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Monday, June 30, 2008

Picking time

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Greg Carraway, left, and Clarence Lewis got an early start this morning on collecting vegetables from the garden behind Wilber’s Barbecue. The veggies will be sold to the public at the local stand. Veggies stands all over...

Architect given original blueprints for Union Station

Architect David E. Gall is closer to knowing what Goldsboro's Union Station looked like in its heyday -- and having a better idea what can and cannot be saved -- as the renovation of the historic depot continues. After numerous...

Mount Olive looks at $181,000 more in general revenue funds for next year

MOUNT OLIVE -- An additional $78,000 in property taxes from the new Wal-Mart and additional development at that site account for about 43 percent of an $181,000 increase in the Town of Mount Olive's $2,930,751 general fund budget revenues. The...

Cherry nurse gets international view of health care after trip to South Africa

Cherry Hospital nurse Shryl Uzzell's recent nine-day visit to study health care in South Africa made such an impression she hopes to share the experience and return with a group of her own in the future. Ms. Uzzell, 52, a...

Frisky fire ants bedevil local residents

If you happen to be wearing sandals, a stroll through Herman Park could be a pain. Just ask Marion Collins. "Every once in a while, you'll get bit," the 53-year-old said, looking down at an ant hill. "And it's no...

Roadwork on hold for most areas for July 4

RALEIGH -- Road construction activities will be one less concern motorists will have to contend with over the Fourth of July. Department of Transportation officials have announced suspension of most road construction activities that could affect travel over the holiday...

Stiffer penalties awaiting those who drop insurance

People who habitually drop their vehicle liability insurance coverage will face higher penalties beginning Tuesday. The change, which results in stiffer penalties for repeated offenses, will affect vehicle owners who have numerous insurance lapses within a three-year period. The new...

Habitat dedicating home Tuesday

Officials at Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne are inviting the community to attend their latest home dedication Tuesday, and to congratulate the Hawkins Family as they receive the keys to their first home at 1306 Stephens Street. The event is...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Body found behind church in November identified

The bones found behind Fellowship Baptist Church last November once belonged to a man known to wander fields and ditches in search of valuables, the Sheriff's Office says. Genesis Bruce Lewis had been missing since 2004, and did not...

Mount Olive sets sights on limits for golf carts

MOUNT OLIVE -- Could motorists here some day be sharing more road space with golf carts as travelers look for ways to reduce the economic sting of the gas pumps? Town officials say they want to be ready --...

Pikeville holds Independence Day Festival

PIKEVILLE -- Allen Best and his little cousin, Laci Best of Goldsboro, had different reactions during Saturday's Independence Day Festival as the Sudan Temple Min-Rigs roared around a parking lot at the town park. "I think they are real...

Goldsboro Jaycees Fourth of July Parade to be held Friday

The Goldsboro Jaycees are organizing Goldsboro's Fourth of July celebration to be held in downtown Goldsboro this year. The event will be held on Friday, July 4 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a parade beginning at...

Five join Mount Olive College faculty

MOUNT OLIVE--Mount Olive College has announced five new faculty members for the coming year. Stuart Burham of Wilmington has been named instructor of music in the school of arts and sciences. An adjunct professor of MOC-Wilmington since 2007, he is...

Mount Olive Fourth of July celebration Friday

MOUNT OLIVE -- An old-fashioned Fourth of July complete with free food, games, entertainment and fireworks will be celebrated this Friday in Westbrook Park. The event also will mark its own bit of history -- it will be the...

Gallimore retiring as city engineer

Terry Gallimore will no longer be looking over logistics for water or sewer lines or thinking about street resurfacing -- or anything else that usually falls under the watchful eye of the city's engineer. That is -- unless he wants...

Museum opening fossil exhibit

From Staff Reports The Wayne County Museum's new prehistoric fossil exhibit will open July 10 and run through Aug. 29. Museum Manager Johnna Nelson said Thursday that more artifacts than expected have been coming in, and she will not have...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Burning fields

News-Argus/Steve Herring A tractor driver plows a fire break around a burning wheat field on U.S. 117 Alternate, just north of Mount Olive. The fires, which are part of the normal agricultural cycle, have caused some concern among suburban...

Area lawmakers talk budget

Faced with $70 million less in revenues than expected only a month ago, local legislators admitted today that they're going to have to scramble a little bit to re-balance the 2008-09 budget. "Obviously it's less money to spend, and we...

Smoke no cause for alarm

The billowing plumes of thick dark smoke that climb like thunderheads into the skies over Wayne County are enough to send folks racing to report what they think can only be a big fire. But more than likely at this...

GPD officer recovering slowly from shooting

A Goldsboro police officer shot with a handgun during a traffic stop is still in the hospital, but is recovering, police say. Officer Clint Hales was visited by police operations Maj. Mike Hopper Thursday morning, who reported back to spokesman...

Duplin EDC will get new leader soon

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Manager Mike Aldridge next month is expected to begin interviewing applicants for the job of leading the county's new economic development organization. Aldridge said he had hoped to be further along in the application process, but...

AF reservist looking for help to bury her great-grandmother

Air Force reservist Lisa Colebrook is looking for help. Speaking by telephone Thursday as she and her four children drove up to New York City, she knew that help wasn't likely to come before the scheduled funeral service today, but...

Wayne County child care advocates lobby for more legislative funding

Child care professionals, advocates, parents and business leaders from Wayne County were among those who traveled to Raleigh Tuesday to meet with the legislators in the N.C. General Assembly. The delegation formed part of Smart Start's statewide "Tuesdays for Tots"...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Duplin drug raid

News-Argus/Nelson Bland Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace, right, holds a kilo of cocaine seized in a recent drug arrest. At left, Dets. Rita Wood and Clark Beringer look over some stolen items that were recovered after several break-ins were...

E. coli found in Greenville water; eateries closed

GREENVILLE -- Greenville Utilities is asking customers to boil water before using it, and the Pitt County Health Department has ordered all restaurants in the city to close because of fecal contamination. However, utilities officials are hopeful that the problem...

Chase ends with drunken driving charge

An allegedly drunken high-speed chase lasted about 40 minutes Wednesday evening before authorities threw out tire-puncture sticks to stop a Princeton man's vehicle in Johnston County, authorities said. The chase reportedly started when Trooper M.G. Connelly saw a Chevrolet dual-rear-wheel...

Walnut Creek Council OKs budget; no tax increase

The Walnut Creek Village Council approved its 2008-09 budget Wednesday, one that does not include a property tax increase or a water rate increase. Council members met last week to discuss ways to cut down on the village's proposed $934,468...

Honoring those who stand behind SJAFB's airmen

Chrysta Dickens remembers the day a military spouse called on her. She can still hear the stress in that young woman's voice. Her husband had been given only 24 hours notice before his deployment. "Because there were just so many...

Duplin sheriff seizes kilo of cocaine

KENANSVILLE -- The arrest of three illegal aliens and the seizure of a kilo of powdered cocaine, a separate drug arrest involving counterfeit money and an incident of a break-in suspect firing a shotgun in a motor-vehicle chase with the...

