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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Commissioners, school board meet

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Wayne County Commissioner Jack Best questions Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent of the Wayne County Public Schools, about the school board’s expansion budget request Wednesday during a meeting at the Wayne County Courthouse. For more information see Commissioners...

Mayor King says he will seek re-election

Al King has been thinking about his son, Kevin, for the past few months -- not about November's election. So when people asked him whether or not he would run for another term as Goldsboro's mayor, he had no answer...

Commissioners hear budget request from school officials

As the Wayne County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday morning to hear last-minute funding requests from various agencies, they made no decisions, but said the information gathered, especially from the public school system, would be helpful as they began going...

State Senate approves budget plan

As votes were being taken Wednesday afternoon, state senators were surprised to see an almost unanimous backing of their version of the state budget. Passing 47-2, the bipartisan agreement was due in large part to the ending of two temporary...

Wayne Commissioners to comb through budget line item by line item

Meeting together for the first time since getting Wayne County Manager Lee Smith's 2007-08 budget proposal last Friday, the Board of Commissioners spent some time Wednesday going over some highlights and hearing from a few groups about their funding. Smith...

Duplin to pull more money from reserves

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners approved more spending from the county's reserves Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total spent out of next year's fund balance to about $3.35 million. Earlier this year, the commissioners charged County Manager Mike...

Scam warning issued

The address on the envelope is correct. The stationary used to tell you that you've just won millions in Australia, Spain or some other foreign country looks authentic. But before you divulge personal information to strangers or run out and...

'Gospel Fest' for youth Saturday at GHS

Smart Choices for Youth will hold a Youth Gospel Fest Saturday at 4 p.m. at Goldsboro High School. The guest speaker will be Pastor James Jamison Jr. of Hope Baptist Church in Wilmington. The message will be "Choose God, Not...

Public record

Break-in Melissa Smith Garten reported someone broke into her 1999 Ford Explorer while parked at her home in the 5000 block of U.S. 117 Alternate, Dudley, and stole a .38-caliber revolver, valued at $650....

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Judge Manning speaks at local rotary club

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber North Carolina Judge Howard Manning speaks to the rotary club and guests from the city, county and school board about education reforms at the Goldsboro Country Club Tuesday. For more information see Judge: Adults need to get...

Judge: Adults need to get out of way

The judge who will determine whether Goldsboro High School remains open said for an educational system to succeed, adults will have to get out of the way -- in the classroom, in the board room and in the community. Superior...

Fork urges clients to curb water use

Fork Township Water District officials are asking customers to cut back on the water they use. As drought conditions across the state increase, officials in more and more counties are urging people to conserve water. Johnston County already has implemented...

Officials: No click it, so they got 51 tickets

Some obeyed the law, but more than four dozen drivers met by Goldsboro police at six checkpoints and 16 random patrols failed to wear their seat belts during the first week of the Click It or Ticket campaign. Police posted...

Public outcry changes Duplin ambulance plans

Duplin County commissioners reconsidered a decision to reduce the number of ambulances in the county and agreed Tuesday to come up with $430,000 in additional funds for 2007-08 to keep the current level of emergency services. Commissioners had indicated a...

Arts Council will put sculptures up for sale with auction houses

Their aluminum eyes haven't kept watch over Ash Street in close to a decade. Instead, they stare up at a ceiling. Their steel feathers feel the rust -- not the wind stirring hundreds of feet above the ground. Two metal...

Torhunta Dustrict names Metzler scout executive

Wayne County native and Eagle Scout Mark Metzler has accepted the job of Torhunta District Boy Scout executive. "I feel very fortunate this job came open around about the time I was graduating, and it seemed like a natural fit,"...

TV station WHFL off air next week

Local Christian TV station WHFL will be off the air briefly next week for an equipment changeover and channel realignment. Terry Johnson, general manager at the station, said that programming may be interrupted between three and seven days. Currently at...

Public record

Assault David Dekarlo Sampson reported Tuesday he woke up in his bed in a house on West Grantham Street and found a man standing over him with a gun. He heard a gunshot and was not sure if he was...

Groups sought to help feed young Habitat volunteers

College youth groups are returning this summer from other states to work on a house for Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro and Wayne County. During the last two weeks of June, the local Habitat affiliate will host volunteers from Delaware...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day service

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michelle Barefield of Goldsboro, bows her head in prayer at a Memorial Day service Monday at Wayne Community College. Tech. Sgt. Barefield, who earned the Bronze Star while serving in Iraq, was the...

Goldsboro council eyes Paramount theater ownership

Officials at City Hall are pleased to see operating costs for the Paramount Theater in the 2007-08 fiscal year budget, but members of the Goldsboro City Council said it is still unclear how the facility will be managed. City Manager...

Wayne officials ready for hurricane season

With the June 1 start to the 2007 hurricane season fast approaching, one named storm already in the books and the experts predicting upwards of 17 more, Wayne County officials are preparing for an active summer and fall. "Basically for...

Remembering all heroes

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michelle Barefield didn't spend much time Monday talking about the bombs she defused while stationed in Iraq. And she hardly mentioned the fact that she received the Bronze Star for her actions. Instead, she used the...

O'Berry Center Foundation helps families find support and money they need

Rebecca Sorensen felt she was handling son Raimee's autism pretty well. For the first seven years of his life, while the family lived in Maryland, almost everything he needed was provided through assistance from the state, she said. "He was...

Business owners can register for SJAFB Purchase Cardholder Trade Show

Local business owners have two more weeks to register so they can participate in the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Purchase Cardholder Trade Show June 12. By registering through the federal government, local business owners can apply for military contracts...

Autopsy: Death was caused by overdose

The State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill has ruled a 26-year-old man who was found dead in March died from a methadone overdose. Cameron Timothy Robbins of 104 Crooked Creek Court was found dead March 11 in his bed...

Public record

Assaults reported *Edward Puga reported someone assaulted him with a wrench at his home in the 300 block of Mobile Circle, Dudley, knocking him unconscious Sunday. Puga, 21, was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released....

Car seat check set for Saturday

A car seat safety check is set for Saturday as part of the Born Learning Children's Festival, which will take place at Wayne County Public Library and in Herman Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wayne County Safe Kids...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Remembering

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Zachary Moenter, 5, above, looks down at the cross on this headstone and reads the inscription — one of many Wayne County stories that ended in the death of a solider. The child was one of more...

Duplin Marine might be coming home soon

After more than 30 years of anguish and wondering, a glimmer of hope has appeared on the horizon for Cary Turner and the rest of the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Hargrove. For the first time since 2001, there's...

Bids not in yet for new animal shelter

Wayne County officials continue to receive donations for the project and engineers know where the foundation will be laid, but the bid process is the last obstacle before construction on a new animal shelter can begin. Wayne Buildings and Grounds...

Volunteers remember veterans as part of cleanup at cemetery

A project to clean up a neglected cemetery also included an effort to make sure local veterans are never forgotten. Yvonne Stanley and Evelyn Shepard joined forces to unearth graves and headstones in the former Lightner Cemetery in the Mar...

Residents can add thanks to cards bound for troops

Wayne County residents will have until mid-June to be part of a national effort to thank the thousands of servicemen and women serving their country overseas. All they have to do is head over to local car dealership Doug Henry...

Children's festival Saturday at park, library

A Children's Festival for families of young children will be held Saturday. On Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Herman Park and the Wayne County Public Library, the event centers around "Born Learning," a national public awareness campaign...

