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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

High Cost of Care

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Dr. Rick Potts inspects x-rays of a patient on a busy Monday afternoon in the emergency department at Wayne Memorial Hospital For more information see Emergency room visits helping drive up health care expenses....

Emergency room visits helping drive up health care expenses

With unnecessary emergency room visits increasing, growing demand for Medicaid and a shortage of health-care workers, the cost of providing medical care is becoming more and more of an issue, health care officials say. The problem is nationwide and...

Hit-and-run case goes to court today

A LaGrange woman accused in the Nov. 7 fatal hit-and-run of a Goldsboro man is expected to appear in court today to answer charges. Carol Coletrain Lane, 72, who faces charges of hit-and-run and failure to report an accident...

O'Berry nurse of the year named

Phyllis Anderson said she always wanted to teach the mentally and physically handicapped. But years ago, while caring for her grandfather after he suffered a stroke and was in intensive care, he suggested she become a nurse. "I thought that...

Church donates $100,000 to Community Crisis Center

Deeper Life Church Ministries has donated $100,000 to the HGDC Community Crisis Center on Slocumb Street to help needy residents. Pastor Norbert Simmons made the donation on behalf of his congregation on July 20. The ministry saw the difference that...

Campaign seeking vehicles for victims of domestic violence

From staff reports A campaign to obtain and refurbish motor vehicles to donate to victims of domestic abuse is picking up steam in Wayne County, with organizers hoping to have at least a half-dozen ready for giveaway in October. Rodney...

Duplin curriculum head named

Duplin County Schools' curriculum and instructional philosophy is going to stay the same this year, Superintendent Dr. Wiley Doby said, but come Aug. 13, there's going to be somebody new at the helm. Associate superintendent for academics and administration...

MOC golf tournament Aug. 23

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE -- The 20th annual Michael Martin Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 23 at the Southern Wayne Country Club. The scholarship-generating fundraiser for Mount Olive College is named after the MOC alumnus and...

Public Record

Pedestrian hit by car James Thomas Brown, Jr., 68, South Claiborne Street, was hit by a car on William Street Monday around noon. Brown is a lawyer with Duke & Brown lawfirm on East Walnut Street. Tavoris Lee Kelly, 25,...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Future engineers - New school opens in August

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber T.J. Lancaster talks to his students at the Goldsboro School of Engineering orientation last week. For more information see First engineering class preparing to start studies at Goldsboro....

Commissioners attend national conference

Once a year, members of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners join nearly 3,000 of their counterparts from across the nation to discuss issues ranging from public safety to transportation to the environment. Earlier this month, the National Association of...

Employment two-edged sword for recruiters

Joanna Thompson, president of the Wayne County Development Alliance, looks at unemployment rates a little different than others. To her, a slightly higher unemployment rate isn't necessarily bad. "If a county has a 5 percent unemployment rate, companies consider that...

Armed robbery thwarted

A Goldsboro man is in custody after he allegedly walked into a gas station on Ash Street early this morning, held up the store clerk and tried to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. But as the armed...

First engineering class preparing to start studies at Goldsboro

Wayne County Public Schools' newest high school is changing the way schools do business, says its principal. Wayne School of Engineering, housed within Goldsboro High School, officially opens Aug. 8. But for four days last week, orientation was held for...

Three homes condemned by city

Condemnation and demolition orders were handed down last week on three Goldsboro dwellings officials characterized as "dilapidated" and "not feasible for repair." Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said the homes, located at 1203 Harris St., 1210 John St. and 213...

United Way drive gets started

This year's United Way campaign began Friday at 4 p.m. with a mini-kickoff for the Frontrunners at Moffatt Auditorium on Wayne Community College's campus. Frontrunners are businesses and groups that set the pace for the United Way campaign each year...

Caswell subject of historical society meeting

The speaker for the Aug. 4 meeting of the Duplin County Historical Society will be W. Keats Sparrow, who will discuss Revolutionary War General Richard Caswell of Kinston and Lenoir County, who was North Carolina's first governor. A new biography...

Public record

Dog poisonings investigated Pet owners in the Grantham area need to keep a close eye on their animals, as there have been a number of dogs that have died, presumably by poisoning. Wayne County Animal Control Director Justin Scally said...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Agencies take look at 2005 'promise'

It's been nearly two years since Wayne County was identified as one of the 100 best communities for young people in the country. That honor, announced in September 2005, was made possible through America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth....

Legal Aid still faces high need, low funds

With more than 15,000 Wayne County residents living at 100 percent of the federal poverty level and another 22,000 also eligible for legal services from Legal Aid North Carolina, the agency's resources are being pushed to the limit. And just...

Area leaders react to plan for Medicaid

After years of watching their budgets buckle under the weight of ever-increasing Medicaid costs, Wayne County officials were holding their breath as they waited for the state General Assembly to give final approval to a budget agreement that would begin...

Author's dream turns into literary career

Diane Wolfe has loved science fiction since picking up her first book, "The White Dragon" by Anne McCaffery, as a young teen. "It made me say, 'I want to be an author. I can see my name on a book,'"...

Tourism becoming more important to Wayne economy

The impact of tourism as an economic engine in Wayne County still lags behind the contributions of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and agriculture, but over the last decade it has been growing steadily. According to numbers released last week...

Unemployment rate in Wayne not a concern, official says

From May to June this year, Wayne County's unemployment rate rose half a percentage point to 5.1 percent. But Bill Pate, manager of the Goldsboro branch of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, said that not-seasonally-adjusted increase is not something to...

Mary Rhoe appointed to state Human Relations Commission

Mary Rhoe of Goldsboro has been appointed by Gov. Mike Easley to the state Human Relations Commission. She will serve a three-year term on the commission, which is charged with providing services and programs aimed at improving relationships among all...

Public record

Assault, robbery A Goldsboro man was robbed Friday night after he gave a cigarette to a stranger and the three men accompanying him. Victor Carson Jones of North George Street said he was leaving a store at 622 N. Madison...

Girl Scout council changes announced

The Girl Scouts announced last week the appointment of Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair as CEO of the new Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines organization. Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines will merge with the Girl Scout Council of Coastal...

Fremont library book sale Aug. 4-5 to help save branch

FREMONT -- The Fremont Friends of the Library will hold a book sale Aug. 4-5 to help raise money for the library building renovation project. The book sale has been preceded by a two-month long book drive to give the...

