Log in

Sign up

September 2009 archives

View Archive

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Medical care is right down school's hallway

Students at six Wayne County schools have access to immediate medical care without having to wait for a parent to take them to the doctor. The Wayne Initiative for School Health, or WISH program, was founded in 1997 through the...

Accused robber begins his own defense in court

A Maple Street man began defending himself Tuesday in Wayne Superior Court against armed robbery charges that carry more than 700 years of potential prison time. Anthony Jerome Lee, 41, is accused of robbing nearly a dozen convenience stores...

County targeting aviation business

Wayne County and eastern North Carolina are poised to benefit from anticipated growth in the aviation and defense industries, but only if its workers are qualified. Encouraging and supporting those educational efforts will be one of the primary goals...

Judge enforces code for dress in courtroom

Skip the cutoff shorts, tank tops and other casual wear when appearing in Wayne County Superior Court, the court's presiding judge says -- or be sent home to change. Although courtroom decorum has always been an issue, newly elected...

An aviator's battle: Tuskegee airman remembers

DURHAM -- Dr. Stewart Fulbright never dropped a bomb on an enemy position. He never shot down members of the German Luftwaffe in the skies over Europe. This Tuskegee airman's battles took place on American soil. So even though he...

Students make quilt for child in hospital

Students in Jessica Horton's Family and Consumer Science class at Eastern Wayne Middle School have put their skills to use for more than just a grade. Recently, students completed a quilt for the Raleigh chapter of Project Linus, which...

Fair queen contestants

These girls will compete Friday night for the title of Queen of the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. Front row, from left: Sarah Judy, Southern Wayne High; Davetta Darden, Spring Creek High; T'Keyah Hagans, Southern Wayne High; Elizabeth Rowe, Wayne Early...

Big Sweep Saturday

Wayne County residents will join others from across the state Saturday for the "Big Sweep," an initiative designed to rid watersheds of trash, said Barbara Byers, local coordinator. Big Sweep was started in 1987 by state employees as Beach...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

County jobless rate is down for August

Wayne County saw a decrease in the unemployment rate in August for the first time since April. The county's rate decreased from 9.7 percent in July to 8.9 percent in August. The unemployment rate in April, before it started increasing,...

Robbery suspect to represent himself

A Goldsboro man facing a potential prison sentence of more than 700 years for armed robbery has chosen to represent himself in Wayne County Superior Court. Anthony Jerome Lee, accused of a string of armed robberies of nearly a dozen...

Blue Ribbon Jam fast facts

*The Blue Ribbon Jam is being held to help raise money in honor of the families of two 4th Fighter Wing airmen killed in July in Afghanistan, Capt. Mark McDowell and Capt. Thomas Gramith. *The concert will be held Thursday...

Eastpointe will cut some patient care

Faced with a $4.6 billion budget shortfall this year, the General Assembly looked toward the state mental health system for help balancing its budget, cutting up to $400 million from services for mentally ill patients, substance abusers and the...

Investigation continues into shooting at trailer

KENANSVILLE -- A 17-year-old teenager whose body was found last Friday morning in a mobile home at Albertson had been shot and two "persons of interest" have been questioned in the case, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said today....

Man shot in head in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Dudley man was shot in the head at a party early Saturday morning, Mount Olive police said Monday. Alcohol is believed to be involved in the shooting of Christopher Lee Pride, 20, of Marshall Drive,...

Public record

Mailbox vandalism Nine Twin Creek Drive residents suffered damage to their mailboxes in a string of vandalism reported on Sunday morning, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. According to a report, deputies are investigating who caused the damage....

Meet the band

The Blue Ribbon Jam was born at the foot of the steps leading to Goldsboro City Hall on a somber Thursday morning when hundreds of Wayne County residents gathered there to honor two men who gave their lives for their...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Seven Spring Library will close when new Mount Olive branch opens

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The town's small library was able to recover from the floodwaters that ravaged the community in the wake of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, but it will not be able to survive a drop-off in use. After...

Story time ... with fur

The black and white dog pricked his bat-like ears and stared with hopeful brown eyes at the little girl perched on a chair next to him, but his blue leash, and manners, kept him in place beside his owner. Spotting...

On patrol ... really

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a new series by News-Argus reporter Laura Collins. She will be spending time doing various jobs around the community. The Assignment: Wayne County Sheriff's Office The Job: Patrol deputy The Location: Wayne County My shift with...

Communities in Schools Program's drive for supplies hit record

Communities in Schools is celebrating its most successful school supplies drive ever, with more than $14,000 worth of donations collected. But it's far from over, says Sudie Davis, executive director of CIS in Wayne County. "We will always accept...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair begins this week

Every fall for the last 25 years, Milton Ingram has watched the Wayne County Fairgrounds come to life. He has witnessed the consumption of thousands of hot dogs and country ham biscuits, seen dozens of goats and their handlers awarded...

NAACP holds Freedom Fund Banquet

NAACP held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at the H.V. Brown Hall on Saturday night....

Flu hits Wayne early

Although it is not officially flu season, Wayne County health officials say early numbers are pointing toward a busy year. Flu season traditionally runs from October through February, said Jeff Brogneaux, emergency preparedness coordinator at Wayne Memorial Hospital, but this...

Workers might pay for eating too much, smoking

Within the next two years, being overweight and/or a smoker will pose more than a potential future health risk for county employees -- it could cost them more, too. When the county begins preliminary budget work early next year,...

'Farenheit 451' will be 2010 Wayne County Reads choice

Wayne County readers will have a chance in 2010 to explore a world where getting caught with a book could cost you your home, family or even your life. Wayne County Reads has chosen its next book, "Fahrenheit 451"...