Youth art classes offered

The Arts Council of Wayne County is offering a four-day children's painting class with Penny Craven the week of June 18-21. The theme will be "Whimsical Whirligig Paintings." The Arts Council will exhibit paintings created in Craven's class, along with...

Johnston Pet Adoption open house

SMITHFIELD -- The Johnston County Pet Adoption Center will hold its 3rd Anual Open House on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Johnston County Animal Shelter at 1320 N. Brightleaf Blvd. Activities will include a...

Public record

Home invasion Two men armed with shotguns kicked open the front door of a home at 1311 Maple Street and entered at about 5 a.m. Friday. The suspects held a shotgun on Roshaunda Shackleford and demanded money. When Ms. Shackleford...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Wayne County working budget includes 5-cent tax increase

Wayne County residents could be faced with a five-cent property tax increase next year as the Wayne County Board of Commissioners released its proposed $168,704,564 working budget late Friday afternoon for fiscal year 2007-08 -- an increase of $2,126,352....

Dillard-Goldsboro graduates gather for annual reunion

Blue, gold ... and memories. More than 1,500 alumni and friends of all ages from all around the country gathered Saturday morning to officially usher in the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends reunion weekend. From businesses to bands and queens and...

City Council decides to back WATCH

By KENNETH FINE and PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer When officials from Wayne Action Teams for Community Health made their "final plea" for inclusion in Goldsboro's $46.5 million budget to members of the City Council Monday evening, they were unsure...

New industry coming to Duplin

WARSAW -- A new industry announced at a press conference Friday that it will relocate its operations to Warsaw, investing about $1.2 million over the next three years. Menlo Worldwide, a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., which provides logistics, transportation management...

Linsenmeyer new 916th commander

Col. Stephen "Fritz" Linsenmeyer remembers the first time he set foot on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base -- it was the fall of 1990, shortly after deployments that saw most of the F-15s and KC-10s that frequented the flight line...

Search for Pikeville town manager continues

Although Pikeville is still completing its budget process, town officials say they are still searching for a new administrator to replace Bob Buchanan. But that isn't to say the process has been easy for anyone involved, Pikeville Commissioner Lyman Gallo-way...

PBS to air story of LaGrange soldier

On Monday at 9 p.m., UNC-TV will air an encore presentation of the award-winning World War II documentary, "Thank You, Eddie Hart." The film has many connections to Wayne and Lenoir counties. Pvt. Eddie Hart was a young soldier from...

Memorial Day service Monday at Wayne Community College

From staff reports The Wayne County Veterans Coalition will sponsor a Memorial Day Service Monday at 11 a.m. in the auditorium at Wayne Community College. The service will feature a speech by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michelle Barefield of Goldsboro,...

Johnston County restricts water use

SMITHFIELD -- Johnston County Manager, Rick Hester has issued a mandatory water conservation notice for all customers served by the Johnston County water supply system, including towns and private utilities served by the county, as well as customers of countywater...

Court records

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Yuri Oates, 20, Breazeale Avenue, Mount Olive, forgery and uttering, dismissed. *Tony Edward Moody, 40, Ogallalah Lane, Dudley, possession of drug paraphernalia, 30 days suspended, 12...

Garbage collection delayed

Trash collections will be delayed by holiday The City of Goldsboro will observe Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 28. All sanitation services scheduled for Monday will be serviced on Wednesday, May 30. Also, Waste Industries will be closed on...

Friday, May 25, 2007

Seat belt stop nets 3 kilos of cocaine

A Goldsboro man is being held in the Wayne County Jail under $1 million bond after police allegedly found three kilos of cocaine in his truck during a seat belt check on Ninth and Tampa streets Thursday. Fransisco Baltasar, 44,...

Hundreds still owe county for taxes

Wayne County's 2006 delinquent real estate tax listing hits the streets today and inside its 36 pages are the names of hundreds of residents and businesses that still owe money -- nearly six months after the Jan. 5, 2007, deadline....

Dillard alumni choose new queen to start reunion

More than 900 alumni from Dillard and Goldsboro high schools crowded into Goldsboro High's auditorium Thursday night to reminisce and award more than $80,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from across the county. Individual classes contributed to the scholarship fund,...

Private schools honor Class of '07 tonight

Four high school graduation ceremonies will be held tonight -- three private schools and a non-traditional initiative added by Wayne County Public Schools this year. Seven of the eight valedictorians and salutatorians representing the schools had been former classmates at...

Duplin commissioners continue to adjust 2007-08 budget

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners continued to make adjustments to the proposed county budget during its work session Thursday, focusing on the county's economic development commission and tax department. The commissioners instructed county Manager Mike Aldridge to develop a...

Trash collections delayed by holiday

The City of Goldsboro will observe Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 28. All sanitation services scheduled for Monday will be serviced on Wednesday, May 30. Also, Waste Industries will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Trash...

Public record

Thefts reported *Someone stole a tow dolly, valued at $4,000, Wednesday from Sutton Automotive at 3989 McLain St. *Marrisa McArthur reported she left her key in the door of her home in the 1500 block of Courtyard Circle Wednesday. Someone...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sharing memories

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Retired O’Berry Center employees Donnie Johnson, left, and Carlyle Brewington sit on a swing in Knights of Columbus Park at O’Berry Center reminiscing together Wednesday during the center’s employee appreciation and homecomming celebration. For more information see...

Land use plan gets another look after feedback

Members of the citizen steering committee that helped create the Wayne County Comprehensive Plan showed Wednesday that they were listening when nearly 100 people came from across the county to the May 2 open house to review and comment on...

Back at O'Berry Center for a tour and reunions

Donnie Johnson and Carlyle Brewington sat on a swing in Knights of Columbus Park at O'Berry Center Wednesday, reminiscing with Robert Eason, who still works there. Johnson was in the maintenance department from 1976 to 1996, while Brewington said he...

Drivers who don't use seat belts will find themselves with tickets

Buckle up or pay the price. That's the message local law enforcement officials want to send to citizens as they participate in a two-week Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign from now until June 3. Officials from the Governor's...

Duplin keeping tight grip on funds

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County officials are tightening the county's budget belt and say they expect the agencies and departments they fund to do the same. The county Board of Commissioners met Wednesday for a work session on the 2007-2008 budget....

Fremont residents can look at budget

FREMONT -- Although some mistakes were found in the town's preliminary budget, a final draft should be ready for Fremont's Board of Aldermen and town residents in time for a June 19 public hearing. During a budget session Tuesday night...

Central Alumni to hold weekend homecoming

Central Alumni and Friends is planning its 35th homecoming and reunion this weekend, with the Central High School classes of 1947, 1957 and 1967 and the Eastern Wayne High School classes of 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 honored. Events begin...

Public record

Break-ins *Someone broke a double pane window at Hikari, 301 N. Spence Avenue at about 2 p.m. Monday and forced their way into the business. No other details were available, according to the police report. *Someone broke into Harold's Auto...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

County and schools talk facilities

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Wayne County Board of Education member George Moye, center, asks for clarification on the information provided at Tuesday’s facilities meeting as Wayne County commissioner Jack Best, left, and fellow school board member Pete Gurley listen. For more...

Schools, county reach consensus on next chapter in facilities debate

Both sides went into Tuesday night's meeting between the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the county Board of Education saying they wanted to sit down and work together to move forward on addressing school facility needs, despite a long...

