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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Davis proposes solution to tanker deal debate

Since 2003, the Pentagon has tried, and failed, to replace the Air Force's aging KC-135 air refueling tankers with new models. Now, with controversy unfolding again and a contract expected to be awarded by September, state Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene,...

Local election primary filing period ends quietly

Filing for the 2010 elections ended Friday, with only a handful of local seats in contention. In Wayne County races, contests for sheriff and the districts 5 and 6 seats on the school board are being contested. District attorney,...

Wayne County Reads campaign finale Monday

The finale of the annual "Wayne County Reads" campaign will be held Monday night at the county Arts Council. Winners in the "What Book Would You Save?" contest will read their entries at a reception beginning at 7 p.m....

Schools an asset, not liability for BRAC, superintendent says

Despite claims that the state of Goldsboro High School would present a problem for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in the event of another round of base closures, Wayne County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor said the county school...

City sees drop in crime in 2009

The city of Goldsboro's crime statistics held a number of surprises and seeming contradictions in 2009 -- one of the most notable being the lowest number of reportable major crimes in four out of the last five years, police Chief...

MOPD looks for leads in beating death

Mount Olive police are still looking for leads to identify a man found mortally wounded on Kelly Street early last Monday, Police Chief Ralph Schroeder said. Police still have only the man's first name -- "Arturo" -- provided by the...

Before the next BRAC

The most formidable acronym in Wayne County still lingers in the minds of local leaders who know its return is inevitable.                     To them, BRAC means far more than Base Realignment and Closure Commission. It represents their greatest fear: That Seymour...

Parade celebrates Black History Month

MOUNT OLIVE -- Thousands turned out Saturday afternoon to celebrate the contributions and honor the struggles of black Americans at the second annual Mount Olive Unity group Black History Month Parade. About 3,000 people lined the town's streets for the...

Friday, February 26, 2010

United Way ends campaign year; supporters thanked

After a year that yielded a less than stellar campaign drive and concerns about funding levels for some of the community organizations it serves, the United Way volunteers gathered Thursday to recognize those who persevered during what officials called...

Two blood drives planned to honor young leukemia patient, blood donor

When Goldsboro native Mary Littleton saw her son's lab results, she knew even before the doctor said a word that her 2-year-old had leukemia. After seven transfusions, Mary and her husband, Eric, also from Goldsboro, are thankful for the donated...

City man jailed on sexual assault charge

A Goldsboro man was being held in the Wayne County Jail this morning under a $1 million bond charged with a felony sex offense against an 8-year-old girl, Goldsboro police said. Tony McKinney, 56, of Fairview Circle, faces a...

Commissioners set sights on new building plans

Wayne County commissioners Thursday morning were briefed on a proposed $146 million preliminary capital improvements plan that includes new homes for the Health Department, Services on Aging and county jail as well as school and library projects. The plan...

Benefit concert planned for wheelchair hockey team

Independent rock band Airiel Down will be performing a benefit concert for the N.C. Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association at the Paramount Theatre Tuesday. Proceeds from the event will help pay travel expenses for the Carolina Fury Powerhockey Team to...

Pate resigns advisory post

After more than 30 years of service to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the city, county and state that call it home, local military advocate Troy Pate Jr. has submitted his resignation to Gov. Beverly Perdue. Pate, who...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Road cost shift has counties concerned

The looming legislative short session is expected to be something of a wild card as Wayne County government leaders begin an already challenging budget process. "I think we are doing the right (budget) things," County Manager Lee Smith said. "We...

Schools need more mentors

Volunteers and mentors are making a difference at Goldsboro High School, but more are still needed, several said during a celebratory luncheon at the school Wednesday. Communities in Schools Director Sudie Davis said an estimated 60 volunteers have stepped forward...

Celebrating black history

Daejahne Edwards dances with her classmates during Mount Olive Middle School's celebration of Black History Month. Negro League Player Hubert Wooten and State Sen. Don Davis spoke to the students on the importance of hard work and doing their school...

Heath seeks another term

District Court Judge Beth Heath has announced she will seek re-election to another term in the 8th Judicial District that includes Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties. In 2002, Heath became the first woman elected to the 8th Judicial District...

Woman injured in wreck

A woman was seriously injured and two others were also taken to the hospital after an early morning crash at Hare and Tommy's roads, fire and Highway Patrol personnel at the scene said. A person familiar with the accident...

Legislator pens protest ode about Willie's band's arrest

Musicians, marijuana, moonshine and revenuers -- sounds like something Willie Nelson might sing about. "He came from Abbott, Texas all the way to Caroline "A place called Duplin County where we grow and drink the wine. "The law converged...

Franklin to speak about African American museum

Former Smithsonian program manager and curator John W. Franklin will give a special Black History Month presentation tomorrow at the Wayne County Museum. Franklin specializes in the history and traditions of communities of the African Diaspora. He has previously developed...

Tickets on sale now for 145th anniversary of Battle of Bentonville

FOUR OAKS -- Advance tickets for North Carolina's largest Civil War re-enactment, the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville slated for March 20-21, are still available, but organizers report that tickets are selling at more than twice the...

May primary election filing deadline is Friday

The deadline for filing for the May primary is noon Friday. Incumbents in the district and state partisan seats who are up for re-election include: District Attorney Branny Vickory; Sheriff Carey Winders; Clerk of Superior Court Pam Minshew; District...

Police raid home, find ecstasy and cocaine

An East Walnut Street woman had more than a quarter-pound of cocaine, 155 "ecstasy" pills and a little less than three ounces of marijuana when police raided her home on Wednesday morning, according to a report. Vanity Starlene Wyche,...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tucker says he won't run again

Duplin County Democrat Russell Tucker says he will not seek a sixth term in the North Carolina House. Tucker, of Pink Hill, announced Monday his plans to retire from the Legislature at the end of the year to spend more...

