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Friday, June 29, 2007

His Last Day

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber On his last day as president of Wayne Community College, Dr. Ed Wilson, right, said he planned to walk around the campus and hug people. One of his stops this morning was to the office of his...

Farmers: Immigration a key issue

Farmers in Wayne County, though not surprised, were discouraged to hear Thursday that the U.S. Senate had voted to effectively kill the bi-partisan immigration reform bill being pushed by President George Bush. "It's just really disappointing. I thought it might...

Getting ready to start July 4th holiday? Experts tell travelers to hit road later

You may want to consider starting out your July 4 trip Monday rather than today. AAA of the Carolinas estimates there will be more than 400,000 drivers on the interstate highways in North Carolina from Friday to Wednesday, and you...

Summer school programs kick off July 9 at WCPS

Summer school will be in session for students around the county, officials announ-ced this week. Wayne County Public Schools will host its annual "summer focused intervention" program at five school sites, from July 9 through Aug. 16. Dr. Ruby Bell,...

Vandals damage library garden

Wayne County Library officials discovered Thursday morning that the community garden created to foster understanding and unity had been vandalized. Stately sunflowers lay flat on the ground, and borders neatly created to contain the raised beds had been scattered. The...

Public records

Charges The Goldsboro Police Department filed these charges: *Demetrius Worrells, 21, Argo Street, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the use of selling a controlled substance, $25,000 bond. *Kenneth Dixon, 31, Isler Street, breaking...

Check off trip prep for 4th early

Have a place for Fluffy to stay? Oil changed? Tires checked? If these things are on your list of things to do while you're preparing for a July 4 trip, get moving. The weekend is here and Wednesday is only...

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Relief from the Heat

News-Argus/Bobby Williams COOL TREATS ON A HOT DAY: Brittany Coates, left, Brantlee Barwick and Karen Best enjoy the cool taste of a flavored ice treat Wednesday before jumping into a back yard pool in Mount Olive. Temperatures have remained...

Curtis Brock sentencing in Duplin EMS case

With Curtis Brock's final sentencing earlier this month for his role in the scandal that embroiled Duplin County's Emergency Medical Services Department and Johnston Ambulance Services in 2006, the criminal phase of the case is about over. There is,...

WATCH accepting patients again

Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, or WATCH, is accepting new patients. For nearly a year, the mobile unit that serves the uninsured and underinsured population of Wayne County has had to curtail services because it was at capacity, said...

Eastpointe's budget adds money for crisis response

By MATTHEW WHITTLE News-Argus Staff Writer Despite earlier fears that his budget might be cut, Eastpointe Director Ken Jones said the local mental health management entity for Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir and Sampson counties is looking to be in good shape...

HD requires appts for family planning clinic

Starting July 9, all family planning patients at the Health Department must have an appointment. The move will not only allow for better service, but will improve staff efficiency, said Evelyn Coley, director of nursing. In the past, adults were...

WCC to offer notary public course

Wayne Community College Continuing Education will offer five two-session notary public courses this fall. The course teaches proper procedures and duties of a notary public working on behalf of the state government and is necessary in applying for a commision....

legis breakfast notice

Wayne County residents will have a chance to talk with local members of the General Assembly at a legislative breakfast July 13 at the Goldsboro Country Club. State Sens. John Kerr and Fred Smith and Reps. Larry Bell, Van Braxton...

Marley calendars

Deadline extended for cat calendar contest GREENVILLE -- The Marley Fund's annual cat calendar contest has been extended to July 31 to give more pet owners the chance to get their pet's photo on the 2008 full-color calendar. The Marley...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

O'Berry's Fourth

News-Argus/Greg Sousa NEWFANGLED TWIST ON AN OLD TREAT: Rachel Reynolds, right, and Tracie Wilson serve some hot smores — made with chocolate-dipped marshmallows — during the O'Berry Center Summer Extravaganza on Tuesday night at Knights of Columbus Park. The...

It's official, but barely: Budget, tax hike pass

Voting 4 to 3 after a somewhat heated discussion, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved its $107.6 million budget for the coming fiscal year. Included in it is a 2.9-cent tax increase, which will raise the county's property...

Bear leads officials on city chase

He eluded Goldsboro police officers for hours -- taking in a stroll through H.V. Brown Park and into town. But when a biologist from Raleigh arrived early Tuesday afternoon, the 300-pound black bear first spotted nearly 10 hours before was...

Pikeville Crime Watch sets sights on keeping criminals out of town

Former Wayne County Magistrate Judge Patricia Williams knows what can happen to a community when neighbors turn a blind eye to crime. Drug dealers, prostitutes, gang members and other undesirables thrive in communities when residents don't take an active role,...

Crime, better housing on minds of residents

Doris Broadie is tired of being afraid. Drug dealers and gang members are moving onto her block, the self-described "senior citizen" said. So when she spoke into the microphone at Tuesday's city-sponsored neighborhood meeting, she sent them a message --...

Fremont town board will weigh possible sewer rate changes

FREMONT -- Town officials are considering a plan that could increase the bills for out-of-town Fremont sewer customers, while giving in-town residents a break on their costs. On Tuesday, town Administrator Kerry McDuffie recommended raising the out-of-town rate for each...

Secondary road hearing July 10

Representatives of the North Carolina Department of Transportation will appear at the Wayne County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, July, 10, at 9 a.m. to present the 2007-2008 secondary road construction program. A Wayne County map is posted in the county...

Transportation Authority holiday schedule

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will be operating on a holiday schedule on Wednesday, July 4. The bus service will operate from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m and the van service will be operating on its normal schedule. Passengers requesting van...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bear on the Run

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Goldsboro police work to surround a black bear that was spotted on the railroad tracks near Elm Street early this morning. The hunt for the bear, which was about 5 feet tall, began at about 8:45 a.m....

