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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

County building projects not yet in danger

Wayne County's pending $10 million emergency communications system and $23 million school renovation and construction projects are expected to weather the fallout from the nation's financial meltdown. That, County Manager Lee Smith, said is due to the relatively small...

Parents, schools meet at the table

Michael Daniels' sons -- James, 10, and Joseph, 7 -- might not be considered likely candidates to drop out of school. But he is taking no chances. Daniels brought both with him Monday night to Madison Avenue Baptist Church...

Local volunteers have kept fair going strong for past 60 years

Over the past 60 years, there have been many changes at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair -- a new location, new buildings, new attractions -- but one constant has been the fair's ability to bring families and friends together. For...

Community not sure if they want to bail out banks

Local reaction to the failure of the White House's bailout plan was mixed today, with many Wayne County residents questioning whether the government should be helping at all and others saying the public was not properly advised of its...

DGDC kicks off free October music series this week on Cornerstone Commons

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. will hold it's free October Friday Evening Music Series starting Oct. 3. The series will be held at Cornerstone Commons located on the corner of Center and Chestnut streets, from 7 to 9 p.m....

Public Record

Man reports group beating Gregory Dillard of Olivia Lane told police that five black males unknown to him jumped him while walking in the 900 block of Hugh Street early on Sunday morning, according to a police report. Dillard...

MOC opening new building in Wilmington

Since adding a Mount Olive College location in Wilmington in 1995, growth has been rapid and space at a premium. The latest move will be into a newly-constructed building on Military Cutoff Road across from Mayfaire Town Center, with...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Date set for annual Chamber spelling bee

Teams are being sought for the Chamber of Commerce's annual Spelling Bee, slated for Oct. 16 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Dr. Ken Benton, chairman of the chamber's education committee, said 11 teams have signed up, with openings for at...

Partnership loans child special car seat

Six-month-old Harleigh Peedin loves to travel. But every time her parents put her into a car seat, it was so painful, she would burst into tears, mom Amanda said. Harleigh was born with hip problems, requiring surgeries that have resulted...

Eastpointe will launch two mobile mental health crisis teams here

In a move that was expected, but one that couldn't have come at a better time, Eastpointe announced last week that it has received funds from the state for the creation of two new mobile crisis management teams. The one-time...

Battle for derby crown

Sarah Bonner and Nikki Goins combined to make the feature event of Saturday's demolition derby an interesting one, but ultimately the day belonged to Larry Lane as he won for the second time in 16 years. His last time holding...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fibrowatt official responds to criticism

Terence Walmsley, Fibrowatt vice president for environmental and public affairs, last week expressed surprise that Faison area residents feel the company has failed to address their questions and concerns. "Frankly, I take offense at that they say we have...

PACC-10 TV moving into old Goldsboro Fire Station

As the white paint started to go up on exterior walls of the old Goldsboro Fire Station on the corner of Ash and Center streets, and green paint went up on the letters in "Goldsboro Fire Department," residents around...

Downtown Development Corp. mentor wins lifetime achievement award

Most Goldsboro residents don't know the name Rodney Swink, but some, like Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Director Julie Thompson, do, and they know it well. As the former director of the North Carolina Main Street Center -- he retired...

Wayne jobless rate dips slightly in August

Wayne County's unemployment rate dipped slightly in August from its 17-year high of 6.9 percent in July. However, cautioned Bill Pate, manager of the Goldsboro branch of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, the rate's two-tenths slide to 6.7...

Rosewood junior named Queen of Wayne Fair

A 16-year-old Rosewood High School junior who enjoys fishing and hunting captured the title of Wayne County Fair Queen Friday night. Holly Jones also received the Nicole Painter Talent Award, given to the contestant with the highest score in talent....

School district starts kitchen table conversation Monday

Citing one of the biggest problems in the county as communication, school officials hope the district's first "kitchen table conversation" Monday night will start changing all that. At the very least, the event will be a good way to get...

Record number register to vote in Wayne

More than 2,000 people have registered to vote in Wayne County since the May primary, and there are no signs that registration is slowing down as the 5 p.m. Oct. 10 deadline nears. But even then, people still will...

Fremont to get new police dog

FREMONT -- Noted for their strong work habits and quick response to commands, Belgian malinois dogs are a standard breed among local law enforcement agencies. Now, the town of Fremont is getting one of the dogs, for the price...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Authorities hope law will help stop gangs

Local police who deal with gangs are looking at a new law with cautious optimism -- hoping, they say, that stiffer penalties after Dec. 1 might hamper gangs that try to recruit children for criminal activity. "(The law) it's...

Students out of school without booster

Up to 332 sixth-graders in Wayne County Public Schools will not be allowed to return to class until they get a required vaccination. School officials say they plan to enforce a state law requiring sixth-graders to get a booster...

Public record

Students arrested Six students have been charged with affray following a Wednesday morning fight in a hallway at Southern Wayne High School at Dudley. All six were placed under $500 bonds. Charged were: Carols Ponte Council, 16, Cleveland Drive,...

Christian music festival Saturday in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD -- On Saturday, youth from Johnston and surrounding counties are invited to attend the annual "Faith Festival" at the Neuse River Amphitheater in downtown Smithfield. The free concert will be held from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with...

Senate hopeful makes stop, talks to Wayne County farmers

FREMONT -- Promises of better and more visible leadership were on the lips of U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan as she made a brief campaign stop at Jerry West's farm in Fremont Thursday afternoon. News-Argus/Greg Sousa North Carolina Senator...

Chamber will sponsor economic discussion

Wayne County's economic forecast will be the topic of a Tuesday morning panel discussion sponsored by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. The discussion, part of the Chamber's new State of the Community series, will be held from 8...

Officials say fair will open today as scheduled

Despite a soggy start, officials with the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair said this morning they are hoping for better weather for the rest of the fair's run. "Hopefully, we'll be able to have all our normal activities today," Fair...

