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Thursday, July 31, 2008

No tax starting Friday for school supplies

Local retailers have stocked up on items on the Wayne County Public Schools supply lists and in preparation for the state sales tax holiday, which begins Friday. First signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley in 2001, the sales...

Thousands in collector coins reported stolen already recovered

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the theft of more than $63,000 in collector coins from a Stevens Mill Road residence, though the items appear to have been all recovered. "We think most of them have been...

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Break-ins reported Goldsboro police investigated a reported first degree burglary early this morning. Rachel Corine Tanner of North Madison Avenue told police somebody was trying to gain entry to her home. The person damaged the window sill and screen...

Federal agents called in local cross burning

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has filed another charge against a Dudley man who allegedly set up a wooden cross on his neighbor's lawn and set it on fire, and now the FBI has also been asked to investigate...

Video game festival planned

The Wayne County Public Library will host its third video gaming festival, "Geeks and Gamers," on Aug. 9-10. This year, participants will be able to compete in tournaments for both Guitar Hero III and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Classic...

Grocery store will open soon at local center

A new IGA grocery store is going up at the site of the former Key Foods store on Wayne Memorial Drive. Carlie C's is part of the Independent Grocers Alliance, which is made up of more than 4,000 stores...

Lawyer for Duplin schools disputes county's figures

Richard Schwartz, one of two Raleigh attorneys representing the Duplin County Board of Education in its mediation funding dispute with county commissioners, has asked for a correction of figures used in a July 29 News-Argus article. The article noted...

Animals move into shelter

Animals at the old animals shelter on Brick Street were getting gussied up yesterday for today's move into the new Animal Adoption and Education Center on 1600 Clingman St. "We are planning on giving them all baths," said Justin...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

County's Teen Court is continuing mission of peer-directed justice

Teen Court — introduced in Wayne County nearly nine years ago as an alternative to youths having a criminal record — has had another successful year, in student numbers as well as funding. “We have seen marked increases in...

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Thieves continue to target copper After a rash of copper thefts over the weekend, they have continued early this week with both the Goldsboro Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office receiving reports. Hugh Wesley Eagles of Eagles...

GATEWAY won't up fares for bus riders

A Tuesday afternoon decision not to increase the cost of riding the GATEWAY bus system, at least not for now, drew praise from the handful of people on hand for a public hearing about the fares. “Thank you for...

Man charged with burning cross arrested for new threat

A man charged with ethnic intimidation for burning a cross in a neighbor's yard earlier this month was arrested Tuesday and charged after allegedly continuing to intimidate the interracial couple. Dixon Steward, 38, of Dudley, was charged Tuesday with...

Commute slow on U.S. 70 due to bridge repair

Many morning commuters had a slow go of it today on U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro, and delays are expected to continue at least through tomorrow, as state Department of Transportation crews forced traffic into one lane to finish...

Bentonville VFD to observe 50th anniversary

The Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Aug. 10, from 4-7 p.m. at the station on Harper House Road. There will be exhibits of fire-fighting equipment and safety techniques, music, a cook-out supper and commemorative...

Two non-traditional schools to hold open houses next week

Open houses will be held for the two non-traditional public high schools in Wayne County next week. Wayne Early/Middle College High School will hold its open on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wayne Community College. The other...

Mount Olive College students will return to campus Aug. 16

MOUNT OLIVE — More than 300 new freshmen and transfer students will soon arrive on campus at Mount Olive College, where they will participate in Welcome Week activities to get acquainted with college life. Traditional classes start on Wednesday,...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Seymour Johnson AFB takes aim at energy efficency

From an increased use of biodiesel fuel to the installation of energy-efficient light bulbs, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base personnel are examining ways to cut back on fossil fuel consumption -- and executing them. In fact, the notion of...

Public record

Near theft At Goldsboro Power Sports on N.C. 13 North Sunday night around 10 p.m., a witness reported five black males near a fenced area. The subjects fled when the witness turned on vehicle lights. Wayne County Sheriff's deputies found...

Planning Commission rejects plan for church downtown

The Goldsboro Planning Commis-sion doesn't want to see another church in the downtown area. A proposed church, which didn't submit its name, requested approval of a church distance modification as required in the city's unified development ordinance. The ordinance...

Mount Olive to hold 'National Night Out'

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, neighborhoods throughout Mount Olive are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 25th Annual National Night Out. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and...

College maps out expansion

MOUNT OLIVE -- Details of an ambitious building plan at Mount Olive College are still to come, but college officials recently offered a broad overview of the project during a courtesy call on Town Manager Charles Brown. Discussions touched...

Duplin commissioners make offer to avoid going to court

KENANSVILLE -- Calling it a "good faith" move to avoid a potentially lengthy and costly court battle, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners late Monday night appropriated more than $1.375 million for the county schools. Commissioners also agreed to...

Wayne Board eyes Duplin schools fight

The controversial battles faced by Duplin County Public Schools -- consolidation and closure of schools, legal mediation and the ongoing funding debate with the Duplin County Commission, to name a few -- are being watched closely by their counterparts...

Monday, July 28, 2008

High gas prices put strain on stations

Requiring customers to pre-pay for gasoline annoys many of them, but local gas station owner Craig Hanson says he has no choice but to ask for his money up front. With gas prices having reached record highs, the number...

Speaking for the children

The children aren't their own, but that doesn't matter to Wayne County's Guardian ad Litem volunteers. It's their job to step into hard situations and lend their voices to the hundreds of children run through the court system and...

Greene County research group's heritage book nearly complete

The Greene County Family Research Group is putting together a new book: "Greene County, North Carolina Heritage -- 2008." So far dozens of families have submitted stories and pictures, but organizers are concerned that dozens more may get left...

Atkins wins Gold Congressional Award

A rising senior at Charles B. Aycock High School has earned the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor Congress gives to teenagers for achievement and community service. Michael Atkins, 17, was one of three teens from North Carolina who...

Mount Olive residents set sights on stopping crime

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Neighborhood Watch is more than just signs warning criminals to beware, it is a way for a neighborhood to come together on many levels, says the president of Mount Olive's newest program in District 1,...

