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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Facilities director sets sights on savings

There is no such thing as a typical day for Sue Farmer, the county's new facilities services director, and her staff -- particularly in light of today's economy. They could be cutting keys one minute and working on a...

New year's welcome: Wayne County residents still planning to party until it's 2009

Linda and Sammy Smith of the Coker's Mill community in Wayne County used to take advantage of a local motel's room and breakfast special and go out dancing to celebrate New Year's Eve. But over the years, their tradition for...

New agent eager to get her hands dirty in field again

Wayne County's new horticulture extension agent Karen Bussey says she is glad to be moving from the laboratory into the garden. Miss Bussey is replacing Jessica Hyatt, who left the Cooperative Extension Service in August to become a teacher. Miss...

Deadline nears for uninsured crop protection

Growers of uninsured crops have until Friday to apply for risk protection coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for 2009. NAP, a federally funded insurance program, provides coverage for producers affected by natural disasters. NAP coverage requires...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pickle drop prep: New Year's Eve in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- People will have the opportunity Wednesday not only to greet the New Year early, but to help those in need as well. The Mt. Olive Pickle Co. is once again teaming up with the Food Bank...

Ideas offered at health care forum

Vicky Darden is still in pain from an accident she had on the job years ago. Fired from the job and on disability now, she has no insurance. The health care system in America is broken and it needs to...

Holiday schedules announced

Goldsboro, Wayne County, Mount Olive, Pikeville, Walnut Creek, Seven Springs, Fremont and Eureka offices will be closed Thursday for New Year's Day and will reopen for business Friday morning. Most Wayne County offices also will be closed Friday because...

City manager sees slowdown in coming year

City Manager Joe Huffman believes 2008 was a pretty good year for Goldsboro, with many large projects like the historic City Hall renovation and rebuilding of the Paramount Theatre coming to a close. But he admits that 2009 may bring...

Goldsboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep closes

Goldsboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep has closed its doors. The automobile and truck dealership erected signs Monday saying the company will be "indefinitely closed for business." A company spokesman declined to comment this morning. The Goldsboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership...

Public record

Armed robbery A clerk at Kangaroo on West Grantham Street was reportedly robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning, according to a police report. The 43-year-old clerk said that cash and four gold rings were stolen after a suspect entered...

Four charged in shooting

DUDLEY -- Sheriff's deputies made four arrests Monday after a Sunday shooting at Durham Lake Club House party that injured a woman, police said. Detective Lt. Carl Lancaster said a 15-year-old juvenile shot Laronda S. Leonard in the leg while...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Part 2 of 2: Year in review: Savings prepared Wayne for downturn

Wayne County has been forced to search for ways to cope with a sour economy while working to ensure county projects will be able to continue. The county is better poised to do so because of a sound fiscal...

Economy hurting pets, too

The Wayne County Animal Shelter is having to cope with a surge of homeless pets, with many of the animals the victims of a difficult economy. Owners who would otherwise keep their pets are being forced to give them...

Catching a little summer

With temperatures reaching into the mid-70s Sunday afternoon, the weather was a little more summer than winter. Only days after the Christmas holiday it was hard to tell if it was December or June. And those unseasonably warm temperatures lured...

How to donate wisely this year

What happens to those dollars stuffed into the bell-ringers' red kettles, or the presents left at toy drive drop boxes? Giving to a charitable cause is an act of trust for donors, who often do not get to see where...

Group racing for Aydan again

Members of last year's "Race for Aydan" are again looking for donations as they prepare to run the 13.1-mile Disney Half Marathon on Jan. 10. Running this year are five participants, including organizers Christopher and Heidi Haan. Ten others...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Father, sons reunited after 38 years

It has the makings of a Lifetime movie ---- mom loses custody of her children, snatches them from day care and vanishes without a trace. For John Schafer of Goldsboro, it has been his life for the last 38 years....

High speed chase ends in wreck

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders had just decided to order deputies to try a dangerous maneuver to stop a fleeing suspect's vehicle when the man lost control of the truck and struck a light pole early Christmas morning. The crash...

County manager looks ahead to 2009

There is not a lot to be optimistic about in a downward-spiraling economy that is still trying to find the bottom of the barrel. But Wayne County Manager Lee Smith is hopeful that steps taken over the past several years...

SJAFB's angel tree gave Christmas to 150-plus

More than 150 military children experienced Christmas mornings they might otherwise not have had Thursday, thanks to acts of kindness that spread across Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and outside the gates. 4th Fighter Wing 1st Lt. Lori Bartz...

Returns and after Christmas bargains

Thirteen-year-old Garrett Jackson wasn't too happy with Santa Claus when his new Rock Band 2 video game wouldn't work at his LaGrange home Christmas Day. But this morning, Santa made things right. The whole family piled into the car and...

HIV a growing concern in Wayne County

With HIV and AIDS a growing concern in Wayne County, grant funding is being targeted to increase education and assistance for those dealing with the disease, Health Director James Roosen told the Board of Health last week. "There are...

Donations sought for Edward and Cleo House Scholarship

Donations are being sought for the Edward and Cleo House Scholarship Fund. Organizers of the scholarship seek donations twice a year, on the anniversarie of their birthdays, Dec. 25 and April 26. Thefund was established in memory of the couple,...

County to get water and sewer grant money

Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties have received slightly more than $2.1 million in grants from the N.C. Rural Center Economic Development Center for water and wastewater improvements. Wayne County received the bulk of the grants, $2.065 million, while Greene...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Property taxes late if not paid by Jan. 5

County tax officials have said their office is preparing for the expected last-minute crush as some people still wait until the last minute to pay their taxes and then try to beat the Monday, Jan. 5, at 5 p.m....

Locals already thinking about next Christmas

Late Thursday evening, Kristin Mitchell was busy pulling boxes out of her living room closet -- preparing to pack another Christmas away. But her garlands starting falling apart. She noticed cracks in some of her "generic" ornaments. And don't even...

YMCA undergoes $200,000 in renovations

Goldsboro Family YMCA members will soon have more options when it comes to exercise. The Y is currently undergoing $200,000 in renovations to turn the former preschool area into several new exercise rooms, including an aerobic studio with hardwood floors...

Obama health care meeting Monday night

A meeting will be held at the Wayne County Public Library on Monday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. for the public to discuss health care concerns that will be forwarded to President-elect Obama's transition team. The meeting will take place...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Getting ready for Santa? Here's what to leave the jolly ole elf

All the presents have been wrapped and the turkey is thawing in preparation for Christmas dinner. But tonight, before the kids are tucked in bed, it's time for the big decision -- what to set out for Santa for...

