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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...