City's 'most wanted' criminal caught

A Goldsboro man wanted for attempted murder has been arrested in Richmond, Va. Ichshon Zaquan Jones, 25, of Courtyard Circle, was listed as the 'most wanted' suspect by the Goldsboro Police Department in a story published in the News-Argus...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Building permits down in first half of 2008

Electrical contractor Mark Hinson is feeling the bite of slower work and higher costs in the construction industry, and he is not alone. "It's a lot slower. Everything is slower," Hinson said while putting a circuit box in an unfinished...

Taste of Wayne set for Aug. 5

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor Meals on Wheels is one of the biggest programs supported by the United Way of Wayne County, so it's fitting that for the 18th year in a row, the organization will kick off its...

Restaurants ready to compete for honors at Taste of Wayne

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor From pizza to Asian cuisine to good ol' eastern North Carolina barbecue, there should be something for just about everyone at the Taste of Wayne County this year as local restaurants are beginning to...

Pate and Davis facing multiple issues as fall race begins

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor As Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis continues the campaign he has been running since October 2007 and state Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, wraps up his legislative duties, both men are working to make sure...

Walnut Creek council hears what residents want

WALNUT CREEK -- Village Council members got a better idea of what residents like and dislike about their community and what they want to see in the future at their meeting Wednesday night. Village Planning Board Chairman David Sloan...

James Kenan School of Engineering saved by court ruling

From staff reports Wake County Superior Civil Court Judge Ripley Rand Thursday ordered the Duplin County Board of Education to halt is pending closure of the James Kenan School of Engineering at Warsaw and to ensure that it remain intact...

Couple met, fell in love on railroad with help from Union Station

Earl and Nancy Justice's love story of 61 years is filled with railroad tracks and train whistles. Now in their 80s, they remember the day when the railroad brought them together and how Goldsboro's Union Station was part of their...

'Wayne Reads' program deciding on book for 2009

'From staff reports Readers are choosing a book to read and discuss during next year's Wayne County Reads project. Wayne County Reads is a countywide "one book, one community" reading project organized and supported by many community partners. In previous...

Hip-hop artist offers motivation to county children

A hip-hop artist and motivational speaker told more than 70 children at the Boys & Girls Club this past week that they have great mental powers. And to capitalize on them, they just need to stop selling themselves short....

Family Y camp begins Monday

This summer at the Goldsboro Family YMCA there is a more traditional summer camp program called the Outdoor Adventure Camp. Lead by Tara Ruffin, participants are doing three week sessions, with two field trips every week, and getting an education...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Reuel Inc. will add 50 jobs at local plant

By STEVE HERRING News-Argus Staff Writer A nearly $3 million expansion project is expected to secure Reuel Inc.'s standing as the nation's second-leading supplier of molded electrical insulators, while opening the door on a new venture -- building power traction...

Public record

Charges The Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported these charges: *Nicholas Antonio Brown, 27, North John Street, failure to appear in court, $500 bond. *Gordon Willis Cole Jr., 27, Mobile Circle, Dudley, fail to pay child support, $600 bond. *David Jeffery...

Duplin attorney fees up to $75,000 as county/school mediation continues

KENANSVILLE -- Attorneys' fees have reached $75,000 in the month-old meditation dispute between county commissioners and school board over local funding of the schools. The total does not include any charges associated with Wednesday night's mediation session. Another session...

Habitat still looking for teen builders

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne still has openings for teen volunteers to work on a house Wednesday. July 30 will be the organization's first Teen Day for teens aged 14 to 18. To sign up, call the Habitat office at...

No change in drought level across county

By ANESSA MYERS News-Argus Staff Writer Wayne County is holding its ground in the moderate drought category, remaining in that status for three consecutive weeks. The county has came down from the severe drought category it was in at the...

Wayne museum features prehistoric fossils exhibit

An exhibit of prehistoric fossils and shells is drawing more visitors to the Wayne County Museum than most historical displays, says museum manager Johnna Nelson. The exhibit is very hands-on, Mrs. Nelson said, with stations at which visitors can...

Hike in minimum wage not problem for most

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor Minimum-wage employees in Wayne County should see a little more in their paychecks next week as a new federal wage floor went into effect Thursday. But the jump -- $832 a year -- won't...

Sager, Griffin ready for fall battle

With primary season over and neither man having faced an opponent, both candidates for the state House District 11 seat have begun gradually laying the groundwork for a campaign they expect will hit its stride by Labor Day. "Our Web...

Borden Loft project bill now tabled

With the state legislative session coming to a close last week, a local bill that would alleviate a right-of-way problem involving the North Carolina Railroad Co. -- and allow the progress of the renovation of the old Borden Manufacturing...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Public record

'Strong-arm' mugging Christopher Boseman, 15, of Outlaw Road, was reportedly dragged behind Best Quality Food Mart at the corner of Outlaw Road and U.S. 117 Alternate in Dudley and robbed, a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report shows. Boseman lost...

City's 'most wanted' criminals

On March 20, Icshon Zaquan Jones, 25, of Courtyard Circle shot into an occupied vehicle with the intention of killing the occupant. The shooting took place at a store in the 500 block of East Elm Street, police said....

Woman beaten to death

DUDLEY -- About 12 hours before Herman Phillip Best turned himself in for the murder of his girlfriend, he paced with a flashlight in his front yard and burned trash, a neighbor said. Best's flashlight-guided walk was at 3...

Hog truck overturns, 46 killed

LA GRANGE -- About 46 pigs in a Goldsboro Milling Co. tractor trailer died Wednesday after a truck driver failed to make a turn properly, the Lenoir County Highway Patrol reported. The 18-wheeler carrying nearly 200 pigs overturned around...

Duplin cracking down on meth

KENANSVILLE -- One of the largest amounts of methamphetamines ever seized by the Duplin County Sheriff's Office was found earlier this month when deputies raided an Albertson residence, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace announced Wednesday. The large cache of...

SJAFB demo team pilot earns spot in Space Camp hall of fame

Phil Smith had never been in an aircraft before. So when he finally got the chance, the then-14-year-old let it all soak in. Photo courtesy of 4th Fighter Wing Airman 1st Class Makenzie Lang 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Demonstration...

