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Sunday, February 1, 2009

$600,000 hit: County leaders hope October sales tax loss won't become a pattern

Wayne County's sales tax revenues took a $600,000 clobbering in October -- a hit that will have repercussions across the entire county budget from schools' capital needs to the general fund. It will be the first of the week...

Commission agrees with decisions on 4-day week

Most of Wayne County's commissioners are voicing their support for the four-day workweek that was implemented last summer, but they also agree with County Manager Lee Smith's decision to delay expanding that schedule to include the tax and Register...

County home sales rose in January

Wayne County's home sales might have been down in November and December, but some area Realtors say January is bringing good news. "January is a gangbuster," said Judith McMillen of the Prudential The McMillen Real Estate Group, who has...

Wayne jobless rate rises again in December

Wayne County's unemployment rate jumped again in December, increasing from 7.2 percent in November to 7.9 percent -- its highest point since "the early '80s" said local Employment Security Commission manager Bill Pate. "It's been since the very early...

Relay kickoff, Sun Feb 1

Wayne County residents are gearing up for the 2009 Relay for Life with a kickoff celebration dinner Thursday. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Pentecostal Holiness Church. The speakers will be this year's honorary...

Students show off science experiments

Students in Wayne County Public Schools showed off their attempts at scientific research Saturday during the annual districtwide science fair at Meadow Lane Elementary. Twelve winners were chosen to go to the Regional Science Fair in Wilmington at the University...

Pink Hill man dies in wreck with semi

A Pink Hill man was killed on N.C. 111 South after his pickup crossed a double-yellow line and slammed head-on into an 18-wheeler Friday, authorities said. David Scott Herring, 49, of Burncoat Road, was dead at the scene, about 3.6...

MERCI Center to help low-income families with housing repairs

The MERCI Center in Rosewood is looking for homeowners who need emergency repairs so they can stay in their houses, and for contractors who can help. The organization, originally called the Marion Edwards Recovery Center Initiatives after the United...

City Council expected to move forward with annexation

The Goldsboro City Council will discuss passing a resolution of intent to consider moving forward with Phase 12 annexation plans at its meeting Monday night. The area included in Phase 12 is north of Buck Swamp Road and includes...

Police see rise in scooter thefts

Patrick Dunleavy's purchase of a "really brand-new-looking" Zonshen moped was intended to save money on gas. Now, he's riding his bicycle, because like many area residents, his alternative transportation is likely in the possession of a thief. "I had...

MO agenda

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town commissioners are expected Monday night to declare the 20-year-old handguns that the town's police officers have been using as surplus. The meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. at town hall on East James Street....