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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday stabbing ends in death of Goldsboro man

A South Slocumb Street man died from stab wounds allegedly inflicted by a store clerk at Bob's No. 2 convenience store, also on South Slocumb, authorities said. Terry Lavon Singleton, 31, who lived just a few doors away from the...

Jeffreys Building move is almost complete

The county's human resources department this week is completing its move into renovated offices on the first floor of the Jeffreys Building, and the county already is beginning to look to its next projects -- renovation of the Sullivan...

Communities get ready for week of July Fourth celebrations

Wayne County will mark Independence Day this week with a variety of celebrations, starting Thursday at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. A list of activities across the county, including fireworks displays in three areas and government office closures and...

Public record

Sex assault investigated A sexual assault involving an alleged male aggressor and a female victim is being investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, authorities said. The incident involves airmen enlisted at...

GATEWAY to operate on holiday schedule

The Goldsboro/Wayne Transportation Authority will be operating on a holiday schedule on Friday for the Fourth of July holiday. The bus service will operate from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., while the van service will be on its normal operating...

Driver charged in fatal wreck

The driver of a car involved in a Saturday wreck that left two women dead has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, Highway Patrol investigators said Monday. Michael Eugene Sowers of Beaufort also was...

Amber Alert issued for Sampson County child

The Sampson County sheriff is searching for a missing child: Marlon Ramon Torres. Marlon Ramon Torres is a 4-year-old Hispanic boy, approximately 3 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 28 pounds. He has black hair, and brown eyes. Allegedly, there...

Report from Bagram: ER in the sky

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- Curtis White remembers when a 19-year-old soldier gave him perspective. It was during an aeromedical evacuation mission -- one of several the Air Force Reserve technical sergeant has been a part of since joining the...

Monday, June 29, 2009

More at Four program offers building blocks for learning

More at Four, the kindergarten readiness program introduced in 2001, needs more funding rather than less, local officials and educators say. And yet as the House budget nears completion, educators are collectively holding their breath that programs like the kindergarten-preparation...

Behind bars fundraiser continues

It was a long, hot weekend for Tammie Hedges, director of Purrrfect Friends Feline Shelter and Adoptions cat rescue. Ms. Hedges has been camped out in a small, locked pen outside of the Tractor Supply Company on Cashwell Drive since...

While husbands serve, life goes on

Nicole Tobey takes pictures of her stomach from time to time, so her husband, Matthew, can watch it grow. He isn't there to see it in person. He boarded a plane a few hours after his wife's first ultrasound. So...

Air conditioning units stolen from churches

GRANTHAM -- Thieves have struck several churches across Wayne County, not to take money, but to steal the sanctuaries' air-conditioning units. Selah Christian Church in Grantham was one of five churches targeted by thieves between June 14-18, said investigator...

Rules about officials, boards limited

It is common practice for county commissioners to serve on the boards whose members they appoint, according to David Lawrence, a professor at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "It is extremely...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

United Way moving to new office at bank

United Way of Wayne County workers will have a change of scenery come next week. The organization is moving from its location at 308 N. William St. to the Wachovia building at 301 E. Ash St. The bank will still...

Signing God's love

For pastor Doug Seymour and the Blended Fellowship Original Free Will Baptist Mission congregation, celebrating faith does not require hearing a preacher's sermon. All it takes is an open heart -- and learning a new kind of language. For nearly...

Wayne leaders: No quick vote for budget

With a 2009-10 budget deficit that seems to be growing by the day, the North Carolina General Assembly is poised to approve a continuing budget resolution Tuesday as negotiations between the House and the Senate continue to drag on....

Two dead, one injured in Fremont crash

FREMONT -- Two women were killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of N.C. 222 and N.C. 581 west of Fremont. Donna Karen Capps, 49, of Henderson, and Agnes Byrd Carney, 71, of Beaufort died at...

Air Mobility Command brings heroes to get care

Col. Fritz Linsenmeyer has been flying KC-135 Stratotankers for years, but it took a short tour in January 2008 for him to realize just what it means to be a part of the "big picture" war effort American forces are...

Four-day week spreading to other offices

News-Argus Staff Writers As August marks the one-year anniversary of the cost-cutting four-day workweek for most county offices, other public service providers such as the county school district and Wayne Community College have followed suit, even on a limited basis....

Kicking off the Fourth a little early

PIKEVILLE -- The judges were still savoring their samplings of home-cooked barbecue Saturday at noon as people were already lining up to purchase the tasty results of the town's first "Pig Cook-Off." Not far away children slid, jumped and...

Cookie recall prompts state action

A recall of certain packages of Nestle Toll House cookie dough means Wayne County day-care centers will get visits from state inspectors, officials at the Health Department said. Kevin Whitley, director of environmental health, said the state initiated the response...

Community college honors administrators

The Association of Educational Office Professionals at Wayne Community College recently honored two of its own, naming Ray Burrell administrator of the year and Dori Fraser as educational office professional of the year. Burrell, head of the college's Business...

City housing fair draws homeowner hopefuls

One person wanted to know about buying a low-income house. Another was interested in the true worth of having a house inspected before buying. Still others wanted to know about buying foreclosed houses, credit checks and programs available for...

Automotive teachers earn recertification

Seven area high school automotive teachers recently spent three days as students at Wayne Community College, earning training hours to keep their programs nationally certified. Terry Bradshaw of Princeton High School, Joe Buckner of East Duplin High School, Robbie Fonvielle...

Friday, June 26, 2009

She's not coming out until she gets $1,000 for animals

Usually it's the cats and dogs that are in cages at animal shelters, but this weekend, a Goldsboro woman is climbing into a pen to help raise money for homeless pets. And even in the summer heat, she is not...

They did it: Relay for Life raises more than $634,000

Despite a weak economy, Wayne County residents still raised $634,201.38 at the annual Relay for Life, officials announced Thursday. About 125 people attended the awards ceremony at Wayne Memorial Hospital that was alternately somber and joyful. Although the total...