Sister: Murder a tragic accident

Andrea Wright said she is still haunted by the chilling memory of her brother who died from a fatal knife wound in her front yard in February. Vincent Wright, 43, of Pony Drive, Pikeville, was fatally stabbed Feb. 4 during...

New grant will help college add more positions in nursing program

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer A three-year grant worth $165,876 will help Wayne Community College expand its associate nursing degree program in the fall. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust funding will pay for additional instructors and equipment...

Mount Olive makes plans for 4th of July celebration

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE -- Organizers say they are expecting more than 600 people to attend the town's July 4 celebration in Westbrook Park in Mount Olive. Children are invited to decorate their bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles like...

Man sets his sights on cleanup

SNOW HILL -- Quentin Warren goes for a relaxing paddle in his kayak and ends up loading his craft with garbage. He takes a stroll in the park and picks up litter instead of being able to enjoy his walk....

Blood drives scheduled for this week

The Red Cross is sponsoring several blood drives this week in an attempt to shore up supplies that have been badly depleted. As the July 4th holiday approaches, hospital and emergency response officials are asking for donors to make a...

Monday, June 25, 2007

Ready for the Fourth

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Firework vendors are popping up around Wayne County selling their sparklers, whipper snappers and black snakes in preparation for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. For more information see Snap, crackle and pop.-->...

Officials add 197 houses to city watch list

Goldsboro has a problem, one that has been recognized by city inspectors, elected officials and residents -- nearly 200 Goldsboro houses currently fall below North Carolina's minimum housing standard. Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra will tell you that with each...

Properties cited

Phase I -- 19 * 408 A St. * 1315 N. Carolina St. * 1102 Crawford St. * 501 Dail St. * 1409 Evergreen Ave. * 303 S. George St. * 1203 Harris St. * 101 Jessica Place * 706...

County expected to vote on budget Tuesday

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the county's 2007-08 budget at a special session Tuesday morning. Meeting at 9 a.m., the board is likely to approve the $107.6 million proposal, which includes a 2.9-cent tax...

Snap, crackle and pop

Wayne County Fire Marshal Bryan Taylor remembers the day he responded to a fireworks display gone bad. "It was the dry season like we're having now. School was not out yet. Some high school kids were playing with firecrackers, throwing...

O'Berry will lead off holiday celebrations

This week's early 4th of July celebration at O'Berry Center could be likened to a scene from "The Music Man," says one of its organizers. Dennis Mays, coordinator of professional services at O'Berry, has long been known for his decorative...

Pikeville Lions Club set for festival and fireworks

The Pikeville Lions Club will sponsor the town's fourth annual Early Independence Day Celebration Saturday in the Pikevillle Town Park. The day-long celebration begins at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony complete with honor guard and a singing of the...

Smart Choices seeks help with summer sports program

Balmy summer evenings and youths with nothing to do can make for a potentially bad combination, but the solution goes beyond money, says a local youth mentoring coordinator. Last year, Daryl Woodard, executive director of Smart Choices for Youth, which...

Public record

Thefts reported *Frank Williams reported someone stole several packages of steaks, valued at $900, from his home in the 2200 block of Granville Drive. A suspect is already in custody. *Wilbert A. Musselman reported someone stole his safe, which contained...

Library summer film schedule

The Wayne County Public Library's Summer Reading Festival for children 10 and older began Tuesday at the main branch on Ash Street. The Summer Reading Festival movies will show every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 14, with the exception...

John Street closing for repairs

Sections of John Street from Ash Street to Elm Street will be closed for repairs, starting Tuesday, according to officials with Barnhill Contracting, which will be doing the work. Work will start at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. No overnight parking on...

Habitat for Humanity public meetings Thursday and July 2

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne will provide information to the public on how the program works at meetings planned for Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. at 442 E. Hillsboro St. in Mount Olive and again on July 2 at...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Goldsboro's new skyline

On one side of John Street, the sound of Latin music punctuates a margarita toast. Across the street, an acoustic guitar solo wafts through the air. Around the corner, a poet shares his thoughts on city life. Downtown Raleigh or...

Autopsy report: Shooting a murder

The State Medical Examiner's Office has ruled a 23-year-old man fatally shot at Courtyard Apartments in April did not die of a self-inflicted wound. Officials ruled the case of Raheim Kornegay, who was fatally shot April 22, a homicide. Goldsboro...

Study will look at how hog farms affect air quality

For years, the effect of North Carolina's swine industry on the state's water quality and what to do about it has been hotly debated. Ten years ago a moratorium was placed on the building of new lagoon and spray...

She scratched ... and won $50,000 in N.C. Lottery

When Jamie Strauch of Goldsboro scratched off a $50,000 lottery ticket, it was like any other day. For Jerry King and 10 of his coffee buddies, it was another day of trying to capture the Powerball prize. Both ended up...

City sets another residents' meeting

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer Teens roaming neighborhoods at all hours of the night, drivers speeding down streets with their speakers blaring and flooding -- just a few of the concerns voiced by Goldsboro residents during this year's neighborhood...

Public record

Theft reported Business owner Gregg Stevenson reported someone stole the tires and 15-inch aluminum rims, valued at $2,000, off of his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt while parked outside CCOG, 3300 U.S. Hwy. 70 East Bypass. Crime of the week An armed...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Lending a hand

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Sgt. Ron Gosciniak, of the North Carolina National Guard 230th Brigade Support Battalion, puts masking tape around one of the windows on the front of the Waynesbough Historic Village's visitors center Thursday. Maj. William Richards said members...

Relay nets more than $719,000 for cancer

Although it's been more than a month since Wayne County residents banded together to raise money for cancer research at the 2007 Relay for Life, money is still coming in. At Thursday night's awards banquet, Relay organizers told volunteers they...

