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Monday, May 31, 2010

Rezoning requests, budget on agenda

Public hearings on two rezoning requests, one of which the Wayne County Board of Commissioners was reluctant to schedule, will be held during the board's Tuesday morning session. Commissioners also will get their first official look at the county's...

Heroes are whom students say citizens should think of today

For military children and their classmates, Memorial Day is not just a day to remember what protecting a nation requires. They live with courage every day -- and they learn early what it means to fight for freedom and serve...

Meth lab explosion leaves suspect burned

Wayne County authorities are searching for a man with burns on his body who ran out of a mobile home after a methamphetamine lab exploded just outside of Goldsboro, Sheriff Carey Winders said early today. Lawmen found a working...

MarMac scheduled to get new Dollar General store

National discount chain store Dollar General is opening a new store in the Mar-Mac area on U.S. 13. Construction and set-up of the new store are under way. The building will be one of the larger Dollar General stores in...

Middle schools take part in art program

Dillard and Mount Olive middle schools were two of eight schools in the state that participated in this year's "Art of Collaboration" program sponsored by the N.C. Museum of Art. Seventh-grade language arts, math, science and social studies teachers...

Mount Olive ceremony marks troops courage

MOUNT OLIVE -- Toddler Caber Johnson was more interested in his Goldfish snacks and the decorations on the wreath than Sunday's Memorial Day observance. But for his father and former Marine, Dave Johnson, it was important that his son be...

Heroes forever

A bundle of American flags slung over his shoulder, David Isbell made his way across the patches of lawn that run in between the headstones that grace Willowdale Cemetery Saturday morning -- his friend, Brandon Murray-Cruz, trailing not too...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fremont tells Eureka sewer bill balance must be paid

The Eureka Board of Commissioners plans to meet Tuesday to discuss the $66,000 the town owes Fremont. Fremont handles the sewage treatment for Eureka and sends the town a bill each month. But Eureka doesn't always pay the monthly bill...

Wayne Christian School recognizes graduates

Sean Patterson, decked out in his dark blue Wayne Christian School cap and gown, greeted dad, Bernard, and brother, Clark, moments before the Saturday morning graduation ceremony. "It brings up emotions in that they're going on with their lives," said...

Wayne Country Day seniors say their goodbyes, thank yous

Headmaster Todd Anderson was positioned in the hallway at Wayne Country Day School Friday morning, giving last-minute instructions to marshals before the 39th commencement ceremony began. He called the 19 diploma candidates this year an "extraordinary group" of young men...

Low turnout likely for primary rematch

Voter turnout in the single-digit range, possibly lower than the 6 percent for the May primary, is expected for the June 22 second Democratic primary between U.S. Senate hopefuls Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham. Only 4,174 of the county's 69,351...

County takes on new role in library, funding

Wayne County and the city of Goldsboro continue to redefine services they offer and fund -- an ongoing process that several months ago resulted in the decision that the county would assume sole operation of the Goldsboro-Wayne Airport. The budgets...

Spirit, fellowship highlight Central-Eastern Wayne gathering

In 1975, Gwen Scott "went off to college and never came back to (Wayne County) to live." But that didn't stop the Chicago resident from making her way home for the Central High School-Eastern Wayne High School reunion this weekend....

Memory-making marks Dillard-Goldsboro celebration

Alumni from all over the world returned to Goldsboro this weekend for the annual Dillard-Goldsboro Alumni reunion, with festivities starting Thursday and running through today. On Saturday, hundreds of people lined Center Street for the organization's parade, which had nearly...

Hal Tanner III named new News-Argus publisher

Hal Tanner Jr., publisher of the Goldsboro News-Argus for 26 years, has announced his retirement from that position effective June 1. The paper's current general manager, Hal Tanner III, will assume the role of publisher. He will be the third...

Jobless rate down for second month

For the second month in a row, Wayne County's unemployment rate has dropped. The county rate dropped from 9.2 percent unemployment in March to 8.6 percent unemployment in April. "Looks like we are finally seeing a positive trend, said...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hearts not healed

"Hey Jr. How's it going my man? I hope the draft has got off your back, but I sort of doubt it. I really feel sorry for you when they get you." •John Lane always knew his brother, Bobby,...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Slots filled on group to pick board member

The nonpartisan committee has been finalized that will make a recommendation to county commissioners for someone to fill the unexpired school board term of Shirley Sims. School board Vice Chair-man Thelma Smith was the first person to be appointed...

Worleys thank community for support and good wishes

Patti Worley paused when she felt her eyes filling with tears. "They came from everywhere and every person had a story to tell," she said of the hundreds who converged last weekend on the flower shop she and her...

Fremont considers two rate increases

For the past two weeks, the Fremont Board of Aldermen has been at a standstill concerning the town's budget, which goes into effect in July once it's approved. Board members are hesitant to impose the recommended sewer and water rate...

Dancing 'til the sun goes down

Sriya Patel dances among the bubbles from a bubble-maker as the sun sets behind her while Jim Quick and Coastline Band perform during Military Appreciation Night Thursday evening. The band kept the crowd jamming to rhythm and blues during the...

Using songs to thank those who have served their nation

Holly Jones used to be the little girl in the back seat of the family car -- singing nearly all the way from her Eastern North Carolina hometown to the destination in Virginia they frequented. And these days, on...

Holiday happenings

The following is a schedule of events set for this Memorial Day weekend: Saturday, 8 a.m. -- Join members of the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition at the American Legion headquarters off N.C. 117, just beyond the fairgrounds, for...

Government offices closed Monday

Banks and local, state and national government offices, including post offices, will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Mount Olive will pay tribute to veterans Sunday at 3 p.m. near the flagpole at Maplewood Cemetery...

Living history set for June 5 at Bentonville

FOUR OAKS -- The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will hold its summer living history program, "A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier," on Saturday, June 5, from 10 until 4 p.m. Period-costumed living historians from the...

Arr-Mac rescues man after spill from canoe

Water rescue workers retrieved a man who fell from a canoe in the Neuse River and was stranded in the current, hanging onto limbs along the river's edge. Arrington Fire Chief Randy Rogers also works with the Arr-Mac Water...

County will keep tax rate steady

What is labeled a "nondescript" proposed county budget that has changed little from the current spending plan leaves the tax rate as well as the funding level for county schools intact. The proposed $156 million budget reflects a decrease...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Duplin deputies find $1 million of meth in saddles

BEULAVILLE -- One of the largest, if not the largest, seizures of methamphetamine in the state has been made in Duplin County, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace announced at a news conference Wednesday. Wallace said 17 pounds of methamphetamine...

