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Friday, October 31, 2008

Mt. Olive Pickle receives local honor

WALNUT CREEK -- Named the Wayne County Industry of the Year for the second time in 20 years because of its contributions back to the community, Mt. Olive Pickle Co. President Bill Bryan said Thursday night that the company...

Walnut Creek Police Department says goodbye to Staps and hello to Barrett

WALNUT CREEK -- Delisa Staps has stepped down as the Walnut Creek police chief, a post she has held for the past six years. Sitting in her former office at the Village Hall this week, she reminisced about her time...

Chief Ward off the job; city says little

Fire Chief Alvin Ward is no longer a Goldsboro employee, but two days after he cleaned out his desk, officials at City Hall still refuse to disclose whether he was fired or resigned. Mayor Al King said Thursday evening he...

One-stop voting ends Saturday

Saturday is the final day for one-stop voting with the polls closing at 1 p.m. The Wayne County Board of Elections decided not to take advantage of state permission to extend hours until 5 p.m., saying they had kept...

Vans bringing voters to the polls

No complaints have been filed with the Wayne County Board of Elections, but there have been concerns voiced in the community about vans and buses of voters being brought into the one-stop polling places. However, said Vickie Reed, county...

Suspect charged in multiple vehicle break-ins

Goldsboro police haven't connected a charged suspect to a string of other vehicle break-ins in and around the city, but say a Jefferson Street man is responsible for at least six off of Buck Swamp Road Wednesday. Goldsboro Investigator...

Public record

Armed robbery Clifton Ellis of East Walnut Street reported he was robbed at gunpoint while walking in the 400 block of Gulley Street early Thursday morning, according to a Goldsboro police report. The suspect reportedly hit Ellis in the face...

Correction

The final paragraph in a story about a murder trial in Wayne County Superior Court in Thursday's edition mistakenly referred to a witness, Carle Lee, as the defendant. Mary Kim Little is being tried for second degree murder and could...

Coin show set for Saturday

The Wayne County Coin Club will have its third annual coin show this weekend at the Elks Club, 105 E. Chestnut St. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, the public will...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Developing story: City hall mum on Ward's departure

Fire Chief Alvin Ward is no longer a Goldsboro employee, but city officials declined to comment on the circumstances that led to his departure from the position. Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan refused to disclose whether or not Ward was...

Carroll, Rouzer vie for N.C. Senate seat

Western Wayne County voters have a clear choice between the candidates for the 12th District seat in the state Senate -- a Republican who says his experience in national politics will help the district in Raleigh and a Democrat...

Concerns of privacy arise at deeds registry

A story published in a Johnston County newspaper describing the problems that can arise from the fact that some people's Social Security numbers are posted on documents at that county's Registrar of Deeds Office has touched off concerns here....

Testimony begins in murder of Jose Enriquez

Carle Lee, the mother of a stabbing victim who survived a bloody November 2006 brawl that left one dead, sat in a Wayne County courthouse witness stand Thursday. She testified about a phone call from defendant Mary Kim Little of...

Use good judgment to keep kids safe while getting treats

As youngsters look for candy at Wayne County doorsteps Friday, law enforcement officials say they're looking for ways to keep those trick-or-treaters safe. The easiest way, said Sheriff Carey Winders, is to have your costumed sugar-seekers skip neighborhood trick-or-treating...

Ready to howl despite the economic strain

Wallets might be lighter than they were last year at this time, but that won't stop ghosts and goblins from knocking on doors Friday night, looking for treats. This year, those greeting the door with candy might see more...

Business numbers at new high downtown

Goldsboro's downtown was more successful in its economic development efforts in 2007-08 than during any other year since 1984, statistics show. Each year, the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. compiles numbers on the economic status of the Municipal Service District --...

Deadline for military holiday packages approaches

Deadlines for holiday mail addressed to military installations overseas are approaching. To make sure your loved one gets his or her presents and cards by Dec. 25, have those items shipped by the following dates. (For those who want to...

Public record

Rape reported A Dudley woman reported that her housemate had been raped by a 50-year-old man she knows. Detectives have been assigned to the case and investigation continues, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Horse shot Melissa Shaw...

Duplin prosecutor institutes new program for teen drivers

Fourth Prosecutorial District Attorney Dewey Hudson announced this week a new program for teenager drivers charged with a motor vehicle violation. Hudson, whose district includes Duplin County, said that completion of the program, "Alive at 25," will allow teenagers...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Murder trial underway

Prosecutors called witnesses today in the trial of Mary Kim Little of Pikeville, accused in the November 2006 death of Jose Enriquez III, 45, at Enriquez's Pikeville area home. Ms. Little is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the...

Still caring after nearly 10 years

Sissy Lee-Elmore recalls pouring over a dictionary in her office trying to come up with a catchy acronym for a new service being introduced for residents without health insurance. She knew it should contain a "W" for Wayne County, and...

Huffman: City must balance progress, budget

City officials are trying to make the community a better place. That's what City Manager Joe Huffman told Goldsboro Rotarians Tuesday. After listing projects that have been completed over the last few years, including building the new Self-Help homes on...

Officials: They didn't endorse judge

Three of the county's top elected courthouse officials have repudiated comments allegedly made by a magistrate campaigning for Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell that they are endorsing Braswell's re-election bid. Clerk of Court Pam Minshew, Sheriff Cary...

Residents try to locate family connected to area graveyard

Nestled in the woods off Wayne Memorial Drive past Saulston is a small cemetery that area residents say is a mystery. Jennifer Avery, who lives near the graveyard, said the site, which contains only two or three graves, has been...

Boo-It set for Friday

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. is inviting children and their parents to enjoy lots of fun downtown again this year with Boo It -- a Halloween celebration with games and candy -- starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Commons...

Public record

Semi-automatic handgun stolen Jackie Dunn of Dixie Trail on Monday reported a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun stolen from his shed, according to a Goldsboro police report. Stolen vehicles, vehicle break-ins *Gerald Ramey of West Grantham Street said Monday his 1995...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A lesson in good citizenship

Candidates' posters lined the path leading up to voter registration, while several potential voters waited for their turn to sign up. After all, if you don't register, you can't vote on Nov. 4. Even second-graders know that. What started out...

Picking collards: Is an early winter on the way?

Bobbie Jean Swinson of Dudley was out early Friday morning cutting a mess of fresh collards. People in the area woke up that day to a light frost on the ground. The temperature dipped down around 35 degrees Monday night....

Rezoning annexed areas OK'd

The Goldsboro Planning Commission moved the process of zoning the annexed property along Buck Swamp and Salem Church roads forward at its meeting Monday night. Commission members approved three public hearing items from the Oct. 20 City Council meeting, including...

Braxton, LaRoque duel for District 10

Southeastern Wayne County voters might be a minority voice in the race for the District 10 seat in the state House, but they could play a decisive role in determining whether Democrat Van Braxton or Republican Stephen LaRoque will represent...