Epicurean Club to sponsor Sickle Cell telethon Aug. 25

The Epicurean Civic Club of Goldsboro has set the goal for its annual sickle cell campaign at $100,000 and are hoping the public will support the effort to help combat the disease. September has been designated as National Sickle Cell...

Dulcimer concert, workshop

A dulcimer concert will be held Aug. 4 at First Baptist Church at 125 S. John Street at 7 p.m. Performers will include the Flat Mountain Dulcimers and Maureen Sellers, a well-known dulcimer instructor and performer from New Albany, Ind....

Friday, July 27, 2007

Stoney Creek Park - planning continues

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Members of the Stoney Creek Park Alliance met Thursday at the Lantern Inn before walking across Ash Street to the site of the proposed $2 million park. Public Works Director Neil Bartlett, center, explains the details of...

Doctor at Cherry Hospital faces inquiry

An acting medical director at Cherry Hospital has been suspended pending a probe into his criminal history that lists a felony conviction for inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl. Dr. Robert Carl Owens, 53, of Goldsboro, was placed on an "investigatory...

City denied grant for revamped park plan

Moments before Stoney Creek Park Committee members walked the trails at the Ash Street site, they listened as acting chairman Sissy Lee-Elmore broke some bad news -- the state rejected the committee's $500,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant request...

Duplin weighs new way to fund facilities

Meeting again to discuss facilities, Duplin County's boards of commissioners and education focused on one intriguing financing option -- capital leasing. It's a possibility that captured the interest and the attention of the school board back in March, and the...

They tricked his truck ... in blue, pink

LUCAMA -- A Lucama truck driver will be featured tonight on the CMT TV show "Trick My Truck," thanks to his devotion to his family and to his efforts to fight breast cancer. Dale Hayden was nominated for the show,...

Emergency exercise allows agencies to practice response

A recent emergency preparedness exercise hosted by the Health Department was a positive learning experience, said one of its organizers. David Hesselmeyer, bioterrorism planner coordinator with Wayne County Health Department, said the event allowed those involved to see the benefits...

Foster homes sought

CLINTON -- Boys and Girls Homes of NC is holding an open house Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church at 800 Smith St. in Clinton. People interested in opening their home to children who have either temporarily...

Public record

Juveniles charged in barn fire Two 14-year-old boys face charges in connection with a fire that destroyed a barn on Nahunta Road Wednesday afternoon. One of the juveniles identified in the case was accused of setting a fire about a...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Shelter changes process for strays

Every month the Wayne County Animal Shelter is forced to put down between 300 and 600 animals. It is, county animal control director Justin Scally said, an unfortunate and unpleasant, but necessary, part of the job. Since June, however, the...

Mount Olive chief refused to listen to allegations

Former Mount Olive police Chief Emmett Ballree won't confirm or deny allegations that he used the town's credit card to gas up one or more personal vehicles. But Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown said he has information to substantiate...

WATCH will still be short on cash

It's been a better than usual year for WATCH, the mobile health program for uninsured and underinsured in Wayne County, but there are still some pressing needs as another fiscal year unfolds, the organization's director said. During her report to...

Longtime village clerk resigns Walnut Creek post

WALNUT CREEK -- The village of Walnut Creek council will now have to look for a new village clerk and finance director. Sandra Allen gave her letter of resignation to Walnut Creek Mayor Ken Ritt before Wednesday's village council meeting....

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Dr. Kay Albertson's First Gavel

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Dr. Kay Albertson, right, president of Wayne Community College, listens as trustee Gyn Wilson, left, delivers the school's financial report during a board of trustees meeting Tuesday. From left: Wilson, trustee Bea Lamb, board attorney Phil Baddour...

Brother won't be charged in death

Goldsboro police say no charges will be filed in connection with the death of an 8-year-old boy who was fatally shot with a handgun that he found near his home on Robson Circle July 17. Goldsboro police and Wayne County...

New president leads first trustees' meeting at Wayne Community College

Dr. Kay Albertson conducted her first board of trustees meeting since becoming president of Wayne Community College Tuesday night. "It's nice to have the floor," she said simply when it was her turn to speak. After recognizing a few recent...

Candidate wants to make city better place to live

Frankie Lewis recently joined community leaders in denouncing violence at a recent "Stop the Funeral" rally and took the microphone at a city-sponsored neighborhood meeting held near her home last month. But the 56-year-old said there is more to being...

Duplin officials ponder zoning, land use issues

Zoning and land use issues haven't been broached in Duplin County in the last two or three years, but they're beginning to be discussed again by some county officials, including commission Chairman David Fussell. "I think it's time we look...

Duplin native is finalist on HGTV 'Design Star'

A Duplin County native is one of 11 finalists on the HGTV's "Design Star." Will Smith, 31, who originally hails from Kenansville and now lives in Charlotte, decided to change the look of his entire house -- room by room...

Couple donates $100,000 to MOC

Ray Amon grew up on a tenant farm in Duplin County more than 70 years ago. But he learned early on that he wanted more out of life. Although his family was unable to afford to send him to college,...

Southern Wayne High School gets reading program grant

Southern Wayne High School will launch a new reading program in the fall for rising ninth graders, officials announced this week. Designed to respond to students needing supplemental skills in reading, teachers are being trained in new teaching methods and...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Police asked for new status in shooting

A decision to change the status of an autopsy report for a man killed in April from homicide to undetermined was made at the request of Goldsboro police, State Medical Examiner's Office officials say. Dr. John Butts, the pathologist who...

Back to the drawing board

Parker Harris will not open a teen club along Center Street -- at least not in the immediate future. The 19-year-old's conditional land use request was denied Monday after Goldsboro City Council members received a letter from property owner Gerald...

Wayne County schools watching education legislation

With about 10 percent of the 1,277 teachers working in Wayne County Public Schools coming from the ranks of the retired, officials are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a bill currently being hashed out between state Senate and House negotiators....

Mount Olive police chief resigns from post

The Mount Olive Police Chief has resigned amid allegations that he used taxpayer dollars to gas up several personal vehicles using the town's credit card. Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown said he received a report that former Mount Olive...

Hiring teachers on track

With one month remaining until school starts, officials say they are on track filling teaching staff vacancies. Some retirees are opting to return to the classroom, and new recruits are responding to openings in the education field, said Marvin McCoy,...

Public record

Assault ruled an act of self defense Wayne County sheriff's deputies responded to 111 J&L Drive about 2 p.m. Saturday after a fight and found Solomon Ortiz unresponsive and suffering from a severe head wound, Wayne County Sheriff's Detective Sgt....

