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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Deputy in serious condition

Authorities have cited a woman accused of causing a crash that injured her and a Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputy, the investigating trooper says. Highway Patrol Trooper L.J. Bunn said Susan Pope Walston, 50, was charged with failure to...

Once a Marine, always a Marine

For nearly 20 years, the Marine Corps League has been attempting to charter a Wayne County chapter -- one that would carry out the agenda set forth by the national organization. And Monday night at the American Legion headquarters --...

Party like it's 2010

Jody Boren sorts through New Year's party favors at the Paper Place in Goldsboro Wednesday. Across Wayne County, residents are preparing to ring in a new decade....

About the Marine Corps League

An interest meeting for the Wayne County Marine Corps League will be held at the American Legion headquarters off U.S. 117 Jan. 4. All active duty, retired and honorably discharged Marines, Marine Corps Reservists and Navy Corpsmen are eligible to...

International military wives club continues to thrive

A club formed to support foreign-born military wives continues to thrive after 37 years. Maria Leacott, a charter member of the International Wives Club at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, recalls the group's formative stages. "It started during the...

Preserving farmland a top priority

More than 54,000 acres of Wayne County farmland vanished between 1997 and 2007 -- gobbled up by development and a growing population. But Wayne County officials are looking at a plan intended to educate the public on the need...

Three Wayne schools in running for $100,000 prize

Three Wayne County schools are in the running for the $100,000 prize Brogden Primary won last year through U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign. This week, officials with U.S. Cellular released the Top 100 schools now vying for a...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Accident injures two drivers

BELFAST -- Deputy Daniel Truhan, 47, was heading to an emergency call when his cruiser collided with a pickup truck driven by Susan Pope Watson, 50 early this morning, sending both the deputy and the pickup's driver to the...

Work begins on emergency radio towers

Work on two radio towers for the county's new $9.7 million communications system is under way and should be completed by the first of March. Plans call for the system to be switched on in September. Larry Pearce, president...

Local, state, federal offices closed Friday

Wayne County and local municipal offices will be closed Friday in observance of the New Year's Day holiday. State and federal offices, including the Postal Service, will be closed as well. The Wayne County Tax Office and Register of...

Winter chill

William Casey, of Tidewater Energy in Seven Springs, pumps home heating gas on his route this morning in southern Wayne County. Temperatures dipped below freezing for the second night in a row....

Imani art exhibit takes aim at raising money for cause

Artist Lawrence Durham has shown his work in galleries across eastern North Carolina, but his paintings currently on display in the Imani Christmas Art Gala have a special meaning for him. "Imani" means faith, and the art display being...

Fremont charges five for drugs

FREMONT -- An ongoing drug investigation resulted in five arrests Tuesday night in Fremont. The Fremont Police Department has been doing undercover drug buys in Fremont for the past several weeks. Fremont Police Chief R.K. Rawlings said the initiative...

Mount Olive getting ready for annual New Year's Eve party

Mount Olive's famous giant pickle will fall into its vat at the stroke of midnight again Friday to ring in 2010 at the 11th annual Pickle Drop. This year, the pickle company will open up Vine Street all the...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Schools: Another on paid leave

A second employee of the Wayne County Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave with pay during an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, school officials have announced. The district initially reported last week that Sprunt Hill,...

Wet winter weather worrisome

Nearly a foot of rain has fallen on Wayne County in the past two months, which has kept farmers from finishing up their 2009 harvesting. And forecasters say they expect the winter to bring even more rain. The recent...

Tayloe focusing on flu death rate

Dr. Dave Tayloe wrapped up a whirlwind year as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics in October, but his crusades for the youngest segment of the population will continue. Tayloe has returned to the practice he founded in...

Getting rid of that used tree

As the holiday season comes to an end, thousands of Wayne County households will begin packing away Christmas decorations to be used next year. But those who made sure a fresh tree was part of their 2009 display will...

Public record

Teen found dead A 19-year-old Slaughter Street man was found dead at his home Sunday by a 37-year-old woman who lives with him, according to a police report. Jamil McKenzie, 19, was found at 1113 Slaughter Street around 11 a.m....

Monday, December 28, 2009

WAGES program reaches out to teens

WAGES -- Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency -- has gone a step further in its effort to create self-sufficiency among Wayne County residents. Through some of the stimulus money received from the government, social workers are holding seminars...

New express route popular

The new GATEWAY Express bus route that launched Dec. 14 and the large new bus being used to run it have received a good response from passengers despite some early complications, said Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority Director Alan Stubbs. "They...

Minister revives gospel career

In the late 1970s, Janice Brown was carving out a nice little niche for herself in the gospel music recording world. As the 1980s rolled around, she had released about nine albums -- one was nominated for a Grammy --...

Letters to GHS

It has been years since Fremont STARS Elementary School teacher Tammy Wallace walked the halls of Goldsboro High School as a student. But that doesn't mean she has forgotten what it was like to hear what others said about her...

Public record

Woman found dead Goldsboro police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman. Dorothy Martin Outlaw Fryar was found dead on Christmas Eve at her home on Alpha Court. Sakina Outlaw, 40, also of Alpha Court, told police she had...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Charity: Need will still exist after the holidays

Two trends at the Goldsboro Community Soup Kitchen: More clients to feed and more court-ordered volunteers to help out, the kitchen's director says. "Right now I've got 15 to 20 (court-ordered) volunteers on my lists, to come in and do...

