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Friday, February 29, 2008

Heroes among us

In today's print edition... What do a real estate agent, the first wave of black teachers in a newly integrated school system, a Vietnam veteran and triplets have in common? They are all heroes — in their own right. In...

Wayne County man dies in crash on U.S. 117

A two-vehicle collision that left a Wayne County man dead Thursday is still under investigation and State Highway Patrol officials are asking the public for help. Sgt. R.P. Hooks said the incident occurred at a stoplight near the intersection of...

Officials examine future of farmland

Members of the local farm community met with political candidates Thursday to discuss the future of the county's farmland. Wayne County Cooperative Extension Agent Kevin Johnson said he had a mission -- to try to scare those in attendance into...

Man gets five years for improper photos of his daughter

A Goldsboro man will serve up to five years in prison after being convicted on three counts of sex offenses with his young daughter a decade ago, Wayne County Superior Court officials said. Glenn Martin Jr., 55, was found guilty...

News-Argus brings home six awards

CARY -- Members of the News-Argus staff traveled to Cary Thursday for the North Carolina Press Association's annual awards banquet and brought six awards in writing and photography back to Goldsboro from the news, editorial and photojournalism competition. The newspaper's...

Public record

Attempted kidnapping A Sunny South Street woman reported that a hispanic male she does not know tried to pull her into a navy blue four-door vehicle in the 2000 block of U.S. 117 South on Wednesday evening, Goldsboro police said....

Correction

An incorrect reference was made to a teacher in the education section of today's Progress edition. Gloria Burney works at Brogden Middle School....

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Doctor at Wayne Memorial

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Dr. Marvin Ewy, right, confers with Pam Hines, a nurse at Eastern Carolina Surgical Associates. For more information see New vascular surgeon takes over load after WMH physican's death....

One day left to got on November ballot

Any Wayne County resident interested in being on the ballot for November's county, state or national elections needs to throw his or her hat into the ring by noon Friday when the filing period for the May 6 primaries closes....

New vascular surgeon takes over load after WMH physican's death

Patients requiring chest and vascular surgeries no longer need to travel out of Wayne County for treatment. Dr. Marvin Ewy (pronounced A-vee) has worked steadily since being hired by Eastern Carolina Surgical Associates several months ago, said Dr. Gilbert Garcia...

Club's location prompts 'no' vote

The former Elks Club on South James Street will likely stay as it is for now. The Goldsboro Planning Commission denied a request by Henry Battle on Monday night to make the club, located between Spruce and Pine streets, into...

Jury weighs charges in child sex photos case

A Goldsboro man accused of taking lewd photos that victimized his young daughter nearly a decade ago was expected to face a jury's deliberations this morning. Glenn Martin Jr., 55, had a scheduled release date in September 2007 from the...

WAGES recognizes three Mom of the Year honorees

Casandra Smith volunteers in her children's classrooms while attending Johnston Community College full time, holding down a part-time job and volunteering with a local lawyer to gain experience in her chosen career field. She plans to become a paralegal. On...

Public Record

Man arrested for collision The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a Goldsboro man for three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday, records show. David Arthur Kittrell, 43, West Hill Street, was charged after he allegedly rammed the...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Remembering the littlest victims

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Lee Mitchell-Lee, chairwoman of the WAGES Wayne County For Children Council, talks about child abuse prevention at the annual candlelight vigil Tuesday at Berkeley Mall. The vigil gives the community an opportunity to band together and take...

Former trooper charged with DWI turns self in

A former Highway Patrol trooper who had evaded the law since Feb. 7 for a re-opened drunken driving charge turned himself in late Tuesday, authorities said. Darian Neal Smith, a former Greene County trooper whose last known address was Wesley...

Juvenile programs face cuts in funding

State legislators' removal of more than $345,000 in anticipated funding will pose a big problem for juvenile delinquency prevention programs in the coming year, said the chairman of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. The announcement came during the General Assembly's...

Candles for children: Remembering the littlest victims

More than 500 tiny flames flickered for the little lives they represented. Thirty-four tall candles burned behind them for the young lives that were too soon snuffed out by child abuse and neglect. The candles were for the children of...

Threats cause concern at local schools

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a note that contained death threats found at Rosewood High School on Tuesday morning, authorities and school officials say. A sheriff's office official said a list of students "who were going to die...

GATEWAY will end van service on weekends in county

Despite the pleas of several city residents Tuesday afternoon, the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted 3-1 to stop most of its weekend van service by the end of March. The decision, made only after much debate and discussion,...

Daughtery to challenge Best for commission

Hoping to bring change to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, Joe Daugh-tery has decided to run for the Republican nomination for the District 6 seat currently held by Democrat Jack Best. "I have decided to run for this seat...

Library's community garden to receive grant

A program that created the community garden behind the library on Ash Street is expected to receive a $3,000 grant. The official letter has not arrived yet, but officials at the Wayne County Public Library say they have received word...

MOC Harrison lecture March 11

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will hold its 18th Annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m. in Rodgers Chapel. The theme is "Transforming Initiatives in the Sermon on the Mount." Dr. Glenn Stassen,...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Talking about race

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The Rev. Vernon Tyson, left, father of Tim Tyson and a main character in Tyson’s largely autobiographical novel, “Blood Done Sign My Name,” speaks at the 2008 Wayne County Reads final meeting on the book Monday night...

Health Director list goals for 2008

Improvements have been made in the way the Health Department does business, but some areas -- obesity, chronic disease and communicable diseases among them -- still need work, Health Director James Roosen recently told the Board of Health. His staff...

Civil rights thoughts

Wayne County residents who lived through the Civil Rights Movement discussed the changes wrought by the social upheaval of the 1960s and '70s and the residue of those changes at a panel discussion Monday night at Rebuilding Broken Places. The...