Louis Pate's kindergarten age limit bill goes to governor

Chalk one up for state Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, whose bill to change the age cutoff date for kindergarten students passed the Senate Thursday. Students currently must be 5 years old by Oct. 16. The bill, which will go into...

Cherry Hospital now offers staff, some patients workouts on-site

A converted office at Cherry Hospital now serves as a place for staff to exercise at their convenience. Judy Howell, medical education coordinator at Cherry, said the move was a long time coming. "Our employees have been asking for it...

Public record

Theft reported Business owner Gregg Stevenson reported someone stole the tires and 15-inch aluminum rims, valued at $2,000, off of his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt while parked outside CCOG, 3300 U.S. Hwy. 70 East Bypass. Crime of the week An armed...

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Youths take action

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Parker Harris, Alyssa Weismann and Brandon Williams pose for a photo the day after proposing a new teen hangout for downtown Goldsboro. The three say they were motivated to create the location on their own in response...

'The Boot' of their own

At first, Parker Harris and his friends just wanted something to do. Then, they turned 16, and needed a place to go. Now 19, the Eastern Wayne High School graduate Parker hopes a dream that started with 70 teenagers crammed...

Duplin chooses plan for facilities

The Duplin County Board of Education finally decided Tuesday night which plan it wants to proceed with as it looks to improve the district's school facilities. After taking another look in recent months at what their options might be, board...

Goldsboro teen shares wisdom on abstinence, wins essay prize

When Caroline Finch decided to write an essay about abstaining from sex until marriage, she wrote like she was sharing her thoughts with a younger girl trying to make the decision for herself. Her words -- and her presentation --...

Public record

Antique rifles stolen Someone broke into a Wayne County man's home on Miller's Chapel Road Tuesday and stole three antique rifles, and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help. Max Best told deputies that someone broke...

Wayne County electronic collections day Saturday

Franklin's Recycling, with the help of the Wayne Solid Waste Department, will sponsor an electronics collection day from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday in the Sam's Club parking lot. It's an event that has become very well-received in the community...

WCC nurses' aide course registration starts soon

Registration for Wayne Community College Continuing Education's fall Nurse Aide I courses will be held on Tuesday, July 10, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Room 101 of the Walnut Building. One morning and two evening sections of the course will...

Labor safety awards presented to Wayne County departments

North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry visited Wayne County Tuesday to hand out the 2007 Department of Labor Safety Awards. "It's critical that all of us embrace safety and health in our workplaces," she said, adding that even with more...

Goldsboro police officers recognized

Two Goldsboro police officers received an internationally recognized certification as a crime prevention specialist during a conference in Asheville in May. Crime Prevention Officers Cpl. Teresa Cox and Cpl. Marissa Davis passed the International Crime Prevention Specialist exam given in...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Pool time

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Eathen Harvell finds a new way to enter the Family Y pool in Mount Olive Monday. He and other local swimmers did their best to keep cool Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures soaring into the high-90s. As...

Search called off for missing man

A Wayne County family is in mourning today after U.S. Coast Guard officials called off the search for a man who disappeared while on vacation. Brent Smith, 24, of Goldsboro, was reported missing from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship bound...

No talk on new county tax hike

Despite grumbling in Goldsboro and other communities about the Wayne County Board of Commissioners looking to raise the property tax rate by 2.9 cents, only one person stood and spoke about the 2007-08 budget during Tuesday's public hearing -- and...

Wayne County Schools principals get new assignments for this fall

Six Wayne County schools will have new principals in the fall, while more than a dozen assistant principals were also shifted around the school system. The administrative changes were announced Tuesday at a special called meeting of the Board of...

Students try their hands at learning to fly F-15Es

Dalton Willis does not take long to answer when people ask him what he will be when he grows up. The 10-year-old already has his call sign. So when he stepped inside the F-15E Strike Eagle Simulator room Tuesday on...

Miss Goldsboro, Nicki Sanderson starts her quest to be next Miss North Carolina

Braving a twisted ankle as she goes into the preliminary talent round of competition tonight, Miss Goldsboro Nicki Sanderson is in good spirits, her mother said this morning. The 18-year-old contestant from Four Oaks left over the weekend for the...

Officers participate in recovery of victim

The body of a man who drowned Monday after his boat capsized in a pond in Clayton has been recovered, thanks to divers and two K-9 officers from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. After an 11-hour search, the body of...

Scholarship golf tournament

LaGRANGE -- The inaugural Kyle Berger Memorial Golf Tournament will be held July 14 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship in memory of Berger, a former North Lenoir High School student who...

Fremont approves 2007-08 budget

FREMONT -- Out-of-town residents will pay a little more for water and sewer than those who live inside Fremont, but just how much town officials don't know yet. The board will meet at 7 p.m. on June 26 to hear...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Call for action

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The Rev. Dr. William Barber, right, talks with a group of speakers invited to Monday's city council meeting before they outlined their Stop the Funerals plan to council members. Barber said the plan is designed to reach...

Goldsboro City Council - No tax hike

Goldsboro City Council members made it official Monday: There will be no new taxes in 2007-08. The council approved its recommended $46.5 million fiscal year budget on the advice of Finance Director Richard Durham and City Manager Joe Huffman after...

Leaders emphasize need to continue anti-violence push

Sylvia Barnes remembers when Goldsboro residents could sit on their front porches in the evening -- a time before the gangs, curbside drug deals and drive-by shootings she says are now overwhelming the city. She and many others long to...

Duplin Commissioners approve budget, salary study

Voting unanimously Mon-day night, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners approved its $47.4 million budget for the upcoming 2007-08 fiscal year. The spending plan meets two of three goals laid out by the commissioners in December. It reduces the county's...

14 students help build city house for Habitat

It didn't take David Knight long to find out that putting a roof on a house was harder than it looked. But he and 13 other high school students from Dover, Del., still enjoyed their stay in the city over...

