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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Annual Chamber Banquet

News-Argus/Andrew Bell Dr. Ed Wilson, right, president of Wayne Community College, shakes hands with Geoff Hulse after receiving the Cornerstone Award during the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Banquet on Tuesday night. The award is given to a...

Three injured in Dudley wreck

DUDLEY -- Three people were rushed to the hospital this morning after they were injured in a head-on collision on Arrington Bridge Road near Sleepy Creek Road. A late model white Buick Riviera and a late model white convertible Mitsubishi...

Officers chase fleeing driver

A Goldsboro man led police on a high-speed chase across northern Wayne County early today, until he abandoned his truck near Stantonsburg in Greene County and was captured in a briar patch while trying to get away. Jamie Parrish, 32,...

Chamber surprises Dr. Ed Wilson with award

Dr. Ed Wilson has shaken the hands of thousands of graduates since he became the president of Wayne Community College almost 15 years ago. But it was Wilson who was the recipient of plenty of congratulations Tuesday night after receiving...

Would-be robber twice denied money at bank

DEEP RUN -- A woman tried to rob the Southern Bank and Trust Co. branch in Deep Run Tuesday morning, but the teller twice refused to give her any money and the would-be robber fled the scene, Lenoir County Sheriff's...

Trying new ways to be a Girl Scout

Terri Bryant never dreamed she could be a Girl Scout until a few weeks ago when she joined Troop 521 at the Boys & Girls Club on Royall Avenue. "I wanted to wear the green and the hat," the 15-year-old...

Whitesides joins MOC faculty

MOUNT OLIVE -- Carlette Whitesides has joined Mount Olive College as the director of the Teaching and Learning Center. She received her bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Columbia College in South Carolina and her master's degree from the...

Grant awarded

The Foundation of Wayne Community College and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service were awarded a $2,000 grant from East Carolina Farm Credit to implement the Karl M. Best Leadership Program to improve the image of the agriculture industry by...

Public Record

Investigation Bobbie Monroe Davidson told Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators that someone broke into a shed at his home in the 600 block of St. John Church Road and stole two doors, a laptop computer, Sony PlayStation 2, cell phones...

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Liberty and Justice Come Down

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Brandon Brownfield, right, and Micky Marks, of Valley Crane and Rigging, lower the Lady Liberty statue to the ground under the direction of Patty Miller of Conservation Solutions Inc. after it was removed from the top of...

4th Fighter Wing receives 'excellent' rating on ORI

It was report card day on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Monday, and like a proud parent, 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Steve Kwast addressed his airmen with a smile on his face. The results from last week's Operational Readiness...

Deputy charged with DWI

PINETOP -- The second Wayne County sheriff's deputy in just four months was asked to turn in his badge today after he wrecked his vehicle late Monday and was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol. Former Deputy...

City Hall statues get makeovers

For the first time in more than 100 years, Liberty and Justice will not be keeping watch over downtown Goldsboro. The statues, which have been looking down on Center Street from atop the original City Hall building since the early...

Dillard MS students caught with bullets

Two Dillard Middle School students will face disciplinary action and possibly criminal charges after being caught with bullets at the school Friday afternoon. Goldsboro police responded to the school on Devereaux Street at about 5 p.m. after a school employee...

McIntyre tapped to serve as senior whip

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-District 7, has been selected by House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, to serve as a senior whip for the first session of the 110th Congress. McIntyre, who is starting his fourth year on the...

AXA Advisors announces scholarships

AXA Advisors, LLC, the retail distribution subsidiary of AXA Financial, a leading financial services company, has announced the availability of the 2007 AXA Achievement Community Scholarship applications. Each AXA Advisors branch office nationwide will be able to distribute up to...

Bill of Rights on display at Fayetteville musuem

FAYETTEVILLE -- North Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights, stolen from the State Capitol in 1865 and recovered in a sting operation in 2003, will soon tour the state, making its first stop at Fayetteville's Airborne & Special Operations...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Head Start on Valentine's Day

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Crystal Rodriguez, 5, looks up at her father as she decorates a cookie for Valentine's Day at a special event held at Berkeley Mall Saturday afternoon....

She's caught: Japanese snow monkey lured into cage on air base

She eluded Goldsboro and Wayne authorities for more than a month -- sneaking through neighborhoods and backyards. But this morning, the Japanese snow monkey that made its way onto Seymour Johnson Air Force Base late last week learned that you...

Officials: All grads don't have right skills

The Wayne County public schools are turning out too many graduates who are not prepared to enter the workforce or to continue their education at a higher level, Wayne's Board of Commissioners said at their annual retreat Friday. Commissioners, discussing...

Red Cross faces blood shortage

The American Red Cross is making a push for blood donors, with one high school hosting a drive today and incentives being offered for everyone who donates in the coming weeks. As of Friday, the overall blood inventory level for...

Progress continues on new stores

Wal-Mart officials expect to open a new store in Mount Olive this spring, with the new Goldsboro location following in early 2008. Crews are getting ready to pave the parking lot at the store in Mount Olive, and Mount Olive...

MOC introduces degree program to train next generation of CSIs

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has made a $400,000 investment in state-of-the-art equipment to support a new forensics science major that will be introduced in the fall. Popular television shows like CSI and Cold Case have prompted a surge...

Pikeville plans chocolate festival to raise money for Relay for Life

The town of Pikeville is planning a chocolate festival, "Life is Sweet," for Feb. 17 to raise money for the Relay for Life. Organizers say the event will not only raise money for the fight against cancer but honor the...

Public Record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Dana Logan Rice reported Jan. 27 someone shot at her home in the 100 block of Edgebrook Drive, Pikeville, damaging the exterior and a window. No injuries were reported. Damage was...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Now Advocating for performance

No citizen in the low-wealth community would oppose building new schools "if they are needed," says one local advocacy group, touting the urgency to first focus on raising student achievement levels. Advocates of Goldsboro and Wayne County was organized in...

Consultant tells commissioners tax hike a must

A property tax rate increase of at least 5.5 cents would be needed over the next two years to pay for the capital improvement projects facing Wayne County, a consultant told the county commissioners Friday during a day-long annual planning...

National Guard units waiting for deployment

Three years ago, members of the National Guard's 230th Brigade Support Battalion were in Iraq assisting the 1st Infantry Division, the U.S. Army's oldest continuously serving group. Since their return, things at the guard's Goldsboro-housed armory have been relatively quiet....

Task force takes aim at gangs in county

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders knows that the two chief money makers for gangs are drug pushing and the illegal sale of weapons. To stop the flow of drugs and weapons in the community, Winders tapped 1st Sgt. Max Staps,...

Chaplain will soon serve new flock on battlefields of Iraq

In a few months, perhaps sooner, Lt. Cmdr. Freddie Barnes, a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserves, will be headed to Iraq. Today he is delivering his last sermon at New Spirit Church Ministries, the William Street church he helped...

Public record

Wayne County Superior Court *Cynthia Lee, 40, of Courtyard Circle, possession of cocaine, sentenced 10 to 12 months Department of Corrections. *Allen Pride, 27, of Courtyard Circle, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, sentenced 15 days Wayne County Jail, 12 months supervised...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Escaped monkey observed on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

She had no escort or permission. But after more than a month of swinging from Rosewood to Goldsboro, she got onto Seymour Johnson Air Force Base anyway. Obviously monkeys don't play by the rules established by the United States military....