Man accused of stealing trusses from poultry houses

A temporary employee hired to help a Wilson man transport chicken houses sold parts of the bird enclosures for scrap instead, authorities said. Detective Lt. Carl Lancaster said Elton Futrell of Wilson hired Kevin Ray Worley, 34, Perry Farm Lane,...

David Rouzer running for Senate District 12 seat

Despite Wayne County holding only about 20 percent of the voters in his district, David Rouzer promised Monday night that he wouldn't forget about them if eventually elected to the state General Assembly. But first, the Johnston County native noted,...

Public record

Suspicious fire Unknown suspects used charcoal and lighter fluid to set an abandoned home on fire in the 2000 block of U.S. 13 North late on Saturday night, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office says. Deputy J.R. Smith recorded $150 in...

Habitat groundbreaking Friday

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at 4 p.m. at 427 Hillsboro St., in Mount Olive. This will be the fourth Habitat house built in Mount Olive, and Habitat officials say the Partners for Habitat...

Foster, adoptive parents needed

The Boys and Girls Homes of N.C. is looking for foster and adoptive parents and will host at least two training sessions this year for people interested in taking care of a young boy or girl in need of a...

School lunch menus

WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Week of March 3-7, 2008 Monday -- Breakfast: blueberry muffin; Lunch: sausage pizza, baked corn dog nuggets, steamed broccoli, baked apples, mixed fruit, red delicious apple; Tuesday -- Breakfast: apple turnover; Lunch: tacos w/cheese, salsa and...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hunting for heroes

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Wes Waller and Samia Garner, of the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross, pose with some of the items to be auctioned off at their Sports Memorabilia Auction to help benefit their annual Heroes Campaign....

Local Red Cross launches campaign to raise money to provide services

The Red Cross is looking for heroes. In this case, the organization is looking for 90 local people who will commit to raising at least $1,000 for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross for local services. The...

Officials: Stop the Funeral Initiative is changing lives now

The Stop the Funeral Initiative is not supposed to be an end-all for violence in Goldsboro's community. That is impossible, the Rev. Dr. William Barber said. But what the local movement is supposed to do is to take a step...

Wayne County Reads finale scheduled for tonight

The Wayne County Reads program will focus attention on the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on Wayne County tonight during its final event -- a panel discussion with the Rev. Vernon Tyson and several residents who lived through the...

County Health Department hires new minority health coordinator

Rovonda Freeman, minority health coordinator with the Health Department, thinks if she does her job right, there will be a trickle-down effect -- and fewer people who need medical services. "If we can get to as many people as possible...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Two killed in fiery crash

The Highway Patrol suspects alcohol and speeding were a factor in a fiery early Saturday morning crash that killed two young Wayne men. Grant Williams, 20, Spring Street and Jonathan Peedin, 18, Mint Court, died on Rosewood Road after...

Wayne pulling for Northrop Grumman to land contract

With the U.S. Air Force expected to award a multi-billion dollar contract to replace its existing KC-135 air refueling fleet by the end of the month, Wayne County officials are watching the decision closely, hoping that it goes to...

Gaylor to run for District Court judge

With more than 30 years of private practice behind him, Goldsboro attorney Charles Gaylor III has decided to run for the open District 8 District Court Judge seat. "After practicing law for nearly 30 years, I feel like I've...

Keen files for commissioner seat

Steve Keen, a local property developer and former owner of Adam's Auto Wash in Goldsboro and Greenville, has decided to throw his hat into the ring and run for the Republican nomination for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners...

Pearsall seeks commissioner seat

Wanting to at least give voters an option of who to vote for, Frank Pearsall III has decided to run for the Republican nomination to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat. "After much thought and consideration,...

MOC receives Patriot's Award

From staff reports MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has received the highest state-level award given to a civilian employer by the U.S. Department of Defense. The N.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee recently presented the college...

Gray joins Habitat as development director

Lee Gray has joined the Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne staff as development director. Mrs. Gray replaces former development director Sherry Archibald, who is now the Paramount Theatre director. Habitat officials say Mrs. Gray brings many years of non-profit experience...

Cooks sought to help feed Habitat volunteers

Habitat for Humanity is looking for organizations or individuals willing to help feed college students coming to help build a house in Wayne County during the weeks of March 10 and March 17. Habitat officials say college students from all...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Parched city, county get more wet stuff

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Wayne Community College students Shayla Williams, front, and Heather Fields try to stay dry as they make their way to class this morning. Rain fell again on a dry Wayne County early today, with weather spotters at...

Wayne should benefit from 5-county alliance

Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Thompson doesn't expect to see many -- if any -- immediate benefits from North Carolina Eastern Region's five-county BioEast Alliance. But she does believe that Wayne County's participation will pay dividends in the future....

WorkKeys program expected to expand

After talking about facilities for much of their meeting Monday morning, the thoughts of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education turned to programs -- specifically the new WorkKeys initiative and a proposal by the county to...

MOC appoints Arant provost

MOUNT OLIVE -- As part of its new leadership development plan, Mount Olive College has created a new position and hired a veteran educator from Kentucky to be responsible for the internal operations. Dr. T.J. Arant has been named provost,...

Horne to seek seat on commission

Despite just being re-elected councilman and appointed mayor of Walnut Creek in November, Darrell Horne has decided seek the Democratic nomination for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners at-large seat. "I just want to give something back to the community....

Bland to run for district judge

Assistant district attorney Will Bland has announced he will seek election to the 8th Judicial District Court Judge seat being vacated retiring Judge Joe Setzer. Bland, 48, said his dedication and experience make him a good fit for the position....

Importance of family stressed at luncheon

The Rev. John Forbes Jr. is ready to see the violence in Goldsboro's neighborhoods stop. "We need to stop killing each other over bad money belonging to someone else," he said Thursday at a luncheon sponsored by the Stop the...

