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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flickers of Hope: Thousands defy rain at annual Relay for Life

Moments after darkness fell on Wayne Community College, Christian Howell brought tears to his grandmother's eyes. Maybe it was the way the candle burning in his hand lit up his face as he crouched down over and over to share...

Duplin school athletics could be on chopping block

If no changes are made to the Duplin County Board of Commissioner's 2009-10 public school funding plan, school officials say they will not be able to offer such extracurricular programs as sports and JROTC next year. Currently the commissioners...

Cherry workers get 60 days in jail for assault on handicapped patient

Two men convicted of beating a Cherry Hospital patient under their care will serve 60 days in prison for the offense. After a jury returned a guilty verdict on Friday morning, Wayne Superior Court Judge Arnold O. Jones addressed...

Wayne County unemployment down for second month in a row in April

BY MATTHEW WHITTLE Assistant News Editor Wayne County's unemployment rate dropped for the second month in a row in April, marking what officials hope might be the beginning of a trend. However, Bill Pate, manager of the Goldsboro branch of...

Hope, fellowship, remembrance keep campfires burning at Relay for Life

Anita Lanier is no stranger to Relay for Life. Her father-in-law lost his battle with brain cancer years ago. But something happened Friday evening that made the meaning of this year's event much more potent. Her father, Bill Sawrey, was...

Relay teams use fun, food to raise money

Sydney Myers, Evan Sutton and Tristian Wiggins must not have understood -- playing the "Three Little Pigs" means protecting the house from the Big Bad Wolf, not simply looking cute in pink pig ears. Or maybe they were somehow...

Friday, May 29, 2009

24 seniors turn tassels at Wayne Early Middle College

The Wayne Early Middle College High School graduation Thursday evening marked a special milestone in the lives of the 24 graduates who walked across the stage as the Class of 2009. One figure stood out from the rows of blue...

Cherry workers found guilty

A Wayne County Superior Court jury returned a guilty verdict this morning against two former Cherry Hospital workers charged with assaulting a patient. Sentencing was expected to take place at 11 a.m. on the charges of assault on a...

Tears, but still, hope

It wasn't easy to stand in front of the more than 600 people who packed First Pentecostal Church for the 2009 Relay for Life Survivors Banquet. But 34-year-old Tonya Matthews stood there anyway -- even when the tears came, even...

'Brady Bunch' star honors military

A younger Shirley Young often dreamed of staring her "first love" in the eyes. But when Barry Williams, a.k.a. "Greg Brady," took to a stage in downtown Goldsboro Thursday evening to sing the national anthem, her mind was thousands of...

Annual banquet brings survivors together

When Haley Kornegay stood up to sing her song during the 2009 Relay for Life Survivors Banquet, there weren't many people who knew why she chose "My One True Friend" to entertain the crowd. She was the 2008 Relay Idol...

Public record

Goldsboro High bomb threat An unknown subject called in a bomb threat to Goldsboro High School on Wednesday morning just after 11 a.m., according to a police report. Police are searching for a young black male based on the caller's...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Goldsboro High's winning readers

Reginal Reid and Diana Bautista, both students at Goldsboro High School, check out the iPods they won by reading the most books at their school. These students, along with others, took part in the Goldsboro Reading Stars program for the...

Testimony begins in Cherry workers' trial

An argument over cigarettes led to an alleged beating of a handicapped patient at Cherry Hospital in August of last year, witnesses testified. Two former Cherry employees charged with misdemeanor assault in the incident are on trial this week in...

Pikeville seeking vendors for celebration

Organizers of the Pikeville Independence Day Celebration are looking for food and craft vendors. The annual event is scheduled for June 27. For more information, call Cindy Westbrook at 330-4119....

New recruiting officer

Tech. Sgt. Brian D. Higgins of Orlando, Fla., has recently been assigned as the new recruiting representative for the Air Force for Goldsboro. He will be responsible for Wayne, Lenoir and Wilson County areas. Higgins has served in the Air...

Watch a shopping spree at Carlie C's in Goldsboro

Linda Everhart won the grand prize in theCarlie C's/News-Argus Great Grocery Give Away contest. Watch video of Mrs. Everhart tear through the aisles of the Wayne Memorial Drive grocery store in her 3-minute shopping spree. You'll see the total amount...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Great Grocery Giveaway winner

Linda Everhart is the grand prize winner in the the Carlie C's/News-Argus Great Grocery Give Away contest. She won a three-minute shopping spree at the grocery store on Wayne Memorial Drive that will be held at 7:15 on Thursday morning....

Planning Commission approves request for new window-tinting business in city

A new window tinting business proposed by Billy Sutton should be allowed to operate on the north side of U.S. 70 East between the East Ash Street Extension and Millers Chapel Road, Goldsboro Planning Commission members voted Tuesday night. The...

Summertime already?

Justin Clugston swims with his son and daughter, Clayton, 9, and Madison, 5, at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park on Memorial Day. Park officials said they expect a big summer at the park off N.C. 111 South, with...

Former Cherry workers on trial

Two men accused of beating a patient while on duty at Cherry Hospital pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Wayne County Superior Court. A jury was selected and opening arguments were expected to begin today. William Kenneth Johnson, 52, and...

Barry Williams coming back to Goldsboro

The last time Barry Williams was in Wayne County, he took a ride in an F-15E Strike Eagle and became an honorary member of the 4th Fighter Wing's 335th Fighter Squadron. And after his return to the area Thursday,...

County museum to host railroad exhibit

The Wayne County Museum will open a new exhibit June 9 featuring the railroad that used to have tracks running down the middle of Center Street. The story told by the exhibit, titled "The Coming of the Railroad: Then...

O'Berry Nurse of the Year named

Memories of nursing school are still vivid for Brenda Stroud -- going to class all day, working all night, trying to take it all in. Forty-six years later, the registered nurse is still working all night, still taking it...

Fremont working to attract people to downtown

Continuing a discussion begun in April, members of the Fremont Board of Alderman and several town residents met Tuesday night to discuss economic development and to toss around ideas of how the town should proceed next. And while no...

