, this morning, joined the crowd at the Goldsboro Post Office branch on Cashwell Drive to ensure packages for friends and family arrived "just in time"...

Attorney to defend trooper in DWI case

A Smithfield attorney tapped to represent a former Wayne County sheriff's deputy charged with drunken driving, but who pleaded guilty to a minor violation, has been hired by a local state trooper accused of DWI. Meanwhile, the county has paid...

Two get time for beating, throwing man in river

Two Wayne County men who allegedly beat, stabbed and tossed a man into the Little River and left him for dead in February will face prison time for their involvement. Tommy Hase Johnston, 31, of Hinnant Road, Pikeville, and Larry...

He's making the doughnuts

Wayne County's head cop was at the doughnut shop this morning. But this time, Sheriff Carey Winders was serving doughnuts rather than eating them. Well, mostly serving them. He did eat one. Working at Krispy Kreme from 8 to 10...

Goldsboro native elected to head association

Goldsboro native James Kerr II was elected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners for 2007 at the association's annual meeting. Kerr is a commissioner on the North Carolina Utilities Commis-sion, one of 50 such regulatory bodies overseeing...

Sharing with the county's needy

Wayne County is in the giving spirit this year, with many people signing up to provide food, clothing and toys for the needy across the area, local charities say. Money is also coming in for several major collections around the...

Rep. Butterfield will take new committe spot

As a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield has long been a friend to North Carolina's military bases. But, he said, just because he's stepping down from that post, Goldsboro and other military...

Public records

Hit and run Goldsboro police are looking for a female driver who allegedly struck and injured a teen on Ash and Slocumb streets and fled from the area Sunday. Jamar Harper, 18, of Woodrow St., was traveling north on Slocumb...

GATEWAY director field narrowed

Local officials have completed interviews for the job of director of the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority and are reviewing applicants, officials with the city and county said. The search committee of County Manager Lee Smith, City Manager Joe Huffman and Wayne...

Commissioners to appoint legislative liaison Tuesday

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will choose a new legislative liaison at its Tuesday morning meeting. The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners has requested that all 100 counties appoint one county commissioner as that county's legislative liaison. In...

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Public record

Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these reports: *A Goldsboro man accused of robbing the Jameson Inn hotel at gunpoint with another man Dec. 5 is now in custody. Dequan Terrell McLamb, 20, of Koonce Street, who was wanted...

Gang conflict blamed for skirmish in lot

A man was injured when six members of the Hispanic gang, Sur-13, attacked him during a verbal spat in the Wal-Mart parking lot Friday, Goldsboro police reported Saturday. The man, who was not identified, had gone to the store with...

22-year-old killed in motorcycle accident

A Goldsboro man was killed Friday night when he lost control of his motorcycle on Sandhill Drive near U.S. 13 South. Andy Jay Bunn, 22, of Runnel Place, was traveling on Sandhill Drive at 6:44 p.m. just four miles southwest...

Still no decision on charges in fatal hit and run

Whether a LaGrange woman suspected in the fatal hit-and-run accident that killed 47-year-old Andy Melvin Anderson of Goldsboro will be charged remains a mystery. Carol Coletrain Lane, 72, of Beston Road, is a suspect in the accident, which occurred about...

New member sets sights on facilities, testing rules

After retiring three years ago, Coach Dave Thomas might have found a way to get back in the game, this time as a Board of Education member. He ran a low-key positive campaign against incumbent Lehman Smith. "When I thought...

Wishes come true

Jordan didn't want much for Christmas this year -- a ball or action-figure would do just fine, he said. But when the 5-year-old picked up his new remote-control truck and approached Santa Claus, his eyes lit up and a long...

Sheriff will be making doughnuts

Like the old -- and bad -- joke, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders will be at the Goldsboro Krispy Kreme from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday. Only this time, he will be making and serving doughnuts instead of eating them....

Patchwork of memories, friendship and love

Hazel Johnson never got to finish her Christmas quilt before she died. Her daughter, Yvonne Tillman, and Mrs. Tillman's friend, Jo Anne Daniels, were at Mrs. Johnson's side on Sept. 24 when she took a breath and looked at Yvonne....