Many Goldsboro streets will be repaved

Streets in nearly every part of Goldsboro will be repaved, with work already going on along sections of William and Chestnut streets. The City Council discussed the city Engineering Departments plans for resurfacing this year at its recent retreat. A...

Public record

More arrests for methamphetamine Five more people have been arrested as a result of the ongoing "Pop-A-Smurf" campaign aimed at arresting people who supply makers of illicit methamphetamine. Facing charges related to over-the-limit purchases of pseudoephedrine are Andrea Beth Howard,...

Mount Olive sewer overflow

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town of Mount Olive reported Thurday that a manhole overflowed as of Monday's heavy rains, spilling 27,000 gallons into surface waters. The town is currently upgrading its waste water treatment plant to prevent future spills....

Stoney Creek Park Alliance working on strategic plan for city park

The Stoney Creek Park Alliance met Thursday afternoon to continue discussions on strategic planning for the park. They discussed installing benches, but did not decide on what type -- possibly concrete because of its lower cost and durability. Alliance members...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Talking money

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Paramount Theatre Director Sherry Archibald, left, talks about fees and regulations with representatives of organizations likely to want to use the theater for performances. For more information see Groups express their concern over Paramount rental rates....

Jeffreys Building plans get go-ahead

Nearly four years after the Wayne County Emergency Management Department and E-911 call center moved into the second floor of the Jeffreys Building on John Street, the Board of Commissioners has taken another step toward giving the go-ahead to begin...

Groups express their concern over Paramount rental rates

Groups that have booked or plan to book the new Paramount Theatre met in an informal meeting with theater Director Sherry Archibald Wednesday afternoon to discuss concerns about its operation, chiefly the cost of renting the facility. The current fees...

Man charged with sexual assaults

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Seven Springs-area man accused of sexually victimizing young girls, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Jimmy Ray McArthur, 19, Pineview Cemetery Road, was arrested in a traffic stop after calls from...

McCullen seeking at-large commission berth

Stepping into an already crowded race for the Democratic nomination for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners at-large seat, Sandra McCullen, county school associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction, is focused on more than just education -- though it is...

Gurley running for at-large seat on commission

After spending the last two years helping to design the new Wayne County Comprehensive Plan, Chris Gurley has decided that he would like to have a voice in how it's implemented, filing for the Democratic nomination for the county Commission...

National Guard to train at WCC this Saturday

The North Carolina National Guard will be conducting a convoy exercise Saturday at about 1 p.m. at Wayne Community College, using blank rounds of ammunition. Residents of the area are advised that they may hear shots being fired and simulated...

DGDC discusses homeownership plan

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. board of directors met Wednesday to discuss a new home ownership assistance program, facade grants and the city's demolition-by-neglect ordinance. Director Julie Thompson wanted to organize a program that would aid those who want to...

Bill Lamm's Award

Bill Lamm of Goldsboro has received the Excellence in Agriculture Award from the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. He is only the third person to receive the award for outstanding contributions to agriculture in the state. Lamm, a longtime Cooperative Extension...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

City Hall finishing touches

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Tommy Bass, left, and Donald Bass of Kivett's Inc., work Tuesday morning to fasten the pews that will soon seat the public in the newly renovated historic City Hall. The building will be ready to go for...

Wayne boards discuss the problem of drugs in local schools

Though most of Monday's meeting between the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education was cordial, there was one point of almost heated contention -- the issue of drugs in schools. More specifically, the debate was sparked by...

Cutback in river flow no concern, officials say

In an effort to prolong water availability, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cut the amount of water released from Falls Lake by 9 percent Tuesday. The Corps discharged 50 cubic feet per second instead of the 55 cubic feet...

Fremont eyes charge for alarms

FREMONT -- The Fremont Town Board moved Tuesday night to explore the possibility of charging fees for an excessive number of false burglar and fire alarms. Goldsboro already has a fee structure in place that allows residents three "free" false...

Beverly Perdue makes a stop in Goldsboro

With her time split between Raleigh and her home in New Bern, North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue said she knows about eastern North Carolina and the struggles it's facing in terms of economic development, education and infrastructure such as...

Public record

Juvenile charged in break-in The Wayne County Sheriff's Office reports a 15-year-old Belfast juvenile is allegedly reponsible for a break-in on Creekwood Drive. Juan Roblero had reported $140 stolen from his residence, authorities said. Charges against the youth included breaking...

Roberts to speak Friday

Pulitzer Prize winning author Gene Roberts will speak Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Museum at 116 N. William St., in conjunction with the Wayne County Reads project. Roberts, a Pikeville native, will discuss the book that was...

N.C. Award nominations sought

RALEIGH -- Nominations for the 2008 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state, are now being accepted. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the award recognizes significant contributions over time of individuals in the fields...

Microfilm at Library

The Wayne County Public Library announced Friday it has received a microfilm reader/scanner. Library officials say this new technology will give patrons the opportunity to scan, save and print better quality images from microfilm. By the end of the year,...

Fuel spill reported at CBA

A fuel oil spill at Charles B. Aycock High School over the weekend is being cleaned up by emergency personnel, school officials said Monday. The spill was discovered behind the gym, near the school's boiler room on Monday. Classes were...

Council holds hearings

The Goldsboro City Council held these public hearings at its meeting Monday night. *A request by Araneum, LLC for a zoning change for property on the east and west sides of North William Street between Royall Avenue and Tarboro Street...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Schools and money

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Sprunt Hill addresses the Wayne County Commissioners and Wayne County Board of Education during a meeting between the two boards Monday at the Wayne County Public Schools administrative offices. For more information see Schools and commissioners talk...

Man, 19, wanted for sexual assaults

A Wayne County 19-year-old accused of preying on pre- and early-teen girls is wanted by the Sheriff's Office, authorities said. Jimmy Ray McArthur, 19, faces two felony-level counts of indecent liberties with a minor, Capt. Tom Effler said. At the...

