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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Snow, Part II: Slip-sliding, no school as flurries hit county

Wayne County residents awoke to a snow and sleet storm early today, with stiff winds and slick roads that made driving treacherous and forced schools to cancel classes. Jeff Orrock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh,...

Showing their talent

ArtSmarts students Anthony Cumby, left, Ashley Smith, center, and Dashon Davis, right, perform the song "When the Saints Go Marching In" on recorders during a musical revue and art exhibit at Herman Park Center Tuesday night. ArtSmarts is an after-school...

Neuse escapee caught in New Bern

A team sent to find an escapee from Neuse Correctional Institution discovered the New Bern man hiding behind a tree in a wooded area near his home town, a prison official said today. Johnny Dickerson, 29, who was serving...

Duplin lifts hiring freeze for some public safety jobs

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to lift the county's hiring freeze for positions that affect public safety, specifically the Sheriff's Office, the county's E911 system and the public health department. Sheriff Blake Wallace asked...

City reports some revenue, collections up so far

Goldsboro residents are paying their property taxes. And many are keeping up with their garbage bills. But some aren't buying as much at retail stores in the city as expected, at least up until November. And they aren't building or...

County might see $2.5M shortfall

Underestimating sales tax and Medicaid relief revenues should help Wayne County compensate for a projected worst-case $2.5 million county budget shortfall, while helping the county better prepare for next year's budget, County Manager Lee Smith said Tuesday. Adding to...

One day left to make Emergency Food and Shelter program grant applications

Qualifying organizations only have until Thursday to submit their applications for their share of the $72,880 Wayne County has received from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which is administered by FEMA. Last year's award was $57,624, which assisted...

County residents say no tax hikes until fat is cut

Several Wayne County taxpayers say government on all levels needs to cut more fat before thinking about imposing any more taxes to deal with money problems, especially now with the economic woes the country is experiencing. The country's economy...

Commission thanked for limiting four-day week

Speaking on behalf of local Realtors, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Hicks thanked county commissioners Tuesday for not switching the tax and Register of Deeds offices to the county's four-day workweek. "On behalf of the business community and...

Red Cross auction set for March

The sixth annual sports memorabilia auction will be held March 5 at Lane Tree Golf Club. It is a fundraiser for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Tickets are $30 per person and $300 for a...