Helping Hands Mission takes care of 125 with Christmas food baskets

MOUNT OLIVE -- People didn't seem to mind the cold last Monday morning as they waited outside the doors of Helping Hands United Mission while waiting for a basket of food to prepare a traditional Christmas meal. The final...

Honor Society donates flags to classrooms

A professional honor society of women educators is donating North Carolina flags to each fourth-grade class in Wayne County Public Schools. The Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International has purchased the state flags to accompany the U.S. flag already...

Shopping 'til they drop

Parking spaces were at a premium Saturday as shoppers swarmed Wayne County stores in hopes of finding bargains . Shoppers said they were excited about the many sales -- some offering as much as 75 percent off, while store...

Civilian employee earns one of DOD's top honors

In the crack of a tree limb, Greg Hare started toward the ground. "I was shaking pecan trees for a friend. We shook the smallest one first and decided to do the biggest one second," he said. "When the...

Marker notes Cornwallis' crossing

A little known Wayne County historical fact is that during the Revolutionary War, British Gen. Charles Cornwallis passed through the county on his journey that eventually wound up in Battle at Yorktown and the birth of our nation. Historians have...

Workers sought for '10 Census in Wayne

The Census Bureau is looking for people it can count on in the coming year -- to knock on doors and to help ensure Wayne County gets its rightful funding. "Census is coming in 2010, it's constitutionally mandated," said Rob...

Special Olympic athletes bring home medals

Special Olympian Shannon Moore of Wayne County and North Carolina at the Southeast Regional Powerlifting Invitational held in Macon, Ga. He won a gold medal in the bench press, a silver in the dead-lift and a silver in the all-around...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa's helpers: Fremont residents join forces so children have Christmas

After realizing that not one, but both, of her sons received bikes for Christmas, Natasha Artis stood motionless, eyes wide open with tears streaming down her face. "Do you see?" she said, affirming her earlier statement that the Fremont Candy...

Community responds to food drive

When 11-year-old Sam Thacker said he wanted to have "the best food drive ever," he had no idea how close he would actually come. By Wednesday at 1 p.m., after collecting food outside of Brooklyn Pizzeria for only two hours,...

Great Church Giveaway continues success

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive First United Methodist Church followed up its successful Great Church Giveaway of last month on Dec. 19 with a food giveaway. The giveaways are based on Luke 3:11: "If you have two coats,...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Community makes sure 600 children will get gifts

When Operation Transition reached out to the community for last-minute help with the group's toy drive for needy children, people in Goldsboro and far beyond responded in a big way. Last Friday, with days to go before the toy...

Fremont will end breaks for utilities

Rental home owners whose properties are vacant will see an increase in their base utility rates. At a special meeting of the Fremont Board of Aldermen Tuesday night, board members voted 4-1 to do away with the special rental rates...

Travelers prepare to hit the highways

Wayne County residents planning to travel this Christmas will join millions of other North Carolinians on the road. According to AAA Carolinas, about 3 million people from North Carolina are expected to drive more than 50 miles away from home...

Tick-tock, still time to shop

The holiday shopping season is bringing Christmas cheer to some area businesses. Craig Casey, owner of Casey's Florist, said business has been steady so far this year. "Last year was so off," he said. "So far as comparing it...

Former LaGrange employees indicted on larceny, embezzlement

True bills of indictment alleging embezzlement and larceny were returned Dec. 15 by the Lenoir County Grand Jury against two former town of LaGrange employees. Officials in the Lenoir County Clerk of Courts office Wednesday morning said that six...

Area churches busy during Christmas season

Live nativity scenes, Christmas cantatas, visits from Santa and special worship services are just the beginning of Christmas preparations for many Wayne area churches -- church memberships also try to reach outside their doors during the holiday season. "We...

Public records

$10,000 in copper stolen A thief or thieves stole $10,360 worth of copper piping and wiring from a Goldsboro construction site. According to police, the copper was cut from exposed wiring and tubing in an unfinished wall. Daniels and Daniels...

Duplin commission gets results of audit

KENANSVILLE - Duplin County did not have to dip as deeply into its fund balance this year as previously expected, the board of commissioners learned Monday. "We're $2.7 million better off than we would have been," said Dean Horne,...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Local student wants to give back

Sam Thacker received a gift for Christmas Friday. On Wednesday, he wants to give a gift to his community in return. Sam, along with his parents, Melissa and Joseph Thacker, were recommended to the Family Y as being a...

Man is charged with kidnap, rape at local motel

A Goldsboro man has been charged by Goldsboro police with kidnapping and sexual assault. Shonshi Chavez, 21, was charged after his alleged female victim said Monday that she had been kidnapped and assaulted by Chavez. Chavez was jailed in the...

Shagging around the Christmas tree

Santa brought his shagging shoes to the Paramount Theatre on Monday night as The Embers ushered in Christmas to downtown Goldsboro. From the opening number, "I Love Christmas Music," a twist on their signature tune, "I Love Beach Music,"...

Group backs out of DGDC homes

Two organizations that have been heavily involved with downtown revitalization are changing their relationship with Goldsboro, Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. executive director Julie Thompson announced Monday during the City Council's pre-meeting work session. The non-profit Community Self-Help group, which worked...

Oakland VFD received state grant

The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department has received a $3,354.55 grant through the state Volunteer Fire Department Fund. The money will be used to buy equipment. The grant was announced by state Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin The...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tax Office gets set for revaluation

Santa isn't the only person busy checking his list twice. Employees in the Wayne County Tax Office are doing the same as they continue preliminary work to revalue property in the county. Tax Administrator David Ward joked that he...

