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Friday, November 30, 2007

A sister lost forever

Kathy Holt Alfaro knew what was coming when she saw uniformed men at her door. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders and others arrived at her home in LaGrange around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday to tell her that her sister, Patricia Herring,...

Hits for dollars help with campaign

It was all for their community. A young softball player slid into home plate -- then did a few backflips to celebrate his run. Out in the field, another was doing flips and splits all around his teammates. And a...

No end to water rules yet for area

With Monday's rain, Goldsboro residents might have a little more water to use, but officials warn that a few droplets won't be enough to dent the drought conditions. More than 56 counties in the state are in exceptional drought --...

Duplin School Board will get back to work after commission rejection

Members of the Duplin County Board of Education were surprised last week when the county commissioners suddenly rejected their long-standing facilities plan, but they say they are prepared to try again. They did not, however, discuss the issue at their...

Longtime Goldsboro theater sells last tickets

Employees and customers stood somberly around the lobby and reminisced at the Berkeley Cinema Four as the curtains on its four screens closed permanently. Gone were the posters advertising upcoming attractions. The only items left were the popcorn and drink...

Goldsboro News-Argus Empty Stocking Fund

* In loving memory of Kenneth Creech & Sue Mendell by Ron & Sandra, $100 * Michael Krauss, $50 * Leroy Locklair, $50 * Mildred Taylor, $25 * Backyard Kreations Car Show, $363 Previous total: $6,007 Today's Total, $588 Total...

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Break-in charges Goldsboro police say Mark Ryan Paul, 35, East Ash Street is responsible for a break-in at Headdress Day Spa & Salon on Nov. 23. Paul faces charges that include breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession...

Library plans special programs

The main branch of the Wayne County Public Library on Ash Street will host these holiday programs for children and families. *On Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. there will be a Trim-a-Tree party at the library, with songs by...

Auditions for musical December 14

Take the classic Cinderella tale, throw in your favorite Motown hits, and you have a recipe for a performance of Moe's Town, presented by Launch Theatre Productions and the Goldsboro Multicultural Arts Advocates. Auditions for Moe's Town will be held...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Murder case

News-Argus/Babby Williams Wayne County Sheriff's Office Deputy John Baker, left, Det. Robert Chunn and Det. Michael Reid, right, sift through dirt and debris that were removed from around what is believed to be the body of Patricia Herring. The...

Sifting for clues in suspect's yard

GRANTHAM -- State and local investigators carefully combed through mounds of dirt pulled from beneath the steps of a Selah Church Road home on Wednesday. In a shallow grave beneath the pre-fabricated concrete staircase and small wooden deck, they...

Air Force grounds F-15s again, but not E model

For the second time in less than a month, Air Combat Command officials have ordered the grounding of F-15 fighter jets. But this time, the E model stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will not be affected. ACC spokesman...

Judge will rule on Dail support lawsuit

Much to Dwayne Dail's chagrin, no decision was rendered Wednesday on his request to dismiss his former girlfriend's child support suit. "I'm mad. This is exactly what's wrong with the court system," he exclaimed before storming out of the...

Program to receive new grant

A local group designed to keep at-risk youths on track will receive an additional $390,000 to assist those whose parents are in prison. Smart Choices for Youth will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

New high school program will boost spring enrollment, WCC officials say

A new program allowing high school students to take college-level courses online is expected to boost enrollment numbers at Wayne Community College, President Dr. Kay Albertson told the school's trustees Tuesday night. Learn and Earn Online, an initiative introduced...

Mental Health Association sponsoring holiday drive

From staff reports The Mental Health Association in Wayne County is again sponsoring Operation Santa Claus for those in need of basic necessities at holiday time. A wish list received from local nursing homes and care facilities for residents without...

Mount Olive graduation Dec. 15

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will graduate 350 students at its 54th fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in Kornegay Arena. Jeffrey Miles Minges, president and chief executive officer of the Minges Bottling Group, will be...

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Death investigation Goldsboro police are investigating the death of Diedrick Woolard of Waynewoods Place, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head at a residence on Collier Street about 5:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Sgt. Chad Calloway said. Accused...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Body found

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Wayne County Sheriff's deputies Dan Truhan and Brian Tart talk early today in the front yard of a home on Selah Church Road where the body of Patrica Herring was found buried in the back yard of...

Body found in yard

Police unearthed the body of a woman reportedly last seen at the Mount Olive Wal-Mart in May and charged her live-in boyfriend in the death, authorities said. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department helped Mount Olive police chase down a tip...

Police hunt for murder suspect

Police named a suspect Tuesday in the murder of a man found shot to death in the woods behind a home on Salem Church Road, authorities said. A Granville Drive resident found the body of Joseph Antonio Payan, 33, behind...

District line battle includes Wayne

If a lawsuit filed earlier this month by a group of Republican voters over the state General Assembly's 2003 redistricting plan is successful, attorney Robert Hunter of Charlotte said the impact will likely be felt in Wayne County during the...

Planning Commission says 'no' to halfway house request

Operation Transition Inc. will not have a jail-to-society transition house on West Walnut Street soon. The company submitted two requests to the Goldsboro Planning Department -- rezone the property from neighborhood business to general business conditional district and to approve...

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Assault Phillip Burford of Grove Mount Drive, Greenville reported Monday that a woman he knows bit him several times at an apartment on Randall Lane. Police said Burford was taken for medical attention, but initially declined to seek warrants. Thefts...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Four arrested on cockfighting charges

Roosters armed with metal weapons meant to help them kill one another are the reason four men face charges after a Saturday morning raid, authorities say. Wayne County Director of Animal Control Justin Scally says dogfights get most of the...

Man, 222, found in car, shot

Stephen Craft remembers Ernesto Venegas Delgado as a hardworking, "very family-oriented guy," who worked his way up to a management position at a landscaping tree farm. And Craft wonders if an early check before the Thanksgiving holiday might have led...

Chamber awards $11,000 in mini-grants to 17 schools

Innovative teachers from 17 schools were awarded 24 mini-grants Monday to help turn their ideas into reality and implement new projects. More than $11,000 was distributed through the Business and Education Partnership, which is sponsored by the Wayne Charitable Partnership...

Career academies grab more students' interest

Three career academies introduced at area high schools in the fall are gaining popularity, officials said. Wayne County Public Schools launched the school-within-a-school concept with a focus on business/finance and business. In addition to course offerings, students will also be...

Willard will wish her a very happy 101st birthday

Eileen Thornton turned 101 today. And, on Thursday, she will be a star. Willard Scott will announce her as a Smucker's birthday person on the Today Show at 8:30 a.m. Among those who will be watching is Mrs. Thornton's son,...

Duplin gets closer to new development organization

Almost six months after nearly cutting off Duplin County's economic development arm, officials are working to transition away from the current centralized county government department to a more comprehensive one that combines both public and private efforts. Earlier this year,...

Judge asks for zoning change for new bar

A local Superior Court judge's property could soon be used for a new bar on South Slocumb Street. Judge Jerry Braswell owns the building, which is located between Olivia Lane and Wilmington Avenue. Recently, he submitted a rezoning request to...

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Marijuana seized A Mount Olive man was caught with 27 pounds of marijuana, leading to charges, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office says. Antonio Cruz, 31, Bennett's Bridge Road, was charged with trafficking in marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the...

WCC law enforcement program now accepting applications

Wayne Community College is currently enrolling students for its 52nd Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy, which starts Jan. 7. The rigorous accredited program stresses academic achievement, discipline and officer safety, with evening classes meeting during the week and at varying...