Agencies: Patients can't find local care

Changes in laws providing mental health services have created problems across a wide spectrum of the community, the leaders of a number of government agencies and support organizations said Thursday at a meeting held at the Wayne County Public Library....

Reaction mixed to park plan

Rhonda Philips and her 5-year-old daughter, Kendra, never miss a sunny day at Herman Park. Something about watching her little girl climb higher in the air with each push she gives the swing brings them closer together, she said. "She...

Louis: Unity key factor in House this year

State Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, isn't letting the fact that he lost the election of House Speaker Pro-Tem Wednesday affect him as the organization of the General Assembly's 2007 session continues. In fact, he said, losing on a party line...

Commissioner Jack Best speaks out on school issue

Wayne County Commis-sioner Jack Best is not one to sidestep an issue, but these days he is gingerly approaching the topic of the public school system. Since being named to the Facilities Master Plan Team to address the needs in...

Boy Scouts honor area volunteers at annual council awards banquet

SMITHFIELD -- Area Boy Scouts announced the 2006 class of 95 Eagle Scouts after honoring long-time volunteer Bill Kemp and naming four new Silver Beavers at their annual recognition banquet Thursday. The Tuscarora Council announced former council president Jim Daniels...

Public records

Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these incidents: *Brittany Shakara Lewis told police that someone struck her in the face Thursday. She told police she knew her assailant. *Jimmy Vernon, at Myco Supply at 611 West Ash Street, told...

Financial aid help at WCC Saturday

People who plan to attend college in 2007-08 can get help with Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms at Wayne Community College on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon in the Wayne Learning Center. Financial aid professionals will assist...

Exchange essay winners named

The Goldsboro Exchange Club recently honored three winners from Wayne County Public Schools for their essay written about the job shadowing experience last fall during the Youth in Government and Business Day co-sponsored by the Exchange Club and 4-H and...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Back in Raleigh

News-Argus/Matthew Whittle State Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, speaks with friend Gary Chanle after the opening session adjourned Wednesday. Many of the legislators had friends and family accompanying them for their swearing-in ceremonies. It was Kerr’s 11th opening day. For...

Beston crossover concerns residents

Property owners near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Beston Road continued to voice their opposition to a crossover being built by the state Department of Transportation at a meeting earlier this week. DOT engineers Jerry Page, Ricky Greene and...

Second man arrested in deadly shooting

One of the suspects in a drive-by shooting last Saturday that left a 34-year-old Dudley man dead and four others injured was arrested late Wednesday at an apartment complex in Or-lando, Fla., local autho-rities said. Marco Antonio Flores, 19, is...

Local delegations ready to get to work in Raleigh

RALEIGH -- If visitors to the state capital didn't know better, they might have thought Wednesday's opening session of the 2007 General Assembly was a take-your-family-to-work day as children, grandchildren and spouses had a more-or-less free run of the state...

Anchor store to build at site of new center

Office Depot is coming to Goldsboro in the fall as one of the anchor stores at the new Memorial Commons shopping center on Wayne Memorial Drive. Connell Radcliff of 1st Carolina Properties, which is developing the former Nichols department store...

Local winery honored for community efforts

KENANSVILLE -- Monday's legislative and business appreciation breakfast at James Sprunt Community College was more than just a chance for local business and government leaders to get together, it also was an opportunity to honor Duplin Wine Cellars with the...

Free tax assistance provided by AARP

AARP's Tax-Aide program will be offering free tax counseling and simple income-tax preparation for seniors and low-income wage earners starting Feb. 5 through April 16. The free service will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at the Wayne County Public...

Public school kindergarten registration set for March 30

Pre-registration for kindergarten in Wayne County Public Schools has been set for Friday, March 30, at all 15 elementary schools. Pre-registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. A child must be five years old on or before...

Public records

Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating the following reports: *Edwin Marvin Jewell of Glenwood Trail said someone used his credit card number and ran up a $2,188 bill by making several purchases between Friday and Monday. *Sheila Renee Moore...

Al Gore's environmental film to be shown at WCC

Wayne County's only public screening of Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" will be held at Wayne Community College next month. The film will be shown twice. Hosted by the college's Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, the public is...

Community Affairs Office seeks award nominations

The city of Goldsboro Community Affairs Office is accepting nominations for the city and Wayne County's individual, civic organization and business-industry awards. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 30. For information, call the Community Affairs office at 580-4359. The office,...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

New recreation center

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Crews are currently working to clear property located on the 200 block of Center Street — two parcels the Goldsboro City Council has announced will be the future site of the reconstructed Wayne County Memorial Community Building....

Base gets readiness test from top brass

It promises to be an unusual week in Goldsboro and Wayne County. Some of your neighbors won't be home at their usual time, parking lots might seem a bit emptier and camouflage gear will be less prevalent on the streets...

Committee reviews plans for new recreation center

As crews worked to clear property located on the 200 block of Center Street Tuesday, officials were meeting up the road to review preliminary plans for the building they say will soon be constructed there. Members of the Recreation Center...

Museum is closer to new director

Museum officials are getting closer to the end of their search for a new director. Wayne County Historical Association President Preston Garris had hoped to have chosen somebody to replace former museum director Janet Clayton by Tuesday, but now expects...

Health Department lists food sites with top scores

The number of eating establishments in Wayne County earning high marks on inspection ratings is growing, health officials said Tuesday night during the Golden A Award ceremonies. The much-sought-after Golden A award is given annually by the Wayne County Health...

Black history exhibit items sought

Organizers of a Black History Month exhibit to be displayed at the Wayne County Museum next month are looking for photoraphs, memorabilia and artifacts to include in the collection. People who have items they would like to see become part...

Gaming expo Saturday at WCC

Video game players will converge at Wayne Community College this Saturday to participate in the second annual Goldsboro Gaming Expo. Last year, more than 700 people attended the day-long event, which features some of the latest innovations in video gaming....

Flags back to full staff Thursday

Wayne County residents, like others around the country, should raise their U.S. flags to full staff on Thursday following the end of the national period of mourning for former president Gerald Ford. President Bush ordered all U.S. flags to be...

Public records

House fire Goldsboro firefighters were called to a house fire at 306 N. Carolina St. at about 6:15 p.m. The home, valued at $39,000 and owned by Kim Thorpe, caught fire after the exterior electrical meter box shorted out, investigators...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Speaking out at City Council

News-Argus/Greg Sousa The Rev. Henry Gregory Jr. expressed opposition Monday night to a rezoning that would permit a nightclub on James Street. For more information see Nightclub permit opposed....

Two more suspects sought in shooting

Wayne County sheriff's deputies cast a wider net Monday hoping to catch two men who allegedly gunned down a 34-year-old Dudley man and injured four others during a drive-by shooting late Saturday. However, the search continues for Venancio Martinez, 17,...

SJAFB airman invited to State of the Union address

Those watching President George W. Bush's State of the Union Address this evening will see more than a room full of elected officials -- they will see a member of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing, too. Tech...

Nightclub permit opposed

Years ago, the east side of James Street was known only as "The Block," an area characterized by gunshots, drug deals, noise and violence. On Monday night, area residents told Goldsboro City Council members they would fight to ensure those...

High school mourns loss of two teens

KENLY -- Colorful posters, flowers and other mementos mark the spot where tragedy struck Sunday claiming the life of two North Johnston High School students and injured another classmate in a head-on collision. Both drivers, Nicholas Ryan Creech, 16, of...

New city fire chief takes oath

Alvin Ward isn't naive. Hired to replace the well-respected Goldsboro Fire Chief Bobby Greenfield, who retired last month, Ward knows he has big shoes to fill. With 18 years under his belt, Ward has learned a thing or two about...