Raising money for MDA

Mount Olive Police Chief Ralph Schroeder, former N.C. Rep. Louis Pate and Susan Kelly work the phones during a "lockup" to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the Country Inn and Suites in Goldsboro on Thursday. Money raised goes to...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dudley man sought in October murder

Goldsboro police are searching for a Dudley man accused of a murder that happened on Franklin Street in October. James Sanders, 36, whose last known address was Brewington Drive in Dudley, is currently the only suspect wanted by police...

Pikeville's budget gets OK from board

Pikeville residents can expect to see higher electric rates beginning in July. Following Tuesday night's public hearing on the 2009-10 budget, town commissioners approved the budget by a 3-1 vote, with board member Edith McClenny dissenting. The new budget...

Ice cold cool-down

This week's heat has Wayne County residents looking for any way they can to cool off. Robert McCarty, his daughter Shaily, left, 11, and Ashley Marriner, 10, took time Wednesday to enjoy some Hawaiian shaved ice at a stand on...

Man, 42, charged with rape of teen

A 42-year-old East Holly Street man is accused of multiple counts of statutory rape of a child between the ages of 13 and 15, and also of providing the victim with narcotics. Quadius Nathaniel Gaines, who is also known...

Memory Walk meeting July 1

The committee for the upcoming Alzheimer's Memory Walk will meet July 1 at noon at Sterling House on Berkeley Boulevard. Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the walk, or anyone who would like to form a team and walk,...

MDA 'lockup' fundraiser today

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will sponsor a "lockup" of local business and community leaders today to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. The event will start at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. The "lockup" will be at...

Senior center open

Are you a senior citizen tired of sitting around in the heat? Then the Wayne County Senior Center at 100 S. John St., may be the answer. Air-conditioned and open to all county residents 60 and older, the Senior Center...

Officials: Move OK for Black, but not less time

Wayne County's legislators didn't have much to say this week about the efforts to affect the prison sentence of former House speaker Jim Black, but none was opposed to the prospect of him being moved closer to home. Black,...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WCC: Financial aid available

Financial aid to attend Wayne Community College is available, if students will just apply early enough, college officials say. The college is "pushing hard" to get students on the campus well ahead of time, college President Dr. Kay Albertson...

Third Hampton robbery suspect arrested

Goldsboro police have made a third arrest in the shooting of two people in a botched robbery of the Hampton Inn on Spence Avenue on June 11. Quinton Edwin Moye, 18, of Brooks Drive, Snow Hill, is charged with...

Sanitary districts get $3.4 million from stimulus

Three of the county's sanitary districts will receive extra help from the government in the form of $3.4 million in federal stimulus money. Southeastern Wayne Sanitary District will receive about $1.6 million; Belfast Patetown Sanitary District will receive almost $1.2...

Strokes of genius

Artist instructor Penny Craven works with siblings David and Victoria Anthony Tuesday on their painting of two albatrosses during summer art camp at the Arts Council of Wayne County....

Chopper delights Scouts

Boy Scouts at Camp Tuscarora got a big surprise Tuesday afternoon. Members of the Marine Corps Air Station New River arrived in a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter at the camp. The helicopter is the biggest helicopter in U.S. military...

Public record

Man hit with car Dudley man reported being hit by a car by his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend on Monday afternoon, authorities say. David Bryant of Ford Street, the alleged victim, said he had had an argument with his ex-girlfriend before...

Sheriff's Office still searching for Club Exscape murder suspect

MOUNT OLIVE -- Witnesses have not been cooperative in the murder of Kendra Nyetta "Lil Buna" Smalls, killed in a shoot-out at an illegally-operating club, authorities say. Wayne County Sheriff's Office detectives said they do not have enough evidence...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

City officials remind homeowners to use caution when hiring contractor for repairs

Buyer beware: it's scamming season. Unlicensed contractors are out in force for the summer, and city Inspections Director Ed Cianfarra is sending a warning to residents that if an offer to repair your driveway or rain gutters sounds too good...

Governor stumps in Greenville for schools

WINTERVILLE -- Gov. Beverly Perdue held one of her "Save Education" rallies in Greenville Monday bringing in area educators as well as some protesters. The rally was an attempt to gain support for Perdue's proposed plan to cut next year's...

Speaker takes issue with plan to raise taxes

A policy analyst for a conservative think tank told Wayne County residents Monday night that Gov. Bev Perdue's proposal to raise taxes by $1.5 billion "isn't necessary." Joe Coletti, a spokesman for the John Locke Foundation, discussed the state's...

Cherry workers hurt by patient

Four health care technicians at Cherry Hospital were treated for minor injuries after an incident with an "aggressive" forensics patient being admitted on Friday. The patient was subsequently transferred to Butner, state officials said. Brad Deen, spokesman for the Department...

County attorney pleads in DWI case

Wayne County Attorney E.B. "Borden" Parker pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in District Court, and was sentenced to probation and a fine, court records show. Parker, of Evergreen Avenue, pleaded guilty as a Level 5 offender to driving...

Their mission will be at home

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Protestant Youth Ministry isn't heading to Africa or South America this year for its annual mission trip. The youth members' week of service started on Parkway Drive in Goldsboro -- washing buses at the local...

Hosts needed for foreign exchange students

Four teenagers from Spain will arrive in the United States this week and officials with the student exchange program Terra Lingua/Terre des Langues say they have yet to find homes for the four, one of whom is 15 years...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Program keeps kids' meals coming

Doris Daniels has seen firsthand the importance of children getting a nutritious meal. The teacher at Goldsboro Intermediate School recalls all the mornings she witnessed her own students arriving at school hungry. "They couldn't work, they couldn't think or concentrate,"...

More than 50 pounds of meth chemicals seized in traffic stop

Goldsboro police made a traffic stop on North Spence Avenue that turned up more than 50 pounds of chemicals used to make methamphetamine, authorities said. Two Mount Olive men and an Albertson woman have been charged with meth-related charges,...

New bracelets help families monitor children and elderly

As a mother of four, Julia Wooten knows what it takes to keep up with children. But considering that three of hers are autistic, the situation has its own set of challenges. It's her third child, 10-year-old Yamar, who...