Essay winners

Mount Olive Middle School had two winners in the Red Ribbon essay contest, sponsored by Wayne County 4-H, Cooperative Extension Service and Eastpointe. The theme was "Why it's important to remain drug-free." Winners were Adam McCullen, first, and Meagan Stott,...

Jackson and Sons gift boosts HVAC/R program at college

Jackson & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning and Trane have donated a heating and air conditioning system to Wayne Community College that will be used to train students in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) program. The unit...

Wayne County Public Schools lunch menus

WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Week of Dec. 3-7, 2007 Monday -- Breakfast: blueberry muffin; Lunch: sausage pizza, garden peas, baked apples, pear halves, fresh fruit; Tuesday -- Breakfast: ham biscuit; Lunch: baked chicken nuggets, whipped potatoes & gravy, corn niblets,...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Downtown Goldsboro is ready for Santa

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Center Street is aglow with holiday lights Sunday evening. Merchants and city officials are going all out to bring the holiday spirit to the downtown area, with the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. sponsoring trolley rides every Tuesday...

Man dies after he is hit on U.S. 70

A Princeton area man died early Sunday after being hit by a car on U.S. 70 near the intersection of U.S. 117, Goldsboro police investigators said. Jesse Metcalf Simpson, 25, of U.S. 70 West, died after impact with a 2003...

Hunt for elections director narrows

Now that Wayne County's 2007 municipal elections are officially over, the county Board of Elections is planning to act "as soon as possible" to fill the director position that has been vacant since mid-September. "The board members have been in...

Duplin makes plans for growth

KENANSVILLE -- Sitting in the middle of North Carolina's five major military bases -- all of which are expanding -- and with several new projects already being discussed, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners has begun taking a serious look...

Duplin will take a look a building needs and costs for next budget

With a jail bursting at the seams, the school system's central administration split between two offices and a soon-to-be vacant county-owned building, county Manager Mike Aldridge is hoping to be able to take care of all three problems in one...

Development Alliance sets sights on keeping industry

For the Wayne County Development Alliance, recruiting new business and industry is only one piece of the economic development puzzle. The other -- primarily the responsibility of existing industry specialist Mike Haney -- is retention. It's a job, he emphasized,...

Mount Olive Town Board discuss rules on animals

MOUNT OLIVE -- Having already taken action against packs of wild horses, Mount Olive Town Board members are now setting their sights on other animals causing disturbances around town. Chickens, goats and vicious dogs, beware. Despite Town Attorney Carroll Turner's...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A firsthand look at war

Troy Pate will not soon forget the wounded young American he met at a hospital in Afghanistan. He can still feel the weight of the body armor he donned at a U.S. air base somewhere in the desert. But the...

Skull found behind church

A worker found a human skull on Friday afternoon while clearing land owned by Goldsboro City Councilman Chuck Allen behind Fellowship Baptist Church, authorities say. County sheriff's deputies and detectives were "knee deep in mud" on Friday night and Saturday...

Boy, 11, killed in accident

An 11-year-old boy died after being hit by a car Friday evening on Church of God Road. Layne Knopick, of U.S. 117, Fremont, died Friday evening at about 5:45 after he was struck by a car near the intersection of...

United Way brings in 'special help' for final push

The Grinch, raising money for United Way, said Merry Christmas to those coming his way. Some cried and some didn't, that's just how it goes, but it was only Geoff Hulse, with green fingers and nose. And who else was...

Cousin seeks help with trip to find Marine's grave

Denied permission to travel with the U.S. Army's recovery team, but with his sights still set on seeing his cousin's grave site for himself, Cary Turner is asking for help. He's asking for help paying for a trip to Koh...

'The List' based on prayer

Filmmaker Gary Wheeler is banking on one element to be successful in the movie business -- truth. Movies have to be believable, he says, and even more so in the Christian genre, where sincerity comes under greater scrutiny. "Some people...

Brisk day-after-Thanksgiving sales put retailers in celebratory mood

Shoppers were out before the sun Friday morning to grab the best deals before Christmas, and many had the intention to spend as little as they could to make it through increasing economic pressures. And although drones of people stood...

Wayne a hotbed of parades this time of year

The holiday season is here, and Christmas is quickly approaching. And towns around the area are ready to march for the occasion -- several of which will come off on the same day. The Goldsboro Jaycees' annual Christmas parade will...

Standout Wayne students honored

Kevin Cobb, a senior at Spring Creek High School, shows promise. A member of the math club, Spanish club, choir and chorus, he's also made it into the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. But he's a standout,...

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Stabbing reported Charletta Atkinson of Hollowell Street told city police that a woman she knows stabbed her during a confrontation in the 900 block of Lincoln Drive on Wednesday morning, police said. Cotton burns A cotton module owned by William...

Kiwanis train rides Dec. 15-16

The Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro and the Key Club at Goldsboro High School will sponsor train rides on the Kiwanis train at Herman Park on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, from 5-9 p.m. The events are planned to promote reading....

Goldsboro historic homes tour to be held Dec. 8

Christmas is around the corner, and people will be welcoming family and friends into their homes. Some, in Goldsboro's historic district, will be opening their homes up to many more. On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,...

Donations for foster children sought

The Wayne County Foster Children's Fund is seeking donations to help foster parents provide a cheerful Christmas for the children in their care. More children than ever are in foster care, said Rebecca Rouse, adoption supervisor with the program. Foster...

Bridge battle re-enactment will be first at original site

Civil War re-enactors will for the first time re-create the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge at the exact site where the original battle took place when they take to the field Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2. The battle, fought in December...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Lining up to shop

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber A line of more than 150 early morning shoppers wait for Target’s doors to open shortly before 6 a.m. today. Black Friday holiday discounts in stores nationwide traditionally draw millions of shoppers out of their homes and...

Bargain hunt: Capturing a deal on a holiday gift

With the sky still pitch black, but the line in front of the door growing, JCPenney store manager Karen Witt decided it was time for a last-minute pep talk before opening the doors at 4 a.m. today. Reminding her employees...

WAGES will have new leadership in January

A replacement for retiring WAGES Executive Director Bryan Sutton has been named by its governing board. Dr. Marlee Ray, who recently retired as director of instructional support services with Wayne County Public Schools, will take over the reins Jan. 1,...

Police hunt for clues in shooting

Police now say a man found dead Sunday in woods off Salem Church Road was killed Saturday, the night a woman reported hearing gunshots behind her home. They now need help digging up leads to solve the murder of Joseph...

Company's plan would turn hog waste into energy

KENANSVILLE -- With an estimated 2.2 million hogs, each producing an average of 11 pounds of waste every day, swine manure is one of Duplin County's most abundant resources, and currently, it is being pumped into controversial lagoons and spray...

Commission approves request for rezoning

Finally deciding an issue that has hung around for several weeks, the Wayne County Board of Commis-sioners voted this week to rezone 19.4 acres along the corner of U.S. 70 and N.C. 581. The request was made by Jack Smith,...

Students compete in anti-drug essay contest

Wayne County students in grades 6-8 wrote more than 800 essays for the Red Ribbon Essay contest. It was sponsored by Wayne County 4-H, Cooperative Extension Service and Eastpointe. The theme was "Why it's important to remain drug free." Seven...