Monday, July 23, 2007

El-Roy or Elroy? The story behind the intersection

News-Argus/Phyllis Moore This green sign, near Long's Plant Farm Road on U.S. 70 East, marks the community that once spread across the highway. For more information see A town's family name....

A town's family name

Is it Elroy or El-Roy? Motorists speeding down U.S. 70 East might not notice the discrepancy, or be aware of the history of the tiny community. The volunteer fire station bears the hyphenated version, reflective of the two names that...

Overcrowded jail concerns Duplin sheriff

Faced with more inmates than beds, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace has begun working with other county officials to find a way to alleviate the overcrowded situation. One solution being discussed is a pre-fabricated metal building that would serve as...

Free meal program serves local children

Wayne County children and adults who might otherwise go hungry can find a place for lunch through a joint private-government partnership. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and Kennie Jones Ministries have formed the Youth World Outreach Program,...

335th gets chance to practice in Alaskan sky

From the back seat of an F-15E Strike Eagle, Lt. Ryan Bone took a minute to soak it all in. "We were flying along and the air space out here is just so vast, it seems like you can see...

Public records

Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these reports: *Rex Smith said Friday that the trailer holding his race car at Smith's Equipment Company on North William Street had been broken into and more than $8,000 worth of eqiupment damaged...

Kinston to remember Caswell

KINSTON -- Kinston will be the site of a week-long celebration of North Carolina's first governor, Richard Caswell, a hero of the Revolutionary War. Commemorative events are planned for Aug. 12-19. The Caswell Memorial State Historic Site Museum will reopen...

Goat/sheep 'roundup' August 17-18 in Sanford

SANFORD -- The state Cooperative Extension Service reminds goat and sheep producers of an Aug. 17-18 educational "roundup" at the fairgrounds in Sanford. Producers will be given an opportunity to learn more about the latest issues related to the dairy...

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Municipal elections filing closed

When the Wayne County Board of Elections office opened Friday morning, anyone still interested in running in one of the seven municipal or four sanitary district elections in November had four hours to get their names on the ballots. By...

Vice Commander Col. Chuck Duke takes final flight

Chuck Duke was not the little boy on the flight line telling those around him he would be a pilot some day. He did not doodle jets during middle school math class. The beginning of the Air Force colonel's career...

Teachers of the Year named

The 2007-08 Teachers of the Year for each of the 32 Wayne County Public Schools have been announced. Representing the best of the teaching profession, the honorees were selected for demonstrating dedication and commitment to helping their students advance, said...

Wolfe will be focus of WCC's season

One of North Carolina's most famous writers, Thomas Wolfe, will be the cornerstone of the coming season for the Wayne Community College Foundation. Professor Emeritus Dr. James W. Clark of N.C. State University will speak about some of the myths...

United Way gets set for 2007 Taste of Wayne County

It won't be too much longer before the Wayne Community College campus becomes a restaurant -- and a community-wide effort to improve the lives of hundreds of county residents kicks off for another year. The Taste of Wayne County, which...

Parents can attend education workshop

A free workshop next month to address teaching and learning needs in the public schools will also feature a component for parents. Wayne County Public Schools' second annual Curriculum and Instruction Summer Institute will be held Aug. 7-9 on the...

Public record

Wayne County Superior Court These cases have been heard in Wayne County Superior Court: *Julio Cesar Aleman, 25, Georgia Farm Drive, Dudley, obtaining property by false pretense, six to eight months suspended, 3 years probation, $637 court costs, $6,664 bond....

Friday, July 20, 2007

Recreation Center plans

News-Argus/Greg Sousa A conceptual rendering of the planned $10 million recreation center. The facility will be located on Center Street and will replace the Wayne County Memorial Community Building, destroyed by fire in May 2004. For more information see...

First look at rec center

The plans are not quite where they need to be. Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. executive director Julie Thompson is not a fan of a contemporary facade in the historic district. But Recreation Center Committee chairman Chuck Allen said he remains...

Duplin still working on facilities proposal

With the debate about funding for teaching positions dominating most of Wednesday's meeting between the Duplin County boards of commissioners and education, the original purpose -- examining the school facilities plan and looking for funding options -- was largely ignored....

Johnston EMS director to retire

Dewayne West, emergency services director for Johnston County, has announced that he will retire Jan. 1. Kim Robertson, now serving as assistant director of the department, will be making the transition to director over the next six months, officials said....

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Graduates take home millions in awards

Financial aid for recent graduates from seven public high schools attending college in the fall topped more than $3.2 million, officials have announced. When calculated further in terms of renewable grants, scholarships and work-study aid, the 2007 graduating class earned...

Service planned for Friday for boy

Eight-year-old Andre Wilder of Goldsboro was a jokester who always had a big smile on his face. His mother Shenita Wilder-Dancy says he was a sweet child who always tried to make her proud. That's how friends and family will...

Duplin commission, school board talk about teacher cuts

With the Duplin County Board of Education picking a school facilities plan last month, the county commissioners scheduled a meeting Wednesday morning intending to discuss which projects were included and where they might find the money. Instead, the discussion turned...

Thieves capture license numbers, leave resident with check problems

Helen Harwood's trip to a local department store began just like any other Sunday shopping jaunt. But when she and her husband got to the register that day to pay for their purchases, the check reader, which verifies an account's...

County health department sets sights on local HIV testing program

Concerned about undetected cases of HIV in Wayne County, health officials are weighing several options for testing in the community. Health Director James Roosen told the Board of Health this week that he has been investigating ways to identify those...

Computer classroom at MOC named after Quinn family

A computerized classroom at Mount Olive College has been named after some of its long-time supporters. Named in honor of the Milford S. and Reba S. Quinn of Duplin County, the classroom has 24 workstations and a state-of-the-art instructor Sympodium,...

Walnut Creek building new playground

Children living in the Village of Walnut Creek will soon have a new place to spend their summer days. Construction on a new playground facility -- located at the site of the existing one -- will begin early next month,...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Severe storms rock Wayne County

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Spring Creek resident Terry Price assesses the damage overnight thunderstorms caused in his yard. This shed took a hit, he said, but fortunately a Harley-Davidson and brand new lawnmower stored inside escaped the incident unscathed. Less than...

Kornegay death not labeled as a murder

A question of whether a Goldsboro man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or was the victim of a homicide will remain a mystery. The State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill has changed its findings on what caused the...