Slots still open for Camp Tuscarora

FOUR OAKS -- Summer camp has officially begun at Camp Tuscarora, but it's not too late to sign up. Boy Scout officials say there are several slots still open, especially for the younger boys. Tuscarora Boy Scout Council Executive Harold...

MOC professor named to national FBLA board

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sonya McCoy O'Brien has recently been elected to the National Board of Directors for FBLA-PBL, or Future Business Leaders of America -- Phi Beta Lambda. Assistant professor in the management and human resources department at Mount Olive...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Officials warn of rabies concern

Pet owners need to stay educated and up-to-date on vaccinating their animals, say health officials concerned about the rise in rabies cases. Rabies, a fatal virus that attacks the brain and nervous system, can be transmitted from one animal to...

Sheriff eyes bill pending in Raleigh

As state legislators continue to work their way through a number of bills, Wayne County's commissioners aren't the only officials watching the General Assembly with interest this year. Sheriff Carey Winders also is keeping a close eye on the developments...

County to talk taxes at meeting Tuesday

On Tuesday, Wayne County residents will have the opportunity to tell the Board of Commissioners what they think about the proposed 2007-08 budget, and if the discussions around Goldsboro and other communities are any indication, most people are not looking...

Health Department will test mass medication response

An exercise in emergency preparedness is planned for later this month, geared toward the mass dispensing of medication, according to local health officials. Wayne County Health Department scheduled the drill for June 28 at Southern Wayne High School in Dudley....

Goldsboro appoints new city clerk

Goldsboro has a new city clerk -- but residents can expect to see a familiar face recording minutes at Goldsboro City Council meetings. Former deputy clerk Melissa Brewer, a Princeton native, was sworn into the post after Michelle Daw's resignation...

Public record

Arson Someone set fire to a Chevrolet and left it in the woods in the 800 block of Greenfield Cemetery Road. Thefts *Eloise Edwards reported someone knocked on her door in the 2100 block of William Street and asked to...

Bicycle club finishes annual ride Saturday

The Seyboro Cyclist Bicycle Club completed its fifth annual Double Century Saturday. The local club was joined by a group of cyclists from out-of-town as they headed out at 6 a.m. During the course of the day, the riders traveled...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Wayne Community College celebrates 50th anniversary

From its days known as "Bypass U" or "Trailer City" to becoming a leading educational institution, Wayne Community College leaders past and present lauded its rich 50-year history Friday during rededication ceremonies. Portraits of the college's four presidents were also...

Baby hurt in fire

A 2-month-old baby boy was burned in a fire that broke out around noon Friday at Casey's Trailer Park on U.S. 70 East. Guadalupe Garnica, 18, and her infant son, Jose Hernandez Jr., were inside of their mobile home at...

Chamber group honors Seymour Johnson airmen, families

Jacob White had never really jousted before. The 4-year-old could barely keep his balance on the inflatable ring set up on the Debden Park green. But none of that seemed to matter when he saw his 6-year-old brother, Joshua, standing...

Wayne Transportation Committee sets priorities

With traffic beginning to pick up on the new U.S. 117 bypass and improvements continuing up and down the U.S. 70 corridor, officials from Wayne County, Goldsboro, Mount Olive and other county municipalities turned an eye toward future transportation...

Duplin will eye budget Monday

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve its $47.5 million 2007-08 budget Monday night. Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Duplin Commons Auditorium, the commissioners will likely bring to a close a debate that has been...

Budget on City Council agenda for Monday night

Eight public hearings and potential approval of the recommended 2007-2008 fiscal year budget are on the docket for Monday's meeting of the Goldsboro City Council. The hearings cover a variety of issues, from zoning to conditional land use requests. The...

Wayne County Court records; public record

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Tishan Devon Geiger, 22, Maple Street, possession of stolen firearm, eight to 10 months to serve. *Mario Young, 21, Bright Street, possession with intent to sell...

Friday, June 15, 2007

Wayne County summer paving projects planned

Motorists in and around Goldsboro ran into a few delays this week as the North Carolina Department of Transportation continued its series of summer repaving projects on and around U.S. 70. Already, Barnhill Contract-ing Co. has completed the repaving of...

Goldsboro city budget gets closer to a vote

Goldsboro City Council members decided to keep the longevity pay system the same for current employees and created a flat rate for new employees at a budget work session held Thursday at City Hall. The meeting was called to allow...

64 WCPS employees saying goodbye this year

Cathy Coker Rhodes has taught so long that some of her students these days are the grandchildren of the first kindergarten students she had nearly 30 years ago. Recalling one student clinging to his mother's leg at the start of...

Public records

Armed robbery An unknown suspect entered Save More convenience store at 1903 E. Ash St. about 12:30 p.m. Thursday wearing a plastic bag over his nose and mouth and demanded money. The suspect, who was not wearing a shirt, had...

Endowment fund for ministerial students started at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- An endowment scholarship fund for ministerial students has been created at Mount Olive College in honor of a pastor's love and dedication to MOC. Dr. Billy R. and Virginia B. Yawn moved their two children to...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Open for business

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Colt Holloway weighs cabbages for a customer this morning at his fruit and vegetable stand at the Farmer’s Market on the corner of James and Pine streets. The market recently opened its doors for the season and...

High gas prices prompt drive-offs

Consumers aren't the only ones crying the blues when they pull up to the gas pump these days. Some local gas retailers are also singing a somber tune now that gas prices have stretched past the $2 mark and hover...

GATEWAY sets new budget and logo

With less than a month left before the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority Board of Directors brings its operations back in-house, several items, including a new logo and a new budget, had to be taken care of at its meeting on Wednesday....

Residents want look at rules for annexing

As state lawmakers prepare to consider a bill that would direct legislative researchers to study North Carolina's laws on annexation, rural residents and municipal leaders descended on Raleigh Wednesday to voice their concerns. Among those arguing in favor of the...