Nine girls to compete for title of Miss Aycock on Saturday

The old gym at Charles B. Aycock High School will be the setting Saturday night when nine young ladies compete for the title of Miss Aycock. The pageant, sponsored by the Charles B. Aycock Music and Art Department, will be...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A tribute to fallen heroes

One of the songs playing behind a Memorial Day slide show was written from the perspective of a fallen soldier, who said, "Don't cry for us. We made it to Arlington." That didn't stop many of those gathered in the...

SJAFB to test new synthetic fuel blend

By next month, some of the 4th Fighter Wing's F-15E Strike Eagles will be flying with cheaper and more environmentally friendly fuel. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has been chosen to assist with a Field Service Evaluation using a 50/50...

RPO eyes highway access concerns

Uncontrolled development along N.C. 24 near Warsaw has created traffic problems that could have been prevented by better planning, the town's mayor told members of the Eastern Carolina Rural Planning Organization at a meeting at the Wayne County Chamber...

Commissioners say 'yes' to gang grant

Wayne County Commissioners agreed last week to support a $573,412 federal grant to help local organizations and agencies, including the Sheriff's Office, combat gang activity in the county. Commissioners were hesitant at first to participate in the grant program...

Duplin County hires consultant to help streamline operation

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Commissioners have hired the Evergreen Solutions consulting firm out of Florida to find ways to save money. Commissioners voted unanimously last week to authorize the county manager to sign a contract with the same company...

Survivors to gather for banquet Thursday

Wayne County's Relay for Life activities officially begin Thursday, as volunteers and others gather to honor those who are beating cancer. The Survivors' Banquet will be held May 28 at 6 p.m. at First Pentecostal Church. All local survivors are...

Goldsboro woman graduates law school

Jackie Houser of Goldsboro graduated May 9 from Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va. While in law school Jackie served as an editor for the law review, as the research assistant, Westlaw student representative and volunteered more than...

Trade show will cover selling to government

Businesses interested in learning how to conduct business with the government are invited to a trade show June 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Goldsboro Community Multiplex, 800 Corporate Drive. Vendors will set up from 7-9 a.m....

Public record

Headache medicine theft An employee of Wilco Hess in the 2000 block of U.S. 117 South in Dudley reported the theft of $200 worth of headache remedy BC Powders and $31 cash from the store Friday afternoon, according to...

Suspect sought in hit-and-run death

NEWTON GROVE -- Police are searching for an unidentified Hispanic male accused of running away from a fatal accident he allegedly caused. Newton Grove Police Chief Frankie Harrell said the accident that killed Ronald D. Viehweger, 39, at the intersection...

Former Goldsboro woman named a Teacher of the Year in Georgia

A former counselor at Rosewood Middle School has been named Teacher of the Year for the district where she is a reading specialist in Georgia. Marva Shearod, a graduate of Goldsboro High School, works at Toney Elementary School in DeKalb...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Grant will make jobs program possible this summer for some at-risk students

Wayne County Public Schools has received a $146,063 "Summer Youth Employment Program" grant that will allow at-risk students to obtain jobs over the summer months. The program will last seven weeks, June 22-Aug. 7, and provide jobs for up...

Hundreds meet at American Legion, place flags on vets' graves

At first, it was like a game -- running around a cemetery with a handful of American flags, planting one beside each grave bearing the name of a branch of the U.S. military. But when 7-year-old Brett Coleman happened upon...

Goldsboro will consider plan to save, not demolish, houses

An idea proposed by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. could keep more dilapidated homes in Goldsboro from being demolished. It doesn't involve any new ordinances or codes, merely changing the way the existing ones are applied, DGDC executive director Julie...

Festival will bring chances to learn

A free event for parents and children is expected to exceed its usual crowd of 2,500, officials at Partnership for Children of Wayne County say. The Fourth Annual Born Learning Children's Festival is set for Saturday, June 6, from 10...

County's finances get credit review

Moody's, the agency responsible for establishing the credit rating that determines the county's ability to borrow funds from private lenders and to seek bond financing on the open market, reviewed the county's financial status last week. Over the next...

Public record

Equipment theft At Best Sand and Gravel on Slocumb Street, Samuel Lane reported the theft of $9,750 worth of equipment. According to a witness, five black subjects had been seen around the gate earlier in the morning. Breaking and entering...

Rotary grant aps

The Community Service Committee of the Goldsboro Rotary Club has opened its grant application period. Local non-profit organizations seeking funding are asked to complete an application form by June 1. These forms are available from club president Leslie Weil...

proctors needed in WCPS

As students ready for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests, proctors are needed in the public schools, officials say. Proctors serve as an extra person in the classroom when tests are administered, said Dr. Sandra McCullen, associate superintendent for curriculum...

Stay Smart graduation

The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County will hold its first Stay Smart Class graduation Wednesday. The primary goal of the Stay Smart is to provide teens with the knowledge, skills, self-esteem and peer support to help them...

Wayne County Health Department accredited

After months of complying with documentation, inspections and scrutiny by the state, Wayne County Health Department has been accredited. The status will be conferred by the N.C. Local Health Department Accreditation Board in Raleigh on July 17, Evelyn Coley, director...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

City street projects planned, waiting on money

Goldsboro likely will have the funding it needs to continue some street improvement projects as scheduled -- primarily one that could ease wait times at some city lights, officials say. The city expects to receive federal stimulus funding to pay...

In their hearts, forever: Duplin dedicates new memorial to those lost in Vietnam

KENANSVILLE -- Jessie Lou Pigford McKinney spent the final hour of Friday morning sitting in a lawn chair under one of the trees that grace the Duplin County Courthouse lawn -- fighting off some tears, embracing others. Her son,...

Private schools hold graduation ceremonies Friday and Satuday

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer High school graduation season has officially begun, with three area schools holding ceremonies this weekend and 59 diplomas handed out. Wayne Country Day School began the trend, moving its graduation to a morning event...

Eastpointe to get back control over patients' care

Before mental health reform in North Carolina, local management entities were in charge of authorizing and approving plans of care for all patients receiving either state or federal dollars. In 2006, the state changed the procedure -- contracting with...

Goldsboro/Dillard alumni arrive in Goldsboro

Shortly after 8:15 Saturday morning, cheerleaders from Goldsboro Intermediate School found a quiet corner near the downtown fire station and began rehearsing a cheer for the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Association parade later that morning. The fifth- and sixth-graders, along with...

