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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mayor King: Wear Relay T-shirts tomorrow

With a little help from Goldsboro Mayor Al King, Relay for Life organizers will be raising awareness Friday about their annual event. King, via proclamation, has endorsed trading in typical work clothes for Relay T-shirts tomorrow -- a move...

Military appreciation: For some students, the gratitude is personal

Growing up in a military family, James Hatfield equated the Air Force with the notion that "daddy is moving, so you move." "This is the most rigorous test a family can go through, to be in a military family and...

Banquet recognizes Hunter's service

Samuel Hunter received the "Distinguished Citizen Award" Monday before more than 175 friends, business associates and family members. The award, presented by the Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts of America, honors Hunter for his business leadership, community service...

Produce warehouse fire ruled arson

FAISON -- A Duplin County warehouse fire that firefighters battled for three days was intentionally set, authorities are saying. "At this time the exact cause has not been determined, but it was intentionally set," Duplin County Emergency Services Director...

NAACP protests challenge to section of Voting Rights Act

Local members of the NAACP joined with other members of the state organization Wednesday in traveling to Washington, D.C., to express opposition to a constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act. A challenge to Section 5 of the measure is...

Rep. Jones to speak at Fremont UMC

Third District Congressman Walter B. Jones will speak Sunday night at Fremont United Methodist Church as part of the church's "Christian Stars" Program. The event will start at 7 p.m. at the church on Sycamore Street. The church started the...

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Investigations The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating these reports: *The theft of $200 in cash was reported following a break-in at Fantastic Sams on North Berkeley Boulevard. *Audio equipment was stolen from Greenwood Middle School. Two speakers, each valued...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Alumnus to speak at ECU graduation

A seasoned F-15 pilot who toured Seymour Johnson Air Force Base as a young ROTC cadet will return to eastern North Carolina May 8 to give the spring commencement address at his alma mater. Lt. Gen. Gary North, commander of...

MOC students are doing fine on Mexico trip

The Mount Olive College contingent that left over the weekend for a seven-day internship in Mexico is following news about the swine flu outbreak but will continue with its travel agenda, officials said Tuesday. Despite reported closures of public and...

Civilian/U.S. Air Force collaboration prompts new play equipment

A conversation between two moms on the playground has turned into a new set of equipment being installed at their children's school. Brenda Volk, president of the Meadow Lane Elementary School PTA, recalls the fortuitous conversation that sparked the effort....

Meadow Lane fourth-grader wins future Appalachian State University scholarship

A fourth-grader at Meadow Lane Elementary School has become the county's 17th recipient of a $20,000 scholarship to Appalachian State University, payable upon his high school graduation in 2018. Malik Satchell, the son of Humeka and Garland Knowlton, was the...

Off to battle: 336th Rocketeers to Afghanistan

Long before sunrise, tears were falling along the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line. Members of the 4th Fighter Wing's 336th Fighter Squadron were heading to war -- to the Russian-built airfield at Bagram, Afghanistan. For close to an...

Duplin schools ask for extra $5 million in funding

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County School District is asking for $12.5 million in local money for the next school year, which includes $4.8 million a court awarded the schools this past year. The extra funding -- almost $5 million over...

Chamber of Commerce starts young professionals gathering

A new group led by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to young professionals to help them develop their leadership skills and to provide networking and social opportunities with other professionals in the area. Targeting Young Professionals...

Headed to war

Long before sunrise, members of the 4th Fighter Wing's 336th Fighter Squadron -- and more than a dozen F-15E Strike Eagles -- left Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for war. Their destination, the Russian-built Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, will be their...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Company tower query rejected by commission

The Goldsboro Planning Commission voted Monday to deny a request by U.S. Cellular to install a 199-foot cell phone tower on a land parcel on Tommy's Road between Deans Lane and Highway 117 South. However, the commission waived the...

Water safety training

Samia Garner, left, and a group of Northwest Elementary School second-grade students do an exercise to learn about the dangers of lightning while swimming.  Mrs. Garner asked the students to count the seconds between the flash of lightning and the...

Celebrating being boys

Goldsboro Mayor Al King shakes hands with North Drive Elementary student Lynwood Cox as Yisrael Sheppard, left, Sebastian White and Judah Cox look on during North Drive's Boy Pride day. State Sen. Don Davis also attended the event, which highlighted...

Mount Olive College students leave for Mexico trip

MOUNT OLIVE -- Five Mount Olive College students and their professor flew to Mexico Sunday to participate in a business internship program despite some worries about a swine flu epidemic in that nation. Officials said Monday that Dr. David...

Zoning confusion will delay meeting

A Thursday night public meeting at Whitley Church to gather public comment on whether there is an interest in zoning has been canceled because of what county officials are calling misinformation about the county's intentions and an organization that...

County firefighters continue fight against Faison warehouse blaze

FAISON -- Firefighters today are expected to continue pulling the still-smoldering bins of sweet potatoes from the Southern Produce warehouse, which was heavily damaged in a fire that began Sunday night. The building and equipment were valued between $10...

Cherry Hospital honors volunteers for service

This year's volunteer appreciation luncheon at Cherry Hospital was a blast from the past, as the event took on a 1950s theme. "Volunteers rock," said Tanya Rollins, director of volunteer services, dressed in a pink poodle skirt amid decorations that...

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Brother injured in motorcycle crash Brothers Bobby Daniel Rouse, 50, and Robert Lee Rouse, 38, were involved in a motorcycle wreck Saturday at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Berkeley Boulevard, police said. The elder brother, Bobby Rouse, sustained injury...

Applications accepted for Ms. Wheelchair NC, USA

Applications are now being accepted for the title of Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina, USA. The winner will represent North Carolina in July, competing against 50 other state representatives for the national title of Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Ms. Wheelchair USA...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Walnut Creek sets new rules for compost

WALNUT CREEK -- Walnut Creek residents will see the compost area re-open on May 2, but that won't likely be the last of improvements that will come in the village. The village council met to discuss the composting area that...

WCPS picks top school volunteer

A Norwayne Middle School parent was recognized Thursday as the Wayne County Public School Volunteer of the Year. Shelley Radford has been at the school for three years, but said she has been a school volunteer since her children --...

Day 2 of Wings Over Wayne pushes crowd total over 100,000

Patrick Walker hasn't put on an Army uniform in nearly 25 years. "I had a good run," the 67-year-old said. "Fought a war. Lived to tell." But he didn't spend Sunday morning talking about his two tours in Vietnam --...

25 fire departments fight warehouse blaze

FAISON -- Firefighters from 25 departments from across Duplin, Wayne and Sampson counties this morning continued to battle an overnight storage warehouse fire on N.C. 50/403 just west of the downtown area. There have been no injuries reported and...

Man dies in crash Sunday

DUDLEY -- A Wayne County man was killed in a traffic accident on Sleepy Creek Road early Sunday afternoon, authorities said today. Preliminary reports indicate that Ralph Hinson Jr., 66, of Emmaus Church Road, died in the single-vehicle accident...