No firm rules yet on street care fix

Three meetings have failed to produce a clear solution to preventing subdivision streets from deteriorating to the point they will not be accepted into the state road system. However, the meetings of the county Planning Board committee have generated...

Saying thank you

Shannon Buchanan, a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro, gives a wave of gratitude to airmen as they drive off Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Mission: M25, a part of the church's outreach ministry, gave a public sign...

Council cuts budgets, keeps expense fund

Members of the Goldsboro City Council seemed to agree Wednesday that a 5-cent tax increase was not in the best interest of local families. But when it came to just what it would take to come up with the...

Virginia Street home sold; couple begin restoration

Moments after a local contractor took out one of the walls inside the historic D.W. Davis House, Amy Bauer peered around a corner and smiled. "Yay," she said, looking down at the debris left covering much of the first floor...

Public record

Burglary A LaGrange man's Eastwind Drive home was burglarized on Tuesday, with a large amount of property reported stolen, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office reported. Nearly $4,000 worth of property was taken from Roger Talton's home, according to the...

Partnership plans event for parents and their children

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County will show parents in early June that they have many opportunities to engage their children and to help them learn long before those youngsters are ready for school. The annual Born Learning Young...

Senior resource booklet now available

Wayne County Services on Aging has put together a resource guide for county seniors. The booklet includes referral details ranging from medical to financial to social information. It is available online at www.waynegov.com. To find it, go to the departments...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wayne Community College talks state funding prospects

It is too early to tell how the state budget will affect Wayne Community College, but a possible tuition hike has been mentioned and come 2011, community colleges across the state will be required to reinstate the student loan program....

Impact Wayne near reaching campaign goal

Pigs weren't flying at Tuesday night's Impact Wayne Campaign meeting. They were counting though, all the way to $1,082,750 to be exact -- the amount the Wayne County Development Alliance has raised toward the campaign's five-year $1.3 million goal....

Kitty Askins kicks off faith initiative

About 70 people gathered Tuesday afternoon for the Kitty Askins Faith Initiative Kickoff. Kitty Askins Hospice Center, which is owned by 3HC, is in the midst of an expansion which will add 13,000 square feet to the facility and double...

Jones accepts plea bargain

A man accused of attempted murder who led police on a six-month search for him took a plea deal with prosecutors on Tuesday. Icshon Jones, 27, will serve between 5 1/2 and 7 1/4 years in prison for the convicted...

A morning prayer

Members attending a prayer breakfast hold hands in prayer early Tuesday morning at Wilber's Barbecue. The prayer breakfast, held every Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., is the longest running in Wayne County, dating back to March of...

Public record

Knife at school A 12-year-old Grantham School student was suspended after bringing a four-inch knife to school on Monday, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. The student reportedly did not threaten anyone with the knife, authorities said....

Sonic Drive In vandalized again

"Vulgar designs and words" covered menu boards, windows, doors, tables, chairs and playground equipment at the Berkeley Boulevard Sonic Drive In restaurant early Tuesday, Goldsboro police said. According to a police report filed by Officer J.R. Anderson, glass chalk...

Aycock senior dealing with accident

Just weeks shy of graduation, Charles B. Aycock High School senior David Burke was injured in a "freak accident" last week and is now at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville awaiting his prognosis. Burke, who just turned 18 on March...

GATEWAY picks possible location

A 19-acre county-owned site on Clingman Street behind the county animal shelter was recommended Tuesday as the preferred site of a proposed $5.1 million administration/operations facility for the GATEWAY bus system. Federal dollars would account for 80 percent of...

Central alumni to meet

The Central High School-Eastern Wayne High School reunion will be held Friday through Sunday. Brenda Rowe of Montreal, Canada, formerly of the Parkstown community, will be the guest speaker for the event's banquet on Friday night at Best Grove...

Dillard/GHS alumni will hold reunion over weekend

Graduates of Dillard High School and Goldsboro High School will be celebrating their annual homecoming and class reunions Thursday through Sunday, an event organized by Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends. This year's theme is the popular "Old School-New School: Uniting...

Fremont board still pondering hikes to water, sewer rates

The Fremont Board of Aldermen took another look at the proposed budget for 2010-11 Tuesday night, but made little progress. The concerns about the proposed budget, which was first presented at the May 18 board meeting, are centered around...

CBA holds school pageant

The 2010 Miss Aycock Scholarship Pageant was held Saturday in the old gym at Charles B. Aycock High School. This years theme was "Love is in the Air" and the contestants were Stephanie Lopez, Jessica Sauls, Joanne Choi and Sabrina...

County's region's best show off work at juried art show

A segmented woodturned vase containing more than 950 pieces of wood won the Best in Show award at the 31st annual National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition at the Arts Council of Wayne County. It was made by Pikeville resident...

Boy Scouts to help retire old flags

Boy Scout Troop 8 will hold a ceremonial flag-burning to properly destroy used American flags on Tuesday at New Hope United Methodist Church. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Anyone who wishes to retire a flag according...

Robbery suspect caught after fleeing victim's home

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A man wanted in Maryland for burglary and theft was arrested Monday on more charges, after a 15-year-old girl saw him walking around her home, called police and hid herself while she waited for them to arrive,...

EWE teacher to study at Yellowstone Institute

A fifth-grade teacher at Eastern Wayne Elementary School is one of 34 science teachers from across the state chosen to participate this summer in the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Educators of Excellence Institutes. Kristina Jones, who has taught...

Arts Council now accepting applications for grants

The Arts Council of Wayne County is accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through July 30. Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dad, daughter share ECU graduation day

After a career in the Air Force and a newfound role working with others pursuing advanced degrees, Larry Johnson decided to return to school for his master's degree. What he didn't anticipate was that his educational path would intersect with...

GHS seeks $6 million grant to improve instruction

Goldsboro High School is vying for a $6 million grant that could call for several shake-ups, including teachers working year-round and possible replacement of long-time principal Patricia Burden. Administrative changes are among the stipulations of the "Transformation Model" of the...

Mall to add festival to fireworks

This year's Fourth of July festivities will bring a brand new schedule of events to Berkeley Mall. In addition to its annual fireworks show, which will take place on July 3, there will be vendors and a BMX stunt show...

Violators can now pay waivable tickets online

Paying certain "waivable" traffic tickets in Wayne County no longer requires a trip to the courthouse -- or even a postage stamp. The county is being used as a testing ground for a new online system called payNCticket (www.payNCticket.org),...

Flip flopping their way to health

Mot Hill, a retired Family YMCA staff member, hangs a cutout of a foot marking the starting line of the "Walk to the Beach" incentive program display at the Family Y. The program awards members miles for getting exercise at...

