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Monday, December 31, 2007

Pickle Drop Prep

News-Argus/Bobby Williams IT'S TONIGHT: Mt. Olive Pickle Co. employees Tim May, left, and Pete Evrard check the large plastic pickle that will be used during the annual New Year's Pickle Drop tonight at 7 p.m. at the corner of...

A love lost

For 32 years, Gail Hargrove has honored and cherished the memory of the man she pledged her life to, remaining the wife -- the widow -- of Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Hargrove. A whirlwind affair, the pair dated for...

Kerr says there's still work to do

With state Sen. John Kerr set to retire at the end of the upcoming short session, potential replacements are already circling for his seat. But, the 20-year legislative veteran noted, he is not done yet. "I'm going to be...

Driver killed in morning collision

The grandfather of a Goldsboro firefighter is dead following a two-car crash on Interstate 795 near Cherry Hospital, police say. Police were not releasing names in the accident, which happened about 8:45 a.m. Monday, police Capt. Grayham Keesler said....

Public Record

Charges The Goldsboro Police Department reported these charges: *Janete Malanrod, 21, North William Street, no operator's license, $1,000 bond. *Jesus Hernandez Nava, 23, Odum Road, Lumberton, drive while license revoked, speeding, $500 bond. *Tobey Steven Blankinship, 29, East Beech Street,...

closings, etc

From staff reports All city, county, state and federal offices will be closed New Year's Day and revelers planning a big night tonight should plan ahead and have a designated driver in place because law enforcement officials say they will...

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Clips of an era -- longtime barber shop closes

Danny Cook remembers sitting in Leslie Potts' chair when he was 6 years old. "My dad, he brought me up here," he said. That was 35 years ago. So when Cook, now 41, made his way to that same chair,...

Veterans get copy of letter from Garris

For more than 30 years, Cleeve Cox has called Preston Garris one of his closest friends. The World War II veteran said they had a Purple Heart in common and combat stories to share. But these days, Cox is simply...

Pikeville clerk put back at her desk

PIKEVILLE -- Although a state investigation into allegations of financial irregularities is not complete, town commissioners reinstated suspended Town Clerk Kathie Fields in a 4-1 vote Friday. A majority of the town's commissioners and Mayor Herbert Sieger said reinstating Kathie...

Habitat has list of families who need new homes

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro Wayne officials say they cannot build houses fast enough to keep up with the qualified families waiting for the OK that they will receive homes of their own. Development Director Sherry Archibald said Habitat...

Red Cross sends out SOS for blood

Facing a possible blood shortage around the holidays, the American Red Cross is putting out a desperate plea for donors. The Wayne County chapter is behind in blood collections, along with most of the nation, said Samia Garner, director of...

Wanye County Reads sets 2008 events schedule

A true story of racism, murder, historical perspective and how a society deals with conflict is the 2008 Wayne County Reads selection. "Blood Done Sign My Name" tells the story of Timothy Tyson, who was 10 years old in...

Friday, December 28, 2007

Lending a hand

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Nine-year-old Dejah Hill, left, Staff Sgt. Taifa Petaway and Tech Sgt. Tynisha Hill peel sweet potatoes at the Community Soup Kitchen on Oak Street on Dec. 27. For more information see Airmen help at soup kitchen....

Cherry plans on schedule, officials say

State officials have said that despite the recently discovered design flaws at the nearly completed Central Regional Hospital in Butner, the new Eastern Region Hospital in Goldsboro is continuing to progress on schedule, and in fact, will likely be better...

Sprunt links with UNC-W to increase teachers

With Duplin County and the rest of North Carolina facing an ever-increasing teacher shortage, one man has been given the responsibility by officials at both James Sprunt Community College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to increase the...

SJAFB Airmen help at Goldsboro soup kitchen

Tynisha Hill spent much of her Thursday peeling sweet potatoes and serving meals inside a building on Oak Street. But the Air Force technical sergeant will tell you that the joy that came with feeding hungry Goldsboro residents at the...

Johnston preparing for future water shortages

Over the past three years, Johnston County officials have investigated alternatives for future water supply. The county's Neuse River source and purchase contracts with other utilities provide a total supply capacity of 17 million gallons per day. The peak daily...

County flu workshop planned

The possibility of a pandemic flu epidemic has prompted local officials to schedule a community workshop in the new year. The Wayne County Influenza Work Group, comprised of representatives from several area health agencies, has been working for over a...

Public record

Missing Police say Molly Elizabeth Ganse, 23, of Sherrington Drive has been missing since Dec. 22. Ms. Ganse is originally from Maryland and was reportedly last seen at a house in the 200 block of Sherrington Drive, according to a...

Rosewood students give away books

Students at Rosewood Elementary School have been collecting and giving away books. Last year, staff at the school decided the best way to reward students for reading was to give them books, rather than certificates or other prizes, said Jennifer...

Eastern Wayne Middle clubs helping community

Two clubs at Eastern Wayne Middle School have been actively contributing to the community recently. The Knitting Club donated knitted caps they had made to Southeastern Medical Oncology Center, and have also begun knitting squares for the Warm-Up America Program...

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Mount Olive gets ladder truck

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Mount Olive Fire Department personnel check out their new center-mount ladder platform truck, which they say will greatly increase their ability to deal with fires in high-rise buildings, such as the dormitories at Mount Olive College. For...

County plans changes in some solid waste sites

Residents in Fremont, Eureka and in the Jordans Chapel area of Wayne County will get to keep their solid waste convenience centers a little while longer, but county officials are still looking to make changes in the coming months. In...

Pate ponders run for Kerr's seat in Senate

Since state Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, announced his retirement plans earlier this month, five Democrats have lined up to battle for their party's nomination. Now, state Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, is considering jumping in on the other side. So far,...

Sager to run for state House

With state Rep. Louis Pate considering a run at retiring state Sen. John Kerr's seat, an opening has appeared in the House -- one Wayne County Commissioner Efton Sager is hoping to fill. Announcing his intention to seek Pate's seat...