Business blues

It might be difficult to find a seat in some downtown restaurants during the lunch hour, but many neighboring business owners said those bodies are not translating into sales. News-Argus/Greg Sousa Phil Bedford, owner of Family Shoe Store, Inc....

School Street gets AYP 'pass'

As the results of No Child Left Behind for Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, are still being finalized, Wayne County Public Schools is high on the list of school systems in the region, with another area school added to...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mar Mac Murder

MAR MAC -- A middle-aged woman was found beaten to death at 114 Kevin Drive on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. A man who lived with her was being questioned at the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday night. Wayne County Sheriff Carey...

DGDC opens downtown homes to public view

Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. will unveil three newly finished, affordable homes on the 400 block of South John Street today beginning at 4 p.m. The open houses will be hosted by the DGDC along with the city of Goldsboro,...

United Way debuts new campaign video

A county united in taking care of its own -- that was the message United Way of Wayne County shared Tuesday as the organization's volunteers gathered to debut the 2008 campaign's new video. The short film, which includes testimonials...

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Drug Squad arrest An Elton Drive man had enough cocaine and marijuana in a car parked at a West Ash Street convenience store to warrant possession with intent to sell or deliver charges for both narcotics, the Goldsboro-Wayne County...

Graduation rates up in four Wayne County high schools

Graduation rates in Wayne County are ahead of the state figure for the second consecutive year, with four public high schools seeing an increase and three others showing a dip, officials say. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction on...

Faison says 'no' to request to give up ETJ claim

FAISON -- Officials in this small Duplin County town say they have no intention of relinquishing their extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) control over the nearby Sampson County site where a Pennsylvania company wants to build a $200 million biomass-fired power...

Farm aid

Tom Buffkin might be the president of Franklin Baking Co., but he feels the pain of the rising cost of a loaf of a bread just like everybody else — and perhaps, in some ways more so, since he...

Growers struggle with cost of diesel

The soaring cost of fuel has squeezed farmers to the breaking point, agricultural experts say, with the cost of running heavy equipment nearly doubling over the past year. There are more than 170,000 acres of land under cultivation in...

Water rushes streets in Mount Olive during storm

MOUNT OLIVE -- Rain falling at the rate of more than eight inches an hour at one point Tuesday afternoon left many streets and yards in town under several inches of water. More rain is forecast for today. In...

Mount Olive College searches for college president

MOUNT OLIVE--The nationwide search has begun to replace Mount Olive College's third president, Dr. J. William Byrd, in the role since 1995. Earlier in the year, Byrd announced he would be stepping down to concentrate more on external relations...

Mount Olive College to ease path for community college transfers

RALEIGH--Mount Olive College is among the 24 private colleges and universities in the state included in a comprehensive articulation agreement allowing community college graduates an easier transfer path. Community college system president Scott Ralls and independent colleges and universities...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

AYP results are out

After reviewing the preliminary 2007-08 No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results, Wayne County School Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor said he was "very proud of all our schools." But 42 percent of them did not make adequate...

Service strain

Making healthy food choices for her family wasn’t always easy for Tammy Croom. Husband Howard has always been on disability and Mrs. Croom is not working, so stretching the family dollars have been a challenge — one that’s only...

Public record

Knife attack Frederick Jones of Wayne Avenue told Goldsboro police he was cut on the left side of his nose and face while walking on Olivia Lane early Saturday morning, according to a report. Jones suffered severe lacerations in...

Mount Olive College students study hands-on in the Bahamas

Swim suits, flip flops, underwater cameras and sunscreen were all requirements for the Mount Olive College class and lab in the Bahamas this summer. The short study abroad program -- featuring the Petrography and Ecology of Carbonate Platforms and...

Duplin OKs freeze on new hiring by 4-2 vote

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County's efforts to breathe life into its newly incorporated economic development office seem to have been derailed by a 4-2 Monday afternoon vote by county commissioners to enact a hiring freeze. The action was among seven...

Family finds cross burning in yard

DUDLEY -- Gerald Buchanan moved to a mobile home park on Timothy Street in Dudley just two months ago. On Saturday morning, he woke up to find a flaming wooden cross mounted on a cinder block just outside his...

Goldsboro City Council: No alcohol allowed in theater

Paramount Theatre patrons won't be able to have a glass of wine or a bottle of beer at the next show -- at least not for now. Goldsboro City Council members discussed the option of obtaining a permit to...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Economy - Average Citizen

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Technology students do well in national competition

Wayne County Public Schools recently earned 16 top-10 places in events at the 30th annual National Technology Student Association conference in Orlando, Fla. Five students also placed first and two placed third in their events. Four thousand students competed...

Life, downsized -- Families cut back on expenses

Faye Joseph is feeling the stress of the economy. She says she makes most of her decisions these days based on how much they will cost — including her education. News-Argus/Dennis Hill Many Wayne County residents are able to...

Going electric

Susan Crenshaw, owner of Health Habit, has had an electric car for nearly four years. She and husband Bob actually won the vehicle as part of a company promotion and didn't drive it much right away. News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Susan...

Drivers cut back on trips, downsize

Sue Kearney preferred driving her Mercury Mountaineer — it was bigger and had more room for the grandkids — but last summer she faced reality and rising gas prices and traded it in for the more economical Honda Accord....

Mount Olive pilots plan to prepare for emergencies

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town of Mount Olive is a pilot project for a program that hopes to help small towns be better-prepared to deal with disasters. Communities in Crisis is a program based in Clayton that has worked...

2 SWHS graduates die in car crash

Two 18-year-old recent Southern Wayne High School graduates had alcohol in their systems when they died in a Saturday night automobile crash, authorities said. Andrew Britt, of Manley Grove Church Road, and Franklin Carlisle Purvis II, of Dobbersville Road, died...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

YMCA director: City has need for both facilities

So, with a $12.3 million Community Recreation Center in the works, will Goldsboro residents still need a YMCA? Yes, says Family Y director and Recreation Center Committee member John Richards. "The recreation center is going to be a good...