Two students participate in Governor's Page Program

Christine "Cissi" Cecile Denton and Kyle S. Denton of Goldsboro recently participated in the Governor's Page Program in Raleigh. The students spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as pages for the North Carolina Department...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

County grad rate up, but concerns still remain

Local leaders say they are encouraged by gains county schools continue to make in their graduation rates, but remain worried that some schools are still struggling. According to 2008 data from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, as a...

A homegrown tradition: Fathers and sons have worked Wayne County's land for generations

In the hectic age of Blackberries, meetings, mini-vans and soccer practice, many families don't see each other as often as they would like. But some dads not only get to spend Father's Day with their children, they work with their...

Thanks to new funding, O'Berry extravaganza is a go

There will be a community extravaganza this year at O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center after all. The annual celebration nearly became another casualty of the economic situation, until the O'Berry Foundation stepped in and saved it, officials said this week....

Lou Cook elected commander of state American Legion

Lou Cook has been working on behalf of veterans for more than a decade -- since the day in 1995 he retired from the Air Force. He joined several organizations that would allow him to serve as an advocate...

Aycock arson suspect takes plea deal

An 18-year-old Pikeville man pleaded guilty to a role in the 2008 arson of turn-of-the-century Gov. Charles B. Aycock's historic birthplace, court records show. Derwood Eugene Smith III, who was 17 at the time of the Jan. 18, 2008...

Library offers new job search resources

Wayne County Library, in partnership with Wayne Community College, Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success, and the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, is providing access to career readiness tutorials every Monday night from 6-8 p.m. in the Gertrude Weil...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Chamber gives honor to Jackson and Sons

The Wayne Community College Small Business Center and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce honored three local businesses Thursday at the 14th annual Wayne County Small Business of the Year Awards. Jackson and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning received the...

County to control signs in zoned areas

County commissioners without comment Tuesday unanimously enacted an amendment to the county zoning ordinance regulating the size and location of on-premises signs in areas the county has already zoned. Existing signs would be grandfathered in. However, changes to the...

Rain came at right time for crops

The storm clouds that lurked over much of the state last week dropped about an inch or more of rain across most of Wayne County, and it couldn't have come at a better time for farmers. "Excellent, excellent, couldn't have...

Jaycees cancel parade

"The Goldsboro Jaycees and Wayne County citizens know that July Fourth is an important time for many people to spend with family and friends," Whitfield wrote. "This holiday is a special time to celebrate the independence of our nation and...

Making the move

County Planning Director Connie Price goes through items on his desk as he prepares for the planning department's move today and Saturday to the third floor of the renovated Jeffreys Building (the old Federal Building) on John Street. The inspections...

Authorities raid meth lab home

Authorities allege a Goldsboro man had a methamphetamine laboratory and one marijuana plant growing in his Dakota Avenue home. Gregory Scott Harrison Jr., whose age was not available, and Cindy Li Stevens, would face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, Cpl. Christopher...

Local representatives' reaction to taxes mixed

Local legislators were mixed in their reactions to Gov. Beverly Perdue's call Wednesday for $1.5 billion in new tax revenues, but most were skeptical as to whether the General Assembly would be willing to support such a dramatic increase....

Tempting tropicals: Blooms can be exotic centerpiece in garden

Think tropical means tricky? Think again. Tim Creech, or as his wife Sara, calls him, "Timmy," says tropical plants are easy to care for. "People love them. They just bloom and bloom and bloom." In the harsh heat of an...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Television changeover not smooth for everyone

Given the choice, David Liles would rather go back to black and white television than deal with the problems he's having with the switch to digital. Liles said he bought two converter boxes for his two TVs, but since...

Southern Wayne students to build Habitat house

A vocational program begun at Southern Wayne High School this year will build on its efforts in the fall, creating a home for a local family. The school's construction academy will partner with Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne on the...

Proposed cuts worried law enforcement

Members of the local court system fretted heavily before the state House put forth its version of the state budget bill -- some initial cuts could have forced Wayne County to build a $60 million jail far sooner than...

Abstinence essay winners named

As any good musician knows, timing is everything. The same holds true for the decision for teens to have sex, said the winning entry in this year's abstinence essay contest sponsored by the Wayne County Health Department. Daniel Nelson,...

Wayne can't use 911 funds for radio system

The county will not be able to use 911 revenues to help defray the costs of a new $9 million to $10 million emergency communications system. The bad, but not unexpected, economic news greeted commissioners Tuesday morning just prior...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

County approves '09 budget

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $157.6 million budget Tuesday that maintains the current tax rate of 76.4 cents per $100 worth of property and does not contain any fee increases. The new budget becomes effective...

Support continues for boy hit by car

Support continues to pour in for a family whose son is still in a coma at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Taylor Gambrel, an eighth-grade Eastern Wayne Middle School student struck by a car while riding his bike near his home on...

Suspects in hotel robbery arrested

Two people were arrested Tuesday in connection with a bungled robbery of the Hampton Inn on Spence Avenue while a third suspect was cleared of possible involvement in the crime, Goldsboro police said. Alysha Jeannette Williams, 20, of Vanderbilt...

Commission will assess Planning Board's responsibilities

Wayne County Commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday to review the duties of the county Planning Board with an eye toward taking a more active role themselves in planning. Commissioners Andy Anderson and Steve Keen voted against the proposal, saying they...

Fremont council passes budget

FREMONT -- The Fremont Board of Aldermen approved the town's 2009-10 budget Tuesday night. The new budget does not include any tax or utility fees increases. Members of the audience at the meeting commended the board for being able to...

New construction down while foreclosure rate remains steady

New construction of residential and commercial buildings in Goldsboro and Wayne County has been down during the first five months of 2009. Only seven new residential city building permits have been issued through May. A total of 123 permits...

Public record

Armed robbery D'Antonio Colvin of Clinton told Goldsboro police that two black males he did not know got into his vehicle on East Elm Street and robbed him of a laptop, $70, a Samsung smart phone and other items on...