WCC hosts forum for state search

The retiring community college system president's home county will be the site for a forum to enlist public comment about his replacement. Martin Lancaster, who hails from Pikeville, set his retirement date for May 1, 2008, after having served for...

Public records

Break-in T'sharra Williams reported someone broke into her home in the 400 block of Charles Street and stole a 27-inch RCA television and DVD player, all valued at $500....

WCC educators recognized

The Association of Educational Office Professionals at Wayne Community College recently honored the campus information specialist and outgoing president during its annual administrator's banquet. Dr. Edward H. Wilson Jr., who will retire June 30 after 15 years as president, was...

Special Olympics honors four

Special Olympics Wayne County recently had four nominees chosen for honors at the state level. Don Jenkins was named volunteer of the year; the Nail family, whose son Charlie is a participant in Special Olympics and had been named local...

MOC to expand early childhood education

MOUNT OLIVE -- Early childhood education, the second most popular program at Mount Olive College, is expected to grow even more through a partnership recently formed with North Carolina Central University. The affiliation agreement offers graduates from MOC with the...

Hepatitis warning issued

A recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in McDowell County has prompted local health officials to alert the public about the virus, especially anyone who may have been exposed to it. The incident reportedly occured at Earthaven, an eco village communal...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Nurse training

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Debbie Smith, right, staff development educator at Wayne Memorial Hospital, works with nurse recruits Tuesday. A nationwide nursing shortage has prompted Wayne Memorial Hospital to increase recruitment efforts. For more information see Wayne Memorial staying ahead of...

House asks DOD to help bring soldier home

As it turned out Tuesday, the support offered by the North Carolina House wasn't necessary to convince the U.S. Army to send a recovery team to Cambodia to search for and bring home the remains of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl....

Goldsboro man will face murder charges

A Goldsboro man will face murder charges for allegedly plunging a knife in a man's back in early February during a dispute over a missing $20 bill. A Wayne County Grand Jury returned an indictment for first-degree murder earlier this...

Wayne Memorial staying ahead of nationwide nursing shortage

Ongoing concern about the nationwide nursing shortage has prompted Wayne Memorial Hospital to shore up recruitment efforts. Each year, the hospital sets out to replenish the pool of nurses leaving the profession or retiring. Visits are made to area colleges...

Wayne Planning Board OKs comprehensive land use plan

The Wayne County comprehensive land use plan was a document the county Planning Board had been hearing about for more than a year, but it only took a few minutes of discussion Tuesday night for the members to give it...

Local Special Olympians get chance to ride

If you want to see Robbie Presson smile, all you have to do is let him ride his horse, Cow Poke Rambler, as fast as he can. Robbie will be among about 30 athletes expected to participate in the third...

Goldsboro High School student among 1,000 to earn scholarship

A Goldsboro High School graduate will go to college this fall with a little help from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Valedictorian Tremaine Rawls has been named recipient of a Gates Millenium Scholarship through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rawls...

Public record

Stabbings A 14-year-old girl and 19-year-old Yondra Gen'a were stabbed at their home in the 800 block of Isler Street during an argument. The suspect identified as John Green Jr., 67, of the same address, was charged. Both victims were...

WCC business students honored at state conference

Members of the Wayne Community College student business association earned more than a dozen honors at the recent state leadership conference. The Gamma Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda competed against 27 other college and university chapters from across North...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fun in the sun

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Two-year-old Zemiya Roddick, left, and her friend, Ra’Kirah Powell, 2, see-saw in the WAGES playground this morning during the Early Head Start program WAGES hosts each year. WAGES is beginning its first week of summer programs....

Wayne County will ask for 3 cents, not 5

Wayne County's property tax rate might not be going up by five cents after all. On Monday, after listening to the comments and suggestions of the county commissioners during the last few weeks, Wayne County Manager Lee Smith released a...

Duplin school officials annnounce where to out $750,000 in extra funding

The Duplin County Board of Education has determined how it will use an additional $750,000 allocation in the county budget next year to improve education and facilities. Although the allocation isn't close to the $12.3 million the school board initially...

Heart attack changed his liefstyle ... and garden

Nearly dying of a heart attack in 2005 changed Peter Stewart's life. The former computer network specialist went without oxygen for 20 minutes. Doctors told his family he would be under hospital care the rest of his life. He awoke...

Suspect in shooting captured

A man wanted for allegedly shooting a Fayetteville man in a Goldsboro neighborhood is now in custody. Deon Jerrill Mclean, 22, of Elm St., who was wanted for the murder of 22-year-old Antron Hines of Chandler Street, was captured in...

Missing juror gets time for skipping jury duty ... twice

A Pikeville woman found out the hard way this week that skipping out on jury duty can land you in hot water. Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis ordered Benita Cox, 33, of Washington Street, to spend 10 days in the...

Chamber expo draws hundreds

Almost 80 booths sponsored by local businesses and organizations filled the Goldsboro Country Club Monday during the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo. With everything from buying a new car at Chevrolet-Cadillac of Goldsboro to finding a job with...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Courthouse fix up

News-Argus/Lee Williams Construction crews work to repair a section of the Wayne County Courthouse clock tower on Friday. Work is expected to continue through the week on the areas of the facade that have crumbled. Some county officials say...

Wayne County Planning Board set to discuss comprehensive land use plan

The Wayne County Planning Board will discuss the county's comprehensive land use plan that has been in the works for more than a year at a 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday. In early May, the plan, which is designed to be...

Construction continues on Ashley Furniture store

Ashley Furniture will build a new warehouse in Clayton, which will speed up the delivery of furniture orders placed at Goldsboro's new showroom when it opens early next year. Land preparation is already under way for the Goldsboro store, and...