Students learn money, life skills at workshop

More than 125 high school students from Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir and Sampson counties got a taste of what adult life is like recently at the Wayne Center. Departments of Social Services from Wayne and Lenoir counties and Eastpointe sponsored...

Possible gas leak report Saturday caused by gardening supplies

A late Saturday night call about a possible gas leak at Hill Drive Circle off North Berkeley Boulevard turned out to caused by household gardening supplies that were store in a shed next to the house, said Goldsboro Fire...

RSVP honors county volunteers

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program thanked 40 of its 208 volunteers Friday for their many hours of service with a lunch and music. State Sen. Don Davis told the group gathered at O'Berry Center there was a 25.6 percent...

Water services to be disrupted for some city residents Tuesday

The City of Goldsboro Public Works Department work crews will be installing water valves on Tuesday. In order to do this, the water service will be interrupted for the residents on Winslow Place, Winslow Circle, Simpson Street, Herbert Street,...

WCC club wins state honors

Wayne Community College's of Phi Beta Lambda business education student organization was honored during the organization's 55th annual State Leadership Conference in Raleigh. The Gamma Chi chapter competed against delegates from 38 North Carolina universities and colleges. WCC's chapter...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pickle-packed turnout thrills festival crew

MOUNT OLIVE -- Saturday was Brandon Day's third birthday and given the choice of how to celebrate it, he chose the North Carolina Pickle Festival. So did another estimated 30,000 people, making it the largest ever in the 23-year...

Heading to SJAFB for today's show?

If you didn't make it to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Saturday, there is still a chance to experience all the thrills Wings Over Wayne has to offer. Gates open this morning at 9 and each of the acts...

Thousands pack base for Day 1 of Seymour Johnson's big show

Lacy Watts knew she was supposed to cover her ears. Her mother, Tanya, had warned her that the sound of a fighter jet passing by might leave them ringing. But when F-15E Demonstration Team pilot Capt. Phil Smith ripped through...

Southern Wayne flushing water lines

The Southern Wayne Sanitary District will conduct its annual hydrant flushing program Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. During theses times, customers may notice a slight discoloration in their water. This is due to...

Sheriff warns of telephone credit card scam

The Financial Crimes Unit of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office has received complaints concerning a telephone scam. Investigators are warning residents of suspects contacting people by telephone and offering to lower their credit card interest rates. In one case...

Security Forces shares glimpse of real-world duties

Haley Davis looked confused as she watched Staff Sgt. John Whisman playfully wrestle his German shepherd to the ground. "I thought you said he was mean, Mom," she said, pointing to the tongue-flapping, tail-wagging dog at the end of the...

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Scooter theft Rosemary Coley of Piedmont Airline Road reported her Moto Fino motor scooter stolen on Thursday afternoon, Goldsboro police said. The vehicle was valued at $600, authorities said....

Public invited to school system's ESL Day April 29

Wayne County Public Schools will host its biennial K-12 Second Language/ESL Performance Competition on Wednesday at Goldsboro High School from 8:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. The public is invited. More than 500 students, grades K-12, will display their mastery...

Visitors try some new spots at Pickle Festival

Kim Martiniuk kicked off her shoes and jumped head-first into the rubbery red corral where the great beast waited. She vaulted effortlessly onto its back, gripped the leather thong tightly with both hands and glanced at the man standing...

Motorcycle run raises more than $3,000 for Relay

Last weekend's Motorcycle Run netted $3,200 for Relay for Life, said organizer Mike Judy, a member of sponsoring team Zion Marchers of Mount Olive. This is the third year for the event. Team leader is Linda Price. Judy said...

Military children honored in April

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child by the United States Department of Defense, as a way of emphasizing the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The month has been a time...

Hoops for Hope set for Saturday

A basketball free throw "shoot-a-thon" will be held May 2, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Family Y to help raise money for needy children in Africa. The event is being organized by Austin Jeffreys, a seventh-grade student...

Knights kick off 2009 show; Mayor Al King accepts baton

Will McKnight looked skyward when a voice blared out of the tall speakers positioned across the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line. "Look. Look. Look," the 8-year-old said. "Dad. Look. We should do that sometime." His father, Larry, was...

Two more soar high with Angels

For Bill Bryan and Dan Jackson, being suited up to soar with the Blue Angels only to be grounded because of the weather was kind of like waving candy in front of child only to tell him he cannot...

Man injured in motorcyle accident

A Fremont woman was cited after a Thursday afternoon accident in which she allegedly injured a motorcycle rider, authorities said Friday. Timothy Anglin II, 26, of Fallin Boulevard in Goldsboro, was treated and released from Wayne Memorial Hospital, a...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

VIDEO: Jumping out of a plane

Watch parachuters from the U.S. Army's Golden Knights jump from their plane.The jump was part of Wings Over Wayne, the usually annual air show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. To watch, you'll need Flash installed.  Click the...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Red Cross hits $85,465 for Heroes Campaign

Wayne County residents did not let a tough economic year keep them from raising $85,465 for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The goal for the 2009 Heroes Campaign was $95,000, officials said at the campaign wrap-up luncheon...

A thrill of a ride

Julie Beck had no idea what to expect when she climbed into the cockpit of the F/A-18 Super Hornet parked along the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line Wednesday afternoon. "You've got so many things going through your mind,"...

All-County Band performs

Spring Creek High School student Joshua Rodriguez plays the vibraphone during the All-County Band Festival on Thursday night at Dillard Middle School in Goldsboro. Sixty-five instrumentalists from 10 middle schools and 26 from six high schools were selected to perform...

Blue Angels team visits hospital, two county schools

Caroline Bryan's eyes lit up as she approached the three sailors standing inside the Wayne Memorial Hospital auditorium this morning. And she smiled when one of them, Lt. Frank Weisser, asked for her name. The 5-year-old might not quite know...

Officials on Best comments: Misleading

Comments earlier this month by Commissioner Jack Best about the school system's support staff might have been well-intended, but still misinformed, said Dr. Craig McFadden, assistant superintendent for accountability and student services. Best also was taken to task by...

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Death investigation The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Steven Thomas Lozier, 22, of Crows Foot Road, Mount Olive, after Lozier was found dead in a barn at his home on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses reported they suspected...

Confederate Memorial Day service Sunday

To honor the fallen North Carolinians who fought at the Battle of Bentonville during the Civil War, the Harper House-Bentonville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, in conjunction with Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, will hold its annual...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blue Angels have several members with local, N.C. ties

Nearly 20 years ago, a 9-year-old boy left his Southport home for a family outing. Hours later, he was walking around Seymour Johnson Air Force Base -- taking in everything Wings Over Wayne had to offer. Jeff Harper will be...

County officials debate planning

A Tuesday morning discussion about the county's comprehensive plan quickly deteriorated into a free-for-all as Commission-ers Jack Best and Steve Keen traded barbs about the Planning Board and Goldsboro Municipal Planning Organization. The argument began after Keen, who also serves...