Storm doesn't stop the goats

Marisa Linton of Grantham had been in the ring before -- many times. News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Marisa Linton, left, is interviewed by judge John Tart III during the senior showmanship portion of the junior meat goat show held at the...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fair not opening Thursday

Officials at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair have decided to not open the gates Thursday, closing the midway and the exhibits because of the inclement weather. The Open Junior Meat Goat Show will go on as scheduled at 6 p.m.,...

Dog's owner to speak at town board meeting

MOUNT OLIVE -- Colby Mangum knows her dog, Durham, should have been in his pen Sept. 18. But that does not make him "vicious," she said. It does not mean he should be dead. News-Argus/Bobby Williams Colby Mangum talks...

102 jobs on the way

MOUNT OLIVE -- Local and state officials Wednesday announced that Triangle Spring, a division of Triangle Suspension Systems, will open a manufacturing plant in Mount Olive to make heavy-duty truck suspension springs. News-Argus/Steve Herring The IMPulse manufacturing plant on...

Exhibitors get animals settled as rain, winds whip fairgrounds

Jessica Minchew walked by more than a dozen cages before pointing at her "favorite." Inside was her gray and white rabbit, Cupcake. News-Argus/Credit Jessica Minchew gives her rabbit, Cupcake, a final hug this morning at the Wayne County Fairgrounds....

Cherry workers upset at flaws in new payroll system

The state's new payroll system, which was introduced at state hospitals in April, is not working, say some workers at Cherry Hospital. Peggy Evans, a health care technician at Cherry Hospital for nine years, said Wednesday workers are not...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Meet at the pole

Nearly 70 students, teachers and parents from North Duplin Jr.-Sr. High School participate in "See You at the Pole" this morning, a moment of devotion and prayer held at schools across the country. News-Argus/Bobby Williams North Duplin student Beth Carter,...

Minimum housing standards highlights

Listed below are some of the requirements of the city's minimum housing code: STRUCTURAL CONDITIONS *Walls, sills, joists, rafters or other structural members should not list, lean or buckle, be rotted or damaged or have holes or cracks *Floors...

City takes next steps to clean up properties

Goldsboro Mayor Al King told city staff at a recent council meeting it was time to clean up the dilapidated structures in the city, and Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said his department is doing just that -- even...

Wayne Community College looking for vocational/technical education boost

Fall enrollment numbers at Wayne Community College might only be up slightly, but recruitment of high school students is in full swing, officials said Tuesday. Dr. Kay Albertson, president, told the board of trustees that WCC is honoring its...

Shelter officials available to answer dog calls

Mount Olive, like many smaller municipalities, lacks a full-time animal control officer. However, Wayne County Animal Control Supervisor Justin Scally said his office is always ready to provide training to law enforcement agencies in how to handle potentially vicious...

New clinic is now open in Fremont

FREMONT -- Goshen Medical Center has opened a clinic in Fremont. An open house was held earlier this month at the new center at 109 Sycamore St. for town residents to get to know their new health-care providers, Dr....

County fair ready to welcome livestock entries tonight

Attendees of the 60th annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair should tighten their seat belts and get ready for the ride of their life if they tackle the fair's newest ride, fair manager Milton Ingram said. The newest addition to...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sawyer discusses issues with GOP club

Campaigning against what he is calling the "mismanagement" of the North Carolina secretary of state's office, Republican Jack Sawyer visited Goldsboro Monday night, speaking to members of the Wayne County GOP Club. Jack Sawyer Running against incumbent Democrat Elaine...

Public record

Juvenile gang member arrested A 15-year-old was arrested in the parking lot of Mahattan Grocery in the 900 block of South Slocumb Street on Saturday by the Goldsboro Police Department's Selective Enforcement Unit. The juvenile admitted membership in the...

Two dead in fatal wreck

KINSTON -- Two people were killed Monday in an accident involving two vehicles on U.S. 70 west of Kinston. Thomas Caverly, 55, and Debra Caverly, 51, of Cedar Dell Lane, Kinston, died at the scene. The driver of the...

Obama advisers speak to veterans

Two of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's top military and foreign policy advisers were in Goldsboro Monday, and among the topics they discussed was veterans benefits. Talking to a crowd comprised mostly of veterans, the pair highlighted several...

NAACP questions promotion practices

When James Hinnant goes to Dillard Middle School to work with children as a part of a mentoring program, he often offers this advice, he says -- get out of Goldsboro and Wayne County. "It is no different now...

Getting ready for the fair

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Mark Waltz, left, and Van Jackson of Powers Great American Midway work on putting together the Ferris wheel Monday at the 60th annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, which will open its 10-day run Thursday at the county...

Police stand behind officer's action

MOUNT OLIVE -- After several days of investigation, Mount Olive police Maj. Brian Rhodes stands behind the officer who shot and killed a 45-pound Labrador retriever on Main Street Sept. 18. So does Police Chief Ralph Schroeder, who said...

Section of I-40 near Faison closes

Interstate 40 West at Exit 355 (N.C. 403 just west of Faison) will be closed from 11 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Wednesday and again from 11 p.m. Wednesday, until 5 a.m. Thursday for bridge repairs The closures are...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hispanic Community Development Center honors supporters

The state's growing Hispanic population has changed the face of North Carolina, and the newcomers, like other residents, want the same thing, "to live the American dream," said Matty Lazo-Chadderton, the director for Hispanic and Latino Affairs for state...

Jail ... overflowing

When the population of the Wayne County jail goes over 180 inmates, there are some who must sleep on mattresses on the floor. News-Argus/Bobby Williams Capt. James Tadlock, chief jailer for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, locks a cell...

Mayor: Mount Olive officer made 'horrible mistake'

MOUNT OLIVE -- A "horrible mistake." That is how Mount Olive Mayor Ray McDonald Sr. characterized a Thursday evening shooting that left a 45-pound Labrador retriever dead and a 24-year town resident grieving the loss of her beloved pet....