Mount Olive gets new fire truck

MOUNT OLIVE -- Should a fire break out in the dorms at Mount Olive College, local responders say they will now be ready -- thanks to the town board's latest purchase. An $850,000 center-mount ladder platform fire engine rolled into...

Funeral home sued for failure to pay lawyer

Rhodes Funeral Home won a lawsuit filed in 2004 for improper embalming, but now the Goldsboro-area business is being sued to collect legal bills from that case, court records show. A lawsuit filed this month by Tommy W. Jarrett of...

Volunteers help Guardian ad Litem children at Christmas

Adopted children who go to non-family homes have a stipend of state money set aside to pay for Christmas. Not so for children who go to live with a relative, say members of the 8th Judicial District. "A lot of...

Disposing of Christmas trees in proper fashion

Looking to get rid of that dried out Christmas tree now that the presents are out from underneath it? You can take it out of the house at any time, but when it might be picked up from your curb...

Public record

School theft A Wayne County Schools employee reported Monday that someone broke $420 worth of storm windows and mini blinds at Eastern Wayne Middle School on Central Heights Road, Goldsboro police said....

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hitting the Aisles

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Stephanie Johnson of Goldsboro got in on the early after-Christmas sale at Target this morning despite the rain. For more information see Shoppers seek bargains, returning presents on day after Christmas....

Former lawmaker to make Senate run

Yet another name has entered the race for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate District 5 seat, with former state Rep. Charles Johnson of Greenville throwing his hat into the ring on Friday. Johnson is the fifth candidate...

Voter records being updated

With a busy and full election schedule on the horizon, the Wayne County Board of Elections is trying to make sure all of its voter registration records are current and up-to-date. In May will be the primaries for national,...

Shoppers seek bargains, returning presents on day after Christmas

Shannon Bishop was ready for "one more" morning behind a shopping cart. So, along with dozens of other Wayne County residents and her 10-year-old daughter, Liza, she showed up at the Rosewood-area Wal-Mart -- armed with a pocket full of...

WCC law enforcement program emulated

Wayne Community College's public safety training program is being held up as a prototype that may become used by the state of Georgia in the future. A delegation from Georgia recently visited the college to study how the training and...

Duplin commissioners keep senior vans running

FAISON -- Meeting in Faison last week as part of their quarterly efforts to get out into the various communities, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners took up an issue that they expect to hear again after the first...

Rain welcomed

From Staff Reports The clouds began rolling over Wayne County late Christmas Day, and by 10 a.m. this morning, the National Weather Service was reporting between 2.25 and 2.5 inches of rain, with more precipitation expected. Currently, Wayne County, like...

Legal Aid of N.C. offers free tax help

Tax season is nearly here and Legal Aid of North Carolina is reaching out to its clients and other low-income persons to provide free, personal income tax return preparation assistance. To qualify for this free service, a family has to...

Greene Central band to play at Outback Bowl

The Greene Central Marching Band will be participating in the National Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida over the New Year's holiday. The band was invited to participate after winning a competition in Havelock in November 2006. A total of...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from the staff of the Goldsboro News-Argus!

Slow down today. There's more Christmas than gifts. “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed.” ... Most of us remember the classic carol that tells a portion of the Christmas story — the humble birth of Jesus...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas from the Rocketeers

Photo submitted Lt. Col. Eugene McFeely, commander of the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, sits atop his Strike Eagle. For more information see A Christmas card from Afghanistan....

A Christmas card from Afghanistan

Robert Allison is the name that has been missing from a scorecard inside a Goldsboro bowling alley for months now. Phillip Butche is the cheer you won’t hear on Sunday when friends gather to watch a football game. Rodney...

Bypass to take 22 lots on route

More convenient trips from Goldsboro to the coast — and to Raleigh — are the reasons officials give for building the U.S. 70 Goldsboro bypass. But for 22 Goldsboro area homes and trailers and the Amerigas location on North...

Library reveals survey results

As the Wayne County Public Library Board of Directors begins planning for 2008 and beyond, county residents have said they would like to see more books, programs and other resources for patrons of all ages, as well as an...

Pickle drop will benefit food bank

MOUNT OLIVE — Mt. Olive Pickle Co. will team up with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina during the company’s 2007 New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop. People attending the ninth annual event this year are asked...

Habitat for Humanity families are guests at Christmas party

Crystal Robbins still can’t believe she will soon have a home of her own. “It’s like a dream. I keep asking, are we really getting a house? My oldest has been waiting for his own room for the longest...

Public records

House fire FREMONT -- An early morning fire at 305 North Street in Fremont put itself out before any damage occurred to the apartment. Fremont Fire Chief Don Wilkins said the alarm went off at 6:07 a.m., but by the...

Gas prices lower in eastern N.C.

Officials at AAA Carolinas in Charlotte expected the holiday gasoline prices to drop after Thanksgiving but still remain 30 percent above the cost per gallon last Christmas. Eastern North Carolina prices are below those in the western part of the...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Armed robbery suspects nabbed

Two Edgerton Street residents have been arrested and two more Wayne County men are still at large and wanted in connection with several armed robberies that have occurred in Goldsboro over the past seven months. Tyrone Riley Jr. and Robert...

Learning how to live again as a free man

Dwayne Dail will spend his first Christmas outside of a jail cell in 18 years without the cloud of a lawsuit hanging over his head. The mother of his son, Lorraine Michaels, agreed Friday to drop a lawsuit seeking compensation...

Car wash water use gets look

As the city of Goldsboro prepares to finish sending out December water bills, some city commercial car washes might have slightly higher charges than normal as a provision of the Mandatory Conservation Phase III ordinance begins to be implemented. Included...

Firefighters spend their morning sharing Christmas with children

Danny Edwards wore a smile into the Rosewood-area Wal-Mart early Saturday afternoon. With 7-year-old Kejuan by his side, the Mar-Mac Volunteer Fire Department lieutenant said there was something special about giving back to the community -- to children who might...