Schools and commissioners talk about financing, timetable

Hoping to continue the lines of communication that they say have opened up since the local business community helped pave the way for the recent $23 million school facilities plan, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education...

Wayne County Public Schools affected by meat recall

The Wayne County Public Schools system is on the list of school districts affected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's beef recall, but there is no cause for alarm, officials here say. "Most likely there were products that were consumed,...

Murder suspect arrested

Police in Las Vegas arrested a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 33-year-old man found in woods off of Salem Church Road, a detective says. Goldsboro Investigator Dave Cloutier said authorities caught up with Devon Dejatorian...

Livestock awards presented

Pam Aycock received the 2008 Service Award at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Wayne County Livestock Development Association Monday night. About 150 people attended the annual meeting held at the Wayne Center. Mrs. Aycock started working at the fair...

Former officer sentenced for shooting wife

A former Goldsboro police captain will spend six months in jail after a jury convicted him of shooting and injuring his wife in 2006, court records show. Judge Benjamin G. Alford sentenced retired former Capt. J.D. Cogdell to 20 months...

Nightclub supported, opposed

A public hearing for a conditional use request to allow for a "place of entertainment" on South James Street brought 13 people up to the podium to speak at Monday night's Goldsboro City Council meeting. The site is the location...

New high schools to hold open houses

The public schools' two newest high schools, Wayne Early/Middle College High and Wayne School of Engineering, are seeking applicants and hosting parents' nights to provide information on their programs. Incoming freshmen are being sought at the two schools, with representatives...

Candidate for County Commissioner District 1 incorrectly identified

James Beckwith was incorrectly identified in Sunday's News-Argus as Danny Beckwith. James Beckwith is running against incumbent Andy Anderson for the Republican nomination for the Wayne County Commission District 1 seat....

Monday, February 18, 2008

Mount Olive deals with weather woes

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Thunderstorm that dropped roughly 3.5 inches of rain between 2 and 6 this morning left many Mount Olive streets under water. Town Manager Charles Brown said city crews were working hard this morning, checking drains for stoppages...

Students speak out on need for teen activities in county

Teens in Wayne County need a place to gather with their peers, a safe option to gangs and other activities that only lead to trouble, a group of students from Goldsboro High School shared recently. The students, from the "Choices...

Jennings joins race for open at-large position

Faced with a wide-open Wayne County Commission At-Large seat, Jeff Jennings has announced his decision to enter the race for the Republican nomination when he filed to become an official candidate. "I'm running at large because I want to represent...

City houses on schedule

Three of the homes being constructed as part of a downtown revitalization effort in the 400 block of South John Street are getting closer to being ready for families, city officials say. The houses aren't completed yet, but they should...

Commission to talk about capital projects

Meeting Tuesday morning, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners is planning to move forward on two capital projects that have been lingering for several months. The first is putting the renovation of the Jeffreys Building out to bid. The building,...

Parks will run for seat on Duplin commission

Calypso resident Frances Parks announced last week her intention to seek the Democratic nomination in May for the Duplin County Board Commissioners District 1 seat, now that L.S. Guy has announced that he will be retiring at the end of...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Paramount debut: Goldsboro puts on top hat and tails to celebrate theater's encore

All the big names were on Center Street Friday night. They showed up in style -- decked out in tuxedos, evening gowns, fur coats, chandelier earrings and cufflinks. As they entered the doors of the Paramount Theatre they helped build,...

Braswell seeking re-election as Superior Court judge

With 10 years on the bench already behind him, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell (District 8B) is hoping to add another eight. "I am seeking re-election because I believe that my nearly 10 years of experience as...

Andy Anderson running for re-election to commission District 1

Wayne County Commissioner Andy Anderson has decided to run for re-election, throwing his hat back into the ring on the first day of candidate filing. Running in District 1, Anderson, a resident of Pikeville, will pursue his fifth four-year...

Danny Beckwith running for county commission District 1

Believing that no elected official should serve more than two terms in office, Pikeville resident Danny Beckwith announced Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. It's the spot...

City Council to discuss property requests

New condominiums, a new enterainment venue and a new auto dealership and an annexation request are among the property concerns Goldsboro City Council members will hear at their meeting Monday. Five public hearings are scheduled for the meeting. The...

Suspect kicks out windows of police car

A Goldsboro man wanted for skipping parole in New York state kicked out windows in a police cruiser and spit in a detective's face before his arrest Friday, police said. Anthony Wright, 33, East Maple Street, was being held...

County 4-H clubs have new adviser

Wallace Simmons is the new 4-H agent for Wayne County. He took over the position Jan. 14. He comes from Haywood County, and has 20 years of experience. In his new job, he will oversee the 4-H youth development program...

Russell Tucker seeks fourth term in state House

With four terms in office behind him, state Rep. Russell Tucker is hoping to continue to serve Duplin and Onslow counties as he announced plans last week to file once again for the District 4 Democratic primary in May....

Lois Mooring running for re-election as registrar of deeds

By MATTHEW WHITTLE New-Argus Staff Writer After spending the past four years working to improve the Registrar of Deeds office in the Wayne County Courthouse, Lois Mooring has decided to run for re-election to her post. "Since becoming registrar in...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Remembering the fire

News-Argus file photo Goldsboro firefighters spray water over the burning Paramount Theatre in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 2005. Flames were shooting 30 feet in the air when the first trucks arrived from the headquarters station just...

The day the Paramount died

The phone rings. Peggy Wingate opens her eyes and looks at the clock. It is 4 in the morning. Something must be wrong. She picks up the phone. It is Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders and his wife. They have...

After 30 years, Brinson decides to end his time in government

KENANSVILLE -- Finally retiring after more than 30 years in local government, Woody Brinson seems to be cautiously optimistic about Duplin County's future. "I think the next 20 years have got enormous potential for Duplin County and eastern North Carolina,"...