What's next? Boards hear steps for funds

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the county Board of Education seemed to come to something of an agreement Tuesday night on the need to prioritize the school system's construction and renovation projects before the funding process can continue....

Charges filed in armed robbery

An assistant manager and a live-in family friend face charges in connection with an armed robbery that took place at Advance Auto Parts on North Berkeley Boulevard late Saturday night. Jennifer Lynn Thomas, 27, of 475 Steeple Lake Road, LaGrange,...

Deadly chase started in Duplin

An alleged convenience store robber who led authorities on a chase along I-40 West from Duplin to Wake County Tuesday was fatally shot when he opened his door and waved a gun at the approaching officers. Stephen Ryan Gibson, 23,...

College adding video game development

Gaming expos at Wayne Community College have demonstrated the potential for developing video game programs, prompting the Board of Trustees Tuesday night to approve adding curriculum in the field, with two other technology programs being dropped. It was also the...

Officials, citizens protest plan to cut EMS service

KENANSVILLE -- More than 100 emergency medical personnel and county residents gathered Monday at a meeting of the Duplin County Board of Commissioners to protest cutbacks in ambulance service ordered by the commissioners. Duplin currently has eight ambulances that cover...

GATEWAY holiday schedule

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority, or GATEWAY, will run on a holiday schedule Monday for Memorial Day. Bus service will still be available throughout Goldsboro, but only from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Van service will also be available to the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Celebrity makes stop at Brogden

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Christopher “Play” Martin, half of the 1980s hip-hop and comedy duo Kid N’ Play and now a motivational speaker based in Durham, speaks to Brogden Middle School students for their end-of-grade test pep rally Monday. The two...

Don't feed the ducks in Goldsboro; you just might get a ticket

Rex and Mavis Gibbs never guessed that feeding the ducks living on the lake behind their Woods Mill Road home would land them in trouble, but late last year, it did. Now they are worried that a new amendment to...

Goldsboro Council starts work on budget

Goldsboro City Council members held a public hearing Monday to give residents a chance to raise concerns regarding the proposed $46.5 million 2007-08 fiscal year budget -- and only one person took advantage of the opportunity. Dr. Clark Gaither, medical...

Duplin commissioners will stick with decision on EDC

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin Board of Commissioners held an impromptu meeting with the county's economic development board Monday afternoon, but no resolution was reached concerning the commissioners' decision to dismantle the Duplin Economic Development Commission. The commissioners, by a 3-2...

WSO helicopter pilot finds marijuana in field as he lands near Relay for Life

A Wayne County Sheriff's Office pilot made a startling discovery on Friday while trying to land his helicopter for the Relay For Life cancer fundraiser. Sgt. John Denny found a batch of marijuana plants in a wooded area off Wayne...

Public record

Armed robbery investigated Dominique Lavon Smith reported someone robbed him at gunpoint at his home in the 600 block of Beech Street and stole his Sony PlayStation 2, his cordless phone and his cell phone, all valued at $650. Man...

Wayne County school lunch menus

WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Week of May 28-June 1 Monday -- HOLIDAY Tuesday -- Breakfast: chicken biscuit; Lunch: pepperoni pizza, baked corn dog nuggets, green beans, corn niblets, chilled pineapple tidbits, golden delicious apple, garden salad. Wednesday -- Breakfast:...

Monday, May 21, 2007

Torch heads for Raleigh

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Ryan Hood, 26, leads a contingent of law enforcement officers in the Torch Run for the Special Olympics this morning. Runners representing the Goldsboro Police Department, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Security Force, Neuse Correctional Institute and...

Keeping up with gas price coaster

With gas prices jumping to $3.26 at some stations around town Friday, the drop back to $3.18 at others on Monday did little to ease the sucking sensation in people's pockets as they stood filling their pumps, watching their hard-earned...

School numbers an issue for facilities

As the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education prepare for their meeting Tuesday to hash out the county's school facility needs and the school system's 2007-08 local operating budget, several questions were raised at a recent...

O'Berry invites retirees for visit

Past and present staff and clients of O'Berry Center will begin celebrating the center's 50th anniversary this week, with a full day of activities planned Wednesday, said Dr. Frank Farrell, O'Berry director. The day will be a combination of fun,...

Benefit raises $10,000 for PHS teen

PRINCETON -- A spaghetti dinner Saturday raised more than $10,000 to help send a Princeton teenager out of state for brain surgery. Community response to the benefit dinner and silent auction held at Princeton United Methodist was "awesome," said Neva...

Camp taking applications for summer

Wings, a weekend camp for children who have lost loved ones through death, is being sponsored again this summer by Home Health and Hospice, Inc., or 3HC. The camp is open to children ages 8-15 living throughout eastern North Carolina....

Volunteers raise enough money to send 50 to Girl Scout camp

Volunteers have raised enough money to send more than 50 girls to summer camp this year. Coastal Carolina Girl Scout Council officials reported Friday that $12,000 was donated before and during a luncheon held May 9 at the Goldsboro Country...

Public record

Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these reports: *A black man who appeared to be in his 30s robbed The Pantry at 1601 E. Ash St. early Sunday. The clerk said the man came into the store with his...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lighthouse close to settling last debts

The Lighthouse of Wayne County closed its doors in December, but since then, the board of directors has been actively trying to settle the organization's remaining $50,000 in debt. Now, member and spokeswoman Cindy Sanford said, they hope they...

Joining hearts to fight cancer

Heavy rains weren't enough to stop Wayne County's Relay for Life from honoring survivors and remembering those lost to cancer Friday. Or from raising more than $675,000 to add to the fight to put an end to the disease --...

Local reactions mixed to Senate immigration proposal

Since a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced Thursday that they had reached an agreement on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, reactions have been expectedly mixed. Even in Wayne County, some feel the proposal smacks too much of amnesty,...

Dillard alumni plan 52nd homecoming

Former teachers and staff from the original Dillard High School will be honored as "living legacies" during the 52nd annual homecoming of Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends this weekend. "Creating a Legacy -- Foundations for the Future" is the theme for...

Shriners gather in Goldsboro

From staff reports Hundreds of Shriners from across eastern North Carolina converged on Goldsboro this weekend for their spring ceremonial, with a parade down Spence Avenue Saturday highlighting the two-day event. Wayne Edwards of Wayne County, the 2007 Potentate of...

Torch Run for Special Olympics Monday

The local leg of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Goldsboro Police Department. This year's games will be held June 1 through 3 in Raleigh. The run is held...

Brinson says Duplin decision will stall development

After the Duplin County commissioners' recent decision to limit the county's involvement in economic development efforts, the county's economic development director said several industries have already speculated that they might not locate or stay in Duplin. "I've already been told...

Wayne Superior and District Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Elbert Lee Horner, 53, William Street, breaking and entering (two counts), larceny after breaking and entering (two counts), possession of stolen goods, possession of burglary tools,...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Relay for Life

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Charles B. Aycock High School students Bryan Kearney, Paul Hare, Bradley Taylor and Sam Rabhan work on erecting the Relay midway sign this morning at Wayne Community College. The annual Relay for Life to raise money for...

Ready to remember: Teams prepare for Relay kickoff

Madison Wildman was already wearing her lei just after 9 this morning, the flower necklace blowing in the wind as the 10-year-old bent down and slid metal pieces of tent-framing together. She was one of dozens hard at work on...

