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Friday, March 30, 2007

SJAFB Prescription refill center moves to main clinic

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Earl Daughtry, left, and Lorraine Bodner pick up prescription bags at the 4th Medical Group’s main clinic at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base this morning. In an effort to streamline the prescription filling and pickup proccess the...

Wayne could be home to regional farm center

With Wayne County in the middle of a six-county agricultural region that generates about $2 billion annually -- Wayne accounts for about $328 million annually itself -- it only made sense to Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, that he support the...

4th Fighter Wing relocates drug facility

In an effort to increase efficiency and provide better services for patients, the 4th Fighter Wing will be relocating its prescription refill pickup center Monday, officials said. Fourth Medical Support Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Dean Doering said the current facility,...

Fight leads to closing of Grantham after-school program

A 4-H after-school program at Grantham School has been canceled as the result of an incident earlier this week where a staff member allegedly bit a family member in the face during an altercation. Tamika S. Bryant, 31, of Peachtree...

Mount Olive may build walking, biking trail

Recognizing the increases in obesity nationwide and realizing the importance of setting Mount Olive apart from its competitors, town officials are looking to take advantage of Mount Olive College's new Pope Wellness Center by creating a walking and biking trail...

Rite Aid may buy Eckerd

Eckerd drug stores in Wayne County could soon become the new Rite Aid pharmacy if a merger is approved by the federal government. A plan to merge Rite Aid Corp. of Camp Hill, Penn. and The Jean Coutu Group Inc....

Daffodil Festival Saturday in Fremont

Sunny skies and warm temperatures are expected for the 21st Annual Fremont Daffodil Festival to be held Saturday in downtown Fremont. The event will be highlighted by concerts by The Embers and The Monitors, both starting at 1 p.m. on...

City flushing under way

The City of Goldsboro General Services Department is now in Phase II and Phase III flushing in the following areas from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily, except Friday and Saturday. Holly Street, Bain Street, Waters Street, W. Grantham Street,...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Relay readiness

News-Argus/Greg Sousa From left, Vikki Mercer, Marsha Prince, Jan Pennington and Glenda Overman, employees at Wayne Women’s Clinic, prepare bread to raise money for their team’s Relay for Life campaign. The team is one of many across the county...

Bill sets earlier kindergarten cutoff

A member of the state House Committee on Education, Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, is supporting a measure to push the cutoff date for children entering kindergarten up by two-and-a-half months. Currently, children must be 5 years old by Oct. 16....

Relay for Life teams sell, sing to beat event's $675,000 goal

To raise money to fight cancer, this year's Relay for Life teams are doing everything from making homemade bread to sponsoring motorcycle runs and gospel sings. The goal for the 2007 Relay, which is scheduled for May 18-19, is $675,000....

Corn crop increases could put damper on cotton

Wayne County residents will see fewer acres of cotton this year as farmers turn more of their attention to corn. The growing interest in ethanol and resulting demand for corn have led many eastern North Carolina growers to plan to...

Pony pals for Janna

Janna Sutton smiles as her mom scoops her up and places her on her new Shetland pony, Mitch. The 2-year-old wiggles with excitement and lets out a little giggle as her parents guide the pony around the farmhouse. But even...

Business women's scholarships available

The Wayne-Duplin County Business and Professional Women's Organization is inviting women to apply for four scholarships awarded annually in memory of distinguished BPW members. Awards totaling $1,250 -- three each at $250 and one at $500 -- will be awarded...

Williamsons honored by MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College honored members of the B. Harold and Annie Bell Lamm Williamson family for their contributions over the years. The Williamsons, Wilson County business leaders and members of Milbournie Free Will Baptist Church, were longtime...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County Sheriff's officers are investigating a robbery that occurred on Rosewood Road this morning. Sherri Beasley, 57, of Goldsboro, was assaulted as she arrived at work and robbed of her purse. The robbers reportedly were driving an older...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

WCC nominates president

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Goldsboro Mayor Al King, who also serves as a member of the board of trustees at Wayne Community College, congratulates Dr. Kay Albertson on her selection as the new Wayne Community College president Tuesday in the college...

Location for shelter gets first city vote

The Goldsboro Planning Board approved a rezoning request this week that would allow the construction of a new animal shelter off Clingman Street. Now, whether or not that will be the location for the shelter will be up to Goldsboro...

Board taps Albertson for college president

After an exhaustive nationwide search that began in October, the board of trustees at Wayne Community College has selected a woman president. Dr. Kay Albertson, vice president of academic affairs and student services since July 2005, was unanimously voted in...

Agency outlines future of care for patients

MOUNT OLIVE - With three years of transformation and confusion behind them, members of the Eastpointe Board of Directors voted Monday night at Mount Olive College to give the local mental health management entity what it hopes will be a...

School board pushes to keep scholarship program

The school board is not responsible for students' failure to complete terms of a teacher scholarship program and would like to see the program continue, members said Monday night. The board's April meeting was held early due to the upcoming...

Youth Council members put serving their community first

When Larry Sampson rides through the neighborhoods that surround downtown Goldsboro, he does not see the blight. In his mind, future leaders will rebuild the city's broken homes, feed its hungry and house its homeless. "In my dream, Goldsboro is...

Library to sponsor film series on '60s

The Wayne County Public Library has received a $1,000 grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council to help fund its third film discussion series: The Sixties: A Film History of America's Decade of Crisis and Change. The program will begin...

Kelly Springs Road to reopen by Thursday

Kelly Springs Road, which has been closed for almost seven months after being washed out by Tropical Storm Ernesto, is expected to open by Thursday, state transportation officials said. The road is already paved, but crews will be working today...

Youth to compete for title

Jasmine McLamb will represent Seymour Johnson Air Force Base this week and will join Saderio Simmons of the Mount Olive Boys & Girls Club in competing for the state title of Youth of the Year. The competition begins Thursday, co-hosted...

School bus drivers to compete Friday

On Friday, Wayne County Public Schools bus drivers will be able to put their skills to the test during the annual "School Bus Road-e-o." The event will be held at the bus parking lot beside the school system's administrative offices...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Lee Ann Whitings reported Tuesday someone broke into her home in the 400 block of Outlaw Road and stole jewelry, $150 cash and a DVD player, all valued at $8,080. *Jonathan...

Lenoir tourism center could be ready this summer

KINSTON -- Construction is moving forward on the new Kinston-Lenoir County Visitors and Information Center, a 3,200-square-foot building at the corner of Queen Street and the U.S. 70 Bypass. It is scheduled for completion in late summer. The center is...

Brogden School festival celebrates many cultures

A "Parade of Nations" kicked off Brogden Primary School's first Multicultural Festival, held earlier this month. Students started the day by marching through the halls and cafeteria, bearing flags, maps, costumes and crafts representing a variety of countries. In the...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New mentoring program

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Sister to Sister members at Brogden Middle School, from left, Precious Lewis, Ensura Flowers and Tiffany Olliver, listen to a speaker during one of their recent meetings. For more information see Setting roadmaps for the future....

Parents will pick school dress codes

The Board of Education approved changes to the student dress code Monday night. Whether it passes at individual schools will be up to the parents. The "higher standard dress code" was presented to the board with revisions to counter problems...

Eastpointe board eyes new plans for services

Eastpointe's board of directors will outline the mental health cooperative's goals for future patient care when members vote on a proposed three-year strategic plan tonight. The state Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services is requiring regional...