Walnut Creek has new clerk

The Village of Walnut Creek has a new face behind the window at Town Hall. Walnut Creek resident Cathy Woodson has been named the new village clerk. Longtime village clerk Sandra Allen submitted her resignation to the village council earlier...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

The News-Argus offices will be closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday. Friday's paper will be an afternoon edition....

Wayne Commissioners request opening more highways to tractor-trailers

Working to open Wayne County up to tractor-trailer traffic, the county Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday morning to ask the state Department of Transportation to classify several main arteries as National Truck Network highways. Currently, the only roads in Wayne...

Battle for bargins officially beginning

Thousands of Wayne County residents won't use Friday as a day to sleep in a few extra hours. There is war to be waged. They will be up before dawn, store advertisements and shopping lists in hand, waiting in lines...

Wayne County kids have their own turkey recipes

Forget the Reynolds Wrap ladies -- and Food Network star Paula Dean. And Butterball better snatch them up before the phones start ringing this afternoon. Students in Vicky Moots' kindergarten class at Faith Christian Academy were ready and willing to...

Help make a child's wish come true this holiday

With the advent of the holiday season, a time-honored tradition in Goldsboro and Wayne County is once again at work to make Christmas special for children who might otherwise face a bleak Yuletide. The Empty Stocking Fund, created in 1912,...

Empty Stocking Fund donors

* Dr. & Mrs. Hervy Kornegay Sr., $25 * Eugene Person, $20 * James & Randy Spader, $50 * Annie McDonald, $10 * FUMC Peanut Crew, $100 * Jimmy & Elaine Wilcox, $500 * Jerry & Kikuko Jones, $25 *...

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Thefts reported *Calvin Hodgin of Park Avenue reported Tuesday that a Heil-branded air conditioning and heating unit worth $3,500 was stolen from his other residence on McDaniel Avenue, city police said. *Henry Blount of Clayton reported stolen a 1975 Chevy...

Wayne County residents put family, health at the top of their Thanksgiving lists

What are you thankful for? A new car? A new home? Most folks interviewed Wednesday said they are mostly thankful for life, health, friends and family. Latoya Dupree of Goldsboro has seen a lot of sickness in her family --...

Goldsboro will unveil John Street project

Three families might soon be able to move into new homes on John Street -- as part of the city's downtown development project. The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. joined with Preservation North Carolina, the city of Goldsboro and Self-Help to...

Public school lunch menus

WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Week of Nov. 26-30, 2007 Monday -- Breakfast: strawberry poptart; Lunch: stuffed crust cheese pizza, baked corn dog nuggets, steamed broccoli, field peas, applesauce, orange. Tuesday -- Breakfast: apple muffin; Lunch: toasted cheese sandwich, PBJ sandwich,...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Children's Thanksgiving

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Leah Broswell, left and Kaley Glascoe, kindergarten students from Wayne Christian School, perform Five Little Turkeys for their families and friends during their Thanksgiving Day performance Monday inside the school’s gym....

SBI will examine Pikeville's books

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville town commissioners suspended town clerk Kathie Fields with pay Tuesday night as an investigation into certain financial transactions begins. Some of Pikeville's town records have already been seized and kept under lock and key by Wayne County...

Speaker: Lost land threatens U.S. farm position

Speaking at the 2007 Wayne County Farm-City Banquet Tuesday night, North Carolina State Grange President Jimmy Gentry discussed an issue that has been front and center on the plates of local officials for several weeks -- farmland preservation. Of all...

Wayne officials leaning towards sales tax

A decision is likely to be at least a month away, but the Wayne County Board of Commissioners began discussing Tuesday when it should put a quarter-cent local sales tax referendum before county voters. The discussion, which was postponed from...

The lights are on downtown

Snow was cascading from the sky, almost magically. Caroling could be heard up and down the streets. Swatches of red and green spotted the crowd, with children dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Even dogs had on their holiday...

There will be spots to get Thanksgiving necessities

Don't worry if you reach for the yams Thursday morning, and they aren't there. Several grocers will be open on Thanksgiving Day. The Food Lions will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Goldsboro Piggly Wiggly will...

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Larceny, assault A Nottingham Drive man is accused of stealing property from Hales Rental in Rosewood and assaulting the theft victim when confronted at N.C. Salvage on U.S. 117 South. Jeffrey Nolan Keen, 43, was charged with larceny, possession of...

Two named to Wayne County Agricultural Hall of Fame

As members of agricultural and urban business communities sat down together for the 2007 Wayne County Farm-City Banquet Tuesday night, the 24th two-member class was inducted into the Wayne County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Featuring one living inductee and one...

'Turkey Trot' 5K run Thursday at Family Y

The second Annual Woodmen of the World YMCA Turkey Trot for Obesity Awareness will be held Thursday. The 5-kilometer run begins at the Goldsboro Family Y at 8 a.m. Participants must register beginning at 7 a.m. for the $25 entry...

Burning ban remains in effect

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Division of Forest Resources is reminding people that want to burn debris or have any outdoor cooking fires over the Thanksgiving holiday that a statewide ban on all open burning remains in effect until further...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

On the road again

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Kinston resident Sandi Gaston stops for gas, coffee and a chance to allow her dogs Loki, left, and Morgan a chance to take a walk and stretch their legs as they make their way to Atlanta to...

Dead man found in woods identified

Goldsboro police investigators said they have identified a man found shot to death on Sunday night in woods behind a home off Salem Church Road. The body of Joseph Antonio Payan, 33, last known to live on North Webb Street...

It's official: Headen wins seat in District 1

With the results unchanged after Monday's recount, the race for the Goldsboro City Council District 1 seat came down once again to two votes -- 159 to 157 -- as Michael Headen remained on top. It was a result that...

Speakers protest transition home on West Walnut Street

Advocates of a halfway house asked members of the Goldsboro City Council to "look into their moral conscience," and approve the use of a building on West Walnut Street for that purpose. Margaret Rosemary was one of the advocates who...

Traveling for turkey begins

Travel experts say expect crowds and heavy traffic if traveling is on your agenda this Thanksgiving holiday. Airports will be crowded and gas more expensive, but officials from AAA Carolinas in Charlotte say that won't stop families from heading out...

Ag Expo: Farms are going to go global

Unlike North Carolina's manufacturing industries, which have been dealt incredible blows by today's increasingly globalized economy, Wayne County Cooperative Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent Kevin Johnson believes that local farmers are well-positioned to compete for many years to come....

Duplin commissioners reject school building proposal

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Commissioners didn't think it would come as any surprise, but their last action Monday afternoon might have been their most important. Holding an unscheduled vote after a short discussion about the upcoming sales tax referendum...

Salvation Army in need of bell ringers

The Salvation Army needs you ... and your family, friends, business, club or church. Beginning Friday, the familiar red kettles that spell hope for so many people at Christmas will be in their usual locations. Those scheduled to be at...

WCC nursing instructor honored

Wayne Community College nursing instructor Patty Pfeiffer was honored recently as one of five instructors who made it to the final round of competition for the N.C. Community College System/R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award. Caralyn House, an instructor at...

Waste Industries holiday schedule

Waste Industries will operate on a one day delay for trash collection for Thursday only. Customers whose regular collection day is Thursday are asked to pull their waste bins to the curb on Thursday night for collection on Friday. The...

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Investigations *The Mount Olive Police Department is seeking the public's help in solving two break-ins at Best Used Cars on Park Avenue, authorities say. Eight sets of after-market wheel rims and two vehicles were stolen in the first incident, police...