Court records

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Brady Prescott Adams, 25, U.S. 70 East, keeping and maintaining a dwelling for the use of controlled substances, 45 days to serve. *Charles Ray Leftdwridge Jr.,...

Friday, December 15, 2006

Parkstown parade returns

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Members of the Bowden-Rowe Family rode in their own float to mark the resurrection of the Parkstown Christmas Parade. Below, members of the Eastern Wayne High School Marching Band perform. For more information see Christmas tradition gets...

Ex-death row inmate could get new trial

A Duplin County man, convicted of first-degree murder in 1993 and sentenced to death, came a little closer Monday to getting a new trial after U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle denied a motion filed by the North Carolina Attorney...

Teen files not guilty plea in shooting

PIKEVILLE -- A Goldsboro teen suspected of killing his classmate when a gun he allegedly was twirling on his finger went off has told a Wayne County judge that he is not guilty of murder. Defense Attorney Geoff Hulse entered...

Christmas tradition gets new life in Parkstown

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the roadsides of Parkstown echoed with the sound of marching bands and hundreds of shouting children as the community's Christmas parade made its triumphant return Thursday. "The Biggest Little Parade in the...

City closes deal on site for new community building

Goldsboro officials said while a funding plan still is not in place for the Paramount Theater and Wayne County Memorial Community Building reconstruction projects, efforts to move along with both continue and progress is being made. The city recently closed...

Senator asks state to erect sign pointing motorists to Goldsboro

State Sen. John Kerr is asking the Department of Transportation to consider putting more signs on U.S. 117 north directing motorists to Goldsboro. The new four-lane highway between Goldsboro and Wilson opened this year and has become a popular route...

Company adopts orphans for holiday

There are 65 orphans who will have a merry Christmas because of gift donations to Frema Motors' Angel Tree. The Angel Tree is bare, and each child will receive two gifts. Office manager Caroyn Mozingo said the Kennedy Home orphanage...

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter

A 21-year-old Goldsboro resident accused of killing a man in the Waffle House parking lot on Wayne Memorial Drive pleaded guilty to a lesser charge today in Wayne County Superior Court. Shawn Naurice Holmes originally faced a first-degree murder charge...

Guardian Ad Litem court officials' campaign makes Christmas brighter for Wayne children

For more than 100 Wayne County children who otherwise would find little if anything under the Christmas tree this year, Santa Claus will come from an unlikely source. The children will get the chance to unwrap gifts this year thanks...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Legislators say Black made right decision

Although surprised, state representatives for Wayne and surrounding counties thought that House Speaker Jim Black's announcement that he would not seek the position again this year was the right thing for him to do. "He dropped that on us...

F-15Es are practicing for battle

The sound of munitions and F-15E Strike Eagle afterburners have filled the skies over Goldsboro and Wayne County for the past few days -- and nights. But don't worry, it's only a test with an end in sight, Seymour Johnson...

Site work beginning for new store; inquiries coming for spots in center

Goldsboro building inspector Ed Cianfarra doesn't expect the Wal-Mart at Rosewood to be the only building standing at the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.C. 581 this time next year. The city has issued a grading permit for the site...

Goldsboro attorneys on list for open district judge seat

Five area lawyers have announced their candidacy to fill the district court vacancy that will be created when Judge Rose Williams leaves office at the end of the year. Judge Williams, who is halfway through a four-year term, has accepted...

Madeline wins vote

Madeline Edwards, 11, a sixth-grade student at Eastern Wayne Middle School, has won the second round of the CBS Early Show's "Living Room ... Live!" talent contest with 75 percent of the online votes. Madeline, the daughter of Michael and...

Duplin Hispanic service center secures new, permanent address

Two years ago, realizing that the county's Hispanic population was going to continue to grow, Duplin County officials created the Duplin County Latino Support Group. That group was charged with finding ways to reach out to the county's Hispanic...

New hospital system tracks equipment

A new health-care technology that monitors the location as well as status of equipment has been implemented at Wayne Memorial Hospital, officials said. RadarFind Real Time Location System is designed to track equipment quickly and efficiently. This summer, Wayne became...