Boy, 8, dies in accident with gun at his home

An 8-year-old boy was fatally injured Tuesday at his home on Robson Circle when a gun he was playing with accidentally went off. Andre Wilder of 310 Robson Circle reportedly found the gun and started to play with it when...

County filing period ends Friday

Anybody interested in running for a seat in one of Wayne County's 11 municipal and sanitary district elections needs to hurry. The filing deadline is less than 48 hours away. At noon on Friday the county Board of Elections office...

Recreation Center planning meeting set for Thursday

With work at the Paramount Theater site well under way, Goldsboro officials now have their eyes on the other multi-million dollar facility they approved last September. Recreation Center Com-mittee Chairman Chuck Allen said he expects to see "something close" to...

Businesses can help students learn trades

Wayne County Public Schools is seeking local businesses to help grow their own future employees. A high school apprentice program is being launched in the fall, said Erlene Brogden, lead teacher for work-based learning. Over the summer months, her office...

Public record

Armed robberies *Romantice William King reported a man approached him with a handgun in the 200 block of Swan Street and demanded money. The robber took his Blackberry Nextel cell phone, valued at $500, and $50 and ran. *William Ray...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New way to fuel farms

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Matt Rudolph, left, and Greg Austic, of Piedmont Biofuels, demonstrate the process of converting vegetable oil into a biodiesel fuel during a day-long Fueling the Farm workshop at Cherry Research Farm. Farmers from all over North Carolina...

Military bills get look from Assembly

Although Medicaid has captured headlines for more than a few days as state budget talks continue, many North Carolina legislators are watching to see what happens with several bills before the General Assembly that could affect military families. And local...

Woman dies in one-vehicle accident

A Seven Springs woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Eneas Lanier Road near Lyman Road in Chinquapin Sunday when she lost control of her vehicle. Laura Melinda Pringle Dupree, 44, was behind the wheel of a green 1997...

Will it be the fuel of the future?

Environmentalists, farmers and others interested in alternative fuels came from across the state to Cherry Research Farm recently to see firsthand how to make alternative fuels to power their homes and vehicles. The Fueling the Farm workshop was held at...

Duplin commissioners consider new animal control regulations

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners will ask residents for their input on a potential new animal control ordinance at a series of public information meetings beginning later this month. The ordinance, which was written by Ken Rau, president of...

College gets more pieces from artist

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has become one of the largest holders of artwork from Jacques Hnizdovsky, a painter and printmaker. A recent gift of 26 pieces from collector Dr. Melvin Reuber was added to the college's existing collection....

First Steps gets Duke grant

The WAGES Wayne County First Steps program has been awarded a three-year grant from the Duke Endowment for services and programming. The amount averages to more than $100,000 a year for the next three years, said Dr. David Tayloe, chairman...

Municipal filings

These people had filed for municipal elections in Wayne County as of Monday. The filing period ends Friday at noon. GOLDSBORO Mayor *Alfonzo "Al" King (incumbent) *D.A. Stuart *G.L. Minchew City Council *Frankie Anna Lewis, District 1 *Michael L. Headen,...

Public record

Sexual assault A 15-year-old girl told Wayne County sheriff's deputies that she was sexually assaulted Saturday by a friend in the 100 block of Guinevere Lane. Assaults *Dominitrius Mack, 22, of North Taylor Street, reported a man approached him from...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Tobacco harvest gets under way

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Many tobacco farmers in the Wayne County area will begin harvesting their crops this week. Gerald and Tom Bell and Brent and John Davis started their joint harvest early today in a field near the Wayne-Duplin county...

Wayne schools release college numbers

Exit surveys from Wayne County Public Schools showed that nearly 87 percent of 2007 graduates have college plans for the fall, officials announced this week. The total reflects a 3 percent increase of students pursuing higher education over the previous...

Officials say no to plea to travel to gravesite

Early last week, Cary Turner got the news he had been waiting for, but it wasn't what he wanted to hear. A month after learning that the U.S. Army was planning a trip to the Cambodian island his cousin, Marine...

Grand jury hands up indictment in shooting

A Dudley man faces charges in connection with the murder of a young woman in her Mount Olive home last April. A Wayne County Grand Jury returned an indictment for first-degree murder July 2 against Jocquel Elliott Brown, 25, of...

Wayne County Grand Jury indictments

The Wayne County Grand Jury returned 74 true bills July 2 for the following cases: *O'Brien D. Kornegay, 24, Stevens Mill Road, possessing controlled substance on premises of penal institution, possession with intent to sell and deliver controlled substance, driving...

Organizations form partnership to train more qualified workers

Two years ago, when Wayne County Development Alliance existing industry specialist Mike Haney came to Goldsboro, one of the first things he learned was that there was a dearth of locally available skilled labor. "One of the first stops I...

Local writer releases her Civil War book

A book describing life in Goldsboro during Reconstruction will hit the shelves Aug. 1. "After Sherman's March: Goldsboro at the End of the Civil War" was written by local historian Emily Weil. Mrs. Weil said she is excited about the...

UNC graduate finds career in helping world's needy

When Jacqueline Kannan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill several years ago with a degree in mass communications, she had no concrete life plan. Now, the 27-year-old knows where she is headed next, thanks to a...

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Supreme Court ruling has ripples in Wayne

The Wayne County Public School system doesn't divvy up its students based on race, so the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring such a practice to be unconstitutional isn't expected to have any sort of real impact here. But that...

Linsenmeyer to lead 916th Wing

As Col. Paul Sykes received his final salute from the men and women of the 916th Air Refueling Wing Saturday morning on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, he smiled. A formal ceremony made it official -- Sykes relinquished command of...

Williford takes over 230th Battalion

After Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bain passed the 230th Brigade Support Battalion flag, he thanked those who showed up to see him off -- friends, family members and the men and women of the unit he has led since October 2005....

Medicaid chief topic at legislative breakfast

As expected, Medicaid, school construction and the need for more water and sewer infrastructure were at the top of the agenda during the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's legislative breakfast Friday morning at the Goldsboro Country Club. Running close behind...

WCC Foundation exceeds fundraising goal

The Foundation of Wayne Community College has met its financial goal every year since being launched 20 years ago, with a spate of activities being planned to continue the trend during the coming months. Executive Director Jack Kannan said that...

Becky Nye named new News-Argus advertising director

The Goldsboro News-Argus is announcing a retirement and a promotion in its advertising department. Advertising Manager Roger Stephenson has announced his retirement after more than eight years of service to the News-Argus and 40-plus years in the newspaper business. He...