Duplin lawmakers set agendas for new session

KENANSVILLE -- Speaking at James Sprunt Community College's legislative and business breakfast Monday morning, state Rep. Russell Tucker, D-District 4, and state Sen. Charlie Albertson, D-District 10, said that with a long list of items in front of them, they're...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *William Hinson of Clinton reported the theft of a 1993 Dodge Dakota and a purse containing $40 cash and a driver's license from the 1000 block of Thunder Swamp Road on...

Tobacco payments delayed

Tobacco buyout payments will be delayed several weeks, government officials said, due to computer problems. Farm Service Agency officials said last week that farmers and former quota holders could expect payments by late this month or early February. But a...

Mount Olive College sponsoring trip to France

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College is planning a 16-day tour of Burgundy, France, which is open to the public. The summer program, scheduled for July 16-31, will cover language, art, archaeology and culture. The two-week study abroad experience will...

MOC professor will speak on his tour of duty in Afghanistan

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Mount Olive College professor stationed in Afghanistan is returning to the area next month and will give a talk about the war. Dr. Ted Janicki., assistant professor in the Tillman School of Business at Mount Olive...

Goldsboro D.A.R.E. officer honored

Goldsboro police officer Willie Thomas was named D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year at the annual North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers Association Training Conference held in Asheville Jan. 8-12. In addition to winning the award, Thomas also was elected president of the...

Councilman Rev. Williams announces his bid for re-election

At least one familiar name will appear on Goldsboro ballots this November. The Rev. Charles Williams has made it official -- the District 4 representative will, again, seek re-election to the city council. "I am delighted and feel very fortunate...

Monday, January 22, 2007

'A Box Seat' for 'Da Bears'

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Chicago Bears fan Joe Fitzpatrick, 13, enjoys his team’s win over the New Orleans Saints in the National Football Conference championship game from his “box seat” at home Sunday. Joe, a student at Rosewood Middle School, made...

One killed, four injured in shooting

DUDLEY -- One man is behind bars and two others are being sought in a weekend drive-by shooting that killed a 34-year-old Dudley man and injured four others including a 6-year-old girl during a child's birthday party at Durham Lake...

Two teens killed in Johnston accident

KENLY -- Two teenage drivers died and a passenger was injured in a head-on collision Sunday night between Smithfield and Kenly. The drivers were Nicholas Ryan Creech, 16, of N.C. 39, Selma, and Reece Leighton Richardson, 17, of Richardson Road,...

Fremont PD finds gun; teen charged

FREMONT -- Acting police Chief Chris Thigpen might not have the official title, but he's wasting no time in his effort to stamp out crime in the town's drug-infested areas. And that quest has led to the arrest of at...

Resident could get stuck with bill to clean up trash on his property

The bags continued to stack up on both sides of Camp Trailee Road. Bottles, food and pounds of other discarded items were just a few feet away from Dwayne Walraft's home.He never knew the trash was there -- until the...

Accessibility group chairman wants to make life easier for local disabled

In 1993, Joann Robinson was involved in a head-on collision that claimed the life of her 13-month-old son. Doctors held out little hope that she would survive and she spent five months hospitalized in intensive care. She defied the odds...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *April She'ron Delcour reported Jan. 18 that someone stole a wallet containing her driver's license, checkbook, debit card and other items from her classroom at Brogden Middle School in Dudley. *Merdith...

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Officers: 16 gangs counted in Wayne

A bloody showdown that erupted between a Hispanic gang and another man in a local store's parking lot in December confirmed for many residents what law enforcement officials already knew. Gangs, especially the often violent and ruthless Hispanic gangs, are...

Grants will target gangs

Local law enforcement officials and state officials are stepping up their efforts to drive gangs who commit crimes out of North Carolina. The Governor's Crime Commission awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to 19 law enforcement agencies to prevent...

Senators preparing for session opening

With the 2007 legislative session starting Wednesday, Wayne County's two state senators are taking fairly opposite views of how the next six to seven months are likely to go. From the perspective of Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, things are looking...

WCPS works to provide tutoring options

School officials say they are providing tutoring services year-round as needed for students. Under the gun to improve standardized test scores, school systems tapping into Title I funds are required to offer supplemental education service programs, also referred to as...

Airman gets time in jail in rape case

A U.S. Air Force aircraft mechanic was sentenced to serve more than seven years in prison this week for allegedly raping his wife before and after he was deployed to Iraq. Staff Sgt. Howard Sandres, 34, was convicted by a...

Council members not ready to commit

November is still nearly a year away and it shows. With less than six months until a decision must be made, some members of the Goldsboro City Council say they are still not ready to commit to a campaign for...

Duplin schools target improving test scores

The push toward raising Duplin County's test scores continued last week as assistant superintendent Dr. Randall Shaver introduced several initiatives designed to help make sure students are learning their material before they take the North Carolina ABCs of Public Education...

Public record

Man gets probation in traffic death A Seven Springs man was sentenced to probation for the fatal death of a Mount Olive who died after a head-on collision in February. Angelico Reyes Cruz, 31, of Billy Price Road, Seven Springs,...

Friday, January 19, 2007

Forecasters: No reason to worry about Monday commute

Goldsboro and Wayne County residents need not worry about the possibility of icy roads this weekend -- there will be none. National Weather Service forecasters said the winter precipitation that caught many central and eastern N.C. residents off-guard Thursday has...

Prominent surgeon dies in car crash

Funny. Smart. A doctor who would go out of his way to care for others no matter what their financial standing. Those are the words family, friends and co-workers used to reflect on the life of Dr. Jose Julio Guijarro...

Officials: N.C. must get set for next BRAC

Meeting Thursday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the North Carolina Advisory Commission on Military Affairs spent much of the morning examining how it can best protect the state's military bases during the inevitable next round of realignments and closings....

State takes look at reading progress

A state assistance team is in Wayne County after the county's school district was placed under "district improvement" status when state officials determined the school had not made enough progress in reading scores for the past three years. Letters were...

Members say they try to avoid U.S. 70 stoplights, too

Members of a commission created to improve U.S. 70 admit they look for alternative routes whenever possible to avoid the traffic and stoplights on the existing highway. The U.S. 70 Corridor Commission met Thursday afternoon in Goldsboro to discuss objectives...

Watchers: Rare bird for area makes stop in county

Mary Bridges knew the bird was rare for eastern North Carolina when she spotted it while walking after lunch Jan. 8. Suspecting the chirper was a Says Phoebe, a semi-hardy insect eater that might not make it through the current...

Correction

A photograph in Thursday's News-Argus incorrectly identifed Ray Boyette as chairman of United Church Ministries annual Walk for Hunger. Boyette is the new chairman of the organization. Terry Johnson was chairman of the walk. Hugh Tate is outgoing vice chairman....

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Rain, snow hit region

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Goldsboro firefighter Roderick Stevenson works on clearing a coat of ice from his windshield this morning. A thin coat of ice started forming on surfaces around 4 a.m. Right, Joanne Honn makes her trek to work at...

Legislators prepare for new session

With just under a week to go before the North Carolina General Assembly starts its 2007 session, House members representing Wayne County are preparing to begin work on creating a budget, finding a solution to the Medicaid problem and searching...

Utilities plan gets another close look

County, municipal and utility officials have begun discussing the logistics for a Wayne County Master Utilities Plan that could take as long as a year and a half to implement. Wayne County officials, along with employees of the county's municipalities,...