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Investigations Shirley Bynum, a employee at Goldsboro High School, told Goldsboro police that someone stole her Black IBM laptop, valued at $900, from her classroom. The theft occurred sometime between 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday. Ms. Bynum told...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Flags donated to Wayne County schools

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Cole Reid, left, says The Pledge of Allegiance this morning with the rest of his classmates in Kristine Harris’ classroom as members of the Eastern Wayne Elementary School student council including Casey Young, Caleb Parker and Jose...

Zoning shift could make way for new shelter site

Although Wayne County has not yet decided on a location for a new animal shelter, officials will have more options if the new building is placed on county-owned land. The Wayne County Planning Board unanimously voted Tuesday night to allow...

Classrooms will get new flags

Chances are your child pledged his or her allegiance to a piece of paper posted on a classroom wall this morning. Most of Wayne County's 1,200 classrooms don't have a real American flag. But Tuesday, members of the Military Order...

Officers hunt for mystery explosion

Law enforcement and fire department officials are still trying to explain the cause of an explosion last night near the 2800 block of Nahunta Road. Emergency dispatchers received a call at about 9 p.m., with several residents calling to say...

More than 200 honored for work with seniors, children

O'Berry Center had decked its halls with boughs of holly, as well as Christmas trees and hundreds of snowflakes, just in time for WAGES' annual recognition luncheon for those involved with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs. The 200...

Defendant sentenced to life without parole

The trial of a Duplin County man accused of the 2005 shooting of Rose Hill police Officer Mitchell Anderson finally ended Tuesday with defendant Tyrone David Williams being sentenced to life without parole. He was convicted of assault with a...

Detention officer mixes duty with compassion

When Wayne County Detention Officer Barbara Cook offers a kind word, shoulder or a Bible to an inmate struggling with bouts of depression, she doesn't think she is doing anything special. She's only doing what she envisions anyone in her...

Music chairman earns honors

Dr. Alan Armstrong, chairman of the Mount Olive College Music Department has moved up in the world of bagpiping. Earlier this month, at the meeting of the Executive Council of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association in Alexandria, Va....

Wallace doctor named Family Physician of Year

WALLACE -- Dr. Mott P. Blair IV of Wallace has been named the state Family Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Blair is a graduate of the Brody School of Medicine at East...

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Investigations Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these reports: *Michael Jerome Reid reported someone spray painted gang symbols and other words along the side of his black semi-truck. The incident occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday at...

PETA asks county to ban exotic animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent a letter to the Wayne County Commissioners urging them to ban the private possession of exotic animals. The letter is in response the reported escape of a captive female Japanese snow...

Bridge battlefield dedication to be Sunday at 2 p.m.

DUDLEY -- A dedication ceremony will be held this weekend at the site of the Civil War Battle of Goldsborough Bridge. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the site of the battle on Old Mount Olive Highway...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Legislators mull picks for speaker

With elections over and embattled state House Speaker Jim Black set to return to Raleigh in January, local legislators are beginning to consider who they want to lead them during the 2007 session. For those delegates representing Wayne and surrounding...

Tuberculosis is a concern for health officials

The number of cases of tuberculosis treated by the Wayne County Health Department more than doubled last year and Director Jim Roosen said that although reported cases have decreased in recent months, he is still concerned about the potential for...

Parkstown Parade fans restart holiday tradition

Deborah Exum is now assistant to the director at O'Berry Center, but remembers what it was like being a little girl growing up in the Parkstown area and going to the annual community Christmas parade there. "All these bands, firetrucks...

Meals on Wheels could face cuts if United Way funding is reduced

The Meals on Wheels program might have to curtail its operations if the United Way doesn't make its goal this year. The United Way of Wayne County is currently at nearly 80 percent of its $1.44 million goal -- almost...

O'Berry Center invites community to Christmas extravaganza

O'Berry Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland this week in time for the second annual community extravaganza Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend the festivities, which will feature entertainment, lights and...

Daedalian award winners announced

The 4th Fighter Wing Operations Group Commander, Col Eric L. Nelson, and the 916th Air Refueling Wing Operations Group Commander, Col Mark V. Kolleda, have announced the following Kitty Hawk Daedalian Aircrew Award winners for 2006: *4th Fighter Wing Fighter...

Public records

Accidents Steven J. Nielsen, 22, of Walnut St., was charged with DWI and speeding after a one-vehicle accident on Spence Avenue and Glenwood Trail about 5:45 a.m. Friday. Nielsen was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment....