Filing period ends Friday

These people had filed for municipal elections in Wayne County as the end of last week. The filing period ends Friday, July 20, at noon. GOLDSBORO Mayor *D.A. Stuart City Council *Frankie Anna Lewis, District 1 *Bob Waller, District 2...

UniFirst donates items to airmen overseas

Fourth Fighter Wing Commander Col. Steve Kwast accepted more than 400 pounds of donated items to send to airmen overseas Friday from UniFirst during the company's annual Founder's Day celebration. "You can never know the impact you have on an...

SummerFest links past and present

The past met the present on Saturday, during the seventh annual SummerFest at Waynesborough Historical Village. It was a study in contrasts -- re-enactors dressed in Civil War uniforms standing next to parked motorcycles, women in long flowing gowns carrying...

Seegars re-elected wildlife chairman

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-elected the chairman and vice-chairman to continue to lead its governing board. Wes Seegars of Goldsboro will remain as chairman and Steve Windham of Winnabow as vice chairman for the next two...

Public record

Robbery A hold-up was reported around 5:43 a.m. Saturday at The Pantry on E. Ash Street. Employee Doreen Olsen described the subject to Goldsboro police as being a 45-year-old bald black manwith a mustache, about 5-feet-6 and 130 pounds. She...

Back-seat passengers now have to buckle up, too

Before you crank up your car and go for a little drive, don't forget to buckle your seat belt, police say. And if you have any passengers in the either the front or back seat, don't forget to tell them...

Mount Olive chamber president resigns

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that President Gena Knode has resigned. Ms. Knode gave her resignation effective Aug. 10. When she took the helm at the chamber in February 2006, she had already...

Model plane school draws all ages

It used to be that building a model airplane meant opening a box and watching thousands of miniature pieces fall out. Completing the creation required a little tube of glue and hours of patience. Jimmy Pernell, president of Wayne Miniature...

Library to get $50,000 grant for Hispanics

The state has approved a $50,000 grant for the Wayne County Public Library to begin its first year of outreach to help Hispanic residents improve their grasp of English. The grant comes from the federal Institute of Museum and Library...

Keen chosen by Burr for fellowship

GREENVILLE -- An East Carolina University graduate student has been selected by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr for a new six-month fellowship focused on economic development. Adam Keen of Goldsboro will serve as a staff member to Burr in his Wilmington...

Johnson honored by Continentals

Comatha B. Johnson, president of the Goldsboro chapter of Continental Societies Inc., was inducted into the national organization's Hall of Fame at the national conclave in Phoenix, Ariz. Continental Societies Inc. is an international service organization dedicated to helping underprivileged...

Harry Potter workshop July 24 at Public Library

The magic of Harry Potter is hitting the big screen, book stores and the Wayne County Public Library this month. The library will offer a "Magic for Muggles" workshop July 24 from 2-4 p.m. The workshop is free, but registration...

Grain workshop Tuesday

Three workshops on growing organic grains, sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will be held across eastern North Carolina, beginning July 17. The first workshop on organic corn and soybeans is Tuesday in Wayne and Duplin counties, from...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Jamming with the Embers

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Marie Abrams, left, and her husband, Buck, shag dance to The Embers Thursday at the Center Street Jam. More than 200 people showed up despite the 90 degree weather to listen and dance to The Embers as...

Jurors return verdict in 2005 Christmas Eve drive-by shooting

A Goldsboro man was ordered to spend the next nine years in prison for fatally shooting a man in his car on Christmas Eve in 2005. David Lamar Applewhite, 35, of Royall Avenue, was convicted Thursday of voluntary manslaughter and...

Salvage yard gets county's approval

For Ricky Young, owner of Young's Auto Salvage, it took nearly two years to get permission from the county to expand his operation on U.S. 117 South alternate in Dudley. On the other hand, it took only a few months...

Former WCC campus site receives new look, purpose

Demolition is complete on the project to raze the original Wayne Community College administrative building on U.S. 70 bypass. The property is now being converted into a grounds maintenance training area for clients of Eastern Region Vocational Rehabilitiation Facility, which...

Alliance elects new leadership

The Wayne County Development Alliance has elected new officers for fiscal year 2007-08. The new chairman will be Ray McDonald Sr., taking over from Charlie Gaylor. Jimmie Edmundson will now serve as vice chairman, stepping into the role behind David...

Teens recovering after scooter struck by car

Four Wayne County teens are recovering from severe injuries they received Tuesday when a car struck the back of their motor scooter on U.S. 117 South. Christopher Nelson, 18, of Mount Olive, was traveling on U.S. 117 South on his...

Prison officer charged

A Goldsboro correctional officer faces charges for allegedly assaulting his ex-fiancee and holding her against her will in his Johnston County home when she tried to retrieve her personal belongings July 5. Stephen Mark Holt, 36, of Woodard Road, Princeton,...

Public record

Thefts reported *Cheryl Ann Blum-Langley reported someone broke into her home in the 100 block of Sir Richards Drive, Pikeville, and stole a crystal cat figurine, valued at $250, a gold necklace, DVDs, $5 change, Hydrocodone and other items, valued...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Red, white and getting hotter

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Molly Parker pets her horse, Ollie Ollie Oxen Free, Wednesday at Spring Bank Stables. The pair were the Reserve Champions in the Johnston County Show Series last year. Molly has been training with Ollie for four years...

School officials hoping for state bond help

With enthusiasm in the General Assembly for school construction waning, school systems across the state are working to gather grassroots support for a possible $2 billion public school bond referendum. The Wayne County Board of Education met Tuesday at Eastern...

Three charged in murder in Mt. Olive

A woman and two brothers have been charged in a shootout at Brookwood Apartments on Daly Boulevard in Mount Olive last Friday that left an innocent bystander dead. Amanda Council, 35, of Wynn Street, Arsenio Martrez Rivers, 17, of Center...

Wayne Opportunity Center will be taking over all of county's recycling

In a move designed to help both entities, Wayne County's Solid Waste Department will no longer be trucking load after load of recycled goods to Clinton. Instead, the county will shorten its trip and haul its cardboard, paper, plastic and...

No decision on possible murder charges

Goldsboro police say they will withhold a decision to charge a suspect in Sunday's shooting death of Marcus Antwon McKinnon until investigator's reports and a report from the state medical examiner's office have been completed. Officers responded to 501 E....