Goldsboro will start over in search for new director

City Manager Joe Huffman was hoping to announce a hire this week. Instead, he had other news -- Goldsboro is still without a new General Services director. Applications have been processed and interviews have taken place, but Huffman said he...

Historical groups will join forces

This year will be a big one for history buffs in Wayne County. Local historians and historical groups are planning a number of events to highlight the county's rich historical heritage, with several Civil War battle re-enactments planned, a new...

United Church Ministries honors volunteers at annual banquet

United Church Ministries held its annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Salem United Methodist Church. New officers were chosen and the annual Walk for Hunger, the organization's only fundraising event, was scheduled for March 25, with a rain date of April...

Spring activities planned at WCC

The Arts and Humanities program at Wayne Community College has an array of activities planned for the spring semester, ranging from the Middle Ages and the Civil War to a chance to become reacquainted with famed actress Ava Gardner. Mini-courses...

Public records

Missing A Walnut Creek teenager has been reported missing. Crystal "Chris" Hoeper was reported missing by her family from her home in the 100 Block of Deerborn Drive She was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officers...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Weather about to change again

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Jeff Dennis of Ralph Hodge Construction Co. is bundled against the cold early today. Dennis was part of the crew working on improvements to the intersection of U.S. 70 and Beston Road. The temperature was holding steady...

Another shelter location proposed

Officials hope county-owned land on Aviation Road near the Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport will be the location for the new animal shelter. But Tuesday morning's announcement was soon followed by complaints from nearby residents who say construction will cause more flooding...

Audit finds county has 24 percent in reserves

Wayne County has accumulated about three times the state-mandated amount for fund balance reserves, which officials say will be used for capital improvement projects, including schools, in the next year, according to an audit presentation made to the county's board...

John Henry Wooten Sr., first black chairman of county commission, dies

John Henry Wooten Sr., the first black chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, died Monday. He was 82. Wooten was a teacher and principal in the Goldsboro City School System for many years. He was first elected to...

Duplin convention center is costing county money

KENANSVILLE -- With an eye toward future tax cuts and subsequent reductions in spending, Duplin County's commissioners called on convention and visitors bureau director Rob Wells Tuesday to find out exactly how much it is costing them to operate the...

Saints Alive will feature local church musicians

Four years ago, people filled the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church to hear a concert by some of Wayne County's church musicians. The Arts Council of Wayne County is hoping history will repeat itself Jan. 26 when it brings back...

Robbery foiled

A man's attempt to rob a convenience store on Ash Street erupted into a scuffle between the store clerk and a tire iron-wielding robber early this morning. A man walked into the Pantry, 1601 E. Ash St., about 2:45 a.m....

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

See and Say, teachers learn new language

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Kristy Fung, a second-grader at Tommy's Road Elementary School, reads to Yanet Cast, an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher at the school. For more information see Breaking down barriers....

Council prepares for annual meeting

Goldsboro City Council members will travel to New Bern at the end of the month for their annual retreat. The three-day event will give council members a chance to set goals and priorities for the coming year and look, also,...

Breaking down barriers

The number of Chinese-speaking students in Wayne County Public Schools has virtually doubled over the past year, prompting some teachers to study the language to better communicate with their families. Hope Meyerhoeffer, director of the English-as-a-Second-Language programs for the school...

Vandals hit local family's cemetery

Gene Cox and his in-laws were devastated when they learned a group of teens allegedly trashed a century-old family cemetery on Dobbersville Road around Thanksgiving leaving more than $1,500 in damage. Cox doesn't know what would provoke a stranger to...

Date for 2007 Relay for Life; teams prepare for successful year

Wayne County residents are already gearing up for this year's Relay for Life. The Wayne County Unit of the American Cancer Society has scheduled the event for May 18-19 at Wayne Community College. Last year's Relay raised $636,000, co-chairman Terry...

College gets videoconferencing grant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has received a grant for $61,494 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant will be used for distance learning classroom technology and acquisition of instructional programming to serve rural medical professionals...

Esther's Refuge helping women rebuild lives after serving time

Wanda Register found out there's life after prison, and now she is helping other women at a group home she has named Esther's Refuge. Register spent 30 days in a women's prison in Raleigh after violating probation following a drunken...

Public Record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Investigator Dale Foster of the Goldsboro Police Department Criminal Investigation Division arrested a 13-year-old juvenile for allegedly breaking into several properties in the 1300 block of South Harding Drive between November and January....

Monday, January 15, 2007

Remembering a leader

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Mayor Al King speaks during the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County’s 19th observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at the Goldsboro-Raleigh District Assembly in Goldsboro this morning. For more information see Gone, but...

Chairwoman questioning attendance

Board of Education chairwoman Shirley Sims suggested recently that there has been "outside participation" during the process to create a facilities plan, prompting a county commissioner to question the school board's level of interest. At the last Wayne County board...

Gone, but not forgotten

For Shamellar Raiford and her classmates, this morning wasn't about the food -- but there was plenty of it. Instead, the 20-plus Goldsboro High School students woke up early on their day off to pay tribute to a man whose...

Work on automatic meters is beginning

Goldsboro utility customers will wake up to an upgrade this week as officials at City Hall have contracted with Datamatic Ltd. to install automatic reading devices on water meters throughout the city. Assistant finance director Kaye Scott said the change...

Mount Olive officials eye demands for town growth

Mount Olive spent much of the past year preparing for its future growth -- breaking ground on its new wastewater treatment plant, watching Wal-Mart and its accompanying shopping center come together and beginning preparations on a long-range land use plan....

County will talk zoning next meeting

Wayne County officials are coming closer to approving the location of a new animal shelter, but construction plans can't move forward until the county's zoning ordinance allows the new building. The county Board of Commissioners will listen to public comments...

Senior citizens share experience, time with children as new mentors

James Mozingo drove a long distance truck for 47 years, but says that spending time with children and understanding them is a whole different ballgame. While he has a grown son of his own, for the past two years he...

Duplin dropout rate declines, but board wants it even lower

After months of being asked by county residents for information about the dropout rate in Duplin County schools, officials finally presented it during the Board of Education's meeting last week. "I think this answered the questions they had," assistant superintendent...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *More charges have been levied against a man accused of burglarizing a home in Pikeville earlier this month. Detective Sgt. Bob Golimowski charged David Jacob Lambert, 20, of Herring Road, Dudley,...

Officials recommend rabies vaccinations for pets

RALEIGH -- North Carolinians are again being urged to vaccinate their pets by the N.C. Division of Public Health. Last year, 520 rabid animals were found across the state, with a number of unvaccinated cats and dogs euthanized and many...

Downtown speaker's forum planned for Tuesday

Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen will be the featured speaker Tuesday at noon at the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp.'s Annual Speakers' Forum. The forum, which is sponsored by the DGDC and the Wayne County Development Alliance, features one speaker each year...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Construction topped $160 million in county

The past year was a huge one for construction in Wayne County, with permits issued for nearly $160 million in new buildings. Construction of a new Wal-Mart near Mount Olive and three new buildings at Mount Olive College helped boost...

Team: Bulldoze some schools, rebuild

Some of the county's schools should just be bulldozed and rebuilt elsewhere, suggested a committee assessing the school system's needs. At a three-hour meeting Thursday afternoon, the facilities and real estate focus committee laid out some of their recommendations for...