Stoney Creek Park draft plan gets look

The Stoney Creek Park Alliance got the first look at a draft of the new plan for Stoney Creek Park Thursday afternoon, but said it wasn't perfect. Drawn up by Raleigh architectural and design firm Kimley-Horn, the plan mostly...

National Guard reunion this week

Officers of the 252d Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group Association, North Carolina National Guard in Wilmington, have announced plans for the 29th annual reunion, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. All former members of Hq and Hq Btry, 252d...

Wayne County unemployment rate rises to 6.9 percent

At last Tuesday's political forum sponsored by the Grantham Grange, moderator Dr. John Tart asked the four candidates for county commission who were on stage to answer what Wayne County's unemployment rate was. And each of the four got...

County eateries earn 'A' grades

Seventy-seven area restaurants and food stands have received "Golden A" awards, based on scores given throughout the year's health inspections. This is the 10th year for the recognition, sponsored by the Environmental Health section of the Wayne County Health...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Alliance chief hints at news for Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A lack of citizen input can have a crippling affect on industrial recruitment, Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Thompson told an early-morning crowd gathered for the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce's Business at Breakfast...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair starts Thursday

The 60th annual award-winning Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair will open Thursday, bringing cotton candy and cowboys, show horses and blue-ribbon pies to the county fairgrounds south of Goldsboro. The fair, sponsored by the Wayne County Livestock Development Association, will...

Rec Center plans still on track

Although the Recreation Center Committee hasn't met in a few months, the city's newest project proposed for a South Center Street location is still proceeding smoothly, officials say. After more than a year's of changing design plans and tweaking...

New 4th Wing commander back 'home'

Mark Kelly had only been a member of the 4th Fighter Wing for a few months. It was late summer 2001, a time that found him, mostly, in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle. News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Col. Mark...

Mount Olive police shoot 'vicious' dog

MOUNT OLIVE -- It was just after 7 p.m. Thursday on West Main Street, a typically quiet stretch in Mount Olive. Sharon Kulers heard her Dalmatian barking outside, so she made her way to the back yard. Photo submitted...

Committee sets sight on lobbying for U.S. 70

Wayne County Manager Lee Smith is among members of the U.S. 70 Corridor Commission who have been appointed to the commission's new Legislative Steering Committee. The committee was appointed was week during the commission's meeting at Kinston. "In January, we...

Mount Olive applies new university zoning to MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- A new planning zone approved for the first time Monday night will help with the "explosive growth" expected at Mount Olive College, Mayor Ray McDonald Sr. said. The town board unanimously agreed to rezone 19 properties...

Child's eye view decorates walls of new animal shelter

In real life, Coby is a little bit shy around people he doesn't know, but quite happy to spend time with his family, including 5-year-old Tanner Willman. The almost 1-year-old tabby cat was a stray before the Willmans welcomed...

Friday, September 19, 2008

District approves plans for facilities

The Wayne County Board of Education has approved architectural design proposals for facilities renovation projects, which will start with five area schools and are part of a $23 million construction plan. Submitted rendering This is a proposed architectural rendering...

Public record

Break-in arrest Police accuse an East Maple Street man of three break-ins this month, Investigators Dale Foster and Nelson Viera said. Terrance Lane Boozer, 23, was developed as a suspect in a Wednesday break-in at James Bearden's South Harding...

Remembering those who never came home

Master Sgt. Talisha Virges, left, and Airman 1st Class Carlos Villegas stand guard near the POW/MIA memorial on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base this morning. An all-day vigil is being held today on base to pay tribute to the...

Recent drug ring arrests part of DEA raid

Law enforcement officials revealed this week that several recent major cocaine trafficking arrests in Wayne County were related to "Project Reckoning," a Drug Enforcement Administration roundup of a Mexican-based illegal drug operation known as the Gulf Cartel. A press...

Market Day painting to be unveiled

FAISON -- Local artist Heather Williams will unveil her painting for the Fifth Annual Market Day Festival on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Southern Exposure restaurant in Faison. The painting is the third in a series, depicting the...

Poll: North Carolina favors McCain

More than half of North Carolina residents questioned in the latest Elon University Poll gave Re-publican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain higher marks than his opponent, Democrat Sen. Barack Obama. In the poll released today, McCain received favorable ratings...

Local candidates answer questions at LWV forum

One by one Thursday night at the League of Women Voters' meet-and-greet, candidates for Wayne County Board of Education and county commission shared their reasons for being called to service. News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Candidates for the school board and county...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

School district looks at 'no zero' policy

School officials say they are re-examining a proposed grading policy that encourages teachers not to give a “zero” to students. The Board of Education approved policy AR3400 in June but has not adopted it yet, said Olivia Pierce, executive...

Board of Health sets no-smoking policy for county offices

The Board of Health voted Wednesday to adopt a no-smoking policy for the county office building and voted for an earlier-created disaster response plan to be submitted to the county commission. Health Director James Roosen also announced a tentative...

Goldsboro hires employee to speed up building permit process

With hopes of streamlining the building plan review and permit process, the Goldsboro Inspections Department has created a checklist for items that must appear on residential and commercial building plans. And, now, there is someone whose job is to...

County OKs $9.7 million for emergency communication system

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday unanimously agreed to a $9.7 million loan to finance construction of a new countywide emergency communications system. The approval followed a brief public hearing during which one resident said the county needs tax relief, not...

Goldsboro resident sentenced on federal drug, weapon charges

WILMINGTON -- United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox has sentenced Willie James Bean, 64, of Goldsboro to 180 months' imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. In May, Bean...

Students killed in two-car accident

PRINCETON -- A two-car accident killed one current Princeton High School student and a former student Wednesday evening, the Johnston County Highway Patrol said. Matthew Brandon Woodside Stewart, 17, and Brandon Lee Baker, 21, a former Princeton High School...