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Armed robbery On Tuesday, while on Cashwell Drive, Mark Colebrook, 43, of Dunn was robbed at gunpoint. He told police he had just returned to his car after going to the bank, when two masked men approached and demanded money....

Celebrating Earth Day

Alana Leonvelez, 8, left, and Anthony King, 8, second-grade students at Meadow Lane Elementary School, are assisted by U.S. Cellular volunteer Jason De Martino while spreading some mulch over a flower garden during an Earth Day project on school grounds...

Fremont discusses fire station repair, replacement

FREMONT -- The Fremont Fire Department is waiting to see if the Town Board of Aldermen will approve a request to borrow money to replace the asphalt in front of the fire station with concrete. The Town Board met Tuesday...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mosquito spraying could be cut in 2010

The city of Goldsboro might eliminate the mosquito control chemical spraying program in 2010-11, according to a proposed first draft of the 2009-10 Goldsboro city budget. The state of North Carolina will not provide funding for city mosquito control spraying...

Wetlands dedication

Wayne Community College President Dr. Kay Albertson, Dr. Bill Hunt, Anne Regans, Keith Stewart and Bill Gilmore are seen during a dedication ceremony Tuesday for the Michael E. Regans Stormwater Wetland on the main campus of the college. The wetland...

Honoring those who serve

Mengni Wang, 7, a second-grade student at Northwest Elementary School, says a prayer for the men and women serving in the military during a Month of the Military Child ceremony at the school Tuesday....

Three get time in 2007 shooting death in city

Veronica D. Steele of Clayton Ridge Road, Tyruss Lawrence of Sanborn Place and Darian Sutton of Randall Drive pleaded guilty Monday morning and were sentenced to 12-15 years in prison in connection with the Nov. 21, 2007, murder of...

School officials say they will appeal state decision on funds

Lottery funds for Wayne County Public Schools have been frozen. Word came down late Monday afternoon that the state will not release the district's $5 million, approved earlier in the month for distribution and expected to be used for bids...

County commission not sure if building projects will survive

The state's decision to freeze lottery proceeds has thrown a cold dose of hard economic reality on the county's $4.1 million school building project stalling, or possibly even killing, the long-awaited project. County officials had thought they had acted...

City eyes 5-cent tax hike this year

Taxes will go up by 5 cents per $100 valuation and city water use charges will increase by 10 percent if the Goldsboro City Council approves the measures included in the proposed 2009-10 city budget. If the budget is approved,...

Wounded Warriors ball scheduled

The Azalea Coast N.C. Chapter of USA Dance will hold a Wounded Warriors Appreciation Ball to raise money in support of wounded service men and women. The event is scheduled for May 22-23 at Marston Pavilion on Camp Lejeune....

Foster, adoptive parents needed

Boys and Girls Homes of N.C. is a non-profit organization working to promote awareness of the effects of child abuse and neglect in Southeastern North Carolina. Officials with the organization say they need foster and/or adoptive parents who are...

Duplin commissioners approve new, stronger mobile home ordinances

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners adopted new minimum housing standards Monday to close loopholes that county planner Randall Tyndall said were causing the county to become a dumping ground for substandard mobile homes. Commissioners voted unanimously...

Duplin voters to decide on sales tax for fire departments in 2010

KENANSVILLE -- A quarter-cent sales tax for fire protection will be on the ballot in November 2010 in Duplin County. The county commissioners voted 5 to 1 Monday to have the referendum placed on the ballot to help fund...

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Identity theft Somebody in New Orleans reportedly tried to use personal information belonging to Bobby Adams of Tammy Lane to apply for credit and make other transactions. Adams told police that Pay Pal Plus called him about the credit application....

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Planning board members upset at past, future conflicts with MPO

Wayne County Planning Board members expressed frustration and indignation last week over what they say is the Goldsboro Municipal Planning Organization's lack of communication and its questioning of the board's authority. Board Chairman Chris Cox and board member and...

Official: Shortfall could cost workers

Wayne County employees could be seeing some unpaid holidays and possible changes in some benefits in the coming year as county leaders struggle to balance a budget for 2009-10. County Manager Lee Smith, the Board of Commissioners and department...

Planting time is here

The ground is dry and the dust is flying, but that didn't stop Leamon Parks from planting sweet corn Monday afternoon behind Wilber's Barbecue off U.S. 70 bypass. Most garden farmers like to plant their early corn on or around...

Meals on Wheels chooses its first Volunteer of the Year

All its volunteers are special, but this year, Meals on Wheels decided to honor one in particular. George McKenna, a former New York taxi driver, started with the program in May 2007. "After he'd been delivering for maybe a...

Couple marks anniversary with $500 scholarship

Instead of a fancy diamond ring to celebrate their 64th anniversary, Ed Allen gave his wife, Rae Ann, the chance to help send a student to college. It is a recognition of not only of the couple's decades of love,...

Mayor: Peacock pool will be open

Despite previous budget and safety concerns, the swimming pool at Peacock Park will operate this summer, the Goldsboro City Council decided Monday night. The council voted to pay the Goldsboro Family YMCA, which operates the city pools, to run both...

Girl sets her sights on reporting career

Six-year-old Leslie Lippold knows exactly what she wants to do when she grows up. With a notepad and pen in hand and a camera on her wrist, you might be able to guess what her dream occupation is. "I want...

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Man shot Goldsboro police are investigating a shooting on North Center that injured a local man. Michael Tomorio Weeks, 23, of Evergreen Avenue, was shot Sunday by an unknown assailant in the 800 block of North Center Street. He was...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hospital takes aim at identity theft rules

Wayne Memorial Hospital will adopt an identity theft policy by May 1, officials said. The board of directors recently approved the "Red Flag" rules and training of hospital staff has begun on identity theft as it relates to medical information,...

Whitehall casualties honored at ceremony

Managing Editor Headstones to honor the 13 Confederate soldiers known to have died defending Wayne County soil at the Battle of Whitehall in 1862 were dedicated Saturday at a small cemetery along the banks of the Neuse River. The event...

Seymour Johnson's F-15E demo team set for home performance

A few minutes inside a Rhode Island Veterans Affairs Hospital gave Capt. Phil Smith some perspective. He was touring the facility as a representative of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's own F-15E Strike Eagle Demonstration Team -- a team he...

Family gets surprise of new triplets

Comanda Robinson wasn't expecting her 2-year-old son, A.J. She had been on birth control for "four or five years" before she found out she was pregnant. A.J. was her third child. Her two other boys are Aaron, 9, and Austin,...

Fremont to create Web site

FREMONT -- Creating a Web site for the town of Fremont is one of the first steps to take to boost its economic development efforts, officials learned Saturday. The Town Board of Alderman met with Eastern Carolina Council Executive Director...