Farmers could get federal aid for drought, freeze losses

With Wayne County farmers experiencing about $35 million in lost potential profits due to the drought and Easter freeze this year, the news that Congress is likely to approve a $600 million drought relief measure before Christmas is extremely welcome....

Snow? Some kindergarteners think so

Be prepared to wax the sleds and dig out the snowsuits, hats and gloves. Snow is coming back to Wayne County this year. At least, that is what the junior forecasters in a kindergarten class at Tommy's Road Elementary School...

Holiday pet precautions

From Wayne County Animal Control Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But make sure it's a wonderful time for your pets, as well. The decorations, food, and festivities can add up to disaster for your companion animal. The American...

Waste Industries holiday schedule

Waste Industries will run a normal schedule around Wayne County on Monday, Dec. 24. The Christmas Day, Wednesday and Thursday trash collections will operate on a one-day delay. The schedule will return to normal on Friday. The same schedule will...

Public record

Handgun stolen James Edward Hill told Goldsboro police that someone broke into his vehicle Friday while it was parked on Herman Street and stole a semi-automatic handgun. Store robbed Employees at Basix on Berkeley Boulevard told Goldsboro police on Friday...

Civil War historian to speak

NEW BERN -- Nationally-recognized Civil War historian Ed Bearss will share his flair for entertaining and educating the public at an upcoming lecture entitled "North Carolina and the First Day of Gettysburg," at 2 p.m. on Jan.13, at the Masonic...

Friday, December 21, 2007

Medication program loses grant funding

A program begun four years ago to provide free medication to patients in need will shut its doors Dec. 31, after state officials announced this week funding was denied. Pharmacist Tommy Gibson has directed the WAGES Medication Management Program since...

Man's body found near Goldsboro home

Landscapers found the body of a missing man behind a woman's home on Forest Hill Drive Thursday, police and witnesses say. Masonic Deonte Harvey, 25, of Wilmington Avenue, reportedly ran from police after injuring himself with a "stick-type object" on...

Few big crowds yet

Last-minute shoppers perused the shelves of retail merchants in Goldsboro today, looking for those final Christmas gifts. But there was little of the frenzied shopping locally that has marked the past few weeks. Angela Faison of Goldsboro was at Target,...

Calendar girls dare to bare for animals

The unseasonable 70-degree weather made it hard to think of Christmas earlier this month, but for the two ladies stripping off their clothes at the Stepping Stone Therapeutic Riding Center several Saturdays ago, the warm temperatures were a welcome surprise....

New Board of Elections director hired

Wayne County's Board of Elections office has a new leader. Hired earlier this week by the board, Vickie Reed of Carrollton, Ohio, will start on Jan. 2. It is, said board Chairman Gene Riddle, the end of what has been...

Mount Olive College receives $280,000 grant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has received a $280,000 grant that will be used for a new fitness program targeting at-risk families from Wayne, Duplin and Sampson counties. The money, awarded from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, will...

Public record

Thefts reported *Carlina Cobb of Kay Jewelers on North Berkeley Boulevard reported Wednesday that a three-stone 1-1/2 carat gold ring worth $4,000 was found to be missing during an inventory, police said. *Kenneth Abel Jr. of Southern Drive, Dudley reported...

Johnston County animal control program

Ernie Wilkinson, director of the Johnston County Animal Services, will present a program on "Animal Ordinances, Dealing with Nuisance Animals and Animal Control Assistance" at the Jan. 3 Agribusiness Breakfast at the Parkside Cafe at 2176 Highway 70-A in Pine...

Early evening fire destroys home

A Thursday evening fire in the Piney Grove community left a family's home completely destroyed, the fire chief in that community says. Elroy Fire Chief Steve Mozingo said a 4:30 p.m. fire at 406 St. John's Church Road caused $300,000...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Commission to weigh AT&T incentive plan

Now that AT&T has announced the opening of a broadband technical support call center in Goldsboro and the creation of 350 new jobs by the end of 2008, the Wayne County Board of Commis-sioners is preparing to consider $100,000 in...

Taft adds her name to list of hopefuls

Facing what's shaping up to be a crowded primary for the Democratic nomination, state Board of Education member Kathy Taft is one of four candidates already declaring their intention to run for state Sen. John Kerr's District 5 seat. It's...

Health Department members vote to donate monthly stipends

The members of the Board of Health voted Wednesday to return their monthly stipends to the county, with the request that the money go to support the scholarship fund in the Health Department's annual abstinence essay contest. This is not...

Firefighters bring Christmas spirit early to pair of Goldsboro brothers

Last year, Cam'Ron Wells learned not to be afraid of firefighters when Goldsboro department members visited his school. So the 8-year-old was prepared when Goldsboro Chief Alvin Ward and other department members gathered outside his home on Tuesday. Cam'Ron and...

Red Cross advice for keeping holidays safe

Most people believe that on the First Day of Christmas the appropriate gift to give is a partridge in a pear treee. The American Red Cross believes in building Disaster Resistant Neighborhoods during the holiday season as well as during...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Giving to others

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber 4th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airman 1st Class Melinda Upchurch, left, helps Nicole Curry fill bags with gifts for her four children, ranging in age from 2 to 8 years old, at the Salvation Army Tuesday. For more...

Board OKs facilities proposal first step

The Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday to accept a $23 million proposal from the county commission to fund a portion of the district's construction plan. But that does not mean the rift between the two boards is completely mended....

Commission says this is only start of funding plans

As they waited on the Wayne County Board of Education to adopt the $23 million school facilities proposal presented last week, county commissioners began looking forward Tuesday morning to the second phase of the long-term construction effort. "Phase two is...

Low collections make for tougher holiday for charity

Maj. Andrew Wiley remembers when local residents would show up at his William Street office weeks before Christmas with cash, checks and presents for needy families. But that "just has not happened" this year. In fact, Goldsboro's Salvation Army commander...

Volunteers make Christmas special for needy families

Marta just could not spare the $20. So instead of leaving her 1-year-old daughter at home with a babysitter, the single mother put her in the car and headed toward William Street. Lucy won't likely remember where they ended up...