Charges filed in pawn shop theft cases

Goldsboro authorities, aided by federal officials and private investigators, arrested five people Monday from two local pawn shops on charges of receiving stolen goods, authorities said. Police Sgt. Chad Calloway said both Quality Jewelry and Pawn and Gold City...

Shoppers scurry for presents, bargains

Thousands of Wayne County shoppers checked their lists twice Tuesday to make sure they had everything they needed to go under the tree Christmas morning. Many were out for just a "few small things" or "a little something else" to...

Four die in three crashes in county Tuesday

Tuesday was one of the deadliest days in Wayne County highway history, with four people killed in three separate accidents within a two-hour span. Killed were a woman from Wilson, a 23-year-old Fremont man, a 40-year-old Pikeville woman and...

Stocking fund reaches beyond goal

Well, you did it. Despite an economy that has everyone pinching pennies and all the other good causes to which you could have donated, you chose to help more than 600 Wayne County children have a Christmas they otherwise could...

Memory lights -- a tribute to a not-so-little girl lost much too soon

From the back seat of a slow-moving car, it looks like any other Christmas display -- even if it is a spectacular one. There are thousands of lights, inflatable Santas and snowmen, reindeer and a polar bear -- even a...

Police file charges against Romero in Solorzano murder

Police arrested a suspect in the murder investigation of a Carolina Pines trailer court resident found dead on Saturday night, a detective said. Goldsboro authorities sought Cesar Becorril Romero, 22, of Whispering Lane, Dudley, investigator Dwayne Dean said. Authorities...

Christmas tree choice becomes part of tradition

What's green, red or white, can stand upright or hang from the ceiling and is sometimes called "live" when it's actually dead? The Christmas tree is a staple of the holiday milieu: Christmas revelers rock around them, decorate them and...

Students go Italian at Fremont STARS

FREMONT -- Singers, dancers and actors at the Fremont Stars Elementary School have turned into food critics now. The children in the second and third graders and the exceptional children's class judged Italian desserts during a taste-testing held last week...

Goldsboro Fire Department responds to house fire Friday; no injuries reported

On Friday, the Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a house fire at about 6 p.m. The fire was at 122 Woods Mill Road in the Hunters Creek subdivision. Captain Patterson, Shift Commander for C Shift, said that when units...

Hark, what's that you hear? Not another Christmas song

Imagine you are sitting in a world where you hear the same Christmas song over and over again -- and you can't escape. For some in Wayne County, that is their world. Every clothing store, grocery store, home improvement store...

Breakfast a Christmas Eve tradition

MOUNT OLIVE -- Little did the six members of the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge 208 who gathered for breakfast 24 years ago realize that from those humble beginning would spring what has become a Christmas Eve tradition. It didn't...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Police seek man in woman's murder

Goldsboro police are looking for a man in the murder of a 23-year-old resident of the Carolina Pines trailer court, according to a release. Police said they had obtained a warrant for Cesar Becorril Romero, 23, of Whispering Lane, Dudley....

Retiring prosecutor advocated for victims

Jan Kroboth's prosecution unit had a nickname for a while -- "the old lady advocate team." The nickname came about because Mrs. Kroboth, an assistant district attorney who announced her retirement this month, was often assigned cases with elderly victims,...

Thousands raised for new veterans memorial

KENANSVILLE -- Nineteen sons of Duplin County were lost in Vietnam. But thanks to county Historical Society President Charles Ingram and a generous community, their names will never be forgotten. Just more than a month after 300 friends, neighbors and...

Santa's elves

Jessica Jordan, a gift wrapper for the Goldsboro Mayor's Youth Council, puts the finishing touches on a present at Berkeley Mall on Monday. Shoppers crowded the mall this week, trying to find that final Christmas gift. Many stores were offering...

Arrests made in pawn shop raids

Five people have been charged with possessing stolen goods after federal raids at two locally-owned pawn shops, police said. Mark Throm, Elizabeth O'Banion, Eric Ludwig, William Reavis and Kelletrina Willis all face charges related to receiving stolen goods and/or pawnbroker...

Automobile industry concerns might affect some county manufacturers

Washington, D.C., Detroit and the economic maelstrom swirling around the Big 3 automakers is more than a political football for the approximately 1,428 Wayne County jobs tied to the automotive industry. The local investment of those companies is "significant,"...

Public record

Shot in leg Rakeem Howell of Devereaux Street was riding his moped in the parking lot of a South Slocumb Street grocery store when someone fired a single shot at him, striking him in the right knee, Goldsboro police said....

Cold Stone Creamery closes its doors

Residents may have eaten their last scoop of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream -- at least while sitting in Goldsboro. The eatery's location in Berkeley Commons has closed for an undetermined amount of time. A sign on the door says...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mall wish trees help provide presents for hundreds

More than 650 children and senior citizens in Wayne County will have a much merrier Christmas this year because of holiday shoppers with big hearts. In early November, Berkeley Mall set out three wish trees in the main entrance...

Air Force, officials test local response

A hostage situation in downtown Goldsboro turned deadly Dec. 12 when the man who perpetrated it detonated a bomb inside the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base gates. And while it was only a test, base officials said they were very...

Gingerbread architects

Alexandra Draughon, 11, puts the finishing touches on a graham cracker gingerbread house during the Gingerbread Wonderland Breakfast for children at the Arts Council of Wayne County in Goldsboro Saturday....

School Street success story: putting reading first

For 90 minutes each morning at School Street Elementary School, it's reading time. And school officials say the extra emphasis on their ABCs is paying off both in student interest and test scores. The designated time for students in kindergarten...

Woman's death ruled homicide

Police have reclassified a woman's death as a homicide after finding the 23-year-old victim at her Goldsboro home on Saturday night, police said. Nidia Yubitza Carrera Solorzano was found in her apartment at 1904 N. William St., police Sgt....

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Kerr selected for Wall of Firsts

Retiring state Sen. John Kerr says he didn't know what to make of the Rev. William J. Barber the first time he met him. "I thought to myself, 'Either this is the smartest man I've ever met, or he's a...

Fraternal Order of Police take children Christmas shopping

Jasmine McLamb, 6, had to count the days in her head. She looked at a cart full of toys and clothes, including a mechanized dog. "Is it the 20th?" she said, waiting for confirmation near a Spence Avenue Wal-Mart checkout...

After the storm: Tornado victim trying to pick up the pieces

A cold, driving rain brought consciousness back to Argiro Gomez Nov. 15. It was well after midnight when he opened his eyes to the scene left by the tornado that touched down on his Kenly home. "I was lying down...

City's revenue shortfall forcing tax talk

City officials say residents will likely pay more in taxes in mid-2009 -- especially with a projected $1.8 million revenue shortfall. And that deficit is linked -- in part -- to reduced citizen usage of some city services, and more...