Setting roadmaps for the future

Ensura Flowers shrugged off the notion of one day going to college. After all, she planned to drop out of school when she turned 16. So she often skipped classes or paid little attention when she went. Now, the eighth-grader...

Duplin schools ask for more money to stay even

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County school superintendent Dr. Wiley Doby and chief financial officer Carolyn Olivarez presented their plan for a $75.3 million 2007-08 budget to the county Board of Education last Monday. Of those desired funds, $12.3 million -- $1,369...

Public record

Copper theft Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of copper, valued at $5,000, and two copper wire reels, valued at $300, from Progress Energy's work yard on Old Smithfield Road....

Organizers say hunger walk a big success

Organizers of the 24th Annual Walk for Hunger called Sunday's event a success. Elaine Lamb, secretary-treasurer of United Church Ministries, which sponsors the fundraiser, said 214 people participated in the walk, which began and ended at Herman Park. People from...

Public school lunch menus

For the week of April 2-6 — Monday -- Breakfast: ham biscuit; Lunch: sausage pizza, sliced turkey w/ rice, gravy and whole wheat roll, lima beans, sweet potatoes, chilled applesauce, golden delicious apple, garden salad. Tuesday -- Breakfast: blueberry muffin;...

Lecture on geology, archaeology at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dr. Dan Gall, environmental science coordinator and associate professor of geology and archaeology at Mount Olive College, will lecture on "Isla Magdalena" on April 12 at 12:30 p.m. The title refers to fieldwork Gall did off the...

Elizabeth City State recruiters

The Office of Admissions at Elizabeth City State University will hold a recruitment session from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on April 10 at First African Baptist Church at 803 Harris Street. Applications will be accepted at that time. Students...

Monday, March 26, 2007

Ethanol interest boosts corn production

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Gary Sutton of Mount Olive got an early start on planting corn for this year. Sutton, his brothers and sons started last week on their local farms and will be planting throughout the week. With increasing interest...

HPV vaccine in limited supply here

A vaccine that has the potential to cut down on cases of cervical cancer could save lives, local health officials say. The problem is -- Wayne County does not have enough to go around. The vaccine has been released in...

Charges reduced in moped accident

A Wayne County man won't face any jail time in connection with a death by motor vehicle case involving a moped and his SUV. Randy Lee Mills, 48, of 384 Mills Road, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle...

Farmers adding thousands more acres to meet corn demand

Wayne County farmers will likely plant 40,000 acres of corn this year, says the county's crop agent with the state Cooperative Extension Service. That would be a significant increase over the normal crop of about 25,000 to 30,000 acres, Kevin...

Aycock graduate named Duplin County's top teacher

KENANSVILLE -- With gifts from area businesses and the Duplin County Education Foundation, the Duplin County Board of Education honored Connie Harrell and Kenneth Houston as the 2006-07 Teacher and Principal of the Year, respectively, at a special reception held...

MOC releases schedule for spring alumni event

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College is planning a variety of events for its second annual Alumni Spring Fest Weekend scheduled for April 13-15. While there are events for current and prospective students, the weekend is also a great opportunity...

Public record

Accident Two people were injured Saturday in a two-vehicle collision on Wayne Memorial Drive at the U.S. 70 East off ramp. Joyce Cripps Garris, 47, of Surry Drive, was traveling south on Wayne Memorial Drive at about 6 p.m. when...

Youth of Year competition

The Wayne County Boys & Girls Club will host statewide competition Thursday and Friday for Youth of the Year honors in the Officer's Club at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Mount Olive Club member Saderio Simmons will represent Wayne County...

Pesticide Disposal Day Tuesday at Cherry Farms

Any pesticide, including insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, can be disposed of Tuesday at Cherry Farms as part of Pesticide Disposal Day. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Wayne County Cooperative Extension are sponsoring the event, which...

MOC Concert Choir sets date for spring concert performance

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College Concert Choir will present its spring concert April 13 at 8 p.m. in the Southern Bank Auditorium in W. Burkette and Rose M. Raper Hall. This year's program will feature "The Creation" by...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

15,000-square-foot club planned on line

A plan to build a 15,000-square-foot amusement center on N.C. 55 West and Jerusalem Road has some residents concerned. Some fear the facility, which will feature a nightclub, pool, video games, event space, soccer fields and a go-cart track, could...

Group: No shortage of victims of abuse

It's unfortunate, Milton Costen said, but ever since the Wayne Uplift Resource Center stepped up earlier this year to fill the void left when The Lighthouse of Wayne County closed its doors, the demands on domestic violence programs have steadily...

Wayne GOP picks slate of delegates

A sparse crowd gathered for Saturday's Republican Convention at the Wayne Center, where two gubernatorial candidates were among the featured speakers. No resolutions were introduced during the three-hour session. A slate of officers for the Wayne County party was approved....

Smith shares platform for campaign

RALEIGH -- With his family around him and the house he grew up in at his back, state Sen. Fred Smith, R-Johnston, announced Friday that he was running for governor. Looking toward his mother, a house matron at the Borden...

Daffodils ready to bloom next weekend in Fremont

Spring flowers will be in full bloom as thousands gather to attend the 21st annual Daffodil Festival in Fremont this Saturday. Rain or shine, the event, which marks the arrival of springtime, will kick off at 10 a.m. on Main...

Water lines, EMS lead discussion in Duplin

GREENEVERS -- This past week's Duplin County Board of Commissioners meeting was full of disputes. Once the board heard from several residents and businessmen who don't like the county's regulation of water line construction, the tone of the meeting changed...

Duplin wants to get trash agreement with schools

GREENEVERS -- Trash is business to Duplin County Solid Waste Director Bee Barnette -- and he is concerned that some of those potential county disposal fee dollars are headed elsewhere. And the leak is the county's school district. Currently, the...

TransPark training center gets new name

KINSTON -- The conference and training facility at the N.C. Global TransPark is getting a new name. Formerly called the Education and Training Center, the 33,000-square-foot facility will soon be called TransPark Center to more directly associate it with the...

Public record

Recovered property The Sheriff's Office recovered a stolen Caterpillar backhoe last week that had been reported as stolen on March 9 from the construction site of the new Wal-Mart at N.C. 581 and U.S. 70 west. The property was recovered...

Peele named chief of security for N.C. Division of Prisons

Goldsboro native Scott Peele has been named chief of security for the Division of Prisons of the North Carolina Department of Correction. Peele attended Wayne Community College, studying criminal justice and business administration. He began work as a correctional officer...

Open house for new school of engineering Monday night

The county's newest high school will host an open house for parents and prospective students on Monday at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Goldsboro High School. Gary Hales, principal of Wayne School of Engineering, called it an opportunity for...

Time capsule marks start of WCC's 50th celebration

The newest building at Wayne Community College officially opened Friday, while the burial of a time capsule also served as the kick-off to a number of upcoming events marking the college's 50th anniversary. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were followed by tours of...

National Boys and Girls Clubs Week observed

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County will celebrate National Boys and Girls Club Week March 26 through 30. Operations Director Sarah Pariso said next week is going to be an exciting time, with thousands of clubs and millions...

Youths present thoughts on future

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., is asking the state's next generation of leaders what they think about their futures. McIntyre hosted a youth summit Monday in his hometown of Lumberton. "Young people are the future of our great country. We...