Inspections Department will add employee to handle future development needs

Goldsboro's inspections department will add one more employee soon to handle anticipated needs as development increases, officials decided Monday. City Council approved the addition of a building plans examiner position at its meeting Monday night -- a move Chief Building...

Cliffs of the Neuse plans bird crafts, hiking with ranger

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will present the program "Christmas Crafts for the Birds," Saturday at 2 p.m. The public can join the park ranger at the picnic area at 2 p.m. to make a bird...

Public record

Armed robberies investigated Goldsboro residents reported two armed common law robberies Tuesday, police say. Joshua Head of U.S. 117 North said he was in a parking lot in the 100 block of North Center Street around 10:35 p.m. Tuesday when...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

County's namesake

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Wayne County commissioners John Bell, Bud Gray, Jack Best, J.D. Evans, Efton Sager and Andy Anderson pose in front of the Spirit of Wayne County with 916th Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Fritz Linsenmeyer. For more information...

Paramount Theater has new director

The almost-completed Paramount Theater has a new director. Sherry Archibald, former Downtown Goldsboro Develop-ment Corp. promotions coordinator and current Habitat for Humanity development director, will direct programs and manage the theater once construction is complete. She will earn $49,000 a...

Armed robbers caught; one still at large

Police caught two men under the crawl space of a house using dogs yesterday afternoon, but are still looking for one more in connection with an afternoon armed robbery. Three men stormed into Hudson Insurance Agency on North John Street...

City Council will rule on request for new club

Goldsboro City Council heard four people speak Monday night about rezoning Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell's property to allow for a possible bar. Braswell asked council to change the zoning at the site, located on the west side of South...

County gets its own KC-135

For those gathered inside a hangar on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Monday, the ceremony that brought them together was about more than a few words painted on a KC-135R Stratotanker. But each would tell you that the words, themselves,...

Police ask neighbors to look for missing man

Goldsboro police want residents of the Quail Park area to check storage sheds and other hiding places for a missing, injured man, an investigator says. Investigator Dwayne Dean said Masonic Deonta Harvey, 25, was last seen in the area of...

City holiday sanitation schedule

The City of Goldsboro will observe Christmas holiday on Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Dec. 26. Sanitation services scheduled for Monday, December 24, will be serviced on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007. Sanitation services scheduled for Tuesday, Dec....

Live nativity scene at Selah Church

GRANTHAM -- The Selah Christian Church and the Grantham community will present a drive-through live nativity Friday and Saturday Dec. 21-22 at the church. Organizers will place directional signs on U.S. 13 South and Stevens Milll Road to lead motorists...

WCC holiday schedule

Wayne Community College, including its education center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, will close for the holidays on Friday at 4 p.m. and reopen on Jan. 2 at 8 a.m. The WCC library will close today at 5 p.m....

Public record

Common law robbery Thomas Dawson of Saulsberry Drive told police he was getting tools from his truck while parked in the 1300 block of Franklin Court when three black men jumped into the back of the truck with him, assaulted...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holiday packages on the move

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Postal clerk Melvin Deveaux gets the Christmas packages ready for the carriers this morning at the main Post Office on William Street. Some of the carriers are having to make several trips a day in order to...

County will eye incentive for AT&T

With AT&T announcing last week the opening of a broadband technical support call center in the old Winn-Dixie Supermarket on U.S. 117, and the creation of 350 new jobs by the end of the year, the Wayne County Board of...

Moore files for chance to serve 5th District

The field of candidates looking to take over state Sen. John Kerr's District 5 seat is quickly getting crowded, with former Sen. Tony Moore of Pitt County just the latest to wade in. "I'm leaning that direction," Moore said. "I...

County governments look to guard residents' private information online

You might have sympathy for this old story -- leaving something important on the hood or trunk of a car, only to drive away and lose it on highways unknown. Two emergency medical workers in Cabarrus County had it happen...

Results are in from city rec survey

The results are in, and Goldsboro citizens want a walking trail -- just one of several requests for the local parks system. The Parks and Recreation surveys recorded what the citizens of Goldsboro want for their city recreation activities and...

There's still plenty of flu vaccine left

Thomas Smith forced himself to turn into the Health Department parking lot Thursday morning to get his annual flu shot. "It's so convenient here," he said about the Wayne County Health Department on Ash Street. "I don't usually have to...

Vaccination lots warnings aren't a concern here, pediatrician says

Recent vaccination recalls are not a cause for alarm locally, Dr. Dave Tayloe of Goldsboro Pediatrics said Thursday. Nationally this week, Merck recalled one million doses of the Hib vaccine for meningitis. The state's vaccine supply has been affected by...

Rain not nearly enough

Most of Wayne County and surrounding areas received two inches of rain over the weekend. Officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base said they recorded 1.96 inches of rainfall on Saturday and Sunday. It was the most rain the area...

MOC students visit Boston

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College Campus Activities Board recently sponsored a trip to Boston for 18 students, which included an opportunity to learn about American history. Under the leadership of Julie Beck, director of student activities, the group...

James Sprunt work force prep courses offered

KENANSVILLE -- Starting in January, the Human Resources Development program at James Sprunt Community College will offer courses to develop specific skills for the work force. They include pre-pharmacy technician, sewing skills for beginners, computer basics for the job search,...

Turkey plant featured on History Channel

The Butterball turkey plant near Mount Olive will be featured tonight on The History Channel's Modern Marvels program. The show, which will be aired at 8 p.m., will show how cold cuts are processed. Butterball is the leading provider of...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A first step for facilities solution

By RENEE CAREY and PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus staff Wayne County Businesses for Excellence in Education might have brought the county commissioners and board of education to the table, but leaders of both groups say joint concern for the county's future...

County domestic violence shelter may reopen by end of year

Progress continues to be made toward the re-opening of Wayne County's domestic violence shelter -- a step officials hope can occur by the end of the year. "I hope, certainly, by the end of the month," county attorney Borden...