County budget plan: No new taxes

Wayne County's 2009-10 budget draft is a mixture of nos -- no tax increase, no fee increases, no pay raises and no employee furloughs. It also is lean on capital projects, as well as travel and training for county...

Central/Eastern Wayne alumni gather

This is a special year for Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni & Friends Inc., said Paul Battle, current president of the alumni association, prior to Saturday's noontime parade. In the 37 years since the organization formed, a rich legacy has been...

Officers help with Olympics Torch Run

Ryan Hood, a "global messenger" for the Special Olympics, began his Friday morning trotting next to police officers and the athlete of the year. It was the local leg of the Law Enforcement Officers Torch Run for Special Olympics,...

Program encourages safe driving among teens

Emily Moore, 17, is a self-confessed "text-a-holic." Which means that her mother's pleas to stop texting and driving -- for fear of a ticket or worse -- have gone mostly unheeded by the Rosewood High School junior. "I text...

Pikeville to make cuts, say 'no' to more taxes

With one more budget workshop to go before the public hearing on June 23, Pikeville officials are hopeful that they will be able to approve a 2009-10 spending plan without raising any taxes. However, said Town Administrator Kathie Fields,...

I-HOP to open in Goldsboro after Labory Day

A construction crew will break ground Tuesday to begin building Goldsboro's first International House of Pancakes. The new restaurant will go up at 1100 N. Berkeley Blvd., the former location of the Berkeley Veterinary Clinic before it moved to...

Fremont to hold line on taxes and fees

Despite the slumping economy and declining revenues, Fremont officials are hopeful they will be able to hold the line this year on taxes and utility fees. "There is no tax increase or tax decrease. There are no fee increases...

Senior breakfast a tradition at Faith

Micah Conlon has a unique connection to this year's graduating class at Faith Christian Academy, which he shared during a senior breakfast for parents and students on Thursday. "Y'all graduated from kindergarten in 1997, right? That was the year...

Cousin gets good news in fight to bring soldier home

Cary Turner returned from his second trip to Koh Tang island in March, but he is still waiting for the answer to the question that has been dogging him for nearly two years now -- where are the remains...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Planning board, lot questions raised

It is time to re-examine the 40-some-year-old guidelines that govern the county Planning Board -- including whether a commissioner should be allowed to serve, county Commission Chairman Bud Gray said. It is, he said, an issue that "we have...

Comrades in arms, forever

Thomas Marlow hasn't stepped into his military uniform in decades. Bill Carr no longer carries a government-issued weapon. And it has been years since the last time Theodore Ivey fixed the radar on a fighter jet. But within places like...

Flames destroy home; no one injured in blaze

PATETOWN -- Fire completely destroyed a home off Mount Carmel Church Road Thursday afternoon. Homeowner Glenn Williams and his wife, Jeanice, were not home when the fire started, and no injuries were reported. The modular home, about five years old,...

Alumni organization crowns top fundraiser as '09 reunion begins

More than $91,000 in scholarships were awarded to Goldsboro High School students Thursday night during the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends, Inc. scholarship and awards program. A queen was also crowned, but it was a former queen who commanded the most...

Career and technical students recognized

Wayne County Public Schools recently recognized outstanding students and teachers from its career and technical education programs who have earned honors in state and national competitions this year. The district's Career and Technical Education Department promotes several national and...

WCC student wins Coca-Cola scholarship

Wayne Community College student Hannah Skelton of Goldsboro has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She is one of 400 students to receive a scholarship from the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program. Recipients must have demonstrated...

Kittty Askins volunteer recognized

A Kitty Askins Hospice Center volunteer has been recognized for his efforts to create a more special atmosphere for patients and their families. Paul Anderson of Goldsboro retired from Bell South after 32 years of service. He has made such...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

HS seniors set to turn their tassels

Three private schools and an early college high school will say goodbye to the Class of 2009 this week. Wayne Country Day School kicks off the commencement season, with ceremonies Friday at 11 a.m. in the school gymnasium. The school...

County close to Jeffreys move-in

An $853,000 facelift of the county-owned Jeffreys Building (the old Federal Building) is nearing completion, and the move into the renovated offices could begin by mid-June and be completed by the end of the month. The first to move...

Officials still eye reports about flu

Debate about H1N1 might be waning, but health officials are still keeping tabs on its status. Health Director James Roosen gave a brief update on the formerly known "swine flu" to the Board of Health on Wednesday. He said some...

Central/EW alumni set weekend gatherings

Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni and Friends will observe its 37th annual homecoming this weekend, with events scheduled Friday through Sunday. The classes of 1939, 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 will be honored. The alumni banquet will be...

Children taken to hospital for checkup after bus accident

An accident involving a school bus and two other vehicles this morning injured two motorists, but the two dozen schoolchildren involved were not hurt, Goldsboro police said. Police Capt. Al King said the Dillard Academy bus was traveling west...

County residents can dispose of hazardous household chemicals

Wayne County residents will have the opportunity later this month to clean their cabinets' household hazardous wastes. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on will be May 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the county landfill. Residents may...

City, county, state, federal offices closed Monday

The city of Goldsboro will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. All sanitation services scheduled for Monday will be serviced on Wednesday. The Goldsboro/Wayne Transportation Authority will be operating on a holiday schedule on Memorial Day. The bus...

Railroad executive, Goldsboro native dies

Norfolk Southern Railroad's second chairman, Arnold B. McKinnon, a native of Goldsboro, died Tuesday in Washington D.C. A resident of Norfolk, Va. He was 81. McKinnon served as the railroad's chief executive officer from 1987 to 1992. For three...

Mrs. Easley won't resign

RALEIGH — An attorney for Mary Easley defended her at a press conference today, saying there is “indisputable evidence,” that she was hired by North Carolina State University “on her own merits.” Marvin Schiller spoke from the offices of...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Anderson: I-795 zone needs to be addressed

Protecting the county's highway corridors has been a controversial issue pitting property owners wary of zoning against officials who contend it is needed to safeguard the public and future highway development. Tuesday morning commissioners agreed it is time for them...

Meeting the commissioner

Wayne County Commissioner J.D. Evans greets county high school students before Tuesday's board meeting. The dozen students representing all of the county's high schools spent the morning shadowing county department heads as part of the Youth in Local Government Day....