Stopping lead exposure a county priority

Despite advances in construction safety over the years, some children are still being exposed to levels of lead poisoning created by paint and other building materials, health officials say. But the danger is not just posed by buildings. In...

Personal property tax listing in progress

The tax-listing period for real and personal property in Wayne County will begin Monday, Jan. 4, and continue through Sunday, Jan. 31. Any listing made after the listing period closes will be subject to a penalty of 10 percent...

A view from the North Pole

The Job: Temporary elf The Company: Santa Claus's toy workshop The Location: North Pole First off, before we go too far into this tale of Christmas cheer, don't worry -- Santa's workshop is still intact and his Christmas Eve trip...

Duplin EMS supervisor, firefighter dies at station

A Duplin County EMS paramedic and volunteer firefighter died Sunday morning behind the Pleasant Grove Fire Department, home of EMS Station No. 6, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said this morning. Wallace said that Kurt Price's death was being...

Christmas party

Shante Pearsall, 5, takes a turn at trying to break open a pinata during a Christmas party at the Herman Park Center on Saturday. This was the third annual Christmas Winter Carnival for families sponsored by O and H, "A...

More Christmas closings

State offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Christmas. Federal offices will close Thursday at noon and remain closed Christmas Day. Postal Service offices will be closed on Christmas Day only. Town halls in Pikeville and Fremont will be...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

School district facilities chief on paid leave

Longtime Wayne County Public Schools employee Sprunt Hill has been placed on paid leave, school officials said Saturday. "Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services Sprunt Hill was placed on administrative leave with pay, effective Dec. 18, 2009," school spokeswoman Olivia...

Sheriff's Office IDs victim in cemetery

The body found in Evergreen Cemetery Dec. 3 has been identified as 35-year-old Jamie Lee Hinson of Princeton. Hinson was found beaten to death around 8:45 that morning. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office believes he was last seen around 2...

Last minute hustle, bustle keeps cash registers ringing

Randy McNeil will never get those 30 minutes back. After spending "entirely too much time" smelling different samples of perfume at Belk Department Store in the Berkeley Mall, McNeil said he found one that would make the perfect gift. Unfortunately,...

Former cop will assist witnesses and victims

A new federal grant is helping keep victims of crime and witnesses called to testify in their cases separate in Wayne County courtrooms. The grant money is paying for a court position, a "victim witness legal assistant," who works...

Starting new 'Conversations'

Nancy Black knows what it is like to have a son who battles autism. Daniel, 13, has Asperger Syndrome, and while he is high-functioning, social skills are a challenge. Daniel is one of the fortunate few to still receive...

Local volunteer earns award for efforts on behalf of adult patients

Fran Kasey of Wayne County received the Sara Jo Jackson Advo-cacy Award by the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments during its annual award ceremony at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Mrs. Kasey has served on the Wayne County...

Offices will be closed for most of this week

County and municipal offices as well as banks and the post office will operate on holiday schedules over the next two weeks. Most county offices will be closed Dec. 21 through 25. The tax office, register of deeds and...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Organization needs help getting 400 toys for children

Mary Mosley is hoping for a Christmas miracle for more than 600 needy children in Wayne County. The coordinator of Operation Transition Inc. has just five days to collect more than 400 toys as part of the 501(c)3 non-profit's second...

Pikeville moves to temporary town hall

Come January, Pikeville Town Hall employees will have a new venue. Employees will be moving from the current location to a new 70-foot modular unit by Jan. 22. The move was brought about because of the poor condition of the...

Ready for Christmas break

Mickey Eovine sells a bag of reindeer food to a classmate as his father, Mike, looks on during the Tommy's Road Elementary Mini Society and Market Day on Thursday. The two-month project culminates in the opportunity to put economics into...

Suspect will face murder charge

A 45-year-old Goldsboro man originally charged with involuntary manslaughter was indicted this month on a count of second-degree murder, a far more serious charge. Nathan Hales Faison, of East Walnut Street, allegedly assaulted Gerald Anthony King, an acquaintance, in November...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

County declares itself 'recovery zone'

Wayne County commissioners' decision Tuesday morning to designate the county as a "recovery zone" was motivated by the possibility that a new business could locate a $4.5 million project here. The designation opens the door for the business to...

College students learn about helping others

A group of Northwestern University students are giving up part of their holiday break to learn more about community service programs like WAGES. Dr. Marlee Ray, executive director of WAGES -- Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency -- said she...

Sharing a minute with Santa

Two-year-old Jocelyn Bond smiles during her visit with Santa Claus at the Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro Wednesday. With Christmas just around the corner, shoppers are flooding stores at the mall and around Goldsboro, looking for those last-minute gift items. And...

Details released on plan for schools

KENANSVILLE -- Besides consolidating James Kenan High School and North Duplin Junior/Senior High School, the Duplin County Board of Education hopes to build a new centralized high school and combine E.E. Smith Middle School with Warsaw Middle School. Under the...

Commissioner Keen receives ECU Alumni Award

Wayne County Commissioner Steve Keen has been presented an "Honorary Alumni Award" from East Carolina University. Keen is a member of the board of directors for The Little Bank. He is a member of the Wayne County Planning Board...