Firefighters take children on shopping trip

Mar-Mac Volunteer Fire Depart-ment's honor guard spends most of its time protecting the community from fires and other emergencies, but come Christmas, its members play Santa Claus. Chief Bill Harrell read about the "Shop With an Officer" program for...

Suspect sought in bank robbery

News-Argus Staff Writers Goldsboro police need help identifying a man they say is a suspect in a Friday morning bank robbery. Police are still looking for a light-skinned, black male -- about 5 foot, 6 inches to 5 foot 11...

Mount Olive trades forest access for NCSU advice

MOUNT OLIVE -- Along with serving as a way to dispose of treated wastewater, the town's new tree farm also will be part of a research program through North Carolina State University. The research isn't a revenue producer for...

Goldsboro Milling employees help families at Christmas

At the Goldsboro Milling Co. office, the spirit of giving burst into bloom as a host of angels sprouted on one special evergreen in the company's main office. The company has donated Christmas presents to needy children since Hurricane...

Gateway orders bus; advisory board next

The Goldsboro/Wayne Transportation Authority (GATEWAY) Tuesday agreed to enter into a contract with the state to obtain about $26,000 to help pay for the $325,000 bus the system has ordered. Federal funds will pay the lion's share, about $270,000,...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wayne gets $2 million for water, projects

Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties have received slightly more than $2.1 million in grants from the N.C. Rural Center Economic Development Center for water and wastewater improvements. Wayne County received the bulk of the grants, $2.065 million, while Greene...

City workers tapped for help with next steps for park plan

After Goldsboro City Council members decided to forgo applying for a grant for Stoney Creek Park, they promised they would not abandon the project and that city employees would help the Stoney Creek Park Alliance as much as possible. So,...

Christmas with an international flair

Christmas Around the World was the theme this morning in Kathy Harris' kindergarten class at Northwest Elementary School. Students pulled the strings on a pinata to learn how children in Mexico celebrate Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration with origins in...

Officials: HIV on rise in Wayne; programs planned

With HIV and AIDS a growing concern in Wayne County, grant funding is being targeted to increase education and assistance for those dealing with the disease, Health Director James Roosen told the Board of Health Wednesday. "There are over 300...

Duplin commissioners eye problems with keeping employees, recruiting

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County government is losing workers to higher-paying counties, department managers told county commissioners this week, and the county needs to do something about the problem. Social Services Director Millie Brown said she holds her breath when she...

Mall shoplifters caught Thursday

Two people who were on a shoplifting spree in Goldsboro were apprehended Thursday afternoon, after fleeing and eluding arrest. Charles Anthony Cole, 48 of Four Oaks, and Alicia LaDonna Phelps, 34 of Selma, were arrested at the Chevron gas...

Tickets available for Rebuilding Broken Places' annual event

The board of directors of Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corp. will hold its fifth annual Imani Celebration and Wall of First Induction Breakfast. The event will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community...

Public record

Counterfeit shoe stand Goldsboro police allege a Leslie Street man was selling boots and sneakers in a parking lot in the 600 block of South Slocumb Street on Wednesday afternoon. Upon investigation, an officer noticed that the items may have...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Senior Center Christmas

Members of the Wayne County Senior Center at 100 S. John St. celebrated the Christmas holiday together Wednesday. The center will be closed Monday through Friday....

Recyling waste from refuse into revenue

Wayne County Commissioners on Tuesday made public their intent to proceed with plans to contract with a company that wants to purchase methane gas created by the decomposition of garbage at the county landfill at Dudley. The company would...

County looks at drug cards to help area residents

Wayne County residents soon could be saving up to 20 percent on their prescription drugs should county commissioners agree to participate in the Prescription Drug Discount Card program sponsored by the National Association of Counties. Locally, Pitt and Wilson...

State names interim director at Cherry Hospital

Carl Fitch, a Compass Group consultant on site at Cherry Hospital since October, has been named interim director of the hospital effective Jan. 1, Department of Health and Human Services officials announced Wednesday. Dr. Jack St. Clair, Cherry director since...

Police question person of interest in Mount Olive murder

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Duplin County man already in custody on immigration violations has been named a person of interest in a Friday morning murder in Mount Olive. Luis Hernandez, 38, of 242 Summerlins Crossroads Road, Kenansville, is being...

Man struck and killed by pickup

A Goldsboro man was hit by a pickup truck and killed Tuesday night after his car broke down on U.S. 13 near Sandhill Drive, the Highway Patrol reported. Eugene Earl Turner, 48, Brock Road, had parked his vehicle at...

Goldsboro enters into deal to accept station grants

Stabilization work at Union Station is expected to get final approval by the state Department of Transportation this week and the next, highly anticipated step, will be the full restoration of its exterior, a project estimated to cost at least...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

City raises flag over first phase of Union Station rehab project

The renovation of Union Station paused Tuesday as workers and city residents gathered to celebrate the completion of the first phase of work that is expected to bring the old railroad center back to life. "This is history," said one...

Local Forty & Eight club focuses on helping nursing students through school

In the days before Humvees and C-130s, soldiers going to the front lines had to make do with whatever makeshift transport the officers could find. For American troops in France during World War I, that transport was often a...

Lenoir County Sheriff asks for help finding sex offender

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating a registered sex offender. Derek Terrell Cantey moved and has not notified the Sheriff's Office of his new residence. His last known address was on Dr. Martin Luther King...

County to schools: Tap lottery funds now

Wayne County's $22 million school facilities plan could be in jeopardy if the state decides to raid lottery and ADM (average daily membership) funding to help offset a ballooning state budget shortfall. That, county commissioners said Tuesday, is why...

MOC students to attend inauguration seminars, write memos to president

MOUNT OLIVE -- Six Mount Olive College students have been chosen to attend Campaign 2008: The Presidential Inaug-uration Seminars in Washing-ton, D.C. next month. Departments and schools at the college had nominated juniors and seniors who demonstrated academic excellence....

Best pleads to 2007 murder

Kathy Holt Alfaro, the sister of murder victim Patricia Herring, knew her sister had a habit of disappearing from time to time. Patricia had battled with drugs, Mrs. Alfaro said, and the pain of their mother Dolly's death spurred...

Suspect sought in night shooting at local home

A Wayne County man was shot Tuesday night in what appears to have been a home invasion, Wayne County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Effler said Wednesday morning. Effler said that Luis Muniz, 41, of 1113 Lanetown Road, was shot about...

4th Fighter Wing builds shelters to protect its Strike Eagle fleet

Less than a month after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz suggested the F-15E would be a viable airframe for another decade or more, crews at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are working to protect the 4th Fighter...

Cliffs to hold tree-lighting ceremony

The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park near Seven Springs will hold a tree lighting ceremony Thursday with hot chocolate and roasted peanuts for all who attend. The public is invited to come join the fun, the event will be...