Memorials planned to remember those who served

Family members, friends and neighbors of the 19 sons of Duplin County who died in Vietnam will kick off the Memorial Day weekend Friday, when they converge on the Duplin Courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. for the unveiling of a...

Leadership class finishes program, earns 'diplomas'

Graduates of the Leadership Wayne County Class of 2009 said their experience has made them feel more in touch with the community. Eighteen local business and agency leaders were honored at the organization's year-end ceremony Tuesday at the Wayne...

Commission takes up questions regarding Keen rezoning request

Public hearings on two zoning requests, including one from county Commissioner Steve Keen, will be held June 16 in hopes of providing the county the time to address parking lot and sign standards. In the interval, a public hearing on...

Revenue troubles stalling budget

State House leaders are working hard to pull together their version of the 2009-10 budget, but it's been a little harder of a task this year than in recent years past, Senior Majority Whip Rep. Larry Bell said. The...

Student artists recognized by Arts Council

Wayne County Public Schools recognized 46 artists from the district recently during the 2008-09 visual arts awards reception at Herman Park Center. Joy Vinson, an art teacher at Fremont STARS Elementary School, was also honored as the Zeno Spence...

Public record

Occupied vehicle shot Bernadette Brown of Sedgefield Drive reported Monday afternoon that someone shot her vehicle two times with her inside, while she sat in a parking lot at 901 N. Herman St. The suspect also allegedly fired another eight...

Moye road to become New Daniels Church Road

People living along Moye Road in northern Wayne County, and possibly those living on Moye Street in Fremont, will soon have a new address -- New Daniels Church Road. The name changed was approved by a 5-2 vote during...

Fremont STARS to hold fundraiser Friday

Fremont STARS Elementary School will host a fundraiser concert Friday night to help purchase new chairs for the school's auditorium. "On Broadway," a showcase of performers singing and dancing to Broadway melodies, will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are...

McDonald's awards four scholarships to area students

Four Wayne County students were among 41 from eastern North Carolina recently recognized with $1,000 college scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina. A total of $150,000 in funding was to be awarded across the state this...

Duplin rejects federal funds for sewer work

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin commissioners said no thanks to federal money for sewer projects Monday because the county would have to pay back half of the $1.7 million grant-loan package. Joe McKemmey of the county's engineering company, McDavid Associates, offered...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Local leaders gather in Kinston to hear economic stimulus plans

KINSTON -- A summer employment program for disadvantaged youths, a new community college program of accelerated training, an emphasis on "green" and transportation projects were highlighted by representatives from seven state departments Monday morning at Lenoir Community College during...

The Coneheads are back

Three-year-old friends Kyle Kemper, left, and Wesley Kaye decide to wear some safety cones during an Upward soccer game at New Hope Methodist Church....

Legislators: Mental health care system on the mend

At the risk of repeating the same themes from last year, local mental health officials and members of Wayne County's state legislative delegation gathered Monday morning to discuss and to update one another on the state's mental health system....

Duplin will eye proposals for 2009-10 budget

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners will meet this week with department heads to hammer out details in the $47.1 million budget that County Manager Mike Aldridge offered up Monday. Although the proposed budget is $2.1 million...

City: No tax hike this year

Goldsboro residents will not face a tax hike this year, but utility bills for city water and refuse services will be going up, the City Council has decided after weeks of budget discussions. The council held a public hearing on...

Agencies join efforts to protect children

Organizations and agencies involved in helping Wayne County children in need have signed a memorandum of agreement to work together more effectively. The Wayne County Multidisciplinary Team was created to keep the various groups aware of one another's work to...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Author to speak at WCC on life after U.S. housing crisis

The author of a book on the housing crisis and its implications for investors will speak at Wayne Community College next month. Whitney Tilson said he and co-author Glenn Tongue have been "obsessed" with the topic -- and in January...

Witness to history: Vick's lens captured Glenn's splashdown after historic orbit

Armed only with a camera, Ronald Vick turned toward the bow of the USS Noa and looked skyward. "I totally (messed) up. I saw, off the distance about two miles, a capsule underneath a parachute coming down," he said. "I...

Duplin to unveil granite marker memorial Friday

KENANSVILLE -- Nineteen sons of Duplin County were lost in Vietnam, but until last year, their stories mostly had been heard only by battlefield comrades and the grieving family members left behind. A November ceremony at Duplin Commons attended by...

Bylaws for MPO to target quorum

An ongoing problem achieving the quorum required to conduct business Thursday prompted members of the Goldsboro Municipal Planning Organization to look for a solution by adopting bylaws. And until those bylaws can be formulated and adopted, members decided to...

Authorities await autopsy report results

Goldsboro police this morning were still awaiting the results of an autopsy in the death of an unidentified person found after an early Saturday morning fire. Until word from the medical examiner is received, police cannot confirm whether they suspect...

Pet food giveaway attracting a crowd

The Wayne County Humane Society's pet food giveaway has been a success in assisting struggling pet owners, organizers said, and they are still seeing more and more people coming to pick up food. "We started helping 36 families. We're now...

Public record

Bracelet theft Anna Barbour of Jewelry Unlimited reported Thursday that an unknown suspect reached into a jewelry case and stole a gold and diamond bracelet. Ms. Barbour reported she stepped away to get a calculator when the suspect reached...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

WCC graduates receive diplomas Saturday morning

Most high school students earn their diploma in four years, not eight, and they do it by age 18, not age 32. But most high school students aren't single parents of two daughters. They don't work a nine-hour shift at...

More than 500 graduate from Wayne Community College on Friday

The parade of caps and gowns might have appeared uniform, but the array of degrees were as varied as each graduate's story at Wayne Community College's commencement Friday. Khandee James, who moved here from New Jersey with her husband and...

Former 4th commander Kwast nominated for brigadier general

Less than a year after relinquishing command of the 4th Fighter Wing, Col. Steve Kwast is set to receive his first star. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Friday that Kwast was among those nominated by President Barack Obama for...

Local GM dealers escape cuts

GM announced last week that it would send notices Friday to 1,100 dealerships across the country, telling them that their contracts would not be renewed at the end of the year. The news came on the heels of Chrysler's cutting...