Rec Center costs higher today than yesterday

More than two years after members of Goldsboro's Recreation Center Committee recommended cutbacks on spending for the then-estimated $12 million Community Recreation Center, the price tag is no lower. In fact, the proposed facility is more expensive. Current plans...

Public record

Mugging, vehicle theft Terrance Darden of West Grantham Street told police that he was robbed at gunpoint in the 800 block of North Virginia Street, Goldsboro police said. Property and Tanisha Leach's 2000 Ford Escape were stolen in the...

Hearing set on bus routes, rates

The Goldsboro Wayne Transportation Authority will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. in the City of Goldsboro Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 214 N. Center St. The purpose of the...

Leadership WC looking for applicants for class

Leadership Wayne County is a program designed to assist current and emerging community leaders in their efforts to serve in leadership roles in local businesses, industries, non-profits, governmental affairs and the community. The 2007-08 Leadership class of 18 participated...

Wayne County Grand Jury returns indictments in local cases

Three city men accused of fatally shooting a Fayetteville 22-year-old on Olivia Lane were indicted this month. Goldsboro police investigators confirmed that Eric Donta Covington, Deon Jerrell McLean and Everette McLean were all implicated in the murder of Antron...

Duplin officials still bickering over who can address board

KENANSVILLE -- Squabbling over agenda speakers has almost become a regular agenda item for Duplin County commissioners, prompting county Manager Mike Aldridge to offer what he hopes will clarify the issue. The issue surfaced in June after agenda speaker...

DGDC wants thoughts on city's downtown

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. wants to know what city and county residents feel the downtown area needs. For a few weeks, the group has handed out consumer surveys to downtown businesses, city and county employees and people attending...

Suspects nabbed in counterfeit scam

MOUNT OLIVE -- When faded $5 bills printed up to pass off as $100s showed up in Mount Olive on Monday, a detective said police had "people of interest." On Friday, at least two suspects had been arrested with...

Council to approve purchase of theater

Now that the state legislature has legalized Goldsboro's actions during the reconstruction of the Paramount Theater, city officials can move forward with purchasing the facility. Council members are expected to approve the purchase from the Weil Foundation Monday night...

ArtSmarts is looking for Wayne County children who have talent

ArtSmarts, the newly formed Goldsboro Fine Arts Academy, is still looking for students. The academy will begin its afterschool program Aug. 25 in the Senior Room at Herman Park Center. An open house will be Aug. 6 from 4...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Economy - Gas Prices

Wayne's drought status - moderate

After another dry week, Wayne County remains in the moderate drought category, state officials say. Forty-six counties join Wayne in the category -- the most in any of the state's drought categories, according to the report released Thursday by...

Public record

Home fired into The Lee Street home of Barbra Martin was shot into with about six rounds with a gun of unknown caliber or type, according to a police report. Four bullets penetrated Mrs. Martin's teenage daughter's bedroom, investigators...

Hinnant endowment established at MOC

A scholarship fund has been established at Mount Olive College to assist students preparing for the Christian ministry. The D. Frank and Anne Exum Hinnant Endowed Ministerial Scholarship Fund was initiated by Hinnant, a retired direct factory representative of...

Alliance alters cost for plans for Stoney Creek Park

Last month, Stoney Creek Park Alliance members were surprised by the fees proposed by Raleigh firm Kimley-Horn to design the first phase of the park. News-Argus photo Members of the Stoney Creek Park Alliance are going to be asking...

Weighed down with worry - Wayne County residents face economic slump

The fact that by every official measurement America isn’t in a recession yet doesn’t matter to most local residents. They’re already feeling the pinch in their pocketbooks and in their lifestyles. “It just sucks,” said Goldsboro resident Jennie Sorufari....

'The Dark Knight' lands in Wayne County

Batman fans have been waiting a long time for "The Dark Knight" and, when he arrived in Goldsboro this morning for a special midnight debut, the caped crusader drew an audience of more than 600 to Premiere Theatres. Prior...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Economic punch - Feeding Wayne County

Daryl Thomas always takes a cup of soup with him when he leaves the Community Soup Kitchen even though there is a sign on the wall prohibiting carry-outs. He is a long-time customer -- and knows the volunteers who...

Officials weighing charges in shooting

An act of self defense or a murder -- that is the question the Wayne County District Attorney's office must now weigh in the shooting death of Shelton Douglas Southerland Jr., 31, after he repeatedly entered a neighbor's home....

Public record

More charges in vehicle break-ins The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said John Harley Smith, 20, Plantation Road, is responsible for more break-ins to vehicles in the Rosewood community. Additional charges include eight counts of breaking or entering a motor...

MOC receives grant to study grass-fed cattle business

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center at Mount Olive College received a $125,000 grant from the Tobacco Trust Fund to study the grass-fed cattle industry. The grant will help farmers interested in producing grass-fed beef with tools...

Duplin county, school negotiations on funding in stalemate

KENANSVILLE -- The deadline to wrap up mediation between the Duplin County Board of Comm-issioners and the county Board of Education board is two weeks away and there is little indication that much progress has been made. The next...

Four-day work week applies to Health Department

Citing concerns over delivery of some health services when the county converts to a four-day work week, the Board of Health Wednesday voted to seek a 30-day extension on the policy, only to have the county manager hours later...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stoney Creek Park committee postpones forums

Goldsboro residents will have to wait a while longer to have their say about plans for Stoney Creek Park. A community forum scheduled for Thursday by the Stoney Creek Park Alliance has been postponed, with members saying they want...

Public record

Wayne Community College fire Edward Farris of Wayne Community College told police someone set fire to a bulletin board on the second floor of college's Azalea building on Monday afternoon, causing $1,500 in damage. Men rob Pantry Two black...

Inspirational community concert set for Saturday

The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its free summer concert series, starting Saturday at Herman Park from 6:30 until 9 p.m. with an "Inspirational Day" concert. The concert will feature gospel and jazz saxophonist Mel Holder of...