Guardian ad Litem recognizes 47 local volunteers

The Guardian ad Litem program recognized 47 volunteers with a luncheon Friday. Volunteers from Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties met at the Outback restaurant. The counties make up the 8th Judicial District in which the program operates. Colleen Kosinki,...

Jail population drops below 200

The Wayne County Jail population has dipped below 200 for the first time in many months and well below the 265 inmates housed there just a few short months ago. Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones attributes the decline to...

Reward offered in robbery

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the owners of a store that was robbed and vandalized early today. Cassandra Elayah of Elayah Food Mart at 1261 New Hope Road, said someone with a big foot kicked in a...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

County responds to call for funds for T-shirts

By KENNETH FINE News-Argus Staff Writer When Special Olympics Wayne County program director Rich Walderman went public about the organization's need for $1,500 to fund T-shirts for the athletes scheduled to participate in the April 22-23 track and field event...

Knights away

LAURINBURG -- A typical Wednesday morning for some was anything but ordinary for a pair of children taking in the action unfolding at Laurinburg-Maxton Airport -- a humble airfield near the North and South Carolina border that houses a...

Two jailed for murder

Two men are in the Wayne County Jail after allegedly shooting and killing one man and wounding another in the 800 block of Devereaux Street. William Juhan Bryant, 36, of 100-B Devereaux St., was taken by ambulance to Wayne Memorial...

Two motorcyclists killed in crash

Two men on motorcycles were killed Saturday afternoon on U.S. 13 North when they were struck head-on by a pickup truck. Charles Poe, 59, of Greenville, and Lenwood Whitley, 57, of Chocowinity, were part of a group of motorcyclists...

USDA home repair loans available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Develop-ment, is offering an affordable home repair loan program that can assist low-income homeowners in making needed repairs and improvements. The USDA program provides 20-year loans up to $20,000 at 1 percent interest to...

Russian violinist to perform at WCC

A Russian violinist and local pianist will combine talents and perform in a free concert at Wayne Community College this week. Call it the foundation's gift to the community. "The community has been so supportive of the Foundation at the...

Man charged with rape of 12-year-old

A Seven Springs man was charged Friday afternoon with raping a a 12-year-old child. Bonifilio Ramirez Castillo, 26, of Cabin Creek Drive, was charged with statutory rape by investigators with the Goldsboro Police Department. Investigators' reports didn't say whether the...

Jazzing it up

Adrian Duke, onstage at right, and his band play at Jazz on George Saturday. The George Street event was sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. and featured a car show and local vendors....

Hospital volunteers honored

Donna Archer, director of volunteer services at Wayne Memorial Hospital, remembers the first time she saw Alice Farmer, a volunteer in the admitting department. While in a waiting room with a family member, Mrs. Archer witnessed a small child "screaming...

Festival held at Cherry Farm

Hundreds of people came out Saturday morning to get a taste of local agriculture at the Spring Farm Festival held at Cherry Research Farm. It was a time to celebrate self-sustainable farming and agricultural research. From farm equipment to animals...

Earth Day observance emphasizes recycling

St. Francis Episcopal Church is observing Earth Day early this week with a Monday night covered dish dinner and distribution of reusable bags. Outreach Chairman Harriet Pegram saidattendees will receive one of 100 reusable bags donated by Wal-Mart to take...

Council opposes bills that regulate broadband

The Goldsboro City Council will vote Monday night on a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1004 and House Bill 1252, known as the "Level Playing Field Act." The measures would require cities that provide communications services to the public to comply...

Baseball with a historical curve

FREMONT -- Saturday was a perfect day for a game of baseball. But the players at the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace weren't playing the same game you would see on TV, or even at a local high school or college...

All-County Band to perform

The Wayne County Public Schools will present the All-County Band Festival on Thursday night at 7 in the Dillard Middle School auditorium. Sixty-five middle school instrumentalists from 10 schools were selected to make up the middle school band. They...

Agri-tourism Networking workshop

The North Carolina Agri-tourism Networking Association will hold its spring workshop at the Duplin Winery from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The workshop will include a tour of the winery, followed by presentations on successful agritourism farms, marketing and hospitality...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Walnut Creek looking at tax, fee hikes

WALNUT CREEK -- Village residents could see higher water and sewer bills and property tax in months to come, but the size of the possible increases are still to be determined. Village Council members met Wednesday to discuss the 2009-10...

City building department will assist with fire inspections backlog

The Goldsboro Fire Department and city Inspections Department will start working together to reduce a backlog of fire inspections, which are running more than a year behind, interim Fire Chief Gary Whaley said. It isn't uncommon for a city of...

Mount Olive College names its fourth president

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has named a new president. Dr. Philip Paul Kerstetter, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan., has been selected as the fourth president by the board of trustees....

Ready for fire inspection

Interim Goldsboro Fire Chief Gary Whaley provided this list of common violations found in Goldsboro's 3,500-some businesses during fire inspections: * Inspected those extinguishers lately? State laws require an annual inspection of fire extinguishers by a qualified extinguisher company...

4-H members offer their livestock to top bidders at show, sale

The best part about the Wayne County Junior Livestock Show for 18-year-old Rex Price is the sale. After all, he said, that's the point in raising livestock. Thursday night's sale concluded the two-day, 61st annual event sponsored by the Wayne...

Special Olympics gives awards

Special Olympics Wayne County recently held its annual awards ceremony for 2009-2010. Local winners include the following: *Outstanding Teacher of the Year: Shelton Daye, Carver Elementary School *Outstanding Organization: Knights of Columbus *Outstanding Corporation: A Small Miracle, Inc. *Outstanding...

Let the sunshine in

If you are looking for a way to spend more time in the sun but don't want to hassle with bugs or even some of the heat this summer, you might want to consider adding a sun porch or a...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Taxpayers protest

The "Don't Tread On Me" flag, embedded in history as a symbol of the American colonies' rebellious bid for freedom, flew again Wednesday over cities and towns across the country as thousands of protesters made their voices heard. About 300...

Mother comes to aid of family of boy injured in accident

A family whose child has been in a coma at Pitt Memorial Hospital since January is getting help from a mother who was in a similar situation 18 months ago. Beverly Vinson of Goldsboro knows what it's like to wait...

Counties briefed on new legislation

KENANSVILLE -- "There are too many bills floating around and you'd better stay awake," is how Wayne County Commission Chairman Bud Gray summed up the barrage of legislation now facing counties across North Carolina. Gray along with Commissioners J.D....

County Junior livestock show held

Nothing was going to stop Rebecca Grady from showing her calf in the Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale on Wednesday night. Not even a broken leg. Rebecca, 10, the daughter of Mack and Heather Grady of Seven...

Girl with heart condition reported missing

Authorities are trying to find a reported missing 16-year-old Buck Swamp Road girl last seen at her home on April 13 (Monday) just before 5 a.m., according to a release. The missing girl has a heart condition and may...