Mount Olive could have new industrial tenant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town Manager Charles Brown Wednesday sought to temper bad economic news about the closing of Helix Poly and IMPulse, NC's sale of its power traction division with news that a company looking at the town's industrial...

Work begins on Mount Olive's downtown sidewalks

MOUNT OLIVE -- Work is finally under way in the much-delayed improvement project on the west side of the 200 block of North Center Street. News-Argus/Bobby Williams Workers from Hine Sitework of Goldsboro work on the sidewalk on the...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Water tower gets new look

Bryant Prevost of Southern Corrosion of Roanoke Rapids paints the underside of Goldsboro's water tower on North Center Street earlier this month. It took 800 gallons of paint to finish the job, workers said. News-Argus/Bobby Williams...

Public record

Man shot in leg Manyele Lofton of Walnut Street told police he was shot in the legs several times by a man unknown to him around 1:28 a.m. in the 700 block of East Elm Street. Lofton, who suffered...

Citizens organize to oppose Fibrowatt

FAISON -- Residents here say that a lack of information and the failure on the part of Fibrowatt officials to provide suitable answers to questions prompted them to organize against the company's proposed plant at N.C. 403 and Interstate...

Grantham Grange forum questions candidates for state, local fall races

With the November election only about seven weeks away, more than 20 candidates for state and local races took time out of their Tuesday evening to present themselves before the nearly 40 to 50 voters at the Grantham Grange's...

Judicial candidates seek voter attention

Most of those attending the Grantham Grange political forum Tuesday said they were already familiar with the positions and stances of those running for local and state political offices, so they were most pleased to see a half-dozen state...

Mount Olive officials will push for rules for golf carts

MOUNT OLIVE -- People driving golf carts around town soon could be getting a slip of paper from police. It won't be a ticket, but it could help them avoid a ticket in the future. The town board Monday...

Best says outhouse comment taken out of context

Wayne County Commissioner Jack Best who earlier this month riled Board of Education members by his use of the phrase "planting flowers around the outhouse," Tuesday morning said the comment was "highly misunderstood" by the school board. "As for...

Cherry Hospital chief talks about its future

Cherry Hospital will survive its latest struggles and be recertified to receive federal funding, its director said Tuesday. News-Argus/Steve Herring Dr. Jack St. Clair, the director of Cherry Hospital, speaks at a meeting of the Wayne County Board of...

Civil War history comes to life Saturday in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A free living history program on the Civil War will offer a snapshot of life during that time while providing more public exposure for the David John Aaron Teaching and History Museum. The program will be...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Public record

Butcher knife assault Annette Hobbs of Johnson Lane said at least six people she knows, black females aged 19, 20, 20, 20, 41, and 37, surrounded her wielding butcher knives near the bedroom window of her home on Saturday...

New command chief takes over post at Seymour Johnson AFB

It was a simple photograph -- an image of a N.C. National Guardsman circulating around a middle school. News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Chief Master Sgt. Leroy Frink speaks to new airmen on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Monday. But from the...

State officials to Mount Olive: Water woes are your fault

MOUNT OLIVE -- Inadequate maintenance has caused the problems with Mount Olive's water system, state officials told town leaders Monday -- and fixing them is going to require planning, prioritizing and money. Those were the assessments of Al Hodge...

Red Cross introduces new way for cell phone customers to give

The American Red Cross has partnered with several cell phone companies to allow customers to make donations to the Disaster Relief Fund. It's called the National Text2HELP Initiative and participating companies include Alltel, AT&T, Sprint-Nextel, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless....

County voters choose pirate theme for 2009 Wayne County Reads

Wayne County readers have spoken. The book they want to explore next year is "Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate." The book, by Angus Konstam, was chosen by public vote over four other candidates to be the next Wayne County...

Senior Center to hold open house Thursday afternoon

The Wayne County Services on Aging will be hosting an open house at the Senior Center, 100 S. John St., from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The staff at Family Works' Psychological Center will be offering free depression and...

Red Cross warns residents to be prepared

When Tropical Storm Hanna roared through Wayne County a couple of weeks ago, the local chapter of the American Red Cross was prepared to house people in a shelter if necessary. That is just one way the organization helps...

School board to examine $23 million building plan

School officials got their first glimpse of what $23 million in initial construction projects will look like Monday, as the architectural firm hired by the district unveiled design proposals for four schools -- Brogden Primary and Eastern Wayne, Norwayne...

Statewide digital TV test planned for Wednesday, officials report

A statewide digital television test will be held tomorrow by the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration to get ready for the national digital conversion in February. At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, all full-power television stations...

City Council takes aim at houses for demolition

The Goldsboro City Council condemned five structures Monday, but members granted an extension to one of those dwellings, while sending out a warning to those on another downtown street. Dilapidated dwellings at 507 S. Slocumb St., 608 Simmons St.,...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Alleged Aycock arsonists indicted

Two men accused of arson at a state landmark -- the birthplace of turn-of-the-twentieth century Gov. Charles B. Aycock -- were among people indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury this month. James Sean Suggs, 38, who was already...

Local woman bikes 3,660 miles to conquer lung disease

Stephanie Hubbell thought her friend would be impressed. She had ridden her bicycle more than 30 miles, through Pikeville and the towns that surround it. News-Argus/Bobby Williams Stephanie Hubbell recently returned from a month-and-a-half trek across the country. The...

CEFS looking for future farmers

The Small Farm Unit at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems is seeking apprentices interested in learning about sustainable agriculture production, research and education. No previous knowledge of sustainable farming is necessary. Apprentices will learn from an assortment of...

Days Inn property still for sale

A representative for the owner of the recently demolished Days Inn property says he can't reveal what companies are looking at the former motel site but adds rumors of a motel or new restaurant are not too far off...

County commissioners schedule hearing to discuss financing a new communication system

Financing a new countywide communication system will be the subject of a public hearing Tuesday held by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. The 9 a.m. hearing to be held in the commissioners' meeting room at the courthouse, is...