Martin Lecture Thursday on environment

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dr. Robert Ian Bruck, professor at North Carolina State University, will be the guest lecturer at the 15th Annual Lorelle F. Martin Lecture at Mount Olive College on Thursdayat 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Bank Auditorium of...

Eastpointe seeking community representative

Eastpointe of Wayne County is seeking a community representative to become part of its Wayne County Collaborative. Composed of various community agencies, service providers, organizations, families and advocates, the collaborative works to promote the sharing of resources on behalf of...

N.C. congressional delegation ranked in effectiveness

North Carolina's congressional delegation spent another busy week in Washington D.C. this week, even as consulting firm Knowlegis ranked every member according the amount power they wield, taking into account political party, committee assignment, seniority and fundraising ability. Sen. Richard...

Organization plans event to raise child abuse awareness in county

Every 15 minutes a child is abused or neglected in North Carolina. Every nine days, a child dies as a result of homicide. The victims range in age from newborns to teenagers. To help stop the abuse and neglect --...

Chamber sponsors seminar on serving Hispanic clients

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar, "Working with the Hispanic Community," from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at the chamber's office at 308 N. William St. The event will be facilitated by...

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The war in Iraq, which has resulted in an inordinate amount of head injuries for U.S. soldiers, has focused attention on traumatic brain damage, and officials at a Goldsboro facility that works exclusively with such patients, want the public to...

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hospital works on recruitment

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Dr. Jorge Paulino researches a patient’s chart information during his rounds at Wayne Memorial Hospital Thursday. Dr. Paulino is one of the doctors recently recruited by Wayne Memorial Hospital as part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to...

Counties will pay Medicaid coverage

Counties across the state might be forced to look within their own budgets by the end of the fiscal year to cover increasing Medicaid costs, state officials said this week. Counties are expected to spend at least $5 million more...

Hospital makes effort to attract more doctors to Wayne County

Recruiting enough physicians for Wayne County is a challenge, but one the medical community is working to address. In recent years, the community has felt the loss of its only endocrinologist, Dr. Michael Brennan, and such specialists as neurosurgeon Dr....

Study: City gets A-minus for controlling congestion

Goldsboro earned high marks for its efforts to reduce traffic congestion in a study done by a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The study was released by the independent John Locke Foundation and the Reason Foundation,...

Duplin hog house fire deemed suspicious

WARSAW -- Duplin fire and sheriff's officers are investigating a suspicious fire around 3 a.m. Friday at a hog house near Warsaw. Fortunately, said Don Butler of Murphy-Brown, no animals were inside. The building, located at 1575 Veach's Mill Road,...

Wayne technical students do well

Teams from Eastern Wayne, Norwayne, and Greenwood middle schools participated in the regional Technology Students Association competition at Sampson Community College recently, coming away with several honors. TSA is a national student organization. Its mission is to inspire students to...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Tomislay Senzel reported someone stole his Honda four-wheeler, valued at $5,042. *Medina Jose Resendiz reported someone assaulted him and stole his burgundy 1995 Oldsmobile Ciera. Goldsboro police are investigating these reports:...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Head-on collision sends four to hospital

News-Argus/Bobby Williams This early morning accident sent four people to Wayne Memorial Hospital. According to a state trooper on the scene, the dump truck was heading south on N.C. 581 when it ran off the right-hand side of the...

Duplin could get research facility

As interest in alternative fuels and bioenergy technologies continues to grow, state Sen. Charlie Albertson is working to make North Carolina a leader in the field by expanding the scope of the Williamsdale Farm Agricultural Extension and Research Facility in...

County health officials suggest ban on smoking might be coming soon to North Carolina

Smoking is a medical emergency in slow motion, a local physician told the Board of Health Wednesday. Dr. Clark Gaither, who also serves as medical director for Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, or WATCH, spoke to the board about...

Woman will face charges of bigamy

An autopsy will be conducted at the state medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill to determine the cause of death for a 26-year-old man who died earlier this month. Meanwhile, the wife of the victim awaits her day in court...

Nutrient runoff fee may be delayed for another year

Although they had hoped for a longer delay, Wayne County commissioners are supporting legislation that would put off an increase in nitrogen runoff fees along the Neuse River Basin for at least another year. An administrative ruling had proposed to...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Valerie Macklin reported Monday that someone broke into her home in the 100 block of Atlanta Drive, Dudley, and stole an X-Box, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo, jewelry and other items, all valued...

Workforce forum to be held at TransPark on March 28

The North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development and the state Department of Commerce released a study last month on the state's labor force supply and demand over the next decade. A series of regional public forums will be held to...

MS walks planned around state

RALEIGH -- The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting five MS Walks throughout eastern North Carolina in March and April to raise money for MS research and treatment. The MS Walks will take place...

MOC professor to lecture April 4

MOUNT OLIVE -- The public is invited to a free lecture by a Mount Olive College assistant professor and several of his English Society students on April 4 at noon in the Hennessee Room of the Lois K. Murphy Regional...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Spring has sprung, officially

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Spring arrived late Tuesday, bringing with it warm temperatures and sunny skies — at least for a short time. Things had cooled off a bit by today, when these Bradford pear trees were captured in bloom, but...

County rejects teacher scholarships

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday not to accept new applications for the Wayne County Teacher Scholarship Program for the second year. And the board hinted that it might never implement the program again. Last March, the commissioners...

Fremont library branch on list

The Fremont library will remain open, but it must make several changes or it will be closed by the end of June, the county library system's board of trustees said. The northern Wayne County library is the smallest of the...

County concerned about plan to increase solid waste fees

For now, Wayne County has one of the lowest solid waste tipping fees in the state, but local solid waste officials said legislation being considered in Raleigh would cause a dramatic increase in the cost of doing business. The North...

Doctor shares mental health tips

Longevity, health and happiness go hand-in-hand, psychiatrist Alton Anderson of Wilson said Tuesday. "I don't want to live long unless I can have health and happiness to go with it," he told nearly 60 people gathered in the Cherry Hospital...

Duplin teachers unhappy with supplement distribution

An ongoing salary dispute between Duplin County's teachers and its school central office staff reared its head again at the county Board of Education's meeting last Tuesday, but now superintendent Dr. Wiley Doby is hoping things will soon smooth over....

Wayne students raise money for Red Cross

Wayne County Public Schools students are supporting the Fifth Annual American Red Cross Heroes Campaign, raising money through "Pennies for a Purpose." Nineteen area schools are participating this year, with students decorating five-gallon water bottles for collecting change. Funds raised...

GOP convention Saturday

The Wayne County Republican Party has a wide array of speakers planned for its annual convention, which will be held Saturday at the Wayne Center at the corner of Chestnut and George streets. Third District Congressman Walter B. Jones, for...

Cinco de Mayo signups end April 1

April 1 is the deadline to sign up for a booth at the Cinco de Mayo Festival to be held May 5 at Waynesborough Historical Village. The event will be held from noon until 5 p.m. The village is located...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Residents protest new location suggestion

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Wayne County resident Barrett Parker speaks to members of the Goldsboro City Council regarding a zoning request from Wayne County that, if approved, would allow for construction of an animal shelter on the east side of Clingman...

Alston pleads guilty in shooting

Tim Alston never had the chance to tell his friend and classmate how much he meant to him and that he was sorry he played a hand in his death. So, he stood up at the defense table Monday, turned...

Experts will eye Legg's fitness

The trial of a former hospital administrator turned drifter accused of killing a store owner's son-in-law during a robbery in May 2003 in Seven Springs has been delayed until the court decides if he is mentally fit to stand trial....