Farm fresh and ready

A form of the farmers' market is returning to the city this summer, officials at the Health Department say. In recent years, the popular addition where farmers sold their wares downtown has fallen by the wayside. Efforts have been made...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Primary runoff

News-Argus/Greg Sousa “It’s time to pack our bags and make the trip to Raleigh now,” Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis told his supporters during his victory speech Tuesday. Davis triumphed in his race against state Board of Education member...

Cocaine, marijuana seized in county raid

Agents of the cooperative Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad led a raid that Sheriff Carey Winders called the largest drug bust so far this year. Drug agents found 23 pounds of marijuana and 11.5 pounds of cocaine at 104 Gary Lane,...

O'Berry plans new festival to explore local heritage

O'Berry Center is looking for folks willing to take a step back in time this fall. Planning is under way for the center's first Southern Heritage Festival and Craft Fair, a celebration of traditional arts and crafts, music, food and...

Davis will battle Pate

For Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis, eight months of campaigning finally paid off Tuesday night as he captured the Democratic nomination for the state Senate District 5 seat. "I really thank our supporters. We've had a field of very qualified,...

Parks takes slot in Duplin commission race 730-667

KENANSVILLE -- Surrounded by her family and supporters, Frances Parks of Calypso watched as the tally from Tuesday's runoff handed her a 730-to-667 victory over Jimmy Dixon of Mount Olive for the Democratic nomination for the District 1 seat on...

Doctor's gift brings new look to camp aquatics center

Scores of Boy Scouts spent Tuesday romping through a new aquatics center named after a former Scout who bequeathed a large part of his estate to benefit another generation of boys. When Dr. Ralph Wingate Bland died in 2006, he...

Boaters reminded of safety requirements

RALEIGH -- With summer officially here and the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, more Tar Heel residents and visitors will be enjoying recreational boating, including after sunset. Officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will patrol waterways across...

Volunteer nominations sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 North Carolina Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service. This marks the 30th anniversary of the program that showcases North Carolina's most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, North Carolinians have proven their concern and...

Public record

School break-in Samuel McClary of Goldsboro Middle School reported that someone caused $150 in damage to a girls' bathroom door. The subject forced out a window to gain entry, but nothing was reported stolen from the Lionel Street facility, police...

Free fishing on Fourth of July

RALEIGH -- Along with watching fireworks and grilling out, celebrate Independence Day by indulging in another favorite pastime, fishing -- no license needed! From midnight until 11:59 p.m. on July 4, anyone -- resident or non-resident -- can fish in...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BREAKING NEWS - State Senate District 5 runoff results

Winning more than 62 percent of the vote Tuesday, Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis defeated Kathy Taft for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate District 5 seat. Davis, who was running against Ms. Taft in a second primary...

Down the Lazy River

News-Argus/Bobby Williams John Turner, right, and Dillon Coates enjoy an afternoon of kayaking across Sleepy Creek Lake. The boys spent part of their afternoon looking for lures left behind by fisherman who lost them in the trees along the...

Polls open until 7:30 pm in race for Democrats' District 5 slot

From staff reports Voters took to the polls today across much of Wayne County to determine a handful of runoff races, with Wayne County voters helping to decide the Democratic nominee for the District 5 seat in the North Carolina...

Schools, county could end up in court over funds

KENANSVILLE -- Mediation teams for the Duplin County Board of Education and county commissioners will meet privately June 30 at 9 a.m. to see if the two boards will be able to resolve a dispute over school funding or...

Dudley man will face rape, kidnap charges

A meeting between a Dudley man and a woman he knew allegedly turned into a kidnapping and repeated rape at his home, authorities said. Wayne County Sheriff's Office Capt. Tom Effler said Elmer Berkley Jr., 56, of Beaver Drive,...

Council gives city's budget 5-1 nod

The Goldsboro City Council approved the city's 2008-09 budget Monday by a 5-1 vote. The meeting was a continuation of the June 16 council meeting. Council member Charles Williams cast the only vote against the $49.3 million spending plan, saying...

Mount Olive Town Board approves spending plan with new water rates

MOUNT OLIVE -- A special meeting Monday of the Mount Olive Town Board resulted in the approval of a $5.6 million budget, a spending plan that includes restructured water rates, an increase in garbage fees and the salary for a...

Aycock program gets OK from Duke

The pre-engineering program added at Charles B. Aycock High School this past school year has met the quality standards set by Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. During a recent visit by a team from Duke, the district was recognized...

Public Record

Charges The Goldsboro Police Department reported these charges: *Mashonda Lavonne Dixon, 18, Courtyard Circle, misdemeanor larceny, $500 bond. *Shaquonna Donyele Thompson, 18, Courtyard Circle, misdemeanor larceny, $500 bond. *Brandon Devon Smith, possess cocaine, possess drug paraphernalia, $3,500 bond. *Rena Lamar...

Abstinence essay winners recognized by health board

Wayne County Board of Health recognized winners in its annual abstinence essay contest last week. This is the third year scholarships have been offered for the competition, said Carolyn King, health education supervisor. The Board of Health supported the effort...

Monday, June 23, 2008

Local doctor suprised by tribute

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Evelyn Hooks talks with Dr. Jesse Blackman during a surprise retirement party Saturday at the Fremont United Methodist Church in Fremont. Blackman served as Fremont’s only family physician for more than three decades. For more information see...

Democrats head to polls Tuesday

Early voting in the state Senate District 5 Democratic runoff primary is over, but polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. all across Wayne County Tuesday as Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis and state Board of Education...

Four men indicted in rooster fight ring

Four men caught with 54 fighting roosters and the tools of the cockfighting trade in Seven Springs are among indictments this month in Wayne County Superior Court. Atansio Mujica, 59, of Old Mount Olive Highway, Fidel Gonzalez, 44, of Clinton,...

Dr. Jesse Blackman retires after 30 years of caring

FREMONT -- For more than 30 years, Dr. Jesse Blackman has served his community as a physician, a volunteer and -- most importantly -- a friend. And now that he has retired from his practice as the town's only family...

state trust funds funding projects in wayne county

By this time next year, nature enthusiasts and swimmers at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will likely be able to see the beginnings of the new visitors' center, where Park Superintendent Lyndon Sutton is hoping more office, classroom and...

Miss Goldsboro in top ten in state pageant

Miss Goldsboro Lisa Mace finished in the top 10 at the Miss North Carolina Pageant Saturday night. Miss Mace's talent was a rhythmic swing tap dance to the Duke Ellington Classic "It Don't Mean a Thing." For the evening gown...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

4th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group keeps Strike Eagles soaring

It is just after 3 on a winter morning in the Middle East. A 4th Fighter Wing command pilot decides to clear his head over a walk down the flight line at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Snow is falling, but...

Goldsboro City Council expected to approve budget Monday

Nearly two months after the 2008-09 city budget was proposed, the Goldsboro City Council will reconvene Monday at noon to hold a continuation of the June 16 council meeting for one purpose -- to approve the $48.2 million spending plan....

State Senate District 5 Democratic hopeful Don Davis holds rally

State senatorial candidate Don Davis arrived at Herman Park Saturday afternoon confident that Tuesday's runoff election will result in his name being on the Democratic ticket in November. Speaking at the Uniting Wayne County Rally, Davis remained intent on winning...