H1N1 clinic planned for this Friday

The Health Department continues to vaccinate residents against the flu, with another free H1N1 clinic slated for Friday, Health Director James Roosen told the board Wednesday. "The flu clinic has been extremely complicated because we have got two different vaccines...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Longtime city business plans to close its doors

What started in 1973 as a venture for two former athletes is coming to an end at the start of the year. After 36 years in business, the East Ash Street location of Sportman's World is closing. Owners Jimmy Bryan...

County OKs changes to Planning Board rules

It took county commissioners less than a minute Tuesday morning to give their second and final approval to an amended Planning Board ordinance. The only change to the ordinance was made during the board's briefing session held prior to...

GPD: Hotel deaths were murders

Goldsboro police say all evidence points toward a double homicide in the case of a married couple found dead Monday at a local hotel. Suryakant Patel, 65, and his wife, Bhavanaben Patel, 61, were housekeepers at America's Best Value Inn,...

Schools will merge

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education voted Tuesday to consolidate the North Duplin and James Kenan school districts, also including a section of the B.F. Grady school district in the action. School Board member Emily Manning made the...

SWHS students visited NASA without ever leaving school

Southern Wayne High School science students took a field trip to NASA on a recent Friday afternoon and still made it home in time for dinner. The virtual field trip took place in the school's media center as 45...

Goldsboro man charged with rape

A 22-year-old Goldsboro man faces a count of second-degree rape after an investigation into the alleged assault of a 19-year-old female victim, city police said Wednesday. Shane Allen Moore of Wharton Lane, was released under a $25,000 unsecured bond after...

NAACP says it is moving forward with school suit

RALEIGH -- An NAACP delegation that traveled to Washington D.C. to plead its case alleging resegregation in Wayne County Public Schools held another press conference Tuesday, but is still not talking about the particulars of the complaint the organization...

Sieger thankful for time as Pikeville mayor

PIKEVILLE -- Former mayor Herb Sieger sat in his old office for one of the last times recently, remembering his eight years of service to the town of Pikeville. Sieger, 87, was originally elected as a commissioner in 2001...

H1N1 flu vaccine clinics scheduled

A free H1N1 vaccine clinic will be held Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Health Department, 301 N. Herman St. No appointment is necessary and the clinic is open to everyone. In order to...

Andy Anderson honored for transportation work

Wayne County Commissioner Wilbur "Andy" Anderson has been honored for his decades of leadership and for his efforts that helped lead to the four-laning of U.S. 117 between Goldsboro and Wilson. In recognition of those efforts, Anderson was presented...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pikeville store hit; robberies might be linked

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville police responded to an armed robbery call Sunday night at the Dollar General in town. According to Police Chief Pascal Tucker, three men entered the store between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. and demanded an employee go...

Contractors donate prep for Kitty Askins project

Chuck Allen remembers the first time he walked through Kitty Askins Hospice Center. He was there to visit Hal Plonk, who served as Goldsboro's mayor for 22 years until his death in December 2001. "When you need this place ......

Court blocks release -- Kinston man's murderer among those on list

A Goldsboro man convicted in the 1975 shooting of a Kinston man came within an hour of being released Monday -- after a court decision challenging his life sentence. Alford Jones, who was convicted of shooting insurance salesman William B....

Couple found dead in Goldsboro motel

Two hotel workers were found dead in their hotel room at America's Best Value Inn on U.S. 70 Bypass East on Monday morning, both victims of an apparent homicide. Suryakant Patel, 65, and his wife, Bhavanaben Patel, 61, were...

Public record

Church 'ransacked' Goldsboro police say St. Luke United Methodist Church on East Pine Street was reportedly broken into through a side door sometime over the weekend, and at least one office was ransacked. An office door was forced open after...

B&G Club to hold LISTENing Party Wednesday

The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County will be one of the sites for an educational campaign launched by comedian Bill Cosby, with a LISTENing Party planned for youths this week. The comedian/educator's latest CD Project, "Bill Cosby...

Monday, December 14, 2009

UPDATED: Names released in double homicide

State and local law enforcement authorities are on the scene of an apparent double homicide at America's Best Value Inn, 701 E. U.S. 70 Bypass. Authorities say a married couple, Suryakant Patel, 65, and his wife, Bhavanaben Patel, 61, were...

Workin' it -- Eureka ... it's a parade

The Job: Parade coordinator The Company: Town of Eureka Christmas Parade Committee The Location: Streets of Eureka I would like to take a cue from Tiger Woods and issue an apology from me to the Town of Eureka: I'm sorry...

SWHS teens die in crash

GRANTHAM -- Two teen-agers died in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on Stevens Mill Road about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said this morning. Lisa Myers, 17, of Dobbersville Road, and Tyler Brewer, 15, of the Mount Olive...

Former O'Berry director retires to a new mission

Dr. Frank Farrell enjoyed working at O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center for 34 years, with little thought of retiring. But a mission trip to Bolivia changed all that. On Sept. 30, he received the state's Order of the Long Leaf...

WATCH receives state recertification

Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, WATCH, has received its third recertification as a Health Carolinians partnership by the Governor's Task Force for Healthy Carolinians. Healthy Carolinians is based on the concept that community members are the most qualified...

County will take vote on changes

Wayne County Commissioners Tuesday morning are expected to take their second and final vote on an amended Planning Board ordinance. The ordinance passed it first reading 5-2 last month. Meanwhile, as commissioners continue their revamp of the Planning Board,...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Perdue makes stop at Seymour Johnson AFB

Gov. Bev Perdue declined to comment on the NAACP's charge that Wayne County Public Schools is operating a segregated school district during a press conference on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday morning. But she did acknowledge that the quality...

