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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...