A visit with St. Nick

Brandon just could not believe his eyes. There it was -- the only thing he had asked for -- sitting on the top of a pile a thousand toys high. "I see it. I see it," the 6-year-old said, pointing...

Principals will change at two county schools

Two Wayne County principals are departing at the end of this month, officials announced this week. Tim Harrell, principal of Southern Wayne High School since 2006, has accepted a position as assistant principal at Princeton High School, while Jennifer Whitfield,...

City Council to hold public hearing on proposed bar

Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell will see what the public has to say Monday night about a possible bar operating on his property. Goldsboro City Council will hold a public hearing for rezoning of the property located on the west...

350 graduate at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- About 350 graduating students at Mount Olive College marched across the stage to launch what college president William Byrd called "the next challenging stage of their lives." And a challenge it was for many of them,...

Waynesborough celebrates old-fashioned Christmas

Ten-year-old Chase Summerlin was one of the 500 or so visitors who celebrated Christmas 1800s style at Waynesborough Historical Village Saturday. Chase snacked on goodies in the Visitor's Center waiting with his grandmother, Joyce Howard, for Santa Claus to arrive....

PUBLIC RECORD

Home fired upon Monica Brewer and Dorris Williams of West Holly Street reported that their residence was shot into on Thursday night, causing $800 in damages, Goldsboro police said. Investigations Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Deacon Jones Nissan reported...

Friday, December 14, 2007

On the same page at last?

Hoping to breathe new life into the school facility discussion before the end of the year, Wayne County Manager Lee Smith released today a nearly $23 million proposal to begin work on 10 county schools. Working separate from -- but...

Judge adjusts claim for support

Only part of the state compensation owed exonerated former inmate Dwayne Dail can go to his child's biological mother, his attorney says. Judge David Brantley ordered Thursday that the statute of limitations on Dail's child support responsibility is the past...

Hundreds attend 2nd annual Parkstown Christmas Parade

On what must have been the most beautiful day ever for a Christmas parade, hundreds turned out for the second edition of a holiday tradition in eastern Wayne County on Thursday. The Parkstown Christmas Parade drew marching bands, church floats,...

O'Berry Christmas event postponed by hepatitis concern

Erring on the side of caution, O'Berry Center officials canceled Thursday night's annual Community Christ-mas Extravanza after several residents turned up positive for Hepatitis A antibodies during recent routine testing. Dr. Frank Farrell, O'Berry director, said the testing was done...

Public records

Accused teen vandals charged Two teen-age children face vandalism and vehicle breaking and entering charges for incidents in the Falling Brook subdivision off Buck Swamp Road, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department said. Juvenile suspects ages 13 and 15 were responsible...

Three Kings Festival supporters sought

The Hispanic Community Development Center is looking for sponsors and volunteers to help celebrate the Three Kings Festival on Jan. 5 at Waynesborough Historic Village on U.S. 117 South. The festival will be held from noon until 3 p.m. "We...

County domestic violence shelter likely to reopen by end of year

Progress continues to be made toward the re-opening of Wayne County's domestic violence shelter -- a step officials hope can occur by the end of the year. "I hope, certainly, by the end of the month," county attorney Borden Parker...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Flag carried by SJAFB's "Rocketeers" will fly over Wayne schools

Photo submitted Rosewood High School students raise a flag flown during combat missions in Afghanistan by members of the 4th Fighter Wing. The flag will be flown at various schools around the county. For more information see Flag carried...

Farmers suffered losses for 2007

To say 2007 was bad for Wayne County farmers would be putting it mildly. Rather, with the losses totaling in the tens-of-millions of dollars, county Cooperative Extension agriculture agent Kevin Johnson said it's looking to be one of the worst...

Dog gets 'dangerous' billing

A German shepherd that mauled a 4-year-old Goldsboro boy will be labeled dangerous by a law that is apparently seldom used in the city, police say. Nathan Barry, 4, was mauled by a dog that belongs to Alexander Height Jr....

Children still need help for holidays

With just two days until the annual Christmas party to distribute gifts to needy children in the county, the Empty Stocking Fund has only met half of this year's goal. On Saturday morning, more than 650 children are expected to...

Butterfield: Landing field site is mentioned in bill

The odds of the U.S. Navy locating its outlying landing field in Washington County decreased dramatically Wednesday as the U.S. House of Representatives approved an annual defense authorization bill that eliminates the site from future consideration. "The House has taken...

Public record

Thefts *Everett Glenn of East Ash Street reported Tuesday that three 25-foot sections of copper gutter downspouts worth $450 total were stolen from Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church, police said. *Brian Whitt of Mechanicsville told police that some broke out...

Teens charged in pizza robbery

Four area men face charges for luring a Domino's Pizza employee to an abandoned home and robbing her, a detective said. Wayne County Sheriff's Detective Rick Farfour said four teen-agers and a juvenile made threats they would use a gun...

Mount Olive leadership program deadline December 21

The deadline to register for the Leadership Mount Olive program is Dec. 21. The program is a six-month enterprise, aimed at developing community leaders. Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 8 a.m. until 4...

Flag carried in Afghanistan now flying over Wayne County schools

The flag now waving outside Rosewood High School had previously been flown in an F-15E Strike Eagle during a combat mission over Afghanistan. Staff sergeant Leslie Williams, a volunteer coach for Rosewood Youth Sports and a member of the 33h...

DGDC board discusses upcoming year

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Board of Directors met Wednesday to discuss past events and ones to come. The organization held a gala last Friday night to show their support for Preservation North Carolina. PNC is a private, nonprofit statewide...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

One year anniversary

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Not much more than a year ago, Col. Steve Kwast took command of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base’s 4th Fighter Wing. When he did, he brought with him a simple philosophy — be a father to the...

Kwast at SJAFB - more than a commander

Steve Kwast was not surprised when his 6-year-old daughter, Lilly, nudged her way to the front of the crowd gathered on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base tarmac Dec. 2. It did not bother the colonel when that little girl...