Stoney Creek Park Alliance to host three community forums

The community will soon have a chance to comment on and ask questions about the plans for Stoney Creek Park. The Stoney Creek Park Alliance will hold three community meetings starting July 17 at Herman Park Center. The second meeting...

Goldsboro Recreation Center Committee expects $12.3M facility to be complete by 2010

The nearly $12.3 million Community Recreation Center will likely be finished in February of 2010, representatives of R.N. Rouse & Co. said at a center meeting Wednesday. From the Recreation Center Committee's last meeting where 50 percent of construction documents...

Local lawmakers weigh in on state budget

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor Now that the state Senate has passed its $21.4 billion version of the 2008-09 spending plan, members of both chambers will take the next week to hash out their differences before sending it along...

New Hope Class of 1948 sticks together

When Sue Boyette Coltrane graduated from high school in 1947, she wasn't quite ready to go "off to school," she says. So she asked the principal at New Hope High School if she could return the following year and take...

Pikeville to ask for 10-cent tax increase, Fremont will not

The town of Pikeville has dared to buck statewide trends on not increasing taxes, as they look for a property tax increase. Pikeville is the only prevalent northern municipality to propose a tax increase, as Fremont has chosen to...

O'Berry's Shari Mitchell named Nurse of the Year

Shari Mitchell knew in fifth grade that she would one day be a nurse. Earning her licensed practical nurse degree from Wayne Community College 23 years ago, she has worked for the past 161/2 at O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. Her...

Mount Olive's Winn family honors MOC historian Ken Dilda

By NELSON BLAND Special Correspondent MOUNT OLIVE -- A family whose ancestors sold land for a railroad around which the Town of Mount Olive had its beginnings paid tribute Thursday to Mount Olive College history professor Ken Dilda, past president...

Duplin Commission District 1 runoff to be held Tuesday

By STEVE HERRING News-Argus Staff Writer KENANSVILLE -- A runoff race between Frances Parks of Calypso and Jimmy Dixon of Mount Olive for the Democratic nomination for the District I seat on the Duplin County Board of Commissioners is being...

Tuscarora Boy Scouts to dedicate new aquatic center Tuesday

The Tuscarora Boy Scouts Council will unveil its new Bland Aquatics Center on the waterfront at Camp Tuscarora on Tuesday. An open house will be held at the facility west of Goldsboro from 3 until 5 p.m. with areas...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Amp it up - Pikeville to get new electrical charge

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Bill Richards, of Lee Electrical Company of Aberdeen, changes over some of the power lines from the old 4kv system to the new 12kv system that will go on line this Sunday. Customers can anticipate a temporary...

Wayne mobilizes on abandoned mobile homes

Now that Wayne County's efforts to rid the countryside of junked vehicles has proven effective, commissioners are once again turning their attention to eliminating another and possibly more dangerous eyesore -- abandoned and dilapidated mobile homes. Overgrown vacant lots are...

Duplin school funding could go to court

KENANSVILLE -- The squabble over the level of county funding of the Duplin County Public Schools System could end up in court. The Duplin County Board of Education Wednesday invoked a state statute that sets in motion proceedings by which...

Small businesses, big honors

Three small businesses were honored Thursday night with Wayne Community College's (WCC) Business and Industry's 13th annual Small Business Awards. Presented at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours event at Three Eagles Golf Course on Seymour Johnson...

City reconsiders Paramount fees

No formal vote is expected until July, but Goldsboro City Council members seem to agree that changes should be made to some of the policies associated with the Paramount Theatre. Paramount Director Sherry Archibald recommended several policy changes to the...

Public record

Suspect runs, caught Michael Barnes was found exiting a window at an Evergreen Avenue home that police allege he broke into on Wednesday, according to a news release. Barnes, 20, of Courtyard Circle, tried to flee, but police caught up...

Part of I-40 reopened

A section of I-40 West at Exit 355 (N.C. 403) just west of Faison has reopened after emergency repairs were made where a truck hit the bridge span. Further repairs are expected later this summer. N.C. 403 opened to traffic...

MOC receives $100,000 donations

MOUNT OLIVE--Mount Olive College has received $100,000 from the Cannon Foundation to be directed to the college's Fine Art Village project. The project will combine renovation of existing facilities with new construction to provide a vibrant arts outreach to rural...

Fees to be charged for food vendor booths

Effective July 1, local health departments across the state will begin collecting fees for food vendors at fairs and festivals. State law changed the rule for permitting of food vendors, said Shane Smith, food and lodging supervisor for Environmental Health...

Corrections

* The number listed for the Muscular Dystrophy Association "lockup" in Thursday's edition was incorrect. Callers who want to have someone "put behind bars" at the Comfort Inn between 9 a.m and 3 p.m., or volunteer to help with the...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Windfall in wheat

News-Argus/Dennis Hill David Lee guides a wheat picker through a field tended by Randy Gray across from Saulston United Methodist Church on Thursday. Wayne County farmers planted more wheat than usual this year because of high prices, and the...

County takes option on land near Duplin

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners have taken an option on a 104-acre tract of land off the U.S. 117 bypass near the Wayne-Duplin county line for use as a potential industrial site. Commissioners held a brief closed session Tuesday...

Shooting suspect caught, charged

Goldsboro police found a city man accused of shooting another Goldsboro resident during a traffic stop Wednesday, according to police reports. James Carnell Howard, 26, Goldsboro, faces felony charges that include a robbery and assault charge that police allege was...

Plans aim to make Berkeley Boulevard's traffic congestion a bane of the past

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation's new Transportation Improvement Plan, congestion along Berkeley Boulevard may be improving within the next few years. Updated earlier this year, the plan includes $1 million for the 2012 fiscal year for right-of-way...

Mount Olive police at full force

MOUNT OLIVE -- For the first time in several years, the Mount Olive police force is at full force. Also, bicycles may be used for certain patrols to save on the high cost of gasoline, now around $4 a gallon....

A wish made, a wish granted

When the stretch limousine pulled up in front of her house, Shalana Hailey knew all of a sudden that it was not going to be just another Sunday afternoon. Shalana, 15, suffers from chronic kidney disease and has spent most...

Duplin County commissioner's suggestion draws criticism

KENANSVILLE -- Tempers flared and some voices were raised Monday night after Duplin County Commissioner Reginald Wells suggested that the board and public would benefit if commissioners had some prior information about what people asking to be on their agenda...

Duplin well fees up

KENANSVILLE -- The permit for inspecting private drinking water wells has been increased to $200. The new fee was approved by Duplin County commissioners at their Monday night meeting. Ila Davis of the Duplin County Health Dept. said the county's...

Public record

Victim watches scooter stolen Moses Barnes of Wayne Avenue said he saw a juvenile riding away on his $2,200 black-and-red Big Mac scooter when he woke up at home on Tuesday morning. Barnes reported the theft to police the following...

Habitat needs meals at work site

Habitat for Humanity is looking for organizations or individuals willing to feed volunteers at the Habitat worksite on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Habitat officials say they are averaging 10 volunteers on site on these days. Having lunch provided not only saves...

MDA lockup to be held June 26

A "lockup" to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be held Thursday, June 26, at the Comfort Suites at 2613 North Park Drive. Money raised goes to provide local services, clinic visits, wheelchair and leg brace assistance and even summer...