WCC recognizes nursing graduates

Wayne Community College recognized the 39 members of its associate degree nursing class of 2010 in a formal pinning ceremony May 10. The annual service, which includes presentation of nursing pins and nurse's creed scrolls by the faculty of...

Duplin leaders battle over 2010-11 budget; tax increase is likely

KENANSVILLE -- Tempers flared Monday at a Duplin County Board of Commissioners budget workshop as the commissioners disagreed on how to proceed with a difficult 2010-11 budget. The proposed budget currently being discussed includes a 2 percent property tax increase,...

County to collect hazardous waste

DUDLEY -- Wayne County will be hold a Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wayne County Landfill. It is free for Wayne County residents. The materials may include cleaner, paint...

Medical assisting class pinned

The 14 members of the 2010 medical assisting class at Wayne Community College were presented their pins in a formal pinning ceremony earlier this month. The annual service, which includes presentation of medical assistant pins and red roses to...

Info sessions set for nurse aide classes

The registration process for the nurse aide program at Wayne Community College, including a free information session, will be held next month. Sessions for Nurse Aide I and II applicants will be held every half hour, from 4-6 p.m....

Project presentations

Mary Dunn, 11, gives her 4-H public presentation on sea turtles during the 4-H County Judged Presentations at the Wayne Center. Dunn's sea turtle presentation was in the fisheries/aquatic resources topic in the age 11-13 division. Ages 5-19 presented in...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chicken and fun in the park

Ricky Suggs checks a fresh batch of barbecued chicken as Dallas Graham, middle, and Rob Newsom, far left, look on. The Wayne County Community Day at  H.V. Brown Park Saturday was the first of what organizers say will be an...

Schools will limit summer programs

Economic cutbacks are still affecting summer school programs in Wayne County Public Schools -- which were canceled altogether last year except for grades K-2. This year, there will be a program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, with high...

Much more than a wash 'n cut

The Job: Hair stylist The Company: Nails 'N More The Location: Goldsboro I think I've finally found a job I could get used to. Spending the day with Rhea Featherston, a hairdresser at Nails 'N More on Spence Avenue, was...

Schools pledge to keep working on issues

Wayne County Schools superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor disagreed Friday with the perception the district is racially biased, but said that it "stands ready" to make whatever improvements might be needed to improve the current climate. Taylor and Rick Pridgen,...

Local legislators discuss budget over breakfast

Members of Wayne County's legislative delegation Friday morning appeared to be as divided along chamber lines as they were parties as they traded good-natured jabs over the state budget, proposed cuts and fast-track efforts to finalize the spending plan....

Schools honor Title 1 essay and poster winners

Wayne County Public Schools recently held its annual Title I student recognition program in the Goldsboro High auditorium. "Kids Under Construction" was the theme of this year's celebration. Essay and poster winners from each school were presented first, second...

Schools recognize SWHS art teacher, students

An art teacher at Southern Wayne High School and 38 artists from Wayne County Public Schools were recently recognized during the district's 19th annual Visual Arts Awards reception. Andy Sullivan was named Zeno Spence High Art Educator for 2009-10...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

After 82 miles ... a hug, for Beth

Early Friday afternoon, Meghan Fields looked back at a road sign that read "Wayne Memorial Drive." "He's gonna make it now on pure adrenaline," she said, peering down Service Road 1591. "As soon as he sees that sign, he'll...

Survivors offer a glimpse of what's possible

Sue Hill doesn't have to wonder about Relay for Life teammate Jennifer Mills' battle with breast cancer. She is a survivor, too. "She's been through hell and back," Mrs. Hill said. "That's right," Mrs. Mills agreed. And at that, the...

Students juggling cost of college

Kayla Simmons has always had her heart set on going to East Carolina University and studying nursing. But with the economy the way it is now -- not to mention the competitive arena for students contemplating college and vying for...

Courage by candlelight

Those who stood around the many luminarias lit in honor of Goldsboro police Officer James Serlick wished he could have been there to see just how many people cared enough to remember him at this year's Relay for Life Luminary...

Teams shake, rattle and Relay

Max Primas and his brother, Miles, were not just walking for a cure Friday night at the Wayne County Relay for Life. As their neon green T-shirts said, they were "Walkin' for Papa." Max, 8, and Miles, 5, lost...

WCC moves to full-time police force, picks chief

A "real police chief" has been sworn in at Wayne Community College, representing another step in the school's transition from organized security guards to a true police force. W.L. "Willie" Brinson took the oath as chief of the Wayne...

Relay organizers: Money at $520K and counting

By the end, there were only a few people left. Where a few hours earlier, thousands had walked, laughed, sang, danced and, sometimes, cried, the handful of Relay-goers still at Wayne Community College gathered in a circle, held hands and...

Master Gardeners to hold junior class

The Wayne County Master Gardeners will hold a junior master gardener program starting June 17. The eight-week course for students in grades three through six will be held every Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Wayne County Public Library. It...

Host families being sought

Host families are being sought in the Goldsboro area between June 30-July 28 for 10 high school students from Spain, and June 19-July 10 or July 10-August 7 for 10 high school students from France. There will be two language...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Relay for Life celebrates birthdays

A crowd of survivors and supporters packed the track and midway at this year's Relay for Life celebration Friday evening. Well before official festivities began at 6 p.m., Relay participants gathered for a combination of food, fun, fellowship and festivities...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Duplin OKs new chief for schools

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education voted Thursday to hire a new superintendent for the county schools. Dr. Austin Obasohan will take over running the 9,000-student system July 1. School board Chairman Reginald Kenan and members Emily Manning,...

Fremont board proposes rate hikes in budget

FREMONT -- The Fremont Board of Aldermen discussed the town's proposed budget at its meeting Tuesday. The budget does not include an increase in electric rates, but does include hikes in water and sewer rates. The proposed budget calls...

To Beth, with love

RALEIGH -- As darkness fell on Glenwood Avenue, Tim Lamb maintained a steady pace -- the same light jog that had carried him, in just under three hours, some 15 miles. To passers-by, the sight of a lone runner making...

Relay for Life shuttles available

Shuttle buses will be available to bring people from the Wayne Community College parking lot to the Relay site. Attendees are urged to bring blankets and lawn chairs because there might not be enough bleacher space available....

Man located after Silver Alert

MOUNT OLIVE -- An elderly Mount Olive resident was located Tuesday after police issued a Silver Alert for a missing person. Harold Grey Jones, 82, of Smith Chapel Road was reportedly found to be safe at a hotel in Wallace...