Keen land request on commissioners' agenda for Tuesday

Rezoning requests, including one from a fellow board member, will come before county commissioners when they meet Tuesday morning. In related planning issues, the board could take action on an earlier request to rename Moye Road to New Daniels Church...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Schools comply with 0.5 decrease

Officials in Wayne County Public Schools are again responding to a request to help balance the state's budget -- this time by withholding money from teachers' checks. Gov. Beverly Perdue last month signed Executive Order 11, implementing a "flexible furlough...

Jamming on Center Street

Jeanette Leonard, right, and Norman Percise dance together at the first Center Street Jam of the year Thursday evening in the Waynesborough House parking lot off Center Street. The concert featured Jim Quick and Coastline Band. The next show will...

No shows for MPO meeting after critiques about access

Last Thursday night, the Goldsboro Municipal Planning Organization and, to a lesser extent, the Wayne County Transportation Committee were in the cross hairs of nearly 200 people, many of whom were upset at what they perceived as an end...

Local dealerships confident they will not be on GM's list

General Motors dealers in the Wayne County area were anxiously awaiting word this morning on whether the auto giant would keep them or cut them loose. GM had announced it would notify dealers today. Chevrolet-Cadillac of Goldsboro manager Gregg...

GATEWAY considers using former W.P. Rose location for maintenance

Talks are under way between the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority and the owners of the old W.P. Rose site north of downtown for possible use as a maintenance facility for the authority's GATEWAY vehicles. The site was discussed first during...

Red Cross classes offered

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer the following classes during May: Lay responder first aid/CPR/AED instructor course from 6 to 10 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and May 23. CPR/adult AED...

Public record

Armed robbery Douglas Oaten of Force Road reported he was robbed at gunpoint of a gun and $1,500 cash late Wednesday night in the Comco parking lot at 301 W. Grantham St., according to a police report. The suspect fled...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Governor honors firefighters who helped save historic site

Gov. Beverly Perdue honored the firefighters who put out a fire at the Charles B. Aycock birthplace, and the detective who helped track down two alleged arsonists. Ms. Perdue gathered the firefighters, Dirk Smith, Steve Evans, Danny Tillman, Ken Jones,...

Disabilities awareness

More than 300 people took part in the 13th annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities, in downtown Goldsboro on Wednesday....

WCC Foundation maintains finances despite economy

Despite the economic crisis, Wayne Community College Foundation has been able to maintain its efforts to produce student scholarships, with a few simple adjustments. Foundation Director Jack Kannan said community support and events like the annual golf tournament have kept...

Accident victims are recovering

A woman involved in a Tuesday afternoon crash was upgraded from critical to good condition, and an infant involved in the crash was also still recovering after being ejected from the vehicle, authorities said. Sheilena Brown, the driver of a...

GATEWAY hearing May 26

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority Board will hold a public hearing later this month on its efforts to secure $674,313 in federal stimulus funding for the rural side of its GATEWAY bus system. The money would be utilized to purchased...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wayne Community to graduate largest class

Wayne Community College will honor its largest graduating class in the school's history this weekend, with 511 curriculum graduates crossing the stage Friday evening. Two ceremonies are planned, for college and high school programs, and nearly 800 diplomas are expected...

Planners approve rezoning for Keen

The Wayne County Planning Board Tuesday night went against staff recommendations to approve a rezoning request by board member and County Commissioner Steve Keen. Keen and Planning Board Chairman Chris Cox, who is marketing the property for Keen, recused...

City looking at ways to cut energy costs

Think your electric bill is high? In fiscal year 2007-2008, the city of Goldsboro received a $500,000 bill just for turning on the streetlights. Members of the city's energy committee are examining new ways of addressing the city's energy...

Boy inspired by Bible tale to help others

After hearing the biblical story of the widow who gave all she had to the poor, 9-year-old Jonathan Yeager decided he wanted to try to do the same. The result has been hundreds of dollars raised for such charities as...

Accident takes woman's life

A Goldsboro woman was killed and a 1-year-old infant and another woman were in critical condition after an accident Tuesday morning at Mar Mac. Anita Gail Grantham, 29, of Lincoln Drive, a passenger in a Lexus driven by Sheilena...

Public record

Knife on school bus A 9-year-old Goldsboro boy brought a knife on to a school bus and put it in another student's backpack, authorities said. Authorities are still investigating, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report....

Goldsboro begins search for new parks and rec director

More than six months after former Parks and Recreation director Sonya Shaw left Goldsboro to take a position in Garner, the city is seeking to fill the position permanently. Interim Parks and Recreation director Gail Charles said at the...

Senior Games

Polly Adams cheers as she finishes the croquet competition at the 2009 Senior Games Tuesday afternoon. Wayne Christian School students volunteered to help with the games. Earlier in the day Mrs. Adams won a gold medal in the horseshoe competition....

Duplin trailer inspection rate set to go up $25

KENANSVILLE -- People erecting single-wide mobile homes in Duplin County are going to have to pay $25 more for inspections. The Duplin Board of Commissioners voted unanimously earlier this month to raise the mobile home inspection rate to $125,...

Duplin moves forward with early college high school plan

The James Kenan School of Engineering took another step closer Tuesday night to becoming an early college high school at James Sprunt Community College. The Duplin County Board of Education approved a $21,850 contract with the Bowman Murray Hemingway...

Bentonville to hold living history Saturday

FOUR OAKS -- Discover how Civil War soldiers lived in camp and what role the enlisted man played in battle during Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site's annual summer living history program, scheduled for Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Three students earn four-year scholarships

Goldsboro High School seniors Stephen Johnson and Masika Whitfield and senior Shiquita Ingram of Southern Wayne High will receive full-ride scholarships to the colleges of their choice. Johnson and Miss Whitfield chose N.C. A&T in Greensboro, and Miss Ingram...

School transfer policy subject of final Kitchen Table discussion

The transfer policy in Wayne County Public Schools is probably as fair as it can be, although it could always be updated, several people said at Monday night's fourth -- and final for the year -- Kitchen Table Conversation. The...

Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

A man accused of shooting a young woman to death at her boyfriend's funeral pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday. Kelvin Buffalo Jr., 20, stood accused of hiding a handgun under a funeral program, then walking slowly to a vehicle...