Keen's sister-in-law supports rezoning

The sister-in-law of Commissioner Steve Keen Tuesday morning urged county commissioners to approve Keen's rezoning request for property he plans to develop on U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro near the Rosewood Wal-Mart. Beth Perkins Carr, who said she was...

Armed robbery suspect shot in arm

FREMONT -- A Fremont man is recovering in the hospital from a gunshot wound to the arm after what seemed to be a robbery gone bad Thursday. Shontionne Darden, 24, is charged with possession of a firearm by a...

Missing Goldsboro man found

Missing Goldsboro man found A Goldsboro man reported missing through a "Silver Alert" Tuesday night was found this morning in Carteret County, Goldsboro police said. A statewide alert for Fred Simmons, 67, was issued after he was reported missing. Simmons...

Duplin citizens speak at meeting

KENANSVILLE -- Although school funding again dominated the conversation at the Duplin County Commissioners meeting, the tone of Monday night's meeting was much different than it was just two weeks ago. The pendulum of concern swung back toward the...

Duplin school board looks to park buses

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County school buses could be crowded during the 2009-10 school year, classes may start at the same time for all the high schools and prices will be going up for students who buy their breakfast or...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Watch video from the Hampton Inn robbery

Goldsboro police released this video of the Hampton Inn robbery on Thursday last week....

UPDATE: One cleared, two arrested in hotel robbery

UPDATE: Police Sgt. Chad Calloway said Gary Denard Harvey, 19, of Dudley, will not be charged in the robbery."As we speak, we've just had a change of events," Calloway said. "Right now, he (Harvey) is not going to be charged."But...

Schools name three new principals

Three Wayne County schools will be led by new faces this fall, following two retirements and the closing of Goldsboro Intermediate. Affected will be Rosewood Elementary, School Street Elementary and Rosewood High. Both Richard Sauls, principal of Rosewood Elementary,...

GATEWAY to get $1.4 million from stimulus

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will receive $1,461,222 in federal stimulus funding to purchase new vehicles, beef up its preventive maintenance program and to pay for other additions. The total breaks down to $576,000 for the rural side of the...

Goldsboro selects fire station location

Goldsboro City Council members agreed Monday night on a site for a new fire station they hope to build with American Recovery and Reinvestment Stimulus Act grant funds. Their decision came after Interim Fire Chief Gary Whaley spoke about...

All day rain

Mary Long makes her way into the Goldsboro Family YMCA amid heavy rains this morning. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Wayne County until 6 p.m. this evening....

Oh, baby

John Vinson, left, Gerald Blizzard and Edgar Strickland try their hand at changing diapers for a Father's Day contest at Goldsboro Assisted Living Monday afternoon.  The winner received a "loaded" diaper with goodies. After the contest the baby dolls, left...

Duplin OKs 2009 budget

The Duplin County Commissioners got a round of applause from the audience Monday night following unanimous approval of the $57.1 million 2009-10 county budget. "There's not a member of the board, there's not a citizen in this community that's completely...

Neighbors fear for their safety

It started with trespassing -- people walking to and from the Courtyard apartment complex via yards in area neighborhoods. But when residents of Harris Street Estates spoke up, they said they became "targeted." "If they say anything ... a dog...

Dudley man charged in head-on crashes

Goldsboro police charged a Dudley man with felony hit-and-run and impaired driving after he allegedly hit two cars while driving the wrong way on U.S. 117 on Monday morning. One woman whose car was allegedly hit by Alberto Gomez...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Commission to hear from public on budget

Wayne County residents will have a chance Tuesday to express their opinions of or to ask questions about the county's proposed $157.6 million budget for 2009-2010. The budget does not contain an increase in the current tax rate of...

Cuts hurt Guardian ad Litem program

State budget cuts that have eliminated mileage reimbursement for volunteers in the Guardian ad Litem program has led to four quitting and others taking on fewer cases. The program helps young people who have become entangled in the court system,...

Council to consider new fire station

Goldsboro could be getting a new fire station, if the city is able to obtain an American Recovery and Reinvestment Stimulus Act grant to build a replacement for the small and aging Station 3 on Patetown Road. Interim Fire Chief...

Truck driving wrong way hits oncoming vehicle

An allegedly intoxicated driver hit two other cars with his vehicle this morning, reportedly sending two drivers to Wayne Memorial Hospital for evaluation, authorities said. Goldsboro police Capt. Grayham Keesler said a report identifying the drivers of the vehicles...

Suspect hits Princeton police officer with car

Early Sunday morning, a Princeton police officer was struck by a small Honda vehicle as he attempted to make a traffic stop. According to a news release from the Princeton Police Department, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Officer C.A. Jones...

Humane Society reaches goal

The riotous barking and meowing of abandoned and stray animals echoes throughout the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center -- it is a sound that members of the Goldsboro-Wayne County Humane Society still find painful, but one that...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

119 Spring Creek senior earn diplomas

A standing ovation and thunderous round of applause Saturday morning greeted the one student at Spring Creek High School who was not able to stand for herself. Lisa Mozingo is still confined to a wheelchair weeks after a devastating car...

Wayne Public Library erects job board

Wayne County's library has added yet another item to its ever-growing list of services offered to citizens, a job board. The Goldsboro branch of the Wayne County Library system realized the need for a job board earlier this year...

Spring Creek graduate looks ahead with courage, determination

While graduates across the county anticipated their walk across the stage to receive diplomas this weekend, Lisa Mozingo was just happy to be there. The Spring Creek High School senior has been a typical teen -- active in school and...

Heat doesn't stop graduation celebration at Rosewood HS

Coveted seats in the bleachers filled up early at Rosewood High School Saturday morning, but those able to gather in shaded areas didn't seem to mind. Linda Babb stood by a fence with younger daughter, Karen, who will graduate from...

GPD responds to two shootings early Saturday

The Goldsboro Police Department is currently investigating two shootings that occurred within an hour of each other early Saturday morning. William Street was the scene of the first. The call came in shortly after 2 a.m. and when officers arrived,...