Man charged with second sexual assault

Exactly one week before Christian Ray Godette severely injured a Colonial Court resident, he sexually attacked another victim on N.C. 111 South, authorities say. In September 2007, the Sheriff's Office said, Godette, now 17, began a spree of violence...

Toxic gas leaks from tanker truck near Kenly

KENLY -- Authorities have evacuated several homes, a truck stop and five other businesses along Interstate 95 near Kenly after a truck began leaking a toxic chemical early this morning. According to Johnston County authorities, the truck was traveling...

Duplin school protestors challenge closure plan

KENANSVILLE -- School consolidation opponents say their presence at Tuesday night's Duplin County Board of Education meeting spoke loudly even though they were not allowed to speak. It was standing room only as close to 100 people wedged into...

Diversity Day deals with differences

Glenwood Burden could tell you much about diversity. In 1961, he became the first black student to attend Goldsboro High School when integration came to Wayne County. Then, he was the token "diverse" student in the crowd. These days...

Mt. Olive plans depot makeover

MOUNT OLIVE -- Bids ranging from $150,000 to $200,000 for renovations to the old train depot were opened Tuesday afternoon. Town Manager Charles Brown said he was hesitant to provide detailed specifics of the bids until they could be...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

WorkKeys program gets grant

A $58,500 grant from North Carolina's Eastern Region Development Commission will allow Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) to offer free WorkKeys Assessments testing to public schools students starting in the fall. It also will allow career readiness...

Teens give helping hand to Habitat for Humanity build

Wayne County teenagers will get the opportunity to help out some of their neighbors later this month as the local Habitat for Humanity will host its first-ever Teen Day. News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards Seventeen-year-old Jun Tsuda, in the foreground, from Our...

Seven Springs ends fiscal year with small budget surplus

The Seven Springs town board has approved a $43,000 budget for 2008-09 that maintains the existing tax rate. The town's ad valorem tax rate stays the same at 54 cents on the $100 of property valuation. And for the...

Duplin parents will protest consoldidation

FAISON -- When the Duplin County Board of Education meets tonight in Kenansville its members can expect to have to wade through a sea of school colors worn by upset parents, grandparents and other school supporters. About 50 people...

Power plant will convert to biomass

KENANSVILLE -- A defunct coal-burning cogeneration electric power plant on N.C. 11 and 903 north of the Duplin County seat is slated to get a new life as a biomass-fired facility through an $11.3 million industrial investment that doesn't...

Easley's drought relief bill gets initial approval

The state may soon have more of a say in local water conservation efforts during drought situations than ever before. The House tentatively approved a bill Monday that would give state officials the power to order municipalities to conserve...

Dillard Middle School to host August band camp

Dillard Middle School will host a band camp, August 15 and 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Both days will include two snacks, lunch, transportation home and a band camp T-shirt. The cost for this enrichment band...

Monday, July 14, 2008

County's animal shelter set for August opening

When Wayne County's new Animal Adoption and Education Center opens in just a few weeks, it will be a larger, brighter, state-of-the-art facility. But Animal Control Officer Justin Scally doesn't want the public just to be impressed with a...

Police snag counterfeit $100 bills

MOUNT OLIVE -- Counterfeit money reports are common, but these have a twist -- someone is using faded $5 bills to print up phony $100s, police said. The bills showed up in Mount Olive at various vendors, at banks...

Commission member helped take care of MLK's dream in N.C.

Earnest Waters has been a long-time admirer of Martin Luther King Jr., even once having the opportunity to hear the minister in person. And after 12 years of serving the state's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, he is looking...

Public record

Hotel ripped off Goldsboro police have charged Jaquion Holliday, 21, of Las Vegas, Nev., with defrauding an innkeeper after he reportedly stayed at the Comfort Suites, 2613 North Park Drive, for five days without paying. Holliday was placed under...

Services on Aging to hold summer dance

The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department, the Family Y and Wayne County Services on Aging are teaming up to host a Senior Citizen Summer Dance. The theme this year will be "Life is a Kaleidoscope." The dance, which is...

Schools' media centers earn awards

Seven media centers in Wayne County Public Schools have earned"Pictures of America" awards, designed to help students learn about our nation's heritage through posters portraying artwork and art treasures dating back to North America's earliest settlers. Recipients imclude Brogden Primary,...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Rec Center bill could be lower, Council Member Williams says

With a completion date projected, completed drawings due and site plans approved by the Goldsboro Planning Commission earlier this year, the city's $12.3 million recreation center appears to be one vote away from reality. But at least one member of...

Second annual prayer walk held to curb violence

Hundreds of people met under the shelter at Fairview Park Saturday morning to walk and pray for peace in the community -- and an end to gang and drug violence. The Stop the Funeral Initiative sponsored the second annual...

Man, 43, charged with raping teen

By BONNIE EDWARDS News-Argus Staff Writer Neighboring campers and staff helped surround a rape suspect until authorities arrived at a popular recreational park to find and arrest him Friday. Tony Burton Taylor, 43, of Kinston is being held under $300,000...

Officials say U.S. 70 stops hurt gas mileage

The stop-and-go traffic along U.S. 70 from Clayton to Morehead City is more than inconvenient to the motorists who travel along the highway -- it also siphons fuel and money from them. On a typical day, 24,000 vehicles travel...

Paramount bill approved by Legislature

The N.C. General Assembly passed a bill Thursday legalizing the city of Goldsboro's actions during the rebuilding process of the Paramount Theatre. The bill retroactively gives the city permission to not follow the guidelines for public construction projects --...

Mount Olive plans upgrades for old water, sewer systems

MOUNT OLIVE -- Adjustments in the town's water and sewer rates will allow Mount Olive to do something it has lacked the resources to do for many years -- undertake a regular schedule of maintenance for its aging water...

WCPS Summer Institute is also for parents

The third annual "summer institute" for Wayne County Public Schools may be targeted to teachers, but parents are also encouraged to attend, officials say. Planned for Aug. 5-7 at Raper Hall on the Mount Olive College campus, this year's theme...

Duplin commissioners argue over speakers

KENANSVILLE -- Squab-bling over agenda speakers continues to dog county commissioners and has prompted county Manager Mike Aldridge to say that it appears it is time for him to draft a policy addressing the issue for commissioners to consider....

