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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Local students get firsthand look at historic inauguration

Carter Jones had been to Washington, D.C. before, but the 11-year-old didn't really remember that much about the nation's capital. "I was little when I came before," the Carver Elemen-tary School fifth-grader said. But as he started his jaunt to...

Decades-old rape case reset for Feb. 16

A man Goldsboro police say is linked to a 1987 rape of a 12-year-old girl -- the same crime that sent an innocent man to prison for 18 years -- is scheduled to appear in court next month, a judge...

One shot away: Retiring Goldsboro policeman looks back on career

Brady Thompson saw a blue flash and grabbed his chest, rolling back into an empty East Elm Street bedroom he had just "cleared." Thompson, the captain of Goldsboro's Narcotics/Vice squad, had been shot by a man under suspicion for cocaine...

Governor makes unannounced visit to Cherry

Gov. Beverly Perdue made good on one of her campaign pledges Friday, dropping in unannounced at Cherry Hospital for a surprise visit. During her campaign the governor promised that she would make surprise accountability inspections at state facilities, including...

Money totals in from 2008 election races

Fourth-quarter campaign finance reports for those candidates who ran in November's elections were released earlier this month, and among those who won state office, almost all agreed that spending was higher than expected in 2008. In the state Senate...

Dr. Ed Wilson remembers association with late Bob Scott

Ed Wilson remembers former Gov. Bob Scott well. As the executive vice president of the state community college system, Wilson worked directly with the governor for nine years. "There's just so much to say about him," he said about Scott,...

Cornerstone winners to be honored with plaques

Winners of the Wayne County Chamber of Com-merce's Annual Cornerstone Award, the organization's most prestigious award, will be honored with a ceremony Tuesday. The award is presented to individuals that have shown commitment to the growth of the community...

Duplin Historical Society to honor WWII heroes with memorial

KENANSVILLE -- The man who spearheaded -- and executed -- an effort to honor Duplin County's Vietnam War dead has a new mission. Duplin Historical Society president Charles Ingram said the organization is planning to hold a memorial service much...

Commissioners' group seeks end to second primaries

If the state's county commissioners have their way, the money their counties have to spend for what is traditionally a handful of voters to cast ballots in second primaries would become a thing of the past. For example, a...

Company says coal ash ponds no threat here

Coal ash ponds have been an inconspicuous part of the Wayne County landscape since the 1950s and most residents are probably unaware of the pond's existence just a few miles west of Goldsboro near the Neuse River. The ponds...