Mount Olive police find man beaten on street

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Hispanic man found injured on Kelly Street early on Monday morning later died of his injuries, and police are struggling to identify him. Police Chief Ralph Schroeder said police only have a first name, "Arturo,"...

Movie tells story of former plantation owner, emancipation

Larry Monk's great-grandmother told him stories about a Fayetteville slaveholding family, headed by a man named Archibald Monk, that gave the Monk slave descendants their name. Now, through research and a little creative license, Monk's company, Fifth Sun Media,...

County gets ready to talk budget

Wayne County commissioners will be asked Thursday if they can think of any areas the county needs to be working on that aren't currently being addressed. That question and others will be posed during the afternoon session of their...

Duplin road work to begin March 22

Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro will resurface 20 miles of Interstate 40, from mile market 369 in Duplin County to mile marker 389 in Pender County. The road improvement project is one of 43 contracts for highway and bridge...

Mount Olive College hosts second choirfest

Carol Riggs swept onto the stage, standing to the side of the grand piano as she addressed the Goldsboro High School choir. "Have you read the words? Are they a part of you?" she asked, launching into a multifaceted...

Massey honored for years of work, support of local, state, national Granges

DUDLEY -- Lloyd Massey was praised Tuesday night as a mainstay of the local, state and national Grange organizations and whose legacy will help keep that organization going. State Grange President Jimmy Gentry of Statesville was as at the...

Southern Wayne students get help on Habitat house

There's a house going up next to Southern Wayne High School, a future Habitat for Humanity home that 80 students at the school have been working on. John Gerken runs the school's Construction Academy, which he said he developed...

Stop the Funeral showing film tracing Obama's path to victory in North Carolina

The Stop the Funeral Initiative and its covenant partners, in recognition of the importance of Black History Month, will host a viewing of Cash Michaels' film "Obama in N.C. -- The Pathway to History" It will be shown tonight...

B.F. Grady Elementary second area school to win this year

ALBERTSON -- B.F. Grady Elementary is the fourth eastern North Carolina school in two years to win $100,000 from the U.S. Cellular "Calling All Communities" campaign. Students, faculty and parents screamed in surprise Tuesday as more than 100 U.S. Cellular...

Another Dollar General robbed

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the third robbery of a Dollar General store since November 2009, Capt. Tom Effler said this morning. Effler said that the Dollar General at 2469 U.S. 117 South was robbed by three...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Livestock Association honors top local producer at meeting

More than 130 people attended the Wayne County Livestock Development Association's 62nd annual meeting Monday night. At the meeting, local farmer Randy Alan Gray, of Circle G Farm, received the Outstanding Livestock Producer Award. Agriculture Extension Agent Eileen Coite...

Panel shares thoughts on technology in 'Fahrenheit 451'

MOUNT OLIVE -- Using technology or rewriting history to either enslave or control the populace are hallmarks of "Fahrenheit 451," Ray Bradbury's dystopic vision of the future. That observation and how that classic novel fits into the science fiction...

Showing off their stuff

WAYNE EARLY MIDDLE OPEN HOUSE: Dave Thomas laughs at the "man on Mars" response to his question on whether or not they play football on Mars as Thomas is shown the Google Earth program by Alanna Corbett during the open...

Weather takes toll on blood donations

The holidays and severe winter weather have taken their toll on the country's blood supply, although donations in Wayne County seem to be holding steady, local Red Cross officials announced this week. Supplies were dangerously low nationwide and across the...

Graduation requirements change

Students need to be better prepared for the future, whether they go on to college or directly into the work force. So, starting with this year's freshman class, all high school students must have four math credits to graduate. Previously,...

Optimist Club announces oratorical contest

Optimist Club of Goldsboro members are encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic of "The Internet: Today's Evolution or Tomorrow's Menace?" as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for 2010. The Optimist Club will judge the...

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Plow accident autopsy State officials have completed the autopsy of a Clingman Street man who was killed by a snowplow while walking on U.S. 70 near N.C. 581. Marc Glenn Walston, 21, died of multiple traumas consistent with being struck...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Flirting with spring

Paul Randolph, 7, plays "Smash 'em" with his father, Kevin (not pictured) on Sunday with the temperature in the mid 60s at Herman Park. "I'm glad it's dry," Kevin Randolph said. It may not be dry this afternoon, with the...

Heart disease support group seeking members

A local non-profit organization that supports people with heart disease is looking for new members. The Wayne County chapter of Mended Hearts, a nationwide organization, is holding its first-ever membership drive. "We wanted to hopefully get new membership in...

Public record

Thefts *Tavaras Kornegay of Randall Lane reported to Goldsboro police the theft of a 32-inch flat screen TV and a desktop computer early Saturday morning. *Mignonne Anderson of Lynn Avenue reported to Goldsboro police damage to windows and all four...

MOC and Johnston CC enter into partnership

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College and Johnston Community College have signed a partnership agreement that will enhance and expand options for community college students. The Mount Olive College Advantage program allows associate degree graduates from Johnston Community College...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wayne Country Day School wins $100,000 in contest

For the second year of the U.S. Cellular's "Calling All Communities" campaign, a Wayne County school has won a share of $1 million. More than 430,000 calls came in nominating nearly 6,800 schools from across the country. And on...

Pinewood rivalry can't stop friends

John Avery Sasser, 7, and Braxton Jones, 8, are best buds. They have been friends since first grade, said Braxton. "Since we were babies," corrected John Avery. But on Saturday, the members of Pack 28 were pitted against each...

Wayne man dies in factory accident

WILSON -- A worker at Peninsula Packaging was killed after being pulled into an extruder machine on Thursday, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Labor confirmed Friday. Tony Ballew, 44, of Wayne County, an employee of Peninsula Packaging...

Air Force family giving former working dog 'real retirement'

Adam Foster tightened his grip and let out a playful growl. At 6 years old, he probably didn't fully understand just whose neck he had his arms wrapped around. The boy's parents don't know much about the Belgian Malinois'...