They DID survive

An overflow crowd of cancer survivors packed First Pentecostal Holiness Church Thursday night to celebrate victory over the disease. More than 650 people gathered for the 14th annual cancer survivors banquet on the eve of the annual Relay for Life....

Doing dinner at the Relay? Here's the menu:

Wrap you mouth around a pork tenderloin sandwich. Munch on hot egg rolls. Throw in some chips and top it off with a slice of homemade cake. Then wash it all down with a cold soft drink. That is what...

Reservist convicted of spying on adopted daughter

A U.S. Air Force reservist was ordered to spend 90 days in prison Thursday after he was convicted of spying on his adopted daughter with a Web cam and downloading child pornographic videos. Thomas Edward Anderson, 41, of 501 Goldleaf...

Public record

Investigations *Brian Foster of East Ash street told Goldsboro police somebody removed tools from his carport, including wrenches, sockets, extension cords, vice grips, screwdrivers and a nut driver, all valued at around $400. *Reva Washington Artis of Peachtree Street told...

Host families sought for foreign students

Thirty families are being sought in the Goldsboro area to host 30 French and Spanish students and two language teachers between June and July. Time is of the essence for first group of 10 French students arriving on June 9...

Chamber seminar Tuesday on improving business profitability

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar Tuesday focusing on the ways a local business can improve its profitability. The seminar, titled "Seven Quality Tools to Improve Your Organization's Bottom Line," will be held from noon until...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Fighting for their library

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber D. Frank Hinnant thumbs through a book on World War II history in the Fremont Town Library Wednesday afternoon. Hinnant visits the library often and says the county needs little libraries like the one in Fremont because...

Cancer doctor: Efforts to beat disease continue across U.S.

The 18th Annual Relay for Life planned for Friday and Saturday at Wayne Community College has one aim -- raise money to help fight cancer. Last year, Wayne County residents raised more than $600,000 to contribute to cancer research. Organizers...

Water bills could rise if budget is passed

Goldsboro's tax rate will remain the same but residents will be spending more on water next year if the proposed 2007-08 fiscal year budget is approved as-is. City Manager Joe Huffman recommended a 10 percent increase in water usage charges,...

Board says yes to $25 increase in lot fee

A "modest fee increase" for Environmental Health services is expected to make the department more competitive in recruiting and retaining workers, officials said Wednesday. The Board of Health approved a $25 hike for lot evaluations as a way to offset...

Volunteer group tries to raise funds to save Fremont branch

FREMONT -- Supporters of the Fremont branch of the Wayne County Public Library are working to save the facility from closing the last day of June. County officials say the 2,500-square-foot frame building is not up to code. Earlier this...

Hearing officer helps students, families find way

Allison Pridgen knows that schools have to do more than just provide instruction for many students. Mrs. Pridgen is hearing officer and director of student support services for the Wayne County schools. She says many of the students she is...

Public record

Break-ins *Hicynthia Spells told police someone broke into her home on James Street and stole a camcorder, X-Box and games, $215 and other items, all valued at $1,301. *Mary Ann Wright told police someone broke into her home on Spearwood...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

City talk

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Goldsboro Mayor Al King talks with retired Col. Ralph Heidenreich about his concerns regarding the noise levels on his block Tuesday at the first of four neighborhood meetings to be held this year. For more information see...

County budget concerns could affect salaries

With Wayne County Manager Lee Smith hoping to have a budget out by the end of the month, some department heads are beginning to worry about the future of their employees' salaries. Among them is Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders,...

Residents share thoughts about needs in their neighborhoods

Ralph Heidenreich just wants some peace and quiet. "I'm awakened at night," he said. "These kids with their boomboxes going. They vibrate up into our houses. We need to do something about enforcement." Noise was one of a handful of...

Wayne is ready to Relay on Friday

Wayne County residents are once again putting on their walking shoes to fight cancer. The 18th annual Relay for Life will kick off Friday with entertainment and an opening ceremony. The event concludes Saturday. For the third year, the Relay...

Fremont officials not expected to raise taxes or fees

No new taxes in Fremont -- at least for now. The Fremont Board of Aldermen got its first opportunity to see the town's preliminary budget Tuesday night. But the balanced budget, which does not call for any tax, fee or...

O'Berry will enlist help of center's retirees for Ambassador program

Ada Melvin began working at O'Berry Center in the 1950s, witnessing many changes until her retirement in 1990. But nothing prepared her for what she found when she returned recently. "A personal and individual bedroom? A kitchen, organized like that....

Theater festival starts Thursday

WILSON -- Southern plays, food and culture will be the highlights of the 2007 Theater of the American South Festival that starts Thursday in Wilson and runs through June 3. Featured at this year's festival will be Wayne County native...

Public record

Investigation On Tuesday, Goldsboro police received a report from a local pawn shop that seven Texas Instrument calculators that had been stolen from Dillard Middle School were being pawned. They were valued at $120 each....

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Work on City Hall

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber A FACELIFT: Scaffolding was erected around Goldsboro's original city hall this morning as preparations began on renovation of the structure. Daniels and Daniels Construction Co. has been given 10 months by the City of Goldsboro to finish...

Number of bills on rise in Raleigh

By MATTHEW WHITTLE News-Argus Staff Writer With more than 50 bills being entered into the state House rolls Wednesday -- the last deadline for introducing legislation -- the total number of bills seeing some sort of action from the General...

Air show brings in millions to county

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer Some stopped for a snack on their way out of town. Others stayed the weekend. But local officials said all of the 100,000-plus who traveled to Goldsboro Saturday for the Wings Over Wayne air...

Goldsboro Jaycees honor local citizens who make a difference

By ANDREW BELL News-Argus Staff Writer The Goldsboro Jaycees honored six Wayne County residents Monday night who are working to make their community better. Among the honorees at the 67th Annual Distinguished Service Awards banquet was Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp....

Neighborhood meeting tonight

From staff reports The first of four city-sponsored neighborhood meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the Harding Drive YMCA soccer field for residents of the Teakwood and Mimosa Park area. Mayor Al King, members of the city management...

Spring Creek wins music awards

From staff reports Spring Creek High School band and choir, under the direction of Matthew Andrade, recently won seven awards at the Music In The Parks Festival Competition held in South Carolina. Eight schools competed. Spring Creek's awards included first...

Confederate memorial service Sunday

From staff reports The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual memorial service at Willowdale Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The event, which also involves the Harper House United Daughters of the Confederacy of Bentonville, B.T. Persons Camp 1517 of Fremont...

Public Record

Thefts *A front door was damaged and more than $3,000 worth of jewelry was reported stolen from a residence in the area of 2400 Emmaus Church Road, according to a report filed Monday evening by Wendell Griffin. *At another home...

Monday, May 14, 2007

New schools in works

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Goldsboro High School is one of several Wayne County high schools that plans to offer new, career-targeted programs this fall to give students who are considering a profession rather than college — or an accelerated program that...

Facilities plan debate nearing end

After debating five school construction plans in the last four years, both the Wayne County Board of Education and the Wayne County Board of Commissioners are hoping they will soon be able to come to a consensus and move forward...

Pikeville's town manager resigns

Pikeville lost one of its key leaders last week when it agreed to accept the resignation of town administrator Bob Buchanan. Mayor Herb Sieger said Buchanan, 58, informed the board of his plans to resign earlier this month. However, the...