Duplin man sentenced on federal drug charges

RALEIGH -- United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that Anthony Morris Jr., 28, of Warsaw, was sentenced in federal court by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 180 months' imprisonment after Morris pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Radars, jets ... and a squirrel?

News-Argus/Bobby Williams From the air tower, an air traffic controller points to the flight line, while Starbase campers view the field through binoculars. For more information see Air power through the eyes of a child....

County approves $162 million budget

A $162 million budget complete with a 2.3-percent across-the-board pay increase for county employees, additional deputies for the Sheriff's Office, higher landfill fees and funding for a summer school program was approved Tuesday by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners....

Horse-trading gets sheriff four deputies

Wayne County Manger Lee Smith and Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Ray Smith spent more than 10 minutes huddled with county commissioners Tuesday morning in what appeared to be a "horse-trading" session during the commissioners' meeting. Minutes later, the board adopted...

Air power through the eyes of a child

Standing on the catwalk near the top of Wayne County's tallest building, Chris Barber had a perfect view of the 4th Fighter Wing's fleet of F-15E Strike Eagles. But he is only 11. So instead of counting jets like some...

Thompson named Economic Developer of Year

Nominated on the basis of a successful 2007, Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Thompson has been named the 2008 North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year. Ms. Thompson received the honor at the 42nd annual North Carolina Economic Developers...

Walnut Creek tries to avoid tax increase

Members of the Walnut Creek Village Council met Tuesday night to discuss the 2008-09 budget and look for ways to not increase taxes or water rates. "We want to keep the tax rate at 36 cents (per $100 valuation)," Mayor...

Party with pooches

Downtown Goldsboro went to the dogs Tuesday. The Ice Cream Social and Pet Parade sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp., the Wayne County Animal Shelter, the Humane Society and Diamonds in the Ruff drew hundreds of people and their...

Primary runoff one-stop voting to end Saturday

One-stop voting in the state Senate District 5 Democractic primary runoff will end Saturday at 1 p.m. Facing off against each other are Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis and state Board of Education member Kathy Taft of Greenville. Currently, all...

Public record

Two incidents at Sunburst Foods Sunburst Foods on Sunburst Drive was visited by Goldsboro police twice on Monday, once in the morning, then the afternoon, police said. First, Terri Ingram reported that copper tubing had been stolen by a 55-year-old...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Diving into summer fun

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Marcus Allen, 15, jumps into the pool at Mina Weil Park Monday afternoon. With school out and time on their hands, many young people have flocked to local pools to cool off, relax with friends and forget...

Goldsboro City Council delays approval of budget

The Goldsboro City Council again delayed adoption of a 2008-09 budget Monday, a move recommended by City Manager Joe Huffman. Huffman said no major issues factored into the decision, and that he expects the council to adopt the $48.2 million...

Financial analysis of city parks sparks controversy

A Monday evening report from Parks and Recreation Director Sonya Shaw sparked a conversation that left at least one Goldsboro City Council member questioning the "feasibility" of continued operation and maintenance of the W.A. Foster Center and several local parks....

Neighbor accused in killing over kid's accident

A child was accidentally hit in the head with a metal baseball bat late Saturday, igniting an argument that left one man dead of gunshot wounds, police said today. James Anwar Brewington, 29, Waters Street, was shot to death late...

Group announces prayer walk

Members of the STOP the Funeral Initiative appeared before the Goldsboro City Council Monday night and the Wayne County Board of Commissioners today to drum up support for a prayer walk to be held July 12 at Fairview Park. The...

Kiwanis team up on soccer fields

Preliminary plans are in the works for a soccer complex off U.S. 117 South by Waynesborough Park at the former Neuse Heights Subdivision. The Sunrise Kiwanis Club is heading up the proposal, and their vision is to bring 12 fields...

Local 4-H leader killed in crash

The Wayne County 4-H program and county Livestock Association suffered a great loss this past weekend with the death of W. Thomas Rowe. Rowe, 50, was involved in a fatal accident Saturday about 5 p.m. near Valdese, just off I-40...

Duplin gives budget OK

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Commissioners voted 5-1 Monday night to adopt a $47.5 million general fund budget, but not before two of their members criticized it as being tainted by misinformed politics and personality squabbles. Commissioners Reginald Wells and L.S....

Public record

Drug arrests Two Dudley men face drug charges after weekend arrests, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said: *A Herring Road man is charged with possessing cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Douglas...

MDA to hold its lockup Thursday

Several local executives and community leaders may find themselves in "jail" Thursday, as the Muscular Dystrophy Association "arrests" and "locks up" participants to raise money to fund health clinics throughout North and South Carolina and to send local children to...

Casey family duo finalists in jingle contest

Samantha and Daniel Casey are finalists in The Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Jingle Contest. The father-daughter bluegrass duo is one of a number of acts in the contest. The winning jingle will be determined by a combination of online votes...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Back from Bagram

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Command pilot Capt. Lewis Collins, left, a member of the 4th Fighter Wing’s 335th Fighter Squadron, walks toward the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line with his Weapons Systems Officer, 1st Lt. Elijah Bishop, before a...

Wayne not under drought conditions

Despite warnings from Gov. Mike Easley that North Carolina remains under the threat of drought, Goldsboro Public Utilities Director Karen Brashear said that water on the Neuse River is still at a reasonable level. Across the state, 32 counties are...

Wayne County to schedule hearing on industry incentives

Wayne County commissioners are expected to schedule a public hearing Tuesday to consider a tax rebate incentive worth up to $50,000 to aid a Nahunta company with its expansion plans. The board is also expected to give final approval to...

Sheriff Winders explains need for more deputies

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said he wants the public to understand why he is asking county commissioners for eight new deputies during a time of tight budgets and shrinking revenues. Winders appeared before the commissioners at a budget...

SJAFB air crews reflect on four-month tour

For the first time in more than four months, Ryan Bone sees America. He is in the back seat of an F-15E Strike Eagle, somewhere "just over the Atlantic." "I welled up," he said. It was an emotional sight, in...

Social Services Director will retire

Judy Pelt was just 12 years old when she read a book that changed the course of her life and in doing so changed the lives of the thousands of people she has touched over the past three decades. She...

County names Jones to replace Pelt

SNOW HILL -- Debbie Jones of the Shine community in Greene County has been hired as the new director of the Wayne County Dept. of Social Services. Mrs. Jones, director of the Greene County Social Services Department, is taking over...

Wayne schools encourage apprenticeship programs

Wayne County School officials are continuing their efforts to forge a partnership with the business community, recently hosting an informational session on its "youth apprenticeship" initiatives. About 25 area businesses sent representatives to the session, said Erlene Brogden, lead teacher...

Goldsboro City Council to discuss parks and rec repairs tonight

It may cost more than $275,000 to repair items in Goldsboro's parks and recreation facilities. The cost analysis comes just weeks after Judy Hills, who is working on the comprehensive master plan for the city's Parks and Recreation Trust Fund...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Morales murder suspect jailed

Wayne Sheriff’s Office authorities say a 23-year-old neighbor killed a Fremont mother of two in her home in March. Brandon Lee Williams, of N.C. 222 East, Fremont, lived just four miles away from his alleged victim, Silvia Benitez Morales....

