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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jobless rate 9.2; but better news ahead

Unemployment in Wayne County jumped more than a percentage point in January to a 20-year high of 9.2 percent as rates rose in all 100 of North Carolina's counties. The rate, which rose 1.3 percent from 7.9 percent in...

Serving up 'Hot Grog'

Geoff Hulse, left, portrays the infamous pirate Blackbeard as Rosalyn Lomax and Kirk Keller play the parts of Read and Stede Bonnet during the Wayne County Reads production of "Hot Grog" Friday in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. The...

Officials: Air show, festival will boost revenue

Despite growing concerns over the state of the economy, local officials remain confident that a boost to Wayne County coffers is only a month away. Crowds in the tens of thousands are expected in Mount Olive and Goldsboro the week...

Dogs on the mend

Rain drizzled from a gray sky, but a crackling fire chased away the chill in Kitty McBride's Raleigh townhome as she curled on a couch with her three dogs. It would be hard to guess that the little pack snuggled...

Memories recalled of city's first black chief

Before it became state law to be "buckled up," one of Goldsboro's police chiefs resisted an order from City Hall to wear a seat belt. Not because he objected to the improved safety. Because it would have wrinkled his...

Legislators share views on schools, roads, funds

Wayne County's state legislative delegation gathered at the Goldsboro Country Club Friday morning to answer questions and to give a snapshot of what is happening right now in Raleigh. So far, only two months into the session, much of...

Pikeville commissioners discuss Town Hall status

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville Town Commissioners met Thursday evening at the Community Center to start discussions of the upcoming budget. An even though the session was more of a wish list to start out this year's budget process, with officials knowing...

Murder trial resumes Monday

A jury will return to Wayne County Superior Court Monday to continue to hear evidence in the case of a double murder. Roderick Miles Davis Jr., 25, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of James...

Most Duplin leaders oppose changing boards' makeup

Duplin's school board and county commission aren't pleased with a bill that State Sen. Charlie Albertson has introduced to have voters decide whether to add a seventh member to both boards. The bill, S550, has been referred to the Senate's...

Military contractor fair Wednesday

R&O, Atherton Construction and The North Carolina Military Business Center are working in conjunction to support an "R&O and Atherton Construction Subcontracting Fair" Wednesday at Wayne Community College in the Wayne Learning Center from 1-5 p.m. Other sponsors of the...

Goldsboro Host Lions Club observes 70th anniversary

The Goldsboro Host Lions Club turned 70 years old on Wednesday and on Thursday night about 70 people helped celebrate the club's anniversary. The crowd gathered at the St. Luke United Methodist Church and represented numerous area Lions clubs, including...

Minister traveling cross-country by horse

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Rev. Ken Downey passed through this small Wayne County town this week, on his way to making a cross-country trip on horseback -- much the way 18th century circuit riders carried their message. Downey, who hails...

Butterfield rep fields questions

A representative from Congressman G.K. Butterfield's Wilson field office met with more than 30 people in Goldsboro Friday to discuss constituent issues. Most of the concerns voiced, said caseworker Rosena Ricks, involved veteran's and Social Security claims and disability...

Battle of Goldsborough history program Saturday

Civil War buffs will get a chance Saturday, March 28, to see what life was like for the average soldier when a living history program is held at the site of the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge off the Old Mount...

Barrow is recognized by national homebuilders

Ron Barrow of RSB Home Builder Inc., recently became a member of the select group of professional builders, remodelers and other industry professionals nationwide who have earned the certified green professional designation. The program is administered by the National Association...

Wayne chapter of the Red Cross will Ride for the Red this Saturday

Local motorcyclists will be revving up their engines Saturday to raise money for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. It is part of the Wayne County chapter's annual Heroes Campaign. The Ride for the Red is sponsored by...