Logistics chairman getting set for Relay for Life

While everyone else at the annual Relay for Life is eating, playing and visiting with friends, Jeff Whitener is busy making sure the weekend is going smoothly. Whitener, 47, has done logistics for the Relay for seven years. It's a...

Career-targeted choices available at high schools

Area high schools will take a more focused approach to course offerings in the fall, particularly for ninth-graders and those who are uncertain if college is in their future. Principals have worked with school improvement teams and district officials this...

Wayne County Commissioners will take a look at changes for Board of Adjustment

The Wayne County Zoning Ordinance could get a slight makeover Tuesday as the county Board of Commissioners is scheduled to kick off its short meeting with two public hearings. Slated to begin at 9:15 a.m., the commissioners will first hear...

Managing homes and getting degrees

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two area couples reached new milestones in their respective marriages this weekend, when they walked across the stage to receive diplomas from Mount Olive College. Their journeys go beyond the bonds of matrimony and juggling work and...

Public record

Drug raid Agents of the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad raided an apartment at 815 1/2 E. Walnut St. on Friday and rounded up two suspected drug offenders. Carolyn Best Stevens, 46, was charged with maintaining a dwelling for keeping and...

Hodges to appear on 'The Game' tonight

Actor Poncho Hodges, the grandson of Alberta White of Goldsboro, will appear on an episode of "The Game" on the CW Network tonight at 9 p.m. Hodges has appeared on an episode of NBC's "Law and Order." He lived in...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Eyes on the sky: America's military close up

Amanda Thompson had never met a fighter pilot before. So when her father, Mike, introduced her to a member of the 335th Fighter Squadron at the Wings Over Wayne air show Saturday, the 4-year-old put one hand over her face...

Tora! Tora! Tora! hits SJAFB skies

Olivia Shaw was only 5 years old when Japanese fighters attacked Pearl Harbor. But Saturday, as smoking replicas of Zeros, Kates and Vals circled the skies over the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line, she closed her eyes and...

Angels fly; Knights fall; Eagles roar

At close to 3 p.m. Saturday, Noah Taylor looked at his mother, Patty, and said it all. "Mom, did you hear that? The Blue Angels are about to fly," the 9-year-old Goldsboro native said. "Here we go." The Navy's precision...

Officials say engine vibration might have caused facade slip

Building and maintenance crews were left scrambling as a piece of fiberglass paneling from the Wayne County Courthouse's clock tower came crashing to the ground Friday as jets zipped through the sky in preparation for Saturday's Wings Over Wayne air...

Class of 2007 claims 489 WCC diplomas

Wayne Community College celebrated firsts, lasts and futures during its annual commencement exercises Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, 120 adult high school graduates and 250 general educational development (or GED) students received diplomas. During ceremonies held Saturday morning, another...

More than 370 graduate MOC

More than 378 graduates tossed their mortar boards Saturday as Mount Olive College bid farewell to the Class of 2007. The school's 53rd spring commencement also added another number to the record books -- more than 3,300 students enrolled at...

Dryer listed as cause of fatal fire

A clothes dryer has been ruled the cause of a massive house fire on Memorial Church Road in Fremont Monday that killed an elderly woman and her granddaughter. Wayne County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Shawn Harris and State Bureau of Investigation...

Rosewood teacher is county Art Educator of the Year

JoAnn Smith, an art teacher at Rosewood High School, has been named the 2006-07 Zeno Spence High School Art Educator of the year for 2006-07. Forty-two artists from Wayne County Public Schools were also recognized at the 16th annual Community...

Public record

Armed robbery Goldsboro police are searching for a man who robbed Kangaroo convenience store at 1601 Ash St. at gunpoint and left with an unknown amount of cash. Doreen Olsen, a store clerk, told police that a man entered the...

Pikeville Town Board says tax hike could be likely next year

PIKEVILLE -- The Town of Pikeville's Board of Commissioners said they will not only have to watch every dollar they spend during the next fiscal year, but also prepare themselves and the town for what appears to be an inevitable...

Neighborhood meeting Tuesday at Harding St. YMCA field

Residents of Teakwood and Mimosa Park will have an opportunity to voice concerns, raise questions and offer praise to Goldsboro officials Tuesday, as the first in a series of city-sponsored neighborhood meetings is scheduled for 6 p.m. on the Harding...

Mental health advocates pleased by legislators' attention to issue

Despite facing a budget proposal more than $100 million short of what the state Department of Health and Human Services says it needs, and the state House Committee on Mental Health Reform just now getting around to looking at legislation...

Jaycees banquet Monday

The Goldsboro Jaycees will hold their annual Distinguished Service Awards banquet Monday night at First Baptist Church in Goldsboro. The awards banquet, which begins at 6:30 p.m., honors local residents who have volunteered their services to the community. The awards...

Goldsboro to be featured on radio program

Goldsboro Wayne County Travel and Tourism announced this week that Goldsboro is going to be highlighted in the May 20 edition of NC Spin. NC Spin, a Raleigh-based radio program, is carried on stations statewide and deals with hot-button issues...

GHS teen punches teacher

A student and a Goldsboro High School teacher were injured in a brief scuffle that erupted in the classroom between two students Thurs-day. Samuel Exum III, 18, of Brock Street, allegedly became belligerent after a statement made to him by...

Dinner to benefit Princeton girl undergoing rare surgery

PRINCETON -- Lara's Worley's mother thought she was playing when she fell to the floor two years ago, her arm over her eyes. Neva Worley tried to move her daughter's arm. It wouldn't budge and Lara was foaming at the...

Central High Alumni reunion May 25-27

Central Alumni and Friends will observe its 35th Annual Homecoming May 25-27. Central High classes of 1937, 1947, 1957 and 1967 and Eastern Wayne classes of 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 will be honored. A banquet will be held Friday,...

Business honors Edgewood teacher

Donna Countryman, a teacher at Edgewood Community Developmental School, has been named the 2007 Sam's Club Teacher of the Year. Representatives from the local store surprised Mrs. Countryman with the award, presenting her with a check for $1,000 for her...

Belfast's Gibson selected as Beginning Teacher of the Year

Angela Gibson, a math teacher at Belfast Academy, was named the 2007 Beginning Teacher of the Year for Wayne County Public Schools during ceremonies Friday at H.V. Brown Center. It is the fourth year for the recognition, presented to educators...

Aycock DECA students take first

Stephanie Davis and Brittani Schultze, seniors at Charles B. Aycock High School, earned first-place honors and a $1,000 cash award during the DECA 2007 International Career Development Conference held recently in Orlando, Fla. In the DECA/Otis Spunkmeyer Learn and Earn...

Anthropologists honor MOC's Dyer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dr. Christopher L. Dyer of Goldsboro has been approved to the status of Fellow with the Society for Applied Anthropology. He is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of anthropology at Mount...

Friday, May 11, 2007

Angel flight

News-Argus/Greg Sousa The Blue Angels take to the skies over Wayne County for a practice flight on Thursday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. For more information see Blue Angels practice maneuvers....

Blue Angels practice maneuvers

As aviators fired up six F-18 Hornets on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line late Thursday afternoon, those setting up for Saturday's Wings Over Wayne air show couldn't help but stop and watch. They must have known what...

Going to the show Saturday?

With large crowds expected to swarm Seymour Johnson Air Force Saturday for the Wings Over Wayne air show, Goldsboro and Wayne County officials have put plans in place to reduce traffic woes along Berkeley Boulevard. Goldsboro police Capt. Al King...