Duplin board fails to address deputy shortage

KENANSVILLE -- Despite indications that they would again address the growing personnel shortage in the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, little was said Monday about the situation by the county commissioners. In November, Sheriff Blake Wallace told the commissioners that...

GPD raids 2 pawn shops in city Tuesday

Federal agents and the Goldsboro Police Department raided two city pawn shops Tuesday and seized items as they investigate whether the shops have knowingly sold stolen goods. No charges have been filed, but police Chief Tim Bell said he...

Father and son teaming up to build new church near Pikeville

Bill Showman believes in small beginnings. He moved here with the military in 1980, where he met wife Paula, and the two have remained since his retirement. He found his calling in the area of pastoral administration, starting churches...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gift of a Christmas: Salvation Army helps families

A few months ago, Julia was preparing her children for a Christmas morning without a tree -- without presents, candy canes or a turkey dinner. "I told them that sometimes, Santa gets behind," the single mother of two said. "I...

Price to hold book signing at Downtown Deli

Former News-Argus editor Gene Price will sign copies of his book "Folks Around Here," on Wednesday at the Downtown Deli from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., on Thursday at the Wayne County Museum from noon until 2 p.m. and at...

Eureka man ID'd as Mount Olive shooting victim

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Eureka man who apparently was shot while trying to get out of a vehicle has been identified as the victim of the Friday morning murder. Police found Santos Anton Lopez, 42, of 104 Dotsie Lane...

Kinston gets 123 jobs as plant expands

Dopaco Inc. announced Monday its plans to expand its Kinston facility, creating 123 new jobs and $25.3 million in investments over the next three years. It was an announcement, Gov. Mike Easley said in a written statement, that was...

Lane twins take part in reality game show

Law enforcement officials aren't on their trail. There is no angry mob. But for an hour this evening, a pair of Wayne County natives will be hunted. Gary and Larry Lane will appear on the SciFi channel's newest reality game...

Duplin Commission pays waste department for work

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin commissioners agreed earlier this month to pay Solid Waste Director Bee Barnette $18,000 for doing work at the Duplin Commons Event Center. Commissioners voted in November to stop Barnette from doing any work for other departments...

Talk about converting events center to jail halted

BEAULAVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners have put off talking about the idea of converting the county's events center into a jail, at least for now When commissioners met at the Beulaville fire station Monday night, they were...

175 pounds of marijuana seized near Dudley home

DUDLEY -- Authorities seized about 175 pounds of marijuana after setting up a surveillance operation at a Trailwood Drive home Friday. The home's owner has not been charged, but a Goldsboro man has -- Decarlo Andre Russell, 35, of...

City alleges excessive drug prices

The city of Goldsboro has filed an action in federal court in Massachusetts on behalf of itself and other state government entities against two pharmaceutical companies. City officials say the companies conspired to manipulate pharmaceutical drug prices since 2001, if...

More Cherry investigations under way

Cherry Hospital's woes continue as two incidents of violence have been reported and at least four nurses are being investigated by the N.C. Board of Nursing. According to documents released Monday from the Department of Health and Human Services, a...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Legislators: Cut first; taxes last resort

Despite being faced with a 2009-10 budget shortfall that some are projecting to be more than $3.3 billion, local state legislators say they are unlikely to entertain the idea of expanding the state's revenue base to help balance the...

Getting ready for duty: Local service members have a chance to gather before deployments begin

A young man sitting on a truck bed was among those gathered Sunday at the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni center. He smiled as he grabbed his girlfriend's hand -- but his expression turned more serious when he pulled her in for one...

Local organizations can use volunteers for holidays, too

Many people in Wayne Country are struggling to afford their own basic necessities, much less pay for an extravagant Christmas, and big hearts are clashing with thin wallets when charities knock on the door. For people seeking to help others...

Council to weigh park plan tonight

The Goldsboro City Council will likely approve the site plan for Stoney Creek Park at its meeting tonight. The plan was brought to the council at a special meeting last week, but the council couldn't approve it since the...

Man shot, injured Sunday evening

A "substantial amount" of drugs and some weapons were found after Goldsboro police arrived at a Dallas Road home where a man had been shot multiple times, Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials said today. James Hubert Leonard, 159 Dallas...

Goldsboro police will be part of 2009 governor's calendar

Perhaps the last time you saw one of these men in blue was when he issued you a traffic ticket. For a less stressful view of Goldsboro's police officers, however, turn to the March page of the 2009 N.C. Governor's...

Dealers say Detroit woes taking their toll here, too

For 28 years Dan Wise, owner of Dan Wise Chevrolet at LaGrange, has watched the ebb and flow of the car market. But never has he seen business plummet so far so fast. Wise has not been forced to...

Speaker set for annual forum Jan. 15

This year's Annual Speakers Forum -- the seventh of its kind -- will be Jan. 15 at noon at the Paramount Theatre and will feature guest speaker William H. Hudnut III of the Urban Land Institute. The forum is...

Ranking: Spring Creek one of nation's best

Spring Creek High School has received the "Bronze" medal designation as one of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best High Schools." The publication, in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education, data research and analysis business, used...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mount Olive police investigating second murder

MOUNT OLIVE -- Police were called to a busy North Breazeale Avenue shopping area Friday morning after a Latino male was shot and left beside the road. It was the town's second fatal shooting in three days. Chief of...

Joy in a child's eyes

"Are you going to be Santa Claus?" 6-year-old Jamaica asked one of the bearded volunteers Saturday at the 2008 Empty Stocking Fund party. When she was reassured that the real Santa was inside waiting to see her, she decided to...

Kelly: 4th to deploy more in new year

Two weeks ago, Col. Mark Kelly was saying goodbye to 32 members of the 4th Fighter Wing Security Forces detail. "There wasn't a big parade," he said. "There weren't ice sculptures or flower girls." They were headed to war --...

St. Clair leaving Cherry Hospital

Dr. Jack St. Clair, director of Cherry Hospital, will end his tenure at the state-run psychiatric facility Dec. 31. Announced Friday by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, St. Clair's departure is the latest development since the...

Monument to Whitehall battle is dedicated in Seven Springs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A granite monument honoring the Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Whitehall in 1862 was dedicated Saturday on a piece of land less than a mile from the site of the original Civil War clash. Members...

Waynesborough trails dedicated in Kemp's honor

About 60 of the late Bill Kemp's friends and family members attended a ceremony Saturday to dedicate the hiking and nature trails he championed at the Waynesborough Village in his honor. The Old Waynesborough Commission held the ceremony during the...

