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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pikeville residents will vote on alcohol sales, again

Voters in Pikeville will once again have the opportunity to vote on allowing alcohol sales. The town Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to put an alcohol sales resolution on November's ballot. Commissioners discussed two possible resolutions at the...

Splish splash ... and a shark, too

Seth Daniels, 6, plays with his toy shark at the Lane Tree Country Club pool Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to be a little warmer later this week after a bit of a cooler start....

Testimony, evidence complete in baseball game murder charge

Testimony and the presentation of evidence have ended in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a neighbor after an argument about his child's street baseball game. Timothy Tramel Vaughn, 37, of East Walnut Street, faces a...

Suspect arrested in rape case

A Mount Olive man has turned himself in in connection with the alleged rape of a 20-year-old at a Spence Avenue apartment complex, Goldsboro police said. Shane Martin Berens, 24, of O'Berry Road, is charged with one count of second-degree...

Planning Board authority debated

Planning Board Chairman Chris Cox Tuesday night did not appear convinced that a vote last month by county commissioners was not aimed at diminishing the board's authority. Cox raised the question about commissioners' 5-2 vote at the Planning Board's...

Memorial service planned for victim

A memorial service for the fourth victim of the July 4 fireworks explosion on Ocracoke Island will be held tonight at 7 at The Lord's Table, the church all four had attended. The funeral for Lisa Simmons, 41, a children's...

Sprinkler system puts out fire at warehouse

Goldsboro firefighters responded to a call from Excell Home Fashions and Glenoit LLC at about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, but when they arrived, officials said, the building's sprinkler system had already extinguished the flames. "Evidently an electrical panel was hit...

Schools change daily schedules

Wayne County Public Schools announced revamped opening and closing times for 2009-10, with a handful starting earlier in the fall. Most only changed slightly, but several will start between 15 and 30 minutes earlier than last year. Neighboring Greenwood...

Learning a sweet swing

Local tennis instructor William Howard gives a lesson to two willing pupils early this morning at the tennis courts at Herman Park. Listening attentively to his instructions are Kassidy Pitchford, center, and Megan Fallows....

Schools: Keep cell phones, iPods off

Take a cell phone to school this fall and turn it on, and it could cost you, the Wayne County Board of Education decided Monday. The board approved a policy outlining authorized and unauthorized use of wireless communication devices on...

Red Cross still looking for more blood donations

The American Red Cross is offering a special incentive for those who give blood this summer. During its "Give Blood and See America" campaign, which runs through Sept. 30, each person who donates blood or platelets will be entered...

MOPD arrests three men on drug charges

Three Goldsboro men face drug-related charged following an investigation by Mount Olive police on July 8. Charged were Larry Donnell Harris, 29, North James Street, Goldsboro; Rudolph Duriel Harris, 27, address listed as "streets of Goldsboro"; and Marquize Marcel...

Duplin Events Center haunts commission

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Events Center, long an object of derision, continues to haunt county commissioners while serving as a political fodder. A review earlier this month of the center's 2008-09 performance proved to be no different and...