Third of county votes already cast

As of the close of voting Monday a third, or 20,700, of the county's 68,557 registered voters have taken advantage of early, one-stop voting. One-stop voting got under way Oct. 16 and ends Saturday. Election officials are expecting a...

Families struggle with budgets as economy continues downturn

Crystal Herrera used to stay up at night, waiting for the next calls from bill collectors. The 22-year-old wondered how she and her husband, Alvin, would ever climb out of debt, how they would make a home on his first-term...

Public record

Scammers may target Hispanics Bobby Purnell of Morgan Circle, Dudley reported that a white male in his mid 20s knocked at his door and asked for contributions for the "fire department," but not specifying which department, according to a report....

Monday, October 27, 2008

Who's getting the vote out in Wayne?

Loo Oates of Dudley was among those gobbling up what was the hot-ticket item in Wayne County over the past two months -- voter registration forms. "No one has seen an election like this in their lifetime," said Oates,...

WATCH planning to expand services

WATCH hopes to expand services of its mobile medical van by the end of the year and add to the hours of operation within six months, officials said Wednesday. There are also plans to convert to electronic medical records by...

String of car break-ins hitting area

Goldsboro police are still looking for suspects responsible for a series of car break-ins, taking place mostly within the city limits of Goldsboro. Police say the rash of break-ins started in September, when thieves broke into eight vehicles in...

50 years of fire

The alarm sounds. Two cars have collided off Church of God Road. "That's us," a man shouts. "Let's go." None of those gathered around the Pate-town Volunteer Fire Department hesitate. Sunday was supposed to be a celebration -- a...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Two die in Thursday accident in county

Two Wayne County men died Thursday when their car ran off the edge of Outlaw Road and wrapped around a tree, a state Highway Patrol official said Saturday. Sgt. K.W. Cooke said that at about 6:24 p.m., they received...

County surviving economic downturn

County Manager Lee Smith said Wednesday he has "put the skids" on some county spending. Smith said while he remains confident that the county's sound fiscal responsibility over the past several years and its ability to grow its savings...

Thousands line up to cast votes early

If one-stop voting is any indication, Wayne County appears well on its way to a record-breaking voter turnout. One-stop voting began Oct. 16 and as of close of voting Friday, 14,938 people had cast ballots, putting the county on...

Justice for Craig

Craig Doubt digs a hand into a mound of dirt nestled deep inside a cemetery off Central Heights Road -- carefully, so not to disturb the flowers and stuffed animals still covering his 18-year-old son's final resting place. "This is...

Making chili to help kitchen feed Wayne County's hungry

Some were dressed as witches, others as doctors, one was a cheerleader, and one man even wore pants that looked as if they were being licked by flames. But they all worked with one purpose during a rainy Saturday...

Non-profit day care takes a different approach

A new non-profit preschool has opened in Goldsboro that offers a 6-to-1 student-teacher ratio for its young charges, but registrations are coming in slowly. Wayne Child Development Center, owned by Skill Creations, at 1109 Royall Ave. mixes typically developing children...

'Thriller' lives

As the clock struck 2 Saturday afternoon, 91 students at Greenwood Middle School fell to the gymnasium floor and stage area. They lay motionless until strains of the Michael Jackson song "Thriller" filled the air and a few wisps...

Goldsboro Fall Festival

Learning about gardening

Mt. Olive Pickle will be on TV ... again

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mt. Olive Pickle Co. will make its second appearance on a Food Network show Monday. The show, "How'd That Get on My Plate?" will feature the production of Mt. Olive's jalapeno slices. Air time is 8:30 p.m....

Wayne County to honor industries

Industry tours and the naming of the county's top industry of the year will be the highlights of this year's "Wayne County Industry Celebration Week" is scheduled for Monday through Thursday. The Wayne County Development Alliance Inc. hosts the...

IMPulse says changes will help company weather economic downturn

MOUNT OLIVE -- Downsizing led IMPulse, NC Inc. officials to actively market the company's 134,000-sq.-ft. plant with an eye towards a smaller facility. Meanwhile, a change in its business focus, combined with the downsizing, is expected not only to...

Professor honored for community work

Dr. Lessie Bass of Eureka, associate professor of social work and director of the Lucille Gorham Intergener-ational Center at East Carolina University, has received the Award of Excellence in Public Service from the UNC Board of Governors. Announced during the...

Engineering school gets picked to split $515,000 grant

Wayne School of Engineering has been named one of 10 "innovative high schools" across the state that will split a half-million dollar grant to boost their academic programs and to prepare students for college and careers. The $515,000 grant from...

Duplin Hall of Fame banquet tickets on sale, information online

KENANSVILLE -- Information about the 13th annual Duplin County Hall of Fame Awards Banquet is now online at the Duplin County Web site at www.duplincountync.com. The banquet will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jester's...

Duplin eyes fairness of valuations of property

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners want to hear from the county's real estate agents and appraisers before adopting a schedule of values that will determine how property in the county is valued for tax purposes. Lacking from Monday's meeting...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Two more one-stop voting locations opening

Two additional one-stop voting sites will open Saturday morning, bringing the total to five. The two new locations are Fremont Town Hall, 120 E. Main St., Fremont, and the Johnston Ambulance Service office at 2803 U.S. 70 West. The...

Public safety tops list for Walnut Creek crowd at community meeting

WALNUT CREEK -- The Village Council of Walnut Creek held its second town hall meeting Wednesday with about 20 residents attending. But this time, residents were most interested in improving public safety. "It takes between seven and nine minutes for...

Former governors talk presidential politics

With chants of "Yes we will," a small, but enthusiastic crowd of Sen. Barack Obama supporters listened Thursday as former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt and former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus encouraged them to remain active and to continue...

Armey speaks in Goldsboro

Fewer than a dozen people showed up at the Repub-lican Headquarters on Center Street Thursday to hear former House Majority Leader Dick Armey stump for John McCain. The size of the crowd seemed to exemplify the message the congressman focused...

Staff changes assist Cherry comeback

Representatives from a state-hired consultant group returned to Cherry Hospital Wednesday, as officials there continue to shore up a plan of correction targeting improved patient care from the nursing staff. As the hospital continues to work toward recertification -- federal...

Despite disabilities, Heath finds success

You would never know Michael Heath had a learning disability unless he told you. The disability hasn't stopped him from getting a job, although it did slow him down in school. The learning disability came when he was 6 years...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Romeo and Juliet speak ... in Spanish

Veronica Binar looked shyly at the script she was holding, speaking in Spanish as the 14-year-old Juliet, the doomed heroine in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." On Tuesday afternoon, the sophomore was standing in Edith Sosa's Spanish for Native Speakers classroom...

On the campaign trail

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue stops at Wilber's Barbecue Wednesday afternoon to rally her supporters as the election heads down the homestretch....

Volunteers get top honors

Louise Faison serves others in many ways -- through Girl Scouts, Operation Santa Claus, the Volunteer Center, Meals on Wheels and the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Thrift Shop. And while she doesn't do it for the recognition, it has...