City holiday sanitation schedule

The City of Goldsboro will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. All sanitation services scheduled for Thursday will be collected on Wednesday. All sanitation services scheduled for Friday will be collected on Saturday....

Monday, November 19, 2007

Making holidays bright for needy children

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Santa, also known as Wendell Wood, gives a big wave to fellow riders during the 19th Annual Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run. More than 500 riders came out to take part in the even, which started...

County will eye sales tax hike vote

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will attempt again Tuesday to discuss the potential of putting a local sales tax referendum on the ballot -- possibly as early as the May primary -- but no decision is expected to be...

Resident finds body in woods

A Granville Drive woman heard gunshots Saturday night and found a dead body in woods near her home on Sunday morning, a witness and police say. An unidentified man, between the ages of 30 and 40, was found in woods...

Statues will be back atop old City Hall Wednesday

Goldsboro's historic statues will be back at their posts Wednesday -- and residents will get a chance Tuesday to get a close-up look. Justice and Liberty will return to the top of City Hall after their $190,000 makeovers. The statues...

Goldsboro will seek director for new Paramount Theater

There is room for one more at City Hall. He or she will have the duty of glamour and glitter and will be able not only to promote a theater but represent an entire community. That person will be the...

Stoney Creek Alliance will try to get ideas for proposed park

The Stoney Creek Park Alliance is getting down to business, with the first task being to decide what specific features will be in the new park. And one of those just might be a spot for those with paws. From...

Local Realtor, builder Bill Dees, 67, dies after long battle with cancer

Bill Dees, a leading figure in the Wayne County real estate business and an active community supporter, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 67. Dees was the founder of Century 21 Dees and Tyndall Realtors and the owner...

Red Cross offers holiday safety tips

Everyone is busily preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday and safety is probably not the first thing on the list. The Wayne County Chap-ter of the American Red Cross is urging people to be cautious in the kitchen and take action...

Walnut Creek gets new mayor as new council takes seats

The Village of Walnut Creek will no longer see Ken Ritt in the mayor's chair. The council said goodbye to Mayor Ken Ritt and hello to Mayor Darrell Horne Friday morning. Horne was excited to take the position. "It felt...

Volunteers sought for emergency reserve

The 38th Regiment of the North Carolina Emergency Reserves is seeking volunteer personnel for its 381st Battalion, headquartered in Johnston County. The team hopes to headquarter at least one company-sized unit in the Goldsboro area in 2008. NCER is an...

Tri-County membership meets at MOC

MOUINTOLIVE -- Tri-County Electric Membership Corp. recently held its 67th Annual Meeting of members at Kornegay Hall on the Mount Olive College campus. Approximately 1,800 people were present with 950 members registering from Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir, Johnston, Jones, Sampson and...

Restaurant driver accidentally hits cars, injures three in parking lot

The father of the owner of a Goldsboro restaurant accidentally struck and injured three pedestrians in the restaurant's parking lot Saturday night, police say. J.D. McCall, 79, Vail Road, Pikeville, is charged with failure to see before backing and unsafe...

ASU names new communications facility for Beasley

BOONE -- A new radio and television complex in Appalachian State University's Department of Communication has been named for broadcasting entrepreneur and former Goldsboro Board of Education member George G. Beasley of Naples, Fla., following action taken by the Appalachian...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Light the Lights: Curtain will rise soon on rebuilt Paramount

David Weil will tell you that construction crews working along Center Street are getting close. Doorways now exist where chicken wire once blocked passersby from an entrance that had not yet been built. A balcony, stage, box office and bathrooms...

Wayne County budget process starting early

It's only November, but Wayne County Manager Lee Smith is already beginning to look ahead to the 2008-09 budget and some of the big-ticket projects and expenses that might be coming down the line. "It really is starting early,...

No official winner yet in District 1 race

Until there is an official winner in the Goldsboro City Council District 1 race, Councilman Jimmy Bryan will stay at the council table. The Wayne County Board of Elections will hold a recount of the votes in the race between...

12 sites chosen to attract industries

A recently completed industrial site study commissioned by the Wayne County Development Alliance has identified 12 potential locations scattered throughout the county -- some in the north, some in the south, some in the west and some around the...

City Council to hold public hearings on rezonings, conditional use permit

Goldsboro City Council will hold three public hearings at Monday night's meeting. The first two will cover rezoning requests, while a third will consider a conditional use permit request. Import Auto Center is requesting a zoning change from neighborhood...

Jeffreys portrait to adorn Paramount lobby

A familiar face will greet local residents and arts enthusiasts each time they enter Goldsboro's new Paramount Theater. Wearing diamonds around her neck, the graceful blonde in the portrait hanging on the lobby wall will always have a wistful look...

Soup Kitchen readying for Thanksgiving

Plans are just about complete for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast at the Community Soup Kitchen, but director Doricia Benton isn't worried about making sure there is enough to make ends meet for the holiday spread. That's the way it is at...

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Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these reports: *Vicky Campbell of South William Street reported her home broken into last Sunday and a computer worth $540 stolen, police said. *Kevin Whitley of Andre Drive reported his truck broken into...

Mount Olive College names 2007 distinguished alumni

MOUNT OLIVE -- The son of a Wayne County tenant farmer -- destined to follow the same path until he discovered Mount Olive College -- received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award during the college's alumni homecoming weekend activities. Darrell Horne...

Ag Expo to educate on impact of farming

Hoping to bring more cohesion to Wayne County's agricultural community and to increase awareness about the role it plays throughout the county, members of the 2007 Karl M. Best Leadership Program are looking forward to the first annual Agricultural...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Just like pilots

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber 334th Fighter Squadron Lt. Col. Jason Brenneman dresses Kailey Kincaid, left, and Gracie Vera in his Air Force jackets and equipment during a visit to Northwest Elementary School Thursday. The event was part of a schoolwide celebration...

Judge, DA disagree over jail liaison position

A new position created by Wayne County commissioners is intended to reduce the jail population and keep court-appointed attorneys on their toes. But officials don't fully agree how effective a court liaison is at keeping the number of inmates down...

County takes aim at luring biotech

Hoping to take advantage of Wayne County's proximity to the Research Triangle Park and the facilities at East Carolina University and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Greenville, county officials have agreed to partner with their counterparts from four other...

Pizza Anyone?

Cheese, sauce and dough are not usually part of a superintendent's repertoire. But for Dr. Steven Taylor, Thursday night was a little out of the ordinary. The Wayne County Public Schools superintendent was not in his office on Royall Avenue...

Christmas tree woes

MOUNT OLIVE -- Brownie Souther-land lost most of what he planted this year, and the crop that did survive is underdeveloped. But once Thanksgiving rolls around, Christmas tree farmers simply do not have the luxury of waiting for the rain...

Community reaches out to assist local students

If it takes a village to raise a child, one group of Wayne County residents hopes its efforts will not only benefit the youths but might spawn similar efforts in other communities. Central Heights Community Outreach, comprised of residents in...

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Robbery arrest A man who authorities say helped rob a handicapped victim at an N.C. 111 South home in Seven Springs has been arrested, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Samuel Devon Cannon, 30, Brock Street, faces charges of first-degree...

Wayne County Reads Web site up and running

The Wayne County Reads Committee has erected a Web site for its 2008 season at www.waynecountyreads.com. The committee, co-chaired by Tara Humphries of Wayne Community College and Kim Huskins Webb of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Library, has had...

Wayne chosen for state's early college application program

Wayne County high school students are being encouraged to pursue college after graduation, with the district being chosen to participate in a statewide initiative to begin the application process early in their senior year. For three days this past week,...