Facilities plan gets review Tuesday

County Manager Lee Smith will update commissioners on the economy and on the Wayne County school system's $22 million facilities plan Tuesday. Commissioners also will be asked to approve a water agreement with the Eastern Wayne Sanitary District to provide...

Stars urge students: Stay away from drugs

Two renowned rap artists visited Goldsboro High School on Saturday to help convince young people that violence and drugs can destroy them. Cheryl "Salt" James Wray of the duo Salt-N-Pepa, and Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid-N-Play, spoke to a...

Former Wayne commissioners honored for transportation work

Former Wayne County commissioners Atlas Price Jr. of Seven Springs and Efton Sager of Goldsboro were honored recently during the 2008 Eastern Carolina Council awards banquet in New Bern. Price received the Transportation Leadership Award and Sager was recognized...

Mt. Olive Pickle will drop pickle to welcome 2009

MOUNT OLIVE -- Want to ring in the New Year, but don't relish the idea of hanging out until midnight? If so, Mt. Olive Pickle Co. might have a solution. The company will hold its 10th annual New Year's...

Donations still sought for coat drive

Operation Transition, the non-profit group that provides assistance to women who are victims of domestic violence, homeless or making the transition from prison back into society, is still looking for winter apparel for its first coat drive in Wayne...

290 MOC students turn tassels at commencement ceremony

MOUNT OLIVE -- "That's my mommy," shouted one excited young spectator Saturday afternoon as graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during Mount Olive College's 55th commencement exercises. The family ties weren't just in the audience. They...

Gateway sets holiday schedule

The Goldsboro/Wayne Transportation Authority will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24, with van service ending at 1 p.m. The office staff will not be available to process reservations between Dec. 24 and 26. On Dec. 24, the bus service will...

Food Initiative receives grants totaling $24,000

The Wayne Food Initiative has received two grants in the past month totaling $24,000. Wayne Food Initiative is a new group formed about a year ago to build a local sustainable food system. Sustainable development has been described as an...

Local fire departments receive grants from state

A number of Wayne County volunteer fire departments have received grants to help buy new equipment from the state Department of Insurance. The grants were announced recently by state Insurance Commissioner Jim Long. The Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Department received...

Filmmaker recognized

A Goldsboro native has won an Award of Merit from the Indie Film Fest. Kara B. Still of Wilmington was honored for her film "Altared." She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cause of death revealed in Dakota Street fire

An autopsy from the N.C. Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill shows two Goldsboro house fire victims died of smoke inhalation, Goldsboro police Sgt. Chad Calloway said via news release. Joseph and Hilda Allen apparently died of smoke inhalation and...

Cherry Hospital director to step down

Dr. Jack St. Clair, director of Cherry Hospital, will step down from his post, effective Dec. 31, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. In a news release issued Friday afternoon, DHHS Secretary Dempsey Benton said...

Wayne schools earn 'quality' accreditation

Wayne County Public Schools have been accredited as a "Quality School System" through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and AdvancED. A review team of current educators in districts across...

Tax-listing schedule to be considered

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will be asked to approve a local property tax listing period to run from Friday, Jan. 2, through Saturday, Jan. 31. The schedule will be considered at the commissioners' meeting Tuesday morning. Any...

Parkstown celebrates Christmas

Hundreds of people lined the roadway in the Parkstown community on Thursday for the annual Parkstown Christmas Parade. Once known as the "Biggest Little Parade in the World," the event faded from the scene for decades but underwent a...

Empty Stocking Fund party Saturday

Although donations have lagged, organizers say the Empty Stocking Fund party will go on Saturday -- just as it has for the past 96 years. The Christmas party for needy children sponsored by the Goldsboro Woman's Club, the Continental Society...

Price to sign copies of 'Folks Around Here'

Signings for copies of Gene Price's book, "Folks Around Here," will be held at the Lantern Inn Saturday morning, at the Wayne County Library from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Downtown Deli from 11 until 1 p.m....

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Man robbed at ATM Samuel Perkins of La Grange reported Wednesday that he was robbed by two black males while walking out of Sears on North Berkeley Boulevard. The two men drove up and asked him a question, Perkins...

Confederate monument at Whitehall Memorial Park to be dedicated Saturday

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A ceremony to dedicate a monument to the 13 Confederate soldiers killed at the Civil War Battle of Whitehall will be held Saturday at Whitehall Confederate Memorial Park on Budd Fields Road near Seven Springs. The battle...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Shooting suspect apprehended

Goldsboro police say Aijalon D. Dove, 17, is responsible for a non-fatal shooting at the corner of Slocumb and Elm Streets on Nov. 13 just before midnight. Dove, of Courtyard Circle, was arrested in the Courtyard Circle apartment complex, where...

Wayne Country Day students give up activity funds for cause

Seventh- and eighth-graders at Wayne Country Day School had a chance to keep their money for fun projects and class trips. That was the reason they had a pie sale in the first place. But when they heard that there...

Waynesborough trails to be dedicated to Kemp in Saturday ceremony

The Old Waynesborough Commission will dedicate several miles of hiking and nature trails to the late William P. Kemp during its annual Christmas in the Village event Saturday. The holiday celebration will be 1 to 5 p.m. at the reconstructed...

Southern Wayne teacher under investigation

DUDLEY -- A Southern Wayne High School teacher is under investigation for "improper conduct" with a student, but investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office would not say whether the misconduct was of a sexual nature. Wayne County Schools...

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GPS theft Goldsboro Police Sgt. Chad Calloway said that Global Position Satellite systems, which often feature a touchscreen, are becoming a common target for vehicle break-in thefts. Another was reported Tuesday night on North Spence Avenue by Christoph Becraft, 23,...

New lampposts to bring more light to downtown Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The downtown revitalization project that contributed to the town's hodgepodge style of street lights also will be responsible for making the fixtures more uniform. As part of the project, new street lights were installed on the...

Mount Olive College students establish non-profit organization

MOUNT OLIVE -- A group of students at Mount Olive College has put their classroom knowledge to work, in the form of creating a nonprofit organization to assist local children and organizations that serve the needs of children. The...

Norwayne briefly locks down

Norwayne Middle School went into a brief lockdown Wednesday morning, but no students were involved and no charges filed, officials said. Ken Derksen, public information officer for Wayne County Public Schools, confirmed that it happened before school started and...

Officials say despite new law, street racing isn't a problem here

There are few recent reports, if any, of illegal street racing within the city of Goldsboro or the townships of Wayne County, according to investigative and patrol authorities and a review by the News-Argus of nearly every submitted police...

Duplin student takes gun to school

WARSAW -- A 16-year-old James Kenan High student was charged and expelled Tuesday after being caught with a weapon at school. Duplin Sheriff's Captain Tim Jones said the teen was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sweet treat by the seashore

Seven-year-old Lauren Lovic, left, and Averi King, 10, look at a gingerbread lighthouse that won first place in the Arts Council of Wayne County's gingerbread baking competition Monday evening. The contest was the second annual one held by the Arts...