W.A. Foster Center tops Rec and Parks 'fix' list

With seven members present Tuesday, the Goldsboro Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission was finally able to begin prioritizing the repairs needed at the city's parks and recreation facilities -- and at the top of the list is now the W.A....

Humane Society wants to continue pet food distributions

Thirty-two families were assisted by the Wayne County Humane Society during its first Pet Food Distribution event Sunday afternoon at Carolina Mini Storage on Berkeley Boulevard. The number of pets assisted were 76 dogs and 41 cats. The Humane...

Public record

Vehicle shot Keyshaun Jones of Goldsboro reported that an unknown suspect shot into his vehicle on Tuesday morning while he was traveling in the 1100 block of North Drive, according to a Goldsboro police report....

Breakers station suspect arrested

Goldsboro police say a Dudley man who pulled a gun on two clerks late Monday morning at the Breakers gasoline station on North Berkeley Boulevard has been arrested. Keith Douglas Boykin, 45, Sandhill Drive, is charged with robbery with...

Duplin to honor Vietnam veterans

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Commission Chairman Harold Raynor rebuked Commissioner David Fussell Monday morning for his refusal to support a $1,900 contribution for a memorial honoring county veterans who were killed during the Vietnam War. The board voted 5-1...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

$9M loan for new system approved

Wayne County's plan to borrow up to $9.7 million for a new emergency communications system has been approved by the Local Government Commission, clearing the way for the county to proceed with the project. County Manager Lee Smith announced...

Downward spiral? Residents watch gasoline pumps

Terry Thomas couldn't resist the lure of the low gas prices this morning as she headed to work in Wilson. "I'm not filling up. I'm just putting $20 in, because I was getting low," she said at the pump in...

I-795 repair begins

A $626,000 preventative maintenance winterization project on Interstate 795 between Goldsboro and Pikeville got under way Monday morning, and motorists can expect to encounter work crews along the highway's outer northbound and southbound lanes over the next two to...

Teacher named in CBA inquiry

School officials have confirmed that Charles B. Aycock High School teacher Lee Person has been placed on paid administrative leave following the opening of an investigation at the school by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau...

Rogerson, Gaylor set sights on judge seat

The candidates for the open District 8 District Court judge seat are attempting to draw contrasts between each other beyond the fact that one is from Wayne County and the other is from Lenoir, but both are running on their...

Public record

Bullet hits window Qurtarsha Howard of Courtyard Circle told police on Monday that her side door window glass had been shattered by a bullet, probably from a handgun, according to the police report. Brogden Middle School burglary Amanda Lee Hill...

City's Fall Festival set for Saturday at Herman Park

The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Fall Festival Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Herman Park Center. The cost is $3 per person. Activities will include a bungee run, double slide, basketball shoot, horseback...

Garden Festival to be held Saturday at Wayne Center

The Wayne County Master Gardener Volunteers are presenting a Fall Garden Festival and Plant Sale on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wayne Center, 208 W. Chestnut St. (corner of Chestnut and George streets). There will be activities...

WCC Foundation begins annual local scholarship fund drive

The Foundation of Wayne Community College, which just wrapped up its campus fund drive, is now turning its eye toward its community-wide effort. The Foundation, a non-profit organization, provides funds for student scholarships and other financial needs, mini-grants for faculty...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Breakers gas station robbed Monday

Breakers gas station on Berkeley Boulevard was the victim of an attempted armed robbery Monday morning. Witnesses, both women from the same Carla Ann Drive, Pikeville neighborhood, said they screamed and fought with a black male when he showed a...

SJAFB fireman arrested in sex scheme

An investigation that began in an Internet chat room culminated Sunday in the arrest of a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base firefighter. Mark Floyd Farwell, 38, of Larchmont Circle, was charged with five counts of prohibited use of computer services...

Goldsboro Council continues annexation preparation

Although a discussion about future annexation was listed as a topic on the Goldsboro City Council's work session agenda Monday night, members decided to hold off until their next session in November. The council did, however, continue the process of...

Duplin commission tries to fix relationship with school board

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners sought to dial down the rhetoric Monday and extend an olive branch to the county Board of Education. However, Commissioner Reginald Wells' motion for board Chairman Harold Raynor to contact school board Chairwoman Emily...

Salvation Army taking applications for Christmas help

The Salvation Army is taking applications from people in Wayne and Sampson counties who wish to be recipients of the annual Christmas program for food and toys. Applications will be accepted Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 at The Salvation Army...

Salvation Army christens paved parking lot

Before Friday, the parking lot behind the Salvation Army Family Store on East Holly Street wasn't much of one. The dirt lot was full of holes, some the size of a tire, and would become nearly impassable every time it...

Monday, October 20, 2008

SJAFB Firefighter arrested on sex charge

An investigation that began in an Internet chat room culminated Sunday in the arrest of a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base firefighter. Mark Floyd Farwell, 38, of Larchmont Circle, was charged with five counts of prohibited use of computer...

Kitty Askins to double in size

Kitty Askins Hospice Center has received state approval to proceed with a plan to double its occupancy from 12 beds to 24 and expand by 13,000 square feet. Officials announced this week that the center, owned and operated by 3HC,...

Lifesaver pup honored for courage

When an international humanitarian organization based in California learned about a Goldsboro woman whose life was saved by her Peekapoo puppy, plans were made to honor the "brave and intelligent pooch." After a few months of scheduling glitches, it all...

K&W to reopen soon

The K&W Cafeteria in Berkeley Mall has closed for renovations and should reopen soon, officials say. Owner Dax Allred of Winston-Salem said he hopes all the work will be finished by the end of the month. The K&W closed in...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Union Station not detoured by commuter train study

A study by the North Carolina Railroad Co. that indicates Union Station in downtown Goldsboro, which is currently under restoration, would not be part of a commuter rail service planned by the state does not mean the project will...

Council to discuss future of annexation

The Goldsboro City Council is likely to discuss future plans for annexation at its work session Monday night. Planning Director Randy Guthrie said he wanted to follow up on the discussions about the topic at the council retreat held at...

Meet the gubernatorial candidates: Pat McCrory

Declining to classify himself as the "change" candidate, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory nonetheless is presenting himself as an alternative to the Democratic administration of the past eight years. Explaining that he had originally decided to not...

Meet the gubernatorial candidates: Mike Munger

The Democratic and the Republican parties aren't the only ones with a candidate in this November's gubernatorial election. Also running on the Libertarian Party ticket is Mike Munger, chairman of the political science department at Duke University. Munger, who...

A walk to remember

The numbers were down, but the spirits remained high for the seventh annual Alzheimer's Memory Walk at Herman Park Saturday. Showers threatened but held off as an estimated 200 walkers participated in the event to raise awareness and provide educational...

Guilty plea results in probation for cross burner

A Dudley man pleaded guilty in Wayne Superior Court to burning a makeshift wooden cross in the driveway of an interracial couple with whom he was feuding. Dixon R. Steward, 38, was sentenced to supervised probation, with a suspended...