Goshen gets grant from rural health fund

WARSAW -- The Goshen Medical Center in Warsaw is one of 24 rural health programs in North Carolina that will receive grant funding to help create a total of 310 new health care jobs across the state. The Goshen Medical...

GPD officer named Woman of the Year

Being a police officer can be a thankless job -- sometimes more so when you happen to be a woman, Cpl. Marissa Davis says. Depending on the situation, some people still act surprised when they see a woman with a...

Davis urges cooperation at Hispanic Center dinner

The Hispanic Community Development Center's fifth annual Appreciation Banquet State Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, was the guest speaker and encouraged those in attendance to work towards a common goal. "It's important for the community to continue to come together...

They walked with, and for, their hearts

MOUNT OLIVE -- The rain held off just long enough in Mount Olive for the American Heart Association Heart Walk Saturday morning. Eleven area businesses and organizations formed teams for this year's walk, which exceeded its fundraising goal by $4,000...

Chamber plans more fun for annual spelling bee

This is not your mama's spelling bee. The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's annual contest to crown the most prolific spellers in the county is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Lane Tree Golf Club. But the annual event,...

DGDC thanks supporters

Members and supporters of the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. didn't let a little rain dampen their enthusiasm Friday night at the group's 26th annual dinner and awards ceremony. A sprinkle eventually turned into a steady rain at the event...

Teen found dead in Duplin trailer

ALBERTSON -- The death of a 17-year-old male whose body was found early Friday morning by a roommate is being investigated by the Duplin County Sheriff's Office as a homicide until more information can be obtained, including an autopsy...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Officials: U.S. 70 bypass can't wait until 2035

The U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass is too critical to the county and eastern North Carolina to be left to linger unfinished until sometime after 2035, Commissioner Jack Best said. In addition, if the consultants in charge of updating the...

Preventing the flu

John Bridgers gets a flu shot at Walgreen's pharmacy on East Ash Street this morning from pharmacist Donna Wilson. The pharmacy has been seeing several dozen people a day looking for their shot. People across Wayne County and the state...

Counterfeit $20 bill turned in to MOPD

A Goldsboro resident attempting to pay Thursday for a meal at Huddle House in Goldsboro was in for a surprise when he handed the cashier a $20 bill. The bill was a fake, the Huddle House worker told the customer....

She has been in court for 52 years

In 52 years of Wayne County Superior Court trials, a few things could be counted on -- a defendant, charges and Sue Schell sitting in the courtroom. Dubbed the "courtroom observer" years ago, Ms. Schell has rarely missed Wayne County's...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Police find $50,000 in meth in man's car after traffic stop

Nearly $50,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine was found sitting in the seat pocket of a Newton Grove man's vehicle on Wednesday, authorities said. Deputy Mike Smiley of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said James Alton Williford, 45, of Clinton Street,...

Volunteer rolls get harder to recruit

Nearly a year after the closing of Volunteer Wayne, some area agencies are already feeling its effects. Volunteer Wayne, a program that actively recruited and connected volunteers with nonprofit and charitable organizations in Wayne County, closed its doors last Dec....

Raindrops keep falling on their heads

RAINY ESCAPE: Rosewood High School cross country runners Meghan Millard, left, and Autumn Goff, center, run for cover with their coach Lindsay Barwick as heavy rains and thunderstorms delay the start of the Carolina 1-A cross country meet at Cliffs...

Interim director takes top job at local shelter

More education, increasing the number of animal adoptions and promoting the county's spay and neuter program will be among the top priorities of Vicki Falconer -- the county's new animal control director. The position had been vacant since June...

Air Force wife writes new book for children

Carla Nolan still gets emotional when she looks back some 16 years to the day she decided to write a children's book about being a member of an Air Force family. She can still hear her then-2-year-old son ask why...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

County gets high marks for results on state testing

Wayne County Public Schools' 90.9 percent performance rate in the federal No Child Left Behind standards was good enough to earn the system ninth place among the state's top 10 scoring systems. In addition, Wayne ranked first when stacked...

Rec Center on table

Just two weeks after members of the Goldsboro City Council discussed the possibility of moving forward with construction of a recreation center downtown, the Recreation Center Committee met at City Hall this morning to continue to work toward that...

Morning delay on 70

MORNING ACCIDENT: Traffic was backed up and power was cut to about 1,700 customers in the Rosewood area this morning when a car struck a utility pole off U.S. 70 west of Goldsboro shortly after 6 a.m. Progress Energy officials...

19-year-old wounded, later dies, after early afternoon shooting

A 19-year-old Goldsboro man was found dying near a West Seymour Drive home by police on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Jamie Worthington of Myers Avenue was found suffering from several gunshot wounds outside of a home at 209 W....

Meth lab found in lot near Irish Inns

As many as eight people were involved with a methamphetamine "lab" found in the back of two trucks parked outside a Goldsboro hotel on Tuesday morning, police said. Law enforcement arrived to find a "reacting vessel," meaning methamphetamine was...

Officials talk about H1N1

Doctors, public health officials and a state epidemiologist gathered Tuesday night in Goldsboro to share information and to answer questions about preparing for what could become a very busy flu season. The H1N1 influenza pandemic is coming into its second...

I-795 lane will close for work on new girders

The northbound lane of I-795 will be closed three nights this month while workers set in place the girders for the U.S. 70 bypass construction. The lane will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the nights of...

Veterans warned about prescription, credit scams

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning veterans not to give credit card numbers over the telephone to callers claiming to be updating VA prescription information. Veterans service organizations have brought to the VA's attention the fact that callers...