Stoney Creek Park Alliance looking for private funds after council reject

The Goldsboro Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee approved a plan for Stoney Creek Park Tuesday -- a day after the City Council decided it would not seek grant money to help with the project. A public forum was held on...

Youth Summit planned for this Saturday in Goldsboro High School

Smart Choices for Youth and Wayne County Public Schools will team up this weekend to host the second annual "Youth Violence Awareness Summit," targeting gang and drug prevention. Saturday's event will be 9 a.m. until noon in Goldsboro High School...

Suspect in Iowa murders caught in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- Police in Iowa are still investigating the motivation of Iowa State University student and former Pikeville resident Atiba Spellman, 33, who is wanted in connection with the murder of a former live-in girlfriend and a man she...

LaGrange considering contract with Lenoir County sheriff

LAGRANGE -- Police officers met at the town's Railroad Street station Tuesday night, presumably to discuss the town's initial move to disband the Police Department and contract services with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. Town Manager John Craft said...

Man dies in shooting Tuesday in Mount Olive

A shooting at 126 Lee's Country Club Road in Mount Olive on Tuesday night left a Goldsboro man dead from gunshot wounds, and a suspect already in jail, the town's police chief said. Mount Olive police Chief Ralph Schroeder...

Task Force sets sights on safer holiday on roads

With the approaching festive holiday season, also renowned for increases in drinking and driving, one group hopes to become more proactive in preventive measures. The Substance Abuse Task Force, an arm of Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, or WATCH,...

Angels will fly in 2009

It's official -- the Navy's premier flight demonstration team is coming back to Wayne County. The 4th Fighter Wing confirmed Tuesday that the Blue Angels have been named a headliner for the 2009 Wings Over Wayne air show. The two-day...

Polar Express train ride will roll this weekend in Herman Park

The magic of the Polar Express is coming to Herman Park Dec. 12-14, courtesy of the Goldsboro Kiwanis Club and the Goldsboro High School Key Club. Kids from 1 to 92 are invited to take a trip to Santa's workshop...

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Man reports assault, robbery John Gray of Indian Springs Road, Mount Olive, reported that three black males blocked the intersection of Stanley Chapel Church and Emmaus Church roads, hit him and robbed him on Monday, according to a Wayne...

Co-owner of troubled Kinston nightclub arrested

KINSTON -- A co-owner of a Kinston nightclub allegedly sold marijuana to undercover agents, and was arrested this weekend after being found at the home of a friend, authorities there say. Investigations Capt. Jim Oldenburg said the office had...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Suspect in Iowa double homicide caught in Pikeville

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says they caught a suspect in an Iowa double murder in the Pikeville area on Monday afternoon, authorities say. Atiba Spellman, 33, a former Pikeville resident, is accused of murdering a former girlfriend and a...

Club owner arrested on marijuana charges in Lenoir County

A Lenoir County club owner was arrested for selling marijuana to undercover agents, according to Lenoir County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jim Oldenburg. Dana Jo Pusateri, 31, of Spiritual Drive, Kinston, allegedly sold six quarter-ounce bags of marijuana on two occasions...

Club owner arrested on marijuana charges in Lenoir County

A Lenoir County club owner was arrested for selling marijuana to undercover agents, according to Lenoir County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jim Oldenburg. Dana Jo Pusateri, 31, of Spiritual Drive, Kinston, allegedly sold six quarter-ounce bags of marijuana on two occasions...

Blue Angels, Golden Knights to perform at 2009 Wings Over Wayne air show

It's official -- the Navy's premier demonstration team is coming back to Wayne County. The 4th Fighter Wing confirmed Tuesday that the Blue Angels have been named a headliner for the 2009 Wings Over Wayne air show. The two-day event,...

Kitchen Table Conversations -- Take 2

Towanda Hagans is proud to be a volunteer in her children's schools. She is on the Parent Advisory Council at Carver Elementary School, where her son is a student, and volunteers in the office at her daughter's school, Mount Olive...

Goldsboro will get one of 31 new veterans clinics

For many local veterans, medical care comes with long drives to Veterans Affairs hospitals in Durham and Fayetteville. But thanks to a plan announced by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James Peake Friday, there will soon be a much closer...

New Rec Center will force tax hike

Goldsboro's proposed Community Recreation Center could come with a price tag for taxpayers -- a possible tax increase of between 5 and 12 cents in July -- and a new park plan might have to be funded by private donations,...

Governor-elect meets with business leaders

GREENVILLE -- Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue's "listen and learn" series of roundtable meetings with business, education and community leaders to gather suggestions on how to address the state's pressing issues made a stop Monday morning in Greenville, where she received...

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Business robbed A shop worker reported he was robbed at gunpoint by two black males at Glenn Country Store on Fox Drive on Friday, authorities said. The subjects concealed their faces with white T-shirts, and both wore dark blue...

Ecstasy arrest in Dudley

A Dudley man was arrested after being found with 55 "Ecstasy" or MDMA pills, according to a Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad news release. Jaikelvin Maye, 20, of Timber Hollow Drive, was charged with possession of the Schedule I narcotic, and...

Monday, December 8, 2008

They love a parade: Pikeville kicks off holiday

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus ride on their town-sponsored float -- a replica of their living room -- and wave to the crowd lining the streets during the Pikeville Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. Town police estimated that about 500 people turned...

Vehicle defaults on rise in counties

Automobile repossessions have increased in the past several months, and it's not just high-end sports cars getting the hook. "I went from picking up five cars a day to 10 cars a day," said Eddie of Final Notice Recovery, a...

Mount Olive interviews candidates for new recreation director position

MOUNT OLIVE -- Interviews were held last Tuesday and Thursday nights as the town continued its search for a new recreation director. The list of applicants has been narrowed to four people including ones from Mount Olive, Goldsboro, Warsaw...

Officials: Shortfall will hurt families

Focused largely on helping struggling working families, officials with the North Carolina Justice Center presented their thoughts on the current and upcoming state budget situations Friday, and like many watching the state government, they were not optimistic. Using numbers...

Officials: Downtown development still has ways to go

Sixteen months after Goldsboro City Council unanimously approved a 10-year master plan to better the downtown area, Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Director Julie Thompson says there is still a long road ahead. At the August 2007 council meeting, members were...

National Guard units tapped for duty

More than four years ago, members of the 230th Brigade Support Battalion were working hand-in-hand with the Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq. In a few months -- without a major development at home or abroad -- they are going...

Senior Center trying to establish support groups

Wayne County Services on Aging is trying to find out if the residents it serves are interested in establishing a support group. Wellsprings Center in Goldsboro has announced that it is willing to run a support group at the...