Meet the gubernatorial candidates: Bev Perdue

Despite having been a part of Gov. Mike Easley's administration, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue is making it clear that she's going to bring a different attitude to the office if elected in November. "I think the...

CBA gets SBI visit

PIKEVILLE -- An investigation into "some allegations" at Charles B. Aycock High School is all law enforcement authorities will say is happening at the school after officers entered the school and conducted interviews last week. The State Bureau of Investigation...

School board hopefuls talk qualifications

Voters in District 3 are choosing between two Board of Education candidates, each of whom says he or she would be best for the job. Charles Wright has thrown his hat into the ring, running against incumbent Thelma Smith, the...

Walnut Creek town hall meeting Wednesday

The Village of Walnut Creek will hold its second town hall meeting Wednesday. The meeting, an open forum between residents and council members, will be held at the Walnut Creek Country Club at 7 p.m., prior to the regular council...

Chief detective Raecher looks back on career

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Maj. George Raecher, supervisor of investigations, the county drug squad and aggressive criminal enforcement team, has retired after a career spanning 20 years. Raecher is moving into another public service job on a part-time basis, already...

Health Department receives top state safety honor

The Wayne County Health Department has become the state's first Health Department to receive the Public Sector Star award, introduced by OSHA and the state's Department of Labor. The Carolina Star Program was designed to recognize and promote effective safety...

Development Corp. looks at South John Street upgrade

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. board of directors met Wednesday to discuss topics brought up at its annual retreat about how to beautify and improve the downtown area. Several projects were discussed, including one that would improve one area in...

Chili showdown: Good soup, good time, good cause

Chili chefs from across Wayne County will be cooking for bragging rights in the Really Chili Challenge to be held Saturday in the Center Street Jam parking lot off Center Street. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Soup...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Man kills girlfriend, himself

ROSEWOOD -- A man killed his girlfriend, then himself, around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, following a string of arguments between the two at her Old Smithfield Road home, authorities said. And in another incident, a man was in critical condition...

Friday, October 17, 2008

1,879 hit one-stop voting's first day

Nearly 2,000 Wayne County voters cast ballots Thursday on the first day of one-stop early voting, and more than 1,000 of them voted at the Wayne County Public Library on Ash Street, county Elections Board Director Vickie Reed said....

Seymour Johnson to get $12 million for new facility

When President Bush signed the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday evening, he authorized $612.5 billion in budget authority for defense programs in 2009. More than $12 million of that is coming to Goldsboro. The legislation ensures funding that...

Renowned educator speaks to parents, teachers

Want to help children learn and dream? Demand more, be a role model and don't accept the word "can't," educator Marva Collins told a group of parents, teachers and others Thursday at Wayne County Public Schools' districtwide Title 1 conference....

Mayor's Committee announces disabled employee honoree

Oswald Adams sat at a seat in the banquet room at Lane Tree Country Club, thinking that he was there to support his fellow disabled workers in Wayne County Thursday. When he got up to get in line for lunch,...

Chamber Spelling Bee

For two-and-a-half hours, cash changed hands, checks were scribbled and frantic phone calls were made as the cost of words climbed from $25 to $475 each at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's 2008 Corporate Spelling Bee. But finally,...

Pet food drive Saturday

The Wayne County Humane Society has begun a campaign to collect and distribute cat and dog food to those pet owners hit hard by the financial crisis. Loss of jobs, the high cost of gas and other economic worries...

Free airplane rides for youth Saturday

The Young Eagles, an organization dedicated to introducing young people to flying, will offer free airplane rides for children ages 8-17 on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Goldsboro-Wayne Airport. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3...

Fire departments receive state grants

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Jim Long announced that the Patetown Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $2,535.00 grant through the Volunteer Fire Department Fund. The money will be used to buy needed equipment. At the same...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Swinson pleads in shooting, murder

A Mount Olive man pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of Jennifer Louise McArthur, and received 15 years in prison for the crime. Richard Swinson, 30, formerly of Hillsboro Street, was accused of firing multiple gunshots into an apartment...

First voters: Lines are long as residents take advantage of one-stop voting

Many Wayne County residents were ready and raring to cast their votes during the first day of one-stop voting today. About 30 people waited outside the Public Library polling station on Ash Street, with the line of voters extending around...

Edgewood gets look as boards evaluate facilities

While construction on district schools is months away, school officials met Wednesday to discuss several anticipated needs -- modular units on sites during renovations, expanding Southern Wayne High's diesel academy and additional classroom space at the district's sole school for...

Public record

Woman shot in home Kelly Garner of Melodie Lane was shot in the arm when a suspect fired rounds into the home just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Four other people were...

Native Americans' history lecture

The Johnston County Genealogical and Historical Society invites the public to attend a presentation Saturday, Nov. 1, on "America without Indians," by Dr. David LaVere. Dr. LaVere is part of the Road Scholar Program of the North Carolina Humanities Council....

Free airplane rides for youth offered Saturday

The Young Eagles, an organization dedicated to introducing young people to flying, will offer free airplane rides for children ages 8-17 on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Goldsboro-Wayne Airport. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Date set for 2009 air show at SJAFB

Air Force officials have set a date for the latest installment of Wings Over Wayne, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's typically annual air show. But they would still not confirm the lineup for the event, scheduled for the weekend of...

Jury hears testimony in case of '05 murder

Lawyers for the prosecution and defense questioned the first witnesses Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of firing gunshots into a Davy Boulevard apartment complex in June 2005, killing a Mount Olive woman. Mount Olive police say Richard...

Man finds, returns lost $1,000 in cash

Several people had walked past the small stack of paper as they strolled through the parking lot at Sam's Club during the early afternoon of Sept. 28. Gene Reich of Goldsboro could have been one of them. But curiosity got...

Lee Smith to Rotary: County's future determined by growth, infrastructure

County Manager Lee Smith came with prepared comments to make to Goldsboro Rotarians Tuesday afternoon, but he set them aside after telling club members he would rather just respond to what was on their minds. The questions posed ran the...

No disputed voter registration from ACORN in Wayne

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is investigating voter registration forms submitted by a group whose efforts have led to similar probes in other states. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now works to register low-income people as...

Cherry director speaks out on negative hospital report

Cherry Hospital Director Dr. Jack St. Clair found much in a state consultant's report he agreed still needs to be worked on when it comes to operations at the mental health facility. But that doesn't mean that the Compass Group...

Saturday's Nature Day Stoney Creek

The Stoney Creek Park Alliance and the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department will hold Nature Day at Stoney Creek Park on Saturday. The day will kick off with a volunteer cleanup of the park from 9 to 11 a.m. The...

County seeking housing rehab grant

A $400,000 housing rehabilitation grant is being sought by Wayne County to complement its ongoing efforts to improve housing in the county. Commissioners last week instructed David Harris, the county's Community Development Block Grant project director, to proceed with a...