County forges capital agenda

As Wayne County’s commissioners began setting out their priorities for the upcoming year Wednesday, they first took a look at a potential long-range capital improvement plan. This plan, which was created by county staff and consulting firm Davenport &...

Man killed on moped

A 55-year-old Dudley man on a moped was killed after reportedly missing a stop sign at an Emmaus Church Road crossroads Thursday afternoon, the Highway Patrol reported. Terry Amace Grimes, Delaney Place, Dudley, died on the scene after he apparently...

Mount Olive College gets $71,000 grant for biology lab

MOUNT OLIVE -- The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, NCBC, has awarded Mount Olive College a grant worth over $71,000 to establish a lab to train students in traditional cell and molecular biology. The laboratory will house technologically advanced equipment, including...

Author to speak as part of Wayne Reads

Author Trudier Harris will talk about her memoir, "Summer Snow: Reflections on a Black Daughter of the South" Monday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Goldsboro High School. The event, provided by the UNC Alumni Association, is part of...

3HC Mardi Gras benefit February 23

The non-profit organization 3HC will hold a benefit Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 23 to help raise money to expand the Kitty Askins Hospice Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Walnut Creek Country Club with a silent...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Students share greetings

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Zanaria Evans, 6, a first-grade student at Eastern Wayne Elementary School, puts the finishing touches on her Valentine’s Day project this morning....

District answers security question

Wayne County Public Schools officials say they have started security upgrades at county schools, but they do not have the funds they need to finish the task. And, they added, repairing several schools' tennis courts is a project they can...

Schools top list for 2008 in county

When the Wayne County Board of Commissioners adjourned its annual retreat Wednesday afternoon, the priorities that it had set for the next 12 months came as little surprise to County Manager Lee Smith. Now, he explained, as he and the...

AWOL airman caught in Georgia

A 4th Fighter Wing airman was arrested Tuesday evening at an apartment complex near Atlanta after spending more than 24 hours as a fugitive. Airman 1st Class Darryl Green, 20, who is assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 335th...

Efforts begin to push sales tax vote in Duplin

Hoping to convince residents of the need for a new revenue stream before the May 6 vote, a small committee of Duplin County commissioners and school board members decided Tuesday to recommend to their respective boards, the adoption and printing...

Rock garden presented to library

The Gardenette Garden Club of Goldsboro celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday by presenting a rock garden to the Wayne County Public Library. About 50 people attended a reception and ceremony at the library's main branch on Ash Street. The reception...

Barnes and Noble to operate bookstore at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mega-bookseller Barnes & Noble will take over management of the bookstore at Mount Olive College, effective March 15, officials announced. The bookstore will remain in his current location, with plans to relocate by the fall semester to...

Public record

Theft David Richard Smith of Georgia reported theft of over $7,000 worth of home furnishings and tools from a Blue RIdge Drive, Dudley address on Tuesday, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department said....

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Getting ready for rescue

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Construction of the new office of the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS is expected to be completed in June, officials with the organization said. The new office is located on U.S. 117, about a mile...

Teen, 16, among three indicted in death, robbery

Police believe the three men implicated in the February 2007 death of Karemond Abdullah Spells, 30, were trying to steal two pounds of marijuana, according to court records. Those three men, including Michael Jamal Allen, 18, of Canterbury Court, Marcus...

More work ahead for facilities' discussion

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final installment of a five-part series on school funding and facilities needs in Wayne County. When 2007 began, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners identified school facility improvements as one of its primary goals and...

Closed meetings helped pave way for agreement

Pleased by the $23 million school facilities plan agreed on late last year, and encouraged by what they are describing as an improved relationship with the school board, the Wayne County commissioners say the recent intervention by members of the...

New headquarters is in works for state's rescue squads group

The North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS is moving its headquarters to a new location on U.S. 117, three miles south of Goldsboro near the highway's intersection with U.S. 13. The new facility will permit the organization to do...

Groups being sought to help clean parks

The Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission met Tuesday night to discuss cleaning up the parks through the Adopt-A-Park program. The program allows community groups to volunteer to keep up some of the maintenance of the park, such as pruning, picking...

Students who overcame obstacles honored at counselor's luncheon

By all the criteria used to define the makings of a student destined to become a dropout, Rachel Callaham of Charles B. Aycock High School fit the bill. When she completed her freshman year in June 2005, she had racked...

JSCC computer courses offered

The Human Resources Development program at James Sprunt Community College is offering several basic computer courses starting in March. *Computers for the Medical Office *Basic Computer Skills *Clerical Skills for the Office Professional *SpreadSheets *Internet and email *Career Exploration and...

Public record

Death investigation The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Monday evening death of Matthew Coley, 78, of Memorial Church Road, Fremont, according to a report....

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

After 18 months, City Hall ready to re-open

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The front of Goldsboro’s 106-year-old City Hall gleams in the sun Monday. Restoration of the structure started last year is about finished, officials say, with just landscaping and touch-up work left to be done. For more information...

Election filing period begins

With filing for the May 6 primaries opening at noon Monday, the Wayne County Board of Elections was prepared for an onrush of people making their candidacies official. And, while there wasn't an overwhelming number signing up for the multiple...

Filings to date

These are the local candidates and those state and national candidates who have filed for the May primaries whose districts include Wayne County (This list does not include statewide or nationwide offices). *Wayne County Board of Commissioners District 1 --...

City Hall work nearly done

Goldsboro residents won't have to wait much longer to set foot back inside their historic City Hall. One of the final inspections of the building was to be conducted today, and another will likely follow early next week, Assistant City...

Denny Tart to run for county commissioner

Hoping to play a role in resolving some of the remaining issues between the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the Wayne County Board of Education, Democrat Denny Tart announced Monday that he would be filing this week for the...

Veterans' stories sought for posterity

For eight years, the U.S. Library of Congress has been trying to collect and preserve the stories of the men and women who have defended this country. It's an effort that Veterans History project director Bob Patrick has said will...