Foundation sets 2007 schedule of performances

An Emmy award-winning composer who hails from Goldsboro will highlight the spring season for Wayne Community College Foundation, while the author of this year's "Wayne County Reads" selection is also scheduled to speak at the college, officials recently announced. Velton...

Seniors honored for efforts with volunteer program

A capacity crowd gathered at O'Berry Center Tuesday to pay tribute to retirees serving in WAGES' Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs around the county. WAGES, Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Foster Grandparent...

Commission eyes projects for teens

There is nothing to do in Goldsboro if you are a teen. That's what commission member and Eastern Wayne High School junior Ebony Hagans said again at Tuesday night's Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission meeting. It seems to be a...

Duplin ponders housing standards

KENANSVILLE -- With the goal of improving the county's appearance and its potential for future growth, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners entertained two ideas last week -- strengthening the county's minimum housing code and starting work on a countywide...

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Walgreens robbed The Walgreens on Wayne Memorial Drive was robbed by armed men on Monday night, city police say. Walgreens employees told police that three black males entered the store and demanded money, police said. One employee said she was...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

350 More Jobs Coming To County

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber State AT&T President Cynthia Marshall speaks during a press conference announcing the opening of a new AT&T call center in the Neuse River Shopping Center this morning. Mrs. Marshall said the call center will bring 350 new...

City waits for word on Days Inn's future

More than three months after winds damaged the Days Inn on Wayne Memorial Drive, the company that owns the structure says it still does not know what the next step will be for the motel. City officials say Daley Investments...

Owner will not have to answer charges

A Selma man who caused the death of a Dudley man he confronted at his home in the process of an alleged burglary will not face prosecution, court officials said. Cornelius Brown, 40, of Dudley, died when a truck driven...

AT&T to open call center

AT&T, the world's largest communications holding company, announced this morning that it will bring 350 new jobs to Wayne County over the course of the next year. "Christmas is coming early this year. This is a good deal for Wayne...

Police dogs complete training in Goldsboro

Terrence Fearrington's dog Mickey tore into a reward sock -- a fabric toy the dog received at the end of trials of his nose and intelligence. Mickey and Chapel Hill Police Department's Fearring-ton both seemed to rejoice in the meaning...

Kitty Askins Mardi Gras fundraiser planned

Mardi Gras will come early this year, when Kitty Askins Hospice Center presents its three-fold celebration on Feb. 23 at the Walnut Creek Country Club. The reverse drawing, silent auction and dinner dance boasts a $5,000 grand prize and voting...

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Shooting Ron Tavaris Coley of Shirley Drive, Dudley reported a man he does not know shot him in the hand at his residence, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Thefts *Betty Kornegay of Sheridan Forest Road said her car was...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Eureka, it's Christmas

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Sunday afternoon’s warm temperatures and sunny skies were perfect, if a little unseasonable, for the Eureka Christmas Parade. Above, hundreds of people lined the streets of the northwestern Wayne town to see the marching bands, floats and...

Ed Wilson will run for Senate seat

Former Wayne Community College President Ed Wilson has announced he will run for the District 5 seat in the state Senate. Longtime incumbent John Kerr announced last week he would not seek re-election to a ninth term. Wilson said he...

Space for city's new recreation center increasing

The city's new community building will be larger than proposed. The Recreation Center Committee has met with architects Jeffrey Lee and Jennifer Attride from Pearce, Brinkley, Cease & Lee to further perfect details of the South Center Street facility's designs....

Duplin fleshes out plan for economic development

KENANSVILLE -- With an eye on having its new economic development structure in place by early 2008, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners listened recently to an outline of the bylaws for the two non-profits that will be replacing the...

Ritt puts down gavel in Walnut Creek

Ken Ritt has spent more than half his life taking care of his community or country. In his younger days, he spent 22 years flying F-4 fighter jets. And for the last 12 years, he has served the Village of...

Humane Society hopes blues night will spark buzz donations

Hoping to increase the buzz around its ongoing head shaving contest, the Wayne County Humane Society is inviting residents to the Corner Coffee-house in downtown Goldsboro Friday for an evening of blues and possible haircuts. The goal, said society vice...

Waynesborough seeking grant to become part of birding trail

Old Waynesborough officials sent off the paperwork Thursday to accept a grant to help develop ways to attract wild birds to the grounds of the historical village. The federal grant comes from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission with a 25...

Burning ban still in effect

RALEIGH -- State forestry officials are reminding North Carolina residents this holiday season that the ban on open burning prohibits the use of open flame such as luminarias beyond 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Whether it's legal to burn...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Goldsboro High tops list for crime stats

Crime and violence are down in the public schools during last school year, with two of the 33 county schools reporting the highest incidents locally. According to the annual Report on School Crime and Violence presented this week to the...

Loft apartments to be built in former Borden Manufacturing building

Borden Manufacturing Co. has been silent for nearly 20 years. But within the next 14 months, the once-busy mill will be the site of upscale housing, officials announced Friday. For more than a century, the Borden Manufacturing Co. buildings, built...

Attached at the heart -- the story of James & Tim

Tim wasn't going to give up. Not yet. Diagnosed with terminal renal failure, the 48-year-old was in his last hours. But letting go would mean not seeing his best friend. He wouldn't be able to say much to James Atkinson...

Air Force sergeant charged with child pornography

Authorities have charged a member of the 4th Fighter Wing with 10 counts of a child pornography-related offense, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said. An investigation by Detective Sgt. Tammy Odom and the State Bureau of Investigation led to the...

Pikeville fires new town administrator

PIKEVILLE -- The Pikeville Board of Commissioners fired its town administrator in a split vote Friday night, a few weeks after the new hire suspended a town clerk for apparent financial irregularities. Town Mayor Herbert Sieger told media and a...

Banks get set for annual blood donation challenge

Bankers will step out of their vaults Dec. 18 and roll up their sleeves to give blood. The 4th annual Bank Challenge blood drive will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Red Cross Chapter, 600 N. George...

