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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Commissioners OK mobile home ordinance change

It was a déjà vu Tuesday morning for Wayne County commissioners as they took the next step toward revamping the county's mobile home park ordinance to give them final say on plat approval. Just as they did with the recent...

Give-a-hug dolls comfort kids of deployed service members

Having a loved one in the military who is deployed overseas can be difficult, especially for a child. Several years ago, Meadow Lane Elementary School introduced a response to the void, offering six-week support groups for students of deployed...

Pikeville chooses Weaver for mayor

PIKEVILLE -- Challenger Johnny Weaver defeated incumbent Mayor Herb Sieger Tuesday 114 to 84, earning a four-year term in office. Weaver, who does not support selling alcohol in Pikeville, said his stance on the issue, which was the subject...

Pikeville rejects alcohol ... again

For the fourth time in nine years Pikeville residents have decided not to allow alcohol to be sold within town limits. Voters had three options on the ballot: to vote for or against permitting off-premises sales only of malt...

McDonald earns third term as Mount Olive mayor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Incumbent Ray McDonald Sr. will serve another two-year term as mayor of Mount Olive, voters decided Tuesday. McDonald, who also previously served as town manager and in other capacities for the town government, said he was...

Police: No suspects in Saturday gun battle

Police continue to investigate a Saturday shooting that severely injured two Goldsboro men, who are still in the hospital, police said early today. Derrick Raymont Best, of Mimosa Street, and Qushawn Mondrell Broadhurst are still recovering after the shooting....

Public record

Animal shelter damaged An employee of the Wayne County Animal Adoption Center found bullet holes in the building on Monday morning when he reported to work, Goldsboro police reports show. Adoption center employee Wayne Benton of Snow Hill told Goldsboro...

Duplin residents protest against Doby

KENANSVILLE -- About two dozen people gathered in Kenansville early Monday morning in a show of protest against Duplin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Wiley J. Doby. Some of the protesters carried signs saying "No Doby," and resident Rodney Scott...

Pikeville will not increase Christmas bonuses this year

The Town of Pikeville Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to keep the town employees Christmas bonuses the same as last year. This year, full-time employees will receive $150 and part-time employees will receive $75. This is much lower than...

Doing it the old-fashioned way

Terry Lee of Mount Olive uses a pair of mules to pull an old one-row tobacco stalk cutter Tuesday afternoon. He and Shayne Williams, also of Mount Olive (not pictured), spent the day cutting several fields in the Mar-Mac community....

Meadow Lane custodian finds gun

A gun was found on Meadow Lane Elementary School property Tuesday morning, but school officials said no children were believed to have come in contact with the weapon. Ken Derksen, public information officer for Wayne County Public Schools, said...

Elections see less than 4 percent voter turnout

Voters in Wayne County municipalities stayed home Tuesday as Election Day came and went with barely a notice by most residents. With only 20 polling places open and fewer than half of the county's 69,000 registered voters eligible to cast...

Walnut Creek, Seven Springs, Eureka, sanitary districts also all hold elections

The citizens of the town of Seven Springs voted Tuesday to keep incumbent Stephen Potter in the mayor's office for another term. Potter, who ran unopposed, received 13 votes in the municipal election. There were no write-in votes. He...

New municipal officials elected in Duplin

The voter turnout in Duplin County municipal elections was slightly less than 21 percent with write-in candidates winning in Calypso and Warsaw. The totals are unofficial until the canvass is held Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. It will be...

Duplin commission continues efforts to prepare county hospital for lease

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County officials have received proposals from three management firms in a bid to reduce the costs associated with the lease of Duplin General Hospital, but county commissioners debated Monday whether hiring any of them would be...

Andy's Foundation makes large donation to Steele Memorial Library

MOUNT OLIVE -- Andy's Charitable Foundation announced Monday a three-year $30,000 pledge toward the town's Steele Memorial Library project. "It is a significant contribution to the eventual success of our project," said Jane Rustin, director of the Wayne County...