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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...