Tobacco Associates meeting on Thursday

Tobacco Associates Inc. will hold its 63rd annual meeting on Thursday at the Wilson County Agricultural Center Auditorium located at 1806 S. Goldsboro St., Wilson. The meeting program will begin at 10 a.m. This year's annual meeting speakers will...

Albertson Fox Hunt

More than 250 dogs participated in this year's Albertson Fox Hunt, up nearly 100 from last year. All total, more than 2,000 people attended the annual event in Albertson, which begins at 5 a.m. and lasts until about noon. And...

Help needed for Mar Mac baseball program

Managing Editor An effort by two former Marines to establish a youth baseball league built around developing character and values as well as hitting and pitching has not received much support from the public. When Steve McKinney and Demetrius Sykes...

Nine vying for Miss Eastern Wayne High 2010

Nine contestants will compete for the title of Miss Eastern Wayne High School 2010 on Friday. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. The theme for the 16th annual scholarship program...

GHS senior: Time in governor's page program eye-opening

Michael King is like any typical teenager -- he favors jeans and sneakers as a daily fashion choice. But when he was selected to be a Governor's Page in Raleigh recently, it didn't take him long to realize the...

City workers to flush water lines from Feb. 28 to April 8

The City of Goldsboro Public Works Department will begin its annual uni-directional water line flushing program on Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. Crews will be flushing lines from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily except Fridays and Saturdays. The...

May primary filing period to end Friday

Friday at noon is the deadline for anyone planning to file for the May 4 primary election. The polls will be open on May 4 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. When voters arrive they will be asked to...

Wayne-Duplin BPW holding young careerist competition

The Wayne-Duplin Business and Professional Women's Club will hold its annual young careerist competion March 4 at 6:15 p.m. at Pizza Village in Mount Olive. Candidates are needed for this program, whose purpose is to introduce young careerists to...

Friday, February 19, 2010

MPO group OKs budget

The Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization on Thursday morning adopted a $545,500 budget for its planning work program, incorporating a recommendation by the Wayne County Planning Board. The Planning Board at its February meeting argued that the planned U.S. 70...

Chamber, Jaycees host banquet, add new volunteer award

MOUNT OLIVE -- Paige Barwick has always tried to live up to her father, Branny Vickory's example. On Thursday, at the annual Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees Award Banquet, she got to follow in his footsteps as...

Ceiling injures city firefighter

A mobile home roof collapsed on a Goldsboro firefighter and injured him early this morning after the department responded to a fire on Sheha Trail, fire officials said. Fire Chief Gary Whaley said he was waiting on word of...

Perkins family donates historic bell

In a simpler time, "ringing the dinner bell" wasn't just an expression. Robert Perkins still remembers the days as a child when he would hear the old Cherry Hospital dinner bell clanging from miles away at his own home. "You...

Sen. David Rouzer seeks re-election to District 12 seat

State Sen. David Rouzer, R-Johnston, has filed for re-election to the District 12 seat representing all of Johnston and part of Wayne counties. Rouzer, who was elected to his first term in 2008, said he is running again because...

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Stolen Case Farms gate A 25-foot stainless steel gate was damaged and parts of it were stolen after a steel cable was cut at the business earlier this week, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Damages and...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sheriff's Office SWAT conducts meth lab raid

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A Seven Springs man faces a meth manufacturing charge after the Wayne County SWAT Team raided his home on Wednesday afternoon. Around 3:40 p.m., the Special Weapons And Tactics team rolled into the driveway of 1968...

City names new Parks and Rec director

Just more than a month after former Goldsboro Parks and Recreation director David Carter submitted his resignation, City Manager Joe Huffman announced the hiring of his replacement. Ruben Wall, who currently serves as Durham's assistant Parks and Recreation director,...

Seven Springs house fire

Seven Springs firefighter Adam Clough sprays the smoldering remains of the Gladis Velasquez Gomez and Wilfredo Velasquez home with Seven Springs Assistant Fire Chief Rick Sutton supervising Clough's efforts. The fire destroyed the home located 103 Al Drive late Wednesday...

Wayne folks helping with Haiti relief

When Ann Maxwell heard a friend of hers was taking a donated corporate plane to pick up a group of doctors who had traveled to Haiti to help earthquake victims, she was touched by the generosity of those who...

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Ham trucks damaged Two work trucks belonging to North William Street-based Wayco Ham Company had their front driver's side windows broken on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Goldsboro police report. William Wilkins Jr. of Evergreen Avenue reported the damages, estimated...

Former CBA band director conducting regional jazz ensemble

Roger M. Walker, retired Charles B. Aycock High School band director and current music director of the Starlight Dance Band, will be conducting high school musicians from across eastern North Carolina in the N.C. Jazz Region East Clinic at East...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Teacher pleads in sex case

Prosecutors reduced two felony sex offenses to misdemeanors against a former Southern Wayne High School teacher on Tuesday morning. Assistant District Attorney Paige Rouse said that conflicting witness statements led the state to believe that prosecution on felony sex charges...

When they grow up ...

Marquis Greenfield and Arlin Castellanos, students at Brogden Middle School, want to be doctors when they grow up. Emily Jones, also from Brogden, one day "may be a detective." Leea Williamson, who attends Grantham School, is weighing the options between...

Kenan High principal: Consolidation is right

KENANSVILLE -- Consolidation is the right move for Duplin County students, James Kenan High School Principal Charlie Blanchard said Monday at the Duplin County Board of Commissioners' meeting. At one time, Duplin County had a high school "at every...

Flowers announces run for school board

Former Wayne County commissioner Arnold Flowers, a native of the Indian Springs community, announced Tuesday his intentions to file for the District 5 seat on the county Board of Education now held by George Moye. Moye has filed for...