Wilbur's Barbecue helps governor settle Series bet

Despite a renowned allegiance to the N.C. State Wolfpack, Wilber Shirley, owner of Wilber's Barbecue, couldn't say no when asked by Gov. Mike Easley to pay off a bet he made with Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski after UNC-Chapel Hill lost...

Applewhite murder trial under way

The trial continues today for a man charged in the murder of a Goldsboro man who was killed in his car on Christmas Eve in 2005. David Lamar Applewhite, 35, of Royall Avenue, faces charges of first-degree murder and discharging...

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Investigations Law enforcment officers are investigating these reports: *Ricky Simmons of North Daisy Street reported Tuesday someone broke into his home and stole a shotgun and rifle, all valued at $175. *Officials at the Target store on Sunburst Drive reported...

Seven Springs asks Jones for help with FEMA lots

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Mayor Steve Potter told the Seven Springs town commissioners during a meeting Wednesday night that he has asked U.S. Rep. Walter Jones for relief from hardships caused by the town's FEMA lots. The Federal Emergency Management Agency...

Planning Board sends recommendations to commissioners

Meeting Tuesday, the Wayne County Planning Board is sending several items onto the county Board of Commissioners with positive recommendations. Included among those is a request to rename a section of road that used to be part of Nahunta Road....

Election filings as of Wednesday

These people had filed for municipal elections in Wayne County as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. The filing period ends July 20 at noon. Goldsboro Mayor * D.A. Stuart City Council * Bob Waller (incumbent), District 2 * L.J. Stanley, District...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

State's budget delays stymie boards

July 1 has come and gone -- and still no state budget. And while the end is in sight, the Wayne County commissioners say the state delays are not unusual -- and have local budget consequences. Meeting Tuesday, the board...

Priority list from schools is in now

By combining projects and compromising, school board members hammered out a nine-point facilities priority list to submit to county commissioners. Tuesday morning's 90-minute work session only stalled when board members lobbied to honor "long overdue" promises made to their districts...

Fans go all out for 'Harry' premiere

Hundreds of eager Harry Potter fans flooded the parking lot of Premiere Theatres around midnight to catch the first showing of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Some, including DeAnna Fleming, 16, of LaGrange; Anna Reynolds, 16, Mikel...

Rain fell too late for some corn

Tuesday's thunderstorms may have drenched much of Wayne County, but the rain likely came too late to help much of the county's corn crop. Between one to two inches of rain fell across most of the county, giving some relief...

Duplin looking to recruit more minority teachers

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County needs more black and Hispanic teachers, but assistant school superintendent Candace Turk told the Board of Education last week that she has some new contacts that should help in recruiting teachers. She said she met the...

Public record

Break-in Beth Michelle Carlton told Wayne County Sheriff's officers that someone broke into her home on Running Deer Circle on Sunday and stole $2,900 worth of jewlery....

Lottery winners yet to come forward

Six Wayne County residents are $1,000 richer because of the July 4 Sizzlin Millionaire Raffle computer drawing. Nobody has come forward yet, Linda Ashworth of the N.C. Education Lottery Commission said Tuesday. She said the winning ticket numbers will be...

Festival at Waynesborough Saturday

The Waynesborough Historical Village celebrates Summerfest this weekend, featuring 19th-century living history demonstrations, games, contests, food and entertainment. The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with a guided trail walk and continues until 5 p.m. in the historical village at...

Dance to raise money for Paramount

The Heritage Dance Foundation will present an evening of dance to benefit the Paramount Theater on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Wayne Community College. "Remember the Paramount" will feature performances by all of the dance studios in Wayne County, says Dr....

Filing correction

A story in Tuesday's edition on election filings for municipal offices incorrectly gave the name of a candidate for mayor of Fremont. Amy V. Price has filed to run for the office against incumbment Devone Jones....

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Teens determined to open club

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Parker Harris, center, and Brandon Williams, right, listen as the City Council agreed Monday night to postpone a decision on whether to grant Harris a conditional land use request for his proposed downtown teen lounge. Council members...

Council members delay decision on group's teen lounge proposal

Parker Harris remained positive Monday -- even as Goldsboro City Council members told him they would hold off on taking action on his conditional land use request until their next meeting. Despite Planning Director Randy Guthrie's recommendation for approval of...

Residents can speak to state legislators

Wayne County residents will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns with local members of the state General Assembly at a legislative breakfast at Goldsboro Country Club from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday. The event is sponsored by the Wayne...

L.J. Stanley runs for council; filing period continues

Local businessman L.J. Stanley became the first non-incumbent to file for a Goldsboro City Council election Friday, as he announced his intentions to challenge Bob Waller for the District 2 seat. Stanley, a retired pharmacist and self-described "ordinary man," said...

Residents want sheriff's office to find vandals who spray-painted historic jail

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Residents and history buffs are asking Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials to find the teens responsible for vandalism to the town's historic jail. Seven Springs Historical Commission president Karen Mozingo said her husband, Town Commissioner Bobby Mozingo,...

Southern Wayne English teacher honored for work

A Southern Wayne High School English teacher has been named an Educator of Distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Glenda Martindale is one of 250 teachers across the country chosen for the honor. She has taught at Southern Wayne since...

Monday, July 9, 2007

Arrest made in Mount Olive shooting

The search is over for a man who allegedly opened fire on a driver and car full of children during an argument Thursday on Johnson and Williamson streets in Mount Olive. Meanwhile, Mount Olive police are continuing their search for...

Officials question sentence in death

Wayne County sheriff's officials are questioning a jury's June decision in the fatal shooting of a Dudley man in 2006. Andre Todd, 19, of Myrtle Place, Dudley, was acquitted June 28 on one count of first-degree murder, but convicted on...

Man shot to death on Walnut

Less than 24 hours after hundreds of Goldsboro residents gathered on the steps of the Wayne County Courthouse to denounce violence, a Goldsboro man was killed, and another injured, in a shooting on Walnut Street. City police found 28-year-old Marcus...

Airman dies in accident

A member of the 4th Fighter Wing's Equipment Maintenance Squadron was killed last week in an accident in Illinois. Airman 1st Class Christopher Hardiek, 19, was home on leave when the incident occurred, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials said....

Local Habitat for Humanity needs more help with new home projects

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro and Wayne County is looking for a few more people to swing hammers to help build homes for local families. Volunteer coordinator Katie Huston said usually a couple dozen volunteers are working at the Habitat...

