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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Locally grown turkey to get presidential pardon

A Wayne County turkey has been plucked from obscurity and will be spending part of Thanksgiving at the White House -- but not on a dining room table. The 40-pound bird was chosen to receive the presidential pardon this...

'Stop the Funeral' conference opens today

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber says he knows that the name of his initiative evokes a bold, perhaps impossible mission -- to "stop" the funerals. The group begins today its third "Drug Dealer and Gang Member Redemption Conference,"...

Choral showcase

Students from Meadow Lane Elementary School sing at the Wayne County Choral Showcase Tuesday night at Dillard Middle School. Students from Meadow Lane, North Drive, Eastern Wayne, Carver Heights and School Street elementary schools, along with students from Greenwood, Eastern...

County approves mobile home ordinance

Wayne County commissioners on Tuesday continued to chip away at the county Planning Board's authority by giving themselves the power to approve or deny mobile home park plats. The vote was the second of two required to approve the...

Tanner chairman of SNPA education panel

The announcement was made by SNPA President-elect Steve Brandt, publisher of The Greenville (S.C.) News. The organization represents newspapers in 14 states, from Texas to the mid-Atlantic region. The education committee works closely with the SNPA staff to develop training...

Fremont trying to reduce electric expenses

FREMONT -- Members of the Fremont Board of Aldermen and town officials are looking at ways to offset the town's high electricity costs. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie said the town is losing about $7,000 a month on electricity, the...

These Santas ride motorcycles

Lynwood Parks, left, of LaGrange, and Danny Blizzard, of Pikeville, unload their toys for a toy run held Sunday from Berkeley Mall. Blizzard said he and Barnes joined the run to help the kids in need. "A lot of them...

Duplin officials decide janitors will receive full pay for year

Janitors in Duplin County schools will receive their full pay this year, even though the money will have to come from the Duplin County school system fund balance. The Board of Education voted to use $727,000 from its fund...

Duplin commission hears report on audit of government

Linda Recio of Evergreen Solutions presented the final report of the Duplin County performance audit to the Duplin County Board of Commissioners this week. The audit report, conducted over the past several months, contains more than 150 suggested ways...