Monday is last day to give to Operation Christmas Child

Adamsville Baptist Church is accepting donations of shoe boxes filled with toys, candy and hygiene items for needy children all over the world. About 60 church members are loading a tractor-trailer truck with gifts as part of Operation Christmas Child,...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Old is New Again

News-Argus/Greg Sousa A reflection of the Goldsboro City Hall that is being renovated can be seen in the window of the current offices as a glass bridge connects the two....

New Cherry Hospital plans on schedule

Slightly more than a year after funding was allocated, and nearly three years before the project is expected to be completed, the new Cherry Hospital is moving along pretty much on schedule, said officials with the state Department of Health...

Suspect charges in Monday shooting

Police have made an arrest in a fight that turned deadly on East Maple Street, Goldsboro Police Chief Tim Bell said. Ricky Lee Burch died of his injuries Tuesday after being shot in the head, police said. Ryan Jermaine Allen...

Extreme makeover: City Hall edition

An onlooker standing on Center Street can see that Goldsboro's historic City Hall looks new on the outside, but inside the changes are even more dramatic. Outside, the large columns at the front of the building have been restored. All...

Parents warned about Internet access

It only takes eight minutes online to find a child's full name, who his friends are and what his hobbies are -- all from his login name. In twenty minutes, anyone can find what school the child goes to and...

Agribusiness center to be dedicated Saturday to late farm advocate Britt

MOUNTOLIVE -- Mount Olive College will dedicate its agribusiness center in memory of Lois G. Britt during the college's annual alumni weekend. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at Raper Hall. The agribusiness center's close proximity to...

Phi Beta Lambda members honored

The Mount Olive College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently attended a fall leadership development conference in Rocky Mount, bringing home several awards. Sonya McCoy O'Brien, chapter adviser, also attended and presented a workshop to students and adisors on "Tech...

2008 Center Street Jam schedule released

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp.'s entertainment committee has released the summer schedudle for the Center Street Jams for next year. The jams will be held every other week twice a month from May to August. The first will be held...

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Nails stolen Jean Bridgers of Logan Street reported that 25 cases of assorted nails worth $1,500 were stolen from a warehouse in the 800 block of North James Street, police said. Many of the nails were designed for use with...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Helping Hands

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Michael Trent, left, 7, and Joshua Gatlin, 6, and more than 50 other Meadow Lane Elementary School students set up an assembly line this morning and made about 100 bag lunches that will be donated to the...

Recount sought in District 1 City Council race

Frankie Anna Lewis has asked for a recount in the race for the District 1 seat on the Goldsboro City Council. Michael Headen finished with a two-vote margin of victory in the election, but following Tuesday's canvass, Mrs. Lewis requested...

Harvey wins Fremont board seat

The Wayne County Board of Election broke out its red bowl to decide the tie in Fremont's District 1 election. Al Lewis and incumbent Billy Harvey both received 11 votes in the general election. Billy Harvey won a drawing to...

Hospital had disappointing financial year

Financially speaking, 2007 was a "disappointing year" for Wayne Memorial Hospital, officials announced Tuesday. For the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the bottom line unaudited figures came in at $6.7 million, compared to a budgeted $12.5 million, said Becky Craig,...

I-795 signs expected to be up soon

Signs designating the new Interstate 795 between U.S. 70 and Interstate 95 will soon be in place, state Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday. The route, a combination of U.S. 117 and U.S. 264, received its official interstate designation on...

County planners ponder airport height restrictions

With two airports in Wayne County and an eye always focused on protecting Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the county Planning Board discussed possible new height restrictions around all three airfields Tuesday night. County Planning Director Connie Price explained that...

Cancer Society recognizes volunteers for their efforts

Local volunteers were honored for their service to Wayne County's cancer patients at a banquet Tuesday at New Hope Friends Church. Holding the recognition ceremony was the Wayne County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Rose Whitfield received a plaque...

Free dental clinic Friday and Saturday

A free weekend dental clinic will be offered again this year, on Friday and Saturday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Harris Street. Sponsored by the Mission of Mercy of North Carolina, its goal is to provide dental care to...

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Robbery Rudolph Jennings, 57, of Poplar Street reported that two black males ran up behind him on South Leslie Street, attacking him and robbing him, Goldsboro police say. Jennings reported he was struck in the head by hands and forced...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Saying Thanks

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Willie Ray Starling salutes members of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Color Guard as they march by during the Goldsboro Veterans Day parade Monday. For more information see Hundreds line streets to...

Strike Eagles will fly by Wednesday

A familiar sound will likely be back in Wayne County skies Wednesday. More than a week after Air Force officials grounded all non-critical F-15 flights, 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Steve Kwast said the E models housed at Seymour Johnson...

Man found shot in middle of the street

A Goldsboro man was found with a gunshot wound to the head on East Maple Street on Monday night, police said. Ricky Lee Burch, 33, of McLain Street, was found in the 1700 block of East Maple after police...

Officials watching farmland losses

Despite the development pressures that are beginning to be felt in Wayne County, nearly half of it is still farmland. But its an amount that some feel might soon begin decreasing. County Cooperative Extension Director Howard Scott said the...

Hundreds line streets to honor local veterans, and those long gone

Lynwood Sutherland approached Center Street alone Monday morning. The "buddies" he used to attend Goldsboro's annual Veterans Day parade with are no longer living, he said. So this year, he showed up to honor them. "It's hard going on sometimes,"...

Medicare drug plan signups scheduled for later this week

For Medicare recipients, Thursday will mark the beginning of the 2008 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan open enrollment period. Running until Dec. 31, it is a window of opportunity for people holding the Medicare Red, White and Blue Card --...

Schools celebrate week to remember education with activities, events

Schools across the county are participating in activities geared to recognize American Education Week. Wayne County Public Schools were not in session Monday in honor of Veterans Day, but the rest of the week will be centered around the National...

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Assault Alex Grant of Sandill Drive reported being stabbed in the back Saturday morning, investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Grant reported that four men came up to his home in a Toyota Camry and blew the horn...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Across the pond gratitude

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Growing up in England during the height of World War II was not easy for, from left, Ann Condon, Marguerite Poland, Brenda Chambers and Miriam Johnson. So today, along with, from right, Sandra and Penelope Scoggins, the...

New airmen will bring money to the county

As the 300 new active-duty airmen scheduled to make up the 911th Air Refueling Squadron begin arriving in January, it's not just Seymour Johnson Air Force Base that will have to absorb them. The rest of Goldsboro and Wayne County...

Task force will target substance abusers

The WATCH Substance Abuse Task Force is back in action. Begun six years ago to address the need for substance abuse education and resources in the community, it has been dormant for more than a year. D.J. Coles, a health...

United Way needs help to make 2007 goal

United Way of Wayne County officials are asking residents to dig deep to help the organization reach its goal of improving 29,200 lives throughout the county next year. The organization is falling short of the goal of raising $1.46 million...

They won't forget what happened 'over there'

Miriam Johnson remembers when a piece of candy set her free -- when the taste of sweet powder took a little girl away from the air raids and the bombings. The 72-year-old can still smell the rubber gas mask she...

Veteran remembers victories, sadness from his World War II service

Chuck Jacobi was in a town in Sicily in a valley with a wooded area. It was wartime and he was scouting ahead for signs of the enemy. Suddenly he heard a boom. Next thing he knew, a shell flew...