Friday, July 11, 2008

Change in command

News-Argus/Greg Sousa Col. Alan Northrup, left, talks with Lt. Col. Travis Willis during a recent farewell dinner in one of the base’s hangars. Northrup relinquished command July 11 of the 4th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group as he ends his...

North Duplin parents speak against closing

CALYPSO -- Storm clouds gathered over the Calypso Fire Station Thursday night while inside the mood darkened as a standing-room-only crowd of about 350 North Duplin Jr.-Sr. High School supporters protested the Duplin Board of Education's decision to consolidate North...

4th MXG Commander Col. Alan Northrup stands down

Alan Northrup would rather not talk about his upcoming assignment. The Air Force colonel simply has too much to say about the one he will be leaving this morning. So as he prepared for today's ceremony on Seymour Johnson Air...

County approves Code Red warning system

It doesn't appear that Hurricane Bertha that is now rumbling around in the Atlantic Ocean will pose any threat to North Carolina. But within the next few months when bad weather or manmade disaster threatens, Wayne County residents will have...

Public record

Robbed, terrorized Goldsboro police are investigating a first degree burglary and armed robbery on North William Street. The victim, William E. Woxblom, said he was awakened from sleep around 3 a.m. Thursday by a knocking at the door. He said...

U.S. 70 Corridor Commission seeks state recognition

Becoming sanctioned by North Carolina as an official state commission would be a significant step in the development of the U.S. 70 Corridor Commission, its members said Thursday. Meeting at the Wayne County Public Schools Central Office, commission members agreed...

STOP the Funeral prayer walk to be held Staurday

The members of the STOP the Funeral Initiative will hold their second annual prayer walk Saturday at 8 a.m., starting at Fairview Park. The event is intended to draw attention to the need for the Goldsboro community to come together...

Habitat is looking for food for volunteers

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro Wayne announced Tuesday that a youth group from New Jersey be workng on Stephens Street, Monday through Friday. Habitat officials said the group has worked on houses for several years now, and each year, volunteers...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Afternoon at the links

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Children in the Acts America Youth Camp spent part of Wednesday enjoying themselves at the All-Star Family Fun Center on Cashwell Drive. Bret Marcoux, a counselor for the youth group, said the youngsters spend three days at...

North Duplin tapped for closure by school board

CALYPSO -- North Duplin Jr./Sr. High School supporters will gather tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Calypso Fire Station to marshal their forces to oppose a move by the Duplin County Board of Education that would close the school. Meanwhile,...

Senate won't vote on plans to change annexing

Despite the state House approving an involuntary annexation moratorium by a wide margin last week, the Senate leadership has indicated that the bill will not come up for a floor vote before the General Assembly adjourns in the next few...

Schools energy-performance contract gets approval by board of education

An energy-performance contract that could save Wayne County Public Schools as much as $8.3 million was approved Tuesday by the Wayne County Board of Education. Prior to the meeting, the school board and county commissioners had met in a joint...

$853,000 facelift set for Jeffreys Building

The county-owned Jeffreys Building (the old Federal Building) will be getting an $853,000 facelift in preparation of becoming the home of several more county offices. D.S. Simmons has been awarded the contract for the work and the county is preparing...

Rain came but county still in severe drought

The drought situation in Wayne County isn't over, but at least it isn't getting worse. The county remains in the severe drought category, the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council reported today. The county jumped up from the moderate drought...

Herman Park concert Saturday

Looking for something to do Saturday night that doesn't cost a dime? The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department is hosting it's free summer concert series, starting Saturday at Herman Park from 6:30 until 9 p.m. with an "Inspirational Day" concert...

Man skips town after sentencing

A Goldsboro area man with a long criminal history skipped town after being given a week to get his affairs in order, court records show. Jamie Carroll, who also has used the name "Jaime," originally faced charges that he fought...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Talking points

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Wayne County Board of Education member Shirley Sims, left, and county commissioner Efton Sager talk during a meeting between the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the Wayne County Public Schools at the school system’s main office...

Three teens charged in player's shooting

WARSAW -- Three Duplin County teenagers who Warsaw Chief of Police R.P. Wood said were apparently "horsing around" with an AK-47 high-powered rifle have been charged in the shooting death last week of local high school football star Derrick Barden,...

School and county officials discuss plans

Improving the quality of education in Wayne County will take everyone coming to the table, officials said Tuesday. Even if it means spreading out a checkered tablecloth and offering a snack for the discussion. At the joint meeting of the...

Wayne County OKs 4-day work week tryout

Most Wayne County government offices will move to a four-day work week beginning Monday, Aug. 4. Rising fuel prices and the general higher cost of doing business are being cited for the move. County Manager Lee Smith, who announced the...

Local lawmakers weigh in on state budget

It's not a perfect budget, local lawmakers said as they cast their final votes on the state's new $21.4 billion spending plan Wednesday, but for most of them, it was a fair compromise. "I held my nose as I voted...

Singapore pilots coming to train with Seymour Johnson squadron

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing's 333rd Fighter Squadron are used to training air crews. They do more of it than any squadron of its kind in the Air Force. But Maj. Trent Hill admits they have never had a...

Public record

School Street School vandalized Jerri Thomas of the Wayne County Schools reported that 47 windows, eight Venetian blinds, a television and a computer monitor worth about $4,000 were damaged at the school. An officer found a rock on the floor...

Goldsboro's Pedestrian Plaza renamed Cornerstone

The Pedestrian Plaza off of Center Street will soon have a new name -- Cornerstone Commons. The plaza, which has been used for small events in the past few years, needed some sprucing up, Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Director Julie...

Center Street Jam Thursday

Center Street Jam 2008 will continue Thursday with the Band of Oz in downtown Goldsboro. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Center Street Jam is sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. and is open to the public. There will be food...

Correction

William Dunevant wants it known that he is not the boyfriend of Denise Shirley Sistar, as was indicated in a story in Monday's edition. The story said she entered his home before an argument led to a police chase. Dunevant...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

High heat reinstates drought concerns

Wayne County residents might want to hold off on watering their plants or lawns, or at least cut back, officials say. Even with recent rains, area residents aren't as water wealthy as they were months ago. The county jumped from...

