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Alliance sets stage for more growth

By almost any measure, 2007 was a successful year for the Wayne County Development Alliance as it oversaw the announcements of more than 1,000 new jobs over the next five years. But with the board of directors approving an ambitious...

Griffin will try for second chance at District 11

Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Ronnie Griffin has decided to again try his hand at state politics, announcing Friday his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the state House District 11 seat. He ran for the position two years...

Rest of dilapidated school buildings will be coming down, town decides

PIKEVILLE -- Two asbestos-containing school buildings won by the town through a close look at deeds a few years ago will be demolished. Just one vote -- from new and former Commissioner Vance Greeson -- stood in the way of...

Airmen collect supplies for needy families in Afghanistan

While war rages on in countries like Afghanistan, so does the prevalence of poverty among those who live there. Soldiers are deployed there to fight for peace. In stark contrast, residents wage their own battle for a better life for...

Kwast to speak at speaker's forum Tuesday

Throughout his year-plus as commander of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing, Steve Kwast has been charged with deployment of airmen, management of assets and setting an example for thousands of young Americans. Tuesday, the Air Force colonel...

College gets $100,000 pledge

MOUNTOLIVE -- The R.A. Bryan Foundation has pledged $100,000 to Mount Olive College to advance efforts to build a Fine Arts Village, prompting college officials to announce the amphitheater will be named in honor of the Bryan Foundation. The Fine...

Sheriff's Office departments now under one roof on U.S. 70

A new location on U.S. 70 serves to put cooperating Sheriff's Office agencies under one roof, Wayne County sheriff's officials say. Maj. George Raecher oversees the office's criminal investigators, the Agressive Criminal Enforcement Team, the drug squad and the supervisor...

Art exhibit will kick off '08 Wayne County Reads

The 2008 Wayne County Reads season begins Thursday with an art exhibit celebrating the county's racial and cultural diversity. The kick-off event, which will be held in the Arts Council of Wayne County, is free to the public and begins...

MOC announces speaker for Martin Luther King celebration on Thursday

Eddie Wayne Lawrence, the former executive director of the N.C. Human Relations Commission, will be the featured speaker at Wayne Community College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday. He will speak at 1 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. The...

Public record

Student caught with weapons A juvenile suspect was caught with four knives at a Rosewood High School basketball game on Wednesday evening, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Theft Shelton Mark Hinson of U.S. 113 South reported a 5,000-watt generator...

Jones to speak on military affairs

Third District Congressman Walter B. Jones will be addressing the Alliance of Retired Military at their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. All military retirees, veterans, and active duty members...

Commission wants help with sales tax referendum

KENANSVILLE -- With the May primaries less than four months away, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners is eager to begin the process of explaining why the county is putting a referendum on the ballot asking residents to make a...

Red Cross names new director of blood services

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross has a new blood services director. Tammy M. Forrester, 42, replaced Samia Garner in December. Mrs. Garner took the newly created position of director of development for the chapter. As blood...