Dudley fire burns several acres

DUDLEY -- The N.C. Division of Forest Resources plow was unavailable, so Mar Mac Fire Chief Bill Harrell was in charge of putting out fire near Durham Lake Road on Monday afternoon. Usually fires in wooded areas like this three-acre...

Archaeologist to speak Wednesday at MOC

Author and archaeologist Duncan Caldwell of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., will give a presentation Wednesday at Mount Olive College on the Archaeology of North Africa. The lecture is scheduled for noon in the Hennessee Room of the Lois K. Murphy Regional...

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Suspicious fire An early Sunday morning motor vehicle fire at Josh Lane and Kingdom Lane that caused $3,500 in damages has been ruled suspicious, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. A 1990 Cadillac Deville owned by Joshua Eugene Newsome was...

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sifting for Clues

Photo submitted Members of the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team and members of the Cambodian Army work side by side sifting through the dirt collected at one of their recovery sites. The team is searching for the remains...

Will North Carolina's votes matter?

With Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton running neck and neck after Super Tuesday and this weekend's four contests, the electoral battlegrounds have now shifted to the so-called Potomac Primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. on Tuesday....

Winds whip up blazes across region

Brush fires plaguing the state yesterday had some effect on Wayne County as well on Sunday, Fire Marshal Bryan Taylor said. Taylor said there was one fire in the Grantham area that required a N.C. Department of Natural Resources intervention,...

Dropout rate down in county schools

Wayne County Public Schools had 101 fewer dropouts during 2006-2007 than the previous year, according to the annual dropout report just released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Statewide, a total of 23,550 students, or 5.24 percent of students...

Marine's final resting place still a mystery

Fresh off his trip to Cambodia, Cary Turner said last week that while he was glad to be home, he was disappointed to not be coming back with any news about his cousin Joseph Hargrove, who was one of three...

Stone to run for District 5 seat in state Senate

On Thursday, Goldsboro resident Chuck Stone became the seventh candidate to declare his intention to run for retiring state Sen. John Kerr's District 5 seat. Stone, the current director of North Carolinians for Affordable Health Care and a retired administrative...

Radford seeking at-large seat on school board

Educator Eddie Radford is throwing his hat into the ring for the at-large seat on the Wayne County Board of Education. He joins Ven Faulk, who announced earlier this week his intention to campaign for the same seat. It is...

N.C. Department of Justice employee arrested on drug charges

A North Carolina Department of Justice employee and Goldsboro resident has been arrested and charged in Oklahoma City with two counts of drug trafficking. Susan Gail Freeman, of Bennett Road, was working as a secretary in the Legal Services Division...

Neuseway Park event in Kinston on Sunday

KINSTON -- Neuseway Nature Park in Kinston will sponsor "Love the Neuse Day" on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2:30-5 pm. Events will begin at 2:30 with a short film on the Neuse River in the planetarium. At 3, all ages...

Duplin Historical Society honors black veterans

ROSE HILL -- The Duplin County Historical Society observed Black History Month on Feb. 2 by honoring two men for their pioneering careers in the United States military. Sgt. 1st class Gordon A. Humphrey, a retired Army veteran from Kenansville,...

Programs explained at Dillard

Representatives of Wayne School of Engineering and Wayne Early Middle College will describe their programs to parents on Wednesday night at 6 at Dillard Middle School. The School of Engineering is located at Goldsboro High School, opened last year under...

Black history exhibit to open at Waynesborough

A Black History Exhibit will open Friday in the historic Waynesborough Village. The exhibit, first shown by Linda Wilkins-Daniels at the Wayne County Museum in 2007, was requested by the Old Waynesborough Commission as a permanent attraction for the Visitor's...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Curtain will rise Saturday at rebuilt Paramount Theatre

It happened nearly three years ago today -- thousands of dreams inching skyward in a thick, black haze. A building sat burning. The place where you saw 'The Godfather' for the first time. The place you stole your first kiss....

Business leaders put an end to silence over schools

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth installment of a five-part series on the school facilities funding debate. The final installment -- a wrapup from the commissioners about the future of the funding question and the meetings between the county and...

Filing opens Monday for May primaries

With election season already well under way in much of the nation, North Carolina will officially kick its off at noon Monday when the filing period for the May primaries opens. And, with prospects for state General Assembly, county...

Atlas Price will not run for re-election

After nearly 30 years of holding elected offices in Wayne County, Atlas Price announced Friday that he would be retiring from the county Board of Commissioners at the end of his current term. "I'm not planning to seek re-election,"...

Flu staking its toll on county

Flu season has hit Wayne County -- hard, local health officials say. From schools to the workplace, hundreds of Wayne County residents are facing the harsh symptoms of the flu bug -- fever, exhaustion, congestion. Health Director James Roosen...

Kenan family's ancestral home to be part of Duplin tourism push

KENANSVILLE -- For 40 years, Liberty Hall, the ancestral home of North Carolina's Kenan family, has been one of the focal points of Duplin County tourism. Now, with the creation of the Duplin Tourism Development Authority and its long-range...

City Council gives preliminary OK to increase in hotel tax

NEW BERN -- Members of the Goldsboro City Council gave their preliminary approval to a one-cent increase in the city's hotel tax Friday, the final day of their annual retreat. The move from 5 to 6 percent would require approval...

Forestry officials warn about burning

RALEIGH -- Officials with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources are warning people to avoid debris burning because of predictions of a dry and windy weekend. The National Weather Service is calling for the possibility of a red flag warning...

Friday, February 8, 2008

Wayne County Relay for Life

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Four-year-old Cooper Bryan and his mom, Renee, give a thumbs-up to the crowd during the Relay for Life kickoff event Thursday evening. Cooper, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem glioma on Aug. 31, 2007, has not...