Goldsboro City Council reviews Stoney Creek Park plans cost

The Goldsboro City Council quickly approved Cid Yow's request at its meeting Monday night to turn a former nightclub on Corporate Drive into a banquet hall, indoor/outdoor flea market and bingo hall. But that wasn't the item that received the...

Mount Olive adds an electric pickup to its fleet

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town's newest vehicle looks like it would be more at home in a science fiction movie than on the streets of Mount Olive. And instead of drinking up the pricey fuel at the gas pump, all...

Mount Olive will seek funds for town projects

MOUNT OLIVE -- All it takes is 15 minutes or less of hard rain before David Armstrong sees the water rising in his Franklin Street yard. He is so concerned about the poor drainage in the Franklin Street area that...

Duplin School Board: Inflation affected funding

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners were told Monday morning that inflation and other factors are eating into several state and federal funding sources to the tune of $1.179 million that the county will need to make up to maintain existing...

Public record

Base fence jumped Goldsboro police said Davin Jae McCarty, 19, of Nellis Drive, was charged with first-degree trespassing for jumping a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base fence behind houses on Scriven Road on July 4 around 7 p.m. Base police...

Commission sets date for meeting to eye U.S. 70

The U.S. 70 Corridor Commission will meet Thursday at the Wayne County Public Schools Administrative Office, 2001 E. Royall Ave. Items on the agenda include: citizens' comments, updates on the commission Website, pilot projects and the public work session held...

National Night Out scheduled for August

Law enforcement officers across the nation call this night a chance to build confidence in the relationships between regular folks and the people wearing badges. This year marks the 25th National Night Out, a national celebration sponsored by the National...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Bee rentals

News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards Beekeepers Bill and Elaine Thering built these boxes at first for a fundraiser and now for their own bees as a hobby. That is a traditional bee box in the background. The bees in there were caught...

Tax rates stay same in Duplin, Wayne

Wayne and Duplin counties were among the state's 75 counties that did not increase their tax rates for fiscal year 2008-09. Wayne's tax rate is 76.4 cents per $100 valuation, while Duplin's is 79 cents. There are 23 counties with...

Two boards will meet now, ask public later

Efforts to build unity between the school board and county commission will be expanded to include parents and the community, Board of Education Chairwoman Thelma Smith says in advance of a joint meeting between the two boards. The meeting is...

Statistics: Accidents low since crossover

The most recent accident statistics for the area near the Beston Road-U.S. 70 intersection "speak for themselves" when it comes to the effectiveness of safety improvements made there last year, County Manager Lee Smith said. Smith said that according to...

Quiet weekend, local officials report

Goldsboro police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported a fairly peaceful holiday weekend. "It was a relatively quiet weekend," Sheriff's Office Maj. George Raecher said. "I'm not aware of any big complaints or anything." In concurrence was Highway Patrol...

Beekeepers struggle to keep hives buzzing for local produce farmers

Local produce farmers who used to let nature take its course are now renting bees to help pollinate their crops. But beekeepers say there are not enough bees to go around in eastern North Carolina. And today, Field Crop Agent...

MOC scholarships

Two area students have been named recipients of $3,000 Leaders Scholarships to attend Mount Olive College in the fall. Matthew Scott Stevens of Mount Olive, son of David and Janie Stevens, is a graduate of North Duplin High School. He...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Once a Russian orphan, airman now thankful for America's blessings

Svetlana Kuhns will not be the little girl in a Russian orphanage waiting for a new mother and father. She will never be forced to endure a winter of sub-zero temperatures in a poor farming community near Savkovo. She will...

Jesse Helms remembered as responsive to people's needs

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor Longtime U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms wasn't from Wayne County, but, said many local residents and officials, that didn't stop him from caring about Goldsboro and the problems of the people who live here. It...

Star James Kenan football player murdered

WARSAW -- For the second time in as many months, a shooting at an apartment complex has claimed an innocent life. Derrick Barden, 18, died shortly after midnight Thursday morning after been struck by a bullet fired by a...

Local officials and residents watching annexation with wary eyes

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor State lawmakers took another step toward delaying involuntary annexations in North Carolina -- and possibly in Wayne County -- Wednesday as the House approved a plan to temporarily freeze cities' and towns' ability to...

Carver High School alumni hold annual reunion in Mount Olive

The missing yearbook of Carver High School in 1968 may have been an omen -- after all, just two years later the high school would close. But the Class of '68 has its yearbook now, and the Carver alum...

Dave McClenny and other World War II airmen honored in Brussels

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor The monument, a six-foot tall stone stele, stands in the median of a Belgian highway. On it, inscribed in gold letters set in a red granite slab, are the names of 10 men and...

Obama supporter traveling state to hawk wares

"Is the poster for sale?" a motorcyclist shouted at Mohammed Rashid Wednesday afternoon as he was setting up his booth hawking Barack Obama items at the busy Spence Avenue and East Ash Street intersection. Rashid's response was drowned out...

Applications currently accepted for More at Four program

From staff reports The Partnership for Children of Wayne County is currently accepting More at Four applications for this school year. The free state-funded pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare eligible at-risk four-year-old children for success in school. Classrooms are located...

Duplin County school funding talks continue

KENANSVILLE -- Mediation continues between county commissioners and the school board as they attempt to resolve a dispute over the level of local school funding. The private meetings between the two groups representing commissioners and the school board will...

Proposed banquet hall on City Council agenda Monday

Cid Yow will likely know Monday night if he can proceed with his plan to turn a former nightclub on Corporate Drive into a banquet hall, bingo hall and indoor/outdoor flea market. The conditional use permit requested by the...

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Travelers heading to beach for July Fourth

Fewer people are traveling this July Fourth because of the economy, but the state's beaches will still be busy. Normally, Goldsboro travel agent Eileen Conekin of All About Travel takes trips with her children when they are out of school,...