Man dies in ATV accident at Busco Beach

A man died at Busco Beach Saturday after being ejected from his all-terrain vehicle. Capt. Tom Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said according to the report, Allen Burnette, 54, of Bailey, died in an ATV accident Saturday...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cherry funding will take months to regain

As state officials and members of an independent management team work to correct the problems at Cherry Hospital that led to the facility's loss of federal funding, the agency that pulled its certification explained that restoring that money could...

Reading, math ... and gardening

Dillard Academy charter school's garden started as an after-school program project. Then, the harvest came in. Surrounded by bushels of every type of vegetable, the school's staff wondered -- what now? That's when teacher's assistant Ida Hook came up...

Duplin approves backup dispatch center

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners gave unanimous approval last week to a proposal to build a backup dispatch center for the county's emergency services. Meanwhile, Emergency Services Director Brian Pearce told commissioners that 8,200 county residents were contacted by...

Hospital to raise rates 9.5 percent

Wayne Memorial Hospital rates will go up again in the coming year -- this time 9.5 percent -- a result of continuing concerns over bad debt, increasing levels of charity care and lower reimbursement levels from Medicare/Medicaid. The hospital...

Woman of Year nominations sought

The Wayne-Duplin Business and Professional Women's Club is seeking nominations for Career Woman of the Year. All working women in Wayne, Duplin and surrounding counties are eligible. Nominees should be working women or women business owners or managers at...

Railroad spur proposed; will connect to Global TransPark

KINSTON -- Lenoir County residents got a look Thursday at the proposed routes for a 5.5-mile railroad spur that would serve the Global TransPark. State Department of Transportation officials held an informational workshop at the TransPark Center for people...

Goldsboro City Council will take look at zoning rules for annexed areas

With city residency comes new zoning rules. The Goldsboro City Council will hold six public hearings at its meeting Monday night and will set another hearing then to allow the city to hold property along Buck Swamp and Salem...

Mulch donated to town

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Flowers Timber Co. has donated $2,000 worth of mulch to the town of Seven Springs for its children's park. Town Clerk Karen Linker said the pile of mulch is plenty to cover both parts of the...

Freedom's riders make sure no hero is forgotten

It wasn't about the rumble bouncing back and forth off downtown businesses. It wasn't about which leather vest had the most patches, or whose motorcycle-themed T-shirt got the most laughs. News-Argus/Greg Sousa Motorcycle riders prepare to take off from the...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gas prices on the rise

The price of gasoline in and around Wayne County continued to rise today at most fuel stations, after suppliers suddenly announced the wholesale price would jump overnight. Prices at the pump had dropped to around the $3.50 range for...

Pump panic?

It is close to 9 Thursday evening and nearly 100 cars have converged on the Kangaroo off U.S. 70 East. News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Drivers line up to fuel their vehicles Thursday before the expected spike in gas prices due to...

Public record

Woman buys car on closed account Goldsboro police accuse a Kinston woman of paying the entire purchase price for a Toyota Camry with a check on a closed account, Investigator Nelson Viera said. Terri Harrison Robbins, 48, N.C. 58...

Resident shoots man trying to get in her home

A woman shot and wounded a drunken man early Saturday when he approached her door and allegedly threatened her after a night of celebrating his 21st birthday, police said today. Denise Dees, 50, told Goldsboro police that a man...

Feds: Cherry Hospital decertified

Cherry Hospital has had its federal certification revoked, which translates to the loss of an estimated $800,000 a month in Medicare and Medicaid funding. News-Argus/File Photo Cherry Hospital The announcement, which came Thursday from the North Carolina Department of...

David Best murder trial continued

A man accused of killing his girlfriend, burying her under a set of outdoor steps and living over the corpse for months had his court case continued this week. David William Best, 24 at the time of his arrest,...

Days of Caring kicks off today

Volunteers gathered at the Wayne County Courthouse this morning to build enthusiasm before tackling a variety of community service projects that will be part of the annual Days of Caring sponsored by United Way. Speakers at the 18th annual...

Jury gives Duplin schools $4.8 million

KENANSVILLE -- A jury decided Thursday afternoon that the Duplin County commissioners will have to provide an additional $4,795,784 in local current expense funding to the county's schools, which could mean a 16-cent increase in local property taxes. Both...

Jaycees honor Wayne lawmen, firemen

Honoring Wayne County's law enforcement officers and firefighters Thursday, the Goldsboro Jaycees said the timing of their annual banquet -- the seventh anniversary of 9/11 -- was especially poignant as they gave thanks for the commitment of those men...

Where's Ike?

According to the National Weather Service a hurricane warning is in effect from Morgan City, La., to Baffin Bay, Texas, along the Gulf coastline. Hurricane conditions will reach the coast in the warning area later today with Ike's anticipated...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Teenage baby sitter charged with sex offense

A Seven Springs 17-year-old baby-sitting for a family he knows is accused of molesting a 3-year-old, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office says. Lonnie Aaron Taylor, Ada Stroud Road, knew the family of his alleged victim well, Sheriff's Office Capt....

County schools promoting graduation all this week

Fighting the dropout rate, area high schools are hosting activities this week to promote graduation and encourage students to stay in school, officials said. Statewide, Gov. Mike Easley has proclaimed Sept. 7-13 "Graduation Awareness Week." Meanwhile, Dr. June Atkinson,...

Public record

Theft Danny Lassiter of U.S. 301 in Four Oaks reported a stolen stainless steel Frigidaire models of a refrigerator and stove, an unlisted brand microwave, a door frame and casing, hardwood flooring, cement and linoleum flooring worth $6,150 from...

Board details dropout number

Wayne County Board of Education members Monday night set out to educate county commissioners about the dropout numbers. They hope to extend that education to the public, while at the same time involving community members in dropout prevention --...