Celebrating survival

They came to celebrate, the more than 600 people who packed First Pentecostal Holiness Church Thursday night. And while there were balloons, birthday cupcakes, party hats and presents, the cancer survivors and caregivers as well as the Relay for Life...

Law enforcement holds torch run today

Law enforcement was carrying the torch for Special Olympics this morning, as officers from a number of area departments headed from Goldsboro to Mount Olive, some running, others following along in buses and minivans. Three Special Olympians led the...

Teen gets 30 days for courthouse scrawl

A Belfast Road man accused of scrawling an obscenity on a Wayne County District Court wall faces 30 days in jail for a contempt of court charge. Anthony Dreighton II, 19, was in court on relatively minor charges, including...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tethering law could get tweak

The 2010-2011 budget was not the only issue discussed by Goldsboro City Council members Monday. The board also made some decisions regarding changes to existing policies -- namely, the tethering ordinance set to come into effect July 1 and how...

Source: Duplin has picked new schools superintendent

Multiple Alabama news sources reported today that Dr. Austin Obasohan will be the new Duplin County Schools superintendent. According to the Selma (Ala.) Times-Journal, Obasohan announced the move Wednesday night when he resigned from his position as superintendent of the...

Vegetable gathering

Debera Williams, left, and Naisha Coley look over fresh produce at the Mini Mobile Farmer Market on Herman Street on Wednesday afternoon. They are being helped by vender Aaron Jackson. The market will be open Wednesdays all summer at this...

Smith named to group to pick member

Thelma Smith, the former chairman of the Wayne County Board of Education, has become the first announced appointee to a nonpartisan committee that will lead the search to find a replacement for District 2 school board member Shirley Sims....

Local private schools name top graduates

Four area high schools will hold commencement ceremonies over the next week, graduating 84 students. Faith Christian Academy kicks off the graduation season, with its ceremony Friday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Faith Free Will Baptist Church. Pastor...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another driver hits branch of post office

A Goldsboro woman drove her car through the windows and wall of the William Street Postal Service office on Tuesday, injuring a Goldsboro man, police said. Ethel Edwards, 83, was charged with failure to reduce speed after crashing her...

Commission seeks options to fill slot on school board

The task of recommending a replacement for longtime Wayne County Board of Education member Shirley F. Sims, who resigned last week, will fall to a committee to be appointed by county commission Chairman Jack Best. Commissioners gave Best that...

Citizens turn out for equity inquiry

Brandi Nicole Hinnant was in fifth grade when Wayne County Schools merged with the Goldsboro City Schools. That year, she said, the racial mix in her class was 50/50 black and white. When she entered sixth grade, the class was...

This time, it's for Don

It started with a red carnation -- a small token of gratitude passed from a local business owner to the first woman to grace his modest flower shop. But that simple exchange was far from the last of its kind....

No word on SJAFB injuries in foiled attack at Bagram Airfield

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault today against Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, killing an American contractor and wounding nine service members in the second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and around the capital in as many...

WCPS technical students, teachers recognized

Wayne County Public Schools recently celebrated the Career Technical Education Department, recognizing teachers and students from school CTE chapters. The district's 2009-10 CTE high school and middle school CTE teachers of the year were named, and honored were students...

Blaze from stolen truck damages railroad car

A stolen SUV was found demolished by fire near the train tracks on the 1000 block of South John Street this morning, causing a blaze that also damaged a train car filled with railroad ties, authorities said. Goldsboro Police...

WCC business students earn honors

Wayne Community College's of Phi Beta Lambda business education student organization received several honors during the organization's 56th annual State Leadership Conference in Charlotte. The Gamma Chi chapter competed against 41 North Carolina universities and colleges. All 17 of...

Public record

Death investigation Goldsboro police are looking into the death of 46-year-old Anthony Rouse of Rosewood Avenue, who was found dead at his home on Monday afternoon, according to a police report. The report lists "other major" injuries, but does not...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

City listens to public's views on cuts, tax hike

The majority of those who addressed the Goldsboro City Council Monday evening were cordial -- thanking the board for its "hard work" and years of support for local organizations who rely heavily on allocations from the city and county governments...

Fremont will target junk cars in yards

FREMONT -- For Fremont residents, keeping a clunker will come with a price. Starting this week, the Fremont Police Department will begin issuing notices to owners of abandoned and junk vehicles that are in violation of the town's ordinance. According...

Duplin continues hospital deal talk

KENANSVILLE -- University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina moved a step closer Monday to leasing Duplin General Hospital. Representatives from the hospital system and hospital board gave a presentation about the long-term lease before holding a public hearing for comments...

Marijuana dealer ring broken up; officers trying to shut down sales

A Goldsboro woman under investigation by authorities for about two years for alleged marijuana sales was arrested Friday, part of ongoing work that "spans up and down the East Coast of the United States," authorities said. Stephanie Elizabeth Miller,...

Citizens speak on equity in schools

Tricia Haigler produced a school discipline report, citing her sixth-grader with "accessory to theft" after having slid a cafeteria tray to another student who then removed two chicken nuggets. Mary Green, mother of seven children, said her 6-year-old special...

Public record

Shot in leg A North Taylor Street man told police he heard gunshots while walking between buildings on Day Circle, and was struck in the left leg while running between buildings in the public housing area. Quinta Boyette, 29,...

Officers look for missing Mount Olive man

MOUNT OLIVE -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert early Tuesday for Harold Grey Jones, 82, missing from his Mount Olive home. Jones, who has short-term memory loss, lives on Smith Chapel Road. He was wearing...

Krispy Kreme raising funds to send kids to camp

Krispy Kreme has teamed up with "Hole in the Wall Camps," an international family of camps and programs that provide life-changing experiences to children with serious illnesses and life-threatening medical conditions, free of charge. Now through May 30, customers can...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Goldsboro City Council will hear comments on budget

Goldsboro residents will get their opportunity to weigh in on City Manager Joe Huffman's proposed 2010-11 budget during a public hearing on the matter set for this evening. And while it remains unclear if Huffman has, as requested by several...

Workin' It -- Service ... with enthusiasm

The Job: Newspaper Carrier The Location: Goldsboro Going into this job I felt a new level of nervousness. All the other jobs I've worked, I knew that at the end of the day, I was leaving. Which means if I...

Family files suit against Cherry

The administrator of the estate of deceased Cherry Hospital patient Steven Howard Sabock -- who died while unattended in a chair at the Goldsboro state mental facility -- has filed a lawsuit on the family's behalf. Estate administrator M....

Public record

Suspect caught at scene of copper theft Goldsboro police allege that Rodney Lamar Coley, 32, of South Alabama Avenue, was found pulling copper off of the outside of a residence on Thursday morning. Samuel Rouse of Goosedown Court, Raleigh, the...