Walnut Creek also receives its state highway funding

Walnut Creek was one of seven municipalities in the county to receive the funds distributed by the N.C. Department of Transportation. All told, the municipalities received more than $1.382 million. The funding helps municipalities pay for maintenance, repair, construction, widening...

Vibrant fall colors still expected across state

The drought that plagued most of North Carolina earlier in the year should not have an adverse effect on fall foliage across the state this fall, according to a North Carolina State University expert. Dr. Robert Bardon, associate professor...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Seminar for parents offered on Thursday

A communitywide parent seminar is being planned for Thursday at the H.V. Brown Center on Poplar Street, sponsored by the Title I program of Wayne County Public Schools. Twelve presenters will provide parents with information that can help students...

Towns receive highway funding

Wayne County's six municipalities have received more than $1.34 million in state highway funding. The funds are a mix of State Street Aid, also known as the Powell Bill Fund, and Highway Trust Fund money distributed by the N.C. Department...

Polling places changed for three local precincts

Voters in three Wayne County precincts will cast their ballots at new locations when they go the polls for next month's general election. Safety led to the changes at Precinct 22 in Goldsboro and Precinct 15 at Seven Springs,...

Election officials: One-stop voters will face lines

Wayne County residents who plan to take advantage of the one-stop voting that gets under way Thursday morning should be prepared to possibly spend some time waiting in line. "People are going to have to be prepared for a...

United Way plans baseball clinic, alumni game for community campaign

MOUNT OLIVE -- United Way of Wayne County and the national champion Mount Olive College Trojans will team up for an afternoon of baseball Saturday. Events will be free, but United Way officials are encouraging donations to the organization's...

Big bird fly-in

Doc Holiday, left, and Donald Webber get his big-scale Corsair ready for flight this past weekend during the Big Bird fly-in that was held at Randy Webber ECRC field outside LaGrange. About 40 big birds from around the area...

Health Fair scheduled for Saturday at WCC

Health Focus 2008 will be held on Saturday at Wayne Community College from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This health fair, which will feature a dance contest for school-age children, is intended to encourage county residents to "Eat Smart...

3HC to host annual High Tea

3HC, the not-for-profit agency that owns and operates the Kitty Askins Hospice Center, is hosting a "Hats, Gloves & Pearls" High Tea on Monday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Tea Room on Berkeley Boulevard in Goldsboro....

Monday, October 13, 2008

New craft store opens inside O'Berry Center's log cabin

The long-awaited log cabin which will be home to Berry Towne Crafts at O'Berry Center opened last week, just in time for the Southern Heritage and Craft Fair held Saturday Construction began on the building in September 2007. The 1,620-square...

Wayne industrial development not affected by downturn

It is still too early to tell what, if any, effect the nation's financial crisis will have on Wayne County's industrial development efforts, says Joanna Thompson, president of the county Economic Development Alliance. "Maybe it is fortunate for us,...

Property revaluation raises questions in Duplin

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County tax officials last week were questioned about how they determine the value of property. At a public hearing held by the county Board of Commissioners, some property owners asked sharp questions about the methods used...

Columbus Day a lesson for students

If you ask the students in Mary Wellmer's English as a Second Language class at Eastern Wayne Elementary School about Christopher Columbus, they can tell you a thing or two. The second- and third-graders started learning all about the famous...

Mount Olive pays tribute to native son

MOUNT OLIVE -- An original poster of the movie "See Here, Private Hargrove,"a story about Mount Olive native Marion Hargrove's experience as a private in the Army in the 1940s, was dedicated Sunday at the David John Aaron Museum....

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Woman faces 77 counts of animal cruelty

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Grantham School Road woman charged with dozens of animal cruelty counts ran Texas Connection Transport, a company that advertised "Horses are our business ... our only business!" Now, Texas Connection Transport owner Forrest K. "Kaye"...

Taylor gives his view from the top

There is no perfect school system and always room for improvement, but as Dr. Steven Taylor enters his ninth year as superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools, he says he is resolute about the ongoing efforts being made to help...

DGDC board OKs incentive program for new businesses

Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Board of Directors has voted to create an incentive program and to continue its aesthetic effort to attract more new business to the city. The board held its annual retreat Thursday and Friday in Beaufort. The...

County says no daycare for now, but option open

There is no need at present for a daycare for the children of county employees, a county committee has reported. However, in the future such a daycare could be utilized as a recruitment tool, said Sue Guy, Wayne County...

Cherry staff defends use of foundation money

Cherry Hospital officials this week scrambled to reassure staff that money contributed to the Cherry Foundation account has been used for legitimate purposes -- primarily to provide for patients' needs. A report published earlier in the week alleged that thousand...

335th Fighter Squadron tries live missiles

Lewis Collins has been to war. He has provided close-air-support for Allied troops on the ground in Afghanistan from the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle. But until his most recent deployment -- one that saw 12 aircraft and 178...

Lawsuit filed to halt Sampson zoning

A Duplin County environmental group has filed suit in Superior Court contesting the procedure Sampson County commissioners employed to rezone property for a proposed poultry litter-burning "incinerator" that will produce electricity. The lawsuit filed by Citizens for a Safe Environment...

Market Day held in Faison

FAISON -- Town streets were filled Saturday as local residents snapped up food, crafts and other goodies at this year's Faison Market Day. The event is held each year to celebrate locally grown produce like sweet potatoes, collard greens, cabbage,...

Duplin man wants to try again to bring cousin home

Despite the lack of success by the U.S. Army's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team during its trip to Cambodia in January, Cary Turner has not given up hope of bringing home his cousin, Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Hargrove. Turner,...

Antioch Fire Department receives $4,956 grant

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Jim Long announced that the Antioch Rural Fire Department was awarded a $4,956.87 grant through the 2008 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina. The check was...

Friday, October 10, 2008

U.S. 70 bypass ground broken

Wyche Ray remembers when what is now Wayne Memorial Drive was a washboard road where he once caught bootleggers on his farm not far from the site where the new U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass will be built. Thursday, Ray, who...

Study: Rail plan will cost county

The estimated cost of infrastructure improvements, equipment and support facilities needed to provide commuter rail service from Greensboro to Goldsboro is estimated at $1 billion. An in-depth look at the study released Thursday shows that Wayne County would have to...

Many uneasy, but waiting out Wall Street storm

This week's stunning decline on Wall Street has many local residents concerned about the future, even as financial advisors council against the panic selling that is driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average down. "Emotions are driving this," said Carlyle...

Red Cross takes time to honor local volunteers

An anonymous donor gave the blood that saved Blane Smith's wife -- and unborn daughter, he told those gathered Thursday for the annual awards luncheon for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross. And that makes that donor...

Partnership observes 10th year

Judy McCurdy has seen a big change in her son since she attended "The Incredible Years," a free workshop for parents who have children with challenging behaviors. "Now, he reads all the time. He used to be hyper, but not...