Wayne Memorial ads new rules for uniforms

Nurses at Wayne Memorial Hospital are adopting a more professional image. The more uniform approach among the nursing staff went into effect Nov. 1, said Shirley Harkey, director of nurses. From nurses and nursing assistants to unit secretaries on each...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

National Guard unit gets word on orders to deploy

More than three years ago, members of the National Guard's 230th Brigade Support Battalion were in Iraq assisting the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division. Now, it looks as if they might be going back to the desert. Maj. William Richards,...

A veteran remembers

Don't thank Joe D'Eufemia. The gunner would rather you honor his best friend, Tony, and the 58,000 others who never made it home. Don't ask about those tree-top extractions in the jungle -- at least not unless you are ready...

Would-be robber dies after being hit by truck

A Dudley man accused of stealing from a Selma home died Thursday night after being hit by the homeowner's truck, authorities say. Local prosecutors don't yet know if they will charge the homeowner who says he accidentally hit Cornelius Brown,...

United Way sets sights on final campaign lap

Wayne County United Way is in the final lap of this year's campaign, which ends Dec. 6, but still needs the community's help to cross the finish line. Adopting a racing motif as the theme, officials launched its "Bring It...

Paramedic units work to increase heart attack survival rates

With impressive results being reported by emergency medical officials, doctors and the 65 hospitals participating in a statewide program headed up by Duke University Medical Center to improve cardiac care in North Carolina, both Wayne and Duplin counties' emergency medical...

Auditions planned for 'Portrait' readings

Tryouts will be held this week for an upcoming Wayne County Reads performance slated for Feb. 8 at Wayne Community College. The performance will be titled "A Portrait of a People: A Survey of African American Poetry." The material has...

Weekend of fellowship, fun coming to Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hundreds of alumni are expected to return to their alma mater Nov. 16-18 to participate in Mount Olive College's annual Homecoming Weekend. Festivities will kick off with a business breakfast briefing on Friday at 7:30 a.m. in...

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Investigations *Stevie A. Cox of Carlyle Circle told Goldsboro police somebody wrote a numeral 1 in front of the $10.72 check he wrote at Food Lion, 1322 W. Grantham St. and received $100 back from the bank. Cox said he...

Mount Olive to repave sections of Crest Drive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Residents of Crest Drive who spoke to Town Board members last month about the deteriorating condition of their street will likely be satisfied soon. Board members voted unanimously to pave the 100 and 200 blocks of the...

Churches donate $87,461 to college

MOUNT OLIVE -- An estimated $87,461 in financial gifts were donated to Mount Olive College this past year by Free Will Baptist churches in Wayne County. The Convention of Original Free Will Baptists established Mount Olive College in 1951 as...

While he's at war, family carries on with business of life

It was not the fact that he missed 6-year-old Lyndsay's first day of grade school. It was a little girl without her daddy's hand to hold at the bus stop. It was not the fact that he was at war....

Auditor finds Pikeville's finances in 'solid' shape

An auditor gave the town of Pikeville a glowing financial audit on Monday night. John Anthony of Wilson-based Anthony, Moore & Tabb told the town its general fund balance was healthy at $550,000 at the end of the fiscal year...

Friday, November 9, 2007

Offenders can do conference to serve

Organizers of a conference designed to reach gang members and others involved in illegal drug activity have asked a judge to assign offenders to the gathering as part of their sentencing. Wayne County's Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell is allowing...

Sales tax might be on next agenda

With 26 counties holding referendums Tuesday on one of two local taxing options, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners originally planned to spend much of its meeting discussing if and when it might put its own quarter-cent sales tax on...

Lawsuit filed over severed fingertip

The severed tip of a kindergartner's finger is the subject of a lawsuit filed this week against Wayne County Schools, court records show. The lawsuit alleges that unsupervised trips to the bathroom at Rosewood Elementary School were the cause of...

Mount Olive officials issue town's set of voluntary water restrictions

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town officials are asking residents to conserve water voluntarily -- even if the need to do so is not pressing. Town Manager Charles Brown said despite the fact that Mount Olive is one of the only municipalities...

City leaf collection scheduled to begin

As the leaves turn to shades of red and orange and begin to fall, the peak of Goldsboro's leaf collection season approaches. And every year, the city has a hefty time with the pickup process. But this year, city workers...

Thornton, Kenan named to Duplin Hall of Fame list

WARSAW - The two inductees into the Duplin County Hall of Fame Thursday night came from opposite ends of not only the county and the state's historical spectrum, but also the nation's. The first, a Revolutionary War hero, was a...

Volunteers sought for emergency reserve unit

The 38th Regiment of the North Carolina Emergency Reserves is seeking volunteer personnel for its 381st Battalion, headquartered in Johnston County. The team hopes to headquarter at least one company-sized unit in the Goldsboro area in 2008. NCER is an...

Red Cross sets November Bloodmobile schedule

The following is the November Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seven Springs Baptist Church Tuesday: 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Chapter house, 600...

Entries being accepted for Goldsboro Christmas parade

The Goldsboro Jaycees' annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in downtown Goldsboro. The theme of this year's parade will be "Polar Express." Parade entries are now being accepted. An entry form must be received...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hitting the Aisles

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Hundred of shoppers make their way into the new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Rosewood on Wednesday morning for the store's ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. Construction of the store began about a year ago. Wal-Mart now has...

Commissioners eye tax proposal for 2008

For 21 of the 26 counties with a local option tax referendum on their ballots Tuesday, the rallying cry seemed to be 'no new taxes,' as voters repeatedly rejected both new revenue options offered to them. And, while none Wayne...

O'Berry observes its 50th anniversary

Bill and Maureen Scott still recall the day, 39 years ago, they brought their troubled eight-year-old son to O'Berry Center and the "heart-wrenching decision" to leave him there. "We were frightened as could be, but there was this lovely woman...

Most water district incumbents keep their board seats

Nearly forgotten in the fray of the six municipal elections Tuesday were the four sanitary districts also selecting new board members. Featuring mostly incumbents, the four boards have received a little more attention than usual this year as Wayne County...

Duplin approves water ordinance

Despite the drought, residents on Duplin County's water system aren't faced with a water crisis right now, but the county Board of Commissioners adopted a water shortage ordinance Monday morning anyway. It's actually something, explained county Manager Mike Aldridge, that...

Edgertons honored for Habitat work

Bill and Jan Edgerton were named recipients of the 2007 Medallion Award at a recognition ceremony Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church. It was one of only 20 such awards given to North Carolina volunteers this year. The Edgertons will be...

Military mail deadlines nearing

WASHINGTON -- The surge in military personnel sent to Iraq is contributing to an overall increase in overseas mail delivery by almost 200 percent and average volume will quadruple during the peak holiday week. The U.S. Postal Service is reminding...

Airport drill tests emergency units

Shortly before noon Wednesday, officials at the Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal Airport "stumbled" across the scene of a terrorist plot involving an unidentified chemical or biological compound -- likely the nerve gas sarin. Following their emergency action plan, they contacted the Belfast...

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Armed robbery investigated *Clifford Allen Davis of Mocksville said he was robbed at gun point in the parking lot at 2100 Wayne Memorial Drive. He said two black men who appeared to be in their 20s approached while he was...

Greene County superintendent resigns

SNOW HILL -- The Greene County Board of Education accepted the resignation of school Superintendent Dr. L. Stephen Mazingo during a special called meeting this week. Mazingo has accepted the of headmaster at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston. His resignation...