Smith: Accuracy of census important

Wayne County Manager Lee Smith on Tuesday morning renewed his plea for county residents to do their part to ensure the 2010 census accurately reflects the county's population. "The 2010 census will determine the future of our county and...

Fremont residents complain about power rates

More than 30 Fremont residents attended Tuesday night's Board of Aldermen meeting to discuss their electric bills. At their December meeting, board members decided that beginning in January, the town was going to increase electric rates by 4 percent....

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Break-ins *The Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported that an Old Grantham Road home had been broken into and ransacked, and property worth $5,600 had been taken. Debbie Pennell reported the break-in Monday night around 8:30, according to the report....

Seven Springs to hold concert Friday

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Seven Springs town hall will be stomping Friday to the sounds of local musician Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam. Tickets are on sale now and will be available at the door for the concert,...

Driver runs over officer's foot during traffic stop

A Goldsboro woman was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer after driving over the officer's foot, causing minor injury, police said. Laura Ann Glaspie, 46, of Gainey Drive, was jailed under a $25,000 bond...

City hires Parks and Rec director

City Manager Joe Huffman confirmed early this afternoon that the city has hired Ruben Wall as its new Parks and Recreation director. For complete coverage of the hire, see Thursday's News-Argus....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ash Street neighbors oppose rezoning site

The request sounded simple enough: Rezone a site along Ash Street currently marked office and institutional to general business. But for Kelly Overby and her son, Travis, the switch, they said, would be an intrusion. The property that came...

Teacher sex trial starts

A Lenoir County woman who taught at Southern Wayne High School was scheduled to appear today in Wayne County District Court to face charges of having sex with a student. Shannon Grace Herring, 33, of Sykes Road, faces two...

Bus accident

An accident involving a GATEWAY van and another vehicle at at the intersection of North Herman and East Beech streets left the driver of the second vehicle charged with failure to stop at a red light. Neither the vehicle driven...

Clayton mayor seeks state Senate seat

Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod has announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate District 12 seat. McLeod, 44, who owns and operates Annie V's Florist in Clayton, was first elected to the Clayton City...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mission: Saving marriages

The Job: Florist The Company: Don's Florist The Location: Goldsboro "Are these flowers from my husband or my boyfriend?" Clearly, love was in the air Friday while I was delivering Valentine's Day flowers for Don's Florist. I'm pretty sure the...

Local doctors share concerns over cuts

State cuts in Medicaid reimbursements for cancer drugs might be helping reduce the budget deficit, but they are creating great hardships for those people battling the disease while at the same time driving Medicaid costs higher, physicians told state...

Pridgen will seek re-election to board

Rick Pridgen has filed to seek re-election for his District 6 seat on the Board of Education. The current board chairman said he has several goals he would like to work toward in his third term. "Wayne County schools have...

Goldsboro City Council to cover limited agenda

A public hearing involving zoning is the lone issue -- aside from a five-item consent agenda -- that will be dealt with by members of the Goldsboro City Council this evening at the group's final session of the month....

Ag leadership program hears about state's changing industry

Tobacco is still a large part of North Carolina's agricultural income, but there have been some shifts in the cash crops of the state over the past few years, according to Dr. Blake Brown, North Carolina State agricultural and...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Winter, Take 2

Big fluffy snowflakes started falling on Wayne County Friday night and residents awoke Saturday morning to a picturesque landscape of white as nearly six inches snow blanketed the county. Snowfall amounts across eastern North Carolina ranged from eight to...

Impact Wayne looks ahead

Anyone questioning the need for a private sector component, such as Impact Wayne, to help boost economic development in Wayne County has to look no further than the new AT&T Call Center and its more than 400 jobs, says...

Barnes to challenge for Sheriff

Glenn Barnes, a retired Goldsboro police captain, announced Thursday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Wayne County Sheriff. Barnes, who served with the Goldsboro Police Department, rising through the ranks from foot patrol to administrative captain and...

Candidates begin filing for Duplin County primary

KENANSVILLE - Candidates began filing in Duplin County this week for the 2010 primary elections. Duplin residents will decide at the polls Tuesday, May 4 who will sit on the county Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners. Citizens...

Student computer skills test changes

The computer skills test given to eighth grade students each year, which was part of the state's graduation requirement, is being replaced. School officials announced the elimination of the computer skills test, in place since 2002. The legislature changed some...

Police need more evidence storage

The Goldsboro Police Department's pressing need for additional evidence storage space led to a $3 million request from the Fire Department during the City Council's annual retreat. Fire Chief Gary Whaley spoke on the issue first, explaining to council members...

GPD unveils new Intellegence Unit

Discussion about an upstart operation at the Goldsboro Police Department held the attention of City Council members for nearly an hour of their annual retreat, as Chief Tim Bell and Capt. Al King spoke for the first time about the...

City department heads share 'wish lists'

Departments share their wish-lists with city council Most of those who addressed the Goldsboro City Council at its annual retreat did not ask for millions in funding for various projects over the next 10 years. But those things they did...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Get your bread now. Snow's coming.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Wayne County area for this afternoon through Saturday morning in advance of a storm that could cover the area with up to 3 inches of snow. It...

Cookies are in

Brittany Parent works on putting Girl Scout cookie orders together Thursday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church in Mount Olive. She, along with other Girl Scouts, sold more than 22,000 boxes of cookies....

Be her valentine

Carver Elementary School first-graders Emanuel Applins, left, and Iyanah Randolph works on their valentine's cards Thursday afternoon. Kids were making cards for their bus drivers and parents. Schools marked Valentine's Day today -- even though the actual celebration day is...

Officials put stop to local cocaine operation

NEWTON GROVE -- During the peak operations of a drug smuggling ring, between 20 and 30 kilograms of cocaine per month provided by a Mexican cartel were being transported through Hispanic specialty store Tienda Avilez in Newton Grove on...