Mount Olive: Be prepared to stop

Mount Olive Public Works Supervisor Jammie Royal removes the plastic covering on one of the downtown area's new stop signs. The unveiling this morning changed a decades-old traffic pattern. Traffic on Center Street will now have to stop for...

Come one, come all

Victoria Royal, 6, plays some Wii bowling with Beulah Taylor during an open house event at the Wayne County Senior Center on Tuesday. The open house was held so seniors unfamiliar with the center could come and see and experience...

Eating right, being active

State Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, jogs with his sons Justin, 3, and Ryan, 11, and friend Brent Maupin during Meet at the Track, an event to encourage families to be active and eat smarter, at Dillard Middle School on Tuesday...

Kitty Askins fundraiser golf tournament Friday

The 15th annual Kitty Classic Golf Tournament to benefit the Kitty Askins Hospice Center will be held Friday at the Walnut Creek Golf Course, with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In the event of rain, the...

Hispanic Center banquet Saturday

The Hispanic Community Development Center invites the public to attend its annual Appreciation Banquet on Saturday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 125 S. John St. Cost of the meal is $20. State Sen. Don Davis will...

Smithfield to celebrate Ava Gardner's life and career

SMITHFIELD -- Johnston County is gearing up to celebrate the life and career of its most famous native, the late actress Ava Gardner, with its annual Ava Gardner Festival, which will culminate with a gala at the Ava Gardner...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meth labs found in trucks at Goldsboro hotel

Two portable meth labs were found in the back of trucks at the Irish Inn on Sunburst Drive, authorities said today.  Watch video of the scene....

Volunteer puts paint to railing at city park

Wayne Denning, 60, has fond memories of boyhood days spent playing at Herman Park and riding the Kiwanis Club's miniature train with his brother. Denning knows that others share those same kind of memories and is hopeful that they,...

Two killed in weekend county accidents

Two people died and another was still in critical condition following two separate accidents over the weekend, Highway Patrol authorities said Monday. On Sunday afternoon, a motorcycle and a truck collided at the intersection of N.C. 581 and Pinkney...

Twirling for peace

YOUNG DESIGNERS: Monday was International Peace Day and students at St. Mary School made pinwheels to mark the occasion. From left, Carolina Warring, Gabby Saber and Harrison Sutton take a look at the pinwheels set up outside the school building...

City seeks $50,000 for dilapidated properties

Chief building inspector Ed Cianfarra asked members of the Goldsboro City Council to appropriate an additional $50,000 to his department to "move on with the (minimum housing) process" at the board's pre-meeting work session Monday evening. "All funds appropriated for...

Duplin Health Department will now control WIC

The Duplin County Board of Commissioners voted Monday 3-2 in favor of turning the county's Women, Infants and Children nutrition program over to the Duplin County Health Department. A state-level directive forced commissioners to balance the jobs of existing workers...

Public record

Mugging Scott Praus of Dickinson, N.D., told Goldsboro police he was assaulted and robbed early on Sunday morning in the rear of the Holiday Inn Express on North Spence Avenue. Praus said that about five unknown black males began hitting...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thieves slip into pawnshop through the roof

Police are still investigating a burglary over the weekend at an East Ash Street pawnshop after thieves allegedly entered through the roof. Authorities estimated around $25,000 in property was stolen from Goldsboro Jewelry and Pawn. Goldsboro police Sgt. Chad...

Makin' the bagels

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third installment of a new series by News-Argus reporter Laura Collins. She will be spending time doing various jobs around the community. The Company: Five Star Restaurant and Caterers The Job: Bagel maker and counter...

NCSU lab will check numbers in Duplin

The Duplin County Board of Education has voted to hire the Operations Research/Education Laboratory at North Carolina State University to examine student demographics and transportation routes in an effort to guide future decisions about school facilities. Jeff Tsai, program director...

Families enjoy day of art, fun at Arts Council gathering

Crouched along the bank of a small pond down the hill from the Arts Council of Wayne County headquarters, Susannah Faulk is waiting -- her open hand resting in the water. "You just have to put your right hand in...

County makes plan to move Health Department

The slow economy has forced Wayne County to shelve most of its capital improvement plans for a least a year, but has not stopped the county from taking some tentative steps forward on at least one project. Commissioners last...

Public record

Beer stolen Two cases of Icehouse beer valued at about $25 were taken from the back of a Coastal Beverage truck in the 500 block of East Elm Street, Goldsboro police said. Driver Eric Edwards said he had parked the...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wayne school shuffle only four teachers

Wayne County Public Schools fared better than most districts this year, only having to shift four teachers since the start of school. Each year, administrators estimate where to assign educators and until the 10th day, closely monitor the rise or...

Man of steel: Vietnam POW recognized at Seymour Johnson AFB

Moments before Norman Gaddis detailed the living conditions he endured as a prisoner of war during Vietnam, the retired brigadier general broke down. He wasn't reliving the day his fighter jet was hit by enemy fire or the six years...

Mayor's Committee award nominees sought

The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilites will host its Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 15 at noon at the Lane Tree Golf Club at 2317 Salem Church Road. There are four awards given each year; Disabled Employee...

Mount Olive living history delves into religion, role of black troops

MOUNT OLIVE -- The grounds outside the Mount Olive Museum were turned into a small Civil War camp Saturday as the town's Historical Society held its second annual living history event to mark its involvement in the great war....

DMV supervisor charged with stolen goods in Duplin

Bill Toman, 51, of 1769 Seabrook School Road, Fayetteville, who is district supervisor for the state Division of Motor Vehicles Bureau of License and Theft Fayetteville District Office, was arrested on Friday, in Duplin County by the SBI for felony...

