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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow watch

Work is continuing today to spread salt brine on county highways in advance of an approaching storm that is expected to drop between a dusting to an inch of snow on the area by Friday morning. No advisories or...

Pitt County hunts for lost drug-sniffing dog

A 3-year-old black Labrador retriever went missing Friday in the Mar Mac area, but the runaway pooch is no ordinary family pet. Felix, a working search dog from the Pitt County Sheriff's Office K9 unit, escaped last week. The dog...

Courthouse offices get new telephone numbers

Residents who have business with the offices in the Wayne County Courthouse might want to check the number before they call. Numbers at the courthouse were changed just prior to Christmas as part of the state's plans to install...

Duplin tax collections on track, officials say

KENANSVILLE -- The deadline passed Monday for paying taxes on property and motor vehicles in Duplin County. The county finance office does not yet have the official collection numbers for the year, but will likely have the information by next...

Census accuracy critical for funding eligibility

Wayne County could lose up to $2 million annually in sales tax revenues should the upcoming census fail to obtain an accurate count of the county's population, County Manager Lee Smith said. Smith said he has heard of counties...

Neal seeks change of venue

An attorney for William J. Neal, whose client stands accused of a 1987 rape that sent the wrong man to prison for 18-plus years, argued Wednesday that a fair trial is impossible in Wayne County -- and filed a...

Wilson highway contracts awarded

A Wilson County highway project is among 34 contracts totaling more than $107 million announced Monday by Gov. Bev Perdue. The contracts awarded for highway and bridge projects across the state include 13 projects funded through the American Recovery...

Re-enactment tickets are on sale for Bentonville

FOUR OAKS -- Advance tickets are now available for purchase for the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville, which is slated for March 20-21 at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. Advance tickets -- purchased before March 1 -- are...

Lee-Jackson Banquet Jan. 16

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual Lee-Jackson Banquet Jan. 16 to honor the memory of famed Confederate generals, Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The event, to be held at the Steak Barn on U.S. 70...

Miss Johnston County pageant set for Feb. 20

The Miss Johnston County Scholarship Organization is now accepting contestants for the 2010 Miss Johnston County Scholarship Pageant and the 2010 Johnston County's and Garner's Outstanding Teen Pageants. Both pageants will be held on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at...

Suspicious fires investigated

GRANTHAM -- Two suspicious fires, which admittedly caused little damage, still have Wayne County Sheriff's Office authorities concerned, Capt. Tom Effler said. Authorities hope a potential witness will come forward with information leading to an arrest in the two fires,...