Children, adults enjoy 'Jingle in the Park'

Rudolph was there, but Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Herman Park not behind eight tiny reindeer, but in Goldsboro Fire Department's Engine No. 5 Saturday night. Receiving their special escort from the North Pole (so as not to...

Industries gather to talk about water use

Worried about the impact on their businesses if the current drought continues, representatives from several of Wayne County's leading industries sat down with officials from the city of Goldsboro and the state Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance...

Waynesborough to celebrate Christmas on Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to Waynesborough Historical Village Saturday. Christmas in the Village offers children the chance to see what the holiday was like for those who lived in the 1800s. The sixth annual event will be held at 801...

Friday, December 7, 2007

Cocaine seized - two men in custody

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders, center, looks over the cocaine seized this week by officers during a routine traffic stop west of Mount Olive. Also pictured, from left, are Sgt. Mike Cox, Maj. George Raecher and Cpl....

Million-dollar traffic stop

An SUV with an electronic compartment filled with about 30 pounds of cocaine speeded through Mount Olive late Wednesday night, perhaps headed for Trenton, authorities say. The two Trenton men inside the 2001 Isuzu Trooper pulled over for speeding were...

Stolen valor case resolved

A younger Preston Garris came back home to Wayne County a hero -- donning the Purple Heart he received for losing part of his leg in Vietnam. But more than 30 years later, the 62-year-old is under fire after admitting...

John Kerr not seeking re-election, will finish out term

Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in 2008 after serving more than two decades in the state legislature. "Twenty years is a pretty long pull," Kerr said. "It's been a real honor to represent...

Itty, bitty motorcycle ride marks end of the United Way campaign

It was a cold Thursday night, but United Way campaign members were fired up -- one almost literally -- about the money raised so far during the 2007-08 campaign. "You're going to see just how fired up I am in...

Navy Commander Mike Wegman serves to keep his children safe and free

Mike Wegman could tell you about the end of the world. The young sailor dreamed it nearly every night during his stint on a Cold War-era submarine. "We were a fast-attack submarine. So, we didn't go out there and hide....

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Restaurant robbed A cashier at the North Spence Avenue Subway restaurant reported that a man about 5-feet-5 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans entered the restaurant soon after 9 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money. Police investigators...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Three arrested in November murder

Detectives with the Goldsboro Police Department say the motive for the murder of Ernesto Delgado, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in a ditch off Randall Lane on Nov. 21, was robbery. Police have charged three Goldsboro residents...

United Way pledges $252,000 under goal

The United Way of Wayne County will end its 2007-08 campaign more than a quarter of a million dollars below goal, the organization announced this week. The problem is, executive director Steve Parr said, is that anticipated pledges from local...

WATCH anticipates new grant

WATCH anticipates its largest grant to date in the new year, which could enable the organization to increase staff and double the number of patients served, officials said this week. Sissy Lee-Elmore, executive director of WATCH -- Wayne Action Teams...

Parents ask why dog not destroyed after attack

When 4-year-old Nathan Barry came out of surgery after a September dog attack, he had one thing to say to his mother, she said. "The first coherent thing he said to me was 'I just want to kill that dog,'"...

Walnut Creek Council discusses lake levels, names lake committee, planners

The Village of Walnut Creek Council accepted a parcel of land across from the Town Hall at its meeting Tuesday night, but held off on purchasing a second tract located near one of the village's wells. The council is considering...

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Vehicle fire Ronnie Junior Fleming of Pleasant Pines Drive said he was visiting a friend at a West Oak Street address when he found his glove box on fire on Tuesday, city police said. Papers inside the glove box had...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Songs of Christmas

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Students from Fremont STARS performed “A Poultry Tale,” during Tuesday night’s Wayne County Choral Showcase. Parents and students filled the auditorium at Dillard Middle School Tuesday night for the first part of the Wayne annual event, which...

Gray named new chief of county commission

As expected, Roland "Bud" Gray was unanimously elected chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning. But, also as expected, the two Republicans on the board signaled their displeasure with the selection process by refusing to cast a...

Smith will lead county board of education

For the second year, the Board of Education will be led by a woman. Vice Chairman Thelma Smith succeeded Shirley Sims as chairwoman of the school board Monday night. George Moye was named vice chairman for the coming year. Thanking...

Luminary project will help with new shelter

Candles will be lit Dec. 22 in Wayne County not just to mark the way for Santa Claus, but also to support local victims of domestic violence. And there is still time for residents all over the county to be...

Eastern Region president outlines future of development organization

Marketing Wayne and 12 other counties between Interstate 95 and the coast as "the best part of the best state for business," North Carolina's Eastern Region is working to not only transform the economy, but also to change the culture...

Smart Choices for Youth honors volunteers

Smart Choices for Youth volunteer Danielle Holloway received the Volunteer of the Year award Tuesday night at the Lane Tree Golf Club. She and her husband, Billy, received the Couple of the Year Award for their mentoring work this past...

Greenwood's James named Wayne's assistant principal of the year

Mary Kay James, assistant principal at Greenwood Middle School, has been named Wayne County Public Schools Assistant Principal of the Year. This is the first year for the award, created by the local Principals and Assistant Principals Association to recognize...

Pikeville town board plans special meeting

The Pikeville Town Board will hold a closed session meeting to discuss personnel and legal matters on Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. at the town hall....

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Armed robbery A South William Street man reported two men robbed him at his home at gunpoint and forced him inside of his home, police records show. Tim Taylor said two black men approached him outside his home as he...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Almost ready for its closeup

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Construction on the Paramount Theater grows closer to completion day by day. Work on the Center Street landmark is on schedule, with the facility expected to reopen in February — almost three years to the day that...

Council rejects halfway house request

The West Walnut Street halfway house and transition program facility will not be operating in the near future. Operation Transition Inc. made two requests to the Goldsboro City Council to try to provide a smoother jail-to-society transition for formerly incarcerated...