School lunch menus

These are the menus for Wayne Public Schools for Dec 14 -- Dec. 21 Thursday -- Breakfast: cinnamon bun, Lunch: beef-a-roni with bread stick, turkey sandwich, vegetable sticks, lima beans, chilled mixed fruit, orange, garden salad. Friday -- Breakfast: blueberry...

Monday, December 11, 2006

Santa's Little Helpers

News-Argus/Greg Sousa COOKIE-MAKING: Reese Verhaeghe, 19 months, makes a Christmas cookie with the help of her mom, Michelle, at the fifth annual Goldsboro Junior WomanÍs Club SantaÍs Workshop fundraiser. The event, which was held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran...

Ex-sheriff's deputy pleads to lesser charge

BENSON -- A former sheriff's deputy who totaled his patrol car and was later found to be under the influence of alcohol five hours after leaving a friend's house in Princeton won't see any jail time, a judge decided...

Alvin Ward named new Goldsboro fire chief

Once the application process, interviews and second visits were in the books, only the final decision on a new Goldsboro Fire Department chief was left to be made. This morning, City Manager Joe Huffman announced he has hired Kinston native...

Blood supply is facing shortage

Local Red Cross officials are sending out an SOS for blood as the annual holiday drought of donors has left supplies low here at home and nationwide. The nation's blood supply is dwindling. Four types -- O negative, O positive,...

New high school gets grant, will add ninth grade in 2007

The Wayne Early/Middle College High School is up and running, with a $285,000 grant recently received and another grade being added in the fall, officials said. The school, established in August 2006 on the campus of Wayne Community College, started...

Butterfield chosen as deputy whip

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who represents much of eastern North Carolina, has been picked as one of nine chief deputy whips in the new Democrat-controlled 110th Congress. "G.K. is an extremely energetic and organized person who is well-liked by...

Goldsboro native could get shot as MTV2 star

Jeannetta Craigwell-Graham has come a long way since her days acting in "The Boyfriend" as a member of Stagestruck. And with the help of her friends and neighbors in Wayne County, she could go even further. The 22-year-old Eastern Wayne...

Health Department to address health disparities among races

There is a big difference between the level of health care available to minorities and whites, health officials say, and the Wayne County Health Department has grant funding available for agencies willing to help solve the problem. The Health Department...

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Accident Kelvin James Jr., the driver of a moped, was injured when his vehicle was involved in an accident with a Chevrolet pickup driven by James Walter Creek on Thursday morning on S. Slocumb Street near Walnut Street. James, 17,...

Free hearing aid to be given away

The Avada Hearing Care Center in Goldsboro is inviting Wayne County residents to submit the names of people in the area who are in need of a hearing aid but unable to afford one. The "Gift of Better Hearing" project...

Sunday, December 10, 2006

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Investigations The Wayne County Sheriff's Office detained a home-health nurse who allegedly stole a credit card from one of her client's home and went on a mini shopping spree. Lashaya Monque Cobb, 24, of Hill Loop Road, was charged with...

Committee: New schools or repairs?

New buildings, not patched up old ones, might be the best plan, members of a committee tasked with coming up a plan for Wayne County school facilities said. The Educational Process Committee, one of three focus committees assigned by the...

Legislators get first look at budget projections

GREENVILLE -- As the North Carolina General Assembly begins preparing for its 2007 session, the biggest question facing legislators seems to be whether there is going to be a budget shortfall. Many agencies that watch the state government, such as...

City resident will sue over E. coli scallions

Stephen Minnis of Goldsboro craved the taste for Taco Bell so much that he visited the same store twice in one week. But after falling gravely ill within days of dining at the new restaurant in eastern Pennsylvania, Minnis, a...

Murder indictment returned in shooting

A Goldsboro man will face murder charges in connection with the February shooting death of a Mount Olive man. A Wayne County grand jury returned an indictment for first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Dec....

Spring Creek students send cookies to troops

Students at Spring Creek Elementary School started their holiday baking early this year so that overseas troops will receive the goodies in time for Christmas. A self-contained class of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders came up with the idea after they...

Empty Stocking Fund memory prompts resident to give back

When 64-year-old Faye Bartlett writes out a check for the Empty Stocking Fund, she remembers a little girl's bleak Christmas many years ago. Mrs. Bartlett's story starts when she was in the third grade in Elm City. That October, her...