Local officials, Mount Olive College to sponsor events for King holiday

Wayne County residents will join the nation Monday in remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with at least two public ceremonies observing the holiday and most government agencies and services shut down for the day. The Martin Luther King Holiday...

Longtime attorney dies at age 66

Goldsboro lawyer and former City Council member J. Darby Wood died Saturday. He was 66. Wood, a native of Lexington, Ky, practiced law in Wayne County for more than 40 years and served in a variety of public roles, including...

Residents have couple of weeks to list their property

Wayne County residents still have two and a half weeks to list their personal property for their 2007 tax bills. Personal property includes mobile homes, boats, motors, watercraft and aircraft. It also includes all unlicensed vehicles, trailers, campers, motorcycles and...

GOP names Strickland new chief

Wayne County Republican Party Chairman Ed Wharton has resigned, citing personal reasons, and the party has appointed a temporary replacement until county precincts select a new chairman in March. Billy Strickland, 33, a Golds-boro lawyer, assumed the post last week...

Vandals strike official's home

Vandals struck at the Wayne County health director's home this week, leaving several thousands of dollars in damage in their wake. Wayne County sheriff's deputies responded to Dr. James Roosen's home in the 100 block of Jacobs Ridge Road early...

Three face charges in area store robberies

KINSTON -- Three Kinston men accused of robbing Hispanic businesses in the Lenoir, Greene and Wayne County areas are now behind bars, thanks to the efforts of several law enforcement agencies. Denis Emanuel Lopez, 19; Jose Garcia Escobar, 29, and...

Firefighters respond to suspicious blaze

Detectives were called to investigate yet another suspicious fire that gutted a home in Wayne County early Saturday morning. The fire broke out in a mobile home at 3885 Emmaus Church Road. Firefighters from Mount Olive, Indian Springs and Pricetown...

Suspect in shooting arrested

A Fayetteville man who allegedly opened fire on an unsuspecting driver on North Slocumb Street last Friday is now in custody. Antron Demon Hines, 22, of Chandler Street, turned himself in to the Goldsboro Police Department without incident Thursday, said...

Five charged after drug search in LaGrange

LAGRANGE -- Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad scratched off one more suspect featured on its "most wanted" list after executing a drug search at a home in the 100 block of Guinevere Lane in LaGrange that netted five arrests. Christopher Alton...

GPD announces officer's promotion

Investigator Chad E. Calloway has been promoted to sergeant at the Goldsboro Police Department. The promotion is effective Jan. 17. Calloway began his career in April 1995. He was promoted to investigator Dec. 1, 1999. Calloway is married to Monica...

36 Goldsboro High freshmen chosen for Granville Academy 'excellence' program

Three dozen freshmen at Goldsboro High School were inducted this week into the school's Granville Academy, designed to groom them for the world of business and industry. Ceremonies were held at the school, with certificates presented to the charter members...

Water service to be interrupted

The city of Goldsboro will interrupt water service for some residents from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. The 1800 and 1900 blocks of Friendly Road, the 800 and 900 blocks of Guilford Street and the 1800 block of Salem...

Partnership director gives farewell speech

Smart Start programs are thriving, but funding them is still a challenge, said the outgoing executive director of a group charged with improving the futures of children in North Carolina. Karen Ponder, who helped develop the Smart Start initiative at...

Library offers residents new online resources

The Wayne County Public Library has purchased several online resources to better assist patrons in finding the research material they need. The online databases published by Thomson Gale are available 24 hours a day and require only a library card...

Lee-Jackson banquet Jan. 20

The Goldsboro Rifles Camp, The Dr. B. T. Person Camp, The C. S. S. Ram Neuse Camp, the Pettigrew's Partisan Rangers, the Smithfield Light Infantry Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the the Harper House chapter of the...

Repairs to Kelly Springs Road expected to start in February

State highway officials sayd Kelly Springs Road in southern Wayne County, damaged during Tropical Storm Ernesto in September, should be repaired in February. The road east of Mount Olive, which connects Wayne and Duplin counties, was washed out during the...

Minority hiring question raised at Duplin Board meeting

The issue of minority hiring flared up again at the Duplin County Board of Education meeting last week, this time when members were asked to approve several mid-year hires. The problem, board member Willie Gillespie said, is that minority teachers...

Duplin commission takes aim at county's drainage problems

Every two weeks the refrain at the Duplin County Board of Commissioners meeting is the same -- water is standing in people's yards and across the roads and it's a worse problem than ever before. It's a complaint the commissioners...

Doctor: Weather alone doesn't cause illness

Weather forecasters expect temperatures to climb to the 80s today, and a Goldsboro doctor advises residents of all ages to wash their hands often and dress in layers if they do not want to end up sick. Infections are prevalent...

Chamber sets date for annual banquet

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is taking reservations for its annual banquet at the end of the month to honor individuals and businesses in the community. The annual event, which is sponsored by R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Co., Time Warner...

Clarification

An item in the Jan. 5 Public Record said Jerry L. Jackson, 47, of Eastern Place, had been charged by Goldsboro police with larceny and placed under $400 bond. The charge was dismissed by authorities after it was discovered that...

Friday, January 12, 2007

Putting their heads together

News-Argus/Matthew Whittle Wayne County Commission Chairman John Bell, seated middle, consults with fellow Commissioner Atlas Price before casting a vote at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners legislative goals conference Thursday in Pinehurst. For more information see Wayne...

Seven Springs mayor resigns, citing harassment

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Jewel Kilpatrick has resigned as the mayor of Seven Springs, citing harassment from townspeople. She has resigned before and returned, but Thursday she said, "I am through this time. I won't ever try it again. I've lost...

Simmons honored at WCC King event

College officials and students celebrated Martin Luther King's life Thursday and honored a beloved security officer who died in April. Capt. Clarence Simmons worked for the Wayne Community College 24 years after retiring from a previous 26 years in the...

Wayne commissioners' trio attends legislative conference

PINEHURST -- John Bell, Atlas Price and J.D. Evans weren't especially vocal at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners legislative goals conference Thursday, but, they said, they were there making sure Wayne County's interests were represented. "We're right on...

Wayne United Way honors volunteers

Forty-five minutes before he took the podium, United Way campaign chairman Geoff Hulse did not know if the community had managed to raise the $1.44 million it would have taken to make the organization's 2006 goal. But right before the...

Wayne Boys & Girls Club expands to Johnston County

The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County has added a fourth club with the opening of a unit in Johnston County. The club at Selma Elementary School opened in October and Wayne Couny club Director Mary Ann Dudley said...

Wayne Three Kings Festival to be broadcast on TV tonight

The Hispanic Community Development Center's Three Kings Day Festival held on Jan. 6 at Waynesborough Historic Village will appear today at 7:30 p.m. on the University of North Carolina's Public Broadcast System television station. Organizers said more than 250 people...

Tobacco payments expected soon

The Farm Service Agency expects the third round of tobacco buyout payments to begin later this month, officials said in a press release Thursday. Payments could begin arriving in farmers' mailboxes as early as next week, said Rick Tharrington, director...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Randall Wade Rogers reported Jan. 10 someone broke into the Arrington Volunteer Fire Department and stole two DVD players, a stereo system, a Direct TV receiver and an air blower, all...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Iraq debate begins

President Bush delivered his new plan for Iraq to a divided nation Wednesday night, but among eastern North Carolina's congressional delegation, most felt it was a failed speech. "I felt the president is trying, but frankly, it was weak," said...