Special thanks to ESF volunteers

* Goldsboro Woman's Club -- For doing all the toy shopping and stocking stuffing as well as directing the setup and cleanup. And, most importantly, for making sure every child got to see Santa Claus. * Goldsboro chapter, Continental Societies...

Goldsboro Jaycees lead annual city parade

Sitting under a blanket sprawled across his -- and his sister, Trashana's -- lap along the Center Street sidewalk Saturday evening, 4-year-old LaTroy Harper sported a grin when a fire truck slowly rolled through his line of sight. "Look...

Sharing Christmas: Empty Stocking Fund Party 2009

His eyes fixated on a mass of remote-controlled cars, action figures, roller skates and other toys, Jacob threw his hands into the air. "This is so cool," the 6-year-old said. "You mean, I can pick anything I want?" "Just one,"...

Goldsboro police dogs take round of certification exams

Getting a police dog certified is anything but a certainty, and failure can mean the dogs' noses might be harder to use as evidence if they are used to find narcotics and suspects. Goldsboro's four canine-handling officers know that, they...

WORKS program honored

County Commissioner Chairman Bud Gray said he wasn't surprised when he was told the Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success, or WORKS, program had been recognized by an international organization comprised of economic developers and associates. Gray said he...

Schools earn good marks for energy use

Wayne County Public Schools has been named an Energy Star Leader for demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs. Ten district schools have also earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating. The schools...

Students turn tassels

MOUNT OLIVE -- More than 280 students graduated Saturday from Mount Olive College at the school's 56th winter commencement. Eric Christian Bourgeois of Goldsboro, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in biology, was honored with the Dr. Thomas...

Real estate company collects more than 900 pounds of food for needy pets

Goldsboro company Prudential The McMillen Real Estate Group in conjunction with the Wayne County Humane Society collected more than 900 pounds of food for needy pets during their recently concluded pet pantry food drive. The pet food drive, which ran...

Grant money for faith-based and community groups

Smart Choices for Youth is now able to provide grants to faith-based and community organizations. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $15,000. Money must be used for capacity building and sustainability purposes and an application is required. The program...

Duplin County schools get help with superintendent search

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education will have help in finding a new superintendent for the school system. Board members have decided to ask the North Carolina Association of School Boards to assist in the process. Allison...

Friday, December 11, 2009

WAGES gets funds to weatherize homes

Wayne County will benefit from the president's stimulus package, with a portion being received for use by the Weatherization Assistance Program at WAGES. Part of the American Recovery and Reconciliation Act, which is the stimulus package, will be parceled out...

Christmas Parade route has changed for Saturday

The parade route for this year's Goldsboro Jaycees Christmas Parade has been changed slightly, according to organizers. The parade will be held Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. These blocks will be eliminated from the parade route: 100 West Walnut,...

They love a parade: Parkstown marks Christmas

Members of the Eastern Wayne High School Marching Band perform during the Parkstown Christmas Parade on Thursday afternoon. Once billed as "the biggest little parade in the world," the event that was resurrected several years ago drew hundreds of people...

Hospital to expand ER

Wayne Memorial Hospital is hoping to expand its emergency department by 2011. The hospital has filed an application with the Certificate of Need Section of the state Division of Health Service Regulation to expand the emergency department and to get...

Duplin Board of Education takes look at building plans

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education was under pressure Wednesday night to decide on a facilities construction plan that could take advantage of more than $6 million in economic stimulus tax credits. Robert Ferris, chief executive officer...

Communications director resigns

Wayne County is looking for a new emergency communications director to replace Delbert Edwards, who resigned from that post Nov. 18. County Manager Lee Smith said he could not discuss the resignation since it is a personnel matter. "We...

Wells Fargo supporting Soup Kitchen

Wells Fargo Advisors of Goldsboro announced this week that through the holiday season and the coming year it will be providing support to the Community Soup Kitchen. And helping to provide that support is a $3,500 grant from The...

Gov. Perdue holds press conference on SJAFB

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue spoke to the media for a few minutes this morning after touring Seymour Johnson Air Force Base with 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark Kelly, elected officials and other distinguished guests. Among other things, Perdue...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Re-enactment canceled due to soggy ground

A long-awaited re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Goldsborough Bridge planned for this weekend has been canceled. Organizers said they hope to be able to reschedule the event for early next year but that recent rains have left...

Santa Claus is coming ... to the Cliffs

Cliffs of the Neuse employees Allan Alligood, left, Mike Spencer, William Davis and Park Ranger Candace Rose decorate a kayak for the second annual flotilla and Christmas tree lighting to be held Friday evening at the state park near Seven...

Wayne County Health Department will charge for vaccines

Several vaccines for children will no longer be offered free through the Health Department, officials have announced. The change, which went into effect Dec. 1, is being blamed on federal funding issues affecting the state's immunization program. "They're getting...

Governor is coming to Seymour Johnson AFB

Gov. Bev Perdue will visit Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday morning, officials from the 4th Fighter Wing confirmed late Wednesday. No detail on the reason for her stop has been released, however, the governor is expected to hold a...

Walnut Creek had to euthanize pesky Canada geese

This past summer wasn't good for the goose or the gander at Walnut Creek. In June, the Village of Walnut Creek, along with the USDA, rounded up and euthanized 119 geese from its property. According to Town Administrator Lou Cook,...

Killer seeks release

A Goldsboro man convicted of the mid-1970s murder of a Kinston insurance salesman is one of the prisoners now fighting for his release -- the result of a court decision that is testing the meaning of a "life" sentence in...