Local schools report 10-day numbers

Despite a tropical storm, bus delays caused by heavy rains, an early dismissal and a holiday -- all in the first 10 days of school -- enrollment is up by 44 students in Wayne County Public Schools, officials announced....

Cherry Hospital loses federal certification

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Cherry Hospital has had its certification as a Medicare and Medicaid provider revoked by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. News-Argus/File Photo Cherry Hospital The decertification...

Hilex Poly closes

Company officials confirmed this morning that the Hilex Poly manufacturing facility officially closed its doors Wednesday evening. The Hilex Poly manufacturing plant on Old Mount Olive Highway in Mount Olive closed its doors Wednesday night as the company made...

Jurors now deliberating in Duplin funding case

KENANSVILLE -- Jurors heard final arguments in the trial over school spending in Duplin County Wednesday -- and today were expected to receive instructions by Judge Thomas Haigwood of Greenville before entering into deliberations. The Duplin Board of Education...

Neuse River expected to crest today

The rising Neuse River is expected to crest late today after a double whammy of heavy rains in the past week. News-Argus/Bonnie Edwards The Neuse River is seen upstream from the Broadhurst Bridge this morning. The river is at...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Club 55 OK'd for permit for beer sales

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on Tuesday granted Club 55 El Abuelo its license to serve beer. The decision was months in the making, after hundreds of area residents signed a petition trying to block...

Kilo of cocaine seized in county

The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad and a Sheriff's Office team that specializes in stopping drug trafficking recently seized about a kilo of cocaine. One seizure was at a home on Slick Rock Road, off of N.C. 111 just north...

Honoring William: Confederate sailor's memory not forgotten

It started with a simple phrase -- four of the only six words still legible on a 96-year-old tombstone. News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Kirk Keller, left, readies a new headstone for Confederate sailor William Butler as his father, Bob, digs out...

Wayne County Paddle Fest set for Saturday

As they checked the route of the the inaugural Wayne County Paddle Fest last week, Betsy Roseman and Tom Potter were impressed with the scenery -- hawks flying overhead, deer grazing along the banks, turtles out sunning themselves and...

Board rejects commission comments on programs

Jack Best wasn't the only member of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners to come under fire from the Board of Education Monday night, as comments made by Commissioners Efton Sager and Atlas Price also raised the ire of...

Quick, heavy storms cause some flooding

A heavy thunderstorm pounded Wayne County late Tuesday, dumping nearly 3 inches of rain in an hour, filling ditches, flooding some streets and roads and soaking residents unfortunate enough to get caught in the downpour. Goldsboro Police Officer A.P....

State asks that Cherry keep funding

Dempsey Benton, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, sent a letter last week to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid asking that no action be taken that "will result in the termination of...

Three killed in Kinston accident

KINSTON -- Three people died Tuesday morning when a tractor-trailer ran through a red light and over a compact car at the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.C. 258. Barbara Faasii, Geraldine Farron West Kean and James Harvey Mewborn,...

Chamber to sponsor forecast

The Chamber of Commerce of Wayne County will sponsor a "State of Community-Economic Forecast" from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, on the second floor of City Hall. State of the Community is a new program presented by...

Seven Springs teen arrested on sexual offense charges

A Seven Springs-area teenager faces sex offense charges for allegedly molesting a 3-year-old he was babysitting. Lonnie Aaron Taylor, 17, Ada Stroud Road, Seven Springs, faces counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense and crime against nature, the Wayne County Sheriff's...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Another arrested in Brookside Mart shooting Another person has been charged in the shooting of Ribhi Mohammed Kandeel, owner-operator of the Brookside Mart at 2000 S. Slocumb Street, police said. Joshua Earl Devon Davis, 21, South Center Street, Mount...

Wayne School Board takes offense to Best's view of schools

Wayne County Board of Education members Monday night expressed betrayal, hurt and disappointment over comments made last week by Commissioner Jack Best. Best's comments that the school board was more interested in planting "flowers around the outhouse" than addressing...

Tree limb cleanup

Goldsboro City Manager Joe Huffman said Monday that city crews are working as hard as they can to remove the debris left by Tropical Storm Hanna after she blew through Wayne County early Saturday morning. Focused mostly on cleaning...

Suspect sought in Maple Street murder

A shooting victim has died at Pitt Memorial Hospital after police found him Sunday evening on East Maple Street, authorities said today. Craig Doubt III, 18, of Clingman Street, was found with a gunshot wound to the head behind...

Migration, Human Rights Forum at MOC on September 20

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina and Mount Olive College will host a Migration and Human Rights Forum on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Raper Hall on the campus of Mount Olive...

Col. Kwast stands down, Col. Mark Kelly assumes command of SJAFB's 4th FW

Three weeks ago, Col. Mark Kelly was taking air power to enemy forces in Afghanistan. But a phone call from 9th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Central Commander Lt. Gen. Gary North ended his tour. "I said to...

Teen charged in jail guard assault

A Goldsboro teen severely assaulted a jail guard Monday morning in the dormitory of the Wayne County Jail, authorities said today. Christin Ray Godette, 17, has been in jail for the past 353 days for first-degree sexual assault and...

Monday, September 8, 2008

W.A. Foster Center: Who was W.A. Foster?

Born in Lawrenceville, Va., in 1902, Walter A. Foster is remembered throughout Wayne County as an educator, church member and civic leader. He graduated from Livingston College in Salisbury before pursuing a master's degree at Colombia University in New...

W.A. Foster Center: What Mayor Pro-Tem, Rec Center panel chairman Chuck Allen says

Goldsboro Mayor Pro-Tem and Recreation Center Committee Chairman Chuck Allen commented recently on the W.A. Foster Center and how it related to the new Community Recreation Center. He acknowledged that the facility is "highly used" but noted that the...

W.A. Foster Center: Pay to fix it up or shut it down?

Charles Jackson remembers the year he worked on the renovations to the W.A. Foster Center in the 1970s. News-Argus/Greg Sousa Anansi Stephens, 7, watches as her friend, Kayla Hill, plays a game of checkers at the W.A. Foster Recreation...