Tanker hits car left on bypass

Traffic on U.S. 70 West in Goldsboro was brought to a stand still early this morning when a fuel carrier slammed into an abandoned vehicle causing the car to burst into flames. Details about the two-vehicle accident were incomplete at...

Some rain helped, but drought a problem for local winemaker

Strawberries are in the works. Blueberries are a no-go, and peaches are a maybe. Linda Hall at A Secret Garden Winery on Airport Road said her grapes benefited from a recent soaking rain, but they need more. That was a...

Memory Walk volunteers sought

In the five years since the Memory Walk was introduced in Wayne County as a means to increase awareness of Alzheimer's, Anne Paugh has seen a lot of changes. Support groups have been formed for families, along with education, respite...

Public records

Shooting Christopher Scott Phelps told Goldsboro police that while he was leaving the El Escorpion night club on Corporate Drive Saturday night, a man fired shots from a white car. As Phelps ducked out of the way, one of the...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Goldsboro High School graduation

Makita Brown craned her neck in the crowd Friday to catch a glimpse of her daughter, Karissa, as the 105 seniors took their places at the start of the Goldsboro High School graduation ceremony. "There she is," Ms. Brown of...

Eastern Wayne High School graduation

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer Gary Price and his wife, Shirley, of Goldsboro carried a large star-shaped helium balloon as they made their way through the crowd to find a seat in Warrior football stadium Friday night. The couple...

Charles B. Aycock High School graduation

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer Brittani Schultze was excited. The blue- and gold-clad 18-year-old had been waiting all week for this moment. So before she and 295 other Charles B.Aycock seniors made their final appearance on the football field...

Southern Wayne High School

With tears streaming down his face, Southern Wayne High School senior Brian Newsome accepted the award for 13 years of perfect attendance at his school's annual commencement ceremony Friday. Brian said the award was the realization of a goal he...

Rosewood High School graduation

Newly graduated Chandra Meadows is ready to take on the world. Sh, along with the other 116 members of the Rosewood High School Class of 2007, received their diplomas during graduation ceremonies -- the culmination of their high school careers....

Spring Creek graduation

After Spring Creek High School's graduating seniors received their diplomas and turned their tassels Saturday morning, members of the Class of 2007 took their first steps into the next stages of their lives. But they weren't alone. Hundreds of family...

Sheriff concerned about covering city annexed property

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders is worried he won't have enough deputies or the money to pay them to be everywhere they need to be if he has to keep an eye on some of what are technically the...

WCC golf tournament this week

Wayne Community College will host its 15th annual benefit golf tournament this week, with outgoing President Ed Wilson as featured speaker at the opening dinner. It is also the 15th year of the presidency for Wilson, who retires June 30....

City names new director for parks and recreation

After months of reading through applications, conducting interviews and discussing potential hires, Goldsboro officials have secured a replacement for outgoing Recreation and Parks director Neil Bartlett. Sonya Shaw, current community celebration arts and cultural programs supervisor for the city of...

Wayne Special Olympians do well at Raleigh Games

From staff reports Special Olympics athletes from Wayne County participated in the 2007 state's summer games in Raleigh June 1-3, coming home with 56 medals and 16 ribbons. More than 1,300 athletes from around the state competed in six different...

Shooting suspect stil on the run

The second and final suspect sought in the fatal shooting of a Fayetteville man Tuesday on Olivia Lane is still on the run. Deon Jerrill Mclean, 22, of Walnut Street, and his brother, Everette "Little E" Mclean, 26, of Elm...

Public Record

Armed robbery At about 1 a.m. Saturday, three men used guns to rob three people as they were trying to leave a parking lot on the 1900 block of North William Street. Jennifer Ureka, Dennis Simerly and Kevin Kenny told...

Ole Timey Days draws crowd to Seven Springs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- As the sun shone on the Neuse River Saturday afternoon, Union and Confederate troops positioned themselves for the ensuing fight. Once the cannons blared, the Battle of Whitehall began. Fire from the eight cannons surrounding the river...

Brain injury led woman to painting

Rudine Aycock had never been an artist. In fact, in high school, when her teachers asked for someone to help with bulletin boards, she would sink down and hide, hoping not to be picked. Nine years later, after a bicycle...

Friday, June 8, 2007

Summer starts for Wayne students

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Northwest Elementary first-grader Jeremiah Williams gets a big hug from Principal Alex Wingate as he leaves school for summer vacation Thursday. Wayne County finished up their school days for the year Thursday and are not due back...

Wayne Commissioners get a school-eye view

Usually when the county Board of Commissioners and Board of Education get together, it is to talk about facilities and what is needed in terms of new construction and renovation. On Thursday, the two entities sat down for a different...

Graduates will turn tassels at ceremonies across the county

School's out for summer. Private schools finished up last month, while public school students have been busily completing end-of-grade tests and end-of-course exams. This week has been filled with field days, award ceremonies, and report card distribution at the elementary...

Fremont library branch earns reprieve

The Fremont library has gotten a new lease on life -- at least temporarily. The library, which was scheduled to close at the end of the month because of limited use and code violations, will remain open until October thanks...

Public record

Investigations The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating these reports: *Tammy Summerlin Williford of Big Daddy Road, Pikeville, told detectives around 9 p.m. Thursday that somebody shot her dog at a residence on West Old Fort Road. The dog, valued...

Free fans available for seniors

Wayne County Services on Aging is kicking off its heat relief program. Every year, said information and assistance coordinator Nancy Gendreau, her agency gives away at least 25 fans to people in need of a cooling breeze. "We have people...

Dillard Middle School awarded $5,988 grant

Dillard Middle School has been awarded a $5,988 grant for the purchase of biotechnology-related equipment, supplies and teaching materials. The 2007-2008 North Carolina Biotechnology Education Mini-Grant affords the school the opportunity to develop new courses or programs and to enhance...