Residents agree, disagree with president about next steps in war against terrorism

President George W. Bush apologized Wednesday in a primetime address for mistakes that have been made in Iraq and vowed to correct recent failures there with a new strategy more in line with victory. Janice Thompson and other Wayne County...

Duplin chief of schools outlines his goals

KENANSVILLE -- With a new year starting and about eight months in Duplin County under his belt, school superintendent Dr. Wiley Doby is trying to put Duplin County Schools on a new direction. On Tuesday, he brought a new vision...

Local Boy Scouts see increase in members

Forging a strong relationship with the public school system has helped the Tuscarora Boy Scout Council reach out to more boys than ever before, Scout officials say. When Scout Executive Harold Keller came to work for the council a year...

Local fiddle player loses bid for national show

Local fiddle player Samantha Casey, 10, lost out in the first round of competition in the CBS News talent contest, "Living Room Live ... Kids!" The show announced this morning that Kaleena Hutchins of Melbourne, Ark., who played the "William...

Public records

Investigation Goldsboro police logged a third arrest in a breaking and entering case that occurred in December. Investigator Dwayne Bevell arrested Marcus Gerald Johnson, 20, of Brazil Street, on charges of breaking and entering and larceny. He was jailed under...

Two charged in theft

Two Goldsboro men face charges after they allegedly borrowed their employer's truck, robbed of its valuables and then abandoned it. Jeffery Hardy Sutton, 39, of U.S. 13 South, and Michael Louis Nenni, 35, of D & W Circle, were charged...

Youth horse clinic February 3

A half-day clinic designed to help young people and adults excel as competitors and coaches in 4-H, FFA and collegiate horse judging contests is Feb. 3 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The early registration deadline for the...

Small business loan seminar

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will hold another seminar next week for local small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them understand and apply for small business loans. Sue Malone, president of Strategies for Small Businesses, markets the Small...

Rep. Jones' D.C. office moves

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Third District Representative Walter B. Jones has announced the new location of his Washington, D.C. office . Congressman Jones welcomes correspondence to this new office address. The new Washington, D.C. office address is: Congressman Walter B. Jones,...

Pikeville approves grant application

The Pikeville Board of Commissioners approved the submission of a grant proposal that could help pay for major improvements to the town's park and community building. The board's action Tuesday night culminated four months of work by the town's parks...

GATEWAY schedule

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will operate on a holiday schedule Monday for Martin Luther King Day. The bus service will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The van service will be available Monday, but appointments must be made by...

Gaming expo at WCC to be held January 27

Phi Beta Lambda, a business club associated with Wayne Community College, will host its second annual Goldsboro Gaming Expo on Saturday, Jan. 27. From 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., the college's Wayne Learning Center building will be the site of...

Electronic recycling Saturday at Sam's

Wayne County Recycling Coordinator Simmone Cato is hoping Santa Claus brought residents plenty of electronics last month -- mostly so they can recycle their old electronics Saturday. Residents can drive up and drop off any unwanted electronic equipment at the...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Raising money for theater

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Margaret Baddour, left, and Geoff Hulse are involved in an upcoming production of “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” The pair decided to put on the slapstick play as a fundraiser for the Paramount Theater project. For more...

Judge hasn't named magistrates

Changes in the employee roster could soon be on slate at the Wayne County Magistrate's Office as a superior court judge reviews a list of nominations for the nine appointed positions that features both new candidates and some who are...

Noise will increase as SJAFB practices

Members of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing are hoping practice will make perfect and that community will put up with the noise that will accompany it. Goldsboro and Wayne County residents can expect to hear more action...

Who has a chance to get nod in 2008?

Black, white, woman or man -- to at least a handful of Goldsboro and Wayne County residents it doesn't really seem to matter what the next president of the United States looks like as long as he or she is...

First round of numbers in for spring enrollments

Classes have resumed for the spring semester at area colleges, with enrollment reportedly up slightly at Mount Olive College and showing a drop at Wayne Community College. Officials at Mount Olive expect the number of daytime students this semester to...

Bio-diesel plant still coming, but no opening date yet

Mount Olive's bio-diesel plant is still coming. It's going to take a few more months, but Atlantic Bio-Energy Board of Directors Chairman Jeff Edwards said it is still the company's goal to begin construction sometime this year. "Hopefully we'll be...

Actors will lend talents to efforts for Paramount

David Weil is not the only Goldsboro resident who wants to see a new Paramount Theater -- just ask Margaret Baddour and Geoff Hulse. The pair will host the first of several fundraisers for the new theater next month, with...

Board member wants uniform grading rules

School board member Rick Pridgen said he would like the school system to review the way students' grades are recorded on report cards. Last year, the board approved schools at the elementary level giving letter grades, while the middle and...

Police looking for shooting suspect

Goldsboro police are searching for a man who allegedly opened fire on an unsuspecting driver, striking him once in the face. Police identified Antron Demon Hines, 22, of Olivia Lane, as the suspect who shot and injured 22-year-old Robert Lee...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Two construction workers were reportedly robbed Sunday at gunpoint in the 1200 block of Genoa Road in Dudley. Tereso Arredondo and Colunga Jose Gonzalez, both of Raleigh, reported Jan. 7 someone...

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Air Force Lt. General visits Wayne County

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Air Force Gen. Carrol Chandler, left, deputy chief of air and space operations at the Pentagon, discusses the latest developments in the Air Force with Wayne County Commissioner Andy Anderson, himself a retired Air Force officer, on...

Student claims abduction to skip school

A Norwayne Middle School student is in hot water after she falsely told authorities four Hispanic men abducted her while she waited for the school bus Monday, took her to the woods and sexually assaulted her -- all because she...

Lighthouse shelter staff gets notices of closure

The Lighthouse of Wayne County will not reopen -- not in its current form and not under the management of organization's board of directors. "The Lighthouse will remain closed until another agency opens the doors," board member and spokeswoman Cindy...

Lt. Gen. Carrol Chandler shares facts, figures on future of Air Force

A top Air Force general described the branch's plans for the future at a luncheon Monday sponsored by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee. Lt. Gen. Carrol Chandler, deputy chief of staff for air and space operations...

Magnet school will open this fall

The new "school within a school" at Goldsboro High School has a name and an opening date. Wayne School of Engineering will open in the fall, with plans to recruit 100 students its first year. The school board Monday night...

Grant will help fund emergency programs

Local non-profit agencies still have time to apply for their share of federal funds under the emergency food and shelter program. Wayne County was awarded $56,457 for the program, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency. In years...

NAACP leaders honor Al King for his work as first black mayor of Goldsboro

Al King doesn't expect praise. It's honor enough being mayor of Goldsboro. But when the Rev. William Barber used Monday night's City Council meeting as the venue at which to present King with an award from the NAACP, the mayor...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating these reports: *A Wayne County man is recovering from a gunshot wound he received when an unknown assailant pelted his mobile home with bullets early Monday. Larry Donnell Hagans, 43, of Heather...

WCC plans M.L. King observance

Wayne Community College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration this year is dedicated to the memory of its late security department captain Clarence "Jay" Simmons, who died in April, with a scholarship to be announced in his name. Bishop Alton...

MOC visitation day Monday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Potential students are encouraged to attend the next visitation day at Mount Olive College on Monday, Jan. 15. Registration begins in the Lois K. Murphy Center at 9 a.m. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour...

Monday, January 8, 2007

Weather change coming?

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Keith Faison, assistant principal at Carver Elementary School in Mount Olive, helps students arriving at school this morning as wind and rain got the week off to a dreary start. Skies were expected to clear by tonight,...