Court records

Wayne County District Court These cases were heard in Wayne County District Court: *Ofelia Martin, 17, Will Anderson Road, Dudley, speeding, $120 fine and court costs. *Linda A. Moore, no date of birth listed, Daly Boulevard, Mount Olive, simple assault,...

Friday, December 8, 2006

Chief coffee-maker -- All for the United Way

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Mayor Al King, center, talks with Richard and Karen Brashear as he serves them a sample of peppermint mocha at Starbucks as part of the United Way's Bring It On campaign this morning. King agreed to serve...

Police search for clues in murder

FREMONT -- No arrests have been made in the Nov. 27 murder that claimed the life of a 46-year-old man, but police and town officials remain hopeful someone will come forward with information that will lead them to the alleged...

Suspects sought in robbery at hotel

Goldsboro police have zeroed in on one of two suspects who allegedly robbed the Jameson Inn at gunpoint Tuesday and got away with $300. Dequan Terrell McLamb, 20, of 2203 Koonce St., Apartment-D, his last known address, is being sought...

A little mocha with the mayor

He traded in his blazer for a green apron and his gavel for a tray of hot holiday drinks. But for Mayor Al King, serving the Goldsboro residents who came into Starbucks on this cold, December morning didn't seem like...

Nineteen county teachers receive chamber mini-grants

The Chamber of Commerce "Prize Patrol" had the winners come to them this year. More than $14,000 worth of mini-grants were awarded to teachers at 13 schools in the county Thursday afternoon. But instead of fanning out and delivering them...

11-year-old earns chance to sing for nation

Wayne County already knows Madeline Edwards can sing. Come Monday morning, so will the rest of the country. The Goldsboro 11-year-old will appear on CBS TV's The Early Show as part of its weekly "Living Room ... Live!" program, which...

District's audit shows fund balance use

Receiving its 2006 audit report Tuesday night, the Duplin County Board of Education learned that with the school system operating at a loss last year, it had been forced to draw $731,444 out of its fund balance to cover its...

Village will open doors for holiday Saturday

Young carolers will serenade guests at the fifth annual Christmas in the Village Saturday at Historic Waynes-borough. Historic Waynesborough will be open to the public from noon until 5 p.m. The village is located at 801 South U.S. 117, across...

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Accidents *Patrick Kelly, 38, Walnut Ridge Drive, was hurt when a driver identified as Jose M. Bautista allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and was involved in an accident with the motorcycle Kelly's was operating at Berkeley Boulevard and Ash...

Eureka Town Board opens sewer bids

EUREKA -- Officials with the town of Eureka opened bids Tuesday for a project aimed at fixing the town's leaky sewer system. T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro appeared to be the low bidder for the portion of the projection intended...

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Shelter board releases audit report

The Lighthouse of Wayne County Inc. released its 2004 and 2005 audit reports Tuesday, adding that well-intentioned oversights, not malfeasance, contributed to the organization's financial woes, including $70,000 in unpaid payroll taxes, penalties and interest. The audit, which was done...

Trial date set in case of robbery, shooting

The trial date for a man accused in the fatal shooting of a shopkeeper's son-in-law during an armed robbery in May 2003 has now been set. The trial date for Roy George Legg will be March 19, Wayne County Assistant...

From that day, it was war

When a cook in Sgt. Maj. Luther Saylors' company at Ft. Ruger, Hawaii, interrupted his post-breakfast smoke on Dec. 7, 1941, to tell him Japanese bombers were attacking Pearl Harbor, the 19-year-old thought he was joking. It seemed to be...

Testimony continues in shooting of Rose Hill officer

The trial of a man accused of shooting a Rose Hill police officer in 2005 continued Wednesday with shooting victim Officer Mitchell Anderson still on the witness stand. Anderson continued telling his version of the events of Saturday, Sept. 10,...

Attorney will chair Clean Water Trust

Goldsboro lawyer and former state Rep. Phil Baddour was appointed chairman of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund by Gov. Mike Easley Wednesday. Baddour, who served in the state Legislature from 1994 to 2002 -- the last four as the...