Goldsboro High holds graduation for 135

Kabili Tayari, the deputy mayor of Jersey City, N.J., made a return to his hometown of Goldsboro on Friday night to see his niece graduate. While he knows that Royal Deneen Hazel faces a tough economy, he said he is...

Pikeville girl is top cookie seller among eastern N.C. Girl Scouts

While most people were gearing up for football on Superbowl weekend in early February, Jennifer Pate's mind was on cookies. The 10-year-old is a member of Girl Scout Troop 3422 and is this year's top cookie seller in the North...

Jaycees' Fourth of July parade in the works

School is out and summer has unofficially arrived, and the Goldsboro Jaycees are busy organizing the third annual Fourth of July celebration. This year's parade will be held Saturday, July 4, at 11 a.m. in downtown Goldsboro and will...

Filing period for 2009 elections opens July 6

The start of the filing period for the county's November municipal and sanitary district board elections is less than a month away. Candidate filing begins Monday, July 6, and runs through Friday, July 17, at noon for five of...

Eastern Wayne graduates tell each other to follow dreams

An hour-long ceremony must have flown by for Sarah Urdzik. It was the last four years that have "gone on forever," the Eastern Wayne High School valedictorian told her peers Saturday morning. "It took us long enough, right?" she asked...

City Council meets Monday night

The Goldsboro City Council will hold two public hearings on rezoning requests at its meeting Monday night. The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall following a work session that begins at 5...

Cheers break out, 'Silly string' flies at CBA graduation

Kelsey Berens was ready to graduate from Charles B. Aycock High School Friday night. "I think I am quite deserving of being out of here -- I have been here four years," she said outside the school before the final...

Friday, June 12, 2009

First to turn tassels

DUDLEY -- So long, and thanks for all the cookies. Southern Wayne High School 2009 valedictorian Amber Bowden knows what she and her classmates will miss the most about their school years. "While we are all more than glad to...

Jamming

Patricia, Julia, and Emma Faulk dance to the sounds of the Mardi Gras Band during the Center street Jam Thursday evening in downtown Goldsboro. Hundreds of people turned out despite the heat to soak up the band's beach music. The...

Three sought in botched Goldsboro robbery

Goldsboro police are seeking three people in connection with an attempted armed robbery Thursday at the Hampton Inn on North Spence Avenue that left two employees wounded. According to the Goldsboro Police Department, two employees of the hotel, Stephen...

Today is D-day for converting from analog television

There weren't many television stations broadcasting when Harry Sutton was growing up. "First I remember was Channel 9 in '53 or '54. It was real snowy, that was the first channel that came on," he said. His father, Elworth Sutton,...

Officials to watch for pay concerns

A new software system has already given a local jail administrator headaches, and she wonders if state-ordered furloughs might make those problems worse. But the State Controller's Office, which is in charge of the BEACON system, says the problems have...

Ways to save when it's sizzle'n hot ...

Spring made a valiant effort to hang on after Memorial Day, but the milder season recently retired to a spot in front of the air conditioner, fanning itself and clutching an ice-choked glass of sweet tea. Welcome to another North...

Public record

Man shot in leg Tyron Jones of West Pine Street suffered a gunshot wound to the upper left leg early Thursday morning in the 300 block of West Grantham Street, police said. Jones said that a person unknown to him...

Summer reading programs start Saturday

Jackie Longwell isn't wasting any time with her grandson, Michael. Though he's only 4 years old, she's already getting him interested in reading. "I'm a huge advocate for reading and introducing young children to books. I started taking my...

Pictures of Hampton Inn shooting suspects released by police

On Thursday,, officers and Investigators with the Goldsboro Police Department responded to the Hampton Inn at 905 N. Spence Ave., in reference to a shooting. It was learned that two employees of the Hampton Inn had been shot by an...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Two shot at local hotel

Goldsboro Police are investigating a double-shooting that occurred around 11 a.m. at Hampton Inn on Spence Avenue. According to police, Stephen King and Amanda Justice were both transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Stephen King was shot...

County will freeze budget for 2009-10

Wayne County's $157 million "standstill" budget will be frozen as soon as it goes into effect July 1, commissioners were told Wednesday morning. "Our fear is, which is why I said starting on July 1 there is a freeze,...

Bypass moves ahead

Tommy's Road between U.S. 117 Business and Patetown Road at Howell Branch will be cut Monday and permanently closed by work on the U.S. 70 Bypass. In addition, motorists on North Wayne Memorial Drive can expect to encounter a...

Seymour Johnson AFB pilot picked for team

A 4th Fighter Wing officer has been selected to fly with one of the most storied flight demonstration teams in the world. Capt. Chad Shenk was announced Wednesday as an incoming officer for the Air Force Thunderbirds. Shenk, who will...

Two shot at hotel

Goldsboro police are investigating a double shooting that occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn on Spence Avenue. According to the fire department, a man and woman were both shot by a gunman who entered the hotel. The...

Second suspect arrested in Goldsboro murder

The second suspect in the February shooting death of Barbara Ann Bandy has turned himself in, according to Goldsboro police. John Oscar Mumford, 29, of Whitted Court, was being held without privilege of bond on one open count of...

No death penalty for two Mount Olive murders

The state will not seek the death penalty in two Mount Olive murder cases. Michael Lee Shipman, 26, accused of the murder of Javonnie Langston, 33, of North Carolina Street, will not face the death penalty, court records show. Neither...

Trade show links local businesses with base

Lionel Sutton wants to sell more shoes. As owner of Sutton Safety Shoes, he's looking to make some contacts within Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is hoping to help him. In an effort...

Public record

Stolen boat motor James Daniells of Claybrook Drive reported a 15-horsepower outboard motor stolen from behind 415 Royall Ave., police said. The motor is valued at $1,000. Juveniles charged Police accuse four juveniles of three reported break-ins on Mimosa...

Patrol seeks hit-and-run driver

The Highway Patrol was still looking for an unknown man involved in a Sunday hit-and-run accident that severely injured a Church of God Road moped driver. According to an accident report, the unknown driver and moped driver Michael Paul Grady,...