Goldsboro Mayor Al King meets with local church leaders

Reaching out to one child. That is all it would take to start the healing process in Goldsboro's inner city, Mayor Al King said. A mentor, teacher, neighbor or baseball coach who really cares. That's all an at-risk child really...

For single father Dana Lewis, taking care of his daughter is his first job

Father's Day has special meaning for Dana Lewis. But nearly six years ago, he was more focused on how his world had been turned upside down. Divorce struck his family, and he was suddenly faced with survival. Would he lose...

Democratic contenders for state Senate District 5 prepare for June 24 runoff

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor With only a week to go before the second primary on June 24, state Senate District 5 Democratic contenders Don Davis and Kathy Taft are busy campaigning throughout Wayne, Greene and Pitt counties. "Things...

State Senate District 5 Democratic candidates weigh in on current legislative actions

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor They are not members of the state Legislature yet, but Senate District 5 Democratic candidates Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis and state Board of Education member Kathy Taft said they think the General Assembly...

Alleged cop shooter charged

From staff reports A man suspected of shooting a Goldsboro police officer during a traffic stop last week has been released from Pitt Memorial Hospital and is now in the Wayne County Jail, facing charges of attempted first-degree murder. Jerome...

New Goldsboro Fine Arts Academy looking for students and teachers

ArtSmarts, the newly-formed Goldsboro Fine Arts Academy, has found a temporary home and a program coordinator. Now all it needs are students and teachers. The academy will begin its afterschool program in August at the First Baptist Church Educational Building,...

Goldsboro City Council expected to approve budget Monday

Members of the Goldsboro City Council are expected to take action on the city's proposed 2008-09 budget Monday night, after delaying approval of the $48.2 million spending plan June 2. The budget includes resolutions increasing water rates 10 percent, as...

Wayne County Schools reassigns five principals, six assistant principals

Five new principal and six assistant principal assignments have been made for the upcoming school year in Wayne County Public Schools. Retirements and vacancies have created the openings resulting in the shift. The new principals will begin their duties July...

Spencer Rollins' family still in need of help

From staff reports Spencer Rollins is out of Duke Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. But the 2-year-old and his family still have a fight ahead of them. So Seymour Support Council chairman Troy Pate is making another plea to Wayne County...

No more charges expected in Aycock fire

When a set fire ripped through the birthplace of Charles B. Aycock, investigators examined all possible motives. Recent political controversy over the Wayne County native who served as governor more than a century ago led some to believe the fire...

Mount Olive town budget hearing to be held June 23

MOUNT OLIVE -- A new pay and job classification plan, restructured water/sewer rates and efforts to slow the hemorrhaging of dollars going to pay fuel bills are key components of the Town of Mount Olive's budget proposal. What is...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Wildfire smoke sweeps through Wayne

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Smokey haze spent much of the day hovering around Wayne County - a byproduct of the raging wildfire in northeastern North Carolina. For more information see Smokescreen....

Relay for Life tops $700,000 goal

Months of work by hundreds of volunteers dedicated to the fight against cancer ended in celebration Thursday night at the annual Wayne County Relay for Life Banquet as the final tally showed the event surpassed its goal, raising $722,755.81 for...

Winders asks for eight more deputies

Wayne County commissioners Thursday had plenty of praise for the job Sheriff Carey Winders and his officers are doing, but held out little hope that the county will come up with almost a half-million dollars for eight new deputies. In...

Man, 20, charged in teen sex case

A Wayne County 20-year-old, homeless at the time of his arrest, will spend about another six months in confinement for indecent sexual liberties with a 12-year-old girl, court records show. Bobby Allen Smith was originally charged with four counts each...

Smokescreen

Rose Cole woke up Thursday looking forward to an afternoon road trip to the beach. She pictured herself driving fast -- windows down, music blaring. But by 2 p.m., Ms. Cole had only left her apartment once, to swing by...

Local firefighters, rangers among those fighting Pocosin fire

With winds slowly shifting back toward the coast this morning, the smoke from the Pocosin Wildlife Refuge wildfire that has lingered over Goldsboro and Wayne County since Wednesday has mostly dissipated. "We're not seeing anything like we saw yesterday," said...

Committee approves annexation moratorium

Goldsboro's annexation of the property along Buck Swamp and Salem Church roads is looking more and more like it will be put on hold after the powerful House Finance Committee voted in favor of a one-year moratorium on involuntary annexations...

Mount Olive Town Board considers raising water rates

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town water customers here could soon have an added incentive to conserve water -- saving money. However, even with the adjustment, some customers might still see an increase. A budget proposal that goes before town commissioners for...

Public record

Bicyclist robbed Claude Artis of North Claiborne Street told Goldsboro police he was riding his bike in the 2100 block of Royall Avenue when a white van carrying five black males stopped him, attacked him and took about $200, according...

Section of I-40 West to be closed for two weeks for repairs to bridge

A section of I-40 West at Exit 355 (N.C. 403) in Sampson County will be closed for about two weeks to perform emergency repairs where a truck hit the bridge span. Further repairs are expected later this summer. Motorists traveling...

Benson to head MOC education department

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dr. Tommy Benson has joined Mount Olive College as chair of the Department of Education. As associate professor of education, Dr. Benson said he has high hopes for the role. "I want to continue the development of...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pikeville fire

News-Argus/Bobby Williams An early morning fire completely gutted the Quick Pic gas station in Pikeville. Firefighters from Pikeville, Nahunta and Fremont were called to the working structure blaze around 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 117 Alt. and...

Fire ravages Pikeville gas station

PIKEVILLE -- A fire destroyed the contents of the Pikeville Quick Pic early this morning, the town's assistant fire chief said. Damages were concentrated around an electrical box, and authorities believe the fire was accidental, according to reports. The store...

Wildfire smoke drifting west

With smoke beginning to drift inland from the 39,800-acre wildfire in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Wednesday, Wayne County found itself enveloped in a hazy smog that National Weather Service officials expect to linger throughout today. Adding to the...

College ends loan program

The board of trustees at Wayne Community College voted Tuesday to discontinue participation in a federal loan program for students, at least for the next year. At a special called meeting, Dr. Kay Albertson, WCC president, told the board of...

4th Operations Group commander stands down

A sign posted on a door at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, served as a poignant reminder for Eric Nelson of why he is a fighter pilot. "The mission is an 18-year-old with an M-16," it read. He came across that...

Duplin reviews budget for final approval

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners Monday reaffirmed their decision to scuttle a pay plan for county employees and to replace it with a 4-percent across-the-board salary increase while holding the line on the property tax rate. Commissioners also used the...

WCC adds crime scene investigation to criminal justice program

The criminal justice department at Wayne Community College will expand in three areas this fall. WCC is adding a CSI-type (Crime Scene Investigation) forensics degree, an online program geared to law-enforcement workers, and a dual enrollment arrangement with a four-year...

Two men jailed on statutory rape charges

A Pineview Avenue man was jailed for statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child -- felony-level charges involving an alleged victim under the age of 12, police said Wednesday. Goldsboro Investigator Dale Foster reported that Bobby Nathan Owens, 45,...

Seven Springs has new town commissioner

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Former Seven Springs town clerk Lisa Cash took the oath of office Wednesday night to replace town board member Ann Pate who resigned recently. Mrs. Cash is the wife of town commissioner Allen Cash and lives in...