Concerns continue over location for new animal shelter

Some said it would create traffic woes that would make the streets less safe for children at play. Others were more concerned with the potential sights and smells. Several residents addressed Goldsboro City Council members Monday evening, speaking in opposition...

Jones proposes changes to No Child Left Behind Act

Since its introduction in 2001, the federal No Child Left Behind Act has weighed heavily on the minds of local school officials. Its rigorous requirements for grade-level proficiency and academic growth have tested local officials. But legislation was introduced in...

Faith-based groups set date for multi-county anti-gang gathering

School and law enforcement officials tell Smart Choices for Youth Director Daryl Woodard the youth gang problem is getting worse. Teens are facing increasing peer pressure to join gangs, they say. "Everybody wants to belong to something, and gangs offer...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Louise Uzzell reported Friday that someone broke into her home in the 5200 block of U.S. 70 East and stole a washing machine, dryer, dresser, kitchen set and other items, all...

Wilson-born composer featured in concert

WILSON -- "Songs of Innocence and Experience," will be the featured work at a spring concert Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the ProMusic Conservatory at 105 W. Nash Street in downtown Wilson. Performed by the ProMusic Choristers, the...

Student brough knife to school

A second-grader at Brogden Primary School reportedly brought a kitchen knife to school, prompting an investigation and disciplinary action by authorities. Ken Derksen, public information officer with Wayne County Public Schools, confirmed that the child showed the knife to another...

Lunch Menu for Wayne County Public Schools, March 26-30

Monday LENT-- Breakfast: sausage biscuit, Lunch: stuffed crust cheese pizza, baked corn dog, green beans, field peas, chilled applesauce, orange, garden salad. Tuesday -- Breakfast: honey bun, Lunch: lasagna w/meat sauce and bread stick, chicken salad on lettuce w/crackers, steamed...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Re-enactors visit Bentonville

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Confederate re-enactors demonstrate how to shoot a cannon during a living history program at the Bentonville Battleground Historic Site this past weekend. Pictured from left are Johnny Carter, Milton Britt, Abraham Wiles, Donny Taylor and Fred Bugess....

Animal shelter update

Engineers' borings at the proposed animal shelter location off Clingman Street in Goldsboro came back "perfect," county officials said. Now Wayne County's commissioners are hoping Golds-boro City Council will agree when members consider the issue tonight. But the commissioners understand...

SUN - 916th Recruitment Report

As top military officials work to ready Pope Air Force Base for its re-activation this summer, members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing are preparing, too. Their task, they say, is equally as daunting -- to replace the more than...

Legg murder trial

Nearly four years after the Seven Springs slaying, a man accused of gunning down a shopkeeper's son-in-law during a robbery will have his day in court. Jury selection for Roy George Legg, 58, who is charged in the murder of...

Beston Road update

Construction is nearly complete on the directional crossover at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Beston Road. With the crossover's acceleration lanes open, drivers are using the new path, but nearby business owners and residents are waiting to see if...

GSA's 95th w/pic

Sonya Ross camped on the side of a mountain in a blizzard while doing Girl Scout wilderness training in Alaska. "We learned how to make snow caves. It was a wild, scary thing, but I was glad I got to...

Public record

Drunken drivers The Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Mount Olive Police Department, Walnut Creek Police Department and military police from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base teamed up over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend to take drunken drivers...

Substitute teacher training March 29

WAGES Headstart and Early Headstart will hold substitute training March 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Royall West Common Room at 507 E. Royall Ave. Those attending must obtain a substitute packet from WAGES by March 26,...

Pickle Princess Pageant Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE -- The first event to kick off the 2007 North Carolina Pickle Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Mount Olive Historical Assembly Hall at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive. The 2007 North Carolina...

MOC lecture

The public is invited to a free lecture at Mount Olive College Wednesday about the differences between U.S. universities and Oxford University. Dr. Mike Cavanagh will speak at noon in the Hennessee Room of the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center....

Girl Scout cookie sales near end

The Girl Scouts will stop selling cookies Tuesday, but a tractor trailer full of the cookies will be parked at Michaels on Berkeley Boulevard from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. Money from the annual Girl Scout cookie sale helps...

Commissioners to consider salvage yard expansion, Fremont library closing

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will consider a change to the zoning map that would allow for the expansion of a salvage yard on U.S. 117 South. The commissioners will meet Tuesday morning, starting at 9 a.m., following a...

Burr introduces legislation to help homeless veterans

Last week in Washington: *U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, reintroduced the Services to Prevent Veterans Homelessness Act -- legislation to provide supportive services to keep low-income veterans in permanent housing so they do not become homeless. It will increase...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Who is paying their bills? You are.

Wayne County taxpayers paid $78,200 to pay the medical expenses and housing costs to keep an inmate at a Raleigh prison facility. His bill for one month cost about $3,500. Another offender racked up a $5,000 bill to cover his...

County will be short on Medicaid

Wayne County could soon be one of several counties vying for state funds to offset increasing Medicaid costs. Of the nearly $7 million budgeted for Medicaid last year, Social Services Director Judy Pelt said the county has enough left to...

Business incentives get look from state

State Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, doesn't like them. Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Thompson and Wayne County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Bell aren't fans either. Even Harrell Everette, a Goldsboro lawyer and member of Gov. Mike Easley's...

Madeline shares NYC debut

Madeline Edwards used to sit in front of the TV watching "Sound of Music" -- and singing along. Now, she is one step closer to stardom. Madeline, 11, a sixth-grade student at Eastern Wayne Middle School, performed live Tuesday morning...

Even now, his heart is with his unit

Forget about the wheelchair -- Michael Russell would rather be in humvee in Iraq. Replace the doctors and specialists lining his bedside daily with his "brothers" in the Army's 2nd Brigade Combat Team -- that is the private's simple wish....

City gets new site query for shelter

A public hearing regarding the proposed future site of the Wayne County Animal Shelter will be among the issues discussed Monday as Goldsboro City Council members will conduct their final meeting of the month at 7 p.m. in the second-floor...

Town sets sights on late taxpayers

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Several Seven Springs residents might see their names in the newspaper if they don't pay their property taxes. The Seven Springs town board voted Wednesday night to give the delinquent taxpayers one more chance before submitting their...

Wooten honored for his achievements with homestyle fete

Fremont native Jamie Wooten laughed as he listened to letters from Hollywood celebrities and old friends. He watched with joy as local performers sang and danced. And he couldn't believe it was all for him. A tribute to Wooten was...

Wayne fares well at music festival

Four Wayne County schools recently participated in the North Carolina Middle School Vocal Solo/Small Ensemble Festival in Greenville, earning either excellent or superior ratings. Students from Eastern Wayne Middle, Norwayne Middle, Rosewood Middle and Rosewood High schools attended the music...

Walk for Hunger March 25

The 24th Annual Walk for Hunger will be held Sunday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m., starting at Herman Park. The event is sponsored by United Church Ministries to raise money to help the needy. Help is distributed during emergencies, not...

Southern Wayne water flushing

The Southern Wayne Sanitary District will be flushing hydrants March 21-23 and March 26-30, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. During this time, customers might notice a slight discoloration of their water due to the iron particles stirred up in...

Relay for Life fishing tournament at Waynesborough

The Mount Olive First Baptist Church Relay for Life team and E-Z Mart Bait and Tackle are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Olivia Whaley Fishing Tournament at Waynesborough Park on March 31. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society....