Native American heritage center planned

If a local Native American's plan comes to fruition, Wayne County might one day be defined, in part, by an igloo, wigwam and turtle garden. Goldsboro resident Dreamweaver believes eastern North Carolina needs an Eastern Woodland Indian market -- one...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Final bell today

Debbie Ogburn, center front, principal of Carver Elementary School in Mount Olive, says her farewells to fifth-graders in the class of Belva Kinlaw, far right. Today is the last day of school for public school students across Wayne County. These...

Leaders divided on hikes in taxes

Despite facing a nearly $4.6 billion budget gap, local representatives were reluctant Tuesday to embrace the nearly $940 million in tax increases being proposed by House Democratic leaders. But, said Rep. Larry Bell, D-Sampson, because of the deep cuts...

Board OKs both plats for county developer

Preliminary plats for residential and commercial development projects planned by Wayne County Commissioner Steve Keen were approved by a 4-0 vote of the county Planning Board Tuesday night. Keen, who also is a member of the Planning Board, recused...

It's her last day, too, after 50-plus years

During her 50 years in education, Mary Ann Futrell has retired five times. But her love for children kept drawing her back to the classroom. Even now, the 71-year-old teacher plans to retire at the end of this school...

Kitchen fire claims life of woman

FAISON -- Unattended cooking is being blamed for a Tuesday morning house fire that claimed the life of an elderly bed-ridden woman. Firefighters were called to the home of Polly Summerlin Williams, who was in her 80s, on Tom...

Officials say Cracker Barrel a no go for now in Goldsboro

You won't be seeing those famous rocking chairs on Berkeley Boulevard any time soon. Although there has been talk about a Cracker Barrel coming to Goldsboro, company representatives now say it's unlikely there will be a store breaking ground...

Man charged with stealing from patient

DUDLEY -- A Waldrop Road man faces charges for stealing about $24,000 from a neighbor under long-term medical care, authorities say. Thomas Woodrow Rice Sr., 49, charges of check forgery and obtaining property through false pretenses, and was jailed under...

Register of Deeds office begins electronic recordings program

The Wayne County Register of Deeds office last month implemented a program that allows people to make electronic recording, or eRecording, through the Internet. Satisfactions of Security Instruments is the only document type currently accepted for eRecording. Satisfactions are...

2009 Business Expo

Veloris Allen, left, receives some information about continuing education from Wesleyan College Assistant Director Laura Estes, right, during the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2009 at Party Central (Goldsboro Community Multiplex) on Tuesday....

Host families needed for exchange students

Terra Lingua, a program that facilitates the summer visits of foreign students to the United States is still in need of host families in the Wayne County area. Six French students will be arriving on June 19 and are in...

Duplin board discusses economic incentives

Duplin County commissioners voted Monday after meeting in closed session to say that "the county may be interested in offering an incentive package for 'Project Chest' to include tax incentives for three years at 80 percent, contingent upon a...

Corrections officials say keep morale up

The state's chief operating officer of the Department of Correction visited Wayne County on Friday, pitching a message that seems to be echoing through every branch of state government -- keep morale up while the state makes large cuts...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Man gets prison time for rape of 12-year-old

Bobby Nathan Owens was a "father figure" to the 12-year-old girl he admitted to raping in June 2008, prosecutors said. Owens was sentenced to between 19 to just under 24 years in prison Monday morning, after taking a plea deal...

1,205 seniors will turn tassels this week

Wednesday is the last day of school for many students in Wayne County Public Schools, and the precursor for commencement ceremonies this weekend. The district will graduate 1,205 seniors this spring. Twenty-six of those made up the third graduating...

Death penalty removed in murder

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty if a Fremont man is tried for the March 2008 alleged murder of a Fremont mother of two, court records show. In what is called a Rule 24 hearing, the state did not...

Commission will hear comments on budget plan

Wayne County commissioners Wednesday morning will begin the task of wading through the county's $157.6 million budget proposal. The review will begin at 10 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse annex....

Public record

Boats stolen from lake Wade Durham of Thunder Swamp Road, Mount Olive reported Saturday morning that two aluminum boats, one 14-feet long and another 12-feet long, had been stolen from Durham Lake, possibly on Friday. The 14-foot aluminum boat is...

Jaycees present awards

Wayne County native Paul Daw knows, perhaps better than anyone, that it's a rough time to be in the business of farming. But working with crops and livestock on his family's 1,200-acre farm is in his blood, and has been...

Monday, June 8, 2009

State GOP to hold annual convention

The North Carolina Republican Party will hold its annual convention at the Raleigh Convention Center, Friday through Sunday. The convention will include votes on new leadership for the NCGOP, including votes for NCGOP chairman and vice chairman, which will take...

Serlick bone marrow drive

For the last month, community members have been rallying around Goldsboro police officer James Serlick, who was recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. So far, though, the events have focused on helping him and his...

Proposal could cut funds for inmates

Progress the county has made in reducing the jail population and associated cost could evaporate should aspects of the state House budget remain, county officials said last week. The state budget recommends eliminating the $18 per day reimbursement paid...

Partnership programs face uncertain future

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County is braced for further cuts as officials wait for a N.C. House budget vote that could target two of its major children's programs as part of proposed education spending reductions. Two of the...

Aycock birthplace hosts events

The Charles B. Aycock Birthplace is sponsoring these upcoming events: *As a part of the site's 50th anniversary celebration, the movie "Ben-Hur," starring Charlton Heston will be shown on Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is free. *A basic beginner's genealogy...

Reporting deadline for crops June 30

The Wayne County Farm Service Agency reminds all farmers that June 30 is the deadline is for reporting tobacco, peanuts, corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, fruits, vegetables and all other cropland. All noninsured crop disaster assistance program crops that are planted...

GATEWAY gets wheels for routes

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority GATEWAY bus system recently put into operation six new vehicles on its rural routes -- four vans, a 20-foot light transportation vehicle (LTV) and a 22-foot LTV. Authority Director Alan Stubbs said the move to...