Several area residents part of JCC Country Music Showcase

Several area residents are part of the Johnston Community College Country Music Showcase, which opens at 7 p.m. Friday on the Smithfield campus. Shows are also scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The father-daughter duo of Daniel...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Swinging toward summer

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Carmen Jackson, left, pushes her 7-year-old niece, Elizabeth Carter, on the swings at Herman Park this morning. Elizabeth, a student at Edgewood Community Developmental School, spent one of her first mornings out of school with her aunt...

Days Inn asbestos not public health threat

With crews expected to begin removing asbestos from the Days Inn sometime this month, Goldsboro Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra has been working to reassure nearby residents and businesses that the process won't pose any danger to them or anyone...

County pilots cancer vaccine

A landmark clinical trial for melanoma patients is being touted as a positive alternative to chemotherapy, with Goldsboro having the only site in the state offering the experimental vaccine. Dr. James Atkins of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center said today he...

Six arrested for spree of 60 break-ins

Four young men and two teens have spent the last few months ransacking cars, yards, businesses and one home in their neighborhoods, authorities allege. Wayne County Sheriff's Office Capt. Tom Effler said Tuesday that investigators have pinned 60 recent larcenies...

Free fans will help keep seniors cool

WAGES employees were at Lowe's Home Improvement this morning to buy up to 20 fans that will be given away to the area's senior citizens in an effort to help them make the summer's early stifling heat a little more...

Golden K Kiwanis' tutelage keeps kids on right track

Most weeks during the school year, Archie Bynum sets up camp at a table outside a fourth-grade classroom at Northeast Elementary School at Pikeville, gathering several students around for a math lesson. They may check multiplication and division tables one...

LaGrange insurance agent arrested

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Jim Long announced the arrest of Terri Lynn Spence, 34, of 2860 Sybil Drive, Kinston, on four counts of embezzlement by an insurance agent and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. She was processed...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Borden Lofts

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The former Borden Manufacturing Building is seen from across Royall Avenue this morning. Plans to renovate the huge brick structure into apartment lofts have hit a snag because of the right-of-way held by the North Carolina Railroad...

Gas line rupture forces 50 in MO to evacuate

MOUNT OLIVE -- A ruptured gas line forced the evacuation of about 50 people from businesses and houses near the Bobby Denning Shopping Center on North Breazeale Avenue Monday morning. No injuries were reported and persons were allowed to return...

Southern Wayne graduation

MOUNT OLIVE -- When Southern Wayne High School salutatorian Andy Moore told his classmates Monday that "this is no ordinary day," he was right. For the 234 graduating members of the Class of 2008, it wasn't just another day. For...

Charles B. Aycock graduation

PIKEVILLE-- Wayne County's largest high school graduating class braved the heat that accompanied its outdoor ceremony Monday evening. At Charles B. Aycock High School, 289 diplomas were handed out. Speakers' themes centered around the wonderful ride of high school, not...

Right-of-way question stalls Lofts

A right-of-way problem involving the North Carolina Railroad Co. is holding up the Borden Lofts project but local officials are hoping that a bill introduced in state Legislature will alleviate the problem and allow the renovation of the old Borden...

Public record

Suspect runs Terry Devon Gaines, 18, of Waynewood Drive, ran into thick woods when officers tried to arrest him Saturday, police said. Gaines faces four counts resist, delay or obstruct police, malicious conduct by a prisoner, two counts assault police...

Seven Springs to hold budget public hearing

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Town of Seven Springs will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2008-09 budget Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The budget is on public display on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the town...

Foreign exchange families still needed

Several families to host foreign exchange students are still being sought, according to an East Carolina professor who directs a program coordinating the visits. Nearly a dozen students from France and Spain planning to visit the United States this summer...

Duplin EMS cancer drive

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Emergency Medical Services recently paid tribute to two of its paramedics by sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The event was held in honor of Elizabeth Wise, cancer patient, and in...

Monday, June 9, 2008

Goldsboro shooting

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Goldsboro police officers work at the scene of shooting that happened during a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Creech and Elm streets Sunday afternoon. Both the officer and the supect were taken to Wayne Memorial...

Trash pile sparks fire at store downtown

Retail shop Maxway at 125 S. Center Street was found on fire on Sunday afternoon, and investigators have called the fire suspicious. Police found the back of the building on fire around 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, according to a report....

Officer, suspect shot during city traffic stop

A Goldsboro police officer and a Princess Street man exchanged gunfire after a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon, injuring both men, authorities said. The police officer was shot several times, according to police reports. Officer Clint Hales pulled over Jerome...

Car flips on top of accident victim

A Mount Olive man was crushed to death after being ejected in a one-car crash Sunday afternoon in Dudley, a state Highway Patrol trooper said. Craig Leshaun Darden, 30, Daly Boulevard, Mount Olive, was exceeding the posted speed limit on...

Wayne county considers warning system

A new countywide automated telephone alert system that would warn county residents about ongoing emergency situations could be in place by early August. And, if adequate funding can be found, could also provide weather alerts as well. The county's budget...

Temperatures expected to top 100 again today

A heat wave striking earlier than normal has Wayne County and most of the rest of the state suffering from temperatures that topped 100 degrees over the weekend. Forecasters are calling for more of the same today, with a slight...

Duplin officials bicker over employees' pay raise formula

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County's proposed $1 million pay plan was shredded after running into a buzz saw even before the public had a chance to voice its opinions at a hearing on the county's $48 million budget proposal. By a...

Public record

Bond increased on more charges A man charged with multiple break-ins in the Old Smithfield Highway area faces more charges, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Willie Marcellus Banks, 47, now faces seven counts of breaking and entering, eights...

Correction

The day of the Graceway concert at First Pentecostal Baptist Church in Goldsboro was incorrectly listed in Friday's News-Argus. The group will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday for the United Christian Singles Banquet and Gospel Sing. The meal will...

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Hal Tanner III is named to SNPA executive board

Hal Tanner III, general manager of the Goldsboro News-Argus, has been appointed to serve as the North Carolina director on the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Board of Directors. He succeeds Steve Buckley, who resigned from the board following his...

Friends of Scouting close to 2008 fundraising drive goal

The Friends of Scouting have reached its $230,000 goal for financial support for the Tuscarora Boy Scouts Council. Council Executive Harold Keller said the goal is based on pledges, and the community has pledged every bit that is going to...

Counties' commissions plan budget meetings

Wayne and Duplin county commissioners will hold budget work sessions next week. The meetings are open to the public. Neither county is proposing any increase in its respective tax rates. The budgets must be approved by the end of June....

Senate will get its say on 2008-09 money plan

With the state House having passed its $21.3 million 2008-09 budget proposal last week, the spending plan will now go before the state Senate where Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne, expects only a few changes to be made. "I think we're...

Civil War-era days come alive on county battlefield

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Civil War reenactors who came to refight the Battle of Whitehall ended up battling a new foe Saturday -- the heat. Less than 100 reenactors showed up for the presentations at 2 and 9 p.m. Many who...

Picked-off porker can be felony for its shooter

Someone shot James King's brown female hog after it wandered from its Princeton Road pen, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. Since the swine was still on King's property, it's an open investigation -- and one that might land the...