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Meet the class of 2019

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Kindergarten students at Meadow Lane Elementary School are pictured during ceremonies at the school on Thursday. Today is the last day of classes for students in Wayne County Public Schools, with schools dismissing early this afternoon for...

911 bill worries county leaders

All year, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners has watched the state legislature with caution. On Tuesday, the latest bill to capture its attention is one to coordinate the state's enhanced 911 systems. The concern locally is that the county...

Medicaid costs push county to reserves

When Wayne officials found out last year that the state General Assembly was going to cap this year's Medicaid payments at the county's 2005-06 levels and provide a $27.4 million relief fund for counties going over those thresholds, they knew...

Waller announces for City Council

From a seat inside his Goldsboro home Thursday, District 2 representative Bob Waller became the fourth member of the City Council to announce his pursuit of re-election. A life of service won't end in November, he said -- not if...

Red Cross warns military families about calls

The American Red Cross is warning military families about an identity theft scam that specifically targets them. According to the Red Cross national headquarters, someone is calling military families claiming to be a Red Cross official and asking for personal...

ECU student part of national efforts for Barack Obama

Even before Barack Obama became a presidential candidate, Nathan Lean's interest in supporting the senator had already been sparked. By the time the two met at a South Carolina town hall meeting in April, Lean had launched the Web site...

Public record

Stabbing Tavaris Whitfield told Wayne County sheriff's deputies that he was stabbed in the arm today while breaking up a fight on Pecan Road. Whitfield, 17, of Carolina Street, declined to identify the suspects. He also declined to press charges....

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Picking Time

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Farmers across Duplin County are preparing to harvest their vegetables and fruits in the next few weeks. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Agent Whit Jones said many farmers are harvesting their squash and cabbage fields and cucumber and...

Police hunt for murder suspect

One man is in custody and another man remains at large in a shooting Tuesday on Olivia Lane that left a Fayetteville man dead. Everette Mclean, 26, of Elm Street, was arrested today on one count of murder in connection...

Doctor points to need for insurance

Universal health care is a topic most often discussed on the national and state stages, but at the Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Dr. Alma Jenkins made her pitch to bring that idea down to the local...

Attorney general takes aim at child predators

State Attorney General Roy Cooper wants to make sure North Carolina's children are safe. It is, he told the Goldsboro Rotary Club Tuesday, one of the most important parts of his job. Since taking office in 2001, the former...

Pikeville prepares for more work on town's budget plan

The Pikeville Board of Commissioners continued looking toward the future during its meeting Monday, setting its sights on improved infrastructure and a new town administrator. But Mayor Herb Sieger said it is important for the town and its board to...

Public record

Stabbing suspects arrested *A Goldsboro woman faces charges for allegedly stabbing a woman as she returned home on June 4 after visiting a friend. T'Sharra Lizzete Williams, 19, of Charles Street, was arrested on one count of assault with a...

WCC information session June 21

Wayne Community College will hold an information session prospective students and their parents on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. The session will feature a panel discussion with current students and graduates as well as presentations by...

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bouncing reward

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Goldsboro Intermediate School students play in the balloon city set up for their end of grade test party for the students who scored a three or four on their tests. Official results for this year's end-of-grade tests...

Goldsboro Council calls for voluntary water conservation

Some might start taking showers instead of baths. Others will turn the faucet off while brushing their teeth. Goldsboro City Council members said it does not matter what residents do to save water in the coming weeks -- as long...

6 of 32 Wayne schools to adopt 'higher standard' dress code

Six of the 32 public schools will adopt the "higher standard dress code" in the fall, the school board learned Monday night. The board also approved an interim budget, briefly discussed gang awareness and were educated on the district's crisis...

Cherry Research Farm gets a look as part of state budget queries

Despite assurances from state officials that Goldsboro's Cherry Research Farm is likely to remain untouched, a recently discovered provision in the state budget that could set the stage for the consolidation or downsizing of some of North Carolina's research farms...

Schools name top graduates

Wayne County Public Schools will graduate 1,171 seniors during ceremonies planned for this weekend. Five schools will hold commencement on Friday evening, while Spring Creek High School traditionally holds its event on Saturday morning. Ceremonies for 21 students in the...

Houses on Goldsboro's list for demolition

Goldsboro City Council members voted to condemn and demolish three dilapidated houses Monday at their first meeting of the month. Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said the structures, located at 200 Slocumb St., 112 Kornegay St. and 508 Wilmington St.,...

Public records

Break-ins Two homes were broken into on the 2100 block of Koonce Street some time Monday afternoon. Charlonda Brown, 31, told Goldsboro police officers that someone broke through the doorway of her home causing $100 in damages and stole about...

WCC counselor honored by state

Janice M. Fields, a counselor at Wayne Community College, has been named the first recipient of the N.C. Community College Student Development Personnel Association Counselors' Division Award for Professional Excellence. Presented at the organization's recent conference in Raleigh, the award...

Duplin Commissioners continue to shift budget resources

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners continued to make changes to the budget during its meeting Monday morning hours before local residents would get an opportunity to voice their opinions during a public hearing on the issue. Most of the...

Public gets a chance to look at Duplin budget

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County residents got a chance to get a closer look at the county's proposed budget during a public feedback session Monday night. After county staff prepared a budget to suit the county commissioners' directives to cut the...

Flag-burning ceremony to be held June 13 at First Pentecostal Church

American Legion Post 11 will hold a flag-burning ceremony Wednesday, June 13 at 6 .m. at First Pentecostal Holiness Church on First Church Road. Anyone with worn or tattered American flags who wishes to dispose of them in the proper...

Monday, June 4, 2007

Decades of Barbering

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Noble Hudson, center, of Jefferson Park Barber Shop, talks with Bob Pearce, left, and W.D. Hinnant. Hudson and J.R. Daughtry have been business partners for nearly 50 years, having first worked together for six years at Sunrise...