GATEWAY seeking sponsors for benches

GATEWAY, the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority, is looking for sponsors for its recently purchased bus stop benches. So far, of the 40 benches purchased, three have been installed -- one at the Wayne County Senior Center on South John Street,...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Foreclosures in Wayne: It could be worse

Wayne County rode out a wave of home foreclosures in October and another upward climb might be on the horizon, but Realtors and lenders say the area is in better shape than other parts of the country. "We do some...

Goldsboro calls special council meeting

The Goldsboro City Council will hold a special meeting Monday at 3 p.m. in the large conference room at the City Hall Addition to discuss the budget and how Stoney Creek Park and the Community Recreation Center fit into the...

Christmas cheer

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas Saturday in Wayne County, as five cities and townships held their annual holiday parades. A fleet of classic cars cruised Main Street at 1 p.m. in Fremont, including a canary yellow...

Officials identify victims of house fire

Goldsboro officials have identified the two victims of an early Thursday morning blaze as Joseph Wiggs and Hilda Allen. Wiggs, 54, and Ms. Allen, 64, were renting the 1506 Dakota St. home, which was found fully engulfed when fire fighters...

Veterans' stories

One saw Europe through the eyes of a fighter pilot. Another watched friends fall in the Vietnam jungle. And there is a marksman, weapons officer and truck driver -- even a pair of medics. Eight men living together in an...

Community member has heart, puts soles on children's feet

For five years Paul Benton has worked to provide shoes to every foster child in Wayne County. Three years ago, he said, that meant making Christmas a little better for 120 children. Two years ago it was 82. This year...

Faison opposes Fibrowatt plant

FAISON -- Months of negotiations between the town and officials of a Pennsylvania-based company that plans to build a $140 million poultry litter-fueled power plant just west of town have gone up in smoke. The town last month effectively broke...

Mount Olive Small Town group looking for more input, members

MOUNT OLIVE -- The revitalization of the west side of the 200 block of North Center Street is the most visible sign of the Small Town Main Street group's support of efforts to help spark a renewed life and interest...

Walnut Creek facing sewer problems

WALNUT CREEK -- Problems with the Village of Walnut Creek's sewer system topped discussions at Tuesday's third and final town hall meeting, as well as at its village council meeting Wednesday. On Tuesday, some of the 30 residents in attendance...

Wayne County unemployment rate rises

More Wayne County residents were without a job in October, as the jobless rate increased to 6.4 percent -- up 0.1 percent from September. Bill Pate, manager of the local Employment Security Commission, said he knew the rate would...

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Student cited for weapon on high school campus A Charles B. Aycock student was cited for accidentally brining his hunting bow and arrows in school property inside his Jeep Cherokee, according to a report. Christopher Steward, 17, was given a...

Parade Saturday

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas Saturday in Wayne County, as five cities and townships held their annual holiday parades. A fleet of classic cars cruised Main Street at 1 p.m. in Fremont, including a canary yellow...

Walnut Creek facing sewer problems

WALNUT CREEK -- Problems with the Village of Walnut Creek's sewer system topped discussions at Tuesday's third and final town hall meeting, as well as at its village council meeting Wednesday. On Tuesday, some of the 30 residents in...

Veterans' stories

One saw Europe through the eyes of a fighter pilot. Another watched friends fall in the Vietnam jungle. And there is a marksman, weapons officer and truck driver -- even a pair of medics. Eight men living together in an...

Officials identify victims of house fire

Goldsboro officials have identified the two victims of an early Thursday morning blaze as Joseph Wiggs and Hilda Allen. Wiggs, 54, and Ms. Allen, 64, were renting the 1506 Dakota St. home, which was found fully engulfed when fire...

Mount Olive Small Town group looking for more input, members

MOUNT OLIVE -- The revitalization of the west side of the 200 block of North Center Street is the most visible sign of the Small Town Main Street group's support of efforts to help spark a renewed life and...

Faison opposes Fibrowatt plant

FAISON -- Months of negotiations between the town and officials of a Pennsylvania-based company that plans to build a $140 million poultry litter-fueled power plant just west of town have gone up in smoke. The town last month effectively...

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's not over until the campaign chair drums

United Way of Wayne County's 2008 campaign chairman David Perry kept his promise to the community Thursday -- and Donna Cook of Park Designs took home a brand new car. After announcing that Wayne County businesses and individuals had donated...

Alliance looks to trim park costs

Members of the Stoney Creek Park Alliance met Thursday afternoon to discuss how to cut down the $1.17 million price tag that has been projected for a first-rate park. Alliance members say they don't need a state-of-the-art park, just something...

Base to simulate emergency response

If you hear sirens blaring and see local emergency responders racing toward the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base gate next week, don't panic. It is only a test. Airmen from both the 4th Fighter Wing and 916th Air Refueling Wing...

Parade prep: Holiday marches set for Saturday

Santa Claus will be hopping on Saturday. The day will be the big Christmas parade day in Wayne County and surrounding towns, with five scheduled. Mount Olive will hold its parade at 10 a.m., Fremont at 1 p.m., Princeton also...

Annexation topic of Mount Olive board session

MOUNT OLIVE -- Annexation, a dirty word among many property owners in Wayne County, was a topic of conversation among Mount Olive Town Commissioners at their Monday night session. Meanwhile, Town Manager Charles Brown will be in Raleigh today...

Grand Jury sends up county indictments

Two men caught with about 6.4 pounds of cocaine in LaGrange were indicted by a Wayne County Grand Jury this month, court records show. Adelaido Campos, 53, of Leaning Post Lane, LaGrange, was charged with trafficking in cocaine by possession...

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Woman forced into home at gunpoint Nekita Seaberry, 23, of Charles Street told police she was opening her door late on Wednesday night when approached by a man with a handgun. Ms. Seaberry reported she was forced inside and the...

Duplin board selects leaders

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners have elected Cary Turner of Beautancus as chairman and Reginald Wells of Rose Hill as vice chairman. The commissioners, meeting Monday in the county administration building in Kenansville, also received a new member, Frances...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mount Olive board OKs new sign, first depot contracts

MOUNT OLIVE -- A decades-old traffic pattern is about to change for motorists, and a local historic landmark is getting a makeover. Mount Olive Town Board members talked about the long-awaited depot renovation project and the traffic change at...

County will get $400,000 for local housing rehabilitation

Wayne County officials are hopeful a $400,000 grant will allow the county to rehabilitate between 12-14 houses. Commissioners applied for the grant in October, were notified last week it had been approved, and Monday morning officially voted to accept...

Former News-Argus editor releases book of stories, writings

So for those with whom he has shared a chat, it comes as no surprise that the 55-year newsroom veteran is storytelling again. Price's newly published "Folks Around Here" is a collection, he says, of humorous and serious columns and...