Highway committees to meet this week

The county has, at least for the time being, decided to hold off on scheduling a public meeting devoted to explaining the ins and outs of the Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization. County Manager Lee Smith Monday said that any...

City might increase utility rates

City residential utility bills might be going up by nearly $10 per month this year, with another increase planned for 2010, and the pay system for city employees will likely change to reflect performance, members of the Goldsboro City Council...

WAGES holding clothing giveaway

The WAGES Community Services Self-Sufficiency Project will hold a clothing giveaway in the WAGES multipurpose room at 601 E. Royall Ave., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday. The clothing giveaway is designed to provide gently used clothing, shoes and...

Red Cross classes offered

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer the following classes during May: Lay responder First Aid/CPR/AED instructor course from 6 to 10 p.m. May 15 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 and 23. CPR/adult...

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Armed robberies *The Holiday Inn Express was reportedly robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night, when a black male entered the hotel using the security keypad combination, Goldsboro police said. The male, who was not described further in the report, ran...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fish fry to benefit officer with cancer

James Serlick was the picture of health -- 24 years old, a Gold's Gym member, an advocate for exercise and his church. But then things started going wrong for the young Goldsboro police officer, who was in Wake Forest University...

City fire department asking for two new pumper trucks

The Goldsboro Fire Department may be getting a new pair of pumper trucks this year, if the proposed city budget is approved, but the fire trucks may not fit in two of the city's five stations because of their size....

Chamber education committees need help

It has been slow going pulling together the committees for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Educational Council -- an indication that it may be time for a full-time person to oversee the process, said council Chairman Ed Wilson....

High school graduation projects still a go

While the state Board of Education may have put a hold on its requirement for high school students to complete a graduation project before receiving their diploma, it remains a requirement for graduation in Wayne County, officials said. At the...

Buddy Shaw re-appointed to fire, rescue pension fund board

Howard "Buddy" Shaw of Goldsboro has been re-appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue to the N.C. Firemen's and Rescue Squad Workers' Pension Fund Board of Trustees. The appointment is effective July 1 and runs through June 30, 2013. Shaw retired...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wayne looking to utilize 911 funds

Wayne County could have saved a million dollars or more and been in a better position to pay down its debt on a multi-million loan taken out to pay for a new communications system had the county been allowed...

Stop the Funeral Initiative coincides with murder trial

Almost exactly two years ago, Kelvin Buffaloe was arrested and charged with shooting a young woman to death at her boyfriend's funeral. On Saturday, a group that formed on the wave of emotion that followed the death of Sharon...

Perseverance pays off for Goldsboro woman

After more than two decades of stops and starts, 60-year-old Peggie Howell, grandmother of 23 and great-grandmother of six, received her diploma from Mount Olive College on Saturday. It was a long and difficult road to earn her degree in...

Seven Springs holds Ole Timey Days festival

Seven Springs celebrated its ninth annual Ole Timey Days festival Saturday. The event, which celebrates Seven Springs' and Wayne County's agricultural heritage, featured old-fashioned carriage rides, horseshoe tossing, a Civil War demonstration, performances by the Spring Creek High School band...

Mount Olive College students graduate Saturday

Saturday was a day of farewells and new beginnings for the 324 students who received their diplomas at Mount Olive College's 55th spring graduation exercise. A bright, sunny day and the rest of their lives waited for the new Trojan...

Local woman writes book about domestic violence experiences

Stephanie Sutton still recalls the night her husband, without a word, took some of his personal belongings and moved into the guest bedroom. Thankful and relieved, she was still afraid he might return to attack her. So, she slept...

Duplin's Reginal Kenan appointed to state Board of Education

Gov. Beverly Perdue has appointed Duplin Board of Education member Reginald Kenan of Rose Hill to the state Board of Education. His nomination will now go before the state General Assembly for final approval. Kenan said Friday that when...

St. Mark's to open new online high school

A new high school is being added in Wayne County this fall, without the assistance of an engineer, contractor or even a building. That's because it will be completely online. "St. Mark's Academy provides an alternative for those middle...

Bus shows students choices

Eighth-grade students at Dillard Middle School lined up to board a bus in the school parking lot Wednesday morning, unaware that within minutes their entire future would be questioned. "Choice Bus," a modified school bus that is half classroom,...

Central/Eastern Wayne High School Homecoming set for May 22-24

Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni and Friends will hold its 37th annual homecoming May 22-24. Central classes of 1939, 1949, 1959 and 1969 will be honored. Eastern Wayne classes of 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 also will be honored. The banquet will...

Armed robbery among indictments

A man accused of a robbery spree using a sawed-off shotgun to steal Newport cigarettes and small amounts of cash was among indictments returned this month by a Wayne County grand jury. Anthony Jerome Lee, 41, was accused of at...

Friday, May 8, 2009

County's jobless rate drops 0.5 percent

Unemployment in Wayne County fell for the first time in nearly a year in March as the number of initial claims finally began slowing, said Bill Pate, manager of the Goldsboro branch of the N.C. Employment Security Commission. Dropping...

Officials: Swine flu no effect on pork

The term "swine flu," which has captured headlines around the world for the past few weeks, is a misnomer and is in no way is an indication of the true nature of the virus, say experts in the hog...

Chamber hosts panel on county, city's future

Wayne County has not been spared the effects of a faltering economy, but rather than dwell on the negative, speakers at Thursday morning's "State of the Community" panel discussion focused on the good news they could muster. The topic...

Praying for county's leaders

Pastor Rex Evans leads the National Day of Prayer luncheon in prayer Thursday at Faith Free Will Baptist Church.  The church's pastor, Dann Patrick, said the purpose of the gathering, which is held annually, is to call on God in...

Audience questions MPO's power, responsibilities

Nearly 200 people packed the New Hope Friends Church educational building Thursday night, ostensibly to learn about the Goldsboro Municipal Planning Organization -- its origins, what it is, who is on it and what its powers are. But it...

Surgery patient now back home, and doing well

Five years ago, a brain hemorrhage nearly killed Paul Bronson. So as he sat behind a desk, flipping through photographs of the pieces of his temporal lobe recently removed by surgeons, he wasn't fazed. "It isn't weird at all," Paul...