Scally takes HSUS job

Wayne County Animal Control Director Justin Scally, who just months ago worked alongside the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to clean up a puppy mill, will soon leave his job to join that organization. Scally will oversee...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

State budget threatens mental health

In May, Eastpointe Director Ken Jones said he was confident state legislators would do their best to protect mental health funding. Today, as House budget writers are discussing slashing funding to local management entities, phasing out funding for community...

Local military advocate receives Air Force's highest civilian honor

It would take days for Troy Pate Jr. to tell the stories behind each of the 100-plus keepsakes that grace nearly every inch of the office inside his Goldsboro home. They go back more than 40 years -- to the...

Slowdown doesn't weaken fundraising for WCC scholarships

The economy has not deterred efforts to raise money for scholarships for students at Wayne Community College, Foundation director Jack Kannan says. The WCC Foundation's sole fundraiser for the year, the annual golf tournament, planned for Tuesday and Wednesday,...

Grantham fly-in helps keep pilots in touch, in air

GRANTHAM -- True to eastern North Carolina character, half of the attraction to a fly-in at Cox-Grantham Airfield on Saturday was the barbecue. A few attendees said the flame-roasted pork was a good part of their reasoning for showing...

Wayne County Schools name 33 individual Teachers of the Year

Individual Teachers of the Year have been announced by Wayne County Public Schools. The 33 teachers for 2009-10 will compete for the district-wide honor, which will be announced in late summer. Educators chosen from each school will complete portfolios that...

Wayne County Grand Jury returns indictments on 51 people

Three men accused of trying to kill the owner-operator of a Goldsboro convenience store were among indictments returned this month by the Wayne County Grand Jury. Court records show true bills of indictment returned against Rashard Vondarius Oliver, 19,...

Officials: Grenade found at Brian Center

Goldsboro police Operations Maj. Mike Hopper reported Friday that a grenade was found in the parking lot of the Brian Center on Thursday afternoon. Police still are not sure if the grenade was "live," but took it to the...

Duplin commissioners further restrict school board funding

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners took action Thursday to further restrict the Board of Education's flexibility to spend its local allotment of $10.1 million. Earlier this month the commissioners made the decision to fund the school system on...

Festival teaches safety, gives resources for families

As a teacher at Tommy's Road Elementary, Tracy Salter says she sees plenty of children in need of social services -- many of which can be obtained for free by parents who qualify. And she hoped that the Born...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Details are few on H1N1 infection

Details on the case of swine flu diagnosed this week at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base remain sparse, with health officials saying they cannot completely identify where the patient is located and if there are others in his immediate family...

Residents speak out about transportation concerns

Rebecca Bevell of Mar Mac was among the people at Thursday night's long-range transportation planning workshop who were concerned about how a proposed extension of Interstate 795 through southern Wayne County would affect their property. Ms. Bevell left with...

Capital budget set for county

Wayne County stands about a 95 percent chance of accomplishing all of the work on its $9.2 million capital improvement plan during the next budget year despite the economic slowdown, County Manager Lee Smith said. Many of the projects...

Author: Don't worry; recovery will come

The country's greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression might be waning, but it's going to take time, says the author of a book on the subject. Whitney Tilson was still finishing up segments of his book "More Mortgage Meltdown...

Vice commander takes his final flight

Jack DeBree wore a mischievous grin as he waited for his father, Dan, to make his way out of one of the F-15Es that landed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Thursday. At 7 years old, he might not quite...

Be ready for the storm

Before you roll up your sleeves and start any storm proofing projects, be sure to spend some time with your insurance agent. Having an agent from the company your home is insured by roll up his or her sleeves and...

Public record

Armed robbery Joseph Herring of Jones Turner Road, Mount Olive, told Goldsboro police he was robbed at gunpoint at Quality Inn & Suites on Corporate Drive on Thursday just after 10 p.m. The suspect took a wallet from Herring containing...

Sheriff's deputy let go after recent DWI arrest

A part-time deputy was asked to resign Wednesday evening for allegedly driving while intoxicated, Sheriff's Office officials said. Patti Enloe had worked with the Sheriff's Office as a part-time bailiff and jail worker since about March, Maj. Ray Smith...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Teenager sparks police chase in village

An alleged 16-year-old car thief led officers from three different law enforcement agencies on an hour-long chase Tuesday evening, ranging in speeds from 25 miles per hour to near 100 miles per hour. The chase, which began in Walnut...

Stoney Creek project hitting regulation snag

The initiative to improve Stoney Creek has hit a snag. The Army Corps of Engineers did not approve the Nationwide Permit 27 that would have allowed the process to continue. Officials working with the project don't yet know what decision...

State to county: Sales tax receipts 'gloomy'

"Gloomy" is the word being used by the state in its correspondence with counties to describe the outlook for future sales tax receipts. The state adds that it could take up to five years before sales tax revenues rebound...

Details out on daycare moonshine raid, arrest

A small shed located behind a daycare in the Teachey community of Duplin County appears to have served as a bar whose menu of drinks included moonshine. The daycare has been closed and the husband-wife team of owners faces...

WorkKeys tests to be offered this month

The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will offer several opportunities this month for the public to take the WorkKeys(r) tests for Career Readiness Certification, an assessment that shows prospective employers that applicants possess skills they require....

When to seek H1N1 emergency treatment

IN CHILDREN: * Fast breathing or trouble breathing * Bluish or gray skin color * Not drinking enough fluids * Severe or persistent vomiting * Not waking up or not interacting * Being so irritable that the child does not...

What you need to know about H1N1 to stay well

HOW IT IS TRANSMITTED: H1N1 and other flu can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected...

H1N1 case confirmed at Seymour Johnson AFB

Local health officials are reacting this morning -- and a 4th Fighter Wing airman is isolated at home -- after confirmation of Wayne County's first H1N1, or "swine flu," case. The news reached Seymour Johnson Air Force Base early Wednesday...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Swine flu reported at Seymour Johnson AFB

A 4th Fighter Wing airman is currently isolated at home and listed in good condition after becoming the first confirmed case of H1N1 Flu in Wayne County. Test results from the USAFSAM Epidemiology Lab at Brooks City Base, Texas, reached...