Piano recital Tuesday at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College Recital Series will present Oni Buchanan in concert on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Rodgers Chapel. Buchanan, a concert pianist and a published poet will be performing her "Poetry in Piano" program, which...

Eastern Wayne students attend Model UN

Four Eastern Wayne Middle School students were among representatives from 38 schools across the U.S. and western Africa who recently attended the UNA-USA Middle School Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Participating in the simulated debate at the...

Early-Middle College High School seeking applicants

Wayne Early-Middle College High School, one of Wayne County Public Schools' eight schools, is accepting applications for its freshman class, which will be added in the fall, as well as rising juniors. The high school, launched in the fall of...

Students battle to be best in reading trivia competition

Wayne County Public Library hosted its first elementary level "Battle of the Books" competition on Friday pitting fourth- and fifth-graders from four elementary schools against one another. Competition was fierce, said Shorlette Ammons-Stephens, children's librarian, with only nine points separating...

Friday, March 16, 2007

New Crossing | Work nearly done on new bridge

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Workers with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Bridge Division have been working over the past several weeks to finish up a bridge replacement on Kelly Springs Road at the Wayne and Duplin county line, about three...

Officials: County will need to borrow

Wayne County will need to borrow money to pay for school construction and other capital improvement needs, County Manager Lee Smith said, and the sale of bonds is the most likely method of obtaining the money. A general obligation bond...

Bartlett will take job as GS director

After more than two months of searching, members of Goldsboro's city management team have found a new General Services director right here at home -- current Recreation and Parks Director Neil Bartlett. "It's the perfect fit," City Manager Joe Huffman...

Duplin gets first plan for roadways

With at least four strategic corridors running through the county, the Duplin Board of Commissioners finally received its first-ever comprehensive transportation plan. Focusing on the county's highways, the plan, which was created by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and...

School/base liaison appointed

Robert Freeman just may have been unwittingly groomed for the job he now holds as liaison between Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the school system. Stationed in Goldsboro, he retired in 1993 after 21 years in the military. He...

Pate will receive BSA Distinguished Citizen Award

Mike Pate of the Pate Dawson Co. will receive the 2007 Wayne County Distinguished Citizen Award April 23 during a banquet hosted by the Torhunta Boy Scout District. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30, followed by dinner...

Garden dedication at library

The Wayne County Public Library will hold a blessing of the garden ceremony prior to planting the second crop of flowers and vegetables Saturday in dedication of the Wayne Community Garden. The garden is located behind the library's main branch...

Local author to hold book signing Monday

Dr. Susan Whitfield, a first-time novelist who lives in Dudley, will be on hand to sign copies of her murder mystery novel "Genesis Beach" from 1 until 7 p.m. at Gold's Gym on Parkway Drive. The book is set in...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports: *Trina Gibson Sutton reported Thursday that someone broke into her home in the 100 block of Mathews Way and stole two saws, valued at $492. *Gregory Keith Horne reported Thursday that...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Jumping for a cause

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Gabriel Scott, 7, jumps rope for a good cause in the Fremont STARS Elementary School gymnasium Monday. As part of “Jump Rope for Heart,” the school raised $3,600 for the American Heart Association. For more information see...

Commissioners talk about taxes

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners, in search of sources of money to pay for looming construction needs, approved a resolution in support of a local option one-cent sales tax during a work session Wednesday. The resolution asks legislators to...

Students jump to help charity fight heart disease

Students across Wayne County have been jumping up and down to support the American Heart Association, raising more than $81,000 for the cause. Eight elementary schools have held Jump Rope for Heart events in recent months, with two more to...

Jaycees seeking nominees

The Goldsboro Jaycees are accepting nominations through the end of the month for local outstanding citizens in a variety of categories. Each nominee will be recognized locally and will be eligible to compete at the state level. Every nominee must...

Spring break turns into house work

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mikala Carson is giving up her spring break from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., to help build a house for somebody she doesn't know. She and 10 other students decided to exchange fun at the beach to...

Duplin leaders consider strategy for economic development

KENANSVILLE -- Unlike the give-and-take dialogue that was held with the county Board of Education Monday, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners spent most of its session with the county Economic Development Commission listening to suggestions that sounded a lot...

Kindergarten registration March 30

Wayne County Public Schools will hold kindergarten pre-registration at 15 elementary schools on Friday, March 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A child must be five years old on or before Oct. 16 to register for kindergarten for the...

James Sprunt medications class to be held

The Continuing Education Department at James Sprunt Community College will be offering a Medication Technician course. This course is designed to prepare the unlicensed medical person in adult care homes, assisted living facilities and group homes to administer medications. The...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Somebody broke into a church and rummaged through its filing cabinets some time after 10 p.m. Tuesday. A member came to the Holly Street Miracle Deliverance Church at 115 W. Holly St. around...

MOC art show open to public

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College Department of Fine Arts is currently hosting its first annual Senior Art Exhibition in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery in Laughinghouse Hall. The event is free and open to the public. "This...

DNA specialists to speak to two Wayne classes

Two Wayne County Public Schools teachers have been selected to have University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill "DNA Day Ambassadors" visit their classrooms next month. Charles B. Aycock High School biology teachers Julie West and Christy Collins are among 65 teachers...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Guests from Japan at SJAFB

Photo submitted / 4FW Senior Airman Micky Bazaldua Col. Toru Ota from the Japan Air Self Defense Force listens to Tech. Sgt. Rickey Nolte explain equipment used to maintain the F-15E Strike Eagle during a visit to the flight...

Japanese Air Force colonel takes a look at Strike Eagle

Japanese and American fighter pilots battled in the skies just above the North Carolina coastline earlier this week before joining forces to "bomb" the lighthouse at Cape Hatteras -- but it was all in good fun. Six officers from Japan's...

Mount Olive board says 'no' to new complex

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Planning Board on Tuesday denied a request by contractor John T. Bell to build low-income apartments next to Carver Elementary School. The board voted not to refer Bell's special request for a special use...

Two county students named Park Scholars

Two area students have been selected as Park Scholars by North Carolina State University for fall 2007. The awards are valued at about $59,000 for in-state residents and $107,000 for out-of-state students. Nicole Antoinette Mack and Nida Waheed were among...

WC students' artwork on display at mall

The center corridor of Berkeley Mall is being converted into an art gallery this week to showcase work from hundreds of Wayne County's top art students. The annual Wayne County Public Schools Art Exhibition is scheduled through the weekend. More...

Commission, school board meet to talk about funding plan

KENANSVILLE -- One of Duplin County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Fussell's favorite props these days is a bag full of 79 pennies that he carries in his briefcase. And for the past month or so, whenever budget questions have...

Lack of quorum delays Planning Board decisions

The Wayne County Planning Board couldn't hold its meeting Tuesday night because less than half of its members were unable to attend. Although Chairman George Aycock, Arthur Bowden and Jo Ann Summerlin were ready to conduct business, the four remaining...

Vision Van stop set for March 24

The Lion's Foundation Vision Van will be at the Goldsboro Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Vision screenings will be free and Spanish interpreters will be on hand. The van's visit to Goldsboro is being sponsored...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Marcus Antwan McKinnon reported Tuesday while he was walking in the 500 block of East Walnut Street someone pulled up beside him in their car and shot him in the face. McKinnon, 28,...