Daughter arrested for mother's injury

The daughter of a disabled Goldsboro woman whose toes were reportedly chewed off by puppies has been charged with abuse of a disabled adult, police said. According to a Goldsboro police report, Sandra Monroe, 52, of Central Heights Road,...

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Assault with deadly weapon An 18-year-old pregnant woman was severely injured by her boyfriend after he hit her in the face with a gun early on Thursday morning, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Tonniqua Shanquell Baker, of...

Albertson Ruritans plan day of fun for dogs, humans alike

ALBERTSON -- The Albertson community will celebrate a tradition on Saturday that dates back to the 1940s -- the George Washington Day Fox Hunt. The actual hunt was abandoned years ago. Today the event is a field trial for...

Council continues planning session

Members of the Goldsboro City Council adjourned their annual retreat a day earlier than expected after they breezed through what remained of an agenda that covered everything from the latest update on potential construction of a new recreation center to...

Friday games called off due to weather

Threat of winter weather has resulted in the cancellation of all Wayne County athletic competitions scheduled for this evening. All Duplin County athletic competitions and other school activities scheduled for tonight and Saturday have also been canceled....

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Science fiction author begins Wayne County Reads event

The real danger of censorship doesn't come from the government but from ourselves, said the speaker at one of Wayne County Reads major events. John Kessel, co-director of the creative writing program at North Carolina State University, delivered the...

Miss N.C. tells club members to work hard

Ryan Hood, president of the AKTION Club, wanted to invite Miss North Carolina International to speak at the club's two-year anniversary meeting last month but she had a scheduling conflict. She was able to make it for the February meeting,...

Wind whips through county; rips off roof

High sustained winds ripped the roof from a mobile home in Dudley on Wednesday afternoon -- the only major report of damage in Wayne County, authorities said. High winds buffeted the entire state throughout the day. Gusts up to 30...

Woman has toes chewed off

Police are investigating how a disabled 52-year-old Central Heights Road woman's toes were chewed off by four puppies while at her home, a police spokesman said. Police Sgt. Chad Calloway said that police responded to a call from Wayne...

Rabid bobcat found in Dudley area

DUDLEY -- A Genoa area woman feeding her horses found a bobcat in her barn, an animal that later tested positive for rabies, a state official confirmed Wednesday. The animal was killed by the property owner because it posed...

Council reviews wish lists for 2010

The Goldsboro City Council met with key members of the city management team and staff Wednesday, as the board's annual retreat kicked off inside City Hall. The purpose of the first session -- the retreat will continue through late Friday...

Treasurer announces brief visit to SJAFB

State Treasurer Janet Cowell is expected to kick off a financial fair at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday, 4th Fighter Wing officials confirmed late Wednesday. Ms. Cowell, the state's first female treasurer, marks the second high-profile visitor to stop...

Wayne Memorial Hospital insists on good service from companies

At Tuesday's Wayne Memorial Hospital board of directors meeting, the board took steps toward ensuring fair negotiations with insurance companies. The board approved a managed care contracting strategy -- an effort to keep all contracts on an even footing. "We...

Fire claims home of Fremont dentist

FREMONT -- An early morning fire destroyed the home of a longtime Fremont dentist, the town's fire chief said. Fire Chief Danny Tillman said the home of Dr. Calvin Fuller, who had recently moved to Raleigh, was engulfed in...

Employee arrested for bomb threats at House of Raeford

ROSE HILL -- The Duplin County Sheriff's Office arrested a House of Raeford worker Wednesday in connection with several bomb threats made this week at the chicken processing plant near Rose Hill. Deputies arrested Dedonis Gooden, 20, of Columbus...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winds wallop Wayne with gusts as high as 55 mph likely today

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Wayne County today until 9 p.m. Winds that could gust as high as 55 mph, combined with rain-soaked ground, pose a threat of downed trees and power lines....

Police nearly fully staffed

The ranks of Goldsboro's Police Department are as full as they have been in several years, Chief Tim Bell says. Of 116 available officer positions, Bell said this week that all but four are currently filled. Bell said it had...

U.S. 70 Bypass crossing draws attention

The planned U.S. 70 Bypass crossing at Wayne Memorial Drive deserves equal attention to that being given to the cloverleaf interchanges at the bypass and N.C. 581 and at the U.S. 117 Bypass, say members of the Wayne County...

Goldsboro City Council retreats today through Friday

The Goldsboro City Council's annual retreat is scheduled to begin this afternoon at City Hall. The three-day work session is designed to give the board an opportunity to hear detailed presentations from key members of the city staff -- every...

Mental Health Association hands out awards

The topic of health care may be on everyone's lips, but when it comes to mental health, there's still a great stigma attached, says Dr. Jonathan Barnes, clinical director of Eastpointe. "We try to find nice words for these...

Only a few tickets left for pageant fundraiser

Anyone who had planned on attending this weekend's Wayne County's Sweetheart Womanless Beauty Pageant may just be out of luck -- as of this morning only 19 of the 495 tickets to the event remained. And organizers expect that...

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Stolen funeral tent Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home on U.S. 117 South in Dudley reported Monday that a burgundy, 15-foot-by-15-foot funeral tent had been stolen from a cemetery. The poles to prop up the tent were also stolen, at a total loss...

Robber runs at the sight of tears

An armed robber gave up his attack on a Dudley woman Tuesday night when she fought back with tears. A Dudley woman started crying after a gun-wielding man wearing a black bandana approached her on Tuesday night, causing the...

Hollywood video closing

Hollywood Video on Ash Street is one of the more than 800 video and game rental stores nationwide owned by Movie Gallery Inc. that will close in the coming months. The store is still renting, but is beginning to...

House of Raeford bomb threat

ROSE HILL -- The House of Raeford chicken processing plant near Rose Hill was evacuated this morning after the facility received a bomb threat -- the third one this week. Sheriff Blake Wallace said the call was received around...