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Dog doing well The dog Raymond Hooker returned to fetch from his burning trailer during a Wednesday morning mobile home fire on Commercial Drive is doing well and being cared for by his neighbors, a Good Samaritan reported Wednesday afternoon....

Man charged with child neglect

Goldsboro police allege an Arrington Bridge Road man endangered three young children by leaving them unattended in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly on Lionel Street. One of the children was found walking by himself in a parking lot,...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Protesters say no to more taxes

About 300 people gathered Wednesday outside Goldsboro City Hall for a tax day protest that was part of a nationwide movement of Americans speaking out against state and federal government financial policies. North Carolina Sen. David Rouzer, Wayne County commissioner...

Residents can look at zoning authority proposal

The public will have the opportunity later this month to ask questions and to offer comments about the county Planning Board's proposal to expand its zoning authority into 14 areas around the county starting with U.S. 70 West and...

Detective sues landlord, shooter over injuries

The retired narcotics detective who took a bullet in the chest when raiding a convicted crack dealer's home has sued his attacker and the man's landlord, records show. Former Detective Brady Thompson retired from the Goldsboro Police Department in January,...

Peacock pool will not open this year

The Peacock Park swimming pool will not operate this summer, but the Mina Weil Park pool will open as planned, interim Parks and Recreation director Gail Charles said Tuesday at the Parks and Recreation Ad-visory Commission meeting. The department renegotiated...

Author, former editor delivers Rotary's annual Belk Lecture

For more than 50 years Gene Price recorded Wayne County's history for the News-Argus, first as city editor, and then later as managing editor, editor and finally editor emeritus. For 50 years he talked to folks and told their...

Firefighter rescues man from fire

A Goldsboro Fire Department captain rescued a man who re-entered a burning home to try to save his dog, authorities said. Engine 2 Capt. Rob Lorman entered a burning trailer at 3716 Commercial Drive after learning from neighbors that...

Five injured in crash on U.S. 70

A traffic accident on U.S. 70 injured five people, some who suffered apparent "disabling or debilitating" injury, according to an accident report. The accident was on U.S. 70 near Ash Street Extension and Country View Drive, according to the report....

State surplus furniture sale to begin Thursday

RALEIGH -- The State Surplus Property Agency of the N.C. Department of Administration is taking bids for approximately 200 lots of custom-made furniture and accessories seized by the N.C. Department of Revenue's Unauthorized Substance Tax Division. Surplus will begin accepting...

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Occupied home fired upon Barbara Staten of Beale Street told Goldsboro police Monday night that someone shot her home while she was asleep inside. Ms. Staten awoke to the sound of a "loud explosion," according to the report, then rolled...

Pikeville moves closer to fire department annexation

PIKEVILLE -- The Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Department wants the site of the soon-to-be-built fire station to be annexed into city limits, but only if town officials want the annexation. On Tuesday night, the Pikeville Board of Commissioners met...

Historical Society still taking photo contest entries

The Wayne County Historical Association is accepting entries in a photography contest through April 30. The camera can be anything but a Polaroid. The subject can be anything or anybody at least 50 years, and it has to be inside...

Tax day

Gene Palmer waits on customers as they bring in their tax forms to mail Wednesday morning at the post office on Cashwell Drive. The Internal Revenue Service is reminding late filers to not ignore the deadline, just file an extension....

Wayne schools to hold kindergarten registration April 24

Kindergarten pre-registration in Wayne County Public Schools will be held at all 15 elementary schools on April 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to register for...

Keystoners enjoy national conference

Chavayae Hall of Dudley realized a dream few believed would happen when she and seven other teens traveled out of state to a national club conference earlier this month. Miss Hall, who is the president of the local Boys...

Dillard singers to open conference

Sixteen elementary school singers are going to perform before hundreds later this month during an international convention in San Jose, Calif. And if you count others watching YouTube, the Dillard Academy Charter School Choir will perform before millions. The...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jazz on George, Historic Homes Open House April 18

The 19 historic homes currently for sale in downtown Goldsboro will be on display this weekend, as city and Preservation North Carolina officials are scheduled to host an open house event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested...

Fremont STARS Relay for Life

FREMONT -- Joy Vinson, the art teacher at Fremont STARS Elementary School, was asked to be the captain of the school's Relay for Life team this year. But she wasn't quite sure if she could do it. In 2007, she...

Town, city officials slam state and county

Concerns over annexation and frustration with the Wayne County School Board fueled the discussion between Goldsboro and Mount Olive officials Monday night at the second joint meeting of the two municipal councils. Goldsboro Mayor Al King and Mount Olive Mayor...

Relay partners

When Jenny Kominsky was 121/2, she discovered a lump on her shoulder. It turned out to be cancer. After nine months of chemotherapy, she had surgery to have her clavicle removed. By the end of that year, she was told...

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Runaway sought The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is looking for a teen who recently ran away from her Buck Swamp Road home. The missing person report said Ashlee Michelle Davenport, 16, recently ran away from home. The report noted that...

Monday, April 13, 2009

WATCH van gets $150,000 revamp

Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, WATCH, will use a $150,000 grant from the state to revamp the interior of the patient mobile unit. Sissy Lee-Elmore, executive director of the program that serves uninsured and underinsured citizens of Wayne County,...

Best: Put bosses back in classes

If the county school system has so many administrators and guidance counselors that it requires closing half of a school to house them, then perhaps they could be utilized to help tutor students in the lower grades, Commissioner Jack...

Seeing double times three

The Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale will feature plenty of animals rounding the pen when it opens its doors Wednesday and Thursday. But it also will have an abundance of brothers -- twin brothers. Three sets of identical...

April bloodmobile schedule

The April Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: Tuesday -- Red Cross chapter, 600 N. George St., from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday -- Eureka United Methodist Church from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday...

Technology students win awards

Students from three area schools recently participated in the 30th annual North Carolina Technology Student Association state conference in Greensboro, bringing home several trophies and awards. Norwayne and Eastern Wayne middle schools, and Eastern Wayne High competed against 700...

Local veteran will serve as grand marshal

Local veteran Bill Carr got a phone call a few weeks ago that left him "humbled." It was the mayor of his hometown -- Lynn Haven, Fla. -- asking the retired Marine to be the grand marshal in the town's...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Four-day weeks for WCC this summer

Wayne Community College will go to a four-day week for faculty and students this summer, officials have announced. The 10-week summer school will feature the abbreviated schedule, said Dr. Peggy Teague, vice president for academic services. Other employees and...

Air show officials ready for weekend

The Navy Blue Angels will soon rip through Wayne County skies -- and the Army Golden Knights will fall from them. But local officials said Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's two-day open house and air show has the potential...

An egg-cellent Easter

Children reveled in an Easter egg hunt put on by the members of Gateway Community Church in Pikeville on Saturday....

Mayor: Cut council salaries

Faced with a potential budget shortfall this year of more than $2 million and the possibility of cuts next year, Goldsboro Mayor Al King says he will propose that the City Council -- and himself -- cut their salaries...