Food drive part of Saturday air show

As officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base prepare to welcome a crowd they say might eclipse the 100,000-mark for Saturday's Wings Over Wayne air show, a 4th Fighter Wing airman is getting ready, too. With the help of his...

Challenge coming for Jones in 2008

Visiting Goldsboro Wednes-day, Onslow County Commis-sioner Joe McLaughlin an-nounced to a small crowd at McCall's Bar-B-Que & Seafood Restaurant that he will be challenging U.S. Rep. Walter Jones for the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District. "This campaign's only...

Corridor will get new look from leaders

The U.S. 70 corridor was once again the main topic of conversation during the Wayne County Transportation Committee's meeting Thursday. With the U.S. 70 Corridor Commission beginning its second year, Wayne County Manager Lee Smith said all of the counties...

Postal rates go up Monday

Stamp 'em while you got 'em. On Monday, rates for the U.S. Postal Service will increase. For first-class letters, that will mean an increase from 39 cents for one ounce to 41 cents. Goldsboro Postmaster Sonny Johnson said it's a...

WCC graduate overcame brain injury to rebuild her life, career

Tiffany Mills of Grantham almost died several times while in a coma at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Doctors didn't know if she would survive. They said she would never walk again. Tiffany, now 22, is not only walking. She will graduate...

Public record

Investigations Wayne County and Goldsboro authorities are investigating these reports: *Steven Eastman, 52, Biltmore Drive, told Goldsboro police that someone cut his lock and stole his gray and black scooter, valued at $1,500, from the Western Sizzlin' parking lot at...

Lawmen collecting cell phones for elderly

RMS Communications Group Inc., a leading recycler and re-marketer of old cell phones based in Ocala, Fla., is teaming up with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office to raise funds to provide free emergency cell phones for local crime victims and...

Guardian Ad Litem volunteers sought

The Guardian Ad Litem Program is seeking volunteers to help advocate for children in court to help prevent abuse. A commitment of 6-10 hours a month can a make a huge difference in the life of a child. No experience...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Marching for awarness

News-Argus/Bobby Williams More than 300 people participated in the 11th Annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk sponsored by the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities. The five-block walk through downtown Goldsboro is named for the late Mayor Hal Plonk....

School board's new mission targets student 'learning gap'

Wayne County Public Schools will operate under an updated mission statement, while a task force has been formed to study closing the learning gap between students. The Board of Education gave its stamp of approval to both earlier this week,...

Leaders ask for new pick with local viewpoint

Meeting with local legislators Monday at Wilber's Barbecue, mental health professionals and advocates took advantage of the opportunity to stress to them that they are hoping the replacement for state Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom...

His dream of flight came true

Stephen Anderson took it all in stride -- being denied a slot in the Air Force Academy out of Eastern Wayne High School, finally getting there the following year and being told no more pilot slots were available. He was...

Barry Williams shares acting tips

"OK ... how many of you had crushes on Greg Brady?" Richard Lambert asked the women seated at the back of the Arts Council board room Wednesday night. The question was answered with smiles and raised hands. "I'm free again!"...

Stop the Funeral revival begins today at churches

Eager to put an end to the rising number of violent crimes and murders that have plagued the city, more than two dozen pastors will participate in the Stop the Funeral Unity Revival today through Saturday. The movement is in...

No beer vote will be held in Seven Springs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Voters in Seven Springs will not get to decide if they want to buy beer in town. Mayor Steve Potter announced to the town board of commissioners Wednesday night that the town is too small to ask...

Tournament raises $134,000 for scholarships

MOUNT OLIVE -- More than $134,000 has come in from the 21st annual Handy Mart/Mount Olive College Invitational Golf Tournament held recently at the Southern Wayne Country Club. With 136 sponsors and assorted volunteers, the total amount raised since the...

Wayne County Senior Games winners

The following are winners from the Wayne County Senior Games held last week: Polly Adams: bronze - horseshoes, bronze - discus, bronze - croquet, silver - shuffleboard, gold - 5K race walk. Rudolph Adams: silver - horseshoes. Suzanne Allen: silver...

Scouts honor Murphy

WALLACE -- Wendell Murphy received the Centennial Distinguished Citizen Award Tuesday from the Tuscarora Boy Scout Council. Murphy, a Rose Hill native, revolutionized the swine production industry with the introduction of contract farming. He served three terms in the North...

Public record

Break-ins *Someone broke into the Intensive Probation and Parole office at 301 S. Center St., and stole a Motorola handheld radio. Damage was set at $705. *Three male juveniles were arrested by Goldsboro police for allegedly breaking into five vehicles....

Pikeville seeking police officer

PIKEVILLE -- The Town of Pikeville is looking for a police officer to fill a vacancy created when an officer joined the Wayne County Sheriff's Office last month. The town currently has several part-time and two full-time officers, including Chief...

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Remembering those who gave all

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Goldsboro police Chief Tim Bell, left, speaks at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service at Wayne Community College this morning. Seated to Bell's left are Sheriff’s Office Maj. John Winstead, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders and the Rev....

Board wants more than gang plan

School board members want to take a harder line against gangs and other potential violence in the schools, they said Monday night. Recent incidents such as the Virginia Tech massacre, local shootings and calls from parents concerned about possible gang...

College will honor graduates at events

Wayne Community College will revamp the traditional graduation fanfare this weekend, incorporating homecoming and a celebration of the college's 50th anniversary. Ceremonies are being planned for Friday evening and Saturday morning on the main campus, with contingency plans in case...

Saying goodbye ... and thank you

Their names no longer adorn a law enforcement roster, but the memory of the nine Wayne County lawmen who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting the lives of others will forever be remembered. Dozens of people gathered this morning at the...

Duplin commissioners cut economic development

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Commissioners agreed this week to reduce appropriations to the county Economic Development Department, a move that opponents say will hurt the county's ability to attract and retain industries. Commissioner Harold Raynor made a motion for the...

Employees protest hours; Fremont will talk budget

FREMONT -- Sewers, budgets and overtime caught the attention of Fremont town officials at a special meeting Tuesday. About half of Fremont's public works employees attended the meeting to complain about the town's overtime policy. The existing policy states that...

WCC honor society recognized

The Upsilon Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Wayne Community College earned honors in eight categories at the annual Carolinas Regional Convention. Also, Michelle Rogers was named 2007-08 regional vice-president for the two-year college scholastic honorary...

N.C. Emergency Reserve seeks members

The North Carolina Emergency Reserve is seeking to expand its personnel roster and is offering membership to anyone interested in serving their community and state during disasters. The all-volunteer corps is open to anyone age 18 and older. The aim...

Public record

Investigations *Brandy Monica Carreno reported someone broke into her home on Shirley Drive in Dudley, and stole a digital camera, jewelry, $100 in coins and an MP3 player, all valued at $255. *Someone broke into an SUV at Deacon Jones...

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Investigators are seeking the cause of the blaze

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Nahunta firefighters spray water onto a house fire on Memorial Church Road on Monday. Firefighters from Fremont, Nahunta, Polly Watson and Little River responded to the blaze which claimed the life of two people. For more information...

Wayne County School board adopts budget, facilities plan

The school board officially adopted its 2007-08 budget and five-year facilities plan Monday night, expressing hopes that the public will support each. Both topics were initially debated in a three-hour April 25 work session, with a preliminary report forwarded to...