101-year-old says secret to long life is golden rule

The 20th century was still in its infancy when Minnie B. McIntyre Hill was born on May 20, 1907. Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House and many of the marvels of the century as well as the devastation of...

Duplin not finished with its sales tax referendum

KENANSVILLE -- Just one month after Duplin County voters turned back efforts to add a quarter-cent increase in the local sales tax, Duplin County commissioners this week instructed its Sales Tax Referendum Committee to continue its efforts. Commissioner L.S. Guy...

WorkKeys test available in county

The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success, or WORKS, program has scheduled three free opportunities for the public to take the WorkKeys tests for Career Readiness Certification. Wayne Community College will offer the test, which is an assessment that shows...

Financial advice available for seniors

The Wayne County Senior Center, 100 S. John St., is now offering free, regularly scheduled information sessions on financial topics. Beginning on Tuesday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m., the center will host the programs on the third Tuesday of each...

New exercise options available at senior center

The Wayne County Senior Center, 100 S. John St., is now offering a new form of recreation and exercise for its members -- a Wii. The Wii, a video game console by Nintendo, has become popular in many hospitals and...

House fire destroys woman's trailer

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Renter Debbie Holder lost everything she owned and two cats in a trailer fire Friday afternoon at 278 Adams Road, Seven Springs. Ms. Holder was not at home at the time of the fire. Pricetown Fire Chief...

Wayne County selected as seat belt survey site

Wayne County is among 15 of the state's counties selected as a seat belt survey county. The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) selected the counties for the survey, which will help determine North Carolina's overall seat belt usage rate. NHTSA's...

Public record

Crimes The Goldsboro Police Department has reported the following crimes: *Somebody cut the fence to the A&T Towing and Recovery storage facility at 4189 U.S. 70 East and broke the rear passenger window out of a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe before...

Friday, June 6, 2008

School is out - summer begins

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Six-year-old Taliyah Lofton, a kindergarten student at North Drive Elementary School, is all smiles as she is greeted at the front door of the school by Principal Carol Artis on the last day of schoolthis morning....

Couple leave $1.2 million to colleges, church, YMCA

Frank and Celeste Deans are remembered by family and friends as a caring and giving couple who led a simple life. However, while living that simple life, the Deanses were able to save their money and turn it into a...

It's back to books soon for some

The Wayne County Public School system is awaiting the official word that funding will be available from the county Board of Commissioners to add a summer school program for the youngest students in the county -- kindergarten through second grade....

SJAFB Demo Team mission more than just thrills in the air

Some 20 years ago, Phil Smith was the 10-year-old along the MacDill Air Force Base flight line telling those around him he would be a fighter pilot one day. He remembers watching the crews as they descended from their jets...

County not idle about wasting fuel

Wayne County Manager Lee Smith doesn't want county vehicles and equipment idling away their time and their increasingly expensive fuel. Smith on Tuesday told county commissioners an administrative policy has been implemented to eliminate unnecessary idling of county-owned vehicles and...

Public record

Man had aneurysm, not beaten Police said a man who had an aneurysm and collapsed on a Goldsboro sidewalk has been given a negative prognosis by doctors. Alex McDuffie, 46, of Level Street suffered an aneurysm and was found bleeding...

Teacher's assistant uses child's diabetic kit, needle not changed

Wayne County School officials say they have addressed an incident at Northwest Elementary School in which a teacher asked a student to permit a teacher's assistant to use his gluecose meter and needle. Both the 3rd-grade student and the teacher's...

Early voting underway for primary runoff

Early voting in the second state Senate District 5 Democratic primary kicked off with a bang Thursday, with 109 residents casting ballots at the Board of Elections office in Goldsboro. "We're very happy that many showed an interest in our...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hot

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Abby Pawvluk, 7, eats a spoonful of watermelon-flavored shaved ice Wednesday afternoon. Wayne County residents might need to consider a whole lot more shaved ice today with temperatures expected to approach 100 degrees....

Ex-city fireman caught with crack

An active-duty Goldsboro fireman was caught Thursday with a kilogram of powder cocaine after a traffic stop in the city, authorities said. Keita Rajai Woodard, 26, of a Koonce Street apartment complex, was found with the 2.2 pounds of cocaine...

Suspect charged in series of thefts

A Wayne County Sheriff's Office detective said a homeless man is responsible for a string of burglaries that plagued the Old Smithfield Highway area for months. Willie Marcellus Banks, 47, of the Wayne County area, was charged with felony counts...

SJAFB demo team will perform at Cherry Point weekend show

There will not be an air show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base this year, but members of the 4th Fighter Wing's F-15E Strike Eagle Demonstra-tion Team will be performing in North Carolina skies this weekend. The MCAS Cherry Point...

Building height near airports restricted

Zoning changes in the areas surrounding Wayne County's two airports and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base were unanimously approved by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. A portion of the proposal that would have made additional zoning changes...

Demolition of Days Inn delayed by asbestos find

The demolition of the Days Inn on Wayne Memorial Drive, which was supposed to take place early this month, has been delayed because of asbestos problems. But Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said that doesn't mean the motel will be...

County educators named to Kenan Fellows Class of 2010

Two Wayne County Public School educators have been named to the Class of 2010 Kenan Fellows. Susan Randolph, an engineering and science teacher at Wayne School of Engineering, and Amanda Warren, a science teacher at Wayne Early/Middle College High School,...

No book signing at Books-A-Million

Officials at Books-A-Million on North Berkeley Boulevard say they know of no book signing scheduled for Saturday. A story in Sunday's News-Argus indicated that author Toya Evans would be present to sign copies of her latest book, "C'ing Your Way...

Public record

Victim found beaten on sidewalk Goldsboro police say Alex McDuffie, 46, of Level Street was reportedly lying on the sidewalk late Tuesday. McDuffie could not communicate with the officer. Police reported major injuries to McDuffie, apparently from an attack with...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Valedictorians and salutatorians

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Valedictorians and salutatorians from Wayne County Public Schools, front row from left, Spring Creek High School valedictorian Reba Jo Potter and salutatorian Molly Elizabeth Parker; and Rosewood High School salutatorian Summer Langston and valedictorian Robert Franks. Center...

County weighs budget proposal

A 2.3 percent cost-of-living increase for Wayne County government employees, increases in solid waste fees, elimination of vacant job positions and possible changes in the operating hours of some county offices are among the recommendations in the county's $162.4 million...

Walnut Creek may raise taxes

WALNUT CREEK -- Walnut Creek residents likely will see a 4-cent increase on their property taxes and a water rate increase of 5 cents per 100 gallons for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Village officials have prepared a proposed budget, and...

1,262 among Wayne County's Class of 2008 set to graduate

Wayne County Public Schools will graduate 1,262 seniors at the end of the 2007-2008 school year, with six graduations remaining over the coming weekend. Thirty-two students have already received their diplomas, during ceremonies held May 23 for Wayne Early/Middle College...

Some residents see history in Obama nod; others ready for issues

Randall Johnson never told his son, Cameron, he could grow up to be anything he wanted to be. "I don't believe we ever had that conversation," the 64-year-old said. "I know my father never said that to me." It never...