Duplin election results

From staff reports These are results from some of the Duplin County municipal elections held Tuesday. CALYPSO Mayor * 28 write-in votes Board of Commissioners (five seats) *Larry Cashwell -- 50 *Diana Lewis -- 41 *Rubylene "Ruby" Lambert (incumbent) --...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Election night

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Mayor Al King, left, Julie Thompson, Councilman Don Chatman and Councilman Chuck Allen watch the vote tallies on a television inside The Lantern Inn as the votes pour in for Tuesday’s elections....

DNA matched in Dail rape case

No one has been charged yet and certainly no arrests have been made, but thanks to the DNA evidence that exonerated Dwayne Dail after 18 years in prison, there now may be a new suspect in the 1987 rape of...

Turnout only 13 percent in Goldsboro

Another Election Day has come and gone in Wayne County and a review of the aftermath this morning shows few races that resulted in upsets, as in most cases, the incumbents won -- sometimes handily. Perhaps the largest margin of...

King is back in the saddle

For much of Tuesday evening, Al King sat with his back to the election results scrolling across the bottom of a television hanging near the kitchen wall inside the Lantern Inn. He admits he had little interest in the numbers...

Incumbents holds back challengers for council

Goldsboro City Council will have many of the same names when the new year begins after all three incumbents held off challengers to retain their seats Tuesday. The numbers weren't a surprise, they said. For councilmen Charles Williams Sr. and...

Headen wins race for District 1 seat by just two votes

Two votes separate the candidates in Goldsboro City Council's District 1 race. And although Michael Headen is unofficially the winner who will replace Jimmy Bryan on council next year, he said he will not officially declare himself so until the...

Mayor, Allen file complaint against Stuart

Publications circulated by Goldsboro mayoral candidate D.A. Stuart might get him in trouble with the state. District 5 councilman Chuck Allen and Stuart's opponent, Mayor Al King, have filed a formal complaint with the Board of Elections against the candidate,...

McDonald will look for next leaders

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ray McDonald had tears in his eyes Tuesday evening as precincts began reporting in. The 70-year-old will tell you he had "no idea" more than 75 percent of Mount Olive voters wanted him back. But in the...

Village voters put incumbents back in office for another term

With six people vying for the three open seats on the Village of Walnut Creek Village Council, the two incumbents were pleased Tuesday night to see their names come out on top. "I'm glad that I was elected, and I...

Eureka chooses three write-ins

EUREKA -- Three write-in candidates, including two newcomers, will serve on the Eureka Town Board. The town of about 250 people traditionally elects its leaders by write-in ballot. Incumbent town commissioner Myrtie Sauls received 24 write-in votes, the most of...

Potter stays mayor in Seven Springs; incumbents win

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Stephen Potter beat a challenger for the mayor's seat in Seven Springs by four votes Tuesday in the municipal election, and the three incumbent town commissioners kept their seats. Potter was appointed acting mayor after Jewel Kilpatrick...

Leaders ready to take reins in Pikeville

The three at-large seats up for grabs in Pikeville went to a former town commissioner, an incumbent and another challenger, preliminary final election results show. Former Commissioner Vance Greeson was the top vote-getter, garnering 58 votes or 19 percent of...

Three incumbents earn back seats in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Plenty of familiar faces will be sworn in Thursday at Town Hall. Mount Olive residents hit the polls Tuesday to elect a new Town Board, but the results were not much different than those posted in previous...

Jones will stay mayor of Fremont

Fremont Mayor Devone Jones earned a a second term in office Tuesday -- by a margin of eight votes. Former Wayne County Schools Superintendent W. Darron Flowers finished with 92 votes and and physician Amy V. Price received 76. "I'm...

Harvey, Lewis tie for seat on Fremont Town Board

The only contested race in Fremont turned out to be a tie. District 1 incumbent Billy Harvey and challenger Al Lewis both garnered 11 votes in that race. If the numbers stand up after the canvass, the winner will be...

WCC art show entries sought

Wayne Community College is seeking artwork from its students, alumni, faculty and staff to be submitted for consideration for the 2008 N.C. Community College Art Exhibit. The community college system solicits art from all 58 of its schools each year....

High-tech gadgetry helped locate missing 4-year-old

Nestled away in a bean field, airborne police using heat-detection devices at first thought a 4-year-old Seven Springs area boy was a small animal, authorities say. But the young Hines Crossroads area resident -- who has a mental handicap and...

Two-car crash kills Pikeville man

PATETOWN -- A two-car crash killed a Pikeville man on N.C. 111 North near the intersection of Daw Pate Road and a Goldsboro teen was charged in the death, the Highway Patrol says. Ralph Burden, 62, Carla Ann Drive, Pikeville...

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Armed robberies investigated *A man walked into the Burger King on North Spence Avenue with a handgun and demanded cash from the cashier, Goldsboro police said. The suspect was described as a black male, between the ages of 16 and...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Casting votes today

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Goldsboro resident George Smith submits his ballot after voting on Tuesday morning at the Wayne County Public Library. Goldsboro and other local municipalities will cast their ballots today for a variety of open positions in their local...

Strike Eagles grounded after Missouri Air National Guard crash

There will be no more silver birds coming in for landing near Wilber's barbecue, no more roars in the skies over Goldsboro and Wayne County. At least for now. In what Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Bentley is calling a "precautionary...

Water shortage worries officials

Goldsboro's conservation measures have eased the water shortage, but the danger that supplies will be limited in the future is prompting city officials to push for residents to keep conserving. Water was a big issue at the City Council's work...

Agriculture event will explore farming's role in the economy

With Wayne County, historically an agricultural community, on the leading edge of the growth and development spilling out of the Triangle, the feeling among many community leaders is that now is the time to engage residents on the role that...

Election turnout

Voting was light across Goldsboro and Wayne County today, as residents went to the polls to choose municipal officials. Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. The flow of voters was a trickle at 8:15 a.m. in...

Wayne Schools already preparing for end-of-grade tests

Although end-of-grade and end-of-course tests might seem a long way off, school officials are already preparing for this year's round of testing. It's the educators' job to equip students to learn, said Dr. Sandra McCullen, associate superintendent for curriculum and...

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Investigtions *A Dudley man was charged in connection with a break-in at R.N. Rouse & Co. after an investigation, Goldsboro police investigator Dave Cloutier said. William Earl Arthur, 38, Denning Road, Dudley, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny, possessing...

Wayne County Public Schools lunch menus

WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Week of Nov. 12-16, 2007 Monday -- HOLIDAY Tuesday -- Breakfast: apple muffin; Lunch: sausage pizza, soft taco w/ cheese & salsa, pinto beans, shredded lettuce w/diced tomatoes, peaches, orange. Wednesday -- Breakfast: ham biscuit;...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Today's the day: No more watering

It's official today. Residential outside watering is forbidden as part of the city's continuing efforts to manage a months-long, statewide drought. But residents won't be the only ones affected -- some businesses are on the water chopping block, too. On...

Sanitary districts keep eye on water

With water becoming an increasingly important issue and a cause for concern, board members and officials with Wayne County's sanitary districts think that this might be the year people begin to pay attention to what they do. On Tuesday, voters...

County will eye sales tax increase

A possible quarter-cent sales tax is on the agenda for Tuesday's Wayne County Board Commissioners meeting, but no action is likely to be taken. Scheduled for the work session portion of their meeting, the commissioners are expected to discuss whether...

