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Sunday, August 30, 2009

335th Fighter Squadron

More than 300 members of the 335th Fighter Squadron boarded a DC-10 bound for Afghanistan at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Sunday morning. Once they arrive in theater, members of the squadron will be charged with providing close...

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Wayne County tax notices in the mail

By Tuesday, some of the roughly 70,000 annual tax bills mailed Monday afternoon for real estate, individual personal property and business personal property began showing up in mailboxes across the county. All of the bills should be delivered by...

World War II veteran receives medals after half century

Donning a finely pressed, vibrant set of Air Force blues, Howard Holt Thornton approached 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark Kelly with a hand extended Saturday morning. The technical sergeant might have worn his flight suit -- the one he...

Jobless rate rises slightly in Wayne

Wayne County saw another slight increase in the unemployment rate for July. The rate increased from 9.4 percent to 9.8 percent in the area. "It's significant, but it isn't that significant," said Ron Zeimmer, veterans employment consultant at the Unemployment...

Golden Rule will feature incentives for teachers

A 15 percent discount on heating and air conditioning work might not sound like something normally associated with teacher recruitment, but for Teacher Recruitment and Retention Committee chairwoman Beverly Carroll, it is the kind of benefit that will help the...

Norwayne reunion Sept. 4-6

Norwayne Alumni & Friends will hold its 37th reunion Sept. 4-6. Activities will begin with a social gathering Friday at 7 p.m. at the Norwayne Community Center on E. Branch Street in Fremont. On Saturday, activities will include a parade...

297 turn tassels at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- "Non-traditional students" -- the ones not earning degrees in two- or four-year blocks -- had their moment in the sun Saturday as Mount Olive College graduated 297 students with associate and bachelor's degrees. N.C. Secretary of Com-merce...

Highway Patrol safety 'carnival' to be held Sept. 12

Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are planning a "Community Day," Sept. 12 at the Wal-Mart near Rosewood to emphasize the need for safety on the road. The carnival-like event will feature not only child-safety seat checks and...

Four Wayne nurses among state's 100 best

Rick Sutton began his career at Wayne Memorial Hospital as a dishwasher in the cafeteria. That didn't last too long. Witnessing the hard-working efforts of nurses, he decided to take a similar path, starting out as what was then called...

Girl Scouts share experiences with potential 'recruits'

Although she has a couple guesses, Lillie Thompson isn't sure why enrollment for the Girl Scout troops in the area is "dropping rapidly." And that was part of the reason for the "Taste of Girl Scouts" program held Saturday in...

Cornerstone Award nominations sought

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Award recognizes annually an individual who has truly been a "cornerstone" for this county. The Cornerstone Award was created in 1996. Past recipients are: Richard B. Moffatt, Hal Tanner Sr., Clarence "Icky"...

Boy Scout sign-ups schedule

Representatives from local Boy Scout units will visit Wayne County elementary schools during September and October to give boys the opportunity sign up for Cub Scouts. The character-building Scout-ing programs offer a variety of activities such as camps, outdoor exploration,...

Berkeley widening workshop Monday

The state Department of Transportation will hold an informal workshop Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Faith Alliance Church at 3203 Cashwell Drive on the propoped widening of Berkeley Boulevard from Royall Avenue to New Hope Road. DOT...

Animal control director search back on

It will be at least October before the county hires anyone to take over the animal control director's office left vacant in June when Justin Scally left to take a job with the Humane Society of the United States....