Monkey on the loose

Frankie Piscopo's pet monkey has been on quite an adventure for the last week. After running away from her home in Nahunta to mourn the death of her mate, the monkey showed up all over the countryside -- even as...

Mayor will take his spot at Starbucks drive-thru

If your coffee maker goes out tonight, have no fear. Goldsboro Mayor Al King might just have a solution for you. Friday morning, he will be whipping up everything from lattes to espressos at the Berkeley Boulevard Starbucks -- all...

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Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Wayne County sheriff's deputies charged two Southern Wayne High School students for simple possession of marijuana. The charge stems from allegations in which one teen allegedly told authorities he placed marijuana...

Foul play suspected in Greenville man's death

GREENVILLE -- Preliminary autopsy reports performed on a man whose body was found in the Tar River with the help of three Wayne County search dogs Nov. 29 suggest foul play might have played a factor in his death. Robert...

Correction

The contact number listed in Tuesday's edition of the News-Argus to inquire about More at Four openings in the county was incorrect. The phone number is 735-3371, ext. 231....

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Visitors from China

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Fifteen delegates representing the Chinese Commission on Population and Family visited Tommy’s Road Elementary School this week to observe students in their classroom. The purpose of their trip to the United States is to observe pre-school and...

Blue Angels coming in May

Next spring, angels will share the skies over Goldsboro and Wayne County with more than a dozen Japanese bombers. The International Council of Air Shows conference announced the featured acts for next year's Wings Over Wayne Airshow Tuesday. The Navy...

Chinese delegation visits city school to see character program in action

Teacher Kelly Kokiko called fifth-graders to the front of her classroom at Tommy's Road Elementary School. Each bore a sign indicating a different type of animal. She asked them to act out characteristics of the animal they represented, then divide...

Trial begins in 2005 shooting of Rose Hill police officer

What began as a domestic dispute -- an argument between a Duplin County boyfriend and girlfriend -- ended with the shooting of Rose Hill police Officer Mitchell Anderson on Sept. 10, 2005. Anderson has since recovered, but on Tuesday, the...

County commissioners choose new leadership for 2007

At this time last year, Wayne County Board of Commissioners Chairman Atlas Price said his focus would be to build a new animal shelter, to develop a plan to build new public school facilities and to lay the foundation for...

Shelter asking for volunteers for hotline

The Lighthouse of Wayne County is closed, but the board of directors is still working to make sure local victims of domestic violence have an avenue to find help. Currently, those people in need of the Lighthouse's service are being...

Clarification

There are two points of clarification in a story that appeared in the Tuesday edition of the News-Argus about the Board of Education naming Shirley Sims as its chairman. The story indicated that all of the men on the board...

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Hay fire - surprise blaze closes highway

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Firefighters from Nahunta and Polly Watson fire districts work to contain a hay fire on top of a tractor trailer flatbed on N.C. 222 near N.C. 581 Monday. The fire broke out around 1:45 p.m. and caused...

New plan on tap for Goldsboro High in 2007

Is Goldsboro High School going to house a magnet school next year? While the word was never mentioned at Monday's school board meeting, officials said they plan to establish a science, technology, engineering and math "school within a school concept"...

Shirley Sims is picked to take chairman's job on school board

In an historical move Monday night, the Board of Education named its two minority women members to leadership roles. Shirley Sims will serve as board chairman for the upcoming year, with Thelma Smith named as vice chairman. Ms. Sims was...

Duplin approves grants for three companies

KENANSVILLE -- While economic development is most often thought of in terms of bringing in new business and industry, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners took a look inward Monday morning at several local companies. Two, Accu-Form Polymers Inc. and...

City man charged in string of thefts

Goldsboro police have stopped a man wanted in connection with a two-week crime spree. Danny Mack Coley, 49, of Palm Street, faces charges of five counts of common law robbery and one count of breaking and entering into a motor...

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Stolen truck sought Goldsboro police are hunting for leads in a case in which thieves stole a flatbed truck and an antique automobile in October. Several unknown suspects broke into Bennett's Auto Salvage located at 1406 U.S. 117 South Oct....

Exceptional student forum to be held at Wesleyan college on Wednesday

Parents of exceptional children are invited to a free forum being held on the Goldsboro campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College on Wednesday. "Help Me, Please! A Child's Cry for Parent Advocacy" is the title of the program, which is...