Wayne County unemployment down in March

Wayne County's March unemployment rate dropped from February of this year and matches the March 2009 unemployment rate. The rate, which dropped from 9.9 to 9.2 percent, is a good sign, but only a start, according to Bill Pate,...

Wayne County Commissioners to take up budget talks of their own Tuesday

Wayne County commissioners have had little to say about progress on the county's 2010-11 budget, other than instructing County Manager Lee Smith not to include a tax increase, but Tuesday morning they are expected to arrange a time for the...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Local accident victim succumbs to injuries

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 77-year-old Mount Olive woman died Thursday after a Wednesday evening accident at the intersection of N.C. 55 and Indian Springs Road, the Highway Patrol reported. Veola Aultmon, of Nelson Street, Mount Olive, died of her injuries...

Sessions to gather views on equity in schools

Two community meetings will be held this week to allow the public to weigh in on the fairness of educational opportunities in the public school system. Staff from the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Department...

Generations of courage

Libby McLamb knows a mother has no choice but to be strong for days that stretch far beyond the one where she first hears a doctor say her little girl has cancer. She has to soak in the screaming of...

Community of graduates

As the sun blazed late Friday afternoon, the bleachers outside Wayne Community College began to fill for the commencement exercises. While some used paper fans distributed along with programs, others sought comfort beneath the shade trees nearby. Derek Brock of...

Piedmont Equipment Leasing now open

Piedmont Equipment Leasing, a recently opened business in Goldsboro, is looking to offer its help to area businesses. The business, located at 2424-E N. William St., finances other businesses for equipment purchases. "Primarily we're financing equipment to the average business,...

School board member resigns her post

After more than 50 years being an education advocate -- 18 of those on the Wayne County Board of Education -- Shirley Sims will leave the board effective June 30. The District 2 representative, whose constituents include residents in...

Local legislative briefing to be held

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a legislative briefing featuring on Friday, May 21, at the Goldsboro Country Club from 8-10 a.m. State senators Don Davis and David Rouzer and state House of Representatives Larry Bell, Van Braxton...

State EMS auxiliary names local women officers

The North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Auxiliary held its annual meeting in Greenville last month. New officers for the organization were elected for the next two years. Two of the new officers hail from Wayne County....

MPO approves smaller planning program

An amended and downsized Goldsboro Urban Area Planning Work Program was adopted Thursday morning by the Metropolitan Planning Organization. State and federal dollars account for the bulk of the $511,320 plan that outlines tasks, funding sources to continue transportation...

Monumental moments

Don Exum's eyes slowly scan the 58,261 names of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, his 62-year-old frame shifting its weight onto his brown cane as he searches for one name --  James E. Hopkins. Exum went on the Goldsboro...

Central/Eastern Wayne alumni announce homecoming festivities

Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni & Friends will observe its 38th annual homecoming May 28-30. Central High classes of 1940, 1950 and 1960, along with Eastern Wayne classes of 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 will be honored. A banquet will...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Goldsboro School of Ballet celebrates 30 years

Goldsboro School of Ballet will celebrate its 30th anniversary with two performances Sunday afternoon at the Paramount Theatre. Children ages 3-7 will perform at 3 p.m. and ages 8 to 21 at 5 p.m. The programs are open to...

N.C. study predicts commuter rail riders

The North Carolina Railroad Co. released this week the results of a study predicting railway ridership between a possible Greensboro to Goldsboro commuter train line. The study predicts that the proposed service on the NCRR line would rank 16th in...

Center Street Jam begins

Members of Thursday night's first Center Street Jam crowd dance to the "Cupid Shuffle" during a break in the Mighty Saints of Soul's performance. The series of spring and summer concerts is held every other Thursday evening behind the Waynesborough...

Local teacher heads to rally for education

Spring Creek High School science teacher Joe Beamon will add his voice to those of educators, parents and others from across the state when they gather in Raleigh Saturday for the Fund Schools First Rally to protest state budget...

Adult High School graduates turn tassels

Jerimiah Waddell made the most of his moment Thursday night, as his name was called to receive an adult high school diploma at Wayne Community College. He drew a breath, then took several steps forward and back, in a...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Former board member dies after April accident

MOUNT OLIVE -- Former town commissioner Jimmy Kornegay is being remembered today as a tough guy with a soft spot in his heart for people in need and as a dedicated public servant who remained interested in the town...

Meth lab raided near Pikeville

Lawmen discovered a "one-pot" methamphetamine lab at 266 Ivey Lane near Pikeville on Wednesday morning. The State Bureau of Investigation was on the scene by Wednesday afternoon, combing the home for evidence, Wayne County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Chris Peedin...

Man, 29, charged in rape of child

DUDLEY -- A Verbena Lane man was jailed under a $1 million bond for the first-degree rape of a child, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office says. Norman Joseph Horn, 29, was immediately identified as a suspect after authorities received...

WAGES looking for clothes for giveaway

The WAGES Community Services Self-Sufficiency Project will sponsor a clothing giveaway on May 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the WAGES multi-purpose room at 601 E. Royall Ave. The giveaway will provide gently used clothing, shoes and accessories...

Public record

Fire investigation Police are looking into the circumstances surrounding a fire at 407 W. Ash St., owned by Ronyar Limited Liability Corporation, of Pine Street, Wilmington, police said. The vacant apartment building suffered $20,000 in damages after a fire...

Chamber leaders meet with volunteers

Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors got some questions answered Wednesday about their role in the chamber's new strategic plan. Both executive director Steve Hicks and Chamber Board of Directors chairwoman Julie Daniels attended the Ambassadors' monthly meeting. The chamber...

Changes would bolster county's emergency plan

Creating an alarm system to warn communities of approaching tornadoes, encouraging residents to take advantage of the Code Red alert system and compiling a list of people with special needs to help emergency workers are the major changes to...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Plannning board takes no action on subdivision

Development of a 70-lot subdivision in a restricted zone north of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base not only failed to gain the endorsement of the county Planning Board Tuesday, it set the board on course to reconsider the type...

Officers riding 100 counties to honor fallen comrades

A convoy of motorcyclists on a nine-day ride through all of North Carolina's 100 counties passed through Wayne County today, a gathering of solidarity and remembrance for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. "We...

Teacher vacancies are still up in the air

Seven hundred applications came in during a recent teacher recruiting trip to Michigan, while another 179 candidates turned out for the district's career fair last month. But it'll be mid-June before school officials can match up educators with vacancies, says...