Friday, September 18, 2009

WCC Foundation adds events

Three events have been added to the arts and humanities calendar for the fall at Wayne Community College, WCC Foundation director Jack Kannan announced this week. A day-trip to Nasher Museum is planned for Oct. 29, leaving the college at...

State of the Community forum

Health care reform took center stage Thursday during a community forum at Wayne Memorial Hospital, sponsored by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. The "State of the Community Health Care" featured a five-member panel discussing local and national health care...

Services on aging open house

Wayne County Services on Aging will celebrate September as Senior Citizen Month with an open house at the Senior Center, 100 S. John St., from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. There will be free refreshments, free geriatric depression screenings...

Incredible Years - parenting classes

Stacy Donahue was a frustrated mother. Two-year-old son Randal wouldn't listen to her and experienced frequent tantrums and meltdowns, she said. So when her daughter Kelsey, then in a More at Four classroom, brought home a brochure about a program...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

College kicks off fundraising drive with talent show

Jack Kannan, director of the Wayne Community College Foundation, pulled out all the stops for this year's annual campus fund drive. Instead of simply announcing this year's goal -- $23,000 for faculty and staff, $360,000 for the community, he hosted...

Man found guilty in trafficking meth

A Wayne County Superior Court jury found a Mount Olive man guilty Wednesday of two trafficking counts in a trial related to five pounds of crystal methamphetamine seized in a traffic stop. Jose Alejandro Arciniega, 28, of Baker Chapel...

Health Dept. takes aim at flu risk

Wayne County will have more flu cases this year, and the Health Department hopes to have enough H1N1 vaccines to counter it. A free public information session on the H1N1 virus is also planned for next week. Health Director James...

BOH: Possible surcharge for county workers

The Board of Health asked Health Director James Roosen Wednesday to investigate the possibility of imposing a surcharge on health insurance for county workers who smoke. Board member Dr. Michael Gooden introduced the notion. He said his rationale was based...

Blue Ribbon Jam rescheduled

As tonight's weather forecast points to rain, organizers of the Blue Ribbon Jam -- a fundraiser put together for the families of Capt. Mark McDowell and Capt. Thomas Gramith -- have decided to reschedule the event for Oct. 1. The...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Citizens question county commission motives on subdivision oversight

Wayne County commissioners were told by two speakers at their Tuesday morning public hearing on proposed changes to the county's subdivision ordinance that the board could not be trusted to keep politics out of its subdivision decisions should it...

Special Olypmics holding Saturday festival

A Special Olympics celebration/fundraiser Saturday will feature singing, games, food and a lot more. And those attending will have the opportunity to learn about Special Olympics, too. The event will be held at Herman Park from 3 to 7...

Officials: More students likely to qualify for free lunches here

More than 10,000 of Wayne County's 19,000 school children qualified for free or reduced lunches last year. And school officials say that this school year, with the state of the economy and the number of jobless residents, those numbers might...

Authorities raid two meth production sites

Two allegedly connected "one-pot" methamphetamine production sites were located on Tuesday night by Sheriff's Office officials, Cpl. Chris Peedin said. The two sites were at Spring Creek Drive and Emmaus Church Road, Peedin said. The State Bureau of Investigation...

Man on trial for meth charges

A Mount Olive man took the stand in his own defense Tuesday for his alleged role in trafficking nearly five pounds of methamphetamine. Jose Alejandro Arciniega, 28, of Baker Chapel Church Road, Mount Olive, was allegedly driving an SUV that...

Fremont hoping to conclude sewer work in next few months

New-Argus Staff Writer Fremont residents will soon see an end to the sewer projects going on in town. At Tuesday night's Board of Aldermen meeting, Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie said Phase I and Phase II of the projects should end...

Seven Springs woman killed in collision on U.S. 117 Bypass North

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Seven Springs woman died after allegedly failing to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle on the U.S. 117 Bypass north of Mount Olive, causing an accident shortly before noon, according to the state Department of...

Childhood death rate drops in Wayne

Over the last 15 years, Wayne County has seen a 16 percent decrease in childhood deaths. Health Director James Roosen would like to see that trend continue. If it does, it won't be because of luck or chance. Some of...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sex assault in cemetery investigated

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive police have a suspect but no charges have been filed in an alleged sexual assault Friday at a local cemetery, where two bodies were found just days later in what authorities are saying is...

Police seek clues in cemetery deaths

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive police say they have theories, but will not speculate publicly on motive in the deaths of a 16-year-old Virginia girl and her 29-year-old boyfriend, found in a local cemetery Sunday. Police did say, however,...

Murders up in city, but other crime decreases

Break-ins and homicides were up in 2009, but reported crime incidents of rape, larceny, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault, and robbery were down in Goldsboro when compared to the same yearlong period in 2008, Police Chief Tim Bell said. Overall,...

School board OKs coach for Goldsboro High School

Communities in Schools was given the green light by the Board of Education Monday night to hire a graduation coach at Goldsboro High School. The board entered into a memorandum of agreement with CIS, which will hire and be responsible...

Thursday is day to remember and say thank you

Wayne County residents can jam to music with soul and honor Seymour Johnson's fallen airmen Thursday evening at The Blue Ribbon Jam Downtown. The jam, sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. and The Goldsboro News-Argus, will donate ticket and...

'Meet at the Track' with Sen. Don Davis

Meet at the Track Day will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mina Weil Park. The event is free and open to the public. State Sen. Don Davis will join the Minority Health...

Public record

Death investigation Police are investigating the death of Hubert Leonza Hutchins, 43, of Longleaf Avenue, who apparently died in his vehicle while parked in a parking lot at 609 Hugh Street on Saturday night, according to police reports. A neighbor,...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Volunteers offer assistance with tutoring as schools battle budget cuts

Despite the economic strain budget cuts have placed on school systems, tutoring options are still available for struggling students. Wayne County Public Schools strives to provide additional academic support during the year, officials said. The district has already felt the...