Greene County has two fatalities in 24 hours

An 80-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man died less than 24 hours and one mile apart in separate traffic accidents last week in Greene County. They were the third and fourth traffic fatalities respectively thus far this year in...

Council to discuss changing city pools

The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission is exploring options for the city's swimming pool operations this summer, including potentially raising rates and cutting service hours at the Goldsboro Family Y's request. Closing the Mina Weil and Peacock pools...

Schools get $5 million in lottery funds

The lottery funds are in, and on Thursday the school board voted to accept a bid and release funds for construction projects at Brogden Primary, Greenwood Middle and Mount Olive Middle schools. School officials received notification earlier in the...

County remains out of drought

Wayne County has received enough rain in the last few weeks to keep off of the drought scale altogether. The last time the county was on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale was a month ago when it was listed as...

Open mic teen poetry cafe scheduled for Friday

The Epsilon Phi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will sponsor an open mic teen poetry cafe in the H.V. Brown Hall Cafeteria on Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. The event is open to teens in grades...

Grant helping pay for new Foster Center equipment

Children visiting the W.A. Foster Center will have new playground equipment in the coming months, following City Council approval of an informal bid for the work. "Hopefully we'll be started May 1," said Gail Charles, interim Parks and Recreation...

Library book sale runs Friday through Sunday

The Wayne County Public Library is going to sell books in the Gertrude Weil Auditorium at the main branch on Ash Street Friday through Sunday The sale is being held by the Friends of the Library. The Friends is...

Goldsboro Fire Department still improving

Since taking over the Goldsboro Fire Department about six months ago, interim Fire Chief Gary Whaley said last week that the situation is improving and that he expects that to continue. Whaley explained that when he took over after...

Family Y holding free Healthy Kids Day event Saturday

The Family Y will sponsor a Healthy Kids Day on Saturday as part of a national effort to encourage healthy activities. The free event will be held at the Family Y on Parkway Drive. The event will include games and...

Clothing donations sought for fire victims

Two families lost their home and most of their possessions in a Goldsboro-area mobile home fire early Thursday morning. Two couples and their children are in need of clothing. Needed are men's pants size 38x32, men's shirts size 2XL,...

New airport height rules adopted by Duplin board

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin Board of Commissioners took a possible first step toward zoning last week by passing a land use ordinance with an updated airport height restriction. Airport Manager George Futrelle said the land use ordinance and the...

Rodeo helps others ride

PIKEVILLE -- They might have been competing Saturday for bragging rights as Wayne County's Toughest Cowgirl, but in the end it was the handicapped children who ride at the Stepping Stone therapeutic horse riding stables who were the real...

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Stolen car Mary Hardy, 37, of Taylor Street, reported the theft of her gray four-door sedan. According to police, someone had taken the keys from Ms. Taylor's pocketbook. Armed robbery Claude Eugene Artis, 48, of South Slocumb Street told...

Girls continue family tradition at Eastern Wayne High blood drive

Seventeen-year-old Mary Margaret Davenport took a slow deep breath forcing herself to relax Tuesday as she joined the ranks of 48 first-time blood donors in the Eastern Wayne High gym. Afterward she said it wasn't that bad -- that...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Woman struck, killed by car

Early, unconfirmed reports indicate that a pedestrian was struck and killed Thursday night near the Shine's Crossroads area in western Greene County, northeast of Goldsboro. Investigating Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Beaman, who investigated the accident, was not available for...

Singing students

Wayne County elementary school students sing "Bist du Bei Mir," a vocal piece attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, during the Wayne County Public Schools All-County Choral Festival at Dillard Middle School Thursday night....

Burden, GHS' first black student, dies after long battle with cancer

Glenwood Burden Sr., the first black student to attend Goldsboro High School on the threshold of integration in 1961, has died. He was 62. Son Glenwood Burden Jr. said his father had been battling cancer and for the past month...

County not taking on cost of roads

Wayne County commissioners were unanimous Tuesday in making it clear they are not interested in getting into the road business or in increasing property taxes by up to 14 cents per $100 of value to pay for the privilege....

Boy, 8, killed in crash

An 8-year-old boy was ejected and later died after a one-car accident Thursday night on N.C. 403, about seven miles from Mount Olive, authorities said. John Patrick Best, 8, of Kenneth Best Road, was taken by helicopter to Pitt...

School board approves 2009-10 reorganization plan

The Board of Education has approved reorganization of four schools in the district -- including the closing of its two alternative schools and consolidation of two other city schools. At its meeting Thursday night, the board unanimously approved the resolution...

Special Olympics needs donations for T-shirts

A T-shirt might seem simple enough, but for the athletes who participate in local Special Olympics events, it is more than a typical keepsake. That is the message Special Olympics Wayne County program director Rich Walderman is hoping local residents...

Library to offer spring break activities for kids

The Wayne County Public Library will host a series of programs during the public schools' spring break, Monday through Friday. On Monday at 4 p.m., there will be a Library Scavenger Hunt with goodies placed throughout the Children's Department....

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$700 worth of cigarettes stolen Fath Muharram of Moe's Grill & Convenience Store told Goldsboro police on Wednesday that 180 packs of Newport-branded cigarettes worth about $700 and $1,000 in cash had been stolen from the business. The suspects...

Deputy recovering

GREENVILLE -- A Lenoir County deputy who was wounded in a shootout Tuesday night is recovering at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Sheriff Billy Smith said. Det. Ryan Dawson underwent surgery after a shooting that left another deputy dead, along with the...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

NCDOT official: 'We're running on fumes'

North Carolina's Department of Transportation might find it tough to complete too many road repair and construction projects this year, a representative told the Wayne County commissioners Tuesday. "I have been with NCDOT for about 25 years and nothing in...

Former kennel owner will face 12 charges

A Mount Olive woman who allegedly ran a "puppy mill" in Wayne County now faces 12 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts. Billy Strickland, the Goldsboro attorney representing Virginia Dunn Thornton, said he thought the case was over after Mrs. Thornton turned...

One dead in fire

DUDLEY -- A 26-year-old man died in a fire early this morning that also completely destroyed a Camp Trailee Road home in the Brogden community, authorities say. Dennis "Allen" Anderson Jr., 26, had been visiting Lisa Joy Hood, the...

Two men accused of multiple break-ins

Two men accused of multiple counts of property damage in the Grantham community were jailed this week, the Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday. The two men were also accused of breaking into Grantham School on more than one occasion, and...

School district says 'no' to womanless pageant plans

If you're a fan of the womanless beauty pageant, you won't find them in any of the area public schools. Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools, reminded principals this week that the popular fundraiser is no longer...

Local senators split their budget votes

Voting by Wayne County's state senators on their chamber's proposed budget was split along party lines -- Don Davis, D-Greene, voting yes, and David Rouzer, R-Johnston, voting no. However, Davis said his affirmative vote wasn't an easy one to...