Duplin board asks schools to negotiate

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Commissioner Frances Parks joined several local business representatives Tuesday night to ask the Duplin Board of Education to work with the county commission to resolve their differences. "You know we cannot continue like we're going. There's...

City talks money

When asked just what it would take to create a balanced budget without the 5-cent property tax increase he recommended, City Manager Joe Huffman listed a few options: cutting services, closing the municipal golf course, requiring employees to take furloughs....

Public record

Occupied home shot A West Pine Street woman was at home around 9 p.m. on Monday when bullets pierced a door and a window, Goldsboro police reported. Anita Williams reportedly got on the ground when she heard the shots. Police...

Drummer boy

Charles B. Aycock High School student Christopher Howell practices keeping cadence in preparation for band tryouts on Friday. Tryouts are open to all Aycock students.  The Golden Falcon Marching Band is Aycock's largest and most visible musical ensemble. Under the...

Eight seniors receive Emmet and Mary Robinson Trust Fund scholarships

Eight Wayne County Public Schools seniors have been selected to receive Emmet and Mary Robinson Trust Fund scholarships. This fall, the scholarship program will distribute more than $44,000 in new and renewable scholarship funds to WCPS graduates. The trust...

Center Street Jams to kick off

The Center Street Jam concert series begins Thursday night with the Mighty Saints of Soul. The concert series brings a live band to downtown Goldsboro every other Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through August. One change this year is that...

Education grants available to military spouses

Michelle Hough looked for five years for something that would help her go back to school. With her husband stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Mrs. Hough, 29, was working as a receptionist at Segrave Aviation in Kinston....

Duplin industry wins site award

WARSAW -- WestPark Business and Industry Center in Duplin County has been selected as a Best Large Industrial Site by the North Carolina Railroad Company. The county's industrial park received the honor as part of the NCRR's Progress in Motion...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

WCC will graduate 786 later this week

Two graduation ceremonies will take place at Wayne Community College later this week, including the largest college credit class in its history. The college set new enrollment records this school year, with 3,722 students in the fall semester --...

Marching for the seniors

Xavier Knight, right, leads a parade of the Goldsboro High School Marching Band through the halls of Britthaven of Goldsboro on Monday in celebration of National Nursing Home Week. The week honors the workers, volunteers and others who help to...

Duplin commissioners back down on some extreme budget cutbacks

KENANSVILLE -- Faced with completely cutting several public services, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners reversed course Monday and voted to add $2.9 million from the county fund balance to the 2010-11 budget. After much discussion, board members voted 4-0...

Eric Lane seeks new trial

The state Supreme Court is reviewing one of Wayne County's most infamous murder cases, in which a 5-year-old girl was found raped, murdered, wrapped in a trash bag and thrown into Nahunta Creek. Eric Glenn Lane, now 38, was...

Area lawmakers talk about what's next for mental health

Mental health programs are bearing a large part of state budget cuts, and those people associated with mental health, either professionally or who know people who use the services, need to let state officials know of their concerns, speakers...

Officials keep eyes on signs

The smattering of political signs that sprung up in the weeks proceeding last Tuesday's primary election should soon, just like the election, be just a memory. There are few county and city rules governing the signs, but one of...

Public record

Armed robbery, assault on a handicapped person A disabled East Elm Street man was beaten with a large stick by three unidentified males in the 800 block of East Elm Street, according to a Goldsboro police report. Anthony Stokes told...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Collecting food for needy

Goldsboro Postal Service carrier Derrick Lofton collects canned goods on his route Saturday. Mail carriers across the nation held their annual food drive for the needy on Saturday. In Wayne County, mail carriers collected 14,470 pounds of food to be...

Outwitted ... at field day

The Job: Field Day helper Where: Eastern Wayne Elementary The Location: Goldsboro A child's honesty is so adorable. At first. "I think you're too old to hula hoop." That was the initial reaction from a first-grade boy at Eastern Wayne...

Businesses worry about tanning tax

The new federal tax on indoor tanning has left some area salon owners heated. The 10 percent tax was a last-minute addition to the recently passed Health Care Reform Bill and goes into effect July 1. It replaced a previous...

Teen Court statistics indicate program helping many youth

Teen Court is proving to be an effective deterrent to repeat offenders, says Sudie Davis, executive director of Communities in Schools, which is responsible for the program. Teen Court recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and with it, the milestone...

Sims has sold her house; may give up seat

Board of Education member Shirley Sims has sold her Dudley home, but said she plans to remain on the school board at least until the school year ends. For nearly 20 years, she has represented District 2, which encompasses the...

City leaders to eye proposed budget

Members of the Goldsboro City Council will take their first official look at a budget Tuesday morning that recommends, among other things, a 5-cent property tax increase. A budget work session scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. will also...

Regulations on using 911 funds could get look from legislature

Wayne County's efforts to build an almost $10 million emergency communications system would benefit from a legislative committee draft bill that calls for more flexibility on the use of 911 funds. The bill would allow authorized expenditures to include...

Legislators will be back in session Wednesday

Wayne County's legislators will return to Raleigh Wednesday hoping -- and expecting -- to approve a 2010-11 budget and then quickly adjourn to come home. "I think it's going to be the budget and get out. Everybody's on a...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Seven Springs brings past to life

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Visitors to the oldest town in Wayne County got a taste of yesteryear Saturday when the town held its 10th annual Ole Timey Days festival. Hundreds of people lined Main Street despite the heat, sipping homemade...

Farm Festival celebrates local foods

With his tomato, jalapeño, parsley and watermelon plants growing at home, 11-year-old Jon Maness of Goldsboro was just the kind of person the organizers of the Spring Farm Festival were hoping to see Saturday -- somebody excited about not...

Teen pregnancy forum Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE -- In observance of "Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month," Wayne Action Teams for Comnunity Health's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force will hold the first ever "Teen/Parents Forum" on Saturday, May 15, at Gospel Light United Holy Church of Mount...

Community gardens give Goldsboro chance to eat, live healthier

Her eyes and mouth wide open, Anansi Stephens zeroes in on a forkload of greens, radishes, cheese and dressing. The 9-year-old doesn't seem to mind that the majority of her after-school snack was surrounded by bugs and dirt moments earlier...

Pikeville church launches pavilion project

Elm Grove Church in Pikeville has started its capital campaign raising money for a new development in the area. Open Door Community Development Corp., an outreach of Elm Grove Church, is in the beginning stages of its plans to build...

Relay Survivors Banquet May 20

The 17th annual Relay for Life Survivor's Banquet will be held at May 20 at 6 p.m. at First Pentecostal Holiness Church. The event is co-sponsored by the Southeastern Medical Oncology Center and Wayne Radiation Oncology. Co-chairwomen for the event...