Tobacco and chickens: It's about more than just farming, it's about family

EDITOR'S NOTE: This the second installment of a new series by News-Argus reporter Laura Collins. She will be spending time doing various jobs around the community. The Company: Daw Farms The Job: Farmer The Location: Tobacco fields and poultry house...

Man, teen found dead in Mount Olive cemetery

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 16-year-old girl was found dead in Carver Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, shortly before the body of a man in his 20s was also found in the graveyard, authorities said. Maj. Brian Rhodes of the Mount...

DA not worried about law on guns, felons

Although he believes the case likely will show up in arguments posed by local defense attorneys, Wayne County District Attorney Branny Vickory downplayed the potential effect of the state Supreme Court's decision to make a one-man exception to a...

WIC program offers families healthier choices

Healthier foods will enhance the food plan offered through the Health Department's Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, program starting next month. Effective Oct. 1, the voucher- driven program will feature more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. The changes...

Suspect indicted in 2008 murder

A North William Street man implicated in the murder of Nidia Yubitza Carrerra Solorzano, 23, was among indictments this month. Cesar Becerril Romero, now 23, of Whispering Lane, Dudley, was 22 when Goldsboro police investigators charged him with an...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

County will hear comment on policy for plats

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the county's subdivision ordinance that would give them final approval of all subdivision plats. Along with their own ideas, commissioners will have before them several...

At the table: City and NAACP leaders gather to clear the air

The March arrest of 17-year-old Tavares Allen -- and how it was handled by members of the Goldsboro Police Department -- brought city and NAACP leadership together at City Hall Thursday afternoon. The two-hour discussion was cordial for the most...

Duplin schools funding appeal takes hit from Beaufort case

The North Carolina Court of Appeals will hear Oct. 1 oral arguments in the ongoing legal battle between the Duplin County Board of Education and the Duplin County Commissioners. County attorney Wendy Sivori briefed commissioners on the court's recent decision...

DA: SBI not looking at arrest by police

Wayne County District Attorney Branny Vickory said there will be no SBI investigation into the March 29 arrest of Tavares Allen -- and that he passed that information along to local NAACP president Sylvia Barnes before she and other members...

Guardian Brotherhood bikers raise funds for MOPH with run

It has been 18 years since Keith Wade traded the roar of jet engines for the rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but the Air Force veteran has never forgotten his years of service, or the brotherhood and camaraderie he learned...

Greeting grandparents

Students at Grantham Elementary School spell out their thanks to the senior citizens who attended Grandparents Day at the school on Friday. The annual event was part of the National Grandparents Day celebration, with today being the official National Grandparents...

Flying the coop

The blue-gray pigeon, its feathers speckled with white and black, twists free as its owner examines the small band clamped around the bird's thin leg. Like a stone launched from a slingshot, the bird leaps out of Greg Jones' hands...

Mount Olive police officers plan reunion

Planning is under way for a reunion of former Mount Olive police officers who have served on the department since 1970. Chief of Police Ralph Schroeder said that any officer, as well as other police department employees such as...

Mount Olive set for Heart Walk

MOUNT OLIVE -- Organizers for the community's annual Heart Walk are optimistic they will make their $35,000 goal despite the recession. Last year's walk raised more than $33,000. The 2.5-mile walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. Registration will...

MO library committee wants input on project

MOUNT OLIVE -- Public comments are being sought on a $3.5 million library project for the town that includes a grassroots campaign to raise up to $350,000. The Steele Memorial Library Steering Committee has scheduled two public meetings for...

Man pleads guilty to child pornography

A Selma man has pleaded guilty in federal court to manufacturing child pornography. Larry Donnell Parks Jr., 33, pleaded guilty in U.S. District. He had been indicted by a federal grand jury in May. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office,...

Goldsboro ballet to present dance, silent auction at WCC

Goldsboro Ballet, a nonprofit dance organization and ballet affiliate of the Arts Council of Wayne County, will be presenting Love of Dance/Silent Auction at Wayne Community College's Moffitt Auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can...

Making sure there's a hero's welcome

On a quiet street along the outskirts of Goldsboro, a group of neighbors came together to give one of their own a welcome home. It was just a simple barbecue -- complete with hot dogs, homemade cakes and coconut pie...

Academy principal sets sights on learning

Brian Smith is not one to sit in his office for very long. The new principal at Dillard Academy Charter School prefers to be walking the halls, visiting classrooms, talking to students as much as possible. "It's fun going around...

Next on landfill ban list: Plastics

Wayne County residents Oct. 1 will face new state bans on wooden pallets, oil filters and plastic bottles at the county landfill. While it might take residents some time to adjust to the plastic ban, the county has for...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Health care experts to talk about reforms

N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Lanier M. Cansler is scheduled to participate next week in "Wayne County Health Care," a State of the Community program presented by the Wayne County Chamber's Government Affairs Committee. The program will...

Official: Student didn't die of H1N1

An 8-year-old Spring Creek Elementary School student who died over the weekend was not believed to have H1N1, a county medical examiner said Thursday. Jorge Silva, 8, died Sunday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was a third-grader at Spring...

Former officer arrested on rape charges

A former Goldsboro police officer is accused of first-degree rape and three first-degree sex offenses that allegedly occurred while he was still a patrolman, authorities said Thursday. Walter Finley Jr., 40, of Edgerton Street, was jailed under a $1...

Pausing to remember Sept. 11

Goldsboro firefighters gather for a moment of silence and prayer in front of Station 1 at 8:46 a.m. today -- the time American Airlines Flight 11, carrying 92 people from Boston to Los Angeles,  crashed into the north tower of...