Alcohol sales tax hike could affect ABC stores

The increase in the state alcohol sales excise tax might benefit its bottom line, but it could end up taking a $200,000 bite out of local revenues, said Mike Myrick, Wayne ABC Board business manager. Wayne County generated $6.6...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gov. Perdue to visit Seymour Johnson AFB Friday

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue will visit Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday morning, officials from the 4th Fighter Wing confirmed Wednesday. No detail on the reason for her stop has been released, however, the governor is expected to hold...

Commission gets plats

The Wayne County Planning Board approved four subdivision plats and one mobile home park plat at its meeting Tuesday night. Until recently, that would have been all that was necessary for the projects to proceed. But since the county...

All lit up for the holidays

HOPING FOR A PARADE: The lights that illuminate the downtown Goldsboro streets cast a warm holiday glow across the city. Residents are hoping that one of the annual highlights of the Christmas season, the Goldsboro Jaycees Christmas Parade, will be...

Fremont electric rate to go up 4 percent

Beginning in January, Fremont residents will see a 4-percent increase in their electric rates. The Fremont Town Board narrowly approved the increase at its meeting Tuesday night. Aldermen Al Lewis, Annie Lewis and Leon Mooring voted in favor of...

The Embers will perform to benefit needy kids

When Bobby Tomlinson was a fifth-grader in the Goldsboro school system, he heard an announcement come over the school address system inviting students to show up at the gymnasium the next day to try out for the band. Growing...

County officials weren't notified of call center closing

The closing late last month of a downtown Goldsboro call center has led to the loss of 54 jobs. CDG Management, a New Jersey-based company, notified the Department of Commerce that the center would close as of Nov. 27....

Willie Nelson coming to Duplin

Legendary country music star Willie Nelson will perform at the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville on Thursday, Jan. 28. Showtime is 7:30, with doors opening at 6:30. Reserved seat tickets for "Willie Nelson & Family" are available online...

WCC recognized for training efforts

Wayne Community College was recently recognized for providing training for dislocated and disadvantaged adults. At its annual recognition banquet, the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board honored the college for "outstanding performance in the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated...

WCC gets grant to improve aviation systems offerings

Wayne Community College has been awarded a $550,000 grant to enhance its aviations systems technology program. The grant is part of a $4.2 million award from the Golden LEAF Foundation to address some of North Carolina's urgent work force...

Clarification

In the information listed in the Nov. 29 edition of the News-Argus about the Parkstown Christmas Parade, the late Linwood Earl Rowe was incorrectly listed as serving as the honorary marshal. The parade, instead, will pay special tribute to Rowe,...

ARC Bank Challenge set for Thursday

On Thursday, the sixth annual Bank Challenge at the Red Cross Office on George Street will be held. This will be the sixth year that financial institutions from across Wayne County have come together to donate blood. Any employee,...

Goldsboro parade, park jingle set for Saturday

The Goldsboro Christmas Parade, postponed until this Saturday because of bad weather last week, isn't the only holiday happening that will take place downtown that day. Saturday is also the day for Jingle in the Park, a festival sponsored...

NAACP reps head to D.C. to discuss school suit

The lawsuit against Wayne County Public Schools will pick up steam later this week as members of the NAACP travel to Washington D.C. to debate allegations of resegregation and the right to equality in education. The Rev. Dr. William...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Month left before taxes overdue

Wayne County taxpayers have about a month left in which to pay their 2009 property taxes without facing any penalties. The deadline is Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. The late penalty starts the next day. Residents who plan to...

Deer brag nets pair hefty fine

Two teenagers have been charged with "night deer hunting," a misdemeanor, after their kill was seized from a local taxidermist's office, a wildlife enforcement officer said. Wildlife Enforcement Officer Joshua Hudson said Jorden Robert Owens, of Goldsboro, and Victor Ian...

Duplin will spend $757,000 on school repair

KENANSVILLE - Duplin County Schools may use $727,000 in local funding to upgrade and repair the county schools' technological infrastructure, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners decided Monday. The money, already budgeted to the schools as capital reserve, is integral...

Is the Rec Center back on track?

No more than an hour after representatives from an investment advisory firm told Goldsboro City Council members a $12 million Recreation Center was manageable, the board voted to appropriate more than $340,000 toward the project -- money that will go...

Kiwanis club holds annual Christmas present auction

The Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro continued its holiday tradition with an auction of Christmas presents at the meeting at Lane Tree Golf Club on Monday night. Wrapped presents were auctioned by auctioneer Rick Smith, bringing in about over $460. There...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Workin' It - Wrestling needles ... for kids

The Job: Tree lot worker The Company: Goldsboro Optimist Club Tree Lot The Location: Goldsboro My muscles and I are currently not on speaking terms. "If you keep carrying trees like that, you're not going to be able to...

Officials waiting for DNA of victim

Investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office are "99 percent sure" they have identified a victim found dead in Evergreen Cemetery last week, but are waiting on DNA testing to officially release the name, a Sheriff's Office captain said...

New director takes job at O'Berry Center

A new director has been appointed at O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, following the Oct. 1 retirement of Dr. Frank Farrell, who worked there 34 years. Deborah Exum, assistant to the director at O'Berry for the past three years, is the...

Communities in Schools serves 1,000th student

Nearly 10 years after being introduced in Wayne County, Teen Court has reached a significant milestone -- serving its 1,000 client. The program came to Wayne County after Sudie Davis, director of Communities in Schools, learned of a prototype in...