Local family shares visit with student from France

A French student who spent the past month with a Goldsboro family said Friday he wasn't ready to go home. Gregoire De Montecler, 13, said he hadn't had enough of the United States and the new friends he made during...

Highways, rezonings on commissioners' agenda

With the budget behind it and the traditional summer slowdown ahead, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners will hold its only meeting of the month Tuesday. At the meeting, two public hearings will be held. The first, at 9 a.m.,...

Sunday, July 8, 2007

'Stop the Funeral': Local residents unite against violence

Seven by seven, more than 300 Wayne County residents made their way down the courthouse steps Saturday morning before lining up on Walnut Street behind a police escort and a hearse. Then, in silence, they marched -- stopping only a...

Mount Olive man murdered

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Mount Olive man was killed Friday evening in a shooting local law enforcement officers are now calling a murder. Police Chief Emmett Ballree said an investigation into the death of Julius Troublefield Jr., a 38-year-old Center...

Warrant issued for shooting suspect

A manhunt is under way for the suspect who allegedly opened fire on a driver and a car full of children during an argument Thursday morning on Johnson and Williamson streets in Mount Olive. A warrant has been issued for...

WCC puts emphasis on tech training

Wayne Community College is joining forces with other educators and the business community to make sure that skilled workers like plumbers and electricians don't become an endangered species. As many technical workers near retirement age, educators and business leaders say...

Municipal filing period opens

Filing for municipal elections in Wayne County kicked off at noon Friday with Goldsboro mayoral candidate D.A. Stuart the first in line to submit his paperwork. For him, being among the first to file was a matter of making a...

Duplin ponders how to 'package' attractions

Hungry? The Duplin County Tourism Development Authority says it has plenty of good restaurants to offer. Looking for a cool historical site to tour? They have visitors covered there, too. The problem, though, county tourism director Rob Wells said, is...

Carver High alumni gather to share laughter, memories

MOUNT OLIVE -- Eulace Lane knew he was in trouble. He hoped Al King had forgotten about those days on the Carver High School ball-field. King hadn't. "You know, I remember this one day when we played baseball together," King...

SummerFest at Waynesborough

A 109-year-old quilt that's never been slept under will be among the numerous displays featured during SummerFest at Waynesborough Historical Village on Saturday. The blanket will be featured in the Quilt Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. until...

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House fire A Goldsboro home on Rose Street was destroyed by fire Thursday when the occupant, Christopher Goff, poured fuel into a hot lawnmower gas tank causing it to ignite, according to fire officials. The fire spread to a nearby...

Memorial service for former officer

A memorial service for retired Sgt. Ronald Melvin of the Goldsboro Police Department will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Wayne Memorial Park on U.S. 117 South. Melvin will be honored by the Wayne County Fraternal Order of Police...

Duplin paving plans released

With approximately 27 miles of unpaved roads in Duplin County, state Department of Transportation officials are preparing for a busy paving season this year and next. Presenting their list of projects for 2007-08, including several left over from 2006-07, to...

City Council meets Monday

Goldsboro resident Parker Harris will likely learn the fate of his dream Monday, as City Council members are expected to take action on his request to open a teen club downtown. The 19-year-old's conditional land use request is one of...

Friday, July 6, 2007

If you can't go to the beach

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Randy Casey, of Casey’s Seasfood, taps some top neck clams together as he counts out 21 dozen for a customer this morning at his corner stand at the intersection of East Ash and North John streets in...

Two injured during shooting at Mount Olive intersection

A driver and his 3-year-old son were injured Thursday in a shooting that happened during an argument at the intersection of South Johnson and East Williamson streets in Mount Olive. Garcia Kornegay, 28, of Elmore Street, Mount Olive, was in...

Wayne County School Board recognizes Phyllis Bass

Phyllis Bass has her own classroom at Charles B. Aycock High School, but she's not a teacher. She has helped teach courses ranging from German to Spanish to Latin to human geography to anatomy and physiology to psychology to computer...

Princeton teen recovering well after surgery to stop seizures

PRINCETON -- A Princeton teen who underwent brain surgey three weeks ago is back home and doing well, her parents said this week. Lara Worley, 16, was diagnosed with epilepsy after suffering from multiple, severe seizures, sometimes as often as...

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Drug arrests The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad raided a home at 101 Sanborn Place Monday and made two arrests. William David Lindsey III, 23, of Old Page Road, Durham, was arrested for possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana....

Carver alumni gather this weekend

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Carver High School Alumni & Friends Association will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary this weekend. Activities started Thursday with a golf tournament at the Southern Wayne Country Club and the Youth Night at Carver Elementary School....

Correction

The name of Rebecca Lanier was misspelled in a photo caption on the front page of Thursday's News-Argus....

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Pam Lawhon waves to paradegoers while her son, Jacob, tows his sister, Jordan, down Walnut Street during the Jaycees 4th of July Parade and Festival Wednesday in downtown Goldsboro. The day started with a parade through the...

Bryan not running

Jimmy Bryan might have announced his intention to run for re-election this November -- if his business did not need him more. His campaign likely would have promoted a clean city, one with a revitalized downtown and a low rate...

Goldsboro, Mount Olive celebrate 4th

DeMarcus Little cannot tell you about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The 6-year-old has no idea what freedom means. But he had no problem coming up with an answer when asked about his favorite part of the Goldsboro...

Volunteer urges others to give blood at drives

Hundreds of people have a little bit of Jean Johnson in them. Blood that used to run through her veins is now in theirs -- thanks to the 17-plus gallons she has donated over the past 37 years. Known around...

Public record

Suspect caught Wayne County Sheriff's Office officers arrested a man who allegedly broke into a home off Antioch Road in Pikeville. Approximately $10,000 worth of property was stolen from the home. Julian Earl Langley Jr., 38, of Sir Richards Drive,...

'Stop the Funeral' march Saturday

Local churches and the NAACP will host a Stop the Funeral community walk Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. It will begin and end at the steps of the Wayne Courthouse. In between will be about a mile march. At...

Duplin County firms airport plan

Duplin County Airport Manager George Futrelle knows his parallel taxiway will soon be complete, as well as where future hangers will be located. He also knows that he will soon need a wider runway, better security and more assurance that...

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Getting ready for the fourth

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Bryan Stewart, left, Aaron Wills, Rob Loreman and Robert Jones, all members of the Goldsboro Fire Department B-Shift at Station Two on Royall Avenue, place flags on a ladder truck in preparation for Independence Day....