Bloodmobile schedule

Following is the bloodmobile schedule for September for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: Today: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 1175 Wright Brothers Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday: Providence United Methodist Church from noon...

Rocky Mount man sentenced for child pornography possession

RALEIGH -- A Rocky Mount man has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography. Christopher Mark Surels, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. A federal grand jury returned a criminal indictment...

Public record

Sprayer joy ride An LaGrange farmer had a sprayer severely damaged after someone allegedly took a joy ride in the large piece of farm equipment, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Davis Wiggins of Ellington Way reported $2,000...

Kinston man sentenced for possession of meth

WILMINGTON -- A Kinston man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Yadira Avilez-Lopez, 22, pleaded guilty in June to possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Former police officer charged with rape

A former Goldsboro police officer was jailed under $1 million bond today on charges of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sexual offense, a police sergeant said.Walter Finley Jr., 40, of Edgerton Street, is accused of sexual assaults on...

Hospital board OKs rate hike, freezes salaries

Rates will go up and staff salaries will stay the same, as Wayne Memorial Hospital attempts to keep its budget balanced in the face of an unpredictable economy, officials said. The Board of Directors this week passed the hospital's 2009-10...

City hotel faces second robbery

The Holiday Inn Express on North Spence Avenue was robbed at gunpoint early this morning, the second time in this calendar year, police reports show. The robbery occurred just before 1:30 a.m. when a black male reportedly entered the hotel...

Rest of the 336th Rockets arrive back at SJAFB

Rose and Emma Johnson were the only ones not cheering when those 336th Rocketeers who did not return early Tuesday morning started making their way toward the crowd of emotional family members, friends and fellow airmen waiting along the Seymour...

City crowd says 'no' to health care reform plan

Anyone who tried calling Sen. Kay Hagan's offices Wednesday afternoon probably got a busy signal as scores of people attending the Americans for Prosperity's Patients First Bus Tour all dialed her at once. One man shouted out that he...

Schools report 10-day numbers

Ten-day numbers are in for Wayne County Public Schools, with nearly 200 fewer students than last year -- in part because of changes in the rules for kindergarteners. Tuesday was the 10th day of classes for public schools. On the...

Planning group's meeting rescheduled

Today's special meeting of the Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 24. MPO's are organized under federal requirements and charged with making transportation recommendations. City officials aid the meeting was delayed in order for...

Living history program at Mount Olive musuem

MOUNT OLIVE -- The David John Aaron Teaching and History Museum will hosts its second annual Civil War Living History program Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum grounds, 137 E. Main St. It...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rest of the Rocketeers return from war

Another group of 336th Rocketeers returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base a few moments ago to an emotional crowd of family, friends and fellow airmen. Hundreds more returned early Tuesday morning. For the complete story, see Thursday's News-Argus....

City talks rec center ... again

The same economic climate that prompted the Goldsboro City Council to put the recreation center reconstruction project on hold in January has created an opportunity to build the facility for much less, officials said during a pre-council meeting work session....

Planning Board looks at change to process for plat OK

Wayne County's subdivision plat approval process would more closely mirror that used by the city of Goldsboro and county Planning Director Connie Price would wield more authority over the process should county commissioners agree to changes to the county's...

Town sewer work nearly completed

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville residents will soon see an end to some of their street woes. Tyndall Lewis, of McDavid Associates, told the town board on Tuesday night that the town's sewer project should be finished next month. "Really, in the...

More troops on their way home

Family and friends wait for loved ones at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base early Tuesday as hundreds of airmen from the 336th Rocketeers returned home from Afghanistan. More than 100 airmen who did not return Tuesday with their comrades are...

Duplin weighs hospital lease bid

KENANSVILLE - The Duplin County commissioners will seek further legal counsel before moving forward with a proposal to lease Duplin General Hospital to another health care system, board members decided Tuesday. "Let's do it right to start with, rather than...

Toyota makes donation to WCC

Automotive students at Wayne Community College received an estimated $25,000 worth of state-of-the-art training aids this week, courtesy of Southeast Toyota Distributors based in Florida. Joseph Smith Jr., service training specialist, visited the college to make the presentation on...

Public record

Death investigations The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating three deaths reported between Friday and Sunday according to reports. No suspicion of foul play has been reported by deputies in any of the cases. The reports included: *On Friday morning,...

Talley Trio set to perform in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Talley Trio family is coming to town this month as part of the Mount Olive College Recital Series, and a group of local performers is getting into the southern gospel groove to back them up....

Dial-a-Teacher program resumes

Dial-A-Teacher, a free homework help hotline, has resumed operation for the 2009-10 school year. This service, sponsored by the Wayne County Public Library, Friends of the Library and Wayne County Public Schools, has been available to students in need...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rockets return

Liberti Cross loves airplanes, so the prospect of spending part of her sixth birthday watching one land on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line was enough to keep her awake as Monday evening wore on to Tuesday. But...

Wayne students allowed to watch address

Wayne County teachers were the arbitrators of which students saw President Barack Obama's televised speech today to the nation's school children. "We are leaving it up to the individual classrooms teachers to decide if it is a legitimate part...

Former county finance officer dies at 58

Norman Ricks, who served as Wayne County government's finance officer for more than 20 years, died Sunday. He was 58. Ricks, whose low-key demeanor and financial acumen helped guide Wayne during some of its most tumultuous years, had suffered...

President Obama's school speech

Hello everyone -- how's everybody doing today? I'm here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I'm glad you all could join us today....

Rumors abound on November contests

With the 2009 session of the state General Assembly over and filing for the 2010 primaries only a few months away, rumors about who might be run and who might retire are beginning to fly. One has former state...