Byrd set for next role at college

MOUNT OLIVE -- As Mount Olive College seeks a successor to President Dr. J. William Byrd, who will move into the role of chancellor, his objective is to "never lose a step." Until his replacement is named, he has...

Hanna leaves flooding, but not here

Although Gov. Mike Easley cautioned North Carolina residents Sunday about possible flooding from the rains of Tropical Storm Hanna, the water levels in Wayne County might be higher than normal, but are nothing to worry about, officials say. The...

Explorers get chance to try future police skills at event

This orange cone-lined obstacle course is a bit tougher than the one people go through to get a driver's license. News-Argus/Nick Hiltunen Goldsboro police Explorer Post No. 209 Sgt. Justin Lewis, left, explains the details of a hostage negotiation...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tropical Storm Hanna a non-event, but a 'good test' for Wayne County

Tropical Storm Hanna brought several inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 52 miles-per-hour to Wayne County early Saturday morning, but Joe Gurley, county emergency services director, said he believes the area was lucky. News-Argus/Bobby Williams A Progress...

Commissioner Best: School board is "planting flowers around the outhouse"

Wayne County isn't fixing problems with schools, rather "it is planting flowers around the outhouse," Commissioner Jack Best said. Best voiced concerns during the commission's Tuesday meeting that school press releases tout the number of high school graduates who...

Departing Col. Steve Kwast pays tribute to courage ... and the community that supported it

Col. Steve Kwast is among those gathered on a green just beyond the end of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line. It is well before sunrise on a September morning last year. The commander can sense the...

United Way's Days of Caring to kick off Friday

Last year, more than 1,337 volunteers shared a bit of their time in September to make a difference in their community. This year, the organizers of the 18th annual Days of Caring hope even more Wayne County residents pick...

Wayne County Commission considering a new highway zoning ordinance

The first section of the new U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass could one day be included in a new type of county zoning. For now the "highway zone" is only a concept. There is no timetable for its implementation and...

Producers concerned high corn prices will increase meat costs

The rising price of corn has livestock companies in Wayne and surrounding counties concerned over how they will continue to feed the millions of hogs, turkeys and chickens their operations depend upon. With corn currently topping $6 a bushel, mostly...

Despite initial misgivings, Health Department nurse marks 35 years

Sue Jennette didn't always want to be a nurse. She wanted to go to school and study art, but she was told she couldn't make a living that way. "Mom pushed me toward nursing," she says now, adding, "I...

Increased water rate helps Mount Olive repair leaks

MOUNT OLIVE -- Finding and repairing the source of a water leak under the 900 block of North Breazeale Avenue wasn't so much as expensive as it was time consuming and frustrating, Town Manager Charles Brown said. And dangerous,...

Foster grandparents celebrate at annual event

Two years ago when Mary Elliott first started as a foster grandparent for boisterous kindergartners at Dillard Academy, she thought "I'm not going to like this." "But now, it's the joy of my life. I got real attached to them,...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hanna sweeps through Wayne

Tropical Storm Hanna began blowing through Wayne County early this morning with the National Weather Service in Raleigh estimating the worst of it hitting about 6 a.m. But even then, little damage was reported by the Wayne County Emergency...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Work to begin on U.S. 70 bypass

Work on the first leg of the new U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass could get under way by the end of the month. The project was cleared to begin when the N.C. Transportation Board Thursday awarded a $65.5 million dollar...

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Dollar theft Someone broke into the China Taste at 301 North George Street Thursday at 4 a.m. and stole one gold dollar bill after shattering the front window with a rock to gain entry, police said. Shooting into home...

County OKs first $500K for facilities plan cost

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday appropriated funding for the county schools and for the county's ongoing Community Development Block Grant project in the Cobb Coley Lane area at Dudley. A $500,000 appropriation for the schools will allow the county Board...

Here comes Hanna

As Tropical Storm Hanna heads for the Carolina coastline, preparations were being made this morning all across Wayne County. News-Argus/Greg Sousa Bill Kaglic, left, and Charlie Cosma buy a 5000-watt generator at Sam’s Club early today in preperation for...

Five charged in Duplin copper theft

KENANSVILLE -- Five Duplin County residents have been charged with a break-in and theft of copper wiring at a Faison business, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said Wednesday. And in an unrelated incident, two persons were arrested and a...

Hanna Watch - Wayne County offices will close early today

All Wayne County offices including the clerk of court and district attorney's office will close at 2 p.m. today because of the threat of Tropical Storm Hanna. The offices are expected to reopen on Monday. The county landfill and convenience...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New director targets 'healthy'

At age 76, Dr. Ashton Griffin shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he might just be getting his second wind, with education as his platform. A dedicated health advocate, Dr. Griffin often rides his bike up to...

Square dance lessons

The Tar Heel Twirlers square dancers are still accepting signups for western square dance lessons that will begin Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at Greenwood Middle School. You don't have to bring a partner and no special clothing is...

Wayne on storm watch

Hurricane watches were issued early this morning for the North and South Carolina coastlines as Tropical Storm Hanna appears to be drawing a bead on Wayne and Duplin counties. Hanna, still a tropical storm this morning, was expected to...

Last Center Street Jam set for tonight

The final concert in the Center Street Jam summer series will be held today, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Waynesborough House parking lot. The show will feature The Legends of Beach Music. There will be a variety of...

Duplin's Code Red alert system ready for Hanna

KENANSVILLE — Duplin County Emergency Services Director Brian Pearce has simple advice for county residents when it comes to the possible arrival of Hurricane Hanna — monitor the weather and heed any advisories. “And fortunately if we need to...

Dial-a-Teacher hotline open

Dial-A-Teacher, the free homework help hotline has resumed operation for the school year in Wayne County. Students and parents are encouraged to call Dial-A-Teacher for homework assistance. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m. The number...