In Fremont, only one race a contest Tuesday

Six districts are up for re-election in the Fremont Board of Aldermen race, but only the first district is a contested race. In District 1, incumbent Billy Harvey did not make his phone number available on election materials filed with...

Multiple candidates seek opportunity to lead village

The Village of Walnut Creek will have six contenders -- two incumbents and four other residents, some newcomers -- on Tuesday's ballot for the three available council seats. Incumbent Thomas Hill Shaw was the first to file for re-election. Shaw,...

Candidates square off for Pikeville board seats

Six candidates vying for three available seats on Pikeville's town commission all agree the town needs more industry for a more productive tax base. Candidate Todd S. Anderson said "there's no really hot-button issues for me here in Pikeville," but...

Congressman says veterans health care issues addressed

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield said Congress is taking a big step toward honoring a promise of free medical care for life made years ago to military personnel. A bill has passed the U.S. House and Senate that will increase Veterans...

Mount Olive College to offer pre-engineering

MOUNTOLIVE -- Mount Olive College will introduce a pre-engineering program this spring, developed in cooperation with the College of Engineering at N.C. State University. The transfer program will allow students to complete their freshman year at MOC, then apply to...

Sunday, November 4, 2007

More airmen on the way

By next summer, members of the 4th Fighter Wing will no longer be the sole active-duty airmen living and working on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Leadership from the 916th Air Refueling Wing is preparing for the arrival of the...

Greene officials say they monitor laptops

Three laptops containing student-produced pornography -- seized from Greene County Central High School by the State Bureau of Investigation -- should not define an otherwise good program, the principal says. It's also a warning to parents, Principal Randy Bledsoe said,...

Headen, Lewis battle for open seat on City Council

Citizens of District 1 will have a brand new council member Tuesday night. Frankie Anna Lewis and Michael Headen both say they are running to improve their city, and they have very similar ideas on how to accomplish that goal....

Waller faces challenge from Stanley in District 1

Two men -- both with records of service to their community -- will ask voters to choose them when they cast their ballots in the District 2 Goldsboro City Council election Tuesday. Incumbent Councilman Bob Waller has served his community,...

Allen wants to continue work on Council

Incumbent Chuck Allen is ready to serve District 5 for four more years. Allen has been on the City Council for eight years, and for five of those, he has been mayor pro-tem. He doesn't want the seat to set...

Rustler planned to silence the lamb

A Saulston area man who had his palate poised for the taste of ill-gotten mutton is now in custody, authorities say. David Allen Smith, 45, Bartlett Road, faces a felony county of pursuing or injuring livestock with the intent to...

Council pushes forward on rec center plan

Goldsboro's Parks and Recreation Department will ask City Council Monday night for $425,000 to move on to the next phase of the city's new recreation center. The Community Development Block Grant money, from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department,...

Three in race for mayor of Fremont

Fremont's incumbent mayor says he wants to continue work toward improving the town, while his two challengers say they hope for a change in leadership with the same goal in mind. Fremont Mayor Devone Jones faces challengers W. Darron...

Duplin County beginning to prepare for county fair return 2008

It's been five or six years since the last one, but Duplin County officials are optimistic that next year, the county fair can come back bigger and better than ever before. But it's going to take planning and it's...

Downtown Christmas lights to be lit Nov. 20

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. will sponsor its annual Christmas lighting ceremony and festivities Nov. 20, from 5-7 p.m. in front of City Hall. The mayor will flip the switch to light up the downtown area at 5:30 p.m. Festivities...

Friday, November 2, 2007

Teens in trouble for Internet sex videos

Student pornography is probably not what Greene County Schools officials wanted or expected to see when they started distributing laptops with cameras in the fall of 2003. But that is exactly what happened in at least two separate cases, prosecutors...

He didn't want to miss even one day

Send back the workman's compensation check. Eddie Russell would rather be up on his crane. Don't tell him to take a few weeks to cope. The 64-year-old would not know what to do with himself. For Eddie Russell, missing a...

Program pinpoints employees' skill levels

By MATTHEW WHITTLE News-Argus Staff Writer As Wayne County begins in earnest to find new ways to prepare, train and advertise a skilled workforce, APV Heat Transfer is out in front of the pack. Utilizing a job skills assessment system...

Cutting crime tops agenda for council, city, candidates say

By ANESSA MYERS News-Argus Staff Writer Goldsboro City Council-man Don Chatman is a man of few words. But not when he is talking about serving District 3. After "sweating out" the primary election, Chatman said he is ready to move...

School district debuts revamped public Web site

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer Wayne County Public Schools is getting a new, spruced-up home. On the Internet, that is. The updated schools Web site debuted Thursday, officials announced. "This has been a lot of work," said Gene Jackson,...

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Third break-in A West Walnut Street business suffered its third break-in and larceny since Oct. 18, losing another $5,250 in tools in the Wednesday incident, Goldsboro police said. Johnson Sherman Co. lost a tool box full of wrenches and a...

Triplet named Career Woman of the Year

By BONNIE EDWARDS News-Argus Staff Writer MOUNT OLIVE -- A holistic healthcare practitioner from the Wayne County part of the LaGrange community is the Wayne-Duplin Business and Professional Women's Club 2007 Career Woman of the Year. Catherine Elaine Triplet received...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Company will look at viability of commuter, freight rail

By the middle of next year, North Carolina Railroad is hoping to know whether a commuter rail service on its line between Goldsboro and Greensboro might be feasible. But, cautioned company president Scott Saylor, residents shouldn't expect passenger trains to...

Two who want to lead Goldsboro share thoughts on future, each other

Two men want to lead Goldsboro for the next four years. One is an incumbent, while the other is a new challenger. And already, fireworks have begun. Mayoral candidate D.A. Stuart believes he is the man for the job. He...

Rosewood Wal-Mart ready for opening

Rosewood's new Wal-Mart Supercenter store at U.S. 70 and N.C. 581 will open for business Wednesday, company officials said this week, with a ribbon-cutting set for 8 a.m. The doors will open for shopping immediately following the ceremony. On Sunday,...

Aycock's lost sheep back home

FREMONT -- Annabelle, the lost sheep from the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace that local officials feared was already mutton on someone's table is back safe and sound in her pen. Leigh Strickland, manager of the historic site, said today that...

Boo-It attracts characters to downtown party

There were lions, tigers and bears. There were bite-size monkeys and the smallest gorillas. Scooby Doo and Winnie the Pooh even made appearances. The 14th annual Boo-It event started the Halloween festivities off right Wednesday night at Pedestrian Plaza. "All...

Playroom new add-on to city Rec Center plan

Moms and dads won't have to worry about finding a babysitter when they plan their workouts at the city's new community center. The South Center Street facility will include a playroom, Recreation Center Committee members discussed Wednesday. The committee met...

Schools ready to implement tobacco-free policies in 2008

As the public schools move closer to becoming "tobacco-free", signs have been posted in the central office and individual schools. The advance notice is designed to alert the community that, effective Aug. 1, 2008, the district will no longer allow...

Veterans expo Saturday

U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield will host a Military and Veterans Informational Resource Expo and Appreciation Awards Luncheon Saturday at the Dillard-Goldsboro Alumni Center at 801 Poplar St., starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until 2:30 p.m., with registration at...

Public record

Break-ins Goldsboro police say a string of break-ins on West Walnut Street, Fedelon Trail and U.S. 117 South are similar and are probably related. Two thefts were reported at Johnson Sherman Co., individual break-ins at R.N. Rouse, Coca Cola Bottling...