After school activities, sports and program canceled due to high winds

Due to the threat of inclement weather this afternoon and evening, which has the potential to produce high winds and damaging gusts, all Wayne County Public Schools after-school programs have been canceled today, Wednesday, February 10. This includes athletic...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ten new National Board Certified teachers honored by district

Wayne County Public Schools has 10 new National Board Certified teachers. The group of educators was recognized during Monday night's Board of Education meeting. The accomplishment represents a lot of challenging and time-consuming work, said school board member Thelma Smith....

Helping Haiti

Zanajh Jones, 7, of Eastern Wayne Elementary School, makes rows of 10 hand towels that will be sent to Haiti. The students and faculty gathered more than 750 hygiene items, non-perishable food  goods and other necessities Monday to send to...

House fire victim identified

Goldsboro police have released the name of a man who apparently died in a Feb. 2 fire at a South Georgia Avenue boarding house. Goldsboro police spokesman Sgt. Chad Calloway said continual contact with the Medical Examiner's Office led...

Minshew seeks re-election to clerk of court

Wayne County Clerk of Superior Court Pam Minshew filed for re-election on Monday, seeking a second four-year term in the job. Mrs. Minshew started as an assistant clerk in the office in 1975, leaving for a five-year period before...

Thomas won't run to keep his seat

School board member Dave Thomas announced Monday he will not seek re-election when his term is up this November. Thomas, who represents District 1, which covers the northern end schools including Rosewood and Charles B. Aycock, came on the board...

Hopefuls sign up for spots on ballot

The first day of the political filing period in Wayne County saw three incumbents and one challenger file for the May 4 primary. Sheriff Carey Winders, Clerk of Courts Pam Minshew and state Rep. Efton Sager all filed for...

Patient, 80, dies after choking at Cherry

An elderly patient at Cherry Hospital died unexpectedly last week, and his death has been attributed to cardiac problems. Lawrence Russell Jr., 80, a patient on the geriatric ward, was from Beaufort County. The death occurred on Feb. 2 at...

Science fiction author to speak at Wayne County Reads event Wednesday

Science fiction author John Kessel, a two-time winner of the Nebula Award, will deliver the "Goldsboro Rotary Club Kickoff Lecture," on Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. The award is given each year...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Officials: Rec Center key to plan downtown

Members of the Goldsboro City Council will discuss the potential construction of a new recreation center along Center Street during their three-day retreat later this week, but some members of the community are already speaking out against the design the...

River rising

The Neuse River, swollen by recent winter storms of snow, ice and rain, hit flood stage -- 18 feet -- early today and the National Weather Service said it is expected to crest Thursday at about 21 feet. According to...

Former legislator to challenge for House seat

Stephen LaRoque announced Friday he will be running, once again, for the Republican nomination for the state House District 10 seat. LaRoque, who held the seat for four years, winning elections in 2000 and 2004, has lost his last...

Arts Council is looking for docents for upcoming Smithsonian exhibit

The Arts Council of Wayne County is looking for local people to volunteer as docents during the upcoming traveling Smithsonian exhibit. They are needed from Aug. 7 through Sept. 18. Volunteers must be at least 16. They will lead visitors...

Animal abuse call ends in death

MOUNT OLIVE -- The SBI is investigating the Sunday afternoon death of a Duplin County man who shot himself after a standoff with sheriff's deputies. Lawmen were at the home of Clifton Boyd Jacobs on Tram Road to respond...

Makeup days announced for School of Engineering, Early/Middle College High School

Additional makeup days were announced for two Wayne County Public Schools following last week's inclement weather. The district canceled classes on Feb. 1 and 2. Makeup days for Wayne Early/Middle College High School and Wayne School of Engineering, which...

Sharing a dance with Dad

Five-year-old Parker Faircloth dances with her father, Will, at the Family Y Father Daughter Dance on Saturday.  Funds raised at the dance are donated to the Y's mentoring program....

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sheriff will run to keep position

Sheriff Carey Winders announced Friday that he will seek a fifth term. Winders was first elected sheriff in 1994 after working as an investigator with the Goldsboro Police Department for 10 years. Winders said the Sheriff's Office has come...

Girl Scouts spend weekend selling cookies

It may be mail carriers who receive the credit for not being deterred by bad weather, but in this case the credit should go to members of Girl Scout Troop 395 of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Troop members, from...

City officials: Park flooding isn't problem

The road leading into Stoney Creek Park Saturday morning looked more like a boat landing than a driveway as floodwaters from the nearby creek overflowed its banks turning the park into a lake. The flooding followed a day of at...

Convention gathers gamers

Close to 1,300 people, some from as far away as Texas, Alabama and Michigan, were expected Saturday for the sixth annual Carolina Game Summit at Wayne Community College. By the 10 a.m. start, a line, three to four across,...

Election filing starts Monday

Filing begins Monday at noon for candidates for local, state and national offices in the May partisan primary. It ends at noon on Feb. 26. Filing for nonpartisan local offices on the November General Election ballot doesn't begin until...

Benefit for stroke victim sells out thanks to community support

Seven-year-old Madison Brown nestled herself between her parents, April and Eric Brown, reaching up to caress her mother's hair before closing her eyes and laying her head on her shoulder. Just two months earlier those simple gestures would have...

Local art students receive awards

Seven area students have been recognized for their artistic talents during the National Scholastic Art Awards competition for the eastern/central region. Denzel Russell, a senior at Wayne Country Day School, and Lawrence Wurtele of Charles B. Aycock High School received...

SBI to investigate Duplin schools expenditures

The State Bureau of Investig-ation is examining Duplin County Schools' funding and expenditure practices. The investigation is in response to a letter signed by three Duplin County commissioners and three citizens sent to District Attorney Dewey Hudson on Sept. 14,...