SJAFB moves jets to avoid Hanna's path

It was a busy morning on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line as crews began an evacuation of 4th Fighter Wing F-15Es and 916th Air Refueling Wing KC-135Rs. The evacuation, in response to approaching Tropical Storm Hanna,...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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Suspects climb through window, force clerks into safe Police are investigating an armed robbery at the U.S. 70 West McDonald's that took place early on Tuesday morning, according to reports. At least three victims were forced into a cooler...

Price: It's time to redistrict schools

It is "high time" Wayne County tackled school redistricting, Wayne County Commissioner Atlas Price Jr. said Tuesday. He also voiced concerns during the commissioners' meeting that athletics are being allowed to supplant the classroom and that people think new...

Motorcycle ride will raise money for domestic violence victims

A motorcycle ride to raise awareness -- and funds -- for domestic violence will be held in Goldsboro Sept. 13. KC's third annual "Ride Without Fear" originated after a local woman's friend was found murdered at the hand of...

Reliance may not be coming to Kinston

By MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor Reliance Industries, which announced earlier this summer plans to bring more than 200 jobs to Lenoir County, may not be coming after all. An official from the India-based company, which was opening its first...

City decides to use $250,000 grant for recreation center

The city of Goldsboro will receive $395,617 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this year, and $257,151 of that will go toward the new Community Recreation Center, City Council members...

F-15E Strike Eagles to be evacuated

By Thursday evening, the 4th Fighter Wing's fleet of F-15E Strike Eagles will no longer grace the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base -- for a few days, anyway. Wing officials confirmed this morning that an evacuation...

Warrant officer suspended

A Goldsboro warrant officer has been suspended for allegedly assaulting his wife in an incident that happened Monday, police Chief Tim Bell said today. Arian Southerland, who has been working in the warrants division for the past few months...

New buildings on SJAFB will be ready for new squadron, personnel by June 2009

Construction projects associated with Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations are well under way on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and by this time next year, all three facilities associated with them are expected to be complete. News-Argus/Greg Sousa...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Workshop will focus on potential rail access

KINSTON -- Proposed rail access to the North Carolina Global TransPark here will be the subject of an informal workshop on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 148 of the Global TransPark Center, 3800 Highway...

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Thefts *Tasha Whitley of Dixie Trail reported to Goldsboro police the theft of a $10,000 mini van from Bob's #2 on S. Slocumb Street on Saturday evening. She reportedly left the vehicle running and unsecured while she went inside...

Child fingerprint, DNA kit offered

Honda and Hyundai of Goldsboro have teamed with TruTV to offer free digital fingerprinting for children in the Goldsboro and the surrounding area in an effort to help keep kids safe. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 6, from...

MOC students to lend a helping hand

MOUNT OLIVE--College students typically start the school year braced to roll up their sleeves and work. This year, however, that phrase is taking on a whole new meaning, as nearly 200 first-year students participated in a large-scale community project...

Jerry Braswell faces fine for late campaign finance reports

Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell, who is running for re-election against challenger Arnold Jones II, is facing a potential $1,000 fine for failing to turn in campaign finance reports on time. The first was the campaign's organizational report, which...

I-40 near Faison to be closed this week for bridge repairs

Interstate 40 West at Exit 355 (N.C. 403), about three miles west of Faison, will be closed for bridge repairs during two night next week. It will be closed from 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 until 5 a.m. Wednesday,...

County planning ahead to meet tougher recycling rules

Recycling is not a major source of revenue for Wayne County, officials say. Its value is found in saving resources by keeping them out of the landfill and by doing so, extending the landfill's life span. To that end...

Cherry's funding in jeopardy

Investigators at Cherry Hospital have said "no" to continued federal funding, officials said Monday. Cherry Hospital No formal announcement has been made by the state Department of Health and Human Services, which would only say that a survey team...

State won't pursue case against MO's former chief

A state Department of Justice committee unanimously ruled Thursday that there was no probable cause to continue the case against former Mount Olive Police Chief Emmett Ballree. The Probable Cause Committee of the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission...

Wayne County youths honored at 4-H Congress

Seven Wayne County youths received honors at the recent North Carolina 4-H Congress in Raleigh. Congress is the high point of the 4-H year. It brings youths from across the state together for a week of activity. Four Wayne...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Wayne senior citizens warned about scams

DUDLEY -- Virnece Beamon's daughter had been targeted. So had Michael Giddens of Grantham. It didn't take long to see the length of identity theft's claws at a recent Grange meeting -- at least three people said they or...

Rotary clubs taking aim at ending polio

Rotary clubs throughout Wayne and Greene counties are teaming up for the next month to help in the international fight to eradicate polio. Sponsoring a "Dining Out Extravaganza" raffle, the clubs are selling $5 tickets for the opportunity to...

Wayne County will eye Jeffreys Building contract

Wayne County's Work First program designation and a budget amendment for the project to renovate the Jeffreys Building (the old Federal Building) top the short agenda on tap Tuesday for Wayne County commissioners. An agenda briefing for commissioners is...

Goldsboro ready to provide services to annexed areas

At the end of this month, residents living along Salem Church and Buck Swamp roads will become city residents after Tuesday's decision from the state Supreme Court halted a four-year legal battle. But before then, city officials will be...

Fremont is man racing towards a new path of fast cars and faith

FREMONT -- Eddie Mooring has been racing stock cars for 28 years, since he was 16 years old. His father, the late David Mooring, sparked his interest in the sport. While still a student at Charles B. Aycock High...

Dudley crash victim dies

A Seven Springs man injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday in Dudley has died. Travis Lee James, 49, of 1016 Drummersville Road, was operating a motorcycle that was involved in an accident with a truck near the intersection of...

Red Cross wins award for 2007-08 collections

The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross has once again been recognized for its blood collections. The chapter recently received a Celebration of Excellence Award for fiscal year 2007-08. The award was presented by the Carolinas Blood...