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Stolen calf Dolores Smith of Arrington Bridge Road, Seven Springs reported a black Angus calf was stolen from her farm last month. Larceny of cattle is a felony charge in North Carolina. Investigation is continuing, the Sheriff's Office reported....

Postal food drive set for Saturday

With the help of Goldsboro residents, seven local charities and food banks will be able to restock their pantries by the end of the weekend. The annual postal letter carrier-sponsored food drive will be held tomorrow, and if its...

Officers seize 480 ecstasy pills

County drug officers say a Humphrey Street man sold "ecstasy" pills at least twice to undercover officers, leading to the seizure of 480 pills. Goldsboro resident Damien C. Coley, 27, faces six trafficking counts of trafficking the drug, also...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Right-of-way tussle ends project for Borden Mill

Two years ago, it seemed as if the old Borden mill on William Street would get a new lease on life. Developers Tom Webb and Robby Baker planned to restore the historic building and turn it into a gated community...

Scouts share developments at Camp Tuscarora with club

For the Boy Scouts of America Tuscarora Council, 2008 was a good year. Adding more than 1,500 new recruits to their rolls, council leadership credited Tuesday the steps taken since 2007 for the dramatic increase. Primary among those steps...

Library offers help for small businesses

The Wayne County Public Library has a new resource available for patron use, the Small Business Resource Center, which can help any entrepreneur get a business off the ground. The comprehensive database offers content covering accounting, finance, human resources, management,...

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Female teen assaults officers According to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report, two deputies were assaulted and a 15-year-old was stunned with a Taser after an incident Tuesday night at a Dudley home on Dell Drive. Cpl. Kenneth Grice and...

Officials confirm body found at Cliffs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The body of a 21-year-old Goldsboro man who drowned Sunday night came to the surface on Wednesday morning, ending a three-day search, authorities said. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders confirmed that the body of Brian Matthew...

Love & marriage: Students test-drive life's next step

The candles were lit, guests were seated and the wedding processional began for the double ceremony. Grooms Eric Powell and Seth Denlinger were positioned in front of the chapel. Jack Edwards escorted twin nieces Bethany and Brittany Dale -- their...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Drowning victim found

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Authorities have found the body of Brian Matthew Davis, 21, who reportedly drowned Sunday night in the Neuse River while playing with a group of friends, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders confirmed.Davis, who reportedly could not swim,...

Ceremony honors fallen officers

Law enforcement gathered at Wayne Community College today to honor Wayne County officers who died in the line of duty. Although violent deaths often get the most media attention, Goldsboro police Chief Tim Bell said statistics show a stark truth:...

Man wins $1 million in lottery jackpot

A Goldsboro man apparently has won $1,000,000 in the lottery but either doesn't want to talk about it or can't be located. According to the North Carolina Education Lottery Web site, Joshua Best of Goldsboro won that amount in...

Holocaust survivor shares story with SJAFB personnel

Michael Lindner can still hear the desperate taps that fell on his father's window more than 60 years ago. "Some of (the Jews) had a chance to escape before they were captured. They were living in the forest," he said....

Sheriff's deputy finds name to add to memorial

The name of a Wayne County lawman who was killed in the line of duty in 1900 was added to the county's Emergency Services Memorial today. Pikeville Township Constable Zeb B. Lancaster was killed on June 10, 1900, while...

Organizations can apply for additional funds

Wayne County has been awarded an additional $35,827 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and local officials are urging organizations that serve the less fortunate to apply for the money. The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program...

Rosewood developer withdraws request

The developer of a controversial proposed low-rent housing project in the Rosewood community has withdrawn his request for a letter of support from county commissioners for his application to the state Division of Community Assistance for a $250,000 Community...

School board questions policy on HIV status

A new HIV/AIDS policy adopted by the school system might protect those with the virus by keeping their identities private, but potentially puts others at risk, some school board members say. School board Policy No. 6145 had kicked up some...

School bus hits dump truck

Three Spring Creek Elementary School students suffered minor injuries this morning when a school bus collided with a dump truck. School spokesman Ken Derksen said the wreck was fairly minor, though, and that the bus suffered only slight damages....

Last Kitchen Table talk to be Monday

Wayne County Public Schools will hold its fourth and final Kitchen Table Conversation for the school year, with plans to discuss school transfers. School board members and other district officials will be on hand to lead the discussion Monday...

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Weapon on school campus Wendy Hooks of Brogden Primary School reported Monday that a 9-year-old student had a BB gun, according to a report. The weapon was seized by school staff, and the child's mother was called, authorities said. The...

Road name change request concerns residents

Residents living along Moye Road in northern Wayne County told commissioners Tuesday morning they had no problem with their road being renamed New Daniels Church Road, but that they did have a problem with the cost, aggravation and inconvenience...

Good penmanship pays off for students

Good penmanship is not a thing of the past, and at St. Mary School students are actually graded on it. "It's a big part of our curriculum," said Sally Moriniti, a second-grade teacher at the school. Students are taught...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Senior Games

Jeanne Lovings competes in the 65-69 age division of shuffleboard during the Wayne County Senior Games at Herman Park on Monday. The games will continue all week, with horseshoes, golf, croquet and billiards scheduled for today. Later in the week,...

Meeting planned for citizens to view MPO

A lack of information, not misinformation, is what is driving the public's concerns about the powers of the Goldsboro Municipal Planning Organization, organizers of a Thursday night public meeting say. In recent weeks, the MPO's authority has been questioned,...

Woman shot as she tried to leave club

MOUNT OLIVE -- A woman died at Pitt Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon after a club shooting at N.C. 55 nightclub early Monday morning, authorities say. Kendra Nyetta Smalls, 21, of West Chestnut Street, died after the shooting that also...

Drowning victim identified; area dangerous, officials say

When six men and a woman gathered at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Sunday, they were just looking for a little fun in the river, a state parks official said. But swimming in a dangerous part of the...

City talks cuts as budget planning continues

The Goldsboro City Council continued Monday discussing how to proceed with the proposed 2009-10 city budget, which City Manager Joe Huffman called "probably the hardest and the easiest budget we've ever done." "Hardest because of cutting, and easiest because everyone...