Man, 44, charged with sex offense

A 44-year-old Seven Springs man stands accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported. William "Bill" Allen Fritz, Pineview Cemetery Road, faces two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and one count of indecent...

Goldsboro Council considers possible annexation plans

NEW BERN -- The Goldsboro City Council discussed future annexation plans during the second day of the council's annual retreat. On Thursday, city Planning Director Randy Guthrie described to council members and city officials the areas that could be annexed...

Getting ready to Relay in '08

Two days before her 34th birthday, Ladelle Smothers was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery, she got more bad news -- the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, chest, abdomen and groin area. After the ordeal of more surgery,...

Woman charged in fatal December accident

Police filed misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges Thursday against a 47-year-old Goldsboro woman involved in a Dec. 31 crash, according to police records. Marcia Irene Rohde of U.S. 70 West is also charged with failing to stop for a...

Public records

Home raided again Three people face charges after another raid at a Dollardtown Road address, the Sheriff's Office says. Matthew Jonas Spruill, 22, and Antonio Makee Spruill, both of Dollardtown Road, and Krystal Daneille Bryant, 22, Odom Farm Road, face...

MOC-JCC partnership working

MOUNT OLIVE -- A partnership formed in 2006 between Mount Olive College and Johnston Community College has proven to be beneficial, with more than 73 students enrolled in an accelerated one-night-a-week program toward specialized degrees. The courses, taught at JCC,...

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Shelter progress

News-Argus/Matthew Whittle Work on the new Wayne County Animal Shelter on Clingman Street is proceeding on schedule, officials say, with the facility expected to open in late summer. For more information see Shelter on schedule....

City Council discusses water, money

NEW BERN -- During the first day of the Goldsboro City Council's three-day retreat on Wednesday, the main discussion was about budget requests for this upcoming fiscal year in June. But talk soon turned to one of the most pressing...

Faulk to run for school board

Ven Faulk, president of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory, has announced his candidacy for the at-large seat on the Wayne County Board of Education. Earlier this week, board member Pete Gurley announced he will not seek re-election to the seat...

Shelter on schedule

With about 45 percent of the work done on the new animal adoption and education center, Wayne County Animal Control Director Justin Scally said construction is moving along as planned. "It's really going well out there," he told Wayne County...

Improved schools will help businesss

When Wayne County business and industry leaders began meeting more than a year ago, they were all motivated by a similar concern -- the inadequacies in the local workforce. "We were hearing from local industries -- (human resource) managers and...

Mental health volunteers honored

You can take the bullies out of a classroom, but a new batch will spring up like dandelions if you don't work on the targets, too, according to William Lassiter, manager of the Center for the Prevention of School Violence....

Man shot

Wayne County sheriff's deputies found a Croom Drive man shot in the back in front of his home Wednesday night. Jai Keiunna Kornegay, 29, who also has a home on Breazeale Avenue in Mount Olive was in stable condition at...

County science fair winners announced

The annual science fair for Wayne County Public School produced 12 winners who will now progress to the regional fair in Wilmington on Feb. 16. The local fair, held Feb. 2 at Eastern Wayne High School, was for students who...

Student in Senate Youth Program

A Spring Creek High School senior has been selected to participated in the 46th annual U.S. Senate Youth program. Brian Heim is one of two students from North Carolina and among 104 students nationwide chosen for the prestigious program for...

Descendants of black Civil War troops sought

Descendants of black soldiers who served in the Civil War are being sought to participate in the U.S. Colored Troops Symposium to be held Feb. 22-24 at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington in conjunction with the museum's Living History...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Black history exhibit

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards Wayne County Museum Manager Johnna Nelson shows one of the displays in the Black History Exhibit, which opened Tuesday. For more information see Black history exhibit open at museum....

Officials ask why courts trumped security

In January, after a Mount Olive Middle School student was arrested for carrying an unloaded handgun onto campus, members of the Wayne County Board of Education voiced their concerns about the security situation at several schools. In particular, officials...

25 sought in another drug raid in county

Unseasonably spring-like weather might have influenced the name of "Operation Spring Cleanup," a Tuesday morning drug offender roundup in Wayne County. Police sought 25 people named in warrants for 54 charges throughout the county, an operation conducted by the...

Black history exhibit open at museum

A black history exhibit featuring local artifacts that describe the black experience in Wayne County from slavery to the present opened this week at the county Museum on William Street. Museum manager Johnna Nelson said the items in the exhibit...

Black poets' work featured Friday, Sunday

From staff reports Local actors will perform "Portrait of a People: A Survey of African American Poetry" on Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room on the second floor of the Dogwood...

Public Record

Break-in suspect charged Goldsboro police found a breaking and entering suspect inside an apartment on Harris Streets' Quinn Village after an emergency call, Capt. J.J. Biggins reported in a news release. Tramarcus Lashawn Sasser of Goldsboro shut the door on...

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Gurley decides not to run again

School board member Pete Gurley will not seek re-election for another term, citing health problems as a contributing factor. The at-large representative made his official announcement during Monday evening's school board meeting, saying it was with "mixed emotions" that he...

Reserve account concerns members

The school system's fund balance should be higher and target dates are needed for construction projects, school board members said Monday night. Board member Rick Pridgen raised the fund balance question with Penny Lanier, senior accountant with Pittard Perry &...

Pikeville moves to correct financial violations

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville's town board moved Monday to hire a part-time employee to help address three finance practices found to be in violation of state law. By unanimous vote, the board approved the hiring of a worker who will help...

Council approves recyclables contract; pays architect

The Goldsboro City Council approved the sale of recyclable paper, plastics, glass and aluminum cans to Wayne Opportunity Center and Goldsboro Iron & Metal Co. at its meeting Monday night. The council authorized the public works department to enter into...