County close to picking location for new shelter

Wayne County officials could announce the location of a new animal shelter as soon as next week, county Manager Lee Smith said. The county's Buildings and Grounds Department has been working with contractor Walter Vick and LSV Partnership Architects over...

Breakfast will mark holiday for Dr. MLK Jr.

The City of Goldsboro and Wayne County will be host to the 19th annual observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a breakfast program Monday, Jan. 15. The breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. at the Goldsboro-Raleigh...

Man will face rape charges in assault

DUDLEY -- A Raleigh man faces charges after he allegedly beat, strangled and raped his girlfriend at her home in the 600 block of Pecan Road early Sunday morning. Kenneth D. Upchurch, 31, of Crystal Lake Road, was charged with...

Commissioners, school board discuss use of $1M extra funds

When the Duplin County Board of Commissioners gave the county school system one million unrestricted dollars out of its fund balance in October, it did so in response to superintendent Dr. Wiley Doby's plea for help in meeting several areas...

MOC professors make second trip to help victims of Hurricane Katrina

MOUNT OLIVE -- Traveling to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina last month proved to be an eye-opener for Greg and Tyanna Day, religion professors at Mount Olive College. While the campus minister and his wife had already...

She made it to next round in TV contest

Madeline Edwards, 11, of Goldsboro, advanced to the final round of competition in CBS TV's "Living Room .... Live! Kids" today, easily defeating her two opponents with more than 42 percent of the online votes cast. The 11-year-old classical singer...

Studio: Movie delay a business decision; 'Dreamgirls' will open here Friday

Moviegoers upset that they could not see a Hollywood blockbuster on Christmas Day will not have much longer to wait. "Dreamgirls" will open Friday in Wayne County. The delay, studio executives say, was a business decision -- not a local...

Correction

In Sunday's story on a Duplin County waste site near Calypso, the speaker of the quote "We want it. We need it," was misidentified as Jimmy Dixon. The statement was made by Dennis Ward....

Public records

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Robert L. Swinson Jr. reported someone broke into a vacant home he owned in the 600 block of East Spruce Street and set it on fire. The Goldsboro Fire Department is investigating the...

Sunday, January 7, 2007

916th brings home Air Force's Outstanding Unit Award

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer Some are doctors, lawyers or schoolteachers. Others might prepare your food or cut your hair. But after the nine to five, when their country comes calling, members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing step...

Hulse completes skydive for United Way

Geoff Hulse didn't want to dwell on what he was about to do as he looked down upon the Earth from 14,000 feet. But before he could think twice, the 2006 United Way campaign chairman exited the door and began...

Electronic recycling Saturday at Sam's Club

Residents and businesses alike have the opportunity to drive up and drop off their obsolete and unwanted electronic equipment Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Sam's Club parking lot from 9 a.m. until 3 pm. Computers and peripherals including PCs, printers,...

District Court judge field narrowed to three

The search for a new 8th District Court judge has dwindled from five to three candidates. What happens next is up to Gov. Mike Easley. State law requires the governor to decide within 60 days whom to appoint to the...

Duplin educator Herring dies at age 90

Educators across North Carolina are mourning the loss of Dr. Dallas Herring, who died Friday morning, but none as much as those in his home county of Duplin. "He is probably one of the greatest people Duplin County has ever...

WCPS has two Morehead semi-finalists

From staff reports Two students from Wayne County Public Schools are semifinalists for the Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Nida Waheed, a senior at Charles B. Aycock High School, and Spring Creek High...

NAACP leader to address City Council on Monday

A presentation from the leader of the state chapter of the NAACP, zoning issues, and an Irish pub are scheduled to headline the Goldsboro City Council's first agenda of the year at its 7 p.m. meeting Monday. After approving the...

Public record

Dirt bike stolen Someone kicked down the back door of Roland Reid's home, which is located on the 300 block of North Carolina Street, and stole his 2006 lime color Kawasaki dirt bike. Reid, 48, told Goldsboro police officers that...

Friday, January 5, 2007

Nice day for a walk

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Goldsboro police officers Steve Lassiter and Karl Rabun make their morning checks through downtown Goldsboro today. With temperatures expected to be in the 70s this weekend, the daily walk is not such a chore. For more information...

Facilities top goal for school leadership

Wayne County's school superintendent says completing the school system's facilities plan and improving test scores are the district's two major goals for the coming year. At the midway point of the current school year, Dr. Steven Taylor said officials are...

General will stop in county Tuesday

The nation's deputy chief of air and space operations in Washington, D.C., will make a stop in Wayne County Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Carrol Chandler is the scheduled keynote speaker for a Military Affairs Committee luncheon to be held Monday at...

Congressmen prepare for new leadership in House

For America and for congressmen watching from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thursday was a historic day as Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was sworn in as the first female speaker. But the occasion's pomp and circumstance was short-lived...

Is it really January?

When Willie Hinton rolled out of bed this morning and checked today's forecast, he was pleasantly surprised. Temperatures were more like spring than winter. "It's been getting warm in the afternoon some, but I haven't woken up to 60 degree...

Officials: There's still flu vaccine in county

Flu shots are available at the Wayne County Health Department and Health Director James Roosen said it is not too late for people who have not had the annual vaccination to take advantage of the offer. North Carolina was the...

Wayne adds fiddler to TV show talent list

A video of Wayne County's second contender in the CBS TV Early Show's talent competition will be broadcast Monday. Samantha Casey, 10, a student at St. Mary School, will play "Beaumont Rag" on the fiddle. A video of her playing...

Drunk driving campaign results in 35 charges

Even the sight of high visibility law enforcement patrol cars wasn't enough to deter some Wayne County residents from getting behind the wheel when they shouldn't have over the New Year's weekend, law officers said this week. Thirty-five people were...

Public records

Investigations The Wayne County Sheriff's Department is investigating these reports: *Someone broke into a storage shed at Spring Creek Elementary School and stole a a leaf blower and weed trimmer valued at $550. *Sara Marie Gomez reported Jan. 4 that...

Prenatal education classes offered

Partnership for Children is holding a six-week series of free prenatal education classes next month. Classes will begin Jan. 18,. They will provide information on prenatal nutrition; labor, delivery and recovery; breast-feeding and basic infant care. Classes will be held...

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Theater project begins

News-Argus/Greg Sousa In what now looks like just another vacant lot, Wayne County residents can expect to see a rebuilt Paramount Theater arise from the ashes sometime in October. Work has already begun on site preparation, with the foundation...

Schools top new board chairman's list for '07

County Commissioner John Bell has only served as the board's chairman for a couple of weeks, but he already has some definitive goals he wants to see accomplished. Much like his predecessor Atlas Price and County Manager Lee Smith, Bell...

Property tax bills are due by Friday

Wayne County residents have through Friday to pay their property taxes before they become delinquent. Two percent interest will be added to all county tax bills that have not been paid by that date. The amount will increase 0.75 percent...

Paramount Theater now moving full steam ahead

David Weil has been pacing himself since he unveiled plans to rebuild the Paramount Theater along Center Street a few months ago -- going over every detail again and again. But shortly before the New Year, only moments after making...

Search continues for new director at local museum

Wayne County Museum officials say they are nearing the end of their search for a new director. Former museum director Janet Clayton resigned in November to take a job with the Wayne County school system. She was the library's director...

Duplin County leaders looking forward, and backward, as another year dawns

Looking back, between lawsuits, resignations, new hires and elections, 2006 was not a quiet year in Duplin County, and with not even a week gone and tax cuts and cost-cutting measures already being discussed, 2007 is shaping up to be...