County watching tax collection rate closely

Wayne County's tax collection rate through April 30 continues to lag just slightly behind the total for the same period last year even though the actual number of dollars collected is higher. The county has collected 95.89 percent compared...

Husband and wife graduate together from Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- Justin and Juli Balch have already shared some big moments together in their first year of marriage, and Saturday the couple will mark another special occasion as they both graduate from Mount Olive College. The couple met...

Library adds foreign language materials

Wayne County Public Library has recently acquird an online foreign language resource, for those interested in learning a new language or brushing up on one. Mango is an online language resource. Unlike a book or DVD, it can be...

Goldsboro Jaycees accepting DSA nominations

The Goldsboro Jaycees are currently accepting nominations for outstanding citizens in several categories, including Outstanding Sen-ior Citizen, Boss, Educator, Teen, Public Servant, Far-mer, and North Carolinian.. The nominees selected will be recognized at the Jaycees' annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet...

Duplin WWII ID's sought

The Duplin County Historical Society still is trying to identify all Duplin men who died in World War II. The names of the following men appear on one or more lists as being from Duplin County, but they have...

Grant will help county locate, map contaminated sites

Wayne County will utilize an Environmental Protection Agency $400,000 grant to conduct an assessment study to determine how many abandoned industrial and commercial properties throughout the county could be considered a Brownfields site. A Brownfields site is a property...

Duplin voters approve quarter-cent sales tax hike

KENANSVILLE --- Duplin County's fire departments will receive additional local funding from a quarter-cent sales tax increase in the county. Residents voted last week Tuesday to accept the tax increase, with 55 percent of voters supporting the measure. Duplin...

Chamber board approves new direction

The Wayne County Cham-ber of Commerce's board of directors approved some major changes Friday to how the organization operates in the wake of financial concerns that resulted in the layoffs of two employees. The board, on its third try,...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Autopsy: Spruill died of cocaine OD

A 33-year-old Dollard Town Road man died of a cocaine overdose, not of an electric shock from a "Taser"-style electric stun gun used by Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies, according to an autopsy report from the state Medical Examiner's...

Salvage yard's bid still faces opposition

A Tuesday morning public hearing before county commissioners on a rezoning request for a Dudley salvage yard was, for the most part, a replay of a hearing held last September. And as they did after the first hearing, commissioners...

Talking about schools: Participants call for parental involvement

The school system's final Kitchen Table Conversation for the year was perhaps its most spirited, with parents rallying for the dialogue to continue and vowing to be part of a movement toward getting more parents involved. The topic was "Empowering...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Commissioners set hearing on rezoning in base noise area

Wayne County Commissioners on Tuesday did everything but say outright that a rezoning request for a lot off U.S. 117 South was all but dead on arrival before finally agreeing to schedule a public hearing on the issue anyway....

Planners consider rules for streets

The Wayne County Planning Board committee charged with ferreting out a way to ensure subdivision streets are maintained spent nearly two hours Wednesday night chasing possible solutions only to end the meeting the way it had started -- with...

Retiring the colors

Tommy's Road Elementary School fifth-graders Conrad Tubbs folds the North Carolina flag with Mueen Muharram holding its end while David Dickens lowers the American flag in the background at the end of the school day. The students raise and...

Working on the CSS Neuse

Spring Creek High School FFA students fixed up the replica of the CSS Neuse gunboat that sits in the Seven Springs Public Park in advance of the Ole Timey Days Festival to be held in the town on Saturday. From...

Nelson's band's drug case hits court

KENANSVILLE -- Members of country singer Willie Nelson's band were sentenced Wednesday to pay a $25 fine for their actions following a canceled concert at the Duplin County Events Center in January. Musicians Thomas Ray Hawkins, Dudley Prewitt and Kenneth...

Dog fighting suspect remains in Duplin County jail

KENANSVILLE -- A Mount Olive man, Harry Lewis Hargrove, 76, of 306 Buck Hill Road who was arrested last month on felony dog-fighting charges remains in the Duplin County Jail under a $308,000 bond, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace...

Chamber board will vote on new plan

Members of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce board of directors had planned to vote on a new direction for the organization at Wednesday's special meeting, but not enough of them showed up. The revelation of the new strategic...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

School board won't rescind lawsuit

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education stood its ground Tuesday night as citizens called for the board to forgo a $4,795,000 court award that may be collected by supplemental tax levy. Karen Scalf, a frequent public speaker at...

Kitty Askins construction, fundraising are on schedule

The Kitty Askins Hospice Center expansion is progressing, with construction on schedule for the facility's late 2010 opening, officials say. Work on the 13,000-square-foot addition is about one-third complete, with metal studs currently being installed, said Mary Beth Parrish, community...

Dr. James Atkins honored with Distinguished Service Award

Dr. James Atkins, whose work in treating cancer patients and pushing the boundaries of research into the disease has earned him national recognition, was honored Tuesday night by the Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts with its annual Distinguished...

County bond rating goes up

Wayne County could realize millions of dollars in interest savings in coming years and find itself more attractive to economic development as the result of action by Standard and Poor's Rating Services. County officials were notified late Friday that...

SCE receives 500-book donation

Fifth-graders in Michelle Hill's class at Spring Creek Elementary School were among 200 classrooms nationwide to win a book giveaway through the Scholastic "Care Where You Are" sweepstakes. The class was chosen from among 12,000 entries in the competition....

Wayne County turnout low in primary election

With no local races on the ballot Tuesday, few Wayne County voters turned out to participate in the primary elections. The contested races included both Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate primaries, as well as both Republican and Democratic U.S....

Stop the Funeral revival Friday and Saturday

GOLDSBORO - The Stop the Funeral Initiative will host the 2010 Unity Revival Friday and Saturday at St. James AME Zion Church at 206 S. George St. The theme for this year's revival is "The Church Changing the Community Corner...

Senior Games under way

The  Wayne County Senior Games got under way this week. Because of weather delays some events are likely to stretch into next week....

Meals on Wheels volunteers honored

Two outstanding volunteers with WAGES' Meals on Wheels programs were recognized during the annual appreciation luncheon on Friday at New Hope Friends Church. An estimated 200 volunteers attended the event. Over the past year, more than 74,000 meals were...

Wayne County teachers earn grants to travel, study over summer

Four area teachers will be spending their summer break studying. But they will get to leave North Carolina to do it, thanks to travel-study awards recently announced. Erin Smith, an English teacher at Spring Creek High School, will travel...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Duplin County faces massive cuts in budget

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County department heads "threw the scalpel down and grabbed the ax" Monday, as County Manager Mike Aldridge showed commissioners draft budget cuts that would close the county library, eliminate aging services, end the county cooperative extension and...