Frying fish to help children

The Wayne County Shrine Club held its annual fish fry today, serving lunch and dinner in Goldsboro and Mount Olive to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children. Dinner will be served today from 4 to 7 p.m., with...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Democrats canvass eastern North Carolina

Looking to sweep into office as a team, the Democratic candidates for the Council of State, joined by several state judicial candidates, began their Wednesday swing through eastern North Carolina at Wilber's Barbecue in Goldsboro. And though they were...

Stop the Funeral wants gang program

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said Tuesday that the public's idea of dealing with youthful drug users and gang members -- "locking them all up" -- might sound good, but that it is not necessarily the best way to...

Commuter rail study says it is feasible

A study released today by the North Carolina Railroad indicates that passenger rail service between Goldsboro and Greensboro would be feasible and could coexist with current freight traffic on the line. The 11-month study found that commuter trains and freight...

Historical group holding membership drive

The Wayne County Historical Association is holding a membership drive for the Wayne County Museum. Museum Manager Johnna Nelson said the drive last year added more than 60 new members to the association, which oversees operation of the museum...

Five Wayne County nurses named to state's 'Great 100' list

Five nurses from Wayne Memorial Hospital have been named to the "Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina for 2008." They were chosen from more than 58,000 nurses nominated for the honor by their peers and managers, then screened by...

Wayne no longer considered in drought status

After spending almost three months in the moderate drought category, Wayne County moved to the lowest category on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale -- abnormally dry -- last week, but farmers in the area may still see financial help...

Public record

Three arrested on Onslow conspiracy charges Shakandice Sample, 19, of LeJeune Boulevard, Kevin Dion Ladaker Jr., 19, and Leshawn Tyrell Sample, 17, of Central Heights Road, face felony-level conspiracy charges and breaking and entering, and are being held on...

Gubernatorial candidates to discusss school choice in Durham

Both gubernatorial candidates have been invited to a free forum in Durham later this month designed to effect change in the state's educational policies. Darrell Allison, president for Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, said the two-hour program...

Meals needed for Habitat Care-A-Vanners

Another RV Care-A-Vanner team is expected to arrive in Goldsboro Sunday for two-weeks of building houses for Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne, and lunches are going to be needed for 12 volunteers from Oct. 13 through 25. Habitat officials...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Groundbreaking set for bypass

N.C. Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett is expected to be in Goldsboro Thursday for an 11 a.m. groundbreaking for the first section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. He will be joined by Transportation Board member Gus Tulloss. The ceremony,...

Local teen pursues his dream of flying, wins award

Scott Cronin says he has "a plan," a course he hopes to follow toward his dream. In reality, the young man has two or three. But each has the same final destination. Scott would like to join the Air...

County OKs agreement with schools on buildings

Wayne County Commissioner Jack Best Tuesday morning questioned some of the wording in a memorandum of understanding with the Board of Education concerning school construction, but in the end, he was the one who made the motion that lead...

Palin hits ECU

GREENVILLE -- Gov. Sarah Palin broke no new policy ground and unveiled no new attacks against Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday night in Greenville, but her supporters found plenty to cheer about nonetheless. Alternating chants of her name, presidential nominee Sen....

Report on Cherry targets bosses, structure

An "environment of suspicion" and "fear of retribution" from management were among the findings reported at Cherry Hospital by the Ohio-based health care consulting firm hired last month to assess conditions after a patient death and questionable safety practices...

Chamber sponsors forum for candidates

A "meet-and-greet" candidate event sponsored by the Government Affairs Committee of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce gave a number of local and state candidates two minutes each to state their platforms in front of about 50 people Monday...

Public record

Pizza man assaulted A 26-year-old driver for Papa John's was assaulted while trying to deliver a pizza to an address in the 1300 block of Maple Street on Monday night, according to a Goldsboro police report. He was approached...

Pikeville looks to raise electric deposits

PIKEVILLE -- The transient nature of some of Pikeville's renters leaves the town short on electrical profits when renters bail out on a $200 deposit, officials say. Mayor Herbert Sieger and other officials say the $200 is too little,...

Health Department sponsoring dance contest

Hoping to inspire young people toward physical fitness, Health Department is sponsoring the "biggest amateur dance contest in Wayne County history" during an upcoming community health fair on Oct. 18. James Roosen, health director, said the idea for a...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Heroin and money seized, couple arrested

A couple who share an apartment on Evergreen Avenue were arrested Monday after a vehicle stop on North Berkeley Boulevard, police said. The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad, which teams together Goldsboro police and the Sheriff's Office drug agents, stopped...

Principal, assistant chosen as district's top administrators

Wayne County Public Schools announced its principal and assistant principal of the year Monday during the Board of Education meeting. Patsy Faison, Tommy's Road Elementary School's only principal since it opened in 2000, was named Wachovia Principal of the...

Schools back 'no zero' grading policy

AR 3400, Wayne County Public Schools' "no zero" policy, is a stop-gap measure to offset the dropout rate,officials say. At a Monday afternoon meeting of the Board of Education's curriculum and instruction committee, principals and school officials spent more...

Committee set up to eye dog handling policies in MO

MOUNT OLIVE -- It took town commissioners about 25 minutes Monday night to dispose of a two-item agenda that included some harsh words from a Duplin County man, approval of a state airport grant and a board appointment. Less...

1,700 flu vaccinations available at Health Dept.

The Health Department will hold a flu clinic on site Oct. 16 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. There are about 1,700 vaccines available, Health Director James Roosen recently told the Board of Health. No appointments are necessary at...

City OKs $75K to demolish buildings

The Goldsboro City Council approved $75,000 more for the demolition of dilapidated buildings at its meeting Monday night, giving Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra more money to continue with what Mayor Al King has said needs to be a...

Black business owners quiz candidates

Each of the 24 candidates appearing at Monday night's political forum had nearly equal time to speak, but the evening wasn't without a bit of controversy. It began when District 8B Superior Court judge candidate Arnold Jones II was interrupted...

Two sought for rash of vehicle break-ins

A rash of car vehicle break-ins "most likely" was perpetrated by two Goldsboro area men whom police now seek, authorities say. But although Linwood Jerome Amerson, 39, and Cordaryl Jamar Godette, 21, are the most likely suspects in 10 vehicle...

Heroin and money seized, couple arrested

A couple who share an apartment on Evergreen Avenue were arrested Monday after a vehicle stop on North Berkeley Boulevard, police said. The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad, which teams together Goldsboro police and the Sheriff's Office drug agents, stopped...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Rotary member leaves money to college

MOUNT OLIVE -- Former proprietor of Tyndall Funeral Home and Rotary Club member Norwood Odom believed so strongly in his club's scholarship program for Mount Olive College that he left a sizable donation for it in his will. The...

County on track for renovation of Jeffreys Building

Work has been under way for about 30 days on the $853,000 facelift of the county-owned Jeffreys Building (the old Federal Building). Some demolition has taken place and construction has started. Supplies should soon be moved in. The county's...