Goldsboro looks at next annexation

Goldsboro City Council members began the process Monday night of considering their next annexation northwest of the city. Although the residents of neighborhoods near Buck Swamp and Salem Church roads have fought off annexation by the city of Goldsboro for...

Two killed in northern Wayne fire

An elderly woman and her granddaughter died from injuries they received in a fire that broke out in the Nahunta community about 1 p.m. Monday on Memorial Church Road. Mayola Waddell, 77, and her granddaughter, Shannon Minshew, 36, were inside...

Hispanics key to future, experts say

Experts say it won't be long before Hispanic caretakers will be the ones seeing to the needs of elderly Baby Boomers, and "being immigrant-friendly is in our own enlightened self-interest." Demographics expert Dr. Jim Johnson of the University of North...

Local lawmakers react to proposed House budget

As they begin to digest the hundreds of pages making up the 2007-08 budget, most members of Wayne County's state delegation say they're comfortable with most aspects of the $20.3 billion spending plan, including the extension of two temporary taxes...

Duplin commissioners get look at 'tightened' budget

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Manager Mike Aldridge presented his "tightened" draft budget to commissioners Monday morning, reflecting their request to limit the property tax rate, reduce fund balance spending and increase county employee salaries. While some areas of the county's...

Kiosk dedicated at site of Civil War battle

Members of the Leadership Wayne Class of 2007 helped dedicate an informational kiosk at the site of the Civil War Battle of Goldsborough Monday. Native American Dreamweaver led the ceremony to dedicate the kiosk at the battlefield site off Old...

Congressional candidate here Wednesday

After cruising to an easy victory in 2006, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, already has a challenger for the 2008 Republican primary. Today and Wednesday, Onslow County Commissioner Joe McLaughlin will be traveling around the 3rd Congressional District to...

Wright Times-- SJAFB Volunteers

By Barbara Stiles Director, Volunteer Wayne/RSVP All volunteers are extraordinary people. However, everyone in Wayne County has a special place in their heart for the volunteers from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. They come from all over the world and...

WAGES clothing giveaway Friday

The WAGES Community Services Self-Sufficiency Project will hold a Dressed for Success clothing giveaway Friday in the WAGES multi-purpose room at 601 E. Royall Ave., from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is designed to provide gently used clothing,...

Pet photo contest is Saturday

The Wayne County Humane Society is sponsoring its 12th Annual Pet Photo Contest Saturday at the Berkeley Mall from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Photos can be sent to the Wayne County Humane Society at P.O. Box 821, Goldsboro, N.C....

Monday, May 7, 2007

WAGES marks 41 anniversary

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Bryan Sutton has been the director of the Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, or WAGES, since its beginning in May 1966 as an organization to combat poverty in Wayne County. To his left is a bust...

Details released on child's murder

Officials from the State Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville reported suffocation is how 7-year-old Chasity Sumner died in late April. Chasity's small body was found in a ditch in a wooded area on April 28 about nine hours after her...

41 years and still caring

When Bryan Sutton was named executive director of Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency Inc., or WAGES, he believed it would last a year or two and he would move on. But that was 1966, the height of the civil...

Carriers will collect donations for needy

The Local Letter Carriers and Rural Carriers, in partnership with the United Way of Wayne County, will conduct a food drive Saturday. The local drive is part of a national effort by more than 1,400 NALC branches in the United...

Deputy helps officers bridge language barrier

J.R. Bravo grew up in the south Bronx of New York City, third generation in a Puerto Rican family that moved to this country. So speaking Spanish was second nature to him. Now, he is using those skills and heritage...

Leadership class tours Seymour Johnson AFB

Members of the 2007 Leadership Wayne County class spent the day recently at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Participants spend one day a month learning about Wayne County. Col. Paul Sykes, 916th Refueling Wing commander, greeted the class. Sykes talked...

Trail ride to benefit St. Jude's

A Saddle Up trail ride to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Howell Environmental Learning Center near Four Oaks. Anyone interested in participating or donating is asked to call Eileen Coite at...

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Break-ins *Someone broke into a Pet Dairy Products truck in the 1100 block of North William Street and stole $1,100 worth of ice cream products. During a previous theft, thieves stole 30 dozens of eggs and 20 cases of "coolie"...

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Wayne County concerned about landfill legislation

Of all the bills being discussed in the state General Assembly this session, the one that perhaps has Wayne County officials the most nervous is the Solid Waste Management Act of 2007. If approved, they said, it could turn out...

Cancer gave city manager Huffman new perspective

Don't call Joe Huffman a survivor. He wouldn't want you to temp fate. Utter the word and he will take you back to the day an appendectomy revealed cancer. It was a late fall early morning in 1998. "I was...

Eureka, Fremont plug sewer leaks but both still face money problems

Crews have plugged sewer gushers in Eureka, but leaks in that town and Fremont continue to cause money problems. Eureka's sewer bills from Fremont are coming down, but not enough, town board member Myrtie Sauls said this week. "We still...

Former airman named magistrate

A former Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman has been tapped to join the ranks at the Wayne County Magistrate's Office. Eason McDaniel, 42, of Goldsboro, was hired to serve as magistrate judge, officials said. Magistrate judges set bond for...

Brogden Primary prepares "Dream Garden"

Fourth-grade students at Brogden Primary School began digging in to work on their "Dream Garden" this past week, thanks to grant money for the supplies. Donors Choose, a Web site that matches classrooms in need with donors who want to...

Hit-and-run case postponed

The case of a Goldsboro police officer charged in a February hit-and-run accident in Johnston County has been postponed until later this month, court officials said. Officer William Howard Cassady, 43, of Hilton Place, Pikeville, faces charges of hit-and-run and...

Disability Walk to be held Wednesday morning

The 11th Annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities, will be held Wednesday. Walkers will line up at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Methodist Church on Chestnut St. The 5-block walk begins...

Wayne County Court

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Randall Allen Jones Jr., 42, Avis Drive, Newport, open container after consuming alcohol, dismissed. *Michael Allen Finchum Jr. 34, Parks Road, resisting an officer, dismissed; larceny,...

Friday, May 4, 2007

Memorial honoring veterans makes a stop in Warsaw

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Jo Cameron Jones, a former teacher at James Keenan High School, searches for the names of four of her former students who served in Vietnam. She remembers the day the first one — Litch Hewey — came...

Parents worried about incident at Spring Creek High School

Jim Boatright took off work today because his son was afraid to go to school. The eighth-grader at Spring Creek High School, Boatright said, "fears for his life" as the result of a fight that happened at the school on...

58,249 heroes lost

WARSAW -- Jo Cameron Jones knew many of the local men who went to fight in Vietnam. She taught several of them at James Kenan High School in the years and months before they deployed. But she also remembers that...

County department tracking service to community

Officials at the Wayne County Department of Social Services are examining how they've been doing business. They're looking at not only what services they provide and how many people they have processed, but also at how well those people have...

20 county students complete Junior Leadership program

Junior Leadership Wayne County organizers wanted to keep the area's best and brightest close to home. More than seven years later, 20 students have earned their certificates as part of the 2007 Junior Leadership class. "A lot of the kids,...

Public record

Shot into home The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting into the home of a disabled woman sometime after 11:15 p.m. Wednesday causing about $250 damage to the woman's house on Ruskin Road in Dudley. The type of...