Goldsboro Council to begin talk on 2010-11 budget

Goldsboro City Council members agreed, during their pre-meeting work session Monday night, to begin going over City Manager Joe Huffman's proposed 2010-2011 budget May 11 at 9 a.m. And if the board were to approve the document as is,...

Pikeville looks at PD, but will keep fireworks

The Pikeville Board of Commissioners weighed the importance of the Pikeville Police Department and fireworks at Monday night's meeting. After reviewing the upcoming police department schedule, Commissioner Dennis Lewis said he wanted to clear something up. "If you heard that...

CBA Student meets "Ace of Cakes" star

Brooke Butts is an honor roll student, a varsity tennis player and a gifted artist. She is also autistic. She can go through an entire school day without talking to anyone except for teachers when they ask her a question,...

Wayne County Board of Education awaits state budget news

The Board of Education approved a $22 million local budget Monday night, but not before hearing three different scenarios of how the economic situation may play out pending what the state hands down. At an afternoon work session prior to...

Boy, 9, attacked by dogs

DUDLEY -- A 9-year-old boy was bitten by two dogs walking to his school bus stop on Pine Tree Lane on Monday morning, leading to a quarantine of the dogs to test for rabies. The assault was stopped when...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Wayne County residents were in Times Square during car bomb scare

Danny Cook just wanted to see a Yankees game -- to, perhaps, take in a few New York City sights. But the Pikeville resident had no idea his family's weekend getaway would quickly turn toward terror. Cook was among hundreds...

Workin' it -- Par, on the course

The Job: Greenskeeper The Company: Lane Tree Golf Club The Location: Goldsboro I knew I would like working at Lane Tree Golf Club the moment I arrived. "Here you just relax. We're so laid back you're going to think you're...

Wayne County leader Buddy Shaw dies at 70

Howard A. "Buddy" Shaw Sr., 70, who died Sunday at Wake Medical Center was remembered today as a hard-working public servant and civic leader. Shaw served on the Goldsboro City Council, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and with...

Your elected officials -- here's how to reach them

The following is a list of people elected to represent the residents of Goldsboro and Wayne County, either at the federal, state, or local level, and their telephone numbers and mailing addresses. Every single one promised during their campaign for...

Primary election to be held Tuesday

A low voter turnout is expected for Tuesday's partisan primary that features national and state races, but no local contests. Among the contests on the ballot are both Democratic and Republica primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. House District 1,...

Public records

Juvenile arrested A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a number of break-ins in the downtown Goldsboro area over the past two months. He was transported to the Pitt Detention Center in Greenville. Following an ongoing investigation by...

Wayne County commissioners will eye rezoning

Wayne County commissioners will hold a second public hearing Tuesday morning on a rezoning request for a Dudley salvage yard and are expected to schedule hearings on two other rezoning petitions. The hearing on a request by Ricky Young...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

GATEWAY looks for center site; board looks at proposed budget

Three locations are under consideration as a possible site to house an operations and maintenance center for the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority's GATEWAY bus system. A consultant will review the center plans and those locations at the authority's May 25...

Dollar General robbery charges filed

A coordinated effort between Goldsboro, Princeton, and Wilson police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office led to the arrests of nine men and a woman in the past weeks, in thefts targeting Dollar General and other stores throughout the...

916th ARW command officially changes hands

In a matter of moments, command of the 916th Air Refueling Wing was transferred from one Air Force colonel to another. But before Col. Fritz Linsenmeyer relinquished his post, he spoke to those who showed up at Seymour Johnson...

C.B. Aycock graduate is top of Wolfpack

This year's valedictorian at N.C. State University has a Wayne County address -- and she is preparing for a career in a field she has been interested in since undergoing open heart surgery at age 2. Deonna Taylor, a graduate...

Cherry Hospital alerted on quality of care

Cherry Hospital is being investigated again, after a visit by surveyors earlier this week resulted in a recommendation of "immediate jeopardy" for what they say was the hospital's failure to provide patient care in a safe setting. According to state...

Public record

Cabbage patch assault A South Leslie Street man said he was assaulted after confronting a homeless woman ripping cabbage plants out of his garden on Thursday morning, Goldsboro police said. James Exum, 66, said about 30 plants were pulled from...

Two area farmers complete program

Two area young farmers, Jim H. Lynch of Goldsboro and Ben Thomas of Princeton, were among the inaugural group of young, beginning, small, and minority farmers who recently completed a Farm Credit University AgBiz Planner program, sponsored by AgCarolina Financial...

Albertson blood drive set for June 6

ALBERTSON -- The American Red Cross will hold a special blood drive in honor of Dexter Rouse on June 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Missionary Baptist Church in Albertson. Rouse was in an accident and had to receive...

Son of Goldsboro native is academic, athletic all-star

Organizers of the the High School Academic All-American Game have announced that Josh Huestis, the son of Goldsboro native Poncho, was to play for the National All-Stars in the game held Saturday in Azusa, Calif. Hodges is the grandson of...

May is declared Relay Month

May has been declared Relay for Life Month by the Goldsboro City Council and organizers are hoping that the Wayne County Board of Commissioners will do the same when they are asked Tuesday. The relay, one of the year's...

200 walk Saturday to fight MS

Watching childhood friends Tonya Barber and Kristin Clark share laughs as they recall a lifetime of shared memories, no one would ever suspect that one suffers a serious disease. The two Goldsboro natives, surrounded by family and friends, were...

Helping families get homes of their own

For Roxanne Butler and her son, Raquan Bennett, warming up for Saturday's Hike for Humanity through Stoney Creek Park was more than just a way to spend their morning -- it was a way to show their appreciation and...

Habitat receives $15,000 from Collins Wealth Management

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne received a $15,000 donation from Collins Wealth Management this week to pursue their goal of helping families in need secure affordable homes. Business owner John Collins selected Habitat for Humanity as an avenue to make...

Host families sought for foreign exchange students

Host families are being sought in the Wayne County area for foreign exchange students who will be spending several weeks in America this summer through East Carolina University's exchange program. Ten students from Spain will be in eastern North Carolina...

Goldsboro resident publishes book of poems

A Goldsboro resident has penned a book of poems that represents a collection of works about love, life, romance, friendship as well as real-world issues. Quiana Deanna Bradshaw's "In My World of Poetry: Poetic Essence," draws from real life experiences...

Cunningham makes stop in Wayne

Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham made a stop in Wayne County over the weekend, as Tuesday's primary looms. Cunningham is one of five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination and the chance to challenge Republican incumbent Richard Burr in the...