MOC plans winter graduation ceremony for December 16

MOUNT OLIVE -- Nearly 400 students are expected to graduate from Mount Olive College during its 53rd fall commencement Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. in Kornegay Arena. Dr. Murphy Osborne, a motivational speaker who has spent his career in higher...

JSCC firearms class for women

The Continuing Education Department at James Sprunt Commumity College will offet a basic class on firearms for women. Students are required to attend a session Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and a hands-on session Dec. 16 from...

Monday, December 4, 2006

Goldmasquers weekend wraps up

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Clifton Britton's “The Shepherd’s Song” was performed on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. The play was originally written by Britton while a drama teacher at Goldsboro High School from 1942-1962....

Meadow Lane elementary student and family prepare for kidney transplant

Ryan Carpenter's family has always known he will one day need a kidney transplant. Born 10 years ago with a renal condition, tests showed early on that his kidneys were not fully developed. "He has partial kidneys," mom Apryl Carpenter...

Boy, 11, in good condition after fall

MOUNT OLIVE -- An 11-year-old Mount Olive boy was listed in good condition this morning by officials at Wayne Memorial Hospital, after he was brought in Saturday following a fall from a parade float. Tykwan Garner, of Azalea Drive, was...

County will eye plans for projects

A new animal shelter, new office space and the U.S. 70 corridor will be among the projects on the agenda Tuesday during the Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting. The board plans to discuss renovations to the Jeffreys Building to...

Former military man takes on a new calling

Want to talk about nervous? Francis Nottingham was nervous. Of course most people would be, too, if their new job involved standing on the side of Goldsboro's busiest street -- Berkeley Boulevard -- holding a colorful sign, wearing a big...

Three Wayne County K-9 officers participate in hunt for missing Greenvile man's body

GREENVILLE -- Three K-9 officers from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department are being hailed as heroes after they tracked down a missing man whose body was found in the Tar River. Robert Daniel Leggett, 25, of Greenville, was reported missing...

Public records

Investigations Steven Arthur Hall told Goldsboro police that his wife, Martha Hall, struck him in the head with a golf club during an argument Sunday morning. Ms. Hall, 52, of N. Rudolph St., was charged with assault with deadly weapon...

Chamber's business seminar

Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Sunrise Seminar will focus on loans Tuesday. The seminar, to be held at the Chamber at 308 N. William St. from 8 to 10 a.m., will focus on the Small Business Admin-istrative Community Express Loan...

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Location in works for animal shelter

Wayne County is closer to having a new animal shelter, just not to an address for it. Contractors are finishing plans; interviews are scheduled to begin soon for a new shelter manager; and donations are coming in to help with...

Council to consider land use matters

Rezoning issues, conditional land use requests and a number of site and landscape plans will make up Goldsboro City Council members' short docket Monday, at their first meeting of the month. The meeting, scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, will...

First goal earns Pate spot on line

State Rep. Louis Pate probably didn't quite pack a peck of pickles at the Mt. Olive Pickle plant Friday night, but he definitely pounded plenty into place. With his shift set to start at 5:30 p.m., Pate arrived on...

Details released on fatal accident

Sweet. Loving. A girl with a big heart and a pretty smile. That's how family and friends remembered 18-year-old Apryl Nicole Smith of Brantwood Drive who was struck and killed at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday by a motorist who...

Board of Education discusses spending

KENANSVILLE -- With about $2.5 million of new money in hand, the Duplin County Board of Education spent part of its meeting Tuesday night deciding exactly how to spend its recent windfall from the county commissioners. During the last...

Boy injured in fall from float

MOUNT OLIVE -- An 11-year-old Wayne County boy was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital on Saturday after he fell from a float at the town Christmas parade and injured his leg. Mount Olive Police Department Maj. Ralph Schroeder said the...

Hundreds line streets to welcome holiday season

With a candy cane in hand, Trey Pickett watched as cars, floats, horses and fire trucks made their way down Center Street Saturday evening. Still, the 6-year-old Wayne County resident said he wouldn't be satisfied until Santa's sleigh was in...

Salvation Army starts bell-ringing campaign

One winter's day in 1891, a young Salvation Army captain in San Francisco wanted to serve a free Christmas meal to the city's poor, but he had no way to pay for the food. Then he recalled his days as...