A soldier's memories, service ... and the flag

Bob Stone closes his eyes and reaches into his 72-year-old memory. It isn't so easy for the Vietnam veteran to focus anymore -- let alone back 41 years. He stumbles across memories of the family farm in Person County --...

Flags will be waving

Independence Day. It's not just about fireworks, getting a day off from work or toiling over a hot barbecue grill. It's about celebrating the day America won its freedom from British rule more than two centuries ago. But, more importantly,...

Fireworks Wednesday night

Fireworks will sparkle this year in Goldsboro. A patriotic display is scheduled for 9 p.m. Wednesday, and will be shot off from the parking lot at Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro. Mall manager Linda Priestly said the public is welcome to...

Wayne School Board starts work on tobacco-free policy

With a bill likely heading this week to Gov. Mike Easley's desk to mandate that all of North Carolina's schools be tobacco-free, the Wayne County Board of Education got a head start Monday evening, directing its staff to move forward...

Photo exhibit of Vietnam War at Greene museum

SNOW HILL -- A traveling exhibit of photographs of the Vietnam War, submitted by North Carolina veterans, will be on display at the Greene County Museum, beginning July 4 and running through Aug. 18. "A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam...

History speaker Thursday in Seven Springs

Joanne Taylor, a native of England and an adjunct instructor in history at Mount Olive College, will speak to Goldsboro's Sons of Confederate Veterans at 7 p.m. Thursday at Seven Springs Restaurant. Ms. Taylor will offer a British view of...

The News-Argus announces schedule for holiday

In keeping with the paper’s tradition, The News-Argus will not publish on Wednesday in honor of Independence Day. The newspaper offices also will be closed. Regular submission deadlines for all items, including weddings, engagements and church news will still...

Correction

A story in Friday's edition of The News-Argus incorrectly gave the times for summer school intervention classes in math and reading for students in grades 3-8. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Brogden Middle School,...

Monday, July 2, 2007

Dental upgrade

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Technology has been improved in the dental clinic at Wayne Community College, which acquired 30 new computers this year through a state grant. The Dentrex system features digital imaging and allows for improved patient chart management. One...

Schools will get busy on priorities

After sitting down with the Wayne County Board of Commissioners more than a month ago, the school board is still putting together its prioritized list of facility projects. At the time, school board Chairwoman Shirley Sims indicated the board wanted...

Alliance president takes on state role

With her election in June to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association, Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Thompson is hoping her new position will allow her to better advocate for local needs. "The NCEDA...

WCC's dental clinic receives 30 computers with state grant

A new computerized system in the dental offices at Wayne Community College has been added to better prepare students for the workforce they will soon enter. Through the state community college system's Allied Health Enhancement Fund, WCC acquired a $122,100...

New musical chronicles struggle with right choices

Several years ago, Daniel Hooper started writing about possibilities and the power that comes from making wise choices in life. The pages lay buried on his desk until his wife, Carma, discovered them one day. "My wife picked them up...

Town rallies to help couple with sick child

PRINCETON -- Jaiden Tart was a healthy baby boy until his mother, Heather, stopped helping him breathe. Born with a debilitating heart condition, it only took the infant a few hours to show signs that something was wrong. His lips...

Public records

Rape charge A Goldsboro man sought in the rape of a local woman was arrested Sunday at his home. Melvin Joseph Plummer, 31, of Taylor Street, was charged with second-degree rape for allegedly sexual assaulting a woman last week. The...

July Bloodmobile schedule

Here is the July Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: July 5: Strickland Insurance from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 10: Red Cross Chapter house, 600 N. George St., from 2 to 6:30...

The News-Argus announces schedule for holiday

In keeping with the paper’s tradition, The News-Argus will not publish on Wednesday in honor of Independence Day. The newspaper offices also will be closed. Regular submission deadlines for all items, including weddings, engagements and church news will still...

Clarification

An article featured in Sunday's paper about the Independence Day Festival in Pikeville sponsored by the Pikeville Lions Club should have stated proceeds benefited, 10-month old Ryan Hooks, who is the grandson of Mike and Cathie Hooks. The Hooks are...

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Alliance starts northern Wayne study

At the Wayne County Development Alliance, it's the summer of the study. Faced with a bit of a slowdown in inquiries after AAR Manufacturing's announcement last year that it would be moving into the county's last shell building in...

916th Air Refueling Wing's Col. Sykes retiring

Paul Sykes would rather not talk about his retirement. He has little desire to discuss his 33-year Air Force career. The 916th Air Refueling Wing commander would rather spend his last few weeks in the post talking about his "heroes"...

Municipal election filing period starts Friday

Goldsboro's incumbents may have already declared their intentions to run for re-election, but the real race for municipal seats across Wayne County will begin on Friday as the Board of Elections office opens its doors for the start of...

List of municipal seats up for election

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS Goldsboro Mayor * Alfonzo King, elected 2003 Commissioner * Jimmy Bryan, District 1, elected 2003 * Bob Waller, District 2, elected 2003 * Donnie R. Chatman Sr., District 3, appointed 2004 * Charles J. Williams Sr., District 4,...

City takes steps to combat mosquitoes

You might see them early in the morning -- spraying down the trees and bushes on your block. But Goldsboro's three-truck mosquito-prevention fleet has gotten a little help this year from the heat. Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra is used...

Wayne County Community Foundation wants to encourage at-home donations

Wayne County Community Foundation is asking residents to think closer to home when they are deciding where they want to donate money. The idea centers around gifts to a Community Fund, which provides annual grants for non-profit causes -- in...

Pikevile celebrates Independence Day on Saturday

PIKEVILLE -- Dennis Lewis never imagined he would one day wow local residents with a fireworks display to mark the end of the town's annual Independence Day Festival. But when opportunity knocked, the 46-year-old truck driver and son of a...

Public record

Sexual assault suspect sought A Goldsboro man is looking for a man who allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at about 3:30 a.m. Friday. The suspect was identified as Melvin Joseph Plummer, 31. His last known address was South Taylor Street....

Model plane training program kicks off July 14

Wayne Miniature Aeronautics of Goldsboro will its first ground school under the "Takeoff and Grow" program July 14. The purpose of the "Takeoff And Grow" program is to expose people interested in aviation to a hands-on flying experience without having...

July 4 closings

From staff reports Local, state and federal government offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of Independence Day. The holiday won't halt public transportation, although buses will run on a shorter schedule. The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority announced its buses will...