Commissioners wait for action in the Assembly

With the state House and Senate beginning work on a compromise budget and the bill crossover deadline come and gone, the legislature is at what many people consider to be its halfway point of the session, but so far, Wayne...

Gas price coaster irritaes drivers

The gas price roller coaster ride took some new dips and turns last week as it continues to wreak havoc on motorists' emotions and wallets. Gasoline prices have dropped a bit last week, hovering around $3. Timothy Cavenaugh, who had...

Local barbers here nearly 50 years

Noble Hudson and J.R, Daughtry have made many friends over the four decades they have run the Jefferson Park Barber Shop -- and heard more than their share of stories. They have cut hair for grandfathers, fathers, sons and grandchildren....

Courthouse repairs begin today

If you have to go to court this week, leave a little early. The William Street entrance to the Wayne County Courthouse will remain closed as crews work to repair damaged portions of the facade today, Tuesday and Wednesday, said...

Wayne Commissioners plan first June meeting

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will hold its first meeting of the month Tuesday, and at the top of the agenda is a presentation by Dr. Alma Jenkins, a Goldsboro gastroenterologist, on health care in Wayne County. The formal...

Public records

Assault Anita Chante White reported a woman she knew attacked her as she returned to her home in the 1700 block of Edgerton St. about 1:42 a.m. today. Ms. White told She suffered several cuts and was taken to Wayne...

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Seymour airmen deployed

The neighborhoods on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and beyond are a bit quieter these days as few by few, more than 300 airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing deployed last month. In the past few weeks, airmen from numerous...

Wayne man killed in ATV accident

A Fremont man was killed early Saturday when he was ejected from his all-terrain vehicle on Napoleon Road just outside the city limits. Jason Thompson, 28, of Davis Mill Road, was apparently driving on the dirt road near his home...

Virtual high schools offered

New high schools will soon be popping up all over the county, but none of them require funding, bricks or mortar. The latest way to learn is online, educators say. Governor Mike Easley's office and the N.C. Department of Public...

Law officers conduct DWI checkpoints around the city

Nearly three dozen officers from the Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and State Highway Patrol took to the streets early Saturday to shine the spotlight on drunken drivers. Armed with a mobile alcohol testing site called the BAT...

Former gang member appeals to youth to 'Refuse to Die Like That'

James Jamison grew up in the projects of Stamford, Conn., a hard-core area affectionately termed the "Cage" by local police. "They thought we were all animals and they treated us like animals," he explained. Gangs and drugs were a way...

Chatman to seek re-election

Goldsboro's District 3 Councilman Don Chatman has thrown his name into November's race -- and all it took was a little prodding from his family and friends inside City Hall. With Mayor Al King and City Man-ager Joe Huff-man telling...

Coggins named sports editor for News-Argus

Rudy Coggins has been named the new sports editor of The Goldsboro News-Argus, the newspaper announced. Coggins takes over for Steve Roush, who served as the sports editor for two years before leaving the staff in late April. An East...

Wayne Christian arts camps scheduled

Wayne Christian School is offering several fine arts camps, with the theme "Using Fine Arts to Glorify God." To register, parents should come by the school office on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 9 a.m and 3 p.m., or call...

Seven Springs festival Saturday

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The seventh annual Ole Timey Days Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Seven Springs. The festival is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last as long as the crowd does. Sponsors are the town board's...

Mount Olive College to offer agricultural science program

MOUNT OLIVE -- A partnership with N.C. State University will allow students at Mount Olive College to prepare for a future as agriculture education teachers. Starting this fall, students can enroll in the agricultural science education program, developed to help...

Duplin budget public hearing set for Monday

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners will present its 2007-08 budget and allow county property owners to express their opinions of the proposal at a public hearing Monday at 6 p.m. at the Duplin Commons auditorium in Kenansville. Commissioners want...

Disaster volunteers sought

With hurricane season looming, state officials are seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to be of assistance. Any North Carolina resident willing to volunteer in the event of a disaster is encouraged to register through an Internet-based registry called SERVNC, the...

City Council to consider voluntary water conservation

Goldsboro City Council members are expected to discuss a potential call for voluntary conservation of water at their first June meeting Monday night. Conservation measures are based on water level readings taken at the Neuse River. Under voluntary conservation, residents...

Friday, June 1, 2007

Dry weather

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Mack Grady checks corn in a field near Seven Springs. Dry weather is already pushing crops to the critical point in Wayne and other parts of North Carolina. For more information see Lack of rain hurting crops....

Woman dies in N.C. 111 crash

A Kinston woman was killed and two others were injured Thursday when their car was crushed in an accident with an egg truck on N.C. 111 South near the Duplin County line. Linda Denise Sutton, 40, of Stroud Avenue, died...

Wayne Commissioners find little fat in budget

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners put its $108.8 million 2007-08 budget on the butcher's block Thursday, but by the end of the day, found only a few slivers of fat to trim away. "We went through every line item....

Lack of rain hurting crops

Farmers across Wayne and surrounding counties are anxiously awaiting rain to help their young crops. A drought across much of the Southeast has many worried, even before their fields of corn, cotton and soybeans reach knee-high. "I don't think the...

Special Olympians head to Raleigh

It doesn't matter to Robert Benson whether he wins the power lifting competition at the state Special Olympics or not. And it doesn't matter to his father. That's not what the games are about. Benson, 21, is one of a...

Walnut Creek municipal building dedicated

WALNUT CREEK -- The Village of Walnut Creek dedicated its new municipal building today, with dozens of people touring the new 3,850-square-foot facility. Mayor Ken Ritt said the town council used Hobbs Architects and wanted to give the building character...

Engineering school open house Monday

Wayne County Public Schools' newest high school, The Wayne School of Engineering, to be housed within Goldsboro High School, will hold open house on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Gary Hales, principal, said the event will be an opportunity for parents...