State warns of H1N1 email scam

RALEIGH -- The state Division of Public Health has received reports that scam artists are sending fraudulent emails about H1N1 flu vaccinations to anyone with an email address to try to steal personal information from them and/or to cause...

Counties receive money to fund highway work

Duplin and Sampson counties will share in an $8.4 million transportation project to aid in the state's economic recovery, said state Rep. Larry Bell of Clinton. The money will be spent to pay for widening and resurfacing nine miles...

Girl Scouts face adult leader shortage

Girl Scout enrollment is going strong -- it's the need for adult leadership that presents a problem. "We have a lot of girls. It's the adults that we want to have," said Grazia Mostella, membership executive for Girls Scouts of...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Recreation Center back on council agenda

The on-again, off-again Recreation Center project will be back on the Goldsboro City Council agenda Monday. The change comes just two months after the Recreation Center Committee met at City Hall to discuss the fact that the same economic climate...

Pancakes raise money for Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County held its annual pancake breakfast Saturday to raise money for the club's youth program operations. For just $5, hungry patrons could support the club and have all the hand-cooked pancakes and...

Security tightened in clerk's office

Security for the Wayne County Clerk of Courts office tightened this week, the result of a security study that raised concerns about unchecked access to the facility. After years of unlocked doors and almost completely unrestricted entry to the court...

County teachers take home 24 chamber mini-grants

Santa came early this year, with 24 mini-grants presented to teachers at 10 schools on Friday. The Business and Education Partnership, a committee of the Wayne Education Network sponsored by the Wayne Charitable Partnership and the Wayne County Chamber...

Tuscarora Scouts hold reunin, centennial kickoff

Tuscarora Council Boy Scouts of all ages converged on Wayne Community College Saturday to hold a reunion -- and to get a head start on celebrating the Scouts' national centennial, which will be observed next year. More than 300...

Bailey's Jewelry observes 50th anniversary

A gem of a business in Goldsboro is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. Bailey's Jewelry of Goldsboro, located at 1209 N. Berkeley Blvd., was first opened in 1959 by Thurman Bailey. Today, the business is run by Alan...

Study aimed at creating county 'brand'

BY STEVE HERRING News-Argus Staff Writer Wayne County and Goldsboro are known for "unequaled" barbecue, a world-renowned Air Force base and a sense of "spirited giving," of rallying around causes and helping those in need. In others words, it is...

Holidays increase needs at Social Services

Christmas is a busy time for the Wayne County Department of Social Services -- but the needs of the people the agency serve continue year-round, says Director Debbie Jones. The agency has been fortunate this year, she said, with...

Red Cross volunteers honored

A 28-year volunteer with the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross received the group's top award at a recognition ceremony Thursday. Roberto Mendoza was named the recipient of the Mary C. Norwood Volunteer of the Year Award for...

CCOG gives back to community

Because of a simple desire to help youngsters at Christmas, more than 40 foster children's holiday were brightened Saturday with the gift of shoes, coats and toys. For the past seven years, Chevrolet-Cadillac of Goldsboro has, without fanfare, sponsored...

Pension fund could cost county

An increase in the amount Wayne County has to contribute to the North Carolina Local Government Retire-ment System could cost the county about $480,000 annually -- or just under one pen-ny on the current tax rate. The cities of...

Rain didn't stop these parades

Drizzling rain and cold weather Saturday didn't dampen the Christmas spirit in Wayne County as hundreds of people turned out for local holiday parades. Fremont was one of two towns in the area that decided to proceed with its...

Friday, December 4, 2009

WATCH reports more patients served in '09

Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, or WATCH, has had a good year, its leadership says. The program, begun nearly a dozen years ago to provide medical services for the uninsured and underinsured, expanded to a second clinic this year....

United Way extends county campaign

Click. That was all it took for Heidi Swisher to realize she had won a new car. "All I heard was the click and I thought, 'Oh my God,'" she said shortly after discovering she had the winning key that...

In LaGrange, keeping an eye out for Santa

11-month-old Jade Bright sits with her father, Joshua, inside his pickup truck as they wait for the start of the LaGrange Christmas parade Thursday....

Mount Olive says parade is still on

The Mount Olive Christmas Parade will be held as planned starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The decision was announced this morning following a meeting of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the parade. The Mount Olive...

Parents say boys need special attention now

MOUNT OLIVE -- There is a "boy crisis" in Wayne County Public Schools and a need to develop strategies to address underachieving male students, said parents and community members gathered for this year's first Kitchen Table Conversation. Thursday evening's event...

Jaycees postpone parade

Threat of rain has prompted members of the Goldsboro Jaycees to postpone its annual Christmas Parade. The event, scheduled for Saturday in downtown Goldsboro, will now be held Dec. 12, officials from the organization said. No other details have been...

Officials eye cause of death

PRINCETON -- An autopsy of an unidentified man found dead Tuesday morning in Evergreen Cemetery is scheduled for today in Chapel Hill, authorities said. Capt. Tom Effler said there are currently no suspects in the case, which is being...

Public record

Missing Goldsboro police are looking for a 14-year-old girl who has been reported missing. Ashley Pacheco is described as black with black hair and brown eyes, 5-feet-3 inches tall and 160 pounds. She has been missing since Tuesday and was...