Services on Aging NYC trip planned

The Wayne County Services on Aging is sponsoring a trip to New York City May 18-21. The trip will cost $630 per person and include four days and three nights of sight-seeing and include a Broadway show. A $150 deposit...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

11-year-old's television debut

News-Argus/Greg Sousa This photograph of a television image from WRAL-TV, shows Goldsboro singer Madeline Edwards, 11, performing live on national TV this morning. Madeline won CBS's "The Early Show's" talent competition, "Living Room ... Live! Kids," and earned a...

Would-be victims take on robber

Outnumbered and outgunned. That's how one would-be robber found himself when he barged into a family's home on Timothy Street in Dudley late Sunday and attempted to deprive them of out of their hard-earned dollars. Instead of leaving the home...

County farmers gather to recognize this year's local top crop producers

Coming off one of Wayne County's most productive years -- especially with grains -- the Wayne County Farmers Association held its annual banquet Monday night to honor local growers. The largest wheat producer in the county last year, Warren Davis,...

Autopsy of 25-year-old shows lethal mix of drugs

Blood samples taken from a young woman who was found dead at Econo Lodge on New Year's Day showed she had a lethal mix of methadone and cocaine in her body when she died, a state autopsy report shows. Officials...

Man drives car into police station in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Police said 18-year-old Jared Eugene Painter of Bethel Church Road in Mount Olive drove his 1997 Ford into the front of Town Hall around 11 p.m. Monday. Mount Olive Police Chief Emmett Ballree said no charges were...

Restaurant will open its doors Monday

A long-watched restaurant will finally open its doors next week. Neptune's Seafood House at 430 N. Berkeley Ave., which holds 185 guests, is expected to open its doors for the first time 11 a.m. Monday. The 5,777-square-foot facility boasts a...

Public record

Accidents Goldsboro police responded to these accidents: * At approximately 2 p.m. Monday, Joshua Jahlem Gray, 5, was crossing William Street toward New Hope Road with his cousin when he jerked away from her. Howard Cecil Barnes, Jr., 53, told...

Chief: Change batteries in smoke detectors

Goldsboro Fire Chief Alvin Ward is asking residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors now that they have changed their clocks. Having a working smoke detector in the home could save your family from becoming a victim, Ward...

Monday, March 12, 2007

Crowded conditions

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Crowded conditions for employees and customers at the county’s departments of Social Services and Health are forcing county officials to consider either a new complex to house both — and the Services on Aging — or extensive...

Marriage bill will get look this session

Already the protests both for and against it have begun, but state Sen. Fred Smith, R-Johnston, said that there's one thing people need to keep in mind when discussing the Defense of Marriage bill introduced last month in the Senate....

Man will face jury in Dudley murder

The suspect who fatally shot a Dudley man causing him to plow into a fire hydrant with his car in March 2006 will have to stand trial, a grand jury decided this month. William Earl Bandy Jr., 25, of Alabama...

County to talk about options for facilities

Several legislative issues will be on the agenda for discussion when the Wayne County Board of Commissioners meets in special session Wednesday afternoon. The meeting, which will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth...

Departments say they serve too many in too little space

Some of the problems facing the Wayne County Office Building, which houses the departments of Health and Social Services, are apparent even before walking through the front door. Many of the building's windows are protected by metal bars because of...

Groups take aim at crime

When cars started to drive up to a home on Green Street in Fremont at all hours of the day and night, Jenny and Dan Blanchard grew curious. But instead of dismissing the activity, the Blanchards decided to report the...

Goldsboro High Key Club makes trip to meet judge, state officials

Amelia Bedelia, a popular children's book character, appeared in the doorway of Vickie Tillman's third-grade class at Carver Elementary. Posing as a substitute teacher, she took her job seriously, as well as literally. When it came time to call the...

Two killed by train in Smithfield

Two Smithfield men died after a train struck them Saturday night, according to a report by the Smithfield Police Department. Carlos Dubose, 35, and Larry Allen, 34, were standing side by side on the cross ties along the east side...

Novelist to speak at WCC

Jeri Fitzgerald Board, a Johnston County native and author of the historical novel "The Bed She Was Born In," which includes Goldsboro's Gertrude Weil as a character, is scheduled to speak at two Wayne Community College events on March 22....

Mental Health Association seeking members

The Mental Health Association in Wayne County is in the midst of its annual membership campaign to help raise funds and promote and advocate for mental health wellness and recovery. Mental health affects everyone, says Amy Roux, executive director of...

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hog waste moratorium advances in Legislature

With the House Agricultural Committee voting Wednesday to extend the current moratorium on hog farms and lagoons for three more years, farmers in Wayne and Duplin counties are taking the decision in stride and going about business as usual. After...

Community Crisis Center celebrates 25 years

In his early days, William "Pro" Atkinson did not think about where his life would lead. Caught in the mire of addiction in the 1970s and '80s, he never thought about change. That is, until he met the Rev. Adeen...

Renovations of old downtown fire station begin

Renovations have begun at the old fire station on Ash Street to convert it to business use. The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation announced last year that the historic building had been sold to Ladder 39 LLC. DGDC Director Julie Thompson...

Rabies clinics to be held March 17, 24

Wayne County Animal Control will hold four rabies clinics at local schools over the next two Saturdays. Having a pet vaccinated is required by state law. Every dog and cat over four months old must be vaccinated. Those animals must...

Schools' social workers honored

Board of Education member Dave Thomas says he knows some of the challenges social workers in the school system face -- for several years, he was responsible for the truancy program. "I have been to homes before and it's mostly...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: * Tabitha Tynesia Williams of South Andrews Avenue reported Friday that her dog was taken by a known suspect from her home. She said that the man took the dog and called her...

Court records

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Treecy Denise Bynum, 30, Adams Street, Wilson, driving while license revoked reduced to failure to notify Department of Motor Vehicles of new address, 30 days suspended,...

Friday, March 9, 2007

Fight leads to stabbings, murder

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Mount Olive man is being held at the Wayne County Jail without bond in connection with a double stabbing on Flowers Road that left one man dead and another seriously injured this morning. Terreakus A. Davis,...

Corps of Engineers offer Duplin Commissioners thoughts on drainage issues

KENANSVILLE -- After months of hearing complaints about the drainage situation in Duplin County, the board of commissioners recently asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for help in figuring out the problem. "There's basically three or four things it...

Daylight-savings time will affect mornings

With daylight-saving time ushered in earlier this year, many are scrambling to adjust their inner clocks in anticipation -- and their eyes as they head into the morning sun. The time change is especially felt by the schools, which typically...

Early time changes puts pressure on electronics

Don't expect your electronics to fall back to the Dark Ages when the clocks spring forward this weekend. But you could miss that Monday morning meeting if you don't take the necessary precautions. A new federal mandate has changed daylight-saving...

Library seeks grant to attract more Hispanic patrons

The Wayne County Public Library is seeking a $150,000 grant to help Hispanic residents improve their grasp of English. Donna Phillips, assistant library director at the Wayne County Public Library, said the library has applied for the grant to help...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Thi Van Le reported someone broke into her home in the 1200 block of Sunset Drive Thursday and stole $1,000 cash, a Rolex, a diamond wedding ring and other jewelry, all valued at...

Criminal justice workshop at MOC

Mount Olive College will hld a free criminal justice professionals workshop Thursday from 6-9 p.m. in Rodgers Chapel. Former and current criminal justice students are invited to attend the free workshop, as are professionals from Wayne and surrounding countiees. Latashia...