Gospel sing to benefit police officer with leukemia

From staff reports With more than $17,000 raised by a fish fry for a Goldsboro police officer with leukemia, his friends and police department superiors were encouraged. But with treatments that will surely rack up hundreds of thousands in medical...

Farmers: Wheat strong

Wayne County farmers are expecting a good crop of winter wheat this year, with many of them already in the fields harvesting the golden grain. Agricultural Extension agent Kevin Johnson said more than 20,000 acres of the crop were planted...

County ponders new regulations for signs along some roadways

There appeared to be some confusion Tuesday over the scope of a proposed amendment to the county's zoning ordinance that would establish size and location requirements for signs in the county. One of the two speakers at the brief...

Littlest cheerleader

Shelby Staps, 18 months old, cheers on her cousin, Jalen, during a Little League baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Spring Creek Elementary School. Also looking on are her brother, Hanson Staps, 4, and cousin, Mattie Staps, 4. Baseball is in...

$70,000 in heroin seized in Goldsboro

The Goldsboro Police Department's Support Services Division made a major drug arrest Tuesday, seizing $70,000 worth of heroin on Fairview Circle and arresting two people for trafficking. Charged with possession of the narcotic were Kristopher Douglas Battle, 30, of...

Hearings set for 2009-10 county budget

County commissioners listened without comment Tuesday as County Manager Lee Smith provided them with an overview of what he called a "standstill" budget proposal. The $157.6 million budget is some 3.2 percent less than the current budget and maintains...

Architect selected for Union Station revitalization

The same architect who completed the stabilization work on historic Union Station in downtown Goldsboro has been selected to proceed with the rest of the revitalization project. David E. Gall, an architect from Winston-Salem will handle the next stage...

City officials want to hear comments at transportation forum

Having a problem with transportation in Goldsboro? Kimley-Horn and Associates wants to hear about it. The consultant firm, working with the Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization to update the city's long-range transportation plan, will hold a public workshop Thursday evening...

Public record

Armed robbery Two men staying at the Quality Inn & Suites alleged an unknown black male robbed them at gunpoint on Monday, a report shows. Police are searching for a man about 6 feet tall with short black hair, with...

Gas leak handled

Goldsboro Fire Department Capt. Mike Smith works the scene of a gas leak at 810 Beech St. Tuesday morning. Fire officials responded to the gas leak on the corner of Beech Street and Herman Street at 10:24 a.m. and were...

Duplin residents criticize school board's spending plans

KENANSVILLE -- The more than 300 person crowd at the Duplin County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night wasn't quite as large as it was for the county commissioners the day before, but those who did come to Kenan...

State grants helping towns combat crime

FREMONT -- Getting about $20,000 in grant funding may not seem like much, but the the town's police chief says it's been enough to "save Fremont" from roving gangs and rampant street drug dealers. Starting about three years ago,...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Walnut Creek avoids tax hike, but not cuts

Walnut Creek officials considered an increase of 4 to 8 cents, but are expected to maintain the village's 36 cents per $100 value property tax rate in their 2009-10 budget. However, Village Administrator Lou Cook warned that maintaining that...

Hearing reset because of map, land description questions

A public hearing on a rezoning request by Jim Daniels of Daniels Development will have to be rescheduled because of confusion over a map and description of the property involved. County commissioners at their May 19 session had scheduled...

Battle of the bugs begins

A Goldsboro city worker puts out a cloud of mist along Peachtree Street early Monday morning. The spraying is part of a program to control the mosquitoes throughout the city....

Morning ritual

Goldsboro high school freshmen Mahogany Kornegay, left, and Cherisse White raise the American flag early today as they do every Tuesday morning at Goldsboro High. Students in the Wayne County Public School system are busy getting prepared for the end...

Commission puts funds back for athletics, JROTC; debate continues

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County commissioners received a much-expected earful Monday night at the public hearing on their 2009-10 spending plan. The previously scheduled hearing came just days after e-mails began circulating about the commission's funding of the school system...

Council approves 2009-10 budget

The city of Goldsboro property tax rate will not go up this year, but residents will soon begin seeing about a $10 increase in their monthly city water and sewer bills. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve...

Schools waiting for word on funds

Wayne County Public Schools is anxiously awaiting the state's budget, with hopes there will be no drastic cuts, the schools superintendent told the Board of Education Monday night. Dr. Steven Taylor called the budget a "touchy situation," the "toughest ever"...

Public record

Home fired upon Adrian Thomes of 305 S. Herman St. reported Saturday night that his residence was shot while he was inside, Goldsboro police said. Crime of the week The Wayne County Sheriff's Office seeks information about the reported theft...

Schools just one part of Duplin budget plan

KENANSVILLE -- Despite all the discussion Monday about the school system's portion of Duplin County's $47 million budget, it is just that -- a portion. Overall, the county's projected spending plan is down nearly $465,000 from the current fiscal...

Bentonville 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 on Saturday. The event is free. From 10 a.m....

Monday, June 1, 2009

A chance to shine

She had no job, no home, and no way to care for her 2-year-old child. But when domestic violence victim Louise Moats found Operation Transition, all of that changed. The locally run, nonprofit organization maintains a safe house in Goldsboro...

Council will vote on city budget

Goldsboro City Council members are expected to vote tonight on the proposed 2009-10 city budget. Based on the previous budget meetings, which began in April, several adjustments have been made to the original version of the proposed budget. Goldsboro...

Hearing to be set on county budget

The $157.6 million county budget commissioners will be asked to set a public hearing on Tuesday reflects a 3.2 percent reduction over this year's budget while maintaining the tax rate at 76.4 cents per $100 of value. The meeting...

Public record

Car damaged in break-in Goldsboro police reported that $7,200 in damages were done to a factory CD/DVD/navigation system in a Lexus. The break-in was reported by Thang Chien Nguyen, 22, New Hope Road. A laptop valued at $1,200 and a...