Suspect indicted in 2008 Fremont murder

A man accused of killing a Fremont mother of two in an alleged armed robbery was listed among indictments returned this month by a Wayne County Grand Jury. There has also been an additional charge filed against Brandon Lee...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Summer school canceled this year

Lacking sufficient money in its budget, the Wayne County public school system has no plans to offer summer school classes this year, except for kindergarten through second grade. In anticipation of the cutback, educators around the county are trying to...

Here comes the circus

Moxie, an animal trainer with the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars, takes her camel, Annabella, for a morning exercise walk at the Wayne County Fairgrounds today. The circus will be in town for two days, starting with a show...

No extra money likely in Wayne for AIDS and dental programs

Working under the shadow of a multimillion-dollar revenue shortfall, Wayne County commissioners Tuesday appeared for the most part sympathetic to financial needs in the Health Department's dental clinic and HIV/AIDS program, but stopped short of promising more money. "Right now,...

Fire destroys three cars

Three vehicles were damaged in a fire Tuesday that spread from one car to two others in the Crossroads Plaza parking lot in front of Michaels on Berkeley Boulevard. All three cars were destroyed, city Fire Department officials said....

No decision by Tucker yet on Duplin bill

The jury is still out on a bill now sitting in a House committee headed up by state Rep. Russell Tucker, D-Duplin, that would require a seventh member on the Duplin school board and county commission. Currently Senate Bill...

More than 100 riders expected for Tour de Pickle

MOUNT OLIVE -- More than 100 bicycle riders are expected to take part in this year's Tour de Pickle, the recreational bicycle ride held each year as part of Mount Olive's annual North Carolina Pickle Festival. The event will be...

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Men grab jewelry Ahmad Elrefaey of Gold and Diamond on North Berkeley Boulevard reported Monday that two men asked to see a display of gold necklaces, then grabbed the display and fled the store. The men left in a blue...

Local state senators mixed on budget

Reaction by Wayne County's state senators to their chamber's budget proposal was mixed this morning as they prepared to vote on the measure possibly as early as today. Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, declined to commit to a position on...

Duplin among counties getting more high-speed Internet access

Duplin County is among six rural counties that will receive expanded high-speed Internet services thanks to a $945,185 grant given to EMBARQ and Verizon by the e-N.C. Authority. Announced late last month, the other counties benefitting from the funds,...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pikeville tightens town spending

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville town commissioners want to put a hold on spending for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, unless the expenditure is absolutely necessary, commissioners said Monday night. Commissioner Vance Greeson said he didn't want...

Celebration in Tar Heel nation

Brooke Murray, left, Angie Sutton and Heather Rogers root for the University of North Carolina men's basketball team Monday night at Ham's Restaurant during the Tar Heels' thumping of Michigan State in the national championship game. Carolina gave its fans...

Mount Olive waits for word on funds

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund board of directors will meet in special session Wednesday in hopes of rescuing the many projects left in limbo earlier this year when Gov. Beverly Perdue pulled $100 million from the fund. "Our...

City Council denies Berkeley-Maplewood rezoning request

The northeast corner of Berkeley Boulevard and Maplewood Drive will not be rezoned, the Goldsboro City Council decided Monday night. Following the recommendation of the city Planning Commission, the council voted unanimously to deny the rezoning from office and institutional...

Wayne Food Initiative to bless third community garden Friday

Wayne Food Initiative will hold a blessing ceremony and work day at Goldsboro's third community garden Friday beginning at noon. The blessing ceremony will be performed at 12:30 p.m. by Goldsboro resident and Haliwa-Saponi Indian Dreamweaver at the little...

Monday, April 6, 2009

County rejecting roadwork proposal

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday will be told they would have to raise property taxes by 9.5 cents should the state dump the cost of road construction and maintenance on the county. The meeting gets under way with an 8...

A calling to care

For passers-by on Peachtree Street, the brick building looks like any other school in Wayne County. But behind its walls, Edgewood Community Developmental School is meeting the needs of a special population -- developmentally delayed students ages 3 to 22....

Store's greeter earns $6,000 for charity ... a dollar at a time

All it took was pinning a dollar bill to her smock at Sam's Club, and a few weeks later, Vicki Mozingo, who mans the doors at the warehouse club, had raised more than $6,000 for children with cancer. Those...

City Council expected to vote on zoning

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to vote tonight on the contested Maplewood subdivision rezoning proposal and address a number of consent agenda items. The rezoning of the northeast corner of Berkeley Boulevard and Maplewood Drive proposed by S. Dillon...

Students make quilt for charity

Some Eastern Wayne Middle School students are using sewing and quilting skills learned in their family and consumer science class to help others. Students recently completed a quilt for the Raleigh chapter of Project Linus, which makes and distributes...

Business award nominations open

The Small Business Center of Wayne Community College wants to recognize the best of this county's small businesses. The center is seeking nominations for awards for the "Small Business of the Year," "New Business," and for the first time,...

Edgewood started as a mission to help local special needs students

Phyllis Edgerton is the self-described historian of Edgewood School, where she first came as a college student in 1977 and went on to work as a preschool teacher. When it was founded in 1967, Edgewood was housed at First Presbyterian...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

DGDC hopes historic walk brings tourists, economic boost

After years of planning and design, the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. and Chamber of Commerce of Wayne County have published a brochure marking local landmarks along what officials are calling a "Historic Walking Tour." The jaunt, for those who choose...

County Social Services inundated

The stacks of paperwork get so high nowadays that some Wayne County Social Services workers often have to come in on their days off to try to keep up. It's not just that they don't want to fall behind...

Police chief gets same day call from Biden

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville Police Chief Pascal Tucker had thought about asking federal officials directly for assistance for his department. But he could never had guessed that Vice President Joe Biden would take a personal interest in helping. Biden's visit...

Three O'Berry staffers fired following death

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that three employees have been fired following the "unusual" March 11 death of a female patient at O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. Additionally, officials said, the Center has until April...

Two and three of a kind share identical bonds

When she found out she was having identical twin girls, Tracy Everette-Lenz knew there would be additional risk factors in connection with the birth. That's one reason the Wilson County school psychologist has reached out to an area group that...

Fremont, Pikeville to join GATEWAY

Fremont and Pikeville area residents, as well as those in Mount Olive and Dudley, will soon be able to travel to and from Goldsboro for about $4. Beginning Wednesday, April 15, the GATEWAY transit system will launch routes to...

Government offices to observe East holiday on Good Friday

Most government offices will be closed Friday in observance of Easter. Wayne County offices and those of the city of Goldsboro will be closed on Friday, as well as the town halls in Mount Olive, Fremont and Pikeville. Waste...

Ceremony marks observance of child abuse prevention month

City and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials encouraged those attending a child abuse prevention ceremony Thursday to work together to keep children from being hurt. The ceremony was sponsored by the WAGES and Wayne County For Children Council and...