Gas prices not causing much strain on city, county budgets

Goldsboro and Wayne County officials say, for now, the escalating gas prices will not affect their budgets. City officials said the $1.43 million budgeted for fuel for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, will be enough. "Right now,...

There's still time to make your chili ...

Local chili chefs only have a little more than a week to register to prove that their cuisine reigns supreme. The deadline for the second annual Really Chili Challenge is Oct. 15. The event, which benefits the local Community...

New Animal shelter draws crowds but pet overpopulation still an issue

Rebecca Greene of Goldsboro carried her new pet dog home last Monday from the county's Animal Adoption and Education Center. She was so impressed by the center and staff that she was back the following day with her boyfriend and...

Mount Olive candidates forum to be held Oct. 14

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its "Meet the Candidates" educational forum Oct. 14 at the Senior Citizen's Center in Mount Olive. The event will start at 6 p.m., and candidates for local...

Hargrove movie poster at museum

On Sunday, Oct. 12, The David John Aaron Teaching and History Museum at 137 East Main St. in Mount Olive will be celebrating the unveiling of an original movie poster of the film, "See Here Private Hargrove." This film...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

ME says Hulse died of natural causes

The investigation into the death of popular Goldsboro attorney Bruce Hulse is not closed, but police officials said Friday that the coroner's initial report is showing that he died of completely natural causes. According to police, although the official report...

State poll: Republicans are to blame for financial mess

Nearly half of respondents in a recent Elon University poll feel that the Republican Party is most reponsible for the current economic crisis, which many see as getting worse. Of those polled, 48 percent blamed Republicans, while 24 percent blamed...

Sen. Elizabeth Dole sets sights on battle with Sen. Kay Hagan

Visiting Goldsboro for a fundraiser Thursday night and several brief meet-and-greets across town Friday morning, Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole sought to diffuse attacks that she has been an absent senator during her six years in office. "The campaign's going...

Braswell, Jones seek bench for Superior Court

To incumbent Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Braswell, his race for re-election against challenger Arnold Jones II comes down to three factors -- experience versus inexperience, black versus white and city versus county. "This is a first for Wayne...

Driver at fair derby dies after collapsing

Saturday's demolition derby ended in tragedy for one family when a driver collapsed after finishing his run, said Wayne Regional Fair Manager Milton Ingram. Jackie Potter, of Goldsboro, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack, Ingram said. "He was one...

Candidate forums set for this week

Wayne County residents will have three opportunities this week to see and hear from state and local candidates. The first will be Monday night when the Black Business Owners Professionals and Entrepreneurs, the Goldsboro Wayne NAACP and St. James AME...

Rusted and busted, but that truck is a winner

Woody Woodard planned to fix up his pickup truck and give it a paint job, but now he's glad he didn't, as his 1967 Ford 100 won the Ugly Truck contest Saturday at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. "It's good...

Field work pays off for fair's tractor operators

Spring Creek High School senior Rex Price said he has driven tractors "pretty much since I could reach the pedals." On Thursday night he used those years of experience to back his way to first place in the senior division...

Parkstown festival Saturday

The Parkstown community will hold a Christmas Parade fundraiser on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Earl's Place at 1157 LaGrange Road. There will be hot dogs for sale and a variety of crafts, cakes and...

Downtown restaurants now looking outside

Take a walk down Center Street, and you might bump into something you never have before -- tables and chairs. Central Lunch now has sidewalk seating, and it is the first restaurant in the downtown area to do so. Dee...

Time again to start planning for annual Operation Christmas Child

Adamsville Baptist Church will again serve as an area collection point for Operation Christmas Child, the Samaritan's Purse project that ships shoeboxes full of goodies to needy children around the world. Since its inception in 1993, more than 61 million...

O'Berry Center to host festival on Saturday

A Southern Heritage Festival and Craft Fair will be held Saturday at O'Berry Center on N.C. 581 west of Goldsboro. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. The festival and fair are celebration of the...

County to deal with dilapidated mobile homes

Wayne County commissioners plan to set aside $50,000 from recycling-generated revenues to launch a program to help rid the county of abandoned and dilapidated mobile homes. For the next 12 to 24 months it will be a voluntary program, with...

Library book sale set for October 10-12

The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library will hold its Fall Book Sale Friday through Sunday in the Gertrude Weil Auditorium at the Main Library, 1001 East Ash St. There will be a special preview Friday from 7 until...

Disabilities committee to hold annual awards luncheon Oct. 16

The Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities will hold its annual awards luncheon Oct. 16 at noon at the Lane Tree Golf Club. Nominees for Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year and the Mayor's Trophy for an individual...

City looking for funds to continue demolitions

After Goldsboro Mayor Al King ordered at a recent City Council meeting that more be done to rid the city of dilapidated structures, inspection department officials wrote up more such dwellings than ever before -- meaning more demolition and, in...

Area Christmas parades already looking for entries

Entries are being sought for three of the Christmas parades being planned for local communities. The Goldsboro Jaycees will hold their parade on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in downtown Goldsboro. The theme will be "A Charlie Brown Christmas,"...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Trike-A-Thon

BIKER GANG: Amaya Barnshaw, left, Kiley Walls and Tre'Shaun Taylor participate in D.S. Simmons Academy's Treke-A-Thon earlier this week along with more than 50 other preschool to middle school students.The fundraiser raised money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Nora Harper...

Horse show winners take fair center stage

Hannah Jones looked the part -- matching pink boots, cowgirl hat and shirt. But the 3-year-old didn't seem too interested in helping her uncle, Kyle Lancaster, lead a donkey named Gus around the ring at Thursday night's Open Pony and...

Duplin commissioners to appeal court ruling

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners Tuesday night voted 5-1 to appeal a jury's $4.7 million judgment against them in the Board of Education's funding lawsuit against the county. Commissioner Cary Turner made the motion to appeal. It was seconded...

City worker charged

A Goldsboro city employee was arrested on drug charges Tuesday at City Hall. Darryl Best, 43, is a senior planner with the city Planning Department and a city employee since 1999. City Manager Joe Huffman said that Best is...

Community Recreation Center to be put out for bids soon

Contractors take notice -- the 60,000-square-foot Community Recreation Center project will soon be put out for bid. City staff and Recreation Center Committee members met briefly Thursday morning, Oct. 2, to give construction firm R.N. Rouse & Co., who...

Work First 2010-2011 plan now available for review

Work First is North Carolina's program to administer the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant. A local planning committee including representatives from local government, public and private organizations, and citizens designed the attached plan to administer Work...

Public Record

Murder suspect arrested One of the men accused in the murder of Eric Lamont Best was apprehended on Wednesday, according to Goldsboro police reports. Cleveland Lavon Ward, 30, was jailed Wednesday without privilege of bond, police said. 9 B&E...

Pikeville Lions tournament Thursday

The Pikeville Lions Club will host is sixth annual golf tournament to help raise money for the visually impaired on Thursday at Lane Tree Golf Course. The entry fee is $50. There will be $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one...