MOC Literary Festival clarification

The dates for the 6th Annual Literary Festival at Mount Olive College were transposed in a release sent out by the college earlier this week. The public is invited to the free events, scheduled for April 3 and 4. Sarah...

Thursday, March 8, 2007

She's a star

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Madeline Edwards, right, reacts after hearing her name announced as the winner of The Early Show’s talent competition this morning at Eastern Wayne Middle School. Cheering her on are her classmates Tre’ Stevens, left, and Justin Lee....

No written report yet on hit-and-run

The lab results have been phoned in, but the local district attorney wants to see written proof before he decides whether to charge the elderly driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Goldsboro man Nov. 7. Carol Coletrain Lane,...

Officials caution seniors on Medicare Advantage plans

Wayne County Medicare beneficiaries, especially senior citizens, should exercise caution if they receive a call asking them to purchase a Medicare Advantage plan, local officials say. Wayne County Services on Aging Director Yvonne McLamb said she received several calls recently...

Madeline Edwards will sing live on TV

A young Goldsboro singer with the voice of an opera star won CBS-TV's The Early Show's "Living Room ... Live! Kids," national talent competition, the network announced this morning during the show. Madeline Edwards, 11, a sixth-grade student at Eastern...

Duplin commission takes up animal control laws

KENANSVILLE -- Stray cats and dogs might not be running wild in Duplin County, but that doesn't mean everybody's pleased with the fact that currently, there are no animal control laws on the books. The county does have a shelter...

Cookie sale ends soon, but one last chance set

If you don't have your Thin Mints yet, don't despair. Although the annual Girl Scout cookie sale is coming to an end, a tractor trailer full of help is on the way March 24. Security Moving and Storage keeps the...

Literary festival set for April 3-4 at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- The sixth annual Literary Festival at Mount Olive College is set for April 3 and 4, featuring Sarah Lindsay, author and finalist for the National Book Awards. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored...

High school registration set for county schools

High school registration has begun at the six traditional public high schools in the county and will run through the end of April. Registration catalogs are available at each of the schools or can be downloaded from the school system's...

Public record

School assault In a possible gang-related attack, a James Kenan High School student was assaulted Wednesday night after a soccer game, Duplin County School Superintendent Dr. Wiley Doby said this morning. Contrary to rumors, he added, the student was not...

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Osprey takes landing practice

News-Argus/Bobby Williams A Marine Corps V-22 Osprey makes a touch-and-go landing Tuesday at the Mount Olive Airport. Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown said several of the planes, considered the new prototype of combat transport and support aircraft for...

Magistrate judge questions changes

Staff changes at the Wayne County Magistrate's Office have ruffled the feathers of at least one magistrate judge who called his termination unfair and unjustified. Former Magistrate Judge Terry Hatch is the first to be dismissed from his post after...

Case gets OK to eye plans for expansion

Almost every detail has been worked out so that Case Farms can begin expanding its processing plant south of Goldsboro, following a decision by Goldsboro City Council Monday night. Council members unanimously approved relinquishing the city's planning and zoning authority...

Officials discuss sewer bill debt

EUREKA -- Eureka Town Board member Myrtie Sauls said Tuesday night she would shut off the town's sewer connection to Fremont if she could find the valve. The little northern Wayne County town has found itself in a dilemma regarding...

Program can help owners find lost pets

After a week, several animals have been reunited with their owners thanks to a new lost and found program implemented at the Wayne County Animal Shelter. Wayne Animal Shelter Director Justin Scally said the program is meant to be a...

Duplin schools price revised facilities plan

KENANSVILLE -- Two years after it was first discussed, the Duplin County Board of Education's facilities plan was back on the table Tuesday night as board members heard a revised presentation from developers. The plan, originally approved in December 2005,...

Wayne might reinstate teacher incentives

After being dormant for the past year, a local scholarship program to entice students to enter the teaching profession is being considered for reinstatement. Olivia Pierce, executive director for public relations with the school system, told the school board Monday...

Harrison lecture March 20 at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will hold the 17th Annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 20, at 9:30 a.m. in Rodgers Chapel. This year's theme is "Discovering the Depths: Growing in the Spiritual Life." The guest...

Painting workshop March 22-24

The Arts Council of Wayne County is offering a three-day painting workshop March 22-24 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Painters in intermediate and advanced level watercolor, oil and acrylics are welcome. The fee for the 3 days...

Youth hunter tournament

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is sponsoring a series of youth hunter safety tournaments this month. Competitors are graduates of the organization's Hunter Education Program. A tournament will be held Saturday at Camp Tuscarora near Bentonville. Winning teams will...

Dinner and a movie at library

The Wayne County Public Library will present a Mexican dinner and a movie, "A Night of Exploration" on the life and work of artist Frida Kahlo on March 27 in observance of National Women's History Month. Dinner will be served...

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Wayne County Reads finale

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Traci Batten Radford, left, Robin Aycock and Walton Aycock sing “Send the Light” during the Wayne County Reads finale Monday. Members of the Wayne County Senior Center Choir, First Baptist Men's Quartet and a quartet consisting of...

Teen pregnancies cost counties

A national report shows that Wayne County teens giving birth in 2005 cost taxpayers an estimated $7.5 million. Sudie Davis, director of Communities in Schools in Wayne County and chairperson for the WATCH Teen Pregnancy Task Force, called the figures...

Council rejects mosque proposal

Goldsboro City Council unanimously voted Monday night to not allow the construction of a mosque in the northern part of the city. All six councilmen and Mayor Al King agreed with the planning commission's recommendation that the building plan was...

Dealers: Gasoline prices high again, but relief could be on the way next week

Gas prices have been on the rise in Wayne County and elsewhere around the state for the past few weeks, with current prices hovering in the $2.45-$2.50 per gallon range for unleaded regular. Only a month ago, prices were about...

Students' dress codes could become more strict

The notion of school uniforms is being bandied about by the Board of Education, although members prefer to call it "improved dress." The topic is expected to be discussed at the next board meeting, moved to March 26 due to...

Two more days to vote for Madeline

Wayne County residents have less than 24 hours to help a young local singer win a chance to appear live on national TV. Madeline Edwards, 11, is one of three finalists in the CBS's The Early Show's "Living Room ......

Duplin commission considers taxes, development needs

KENANSVILLE -- Economic development and taxes were once again at the top of the Duplin County Board of Commissioners' agenda Monday as it announced it would be helping the town of Magnolia attract three new businesses to the interchange of...

Two Wayne County Sheriff's Office officers are retiring

Two top-ranking officers of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office are stepping down from their posts and plans to replace them could be made in less than six months. A major restructuring plan could take effect as early as July or...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Police are investigating a suspicious fire that broke out at 117 Hines Drive, Lot 9. Ernest Barrett owned the mobile home. Goldsboro firefighters responded to the address at about 4:55 a.m. today and...

Monday, March 5, 2007

Second victim dies from Friday crash

A driver injured in a Friday night accident near Mount Olive died late Saturday at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Kyle Martin Berger, 20, of LaGrange, was driving on Bert Martin Lane about 10 p.m. Friday when he lost control of his...

Legislators pick apart proposed '07 budget

Local legislators began diving into Gov. Mike Easley's proposed 2007-09 budget this week as his staff presented the details to a joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriation committees Tuesday and the individual sub-committees Wednesday and Thursday. This year,...