Car seat checkpoint will have festival feel

Highway Patrol Troopers Bennie Grady and Jimmy Graham know there are some folks who would normally rather avoid them when they see them. Burton said he thinks that fear keeps a lot of people from showing up at child-seat...

Rocketeers back from Afghanistan

Hundreds of members of the 336th Rocketeers -- F-15E Strike Eagle air crews, maintainers and support personnel -- returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base early this morning, marking the end of a tour at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan that...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Officials take aim early at stopping dropouts

Guidance counselors -- and a commitment form for students to sign -- are being touted as another option for discouraging high school dropouts. Concerned about the dropout rate, the district distributed the form to area high schools this year as...

On garbage detail ...

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first installment of a new series by News-Argus reporter Laura Collins. She will be spending time doing various jobs around the community. The Company: Goldsboro Sanitation Department The Job: Refuse truck sanitation worker The Location:...

Riverkeeper takes message downstream

The Neuse River is near the top of the list of unhealthy American rivers, but that's not stopping one man from kayaking the waterway from Raleigh all the way to New Bern. In fact, that's why he's doing it. John...

Johnston animal shelter holding open house

SMITHFIELD -- Johnston County Animal Services will hold an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Pet Adoption Center at 115 Shelter Way in Smithfield. The public is invited. Tours will be given and a...

Public record

Armed robbery *A black male reportedly entered Skylight Mini-Mart on Ash Street around 12:20 a.m. Saturday and attempted to stab an employee with a large knife. Jameel Almegist told police he struggled with the subject, who grabbed a cash...

City Council has light agenda for Tuesday

Action is expected to be taken on three planning items at Tuesday's Goldsboro City Council meeting. The first -- a site and landscape plan for New Hope Resale Shop -- will be presented to the council for approval before two...

Rockets on their way back home

Hundreds of members of the 336th Rocketeers are expected to return to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base early Tuesday morning and later this week, marking the end of the squadron's four-month tour at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The group, which includes...

Hundreds of 4th FW airmen set to return from war Tuesday

Hundreds of members of the 4th Fighter Wing are expected to return to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Tuesday and later this week, marking the end of a four-month tour at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. For more on the story as...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A gift of flight for their teacher

Wayne Country Day School history teacher Ed Clark realized a long time ago that you teach best what you know. Since 1994, he has been bringing his own history into the classroom. And now, thanks to the students he inspired,...

Therapy dogs will read with children at library

Jerry Lee is one of the most unusual reading tutors children at the Wayne County Public Library will ever meet. He can't even turn the pages of a book, which is just as well, because he doesn't know how to...

First Flight

We are seemingly hovering -- in actuality, going hundreds of miles an hour -- 12,000 feet above Hyde County when my fear of heights takes hold. Yeah, I know, some Air Force reporter, right? Don't get me wrong, being in...

'Hands off my health care' campaign bus to visit city

A tour bus carrying activists opposed to the president's proposed health care plan will make a stop in Goldsboro this week. Americans for Prosperity's Patients First Bus Tour is making its way across the state, proclaiming a very simple...

Utah man gets time for luring teenager

A former U.S. Air Force military police officer once based at Camp McGregor, N.M., has been convicted of using the Internet to lure a 14-year-old Goldsboro girl into a sexual encounter. Utah native William Konrad Schmitt, 24, and William Edward...

Greeson wins MDA personal achievement award

Jonathan Greeson, of Pikeville, was awarded the state's Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2009 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award. According to the MDA, he was chosen for his personal and academic success and for his advocacy for people with disabilities. "I...

Bus duty

Bugetary woes are also affecting school transportation, with more students than ever riding the buses this year -- and less money to get them back and forth to school. "This is a crunch year with close to 224 buses --...

Animal neglect case will wait till November

Proceedings in misdemeanor counts against a Fremont man accused of animal neglect were continued again on Friday. Lawton McKenzie, 28, and his attorney Lynn Whitted are next scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 6 at 9 a.m., according...

Friday, September 4, 2009

McKenzie facing animal charges

Investigators described "decapitated and dismembered animals" when they searched a Fremont home in December. But the trial of Lawton McKenzie, expected to continue today, primarily concerns charges not for dead animals, but the live, allegedly malnourished animals on his property,...

Mentoring program receives $1.6 million federal stimulus grant

Smart Choices for Youth, a Wayne County-based program to help at-risk youths, has received a $1.6 million grant through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Sen. Kay R. Hagan announced Thursday that Smart Choices will receive a grant...

Jamming downtown -- summer series winding down

The members of Liquid Pleasure perform Thursday evening at a concert sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. The next event scheduled for downtown will be the Mighty Saints of Soul concert Sept. 17 to raise money for the Blue...

Offices will be closed Labor Day

Wayne County government offices, including the landfill, will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Offices normally closed on Fridays because of the county's four-day workweek will remain on that schedule. The landfill that is normally closed on...

Court fees higher to balance budget

There was a rush on the Clerk of Courts office Monday as people scurried to avoid increases in foreclosure and adoption filing fees. Fees for everything from seat belt violations to criminal record checks now cost more. State legislators...

Code Red already operating in county

Things are heating up in the tropics even as the weather in Wayne County begins to cool down, and this fall marks the second hurricane season that local officials will have in place an easy way of warning residents about...

Dealers: Cash for Clunkers success in Wayne County

Some area dealerships are starting to see money from the Federal Cash for Clunkers bill. The program, which ended Monday, offered rebates for old, gas-guzzling vehicles traded in for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Brant Alyea, Toyota of Goldsboro general sales manager,...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

School set with new unit after July fire

Two months after a fire claimed the preschool building at Wayne Country Day School, a modular unit is being readied for occupancy by as early as next week. Students from four classrooms were displaced by the July 3 fire, which...