Friday, April 3, 2009

Goldsboro asking for millions in federal stimulus funding

The city of Goldsboro has requested more than $373 million in federal stimulus funds to date, and city officials currently anticipate receiving more than $18 million in funding, with more potentially on the way. Goldsboro is on the list...

Shriners batter up

Owen Jackson, left, and Shawn Harris prepare batter for frying at the Wayne County Shrine Club Fish Fry at Herman Park this morning. The annual event started at 11 a.m. today, with lunch served until 2 p.m. Dinner plates are...

GATEWAY hears audience views on changes in county's routes

Andre Selby uses the GATEWAY bus system three or four times a week. On Wednesday, he was among those who attended a workshop at the City Hall Addition to learn more about the system and to offer some ideas...

Hospital's new director: Cherry 'on track'

With nearly a week already under his belt, new Cherry Hospital Director Phillip Cook said Thursday he is encouraged by what he has seen at his new post so far. "There have been no surprises at this point," he...

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Sex assault under investigation An alleged sex assault that reportedly took place while the victim was asleep is being investigated by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. A 24-year-old woman reported that a man she knows sexually assaulted her at a...

At home outside: durable, stylish lawn furniture

Warmer weather is on the horizon, and you will want to spend more time outside. But if you don't have a porch or a deck to enjoy the sunny days on, don't worry. You can create an outdoor living...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Union Station celebrates 100

World War II veteran Ed Shumate grew up across the street from Union Station and remembers its heyday, even though as a child, he was more interested in climbing on the architecture than admiring it. "I used to climb on...

Wayne County unemployment rate increases again

Wayne County's unemployment climbed again in February, but officials said they were encouraged by the fact it was a smaller jump than from December to January. Reaching 9.7 percent -- up 0.6 percent from January's 9.1 percent mark --...

Cherry Hospital announces new director

A psychiatric hospital administrator with North Carolina roots has been named director of Cherry Hospital. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler this morning announced Philip Cook's appointment. According to officials at Cherry, he started March 31. Cook...

Pikeville firefighters thrilled by Biden visit

PIKEVILLE -- Glenn Hartman sat in the Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Fire Station Wednesday afternoon, looking around at the station he has spent many a late night and early morning in. For more than half his 69 years, Hartman has helped protect...

Pomp and circumstance arrives in Faison

FAISON -- After waiting for nearly three hours, the throng of people shoehorned into the Goshen Medical Center waiting room got to hear Vice President Joe Biden sing the center's praises and tout the federal stimulus package -- and 10-year-old...

On the stump with Joe Biden

Just before 11 a.m., Air Force Two landed on the flight line at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Looking at the aircraft as it came in for landing, it appeared no more impressive than one of the 916th Air Refueling...

Wayne schools to receive $8.5 million in stimulus money

Wayne County Public Schools is slated to receive an estimated $8.5 million through the federal stimulus package, it was announced Wednesday. Congressman G.K. Butterfield said schools in his district could see more than $78 million in funding. Of that amount,...

WADEC named Provider of the Year

Wayne Area Diabetic and Education Center received the American Diabetes Association "Provider of the Year for 2009" award. Started in 1999, WADEC is currently the only ADA-recognized diabetes self-management program in Wayne County, offering counseling and specialized classes in...

Biden uses local projects as national examples

Vice President Joseph Biden visited Wayne and Duplin counties Wednesday to announce federal stimulus package money being made available to the Goshen Medical Center in Faison and the Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Fire Department. Goshen is receiving $636,000 and the fire...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Coffee, a sausage biscuit ... and the vice president

Something funny happened along the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line this morning long before Vice President Joe Biden's plane touched down. And it nearly went unnoticed. Nearly. It started with a thermos full of coffee, one that, not...

VIDEO: Vice President Joe Biden visits Goldsboro

In a Wednesday trip to the area, Vice President Joe Biden officially announced more than $600,000 would be granted to the Goshen Medical Center, based in Faison and with offices in Mount Olive.  Watch the video by clicking the link....

Biden announces funding for new fire station in Pikeville

Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon announced Pikeville Fire Department will receive the funding it needs to build a new fire station and better serve the rural community. Getting moderately emotional, Biden told the crowd gathered to hear his speech...

Local tax collection on track for 2009

Tax collections in Wayne County do not appear to be reflective of an otherwise struggling economy. As of this week the tax collection rate of about 95.2 percent is lagging just 0.3 percent behind the same period last year....

Financial crimes unit will take aim at identity theft

Two more detectives will be at work challenging Wayne County's dubious honor of being one of the top 50 areas in the nation targeted by identity thieves. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said two more officers will join Detective...

Planning officials reject rezoning

The Goldsboro Planning Commission voted Monday to deny a contested rezoning proposal for the corner of Berkeley Boulevard and Maplewood Drive. "The majority of the residents are not in favor of the zoning change, and we acted accordingly," Commission Chairman...

Biden tours Goshen Medical Center, speaks to crowd in Faison

FAISON -- Vice President Joe Biden arrived via motorcade in Faison this morning to streets lined with onlookers with camera phones ready as his caravan rolled into town. Biden's arrival was delayed by a call from President Barack Obama from...

Fremont residents get tips on how to save energy

FREMONT -- More than 50 residents came to the Fremont Town Hall Tuesday night to learn how reduce their electricity bills. ElectriCities representative Brian McGinn said he wanted to give the residents tips on how to conserve energy. Fremont is...

Soup kitchen volunteer named year's best

When "Miss E" enters the Community Soup Kitchen, most everybody else just gets out of the way and lets her take over. Eldica Cyrus, called "Miss E" by fellow volunteers at the kitchen and the 100 or so people...

Bicycle riders can take part in Tour de Pickle

MOUNT OLIVE -- More 100 bicycle riders are expected to participate in this year's Tour de Pickle, the recreational bicycle ride held as part of the annual North Carolina Pickle Festival. The race will be held Saturday, April 25...

Disabilities committee looking for project ideas

The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities is looking for ideas for a project to undertake this year. The committee, formed in the mid-1970s, helps provide people with disabilities the kinds of opportunities that non-handicapped people take for granted...

Kiwanis clubs to hold events on Saturday

The Kiwanis clubs have a big day planned Saturday at Herman Park Center, in the park and downtown. The first event is the first Kiwanis One Day Pancake breakfast in the Herman Park Center, which will be held from...

Child abuse ceremony Thursday

Child abuse happens throughout the year, but for one day, the WAGES For Children Council of Wayne County is hoping to make people more aware of the problem here. The council is doing this through a Child Abuse Prevention...

WCPS All County Choral Festival performance scheduled

Thirty public schools will be represented in this year's All County Choral Festival, planned for April 9 at 7 p.m. at Dillard Middle School. The concert will showcase more than 250 students chosen by their choral directors to participate. Officials...

Biden visits Wayne, Duplin counties

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have arrived in Wayne County this morning to announce stimulus funding of projects in Faison and Pikeville. They also were expected to announce a major new nation initiative to...