Students will perform musical

FREMONT -- Fremont STARS Elementary School student are taking their production of "Oh Rats!" on the road later this week when they travel to Raleigh. The fourth-grade, fifth- grade and exceptional children classes were invited to Brentwood Elementary School to...

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Gas drive-off Employees at the Hasty Mart on Spence Avenue told Goldsboro police officers Saturday that an unidentified black man filled his vehicle with close to $50 in unleaded gasoline and left without paying. No description of the car was...

Mount Olive College FFA chapter gives coats to children

MOUNT OLIVE -- Fifty students at Carver Elementary School will be a little warmer this winter, thanks to efforts of the Mount Olive College FFA chapter. New coats were distributed at the school recently. Several members of the MOC FFA...

Goldsboro Boy and Girl Choir concert Saturday

The Goldsboro Boy and Girl Choir will kick off its third season with a concert, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas. The show will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church...

Friday, December 1, 2006

That time of year - Weather swings and flu shots

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Walter Daniels of the New Hope community, left, is given a flu shot this morning by Betty Richardson, public health nurse supervisor of the Wayne County Health Department. The county flu clinic was held at the Health...

Teen found with gun on school property

A 15-year-old Spring Creek High School student was charged with bringing a weapon on the school campus Monday afternoon, according to local officials. Capt. George Raecher of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred around 2 p.m. Monday....

Lighthouse closing -- Officials worry about abuse victims

Goldsboro police Maj. Mike Hopper is worried. He is concerned that the closure of The Lighthouse of Wayne County safehouse could prompt battered women to stay in abusive relationships because they believe they have nowhere to turn. Lighthouse officials closed...

Lighthouse closing -- women can still call for help to escape violence

The Lighthouse of Wayne County Inc. might have shut down operations earlier this week, but county officials say victims of domestic violence have not been abandoned. "What we've decided to do is to see if we can reroute calls from...

Woman claims she found tooth in biscuit

A Wayne County woman has filed a lawsuit against McDonald's after allegedly finding a piece of a human tooth in her food last year. She is seeking at least $10,000 in damages over the incident. Terryl Underwood, who is represented...

Fourth-grader receives scholarship to Appalachian State

Latifah Syeh, a fourth-grader at Grantham School, became the 14th minority student in Wayne County to be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend Appalachian State University upon graduation from high school. Ceremonies were held at the school on Thursday announcing...

Search continues for new Goldsboro general services director

As Goldsboro General Services Director Joe Sawyer prepares for his Dec. 29 retirement, interviews for his replacement are currently under way at City Hall. City Manager Joe Huffman said so far, several candidates have met with members of the city...

Bring It On -- Jerry Narron

The United Way of Wayne County just keeps coming up with big hits. This time, its members have convinced Jerry Narron -- "The Big Read Machine" as fundraising campaign chairman Geoff Hulse calls him -- to come in and bat...

Public records

Accident A Goldsboro woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident early Friday when she lost control of her vehicle on Oak Forest Road. Sahara Menice Davis, 23, of Alpha Court, was traveling east on Oak Forest Road when she ran...

Wayne man recovering from burns

PIKEVILLE -- A Wayne County man is recovering from minor burns he received in a fire that broke out Tuesday at his small car repair shop. Tony Baker, 71, of 958 Gurley Dairy Road, was working on his Ford Escort...

Blaze renter thought she had extinguished destroys two vehicles

Sometimes bad luck happens in threes. That's what a renter who lived on Old N.C. 111 found out after a pile of leaves she thought she had extinguished Saturday, rekindled Thursday, spread to a nearby field and devoured two late...

Community Advent Services

Each Wednesday before Christmas, a Community Advent Service will be offered at noon. This year, First Baptist Church at 125 South John Street, will host all the services with a different preacher to deliver the message at each one. These...

Church briefs

GOLDSBORO WORSHIP Goldsboro Worship Center, 900 W. New Hope Road, will present "A Christmas Homecoming" dinner theater Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for dinner and program. Information: 736-7050 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN First...

Correction

The telephone number given to obtain tickets to the annual Christmas buffet at Mount Olive College, planned for Dec. 5, was printed incorrectly in Wednesday's paper. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Pinda Owens at 658-2502....