Jump rope exhibition, camp

The Bouncing Bulldogs, an international rope skipping demonstration team out of Chapel Hill, will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on U.S. 117 bypass. The group will sponsor a rope skipping camp Saturday at the armory,...

Public record

Common law robbery Tanisha Davis of Roanoke Rapids reported that a suspect shoved her to the ground while she was riding a dirt bike at Busco Beach and stole the vehicle worth $2,300, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Armed...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Dinner Time

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Farmer Owen Jackson has been putting in some long hours recently getting his land ready for the planting of the 2008 corn crop. He was disking up this field on the Old Mount Olive Highway near the...

Pikeville cited for financial concerns

PIKEVILLE -- Financial practices of Pikeville's leadership failed to comply with three state laws, state treasurer's office officials informed the town this past week. The town has three problems, as outlined in a letter from Sharon G. Edmundson, director...

District officials say $23 million is step forward

Like the members of the Wayne County Board of Education, school officials are approaching the recently adopted $23 million school facility funding plan with caution. But they also believe that it can work. The plan, which is relying heavily...

Starling considering bid for county commission

Longtime Republican Party activist Willie Ray Starling has announced he is likely to be a candidate for the District 5 Wayne County Commission seat -- one that is currently held by Democrat Bud Gray. "I'm not locked in until...

Commissioners to take look at progress on new animal shelter

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners is facing a relatively light agenda Tuesday. On tap for discussion -- but not action -- are an update on the progress of the new animal adoption and education center on Clingman Street...

Wayne blood donors sought

The nation's blood supply is again dwindling and Wayne County area residents are beinga asked to donate. The Carolinas Blood Services Region, of which Wayne County is a part, lost 625 units of blood from Raleigh collections alone, according to...

Habitat meeting today at 6

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne will provide a monthly information meeting for the public today at 6 p.m. in the WAGES Building located at 601 Royall Ave., Goldsboro. The meeting is a first step for those who want to know...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Bland leaves Scouts $1 million

The Tuscarora Boy Scout Council has received a $1 million gift from the estate of the late Dr. Ralph Bland. Council President Bill Bryan made the announcement during the annual Tuscarora Council Awards Ceremony held Thursday night at Wayne Community...

Maxwell honored by BSA

Thomas Yarboro kept his secret well. His grandfather, Louis Maxwell, thought he was helping the 17-year-old celebrate his special moment of recognition as part of the 2007 Class of Eagle Scouts Thursday night during the 85th Annual Tuscarora Council Awards...

Paying the school bills

EDITOR'SNOTE: This is the first in a five-part series on the school facilities issue -- the next steps, the costs and who is going to pay the bills. Coming this week: School officials react to the plan. Late last year,...

City man convicted of murder

A man charged in the 2006 murder of a Mount Olive man was arrested in New Jersey and was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder in Goldsboro, authorities said. Basher Elijah Baker was convicted of possessing a firearm as a convicted...

Put a record on ... one last time

The albums inside The Record Rack are more than just inventory to owner Stan Hartley. They are memories of a lifetime in music -- and reminders of friends made along the way. So, this Saturday, when he closed the store...

Child care programs get high marks in Wayne County

The quality of child care in Wayne County is improving, with more families having access to, and taking advantage of, programs offered through such agencies as Smart Start. The announcement comes from the North Carolina Partnership for Children Inc., which...

County leaders want educators to take the lead on tax hike option

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners made the choice clear last week for the county Board of Education and the James Sprunt Community College Board of Directors -- either meet to discuss ways to sell residents on the upcoming quarter-cent...

Hospitalist program started at WMH

Goldsboro Pediatrics has added a hospitalist program to provide care for patients while in the hospital. Dr. Dave Tayloe, founder of the pediatric group that also has satellite offices in Mount Olive, LaGrange and Princeton, said the move was prompted...

Financial aid workshop at Wayne Community College

Free assistance for students desiring financial aid at Wayne Community College will be available through a workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Spruce Building from 9 a.m. until noon. Students planning to attend college in the 2008-08 academic year...

Council to weigh architect contract

Pearce, Brinkley, Cease & Lee of Raleigh might soon sign a contract with the city of Goldsboro for nearly a million dollars, if city council members approve the expenditure at their meeting Monday. The council is expected to approve authorization...

Friday, February 1, 2008

She's officially the president

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Wayne Community College President Dr. Kay Albertson, left, shares a laugh with Wayne Community College Board of Trustees member Joanne Roberts and others during the reception held in her honor after her installation as fifth president of...

NCDOT: Trucks get some blame for I-795 cracks

Only two years after its opening, small cracks and potholes have started to appear in a 2.5-mile stretch of I-795 just south of Pikeville. The structural problems first began showing up in May 2007, and efforts were started almost immediately...

WCC installs Albertson

Amidst the pomp and circumstance of installing the fifth president of Wayne Community College before a capacity crowd Thursday afternoon, it was only fitting that something would go awry. First the college's charter abruptly fell from its stand during remarks...

GATEWAY considers cutting its hours

Those few county residents who rely on the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority's van service to get them to and from work on Saturday night and Sunday may soon have to find an alternate method if the board of directors decides...

Mount Olive recognizes residents at banquet

MOUNT OLIVE -- When Kenny Talton found out he would have to miss his mother's birthday to attend the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and Mount Olive Jaycees awards banquet, he was a little sad. But duty called, the...

Goldsboro wins four downtown awards

ROCKY MOUNT -- Goldsboro cleaned up at the North Carolina Main Street Awards Thursday night in Rocky Mount. Out of 28 awards given to 13 cities, Goldsboro received four. "Downtown ... is the front porch of you're hometown," state Secretary...

Public record

Methamphetamine charge A 20-year-old faces charges resulting from the Wayne/Goldsboro Drug Squad's anti-methamphetamine "Pop-A-Smurf" campaign, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. David Lee Tucker, McCullen Lane, faces six counts of possession of a precursor substance and one count of exceeding...