Wayne County students selected for Governor's School

Five rising seniors from Wayne County Public Schools will be attending Governor's School sessions this summer. The oldest statewide summer residential program is for academically/intellectually gifted high school students in the country. There are two locations for the programs --...

Duplin Hall of Fame nominations available

KENANSVILLE -- Nomination applications for the 2008 Duplin County Hall of Fame Award and advance reservations for the Nov. 6 awards banquet are available and may be obtained by contacting a Hall of Fame board member. Each year the Duplin...

Public record

School theft James Carlton of Spring Creek Elementary reported that electronics and other goods were stolen from a trailer at the school sometime over the weekend, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report....

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dress code gets high marks from schools

The Wayne County Board of Education heard glowing reports of the higher standard dress code implemented at six schools this year at its meeting Monday night. Principals from each of the schools involved talked about how the change had bolstered...

Wayne Early Middle College High School continues to grow and add new programs

Two years since being introduced on the Wayne Community College campus, Wayne Early/Middle College High School is on the threshold of being at capacity. Part of Wayne County Public Schools, WEMCHS opened in the fall of 2006 with 60 11th...

Schools act to avoid holiday problem

Memorial Day will be a holiday on the schools' calendar next year, officials said at Monday's school board meeting. Marvin McCoy, assistant superintendent for human resources, introduced the amendment to the 2008-09 school calendar, which included adding an annual leave...

Goldsboro City Council delays budget approval

The Goldsboro City Council delayed action on its proposed 2008-09 budget Monday night, holding off on making a decision at least until its June 16 meeting. The council did approve one small part of the $48.2 million spending plan --...

City fee list

Newly increased residential inspection fees are: *5 cents per square foot for electrical inspections on new buildings and additions *5 cents per square foot for electrical and plumbing inspections for accessory buildings, porches, decks, detached garages and carports *$150 for...

Duplin commissioners hear budget pleas

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners heard everything from pleas for more money for education, recreation and fire services, to admonishments against wasteful spending, excessive taxes and the need to cut county jobs at a public hearing Monday...

Business Expo a success

Representatives from about 60 businesses gathered at the Goldsboro Country Club Monday to showcase their products to the public. And with nearly 1,000 people in attendance, the 2008 Business Expo was a tremendous success, said Patty Graham, the Wayne County...

Public record

Stolen vehicle Reva Artis of Wisteria Road reported Sunday afternoon that her silver Chrysler PT Cruiser and electronics inside were stolen from a park in the 200 block of House Street sometime over the weekend, according to a Goldsboro police...

Goldsboro extends hours at two city pools

Goldsboro has extended hours of operation for the outdoor pools at Mina Weil and Peacock parks to accommodate working parents who wish to take their children to the pool during evening and weekend hours, as well as give teenagers opportunities...

Jackson makes ECU Chancellor's List

Courtney Jackson of Mount Olive, daughter of Danny and Meg Jackson, has been named to the chancellor's list at East Carolina University for the spring semester....

Air show at Cherry Point Air Station this weekend

HAVELOCK -- The Marine Corps Cherry Point Air Station Air Show will be held June 6-8 at Cherry Point. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 6, with flying starting at twilight. The show will end with a fireworks...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Fans welcome Trojans home

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Mount Olive College Trojans pitcher Weston Curles, right, signs an autograph for Benjamin Bayles of Mount Olive. Fans were waiting Sunday when the team returned to the college campus after making the trip from Sauget, Ill., where...

Seven Springs man killed in dispute

Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators say they are not sure whether they will file charges against the man they say shot and killed Shelton Douglas Southerland Jr., 31, on Sunday afternoon. Daniel Glenn Price Jr., 30, was named by deputies...

774 teens list their behaviors in survey

More than 59 percent of Wayne County high school students who responded to a recent survey say they have already had sex -- and a majority of them say they come home from school to an empty house. Students from...

Commission will eye budget plan, including job cuts, hours change

A year-long job freeze, the elimination of 20-30 job positions and a change in operating hours for some county offices are among the proposals in Wayne County's $162 million budget draft. The budget proposal will be presented to county commissioners...

Ex-chief's state-level hearing is postponed

APEX -- A hearing to consider the suspension/revocation of the law enforcement officer certification of former Mount Olive Chief of Police Emmett Ballree has been postponed until August. The hearing, originally scheduled for this past Thursday before the Probable Cause...

4th Fighter Wing airman earns Bronze Star for service in Iraq

A tear rolls down Tonya Westerman's cheek. The Air Force master sergeant can't make it through a discussion about her recent deployment without remembering the fallen. She never thought she would witness a military funeral. She never pictured herself saluting...

Bentonville living history program set for Saturday

Bentonville Battlefield Park will hold its summer seasonal living history program and artillery demonstration on June 7. Visitors will be able to listen to Civil War re-enactors talk about camp life and the role of the common soldier. Living historians...

Conservation post filing starts June 9

The filing period for candidates for Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors for the November 4 general election will begin at noon June 9 at the Wayne County Board of Elections office. The filing period closes at noon...

Chronic disease management program

The Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging is teaming up with Wayne County Services on Aging to offer a chronic disease self-management program at the Wayne County Senior Center. The workshop, which is designed to empower people to take...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Returning champions

News-Argus Video Report The Mount Olive College baseball team returned home this evening to a motorcade and cheering fans celebrating their victory in the College Division II World Series. For more information, see Monday's print edition of the Goldsboro...

Revenue won't pay all bills for Paramount

The Paramount Theatre is bringing in performances, but will it bring in the dollars? One of the largest single line items in the city's $48.2 million 2008-09 budget is the Paramount Theatre at $681,038. But even though Goldsboro city officials...

Local legislators weigh in on budget process

With state House representatives planning to have their version of the 2008-09 budget finished by the middle of next week, local legislators say they are in agreement with most of what has been proposed. "I don't foresee a lot...

Schools honor veterans on Memorial Day make-up day

When Beth Bouchard's kindergarten class lined up Saturday to say the Pledge of Allegiance, the flag that flew overhead as they put their hands over their hearts and recited the words was not just any red, white and blue banner....

Council expected to approve budget Monday

The Goldsboro City Council will likely pass the city's $48.2 million 2008-09 budget at its meeting Monday night. Among the budget's big ticket items are fuel costs, paying off the debts incurred by the new Paramount Theatre, the building of...

Unemployment rate holds steady in county, despite economy

The unemployment rate in Wayne County has held steady for two months, coming in at 5 percent in March and April, county officials say. Goldsboro Employment Security Commission Manager Bill Pate said Wayne County is in a strong position --...

Health Department discusses cost of living raise

The staff at the Wayne County Health Department has lobbied the Board of Health for cost-of-living and merit raises in the coming year. The department is struggling to keep pace with their counterparts across the state, said James Roosen, health...

Goldsboro Jaycees plan July 4 Parade

From staff reports With only a month to go before July 4, the Goldsboro Jaycees are busy organizing Goldsboro's second annual Independence Day Parade and Festival. The festivities will begin run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Friday, July 4,...

Duplin fire departments hope for funding increase

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Firemen's Association President Winslow Tew of Albertson is expected to make the case for doubling the funding for the county's all-volunteer fire services at county commissioners' Monday night budget hearing at 6 p.m. at the...