Pikeville resolves road name problem

The confusion over West School Street and Smith Street in Pikeville was cleared up at Thursday night's Board Meeting. Board members voted to change the name of Smith Street to West School Street, which only affected one address on the...

Census jobs open in Wayne County

RALEIGH -- Census jobs are still available in Wayne County through the Rocky Mount Local Census Office. On Friday Gov. Bev Perdue announced some local positions exist, including vacancies in Wayne County. "Census jobs are a great opportunity for...

Paugh named Alzheimer's Inc. head

Alzheimer's North Carolina Inc., formerly the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, has changed its affiliation and hired a Goldsboro woman to help expand programs to better serve families of this area. Anne Paugh has been named outreach...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Car drives through Post Office

A tan Mercedes plowed through the front entrance of the Post Office on Cashwell Drive and into mail boxes on an adjacent wall Friday afternoon. The driver, who has not been identified, told firefighters she pushed on the brake but...

Justice Department will investigate NAACP claim

The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the NAACP's claim against Wayne County Public Schools, NAACP officials announced Thursday. Wayne County school officials said today they are confident the matter will be resolved satisfactorily. The Rev. Dr. William Barber,...

Celebration of hope

Zoe McKinney did not need any help telling her story to the crowd of more than 200 people who gathered to kick off the 2010 Relay for Life Thursday. In fact, the 7-year-old Kid's Honorary Chairman insisted on it. So...

Snow, ice will miss Wayne this time

Don't be looking for a repeat of last week's snow/wintery mix whose frozen remains can still be seen scattered across the county. Wayne County residents can expect rain, possibly heavy at times today, but with temperatures reaching into the...

Goldsboro's Junior Miss heads for state pageant

Wayne County has a contestant in the North Carolina Junior Miss program this weekend. Tara Victoria Warren, 17, won the title of Wayne County's Junior Miss during the state's at-large scholarship program, held in Reidsville in October. According to representatives...

Families welcome Guard back from desert

When two buses pulled up along the Elm Street side of the Goldsboro National Guard Armory late Thursday evening, Jacob and Hayden Lemons were among those who rushed through a small wooded area to greet them. "Daddy!" the 6- and...

Remembering Jerry Wayne

When Brent Bennett picked up his guitar Thursday night at the Relay for Life kickoff he was prepared to sing the song he had written about his late friend, Jerry Wayne. But he didn't want to. "It's one of...

Chemical spill prompts local evacuations

FAISON -- An overturned tractor-trailer spilled toxic chemicals about a mile from North Duplin Junior-Senior High School this morning, forcing the evacuation of a number of homes but not the school. Brian Pearce, director of emergency services for Duplin...

Public record

Man shoots convenience store ceiling An unknown male fired a round into the ceiling of Brookside Mart, a South Slocumb Street convenience store, on Wednesday evening, according to a Goldsboro police report. The suspect, described as a black male, about...

Girl Scout cookies arriving for Super Bowl

Girl Scout cookies will be available this weekend, just in time to serve at Super Bowl parties. The annual "Super Bowl cookie booth" provides an early opportunity to pick up boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Delivery of cookies ordered...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The great burger battle

The Job: Andy's Big "A" Challenge The Company: Andy's Burgers, Shakes and Fries The Location: Spence Avenue Victory is sweet. Actually, victory tastes like a massive three-pound cheeseburger. But the only real victor Wednesday was Andy's and the restaurant's insane...

Schools set two makeup dates

Officials for Wayne County Public Schools have announced makeup days for the two days of classes canceled this week due to the weekend's snow and ice storm. Inclement weather resulted in closures on Monday and Tuesday for the district. Students...

Pastors point to power of unity

For those local leaders who showed up at the Herman Park Center this morning for casual conversation over a simple meal, the hour-long Community Affairs Commission Inter-Faith Breakfast was about much more than food and fellowship. It was about inspiring...

SWHS student sliced in face

DUDLEY -- A 16-year-old girl was slashed across the face with a sharp weapon on Wednesday morning at Southern Wayne High School, a wound that required 28 stitches to treat, authorities said. Kierra Mitchelle Minor, 16, of Larchmont Circle,...

Student enrollment still climbing at Wayne Community

Student enrollment continues to set records at Wayne Community College, as the board of trustees approves curriculum programs to keep pace with future employment opportunities. Dr. Kay Albertson, WCC president, announced Friday afternoon that student numbers are still on...

Southern Farm Show under way

RALEIGH -- The Southern Farm Show started Wednesday and runs through Friday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The fair is the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia. Show hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily,...

Counselors recognize students who have overcome obstacles

A school counselor's job is challenging enough when there are behavior problems or the need to help a child make up some missed assignments. But when students are facing such obstacles as bone cancer, frequent hospitalizations and being on transplant...

District Science Fair Saturday

Wayne County Public Schools will hold its annual districtwide science fair on Saturday, for students who have competed and won local fairs at their individual schools. Held at Meadow Lane Elementary School. Judging will end at 11:30 a.m. and...

Investigation continues into fire death

Authorities have not yet released the name of a person found dead in a Tuesday evening fire at a South Georgia Avenue boarding home, as investigators probe the case further. An autopsy is scheduled for the man who found...

Video game summit Saturday at WCC

The Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Wayne Community College. This hybrid event will once again deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cosplay, educational sessions, and trading card games....

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jobless rate up slightly in December

The ever-fluctuating unemployment rate in Wayne County increased in December. The county's rate rose from 9.0 in November to 9.2 in December. It joined 85 other counties in the state that saw an increase. "Of course, the county continues to...

Duplin students could get to skate for their gym classes

KENANSVILLE -- Students in some Duplin County schools could soon enjoy a new activity during their physical education classes. The school system has received a $7,500 grant to attempt a pilot program to introduce roller-skating as part of the curriculum...

Unidentified body found in burned out city house

A fire at a South Georgia Avenue boarding house took the life of at least one of the home's seven occupants and destroyed the structure Tuesday night. The name of the victim was not released this morning. Goldsboro Fire...