EMS staff will add two officers to responses

With an eye toward further protecting its officers and county residents, the Wayne County SWAT team has added two new members. And while they will eventually be carrying weapons, as paramedics with the county Emergency Medical Services Department, they will...

County's senior center director now retiree herself after years of service

Younger than many of the people she has spent the last 30 years serving, Yvonne McLamb nevertheless joined them among the ranks of the retired Friday as she stepped down from her position as director of the county Services on...

Utility company looks ahead to future needs for power in Carolinas

More people mean more energy needs -- more electricity for air conditioners, blow dryers and sump pumps. And having more people is definitely a North Carolina issue: The state is projected to grow to more than 12 million people by...

Cherry Hospital asks for donations of items, gifts for patients for holiday

Parties and presents are on everyone's minds at holiday time. And that is no different for the patients and staff at Cherry Hospital. Gifts and monetary donations are being collected for those hospitalized during Christmas, so they will not be...

Duplin elects new chairman

Duplin County's Board of Commissioners might be heading in a slightly different direction in 2008 after the election of Harold Raynor as the new chairman Monday morning. Following a more-or-less regular rotation of districts, the commissioners selected Raynor to fill...

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Armed robberies investigated *A retired Whitted Court woman was robbed at gunpoint in her home along with three friends visiting her, Goldsboro police investigators said. Three men stormed Linda Bell's home when she answered the door to let in her...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Families watch for jets

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Nadine Eovine points to the sky as a group of F-15E fighter jets from the 336th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base pass overhead, saying to her twin 4-year old daughters, Samantha, left, and Charlotte,...

State legislators take look at water use, annexation

Just because the state General Assembly is currently out of session, that doesn't mean local legislators aren't still focused on the myriad of issues and concerns facing North Carolina. Included among those are the drought and involuntary annexation -- just...

Bryan will sit for last time today at council

Jimmy Bryan has half of a Goldsboro City Council meeting left. And after tonight, there will be no more "Materbaby" references -- a term that Bryan says is "a long story." "It was a nickname that we use in my...

Jobless rate holds steady for October

Wayne County's unemployment rate remained unchanged from September to October, holding steady at 4.6 percent -- even with the state average. "That's steady as she goes," said Bill Pate, manager of the Goldsboro branch of the N.C. Employment Security Com-mission....

Love at their first sight: Families wait along flight line

Samantha Eovine spent much of her walk to the flight line counting F-15Es. "There's a million," she said. "One, two, three ... " But when the 4-year-old reached a group of friends and family members huddled behind a white line...

Commission will pick new leaders Tuesday

With the selection of a new chairman and vice chairman on Tuesday's schedule, the agenda for the county Board of Commissioners first meeting of the month is otherwise fairly light. Currently John Bell is serving as chairman and Bud Gray...

O'Berry/Cherry join forces to relaunch holiday parade

After a more than 25-year absence, O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center will have a holiday parade this year. Dr. Frank Farrell, O'Berry director, said the last parade he can recall the center holding was in 1979 or 1980. "It used to...

Teen club opening at Boys and Girls Club

Goldsboro will get a teen club beginning Tueseday at the Boys & Girls Club. Teen Director Willemina Williams at the club at 1401 Royall Avenue said she was touched by the pleas of teenagers who asked permission from the City...

Dillard teacher visiting Arabia

A Wayne County Public Schools' teacher has been selected to travel to the Middle East to cultivate greater awareness and understanding of the region and its education system. Kay Brimmage, media coordinator at Dillard Middle School, was one of 25...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

County managaer discusses urbanization and agriculture in Wayne

Faced with the need to balance agriculture and urban development, Wayne County Manager Lee Smith believes that 2008 will prove to be a pivotal year for farmers. "In the last 12 months I've watched two major commercial and 20...

Thousands cheer parades around Wayne County area

Elizabeth Bynum, 8, and younger sister Helen-Anne sat on their multi-colored blankets at the start of the Goldsboro Christmas parade route on South Center Street Saturday afternoon, watching intently as each entry passed by. Waiting patiently to see brother Darden's...

Late Wayne doctor left $7 million to Wake Forest University

A former Goldsboro physician who lived modestly and "always put others first" will continue to do so through a $7 million gift to Wake Forest University, the alma mater he shared with his father and brother. Dr. Ralph Wingate Bland,...

Cost of tuition could keep illegal immigrants out of community colleges

Having an open door admissions policy at community colleges, even for illegal immigrants, is essential to a successful future workforce, officials say. The state's community college system recently defined a policy concerning admission of undocumented individuals, reversing a 2004 ruling...

Goldsborough Bridge re-enactment held at site of original battle

For the first time in nearly 135 years, cannon fire and musketry rocked the Neuse River south of Goldsboro Saturday as Civil War re-enenactors re-created the Battle of Goldsborough on the same site where the battle took place in December...

Chamber looking for next Cornerstone Award recipient

They exist in every community -- those people, whether out front or behind the scenes, who are always involved and just seem to make things happen. Some individuals are easily identifiable. But others are not. And that, said Patty...

Humane Society selling commemorative bricks for new shelter

Working to raise funds for the new animal adoption and education center, the Wayne County Humane Society has begun selling granite pavers to anyone wishing to memorialize their pets. The pavers, which feature a brief inscription and a picture,...

Council to take up halfway house issue Monday night

Goldsboro City Council has a full agenda for its meeting Monday night -- decisions on a halfway house, new faces, new positions and proposed new zonings to name a few. Residents will know Monday if a halfway house will be...

Second trolley added to downtown Tuesdays

Horses clunking down Center Street, people caroling and chilly temperatures can mean one thing -- Christmas is coming. And to get in that holiday spirit, free trolley rides will be held downtown every Tuesday before Christmas from 6 to 8...

Putting to benefit others as part of United Way's 'Final Lap'

They suffered all sorts of setbacks. Runaway balls, itsy bitsy putters and unruly spectators -- and competitors. But in the end, skill and determination helped the City of Goldsboro team take home the title at the first-ever United Way Greater...