Granges struggle to attract, keep members

Lloyd Massey wasn't present when he joined the Brogden Grange -- from behind a table at a local school, his parents signed his name to a piece of paper, making his membership official. It was 1936. "They went to that...

She can't stop taking care of 'her' students

Patricia Gurley has made it her business to see that children get to school each day. For nine years, she has worked to ensure that handicapped and special needs students are safely transported from home to school and back again....

Mount Olive College supports military

Mount Olive College is demonstrating its support for employees serving in the military and will adopt policies and programs to that end. Dr. J. William Byrd, college president, has signed the "5-Star Statement of Support" for the National Guard and...

Outdoor burning warning issued

The Forest Service has declared today a "red flag day," and is warning Wayne County residents to put off any outdoor burning. Wayne County Forest Ranger Dwight Bright said there has been no burning ban issued but that forest rangers...

WCC Career Day March 14

The 17th Annual Career Day co-hosted by Wayne Community College's Cooperative Programs/Cooperative Education/Job Referral Department and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Family Support Center, will be held March 14, from 9 a.m. until noon in the atrium in the Wayne...

Drug use seminar Tuesday at chamber

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar on how business owners can spot the use of illegal drugs in the workplace. The session will be held Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. at the chamber office at...

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Friday accidents leave two dead; 1 in critical condition

A 19-year-old college student and a 70-year-old man died in separate single-vehicle accidents Friday. A 20-year-old man remains in critical condition after the accident that killed his girlfriend. Dudley teen Katie Elizabeth Jones was killed and her boyfriend was injured...

Woman, 82, dies in Saturday fire

FREMONT -- An 82-year-old woman was killed in a house fire that destroyed her small wood frame home on Napoleon Road Saturday. Justine D. Coley was at home alone when the blaze broke out at 413 Napoleon Road. A witness...

Goldsboro girl in CBS talent search finals

From staff reports An 11-year-old Goldsboro girl will find out this week whether she will get to sing live on national TV when the final round of the CBS Early Show's talent contest is held. Madeline Edwards, a student at...

Jesus tomb find claim draws skepticism

When the announcement was made early last week that archeologists had found what some believe is the tomb of Jesus Christ and that inside it was evidence that not only had he not been resurrected, but that he had...

City council to weigh mosque petition

Goldsboro City Council will decide Monday night whether a mosque should be built off Wayne Memorial Drive. Residents, led by Dr. Waheed Akhtar, lobbied City Council during a public hearing on Feb. 19 for the right to build a 2,050-square-foot...

Court records

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Shelton Douglas Southerland Jr., 29, Billy Price Road, Seven Springs, forged North Carolina inspection sticker (three counts), dismissed; forged North Carolina inspection sticker, six to eight...

Friday, March 2, 2007

Meth lab found in bag

PIKEVILLE -- A trash bag found along the roadside outside of Pikeville Thursday contained more than garbage. Inside was the equipment to manufacture methamphetamine. At about a quarter after noon, inmates from the Wayne County Jail were cleaning up trash...

Suspect: Stabbing at home justified

A suspect arrested for allegedly stabbing a man this week told officials he was only trying to defend his home when the alleged assault occurred. Johnnie Rowe, 50, of 812 Crawford St., was in court Thursday to answer charges that...

Fremont owes city $213,383 for sewer

Officials from Eureka, Fremont and Goldsboro are expected to meet with the League of Municipalities to discuss how to best settle a past due $213,383 sewer bill and avoid a civil suit. Meanwhile, the town of Fremont is looking for...

Heavy winds turn out lights around area this morning

Thousands of Wayne County residents had to get up and get ready for school and work this morning in the dark after stormy weather left large sections of the county without power for several hours. Little damage was reported around...

Man gets 50 years for rape

A man charged with the rape of an 83-year-old woman in August will spend more than 50 years in prison, a Wayne County jury decided Thursday. Twelve jurors took about an hour and a half to find Atkins guilty on...

Parents, business leaders share ideas about schools

Facilities are only a portion of the problem in Wayne County Public Schools, parents and business leaders said Thursday night at roundtable discussion at Lane Tree Conference Center. Eleven parent advisers and eight community and business leaders shared their concerns...

'Pet of the Week' program designed to increase adoptions

She has big, brown eyes and loves to cuddle. He loves to stretch out and be pampered. But neither have a place they call home. Wayne County Animal Control hope to change that this week as it implement its "Pets...

WCC lecture series on Middle Ages

The Foundation of Wayne Community College will offer a lecture course entitled "Medieval Mysteries for Today: Head, Heart and Eyes" next month. The four-week course will be held on Tuesdays starting March 6. Foundation Arts and Humanities Program Director Bill...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating a report of a break-in and theft on the 400 block of Creech Street. Hannah McKay said someone broke into her home in the 400 block of Creech Street and stole a microwave, a television,...

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Spring is Right Around the Corner

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Lisa Hewes, the owner and operator of Long's Plant Farm on Long's Plant Farm Road, waters plants and flowers in one of the business's greenhouses early today. With spring on the way and temperatures beginning to moderate,...

MOC's Byrd will resign as president

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will begin searching for a new president next year as college president Dr. J. William Byrd moves into the role of chancellor. At its recent board of trustees retreat in New Bern last weekend,...

Biodiesel plant not coming to Wayne

After four years of waiting, Mount Olive's hopes for a large biodiesel facility were dashed Wednesday when Atlantic BioEnergy announced through the Wayne County Develop-ment Alliance that it would not be building a processing plant in the Mount Olive Industrial...

Measure gives new look at N.C. graduates

Sixty-one percent of first-time high school ninth-graders in 2002-03 graduated from Wayne County Public Schools in four years or less, slightly below the statewide rate of 68 percent, according to a report presented to the State Board of Education on...

Witnesses testify in rape case of 83-year-old

Accused rapist Larry J. Atkins sat silently in his chair Wednesday as a nurse told jurors about evidence collected from an 83-year-old woman he is charged with raping. Iris Mallard, a registered nurse, at Wayne Memorial Hospital, is just one...

Pabst honored as top Junior Civilian at SJAFB

Bradley Pabst was not always a civilian -- during his four-year stint in the Air Force, he was stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, working in the calibration lab on weapons systems and other equipment. When he decided to...

Local Habitat for Humanity will receive $25,000 grant

The Goldsboro-Wayne Habitat for Humanity will receive a $25,000 grant for engaging support from churches to build homes for low-income families.. Habitat has already built several houses with money and volunteer help from area churches, development and communications director Sherry...

Graham Street raid yields 25 pounds of marijuana

Agents of the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad seized more than 25 pounds of marijuana from a home on Graham Street Wednesday and added one more to the list of alleged drug dealers charged this week. The squad raided a home...

Eastpointe director seeks approval of proposal for mobile crisis unit

Eastpointe Director Ken Jones will send a plan today to the state Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse services that calls for the creation of a 24-hour mobile crisis team. Eastpointe manages care for people in Wayne,...

Duplin kindergarten sign-ups March 16

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for the Duplin County Schools will be held Friday, March 16. Registration will be held at each elementary school in the county, beginning at 8:30 a.m. To enroll, students must be 5 years old on or...

City water switches to chlorine

Goldsboro residents might notice a different taste to their water for the next few days, but officials said there is no reason to be alarmed. Due to a state requirement, all water systems feeding chloramine disinfectant are required to switch...