Goldsboro fire store opening Saturday

From staff reports The Goldsboro Fire Department is preparing to open its annual Fire Prevention Store at the Berkeley Mall. On Saturday and Sunday, it will be open during the mall's regular business hours. From Monday to Friday, it...

Thursday's winners at Wayne fair announced

The following are Thursday's First Place Fair Winners: Talent Contest Grades 6-8, Caleb Sasser, Rosewood Middle; Grades 9-12, Jessica Henry, Eastern Wayne High Instrumental Solo Grades 6-8, Elondia Grant, Eastern Wayne Middle; Grades 9-12, Akeem Lipford, Goldsboro High Dance...

Two candidate events set for Monday, Tuesday

Wayne County residents will have two opportunities next week to see and hear from state and local candidates. The first will be Monday night when the Black Business Owners Professionals and Entrepreneurs, the Goldsboro Wayne NAACP and St. James...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Depot project gets $1M in funds

Goldsboro's Union Station is $1 million closer to becoming a renovated, passenger rail service station. Mayor Al King announced that the city received $900,000 in additional funding for the project at the Downtown Goldsboro Devel-opment Corp.'s Annual Dinner and...

Storms prompt tornado warning

Wayne County was pummeled by hail and heavy rain during a quick-moving storm that raced between Dudley and Goldsboro shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, but officials are saying that there were no funnel clouds on the ground, despite the...

Plans out for work on parks, facilities

After taking the summer off, the Goldsboro Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission reconvened Tuesday to begin one its biggest projects to date -- prioritizing the list of repairs for the city's 14 recreation areas. But with only two of...

County officials say day care center off the table for county employees

A committee of Wayne County government employees next week is expected to recommend no action by the county on establishing a day care for the children of county employees. Day care issues topped a list of employee concerns when...

Prominent city defense attorney, 60, dies

Police have launched an investigation into the death of a prominent local criminal defense attorney, who was found dead Wednesday night in the back yard of his brother, also a long-time Goldsboro criminal defense attorney. A Goldsboro police report...

DGDC to hold historic trolley tours Sunday

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp.'s Narrated Historic Trolley Tours will be held Sunday. This is your opportunity to sit back, relax and take in the history of your downtown. The tours have become a favorite for Goldsboro locals, as...

In the still of the night...

Barb Williamson and Edwin Gurkins have been working at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair since 7 a.m. Now it's 11:15 on Wednesday night. The twirling, colorful lights on the carnival rides have been turned off and the public has...

Public record

Two mall vehicle break-ins Richard Smith of Evergreen Avenue and Scarlet Price of Steven's Mill Road reported vehicle break-ins and thefts from their vehicles parked at Berkeley Mall on Berkeley Boulevard on Tuesday night, Goldsboro police said. About $1,070...

Goldsboro Fire Department to open its fire store beginning on Saturday

The Goldsboro Fire Department is preparing to open its annual Fire Store at the Berkeley Mall. It will be open from Saturday until Sunday, Oct. 12. On Saturday and Sunday, the store will be open during the mall's regular...

Fair winners

The following are winners from competition Wednesday at the Wayne County Fair. Talent Vocal solo 1st place, K-12: Lydia Wiler, Grantham; 1st place, grades 3-5: Zachary Price, Carver Elementary. Instrumental solo 1st place, K-12: Jalen Carroll, Carver Elementary; 1st...

After hours at the fair

Lt. Sherwood Daly may have been one of just a few people at the fair after closing hours, but he had plenty of companions to keep him company. Standing in the reception area of the office building, he smiles...

Senior contest shows locals have talent

Patsy Cline aka Barbara Wiler, belted out "Crazy" and concertgoers cheered. Wiler and other contestants had the opportunity croon tunes during the senior citizens contest at the county fair Tuesday. The competition was fierce and Mrs. Wiler was one...

Big Sweep effort set for Saturday at the Neuse

Join park rangers, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers on Saturday at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park to help clean up litter. Big Sweep is a statewide volunteer effort to clean up litter around our...

Aycock birthplace to hold fall festival on Saturday

FREMONT -- The Charles B. Aycock State Historic Site will hold its "Fall on the Farm," program on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to get a look at how farm families in eastern North...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wayne County's US Reps speak on bailout failure

Wayne County's U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield and Walter Jones said Tuesday morning that despite Wall Street's historic 700-point collapse Monday, they believe the House did the right thing by voting down the proposed $700 billion bailout. But while both described...

Murder suspects sought

Eric Lamont Best had had recent trouble with the law, but investigators are not yet saying what may have led to his murder or the two suspects allegedly connected to it. Best was found suffering from a gunshot wound...

AT&T hosts grand opening for call center

MAR-MAC -- The 400 jobs at the AT&T Call Center here are among 5,000 jobs that the company is repatriating from jobs that had been out-sourced overseas. Housed in what was a vacant grocery store, the call center has been...

Eight seconds to honor his dad

Ethan Barnett says a prayer. He sets himself, grabs hold and signals that he is ready. The gate opens and Whiskey starts to buck. Ethan's ride lasts less than eight seconds, but that doesn't matter. The 17-year-old wasn't there to...

Area experts: Wayne can wait out crisis

The State of the Community address delivered Tuesday at City Hall "couldn't have come at a more opportune moment," Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Thompson said, referring to the financial crisis gripping the country. The meeting was sponsored by...

Public record

Box cutter stabbing Police said Melvin Covington of South Slocumb Street refused to name an aquaintance who allegedly stabbed him with a box cutter knife Tuesday morning at a home in the 100 block of Best Avenue, police said. The...

MOC professor says Congress needs to act

Mount Olive College associate professor of economics Paul Cwik says the defeat of Congress' proposed $700 billion bailout was not necessarily a bad thing. But, he adds, the continued lack of action and direction from the federal government is. "I...

Man charged with thefts of vases from cemeteries

Interviews with a suspect accused of stealing about 30 bronze vases from grave sites showed he may have gotten the idea from a news report, authorities said this morning. Wayne County Sheriff's Office Capt. Tom Effler said Michael Scott Butts...

Fair winners announced

The following are winners of various competitions Tuesday at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. Elementary School Art Kindergarten: Reima Bash, Rosewood Elementary 1st grade: Justin Hamill, Arendell Parrott Academy 2nd grade: Nathaly Audelo, Eastern Wayne Elementary 4th grade: Diamond Jones,...

Baking up a winner

Melody Thomas stopped midway through the judging of the pie-baking contest at the Wayne Regional Fair Tuesday and let the flavor of the last entry melt in her mouth. "I thought I'd died and gone to heaven," she said, smiling....

Three charges with stealing copper

KENANSVILLE -- Surveillance by Duplin County Sheriff's deputies at a warehouse recently resulted in two men and a woman being "caught red-handed in the act of stealing copper wiring" from the facility, according to Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace. Wallace...