Chairman: Comments are hurting progress

Wayne County Board of Education Chairman George Moye said at the board's meeting Monday that he is tired of a "one-man wrecking crew" tearing down the reputation of the county's public schools, and took to task the elected official he...

States wants $500K back from Wayne

School officials, anticipating next year's budget, received word late Friday that the state is asking for its second reversion of funds -- this time in the amount of $537,199. Their "mouths dropped open" when they heard, said Nan Barwick, assistant...

Man wanted for sexual assault

A former Mount Olive resident is wanted for the sexual battery of a 7-year-old child in Wayne County, detectives said. Investigator Paige Learnard reported that Jose Adan Cruz-Turcios, 25, a white male with black hair, brown eyes, about 5...

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Man shot Dennis Mitchell of West Mulberry Street told Goldsboro police on Saturday night that he was shot by suspects who drove by him at his other residence on East Walnut Street, according to the report. Mitchell suffered minor injury,...

City Council denies rezoning request for sports bar plan

The Goldsboro City Council unanimously said no to a proposed Flight Line sports bar Monday night. The council voted to deny a rezoning request that would have allowed operation of the bar and an accompanying Budget truck rental business at...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mount Olive College students back from Mexico, and fine

The group of Mount Olive College business students who traveled to Mexico during the outbreak of swine flu made it back to Raleigh a little later than scheduled Saturday night after stopping for a quick medical exam, but arrived home...

Police searching for body of Neuse drowing victim

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Authorities were still searching this morning for a drowning victim at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. The search began around 7 p.m. Sunday and lasted into the early morning hours, as cadaver dogs and...

Commissioners ask for public input on name change request

Wayne County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to change the name of Moye Road to New Daniels Chapel Road. The hearing will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth...

Cook sets sights on improved hospital

Philip Cook has spent his first five weeks as Cherry Hospital director getting acquainted with the staff and practices. First impressions have been favorable, he said, with plans being made to shore up the organization and to create a sense...

Schools encouraging graduation

As high school graduations approach, Wayne County Public Schools will introduce "Stay in School Week" this week in hopes of motivating underclassmen to stay the course. More than 1,100 graduates are expected to walk across the stage and receive...

Rosewood VFD marks anniversary

Rosewood Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday with an open house. Above, Hunter Boyles, 2, looks over a fire engine with his uncle T.J. Henderson. Hunter is the grandson of Rosewood firefighter Butch Dillard....

Sunday, May 3, 2009

'Viva Goldsboro' held Saturday

Willie Cartagena of the Hispanic Community Development Center said the organization's "Viva Goldsboro" celebration held on Saturday did better than he expected for a first-time festival. The public's participation was sporadic, starting out slow in the morning and picking up...

Reality check

Antonio Houpe became a father at 16 -- and it wasn't easy. "Life smacked me in the face," he says now, at age 19. "Now, I can't do nothing. can't go out with my boys, now I have got to...

Six students from Wayne to attend Governor's School

Six students from Wayne County Public Schools have been accepted to attend Governor's School this summer. Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically and intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program is open...

Sherman named jailer of the year

Mary Sherman was working part-time at O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center when someone suggested she try a new line of work. The job was as a detention officer at the Wayne County Jail, which she knew would mean a major...

Seven Springs festival Saturday

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The oldest town in Wayne County will celebrate its history on Saturday, May 9, when Seven Springs residents reach back in time to their roots during the Ole Timey Days festival. The event is in its...

Postal carrier food drive Saturday

Goldsboro residents are being urged to contribute to the annual food drive sponsored by postal letter carriers. The drive will be held Saturday, May 9. The goal this year is to collect 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food to benefit...

GHS grad answers new call to serve overseas

WASHINGTON D.C. -- For 24 hours, Karl Eikenberry was unemployed. No longer an Army brigadier general and not yet the newest U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, the former Goldsboro High School football player said he spent that time reflecting. "The last...

Mental health activities scheduled

One out of every five Americans will one day require some form of mental health services. It is a figure that may surprise some, but shining light on mental health issues such as mental disabilities, mental illness and subsistence abuse...

Wayne wary of swine flu

What does the swine flu mean to citizens of Wayne County? Health Director James Roosen discussed some of the basics as they pertain to the area community, speaking with the News-Argus on Friday afternoon. "People may be concerned about this...

Goldsboro City Council continues work on 2009-10 budget decisions

Budget issues, energy concerns, the Fourth of July Jaycees parade and planning and engineering agenda items will be discussed Monday at the city council's special work session and regular meeting. The council will continue its discussion of the proposed 2009-10...

Friday, May 1, 2009

City not breaking even on water rate

Although city water usage rates could go up by 10 percent, pending approval of the proposed 2009-2010 city budget, Goldsboro citizens would still have one of the lowest water bills of any Wayne County municipality. Even if rates increase by...

Realtor of the Year chosen

Jay Kinsey, right, accepts the Realtor of the Year Award from the 2008 winner, Lyn Williford, during the 43rd annual banquet held Thursday at the Walnut Creek Country Club by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Association of Realtors and sponsored by The...

Stimulus funding request missed deadline

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town of Mount Olive's sewer system rehabilitation project might have been as shovel ready as the town could make it, but those efforts still fell short of meeting requirements for inclusion in the first round...

MOC Mexico trip being handled well, local college, health officials report

The Mount Olive College student trip to Mexico this week has been managed well, say college and local health officials. Health Director James Roosen said this morning he has closely monitored the situation since learning about the group's travel amid...

Donkey kisses net $800 for Relay for Life team from county employees

Some people will do just about anything for money, including kissing a donkey. But in this case, county employees were willing to pucker up for a good cause, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. County employees Thursday during...

Vintage farm equipment show Saturday

The Eastern Carolina Vintage Farm Equipment Club will hold its eighth annual Antique Farm Equipment Days on Saturday at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Gates will be open for the free event from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with an opening...

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Man robbed outside home Willie Grace of Ball Street told Goldsboro police he came home to a man waiting with a gun on a concrete porch at his home just after midnight Thursday, according to a report. Grace was reportedly...

Library services to be cut back on Saturday morning

Wayne County officials will be performing maintenance and upgrades to its telecommunications and computer network on Saturday. As a result, the Internet, phone system, and library catalog at the main branch of the Wayne County Public Library on Ash Street...