Pair shares message with citizens

Make today a good day. That is the message Ivan Davis and Patricia Banks were sending commuters along Berkeley Boulevard Thursday. The two smiled and waved at passers-by and took turns wearing a "Be Encouraged" sign. "It's an encouragement," Davis...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rosewood principal defends fundraiser

For the first time since Rosewood Middle School made headlines for its "cash for grades" fundraiser, a parent and the former principal have spoken out about the intent of the idea. Nearly two dozen people from Rosewood showed up for...

Grantham leaders named tops in district for 2009

Two administrators at Grantham School have taken leadership honors for the district. Lisa Tart, principal, was named Wachovia Principal of the Year for 2009-10, and assistant principal Youlonda Wynn was named assistant principal of the year for Wayne County Public...

License plate holders must meet guidelines

The popular decorative frames that people put around their vehicle's license plate could end up costing them $100. A new law went into effect Tuesday that requires the state's name across the bottom of the plate as well as...

Motorcycle riders protest helmet rule

Motorcycle and ATV riders need helmets to participate in Goldsboro's Christmas parade this year, a decision that is upsetting some area motorcycle club members, an organizer says. Police Maj. Mike Hopper said the new requirement is a response to aggressive...

County has H1N1, seasonal flu shots

The Wayne County Health Department has 4,000 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine and received 320 more doses of the injectable seasonal flu vaccine this week, which will be available to the public while supplies last. Health Director James Roosen said...

Suspect will face second sex charge

DUDLEY -- An Emmaus Church Road man accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl has been charged with another sex offense, allegedly with a 3-year-old female, authorities said. Wayne County Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Tammy Odom charged David Arron Roberts,...

Wesleyan's Estes honored

Laura Estes, assistant director of North Carolina Wesleyan College's Adult Degree Program in Goldsboro, recently received the Distinguished Staff Award at Wesleyan's annual service awards ceremony held in Rocky Mount. Wesleyan Vice President of Finance and Administration Loren Loomis...

Public record

Armed robbery An Old Smithfield Road man reported being robbed of $570 cash at gunpoint at the intersection of Evans Road and Ebenezer Church Road, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. A male unknown to the victim, Rocky...

Body found in cemetery

Wayne County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the discovery of a body at Evergreen Cemetery on U.S. 70 West as a possible homicide, said Capt. Tom Effler. Cemetery employees discovered the body of a white man when they came to...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wayne jobless rate steady

For the second month in a row, the county's unemployment rate remained steady at 8.8 percent. The rate is a decrease from August's unemployment rate of 8.9 percent. Bill Pate, of the Unemployment Security Commission, said he was surprised...

Commission OKs new Planning Board rules

Wayne County commissioners refused Tuesday morning to remove wording from the new county Planning Board ordinance giving them the power to dismiss those board members, but they did agree to soften it somewhat. However, even that failed to convince...

NAACP says complaint was unavoidable

The state NAACP has filed a complaint against Wayne County Public Schools alleging resegregation and unconstitutional practices. The Rev. Dr. William Barber, state president of the NAACP, said the complaint was filed Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil...

Human error caused F-15E crash

Air Force officials released Tuesday a detailed report from an Accident Investi-gation Board convened shortly after a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base F-15E Strike Eagle crashed in Afghanistan July 18. And the six-man board -- an F-15E pilot, physiologist, medical...

Officials: Traffic problems up over weekend

Minor and serious accidents plagued the holiday weekend, killing one man and injuring others. On Thanksgiving Day, around 2:40 a.m., Ronald Horner III, 21, of Spotslvania, Va. drove a Saturn car off of Old Mill Road, Highway Patrol First...

Duplin school board hears more about facility capacity study

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education elected new leaders Tuesday night and announced that the North Carolina School Boards Association will assist in the search for a new superintendent. James Kenan will serve as chairman and Chuck...

Group questions commissioners' property ownership

An attorney representing a taxpayers group Tuesday morning accused Commissioner Jack Best and Goldsboro Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Allen of failing to disclose conflicts of interest and of using their influence to steer public transportation projects to their own gain....

Longtime county leader dies

Longtime county commissioner and school board member Atlas Price, 79, died Tuesday at his home in Seven Springs. Price, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year, was remembered as a dedicated public servant who always had the county's...

GHS supporters ask for support, not just criticism

Goldsboro High School is not a bad apple and the community should be more supportive of the school and its students, said a contingent of parents speaking before the school board Tuesday night. The group filled half the board room,...

Schools to close early in anticipation of inclement weather

Wayne County Schools officials have announced all schools will close two hours early today due to anticipated deteriorating weather conditions. Storms moving into the area have the potential to produce heavy rains, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. All after-school...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

School discussion reset for Thursday

The Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps Task Force Information Session and Kitchen Table Conversation that was canceled due to weather Nov. 12, has been rescheduled for Thursday. The information session and Kitchen Table Conversation are open to parents who...

Still on that shore

GRIFTON -- Most who look up Woodrow Casey's driveway and across the street see a rather simple field -- a highway farther off in the distance. But with his 87-year-old eyes squinting just right Monday afternoon, the Army veteran saw...

I-795 repair cost won't slow bypass work

Progress on the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass will not be endangered by the state's decision to charge Wayne, Wilson and four other counties with the $12 million cost of repairing a crumbling Interstate 795. State officials said earlier this...

NAACP: City schools segregated

RALEIGH -- Wayne County Public Schools is operating a school district that defies the U.S. Supreme Court's mandate of desegregation, the state NAACP says. The organization's president, The Rev. Dr. William Barber of Goldsboro, said at a press conference in...