Don Davis to resign as Snow Hill mayor

Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis announced Tuesday that he will step down from his post on Monday as he prepares to take his seat as the District 5 state senator in January. Davis, a Democrat, defeated Republican state Rep....

Cherry worker charged in assault

A Cherry Hospital worker has been charged with sexually abusing a patient. Perry J. Butler was charged with felony sexual offense Monday. He stands accused of having sex with the patient. Butler was released from the Wayne County Jail Tuesday...

Board asks for input on building site

The board of trustees of the old Community Building wants Wayne County residents to help decide what should be done with land the board owns on the corner of William and Walnut streets. A public meeting is set for Jan....

Couple die in blaze

Two people died in a Dakota Street house fire early this morning, and state investigators have been called in, fire officials said. Arson is not suspected at this point, Capt. Bernard Patterson said. The names of the two victims, a...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Schools have ways to meet state's demand for money back

School officials have identified areas where nearly $760,000 can be cut by year's end to meet the state's demands to offset its budget shortfall. Late last month Wayne County Public School was notified by the Department of Public Instruction of...

Cold snap: How long before we snap out of it?

This morning's cold snap was just a passing thing, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Moneypenny -- a normal winter fluctuation in temperatures. With a low this morning in the mid-20s -- only 5 to 10 degrees below normal --...

A cost justified? County debates merits of one-stop voting election expenditures

Wayne County Commissioner Andy Anderson questioned Monday morning the need and cost effectiveness of the two additional one-stop voting sites utilized by the county during last month's election. Anderson said the county's three primary one-stop sites had experienced a...

City anticipates $2.2 million budget deficit

Goldsboro may see budget shortfalls of more than $2.2 million at the end of this fiscal year, City Council members learned Monday -- shortages that may put pressure on future projects such as the Community Recreation Center. But, said...

Man shot, injured near Ash Street KFC

Five undercover Sheriff's Department deputies were in an Ash Street fast food restaurant Tuesday when a man was shot outside nearby, according to Goldsboro police reports. Police made an arrest about eight hours after the 12:30 p.m. shooting near...

Empty Stocking Fund needs your help

Unless donations to the Empty Stocking Fund increase soon, organizers say they will have a difficult time making the annual party for needy children a success. The goal for this year's event, which has been held for nearly a...

Duplin County commissioners adopt new tax valuation rates

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners adopted new property tax values Monday, but the board made no promises about lowering the tax rate for next year to offset the increases that most property owners will see. Commissioners...

Suspects sought in horse, cow shootings

Authorities are searching for a suspect in two separate shootings that killed two farm animals, a cow and a horse, Wayne County Animal Control officials said. But ballistic analysis, which is sometimes used in animal shootings, will not help...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wayne development rating improves

Despite several recent announcements of job loss and the fact that its actual economic situation is largely unchanged from last year, the state Department of Commerce moved Wayne County up in its 2009 economic development tier rankings. A Tier...

County weighs parking lot rules

A proposal to require businesses in Wayne County with six or more parking spaces to have their parking lots paved drew criticism from some members of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners on Monday. Jack Best and Andy Anderson...

Christmas tree sales: Is it a sign of holiday health?

Wayne Jackson, left, and Brownie Southerland, the owner of Bo-tank-us Christmas Tree Farm, prepare a Fraser fir for a customer. The tree was grown in the mountains, but customers can also pick from live trees grown on the farm on...

DGDC takes look at new office

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. might have found a new office. The Maxwell family recently donated the commercial buildings on North John Street between Mulberry and Ash streets to the city, and the DGDC is considering moving its office to...

Council reviews Stoney Creek Park plan

More than a million dollars will likely be needed to develop Stoney Creek Park into the greenspace the alliance supporting the park project envisions, Goldsboro City Council members learned Monday. The cost projection, prepared by consulting and architectural firm Kimley-Horn...

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Man shot in car A Fremont man was shot while sitting in a car at a hotel on South Harding Drive early Saturday morning, Goldsboro police said. Anthony Montreal McClain, 20, of N.C. 581, was transported to Wayne Memorial...

Patrol car rear ends woman's vehicle

A Wayne County Sheriff's Office patrol car struck a woman's vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 117 and U.S. 13 on Monday. Cpl. Kenneth Grice will be charged in the incident, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said today. "Apparently, what...

Monday, December 1, 2008

For their children: Shriners share holiday spirit

The annual Shriners and Shrinettes Christmas party Sunday night at the Wayne County Shrine Club gave the hard-working members a chance to meet the children they help, and to spread some holiday cheer. Eight children, all patients at the Greenville,...

Recycling revenue curbed by downturn

One man's junk might be another man's treasure, but in today's sour economic market the junk, at least the recyclable kind, isn't as valuable as it once was. People continue to recycle, but the premium prices the materials once...

Boys and Girls Club board will serve pancakes this Saturday

Buying a stack of pancakes this weekend could help give a Wayne County child a place to go after school. The Boys and Girls Club will have its annual Pancake Day Saturday at the club, which is located at 1401...

ML Teacher nominated for Presidential Award

Tracy Thomas, a second-grade teacher at Meadow Lane Elementary School, has been named one of three state finalists in the 2008 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program. A teacher for more than 14 years, Ms. Thomas...

Two new commissioners take their oaths

Dr. Sandra McCullen of the Sleepy Creek community near Dudley and Steve Keen of Rosewood took the oath of office this morning as the newest members of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. In both cases, the new commissioners...

Junior Leadership Wayne County teaches young community members valuable skills

For 11 years, Junior Leadership Wayne County has provided a chance for high school juniors to learn more about their hometown area and participate in volunteer service opportunities. The program is open to students in private, public and home schools...

Goldsboro teen competing in 2008 Miss Jr. Teen Raleigh pageant

Sterling Kathleen Simmons of Goldsboro will be competing in the Nationals Inc. 2008 Miss Jr. Teen Raleigh pageant this year on Sunday, Dec. 14. She will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions that...

Fremont aldermen want to give new life to old trash cans

FREMONT -- As Fremont town officials work to cut costs wherever possible, residents will likely be getting their old trash cans back for use as recycling bins. The cans, used for the last 17 years, were retired earlier this...

Population key factor in getting restaurant

While the economy might be keeping some businesses from expanding around the country in general and in Wayne County in particular, what is keeping restaurants away is one factor, local development officials say -- who lives here. Many of...

Walnut Creek to hold final town hall meeting to hear residents' concerns

The Walnut Creek Village Council will hold its third and final town hall meeting Tuesday night. The meeting, an open forum between residents and council members, will be held at the Walnut Creek Country Club at 7 p.m. The...