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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...