Dressing up for Relay

Commissioner Bud Gray, left, dressed as "Rolanda Gray," a contestant in Wayne County's Sweetheart Womanless Beauty Pageant, poses Tuesday morning as Noelle Woods, right, county purchasing manager, holds up a poster while talking to commissioners about the fundraiser. The pageant...

O'Berry staff members earn award from state for actions

When a fire broke out late one night in O'Berry's Cluster 6, two health care technicians acted quickly to evacuate 10 men living in the group home. They were just doing their job, they say now. Recognition for bravery...

Teen arrested for stealing car

ROSEWOOD -- An 18-year-old Durham man allegedly driving a stolen car from Kinston into Wayne County was arrested by county Sheriff's Office deputies on Tuesday morning, a patrol corporal said. Jonathan Minor Alston, 18, of Durham, was behind the...

Wayne County Public Schools recognized for efforts to promote healthy lifestyles

Wayne County Public Schools has been recognized for its efforts promoting healthy lifestyle for students. During the recent N.C. School Public Relations Association meeting, Wayne County was among 25 districts to receive a blue ribbon award for effective communication....

ABC chief: Local board is following the rules

Wayne County ABC Board Business Manager Mike Myrick Tuesday morning sought to set the local board apart from the scandals in other counties that have caused the state and public to cast a critical eye toward the system and...

Ava Gardner Museum starts new blog

SMITHFIELD -- In July 2009, a newly redesigned Web site for www.avagard ner.org was unveiled. The new site offers a more modern design while adding considerably to the content and images that were previously found by visitors to the...

Jump rope champ shares tricks, tips with EWE students

Chelsea Guild grew up in Chapel Hill, where she started jumping rope on the school playground when she was 8 years old. By the time she was 12, she was a member of the award-winning Bouncing Bulldogs, an international...

Students continue projects to give to Haiti relief efforts

The situation is Haiti is a "teachable moment" for students, Wayne County educators say. Global disasters provide a hands-on opportunity for teachers to work with students on history-in-the-making, they say. It's also a prime time to instill messages about...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Raid at Willie concert raises eyebrows

KENANSVILLE -- Enough residents of Duplin County are upset over the drug and alcohol raid on Willie Nelson's tour bus last week that the county prosecutor is reviewing how the operation went down to make sure the charges are...

Icy roads close schools one more day in county

Students had another day off from school today. Officials from Wayne County Public Schools made the decision late Monday afternoon to cancel classes for the second day following the weekend storm that resulted in a snow-and-ice mix that clogged many...

Rec Center up for bid, dog poop a problem

Members of the Goldsboro City Council made swift work of their agenda Monday evening, but several items were covered during their pre-meeting work session that caused a stir inside City Hall. The board agreed to put the proposed Recreation Center...

Duplin boards go over pros, cons for school consolidation

KENANSVILLE - The Duplin Board of Education and Duplin County Commission met in a special session Monday to hear presentations regarding school facilities and to discuss the issue. Jeff Tsai of the Operations Research/Education Lab-oratory at North Carolina State University,...

Regional summit held on job training

ROCKY MOUNT -- More than 100 educators, business leaders and citizens packed Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College Thursday to hear the future workforce needs of the 13-county North Carolina Eastern Regional Partnership for Economic Development and discuss how businesses...

Tuscarora Scouts help with Haiti relief

In a matter of hours, Tuscarora Boy Scouts were able to collect 63 tents, 10 cases of hand sanitizer and six cases of bug spray for medical teams in Haiti. All of the items were donated by local Scouts and...

Public record

Armed robbery A Dudley man reported he was held up at gunpoint outside his home Sunday night, the suspect taking $560, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Silvio Herrera of Odom Farm Drive said. The suspect, described as...

Malpass Brothers at Paramount Sunday

The Paramount Theatre Foundation is pleased to present the return of Best of Wayne featuring The Malpass Brothers, on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for seniors 65 and older and children 12 and younger. General admission tickets $12...

Barber honored

On Monday, state NAACP President the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II received the Human Rights Medal Award presented in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-in and the grand opening of the International Civil...

Monday, February 1, 2010

We're melting ...

With some roads in Wayne County still covered by icy patches, most public offices remained closed today. Some roads in northern Wayne County, particularly N.C. 111, 581 and 222, were passable but still covered with ice this morning, while...

Shake, rattle and woof

The Job: Veterinary assistant The Company: Berkeley Veterinary Clinic The Location: Goldsboro It's possible I'm in love. His name is Jack. He's blond with brown eyes and a great set of teeth. He's even-tempered and is polite enough not to...

Toyota dealers get word to start repairs

WASHINGTON -- Toyota of Goldsboro general sales manager Brant Alyea said he hopes to receive parts this week from Toyota Motor Corp. to fix the sticky gas pedal problem that has plagued several of the popular automaker's vehicles recently....

Pedestrian killed by plow Saturday on U.S. 70 identified

A Goldsboro man was killed Saturday after being struck by a N.C. Department of Transportation plow truck, authorities said. Mark Glenn Walston, 21, of 1315 Clingman St., was walking west in the westbound lane of U.S. 70 when he...

Rec Center vote tonight

Goldsboro's on-again, off-again Recreation Center project will likely move one step closer to becoming a reality this evening, as members of the City Council are expected to approve the latest set of plans for the facility and put the...

ABC chief will talk to county leaders

Mike Myrick, the business manager for Wayne County Alcoholic Beverage Control, will update county commissioners Tuesday about the county's ABC operations. Commissioners will be briefed on their agenda at 8 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9 a.m. in...

Library to hold black history programs

Several events are planned during February at Wayne County Public Library in celebration of Black History Month. Shorlette Ammons-Stephens, head of children's services, released the schedule of programs, all of which are free and will be held in Gertrude...