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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,...