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Coming up with a plan - residents eye county roadmap

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Wayne County residents M.B. Gentry and his wife, Annetia, locate their residence on a map outlining the long-term strategic land-use plan during an open house on Wednesday at the Wayne Center. For more information see Having a...

Bill suggests allowing schools to tax

If the feelings of Wayne County's legislators are any indication, school boards across the state are not likely to receive permission to levy their own property taxes, but it's still an issue that commissioners and board of education members are...

Having a say in county's future

As the almost 100 people circled the auditorium of the Wayne Center Wednesday night, each carrying a different colored marker, many were stopping every few feet to examine a map or to read a poster explaining one of the 12...

All it took to get him to stay was a 'thank you'

It started with a simple meal. Nothing fancy -- just a quick lunch stop for an airman and his wife at a Goldsboro restaurant. But when their table was cleared and the waitress said "No charge," Lt. Col. Dean Doering...

Benefit Saturday for baby trying to beat brain disease

The Rosewood community is banding together Saturday to help the family of a 9-month-old boy suffering from brain disease. Ryan Hooks has had three surgeries to help correct his condition, which doctors describe as hydrocephalus, or excess fluid in the...

ECU teacher program at WCC accepting applications

The East Carolina University teacher education program at Wayne Community College is accepting applications for its next bachelor's degree cohorts. ECU Wachovia Partnership East South Central Consortium applications are due now for the elementary education cohort that begins in August....

Public record

Fire Shelton D. Southerland Sr. told Wayne County sheriff's deputies Tuesday that someone set fire to his home at 539 Billy Price Road, Seven Springs. The fire damaged a portion of the home, three vehicles and other items, officials said....

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Starting a conversation

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Bishop Donnie McIntyre, left, local NAACP President Sylvia Barnes, state NAACP President the Rev. William Barber and Bishop Alton Smith participate in a press conference this morning outside of McIntyre Funeral Home as they unveil an initiative...

County facing tighter budget

A formal proposal is still about 30 days away, but at the Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, County Manager Lee Smith warned members that money is already looking tight for the 2007-08 budget and he didn't rule out...

Ministers want community to talk about putting an end to violence

They gathered at McIntyre Funeral Home -- across the street from the scene of last week's fatal shooting that claimed the life of a 28-year-old mother of four. More than 20 black community leaders came together this morning to renounce...

Board putting limit on those who comment

In a change of policy, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to limit county residents to only one three-minute comment per month, despite meeting every first and third week. Written by county attorney Borden Parker at the board's...

Children will walk to battle cancer

Adults won't be the only ones walking to raise money and awareness to fight cancer at this year's Relay for Life May 18-19. Children will have a chance to do some walking of their own -- in an event all...

Volunteers needed to read names at memorial

With more than 58,000 names to read over a four-day span, the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9810 are seeking more volunteers when "The Wall That Heals" comes to town Thursday. "The Wall That Heals"...

New waste director will take on trash

The face of Wayne County's solid waste department has changed, but the man replacing director Lloyd Cook after 19 years has been there even longer than the former U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant. Tim Rogers, who currently is serving...

Where, oh where, have all the bees gone?

Wayne County beekeeper Chris Rarick doesn't know why he is losing bees. All he knows is that he is not alone. The disappearance of thousands of bee colonies around the world has beekeepers, scientists and farmers confounded. It is not...

Nominations for small business awards sought

The Small Business Center of Wayne Community College is looking for a few good small businesses. The center is seeking nominations for "Small Business of the Year," "Most Attractive Small Business," and "Special Recognition." To be eligible, nominees must have...

More at Four applications available now for 2007-08

More at Four pre-kindergarten applications are now being accepted by the Partnership for Children for next school year. More at Four is a free state-funded pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare eligible at-risk 4-year-old children for success in school. Classrooms are...

MOC graduation May 12

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will graduate approximately 350 students at its 53rd spring commencement on Saturday, May 12. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena. The commencement speaker will be...

Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday at Waynesborough

A Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday at the Waynesborough Historical Village will feature Latin music, dancing, food, games, a health fair and a car show The festival, sponsored by the Hispanic Community Development Center, will be held from noon until...

MOC students earn leadership awards

MOUNT OLIVE -- Five Mount Olive College students recently received awards at the State Leadership Conference Competition of the North Carolina State Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda. Phi Beta Lambda, operated in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Education, the...

Mentoring program helping improve student performance at Norwayne Middle School

A mentoring program at Norwayne Middle School is helping students improve grades and increase class participation. "Cobra Challenge" was established after the school's winter break. Principal Mario Re, along with the school leadership team, had teachers identify students with such...

GATEWAY to operate transit system on its own again

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will once again control its transit operations beginning July 1. The GATEWAY board chose Monday not to renew its contract with Apple Bus, which has handled transportation operations for the past three years. Instead, GATEWAY Director...

Wal-Mart correction

A story in Tuesday's News-Argus incorrectly gave the opening day of the new Wal-Mart in Mount Olive as Tuesday, May 8. The store will open for shoppers on Wednesday, May 9, at 8 a.m....

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Senior Games -- Competition all this week

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Merlin Gates, left, and George Pool compete in a game of shuffleboard during the Wayne County Senior Games at the Herman Park Center Monday afternoon. The games will continue through Friday at various recreation centers and schools...

Accused murderer arrested

Accused killer Kelvin Buffalo Jr. uttered no words and gave no resistance as he was led out of a patrol car in handcuffs as a swarm of Goldsboro police officers and investigators surrounded him Monday. Dressed in a black T-shirt,...

City, county discuss cooperation

When Wayne County Manager Lee Smith and several commissioners met last week with Goldsboro Mayor Al King, City Manager Joe Huffman and representatives from the city council, the idea was to share information and find ways for the two entities...

Basnight's restaurant destroyed by fire

The Lone Cedar Cafe, owned by state Sen. Marc Basnight, succumbed to a two-alarm fire at about 1 this morning, causing more than $1 million in damages, according to Nags Head officials. The fire was noticed by a passing motorist...

Work crews erect Paramount frame

Foundation work at the Paramount Theater site has been completed and crews from T.A. Loving Co. have begun erecting the building's steel framework, officials said. Goldsboro native David Weil, one of the men behind the theater reconstruction effort, said this...

Mount Olive Wal-Mart opening

MOUNT OLIVE -- The new Wal-Mart in Mount Olive will opens its doors for the first time Monday at 6 p.m. for business leaders to preview the store, and a grand opening celebration will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday,with...

Antique farm equipment show planned

The Sixth Annual Antique Farm Equipment Days will be held this weekend and will feature a rare steam engine manufactured by a local company. The event will be held Friday and Saturday at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Gates open at...

Accused killer also charged with sex offenses against child

Lenoir County Sheriff's Office officials have filed a new list of charges to a man accused in the murder of a 7-year-old Pink Hill girl. John Alan Manning, 37, of 206 Leighton Drive, originally faced one count of murder in...

Disabilities Awareness Walk set for May 9

The 11th Annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk will be held at 10 a.m. May 9 beginning and ending at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St. Line up will be around 9:45 a.m., and the Dillard Middle...

Bloodmobile schedule

The following is the May bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: May 1: Sam's Club from 1 to 5:30 p.m. May 8: Piedmont Natural Gas from 8 a.m. to noon and the Red Cross...

Alpha Phi Alpha banquet Saturday

The Theta Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host its 23rd annual scholarship and recognition banquet on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 601 W. Elm Street. Four scholarships will be...