Small breed dogs found abandoned in Wayne

The public's help is being sought in determining who is responsible for abandoning dozens of small dogs last Friday near the Wayne/Greene county line. Wayne County Department of Animal Control officials said that they were called to the area of...

Fireworks displays at home can be risky

There are two kinds of official advice about fireworks -- light only those that are legal, or don't do it at all. County Communications Supervisor Delbert Edwards supplied the former -- that is, to light the legal kind if choosing...

What's legal?

Not all fireworks are legal in North Carolina. A good way to be on the safe side is to only use those purchased in state. Many pyrotechnics purchased outside North Carolina, especially those from states further south, may not be...

Safety tips

Here are some tips on using your Fourth of July fireworks safely. *Only use fireworks outdoors. *Always have either a hose or bucket of water handy. *Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter or combine them. *Never re-light...

As usual, sparklers expected to be last-minute purchases

Wayne County residents might be planning their own back yard fireworks celebrations, but local vendors say they will probably wait until the last minute to buy them -- just like they do every year. From cherry bombs to "Surround Sound"...

Some pets say 'no' to booms

While many persons will be enjoying the noisy Fourth of July spectacle of fireworks this weekend, their pets might not share their enjoyment. People understand what is going on, but their pets don't, said Justin Scally, director of the Wayne...

Public record

Distributor robbed A man selling speakers out of the back of his van in a North Berkeley Boulevard parking lot reportedly was robbed Tuesday afternoon by baseball bat-wielding friends of a disgruntled customer, police said. Bobby Crowson of Raleigh-based XRT...

Offices closed; services delayed

Most municipal, county, state and federal offices will be closed Friday as the nation observes the Fourth of July. Goldsboro, Wayne County offices -- and all offices operated by the state, including the courthouse, and the federal government, including the...

Festivities planned for July Fourth holiday

If you plan on being on the streets of Mount Olive Friday afternoon around 4:30, be prepared to share the road. Plenty of children are expected to kick off the town's Fourth of July festivities with a parade of bicycles,...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Carver Alumni gather - reunion this weekend

News-Argus/Steve Herring Al Southerland, left, national president of the Carver High School Alumni and Friends Association, and Jean Whitfield, members of the Carver Class of 1968, look through an alumni photo album. The two spearheaded efforts to create a...

County officials consider short week

Hoping to save money and energy, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners discussed again Tuesday the likely possibility of switching some county offices to four-day work weeks. Despite not taking action yet to actually make the change, the board did...

Finally ... a yearbook

MOUNT OLIVE -- When members of the Carver High School Class of 1968 gather for the school's annual Fourth of July reunion weekend they will have something they have been missing for 40 years -- a school yearbook. And it...

Carver reunion to be held this weekend

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Carver High School Alumni and Friends Association's annual alumni weekend will held this Thursday through Sunday. A highlight of the event will be the Friday night reception and banquet at the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center...

Fatal fire ruins home in Magnolia

MAGNOLIA -- Two small children managed to escape an early Wednesday morning house fire that claimed the lives of an elderly couple at 508 John Rich Road. The identities of the victims have not been released pending notification of next...

New meeting space planned for former nightclub building

Goldsboro might soon have another place to hold large gatherings -- now that the city's Planning Commission has approved the project. Cid Yow, who was in the hotel and hospitality industry for 14 years, has plans to turn a former...

School district eyes 'green' savings plan; joint meeting set

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners gave its blessings Tuesday to the county school board's plans to enter an $8.2 million guaranteed energy savings contract. Meanwhile, commissioners and the school board will have a joint meeting next Tuesday at 8:30...

Public record

Cameron's Club House beating Kevin Crouse of Nicole Circle reported a person unknown to him assaulted him with some kind of sharp object, causing severe lacerations early Sunday morning at Cameron's Club House on East Ash Street, according to a...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

This old home

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber This home at 310 N. James St., known as the Dr. John W. Parker House, is one of many offered by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Goldsboro, along with the DGDC and Preservation North Carolina, have been...

Six men charged for drugs

MOUNT OLIVE -- Six people were arrested by Mount Olive Police in a drug round-up Monday, including a fugitive from a past drug round-up who absconded last October, Police Chief Ralph Schroeder said. Outstanding warrants are on file for three...

Goldsboro on list of historical bargains

Goldsboro is listed on the This Old House Web site as one of the best places in the country to find an older home ready for refurbishing. A story ran in the magazine several months ago featuring the Molly Smith...

Olive branch extended in Duplin

KENANSVILLE -- In a surprise move Monday afternoon, Duplin County commissioners unanimously voted to appropriate an additional $425,000 for the county's public schools' current expense budget. The new appropriation will increase school funding from $6.9 million to $7.3 million. School...

Consultant fees worry park panel

Members of the Stoney Creek Park Alliance say initial estimates of the cost of consultant fees are too high. The alliance met last week to discuss a proposal by the engineering firm of Kimley-Horn of Raleigh to design and prepare...

ArtSmarts changing location

Goldsboro's art academy, ArtSmarts, won't be holding its after-school classes at the First Baptist Church come August. The location was decided upon after the church agreed to let the program use the facility free of rent. But City Manager Joe...

Public record

Thefts reported *Beatrice Bell of South Andrew Street reported Friday that unknown thieves broke through a glass door and stole about $850 in property, police said. *Mary Garza of Eddington Drive reported Friday that someone unknown to her broke out...

Special Olympians bring home medals

Wayne County's Special Olympics Team competed in the state games in June. Twenty-six athletes and 15 coaches and staff traveled to Raleigh to participate. While in Raleigh, the delegation was housed in dormitories at N.C. State University. Wayne athletes competed...

Mobile farmer's market opening July 16

A mobile farmers' market in the Wayne County Health Department parking lot will hold its grand opening Wednesday, July 16, from noon until 5:30 p.m., featuring local produce. A wide variety of produce from several well-known local farms will be...

Bluegrass festival to benefit troops

A bluegrass music festival to benefit wounded troops home from the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will be held at Laurel Lakes Campground on N.C. 242 near Salemburg on Wednesday through Saturday. The event will feature music, food, fishing and...

National Night Out

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