Hulse will be jumping; United Way also plans auction

With only a week left in its 2006 fundraising campaign and Geoff Hulse poised to take his dive Saturday, the United Way of Wayne County will be auctioning off memorabilia from its Bring It On challenge from 7:45 to 9...

Educator helps students learn to read better through 'Earobics'

Christy Haley, the reading coach at School Street Elementary School, says her role in the education process is that of an "encourager in the hallway." Her background experience includes being a teacher at the elementary and middle school levels, as...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County Sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Shelby Duffy Benton reported Jan. 3 that someone broke into her home located in the 600 block of Mill Road and stole a 9 mm Glock pistol and several diamond rings,...

Girl Scout cookie sales start Friday

Girl Scouts will begin taking orders for cookies Friday. And a new cookie is in the batch this year, said Deborah Brady, the product sales coordinator for the Girl Scout Council of Coastal Carolina. The new cookie is called Lemonade,...

Mental health association, Peer Bridgers offering support

The Mental Health Association in Wayne County and The Bridge of N.C.'s Peer Bridgers are offering free support groups to anyone interested in developing skills and obtaining support from others dealing with similar challenges. The Peer Bridger program provides community...

SJAFB issues noise warning

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's F-15E Strike Eagle Demonstration Team is scheduled to practice Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Base officials said Goldsboro and Wayne County residents should expect to hear an increased level of noise in areas...

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Gerald Ford tribute

News-Argus/Greg Sousa In the lead jet, 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Steve Kwast takes off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base this afternoon. Twenty F-15E Strike Eagles followed the commander to Grand Rapids, Mich., to participate in a 21-ship...

Seymour Johnson AFB jets fly over Gerald Ford's funeral

Fourth Fighter Wing Commander Col. Steve Kwast will get the chance to lead from the air today, as he is expected to fly the first single-ship over former President Gerald Ford's funeral this afternoon in Grand Rapids, Mich. F-15E Strike...

Medicaid expenses concern county

The chief goal of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners' new legislative liaison will be to convince state lawmakers to ease the Medicaid burden the county shares. Commissioners designated Commissioner Atlas Price to represent the board in its dealings with...

City will continue hunt for director

Goldsboro officials are still on the hunt for a qualified replacement for outgoing General Services director Joe Sawyer. City Manager Joe Huffman said interviews are being conducted and some worthy candidates have already been identified, but there is still no...

The Big Red Read Machine meets United Way challenge

The mighty Casey might have struck out -- again -- but Jerry Narron hit a home run with more than 100 area children Tuesday afternoon. The Cincinnati Reds manager and former big league catcher read books to local children at...

Eureka awards sewer repair bids; work to start soon

EUREKA -- The Eureka Town Board awarded $864,000 in contracts Tuesday night to repair its ailing sewer system. Board members voted unanimously to give the contracts to T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro and Water and Waste Systems Construction of Raleigh....

Red Cross starts push for January, February blood donors

The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross is starting off the new year by giving away three ACC basketballs. During January and February, blood donors will be entered into a drawing for their choice of a signed basketball...

Drainage, sewer problems discussed at Pikeville meeting

Sewer and drainage issues topped the Pikeville Board of Commissioners' agenda Tuesday night, with several improvement projects planned across the town. Town Administrator Bob Buchanan said many of Pikeville's manholes have been patched up over the past few weeks and...

Voters can cast ballots for young singer until Friday noon

Madeline Edwards performed this morning on CBS News' The Early Show. The 11-year-old singer was competing in the second round of the show's "Living Room ... Live! Kids Edition" talent search. The videotaped performance of her singing was to have...

Trio to perform at MOC on January 19

The Aureole Trio will perform at Mount Olive College at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, as part of the college's recital series. The trio, consisting of flute, viola and harp, will play in the Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper...

Public records

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Sallie Mae Kelly reported Jan. 3 that someone broke into her home located in the 500 block of Vail Road, Pikeville, and stole money, bank cards, a curio cabinet and other...

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Miss Goldsboro

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Miss Goldsboro Nicki Sanderson talks about the first few months of her reign as the newly crowned pageant winner. She will use her crown to help promote skin cancer awareness. For more information see Miss Goldsboro speaks...

Woman found dead in motel

Goldsboro police are investigating the death of a woman who was found dead at a room in the Econo Lodge on New Year's Day. Taletha Rebecca Kearney, 25, of 103 Holly Road, was found unresponsive in Room 123 at the...

916th will fuel Ford flyover in Michigan

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing will not be the only airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in the skies above former President Gerald Ford's funeral Wednesday. Base officials confirmed that in addition to the F-15E Strike Eagles already...

Miss Goldsboro speaks out about skin cancer and in honor of her dad

Miss Goldsboro 2007 Nicki Sanderson had no problem deciding what her platform in the pageant would be -- it would center around a defining moment for her family. Her father, Kenneth Sanderson, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma nearly a dozen...

Former photo chief at News-Argus dies at age 82

Bill Futrelle, whose photographs graced the front page of the News-Argus for 40 years, died Sunday at Wake Mem-orial Hospital in Raleigh. Futrelle, 82, had undergone heart surgery in the fall and had suffered complications since then, his wife, Ann,...

Man escapes out of window from trailer fire

A Wayne County man barely escaped through the window of a mobile home after a fire started in his home at about 6 a.m. today. The fire, which occurred at the 100 block of Covey Drive in the Quail Valley...

Man recovering from gunshot wound

A Stantonsburg man remains at a Greenville hospital recovering from a shotgun wound he received during a fight over the weekend. Timothy Glenn Whitley, 47, of N.C. 58 North, was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital after he was shot...

Young singer's TV performance delayed

CBS News did not air "Living Room ... Live! Kids" today. Madeline Edwards, 11, of Goldsboro was to have performed via video on the morning broadcast of The Early Show as part of the second round of competition. An opera...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Milton Barow, 19, of Blueridge Drive, Dudley, was injured when he was allegedly shot in the hand with a shotgun about 10:30 a.m. New Year's Day. Wayne County sheriff's officials said...

Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year!

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber CELEBRATING NEW YEAR HERE AT HOME: Lily James, left, Savanna Baker, Arthur Hicks Pigford, Lee Sexton, Molly James and Sydney Baker blow on their noise makers during the annual Pickle Drop at Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Revelers...

Goldsboro High, schools, Paramount top '06 news

From staff reports Wayne County residents will remember 2006 for what got saved and what almost got taken away as the threatened closure of Goldsboro High and the decision to rebuild the Paramount Theater topped the county's news stories for...

Schools, other projects on agenda

As Lee Smith begins his fifth year as county manager, a school facilities plan is still on his priority list -- as are many other county projects that could mean higher tax bills in future years for county residents. But...

Sutton named park superintendent

From staff reports Seven Springs native Lyndon Sutton has been appointed superintendent at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Sutton succeeds Dan Smith, who retired in November after serving 26 years with the division, including nine years as superintendent...

Votes could make 2 local girls stars

From staff reports Young opera singer Madeline Edwards will perform again for a national audience when a video of her appears on CBS's The Early Show on Tuesday in the second round of the competition. Madeline, 11, sang "O Mio...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Someone set fire to a two-door Ford Explorer and caused about $1,000 in damage. The incident was reported Dec. 29. *Thomas Edward Ohara, 46, of East Mulberry Street, reported Dec. 30...