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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Taking part in making U.S. history

Standing with her 21-year-old daughter, Amazing, and other Barack Obama supporters late Tuesday evening, Anita Jones began to cry. "Our ancestors fought for this. This is a day my children and grandchildren will hear about," the African-American said. "I...

Jones replaces Braswell

Thirty-four years ago, Arnold O. Jones won a seat on the District Court bench by 17 votes. Tuesday, his son and namesake defeated Superior Court incumbent Jerry Braswell by thousands more. Before all 30 precincts made it official -- 26,167...

McCullen takes commission at-large seat

Dr. Sandra McCullen of Dudley has become the second woman to ever be elected to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Mrs. McCullen claimed that distinction in Tuesday's election by defeating Hal Keck for the at-large seat on the...

Wayne County voters picked McCain, Perdue

For Wayne County elections director Vickie Reed, Tuesday's results were a dream come true -- not that Sen. Barack Obama was elected president or that Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue was elected governor -- but rather that nearly 72 percent...

Wayne votes prove key to winning post for David Rouzer

Wayne County voters helped lift Republican David Rouzer to victory in the race for the District 12 seat in the state Senate. Rouzer and Democrat Kay Carroll ran neck and neck in Johnston County, which makes up the majority...

Braxton holds off LaRoque

Incumbent Democrat Van Braxton narrowly defeated Republican Stephen LaRoque in the race for the District 10 seat in the state House. Braxton's showing in Greene County carried him to a second term. LaRoque won in Lenoir, which makes up...

Davis will be next senator in District 5

For the first time in long memory, Wayne County will not have a senator in the state General Assembly come January after Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis beat out state Rep. Louis Pate for the District 5 seat. Claiming...

Pikeville Town Board chooses new member

PIKEVILLE -- Monday night bore witness to a major personnel shakeup in the town of Pikeville. Town officials named a new police chief, announced the resignation of a town official, and then his replacement, and also promoted the town...

Republican Sager defeats Griffin to capture District 11

Running for a seat that had been targeted by both the state Republican and Democratic parties, it was Republican Efton Sager who came out on top in the state House District 11 race with nearly 58 percent of the...

Gaylor captures seat on District Court

A big turnout in Wayne County helped Charles Gaylor III easily defeat Kinston lawyer Chris Rogerson to win a seat on the 8th Judicial District bench that serves Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties. Gaylor, a Goldsboro lawyer, finished with...

Bud Gray defeats Starling

Commissioner Roland "Bud" Gray, a Goldsboro Democrat, turned back Republican challenger Willie Ray Starling of Mount Olive in Tuesday's voting for the District 5 seat on the county board of commissioners. In unofficial results, Gray captured 4,159 votes (52.87...

Keen captures commission seat

Steve Keen of the Rosewood community kept the District 4 commission seat in Republican hands Tuesday, defeating Democrat Denny Tart of Grantham 5,239 votes (60.97 percent) to 3,354 (39.03 percent). The seat was left vacant when Republican Commissioner Efton...

Evans unopposed in District 2

District 2 Commissioner J.D. Evans of Dudley was unopposed in his re-election bid. Unofficially, Evans received 4,626 votes. Unlike some local races, there were no write-in votes....

Anderson holds off Bruton to keep seat

District 1 County Commissioner Wilbur "Andy" Anderson of Pikeville retained his seat on the board by a comfortable margin, outpacing challenger Charles Bruton of Fremont 5,850 votes to 4,091. Anderson, a Republican, captured 58.85 percent of the vote, while...

Bell holds off Republican challenger Pearsall

Winning by more than a 50 percent margin, Wayne County District 3 Commissioner John Bell said Tuesday night that he is looking forward to serving a third term, and he attributed his victory to his experience. "I went out...

City Council to proceed with annexation

Goldsboro City Council members decided during their work session Monday that they would continue with their annexation plans. Members decided to move forward with Phase 12 which would include a 997-acre area of land including some of Morgan Trace, Lane...

Eddie Radford beats Faulk to earn at-large schools seat

Winners in the hotly contested school board races -- Eddie Radford and Thelma Smith -- were among the last to find out final results Tuesday night. At-large candidate Radford received 53 percent of the vote over Ven Faulk, who had...