Residents not happy with higher water rate

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive town officials Wednesday evening were told that failure to abide by terms of a 1999 resolution with former West Mount Olive Water System customers could end in a lawsuit. More than 70 people from...

County's code of ethics will wait

Wayne County commissioners agreed Tuesday morning with fellow board member Steve Keen about adopting a code of ethics for the board -- just not with his timing. Keen's motion for county attorney Borden Parker to prepare a draft code...

Travelers will pack up for Labor Day weekend trips

Jay Dunn and a couple of his friends are using Labor Day weekend as one last chance to get out of town. "I didn't go on vacation all summer, so this is basically my last chance to head to the...

Military families can stay connected at local library

Members of the Wayne County Public Library staff know how it feels to be left behind when a loved one deploys. Several of them have spouses and children in the military. So as hundreds of airmen from Seymour Johnson Air...

Ride will help domestic violence victims

A motorcycle ride to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence programs in Wayne County will be held on Saturday. This is the second year for Ride Without Fear in Goldsboro, the fourth year in the state, said organizer...

Public record

Man stabbed Terrille Pegram of South Kornegay Street reported that he was stabbed from behind with a knife while walking home on the 400 block of East Walnut Street. Pegram suffered a severe cut and was transported to Wayne Memorial...

Days of Caring attracts very few workers

The United Way of Wayne County's annual Days of Caring event brought about lackluster results. Only five of the 22 possible service projects were attended during the weeklong event. "This year, the turnout was not as great as we had...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Schools ready for flu fight this year

School officials are treating the possibility of a flu epidemic like they do any other communicable disease -- encouraging preventive measures and trying to stay on top of best practices. "We try to take a proactive approach to health issues,...

Hearing eyes ordinance, veers off course to MPO

Tuesday night's Planning Board public hearing started out as billed -- a chance for the public to comment on proposed changes to the county's subdivision ordinance -- only to end as a referendum on highway corridor protection and the...

Warriors share their wampum with fund

Most members of the Wayne Warriors Indian Guides have no idea what deployment means. They aren't yet old enough to understand what happened to 336th Fighter Squadron Capt. Mark McDowell and Capt. Thomas Gramith July 17 in Afghanistan. Many...

Passer-by rescues driver in accident

In a thicket at the bottom of a 50-foot ravine, Jessica Lee sat trapped in her vehicle, helpless and hidden. A Goldsboro area man saw the flash of a Mazda emblem and stopped his vehicle Tuesday morning, alerting authorities...

Salvage yard rezoning request faces opposition

Three neighbors of a Dudley salvage yard pleaded with county commissioners Tuesday morning to deny a rezoning request that would allow the business to expand. Commissioners took no action following a public hearing on the request by Ricky Young...

Mothers find comfort in group, each other

Motherhood was nothing like Tanya Peck thought it would be. Sleep deprived, home alone with an infant, she recalls moving from Germany to Virginia, when her military husband left on an assignment. With no family nearby, she felt the...

Seven Springs to meet about filling vacant seat

The Seven Springs Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the town hall on West Spring Street to determine who will temporarily fill the seat left vacant by Rodolph Adams, who died on Aug. 3....

Public record

Man tries to pass fake payroll check WARSAW -- Warsaw police are searching for a man who tried to pass a fake Coca-Cola payroll check at a grocery store over the weekend. The man used a fake N.C. drivers license...

Farm program grants available

Groups or organizations seeking funding for farming or rural resident-based projects can apply for up to $5,000 in grant money from the AgCarolina Financial Fund for Rural North Carolina. AgCarolina Financial, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Raleigh, provides more...

Survey: Most county employees like four-day workweek

Nearly 500 county employees took advantage of a recent county-sponsored anonymous survey to vent their feelings -- good and bad -- about the four-day workweek that most county offices have operated under for the past year. "We really got...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

United Way kicks off campaign -- $200K already in coffers

Only three weeks into the United Way of Wayne County's annual campaign, the organization has already raised nearly $200,000. "(As of Friday), the campaign has raised $197,847, which amounts to about 3,959 improved lives in Wayne County. For every $50...

Keeping teachers still focus for district

As a new school year gets under way, officials are working to keep teachers in place. In the midst of a budget shortfall -- and despite vacancies left by retirees being filled in time for classes to resume -- the...

Officials: Stop H1N1 by washing your hands

Prevention is the key to making it through the swine flu season, the Wayne County Health Department's medical director says. Dr. Ashton Griffin said while there is no reason to sound the alarm, this flu is different because it is...

Berkeley Boulevard widening, signal project take steps

Traffic woes along Wayne Memorial Drive, Ash Street and Berkeley Boulevard might be alleviated by early 2011, City Manager Joe Huffman said, thanks to the N.C. Department of Transportation. DOT announced Monday it had signed several contracts, including one for...

School supplies sales are on target

Back-to-school shopping can be more like a scavenger hunt for some parents. Nancy Branch, mother of a sixth-grader, was still finishing up school supply shopping Wednesday evening. She had already been to two places looking for binders. "It's hard to...

Public record

House fired on, man suffers minor injury A Slaughter Street couple told Goldsboro police that their home, in the 600 block, had been shot multiple times around 2 a.m. on Sunday, striking one person inside, according to a Goldsboro police...

Kinston teen found dead today after accidental shooting

KINSTON -- Kinston police responded to a shooting early today on Candlewood Drive and found a 19-year-old teenager dead from a gunshot wound. Authorities said Kevin Cox was found with a single gunshot wound to the head at 707 Candlewood...